The Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) on Thursday said that it spends N818,550 daily to feed the 1,819 inmates across the six prisons in the state. Mr Patrick Dalyop, State Controller of Prisons, disclosed this on Thursday in Lafia, while addressing a summit on criminal justice reforms and human rights in Nasarawa State. Dalyop, represented by ACP Rabiu Ibrahim, decried the level of congestion in prisons across the state. He disclosed that the state’s six prisons had a carrying capacity of only 908 inmates, but currently housed 1,819 inmates. According to the controller, each inmate is fed with N450 daily. He identified inadequate health personnel as a major challenge facing the prisons, and called for government intervention in that direction. “None of the prison formations in the state can boast of a single doctor as we have to refer ailing inmates to hospitals for treatment,’’ he said. Dalyop stressed the need for stakeholders to increase free legal services as part of efforts to decongest the prison, saying that most inmates awaiting trial in the state could not afford legal services. He commended Gov. Umaru Al-Makura’s recent intervention in securing the freedom of over 60 inmates by paying their fines. The controller appealed to magistrates and judges in the state to consider options such as fines, unconditional bail, community service, parole and suspended sentences as alternative to remand orders and imprisonment to decongest the prisons. He harped on the need for criminal justice reforms that would decriminalise certain offences that are not very serious, but often resulted in remand and imprisonment. “The state ministry of justice should consider proactive sentencing, guidelines for judges and magistrates. “The state government should also support the Legal Aid Council with logistics in order to assist indigent offenders languishing in the various prisons in the state,’’ Dalyop said. Mr Nor Chia-Shaku, Nasarawa State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), urged stakeholders to embrace alternative conflict resolution mechanism. Chia-Shaku said that alternative conflict resolution mechanism was an integral aspect of the criminal justice reform. Also, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, said the judiciary in the state had taken far-reaching measures towards speedy dispensation of justice aimed at decongesting the prisons. Dikko directed lower courts to reject cases beyond their jurisdiction as well as conduct regular prison visits to release inmates that were wrongly detained.
His Excellency Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura alongside His Lordship the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman U. Dikko and the Honourable Commissioner of Justice Prof. Abdulkarim Kana during an Inspection of the work at the newly constructed High Court Karu, Nasarawa State
His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, Governor of Nasarawa State has, in a cabinet reshuffle, dropped the following Commissioners and Special Advisers:
a. Dropped Hon. Commissioners:
1. Hon. Abdulhamid Yakubu Kwarra Ministry of Environment & Solid Minerals
2. Barr. Gabriel Ortan Aka’aka Ministry of Water Resources & Rural Dev.
3. Hon. (Mrs.) Mary E. Enwongulu Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Dev.
4. Mr. Bamaiyi Anangba Ministry of Youth and Sports Development
5. Dr. Daniel Iya Ministry of Health
6. Yusuf Shehu Usman, mni Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism
7. Sonny Agassi Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning
8. Engr. Mohammed Wada Yahaya Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport
9. Hon. Tanko Abdullahi Zubair Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Cooperative
b. Retained Hon. Commissioners:
1. Ayuba Dogara Ayinajeh Ministry of Finance & Economic Development
2. Barr. Abdulkarim A. Kana, Ph.D Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice
3. Aliyu Ahmed Tijjani Ministry of Education
4. Haruna Iliya Osegba Ministry for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs
5. Prof. Jonathan M. Ayuba Ministry of Special Education, Science & Technology
6. Muhammad Jamil Zakari Ministry of Agriculture
c. Dropped Special Advisers:
1. Hajarat Ibrahim Danyaro Gender Relations, Rehabilitation & Disability
2. Ado Dauda Mohammed Community Based Relations/Conflict Resolution & Management
This is to enable the affected officers/persons to focus on their intentions to contest elective offices in 2019 and for others to pursue their respective professional/career goals.
The Governor has further approved the redeployment of the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Muhammad Jamil Zakari) to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while the erstwhile Special Adviser on Security, Gen. Mohammed Adeka is to handle the Community Base Relations, Conflict Resolutions and Management portfolio. The exercises are with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, His Excellency, the Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Nasarawa State, wishes to profoundly thank the outgoing Honourable Commissioners and Special Advisers for the services rendered to Nasarawa State and also wishes them success in their future endeavours.
MOHAMMED HASSAN ABDULLAHI
Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State
29th July, 2018.
Governor Al-Makura, represented by his deputy Mr Silas Agara announced this at a ceremony at Ministry of Justice, Lafia adding that his administration was committed to decongesting prisons in the state.
