Justice Bage Emerges As 17th Emir Of Lafia

Justice Bage Emerges As 17th Emir Of Lafia
A file photo of Justice Sidi Bage


A Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sidi Bage, has emerged as the 17th Emir of Lafia Bare-Bari in Nasarawa State.

This followed the approval of the selection of the judge by the state governor, Tanko Almakura, on Tuesday.

Justice Bage’s selection was announced by the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Haruna Osegba.

The commissioner made the announcement at the Council Chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital shortly after a closed-door meeting of the Council of Chiefs in Nasarawa.

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His emergence was as a result of the demise of the late Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Agwai I, on January 10, 2019.

The Supreme Court judge will succeed the late emir with a first-class status after Dr Agwai served for 44 years on the throne.

The Council of Kingmakers selected Justice Bage from the Dallah Dunama Royal House, having scored four votes to beat his closest rival who is the son of the late emir, Prince Musa Agwai, who got one vote.

Emir Of Lafia Dies


The Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha Agwai I, has died at the age of 84.

The Emir who is also the Chairman of Nasarawa State Traditional Council of Chiefs died on Thursday at a private hospital in Abuja.

One of his aides confirmed his death to Channels Television.

For seven months, the Emir was said to have battled with an undisclosed ailment, after spending time abroad for the treatment which he later passed away.

He will be buried on Friday, January 11, 2019, according to Islamic rites.


Pro-Biafra Protest: Northern And Eastern Traditional Rulers Meet In Owerri

biafraRepresentatives of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers and their south-east counterparts have met in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, to discuss the prolonged protests and agitations for the state of Biafra, among other issues confronting the nation.

While receiving the delegation at the Government House in Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha reiterated that Nigeria would remain united, no matter the challenges being faced at the moment.

He assured Nigerians that in no distant time, the agitation for the State of Biafra will be addressed accordingly.

The delegation was led by Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the coordinating committee, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, and the Emir of Gumi, Justice Lawal Aliyu Gumi, who is the co-coordinating committee Chairman of Northern States Council of Traditional Rulers.

The Emir of Lafia, Mustapha Agwai, Emir of Fika, Abali Mohammadu and Gwom Gwom Jos, Buba Gyang were also part of the team.

Mr Abubakar noted that the visit was at the instance of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers, to discuss the agitation by pro-Biafra groups and also find out the truth about the rumour that there was crisis in the leadership of the South-east Council of Traditional Rulers.

He maintained that the protection of the nation’s unity should remain paramount in the minds of all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South-East council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ebere Dick, who led other south east traditional rulers, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Eze Agom Eze, Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, said the meeting was a step towards the right direction, as it would help unite traditional institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

Peace In Nasarawa After Protest Against Planned Governor’s Impeachment

Nasarawa-Impeachment-protestThe police have restored peace in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, after a violent protest on Thursday against the impeachment notice served on the state governor, Mr Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. 

Though, the Police said no live was lost as was earlier reported that three persons were killed in the fracas.

Briefing reporters on Friday on the “leave Al-makura alone” mass protest in Lafia, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris, refuted the media report claiming that lives were lost, saying that only two people sustained injuries but were treated and discharged.

The Police Commissioner added that a total of 23 persons were arrested with four suspects still at large.

Contrary to police’s claims that no live was lost,when Channels Television visited Agu Hospital on Friday morning to see one of the injured, Mr Musa, the hospital could not trace his whereabouts as the hospital denied admitting him.

The streets of Lafia now enjoy relative calm and tranquility as opposed to the sustained mass protest in the last 72 hours.

However, the controversial plot to impeach Governor Al-makura stands as the lawmakers remain defiant to the protesters demands.

The Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai and other traditional rulers have held a meeting aimed at resolving the issues. At the end of the meeting they urged political leaders  in the state to end the crisis as soon as possible to avoid loss of lives and property.


Al-Makura: Disabled Persons Threaten Protest Against Nasarawa Lawmakers

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.                                                          

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.

They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.

While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.

They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.

Emir Of Lafia Intervenes In Al-Makura Protest

Emir-of-Lafia-Alhaji-Isah-Mustapha-Agwai-IThe Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.

The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.

Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.

Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.

Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.

Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.

With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.