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We kidnapped Edo Immigration PPRO and sold her to Fulani herdsmen in Ahor forest – Member of notorious kidnap syndicate
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We kidnapped Edo Immigration PPRO and sold her to Fulani herdsmen in Ahor forest – Member of notorious kidnap syndicate

Innocent Emonyon and his fulani accomplices The Edo State Police Command has arrested one Innocent Emonyon, a member of the notorious kidnap syndicate that abducted the PPRO of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in the state, Mrs Bridget Esene. Two Fulani herdsmen identified as Baguba Usman and Yusuf Ismaila, were also arrested in connection with the abduction of Mrs Esene and other victims. It was gathered that the kidnappers, said to be from the Southern part of Nigeria allegedly kidnapped people in Benin metropolis and sell them to Fulani herders in Ahor forest near Benin. LIB reported that the PPRO was abducted around Iqueniro area off Agbor Road, on Sunday morning, January 24, on her way to church in Benin City. After her release, Esene narrated how she was abducted by...
30 Herdsmen, 322 Cows Missing In Anambra – Miyetti Allah Writes Police
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30 Herdsmen, 322 Cows Missing In Anambra – Miyetti Allah Writes Police

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has written to the police over alleged attacks on Fulani herders in Anambra State. MACBAN said there had been increasing violence against herders around Ayamelum, Anambra East, Orumba South, Dunukofia LGAs. The South Eastern Zone Chapter reported the matter to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, E Department, Force Headquarters. The letter signed by the Zonal Chairman, Gidado Siddiki, said the attacks resulted in casualties. The formal complaint stated that 30 Fulani herders and 322 cows are missing. “The lives of members of MACBAN are in danger in parts of these concerned communities. “We, therefore, ask for your urgent interventions to forestall further loss of lives and properties,” it read. A...
I Won’t Apologise For Opposing Fulani Profiling – Bala Mohammed
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I Won’t Apologise For Opposing Fulani Profiling – Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that he will never apologise for opposing profiling of patriotic Fulani herders as killers and kidnappers. Mohammed had last week said that “herders who carry AK-47 around do so to defend themselves against cattle rustlers that are rendering them bankrupt.” The position generated mixed reactions across the country. Speaking yesterday during the official launch of the 2020/2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign at Galambi Cattle Ranch in Bauchi, Mohammed said no tribe or group was free from criminality, so labelling a particular tribe was unfair and would breed disunity in the country. Reacting to his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, who asked him to apologise for defending carrying of weapons by herders, he said the Fulani, ov...
Don’t Carry AK-47 – Bala Mohammed Begs Herdsmen
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Don’t Carry AK-47 – Bala Mohammed Begs Herdsmen

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has pleaded with Fulani herders not to carry AK -47 riffles but remain peaceful . The governor , who made the plea in his speech at the launch of the 2020 / 2021 annual livestock vaccination campaign held at the Galambi Cattle Ranch , Bauchi , on Wednesday , described the Fulani people as humble , simple , and humane . He said, “ What I will do , I will not say it here, but I will do everything possible to make sure I protect you and lend support to you because I know you mean well. “Through time and history , you have been seen to be cajoled , and lampooned but you remained humane , you remained simple , you don ’t show so much aggression and of course, that humility is always what we recognized and this is what a character that should alwa...
Miyyeti Allah Moves To Stop Cattle Sales To South, Threatens To Sue Ortom
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Miyyeti Allah Moves To Stop Cattle Sales To South, Threatens To Sue Ortom

