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August 19, 2018

Five sentenced to death for killing one herdsman

  Terrorist Fulani Herdsmen have continued their heartless slaughtering of innocent people, in Benue State. But a court in Adamawa has sentenced five men to death by hanging for killing one of them. Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of the Yola High Court sentenced Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi, all from Demsa Local Government Area (LGA)of the state, to die for the murder of Adamu Buba, a cattle herder. In the judgement which was passed on Monday June 11, 2018, the judge found the accused men guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, which contravened section…

FG must address killings – Atiku

FG must address killings - Atiku

  Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the Federal Government to step up efforts to end killings across the country. Atiku said killing of innocent people, especially in Taraba, Benue and Zamfara, has reached a terrifying height which only government can end. The former vice president said this in a statement to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day. He said it is painful that Nigerians who sacrificed to restore democracy in the country are being murdered, daily, by criminals with government doing little to end the bloodshed. “As we celebrate, my fellow patriots, let us spare some time to reflect…

Now is time to pray!

  There is no better time than now for Nigerians to pray harder and more fervently. But when we say ‘pray more,’ we are not asking people to do nothing else than pray. Far from that! What we are saying is that there is an urgency to offer more prayers and petition God a lot more for the challenges we are facing; for there is a clear indication that evil is trying to overtake good in our land. We must work and pray! May Devotion is a powerful weapon we can use to push back the forces of evil. We…

1,351 killed in Nigeria in 10 weeks

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

  On March 11, for many Nigerian families, 2018 has become a nigtmare on account of deaths resulting from auto accidents and violent crimes. Just about 10 weeks into the new year, the country has lost 1,351 to violent deaths,according to Sunday Vanguard checks. Last month, no fewer than 517 people died violently, across the country. In January, about 676 Nigerians were cut down through herdsmen and farmers clashes, sectarian crises, communal clashes, Boko Haram insurgency, cult clashes, kidnapping, and ritual killings, among others. The deaths are 176 more than the 500 recorded in January 2017. The 1,351 deaths recorded…

Benue belongs to Fulani herdsmen by right of conquest – Prof Muhammad

  Professor Umar Labdo Muhammad of the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University, Kano has alleged that Benue State belongs to the Fulani by right of conquest. The University Don predicated his claim on the fact that half of Benue State is part of the Bauchi Emirate and also half of the Adamawa Emirate. In a post on his Facebook, Muhammad stressed that by extension, Benue is “part and parcel of Sokoto Caliphate” as such nobody has the right to expel Fulani from the state. Muhammad also stated that Fulani are the largest single nation in the African continent and they…

Catholic Bishops Say Nigeria Under Siege …Reject Cattle colonies

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

  Catholic Bishops are not at all amused by the consistent killings and bloodshed in the country, undermining what little success has been made in the fight against Boko Haram. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) January 16, said the country is under siege and warned that it is easier to prevent war than stop it after it has started. They say war is looming in the country. “Our beloved country appears to be under siege from many forces. Repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of…

Too many killings with Impunity

Day of anger anguish in Benue

  No words, than sorrow, tears and anguish can best describe the tragic experience of victims of mass killings that took place on New Year Day, 2018 in some parts of our country. At Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State, over 70 people were killed in cold blood by marauding herdsmen, while 14 others were also shot dead at Omoku LGA in Rivers State the same day. A monarch and his pregnant wife were sent to their untimely graves on the same New Year Day in Kaduna State, while hoodlums attacked churches and raped worshippers in Ilorin,…

Day of Anger, Anguish in Benue

cattle colony

  It was a moment of agonising grief and heart-rending emotions Thursday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, when the bodies of 73 persons killed by suspected herdsmen on new year day were laid to rest. Before the mass burial organised by the Benue State Government, thousands of people had trooped out as early as 6 a.m. to the IBB Square to participate in the highly emotional funeral service. Reflecting the sadness of the occasion, several elders and politicians from the state expressed their bitterness over the slaughter of their people and decried the federal government’s inaction in nipping the…

Why we killed kidnapped Catholic priest – Suspects

After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear. Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday , that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest. He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom. While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer,…

Stakeholders condemn reduction of work days in Imo, Benue

Labour leaders, lawyers, academics and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in their states. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. NAN reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba…

Herdsmen’s invasion, plot to establish caliphate in Benue – Gov

…As ethnic nationality demands N100bn compensation The Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, on Thursday, raised the alarm over what he described as a well orchestrated plot by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen with their foreign collaborators, to annihilate the inhabitants of the state and establish a caliphate in the area. Governor Ortom raised the alarm in Abuja, on Thursday, at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on the alarming influx of herdsmen into Benue State and the consequent threat to peace, life and property of the people of the state if not checked….

