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Police Denies Reports Claiming Schools in Abuja have been Shutdown over Fear of Bandit attack
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Police Denies Reports Claiming Schools in Abuja have been Shutdown over Fear of Bandit attack

The FCT police command has dismissed reports claiming schools in the capital city have been shut down over fears of bandit attacks. Reports have been rife on social media that the Nigerian Law School and Veritas University in the Bwari Area Council, as well ass other schools, have been shut down over fear of Bandits or Fulani herdsmen attacks. Speaking to Vanguard, a senior Police Officer who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that contrary to reports in the media, Veritas University has been on vacation after its first session programs were rounded up since the 3rd of May 2021. The source said the same thing applies to the Nigerian Law School. According to the source, the police authorities have put in place various security strategies of protecting all schools in the ...
Herdsmen flee Delta community as thunder strike kills 12 cows
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Herdsmen flee Delta community as thunder strike kills 12 cows

Herdsmen on Sunday evening of May 2, ran away from Urhodo-Ovu community in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State as thunder strike killed 12 of their cows. The herdsmen and the cows were in their settlement when the incident occurred minutes after the heavy downpour, DAILY POST gathered. Indigenes and residents of the community especially farmers were, however, happy over the incident. At the time of filing this report, the 12 dead cows were still lying fallow on the ground. The incident caused serious tension amongst the herdsmen as they quickly moved their belongings and ran away from the community for fear of being struck dead by the same thunder.
Notorious bandit leader Daudawa who led kidnap of Kankara students killed
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Notorious bandit leader Daudawa who led kidnap of Kankara students killed

Notorious bandit leader, Auwalun Daudawa, who led the kidnap of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina State, has bee killed. It was gathered that Daudawa had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8. But a few days ago, it was reported that Daudawa had returned to the forest to continue his banditry. Government sources told Channels Television that the bandit has been killed. Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara State, Abubakar Dauran told Channels Television that Daudawa left Gusau day two days ago. He had reportedly told some people that he was going to attend one of his relatives’ wedding. According to the commissioner, the bandit rustled over 100 cows and killed the her...
IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen
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IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Abagana camp have blocked the Markurdi-Lafia Federal Highway protesting the recent killings by herdsmen and laying the corpses of the victims on the road. The suspected herdsmen on Tuesday morning invaded Abagana IDP camp killing seven persons and injuring about 15 of them. According to an eyewitness account present at the protest, the armed herdsmen stormed the host community heading to the IDP camp and started shooting at the people killing seven and leaving many others injured. The eyewitness warned that they will resort to arms to defend themselves if the Federal Government does not intervene. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom during a visit to the scene of the protest challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to th...
Farmer and his Four Children Abducted by Suspected Herdsmen in Oyo
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Farmer and his Four Children Abducted by Suspected Herdsmen in Oyo

A farmer identified as Rasaq Jamiu, and his four children have been abducted by suspected herdsmen in Maami village in the Ibaraoa North Local Government Area of Oyo State. According to reports, Jamiu had gone to his farm in Maami village on Monday, April 19 when the kidnappers stormed the farm and whisked him and his children away. His children were later released by the gunmen but he, Jamiu, has been held hostage and his abductors are demanding N5 million ransom for his release. Confirming the incident, the Secretary of Farmers Union in Ibarapaland, Taiwo Adeagbo, aka Akowe Agbe, said Jamiu was abducted at about 12 noon on Monday. The state police command is yet to comment on this development.
Civil Defence Arrests 50 Herdsmen For Bearing Arms
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Civil Defence Arrests 50 Herdsmen For Bearing Arms

  Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, have arrested 50 arms-bearing herdsmen. “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping,’’ Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, said on Wednesday in Abuja. He made the declaration while presenting licences to private guard operators. “The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country,’’ he said. Audi added that the arrest of the illegally-armed herdsmen shortly after his assumption of office was an indication of his determination to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate. “It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and f...
Civil Defence Arrests 50 Herdsmen for Bearing Arms
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Civil Defence Arrests 50 Herdsmen for Bearing Arms

