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I Slept With My Girlfriend’s Corpse For 6 Days, Says Suspected Killer Of Ex-Deputy Gov’s Daughter

Adeyemi Alao MURDER SUSPECT - SLEPT WITH VICTIM'S CORPSE

Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Suspected killer of Khadijat Adenike, daughter of former deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, Adeyemi Alao, has confessed that he slept with the corpse of khadijat for six days in his room.

Alao, who claimed to be Khadijat’s boyfriend of over five years, said he had no intention of killing his late girlfriend when he invited her to his residence at Oke-Aro area of Akure until he met her making love with another person in his room.

The suspected killer, who was paraded yesterday at the state police headquarters in Akure, confessed that he dug a grave inside his room in an attempt to bury Khadijat before he was arrested by the police.
Alao was arrested on Sunday, following the discovery of the corpse of Khadijat, a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, in his house by the police.

The deceased had earlier been declared missing by her parent when she could not be found by her friends in school and the parent, also, could not find her at home.

The suspect, while being interrogated, confirmed the killing of the deceased, but denied responsibility for her death, saying he met her dead inside his room.

He said the late Khadijat was notorious for sex and could have sexual intercourse with any individual not minding the status or age of the fellow.

“She called me that she was in Lagos and I asked what she was doing in Lagos.  She said she was there to perfect the project she was writing. She told me she would come to visit me after leaving Lagos and she came, but, the following day she went out and returned with two boys who she claimed were his brothers.

“I went out one day and when I returned, I saw one of the boys she called her friend making love with her. I was furious and I beat her to a pulp. The boy escaped because he threatened to shoot me with a gun in his hand,” he added.

Alao, who denied rumours that he killed Khadijat for ritual purpose, confessed that he made arrangements to bury her inside the room, having dug a grave but was eventually caught.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, said the suspected killer would face the full wrath of the law.

He said the suspect will soon be prosecuted and added that the accomplices of Alao would be arrested and also prosecuted.  (The Sun)

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Bloodbath In Taraba: Over 50 Killed By Fulani Herdsmen Militia |RN

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File Photo: Armed Fulani herdsmen

  • 50 killed in fresh attacks

Billy Graham Abel, Yola

Over 50 people were reportedly killed in another bloody attack in several communities bordering Adamawa and Taraba states on Monday night.

Residents told Daily Sun that some Fulani militia attacked several ethnic villages of Gojefa, Bujum Yashi, Bujum Waya, Sabonlayi and Bujum Kasuwa in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Other communities affected by the onslaught included Anguwan Bishop Yotti, Todung, Budon, Bunzum and Bamga Dutse in Taraba State.

Galilee Ishaku, a resident of Sabon Layi, who survived the mayhem said: “The people who attacked us are Fulani. They came when we were in the market because it’s market day. They suddenly entered our village and started shooting. We ran and crossed over the river; they followed us and kept on shooting. Right now, as I am talking, they are in our village, grazing in our farms.

“The people I know that were killed are about 13 but many of our villagers are still unaccounted for.”

Gerald Na’allah, a community leader claimed the attacks have become regular occurrence.

“It usually starts as a rumour and we report it to the appropriate authorities and it eventually happens that they come in and attack and kill and loot. People have stopped going to the farm. No one is farming again.”

The member representing Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Sodomti Tayedi condemned the attacks and lamented that poverty and starvation loom as residents could no longer go to farm because of the wave of incessant attacks.

She said over 30 people were feared killed in the recent attacks.

According to the lawmaker, hardly a week pass without an attack in her constituency by suspected Fulani militia.

 

She said the rate at which people were fleeing their ancestral homes for fear of the unknown is alarming, adding that the situation might soon result in food crisis in the state.

“Our people are farmers and grazers but my community is now living in fear since these attacks started in November last year and has persisted up till date.

“We are hopeless and helpless; economic activities have stopped. This is farming season and if we cannot go to farms, then poverty and starvation is what is left.

“We are calling on government, as matter of urgency, to come and secure our people and constituency. Since no one is allowed to take up arms, then it is the responsibility of the government to protect the people.”

The Adamawa State decried the attacks on agricultural communities, saying it could lead to serious food crisis.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, while condemning the attacks on communities in Numan and Demsa, expressed government’s concern over the number of people fleeing their ancestral home for fear of impending attacks.

