PHOTOS: Vehicles, People Screened In Nasarawa Ahead Of Lockdown

People being screened in Nasarawa State to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on March 30, 2020. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

People have departed Abuja, the nation’s capital to neighboring states after President Muhammadu Buhari called for a lockdown.

The lockdown begins on Monday tonight to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun in Nigeria on March 30, 2020

Medical officers from the Nasarawa State government were also seen checking the temperature of people coming into the state.

This comes 24 hours after President Buhari placed a 14-day lockdown to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

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The exercise affects all residents, with exemptions to healthcare related businesses; food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution, retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies

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COVID-19: Suspicious Cases In Ondo, Nasarawa Turn Up Negative

A woman wears a mask at a Nigerian airport amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
A woman wears a mask at a Nigerian airport amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

 

At least six persons tested for coronavirus infection in Ondo and Nasarawa states have turned up negative.

The Ondo state government said it tested one person while its Nasarawa counterpart confirmed that five persons suspected in the state have been cleared.

Both governments confirmed their findings on Saturday.

However, both state governments said they were stepping up efforts to prevent and contain the virus when it shows up.

“There is . . . no cause for panic but that it is not yet uhuru as all hands must be on deck to forestall its outbreak in the state,” Ondo’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said.

Nigeria now has 10 new cases of the new coronavirus, the nation’s health minister confirmed on Saturday.

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This brings the total number of cases in the country to 22.

According to the health minister, Lagos has 16 cases, while the FCT has three cases.

Ogun state and Ekiti also have two and one cases respectively.

“Two have been discharged,” the Minister said. “All cases are clinically stable and receiving adequate care.”

Five Persons Quarantined In Nasarawa Over Coronavirus

 

Five persons who happen to be family members have been quarantined at the Federal Medical Centre in Keffi, Nasarawa State for showing symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Speaking to Channels Television via the telephone on Thursday, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Adamu Yahaya said the family members arrived Keffi Local Government Area from Ogun State today.

He noted that the patients showed some symptoms similar to that of COVID-19 which necessitated the quarantine.

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According to him, their specimens have been taken to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory in Abuja for testing to ascertain if it is the virus or not.

Yahaya explained that they would remain in isolation at the hospital’s isolation centre pending the arrival of results.

“We saw them based on our high level of alertness and suspicion. We have already quarantined them at our isolation centre. We have taken sample today so we are waiting for results,” he said.

This is the first suspected case of COVID-19 in Nasarawa State since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Nasarawa Assembly Inaugurates Committee To Investigate N1bn School Projects

Speaker of the Nasarawa House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarable

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has inaugurated an Ad hoc committee to investigate secondary schools renovation contract awarded in 2018.

This comes two years after the State Ministry of Education spent N1billion to renovate secondary schools across the state.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarable set up the committee on Tuesday when the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Tijjani and the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Sabo appeared before the House.

Balarabe explained that their invitation was to explain their roles in the utilisation of the fund approved and released for the project which according to him has been abandoned.

The Speaker noted that the invitation of the SSG and the Commissioner was not to witch hunt them but to ensure that the right thing is done for the purpose of accountability and good governance.

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“After listening to the SSG, who was a former Commissioner for Education when the contract was awarded in 2018 without completion up till this moment.

“It is in view of this that we are setting up an Ad hoc committee to investigate the projects in the interest of our children and overall development of the state.

“The committee include the Chairman and members of the House Committee on Education, Chairmen of House Committees on Finance, Public Account and Works respectively.

“I urge the committee to do a thorough job as it is sad and unfortunate that our children in some secondary schools are learning under the trees, the Speaker said.

In his reaction, the SSG admitted that the sum was released in November 2018 by the government to the Ministry of Education for the renovation of schools.

“Yes, the renovation work is ongoing as the contract was given in 2018 when I was a commissioner for Education,” he said.

Speaking also, the Commissioner for Education revealed that N84million was given to the ministry when she assumed office in 2019 to pay contractors for the same projects.

What Ganduje Told Me After Sanusi’s Removal As Kano Emir – Governor Sule 

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has reacted to the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Sule said his colleague, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano called him to receive Sanusi.

According to the governor, he was eager to receive the banished Emir following a history of good working relationship with him.

“Yes, we were consulted after he (Sanusi) was removed as Emir. So when they made the decision to remove him, the governor directly called me and said ‘we have just removed the Emir. He said since he has been removed, we have to take him somewhere.

“We have decided to relocate him to Nasarawa. Will you accept him? Who am I not to accept someone like the former Emir of Kano?” he asked.

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Speaking further, governor Sule recalled that when he was the Group Managing Director of Dangote, the deposed Emir was the Group Managing Director of First Bank before rising to become Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks on the banishment of ex-Kano Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II in Nasarawa during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

He also noted that when Sanusi emerged as Kano Emir in 2014, the state was his second-largest market for Dangote industries after Lagos State.

Explaining that it would be a great honour to receive him, Sule stressed that he pleaded with Ganduje to decide on the location to host Sanusi.

“The only thing I will plead is that you allow me to select where he will go. I know where he will go is going to be a factor if people don’t understand where he is. And his safety was of utmost importance to me,” he stated.

Governor Sule’s remarks come a week after the Kano State government removed Sanusi, accusing him of insubordination.

