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#EndSARS: Court Trashes Case Against 4 Protesters Arrested In Abuja

Four among six #ENDSARS protesters arrested barely three months ago over alleged unlawful gathering in the country’s capital city, Abuja, have been declared free.

Naija News understands that an Abuja court relieved the four citizens of charges against them after the prosecution team failed to appear before the court on Monday, January 25, 2021.

It could be recalled that the six protesters were arrested on November 28, 2020 for demonstrating outside the National Assembly.

The development follows a massive nation wide protests by Nigerian youths and patriotic citizens against brutality by the disbanded unit of the Nigeria police force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

At the court today, the defence lawyer, Henry Akwaji, requested the case be dismissed because the prosecution team was absent from court on Monday.

The court agreed and dismissed the case due to a lack of diligent prosecution.

“Defendants, Olutosin Adeniji, Abdusalam Zubarur, Paul Akinwumi, and Devour Chomo are discharged and the complaint against them dismissed,” magistrate Musa Eneye ruled.

The other two persons, Yasidu Bashiru and Kabiru Garzali, were absent from court due to illness. The case against them was adjourned until March 24, Naija News understands.

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One person killed as Nigerian Army, IPOB clash in Imo

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, said it is not interested in either the gains or the losses associated with RUGA settlement being planned by the Federal Government, but only in achieving the sovereign state of Biafra.

One person has been killed in a gun duel between operatives of the Nigerian Army and suspected members of the IPOB Eastern Security Network in Imo State.

The incident is said to have occurred at the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the exchange of gunfire to newsmen. He however could not confirm the number of casualties, noting that he is yet to get full details of the incident.

Eyewitness account and some residents of Orlu disclosed that there is pandemonium and panic as there are sporadic shootings everywhere which may have led to the death of one or more persons and setting ablaze several shops and houses.

The source added that many residents had to scamper for safety while schools and markets have been shut for fear of being hit by a stray bullets.

According to sources, the incident is occasioned by the alleged killing of a military officer and police personnel, by suspected members of the IPOB Eastern Security Network a few days ago.

All efforts to get through to the Army Commander 34 artillery brigade Imo State and the Army Public relations officer in Imo state proved abortive.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew (6pm to 6am ) on eight local government areas in the state following the eruption of crisis and killings in the area.

The affected local government are Orlu, Oru East, Orsu Ideato North, Ideato south, Nkwerre, Njaba, Isu and Nwangele.

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Clash Between ESN, Soldiers: Buhari Should Deploy Soldiers Against Herdsmen – Fani-Kayode

The Minister of Aviation under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the clash between soldier and operatives of the Eastern Security Network in Orlu area of Imo State.

The former Minister called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy the soldier to fight against killer herdsmen and ESN operatives.

It was reported that the clash between members of ESN and soldiers in Okporo, orlu area of Imo State led to the death of one person while many others were injured.

The clash between the security operatives occurred during a military operation in the community suspected to be the operational base of ESN.

Recall that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, recently launched ESN as a regional security outfit.

Fani-Kayode while reacting to the clash on Twitter described it as unfortunate.

“The clash between soldiers and members of ESN in Orlu, Imo State today has resulted in some deaths and this is unfortunate.”

“I call for restraint on both sides. The soldiers ought to be deployed against killer herdsmen and not ESN. When will Buhari learn? Chidera Agu, please stay safe.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday said although the country is facing security issues, the security situation is better than it was during the 2015 government.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this claim while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

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Woman Pours Hot Water On Her Husband’s 2nd Wife, 4-Year-Old Child In Kano

One Hauwa Auwal has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force in Kano State for allegedly pouring boiled water on her new rival.

Reports had it that the woman who is a resident of Shekara Sabuwar Abuja in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state, attacked her husband’s second wife, Sha’awanatu Muhmmad and poured hot water on her.

Naija News learnt that Hauwa also poured the hot water on her rival’s four-year-old child, Halima Khalid.

Responding to the incident when communicated on phone, the state Police Command spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the accused woman has been arrested.

Kiyawa said police operatives swung into action after receiving reports of the incident and arrested the culprit while the victims were rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital for quick medical attention.

On her part, when interviewed, the mother of the victim, Hajiya Binta Isma’il begged the statement government and other concerned Nigerians to help settle the medical bills of her daughter and granddaughter.

Meanwhile, twenty-year-old Opeyemi Olatoke has regained her freedom after years of being kept in an abandoned building by her own father.
Naija News reports that the lady was locked up in an abandoned house located at Alfa Fire area, Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Area, Osun State by her father Samson Olatoke.

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Breaking: South-West Governors Ban Open Grazing

Insecurity: Fulani Herdsmen Are Not Our Enemies - Makinde

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Monday stated that Governors of the South-West have agreed to ban all forms of open grazing in the region.

Governor Makinde said the decision was reached at the meeting between governors, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the security chiefs.

The meeting had in attendance Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State, and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.

Makinde in a post on Twitter on Monday said, “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, South West zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.”

“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.”

“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”

In a related development, Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had disclosed that he has the support of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipe and other traditional rulers to evict criminal herdsmen from the South-West.

Recall that Igboho issued seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate Ibarapa community of Oyo State following reports of killing, kidnapping and raping in the community.

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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attack, Kidnap Travelers Along Benin-Ore Road – [Video]

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday, January 25, attacked and abducted travellers along the popular Benin-Ore road.

As seen in a viral video shared on social media, an empty bus with its glasses broken was abandoned in the middle of the expressway with some of the passenger’s luggage scattered at the scene.

Passengers from other vehicles who arrived at the scene just after the attack alleged that the herdsmen paraded occupants of the abandoned bus into a nearby bush after seizing some of their belongings.

