92-year-old Mother Kills Son For Trying To Put Her Into Old Peoples’ Home |RN

A 92-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of her son after allegedly telling him “you took my life, so I’m taking yours”, over his decision to place her in a care home.

Anna Blessing is accused of shooting her 72-year-old son during an argument at their home in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona. Police was called to the property at around 10:00am on Monday night by the son’s girlfriend, who reportedly disarmed Blessing in a struggle after the incident.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, as reported by, Blessing said she had been thinking about her son’s plan to place her in a home for a number of days prior. She told detectives she then took two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe before confronting him in his bedroom. The nonagenarian had moved in with her son four months earlier and the girlfriend told officers she had “become difficult to live with”.

In her statement to police, the girlfriend said Blessing told her son she was tired of the way she was being treated by the pair. The sheriff’s report said during the confrontation, the old woman pulled out one of the pistols and fired multiple times at her son. The victim, who has not been named, was later found with a gunshot wound to the neck and jaw and pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said the 92-year-old then pointed the pistol at her son’s girlfriend, which was knocked out of her hand before reaching for the second pistol, which was also taken from her. The young lady then called the police and the old woman was placed into custody.

Court documents said that as Blessing was escorted from the home, she said to detectives that she had told her son “you took my life, so I’m taking yours”. She explained she felt her life was effectively being ended by her son and his girlfriend’s decision to place her in a home. Asked what she thinks should happen to her, she told detectives she should be “put to sleep”.

The nonagenarian has since been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping.  (Punch)

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


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


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


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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Native Doctor Loses Own Life Testing Bulletproof Charm |RN


Late herbalist Chinaka Adoezuwe

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

Tragedy struck in Umuozu Ugiri, in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State after a 26-year-old native doctor, Chinaka Adoezuwe, lost his life.

PUNCH Metro gathered on Tuesday that the native doctor was shot dead by one of his customers, Chukwudi Ijezie, who he had prepared bullet-proof charms for.

A villager, Kingsley Ugochukwu, told our correspondent that Ijezie had gone to the man to prepare charms that would prevent bullets from penetrating his body.

After preparing the charms, the native doctor was said to have told Ijezie to shoot him in order to test the efficacy of the charm.

The native doctor reportedly wore the charms around his neck and when his customer shot at him, he died instantly.

The villager said, “The bullet penetrated his body, resulting in the instant death of the native doctor.”

The Police Public Relations officer, Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been arrested.

Enwerem said, “The suspect is in our custody; it is a case of murder. The Isiala Mbano division of the command moved in arrested the suspect and returned normalcy to the area.

“The case will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.” (Punch)

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Plateau Killings: Our Elders Have Failed Us – Plateau Youths |RN


Gyang Bere, Jos

Youths of Plateau State, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress Youths Online Forum, have expressed sadness and disappointment with the elders of the state, saying they were disappointed with the elders for not being united to fight the common enemy of the state.

The APC youths, while addressing a press conference, in Jos, led by their Chairman, Comrade Pius Tongmaan and Secretary, Makut Alfred Mashat, following the unfortunate killings of innocent citizens in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen, said the elders had failed for playing politics with the lives of human beings.

They said, “Plateau State Elders have failed us. They are playing politics with the lives of our people instead of uniting themselves towards fighting the Plateau State enemy, but the reverse is the case. They are never united. They are now scattered on political lines. It is worrisome because we know who are our enemies are, but our elders have failed.

“Plateau State elders have disappointed us. In fact, we don’t have elders again in this state. Where are they when our people are being killed, our farmlands taken away?

“Our elders and traditional rulers are supposed to sit down with Governor Simon Lalong to find a lasting solution to the incessant killings in the state as well as reclaim back our farmlands taken away by the Fulani herdsmen.”

APC Youths also calls for the immediate arrest of the chairman, North Central Zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Alhaji Danladi Ciroma, over the killings of over 200 citizens in Plateau State.

The youths continued, “We vehemently condemn these cowardly, dastardly and calculated attacks on our people in Plateau and demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the act.

“We call on the Federal Government led by our destabilised and patriotic president Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of public importance, mandate the security agencies to arrest and question the statements attributed to the North Central Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, who has given a lead about the perpetrators of the attack by referring to it as retaliatory, where he justified the killings on the basis of over 300 cows  allegedly rustled by some natives of Barkin Ladi.

“In as much as we don’t condole criminally by acts of cattle rustling, we also do not accept any individual or group that resort to taking laws into their hands by killing and maiming innocent women and children or the cowardly acts of blocking the federal highways and killing innocent travellers by setting their vehicles ablaze.

