BREAKING: Governor Ortom orders herdsmen out of Benue town.

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area.

Mr. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.

The visit followed attacks carried out by the herdsmen over the weekend, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Eight bodies were recovered, while three persons were missing, according to the sole administrator for the council area, Justina Sorkaa,

The state police commissioner, Bashir Makama, however said six persons died in the attack.

Mr. Ortom said he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign.

He said the herdsmen must leave since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area.

Most people in Benue state were disarmed through the amnesty programme executed by the Ortom administration in 2015.

Mr. Ortom encouraged the people to remain law abiding by reporting for appropriate action, any breach of peace by the herdsmen.

“Some of the displaced persons have moved in with their relations in Buruku town and those who do not have anywhere to go are with us in an improvised IDP camp here at St Peter’s Anglican Primary School, Imenger,” the Sole Administrator, Mrs. Sorkaa said.


Source: NAN

Police arrests killers of two Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna

The Kaduna state police command on Monday said three suspects who allegedly killed two Fulani herdsmen in southern Kaduna have been arrested.

Agyole Abeh, commissioner of police, told journalists in Kaduna that the deceased were grazing their livestock when they were killed at Unguwan Luka in Jema’a local government area on Saturday.

He said the three suspects were arrested after a tip-off by good samaritans.

Abeh added that the suspects had made confessional statements and would soon be charged to court.

He declared that peace was gradually returning to southern Kaduna, and urged the public to go about their normal businesses.

Abeh also assured the people of the command’s readiness and commitment in providing secure environment, soliciting for more support from the public to enable police personnel discharge their duties effectively.

“I want to assure the people of the state of my resolve to flush out all forms of crime and criminality in the area,” Abeh said.


Source: The Cable

Trouble looms in Oyo community as hunters and herdsmen may fight over 500 missing cows

A crisis looms at the Oke- Ogun area of Oyo State, except urgent steps are taken to strengthen ties between some Fulani herdsmen and the traditional hunters of the area over about 500 missing cows belonging to the Fulani.

This is as the hunters of the area warned the Fulani herdsmen that they would not tolerate any conduct that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.

The Fulani on their part accused their host communities of exhibiting lackadaisical attitude to their plight. About 500 cows belonging to the itinerant Fulani herdsmen were said to have gone missing recently in the Oke Ogun area of the state, with the owners accusing people of the communities in the area of stealing their live stocks.

Chairman of the Soludero Hunters Association, Chief Oladejo Oladapo and the President of the association, Chief Nureni Ajijola Idris have advised the Fulani socio-cultural organization, Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria not to resort to violence as the state government and police are making arrangement to resolve the disappearance of their cows.

He gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan at the weekend. According to the Head Hunter, it would be helpful for the herdsmen to toe the path of peace as violence would only escalate the matter.

National Chairman of the Fulani herdsmen, Alhaji Saliu Kadir, had, a fortnight ago, lamented that since the report of the sudden disappearance of their cattle was made, the committee that was set up to address the issue had been too lackadaisical towards the plight of those affected by the massive loss.

As a first step to recovering their cows, the herdsmen had ordered closure of all their cattle markets in Ibarapa area.

Reacting to the incident, Oladapo said: “We are aware of what Fulani herdsmen are doing in Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas of Oyo State. We have to make rituals so that their killing instincts will not gain ground in Oyo as they do in other places.

There is nothing like prayers. We will pray and make rituals in all corners of the state so that evil will not happen to us. Evil will not happen. Rituals help in matters of this nature”.

Oladapo however, warned the herdsmen not to foment trouble of any kind but rather allow the law to take its course, so that the issue can be resolved peacefully.

“If they want to be violent, we will be prepared for them and they would not overcome us. Hunters are to maintain peace in society and we will live up to this responsibility. If there is any hostility somewhere, we the hunters have the capability to confront it and ward it off.

