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Bring Perpetrators Of Zamfara Mass Killings To Book, Buhari Tells Security Operatives

By Anule Emmanuel and Onyekachi Eze

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  • Bring perpetrators to book, President tells security operatives

 

…we alerted them 24 hrs before gunmen struck – Gov Yari

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms Thursday’s massacre of innocent persons in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Similarly, former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians to be vigilant in the wake of spate of killings by gunmen in many parts of the country. President Buhari in a message of commiseration with families of victims of the attacks on defenceless citizens, described the killings as heinous and inhuman, especially when the incident left many injured and several others losing their lives.

The President, therefore, directed the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an onthe- spot assessment of the situation and report back. In addition, he also directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members in the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law. He assured the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents of the state, that the Federal Government would continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property, not only in the affected state but all parts of the country.

President Buhari restated his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and called for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend. Meanwhile, Atiku, while also calling on the Federal Government and its agencies to ensure “stricter enforcement of ban on the proliferation of small arms and other deadly weapons in the hands of criminals”, urged Nigerians to be watchful and vigilant.

In a statement yesterday by his media office, the former vice president condemned the Thursday’s massacre in Zamfara State in which scores of innocent people were forced out of their vehicles and brutally killed by unknown bandits. He noted that in January, he spoke out against the killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Benue States, adding that he was appalled by the continued large scale destruction of human lives by criminal groups. Atiku Abubakar stated that he was concerned about the frequency of these heinous attacks by criminal gangs.

The former Vice President said the ease with which criminal groups have access to dangerous weapons in the country was worrisome and disturbing. He said: “When human beings are falling like flies repeatedly, ambushed by savage mass murderers and killed in cold blood, I wonder what becomes of the sanctity of life. “Apart from identifying, arresting and prosecuting arms suppliers, there should be an intensification of efforts by our security personnel.” He extended his condolences and prayers to the Government of Zamfara State and families of the victims.   (New Telegraph)

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Buhari, Ganduje Unable To Stop Kwankwaso – Johnson |The Republican News

By TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE

Mr. Ladipo Johnson, a lawyer and politician is the Lagos State Coordinator of Kwankwasiyya Movement. In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on the political tussle between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, among other issues. Excerpts…

 

What is your take on the political face-off between former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje?
The problem in Kano State is basically the fact that a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Kano Central, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, had not been able to go into his senatorial district for almost two years now base on the fact that he keep been told that it is not safe for him to go back to Kano and that the mammoth crowd that normally support him whenever he is in Kano will turn to bloodshed and riot. That some people might hijack his visit and use it for breakdown of law and order. He was scheduled to visit Kano on January 30 but the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, wrote to him, advising him not to come.

The presidency later intervened and he had to postpone his going back to Kano.
The question begging for answer is; why would a Nigerian not be allowed to go to his home? Why would a serving senator not be allowed to go into his senatorial district? If in truth the police has an intelligence, which they claim to have that certain miscreants wanted to hijack his going back and cause trouble, why will police not apprehended those people? That should have been the normal thing.

They should have put necessary things in place to make sure that thing was peaceful in the state. They keep telling the man not to come. So, when will it be alright for him to go to his senatorial district? Surely as we move nearer to election time, the atmosphere will be more tensed and the problem is that incumbent Governor Ganduje and Senator Kwankwaso are not on the same page politically at the moment.

Why are they no longer in good term politically, considering that they were political allies for many years?
It is best known to the governor. Ganduje was the only deputy governor that got the support of his principal; who supported him, campaigned for him and ensured that he became governor. He was deputy governor to his principal for eight years. He was special assistant to Senator Kwankwaso when he was Minister of Defence. But within three months of getting into government, Governor Ganduje turned against his benefactor. But that is neither here nor there; people can disagree and be on different platforms but democracy has to be practised in civilise way. People has right to make their own choices as to who to support and what to do as whether you want to contest or not.

Don’t you think the tussle between the two political gladiators is about 2019?
I keep saying that if going to Kano by Kwankwaso has nothing to do with 2019; his being stopped definitely has to do with 2019. It is disturbing that a sitting governor will use the Commissioner of Police in that state to come up with spurious excuses as to why a state is not safe for one citizen to go to his senatorial district. It just doesn’t make sense. What he should have done if he has that intelligence report is to arrest those he feels want to hijack or cause trouble in the state. These are the issues that must be look at and you cannot blame people for feeling that it must be political.

