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Just in: Suspected Herder kills OPC member in Ondo.

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The Youth Leader mentioned that the two security agencies joined the search team and headed into the forest to rescue the abducted farmer

Barely five days after the peace parley between Ondo State Government and Fulani herders, some suspected herders have killed a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Iju, Akure North Local Council.

The OPC member was identified as Mr. Adejuyigbe Daniel, while a farm owner, Mr. Segun Akinmeji, was also abducted by the herdsmen at his farm located at Okeji Farm Settlement in the town.

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At press time, a source close to the farmer said the kidnappers had contacted the family demanding N60 million ransom.

A youth leader in the town, Mr. Ogundeji Ayodeji, said that the Fulani herdsmen had been terrorising the host community for a very long time through abduction, collection of ransom and killing of victims.

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He revealed that the incident occurred on Saturday when Mr. Akinmeji went to his farm only to be reportedly abducted by some Fulani herdsmen while some other men with him escaped with bruises.

According to him, the incident made him summon youths and some OPC members in the town to organise a search team on Sunday morning to locate the victim in the bush and set him free from his abductors.

He, however, noted that their search was to no avail till Monday morning when they reported the case to the police division in the town and members of the South West Security Networks, popularly known as Amotekun Corps, to join the search party.

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The Youth Leader mentioned that the two security agencies joined the search team and headed into the forest to rescue the abducted farmer but were engaged in a gun duel by the herders.

He said the search continued on Tuesday morning, as the group, numbering about 30, moved to the forest in batches, while the late Adejuyigbe headed to a separate direction to continue his search for the missing farmer.

He bemoaned that after the whole exercise, all search party members assembled but the late OPC member was not present, adding that this made them intensify more efforts to look for him.

He said his dead body was later found at a place where the local tent allegedly erected by the herders was located with his legs and hands tied and eyes blindfolded.

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The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Tee Leo-Ikoro, who confirmed the incident, averred that investigation had commenced to unravel the killing and abduction of the late Adejuyigbe.

He said that the Commissioner of Police had ordered a manhunt for the suspected killer-herders.

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MURIC suggest what Gov’t should do to Farmers amid Herders’ damages.

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FG was yet to compensate what farmers were going through in the hands of marauding herdsmen.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Federal Government to compensate farmers, whose crops were destroyed by Fulani’s herds.

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Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC Director, made the appeal in a statement issued in Lagos, on Friday.

He suggested that the compensation, which might be in instalment, should be paid to those whose farms were destroyed throughout the federation.

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The group said it had some shreds of evidence, including video clips, of how herds destroyed farms belonging to members of MURIC.

“MURIC is now in possession of evidence of destruction of crops on farmlands by cows brought by herdsmen.

“We sent out feelers to all states where we have branches of MURIC and the reports are overwhelmingly convincing.

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“We asked our members to supply information on the activities of herdsmen in their states, including Abuja.

“In fact, we were stupefied by the outcome,’’ the director said.

Akintola charged both federal and state governments to take responsibility, saying it was clear that FG was yet to compensate what farmers were going through in the hands of marauding herdsmen.

“Perhaps we will appreciate the pain of farmers better when we realise that agriculture essentially entails a long and slow process from clearing to planting and harvesting.

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“We reiterate that the government should roll out a compensation programme, to be paid to farmers of all categories, who have evidence of loss of crops due to the activities of herders and bandits.

“This will make government’s policy of bailout comprehensive, fair and balanced,’’ he said.

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Amotekun arrest over 30 Fulani Herders, 5,000 cows.

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the state commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye disclosed…

Regional Security outfit, Amotekun has announced the arrest of 37 herdsmen and seizure of 5000 cattle for violating a quit notice issued by the Ondo state government.

The state government issued a 7-day quit notice to herdsmen in government forest reserves across the state.

Confirming the arrests, the state commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye disclosed;

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“Some of them have opted to leave the state because they couldn’t meet with our terms and conditions.

“They came through the Chairman of Miyatti Allah in the state.”

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Groups compulsory Fulani Herders to vacate Edo forest in 2 weeks.

