Southern Kaduna: Fulani Leaders, Traditional Rulers Sign Peace Deal

Southern Kaduna: Fulani Leaders, Traditional Rulers Sign Peace DealFulani leaders and traditional leaders in Kaduna state have agreed to a peace pact aimed at ensuring an end to the bloody clashes that have left several people dead with property destroyed in southern Kaduna.

This is an aftermath of a meeting called by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, which saw him along with heads of other security agencies in Kaduna meet with traditional rulers and leaders of Fulani community.

The intervention by the GOC follows recent escalated attacks by suspected herdsmen in about ten communities in Jemaa and Sanga local government areas of the state, that have left several people dead and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Having informed the people about the purpose of the gathering, the leaders made their presentations and the meeting later went into closed door.

After about five hours of deliberation, journalists were brought into the room where the GOC read out their resolutions.

They include the setting up of a peace and reconciliation committee to resolve all pending issues, banning of child herdsmen from grazing with cattle on farmlands and major roads, and prohibition of carrying of fire arms by herdsmen among others

The GOC appealed to the warring parties to sheathe their swords for the interest of peace.

He warned that any party or individual found involved in any further attack would be prosecuted according to the law.

While expressing displeasure over the spate of killings in the area, he gave the assurance that security agencies would continue to discharge their responsibilities of protecting lives and property in the area.

Emerging from the closed door parley, the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Baba Othman, gave the assurance that his people would abide by the resolution.

He told journalists that a committee would be set up by all the parties for full implementation of the resolutions.

Over the years, there has been several ethno-religious crises that have ravaged many communities southern Kaduna.

Since the beginning of 2017, not less than ten villages in Jemaa and Sanga local government areas both in the southern part of Kaduna state have come under heavy attacks by gunmen that have left scores of people dead.

The gunmen attacked three villages, Godogodo, Akwa’a and Anguwan Anjo, killing over 60 people freely and destroying houses and farmlands.

Just about four days before the peace meeting, seven people including a community leader were murdered in cold blood with no trace of their killers.

Gunmen Kill Seven People in Kaduna Village Attack

Herdsmen, Kaduna, GunmenAt least seven people have been killed and several others injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen at Kaninkon village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The latest attack came barely two weeks after gunmen invaded Godogodo village in the same local government, killing over 40 people and burning down houses.

According to a resident of the area who spoke to Channels TV correspondent on telephone, the gunmen invaded the village on Thursday. They killed the village head and six others.

The latest attack has ignited tension in neigbouring communities in the southern part of Kaduna state where several people have been killed by gunmen since July 2016.

Kaduna State Police Spokesman, Aliyu Usman, has confirmed the incident.

He said that more policemen have been deployed to the village and other surrounding communities in the local government.

Burglary Suspect Arrested In Ekiti Explains How He Enters Homes

Police Arrest burglar for Burglary in ekitiA suspected burglar, Idowu Kolawole, who broke into the home of a journalist, Mr odunayo Ogunmola, last Thursday, has been arrested by the police.

The police said he was arrested on Saturday, two days after he carried out the burglary in the house located near Deeper Life Campground, Ajebamidele, Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state.

Valuables stolen includes a 32-inch Samsung Plasma television set, an HP laptop and a C1 Nokia mobile phone, among others.

The suspect, who capitalised on the fact that many residents of the area had left for their various places of work and summer lessons, scaled the fence and cut the burglary-proof of the kitchen window to gain entry into the house and made away with the valuables.

Mastermind Of Many Burglary Cases

Members of the household on arrival to their home at about 4:30p.m. local time discovered that the building had been burgled.

The burglary was immediately reported at the Ologede Police Station, along Ikere Road in Ado Ekiti by the journalist and Kolawole was arrested at his hideout in Kajola area of Ikere Ekiti at about 11.20a.m. local time.

The laptop and the phone were recovered immediately at the point of arrest.

Some residents of Ikere described the suspect as the mastermind of many incidents of robbery, burglary and other criminal activities in the town
and nearby Ado, the state capital.

Immediately after being arrested, the suspect admitted breaking into Ogunmola’s house at about 10.00a.m. and stealing the items.

He claimed that he performed the burglary alone and never brought any accomplice along.

Kolawole later led the policemen to his rented one-room apartment in
Moferere area of Ado where Ogunmola’s laptop bag, the saw used by the
suspect to carry out the burglary and other suspected stolen items were
recovered.

Residents of the area commended the officials of Ologede Police Station for arresting the suspect within two days of committing the crime, a feat they described as a “miracle.”

According to them, many cases of burglary, theft of domestic animals and car batteries have been reported to the police recently and they believe that the arrest of the suspected burglar would lead to arrest of more criminals operating in the neighbourhood.

The police said the suspect would be charged as soon as the investigations were completed.

Police spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, urged the people of the state to always volunteer information that could lead to arrest of criminals operating in their neighbourhood.

Mr Adeyemi explained that the police in the state were highly motivated to deal with crime but noted that the cooperation of the citizens was necessary to keep criminals at bay.

