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President Buhari Appoints New ADC

President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Dodo, a lieutenant colonel, as his Aid-de-camp (ADC).
The new ADC replaces Mohammed Abubakar, a lieutenant colonel, who is due for the rank of brigadier general.

Mr Abubakar is to proceed on a course in February.
Until his appointment, Mr Dodo was the Academy Adjutant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

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If politicians don’t stop talking trash about me, i will expose their secrets–Sunday Igboho threatens

Popular Yoruba Rights Activist, Sunday Igboho called on all politicians talking trash and irrelevant things about him to put an end to it or risk being exposed by him.

Sunday Igboho said this while responding to a viral article written by a Nigerian senator , Femi Ojudu, who accused Sunday Igboho of having a meeting with him and Tinubu in 2009 and collected a huge sum of money to tame him from supporting PDP and disrupting the rerun election In Ekiti.

Which Sunday Igboho bluntly debunked, but admitted to visiting Tinubu in Lagos regarding Mimiko’s Ondo state election on the order of Ladoja, his then Godfather, and admitted that he was given some money to fuel his tank.

He said Tinubu had called him up and scheduled a meeting with him where he implored him to be neutral in the election and reportedly gave him N2m for fuel.
Sunday said that was the only encounter he had with Tinubu contrary to Ojudu’s claim.
He however called on the senator to prove his claims by swearing before any gods that he serves.

He went further to give warnings to all other politicians who want to sabotage his effort in fighting for the freedom of the Yoruba nation to desist from saying trash about him or risk being exposed by him.
“You know I have information about all your secrets, all you dirty politicians.” Stop saying trash about me, else I will expose your secrets “

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27 year-Old Kill Friend Over iPhone In Adamawa

A 27-year old civil servant, Festus Stephen, has been charged to court for allegedly killing his friend, Abbas Mohammed Gudus, in Adamawa State.

Stephen, a staff member of Adamawa State Ministry of Health, attached to Health Services Management Board in Mubi, is currently standing trial before Justice Helen Hammajoda of High Court 2, Yola, for stabbing Gudus to death after a dispute over an iPhone.

He was charged to court on two counts, bordering on robbery, contrary to and punishable under section 1(2) (b) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act cap R11 laws of the Federation, 2004.

In his confessional statement, Stephen said he first met Gudus in 2011, and since then, they became friends.

He said on October 27, 2018, at about 7:30 pm in Mubi, himself and the deceased decided that he (the deceased) should go and buy food, while he (Stephen) should go and purchase codeine syrup for consumption.

The 27-year-old further explained that he bought the victim’s iPhone at the cost of N40,000, and paid the money, but the deceased refused to give it to him.

According to him, some minutes after taking their codeine syrup, his friend removed the phone from his pocket to make a call, and then removed a knife and stabbed him on his neck as a result of which he fell lifeless.
He said he picked the phone, dipped his hands in the pocket of the deceased, took a cigarette packet, boarded a tricycle, and fled from the scene of the incident.

The case, which came up on Friday for hearing, was adjourned to the 24th of February, 2021.

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Babagana Abubakar who is on the wanted Boko Haram Terrorist list arrested

Babagana Abubakar who is on the wanted Boko Haram Terrorist list has been arrested by the Nigerian troops.

The year 2021 has been remarkable as regards Military operations in the fight against insurgency, especially in the North East region.

Details later…

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2023: Women Hits Lokoja Streets, Calls On Kogi Gov To Join Presidential Race

Female political office holders and members of different women groups in Kogi state took to the streets of
Lokoja on Wednesday calling on Governor Yahaya Bello to throw his hat into the ring and contest the 2023 presidential election.

Led by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade, the women said Governor Bello has shown unprecedented support for women in the state, and they wish he can reciprocate same at the national level.

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Where Is The N729bn Buhari Govt Said It Disbursed To Youths? – Ndume

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South), has urged Nigerians youths to hold accountable agencies responsible for the N729bn social intervention funds by President Muhammadu Buhari government.

Reacting to the budgetary allocation made by the government towards the Social Intervention Programme in the 2020 budget on Thursday, January 28, Ndume said unless there is a follow up on the disbursement process, its goal would only fail.
Naija News understands that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army stated this in Abuja yesterday while interacting with newsmen.

