Nasarawa Communities Fight Bandits, Says Governor Sule

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that communities in the state fight bandits who terrorise the people.

He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“In Nasarawa, what we do is that the moment we see the bandits coming in, we alert our people. These people are coming to your side and the information is there.  The communities rise up to the occasion and also the communities fight them,” he said.

Governor Sule blamed the banditry activities in Zamfara State on illegal mining being carried out in the state, adding that those stoking problems in the north-western were interested in illegal mining.

“I think that is the right decision to make. One of the problems we have been facing in Zamfara State and some of these places where mining activities are going on.

“Those who are actually igniting these problems in Zamfara State are those who are interested in mining the gold that is there,” he said.

The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring a no-fly zone in Zamfara as part of the measures to tackle the increasing insecurity in the state.

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While noting that the declaring of the presidential order is long overdue, he said the government had to take time to carefully understand the Zamfara situation before coming up with decisive action.

“I think the government wanted to take a lot of time and understand what is going on there before they imposed a no-fly zone. I think the no-fly zone is even overdue, so imposing it today is fantastic, excellent.

“It will bring out more of those people who are hiding under whatever guise and taking care of this mining. It is a lot of illegal mining and not about the economy of the state,” he added.

To the Nasarawa Governor, the presidential ban on mining activities would effectively address the insecurity in the state, adding that the order wouldn’t affect the economy of Zamfara State.

On the granting of amnesty to bandits, the governor explained that he, alongside his other northern colleagues, would not give in to the dictates of those he described as militants.

Although he said that the recent release of the abducted Zamfara schoolgirls was made possible via negotiation, the governor explained that his administration would approach insecurity using both kinetic and non-kinetic strategy.

His remarks come few hours after President He made the disclosure to State House correspondents after a five-hour National Security Council meeting presided over by the President at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

Governor Sule Travels To US For Medical, Hands Over Power To Deputy

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has travelled to the United States of America for a medical check-up.

The governor notified the State House of Assembly about the two weeks trip from December 13 to 29.

During plenary on Monday, the Speaker of House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi,  read Governor Sule’s letter to the members tagged “Notification to Travel to the United States of America”.

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“I wish to inform the Rt Hon speaker that I shall be traveling to the United States of America for a medical check-up from Sunday, 13th to Saturday 29th Dec. 2020,” the letter partly read.

“Accordingly, in my absence, the deputy Governor would oversee the affairs of the state pending my return.”

Nine Arrested Over Killing Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

File photo of the former Nasarawa APC Chairman, Phillip Shekwo

 

Nine people have been arrested over the killing of the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Phillip Shekwo.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Friday while hosting members of the Trade Union Congress in Lafia, the state capital.

He noted that the arrest is a result of intensified combing of the routes followed by the perpetrators.

“For the past four days, the combined military operations have been trailing the routes where they believe those who killed our Chairman followed. They have been combing the place,” Governor Sule said.

“I am happy to inform you that the people we were suspecting, so far anyway, nine people have been arrested and are being interrogated in connection to the killing of our Chairman.”

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According to the governor, combined military operations killed three people in connection to the killing at the Loko development area of the state, adding that four AK-47 rifles were also recovered.

“More important than that, around 3 am this morning, the combined operations followed some of these people around Loko and they killed 3 of them, after killing them they recovered four AK47 rifles from them, we are hoping and praying that it is the same people who carried out this exercise”.

He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving the security situation in the state, noting “We have always said that security is never too expensive for us unless we don’t have the resources but if we have the resources, we will put in all our resources to make sure that we protect the lives and property of our people, that we have taken seriously and will continue to do that.”

This comes five days after the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe in the state told Channels Television that Shekwo who was earlier kidnapped at his residence on Saturday was found dead.

The police boss said the body of the deceased was found not far from his house in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, and has been evacuated to the Dalhatu Araf specialist hospital.

Banditry and kidnapping are on the rise in Nigeria’s north, particularly in Kaduna State.

Recently, the district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Haruna Kuye, and his son were killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Also last week, three members of the Kaduna State Vigilante Service were killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Sule To Rejig Security Apparatus After Recent Killings In Nasarawa

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State Government is planning to restructure its security apparatus following the recent killings in the state.

A day after the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa, Phillips Shekwo, was murdered, a Fulani traditional ruler and an unidentified young man have also been killed.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this at an emergency security meeting held on Monday at the council chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

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He noted that both men, who were from Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, were killed on Sunday by yet-to-be-identified persons.

“In Nasarawa Local Government, around Udege area, another incident also took place concerning one of the Ardos in that area and there was also another loss of life in that area.

“Last night, another young man lost his life right inside his bedroom,” the governor who was visibly sad told the meeting.

He added, “We strongly believe that as a government, our responsibility has to do with the protection of lives and property of our citizens.

“So, we have to come quickly and look at those various issues and ensure that we provide means of resolving them.”

