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Abdullahi Sule revalidates APC membership.


Yamawo said the committee would ensure that all party members were revalidated and eligible persons registered without discrimination.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Tuesday revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Sule, who revalidated his APC membership at the motor park polling unit 002, Gudi electoral ward, Akwanga Local Government Area (LGA), inaugurated the registration, revalidation and membership update exercise in the state.

The governor said that the exercise would strengthen and reposition the party ahead of future elections in the country.


He appealed to leaders and members of the party to mobilise and participate in the exercise in order to broaden the APC base in the state.

Sule assured members of the party, especially the new members of equal rights and privileges.

Also speaking at the inauguration, Mr Ishaka Yamawo, Chairman of the registration committee in the state said it had put necessary measures in place for a hitch-free exercise.

He said that the committee had trained all the registration officers and distributed registration materials to all the polling units in the state.


Yamawo said the committee would ensure that all party members were revalidated and eligible persons registered without discriminations.

NoRM‘s known Media reports that the inauguration exercise was attended by senators, members of House of Representatives, state assembly members, commissioners as well and local government amongst other dignitaries.



Revenue generation prior to socio-economic development – Sule.


The governor also commended the group’s ability to come up with recommendations that were tailored toward meeting the expectations of the people of the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says revenue generation is crucial to the socio-economic development of the state.


Sule said the exercise, therefore, forms a major part of his administration’s efforts to develop the state, socially and economically.

He stated this when a group known as Nasarawa State Progressives Forum, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Lafia, on Saturday.

He described as apt, the role being played by the members of the forum as it was in tandem with his commitment to ensuring that the people of the state enjoyed more dividends of democracy.

The governor also commended the group’s ability to come up with recommendations that were tailored toward meeting the expectations of the people of the state.


The Chairman of the forum, Dr Musa Yasha’u, said their membership cut across tertiary institutions in the state and commended the governor for promoting good governance in the state and providing the needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

Yusha’u, who presented to the governor the outcome of a Survey that was carried out on the socio-economic and political situation in the state, said the initiative was capable of underscoring the basic needs of the society and the responsibility of the government to this effect.



COVID-19: Gov’t supports State University with N7M – VC.


The vice chancellor assured of the management’s readiness to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols by students, staff and other visitors.

The Nasarawa State Government has supported the state university in Keffi with N7 million to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed, has said.


Mohammed explained that the fund was meant to purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other consumables to contain the spread of COVID-19 as students resumed.

He made this known when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology visited the school to assess the institution’s level of preparedness over school resumption.

The vice chancellor said that the institution has purchased thermometers, hand washing facilities and face masks, among others, in order to curtail the spread of the virus.

“We have instructed that no face mask no entry into the school environment as we have taken the measure in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.


” I want to commend you for being up and doing in improving on the standard of education in the state.

“You are active and committed to the development of the education sector in the state.


“Government has fumigated all of our faculties and our health staff have been trained on COVID-19 prevention.

“The state government has supported us with N7million to purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE),” according to him.

Mohammed also said the state Chairman on COVID-19 and Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, has approved the establishment of isolation and testing centres in the institution.


Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Daniel Ogazi, said that they were in the institution to assess its level of preparedness on re-opening of the institution amidst second wave of coronavirus.

Ogazi, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, said that the Speaker, Mr Balarabe Abdullahi, has tasked the committee to visit schools in order to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“It is in view of that the committee cut short its recess to visit schools in order to assess the level of preparedness on schools re-opening,” he said.

Ogazi commended the management of the institution for providing the required non-pharmaceutical materias at the entry of the school, hostels and classes as well as offices and called for its sustenance.


The chairman assured of the committee’s continued commitment to support the institution to succeed.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the committee alongside management of the institution inspected lecture halls, board rooms and hostels, among other facilities, to assess the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols.



Storyline: See unrest demands from Nigerians after Buhari reacted to death of APC Chairman


Social media users who are tired of Buhari issuing statements without doing anything tangible have called for him to be impeached for failing the people.