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The state COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this in a virtual meeting chaired by Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

A Groups, Talakawa Parliament and Orhionmwon stakeholders, yesterday, issued a two-week ultimatum to killer-herders to quit forest and farm settlement in Edo state to enable farmers and women gain access to their farms without fear and threat to their lives.

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Addressing journalists in Benin City, Coordinator of Talakawa Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, decried the killings by herdsmen in Edo State, particularly in Orhionmwon Council.

He urged Edo people to stop consuming beef as a protest to register their displeasure over the killings in Orhionmwon by killer-herders.

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Lamenting the activities of herdsmen leading to the senseless killings across farms in Ugo Community in Orhionmwon Council, Edokpayi urged security agencies to wake up to the task of providing security for Edo people. He said:

“The Commissioner of Police (CP) is hereby given 72 hours to arrest herdsmen responsible for the killings in Orhionmwon.

“The situation is worrisome and calls for urgent intervention as women are being raped on daily basis in the community.

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“We do not pray for crisis in Edo as far as this issue is concerned. We call on all stakeholders to come together to stop the gruesome killings of farmers and women by criminal herdsmen in Edo state.

File Photo: Grazing | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

Also, Edo women staged a peaceful protest against the killings allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in Uromi, Esan North East Council of the state.

Some of the protesters blocked major roads in the town, chanting solidarity songs and demanding that herdsmen must leave the community.

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Besides, the state has insisted on compulsory use of face masks, as it recorded 30 new cases and two more deaths from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the total number of deaths to 30.

The state COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this in a virtual meeting chaired by Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

He urged residents to observe safety measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially maintaining social distance, regular washing of hands with soap under running water and use of face masks in public places.

Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, revealed plans to collaborate with the state judiciary on the establishment of a Revenue Court to boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

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Obaseki disclosed this after handing over the new High Court Complex to the Chief Judge (CJ) of Edo State, Justice Esther Edigin.

Speaking, Justice Edigin, commended Obaseki for the infrastructure development in the judiciary, adding that the judiciary was the bastion of Nigeria’s democracy and the last hope of the common man.

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Fani Kayode tweets what Sunday Igboho told him on phone hours after blasting Ooni of Ife.

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Igboho has been in the news quite of late and one hopes he has learnt his lesson.

Fani Kayode tweeting via his Twitter account said that Sunday Igboho confirmed to him that what he said about the revered Ooni of Ife was only said in the heat of the moment.

He said Igboho deeply regrets what he said and asks for apologies as he didnt really mean what he said.

You would recall with Noble Reporters Media that a video had earlier trended online where during an interview, he had accused the Ooni of Ife that he couldnt tell Buhari the truth after collecting dollars from him.

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Indeed also recall with NoRM that the Ooni had actually visited Buhari but it is unclear if he actually did collect money as he is being alleged.

Igboho has been in the news quite of late and one hopes he has learnt his lesson.

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Edo: Uromi women block major roads in protest against killer herders.

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The protesters noted that they were no longer safe, saying Fulani herdsmen had taken over all the surrounding forests and bushes in the area.

Worried by the insecurity in Edo State, some aggrieved women in Uromi have protested the rising cases of attacks, rituals and kidnapping by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

File Photo: Uromi Women blocks Gov’t roads in Edo State | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

The women, who blocked some major roads in the community, alleged that they were constantly being harassed and intimidated by the herdsmen.

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They lamented that they had lost fortunes as a result of the destructive activities of cows belonging to the herdsmen.

The protesters noted that they were no longer safe, saying Fulani herdsmen had taken over all the surrounding forests and bushes in the area.

Women takes to street as protest against killer herders spread | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

They said the solution to the problem is for Fulani herdsmen to leave the area.

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They added that their crops were always ravaged by cows while some of their kinsmen had been attacked by herdsmen over time, adding that they now lived in constant fear of herdsmen attack.

File Photo: Uromi women in grieve, allege Fulani leaves Edo State | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the development has prevented many commuters from making use of the highways.

In recent time, herdsmen have been accused of kidnapping and raping in the Southern part of Nigeria.

Recently, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, gave Fulani herdsmen seven days to leave the the state’s forest reserves, saying some criminals masquerading as herdsmen were using the forests to commit crimes.

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After the expiration of Akeredolu’s ultimatum, South-West governors had a meeting with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria where it was agreed that open grazing would be banned in the entire region.