He said government was concerned with over growing number of inmates across the five prisons in the state, saying that the administration would partner relevant agencies to ensure the prisons were decongested.
“The gesture is aimed at achieving dual purpose of decongesting prisons in the state as well as providing opportunities for the freed prisoners to reunite with their loved ones for proper reintegration into the society,” Al-Makura said.
The governor noted that acts of criminality were threats to the internal security of any nation, hence the enactment of laws and appropriate sanctions for offenders in order to ensure a safe society.
“However, we must realize the need for reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of errant citizens so that punishment does not become counter-productive.
“It is in this connection that when our attention was recently drawn to the case of prison inmates, who deserve the state prerogative of mercy and those convicted with option of fines but could not pay, we decided to intervene,” Al-Makura said.
He said the inmates being granted pardon had shown improvement in their conducts and character in the course of serving their jail terms.
Al-Makura urged the freed inmates to accept their experience as part of destiny and to engage in productive venture after returning home providing them the sum of N5,000 each as transport to go home..
Also speaking, the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko represented by Justice Mustapha Rahman, charged the freed inmates to desist from acts capable of returning them back to prison.
Meanwhile, Mr Elijah Wase, one of the freed inmates, who was serving a 21-year jail term for armed robbery, expressed gratitude to God and the State Governor for granting him pardon. He said that he had already spent two out of his 21-year jail term. “I give God all the glory for what he has done in my life today, out of the five of us involved in the robbery operation, four were killed and I survived by the mercy of God. I found God while in prison and he changed my life for good and I will encourage other inmates to look up to God and be of good behaviour in order to obtain his mercy,” Wase said.
Speaking earlier, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Dr. Abdulkarim Kana, said the governor granted the pardon in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution. He stated that the decision of the governor followed a recommendation by the state Council on Prerogative of Mercy http://nsmoj.com/download/3.
“The governor has approved the remission of sentences to 35 convicts in the various prison formations in the state based on powers conferred on him, Kana said that the governor had also paid the fines imposed on 28 other convicts who were given options of fines by some courts but could not afford to pay. He also said that the governor advised the beneficiaries to desist from committing any crime that would bring them back to prison”.
Also speaking at the event the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information , Culture and Tourism , Barr. Yusuf Shehu Usman lauded the care and efforts of the Al-makura led administration which has ensured that persons were freed every year from prisons within the state.
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has granted pardon to 35 convicts in the state and paid the fines imposed on 28 others.
Dr. Abdulkarim Kana, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday 7th June 2018 in Lafia.
According to Dr. Kana, the Governor granted the pardon in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution.
He stated that the Governor’s decision followed a recommendation by the State Council on Prerogative of Mercy.http://nsmoj.com/download/3
“The governor has approved the remission of sentences to 35 convicts in the various prison formations in the state based on powers conferred on him,
Dr. Kana said that the Governor had also paid the fines imposed on 28 other convicts who were given options of fines by some courts but could not afford to pay”.
He also said that the governor advised the beneficiaries to desist from committing any crime that would bring them back to prison.
Dr. Kana added that Al-Makura would meet with the inmates on Friday to work out modalities for their handover to their respective families.
Gov. Almakura Visits High Court , To Build Befitting Ultra Modern Complex for High Court
His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura visiting the Nasarawa State High Court of Justice where along with the Chief Judge , High Court Register , Commissioners of Justice , Lands and Works perfected the location and dimensions of the structure to be built.
The Governor assured them of the starting construction on a befitting structure that would serve all functions needed in a modern High Court of Justice by providing an ultra modern High court complex that will put all the judicial institutions in the state under one roof.
The complex will house the high court court rooms the Sharia and Customary Courts of Appeal and the Judicial Service Commission in an interconnected two level structure.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has restated that the Federal Government was determined to ending the incessant killing of farmers by herdsmen in parts of the country.
Osinbajo gave the assurance during an assessment visit to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on Wednesday.
He said that he would be meeting with the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States along with their security councils to fashion out ways of ensuring permanent peace in the troubled areas.
“Although the problem has been age-long but no matter how long anything continues it must end one day and by the grace of God this will come to an end now.”
He assured the displaced people that the Federal Government would also ensure that they returned to their homes safe and secure.
“The reason we are meeting today is to look at how you will return home and be settled in safety.
“I know that being in an IDP camp is not good for anybody at all. Children have to go to school, adults have to go to their farms and others to their trades.
“It is our duty as a government to make sure that everyone is safe to do their work in peace and comfort.”
