A personal steward of Kashim Shettima – the Borno State Governor, has been found dead.
The middle-aged steward, identified as John Achagwa, was found hanging from a rope at about 2:30 pm on Tuesday, behind the Presidential Lodge located inside the Borno State Government House.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
According to Aliyu, the deceased appeared to have lived a decent life so it is difficult to ascertain what could have caused what appeared to be a case of suicide.
He, therefore, said further investigations have to be carried out to ascertain the true cause of the incident.
Also speaking to Channels Television about the events that led up to the incident, his colleagues noted that although he was usually easy-going and passionate about his job, he began to show signs of depression.
According to them, he also complained bitterly about have family problems.
Prior to the incident, he was said to have been moody when he reported to work, but after the afternoon prayers (Ablution), he went missing.
He was later found by a colleague – hanging from a tree behind the presidential lodge.
His lifeless body was brought down an hour later and taken to a morgue in town.
The deceased had started his career at the Borno State Government liaison office Lagos, from where he was later transferred to the Government House in Maiduguri.
He reportedly served many governments both in the military and civilian regime.
Although he had retired from service during Shettima’s second tenure, he was retained by the governor due to his exceptional skills.
The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that he remains emotionally indebted to his Kano State counterpart, Ibrahim Ganduje and the Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi.
He said this during a press briefing on Saturday amid growing concerns that he was taking sides with the governor, following his (Ganduje’s) decision to create four new emirates in Kano.
“We are dwelling on trivialities and issues that are of the past”, Shettima said.
He explained that the Northern Governors have been working behind the scenes to resolve the issues between both the governor and the Emir and that contrary to claims that he was taking sides with Ganduje, he was emotionally indebted to the two prominent leaders.
“I have ties in Kano. The governor of Kano has adopted 200 sons of Borno (orphans) and the Kano State Government is shouldering the burden of their education, welfare, up to university level so, I am emotionally indebted to him,” he said.
“I am equally emotionally indebted to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi because under his stewardship he brought the BDC to Borno. It was under his stewardship that he brought a lot of investments to my state and most importantly, he was our gateway to Aliko Dangote when he went and solved a huge humanitarian crisis in Borno, he was the one who mobilised the business community to render a helping hand.
“The governor is an elder statesman that I hold in the highest esteem and the emir is one of the intellectual torchbearers of Northern Nigeria”.
Earlier at a meeting on Wednesday, Shettima had taken a swipe at those faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate, noting that there were other more important issues to worry about.
But giving further clarifications on the matter on Saturday, he said he was quoted out of context by a section of the media.
He then went on to explain that there was an unwritten pact among the governors not to criticize each other in the public no matter what the issue may be. According to him, rather than dwell on cultural and religious issues, people should champion things that could bring about rapid socio-economic development in the northern region and the country at large.
“Amongst us governors, there is an unwritten pact – we do not criticise one another in the public. If we have issues, we sort it out from behind.
“It is for us to build bridges, not to destroy bridges. We are working from behind the scenes to see that we normalise the relationship,” he said.
This was after approval of the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law by the lawmakers.
In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has thrown his weight behind his Kano state counterpart Umar Ganduje, by taking a swipe at Nigerians faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate.
Shettima made his position known when the House of Representatives Committee on the Army paid him a visit at the Borno Government house as part of their oversight functions.
The Governor who is leaving office in two weeks, expressed concern that northern Nigeria is always in the news for the wrong reason when there are more important issues that everyone should be worried about.
He said it is estimated that by 2050, seventy percent of Nigeria’s population would live in the North: “with desertification, deforestation, endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy and 12 million almajiris we have provided the recipe for a perfect storm.”
Shettima maintains that there can never be peace without development and vice versa, and sermonized about how the problems facing the region was a perfect opportunity to deliver democracy dividends or risk having a democratic disaster that consumes everyone. “Education provides the best tool for addressing such challenges.” According to him.
He said Africa as a continent has met the agricultural and industrial edges and is now in the post industrial driven age of genetic engineering, robotic engineering adding that “people are talking of going to Mars.”
Governor Kashim Shettima further said “the owner of Tesla was talking about flying Roadsters; while the topical issue in Nigeria now is the Balkanization of Kano Emirate into five emirates, that’s the topical issue; that’s what is bothering us as a people, a relic from the past. What is so special about the Emir for God’s sake?” Shettima said.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Joe Gadzama, filed the petition on behalf of the PDP candidate against Governor Shettima who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He challenged the outcome of the poll on grounds of alleged electoral malpractice such as abuse of process, vote buying, non-use of card readers, and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act among others.
Abba Aji prayed the Tribunal to nullify the election and order a new one or in the alternative, declare him the winner of the Borno Central senatorial district seat in the National Assembly.
Another PDP candidate, Bukar Shuwa, who contested for the Jere Federal Constituency seat, also challenged the election of APC’s Ahmed Satomi on the same grounds.
Meanwhile, the PDP candidate for the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council Federal Constituency, Abdulrahman Kachalla did not align with the decision of his co-party member.
On the other hand, Kachalla defected to the ruling party, a decision which caused confusion among his supporters in the state.
Amidst the tears, he told the President that the delegation came to present a set of observations and specific requests from a security meeting held a week ago in the state, which will require urgent presidential intervention.
At the end of the meeting, the governor, however, declined to give journalists details of the observations and requests made to the president.
Others present included the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the DG of DSS and NIA, Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin and members of the National Assembly.
