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AK47 For Self-Defense: Don’t Set Nigeria On Fire, Ondo Senator Replies Bauchi Governor

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Nicholas Tofowomo, the Senator representing Ondo South at the Senate has fired back at Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, for defending Herders that carry AK47 in the name of self-defence.

Some National Newspaper had reported on Thursday that the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that Fulani herders carry AK-47 for self-defence because they are being attacked by cattle rustlers.

Governor Bala gave this in defence of armed herdsmen while slamming his counterpart in Benue State, Samuel Ortom, over his handling of the farmer-herder clashes which had led to the loss of lives and properties.

Reacting on Friday, the Ondo South Senator described the statement credited to the governor as unacceptable, unfortunate and a mockery of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator, therefore, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call him to order before he set Nigeria on fire.

The Senator said: Your Excellency, I read a statement credited to you in many National Newspapers that you said Fulani herders carry AK-47 for self-defence. Dear governor Bala Mohammed, if you truly said this, it is unfortunate, unacceptable and a mockery of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

How can your Excellency justify the carrying of Ak47 by herdsmen in the name of self-defence? Sir, Are you saying it is now allowed under the Constitution of Nigeria to carry AK47 for self-defence?

If your Excellency can give this as a justification in defence of herders that carry AK47 in the name of self-defence to protect cows, it means vulnerable farmers and defenceless Nigerians who are being slaughtered every day on their farms can as well carry Ak49 to defend their lives and properties.

The farmer-herder conflict is now claiming more lives than the Boko Haram insurgency across Nigeria which has also increased ethnic, regional and religious polarisation. I do not expect any sitting governor in Nigeria to take a side or utter a double standard statement over this serious matter that calls for a sober reflection.

Doing so will amount to an endorsement of evil being perpetrated by those herders bearing AK47 to kill defenceless Nigerians and rape vulnerable women.

As a concerned Lawmaker who wants a progressive Nigeria, I hereby call President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Bala Mohammed to order before he set Nigeria on fire.

I also call on the government at all levels to do everything possible to protect the genuine herders and farmers while they must as well arrest and prosecute those perpetrating criminal activities for the sake of one Nigeria.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Frees Abducted Pastor 24hrs Before Execution Deadline

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Pastor Bulus Yikura, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, has regained freedom 24 hours before the deadline set for his execution of the abductors.

A security source informed The Nation the cleric was set free on Wednesday evening on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

He was sighted with a few family members and the Nigerian Secret police.

Yikura’s freedom is coming one day before the dateline for his execution in a widely circulated video to seek help.

He was sighted in the video kneeling and begging the Federal Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to intervene as his life was left hanging for a few days.

He was quoted in the video pleading: “I have been given only seven days to appeal for assistance that will help me out of this torture.

“If truly you want to rescue me from this untold suffering and threat to life, then you have to act fast.

“I am also calling on the EYN president to help mobilize help that will rescue me, and also pray for me so that God will make things easy for me here”.

It is not clear what transpired before the release of Pastor Yikura as details are still being kept under wraps.

Recall that Yikura was abducted on Christmas Eve last year when Boko Haram attacked Pemi village in the Chibok local government area of Borno State and has since been with the captors.

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Northern Traders Agree To Resume North To South Movement of Food Stuff

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After about six days, the Leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, on Wednesday, agreed to resume the movement of food supplies from the northern part of the country to the southern region.

It was gathered that the agreement was reached when the leadership of the trade union met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was also at the meeting.

About a week ago, northern traders had embarked on strike over the alleged killing of their members in the southern part of the country. Prices of food commodities like pepper, tomatoes, beef, yam, garri, amongst others, had gone over the roof with many southerners groaning and complaining about the increase.

The General Secretary, AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, had said the President of the association, Mohammed Tahir, was with the Department of State Services over the blockade.

The northern traders had also called on the Federal Government to pay them billions in compensation while Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; Activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and others had threatened to launch a campaign against cows in protest against the development.

 

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Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Name Beneficiaries Of Apapa Rot

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to name those benefitting from the perennial traffic gridlock and disorderliness experienced along the Apapa corridor in the state.

Sanwo-Olu stated this on Wednesday in Lagos while commending the Nigerian Ports Authority for the new E-Call Up system for trucks going to the ports.

The Apapa area of the state is notorious for chaos over the haphazard operations of container-laden trucks around the seaports.

At an event in Lagos today, the governor said, “We will name and shame them. We will bring out their names, be it a corporate organization, be it a company, be it a Lagos State officer, be it a police officer, whoever it is, be it a union that will say that the solution that we have brought about will not work.

“They will go and answer to the citizen of Nigeria and the citizen of Lagos State and the citizen of Nigeria. We will bring them to the public courts for them to see that we are about seriousness; we cannot condone the recklessness and the carelessness that our citizens have gone through.

“And I want to use this opportunity to commend the Management of NPA because they have worked with us on this agenda. So, my challenge is to others who have not signed on to this wonderful column system.”

NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman, had assured port users that the e-call up system would address irresponsible parking of trucks on port access roads in Apapa.

The e-call up system was designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa.

The Apapa corridor had been a nightmare for road users and Sanwo-Olu had last year said the Lagos State Government had started the process of taking over the operations of the Presidential Task Force on Port Decongestion that had been managing the traffic gridlock in the area.

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