50 armed herdsmen nabbed, under prosecution over insecurity – NSCDC boss

April 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, said the Corps has arrested over 50 suspected armed herdsmen, in ongoing operations to check the escalating insecurity in the country. The NSCDC boss said this at the agency’s headquarters Wednesday in Abuja, where licences were presented to new private guard operators. The CG, however stressed Read More

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Enact anti-open grazing law or face mass protests, group tells S/East Governors

April 3, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The socio-political group, Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), has bemoaned the incessant attacks and killings of Nigerians, especially “innocent Ndigbo in their own ancestral home by suspected armed herdsmen”. In statement made available to newsmen Saturday, signed by the Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), Rt. Hon. Rikki Nwajiofor, the group condemned the unabated attacks and killings going on in Igbo-speaking Read More

Ebonyi ALGON backs law against open grazing

April 1, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Chairmen of the 13 local government Council areas and the 64 Development Center coordinators of Ebonyi state have openly endorsed the law against open grazing. Endorsement of the law was necessitated by the killing of about 25 persons by suspected herders in Nkalaha, Obegu, Amezu, Umuhuali, Egedegede communities in Ishielu LGA of the state. Chairman of the All Local Government Read More

2 priests, 20 others killed in Ebonyi, Benue attacks

Suspected herders Monday evening killed about 18 natives of Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities in Ishieleu North Development Centre, Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state. The suspected herders were said to have invaded the communities from Enugu axis. Though the actual number of casualtieswere yet to be known, a resident of the community, who spoke under anonymity said 18 Read More

Treat militia herders as terrorists, Tiv professionals urge FG

March 31, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

A group under Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) Tuesday called on the federal government to take an unambiguous decision against herdsmen who have formed themselves into militia groups to terrorise Nigerians. Chairman of the group, Professor Zacharys Gundu, who addressed a press conference in Makurdi the Benue state capital, urged the president to treat militia herdsmen as terrorists and contain their Read More

Attack on Ortom targeted to destroy Benue economy -Ubwa

March 26, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

The President of the Benue State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BENCIMA), Dr. Paul Orkuma Ubwa, has condemned last Saturday’s attack on Governor Samuel Ortom by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Ubwa in a statement, Friday in Makurdi, said the attack was not only on the person of the governor, but was targeted at destroying the economy of the state Read More

Continuous silence on insecurity too loud, disturbing – PFN tells Buhari

March 25, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, on Wednesday said the continuous silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the insecurity in  Nigeria ” is too loud ,  disheartening and disturbing.” The PFN President stated this at the Cornerstone City, Ibadan when he received separately, the Lagos, Ogun and Osun States’ Chapters of the PFN led Read More

Re: Governor Mohammed must tender an apology

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Perhaps, in recent times, there has not been a moment when it is so glaring that the contraption called Nigeria is sharply divided on the fault lines of religion and especially ethnicity than now. In this, all sorts of people are sadly involved; the educated, semi-educated, illiterate, informed, ill-informed, misinformed and the uninformed. A simple survey of opinions on the Read More

That attack on Governor Ortom’s convoy

March 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, the convoy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state was attacked by the unknown gunmen on his way to Makurdi from Abuja. Consequently, the governor called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fish out those behind the attack and bring them to book. It is true that the Buhari government has been careless on the issue of security since those Read More

Banditry, electoral violence: PDP alleges plot by APC to disintegrate Nigeria

March 22, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerted the nation of plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to allegedy use acts of banditry and electoral violence to disrupt the nations democratic order and disintegrate the nation.  The party in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Sunday asserted that “the silence of the APC and the Buhari Presidency to Read More

As Buhari, IGP order probe, govs say: Attack on Ortom a rude awakening

 President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, saying the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable. The president also welcomed the dispatch of a high level team of crack investigators to the state from the police headquarters in Abuja, urging the Read More

PDP condemns attempt on Ortom’s life, demands arrest, prosecution of assailants

March 21, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Saturday’s attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state by suspected bandits, reported to be killer herdsmen. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olgbondiyan, Saturday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put machinery in motion by ordering an immediate manhunt, arrest and prosecution of the assailants Read More

Revealed! How gunmen attacked Ortom on his farm

March 20, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Gunmen believed to be Herdsmen militia Saturday morning reportedly attacked the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom on his farm. The herdsmen were said to have ambushed the governor at 11am at his farm in Tyomu, a suburb in Makurdi, the state capital located along Makurdi Gboko road. Narrating his ordeal to newsmen, at the government House Makurdi, governor Ortom said Read More

