The Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has deregistered Progressive Chapel in the state with effect from Monday, July 13.
A statement issued in Lafia on Monday and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the council, Mr Salihu Alkali and Mr Sunday John, respectively, said this.
According to the council, the deregistration followed the decision of five of the 12 members of the Progressive Chapel who returned to the Correspondent Chapel after amicable resolution of all grievances that led to the formation of the Progressive Chapel.
“Since the Correspondent Chapel has agreed to accept all the members of the now defunct Progressive Chapel, the continuous existence of the Progressive Chapel is in violation of Article 5G (1 and 2) of the NUJ constitution,” the council said.
The council said it noted with satisfaction the mass movement of members of the defunct Progressive Chapel back to their main body, the Correspondent Chapel.
“Consequently, the leadership and members of the defunct progressive chapel are advised to join the correspondent chapel which is the only chapel for members of NUJ working outside the location of their establishments,” the council added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the progressive chapel was registered in 2019 by the state council of NUJ after some members of the correspondent chapel left to form the new chapel over some differences.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
Nasarawa Killing : Gov. Sule charges community to fish out criminals
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state on Sunday, charged the people of Udege Chiefdom to fish out criminal elements amongst them following the killing of the village head of Odu community, Mr Amos Obere.
A statement by Mr Ibrahim Addra, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, quoted him as giving the charge during a fact-finding visit to the palace of the “Osu Ajiri,” Halilu Bala -Usman in Udege, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said that fishing out the criminal elements would not only ensure peace but fast track the development in the area.
“We believe there are criminal elements amongst the people of this area and we must fish them out,”he said.
He restated his administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of the state.
The statement said that the governor expressed worry at the resurgence of insecurity in the area that had hitherto been peaceful some months ago.
He added that criminals must not be allowed to truncate peace and economic activities in the communities.
On his part, Bala-Usman commended Gov. Sule for beefing up security in the area and for the on going construction of the Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road.
He, however, appealed for the appointment of more district heads in the area for ease of administration and improved security.
The statement said that the governor was accompanied on the visit by former governor and Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu and other government officials.
The team later paid a condolence visit to the palace of the late village head.
Meanwhile, the Police command in Nasarawa state has vowed to fish out the killers of the village head.
Mr Nansel Ramhan, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lafia that the command had begun investigation to unravel the circumstances behind the attack
He said the Police would not rest on its oars until the killers were identified, arrested and prosecuted.
NAN recalls that gunmen had on Friday, July 31, stormed Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state and shot dead the village head during the attack.
Edited By: Angela Okisor and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Police vow to fish out killers of district head in Nasarawa
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has vowed that it will fish out the killers of Mr Amos Obere, the District Head of Odu Village in Nasarawa Local Government Area.
Obere was murdered by unknown gunmen on Friday.
Nansel Ramhan, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made the vow while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lafia.
According to him, the command will not rest on its oars until the killers were identified, arrested and prosecuted.
He said investigation to unravel the circumstances and those behind the attack had since commenced.
Ramhan also urged members of the public to supply the police with useful information that would aid the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.
The police spokesperson said that the force received information about the attack on Friday at about 10pm.
“Upon the receipt of the information, a detachment of police personnel comprising Special Anti Robbery Squad, Police Mobile Force, personnel of Operation Puff Adder and Vigilante led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) raced to the scene and discovered that the victim was shot.
“He was rushed to the hospital but died while receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Mararaba Udege,” he said.
Obere, until his demise, was the district head of Odu Village in Udege Development Area of Nasarawa Local Government. .
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Ajimobi’s widow preaches love, forgiveness
The widow of late former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Florence, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and sharing of love.
She made the call while playing host to a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo State on Saturday evening at her Oluyole residence in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation led by the council Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola, had visited to celebrate the Sallah with the family of the late former governor.
Ajimobi urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Sallah to forgive each other and review their lives, saying the greatest gift for anyone was to make eternity.
“Let’s show love to those we know and love. It is not enough to love them in our heart. Let’s us learn to forgive each other.
“The greatest gift anybody could give himself is to make eternity. What are you going to do after 70 years on earth? Eternity is forever. There is no end to it,” she said.
Ajimobi also counseled Nigerians to use the opportunity of her husband’s death to review their lives.
She expressed confidence that her husband lived a fulfilled life, saying she would forever be proud of him.
“My husband lived 70 years. 70 years of fulfilment, achievements and impact on many lives. Forever, I will be proud of him. I called him my hero. He is my hero and will forever be my hero.
“For me, he is never late and we shall live forever. He is a man I love, cherish and will forever be in my heart,” she said.
