The Overseer of Akun Development Area of Nasarawa State, Mr Emma Yaro, has called for the arrest and prosecution of the killers of a Journalist in the state, Mr Benjamin Ekom.
Yaro said in a statement on Wednesday in Lafia that the arrest and prosecution of the killers would serve as deterrent to others.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ekom was attacked and killed on Aug.3 in his house in Washo, Akun Development Area of the state.
He was a former Information officer of the council and former Treasurer, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council.
The overseer described the death of Ekom, who was also a former Secretary-General, Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), as painful and a great loss to Eggon community and the state.
He said that the contributions of the deceased to the development of the area and the state would be greatly missed.
“He has contributed a lot to the development of journalism, humanity and the state.
“His contributions will be greatly missed but we pray God to grant him eternal rest.
“No matter how long it would take for the perpetrators of this act to be arrested and brought to book, justice must be done,” he said.
Yaro admonished the youths and people of the area not to take the law into their hands.
He assured that security agencies had already commenced investigations into the matter and shall soon fish out the culprits.
The overseer urged the family of the victim and the Eggon nation to take solace in God.
He also prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)https://nnn.ng/akun-dev-area-overseer-wants-arrest-of-killers-of-nasarawa-journalist/
Nasarawa APC pass Vote of Confidence on Gov Sule
The Nasarawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence on the administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule.
Mr Philip Sheckwo, Chairman of the party in the state stated this at a news conference held in Lafia on Saturday.
Sheckwo said the decision was taken at an expanded party exco meeting held in Lafia on Friday, Sept. 18.
“The meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence on his Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule,’’ he said.
The state chairman added that the party at the meeting also lauded the leadership of the Governor for involving the party in his administration.
He said the party also expressed satisfaction with the tremendous strides the administration had achieved so far.
“In less than two years, he has made a lot of impact on the administration of the state. On the overall development of the state, he has also made a lot of impact.
“He has made a lot of impact in all sectors. We express our gratitude and encourage him to continue in that direction,’’ he said.
Sheckwo said the achievements and healthy relationship with the party convinced party members in the state to pass a vote of confidence on the admi9nistration.
He also explained that the party discussed vital issues that touched on the progress of the party in the state and also made an appraisal of the gains of the party so far.
“The meeting, in line with the constitution of the party, encouraged stakeholders at the state and local government levels to shun any individual interest that may seem to override that of the unity of the party.
“Stakeholders are encouraged to synergize with the party at various levels both at the ward, local government and state levels, in order to witness more progress for the party in the state,’’ he said.
According to Sheckwo, party stalwarts also acknowledged with gratitude the cordial relationship between Gov. Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, who currently represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the Senate.
He added that Gov. Abdullahi Sule, all State Executive Committee members, local government chairmen and their secretaries, were in attendance at the meeting.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Nasarawa Govt inaugurates 18-man committee on education sector
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has inaugurated an 18-member committee in the education sector to underscore issues as well as proffer solutions to them.
Speaking during the inauguration on Friday in Lafia, Sule said the committee was as put in place as a measure towards revamping the education sector in the state.
“Composition and inauguration of an education sector development plan is aimed at providing impetus for the actualization of the vision of this administration for the sector and by extension the state at large.
“It is worthy to state that both the outcome of the baseline survey carried out by the renowned expert and the recommendations of the summit will be made available to this committee for its guidance.
“Perhaps, I should stress that the government was very meticulous in the selection of members of this committee out of a broad spectrum of the professionals within and outside the state in order for us to benefit from your own experiences,” he said.
He explained that the committee is to be guided by the terms of reference that involves a holistic look at the entire education system, school structures, and human capital in education as well as make appropriate recommendations.
“To appraise the implementation of the free education, school feeding, adult education, special education as well as family life special education in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability in line with the objective of Nasarawa state Economic Development Strategy and to make appropriate recommendations.
“To examine the level of infrastructural decay in the post primary institutions, particularly in science designated schools, vocational and relevant technology centres, technical schools and information and communication technology centres in the state.
“You are to recommend measures for their transformation and upgrading in line with the current needs and realities of the state,” he said.
The governor, who expressed confidence on the members of the committee announced that the committee has 12 weeks within which to submit its report.
Hajiya Fati Sabo, Chairman of the committee and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology pledged to be resolute towards carrying out the herculean task.
“Your excellency, I want to assure you that we will bring our professionalism and experience to bear for the benefit of Nasarawa state,” she said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide
Insecurity: NAF trains 219 Special Forces in Bauchi
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inaugurated training for another batch of 219 Special Forces (SF) personnel and graduated 24 rappellers to boost internal security operations in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known at the inauguration of the special forces and graduation of the Intermediate Rappelling Course 7/2020 on Friday in Bauchi.
