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I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom
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I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his opinion that President Buhari is the one creating insecurity in the country. In a chat with journalists recently, Governor Ortom claimed that if the President decides to take a stand today, insecurity in the country will be a thing of the past. He also accused the advisers in the Presidency of causing Buhari the problems he is facing. In his words ''Right now, there is nothing in this country under this APC that we can say that they are getting it right. Is it security? How can Northern governors, Southern governors, National Economic Council, come out with a policy that will stop the killings that are going on in this country and the presidency will say that no, it will not accept that it must be open grazing? Where are yo...
Lightning strikes 12 cows dead in Delta state
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Lightning strikes 12 cows dead in Delta state

At least 12 cows were reportedly struck dead by lightning in Urhodo-Ovu community of Ethiope East local government area of Delta State. A source told The Nation that the herdsmen were seated close to the cows while others were taken to another area of the bush for grazing when lightning struck, killing over twelve of the cows. The source revealed that the strange death of the cows caused the herders to panic and they took to their heels but later returned. The publication adds that before the day of the incident, the farm owners had at several times warned the herders to stop taking their cows to their cassava farms but they didn’t listen until the lightning strike happened.
South-East Governors direct Ohanaeze to set up committee over ‘unfair treatment’ of Igbos
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South-East Governors direct Ohanaeze to set up committee over ‘unfair treatment’ of Igbos

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been directed by South-East Governors to set up a committee that will address “unfair treatment” of Igbo people. In a communique issued after Governors from the region met in Enugu on Sunday April 25, Ohaneze Ndigbo were also asked to set up a peace and reconciliation committee to engage Igbo people for peace and security in the region including their visitors. The committees will become functional in the next 10 days. Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi also said the newly established security outfit of the region, Ebube Agu will work closely with security agencies to restore peace in affected states. The communique read; “South-east governors and leaders re-stated the adoption of a comm...
Man Killed as Armed Bandits Attack Motorists on Kaduna highway
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Man Killed as Armed Bandits Attack Motorists on Kaduna highway

Armed bandits on Saturday, attacked motorists on Udawa-Birnin Gwari Road in Chikun Local government area of Kaduna State, killing one driver. The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed this in a statement on Sunday, said the bandits opened fire on motorists on Saturday, March 20, and killed a driver identified as Danladi Maisamari Udawa. In another incident, a 30-year-old herder, Yakubu Aruwa was also killed while grazing his cattle between Gora and Ungwan Pa area Zangon Kataf LGA. According to Aruwan, the victim was grazing with another herder, one Muhammadu Sani, who escaped the assailants, while Yakubu Aruwa was overpowered. The carcasses of three cows were recovered, with another three reported missing. Furthermore, troop...
Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders
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Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders

Governor Duoye Diri has assented a bill prohibiting open grazing of livestock in Bayelsa state. The Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 was signed into law on Wednesday March 10, at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Yenagoa. Diri stated that the essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between herdsmen, farmers, natives and non-natives as experienced in some states. The new law which established a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state, also stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licensed or not, should be arrested. Diri said; “Bayelsa welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-...
Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana
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Governor Bala Mohammed Punished Abuja Residents for Trespassing but Defends open Grazing — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed's stance on grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the Southern part of the country. In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday February 20, Falana insinuated that it was hypocritical for Bala Mohammed who demolished people’s houses because they encroached on government land as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to say that herdsmen have a right to stray into people’s land and reside in forest reserves without government permission. The lawyer who also wondered why the Governor who defended herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles could go on to demolish a house storing such guns, averred that Section 43 of the constitution allows freedom of movement but does not give anyone the freedom...
Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki
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Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has blamed the tension in the state over the idea of grazing lands on those he described as the same political opponents he defeated in the last gubernatorial poll in the state. Recall that the governor had been reported to have promised to establish grazing lands for herders, but while speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at the presidential villa, Abuja, weekend, he said his government was only encouraging private citizens to do business with herders for profit. He accused the political opponents of deliberately misrepresenting the position of government for selfish reasons. According to him, “If you will just go through some blogs and some of the narratives ...
Gov. Obaseki Denies Providing Land For Herders In Edo State
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Gov. Obaseki Denies Providing Land For Herders In Edo State

1. Our attention has been drawn to misleading and false media reports claiming that @GovernorObaseki has agreed to provide grazing land for herders in the state. 2. Our position on the matter of grazing land is clear and has not shifted, which is that there is no free land for grazing in Edo. Grazing is an economic activity just like poultry and piggery or any other agric enterprise. Govt will not cede any land in the state for grazing. 3. I have continually warned against the politicizing of security issues. Some political actors are trying to instigate the type of killings witnessed in some states in the country just because they are embittered by the heavy loss they suffered in the political space. 4. Thankfully, their plans have failed because of the pre-emptive actions...
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...
Cows Shouldn’t Be Roaming About In 21st Century – Adamu Garba
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Cows Shouldn’t Be Roaming About In 21st Century – Adamu Garba

