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Herdsmen crisis: Ogun indigenes demand N20m for each life lost

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Ogun indigenes, under the aegis of Ketu Professionals in Yewa North and Imeko-Afon axis of the State, have demanded N20 million compensation for each life lost as a result of the herdsmen attacks in the area.

The group also charged the government to stop the installation of Sarkin Fulani by traditional rulers in the State, saying the practice was unwholesome and an unhealthy distortion/manipulation of Yoruba culture.

This was contained in a Memorandum submitted by the group to the Hon. Kayode Oladele-led peace committee on farmers-herders clashes, set up by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

According to a copy of the memorandum made available to DAILY POST, the group, in its prayers, requested the committee to take accurate census of victims of herders’ attacks, with a view to compensating them.

“Accordingly, we seek compensation of N20,000,000.00 (Twenty-Million Naira Only) per family of deceased victim.

“Compensation of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira Only) per family of maimed or wounded/injured victim; reconstruction of every house demolished or burnt down and commensurate compensation for every farmer whose farm was destroyed.

“All children of any deceased victim of herders’ attack should enjoy government scholarship up to the University level. Any such child who desires to learn a trade should also be sponsored and established upon graduation;

“Government should make the Special security team recently set up for the troubled area a standing one. It should be well equipped and funded. A Standard Operating Procedure should be set up for it to prevent them from becoming instrument of extortion and oppression to our people.

“The State Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs should discourage our Traditional Rulers from installing Seriki of Fulani in the State as the practice is an unwholesome and unhealthy distortion and manipulation of our culture,” they stated.

In the memorandum jointly signed by the Grand Patron, Professor A. I. Asiwaju, Dr Olusegun Olaniyi and Simeon Fakeye, the Ketu indigenes chronicled that Fulani and Bororo herdsmen were accepted into their Iwoye-Ketu communities in Yewa North and Imeko-Afon many years ago, giving them land.

The group explained that some other Fulani/Bororo herders later joined the earlier settlers, saying this marked the beginning of how “murder, rape, arson, destruction of farmlands and crops” became the order of the day, for over 20 years.

While seeking ways of ending the crisis, the Ketu Professionals opined that the State Government had acquired too much land across Ketuland as forest reserves.

They listed the reserves as: Aworo Government Reserve, Eggua Forest Reserve, Ohunbe Government Reserve, Imeko Government Reserve, Iwoye Government Reserve, Oja-Odan Government Reserve and Ijoun Government Reserve; adding that a large expanse of land had also been acquired at Eggua for the Ogun and Lagos States rice plantation project.

The memorandum pointed out that many of the forest reserves were abandoned and undeveloped, stressing that the people have no access to them.

It is the claim of the Ketus that “open grazing by herders on the little available land, coupled with murder, arson and destruction have further driven our people out of the over-cultivated land and impoverished their lives.

“Uncountable number of our people have been killed, maimed, raped, orphaned, widowed etc. over the years with many of them currently living miserably.

“The herders have proven over the years to be deadly and incapable of co-habiting with our people, judging by the woes they have continuously visited on us for over 20 years now; and a court of competent jurisdiction has declared open grazing in the area by herders and their atrocious activities illegal.”

Based on this, the group urged the Ogun State Government, through the peace committee, to declare open grazing unsustainable and accordingly forward a bill to the House of Assembly to proscribe it.


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Don’t accept wike’s deceptive Financial bribe- IPOB warns IMO communities

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has warned the people of Ohaji Local Government Area of Imo State against ceding their land to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

IPOB cautioned the people of Ohaji against accepting Wike’s alleged satanic and deceptive financial inducement.

Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, issued the warning in reaction to an alleged illegal and undocumented ceding of communities in Ohaji Local Government Area to Wike.

Powerful warned that ceding their communities to Wike would affect their children’s future; hence such a deceptive move should be rejected.

He urged the communities to treat whoever is persuading them to change their state of origin as a criminal.

Powerful noted that accepting to change their state of origin for the sake of N150,000 monthly is evil.

A statement by Powerful reads partly: “Following an illegal undocumented treaty to cede communities of Ohaji Egbema LGA from Imo State to Rivers State via a crooked financial inducement by current Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

“We the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU wish to warn that such project is called to a halt to avert inevitable consequences.

“We suggest to the communities that fall into this deceptive venture masterminded by Nyesom Wike to retrace their steps, considering that this singular act could attract futuristic destructive effects.

“IPOB was intimated with the information regarding Governor Wike’s plan, which includes conditional future promises and haven gone through these moves realized that Wike will abandon them in future because governor Wike cannot be in charge of Rivers State beyond his tenor as a current Governor.

“It is a known fact that the Imo State government failed in their obligations as it concerns the predicaments they are facing in that area, but they must forget Wike with his satanic offer. Wike’s deceptive offer would harm them and their children in the future as such may not be sustainable by successive governments. Moreover, the Biafra restoration approaches hastily.

“IPOB is advising them to retrace their steps and watch what God Almighty has in stock for them; changing God Almighty’s plans for children will harm the communities in the future, for God to have placed you where you are today does not mean that he has abandoned you.

“The communities or anybody persuading them to change their State of origin identity and be acquired like slaves with cash value of N150 (One Hundred and Fifty Naira Only) is evil and must be treated as criminal because we don’t see where old men and women, youths and educated people would allow such an undocumented territorial treaty due to hunger and abandonment.”


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2023 elections: Pastor David Ibiyeomie tells Nigerians who to vote

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Pastor David Ibiyeomieof Salvation Ministries has addressed Nigerians on those to vote ahead of the 2023 general elections

Ibiyeomie urged Nigerians to vote for politicians with a vision for the country and not a politician.

He gave the remark while addressing his members at the church’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Pastor David Ibiyeomie noted that anyone who collects money to vote in the forthcoming election sold their conscience, stressing that electorates should vote for a statesman.

According to Ibiyeomie: “If you take money to vote, then you have sold your conscience. When we are shouting, you people will say I don’t shout. I am shouting now. Don’t collect bribes to vote, vote for your conscience.

“Don’t vote party again in Nigeria; vote for someone who has a vision. Nigeria is in the woods; she needs someone who has a vision.

“No politician should be voted; vote for a statesman instead. A statesman thinks of the next generation, a politician thinks only of the 2023 general elections.”


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Interpol arrests three Nigerians for international scam

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The International Police (INTERPOL) has arrested three Nigerians over alleged global scam.

The trio were arrested in a sting operation conducted simultaneously in a Lagos suburb, Ajegunle and in Benin City, 300 km to the East of the commercial capital.

One of the scammers, Hendrix Omorume has been charged and convicted and now faces a 12-month prison sentence.

The three men, aged between 31 and 38, were each arrested in possession of fake documents, including fraudulent invoices and forged official letters.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The operation is part of a global operation codenamed “Killer Bee” involving INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement in 11 countries across Southeast Asia.

According to INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime, Craig Jones, the organisation had “to alert Nigeria to a serious security threat where millions could have been lost without swift police action.”

The laptops and mobile phones seized by EFCC during the arrests, were examined by the INTERPOL to help confirm the systematic use of “Agent Tesla” malware to access business computers and divert monetary transactions to their own accounts.


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