Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted some students of Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State.
It was learnt that the students were abducted by the gunmen at the university community in Mararraba campus.
Confirming the incident to DAILY POST, the University’s Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Ibrahim, revealed that four students were abducted.
He said that the gunmen attacked the university at about 11:30 pm on Thursday and whisked the students to an undisclosed location.
The statement read: “The authority of the Federal University of Lafia regrets to announce that four students of the institution were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at around 11:30 p.m.
“The unfortunate kidnap incident took place at a community, Mararraba, located close to the university.”
Ibrahim assured that serious efforts were being taken to ensure quick rescue of the victims.
“The Vice-Chancellor, who has since visited the area where the students were abducted, also visited the Nasarawa Police command where he formally notified the commissioner of Police about the abduction of the students,” the statement added.
JUST IN: After 214 Days, Buhari Lifts Ban On Twitter
President Muhammadu Buhari has lifted the suspension on Twitter operations in the country, effective from 12 am, January 13, 2022.
This was disclosed in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency and Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement, Kashifu Abdullahi.
The statement read in part, “The Federal Government of Nigeria directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12 am tonight, January 13, 2022.
“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami.”
BREAKING: Uche Nwosu Arrested, Not Abducted By Gunmen, Say Police
The 2019 governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Chief Uche Nwosu, was arrested, the police said on Sunday.
Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said Nwosu was in custody.
He said the politician was not abducted by gunmen as feared.
The PPRO said: “Nwosu was arrested by the police, not kidnapped as insinuated in the social media.”
Abattam said it was in connection with “a case that is under investigation.”
Eyewitnesses had told The Nation that Nwosu’s abductors were in police uniform.
Nwosu was whisked away from the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama-Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.
He is former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law.
The incident occured during the Outing Service of the victim’s mother, late Jemamah Nwosu.
Nwosu was in the village for the burial last Wednesday.
According to eyewitnesses, the officers stormed the church while service was still on and shot into in the air.
Kaduna Can Pay Workers’ Salary Without Federal Allocation – Budget Commissioner
The Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Abdullahi has said that N184.53 B has been allocated to capital expenditure and N94.05 B to recurrent, on a ratio of 66:37,in the state budget for 2022.
The Commissioner who spoke at a round table with some journalists in Kaduna, explained that the N89.67B for the Social Subsector , has 49% of the capital budget which is the largest sectoral allocation.
“Capital allocations in the social sub-sector are Education (N41.66B), Health (N28.63B) and Social Development (N19.37B). Capital budget allocation for public works and infrastructure is N28.94B and N8.79B for housing and urban development,” he said.
According to the Commissioner, Kaduna state government is targeting N150B annual generated revenue, even as the current internally generated revenue of N50B Kaduna can still pay the salaries of its workers without federal allocation.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has signed the state’s 2022 Budget, assuring residents of the state that the N278.58B budget will be faithfully implemented to advance public welfare and develop human capital and infrastructure.
The signing ceremony, held in the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Wednesday was attended by the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Zailani and principal officers of the legislature, commissioners and other aides of the governor.
Speaking at the event, the governor stated he is very pleased that for the seventh consecutive year, Kaduna State is signing its appropriation bill into law well ahead of the first day of January.
He explained that this alignment of the fiscal year and the calendar year, which has ensured that budget implementation can commence by 1st January of each year.
He attributed this consistent trend to the active collaboration between the House of Assembly and the executive for the benefit of the people of Kaduna State .
Malam El-Rufai described the budget as the budget of the people, a budget of sustainable growth. He commended the Kaduna State House of Assembly for its thorough work on the draft budget estimates, disclosing that the House of Assembly increased the budget size from the N233bn proposed by the executive to N278.58bn to accommodate more project requests.
He expressed his personal gratitude to the Speaker and the entire membership of the House of Assembly across party lines for the very cooperative and collaborative manner they have worked with the executive in the last six and a half years.
Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Yusuf Zailani said that the legislature is fully aligned with the focus of the state government on human capital development and infrastructure.
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