Responding, Nureni Idris, said: “We are calling on all Fulani herdsmen to comport themselves and not disturb the peace of Oyo State. If they don’t, we will send our hunters into all areas to check their excesses.

“We cannot be here and allow them to do harm to our people. We will not allow it. Our fathers are blessed with charms and they have transferred it to us. We know what we can do to arrest whoever ruptures the peace of the state and hand him over to the law enforcement agents,” he cautioned.
In a related development, the Ijaw Professionals Association (IPA) has asked the Bayelsa State government to rescind its decision to allocate 1,200 hectares of land to Fulani herdsmen in the state.

This follows criticisms from a section of Ijaw people of Governor Seriake Dickson to allocate the Bayelsa Palm Limited premises in Yenagoa to Fulani herdsmen for cattle grazing and ranching.

While some applauded the government decision, others, including Ankio Briggs, had vehemently opposed it. They said allowing grazing in any part of the state would cause trouble for the Ijaw in future.

The group said this in a statement at the weekend signed by its National President and Homeland Chapter President in charge of Lagos, Iniruo Wills and Elaye Otrofanowei respectively.

It urged Dickson to stay action on the decision “until after adequate stakeholder consultations, which should include well-publicized town hall meetings.”

The group also condemned attacks by thugs suspected to be members of the Bayelsa State Volunteers on a group of Ijaw stakeholders led by Ijaw human rights activist, Ankio Briggs, who were on a peaceful protest in Yenagoa against the government’s decision recently.
IPA also deplored the hypocritical role played by some security agents and top public officers who supervised the assault on the protesters. It wondered why such violence would be unleashed on the Ijaw stakeholders protesting peacefully in the ‘The Jerusalem of Ijaw Nation’.

The peaceful exercise of these rights is not to be forcefully denied or suppressed, whether by official or unofficial forces,” IPA stated.

It insisted that the governor should urgently consult widely to gain further insights on the subject, allow all stakeholders to ventilate their views, and allay their fears.

IPA, therefore, called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to begin an independent investigation into the February 14 incident to unravel the truth and ensure appropriate redress for the victims, as well as penal justice for the culprits.

Meanwhile, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has again warned the people of the state to always report herdsmen fermenting trouble in the state to law enforcement agents rather than engage in reprisal attacks. He said this yesterday during a thanksgiving service at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Agbeede, Konshisha council area organized by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase.

He stated that handing over the state to God marks the beginning of good things in Benue. He added that the emergence of a God fearing man as the Tor Tiv and improved security in the state through the amnesty programme would bring development to the state.

The governor also urged the people of the state to assist the state government in fighting corruption by exposing those perpetrating the evil act for necessary action just as he called on other illustrious sons of the state with inputs that would move the state forward to bring them forward for incorporation into the development programmes of the state.

Ortom, who viewed calls on him to contest for a second term in 2019 as distraction for now, urged them to wait for the right time. He said when that time comes, the Almighty God will direct and fight for him.

He described Akase as a fearless and unbiased journalist who report issues objectively and prayed that God will continue to guide and guard him in his good work

Earlier in a sermon, Rev. Father Steven Suega, stressed the need for people to give thanks to God for His good deeds to them; noting that it does not amount to having so much before one would give thank to whoever did good to you.

Responding, Akase expressed gratitude to God and Governor Ortom for finding him worthy to serve in the administration. He noted that his being called to service has made him and members of his family to come closer to God.

He described the governor as someone who finds favour with everybody irrespective of where you come from. Also, farmers in the Igbodu/Isiwo area of Epe in Lagos State, yesterday raised an alarm over the incessant kidnapping targeted at them in the last few months.

In a bid to spur up action and attract the attention of the Lagos State government to their plight, the farmers said they would today (Monday) protest to the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

In a statement by a representive of the Igbodu/Isiwo Road Farmers, Ayokunle Ore, the group said although they have engaged the police in the past their response have been very poor.

The statement read in part: “As you are aware, over the last couple of months, the Igbodu/Isiwo farmers have been under attack by hoodlums.

