Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has expressed sympathy with the Ohimege Opanda of Dausu, Alh. Usman Abdullahi, over recent attacks on Dausu in Umaisha Development Area of the state by gunmen.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the attacks, which occurred on July 27, left five people dead, with many houses burnt and 14 persons abducted.
The governor, who spoke in Umaisha through the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Saturday, condemned the attack, describing it as barbaric and inhuman.
He assured the royal father and his people of his administration’s readiness to give them adequate protection and to continue to safeguard the lives and property of the people of the state.
“My government will continue to protect the lives and property of the people of the state. The attack is barbaric and inhuman.
“It is unfortunate that people, who were sleeping, were attacked overnight and killed, while their houses were also burnt to ashes,” he said.
Responding, the monarch thanked the governor for his show of concern and his passion for the state and its people.
He also appreciated the efforts of security agents in the area and urged them to redouble their efforts to ensure security of lives and property.
Abdullahi reaffirmed his people’s readiness to give the security agents all the needed support in order for them to succeed.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Nasarawa lawmaker condemns killing of former ECDA Secretary
Mr Abel Bala, a member of Nasarawa House of Assembly representing Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency, has condemned the killing of Mr Benjamin Ekom, a former Secretary General, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA).
Ekom was killed on Monday night in his house in Washo in Akun Development Area of the state.
He was also a former Treasurer of Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Bala paid a condolence visit to the deceased’s house on Tuesday where he was received by the District Head of Eva- Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, among other district heads of Akun Development Area.
He described the killing as inhuman and barbaric.
The lawmaker, who is the minority whip of the state assembly, said that the contributions of Ekom to the development of Eggon nation, journalism profession and the state at large would be greatly missed.
“I am here to sympathize and condole with the family, Eggon nation and Akun Development Area over the brutal killing of one of our own, Mr Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary General.
“I condemn this act in totality as it is inhuman and barbaric,” he said.
The lawmaker called on the security agents to fish out his killers and punish them accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.
“I want to use this medium to call on the security agents to swing into action and fish out those who killed Mr Benjamin Ekom and punish them accordingly in order to serve as deterrent to others.
“As it will also go a long way in ensuring peace in the state and the country at large,” he said.
Bala urged the family and the entire Eggon nation to take solace in God and prayed for repose of the deceased soul.
Responding, the District Head of Eva-Washo, Mr Malle Anzaku, thanked the lawmaker for the condolence and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ekom was attacked and killed in the midnight of Aug.3 in his house in Washo, Akun Development area of the state.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Tajudeeen Atitebi (NAN)
Gunmen kill journalist in Nasarawa
Gunmen have killed a former treasurer of the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the killing of Ekom, who was also a former Information Officer with the Akun Local Government Council of the state, comes barely seven days after the killing of five people in the state.
On July 27, five people were reported killed with 14 others still missing at Dausu community in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.
The traditional ruler of Aren-Akun community, Alhaji Usman Galadima-Umbugadu, who spoke to NAN on the incident on Tuesday, described the killing as unfortunate and barbaric.
Ekom, who was also a former Secretary-General of Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) was killed late on Aug. 3 at his house in Washo, Akun.
Galadima-Umbugadu described Ekom as a committed subject whose contributions would be missed by the chiefdom.
“Yes, it is true that my subject, who served as the ECDA secretary, was attacked and killed in his house in Washo community by gunmen.
“This is unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled.’’
The monarch said that Ekom contributed a lot to the development of the chiefdom, advising the family and the community to take solace in God.
Also speaking, Mr Adams Makka-Nangba, District Head of Wakama community, described Ekom’s death as not only a great loss to the family but to the entire Akun chiefdom.
“It is sad that Benjamin Ekom, the former ECDA Secretary-General, was assassinated in his house yesterday night.”
Makka-Nangba prayed for the repose of the soul of the former information officer.
Spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, Mr Ramhan Nansel, told NAN that he was yet to receive information on the death of Ekom.
“I am yet to get that information. I will make my finding,’’ Nansel said.
Meanwhile, the corpse of the murdered journalist has been deposited at a hospital mortuary in Akwanga.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Sule charges Nasarawa youths to embrace govt. programmes
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has charged youths in the state to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and embrace his administration’s youths development programmes.
Sule gave the charge on Tuesday when he received the new National Speaker of the Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN), Shuaibu Sani, who paid him a thank-you visit at the Government House, Lafia.
The governor noted that his administration could only succeed if the youths keyed into the its development initiatives with great zeal and patriotism.
He pledged support for the assembly’s plan to hold the inauguration of the new executive in the state.
“This is a positive development since this administration is doing everything to promote the wellbeing of the youths,” he said.
Sule, while congratulating Sani on his emergence as the national speaker of the assembly, said he was not surprised by his victory considering his antecedents, especially in youth affairs.
“I wish to congratulate you on behalf of the government and people of Nasarawa State. You have made us proud by working so hard to be elected.
“You have being a true ambassador of the state and now will become an ambassador of Nigeria,” the governor said.
He expressed his administration’s determination to renovate the Sani Abacha Youth Centre, Lafia, in order to make the centre viable.
“It will promote the image of the state, especially now that the YAN national speaker is from the state,” the governor said.
Earlier, Sani said he was at the government house to show his appreciation to the governor for his support throughout his campaign and to get his blessing to in order succeed.
“We have decided to adopt you as a role model because of your leadership style.
“We feel if we have a leader like you, ready to listen to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian youths, we believe the cry of Nigerian youths will be a thing of the past,” Sani said.
He appealed for the governor’s assistance toward a successful inauguration of the new EXCO slated for August 19, in the state.
Edited By: Sam Oditah and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Nasarawa NUJ condemns attack, killing of ex-treasurer
The NUJ made its position known in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Sunday John, on Tuesday in Lafia.
The Union described the attack on innocent residents of the state by criminal elements as one too many, and called for drastic and proactive measures to be taken to protect lives and properties of residents in all parts of Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that late Ekom, of the Federated Chapel of journalists, was gunned down on Monday night.
The leadership of the union further urged security agencies to fish out killers of the former treasurer, to face the law; and also called for the support of members of the public in helping to unravel the mystery behind the incident, to expose criminal elements in their midst.
It, however, commended the efforts of the federal and state governments towards tackling insecurity, but urged that more be done to ensure that the people were safe to go about their lawful activities without fear, and also to avoid an escalation of the situation.
“The entire journalists in the state also condole with the family and friends of the deceased, and pray God to forgive his shortcomings and grand him eternal rest,’’ the union said in the statement.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)