He said government was working with security agencies to restore peace in the affected communities.

Sajoh added that government would provide assistance to victims of the recent attack in Numan and Demsa.

The attack, the fourth in a fortnight by yet to be apprehended killer herdsmen, has led to the death of hundreds of people and destruction of several homes destroyed.

Observers of the situation in the state have called for more proactive measures by security agents to apprehend the attackers and contain the constant attacks on Taraba and Adamawa communities by armed militia.  (The Sun)

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No President Would Want To See His Citizens Dying, Kalu Slams Buhari Accusers

 

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CEO Slok Group,  Orji Uzor Kalu

The former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzo Kalu has berated those accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of not doing enough to stop the killings in some parts of the country, saying no president would want to see his people dying, NAN reports.

“It is embarrassing when some people accuse the president of supporting one group to kill another. It is not possible for anyone directly elected by the people.

”Leaders should stop backbiting about the killings and all the rest of it. Killing is not a good process, no president would want to see his people dying.

”President Buhari has taken a new step, he was in Benue and Plateau the other time he is committed to making sure that this killing stop,” he said.

Kalu condemned the unwarranted killings when he spoke at a party in honour of the outgoing Czech Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Pavel Mikes, in Abuja.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain described the killings as a big challenge for the country after the Federal Government defeated the Boko Haram.

”It is embarrassing to see human beings killing their fellow human beings. It is not acceptable by anyone created by God,” he said.

He told the Czech Ambassador that his friendship with Nigeria goes beyond his stay in the country. ”We will remain friends after your departure.”

He also thanked the envoy for his efforts, as Dean of European diplomatic corps, in ensuring that all levels of government in Nigeria maintain rule of law.

”When government fails to put rule of law as an instrument that can be of a great change, is a problem because rule of law is more important.

”It is a software of a democratic process. Once you have the software right, the hardware will also be right,” he said.

Kalu expressed appreciation to the European Union for ensuring that Nigeria’s democracy stands.

In his remarks, the outgoing Czech Ambassador described Nigeria as a ”great, complex county” and that he enjoyed every moment of his five-year duty tour in Nigeria.

Mikes extolled the virtues of the former Abia Governor, saying, ”he is passionate about the future of Nigeria, working hard to promote the country in the world.

”He is a man for whom Nigeria lies dearly in his heart and does everything possible to improve the lives of Nigerians”.

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Only Evil-minded People Will Say I Am Condoning Killings – Buhari |RN

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President Muhammadu Buhari

John Ameh, Olalekan Adetayo, Friday Olokor,  Adelani Adepegba, Success Nwogu and Chidiebube Okeoma

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the claims that being a Fulani, he must be encouraging the killings being perpetrated by armed herdsmen in parts of the country seemed to him that there was no limit to the evil in the minds of men.

He wondered how anyone in their right minds would suggest that he, who emerged as President with substantial votes from the affected areas, would do any harm to the same people who voted for him.

Buhari said this while receiving members of the Christian Association of Nigeria from the 19 northern states and Abuja at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said it was unfair for anybody to accuse his government of not doing anything to stop the killings.

Buhari said, “When some (people), for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the killings and that I, being Fulani, must be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of men.

“Otherwise, how can anyone in their right minds suggest that I, as an elected President even with substantial votes in the affected areas, will for any reason do harm by an act of omission to those same people?

“Secondly, the problems in all these areas, as you all know, are historical. There is no administration that has not had to contend with killings in these same areas over the years.

“Indeed, in 2001, you may recall that after thousands were killed in Plateau State, a state of emergency was declared and a governor was replaced by an administrator. To suggest that our administration is doing nothing is terribly unfair.

“We must not forget that the same Plateau State which has been crisis-ridden for years has in the past three years been celebrated for its peacefulness. The governor’s hard work for peace and the presence of the military’s Operation Safe Haven must have had some impact.”

The President said the government had deployed extra special forces from the Defence Headquarters.

Besides, he said no fewer than three special military intervention forces were currently in the troubled zones.

These forces, he said, were supported with investigative and intelligence gathering capabilities from the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services and other agencies.

