The Nigeria Police today arraigned suspected railway vandals at the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
18 out of the 30 suspects earlier arrested were in court on however Justice Nehizena Afolabi adjourned the trial to July 7 for hearing and ordered that all suspects appear on the next date.
The police are charging the suspects for conspiracy, economic sabotage, and terrorism while the lawyer of the Chinese national is charged for aiding, facilitating, and abetment of terrorism for offering a bribe to the police to aid the escape of his client.
The police prosecutor Bale Nimnan said the Force is not treating the case with laxity.
“We have made arrests, we have investigated and we have charged. So we can’t just come to court without anything on the ground. The matter has been investigated, we believe we have a case that is why we are in court. We have a case and we will prove it.
“The President is trying to build formidable rail tracks and some Nigerians in collaboration with other foreign Nationals and companies are sabotaging our efforts. We have a case and we will prosecute diligently,” Nimnan said.
On his part, counsel to some of the defendants, Innocent Lagi said he is hoping for success.
“We hope that through this process both the system and everybody is given an opportunity for justice.
“An allegation remains an allegation until it is proven. We are hoping that the high-sounding allegations are not taken as proved. So we are looking forward to a trial and we are hoping that at the end of the day that we will succeed,” Lagi stated.
The Nasarawa State government said it will invoke the ‘no work, no pay’ rule for civil servants who are on strike in the state.
This formed part of the resolutions taken on Tuesday at an expanded emergency security meeting chaired by the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government (SSG), Mohammed Aliyu, explained that the meeting was convened to find ways to amicably resolve the concerns raised by the striking workers.
He stated that while the government recognised the right of workers in the state to embark on strike, it was important for the organised labour to carry out its activities within the confines of the law.
Aliyu said the state government was shocked by the action of the organised labour, especially the indefinite strike, as well as the picketing of offices, thereby depriving workers of gaining access to their offices.
He added that the government has directed permanent secretaries at the various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to open attendance registers with a view to actualising the no-work-no-pay rule.
According to the SSG, the government remains open to dialogue with the organised labour in the state.
He, however, noted that the government has directed security agencies to deploy their personnel to all MDAs with a view to restoring law and order.
Aliyu said the state government would seek legal interpretation of the action of the organised labour in court and called on the people to remain law-abiding.
He commended members of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) for their refusal to join the ongoing strike.
Read the statement issued by the SSG below:
Sequel to the indefinite industrial action declared by the Organised Labour in Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Governor of Nasarawa State convened an emergency expanded Security Meeting with critical stakeholders with a view to finding an amicable resolution to their plight.
As a responsive government, the meeting deliberated on the earlier agreements and interventions on the grievances tabled by the Organised Labour since the assumption of office of the present Administration in 2019.
The government in order to address issues raised, set up various Committees to look into the implementation of promotions, minimum wage, percentage payment of salaries and pension as well as arrears of salaries inherited from the previous Administration.
Despite the lean resources accruing to the State and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the national and global economy, the government fulfilled its obligations by consistent payment of 100% salaries and pension to the State Civil Servants, payments of two (2) trenches of the 2016 arrears and full implementation of new minimum wage among others.
Consequent upon the above endeavour, the government is dismayed by the action of the Organised Labour to embark on the indefinite strike action, especially the picketing of offices thereby depriving workers of gaining access to their offices. This is in spite of concerted efforts by the government to remedy the situation through amicable resolutions.
Accordingly, the government resolved as follows:
o While the government is not opposed to the strike action embarked by the Organized Labour, it, however, enjoined them to operate within the confine of the Law;
o Government appreciate the patriotism of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) for refusing to participate in the strike action;
o Government observed with concerned the arbitrary action of the Organised Labour by denying workers who are unwilling to join the strike access to their offices;
o Government expresses its desire for continuous engagement and dialogue with the Organised Labour. In this regard, an 11-Man High Powered Committee has been constituted;
o Government has directed the Security Agencies to deploy personnel to Man all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in order to maintain Law and Order in the State;
o Government has also taken a position to seek legal interpretation of the action of the Organised Labour through the Industrial Court;
o Government directed Permanent Secretaries to open attendance registers in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the State; and
o Government has also resolved to invoke the principles of “No-Work-No-Pay”.
On this note, the government is therefore calling on the people of Nasarawa State to continue to remain law-abiding and be supportive of the policies and programmes of the present Administration.
The police authorities in Nasarawa State have killed a suspected armed robber and arrested a wanted cultist and serial killer in the state.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, the suspected cultist, Oodo Moro alias Papa Shokey is said to be the leader of Black Axe confraternity in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Having relocated to Karu local government area of Nasarawa State, the police spokesman said the suspect was seen recruiting and initiating youths into his criminal cult group in preparation for a reprisal attack on a rival cult group in Benue state.
“In reaction to this unsavoury development, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe psc (+) ordered a full-scale manhunt to catch him and arrest the tide of this unwholesome scenario,” the suspect partly read.