50 herdsmen have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for bearing arms. Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi disclosed this on Wednesday April 7 while presenting licences to private guard operators. Audi said some of the arrested arms-bearing herdsmen are into cattle rustling and kidnapping. They were reportedly arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states. He said; “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping. “The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country."
Woman Who Survived Ebonyi Herdsmen Attack Reveals What The Herders Said
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Woman Who Survived Ebonyi Herdsmen Attack Reveals What The Herders Said

ICYMI: While killing our men, herdsmen boasted nothing would happen to them because their people head security agencies - Woman who survived Ebonyi killings Mrs Ngozi Odo-Abuchi is a graduate of the National Teachers’ Institute, who works in the Education Department of the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. In this interview with RAPHAEL EDE, the 49-year-old widow who survived herdsmen’s attack on Obeagu community in the Ishielu LGA on Monday last week, explains her face-to-face encounter with death We learnt that you narrowly escaped the herdsmen’s attack on the Obeagu Road. How did it happen? Why did they spare your life? On Monday, while I was coming home from where I went to, I mounted an okada from their park at the Nkalagu junction to convey me to Obeagu, my ...
Graphic: Suspected herdsmen invade farm settlement in Ekiti, machete three women
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Graphic: Suspected herdsmen invade farm settlement in Ekiti, machete three women

Three female farmers have been brutally attacked by suspected herdsmen in Irele-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State. It was gathered that the assailants numbering about six invaded Irele Ekiti farm settlement in the early hours of Tuesday, April 6, and macheted the women. A source who spoke with Tribune Online said the victims, who sustained life-threatening injuries, were rushed to the Ikole General Hospital, where they are currently receiving treatment. The source added that the herders demanded money from the victims but were furious after the women failed to give them the money required and prevented attempts to rape them. "The women were unable to meet up with the demand as they said they were only with just N200. The herdsmen collected all the money foun...
Suspected Herdsmen Attack Farmer in Oyo
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Suspected Herdsmen Attack Farmer in Oyo

A retired school principal cum farmer, Modede Ojedokun, is reportedly lying in a critical state in the hospital after he was matcheted by suspected herdsmen who attacked him on his farm in lsokun area of lgangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Saturday April 3. The Nation reports that trouble started when a herder directed his cows to feed on the yam flour the victim had spread on the floor for sun drying. The retired principal was said to have, in anger, challenged the decision of the herder but was met by a resistant herder, who drew out his machete with an intention to strike him. The farmer, it was gathered while trying to block the machete with his bare hand, suffered a deep cut in the process. Residents say that despite the first cut, the herder d...
Suspected Herdsmen allegedly Attack Female Rice Farmer in Ondo
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Suspected Herdsmen allegedly Attack Female Rice Farmer in Ondo

Suspected herdsmen allegedly attacked a female rice farmer in Ogbese, Akure North local Amaka Okafor. It was gathered that the victim was working on her rice farm when the assailants stormed there and reportedly attacked her with a cutlass. She sustained injuries on her head and hands. Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Agriculture, Akin Olotu, who confirmed the attack in a statement said the woman is responding to treatment at an undisclosed private hospital.
81 Ekiti Monarchs Write Fayemi, Reject Ranching For Herdsmen
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81 Ekiti Monarchs Write Fayemi, Reject Ranching For Herdsmen

