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Herders Demand Apology From Military Over Attack

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Herders Demand Apology From Military Over Attack

The Coalition of Pastoralists Association has said the number of its members killed during the accidental airstrikes by the Nigerian Air Force in Nasarawa has risen to 47, while no fewer than 62 members sustained various degrees of injuries.

The association which is an umbrella organisation of pastoralists’ groups in Nigeria also accused the military of carrying out similar airstrikes on armless herders in Keana and Awe In Doma local government area of Nasarawa State, adding that soldiers last year killed their members in Kaduna.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja on behalf of the Coalition, the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Baba Ngelzarma; Vice President, Tabbital Pulaaku International Nigeria Chapter, Auwal Googa; Secretary, Farmers and Hunters Initiative for Peace and Development, Musa Usman among others slammed the military, federal, and Benue State governments for their failure to commiserate with the family of the deceased a week after the ill-fated incident.

They said, “Apart from the most recent bombardment of Tuesday, January 24, 2023, in Akwanaja, there were similar airstrikes on innocent herders in Keana and Awe In Doma LGAs of Nasarawa State.

“The recent airstrikes at Akwanaja village of Rukubi Ward, Doma LGA of Nasarawa have killed at least 32 Fulani herders, 15 Hausa drivers, and truck boys while offloading cattle. Another 62 sustained various degrees of injuries, some life-threatening. Before the incident, the Benue State Livestock Guards had raided and confiscated 1,254 cows at Rukubi, Nasarawa-Benue border communities in Doma LGA of the state.

“The guards insisted that the herders should pay hefty penalties running to millions of naira. A negotiated ransom of N27,000,000 was agreed between the Fulani owners of the confiscated cattle and the Benue State government. The herders obtained a loan from commercial banks. Apart from this, on December 3, 2022, soldiers killed innocent pastoralists in Rugan Waziri, at Rafin Sarkin Fatika village.

One week after the tragedy neither the Federal Government, military nor the Benue State government deemed it appropriate to even offer a word of explanation or consolation. We, on behalf of the victims of these bombardments, demand the immediate admittance of responsibility by the Nigerian military, unreserved apology, and condolences to the families of the deceased pastoralists.”

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President-Elect, Tinubu Replaces Annual Birthday Colloquium With Nation Prayer

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President-Elect, Tinubu Replaces Annual Birthday Colloquium With Nation Prayer

The President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has canceled the customary colloquium to commemorate his birthday in favor of special prayers and a gratitude service.

Tinubu who turns 71 on Wednesday, traditionally celebrates his birthday with a colloquium.

Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s communications adviser, said in a statement on Monday that prayers will be conducted in Lagos and other areas of the nation.

Rahman stated that the special prayers will be performed in the central mosque in each of the five divisions of the state, including the central mosque, Alausa, and Ikeja.

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“Also to receive prayers among others are President Muhammadu Buhari and first lady Aisha Buhari, president-elect, Tinubu, and his wife, senator Oluremi Tinubu, Vice-President-elect, senator Kashim Shettima, and Hajia Nana Shettima, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, other state governors as well as members of national and state houses of assembly.

“This year, the president-elect said the date, which falls within the holy month of Ramadan, should be dedicated to prayers and seeking God’s guidance for him and the country as he prepares to take the reins of leadership,” he said.

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This would be the second year in a row that the former governor of Lagos State will make that sacrifice. In 2022, an attack on an Abuja-bound train that was headed to Kaduna caused Tinubu to postpone his colloquium.

He asserted that being happy, dancing, and having fun does not make him a senior citizen of this nation.

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NPC To Nigerians: Don’t Travel To State Of Origin For Census

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NPC To Nigerians: Don't Travel To State Of Origin For Census

The National Population Commission (NPC), has said it had put up measures to guard against all forms of malpractices ahead of the forthcoming population and housing census.

The commission also stressed that citizens living away from their states of origin do not need to travel home for the purpose of the exercise.

It said people would be enumerated at their places of residence.

The spokesperson for the commission, Isiaka Yahaya said this in an interview with our correspondent on Monday.

He said,” People should stay where they are, to be counted. They are not to move to their states of origin. It is totally against the essence of the census. You have to be counted where you reside because that’s where you enjoy the social facilities like education and health, among others.

Apart from this, when the time comes for people to be provided with infrastructure and other things you will not allow the planners to have accurate figures. People are not to move.”

On measures to check malpractices, the NPC spokesman added: “This is a de facto census. We are asking practical questions about those who are living, not those who are yet to be born. We have not trained our enumerator to count people who are not yet born. We have a system in place to guard against all the malpractices that we have envisaged.

Also, people can only be counted in their houses.  This is to discourage people from moving from one place to another after being counted. You can only be counted in one place. There’s will nothing to lie about. When we get to your house, the enumerators would see whatever you say you have and we are not asking for the owner of the house, why will anybody lie?”

Yahaya said the commission had not finished the recruitment process for enumerators.

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Nigerian Woman Remanded In Seychelles After Being Arrested With Cocaine

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Nigerian Woman Remanded In Seychelles After Being Arrested With Cocaine

The Seychelles Supreme Court has remanded a Nigerian woman on conspiracy to import and traffic an illicit drug.

According to the Seychelles news agency on Monday, the 52-year-old woman is being detained after she was arrested at the Seychelles International Airport on Thursday after her arrival on an Ethiopian Airline flight.

The arrest of the woman comes from a search, discovery, and seizure of 250 grammes of what is suspected to be cocaine.

The Seychelles’ archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has a zero-tolerance policy towards the trafficking and importation of illegal drugs. There is a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.

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