Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasarawa State Command on Friday paraded 17 suspected criminals for various offences committed in some parts of the state.
Mr Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari, Commander of NSCDC in the state made this known while parading the suspects in Lafia.
Mahmoud-Fari said the suspects committed crimes such as rape, theft, cybercrime and vandalism.
He explained that five of the suspects were arrested for rape, one for armed robbery, two for vandalism, seven for theft and the remaining two for cybercrime and criminal breach of trust.
“We have five suspected rapists. The worst part is that one of them is suspected of raping a six-year-old girl while another raped a seven-year-old girl.
“The other one impregnated a 13-year-old girl and one suspected homosexual who defiled an 11-year-old boy.
“Then we have one suspected case of armed robbery, and two suspected vandals who vandalised railway materials. We also have seven suspected theft of different kinds.
“We have two cyber criminals who use their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards to withdraw money from people’s accounts,” he said.
Mahmoud-Fari said that most of them had already confessed to the crimes and would soon be charged to court to face justice.
“Most of them were arrested in Lafia excluding those who use their ATM cards to withdraw money from accounts. One was arrested in Keffi, another in Lafia,” he said.
The NSCDC commander gave an assurance that the command would continue to work hard to rid the society of criminal elements.
He, however, appealed to the public for support through useful information on activities of criminal elements in their communities.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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)
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)