As the Adamawa state government intensify efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 with lockdown order, residents expressed support, as they beg for palliative.
Some residents spoken to were emphatic that the lockdown the measure will significantly contain the spread of the disease.
Habu Baba a resident of Malamre said though the measures taken by Gov. Fintiri will check the spread in Adamawa however prevailed on the need for community and religious leaders to assist.
‘’ There should be constant r meetings between the religious leaders, community leaders, security agencies, and government on the way forward for Fintiri’s efforts to achieve desired results.
” our pastors and imams should put hands on deck, the government should punish anyone found wanting, we must protect lives and that of our families, it is he who is alive that prays,” he said.
Mr James Aboki a petty trader at Jimeta Ultra-Modern market said it is the right steps taken by the government with what is happening some northern states, we have no choice than to cooperate with Fintiri to keep our state safe”
‘’I am in 100% support of all the measures put in place, I have spoken with other traders on the need for us to remain safe and our religious leaders, need to convince their followers on social distancing, the fight is for us all and not for Finitiri and cabinet alone.
‘’ While residents comply with the lockdown order, please we want governor Fintiri to help us by palliative,’’ Aboki urges.
For Madam Gambo Musa said, if this step taken will protect us fine but from what I was last time and if stringent measures are not taken against offenders then we might embark on exercises in futility.
‘’The government should extend its hand to us, people are finding it difficult as economic bites; we need food to eat,’’ she said.
In the wake of the COVID-19 index case in the state, the state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri imposed another 14-day lockdown, he signed an executive to contain the spread of the disease.
To this end, a special mobile court was set up which has since convicted 21 persons for violating the movement restriction order.
A total of about 50 persons were arraigned on Monday out of which 21 were convicted and sentenced to two-hour community service.
The convicts were ordered to sweep part of the Jimeta Modern market in Yola.
Magistrate Daniel John, who handed down the judgment, had acquitted 29 accused persons arraigned by the police.
Speaking earlier, spokesperson for the state police command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, said security forces were working in synergy to enforce the lockdown order.
He said, “We have arrested a number of motorists, and they will appear before a mobile court.”
.In the meantime, the first index case in the state is stable and has regained his health stressing that he is much better than he was when he was taken into isolation.
The contracted person in a telephone chat, said:” I am feeling stronger and well and believe l will be discharged soon, they will fix a date for the confirmation test, I feel better, stronger than before.”
From the conversation, one can observe that the patient is in a very stable condition and is getting over the stigmatization that was done in the social media
“Hi my Brother, I’m really happy to speak with you, thank you for the prayers and I know you guys and Nigerians are standing by me. God’s willing, I’m getting over and winning the war against the virus with a revamped health”.
“But you know one thing? I’m pretty good and by God’s willing I will come out negative, my prayers is that let the case index in Adamawa remains one forever.
‘’ I am s stable and normal that’s why I can call and pick calls at will, I remain grateful to the government of Adamawa state and to my colleagues who have been calling me from within and outside the state,’’ his words.
A situation report by the State Ministry of Health indicates that the seven front line contacts of the first COVID-19 index case recorded in the state were tested negative to the virus.
The report which was co-signed by Dr. Pembi Emmanuel, state epidemiologist, and Dr. Jerry Pantuvo, World Health Organization’s (WHO) surveillance officer on April 26, 2020 stated that since the outbreak of the disease in the state, only one positive case was confirmed on April 21, 2020.
“Index case is a 47-year-old man who presented with cough, fever, and body weakness on his return from Kano on 14 of April 2020. The sample was collected on 18/04/2020.
” Patient is stable with all vital signs return to normal.
” A total of 25 suspected cases have been investigated, 1 positive, 7 negative and 17 pending,” the report said.
The report noted that a total of 94 contacts have been registered adding that 84 of these contacts are under follow up.
Buhari mourns Ex-IGP Gambo Jimeta , described him as a great statesman
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.
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Namdas Becomes Chairman TWG On Civilian Harm Mitigation
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.