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Herders Receive N15m Ransom After Kidnapping Farmers In Lagos
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Herders Receive N15m Ransom After Kidnapping Farmers In Lagos

Suspected herders were paid N15 million in ransom after kidnapping two farmers in Shalabo village, located between Isiwu and Imota areas of Lagos state. TheCable understands that the victims were abducted last week Tuesday on their farm. It was gathered that the owner of the Ikorodu Integrated Farm had just returned to the country from the UK and visited the farm with his brother, where they were both kidnapped. The kidnappers first demanded a ransom of N10 million but later increased it to N20 million — before a middle ground of N15 million was reached. “The abductors attacked the farm with sophisticated weapons, leading to commotion and everyone scampering for safety. The victims were eventually kidnapped and after some time, their abductors contacted one of the family me...
Victims Laments As Oil Spill Ravages Rivers Farmlands, Fish Ponds
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Victims Laments As Oil Spill Ravages Rivers Farmlands, Fish Ponds

Farmers in Okogbe clan, in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State are counting their losses after an oil spill destroyed farmland, crops and fish ponds worth millions of naira. It was gathered that two separate spills from Okordia-Rumuekpe pipeline operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company and Ogoda-Brass pipeline operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) occurred in the area around the middle of 2020. Some of those affected claimed that the spills, which was not cleaned, was dispersed by flood into the surrounding communities, culminating in a fire which devastated farmlands, streams, forest and other sources of livelihoods One of the farmers, Dr Patricia Ogbonnaya, said she noticed crude oil in her farmland in December 2020, adding that despite s...
Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North
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Traders in Kano Lament as Onion bag Sold in the South for N35k Crashes to N7k in the North

Farmers and traders in Kano are lamenting as farm produce, which can't be sent to the South due to the ongoing strike by sellers of cows and food stuff, are now being sold in the North at ridiculously low prices. In video shared by Daily Trust, the farmers and marketers at the Gun-Dutse onion market, Dawakin Kudu Local government Area of Kano State, are seen lamenting the effect of the ongoing strike by the sellers of cows and foodstuff. Recall that trucks bringing food stuff to the Southern part of Nigeria were turned back at Kara Jebba, the last village between Niger state and Kwara state, to prevent them from bringing food to the South . This strike is connected to an ultimatum given by the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MAC...
We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt
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We Have No Refugees In Benin Republic – Ogun Govt

The Ogun State Government has debunked reports being circulated in some news media that people affected by herdsmen attacks in some parts of Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Local Government Areas have fled their communities to seek refuge in the neighboring Republic of Benin. According to the government, the purported movement of the people was that of those who were not actual inhabitants of the communities, but those who came from the neighbouring country to lease farmlands in the area. The Chairman, Ogun State Peace Keeping Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict, Kayode Oladele, made this known on Monday, in his remark at a meeting of the Committee, held at the Obas’ Complex Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. Oladele said that there was no crisis in Yewaland that would warrant its people to bec...
We Don’t Carry AK-47s Like Herdsmen – Benue Farmers Reply Governor Lalong
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We Don’t Carry AK-47s Like Herdsmen – Benue Farmers Reply Governor Lalong

The association of farmers in Nigeria says they are shocked by the comments recently made by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong who said both herders and farmers carry AK-47. The Benue State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesdays said they the governor is wrong and that they do not carry AK-47 like herdsmen. Governor Lalong had earlier on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television Breakfast programme Sunrise Daily lamented over the rise in arms proliferation in the country noting that both herders and farmers now carry AK-47 in self-defence. “We watched with shock, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Channels Television where he accused farmers of carrying AK-47 riffles like Fulani herdsmen. “All...
Don’t Blame Herdsmen Alone, Farmers Also Carry AK-47 For Self-Defence – Lalong
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Don’t Blame Herdsmen Alone, Farmers Also Carry AK-47 For Self-Defence – Lalong

