Governor Rewards Police Officer With House, N1million

The Governor of Ebonyi state, Martin Elechi, has rewarded a Police Corporal from Nasarawa state with a brand new house and N1million for intercepting a robbery attempt on a bank in 2009 while serving as a police officer in Ebonyi state.

Mr Elechi, who was in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital to hand over a three bedroom flat constructed by the Ebonyi state government to the corporal, stated that this was done in appreciation of the officer’s exceptional commitment to duty.

The Governor also donated 1,000 bags of rice to widows of the security operatives who were killed in Alakyo community in Nasarawa state.

Boko Haram Amnesty Committee Visit Nasarawa Over Ombatse Cult Killings

The federal government says it will grant amnesty to only members of Boko Haram who genuinely contribute to ensure that peace returns to the North.

Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution Security Challenges in the North and Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, stated this when the committee visited Nasarawa state as part of efforts to check uprising in the state.

The committee noted that, even though no act of terrorism has been recorded in the state, the ugly incident of the Ombatse ethnic militia, deserves federal government’s attention in finding lasting solution to the crisis.

The committee sought to know the remote cause of the crisis that led to the killing of security operatives in Alakyo community with the state Governor Tanko Almakura, who revealed that over 1,000 youths had dispossessed 10 security operatives of their weapons while trying to inquire what he called unlawful gathering by the youths in 2011.

Meanwhile, a delegation of four governors from the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), led by its chairman, Babangida Aliyu of Niger state, were also in the state to condole the government and people of Nasarawa state on the killing of security operatives in Alakyo community by the Ombatse militia.

Fighting Insurgency Is Not A Wedding Ceremony – Analyst

A Nigerian journalist with Blue Print Newspaper, Jibrin Ndace, has accused security agencies in Nigeria of underrating the insurgents in Nasarawa State and failing to have tangible intelligence report on the area before deploying agents.

Mr. Ndace who was on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, describes the killing of 20 police officers by an cult turned militia group, Ombatse, based in the northern state, as “unfortunate”.

Mr. Ndace says the event was unfortunate, adding that “it is left for security agents to understand the particular ground (they have been deployed to) and know how to approach it.

“The security agents … when going on operation such as the one in Nasarawa must understand what is called the grounds and terrains.”

Mr. Ndace maintains that the security agents underrated their opponents because “it is also the duty of the security agents to have intelligence report on this group before they deploy their men,” in the first place.

“Going for a battle is not a wedding ceremony,” he adds.

He says that from his findings, the Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Al-Makura had made attempts to find a lasting solution to the insurgency but after a year of dislodging the group, they reinforced and emerged with a new name, Ombatse, meaning ‘it is out turn.’

He says the meaning of the name has high implications, consisting of political undertones.

He also says that the Federal Government has to be very decisive in its decision-making effort.

“Government at all levels must be very decisive and take right decisions.”

Mr. Ndace, is of the view that the federal government should do more to win the battle by empowering security agents and equipping them.

He adds that there should be a counter ideology to what the rebels believe in, in order to stall attempts to propagate their beliefs and attract more followership.

He also suggests that the FG tour the country as much as possible in order to engage the think tanks who will help with a better understanding of the country.


Police Appeal For Information On Nasarawa Killings

As part of efforts to encourage a wider and communal participation in the investigation of the recent killing of police men in Nasarawa state, the Police High Command has established a dedicated telephone line for members of the public who may wish to provide vital and useful information to the Police.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP); Mohammed Abubakar, appealed to Nigerians who may be in possession of information that could aid on–going investigation not to hesitate in providing such information to the police.

He promised that all such information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.

A statement igned by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer; Mr Frank Mba, enjoined Nigerians to send such information can be provided the email: [email protected] or via phone number 07066228200.

The police boss noted that an attack on the security forces of any nation is an attack on the entire nation and he appealed to Nigerians to support the police as it strives to tackle this and other security challenges facing the nation.

Meanwhile, in a bid to ameliorate the plight of the dependents and family members of the slain police officers, the IGP has ordered the immediate relocation of the Force Welfare Officer, DCP Abiodun Ige from Force Headquarters to Nasarawa State to enable her effectively and speedily coordinate all welfare related issues touching on the families of the late officers, including but not limited to the payment of all statutory and relevant compensations.

The IGP appeals for patience and understanding of family and friends of the slain officers, particularly as it relates to the issue of the release of the bodies of the officers, promising that all corpses will be released as soon as preliminary inquiries are concluded.

Meanwhile, the AIG in charge of Zone 4 (covering Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States) AIG Mike Zuokumor has on the orders of the IGP relocated to Nasarawa State to coordinate all ongoing operations relating to the incident.

Lawmaker Begs Police To Forgive Militia That Killed Over 60 Police Officers In Nasarawa

A member of the House of Representatives; Joseph Kigbu on Thursday urged the House to appeal to authorities of the Nigeria Police Force to forgive the militia group; Ombatse, that killed over 60 police officers in an ambush in Nasarawa state.

Representative Kigbu urged the militia to embrace peace and find an amicable solution to the crisis that has claimed an untold number of lives.

The House leadership also urged the force to let go of any plan to retaliate against the killing its personnel by a suspected cult group.

Lawmakers condemned the attack on the police officers who were ambushed on a mission to dislodge the group, but urged restraint. They pledged to institute a team to reach out to the spouses of the slain officers.

Leading the debate on the killings, Mr Kigbu stated that within six months, the state has lost many people as a result of similar clashes.

He urged the federal government and Nasarawa state government to dialogue with the group involved in the killings instead of retaliating.