Women parades Uromi commune in Edo State to protest against Fulani Herdsmen | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

Around the same time, a Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, also gave Fulani herdsmen seven days to leave Ibarapa area of Oyo State, blaming them for the killings and kidnappings going on there.

Story Source: Sahara Reporters

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Sunday Igboho ‘made shocking move’ at Herdsmen base in Ogun.

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Sunday Igboho, after tackling the Ooni of ife hours ago and all other leaders, he successfully destroyed Fulani Herdsmen base in Ogun commune.

Powerful Oyo warrior, Sunday Adegoke, widely known as Sunday Igboho finally fulfilled his promise to Ogun communes.

Despite the Ogun State Government alleged speech of not inviting the warrior, the freedom fighter insisted on his promise.

Sunday Igboho was known for his powerful potentials and his words since 1997 Modakeke and Ife fight of which he was among the top Modakeke warriors.

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Sunday Igboho, after tackling the Ooni of ife hours ago and all other leaders, he successfully destroyed Fulani Herdsmen base in Ogun commune.

Sunday Igboho and his men parade Ogun State community in move to chase Fulani Herdsmen | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

Igboho’s supernatural powers and appearance has made him the talk of the town.

Story Source: Noble Reporters Media.

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Relocate from South – Northern Elders ask Fulani Herdsmen.

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The forum warned that the nation would be treading dangerous grounds if it continued to tolerate demonisation of entire groups over particular types of crimes.

Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has urged Fulani herdsmen to return to the northern region if their security could not be guaranteed in their host communities in the southern part of the country.

NEF also told northern governors to commence preparation to receive the Fulani communities being ejected from southern states.

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NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement yesterday, said the relocation advice became necessary following alleged attack on Fulani herders, families and communities in some states of the south.

The forum warned that the nation would be treading dangerous grounds if it continued to tolerate demonisation of entire groups over particular types of crimes.

The elders called on President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to “protect law-abiding members of Fulani communities from killers and criminals who apparently believe that Fulani have no rights in Nigeria.”

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The statement reads in part: “NEF is deeply worried by reports of ejections, under threats and attacks, of Fulani herders, families and communities in some states of the south.

The forum has been receiving these reports since the night of Sunday, January 31, and has taken the responsible step by drawing the attention of authorities to the dangers, which these attacks represent for all Nigerians.

“We have also advised law-abiding Fulani communities to seek protection where it is available, and have appealed to other Fulani to resist temptation to take the law into their own hands.

“It is necessary to warn people who threaten law-abiding Fulani communities in all parts of Nigeria, but particularly in some parts of the South, to desist. Majority of Fulani are law-abiding and have rights to live lawfully wherever they can find means of subsistence.

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“The Fulani will not be ejected from any Nigerian community only on the basis of being Fulani or herding cattle within the limits of laws and regulations. States that seek to limit criminal activities are perfectly entitled to do so, but they must follow due process, and avoid exposing innocent citizens to danger at all cost. The forum demands that the Nigeria Police must live up to its constitutional responsibility to detect crimes and arrest and prosecute criminals, whoever they are.”

The elders appealed to Nigerians to exercise restraint and not play into hands of people who desire to achieve dubious political goals by pitting citizens against each other.

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David Umahi blames IPOB after Herdsmen houses got burnt in South West.

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What is demanded of the leaders is to put up programs that favour the people and foster national unity.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Monday said videos making the round on social media purporting that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were responsible for burning of houses belonging to herdsmen were not the handiwork of the separatist movement.

According to Umahi, communities, rather IPOB were responsible for the acts.

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The governor who also disclosed that South-East governors had earlier banned open grazing and movement of cows on foot in the zone, stated this in Abakaliki on Monday during the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration committee.

While warning against politicization of security matters, the governor called on leaders of the South-East geopolitical zone to create a framework that will secure the lives and properties of the people.

Umahi, who is the Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum said:

“The governors of the southeast had banned not only open grazing, but we have also banned the movement of cows by foot into the southeast.

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“In each of the five states of the southeast, we are managing ourselves very well. We have also stopped the movement of cows across communities.

“What we discussed in the southeast with the herdsmen, with the farmers is the method that has been in place for a long time before now.

