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Deceptive Defamation! Disinformation! Misinformation! Between Nas FM Radio And FMC Yola



By Yunusa Abubakar

The weekends before, Nas FM Radio was considered by the staff of, to have launched an onslaught on the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Yola, the present Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola, Adamawa state, on the incident at the accident and emergency unit. The onslaught would however not elicit clinical response from the management of the institution.

The following weekend, in more of an update or what the clinicians would refer to as follow-up while reviewing their clients, Nas FM launched another onslaught, inviting the intervention of relevant bodies and authorities to challenge what the reporter, one Binyaminu Konkol, would consider as professional anomaly to have resulted in the lost of accident victims’ lives.

This too, would not elicit media response from the management of the health institution, even when the name of the head of information and media relations of the institution, Adamu Muhammad Dodo was mentioned in the onslaught, where he was technically accused of infringing the freedom of information, FOI, with a certain lawyer, said to be made to be involved in critical practice, justifying the FOI, without given adequate prior information of what actually transpired.

Could Dodo be that reckless to ignore FOI, to deny information, to snub the reporter as insinuated bearing in mind that he read, teaches and practices journalism, more still as a publisher?

For Dodo, the report was but “a profound exhibition of professional mischief, however misfit; a deceptive defamation, disinformation and misinformation, all in one”.

Dodo would say that he has however informal, related with a principal staff of the private radio station who assured that the situation would be addressed for a redress by bringing the spirited mischief to book without booking for colossal casualty on the station to have resulted from the, to be taken action of the institution, through the information and media relations department.

“Taking some lines from a revolutionary Zimbabwean, I concur that the audacity to lie, disinform, misinform or to be mischievous or treacherous is arguably a human dimension of some man who can never become one with the people because they have nothing in them that can be rehabilitated. They must in earnest be taught to realise the essence of adhering to objectivity in reportage, being ethical and professional in media practice,” Dodo would articulate.

While the management of the healthcare institution is waiting for the feedback from the radio station on the action taken against the defamation, disinformation and misinformation, the online media group would insist on getting the side of the hospital’s story for a balanced reportage.

There was a ghastly accident, which involved a vehicle and commercial tricycle across the bridge. Some passengers were feared dead.

A wife and son of a news reporter with Nas FM radio by name Joseph Kwaya were among the casualties taken to MAUTH Yola by the road safety Marshall..

Kwaya was said to have added insult to his injured wife who was in pain; nagging and cursing that it served her right that his wife left the house with his son to God knows where without prior permission. He was also considering not footing the wife’s medical bills.

The healthcare and medical professionals tried hard to suppress his anger, subdue his frustration with diplomacy; persuading him to consider the critical condition of his wife rather than criticism and cursing, spitting forth rather publicly, what ought to be a domestic issue.

Kwaya was said to have diverted his attention to one of the critically injured, unconscious victims, a lady and without any permission he called a presenter to report live about the condition of the unknown casualty he could have conceived was desirous of assistance.

Hajiya Safeenat Ahmed Salihu is the Head of Social Welfare Department of the health institution and a member of the Hospital Paupers Fund. She explained that accident victims who are either unconscious or without relatives are treated from the Hospital Paupers Fund. It is only when they are stabilized that the information and media relations department would be notified to relate with and through the media in search of the victim’s relatives.

There was no authority from the health institution to make any statement about the condition of the casualty receiving medical attention. This is unethical.

When there was an issue with the medical records staff, regarding the opening of folder, Kwaya went to the media instead of the hospital management, either through SERVICOM, quality control or the information and media relations. Clearly the act is mischievous.

It was entirely misleading to say that accident victims were abandoned because their names were not entered in a folder, how? With or without a folder, the casualties of accident and emergency are being attended to.

It was also not true that a small boy, as one of the casualties died due to professional negligence. The boy was taken to the hospital from the scene of the accident lifeless.

On the update that made up the second onslaught, Dodo explained that he asked the reporter, whom we gathered his name was Bilyaminu Konkol, to forward a formal request from the management of the Nas FM Radio station, stating their request clearly, because he sensed mischief, conspiracy and treachery, perhaps sponsored against the health institution to be executed by the reporter.

“I challenged them why did they come to me now when they should have sought the views of the hospital management before going to the press, previously? There was no cogent reason. Isn’t it a mischief?

“I asked the boy reporter what information he was looking for? He said he would want to have the views of the management on the upgrade of the health facility to a teaching hospital.

“I then asked him why did he go, prior to seeking permission from the management of the hospital, to interview the patients about the difficulties they faced while accessing healthcare delivery in the health facility before he was caught in the mischievous act by the medical records staff of the hospital? He couldn’t answer.

“Sensing the mischief, I simply demanded for a formal request from the management of the private FM radio, before granting the interview,” Dodo explained.

The public is already misinformed. However, Dodo said a lone radio station, having mischievous or untrained reporters, isn’t enough for any damage control consideration.

