Gunmen Kidnap Four Students Of Federal University Of Lafia

A file photo of three armed men.


Gunmen have kidnapped four students of the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia).

The management of the institution, confirmed this in a statement on Friday by the Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Abubakar Ibrahim.

According to the statement, the gunmen attacked the university at about 11:30 p.m on Thursday.

“The unfortunate kidnap incident took place at a community, Mararraba, located close to the University,” the statement read in part.

“Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, on behalf of the management of the institution, expressed his profound outrage at the unfortunate development and condemned it in strong terms and demand for the immediate release of those kidnapped”.

The VC reaffirmed that the kidnapping of students constitutes one of the most serious threats to education in Nasarawa State, in particular, and Nigeria in general.

He, therefore, expressed his deep sympathy to the families of the abducted students, assuring them that serious efforts are being taken to ensure the quick rescue of the kidnapped students.

Also according to the Vice-Chancellor, additional measures have been put in place to guarantee adequate safety of lives and property within and outside the campuses of the university.

While students have been asked to remain calm and go about their normal activities at the campuses of the university, they’ve also been asked to pay more attention to security-related matters.

Late Emir Of Lafia Laid To Rest


The late Emir of Lafia Emirate in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai I who died at the age of 84 on Thursday in Abuja has been buried in his family house at Kofar Kaura behind the palace by 3 pm after the Friday Juma’at prayer.

The funeral prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Lafia, Sheikh Dalhatu Dahiru Aliyu.

Present at the funeral prayer was some top dignitaries including the Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Almakura, Emirs and Chiefs from within and outside the state.

Other prominent persons who attended the funeral includes; Governor Umaru Almakura of Nasarawa, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Emirs of Keffi, Argungu, Fika, Ayi Abagantoni, Doma, Etsu Nupe, Emir of Nasarawa, Emirs and Chiefs of Nasarawa State, Chief of Shendam, General TY Danujuma, Labaran Maku, Dep Governor of Nasarawa Silas Agara, Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdulahi Balarabe, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, Labaran Maku, Former Minister of the FCT, Bala Muhammad amongst others.

The attendees eulogised the late emir emphasizing that they have lost a father who was a man of peace.

According to them, Nigeria and the state, in particular, has lost a man of peace who believes in diplomacy.

The late Emir was the 16th on the throne, crowned in 1974 and served for 44 years as the longest-serving Emir in the history of the Lafia emirate council.

Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai I was the former Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU), the chancellor of University of Technology, Akure and Federal University, Utuoke in Bayelsa State.

He was the Vice Chairman of Jama’atu Nastril Islam, (JNI), Chairman of JNI in Nasarawa State and National Vice chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, (NSCIA).

Markets, shop, and trading activities were on stand still and some commuters plying the Eastern part of Nigeria were stranded forcing them to boycott the major roadblocks mounted by security operatives in the state to ease traffic congestion from people coming to Lafia to attend the funeral.

Al-Makura Advocates For Inclusion Of Special Education In Lafia University

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In Nasarawa
Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

The Nasarawa state governor Tanko Al-Makura has enjoined the management of the Federal University, Lafia to prioritise special education when the faculty of education is introduced in the institution.

He spoke when he received management of the school headed by the vice chancellor Professor Sanusi Liman.

The governor commended them for adopting measures towards improving the quality of education and reiterated his resolve to continue to support them to actualise their vision.

He lauded them for introducing new faculties and courses and therefore, urged them to include in their plan of introducing faculty of education, a department of special education to cater for pupils with special needs.

“While opening a faculty of education, you should also create a Department of Special Education. This area is an area that is highly in need of specialists that will handle the education of people with that need special consideration”

“What we have in the country and Nasarawa state, in particular, is a situation where children are all jumbled together in every available classroom not minding their individual differences.

“You find out that in every classroom you have children with down syndrome, this I believe is very unfair to those children who are living with disability.

Lafia Residents Blast AEDC Over Poor Power Supply

Electricity consumers in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital have expressed displeasure over what they termed poor services by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC).

To this end, they told the distribution company to take their services out of the town for failing to supply adequate power.

They made their positions at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission,(NERC) in Lafia.

One of the residents, Rilwanu Elayo, said, “For the past two months, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company has failed to supply electricity to most parts of Lafia and this has forced residents to live in darkness and discomfort.

“The company has succeeded in transmitting darkness as consumers have been paying for darkness since April.

Another resident, Ayuba Adamu, however, said the situation was unlikely to change anytime soon.

“Despite repeated complaints both verbal and written to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company in Lafia based on the fact that I receive bills despite the blackout, nothing has been done by them on the matter,” he said.

The Nasarawa State Government, represented by the Commissioner For Works, Housing and Transport, Wada Muhammad, called on the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to distribute pre-paid meters to all electricity customers as they are being surcharged.

“The only way the customers will be satisfied is when they have pre-paid meters and are sure that they only pay for electricity they consume,” he said.

