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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno
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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban on Zamfara to other states affected by banditry. Buhari had on Tuesday declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also and banned all mining activities in the state. The directive, disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, followed the release of 279 students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area earlier abducted by bandits. In a statement on Wednesday, ACF’s National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of abducted girls. He, however, said there was need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequentl...
27 Wedding Guests Kidnapped In Taraba
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27 Wedding Guests Kidnapped In Taraba

No fewer than 27 wedding guests have been kidnapped by gunmen along Wukari-Takum road in Taraba state. The council Chairman of Takum local government area, Shiban Tikari told newsmen that the 27 were abducted while returning to Takum. He said no contact has been made to the family of those abducted. He further disclosed that security operatives, as well as the youths of the area, have been combing bushes along that axis in search of the 27. Contacted, the spokesman of the state police command, DSP David Misal confirmed the incident. In a text message to Vanguard, Misal said “ we confirmed that they are missing but not establish either kidnapped or otherwise. Investigation has commenced.”
Wife Cuts Husband’s Manhood In Taraba For Impregnating Another Lady
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Wife Cuts Husband’s Manhood In Taraba For Impregnating Another Lady

A middle-aged woman, on Sunday, reportedly cut off her husband’s manhood in Taraba State for allegedly impregnating another woman. This is coming about four months after the police arrested a 32-year-old housewife, Halima Umar, who cut off her husband’s dick with a knife in the same state for marrying another wife. It was gathered at the weekend that the man, simply identified as Babangida but popularly known as Bangis, who is in his early 30s, suffered severe injuries on his genitals after his wife attempted to cut off his dick. The incident happened at Appawa community, a suburb of Lau Local Government area, about 12:15a.m. when Bangis was asleep. Bangis was immediately rushed to a private hospital for treatment. According to a source, who is also a neighbour to the victi...
Taraba Declares Indefinite Curfew Over Looting
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Taraba Declares Indefinite Curfew Over Looting

The Taraba State Government has imposed an indefinite curfew in the state following the invasion of government warehouses by hoodlums on Saturday . This was contained in a statement by Musleem Aruwa , the Senior Special Assistant on New Media to the Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, in Jalingo . Manu expressed worry that some hoodlums invaded government warehouses containing palliatives and carted away items meant for distribution to members of the public . The media aide said, “ Government has carefully reviewed developments in the last 24 hours and decided to extend the curfew to safeguard lives and properties. “ All law -abiding citizens are advised to stay at home and allow security agencies who are under strict instructions to enforce the curfew and equally protect innocent ci...
Taraba Yet To Report Death From COVID-19 – NCDC
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Taraba Yet To Report Death From COVID-19 – NCDC

Despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria with 878 deaths, Taraba is the only state in the country yet to record a single fatality from the virus. Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as of Saturday, August 1st, 2020, indicated that the West Africa country’s COVID-19 infections now stand at 43, 537. Taraba, so far, have 54 cases of the virus, out of which 11 have been discharged, 43 persons on admission but no death reported. Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos has reported 192 deaths from 15,043 cases, the highest number of fatality in the country. All Clear?On May 17th, Taraba state discharged all 17 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) receiving treatment after they tested negative twice.Governor Darius Ishaku confirmed this to rep...
President of Taraba customary court abducted by gunmen
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President of Taraba customary court abducted by gunmen

The President of Taraba customary court, Justice Donatus Yantau Shidda has been kidnapped by gunmen.   Eyewitnesses told The Nation that the President of the Customary court was abducted in the early hours of Monday morning, June 8, at his home in Kona area of Jalingo.   His wife was reportedly present at the time of the incident.
Village head, lmam, others killed in Taraba crisis
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Village head, lmam, others killed in Taraba crisis