“We cannot condone it anymore as the crisis if not checked will stretch to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” Mr. Haruna warned.

IG Orders AIGs,’ CPs’ To End ‘Reign of Terror and Lawlessness’

The Nigerian Police Force has condemned the killing of 46 police men in what it described as an “unprovoked and brutal killing of scores of policemen” who were on legitimate assignment in Nasarawa state.

A statement by the Deputy Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba said “this disturbing, condemnable and highly distressing incident, coming closely after similar ones in Bayelsa and Borno states, have thrown up new and emerging threat in the policing of the country”.

According to the statement “the police consider the attack not just an attack on the Nigeria Police and its officers and men but an attack on the collective will of Nigerians to protect and preserve the country”.

Consequently, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has “directed all its field commanders and special units including assistant inspectors-general of police and commissioners of police to harness all it resources available within their domain in ensuring that this reign of terror and lawlessness is brought to an end”.

Army Arrests16 Suspected Oil Vandals In Abuja

The Nigerian Army has apprehended 14 tankers said to be carrying crude oil stolen from a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abaji local government in Abuja.

Briefing journalist in Abuja, the Commandant, Guards Bridgade Battalion, Brigadier General Emmanuel Atewe said the tankers, which belonged to one Mr. Joseph Ameachi, were arrested in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state.

Ameachi, he added, tried to bribe his way out of the situation with the sum of N140, 000, however confessed during investigation that the he and other members of his syndicate broke and syphoned the crude product from pipelines belonging to the NNPC  in Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

Speaking further, General Atewe said, Mr. Amaechi was arrested alongside 15other suspects and one AK 47 riffle and a magazine gun.

The suspect will be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.

The tankers were seized on their Kano state in the north western part of Nigeria.

Nasarawa Governor Signs N110.4 billion 2013 Budget

Governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko al-Makura has approved N110, 483, 673, 000 as the state budget for the year 2013.

Governor al-Makura who signed the appropriation bill at the parade ground in Lafia, the state capital also announced the creation of two development areas and 10 additional chiefdoms as part of efforts to bring government closer to the people.

The governor however appealed to the people of the state to embrace peace and shun violence saying no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and violence.

Deputy Governor of the state and a former minister of works, Damishi Luka restated the need for governance to be taken to the people. They both agreed that the state can experience development when the people can feel the impact of good governance.

The bills signed include the Appropriation Act for 2013, Local Government Amendment Law, Creation of Additional Chiefdoms, Law for the College of Selectors of Chun Mada, State Wildlife Park and Zoo Law, and the Anti-Stigmatization Law.

Students’ Protest: Nasarawa Governor Suspends Water Board GM

The Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Almakura has suspended the General Manager of the state water board, Safiyanu Ibrahim.

Mr. Ibrahim’s suspension is not unconnected to the protest embarked on by the students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, which resulted in the death of four students and disruption of free flow of traffic along Keffi-Abuja-Lafia road on Monday.

The slain students were among other protesting the scarcity of electricity and water in the school.

During the protest, some soldiers reportedly invaded the school and started firing shots which claimed the lives of four students.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ilyasu Yakubu, the government said it has commenced investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the protest.

The statement added that Governor Almakura also directed the most senior officer in the state water board to cover the affairs of the board pending the determination of the investigation.

House queries ministry officials over N3.3 billion road contracts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has queried the Ministry of Works over alleged irregularities in the award of two road contracts valued at over N3.3bn.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Solomon Adeola, said on Sunday that one of the contracts was the N1.045bn Nsukka-Adani Road in Enugu State.

He added that the second contract was sited in Nasarawa State and valued at N2.3bn.

Adeola said the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation had earlier raised queries on the contracts and forwarded its report to the PAC.

The lawmaker noted that the committee observed a curious “overpayment” of N22m to contractors for the Nsukka-Adani Road in 2006 – two years after the project was abandoned in 2004.

“How come the Federal Ministry of Works issued certificates for further payments to the contractors in 2005 and 2006 even though the contract was terminated in 2004?

“There has to be explanations for this overpayment; it is curious,” he said.

In the case of the road in Nasarawa State, he said the state government initially awarded it for N77m, but it was later taken over by the Federal Government and re-awarded for N2.3bn.

Tribal clash kills 7 in Nasarawa as 14 houses are razed

About seven people have been killed and 14 houses burnt in Obi local government area of Nasarawa state in renewed clashes between Koro and Eggon tribesmen in Nasarawa state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, who confirmed the killing, stated that several houses were also destroyed by fire during the hostilities between the two tribes in Gwadanye area of Agyaragu.

The constituency office of the Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Elisha Agwadu, was among those razed.

Some of the casualties are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital in Lafia, the state capital, north central Nigeria.

Ritualists kill seven year old boy in Nasarawa

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command of the State Security Service (SSS) has paraded two men who allegedly killed a seven year old boy in Nasarawa state for ritual purpose.

Assistant Director, Operations of the Service, Mister Ibrahim Halilu said the two men, John Yakubu and Ishaya Dakulung were arrested on Sunday afternoon in the Asokoro district of the FCT with the fresh human head while they were looking for a buyer.

Mister Halilu who said the suspects will soon be charged to court, warned parents to closely monitor the movement of their children during the holiday period in order to forestall the activities of evil minded persons.

One of the suspect, John Yakubu who spoke in Hausa said the victim who is an only child of his parents was lured to a river side in New Karshi, Nasarawa state, before severing his head from his body while his partner, Ishaya Dakulung claimed that he was only helping his friend to get a buyer with a promise of being paid  N250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand naira).