Major Rice Farm Hit By Flood In Nasarawa

A cross-section of a flooded farmland in Nasarawa state.
A cross-section of a flooded farmland in Nasarawa state.


The price of rice may increase during the approaching festive season after one of the nation’s largest rice farms operated by Olam Nigeria was affected by flooding in Nasarawa state.

In a chat with Channels Television, the farm’s Chief Agronomist, Dr Umar Ismaila, said more than 4,000 hectares of farmland has been submerged due to the floods.

Although the level of damage cannot yet be ascertained until the water recedes, Dr Umar said the incident will have an implication on Nigeria’s food security.

Many parts of the country have witnessed heavy flooding in recent weeks.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services (NIHSA) has blamed state and local governments for disregarding “adequate and timely warnings” and weather advisories issued by various Federal Government agencies.

‘Urgent intervention’

A statement later released by Olam said damage to its farm could be worth as high as $15 million.

“Other Damages are infrastructures like Dykes, Canals, drainage worth $8 million,” the statement said.

Counting the losses, the farm’s business head and Vice President Olam rice farm, Anil Nair reiterated that the losses are huge but can only be estimated once the water recedes.

“OLAM rice farm in Rukubi, Doma local government area of Nassarawa state is seated on a thirteen thousand, five hundred (13,500) hectares land and operates a crop area of four thousand, four hundred (4500) hectares.” the statement added.

“It is the largest rice farm with the state of the art equipment in Africa.

“The company recently upgraded its milling capacity from one hundred and twenty thousand (120) metric tonnes to two hundred and forty (240) metric tonnes annually as part of the company’s efforts to ensure food availability and security in Nigeria.

“Olam also has consistently support its host communities as part of its social cooperate responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

“Hundreds of people from the six host communities where Olam rice farm is located in Rukubi Doma local government area of Nassarawa state, have benefited from these gestures by the company as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

“The farm also provided instructional facilities for primary and junior secondary pupils in the communities to enhance learning.

“With these numerous supports both for the Nigeria’s Agriculture sector and humanitarian support to the host communities, it won’t be overboard to say that government’s urgent interventions are necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster, reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security.”

Sule Wins APC Guber Primary In Nasarawa

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.


Governor Abdullahi Sule has won the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries in Nasarawa State.

Sule was declared winner by the Chairman of the State APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, Ahmed Ibeto, after polling 698 votes to beat his contender, Fatma Abdullahi, who polled three votes.

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Some 701 delegates participated in the elections which took place at the City Hall in Lafia.

Fatima Abdullahi, while congratulating Governor Sule, promised her support for his second term bid.

Gunmen Kidnap Local Government Chairman, Driver In Nasarawa

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.


The Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Muhammed Baba Shehu, and his driver have been abducted.

His orderly Alhassan Habeeb, was also killed in the attack.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police command, Ramhan Nansel confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

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He said the perpetrators blocked the Akwanga/Keffi road on Friday night, shooting sporadically in the air, and in the process shot the Chairman’s orderly while carrying out the abduction.

He added that search teams have been deployed to the area comprising of a joint team of Mobile Police personnel, Conventional Police Officers, Vigilante, Hunters and the Military.

Baba and his entourage were on their way to Lafia from Keffi when the incident occurred.

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.

At Least Nine Killed In Nasarawa Communities

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.


The police have confirmed the killing of no fewer than nine persons in Obi and Lafia local government areas of Nasarawa State.

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson, Ramhan Nansel, the killings were a result of skirmishes within the communities after the killing of one person at Gidan Washi village of Obi Local Government Area.

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, who also confirmed the killings, has chaired a meeting in Obi to seek a resolution to the conflict.

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The meeting was attended by socio-cultural and traditional leaders of the affected communities, the Commissioner of Police in the state, and Nigeria Army representatives.

Speaking to the press, Governor Abdullahi said security operatives have been deployed to the affected areas.

