Gunmen Kill 11 Farmers In Nasarawa

 

Gunmen have killed eleven farmers in Ajimaka village, a Tiv settlement of Ekye Development Area in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The President of Tiv Development Association (TIDA), Peter Ahemba told Channels Television that the gunmen invaded the community in the early hours of Saturday when the villagers were deep asleep shooting sporadically, resulting in the killing of 11 persons and many others injured.

“Some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Ajimaka community, as at the last count, eleven corpses have been recovered including women and children,” he said.

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He added that no fewer than 10,000 farmers fled the area, taking refuge in Kadarko, Doma, Ekye, and Rukubi communities in the state.

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the attack.

“On 24/4/2021 at about 0600hrs, information was received from overseer, Ekye Development Area that, on same date at about 0100hrs, unknown assailants attacked Ajimaka Village situated at Nasarawa/Benue boundary, Doka district of Doma LGA,” a statement signed by police spokesman Ramhan Nansel said.

“Upon receipt of the information, a joint team of Police and Military personnel were deployed to the scene where nine Corpses were recovered, each with multiple machete cuts.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal and investigation Department (SCID) to move to the area and conduct a comprehensive investigation inorder to unravel the misery behind the attack and arrest the perpetrators of the act.

“The Commissioner of Police hereby Condoles with families of the deceased and assure that, the Command will not rest until it brings the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.

“Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc (+) enjoins members of the public to assist the Police with useful information that will assist in the investigation and curtail crime in the State.”

Edo 2020: Team Nasarawa Attacked, One Feared Dead

 

Contingents of Team Nasarawa were ttacked by gunmen, on their way back from the recently concluded 20th National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Eche Amos, the armed robbers accosted the team at Akeleku village, some two kilometres after Kadarko town, along Makurdi-Lafia express road.

The 56-seater Team bus had rammed into the robbers who were already carrying out their nefarious act on other commuters on the highway on Thursday night, 15th April 2021.

The heavily armed robbers who appeared in military camouflage uniform had asked the Team Nasarawa bus driver and other occupants to descend from their vehicle as they got positioned to unleash mayhem.

But unknown to the men of the underworld, one of the escort officers attached to the Team Nasarawa contingent immediately opened fire, killing one of the gang members on the spot.

As the Team Nasarawa bus was escaping the operation scene, some of the hoodlums who were hiding inside the bush returned multiple gunfires, bursting the tyres and shattering the radiator of the bus, which led to the occupants of the vehicle, the majority of whom were athletes and coaches, scampering for safety.

More security reinforcements were immediately called and the ugly situation which lasted for over four hours was brought under control, as the entire Team Nasarawa contingent members were re-united unharmed and returned safely to their destination in Lafia, the State’s capital, in the early hours of today, Friday, 16th April, 2021, contrary to some social media reports that some members of the returning Team were injured and missing.

Team Nasarawa attended the biennial sports fiesta with a 210-member contingent, and featured in twenty-five(25) events, winning a total of twenty-two(22) medals at the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, with five Gold, four Silver and thirteen Bronze medals, to finish 18th on the medal table after fourteen days of sporting hostilities that saw Team Delta emerging overall best.

 

Governor Sule Swears In First Nasarawa Female Chief Judge, Bashir-Aliyu

The first female Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Aisha Bashir-Aliyu.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has sworn in the state’s first female Chief Judge, Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu.

Her swearing-in is coming after her confirmation by the Nigeria Judicial Council and screening by the State House of Assembly.

She had worked as an acting Chief Judge for three months.

Speaking further, Governor Sule asked the new Chief Judge to see her appointment as a litmus test, urging her to bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her onerous task.

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“As a Chief Judge you must realise that this is a call to serve the people and in carrying out your duties, I urge you to let the fear of God and public interest take precedence over personal preferences and inclinations,” he said.

After administering the oath of office on the new Chief Judge, Governor Sule reiterated his administration’s resolve to provide the needed impetus to strengthen relationships among organs of government.

The governor said he will continue to support the judiciary towards the quick dispensation of justice, disclosing that the government has okayed the increase in subvention of the judiciary to allow for the implementation of the harmonization law, as well as enhance allowances of magistrates and judges of Area Courts.

He also appealed to members of the Judicial Staff Union currently on strike, to return to work in the interest of the people.

Police Arrest Gunmen Who Kidnapped FRSC Officials

A police officer hold bunch of handcuffs at SARS headqurters in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Nigerian Police Force in Nasarawa State has arrested 40 suspected kidnappers including those who abducted some Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials.

The Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe announced this on Monday after a security meeting with traditional rulers, local government chairmen, and security chiefs in Lafia, the state capital.

