Army troops sight large migrant herders on transit in Kaduna

A group of migrating personsidentified as a band of traveling herders, have been sighted by security agencies around Tafa village, in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State, according to the State government. A press statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated that “this followed several distress calls from citizens on movement of armed bandits in the Lambata-Kabbo area of Tafa village, in Kagarko local government area. “In response to the reports, troops and Police operatives were mobilised to the area for…

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IPOB militants slaughter 19 Fulani herders in Anambra

Nineteen Fulani herders have been slaughtered by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Igbariam community of Oyi local government area of Anambra State. It was learnt that the hoodlums stormed a storey building housing the Fulani herders in the community around 2a.m on Sunday. It was also learnt that 12 women, 7 men and yet-to-be disclosed number of children were killed by the hoodlums. According to reports, the criminals brought out the victims, stripped them naked, tied and slaughtered them. Speaking on the sad…

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‘Nigeria may break up because of you’ — Umahi tells Fulani herders

Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, has warned that the continuous attacks by Fulani herders against their host communities could eventually lead to the disintegration of the country. Umahi, who has been under intense pressure to resign following recent kiIIings in his State, said he is saddened by the situation and demanded that urgent steps be taken by the Buhari administration to stem the tide. “We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen in Ebonyi state; we feel so worried for our country Nigeria”, the governor stated. He…

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“President Buhari should personally negotiate with us for peace to reign — Fulani Herder-turned-bandit

Some herders-turned-bandits have claimed that the Federal Government’s neglect and lack of qualitative education pushed them into banditry. In a published video, one of the bandits who was interviewed said the president has to personally negotiate with them for peace to reign, stressing that every Nigerian has to be treated equally. The speaker said despite Nigeria’s wealth, bandits are being neglected, forcing them to bear arms. He blamed the lackadaisical attitude of the president on the continued killings in some northern states. According to him, herdsmen supported the Buhari administration…

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Rep. laments influx of displaced herdsmen in Kogi

The lawmaker representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Teejay Yusuf, has raised the alarm over an influx of displaced Fulani herdsmen and other northerners in Kogi State. Yusuf alleged that the presence of the herdsmen posed a danger to his constituency. The lawmaker raised the alarm in a statement sent to newsmen yesterday, titled: ‘Urgent Need to Stop Influx of Herdsmen and their Dangerous Activities in Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency’. Recall that the Shasha market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has been shut since last Friday when…

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“Allow herdsmen do their business peacefully” – Miyetti-Allah to Nigerians

The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), has appealed to Nigerians to allow herders carry out their businesses peacefully. According to the MACBAN’s South-East zonal chairman, Gidado Siddiki, herdsmen should be allowed to carry out their businesses until a beneficial alternative is provided. Speaking in Enugu, Siddiki appealed to Nigerians to seek a common solution amid the insecurity challenges in the country. Siddiki also cautioned Nigerians against utterances capable of spreading fear among Nigerians, saying, “The spate of insecurity and outbursts of emotive utterances across the country is further fanning the…

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Eviction: “We’ve started relocating to Kano” – Fulani herdsmen

The leader of Fulani herdsmen and Secretary of Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), in Kano State, Zubairu Ibrahim, has disclosed that herdsmen from South-West, South-East and other parts of the country have indicated interest to relocate to the Kano RUGA settlement. According to Ibrahim, some of the herdsmen are from States such as Nasarawa, Niger, Enugu, Oyo, among others. He said that herdsmen from five states of the federation have already relocated to Kano. Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had recently declared that it was no longer…

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“No Fulani bandit will repent after getting millions from kidnapping” – El-Rufa’i to Gumi

Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufa’i says what is needed is a strong and coordinated fight against bandits, and not a peace deal like the one being advocated by a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi. The governor disclosed this in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) Hausa yesterday. Gumi has been visiting bandits in their enclaves in some northern States, preaching and appealing to them to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue. El-Rufa’i, however, said even though northern governors lack coordinated efforts in the fight against insecurity in…

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Repentant bandits to get Ruga settlements in Zamfara

The Zamfara State Government has said it is making efforts to build Ruga settlements for repentant bandits in some States.  The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Publicity, Zailani Baffa, said, “Following the amnesty arrangement, the State government has since last year granted amnesty to some bandits who were in detention at various Correctional Centres in the State just as the bandits also released some people they have kidnapped. He further said that it already granted amnesty to all the repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons…

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‘We have evidence of heinous activities of Fulani herdsmen’ – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern, (MURIC), has said that it has overwhelming evidence of destructions of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen across all the States of the Federation. The Islamic human rights group, said it wants the Federal Government to compensate farming in all the states where herdsmen invade farms with their animals. The group, in a press statement issued yesterday, signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said it is in possession of concrete evidence of the culpability of herdsmen, including video clips in which cows destroyed farms belonging to members…

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