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

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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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Edo Government Won’t Cede Any Of Its Land For Ranching – Obaseki |RN

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Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Edo State Government has said that it has not ceded land, in any part of the state to anyone, for ranching project.

Governor Godwin Obaseki made the clarification in a statement issued, on Friday, in Benin-City, the state capital.

The statement says, “The Edo State Government wishes to clarify that it has not ceded any land, in any part of the state, for ranching project to anyone.

“My administration recognises that an animal husbandry is a form of business which is done by private individuals, and the state government does not, as a matter of policy, directly engage in business”, the statement said.

The governor reiterated that under his watch “the Edo State Government will remain an enabler of businesses through policies, incentives and laws and will continue to play this role to attract private investments that will create jobs for our teeming population.”

He, however, noted that “private individuals and groups that have submitted proposals to get involved in animal husbandry, will receive the support of the federal government through the Edo State government for the success of their businesses”.

The governor enjoined Edo people to ignore an effort by some individuals to give political colouration to every government policy.   (The Sun)

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Plateau Killings: PDP’s Declaring 7-Day Mourning Irresponsible Politics – Presidency

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Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has described as  ‘irresponsible politics’, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s declaration of seven days of mourning over what it called, sad and unfortunate killings in Plateau State, over the weekend.

The Presidency also said in the 16 years of PDP rule, over 22,000 citizens were killed in ethnic and communal clashes including those killed by Boko Haram but the former ruling party never declared national mournings.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the nation was in a period of distress and sorrow which calls for deep introspection on how cheap human lives had become and not a time to dance on the graves of the dead, playing cheap and infantile politics.

The Presidential spokesman described PDP as a “comatose and prostrate party” which has also decided to fly its flag at half-mast nationwide, saying its flags had been forcefully lowered by Nigerians since 2015 when it was defeated at the polls. Adesina said PDP’s flag would remain lowered for a long time because Nigerians are politically discerning, and cannot be hoodwinked by cheap antics.

The statement read, “The sad and unfortunate killings in Plateau State over the weekend have been turned to the opportunity to once again play irresponsible politics, particularly by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which says it is declaring seven days of mourning.

“These are dolorous times that call for deep introspection on how cheap human lives have become, and the proffering of actionable ideas on how to get out of the bind. But the PDP would rather dance on the graves of the dead, playing cheap, infantile politics.

“The comatose and prostrate party is declaring seven days of mourning, during which flags in its offices would be flown at half-mast nationwide.

“But unknown to the party, those flags had been forcefully lowered since its 2015 loss at the polls and may remain so for a long time to come, because Nigerians are politically discerning, and cannot be hoodwinked by cheap antics.

“A quick checklist of some savage and brutal killings in Nigeria during PDP rule, between 1999 and 2015, for which no national mourning was declared:

–       November 20, 1999. Odi, in Bayelsa State, was invaded on orders of a PDP President. About 2,500 people killed. No national mourning.

–       Between February and May 2000, about 5,000 people were killed during riots over Sharia law in different parts of the North. No national mourning.

–       In 2001, hundreds of people, including the old, infirm, women and children were killed in Zaki Biam. No crocodile tears.

–       Between September 7-12, 2001, Jos, Plateau State, erupted in internecine killings. Between 500 and 1,000 people were killed. Flags were not flown at half mast.

–       In February, 2004, at least 975 people were killed in Yelwa-Shendam, Plateau State. No mourning by the then ruling PDP.

–      Between November 28 and 29, 2008, Jos was in flames again, with 381 deaths.

No mourning.

–    In 2010, 992 people killed in Jos. Mum was the word.

–       In 2014 alone, according to Global Terrorism Index, at least 1,229 people were killed in the Middle Belt. No mourning.

–       Boko Haram killings in PDP years were over 10,000. PDP flags were still fluttering proudly in the sky.

“Those who take pleasure in twisting statements from the Presidency may claim we are saying that many more people were killed under PDP than under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It would be unconscionable to do so. The intendment of this statement is to show that wanton killings had been with us for awhile; this government is working towards enduring solutions and should be given the opportunity to do so.

“Even a single soul is precious, and no man should take a life, which he cannot create. But when tragic situations as had happened in Plateau State occur, such should never be used to play crude politics. Those who are wont to do so should have the change of hearts, or lose their very humanity,” the statement said.           (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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