‘Strange Thunder’ Strikes Over 30 Cows Dead In Ondo Community

 

There was serious apprehension in Ijare, a community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State when a mysterious thunder struck and killed thirty-six cows.

The Fulani herdsmen rearing the cows were said to have led them to the top of a hill known as Oke-Owa, a sacred groove where the king of the community performs certain annual traditional rites.

A source in the community described the incident as the wrath of their gods on the herdsmen saying the gods became angry because herdsmen desecrated the sacred groove.

It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen who were alleged to been have occupying the top of the hill for about five days had been warned by the community’s Chiefs to move away from the hill before the disaster struck.
A local hunter had on Sunday morning alerted the community of the incident.

Speaking on the incident, High Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare kingdom, who described the incident as an act of God stressed that the development is not the first time such will be happening to those who desecrated the grove.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph described the incident as a natural disaster.

Cattle Rustlers Kill 12 In Kenya

 

At least 12 people, including three children, were killed in two attacks in northern Kenya at the weekend by cattle rustlers suspected to be from the Borana ethnic group, Kenyan police said Sunday.

The attacks on two villages in Kenya’s Marsabit County near the border with Ethiopia were on cattle breeders from the Gabra ethnic group, long-time rivals of the Borana, police said in a statement.

“Five male Gabra adults were killed and three others were seriously injured” in one small village on Saturday evening, police said.

The attackers, who took around 500 head of cattle, were “suspected Ethiopian Borana cattle rustlers”, the police said.

In the other attack, on a nearby village, four Gabra adults and three children between the ages of 13 and 15, including one girl, were killed, with four people injured.

The thieves took around 1,000 goats in the second attack, in which one of the raiders was killed.

Kenyan police units are “pursuing the criminals and holding ground to prevent further attacks and killings,” the statement said.

Kenya started conducting its first national census since 2009 on Saturday, and the authorities said the exercise would continue in Marsabit.

The theft of livestock — and deadly attacks to carry out the crime — are common between cattle herding communities in northern Kenya.

Buhari Condemns Killing Of Many Villagers By ‘Mass Murderers’ In Sokoto

The President Needs To Rejig His Kitchen Cabinet – Oyebode
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday “strongly” condemned recent attacks by cattle raiders on three villages in Sokoto that officials said killed dozens.

He offered commiserations to the survivors and vowed a firm response to “these brutal and remorseless enemies of humanity”.

“These frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by gangs of mass murderers must be met with the fiercest force the government can mobilise,” presidential assistant Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as saying.

On Wednesday, armed men on motorcycles raided three villages in the district of Goronyo in the Nigerian state of Sokoto, district chief Zakari Chinaka told newsmen.

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“The bandits opened fire on the villages and set shops and grain stores ablaze. They took away all the cattle in the villages,” he said.

“They operated for two hours unchallenged (by any security forces) because of the difficulty of the terrain which makes it hard to access,” said the chief.

Alu Ibrahim, a resident of the village of Kamitau, where 23 people died, said villagers had pursued the bandits in a bid to recover their stolen cattle — key to survival in the poor, remote region.

“The bandits turned their guns on them and killed many. This was the reason for the high death toll from Kamitau,” said Ibrahim.

Criminal gangs of cattle rustlers have increasingly targeted rural communities in Sokoto state.

Last month, motorcycle-riding bandits killed 43 people in two days of attacks on five villages in Rabah and Isa districts, according police and locals.

Rural communities in the north of Nigeria have for years been terrorised by gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting food supplies.

Villagers have taken up arms to defend themselves, but these vigilantes are now accused of extra-judicial killings of suspected bandits.

The bandit gangs are one of a string of security challenges facing Nigeria, including attacks from a Islamic State-backed Boko Haram faction and renewed clashes between livestock herders and farmers.

This has left the military overstretched and Buhari criticised for failing to protect lives and property, despite promises to boost security.

Army Reveals New Boko Haram Plot To Win Confidence Of Locals

 

The Nigerian Army says it has uncovered a new plot by Boko Haram to win the confidence of the public by releasing rustled cattle to the owners unconditionally.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in a statement on Sunday, reported the Theater Commander, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, as disclosing that the insurgents deceived people by voluntarily returning cattle, hitherto rustled from the owners in the northeast.

According to Nwachukwu, the Commander raised the alarm while addressing troops of Sector 2 during a three-day operational tour conducted between Jan. 31 and February 2.

