#EndSARS: For Some Of Us, SARS Has Been Beneficial – Gov Sule

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State believes the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was helpful in tackling insecurity in some parts of the country. 

The notorious police unit was last Sunday dissolved by the Inspector-General (IGP), Mohammed Adamu after days of protests calling for its scrapping.

But Governor Sule says a reformation of the unit would have been a better option and admitted that every system has its bad sides.

Throwing The Baby And The Bathing Water

“What the northern governors are saying is: for some of us, SARS has benefited us,” the governor told Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“So, what is going to be the replacement for SARS now that you have discarded it? Even in some of these southern states, there were so many other places where SARS had been useful. But just like any other part of our system, you would find the bad eggs that have done something wrong.”

According to him, “that is why some governors were asking for the reforming of the SARS. Instead of throwing the bathing water and the baby, go ahead and reform what is wrong.”

The protest is calling for a reformation of the police.

 

Buttressing his point, the governor explained that SARS officials were handy in combating armed robbery in Nasarawa State.

“I got to understand that the SARS officers were actually well-trained officers to be able to face armed robbers and to be able to face those kinds of crimes which other policemen will not be able to do,” the governor who contested and won the seat under the All Progressives Congress (APC) explained.

Legitimate Action

He defended the #EndSARS protesters for exercising their rights, admitting that protests are an essential ingredient in a democratic setting.

“Let me clearly tell you, none of the governors, including all the northern governors, is against the protests,” he added.

Gathering Steam

A file photo of #EndSARS protesters.

 

The #ENDSAR protests, now over 11 days, has continued to gather steam in several parts of the country.

Despite the scrapping of the infamous SARS arm of the police force, the protesters have resolved not to leave the streets until the government back their words with actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Commissioner Kidnapped In Nasarawa

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in the north-central zone of Nigeria.

 

A former commissioner of higher education in Nasarawa State, Mr. Clement Uhembe has been kidnapped.

The Nasarawa state commissioner of police Bola Longe confirmed this to Channels Television in an exclusive interview in Lafia, Wednesday.

According to him, the former commissioner was seized by armed men on Tuesday evening at his residence in the Akunza Migili area of the state and was taken to an unknown destination.

“At about 2100 hours of yesterday, 6th of October at Akunza Migili, the former commissioner of Nasarawa state was kidnapped by some armed men who stormed his house and he was forcefully taken away,” Mr. Longe stated.

He assured that the police have intensified search for the commissioner’s rescue.

” We mobilized mobile police personnel, SARS, Anti kidnapping personnel, conventional police personnel, and some vigilante men, we have been searching for him and by the grace of God we are trying to track them and he will be reduced alive,” the police spokesman said.

He asked the public to support the force in a bid to hasten the commissioner’s release.

Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker, Rescue Six Victims In Nasarawa

The suspected trafficker arrested by the Nasarawa State Police Command on October 5, 2020.

 

The police authorities in Nasarawa State have arrested a 40-year-old woman, Rita Oti for alleged human trafficking at Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was confirmed on Tuesday via a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ramhan Nansel.

The suspect who is also known as “Mama Gee” is said to be an indigene of Ebonyi State and was intercepted in a Volkswagen Sharon vehicle driven by Godwin Yaasa with six occupants.

According to the police spokesman, the other occupants of the car were within the age range of 16 to 24, adding that they were heading for the Alagbado area of Lagos State.

“On 29/09/2020 at about 1430hrs, Police personnel attached to Nasarawa Eggon division, acting based on credible information, intercepted a Volkswagen Sharan vehicle driven by  one Godwin Yaasa ‘m’ aged 35yrs of Benue State conveying one Rita Oti and six other occupants whose age ranges from 16yrs to 24yrs on transit to Lagos State,” the statement partly read.

Upon interrogation, the police discovered that the suspect lured the victims from Benue State under the pretext of giving them jobs without their parents’ consent.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe has ordered the transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for exhaustive investigation and reunite the victims with their families.

The police boss asked residents of the State to be wary of criminals who disguise as destiny helpers in order to carry out their evil agenda.

Nasarawa Seeks Oil Exploration Support From Kuwait

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa State Government has sought the support of Kuwait in its oil exploration efforts in the state.

This was disclosed in a letter delivered to the Kuwait Embassy in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on the Nasarawa Liaison office, Yusuf Maianguwa.

The governor explained that the support is necessary to enable the state to join the league of oil-producing states in Nigeria.

