Saturday, January 16

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EndSARS: South West Monachs Blame Politicians’ Greed For Money For Riots
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EndSARS: South West Monachs Blame Politicians’ Greed For Money For Riots

Monarchs in the South West of Nigeria have blamed politicians for the recent #endSARS protest and unrest in the region that led to the destruction of properties in Lagos and other parts. They also called for the urgent restructuring of the country to give more powers to the states. The kings spoke at a post mortem meeting at the weekend in Lagos on the protests. The monarchs expressed disappointment at the manner politicians had turned politics into money making venture at the expense of the interest of the youth. They said that the high rate of unemployment among youths caused the agitation in the EndSARS protest. “The governors have taken the right steps with this meeting. However, they have been far away from we monarchs. You should not wait till election days before ...
Fayose Urges South West Not To Betray Tinubu Like Abiola, Awolowo
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Fayose Urges South West Not To Betray Tinubu Like Abiola, Awolowo

Former Ekiti state Governor and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, has advised the Yoruba nation to stand against those plotting the downfall of the National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In a video interview, Mr. Fayose spoke on several attempts to malign the pro-democracy activist by sons of Yorubas who he mentored. Although the former Ekiti Governor did not mention any name, there are reports that some Governors have decided to make themselves available to be used against Mr Tinubu. Unconfirmed reports have it that a certain Governor in the Southwest has actively been demarketing and working against the lagos politician. He, alongside some other ranking politicians from Northern Nigeria are keen on ousting the ...
Abolish Amotekun Now – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Urges Buhari
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Abolish Amotekun Now – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Urges Buhari

Yoruba Appraisal Forum, a coalition of Yoruba groups, has again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take a decisive step to abolish Amotekun, the South West security outfit and curb imminent bloodshed in the region and Nigeria at large. The group in a letter to President Buhari insisted that the goal of the outfit was nothing but sinister, stressing urgent need to curb excesses of the outfit before it becomes too late. The Coalition stated that the alleged mishandling of the security situation in the South West since the outbreak of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country, underscored the need for the Federal Government to act with utmost urgency. Comrade Adeshina Animashaun, Convener of the coalition in the letter, alleged that ” the real intention of those who have n...
Kensignton Adebutu Donates Ambulances To Southwest States
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Kensignton Adebutu Donates Ambulances To Southwest States

The chairman of Premier Lotto, Sir Kensington Adebutu, has donated four ambulances to the government of Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states. Adebutu made the donation on Saturday through the Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF), at an event held at the headquarters of the Foundation in Surulere, Lagos. Making the donation on behalf of the donor and KAAF, member of the Foundation’s board of trustees, Chief Kola Oyefeso, said the donation of the four ambulances was a continued gesture of Sir Adebutu to help fight COVID-19 in the South West. Oyefeso said with the donation, the beneficiary states would have additional medical equipment to deal with the pandemic in their respective states.
‘You Must Not Be Slave To Dangote To Be Fulfilled’ – Fani-Kayode Fires Back At Gov Abiodun
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‘You Must Not Be Slave To Dangote To Be Fulfilled’ – Fani-Kayode Fires Back At Gov Abiodun

Fani-Kayode asked whether some people are more equal than others. He said it is a crying shame that a few sons of the South West bow, quiver and tremble before their masters. He asked: “Are Dangote’s drivers and trucks immune to COVID-19? Will you give similar exemptions to southern businessmen and traders?; saying “Shame on you!” Reacting to critics, Gov Abiodun said he wondered why the exemption he granted Aliko Dangote Group of Companies has generated so much hues and cries. He told his critics, among whom was Fani-Kayode, to try and be like Dangote if they want to enjoy similar preferential treatment. While addressing a press conference in his Iperu residence on Monday, Abiodun said: So, if I give Dangote an exemption and you think he did not deserve it, you can choo...
South-West Lawmakers Reject Miyetti Allah’s Request To Join Amotekun
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South-West Lawmakers Reject Miyetti Allah’s Request To Join Amotekun

The demand by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to participate in the operations of the South West regional security network, Amotekun, has been turned down by the Houses of Assembly of the respective states. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the houses of assembly of the states had concluded work on the bill after the public hearings without making any input to give MACBAN a place. At the moment, Ekiti State has passed the bill, even though a meeting of speakers of the respective houses held in Ibadan on Thursday to harmonise the positions of the respective states. The necessity of the harmonisation arose from the different public hearings held across the states to get inputs from the different stakeholders and citizens of the state. During one of...
We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah
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We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah

Ahead of the public hearing on the Amotekun bill slated for Monday across all the states in the South-West, state chapters of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body for herdsmen in the country, have expressed their readiness to attend the hearing. They said it would be an avenue to make their positions known on the issue. The association had expressed its reservations over the setting up of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, claiming that the initiative was aimed at flushing out the Fulani tribe from the South-West. But the South-West Governors’ Forum had in its reaction dismissed the claim as misplaced and unnecessary. In the South-West and some other regions, there had been clashes between herders and farme...
South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide
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South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide

Kemi Olaitan holds a conversation with Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Secretary General of Yoruba Council of Elders, on South-west regional security outfit, Operation Amotekun and the performance of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari South-west governors and the Federal Government seem to have reached an agreement on the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. Do you think this is the best way to go? There is nothing wrong in having an agreement. For now, the terms of the agreement have not been made known. Beyond what we all read in the media, we have not seen the details of the agreement. But whatever the agreement is, the Yoruba people would not accept that the security outfit be subsumed under the community policing system but that the two work together. ...
Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals
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Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals

DETAILS of operational modalities for the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun emerged at the weekend, as it was revealed that operatives of Amotekun will be known as corps and will bear licensed firearms while working. Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, made the revelation while speaking on the outcome of a meeting of the Attorney Generals from the South-West zone held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Friday. Fapohunda said each of the Commissioners for Justice in the zone agreed at the meeting in Ibadan to insert a clause which empowers the Amotekun Corps to carry only licensed firearms in the bill for an act backing up the initiative. He, however, said arms bearing by Amotekun personnel would be subject to ...
Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani
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Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani

Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Kadiri, has declared that the Fulani people in the South West are not in support of the composition of the South West joint security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’. Kadiri, who stated this during a chat with journalists at the inauguration of the newly elected Oyo State NUJ Exco held at the Jogor Centre, Ibadan, said with its present composition, Amotekun looked sectional and against Fulani herders. The Seriki Fulani declared that as it was presently constituted, Amotekun was one-sided and set up against the Fulani herders, adding that the security outfit needed to be put in place properly. Kadiri stressed that there was the need for the South West governors to, without wasting time, ensure the inclusion of the Fulani and other ethnic mili...
FG To Demolish More Buildings On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
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FG To Demolish More Buildings On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Government has said it would demolish more structures to pave way for the ongoing reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Director of Highways, South West, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Funsho Adebiyi, made this known on Tuesday during a tour of roads including the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road and Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki expressway. Adebiyi stated that the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway had been redesigned to include interchanges and flyovers hence the need for demolition of structures and buildings along some axis of the road to give room for the new developments. He stated that some buildings had been marked but that some other structures would go down.
Amotekun Is A Christian Plot To Dominate Muslims In South-West – Sharia Council
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Amotekun Is A Christian Plot To Dominate Muslims In South-West – Sharia Council

A Muslim group, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has described the Western Nigeria Security Outfit tagged “Operation Amotekun” has a subtle effort to Christianise the region. However, the Spokesperson to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has described the group as lacking knowledge of the security outfit aimed at curbing kidnapping and banditry in the region. The group had during a press conference addressed by its Vice President, Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatullah at the Correspondents’ chapel in Osogbo on Monday said Amotekun is a covert effort to create a Christian dominated state police. According to the Hadiyatullah, Amotekun have a sinister motive which is at variance with true, genuine and real yawning of the public for a more secure environment. “The Amotek...
Amotekun: Fayemi Says South-West Has No Plans To Secede
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Amotekun: Fayemi Says South-West Has No Plans To Secede

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has again given assurance that the South-west geopolitical zone had no plans to secede from Nigeria by the launch of the regional security outfit, named Amotekun. He said the region remains a part of Nigeria, and would continue to be a part of Nigeria. According to him, the region is committed to the nation’s indivisibility and unity. Mr Fayemi gave the assurance on Monday when he hosted a pan-Yoruba development interest group, the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) Worldwide, who were led to his office by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams. Represented by the Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, Mr Fayemi said “nobody should entertain any fear of secession by the South-west over the launch of Amotekun” which he said was meant to p...
Amotekun: Nnamdi Kanu’s Full Speech
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Amotekun: Nnamdi Kanu’s Full Speech