He urged the youths and all the intended beneficiaries of the N729bn social intervention funds, to begin to ask questions with the view of accessing the money which is meant for them.

He said, “Sincerely, President Buhari has done his bit. No government has done this much for the youth. But, the beneficiaries must ask the right question of where the money is with a view to accessing them.”

Ndume lauded the Federal Government’s 1,000 jobs for 1,000 youth across each of the 774 local government areas in all Nigeria states, noting that the initiative was effective at sending off jobless citizens out from the streets.

He said, “The President has signed the 2021 budget into law and it contains a lot for the youths especially and the poor. As observed in last year’s N13trn budget, which was the highest level of implementation so far, we cannot see it on the ground.”

“So, what I’m suggesting or what I am urging the youth to do in particular, is to follow their money and ensure that the budget is not only implemented but that there is evidence on ground to show that it is actually implemented to the benefit of the people.

“I am saying this because the government had recently announced over N700bn for intervention in various sectors that are supposed to be targeted towards indigent Nigerians and the vulnerable but we are yet to see some of these actions on ground,” the senator added.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.

The opposition party is reacting to the 2020 Corruption Perception Index report on Nigeria released by Transparency International on Thursday, Naija News reports.

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You Have Done Well But Don’t Take Law Into Your Hands – Ooni Warns Sunday Igboho

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has told Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, not to take law into his hands while agitating against killer herdsmen in the South West but allow constituted authorities handle the herdsmen menace.

He said Sunday Adeyemo popularly know as Sunday Igboho should back down so that government can take over the battles to avoid politicians hijacking the movement.

Speaking on Arise TV in an interview, the monarch said: “Let us be very objective. He (Igboho) is being a mouthpiece for the downtrodden. He came up and everybody is listening now but my advice to him as a traditional ruler is that he needs to be very careful so that the politicians won’t hijack the whole motive from him.

“He has done well and we’ve already praised him but he shouldn’t take laws into his hands. We have the governor there, he is the chief security officer of the state and Mr President has invited him (Makinde). Let the right people that are being authorised to do what is right do it.

“He (Igboho) has done well and the world has heard him but everything should be done in moderation.”
He added: “We know that the bandits are everywhere. He shouldn’t take laws into his hands. We have laws in this country and we should follow it. Let the right people chosen do and follow what they are supposed to do.

“Traditional rulers have a role to play. We should be very neutral and so far so good, we have been trying to be neutral. Whatever this government is doing, we always stand up to try and see how to support them.
“It is not as if we will now go out to criticise them. We are not politicians, we are traditional rulers; we should be respected, we should be neutral and we should accommodate all and sundry,” the monarch added.

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Nigerian Army Deploys 300 Female Soldiers To Fight Banditry On Abuja-Kaduna Road

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced that it had deployed 300 female soldiers to the notorious Kaduna-Abuja Road to tackle the rising spate of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes along the expressway.

The army drafted the female soldiers from the 1 Division, Kaduna State, and said they were attached to the Nigerian Army Women Corps.

The troops’ first batch was formally received on Wednesday by Governor Nasir El-Rufai at their Kakau base on the highway.
The governor received the female soldiers while expressing optimism that, with their deployment, insecurity along the highways would soon be a thing of the past.

Governor El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Army for deploying the troops. He assured them of the Kaduna State Government’s continued support as they worked towards securing the entire State.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Usman Mohammed, acknowledged the support the Kaduna State government had provided to the military in its internal security operations.

Mohammed thanked governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, for coming to receive the female troops.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sacked the service chiefs in the country with immediate effect after months of pressure exerted on him by Nigerians over worsening insecurity in the country.

The president also appointed new hands to take over the security architecture of the country at a time when terrorism and banditry are ravaging the country.

Special Adviser On Media and Publicity To President, Femi Adesina, made this known in a tweet on Tuesday.

Adesina wrote, “PMB appoints new Service Chiefs. Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS, Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Alao, Air Force.
“He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”

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Soldiers Invade IPOB Eastern Security Network’s Operational Base, Kill Five, Burn Church, Others

Operatives of the Nigerian Army on Monday again attacked residents of Okporo, Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, killing about five persons.

PurpleWorld gathered that many persons were also injured when the soldiers stormed the community suspected to be the operational base of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The attack by the soldiers was said to be a reprisal after members of the ESN engaged them in a shootout last Friday.

