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Sultan Cautions Religious Leaders, Journalists Over Provocative Utterances, Actions |RN

By Michael Abimboye

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday cautioned religious groups and leaders against comments that would mislead their followers into war.

Mr Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan breakfast dinner held at his palace on Monday night

The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, “if Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war in the country”, saying such utterances were irresponsible.

He reminded such religious leaders that “terrorism has no connection to religion or ethnicity.’’

Mr Abubakar added that in the event the girl was killed by the terrorists, the Christian leaders that made the comment must be held for complicity.

“How can a leader make such comment,’’ he queried and stressed that Muslims did not in any way connive with Boko Haram to abduct the girl or get others released.

The Sultan reminded such Christian leaders that more Muslims have been killed by Boko Haram than Christians “which even the former President Goodluck Jonathan testified to.’’

“For some section to make that comment that if she dies in the hand of Boko Haram there will be a religious war is very unfair.

“How can someone begin to attack Muslims because this innocent girl happened to be a victim of murderous terrorists?

“It means the Boko Haram group are winning the war because that is exactly what they want.

“If they hear about this and went and kill the innocent girl that means you are part and parcel of what makes them do that because they want to cause confusion in the country,” Mr Abubakar stressed.

He urged all Nigerians of goodwill to join in prayers for the safe return of the girl, and for peace and harmony across the country.

The monarch insisted that he reacted on behalf of the entire Nigerian Muslims, and urged the media to save Nigeria from war, as some media reports were inimical to peace and unity of the country.

Mr Abubakar accused the core and social media of using unverified stories and gory pictures just to raise tension and spread falsehood in the country.

The monarch cited a picture of herdsmen with guns from the Central Africa Republic which media organisations in the country always use to portray the Fulani herdsmen.

“There is no G4 rifle because it has been wiped away for long and that picture used particularly by a TV station was that of herders in Central Africa who were being terrorised by rustlers because cattle rustling started in their country long before coming to Nigeria,” he noted.

He threatened to disown the award of fellowship on him by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in protest against continued misleading and unverified stories aired or published by members of the union.

Mr Abubakar, who is the President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, however, stressed that the crises between Fulani and farmers were purely economic, now hijacked by a few criminal elements.

He reiterated that the criminals killing innocent people especially in the Middle Belt must be arrested and punished.

“But don’t arrest or kill innocent Fulani men just like what happened in Benue state when innocent Fulani people who were on transit, were stopped and killed by some residents of the state,” he cautioned.

The Sultan expressed fear that the killings could continue because some politicians were using it to edge out their political opponents.

“Nigerians should expose criminals in their midst, even if they are their parents or relations.

“Let’s not leave them alone, don’t hide criminal even if they are your fathers, because too much blood had been shed and this is why God is angry with us.

“I believe there are more good people than the bad ones, let the good come together and defeat the bad ones, we have done that while fighting malaria and we can do it again,” he said

He also advocated for more effective tools and welfare for security agents working round the clock to restore peace in the country.

Mr Abubakar commended the federal government for banning codeine and advocated for a law that would make illicit drug dealers and peddlers serve a life sentence.

(NAN)

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Over 492 People Murdered By Fulani Herdsmen In Benue So Far In 2018 – Gov. Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, says over 492 people have been killed by herdsmen since January 2018.

Speaking at the funeral mass and interment of Mbalom martyrs, Ortorm expressed concern that the number may continue to rise should the Federal Government fail to act decisively to curtail the situation.

The Governor, who noted that sponsors of the killer herdsmen are known to his government, explained that the root cause of the incessant killings is the anti-grazing law.

He said that upon the passage of the anti-grazing bill into law, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association vowed to unleash terror in the state.

Ortom frowned at the way the Federal Government is treating the Miyetti Allah with kid gloves like they are above the law.

He called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the group.

The Benue Governor lamented that since the beginning of 2018, the state has held three mass burials arising from the senseless killings by herdsmen.

He called on the Federal Government to emulate other countries that have embraced animal husbandry as the modern way of ranching.

Governor Ortorm appealed to people of the state not to take laws into their hands.      (New Telegraph)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Five Farmers, Five Soldiers, Kidnap Two Others In Benue |RN

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

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A deadly clash between armed Fulani herdsmen and men of the Nigerian Army’s newly formed “Operation Whirl-Stroke” last Sunday night in Logo local government area of Benue state left at least five soldiers dead.

The attackers also set ablaze the army patrol vehicle during the clash which saw hordes of local inhabitants mainly women, children and the older people deserting their communities.