“The state government has already donated land and offered to facilitate the installation of a 330 KVA transformer, which if installed will go a long way in addressing the poor electricity supply in the state.”

The NERC’s Commissioner in charge of Consumers Affairs, Mr Moses Arigu, assured the electricity consumers of their resolve to ensure that distribution companies adhere strictly to operational guidelines.

“The commission has concluded plans to open an office in Lafia for the consumers to channel their complaints for redress,” he said.

On his part, the Acting Regional Manager of AEDC, Mr Christian Chime, apologised to the consumers for the poor service delivery.

He assured them that the company had already taken note of their complaints and would soon address them to ensure improved electricity supply in the state.

He also disclosed that the company would soon embark on the installation of prepaid meters in the state.

Al-Makura Solicits Support Of Traditional Rulers To Curb Degradation

Al-makura Shifts Focus Towards Rural DevelopmentThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has solicited the support of traditional rulers to curb environmental degradation that is gradually taking over the state.

He stated this when he hosted the traditional rulers at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

The Governor expressed fear that if activities of vandals are not stalled, the environment might be destroyed.

“A very disturbing situation that is pervading the entire state is the issue where environmental degradation is causing so much worry.

“There are only about three or four streams that go about the town and all these streams are now subject of vandalisation and total destruction.

“I want the traditional rulers to lend their voice to stop people from destroying streams for the purposes of cultivating. If care is not taken we are going to expose the people to danger, where drinking water will be difficult to get.

“Besides that, there is indiscriminate falling of trees all over the place and people living within the town drop waste anyhow,” the Governor stated.

Nasarawa Residents Raise Alarm Over Termite Infested Electric Pole

Residents of Emba street of Millionaires quarters in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, have raised alarm over a termite infested electric pole almost falling over their houses.

The alarm was raised when Channels Television visited the area to ascertain the situation after a tip off by an eye witness reporter.

During the visit by our correspondent it was observed that the pole is almost falling over a land with the electric wires already dropping down into the house of a resident, Felix Godwin.

In an interview, Mr Godwin disclosed that the almost falling pole is the second pole they have changed.

“It is like this because for the past two years or so we mounted a new pole so we discovered that there are termites under the ground that has been eating it for quite a long time and that is why it has been like this.

“Though it is not our own responsibility to continue changing it since we have changed it for the first and second time. We feel that it is the responsibility of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to come and have it fixed, that is why we decided to leave it like this.

“We are aware of the dangers and are making effort to have it fixed but the problem on ground is issue of finance”. he said.

When taken upon the issue of destroyed poles in Lafia and not just Emba street, a Technical Supervisor of the AEDC, Livinus Cosmos assured that they will be monitored and fixed.

He said, “It is not everywhere that the AEDC staff are unless we embark on patrol to clear one fault or the other.

“We will be able to see such faults but now that you have detected that fault, we will see that we replace it.

“I will work towards seeing that the pole is replaced if not by wooden pole, we will use concrete pole.

“Precisely if there are other wooden poles that are infested by termites, we will do the same thing to see that we replace them because once a pole gets broken and there is supply, it will cause havoc to not only our customers but any passerby which is risky, so prevention is better than cure”, he said.

Nasarawa Records 15 Cases Of Measles In Three LGAs

The Nasarawa State Government says it has recorded 15 cases of measles in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, between January and April.

Briefing reporters in Lafia, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, said the cases recorded are from Lafia, Keana and Awe LGAs.

He noted that the outbreak could be as a result of break in the chain of routine immunisation, which he said the State Rapid Response Team is already working out modalities to ascertain the cause of the outbreak.

“There has been a case of measles, and information we have received as at now is that it may be between January and now. There may have been cases of measles up to 15 in the state, but no recorded case of death,” he said.

The Commissioner hinted that measures have been put in place to strengthen routine immunisation, in order to curtail further spread of the disease.

On the outbreak of meningitis in some parts of the country, he said Nasarawa State has not recorded any case, adding that government has provided needed facilities in the case of an eventuality.

“I want to state categorically that we have not had any case reported, either suspected or confirmed, of Cerebrum Spinal Meningitis in Nasarawa State and we are doing our best to make sure that we continue to sensitise our community,” he said.

He advised the people of the state to avoid overcrowded environment, maintain personnel hygiene, and ensure that they sleep in well ventilated rooms to prevent contracting the disease.

Expert Advocates More Measures To Curb Tuberculosis

Expert Advocates More Measures To Curb Tuberculosis

A medical expert, Alex Nkwuda, has advocated more precautionary measures to members of the public in order to curb the spread of tuberculosis.

He made the advocacy in an interview to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

The 2017 Tuberculosis Day themed: “Unite To End Tuberculosis”, was focussed on leaving no stone unturned to save lives.

Speaking on the significance of the day, the expert said it is mostly observed to sensitise the public on the dangers of the disease and how it affects the lives of humans.

Mr Nkwuda stated that the communicable disease could be contracted in an overcrowded environment and also through having a close contact with an infected person although it is curable.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO), has decided to map out strategies to put an end to the disease because it is actually curable and can be stopped.