In Benue, gunmen lay siege, fire at Ortom’s convoy

March 20, 2021 Editor 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Saturday morning, was shocked after he narrowly escaped death following gun shots by armed herders aimed at his convoy at Tyo-Mu community in the outskirts of Makurdi town, along Makurdi-Gboko road. The governor was said to be on his way to Makurdi, the state capital, when the suspected herdsmen opened fire on his convoy Read More

Wukari residents in fear, lament increasing rate of kidnapping

March 19, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

Residents of Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Friday expressed worry over the increasing rate of kidnapping in area. The president of the Jukun Youth Cultural Development Association, Mr. Nafinji Danjuma, while briefing newsmen in Jalingo lamented that the issue of kidnapping in Wukari is getting worse. He said that on the 5th February, 2021 at precisely 7:30pm, Read More

Bandits strike in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto as Police kill 2 gunmen, lose 1… students, pastor, others abducted

 The ugly trend of banditry in the North-west and a part of North-central of Nigeria continued Thursday with the criminal elements killing innocent citizens and abducting others. The affected states include Kaduna and Zamfara and Sokoto, all in the North-west, as well as Niger in the North-central Although they killed a security officer, they however lost two of their gang members in Read More

As Lalong, opposition bicker over herdsmen/farmers about AK-47…

March 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

What was meant to be a normal television discussion over the spate of insecurity in the country has turned out to be a political war in Plateau state. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes. Lately, the governor of Plateau state, Mr Simon Lalong, perhaps harped on the truth when he said that like herders, farmers also carry AK-47 in the course of Read More

Ortom, Bala’s clash over herdsmen not fundamental – El-Rufai

February 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-rufai, said the disagreement between the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom and his Bauchi counterpart, Bala Mohammed over the activities of the herdsmen was not a fundamental issue but difference in opinion. El-rufai assured that the altercation will stop and the Northern Governors Forum will come with permanent solutions to the movement of helders across the Read More

Re-Zulum “oloriburuku governor”

February 23, 2021 Mohammed Isa Bilal 0

It is unfortunate that some mischievous Nigerians, among them the well educated, are keen at deepening our perceived or real differences to gain undeserved recognition that is based on primordial sentiments. These Nigerians are predisposed to hijack the slightest and flimsy excuse to ingrain discord to further polarize our fragile unity as a nation. These are those who are prone Read More

Flying the kite of ethnic violence

February 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The intra-ethnic violence that rocked Shasha market last week, resulting to the loss of many lives and properties worth millions of naira, is uncalled for and condemnable. The crisis came at a time when the country is grappling with numerous security challenges ranging from Boko Haram, banditry to kidnapping. It is not an understatement to say, Nigeria had experienced ethno-religious Read More

Stop backing terrorists, Ortom tells Bala

February 22, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Monday asked the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, to apologise to Nigerians for supporting herdsmen who are attacking and killing Nigerians. Ortom also said based on Governor Bala’s constant favourable comments, he was beginning to think he may have a hand in sponsoring the notorious herdsmen who are terrorising Nigerians. Ortom addressed journalists at Read More

3 suspected herders arrested for attacking Ogun community

February 22, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Men of the Ogun state police command have arrested three suspected herdsmen for their alleged role in the attack on Bamajo village in Aiyetoro area of Ogun state. The suspects; Musa Yusuf, Usman Mohammed and Aliyu Abubakar, were alleged to have attacked the village where they set some houses ablaze and inflicted deep machete cuts on one Ismaila Alabi. Ogun Read More

Herders: Northern coalition backs Bauchi gov

February 20, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Coalition of Northern Organisation (CON), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO )has supported Governor Bala Mohammed over his comments that Fulani herdsmen need to carry arms to defend themselves from banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling.  Speaking in Kaduna on Saturday, Convener of CON, Malam Idris Umar Goga, condemned the recent quit notice reportedly issued to Fulani herders in some Southwest states declaring Read More

Farmers appeal to Buhari over herders, farmers’ clashes

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Cocoa and Plantain Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (CPFAN) on Friday in Akure, the Ondo state capital, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen. Its chairman, Chief Ayodele Ojo, said this would enhance the federal government’s policies and programmes on food security. Chief Ojo told a news conference that if the frequent clashes were not quickly Read More

Quit order, end to Yoruba, Fulani coexistence?

February 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The age-long relationship between Yoruba and Fulani in the western part of the country appears threatened over recent happenings. TOPE SUNDAY writes. In the last couple of months the relationship between Yoruba and Fulani in the South-west is frosty over the alleged killings being perpetrated by the unknown assailants, but suspected to have been carried by some criminal elements among Read More