“It is heart-warming to note however that, this manhunt paid off on 28/5/2021 at about 0945hrs when Police operatives attached to New Karu Division busted the notorious cultist and serial killer (Oodo Moro alias Papa Shokey) in his hideout at unity garden, Karu LGA of Nasarawa State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspect has been on the wanted list of the Benue State Police Command and the IGP Intelligence Response Team over several cases of armed robbery, culpable homicide and cultism.”
The suspect was said to have confessed to the killing of over eight persons and participated in numerous armed robbery activities in Nasarawa and Benue states respectively before he was arrested.
Reacting, the Commissioner of Police directed that, the case should be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for extensive investigation.
In another development, a distress call was received by the personnel of Police Mobile Force of the Nasarawa State Command on special duty at Kadarko, Keana LGA that, armed robbers had blocked Lafia-Makurdi road and unsuspecting travellers are being dispossessed of their personal belongings.
Upon receipt of the information, the police operatives swiftly mobilised to the scene where a gun duel ensued and, in the process, one yet to be identified suspected armed robber was fatally wounded and one locally fabricated gun was recovered from him; he was rushed to Odumu hospital where he died while receiving treatment.
The police boss commended the operatives of the State Police Command for their doggedness and urged them to sustain the tempo, until the state is rid of criminals.
The police have arrested three security personnel for vandalising sections of the railways in Nasarawa State.
The arrested personnel are from the Nigerian Police and from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Also arrested was Samuel Asoloko, personnel of the Nigerian Legion, as well as a Chinese Nationale Marra Thai.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on infrastructure, Yusuf Abubakar Musa, a former Supervisory Councillor on the Education of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area, Mohammed Isiaka and Samuel Shagbaor, a principal technical officer of the railway corporation covering the Agyaragu area of the state were also arrested.
The state Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe disclosed this when he paraded them alongside other suspected criminals at the police headquarters in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday.
Mr. Nathaniel Bob, the Legal Adviser to the Chinese company is also in the net of the police for attempting to bribe the police with 600,000 to secure the release of his client which was rejected by the police.
The police boss said, “Nathaniel Oba ‘M’ 48yrs – Principal Partner Nathoba & CO a law chamber in Benin city and the legal adviser to Yong Xing Steel Company Nigeria Limited offered six hundred thousand naira cash to bribe the investigating team of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to secure the release of his client”
He added that the politicians and two other persons Yusuf Ahmed and Abubakar Nuhu who are owners of trailers used to transport the stolen railway slippers tried to bribe the police with 160,000 naira to allow for the release of their vehicles but are not in custody for conspiracy.
Mr Longe stated that the feat was achieved after the command developed an anti-vandalism template to checkmate activities of vandals across the state.
“Based on the information at the disposal of the Nasarawa State Police Command from multiple sources, which all indicated that criminal elements have turned the Nigerian railway tracks that traverse some major cities and villages in Nasarawa State en route to Benue state to gold mines where they vandalise and cart away rail tracks/slippers.
“Consequently, the State Police command developed a strategic anti-vandalism template to arrest the tide of this unwholesome scenario.
“It is gratifying to note, however, that, this template paid off on 16/5/2021 at about 0130hrs and 24/5/2021 at about 0300hrs respectively when police operatives swooped on the vandals at their theatre of operation while vandalising and carting away railway tracks/slippers along Agyaragu Tofa in Lafia LGA and Angwan Alago of Kadarko district in Keana LGA”.
The police boss added that the Chinese Nationale Marra Thai who manages a steel company in Tungan Maje of Nigeria Capital Abuja in disguise is the criminal receiver through his procurement officer Jacob Terlumun.
“Preliminary investigation into these cases so far has revealed that it is a grand conspiracy involving high net worth individuals who act as sponsors and drivers of various syndicates which specialise in vandalising Nigerian railway tracks/slippers in different parts of Nasarawa State notably: Gudi-Lafia-Akeleku-Makurdi railway line.
“This is a classic case of sabotage being perpetrated by unpatriotic Nigerians including some personnel of security agencies who are employed by the state to protect lives and property.
“This criminal circus is sustained and kept alive by companies who process steel/iron scraps and mostly owned by foreign nationals who make wrongful gains at the expense of the national interest”, Longe Said.
Exhibits recovered are One Falker Mercedes Benz Truck with registration number LFA 636 ZX loaded with vandalised rail tracks/slippers one DAF with registration number T-1726 LA trailer loaded with vandalised rail tracks/slippers, the sum of one hundred and sixty thousand naira (N160,000) offered as bribe to secure the release of the vehicle, two white Peugeot J5 buses – one of which is ladened with vandalised rail tracks with registration number XU 790 ENU ENUGU and QAP 654 XA respectively.
The police added that investigations into the case are still ongoing at State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
“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.”