Plateau Attack: Two Policemen Killed In Gun Battle

Rivers policeTwo mobile policemen were killed on Tuesday morning during a robbery incident at Hawan Kibo, along Jos- Abuja highway in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Police Command, ASP Tyopev Mathias, some hoodlums attacked the mobile vehicle stationed along the highway, dispossessed a mobile police sergeant of his riot gunner and subsequently killed him.

In the process, a Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) bullion van coming from Jos en route Lafia in Nassarawa State, ran into the incident and another mobile sergeant in the convoy escort also died in the gun battle.

“Some hoodlums attacked a mobile unit along the Jos-Abuja highway in which a mobile police sergeant was killed while the special escort of the CBN bullion van going to Lafia ran into the attack, which led to the death of the other mobile police sergeant.

“The bullion van was not carrying any cash as at the time of the incident while the corpses of the policemen have been deposited at the Plateau specialist hospital.” The police spokesman told Channels Television on phone.

Nasarawa Police Parades Crime Suspects

Nasarawa, Police, Abubakar Bello The Nasarawa State Police Command has on Wednesday paraded seven suspects for various offences, including cattle rustling at different locations across the state.

The suspects were paraded at the Police headquarters in Lafia, the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Prado Jeep, cash, phones, a cow and live ammunition.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Bello, said he is soliciting the support of citizens to enable them perform their duties effectively.

House Mandates Committees To Probe Manitoba

House of Representatives, House, ManitobaIn what is another probe into the power sector, the House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Power and Public Procurement to investigate the alleged massive corrupt practices committed by Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Limited.

The lawmakers made the resolve on Thursday after a representative of the Peoples Democratic Party from Nassarawa State, Honourable Gaza Jonathan, sponsored the motion at the Lower House of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The House alleged that the exchange rate being used by the management company since 2012 has been higher than the official and parallel market rates.

The legislators also noted that the management company had not met its key performance indicators under the management contract.

The House of Representatives directed the committees to report back in four weeks for further legislative works.

Nasarawa Records Another Lassa Fever Death

lassa feverHealth officials in Nasarawa State say a nurse, who treated a patient with Lassa fever virus, has died of the disease in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State in northern Nigeria.

The Medical Director of the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Dr. Egba Edego, told Channels Television on Wednesday that the nurse, Oshafu Ibrahim, who was a matron at the Casualty and Emergency Unit of the hospital, died after he came in contact with the first case of Lassa fever in the state.

Following the tragic incident, nurses at the hospital are asking the government to, as a matter of urgency, provide personal protective materials for health workers to prevent a reoccurrence.

Ijaw\Northern Youth Sign Non-Violent Elections Pact

Youths from both Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria have come together to promote and support the non-violent election campaign ahead of the February General Eelections in the Country.

The youths comprising of Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly and the Ijaw Youth Council, gathered in Keffi, Nasarawa State, to raise awareness among Nigerians about the need to shun violence before, during and after the elections.

The President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri and Convener of the Northern Ethnic Youth Groups Assembly, Usman Okai, both agreed on the need to avoid inflammatory comments following threat by some Niger Delta Leaders on the election outcome.

Other Youth Groups present at the peace meeting include the Ohaneze Youth Wing, Miyetti Allah, Eggon Youth Movement, Idoma and Hausa Elite Clubs, to endorse a common front of a peaceful post election era for Nigeria.

The presidential candidates of all the political parties in Nigeria had earlier in the year signed an accord to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the February 14 elections.

The signing ceremony took place in Abuja during a sensitisation workshop on non-violence elections.

It had in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Professor Oluremi Sonaiya of the KOWA Party amongst others.

The accord also stipulates that the institutions engaged in the conduct of the February elections must be seen to be impartial throughout the conduct of the elections.

In his speech at the opening of the workshop, President Jonathan identified what he called ‘threats and provocative statements’ by the leaders of political parties, as some of the reasons the followers take to violence during and after elections and warned that Nigerians,expecially the youth, should shun politics of bitterness.

