By Abdulganiyyu Nuhu Pakka
The people of Maiha local government, northern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria have collectively called on the federal and the state governments to, as a matter of urgent importance, tackle the issue of floods that have almost cut off the local government from the country and the Republic of Cameroon, following the decades of neglect and abandonment.
The citizens lamented that two hitherto busy, commercially viable international roads that link Nigeria and Cameroon Republic; one from Jabbi-Lamba to Belel and the other from Mayo-Nguli to Belel were cut off by floods.
While commending Adamawa state Governor Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the bold step taken to complete the Pella-Maiha road – an escape route from Mubi during the Boko Haram occupancy – which was started during the Nyako led government but abandoned by the government that succeeded, pointed out that Governor Fintiri could still use his position to press bottom to facilitate the federal government intervention.
Joining the popular call, while featuring in ABC Yola popular Hausa radio programme, titled: “Mugani Akasa” interpreted to mean, “seeing is believing,” the Chief of Staff, Maiha Local Government Council, Hon Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, holding the traditional title of Mai Pakka explained how the floods, destroyed several culverts and bridges, resulting to the cut off of some districts and villages from the local government headquarters, namely; Konkol, Belel, Sarau (A), Sarau (B) and Tambajam.
Mai Pakka lamented that famers in the area as well as international merchants were summarily counting loses, having been cut off from the country by the floods, praying against food scarcity.
Mai Pakka explained that the roads, when rehabilitated, would boost economic activities and generate more revenue to country.
Although, no life was reported to have been lost, properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. Therefore, Mai Pakka has appealed to the state government and NEMA to bring immediate and necessary assistance to the affected persons.
Mai Pakka commended Governor Fintiri, for the developmental projects spread across the state, adding with assurance that Fintiri led administration would not be fatigued ensuring that wellfare and well-being of her citizens are accorded top most priority.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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