Traditional rulers in Ekiti State under the aegis of Majority Obas of Ekiti Land (MOBEL) has opposed the establishment of ranching proposed by the Federal Government under its National Livestock Programme. They said the FG’s proposed plan by the state government to acquire land for herdsmen grazing activities is ‘crystal imperialist agenda’ with potentials to cause serious security challenges for the host communities. The monarchs, in a letter dated March 25 2021 and addressed to Governor Kayode Fayemi expressed their opposition to the Ekiti State’s decision to adopt the project following preponderance of complaints from subjects both home and abroad. The letter was signed by the Chairman of the Majority Obas in Ekiti land, Olomuoke of Omuooke-Ekiti, Oba Vincent Otitoju; the S...
Displaced Herders Have Become Bandits Terrorising Nigeria – Miyetti Allah
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Displaced Herders Have Become Bandits Terrorising Nigeria – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says herders are facing so many challenges from hostile host committees including vigilante groups and other criminal elements who rustle cows in the country. The group said some displaced herders in the country, who were dispossessed of their cows, end up becoming bandits carrying out several attacks including kidnapping on Nigerians. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, spoke on Wednesday while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. Alhassan said it was unfair to label every herder as a criminal, adding that it was sad that herders have been singled out for victimisation. He said the herders now turned bandits were fighting an economic fight and not an ideological...
Disobey My Order At Your Peril – Akeredolu Warn Herdsmen In Forest Reserve
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Disobey My Order At Your Peril – Akeredolu Warn Herdsmen In Forest Reserve

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reiterated his position to evict all trespassers occupying forests reserve in the state. The Governor said his administration will continue to eject and punish, in accordance with the law, anyone, either herder or farmer illegally occupying the forest reserves. Those who disobey the order, according to the governor will have themselves to blame. Governor Akeredolu stressed that he will not relent on his decision to rid the State of undesirable elements, adding that his administration owes no one except the people of Ondo state, any further explanation or apology on the resolve to ensure peace in the state. But Governor Akeredolu was quick to warn that those promoting successionist ideas were on their own. “Ondo Sta...
Herdsmen Caught At Sunday Igboho Mother’s Home – FFK
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Herdsmen Caught At Sunday Igboho Mother’s Home – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode wrote on Facebook: I just spoke to Sunday Igboho and he told me that three foreign Fulani terrorists were apprehended in his mother's home in Igboho, Oyo state this evening. Their mission was to harm Mama. Two of them escaped whilst the other is with the police (see below). Those that sent them are playing with fire! First of all they burnt down Sunday's house in Ibadan. Secondly a soldier and a fake soldier were caught spying on his Ibadan home. Thirdly two terrorists are caught sneaking into his mothers home with a clear intention to harm her. This is a man whose input brought peace to our nation just two weeks ago and helped to bring to an end the Northern embargo of food to the South after he guaranteed the peace and security of...
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...
Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy
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Gunmen Attack Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s convoy

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom today March 20. Governor Ortom's convoy was moving at Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of the state when it was attacked. Briefing journalists, the governor who described the gunmen as ‘herdsmen’, said about 15 of the attackers trailed him to the river bank where he was on foot. He said he was saved by his security details who worked so hard to protect him and repelled the attack. “My lawyer is going to make a petition against the leadership of MACBAN because they came out to target me and behind the scene they are planning to eliminate me on my own land. If I can’t go to the farm as governor with entire security around me then who else can go to the f...
Herdsmen: FG Lied, Ogun Refugees Still In Benin Republic, Says Red Cross
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Herdsmen: FG Lied, Ogun Refugees Still In Benin Republic, Says Red Cross

The Nigerian Red Cross Society on Friday says contrary to the Federal Government’s claim that Ogun refugees have left Benin Republic, the victims of herdsmen attacks are still displaced in the francophone West African country. The Ogun State Executive Branch Secretary of the humanitarian group, Oluwole Aboyade, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH. Some residents of the Yewa area of Ogun State were recently forced to seek refuge in Benin Republic following attacks by herdsmen who invaded their villages and unleashed unprintable horror on them. The PUNCH also visited some of the Ogun refugees in Benin Republic where they narrated their ordeal including how herdsmen burnt their children and their houses and how they had scampered for safety in the wake of the attacks. T...
Police begin probe as suspected herdsmen kidnap five in Anambra
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Police begin probe as suspected herdsmen kidnap five in Anambra

