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.

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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.

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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”

Nasarawa Govt Promises To Sustain School Feeding Programme

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In Nasarawa
File Photo: Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, has promised to sustain the home-grown school feeding programme which the Federal Government recently launched in the state.

He gave the assurance on Thursday when he visited his alma mater, Dunama Pilot Primary School in Lafia, the state capital, where he had a meal with the pupils.

The Governor believes the initiative will increase school enrollments, hence the promise to sustain it.

“I want to assure the Federal Government that the social investment programmes especially the school feeding programme will be fully supported by Nasarawa State,” he said.

Also speaking on the benefits of the programme, the Headmaster of the school, Yusuf Maina, noted that barely two weeks since the introduction of the programme, some students who had dropped out in the previous session, returned to school.

“Those dropped out of the school are back to school. It gives a lot of encouragement. It gives room for pupils to come to school as early as 7:00/7:30 am unlike before that they come to school at will,” he told Channels Television.

IMN Protest Causes Gridlock Along Nyaya-Mararaba Road

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on Sunday, held another march along the Nyaya Mararaba axis of Nasarawa State, on their way to Abuja.

The procession which was generally peaceful, however, caused a massive gridlock along the road.

It comes less than 24 hours after three members of the sect were killed after a clash with troops of the Nigerian Army.

According to a statement by the Commander of the Army headquarters Garrison, Major General James Myam, the clash occurred on Saturday afternoon at Zuba bridge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He explained that the sect members, who were supposedly in a procession, set up an illegal roadblock along the route, which the convoy of the troops attempted to clear.

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While doing so, General Myam said some members of the group attacked the troops who were escorting missiles and ammunition from Abuja to the Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State.

In defence, the troops opened fire on the IMN members which resulted in the killing of three of them.

Some soldiers also obtained injuries in the process.

Many Feared Killed In Nasarawa Gas Explosion

 

No fewer than 10 persons, including an infant, were reported killed on Monday after a filling station exploded in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The incident occurred when the gas station owners attempted to refill their commercial cylinder.

Many others were severely burnt in the incident as efforts to quench the fire proved abortive.

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Nasarawa Govt Donates N1.5m To Families Of Slain Police Officers

 

The Nasarawa State Government has donated a sum of N500,000 each to the families of three slain police officers.

The money was presented to the families by the state Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello, on Friday at the command’s headquarters in Lafia.

The officers, namely ASP Austin Inedu, Inspector Audu Danjuma and Sergeant Raphael Roja lost their lives in a clash between the Fulanis and Agatus in the state, while on duty.

The police said, “We deployed our officers to restore law and order at that time, in the process three of our officers namely ASP Austin Inedu, Inspector Audu Danjuma, Sergeant Raphael Roja lost their lives.

“It was unfortunate we lost our gallant officers. In the end, peace has been restored and the community is living peacefully up till this moment”.

Speaking to Channels Television, a brother of one of the deceased, Yahaya Audu, described the loss as painful.

“I feel bad losing my younger brother , It hasn’t been an easy time for us but we are grateful to the government,” he said.

In another development, 23 suspects who were arrested for various offences were also paraded at the police headquarters.

Various arms including four AK-47 rifles, two revolver guns with 32 of rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 26 handsets, two iPads, one laptop, sticks with spikes, knives, charms, wraps of Indian Hemp among others, were also recovered and displayed.

One of the suspects, Nicholas Timbe, however, insisted that he was not guilty.

“I did not commit the crime. I was sleeping when I heard a knock at 2:00 am on my door. At first, I thought it was herdsmen but they now said it was the police so I opened the door and then I saw one Godwin.

“They pointed at me asking, is he the one?  He said yes. So they took me to the divisional police command at Kadarko,” he explained.

The police boss, however, called for more support from residents in ridding the state of criminals.

He said, “I want to let the public know that we would not achieve this much without their co-operation.

“I urge the residents of Nasarawa State to continue to give us support, as without them we cannot perform better. Policing is everyone’s business so it should not be left in the hands of law enforcement agencies alone.”