Niger Governor Lauds Tinubu’s Triumph In APC Presidential Primary

A photo combination of Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello and Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A photo combination of Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello and Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has congratulated former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Presidential flag bearer in the 2023 elections.

Tinubu emerged victorious at the party’s Special National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The Governor, in a congratulatory message, said the choice of Tinubu amongst other qualified candidates is an expression of confidence of the teeming party delegates across the country.

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According to him, Tinubu’s victory represents confidence in his ability and capacity to rework the country, reestablish the waning confidence of the people and propel the turnaround of the nation’s dwindling economy in the shortest possible time.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate and rejoice with him. It is an affirmation of his wide acceptance and a clear demonstration that the APC National Leader is credible, capable and has the ability of spearheading a march towards the country’s rebirth”, the Governor said.

The Governor, who described the process of the APC Presidential primaries as free, fair and credible, reaffirmed that the emergence of a Southern candidate as a standard flag bearer of the party is in the best interest of justice, fairness, unity and political stability of the nation.

Bello urged fellow presidential aspirants, leaders, stakeholders and members of the APC to rally round the party’s standard flag bearer and work relentlessly to ensure that the party is returned to power at all levels in the 2023 general elections.

“The transparent and successful conduct of the election and the cooperation of party members, it has become a great stepping stone for the party’s victory in the forthcoming elections next year”, he added.

He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the APC Presidential primary election became a source of consensus rather than division stressing that his guidance has been inspirational to the party.

The Governor commended the party’s Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) for ensuring a hitch-free and successful presidential primaries.

He also applauded party members for conducting themselves in an orderly manner and expressed appreciation to security officers for providing the enabling environment for the successful conduct of the primaries.

Buni Meets With Bello In Abuja, Backs Party’s Actions In His Absence

 

The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, has met with Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello, who acted as the leader of the party in his absence.

Both governors met at the Yobe Governor’s Logde in Abuja on Thursday after Governor Buni returned to the country from a medical trip, amid reports of a leadership tussle in the party.

Governor Buni, however, insisted that the actions of the party, led by Governor Bello, stood, reiterating an earlier statement he issued clarifying that no decision taken in his absence has been overturned.

READ ALSO: All Actions Taken By Gov Bello In My Absence ‘Remain Valid’ – Buni

“Since I travelled, you know the party has not stopped and his excellency (Governor Bello) has done very well in managing the affairs of the party,” he said, adding that the March 26 date scheduled for the APC national convention was sacrosanct.

“So, we are here to discuss the issues going forward. We are now at the finishing line. Of course, you know the convention is at hand, on the 26th of March. So, we are putting heads together to ensure that we achieve the accomplishment.”

Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni and Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello briefed reporters in Abuja on March 17, 2022.
Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni and Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello briefed reporters in Abuja on March 17, 2022.

 

Asked why the Secretary of the APC CECPC Senator John James Akpanudeodehe was not at the meeting, Governor Buni said it was not a formal meeting.

“You can see that they’ve come to welcome me and to wish me well again because I’m coming from a medical trip. So, it’s not a formal meeting that you will ask if the secretary is here or not,” he said.

He added that Senator Akpanudoedehe was at his house earlier.

Governor Bello on his part said that while he was acting national chairman of the party, a lot of progressive was made towards holding the national convention.

“We swore in the state party chairmen, we adopted some of the zoning systems and we adopted some of the decisions of the CECPC (taken) before he (Buni) left,” he said.

A delayed convention

Governor Buni and Bello’s meeting comes after reports of a rift within the APC leadership had emerged last week.

There had been speculations that Governor Buni was planning to postpone the APC convention for the umpteenth time.

The convention has been postponed more than once since Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, was appointed caretaker Chairman.

On March 7, Governor Bello declared himself the acting National Chairman of the CECPC while Buni was away, raising tensions that the latter had been removed permanently with the blessing of the President.

Amid heavy security at the APC secretariat in Abuja, Bello swiftly swore in the party’s 36 State Chairmen, part of activities scheduled before the convention.

Meanwhile, the National Secretary of the APC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe was forced to deny reports that he had resigned from his position.

He also alleged that there were plans to remove him from his position.

‘Just a game’

Reacting to the unravelling situation, Kogi State and APC Senator Smart Adeyemi told Channels Television his colleagues in the National Assembly were not aware that President Muhammadu Buhari had sanctioned Buni’s sack.

