Police Parade Suspected Killer Herdsmen, Others In Benue

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,Four herdsmen suspected to have been involved in killing of farmers and destruction of villages in Tarka Local Government Area (LGA) have been paraded by the Police in Benue state.

The Police also paraded 14 alleged cattle rustlers, alongside some cattle said to have been stolen by them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who paraded the suspects, confirmed the killing of two farmers in Kwande LGA by suspected herdsmen.

“Some of them are those that have rustled cows and you can see the cows there, some of them are those that were arrested at the scenes of herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“We heard there was a reprisal attack in that particular community which led to the killing of two persons, and the people (attackers) have already been identified; detectives are already out there looking for them.

“Jungle justice is not allowed, if anybody has rustled their cows, they have reasons to report and if they report, it will be treated. But for them to take the laws into their hands is not acceptable,” Mr Makama said.

He said some of the rustled cows recovered from the suspects by the Police have been return to their owners.

In another development, the Benue State Security Council, during an operation alongside the Inspector General of Police Crack Team, also recovered large cache of arms from a bunker allegedly located in the stronghold of wanted suspect, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.

Items recovered include a General Purpose Machine gun, grenades, assorted riffles and live ammunition among others.

The IGP’s investigation team, led by a Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, has been in Zaki Biam and Katsina Ala for over two weeks, in a bid to track down the wanted suspect.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Samuel Ortom accused Ghana of hiding behind his amnesty programme to perpetrate crime in Benue state.

“You can now confirm when I said Ghana was using the amnesty to shield himself and perpetrate criminality, but this is just one armoury. We understand from information available to us that there are many more elsewhere and you can imagine the terror they did in Zaki Biam.

“I want to assure the people of Benue state that as we work together with them, and with the team I have here today, the security men that are supporting us in this state, and the directive of the President who is very passionate about the security situation in the state, we are going to overcome this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Coloniel Edwin Jando (rtd), highlighted the details of the operations.

“These weapons were in a bunker and someone gave the Police information and they used their instruments to discover them under the ground, the bunker was broken and taken out.

“There are so many of those bunkers out there in Gbishe, and some arrests have been made with some of those arrested taken to Abuja for further investigations,” he said.

End Of Boko Haram Is In Sight, Buhari Assures International Community

muhammadu-buhari-in-senegalNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday assured the international community that the end of Boko Haram terrorists is in sight.

President Buhari made the optimistic expression in Dakar, Senegal, even as he hailed the increased cooperation between Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.

Addressing audience at a Panel of Heads of State at the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, the President also assured the international community that the security situation in Nigeria had improved significantly.

“About a month ago, I spoke with the President of Chad and I was pleased that a number of Chadians and Nigeriens that were Boko Haram members are surrendering to him en-masse. The good news I have is that the end of the raining season has come in the North eastern region of Nigeria.

“Members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) are in their respective positions and at an agreed time they will move simultaneously and spontaneously for us to see the end of Boko Haram. We are now operating in the Sambisa Forest and as far as Boko Haram is concerned in the Lake Chad Basin area, I think they are done for,” the President declared.

Looking For Any Kind Of Job

Highlighting the gains of the cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries comprising Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria, the Nigerian leader told the gathering that Boko Haram is no longer holding any territory or Local Government Area (LGA) Nigeria.

“Those who live in the North East know that Boko Haram is no longer holding a single territory in the 774 LGAs in Nigeria. But they have a system of using IEDs and they indoctrinate mostly teenage girls and send them to soft targets to churches, mosques and market places. That too is becoming very rare.

“I think Boko Haram shot themselves in the foot when they gave their ideology a religious connotation by killing children in their schools, people in the mosque and churches and shouting Allahu Akbar.

“This is a major contradiction as no religion advocates hurting the innocent. You can’t kill people and say Allahu Akbar. You either do not know what you are saying or you don’t believe it,”’ President Buhari said.

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Boko Haram has in the past seven years pushed for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the northeast region

A statement by a spokesman for the President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the Nigerian leader emphasised that the oil-rich nation was capable of surmounting its security challenges and appealed to the international community to focus more attention on addressing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and unemployment in Nigeria.

“In the southern part of the country, stolen Nigerian crude is being illegally transported through the Gulf of Guinea and installations offshore are being subverted. We also have the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. With a population of 180 million people of which 65 per cent are under the age of 35, young Nigerians are looking for any kind of job to survive.

“We are addressing the situation (unemployment) by turning to agriculture and solid minerals because we are lucky to be blessed with arable land, water and resources,” the President noted.

OGSIEC Fixes October 8 For Ogun LG Elections

OGSIEC, Elections, OgunThe Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has announced October 8 for the conduct of the Local Government (LG) elections in the state.

The Chairperson of the OGSIEC, Mrs Risikat Ogunfemi, made the disclosure at a media briefing held at the commission’s office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

She added that the commission would also conduct elections into the 37 newly created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the 20 local government areas.

Mrs Ogunfemi assured political parties and politicians of a level playing field in the conduct of the elections to the third tier of government.

However, she admonished politicians to play by the rules of the game, just as she asked youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as instrument of violence by politicians.

Bayelsa Polls: Police Beef Up Security, Restrict Movement

Police-NigeriaThe Bayelsa State Police Command has issued a statement informing the public that the command has beefed up security with increased foot, vehicular, and waterways patrols, as well as intensive aerial surveillance in all nooks and crannies of the state.

This is ahead of the election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area for which they advised political parties and their contestants to desist from any act capable of disrupting the process.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat, the command in collaboration with other security agencies have perfected all plans to create an enabling environment for the re-run election in all affected polling units.

