We’ve Seen Too Much Blood! Nigerians Lament Killings After Zamfara Attack

File photo of a woman crying after an attack on Adamawa community by gunmen.

 

The social media on Friday went agog after gunmen attacked Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State killing 18 residents in the process.

The gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the village when hunters from Birani village intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some cattle and sheep suspected to have been stolen.

The herdsmen later returned to the village killing 18 persons.

The year 2018 began with reports of killings in various part of the country hitting the headlines. President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the New Year tragedy which occurred in Rivers, Ilorin, Benue and Kaduna State expressed shock and condoled with the victims.

The year continued with increased attacks and death recorded in communities in Kaduna, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Benue, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun among others.

Nigerians including Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State and Senator Shehu Sani in the wake of the attack took to their Twitter handle to lament the spate of killings in various part of the country birthing a trend #Zamfara #Zamfaramassacre

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‘We Should Be Mourning,’ Rep Makes Passionate Plea Over Killings

Honourable Kingsley Chinda Ogundu

 

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives has called for national mourning in order to show remorse for the several lives lost to the herdsmen killings in Nigeria.

Honourable Kingsley Chinda Ogundu representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Rivers State made the passionate plea for national mourning on Wednesday, February 7 while supporting the motion for the sack of the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood.

The lawmakers had earlier called for the sack and replacement of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris accusing him of failing in his duty.

The PDP lawmaker said Nigerian government and Nigerians generally need to be mourning at the moment.

“Mr Speaker, my dear colleagues, very sincerely our country ought to still be in a mourning mood. In fact, all of us in government and governance ought to be mourning the loss of Nigerians, from January, up till date.

“If we consider that the primary purpose of Government is the security of lives and property, I think the question we should be asking ourselves is how well have we carried out this primary purpose.

“We are talking about a situation where those who are supposed to enforce the law are even making public utterances that is provocative and could even fuel the situation.

“Let me say that I support this motion, completely. The problem we have is the lack of rule of law. We cannot be crying for peace, calling for development when injustice abounds. It is Benue today, we don’t know where it will be tomorrow,” he said.

Ogundu also questioned President Buhari’s position on the crisis in Benue calling for the outcome of the meeting which the President held with the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and some Benue elders on Monday, January 15.

“What is the position of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He had a meeting with the people (elders) of Benue, what was the outcome of that meeting. What did he say? What did he tell them? It is the body language of Mr President that others will follow.

“If we keep pampering this thing, it will continue. We are talking about over 70 Nigerians, how will the international community be looking at this country? We are legislators, it is our role to represent these people, including those that were killed, they have representatives here and we out to take proactive steps.”

He also called on Nigerian lawmakers to put the interest of Nigeria first before their personal interest or relationship.

“Mr Speaker, we need to wake up. We are talking about the future of this country. Our interest should be the interest of Nigeria first, over and above our personal relationship with anybody and there is nobody that is bigger than entire Nigeria, therefore, Nigeria should be put first. That is why I said we should be in a mourning mood to show remorse.”

Ortom Disagrees With IGP Over Killings In Benue

Ortom Disagrees With IGP Over Killings In Benue

 

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has taken a swipe at the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, over the recent killings in the state.

Mr Idris had appeared before a Senate Committee on Friday to brief the lawmakers on the progress made in the effort to end the crisis between herders and farmers in Benue.

It was, however, reported that the police boss allegedly blamed the recent killings by suspected herdsmen on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law enacted by the state government.

In his reaction Governor Ortom condemned the alleged comments by the IGP, saying they indicated complicity in the act and an abdication of responsibility to protect the citizens and maintain law and order.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase on Saturday, the governor noted that the alleged statement by Mr Idris was out of place, given the fact that the anti-open grazing law was only a fallout of the continued attacks on farming communities in the state.

Read the full statement below;

We read statements credited to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, as having blamed the recent killing of innocent Benue people by herdsmen on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state.

We thought that the IGP was misquoted and expected the police authorities to issue a rebuttal to the reports hence our delay in responding swiftly.

Consequently, we have to respond to the erroneous impression which the reports have created.

Indeed, it was this unrelenting spate of attacks that prompted the people of the state to seek a permanent solution to the incessant crisis between farmers and herders hence the law for the establishment of ranches as the best method of animal husbandry across the globe.