“We the APC youths are pained by the killings of our brothers, sisters, mothers and children in Barkin Ladi.

“We call for the establishment of a state-owned localised security outfits to complement the efforts of the existing security architecture that is overstretched.

“We stand with our Governor Simon Lalong and we the youths of the state would not tolerate land grabbing in any part of the Plateau.”

“The youths condemn those killing people and destroying their settlements with the intention of taking ownership of such places would not be allowed to do so.

“We call for the introduction of a community justice system whereby defaulters will be treated by the settlers in conjunction with the state government, Vigilante groups, village heads, Ardos, e.t.c.

“We the APC youths online call for the full implementation of the Plateau roadmap to peace documents as championed by the Plateau Peace Building Agency that has compensation plans that entail rebuilding and restoration of affected communities

The group also called for rehabilitation programmes for traumatised victims and internally-displaced persons that have fled from their ancestral homes

“Government should reclaim the villages and lands overpowered by the herdsmen and secure it for the natives.”  (The Sun)


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Anti-open Grazing Law: NASS, States Dare Buhari


Fred Itua; Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye Abuja; Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo; Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

The rift between the Executive and the Legislature worsened yesterday. Barely 24 hours after lawmakers gave the marching order to President Muhammadu Buhari to act on the resolutions reached a joint session, which included a call to contain the killings across Nigeria and protect citizens’ lives and property or risk impeachment, they again took on the executive over suggestion that the anti-open grazing laws in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states be suspended.

This came even as the three states dared the Federal Government as they vowed not to go back on its implementation.

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali had in a statement signed by Colonel Tukur Gusau at the end of a security meeting, chaired by President Buhari on Tuesday, suggested the “need to employ other channels with the affected states to reduce tension by suspending the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law while also negotiating safe routes for the herders.

“There is need to employ other channels with the affected states to reduce tension by suspending the implementation of the anti-open grazing law while also negotiating safe routes for the herders,” Tukur Gusau, Dan Ali’s spokesman, quoted him as saying.

It was part of the resolutions reached the security council meeting attended by all the security chiefs.
The anti-grazing law is already operational in Benue, Ekiti and Taraba states.

The three states have vowed not to go back on its implementation.

The Senate backed the anti-grazing Act, as it said like the National Assembly, state Assemblies have the right to make laws for state governments under the Land Use Act of 1977.
One of the resolutions adopted by the Senate read: “The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, should as a matter of urgency, withdraw his statement that states should suspend anti-open grazing laws.”
The decision of the Senate followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade, who argued that the passage of the laws in some states has not contravened the constitution of the country.

His position was supported by John Enoh who argued that the killings had been going on for years before some states passed the bills into law.

“If killings have been going on for over seven years, I don’t think going against anti-grazing laws will be the solution. It is unfortunate that after a security meeting, the only solution they could come up with was a ban on anti-open grazing.

“Sometimes, we begin to wonder if these herdsmen are being protected. The Senate needs to rise up and make a statement that the anti-grazing law is against not responsible for the killings. It also means that these people in authority still don’t have any solutions to these mindless killings.”

Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba State) said Zamfara State where the Minister of Defence hails from did not have any existing anti-open grazing law but has the highest number of killings carried out by herdsmen.
Like the Senate, the House of Representatives also kicked against the suggestion that the anti-open grazing law should be suspended.

At plenary yesterday, the House wondered why states should be asked to suspend a law duly enacted.
Following a matter or urgent public importance raised by John Dyegh (Benue), the lawmakers resolved that the call to suspend the law was unnecessary.

Contributing to the debate, Nkiruka Onyejiocha (Abia) said the minister’s recommendation was uncalled. She also argued against the idea of colonies.

She said: “We can’t be talking of colonies. What people are doing is ranching. It’s not proper to say a state should suspend a law passed for the welfare of its people.”

Adopting the prayers of the motion, the lawmakers asked the Federal Government to “immediately submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to develop colonies in states that have agreed to donate lands (for them).”

Ekiti, Taraba, Benue, Miyetti Allah, others react

Meanwhile, governments of Ekiti, Taraba and Benue states have vowed to implement and defend the anti-open grazing law.

In separate reactions, the states reminded the Federal Government of the right granted them under the Constitution to make law for the well-being of their individual states.
According to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the Federal Government lacked the power to suspend or abrogate the law enacted by the state government to prohibit open grazing of cattle in the state.

Fayose who spoke in Ado-Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, hinged his submission on the fact that the constitution empowers the governor as the chief security officer to make laws for the good of the state through the House of Assembly.