Nasarawa Impeachment: I Won’t Join Issues With John Matthew – Commissioner

Nasarawa ImpeachmentThe Commissioner for Information in Nassarawa State, believes that the panel that was constituted by the Chief Judge to look into the Nassarawa impeachment matters was in compliance with the requirement of the constitution.

Mr Hamza Muhammed said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, where he spoke about the Nassarawa impeachment debacle.

The Commissioner for Information, said that he would not want to join issues with the Legal Practitioner, John Matthew who had alleged the wrong doings by the Chief Judge, because he was confident of the legality of the panel.

“I don’t want to join issues with John Mathew because this panel is a panel that has been constituted by the Chief Judge in compliance with the requirement of the constitution,” he said.

He stated that if John Mathew or the House of Assembly had any issue with the composition of the panel, they had only one option and that was for them to go to court as the Supreme Court had opened the door.

Mr Hamza Muhammed noted that sub section 1 and 9 of section 188 in the Nigerian Constitution states that “if there is any reach in the process of the removal of a Governor, you can seek the court’s interpretation as to whether there is substantial compliance or not and if in any case the court interprets that as a substantial compliance then the court would give you a redress.”

He further said that when the impeachment notice was unveiled, the judiciary was on strike and as such there was no way the Governor could seek a redress over the noncompliance of certain sections of 188 that the House of Assembly refused to comply with; and when he appeared before the panel, he made it clear that he had misgivings about the noncompliance of the Assembly members and the Speaker especially, because subsection 2 of 188 requires the Speaker, after receiving the notice of allegation, to serve each member of the House of Assembly and the holder of the office.

He also alleged that the PDP rally that was held by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, at Lafia, to support the members of the House of Assembly was aimed at unleashing mayhem on Nassarawa State.

He tried to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the reported clash between supporters of the opposing parties, which resulted in deaths. He stressed that there was no clash and that the death that was said to have occurred during the rally did not arise from the rally, as the people who died were killed in their farms and were hacked to death by the supporters of the PDP party.


Gov Al-Makura Yet To Receive Impeachment Notice- Aide

vlcsnap-2014-07-19-15h44m45s18 Following the impeachment of  the Governor of Nassarawa State Tanko Al-makura, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor of Nassarawa State on Public Affairs , Abdulhammid Kwara said  that the  Governor is yet to receive an impeachment notice from the State House of Assembly

Speaking on Channel’s Television’s Saturday breakfast program, Sunrise, Mr Kwara spoke on the issues revolving around the impeachment and how it relates to the future of democracy.

Mr Kwara stated that the House of Assembly has not officially given a letter of impeachment to the governor,even though the impeachment has been set in motion.

“The impeachment notice has been set in motion, we are only waiting for the impeachment letter officially and then we will respond”. He also noted that the situation has gotten people of the state to be restive and willing to protect their mandate.

He debunked claims that the governor went to Abuja to plead for help from the President Goodluck Jonathan insisting that the governor did not in anyway visit the president on the issue, affirming that the governor has made “prudent management, transparency and accountability, the hallmark of his administration”.

Also speaking on the impeachment saga, a Senior Lecturer in Accounts Department in the University of Jos, Dr Othman Ibrahim, noted that assuming the allegation was right, the State House of Assembly members were “using a hammer to hit a fly”.

He blamed the Nasarawa of House of Assembly for making a quick decision of impeaching the Governor without giving him the chance to respond to the allegations levelled against him.

“This is an issue that concerns all of them, what other moralities did they make to get to the governor to respond to some of the allegations” adding that “even if they were going to look at the governor’s extra budgeting spending as leveled by them, there were some constitutional provisions for that,” he said.

While arguing that the lawmakers used another member, whom he referred to as “the devil”, he urged them to give the Chief Executive of the State the opportunity to respond to the allegations levelled against him.

