RE: NASARAWA GRADUATES HALF-BAKED, UNEMPLOYABLE

RE: NASARAWA GRADUATES HALF-BAKED, UNEMPLOYABLE

DISCLAIMER BY THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE NASARAWA STATE

The attention of the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasarawa State, Assoc. Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana has been drawn to a news report published by an online medium, Nasarawa Mirror and some other media outlets credited to him with the title, “Nasarawa Graduates Half-baked, unemployable-Commissioner”.

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For the avoidance of doubt, it is true that the State Attorney-General granted audience to a group, Social Media Influencers, who paid him courtesy visit in his office on Monday, May 17, 2021. The group were led by its state chairman, Aliyu Ibrahim Orah, who led other members of the group.

Let it be on record that, what was reported is not close to what the Attorney-General said during the visit of the group, neither does it reflect his disposition.

The writer of the initial report Adgizi Anthony has tendered an apology to the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and called on the general public to disregard the report in Nasarawa Mirror and any other outlet in its entirety.       

It is an establish fact that, the state Attorney-General has being a mentor and model to thousands of students that passed through him over his twenty years’ experience as a teacher in the Faculty of Law Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

Mr. Isaac Edoh. Esq

Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Justice

Lafia

The Nasarawa State Attorney-General/Commissioner of Justice, Assoc Prof. Abdulkarim speaking at the workshop organized for justices, magistrates and lawyers by the Attorney General Alliance-Africa in collaboration with the state ministry of justice, Lafia with the theme; effective administration of criminal Justice in the new normal webinar

Nasarawa Gov. to grant amnesty to 100 prison inmates in Lafia Correctional Center


From Umar Muhammed, Lafia


Justice Aisha Barshru-Aliyu, the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, has revealed that plans are under way to grant amnesty to over 100 prison inmates who have spent over 10 years in custody without hope of prosecution or trial in Lafia correctional center.
The Chief Judge of the state disclosed this at the end of two day workshop for Judges and lawyers across the 13 local government areas of the state on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.
Speaking on the theme: “Effective Administration of Criminal Justice in the ” New Normal”, she said that she has drafted a memo to governor Abdullahi Sule to look at it and grant them amnesty.
Daily Trust reports that the training was organized by the Attorney General Alliance Africa (AGA-Africa) in collaboration with the Nasarawa state, Ministry of Justice to acquaint judges and lawyers on criminal justice.
Her words: “We are not saying that they are not guilty, but we cannot prove their offences against them as there is no point of keeping them in clusters with the presence of COVID-19 effect.”
According to her, all the convicted inmates 700 inmates were situated in Lafia, saying that it is a security threat to the state this would go a long way in averting jail break in the state.
She opined that since they don’t need them in court anymore and they have been convicted and sentenced it is better the move them to a far away correctional center.
“Ten years in prison without hope of prosecution or trial isn’t better. Let them go and sin no more, so we are working towards that.
We have over 100 such defending cases in the state without hope of prosecution or trial it is better we allow them go,” she added.
She said Nasarawa state is one of the first in the north central region to constitute it administration of criminals justice monitory committee.
She stated that Nasarawa state is one of the first states in the North central region to constitute its Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee.
According to her, since inauguration, they have been able to decongest correctional facilities in the state, disclosing that during her last jail delivery about 48 inmates were released,.
She added that it is the highest number during any single jail delivery since the creation of the state in 1996.
“Also in line with the provision of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, we are working on the designation of Magistrates to cover visitation to detention centers.
We are hoping will be monitored and reduce to the barest minimum,” she added.
Earlier, the state Attorney General and Commissioner of justice, Dr. Abdulkarim Kana, said the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that came with it as well as the reality of the judiciary staff strike were a major set back to the certain implementation of the adminstration and criminal justice law in the state.
Kana, who represented governor Abdullahi Sule and who double as a board member of Attorney General Alliance Africa, said following the rising cases of crimes, there was need to establish more courts, noting that this would go a long way in reducing the work load on judges and it would enable them to work effectively and avert any delay of justice in the state.
He, however, revealed that at the moment the state ministry of justice is handling over 200 criminals and civil cases that are spread across 153 courts in the state.