The village head of Bagoni in Taraba state and the Imam of the village were killed in a midnight attack carried out by suspected militia, Daily Trust has reported. The newspaper reports that three other persons were also killed at Wurbo village, all in Bali local government area of Taraba state. Many people were also allegedly feared killed on Friday, June 5, in an attack at Tunga village in the same local government by suspected militiamen. The villages attacked by suspected militia belonged to Jibawa which is a subgroup of Jukun ethnic group. During the attack, several houses were burnt down and property worth millions of Naira including farm produce were also carted away by the attackers. A resident of Bagoni village who narrowly escaped said the Jibawa were not part of ...
Residents stop soldier from committing suicide in Taraba
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Residents stop soldier from committing suicide in Taraba

The police in Taraba State have said they have no hands in the episode that led to a soldier attempting to commit suicide. A soldier, whose name was given as Ali, had climbed the Welcome to Taraba Roadblock Tower -over 24fts high, and threatened to jump down and die. Speaking in Hausa and pidgin, he was saying: “I want to die, if soldiers do not come to my rescue. Allow me to jump down and die.” But the youth who gathered at the place begged him: “Please do not jump. We don’t want you to die.” For over an hour, residents of Jalingo struggled to save him from committing suicide. The army have accused the police of brutalising the suicide attempting soldier. But police spokesman, David Misal, asked: “If the police had actually brutalized the military man, where did he get the ...
Eight Suspected Kidnappers Killed By Police In Taraba
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Eight Suspected Kidnappers Killed By Police In Taraba

The Taraba Police Command on Friday said men of the command attached to Bali division killed eight suspected kidnappers in a gun battle. The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Misal, said the operation followed an intelligence report about the kidnappers’ activities. He said, “Reliable intelligence indicated that a group of kidnappers armed with sophisticated weapons had concluded plans to kidnap some residents of Bali town. “On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer mobilised his men and swung into action. “During a surveillance patrol around Gazabu, they intercepted the kidnappers on their way to actualise their plans. On sighting the policemen, they opened fire on them which led to an exchange of fire. “Eight of the kidnappers were bad...
Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria
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Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria

11 new deaths have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the recent Lassa fever outbreak ravaging most states in the country. The development brings the total number of death recorded to 132. In its report for week 9, NCDC revealed that out of a total of 421 suspected cases, 85 were confirmed and 11 deaths reported from 30 local governments in nine states.   The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kebbi. From week one to nine, a total of 3054 suspected cases, 775 confirmed cases, nine probable and 132 deaths have so far been reported from 118 local governments in 27 states. Out of the 73 per cent of all confirmed, Edo State has 34 per cent, Ondo State, 32 per cent and Ebonyi State has 7 per ce...
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings
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PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to viral videos in which Maiduguri residents were seen booing President Buhari after he arrived the state for a sympathy visit over recent Boko Haram attacks. PDP in its statement said that the booing President Buhari got today shows loss of confidence in his administration. The party also stated that it is a clear message to the Nigerian leader that citizens of the country hold him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country. The statement reads in full; The@OfficialPDPNig charges President @MBuhari  to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno state and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country. The booing of President@MBuhari in Borno state is a clear message to him that...
President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba
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President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba

President Buhari has directed the Defence Headquarters to commence immediate investigation into the killing of three police officers and a civilian by men of the 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba   The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the National Security Council, presided by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja today August 8th.    “The council also decided that the unfortunate incidents in Taraba State in Ibi, a committee will be setup under the Defence Headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.’’   Recall that the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement released yesterday Au...
Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan
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Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan

According to a report by Punch Metro, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has contradicted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s claim the Ruga programme. Osinbajo had while refuting a statement by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, said the Ruga programme was different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan In a statement, the Vice-President had said, “Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, Ruga settlements are not being supervised by the Office of the Vice President. Ruga is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by state governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council.   “On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 states are already in the proce...
FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented
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FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented

Despite the harsh criticism of the planned establishment of Ruga settlements across the country, the Federal Government is set to commence the pilot phase of the project in Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna and seven other states, Saturday PUNCH’s investigations have confirmed. It was learnt in Abuja on Friday that the execution of the project would start in 11 states including Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kogi, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. Documents seen by one of our correspondents at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that all was set for the implementation of the initiative. According to senior officials of the ministry, the Federal Government is determined to go ahead with the project, notwithstanding the public outcry, particularly in the South. ...
Victims Of Kona Attacks In Taraba Buried
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Victims Of Kona Attacks In Taraba Buried