Do you agree that the political drama in Kano State is a ploy to frustrate Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition?
The first question is; why is Ganduje afraid of Kwankwaso? The second question is; who else is afraid of Kwankwaso on a national level? It is clear that 2019 is around the corner and politicians have begun to jostle and I am one of the staunch supporters and believers in Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. I believe he is dynamic and he has the capacity to move us forward as a country. So, stopping him from going to Kano is only temporary. He has to be allowed back into his house and back to his senatorial district. And if he chooses to move from being a senator to contesting for the office of President of Nigeria, they will find out that Kano State or incumbent governor of Kano will not be in a position to stop what would be a natural flow of support.

Don’t you think the disagreement between Kwankwaso and Ganduje will affect the chances of the APC in Kano State?
I bet to disagree. Two elephants are not fighting. Ganduje is by no means politically comparable to Kwankwaso. The grass may suffer if there is a breakdown of law and order and that is why Senator Kwankwaso agreed to postponed his visit to Kano. But it is frightening that in this present day, a senator is being prevented from going back to his senatorial district. It is unbelievable when people heard that Kwankwaso has not been to his senatorial district for over two years. Anytime he wants to go, they will tell him that it is not safe because of the crowd. It is not his fault that mammoth crowd do troop out to welcome him anytime he visited Kano having served the people of Kano.

Kwankwaso is believed to be among those interested in running for presidency in 2019…
Naturally for a man who campaigned for only 40 days in 2014 and came second in the APC presidential primaries to the current president; it would be assume that even if he doesn’t have the interest, quite a lot of people would want to ask him to consider throwing his hat in the ring for the presidential election. If you go through his profile, he has always been a man who has served his country in various offices from being Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives to Minister of Defence, representative to Sudan and Darfur, member of the board of the NDDC, governor for eight years and now a serving senator. It is reasonable to believe that he may be interested and like I said earlier even if not interested, people would tell him to throw his hat into the ring to move this country forward.
Personally, myself and millions of Kwankwasiyya Movement members across the country believe that this is a man that can push and move Nigeria forward. He has the capacity and passion for this country. The beauty about him is that those who like Kwankwaso and those who detest him have one thing in common; they will tell you he is a performer. And for me as a young person thinking about my family and future generations, we need someone that can move us forward drastically as a country. So, for me, I don’t know when he is going to throw his hat into the ring but I am personally one of those who will keep pushing him and tell him to come and serve Nigeria.

There is probability that President Muhammadu Buhari will seek for re-election in 2019? Don’t you see him as stumbling block to Kwankwaso’s aspiration in APC?
No, I have never seen Buhari as a stumbling block to Kwankwaso. What happened the last time as far as I am concerned is the fact that we possibly made our move from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC slightly late. And by the time we got there, the party structures had gone and we didn’t have access to the delegates.

I don’t see Buhari as a stumbling block, I am confident that if Kwankwaso and Buhari are presented to the people of Nigeria, I don’t think the choice would be difficult.
It will be left to Senator Kwankwaso and his advisers to determine how they will pursue the primaries of the APC. A lot of things may still happen.

What I know is that the two men whether presented within the party or outside the party from different parties; if presented to the people of this country, I am very confidence that the generation of younger Nigerians will cast their votes for a more virile, passionate, reliable and renowned performer who has a passion for the masses of this country.

There is speculation that Kwankwaso is being lured by the PDP and that he may soon defect to the opposition party to realise his presidential aspiration if the coast is not clear for him in APC…
I wouldn’t know whether he will be going to the PDP or why he should consider the PDP. I understand that the PDP is looking and shopping for presidential candidates that they believe can defeat or match the president in the North. I know for certain that with the work that has been done and the support base that Senator Kwankwaso have, especially in the North, the PDP may want to tap into that or may decide not to.

That is left to them. All I know at the moment is that we in the Kwankwasiyya Movement have been talking to people and working with people at the grassroots level because there are millions of Nigerians who are not happy with the state of the economy and who are not happy at the pace that of lack of development in the country. We hope and realise that 2019 is the time when we can make our votes count and bring about what we want in this country.  (New Telegraph)

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Election 2019: Jonathan Supports National Assembly On Re-ordering Timetable |RN

By Onwuka Nzeshi

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Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thrown his weight behind the National Assembly on the new order of elections as contained in the recent amendment to the Electoral Act. Jonathan made his position known when he received the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Jonathan Foundation in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State.

