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UPDATE: Lamido Adamawa order closure of all mosques , suspend observing five daily prayers in congregation

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The Paramount ruler of Adamawa, and Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa has ordered for the immediate closure of all Jumma’at and five daily prayer mosque in a renewed effort to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.

Magajin Gari, Ahmadu Magaji who dropped the order  to Imams and ward heads in a meeting on Sunday,warned that ” Lamido was furious and warned that whoever allowed congragational prayer will face the music and will be stripped of his titles,” an inside source added.

Although the state is yet to record any index of the COVID-19, measures were put in place by relevant authorities just as the two weeks lockdown order imposed in the state, is due to lapse on Tuesday.

Reacting on the order by the monarch some residents says  that, ” the Lamido through Magajin Gari Yola has ordered the immediate closure of all Mosques conducting five daily congregational prayers in his domain till further notice.

“The order,threatens that any Imam (Liman) who violates the directive will face the music,” said a local resident who simply identified himself as Mallum Baba.

It could be recalled that Jummaat Mosques in the state were all shut down about two weeks now, with the exception of daily prayers mosques, ” with this new order slammed by the monarch we are to say our prayers in our respective homes.

” We are supposed, even daily prayers will be banned!?” added another resident Baba Yola.

It’s not yet clear whether the state government will review it’s lockdown by Tuesday or not as economic bites with residents groaning that they are yet to receive any palliative.

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Buhari mourns Ex-IGP Gambo Jimeta , described him as a great statesman

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The former Inspector General of Police, Gambo Jimeta is dead.

Multiple sources   said that the aged man died this evening after a protracted illness.

Jimeta, holds the title of Dan Lawal Adamawa.

His standing legacies is the massive enlistment of indigenes of the then Gongola and Adamawa into the Nigerian Police as well as influencing and spearheading the creation of Yola North out of Yola Local Government with headquarters in Jimeta.

Nigeria lost a true Statesman- Buhari

Reacting, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the death of Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta.
Conveying the condolences of his family and that of the government and people of Nigeria, the President describes the late crack police detective as “a man of great courage, intellect and a true Nigerian Statesman,” adding that “Today, Nigeria lost a great son. He lived for the nation and served with all his strength.”
 Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President in  a statement stated “May Allah bless his soul and give fortitude to the bereaved family, the government and people of Adamawa State to bear this irreparable loss,” President Buhari prays.

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El-Zakzaky’s wife tests positive for COVID-19 in prison

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Mallama Zeenat, the wife of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as “Shiites” Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky  has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Kaduna State Government charged El-Zakzaky and Zeenat with eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace among other charges.

It could be recalled that  House of Representatives, Amnesty and other Human Groups have severally asked the Nigerian government to obey court orders mandating it to release Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on bail.

 

The duo have been in detention since December 2015, following clashes between members of the group  and the Nigerian Army which led to many loss of lives and destruction of property.

EL-Zakzaky’s son, Mohammed El Zakzaky  confirmed the development in a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters.

The statement said: “six days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever, and a complete loss of the ability to smell. The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was. Among the tests that were carried out was a test for COVID-19.

“This was a routine procedure and it is important to understand that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.

“The Covid-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a Covid-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Because we have been doing our own due diligence and taking all possible measures at all times, we imagined that they were safe from the clear and present danger of COVID-19. To the best of my knowledge, the prison authorities have also been doing the same.”

The Full text read as thus:

COVID-19 Hits Kaduna Prison, As My Mother Tested Positive

By Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky

6 days ago after a routine visit to the Kaduna State prison by my parent’s doctors, my mother complained of fatigue, fever and a complete loss of the ability to smell. The doctors decided to carry out a number of standard tests in order to understand what the problem was. Among the tests that were carried out was a test for the novel corona virus also known as COVID-19. This was a routine procedure and it is important to understand that she has been denied treatment for acute medical conditions including severe arthritis of the knee for years now.

The COVID-19 test came back positive. I imagined that due to the diligent way in which the prison management had been conducting and managing the facility, a COVID-19 outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Because we have been doing our own due diligence and taking all possible measures at all times, we imagined that they were safe from the clear and present danger of COVID-19.To the best of my knowledge the prison authorities have also been doing the same.

Once I heard of the result my first act was to ensure that it was tried, tested and confirmed. I expected that following our risky entrance into the predictable petri dish of Kaduna State prison for what it is; the person in charge of Kaduna State prison will officially do his job. And must inform the State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and the chain of command that the current campaign of torture, extortion, corruption and murder has come to this and my mother Zeenah Ibraheem needs to be immediately hospitalized. This has not been done and so I have no choice but to scream the details out.

This is how it currently stands:-

On day 0/Zero. This most horrific news was delivered to the deputy controller of prisons (DC) and his most immediate superior (CP). He granted unrestricted access for all medical staff to deliver primary care to my mother, Zeenah Ibraheem.

