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President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar over the continuous killings in Benue State.

The President said this while faulting the notion in some quarters that he had abandoned the people of Benue State.

Buhari said he had the people of the state at heart and will not abandon them.

The president made this remark on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the state.

According to him, “The problem in Benue started worsening because the IGP refused to follow my instruction. What I did was to call him (IGP) and give him the directive. I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend much time … and then moved to Nasarawa. It’s only now that I am knowing that.

“But I know I dispatched him here,” the President said.

“It is wrong to think I have abandoned the people of Benue. I still have at heart.

“I thank the governor and the people of the state for receiving me.

“We have deployed security agencies to make sure the clashes between farmers and end as soon as possible.”

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EFCC Arraigns Fayose Over Alleged N2.2 Billion Fraud [PHOTOS]

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The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayodele Fayose, has been arraigned before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged N2.2 billion fraud.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had listed a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc., Alex Otti, and 20 others to testify against the former governor.

An 11-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering has been slammed on Fayose and his company, Spotless Limited, by the EFCC.

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EFCC Moves Fayose To Lagos For Arraignment [PHOTO]

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The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, was on Sunday moved to Lagos for his planned arraignment on Monday over fraud allegations.

The former governor has been with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since Tuesday when he reported at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja.

According to available information, Fayose is to be arraigned on an 11 count charge based on his obtaining N1.3 billion from a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, for the prosecution of his election in 2014.

Obanikoro was said to have obtained N4.7 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser during the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

It was alleged that part of the money was given to Fayose and another N1.3 billion to Iyiola Omisore, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2014 governorship election in Osun State.

On Sunday, Fayose was moved through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Lagos for arraignment before a Federal High Court.

He was with an operative of the EFCC when the photograph was taken.

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South East Won’t Participate In 2019 Elections —- Nnamdi Kanu

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The Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said the South East will not partake in the 2019 elections.

Kanu said this on Sunday during a live world press broadcast from Jerusalem, where he was sighted about 24 hours ago.

He said for the people of the South East, whom he referred to as Biafrans, it was a referendum to actualize Biafra or nothing.

He said IPOB will achieve this by every necessary means.

According to Kanu: “I decree that there is no longer South East or South South Nigeria.

“It shall be known as Biafra.

“Without referendum, nothing will happen in Nigeria.

“IPOB will not participate in any election and that position will never change.

“I promised the Zoo that I will be coming to Biafra and I came.

“I do not recognize the court of the Zoo.

“I want the people of the Middle Belt to rise and join IPOB.

“The Governor of Abia State directed the assault on my father who is a Monarch.

“I thank @realDonaldTrump and the government of Israel who stood by IPOB in our time of need.

“I thank Prof. Ben Nwabueze who stood by me.

“I want to send my solidarity to Ayo Fayose and assure him that Biafra will stand by him in this hour of need.

“We will have a special place for him in Biafra.

“I thank all my sureties that stood by me.

“My unavailability was forced on me.

“The Army of the Zoo killed my dog Jack and a few other people in my compound.

“I am sorry for what my sureties are passing through but I want to assure them that they will have a special place in Biafra.

“I shall not be honouring the Court.

“The notion that I jumped bail is a fallacy in law.

“I did not jump bail.

“On the 14th of September, 2017 the terrorists of the Zoo came to kill me.

“They know if I go to court, Nigeria will burn and I was forced to leave.

“I did not jump bail.

“The Zoo called Nigeria cannot jail me.

“I will fight till the last day.

“Binta Nyanko’s court failed to ask the Nigerian Army why they invaded my home.

“Nigerian court is a Kangaroo court.

“I did not jump bail.

“I left because the court failed to protect me.

“I am not a Nigerian.

“I already renounced Nigeria in 2015.

“I am a Biafran of British Nationality.

“I cannot be tried by a court I do not recognise.

“I do not recognise Nigeria.

“I can only come to the court with UN supervision.”

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