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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declared during a programme on national television, yesterday, that killer herdsmen are not terrorists.

He described them as “criminal gangs.”

There have been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the country. Clashes between herdsmen and local communities, in Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Kaduna states, among others.

Ekiti, Benue, Taraba states have enacted anti-grazing laws. In these states, herdsmen have rejected the law and vowed to challenge them in court.

Regardless, Shehu reiterated on Channels, yesterday, that the federal government did not declare herdsmen as terrorists because they are “only criminal gangs” and quickly added that security agencies are dealing with them, according to the law.

“There is a difference between a criminal gang, criminal activity and a terrorist activity; and, I think from the definition we are getting, yes, Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being dealt with according to the law of the country.

“But, IPOB, like Boko Haram, has a territory they have carved out for themselves, as a sovereign state of their own. They have shown the willingness to invade neighbouring states. They have raised concerns in neighbouring Kogi and Benue states. They have said they are interested in taking over Bayelsa and Rivers…IPOB is a small group of people running

“That is exactly what Boko Haram has done; with a flag and taxation system. This is not acceptable to the law of this country.”

Last Friday, the Defence Headquarters declared IPOB a “militant terrorist” organisation.

South East governors followed suit and proscribed the group’s activities, after a marathon meeting .

On Wednesday, a Federal High Court, in Abuja, granted government’s prayer and granted an interlocutory injunction to outlaw the group as a terrorist organisation.

Asked whether government knows the IPOB leader’s whereabouts, Shehu replied that the enquiries should be directed, instead, at those who signed his bail in April.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s counsel, had alleged that this client is missing, after security agents allegedly stormed his home in Umuahia, on September 14, 2017.

“I am surprised someone would ask this question. Look, some people went to court and obtained his freedom, they signed his bail. I believe that a high profile group including a Senator of the Federal Republic signed in a court of law and obtained his freedom.

“So, if you are looking for him, why don’t you ask the people who bailed him? Nobody has informed me that Mr Kanu is in the hands of any institution of government. But, if I were looking for him, I would ask the guy who bailed him because that was the deal he had with the court of the land,” said Garba.

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Ondo 2020: Mimiko Is Not My Friend, He Remains My Bogus Enemy For Life —- Akeredolu [VIDEO]

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As the date for the Ondo State gubernatorial election draws closer, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has described his predecessor and former governor Olusegun Mimiko as one of the main enemies standing against his re-election bid on October 10.

Governor Akeredolu stated while featuring live on the Channels TV popular programme, ‘Politics Today’ which was monitored by our correspondent.

Recall that the former governor Mimiko, at the weekend in Ile-Oluji, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government Area of the state during the campaign tour of Agboola Ajayi, described his friend and successor in office, Akeredolu, as a disappointment to the good people of the state, saying APC and Akeredolu run an anti-people government in the state.

But Akeredolu, while replying, described Mimiko as a “bogus enemy (sic)”, saying it is better for both of them to separate and go on their separate ways.

The governor, who is seeking re-election, alleged that Mimiko has politically betrayed him as a friend.

Akeredolu said: “I took him (Mimiko) as a friend but I doubt if truly he is my friend. I am not somebody that hides feelings. Reference to him as my friend may probably not be right. To me, he is a bogus enemy and I think he remains so I think for life.

“It is better for us to separate and go our ways because with a friend like him, you don’t need an enemy, so you don’t play this high level of betrayal in politics.

“For me, I am not interested in his own politics, if he thinks he is playing politics, he is fooling himself but for me am not human and I can tell you today that both of them, former Chief Judge of Ondo State, Sehinde Kumuyi and Mimiko are my bogus enemies and they will remain forever. I know God will forgive me, I know that am going to survive it and they will regret the action for life.”

 

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We’ve Not Been Informed Of Any Tariff Hike Suspension From NERC —- Discos

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Power distribution companies said on Monday that they had not received any directive from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on tariff suspension.

The Discos are confused about the decision of the Federal Government and labour unions as regards the reversal of the hike in electricity tariff, an investigation has shown.

Senior officials of power distribution companies said on Monday that they were awaiting the NERC to come up with a new tariff plan to be implemented within the two weeks as agreed by the Federal Government and labour unions.

It was also gathered that up till 7 pm on Monday, no order had been released by the NERC to Discos as touching the matter.

It was also gathered that the Discos told the regulator that it would take three to four days for them to change their billing/vending platforms and revert to the old tariffs.

“There is no communication yet from the regulator on that matter and I wonder how that can be implemented because right now, it is causing confusion in the power sector,” a senior official of a Disco in the northern region, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Also, sources at the commission confirmed that although there had been prolonged meetings on the matter at the NERC headquarters in Abuja, no order had been sent out to Discos as of 7 pm on Monday.

“The whole thing is a bit complicated now. There have been a series of meetings about it since (Monday) morning,” an official at the NERC, who pleaded not to be named, said.

The official added, “But up till this time (7 pm) that you are speaking with me, no order has been issued on this matter to power distributors.”

A top official of one of the Discos who was at the meeting said the regulator had yet to tell them exactly what to do.

The Chairman, NERC, James Momoh, neither picked calls nor replied a detailed text message sent to him by our correspondent on the matter.

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Magu Breaks Down In Tears, Begs Salami Panel: I Was Overzealous As EFCC Boss, I Regret It; Please Save My Career

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Former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has confessed that he was indeed overzealous during his reign at the helm of affairs of the anti-graft agency.

The ex-anti graft czar stated further that he regrets some of his actions in office but confessed that he became overzealous in his quest to get things done.

Magu thus, appealed to Justice Isa Salami who chairs the panel probing his activities as acting Chairman of the EFCC, to help save his career since he has one and half years more in service before his retirement.

It was learnt that Magu made the confession and appeal on Friday, 25 September 2020 after completing his defense at the panel.

Magu was reportedly given the opportunity to address the panel for the last time after completing his defense.

He reportedly addressed members of the panel in tears. “Please sir, save my career, I have only one and half years left in service,” he pleaded.

While regretting some of his actions while in office, he reportedly said, “I became overzealous in my quest to get things done”.

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