Jonathan said what the National Assembly did would help in the election of quality persons into various positions. According to him, holding the presidential election first will affect the quality of persons that will emerge in other levels of the polls because of the bandwagon effect it could trigger in the polity. He counselled the ruling party (APC) to see the new sequence of election from a patriotic point of view and overall national interests since laws are not meant for persons in power at any particular time. Jonathan said he even envisaged that a time would come in Nigeria when the presidential election would be conducted at an entirely differently period from the other elections. He commended Secondus and the NWC of PDP for renewing the confidence of the electorate in the party, pointing out that those who left the party will soon return.

“I believe that PDP will return to power in 2019 if we continue to build confidence especially as the ruling party (APC) has failed to meet up their promises and give hope to the people. “Propaganda may help you win election but can’t help you govern and that is what APC has seen in the last 32 months,” Jonathan said. Earlier, Secondus had briefed the former President on the activities of the NWC since December when they were elected into office, just as he solicited his support and that of other leaders of his status. (New Telegraph)

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God’ll Ask Buhari If He Does’t Help Us – Miyetti Allah |The Republican News

By Biodun Oyeleye
 Buhari-Muhammadu

 

…says we won’t leave UNILORIN

Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Kwara State, Alhaji Usman Adamu, has expressed concern that President Muhammad Buhari is also not doing enough for the Fulani people despite being one of them. Besides, he urged the President not to forget the Fulani blood in his vein, warning that if he continues to neglect his people, God will ask him one day.

“I want Buhari not to forget that he too is Fulani; Fulani blood is in his vein and if he does not help us God will ask him”, he said. Adamu also wants the government to prevail on the authorities of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) not to evict members of the group from their current settlement on the school’s ground.

Adamu, who spoke with our reporter yesterday against the backdrop of the ultimatum given, last week by UNILORIN Vice Chancellor, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem, for the herdsmen to vacate the university, also contended that they had settled on the land before the university came, hence it was impossibile for them to relocate.

The herdsmen had earlier appealed with the university management for time and pledged to come up with a response on the ultimatum by February 22, 2018. But when reminded about this yesterday, Adamu asked rhetorically, “where can we go?” “Even if they give us another settlement, we will accept but I don’t think it will work because we have a recent instance where the Emir of Lafiagi wrote a letter of commendation about one of our people who had stayed for over 20 years in his domain and wanted to relocate. When he got to Oke-Oyi the Yoruba people rejected him.

So, where are we going to stay that they will not chase us?” On May 11, 2017, 28 persons, comprising Fulani herdsmen, Yoruba and Hausa farmers, were dragged to an Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly trespassing into the university land, destroying the school’s plantation and perpetrating other unauthorised activities on the university campus.

The accused persons were alleged to have resorted to poisoning the institution’s dam with chemicals, while also engaging in illegal felling of economic trees from which they made charcoal. AbdulKareem had at a special meeting last week told the Fulani settlers that “enough is enough”, stressing that the university could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the university land, “as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear”. According to the UNILORIN boss, “We have a multimillion naira programme that is currently at stake now because they (herders) have gone to the extent of uprooting tubers of cassava for their cattle to feed on. We cannot conduct any research or training on the farm again because each time we get to a point where their cattle can feed on it… they go back there and destroy it.

“We care about them but we cannot afford to keep them on our land again …if they want to continue to be our friend, they can live anywhere around us but they should realise that this is a sacred place”. But the Miyetti Allah leader claimed that the herdsmen responsible for the alleged poisoning of the dam and destruction of the institution’s research farms were not his members but belong to a group known as “Ga’Allah” which he claimed came from the troubled spots in Plateau State.

“I can swear by the Holy Quran that we have no problem with the university; none of our members has ever been arrested for any crime in the university and I’m proud of that. Our camp is about 20 kilometres from the university. In fact if you are with us you won’t know you are in the university. We are in a thick bush. We have a school, Gaa Usman Nomadic School, which is named after me, there. And even we have been here before the university; they came to meet us here.