The law which has constitutional backing followed due process with the requisite public hearings and input from various stakeholders. The police authorities had ample opportunity to also make input while the process was ongoing. They, however, failed to do so.

The unfortunate claim by the IGP indicates that some of those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property as well as maintaining law and order have abdicated their duty and become accomplices with those undermining the very existence of the country. This is shameful. 

If truly the IGP said what was widely reported by the media, our conclusion is that he is a clear case of a man who is either on a mission to mislead the nation or is complicit in the attacks on Benue communities and the killing of many people by terror herdsmen.

IGP Idris needs to be reminded that herdsmen attacked Benue State more than 50 times and killed scores of people before the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was enacted in the state. The law could, therefore, not have been the cause of the crisis.

The IGP should tell Nigerians if states like Adamawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Enugu, Edo, Plateau among others where armed herdsmen have killed hundreds of people also have anti-open grazing laws in place.

It will be recalled that a few days after the killings took place and all fingers were pointed towards the direction of armed herdsmen, the IGP quickly rose in defence of the herdsmen and frantically tried to divert attention from the genocide being perpetrated by herdsmen with a comment that it was a ‘mere communal clash’. Did he not know that there was a law in place in Benue State when he made that statement?

With his latest demand that the ranching law of Benue be suspended, it is now clear where the loyalty and interest of the Inspector General of Police lie – certainly not with innocent Nigerians.

He has now positioned himself not only as the mouthpiece of those who are killing Benue people but indeed as their shield. Little wonder herdsmen still proudly carry about sophisticated weapons and willfully terrorise innocent people in the state without being arrested.

We wish to place it on record that contrary to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Inspector General of Police should relocate to Benue to ensure that the killings stop, the IGP spent only one day in Benue and left for a destination where only he could tell. No one has seen him in Benue since that day.

Nigerians must know that contrary to the statement credited to the IGP, herdsmen are still killing people in Benue. It will, therefore, be wrong to say that enough security has been provided.

At the last count after the mass burial of 73 victims of the attacks, about 10 people have been killed in Guma Local Government Area, one killed in Logo and much more are receiving treatment in the hospital having suffered varying degrees of injuries with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Benue now has nearly 100,000 displaced persons in seven camps established by the state government. We, therefore, find IG Ibrahim Idris’ statement as mockery and a shameful dance on the graves of those killed in the state by herdsmen.

The constitutional responsibility of the police is to maintain law and order and not to make or criticise same. 

That the IGP would have the audacity to blame a law made to ensure peace in the state and call for its repeal amounts to taking sides with lawless groups that gave notice to invade and carried out their threats. 

There is no surprise that the police ignored petitions for the arrest and prosecution of leaders of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the masterminds of the current invasion and the attendant massacre. 

If the Inspector General of Police Mr Idris is not competent to help bring an end to the invasion and killing of innocent people in Benue and other states by herdsmen, the noble thing to do is to resign instead of twisting facts to suit his objective.

Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes: Govt Parading Nigerians As Bunch Of Jokers – Falana

Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana says the Federal Government of Nigeria needs to take Nigerians seriously over the crisis of herdsmen and farmers clashes which has led to the killings of many in the country.

The Lagos-based lawyer said this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Breakfast Programme Sunrise Daily.

“I think we are chasing the shadows, as a people and the government is simply parading Nigerians as a bunch of jokers. It is not rocket science to solve this problem.

“I am bothered when leaders come out to make statements that give the impression that we are either out to cover up serious criminality. The killing of any human being in any part of the world is a serious matter,” he said.

The issue of herdsmen and farmers clashes, Falana said is a problem Nigeria has been confronting for over five years and many have died in the process.

“We have been in this problem for five years running and nobody is addressing the problems. In 2012, according to the global terrorism index, 1,229 people were killed. In 2014, we lost about 1,300 people. Benue State alone, between 2013 and 2016, lost about 1,800 people.

“This government knew this problem before it came on board. It was part of its campaign. The government has to take Nigerians serious.”

Falana who is also a human rights activist said the phenomenon where people take cattle around the country is not Nigerian culture but a recent development. He said ranches once exist in North, West and Southern region of Nigeria and it is an important way of solving the recent herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country.

