Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is a Nigerian businessman and politician, who became a governor on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and now an elected senator from Nasarawa State for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
Senator Al-Makura was born around 1952 in Lafia, Nasarawa State as the Gwandara ethnic Group. He attended Dunama Primary School, Lafia (1959–1966), Keffi Teacher’s College (1967–1971) and then Federal Advanced Teachers College, now (Federal College of Education, Uyo) (1972–75).
For a short period in 1975 he was an Assistant Producer at the Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria. He then went to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1975–1978), graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree. For his National Youth Service he was a teacher at the Government College, Makurdi.
In 1978 he formed AlMakura Nigeria Limited, importing and servicing agricultural and industrial machinery. Later he ventured into real estate and property development as owner and chairman of Ta’al Nigeria Limited, with properties in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Washington DC, United States. He owns the Ta’al Lake Resort, Abuja and the Ta’al Conference Hotel, Lafia.
In 1980, Senator Al-Makura became the youth leader of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the old Plateau State. He was elected to the constituent Assembly of 1988–89, representing the Lafia–Obi Federal Constituency of the present Nasarawa State. He was state secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in Plateau State from 1990 to 1992. Al-Makura was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State in 1998.
Senator Al-Makura has an estimated net worth of $290 million and he defected from the PDP after losing the primary elections for the Nasarawa Governorship, contested on the platform of the CPC and was elected Governor of Nasarawa State, Nigeria on 26 April 2011, defeating the incumbent governor, Aliyu Akwe-Doma of the PDP.
On 14 July 2014 the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly gave a notice of impeachment to the Clerk of the House to serve on Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, with the document containing allegations of gross misconduct and was signed by twenty of the twenty four Assembly members.
The impeachment was supported by the twenty People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members which was vehemently opposed by the four All Progressive Congress (APC) members. On 17 July the House of Assembly decided that the impeachment notice would be served via the media, since the governor had been evading personal service.
On 20 July 2014 it was reported that the Nasarawa traditional rulers had called on both sides to refrain from holding rallies for or against the impeachment so as to avoid violence and on 23 July, four members of the Assembly tried to seize the speaker’s mace to delay a motion to ask the Chief Judge of the state to set up a seven-person panel to review the allegations of gross misconduct.
The members of the House met twenty minutes later and passed the motion by twenty votes against four.
After the aborted plan qimpeach Al-Makura, the goverment became more emboldened in carrying out its responsibilities and giving the governor more popularity that led to his victory at the Senatorial election to represent the Nasarawa South senatoroal district of Nasarawa state.
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Global Times Nigeria reports that hundreds of hoodlums, on Sunday, invaded the Idu Industrial Layout in Abuja, raiding several warehouses.
A source who confirmed the development said the hoodlums made away with bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, cereals, milk, bails of Ankara materials, and other items.
It was observed that despite the presence of policemen, the defiant mob continued to plunder warehouses.
The hoodlums were seen loading tricycles and motorcycles with the stolen goods as policemen fired teargas.
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Zahra Buhari Indimi, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari had on late Saturday reposted a short note on Instastories, saying the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across the country is evidence that her father is not Nigeria’s problem.
“Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” she wrote.
It is reported across the nation that angry youths have been plundering warehouses in Lagos, Plateau, Osun, Kogi, Kaduna, Ekiti, and Kwara in the wake of the #EndSARS protests to discover some COVID-19 palliatives still undistributed.
In some instances, COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were found in private homes of politicians.
Some of the items include cartons of noodles, sacks of garri, and bags of rice, some of which had gone bad due to poor and prolonged storage.
In Osun State, the government said it was waiting for officials from Abuja to “commission” the goods hence the delay in distributing them while in Lagos, the Majority Leader of the House of Assembly Sanai Agunbiade said he kept the palliatives in his Ikorodu home because he wanted to distribute them on his birthday.
In Kogi State, the Governor has order for Immediate distribution of items to the most vulnerable people across the State.
Several high-profile individuals such as Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola and Tony Elumelu had donated billions of naira in cash and food items to assist federal and state governments in helping vulnerable families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Kaduna State Government has declared 24 hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government areas, effective immediately.
In a statement on Saturday signed and issue by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said the areas are Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South Local Government Area and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi and Ungwan Romi of Chikun Local Government Area.
Security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any found violating the curfew and those responsible for breakdown of law and order. Security agencies have further been directed to effect the arrest and prosecution of anyone found looting and destroying properties.
KDSG strongly condemns the concerted incitement being done on social media. The government appeals to all our communities to reject incitement and resist the attempt to create chaos and anarchy.
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