In his opinion, he said that the members used another new member “the devil” to settle up on their mind, that they would have gathered some document covering a period to make a case. He said that fair hearing should be given to the Chief executive to respond to them as best that he understands the case being leveled.

Ibrahim further stated that the lawmakers should have gathered evidence(s) for a period of time before starting the impeachment process, adding that the drama revolving around the impeachment notice seems to be larger than the issues contained in the letter.

Judging from the reaction of the people in Adamawa State after the Governor, Murtala Nyako, was impeached, a social commentator, Tokunbo  Odutola , said the  Adamawa scenario appears completely different from what is obtainable in Nassarawa, whereby the people “are bold enough to say enough is enough to impunity in the state.

“The impeachment is in two-fold. Politics at play and rule of law at play; what is happening is the revolution of the people,” he said.

He stated that the rule of law provides a means you can impeach a governor,  noting that “the speaker must in all cause give within 7 days notice to be served  to the governor and after that, the governor has 14 days to respond and failure to do so will force the Speaker to set up panel of inquiry to investigate the charges/allegations levelled against the governor, thereby making it a long process,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Mr Tijani Sulaiman, also speaking on the programme, said “Nigeria is going through a vicious political turmoil; it is either in the North or in the South or in the East. No State is guaranteed safety of political dramas at any point in time” he said.

Mr Sulaiman also said the dramatic change in Nigeria’s political terrain is  too much for the country and insisted that due process must be followed in carrying out impeachment processes before the information is officially made public.

Mr Sulaiman, who described Nigeria as a “nobody cares” country, argued that there is a devil finger moving in the country and sucking around the political environment.

He also went down memory lane to narrate Nigeria’s political journey from 1960, noting that “the journey, so far, seems to be good but something intoxicates the political environment, making the political environment to be backward”.

He berated the choice of delegates at the National Conference from the north because of their unpopularity amongst northern youths, claiming that they “do not represent the interest of the region”.



Adamawa Governor Impeached, Speaker Is Acting Governor

nyakoThe Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor after the House impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The governor was impeached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations against him and his deputy.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

The seven man panel, chaired by Mr Bala Kaigama, who submitted the report to the speaker, observed that the panel encountered initial problem of having a venue for sitting but eventually overcame the challenge and produced four volumes of the report on allegations levelled against the governor and the deputy.

Both the governor and the deputy did not appear before the panel, but it continued with the investigation.

Receiving the report, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Umaru Fintiri, assured the panel that the report would be given appropriate attention, considering the importance of the panel in shaping democracy in Nigeria and the state in particular.

One of the accused, the deputy governor, had expressed concern on the procedure that led to the establishment of the panel, citing it as his reason for not appearing before the panel to defend himself on allegations of improper conduct against him.

Impeachment Rumour Will Not Distract Governor Al-Makura- Aide

vlcsnap-2014-07-12-16h15m41s186The Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Abdulhammid Kwarra, has described the ongoing impeachment saga involving the governor as “a mere allegation”.

Speaking on Channel Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Kwarra stated that the rumour of the House of Assembly getting rid of the governor is untrue.

“We do not have a specific issue being mentioned as contentious between the executive and legislature, it is not on record in the State Assembly over any attempt to impeach the Governor.

“The so called allegation over the removal of the Governor does not deter the governor’s determination to be constructive in ruling the state, we see it as a distraction and my governor has never yielded to this distraction, he is very focused to accomplish the test of his own mandate,” he said.

Speaking alongside, the governor’s aide was the Defence Correspondent of Blueprint Newspaper, Jibrin Baba Ndace, who was of the opinion that the issue of stability and good governance should be looked beyond Nassarawa State.

He accused Mr Kwarra of being ignorant of the House of Assembly’s threat to impeach the Governor, insisting that it is in all “Social Media”.

He further claimed that major newspapers and online blogs published the alleged impeachment plot by the State House of Assembly members.

“It was stated in reports (online and print media) that a meeting was held in Abuja by some members of House of Assembly to impeach the Governor”, he said.

He further indicated that the military poses lesser threat to the development of democracy than politicians, who are saddled with the responsibility of developing the state.

“The action and inaction of our politicians is a threat to how our security forces perform their duties, what they say and do not say” he added, insisting that “party politics” also contributes to the major problems in the State.

Last month, Pioneer Chairman of defunct CPC, Mohammed El-Yakub, threatened legal action against the state Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, over the alleged embezzlement of the state’s internally generated revenue.


Nasarawa Govt. Disburse 280 million Naira To Students

nassarawa-state-universityJoy knew no bounds as students in Nassarawa State were elated when Government, through the e-bursary programme, disbursed scholarships and whooping sums to various students in Lafia, the state capital.

Speaking at the Nasarawa State University in Keffi on Tuesday, at the flag-off of the programme, the Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State scholarship Board, Mr Suleiman Abdulwahab, said that the adoption of the e-bursary system was to check and control the process against abuse.

The Nasarawa State Government has disbursed 280 million Naira with over 18,000 students benefiting from the process through the e-bursary platform.

The Nasarawa State bursary initiative, which was meant to lessen the financial burden of the students, had about a total of 19, 678 applicants but 18, 762 were selected as beneficiaries.

The breakdown of the exercise showed that students in the Nigerian Law School were getting 100,000 Naira each, while those in Maritime Academy and College of Aviation Technology got 50,000 Naira each. Students with disability got 20,000 Naira each while students studying other courses were given 10,000 Naira each.

There were also various categories of awards for Medical and Engineering students. The students were elated at the gesture.

The State Government also said that it had spent more than 57 million Naira on 14 students studying Medicine and Engineering in Ukraine, while 38 indigenes from the state were currently enjoying the federal scholarship programme.

Students from various parts of Nasarawa State gathered at the state-owned university for the disbursement of the state scholarship scheme.

APC Governors Warn National Assembly Against LG Autonomy

State governors on the platform of the newly registered mega party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday cautioned the National Assembly against legislating on any aspect of the local government administration in the country; saying that such an action will tilt the country towards a unitary state.

This was part of the resolutions of the APC governors at their maiden meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday.

In attendance at the meeting were Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State), Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno ); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti ); Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos); Senator  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Governor Abdulazeez Yari ( Zamfara),and  Senator Ibikunle  Amosun ( Ogun State); Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ( Edo) and Governor Rochas Okorocha ( Imo State, represented by his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere). Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State could not attend following his trip to the lesser Hajj.

Reading the communiqué after  the 4-hour long meeting, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the governors extensively discussed constitutional amendment and resolved that the issue of local government administration is a matter within the purview of the federating unit and that federalism is the basis of the nation’s  sovereignty.

The Governors added that any attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on any aspect of council administration will undermine and weaken the fundamental principles of the Nigerian federalism.

Fayemi also said that the Forum deliberated on revenue allocation and noted that in spite of recommendations made to the Presidency, no effect has been given to the extant proposals on the need to give more funds to the states and local governments because that is where the citizens reside.

CPC Maps Out Strategies To Oust PDP In 2015

Former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari says a merger of opposition parties is the only way to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing elected representatives and other members of the party in Abuja, General Buhari said the country is saddled with a government under whose watch corruption, oppression and insecurity tend to be the order of the day, and there is an urgent need to halt the trend.

He advised members of the party to work within the framework of the law and aggressively mobilise the electorate to register ahead of the next general elections.

The only governor elected on the platform of the party, Mr. Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, urged the elected members of the party to engage in regular interaction as part of efforts to ensure the victory of the party even as the merger plans remain in place.

The national chairman of the party, Prince Tony Momoh expressed optimism that 2015 will witness positive change in the fortunes of the party.

The one-day interactive session was expected to, among other issues, address the current merger plans between the party and other opposition parties, party funding strategy and its constraints as an opposition party including the relationship between the party and its elected representatives.