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AESID urges FG to declare State of Emergency in Ebonyi over Effium Killings

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AESID urges FG to declare State of Emergency in Ebonyi over Effium Killings

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Ebonyi State immediately to put an end to the ongoing killings of defenceless people in Effium, a suburb in the state’s Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

According to AESID, another party of hired militia raided an Ezza-dominated village yesterday (Tuesday), shocking wearing fake military uniforms.

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‘About 500 natives of the once-sleepy and peaceful community have lost their lives, with properties worth many millions of naira destroyed in the man-made war allegedly provoked by the Korri natives of the community to wipe out Ezza indigenes,’ the Ebonyi group said.

According to a statement released by the association’s president, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, and made available to Vanguard on Wednesday in Abuja, a few surviving eyewitnesses recounted from their various hideouts that hired militants stormed an Ezza enclave- Nwekendiagu village in Effium on Thursday last week, killing over 15 people and burning over 200 homes, including a fuel station.

‘It is particularly tragic to note that this attack occurred just a few hours after the state government, through its agents ostensibly meditating to restore peace in the region, had advised residents to gather at a specific location to receive a team of government officials on a peace mission. The residents mistook the masked attackers for soldiers on a peacekeeping mission, but were surprised when they opened fire on them, including women and children, killing dozens of unarmed and defenceless residents, many of whom were of Ezza descent’.

AESID is said to be outraged at the insensitivity of the Chief Security Officer, Engr David Umahi. He has refused to arrest and bring to justice anyone suspected.

In the light of the above, they demand that the Federal Government of Nigeria declare a State of Emergency in Ebonyi State and send professionally-trained team of soldiers of the armed forces to restore peace and order in the troubled region.

“Ezzas are not cowards, and they must not be provoked beyond these recorded cases; otherwise, they will not be held accountable if they take up arms to protect themselves against government-backed forces!”

 

 

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

Governor Nasir El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, or for the release of any kidnapped victim in the state. This comes after a statement from previous interviews where he said categorically that said kidnappers do not deserve to live and should all be wiped out.

El-Rufai said that even though his son is kidnapped, he would not pay a ransom. I’d rather pray for him to go to heaven than pay any ransom, the governor said during a radio interview in Kaduna.

He reiterated that he has cautioned his family members to be cautious to avoid being kidnapped, emphasizing that he had already made it clear to them that he will never pay a ransom for their release if any of them are kidnapped.

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“I mean it, and I will say it again, here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom.”

The governor has been under pressures to find and free the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry and Mechanisation in Kaduna and went on to reiterate that the government is looking at other ways to secure their release.  He did, however, rule out paying the ransom as part of those ways being considered.

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Miyetti Allah to FG, 400 grazing reserves adequate to accommodate herders in Northern Nigeria

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Miyetti Allah to FG, 400 grazing reserves adequate to accommodate herders in Northern Nigeria

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), speaking against the backdrop of the herders’ crisis in Nigeria, has stated that the 400 grazing reserves in the country’s northern region are adequate to satisfy all herders.

While briefing the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at their headquarters in Kaduna State on Thursday, Baba Usman Ngelzerma, National Secretary of the association, asked the forum to place pressure on the federal and state governments to use the country’s abandoned grazing reserves, especially in the North.

According to him, there are 400 grazing reserves in the north and more in the south, specifically in Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos State. He went on to say that the time has come for the herders to avoid travelling from one location to the next.

Although calling for these concerns to be resolved, he made it clear that the subject of herders is a national one that must be addressed holistically.”

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“The government should ensure that herders are settled in grazing reserves in order to prevent the current condition in which they are dispersed across the region. This is the root of the current crisis.

“In the grazing reserves, these herders should be supplied with the requisite educational, health, and other facilities. When their standing increases, so will their economic potential and the country’s productivity. The operation of the grazing reserves should be completed as soon as possible.”

According to the secretary-general’s figures,  Lagos State alone consumes 6,000 cows a day, with 250 lorries of cows entering the southern part of the country on a regular basis. According to MACBAN, the 400 grazing reserves in the northern states should be better used and established. He continues that once the grazing lands are utilised, half of the problems will be solved.

He also said that the pastoralists’ lack of education is being abused, warning that unless herders and pastoralists are brought together in grazing reserves, the nation’s long-desired stability could be elusive.

He bemoaned the loss of over four million cows by Fulani pastoralists since the country’s crisis began.

Following receipt of the paper, ACF chairman, Chief Audu Ogbe, stated that members of the forum would review the presentation before making a decision. In a communique issued at the conclusion of the meeting on Thursday, ACF stated that mediation and consultation with other parts of the world remain the only way to restore peace in the country.

The forum denounced the actions of terrorists, kidnappers, and robbers in the North in a communiqué published and read by the forum’s national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, saying that their acts are killing the stability and development for which the North was known while the region’s founders were in control. The forum has condemned the words of some actors and leaders who have tried to incite political, cultural, and religious passions in the midst of the country’s current crisis.

To that end, it urged Nigerian politicians to show caution in their public statements in light of the current situation. It also expressed regret that abducted students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation are still being held captive, and that the Kaduna State government has done nothing to secure their release.

“We, the ACF, condemn all lawless acts of self-help and urge all northern youths to put an end to such evil plans. They do not have our backing. The ACF believes in dialogue and consultation as a means of restoring stability and normalcy to our troubled region and nation,” according to the communique.

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House of Rep. Haruna Maitala, his son, two others dead

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House of Rep. Haruna Maitala, his son, two others dead

Haruna Maitala (APC, Jos North/Bassa Constituency), a member of the House of Representatives, his son Jafaru, a legislative aide, and his driver were all reported dead on Saturday.

According to a credible source, the congressman and the other three people died in a car accident on Friday evening.

Mr Abdulkadir Abubakar, the lawmaker’s Senior Legislative Aide, also reported that Maitala and the others were on their way to Jos from Abuja when the accident happened.

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“I’m not familiar with the route, but the accident happened near Kwoi-Kafachan-Jos Road.” Along with his son, legislative aide, and driver, he died. Their bodies were sent to Kwoi General Hospital in Kaduna State’s Jabba Local Government.

“We are at the hospital planning to transport their bodies to Jos for burial,” Abubakar told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).

According to a family member, the lawmaker was on his way to Jos for his wedding, which is set to take place on Sunday.

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