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

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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.

Governor Sule Travels To US For Medical, Hands Over Power To Deputy

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


Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has travelled to the United States of America for a medical check-up.

The governor notified the State House of Assembly about the two weeks trip from December 13 to 29.

During plenary on Monday, the Speaker of House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi,  read Governor Sule’s letter to the members tagged “Notification to Travel to the United States of America”.

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“I wish to inform the Rt Hon speaker that I shall be traveling to the United States of America for a medical check-up from Sunday, 13th to Saturday 29th Dec. 2020,” the letter partly read.

“Accordingly, in my absence, the deputy Governor would oversee the affairs of the state pending my return.”

Troops Kill Two ‘Notorious’ Bandits In Nasarawa, Recover Rifles

A file photo of soldiers travelling in military trucks.


The military on Thursday said it has successfully neutralised two notorious bandits in Angwan Mada close to Tunga in Nasarawa LGA of Nasarawa State.

The raid was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday by Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and 177 Battalion, military spokesman John Enenche said in a statement.

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According to Enenche, the raid was sanctioned based on credible intelligence about the bandits’ location.

He added that the raid resulted in the recovery of 20 locally made rifles and other ammunition.





1. Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and 177 Battalion, in the early hours of 9 December 2020, conducted a daring dawn raid on a major armed bandits’/kidnappers’ hideout at Angwan Mada close to Tunga in Nasarawa LGA of Nasarawa State, neutralizing 2 notorious bandits in the process.

2. The raid which was conducted sequel to actionable technical and human intelligence on the location of the camp in the general area, also resulted in the recovery of 20 locally made rifles and other ammunition.

3. Adopting an aggressive posture, the gallant troops tactfully assaulted the hideout, taking the bandits by surprise. The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits with effective fire and neutralized 2 of the criminals responsible for kidnappings and other crimes in the general area while others fled in disarray with fatal gunshot wounds. A follow-up exploitation of the camp and environs further resulted in the recovery of a total of 20 locally made rifles, 40 empty cases of 7.62mm special ammunition and 5 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. Troops thereafter destroyed the camp. The gallant troops are presently dominating the area with aggressive patrols and are equally on the trail of the fleeing bandits in order to locate and neutralize them. Members of the general public are hereby requested to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities.

4. You are requested to please disseminate this information to the general public through your medium with attached photographs. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

Major General
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
10 December 2020.

Nasarawa Assembly Summons Deputy Governor, State Auditor General Over COVID-19 Finances

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


The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 has summoned the Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Emmnauel Akabe, who also doubles as the state deputy governor to appear before the committee on Thursday, Dec.10, 2020.

The committee also summoned the state Auditor General, Riyanu Lamus to appear before the committee on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.

Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi, the Chairman of the committee gave the directives while briefing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the committee at the assembly complex in Lafia on Wednesday.

The chairman said that their summons was to enable them to brief the committee on the COVID-19 activities and its finances in the state.

” You will recall that on August 11th, 2020, the Speaker of the state assembly Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi inaugurated this six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19.

“This is to enable the committee to monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19.

“COVID-19 cases are still on not only in Nasarawa State or Nigeria but in the world.

“It is in view of this that we are summoning the state Chairman on COVID-19 to appear before this committee on Thursday 10th December 2020. to brief us on its activities and finances.

“We are also inviting the state Auditor General to appear before this committee on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, to brief this committee on the COVID-19  expenditure”,  he added.

The chairman of the committee has assured the people of the state of the House continued commitment to ensuring that the right things are done for the overall development of the state.

The Speaker of the state assembly in August inaugurated the six-man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 to monitor the activities of the State Task Force on COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.

Other members include, Hon Abdullahi Angibi (House committee chairman on public account) as Chairman of the committee, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa,(Health committee chairman) Vice Chairman, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Agah Muluku, Hon Daniel Ogazi , Hon Abdulaziz SK Danladi and Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara as members while the Secretary of the committee is Barr. Safiya Balarabe.

Killer Of Nasarawa APC Chairman Arrested – Governor Sule

File photo of the Nasarawa APC Chairman, Phillip Shekwo


The killer of the slain Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Phillips Shekwo has been arrested.

Governor Sule confirmed this Tuesday while delivering a speech in Lafia, the state capital.

He identified the killer as Muhammad Usman, a notorious kidnapper who confessed to the crime.

The Governor who commended security personnel for the arrest of the suspect said that he was apprehended at Assakio village of Lafia east development area of the state.

“I was informed that Muhammad Usman also known as Baffa Nura, a notorious kidnapper in Nasarawa state has been arrested and he has confessed that he was the killer,” he said.

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“He was arrested in Assakio, exactly where we thought we were going to get him and we were able to get him. Mister Commissioner Sir, our security personnel, I want to thank you for the good work you have continued to do.”

The APC chairman was taken away from his house at Bukan Sidi in Lafia, on November 21 when gunmen invaded the house.

His body was found the next day, a few kilometres from his house.

The politician’s death sparked fear among residents and several security strategies were in top gear to nab the perpetrators.

On his part, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was on a day tour to the state joined thousands of sympathisers to commiserate with the family and assured them of the support of the government.

The slain Chairman was buried in his hometown Yelwa of Toto local government area on November 27.

Nine Arrested Over Killing Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

File photo of the former Nasarawa APC Chairman, Phillip Shekwo


Nine people have been arrested over the killing of the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Phillip Shekwo.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Friday while hosting members of the Trade Union Congress in Lafia, the state capital.

He noted that the arrest is a result of intensified combing of the routes followed by the perpetrators.

