Bello Samai’la, the Director-General, Media and Communications to Zamfara State Governor, is dead.
Samai’la, 67, died at his residence in Gusau at about 1:00 a.m. on Thursday and will be buried by 11:00 a.m. same day.
A statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Ibrahim Dosara, said the deceased had suffered prolonged illness.
“On behalf of Governor Abdul’aziz Yari and Zamfara State Government, I wish to extend our condolence to the family of the deceased, all working journalists in the state and the entire people of Zamfara State over the death of the veteran journalist,” he said.
Dosara described Samai’la’s death as a great loss to the state, his family and journalism profession.
The deceased was the pioneer chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state and a former Managing Director of the state owned Legacy Newspapers.
The Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has portrayed the security dialogue initiated by the state government as a viable option.
He stated that the state has not witnessed armed bandit attacks in the last five months since the dialogue begun.
Governor Yari made the assertion during the distribution of relief material to victims of the armed bandit attacks in the state by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons,
The governor explained that activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers had negative economic impact on the resources of the state as it has spent N13 billion on security in the last six years, thus necessitating the dialogue option was adopted.
Presenting the relief materials, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Saadiya Umar Farouk, said the ultimate goal of her commission was to ensure that encampment was brought to an end.
“We will, therefore, strive hard to see that the displaced persons are either returned home or resettled and actively integrated into to their communities in safe and dignity and with unimpeded access to basic social amenities,” she added.
The relief material which includes, building materials, household items and food items, building worth several millions of Naira were distributed to the victims.