Nasarawa REC Appeals To Concerned Parties To Maintain Peace

 

The Nasarawa state resident electoral commissioner, Dr. Abdur-Rahman Ajidagba has appealed to politicians and electorates of some affected polling units to maintain peace during the state house of assembly supplementary elections in the state scheduled to hold Saturday, 23rd March.

He made the appeal on Friday while speaking to Channels Television in Lafia.

According to him, fourteen polling units and eight political wards of four local government areas of Karu, Keffi, Nasarawa Eggon and Obi are those affected.

He added that sensitive and non sensitive materials have been deployed to the areas and 42,851 registered voters are expected to participate in the exercise.

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“I appeal to the electorate in the affected areas to maintain peace. We conducted the general elections in this state and there has been peace so we should not allow the election in some few areas to cause mayhem. My appeal to them is that we should do things according to the law”

In the same development, the Nigeria police has also assured of a peaceful atmosphere during the electoral process.

The assurance was contained in a statement signed by the command’s public relations officer ASP Samaila Usman.

“The Nasarawa State Police Command under the supervision of CP Bola Longe is fully prepared to provide an enabling environment for a free, fair and peaceful supplementary election in the state.

“Our template which spells out the responsibility of all police officers that are going to participate in the election is already on ground.

“In like manner, our officers have been lectured on their roles during the elections to ensure citizens feel secure and exercise their franchise. furthermore, crime fighting strategies in all the nook and crannies of the affected LGA, special patrol teams and intensive surveillance to achieve the desired goals have been emplaced”

Nasarawa Govt Promises To Sustain School Feeding Programme

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File Photo: Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, has promised to sustain the home-grown school feeding programme which the Federal Government recently launched in the state.

He gave the assurance on Thursday when he visited his alma mater, Dunama Pilot Primary School in Lafia, the state capital, where he had a meal with the pupils.

The Governor believes the initiative will increase school enrollments, hence the promise to sustain it.

“I want to assure the Federal Government that the social investment programmes especially the school feeding programme will be fully supported by Nasarawa State,” he said.

Also speaking on the benefits of the programme, the Headmaster of the school, Yusuf Maina, noted that barely two weeks since the introduction of the programme, some students who had dropped out in the previous session, returned to school.

“Those dropped out of the school are back to school. It gives a lot of encouragement. It gives room for pupils to come to school as early as 7:00/7:30 am unlike before that they come to school at will,” he told Channels Television.

IMN Protest Causes Gridlock Along Nyaya-Mararaba Road

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on Sunday, held another march along the Nyaya Mararaba axis of Nasarawa State, on their way to Abuja.

The procession which was generally peaceful, however, caused a massive gridlock along the road.

It comes less than 24 hours after three members of the sect were killed after a clash with troops of the Nigerian Army.

According to a statement by the Commander of the Army headquarters Garrison, Major General James Myam, the clash occurred on Saturday afternoon at Zuba bridge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He explained that the sect members, who were supposedly in a procession, set up an illegal roadblock along the route, which the convoy of the troops attempted to clear.

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While doing so, General Myam said some members of the group attacked the troops who were escorting missiles and ammunition from Abuja to the Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State.

In defence, the troops opened fire on the IMN members which resulted in the killing of three of them.

Some soldiers also obtained injuries in the process.

Many Feared Killed In Nasarawa Gas Explosion

 

No fewer than 10 persons, including an infant, were reported killed on Monday after a filling station exploded in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The incident occurred when the gas station owners attempted to refill their commercial cylinder.

Many others were severely burnt in the incident as efforts to quench the fire proved abortive.

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Nasarawa Govt Donates N1.5m To Families Of Slain Police Officers

 

The Nasarawa State Government has donated a sum of N500,000 each to the families of three slain police officers.

The money was presented to the families by the state Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello, on Friday at the command’s headquarters in Lafia.

The officers, namely ASP Austin Inedu, Inspector Audu Danjuma and Sergeant Raphael Roja lost their lives in a clash between the Fulanis and Agatus in the state, while on duty.

The police said, “We deployed our officers to restore law and order at that time, in the process three of our officers namely ASP Austin Inedu, Inspector Audu Danjuma, Sergeant Raphael Roja lost their lives.

“It was unfortunate we lost our gallant officers. In the end, peace has been restored and the community is living peacefully up till this moment”.