Simon Lalong, chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Plateau State governor on Tuesday said Fulani herdsmen alone should not be singled out for blame for carrying AK-47 as farmers are also guilty of the same offence. Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed had incurred the wrath of Nigerians last week when he said herdsmen are compelled to carry AK-47 and other firearms for self-defence. However, speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by DAILY INDEPENDENT, Lalong said an investigation by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum also showed that farmers also carry AK-47 and other firearms for protection. According to him when the farmers-herdsmen crisis occurred in Plateau state, both herdsmen and farmers were arrested with AK-47. He said, “I am not justif...
Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki
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Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has blamed the tension in the state over the idea of grazing lands on those he described as the same political opponents he defeated in the last gubernatorial poll in the state. Recall that the governor had been reported to have promised to establish grazing lands for herders, but while speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at the presidential villa, Abuja, weekend, he said his government was only encouraging private citizens to do business with herders for profit. He accused the political opponents of deliberately misrepresenting the position of government for selfish reasons. According to him, “If you will just go through some blogs and some of the narratives ...
Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes
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Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes

State governors have agreed to compensate victims of herders /farmers clashes in their various states . The agreement was reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa , Abuja on Thursday. The meeting was presided by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo . The council presided over by sitting Vice President has all state governors and relevant, Central Bank of Nigeria’ Governor and relevant ministers as members. The decision to pay compensation was part of the communique read by the governor of Ogun State , Dapo Abiodun, when he briefed State House Correspondents alongside his Kebbi State counterpart , Atiku Bagudu. Abiodun noted those who suffered loses in targeted attacks must be made to have a sense of compensation . He also said the council re...
”Any cow seen on the streets in Akure will be arrested”- Rotimi Aleredolu says
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”Any cow seen on the streets in Akure will be arrested”- Rotimi Aleredolu says

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has said that any cow seen wandering the streets of Akure, the state capital will be arrested. According to him, the government is banning open grazing.   He said this in a recent chat with TVC ''We are banning open grazing. If I see a cow I will arrest it. They can't move in Akure town. We wouldn't allow it. It is not going to happen. We must put an end to it'' he said   Following the incessant clashes between herders and farmers in the SouthWest, the governors of the South West state on January 25, banned open grazing.    
Suspected Herdsmen Kill Seven in Edo
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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Seven in Edo

About seven farmers have been killed by suspected herdsmen in some communities in Edo State. The attack was carried out on Wednesday February 17 at Ugboke, Oshodi, Okokodo, Ariyan, and a Yoruba camp situated in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state. Police spokesperson in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the incident and also said efforts were on to arrest the perpetrators. He also said the dead bodies have been evacuated from the bush. Nwabuzor said; “The State Police Command is aware of the incident that happened within the jurisdiction of Ekhiadolor Divisional Police Command. The DPO and his operatives visited the crime site and evacuated the bodies, and moves are on to ensure that place is calm and the lives return to normalcy. “Also, the police is carr...
South-East Farmers Demand ₦9 Billion From FG Over Herdsmen’s Menace
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South-East Farmers Demand ₦9 Billion From FG Over Herdsmen’s Menace

Farmers under the platform of the Eastern Farmers ’ Association have demanded N 9bn from the Federal Government as compensation for the destruction of their crops and farmlands by herdsmen and their animals . The group decried what it called the Federal Government ’s neglect over the losses incurred by farmers as a result of the activities of herdsmen and their cattle over the years. It said the compensation was to mitigate the losses . “ Since the advent of the Fulani herdsmen in the eastern region , the Federal Government has been paying lip service to the monumental destruction of our crops and farmland ,” the group said. The group ’s Coordinator , Paul Achalla , and Secretary -General, Nneka Orji , signed the petition . The statement read in part , “ The Federal Govern...
Fulani Herdsmen Kill Three Farmers In Ondo
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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Three Farmers In Ondo

Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Saturday night attacked some farmers at Ijugbere in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, killing three of them. This comes two days after a clash between the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network, popularly known as Amotekun, and armed herders in the same LGA, which led to the death of two villagers. Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Agriculture, Akin Olotu, confirmed the killing to SaharaReporters. “Yes, it’s true, three people were killed, the place is becoming like Zamfara. Those accusing the governor of ordering illegal occupants of the forest to vacate the place, I think they should be charged as accomplices,” Olotu told SaharaReporters. “It obvious these bandits are ready for war. That’s why the gover...
Ondo Farmers Jobless, Hungry After Herders Fed Their Crops To Cattle
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Ondo Farmers Jobless, Hungry After Herders Fed Their Crops To Cattle