PurpleWorld gathered that one person died at the community market square during the security operation last Friday.

Also, about 10 buildings, including a church, Blessed Holy Trinity Sabbath Mission, were allegedly set ablaze by the soldiers.
“They came back today and started killing our people, I can’t confirm the number of casualties now but they are more than five.

They were here last Friday and killed one person at the market square. About 10 buildings were also burnt by these masked security agents on Friday.
“Imo State is not safe presently; Governor Hope Uzodinma shouldn’t allow soldiers to kill all his people,” a source told SaharaReporters.
IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had in December 2020 launched ESN to protect the people of South-East and South-South regions from terrorists and bandits allegedly trooping in from the North.

Kanu described the outfit as a replica of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, earlier launched by the governors of the South-West to curb insecurity in the region.

“The sole aim and objective of this newly formed security outfit known as Eastern Security Network is to halt every criminal activity and terrorist attack on Biafraland,” Kanu had said.

“This outfit, which is a vigilante group like the Amotekun in the South-West and the Miyetti Allah security outfit, will ensure the safety of our forests and farmland which terrorists have converted into slaughter grounds and raping fields.”

He added that the establishment of the security outfit became necessary following what he described as the “failure” of the governors of the South-South and South-East to put in place measures to protect the people in those regions.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that the Nigerian Army had deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks and soldiers to search some forests in the South-East states where the ESN was suspected to be camping.
PurpleWorld earlier reported that the military search had been ongoing for days, and had no time frame, as the army was acting on “orders from above.”
From drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN to make arrests.

Recently, it was learnt that some Nigerian soldiers resigned and joined the ESN, on the grounds that the ESN, being funded by both international and local donors, had better welfare packages for its officers than the military.

“The Kanu ESN boys are not a bunch of rookies and untrained fellows brandishing guns. I personally know five guys from my hometown in Anambra State who left the Nigerian Army to join the ESN. Two of them were formerly serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, Borno State, before they quit.

“We are being reliably informed that there are other soldiers, particularly of the South-East extraction, who will soon leave for other various reasons and they are likely to be recruited into the fold,” a military source told SaharaReporters.

In July 2012, about 356 soldiers in the North-East and other theatres of operation had resigned from the army – some on voluntary retirement, while others cited loss of interest as their reason for disengagement.

The soldiers had written to the army chief, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on July 3, 2020, under Reference NA/COAS/001, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017.

The approval of the voluntary disengagement of the 356 soldiers was contained in a 17-page circular from Buratai, AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92, signed by Brig Gen T.E. Gagariga for the army chief.
Again, this January, another batch of 127 soldiers resigned from the Nigerian Army and are due to leave by May.

They comprised one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals and one Private.
SaharaReporters had also reported how a cross-section of Nigerians criticised the Nigerian Army for deploying aircraft and gun trucks to locate Kanu’s ESN camp, saying it was a misplaced priority in the security challenges facing the country.

A few others, however, supported the military saying the ESN could become a regional security threat since the South-East governors had also dissociated themselves from the outfit.

On Twitter, several Nigerians believed that the military action was a misplaced priority and such enthusiasm and energy were not seen in the North-East against the Boko Haram terrorists nor against the bandits in the North-West.

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FRSC to start arresting traffic offenders in their homes

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that the organisation is set to clamp down on wanted traffic offenders who have yet to effect payment of fines.

In a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem, Oyeyemi said that the corps would go after wanted offenders as from Monday, Jan. 25.

The FRSC boss said that the offenders, who were already declared wanted after exceeding the days of grace period from the dates of arrests and issuance of Notice of Offence tickets, were now being looked for by the corps operatives. He noted that offenders who voluntarily reported at any of the FRSC offices nationwide and made payment would not be prosecuted.

“It follows that beginning from Monday, Jan 25, 2021 all commands shall commence the arrest of the targeted offenders, which will include home arrest where necessary, deploying the New Vehicle Identification System (NVIS). Offenders with genuine handicaps will be handled with compassion that the case deserves,” he said.

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‘Fulani own all lands’, Miyetti Allah says nobody can chase herdsmen out of Ondo forests

Miyetti Allah says Akeredolu has no power to ask herdsmen to leave Ondo forest reserves.
The National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo says all lands in Nigeria belong to the Fulani ethnic group, adding that nobody can chase herdsmen away from the forest reserves in Ondo state.

