Governor closes public, private schools, worries over influx of armed Men into States

Governor closes public, private schools, worries over influx of armed Men into States

Abdullahi Sule, the governor of Nasarawa State, has expressed concern about the influx of bandits into some of the state’s Local Government Areas.

Due to security threats in the Federal Capital Territory, the governor ordered the closure of all schools across the state’s 13 LGAs on Wednesday.

Sule stated during an emergency security council meeting at Government House in Lafia on Saturday that the purpose of the meeting was to take proactive measures in light of the country’s security situation, particularly in the FCT, where over 800 inmates recently escaped from the Kuje correctional facility.

He stated that bandits fleeing Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Kaduna states were apprehended in Rugan Juli and Rugan Madaki, both in Karu LGA, as well as in Wamba and Toto LGAs.

The governor confirmed that security reports indicated that, in the two months following the influx of these suspected bandits, there had been a noticeable increase in cases of kidnapping.

He said, “We believe it is very necessary to call this meeting in view of some of the security challenges we are beginning to see. As usual, the government decided to be proactive and in order to be proactive, we have to also joined in calling for this meeting so that we can share ideas.

“The decision to shutdown schools, except those writing their final Senior School examination, was to forestall any eventualities but arrangement has been put in place to beef up security where students are still writing examinations.

“I want to appreciate the security agencies operating in the state, as well as the traditional rulers for their continued roles towards addressing security challenges. And I strongly believe that if we continue to work together, very soon we will win the war against banditry and all forms of criminal activities in the state.”
According to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, following an increase in kidnapping cases across the state in recent times, the council decided that security agencies should increase their patrol and raids across the 13 LGAs, so that all criminal elements are brought to book.

“The council urged all good people of Nasarawa State to work together so that the suspected bandits will not take up residence in the state. And any information gathered, should be transmitted to security agencies for necessary action,” the CP added.

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