The Bauchi State branch of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has threatened to stop its members from selling and supplying cattle to the South if the planned eviction of the Fulani herders by some governors comes into effect. MACBAN also threatened to drag the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to court if he fails to withdraw statements he made labelling Fulani herders. The Bauchi Chairman of MACBAN, Abubakar Sadiq, at a press conference in Bauchi, told reporters that, “Unless he immediately withdraws his statement, we will be left with no option other than legal means to clear the name of Fulani as an ethnic group.” He said the persecution being faced by Fulani herders started with Benue’s anti-open grazing law. He explained that, “Alth...
Boko Haram Will Soon Infiltrate Killer-Herdsmen, Bandits – Sheikh Gumi
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Boko Haram Will Soon Infiltrate Killer-Herdsmen, Bandits – Sheikh Gumi

The Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that Boko Haram would soon infiltrate the Fulani killer-herders that have been in constant clashes with farmers across the country and also involved in banditry. Gumi also said the Fulani herders feel their existence is being threatened, so they cross borders to defend their kinsmen each time they are attacked. The Islamic cleric spoke in an interview on Channels TV “Politics Today” on Monday. Told that he is seen as deodorising evil, Sheikh Gumi said there was the need for a cleric to intervene because the Fulani and those fighting them were two sides that see each other as enemies, whereas they are all victims. On the possibility of Boko Haram using the Fulani, Gumi said the Fulani bandits were not Boko Haram, noting, howeve...
Senator Adeola Threatens To Embrace Self-Defence Over Insecurity
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Senator Adeola Threatens To Embrace Self-Defence Over Insecurity

There is palpable fear that the crisis between Fulani herders and communities in the South-West part of the country may deteriorate, following threats by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), to join his Yewa kinsmen in Ogun State for self defence. This was as the senator representing Cross River South in the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gershom Bassey, said technology was the best answer to the worrisome state of security in the country. Adeola, who made the threat in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Media, Kayode Odunaro, said his decision was provoked by the failure of security agencies to stem the tide of incessant attacks of communities in Yewaland by Fulani herdsmen. According to him, the federal and Og...
AK-47 For Herders: Bala Mohammed Says He Was Misunderstood
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AK-47 For Herders: Bala Mohammed Says He Was Misunderstood

Following series of backlash trailing his recent comments on the herders’ controversy, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has defended himself saying that he was misunderstood insisting, however, that carrying of AK47 by Fulani herders was the last option for self-defence. The governor in a press release issued by his SSA Media, Mukhtar Gidado on Sunday stated that “to the extent that not every herdsman is a criminal, the reference to AK-47 was simply to put in perspective, the predicament and desperation of those law-abiding Fulani herdsmen who, while carrying out their legitimate cow-rearing business, have become serial victims of cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping and assassination.” The statement made available to newsmen late Sunday evening further contai...
No Difference Between Bala Mohammed And Boko Haram – Yinka Odumakin
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No Difference Between Bala Mohammed And Boko Haram – Yinka Odumakin

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday said there is no difference between Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed and Boko Haram insurgents. The governor had drawn the ire of Nigerians on Thursday when he said Fulani herders have no option but to carry AK-47 for self-defence because they were being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers. He also condemned South West, South-East Governors, and also Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the manner in which they were handling the farmers-herders clashes. He said: “The Fulani man is practising the tradition of trans-human, pastoralism, he has been exposed to the battery of the forests, the animals, and now, the cattle rustlers, who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth – that is his cows – he ...
‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed
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‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom describes as disappointing, the comments made by his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed who blamed him for what he termed ‘negative perception of Fulani herders’ when he spoke on the current security situation in the country. While Governor Ortom will not want to join issues with the Bauchi State Governor, he finds it shocking that a colleague who took the oath of office as he also did, to protect and preserve the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness. He points out that the most shocking part of Governor Bala Mohammed’s statement was where he defended herdsmen for bearing arms saying “they have no option than to carry AK47 because the ...
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Blames Ortom For Fulani’s Negative Perception
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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Blames Ortom For Fulani’s Negative Perception

