Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the establishment of mobile court to handle cases of rape and other forms of violence against women across the state.
He gave the approval during interactive session with women groups on Friday in Lafia.
He said that issues concerning women and youths remained topmost in his agenda.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari “for taking appropriate measures to ensure peace reigns in the North Central and the country at large.”
He urged women and youths to take advantage of the windows of opportunities coming into the state as investors set up businesses to improve their status.
The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Halima Jabiru, who thanked the governor for approving the establishment of the mobile court, expressed concern over increasing rate of rape in the state and many parts of the country.
Jabiru said the court would help in bringing perpetrators to book.
She explained that the Ministry of Justice would help to produce a draft bill to be presented to the state House of Assembly.
The commissioner decried increased violation of women and girl’s rights, and urged the judiciary to ensure that perpetrators of such heinous crimes, face quick and stringent penalties to serve as deterrent to others.
She also called for the establishment of a scheme to address the issue of girl child education in the state, noting that with added support to women through the Ministry of Women Affairs, there would be improvement through multiplier effects on families and the entire society.
Mrs Aisha Isa Idoma, the Chairperson of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) in the state, commended the governor for completing projects initiated by his predecessors.
Idoma, who described the governor as a man of his words, commended him for carrying women along in his administration, especially with the appointment of Jabiru as Commissioner for Women Affairs.
She, however, said that the NCWS in the state, the umbrella body for all women organisations, is handicapped because it has no office to operate.
APC Woman Leader in the state, Mrs Elsie Monday, also thanked the governor for carrying women along in all political activities.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Gov. Sule condemns killing of journalist, others in Nasarawa state
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has condemned the killing of a former treasurer of the State’s Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom, by unidentified gunmen.
Mr Ekom, who was also former Secretary-General of the Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), was on Monday, Aug. 3, killed by unidentified persons in his residence at Washo village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
Sule, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ibrahim Addra, on Tuesday in Lafia, described the killing of the journalist as “shocking.”
He said the killers of Ekom and all other innocent citizens were enemies of peace and progress of the state and the country.
He assured that his administration would fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly acts and bring them to justice.
“Let me reassure all citizens of our state that we shall fish out these criminals, and shall not relent in our efforts to secure lives and livelihoods of all inhabitants of the state.
“The security agencies have been put on alert and will pursue until these criminal elements are hunted down and brought to justice.
“Our prayers are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the hands of evil doers in the land,” Sule added.
The governor said that his administration would remain resolute and focused on the task of building a prosperous and peaceful Nasarawa state.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that gunmen had also on July 31, stormed Odu village in Nasarawa Local Government Area, where they shot and killed the village head, Mr Amos Obere.
Similarly, on July 27, five persons were reportedly killed and 14 missing in Dausu village in Toto Local Government Area following a night attack.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Edo 2020: Nothing unusual about lawmakers backing candidates of their choice – Edo speaker
The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, on Tuesday said there was nothing unusual about the lawmakers backing the candidates of their choice for the Sept. 19 governorship poll in the state.
Okiye was reacting to the Monday endorsement of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Osgie Ize-Iyamu, by the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, and two other members of the house.
The speaker in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Benin said: “It is imperative to state the actual position of things in Edo House of Assembly right now.
“It is not unusual for legislators and indeed politicians to engage in political re-alignments in this part of democracy like in Nigeria.
“That the Deputy Speaker and 2 other lawmakers chose to support the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is within their constitutional right,” he said.
Okiye stated that the three lawmakers still remained members and part of the 10 lawmakers in the Edo house of assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the house had declared vacant, the seats of the 14 members of the house who were not sworn in, following the crisis that had bedeviled the house for years.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
APC working towards having data bank for members – Sen. Ali
Sen. Abba Ali, a member of the APC National Caretaker Committee, says the party is working towards having a data bank for all its members.
Ali, wno is the committee member representing North West, stated this when he received the Kangiwa Ward APC Chairman who paid him a congratulatory visit in Katsina on Tuesday.