Nigerians have taken to social media to call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment following the murder of an All Progressives Congress chairman, Philip Shekwo in Nasarawa state.


This comes as banditary, kidnapping and terrorism continue to worsen in the north.

Buhari, in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, his Spokesman, had said that the nation’s security system must do more to end the incidents of violence in the country.

The late APC Chairman was shot twice leading to his death. Police investigation is expected to determine if this was an assassination or kidnapping-related murder.


In his reaction to the tragic incident, Buhari, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, said: “I strongly condemn the killing of Philip Shekwo. He was kind and jovial. His contribution towards strengthening the party in Nasarawa State will not be forgotten. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

But his reaction didn’t go down well with some social media users who accused the President of having turned the country into a mourning nation.

Here are some comments that greeted the President’s reaction:

@Womanofvoice, “Can somebody who is close to Buhari ask him, what actually prompted his coming back to power after he failed woefully as the Military head of States in 1984/1985?”


@FadeyiTitus, “So he could comment on one dead politician but can’t sympathize with over 10 young youths killed for protesting within their circumference of right.”

@OtyJonah, “Well done Mr. Chief mourner. Continue mourning the blood of the Innocent. Any government that fails in securing the lives and providing welfare for its citizens is a failed government. Now weigh your performance and score yourself. As for me you have failed woefully.”

@Otsey, “This Buhari govt has turned a specialist mourner. It’s only under such a failed govt that 8 ASP will be abducted without any fight back from the govt. All this government does is mourn. What a SHAME.”

@hanameisarik, “Can the national assembly kickstart Buhari’s impeachment? I mean, in 5 years, this man has plunged us into 2 recessions. Insecurity is something else. Monies retrieved as loots have been stolen and achieved nothing. Corruption is still a menace with very weak institutions.”


@womanofvoice, “I have not heard the present Senate or House of Rep talk about impeachment. The insecurities & the level of corruption that have dried our economy is enough to impeach General Buhari out of Aso rock.”

@ReginaldOnyenwe, “”Do more”…what?! Your security agencies are very good at hounding down innocent and defenceless citizens but run away with their tails between their legs when confronted with terrorists. Keep ‘doing more’ looking the other way, when it concerns kidnapers and terrorists.”

@Abraham_onyeke, “A country where the president and the vice is just a spectator in the hands of criminals yet they are releasing Boko Haram back to the society @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @DrAhmadLawan @femigbaja you better fix the country when you all can and may his soul RIP.”

@FreedomRebelion, “How sad Nigeria has been turned into a docile nation where leaders only want to be heard and do not like to listen. What kind of leader sits in his residence and refuses to give a press briefing about the state of the nation. We will continue to observe as things get worse because our government lacks clues.”



Update: Nasarawa APC Chairman ‘found dead’ hours after kidnap


The State’s Commissioner of Police, Dele Longe, confirmed his kidnap on Sunday morning.

The kidnapped chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwo, has been found dead.

Shekwo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the late hours of Saturday at his residence in Lafia, Nasarawa State.


Nasarawa: Armed Gunmen abduct APC Chieftain


The Commissioner, Nasarawa State Police Command, Bola Longe, has confirmed the development.

Gunmen have abducted the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Philip Shekwor.

Mr Philip Shekwor was abducted in his home along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

He said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

Longe said operatives had been deployed to rescue Shekwor.


Insurgency: Large number of terrorists surrender in Nasarawa.


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 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.




  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.

Major General
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
26 August 2020.


Nasarawa assembly bye-election: Danbaba of APC wins


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.

File photo of Ismaeel Danbaba.

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 conducts Nasarawa assembly bye-election amid death of lawmaker


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, Noble Reporters Media can sense 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.


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.



Just in: Gov. Sule pledges to tackle security challenges in Nasarawa


Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has vowed to tackle the security challenges facing the state.