Buhari said the military and the police had arrested hundreds of suspects across the various flashpoints in the region and several prosecutions were ongoing.

He added, “The recent killings in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau are wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts. We, Nigerians, are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason whatsoever.

“This is why we must all rise as one to condemn these vile and wicked acts to ensure that all the culprits are brought to justice.

“We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the conflicts to a decisive end. I assure you that we will do this.

“Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many. I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced.

“I, therefore, seek your support as clerics and religious leaders to join hands with this administration and give us your full support. As you all know, deploying law enforcement agencies is fully our responsibility as a government while creating the platform and mechanisms for dialogue is a collective effort.

“The military and the police have arrested hundreds of suspects across the various flashpoints in the region and several prosecutions are going on. In a number of cases, we have seen convictions.

“Nigerians are right when they say they want to see more convictions and I would like to appeal to the judiciary to help us to fast-track these cases.

The President said the government could achieve lasting peace only with the sincere and active cooperation of communities, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders.

These, he added, included the media in whose hand, he said, “lies the power to frame, shape the perspectives and narratives which influence the thinking of millions of people within and outside Nigeria.”

“Finally, let us collectively shame those who are stoking the fires of ethnic and religious conflicts for their short-term political gains.

“This country belongs equally to Christians and Muslims and even those who claim ignorance of God,” Buhari told his guests.

Arrest, prosecute killers, Northern Christians tell Buhari

Earlier, the Chairman of CAN Northern States, Rev. Yakubu Pam, had on behalf of the delegation urged the President to revisit the country’s security architecture in order to give it a new lease of life and responsiveness to earn the required trust, confidence, and support of the general populace.

Pam also called on the government to ensure that all communities ravaged by the killer herdsmen were rebuilt and adequate security is put in place to enable displaced persons to return to their homes and means of livelihood.

He urged the government to roll out a robust advocacy programme to enlighten the nomadic herders on modern cattle rearing against open grazing and roaming across the states and national boundaries.

He also urged the government to encourage herders to acquire land for cattle ranching across the country as a means of private business investment.

Pam also called for the release of Leah Sharibu and others in Boko Haram’s captivity and stoppage of the marriage of Christian girls without their parents’ consent in the North.

The clergyman said, “We, therefore, wish to state that the situation does not only violate the fundamental human rights of the girls but is also a call to anarchy if such actions were to get an even score by the Christian population.

“The appeal, therefore, is for your quick intervention to ensure that the numerous girls held under such circumstances are released to their parents.

“In the spirit of the above observation, we wish to demand that intensive and speedy actions should be taken for the release of girls in captivity, especially Leah Sharibu.

“That all perpetrators including the so-called foreigners as alleged of these heinous crimes against humanity in parts of northern states should be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others .”

Killings: CAN declare July 9 to 11 praying, fasting days

On its part, the national headquarters of CAN in a statement declared July 9 to 11, 2018 as national days of prayers and fasting against the killings in the country.

It also directed the faithful to embark on a peaceful protest on July 11 to the National Assembly, state Government Houses as well as state Houses of Assembly to register their displeasure with the officials and lawmakers.

The Christian body explained that its decision was hinged on the “willful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular nationwide mostly in Plateau and Benue states where mass burial has become the norm without any positive response from the country’s security agencies.”

“CAN is worried, disturbed and disappointed that despite all the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs, he has consistently turned a deaf ear to such calls.

“From all indications, the President seems to be satisfied with their poor performance and the attendant problems that had led to avoidable loss of lives and property in the country,” Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, (Media & Communications) to CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said in the statement on Thursday.

The group said, “We call on all Christians in the country and in the Diaspora to participate in the three-day praying and fasting programme to end all the senseless, unwarranted and selected killings in the country. If the government has failed us, we are very sure that our God will never fail.

“All National Executive Committee members of CAN, the Church and denominational leaders have been invited to participate in a peaceful protest march to both the National Assembly and the state Houses of Assembly to impress on the government the need to effectively stop the unprecedented killings.”

CAN be added that it had directed its leadership at the state and local government levels to organise the same protest march to the Government House and the Local Government headquarters respectively.

It implored Christians to be law-abiding and peaceful during the protest march.

The association also knocked the Presidency for reportedly issuing the death threat against those who failed to give up their land for ranching, describing it as satanic.

