Nasarawa Speaker hails NASS on LG autonomy

Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Lafia commended the National Assembly for approving local government autonomy while amending the Constitution.

The speaker gave the commendation when members of the NLC from North-Central states staged a peaceful protest to the state assembly.

He said that local government autonomy was long overdue to ensure grassroots development.

“This struggle is our struggle. It is a collective struggle and we must fight it to the end,’’ he said.

Abdullahi added that the House would continue to identify with workers by making laws and passing resolutions that would have direct bearing on their lives.

“We in Nasarawa State Assembly are labour-friendly; NLC in the state can attest to that; the issue of local government autonomy is long overdue and I want to assure you that we shall do your bidding.

“When we get communication on local government autonomy we will give it expeditious passage; it is long overdue.

“On the issue of judicial and legislative autonomy, I can confidently say that nobody can change the autonomy of the legislature and the judiciary because it is already a Constitutional matter.

“What remains on the issue of state legislature and judiciary autonomy is implementation.

“Very soon, their implementations will begin by the grace of God,’’ he said.

Abdullahi wished the NLC well in its engagements.

Earlier, Comrade Yusuf Sarki-Iya, the NLC Chairman in Nasarawa State who led other NLC chairmen of the North-Central on the peaceful protest said the exercise was to demand for states legislature and judiciary autonomy as well as autonomy for local governments.

Sarki-Iya said the autonomy would promote transparency, accountability and good governance in the country.

He commended the House for being workers-friendly and called for its sustenance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLC members carried placards with different inscriptions.

Some read: “Workers demand for autonomy of local governments, states assemblies and judicial autonomy’’ and “we support LG councils autonomy’’.

Members of NLC affiliate bodies and their leaders from Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Niger, Kwara and the FCT were part of the protest.


Police foil attempt to abduct Nasarawa PDP chieftain

Nasarawa Police Command has foiled an attempt to abduct Mr Umar Nasiru-Black, Nasarawa-South Zonal Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The attempt is contained in a statement signed by Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.

According to the statement, the police received a distress call on Nov. 20 at about 8: 30 p.m. that six unidentified gunmen had invaded NasiruBlack’s residence, located at Bukan kwato area of Lafia, and were attempting to kidnap him.

“Upon the receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adesina Soyemi, immediately mobilised police patrol teams to the scene.

“The abduction was foiled due to the prompt intervention of the team mobilised by the commissioner and members of the community,” the PPRO said in the statement.

Nansel said in the bid to escape, the hoodlums hit Nasiru-Black with a stick on his forehead.

He said that they also shot one of the victim’s neighbours on the right leg before they narrowly escaped into the nearby bush.

The PPRO added that the PDP chieftain, along with his neighbour who was shot, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, noting that they were in stable condition.

He, however, said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing kidnap suspects.

The PPRO called on the public to always inform security agencies of suspicious activities in their areas, for prompt response.


Gov Sule seeks Assembly’s approval of N8.67bn supplementary budget

Governor of Nasarawa state, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, has sent N8.67billion 2021 supplementary budget to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who read the governor’s request during the House proceedings in Lafia, yesterday said the supplemently bill was to ensure the completion of ongoing projects in the state.

“A Bill for a Law to issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State ( Supplementary Appropriation Bill) of the sum of N5, 975, 076, 812.86 and a virement ( Re- Allocation/ Adjustment ) of N2,690,023,000 only for the services of Nasarawa State Government scaled first and second readings.

“I commit the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on it and report back to the House on Oct. 19, 2021”.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga ( APC, Awe North) , Majority Leader of the House, moved a motion for the bill to scale first and second readings respectively and was seconded by Hon. Abel Bala ( PDP, Nassarawa Eggon West), the Minority Leader of the House.

The House unanimously passed the bill into first and second readings after Hon Muhammed Okpoku (APC, Udege/Loko) spoke in favour of it.

Recall that, on Dec.31, 2020, the state governor signed the state N115.7 billion 2021 budget into law.

He had explained that the signing of the budget tagged ‘Budget of Economic Recuperation’ would enable the state begin the constitutional 12-months budget circle, starting from Jan.1 and ending on Dec. 31.

In a related development, the House passed into first reading, “A Bill for a Law to Establish the State Security Trust Fund in Nasarawa State and Other Related Matters Therewith”.

