Gunmen Release Nasarawa LG Chairman, Police Arrest Three Suspects

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom,

 

Gunmen have released the Chairman of Keffi Local Government, Muhammed Baba Shehu, the police authorities said on Sunday.

Shehu and his aide regained their freedom in the early hours of Sunday, following sustained pressure from the combined team of security personnel.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Rahman Nansel, confirmed the release to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

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He said Shehu and his aide were released unhurt, adding that the police operatives arrested three suspects in connection with the incident.

The suspects were said to be on their way to collect ransom and are assisting the authorities in the ongoing investigation into the abduction.

This is coming two days after the victims were whisked away by the gunmen.

The perpetrators blocked the Akwanga/Keffi road on Friday night, shooting sporadically in the air, and in the process shot the Chairman’s orderly while carrying out the abduction.

Shehu and his entourage were on their way to Lafia from Keffi when the incident occurred.

Unfortunately, the security detail of the Chairman, Alhassan Habeeb, was killed in the attack and has since been buried Saturday according to Islamic rites.

Buhari Visits Nasarawa To Commission Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari cut the tape at the Lafia cargo airport during the commissioning on Thursday,

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is on an official visit to Nasarawa state to commission some projects executed by the Federal and State governments.

He arrived in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital around 10:00am on Thursday.

The President will first inspect the Lafia cargo airport before inaugurating other projects.

He was received by the state governor Abdullahi Sule and other dignitaries in the state.

Governor Sule, earlier on Tuesday announced that the President is expected to visit the country and urged residents in the State to turn out en-masse to receive the President.

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He listed some of the projects expected to be commissioned to include Loko-Oweto Bridge, CBN complex, Federal Secretariat complex, and Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi dual carriageway.

Others are Nasarawa Vocation and Skills Acquisition Institute, Karu and Lafia Bus Terminal, Keffi Square, and Neighbourhood Market.

Four Nasarawa Varsity Students Regain Freedom

 

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom, the school authorities said on Sunday.

The students were kidnapped on Thursday night by gunmen around the university’s campus.

In a statement, the institution’s Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Abubakar Ibrahim, said the students who were kidnapped outside the university premises were released on Saturday.

“The management of the Federal University of Lafia wishes to happily wishes to happily announce that the students of the university who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, have been released by their abductor,” the statement read.

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Ibrahim extended the appreciation of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shehu AbdulRahman, to the Nasarawa State Government and the general public for their concern and support during the period.

According to him, the students have undergone medical checks and are found to be in good condition to resume their studies.

While reiterating the commitment of the university to safeguarding the interests of the students to forestall a reoccurrence in the future, Ibrahim added that the Vice-Chancellor has called on staff and students to remain calm and to go about their normal duties.

Buhari Condemns ‘Senseless’ Killing Of 45 Farmers In Nasarawa Communities

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the murder of 45 farmers following renewed attacks in Lafia, Obi, and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa State.

In a statement by a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader reiterated his government’s resolve to tackle insecurity in the country.

“I assure the people with all seriousness and sensitivity that this administration is doing its best to safeguard the security of people and will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.

President Buhari, who also sent his condolences to the affected families, the state, and the nation over the incident, however, “expressed satisfaction with the immediate response of the State government to the incident”.

The Nasarawa Police Command said the violence erupted on Friday and continued until Sunday. They initially gave a death toll of eight, with other sources suggesting many more had been killed.

Two Nasarawa Doctors, Pregnant Woman Die Of Lassa Fever

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

 

Two doctors and a pregnant woman have died of Lassa fever in Nasarawa State.

The Director of Public Health of the state Ministry of Health, Ibrahim Adamu confirmed their death to Channels Television on Wednesday via a phone conversation.

He said based on activities conducted on the outbreak response, the doctors are suspected to have contracted the disease from a pregnant woman which both of them operated on recently at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital.

The woman died of a bleeding disorder associated with fever, which brings the number of Lassa fever deaths in the state to three.

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The two doctors, he stated, fell ill, got diagnosed and died in health facilities in Abuja.

“We can confirm the two doctors that have succumbed to the threat of Lassa fever. When they fell ill, they were not in the state, they fell ill outside Nasarawa State, they were admitted for treatment in Abuja, the diagnosis was actually done outside the state and the death also occurred in facilities that are in Abuja not within the state,” Adamu said.