The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu had recently ordered herdsmen to vacate the forests due to the rising cases of insecurity in the state.
The governor said ‘bad elements’ have turned the forests to their hideouts, where they keep their kidnapped victims and negotiate ransoms.
Days after the governor’s directive, the Northern Elders Forum asked the herders in the state to ignore Akeredolu’s order.

The presidency in a swift reaction also replied Akeredolu, saying he could not unilaterally remove thousands of herders from the forest reserves .
Corroborating the Northern elders’ stand, Bodejo in an interview with TheSUN said, Fulani herdsmen have been in the areas for over 250 years, adding that nobody has the power to chase them out of the forests.

He said the herders won’t obey the governor, saying Akeredolu should be governor of everybody because the Fulani in the state voted for him.

He said, “The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, doesn’t have any right to give such ultimatum to our people. People, including Fulani, voted for him to be the governor; so he should be the governor of everybody in the state.

“Fulani have been in the forests he is talking about even before he was born; they have been there for over 250 years. After staying there for a long time and their cow dung turns the place fertile, people would begin to come there to farm and to settle and from then, they begin to make claims that our cattle were destroying their farms.

“We are suing the governor and seeking injunction restraining him and others from carrying out his threat. But even at that, nobody, no power can send the herdsmen out of Ondo state.

“No herdsman will obey the governor. The herdsmen will not step an inch out of Ondo forests; they are going nowhere. We won’t obey the governor; it is only the constitution of Nigeria that we obey.
Bodejo also said all lands in Nigeria belong to the Fulani ethnic group.

He added that if the forest reserves in Ondo do not provide food for their cows, they won’t have any business to do with it.

“All the lands in this country belong to the Fulani, but we don’t have any business to do with land if it doesn’t have areas for grazing. If the land doesn’t have cow food, we won’t have any business with it.
“What we consider are the areas that have cow food. If the place is good for grazing, we don’t need anybody’s permission to go there.

“Fulani can settle in any bush or forest they want the moment they have cows. Any person who thinks he owns any forest should be taken to psychiatric hospital. Nobody owns any forest; forests are for Nigerians.” he said.

Bodejo maintained that desperate politicians are
‘using propaganda to spoil Fulani name.’
He also alleged that Akeredolu’s plan to evict herders from Ondo’s forest reserves could be because of his 2023 political ambition.

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Attacks on Fulani in South-West may trigger 2nd civil war, ACF warns

…demands arrest of Sunday Igboho, others
The mouthpiece of Northern Nigeria, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has asked Governors of the South West and the Federal Government, to stop the ongoing attacks on Fulani communities in the region.

ACF warned that the attacks if not immediately stopped, may lead to counterattacks in the North and even a repeat of the 1967 civil war.

In a statement issued on Saturday, titled; ‘Stop the drift in the southwest’, ACF noted that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter-attacks akin to what is happening presently in the southwest.

The ACF statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, however, said that those who carried out the attacks on the Fulani communities, including Sunday Igboho, who allegedly issued a quit notice to the Fulani in Oyo, must be apprehended and be made to face the full earth of the law.

According to the northern socio-cultural group, the Federal and State Governments in the South West must move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country.

It read that, “The Arewa Consultative Forum this morning received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State.

“In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now living in the bush.

“There are allegations that one Sunday Igboho an agitator for the Oodua Republic and who issued an ultimatum giving Fulani people seven days to leave Yorubaland is the instigator of the attack.

“The most disturbing aspect of the attack is the allegation that the security agents who were earlier warned about its imminence stood by helplessly as the attack was carried out.

“The ACF is worried about this trend and calls on the Federal and State Governments in the South West to move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country.

We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter-attacks like this.
“The governments must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself.

Those who carried out these attacks must be apprehended and the due process of the law allowed to take its course.

“If this is not done there maybe counter attacks in the north and the country will be up in flames. The authorities must act. The ACF is very worried and calls on them to act fast,” ACF said.

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IGP has ordered arrest of Sunday Igboho -Presidency

The Presidency says the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , has ordered the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho , for giving Fulani in Oyo State an ultimatum to exit the state .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , was quoted as saying this during an interview with BBC Hausa .