Watch the video below as locals lament over attacks by the alleged herdsmen on the route.

 

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I’ll Evict Criminal Herdsmen From South-West – Sunday Igboho

Things You Don't Know About Yoruba Activist Sunday Igboho

Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had disclosed that he has the support of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipe and other traditional rulers to evict criminal herdsmen from the South-West.

Recall that Igboho issued seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate Ibarapa community of Oyo State following reports of killing, kidnapping and raping in the community.

Igboho while speaking on Rave FM in Osogbo during a talk show programme, Frank Talk, added that he has the support of other leaders in Nigeria.

He said: “I have the backing of Alaafin, Ooni, Ataoja, and other kings in the southwest. Some other leaders in the country like Fani Kayode, former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, Femi Falana (SAN) among others are backing my actions.”

“I am receiving support from Amotekun corps, Odua People Congress, hunters… to ensure that we get rid of criminal herdsmen from the southwest.”

“I will soon sack criminal herdsmen from Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos even Kwara state. We are tired of the criminal activities of these herdsmen. Yoruba must unite to fight this course. I am not scared of anybody.”

“I am fighting for the peace of my people, enough is enough. The killing is much. I am not ready for any dialogue with any government other than they should ensure that those herders leave our land.”

“The FG refused to arrest those herdsmen who are perpetrating these evil acts. They are now ordering my arrest. They dare not! I am only tackling those who are fighting, killing, raping and kidnapping our people.”

He added: “FG knows Boko Haram, Bandits, kidnappers and they are quiet about it but they can now tackle me for seeking peace for my people.

“On many occasions, the Seriki conspired with the kidnappers to collect a ransom. Those herdsmen rape my people who can’t pay the ransom. They even killed some people who challenged them. This is very unfair.

“I will soon visit Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo and Kwara. Anywhere the criminal herders reside to sack them.

“We shall no longer live like slaves on our land. Many of our people who are abroad can’t come home because their security is not guaranteed.”

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Breaking: FG Extends Eased COVID-19 Lockdown In Nigeria By One Month

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The federal government on Monday announced the extension of the phase three of the national COVID-19 lockdown by one month.

This was announced by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha during the weekly task force briefing in Abuja.

He said the extension is necessary due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

He said, “The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimize the challenges passengers keep encountering.

“Similarly, it is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today.

“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are (subject to some modifications) extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, January 26, 2020.”

Mustapha also allayed the fears by some people on the COVID-19 vaccines being expected in the country in February, warning Nigerians to stay clear of fake vaccines.

“We wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccines will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.

“I have to however advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“Please do not patronise any one hawking or marketing vaccines,” he added.

In related news, it will be recalled that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has declared his administration will not vaccinate over 20 million Lagosians against the deadly COVID-19 due to the lack of funds.

Speaking in an interview on a programme on Channels Television on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu said his administration is discussing with the private sector to help fund the production of vaccines.

According to the governor, the state government is also engaging some companies in the production of COVID-19 vaccines for residents of the state.

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Details Of What Governors Agreed With Miyetti Allah During Monday’s Meeting Emerges

Some state Governors led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Monday held a meeting with national leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Naija News reports the focus of the meeting was to proffer workable solutions on curbing criminal activities by bandits, kidnappers, and others who hide in forests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted for about three hours, all parties agreed to prioritize national security, hence an agreement was reached to ban night grazing across the South-West region.

MACBAN was also urged to embrace modern ranching which prevents cattle roaming that results in the destruction of farms.

The communique issued at the end of the meeting partly noted that “the order of the Ondo State governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media. He only ordered those occupying the forest reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.”

It added that “night grazing should be banned henceforth while underage herding is inimical to security and hence be banned and occupation of state forest reserves illegally is condemned.

“MACBAN also suffers insecurity and kidnapping and thus desire peaceful coexistence and MACBAN is ready for any peaceful move by the states to engender security.

“There must be an enduring framework with MACBAN in a way that will help address security issues.”

“That free-range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between the farmers and the herders.

“Strengthening alternative security arrangements and make them complementary to the mainstream security agencies in Nigeria.

“MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.”

The meeting also resolved that “standing committee comprising of farmers, MACBAN and the government should be set up in each state (where they don’t exist) to ensure synergy and result.

“We must create economic opportunities for our people and reduce opportunities for criminalities in our country.”

As previously reported, Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Muhammadu Badru Abubakar of Jigawa State; Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State were all in attendance at the meeting.

The meeting comes after the dust raised by the quit order issued to Fulani herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves of Ondo State as well as the 7 days ultimatum handed down by Sunday Igboho for herdsmen to leave Oyo State.

Speaking at the event, the governors bemoaned the incessant and unprovoked attacks on their citizens and vowed to protect them while promoting unity, and good neighborliness.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde in his remarks at the meeting, noted that the meeting is not about politics but a meeting about “a serious challenge we are faced with.”

He said “we will not use criminality to solve criminality as nobody can predict what will end such. We will continue to work with our people to face the kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers who are our common enemies. We have to deal with the issue of fake news.”

He added that his administration “will continue to expand the economy and provide job opportunities for our people. We will continue to provide the leadership that the country needs at this time.”

On his part, the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said kidnappers are using forest reserves as an area of operation for kidnapping hence the need to regulate activities within and around the forest areas.

“Even our Farmers are registered, we all agreed no night grazing, no underaged grazing. We will ban grazing in cities. I assure you we can all work together to chase all criminals from the state. We must be able to identify and move them out of the forest reserves. We must protect everyone living in Ondo State,” Akeredolu said.