“I could recall about 7 years ago, when a citizen was perhaps sponsored to launch an onslaught on FMC Yola. to enrich the programme with objectivity, Alhaji Shekarau Yarima, the then programme producer sought for my views which is the management side of the story before going to the press. It was left for the audience to make honest judgment. That’s what we call professionalism in journalism devoid of mischief,” Dodo said.

As it is the FMC management is still waiting for the feedback from the Nas FM radio on the action taken against what is considered as mischief, misinformation and disinformation aimed at defamation.

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Boss Mustapha: The APC Party Man,By Tom



My close watch of Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) over the years has been a man with a strong fraternity to party politics. He is one Nigerian who defined his brand of politics within the context of political party affinity. Once he discovers himself in one, he dies by its principles and its ideologies. This is where the All progressives Congress, APC, the party is lucky to have found him a good Man and part of the party’s camaraderie.

Boss Mustapha from SDP after the merger in 2015 remains committed to preaching and defending the party’s ideals. Is no doubt one of the stanchion Man in the country and his enduring loyalty to the party is a glaring fact he is a die-hard party stalwart.

Knowing this Man from the cradle of his political lifeline to date, I can comfortably say is the Last Man standing for APC come rain come sun shines. Boss has sold out his conscience to build an APC of goodness for the Nigerian people. I have seen his body language, his composure, and his political temperament can go to any length for the APC to remain a national party. Amidst whatever situation, Mustapha can be there for the party he is doing well in working for Nigerians to get out of the woods of stagnation.

The current position he occupies as the sitting SGF, Nigerians have discovered a leader, a Man with a passion to serve, deliver, and recreate a new haven that truly suggests the country as land with multiple mineral and human resources to build a nation of our fore father’s dream is possible.

His knowledge in government is measureless, his experience in leadership is far-flung and his far-reaching experience in business to woo investors of all races and countries has stretched out to many nations of the world.

Barrister Boss Mustapha is one Nigerian Man who is a colonnade of APC with his Mr ” strategist and synergy” titles that has become a slogan of political change mantra in Nigeria, most especially Adamawa State, his land of birth. The Man has no doubt a discovery of wisdom, one of the Adamawa’s Son that is immensely contributing to liberating, emancipating, and salvaging the entire country from the crutches of underdevelopment and putting life, meaning, and adding value into the political lifeline of Nigeria because of his firm belief in APC.

In him is the girdle of strength to lead well, he holds in his hand the rod of direction that will help in taking APC to a haven of rest for all of Nigerians. The party Man despite what people consider weakness in his silence and muteness in delving into national issues. I see it as a virtue of greatness he owned that is using to camp down and stabilize many uproars within and outside the party that will possibly consume the party whenever he talks unduly.

As they say “silence is golden”, to me it’s not only golden, there is power in silence. This is the power Boss got working effectively for all Nigerians. A brainy gift that is helping APC at the National level because of his staunch loyalty to the party.

It is beyond question that he is another beacon of hope, a glorious flying horse for APC. A trailblazer with all the threads of good leadership. Giving life to APC, the party he sojourned fighting tooth and nail to sustain its glorious future for Nigeria and to all Nigerians.

With his resilience and his good intentions for APC and Nigeria, I’m glad to say that Mustapha and many others abound in the country to give hope to Nigerians that the country can be better, ashes of ugliness can be replaced with beauty. I now see hope for Nigeria because there is a Man (Boss) dying to keep the flag of APC flying as a pillar that can bring or spark up the light of progress in all parts of Nigeria.

May I now shout it out and make it boldly in the tablet’s heart of all and sundry that Mr. Boss remains the best loyal Man of APC, the last Man that can ever stand for the party in the interest of all party men. This is where I cherish his brand of politics. A party Man at all times, his belief in serving any political party is what will birth out good leaders that will serve the nation.

I can see his vision and dream of a new APC have made him the number one party Man I cherish. May I, therefore, say that the greatest mistake that each voter can make is to vote against APC in 2023 because Boss Mustapha and many good Nigerians are there. A vote for APC is the best way to get the country out of the woods. I know he will ever give his support that Nigeria and Adamawa will yet be on the rail of development.

A vote for APC where Boss belongs is a value-added change, a wisdom that will set free everyone from retrogression to progression. I’m assured he will make sure that the government will certainly be of the people by the people and for the people.

APC will never be a backward government with Boss as a Man holding tight to its membership card. Nigeria will be secure, free, and well positioned to grow in all facets of life.

The moribund companies and industries owned by the Federal Government will be revived. Life and human sanctity will be meaningful and economy vibrancy will take the lead.

This APC Man has the wherewithal, Boss is more than able to help in turning around Nigeria of today facing all lots of challenges for the World development. He has what it takes to give out for the party to attract global attention, he is well equipped to make Nigeria earned the world news of positive stories of a country with Boko Haram bedeviled the country with many attacks, make it a country that will capture the attention of the global economy.

