A youth was reportedly killed on Sunday, in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State, while the Divisional Police Officer of the area was injured by warring supporters of opposing camps in the Peoples Democratic Party primary election for Billiri/Balanga Federal Constituency.
Confirming the incident, the Gombe State Police Commissioner, Ishola Babaita, debunked the killing during the primary election, adding that it had nothing to do with the voting process.
Babaita said, “the killing had nothing to do with the primary election as it was far away from the scene of the primary election.”
However, Ali Isa has been declared the winner of the primary election, garnering 43 votes out of 61 to defeat his rival and lawmaker Rambi Ayala, representing Biliri East in the State House of Assembly who scored nine votes.
Isa who had represented Billiri/Balanga federal constituency from 2015 to 2019, promised quality representation if elected again in the 2023 general election.
According to him, the election was a family affair and we will immediately see how we can move in together to work as a team and reconcile.
He said, “you can see eighty percent of the contestants hugged and congratulated me. So I assure you that we are going to come out strong as one team, so the APC should start parking.”
On his part, Ayala alleged that the exercise was militarised.
He said, “the primary election was not a war as it turned out to be, a fair level playing ground should have been allowed.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has conducted its primary election for the 24 seats of the Gombe State Assembly and five House of representatives seats with the exclusion of Dukku/Nafada.
The result is as follows;
State House of Assembly, AKKO LGA
1) Hon. Abdullahi Bashir Gaddafi – Akko Central
2) Hon. Umar Adamu Kalajanga – Akko North
3) Hon. Alh Adamu Kashere (Bunun Kashere – Akko West
1) Hon. Meriji Adamu Majoro – Balanga South
2) Hon. Saratu Hamman Jauro – Balanga North
1) Hon. Yakubu Daniel Ladollis (Shettiman Bare) – Billiri East
2) Hon. Nimrod Malon Yari (Talban Tal) – Billiri West.
1) Hon. Zakariyya Ya’u Sa’idu – Dukku South
2) Hon. Abdulrahman Buba Zaune – Dukku North
1) Hon. Mohammed Buba Bajoga Boro – Funakaye North
2) Hon. Abubakar Adamu – Funakaye South
1) Hon. Ahmed Kawuwa Abubakar (Chichchi) – Gombe North
2) Hon. Ismail Usmandodo – Gombe South
1) Hon. Gabriel Galadima – Kaltungo west
2) Hon. Hassan Reuben – Kaltungo East
1) Hon. Adamu Rilwanu (Marafan Bomala) – Kwami West
2) Hon. Ahmad Abubakar Doho (Sardaunan Doho) – Kwami East
1) Hon. Haji Baba (Sardaunan Nafada) – Nafada North
2) Hon. Ibrahim Kawu Musa – Nafada South
1) Hon. Zubairu Ayala – Shongom
2) Hon. Markus Samuel – Pero Chonge
YAMALTU DEBA LGA
1) Hon. Salisu Inuwa Lano – Deba
2) Hon. Kabiru Haruna Wade – Yamaltu East
3) Hon. Engr Samaila Garba – Yamaltu west
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Gombe/Kwami/Funakaye – Hon Yaya Bauchi Tongo
Akko – Hon. Aishatu MB Ahmad
Yamaltu Deba – Hon. Inuwa Garba
Billiri/Balanga – Hon. Ali JC Isa
Kaltungo/Shongom – Hon. Obed Paul Shehu
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The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday disclosed five suspected terrorists who attacked St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on June 5, 2022 have been arrested.
Akeredolu confirmed the arrest shortly after the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, announced the arrest of two of the masterminds of the attack in Abuja.
Akeredolu was speaking while receiving the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State, Prince Leke Adegbite, and his executive members.
The governor also disclosed that the person who allegedly housed the suspected terrorists before carrying out that the attack had been arrested.
He said , ”Now that the military has announced it, I can tell you that five of them have been arrested now. They are still on the trail of the rest. The home where they lodged in Owo and the person who lodged them before the attack, have also been arrested.
“We did not spare a moment. I am happy that the Chief of Defence Staff has announced it.
“We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing. I can confirm that this arrest has been made. And they are still on the trail of some of them.”
The governor also confirmed that some Ebira indigenes are now involved in the some act of kidnapping recently in the state.
“I want to use this medium to urge our brothers (Ebira) to concentrate on their farming trade. It will be unfortunate to know that the Ebiras in our midst are now involved in kidnapping.
“We are appealing to them not to copy bad thing. The traders selling by the road side should not become informants. We are not fighting them; we have seen their numbers, they supported and voted for us during elections. I will call their leaders and talk to them.
“Our brothers who were kidnapped on their way to Ikare; talk to them, they were taken to Ebira farmsteads.For me, we have lived together for too long for this to happen. I am ready to make any effort to ensure that the conviality that we have enjoyed continues.
“But we are begging their leaders to urge them not to copy bad thing. They are in our midst, we are surrounded by them. The issue of security is key and it’s dynamic,” he appealed.
Earlier, the Chairman of the NUJ, Adegbite appreciated the governor for his support for the management of Ondo State Radio-vision Corporation and Owena Press PLC, adding that the upgrades of facilities in the two state-owned media outfits are commendable.
He also thanked the governor for the approval of the weigh-in allowance for journalists and information officers working in the state and local government service.
JUST IN: Bandits kill three, abduct scores in Taraba
Bandits on Sunday night attacked and killed three persons while scores were reportedly abducted by the attackers in Bali town, the headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Several sources in Bali told our correspondent on the phone that the attackers who rode on motorcycles attacked and killed a personnel of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near General Hospital before proceeding to individual houses to kill and abduct people.
The Tiv central leader and Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told our correspondent that two of his subjects were killed and scores, mostly women, were abducted in the attack.
“The attackers invaded the town at about 11: pm. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were badly injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.
“Many people, especially women, were abducted. It’s a terrible situation and I want to call on the government and security agencies to sit up and ensure the protection of the lives and property of citizens.
“For over four hours, the bandits held the town shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies. People are losing hope of the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are no more than our security agencies,” he said.
This is even as the traditional ruler called on the government to support the injured who are receiving treatment in hospitals.
The attack came barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu- Garba Chede road killing a driver and abducting passengers in the neighbouring Gassol Local Government area of the State.
Efforts to get the Police to react to the attack failed as the Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman,did not pick up calls made to his line.
But a police officer in the Taraba State Police Command told our correspondent that the PPRO was attending a security briefing.
Man in court over alleged $42,500 fraud
The police have arraigned a 39-year-old man, Oluseyi Olatunbosun, before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining 42,500 Australian dollars under false pretences.
Olatunbosun is facing three counts bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false preferences and stealing.
The defendant, who was brought before Magistrate O.S. Abioye, in charge number P/10/2022, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The police prosecutor, Mr Jimoh Joseph, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offences between April and December 2018 in the Mushin area of Lagos.
He said the defendant defrauded one Mr Olayinka Abiodun to the tune of 42,500 Australian dollars, equivalent to N10,625,000.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 314 and 284 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate Abioye granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.
The magistrate ordered that the surety must provide evidence of gainful employment and proof of tax payment to the government and have his address verified.
The case was adjourned till October 6 for trial.
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