Gunmen Kill Chinese Miner, 1 Police, 2 Others In Nasarawa State

Some unidentified gunmen has killed one Chinese national, a police officer and two other workers of a mining company at Alongani village in Nasarawa Eggon local government area of Nasarawa state.

The State Police Command spokesman, DPS Kennedy Idirisu, who confirmed the killing, said that the victims were returning from their mining site in a company truck at about 4:00pm Monday before they were ambushed at Alongani village by the gunmen who shot at them from different directions.

Idirisu said that a Chinese, a police escort and two others workers were killed during the ambush while another Chinese national survived with bullet wound and currently being treated in the hospital.

Idrisu added that the state Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, had deployed officers and men of the command to the area to work in collaboration with other security agencies as well as the vigilante in order fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

He noted that the Commissioner of Police had visited the chairman of the Nasarawa Eggon local government area as well as the mining company office with the view to tackling the disturbing situation in the area.

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Thunder Kills 21 Cows In Nasarawa State

The Zonal Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa South, Nasarawa State, Jaafaru Usman, on Thursday said 21 cows had been killed by thunder at Ashige in Lafia East Development Area of the state.

Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia that the thunder stroke on Tuesday morning during a downpour killing all the 21 cows belonging to a herdsman, Malam Bature Lere.

He appealed to the state Government, authorities of the Lafia East Development Area and public spirited individuals to assist Lere who lost all his cows to the thunder.

“I am appealing to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura to assist this man who lost all his cows to the disaster,” he said.

He, however, advised the herdsman to regard the incident as an act of God and pray for a better future.

Mr Tijani Abubakar, a staff of Veterinary Services Department, Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, also confirmed the incident and described it as “a natural phenomenon’’.

Abubakar, who said that he was delegated to assess the incident, sympathised with the herdsman, and assured that he would take his report to the appropriate quarters.

Narrating his ordeal, Lere said the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday during a downpour.

He said that the cows were all that he had and appealed to the state government and well meaning individuals to come to his aid.

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Gov. Al-Makura Appeals For More FG Projects In Nasarawa State

Gov. Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government for the provision of more basic infrastructure for the people of the state.



The governor made the call when the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatude Fashola, paid him a courtesy visit in Lafia.



Al-makura said the state was neglected in the area of infrastructure development in the last dispensation and required urgent attention of the government because of its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory. According to him, Lafia is the only the state capital among the 36 states of the federation that is left with 33 KV line, “and it is most disheartening and a big paradox in our life as a state”.



“We have 330 KV line passing through Lafia to Jos, Makurdi and Enugu but because we have been the orphan state that has been so abandoned, so neglected because we did not belong in those past four years, there was no effort to drop the 330 KV lines which is just on top of Government House.” According to him, “power which is one of the most critical facilities for any nation to grow was so neglected in the state that the capital was left with only 33 KV line that comes from Akwanga and which is also used to supply other towns”.



He said each time the state requested for improvement, it was one complaint or the other; either the budget was not earmarked for that or many other things. “We were left to our fate and I am sure the present leadership will put smiles in the face of the people of the state.” Al-makura also appealed to the minister to construct more roads and houses in the state, considering its proximity to the seat of government. He said 60 per cent of work force from Abuja was residing in Karu and other neighboring towns. Earlier, Fashola said he was in the state to inspect the ministry’s projects, either ongoing or abandoned, to enable government to plan properly.


“My mission here is quite simple; we are on a nationwide and geo-political zonal tour of projects that the ministry is involved in, either executing, about to execute and so on and so forth,” he said. He, however, requested for land from the state government to enable the Federal Government to build more houses for the benefit of civil servants.




NAHCON honours pilgrim for returning missing money

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Wednesday rewarded a pilgrim from Nasarawa State, Suleman Bello, for returning money belonging to an Afghanistan Pilgrim, Haji Mosa Gousdin.

The Pilgrim had returned 2,345 US Dollars (N466,655), 303 Saudi Riyals (N16,076) and 3,020 AFN (N9,370) to the Nassarawa State Pilgrim Welfare Board, which subsequently took the money to NAHCON.

Presenting the money to the owner through an official of the Afghanistan Hajj Ministry, Sayed Tahir Hashimi in Mecca, NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar, said Bello would participate in next year’s hajj on the ticket of the commission.

“This is a reward for honesty and truthfulness. Bello is a worthy representative of Muslims community in Nigeria and Nigerians in General,’’ he said.

Mukhtar said the pilgrim had chosen to honour his religion and to project the image of Nigeria rather than to use the money for selfish personal interest.

“This is to prove to you that Nigerians are honest and truthful. We appreciate Bello’s gesture. This shows that he is a good Muslim and true Nigerian.’’

Receiving the money on behalf of the pilgrim, Hashimi thanked NAHCON for contacting Afghan’s officials in Mecca, who inturn, traced the owner of the money.

He appreciated the effort of both the pilgrim and NAHCON, adding, “May Allah reward Bello with Aljannah Firdausi.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gousdin, who could not hide his happiness, said he would forever remember the good gesture of Nigerians.