One of the victims, Francis Onwuachu, is the President-General of Omor community. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Haruna, confirmed the incident. He said he was not aware of the number of victims as of press time, adding that the report he got was that the president-general of the community was kidnapped. Haruna said the command had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. He said until investigation was concluded to ascertain what led to the incident and those behind it, he would not be able to say if the abductors were locals or Fulani herdsmen. A former Chairman of the local government area, Udoji Amedu, said Onwuachu’s car had been recovered by the police. He stated, “Apart from the PG, we heard that four other p...
Farmer-Herder Crisis: Six States Reject FG’s Livestock Programme
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Farmer-Herder Crisis: Six States Reject FG’s Livestock Programme

A report indicates that six state governments, namely Akwa Ibom, Anambra , Cross River, Delta, Edo and Oyo have said they will not donate any land to be used as grazing reserves for herdsmen under the National Livestock Transformation Programme. The programme is an initiative of the federal government designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of its initiative in collaboration with state governments under the auspices of the National Economic Council. Despite the rejection of the programme, 17 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as three southern states, namely Ekiti, Ondo, and Ebonyi, have signed up for the programme. The six states stressed that any individual who wanted to go into ranching should rather look for land to buy The Delta state gover...
Cows Take Over Ondo Streets Despite Ban On Open Grazing By Governor Akeredolu
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Cows Take Over Ondo Streets Despite Ban On Open Grazing By Governor Akeredolu

Commuters and residents in Akure, Ondo state have reported an increase in disruptive encounters with herdsmen and cattle grazing along its major roads despite Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s order banning open grazing in the state. Some residents told SaharaReporters that some cows on Monday blocked a road in Ayedun, a popular street in the state capital disrupting vehicular movement for many minutes. It was gathered that motorists were forced to stop their vehicles to pave the way for the cows moving freely on the road. Cows were also sighted moving freely along Aule Road and in front of NNPC mega station, along Ilesha/Owo expressway. Akeredolu had in January banned movement of cattle within the cities and highways, underage grazing and night grazing. Weeks after, governors...
Suspected Herdsmen Kidnap Five In Anambra
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Suspected Herdsmen Kidnap Five In Anambra

There is tension in Anambra following the alleged kidnap of five persons by suspected herders.The incident occurred on the weekend in Ayamelum local government area. One of the victims was President-General of Omor community, Mr Francis Onwuachu, who THE NATION gathered was kidnapped on Friday night. Anambra Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mohammed Haruna, confirmed the incident. However, he said he was not aware of the number abducted adding the command had commenced investigation on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Former local government chairman and ex-President General of the community, Hon Udoji Amedu, who was sad over the development, said Onwuachu’s car had been recovered. The car, he said, was taken to its Ayamelum Divisional Headquarters in the...
Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno
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Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno

The insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. Members of the Boko Haram sect have killed 22 herders in Borno state. SaharaReporters gathered that the herdsmen were killed during the weekend in Monguno. President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno is from Monguno. A resident of the community told SaharaReporters that the insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. “We have recovered 22 dead bodies, all of them brutally killed,” he said. Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the Nigerian military. They have also been raiding herding communities, stealing cattle, a valuable commodity in the re...
Herdsmen Renaming Benue Seized IDPs’ Communities – US-Based Nigerians
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Herdsmen Renaming Benue Seized IDPs’ Communities – US-Based Nigerians

A member of the House of Representatives, Mark Gbillah, has criticised the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, for blocking a petition by members of his constituency based in the United States of America. He said what the presiding officer did was against the Standing Orders of the House. This was just as the Mutual Union of Tiv in America whose petition was blocked by Wase alleged that herdsmen were taking over and renaming their ancestral land abandoned by Tiv people in parts of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states due to herders-farmers clashes. Gbillah, who is representing Gwer-East/Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State, had at the plenary on Wednesday, moved to lay the petition by MUTA. But Wase, who presided over the session prevented Gbillah from laying the petiti...
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-...
Bayelsa Bans Open Grazing, Rejects Ranching for Herdsmen
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Bayelsa Bans Open Grazing, Rejects Ranching for Herdsmen