Also in the wee hours of yesterday (Monday) the Fulani militia group numbering more than 50, invaded the Mchia settlement in the local government area and killed five farmers.

Mchia is few kilometres away from Anyiin town, the homestead of former Governor Gabriel Suswam.

The soldiers were said to have arrived the scene of the attack hours after the operation had been executed. Corpses of the slain officers were reportedly moved to the morgue in Anyiin, headquarters of the local government.

New Telegraph gathered that the killing of the soldiers came following an attempt by the army personnel to foil a plot by the assailants to attack Logo village at Tseke, a border community between Taraba and Benue States in Mbawar kindred of Gaambe-Tiev in the area.

The invaders were reported to have abducted two officers of the Nigerian Army and taken to an unknown destination. Many people are reported to have been seriously wounded in the twin attacks with several houses also burnt.

Sources in the area told journalists that “the community is a Tiv/Jukun settlement and it is a border community where you can hardly draw a borderline between Benue and Taraba states, and so far corpses of two soldiers have been recovered and their patrol vehicle burnt”.

“We also heard that some of the soldiers were still unaccounted for which means that the casualty figure might be higher when the true picture of the attack becomes clearer”.

The latest attack and killing came less than 24 hours after six persons, among them, some teachers of Makurdi Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) were gruesomely killed by Fulani herdsmen near Ikpayongo, Gwer local government area of the state.

The teachers, it was gathered reportedly went to the area last Wednesday to inspect some farmland for rice cultivation under the umbrella of a cooperative society but were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who immediately opened fire on them and killed all of them.

Four of the teachers managed to escape with wounds while six others were not so lucky as they were said to have been killed and their bodies dismembered by the herdsmen.

Chairman of Logo local government area, Mr. Richard Nyajo who confirmed the killing of the soldiers to journalists, explained that the incident which happened between 7 am and 8 am on Sunday night claimed the life of one soldier on the spot while the other soldier was critically injured and might not make it.

“It happened in Logo local government area. I gave them a base at Gov in Mbagegh Council ward of Logo local government. So in the course of carrying out their peacekeeping operation, they went into the bush and I don’t know whether the herdsmen heard about them, they came behind and entangled them and opened fire on them.

“They burnt one of their patrol vehicles, injured some of them, took some alive and killed one person but the second person was seriously injured and might not make it alive because he was in bad shape”.

“Though one was said to be missing we hope to get a clearer picture of the situation including the actual number of deaths because when an attack scatter a group of people like it happened and some are missing you cannot just conclude on the casualty figure”.

“But surely some were killed and some were abducted. Though many among those that were missing escaped alive”.

Efforts by New Telegraph to get the operational base of the Operation Whirl Stroke to confirm the report were not successful as the person who picked the call declined to comment on the matter.  (New Telegraph)

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Herdsmen Killings: 80,450 Children, 2,442 Pregnant Women Languish In Benue IDP Camps – SEMA

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

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No fewer than 80, 450 children including those of school age and about 2, 442 pregnant women are now languishing in seven Internally Displaced Person camps in Benue State, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Emmanuel Shior has said.

Mr Shior disclosed this while speaking at the Abagena IDP camp located along Makurdi-Lafia road to intimate Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the state of the camps in the state.

The SEMA helmsman also announced that a total of 2, 766 nursing mothers and over 1, 247 disabled persons were also going through severe hardships and appealed to the federal government to come to their aid through the provision of assorted relief materials to cushion the effect of their suffering IDPs.

He said a total of 175, 070 IDPs including the aged people as well as male and female children have not been spared and live in the squalid environment, urging the government to expedite action for immediate return of the displaced back home to start farming activities.

Mr Shior lamented that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has not given the state the required support through the supply of relief items to help address the plight of the victims.

“NEMA came briefly but has not given us the support that we hope would come from them, other individuals have also supported the state government but looking at the huge humanitarian problem, the efforts of government and other individual and organisations are not enough”.

Governor Samuel Ortom said the IDPs were really traumatised since the last four months that the camps were opened, adding that most of them have died while in camp due to hardship.

He also bemoaned the level of support given the state government by NEMA, adding that 69 IDPs have delivered babies while in the camp.

“You can really see from the faces of the IDPs here (at Abagena camp) that they are really traumatised for four months, you know, been in this kind of environment is not easy for any human being. We have lost some IDPs here but thank God we have about 69 of them that have delivered in this camp under this condition”.

