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Adamawa: Police Warn Officers Against Extortion Of Travellers

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Police in Adamawa on Monday in Yola warned personnel against mounting illegal checkpoints and extortion of travellers on major roads.

Police spokesman in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, gave the warning when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

His warning came in reaction to allegations of extortion of passengers by security operatives on Yola-Gombe Road made by the Adamawa chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

The union accused security operatives of mounting illegal checkpoints and extortion of passengers on the road.

Its Chairman, Alhaji Umaru Dan-Malam, said the union had lodged formal complaints to the authorities to no avail.

“Passengers travelling on Yola-Gombe Road, especially from Mbalang to Kwanar Mai Saje, are subjected to extortion by security operatives.

“Our drivers are not spared from different types of extortions by the security operatives on the Yola-Gombe Highway.

“The Union has filed several complaints to the authorities concerned but still there is no result,’’ he said.

He accused the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for starting the extortion by demanding that travellers showed their National Identity Cards.

He said that sequel to the scrapping of SARS, other security agencies such as Security Joint Taskforce comprising soldiers; police and other security agents continued the extortion.

“Our members from other states are also complaining about the on-going operation show your ID card being conducted by joint security operatives on Yola-Gombe Highway.

“Drivers from Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and other parts of the country always complained that it was only on Adamawa-Gombe border that security checkpoints requested passengers to show their National Identity Cards,’’ he charged.

Alhaji Dan-Malam urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and security organisations to look into the matter and address it.

Reacting to the allegation, DSP Nguroje told NAN that police did not authorise any division or unit to mount road blocks on highways in Adamawa.

“There is no order from the Command directing police personnel to mount road blocks on highways and verify passengers’ National Identity Cards,’’ he said.

He said that the Command would investigate the matter, warning that erring personnel would be dealt with according to the law.

He urged drivers and passengers to report such actions to the Command for appropriate actions.

Similarly, Mr Yauba Mohammed, Information Officer, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Adamawa, said the service had not deployed personnel on Yola-Gombe Road in the past three years.

Mohammed said that its personnel were not engaged in patrol or manning of checkpoints.

“Our personnel are no longer on patrol or manning checkpoints in the past three years.

“The Command is concerned about the extortion of passengers.

“NIS did not direct any officer or personnel to mount checkpoints and ask for National ID Cards of passengers,’’ Mohammed said.

Some passengers equally decried the extortion of passengers by security operatives.

Recounting their ordeals, Yusuf Jidda and Isyaku Adamu, said security personnel collected between N2,500 and N5,000 from passengers for their inability to produce National ID cards when requested at the checkpoints.

They said that the security men labelled any passenger who did not have National ID as a Cameroonian and forced him or her to pay money.

Jidda, an indigene of Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa, said that he boarded a vehicle from Kano to Yola on Oct. 25. and the vehicle was stopped at the Adamawa-Gombe border checkpoint.

“They asked everyone in the vehicle to alight and identify himself and four of us did not have our National ID cards, and they took us to a makeshift zinc room by the roadside.

“Inside the room, we met a security man holding an electrical device; the apparatus discharges electric voltage and he threatened to torture anyone of us with it if he or she refuses to comply with his order.

“The officer shouted on us that we are Cameroonians and not Nigerians and demanded that each of us should pay ₦5,000 as bail money,’’ Jidda said.

“I had only ₦2,500 in my pocket; ₦2,000 was for transport fare from Yola to Mubi and the remaining N500 was for my meal, but the police collected all the money from me.

Adamu, in his own account, said he travelled from Kaduna to Yola, and that security men on the road sought for gratification from passengers without National ID cards.

“Upon arrival at Adamawa-Gombe border security checkpoint, they stopped our vehicle and asked us to present our National Identity Cards.

“Some of us who did not have the card, paid between N1,000 and N2,500.

“At every checking point, they asked for the National ID card and if one does not have it, he or she pays for it,’’ Adamu said. (NAN)

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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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