Police confirms village head abduction in Nasarawa

The police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of Alhaji Yakubu Dauda, Village Head of Sabon Gida-Barkin Kogi in Lafia Local Government Area by unidentified gunmen.

ASP Samaila Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia.

Usman said that the monarch was abducted from his house at about 1:25 am on Monday.

According to him, the abductors came to the house, shot sporadically before whisking the village head away to an unknown destination.

Atiku's man in trouble over alleged $4m

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is reported to have arrested an associate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate,Atiku Abubakar, over alleged laundering of $4 million.

The money is termed “suspicious election cash”, the Nation said.

The arrest followed an intelligence report on a suspicious transaction by a Bureau De Change (BDC) operator.

The Nation had exclusively reported how the PDP reportedly allocated $3million each for “logistics” to its 36 state branches and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

INEC has re-configured 95% of smart card readers-Chairman

The Independent National Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it has achieved 95 per cent configuration of the Smart Card Readers to be deployed for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja on the commission’s preparations for the postponed national elections, Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, promised that the configuration of the card readers would be completed on Wednesday.

INEC meets on elections campaign

Following the opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ban on electioneering during the one week extension of poll, the commission will meet today to review the restriction.

INEC, according to its national chairman’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to review its position and decide whether or not to reopen campaigns.

The two leading parties have argued that the commission’s restriction has no basis in law.

Best teacher gets 2-bedroom flat in Edo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presented keys to a two-bedroom apartment to the best teacher in Edo, Mrs Noragbon Osaru for her outstanding performance in her profession.

Osinbajo made the presentation when he inaugurated 100 housing units at Emotan Gardens in Benin.

Osinbajo said: ”I am presenting the keys to a two-bedroom apartment to you for your outstanding performance and commitment to the teaching profession.”

According to Osinbajo, the Federal Government is committed to providing affordable housing to the people.

Niger govt. donates N27m relief materials to flood victims in Kontagora

Niger state government has donated N27 million relief materials to flood victims in Rafin-Gora community in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.

Alhaji Ahmed Inga, Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday.

NAN recalls that 10 persons mostly children loss their live as a result of a downpour in Rafin-Gora community in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.

NYSC tasks stakeholders on security for corps members in Niger

Mrs Theresa Arokoyo, Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has called on stakeholders to provide adequate security for corps members in upcoming elections.

A statement by Mrs Favour Albert, Head of Public Relations of NYSC in the state, said that Arokoyo made the call at a forum with stakeholders in Minna on Thursday.

Arokoyo called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Department of the State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force to prioritise the security of corps members during and after the elections.

Police say Kaduna-Abuja road safe

The Police Command in Kaduna State on Thursday dismissed as fake, news circulated on social media advising commuters not to travel through Kaduna -Abuja highway because of alleged attacks on motorists.

The Command’s Public Relations Officers, DSP Yakubu Sabo, in a press statement issued in Kaduna, said there has been no security issues along the highway for long.

The story being circulated was purportedly issued by the Security and Safety Division of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Jan. 20.

NEMA distributes relief materials to victims of bandits attack

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to 1,000 victims of bandits attack in four communities of Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara.

Mrs Lydia Madu, NEMA Head of Operations in charge of Niger and Kwara, disclosed this in Minna on Wednesday.

She said that the attacks on Woro, Nukku, Worumskoto and Tunganmaje communities were carried out in 2018.

“The bandits took farm produce, while members of the communities that resisted the bandits were killed and their houses burnt down.

Centre calls for political will on water

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development has expressed worry over water crises in the country, calling for political commitment from the three tiers of government to reverse the trend.

Dr Otive Igbuzor, Executive Director of the centre, who made the call at the sidelines of the National Summit on the Human Right to Water in Abuja, noted that it was regretable that the sector was bedeviled with poor access.