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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Nasarawa Govt To Partner China On Agriculture, Other Sectors

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has sought for partnership between the state and China in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals development and real estate.

This was one of the issues at the front burner when the governor in company of some executive members visited the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjiang at the Chinese embassy in Abuja.

The visit according to the governor was to introduce Nasarawa State and business opportunities that abound in the state formally to the Chinese government.

“It is not out of place if I come to pay you this special courtesy and introduce our state and also the potentials that Nasarawa State has in order to collaborate with any investor or entrepreneur that is interested in the potentials that Nasarawa State has.”

Furthermore, the governor explained to the Chinese ambassador that the state is business-friendly and has a number of ventures that China can key into for mutual benefit.

“I would like to use this opportunity to assure your excellency that Nasarawa State is available and is ready to collaborate with the republic of China in all kinds of endeavours agriculture, mining, real estate and the rest of them.

“We will also not mind if there is a particular collaboration or relationship that you can arrange the government in China so that we can have some affinity with smaller units of government to expand the scope of our relationship.

“Nasarawa State is engaged now with the promotion of real estate within the corridor of the Federal capital territory. We are facilitating the availability of land so that we can decongest the FCT and with the smart city concept, the new line will be developed with the smart city idea. That is why I am inviting investors from China who are interested in real estate,” Almakura stated.

Al-Makura Tasks Media On Professionalism

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

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, has asked media outfits in the state to uphold the ethics guiding the profession.

The governor made the appeal when he presented two vehicles to Radio Nigeria, Precious FM, Lafia.

He said the gesture was a way of recognizing the professionalism of the radio station and its respect for the codes and ethics of journalism.

Aside the donation, he averred that he would soon embark on the construction of access road to the radio station in order to ease their hardship.

“As a matter of fact, I am doing this because one, it is a federal outfit and we are all part of the federation and a situation where they are having some challenges, we at the state level should come handy to support them. Two, am giving this vehicle given their timely, professional and efficient discharge of their responsibilities and they have been a station that has stood out amongst all their peers within the zone”

Appreciating the gesture, the General Manager, Musa Abdullahi opined that the action of the governor will renew the vigour of his staff to be focused on programmes that are in tandem with his agenda.

“We thank you for this, I assure you that we will not dissapoint you,” he said.

Al-Makura Donates Vehicles To FRSC

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The Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura has donated vehicles to the state sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

While handing over the vehicles at the government house in Lafia, he said the gesture is in support of activities of the corps in road administration.

The donation is coming after the governor donated a building to the sector to ensure an enabling environment.

“Some of our support to your organisation, a bus to convey your staff from one place to another and a refurbished ambulance bus to support and augment the good work you are doing with regards to handling issues of those involved in accidents on our highways.

“Only two weeks ago i was able to donate an office complex for you and also made a commitment to refurbish the office in such a manner that it befits the status of the head quarters of the state sector of the federal road safety commission. As a matter of fact we are making these donations and supports because we have confidence in your efforts to improve the quality of road administration.

“There could be no appreciation and better acknowledgement for such a good and efficient disposition of an officer more than to recognise and also support your activities.

“I believe with the allocation of these vehicles and the office complex your efficiency and efficacy of your activities in Nasarawa State will be taken to the highest level.”

Appreciating the gesture, the Nasarawa State sector commandant Foustina Alegbe said the gesture will spur them to do more.

“We pledge that we will put in our best, we will continue to improve in what we have done. So with this we will make sure that we are seen on the roads, roads traffic crashes are immediately evacuated form the highways and when there are obstructions the road we would quickly move them out,” he added.

NSCDC Nab Fake Health Practitioner In Nasarawa

NSCDC Discover Vandalism Activities Along Abia, Rivers State BoundaryThe Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a suspected fake medical practitioner in Iwashi, Doguo of Sarkin Dawaki ward in Doma Local Government Area.

This was disclosed to journalists by the commandant of the Corps, Bashir Lawal Kano who said the arrest was as a result of complaints received from the public.

He said the suspect named Jonathan Sidi Ibrahim, 30, had been operating an unregistered clinic called Abrason Destiny Clinic in Doma LGA.

According to the commandant, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect in 2015 transfused unscreened, untested and HIV infected blood to 6 years old Emmanuel Alaku who is now HIV positive.

“The command is of the view that if such persons are not made to face the full wrath of the law, there will be increased cases of untimely deaths, occasioned by fake medical treatment,” Bashir said.

He, therefore, asked residents to be vigilant and wary of fake medical practitioners adding that they should not hesitate to report them to security agencies for prompt action.

Kano also explained that “the corps in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health and the Nasarawa State chapter of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria would ensure that the suspect who is in their custody is prosecuted before the appropriate court to answer the full charge against him.”

Al-Makura Urges APC Members To Remain Resolute

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

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura has urged members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to remain resolute in upholding the ideals of the party.

He was speaking when he swore in a Special Adviser at the Government House in Lafia.

“I have no doubt in my mind, PDP or no PDP our chances in Nasarawa for any election for a long time to come is a forgone success. I believe that given the category of people handling the party, given the caliber of people that are within the political responsibilities in the state, Nasarawa State has come of age to start delivering those time tested dividends of democracy that people have been seeing as if they are dreams. They will come to reality because of the kind of people that we have at the helm of affairs.

“I urge all members of the All Progressives congress in Nasarawa state to be committed, to be resolute, to be firm, to be focused as the better days are yet to come for the people of Nasarawa state,” he added.

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Nasarawa Police Talks Tough On Proliferation Of Firearms

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Nasarawa State Police Command has given residents in possession of illegal firearms 30 days grace period to surrender them or risk prosecution.

The State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, was speaking during a press briefing at the Police Headquarters in Lafia, the state capital.