“As far as we are concerned in the Senate, we are not aware that Mr President gave a marching order to the acting Chairman to vacate his office,” Mr Adeyemi said.

He added that the controversy was generated by people who have “one interest or the other to protect.”

“It is just a game,” he said. “Mai Mala Buni performed excellently well, he brought in seasoned people, Governors, former Generals, statesmen, he brought them back to the APC. So today the APC is more formidable. In fact we owe him some level of gratitude.

“Buni came when there was crisis in the APC, when the APC was almost collapsing. And he has succeeded to put the party together. And consolidated the party, and we are cruising to victory.”

‘Due process’

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma also noted that Buni could not have been removed without due process.

“APC is a very serious party,” he said, while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “Everything going on at the secretariat now are going on with the knowledge of Mai Mala Buni. And as soon as he comes back, he will also take over the realms of the party.”

To remove Buni, a meeting of the National Executive Committee must be convened, Uzodimma added.

“The right organ of the party to take and implement such decisions is the National Executive Committee. Have we summoned that committee? Because if we do, INEC will be invited to observe. And if they observe, whatever decision taken will be known to them.”

‘No to backstabbing’

Last Saturday, President Buhari had appeared to wade into the controversy for the first time, although he did not, at the time, state his position on Buni’s status in the party.

The President had called for order in the APC.

In a statement signed by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, the President, who is in the United Kingdom for medical treatment, warned APC leaders and members to desist from name calling and backstabbing and avoid the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“They failed in 16 years in power and a failure as opposition,” the President said, as quoted in the statement.

“Yes, we are entitled to our own share of dissent and intra-party discord. These are common in all parties, left and right all over the world.

“But parties splintered by competing egos destine themselves to the worst possible fate,” the President warned.

“As the country prepares for the long run up to the 2023 presidential election, we all expect a robust debate on the issues that matter and what is going in the APC should be a reflection of this, not the infighting we are seeing. There must be no more distractions ahead of the convention to choose new leaders.”

He said the APC must remain focused on developing the nation.

“We didn’t start on the note of arrogance of power, nor see government as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement, to be held at all costs, but a vehicle to bring development to all without discrimination-political, ethnic or regional to our dear country made this success possible,” the President said.

“Given all that is at a stake, we can expect contests into offices as we are now faced with to be heated although candidates and their promoters for party offices are not so much debating policy differences but differences of management, personality, character, and suitability for the most important leadership roles in our country and therefore the continent.”

Niger Communities Still Paying Levies To Bandits, Governor Bello Laments

 

Residents of some communities in Niger have continued to pay levies to terrorists in exchange for protection against attacks on their settlements, authorities in the state have said.

Governor Abubakar Bello, who stated this on Tuesday shortly after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa in Abuja, lamented that such payments were not enough to stop the attacks.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting with the President, he said the state government has appealed to the residents of the affected communities not to pay any money to the terrorists.

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“We still have some communities where ransoms are being collected,” the governor said. “We will try to discourage them (residents) from paying such ransoms because even when they pay ransoms, it doesn’t stop bandits from attacking them again.

“When you pay levies to bandits, they use such money to purchase weapons and they come back to attack you.”

 

Governor Abubakar Bello

 

The governor, however, called for the massive recruitment of security personnel and deployment to the state in order to bring the situation under control.

He admitted that there were serious concerns about sustaining the fight against the terrorist group, stressing that informants within the communities constitute a major challenge.

Governor Bello also urged states sharing borders with Niger, including Kebbi and Kaduna to collaborate with his administration to ensure sustainability in the fight against criminals in their domains.

But he is optimistic that with the current level of intervention, temporary respite would come to residents of the affected communities in two weeks.

“This afternoon, I came to visit Mr President to give him an update on the security situation in Niger State with regard to banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling among others,” the governor briefed.

“We had a very fruitful discussion. We were able to review some of the invasions in the state. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you all. In the last few days, there have been a lot of activities in Niger State and hopefully, in the next few weeks, we will see some relief with regard to banditry.”

Niger Governor Bello Asks Security Agencies To Rescue Abducted Chinese Nationals

A file photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has asked the security agencies to rescue the abducted Chinese Nationals working at the Sino-Hydro Electric Power Dam Zungeru, Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.

