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Yola Court Jails 4 “Shila” Boys 5-7 Years In Prison

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By Jonathan Filibus


There was jubilation at the premises of the Chief Magistrate Court 2 in Yola, Adamawa state, when the court convicted and sentenced 4 notorious “Shila” boys to 5 and 7 years each in prison.

Those jailed for 7 years each without option of fine include; Aminu Adamu and Yusuf Adamu, while Ayuba Abdullahi, bagged 5 year prison term with N100, 000 option of fine.

The court also sentenced Ibrahim Bello to 5 years in prison without option of fine, while Kaior Isaiah, was discharged and acquitted for lack of proof of the offence he was charged for.

Magistrate Japhet Ibrahim Basani, of the Chief Magistrate Court 2 convicted and sentenced the boys after they were tried and found guilty for criminal conspiracy, extortion and theft.

The court held that the prosecution had proved ingredients of the offences against the convicts without any reasonable doubt, and sentenced them accordingly.

According to the prosecution, Aminu, Yusuf and Gaddafi Musa (now at large) of Wuro Kuturu in Yola North Local Government Area, criminally conspired and armed themselves with cutllases and knives and broke into a house at the same address.

The convicts stormed the house around 2:00am, on the 10th September, 2021, and threatened to kill one Umar Faruk Ibrahim, and his brother where they carted away 2 of their phones valued N100, 000 and N20, 000 respectively.

Fortunately, during the operation of the boys in the house, one of their victims, Umar Faruk Ibrahim, was able to identify Aminu, one of the convicts.

Faruk, reported the matter to the vigilante the following morning, and also voluntered to lead the team to the residence of Aminu, one of the convicts as a result of which he was arrested.

After his arrest, Aminu, led the vigilante which also led to the arrest of Yusuf, one of the accomplice and Ayuba, who bought one of the stolen phones.

NEWS PLATFORM learnt that Aminu and Yusuf sold the phone valued N100, 000, to Ayuba Abdullahi, one of the convicts at the sum of N10, 000, only.

In the course of investigation, Ayuba told the team that he gave the stolen phone he bought to Kaior, so as to keep it for him, and also led the team to Kaior’s business centre where he was apprehended.

Kaior, who was charged to court along side 3 other convicts for allegedly receiving stolen item, was found to have received the item without his consent that it was stolen property.

But while standing trial along side others, Ayuba, informed the court that he knew that the phone was stolen by Aminu and Yusuf, and decided to buy it, and also pleaded with the court to release Kaoir, because according to him, he did not know that the phone was stolen.

On his part, Ibrahim Bello, who hails from Kumo LGA, in Gombe state, conspired with one Sani(now at large) and entered a house in Demsawo street in Yola North LGA around 2:30 am, on the 24th August, 2021, with an intention to rob the occupants, but arrested at the scene of the crime.

When arraigned in court earlier, the convicts pleaded guilty after which the prosecutor, Seargent Kabiru Abubakar, called witnesses and tendered exhibits and applied for summary trial.

It was at this juncture that the court presided by Magistrate Japhet Ibrahim Basani, convicted and sentenced them accordingly.

Basani, held that the court had considered their allocutus and age bracket; hence the 7 year jail term instead of 14 as provided by law.

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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