That is the usual case of Fulani people in Nigeria; Fulanis are the first settlers in every country. “It is some Fulani at Bolunduro area who are members of Ga’Allah that have problem with the university. I cannot deny that some Fulanis have problem with the university but they are not our members because we have about nine of our boys working with the university as guards. We have no dam in our area and we don’t have many cows around here because we send them out of the country during dry season.

“The people in Bolorunduro are not in Miyetti Allah; they are under Ga’Allah. I had once written to the former Vice Chancellor to say we have nothing to do with those people. “Ga’Allah is an association they brought from Plateau and when they came I told the Department of State Security (DSS), the police, the Emir and the S.A Security that it is not a good association because they came from a place where there was trouble and they are not known unlike we that are known across Africa.” Asked the way out of the problem posed by the Ga’Allah group to the university, Adamu said, “government knows what to do”, reiterating that he had made personal interventions on the matter before now to no avail.

He said he had been coordinating activities of the Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group with support of the state government and Emir of Ilorin. He said the group had busted several high profile crimes such as a recent kidnapping of an oil dealer who lost N76 million to kidnappers in Kwara north and the arrest of armed invaders at Kaima. One of the ways out of the general clash between herdsmen and farmers, he suggested, would be for the state government to create an office of Special Assistant on Fulani Matters in each state and also release the Games Reserves across the country to herdsmen for use. He also wants government to build schools for them, saying Fulani people now want to be educated unlike in the past.

“We have these reserves across the country, from Bauchi to Ogun State, if government can release the reserves to us there won’t be problem between farmers and herdsmen again”, he said. But the Miyettti Allah leader lamented that government was taking Fulani people across Nigeria for granted and accused politicians of abandoning them after each election even when they had earlier romanced them for votes.

Police arrest rustlers with 233 cows

Meanwhile, the police in Kwara State have arrested a gang of kidnapers and cattle rustlers who went away from the state with over 233 cows. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Lawan Ado, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the police headquarters in Ilorin also explained that the command had intensified operations in the northern axis of the state in view of increasing rate of criminality in the zone.

Ado while narrating how the cattle rustlers were arrested in Niger State where they had escaped to lamented that the command lost a man during an exchange of fire with the leader of the gang identified as Adamu Abacha. The police boss explained that the police from the Niger State Command were able to arrest the suspects after his command shared intelligence gathering about the movement of the suspects with the Mokwa Police Station in Niger State. Abacha, according to the police commissioner, after the clash with SARS operatives escaped to the bush, adding that while the operatives were combing the bush for him, they found his corpse in the bush and later recovered his AK 47 riffle buried in the ground.

Ado said 233 cows were recovered from the gang while six live ammunition were retrieved alongside the riffle recovered from their dead boss. He said six of the gang members who were arrested would be charged to court as soon as investigation is conducted. Ado also said that two people among the four suspected to have kidnapped a man, Hassan Taiye, in his mosque in Chikanda in Baruten Local Government Area of the state had been arrested. He said four men two of whom were in Army uniform kidnapped the victim and took him to an unknown destination after injuring his guard with a gunshot.

The police boss also added that his command successfully recovered10 motorcycles from a gang of armed robbers, who specialised in motorcycles theft in Ilorin. He said his men arrested two members of the gang after a pastor in the town reported the theft of his Bajaj motorcycle and disclosed that efforts were on to arrest the escaping members of the gang. (New Telegraph)

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MASSOB: Boycotting Voters’ Registration Exercise Is Counterproductive |RN

By Steve Uzoechi

 

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has called on all its members across the country to endeavour, as a matter of priority, to register and secure their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) from the nearest Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registration centre. This is also as the group noted that boycotting the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise and non-possession of voter’s cards amount to self-inflicted injury that may also derail their effort to realise the Biafran struggle through a valid referendum.

According to a statement issued by the group’s National Secretary, Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of MASSOB presided over by its National Leader, Uchenna Madu, resolved yesterday that all Biafrans of voting age must possess a valid PVC. The statement read in part: “That possession of the Nigerian voters’ card is not merely for Nigerian elections only but for the Biafra referendum as the only identification card for eligibility of the people that will legitimately determine the Biafra actualisation through a United Nations observed referendum.”

