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Obiano Declares Herdsmen Carrying Guns As Criminals, Bans Itinerant Herders From Passing Through State

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The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has declared that any herdsman found carrying a gun should be treated as a criminal.

The governor said it is unwise to treat them with levity, adding that a fresh census for all herdsmen in the state has commenced.

He said that once the exercise is concluded, the state will no longer tolerate itinerant cattle herders settling in the state, or even passing through the state with their herds.

Obiano stated this Tuesday in a stakeholder meeting on security with heads of various communities, security chiefs, traditional rulers, and other groups in the state.

He said: “We have done a census of herders in Anambra State last year, and they were 77 in number. We are doing a new one now, and after the census, we will never allow itinerant herdsmen to come in again.

“The ones causing trouble are not here (Anambra), they come in from outside. Also, we have heard reports of herdsmen who carry arms. Any herdsmen carrying arms is a criminal, and we will not tolerate that. If you find them, report them because they are criminals.

“We have prosecuted some in the past. We will not allow itinerant herdsmen to pass through Anambra after the census. We will have the names, phone numbers, and addresses of all herdsmen in Anambra, and we will be holding meetings with them at intervals.”

The governor also said that his government takes security seriously, the reason the state has been proclaimed the safest in the country.

He said that his administration has been very supportive of security agencies in the state, as security remained everyone’s business.

“Anything about security is number one for me. We thank our security agencies for keeping Anambra on the high as the safest state in Nigeria.

“I have distributed over 520 vehicles to security agencies in the state and I made a designated petrol station where you go to take fuel to avoid saying you don’t have fuel when you get distress calls. Today, every police vehicle you see running around is fuelled by me,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, has lamented the devastating effect of drugs and cultism in the society, saying they are the twin causes of insecurity in the country.

IG Adamu, who was represented at a forum by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of finance and administration, DIG Joseph Egbunike, stated this at the forum, while also charging his men to nip it in the bud.

He said: “Drug and cultism are the greatest challenges we have in Nigeria today. When they take all these things (drugs), they do not know the value of life any longer. That is the problem we have, but it is the responsibility of everybody to ensure that this stops.

“If you leave drug to fester in your division, there are chances that you may be a victim of it. You must work to bring down the use of drug in your areas. There must be synergy with NDLEA to ensure that this is brought down. You must work hard, and let those who can change be changed.

“Security is everyone’s business. Don’t rest because if you sleep, what happens in Sokoto may start happening here. Certain things should not be allowed to happen in Anambra. Peace is the only vehicle for any development. There is no alternative to it.

“The IG has directed me to commend the enormous contributions of the governor to security agencies. All your efforts in peacebuilding and development is worthy of emulation. We ask you to keep strategizing and restrategizing because we will overcome someday.”

In his reply, Obiano charged leaders in various communities to bring the youths into leadership in a bid to curb the use of drugs.

“During the EndSARS protest, the security people were demoralized, and could not even move around with their uniforms, but the youth stepped in to do their work. That is what we want it to be. Security is the duty of everyone, even though government had the duty of security of lives and property.

“Bring the youth into the picture. In my town, it is the youth that made a law to stop the sales of drugs, and today there is no drug in the town. The youths are the people who know where they are sold and who the consumers are. We have to bring them into the picture,” Obiano said.

 

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JUST IN: Ex-NFF Technical Director Kashimawo Laloko Dies At 76

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A former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Kashimawo Laloko, is dead.

The death of Laloko was confirmed by his son, Adewale, late Sunday night.

Laloko 76, died on Sunday in Lagos, after a brief illness, his son Adewale told The PUNCH.

“He had been feeling weak before he died on Sunday. It was as a result of weakness, not COVID-19,” Adewale told The PUNCH.

The late Laloko will be buried according to Muslim rites on Tuesday at his Gbonagun residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Laloko established the Pepsi Football Academy in Lagos in November 1992 and has produced some of the country’s brightest football talents ever since.

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Buhari Deceiving Tinubu, He Won’t Handover To Him In 2023, He Wants A Fulani —- New Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

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The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves.

Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country.

He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of (the President, Major General Muhammadu) Buhari. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) since they supported him (Buhari).

“I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.

“When I say Buhari is fake and he has a private agenda, I know what I’m saying. He wants Fulani to take over and that was why he allowed them to come in. When we ask them about the herders killing people, they would say they are foreigners.”

The Afenifere leader asked Tinubu and others to retrace their steps and support the restructuring agenda of the Yoruba group.

Adenajo added, “All of them were Afenifere before they broke away. It was on the Afenifere platform that Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and the others were elected as governors.

“I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

Though Tinubu is yet to officially declare his intentions to contest; he has not also denied reports of his intention to contest.

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House of Reps Adopts Peller’s Motion On Reinvigoration Of NOA

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Federal House of Representatives on Tuesday 16th March 2021 adopted a motion moved by Hon. Shina Peller, a member representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, Oyo State, on the need to reinvigorate the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for the impactful discharge of its mandate.
In the motion, Hon. Peller noted that National Orientation Agency, which was established in 1993, is by virtue of its enabling Act required to re-orientate Nigerians on their general attitude and encourage them to take part actively and freely in discussions and decisions affecting their collective welfare.
However, Hon. Peller argued that that the NOA is incapacitated in discharging its constitutional responsibility of disseminating information and re-orientating Nigerians particularly during a critical period like this when COVID-19 has left many lifeless and caused many households griefs.
Furthermore, he observed that the strategic plan for the National Orientation Agency (2017-2021) reveals that the Statutory Allocations to the Agency in the past years are inadequate for optimal performance of the Agency’s mandate as it is presently bedeviled with poor statutory allocation, poorly motivated staff, inadequate vehicles, and other public enlightenment equipment.
Similarly, he also expressed concerns that NOA’s incapacitation has continuously prevented her from living up to its responsibility as a social re-engineering organization as stipulated in Section 4 of the Enabling Act which empowers her to function as an instrument for attitudinal transformation, public enlightenment, mass mobilization, and national integration.
In addressing the aforementioned problems, the House adopted Hon. Peller’s prayers and resolved as follows:
1. Urged the National Orientation Agency to wake up to its legal responsibilities and be more efficient in Value reorientation and public education of Nigerians and further synergize with the Federal Government on combating social vices such as Terrorism, Xenophobic Attacks, Anti-Corruption War, etc.
2. The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency should appear before the House Committee on Information and National Orientation, Ethics and value and table the activities, strengths, and weaknesses within the next two weeks.
3. Mandated the Committee on Information and National Orientation, Ethics, and values to ensure the increase in the budgetary allocation of the National Orientation Agency in the 2022 Appropriation Budget Estimates for optimal performance.
Responding to questions from journalists after the plenary, Hon. Peller explained that regular reorientation of Nigerians will serve as a preventive measure against imminent dangers, crises, or chaos as the case may be, and added that the NOA has a constitutional obligation to ensure this.
In addition, he said this is part of what Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), a non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, aims to achieve with its various laudable programmes targeted at training, re-orientating, and charging the Nigerian youth to stop lamenting endlessly about the maladministration of the country, but to contribute their own quota to nation-building right from their immediate communities.
It would be recalled that Hon. Peller’s bill for an act to amend the National Orientation Agency Act had last year passed through first reading at the floor of the House.
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