 

Rejig Security Apparatus 

Top on the agenda of the meeting was the establishment of a security rapid response unit, among other measures to tackle the rising spate of insecurity in the state.

The meeting was attended by the heads of various security outfits in the state, as well as the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage, among other stakeholders.

The meeting held two days after Shekwo, was murdered. He was abducted from his house on Saturday night.

Before the commencement of the meeting, the governor received some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit over the death of the APC chairman.

He told his guests that the state security apparatus would be restructured, adding that the government was already investigating the killing.

“A thorough investigation is being carried out and we are restructuring the entire security apparatus; we are looking at the situation.

“If such a thing could happen to the chairman who has security personnel attached to him, then none of us is actually safe from this.

“That is the reason why we have to take it very seriously to make sure we find a way of protecting our people,” he said.

Sule Expresses Shock Over Death Of State APC Chairman, Seeks Justice

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, on Sunday said he was shocked at the killing of the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Philip Tatari Shekwo.

Shekwo’s body was found dead on Sunday after gunmen forcefully gained entrance into his residence on Saturday night and kidnapped him.

“We received with great shock and bewilderment the killing of the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mr. Philip Tatari Shekwo in the hands of yet to be identified gunmen who forcefully gained entrance into his residence last night,” Sule said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman, Ibrahim Addra.

READ ALSO: Kidnapped Nasarawa APC Chairman Found Dead

“I am personally traumatized by this gruesome and inhuman act that has left myself, Mr. Shekwo’s family members, the APC family and indeed all well meaning people shattered.

“My prayers and thoughts go to the family of the late Shekwo. He was a great husband, a statesman, peaceful gentleman and loyal party man.”

Sule added that security agencies have begun investigation into the matter, noting that every resource will be deployed to fish out the killers.

“I will like to assure all that the perpetrators of this dastard act will not go scot free,” he said. “Investigations have already commenced by our security agencies who will do all it takes to hunt down these criminals and bring them to justice.

“This killing has further our resolve to deploy every resource to fight crime and criminality and secure our people and their property.

“I urge all to remain resilient as we fight those who are bent on instilling fear in us and alter the restored peace in our state.

“We will not allow them and the Almighty will never allow them.”

Nasarawa Governor Commends Military For Killing ‘Notorious’ Bandit

(File photo) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has commended the military for the killing of a notorious kidnapper, Buju Bazamfare alongside other bandits a few days ago.

The governor commended Nigerian Army Four Special Forces Command during the State Executive Council meeting which held in Lafia on Monday.

“I also want to show appreciation for the support we continue to receive in the area of security in the state. I am happy to note that the military Special Forces Command in Doma, were able to have an inroad between the last meeting and now, especially when it comes to the killing of some major bandits including Buju Bazamfare that was killed about a few days ago.

“We want to congratulate the military for all the successes they continue to have with the bandits and we pray that God almighty will bring an end to all the security challenges we face in the country,” he said.

Bazamfare and his gang were said to have been terrorising Nasarawa and other bordering states for many years before his death.

The military is however yet to give details surrounding the death.

Nasarawa Governor Sule Calls For Training Of Police Officers

File photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has called for the training of personnel of the Nigeria Police to tackle the numerous security challenges in the country.

He made the call during an empowerment programme on Friday in Karu, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

While describing the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as disheartening, the governor called for understanding from the youths.

“The kind of reforms we would want is to ensure that the police is well trained and well equipped and that is why it is disheartening to see that SARS is completely dismantled,” he said.

“SARS as I understand is the unit that has been trained specifically to be able to confront armed robbery and some kind of dangers that probably other policemen have not been trained for that.

“Now that we have dismantled them, whatever form that we have, we have to go and train them again so I call on us to use the opportunity not to be throwing away the bathing water and the baby at the same time.”

The governor’s call comes three weeks after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, dissolved the infamous subunit of the force following allegations of police brutality and human rights violations in the country.

Two days after scrapping SARS, the police boss set up Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the defunct squad.

The IGP thereafter subjected prospective members of the new team to a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

Beyond that, the IGP also ordered all personnel of the disbanded SARS to report to the Force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

According to the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the medical examination will be carried out by a newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a unit which the Force says will, henceforth, engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of the officers of the force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

Nasarawa Seeks Oil Exploration Support From Kuwait

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa State Government has sought the support of Kuwait in its oil exploration efforts in the state.

This was disclosed in a letter delivered to the Kuwait Embassy in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on the Nasarawa Liaison office, Yusuf Maianguwa.

The governor explained that the support is necessary to enable the state to join the league of oil-producing states in Nigeria.

He also used the opportunity to commiserate with the Kuwait Ambassador to Nigeria, AbdulAziz AlBisher over the death of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah who died on September 29.

Governor Sule described the late Emir as a great freedom fighter and a global humanitarian who battled and restored the country’s international relations after the Gulf War.

While eulogising the late monarch as an astute and judicious leader, he attributed the technological and economic advancement of Kuwait through the Emir’s wealth of experience.

