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  •  Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner
    Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner
     Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner
    Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner
    General news21 mins ago

    Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner

    Police confirm abduction of Nasarawa State commissioner Police confirm abduction of NasarThe Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of Yakubu Lawal, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism by gunmen.

    DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.

    According to the PPRO, “On Monday, Aug. 15 at about 8:45 p.

    m., the attention of Policemen on routine patrol was drawn to the sound of sporadic gunshots in the Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

    He explained that the operatives attached to Nassarawa-Eggon Division immediately raced to the scene.

    “Adesina Soyemi, Commissioner of Police (CP) also reinforced the men with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, Military personnel, Vigilante as well as local hunters.

    “Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that unknown gunmen while shooting sporadically,  invaded the residence of the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination.

    “The search and rescue operation is ongoing by the combined team, led by Area Commander, Akwanga Area Command, ACP Halliru Aliyu to rescue the victim unhurt and arrest the perpetrators of the crime,” he added.

    The PPRO said that the Commissioner of Police directed that anyone with useful information should assist the command to rescue the victim and arrest of the kidnappers.

    He therefore said that those with useful information should reach out to the command via the following numbers: 08035951018, 08033806409, 08037461715 and 08036157659.The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that gunmen on Saturday invaded and killed a staff member of Government Science Secondary School Nassarawa-Eggon in the same LGA the Commissioner for Information was abducted.

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  •  Tinubu will consolidate on President Buhari s achievements Nasarawa Speaker
    Tinubu will consolidate on President Buhari’s achievements – Nasarawa Speaker
     Tinubu will consolidate on President Buhari s achievements Nasarawa Speaker
    Tinubu will consolidate on President Buhari’s achievements – Nasarawa Speaker
    General news2 days ago

    Tinubu will consolidate on President Buhari’s achievements – Nasarawa Speaker

    Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu will consolidate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements when he becomes president in 2023. The declaration was made in Abuja on Sunday by the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi.

    He spoke with newsmen at the end of a meeting between Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the northern parts of the country and the APC presidential candidate.

    Abdullahi said APC was sure of victory with Tinubu as its presidential candidate.

    “We are confident that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will continue from where President Buhari will stop.

    “We thank God Almighty for the gift of life; we thank Him greatly for the success of the just-concluded APC presidential primary election.

    “We equally appreciate our party men and women for their sense of unity and patriotism.

    “We will not relent; President Buhari has laid a good foundation for the nation’s prosperity.

    “We are putting our mechanism in motion; we are strengthening our strategies at various constituencies and states,’’ he said.

    Abdullahi also told newsmen that the APC would continue to do the needful through grassroots mobilisation to emerge victorious at the 2023 general elections.

    “Our unity, our victory is assured; we have done it before and we will do it again, by God’s grace.

    The speaker advised Nigerians to have faith and confidence in the ability and capacity of the APC’s presidential flag bearer considering his wealth of experience and track records.

    Abdullahi urged Nigerians to support Tinubu wholeheartedly.


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  •  Clergy urges churches to promote unity serve as agents of change
    Clergy urges churches to promote unity, serve as agents of change
     Clergy urges churches to promote unity serve as agents of change
    Clergy urges churches to promote unity, serve as agents of change
    General news2 days ago

    Clergy urges churches to promote unity, serve as agents of change

    Rev. Abiola Aremu, the Pastor in Charge, First Baptist Church, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, has called on Nigerian churches to promote unity and serve as agents of positive change in the country.

    Aremu who gave the advice at his book launch, in Akwanga, said that Nigerian churches and their leaders must use their influence to promote peace in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the title of the book is “The Correct Church: Becoming an Agent of Shift”.

    NAN also reports that the event featured the induction and 40th birthday celebration of the pastor.

    According to him, the desire to correct the church, not in terms of building but in terms of the human resources which made up the church, prompted him to writing the book.

    The clergy said that the human resources, who are christians must always eschew bitterness and promote peace, unity and love in all their endeavours.

    He added that for social vices to be curbed, christians have a role to play by ensuring that they live exemplary lives.

    “The focus of the book is for us to have a correct church because if we have a correct church, then all the issues of immorality in our society will be curbed.