The Speaker also slated Oct. 20, 2021 for the second reading of the bill.


APC wins Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election

All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ismail Danbaba, has won the bye-election for the Nasarawa Central State Constituency in the state House of Assembly.

Mr Iiyasu Umar, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, announced the result of the bye-election conducted on Saturday in Nasarawa.

Announcing the result, Umar said the APC candidate scored 7,475 to defeat Mr Bage Nuhu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who got 4,608 votes.

He said that during the bye-election, 12,217 votes were cast, while 12,083 valid votes were recorded with 134 rejected votes.

“By the power conferred on me as the Returning Officer of this election, I hereby declared the APC candidate the winner, having scored the highest number of votes cast,’’ he declared.

FELLOW PRESS reports that INEC scheduled the Nasarawa Central bye-election following the death of the member representing Nasarawa Central constituency at the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu (APC), on April 30.


Nasarawa conjoined twins: Minister hails medical team

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Mamora, has lauded the 50 medical experts, who successfully separated two conjoined twins at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi in Nasarawa State.

Mamora gave the commendation while unveiling the conjoined twins on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is the second conjoined twins to have passed through the Keffi Medical Centre.

The first case was in November, 2019 but the case was later referred to the National Hospital, Abuja where they were successfully separated.

Mamora assured that the Keffi Medical Centre would be one of the centres the Federal Government would focus on for specialised surgery.

”This is the kind of collaboration we advocate between the states and the Federal Government.”

The minister advised the hospital’s workers not to rest on their oars, noting that the best was yet to come.

He also commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for the support given to the hospital.

Mamora said that the conjoined twins were delivered at a medical facility in the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, 15 months ago.

He explained that after extensive clinical and detailed investigations, the twins were adjudged to be joined at the abdomen and rib cage.

”They shared common liver, subcutaneous tissue and skin with fixed xiphisternum and cartilages of the 10th and 11th ribs.

“The extensive preparation for the separation involves a multi-disciplinary team of over 50 medical experts cutting across the following specialties.

”Paediatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, paediatricians/neonatologist, laboratory physicians, scientists, radiologists, nurses, pharmacists, social welfare officers, physiotherapists, orthopedics and surgeons,” he said.

The minister said that on July 10, after a nine-hour long surgery, the twins were successfully separated with no intra-operative complications.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Yahaya Adamu, applauded the team of doctors, who performed the surgery, adding that he was also part of the team.

Adamu said that in spite of the nature of the surgery, it ended without any complication and that there was no reason to be scared.

The leader of the medical team, Dr Saul Charles, said that the surgery was estimated to cost about N35 million and that the State Government gave N10 million.

Charles noted that the hospital would need some intensive care facilities, including laboratory, theatre and other facilities to perform better. (NAN)


Eid-el-Kabir: FRSC deploys 660 personnel in Nasarawa State

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa State Sector Command, says it will deploy 660 personnel across the state for the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebrations to enhance safety and protect lives on the roads.
This is contained in a statement signed by the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Ahmed Mohammed, and made available to newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday.
According to Mohammed, activities of the special command will commence from July 29th to Aug. 8, and the personnel will be supported by 200 Special Marshals.
“Ten vehicles and two ambulances will patrol the roads across the state to safeguard lives.
“We shall also engage the services of independent tow truck owners to help evacuate any obstruction on the roads,” he said.
The Sector Commander said all unit and outpost commanders had been directed to collaborate with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force teams and other security agencies to ensure maximum compliance with established laws.
He said that the directives on physical distancing and compulsory use of face mask must be adhered to across the state.
“These must be done without compromise,” he said.
He added that all unit and outpost commanders had been instructed to apprehend any driver caught overloading his vehicle with both passengers and goods.
“The traffic offenders are to be prosecuted in the already established mobile courts across the state,” he said.
The Sector Commander said that the objectives of the special patrol was also to esure that the Presidential/State orders on interstate travels and restrictions are diligently enforced.
He urged residents to be alert, cautious and exhibit required road discipline before, during and after the celebrations.
“Drivers must avoid overloading, route violation, under age driving, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol and speeding.
“We must all know that it is only the living that celebrates,” he said.


CPS lauds NUJ Nasarawa State Council for uniting members

Mr Ibrahim Addra, the New Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has commended the Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) for uniting members in the state.