“They have successfully kidnapped at different times over 50 people and counting and only release them after payment of huge ransom by family members.”

The farmers lamented that the most recent incident of kidnap took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 when seven people were kidnapped from a poultry farm.

“As we speak, they are yet to be released and the kidnappers are asking for a huge ransom for their release. On this note, we are planning to have a peaceful protest at Alausa, in Ikeja on Monday, to make our grievances and helplessness known to the governor who also happens to be an indigene of Epe. He needs to come to our aid,” the statement added.

The abductors of the two members of O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and five workers of Eliasa Livestock farm who were kidnapped in Igbodu area of Epe last Tuesday, have demanded the sum of N50 million as ransom from families of the victims.

It was learnt that the gunmen contacted the manager of the farm through the telephone of one of the victims yesterday and asked for N50 million for the seven victims.


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VIDEO: I Was Kidnapped By Fulani Gunmen, Not Fulani Herdsmen – Mike Ejiofor

A former senior official at the State Security Service Mike Ejiofor, who served as a state director with the service, was kidnapped on Sunday in Kogi State, according to initial reports by Sahara Reporters.

He was however released on Monday night after his relatives paid N15 million ransom to his kidnappers, his associate said.

In a recent interview on Channels TV, he narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors.

Below is a video clip of the interview:

“Kill any Fulani herdsmen you see around you”, Pastor Suleman admonishes his church members.

The founder of Omega Fire ministries, Johnson Suleman, in a sermon given at his church’s parked auditorium called for the killing of Fulani herdsmen.

The controversial Evangelical preacher, who caused a stir last year when he declared that the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, will die for his plan to pass a law restricting public preaching, in a video footage told his congregants that he was told of a plan by Fulani herdsmen to attack his convoy and shoot him.

It is unclear when the video was recorded but the preacher’s reference to the recent crisis in Southern Kaduna suggests the sermon might have been given any time within October 2016 and January 2017.

“Somebody called me on phone and said: ‘are you alone?’ I said yeah. He said I want to talk to you. I said what is it. He said there is a plan to send Fulani herdsmen after you. I said after who? He said after me. He said why are you saying okay? He said I’m telling you to be careful. I said careful of what? He said they are going to run into the road like herdsmen and cause some confusion and when your security men are trying to clear them, clear them, you will come out and the will open fire. I said Okay,” the cleric said.

The Auchi, Edo State based pastor, added that the same person called him about two weeks later to inform him that herdsmen have now planned to attack his church premises.

He said after the he received the call he instructed his “people” to kill any Fulani herdsmen they see around the church, to loud cheers of approval from the congregants.

Apparently spurred by the noise of approval from his followers, he escalated the call for Fulani herdsmen to be lynched.

“I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just enters by mistake and want to pretend, kill him. Kill him. Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen, he said pumping with emotions.”

The cleric made reference to the communal clashes in Southern Kaduna, where hundreds of people have been reported killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen saying no one has been prosecuted for the killing.

The preacher also accused Nigerians from the north of the country of being in control of the country’s security agencies. He wondered how Boko Haram members were able to escape from jail when pro-Biafra agitators are in prison.

He suggested that a state of emergency should have been declared in Kaduna State for the killings but for Mr. El-Rufai.

When reached for comments, a spokesperson of the church, who gave his name as, Pastor John Okafor, said he cannot give comment over the phone and that this reporter should travel to the church headquarters in Auchi, for answers to questions posed to him about the video.

Below is a transcript of the video:

I have not told my wife. I will tell you this. Yesterday she was telling me something and I walked away. She didn’t know why I walked away. I was battling between telling her and not telling her.