“What our people must know is that security is not political, what is demanded of the leaders is to put up programs that favour the people and foster national unity.

“There is a new dimension that is taking place in the southeast which is very dangerous.

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It is when the communities use the name of IPOB, the video and upload it to the social media and say it is IPOB that is burning the houses of herdsmen.

“It is not IPOB, it is the communities that are doing this and this is very dangerous for the Igbo man. I am talking to us as leaders.”

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Save us from killer herdsmen – Oyo community begs Sunday Igboho.

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David said government security agencies, including Amotekun Corps, had failed to confront Wakil, who they accused of having sophisticated weapons and terrorising the villagers.

A community in Oyo State has called on Yoruba rights activist, Sunday AdeyThe cashew nuts are either wasting or Fulani are harvesting them.mo better known as Sunday Igboho to come to their rescue from a group of armed herdsmen.

The residents of Kajola village via Ayete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State have called the activists to rescue them from the group headed by one Iskilu Wakil.

One of the farmers in the village, Peter David, alleged in an interview with The Punch on Sunday said that Wakil and his fellow armed Fulani men had driven away farmers from the village since they served him a quit notice.

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David said government security agencies, including Amotekun Corps, had failed to confront Wakil, who they accused of having sophisticated weapons and terrorising the villagers.

He said the people had been suffering incessant attacks and destruction of their farms from Wakil and his gang for long and added they had asked him to vacate their land when the Seriki Fulani in Igangan, Salihu Abdukadir, was given a quit notice by Igboho.

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David, who owns a farm in Kajola village, narrated that the people, who came from Ayete to hand over the quit notice to the Fulani leader, narrowly escaped because they were well fortified.

He said, “When the crisis started in Igangan, the owners of the land where Wakil is staying also said he should leave. Those ones were attacked and they ran back.

“He (Wakil) has driven farmers away from the village. This is harvest time for cashew and the people have been driven away. The cashew nuts are either wasting or Fulani are harvesting them.

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“Just a few of us who are real men are still around; all the women and children and some men have fled the village. Even those of us in the village also go to town at night.

“Some soldiers came and we were told the Fulani did not allow them (soldiers) to go into their settlement. They were said to have just discussed with them on the road but they were not allowed into their settlement.

“We are pleading with Chief Sunday Igboho to come to our rescue. The police and Amotekun have refused to help us. So, we will appreciate it if he can come here also to help us.”

The Asawo of Ayete, Oba Emmanuel Okeniyi, had earlier told our correspondent that Wakil had become a terror to the villagers.

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The Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), said he was not aware of the claims of the villagers.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, had also earlier advised the people in the area to report anybody constituting a threat to them to the police in the area.

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More trouble for killer Herders as OPC joins Amotekun in corruption fight.

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Oguntimehin urged South East Governors to back the Eastern Security Network (ESN) so that criminals that fled south west will not shift to the eastern part of the country.

Oguntimehin lauded the leaders of the group in the two states for their commitment tow…ards ending the security scourge.

“We need to commend the leaders of the group for their commitment to the southwest.

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“Last year, the Amotekun corps intercepted 14 Almajiris hidden in a vehicle container in Osun. And their recent feat in Iddo is also commendable.

“It is obvious that the south west security outfit has all it takes to flush out the bad elements in the region,” he said.

The governors should come up with a lasting approach like that of the South West to rid the region of criminals masquerading as herdsmen.

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“Now that the southwest is doing everything that is necessary to rid the region of criminal elements, including killer herdsmen and kidnappers, the southeast remains their next target and destination for destruction.

“It is advisable for the governors of the South East to enforce a better approach and modalities for securing the region using the Eastern Security Network (ESN),”he advised.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the OPC Publicity Scribe maintained that true federalism that is programmed on the basis of regionalism has always remained the best option for national growth and development.

“The tendency for Nigeria to be great as a country is high if we can restructure the country, using true federalism on the basis of regionalism.

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“It is the best approach for us now because all the problems associated with insecurity, politics, the economy, social and religions will surely be addressed once and for all.

“The component units that make up the country will grow and develop independently without looking up to Abuja for solutions, especially on problems that had to do with insecurity,”he noted.