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has blamed his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom, and his ‘lack of foresight’ for the negative perception of Fulani herders in the country. Speaking on the theme “The role of the Media in Promoting Peace and Unity in Nigeria”, which marked the closing ceremony of 2021 Correspondents’ Chapel Week organized by Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State council, the governor lamented that the herder/farmers cattle was poorly handled by Benue state governor. He cautioned Ortom and some governors of southern states to guard against their controversial utterances and policies in order not to threaten the peace and unity of the country. He said: “Unconstructive criticisms bring a lot of hatred and sometim...
Police Are Clueless About Handling Killer Fulani Herders – Seriki Fulani’s Son, Sulaimon Olooru
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Police Are Clueless About Handling Killer Fulani Herders – Seriki Fulani’s Son, Sulaimon Olooru

Sulaimon Olooru, first son of the Seriki Fulani of Eggua community in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Adamu Olooru, has said the Nigeria Police are clueless about curtailing the criminal activities of killer Fulani herders across the country. He said a new approach must be devised to fight the murderous nomads for peace to reign in the country. Adamu told SaharaReporters in an exclusive interview on Monday in Eggua. Speaking about his ordeal in the last few days, Sulaimon noted that the Nigeria Police had merely been fighting the killer Fulani herdsmen with theories with no practical improvements to show for it. “I just left a meeting in Aiyetoro now. We had a meeting with the police. We have had a series of meetings like that in the past which yielded n...
Yoruba Stakeholders Resolve To End Fulani Herders Attack
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Yoruba Stakeholders Resolve To End Fulani Herders Attack

Monarchs, traditional worshippers, clergymen and technocrats from the South-West, yesterday, converged on Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and resolved to stop attacks by Fulani herders as soon as possible. The stakeholders, who spoke with one voice at the emergency Yoruba International Summit organised by the Yoruba World Assembly (YWA), led by Dr. Taiye Ayorinde (Chairman, Governing Council), said that enough was enough for Fulani’s kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of innocent Yoruba farmers and residents. The summit, with the theme, “Tackling the menace of human insecurity and food insecurity in Yorubaland,” was held at the Western Hall, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan. In attendance were the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin, who was represented by Prof. Ne...
The Northern Elders Forum Warns Against The Demonization Of Law-Abiding Fulani
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The Northern Elders Forum Warns Against The Demonization Of Law-Abiding Fulani

The forum on Tuesday expressed concerns over the ejection notices issued to Fulani herders, noting that the trend is setting the country on a dangerous path. Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho, recently issued an ultimatum to Fulani herders in Ibarapa local government area of Oyo state. Following up on the ultimatum, he visited Ogun state on Monday, vowing to “flush out” killer herdsmen. Reacting to the development, the northern elders called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other security agencies to wade into the matter. “The forum has been receiving reports of attacks on Fulani communities in the south, since the night of Sunday, January 31, and had taken the responsible step by drawing the attention of authorities to the dangers which these att...
Ooni Of Ife Meets Buhari In Aso Rock
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Ooni Of Ife Meets Buhari In Aso Rock

First-class traditional ruler, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors in the Villa. The prominent Yoruba monarch visited Aso Rock, amid heated ethnic tension in Ondo and some parts in Oyo state, generated by the recent locals-Fulani herders’ confrontation. The details of the meeting or official release on the purpose of the traditional ruler’s visit is not known as at press time.
No More Night Grazing, Underaged Grazing In South-west – MACBAN
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No More Night Grazing, Underaged Grazing In South-west – MACBAN

The National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, has directed Fulani Herders across the Southwest to put an end to both night and underaged grazing with immediate effect. Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, adding that the frequents farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end. He spoke in Akure, the Ondo State Capital during a meeting between the Miyetti Allah and some Governors under the platform of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). The MACBAN President said the order given by Governor Akeredolu was not new but has been issued two years ago, adding that those who wished to remain in the government forest reserve should get registered. While stres...
‘We Don’t Have Another Country,’ – Saraki Reacts To Oyo & Ondo Crisis
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‘We Don’t Have Another Country,’ – Saraki Reacts To Oyo & Ondo Crisis

