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UMCN Tussle: Court Grants Bail to 3 Accused Pastors In Taraba

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The three accused Pastors and one member of the United Methodist Church In Nigeria (UMCN) that were last week remanded in the National Correctional Center by a Magistrate Court in Jalingo for allegedly spying on the property of the Nigerian Police Force, Taraba State Police Command have been given conditions to be granted bail.

The accused clargymen and one member were on the 22nd June, 2021 remanded at the National Correctional Center for breaching the “National Official Secret Act” of photographing the Nigerian Police headquarters and some sensitive locations in the state Command and attaching same photographs to foreign partners of the Church.

In the second hearing of the case, Magistrate Bartholome Vakkai Kaigama, who granted bail to the accused persons at the Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed National Industrial/Magistrate Court Jalingo, said the accused persons will be granted bail if they meet the condition of the bail.

” The accused persons will be granted bail with the following conditions, the accused persons will: 1. Deposit their International Passports to the Court, pending the determination of case by the court.

  1. The accused persons will not travel out of the state for more than three weeks without notifying the court.
  2. That each of the accused persons must provide two guarantors who must be landlords within Jalingo metropolis and would pay the sum of #2,000,000 in an event that any of the accused is goes missing”. He stated.

Magistrate Kaigama, however adjourned the case to 19th of July, 2021 for the next hearing of the case, noting that the ensense of adjourning the case is to allow the police carryout their investigations.

On his part, one of the accused persons, Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel who spoke to newsmen, said he was greatfull to God that he has been granted bail.

” I am a Pastor of the United Methodist Church in full connection, I have served the Church for 18 years without a single query in my record, I was invited to the court, as a law abiding citizen, I have to avail myself here. We are law abiding citizens, we will never indulge in any act that will breach public peace and security. So, we are been accused of something we know nothing about”.

He called on all the members of the United Methodist Church to be calm as the case is a mere allegation and God will always vindicate his people.

Also, reacting on the decision of court, the United Methodist Church leader in Nigeria, Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna said he was shocked that the case involving his clergymen and the Nigerian Police Taraba State Command had escalated to this level despite the church intervention on the issue.

” Initially, when I heard that a letter of complaints was written to the Commissioner of Police Taraba State Command about our Church and that some of my Pastors and members were invited to the station for interrogation, I quickly wrote to the Police Command pleading with them to withdraw the case from the police station, because it was a church matter and we would like to handle the case within the church, but I was so shocked to my bones when I heard that my pastors and member were charged to court and remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Center for allegedly spying on the property of the Nigerian Police headquarters Taraba State Command” He said.

Bishop Yohanna, however called on members of the United Methodist Church to be calm and be law abiding citizens as the Church will do everything within it reach to help the Pastors and the member in this trying times.

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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Gov Fintiri Turbaned As New Gyana Bachama

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Saturday turbaned as the new Gyana (defender) Bachama by Hama Bachama and Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom, Homun Daniel Shaga Ismaila.

The colorful event which held in Lamurde, the headquarters of Bachama Traditional Council was attended by State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth and some top government officials, party chieftains among others .

Speaking at the event, Homun Shaga Ismaila pointed out that the title is an additional responsibility on the Governor to championing the course of peace and prayed that it will be a path to progress and development of the land.

The royal father commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for ensuring peace and security in Bachama Kingdom revealing that his peace loving subjects now go about their lawful businesses without any hindrance.

“Your Excellency, you have brought peace in our land. Our people now go to their farms in peace without any fear of attacks. I wish you the best of luck in the forthcoming elections and beyond,” said the royal father.

In his vote of thanks, Governor Umaru Fintiri appreciated the royal father for bestowing on him the title of Gyana Bachama and noted that it will no doubt spur him to do more in the area of good governance for the state.

He reiterates his resolve to use the title to promote peace, development and prospery in Bachama land and Adamawa State as well as unite the diversed Adamawa people across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Governor Fintiri had after the turbaning ceremony in company of some top government officials proceeded to commission Governor’s Lodge which was a joint project constructed in Lamurde town.

Highlight of the turbaning event was cultural dance display by various groups.

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Just In: Adamawa Govt Set To Construct Modire Road In Yola

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State says the government will soon flag off construction of Modire Road in Yola South LGA to ease the hardships of motorists and the community.

The Governor announced this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He said survey of the road will soon be conducted for commencement of the project by the contracting firm, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

The Governor equally reminded the people how his administration built Nyibango – Yolde Pate road, saying that of Lakare – Bole project is still ongoing and will be completed in the next 3 months.

“We have so far delivered on our 11- point agenda and in the second tenure of my administration, we will pursue on 8-point agenda for continued reformation of all sectors in the state,” said the Governor.

The Executive Chairman, Yola South LGA Council, Engineer Mohammed Hamidu commended Governor Fintiri for executing People’s oriented projects in the area and assured him massive votes of the residents.

In their separate remarks, Mohammed Yahaya Marafa and Madam Salome Nelson thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing Lakare – Bole road among other giant strides such as payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had earlier assured the people of Yadim and Ukituki Wards of Fufore LGA of continuity towards Improving security, and education among other sectors if re-elected.

The Governor who was in Yadim on the political campaign announced the readiness of the Government to asphalt the rural road leading to the area constructed by his administration adding that more projects will be deployed to the community.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while receiving decampees into the party, assured them fair treatment while urging them to mobilize votes for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at the event, PDP Candidate for Verre Constituency, Mr Japhet Hammajabu said Yadim and Ukituki wards supported the Governor in 2019, and will indeed double their votes for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

The Sarki Tsabta Adamawa, Alhaji Hamman Adama Ahijo who recalled how bad the road leading to Yadim was before the coming of the present administration, thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing it and assured him bloc votes of the community and environs.

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