According to the BBC report, Shehu said he had just got off the phone with the IGP who told him that an order had been given to the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State , Ngozi Onadeko , to
arrest Igboho immediately and transfer him to Abuja .

Part of the report read, “ Garba said he just got off the telephone with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police , who confirmed to him that he had ordered the arrest of Igboho , who is to be brought to Abuja.

“ Igboho is among topics that have generated public discuss on social media in Nigeria on Friday since he visited Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government ( of Oyo State ) where he insisted that all Fulani residents in Oyo State , must leave as long as kidnapping continues.

“ Mallam Garba Shehu said government was having a hard time punishing ( such ) offenders because of the activities of human rights organisations .

“ Garba Shehu said the order given by the Inspector General of Police , for now , is that Igboho should be arrested and brought to Abuja to be taken to court to face prosecution. ”

Igboho , who is the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land and a grassroots politician , had asked herdsmen in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to leave within seven days , blaming the leadership of the Fulani of being behind the rising insecurity in the state .

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Soldiers Escorts Herdsmen To Ogun Villages, Flog Residents For Rejecting Herders

The residents of Ketu speaking villages in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State are making a passionate appeal to the state government as well as the military authorities after they complained that they suffered brutality in the hands of some soldiers who escorted herdsmen to graze in the communities.

According to reports by the Nation Newspaper, about 10 soldiers came with some herdsmen on a mission to intimidate the residents for refusing to allow the herders to graze their cattle in the community.

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We live in fear now; we want peace, Seriki, Miyetti Allah appeal to Makinde

Both residents of Ibarapa and their Fulani neighbours have confirmed there is tension in the area.
According to the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun, “Some youths are already gathering in Igangan. There is tension but I learnt that Operation Burst security personnel have dispersed some of them”.

The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ibrahim Jiji also told Saturday Vanguard that his people were scattered when youths in the town rose against them.

He said, “The Seriki of the community; son of Seriki Sasa just told me that he could not go to the scene but he learnt that their houses have been burnt. Many of our women have dispersed and they are looking for their children. They are living in fear now.”

While appealing to Governor Seyi Makinde to wade in quickly, he stressed that what his people wanted was peace.

“We want peace and not trouble like this. Governor Makinde should please secure our people. Our people are now homeless as their places of abode have been burnt down. The governor should please rescue us”, he concluded.

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Only Buhari Can Order Us To Leave Yoruba Land – Fulani Herdsmen Reportedly Declare

Only Buhari Can Order Us To Leave Yoruba Land – Fulani Herdsmen Reportedly Declare

Fulani cattle breeders have declared that their loyalty is to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else. The herders resident in Igangan declared that only President Muhammadu Buhari can order them to leave Oyo State or any south western state in Nigeria.

However, a Yoruba freedom fighter, by the name Sunday Igboho, during an interview with the media listed the murder of an Oyo businessman and prominent farmer, Dr. Fatai Aborode, an Igangan prince, among others by Fulani herders in the state.

According to his words; “When I got there, they complained of the murders that occurred lately. They expressed their helplessness that the situation had become unbearable and they wanted the Fulanis out.”
“I asked about the head, they mentioned Seriki; that no one can confront him. I said how? They replied that Seriki is so powerful that when the police arrested his sons, he threatened a crisis within 72 hours. Of course the police released them,” he said.

“When I got there, the Seriki called a senior Police officer. I said no problem, he gave me the phone. Just then, one of my boys called my attention that a Fulani man had pointed a gun at me, I approached and dared him to shoot. We took the gun.

“Soon after, another person fired a shot. We rushed and grabbed the pump-action, which is a shotgun. Then I went to Seriki and told him ‘These are guns’. He apologized. At that point, I insisted those who killed Doctor Aborode and Alhaja must be fished out. His response was ‘I am scolding the boys who did the job’. I said really?

“The Fulanis around Seriki’s compound that day were more than 1,000. They were issuing threats. They said it was their land and asked if we didn’t know the President is one of them. They boasted only Buhari can order them out. I said oh, so Buhari told you to be kidnapping and killing us.

“I further stated if that is the case, you all should leave. If you cannot produce the killers of Dr. Aborode, Alhaja, Fatai, and many others, as well those who abducted and beheaded our people, the madman who murdered the person staring at him. If Seriki fails to come forward with the culprits by this Friday and do not leave Igangan, we will meet.”