Abubakar said that out of the 357 personnel drafted for the special forces course, only 219 would undergo the training as 24 rapellers graduate.
The CAS, represented by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Amin, added that the NAF Special Forces’ training was borne out of the need to ensure robust defence of Nigeria’s territory.
He said “as part of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, NAF is constitutionally obligated to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, so that they can go about their legitimate businesses unhindered.
“Currently, NAF is recording significant successes in the fight against insurgency in the North- East, as well as against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the North West and North-Central parts of the country.
“In order to consolidate on the gains made so far, the Force recently activated the 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group, Gombe, for enhanced capability in providing timely and actionable intelligence to contain insecurity.”
Abubakar said that the training of selected Regiment personnel as Special Operations Force elements had become even more crucial.
“This is in line with the practice of modern air forces around the world, which now deploy specially-trained ground forces to provide situational awareness for aircrew, thereby reducing collateral damage and enhancing safe conduct of air operations,” he said.
The Air Force boss added that this informed the establishment of the Special Operations Command, with Headquarters in Bauchi, as well as Quick Response Groups/Wings in Gusau, Owerri, Ipetu-Ijesa, Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Gembu, Agatu and Lafia, among others.
According to him, SF capabilities hold great importance to military operations worldwide.
“They are capable of operating in all types of terrain and weather conditions to achieve favourable resolution of security threats,” he noted.
Abubakar charged them to be prepared to put in their best and draw on every ounce of determination and resilience in them to excel.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting NAF toward providing highly skilled and professional manpower to meet the Air Force’s operational requirements.
The chief of air staff also inaugurated 10 one-bedroom flats for non-commissioned officers and the Bauchi NAF Base to ease their accommodation problem.
Earlier, the Acting Commandant, Regiment Training Centre Annex, Bauchi, Sqn. Ldr. Using Jantika, said 357 Regiment, Intelligence and Personnel, were nominated for the Special Forces screening.
He explained that “on completion of medical screening for the Special Forces, 111 were reported to be medically unfit for engagements, 18 voluntarily withdrew from the course and nine failed to report due to service exigencies.”
He noted that only 219 personnel comprising 14 officers and 205 airmen/airwomen were successful, while 28 Special Forces instructors were nominated for the Intermediate Rappelling Course.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Military‘ll hunt Darul Salam terrorists group into extinction soon- DHQ
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the military with its aggressive clearance operations will push the Darul Salam Terrorists group into extinction in no distant time in the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while fielding questions from newsmen at the weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the military was working relentlessly with all stakeholders to put an end to the operations of the group in the northern part of the country.
He said that the Defence Headquarters had determined to deploy both kinetic and non-kinetic means to rid the nation of the group and other forms of criminal elements.
He recalled that no fewer than 410 members of Darul Salam Terrorists group surrendered to the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke during an encounter at Uttu in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State in August.
He said the terrorists who surrendered following an aggressive operations by troops and other security agencies at identified criminals’ enclaves included women and children.
“The group, I can assure you that in no distant time, will go into extinction.
“We are putting pressure on them, as all hands are on deck and we are getting good information; and we are tracking them with those that are suspected to be collaborators that fence them.
“So that is where we are now, and like I always say it is not always good for me to say this where they are or not, or to tell you that we are sending troops to anywhere, but we are on top of it.
“We are not assuming at all, because it is a group that their own motivation is based on ideology and most thing that is difficult to kill kinetically is ideology. So ideology can be defeated by all stakeholders, particularly those that speak to their conscience, that speak and touch their mind.
“I can assure you that all stakeholders are working together, particularly our religious partners in this regards, they are now sensitizing the general public to believe in the core religious practices and follow them, so that is what we are doing.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned, we are following aggressively, getting every information and we are getting good support,” he said.
He, therefore, appealed for more understanding and cooperation from Nigerians to enable the military win the war against terrorism.
He commended the public for its cooperation in providing credible information which has so far facilitated the successes of operations’ across the country.
He therefore sued for sustained military and civil cooperation, while also stressing the need for proactive and timely information to enable troops nip threats to security in the bud.
He vowed the readiness of the Armed Forces to sustain the momentum of on-going operations, until victory was attained.
“This is very necessary for enhancement of operational activities.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria assures that these offensives against the common enemies of this nation will not cease until normalcy is restored to all the troubled zones of the country,” he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz