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.

Nasarawa Govt Begins Repatriation Of Almajiris

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa state government has commenced the first batch of repatriation of Almajiris in the state to their states of origin.

State Governor, Abdullahi Sule who joined stakeholders at the Government Science School in Lafia, the state capital, to bid the children farewell revealed that none of the returning children showed any symptom of COVID-19.

He said, “We have already checked the children, so far we have not seen anyone of them that has any symptoms of COVID-19 and we have given them protection.

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“We are transporting them in air-conditioned buses so that they are taken to their various destinations in a humane manner”.

Governor Sule explained that their return which was agreed by the Northern Governors’ Forum is to ensure adequate parental care during the pandemic.

“The Northern Governors didn’t take these measures to punish the Almajiris, it is because of the love for the Almajiris that we are taking them back to their own parents who can take care of them better than any other person.

“When they return to their home states, they will be handed over to their parents.”

The Almajiris will be returned to Taraba, Plateau, Jigawa, Gombe, Kaduna states.

Some of the children who spoke in their dialect expressed appreciation to the Nasarawa state government for returning them in dignity.

They said, “It is because of the disease (coronavirus)that they are taking us back.

“It’s a good decision and we are happy about it. We are pleased and are praying for the best.

“We are thankful to the government of Nasarawa state, we are transported in a bus, we are happy”

Food was provided for younger ones amongst them who were not fasting with stipends provided to buy their urgent needs.

Nasarawa Assembly Member Dies Of COVID-19

Late Adamu Suleiman represented Nasarawa Central Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

 

 

A member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Adamu Suleiman, has died of coronavirus (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, announced the death of the lawmaker while briefing reporters on Sunday in Lafia, the state capital.

Giving an update on the disease, He revealed that Suleiman died before the result of his test came back positive.

“There is also one member of the House of Assembly who was admitted in Keffi and started showing signs and after we took his samples, unfortunately before the results came out, he died and he was buried according to Muslim rites.

“However, yesterday by the time his result came out, it turned out to be positive. So that really complicated our situation because the member had been part of all recent sittings of the members of the assembly,” Governor Sule said.

He explained that after the COVID-19 status of the lawmaker was discovered, members of his family and those living in the house went into isolation.

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The governor added that their samples have also been collected for testing by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He noted that Suleiman was buried according to Islamic rites without adherence to safety measures, as it was not clear if he died of COVID-19 then.

Governor Sule gave the assurance that those who performed the burial rites of the lawmaker would also be isolated and tested for COVID-19.

According to him, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly complex is to be closed until it is decontaminated.

The governor revealed, “Because of his (Suleiman’s) association and contact, we have decided to close down the House of Assembly until we trace all his contacts.

“I am happy to state that all the members of the House of Assembly have agreed to be isolated and samples of some of them have been collected which is to be taken to the NCDC today.”

“We are also isolating the family of the late member and also those who attended the burial, especially those who gave him the usual ritual bath.

“Once more, I want to appeal to the people of Nasarawa for their cooperation during this period,” he added.

Until his death, Suleiman was the lawmaker representing Nasarawa Central Constituency at the State House of Assembly.

Nasarawa Records Index Case Of COVID-19

File photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

Nasarawa State has recorded its index case of the coronavirus.

Governor Abdullahi Sule made the announcement on Tuesday morning at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

According to the governor, the index case is a young lady who came into the state from Kano state last week despite restrictions in both states.

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She is now in isolation at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist hospital in Lafia where she is receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, her family members who had refused that the lady be tested are now quarantined and samples were taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Abuja for testing.

“Just yesterday, we had five tests that have been conducted for Nasarawa State. Four out of the five are the most important of them being the celebrated lady that ran away from Abuja and was isolated in Akwanga.

“The result came out yesterday and she is negative. I am happy to announce to you that she was negative. However, we are not that lucky. For the first time, we have a lady that tested in Kokona and she is positive.

“The lady actually travelled from Kano to come to Kokona and she was tested. After the test, it came out that she is positive. So it is sad for us and we have identified her as the first case of the positive case from the lady that travelled from Kano to Kokona,” he said.

 

Nasarawa Security: Governor Sule Donates Vehicles, Other Items To Army

Some of the vehicles donated to the Army by the Nasarawa State Government on April 27, 2020.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has donated vehicles and other items to the Nigerian army in the state.

The governor noted that the move is part of the efforts made by his administration to boost the security situation in the state.

Governor Sule also reiterated the state government’s commitment to facilitate the take-off of the recently established army camps in Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of the state.

He also assured the security agencies of his administration’s support, pledging to wipe out criminal elements from Nasarawa State.

“This is a time that we are faced with the challenge of COVID-19 globally. The statement we are trying to make here is to state that in spite of all the challenges of COVID-19 and all the issues that we are facing in the state, we are not shying away from one of our major responsibilities – the security of our state.