Similarly, the Nasarawa governor congratulated the new Emir of Kuwait, Prince Nawaf for succeeding his late elder brother and prayed that God grants him the wisdom and strength to lead Kuwait to greatness.

He called on the new leader to sustain the existing bilateral relations between Kuwait and Nasarawa State,

On his part, the Kuwait Ambassador who received the state delegation, thanked the governor for the kind gesture.

He however promised to extend the governor’s condolences to the new Emir of Kuwait.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had in 2017 said oil exploration activities would commence in Nasarawa State.

Governor Sule Vows To Tackle Security Challenges In Nasarawa

(File Photo) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has vowed to tackle the security challenges facing the state.

He made this known on Monday while receiving traditional rulers from across the state who came to pay him the traditional Sallah homage, at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sule explained that already, the state is beginning to enjoy goodwill from across the country as exemplified by the recent listings of Nasarawa State as being among the top four states in the federation to attract investments.

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He added that the state has also been recognised as one of the 22 states known for their transparency and accountability, with a special package earmarked for the state.

“With all these goodwills coming to us, we cannot allow our state to be distracted, not by any kinds of rumours, insecurity or any individuals not matter how highly placed.

“We won’t be distracted, we will remain focused, otherwise we will not achieve our development agenda,” he said.

Governor Sule Hands Over 160-Bed Hospital To Federal University Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks while donating some patrol vehicles and other items to the Army on April 27, 2020.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has handed over a one hundred and sixty-bed capacity hospital to the Federal University, Lafia for the commencement of its college for the medical programmes.

During the ceremony, Sule requested that 50 per cent of admission for the study of medicine be reserved for indigenes as he believes that will help fill up the gap of inadequate health personnel in the state.

“This is in tandem with the determination of our administration to prioritize and strengthen the health care system of the State, considering the fact that the achievement of an industrialized State is contingent upon a healthy population.

“I need to reiterate that Government will continue to support the University in the training of medical personnel who will handle the issue of healthcare delivery,” he said.

The N1.2 billion hospital is to serve as a teaching hospital for the college which has begun admission.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist  Ahmed Yahaya, described the handing over of the facility to FULAFIA as historic, highlighting the state government’s commitment to focus on health, education, security and economy.

Yahaya recounted that two other similar projects were sited in Akwanga area of the state by the previous administration, as part of initiatives to boost the health sector.

Responding, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, said the handing over of the facility by the state government will remain indelible in the annals of the history of the institution.

While expressing gratitude over the gesture,  the VC highlighted the numerous contributions by the Nasarawa State Government from the onset of the institution to the establishment of its school of medicine.

He announced that the institution has commenced the process of admitting students into MBBS, Radiography, Nursing, MLS, Anatomy, Physiology and others.

The VC assured the governor that his request will be granted.

Nasarawa Governor Presents Revised N62.9bn Budget To Assembly

(FILE PHOTO) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has presented a revised 2020 budget of N62.96billion to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval due to the effect of coronavirus on the economy.

The Speaker of the House, Balarabe Abdullahi announced this after the lawmaker representing Awe North constituency, Tanko Tunga, read the governor’s letter during the House Proceedings in Lafia.

Abdullahi said the revised budget tagged “Budget of Inclusive Development” was necessary as the pandemic has affected the socio-economic activities of the state, the country and the world at large.

He noted that in furtherance of its support to the Governor Sule administration, the House has expeditiously passed the 2020 Appropriation Amendment Bill of the sum 62.96billion naira into first and second reading respectively.

“A bill for a law to amend the Nasarawa State 2020 appropriation bill of N62,968,348,139.00  only for the services of Nasarawa State has scaled first and second reading at the House.

“The accelerated passage was due to the importance of the budget to the development of the state as a result of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

“The recurrent expenditure is N31,943,912,285.00.billion only while the Capital expenditure is N26,465,632,374.00 billion only and the consolidated revenue fund charges are N4,558,803,479.00 billion only,” the Speaker said.

What We Are Doing To Rescue Over 30 Kidnapped Persons – Nasarawa Govt

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State government says it is collaborating with the security agencies to secure the release of over 30 people kidnapped in the state.

According to the government, the persons were recently kidnapped by armed men and taken to the bush around the Udege Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, revealed the effort of the government to rescue them while delivering his opening remarks at an emergency Executive Council Meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

He also used the opportunity of the meeting to give an update on the emerging security challenges, especially in the western senatorial zone of the state.

Governor Sule decried the recent incident in which occupants of three vehicles, numbering more than 30 were kidnapped by gunmen.

He said, “We are working along with the Federal agencies, the police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the military to ensure that we are able to rescue the people who have been kidnapped  and taken to the bush in that area.”

“The government is on top of the situation and we are going to do the best we can to ensure that they are released,” the governor promised.

He added that the state government was taking measures to reduce the inherent risk in the area, especially around the major road leading to Benue State.