He gave the commendation in Lafia on Monday during a familiarisation visit to State Executive Council (SEC) members of the NUJ at the Press Centre, Lafia.

According to him, the step taken by NUJ toward uniting the members of the Correspondents’ Chapel is commendable and should be sustained to ensure that journalists are truly united in the interest of the profession.

Addra also sought for partnership with journalists to succeed in projecting the activities of the government.

He said the reason for the visit was to seek partnership with journalists in providing adequate and objective coverage of the activities of the state government for public consumption.

“The reason for this visit, beside interacting and seeing my colleagues, is to seek your partnership and collaboration.

“A lot of you have offered to assist me to succeed individually but I come to interact with you as a union, because if I fail in this job, one way or the other, I feel my colleagues will also be blamed,” he said.

Addra said the governor had already demonstrated goodwill to work with journalists by appointing some journalists into key positions in the administration.

He gave an assurance to operate an open door policy where all journalists could have free and direct access to him for any clarification that would help them in doing their job.

He appealed to journalists to always adhere to the ethics of the profession by always being objective and ensure they balance their reports in the overall interest of the state.

Addra, however, said as watchdogs of the society, journalists could criticise the government but it should be constructive, truthful and factual with the view of influencing the government to perform better.

Responding, Salihu Alkali, Nasarawa NUJ Chairman, thanked the chief press secretary for the visit.

Alkali gave an assurance of the complete support of the entire journalists in the state toward projecting the activities of government.

“We believe in partnership for the overall development of the state.

“We want to assure you and the state government that we will work hard in line with our professional ethics to project the activities of the state government,’’ he said.

The NUJ boss appealed to the chief press secretary to always carry journalists along and support them where necessary to help them carry out their duties efficiently.

“We have a lot of needs at the Press Centre ranging from welfare issues, lack of electricity, security at the centre, training and retaining of members, among others and we want the government to assist,’’ Alkali said.


Nasarawa Deputy Speaker denies working against Gov. Sule’s development efforts

Nehamiah Dandaura, Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has debunked media report alleging that he is working against Governor Abdullahi Sule’s efforts to develop the state.

Dandaura in a statement on Sunday in Lafia, said that the report by an online medium quoting him as opposing the determination of Governor Sule to complete the construction of Lafia-Kwandere-Keffi road started by the immediate past administration, was “malicious” and an attempt to pit him against the governor.

The online report on Sunday alleged that the deputy Speaker in an interview with some journalists, had expressed joy at the slow pace of work on the road project since its completion would affect the people of Akwanga Local Government as travellers would prefer to use the new road.

However, the lawmaker who represents Akwanga-West state constituency on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) denied ever making such comments.

He also denied saying that the suspension of Mr Micah Magaji, APC chairman of Akwanga Local Governent Area, was the directive of the governor over alleged disloyalty.

Dandaura said he had never interfered in the affairs of the party in the area.

“I have instructed my lawyers to take up the matter with the online publication, I did not make such comments and I cannot make such comments on the development of the state, again the governor never instructed me to remove the APC chairman in Akwanga, the governor is also from Akwanga,” he said.


Flooding: Nasarawa Govt. demolishes 25 buildings along waterways

The Nasarawa State Government has demolished 25 buildings situated along water ways to avoid flooding in the state.

Mr Abubakar Mohammed, Chief Environmental Officer at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources made the disclosure on Saturday in Lafia after the monthly sanitation in the state.

According to the Environmental Officer, the demolition was aimed at mitigating against flooding as predicted by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

“NiMet predicted that flooding would occurred in 32 states including Nasarawa State, hence the need for precautionary measures to protect lives and property.

“The demolitions, which were carried out in Lafia, Akwanga and Karu Local Government Areas, were still ongoing to clear all waterways to ensure free flow of water and avoid flooding.

“So far, six structures were demolished in Lafia, two in Akwanga and 17 in Karu LGAs and the team from the state government is still working, to clear all water ways” the Environmental Officer added.

Mohammed also described the flooding that submerged six structures along UAC road in Lafia on Saturday (Today) as unfortunate.

He said the government had carried out sensitisation, advising people to clear drains in their areas and avoid building structures in waterways, but wandered why some people still do the contrary.

“We have gone to UAC road this morning and have taken records of the number of houses and property affected and will submit report for necessary action,” he said.

Mohammed, however, thanked God that no live was lost in the unfortunate incident.

