Defense Minister Calls For Suspension Of Anti-Open Grazing Law

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The Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, has called for the suspension of the implementation of the anti-grazing law.

The minister said that the suspension will reduce the tension in troubled states.

He disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“There is a need for the Nigeria police and Department of State Services to prosecute all the suspects arrested in the affected states while negotiating safe routes for the herders”.

The Benue, Taraba, Rivers and Ekiti had in 2017 implemented the anti-open grazing law to stop the consistent clash between the farmers and herdsmen which has caused a lot of bloodsheds and left thousands homeless.

However, the Defense Minister further stated that the president that has launched operation last hold to flush out insurgents from their hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin.

In the same vein, The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also gave hints that a team comprising the military, police and civil defence would be deployed to Zamfara State in two weeks to ensure maximum protection for the people.

In attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, Director General of the NIA, Ahmed Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

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Islamists Kill Somalia’s Former Defense Minister With Car Bomb

somaliaIslamist militant group al Shabaab killed Somalia’s former defense minister with a car bomb in capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.

Al Shabaab, which is aligned to al Qaeda, told Reuters it planted the car bomb that killed Muhayadin Mohamed, who was also an adviser to the speaker of Somalia’s parliament.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer from the scene showed the passenger seat took the brunt of the damage, with passenger-side doors blown out.

“We are behind his killing,” Sheikh Anbdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.

A police official confirmed Mohamed was killed and added a second person in the car survived the blast without any serious injuries.

Mohamed was briefly Defense Minister in 2008 during Somalia’s transitional federal government, which was backed by United Nations and had fought alongside African Union peacekeepers to push al Shabaab out of Mogadishu and other major cities.

Al Shabaab fighters left the capital in 2011 and a permanent Somali government was established in 2012, but the government has struggled to end chronic insecurity.

Al Shabaab, which wants to impose a strict version of sharia law across Somalia, has frequently targeted government officials and lawmakers and vowed to attack Western targets at home and abroad.

Central African Republic Leader Takes Defense Ministry In Caretaker Government

Central African Republic’s new leader Michel Djotodia announced a caretaker government on Sunday in which he is defense minister, according to a statement issued by his spokesman.

The new government, which is due to hold elections in the mineral-rich former French colony within three years, will retain civilian opposition representative Nicolas Tiangaye as prime minister.

Djotodia toppled President Francois Bozize on March 24 after leading thousands of his Seleka rebel fighters into the riverside capital Bangui, triggering days of looting and drawing international condemnation.

The African Union suspended Central African Republic and imposed sanctions on Seleka leaders, including Djotodia, last week. France and the United States say the rebels should adhere to a power-sharing deal signed in Gabon’s capital Libreville in January that mapped out a transition to elections in 2016 in which Bozize was forbidden from running.

Djotodia has pledged to act in the spirit of the agreement and said on Friday he would step down in 2016. But Washington on Saturday said Tiangaye, named premier under the Libreville agreement, was now the only legal head of government.

Bozize seized power in a 2003 coup, but his failure to keep promises of power-sharing after winning disputed 2011 polls led to the offensive by five rebel groups known as Seleka, which means “alliance” in the Sango language.