Few Highlights as regards Amotekun on Nnamdi Kanu's live broadcast on Friday 24th January We Will Support Yorubas With 1million Men Miyetti Allah Never Knew Yoruba People Will Come To Their Senses Sending Yoruba Governors back to their state assemblies for resolve is a ploy to unravel Amotekun FG will target an Islam dominated Yoruba state to flaw the Amotekun Push The idea of a wider regional conflict in Africa if Nigeria breaks up is flimsy No Igbo Governor can take the Gov Akeredolu stance on giving up second term ambition to serve his people. No Biafran will fight any Yoruba man on behalf of Fulanis CAN should stop asking for praying and fasting South west and Middle belt should kneel down and ask Biafrans for forgiveness Yorubas are going through what...
‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai
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‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has said that the Southwest security network, code-named, ‘Operation Amotekun’, is a private army in the making. The founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum, in this interview with VINCENT KALU, urged the Yoruba to drop the security outfit and embrace the federal government’s initiative on national security. He warned that the idea is capable of encouraging the secession agenda of some elements in the Southwest, Southeast and South- South geo-political areas of the country. He equally warned Amotekun operatives and those promoting them not to dare the nation’s security forces Fifty years after the civil war, are you satisfied with the level of unity that has been achieved so far? No, exactly, no. I believe we have made progress, but we are not t...
Amotekun: Internal Collaborators Aiding Miyetti Allah To Oppose It – Akeredolu
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Amotekun: Internal Collaborators Aiding Miyetti Allah To Oppose It – Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, alleged that some Yoruba leaders in the South-West were behind the Miyetti Allah in opposing the newly launched Operation Amotekun in the region. The Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, had on Channels Television, on Tuesday, criticised the South-West governors on the creation of Operation Amotekun. Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, said he would not blame the Miyetti Allah’s secretary but the people in the region, who were allegedly colluding with the Miyetti Allah to fight against the South-West security outfit. The governor spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ojo Oyewamide. He said, “Rather than throwing same stones the arrogant miscreant t...
Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome
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Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the latest Supreme Court rulings, how to improve the electoral process and the controversy trailing the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, which has been declared illegal by the Federal Government. Excerpts: The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state. As the lawyer to General Jeremiah Useni, the candidate of the PDP, what is your take on that judgment and others granted by the Supreme Court? I must say that I am surprised by the governorship ruling on the Plateau governorship election. We had a very good case but the Supreme Court being the final court of law, once they have finished their judgm...
“Support For Amotekun Shows How Primitive Yoruba People Are” – Miyetti Allah
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“Support For Amotekun Shows How Primitive Yoruba People Are” – Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore herdsmen group has said the support for the South-West security outfit, Amotekun, shows how primitive Yoruba people are in politics. The National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, said this during Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Monday. Saleh said it was unfortunate that both the Yoruba intelligentsia and political class could support such an initiative which seeks to curb the activities of herdsmen in the region. When asked if he indeed told The PUNCH last week that support for Amotekun could cost the South-West the Presidency in 2023, Saleh admitted saying so but said it was not blackmail. He said, “It is not blackmail. Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba...
Amotekun Has Come To Stay- Senator Adeola Olamilekan Yayi
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Amotekun Has Come To Stay- Senator Adeola Olamilekan Yayi

The above statement was credited to Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Olamilekan Adeola (popularly known as YAYI) on This Day news report on Sunday, January 19th, 2020. According to him, “the establishment of state police is the only acceptable way to stop ‘Amotekun’ and other similar bodies already in operation and others in the offings following security challenges plaguing various parts of the nation. ”This brings to the fore the urgent need for the National Assembly to revisit the issue of amending the constitution to further create rooms for the creation of state police. The idea was mooted in the Eighth Assembly but a lot of forces worked against its passage then.” The popular Lagos Senator made his views known calling on his Colleagues from the South We...
South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun
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South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun

Emboldened by the huge support from the people of the South West region in particular and across the states of the country in general, the South West governors have moved fast to give legal backing to the regional security outfit, codenamed Operation Amotekun which they launched on January 9 this year. This is just as the Nigeria military has vowed that it will not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the sovereignty and stability of Nigeria’s territorial integrity. The military told relevant stakeholders to join hands with the armed forces and intelligence agencies to ensure that Nigeria is secured and not to look for other methods likely to negate the national policy and Community Policing approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Meanwhile, Saturday Van...
Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah
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Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, Berated Miyetti Allah over remarks that the South-West may lose the 2023 presidency if it fails to drop its security outfit codenamed: Operation Amotekun, saying the north can go to hell with its presidency. The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore had described Amotekun as illegal saying it may affect the chances of the region to produce the presidency in 2023. But Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, lampooned Miyetti Allah describing the remarks as an insolence. Odumakin said: “Miyetti Allah now owns the Presidency which they can gift to who they want and deny who they choose? What insolence? Cowherders threatening a people that produced the first lawyer in 1879 because a lawyer who doesn’t know t...
We Have Capable Hands To Work In Amotekun — Fulani Group
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We Have Capable Hands To Work In Amotekun — Fulani Group

A Fulani cultural group, Jamu Nati Fulbe association has called on the South-West governors to recruit members of the Fulani community as operatives of the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun. President of the association, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salihu, who is also the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State told our correspondent that Fulani have capable hands that can be recruited as officers of the security outfit. He said involvement of Fulani men would give them assurance that the Fulani residents in the region would not be target of the new outfit. Salihu stressed that the Fulani community in the South-West is in the dark about the operation of Amotekun saying “this is a government programme and we cannot stop it and we are not antagonizing the governors wh...
Seyi Makinde Visits Obasanjo, Says AGF Lacks Power To Declare Amotekun Illegal
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Seyi Makinde Visits Obasanjo, Says AGF Lacks Power To Declare Amotekun Illegal

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), lacks the power to declare the South West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as illegal. Makinde said though the AGF may interpret and advise the President if there are legal issues, he is not empowered to make his own laws. He spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during his visit to a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday. The governor was accompanied by his Special Adviser on Security Matters and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni; the Chairman, Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola; and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo, among other aides. Fielding questions...
FG Declares Operation Amotekun Illegal
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FG Declares Operation Amotekun Illegal

Barely a few days after the inauguration of a security outfit known as Amotekun by South-West states, the Federal Government has declared the paramilitary outfit as illegal as it is not backed by any known law in the land. The Attorney General of the Federation made the feeling of the government known in a statement made available to Vanguard on Tuesday. In the statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, the government said the issue of defence and security fell under the exclusive list and not with the state. The statement reads in part: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian l...
Amotekun: We Won’t Rely On Guns, Will Use Ancestors’ Powers To Operate
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Amotekun: We Won’t Rely On Guns, Will Use Ancestors’ Powers To Operate

As the newly launched security outfit tagged Western Nigeria Security Network (tagged: Operation Amotekun) is set to begin operation, one of its personnel, Soludero Hunters’ Association has said the outfit doesn’t rely on guns to function well but would use their ancestors’ powers to ward off any aggression against Yoruba indigenes in the zone. Oba Nureni Ajijola Anabi who is the National President of the hunters, told newsmen that since the outfit was launched, they had resuscitated all “powers used by our ancestors to conquer their aggressors and that’s what we will use in protecting our zone”. “We promise to be civil and law-abiding in our operations. We will never disappoint our governors who initiated the security outfit. Also, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Adeyeye Ogunwus...
Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government
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Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government

The Ebonyi State Government on Monday said Operation Amotekun security outfit launched in the South-West last week was its brainchild. It said governors in the South-West region ‘stole’ the security idea from it, saying, “When the Governor of Kano State, muted something about this kind of security architecture in the South, recently,” he was referring to the South-East geo-political zone, in particular. According to the State Government, until the launch of Operation Amotekun, last week, governors and leaders of the South-East zone, had had elaborate and far-reaching security meetings on how to curtail insecurity in the region, saying the South-West zone only ‘borrowed’ a leap from its South-East counterpart, in its establishment. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Bor...
Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”
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Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”

The new security outfit geared towards tackling kidnapping and criminal activities in the South-West, Operation Amotekun, gained momentum on Friday as Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments announced they would recruit about 1,320 militiamen for the purpose. The announcement came barely two days after South-West governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State inaugurated the outfit, also called Western Nigeria Security Network. The development came just as the police have identified about 52 deadly blackspots they would focus on in collaboration with the militiamen. The development came amid the announcement by some social-political groups across the country endorsing the outfit, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region. The groups are the Arewa Consultati...
Amotekun: North West Governors To Copy South West Counterparts
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Amotekun: North West Governors To Copy South West Counterparts

