FARMER STEALS COLLEAGUE’S CROPS, KILLS HIM FOR PROTESTING

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 33-year-old farmer, Azeez Kelani, for allegedly hacking his colleague, David Adima, to death after stealing his crop. PUNCH Metro learnt that Kelani had gone to Adima’s farm at Sojuolu village, Ibogun, in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state to steal some tubers of cassava. It was gathered that Adima, who hailed from Benue State, caught the suspect in the act and raised the alarm. The suspect, who was armed with a machete, reportedly resorted to force and…

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MOST OF THOSE WHO WENT TO HAJJ THIS YEAR ARE FARMERS – VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says majority of those who went for hajj this year are farmers. Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a pilgrimage to Mecca. All Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime if they can afford to do so. In an interview with Zain Asher, a CNN journalist, the vice-president said farmers could afford the trip because those in the rural communities “are doing so much better.” He said prosperity is returning to communities in Kebbi, Zamfara and Jigawa among other states.…

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BEEF AND DAIRY PRODUCTS WOULD BE SCARCE SOON, FG WARNS

By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government has raised the alarm on the rising demand for beef in the country, vis-a-vis its availability, saying the gap could lead to the scarcity of beef and dairy products in the country. The outlook was given by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at a meeting with members of the Governing Councils of the three Federal Universities of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Makurdi and Umudike. Ogbeh said the country was consuming more cows per day than it was actually breeding,…

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MIDDLE BELT YOUTHS GIVE HERDSMEN TILL OCTOBER 1 TO LEAVE THEIR AREA

A coalition of Middle Belt Youths has asked herdsmen to vacate the region before October 1 this year. The youths under the aegis of Middle Belt Renaissance Forum, which met in Abuja over the weekend, threatened total war at the expiration of the ultimatum. The meeting which was attended by representatives of youth groups from all the states making up the middle belt region discussed extensively pressing issues confronting the area. A communiqué by its convener, Comrade Jones Simon Alfa, urged governors from the region to be alive to governance…

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WE WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE THE ANTI-GRAZING LAWS – CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said it will continue to challenge the anti-grazing laws introduced by some state governments in court.   Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, the National Secretary of the association, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday said the pastoralists, who were largely uneducated, would view the anti-grazing laws, when implemented, as forcing them out of their ancestral and cultural way of earning a living.   According to him, implementing the laws will create another crisis in the country. He, however, noted that grazing reserves across the…

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KEBBI TO EXPORT 2,000 GOATS TO SAUDI ARABIA

From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi The Kebbi State Government has said that it had concluded arrangements with Jaiz Bank to start exporting 2, 000 goats daily to Saudi Arabia as part of measures to boost its Internal Generated Revenue (IGR). Commissioner for Budget and Economy Planning, Alhaji Jailani Muhammad Yauri, confirmed this arrangement at the weekend while speaking with journalists. The Commissioner also disclosed that the state was planning border trades with Niger and Benin Republic as well as collaborate with Sokoto, Zamfara states to utilise economy comparative advantage on agriculture…

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NIGERIAN GOVT ANNOUNCES 27 INDUSTRIES TO ENJOY TAX BREAK UNDER PIONEER STATUS

August 7, 2017Bassey Udo The federal government on Monday released the full list of the 27 key industries and products included in the revised list of ‘pioneer status’ incentives for prospective investors. At the end of the meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, last week, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, disclosed the approval given to the 27 industries. Mr. Enelamah did not, however, list the 27 industries. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, later confirmed that the creative industry was among the 27.…

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WE BEGGED AUDU OGBEH TO JOIN BUHARI ADMINISTRATION – OSINBAJO

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday revealed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration begged Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh, to join the government. Mr. Osinbajo made this remark at the Nigerian Initiative for Economic Development held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The acting president, while unveiling the potentials in the Nigerian economy, said apart from power and other economic investment areas, there is huge investment potential in the Nigerian Agricultural sector. He, however, jocularly said Mr. Ogbe, was literally begged to join the government, adding that he was enjoying…

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FULANI HERDSMEN PLANNING MORE ATTACKS ON BENUE – GOV ORTOM RAISES ALARM

John Charles Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday raised the alarm that herdsmen from neighbouring countries had concluded plans to unleash terror on Benue Valley. Ortom, who raised the alarm at NSKT Church in Taraku, Gwer Local Government Area, during the burial of Mama Atese Rebecca, called on the Christian Association of  Nigeria in the state to keep interceding. The governor, while hosting the country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Edward Kallon, a few weeks ago, had noted that over 1,878 Benue residents were…

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