UJ SUG Secretary General visits Nasarawa Attorney General

The Secretary General of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Comrade Illah Lot Ajeh recently paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Attorney/Commissioner of Justice, Assoc. Prof. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana at his chamber in Lafia.

Ajeh who led other students students said, they visited the Assoc. prof. Kana to appreciates his contributions and to familiarize themselves with his office.

they assured to give the state government, through the office of the Attorney General all the necessary support to enable government succeeds in it affairs.

Nasarawa Govt, Pensioners’ resolve to pay gratuity on first come, first serve basis

There is hope in sight of the crisis that led to the recent freezing of account of Nasarawa State Government, as pensioners would soon smile to banks to access their gratuity.

 

This is just as the funds set aside by State Government for pensioners would be shared to them on first come, first serve basis among state and local government pensioners.

 

The state chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Alhaji Musa Obakpa drop the hint shortly after a meeting with government representative led by the commissioner, Ministry of Justice, Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana in Lafia.

 

The meeting which held at the office of the commissioner had in attendance the representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the organized labour.

 

“We were called for a meeting on how we will share the gratuity of pensioners. We, the concern group of pensioners and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, we are all one.

 

“And at the meeting we agreed that the money government set aside to give pensioners in the state will be harmonized with that of the local government so that everyone will be carry along”, he said.

 

He further that, the initial idea of 30/70 as the sharing formula will be considered when the fund is ready for disbursement, but that it will be on first come, first serve.

 

He added, the secretary of the committee has been mandated to work out modalities of first come, first serve for those who went to court and those who didn’t.

 

NASARAWA GOVT REITERATE COMMITMENT TO PRIORITIZE TO WELFARE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

      The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Nasarawa State, Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana has reiterated the commitment of State Government to prioritize the welfare and well-being of persons with disability in the state.

       According to Kana, the State Government would accord them every support that would guarantee their safety in the state. The Attorney General gave the assurance at the foundation laying and fund raising of a multipurpose Secretariat for members of the Nigeria Association of the Blind, Nasarawa State Chapter.

The Secretariat which is estimated at the cost of Fifty Nine million naira is located behind the female hostel of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

         Dr. Kana who was represented by the Information Officer of the state Ministry of Justice, Anthony Adgidzi, expressed satisfaction with the achievements recorded thus far by the leadership of the association .He further assured that, the state government would do everything possible to prioritize the welfare of the blind, and by extension persons with disability. He noted that, there is ability in disability, and as such, no one should be heard or seen complaining of not having anything doing. “Let me remind you that the disability law has already been passed into law, with the support of the ministry of Justice.

“The idea behind the law is to ensure the state government renders you every assistant, so that you can have same quality of life as other able citizens.

       “Let me assured you that, the present administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule is ever committed towards the implementation of the law and provisions, and everything needed to help you in this project,” the commissioner said.

Dr. Kana then commended the association for the laudable initiative and urged them to sustain the tempo for the interest of its members.

         Earlier, State Chairman, Nigeria Association of the Blind, Shugaba Oloshu commented that, it has become imperative for them to engage in self-help project that would better their livelihood.

He added, the idea of the multipurpose Secretariat was to compliment the effort of the state government, as economic activities would be carried out to generate income for the association.

Oloshu said, “the Secretariat will in turn give birth to mathematical institute for the blind, which is a very wide gap needed to be filled especially within the central and core Northern Nigeria.”

           He explained that, the association was able to save some money and purchase the land out of the support it was getting from the state government, and assured members of the Public of judicious use of any kobo given them.

The leader of the blind who stressed of their ability and competence to deliver on any responsibility entrusted with, said “through the help of technology, the blind can virtually do all things without limitations, and that brought us to the achievements recorded”.

 

 

 

Governor Sule signs public procurement bill into law

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State said by signing the bill, Nasarawa has joined the league of transparent states.

He stated the need for a proper and efficient procurement agency to ensure the enforcement of the law to ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

The governor appreciated members of the assembly for their relentless efforts in seeing to the success of this bill.