Police Arrest 28-Year-Old Suspected Kidnapper In Nasarawa

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a 28-year-old suspected kidnapper along Akwanga Road in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect, Abubakar Mohammed, was arrested with other criminals on Sunday following intelligence-gathering by the police.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel said the suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to being a member of a five-man gang of kidnappers who were terrorizing Barkin Ladi area of Plateau State but relocated to Wamba Road, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State after two of his gang members were neutralized by security operatives during a fierce gun duel in Plateau State.

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The suspect, Abubakar Mohammed


The Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi has ordered that the case be transferred to the anti-kidnapping unit of the Command for a more thorough investigation.

He also commended the officers for a job well done and warned all criminals to flee Nasarawa State or meet their waterloo.


Gunmen Attack Finance Ministry In Nasarawa, Cart Away Millions

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.


Gunmen on Thursday carted away an undisclosed amount of money from the Nasarawa State Ministry of Finance, budget and planning.

The gunmen were said to have trailed two staff from the bank to the Ministry in Lafia and seized the money at gunmen point after shooting sporadically in the air.

The State Commissioner of Finance, Haruna Ogbole, said the money was worth millions, but did not disclose the exact amount.

Ogbole added that the incident was being investigated.

Meanwhile, the cashier is undergoing treatment after sustaining bullet wounds.

PDP Has Become Weak, And It Is Getting Weaker – Gov Abdullahi Sule


Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the reason some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is that the opposition party has become very weak and the situation is getting worse. 

According to Governor Sule, the depleting of PDP by poaching its governors and lawmakers is a part of politicking.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today,  Sule said the APC is in the process of getting stronger.

“We have been a very strong party and we are doing the best we can to continue to be stronger and the only way we can be stronger is to get more and more people and the right people to get are the leaders of the opposition. That’s what we are trying to do and God so kind we are doing that,” the governor stated.

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Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

Sule’s comments come on the heels of the latest defection move by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, an exercise that the governor says is a signal suggesting that the opposition leaders are seeing what President Muhammadu Buhari is doing.

When asked if the desire of the APC is to plunder the opposition such that come 2023 only the ruling party will be standing, Governor Sule said “PDP has always been weak since President Muhammadu Buhari came in,” adding that all that is being seen at the moment is that the party is becoming “weaker and weaker”.

He boasted that the APC is doing a very good job by ensuring that it opens its doors and give Nigerians what they are looking for when it comes to governance.

Defections: PDP Is Stable, APC’s Tactics Will Yield Nothing – Kola Ologbondiyan

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the People Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, has assured Nigerians that the opposition party is stable and unwavering, even in the face of recent defections by some of its governors and lawmakers.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr. Ologbondiyan said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have the experience of the PDP who was in power for about 16 years.

Speaking further about the recent wave of cross-carpeting which is rocking the PDP, Ologbondiyan said “we have all our structures established in the 36 states and the 774 local governments, as well as over 2000 wards that we have in Nigeria, our party is very stable”.

The PDP spokesman argued that while some governors are decamping over to the APC, the people who elected them are not making the same move. He stressed that while the governors may have been lost, the people remain firmly behind the opposition party.

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PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan (file)


Mr. Ologbondiyan alleged that the leadership of the ruling party is “going around intimidating governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,” sending in security agents to conduct investigations that leave the governors uneasy and desperate to secure their political future.

According to the PDP spokesman, this is a well-understood mind-game that poses no threat to the opposition party. He said the PDP is confident that the masses will not be swayed having experienced a great deal of hardship under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are confident in the people of Nigeria who have been made to suffer untold hardships going to six years and who are very determined that for once they want to choose a leader of their own,” Ologbondiyan noted.

The image-maker of the PDP further stated that his party’s confidence is also unwavering because they know that the “APC as a party is not structured”… and “is a mere vehicle that was used to hijack power”.

Ologbondiyan was of the opinion that Nigerians are done with the APC and the masses who have been pushed to the realm of despondency by the current administration and its party, will oust the government when 2023 comes.

‘Night Operation, Chinese Connection’: How A Rail Vandalism Operation Thrived In Nasarawa

Halima Gayam, Lafia and Solomon Elusoji, Lagos


In February, youths in Mada station community in Nasarawa state began to loosen and cut railway tracks that connect the area to the rest of the country. 