A farmer, Sunday Ahmed and two of his friends were working on Ahmed’s farms at Owobamigbe village in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State on January 21, 2020, when some herdsmen allegedly appeared with cattle to graze on the farm. But Sunday and his friends resisted them especially as they had just planted some crops. A fight ensued and the armed herdsmen overpowered Ahmed and his friends. The two friends fled to inform members of the community but Ahmed was unable to escape and he was allegedly seriously inflicted with machete cuts by the herders. Ahmed said, “On that day, around 2 pm, I was working on the farm alongside two of my friends when we suddenly saw the herdsmen leading their cattle into my farm. We challenged them to get the cows away from the farm. B...
British Supreme Court Rules that Niger Delta Communities Can Sue Shell in UK
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British Supreme Court Rules that Niger Delta Communities Can Sue Shell in UK

The United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled that polluted Nigerian communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell, a British-Dutch oil company in English courts for pollution. The decisions overturns a previous Appeal Court ruling and represents a victory after a five-year legal battle instituted by Ogale and Bille communities in Rivers state. While the communities with 42,500 farmers and fishermen stressed that they are suffering after the oil company polluted their environment including land, swamps, groundwater and waterways, Shell in its defence argued that it was only a holding company for a firm that should be judged under Nigerian law. The Royal Dutch Shell which also did not dispute that pollution had been caused, argued that it could not be held legally responsible for its Nige...
Oyo Farmers Returning To Communities Seized By Fulani Man, Iskiku Wakili
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Oyo Farmers Returning To Communities Seized By Fulani Man, Iskiku Wakili

THE Deputy Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas, Oba Francis Alao, who is also the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, said peace had returned to Kajola and other villages taken over by a Fulani man, Iskiku Wakil. The Asawo of Ayete, Oba Emmanuel Okeniyi, and farmers in the villages had earlier raised the alarm that Wakil and his armed kinsmen pursued farmers out of the villages and destroyed their cocoa and cashew trees. Olugbo said in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Oyo State in charge of operations called and told him that peace had been restored to the place. The monarch said the police officer told him that Wakil, who was accused of pursuing farmers from their farms and destroying their economic trees, had fled the area. ...
Abia Pays N100K To Herdsmen For Every Cow Killed In Clash With Farmers – Ikpeazu
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Abia Pays N100K To Herdsmen For Every Cow Killed In Clash With Farmers – Ikpeazu

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia, says the state government pays herders N100,000 for each cow killed as a result of clashes between them and farmers. The state government on Tuesday accused herders of kidnapping citizens of the state and of destroying farmlands with cows grazing openly. Despite banning open grazing in June 2018, herdsmen have reportedly continued to violate the law in the state. Speaking on Wednesday on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Ikpeazu said the same sum is also paid to farmers whose farmland is destroyed by stray cows. The governor said the initiative is meant to gain the trust of the people and to prevent them from taking the law into their own hands. Asked what the state government is doing to enforce the law against open grazing, Ikpeazu ...
Ibarapa: Herdsmen Mount “No Cross-Zone” On Farmlands In Oyo
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Ibarapa: Herdsmen Mount “No Cross-Zone” On Farmlands In Oyo

Despite Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde’s vow to tackle the security challenges in the Ibarapa and Oke Ogun zone of the state, some farmers have again been sacked from their farms by suspected herders. The governor last week said that, among other measures, additional 200 operatives of the Oyo State Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps would be deployed to the region for forestall attack on residents. But on Friday, some farmers were attacked on their way to the farms by suspected herders in Igangan. Some farmers, who resided on farm settlements, were also sent out of their farmlands. The Convener Igangan Development Advocates, Oladokun Oladiran, said many of the farm settlers have been sent packing. Oladiran appealed to the government to quickly ensure that the Amotekun dep...
Oyo Farmers Flee As Herdsmen Attack Igangan Again
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Oyo Farmers Flee As Herdsmen Attack Igangan Again