Bayelsa has enacted a law prohibiting the open grazing of livestock in the state and establishment of ranching Governor Douye Diri assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 at the Executive Chamber of Government House in Yenagoa. His words: “Bayelsa State welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-natives and natives. “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 law, according to him, stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licenced or not, should be arrested. The law prohibits the movement of cattle on foot from other parts of...
We Are Tired Of Open Grazing — Miyetti Allah
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We Are Tired Of Open Grazing — Miyetti Allah

Miyetti Allah Breeders Association of Nigeria says it is tired of open grazing in Ondo State, calling on government to make provision for ranches as a way of putting an end to frequent herdsmen/ farmers’ crises. The Chairman of the association in the state, Alhaji Bello Garba, stated this on Wednesday in Akure. Garba was speaking during a public hearing on a bill to regulate rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches and other related matters. He said that the association would support any peaceful move to address the issue in the state, adding that farmers and herdsmen must carry out their respective activities without clashing. According to him, the association has been begging the state government to register Fulani men in all the local go...
Herdsmen Shun FCT Open Grazing Ban, Obstruct Traffic
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Herdsmen Shun FCT Open Grazing Ban, Obstruct Traffic

Herdsmen have continued to move cattle on roads in the Federal Capital Territory in contravention of the ban on open grazing by the Federal Capital Territory Administration. Some of the pastoralists were seen grazing their animals at the Idu Industrial Estate , Jabi bypass and the Gwarimpa Expressway in defiance of the prohibition of open grazing of animals by the FCTA. The Director , Abuja Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Hassan Abubakar, had in an interview informed our correspondent that the FCTA would seize any livestock found grazing in the nation ’ s capital, noting that the one- month ultimatum issued to the pastoralists expired in February . He said over 100 cattle earlier seized were returned after their owners were fined by courts , adding that any herdsman found graz...
Ekiti Residents Protest Killing Of Two Farmers By Herdsmen
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Ekiti Residents Protest Killing Of Two Farmers By Herdsmen

Residents of Isaba Ekiti in the Ikole Council area of Ekiti State, on Saturday, protested the killing of two farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Friday. The angry residents, comprising youths, women and the aged, chanted war songs, made bonfires and rained curses on the killers of the two farmers just as vehicular and commercial activities were affected for a greater part of Saturday while the protesters blocked major roads in the community. According to PUNCH, the victims were identified as Toyin Akeju, popularly known as Jisoro in the community, while the other, called Daodu, was said to be a labourer invited to work on the farm. The two victims were mauled on their farmland. A source in Isaba Ekiti said, "The two victims went to the farm on Friday, and they were killed ...
Fresh Crisis Brews In Igangan As Herdsmen Resume Farm Destruction
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Fresh Crisis Brews In Igangan As Herdsmen Resume Farm Destruction

Fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the Ibarapaland area of Oyo State, following the return of Fulani herdsmen to the area and the alleged destruction of farms in the area. Fulani herdsmen had, in January, migrated out of Igangan and other communities in Ibarapa, Oyo State, following the eviction notice given to Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Salihu Abdukadir, by Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho. Farmers in Igangan, however, told Saturday PUNCH on Friday that the herdsmen had not only started returning to the area but that they had allegedly resumed destruction of farms and threatened to attack farmers who resisted them. The Chairman of Real Farmers Association of Nigeria, Igangan branch, Mr. Abiodun Adegoke, in an interview with our correspondent, said some of the cas...
Miyetti Allah Backs Obiano’s Order Declaring AK-47-Carrying Herdsmen Criminals
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Miyetti Allah Backs Obiano’s Order Declaring AK-47-Carrying Herdsmen Criminals