“In 1951 we had the first cattle ranch in Nigeria, in Obudu Calabar. Now it’s been converted into Obudu holiday resort. Ahmadu Bello regime in the north established the Mokwa ranch. The Obafemi Awolowo regime in the West in the 50’s established the Akunnu ranch, now in Ondo State.

“This was not our culture. Where people take cattle around the country, it is not our culture, it is a recent phenomenon. No animal was destroying anybody’s farm, until recently.

“Nobody will be wasting his time enacting anti-open grazing law if we have ranches. We don’t need to go far to learn how to keep an animal in this country. Taking cattle from Sokoto to Lagos, grazing is primitive,” he said.

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Lamenting over the increased number of deaths due to farmers and herdsmen clashes, he said the killing of anyone, whether Fulani or Benue is criminal and should be jointly condemned by everyone.

“The right to life is the most basic fundamental right because you need to be alive to enjoy other rights. So why are we trying to single out killings by these bandits?

“Don’t talk about Benue people have been killed, Fulani people have been killed, let us agree as a nation that the killing of any citizen or foreigner in our country is an assault on our collective morality.”

Osinbajo Heads NEC Committee On Herdsmen-Famers Crisis, Killings

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

The National Economic Council has constituted a 10-man working committee to address killings by suspected herdsmen.

The committee is headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and has the governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo, and Ebonyi states as members.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State told State House correspondents after the first NEC meeting of the year ended in Abuja on Thursday that the committee would collaborate with the Federal Government to address “the issues of impunity regarding killings and violence”.

He also said the committee would work to ensure that all those behind the violence and killings are caught and prosecuted.

The council also agreed that the Federal Government would intervene in states hit by a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever.

“It was agreed that the Federal Government is going to intervene very quickly in the case of Ebonyi and Ogun states where this (Lassa fever) epidemic has developed,” Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi said.

Killings: ‘Mischievous Politicians’ Are Worsening Situation – Police

Killings: 'Mischievous Politicians Are Worsening Situation'
File photo: Jimoh Moshood

 

The Nigeria Police has accused ‘mischievous politicians’ of frustrating its efforts in tackling the herdsmen and farmers’ crisis in the country.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, made the allegation on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Giving a brief on police operations in Benue and other states where some residents were recently killed by suspected herdsmen, Moshood said, “Utterances from both sides of the divides, and from mischievous politicians are worsening situation which we are trying to clear.”

READ ALSO: Six Persons Killed In Fresh Attacks In Benue LGs

He, however, noted that the police have sent a stern warning to erring individuals that they would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable for creating any public disorder.

“When mischievous politicians decide to create some mess around, the responsibility of the police is to clear these mess and ensure that those who are involved are prosecuted.

“And that is why the Force has sounded a warning; ‘your utterances shouldn’t be one that can incite people to further disturbances” the police spokesman added.

His briefing comes one day after Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed renewed attacks by suspected herdsmen on communities in Logo, Guma, and Okpokwu Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benue State.

According to the governor, two women were reported killed in Guma and two persons in Logo on Tuesday, while the others were reported killed in Odidi and Ojokpailo in Okpokwu LGA on Wednesday.

The police, on their part, confirmed the death of only two persons in Guma LGA, although the cause is yet to be ascertained.

Moshood said: “It’s not five like they said, two corpses of two women were found in Guma yesterday (Wednesday) by the police.

“Some exhibits were recovered at the scene and we are still going to look at what is the cause of this latest attack in that village.”

He said measures have been put in place to contain the incident from spreading into other communities.

The police spokesman further stressed that the Force is committed to carrying out its responsibilities without bias as there was also a reported attack on some herdsmen settlements.

He said, “The police have prevented the so-called crisis from spreading beyond Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue state, and there is equally an incident where the Fulani settlements were equally attacked in another area which is close towards Enugu.”

Dangote Blames Unemployment For Violent Killings In Nigeria

 

The President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, has attributed the deadly conflict between suspected herdsmen and farmers in parts of Nigeria to the country’s increasing unemployment rate.

Dangote stated this on Tuesday in an interview with Channels Television.

“If there are jobs, there wouldn’t be anything like Boko Haram, there would not be anything like herdsmen. Once you are engaged, you do not have time for mischief,” he said.