Somebody called me on phone and said: ‘are you alone?’ I said yeah. He said ‘I want to talk to you’. I said what is it. He said ‘there is a plan to send Fulani herdsmen after you.’ I said after who? He said after me. He said ‘why are you saying okay?’ He said ‘I’m telling you to be careful.’ I said careful of what? He said ‘they are going to run into the road like herdsmen and cause some confusion and while your security men are trying to clear them, clear them, you will come out and the will open fire.’ I said Okay.

After about a week, two weeks, he called me and said, ‘if they don’t do that they might bring them to come around church premises.’ I said it is okay. Are you the one they are after. I said it’s okay.

And I told my people, I said any Fulani herdsman you see around you, kill him. (cheers from the congregants). Yesterday she was talking I just keep quiet because you know women there are things you don’t tell them.

I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just enter by mistake and want to pretend, kill him. Kill him (more cheers from the packed church).

Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen (more cheers).

I said I’m not going to talk this year, so let me not talk. Am I talking to somebody here. ‘Apostle why are you saying we should kill somebody?’ Didn’t David kill Goliath? Was that spiritual?

Many people in Kaduna are now widows. Many are now fatherless. Many are orphans because some people think they own power. Kill them. Am I talking to somebody here? Are we Christians? Yes. Are we believers? Yes? You can’t be widows, you can’t be widowers because of some devilish people that say they have a religion? Now they are shouting Biafra wants to go, Biafra wants to go. Why won’t they want to go when you think that the north own the country. Every security, every position is from the north. Very soon south-south will start their own and say they want to go. Let’s leave your cattle for you.

We have lawyers here. We have some lawyers in the crowd. There is a lawyer here. 212 people in Kaduna are dead. Nobody is prosecuted. Not one. River State election, few people died now there is a panel of enquiry because it is South-South. In a state, when 50 people died they will declare a state of emergency. Two hundred and two people died and one short devil that calls himself a governor is moving about and no state of emergency. They caught a Boko Haram member, before we woke up they said he has escaped. Escaped! And Biafran agitators are still in prison now and they have not escaped. But Boko Haram members Escaped!


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Southern Kaduna communities, Fulani herdsmen meet over incessant attacks

Worried by incessant attacks that have claimed many lives and displaced thousands of rural dwellers, communities in Southern Kaduna at the weekend met with Fulani herdsmen toward halting the trend.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, convened by Emmanuel Jekada, and held at St. Thadeus Science Academy, Madakiya, near Kafanchan, had representatives from the 87 wards of the eight local governments that constitute the Kaduna South Senatorial Zone.

In a keynote address at the meeting that also featured representatives of Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba communities and youth groups, Mr. Jekada said that the gesture was part of his “little contribution” to the efforts by the Kaduna State Government toward ending the attacks in the area.

“As a concerned citizen, I am trying to support the peace moves of the Kaduna State authorities; and as a military man, I want the youth to understand that war does not lead to peace. It only leads to more wars as it is currently being experienced in Southern Sudan and the Middle East,” he said.

The meeting was divided into eight groups according to respective local governments, with each of them given posers and questions on the possible causes of violence in their specific areas, and how best to address them.

According to the presentations by the groups, the causes of the violence included poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, religious and tribal sentiments, as well as perceived injustices.

Other identified causes included abandonment of culture and tradition, bad leadership, intolerance, bad teachings by some religious leaders, political manipulations and rumour peddling.

Other factors included the destruction of farm produce and the killing of cattle, unprovoked attacks and insincerity by government and its agents.

NAN quotes the participants as particularly calling for more fairness on the part of security personnel deployed to restore law and order, while also insisting that suspects arrested in connection with the attacks should be prosecuted to deter others from fomenting trouble.

Individual Fulani contributors, during the group discussions, however, exonerated the resident herdsmen from the attacks, which they blamed on foreign herdsmen that usually attack the local communities and flee.

They, however, regretted that they were always left to face the consequences of the attacks, and alleged that the native communities had always pounced on them each time there was an attack.

The Fulani recalled that they had always lived in peace with the local communities, and called for more dialogue and avenues of interaction to boost mutual understanding and curb the violence.