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People Stoking Ethnic Tension In Oyo Are Criminals – Gov. Seyi Makinde

“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them they should be arrested and treated like common criminals.”

“For this administration, the major pillar for us is secure because we know that all the good things we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

“So, when people say things that are not lawful and within the spirit of Nigeria’s constitution, it is not acceptable here.

“And they cannot hide under being people protecting Yoruba interest to perpetuate chaos in the state,” he said.

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Police Apologise To Nigerians Over Excesses Of Operatives

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has apologised to Nigerians over the excesses of some police officers that resulted in last year’s #EndSARS protests.

The police also said they have learnt their lessons and appropriate steps are being taken to ensure effective policing in the country.

The protests, held in some states, called for an end to police brutality and the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a police unit infamous for its notoriety and human rights abuses.

According to Guardian, the new Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 11, comprising Oyo and Osun states, Agunbiade Oluyemi, stated this during his visit to Oyo State, where the new Commissioner of Police (CP), Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, received him.

Oluyemi, who met strategic stakeholders in the state’s security architecture, including religious, traditional, and market leaders, as well as the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), also held a private meeting with top police officers in the state.

He maintained that some Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives missed the point when they started arresting suspected Internet fraudsters, undergraduates, and other youths with laptops in the country.

He also urged members of the public to report policemen in mufti, saying the Force Headquarters had mandated all officers who must carry out assignments on the road or highway to wear their uniforms.

The police boss cautioned people against tagging crime and criminal activities to some particular ethnic groups, noting that such acts could lead to an ethnic crisis.

He said, “We want all stakeholders to appeal to members of the public that the police are now back stronger and we are ready to work for the people. We will have a robust relationship with the public and we want Nigerians to have confidence in us and give us useful information.

“There is no way criminals will overcome us. The crimes they commit affect all of us in one way or another. We won’t allow criminals to have their way and we have rolled out new strategies in tackling the criminals.

“The new Police Constabularies that were just recruited will be complementing the Force in intelligence gathering for effective service delivery and we have also marked out some strategies that will make our job easier and more effective.”

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127 Soldiers resign from Nigerian Army

127 Soldiers resign from Nigerian Army

A complete 127 troops are quitting the Nigerian Military regardless of the deteriorating security challenges the army is at the moment combating in some parts of the nation, Premium Times reports.
The troopers, drawn from numerous formations of the military throughout the country, are all the junior cadres who’re largely on the lead in the field.

The sourced memo revealed that the army personnel, including one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, 22 Staff Sergeants, seven Lance Corporals, and one Private, will leave in May.

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, a lieutenant general, has since accepted their formal disengagement.

The listing of the departing combatants didn’t differentiate between those beginning voluntary retirement and people withdrawing from the military on medical grounds.

Based on the memo signed by brigadier a general, T.A Gagariga, who conveyed the approval of their disengagements, the 127 soldiers are to relinquish all army properties of their possession.

Partly stated: “In compliance with the provisions of section A, the COAS vide reference B has approved the voluntary discharge of the above named NWO and 126 others listed in annex A.

“The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave WEF 26th April, 21 while their disengagement date takes effect from 26th May 21 in accordance with the NA administrative policies and procedures No. 27 paragraphs 3 and 4,” the memo reads.

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No NIN, no Jamb : Buhari Govt Tells Admission Seekers

No NIN, no JAMB – Buhari govt tells admission seekers

Nigerian Government has said any admission seekers without the compulsory National Identification Number will not be registered for University Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

This order was given by the Education Minister Malam Adam Adamu on 21st January 2020 in Abuja.

Adamu has also ordered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for implementation and acceptance of those that comply with the order.

JAMB has attempted the introduction of this policy two years ago but failed because of the fewer number of people that have the national identity card as of then.

Adamu stated clearly on Thursday that the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for JAMB registration by candidates is now a government policy and it must be followed.
Malam Adamu said JAMB is working closely with the National Identity Management Commission, to ensure the sustainability of this policy and eliminate multiple registrations,” he said.

The Minister said candidates would have to use their National Identity Cards all the way to universities and other tertiary institutions and even beyond.

The minister added that the government has built, equipped and standardised over 650 JAMB examination centres while planning to build additional 800 centres in 2021 and 1,000 in 2022 and 1,200 in 2023.