The Senate President of the 8th Assembly Bukola Saraki has expressed concern over the recent developments in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders, with the subsequent burning of the property of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Oyo State. Saraki in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon, strongly appeal to all stakeholders to work for peace and take initiatives that can douse the tension in the two state. He also called on President Buhari should to call all relevant stakeholders together to discuss how to solve the problems saying that, they are symptomatic of the continued threat to the National unity. According to him: "I have watched with concern the recent development in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani her...
Igboho: Oro Worshippers Impose 7-day Curfew; Women, Visitors To Remain Indoors
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Igboho: Oro Worshippers Impose 7-day Curfew; Women, Visitors To Remain Indoors

AFTER the forceful exit of Fulani herders from Igangan in Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo state by youths in the town, a mandatory curfew has been imposed by Oro worshippers. Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), Mr Oladokun Oladiran, leader of the association, dismissed the claims that the festival was to ward off any reprisal attacks by the herders. He explained that the Oro festival which usually lasts seven days began about six days ago. During the festival, restriction of movement is enforced especially for women and non-indigenes of the town. He said, “Things are quiet in Igangan as Oro festival curfew is now ongoing. It’s been on for some days now. Today (Saturday) is ‘Ahamo’, meaning stay indoors. “All must be indoor. It has been on since the last seven da...
Fulani Man Shot At Me, Another Brought Out An Axe – Sunday Igboho
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Fulani Man Shot At Me, Another Brought Out An Axe – Sunday Igboho

An agitator for Oodua Republic, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said he is not vying for any political position but trying to protect his fatherland from invaders. Igboho had earlier given an ultimatum to herders to vacate Ibarapa area in Oyo State within seven days and also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take Fulani herders out of Yorubaland. The Oyo State Government has, however, commenced an investigation into Igboho’s threat. Replying to critics, Igboho said, "They said I’m not in government and that I’m interfering in what does not concern me but I have intervened in what concerns me because I am a Yoruba son." Igboho alleged that since the government has refused to protect its people, it is the duty of citizens to rise up to it. He sa...
Emulate Akeredolu Before Fulani Herders Take Over Your Land — Borno Cleric, Kallamu Ali Dikwa Advises Southern Governors
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Emulate Akeredolu Before Fulani Herders Take Over Your Land — Borno Cleric, Kallamu Ali Dikwa Advises Southern Governors

The Director General, Centre for Justice and Ethnicity in Nigeria, Pastor Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, has urged governors of southern states to emulate a recent move by their Ondo counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, to prevent Fulani herders taking over their land Akeredolu had earlier banned night grazing and given an ultimatum to herders in the state to vacate forest reserves. Speaking in an interview with SaharaReporters, the Borno cleric described Akeredolu's action as a step in the right direction. He, however, urged governors from the South-East, South-West and South-South to follow suit. He said, "The southern governors had better take charge of their lands and send the Fulani people back to the North. Must they stay in the South? I am speaking from experience because I am fr...
Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu
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Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu

The presidency on Tuesday noted that as a lawyer, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in tackling insecurity is not expected to unilaterally oust Fulani herders in the state or he will go against the constitution of the country. This followed an ultimatum issued by the government for them to vacate government reserves over security concerns. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja, the presidency maintained that asking the herders to leave can set off a chain of events, which the constitution anticipated and tries to guard against. It, therefore, called for caution on both sides. The statement read: “The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the ‘orders’ by the ...
3 Teenage Fulani Herders Aged 13, 14, Arrested For Gang-Raping A Girl In Bauchi
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3 Teenage Fulani Herders Aged 13, 14, Arrested For Gang-Raping A Girl In Bauchi