The bill according to Governor Sule will avail the state the opportunity to benefit from world Bank support to states that have exhibited honesty and transparency.

Abdullahi Sule said “Today we have joined the league of elite states and we will henceforth begin to see the benefits of this singular act from IMF, World Bank and the rest”.

Speaking, the Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi stressed the importance of the bill which prompted the assembly to resume from recess to ensure the speedy deliberation and passage of the bill.

Balarabe applauded the commitment of the Governor to bring about the needed development of the state as he assured of the continuous support and cooperation of the assembly in the overall interest of the state.

In an opening remark, the Commissioner for Justice, Abdul Karim Kana said the Governor deemed it fit to come up with the law considering its important to development of the state.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE, GOVERNOR OF NASARAWA STATE ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE VOLUNTEER GUARD (VIGILANTE), DOMESTICATION OF THE MODEL PENAL CODE, KIDNAPPING ACT PROHIBITION LAW AND CHILD’S RIGHT PROTECTION EXECUTIVE ORDER, LAFIA: WEDNESDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2020

His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;

2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;

3. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;

4. Principal Officers and Members of the State House of Assembly;

5. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;

6. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;

7. The Head of the Civil Service;

8. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);

9. Special Advisers;

10. Permanent Secretaries;

11. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;

12. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;

13. Chairmen of Local Government Councils and overseers of Development Areas;

14. Gentlemen of the Press;

15. Ladies and gentlemen.

I am delighted to address you today on the occasion of the inauguration of the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assenting to the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law and the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order.

2. You would recall that in furtherance of our commitment to complement the efforts of our security Agencies in securing lives and property to ensure that emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained, I directed the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the State and the Local Government Areas. This is in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015. Having carried out the necessary processes in tune with the Court, we are gathered here today to witness the inauguration of the Nasarawa State Volunteer Guard which Executive Order I signed moment ago to give it effect.

3. As you are aware, during the recently concluded Security Summit for the North-Central Zone, the security architecture of the Zone and by extension, our dear country was appraised and recommendations made towards the enhanced security of our people. At that Summit, the issue of community policing was extensively deliberated and appropriate measures proffered to address the security challenges for the continued sustenance of peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities, not only in the region, but in the country at large.

4. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is against this background that we resolved to take deliberate steps in order to secure our environment to rise up to crime and criminalities to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for the socio-economic development of our dear State.

5. I need to state that this measure is imperative in developing the policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors including the community policing into the national security architecture. In this regard, the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) is expected to complement the effort of the State Security Agencies, especially in the rural areas to respond effectively and adequately in the emerging security situations. Most importantly, it will help the State at all levels to rebuild and reinforce its law enforcement and security provisioning capacity through the partnership of the Nigeria Police Force with the community and all other stakeholders in order to make Nasarawa State a secured place.

6. It is pertinent to note that, this country is contending with a lot of security challenges, ranging from bomb explosions, armed robbery, human trafficking, kidnapping and abduction, murder, activities of Boko Haram sect, communal clashes and conflict between farmers and herdsmen, among others. Indeed, crimes and criminality have led to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons which are freely used by unpatriotic elements to achieve heinous and selfish aims. This unpleasant development has become worrisome and a cause for concern not only to the security agencies but to all and sundry.

7. I need to state that the Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law was extensively deliberated and passed by the State House of Assembly. This bill spelled out various offences relating to kidnapping and prescribed stringent punishment for perpetrators, such as life imprisonment and dead penalty. In the same vein, it is important to note that buildings used in keeping victims of heinous crimes will henceforth be forfeited to Government.

8. It is worthy of note that Nasarawa State has domesticated the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria to enforce law and order by retaining most of the criminal law doctrines in the State without much alterations.

9. As part of today’s occasion, we are also gathered to assent to the Protection of Children and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order, 2005 of Nasarawa State pursuant to section 5 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. This will guarantee the safety, security, wellbeing, care, good health and education, as well as guarantee the future of our children.

 

10. Without sounding immodest, this Law apart from the prohibition of street begging, provides punishment for parents who out of irresponsibility threw away their children to street begging. In this regard, Government has taken measures to enroll our children into Tsangaya Schools with a view to addressing the menace.