Security agencies compromised – Plateau PDP elders

In Jos, the Elders Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State stated that the security agencies had been compromised.

The PDP elders said that for 48 hours gunmen took over some local government areas in the state and killed over 200 persons, there were no rescue efforts.

The PDP elders in a communiqué issued after their meeting in Jos and signed by their chairman and former governor of Plateau State, Fidelis Tapgun, and Secretary, Justina Vrengle, said  Buhari should “use his moral and constitutional powers to protect the people of the state.”

They stated, “We insist that the perpetrators and sponsors of these heinous crimes against humanity be arrested and brought to justice.”

According to them, it is only when the sponsors are brought to justice that the people will rebuild confidence in their leaders.

Also, the Plateau State Caucus at the National Assembly has asked the Nigeria Police and the DSS to investigate the claim of a lawmaker from the state, Mr Idris Wase, that highly-placed politicians are behind the killings there.

Wase, a member of the House of Representatives, had told lawmakers on Tuesday that he had information as far back as 2015 that “300” persons were trained in Israel to cause mayhem in Plateau State and that he knew the sponsors.

He had also claimed that truckloads of arms were shipped into the state, adding that he had information on all those behind the violence.

Wase further stated that whenever he was needed to volunteer information, he would do so, not minding that it would be to his own risk.

Reacting to Wase’s disclosures on Thursday, his colleagues in the caucus, called on security agencies to invite him immediately.

Mr Johnbull Shekarau, who read the text of a news conference addressed by the caucus, said the security agencies must begin to find out from Wase why he kept such information from them for over three years, only to speak after many lives had been lost.

Buhari has ordered me to prosecute perpetrators of Plateau massacre – IGP

In Owerri, the Imo State capital, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris,  said the President had ordered him to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the killings in Plateau State.

The IGP, who spoke while declaring open the South-East security summit organised by the Nigerian Police, said “The President and the Minister of Interior have visited Plateau State and the President was categorical that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will be brought to book.

“In line with the directive of Mr President, the police have launched a high-powered investigation into the incident and I can with confidence inform you that no stone will be left unturned in getting to the root of the killings.”

Only patriotic actions will end killings – Emeka Anyaoku

A former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, said that the security challenges in the country could be defeated if patriotic actions were taken.

Represented by the Chairman of Imo State Council of traditional rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri, Anyaoku advocated strong synergy among the security agencies.

Governor Rochas Okorocha urged leaders of the country to stop the blame game and tackle the security challenges head-on.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was represented by Senator Andy Uba, expressed concerns over the proliferation of small arms, saying over 60 per cent of arms manufactured in the country emanated from the South-East.

We are committed to ending killings – COAS

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Saddique Abubakar, on Thursday said the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force and other service chiefs were committed to putting an end to the recurring killings and other criminal activities in the country.

He stated that the service chiefs and their agencies would continue to collaborate to enhance the security of lives and property across the country.

Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Administration of Nigerian Air Force, AVM J. Yahaya, spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital during the inauguration of a 30×1 staff quarters built by NAF for the men and officers of the 303 Medium Airlift, Nigerian Air Force, Ilorin.  (Punch)

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Plateau Mass Killings: Military Parades 11 Suspects |RN

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Gyang Bere, Jos

Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) also known as Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), Maj.-Gen. Anthony Atolagbe has paraded 11 armed men alleged to have carried out the bloody attack in rural communities in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Gen. Atolagbe, who paraded the suspects, on Monday, at the STF Headquarters, in Jos, through the Information Officer,  Major Adam Umar, said the suspects were arrested with arms and ammunition at the scene of the attack.
He said three suspects were arrested in connection to the Saturday, June 13, 2018  incident, while 11 of the suspects were arrested subsequently in different locations which account for 14 suspects arrested.

“Today we are parading 11 suspects in connection to the killings in Gashish, Ngnar and Ropp villages while some were also arrested in connection to the recent attack in Maraban Kantoma.”

He said the suspects would be arraigned in court at the end of an investigation, saying efforts were on to unravel more suspects in connection to the attack.