There was wailing on Friday afternoon in Janibanibu village in Taraba State as the Catholic Church held funeral service for nine victims of the recent attacks on Janibanibu and Kasuan Bera communities by suspected herdsmen. In his sermon during the service, Rev. Fr. Batare Eugene encouraged the people to forgive one another and return to God who alone he said could give and take life. Batare said the grief following the attacks on Kona communities called for sober reflection and urged the people to unite against the common enemy trying to decimate them. “I enjoin you to make peace with one another and trust God who alone can deliver us from the hands of the enemy.” Fr. Cyriacus Kamai, the Parish Priest of St. John the Baptist Pastoral Area, Janibanibu, in his remarks condem...
Eid-el-fitr: Prices Of Fresh Food Condiments Skyrocket
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Eid-el-fitr: Prices Of Fresh Food Condiments Skyrocket

Barely 48 hours to this year’s Sallah celebrations, prices of tomatoes, pepper, onions and other condiments have skyrocketed in Yobe State. It has now become a tradition in the state and around the country that, whenever it is a festive period, marketers have ways of inflating prices of commodities to the detriment of end users. A market survey conducted by DAILY POST today in Damaturu Sunday market showed that the hike in the prices of these ingredients was as a result of scarcity coupled with high demands for the festive period. Pepper is one of the condiments where its price has gone up as a measure now goes for N500 which was N100 before this period. Ibrahim Idris, a trader at the market said, “There is absolute scarcity of the commodity (pepper) and the supply we have cann...
21st Nestle Nigeria’s Milo Basketball Championships Kicks Off.
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21st Nestle Nigeria’s Milo Basketball Championships Kicks Off.

Mauricio Alarcon, Managing Director, Nestle Nigeria Plc, says the company will continue to use basketball as a tool to contribute to children’s wellbeing just as the organisers of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championships on Thursday announced their readiness for the 21st edition. Alarcon made the assertion while addressing a news conference to herald the nationwide competition at its Headquarter in Ilupeju, Lagos, on Thursday. “In line with our purpose, which is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we therefore encourage children to be active through sports programmes. “Good nutrition and an active lifestyle are two important elements to living healthier life. “Strong in the belief that sports provides opportunities for the development of qualit...
FG faults Senate’s approval of N90.2bn reimbursement to Delta, Taraba
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FG faults Senate’s approval of N90.2bn reimbursement to Delta, Taraba

The Federal Government has faulted the approval of N90.2 billion as reimbursement for contracts executed on behalf of the Federal Government by Delta and Taraba. In a letter dated 5th of March 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the sum approved by the National Assembly was in excess of the amount approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) The letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki reads:“ I wish to inform the Senate that we have received approval of the National Assembly via letter ref: NASS/CAN/106/Vol.11 /004 dated 29th January 2019 for the refunds to Delta and Taraba States governments through the issuance of Promissory Note for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. “The Senate may wish to note that following a review of the approval from the...
53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC
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53 New Cases Of Lassa Fever Recorded In Nigeria In The Last Seven Days – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its weekly situation update for the reporting week (March 4 to 10), disclosed that 53 news cases Lassa fever was recorded in Nigeria in the last seven days. According to NCDC, the 53 new confirmed Lassa Fever cases recorded in the last seven days were reported from eight states, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Delta, thus increasing the number of patients to 472. 11 deaths were reported for same week in Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi and Nasarawa States, bringing the death toll of the disease since the outbreak began this year, to 110.The new cases counters claim made by the NCDC , which said there has been a gradual decline in the outbreak for this year. Premium Times reported that the reported confirmed cases for week 10 are th...
2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi
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2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi

High Chief (Dr) Okhue Iboi is a seer and a trado-medical practitioner. An executive member of the Association of Seers & Trado-Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ASTMP) and a former member of Edo State Board of Traditional Medicine, Iboi is credited with many predictions on national and international affairs that came to pass. The widely travelled High Chief of Whepa –Wheno Kingdom in Edo State has, in the course of his practice of traditional medicine, been to many countries in Africa and beyond, including Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Togo, Republic of Benin, Ethiopia and South Africa as well as India on cross-cultural exchange programme. In this interview, Iboi, who just returned from a meeting of the Worldwide Association of Seers (WAS) held in Benin Republic, speaks on the state of the...
Photos Of Corps Members Who Went On Picnic Taking Selfie At Taraba River Before Drowning
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Photos Of Corps Members Who Went On Picnic Taking Selfie At Taraba River Before Drowning

his is very sad. A new picture has emerged showing the moment some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who went on a picnic at a river in Mayo-Sebri village in Gashaka Local Government Council of Taraba state, took a selfie at the venue before drowning moments later. Nine out of the 23 corps members, who went for a picnic on that fateful day drowned. Seven bodies were recovered the following day and two other bodies recovered some days after. One of the survivors, a male corps member, narrated the tragedy and how he survived. He wrote: “We went for picnic, 23 of us. We went to a waterfall. That was the first place. “After taking pictures, we went to another side where there are beautiful rocks with clean water flowing under them. The water was very low though. After...
Army Releases Report On Soldiers Who Allegedly Beat 27Yrs Old Man To Death In Taraba
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Army Releases Report On Soldiers Who Allegedly Beat 27Yrs Old Man To Death In Taraba

The Nigerian army has reacted to news that soldiers of Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) allegedly beat a 27-years-old man, Yusufa Haruna, to death at Mbamga in Sarduana Local Government Area of the Taraba State last week. Read the statement from the army below. RE: SOLDIERS ALLEGEDLY BEAT 27 YEARS OLD MAN TO DEATH IN TARABA The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to newspaper reports particularly an online medium, sunnews online.com of 2 April 2018 where it was alleged that soldiers deployed on Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA beat 27 years old man, Yusuf Haruna to death at Mbanga in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State. This allegation is misleading and untrue. The Nigerian Army wishes to put the record straight to avoid misinforming the general public. Contrary to this a...
Angry Constituents Stone APC Reps Member In Taraba
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Angry Constituents Stone APC Reps Member In Taraba

Angry constituents Saturday stoned Hon Garba Hamman Julde, a member of the House of Reps representing Bali-Gassol Federal constituency of Taraba state. Citing failed representation and abandonment of his constituents for more than two years, the constituents vent their anger after the lawmaker presented 11 motorcycles and one car to ward executives and local government chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bali LGA of the state. An eye witness told reporters that the lawmaker escaped with minor bruises before he was whisked away by Policemen on duty at the venue of the event, which held in Central Primary School, Bali. The eye witness, Musa Sandirde, said: “Trouble started after he ended his speech at the rostrum and was making way to present key of the motorcycles to...
Senate Rejects Bill To Include Skirts In NYSC Uniform
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Senate Rejects Bill To Include Skirts In NYSC Uniform

The Senate today rejected a bill proposing the option of wearing of skirts by female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The bill which was sponsored by Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba), was debated by the lawmakers today. Senator Bwacha told his colleagues that the bill is intended to amend Sections 13 and 16 of the Principal Act that infringes on the religious rights of some of the corps members. Bwacha, who is Deputy Minority Leader, noted that the NYSC was a laudable scheme established in 1973 by the then military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon. It was part of the effort by the Federal Government to rebuild, reconstruct and reconcile Nigerians following the unfortunate incidents of the civil war which ended in 1970. It is important to point out that while th...
President Buhari: I Don’t Have To Visit Troubled States Before I Take Action
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President Buhari: I Don’t Have To Visit Troubled States Before I Take Action

