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How Gov Fintiri’s Aide, Ijafiya Weds Heartthrob In Yola



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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ijafiya Domiya, a Senior Special Assistant on Photography to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State married his heartthrob, Pilngwa Esther Hussein on Saturday April 2nd, 2022.

Ijafiya is the son of Professor Domiya G. Ali, a reknowned Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), while the bride’s father is Late Mr. Husseini Kadir Gadzama, the Wakilin Lassa.

Mr. Gambo Kadir Gadzama stood in for the late bride’s father at the event.
People from all works of life gathered at Ekilisiyar ‘Yan Uwa A Najeriya (EYN) known as Church of the Brethren, State Low Cost, Hospital Road, Jimeta Yola, the venue of the marriage ceremony.

The love birds tied the nuptial knot amid pomp and pageantry at the wedding solemnization administered by the officiating Pastor, Reverend Moses A’aron Luckson.

In his sermon, Rev. Mike Ochigbo urged the couple to respect each other in their new home and never allow third party into the affairs of their matrimonial home for bountiful peace and blessings. 

To witness the occasion were politicians, technocrats, businessmen, captains of industry and many others who trooped out in their hundreds.

After the church ceremony, the epock making event was moved to the Banquet Hall of the Adamawa State Government House Yola, where a befitting wedding reception was held.


Addressing the couple and guests, the Chairman of the occasion, Comptroller of Immigration, Mr.Sam Chinda (Rtd) extolled the good virtues of the groom, Mr Ijafiya Domiya.

He described the groom as a hard working, respectful, humble and focused energetic young man and urged him to use his versatile knowledge in order to keep his home peaceful.

The wedding reception was graced by the Adamawa State First Lady, Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Fintiri, Hon. Zacharia Dauda Nyampa (Member Michika/Madagali Fed. Constituency) and Shehu Jafiya,Turakin Uba.

Other special dignitaries at the event were Mr.  Satumari M. Kudla (HASKE), Engr. Frank Kudla, Engr. Marcel Gaila, Dr. Stephen Maduwa, Hon. Haruna J.J (Member Madagali State House of Assembly member), Hon. Justice. Peter Wajilda, Chief Adamu Ularamu popularly known as Gongola, Mr. John Wajilda and Hon. Umar Fali.

The occasion was also graced by Mrs.Jiddere Musa Kaibo, wife of the former Head of Service, Adamawa State and Coordinator Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) as Chairlady.

Fathers of the day were Dr. Ali Danburam and Mr. Innocent P. Ishidi, while Mother of the day was Mrs. Lydia Kwanyi Ularamu and Grema Madu Thlama, the District Head of Lassa and other royal fathers.

On Sunday, 3rd April, 2022 the wedding ceremony was climaxed with “Fukwarbwa”. Unveiling and naming of the bride was done at Yola town, opposite Mopol Barracks Mbam-Mba,Yola South Local Government Area at the residence of Mr. Gabriel A.Yallamu, the uncle of the groom.

The “Fukwarbwa” is a tradition of Marghi people to welcome a bride into a new family by the groom’s mother which Adamawa First Lady, Hajiya Lami Fintiri stood in as the mother during the event.

After naming the bride as “Wadiam”(Rejoice), the first lady advised the bride never to disclose her family issues and matters to the third party, but always exercise patience as a key according to her to a successful marriage.

“We’ve given you a grown-up son to nurture and the kind of relationship you foster and give him, is what you will receive back from him. With good morals, he becomes what you want him to be at the end,” Lami said.

Lami advised the couple to  continue to love one another and prayed to God Almighty to grant their marriage with the blessings of children as well as peaceful and harmonious relationship.

Sahel Reporters observed that Mr. Mrs. Ijafiya’s wedding was indeed attended by many people from outside the state as the groom is a first class practising entrepreneur with international connections.

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Decision To Rotate Ukwe’s Stool Was Done With Best Intentions- Gov Kefas




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By Henry Agbu, Jalingo 

The Governor of Taraba State, Agbu Kefas Ph.D says the decision to rotate the first-class chief of Takum among the three ethnic groups in the Takum LGA of the State was made with the best of intentions for inclusivity, fairness, and unity of the area.

The Governor stated this on Tuesday at the Rimi Primary School Takum, while speaking at the reception of the new Chief of Takum, HRM Barr. Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi.

Recall that on Monday the 13th of May 2024, Dr. Agbu Kefas presented a staff of office to the new First-Class Chief of Takum, alongside two other Third-class Chiefs at the Exco Chamber, Government House, Jalingo.

However, on Tuesday the 14th of May 2024, a grand reception was organized in honour of the newly installed monarch in his chiefdom where a large number of people joined the celebration of the new Chief.

Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Agbu Kefas described the occasion as significant progress in the journey towards unity and adherence to the rule of law.

Kefas emphasized that it is his solemn duty to uphold the principles of justice and fairness.

The Taraba State High Court judgment on Monday dismissed a case filed by the Kuteb ethnic group claiming that the Ukwe’s Stool belonged to them and kicked against the rotation of the Chief of Takum. 

According to Governor Agbu Kefas, the issuance of the Staff of office to the first Chief was to honour the rule of law and judicial processes. 

He, however, explained that the decision to rotate the first-class stool was made with the best of intentions.

Furthermore, the Governor urged the people not to relent in their decision to advance unity and peace.

To the newly appointed Chief of Takum HRM Barr. Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi, and two other Third-class Chiefs, Governor Kefas enjoined them to do justice and strive to guide their domains to greatness.

Additionally, the Governor made a case for the Royal fathers to serve with integrity, compassion, and steadfast dedication to the well-being of their people.

He implored the people to remain law-abiding and support his administration to deliver the dividends of democracy for them, and assured the youth and women of his administration’s plans to unveil empowerment schemes soon.

In his goodwill message, the Aku Uka of Wukari and Chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Ishaku Adda Ali called for support and collaboration of the people to the Ukwe to keep Takum in peace and work for its development.

The Man of the Moment, the Chief of Takum, HRM Ukwe Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi after appreciating Governor Kefas for ending the twenty-eight (28) years of Chieftaincy conflict in Takum, also assured him that he will strive to sustain peace, unity, and development of his domain.

Edited By Sani Yarima 

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Economic Hardship: Deeper Life Church Shares Food, Cash To Less Privileged In Taraba




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By Andrew Ojih,  Jalingo,

In a bid to reduce the current economic hardship being faced by Nigerians, the Taraba state branch of deeper life bible church on Sunday distributed food items and cash to the less privileged in the state.

The state overseer of the church, Pastor Samuel Omajali while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of a combined service to thank God over the just concluded Global Crusade, held by the General overseer of the church, Pastor W.F Kumuyi in Wukari LGA of the state expressed worry over the difficult situation citizens are experiencing. 

“As we all know, prices of food items and other commodities have been on the rise and there’s not even money for people to eat their three square meals. 

“Therefore, as a Church, we can’t sit in our comfort zone and watch those in need suffer, that is why we chose to put our resources together to improve lives,” he said.

He noted that the high cost of living has made life unbearable for the poor,  adding that the government must urgently take measures to stem the tide. 

According to him, the distribution of the cash and food items would go across to widows and orphans respectively. 

Omajali who said that God used Pastor W.F Kumuyi to heal many during the Wukari global crusade, hinted that millions of people testified over the wonders of God over their lives. 

Additionally, he urged other members of the church who were more privileged to also extend similar gestures to some congregants and those in need around them.

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Taraba State Govt Pledges To Drill Solar Powered -Borehole In NYSC Camp




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By Sarah Manya 

In a bid to improve the supply of Water supply, as well as promote the well-being and welfare qwwof the Corps Members / Camp Officials during any given orientation course, the Taraba State Government has pledged to drill a Solar Powered Water Borehole at the Permanent Orientation Camp,  Sibre. 

The Governor,  Dr.  Agbu Kefas disclosed this through his representative,  Chief Barr. Gabon Timothy Kataps when he presided over the formal closing of the 2024 Batch A Stream II orientation course for the corps members deployed to Taraba State. 

He equally enjoined the members to focus on activities,  projects, and programs that will promote the unity,  integration, and corporate existence of the country at all times.

Kataps stated that they are required to spread and propagate the message of hope to the people of their host community as they begin the primary assignment in the sixteen Local Government Areas of the state.

The State Chief Executive also entreated the members to make concerted efforts and remain in the state by discouraging the idea of relocating to other states and making an impact as well as value to the development of the state,  stating that the government will always reciprocate these gestures of the members. 

Earlier the Coordinator, of NYSC Taraba State,  Mr.  Ella Aji Williams also reiterated the need for the members to learn, and unlearn respect for the cultures and traditions of the people of their host communities.

He urged them to feel free to relate with them without fear or hindrance. 

He also urged them to look inward and identify the challenges of the people of their host community as well as make an impact to solve these needs,  using the tool of community development service program. 

He equally counseled the members to avoid traveling at night and to ensure they obtain permission from relevant authorities before embarking on any trip. 

In attendance include the Head of Service, members of the House of Assembly,  Service Chiefs, Chairman of the State Governing Board, Hon. Commissioners, and members of the media amongst others.

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