On the monthly sanitation, the Environmental Officer, who is also the Chief Prosecuting Officer of the ministry, told newsmen that 27 persons were arraigned before a mobile court in Lafia for violating sanitation laws.

He said that the offenders were arrested at different locations going about their normal businesses during the sanitation hours of 7:00 to 10:00 a. m.

Nasarawa State Government had set aside last Saturday of every month for environmental sanitation.


Nasarawa former Information Commissioner dies at 62

Mrs Titi-Victoria Monde, the former Information Commissioner in Nasarawa State, died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 62, her family announced on Thursday.
Mr Paul Abuga, the younger brother to Monde disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Akwanga, Akwanga Local Government Area of the State.
Abuga, who is the Secretary of Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Council, said that Monde, who also served as the Provost College of Education, Akwanga, died at the General Hospital, Akwanga, after a brief illness.
“May the soul of my sister and the souls of other departed souls rest in peace with the lord, Amen,” he said.
NAN reports that Monde served in 2011 during the administration of former Gov. Tanko Al-Makura as the Commissioner of Information.


Nasarawa state governor sacks SSG, Tijani Ahmed

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has terminated the appointment of Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani as the Secretary to the State Government.

Ahmed-Tijani served as the Commissioner for Education in the administration of Governor Sule’s predecessor, Umaru Al-Makura. An investigation carried out by the current members of the state House of Assembly, indicted him for alleged misappropriation of N1 billion education fund while he served as the state’s Commissioner for Education. The lawmakers advised the state governor to sack Ahmed-Tijani and also demanded he returns N248.5 million to the state.

Governor Sule on Monday, bowed to the lawmaker’s wishes and has ordered the termination of Ahmed Tijani’s appointment. His decision was conveyed in a statement released by the Permanent Secretary of the Government House Administration, Hamza Gayam, today June 8.

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Wife poisons husband, cuts his manhood after she discovered he was dating her best friend in Nasarawa

A 33-year-old woman in Nasarawa state, Janet Ekpe, has killed her husband of eight years, Sunday Ekpe, after she discovered he was allegedly having an affair with her best friend, Hellen, in Zumbagwe community in Karu local government area of the state.

The Nation reports that Janet and Sunday had two children and seemed to be living a happy life until she noticed that Sunday’s sexual desire for her started to decline after they welcomed their second child.

According to Janet, her late husband was a sex addict when they got married and this made her become one. She said she became worried after she noticed that his desire for her sexually had declined, and at so point he withdrew completely. After much investigation, she discovered that her late husband was meeting his sexual needs through her best friend, Hellen, who is a widow. Janet said she had previously boasted to her friends about her husband’s prowess in bed and that some of them had even asked her to ”borrow” him to them so that he can also meet their sexual needs.

Janet said she grew tired of her husband giving excuses severally as to why he was no longer able to have sex with her. She said at some point her late husband told her to fantasize about the times they had sex in order to satisfy her sexual urge.

Janet said she got angry one day and decided to kill him for causing her so much emotional pain and denying her what was duly hers – his body. She poisoned her husband and watched him die slowly and painfully within an hour. She also ensured that she chopped off his manhood.

In her confessional statement, Janet said,: “We were married for eight years with two children. It was three years ago I discovered that my husband had fallen in love with my best friend, a widow, and had been dating her. Since then, he stopped sleeping with me; he began to starve me sexually while satisfying my best friend.

When we got married eight years ago, sex seemed to be the only thing on my husband’s mind. He was always in the mood. We would make love three or four times before morning, and when he woke up, he would be ready to continue. There were days he skipped work and we would spend the whole day making love.

We had sex in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and anywhere it caught our fancy in the house. I became used to constant sex through him and also became the envy of my close friends, including my best friend who he later fell in love with.

Whenever we shared stories of our exploits in bed, my friends felt I had the best man and jokingly begged me to allow them to have my husband just for a day because their husbands could not satisfy them in bed. But shortly after we had our two kids, I began to notice his disinterest in sex with me and his performance level began to drop.

While we were having sex on a regular basis before, it came down to two times in a week and later became so bad that we could stay for three or four months without making love. Initially, I was not bothered because I felt that he would come around it after the babies were weaned. But I was wrong. He began to starve me of sex for months on end. It got to the point that I would be begging him to sleep with me but he would rebuff my requests.