According to him, when the names of members are captured, it will make access to details of members easy through the punch of a button.
He said that the data bank would carry along all members including the stakeholders and also make it easy for administrative purposes.
The member reiterated the committee’s commitment in bringing together and uniting all members, adding that reconciliatory process was on and achieving the desired goals.
“Among the programmes introduced by the APC led government include introduction of Digital economy, new N-power programme, Special Public Work consisting of 774,000 Jobs.
Ali assured that as economic development had been part of the top priority of the government, “we will continue to pray and support the rare economic initiatives designed to change the future of incoming generations.
“I am appealing to all Nigerians to support economic transformation of President Muhammadu Buhari by judicious utilization of the financial packages received from Federal Government.
“Recently, we witnessed reduction of attacks on innocent Nigerians from armed bandits, this is achieved through the tireless efforts and sacrifices of our security agencies who are out to protect lives and properties.
“By the special Grace of God, soon the insecurity will be over and all IDPs across the country will return to their respective destinations to continue with their normal day to day activities,” he said.
He said Nigerians should be expecting a new reformed APC, eagerly waiting to meet the yearning and aspirations of the electorate.
“APC in the North West and the National Caretaker Committee are working so hard for the spirit of oneness and a greater Nigeria.
“I urged all Nigerians to continue supporting this noble course of APC which is working for the overall interest of the citizens,” he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Security Challenges: You must rejig security strategy, Buhari tells Security Chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari has again challenged the nation security agencies to rejig their strategies in the ongoing battle against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes in some parts of the country.
The National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongonu, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the National Security Council meeting, presided over by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
He said: “Mr President has also directed that we must rejig our strategy that is both in terms of operation and intelligence we must rejig our strategy to prevent further catastrophe.
“We must bear in mind that we owe a duty to the people that elected his government, our government and at the end of the day without securing the nation all other things cannot be addressed such as revamping the economy and also fighting corruption.’’
According to the NSA, his office presented a memo to the Security Council on the danger of drug abuse in the society as well as the need to urgently address the problem
He revealed that between 2011 and 2019, approximately 17 manufacturing laboratories of dangerous substances were located by the various security agencies and destroyed while an increasing activities of illegal cultivators of `Canabis’ were also recorded.
He said criminals had resulted to the use of illegal substances and dangerous drugs like Tramadol to unleash violence on innocent citizens in the society.
“I presented two memos. The first had to do with drug trafficking as well as drug addiction in Nigeria, and the widespread use of these substances and the dangerous impact on our social, economic situation.
“Basically, what I told council was that this has taken on a worrisome dimension. Nigeria’s perception on the drug trafficking index has changed from the status from a transit hub to a production centre.
“Between 2011 and 2019, approximately 17 manufacturing laboratories of dangerous substances were located by the various security agencies and destroyed. That is a large number.
“At the same we have had increasing activities of illegal cultivators of Canabis in Nigeria.
“These people basically use extremely large space of arable land to cultivate this illegal substance, employing militia men to protect their farms and also their storage facilities.
“When you look at drugs, our main concern as security operatives is the ultimate destruction to the social fabric and economy of the nation.
“There is hardly any violence crime today in Nigeria that is not propelled by the use of these hard substances. And these hard substances have been coming in from all nooks and crannies,’’ he said.
Monguno believed that the reckless use of these dangerous substances had direct link to the insecurity being experienced across the country.
He, therefore, stressed the need for a collective, concerted effort to deal with the menace of dangerous drugs in circulation to safeguard the country from the bottomless pit of self-destruction.
The NSA boss disclosed that he later updated the Council on the security situation in the northwest and the north central, “in terms of looking at the issue of kidnapping, banditry and killing of innocent people.’’
“The Chief of Defence Staff, army chief, inspector general of Police, heads of the various intelligence agencies also gave synopsis each of the current security situation and what their various organizations and agencies are doing about these situations,’’ he added.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)