The Governors of the North Western States said they are ready to copy their south western states counterparts by launching a joint security operation to check mate the growing state of insecurity in the region including kidnapping and banditry activities Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State who is also the Chairman of the Governors of the region made the above disclosure on Thursday during a media chat with news correspondents in the state. The Governor further admitted that the North West Governors have a lot to learn from the arrangements by their south west colleagues, adding that he will invite them for a meeting on the matter He said “We have a lot to learn from them, I will call a meeting of the states affected by insecurity, to see what they are doing and how we...
Amotekun: Don’t Betray South-west, Ooni Tells Personnel
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Amotekun: Don’t Betray South-west, Ooni Tells Personnel

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has called on personnel of the Western Nigeria Security Network known as ‘Operation Amotekun’ not to betray the region on the ideals behind setting up the security outfit. Ogunwusi stated this on Thursday in Ibadan during the launch of Amotekun by the governors of the South-West region. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amotekun was evolved by the governors in the South-West region to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police in tackling security challenges in the region. The Ooni said that the governors in the region had done their best, adding that it was left for the personnel and the residents of the region to work together for the success of the security outfit. “All the traditional rulers are in support, the Federal Gove...
South West ‘Police’ Takes Off January 9 – Fayemi
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South West ‘Police’ Takes Off January 9 – Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Wednesday said the joint security outfit, “Amotekun,” initiated by the six governors in the zone would commence work on January 9. Mr Fayemi, who disclosed this in his New Year message to the people of the state, said the outfit would complement the efforts of the regular security agencies. ”On January 9, 2020, the Western Nigeria Security Network known as ‘Amotekun’ shall commence operations in all the six states in our zone ”Ekiti is very active in this initiative which will go a long way in securing the people and protecting the state ”The fact remains, however, that criminality cannot be totally eradicated even as we are working meticulously at reducing it to the barest minimum in Ekiti State, and the evidence is there for all to see and ackn...
Why Nigeria’s Next President Must Come From South-West – Ogun APC Chairman, Adegboyega Famodun
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Why Nigeria’s Next President Must Come From South-West – Ogun APC Chairman, Adegboyega Famodun

While the administration of President Buhari is three years away from expiring, the southwest is already warming up to produce the next Nigerian leader The APC chairman in Ogun state, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, has said that it is the turn of the southwest to take over leadership of the country after Buhari Famodun said that commonsense reveals that a Yoruba man should be the next president of Nigeria.Prince Adegboyega Famodun, the chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, has said that the southwest must produce Nigeria's next president. Famodun said that although the constitution of the APC at the national level has no provision for rotation, commonsense is there for all to see that it is now the turn of the geopolitical region to take over leadership of the...
Don’t Expect Us To Hand Over To You In 2023 – Arewa Youth To South-West
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Don’t Expect Us To Hand Over To You In 2023 – Arewa Youth To South-West

Northern youths, on the aegis of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has reacted to alleged humiliation of Northerners in Lagos by task force. The AYCF in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST on Monday by Alhaji Yerima Shettima, its National President, claimed that Northerners who are in the Southwest State to earn their living were being attacked and humiliated by the State’s taskforce. DAILY POST reported earlier that there was pandemonium at Oshodi area of Lagos State as commercial motorcyclists known as Okada riders attacked officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) on Thursday. AYCF said it has reliably gathered that the Lagos Task Force officials have been invading homes of Northerners in Lagos in...
2023: S’west Mulls New Political Party
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2023: S’west Mulls New Political Party

Major political stakeholders in the South-West zone are firming up plans to float a new political party that would drive the zone’s push for the presidency in 2023, New Telegraph has learnt. The proposed political party, which was referred to as ‘Plan B’, is expected to be a major part of the realignment plot in the zone in the wake of the struggle for power that is being anticipated ahead of the next dispensation. Speaking with New Telegraph , a member of the steering committee set up to galvanise ideas and processes needed to protect the zone’s interest, said the think-tank team has commenced intense consultations across the zone on plans ahead of 2023, adding that preliminary feedback indicated that a new political party might be floated by stakeholders in the zone. According...
2023: Only South-West, South-East Disagreement Can Keep Power In North – Ahamba
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2023: Only South-West, South-East Disagreement Can Keep Power In North – Ahamba

Elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba, has cautioned that the deteriorating security situation in the country could force Nigerians to employing private armies to protect themselves. In this interview, he spoke on several national issues. There is no contention that the greatest challenge facing every Nigerian today is that of security to his life and property. At the moment, no state is free from the deteriorating security situation. How do you feel as a Nigerian today? It is very worrisome and everywhere you see two people sitting together, all you hear them talk about is the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria. It looks like the government has lost grip on security and they have to do something about it. If it means changing the servic...
BBC Interview With Sunday Igboho About Fulani Excesses In South West
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BBC Interview With Sunday Igboho About Fulani Excesses In South West

The interview was conducted in Yoruba, it worth watching if you understand the language or find translation to your local language. We don't have to go through war to divide, it's not by force to stay together, we need to respect each others territory. Protesters were dealt with ferociously yesterday, shot at, tear gassed and charged with treason, while Buhari/Tinubu, Lauretta Onochie etc staged the same in 2012, what would have happened if GEJ cracked down on them back then? Buhari should rise to the task and address the issue that affects the common man, security, corruption, agriculture and no to selective corruption prosecution, he gave us the impression that corruption and corrupt people like Akpabio will have no place in this country, these are men wine and dine with him...
Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah
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Afenifere Can’t Order Herdsmen Out Of South West – Miyetti Allah

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore organisation, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo has said that Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-cultural group has no right to order herdsmen out of South West region of the country. He urged all Fulani herders to stay anywhere they want in Nigeria and carry out their legitimate businesses, saying that Nigeria belongs to all. The Miyetti Allah leader made the statement in reaction to the order by Afenifere for Fulani herders to leave the South West part of the country in view of the several cases of kidnapping and killings linked to some of them. Bodejo berated Afenifere for getting involved in politics, saying the organisation should transform into a political party. He called on the Federal government to monitor the activities of Afenifere, ...
Stop Herdsmen Attack On Yoruba – OPC Tells Buhari
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Stop Herdsmen Attack On Yoruba – OPC Tells Buhari

The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC (Reformed), has joined numerous others in the South-West to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of utmost priority, find immediate and permanent solution to the incessant harassment, kidnapping and killing of the people of the region by Fulani herdsmen who, it said, had penetrated the geopolitical zone. The president of the group, Ambassador Dare Adesope, made the call at a news conference in Lagos, on Thursday. According to Adesope, who was represented by the Lagos State coordinator of the group and its secretary-general, Messrs Samson Balogun and Sufian Ogundimu, it is disturbing that Fulani herdsmen have invaded Yorubaland, perpetrating all forms of evil, including kidnapping and killing of our people, especially in Osun, Oyo, Ek...
Map Of South Western Nigeria Showing 61 Locations Of Fulani Settlements In West
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Map Of South Western Nigeria Showing 61 Locations Of Fulani Settlements In West

study was carried out in three states located in the south western region of Nigeria. The three states are Ogun, Oyo and Kwara. The three states lie between Latitude 7° 01' E and 8° 14' E and Longitude 2° 45' N and 4° 15' N. Oyo and Ogun states are located in humid zone, while Kwara state is in sub-humid zone. The three states were selected because it has been established that a large number of nomadic Fulani are living either in grazing reserves or in other locations selected by the Fulani themselves, The area is inhabited mainly by the Yoruba. Kwara State has a large number of other indigenous tribes which includes a sub-cultural group of Fulani who speak Yoruba as well as Fulfude. The area has a wide range of vegetation zones. The vegetation ranges from fresh water swamp with mangrove...
Ruga Settlements Dead On Arrival In South West – Yoruba Council Of Elders
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Ruga Settlements Dead On Arrival In South West – Yoruba Council Of Elders