President Muhammadu Buhari says he does not have to visit troubled states to prove that he is taking action against killings. Buhari said this on Monday in reaction to criticisms of his delay in visiting Rivers, Benue, Zamfara and other states where violence and killings have been recorded in 2018. Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting in Jalingo, Taraba, he urged the ethnic leaders to find ways of resolving the crisis in the state. He said: “Governor Darius Ishaku and I are here temporarily. We will go at the end of our tenure, but you are permanent with the people at the grass roots. “So, I charge you to go back and find ways of resolving the crises in your domains. Go and give your people justice for peace to reign. “When I was campaigning, I came here and promised to p...
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari To Visit ‘Troubled’ States
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari To Visit ‘Troubled’ States

President Muhammadu Buhari is planning trips to Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers states, which have recorded different forms of violence in 2018. Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. “In view of recent terrorist attacks, criminal activities and communal clashes in some States leading to tragic loss of lives and kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls, President Muhammadu Buhari immediately tasked the Armed Forces and other Security agencies to compile comprehensive reports on the various incidents,” the statement read. “Having received and studied the Reports, the President has decided to undertake an on the spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected. “From t...
We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv
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We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv

The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, has pledged the support of the traditional rulers and the entire people of Benue to the Nigerian Army as its conducts Exercise Ayem Akpatuma – Cat Race in the state. “We welcome the exercise. We believe it will help peace to return to Benue which has suffered series of attacks from herdsmen,” the traditional ruler said as he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai on Monday. He, however, said the people were apprehensive of the exercise, recalling the clashes between the army and Tiv people at Zakibiam in the past and called for adequate enlightenment on the exercise. Ayatse said that the herdsmen attacks which affected Guma, Logo, Gwer West, Makurdi, Kwande, Katsina-Ala and Agatu Local Government Areas of the state had resulted in ...
Herdsmen Attacks: Nigerian Air Force To Establish Operational Units In Taraba, Benue, Nassarawa
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Herdsmen Attacks: Nigerian Air Force To Establish Operational Units In Taraba, Benue, Nassarawa

The Nigerian Air Force said it has concluded plans to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba State to curb the incessant attacks by herdsmen on innocent farmers in the country. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who made this known, also said the Air Force has concluded plans to establish a Quick Response Wing along the Benue-Nassarawa axis. Marshal Abubakar gave the hint in a lecture he delivered at the National Defence College (NDC) titled ‘The Nigerian Air Force – Challenges and Future Perspectives”, The NAF oss, in a statement signed by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshall Adetokunbo Adesanya, lamented the menace caused by the incessant herders/farmers clash. Adesanya, in the statement said, “The Chief of t...
No Land For Cattle Colony In Delta – Governor Okowa
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No Land For Cattle Colony In Delta – Governor Okowa

The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has rejected the federal government’s proposed cattle colonies, saying his state will not cede land for it. Mr. Okowa, during a meeting on Tuesday in Asaba with herdsmen, farmers, community leaders, and heads of security agencies in the state cited threat to peace and security, as well as the shortage of land, as the reason for the rejection of the proposal. “The Nigerian Constitution does not allow anyone to graze on someone’s farm. It does not permit you to forcefully take over someone’s house,” Mr. Okowa was quoted by a Government House statement as having said in the meeting. “We can co-exist as a people but, as we co-exist, there must be mutual respect for one another. Whoever you are, when you engage in crime, the law must take its...
Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States
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Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States

Health minister Isaac Adewole Monday announced that the outbreak of Lassa fever has spread to 15 states, recording 31 deaths. He added that there had been 105 laboratory confirmed cases and three probable cases. The minister told the Emergency National Council of Health in Abuja that cases were recorded in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states. The minister added that 10 health care workers were affected in four states (seven in Ebonyi and with one each in Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states). Prof Adewole said four health workers died (three in Ebonyi and one in Kogi,) adding that the meeting was summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in Nigeria with a focus on some of the challenges th...
Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Four In Taraba Village
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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Four In Taraba Village

No fewer than four Tiv villagers were killed in Ngutswen village, near Wurojam in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, barely 9 hours after Governor Darius Ishaku raised alarm over a plot to attack the state by Fulani herdsmen. Ishaku had on Thursday while playing host to the National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said he received notice of an attack on the state which, according to a letter he received from an undisclosed source, would happen within 10 days. Speaking to journalists at the site of the burial of the four victims of the attack in Ngutswen village, a community leader, Mr. Tyav Ngutswen, said his people were sleeping when the Fulani herdsmen struck in the village at about 10:09 pm. Tyav...
President Buhari To Review National Security Architecture
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President Buhari To Review National Security Architecture

In a letter to Senate President Bukola Saraki, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to review the entire national security architecture to tackle the security challenges confronting the country. The letter dated Jan. 25, 2018 was read by Saraki during Wednesday’s plenary. “Action is being initiated and I expect to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with Paragraph Three of the Senate resolutions”, President Buhari wrote. “As I briefed you and the Rt. Hon Speaker when we met on the Jan. 14, several courses of action have been taken prior to the senate resolution. “You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came to me about the Benue killings. “On Thursday, Jan. 4, I sent the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector-...
3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba
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3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead, while several others are under watch in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state, World Health Organisation, WHO, has said. Surveillance Officer of WHO, Dr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed this yesterday at a sensitisation workshop on Lassa Fever, organised by the state's Ministry of Health. Represented by Dr. Zeto Philip, the Surveillance Officer said 12 cases have been reported, three confirmed dead, while three positive cases have been placed under close monitoring. Bello, who said six local governments--Bali, Ibi, Gassol, Gashaka, Jalingo and Ardo-Kola-- in Taraba State have been placed on red alert, explained that two deaths have so far been recorded in Jalingo and one in Ardo-Kola, putting the st...
Herdsmen Killings: Wike Tells Buhari What To Do
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Herdsmen Killings: Wike Tells Buhari What To Do

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on the best way to end the incessant killings going on across the country.   Wike called on the government to decentralize the security architecture in the country.     The Governor said the country would be secured if the governors were allowed to control the security of their states.   He noted that the “centralization of the police has not favoured the country’s security.”   According to him, “For us in Rivers State, our position on state and community policing is very clear.   “While we join our voices to other well-meaning Nigerians to strongly and emphatically demand for the decentralization and depoliticization of security service...
Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis: Presidency, National Assembly Hold Security Summit
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Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis: Presidency, National Assembly Hold Security Summit

The National Assembly has announced a two-day national security summit in a bid to find solutions to the nation’s pressing security challenges.   Organised in collaboration with the Presidency, the summit will hold on Thursday and Monday at the state house in Abuja.   The summit will provide a platform for heads of security and defence agencies, governors, traditional rulers, sociocultural groups, civil society organisations to deliberate and seek solutions to escalating insecurity, a statement signed by the senate leader and chairman, ad-hoc committee on security, Ahmed Lawan, said Tuesday.   The Senate had on January 17, while deliberating on a report submitted by its adhoc committee on the crises in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa States, resolved to convene a ...
Herdsmen Killings: Senator Sani Attacks Dan-Ali Over Comment On Benue, Taraba Massacre
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Herdsmen Killings: Senator Sani Attacks Dan-Ali Over Comment On Benue, Taraba Massacre

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has criticized the comments made by the Minister of Defence Mansur Danali, that recent massacre of innocent people by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and Taraba was as a result of the anti-open grazing laws and blockade of grazing routes. Senator Sani lambasted the Defence Minister, noting that his comments were capable of causing more troubles instead of quelling the crisis. He wrote on twitter, “Minister of defense is doing a good job in the north east in the battle against the insurgents. But his attempt to rationalize, justify, interpret or translate the violence and bloodletting in the states affected by armed Herdsmen does not help in the search for viable solution.” Sani also frowned at the proposed ...
Federal Govt Opts For Decisive Military Action To End Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis
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Federal Govt Opts For Decisive Military Action To End Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis

The Federal Government last night hinted that it would opt to take decisive military force to deal with the bandits and mercenaries who were behind the killings in some parts of the country especially regarding the crisis associated with herdsmen. According to a reliable Presidency source who spoke on condition of anonymity, “The role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/farmer clashes and violence may have provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis, informed sources close to the Working Group formed recently by the National Economic Council have hinted. “The settled view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often ...
Benue Killings Federal Government Set To Deploy Decisive Military Force Against Herdsmen
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Benue Killings Federal Government Set To Deploy Decisive Military Force Against Herdsmen