Amid the crisis generated by the quit notice given to herders in Ogun and Oyo states,  a former All Progressives Congress, APC,  presidential aspirant,  Adamu Garba, has said that it is wrong for cows to be roaming about in Nigeria in 21 century. He also said there is no land in Nigeria that does not belong to either the federal,  state or local governments,  saying land can only be used upon agreement with the owner. He called on government to quickly speak on land ownership in the country with a view to resolving certain misconceptions about land ownership. Adamu,  who said these in a post on his Facebook page,  blamed those he called city Fulani for not making a case for ranching to be used for grazing by herders. His words:”I’m a Fulani man, but I can tell you that it...
CAN asks FG to Declare Miyetti Allah a Terrorist Organization
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CAN asks FG to Declare Miyetti Allah a Terrorist Organization

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday January 24, asked the federal government to declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) a terrorist organisation. According to CAN, its request is hinged on the Fulani socio-cultural group's alleged contribution to the killings of Christians in some northern communities. The Christian group alleged that Miyetti Allah has a similar agenda with the Boko Haram sect as it listed some alleged attacks launched by members of the Fulani group. President Buhari was also asked to overhaul the security council and create a new one which no region will dominate. The communique released by CAN's President, Samson Ayokunle on Thursday read; “Nigeria is under a siege orchestrated by the murderous blood-th...
Ondo Community Seizes 150 Cows For Destroying Farmlands
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Ondo Community Seizes 150 Cows For Destroying Farmlands

The Ijare community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Wednesday, seized about 150 cows for destroying crops on farmlands in the area. This came a few months after lightning struck dead 36 cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen while grazing on sacred land in the community. It was gathered that the seized cows were led to the farmlands by some Fulani herdsmen to graze and destroyed crops planted on the farmlands. A source in the community said when the farmers saw the havoc wreaked by the cows on their farms, they pursued them and seized the cows, while the herdsmen fled. The source said, “When the herdsmen saw that the farmers and some local hunters were coming after them, they abandoned their cows and ran away and the cows were brought to the palace of the ...
Miyetti Allah Bans Night Grazing Nationwide
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Miyetti Allah Bans Night Grazing Nationwide

The clash of interests between herders and crop farmers may soon become a thing of the past, as the umbrella organisation of Fulani cattle herders has banned its members from grazing at night. According to Channels TV, this decision was taken on Wednesday at the annual general meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, as a measure to curb incessant clashes with farmers. National secretary of the association, Baba Uthman, after the meeting told journalists that the decision would become an instruction that would be communicated to every member of the group, including those at the grassroots. “This is a decision that has been taken by the highest decision-making body of the association. As it is taken here, it w...
Miyetti Allah Bans Night Grazing Nationwide
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Miyetti Allah Bans Night Grazing Nationwide

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has announced a nationwide ban on night grazing. The decision taken at the Annual General Meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN) in Damaturu on Wednesday January 8, is aimed at reducing the clash between herdsmen and farmers. Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, MACBAN's National Secretary Baba Uthman said the decision will be conveyed to every member of the group. He said; “This is a decision that has been taken by the highest decision making body of the association. As it is taken here, it will go down the ladder down to our members at the grassroots. “They will be informed and sensitized concerning it." A ban on grazing by minors and hawking of milk by...
Fulani Herdsmen Sue Oyo State Government over anti-grazing law
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Fulani Herdsmen Sue Oyo State Government over anti-grazing law

Oyo State Government, its House of Assembly and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Oyo State, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo have all been dragged to court by Fulani herdsmen in the state under the aegis of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, over an alleged gross violation of their fundamental rights. In the lawsuit filed on their behalf by Professor Yusuf Dankofa, the herdsmen asked the Oyo State High Court to declare the law which allegedly victimized them as “illegal, unconstitutional, null and void” because it is “a coordinated attempt or strategy at curtailing their livelihood and further frustrating their lives in breach of constitutional provisions particularly section 33(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended)." ...
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Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), has insisted that the state government will not renege on its plans to establish grazing reserves in the state. Matane disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Minna. He said that the establishment of grazing reserves was meant to curtail the lingering skirmishes between herdsmen and farmers in the state. According to him, the grazing reserves will also create job opportunities for most unemployed youths. He said that grazing reserve would help in the quality of meat and milk production for healthier nourishment. Matani claimed that the project would generate revenue for the state and discourage rural urban migration.   “There is no difference between grazing reserve and the Ruga settlement ...
Herdsmen Shooting Sporadically In Imo State – Vanguard
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Herdsmen Shooting Sporadically In Imo State – Vanguard