The meeting was convened by the state governor Abdullahi Sule.

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“We have arrested about 40 kidnappers and we are investigating them. Those who kidnapped Federal Road Safety personnel at Maraban, they have been arrested.

“Some of the FRSC officials came from Sokoto and Abuja and they have identified the criminal elements that kidnapped them,” the police Commissioner said.

Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Bola Longe

 

He also assured of a sustained synergy with other security agencies to improve the security atmosphere of the state.

The FRSC officials were attacked and kidnapped in September 2020 while traveling in two buses from Sokoto and Kebbi command of the corps for a training programme at FRSC Academy, Udi, Abuja.

They were reportedly attacked at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege, Nasarawa State, at about 8 a.m and one of the officers in the vehicle died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital and four others were injured.

FRSC’s spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed that eight officers escaped unhurt with ten unaccounted for as they were allegedly kidnapped by the assailants.

Governor Sule Warns Criminals, Pledges To Work With Security Agencies In Nasarawa

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

 

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has promised to work with security agencies to arrest and prosecute criminal elements disturbing the peace in the state.

The governor stated this during the funeral prayers for Mohammed Hussein, the State Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association who was killed by unknown persons in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area.

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In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, the governor warned those bent on breaching the peace enjoyed in the state to turn a new leaf for the development of the society.

Speaking to sympathizers who thronged the residence Governor Sule expressed sadness over the killing but cautioned against reprisal attacks capable of worsening situations.

Governor Sule urged family of the deceased to remain faithful and take solace in God while assuring that his administration will continue to work hard at ensuring adequate security of lives and property in the state.

 

Polytechnic Protest: Nasarawa Assembly Vows To Punish Those Involved In Violence

Photo of Nasarawa Assembly

 

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has vowed to punish those involved in the violent protest at the Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic (IMAP) in Lafia.

The House has resolved to conduct a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the students’ protest.

Hon. Daniel Oga Ogazi, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology gave the assurance when the committee visited the management of the polytechnic in Lafia.

Oga Ogazi said that the visit was to get first-hand information from the management of the institution on the students’ protest that led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

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“First and foremost, we sympathise with you and the government over the protest that led to the destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.

“We thank God that no life was lost. We condemn the protest in its entirety.

“We are here on an oversight function in order to rub minds with you so as to get first-hand information on the students’ protest which will help us to carry out a thorough investigation.

“We will do our findings and make a report, an implementable report, we will ensure that those behind the act are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others, ” he said.

He assured that the management of the institution of the committee’s support to enable them to succeed in the overall development of the education sector.

” The target is to bring you down, we will not allow it. We will draw the attention of His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to support you in fixing the Information and Communication Technology( ICT) destroyed among other facilities,” he added

He commended the Rector of the polytechnic for following due process while discharging her duties and called for its sustenance.

The chairman advised alumni members of the school to partner with the management of the institution and government in order to bring speedy development to the institution.

Earlier, Dr. Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic commended the committee for being up and doing in improving the standard of education in the state.

” I want to commend you for sympathizing with us over the unfortunate protest.

” I want to disclose here that the allegation that the management has closed the school fees portal and increased school fees were false.

” We did not increase students’ school fees and we did not close the portal,” she said.

She explained how the school ICT is helping in payment of students’ school fees thereby blocking leakages in the institution.

The Rector commended Gov. Sule for supporting the activities of the school and called for its sustenance.

The committee had alongside management of the institution inspected the new and old administrative blocks, library, School of Engineering Technology, electrical/ installation workshop, ICT centre and security outpost among others destroyed by the students.

On March 11, 2021, students of the institution violently protested over the alleged closure of the school fees portal and increment in the fees by the school management leading to the destruction of properties.

Police Arrest Suspected Armed Robbers, Recover Arms In Nasarawa

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Police have arrested eight suspected armed robbers and recovered arms in Nasarawa State.

Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.

He said, “a distress call was received from Cajaah Mass Housing Estate that armed robbers numbering about Eight (8) were operating at the extreme of the Estate, close to a heavily forested area.

“Upon receipt of the information, Police personnel attached to Karshi Division swiftly raced to the scene where a gun duel ensued.

“Consequently, the hoodlums were dislodged through the combined efforts of the Police and the Estate`s security men, where two suspects namely: Zahradeen Mohammed `M` 19years (A tricyclist at old Karshi, and a Katsina State indigene) Dogo `M` of Mararaba whose real name is yet to be known, both with gunshot wounds were arrested and have been rushed to a Government Hospital for medical attention”.