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Release approved funds – Zakari Sani begs Army amid attacks from Herdsmen

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A Nigerian Army Captain, Zakari Sani, has appealed to the military hierarchy to come to his aid.

The Zaria-born soldier, 32, an officer in the Special Forces Unit, was attacked together with his men by Fulani herdsmen during a military operation in Benue State in August 2018.

He was admitted at the Airforce Hospital and Cedar Crest Abuja before he was flown to Egypt for treatment.

Captain Sani said his health condition was fast deteriorating a few months after he returned from multiple surgeries in Egypt.

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He said apart from debts, it has been difficult for him to shoulder the responsibilities of his entire family.

“I was about to wed my heartthrob before the Benue attack in 2018. The wedding was abruptly suspended because of my health condition as I currently stay with my parents and siblings, in Zaria”, Sani disclosed.

Sani revealed that aside from paying for private physiotherapists who work on him daily, every morning and evening, a nurse comes to wash and dress the outlets of the gunshot wounds that shattered his backbone.

“It is just by the grace of God that I can still walk. I don’t know if I can still get married in the current condition. I am supposed to receive an entitlement of 30,000 dollars for treatment. Both the Army and the Defence Headquarters have approved the release of the funds.

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“But sadly, I am yet to get the money, despite making several attempts. I want to use this medium and occasion, to once again plead with the Nigerian Army and military authorities to come to my aid. Let them facilitate the payment of the 30,000 dollars.”

The officer had previously sustained a grievous injury from Boko Haram bomb blast in Maiduguri in 2012 and was flown to India for medical attention which left ear damaged.

Sani served in various military operations fighting bandits, kidnappers, militants and terrorists.

He participated actively in the North-East, Abuja-Kaduna Highways, the notorious Birnin Gwari axis and the Niger Delta region before his last mission against bandits in Benue.


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Shut borders at illegal Herdsmen – Reps ask FG

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The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to end the entry of illegal herdsmen into Nigeria from other African Countries.

The House on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu asked the Federal government to set in process the motion to amend the ECOWAS treaties on free movement of people and goods.

Moving the motion, Elumelu said the attacks allegedly carried out by herdsmen are affecting agricultural activities, which he said will threaten food security in the country.

“In recent years, herdsmen have been on the rampage, destroying farmlands, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately in many states across the federation.

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“Nigerian security agents have consistently stated that those herdsmen are not Nigerians but migrants from other African countries.

“Those herdsmen who are militant in nature have consistently instilled fear in the lives of local farmers and villagers living in the affected areas by the use of coercion, intimidation, brute force and extreme violence, in most cases, leaving a large number of persons dead.”

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Elumelu added that herdsmen could become like Boko Haram if left unchecked. He noted that the Federal government should heed the warning of Governor Umar Guanduje of Kano State.

“The violent conflicts between the nomadic herders from neighbouring countries and local farmers is escalating by the day to more states of the federation, and if left unchecked will further threaten the security and stability of the nation.

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“The clashes are becoming potentially as dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, yet to date, response to the crisis at both the federal and state levels has been very poor and ineffective.

“It has become necessary to lend a voice to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State that a stop be put to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries to Nigeria, so as to curb the rate of crime and conflicts associated with their movements across Nigeria.’

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Speaking on the motion, Nasir Ali from Kano State urged the House to limit the restriction on “illegal herders.” Noting that there are legal herders who come to Nigeria to sell goods.

The House, therefore, mandated the Committees on Police Affairs, Army and Interior to interface with the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian and Immigration Service respectively on the best ways of policing and securing the Nigerian borders.


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Herdsmen causing destruction in Nigeria – Ganduje.

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday urged the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African protocols that allow free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria.

Ganduje made the call during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements for Fulani cattle rearers at Dansoshiya village in Kiru local government area of the state.

He said there was need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by COVID-19 to stop the migration of dangerous weapons-carrying herdsmen to Nigeria.

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The governor said:

“Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives.”

He implored the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic blockage to act on the herdsmen’s migration.

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Ganduje added: “One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large.”

He also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the benefits of the state government’s new Ruga Settlements.


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[Nigeria] Benue Governor, Ortom calls for 30 days fasting over Herders attack


Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has called for 30 days of fasting and intense prayers by the Benue people to seek God’s favour in combating the renewed herdsmen attack in some parts of the state.

