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2019 Election: Fulani Leaders Disown Miyetti Allah’s Endorsement Of Buhari |RN

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna.

 

Some Fulani leaders on Tuesday distanced itself from a purported endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election in the February 16 presidential election.

Specifically, the group also knocked the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria for dabbling into partisan politics.

Chairman of the group, Senator Walid Jibrin, while addressing a press conference in Kaduna State, disagreed with the Miyetti Allah’s endorsement of the President.

He described the purported endorsement of Buhari as unfortunate, noting that the laws guiding the affairs of the association do not permit it to dabble into partisan politics.

He said neither the executives nor the national chairman of the association could take a major decision without consulting and seeking the consent of members of the Board of Trustees and patrons of the association.

He said, “Such decision, taken recently by the association without the acknowledgment of the BOT, patrons, and majority of registered members is anarchy and amounts to dragging our paramount ruler into politics.”

Jibrin who is also the Sarkin Fulani Dangi Nasarawa said the Miyetti Allah owed the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, Emir of Katsina, Emir of Zazzau and Lamido of Adamawa apologies for being ignorant of the rules guiding the association and for not running the MACBAN for the full benefit of members.

The Sarkin Yakin Dangawa Yaan Tumaki of Katsina, also disclosed that concerned Fulani groups and Ardos and members of MACBAN who are not in support of the Miyetti Allah’s decision will soon meet to counter the stand.

“I want Nigerians to know that we have over 25 Fulani associations in Nigeria that are fully registered and over 500 categories of Fulani race living in Nigeria with even some who are unable to speak Fulfulde (Fulani language) due to the general global changes like the current global climate change affecting the world,” he said.

Jibrin said representatives of these groups would attend the forthcoming Fulani conference and would tell the world their stand in the forthcoming election by choosing their presidential candidate who was ready to satisfy the demands of the Fulani and who would settle the feud of farmer communities with herdsmen.

“We don’t want an association that is self-centered, who is not ready to settle the recent problems of Herdsmen/Farmers and wanton destruction of properties and killings. (Punch)

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Buhari’s Performance On NTA Live Programme Shameful – Ortom |RN

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BenueState Governor, Samuel Ortom, has described  President Muhammadu Buhari’s overall performance during the live programme on NTA, on Wednesday night, as shameful and a confirmation that he had lost control to cabals in his government.

The governor said this, yesterday, at NKST Church, Buruku, while interacting with officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), during his reelection campaign in the local government area.

The governor, who was reacting to the televised comments on president Buhari on the matter, said the poor outing gave credence to what the president’s wife had said that he has lost control and a cabal has taken charge.

On the planned cattle routes by the Federal Government, Ortom insisted there are no cattle routes in his state and stressed that even if there were such routes which were gazetted, he would have de-gazetted them, as the current population of the state had made such routes untenable.

“At the time such routes were contemplated in the 60s, the entire population of the country was about 40 million, while the current population is about 200 million, thereby, foreclosing the possibility of such routes.”

The governor, who said he battled and overcame financial, social vices as well as security challenges during his first term, said his focus on these areas impacted negatively on his performance, adding that if given a second mandate, the end of his administration would be better than his rough beginning.

Governor Ortom said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled federal government failed to forestall attacks on the state by Jihadists, who openly declared their conquest and occupation agenda on the state and, thereafter, failed to give the people justice when they demanded it. “This development coupled with the deliberate neglect of  Benue people, by not giving them strategic positions in government, prompted me to seek an alternative platform on which to pursue my reelection.”    (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Collect N2.2m Ransom From Kidnapped Customs, NDLEA Officers, Others’ Families

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen last week abducted six Abuja-bound passengers in Akunnu, in the Akoko North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victims had boarded a Sienna SUV at Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos State, around 9am last Tuesday.

The vehicle was said to have been intercepted by the gun-wielding hoodlums around 1pm.

Our correspondent learnt that the herdsmen led the passengers and driver into a forest, where they held them captive for five days.

Among the victims were officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

A retiree and a female student were also said to have been taken captive by the gunmen, who reportedly threatened to kill anyone who refused to cooperate with them.

After rounds of beating with cutlasses and sticks, the hoodlums were said to have converted the phone lines of two of their victims to their operational lines through which they demanded N5m ransom from the families of the victims.

Our correspondent learnt that after they were paid N2.2m, the gunmen freed the captives on Saturday.

One of the victims, Segun Obisanya, who retired from the Federal Civil Service in June this year, said the hoodlums took advantage of the bad road to abduct them.

He said during the five days that they were in captivity, the herdsmen fed them with half-cooked yam stolen from other people’s farms.

Obisanya stated, “When we got to Akunnu, Ondo State, there were potholes on the road and the driver had to slow down. It was at that point that the herdsmen came out of the bush. They were 11 in number and were heavily armed. Two of them had cutlasses, while the others had guns. They blocked our vehicle from the front and the back and began shooting into the air.

“They led us into the bush. We were six in number, including a lady, who should be about 24 years old.

