Niger State Governor Wades Into Pandogari Crisis

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has asked the people of Pandogori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.

This call was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.

The Governor advised residents of the community, the state and indeed the country to abstain from giving the incidence a religious or tribal coloration.

“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis,” he stressed.

The Governor also expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, insisting that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.

“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state,” he stated.

Mr Bello emphasised that the State was known for peace and that the incidence in Pandogari was an isolated case of breakdown of law and order which security agencies had been directed to maintain law and order and to ensure protection of lives and property in line with their constitutional role.

“I have directed the security agencies to ensure that law and order is maintained within Pandogari and its environs. Any one person or group of persons found to be involved in any act capable of causing further crisis will be dealt with according to law,” he told reporters.

He said that the Niger State government had set up an investigative panel to establish immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

The Governor also directed top government officials to visit Pandogari for on the spot assessment of the crisis.

“I have directed Deputy Governor, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Secretary to State Government, SSG, Alhaji Umar Shehu Danyaya, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Ibrahim Balarabe, Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Kabir Abbas, member , Niger State House of Assembly, representing the area, Danlami Bako to visit Pandogari today (Wednesday).

“Also to be part of the visit are Special Adviser Security, Brigadier General Imam rtd, Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mr Ibrahim Inga, Chairman Rafi Local government, Mr Gambo Abubakar Bojo, representative of Emir of Kagara, Galadima Kagara, Mr Abubakar Katako, representative of Brigade Commander, representative of Police Commissioner and other security agencies.

Governor Bello then assured Niger residents of his determination to ensure peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.

Collapsed Wall Kills Two In Niger State

Building CollapseTwo persons have been killed in Niger State after a collapsed wall hit a room they were in.

The incident occurred in Kwamba, Suleja Local Government Area.

In a statement issued in confirmation of the incident, the Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Inga, said a seven-day old child and another seven-year old girl were victims.

Mr Inga said that the incident occurred at about 9:30pm local time on May 11.

He also stated that the mother of the two deceased minors was also injured in the incident.

The naming ceremony of the seven-day old deceased had been schedule to take place on May 12.

“The owner of the collapsed wall was given warning by his neighbours of the poor structure of the wall, but refused to yield to the advice.

“It was not windstorm that lead to the collapse of the fence but the sub-standard materials used in the construction of the fences,” the statement read.

The mother of the deceased is responding to treatment, Mr Mr Inga also stated.

According to the NSEMA official, the government would take full responsibility of her medical treatment.

He also appealed to the public to respect government laws, stressing that appropriate punishment awaited any act of negligence displayed by owners of building or the contractor.

Mr Inga also made a cash support of 50,000 Naira to the mother of the deceased on behalf of the State Governor, Mr Abubakar Bello, for medical treatment.

He prayed that God would grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.