There is renewed tension in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State following the alleged takeover of two villages by some herdsmen. The two villages, Kajola and Gbagba Idere are located in the Ayete Local Government Area of the state. Residents of Ayete told our correspondent that a Fulani herdsman, Iskilu Wakil, was asked to leave the villages because he did not buy the land he was occupying. This was said to have infuriated the herder, who claimed he was a combatant with arms and ammunition. The Asawo of Ayete, Oba Emmanuel Okeniyi, said those who have farms in the villages had fled the places over fear they might be attacked by Wakil. Oba Okeniyi said, “They asked him to leave the area. I don’t think he bought the land from anybody and the owners of the ...
Fulani Herdsmen Shot Farmers In Oyo, Burnt Cashew Farm
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Fulani Herdsmen Shot Farmers In Oyo, Burnt Cashew Farm

Some suspected Fulani herdsmen have burnt about ten acres of cashew farm, near Wakili Fulani village, Kajola Ayete, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State. SaharaReporters learnt that the farm, belonging to a 90-year-old Yoruba man, Chief Oyewole, was burnt because the nonagenarian was one of those who had complained about the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in his village. Our correspondent gathered that seven youths on Wednesday went to the Fulani settlement to inform Wakili, the Fulani leader in the area, about some criminal activities his children were doing and invite him to the palace of a traditional leader in the town. Our source however said that on getting to the village, Wakili and his men shot four farmers and quickly went to burn the farm close to...
EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters With 12 Cars In Osun
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EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters With 12 Cars In Osun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, January 22, 2021 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. They were apprehended by operatives of the Commission who, acting on intelligence, swooped on their hideouts in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The Commission recovered twelve cars which include three Toyota Highlander SUVs, one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV, One Acura SUV, two Honda Crosstour, two Toyota Venza and three other Toyota brands. Also recovered are phones, laptops and other devices. The suspects, who variously claimed to be students, artisans, farmers and businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level of involvement in the alleged crime. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are conclu...
Akin Alabi, Ministry Of Agriculture Empowers Farmers In Egbeda/Ona Ara
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Akin Alabi, Ministry Of Agriculture Empowers Farmers In Egbeda/Ona Ara

The Member of the House of representatives representing Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency, Hon. Akin Alabi launched an empowerment program for farmers in Egbeda/Ona Ara in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development. The Federal Ministry distributed farm seeds to hundreds of farmers in attendance. Seedlings like maize, rice, pea, cocoa and other cash crops were distributed to the farmers that were also trained on dry season farming and storage by the Federal ministry of Agriculture as facilitated by Honorable Akin Alabi. Hon. Alabi declared that the beneficiaries will now be able to qualify for the ongoing business cash grant that he recently launched for constituents. Hon. Alabi doles out business deendent capital to local business owners under the...
Zabarmari: Boko Haram Has Addressed Nigerians While Buhari Hasn’t – Aisha Yesufu
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Zabarmari: Boko Haram Has Addressed Nigerians While Buhari Hasn’t – Aisha Yesufu

Human rights activist and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls Movements, Aisha Yesufu, has decried the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the gruesome killings of at least 43 farmers in the Zabarmari area of Borno State. Yesufu on Twitter lamented that a Boko Haram leader from the Abubakar Shekau faction had addressed the country on Tuesday while the President has yet to make an address. She noted that this suggested that Nigeria had no leader. She said: The leader of the terrorist group has addressed the nation while the ruler of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria has yet to address the country. The terrorists know their leader has got their back. Nigerians have no leader. This hurts!
Reno Omokri Blasts Northerners Attacking Davido For Not Speaking Up Against #ZambarmariMassacre
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Reno Omokri Blasts Northerners Attacking Davido For Not Speaking Up Against #ZambarmariMassacre