Ortom made this call on Thursday in Makurdi while interacting with newsmen on the occasion of his 59th birthday.

The governor, who regretted the renewed onslaught on his people by the herdsmen, said he had resorted to prayers for divine intervention.

He appreciated God for granting him 59 years of age and described the journey so far as “tough”.

He said some of his school mates were not as lucky and assured that he would continue to work hard to deliver good governance to the people for their acts of uncommon love to him.

“You voted for me in 2015 and again you returned me in 2019. I owe you a great deal, I will continue to work hard to provide good governance”.

He called for patience during the COVID-19 lockdown, saying, the stay-at-home order was for the overall good of the people.

Ortom said Benue was signatory to the 14 days proposed lockdown of the economy and described it as the right thing to do in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The highpoint of the interaction was the presentation of the governor’s life portrait to him by members of the Correspondent Chapel, led by their Acting Chairman, Mr Attah Ede of the Punch Newspapers.

Ede had extolled the virtues of the governor in exemplary leadership, stressing that the chapel was proud of his achievements.


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[Nigeria] Fulani Herdsmen kill more than 10, raze 20 houses in Plateau.


At least 10 persons, including a woman who was nine months pregnant, were reportedly killed on Tuesday, April 14, when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Hwra village in Kwall District of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Survivors, mostly women and children, are reportedly moving out of the community in droves for fear of further attacks.

It was gathered that the attackers invaded the village at about 8 pm when the villagers were asleep as a result of the total lockdown in the state, according to an account of the incident.

The president of the Irigwe Development Association, Hon Sunday Abdu, who confirmed the attack, said that the attackers burnt down the entire village with foodstuffs and other valuables worth millions of naira, Abdu said.

“The attackers attacked the village and burnt the entire houses in their usual way when the people were sleeping as a result of the lockdown. Nine people were killed including a pregnant woman, and these people do not obey the laws of the land; we have outlaws in Nigeria.”

A community leader, Moses Gata, said soldiers were withdrawn from Miango communities a few weeks ago after which the attackers dislodged four villages with dozens of people killed.

He confirmed that 23 houses were burnt with valuables worth millions of naira and called on the people and government of the state for urgent assistance to rehabilitate the devastated communities.

The deceased persons were mostly children and women who have been given mass burial.

“Yes, the incident happened yesterday night; it was very unfortunate and when the incident occurred, we mobilised our men to the scene immediately,” said Major Ibrahim Shittu, spokesman of the special task force Operation Safe Haven (OPHS), confirming the incident.

Community wailing at the corpse

“As we speak, the commander of Sector 3 who has been in the area and the commander of the Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, has gone to the scene and addressed the people and assured them of more personnel to protect lives and property.”

Major Shittu said he did not have the casualty figure as of press time, saying, however, that military personnel were working round the clock to find the perpetrators of the deadly attack.


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Nigeria: Edo authority order Fulani Herdsmen to vacate state within 14 days.


Following the incessant killings and harassment of indigenes and residents of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State by some alleged Fulani herdsmen, the council chairman, Hon. Sylvester Okoro, has ordered herders to vacate the area within the next fourteen days.

Hon. Okoro gave the directive in Ugo community, during an emergency security meeting called to address the recent kidnappings, killings and destruction of farm produce in the area.


According to the statement from Chief Press Secretary to the council, Mr Roy Osariemen, the fourteen-day ultimatum is coming on the heels of the recent attack on the indigenes of the area.

‘’Orhiomwon is a pure agrarian area, since we can’t identify those perpetuating the evil activities. After the evacuation, we will carry out proper documentation of those who wish to graze in our land.”

“I can no longer stomach the atrocities and satanic activities of these murderers and thieves. We have been living together for many years peacefully, since they have decided to turn our hospitable act to weakness, they should look for somewhere else to rare their animals.”


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Former Rivers governorship aspirant killed by suspected herdsmen.


A former governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Soala West, was killed by suspected herdsmen in the Aluu community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

Soala, who hailed from the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state, was said to be inspecting his poultry farm in Aluu on March 12, 2020, when he was abducted and taken away to an unknown destination.