On day 1/One The Medical Team was harassed and pestered to throw all caution and care, or risk threats to their persons, their families and their personal Integrity. During their efforts to deliver immediate primary care.

On day 2/two apparently the order came down on the controller of prisons (CP) to test again. The thorough and diligent efforts of all the many professionals who have done their job is not enough. The test result must be tested again. And so we did. Because apparently they want to test the veracity of medical results that were from the same labs following the same protocols.

On day 3/three my mother Zeenah Ibraheem is yet to be hospitalized. Instead there seems to be a commotion of people bent on using the COVID-19 virus as an assassination tool.

I want to ask; why is my mother not in a hospital? Why are you doing this? We all know that Covid-19 requires an immediate response of urgent adherence to medical advice. Why are the rules being bent against her and him? By her I mean my mother Zeenah Ibraheem. By him I mean Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

On day 4/four The Idea of follow appropriate protocol as the rules might require. Recognize that you don’t have to soil your hands in the same pit as the Evil trio. As an inaugurated, certified and confirmed, member of the hit squad that can kill people on command, I say this: this is not a joke.

On day 5/five at the 11th hour I am completely helpless and powerless to do anything to save My mother who is currently infected with Covid-19. If the same is true for my father I will not be able to do anymore.

Today is day 6/six since I heard about the outbreak. This is the Nigeria in which I was born, This Is the Nigeria in which I live, This is the Nigeria in which my brothers have been murdered, this is the Nigeria where you will never be allowed to take care of even your own mother.

From Day 0 the medically required procedure has been to:

1)The testing of all primary contacts associated with the positive patient, who is in this case my mother, Zeenah Ibraheem. And also my father’s primary contact. 

These have been done.

2) Attend to the Medical Necessity that requires the immediate Hospitalization of all positive patients in this case my mother Zeenah Ibraheem.

This disruptive plague is not a joke. It has not disappeared, it will not miraculously disappear and it is not a conspiracy theory.

My mother is still in Kaduna prison at the moment, she is yet to be hospitalized, she is yet to receive proper health care.

Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky.

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Namdas Becomes Chairman TWG On Civilian Harm Mitigation

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC),  Thursday in Abuja appointed the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas as the Chairman Technical Working Group on Protection of Civilian and Civilian Harm Mitigation in Nigeria.

This was dropped  at the official launch of the Technical Working Group by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA).

Nigeria has been fighting a decade-long insurgency that has placed civilians in the middle with millions rendered homeless and hundreds of thousands losing their lives. This has raised concern on civilian protection in this midst of the crisis and other security challenges in the country.

With this  inauguration of stakeholders will be brought to underpin the protection of civilians and civilian harm mitigation in arms conflict as a critical element of the committee’s work.

The Technical Working Group is therefore expected to coordinate, collaborate and communicate more and design strategies that influence the frameworks, orientation, and operational guidelines of security agencies.

Delivering his address at the inauguration, Namdas urged the members of the TWG to demonstrate partnership and geniuses in their efforts.

” To address the evolution of the conflict in Nigeria and ongoing civilian protection challenges, the TWG is geared to advance strategies and practices that minimize civilian harm. Considering your strategic importance in the sector, your institution is carefully selected as a member of the TWG.

” There had been efforts to engage Nigerian government to develop protection of civilian policy/legislation that would put civilians at the heart of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations as well as other military operations across the country. This platform is indeed novel and largely innovative to actualize this mandate using all administrative channels.” Namdas said.

He noted that the most effective way to restore security and deliberately combat violent extremism is to put the protection of civilians at the heart of Nigeria’s military operations.

” The primary objective of this working group is to bring together stakeholders from government, CSOs, and security forces (to include Police, Civil Defence, FRSC, Customs, and Immigration) to discuss protection concerns and improve civilian protection. Elevating protection of civilians as an objective in Nigeria’s approach to addressing these challenges will require changes in Nigeria’s use of its security forces, particularly training, doctrine, exercises, and operations of the security forces and its strategic influence with the citizens.” He added.

The Technical Working Group is expected to provide an opportunity for the state and non-state actors to dialogue and deliberate on strategies and best practices as well as take into account precautions in the conduct of hostilities.

According to Namdas, “No effective protection strategy can be conceived without a sound understanding of the violations/abuses that were committed: this includes, inter alia, their rationale, their direct and indirect effects, and the social and legal framework in which they took place.”

While appreciating CISLAC and OSIWA for providing the resources needed to host the inauguration, the chairman waste no time in asking for funds to be dedicated to activities of the TWG.

” Our earnest request should be that some funds should be dedicated to activities not earlier scheduled as there might be specific resolutions to work on aspects that will help galvanize the objective of this working group,” he said.

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