Gunmen had stormed the facility on Wednesday, abducting three Chinese workers. They also killed some guards working in the power dam.

In a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the governor condemned the attack, wondering how the gunmen were able to access the facility despite the presence of security operatives.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Abduct Chinese Workers, Kill Security Guards At Hydropower Dam In Niger State

According to Governor Bello, the attack is really disturbing as it would cause some setbacks to the Zungeru Dam project which the Federal government has been making efforts to complete in record time.

“It really saddened my heart to hear about this attack. It is even more worrisome to know that the lives of the labourers were involved. This action might negatively affect the completion of the Zungeru Dam which is of great significance to the country,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“My heart goes out to the family of the labourers that were killed and those that are injured; I pray that Allah will grant them quick recovery.

He also prayed that God will forgive the deceased and grant them eternal rest.

The governor also reiterated the need for the security agents to go all out to bring the criminal activities in some parts of the state, especially now that the perpetrators have recently been declared as terrorists by the Federal Government.

This is even as he commended the efforts of the security personnel who engaged the terrorists.

Governor Bello Mourns Victims Of Niger Boat Mishap

Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.
Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has mourned the victims of a boat mishap at Zhigiri village in Shiroro Local Government of the state.

No fewer than seven persons lost their lives on Sunday when the villagers were heading to Dnaweto – a neighboring village in the hinterland for a naming ceremony.

Three days after the incident, the governor said he was saddened by the accident, describing it as painful and unfortunate.

He commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed to God to forgive their shortcomings and grant them eternal rest.

READ ALSO: Seven Die In Niger State Boat Mishap

“I am really sad with the unfortunate boat mishap,” the Governor said. “Measures need to be put in place to really avoid reoccurrence.

“It is good to have the dam, it is also important to protect the people living around the dam. My prayers are with the family members of the victims. I urge them to accept the incident as an act of Allah.”

The governor observed that the construction of the Zungeru Dam has forced the residents of the affected communities to adopt water transportation.

He, therefore, called on the Hydro Power Producing Area Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to as a matter of urgency, provide safety kits such as life jackets, and sensitise members of affected communities on water transportation.

While acknowledging that the Zungeru Dam was to boost power generation in the country, the governor said the people living in communities around the dam must be protected.

The governor equally gave an assurance that the state government would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that all necessary measures were put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.

Niger Governor, Cabinet Members Take Second Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine

In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP
In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has received the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as the state government flags off the second phase of the exercise.

He took the jab on Thursday along with his deputy and members of the State Executive Council who attended the weekly council meeting at the Government House in Minna, the state capital.

Speaking after receiving the second jab, Governor Bello noted that turnout for the first phase of the vaccination exercise was impressive.

He encouraged those who took the first dose to ensure they receive the second jab and called on those who have yet to take the first dose to endeavour they do so as soon as they can.

“I want to assure everyone that the vaccine is safe, I encourage you to take it. It will keep you and your loved ones at least safe; the older ones, especially should take it,” the governor said.

He had received the first dose of the vaccine on March 9 and directed all the State Executive Council members to take the vaccine or not be allowed into the weekly meetings of the council.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services in Niger, Dr Muhammad Makusidi, said the state has received a total of 89,600 doses as of May 20.

He explained that 44,860 doses were used in the first phase, stressing that enough doses were available for the second phase of the vaccination exercise.

The commissioner gave an assurance that all eligible persons for the second dose would be administered the vaccine.

Giving a brief on the current status of the state on COVID-19, he noted that Niger has confirmed 930 positive cases, including 66 health workers and 20 deaths.

Makusidi, however, stated that there has not been any positive case in the state in the last two months, saying the government has continued to carry out measures to combat the further spread of the disease.

Governor Bello, Others Hold Special Prayer For Security In Niger

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, attends a special prayer session at the Central Mosque in Minna on May 9, 2021.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, and some stakeholders in the state have held a special prayer for peace across the eight emirates in the state.

The prayer organised to seek God’s intervention to end insecurity in Niger held on Sunday at the Central Mosque in Minna, the state capital.

Shortly after the prayer, Governor Bello reiterated the need for the people not to relent in fervent prayers to God.

He, however, gave an assurance that the government at the federal and state levels would not leave any stone unturned towards ending the security challenges in the state.

The governor noted that significant progress has been made towards restoring normalcy to the troubled areas, stating that the prayer session would continue even after the Ramadan fast.