He also used the opportunity to commiserate with the Kuwait Ambassador to Nigeria, AbdulAziz AlBisher over the death of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah who died on September 29.

Governor Sule described the late Emir as a great freedom fighter and a global humanitarian who battled and restored the country’s international relations after the Gulf War.

While eulogising the late monarch as an astute and judicious leader, he attributed the technological and economic advancement of Kuwait through the Emir’s wealth of experience.

Similarly, the Nasarawa governor congratulated the new Emir of Kuwait, Prince Nawaf for succeeding his late elder brother and prayed that God grants him the wisdom and strength to lead Kuwait to greatness.

He called on the new leader to sustain the existing bilateral relations between Kuwait and Nasarawa State,

On his part, the Kuwait Ambassador who received the state delegation, thanked the governor for the kind gesture.

He however promised to extend the governor’s condolences to the new Emir of Kuwait.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had in 2017 said oil exploration activities would commence in Nasarawa State.

Gunmen Kill One, Abduct 10 In Nasarawa

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

One person has been killed and 10 abducted by gunmen in Kana community, Udege Development Area of Nasarawa State.

The Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Muhammad Sani Otto, disclosed this on Tuesday via telephone to Channels Television.

He said the gunmen in their numbers invaded the community, shooting sporadically in the air which resulted in the death of one person, injuring many, after which they seized 10 persons.

Otto added that security has been beefed up in the area to avoid a recurrence while efforts have been heightened to rescue the abducted persons.

This comes a weeks after 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were kidnapped along Mararaban-Udege road in the state.

The officials were travelling for a training programme at FRSC Academy in Udi when they were attacked by suspected bandits

26 Kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom, Says Nasarawa Governor

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) kidnapped along Mararaban-Udege in Nasarawa State have regained their freedom.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Monday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sule said the recent release of the remaining batch of seven officials has led to the complete freedom of the FRSC operatives that were abducted last week.

Three of the officials had earlier been rescued by security personnel on September 15, a day after 10 officers of the corps were seized in an attack by suspected bandits.

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“All the twenty-something officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps that were kidnapped, all of them were released yesterday.

“I want to thank all the security (agencies) and those that have worked very hard to ensure that we achieve that feat.

“I want to thank them for all the efforts they are making to ensure that Nasarawa remains safe,” the governor said.

The officials were travelling for a training programme at FRSC Academy in Udi when they were attacked by suspected bandits

Following their abduction, the police authorities in Nasarawa State announced the rescue of three operatives earlier.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe disclosed this to the Channels Television in an exclusive interview on September 15.

Two FRSC Officials Killed, 10 Kidnapped In Nasarawa Attack

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.

 

Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been killed in an attack by gunmen.

Channels Television learned that the attack occurred on Monday at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa State.

The FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement.

He said one of the victims died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital, adding that four others were injured.

According to Kazeem, eight corps escaped unhurt, adding that 10 were abducted.

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UNKNOWN GUNMEN ATTACK SOME FRSC STAFF ENROUTE UDI AT MARARABAN UDEGE IN NASARAWA

Some personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps travelling from Sokoto and Kebbi States Command of the Corps for a training programme at FRSC Academy, Udi were reportedly attacked by Bandits/Kidnappers at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa state today Monday 14th September 2020 at about 8 am.  The Officers totalling 26 in number were travelling in two buses.

According to the FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, one of the Officers in the vehicle conveying the staff of the Corps reportedly died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital and four others were injured, 8 escaped unhurt, ten unaccounted for as they were allegedly kidnapped by the assailants.

The Corps Public Education Officer noted that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has immediately reported the incident to relevant authorities for prompt rescue of the kidnapped staff while investigations to ensure that the assailants are brought to book is ongoing.

Kazeem noted that the Corps Marshal has called on all staff of the Corps not to be deterred by this unfortunate incident. He assured that the Corps will work closely with relevant security to ensure that the criminal elements are brought to book and justice is served while the missing personnel are found.

Military Hands Over 778 Victims, Wives, Children Of Terrorists To State Authorities

A photo taken on August 31, 2020, shows women and children intercepted by security operatives in northern Nigeria.

 

The military has handed over 778 people comprising abducted victims, as well as wives and children of dislodged Boko Haram terrorists to authorities in their respective states.

They were handed over to the authorities on Monday during an event held at the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

In his remarks, the Commandant, Major General Maude Gadzama, revealed that the persons came from various northern states.