    “For instance, the juvenile delinquencies, drug abuse, abductions, kidnappings and so on happening now in the society.

    “But once there is a correct church as regards to the leaders, volunteers and members, then things will work smoothly.

    “Every individual, whether as under-shepherd, volunteers or members of the church, our lives must be correct.

    “We must submit our lives to Jesus Christ, then we will be able to metamorphose our lives in the society, in our offices, schools, government parastatal and wherever we find ourselves,” he said.

    On his part, Rev. Dr Sola Lawal, Senior Pastor, Oore-Ofe Oluwa Baptist Church, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, called on religious leaders to publicly stand for societal peace and harmony at all times.

    “Our society needs us now, we ought to be involved in nation building, we all must contribute our quota.

    “We also have the responsibility of mobilising the people under us to perform their civic responsibilities and ensure that there is peace in our community.

    “By doing that, we can guarantee peace and progress in the entire nation,” he said.

    Lawal in his advice to the celebrator, urged him to use his God given position to speak the truth at all times as it would go along way in instilling moral values among his members.

    “My word of advice is for him to face the work, have focus, be kingdom minded and see himself as the representative of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he added.

    Mr Gabriel Oyeleye, a deacon in the church, also advised the celebrator to build trust, unity and propagate the tenets of the Holy Book. “I advise him to work for trust and do his best to uplift the work of God in this church.

    “In all section of the church, all areas, I pray that God will help him to lift the church higher,” he said.


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  •  Gunmen invade school kill teacher in Nasarawa
    Gunmen invade school, kill teacher in Nasarawa 
     Gunmen invade school kill teacher in Nasarawa
    Gunmen invade school, kill teacher in Nasarawa 
    Defence/Security2 days ago

    Gunmen invade school, kill teacher in Nasarawa 

    Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have shot to death a teacher in Government Science Secondary School Nassarawa-Eggon, Nasarawa State, Mr Auta Nasela.

    A staff member of the school who preferred anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the attack occurred at about 8:00 pm on Saturday.

    He said that the gunmen gained entrance into the school premises and went straight to the residence of the deceased, demanding for money.

    The source added that the deceased ran to his neighbour’s apartment, but was pursued and shot by one of the gunmen.

    He said that another staff member of the school, Mr Timothy Malle was also shot but survived the attack, adding that he was rushed to hospital for medical attention.

    Confirming the incident, DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, said the incident was a case of armed robbery.

    “Yesterday around 8:45 pm, a distress call was received from GSS Nassarawa-Eggon that hoodlums invaded the residence of one Auta Nasela.

    “When they gained entrance, they started demanding for money but the man escaped to his neighbour’s house, but one of the hoodlums followed him and shot him.

    “He was rushed to the General Hospital Nassarawa-Eggon by the police, but unfortunately died while receiving treatment,” Nansel added.

    The PPRO said that the police has since commenced investigation into the matter with a view to arrest and bring the perpetrators to book.

    He called on members of the public to always avail the police with information about criminal elements for necessary action.  


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  •  Nasarawa Govt urges coaches athletes to discourage intake of banned substances
    Nasarawa Govt. urges coaches, athletes to discourage intake of banned substances
     Nasarawa Govt urges coaches athletes to discourage intake of banned substances
    Nasarawa Govt. urges coaches, athletes to discourage intake of banned substances
    General news3 days ago

    Nasarawa Govt. urges coaches, athletes to discourage intake of banned substances

    The Nasarawa State Government, has advised coaches and athletes against intake of banned substances and performance enhancing drugs.

    Amb. Lucky Isaac, the State Commissioner for Youths and and Sports Development gave the advice on Friday at a one day anti-doping seminar for Coaches and Athletes in Lafia.

    Isaac said the programme was both deliberate and imperative, considering the negative effects of doping on the life of an athlete and the impact in the society.

    According to him, government was taking proactive measures to prevent doping among athletes and would not tolerate any athlete or coach that encouraged the intake of banned substances.

    “The penalties will be very severe from us before the necessary agencies take up their own sanctions.