“We encourage everyone, every stakeholder, every person to support the effort of the state and Federal Government with prayers and with God, I believe anything is possible,” he said.

On his part, the Director-General of Religious Affairs in Niger, Umar Farouq, believes the insecurity in the state requires divine intervention.

He said it was time for people of the state to come together to ask God for mercy and be of good conduct.

Farouq, who is also the Secretary of Niger State Imam Forum, called on the criminals to repent from their act, surrender their weapons, and return to God.

He stressed that engaging in criminal activities was against the teachings of Islam, especially in a situation where innocent people were the ones being targeted.

The special prayer led by the Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Ibrahim Fari, also featured recitation of some verses from the Holy Qur’an.

Some of the other dignitaries in attendance included top government officials, traditional leaders, Islamic clerics, and other Muslim faithful in the state.

Gov Bello Meets Freed Kagara Abductees In Minna

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Saturday met with the freed abductees from Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.

The abductees – comprising of students, staff and staff relatives – regained their freedom earlier at 4 am on Saturday, the Governor said.

According to Bello, one of the victims is in hospital “suffering from excessive exhaustion.”

Bello did not comment on whether a ransom was paid for the victims’ release but he said it was a joint effort by security agencies, traditional rulers and other “major stakeholders.”

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He added that the victims have been medically checked and will continue to be monitored for the next few days.

“They have been through tremendous torture,” he said. “We are carefully watching their health and condition and hopefully they should be reunited soon with their families.”

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello met with freed Kagara abduction victims on February 27, 2021.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello met with freed Kagara abduction victims on February 27, 2021.

 

The Governor said his administration is working on a way to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

“Yes, we have rescued them but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “Going forward, we are putting a system in place to look at the causes of these events.

“In the next few days, in the course of my conversation with major stakeholders, I hope we will find a solution to this dastardly act.”

Presidency Reacts

Meanwhile, the Presidency has reacted to the news of the Kagara victims’ release.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, welcomed the students’ release, commending the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger State for their responses in securing the release.

“We are happy they have been released,” Buhari said while sympathising with the staff and the students, their parents, and friends on this ordeal.

READ ALSOKagara Schoolboys, Others Arrive Minna

He noted that the country will not continue to suffer these attacks that threaten the growth of education, security, and the life of the future leaders at the same time putting the nation in a negative light.

Buhari also reiterated his earlier advice to school owners, particularly the state and local governments, as well as religious organizations to scale up security around their schools in line with the standards laid down by the UN-backed Safe School Programme of the administration.

He once again condemned the school abductions, with the latest one at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.

The President directed all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits and bring them to justice.

Fayemi, Other Governors Visit Bello Over Kagara Abduction, NSTA Passengers

 

Six Governors of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have arrived Niger State to meet with Governor Abubakar Bello.

Chairman of the Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi is among those visiting the state.

Other members of the forum that have arrived are Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

The reason for the visit is still sketchy, but it is not unconnected with the security challenges in Niger State, particularly the abduction of 41 persons from Government Science Secondary School Kagara and the release on Sunday of 53 passengers abducted from the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus.

READ ALSO: Buhari Receives Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, In Abuja

Governor Fayemi explained that their mission to Niger State was to commiserate with Governor Abubakar Bello over the abduction of the Kagara students and to commend him for the release of the 53 passengers.

Noting that the governors were not in the state to lament over the current national security, he said there is a need to come together as a people and leaders.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi leads other governors to Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello on February 23, 2021 over the security situation.

 

He also called for synergy among security agencies to find lasting solutions to the problem, stressing that if it requires dialogue and negotiations, it can be explored.

The NGF Chairman insisted there is no regionalization of the security issues or ethnic inclination, explaining that Nigeria can no longer play the ostrich and pretend about the issues.

He reassured his Niger counterpart that this difficult period will be over, saying all the governors in the country must put their heads together to solve the problem, which according to him cannot be fought in isolation.

According to him, the bandits terrorising the north are remnants of Boko Haram who have infiltrated into other parts of the country.

While attributing the security challenges in the country to factors such as poverty, illiteracy among others, Fayemi called for an adequate solution to the crisis in the North East.

On his part, Governor Bello lamented the break down in law and order in the country, stating that it portends a great threat to the future of the country as the future generation may be deprived of quality education due to insecurity

The governor also criticised the centralisation of security agencies at the federal level, which according to him needed to be addressed going forward.

