How I will lead Nasarawa State, Governor- elect

The Nasarawa State governor-elect, Mr Abdullahi Sule, has promised to lead the state with the fear of God.

Sule gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lafia while addressing a delegation of stakeholders from Doma and Obi local government areas that visited him.

The governor-elect promised that his administration would ensure justice and fairness to all communities in the interest of peace and national development.

He also said that his government would accord top priority to the security of lives and property of the people of the state.

“I am for all and my administration will ensure justice, fairness to all groups in the interest of development of the state.

“I urge you to continue to love your brothers as yourself as well as to tolerate each other, considering the importance of peace to national development,” he said.

Sule called on communities not to relent in their effort toward ensuring unity and peaceful co-existence among themselves.

He, therefore, solicited the support and cooperation of the people of the state to enable him succeed.

Earlier, Mr Rabo Sani, the Leader of Doma delegation, said that the visit was to congratulate Sule on his victory at the governorship poll.

Sani, who is also the Chairman of Doma Local Government Council of the state, assured the governor-elect of their total support to enable his administration succeed.

Nasarawa Chief Judge discharges 14 inmates

Justice Suleiman Dikko, Chief Judge of Nasarawa State.

Justice Suleiman Dikko, Chief Judge of Nasarawa state, has discharged 14 inmates awaiting trial in Federal Prison, Lafia.

The inmates are: Likita Emmanuel, Baba Dogs, Ali Ibrahim, Henry Andrew, Abubakar Ali, Abubakar Danjuma, Nasiru Usman and Musa Yahuza.

Others are; Umar Ibrahim, Danladi Shabu, Ali Jubrin, Peter John, Mohammed Abdullahi and Ibrahim Lolo.

Dikko, who discharged the inmates on Tuesday, Lafia said the exercise was in line with the powers bestowed on him by the law.

He explained that the routine visit to prisons was aimed at decongesting the prisons and ensurer justice to inmates who were wrongly detained.

“Given the alarming rate of crime in the state, particularly in Mararaba-Abuja area, all hands must be on deck to ensure justice.

“So both the police and the state Ministry of Justice need to get more hands by employing more counsels in order to effectively prosecute the rising number of cases in the state,” he said.

He urged the police, prisons authority and other stakeholders to rise up to their responsibility in order to ensure speedy administration of justice in the state.

Dikko advised the discharged inmates to exhibit good character and avoid committing crime that would bring them back to the prison.

Earlier, Dalyop Patrick, Nasarawa State Controller of Prisons, said there were 528 prisoners out of which 187 of them were convicts and 341 awaiting trial.

The controller, who solicited assistance for prisons in the state, said they lacked sufficient vehicles to convey inmates to court to face trial.

Nasarawa prosecutes 707 criminal cases with 29 lawyers

Twenty nine lawyers from the Nasarawa state Ministry of Justice are currently prosecuting 707 criminal cases across the state High Courts.

The cases which include murder, armed robbery, rape and are at various stages of trial were recorded as at October 2018.

The trials which spread across the state High Courts show that High Court (2), presided by Justice Aisha Mohammed has the highest number of criminal cases with 238 cases including that of rape.

High Court (1) Lafia, presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Dikko has (47) cases while High Court (1) Keffi records the lowest with 12 cases.

High Court (4) Lafia has 45 criminal trials, and High Court (5) Lafia has 68 cases. High Court (2) Keffi has 70, Akwanga High Court 97, and Nasarawa 37.

Also Mararaba High Court (1), (2) and (3) has 25, 27 and 16 criminal

cases respectively. High Court, Karu has 27 cases.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister

Abdulkarim Kana confirmed that the state presently has 29 lawyers and that the process of recruiting 20 additional lawyers has reached advanced stage.

Barrister Kana said Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura has granted approval for the recruitment of 20 additional lawyers in the ministry and that many more interventions has been carried out to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the state.

“The recruitment of 20 additional lawyers is in the process and over 300, lawyers applied for the 20 vacant positions approved,” he said.

Barrister kana said some of the interventions include the construction of new High Court headquarters in Lafia, with five court halls and the refurbishing of the Keffi High Court in conjunction with the state judiciary.

He added that the state government has also built two new high court complexes in Mararaba area of Karu local government and the ministry is hosting a web site to upload all its activities.

Nasarawa youths call for inclusion in governor-elect’s cabinet

Mr Audu Sule, Nasarawa State governor elect

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Nasarawa State Chapter, has advised the state governor-elect, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule to include youths as members of his cabinet.

The NYCN Nassarawa Public Relations Officer, Malam Muhammad Lawal, gave the advice in a statement on Friday in Keffi.

Lawal said youth inclusion in decision making, policy formulation and implementation would ensure rapid development and enhance security in the state.

He commended Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa for his confidence in empowering and appointing the youths into his government and other strategic positions.

“Most notable is the recent appointments of our members like Usman Magaji as Education Secretary and Lamino Ishaq and Sanusi Aliyu as Media Aides as well as Umar Dahiru as Protocol to the governor-elect.

“It is from the foregoing and the strategic roles being played by the youths that we are calling on the incoming governor to tow the path of the incumbent governor to consider the youths in forming his cabinet.

Lawal restated the commitment of the NYCN to total support of the government of Nasarawa in ensuring peace, unity, progress and even development across the state.

He congratulated the recently emerged Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage I, adding that the Council was most especially pleased with the emergence of a 31 year old Isa Umar who was a youth as the new Sangari of Awe Local Government Area and Alh Usman Dodo as the Osokadoko of Kadarko Development Area.

“The council also wishes to congratulate all the elected members of the National Assembly and members of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly.

“On the contrary, the council condemns in totality, the unwholesome attitude displayed by a so-called member of the opposition who allegedly sponsored an attack on the personality of Mr Godiya Akwashiki, the senator-elect and the Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly.” he said.