Borno State has remained one of the hotspots of insurgency with several attacks, claiming the lives of many including security operatives.
One of the most significant in recent times is the killing of several soldiers after an attack on their military bases in Metele, Gazamalu Local Government Area of the state.
Also in Borno, some aid workers were abducted and killed in 2018 by the insurgents after they claimed that the deadline they gave to the Federal Government to meet their demands had expired.
While the government has expressed sadness over the spate of attacks, it has continued to reassure Nigerians that the war against insurgency is not yet lost.
Severally it has also debunked claims that the insurgents were still in control of some towns, with the President insisting that his administration has recorded significant improvement in fighting Boko Haram.
While praising President Muhammadu Buhari for the steps taken by his administration in addressing the nation’s security challenges, he reiterated the commitment of the state government in supporting the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
“On our part, I want to assure you that we will play our own part of the bargain. We will support the CJTF, we will support in fighting poverty.”
The governor said he is optimistic that the insurgency in the region can best be tackled by proper education of the populace.
He also commiserated with the families of the slain officers following the Boko Haram attack on their military base in Metele area of the state recently.
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of sweeping the report by an investigative panel on the abduction of the Chibok Girls ‘under the carpet’.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau on Wednesday, Shettima stated that the former President failed to publish the report in his book titled, ‘My Transition Hours’ which was launched on Tuesday.
He said this in reaction to Chapter Four of the book titled, ‘The Chibok School Girls Affair’.
He described the alleged omission of the report as a “clever attempt to sweep under the carpet, incontrovertible facts surrounding the April 14, 2014 Chibok abduction”.
The statement read in part, “The whole of Tuesday night, I took the pains of reading His Excellency, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book, My transition hours, from the first to the 177th page.
“I took particular interest in Chapter Four (the Chibok School Girls Affair) which has 42 paragraphs written on pages 27 to 36. I was amused that despite admitting in paragraph 15, that he had (in May 2014) constituted a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee under Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo and many others “to investigate” the Chibok abduction, former President Jonathan refused to mention any part or whole of the findings by that panel which had submitted a highly investigative report submitted to him on Friday, June 20, 2014 after the panel held investigative meetings with the then Chiefs of Defense Staff, Army Staff, Air Staff, the DG, DSS and IGP, met all security heads in Borno, visited Chibok, met with parents of abducted schoolgirls, met surviving students, interrogated officials of the school and the supervising ministry of education, interrogated officials of WAEC and analyzed all correspondences.
“What has become very clear is that the former President decided to sit on facts in his custody while he published, in an elementary standard, a book of fiction designed to pass guilty verdicts to anyone but himself, with respect to the open failures of his administration to rescue our daughters and in tackling the Boko Haram challenge”.
Governor Shettima further stated that “At the end, the panel submitted it’s report directly to President Jonathan on Friday, the 20th of June, 2014 in Abuja. President Jonathan has refused to make public the findings submitted to him.
“I was expecting the findings in his book but he has deliberately swept that report under the carpet”.
He also claimed that in page 31 of the book, the former president noted that the Boko Haram Insurgents wanted a Muslim President rather than himself who was a Christian.
He described the idea as laughable saying that it was clear to him after reading the book, that he (Jonathan) “still lives with poor understanding of issues under his presidency”
“The insurgents actually began their deadliest attacks in Borno under the regime of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, a Muslim from northern Nigeria.
“We know for a fact that as vicious cycle of evil, Boko Haram fighters do not care about the religion of their targeted victims. They attack Mosques and churches.
“They are lunatics who regard anyone who doesn’t share their ideology as an infidel. So, I wonder how the former President didn’t take time to understand the biggest challenge under his presidency” Shettima said.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has dissolved the state executive council.
The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday.
No reason was given for the decision.
Governor Shettima directed all the commissioners to hand over the affairs to their ministries to the respective permanent secretaries before Friday.
The SSG conveyed the “profound appreciation” of Governor Kashim Shettima to the outgoing commissioners for their services and contributions “to the unprecedented developmental progress recorded by the administration”.
He said the governor wishes all the former Commissioners the very best in their future endeavors.
He also conveyed the government’s appreciation to all those who supported the commissioners in the discharge of their duties.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima are attending the 2018 Army Day Celebrations in the state.
The annual event, which is ongoing in Monguno, also has in attendance the Chiefs of Army Staff and Air Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, among other top military officers.
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has defended the Federal Government’s plan to spend $1billion on the fight against insurgency.
Speaking to Channels Television’s correspondent during the centenary celebration of Kaduna state on Saturday, Governor Shettima explained that the fund will be judiciously used to tackle the insurgency that has ravaged the region over the years.
He described the approval of the fund as timely, noting that it will go a long way in restoring total peace to the troubled region.
He said this in response to comments by the PDP which condemned the approval of the sum, describing it as alarming.
The PDP in a statement on Friday said the plan has rubbished the integrity of the current administration and demanded that it apologies to Nigerians “for lying to them about the actual state of the fight against insurgency in Nigeria”.
Shettima, however, described the comments as misleading and a total blackmail aimed at dampening the commitment of the Federal Government in tackling the security challenges in the northeast and the country at large.
The Borno state governor also claimed that similar funds were released under the former President, Good Luck Jonathan’s administration for the same purpose, but was not accounted for.
The National Executive Council on Thursday approved the withdrawal of the $1billion from the nation’s excess crude account.