Security agencies have been ordered to enforce the restriction of movements of boats fitted with 200 horsepower engine and above.

Likewise, movement of persons, vehicles and tricycles would be restricted on the election date in the entire state from 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Only those on essential duties would be allowed to move.

The electorates in the affected areas have also been advised to come out and exercise their franchise by casting their votes for their preferred candidate.

Imo Pensioners Get Arrears From Government

pensioners-imoThe Imo State Government has commenced the payment of over 30 months pension arrears to pensioners across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

During the disbursement of the cheques to pensioners, the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Chinyere Ohandu, said the payment was in line with the promise of the Okorocha-led administration to clear all the backlogs of pension arrears.

She urged all pensioners who have not received their cheques to go to the appropriate offices and do their verification as soon as possible, in order to receive their own cheques.

The government also disclosed that the payment was done per categories.

Pensioners whose monthly pension is 10,000 Naira and below get 100 per cent payment while those whose monthly pension is 10,000 and above get 50,000 Naira.

Some of the beneficiaries who got their cheques commended the state government for fulfilling its promise, saying it will go a long way in alleviating their sufferings.

However, some pensioners, who lamented that their names were omitted from the payment list, appealed to the government to also come to their aid.

Residents Protest Proposed Demolition Of Buildings By Kaduna Govt.

kaduna protestSome aggrieved residents of Lokoja, Gwari and Muri roads in Kaduna metropolis have held a peaceful protest against plan by the Kaduna State Government to demolish their buildings.

The residents, mostly artisans, said they were served notice of eviction through the Chairman of Kaduna North Local Government Council, to vacate their shops and residential buildings within two weeks, after which they will be demolished.

Spokesman for the aggrieved residents, Mr Abiola Eneja, said the two-weeks ultimatum given to them to vacate their shops was too short, and more-so they had all valid papers for their shops.

He appealed to the State government to provide them with an alternative land where they could build new shops, or at least give them sufficient time to relocate.

Reports says the area is home to majority of the commercial printing houses in the state capital, with over 300 shops being marked for demolition.

Carrying placards and singing protest songs, the shop owners marched along the roads to show their anger over the proposed demolition.

In the copy of the eviction notice obtained by Channels Television’s correspondent, dated August 5, 2015, the council based its action on the state’s 1958 township building rules and Environmental Protection Law of 2010.

The notice, however, warned that any violator of the eviction order would be dealt with.

In reaction to this, the printers said their opinions were not sought on the planned demolition and they were only presented with a fait accompli.

They also explained that the land was allocated to them by the government to build their shops more than 25 years ago, wondering why the government wants to evict them from the same land.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, described the ongoing demolition exercise by the State government as harsh and anti-people.

Mr Sani advised the government to trade with caution, in order not to plunge the citizens into severe hardship.

While addressing a coalition of youth groups and Civil Society Organisations, who marched to his office to support the ongoing demolition exercise, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said his administration would continue to resist any attempt by land grabbers to take over schools and hospital lands in the state.

He added that those with genuine papers and had obtained valid building permits would be adequately compensated.

Two weeks ago, about 93 private buildings illegally erected within a government secondary school premises in Zaria were demolished by the Kaduna State Urban Development Authority (KAPSUDA), while over 700 others including shops, hotels and worship centres have been marked for demolition in Zaria and the state capital for being illegally erected on government lands.

NEMA Intervenes In Borno Humanitarian Crisis

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is intervening in the humanitarian crisis in Borno State that has rendered thousands refugees.

As part of the intervention, north-east zone of the Agency has commenced the distribution of drugs to the various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Maiduguri, the state capital.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, gave the assurance that the Agency would not relent in its effort to support the IDPs in all makeshift camps across the state.

Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria took full responsibility for the provision of foodstuffs to the IDP camps in Maiduguri, following the appeal made by the Borno State Government through NEMA, to relieve the government of the burden.

In the same vein, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, presented relief materials to the Michika and Madagali local government area of the state.

The Nigerian Customs in Adamawa also donated relief materials comprising of food and sanitary wares to the IDPs.

SURE-P Funds: Kaduna APC Lawmakers Threaten Gov Yero With Impeachment

Sure-PThe All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus of the Kaduna State House of Assembly have threatened to impeach the State Governor, Muktar Yero, over attempt by the outgoing government to appropriate and disburse N2.7 billion Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds belonging to the 23 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.

In a session with media after an emergency meeting, the APC members, led by the Deputy Minority Leader, Aminu Shagari, alleged that the move by the outgoing executive to tamper with the LGA SURE-P funds amount to last minute looting and squandering of public funds.

They wondered why a government that has only about two weeks to go can successfully execute any project with such money except for ulterior motive.

The APC legislators, who are 14 in number also alleged that the State Government’s ceding of 50% of the said fund for road project is in total violation of the laid down regulations regarding the SURE-P funds, revealing that this having been indicated in the handing over note of the outgoing government suggests an attempt of last minute looting.

One of the lawmakers, Dr Shehu Adamu, said that any attempt by the Governor to go ahead with plans to access the fund would be resisted through all legal means.

Another lawmaker, Yusuf Zailani also corroborated this adding that SURE-P was conceived by the Nigerian Government arising from the partial removal of subsidy on fuel prices in the country and should be managed properly.

The lawmakers expressed their displeasure with the development, warning the Governor to refrain from dipping hand into the LGA funds.

Yet to respond to the allegation, the Kaduna State Government had constituted a committee in January 2012 with a view to identifying programmes, projects and activities that would be undertaken by the government with its share of the SURE-P funds.