He revealed that they were intercepted during various joint ‘Operation Nutcracker’ by a combined team of security operatives who forced the terrorists to flee from their hideouts, leaving their victims, wives, and children behind.

The operatives include troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Lugard, Nigerian Air Force, Command Army Records, Guards Brigade, Nigeria Police, and the Department of State Services (DSS).

“Our gallant men and tracking experts are tracking escapee leaders such as Sadiqu, Babuji Yellow, and Buji,” Gadzama said.

He added, “The dragnet is becoming closer and closer by the day while the tracking signals are getting stronger by the seconds, therefore, catching up this window of opportunity given by the Chief of Army Staff for all terrorists to surrender. They must not miss this ample opportunity.”

The major general revealed that the terrorists settled in forest areas at the borders of Benue and Nasarawa States eight years ago but became hostile only seven months ago.

According to him, members of the group previously known as Darus-Salam are said to have relocated from Niger State before a Boko Haram leader came there, executed their leader and deputy, as well as brainwashed them with the beliefs of Boko Haram.

A photo taken on August 31, 2020, shows some of the weapons recovered by security operatives from terrorists’ hideouts in northern Nigeria.

 

Gadzama explained that the terrorists were planning to unleash mayhem in the FCT and parts of the North before they were busted by security operatives.

He said while some of the women were abductees who were forced to become sex slaves, others aided and abetted terrorism.

The military officer stated that those being handed over would be profiled and rehabilitated and others found culpable would be investigated and prosecuted accordingly.

At the event, Nasarawa, Kogi, and Niger States, as well as the FCT were represented while there was no representation from the remaining northern states.

The Deputy Governor of Nasarawa, Emmanuel Akabe, whose state received 19 people added his voice to the call by the military for terrorists to surrender their weapons.

He said, “We need peace in this country, we need peace everywhere. Without peace, there can’t be development and Nigeria needs development.

Some women and children intercepted by security operatives in northern Nigeria are handed over to state authorities on August 31, 2020.

 

“Without peace, there cannot be progress and Nigeria needs to progress and it is for their own good that wherever they are (the fleeing terrorists), they should come out and surrender themselves.”

On his part, Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmad Ketso, whose state got 318 people, revealed the action plan of the government.

He explained that the government has made an arrangement that on arrival, the persons would be profiled and questioned on where they were coming from and their various local governments.

The Senior Special Assistant on the Kogi State Governor on Security, Doru Jerry, also received 46 people on behalf of the state government.

He said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies must go all out ensure that they clear the remnants and ensure that those captured are well profiled by the various states.”

Several arms, ammunition, improvised explosive devices, and rocket making materials recovered from the camps of the criminals were paraded at the event.

410 ‘Terrorists’ Surrender In Nasarawa, Bomb Factory Destroyed – Military

A file photo of Nigerian soldiers in action
A file photo of Nigerian soldiers in action

 

The Nigerian military on Wednesday said some 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists Group have surrendered.

A bomb-making factory belonging to the terrorists has also been decimated.

The information was contained in a statement signed by a military spokesman, Major-General John Enenche.

The surrender followed “aggressive intensive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves” by a military unit, Operation Whirl Stroke, and other security agencies deployed at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Enenche said.

Among the surrendered terrorists were women and children.

The military said, on August 26, 2020, said at least 410 'terrorists', including women and children, surrendered in Nasarawa.
The military said, on August 26, 2020, that at least 410 ‘terrorists’, including women and children, surrendered in Nasarawa.

 

The military also said Operation Whirl Stroke personnel “stormed a Darul Salam terrorists bomb-making factory” and recovered several rocket launcher bombs and other explosive materials.

“The camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect,” Enenche said.

 

READ THE MILITARY’S FULL STATEMENT:

TROOPS OF OPERATION WHIRL STROKE BUST TERRORISTS CELL; RECOVER EXPLOSIVES, ARMS AND AMMUNITION
IN NASARAWA, AS 410 MEMBERS OF DARUL SALAM TERRORISTS GROUP SURRENDER

1. In continuation of aggressive clearance operations aimed at decisively riding the North-Central zone of armed banditry and other forms of criminality, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE have recorded a major success against the criminal elements.

2. Following aggressive intensive kinetic operations at identified bandits’ enclaves, not less than 410 members of the Darul Salam Terrorists group, including women and children, surendered to the troops of operation WHIRL STROKE and other security agencies deployed at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. This development took place on 25 August 2020.