On their part, the natives alleged that the state government was being misinformed on the true nature and causes of the crises, and advised government to always insist on hearing from all sides so as to be well guided into taking informed decisions.

They also advised the Fulani communities to help the security personnel and the state government by reporting the movement of strangers among them so as to prove that they had no link with the attackers.

The local communities also wondered why security men, who were always quick to arrest locals for possessing even dane guns used for hunting, had not been able to arrest the attackers that wield very sophisticated weapons.

Mr. Jekada, who spoke with NAN after the meeting, said that the resolutions would be forwarded to the Kaduna State Government to help its efforts toward ending the bloodshed.

He advised the media to be more security conscious in their reportage, and cautioned against sentiments that could worsen the already bad situation.

“The primary purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property. Everyone should positively contribute to this task because without peace, no other endeavour can prosper,” he pointed out.

The retired military officer advised security men tasked with restoring peace to the area, to be professional in their conduct, and avoid actions that could give the impressions that they were either incompetent, poorly trained or just out to complicate the situation.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 26 Persons, Injure Many In Benue

In what seemed like a coordinated attacks, suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday allegedly attacked four Benue communities killing over 26 persons, injuring many others and razing several houses and huts.

The attacks came on the heels of Saturday’s invasion of Dusa villages in Turan council ward of Logo local government, where a Village Head and five others were killed.

It was gathered that the villages affected in the latest attacks were Uzaar in Tombo, Anyii in Logo local government and Vase in Ukum local government. According to the source, the marauders launched an attack on Uzzar and Anyii Monday night killing about 8 persons and razing down parts of the affected communities.

According to him, “Vase was attacked at about 1am Tuesday where 12 persons including six relatives of a serving Permanent Secretary in the state were butchered in cold blood. The sequence of the attacks clearly showed that they were well coordinated and that is why the people could not put up any form of resistance.

“As we speak there is a huge influx of displaced persons of over 1,000 including women and children running away from their homes to Ugba, the headquaters of Logo same as Zaki Biam in Ukum, for safety. From the sustained attacks it is becoming clear that the herdsmen want to take over the affected communities close to River Benue because of the rich vegetation.” When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attacks, said however that “the Police have recovered four corpses from Vase, three from Anyii and one from Uzaar village. That is the number I can confirm to you.”

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Buhari, Governors Agree On Ranches to End Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes

President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors have agreed that ranches should be established to address incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes instead of grazing reserves, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, has disclosed.


Lalong, who made the disclosure on Sunday in Jos at the dedication of the new headquarters of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), said that grazing reserves would not address the clashes and the killings.


“The President and governors agreed that there would be no grazing areas; ranches would be established by government where the cattle would be kept in one place and fed.

“Government will provide facilities like medical, schools and other needs in the ranches,” he said.


Lalong said that the ranches would not be for Fulani herdsmen alone but for whoever rears cattle.


He said that the Buhari’s administration inherited myriads of problems, saying that herdsmen/farmers clashes was just one of such problems and urged the people to be patient.


He urged Plateau citizens to pray for the state and the Federal Government as all the problems could not be solved in one year.


Also speaking, the Senator representing Plateau South, Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd), said that delegates at the 2014 National Conference agreed that grazing reserves should be a state affair, not federal.


He said that it would be difficult for farmers to support the establishment of grazing areas as they would not donate their farms for grazing purposes.

In his sermon, Rev. Anthony Farinto, former ECWA President, called on leaders at all levels to urgently address the difficulties Nigerians were going through.

The cleric, who condemned the recent killing of a military official, urged the Federal Government to do all within its power to address the security challenges facing the country.

“If a serving Colonel could be kidnapped and killed, it portends serious danger for the country,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, attended the service.



How I Intend To End Fulani Herdsmen, Farmers Clashes– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Abuja that poverty, injustice and the lack of job opportunities were mainly responsible for inter-communal and intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria.