He expressed hope that the lamentations of the residents of Niger and indeed other states will be attended to immediately.

The Niger leader noted that there are two phases of dialogue his administration is currently exploring.

First, he said, is to secure the release of the students of Government Science College Kagara abductees, while the second phase is to dialogue with the gunmen on their challenges and reasons for the attacks.

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Kagara Abduction: We Are Interfacing With Locals To Ensure Safe Release Of Victims – Niger Gov

Governor Abubakar Bello addressing journalists at the government office in Minna, Niger State capital on Friday, February 19, 2021.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has assured that the state government is meeting with local authorities to ensure the safe release of the abducted students and members of the staff of Government Science College, Kagara.

He also described as ‘rumour’, the purported release of the abductees.

Bello spoke on Friday at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, shortly after meeting renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.

“As at this moment, we do not have any additional information to give apart from the one given earlier on, yesterday. But I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can, we are interfacing with the local communities, with federal authorities and our own state authorities to ensure that we recover the victims safely.

“Our utmost priority right now is to make sure we bring them back home safe and that is exactly what we are going to do. So, there hasn’t been any information I can give you at this moment but once we have anything for you, we will let you know,” the governor said.

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Responding to a question on the purported release of the abductees, the governor said, “Everything that is being said out there is rumour and in situations like this, we cannot work with rumour, it has to be confirmed. Yes, we’ve been receiving different rumours from different people within villages but we are still treating those as rumour until processed and confirmed.”

Speaking on the dilapidated condition of the school and other schools in the state, Governor Bello blamed the past administration for abandoning schools infrastructures.

The governor urged the parents and families of the abducted persons not to despair, adding that the government hopes to secure their release in hours or days.

He added that adequate security personnel have also been deployed to Kagara town and environs to boost security in the area, which according to him has also boosted the morale of the people.

He, however, expressed concern over the lack of manpower and efficiency by security agencies in the state.

According to him, this has made the state government collaborate with local vigilantes.

I’m Worried Banditry Will Lead To Low Food Productivity, Says Governor Bello

File photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, says he is worried that the activities of bandits in the north-central region will affect food production.

Bello, who also chairs the North-Central Governors’ Forum, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The governor called on the Federal Government to adequately tackle the security challenges in the country.

“My main concern about this issue is about food security. When they kidnap for ransom, yes you will say they do that for money,” he said.

“But why burn farms? Why kill animals? I really want the Federal Government to really look at it from the several factors that contribute to this.”

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Speaking further, Governor Bello revealed plans by his administration to track bandits who attack communities, kill people and destroy farmlands and animals.

To the Niger leader, it is easier tracking the miscreants who appear in large numbers using the Intelligence, surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).

“To get the right intelligence from the various communities that are far away from the cities, you must have some form of technology.

“In the meantime is that we try to track the movements of these bandits. For those ones that move on 20, 30, 40, 50 motorcycles, it is easy to pick using an ISR.

“For those ones that move in smaller units, I have to deploy, for example, things like drones and all that. We have to have intelligence,” he added.

The governor also asked his colleagues in the north-central region to work to increase the Internally Generated Revenues in their respective states.

Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello Recovers From COVID-19

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A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has recovered from the coronavirus disease after testing negative to the infection.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje.

According to Noel-Berje, the governor has been pronounced free of the virus and confirmed fit to resume his official duties.

“I am happy to announce to you that I have been confirmed negative and declared fully recovered. I can now resume my official work. I thank you all for your prayers and good wishes,” the governor was quoted as saying.

This comes a week after Governor Bello contracted COVID-19 following series of rumour of being hit by the infection.

On November 9, he announced contracting the virus, adding that he had gone into isolation after being asymptomatic.

State has seen an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the one month.

At least 278 confirmed positive cases have been recorded in the state since its outbreak in the country in March.

12 deaths have also been recorded in the state from COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Niger State COVID-19 Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane had told Channels Television in an interview last week that the committee was considering putting in place stricter measure in enforcing the safety protocols in place.

According to him, “We are beginning to witness a spike.”

Niger has been a gateway state to travellers from North to South and vice-versa, forcing the state government to force the ban on inter-state travels due to constant influx of transporters.

Primary and secondary schools reopened in September. But, with the spike, it is not clear if the government might call for another lockdown.