Nasarawa Gov Relieves Appointment Of SSG Over Alleged Misappropriation

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

 

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.

Nasarawa State Records 10 Additional Cases Of Covid-19

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

 

Nasarawa State has recorded 10 additional cases of COVID-19.

Governor Abdullahi Sule made the announcement at a press briefing in Lafia, the state capital.

Of the 10 new cases, 4 are those who came in contact with a lawmaker who died from coronavirus complications.

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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.

80 Almajiris Flee Bauchi To Nasarawa State 

 

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.

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“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.

Gunmen Kidnap Special Adviser To Nasarawa Governor

 

 

 

Even as residents of Nasarawa state are trying to grapple with the partial lockdown of the state following the outbreak of the coronavirus, they may have to contend with the woes of kidnappers.

The Special Adviser to the Nasarawa state Governor on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Mr John Mamman, has been abducted.

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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.

COVID-19: Nasarawa Govt Orders Closure Of Schools

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.

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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.

Governor Sule Visits Deposed Emir Sanusi In Nasarawa

 

Nasarawa state Governor Abdullahi Sule Thursday evening visited the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II in Awe local government area of the state.

The Governor and his entourage were received by the Emir of Awe.

Journalists were refrained from taking photographs or videos of the visit and the government has also declined any comment on the matter.

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There were attempts to seize cameras from journalists who tried to steal shots of where the Emir is residing.

About thirty personnel of the Police Mobile Force, (PMF) the Department of State Security, (DSS) are providing security for the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II in Awe town of Nasarawa State.

Obviously, security is intensified around the area and people are not allowed to park cars near the house or even go close.

Contrary to reports that the Emir has been relocated to Lagos state, the Emir is still in Awe and many visitors from Kano state alongside locals were sighted outside the house.

Dethroned Emir Of Kano Moved To Awe LGA In Nasarawa

 

The deposed Emir Of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has been relocated from Loko development area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.

The police Helipad, with number 5N-LEH, which conveyed the deposed Emir from Loko town landed at the government house in Lafia, the state capital at 2:11 pm Tuesday afternoon.

Wearing red traditional regalia over his white clothes with his face covered in a white turban, he was received by the Emirs of Nasarawa and Lafia alongside some government functionaries.

 

 

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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.

Abducted Nasarawa Permanent Secretary Regains Freedom

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Works, Jibrin Giza, who was abducted on Sunday has regained his freedom.

This was confirmed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, Nasarawa State command on Tuesday.

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According to him, Giza was released by the abductors after much pressure from the police and no ransom was paid.

Details later…

Nasarawa State Government Holds Expanded Security Meeting

 

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.

Supreme Court Affirms Sule’s Election As Nasarawa Governor

A file photo of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

 

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.

More to follow…

Nasarawa REC Appeals To Concerned Parties To Maintain Peace

 

The Nasarawa state resident electoral commissioner, Dr. Abdur-Rahman Ajidagba has appealed to politicians and electorates of some affected polling units to maintain peace during the state house of assembly supplementary elections in the state scheduled to hold Saturday, 23rd March.

He made the appeal on Friday while speaking to Channels Television in Lafia.

According to him, fourteen polling units and eight political wards of four local government areas of Karu, Keffi, Nasarawa Eggon and Obi are those affected.

He added that sensitive and non sensitive materials have been deployed to the areas and 42,851 registered voters are expected to participate in the exercise.

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“I appeal to the electorate in the affected areas to maintain peace. We conducted the general elections in this state and there has been peace so we should not allow the election in some few areas to cause mayhem. My appeal to them is that we should do things according to the law”

In the same development, the Nigeria police has also assured of a peaceful atmosphere during the electoral process.

The assurance was contained in a statement signed by the command’s public relations officer ASP Samaila Usman.

“The Nasarawa State Police Command under the supervision of CP Bola Longe is fully prepared to provide an enabling environment for a free, fair and peaceful supplementary election in the state.

“Our template which spells out the responsibility of all police officers that are going to participate in the election is already on ground.

“In like manner, our officers have been lectured on their roles during the elections to ensure citizens feel secure and exercise their franchise. furthermore, crime fighting strategies in all the nook and crannies of the affected LGA, special patrol teams and intensive surveillance to achieve the desired goals have been emplaced”