THE South-East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has expressed its support for Governor Willie Obiano’s pronouncement of treating any herder illegally possessing firearms as a criminal. The Chairman of the group, Gidago Sidikki, stated this on Thursday while reacting to a statement credited to Obiano wherein he ordered the police and other security agencies to treat any herder found in possession of AK-47 rifle as an armed robber. The governor had in a stakeholders’ security summit in Awka on Monday ordered security agencies to treat any herder carrying AK-47 as a criminal. Obiano said the order would be in force after the state had taken a headcount of herders in the state. Sidikki said, “The governor’s order is in line with the already ex...
ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s
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ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have given full backing to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that bandits bearing AK-47 should be shot on sight. The governor said the measure will reduce banditry, clashes between herders and farmers and other forms of criminality. The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) urged caution. Senior lawyers contacted by our correspondents kicked against the order for being contrary to the law and might lead to unintended consequences. All of them agree that it is illegal for anybody to carry an AK-47 rifle unless he is a security operative. Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview aired on Wednesday that the order showed the seri...
Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns
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Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to security agents to shoot anyone illegally bearing AK47 rifle. The Governor gave the commendation today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi when the Chairman Governing Board, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Professor Adamu Kyuka paid him a courtesy visit. Governor Ortom stated that the President’s order would reduce the level of criminality, banditary and militia herders' attacks on Benue communities as well as other parts of the country. According to the Governor, the order would also make the communities safer for displaced farmers to return to their ancestral homes. "I wish to commend Mr. President for his recent order against those bearing AK47 rifles. This I am s...
Ogun Residents Now Sleep In Benin Republic For Protection – Red Cross
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Ogun Residents Now Sleep In Benin Republic For Protection – Red Cross

The Nigeria Red Cross Society has said thousands of residents of Yewa axis of Ogun State now sleep in Benin Republic to avoid being killed by herdsmen terrorising the area. The Red Cross said the people relocated to the neighbouring country following attacks by suspected herdsmen. The Ogun State executive branch secretary of the Red Cross, Oluwole Aboyade, said this on Wednesday. Aboyade said he and his team visited the troubled areas – Igbooro, Asa, Moro, Ibeku and Agbon-Ojodu, lamenting that the people of Yewa were “living in unfavourable condition”. According to him, many had deserted their homes to seek refuge in Benin. He said, “What I saw there alongside my team, I will term it a very serious disaster. “The people have deserted their homes and they now sleep i...
Two Killed As Herdsmen Attack Amotekun Corps, Vigilantes In Oyo
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Two Killed As Herdsmen Attack Amotekun Corps, Vigilantes In Oyo

TWO persons were said to have been killed during a fight between Fulani and Yoruba at Aba Abugudu Market in the Atisbo Local Government Area of Oyo State. Also, two members of the Oyo State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun and a vigilante were injured following the fight with happened on Monday. The cause of the fight is still sketchy as of the time of filing this report on Wednesday. Sources told our correspondent that the Amotekun men were trying to break the fight when a Fulani man drew out his cutlass and attacked the three security agents, inflicting varying degrees of injuries on them. The names of the injured Amotekun men were given as Michael Oguntade and Yekini Tijani, while the vigilante who was also reportedly injured and the two Amotekun were said to ha...
Herdsmen: Abiodun Deploys Joint Squad To Yewa Area
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Herdsmen: Abiodun Deploys Joint Squad To Yewa Area

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has handed patrol vehicles over to the Joint Security Intervention Squad (JSIS) to secure lives and property in Yewa (Ogun West Senatorial District) axis of the state against further attacks by suspected killer herdsmen. JSIS was constituted two weeks ago by the State Government in response to the recent farmers/ herders clashes in Yewa Ketu area. Members were drawn from the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The security vehicles, comprising 10 operational vans and 20 motorcycles equipped with communication gadgets, were received by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of JSIS Operations, DCP Ahmed Abdullahi, at a ceremony attended by the security c...
Obiano Orders Police To Treat Roaming Herdsmen As Criminals
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Obiano Orders Police To Treat Roaming Herdsmen As Criminals

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has ordered a fresh headcount of herdsmen in the state. The governor gave the order on Tuesday during one-day stakeholders’ security summit at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the Anambra State capital. Obiano, who said there was headcount last year, maintained that after the new census, police and other security agencies should treat any roaming herdsmen in the state as criminals. The governor said, “You should treat any itinerant herdsmen as criminals. Security reports show that it is these itinerant headers that commit all manner of crimes to have their way through. “They are the people that kill, kidnap, rape and harass the people with impunity. Those of them carrying any type of firearms should be treated...
We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt
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We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt

The Ogun State Government has debunked reports being circulated in some news media that people affected by herdsmen attacks in some parts of Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Local Government Areas have fled their communities to seek refuge in the neighboring Republic of Benin. According to the government, the purported movement of the people was that of those who were not actual inhabitants of the communities, but those who came from the neighbouring country to lease farmlands in the area. The Chairman, Ogun State Peace Keeping Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict, Kayode Oladele, made this known on Monday, in his remark at a meeting of the Committee, held at the Obas’ Complex Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. Oladele said that there was no crisis in Yewaland that would warrant its people to bec...
Herdsmen Carrying Guns On Social Media Are Photoshopped – Miyetti Allah
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Herdsmen Carrying Guns On Social Media Are Photoshopped – Miyetti Allah

The National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo has declared that the pictures of herdsmen bearing guns and other weapons in the social media are usually photoshopped. In his opinion, Fulani herders are mostly uneducated and consequently have no skills to operate guns. In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the Miyetti Allah leader noted: “The people alleging this just want to create problems in Nigeria. A Fulani who is not educated; didn’t go to school, how will he know how to operate gun? The people carrying guns are the Amotekun and other vigilantes being created here and there. Herdsmen are not carrying any guns; they are just rearing their cows with their sticks.” He called on Christian pastors to join Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, the famous Isla...
Reno Omokri Compares Nigeria To Ghana Over Abduction
Lifestyle, Politics

Reno Omokri Compares Nigeria To Ghana Over Abduction

  There has not been even one school abduction in Ghana. Why? Because: * Their police shoots killer herdsmen * Their government does not pay ransom * Their Sheikh’s don’t campaign for bandits * Their Governors don’t negotiate with terrorists * The Governors don’t pay killer herdsmen * Their Presidency does not say ‘Giving land for ranching is better than death.” * No Ghanaian Governor will call for herdsmen to carry AK-47s And we say we are the Giant of Africa!
Doyin Okupe To Run For President In 2023
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Doyin Okupe To Run For President In 2023

Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that he will be joining the race for the presidency in 2023 if the security situation in the country lingers on. “I will run for President in 2023 if banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen ravaging the South West and Boko Haram, all continue unabated,” he tweeted. According to him, bandits terrorising the country will be stopped dead on their tracks. The politician noted that the situation where bandits operate unchallenged for 3 to 4 hrs will no longer be possible during his government, adding that any major mass movement in the forests will be detected by satellite and ground forces will be mobilised instantly. “I will also submit a post dated letter of resignation from office by my...
We Don’t Carry AK-47s Like Herdsmen – Benue Farmers Reply Governor Lalong
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We Don’t Carry AK-47s Like Herdsmen – Benue Farmers Reply Governor Lalong

The association of farmers in Nigeria says they are shocked by the comments recently made by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong who said both herders and farmers carry AK-47. The Benue State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesdays said they the governor is wrong and that they do not carry AK-47 like herdsmen. Governor Lalong had earlier on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television Breakfast programme Sunrise Daily lamented over the rise in arms proliferation in the country noting that both herders and farmers now carry AK-47 in self-defence. “We watched with shock, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Channels Television where he accused farmers of carrying AK-47 riffles like Fulani herdsmen. “All...
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...
Suspected Herdsmen Burn Three Alive In Edo
Crime

Suspected Herdsmen Burn Three Alive In Edo

The gruesome attacks were said to have been carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday at Idogbo community, Ikpoba/ Okha Local Government Area and Sapele Road bypass, Benin City. An indigene of the area, Prince Ogiegor Austine Orhue, confirmed the killings to SaharaReporters. He said, “We the entire Edolites and well-meaning Nigerians condemn the killing of our people in Edo State and Nigeria at large by herdsmen, bandits and Boko Haram. “We want the world to be aware of the recent killing of our people in Edo State by herdsmen. Three persons were recently burnt alive. One happened in Idogbo community of Ikpoba/Okha Local Government Area on Tuesday and another person in the same community on Wednesday. Another person was also burnt alive at Sapele Road bypass, Benin. “A time has ...
Don’t Blame Herdsmen Alone, Farmers Also Carry AK-47 For Self-Defence – Lalong
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Don’t Blame Herdsmen Alone, Farmers Also Carry AK-47 For Self-Defence – Lalong