    ”“This programme is the brainchild of the ministry, and the aim is to create awareness and sensitise our coaches and athletes to the danger of taking performance enhancing drugs“You are all aware of how many great athletes have been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, (WADA) because such athletes took substances that aided their performances.

    “Such ugly development brought shame and embarrassment to the athletes, families, federation, and their country as a whole.

    “The world is seriously against the intake of steroids for podium appearance.

    Not only that, illicit intake of drugs can be detrimental to the life of an athlete, and this could in turn, affect how the society operates.

    “Using your natural abilities is the best way to celebrate success.

    Isaac urged the participants to pay adequate attention to Resource persons and what would be taught at the seminar.

    He thanked the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule, for approving funds for the programme.

    The commissioner restated the ministry’s commitment to give adequate attention to sporting activities in the state.

    “As a ministry, we will continue to create level-playing ground for our sports men and women to thrive and excel, ” he said.

    Proponent of the initiative and Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Mr Ubah Musa, disclosed that the need to compete clean and protect the state’s athletes and coaches during competitions informed the motive of the seminar.

    He  stressed  that more of such programmes would be hosted in the future to place the state in the comity of states with disciplined and clean athletes and coaches.

    Respondng, Bashir Bassey, who spoke on behalf of the coaches, thanked the ministry for the initiative.

    He pledged to do all within their powers to ensure strick adherence and clean participation in sporting events.

    Some of the athletes who participanted, Esther Obile and Godiya Dogara said the programme taught them a lot and made them to understand precautionary steps to take to avoid falling victims of doping.

    They said they would continue to work hard under favourable conditions to dominate podium appearances.

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  •  Terrorism NOA holds sensitisation against child soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
     Terrorism NOA holds sensitisation against child soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
    General news4 days ago

    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nasarawa State directorate on Friday, organised sensitisation to create awareness on the new trend of the insecurity; child soldiers’ recruitment by terrorists in the north eastern and other parts of the country.

    Speaking at a sensitisation organised for stakeholders in Lafia, Dr Priscilla Gondoaluor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa State, said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise people, so that they could engage in activities that would hurt the trend.

    According to her, the sensitisation of the stakeholders in the state became necessary to enable them to monitor the movement and the company they children keep so as to secure their future.

    Gondoaluor said that the terrorists had taken advantage of the economy situation in the country to lure and recruit young boys who were mostly uninformed and naive into their gang at tender age and raised them as terrorists.

    “These young ones are brain-washed and made to accept the ways of life of the terrorists and bandits, grow up to enlarge that group, it shows that they future is in jeopardy and it poses a great dangers to the society.

    “To support the activities of the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule who is doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity in Nasarawa state, we are sensitising stakeholders: traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and youths leader.

    “We are speaking with them; and also hear from them to get commitment on how this incidence of child-soldiers can be stemmed,” she said.

    Speaking at the event, the Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage, represented by Aliyu Sanda, Gayam Lafia, commended the Agency for the sensitisation.

    He noted that the traditional rulers would work relevant authorities to ensure that the unfortunate did not get to state.

    “As parents, we should keep eyes on our children, be observant as well as monitoring their companies, we cannot afford to jeopardise the relative peace we are enjoying in the state,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sensitisation had in attendance the traditional rulers, religious leaders, Department of State Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Road Safety Corps, National Union of Road and Transport Workers, National Youths Council of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission.


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  •  Zamfara earmarks N700m for broken bridges community roads
    Zamfara earmarks N700m for broken bridges, community roads
     Zamfara earmarks N700m for broken bridges community roads
    Zamfara earmarks N700m for broken bridges, community roads
    General news4 days ago

    Zamfara earmarks N700m for broken bridges, community roads

    Zamfara Government on Friday said it had earmarked N700 million for the reconstruction of five bridges and a set of roads across four local government areas.

    The Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-Bore, stated this at the inauguration of the projects at the 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army Cantonment, Gusau, Zamfara on Friday.

    The commissioner listed the bridges to include Maigungumi Village and Tofa village near Dansadau, Maru LG;  Badoki village bridge, Gurusu and Nasarawa Bukulu bridge in Bukuyum LG, as well as Ruwan Gora bridge in Talata Mafara area.