At times, he would tell me I should relive the moments we had sex every day and wallow in that fantasy. When I pestered him further, he told me he was no more interested in sex as he had had enough to last him a lifetime. He even told me that sex is not food and that if I felt so sex-starved, I should get a man to satisfy me.

I reported the matter to our church and the pastor summoned him, but he could not convince our pastor. I reported the matter to his parents in the village and some of his relations around, but he ignored their invitation. Within this period, my husband started keeping late night, which was very unusual of him.

Unknown to me, my best friend, Hellen, who is a widow, started keeping distance with me, while some of my friends started hinting that she and my husband were dating. I watched the way they acted and how happy he always seemed in her presence. I monitored them closely and caught them five times in a drinking joint in new Nyanyan. When I confronted him about it, he said I was being silly; so I decided to believe the whole story. The worst was the day I saw a text message from Helen in my husband’s phone, thanking him for giving her the best sexual satisfaction ever in her life the previous day. I was devastated. I felt sick and angry. I was hurt that my own husband could do this to me. I went back to our pastor but my husband turned down the pastor’s invitation and even stopped attending church.

At this point, he stopped coming back home most times and resorted to sleeping in hotels with Hellen. I felt like a single mum and it upset me. I confronted Helen and told her she was hurting me and that their relationship was getting stronger while they were not taking my feelings into consideration. I could not stand the thought of them being so close.

I used to love and trust my husband but he turned me into something I never knew I could become: a murderer. I killed him. I poisoned him and watched him die in our bedroom, painfully. I mixed a deadly, colorless, tasteless, and odorless substance in his meal and drinking water which destroyed his intestines immediately. He cried and struggled uncontrollably after taking the meal. He gave up after an hour and I used a sharp blade and knife to chop off his penis, place it on his chest as evidence of what killed him.

If your penis is the one that is giving you the audacity to have feelings for my best friend and refusing to listen to the advice of your parents and even your pastor, it is better to cut it off. Mr Sunday (Ekpe), a cheating, filthy, lying bastard, ought to die for me to live. I deserve to live because I am human and have blood flowing in my veins. These foolish men, you give them everything, yet they choose to fool around and play with your intelligence. I had monitored him closely and tolerated him for long and his end has come.”

An uncle of the deceased, Adakole Onoja, who was also interviewed, said he called the late Sunday several times, warning him not to sexually starve his wife.

“When his wife reported the matter to me, I invited him to my house and told him the implications of his actions. You cannot completely starve your young wife of sex and resort to dating her best friend. Many people, including his parents in the village, his pastor, and his close friends, interfered in the issue but he turned a deaf ear to them.

Maybe that was how he was destined to end his life. His wife’s action may not be right, but she is a human being too.” Onoja said


Coronavirus: Test result of Nasarawa case released

The Nasarawa Government on Saturday confirmed that all the five suspected cases of COVID-19 being isolated at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Keffi, tested negative for the virus.

Recall that a family of five with symptoms suspected to be Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nasarawa State were isolated at FMC

The State Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Saturday, said the results from specimen taken from the five suspected cases for test at the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Abuja, all came back negative.

According to him, five persons were still undergoing some clinical processes and would soon be discharged from the isolation centre.

He added that the government has put machinery in place to curtail any case of COVID-19 in the state.

“The isolation centre in DASH has been expanded to 18 rooms; nine each for suspected cases and confirmed cases if any,” the Commissioner added.

He urged members of the public not to panic as the government was prepared to tackle all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.


Why I joined cult, 18-year-old boy reveals

13 teenagers have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nasarawa Command, over allegation of being involved in cultism .

Confessing why he joined the cult group, one of the teen, an 18-year-old Usman Yahaya , who belonged to a “Touch and See” cult, said he joined for self-protection and to defend himself from rival snatching his girlfriend.

“This is also the only way to fight against anyone that may want to snatch my girlfriend.”

The NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Muhammad Gidado, while parading the suspects on Tuesday in Lafia, said they were also arrested for other offences like stealing, breach of trust, assault and defilement.


Gidado added that the suspects were apprehended with the support of officers of the Nasarawa Youth Empowerment Scheme and members of the public who shared information with the police.

“That is why I always appeal to the public to assist us. We need their understanding and cooperation because when you fight collectively, you succeed. We are not calling on civilians to go and fight but to be our informants,” he added.

