Police Intensify Effort To Rescue Ex-Minister, Akwanga

Police Intensify Effort To Rescue Ex-Minister, Akwanga
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The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has intensified its search operation to rescue the kidnapped former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Usaini Akwanga.

Akwanga was kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday evening at his farm in Kurmin Tagwaye village of Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police the state, Abubakar Bello, told Channels Television on Wednesday that efforts are ongoing to rescue the elder statesman. and arrest his abductors.

He also assured the family of the former minister and the public that his abductors would be apprehended soon.

Meanwhile, a source said the gunmen who earlier contacted the family through his phone, demanding N50m to set him free, have requested for N5m to release him.

According to the source, about 10 gunmen invaded Akwanga’s farmland along Wamba Road in and took him to a destination yet unknown.

97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In Nasarawa

97 Students Renounce Cult Membership In NasarawaAbout 97 students from five tertiary institutions in Nasarawa state have renounced their cult membership and are starting a new life.

The renouncement was influenced by the National Campus Cult Eradication Foundation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police.

National coordinator of the foundation, Samuel Ejembi, told Channels Television that the objective of the foundation is to expose the ills of cultism to members.

He said that the cultists were students from the Federal University, Lafia (FUL); Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia (NSPL), College of Agriculture, Lafia (COAL), College of Education, Akwanga (COEA) and the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), respectively.

He said that since inception in 2011, this NGO has rehabilitated 12,000 cultists from various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

One of the repentant cultists appealed to other members to shun the act, saying it has no gain.

He said that he fell into the act of cultisim through the influence of his friends but had regretted all that he had done.

Al-makura Tracks Implementation Of 10 Billion Naira Loan Capital Projects

al-makuraThe Nasarawa State Government has embarked on an inspection of all projects being funded from the 10 billion naira capital market bond for infrastructure development across the state.

Governor Tanko Al-makura, in company of his aides, moved from the Nasarawa State University in Keffi to the state polytechnic where hostel accommodation and camp roads are being constructed as part of the bond projects.

At the Nasarawa State University, Mr Al-makura gave marching orders to contractors handling the job to speed up the project.

While accepting that basic infrastructure at the schools were inadequate, the Governor assured the female students of their safety on campus.

The Governor also visited the Akwanga and Lafia Ultramodern Market with over 1,000 lock-up shops as part of the second phase of projects the bond is being expended on.

He noted that part of the 10 billion naira bond obtained for these projects have been paid from income generated from other projects the bond was invested on.

Al-Makura, Maku, Agabi Solicit For Votes At Mada Festival

Maku_Almakura_AgabiThe three leading governorship candidates in Nasarawa State, north central region of Nigeria, made a surprise campaign appearance at the Mada Cultural Festival in Akwanga, where they all canvased for votes ahead of the polls.

Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, of the All Progressive Congress (APC) asked the people of Mada to re-elect him based on his performance during his first term.

While the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Yusuf Agabi and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Labaran Maku, both sought the people’s mandate for the forthcoming April 11 governorship election.

2,000 PDP Members Decamp To APC In Nasarawa State

Nasarawa The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has received leaders of over 2,000 decamped members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into its fold.

Leading the PDP decampees was a former aspirant in the just concluded Nasarawa PDP governorship primary, Senator John Danboyi, among other top PDP members in Akwanga Local Government.

The purpose of the PDP decampees, who are mostly from the Mada tribe, was to support the decision of the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, who has picked one of their kinsmen as his running mate, in spite the political impasse with his deputy who is also a Mada.

This was according to the leader of the PDP decampees, Senator Danboyi, who gave their reasons for leaving the PDP.

Satisfied with their reception into the APC, Senator Danboyi apologized to the Governor for the betrayal of their son, but thanked him for choosing yet another Mada son, Mr Silas Agara, as his running mate.

The Nasarawa Governor was received by the decamping PDP leaders in a rousing ovation as he made way into the hall to meet with them and express happiness for their jumping ship.

The elated Governor, while receiving the PDP decampees into the APC, promised a grand reception for them with the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in attendance on January 17 in Lafia.

IGP Distributes N7.74 Million Among Widows Of Alakio-Gwoza Killings

widowsThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday, donated over seven million naira to widows of police officers killed in Alakio in 2013 and 14 others declared missing in Gwoza, Borno State.

The cash donation, which Mr Abba said was part of his celebration of the Yuletide with families of the deceased policemen, also included bags of rice, tubers of yam and vegetable oil.

Making the presentation to widows at the 38 Mobile Police Squadron in Akwanga, the Inspector-General pledged the commitment of the Nigerian Police to protect and care for its own.

Mr Abba assured the widows of the police’s commitment never to abandon them as they grapple with the challenge of losing their bread winners.

Widows of the missing policemen got 500,000 naira each and the Alakio widows got 10,000 naira each in addition to 20 tubers of yam, a bag of rice and vegetable oil.

Just as the presentation of the cash and food items was underway, the IG also shared a meal with the widows of the deceased policemen as there was also a barbecue spot.

The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Yakubu Usman, thanked the Inspector-General of Police for seeing to the needs of the widows during the festive season.

However, some of the recipients, who were full of praise for the Inspector-General of Police, appealed for employment opportunities to enable them support their families on their own.

Suspected Fulani Gunmen Kill 10 In Kaduna Village

Borno AttackAt least 10 people have been killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Saturday night in Tattaura village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Tattaura is a community in Ancha District of Ninzo Chiefdom in the southern part of the state. The village is about two kilometres East of Gwantu, the local government headquarters.

An eyewitness account told our correspondent that the gunmen stormed the village at about 10pm on Saturday night, shooting sporadically at people.

Apart from the 10 people that were killed, five other persons were said to have sustained fatal injuries and were rushed to Akwanga General Hospital in  neighboring Nasarawa State, where they are said to be receiving treatment.

The Acting Chairman of the council, Mr Nasiru Harande, who confirmed the attack, described it as unfortunate and barbaric.

He, however, said normalcy had returned to the community, as security operatives have been drafted to the area.

Al-Makura Swears-In Newly Elected LG Chairmen

Umaru-Tanko-Al-Makura14Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has charged the newly elected local government chairmen in the state to be accountable to the people that elected them.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the chairmen, Governor Al-Makura said his administration will give the chairmen free hands to run their councils.

Al-Makura said his administration was determined to entrench good governance rooted in prudence and effective management of resources.

He tasked the new council chairmen to strive to provide dividends of democracy to the electorates and urged them to see their assignment as a divine calling for which they would give account hereafter, and advised them to be fair to everyone.

The governor challenged the officials to work toward improving internally generated revenue of their councils so as to have more funds for project execution.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Henry Omaku, Chairman, Doma Local Government Council, promised that the new officials would strive to improve on the living standard of their people.

On Sunday, the Nasarawa State Independent Election Commission released results for ten local government areas and declared election inconclusive in three local government areas including Akwanga, Obi and Nasarawa following irregularities.