Speaking to Channels Television, a brother of one of the deceased, Yahaya Audu, described the loss as painful.

“I feel bad losing my younger brother , It hasn’t been an easy time for us but we are grateful to the government,” he said.

In another development, 23 suspects who were arrested for various offences were also paraded at the police headquarters.

Various arms including four AK-47 rifles, two revolver guns with 32 of rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 26 handsets, two iPads, one laptop, sticks with spikes, knives, charms, wraps of Indian Hemp among others, were also recovered and displayed.

One of the suspects, Nicholas Timbe, however, insisted that he was not guilty.

“I did not commit the crime. I was sleeping when I heard a knock at 2:00 am on my door. At first, I thought it was herdsmen but they now said it was the police so I opened the door and then I saw one Godwin.

“They pointed at me asking, is he the one?  He said yes. So they took me to the divisional police command at Kadarko,” he explained.

The police boss, however, called for more support from residents in ridding the state of criminals.

He said, “I want to let the public know that we would not achieve this much without their co-operation.

“I urge the residents of Nasarawa State to continue to give us support, as without them we cannot perform better. Policing is everyone’s business so it should not be left in the hands of law enforcement agencies alone.”

Nasarawa Lawmaker Dumps APC, Secures Court Injunction Against Assembly

 

The lawmaker representing Wamba constituency in the Nasarawa State House Of Assembly, Makpa Malla, has defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

He confirmed this to Channels Television’s correspondent on Tuesday.

In a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, he said the defection was because of the division in the party which led to a faction called the R-APC, being created.

The Lawmaker also obtained a court order restraining the Assembly from declaring his seat vacant.

Eid-El-Fitr: Almakura Urges Muslims To Remain Law Abiding, Live Peacefully

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Tanko Almakura, has urged Muslims and all Nigerians to remain law abiding and also live peacefully with each other even as the fasting period season comes to an end.

In his Eid-El-Fitr message on Friday, the governor called on Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan in their daily activities.

He said,” As you are all aware, fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam aimed at strengthening our faith through spiritual engagements such as abstinence from eating, drinking and satisfying other desires from dawn to sunset.

“It also involves intense prayers, recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, as well as increased acts of kindness, charity and humility, among other moral virtues.

“As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan fasting, therefore, I, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2018 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.

“I call on all Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through consistent supplication, perseverance, humility, hospitality, good neighbourness and, indeed, the spirit of sharing in our daily activities.

“It behoves us all, as good citizens of Nasarawa State, to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State,” he said.

Speaking further, he warned residents in the state to avoid engaging in criminal acts as the government will not hesitate to punish the perpetrators.

He also asked them to pray for the nation’s leaders at all levels.

“Government will not condone any acts capable of breaching the existing peace prevailing in our society and will deal decisively with any individual(s) and groups whose stock in trade is to perpetuate crime, criminality and fan embers of disunity among the diverse ethnic nationalities in the State.

“Let us all put hands together individually and collectively to contribute our parts towards the sustenance of peace and security in our dear State.

“As we celebrate this Sallah, I urge us all to re-affirm our obedience to Allah’s injunctions as contained in the noble Qur’an and follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It is also an obligation on us to pray for our leaders at all levels to govern with the fear of God and the virtues of justice, humility and service for the good of humanity,” he said.

Furthermore, the governor called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to intensify their efforts at ensuring a peaceful society, especially during the festive period.

Akwe-Doma’s Death Is A Monumental Loss – Al-Makura

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Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

Governor Umaru Al-makura of Nasarawa State has described the death of the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Aliyu Akwe Doma as a monumental loss to the state and the entire country.

His comments were contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musa Elayo, on Friday, in which he also stated that the elder-statesman was a point of reference for stability, consensus and nation-building.

Al-makura said the vacuum created by the departure of the illustrious leader will be hard to fill.

“He was a dedicated bridge builder and champion of unity, whom through his vast experience and uncommon goodwill has brought peace and prosperity to former Plateau and present-day Nasarawa state where he served as deputy governor and governor respectively.

“As a frontline public servant, he promoted values which enhanced our firm belief in our common humanity as a people with one destiny under God.

“As an architect of unity, he defended and promoted our rich cultural heritage for which he will be greatly missed by all,” Almakura stated further.

“We are deeply saddened by this irreparable loss of a great statesman. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

“To say he was a larger than life character would be an understatement and we will always remember him as a great loss,” he added.

