TENSION, FEAR OVER FG’S MOVES TO REACTIVATE OLD GRAZING ROUTE

Sunday Ani Last week, the issue of cattle herders and the controversy over the modus operandi of their business, resonated in Nigeria once again. It has literally become a recurring decimal in the country. This time, the government wants to reactivate the grazing routes and convert them to ranches. The development was made known by the Federal Government, through the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof Bashir Usman, who announced government’s readiness to remodel its grazing reserves into ranches in 17 states of the federation. Critical observers are…

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COURT REMANDS DRUNKEN FULANI HERDSMAN WHO MACHETE HIS COLLEAGUE TO DEATH

An Ilorin Magistrates Court on Thursday ordered the remand of Ibrahim Garba of Bani, Fulani camp, Kaiama Local Government Area, Kwara in Federal Correctional Service for allegedly killing fellow herder with a machete. The Magistrate, Mrs Zainab Usman, gave the order as the accused person faced a count charge of culpable homicide. Usman adjourned the case until Dec. 24, for further mention. Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Al-Hassan Jibrin, told the court that on Sept. 16, the case was transferred from Divisional Police Headquarters, Bani, Kwara to the Criminal Investigation and…

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THUNDERSTORM: FULANI HERDSMEN SCAMPER OUT OF OSUN AT NIGHT WITH THEIR CATTLE, SEE PICS

There is presently palpable apprehension among herdsmen in Osun State, as many of them have started moving their cattle in droves from the State over continuous attacks on their cattle by thunderstorms. Our Correspondent sighted movement of thousands of cows along Iwo-Osogbo road around 12:15am on Sunday morning, following a natural disaster at Iba, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State, in which thunder killed 17 cows. The movement of the herds of cows caused serious panic along the highway, as motorists scampered for safety for fear of being…

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AFTERMATH OF 36 COWS DEATH: HERDSMEN AND ONDO TRADITIONAL RULERS REACH AGREEMENT

  Peter Dada, Akure Barely 13 days after 36 cows were struck dead by lightning at Ijare community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, the traditional rulers in the council area on Thursday met with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and representatives of security agencies in the state over the security of the area. The 36 cows were struck dead by lightning on Oke Owa hill in Ijare town last week Sunday and it was gathered that the meeting was to prevent…

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FULANI KIDNAPPERS LAYING SIEGE ON IBADAN SAYS LECTURER WHO IS EX-KIDNAP VICTIM

  Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The recently kidnapped Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, College of Agriculture, Igbo Ora branch, Olujide Opadijo, on Thursday, alleged renewed kidnapping activities in the area and called on the Oyo State Government to come to the aid of the community. Opadijo was kidnapped alongside four other union leaders about three weeks ago while returning from a meeting in Oke Ogun area of the state. He was later set free after allegedly paying N5m ransom to the kidnappers, some of who he identified as…

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MIYETTI ALLAH REJECTS AMNESTY FOR KILLER HERDSMEN, BANDITS

[FILES] Some arms and ammunition recovered from repentant bandits and illegal local vigilantes, popularly known as Yansakai, displayed to journalists in Gusau by Zamfara State Police Command… yesterday. PHOTO: NAN The Bauchi State secretary of the association, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmad, said the move would only attract more criminals. “Government should allow the law to take its full course. Let them serve their jail terms – even if it is a life sentence – They are bad eggs.” He spoke during a chat with reporters after a stakeholders’ meeting with the state…

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FUNKE OLAKUNRI’S MURDER: AFENIFERE MAKES REVELATIONS, ATTACKS POLICE

Yoruba apex group, Afenifere, has lambasted the Nigeria Police over their handling of investigations into the murder of Mrs. Olufunke Olakunnrin. Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Sunday, revealed that Police have made little efforts in finding the killers. He said: “It’s now over two months that Mrs Olufunke Olakunnrin,the daughter of Afenifere Leader ,Chief Reuben Fasoranti was murdered around Ore in Ondo State and we are compelled to speak out over the lackadaisical attitude of the police over the gruesome assassination. “Mr Kehinde Fasoranti, the junior…

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THUNDER STRIKES 36 COWS TO DEATH IN ONDO, SEE GORY PICS

No fewer than thirty six (36) cows were reportedly struck to death on Saturday by a mysterious thunderstorm on Oke Owa in Ijare community of Ifedore local government area of Ondo state. Nigerian Cable News reliably gathered that the cows were struck by thunderstorm in the late hours of Saturday without any of them surviving. The cows were said to have died for desecrating the mountain where sacrifice is made every year by the town’s monarch. It was learnt that the herders reported the case to the monarch of the…

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ASUP LEADERS RELEASED AFTER PAYMENT OF 5MIL RANSOM TO FULANIS

The five kidnapped leaders of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in Oyo State have regained freedom on Saturday night. The police Public Relations Officer, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, told our correspondent that he was yet to be briefed of the development as at the time of filing this report. But sources said they were allegedly released after payment of five million naira ransom. A source from the institution told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that the abducted leaders regained freedom after the payment of the said ransom. The ASUP Chairman,…

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FG SPEAKS ON FOREIGN PASTORALISTS BENEFITING FROM 100BIL NATIONAL LIVESTOCK TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMME

Livestock faming. PHOTO: GOOGLE.COM/SEARCH? The National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday declared that the N100 billion budget for the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) does not accommodate foreign pastoralists. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State had on Monday during a live programme reportedly said Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries would benefit from the scheme. He had argued that since the herders were nomadic, it would be inappropriate to exclude them from the initiative on account of their nationalities The governor, whose…

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