His corpse was found dead on Wednesday around 6pm.

The deceased’s elder brother, Emmanuel, expressed shock over the death of the politician in the hands of the suspected herdsmen.


According to him, Soala had gone to inspect his poultry farm in Aluu when he was whisked away by the herdsmen, who brandished AK-47 rifles.

It was learnt that Soala’s captors had earlier demanded N30m as ransom from his relatives, but later reduced it to N2.5 million.


Though it could not be ascertained if the ransom was paid, Soala’s captors killed the former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party barely a week after he was taken away.

“This is shocking to us. We don’t know why they should kill our brother this way. Our entire family has been thrown into mourning. We just hope that the police will arrest all those involved in the killing of our brother,” Emmanuel said.

Several calls to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, were not answered, while a text message sent to his mobile phone for confirmation of the incident had not been replied to as of the time of filing this report.


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Nigeria: 2 herdsmen arrested in Bayelsa.


Charles Biweribo, a police sergeant with the Bayelsa State Command, was on Tuesday attacked by two herdsmen while preventing their cattle from gazing on a private property.

The incident occurred at an uncompleted hotel close to the flyover at Azikoro Road in Yenagoa, the state capital.


Confirming the attack to SaharaReporters, spokesperson for the police in the state, Anisimi Butswat, said the herdsmen also attempted to disarm the policeman during the attack.

He said, “On 10/03/2020 at about 0700 hours, one Dautra Abakara and Agonto Gimta amongst others, entered the premises of a leading construction company’s yard at the uncompleted Basket Tower Hotel, Azikoro, with cows for grazing.


“The policemen on duty and civilian guards asked them to leave the premises, the herders refused.

“In an attempt to arrest them, one of the herdsmen tried to disarm a policeman, the officer’s cocked rifle exploded and the bullet pierced his right foot.

“The suspects have been arrested and detained for further Investigation.”


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Benue Killings: MUTUK feud, kicks.


The Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as all security apparatus in Nigeria to ensure that the incessant loss of lives occasioned by herdsmen attacks in Benue is halted with immediate effect.

The Tiv socio-cultural organisation maintained that the safety and security of the people should be the number one duty of the government, without which all other areas of a stable life are made impossible.

MUTUK President Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Ms Salome Biam, lamented that over the last few years the organisation had watched the systematic killing, destabilisation and eviction of Tiv people from their ancestral lands.

He said that despite concerted efforts in the past to address the increasing spate of killings by herdsmen in the state, Benue is again witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv natives.

The statement reads:

“In January 2018, Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) members gathered outside the Nigeria High Commission in London to protest the massacres and systematic extermination of our brothers and sisters at home in Benue State.

“MUTUK also delivered a petition to the then British Prime Minister, Theresa May, asking the British government to intervene and put pressure on the Federal government of Nigeria to do their duty and secure the lives of its citizens.

“It is with great sadness and grave concern that again we find ourselves here witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv sons and daughters in our homeland of Benue State and other surrounding communities in Nigeria.

“We had hoped that we had seen the last of these barbaric acts but alas, again the distressing calls, messages and images are reaching us. The headlines are again reading, ‘Renewed attacks on Benue community’, ‘Herdsmen kill four in renewed Benue attack’, and so on.

“During the height of the attacks by so-called herdsmen, there was precious little urgency shown by the relevant powers in curbing the massacres, which murdered hundreds and sentenced thousands more to be displaced and confined to IDP camps, a horrendous situation which is sadly still ongoing.”

Iornem stated that the entire Management Committee of MUTUK would not relent but will again be using all the resources and contacts available to it in the UK and worldwide to make their voices heard once more.

The MUTUK President and the entire Mzough U Tiv UK membership expressed solidarity with the Benue State Government and people of Benue State, pledging not to rest until peace and stability are restored to the land.


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Ekiti: Police arrest 10 fulani herdsmen loaded with guns


The police in Emure-Ekiti on Thursday night arrested 10 Fulani herdsmen allegedly armed with guns in Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The incident has caused a stir in the community.


Our corresspondent gathered that the people of the town had raised the alarm on sighting strange faces, prompting the police to arrest and bring them to the state command in Ado-Ekiti.