“The Nasarawa Police command observed with dismay the proliferation of firearms in the state after due consultations with the governor, a 30 day’ period of grace is given to persons in possession of firearms illegally to surrender them or risk arrest or prosecution.

“After the expiration of the period of grace, the Command in conjunction with other sister security agencies will embark on a special operation to clamp down on persons in possession and anybody arrested will face the wrath of the law.”

During the briefing, 25 suspected criminals apprehended for various offenses comprising of armed robbery, culpable homicide, rape, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms were paraded.

He said he believed that the rate of crime has reduced within the months of April and May, however, he assured the people of his relentless efforts.

“Major operational successes recorded in the first quarter, I believe accounted for the drastic drop in crime rate within the period under review. This notwithstanding, I want to assure the good people of Nasarawa State that we will not rest on our oars until crime rate is brought further down to the barest minimum.

“We shall continue to adjust our crime fighting strategies with the aim of achieving more success.”

He also disclosed that the Command will adopt intelligence-led policing, visibility policing and community-based participatory policing.
“This time around the emphasis is going to be more on intelligence-led policing, visibility policing as well as community-based participatory. These strategies are nothing new but we just want to make sure we utilise them very well for optimal results.”

He further called on residents to assist the Command with useful information that will lead to the arrest of those in possession of firearms, manufacturers and those buying and selling firearms.

Exhibits during the parade include Ak 49 riffles, locally fabricated guns, calibres of ammunitions, vehicles, motorcycles among others.

Nasarawa Govt. Urges Support For Proposed Dangote Sugar Plantation

Communities in Awe Local Government Area have called for support for Dangote sugar factory which is located in the area in order to boost their economic base.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture, Muhammad Jameel Zakari, drummed the support during a meeting with stakeholders from the locality in Lafia, the state capital.

According to organisers, the meeting was basically to discuss two issues affecting the community, the need for people of the area to support Dangote sugar factory and the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Commissioner called on the people to support the government to achieve the realisation of the project.

“It is about the entire community mobilising support for the initiative. We need to take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime, give the government the necessary support in order to ensure that the investment takes place in a friendly atmosphere,” he said.

The meeting which is the first of its kind brought together representatives from 10 electoral wards of Awe LGA.

Nasarawa To Get Steady Power Supply – Commissioner

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The Nasarawa State Government has moved to tackle the epileptic power supply grappling the state for over 20 years.

This was disclosed to Channels Television by the State Commissioner of Works, Wada Yahaya.

According to the Commissioner, “The state is on the verge of a steady supply soon. Nasarawa State since its creation in 1996 has been grappling with epileptic power supply.

“This has no doubt affected its economy as the use of generating sets is the only option for businesses to thrive.”

An auto painter, Nnamdi Nwosu, and a printer, Lawrence Maianguwa, speaks on their challenges and seek a headway.

“Well greatly it has affected us seriously, on a daily basis I almost run my business on petrol that is generator precisely and in a day I use up to 10 litres of petrol, so you can imagine times it by six days of the week and you will know what it is.

“For someone to depend on generator, it really affects the person because by the time you do your cost of production it affects you if you are to add it to what you are selling, customers will not be finding it easy to patronise you based on the cost,” Nnamdi said.

“It affects my business because sometimes even if I have a challenge on my generator, my customers have to wait until I go and repair it because I don’t have two generators and the cost of fuel is another challenge in the business. It is our earnest prayer that the government should do something about it. We don’t know even the electricity companies will give us bill without light, even if they give us light, it is not strong. The government should do something about it because it will also help us,” Lawrence said.

Nevertheless, the government said it is not resting on its oars as it has moved to tackle the problem through a synergy with the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).

The governor said the project is a fulcrum for industrial development.

“This project to us in Nasarawa State is a cash cow, is a fulcrum, is a foundation, is a springboard for industrial, economic and commercial development. Every citizen of Nasarawa State is only waiting for NIPP to commence this project”, he said.

However, the Commissioner of Works assured of a steady supply when the project is completed.

“Lafia is the only state capital that is being fed with 33KVA so the entire Lafia is relying on that. You can imagine when 330KVA is dropped and with the fact that it is going to be the biggest in northern Nigeria with double of 100 by 150MVA and 4 off 60MVA.

“I think we will have more than enough and with the assurance of the company, it will be a mini-generation plant because the power will be transported back to Abuja and other areas instead of us consuming from Abuja. So the issue of having sufficient power I think it is an understatement,” he Said.

Residents of the state and business owners are anticipating that after completion the project businesses will come alive which in turn will boost the economy of the state.

Nasarawa Govt. To Refurbish Science Schools

SchoolThe Nasarawa State Government is set to reposition science schools across the state through the provision of equipment which will aid effective teaching and learning.

The Commissioner of Education, Ahmed Tijjani, said this after a visit to the Government Science Schools in Obi and Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Areas (LGAs).

He noted that the provision of new science equipment was imperative because of the obsolete state of equipment in the schools, which he said cannot give requisite output.

“The government will do something to ensure that we bridge the gap because I can see a very serious gap in terms of the equipment, the library and some of the structures, particularly at the Government Science School in Obi Local Government Area.

“Government is going to do something in terms of structures and the equipment that are required in our own laboratories for all the science schools, to ensure that our students are well equipped and able to write their examinations comfortably”, he said.

The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Obi LGA, Sa’adatu Yahaya, who accompanied the Commissioner during the visit, noted that the school has become a shadow of itself.

“It is very disheartening, but what gladdens my heart is that the Commissioner of Education is here. He has seen everything for himself and I know he will pass the message to the Governor and there will be immediate intervention.

“It has actually been a problem, the school has been dilapidated for a very long time, there has been no maintenance culture and we really need government intervention,” she said.