Speaking while receiving a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organization active in the promotion of peace in Nigeria, President Buhari said to achieve enduring peace in the country, greater effort must be made to eradicate poverty and injustice.

The president described ethnic and religious conflicts in parts of the country as outward manifestations of underlying problems of joblessness, injustice and poverty.

On conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, President Buhari said that a plan to map out grazing areas will soon be presented to the Nigerian Governors Forum as a temporary solution to the frequent conflicts until cattle owners are persuaded to adopt other means of rearing their cattle.

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Fulani Herdsmen Kidnap 3 Building Contractors In Delta

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, weekend, kidnapped three building contractors at Amorji, a suburb Onicha-Ukwani community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

Though the names of those kidnapped could not be ascertained at press time, it was reported that they were abducted while working at a fenced site in the community.
“According to an eye witness, it was these Fulani herdsmen that kidnapped these persons who were doing their job and took them hostage,” an indigene of the community, Joe Ossai, said.
He said: “For some time now, these herdsmen have occupied almost all the communities in Onicha-Ukwani, particularly Amorji and driven the people out of the village.
“My people are seriously hungry because there is no food for them to eat, the easy access road to Kwale had been taken over by Fulani herdsmen. The worst part of it all is that they went ahead and brought their families to be feeding from the communities’ crops they invaded.”
Also speaking on the development, President of Anti-Cult, Ndokwa nation, Mr. Austin Emu, said: “They have been communicating for ransom, but we do not know if they are purely Fulani herdsmen or if our people are also so involved.”
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer the Delta State command, Celestina Kalu said the police was on top of the matter.


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Afenifere Blasts Kwankwaso Over Fulani Herdsmen Comment

The pan-Yoruba socio-political and cultural group, Afenifere, has slammed the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over his recent comment on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the South-west.

Kwankwaso, who was in Ibadan, Oyo State last weekend, had picked holes in the threat by Yoruba leaders to sack all Fulani herdsmen from the zone due to the criminalities of some of them.

Reacting to the Afenifere’s threat, which was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a summit in Ibadan, following the kidnap saga of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, the former governor said such should not be contemplated as ‘Nigeria is home to all.’

But in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, entitled, ‘of Criminal Fulani herdsmen and uncultured Kwakwaso,’ Afenifere described Kwankwaso’s statement as ‘uncouth, rude and insensitive.

“In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwakwanso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts,” the statement read in parts.

Afenifere said it was irritating for Kwankwaso to be justifying the criminal activities of the Fulani herdsmen on the ground of not having opportunity to go school as if it was the Yoruba that actually denied them the opportunity.

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Compulsory Registration Of Fulani Herdsmen & Animals In S/West Set To Commence

The leadership of the Fulani commu­nity in the South West region rose from an emergency meeting in Ibadan, at the weekend, with a resolve to embark on compulsory registra­tion of all herdsmen op­erating in the various states of the geo-political zone, including their ani­mals.

The move is targeted at putting an end to the crisis between the herds­men and farmers in the region.

The registration is ex­pected to ensure effective monitoring of the activi­ties of the herdsmen by their host communities and security operatives to guard against un­wholesome behaviors.

The meeting, which lasted for over six hours was held inside the Sasa Palace of the Sardauna Yamma and Chairman of the Sarkin Hausa was in the 17 southern states, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin.

Maiyasin, while ad­dressing journalists on the resolutions, called for cooperation of the host communities, in­cluding the various state and local governments in supporting the Fulani leadership to effectively implement the proposed registration exercise.

The Sarkin Sasa of Ibadanland said the meeting also mandated Fulani parents to keep close watch on their chil­dren and wards to ensure that they do not engage in anti-social behaviors or consumption of hard drugs.

The Fulani commu­nity then expressed de­light over the proactive measures taken by secu­rity operatives, which led to the arrest and sub­sequent prosecution of suspected kidnappers of Afenifere chieftain and former Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration, Chief Olu Falae.