Although the Mada station tracks, about 130km away from Abuja, had not been in use for about five years, the infrastructure was still good enough for the vandals.

By June, most of the route’s six tracks laid bare, except for its ballast.

The portions left untouched were only those protected by the wheels of an abandoned coach.

Even the culvert under the tracks were dug and the water pipes vandalised.

‘Night operation’

“We were not happy about it,” a resident of the community Mikailu Abdullahi, told Channels Television. “We did our best to stop them, but we couldn’t.”

Some community members reported the vandalisation to the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), but they were told there weren’t enough arms to enforce arrests, according to a staff of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Mada station who pleaded anonymity.

“The youths came in numbers at night to vandalise the tracks,” the staff said. “In one of the incidents, six armed men came here to arrest a trailer loaded with railway materials. But they couldn’t make the arrest because the youths refused.”

Another railway staff suggested that the youths were motivated by a sense of entitlement.

A snapshot of what was left of rail tracks in Mada station in Nasarawa state after vandalisation activities between February and June 2021.
A snapshot of what was left of rail tracks in Agyaragu station in Lafia, Nasarawa state after vandalisation activities between February and June 2021.


“The youths are claiming that the tracks are their father’s and they have to chop (eat),” he said. “They are also claiming they are indigenes of the area, so nobody can stop them to do whatever they want to do.

“We did our best (to stop them). When we reported to the nearest police station and civil defence, they said there are no arms and mobility. So this is how the vandalism continued.”

In May, the police stepped in and have now arrested 35 of the vandals, including two Chinese nationals, local politicians, police and NSCDC officials, and a railway official.

Chinese connection

The youths, according to the police, were in cahoots with several top politicians, corrupt police officers and NSCDC staff, and Chinese nationals.

After welders perform the loosening and cutting, the tracks and sleepers are piled and arranged in lorries, before they are ferried to a steel company run by a Chinese suspect, Marra Thai.

Mr Thai is said to be the main collector of the vandalised tracks.

According to the Nasarawa Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, the tracks are compressed and dissolved “and then later on they will mass produce new ones and use it for us.”

Vandalised rail tracks materials are loaded on trucks for transport in Nasarawa.
Vandalised rail tracks materials are loaded on trucks for transport in Nasarawa.


“We don’t know whether it is legal or not,” Mr Thai, whose steel company is based in Abuja, said when asked why he received vandalised tracks. “And we asked somebody to confirm it, and they said there was no problem. That’s why we collected it.”

But the police said Mr Thai’s lawyer offered a N600,000 bribe when the police caught up with his client. 

Anietie Eyoh, the officer who heads the anti-vandalism template created by the police, rejected the bribe. One lorry driver implicated in the vandalism operation also offered Officer Eyoh N150,000.

The monies were displayed when the suspects were paraded this month.

“We have resolved, with unbending determination, that whosoever comes into our radar, no matter who, will be seen, and the person will be arrested and treated in accordance with the provision of the law,” Mr Longe, the police chief, said.

‘An act of terrorism’

The vandalisation of rail tracks is a recurring headache in Nigeria. While the Federal Government has prioritised the revitalisation of the country’s railway network, vandals appear to have upped their activities.

This month, the police announced that it had cracked down on a criminal syndicate engaged in vandalising rail tracks across the North-West and North-Central.

The operation was uncovered after the police raided a warehouse in Gboko, Benue state.

Inside the warehouse, the police discovered different vandalised rail equipment, stolen rail installation racks, weld-shear, rail puller, other rail accessories and consumables.

But many of the syndicate members are still at large.

The police paraded persons suspected to have vandalised rail tracks in June 2021.
The police paraded persons suspected to have vandalised rail tracks in June 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television


The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has described  such vandalisation as acts of terrorism.

“Removal of rail tracks can cause train derailment, with deadly consequences,” he said at a town hall meeting recently.

While promising to prosecute anyone suspected of vandalising public property, the Minister has also pleaded with Nigerians to take ownership of the assets, as they “must be protected for the benefit of all.”

Nasarawa NLC Declares Indefinite Strike

A file photo of NLC members waving the union’s flags.