She described her late husband as her greatest supporter and strength, adding that, his death came as a mark of destiny.
“I don’t want to behave like an unbeliever because I know nothing happens without God’s input. We are all here one day and we are all going back one day.
“Nobody knows when death is going to come. I believe so much in destiny and I believe my husband’s time was up. He lived a fulfilled life.
“I am crying because I missed him. I missed everything about him. I miss his love, his advice. Having him around me was my strength. He was my greatest supporter.
“He thinks I am a strong woman but this time, I tell you I am not a strong woman. He used to give me all the strength I needed as a woman.
“So when I cried, not because he hasn’t achieved much, but because I missed so much about him,” she said.
She expressed the belief that that her late husband made heaven, adding it was her greatest consolation.
“What does it profit a man even if he lived up to 90 years and he can’t make heaven? Abiola Ajimobi made heaven and he is at peace with God. That is my greatest consolation.
“Whoever is begrudging Abiola Ajimobi, who else do you want to begrudge now? The man is dead. That peace you cannot make again. You cannot rectify it.
“I know whoever is not happy with him will feel that guilt forever because the opportunity to make up with him is gone.
” Life is short. Abiola Ajimobi has gone today, who is next? Nobody knows. It could be anybody,” she said.
Ajimobi, who said she shared the best 40 years of her life with the late former governor, expressed the family’s readiness to uphold his legacies.
“I am proud to share the best 40 years of my life with him. I know the journey ahead of me is a long one but with God on my side, it is achievable.
“I know God will sustain us, our family and his political family. God will give the family the strength to uphold his legacies and to continue the good work he has done.
“When I listen to all the good things people have to say about him, I am so pleased to have him as husband. I am proud to be his wife,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the NUJ for the visit, saying it gladdened her heart.
Ajimobi also prayed for the delegation, assuring it of the family’s support.
“For those of you that are here today, I say thank you from the depth of my heart. On behalf of my children and the entire family, I say thank you.
“What we are doing here today is to prove to the world that he lives on. My husband is not physically here but I know his spirit lives on.
“This is a trying period in my life, but your visit has further strengthened me. Thanks for the love. His political family has been so much supportive.
“I don’t know what we would have done without them. I want to reassure you that you can always count on this family for support.
“Abiola Ajimobi lives on in our hearts and the heart of his political family, Nigerians by extension, and for anybody that accepts him as somebody that came, saw and conquered,” she said.
Babalola, in his remarks, eulogised the late former governor for his legacies, praying Almighty God continue to strengthen the family.
NAN reports that the late Ajimobi’s family had distributed several rams, food items and cash to political associates as well as residents.
The family also hosted a forum to celebrate the Sallah which was attended by political associates and residents.
(Edited Benson Iziama/Mufutau Ojo)
Eid-el-Kabir: Sen. Al-Makura urges more prayers for Nigeria
Sen. Umaru Al-Makura (APC, Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone) has congratulated the Muslim Ummah across the country on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The former Nasarawa state governor urged them to intensify more prayers to attract God’s intervention in tackling the challenges bedevilling Nigeria.
The senator gave the advice in Lafia on Friday in his Sallah message to the Muslim faithful.
Al-Makura commended the Muslim Ummah for being able to commemorate the sacrificial act of Prophet Ibrahim in spite of the challenges bedevilling the country, especially the harsh impact of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
He then urged them not to relent but use the occasion to intensify more prayers to God to intervene in the challenges bedevilling the country including a lasting solution for COVID-19 whose spread is increasing in the country.
“The celebration is coming at a time when Nigeria is in dire need of special prayers for God’s intervention on COVID-19 pandemic, and other challenges bedevilling the country.
“Therefore, I urge you, my brothers and sisters, let us use the opportunity of this occasion to intensify our prayers to attract the intervention of Allah in tackling these challenges for the benefit of the nation,” he said.
Al-Makura who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy also enjoined the Muslim Ummah to use the period to promote peace, mutual understanding and unity of the people in his constituency, the state and country at large.
The senator called on Muslims to use the Eid period to show more love and kindness to both Muslims and non-Muslims, the sick, the physically challenged, the poor and the elderly.
He also stressed the need for Muslims during the Sallah celebration to continue to adhere to all preventive measures, particularly maintenance of social distancing, wearing of face mask, regular hand washing, use of sanitiser, among others.
According to him, these will go a long way to control and contain the spread of Coronavirus for the wellbeing of the society.
He then called on the people of his constituency and the entire state to continue to pray for him, Governor Abdullahi Sule and President Muhammadu Buhari, to succeed in delivering the dividends of democracy in their various capacities.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)