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Three Villagers In Kwara- Police

The police command in Kwara State on Thursday confirmed that three villagers were killed in Matokun village, Patigi Local Government Area in a clash between Fulani herdsmen and residents of the village.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

He said the command had dispatched some policemen to Patigi to maintain the peace.

The PPRO said a delegation was also sent to the town to broker peace between the warring parties, while investigation had begun on the crisis.

Okesanmi said, “There was a rift between some Fulani and some Patigi people which resulted to deaths as claimed by the parties involved.

“A unit of riot policemen has been dispatched to Patigi to maintain the peace, while a team of senior police officers was sent by the Commissioner of Police to broker peace.

“Investigation into the cause or causes of the crisis has started.”

He added, however, that normalcy had returned to the community, with the swift intervention of security agencies.

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill 96 In Benue

At least, 96 people were killed in Benue State when several villages were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, a state police spokesman and an army source said on Tuesday.

Hundreds are killed each year in clashes pitting the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani people against more settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing. The clashes are always driven by disputes centred on land use.

A senior military officer said fighting around five villages lasted several days in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue. Police spokesman, Austine Ezeani, said a mobile police unit was deployed in the area.


The Untold Story: How Fulani Herdsmen Attacked Benue Communities

Spurred by last Sunday’s early morning attack on Egba community in Agatu LGA of Benue State by marauding Fulani herdsmen about which the State Police Commissioner, Hyacinth Dagala, reportedly placed the death toll at 82, DAILY POST headed for the community in an expedition that yielded revealing but disturbing details.

Locals report that hundreds of Fulani nomads invaded the community at about 4:30am on that fateful day, fully clad in military fatigue. They shot sporadically into the air, causing the villagers to run for dear lives. But as they tried to escape, the assailants gunned them down while killing others with machetes and daggers.

An embittered resident of Egba, who gave his name as Attah Okopi, vehemently disagreed with the figure given in official quarters as casualty rate. In his view, those who died from the attack cannot be less than 150. He noted that, “if they are talking about the number of males that died, maybe I can agree with them. But if the number of deceased women and children are to be included, then we would not have anything less than 150.”

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See What Fulani Herdsmen Did To Enugu Village Chief (VIEWER DISCRETION)

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, killed Tamgbo Ogueji, a member of the traditional rulers’ cabinet at Eke community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. The deceased, aged 85, was allegedly shot in his house in the early hours over an undisclosed issue.


President-General, Eke Town Union, Mr. Anthony Enu, said the community was irked and the youths restive. He said: “Last year, the same Fulani herdsmen killed two of our brother, Matthew Aniugo and Chiagha Chigbo, in their farms. The town is boiling with anger now.

“We have reported the matter to the Police. We are calling on all relevant authorities to prevail on these Fulani herdsmen to ensure justice for our people.” All efforts to get the reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, proved abortive as he did not respond to calls and SMS to his mobile phone.

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Senate Leader Demands Probe Into Benue Killings

Senate President, David Mark, has tasked security operatives to arrest culprits responsible for the recent killings in his homeland of Agatu local government area of Benue State. According to his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark reacted after he was briefed by some of his constituents on the development.

He expressed grief over the incident and wondered why his constituents would be killed continuosly by their supposed neighbors. “This is condemnable. This guerrilla warfare must be stopped. All hands must be on deck to put an end to this. Whatever the issue is, resort to violence or killings cannot bring a solution,” he said.

“We must come together and resolve the matter. This animalistic and barbaric act is condemnable by any right thinking members of the society” Mark added. He called for the establishment of a joint commission specifically to forestall further outbreak of violence and killings.

The Senate President also requested the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to help provide relief material to displaced persons in the area and pleaded with the people to remain law abiding as government finds solution to the crisis. Scores of indigenes of Egba community in Agatu local government area of Benue state were on Monday ambushed and murdered in cold blood.

Credit: CAJ News