11. Let me state that members of these Committees were selected based on their records of experience, professionalism, patriotism and pedigree. I charge you, therefore, to live above board and justify the confidence Government reposed in you. You must carry out your assignment diligently, devoid of any sentiment or favouritism.

12. I need to point out that the Commissioner of Police will chair this all important Committee. Other Members include heads of security agencies and other stakeholders in the State. To ensure the effective take off of this outfit, the Chairmen of Local Government Councils are hereby directed to constitute coordinating Committees comprising of Security Agencies and other Stockholders at the Local Government and Development Areas levels of the State to ensure the execution of this project. Accordingly, I appeal to our Traditional Rulers, Religious and Community Leaders to support this initiative for the good of all.

13. Let me take the liberty of this occasion to state that the State Volunteer Guard is not a security outfit and should not be used under whatever guise to promote or protect personal interest and inclination, it is essentially empanelled to complement the security agencies in the conduct of their onerous responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

14. On this note, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the Committees to constitute the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) and Domestication of Model Penal Code, 1960 (as amended in 2015), as well as assent to the Protection and Implementation of the Child’s Right Protection Executive Order and Nasarawa State Kidnapping Act Prohibition Law.

15. Thank you and may God bless us all.

 
Gov. Sule approves death penalty for kidnappers in Nasarawa State

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has inaugurated a committee on community policing, the Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Committee, as well as the Penal Code Reform Committee.

Inaugurating the two committees at a combined ceremony which held at the Taal Conference Hotel, Lafia, on Wednesday, Engineer Sule said it was in furtherance of the commitment of his administration to complement the efforts of security agencies in securing lives and property of the people of the state.

He noted further that it was also intended to ensure emerging crimes and criminality are curtailed and contained.

Engineer Sule disclosed that he earlier directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to put in place necessary machinery for the constitution of the Volunteer Guard (Vigilante) for the state and local government areas, in line with the domestication of the amended Model Penal Code of Northern Nigeria 2015.

The Governor recalled the recently held North-Central security summit, where the security situation of the zone and country at large, were reviewed, with solutions proffered towards addressing the security challenges confronting the zone.

He explained that, it was against that background that his administration decided to take deliberate steps in order to secure the state and to ensure that law and order are maintained at all times for socio-economic development of the state.

While noting that it has become necessary to develop a policy framework for security sector reform, with a view to incorporating security actors in the formal and informal sectors, including the community policing policy into national security architecture, Engineer Sule stressed that the Volunteer Guard is expected to complement the effort of state security agencies, especially in rural areas.

Earlier, state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, pointed out that the Penal Code Law of Nasarawa State was inherited from Northern Nigeria enacted in 1959.
He described the law as impracticable, particularly in the face of contemporary realities and modern crimes, explaining the constitution of relevant stakeholders and renowned scholars in law to draw up a Penal Code Law that meets the need of the present times.

Associate Prof Kana disclosed that the Nasarawa State Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Law was signed into law in 2004 but was never implemented fully, leading to proliferation of vigilante groups without guidance and code of operations.

He pointed out that while records indicated that community vigilante groups in the state have become major partners in crime prevention and peace building, there is however need for proper coordination, explaining why Engineer Sule approved the composition of the members of the State Coordinating Committee, in line with the provision of the law.

Chairman of the CVGC and state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, in a vote of thanks, commended the Governor for being the only one in the country to set up a committee on community policing, promising, alongside other members of the committee, to effectively carry out their mandate and to ensure that the state remains secure and safe for socio-economic developments.

‘No governor wants direct control of solid minerals’

The Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that no state governor wants to change the ownership of solid minerals, which is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government. He made this known while playing host to the Minister of Steel and Mines Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, who was on a courtesy call at the Lafia Government House. “We want it to remain the way it is – under the control of the Federal Government. And that’s the same way all my colleagues, I strongly believe, feel, but we just need to know what is happening,” he said. Governor Sule said the state could not continue to claim to be the ‘Home of Solid Minerals’ without knowing what’s happening in the solid minerals industry.