Reno Omokri has taken to his Instagram page to tackle Nigerians from Nothern Nigeria who came online to bash Davido for not speaking against the Zambarmari massacre. Over 40 farmers were slaughtered by Boko Haram members in Borno state last weekend. Northerners took to Twitter to bash the singer for not speaking against the attack. Reacting to the bashing Davido received, Reno Omokri asked the Northerners to leave Davido alone. According to him, the singer isn't their problem. His post reads: ''Leave @Davido alone. His job is to make the world a happier place. And he is exceptionally good at it. If you guys harass General @MuhammaduBuhari the way you have harassed this young man this year (we remember #EndSARS), perhaps #ZabarmariMassacre and other killings would not have ...
Boko Haram Gives Reason For Killing Farmers In Zabarmari, Issues New Warning
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Boko Haram Gives Reason For Killing Farmers In Zabarmari, Issues New Warning

Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has released a new video in which it claims responsibility for killing 78 farmers in Zabarmari area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria on Saturday. HumAngle reported that the migrant farmers from Sokoto State, North-western Nigeria, were tied and slaughtered by the terrorists. The terrorists had also burnt the farm they were cultivating after beheading them one after another. In the new released three minutes 37-second video, titled “رسالة جديدة” (a new message), Boko Haram accused the farmers of arresting one of its members and handing him to the Nigerian military. “You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace,” a masked commander of the group asked in the vi...
Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers
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Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers

Members of the House of Representatives were divided at Tuesday plenary on whether or not to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before them and offer explanation on the true security situation of the country. An earlier circulated motion had prayed for the invitation of the president. But the motion eventually moved by Hon. Satomi Ahmed on behalf other 10 Borno State lawmakers on the floor prayed the president to amongst other things, declare a State of emergency on security matters. But the motion as presented didn’t sit down well with another Borno lawmaker, Hon. Ahamdu Jaha who relied on Order 6, Rule 1 of the House to say that the original motion to which all the lawmakers agreed on was to call on the President to address them on the security situation especially ...
US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state
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US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state

The United States has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.   The US embassy in a statement released on Monday November 30, stated that abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.   It read;    “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. “These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as...
Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness
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Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness

About thirty-eight more corpses were on Monday recovered from the scene of Saturday’s onslaught on farmers by Boko Haram Insurgents in Borno State, sources told SaharaReporters. The deceased were slaughtered at a rice plantation in Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri. The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after killing the farmers. The Defence Headquarters had claimed only 43 people were killed, but a source told SaharaReporters that the death toll had risen to 81 as 38 more bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams on Monday. He said, “The army restricted us from capturing the scene with our phones; they know what they are doing, and they know they will be exposed. Today alone, 38 bodies were recovered and it will cont...
UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack
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UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack

The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State. Local media had published a report on Saturday quoting officials of the Borno State government saying at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an attack by insurgents on a rice field. On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass burial of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed. Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a statement which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack. The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral. In the initial UN statement, signed by Eve Sabba...
“Boko Haram Killed 43 People” – John Enenche Counters United Nations’ Claim Of 110 Farmers Killed In Borno
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“Boko Haram Killed 43 People” – John Enenche Counters United Nations’ Claim Of 110 Farmers Killed In Borno

Nigerian Defence Headquarters' Director of Information, Maj. Gen. John Eneche has countered the United Nations' claim of 110 people being killed over the weekend in Borno. It was reported earlier that United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said no fewer than 110 farmers were killed in Saturday, November 28 attack on rice farms in Zabarmari community in Borno state. Reacting to this in an interview on Channels Television today November 30, Eneche stated that what the military have so far counted with the locals is 43 bodies. He noted that the military is still searching for dead bodies, while also admitting that some people ran into the bush during the attack. He added that while there is a possibility of the death toll rising, he is however hopeful t...
FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu
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FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu

Former Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has blasted the Buhari-led adminstration over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In tweets he shared, the economist expressed fear of Nigeria becoming a failed state. He also said that ''a government which can’t protect the lives of its citizens, spends all its energy attempting to suppress #EndSARS peaceful protesters.'' Moghalu wrote; “The barbaric beheading of 43 Nigerians in Zabarmari village in Borno State by Boko Haram is a national outrage and tragedy. It’s increasingly clear that @NigeriaGov is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. What does that mean? Our country is becoming a failed state." “It is a travesty that a government that can’t protect the lives of its citizens spends all it...
43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu
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43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu

The Presidency, today on Monday stated that the 43 farmers that were killed by Boko Haram on Saturday did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when the attack happened. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with the BBC on Monday. He said while not blaming the victims for the incident, the truth must be said. Shehu said, “The government is sad that this tragic incident has happened. 43 or thereabout of innocent farm workers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People need to know what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area. “Much of those areas have been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are a number of spaces that have not been cleared for t...
#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno
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#ZabarmariMassacre: Photos of the rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno

More than 43 farmers from Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State were slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists.   The incident happened on Saturday, November 28, at Koshebe village, in Mafa Local Government Area while the victims were working in a rice field.   One Mohammed Chiroma from Borno State, shared photos of the victims being recovered from the massacre scene. The photos shows that most of the farmers were beheaded.   The victims were buried on Sunday morning, November 29.
Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno
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Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has condemned the killing of farmworkers in Borno State. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Saturday. Reacting in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed grief over the killing of the farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari Condemns As Insane, Boko Haram Killing Of Farmers in Borno State.’ The statement quoted Buhari as saying, “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. ...
Zabarmari: Zulum Leads Horrified Kinsmen To Bury 43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram
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Zabarmari: Zulum Leads Horrified Kinsmen To Bury 43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at Zabarmari early morning on Sunday, to lead kinsmen and other residents, still in shock, for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents. Though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked on Saturday, at Koshebe village, a place in Mafa Local Government Area. Zulum, during his visit was told that death toll was yet to be fully ascertained. "Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing" a resident (name concealed,...
Christmas: Chicken May Sell For N10,000 – Poultry Farmers Raise Alarm
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Christmas: Chicken May Sell For N10,000 – Poultry Farmers Raise Alarm

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has warned that if some urgent steps are not taken by the federal government, the cost of chicken during the yuletide might be as high as N10,000 per unit The association, in a press release made available to Blueprint stated that with the increase in feed prices especially soya beans and soya bean meal, the prices of eggs and chickens might go out of reach of many Nigerians. The Chairperson of PAN, Ogun state Chapter, Blessing Alawode further requested the federal government to save Nigerian poultry industry from imminent collapse which the industry now faces as a result of unabated rising in the prices of bird feeds and concentrates used to feed chickens. She explained that the feed inputs such as soya beans are going out of reach of ...
18 People Die As Canoe Capsizes In Bauchi
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18 People Die As Canoe Capsizes In Bauchi

No fewer than 18 people were killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized in Bauchi State. Although five people were rescued alive , the driver and one passenger were unconscious . The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil , made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Bauchi. According to him, the deceased included eight children, eight teenagers , and two adults . He said the incident occurred on River Buji in Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State . He said, “ On Thursday, 12 th November , 2020, at 11 am , one Ali Adamu , Village Head of Majiya came to Itas -Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date at about 10 . 30 am , one Nuhu Kaila, Male of Zango Majiya village , carried about 23 persons...
Using Tax From Herdsmen, Farmers To Subsidies Petrol Unfair – Garba Shehu
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Using Tax From Herdsmen, Farmers To Subsidies Petrol Unfair – Garba Shehu

The Presidency says it will be unfair to use taxes collected from herdsmen and farmers to subsidise petrol which is only used by urban city dwellers and the elite. The Senior Special Assistant to the Media on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Friday. Shehu was reacting to criticisms targeted at the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who had in his Independence Day speech, said it made no sense for petrol to cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia. Many had lambasted Buhari for the comparison, insisting that the President ought to have compared the minimum wage in Nigeria with that of Saudi Arabia. Responding, however, Shehu said, “Is it fair that the taxpayers’ money…how many Nigerians have c...
Nigerian Govt Fueling Farmers, Herders’ Crisis – Herdsmen
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Nigerian Govt Fueling Farmers, Herders’ Crisis – Herdsmen

A Fulani herdsmen’s association, Kullen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria, (KACRAN) said failure by the federal government to involve the right stakeholders in the formulation of agricultural policies and programs has incapacitated the sector to grow to it full potential in Nigeria. The Association shifted the blame to the federal government in a statement released on Monday in Damaturu by its National President, Khalil Mohammed Bello. The National President in the statement said in drafting most of the agricultural policies, government usually considered farmers as critical players while neglecting pastoralists, a situation which had for long created enmity between the two inseparable brothers. He also alleged that most Nigeria’s ...
Decomposing body of Kidnapped Edo Former Commissioner Found in Forest
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Decomposing body of Kidnapped Edo Former Commissioner Found in Forest