3. Relatedly, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE while on a robust clearance patrol around Uttu, on 26 August 2020 stormed a Darul Salam terrorists bomb-making factory following actionable technical and human intelligence on the activities of the terrorists in the general area. In the course of the operation, troops recovered several Improvised Explosive Device making materials at the location including 2 scales, 6 rocket launcher bombs, one bag of fertilizer, half a bag of gun powder, 10 locally made hand grenades, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fuse, one locally made Rocket Launcher, 2 Improvised Explosive Devices,13 Improvised rocket bombs, amongst others. The camp was subsequently destroyed while troops are equally combing the surrounding forests for fleeing members of the sect.

4. The Military High Command commends the gallant troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE for their professionalism and dexterity in achieving this notable feat and also urges them to sustain the tempo in the push to decisively curtail the activities of armed bandits and other criminals operating in the North-Central zone.

5. You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium with the photos attached for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
26 August 2020.

APC’s Ismaeel Danbaba Wins Nasarawa Assembly Bye-Election

A file photo of APC candidate Ismaeel Danbaba
A file photo of APC candidate Ismaeel Danbaba

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Ismaeel Danbaba, has emerged winner of the Nasarawa Central bye-election after polling 7,475 votes to beat his closest contender Nuhu Bawa of the People’s Democratic Party, who secured 4,608 votes.

Returning officer for the election Iliyasu Umar declared him the winner after announcing that he had satisfied the requirements of the law.

Saturday’s election was marked by low turnout as only 12,381 people were accredited to vote out of the 71,919 people registered in the constituency.

It was held to fill the seat left vacant after a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Suleiman Adamu, who died on April 30, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. Adamu was the first person to die due to the pandemic in Nasarawa State.

The election is also the first to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to set the pace for forthcoming Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.

Apart from the low turnout, the elections started behind schedule in several polling units with accreditation and voting commencing as much as two hours  8:30 am.

A new face-detecting IPAD introduced by INEC and which was used for the election suffered some glitches and in several polling units visited, the electoral officers resorted to the use of card readers.

It was also observed that at several polling units, social distancing was not maintained and the use of face masks was not consistent.

INEC Holds Nasarawa Bye-Election To Replace Lawmaker Who Died Of COVID-19

Nasarawa voters join the queue at the Tammah Polling unit on August 8, 2020 in adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has conducted bye-election for the Nasarawa Central Constituency at the State House of Assembly.

The election is the first to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission during the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to set the pace for forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

71,000 voters are expected to cast their votes in Saturday’s exercise.

In most of the polling areas visited, Channels Television observed that provisions were made for personal safety.

Although voting commenced late, the exercise, however, witnessed poor voter turn out with glitches experienced.

INEC had slated for 8:30 am for voting to commence, materials and personnel arrived early.

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But at Angwan Gangaren Bage, Angwan Madaki 1, Angwan Madaki 2, Angwan Dutse polling booths, voting had yet to commence, although voters were seen waiting, voting had not yet commenced at about 10 am.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the two parties contending for the Nasarawa Central constituency seat.

This comes three months after the former occupant of the office, Adamu Suleiman, died of COVID-19.

Suleiman is the first patient to die of COVID-19 complications in the north-central state since Nasarawa reported its index case of the disease.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, who announced the death of the lawmaker revealed that Suleiman died before the result of his test came back positive.

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Court Clears Ex-Nasarawa SSG Of Financial Misappropriation Allegations

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The High Court Of Justice Sitting In Akwanga has exonerated the Former Secretary to the Government Of Nasarawa State, Aliyu Ahmed Tijjani of claims of financial misappropriation by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

The former SSG had been accused of misappropriation of funds by the members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

Justice Mustapha Abdul-Muminu Ramat in his ruling on Friday declared all the proceedings of the House that led to the indictment of  Mr Tijjani null and void for not giving him a fair hearing.

The Plaintiff had taken the state governor, Governor Abdullahi Sule, the state House of Assembly, the Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner Of Justice Abdul-Kareem Kana to court challenging the action of the House for indicting him without giving him a fair hearing.

The House of Assembly indicted Aliyu Ahmed Tijjani of alleged financial Misappropriation of 1 billion naira when he was the state Commissioner of Education which led to the relief of his appointment as the Secretary to the State Government by Governor Abdullahi Sule on June 8th.