Suspected armed herdsmen in Obokofia, in Ohaji/Egbema local government area of Imo state, have shot sporadically at their host community. A reliable source, who confirmed this to Vanguard on Wednesday, said that their host community had given the herdsmen ultimatum to stop grazing on their farmlands and that their cattle are destroying their crops. Vanguard was told that the herders who refused to vacate the farmlands started shooting in the air to scare away the community people from forcing them out of the area. Mob sets police station ablaze over alleged killing of youth in Imo community At the time of filling this report, no life was lost but farmers working in the area at the time the incident happened scampered for safety. When Vanguard called the Imo state Police Pu...
Taraba youths protest against Ruga, call for implementation of ranching
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Taraba youths protest against Ruga, call for implementation of ranching

The youths in Taraba state on Monday protested the proposed Ruga Settlement by the federal government. They called on the state government to fully implement the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law passed by the Taraba State House of Assembly. The protest took place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, under the leadership of Udi Adamu, the Taraba state chairman of the Nigerian Youths Council. The Taraba youths, in one voice, described the Ruga settlement as a coined idea and misplacement of priority of the current poverty, insecurity, armed robbery, banditry, and increasing unemployment that is currently facing Nigeria. Some of the local governments involved in Taraba state include Lau, Zing, Ibi and Sarduana local government respectively The Youths Chairman said ...
Bayelsa Assembly Moves To Outlaw Open Grazing
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Bayelsa Assembly Moves To Outlaw Open Grazing

Bayelsa House of Assembly on Tuesday held a public hearing on a Bill seeking to prohibit open grazing of cattle in the state. The bill entitled “Cattle Breeding, Rearing, Marketing, Regulation and Control 2017’’ was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Mr Peter Akpe, representing Sagbama Constituency 1. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hearing was organised by House’s Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Security and Special Duties. Declaring the hearing open, Speaker of the Assembly, Konbowei Benson, said that the House had resolved to adopt international best practices in its activities. According to him, henceforth, all bills being considered by the House must go through public hearing. Represented by the Chief Whip of the house, Mr Tonye...
Cattle Breeders Advise Herdsmen Against Using Minors For Grazing
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Cattle Breeders Advise Herdsmen Against Using Minors For Grazing

The Nasarawa State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has advised members against using minors for grazing. Its Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akwanga on Friday that the minors had often found it difficult to stop cows from destroying farm produce. “We have always found that minors hardly control the cows effectively which often leads to the destruction of farms and subsequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers. “Our advice to herdsmen is to ensure that cows are handed over to adults with the experience to effectively control them against straying into farms,” he said. Hussaini urged herdsmen to avoid grazing on farmlands so as to avert clashes and also boost food production in the countr...
Kogi Halts Move To Reconstitute Grazing Committee
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Kogi Halts Move To Reconstitute Grazing Committee

The Kogi State Government has assured all its citizens, especially those from the Eastern Senatorial Zone, that its intention to reconstitute the Grazing Reserve Management Committee, in line with the 1965 Northern Nigeria Government Grazing Reserve Law and modified 1978 Land Use Decree of the Federal Government of Nigeria, was in the interest of all and not intended to harm anyone or group. In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba, and released on Wednesday in Lokoja, the government said the exercise is not targeted at any particular section of the state and that it was commuted to finding lasting peace between the herdsmen and farmers. The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to an erroneous interpretation of our memo dated 20t...
Herdsmen Crisis: Every State Should Ban Open Grazing – CAN
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Herdsmen Crisis: Every State Should Ban Open Grazing – CAN

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Thursday, asked the 36 states Houses of Assembly to ban open grazing to forestall continuous killings by killer herdsmen. CAN President, Dr. Sampson Olasupo Ayokunle, spoke when he led other officials to donate relief materials, including food items and cheque of undisclosed amounts to victims of suspected herdsmen attack in Enugu state. Beneficiaries were 13 women whose husbands were killed during the herdsmen attack in April 2016 at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state. Others are the leadership of Christ Holy Church of Nigeria and Catholic Church in Nimbo as well as the victims in Attakwu, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state. Ayokunle said the legislation should not be seen as hatred against a particul...
Herd Of Cattle Invade Kogi State University
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Herd Of Cattle Invade Kogi State University

Herd of cattle takes over Kogi State University in absence of students. The image of cows grazing on the campus of Kogi State University (KSU) has been making rounds on the internet today. The image which was posted on social media by an alumnus of the University, blamed the cattle invasion on the absence of students from the University. The tertiary institution has been on lockdown for over 5 months now, as union strike action continues to hinder academic activities on the campus.

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