    The project also  included a 500-metre access road to Staff School of 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army Cantonment, Gusau.

    He said approval of the project followed complaints from the affected communities.

    Gurbin-Bore said some of the affected bridges had broken down since the last four years.

    The commissioner assured that the project,  being executed through direct labour, would be completed within the shortest time to reconnect the affected communities.


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  •  Youths Day Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence embrace peace
    Youths Day: Nasarawa Govt. urges youths to shun violence, embrace peace
     Youths Day Nasarawa Govt urges youths to shun violence embrace peace
    Youths Day: Nasarawa Govt. urges youths to shun violence, embrace peace
    General news4 days ago

    Youths Day: Nasarawa Govt. urges youths to shun violence, embrace peace

    Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development Lucky Isaac has urged youths of the state to shun violence and always embrace peace for development of the state.  

    This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Eche Amos, the ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) and made available to newsmen, to commemorate the International Youth Day in Lafia.  

    The News Agency of Agency reports that the International Youth Day has its theme as “Inter-generational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”.  

    The commissioner said that if youths and other Nigerians embraced peace at all times, it would promote development and improve on their standard of living.  

    He warned them to stay off any form of violence or acts capable of jeopardising their future and the society at large.  

    Isaac congratulated youths of the state for joining their counterparts around the world to commemorate their day.  

    “Youths of Nasarawa state are disciplined, energetic, innovative, hopeful, fearless, smart, competitive and determined.

    They make the impossible possible, in spite of obvious hindrances,” he said.  

    He emphasized that the energy and talent of youts of the state was unmatched.  

    Isaac implored them to take advantage of the multi-cultural and religious settings of the state to be tolerant with one another, and be one another’s keeper.  

    The commissioner urged youths to see the day as a reminder that they were competent, strong and motivated to do things right at all times.  

    The commissioner restated Gov. Abdullahi Sule-led administration’s commitment to continue to initiate programmes and policies that would enable them to reach their goals.  

    He appealed to the youth to take advantage of the numerous youth-related opportunities the current administration  provided.  

    “Continue to rally round the Sule’s administration to enable it i achieve its mantra of “Exceeding All Expectations,” the commissioner.

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  •  COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
     COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    General news4 days ago

    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases

    Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.

    It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.

    It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.

    Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.

    The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.

    The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of  Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.

    It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.

    “Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.

    NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than  28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.

    The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.

    The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage. 

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  •  IYD NYCN urges govt to address yearnings of youths
    IYD: NYCN urges govt to address yearnings of youths
     IYD NYCN urges govt to address yearnings of youths
    IYD: NYCN urges govt to address yearnings of youths
    General news5 days ago

    IYD: NYCN urges govt to address yearnings of youths

    The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Nasarawa State Chapter has urged governments at all levels to redouble efforts towards addressing the yearnings and aspiration’s of youths.

    The Nasarawa State Chairman of NYCN, Malam Jaafar Loko, made the call in his message to mark the 2022 International Youth Day Celebration, on Thursday in Keffi.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aug.12 of every year is a day set aside to celebrate youths worldwide with focus on issues affecting their well being.

    The theme of this year’s international youth day celebration is,” Intergenerational Solidarity; Creating a World for All Ages.” The objective of the theme is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to leave no one behind.

    It will also raise awareness on certain barriers to Intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young and old persons, while having detrimental effects on society as a whole.

    Loko, therefore, emphasised the need for the government and private sector to continue to place priority on programmes that seek to empower the youths and give them a sense of belonging.

    He enjoined Nasarawa State youths to take advantage of the numerous empowerment initiatives of the State and Federal Governments in agriculture and entrepreneurship to become self employed and offer opportunities for others.

    Loko also urged the youths to avoid cultism, criminal activities, truancy, excessive intake of alcohol, smoking and other acts capable of destroying their future.

    On the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, the youths leader cautioned young people against thuggery and all forms of electoral criminality.

    Loko, who thanked Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the state for his support to youths programmes and empowerment in the state, endorsed his reelection bid.

    He called on youths in Nasarawa to mobilise support for Sule across the nooks and crannies of the state.


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