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has kicked against establishment of the proposed Ruga settlements in any of the Southwest states. It said none of the Yorubaland will be available for such project. YCE described the move by the Federal Government as “dead on arrival,” according to a statement by its President, Dansaaki Ade Agbede in Ibadan on Monday. Agbede wondered how a group of people seen as threats to peace and security of others would own settlements in places outside their domains. According to him: “To now think that the Federal Government that should be concerned and worried about the untoward activities of such people is the sponsor of Ruga is worrisome. “Such a project is not at all in the best interest of this country as well as PMB’s presidency and the ear...
“I Foresaw Kidnapping, Herdsmen Menace” – Fayose
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“I Foresaw Kidnapping, Herdsmen Menace” – Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he warned leaders against kidnappings and herdsmen menace long before they began to materialise. Mr Fayose said this in a tweet on Thursday. The former governor warned that the country would continue to be overrun by security challenges if leaders do not put the people’s wellbeing above party loyalty. “I warned against kidnappings & herdsmen menace now bedeviling the S/West & Nigeria long ago. “We have now become conquered people & we will remained (sic) defenseless except our leaders & Govs desist from wanting to be seen as ‘Cabal Yes Men’ at the expense of well-being of the people,” he said. I warned against kidnappings & herdsmen menace now bedeviling the S/West & Nigeria long ago. ...
2023 Presidency: Buhari Will Never Give Tinubu What He Wants – Ayo Adebanjo
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2023 Presidency: Buhari Will Never Give Tinubu What He Wants – Ayo Adebanjo

  Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, on Wednesday said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some Yoruba leaders are only deceiving President Muhammadu Buhari that they are in support of his government with the hope that the presidency will support the zoning of the 2023 presidential ticket to the South-West. Speaking with Daily Independent, Adebanjo while reacting to the visit of Tinubu and some Yoruba leaders to President Buhari on Tuesday described them as impostors who embarked on the visit for their selfish interests and not because of the welfare of the Yoruba nation. According to him, instead of Tinubu and his associates to talk to the president on the issue of insecurity in the region, especially the invasion of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen, they only we...
Afenifere Makes Five Requests To Buhari
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Afenifere Makes Five Requests To Buhari

Leadership of Afenifere yesterday presented five demands to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The group led by Chief Ayo Fasanmi told the president that the five demands would assist in addressing the challenges facing the country. Those who attended the meeting were Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Segun Osoba, Abiola Ajimobi, Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye, Chief Kemi Nelson, Laoye Tomori, Solomon Akindele,Elder Yemi Alade, Mutiu Are, among others. The socio-cultural group in a prepared speech read by Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, requested the president to consider recruitment, training, equipment and deployment of Nigerian Police on the basis of 774 local government areas. “Please permit us, Mr. President, to submit our humble request of the following 5 major issues of ...
Tinubu, Yoruba Leaders Meet Buhari In Aso Rock Over Killings In South West
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Tinubu, Yoruba Leaders Meet Buhari In Aso Rock Over Killings In South West

NATIONAL leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari on the rising rate of insecurity in the South West. The group also demanded that the government should implement true federalism as enshrined in the Nigeria Constitution rather than behaving as champions of the smaller units. This is as the President once again explained to his guests while he had to deal with the former Chief Justice of the Federation, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, stressing that some Nigerians would swear with to almighty God that their property doesn’t belong to them until when their bank accounts and their companies they hide and refuse to declare were shown to them. The Afenife...
Oyo State Has Highest Number Of Internet, Cyber Crimes In SouthWest – EFCC
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Oyo State Has Highest Number Of Internet, Cyber Crimes In SouthWest – EFCC

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday, revealed that Oyo State has the highest number of cybercrimes and corruption related cases out of the six states in the South West. This was disclosed by the zonal Head of the commission, Mr. Friday Ebelo when speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State. The statistics, he noted, was based on the last six months since the baton of leadership changed in the zone. Most of the suspects, who perpetrate cybercrimes and other fraudulent acts, he noted, are between the ages of 18 and 40. Ebelo said: “If you are looking for the number of convictions, Oyo State should be seen as the highest. We are based in Ibadan and since I resumed here, the tempo of our activities has increased. “These suspects of cybercrimes and fraud...
Killer Herdsmen Will Soon Be Kicked Out Of South-west – Ooni Of Ife, Ogunwusi
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Killer Herdsmen Will Soon Be Kicked Out Of South-west – Ooni Of Ife, Ogunwusi

