The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked leaders of Udege chiefdom to fish out the killers of Mr Amos Ewa Obere, the traditional ruler of Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Addra, Governor Sule told the leaders that the security of lives of the citizens is a priority of his administration and that criminals must not be allowed to truncate the peace and destabilise economic activities of the state.
“We believe there are criminal elements amongst the people of this area and we must fish them out,” he said when he paid a fact finding visit to the palace of the Osu Ajiri, Halilu Bala Usman the traditional ruler of Udege Chiefdom of the state on Sunday.
Worried about the resurgence of insecurity in the area that was peaceful only months ago, the governor admonished youths in the area to shun crime.
The Osu Ajiri on his part, commended the governor for beefing up security in the area as well as the ongoing construction of the Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road.
He, however, wants the speedy appointment of more district heads in the area for ease of administration and improved security.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has terminated the appointment of the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Tijjani over allegations of fraud.
Mr Tijjani’s sacking was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the State Government House.
The former SSG was indicted by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for alleged misappropriation of over N200 million out of the one billion naira approved for the renovation and fencing of public secondary schools in the state.
He was alleged to have committed the offence while he was the Commissioner for Education in the state during the previous administration.
According to Governor Sule, the remaining 6 are returnees to the state.
The governor further revealed that the lockdown of Nasarawa local government area, where the deceased lawmaker hails from has been extended for 3 more days to enable contact tracing and to minimize community spread.
With the new records, Nasarawa state now has 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Amid surge in the numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Northern Eastern part of Nigeria, Eighty Almajiris have fled Bauchi State to Nasarawa state.
The Almajiris who are from Nasarawa state were accompanied by their teachers to Lafia, the state capital over 10 days ago.
All of them have been quarantined in Lafia, pending reunion with their parents. Governor Abdullahi Sule revealed this Monday, when he visited the quarantine centre at the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic in Lafia,to ensure the children and their teachers are not isolated alongside returnees from high risk states.
“Recently, we started also receiving the almajiris from the different northern states, so I came with the concern that we cannot mix people who are coming from the high risk areas with especially the almajiris.
“I am happy to see that we have only the almajiris that we received from Bauchi here roughly about seventy or eighty of them. We don’t have any returnee still here from high risk state here instead they have been moved to another location”.
“I came to make sure the Almajiris are well fed and have been tested.”
At another isolation centre, are also eleven returnees from Taraba state intercepted yesterday by security personnel and ten also from Kano state, who returned 5 days ago, mingled with their family before being traced and forcibly brought to the quarantine centre.
The chairman of Kokona Local government area, Saidu Kurki, while speaking to Channels Television, revealed that Mr Mamman was whisked away Saturday night at about 8pm at his house in the Dari community of Kokona Local Government Area.
According to him, Mr Mamman alongside his friends were relaxing in his apartment when kidnappers invaded his house shooting sporadically in the air after which they whisked him away.
The abductors he added, have not made any contact with family members.
In view of the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nasarawa State government has ordered the closure of all public schools in the state.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Fati Jimeta Sabo made the announcement at an emergency meeting with Directors, Chief Evaluation Officers and Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), on Thursday.
Also, the Commissioner directed all school principals across secondary schools in the state, to hasten and complete ongoing examination latest on Thursday, March 26.
Students are to proceed on vacation until further notice.
The statement issued by the education ministry reads: “Following the growing concern and gradual spread of Coronavirus popularly known as COVID19, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, has directed principals of public secondary schools in the state to complete their second term examination latest Thursday 26 of March 2020, and proceed for vocation.”
The directive is coming on the heels of recent reports indicating that five members of a family in Keffi, have been quarantined at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, suspected to have contracted the disease.
Channels Television gathered that Mr Sanusi will take asylum in Awe local government area of Nasarawa state.
This brings the number of Emirs to have taken asylum in Nasarawa state to two; Emir of Gwandu, Mustapha Jokolo, had taken asylum in Obi local government area of the state after he was deposed by the Kebbi State government in 2005.
The Nasarawa State government is holding an expanded security meeting presided over by the governor, Abdullahi Sule.
The meeting is necessitated by the resurgence of farmer/herder clashes which occurred last week at the borders between the state, Benue and Taraba states.
Secretary to the Government, Tijjani Ahmad Aliyu who gave the preamble of the meeting before it went into a closed session, revealed that though the skirmishes were not severe, the government deems it necessary to take precautions to avert an escalation.
“The farmer/herders conflicts between 2012 and 2018 at our border communities cannot be easily forgotten, while we thought that the combined efforts of the state and federal governments, traditional rulers and other prominent citizens of the state has brought peace to the affected communities since the middle of 2018,” Tijjani said.
“We are surprised to record the resurgence of such unfortunate situation last week. This scenario is worrisome to us as a state and is the reason for the conversion of this security meeting.
“This meeting is intended to discuss the emerging security threats and to proffer solutions on how to nip them in the bud before it turns into a major crisis not only in the affected areas but to the entire state,” he added.
Present at the meeting are security heads of the state, traditional rulers, leadership of Tiv Development Association (TIDA), the leadership of the Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Socio-cultural groups, local government chairmen, political heads among others.
The meeting is currently being held behind closed doors.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
The seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal filed by David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Sule’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election.