By Asogwu IkennaHerdsmen were on Thursday coordinated not to convey arms at whatever point they were in open places in the North-West states. This means that herdsmen has been banned from carrying guns.Volunteer gatherings known as Yansakai were similarly prohibited.The volunteer gatherings were coordinated to give up all weapons in their ownership.These were portions of the four-point goals touched base at following a four-and half-hour meeting between 11 Northern state governors and the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, in Katsina State.Representative Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who read the report after the gathering, said endeavors would likewise be made to guarantee that herdsmen approached improved type of cows.Masari stated, “Herdsmen and their relatives ought to be permitted to go to business sectors and love places, just as go to day by day exercises gave that they don’t convey arms into the open spots.“Herdsmen should behave and leave calmly with each other. The individuals who stole creatures should return them through government or the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.“Contrite criminals, including the Yansakai, should give up arms and ammunition in their ownership to the experts and to discharge individuals that are in their imprisonment.”The Inspector-General of Police said the gathering would be reconvened in one month to audit how far the goals had gone in re-establishing harmony toward the North-West.“The gathering is effective in light of the fact that we were expecting around six Governors however we wound up having 11 which demonstrates that everyone is worried about security. What’s more, the consultation and goals we arrived are so motivating as in everyone is burning of harmony. Both the Fulani in the bramble and the general population in the town, everyone is envious of harmony.“We are going to proceed with this organization that you have been giving us. We will work with you in the execution of the goals. No one is permitted to attack anyone unfairly. You are not permitted to execute, so the volunteers ‘Yansakai’ must be exceptionally cautious never to take arms to attack anyone. Since anyone that does that, we will seek after that individual and ensure we carry such individual to book.” Continue reading
Tony Okafor, Awka
Gunmen on Thursday attacked Grace and Power Prophetic Ministry, Awka, Anambra State, and shot its pastor.
The condition of the pastor, whose name was given as Elijah, could not be ascertain as of press time as he was rushed to an undisclosed place by his church members who had gathered for their Thursday worship.
The incident reportedly occurred a few metres from the B Division of the Anambra State Police Command in the Anambra State Secretariat area of Awka, the state capital.
The middle-aged pastor, popularly called Miracle Pastor, was said to have had his legs hit by bullets.
It was gathered that the gunmen had trailed the pastor from Enugu State.
A source told our correspondent that the assailants had demanded N5m from the victim for an undisclosed purpose but were offered N1m by the pastor, which they allegedly rejected.
“As soon as they got to his church, they opened fire on the pastor. They snatched some undisclosed amount of money from him, leaving him unconscious. His vehicle was riddled with bullets,” he added.
When our correspondent visited the church, parishioners and sympathisers were seen discussing the incident.
A resident, who gave his name as Johnson, said he was passing by when he saw some persons pulling out a man from a shattered vehicle.
He said, “When I enquired, I was told that he was the pastor of the church. Who knows what he must have done to attract this kind of treatment to himself?”
When contacted, the Police Public Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, said he would get back to our correspondent.
He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this story. (Punch)
Parents of children murdered in knife and gun attacks on British streets have condemned Donald Trump for claiming that the right to bear arms could help tackle gang violence in the UK.
The US president claimed that knife crime in London was so bad that a hospital ward was like a “war zone” due to stab wounds.
He told the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, that because Britain has “unbelievably tough gun laws” there was “blood all over the floors” from knife attacks in one of the capital’s emergency wards.
It appears Mr Trump may have been referring to comments by Martin Griffiths, a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, who likened an emergency ward there to an Afghan war zone due to the number of victims of knife attacks.
The surgeon responded to Mr Trump on Twitter with an image suggesting the president had missed the point, adding that he was “happy to invite Mr Trump to my prestigious hospital … to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London.”
Meanwhile, Professor Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital and Director of London’s major trauma system, said hospital staff were proud of the “excellent trauma care” they provide, adding that it was “ridiculous” for the president to suggest guns could be part of the solution.
“The Royal London Hospital has cut the number of our young patients returning after further knife attacks from 45 percent to 1 percent. There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”
Bhupinder Iffat Rizvi, whose 20-year-old daughter, Sabina, was shot dead in Kent in 2003 after being caught up in a dispute about a car, said she was “horrified and offended” by Mr Trump’s comments.
“I found his speech very, very offensive,” she said. “Since he made it I’ve had calls from other mother and fathers affected by knife and gun crime.
“Mr Trump may be a businessman, and the US does see guns as big business and money is important to them, but we are mothers and have lost our children to violence.
“Is he really suggesting we should legalise guns? I couldn’t believe it. Is he really saying people should pick up a gun and go and shoot someone they are in dispute with, and they can try to shoot you back?
“He needs to look at his own hometowns where young people are standing up against gun ownership. They don’t want to be put in a situation where they are being shot at in schools.”
Caroline Shearer, from Essex who set up Only Cowards, Carry after her son Jay Whiston, 17, was murdered at a Colchester house party in September 2012, said that the last thing Britain needed was to follow America’s example where “nutcases” carry guns.
“We have enough of a problem with knife crime,” she said. “We don’t need a new problem with gun crime. That’s the last thing we need. We have got enough nutcases running around with knives. Can you imagine what it would be like if they had guns?
“We must not go down that route otherwise we are heading for even more of a disaster.”
However, Mrs Shearer agreed with the president that knife crime was out of control and hospitals and police were bearing the brunt of the crisis.
“Our wards in our hospitals are not just seeing two or three stabbings a night. They are seeing many, many more. It is so out of hand.”
Lynne Booker, who son Terry, 19, was stabbed to death in 2000, said she disagreed with Mr Trump’s suggestion that guns could be part of the solution to the menace of knife crime.
“We are trying to get dangerous weapons off the streets, not put more on with guns,” she said.
Patrick Green, chief executive of The Ben Kinsella Trust, an organisation set up to tackle knife crime after schoolboy Ben Kinsella was murdered in 2008, said the president’s suggestion that escalating the weaponry would help tackle knife crime was “absurd”.
“Clearly, I disagree strongly with the president’s sentiments,” he said. “We know violence breeds violence. Blood will lead to blood.
“The president, in my opinion, has missed the point in what we are trying to do in the UK. We need to tackle knife crime by stopping young people carrying knives in the first place.
“Therefore if you go around with a gun ready to shoot someone you believe is about to do you harm you will only increase the crime rate. The crime and murder rate in the US speak for themselves.
“We need to go in completely the opposite direction. We know the answer to London’s knife crime problem is to stop young people carrying knives in the first place. If we do that then everything else falls into place. There will be less demand on hospitals. The police will be under less pressure. That’s the critical first step.” (The Telegraph)