“For the past four days, the combined military operations have been trailing the routes where they believe those who killed our Chairman followed. They have been combing the place,” Governor Sule said.

“I am happy to inform you that the people we were suspecting, so far anyway, nine people have been arrested and are being interrogated in connection to the killing of our Chairman.”

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According to the governor, combined military operations killed three people in connection to the killing at the Loko development area of the state, adding that four AK-47 rifles were also recovered.

“More important than that, around 3 am this morning, the combined operations followed some of these people around Loko and they killed 3 of them, after killing them they recovered four AK47 rifles from them, we are hoping and praying that it is the same people who carried out this exercise”.

He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving the security situation in the state, noting “We have always said that security is never too expensive for us unless we don’t have the resources but if we have the resources, we will put in all our resources to make sure that we protect the lives and property of our people, that we have taken seriously and will continue to do that.”

This comes five days after the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe in the state told Channels Television that Shekwo who was earlier kidnapped at his residence on Saturday was found dead.

The police boss said the body of the deceased was found not far from his house in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, and has been evacuated to the Dalhatu Araf specialist hospital.

Banditry and kidnapping are on the rise in Nigeria’s north, particularly in Kaduna State.

Recently, the district head of Gidan Zaki village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Haruna Kuye, and his son were killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Also last week, three members of the Kaduna State Vigilante Service were killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Police Arrest House Help Over Death Of Former Boss

(FILE) A police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


Police have arrested one Cephas Iliya for the death of Martins Omeri, an auditor with the Federal Government.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa State, Ramhan Nansel, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He noted Omeri was a deputy chief auditor at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja, but he resided at the Navy Estate in Karshi in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

Nansel explained that Iliya, a former house help of the late auditor, was intercepted on Tuesday night by police personnel attached to Karshi Division at the Arab area in the nation’s capital.

According to him, the security operatives arrested the 27-year-old suspect who hails from Kaduna State based on credible intelligence.

“A coordinated and diligent search was conducted in his (the suspect’s) apartment where the following items belonging to the deceased were recovered as exhibit – one Infinix phone, laptop, clothing, pair of shoes, clipper, beddings, and a few other properties,” the police command spokesman said.

He added, “The suspect confessed that he sneaked into the house of the deceased at the dead of the night on November 17, 2020, while he was asleep and killed him using a log of wood while, his dead body was discovered on November 19, 2020.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal and Investigation Department in Lafia for an exhaustive investigation after which the suspect should be arraigned in court.

He called on residents of the state to thoroughly screen and get to know the family of those they intend to employ as house help before doing so.

Governor Sule To Rejig Security Apparatus After Recent Killings In Nasarawa

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


The Nasarawa State Government is planning to restructure its security apparatus following the recent killings in the state.

A day after the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa, Phillips Shekwo, was murdered, a Fulani traditional ruler and an unidentified young man have also been killed.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this at an emergency security meeting held on Monday at the council chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

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He noted that both men, who were from Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, were killed on Sunday by yet-to-be-identified persons.

“In Nasarawa Local Government, around Udege area, another incident also took place concerning one of the Ardos in that area and there was also another loss of life in that area.

“Last night, another young man lost his life right inside his bedroom,” the governor who was visibly sad told the meeting.

He added, “We strongly believe that as a government, our responsibility has to do with the protection of lives and property of our citizens.

“So, we have to come quickly and look at those various issues and ensure that we provide means of resolving them.”


Rejig Security Apparatus 

Top on the agenda of the meeting was the establishment of a security rapid response unit, among other measures to tackle the rising spate of insecurity in the state.

The meeting was attended by the heads of various security outfits in the state, as well as the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage, among other stakeholders.

The meeting held two days after Shekwo, was murdered. He was abducted from his house on Saturday night.

Before the commencement of the meeting, the governor received some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit over the death of the APC chairman.

He told his guests that the state security apparatus would be restructured, adding that the government was already investigating the killing.

“A thorough investigation is being carried out and we are restructuring the entire security apparatus; we are looking at the situation.

“If such a thing could happen to the chairman who has security personnel attached to him, then none of us is actually safe from this.

“That is the reason why we have to take it very seriously to make sure we find a way of protecting our people,” he said.

Buhari Mourns Murdered APC Chairman, Tasks Security Agencies To Do More

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the killing of the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Philip Shekwo.

In a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president also said the nation’s security system must do more to end the incidents of violence in the country.

Shekwo was seized from his residence in Lafia on Saturday night and was found dead Sunday afternoon a few kilometres from his residence having been shot twice.

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“I strongly condemn the killing of Philip Shekwo,” the President said, as quoted in Shehu’s statement. “He was kind and jovial. His contribution towards strengthening the party in Nasarawa State will not be forgotten. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

The President also welcomed the decision of the Inspector General of Police to send reinforcement of men and materials to Nasarawa state as efforts to unravel the nature of the crime intensify.

Police Launch Investigation Into Killing Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


An investigation into the killing of the Nasarawa State All progressive Congress Chairman, Philips Shekwo has been launched by the police.

The state commissioner of police, Bola Longe, disclosed this to Channels Television in Lafia on Sunday.

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The deceased was seized from his residence in Lafia on Saturday night and was found dead Sunday afternoon a few kilometres from his residence having been shot twice.

Longe said the incident appears more like an assassination rather than kidnapping and assured the people of bringing the perpetrators to

“We have taken him to the morgue for autopsy,” Longe said. “And apart from that, we have constituted a team of homicide investigators.

“We are going to, by the grace of God, do a thorough, professional investigation that will unravel whatsoever led to the death.

“We will mobilise the superstructure and the substructure. And even the IG has promised that he will assist us.”