He made this known on Monday while receiving traditional rulers from across the state who came to pay him the traditional Sallah homage, at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sule explained that already, the state is beginning to enjoy goodwill from across the country as exemplified by the recent listings of Nasarawa State as being among the top four states in the federation to attract investments.


He added that the state has also been recognised as one of the 22 states known for their transparency and accountability, with a special package earmarked for the state.

File photo of Nasarawa governor, Abdullahi Sule. (Noble Reporters Media / Olamide Noble)

“With all these goodwills coming to us, we cannot allow our state to be distracted, not by any kinds of rumours, insecurity or any individuals not matter how highly placed.

“We won’t be distracted, we will remain focused, otherwise we will not achieve our development agenda,” he said.


[Nigeria] Gunmen waste Village Head in Nasarawa


Gunmen have killed the village head of Odu community, Udege development area in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Amos Ewa Obere.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, confirmed this to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

He said the killing occurred on Friday night, around 10 pm when the perpetrators stormed the community and shot the deceased, thus leading to his death.


Longe noted that the traditional leader sustained a grave injury in his stomach as a result of the gunshot and was rushed to the Mararaba Udege General Hospital, for medical attention where he gave up the ghost.

The police boss revealed that security has been beefed up in the area.

Obere was a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and the ward head of Odu and other surrounding villages.


Nasarawa gov hands 160-bed hospitals to Federal Varsity, Lafia


Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has handed over a one hundred and sixty-bed capacity hospital to the Federal University, Lafia for the commencement of its college for the medical programmes.

During the ceremony, Sule requested that 50 per cent of admission for the study of medicine be reserved for indigenes as he believes that will help fill up the gap of inadequate health personnel in the state.

“This is in tandem with the determination of our administration to prioritize and strengthen the health care system of the State, considering the fact that the achievement of an industrialized State is contingent upon a healthy population.


“I need to reiterate that Government will continue to support the University in the training of medical personnel who will handle the issue of healthcare delivery,” he said.

The N1.2 billion hospital is to serve as a teaching hospital for the college which has begun admission.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Yahaya, described the handing over of the facility to FULAFIA as historic, highlighting the state government’s commitment to focus on health, education, security and economy.

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule speaks while donating some patrol vehicles and other items to the Army on April 27, 2020.

Yahaya recounted that two other similar projects were sited in Akwanga area of the state by the previous administration, as part of initiatives to boost the health sector.


Responding, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, said the handing over of the facility by the state government will remain indelible in the annals of the history of the institution.

While expressing gratitude over the gesture, the VC highlighted the numerous contributions by the Nasarawa State Government from the onset of the institution to the establishment of its school of medicine.

He announced that the institution has commenced the process of admitting students into MBBS, Radiography, Nursing, MLS, Anatomy, Physiology and others.

The VC assured the governor that his request will be granted.


APC chairman rape minors in Nasarawa.


The Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) of Obi Ward, Obi LGA of Nasarawa State, has been arrested for allegedly defiling two minors in his home.

The APC Chairman identified as Christopher Ogah, was arrested for allegedly defiling two girls (said to be aged 12 and 13) in his house in Obi.

Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Mohammad Oyimoga Oyigye, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said that he saved the suspect from being lynched by the angry youth and handed him over to the Police and he has been transferred to Lafia to forestall peace in the area.

A witness, Oyikobi Ambassador, said that the girls are aged 12 and 13 years respectively.

Another source, who preferred anonymity, said that the suspect lured the girls when they entered his house to fetch water.


He said that there are rumours that it was not the first time that he was arrested for rape.

Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe reacting to the arrest, said, ” I have directed that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID) in Lafia for a discreet investigation after which the suspect will be charged to court.

“The Police under my watch want to warn would-be Rapist to have a rethink or face the wrath of the Law.

” I am assuring the public of the Police command’s commitment to arrest and prosecute anyone found wanting no matter how highly placed,” he said.



Nasarawa speaker laud peaceful NUJ election


The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has commended journalists in the state for exhibiting and adhering to the high level of democratic norms and values in their just concluded elections.