“We have to say thank you for coming out to provide some of these simple supportive materials and this is not the end of it. I assure you that we will continue to support you as well as all the other security agencies that we have continued to do all the time so that this state is rid of criminal elements by the grace of God,” he said.

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COVID-19: Nasarawa Bans Motorcycles, Tricycles

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

 

The Nasarawa State Government will on Thursday ban motorcycles and tricycles as precautionary measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Sule revealed this on Wednesday while issuing the Government’s Proclamation No.4 which he signed.

The order equally restricted the use of private motorcycle to only one passenger per motorcycle and only in other parts of the state not placed on total lockdown.

“The issuance of this restriction remains necessary to protect the citizens of the state from possibility of contracting the disease from infiltrators and to minimize the potential for spread,” the governor said.

Governor Sule noted that it has become necessary to take these measures as a result of the continued violation by commercial motorcycle operators, of the restriction on human and vehicular movement and total lockdown of Karu Local Government Area, as well as curfew imposed in all urban centres of the state between the hours of 8pm and 6am daily.

He also directed all security personnel, government functionaries and traditional rulers, to ensure full compliance, stressing that security patrols will be intensified to ensure proper monitoring while warning that defaulters will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

According to the governor, the proclamation is in line with the powers conferred pursuant to Paragraph 7 of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.

COVID-19: Police To Arrest Violators Of Movement Restrictions In Nasarawa

 

The police in Nasarawa State have said it will arrest people who violate the movement restrictions imposed by the state government.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, made this known on Tuesday during a stakeholders meeting in Lafia.

He also revealed that the Command has arrested over 400 persons in the state, stressing that no sacred cow will be spared.

COVID-19: Nasarawa Relaxes Curfew To Enable Residents Buy Foodstuffs

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

Nasarawa State Government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Karu Local Government Area aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Abdullahi Sule announced this on Friday in Lafia.

Karu LG shares proximity with Abuja and houses most workers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the governor, the move is to enable residents of the state to get foodstuff.

Although he relaxed the curfew by four hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Governor Sule, however, extended the lockdown in the affected council area to a period of 10 days.

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This comes amid the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Abuja, the nation’s capital that shares a boundary with the state.

The 24-hour curfew previously imposed in the area which shares proximity with Abuja and houses most workers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has also been relaxed to enable residents to get basic supplies.

His proclamation follows the expiration of the previous two weeks lockdown.

The governor also assured residents of the state that the restrictions are to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

He also reiterated the commitment of the state government to manage the situation arising from the deadly virus.

Jukun-Tiv Crisis: Nasarawa Governor Sule Sues For Peace

(FILE) Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on March 16, 2020.

 

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasaraw State is suing for peace between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups in Benue and Taraba states especially as the country battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor made this call on Tuesday during a meeting at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital to broker peace between the two warring parties.

“We are the same people, we have TIVs in Benue and Taraba states but let each of them see the two States as their homes. Let them not consider a situation where once we have a problem, we run to where we have the majority of our people.

“If we continue to do that, we would not solve these problems. It will not make any sense especially at a time like this when the whole world is fighting COVID-19 and we have our brothers and sisters who want to live in peace being killed and their assets destroyed in the name of a petty problem that has nothing to do with life.

“I am praying and hoping that this will be the first and the last meeting so that we can have a lasting solution to this and every one of you will write your name in gold that you have finally come here, face each other directly, solve this problem and we have gone back and our people are living finally in peace,” he said.

The meeting which held behind closed doors was chaired by the Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe and had the deputy governors of Taraba, Haruna Manu and his Benue state counterpart, Benson Abounu in attendance.

Also, in attendance were security personnel, traditional rulers, lawmaker and government functionaries from the three states.

This is not the first meeting held between the two groups but the governor hopes that this mediation will ignite a lasting solution to the conflict.

COVID-19: Police Arrest Two Govt Officials For Allegedly Violating Restriction Order

 

 

Two top government officials of the Nasarawa State Government have been arrested for allegedly violating the restriction placed on public and social gatherings in the state by Governor Abdullahi Sule.

The officials arrested by the State Police Command are the overseer of Lafia North development Area, Suleiman Agyo and the Acting Registrar of Isa Mustapha Agwai (formerly Nasarawa Polytechnic) in Lafia, Mukhtar Wakeel.

Agyo’s arrest follows the wedding he had earlier which went viral.

He married a second wife at Lungun Wambai area of Lafia, the state capital.

The wedding ceremony prompted the police to arrest the bride, his friend, Wakeel who both featured in the video.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Abdulkarim Kana confirmed the arrest to channels television.

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According to him, the two of them passed the night in detention at “A” Division of the police command and investigation is ongoing.

“The proclamation by the Governor is binding on everybody, no matter how highly placed one is in society.”

“The violators would continue to be in detention, they would be charged to court immediately the courts resume,” Kana said.

Also reacting to the arrest, the state commissioner of Police, Bola Longe said the two government officials have been granted bail and will be charged to court on Tuesday.

According to Longe, over 300 persons have been arrested for violating restrictions put in place by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

 

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.”