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The statement read: “The Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE Major General Benson Akinroluyo has uncovered the employment of deception by Boko Haram terrorists to win the confidence and support of locals in the North East. General Akinroluyo raised the alarm while addressing troops of Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE during a three-day operational tour of the sector’s area of responsibility that lasted from Thursday 31 January to Saturday 2 February 2019.

“The Theatre Commander disclosed further, that Boko Haram terrorists now engage in cattle rustling and later return the rustled cattle to their owners, thereby deceitfully creating the impression of ” the Good Samaritan” and presenting themselves as a “protector of the people”. He described the gimmick as a dangerous ploy that must be nipped in the bud before it spirals out of control. The Commander urged the troops to prevent any form of cattle rustling by the insurgents, as it is now being used as a means of psychological warfare to make the locals see them in a positive light and be receptive to their ideology.

“General Akinroluyo also called on all community and opinion leaders to educate members of their communities on the development, adding, that they must be vigilant and not fall for the wiles of the terrorists. He added, that while cattle rustling has been earlier identified as a means of raising funds for Boko Haram terrorists, another use for cattle rustling has been invented by the terrorists, which they carry out by first stealing the cattle and later returning same to their owners to make the locals believe they are pious and possibly turn blind eyes to the nefarious activities of the terrorists. He, therefore, urged the people of the North East, particularly the youth, not to be persuaded to join the terrorists’ group describing it as the enemy of the people.

“The Theatre Commander accompanied by the Commander Sector 2, Brigadier General Mohammed Dala also visited the troops in Nigerian Army Special Forces School and 27 Task Force Brigade both in Buni Yadi, as well as 159 and 233 Battalions in Geidam and Damaturu respectively, where he assured the troops that their operational challenges and welfare are getting adequate attention. He also paid a visit to in-patient troops undergoing medical treatment at the Sector 2 Field Ambulance.

“Speaking further during his address to the troops, General Akinroluyo charged them to remain professional and alive to their responsibilities in the onslaught against the insurgents, urging them to be resilient until the attainment of a decisive defeat.

Please disseminate this information to the general public through your medium.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Colonel
Deputy Director of Public Relations
Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE
3 February 2019”.

Kwara Govt Bans Cattle Grazing At Night

Kwara Govt Bans Night Cattle Grazing
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The Kwara State government has banned night cattle grazing in the state, as part of efforts to ensure greater peace between farmers and herdsmen and all members of the society.

This was part of the resolutions adopted at the expanded State Security Committee Meeting which held on Tuesday in Ilorin, the state capital.

Earlier before the meeting went into a closed-door session, the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, explained that the move was adopted to minimise conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.

The governor said it was also targeted at improving efforts to identify, apprehend and prosecute those suspected of destroying herders’ cattle or farmlands and crops, especially in view of the impending farming season.

He added that the meeting was convened to review and strengthen the current security situation in the state, with regard to farmers and herdsmen.

Governor Ahmed further stressed the need to improve the state’s security to prevent the occurrence of clashes between farmers and herdsmen that have led to deaths of several innocent citizens in some parts of the country.

The meeting which lasted for about three hours was attended by heads of security agencies, chairpersons of the 16 local government councils, traditional rulers as well as representatives of farmers and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria in the state.

Briefing reporters at Government House, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muideen Akorede, said the meeting resolved that night grazing would no longer be allowed in the state.

He added that all security agencies in the state were also enjoined to approach any fraction between suspected herdsmen and farmers as an issue of the law without criminalising any group of people.

According to the governor’s aide, the meeting also advocated the adoption of community policing across local councils in the state to ensure vigilance and information sharing by all residents to forestall any acts of criminality.

He said the meeting agreed that no group should be allowed to make any incursions into any of the communities in the state, without appropriate profiling in terms of bringing a letter from their former community to respective community traditional rulers for identification before they can be allowed to settle in any part of the state.

Open Grazing Ban: Ortom Orders Arrest Of Herdsmen, Detains 50 Cattle

There's Nothing Wrong Granting LG Autonomy – Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the confiscation of over 50 cows and arrest of three herdsmen.

The suspects were arrested for violating the law banning open grazing in the state and for obstructing the governors’ convey while returning to Makurdi from Tarka local council.

Governor Ortom after giving the order on Wednesday, December 27 lamented the increased violation of the law banning open grazing law in Benue State.

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He added that two people were recently killed in Odonto village of Otukpo local council due to an attack by herdsmen, a result of the violation of the open grazing ban.

At the time of filing this report, three herders including one Benue State indigene have been arrested and were taken to the police for investigation and prosecution while the arrested cattle were guided to a detention ranch.

The Benue State government on November 1, officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state. This was after Governor Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.