The polls saw Mr Salihu Alkali as the new Chairman of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Also, NUJ Nasarawa council gets new leadeship.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Gwamna, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi on Friday.


Abdullahi congratulated Alkali and his new executive members for their victories and wished them a united, peaceful and successful tenure.

The statement quoted the speaker as saying that he is highly impressed with the peaceful and transparent nature of the just concluded elections.

The speaker expressed hoped that it would enhance developmental journalism in the state and beyond.


He called for more unity and understanding among members of the NUJ and the government for peace and progress of the state.

Abdullahi, who observed that elections are over, hence the need for all the parties involved to come together as one body for the progress of the union and the state at large

He reaffirmed the state assembly’s commitment in partnering with the union for the overall development of the state.

NAN recalls that on July 2, members of thd pen profession in the state elected their new officials with Alkali of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria as Chairman and Mr Sunday John of NAN as Secretary, among others.



Nasarawa Sergeant-at-War Dies

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aliyu Bako, is dead.

He was 69.

The Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Jibrin Gwamna, who disclosed this in a statement in Keffi on Sunday, said the Speaker Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, described Bako’s death as a painful and colossal loss to the state.


He said: “On behalf of the principal officers, members and staff of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly I, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker has condole with the family of the late sergeant at Arm and Kwandere Emirate Council over the death of our dedicated and committed sergeant at arm who is the Makongiji Kwandare.

“He was a committed staff and has contributed his quota to the development of the House and the state at large while alive.


“His death is painful but God gives life and take at His own will.

“May his soul and the souls of other departed rest in peace.”




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After 1 Week of Abduction, Nasarawa CAN Chairman regain Freedom.

The Chairman of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, who was abducted last week has regained his freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, confirmed this on Sunday. NobleReporters learnt

He explained that the clergyman was freed by his abductors on Saturday night after sustained pressure by security personnel.

Longe added that following credible intelligence, the security operatives arrested four persons in connection with the abduction.


According to him, the bishop was later reunited with his family in Lafia, the state capital at about 1:48 am on Sunday.

A member of Masin’s family also revealed that the clergyman has been taken to a hospital for medical examination.



COVID-19: Nasarawa govt track, return 4 escapees to isolation centre. [Nigeria]


The Nasarawa State Government says it has tracked and returned four women who escaped from the quarantine centre at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Governor of the state who doubled as State Taskforce on COVID-19, disclosed this on Monday in Lafia while briefing newsmen on the update of the their activities to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

NobleReporters heard that the women had escaped from the quarantine centre on Sunday during a protest over alleged poor feeding and neglect by the state government.

Those quarantined include over 200 travellers from high risk states as well as returnee Quranic education pupils (Almajirai) from Bauchi State.


The Deputy Governor said, “it is true there was a protest by those quarantined at the holding centre at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic Lafia and four women escaped during the protest.

“All the women were traced and had since been returned to the centre for continued evaluation before they are release if found to be free of the virus.

“We are not holding them because we hate them, but it was aimed at ensuring that people from high risks areas are properly checked and certified to be free of the virus before they meet their families.”


He further explained that they were properly taken care of contrary to the insinuation making the round.

“Humans naturally do not want to be confined to one place, that was just the reason for the protest and not because of poor feeding or neglect,” the deputy governor added.

He also said that samples from many of them were already taken for testing with some found positive, while other results were still being awaited.


NobleReporters learnt that Gov. Abdullahi Sule had directed that all travellers from high risks states be quarantined, tested and certified free of the virus before they are allowed to go.

N.Rs also report that Nasarawa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and One death from the virus.



COVID-19: Nasarawa Assembly Member Dies. [Nigeria]


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, Governor Sule revealed that Suleiman died before the result of his test came back positive.

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.


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.

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




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[Nigeria] Nasarawa police to arrest movement violators.

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.

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Yobe State Government says it will establish mobile courts to prosecute violators of border closure directives and those coming into the state through illegal routes.

The Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Abdullahi Bego who is also member of the State COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, made this known on Tuesday while addressing journalists.

Bego who noted that the state is yet to record the disease has said precautionary measures have been put in place to curtail the spread of the disease.

According to him, trucks carrying essential commodities such as food items and other consumables are allowed to carry along assistant driver and the owner of the goods only.

Other resolutions reached were use of face mask in public places, observance of social distancing, hand washing with soap and water and also stay at home to prevent transmission of the disease.

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Sokoto State COVID-19 Response Team has deployed medical experts to begin the tracing of all contacts associated with the index case discovered in the state.

Chairman of the Response team and State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Inname revealed this during a briefing with newsmen in Sokoto, the state capital.

Iname assured that all those that have made contacts with the patient will be traced.

According to him, the state COVID-19 index case has been transferred to the isolation and treatment center situated in Amanawa, Dange Shuni Local Government and that patient is now stable and recovering.

He also said the state government is investigating the cause of transmission to the index patient infected by the coronavirus.

The Commissioner explained that the Response Team will begin active case test in the next 48hours, as part of strategy deploy to ensure that the general public did not suffer in this pandemic.

The state government also urged the general public to render valid information to ease the tracing task.


[Nigeria] Nasarawa police command arrest 18 kidnap suspects.

The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested 18 suspects over alleged connection with the kidnap of three persons in different parts of the state.

The state Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.

He said there had not been any case of kidnapping in the state for a long time except recently when three persons were kidnapped in different locations in the state.

The police boss said based on intelligence reports, all the three victims were rescued alive, while the suspects were apprehended for allegedly being responsible for their abduction.

Longe explained that two of the suspects sustained injuries in the course of the arrest, as they engaged the police and tried to resist arrest.

He said: “The suspects are helping us with useful information that will lead to the arrest of other members of the gang.

“We recovered a lot of things from them, including over N1 million cash and other materials.

“We will charge them to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

Longe assured the people of the state that the police was battle-ready for the criminal elements in the state.

He advised criminals to repent before being caught or, in the alternative, relocate from the state, assuring that the police would fish them out from their hideouts and make them to face the wrath of the law.

Longe appealed to members of the public to always provide the police with useful information about the activities of criminals to enable them sanitise the state.

NobleReporters learnt that John Mamma, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Local Governments, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, was recently kidnapped by gunmen.

Also kidnapped by gunmen in the state were the Education Secretary of Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Council and a Catholic priest in Garaku.

NobleReporters also learnt that the three kidnap victims had, however, been released and reunited with their families.


COVID-19: 5 suspected cases in Nasarawa, Nigeria prove Negative.

The Nasarawa Government has said that all the five suspected cases of COVID-19 being isolated at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Keffi, tested negative to the virus.

Ahmed Yahaya, State Commissioner for Health, disclosed this at a press briefing on Saturday, following and emergency stakeholders meeting at the Government House, Lafia.

According to the Commissioner, the results from a specimen taken from the five suspected cases for a test at the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Abuja, all came back negative.

Yahaya said that the five persons were still undergoing some clinical processes and would soon be discharged from the isolation centre.

He added that the government has put machinery in place to curtail any case of COVID-19 in the state.

He said the government had set up response teams, domiciled at FMC Keffi and Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia with isolation centres at the two facilities.

“The suspected cases that were confirmed negative were quarantined at one of the isolation centres in Keffi.

“The isolation centre in DASH has been expanded to 18 rooms; nine each for suspected cases and confirmed cases if any,” the Commissioner added.

He further explained that Gov. Abdullahi Sule had directed the resumption and completion of work at the Epidemiology Centre Lafia to assist in the fight against infectious diseases.

Yahaya, therefore, called on members of the public not to panic as the government was prepared to tackle all infectious diseases including COVID-19.

On his part, Retired Justice Sidi Bage, Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, commended the state government for the efforts to educate the public about the pandemic.