“We walked in the bush for over four hours, after which they asked us to wait. They said they were not armed robbers, but kidnappers and that each of our families must pay N5m. They said if our families did not pay, they would slaughter us.”

Obisanya said the group was always on the move, adding that they slept whenever the sun set.

He noted that the bandits asked them to decide on whose relative would bring the ransom.

He narrated, “They beat us with cutlasses and sticks and said we should call our relatives for money. The lady among us suffered the most in their hands. Later, they asked us to decide and appoint somebody who had a trustworthy relative. They said the relative’s bank account would be used to collect all the ransom and the relative would bring the money to them.

“One person raised his hand and said he had an uncle in Edo State. So, our family members transferred money into the man’s uncle account. The person brought the money on Saturday morning. When the man brought the money, they asked him to stop at a particular junction. About three of them then went to collect the money.”

The captives were later released.

Obisanya insisted that the men were Fulani herdsmen because of the language they were conversing in.

He noted that throughout the time the captives were in the kidnappers’ den, the men stole tubers of yam from nearby farms to feed them.

The female victim, identified only as Temilade, could not speak to our correspondent when contacted because she was said to still be traumatised by her ordeal.

However, her uncle, who did not want to be identified, said Temilade had sent him a message to request money for the kidnappers.

“Uncle, please I am in the hands of kidnappers. They asked each of us to pay N5m, but anything you can raise will go a long way with what I have asked from other people. Sir, I will be dead by this time tomorrow because today is the second day,” the text  message sent by Temilade to the relative obtained by our correspondent read.

Temilade’s uncle said some money had been sent by other relatives before she was released with the other victims on Saturday.

He stated, “They left the park at 9am and the incident happened around noon; it was in broad daylight. We initially thought the telephone number the kidnappers were using to negotiate with us belonged to them, not knowing that they converted two of the victims’ lines to their operational lines.

“They released them after getting a total of N2.2m. My niece was the only female in the group, which consisted of a customs officer and an NDLEA officer,” Temilade’s uncle added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident.

“They (victims) have all been released. But we are still investigating the matter. That is all we can say for now. We don’t know those who did it, because none of them has been arrested,” Joseph told our correspondent.  (Punch)

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Fulani Herdsmen Behead Adamawa PDP Chairman, Flee With His Head |RN

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Hindi Livinus, Yola

 

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have beheaded the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in  Bare ward in the Numan Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Charles Chrisanthus,

The politician was reportedly killed in the presence of his wife, Dorcas, in his farm on August 29, 2018.

The widow of the slain PDP chieftain is, however, accusing the police of shielding the killers of her husband.

Speaking in an interview with our correspondent at the State Criminal Investigation Department where she had gone to lodge her complaint on Tuesday, Dorcas told Northern City News that only justice for her slain husband would bring her peace.

She said she was holding her four-month old son and watched helplessly as the assailants hacked her husband to death.

“His attackers led by our Fulani neighbours repeatedly stabbed him on the back and on his stomach before beheading my husband in our farm and made away with his head,” she said.

Claiming to have made some arrests, the police had invited the widow of the slain ward chairman and three other female witnesses to the state Criminal Investigation Department for their statements.

It was at the CID that the families of the deceased were alerted to the whereabouts of the suspected killers.

The bereaved families, it was learnt, discovered that some of the suspects arrested in connection with the killing were receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.

Dorcas said she could identify her husband’s killers, insisting that the police were shielding them from answering for their crime.

“The police under the guise of allowing the suspects to seek medical attention are shielding those that killed my husband. The only thing I want is justice,” she stated.

A PDP youth leader in Bare ward, Tekas Adiel, explained that the police earlier claimed that the Fulanis who perpetrated the killings had fled the community, insisting that the same assailants carried out another attack on Tuesday.

But the Police Public Relations officer in the state, Musa Habibu, insisted that some of the alleged perpetrators of the crime were in custody, adding that investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Asked about the suspects allegedly receiving medical attention in a hospital, the spokesman simply retorted, “A suspect has a right to medical attention if he is sick.”

He added, “Some arrests have been made and those arrested are in police custody. I have had consultations with the assistant commissioner of police handling the issue who said arrest had been made.”

“But if they said one of those arrested is receiving medical attention, a suspect has a right to medication if he’s truly sick, it could be but I don’t have that information,” Habibu said.  (Punch)

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Police Interrogate Fani-Kayode Over Anti-Fulani Herdsmen Article |The Republican News

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

 

The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday grilled a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, over a three-part essay titled, ‘Five Useful Idiots and the Spirit of the Accursed Slave’.

Fani-Kayode, it was learnt, was grilled for about an hour and then asked to return on another day for more interrogation.

Confirming his interrogation to our correspondent on the telephone, the former minister said the quizzing was cordial.

Fani-Kayode, however, said he would continue to write more of such articles.

He said, “I had a cordial interview with the policemen. The police were courteous and professional.

“I was invited because of my essay titled “Five Useful Idiots and the Spirit Of the Accursed Slave” which was about Fulani hegemony and terrorism together with other write-ups.  No regrets. I will hit harder and write more.”

