From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says he has no idea that some of his commissioners have no security personnel attached to them.
Sule stated this while reacting to the kidnap of the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mallam Yakubu Lawal during the quarterly meeting of the Nasarawa Enabling Business Environment Council, held at the Government House, Lafia.
The Voice earlier reported that unknown gunmen on Monday night, kidnapped the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mallam Yakubu Lawal in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, other commissioners were attached to more than two security personnel following the deteriorating security challenges in the state, others do not even want it.
“I, therefore, urge you, first and foremost, to be cautious and secondly, seek for protection also from your own end.
“I have no idea that some of our commissioners don’t have police attached to them until today.
“We should seek police protection. The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Adesina Soyemi, is more than happy to support you,” Sule said.
The governor, who decried the spate of kidnapping in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state, noted that three persons had been kidnapped in the area within a week, describing it as unfortunate.
He assured that his administration will take stringent action against perpetrators of crime and criminality in the state, as well as beef up security around Nassarawa Eggon and the entire state, in order to safeguard the lives of citizens.
Speaking on the essence of the meeting, the governor said, since Nasarawa State has so far attracted investment, there was need for the council to continue to be efficient, in order to attract more businesses to the state.
Earlier, in an opening remark, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nasarawa Investment Development Agency (NASIDA), Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the Nasarawa Enabling Business Environment Council was the apex body for discussing the bottlenecks and barriers that prevent the growth of businesses.
“The council has in the past years, ushered in new reforms in the state business environment which has put the state as a top destination for doing business in Nigeria,” he said.