Nigerian Airforce To Establish Quick Response Wing In Nasarawa

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddiq Abubakar, and other officials of the Nigerian Airforce during the visit to Nasarawa State on Tuesday, February 20.

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddiq Abubakar on Monday said a quick response squad will be established in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

The quick response wing, the CAS said is part of the special operations unit aimed at adding value to the security atmosphere of Nasarawa state and also to create an enabling environment in the state

Although Abubakar did not give details of when the quick response wing will commence operation, he explained that the wing will have 150 Special Forces who are fresh graduates from the Air College.

The Nigerian Airforce also aim to also provide medical outreach to the hinterlands of Nasarawa state.

In his reaction, Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-makura lauded the efforts of the Airforce in combating insurgency in the north eastern part of the country.

He said the of the presence of the Air Force in Nasarawa will give residents a sense of protection to enable them go about their normal activities

Some areas and communities in the southern part of Nasarawa State are currently deserted as residents in earlier part of this month abandon their homes in fear of attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The residents told Channels Television that the farmers and herdsmen crisis in the state has taken another dimension. They allege that gunmen knock on doors and open bullets on residents. They also called for government’s quick intervention.

The residents, who are mostly women and children have taken refuge in some schools in Doma, Agyaragu, Agwatashi and Imon villages.

As a result of insecurity in Nasarawa, a police officer was also found dead in Adudu community of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa state on Tuesday, February 13. The policeman whose name was not disclosed was reportedly killed by some hoodlums. Nasarawa Police Public Relations Officer, Idrissu Kennedy confirmed the news of the death to Channels Television.

Seven Persons Killed In Nasarawa Fresh Attack

Seven persons were on Tuesday killed and two others injured in Kadarko Community of Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.

The attack is perceived to be a reprisal as it occurred after cattle rustlers killed 73 cows, injured 18 other cows in the same community on Sunday morning.

In the Tuesday attack, Yamadaga village in Kadarko community was invaded by the suspects as early as 1:00 a.m. to unleash mayhem, leaving seven persons dead and two others injured.

The State Governor Tanko Al-Makura has, however, paid a visit to the affected Kadarko community on Tuesday.

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He commiserated with the victims and assured that investigations will be carried out to bring the perpetrators to book.

Al-Makura also assured residents of the community that mobile police unit will be deployed immediately to help restore calm.

The angry crowd, however, resisted the governor’s assurance, chanting that the Nigerian Army should instead be deployed to their community to maintain peace and order.

As at the time of filing this report, homes in Kadarko community are currently deserted as thousands were seen fleeing the community.

Two persons were also reportedly kidnapped in Kadarko community in the Sunday attack.

The cattle rustlers invaded Kadarko community around 4:00 am shooting into the air and chasing other cows into the bush in the process.

The victims of the attack who were mostly herdsmen who claimed that the masterminds of the attack were Tiv farmers and that it was a reprisal attack.

Killings: IGP Visits Benue And Nasarawa Communities

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has visited some of the troubled villages in Benue and Nasarawa states, including Tunga, Guma and Logo.

His visit is part of efforts by the Federal Government to put an end to the incessant killings by suspected herdsmen.

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had alleged that militiamen attacking farmers in the state were camped in Tunga village of Awe local government area of Nasarawa state.

The police chief, however, debunked the claims but noted that adjustments will be made in mobile police deployments to border areas.

During the assessment visit, he also interacted with heads of affected communities, as well as displaced persons, assuring them of their safety.

Abducted Ex-Minister, Akwanga Regains Freedom

The former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Usaini Akwanga, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday has been released.

The former minister was forcefully taken away from his farm in Kurmin Tagwaye Village, Nasarawa State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abubakar Bello, however, confirmed the release.

“Yes, I got information at about 18:00 hours this evening that Alhaji Hussaini Zanwa Akwanga has been released by his captors and he looks hale and hearty but whether a ransom was paid or not, I am not aware. However, it is an unfortunate incident, we on our part, the Nasarawa State Police Command will surely take action to ensure that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book. As we did in other areas, we will surely also commence operations around that Akwanga area with the aim of routing them from those places, that we assure the good people of Nasarawa State.

“In the process of investigations and search and rescue, we made some arrests about five persons were arrested and they are undergoing interrogation,” he said.

A family source also confirmed the news to Channels Television saying that a ransom was paid before his release, although the amount was not disclosed.

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