Nasarawa Police Must Investigate Shooting Of Workers, NLC Insists

NLC 3The shooting of protesting workers in in front of the Government House Nasarawa State on Friday has sparked outrage from the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba.

Mr Wabba has called on the Nasarawa Police command to fish out the policeman allegedly responsible for the incident.

The shots were fired as the workers were waiting for the outcome of a meeting between the NLC boss and Governor Tanko Al Makura over the implementation of a new salary template which prompted them to embark on an indefinite strike.

One of the workers was killed while at least three others, two of them from the state Judicial Service Commission and a journalist, were injured in the incident.

A policeman was said to have been injured in the process as well.

The state police spokesman, ASP Umar Numan told Channels Television that the incident occurred as some of the workers threw stones at the General Manager of Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Mr Yusuf Musa, while making his way to the Government House to attend the meeting.

He said that the Police were not sure if the shootings were from the Police or the workers.

The Police said that they were working to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting.

 

Gunmen Kill Four Policemen In Bayelsa State

Policemen killed in BayelsaFour Nigerian policemen were ambushed and killed in south-south Bayelsa State.

The officers were killed around the Okobe community while traveling to Yenagoa, the capital of the oil producing state.

The state police public relations officer, Mr Ahmad Muhammad, who confirmed the incident, explained that the policemen were ambushed by their assailants in the community in Ahoada West Local Government Area on the east-west road.

He said it was unclear who was behind the attack.

Mr Muhammed added that the officers were attached to the police mobile force in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The victims were said to be returning from Yobe State, where they had gone on a special duty, when they were attacked.

The killing of the policemen came days after militants attacked a Chevron platform in the Niger Delta region.

Chevron Nigeria Limited said its Okan offshore facility is currently shut-in and that it was assessing the situation, while resources had been deployed to respond to a resulting spill.

There have been rising attacks on oil pipelines and kidnappings in the Niger Delta, which produces much of Nigeria’s oil output.

Two Lebanese Men Abducted In Bayelsa

gunmen in bayelsaUnknown Gunmen have killed two policemen and abducted two Lebanese from a construction site in Onuegbum, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The abducted Lebanese were identified as Sarki Abi Chmouli and Ibrahim Abi Pherem, while the the slain policemen were attached to Pache Construction Company, employers of the abducted Lebanese.

The gunmen, according to witnesses, arrived the community on Wednesday at about 12.20pm in speed boats through the waterway.

The gunmen reportedly besieged the sand dredging site and shot repeatedly into the air to scare away passers-by and other workers in the area.

The two policemen responded with gun shots, but were killed by the volley of bullets released by the armed men.

The Bayelsa State Police Command has since confirmed the incident to reporters.

The Police Spokesman, Mr Astimin Butswat, was quoted by Reuters to have said, “we have launched a massive man hunt for the kidnappers and their victims.

“We want to assure Bayelsans to go about their legitimate duties as the Police are on top of the situation.”

Mr Butswat also said that the corpses of the policemen had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy.

Police Vow To Prosecute Electoral Offenders

PoliceThe Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to prosecute all persons found culpable of electoral offences.

In an interview with Channels Television in Abuja the nation’s capital, the Police Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, commended the police and the electorate for their peaceful conduct during and after the supplementary elections conducted in some states.

Mr Ojukwu also said the lessons learnt during the 2015 elections would be used in future elections.

He, however, assured Nigerians and other residents in the country that the Nigeria Police Force would continue to do its best to maintain peace and security.

At Least 3 Dead As Pedestrian Bridge Collapses In Kano

bridge At least 3 people have been confirmed dead following the collapse of a pedestrian bridge along Jafar road in Dorayi Quarters in Kano state, North West Nigeria.

Residents confirmed that the construction of the bridge has not been completed when it fell down on a taxi driver carrying at least three people from Kabuga to Dorayi.

The construction of Jafar Road was completed recently, leaving only the pedestrian bridge which fell down.

The Police Spokesman, Magaji Majia, who confirmed the incident said the pedestal was not properly placed when the bridge collapsed.

The remaining part of the bridge also collapsed on tricycle on Monday, but there was no injury recorded.

Jafar Road is now closed pending the time the contractor would remove the remaining part of the bridge.

Niger Police Urge Citizens To Maintain Law And Order

PoliceThe Niger State Police Command have advised members of the public to maintain law and order during the forthcoming Independence Day holiday and the Eid-El-Kabir Sallah celebration.

In a statement made available to Channels Television in Minna, the Niger State Police Public Relation Officer, Ibrahim Gambari, warned the youths to be law abiding and eschew any form of criminal behaviour and to bear in mind that the Command would not tolerate any act that may cause disorder before, during and after the festive period.

The Police spokesman also appealed to parents to pay special attention to their wards to avoid being involved in anti-social behaviours or being used by criminal elements to commit crime.

“In the light of the above, any person or group of persons who attempt to cause any breach of peace across the state will face the full wrath of the law” the statement concluded.