In the essay which was published in March, the former minister lambasted the Governor of Plateau State, Solomon Lalong, for blaming the herdsmen attacks on Governor Samuel Ortom’s refusal to scrap the anti-grazing law.

Fani-Kayode also lambasted the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for describing the herdsmen attacks in Kogi State as a family affair among Kogi indigenes.

He also knocked a former Minister of Information and current chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Prince Tony Momoh, for saying the Fulani herdsmen were victims of tribal politics.

The former minister said in the article that the herdsmen attacks were part of a larger scheme to dominate and recolonise Nigeria.  (Punch)

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Mass Killings: IPOB Warns Miyetti Allah |The Republican News

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  • Tells herdsmen to forget about ranching in South East

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) against its alleged threat to South East geopolitical zones following the rejection of cattle ranches in the zone.

The group warned that one inevitable outcome of any premeditated attack on Igbo people and easterners living in the north, ‘will mark the beginning of the apocalyptic end of Nigeria’.

A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said the arrogant tone of the leader of Miyetti Allah’s threat against Igbo and their businesses in the North points clearly to an impending hostile response from them, which IPOB is both duty and honour bound not to ignore.

“We must make it abundantly clear that any attack against Igbos and their businesses in the North will be met with commensurate response in the South.

“Threats and large scale invasions of territories in the Middle-Belt may have had the effect of subduing indigenous Tiv resistance to the Fulani hegemonic juggernauts in the Middle Belt and total collapse of morale in the West, giving what happened at Ado-Ekiti PDP rally on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.”

“Those northern voices who continually pressured Igbo leaders and governors to mistakenly ban IPOB are today silent against the murderous antecedents of their own kith and kin, the Fulani herdsmen.

“Had IPOB not been ill-advisedly banned by South East governors and Igbo socio-cultural leaders, MACBAN would not have had the guts to issue such an insulting statement against Igbo and their business interests in the North.

“One inevitable outcome of any premeditated attack on Igbo people and easterners living in the North will mark the beginning of the apocalyptic end of Nigeria as we know it.

“The sensible decision of, hitherto, docile South East governors to avoid wholesale breakdown of law and order in their region, through the banning of herdsmen activities, should be applauded by Arewa Consultative Forum, Sokoto Caliphate and all advocates of peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, not derided through the mouthpiece of Fulani herdsmen, the MACBAN.

“Giving that 70 percent of Nigeria’s land mass is in the North, as we have been boastfully reminded by many government officials and core northerners over the years, it stands to reason and common sense that ranching activity is better sited at the North, not ‘tiny’ ‘landlocked’ South-East.

“All South East and South South governors must be guided by a popular proverb in Igboland that says, only an irrational man kills his native doctor when those who wish to poison and harm him are still very much around and multiplying.”

Arewa Consultative Forum and their foot soldiers, the MACBAN, must know that IPOB will never tolerate their excesses.

“What we IPOB are asking for and on behalf of those other ethnic nationalities in the Middle-Belt that are too weak to speak for themselves, is to be left alone in peace in the land of our ancestors,” Powerful stated.  (The Sun)

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Mass Killings: Igbo Group Gives Fulani Herdsmen Quit Notice |RN

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Raphael Ede, Enugu

No longer comfortable with the numerous killings in various parts of the country, Igbo pressure group, Voice from the East (VEAST) has given the Fulani herdsmen in the South East as well as Anioma, in Delta State, and Ikwere in Rivers State, up till August 31, 2018 to vacate their land and forests.

The group which embarked on a peaceful protest Tuesday in Enugu warned that should the armed herdsmen fail to leave after the ultimatum, they would mobilise boys to comb forests and lands, to send them packing.

VEAST pointed out that they may even resort to killing the herdsmen should they become adamant and refuse to leave.

Carrying placards that read in part, “Fulani herdsmen should vacate Igboland before 31 August, 2018. Fulani herdsmen, vacate Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi and Imo states, land and forest before 31st August. Military work with Fulani herdsmen,” the group said quit notice is a result of the Federal Government inaction or tacit support of herdsmen menace.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the demonstration, Convener of the group, Comrade Kindness Jonah, said that government’s inability to check the killings necessitated the issuance of the quit notice.

“We carried out the demonstration for the sole purpose of giving quit notice to Fulani herdsmen in Igboland, the five South Eastern states as well as Anioma and Ikwerre land.

“The aberrant killings by Fulani herdsmen purposely unchecked by Federal Government and military instigated this quit notice.

“At Ezi Nze in UDI Local Government Area of Enugu State, Fulani herdsmen kidnapped several young men, demanding N2 million compensation for purported killing of undisclosed number of cows, out of which N6000,000.00 has been paid.

“VEAST sees this as an affront of the highest order which can no longer be tolerated in Igboland.

” After 31st August, 2018, since nobody holds the monopoly of violence and for the mere fact that the Nigerian military and police are working secretly, openly with the herdsmen, VEAST will galvanise young men from all Igboland to enter Igbo forests to kill and butcher any Fulani herdsmen,” he said.  (The Sun)

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