SUSPECTED HERDSMEN KILL 8 IN 2 KOGI COMMUNITIES

  Bandits kill policemen, two others in Kaduna  Suicide attacks claim five lives in Maiduguri By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja, John Shiklam in Kaduna and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Suspected herdsmen attacked two communities in Kogi State yesterday, killing eight persons. This is coming as four people, including two policemen have been killed by armed bandits in Kakangi village, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. Five persons have also been killed in suicide attacks on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The two Kogi communities of Bagana and Patani in Omala Local Government Area  were allegedly…

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HERDSMEN PLANNING TO WIPE OUT MIDDLE BELT PEOPLE, GROUP ALLEGES

The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has alleged that there is a deliberate agenda poised at dispossessing the natives of the Middle Belt region of their ancestral lands by armed Fulani herdsmen. The forum observed that while local Fulani herdsmen known in the area continue to live in peace with native communities, the armed Fulani herdsmen Militia has continued to visit communities with deaths and massive destructions without attempt by security forces to apprehend and prosecute them. Dr. Bitrus Pogu, National President, Middle Belt Forum, MBF, in a press statement said,…

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NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN DENIED LOANS BECAUSE OF CLASHES BEWEEN FARMERS AND FULANI HERDSMEN – LAI MOHAMMED

Lai Mohammed  while appearing before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, disclosed that Nigeria is denied foreign loans over herdsmen/farmers’ clashes. According to the Minister of Information and culture, the Federal Government had to engage an international public relations consultant to manage the bad press following the misrepresentation of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers by the foreign media. He further revealed that they had to send delegations to the United Kingdom and the United States, to execute media campaigns. Lai Mohammed who was asked…

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MAN ARRESTED IN JIGAWA FOR BEHEADING HIS BROTHER OVER CATTLE

The Police Command in Jigawa has arrested a 22-year-old man, Gambo Sa’idu of Badakoshi village in Gwaram Local Government Area, for allegedly beheading his brother during an argument over cattle. The command Public Relations Officer, SP Audu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident to NAN in Dutse, said one Gambo killed his brother Haladu,40, using a cutlass. He explained that Gwaram Local Government police station received the report around 2. 45 p.m. on Wednesday in Badakoshi village in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state. Jinjiri said the police has visited…

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POLICE ARRESTS 4 HERDSMEN OVER KIDNAP AND MURDER OF CATHOLIC PRIEST IN ENUGU

Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu The Enugu State Police Command has arrested four Fulani herdsmen for allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Lazarus Ekwueme of the Diocese of Nsukka. Ekwueme was kidnapped on March 11, 2019, by a seven-man gang said to be operating along the Enugu-Nsukka Road. However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, confirmed the suspects’ arrest to our correspondent on Wednesday. He said, “The command did not sit back and relax; we immediately put everything available in motion to track down the suspects and this yielded…

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ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAWS WILL NOT STOP FARMERS CLASHES WITH HERDSMEN – DR ALIYU

Dr. Aliyu Ramalan, a veterinary doctor, worked with the World Bank-assisted project of the old Lafia Agricultural Development Project (LADP) in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the creation of four additional grazing reserves in the country. He was permanent secretary and commissioner of Agriculture in the old Plateau State between 1994 and 1997 and later between 1996 and 1997, in present day Nassarawa State.  He spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday on the implications of anti-open grazing laws being enacted by some states in Nigeria. In a bid…

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THESE 7 STATES READY TO ADOPT ANTI -OPEN GRAZING LAWS TO CHECKMATE FULANI HERDSMEN

Our correspondents After the passage of anti-open grazing laws in Ekiti and Benue states, other states like Ebonyi, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Ogun are moving to introduce similar laws to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers within their respective boundaries. Findings by Saturday PUNCH from the states showed that moves to introduce anti-open grazing laws were at various stages, with the bill having already passed second reading in Ogun State. A 2015 Global Terrorism Index pushed Fulani militants to the fourth position on the list of deadliest militant groups in the world…

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AYADE CRIES OUT AS EJECTED BENUE HERDSMEN INVADE CROSS RIVER

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has stated that the enforcement of the open-grazing law in neighbouring Benue State is causing havoc in his state. Ayade made the claims on Monday in Calabar, the state capital after suspected herdsmen from Benue invaded a community in Cross River, killing one and injuring others. Addressing a press conference after a closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies in the state, Ayade condemned the invasion and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent reprisals. “Currently, the situation is…

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FULANI HERDSMEN KILL ONE, IN FRESH ATTACK ,SEE GORY PICS

By Lasgidi Online As the Benue state government yesterday declared the prohibition on open grazing, Fulani herdsmen early this morning attacked some villagers in Logo Local government area of the state. Mr Ortse Kwagdom of Tombo ward in Gaambe-tiev, Logo LGA Benue state met his death this morning from gun shots by Fulani herdsmen when he went fishing. His relation Mr Hingir Akaa who was with him is however responding to treatment at a public health facility at Ayilamo, while four others who were with them are still missing at…

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HERDSMEN LEAVE BENUE AS NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT

As the law banning open-grazing in Benue State takes effect, herders and their family members have started leaving the state in large numbers. Sources said some of the departing people have become stranded with thousands of their animals around the bank of River Benue. The zonal leader of the Fulani socio cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in charge of North central states, Alhaji Gidado Idris Bebeji told Daily Trust yesterday that the leaders of the group from the state had lamented that the new law had caused an unprecedented…

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