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10 injured as Adamawa councillors, police engage in free-for-all


Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State

No money to pay council chiefs, says Bindow
Workers at the Adamawa State Deputy Governor’s office yesterday locked themselves up in their offices, as 226 councillors engaged the police attached to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow in a free for all in which 10 councillors were injured.

Trouble started about 11 am, when Bindow, while addressing the councillors who were protesting the non-payment of their allowances since they assumed office in 2016.

The protesting councillors were furious when the governor told them that he had no money to pay them. Their tenure expires on July 28, 2018.

Bindow said: “I cannot pay you because I don’t have money to pay. It is not my fault, but it is a general problem in the country. So, there is nothing I can do about your problems.”

The angry councillors started insults on the Chief of Staff (COS) to the governor, Abdullraman Abba Jimeta, who described the councillors, as ingrates and greedy people.

When Bindow asked his COS to speak, the aggrieved councillors rebuffed, shouted down and bullied him.

The fight, however, started when the COS directed the police attached to the governor to arrest the councillors who were bulling him.

The 226 councillors quickly mobilised to resist the arrest of their colleagues, a situation that led to the police injuring about 10 of them and tearing their attires into pieces.

The councilors shouted: “We no go agree! This is dictatorial, why should policemen be used as hunting dogs. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) should caution overzealous escorts.

But as the councillors continued to protest, they forced the police to release their arrested colleagues.

The injured councillors were then put in cars and zoomed off by their colleagues to unknown hospital.

During a meeting with Bindow, Chairman of the Adamawa State Councillors Association (ASCA), Danjuma Hamman-Adama Nbaleri, had sought Bindow’s intervention to pay their furniture allowance of over N3.5 million each.

Nbaleri said that his colleagues were heavily indebted and may end up in jail if they leave office without being paid.

“If care is not taken, with the level of our indebtedness, most of us may go to prison. Our allowances have not been paid and you have reduced our tenure. We find ourselves in a pathetic situation. Please kindly pay us our allowances,” he said.

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