The conflict between herdsmen and farmers, especially the New Year’s Day killings in Benue allegedly by herdsmen has dominated the headlines and split public opinion.

It has also led to criticism of the Federal Government, which many say is not doing enough to address the issue, a claim the Presidency has denied.

Dangote is not one of the government’s critics when it comes to the issue.

“The government is working tirelessly to make sure that we resolve this issue about herdsmen,” he said, pointing out, however, that the government would require support.

“Government cannot do it on its own; we also need to do our own. The government is giving us an opportunity to also create jobs,” he said.

“And I think people are under-rating how many jobs we need to create, not just in Nigeria and Africa, we need to create 12 million jobs every year in Africa.”

To effectively tackle unemployment, the industrialist believes there is a need to turn to Agriculture.

He said, “I think we should focus on agriculture, we should focus on solid minerals, these two can now replace oil.

“So if you have to create 12 million jobs, creating 12 million jobs especially now with technology is going to be a little bit difficult, but we have all it takes to create a lot of jobs, which is agriculture.”

Tears, Anguish As Benue Govt Buries Attack Victims

Tears flowed freely in the Benue State capital, Makurdi, on Thursday as the state government conducted a mass burial for the over 70 persons killed by suspected herdsmen in the state.

The burial followed a solemn and emotional memorial service, attended by a crowd of mourners, at the IBB Square in Makurdi.

Seventy-three persons were murdered in brutal attacks by suspected herdsmen on New Year’s Day, amid tension over the decision of the government to implement an anti-grazing law it believes would end the protracted dispute between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The pain of the brutal attacks and the sorrow it caused was evident at the memorial service with bereaved families and friends of those killed wept uncontrollably in the presence of Governor Samuel Ortom, representative of the United Nations and the APC National Executive, who were present to pay their last respect.

 At the event, the state government vowed to seek justice for those killed by suspected herdsmen, while as the United Nations System in Nigerian asked the Federal Government go beyond condemning the attacks and find a lasting solution to such killings.

Governor Ortom in an emotional address to a crowd of mourners insisted on the full implementation of the open grazing prohibition law as a mark of honour for the 73 victims.

Also present, human right lawyer Professor Agbo Madaki vowed to drag the Federal Government before the International Criminal Court on charges of war crime, if it fails to arrest the perpetrators of the attacks, especially when security agencies were informed of the planned attacks by suspected herdsmen.

The paramount ruler of Tiv Nation, the Tor Tiv V, Professor James Ayatse, who was also present, called on the Federal Government to show support for the ban on open grazing and ensure the protection of lives.

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Killings: FG Does Not Lack Capacity To Protect Nigerians – Presidency

Killings: FG Does Not Lack Capacity To Protect Nigerians – Presidency
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The Presidency has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration does not lack the capacity to protect them.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave the assurance on Tuesday in a short video posted on Twitter.

Reacting to attacks in Benue and Rivers states, as well as other parts of the country, Adesina said: “This government does not lack the capacity to protect them. This government will protect Nigerians.”

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Since the beginning of 2018, dozens of people were killed in recent attacks on communities in Logo and Guma LGAs of Benue, as well as the Omoku killings of Rivers.

The President’s spokesman said the attacks are regrettable but going forward, the government would ensure justice is done swiftly as it has been done to the mastermind of the Omoku killings.

According to him, eight people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the Benue killings and are already before the courts.

He further assured the people of Benue that the Federal Government would ensure the law takes its course on them if found culpable.

“They (the suspects) will have their days in court and if they are found guilty, the law will take its course. So, I want Nigerians to be assured that the law is there,” said Adesina.

Benue Killings: Miyetti Allah Leadership ‘Cannot Go Scot Free’ – Ortom

On the Omoku killings, he said the hunting and killing of the mastermind by the military has sent a strong warning to evil perpetrators that they cannot go scot free.

Rivers Killings: Commissioner Defends Wike’s Efforts In Providing Security

The Commissioner of Information of Rivers state, Mr Emmanuel Okah, has defended Governor Nyesom Wike’s efforts in providing security for the state, saying that no state government has done as much in terms of security.

Okah made this known on Monday during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, in reaction to comments by the former governor of the state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi following the brutal killing of residents on New Year’s day.