According to him, the suspected criminals were nabbed in the Angwa Tiv area of the Lafia Local Government Area of the state, adding that all the suspects would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.

He said, “Eleven suspected cultists belonging to a group known as ‘Assist’ were apprehended by the command while two others suspected members of the cult called ‘Touch and See’ were arrested in the Shange area of Lafia.

“A total of 26 suspects were arrested for offences ranging from cultism, theft, defilement, breach of trust to assault across the state,” he added.

He explained that the command also arrested a 32-year-old man, Abdullahi Hassan, for allegedly raping and defiling a 10-year-old girl in the Rimi Uku area of Lafia Local Government Area of the state, adding that another suspect was also arrested for alleged breach of trust.

The NSCDC boss noted that they suspects were arrested in the last one week.


NYSC embezzle our 10 months allowance— Nasarawa corps members cries out

Some corps members serving in 2017 Batch B Stream 1 and 2 have accused the National Youth Service Corps for diverting their monthly stipends in the last 10 months, amounting to N98million.

The complaints were made on Nairaland platform, that NYSC connived with the Nasarawa State Ministry of Education officials to divert their allowances.


According to the corps member, simply referred herself as Felicity, the state government had not paid them in the last 10 months.

“Nobody has paid us a kobo. The allowance the state government pay is not much but it goes a long way to show how much they appreciate our sacrifice to the country.

“It is sad that we are not enjoying the benefits that other corps members enjoy in other states.”

But the state coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Zainab Isah, debunked the allegation that NYSC officials connived with state government officials to embezzle the corps members N98m allowance.

Isah said the NYSC was working hard to ensure that the youths get their allowances from the state government as soon as possible.

But when contacted, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Aliyu Tijani, insisted that the government had paid the allowances of all the corps members whose names were submitted to his ministry.

He said the NYSC state coordinator forwarded names of corps members who were being owed arrears of allowances to the tune of N98m which he said the government could not pay.

“How did the management of the NYSC come about the N98m arrears of allowances? I can’t pay what I don’t know,” he said.


Two NYSC members drown in a river in Nasarawa while swimming, another died during childbirth

Two Corps members, Oguntola Wasiu Babatunde and Danjuma Jamil Salihu, have died in Nasarawa, after drowning in a river while swimming at Assakioi in Lafia East Development Area.

Another Corps member in the state, Memunat Ahmad Yarwa, has also been reported dead from complication while giving birth.

Reacting to the incidence, NYSC in a statement mourned the three compatriots.

“The Management and staff of the National Youth Service Corps as well as serving Corps members nationwide mourn three of our compatriots, who died in Nasarawa State last Sunday.

“The entire NYSC family grieves over the loss of these heroes, especially coming when they were in their primes and contributing towards strengthening unity and national development.

“They will continue to be remembered for their patriotic zeal, selflessness and dedication to the service of our fatherland.

“May the Almighty God grant them eternal rest.

“Meanwhile, the Management has sent officers to deliver condolence messages to the families.

“We stand by them in solidarity and prayers in this moment of grief.

“We also pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.

“Management also wishes to use this medium to announce the release of another Corps member, Nwankpa Blessing, who was kidnapped in Nasarawa State.

The statement further said the corps member is in good health and now receiving all necessary “physical and psychological support”, while thanking the state Police Command for their effort in rescuing the Corps member.

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Peace Corps deploys personnels to Nasarawa, ignors police

Defiant Nigerian Peace Corps on Wednesday deployed its members to mosques and strategic places in Nasarawa States ahead of Eld-el-Kabir celebration, the News Agency of Nigeira reported.

Despite at variant with the police and other security agencies, and been accused of being an illegal paramilitary agency for which its leader, Dickson Akoh, is being prosecuted, Peace Corps, nevertheless took up a self-less service, saying its group is a well-registered NGO.

The National Assembly has since made moves to legalize the Peace Corps into a para-military agency.

The lawmakers passed the Peace Corps Bill last month, but it is yet unclear if President Muhammadu Buhari will sign it into law.

Reports from Premium Times had narrated how scores of senators took bribes to pass the bill. But the Peace Corps denied the story, saying it only lobbied the lawmakers.

Commandant of the corps in Nasarawa State, Bala Joshua, told reporters that 90 Peace Corps personnel would train other members that will provide security at several local government areas of the state, as activities heightened ahead the major Muslim celebration on Friday.