“They are trying to map out strategies to see how they can unite with health workers, government, individuals, communities and social organisations to see how to end the disease”, he stated.

He, however, called the public to take health precautions such as sleeping in ventilated rooms, eating balanced diets and taking regular vaccination as well as going for regular check up to ascertain their status.

Mr Nkwuda also made a case for synergy between government and non-governmental organisations towards intensifying sensitisation efforts so as to curtail the disease collectively.

The World Tuberculosis Day is one of the eight official global health campaigns designated by the W.H.O to create enlightenment that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in most parts of the world which causes the death of nearly 1.5 million people each year.

British Govt. To Partner With Nasarawa On Infrastructure

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe British Government has pledged to partner with Nasarawa State Government in the areas of agriculture, mining, housing and infrastructure to help shore up its economic base.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Thomas, stated this when he paid Governor Tanko Al-Makura his first visit at the Government House, in Lafia, the state capital.

On his part, the Governor assured the UK of all the cooperation it needs so as to achieve optimum results.

While stating the purpose of his visit in a swift manner, he said that more needs is to be done in some sectors of the State and the United Kingdom is ready to partner.

“The purpose of my visit is to understand more about the challenges in this state, to understand about the opportunities in the state and see what support the British Government can bring to Nasarawa.

“Some of these opportunities include agriculture, mining, mass housing, infrastructure, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done, I know the Governor is getting on with that work and doing it very well.

“One of those sectors, one of those priorities are areas where the UK has expertise, British companies can come to the state and engage with you.

“We will look at the opportunities and see in what way they can contribute to the economic development of Nasarawa state”, he said.

The governor who appreciated the visit, responded by saying that the state has a conducive business environment and abundant natural resources, and so the United Kingdom will be given all the cooperation needed for a fruitful partnership.

“Agriculture, solid minerals which abound in Nasarawa state is because we have conducive business environment and climate that can produce any kind of crops.

“So, any British entrepreneur that is interested in partnering with this administration or any organisation within the state can come and we would give certain organisation all the support and encouragement” the governor said.

For optimal result to be achieved, Al-Makura assured that when a deal is signed, it would be supervised by him to avoid any hitch.

“I would like to take the opportunity of this courtesy to bring to your notice that we really acknowledge and appreciate all the support we are getting in terms of this international partner support.

“In particular I would want to assure you that whatever support that comes to Nasarawa state, will be personally supervised by me, to ensure that the ultimate objectives and results are achieved”, he said.

Also part of the visit was an exhibition of samples of mineral resources that the state is endowed with and a visit to the special school in Lafia.

Federal University Lafia Matriculates 1,500 Students

Federal University LafiaThe Federal University Lafia has matriculated 1,500 students into the various programmes for the 2016/2017 academic session.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Muhammad Sanusi-Liman, gave the details during the 6th matriculation ceremony of the institution in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Stressing that the exercise was the largest since inception of the institution in 2011 given the number of intake, he explained that the university was at the verge of accelerated academic expansion in line with its mandate of widening access and improving quality of higher education in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor said on Monday that in a bid to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far, the university management has commenced post-graduate studies and consultancy services to generate revenue for the institution, as well as centre for foundation studies to run remedial science studies.

He disclosed further that plans were underway to establish new faculties in the field of education, management and environmental sciences, medical sciences and engineering.

The academic noted that the institution was known for excellence, discipline and zero tolerance for all vices prevalent in other institutions and advised the students to abide by the rules.

Professor Sanusi-Liman advised the students to shun examination malpractice, drug abuse, cultism and indecent dressing amongst other anti-social acts.

“I urge you all the matriculated students to always work hard, dedicate time to your books, despise habit of spending endless time on the social media in order to make your stay at the university worthwhile,” he appealed.

Professor Sanusi-Liman assured the students that the school management was working assiduously to address the challenges of inadequate lecture rooms, laboratories, electricity supply, water and inter-campus transportation.

A cross-section of the matriculated students expressed gratitude to God for their admission.

One of the students, Owolabi Olufemi, from the Department of Economics described the matriculation as a dream come true, adding that he aspired to graduate with a first class degree.

Another fresher, Mercy Omeje, said her admission was divine from God as so many applied and could not get it.

She expressed confidence that the school has all it takes to impact the requisite knowledge in them to achieve their dreams in life.

Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa State

Lassa Fever Kills Four In Nasarawa StateThe Nasarawa State government has confirmed the re-emergence of Lassa fever disease in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, confirmed the death of four persons during an interview with Channels Television.

Dr. Iya further disclosed that the state had recorded 16 suspected cases while 36 people, who had contact with the deceased, were being followed up.

He noted that all the cases were from Lafia, the state’s capital and that the government had taken adequate measures to stall the spread of the deadly disease.

The re-emerging case comes barely three weeks after the Ondo State government said it had put all measures to prevent the disease from spreading to the state.

As part of efforts towards achieving this, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, convened a sensitisation meeting with stakeholders in the state.