Three teenage Fulani herders arrested in Bauchi for allegedly gang-raping a girl whose identity is concealed in Itas/Gadau Local Government Area of the state said they committed the crime because they wanted to experiment what they watched in pornographic videos. The suspects who spoke separately in an interview with journalists while being paraded at the Police Command headquarters in Bauchi on Wednesday narrated the role they played in committing the crime. The prime suspect, Mamman Jauro, (15), the eldest amongst them said they only saw their victim in the bush and conspired among themselves to commit the crime. He said, “I live in Itas/Gadau LGA, I am a cattle rearer, I used to be a student of a Qur’anic school there but I have stopped attending. Now, I am fully rearing ca...
Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun
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Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun

THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday, called for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State, to overcome the language barrier, which sometimes causes misunderstanding. The call by MACBAN, however, elicited angry reactions from other ethnic groups like the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Middle Belt Forum. The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call, while speaking with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states. Jiji, who expressed sadness over the ki...
Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Releases New Audio, Threatens Sheikh Gumi
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Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Releases New Audio, Threatens Sheikh Gumi

A factional leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, has released new audio, threatening the Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed-Gumi, over his plans to take preaching to the enclaves of criminals in the bushes. Recall that the cleric during an interview with the BBC Hausa service had declared his intention to enter into the bushes to preach to the Fulani herders. According to him, the herders are now being used by the Boko Haram insurgents to perpetuate their terror through killings and kidnapping for ransom. The cleric stated that these criminal herders needed religious teachings in order to stop their criminality. But releasing16-minute audio on Tuesday, Mr Shekau warned the cleric against accusing the sect of using the herders for killings and kidnap...
Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani
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Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani

Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Kadiri, has declared that the Fulani people in the South West are not in support of the composition of the South West joint security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’. Kadiri, who stated this during a chat with journalists at the inauguration of the newly elected Oyo State NUJ Exco held at the Jogor Centre, Ibadan, said with its present composition, Amotekun looked sectional and against Fulani herders. The Seriki Fulani declared that as it was presently constituted, Amotekun was one-sided and set up against the Fulani herders, adding that the security outfit needed to be put in place properly. Kadiri stressed that there was the need for the South West governors to, without wasting time, ensure the inclusion of the Fulani and other ethnic mili...
Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah
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Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore organisation, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo has said that Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group has no right to order herdsmen out of South West region of the country. He urged all Fulani herders to stay anywhere they want in Nigeria and carry out their legitimate businesses, saying that Nigeria belongs to all. The Miyetti Allah leader made the statement in reaction to the order by Afenifere for Fulani herders to leave the South West part of the country in view of the several cases of kidnapping and killings linked to some of them. Bodejo berated Afenifere for getting involved in politics, saying the organisation should transform into a political party. He called on the Federal government to monitor the activities of Afenifere, ...
FG Hasn’t Suspended Livestock Transformation Plan — Presidency
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FG Hasn’t Suspended Livestock Transformation Plan — Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday clarified that the National Livestock Transformation Plan of the Federal Government has not been suspended. While advising Nigerians not to worry about the 30-day ultimatum given by the Coalition of Northern Groups over the suspension of the nationwide implementation of the Ruga settlement for Fulani herders, the Presidency advised the CNG to respect the Office of the President which, it said, took the decision in national interest. The Senior Policy Adviser (Agriculture Interventions Coordination) in the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Andrew Kwasari, stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja during a training session organised for the executives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and its executives in eight states con...
Again, Suspected Herdsmen kill 5 in Adamawa
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Again, Suspected Herdsmen kill 5 in Adamawa

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have attacked three communities in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing five people. The villages of Murposa, Bankam and Wuro Hausa areas of Girie were all affected as an elderly man suffering from a leg injury and a blind man, as well as three youths, were killed in the attack. The incident occurred on Thursday morning, according to witnesses who identified the five victims including one Baba Zibion who was unable to run because he had been suffering from a leg problem, and Baba Elnathan, who also could not run from the attackers because he was blind. The other three victims were identified as Ethan and two of his friends with whom he went to one of the affected villages for timber work. Girei is one ...

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