“Consequently, in his commitment to ensuring that the renewed attacks are promptly brought to an end, the Commander of the Operation OPHS, Maj.-Gen. Anthony Atolagbe has relocated the Headquarters of the operation to Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area.
“The Operation SAFE HAVEN noted with dismay the continuous attitude of some criminals in Plateau State to make the state ungovernable through some unwarranted attacks on some communities and innocent villages despite the tireless efforts of the operation.

“We regret to say that at about 0300 hours on Sunday 1July, 2018, our men in Dorowa received a distress call from a resident that Maraban Kantoma in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area was under attack by some armed bandits.

“On receiving the distress call, our men were mobilized to the scene immediately and repelled the attack. The assailants who were given a hot chase by our men and escaped with various degree of injuries while four of them were arrested.

“However, it is regrettable that before our men could get to the scene of the attack four persons had already been killed by the attackers.”

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He urged the residents to give security agencies useful information on how to avert further attack and on the need to arrest more suspects of the bloody killings. (The Sun)

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Plateau Mass Killings: Middlebelt Leaders Solicit For US, ICC, AU’s Intervention |RN

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Fred Itua, Abuja

Few days after over 100 people were allegedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen, leaders from the North Central states, on the platform of Middle Belt Forum (MBF), have called on the African Union (AU), the United States Government and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to halt what they described as “ethnic cleansing” in Nigeria.

 

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, President of the forum, Dr Pogu Bitrus, who spoke on behalf of others, said the indifference shown by the AU since the killings started was worrisome.

Although he acknowledged the United States President, Donald Trump, spoke out against killings of Christians in Nigeria, the leaders called on governments to mount pressure on the Nigerian Government and President Muhammadu Buhari, to take steps.

He said: “We call on the African Union to condemn and call to order the Nigerian government for failing in its responsibility to protect the peoples of the Middle Belt.

“The African Union’s silence is no longer golden as Nigeria has been on the road to the genocide in Rwanda; with the African Union maintaining silence.

“We call on the International Criminal Court to investigate the genocide in the Middle Belt and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The Government of the United States should bring pressure to bear on the Government of Nigeria and president Buhari to take steps to ensure that they bring the killings to an end and the perpetrators to justice.”

Worried that the killings may continue, the forum called on citizens to defend themselves since the government has failed to protect them.

“We call on the entire

people of the Middle Belt to organise themselves in their communities to defend themselves and their property as the government has abdicated its responsibility to protect them.

“Section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to life and nobody should be deprived of that right.

“The right to private self-defense is constitutionally recognised to protect that right to life.

“To all state governments in the Middle Belt: Governments of all states in the Middle Belt should, as a matter of urgency, support communities in the Middle Belt to train vigilante groups on ways of repelling external aggressions of the sort communities in our homelands have been subjected to in the last two decades,” he said.

The leaders didn’t leave out security agencies.

They said security agencies could not have denied knowledge of the attacks while they lasted.

Dr Bitrus added: “The most recent attacks in Plateau state, where several communities cutting across three local government areas left over 200 persons dead, was sustained for over five hours; without any response from the security forces.

“It is inconceivable that an attack of such magnitude requiring the kind of logistics involved could have been planned without any inkling by the intelligence agencies.

“It is absolutely impossible that, for five hours, the security agencies were ignorant of the attacks in this era where the majority of the members of these communities have access to mobile phones and have numbers of police divisions and relatives’ numbers.

“Our conclusion, therefore, is that this is evidence of high-level complicity by the security forces.” (The Sun)

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It’s Unfair To Say I Have Done Nothing Over The Killings By Herdsmen – Buhari

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  • President not doing enough to end killings – Reps
  • IG removes Plateau CP
  • FG has failed, says CDHR

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday faulted those who accused him of being silent on killings being carried out by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country.

He said there was injustice in such aspersions.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke during an interactive session with stakeholders in Jos, Plateau State, over the recent attacks that left scores of people dead.

Buhari said people were blaming him for not talking to the herdsmen probably because he looked like them.

He appealed to Nigerians to avoid inflammatory utterances that could endanger peace or promote conflicts.

The President said, “Whatever is being given to the media, we have to be very responsible about it.

‘‘Take for instance the situation in Benue. The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder that he knows doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick, occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle.

‘‘But the present herder, I am told, carries AK47 and people are even blaming me for not talking to them because maybe (they say) I look like one of them.

