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JUST IN: 48 out of 110 tractors looted in Adamawa recovered- NECAS Boss

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At least 48 of the 110 tractors looted by hoodlums in Adamawa state have been recovered just as Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri threatened that houses looted items are found risk demolition.

Hoodlums were reported to have stolen at least 110 tractors and other farm implements from the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola.

NECAS is involved in agriculture-related services and human capacity development across the North-East region States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.

Since its establishment in 2018, the association has expanded its scope of activities, especially through the Federal Government, CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), mechanisation drive, and partnerships with development agencies.

Confirming this development the chairman of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Umar-Daware, said that so far 48 tractors were recovered.

‘’ For now, 48  out of the 110 tractors taken away by looters were recovered.

‘’The hoodlums also broke into the main warehouses of the Rice Farmers Association and Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, carting away valuables which include farm inputs and fertilisers.

 “They did not only take tones of produce, but they also made away with the farm inputs for the dry season farming and the offices of Rice Farmers’ Association, Maize Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (MFAN) and the NECAS were also looted and vandalised.

 “What they took away include tonnes of rice, beans, maize, sorghum and millets, and computers, tables, chairs, office equipment, water dispensers and cash,’’ he said.

To this end, Daware , urged people in Adamawa and its environs to be on the lookout for anybody in possession of the tractors, and report to NECAS, RIFAN, and MFAN officials for recovery and necessary action.

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Sen. Ndume reminds in Prison For Not Producing Maina

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ordered Sen. Ali Ndume to be remanded in Kuje Prison following Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT)’s refusal to appear for his trial.

Justice Okon Abang gave the order when Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District, failed to file a formal application to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond of N500 million deposed to on May 5 to stand as surety for Maina.

The EFCC’s Lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, had, on Nov. 18, asked the court to make an order for the lawmaker to forfeit the bail bond since Maina, who he stood as surety for, had jumped bail.

Abubakar also asked the court to revoke Maina’s bail and issued a warrant of arrest on him.

Although the court granted the applications by the EFCC on Maina, it gave Ndume an opportunity to appear with his legal representation and adjourned until Dec. 23.

Justice Abang, in his ruling, ordered Ndume’s remand pending the time he was able to fulfill the bail bond or produce Maina in court

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Kidnapped Nasarawa APC Chairman killed, Dumped Behind His House

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Mr Philip Tatari Shekwo, the kinnaped Nasarawa Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been killed by his abductors.

Adamawa Times had earlier reported that Mr. Philip was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday around 11pm.

The Police Commissioner in the state Mr. Emmanuel Bola Longe, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said the unidentified gunmen stormed the resident of the APC chairman near Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi, in Lafia.

Sources told this medium that the kidnappers had killed Mr. Philip and dumbed his corpse behind his house.

The State police commissioner could not be reached for comments as at press time.

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Alleged N2b Bribe: Senate President threatens court action against Sahara Reporters

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The Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, along with Sen. Mohammed Musa, have given an online publication, Sahara Reporters, a seven-day ultimatum to retract an alleged libellous publication.

The duo described the publication as false and misleading.

Counsel to the Senate President, Mr Ahmed Raji, (SAN), wrote a letter to the media firm on behalf of his client asking it to retract the report within seven days and tender an unreserved apology.

Raji said that the publication was in respect of an alleged false and misleading information on the reappointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The senior lawyer said that the offensive report was published by Sahara Reporters on Nov. 18 with the headline; “How INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, allegedly paid N3 billion to secure reappointment.”

He said that Sahara Reporters alleged that a group led by Lawan collected N2 billion from the INEC Chairman and another N1 billion through another group.

The payment of the money was allegedly aided by Sen. Musa.

The letter reads in part: ”Our clients deny in its entirety the contents of the above publication and innuendoes therein.

“Our clients further state that every allegation against them in the said publication is utterly false and defamatory to their persons and character, Raji Said.

He said that in view of the above declarations, his clients have demanded that Sahara Reporters retract the publication and tender an apology within seven days of receiving the letter.

He further said the media outfit was also to enter into negotiation for damages. (NAN)

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