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has lent his voice to the clamour to rid the South West of Fulani herdsmen, insisting they would soon be kicked out of the region. The monarch’s comment is coming a few days after the Aare Onakakanfo of Yourbaland, Gani Adams issued an ultimatum to the herders to vacate the region or face dire consequences. Ogunwusi, who spoke when he received the Emir of Borgu, Muhammed Dantoro, in his palace in Ile-Ife recently, decried the high rate of crimes linked to the Fulani herdsmen in the South-West region and declared that enough was enough. A statement by the spokesperson for the Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, in Osogbo, said the royal father maintained that the criminal elements among the herdsmen would soon be kicked out as traditional instit...
Buhari, APC Should Give South-west Presidential Ticket In 2023 – Senate President
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Buhari, APC Should Give South-west Presidential Ticket In 2023 – Senate President

Power shift to the South-west in 2023 is the best honour that can be bestowed on the late Chief MKO Abiola, Ahmed Lawan has said. Lawan stated this on Saturday in Yola, Adamawa State, in an interview with journalists. He, therefore, advised President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC, to take a step further by handing over the 2023 presidential ticket to the South-west. "The president and indeed our party must beware of divisive elements who are now proponents of retaining power in the north beyond 2023," Lawan said. He added, "I have said it before and I believe that 2023 presidential ticket of the APC must go to the South-west. Since I made this comment last time, some members of my party have been hatching a plot to suspend me from the party but I am not moved and ...
OPC Warns Kidnappers, Herdsmen In South-West
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OPC Warns Kidnappers, Herdsmen In South-West

Kidnappers and herdsmen abducting people in some parts of the South-West have been warned to stop their nefarious activities or risk incurring the wrath of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC. Giving the warning in a statement issued in Lagos, the President, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Aare Prince Osibote warned kidnappers and herdsmen abducting innocent Nigerians to stop their criminal activities in the South-West or relocate elsewhere. According to Osibote who succeeded late Dr. Fredrick Faseun as OPC national leader: ‘’Enough is enough. Yoruba are peace loving and hospitable. We welcome everybody with open arms, but OPC will not allow any individual or group to make the South-West unsafe or turn Yorubaland into a den of criminals. Time is up for these criminals abducting people....
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Yoruba Youths, Ohanaeze Reject ‘Fulanization’ Agenda, Issue 12 Demands

Politics Nigeria has been furnished with a Joint Statement from the Yoruba Youth Council and the Ohanaeze Youth Council, announcing their rejection of an alleged 'Fulanization Agenda'. The Statement issued on Sunday was signed by the President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, Aremo Oladotun Hassan and Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide. "We are deeply concerned with grave hearts of regrets as critical stakeholders being the largest umbrella body of youths in the Southwest and Southeast Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria and In Diaspora, coupled with our unending disappointments and gross abandonment with the Muhammadu Buhari's led Federal Government to have conspicuously allowed the dreaded ongoing Fulanization of Nigeria remain unmitigated, despi...
Jimi Agbaje, Ogunlewe, Others Returned To APC Where They Belong – Bode George
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Jimi Agbaje, Ogunlewe, Others Returned To APC Where They Belong – Bode George

Former National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, has disclosed that the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State in the last election, Jimi Agbaje, appears to have joined the All Progressives Congress, APC. George also revealed that Agbaje failed in the last election because ‘he thinks he knows it all’, adding that it was Lagos people that worked against him. He said that Agbaje originally come from the APC and had been part of the ruling party in the state from the beginning. According to the PDP leader, any member of the party that wants to leave should go, adding that Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, who recently joined the APC, was a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), “so he simply moved back to where he came from.” “Let them ...
Security Agents Backing Herdsmen To Kill And Rape In South-West – Kunle Olajide
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Security Agents Backing Herdsmen To Kill And Rape In South-West – Kunle Olajide

Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, tells FEMI MAKINDE that Fulani herdsmen have laid siege to the South-West, where they have continued to destroy peoples’ means of livelihood while security agents fold their hands. The YCE recently raised the alarm that herdsmen have built 1,123 cells inside the thick forests across Yorubaland. Are you saying the Yorubaland is under the siege of herdsmen? Yes, that is what we are saying. There have been kidnap cases in recent times and a few of the victims that were lucky to escape told us that their abductors were herdsmen speaking Fulfulde and Hausa languages. That really embarrassed us. So, we are under the siege of the herdsmen, and that is what we are saying. Do you think they are planning to unleash terror ...