Although the dethroned Emir accepted his removal in good fate, he, however, approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking an interim order of his immediate release from detention.

Sanusi’s Lawyers Threaten Legal Action, Give Authorities 24 Hours To Release Him

Lawyers of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), have threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.

The lawyers said this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.

This comes barely 24 hours after the Kano State Government removed Sanusi as Emir of Kano.


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The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, made the announcement during the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano.

Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.

According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which had summoned the emir.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

But in documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission by securing a restriction order from a court.

Deposed Sanusi Arrives In Nasarawa On Exile

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

 

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has arrived in Nasarawa State.

He arrived in Loko Development Area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state at about 2:30am on Tuesday.

This followed Sanusi’s departure from the Malam Aminu International Airport, hours after the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced that he had been removed as the Emir of Kano.

Alhaji who spoke at the State Executive Council meeting on Monday revealed that the state government took the decision over Sanusi’s consistent refusal to abide by instructions given to him.

The removal is said to be in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which summoned the deposed emir.

In documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

Sanusi had, however, secured a restriction order from a court to stop the commission from investigating him.

Meanwhile, the government has announced the Emir of Bichi Aminu Ado Bayero, as the new Emir of Kano.

Aminu is the son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.

Thereafter, Nasiru Ado Bayero was appointed as the new Emir of Bichi Emirate.

Permanent Secretary Abducted In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Nasarawa Ministry of Works, Jibrin Giza, has been abducted.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, Mr Giza was abducted around 12:30 am by gunmen from his resident in Shabu, a suburb of Lafia.

The police chief told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the resident shooting into the air and gained access into the residence when one of them scaled the fence and forced the gateman who had only a cutlass for a weapon to open the gate.

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Longe added that the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

The abductors have yet to contact Mr Giza’s family and have not made any demands.

Nasarawa Government Confirms Lassa Fever Outbreak 

Death Toll Rises To 75, As NCDC Confirms 355 Cases Of Lassa Fever
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The Nasarawa State government has confirmed that a Lassa fever case has been recorded in the state.

Mr Ahmad Yahaya the state’s commissioner of health confirmed the incident after the state executive council meeting on Wednesday, January 29.

According to him, the fever which first broke out in Karu Local Government Area of the state was confirmed at the Garki General Hospital where the victim is currently taking medication with other suspected cases in the area undergoing quarantine.

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He also disclosed that there was another suspected case in Lafia, stating that the suspected victim is in custody with tests underway to arrive to verify if indeed the individual has the disease.

“The case we have in Karu local government area was confirmed in Garki General hospital. Other suspected cases too which were captured in Karu have been under quarantine, the preventive drugs are already on.

“We also had one in Lafia which has been taken into custody, all our teams are on course on that. The sample in Lafia has also been taken to Abuja, whether it is Lassa fever or not, hopefully, by tomorrow such confirmation will be on our table,” the Commissioner said.

Five Die As Two Vehicles Collide In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

Five persons have lost their lives after a fatal accident along the Akwanga/Lafia highway in Nasarawa state.

The head-on collision involved a Toyota Hilux truck belonging to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Makurdi office and a commercial vehicle.

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Confirming the accident and number of casualties, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa state, Bola Longe said that the accident which occurred on Saturday morning was a collision between a Federal Government DPR truck with Reg. Number DPR 18B-19FG and a green Sharon Volkswagen with Reg. number: ABUJA KWL 820 AJ.

He added that the DPR vehicle was heading to Abuja before the incident happened and the injured persons are currently at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi receiving treatment.

Make APC Proud, Buhari Tells Governor Abdullahi Sule

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, on his 60th birthday, urging him to make good governance his priority in order to leave a lasting and favourable legacy.

President Buhari said: “Life is the most invaluable gift from God and we should use our birthday to thank our creator and reflect on life, with humility.’’

The President, who wished the governor “many more years and good health’’, advised him “not to rest on his oars because the task of fulfilling campaign promises is even greater than the campaign efforts.’’

“I urge you to make good governance your watchword because your good performance will be the yardstick by which your tenure will be judged for years to come. I wish you a happy birthday and more prosperous years ahead,’’ President Buhari added.

Police Parade Traditional Ruler, Others For Kidnapping

Some of the criminals paraded in Nasarawa on Friday, December 20, 2019.

 

The Police paraded 81 suspects for kidnapping, robbery and cultism in Nasarawa on Friday, including a traditional ruler of Mangoro Goma of Tunga Village, Dalhatu Abubakar.

He was arrested for aiding and abetting kidnapping.

The Police, in a statement obtained by Channels TV, said Abubakar had been on their wanted list “for a long time” and, after his arrest, is now assisting the police to unravel many other kidnap cases in the state.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, said the Force’s goal was to eradicate all forms of kidnapping in the state.

“Kidnapping will be something of the past in Nasarawa state,” Mr Longe said. “Robbery has been completely reduced to little or nothing; cultism has been caged, although recently we discovered that some cultists are coming from Benue to relocate to Nasarawa state. We have re-arrested some of them and they will soon be charged to court.

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“So in Nasarawa state, we want to assure people that their lives will be maximally secured. Nobody should entertain fear. 

“But we want them to ferry information to us so that we will make use of the information to hype our security provision.”

Last month a businessman was reported killed in Nasarawa despite his abductors receiving a ransom.