Seven final year students rusticated over ‘immoral sign-out celebration’

Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, IMAP, Lafia, Nasarawa State, has rusticated seven graduating female students for their involvement in what has been described as an “indecent” sign-out celebration.

The decision was announced by Mr. Ali Hassan Mohammed, the Public Relations Officer of the state-owned institution, in a statement released on Friday in Lafia.

According to the statement, the Academic Board of IMAP convened on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and reached the decision to rusticate the students for one academic session.

The rustication comes in the wake of the students’ alleged display of indecency, tarnishing the institution’s reputation during the sign-out celebration.

“The affected students, who have already been communicated with, are to resume in the 2023/2024 academic session with letters of undertaking to be of good behavior from their guardians or parents, serving as a deterrent to others.” Ali Hassan Mohammed said.

Responding to the development, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Justina Anjide-Kotso, stated her commitment to upholding standards and academic excellence within the institution.

Dr. Anjide-Kotso made it clear that her administration would not compromise on principles, urging students to be dedicated to their studies and maintain discipline.

The incident gained public attention when images of the affected students, dressed inappropriately during a sign-out celebration months ago, went viral on social media, drawing criticism from Nigerians.

DAILY POST had reported that the school management in response to the controversy, has implemented a ban on sign-out celebrations within the campus until further notice.

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Nasarawa govt enrols 130 Almajiris in health insurance scheme

The Nasarawa State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 130 Almajiri teenagers have been enrolled into the state’s Health Insurance Agency as part of its efforts at improving their health status.

Arewa PUNCH recalls that in May 2020, the state government repatriated 788 Almajiris in the state to their various home states in a bid to ensure they got proper education and care from their parents.

Speaking with our correspondent in Lafia on Monday, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aishatu Ibrahim, explained that the gesture was to ensure that young residents of the state who are part of the Almajiri system, get adequate healthcare coverage at all times.

She added that the state government had also enrolled 80 of the Almajiri children in public schools in order to ensure that they achieve sound education.

Ibrahim said, “What we are doing is mainly to ensure that children in the state, including the Almajiris, get good healthcare and sound education.

“The Nasarawa State Government embarked on pragmatic programmes and policies geared towards impacting positively on the lives of the Almajiris.

“This is why apart from enrolling the Almajiris in the health insurance scheme, over 80 of them were recently enrolled into public schools in the state in order for them to acquire basic western education,” he remarked.

The Commissioner stressed that measures have been put in place towards ensuring that the Almajiris are engaged in meaningful ventures for their future instead of roaming the streets and begging for alms.

Therefore, she called on good-spirited individuals and organisations to key into the efforts of the state government in rendering assistance to the Almajiris in every way possible in order to ensure a guaranteed future for them.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Yahaya Bawa-Ubam has disclosed that the agency is targeting to enrol 500,000 residents of the state into the scheme by the year 2027.

Bawa-Ubam, who was recently appointed by Governor Abdullahi Sule, informed Arewa PUNCH that over 218,000 persons had enrolled into the scheme and are currently benefiting from the quality out-of-pocket healthcare services.

He added that the beneficiaries were registered under different packages such as public sector, informal sector, vulnerable, students, among others.

He called on healthcare providers in the state to be professional in thier conduct, and give their enrollees the desired services in order to increase the confidence of the people in the scheme.

“The benefits of health insurance schemes to ensuring a healthy society can not be over emphasised, hence the need for all residents of the state to enrol in the programme,” Bawa-Ubam insisted.

Speaking on the development, the Director of Education, Almajiri Liberation Movement in the state, Abdullahi Mohammed, commended the Nasarawa State Government for taking steps towards protecting the health of the Almajiris and for enrolling them in public schools across the state.

He revealed that the Non-governmental organisation had also been making arrangements towards enrolling a minimum of 260 Almajiris in schools in order to boost their knowledge and learning capacities.

However, Mohammed, lamented that a major challenge that the NGO is facing in its quest at helping the Almajiris is that most of their care-givers (Mallams) have not been cooperating with the organisation in getting the details of the new entrants in their respective locations.

“The Almajiris are not only those seen on the streets begging for food. There are also Almajiris who do not go out on the street to beg. The major reason for this is that most parents do not want to take care of their responsibilities,” Muhammad stated.

Continuing,  he maintained, “We have been making efforts for the Almajiris in Nasarawa State, but the mallams have not been meeting up with our expectations because most of them they go ahead to take them (Almajiris) without any proper documentation.

“Some of the Almajiri children do not even know their states of origin. We told them (mallams) to collect the details of parents who bring their children to learn from them, but they have not been cooperating with us.

“Helping the Almajiris without knowing about their parents and other details has not been easy because while collaborating with the government to offer assistance to them, we would have to explain why we want the assistance for the Almajiris.

“So, I am calling on the mallams to henceforth give the needed cooperation to us so that we can collectively help the Almajiris to have better futures,” he pleaded.

(Punch)

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Family members chain, starve man to death in Nasarawa over alleged witchcraft

The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested Hassan Ismail and Mohammed Sani for allegedly killing their son over a witchcraft allegation.

The acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Shettima Jauro Muhammed, made this known to journalists while parading the suspects on Monday.

He said the arrest, which was effected on Thursday last week, followed credible information that the deceased, Mohammed Sani of Agyaragu Tofa, was tied and locked up in a room where he starved to death.

He revealed that the family members hurriedly buried him to avoid suspicion.

He said: “Based on credible information that one Mohammed Sani of Agyaragu Tofa was tied on both hands and legs and locked up in a room where he starved to death and was hurriedly buried by his family members on the allegation of witchcraft, police operatives attached to A Division, Lafia, swung into action and got Hassan Ismail and Mohammed Sani arrested. Efforts are ongoing to arrest all individuals involved in the dastardly act.”

(Daily Post)

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BREAKING: Appeal Court sets aside Tribunal judgement, affirms Sule as Nasarawa Gov

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has overturned the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s October 2 decision to sack All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor Abdullahi Sule.

A three-judge panel of the court ruled that the tribunal erred in declining to rule on the legal issues raised in the APC and Sule’s objection, which challenged the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, David Ombugadu, as well as the petition’s competence.

The court held that the petitioners at the tribunal – PDP and Ombugadu – failed to prove their allegations of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The court, having delivered judgment on the main appeal, is giving its decisions on the remaining three cross-appeals.

More details to follow…

(Nation)

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Don’t use judiciary against our will, we voted Gov Sule – Nasarawa West tells PDP, Ombugadu

Residents of Nasarawa West Senatorial District have warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, David Ombugadu, to desist from using the judiciary to go against the will of the people.

The senatorial district, which comprises Keffi, Karu, Kokona, Nasarawa and Toto local governments, all gathered in Keffi on Friday to voice their displeasure over the recent judgement of the state’s governorship election petition tribunal, which removed Governor Abdullahi Sule from office.

The residents showed their support for Governor Sule by carrying different placards with messages reflecting their surprise and dissatisfaction with the judgement.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “We voted for Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule and no one else” and “nobody should ever think of using the judiciary to go against our will,” among others.

The residents called upon the Court of Appeal to rectify what they perceived as an unjust decision of the tribunal and restore the rightful mandate of the incumbent governor.

Reacting on behalf of the governor, Prince Attajiri, the Western Coordinator, along with five executive local government chairmen, commissioners, heads of government agencies, political appointees, party chieftains, interest groups, and stakeholders, appealed for calm among support of Governor Sule.

(Daily Post)

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Uncle arrested for allegedly raping 10-year-old, 4-year-old nieces in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has apprehended one Mr. Adamu Sani for allegedly raping two of his nieces, aged 10 and 4, in the Karu Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Ramhan Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made the disclosure during a press conference held in Lafia on Friday.

The announcement was made while parading 29 suspected criminals apprehended for various crimes across the 13 local government areas of the state.

Ramhan explained that the arrest was carried out after the Mararaba ‘B; Division received a complaint about the rape of two minors.

“Recently, a complaint was lodged at Mararaba ‘B’ Division, detailing a harrowing incident where two young girls aged Ten (10) and Four (4) years were allegedly raped by their Uncle.

“The girls were left in the custody of Mr. Adamu Sani, the younger brother of the complainant, while their parents were out trying to make ends meet. The perpetrator warned them not to inform their parents about the assault.

“In response to the complaint, Police operatives swiftly swung into action, apprehending the suspect. The investigation into this distressing matter is currently ongoing.”

Nansel, while parading other suspected criminals, disclosed the arrest of two other suspected rapists who allegedly raped an 8-year-old girl in an uncompleted building in the Akwanga LGA of the state.

He added that their arrest was possible due to painstaking efforts by officers of the Command.

“On 05/09/2023 at about 3 pm, a complaint was lodged at Akwanga Division that, the duo of Abdullahi Ibrahim and Muhtari Abdullahi conspired and lured an 8 years old girl into an uncompleted building where they took turns to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“Reacting to the unsavory development, Police operatives immediately launched a manhunt for the suspects and got them arrested. They have confessed to the crime.”

The Police spokesman warned all criminal elements in the state to leave without further delay, adding that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

(Daily Post)

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Sokoto, Borno, Nasarawa least expensive states in Nigeria – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics says Sokoto, Borno and Nasarawa are the least expensive states to live in Nigeria.

NBS disclosed this in its August Consumer Price Index data released on Friday.

According to the data, Sokoto recorded 20.91 per cent, Borno 21.77 per cent, and Nasarawa 22.25 per cent, recording the slowest rise in headline inflation year-on-year.

In contrast, Kogi, Lagos, and Rivers are the most expensive states to live following NBS’s August inflation data.

Kogi State recorded the highest inflation rate, which stood at 31.50 per cent, followed closely by Lagos at 29.17 per cent and Rivers at 29.06 per cent.

DAILY POST recalls Nigeria’s headline inflation rate rose to 25.80 per cent in August.

(Daily Post)

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