State’s command Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the development to Daily Sun, said : “The arrest of the herdsmen was true.
“I cannot confirm if they are kidnappers ; they appeared to be hunters from the Next; we saw them with dane guns. We cannot ascertain if they are kidnappers or not. After investigations, we will know what they are up to.”

Abutu further advised members of the public to always raise the alarm whenever they see strange faces in their environs, adding that “the victims might end up being innocent, but, we can’t know until after proper investigations are carried out.”


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Ogun community protested over herdsmen attack ..


Hundreds of farmers – men and women- from over 12 villages in Oja Odan community and its environs in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have protested the incessant attacks by herdsmen and wanton destruction of their farm crops by grazing cattle.

The grieving farmers who took their protest march on Wednesday to the Palace of the traditional ruler of the area, the Eselu of Iseluland, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, alleged that one of them was killed last week by violent herdsmen, who also cruelly chopped off one of the hands of the murdered man’s son.


They further alleged that they have also lost tens of millions in farm crops to the over 8,000 heads of cattle that routinely graze on their farms, devour the crops and trampling down others as they move indiscriminately from one end to the other.

The Jagun Oba of Iseluland, Chief Festus Olabode Aina, who spoke on behalf of the protesting farmers at the Palace of Oba Akinyemi, said the herdsmen were intruders from Republic of Niger and Chad.


He said having been chased out of Republic of Benin, they surged into their villages and practically took over the farms and forests.

Aina urged the monarch to convey their plights to the state and Federal governments to come to their rescue quickly and drive the herdsmen away, fearing that they could be bloodshed as witnessed in 2007, should the “peace loving villagers’ patience” thinned out and gives way in self defence to direct confrontation with the offending herdsmen.


According to him, their age- long stream that supplies them water for drinking and domestic purposes have been muddied, polluted and soiled with cow droppings by the cattle which go their for water daily while their women, daughters and sisters also suffer dehumanisation, abuse and humiliation in the hands of herdsmen.

Responding, Oba Akinyemi lauded the farmers for their peaceful conduct and advised them to continue to be calm and not take the laws in their hands, assuring that their message would be communicated to the governments.


The monarch lamented that the herders returned to the community in their large numbers after the Benin republic soldiers vent their anger on them over the boarder closure and sent them packing from their country.

Speaking with reporters, the Eselu appeals to the government to intervene and let the fulani herdsmen leave the community immediately before things goes out of hands.

The monarch said:”Well, my people are here today to agitate against the abuse, killings, destruction of crops by the Fulani herdsmen in our community. It is surprising to me to see my people , representatives of different communities where we have over 26,000 voters protesting this morning.

“Ever since I have been on the throne, this has always been a problem we have been trying to tame, but, because of the stubbornness of this herdsmen, it has became so difficult to tame them.


“The problem have become more tedious because many of them are now from Benin republic and Niger. My people are saying they can’t take it anymore. The soldiers in republic of Benin have chased the herdsmen out and they have now seen our community as an alternative at the expense of the peace of our people in our land.

“They are now destroying our crops raping our women, maiming our men among others. So, as a matter of fact, I have to employ an appeal to the government to please come to the aid of our people as a matter of urgency.”

However, the Ogun State Police Command said it is aware of the community’s protest but assured that there would be security beef up in the to support those already on ground to ensure safety for the villagers and farmers.

Speaking through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, it added that the Police would continue to put measures in place to prevent a breakdown law and order in that part of the state.


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Herdsmen almost kill me with AK49 – Benue gov ..


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday revealed that some Fulani herdsmen who invaded his farm in Makurdi shot at him and some livestock guards.


Ortom who stated this on a program, “issue of the moment” he featured in on the state radio aka Radio Benue said he had to invite troops of Operations Whirl Stroke before the marauding herdsmen left.

The governor who decried the influx of Fulani herdsmen into the state said that they were armed with sophisticated weapons.


“I was on my farm within Makurdi town last week when some herdsmen shot at me and shot the livestock guards who were on the farm.

“I have to inform the Operation Whirl Stroke before the herdsmen ran away.

The governor expressed deep concern that the herdsmen carry more sophisticated weapons than the security men.

“Many of these herdsmen carry AK47 and even AK49, you know that the latter is superior to the former and this is what some of the herdsmen are carrying.


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