‘‘There is some injustice in these aspersions.”

Buhari directed security chiefs in the country to remain vigilant and ensure the protection of lives and property.

He also urged traditional and community leaders to complement government efforts by persuading their constituencies to tolerate one another for peace and unity in the country.

The President added, “I will continue to pressurise members of the law enforcement agencies directly under me by the constitution as the Commander-in-Chief.

“About eight days ago, we had five hours security meeting of the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

‘‘What happened here in Jos is very bad. The question of leadership, from your household to whatever you are, is justice. The bottom line is justice.

‘‘That is why wherever I go, I will always appeal to the leadership of the communities and the law enforcement agencies, to always have control over their constituencies.”

Buhari, who was accompanied to the meeting by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and his counterparts from Kebbi and Niger, condoled with the affected families, the government and people of the state, and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

Others in his entourage were the ministers of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau; and Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed.

Also with Buhari was the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The major stakeholders in attendance were senior government officials, National and State House of Assembly members, traditional rulers, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Ja’amatu Nasril Islam in Plateau State.

The President’s visit came less than 24 hours after a similar visit by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) who met with the stakeholders.

Earlier in his remarks, Lalong blamed parties in the conflict in the state for reneging on their agreement to maintain peace, leading to the recent upsurge in violence, after nearly three years of calm and normalcy in the state.

“We are concerned as a state that the sophisticated weapons used in these attacks, from the evidence on the ground and the narrations of victims, are not those conventional to our environment for self-defence but reflective of a terrorist invasion.

‘‘It, therefore, demands a justified response like that which was undertaken to address the Boko Haram insurgency,” he said.

The governor also requested that given the number of villages completely ravaged by the violence, the Federal Government should establish an Emergency Special Intervention Fund to help reconstruct the destroyed communities.

Killings, senseless, barbaric, says NLC

Meanwhile, the killings attracted more condemnations on Tuesday with the Nigeria Labour Congress saying that the government must design a framework for peace to end the bloodshed.

The Congress said it was disturbed by the range of targets, the duration of the attacks and the scope of casualties and destruction.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said in a statement in Abuja that the statistics were numbing, describing the incident as senseless and barbaric.

He added that it threatened to shatter once and for all the bonds of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.

According to him, the security agencies, though stretched, must be seen to do more to restore the confidence of the civil populace.

“If the emerging allegations are true that the attacks went on unchecked for hours, then something needs to be done about the reaction time of our internal security operations in the state.

“Beyond this, the Federal Government and Plateau State Government in consultation with the parties to this bloody conflict should design a framework for an enduring peace,” Wabba insisted.

He called on the governments to quickly move to rebuild the devastated communities and restore shattered lives while admonishing the victims against reprisals, stressing that it could not bring the much-needed peace in the state.

Speaking in the same vein, the Nigerian Baptist Convention, FCT chapter, and the Christian Association of Nigeria, North-Central geopolitical zone, condemned in strong terms, the killings.

FG has failed, says CDHR

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights said the killing was a sign that the Federal Government had failed.

The CDHR in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Henry Ekine, decried the state of insecurity in the country.

According to him, the right to life is guaranteed under Section 33 of Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, an amendment, as well as under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Article 4); the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (6) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 3).

The CDHR said, “The state has the primary responsibility to ensure the security and welfare of the people, as provided under section 14 (2) (b) of Chapter II of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as an amendment.

“Such mass killing was apparently akin to genocide and indicative of a failing state. The government has indeed failed in its core responsibility to protect lives and property of citizens at all times and in all parts of the country.”

Atiku condemns killings

Also a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and a former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, condemned the killings.

The two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party made the condemnation in separate interviews with journalists after their interaction with the Forum of  PDP Former State House of Assemblies Presiding Officials in Abuja on Tuesday.

Atiku, a PDP presidential aspirant, who described the killings as unfortunate, stressed the need to adopt measures including community dialogue to address the lingering crisis.

He said, “I just listened to a former deputy speaker, a lady for that matter, and she made two points; hard and soft powers in resolving the crisis. I like that idea.

“It is not every security breach you can you use hard power on. You need to establish the dialogue between the leadership of various communities that lived together over the years.”

