No fewer than four students of the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, have reportedly been kidnapped by heavily armed men who stormed the university premises and whisked them away to an unknown destination.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Ibrahim, confirmed the incident in a statement made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.
He explained that the gunmen stormed the university premises which is located in Mararaba community at about 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped the students but said efforts were being made to secure their release.
“The Management of the Federal University of Lafia regret to announce that four students of the university were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at around 11:30 p.m.
“The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, on behalf of the management of the institution, expressed his profound outrage at the unfortunate development and condemned it in strong terms and demand the immediate release of those kidnapped.
“The vice-chancellor, who has since visited the area where the students were kidnapped, visited the Nasarawa Police Command where he formally notified the Commissioner of Police about the abduction of the students,” the statement read in part.
The statement added that the VC had contacted other security operatives, appealing to them to work tirelessly for the safe and quick return of the students while urging students in the area to pay more attention to security-related matters at all times.
Efforts made to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, as of the time of filing this report proved abortive as he was not responding to phone calls.
Taraba crowns new Aku-Uka of Wukari
Manu Ishaku Ada Ali has been crowned Aku-Uka of Wukari in the Kwararafa Kingdom of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.
His installation came barely three months after the demise of the chairman, Taraba Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II.
The new Aku, who is the son of the 23rd Aku-Uka, Ada Ali Agbumanu, who reigned from 1974-1976, hails from the Bama Ruling House.
His coronation, which took place on Friday in Wukari council, brought together the Jukun race from far and near as well as dignitaries from the nooks and crannies of the country.
The new monarch, who is the 25th Aku-Uka of Kwararafa kingdom, was installed by the Kunvyi of Wukari, Manu Irimiya .D. Agbu, who said the monarch emerged following his selection by the four kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle.
Elated by the development, the newly installed monarch urged his subjects to throw their weights behind him to succeed in presiding over the affairs of the kingdom.
He urged those who contested for the stool along with him to join hands with him to make the kingdom a better place, vowing to carry everyone along.
Earlier, the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Haruna Istifanus Gbana, admonished the new Aku to endeavour to work round the clock to herald the much-needed peace and unity in Jukun land.
Distancing government from the selection process, he said the exercise was purely traditional.
Born on 24th March 1946, the new Aku holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Forestry from the premier Federal College of Forestry Jos, Plateau State.
He joined the civil service in 1965 and retired in the year 2000 as Chief Forestry Superintendent after 35 years of meritorious service.
Buhari cancels visit to Zamfara, broadcasts apology
By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has apologised for not visiting Zamfara as earlier planned on Thursday, due to inclement weather conditions.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari tendered his apology in a special broadcast to the people of Zamfara on Thursday evening.
”It pains me that I can no longer be with you today as I had planned. I had just finished what I came to do in Sokoto at the BUA cement facility and was looking forward to meeting you.
”I have been told that the trip cannot hold anymore because of bad weather which has made it impossible for my helicopter to fly to Gusau from Sokoto.
I understand how you feel about this development but I know that you will agree with me that Allah knows best.
”I particularly sympathise with your Governor, Bello Matawalle and his cabinet who have put everything in place to make the visit a successful one.
”I look forward to a more weather-friendly period when I will visit.”
The President reiterated his administration’s determination to put an end to the activities of bandits and terrorists in the state, and directed security agencies to sustain the onslaught against the criminal elements.
He reassured that the Federal Government in collaboration with the Zamfara government would continue to ensure peace and stability in the state.
”I am directing our security agencies to sustain the onslaught against terrorists, restrict cross-boundary infiltration and all unauthorised access to the goldmines in the state.
”The Federal Government and the Zamfara government are working to ensure that peace returns to all parts of the state in the shortest possible time and we expect all citizens to cooperate with, and support in all ways, the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
”God bless the people of Zamfara ,” he said