The Emir promised that as traditional rulers, they would stepdown the sensitisation to their subjects, especially those at the grassroots who are more ignorant of the situation.

The Emir also urged the public to maintain social distance and improve on personal and environmental hygiene as advised by the government and experts to curtail the spread of COVID-19.


Wole Soyinka slam Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.

Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

Soyinka stated that Ganduje’s action is an ”innate travesty of justice, at a par with the repudiated colonial order and synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.”

Recounting how a governor in Ogun State almost removed a monarch before a friend pleaded with him to give it a second thought, the nobel laureate stated that the Kano State Governor does not have good friends.

Soyinka wrote in his statement;

“I was a participant, albeit on the sidelines, when a similar scenario began to unfold in my own state, Ogun some years ago. The then governor, on account of an imagined slight by one of the monarchs in his domain, was actually poised?—?not virtually but physically?—?poised to sign the dethronement and banishment order on that traditional ruler.

“His office was invaded by some of the panicked chiefs and stalwarts of Ogun state who rushed to ward off the impending order. One of them stopped at my home after the pacification session to narrate what had transpired, and how some of them had actually gone on their knees to plead with that governor to stay action. I was furious. I knew every detail of that affair, had listened to a recording of the speech that was supposed to have given this mighty offence. It was pure piffle!

“‘Why did you people plead with him? Don’t you realise you were making him feel a god? You should have let him carry on, then we would see what a cataclysm he had launched on the state!’

“The man, an independent businessman of absolute integrity, and one of that governor’s intimate circle, smiled and said, ‘No, we couldn’t do that. We are his friends. We were pleading with him to save him from himself.’

“What a pity Ganduje lacked friends who could have saved him from himself! Insofar as one can acknowledge certain valued elements in traditional institutions, the man he thinks he has humiliated has demonstrated that he is one of the greatest reformers even of the feudal order.

“That is beyond question, a position publicly manifested in both act and pronouncements. By contrast, Ganduje’s conduct, apart from the innate travesty of justice in this recent move, is on a par with the repudiated colonial order, one that out-feudalized feudalism itself, and is synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.

“The record shows, in this particular instance, that it is one that embodies modernised cronyism and alienated pomp and power – never mind the cosmetic gestures such as almajiri reformation. It has proved one of the worst examples of a system that enables even the least deserving to exercise arbitrary, unmerited authority that beggars even the despotism of the most feudalistic traditional arrangements.”

Soyinka who described Sanusi as one of the greatest reformers, recounted how he sanitized the banking sector when he was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also disclosed that as an Islamic scholar, Sanusi was also one of the early warning voices against religious extremism.

Recalling a conversation with the dethroned monarch during a recent visit, the playwright added;

“Sanusi had sounded much aware of the impending fall of the axe of vengefulness and power primitivism. I can testify that he remained totally unfazed.

“I do have the feeling that the palace gates of the Kano emirate are not yet definitively slammed against this Islamic scholar, royal scion and seasoned economist. It is just a feeling. Closed and bared, or merely shut however, the doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi.”


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The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from detention and confinement. Also, lawyers and civil society groups have continued mounting pressure on the federal and Kano State governments to allow the dethroned emir enjoy his freedom.

In a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by his lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi and Abubakar Mahmoud, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Sanusi sought for two reliefs: “An interim order releasing him from detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the Applicant’s Originating Motion.” Respondents in the suit include the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The application was brought under sections 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, and Articles 5, 6, 10, 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN 2010 and Order IV Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009. The Kano State government had on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir Sanusi II over alleged “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano. Deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s N200m library before and after Two days after the development, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar said Sanusi II was only dethroned and not banished.

“The decision of the government was the emir was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government,” he said. The deposed emir now lives in Awe town of Nasarawa State amid tight security by federal forces including the police and operatives of DSS.

And following an allegation of complicity by the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidency in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has no hand in the travails of the deposed emir. The unfolding drama climaxed yesterday with the decision of the deposed emir to drag both the federal and the Kano State governments to court.