The personnel are undergoing a three-day routine training programme to prepare them for the task.

Mr. Joshua, who reportedly described the exercise as a “proactive strategy”, said it was to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

He said that the corps embarked on this in the interest of national security, stability, peace and development.

“We have decided to train you for effective service delivery so as to ensure peace by assisting other security agencies in combating crime in the state and the country at large,” Mr. Joshua said.

The Peace Corps chief said his group plans to work with existing security agencies to provide security and shun untowards behaviours.

“We are collaborating with other security agencies to sensitise the people on the need for them to behave well, shun crime and other negative tendencies in order to have a hitch-free Sallah celebration,’’ he said.

But the police commissioner in the state, Bello Sadiq, denied working with the Peace Corps ahead of Sallah.

“I’m not aware of any cooperation with the Peace Corps by my command,” Mr. Sadiq saidWednesday night.

He said the command has coordinated with existing security agencies of which the Peace Corps is not amongst.

Existing security and relevant federal agencies, including the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, have openly expressed their disapproval of the Peace Corps and the activities of its leaders.

The police have not reopened the Peace Corps headquarters in Abuja several months after they shut it and arrested its national commandant, Mr. Akoh, who had since been released on bail.


Women killed her baby, throws corpse in river in Nasarawa…took husband by surprise


A 25-year-old woman, Mwuese Kelev, has been arrested by the Police for the murder of her 3-day-old baby in the Kadarko, Keana Local government area of Nasarawa State.

The police had on Monday received a report about the dead body of the baby found in the river and had proceeded on investigation into the crime.

The police detectives arrested the suspect (mother of he dead child) on Tuesday, who confessed to the crime, DSP Idirisu Kennedy, the Command’s Police Public Relation Officer, told Northern City News in Lafia on Thursday.

The police PRO said Mwuese Kelev had confessed to committing the crime, but did not give any cogent reason for killing the baby.

Keleve would be charged to court as soon as police conclude investigation, Kennedy said.

His said, “Based on the report from the preliminary investigation, the woman is sane and has admitted to committing the crime.”

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Reacting to the incidence, Keleve’s husband, Mr. Fanen Peter, said his wife’s action took him by surprise, after being married for 15 years, with two children.

The deceased baby is their third child and has since been buried, husband said.


Reacting to the incident, the paramount ruler, Kadoko of Kadarko, Chief Fabian Orugu, described Keleve’s action as a devilish act “which cannot be tolerated.”

He applauded the efforts of residence of the area and the police for the collaboration that led to the culprit’s arrest.

The monarch promised that the traditional council would monitor the case to ensure that the law took its course so as to serve as a deterrent to others.


Confusion over strange cross sighted in Nasarawa mosque


Residents of Assakio Development Area in Lafia, Nasarawa State were thrown into confusion on Saturday following the sudden appearance of a strange cross five feet away from a central mosque in the community.

The mysterious sighting attracted a mammoth crowd from Assakio and its environs with many praying for forgiveness and blessings.

Our correspondent observed that the illuminated cross was projected on to the ground.

A 15 year-old-girl, Hajara Hussaini, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said she first sighted the sign of a cross at about 8pm on Wednesday.

Hussaini, who said she had been sent on an errand by her parents, explained that when she saw a strange light, she as gripped by fear and rushed back home to alert her mother, Matan Liman.

Confirming the incident to journalists, Matan said she had sent her daughter to visit her grandmother. The middle-aged woman added that her daughter saw the crucifix while returning from the errand.

The Chief Imam of Assakio Central Mosque, Muhammed Iliyasu, who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent that the appearance of the cross within the premises of the mosque was a revelation from God, affirming that “Jesus is also a prophet of God.”

Also confirming the incident to our correspondent, Very Rev. Micheal Dogo of the Evangelical Reform Church of Christ, Assakio, described the appearance of the cross as a sign of reconciliation in the community.

Other eyewitnesses, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH at the scene of the sighting, expressed fear and bewilderment.

An Enugu State native, Grace Eze, who resides in the Ashige area of the community, added that she got healed after visiting the scene of the cross.

She said, “I underwent a surgery about two years ago after which I started to experience a movement in my body. But after praying before the cross, I got healed.”

A resident, Jonathan Amegwa, said he was overwhelmed by the appearance of the cross in the mosque