STOP HERDSMEN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES FROM ENTERING NIGERIA, GANDUJE BEGS BUHARI

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje at the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement on Saturday. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria. This, according to him would help to curb the rate of crime attached to the Fulani-herders conflicts across the country. He made the call on Saturday during the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project at Dansoshiya forest, in Kiru local government of…

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COURT DECLARES RUGA, CATTLE COLONY ILLEGAL IN BENUE

By Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi   A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, presided over by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, on Monday declared the federal government policy, plan or proclamation to establish RUGA Settlement and cattle colonies in Benue State as unwarranted, unlawful and unconstitutional. Delivering judgement in the suit filed by Benue Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Benue State, Barrister Michael Gusa against the Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Agriculture, Justice Olajuwon declared that any move by the federal…

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VISA ON ARRIVAL IS A WAY TO BRING BACK RUGA SAYS OHANEZE

From Chris Oji, Enugu Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has faulted Federal Government’s plan to grant visas to foreigners on arrival into Nigeria. It said the move which “amounts to throwing the nation’s borders open to “foreigners with questionable characters” showed that the Federal Government was “still bent on implementing Rural Grazing Area (RUGA).” The group, in a communique in Enugu, also claimed that the Federal Government wanted to use the “visa on arrival” policy to give advantage to a particular part of the country during future elections. It…

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AKOKO LEADERS REJECT RUGA: ACCUSES ONDO GOVT OF NOT CONSULTING THEM, THREATEN TO RESIST EVEN WITH THEIR BLOOD

By Dayo Johnson ‘We woke up to see NLTP signpost’ FOUR agrarian communities in Akoko, the Northern Senatorial Districts in Ondo State are on collision course with the state government for allegedly covertly ceding their land for RUGA without any consultation and their consent. The state government had designated the communities for the establishment of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP. Stakeholders in the communities are angered that they, including their traditional rulers, only woke up to see the signpost of NLTP at their doorstep by the state government without…

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INSIDE ASO VILLA JUNGLE: HOW ABBA KYARI UNDERMINES OSINBAJO, HIJACKED VEEPEE’S MEMO TO BUHARI, CRITICISED IT, REDESIGNED IT TO CORNER 35 BIL RUGA MONEY

When Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking approval for funds to continue his role in resolving the deadly farmers-herdsmen conflict earlier this year, he did so with little awareness that a middleman would intercept it, moderate it and ultimately discard his role altogether. Yet, that was exactly what transpired after Mr Osinbajo pushed a memo to Mr Buhari earlier this year that was subsequently undermined by Abba Kyari, the president’s chief of staff. After successfully rubbishing Mr Osinbajo’s request to Mr Buhari, Mr Kyari went on to…

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RUGA: UMAHI THREATENS TO SUE IGBO GROUP

RUGA: Umahi threatens legal action against Ebonyi group, give 7-day ultimatum for retraction Ebonyi Governor, Chief David Umahi, yesterday, threatened legal action against Paschal Oluchukwu and his group, Organization of Ebonyi Indigenes in the Diaspora if they failed to apologise to him within seven days over allegation that the state government was considering giving land for RUGA settlement. In a letter signed by the Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, the governor said the allegations from the group published in some national dailies which was credited to Paschal Oluchukwu was…

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BANKER CHARGED TO COURT FOR COMMENTS ON RUGA

A banker, Francis Agumobi, on Friday appeared in a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly accusing his kinsman of acquiring land for RUGA project. NAN reports that Agumobi of Okija, Anambra State, is charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, forgery, defamation of character and injurious falsehood. The Prosecution Counsel, Victor Okoro, alleged that the nominal complainant, Ernest Obiejesi reported the matter to the Inspector-General of Police on July 15. Okoro further averred that the defendant conspired with others, now at large and published defamatory and injurious…

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RUGA TAKES OFF IN ZAMFARA ON TUESDAY

THE Ruga scheme is taking off in Zamfara State on Tuesday after Governor Bello Matawalle on Saturday gave the nod for the immediate commencement of construction work on Ruga settlements in the state. The governor issued the directive after receiving the new Ruga master plan from the project consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Ozigi. The project, according to him, will be located in the three senatorial districts of the state and will be fully and jointly funded by the state government and the 14 local government councils of the state. He said…

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BORNO GOVERNOR DONATES SAMBISA FOREST FOR RUGA

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara, has donated some parts of the enclave of the Boko Haram, Sambisa forest, for the controversial Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme. The governor also mobilised the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Agro Rangers and hunters to secure the large expanse of the forest and make it safe for the scheme. The allocated area (forest) covers six council areas of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa and Askira/Uba. The governor made the decision public last Monday when he hosted the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji…

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PDP LEADER SUPPORTS RUGA

Sen. Walid Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged Nigerians to embrace the establishment of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) programme of the Federal Government. Jibrin told newsmen at his Nasarawa country home on Tuesday in Nasarawa State that the proposed settlement policy for herdsmen would promote peace and security in the country. He also explained that the programme would boost food security and improve on the health and standard of living of rural communities. Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin (leader) of Fulani in…

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