It added that boycotting voters’ registration and nonpossession of the voters’ card amount to a self inflicted injury that may undermine future referendum on the determination of sovereignty for the Biafran state. MASSOB maintains that: “For the proposed state of Biafra to be ordered and declared by United Nations, the voting population of Biafrans through the registration and possession of the voters’ card must be captured in the national demography of the existing political entity called Nigeria from which the voting population of the coming state of Biafra is seeking separation.” (New Telegraph)

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(Video) Man Snorts 4.5g Cocaine, Runs Half Naked Through Street After Murder |RN

A delivery driver has been jailed for life for stabbing a French tourist to death in an unprovoked and random attack.

Nicholas Foy, 39, had snorted 4.5grams of cocaine in a 24-hour drink and drugs session before running up to Laurent Volpe, 49, who was on his way to visit family.

Foy, wearing only a pair of pink shorts, plunged a large kitchen knife into Mr. Folpe’s stomach, passing through his liver. He then turned on witnesses shouting “Do you want some?” following the senseless and motiveless attack in Eltham, south east London last August.

Prosecutor Susanne Alavi said: “Laurent Volpe was on his way to see his family and happened to walk past Foy who indiscriminately selected him as his victim.

“During his trial, Foy blamed his behaviour on the sheer amount of drink and drugs he had consumed. However, he conceded that when he combined these substances, he could not control his violent and aggressive temper.

“Yet he chose to take this dangerous cocktail before stabbing Mr. Volpe to death.

“This was a callous and, in the event, unsuccessful way of seeking to absolve himself of responsibility.

“I would like to thank the many witnesses, including Mr. Volpe’s family, who came forward and gave evidence in court.

“I hope this sentence provides some comfort for them and Mr. Volpe’s friends. Our thoughts are with them.”

Mr Volpe, who was on a two-week holiday with his wife Cecile Chapais and their two children, collapsed at the scene in Eltham, south east London shortly before 7pm on August 11 last year.

Mr Volpe, an accomplished triathlete from the south of France, had spent the day sightseeing with his family.

 

They returned to Eltham, where they were staying through a house swap and Mr. Volpe popped to a nearby Co-op to get food. But on his way back, he bumped into dad of three, Foy.

When police arrived, Foy punched an officer before he was Tasered and arrested. And as he was taken to hospital for treatment to self-inflicted knife wounds to his foot, he headbutted another officer and had to be sedated by medical staff.

Paramedics took Mr. Volpe to Kings College Hospital in a critical condition but died three days later despite having a liver transplant.

Foy admitted manslaughter, claiming a lack of intent, but denied murder. He was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey on Monday, and jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years.

In the days before the attack Foy, who suffers depression, had not taken his medication, and chose to self-medicate with cocaine and alcohol instead, the judge said.

He had drunk five pints of lager, a litre of Jack Daniels whiskey and rum, and taken up to four-and-a-half grams of cocaine before leaving the house at 6.45pm.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: “You took with you a large kitchen knife, going back and forward across the road to gouge your foot, believing there was a bomb.

“You had spent the previous evening, night and morning of the 11th of August filling yourself with alcohol and cocaine.

“You took all that, knowing the combination could make you angry, paranoid, aggressive and violent.

“You have a longstanding history of drink and drug abuse. You started taking cocaine aged 17, and took the drug daily until 2013.

“You also told the jury you have had a problem with alcohol for two years. Your records suggest it was a lot longer.”

(Metro)

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Mass Killings: Buhari Sends Defence Minister To Zamfara |The Republican News

President-Buhari                                                          Buhari

*Direct security agencies to arrest perpetrators

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dispatched the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), to Zamfara State for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of the state where some innocent persons were killed on Thursday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Shehu said the minister was expected to assess the situation and immediately report back to the President who he said condemned the massacre.

The presidential spokesman added that Buhari had directed the nation’s security agencies to deploy operatives in the affected area and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

He restated the President’s commitment to ensuring that the spate of killings currently being experienced in parts of the country is brought to an end.

The statement read, “The President commiserates with families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens which left many injured.

“President Buhari directs the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.

“In addition, he directs security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.

“The President assures the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents in the state, that the Federal Government will continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property, not only in the affected state but all parts of the country.

“President Buhari restates his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and calls for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend.

“The President prays that almighty God will receive the souls of the departed, and comfort their families.” (Punch)

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