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Published On: Sun, Jan 18th, 2015

Boko Haram: Adamawa northern zone now safe for returnees-Police, SSS

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From Umar Dankano, Yola.

The Adamawa northern senatorial district has been confirmed to be safe and secure for people to return and continue with their lawful activities, especially Mubi, Maiha and Uba Askira towns respectively.

The development was made public by the security agencies at a stakeholders meeting convened by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Adamawa State branch which brought stakeholders cutting across all the political parties in the state and the security agencies operating in the state to deliberate on the forth coming February elections.

State commissioner of police, Gabriel Adaji who spoke at the meeting held at the INEC conference hall said Mubi and Maiha with the exception of Michika and Madagali are now safe for citizens to go about their lawful activities.

CP Adaji disclosed that there was no incidence for now in Mubi and Maiha that could create any condition to panic about, yet he failed to offer any assurance of elections holding in the area.

“As for now, that I am talking to you the state apart from Michika and Madagali is safe”. Adaji advanced

Corroborating the CP’s position, Director in charge of State Security Services in the state,Mr. Olugbenga Jaiyeoba expressed worry about what he described as the political Boko Haram working to subvert any plans to hold elections in the those areas.

SSS boss who explained that his position did not defer from that of the police commissioner, stressed that his skepticism about elections holding in Mubi and Maiha was based on the fact that there was three kinds of Boko Haram, “the political Boko Haram, the criminal Boko Haram which has been hijacked by armed robbers and the real Boko Haram”.

He said the real Boko Haram will never tell you when they are coming and observed that the real success of the elections however depends on the politicians who he charged not to hide under the cloak of the political Boko Haram to scuttle the elections in the area

He added that if the politicians create a conducive atmosphere for the elections, the security agencies will only have to just key into it and everybody will be better for it.

The newly posted resident electoral commissioner for the state, Alh. Yusuf Shehu Baba promised to communicate whatever decision was reached with the security agencies on whether to conduct elections in the area.

The INEC REC said the conduct of credible free and fair elections lay with stakeholders of the political parties while observing that INEC alone could not guarantee smooth elections devoid of violence if the political parties and their aspirants did not key into plans to ensure the elections hold without violence and acrimony.

 

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