The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State has declared an indefinite strike to begin Tuesday, June 15.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Yusuf Iya made the announcement on Tuesday at the Labour House in Lafia, the state capital.

He said the decision to embark on the indefinite strike was reached after a meeting of the state executive council held on Tuesday.

The labour unions are demanding implementation of promotions which they say have lingered for over a decade, implementation of annual increments, training among others.

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“You would recall that after the 21-day and seven-day ultimatums we issued elapsed on Wednesday, June 9 2021 and we are supposed to commence three days warning strike, but stayed action due to the intervention of the traditional rulers.

“In view of that, the Organised Labour held an emergency meeting today Monday, 14th June 2021 and resolved that, since all the necessary protocols were followed in order to pursue our legitimate demands from the government to see the need to pay the last tranche of August 2016, implement our promotions of over a decade and conclude the national minimum wage negotiation, but which turns futile,” Iya said while addressing journalists on Tuesday.

The Organize Labour therefore enjoined all workers to proceed on indefinite strike action as from Tuesday 15th June, 2021 immediately until an amicable resolution is reached with the Government on our demands”

The state governor Abdullahi Sule in reaction said he is willing to pay all legitimate remunerations once the state financial capacity improves.

The governor made the remarks when he received his coordinators recently at the government house.

He said,” As long as we have the money, without being asked, we will address it and pay”

“All my life, I have been promoted. I went through promotion from a simple Engineer, to Engineer I, Engineer II, to Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer, to Assist Engineer, Engineer and then I became Managing Director.

“How could I then deny any worker the right to be promoted?”

Governor Sule Visits Buhari, Raises Alarm Over Boko Haram Activities In Nasarawa

Nasarawa State governor Abdulahi Sule, Friday, visited President Muhummadu Buhari and raised alarm over the havoc perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

The governor also sought the intervention of the Federal Government particularly for them to take over the Jitata road in Nasarawa, which serves as an alternative route from the state to the FCT.

The governor after the meeting with President Buhari told journalists that he came to meet with the president to discuss the security issues in Nasarawa State.

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According to him, many of the Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in Nasarawa State and they belong to the Darussalam group that had been dislodged from Niger State.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting with Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule. Also in the meeting is the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari.


He said further that upon a joint security operation, a lot of them were killed while 900 were arrested. Governor Sule maintained that those arrested confirmed their membership of the Boko Haram insurgency group and have been handed over to the authorities.

“I have come to see the leader of our party and the leader of the nation and our father, Mr President, to brief him about the activities happening in the state, especially in the area of security.

“We have continued to have challenges with a team of Boko Haram who were settled at the border with the FCT. We thank the security forces that were able to dislodge them. Now, they have gone back and gathered at our border with Benue and they are causing a lot of havoc,” the governor said.

Nasarawa State governor Abdulahi Sule meets with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Monday, January 22, 2021.


The Nasarawa State Government had earlier in November announced plans to restructure its security apparatus due to killings and insecurity.

The Governor made the announcement during an emergency security meeting in Lafia, the state capital following the murder of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa, Phillips Shekwo.

A Fulani traditional ruler and an unidentified young man were also killed during the same period.

The security meeting was attended by the heads of various security outfits in the state, as well as the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage, among other stakeholders.

Suspect Arrested In Nasarawa For Mutilating Six-Year-Old Girl’s Genitals


The principal suspect in the case of a 6-year-old girl whose genitals were mutilated for ritual purposes has been arrested.

19-year-old Abdulkadir Wada was arrested on Friday by the police in Mararaba, Nasarawa State where he fled to, after allegedly committing the crime two weeks ago in Jama’are Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Admitting to the crime, he told journalists how himself and an accomplice committed the crime in an uncompleted building.

“I strangled her and took her into an uncompleted building. Later my friend joined me after making sure that no one was watching,” he said while being paraded.

“He told me to slit her throat, but I told him I couldn’t. He brought out his knife and after confirming that she was motionless, he cut off her genitals”.

The child is, however, now receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the ritualist who demanded for the genital is still at large.

Several other persons were also being paraded for similar crimes, as the trend of kidnapping appears to be on the rise.