“On this subject, the Federal Government has no control and cannot interfere. This is a matter of law. I want the Federal Government to know that we are operating a democratic system and that we are not in the military era when the government is run by decrees and fiats.

“Those in the Federal Government contemplating to suspend a law enacted by the state can only be appointed by a quasi-military government and not a purely civilian government.

“Let them know that the Ekiti State Anti-grazing Law has come to stay and we have no apology for that. Where were they when our farmers were being hacked down in various parts of the state?
“Thousands of farmers and other innocent people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen since January in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Plateau states among others. Thousands of people have been displaced. Millions of naira worth of properties destroyed. The killings have become a daily occurrence.
“The Muhammadu Buhari administration does not have any solution to it. The Federal Government should find solutions to the problems and not try to reverse the gains we have recorded in Ekiti State and which is being replicated by other states where the leaders have the interest of their people at heart,” he said.

Reacting, Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku reiterated that the open grazing prohibition law that came into effect in the state on January 24 has come to stay and no pronouncements can upturn it.
In an exclusive interview, the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Mr Bala Dan Abu accused the minister of acting without the proper understanding of the issues.

“I must say that the minister is ill-informed. He does not seem to understand the issues at hand properly and that explains their inability to resolve them. Herdsmen attacks predate this law. These herdsmen have been killing people for the past seven years or thereabouts. This is what necessitated this administration’s decision to come up with this law.

“The law as it is now is meant to stop the killings. If herdsmen no longer wander into people’s farms to graze on their crops, the crisis would be reduced greatly. The instances of cattle rustling would also reduce as it would become easier to secure the cows.

“So, if the government is blaming the wanton killings on the law, what about the states that do not have the law and yet there is just as many attacks and killings? Is it the law that is causing the killings in Zamfara, Plateau, Kogi and all the other states across the country where open grazing is not prohibited?

“I would not want to say that the Federal Government has ulterior motives but I think they lack a proper understanding of the issues here, and that explains their inability to tackle these issues.

“In any case, this law was duly passed by the state Assemblies of the respective states and so it’s only through the instrumentality of the Houses of Assembly that the law can be repealed. And Taraba State is not ready to do that as the reasons for law still remain valid,” Gov Ishaku concluded.
In a swift reaction, however, the state chairman of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Sahabi Tukur described the decision by the Federal Government as long overdue.

Tukur, who alleged that the law was actually providing a shield for people to commit crimes and blame it on the Fulani called on the Federal Government to empower the traditional rulers and institutions to checkmate inflow and outflow of people within their chiefdoms and in doing so, control the security situations there.

In his reaction, former Nigerian Envoy to the Republic of Cameroon Ambassador Emmanuel Njiwa said the call by the Federal Government was not only unnecessary but malicious, noting that the states have taken positive steps towards developing livestock production and checking killings, which no one should try to stop.

In the same vein, the Benue State government said it would not go back on the implementation of the law and called on the Defence Minister to withdraw the “highly offensive statement.”
The House of Assembly, in a resolution read by the Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, condemned Dan-Alli’s statement and called on him to resign his appointment with immediate effect.
In a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi, the House described the minister’s statement as unfortunate and unacceptable.

“The call by Dan-Alli is very wicked and capable of undermining the little peace that we have enjoyed in recent times in the state. I am aware that the National Assembly has called on him to withdraw that offensive statement. The House aligns itself with the decision of the National Assembly.”

In a related development, Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja (Jr.) urged Nigerians and the international community to compel the Defence Minister to prove to Benue people that he had no scores to settle in the crisis or playing a script of some unknown people.
“Why has the Minister of Defence not made a single reference to the plight of the 180,000 Benue indigenes taking refuge in eight IDP camps in Benue? These people are Nigerians who deserve to have a sense of belonging in Nigeria.

“Most of these people are farmers who could not go back to their farms for fear of being attacked by herdsmen who are still carrying out sporadic attacks on Benue communities, as we speak.
“Is the minister speaking for himself or on behalf of the Federal Government; because his latest outbursts are completely at variance with the position taken by the National Economic Council on ranching headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.”

The Senate has set up an Ad hoc committee, to investigate the authenticity of a report by Amnesty International, wherein soldiers were accused of sexually violating women in North East.

Presidency declines comment
However, the Presidency said it has no comment on the threat by the National Assembly to evoke its constitutional powers against President Buhari.

When asked what was the Presidency’s comment was on the threat, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, declined.

“No, we will not comment,” Shehu retorted while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by the president. (The Sun)

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