“However based on the outbreak response activities we have conducted, it appears that they might have been infected from the state where a pregnant woman was said to have been operated upon and she died of bleeding disorder connected to fever, so the suspicion right now is that she might have been the source of the infection for those two doctors because they are the two persons that operated upon her.

He added that all contacts of the three victims have been identified and their tests all returned negative but the ministry will continue with surveillance.

Nasarawa Governor Nominates 28-Year-Old Law Graduate, 14 Others As Commissioners

The 28-year-old barrister, Hannatu Bala Abimiku, has been nominated as commissioner in Nasaraws State.

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has nominated a 28-year-old law graduate, Barrister Hannatu Bala Abimiku (Lafia) and 14 others as members of the state executive council.

Majority Leader of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Tanko Tunga, disclosed this while presenting the list of nominees before the assembly, on Thursday.

According to him, the governor submitted the names of the nominees for confirmation as commissioners.

Abimiku graduated from the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) in 2016 and proceeded to the Nigerian law school where she passed out in 2018.

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Those nominated include, Hon. Yakubu Kwanta (Akwanga), who is currently the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports to the governor, Yusuf Aliyu Turaki (Awe), Aisha Rufai Ibrahim (Awe), Salihu Ena (Doma), Umar Mukailu Gurku (Karu) and Nuhu Oshafu (Keana).

Others include Idris Mohammed Idris (Keffi), Abdulkarim Kana(Kokona), Mohammed Sarki Tanimu(Lafia), Fati Jimeta Sabo(Nasarawa), Mohammed Yakubu Lawal (Nasarawa Eggon), Daniel Agye-Obi, Ahmed Baba Yahaya (Toto) and Lucky Isaac (Wamba).

Police Arrest Suspected Human Trafficker, Rescue Three-Year-Old

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

 

The Police in Nasarawa State have arrested a suspected human trafficker and rescued a three-year-old child.

According to a statement by the Nasarawa Police on Wednesday, the rescue operation was carried out after a complaint was lodged at Garaku Divisional Police Headquarters, Kokona LGA of the state on November 25.

“Upon receipt of the complaints, Police operatives attached to Garaku Division immediately swung into action and got one Rifkatu Kuraga ‘F’ 35yrs of Area 1, Garaku arrested and the missing three-year-old child was rescued and reunited with the family,” the statement read in part.

It further stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect abducted the child on November 23 and took him to Imo State to sell to a prophetess before the Police got wind of her nefarious act, trailed and arrested her.

The suspect is also said to have admitted the crime, while efforts are ongoing to arrest the prophetess who is still at large.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia for a more exhaustive investigation.

Police Foil Kidnap Of Nasarawa-South PDP Zonal Chairman

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

 

Police in Nasarawa State have foiled an attempted kidnap of Umar Nasiru Black, the Zonal Chairman of Nasarawa-South for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement on Sunday, the police said a distress call was received that six unidentified gunmen invaded the residence of one Umar Nasiru Black located at Bukan Kwato Area of Lafia and attempted to kidnap him.

Upon receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, immediately mobilised Police patrol teams stationed at the area to the scene; the kidnap was foiled due to prompt intervention of the Police and members of the community.

In a bid to escape, however, the hoodlums hit Umar with a stick on his forehead and shot one of his neighbours on the right leg before they narrowly escaped into the nearby bushes.

Consequently, the victims were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.

They are, however, now in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the police say efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

How Nasarawa Govt Is Tackling Insecurity With Education – Governor Sule

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

 

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has explained how the government is using education to fight the security challenges in the state.

In his address at an event on Wednesday in Lafia, the governor believes young people will not engage in crimes if they are educated.

“We believe in basic education because that’s where to start,” he said while flagging off a three-day capacity building workshop for education secretaries in the state capital.

“We believe in science and technical education because, in Nasarawa State, we are using education to actually fight insecurity because we believe if people are well educated, independent, well-equipped, then they will get away from this security challenges that we are facing.”

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Governor Sule commended the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for conceiving the training workshop with the theme “Improving the Capacities of Education Secretaries for School Effectiveness.”

According to him, the event is aimed at improving the efficiency of participants, as well as building the capacity of the education secretaries towards enhanced productivity.

The governor noted that with education being the bedrock for the socio-economic development of the society, the theme of the training workshop was apt.

He is hopeful that the event will enable the education secretaries to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge, in line with modern trends.