BREAKING: Faleke loses to Bello at Kogi tribunal

The running mate to the  late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21, 2015 election, James Faleke has lost his bid to unseat Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state. Delivering judgement on Monday, the tribunal held that Faleke could not be declared governor because he did not participate in the APC primary. The Kogi State governorship election tribunal has ruled that the failure of James Faleke to join INEC in his petition against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello is a major defect to the petition. Tribunal rules that James Faleke lacks the locus…

Enugu Massacre: How We Struck – Fulani herdsmen

….Catholic Bishops visit victims As revulsion and anger seem to be the reaction of every Igbo person on the barbaric killing of innocent men, women and children, a video clip from the mobile phone of a Fulani herdsman arrested by police, in Kogi State, for another offence has given security men fresh clues about how the Uzo-Uwani, Enugu, massacre was carried out. Fulani herdsmen attacked Nimbo community, Uzo-Uwani, Enugu, in the wee hours of Monday, 25th April 2016, killing over 48 people. In the video which police discovered accidentally while investigating one Mohammed Zure, a Fulani herdsman and arrested in…

MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE ASO VILLA, ABUJA, 2ND MAY, 2016

AN ADDRESS BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA. Your Excellency, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we the Archbishops and members of the Administrative Board, the highest decision making body of our Conference are here in person to congratulate you our President on your election as the leader of our great country and to express our solidarity and willingness to collaborate with you and with your administration in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria. We recall with great delight your speech in February 2015…

Shocking Revelation! How we planned, executed Enugu massacre – Fulani suspect confesses

Police uncover gory video recording of Nimbo killings on suspect’s phone KOGI State Police Command now has in its custody, one of the sus­pected herdsmen who participated in the recent massacre of more than 48 persons in Nimbo community, Uzo- Uwani local government area of Enugu state. Saturday Sun gathered that the suspect simply identified as Mo­hammed Zure was initially ar­rested by the police because of his connection with some suspected kidnappers in the state. According to a reliable source in the state command, Mohammed was granted bail after the prime suspect in the kidnap case for which he was…

Catholic Bishops meet Buhari … Our people are groaning

It wasn’t a kind of solidarity visit. The atmosphere was cordial and frank though worried by the increasing menace by herdsmen and kidnappers, coupled with excruciating economic hardship in the country, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja May 2, was a somber moment. They were there to gong into the ear of Mr. President the distressing and horrible situations in the Country, asking him to do something urgently to check the brewing storm. They drew the attention of President Buhari to the mind-boggling Agatu killings, the Nimbo killings and…

Buhari orders investigation into latest Benue killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of some communities in Benue State. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said Buhari expressed deep shock at the latest incident during the past week, which led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State. He said the president had consequently, ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem. “We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the…

Imo owes banks N37bn –DMO

The Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, on Monday disclosed that Imo State government is indebted to commercial banks to the whooping sum of N37.1 billion. Nwankwo who disclosed this in Abuja while speaking to journalists said Imo, Osun, Delta, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Oyo, Benue and Ogun States whose debts are being restructured, will have to pay 14.83 percent of the value of their domestic bonds which their debts to banks were converted into. The DG revealed that 14 banks were involved in the first phase of the state’s debt rescheduling exercise involving eleven…

New constitution: 20 states reject LG Autonomy —Imo, 15 others support it

No fewer than 20 states of the federation have rejected autonomy for local governments in the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In the report of the committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution submitted by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, 20 states voted against local government autonomy while 16 states voted in support. Twenty-four states were needed for local governments to be free from control of state governments. The 20 states that voted against are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Taraba,…