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Insecurity: Benue, Nasarawa Governors Meet, Okay Return of IDPs

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

In their quest to end recurring security challenges confronting the States, the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States met on Monday at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi. 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule led a high powered delegation including his deputy, Emmanuel Akave, traditional rulers and other top government functionaries to pay a first visit on his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.

The two governors discussed security issues especially as it concerns the possible return of peace to the various states and it’s boundary areas.

Abdullahi said the aim of the visit was to strengthen security ties and to ensure that the peace enjoyed between the boundary areas of Benue and Nasarawa was sustained.

 

The Nasarawa Governor reminded the Benue people that “we are one and and same people” having lived together for a very long time. 

“Our mission first and famous is to pay respect to our brothers and sisters in Benue. So on behalf of the people and government of nasarawa state we decided to come to Benue first to congratulate Governor Samuel Ortom on his re-election, secondly is an opportunity for us to be able to discuss issues of common interest including security, agriculture, border issues and to maintain the relationship and re-energize the fact that Nasarawa and Benue used to be one State. So what we did is to come and get that reunion so that we can go out together to understand we are common people.”

He assured that all tribes living in Nasarawa including the Tiv will be protected. 

Governor Abdullahi said he has come to unite in work with the governor Samuel Ortom who he described as an ‘elder brother’ so as not to fight each other. 

He also maintained that for him, “no political indifference is worth the life of any citizen”.

The Nasarawa State governor said they were ever more than ready for the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) taking in Benue to return to their homes in Nasarawa.

“We are more than ready for all the IDPs to return home. For the past five months, we have not seen any banditry, we have not seen any communal clashes in our states and for that reason a lot of these people have already returned. If you go to Awe, Doma and the rest of these other places you will see clearly that people are living in peace. So this is a farming season and there is no better time than now to return home, ” he said 

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom promised that he and his counterpart will provide the needed leadership so that their people would live in peace. 

Ortom commended his Nasarawa State counterpart for initiating the move, noting that the meeting will not only strengthen security ties but economic fortunes of the two states.

He said he was challenged by the initiative of his nasarawa counterpart, assuring of his government efforts to ensure that permanent peace was returned to their respective states. 

Ortom assured the Nasarawa government that his leadership will not habour any criminal at the expense of its neighbours, stressing that “boundaries were meant for administrative convenience and not for violence”

He expressed happiness with the efforts made by his counterpart to ensure that those who fled the State because of crisis returned to their ancestral homes. 

The meeting also had in attendance traditional rulers from the both states, with the three Senators representing the three senatorial districts in Benue  present.


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Emirship: Kano Police Command Assures Adequate Security

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The Police Command in Kano State on Monday assured the people of Kano State of adequate security in the face of the tussle over the Emirship seat.

Its Commissioner, Mr Usaini Gumel, gave the assurance during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

“We are battle ready to deal with any person or group of people tampering with the peaceful atmosphere our state is known for.

“We have the ability and capacity to provide required security measures in our areas of supervision, ’’ he told NAN.

He warned individuals, who intend to bring thugs into Kano from other parts of the country, to have a rethink, saying that the command would deal decisively with the situation.

He reminded the public that the Constitution of Nigeria was clear about the responsibility of the police in providing internal security for Nigerians.

“The police will not condone any act that can lead to chaos or violence in Kano State.

“Adequate security personnel have been deployed to arrest anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace or break the law in the state,’’ Gumel said.

He reminded the residents of the state that no one was permitted to carry dangerous weapons around the Emir’s palace and Nasarawa, the Emir’s residence.

“Rigorous stop-and-search and patrols are being conducted across all parts of the dissolved five Emirates,’’ he said.

He urged residents to provide credible information to assist the police to respond swiftly to any situation that could breach peace in the state. (NAN)

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UniAbuja Internal Council Voices Concern Over VC’s Election Plans

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The University of Abuja’s internal governing council has expressed concern over an alleged plan by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rasheed Na’Allah to conduct an election of the council against the University laws.

The council therefore, said it has taken a legal action against the Vice Chancellor to get clarification.

It would be recalled that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had in June 2023 dissolved all the governing councils in federal universities in the country.

However, the federal government, few days ago announced the constitution of council members of Federal tertiary institutions.

Following the announcement, the University of Abuja’s Internal Governing Council has intensified its stance, asserting that the planned election of new internal members violates established laws of the University.

The University, unlike other Federal Universities in Nigeria operates under a governance framework comprising both external and internal governing council members. 

While the external council members typically consist of individuals appointed by the federal government, the internal governing council members are typically drawn from within the university community, including faculty members, administrative staff, and student representatives through an election.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Abuja, a member of the internal Council of the University, Pof. Edmund J.C Nwana blamed the vice Chancellor for planning an election while their tenure has not expired 

“We were elected 12th of July 2022, there was a contest in senate and we emerged winners. We were subsequently inaugurated on the 15th of July 2021 for a four year term.

“When the new administration came on board, we were about council assignments until we got information that Council was suspended.

“So, we waited thinking it will be resolved in may be another week, but it has lingered for now almost going into a year. 

“As we were watching and listening to know what next government wants to do, the rumours started flying and they are quite serious that our administration here, lead by the Vice Chancellor was planning to call for another election on his own understanding that Council has gone.

“So, we got wind of it and decided that, we don’t have time for any physical engagement or argument so we decided to seek the interpretation of the law, because it is in the art of the University of Abuja.

“So, we sought a legal explanation through the Federal High Court in Abuja a few days ago. So that’s where we are today, he has been served notice of a case that is pending,” he added.

According to him, other federal universities where tenures are not ended for internal council members, the Institutions are not going about hitting up the polity, but the members are going to return and complete their tenures.

Also speaking, Barrister Maxwell Opara, a council to the members urged the VC not to hand himself out as somebody who doesn’t obey the rule of law. 

“So, we are calling on the Minister of education, executive secretary of NUC, the Anthoney General of the Federation and the president to call the VC to order. 

Contributing, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Abuja branch, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh said it is fully behind the council members for the right thing to be done.

“Our internal council members here in university of Abuja got the wind that the University administration led by the Vice Chancellor are planning seriously to conduct another council election, which we know is not in accordance with the law.

“Internal council members were elected for a tenure of four years and they have not exhausted the four years and because of what the University administration is doing, the members went to court to seek interpretation and ASUU being a union of intellectuals, we come to be in solidarity with our members because we respect the rule of law and want them to pursue it.”

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FG Postpones Inauguration of Vasities’ Governing Council 

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The Federal Governmanet has  announced the postponement of the inauguration and retreat for Pro-Chancellors, Chairmen and Members of Governing Councils of federal tertiary institutions.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry  of Education, Mrs Folasade Boriowo.

Reports says that the federal government had earlier announced the constitution of the governing councils while their inauguration was also scheduled for Thursday and  Friday.

Boriowo said the postponement was as a result of the Presidential directive, as conveyed by the State House Press Release dated May 23, for a comprehensive review of the membership of the governing councils.

“We regret any inconveniences this may cause. Further updates will be communicated in due course,” she said. (NAN)

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