Simon Lalong, chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Plateau State governor on Tuesday said Fulani herdsmen alone should not be singled out for blame for carrying AK-47 as farmers are also guilty of the same offence. Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed had incurred the wrath of Nigerians last week when he said herdsmen are compelled to carry AK-47 and other firearms for self-defence. However, speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by DAILY INDEPENDENT, Lalong said an investigation by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum also showed that farmers also carry AK-47 and other firearms for protection. According to him when the farmers-herdsmen crisis occurred in Plateau state, both herdsmen and farmers were arrested with AK-47. He said, “I am not justif...
Journalist, Others Escape Herdsmen Attack In Edo
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Journalist, Others Escape Herdsmen Attack In Edo

The Benin-city by-pass in Edo State is gaining notoriety for kidnapping and banditry as a journalist, Ben Duno, who was travelling on that route with other commuters at the weekend escaped being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen at the weekend. Duno, who works with the Sun Newspaper, said they escaped abduction by the whiskers while traveling from Warri, Delta State to Ibadan, Oyo State, for a close friend’s wedding. Narrating his experience, Duno said he has never been terrified in his life, but he and other co-travellers nearly walked into the hands of the marauders terrorising the country. He said: “The frightening reports on the security challenges across the country, especially on some major highways traversing the country, where travellers are being kidnapped on a daily ba...
Strange As Gumi Locates Bandits, Herdsmen Hideouts But Army, Police Can’t – Reno
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Strange As Gumi Locates Bandits, Herdsmen Hideouts But Army, Police Can’t – Reno

Former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has expressed concern over the country’s security situation. In a brief statement, Omokri asked how possible it could be for a popular Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi to locate and take photographs with bandits and herdsmen, whereas the Nigerian Army and Police could not identify their various locations. Disclosing this on Saturday via his Facebook handle, Omokri said that the Army and Police can locate easily the Eastern Security Network, ESN that doesn’t kill but were unsuccessful to locate herdsmen and bandits that have been kidnapping, raping and killing innocent Nigerians. He said it surprises him that the likes of Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle and Aminu Masari of Katsina State had negotiated with ...
Suspected Fulani Herdsman Attacks 18-year-old boy and his Father Over Missing Cow in Bayelsa
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Suspected Fulani Herdsman Attacks 18-year-old boy and his Father Over Missing Cow in Bayelsa

A yet to be identified Fulani herder attacked an 18-year-old boy, Kohgi Nation and his father over an alleged missing cow in Otuoke Community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state. The incident happened at about 5pm on February 19, at Osuan bush, when the duo were working on their palm farm. It was gathered that the herdsman attacked the boy with a machete, inflicting deep cuts on his fingers and head. His 58-year-old father, Goodhead Nation, reportedly managed to escape the attack with minor bruises on the legs. It reportedly took four hours of surgery at the emergency wards of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) to save the life of the boy. According to Goodhead Nation, the Fulani herder came through the back entrance of his farm and accused them of stealing his ...
Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North
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Miyetti Allah to Southerners: Be Ready to Leave the North

Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, the Bauchi State chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Saturday, February 20 pledged that the association would resist any attempt by Southern governors to evict herdsmen. The MACBAN chairman said it would be tit for tat by the north should the herders be evicted from the south. According to Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed, everyone has the right to live anywhere he or she wants. He said; “In fact, herdsmen, based on their activity of pastoralism, own every part of Nigeria. So why should anyone go against the constitution? ‘’If the southern governors insist on sending our people away, we will have no option than to send their people packing too. “We are no fools. We are only studying the situation. We are all human...

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