Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Gov Buni’s convoy, kill policeman, injure others

One policeman has been confirmed dead following an attack on Governor Mai Mala Buni’s convoy by suspected Boko Haram insurgents along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Saturday.

Mamman Mohammed, Director-General, Press and Media Affairs to the Governor gave the confirmation in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Damaturu on Sunday.

Gov Buni while commiserating with the Nigeria Police Force and family of the deceased police, described the death of Corporal Maina Mohammed attached to the ‘Operation Haba Maza’, security outfit as tragic, sad and unfortunate.

The governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the gallant policeman in Aljannatur Firdaus and also prayed for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries

The late policeman was on the security escort of the governor to Maiduguri yesterday to attend the Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri

The convoy, while on its way back to Damaturu, ran into an ambush mounted by the suspected terrorists near Benishiek in Borno State.

Governor Buni directed the management of the Specialist Hospital Damaturu to provide full medical services to the injured security personnel.

He also directed the secretary to the state government to forward to his office a support measure for the family of the deceased policeman.

(Daily Post)

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Yobe: Gov. Buni mourns as Boko Haram kills Customs personnel in Geidam

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has condoled with the Nigerian Customs Service and the family of the officer killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Geidam on Saturday.

The Governor in a statement on Sunday through his spokesman, Mamman Mohammed, described the attack on the Customs’ facility and the loss of the officer as sad and unfortunate.

“It is sad that we are visited by this unfortunate incident at a time when we enjoy relative peace across the state.

“Our gallant security operatives have no doubt maintained watchful eyes to maintain security of lives and property in the state.

“This unfortunate attack, however, is a wake up call to all of us to be vigilant, and we should not be carried away by the peace we enjoy and taken by surprises.

“I extend the sympathy and condolences of the government and people of Yobe State to the Nigeria Customs Service, the Controller General and the family of the slain officer”, Buni said.

He assured of the commitment of his administration to continue partnering with security operatives to improve on the relative peace enjoyed across the State.

Buni prayed for the repose of the late officer in eternal rest and the fortitude to his family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Governor called on the people of the State to always provide timely and useful information to government and security agencies on questionable persons and movements in their communities.

(Daily Post)

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Boko Haram insurgents attack Customs office in Yobe, kill officer

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly attacked an office of the Nigeria Customs Service in Geidam town, Geidam LGA, Yobe State, killing one operative, Usman Gombe.

According to a report, the insurgents stormed the Customs office along Maine Soroa Road in a Volkswagen Golf and a Land Rover around 10:00 pm on Saturday and started shooting.

“They struck when they were sure the Customs officers had retired home. Panicked by the rain of bullets, the officers scampered for safety; some escaped through the gate, while others scaled the fence.

“Unfortunately, one of the officers, Usman Gombe, was shot dead while attempting to climb the fence,” a security source told Daily Trust.

He said the assailants also burnt down the Customs patrol van, a generator, and part of the office building.

“This is the second time the Boko Haram insurgents are killing Customs officers. Last month, an officer, Babalola, and his junior officer were abducted and later killed by the insurgents,” the source said.

Residents of the town disclosed that the activities of Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Geidam had increased in recent times.

“They collect taxes from farmers and herdsmen a few kilometres from the town, and nobody is doing anything.

“Instead, the security operatives have relocated over 17 checkpoints into the town where they also taxed traders that brought goods through the same route. We are in difficult condition in this town,” one of the traders alleged.

(Daily Post)

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Diphtheria: Yobe records 117 deaths, 1,796 suspected cases

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), on Monday, confirmed that 117 children died following the diphtheria outbreak in Yobe since 2022.

The agency, however, said that 1,600 children had recovered from the disease within the period under review.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive-Director of the Agency, stated this during an inspection visit to the diphtheria isolation centre in Potiskum, the epicentre of the disease in the state.

He said that 1,796 cases of the disease had been reported in Yobe since November 22, adding that the disease was more prevalent among children age five to 14 years.

Shuaib, who led the Diphtheria Emergency Task Team to the state, expressed satisfaction with diphtheria vaccination conducted in Potiskum and 17 other local government areas of the state.

“By October 12, more vulnerable kids will be provided with vaccines to curtail the disease. Vaccines are powerful, they are safe and they work.

“Diphtheria is a disease of ancient times; with vaccination, deaths are preventable,” he said.

He noted that low vaccination rates were responsible for the recent outbreak of the disease across the country.

“In 2016 and 2017; MICS NICS survey, an independent survey of National Bureau of Statistics, indicated that only 33 per cent of Nigerians were covered by vaccinations.

“Due to concerted efforts by the Federal Government and development partners, the figure rose to 70 per cent in 2019.

“But the outbreak of COVID-19 which prevented many people from taking their children for vaccination due to lockdown and fear of contracting COVID-19, there was a deep in coverage down to 57 per cent,” he said.

Shuaib said that improvement in environmental and personal hygiene would eliminate the disease in spite of Yobe being second only to Kano State in cases of diphtheria across the country.

The NPHCDA boss commended the Yobe government and development partners for their roles in tackling diphtheria and pledged continued support to enable the state to improve healthcare service delivery.

He stressed the need for an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for effective monitoring, referral and management of diphtheria cases.

(Daily Post)

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