Addressing the people in a broadcast on Monday morning, the former governor accused Governor Wike of failing to take responsibility for the people’s security.

Witchcraft Politics

He also alleged that ‘witchcraft politics’ is responsible for the insecurity and rate of crime in the state, while noting that during his tenure as governor, he succeeded in providing security.

Okah, however, alleged that the former governor has a hand in the level of insecurity experienced in the state, adding that he influenced some security heads not to cooperate with the present government and this, according to him has deeply affected the state’s security architecture.

“The Rivers state Government totally disagrees with the former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi, Chibuike Amaechi, He goes ahead to say he was doing everything possible to ensure that the people of rivers state have security and that the present government t is not doing enough but I want to point it out to him that the two times are different.

“As far as we are concerned in Rivers today, no state government has done anything near what governor Nyesom Wike is doing to support security agencies in the state.

As the Chief Security Officer of the state, the control command of the security apparatus does not emanate from Rivers stat, they all come from Abuja and you all know the hostile relationship that has been existing between the Rivers state government and sometimes some of the commissioners of police who have been influenced by the former governor to influence posting of security heads to Rivers state,” he stated.

Killings, War Of Words, Blackout Dominate First Week Of 2018

Nigerians kick-started the year in high spirits despite the hardship faced in the final weeks of 2017, no thanks to the fuel crisis. Joining millions of people around the world, the year 2018 was welcomed with fireworks in various part of the country. Many, especially in major cities, gathered at fun spots from where they ushered in 2018.

BUHARI’S NEW YEAR MESSAGE:

President Muhammadu Buhari in his New Year address raised hopes as he promised to stop those behind ‘collective blackmail’ of Nigerians and said he is determined to get to the root of the fuel scarcity in the country. He also promised renewed and increased focus on infrastructure, revealing plans for a better railroad transportation nationwide. In the New Year message, President Buhari also assured Nigerians that the government “is slowly stabilising the economy” and that Nigeria will stop rice imports this year, insisting that restructuring is not Nigeria’s priority.

 

NEW YEAR KILLINGS:

New Year tragedy, however erupted in Calabar, Cross River State capital as fire destroyed Marian market affecting many shops and leaving many of the traders distraught. The tragedy spread like wildfire to Kaduna State as some gunmen unleashed mayhem killing the traditional ruler of Numana Chiefdom in Sanga Local Government Area of the state, Gambo Makama and his pregnant wife.

Ogba, Egbema, Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State was also struck by the New Year Tragedy as gunmen attacked worshipers returning from crossover service in the early hours of New Year’s day, killing at least 16 people. Christians and Muslims also on New Year’s Day clashed in Taiwo area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital leaving many injured and properties damaged.

 

WAR OF WORDS OVER BUHARI’S NEW YEAR MESSAGE:

Mixed reactions trail President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year message as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes it is depressing and full of false claims. Former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili in her reaction said the President should not lament about oil marketers but rather own up to the failure of the Petroleum sector. Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose asked the President to stop the blame game and take charge.

 

APC AND GOVERNORS CONDEMN NEW YEAR KILLINGS:

The New Year killings left the country in utter shock as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was quick to condemn the killings, describing it is gruesome and barbaric calling on relevant security agencies to embark on a full investigation.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the murder of the traditional ruler in Numana Chiefdom, calling for immediate investigation. Governor Nysom Wike in his reaction promised to reward anyone who can identify the perpetrators of the new Year attack in Rivers State with the sum of N200 million. Govennor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State in his reaction condemned the attack in Ilorin, describing it as criminal and ordered the police to launch manhunt to nab the perpetrators.

 

SHEKAU’S NEW VIDEO AND BENUE KILLINGS:

The New Year tragedies took a shocking turn when the leader of the terrorists group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau released a video message on Tuesday claiming a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season. A pregnant woman and five others were killed in Guma and Logo Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen. The death toll later increased leaving at least, 20 people dead.

 

WAR OF WORDS OVER RIVERS KILLINGS:

Following the New Year tragedy that occurred in Rivers State, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Nyesom Wike were engaged in war of words. Amaechi blamed Wike over the attack accusing him of encouraging thugs and failing to safeguard the lives of the people of his state saying he should resign. The Rivers State Government however defended the Governor saying Amaechi’s statement is false and an attempt to gain political mileage from the killings.