I see Boss as the best, the hope, and the life-changing supportive gear of the country’s development. His stay in APC is salvation has come to all Nigerians. My respect to this party Man. My call to Nigerians, most especially the people of Adamawa State is just simple, thump up for Boss, the valued APC Man, he is giving much to development of this country in a silence mode, and on the ballot, it should be a thumbs down for the Party he belongs to (APC) come 2023. It’s the only way out. A way into another realm of development.

Boss and APC are for the emancipation of Nigeria. The last and final option. This is my stand, my honest view in the interest of every one of us in the country.

I celebrate this Man for being loyal to APC from inception up to this time. He has no doubts tendencies of shifting loyalty to another party. There is no iota of doubt that he will ever leave, he is standing strong to defend the party at all costs.

Boss Mustapha, the party Man, is my number one role model in Nigerian politics.


Is a Journalist, a political analyst, and an opinion writer. He writes from Yola-Adamawa State. He can be reached through this means:


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Task force busts criminals’ camp, arrests 480 suspects




The combined security Joint Task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has raided uncompleted buildings and undeveloped plots in Maitama and Wuse II areas of Abuja and arrested 480 suspected criminals.

The commander in charge of the team, Bennett Igweh after the arrest, said the suspects were apprehended following the tireless efforts of the Task force in combing black spots within the Federal Capital City.

He explained that the suspects mostly male had turned green areas, undeveloped plots, unoccupied houses into their haven for criminal activities.

Igweh said the team would stop at nothing in riding the city of criminal elements that threaten the peace of the Federal Capital Territory residents.

He disclosed that items recovered from them include police uniforms, mobile phones, loaded pistol, matchets and charms.

According to him, the 480 suspects would be profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.

Igweh said: “We have arrested about 480 suspected criminals, We are going to take many of them to court, they live in an unauthorised places in FCT which is an offence. They want to hide within the shanties and black spots in order to commit havoc in Abuja.

“We will do thorough profiling because we are suspecting that there could be escapees from Kuje Correctional Centre.

“We are starting from the City centre, and we will expand it to other areas, the exercise will reach 21 satellite villages and towns; from Kabusa, Gishiri, Waru, to Wasa and others. We have told them to find where they will go or find a lawful settlement that they can live. We have agreed that if you fight us, we will fight you.

“This operation is one that the security agencies have started since, we are about to start operation G-7 but we want to clear the city centre of of criminals.

“We have agreed to do it together. I’m the Commander of this joint taskforce that comprises of the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , Immigration Service, DSS and other sister agencies. And all of us combined, you can see the result. We started by 1:00 am today, and by about 3 am, this is what we were able to do.

“The suspects specialized in robbery; they have different security uniforms, we caught them with Police uniform. It’s just regrettable.

“In one of the camps, we recovered a fully loaded pistol because we took them by surprise, that was why we were able to recover what we had recovered. We will continue to take them by surprise, as this operation will not stop. We have started it this midnight, and we will continue. We have asked them to leave the town as they are not supposed to be here”


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ADAMAWA 2023: APC Supporters In 5M LGAs Call For Sen Abbo’s Suspension, Substitution With Medugu




The APC supporters in the five local government areas that constitute the northern senatorial district of Adamawa State, namely, Madagali, Maiha, Michika, Mubi North and Mubi South, referred to as 5Ms local governments, earnestly called on the party to suspend Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo, representing the senatorial district and canvassing for continuity, over whipping faith based acrimony for mutual suspicion and mistrust and alleged antipathy to his political party.

The APC supporters urged the leadership of the party to bring Hamisu Idris Medugu, the Sardaunan Duhu, who came second during the party’s primary elections as his substitute should the party desires a top to bottom win that Hon Abdulrazak Saad Namdas, apparently the best House of Representatives member from Adamawa state and other APC stalwarts are advocating for.

The electorates in the northern zone that Abbo is representing at the Senate considered it a proselytised Muslim Hate, taken as Abbos’s new found newfangled theology, tagging those who support APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket as “potential Boko Haram recruits”, which the clerics sermonised as having meant either Tinubu and his choiced Muslim running mate and/or any minimum number of two Muslims and supporters are Boko-Haramic.

Abbo with others is also alleged to be working against his party’s presidential choiced candidate for the 2023 general elections.

“The down with Abbo damnation didn’t start with the electorates, the state chairman of the APC, Hon Ibrahim Bilal equally, by analogy, rather boldly, voiced out that for addressing him as potential Boko Haram recruit simply because he supports the choice of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the APC presidential candidate to go Muslim-Muslim ticket, with the consideration that running a two-minority ticket will not win election; for going against Tinubu and for attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, defined as Anti-Party, he will not support, promote or give representational mandate to Abbo. Why should the electorates support APC’S senatorial bidding in the northern senatorial district with the Muslim-hate Abbo as the ticket bearer?” The electorates would argue.

It could be recalled that Abbo won the Senate seat under the PDP during the 2019 general elections. He however defected from the party that nurtured him to join the APC, the ruling party at the national level, having realised that he would be rendered insignificant and might not scale through the party primaries, for challenging the state governor who is also a PDP.

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