Fulani Youths Protest Anti-Grazing Law In Benue, Taraba

A group of Fulani youths called Jonde Jam Fulani Youth Association of Nigeria (JAFUYAN) have kicked against the anti-open grazing law passed by Benue and Taraba State governments.

The group also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governors of the two states,  Samuel Ortom and Darius Ishaku to order.

The group in a statement by its National President, Saidu Maikano on Tuesday said the law, if not suspended immediately, could puncture peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

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Maikano also raised the alarm that the cattle belonging to his members are dying of hunger because they can’t go grazing in the areas where grazing is banned, as a result of fear of unknown attackers.

He said it is unconstitutional for any governor in the country to restrict movement of Fulani herdsmen who are naturally nomadic in the quest for their daily livelihood.

“This may even cause religious crisis because the two governors that enacted the anti-grazing law are Christians, while other states governed by Muslims are not interested in the law. We are therefore asking President Muhammadu Buhari to call both Benue and Taraba States governors to order.

“If this is not done immediately, it may plunge the country into crisis and undue hardship among the generality of the people,” Maikano said.

The Fulani youth leader also refuted claims by some Nigerians that Fulani herdsmen kill innocent citizens across the country.

He alleged that the migrant Fulanis from neighbouring countries were the ones responsible for crisis, attack and killings between farmers/herdsmen in Nigeria.

Police Clamp Down On Rustlers, Others In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has signed a new partnership with some stakeholders in the state, aimed at ridding the state of criminals.

The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, who disclosed this to Channels Television said a special operation launched by the Command has led to the arrest of 40 suspects apprehended for terrorising Mararraban Udege and Agwada areas in the state.

He noted that the rate of crime especially kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling has been on the rise in the areas, with hoodlums using the hills there as hideouts.

Mr Bello added that the trend propelled their decision to form a special crack team comprising of members of vigilante and Miyetti Allah groups, with the aim of clamping down on criminals.

“We have now started collaborating with the vigilante and members of the Miyetti Allah association, in order to get to the roots or places where these kidnappers hide on top mountains around Udege, Mararraban Udege, Udege Mbeki, Agwada and others. We got an information that this is where the criminals stay, they periodically come down to commit crime.

“This time around, with this collaborative efforts, it paid us very well because we launched a special operation with a special team which took about two weeks and during that two weeks, we were able to storm those mountain areas and chase some of them out and recover about 500 rustled cows, and also we made arrests of some of the hoodlums, about 40 of them,” he said.

In spite of the success recorded, the Police Commissioner assured the people of Nasarawa State that the operation would be a continuous exercise, until the rate of crime was reduced to the barest minimum.

“We are going to be on their trail to make sure that we get them and I believe with this exercise that we have started, we are going to have relative peace in those areas,” he avowed.

During the operation, the Police recovered 500 cows, 13 motorcycles and one AK-47 rifle with live ammunition among others.

Police Parade Homicide, Rustlers Suspects In Yobe

Police Parades Homicide, Rustlers Suspects In YobeThe Police have paraded five suspects in connection with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide contrary to Sections 97, 221 and 167-170 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, paraded the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Damaturu, the state capital in north-east Nigeria.

He said that the suspects lured one Isah Ibrahim into a bush and killed him. “His corpse was found ten days later in a decomposing stage, with two legs amputated, manhood and one eye removed.”

Mr Ibrahim also stated that investigation showed that one of the suspects, who was a friend to the deceased, connived with four others to commit the atrocity.

According to him, further investigation also revealed that three other suspects were frustrating the arrest of the principal culprits.

He said efforts were ongoing for the arrest and prosecution of the principal suspect.

The command paraded four additional suspects who rustle cattle around the north-east states of Yobe, Taraba and Bauchi state.

The Police boss said the syndicates were fond of catting away Cattle, Sheep and Goats, stressing that they had so far shared 345,000 Naira among themselves.

He said the police had recovered six Cows and 19 Sheep from the suspects and that the suspects would soon be charged.

In similar vein, the Police commissioner also paraded a farmer over the killing of a herdsman and injuring three others, whom he claimed led their herds into his farm, destroying his crops.

The farmer, according to the CP trailed the deceased and used his Dane Gun in killing one, leaving others injured. Those injured are are currently receiving treatment at the Sani Abacha Specialists in the capital of Yobe State.

Mr Ibrahim observed that with the receding of the rains, such cases would become rampant and called on the public to desist from taking the laws into their hands as well as to report any case of mischief to the police.

He also noted that the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the state were currently enlightening traditional rulers, farmers and herdsmen on the need to live peacefully with one another.