 

NATIONWIDE BLACKOUT:

There was a sudden loss of power generation on Tuesday night, leading to a total blackout across the country. The Ministry Of Power, Works and Housing said the power outage occurred following a reported fire incident on a gas pipeline in Edo State leaving the country in total blackout.

 

BUHARI CONDEMNS KILLINGS, ORTOMS CALLS FOR HELP:

Buhari in reaction to the killings described it as unacceptable and commiserated with the families of the victims. He then directed law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts.

Due to the killings, protest erupted in Benue State as hundreds of youths on Wednesday stormed the popular Food Basket Roundabout in Makurdi lamenting over death of residents numbering 33 in the attacks carried out by suspected herdsmen. Governor Ortom in reaction expressed great worry over the incessant killings and called for more proactive measures to tackle the incessant killings.

 

SUSPECTED KILLER HERDSMEN ARRAIGNED:

Benue residents had cause to heave a sigh of relieve as Police in the state arraigned six herdsmen allegedly involved in the killing of 19 farmers in Akor village of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. The case which was heard at Chief Magistrate Court 1 in Makurdi was then adjourned to February 2018 for further hearing.

 

BUHARI INAGURATES ADDITIONAL LOCOMOTIVES, COACHES IN KADUNA

The week was all smiles as President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday inaugurated 10 additional locomotives and two coaches in Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna State. The President also took a train ride alongside Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

 EL-RUFAI AND BEN MURRAY-BRUCE IN WAR OF WORDS:

The week, however, ended on a warring note as President Muhammadu Buhari’s train ride sparked verbal war between the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the Senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce.

‘Witchcraft Politics’ Responsible For Insecurity In Rivers – Amaechi

The former Governor of Rivers state, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said that ‘witchcraft politics’ is responsible for the insecurity and rate of crime in the state.

He said this while addressing the people in a broadcast on Monday concerning the recent killings in the state.

According to Ameachi, the people of Rivers have in the past few years, “suffered and endured a debilitating state of insecurity.”

Speaking specifically about the New Year killings, the past governor noted that “23 men, women and children were murdered” while returning from a church service and accused the Wike-led government of failing to take responsibility for the peoples security.

Some 48 hours after the Omoku massacre, the response of the governor and government of Rivers State whose primary responsibility is to protect you from these kind of attacks was a gabble blather about a two hundred million naira bounty and to launch another round of attacks on me because I politely advised them to protect Rivers people or resign from office.

“Like most of you, I was shocked, utterly disgusted to hear the man, who, I must repeat, took an oath to protect you, attempts to justify and casually explain away the cold-blooded murder of innocent Rivers people in Omoku on New Year’s Day.

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“The governor’s attempt to justify and compare the Omoku murders or any other killings in Rivers State to whatever is happening in any other part of the country is a deceitful, poisonous narrative that we must never allow to flourish.

“The governor’s repugnant attempt at finger pointing, blaming oil companies, opposition politicians and everyone else apart from himself, is a clear indication that he has abdicated his primary constitutional responsibility to safeguard lives and property,” he stated.

Furthermore, Amaechi stressed that during his time as the state governor, he successfully tackled the issue of insecurity up until the ‘new men of power’ came into the government.

“Let no one deceive you with a twisted narrative on the origins, causes and solutions to the bloodbath in Rivers State. Most of you can attest to how I battled and tackled insecurity when I served as your governor.

“I led the fight against the cultists, gangs, thugs and criminals masquerading as militants; they were driven out from hiding, many fled the State. I was able to do that because I was never in bed with the criminals; I never appointed any into political office or crowned any king. The administration I led was able to return the State to serenity from the horrible state of insecurity and violence we met when we took over.

“Rivers people enjoyed peace until the months leading up to the 2015 general elections when these ‘new’ men of power in the state introduced unprecedented violence and killings in the State.

“We cannot continue to live like this. The Omoku massacre is the breaking point where we must all collectively rise up and raise our voices to say we’ve had enough. The governor and Chief Security Officer of the State who swore an oath to protect us must now protect us or resign from office.

“We will no longer tolerate his inability and/or refusal to protect defenceless citizens. Enough is enough,” he stressed.