In regards to the February 9th deadline for the network subscribers to link their Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards to their National Identity Number (NIN), some Nigerians are yet to take actions.

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Bandits Kill 37 In Fresh Attack On Zamfara Community

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed 37 people in Dutsin Gari village, Kanoma district in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Residents told SaharaReporters that the armed men arrived at Dutsin Gari on motorbikes after blocking the community’s entry and exit points before unleashing terror on the defenceless residents on Wednesday.

The bandits also rustled several cows belonging to the villagers.
A resident of the community said about 37 bodies were recovered after the attack, with many others still missing.

“We recovered 37 bodies after the attack and many more residents have not been accounted for. They also stole many livestock and escaped to the forest,” he said.
“They came on motorcycles in large numbers and operated for close to 12 hours. They were shooting sporadically, shooting anyone on sight and burning houses.

“I heard that several shops were set ablaze in Fura Girke, Talle, Mahuta and Tudun Aba.” PurpleWorld gathered that many residents have reportedly deserted the community because they are afraid that they more attacks may come.

Over the months, suspected bandits have continually attacked Zamfara communities, killing scores and abducting people for ransoms despite a peace agreement with the state government.

About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and millions of naira were given to leaders of different ‘repentant’ bandit groups by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle as part of the agreement, a senior military officer told SaharaReporters.
He said the gunmen now carry out attacks with some of these vehicles given to them by Matawalle.

The officer said, “Those bandits have different group, so if they say they repent, the governor will give them a Hilux vehicle but unfortunately they are now using the vehicles to carry out attacks.

“It’s so sad, he called it peace and reconciliation programme, but all you need to be rich now in Zamfara is to take up arms against the people.”

A committee set up to investigate the menace of armed banditry in the region, headed by Mohammed Abubakar, a former Inspector General of Police, reported that in Zamfara State between June 2011 and May 2019, 4,983 women were widowed; 25,050 children were orphaned; and more than 190,000 people were displaced as a result of armed banditry.

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Government Extends NIN Deadline

The Nigerian government has extended the deadline for linking the National Identity Numbers to SIM registration database, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said on Wednesday.

In a statement, ALTON said it had received a formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from January 19 to February 9, 2021.

“We want to thank the president for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We’re also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic, Dr Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy,” the association said in the statement jointly signed by its chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, and publicity secretary, Damian Udeh.

It added, “To ensure that we utilize the extension period judiciously, we urge all telecom subscribers who have a NIN to link it to their SIM cards through available channels as soon as possible. Those who yet to enrol are advised to visit for a list of enrolment centres close to them.’’

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News update, Thursday 21/01/2021

News update, Thursday 21/01/2021
**Biden, Harris sworn-in as 46th President, VP of America
**We will write an American story of hope – Biden
**World powers hopeful for reset with U.S. as Biden takes office
**Afenifere supports Akeredolu’s ultimatum to herdsmen, blasts FG
**Stop protecting herdsmen, Fani-Kayode slams Buhari
**Ondo accuses Garba Shehu of fighting for criminal herdsmen
**Garba Shehu should say why he’s fighting for criminals — Ondo govt
**Buhari swears in members of CCB, PSC, presides over maiden FEC meeting
**FEC approves new retirement age for teachers
**Grants; 24.3m poor Nigerians identified – Osinbajo
**Kumuyi, others pray for release of kidnapped professor
**There’ll be no room for fraud in cooperatives – LASG warns
**Oyetola orders Cabinet members to test for COVID-19
**Fayemi felicitates Kukah on appointment by Pope
**Constitution amendment without restructuring, waste of time –Jang
**Newly inaugurated CCB members vow to curb corruption
**Nigeria looks to Russia, India for more COVID-19 vaccines
**Trump leaves White House, skipping Biden inauguration
**UK PM, Johnson says looking forward to collaborating with Biden
**Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine files arbitrary detention complaint
**More than 15m doses Of COVID-19 vaccine administered in China
**Guinea’s Conde pushes ahead with government after disputed election
**Jang, Wase, Super Eagle’s Capt Musa to kick-off Plateau North football tournament – Gyang
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Falana drags Museveni to UN over Bobi Wine’s detention

Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a complaint at the United Nations against Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, for illegally detaining his main opponent in the recently concluded Presidential election, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Falana said in a statement on Tuesday that Bobi Wine had been denied access to his lawyers in a bid to prevent him from filing a petition against the declaration of Museveni as the winner of the highly flawed Presidential election.
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2023 Presidency: I Will Change Nigeria If Elected – Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the weekend said he has what it takes to provide purposeful leadership and good governance for Nigeria if elected as president in the 2023 general elections. Speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, the governor, who is currently in his second term, appealed to Nigerians to join hands with him in the struggle to liberate the country from many of the challenges confronting her.