Osinbajo said the Federal Government had taken measures to ensure that the IDPs were made comfortable, pending their return to their homes.
“I came here with the director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the executive secretary of the refugees’ commission to ensure that in the next few days, more relief material are provided to cushion your plight.
“The DG of NEMA has just informed me that some of the relief material are already in Lafia for onward transportation to the various camps.”
He said further that government would assist the IDPs to rebuild their homes and to put their farms and other trades destroyed by the herders back on stream.
Earlier, Gov. Umaru Al-Makura recalled that although the farmers-herders crisis was age-long and had always been settled amicably by both parties over the years, the recent dimension, where parties started bearing riffles and other weapons was worrisome.
Al-Makura said the current crisis, which led to over 25,000 people displaced in Nasarawa State was a fallout of the Anti-open Grazing Law, implemented by the Benue Government.
He said that the State Government had been working assiduously with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure peace and bring succor to displaced persons through the provision of relief materials.
The governor said that apart from the provision of relief materials, the ultimate requirement of the displaced people was the provision of adequate security to enable them return to their homes.
“The IDPs’ main worry is to ensure that villages they have deserted is secured to enable them return.
“We have created about seven security bases, located across the clusters of IDPs in the state to provide security but the personnel to man these bases are grossly inadequate.”
He expressed his optimism that the visit would bring a lot of relief to the IDPs and facilitate the return of lasting peace to the affected communities.
The vice-president also visited IDP camps at Kertyo and Agyaragu in the Obi Local Government Areas, where he assured government’s commitment to end the suffering of IDPs.
Nasarawa state Governor, His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has tasked chairmen of local Government areas in the state to secure their communities and promote social harmony and intergration amongst diverse ethnic groups in their areas.
Governor Almakura said this in Lafia during the swearing in of newly elected chairmen of local Government areas at the Government House which was filled to capacity.
The thirteen Chairmen of Local Government areas have a mandate of three years to provide good governance in the third tier of Government.
As a Government that is closer to the people, Governor Almakura says they must ensure the peace of their communities especially those recently ravaged by farmers/herders crisis.
He also task them on provision of social amenities inspite of limited resources even as he warns against mismanagement of resources.
The State Government on its part is to commenced the disbursement of stipends to indigent people and youths across the state to the tune of 1.5 billion naira under its social investment program.
Governor Almakura urge the Chairmen to be fair and just to all irrespective of political divides.
Chairman of Obi local Government area, mohammed Iyimoga assures the people of the state that under their leadership, they will provide effective leadership and good governance to the people in rural areas.
The last Local Government election in Nasarawa state was conducted in 2014 , with Saturday’s election Nasarawa State has become one of the few states that have conducted elections twice all thanks to Governor Umaru Tank Almakura.
His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has restated his desire to ensure an inclusive, open , democratic Government is run in Nasarawa State.
Gov. Almakura disclosed this during a historic meeting with the newly Elected Chairmen and Out Gone IMC Chairmen and to avoid setting the pace for confusion.
Speaking during his prelude to the meeting the Governor stated that the meeting was based on the need for a better state and a better image , where working with the maturity and mutual cohesion which has always worked well, for the state by providing an interface that would provide a framework that would enable the new and the old work together for the good of the people, LGA and State .
Enabling those that know the terrain well to guide and advice the newcomers urging them to be friends and partners in development.
we wish them well and thank them for what they have done for the state.
The Nasarawa State security Council under the Chairmanship of Nasarawa State Governor , His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura met at the Government House Council Chambers , where some issues were discussed and the Press briefed by the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General Barr. Abdulkarim Kana flanked by some Security Chiefs .
The Coming of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Nasarawa State Tomorrow ( Tuesday 22nd May.) To access the efforts and progress that the state has mad so far in peace building , especially among communities that are affected by crisis and some of the challenges the state faces at the border between Benue State and Nasarawa State
The security Council Meeting they also received reports about the progress made so far particularly by the Tiv Community and the Fulani Community in the reconciliation efforts among them. Which as so far yielded fruits and seen to the return of displaced persons mostly back to their homes., stating that peace between the Fulani and Tiv in awe Obi Keana and Doma has succeeded and have achieved the desired results.
They also discussed the security situation in Toto and governments efforts that are being made to ensure that the same progress that has been used to build peace between the TiV and Fulani is also achieved between the Ebira and Bassa peoples.
The meeting also discussed the upcoming Local Government elections which would come up Saturday 26th May , the security arrangements that had been made so far to ensure a free , fair, secured and successful election is conducted in all 13 LGAs of Nasarawa State .