Read Full Statement Below:

On 01/3/2021 at about 0143hrs, a distress call was received from Cajaah Mass Housing Estate that armed robbers numbering about Eight (8) were operating at the extreme of the Estate, close to a heavily forested area.

Upon receipt of the information, Police personnel attached to Karshi Division swiftly raced to the scene where a gun duel ensued.

Consequently, the hoodlums were dislodged through the combined efforts of the Police and the Estate`s security men, where two suspects namely: Zahradeen Mohammed `M` 19years (A tricyclist at old Karshi, and a Katsina State indigene) Dogo `M` of Mararaba whose real name is yet to be known, both with gunshot wounds were arrested and have been rushed to a Government Hospital for medical attention.

Meanwhile, the following exhibits were recovered from them: (I) one Infinix Phone (II) Iron cutter (III) Female jewelry (IV) A Dagger (V) Dangerous charms.
In another development, sequel to a case of armed robbery reported at `A` Division, Lafia on 21/12/2020 in which one Mr. Asom Faga `M` of Tudun Kauri, Lafia was attacked by unknown armed men and some of his properties carted away; on 26/2/2021 at about 1630hrs, Police personnel attached to the Command`s Anti Kidnapping unit led by CSP Cletus Anuforo while working on credible information trailed and arrested three suspects in connection to the case at their hideout in Makurdi, Benue State namely: Musa Umar `M` 26years, Sule Usman `M`23years, and Abdulhadi Sani `M` 25years.

Consequently, two locally fabricated revolver pistols, eleven rounds of 9mm live ammunition, six rounds of 5.65mm live ammunition and three gold-plated wristwatches were recovered from them as an exhibit.

The suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime and investigation is ongoing at State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.

The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc(+) further reassures members of the public that, the Command will continue to work assiduously until crime in the State is reduced to the barest minimum.

ASP RAMHAN NANSEL
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
NASARAWA STATE POLICE COMMAND

Heavily-Armed Herdsmen Sighted Around Nasarawa Border, Says Benue Govt

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

The Benue State Government says it has observed an influx of heavily-armed herdsmen at its border with Nasarawa state.

According to the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, an investigation into the herdsmen’s activities was prompted by an alarm raised by Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

Mr Sule last week had briefed President Muhamamdu Buhari about the activities of Boko Haram insurgents along his state’s borders with Benue.

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“We have continued to have challenges with a team of Boko Haram who were settled at the border with the FCT,” Sule said at the time. “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.”

Apparently, Governor Sule’s comment raised the Benue State Government’s security alert.

“There was a declaration by the Governor of Nasarawa State when he visited the Presidency that there is a deployment of Boko Haram insurgents to the boundary between Benue and Nasarawa state,” Deputy-Governor Abounu told reporters.

“As a result of this, we in Benue State, using our security agencies, decided to swing into action to find out the truth or otherwise of that declaration.

“While we are still investigating, we have been able to ascertain the fact that there appears to be a massive deployment of herdsmen with their cattle on the brink of River Benue but on the Nasarawa State bank.

“And we also observed that a good number of these herdsmen are heavily armed; many of them with Ak-47 rifles.

“As if this was not enough, we have been able to apprehend a good number of them in a village called Kaseyo, Guma local government of Benue State.

“On the 23rd of January, 150 cows belonging to these herdsmen were apprehended.”

NPFL 21: Plateau United End Nasarawa United Unbeaten Run

Plateau United Players Warming-up Before The Match Against Nasarawa United Picture Courtesy: @plateau_united

 

2017 Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Plateau United have beaten Nasarawa United 1-0 at the New Jos Stadium on matchday 7.

The win takes Plateau United to fifth on the log with 11 points and ends the unbeaten run of the Solid Miners who were unbeaten in six matches, winning 4 and recording 2 draws.

The northern derby was expected to produce some sparks and it did. Twelve minutes into the match, Abba Umar had a chance to give the hosts the lead but was stopped by his namesake, goalkeeper Danlami Umar.

Plateau United captain, Amos Gyang led by example with his dazzling runs and it paid off in the 36th minute when he sent in a delightful cross that located Mohammed Zulkifilu who scored with a fine header to ensure Coach Abdul Maikaba’s team takes the lead into the break.

That was Zulkifilu’s second goal of the season.

When play resumed, the coaches re-strategised with coach Bala Nikyu taking off Victor Okoro and introducing Ikenna Ofor while coach Maikaba introduced Sunday Anthony for Uche Onwuasoanya.

Nasarawa United striker, Chinedu Ohanachom who scored the matchday 6 winner in Ozoro tried to disturb the defence of Plateau United defence but the duo of Andrew Ikefe and Ibrahim Buhari were unshakened.