While praising President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts so far since assumption of office in May 2015, the governor, who said he wants to consolidate on the achievements of President Buhari, said the president is a kind-hearted leader who means well for the country and has genuine interests of Nigerians in all his dealings. According to him, aside President Buhari and few Nigerian leaders, majority of the present crop of leaders today do not have the interest of the country at heart. He further urged Nigerians to keep faith with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ignore the antics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it is the only party that can take Nigeria to the Promised Land.

He said, “I want everyone to join me in the struggle to liberate this country. We must seize this golden opportunity to save our nation. “By the grace of God, I’m ready to lead and I will provide all the quality leadership that is required in the country.

“Let us do our bit to support the current administration and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to save this country.
Those that are leading today, I can assure you that apart from Mr. President and very few ones, others don’t have the interest of the country at heart. They don’t care about us and that is the truth”.

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We Never Agreed On January 18 School’s Resumption — FG

Minister Of Education, Adamu Adamu Says The Federal Government Had Reservations About The Resumption Of Schools On January 18.

According To Him, While The States Wanted To Go Ahead With The School’s Resumption, The Federal Government Was Against It But Had To Reach A Compromise Since It Does Not Control All The Schools.

“We Sat Down, Looked At The Figures And We Took The Decision That Schools Should Not Open. Unfortunately, We Have To State This Because It Is Supposed To Be A Collective Decision, But You Must Understand That The Schools We Are Talking About, The Federal Government Has Only About 100 Out Of Thousands Of Schools.

“The Schools Are Under The Jurisdiction Of States And Just As The PTF Was Unanimous In Saying That Schools Should Not Open, States Were Unanimous That Schools Should Open. So, We Have To Compromise And As PTF We Shall Monitor What Is Happening On A Daily Basis. There Could Be Some Review Again”, Adamu Stated.

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There may be second lockdown, PTF WARNS

The Presidential Task Force (PFT) on COVID-19 has warned Nigerians against a second lockdown in Nigeria.

The Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, made the call at a briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said this can be done by complying with the protocols released by government.

According to him: “Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of Government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.

“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received.
“We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”

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Buhari, Osinbajo To Spend ₦3.4 Billion On Feeding, Travels in 2021

Buhari, Osinbajo To Spend ₦3.4 Billion On Feeding, Travels in 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N3.4 billion on feeding and travel expenses. While Mr Buhari approved about N2.6 billion of the amount for his office, about N873 million was earmarked for Mr Osinbajo’s office. As in the last five years, travel expenses will take the largest chunk of these expenses, details of the approved budget for the year reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES show.

The same amount was approved for the offices of the first two citizens of the country in 2020. Both offices received less but still significantly high allocations in the four preceding years. Travels and feeding gulped N1.5 billion in 2019; N1.52 billion in 2018; in 2017, N1.45 billion; and N1.43 billion in 2016. Presidential travels will gulp N2.4 billion: N775.6 million for local trips and N1.7 billion for international journeys. On the other hand, Mr Osinbajo will spend N801 million on his travels for the year – N284 million locally and N517.1 million outside the shores of the country.
Meanwhile, the meal bill for the offices of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo has been pegged at N195.5 million.

The first family will spend N124 million.
This is the same amount that was approved for the president in each of the last three years. In 2017, N115 million was spent on feeding, while in 2016 N103 million was spent for the same purpose, analysis of the budget for the last five years shows. Of the N124 million approved for this year, foodstuff and catering materials supplies will gulp N98.3 million, while refreshment and meals will take N25.7 million.
The second family also retained what it spent on feeding in each of the last three years – N71.5 million – this year. This is decrease from the N88.9 million spent in 2018, but an increase from the meal bills in 2017, N53.7 million, and N24 million in 2016. Foodstuff and catering materials supplies will account for N50.9 million; refreshment and meals, N18.3 million; and cooking gas and fuel, N2.4 million.

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