Governor Ortom thanked the federal government for the deployment of additional security agencies to flash points to fight the mercenaries and expressed optimism that the state will not witness killings again.  (New Telegraph)

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CSOs Protest, Accuse Buhari Of Shielding Killer Fulani Herdsmen |The Republican News

By Caleb Onwe

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Our Mumu Don Do Movement, and several other Civil Society Organisations yesterday shut down the Ministry of Justice Headquarters in Abuja, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of giving protection to the killer herdsmen.

The groups also demanded that the killer herdsmen should be designated as terrorist organizations. The groups alleged that Buhari’s government that claims to stand for justice was swift to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but has continued to treat the killer herdsmen that have reportedly killed over 900 innocent lives as kings.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy stated that Buhari needed to purge himself of the ethnic and religious sentiments that characterised his government and show that he wants to restore the dignity of democracy in Nigeria.

Oputa noted that while the government quickly designated IPOB as a terrorist organisation, the same government is providing protection to dangerously armed herdsmen, who have taken advantage of the government’s silence and collusion to continue with their bloodletting Campaigns across the country.

Another leader of the groups, Nwazuruahu Shield, said that herdsmen’s violent activities were enough to have earned them the terrorist tag, but because of the interest of those in authorities, they were getting away with their crimes. According to the letter of demand the group submitted to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, they demanded that the same provision of the Terrorism Prevention Act, which was invoked against IPOB should apply to the killer herdsmen.

The group emphasized that the prescription of the herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group would allow international military actions against them, and the Federal Government would also have a greater advantage to deal with the security lapses been caused by the herdsmen.

The letter in part, read: “We consider the recent decision of the Federal Government that all animal farmers must ranch their cattle and livestock for better productivity was a significant step, but one that is not sufficient alone to stop the killings and destructions because the country is already under the invasion of killer herdsmen, who have penetrated every part and are in vast possessions of dangerous weapons with covert line of funding.”  (New Telegraph)

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Mass Killings Must Be Addressed, Saraki Tells Northern Leaders |The Republican News

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President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, told northern leaders to join hands with the Federal Government in finding a lasting solution to the incessant killings taking place in the country.

Saraki made the call while addressing a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who visited him at the National Assembly, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai.

Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, noted that peace and unity are essential to achieving overall development of the country while commending the group for rising up to contribute their quota in realizing a peaceful and prosperous country.

Saraki said: “By this time, as elders, you ought to be resting, but the patriotism in you brought you out. You said you are political but non-partisan, we are all political and we need to get Nigeria in the right direction.

“Being leaders, this is the time to find lasting solutions. This is not the time for blame. This is the time for us to bring peace and regional dialogue. No society worth its salt will keep quiet in the face of these killings.

“Something somewhere is wrong. We need to meet to bring about peaceful coexistence and unity in this country. Part of the solution is to know that something is wrong.

“I am happy that you are here and we will speak the truth about the problems and to conduct ourselves on how to encourage dialogue and ensure that the right thing is done,” he said.

Earlier, the chairman of the group and leader of the delegation, Yakasai, said the purpose of the visit was to brief the President of the Senate on the formation of the organization, including its aims and objectives.

He said that the group is not out to get a consensus presidential candidate for north as being rumoured in some quarters, but rather to cooperate with Nigerians who share in its vision and mission.

According to him, the group is out to formulate and device methods of preventing and resolving conflicts with the goal of creating and sustaining peaceful coexistence, arrest the drift in the North, restore individual and group confidence, create functional regional unity, among others.

Besides, he said the group will look at the problems of armed robbery, kidnapping and herdsmen/farmers clashes and to find a way to resolve them.

He said the group will soon organize a Northern political summit to address the identified problems while seeking the support of the National Assembly in hosting the event.

Members of the delegation included a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, former Minister of Defence, Haliru Ballo Mohammed, former Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, former FCT ministers, Bala Mohammed and Abba Gana, former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Dr. Umar Ardo, Hajia Zainab Maina, Dr. Mamman Shata and Senator Joseph Waku, among others.  (New Telegraph)

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Mass Killings: There Is An Attempt To Ignite War In Nigeria – Garba Shehu |RN

Garba Shehu, a Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity has blamed the repeated killings in parts of the country as an attempt by some individuals to create a war in Nigeria.

The spokesperson stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme.

He added that while the herdsmen might have a share in the killings, the nation is being attacked by some elements of the outlawed Islamic State who sneaked into the country.

“It is very clear that there is an attempt by some people, within and outside the country, to create a war.”

“There is intelligence available that clearly indicates that, yes, there are Fulani herds people who kill but this country also suffers from attacks by ISIS which has come into the country and they found a place in the cleavages that divide the country,” he said.

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(New Telegraph)

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