The Niger State Governor, who doubles as the Chairman, North Central Governors Forum, (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has described the late All Progressives Congress, APC Nassarawa State Chairman, Mr Philip Shekwo as a patriotic Nigerian and a politician per excellence who contributed greatly to the growth and development of Democracy and the Nation.

Governor Sani Bello stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the deceased family residence and interacted with party faithful in lafiya, Nassarawa State Capital in company of other dignitaries.

The NCGF Chairman noted that the increasing rate of insecurity in the country particularly in the North Central region is alarming.

He maintained that Government at all levels are making efforts to curb the negative trend, but urged the Traditional institution and Corporate bodies to complement Government efforts in safeguarding lives and property.

The Chairman of the NCGF while expressing the readiness of the Forum to strengthen border security in the region, assured that government will not rest on its oars until the the issue of security is addressed squarely.

While speaking to the wife of the deceased Governor Abubakar Sani Bello urged her to see the death of her husband as the will of God, even though he was murdered, and encouraged her to be strong for the children, grand Children and other family members.

Responding on behalf of the State, the Nassarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe revealed that investigation is ongoing to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous act are brought to Justice.

Dr Akabe appreciated Governor Sani Bello for sharing the moment of grief with the people and government of Nasarawa State.

Mr Phillip Shekwo was murdered by unknown gunmen who invaded his family compound and took him away on Saturday night while his lifeless body was found the following morning few metres away from his residence.

Earlier, the NCGF Chairman had visited the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC Retired, at his palace to condole with him over the unfortunate incident.

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