Isah Ndala was a rock in midfield for Plateau United and came so close to scoring a spectacular goal in the 60th minute when his audacious strike rattled the crossbar of the visitors. The replay showed goalkeeper Danlami Umar had his fingers on the ball before it struck the woodwork.

In a bid to keep the unbeaten run going, coach Bala Nikyu brought in Adamu Hassan for Aliyu Abdullahi while Bashir Umar replaced Haggai Katoh. Despite the changes, it was the Peace Boys who got so close to double their lead when Moses Effiong’s effort struck the woodwork again n the 78th minute.

Plateau United held on their lead till the end of the game to secure their third win of the season and a huge leap into the top five.

Despite the loss, Nasarawa United still tops the league table and will only drop if Rivers United beats Adamawa United on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

Army Arrests 66 Suspected Criminals, Loses Seven Personnel In Niger

Some suspected criminals paraded by the Commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the command’s headquarters at Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on December 23, 2020.

 

Sixty-six suspected criminals comprising of kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers, gunrunners, bandit collaborators, and informants have been arrested by the personnel of the Nigerian Army Four Special Forces Command.

The suspects were paraded on Wednesday by the Commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the command’s headquarters at Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

Ali said that the command has carried out operations in the North West, North East, and North Central, South-South, South West regions of the country after receiving credible information which led to the rest of several bandits and the killing of some gun runners.

He added that among the suspects, 41 of them are members of the late Benue militia leader, Terwase alias Gana, which also included his Chief Priest, Ugba Iorlumun.

“We have operated in Borno, Yobe, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger amongst other places. In Benue, we have arrested the Chief Priest of the late Criminal Terwase alias Gana, one of his men called ‘ Commander’s among others and razed the Shrine. While another criminal, Paul Duguma died in Katsina-Ala,” he said.

“In Niger State, Special Forces with 31 Artillery and the Nigerian Airforce, we neutralized kidnappers, destroyed the dens of Alhaji Damina, while the kidnappers killed each other due to rivalry between the camps of Alhaji Kawuwajo and Zagalo in Kamfanin Wayo, a boundary Village between Niger and Kaduna State.”

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Speaking further, the Commander regretted that seven personnel were killed during Operation Nut Cracker II, carried out in Kamfanin Bobi, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State where nine bandits were killed.

While reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure safety, the Commander said: “I want to assure you that we will continue to do our best to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens of this great nation.

“I urge all law-abiding citizens not to be intimidated by these criminals in providing actionable intelligence that will help the command to rid these troubled areas of bandits, terrorists, and their collaborators.”

COVID-19: Nasarawa Commissioner Goes Into Isolation After Perm. Sec. Tests Positive

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Tourism Dogo Shammah has gone into isolation.

This comes after the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Janet Angbazo tested positive for the coronavirus.

The commissioner was ordered by the acting governor of the state and chairman, COVID-19 Task Force Emmanuel Akabe to go into isolation for seven days.

The development is said to have sparked tension in the ministry and staff are currently undergoing tests.

Nasarawa Assembly Increases 2021 Budget By N2.8bn

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

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has increased the 2021 appropriation bill by 2.8billion naira making the initial 112.92billion naira presented by Gov. Abdullahi Sule now 115.7 billion naira.

The Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdulahi revealed the development of when the House deliberated and adopted the 2021 budget report of the House standing committee on Finance and Appropriation during proceedings in Lafia, Tuesday.

The speaker said the increase of the 2021 appropriation bill was due to the introduction of Engineering and Medical schools at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, insecurity among others.

He appreciated the house members for the deliberations and for adopting the reports of the committee for the overall development of the state.

” It is very salient for the committee to review some allocations due to their importance for example under the Nasarawa State University, the introduction of Engineering and medical school cause the increase of their allocation .

” This and many other factors necessitated the increase ”

” We recommend for approval and passage into law A Bill to Authorize the issuance from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the state the sum of N115, 722, 814, 343.31k only as the total budget for the year 2021.

” N53, 464,156, 917 only as recurrent expenditure and N55, 240,925,695 only as capital expenditure.

” Similarly, the committee recommends the sum of N7,017,732,031 only as Consolidated Revenue funds Charges, he said.

The speaker slated Monday, December 21st, 2020 for the third reading of the bill.

The Majority Leader of the House, Tanko Tunga moved for the adoption f the committee’s report after deliberations and Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader seconded the motion after Mohammed Okpoku and David Maiyaki added their voices.

The House unanimously adopted the report.

On Nov. 17, 2020, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State presented the 2020 budget proposal of N112. 92 billion to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.