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Kidnapping: MACBAN, community leaders pledge to support security agencies in Nasarawa



Kidnapping: MACBAN, community leaders pledge to support security agencies in Nasarawa

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Nasarawa chapter and Fulani community  leaders in the state, on Saturday pledged to partner security agencies to tackle the menace of kidnapping and other crimes.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they made the commitment in Lafia during an emergency meeting of the state, local government officials of MACBAN and Fulani “Ardos” community leaders across the state.

Speaking at the meeting, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, State Chairman of MACBAN, said the decision was necessitated by their determination to address insecurity in the state.

Hussaini said that most of the criminals involved in kidnapping in Nasarawa were displaced from other states.

“We will continue to monitor the activities of kidnappers, especially around Nasarawa and Toto Local Government Areas where cases of kidnapping are more rampant.

“The Fulani people in the state have suffered a lot as victims of kidnappers and their cattle are also often rustled for ransom.

“Majority of the kidnapped victims are Fulani people because our people live in the bush and are vulnerable to the activities of criminals.

“Our people are being subjected to payment of up to N5 million ransom to kidnappers, yet everybody blame us for kidnapping instead of sympathising with us,” he said.

He, however, noted that there were also some criminal elements in the Fulani communities in the state.

” The few criminals among us are giving the entire Fulani people a bad name. We all being branded now as kidnappers and armed robbers,” the MACBAN chairman said.

He urged all Fulani families to expose criminal elements among them in order to redeem their image as good and peace-loving people.

Also speaking, Lawal Dono, Chairman of Ardos in the state, said as leaders, they would not harbour criminals.

Dono said that they would direct their people to provide security agencies with relevant information about criminal elements in order to stem the tide of crime in the state.

He also pledged their support to the state government’s efforts at ensuring a peaceful and crime-free Nasarawa.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)


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Gov. Sule condemns killing of journalist, others in Nasarawa state



Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has condemned the killing of a former treasurer of the State’s Council of  the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr Benjamin Ekom, by unidentified gunmen.

Mr Ekom, who was also former Secretary-General of the Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), was on Monday, Aug. 3, killed by unidentified persons in his residence at Washo village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

Sule, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ibrahim Addra, on Tuesday in Lafia, described the killing of the journalist as “shocking.”

He said the killers of Ekom  and all other innocent citizens were enemies of peace and progress of the state and the country.

He assured that his administration would fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly acts and bring them to justice.

“Let me reassure all citizens of our state that we shall fish out these criminals, and shall not relent in our efforts to secure lives and livelihoods of all inhabitants of the state.

“The security agencies have been put on alert and will pursue until these criminal elements are hunted down and brought to justice.

“Our prayers are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the hands of evil doers in the land,” Sule added.

The governor said that his administration would  remain resolute and focused on the task of building a prosperous and peaceful Nasarawa state.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that gunmen had also on July 31, stormed Odu village in Nasarawa Local Government Area, where they shot and killed the village head, Mr Amos Obere.

Similarly, on July 27, five persons were reportedly killed and 14 missing in Dausu village in Toto Local Government Area following a night attack.


Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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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)

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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)



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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.

He said that his administration’s focus on industrialisation, education, health and tourism, among others, is targeted at the wellbeing of  youths.

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.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sani was accompanied on the visit by the state YAN Speaker, Jaafar Loko, among other executive members of the group.

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