Community Decries Farmland Invasion In Anambra

farmlandThe people of Ukwulu community in Dunukofia Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State have decried the invasion of their farmlands allegedly by Fulani herdsmen.

The predominantly farming community, whose major farm produce is cassava, alleged that the invasion of the Fulani herdsmen in their territory over the years has dwindled their productivity.

According to the community members, all hell was let loose and life never became the same again as their farmlands came under intense attack by the animals being reared.

While staging a protest against the act, some residents, Roseline Chinwude and Keziah Okafor, they said that they have endured for the past 10 years and their voices must be heard.

The women alleged that the cows pulled down the hedges and makeshift fence as well as trampled on the mounds and fed on the blossoming cassava plant.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Fulani herdsmen, Haruna Mohammed, said that while some of the damages were indeed done by cows, others were just claims by the community members.

He noted that he had warned his colleagues in the cattle rearing business never to invade any farmland, stressing that if it was found that his men were responsible for all the damage after investigation, payment of compensation would begin.

The Regent of Ukwulu community, Peter Uyanwa, assured the farmers that their problem would be taken to the appropriate quarters for solution with a view to the permanent relocation of the herdsmen.

The Secretary of Dunukofia LGA, Chinedu Ifeacho, who spoke on behalf of the Chairman, recalled the several representations made and called on the Anambra State government and the state legislature to enact a law that would address animal rearing in the state.

Military Battles Boko Haram Near Bauchi

Boko Haram Attack GombeNigerian troops on Sunday engaged scores of Boko Haram fighters in a fire fight near the city of Bauchi, North East Nigeria.

The AFP reports that Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting.

The Bauchi battle comes after militants attacked polling stations in Gombe and Yobe States on Saturday, killing at least 11 people.

A resident who fled to Bauchi said the terrorists arrived in Dungulbe village around 10:00 am and set up camp in preparation for an attack on Bauchi.

The militants were believed to have come through the town of Alkaleri. The gunmen in several vehicles attacked public buildings and security checkpoints.

Bauchi State police spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, was quoted to have said that gunmen also attacked some polling stations and destroyed ballot boxes in Bauchi on Sunday.

11 Dead In Bauchi Bomb Blast

bauchi blastNo fewer than 11 people were confirmed dead with 14 others seriously injured after an explosion rocked People’s Brothel in Bayangari, Bauchi State on Friday (June 27).

The incident, which occurred around 9.45pm in the night threw the area into pandemonium as traders and residents ran for cover.

The Bauchi State Police Command spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident in a statement. He said that investigations had commenced.

He added that all 11 corpses were evacuated to the mortuary, while injured persons had been taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The affected area has been cordoned off as Police has commenced investigations to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet, but it seems to have been carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Police has again urged members of the public to always be more security conscious by paying attention to persons and objects, particularly at motor parks, market places, schools, places of worship, shopping malls, eateries and hotels.

Gunmen Kidnap Legislator In Bauchi

Police LogoA member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mr Yusuf Nuhu, has been kidnapped in the state by unknown gunmen.

The Spokesman for the Bauchi State Police Command, Mr Haruna Mohammed, says that Mr Nuhu, who represents Lame constituency in the House, was abducted yesterday night in Zalau village.

Mr Mohammed said that a police patrol team pursued the kidnappers into a forest on the boundary between Bauchi and Kaduna States.

“The kidnappers abandoned their car when they realised they were being pursued by the police and took Nuhu into the forest,” he said.

The police spokesman said some officers had cordoned off the area and were searching for the kidnappers and their victim.