Elementary and basic education, according to Governor Sule, remains the foundation for better educational pursuits, and that explains why governments at various levels prioritise capacity building for teachers through regular training.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning.

The governor also thanked UBEC for undertaking various projects in the state, comprising the UBEC Model School ongoing in Lafia Local Government Area and the Second Chance School at Akwanga.

The education secretaries who attended the workshop were drawn from the 774 local government areas of the state.

Nasarawa Assembly Suspends Deputy Minority Leader Over Alleged Job Scam

A file photo of Luka Iliya Zhekaba.

 

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has suspended its Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba ( PDP- Obi 2) for his alleged involvement in the fake employment of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced this on Monday after the parliament deliberated on the report of the House Committee on Education on the recruitment of 366 teachers and 38 fake teachers in the payroll of the state civil service during plenary in Lafia.

“The committee recommended that Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, Deputy Minority Leader of the House should be suspended and an ad-hoc committee be set up to investigate his alleged involvement in the fake employment of the teachers,” the Speaker said.

“I hereby set up a three-man ad- hoc committee to investigate his alleged involvement and report back to the House within two weeks.

“Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, member representing Awe South constituency is the Chairman of the committee; Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, member representing Toto/ Gadabuke constituency and Hon Samuel Tsebe, member representing Akwanga South as members of the committee.

“Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Deputy Clerk of the House is the Secretary of the committee. I can’t question his activities or involvement for now until the committee concludes its findings,as you commence your investigation, I wish you success.”

According to the Speaker, the House is not against the employment of the teachers but due process must be followed for equity and fairness and recruitment of teachers should be a periodic exercise.

He added, “Mr Anthony Ladan, a Senior Accountant, Bureau for Salaries who admitted to including the names of 38 teachers into the payroll of the state government without a directive from the Commissioner of Finance”.

The Speaker also directed that a staff of the Ministry of Education, Mr Michael Adonye Johnny – who is a syndicate – are to proceed on compulsory retirements.

“Mr John Nuhu, a former staff of the Teachers Service Commission ( TSC) and Ministry of Information, and a syndicate of fake employment, is to be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution.”

The lawmakers also agreed that the Director of the Bureau for Salaries, Mr Sulley Daheer and other staff of the bureau be redeployed to other departments of the state Ministry of Finance, asking the management of the state Teachers Service Commission ( TSC) to sit up to its statutory responsibilities in the interest of the education sector.

This is even as they called on the state government to conduct an independent investigation into the activities of MDAs to sanitize the system.

The Nasarawa Assembly complex.

 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Daniel Ogazi, while presenting the report of the committee said that the committee found out that the syndicates collected between N50,000 and N100,000 to issue fake appointment letters to the applicants.

He told the House that the committee had invited the management of the Ministry of Education, Finance, Accountant General, the syndicate, one of the victims, Caroline Barde, among others to appear before the committee.

Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba.

The House unanimously adopted the report.

It will be recalled that on August 16, the syndicates – John Nuhu and Michael Adonye Johnny – appeared before the committee and admitted forging the documents of the state Ministry of Education.

Also, Anthony Ladan, a senior accountant in the Salaries Bureau, admitted including the names of 38 teachers into the payroll of the state government without the directive from the Commissioner of Finance and Director, Salaries.

Police Arrest 15 Suspected Cultists In Nasarawa

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File Photo of a police van

 

The Police have arrested 15 suspected cultists who admitted to belonging to Vikings and Black Axe confraternity in Nasarawa.

In a statement by the spokesman of the command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, the suspects were arrested in Lafia on Tuesday following an intelligence gathering that rival cult groups were planning to attack each other.

He said, the Commissioner of Police CP Adesina Soyemi, swiftly mobilised a team comprising of personnel of the Police Command’s Anti-cultism, Anti-kidnapping and SWAT which stormed the cultist hideouts at Transformer and D.D world street located at Ombi1, opposite Isah Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic and arrested the suspects.

“In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the good people of the State of comprehensive security coverage and advised Parents and guardians to caution their wards and proteges to refrain from any unlawful gathering.”

He warned hoteliers, proprietors of lounges and other recreational facilities against consenting to the use of their facilities/properties to aid cult-related activities as owners of such facilities are liable for prosecution as well.

The CP has ordered all the suspects be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation and however, warned all criminals to flee from Nasarawa State as the Police Command will make the state too hot for them.

Police Arraign Railway Vandals In Nasarawa

 

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.

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“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.