The decomposing body of the kidnapped former Edo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Egbe Ediagbonya who was abducted by unknown gunmen, has been found in a forest. According to reports, some farmers discovered the remains around 6:30 p.m. on May 29 at Edo forest which shared boundary with Ondo state near the victim’s Utese village in Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of Edo state. Recall that the former commissioner was seized from his residence at Utese on Saturday, May 16 this year by unknown gunmen and suspected kidnappers. Reacting on the sad development, Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said “The farmers who were uneasy and apprehensive about the horrible sight, rushed to the village (Utese) to...
We Don’t Have Any Money To Import Food, Farmers Should Start Producing – Buhari
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We Don’t Have Any Money To Import Food, Farmers Should Start Producing – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Sunday that he observed the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at his State House residence because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. He explained that his decision was in compliance with the measures put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 which prohibited mass gatherings. Buhari was joined at the prayers by family members, including his wife, Aisha, and son, Yusuf. In a brief interview after the session, Buhari urged Muslims to reflect on the lessons of the period. He said, “I held Eid prayers at home today with my family, in keeping with the protocol of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 against mass gatherings, as well as the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Isl...
Adamawa Councillor Declared Wanted for Alleged Cattle Rustling
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Adamawa Councillor Declared Wanted for Alleged Cattle Rustling

A councillor representing Vulpi Ward in Numan Local Government Council, Makana Enan Ngari has been declared wanted by the Adamawa State Government for alleged cattle rustling. Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri's Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou made the announcement in a statement released on Wednesday May 13. Ngari was accused of being involved in illegal deals and cattle rustling in violation of his oath of office. The statement reads;   “The action is coming at a time government has succeeded at stabilising the area after the incessant attacks on villages along the borders of Adamawa and Taraba. The government will not hesitate to deal with anyone found wanting no matter his position. “Government is appealing to both headers and farmers not to take the law into...
Farmers Should Prepare To Return To Their Farms – PTF
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Farmers Should Prepare To Return To Their Farms – PTF

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria, Mr Boss Mustapha, has asked farmers in the country to prepare to return to their farms very soon. The PTF Chair, speaking during the daily press briefing on Friday in Abuja, stated that this became necessary to avert food crisis in the country at a time the nation was battling with health and economic crisis. According to him, the federal government, through the ministry of Agriculture, will make adequate arrangements to make things go smoothly for farmer. He said Nigeria must take full advantage of the forthcoming planting season to increase the food bank of the nation. “​I also wish to use this opportunity to restate that food security and self-sufficiency remain important to our ...
Crops At Risk In Europe Without Migrant Workers
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Crops At Risk In Europe Without Migrant Workers

Farmers across Europe bank on improvised armies of pickers to save harvest, as coronavirus lockdowns have stopped migrant workers from arriving to carry out the work. Fruit and vegetable crops in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the UK and other countries risk rotting in the fields – putrefying testaments to the coronavirus pandemic. “It won’t be pretty,” said Eamonn Kehoe, a soft fruit specialist with Ireland’s agri-food agency, Teagasc. “If they don’t have the staff it won’t be picked. It’s a nightmare, a perfect storm.” He was referring to Ireland’s growers, but farmers and agriculture officials across Europe have equally grim warnings about abandoned fields and lost crops unless they can conjure improvised armies of pickers. Spain, which is the EU’s biggest exporter of fr...
Nigeria’s Ogbole Samson, Who Developed a Technology that Allows you Farm Without Soil, is Featured in Episode 8 of First Class Material
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Nigeria’s Ogbole Samson, Who Developed a Technology that Allows you Farm Without Soil, is Featured in Episode 8 of First Class Material