On his part, Turaki, another PDP presidential aspirant condemned the killings saying every single life that was lost had the potential to do a lot for Nigeria.

He attributed the killings to the failure of the APC-led Federal Government and failure among various security agencies.

“If you recall, a few months ago the National Security Agency had appeared before the Senate and disclosed that the greatest problem that the Nigeria security agencies have today is that the agencies work at cross-purposes. There is no cooperation, there is no synergy.

“If critical security agencies are not sharing information or working together then how do you expect them to come up with tight security architecture that will safeguard the lives and property of Nigeria? And that is what is happening.’’

He commiserated with the people and government of Plateau over the loss of lives.

Buhari not doing enough to end killings – Reps

Also, the House of Representatives said President Buhari must take immediate steps to halt the killings by herdsmen in the country.

It noted that the country could not afford to continue to lose its citizens as if human lives no longer matter.

The Leader of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, told The PUNCH in Abuja that to contain the killings, the President and the government should think harder about the appropriate measures to bringing a lasting solution.

Gbajabiamila added, “The President and the government will continue to do all they can to arrest these killings and surely more needs to be done.

“It is absolutely difficult to understand why human life should be so cheap.

“Christians are being killed; Muslims are being killed. What is important is that they are human beings and the killings must stop.

“This is a strange phenomenon in Nigeria. Perhaps, it requires the government to think outside the box and do something extraordinary.

“It requires an urgent and surgical fix.”

PFN tells Buhari to stop killings, warns against reprisal

On its part, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria commiserated with the families of the bereaved and urged Nigerians to refrain from reprisals to enable the government to perform its constitutional responsibilities.

The National President of the PFN, Rev. Felix Omobude, in a statement on Tuesday, lamented that the lives of Nigerians had been cheapened by mindless criminals who swooped on unsuspecting residents and killed them without restrictions.

He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and property, adding that “any government that cannot protect its people does not deserve to remain in office.”

The cleric stated, “President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately bring the mindless killings going on in the country to a halt because Nigerian lives, whether Christians or Moslems, are very important.  The perpetrators of these dastardly acts must be fished out and punished appropriately.”

Omobude added, “Never in the history of Nigeria have the lives of Nigerians been so cheap. Today, people in any guise can kill with impunity and get away with it.

“Hundreds of people are being slaughtered at regular intervals and the criminal elements seem not to be brought to justice. There is the need for our government and security forces to be proactive instead of reactionary.

The President had after a closed-door meeting with government officials, security agencies and traditional leaders in Plateau State said he was committed to the protection of lives and property and would not run away from the responsibilities for which he was elected in 2015.

The President appealed to the people to bury their differences and work together for the peace of the state.

IG removes Plateau CP

However, Idris has removed the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie.

The removal of Adie followed the killing of more than 100 people by herdsmen in three local government areas of the state on Sunday.

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, in a statement on Tuesday, stated that a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, had replaced Adie.

Tyopev stated, “Today, 26th June 2018, a new commissioner of police, Bala Ciroma, has assumed duty as the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State command.”

He also said the IGP had directed Adie to report to the force headquarters in Abuja.

The new commissioner, who is from Yobe State, was previously a deputy commissioner of police, criminal investigation and intelligence department, at the force headquarters in Abuja.

Osinbajo confirms arrests of suspects

Also on Tuesday, Osinbajo confirmed that some persons had been arrested in connection with the killings.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande,  the Vice-President disclosed this during a meeting he had in the state on Monday with the leaders and representatives of communities related to the conflicts.

Osinbajo did not, however, disclose the number of the suspects arrested.

APC govs to visit Plateau on Friday

The Imo State Governor and Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has indicated that the APC governors will visit Plateau State on Friday.

The governor disclosed this on Tuesday at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport on arrival from Abuja after the national convention of the party.

According to him, while on the visit, the governors will assess the situation and interact with the governor of the state.

He said, “I, with the rest of the governors of APC, condemn in its entirety these unwarranted killings of innocent souls, and shedding of blood. We have called them insurgents. We’ve called them Boko Haram, we have called them all kinds of baptismal names and because the situation is not properly defined, most people hide under the cloak of the religion of Christianity or Islam to create harm.” (Punch)

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