Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, said on Wednesday that herdsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm.
Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people reportedly died.
The former naval boss explained that the cattle rearers burnt about 20 hectares of orange farm, 20 hectares of cassava farm and five hectares of palm farm.

He lamented that he lost more than N200m.

He spoke to journalists at Ibbo-Ile, in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
He stated that his farmland had been under constant threat by the cattle rearers.

According to him, the herdsmen have been burning and destroying his farm for the past 10 years, adding that the losses were monumental.
Conducting journalists round the latest damage on the farm, he lamented that the destruction had been a setback to his quest to contribute to food security.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Senate, yesterday, delivered a damning indictment on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, stopping short of calling for the incumbent’s resignation.It, however, minced no words in questioning the relevance of cabinet members and service chiefs whom it accused of failing to protect the life and property of Nigerians amid onslaught by foreign militias. They must be relieved of their duties, the chamber submitted.

The House also flayed a plot by unnamed person in the presidency to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki while the National Assembly was on Christmas break.Without a dissenting voice, the Senate resolved to suspend sitting next Wednesday and Thursday for a security summit to be presided over by Saraki.

Some 24 hours before yesterday’s reprimand, the Senate had debated the worsening state of security in the country, an indication of its growing dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s handling of the matter.Some of the lawmakers disclosed that the armed Fulani herdsmen were members of Boko Haram who had fled the North East.

Again, Fulani herdsmen reportedly hit Benue State yesterday, killing at least five persons. The affected three local government areas are Logo, Guma and Okpokwu.
This came against the background of a two-week ultimatum given to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by the Senate on Tuesday, to fish out the masterminds of the previous attacks that claimed over 70 lives.
In the fresh attack, two women were found dead in Guma and two other persons killed in Logo, while another was killed in Okpokwu.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this when he received leaders of South and Middle Belt Forum, led by a former military administrator of the state, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (retd), on a condolence visit, at the Government House, Makurdi.
He insisted that pockets of killings were still ongoing, saying two women were killed in Guma while another two persons were killed in Logo on Tuesday.
The governor confirmed that another set of killings by suspected herdsmen took place in Odidi and Ojokpailo in Okpokwu LG yesterday.
He reiterated his call on security agents to arrest the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he said were still issuing threats of resisting implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday did not turn up for a meeting called by the National Working Committee (NWC) to discuss important national issues.
The meeting was planned to discuss the rancorous relationship between some APC governors over security issues which was said to have caused serious embarrassment to the party and the Federal Government.
Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State were recently locked in media war over the anti-grazing law in Benue.
The law had reportedly sparked crisis between herders and farmers occasioned by loss of lives and property.
The Benue governor had also engaged his Nasarawa counterpart, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
“The Benue governor is in serious disagreement with many governors, most of whom have refused to key into the media war in order to save the face of the party but the situation is going out of hand,” the source said.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The leadership of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Middle Belt and South South Forum, yesterday, stormed Makurdi, Benue State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to embrace the call for the restructuring of the country to save it from imminent collapse.

The leaders, who were in the state to commiserate with Governor Samuel Ortom and the people over the killing of 73 indigenes by herdsmen on new year day, also declared their support for the open grazing prohibition law enacted by the state government. They also urged other state governments to adopt the law in their various states to check the menace of herdsmen in the country, noting that it was the way to go. This came on a day Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, also called for restructuring of the country, declaring anybody opposed to it, including the Federal Government, as an enemy. Southern, Middle Belt leaders in Benue Ohanaeze: Speaking on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, the President-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, noted that since military intervention in Nigerian politics, the Nigerian Constitution has become a huge fraud. He said: “I have never seen a country practice democracy and does not respect the voice of the people. We need to restructure Nigeria now or in the next seven years, Nigeria will be extinct.

10 killed, 48 injured in Maiduguri bombings

The Nigeria Police Force have confirmed 10 people were killed and 48 others injured in twin suicide bombings in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, yesterday.
Commissioner of Police, Borno Command, Damian Chukwu, said two male bombers intermingled with traders at Alai Fadau Market, a local market near Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp at the outskirts of the city at about 4:15pm on Wednesday.
“Two male bombers entered the market and detonated explosives. Ten people lost their lives. The two bombers also died. About 48 persons were injured and have been to two hospitals,” Chukwu told newsmen at the scene.
The police boss said Boko Haram has not given up and urged residents to be vigilant.
Recue workers, mostly from the Nigeria Red Cross, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were seen evacuating those injured. Also, families and relations of the dead were picking their corpses, after clearance from the police, at the scene.
Yesterday’s suicide bombing was the first this year, in a city that has experienced nearly 30 suicide attacks in two years.
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