If you're interested in Agriculture, then you do not want to miss the 8th episode of First Class Material, spotlighting Ogbole Samson. Samson is a young Nigerian agronomist who refers to himself as a tech-based farmer. He is the Lead Trainer at Soilless farm lab and has developed a technology that allows residents of urban areas to farm without soil. Soilless farming, as the name implies, is growing your plant without the use of soil, Samson explained in this episode of FCM. Samson further explained how he went into soilless farming. He also spoke about the benefits of soilless farming over the traditional means of farming.   With soilless farming, he explained that wherever you are, you can grow foods and you do not have to own land to do it. He pointed out tha...
Delta Community Bans Sale and Consumption of Beef Over Herdsmen Killing
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Delta Community Bans Sale and Consumption of Beef Over Herdsmen Killing

A community in Delta State, Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North local government area has banned the sale and consumption of beef few days after 10 farmers were killed by suspected herdsmen. Delta State Commissioner for Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare who is also from Uwheru disclosed this on Saturday February 22. He said it was a simple solution to herdsmen attack in the community and a decision that will force herdsmen to vacate the Kingdom. He also revealed that the community leaders resolved to bury the late victims of the attack and also train the children of those killed from primary school to University level. Muoboghare said; “The entire people of Uwheru community appreciate and thank the Governor for his timely intervention in preventing the blood bath that wou...
8 Corpses of Farmers Killed by Suspected Herdsmen is Exhumed in Delta for Investigation
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8 Corpses of Farmers Killed by Suspected Herdsmen is Exhumed in Delta for Investigation

The corpses of eight farmers reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen at Uwheru in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, last Friday, have been exhumed for investigation. The corpses were exhumed by a search team made up of police personnel and representatives of the community. Two of the corpses were exhumed on Sunday, while six others were exhumed on Monday afternoon, February 17. On the same day the victims’ corpses were exhumed, the community confirmed reports that two others killed were burnt to ashes by the herdsmen. One of those burnt to ashes was identified as Itoje Dennis from Otor-Iyede in Isoko North local government area of Delta State. He has since been taken to his hometown for burial. The killings drew the ire of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU. T...
Tension in Ondo Community over Missing Farmer as Family, Residents Suspect Herdsmen Attack
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Tension in Ondo Community over Missing Farmer as Family, Residents Suspect Herdsmen Attack

'Tension in Ondo community over missing farmer as family, residents suspect herdsmen attack. Palpable tension is currently building up in Arimogija town in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State following the disappearance of a farmer in the community. The farmer identified as Vincent Ejeh who hails from Ogbadigbo Local Government Area of Benue was said to have been missing for the past three days after he went to his farm on Thursday evening. Arimogija is few kilometers drive from Owo, the hometown of the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. Following his non-arrival from the farm, his friends and neighbours became apprehensive as to his whereabouts which they said was unusual of him. According to a family source, he said that a search party was raised in the...
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Two Farmers Beheaded by Suspected Armed Militia in Taraba

Two farmers were at the weekend killed and beheaded by suspected armed militia at a farm in Dapye village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba state. It was gathered that the assailants suspected to be Tiv militias crossed from Benue State, killed the two farmers who were working on their farm and beheaded them. The chairman of Wukari Local Government Area, Mr. Adigrace Daniel, who confirmed the incident, said the area was enjoying peace before the killing of the two farmers. He gave the names of the victims as Simon Bala and Timothy Awe, adding that the killing was a strong signal that all was not well in the area. The spokesman of the police in Taraba state, DSP David Misal also confirmed the incident but said no arrest has been made.
Journalist Preparing for his Wedding Murdered in Adamawa
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Journalist Preparing for his Wedding Murdered in Adamawa

A staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Maxwell Nashan was found hacked by unknown armed men in a bush. The FRCN staff who was found in the bush located on the outskirts of Vunokilan, Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State by female farmers, was tied up, had cuts on his body with his mouth also sealed by his abductors. Nashan died while being rushed to the hopsital by civil defence officials who were notified of the incident. Speaking to Premium Times, the deceased's colleague Fidelis Jocktan said he was preparing for his wedding when he was abducted by his assailants at his residence in Bachure area. Jocktan added; “They did not take anything from his house. They took him away and dropped him near the station tied up and unconscious. “There ...