The Federal Government has opted to use decisive military force to deal with perpetrators of killings in Benue State and parts of the country, SaharaReporters has learned. This website gathered that it is widely believed official circles that the killings are the handiwork of bandits and mercenaries. An authoritative source told SaharaReporters that the proposed use of decisive military force is one of the outcomes of a meeting of the working group formed about less two weeks ago by the National Economic Council (NEC), which is chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Kano State governor, Umar Ganguje, who read out highlights and decisions of the NEC to reporters after the council's meeting on Thursday, said the working group “will work in accordance with the Presid...
FG Abandons Cattle Colonies, Tells States To Design Solutions
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FG Abandons Cattle Colonies, Tells States To Design Solutions

The 10-man working committee constituted few days ago by the National Economic Council to end attacks by herdsmen has decided that every state should, by a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders, design its own solutions. The committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprises the governors of Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States. A highly placed Presidency official privy to the activities of the committee, revealed to State House correspondents on Sunday that the committee had resolved that the Federal Government would not impose any solution on any states. The official disclosed that Osinbajo, at a recent meeting of the committee, assured that the Federal Government would certainly not impose its ideas on the states. ...
Herdsmen: States Should Make Anti-Grazing Laws – Senator Ekweremadu
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Herdsmen: States Should Make Anti-Grazing Laws – Senator Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the best way to end the crisis between herdsmen and farmers is to dump open grazing for ranching. He urged the states to make laws to end open grazing, describing it as “archaic, anachronistic and out of tune with modern society.” Ekweremadu stated this at the House of Commons, Parliament of the United Kingdom, where he delivered a lecture titled, ‘African Politics: The Dynamics and Lessons.’ A statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, quoted Ekweremadu as stating that the Federal Government’s only business in ranching would be the provision of policy direction. The Deputy Senate President said, “I believe that ranching is the way to go rather than open grazing. However, it is for the Federa...
We Will Defend Women, Children Against Killer Herdsmen — Female Lawyers
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We Will Defend Women, Children Against Killer Herdsmen — Female Lawyers

The International Federation of Women lawyers, FIDA Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to defend the lives and properties of Nigerians against unsuspecting attacks by herdsmen.   In a statement on the recent killings in Benue state, the Federation said it was ready to use lawful means necessary to assist in ensuring a lasting solution to the menace of herdsmen attacks in the country.   FIDA in its statement signed by the association’s national president and secretary general, Inime Aguma and Princess Frank-Chukwuani, respectively cited the effects of the killings on women and children and added that the menace has gone far too long.   The statement reads in part:   “FIDA Nigeria seeks to express her revulsion and grave sorrow at the activiti...
Borno Govt Celebrates Improved Health Care Systems
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Borno Govt Celebrates Improved Health Care Systems

BORNO State Government has said that the general health care systems which include maternal and child care deliveries, immunisations and many other aspects have generally improved with the introduction of performance-based financing system.   This assertion was emphasised when the Commissioner of Health, Haruna Meshelia inaugurated a Steering Committee and Technical Working Group on Performance-Based Financing (PBF) under Additional Financing-Nigeria State Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP), a World Bank assisted Project.   While inaugurating the two committees on Thursday in Maiduguri Meshelia said, the Projects implemented in Collaboration with National and State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) is to strengthen the Health system in the state. ...
Police Dismiss Claims That An Aircraft, Loaded With Arms, Landed In Taraba
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Police Dismiss Claims That An Aircraft, Loaded With Arms, Landed In Taraba

The Taraba Police Command has dismissed media reports claiming that an aircraft, loaded with arms, landed in Jibu part of the State last Sunday. “I want to state that the report is totally false, misleading, unfounded and a deliberate attempt to cause panic in the minds of the people of the state, “Mr David Akinremi, the Commissioner of Police in Taraba, who briefed the media on Tuesday in Jalingo said. “As soon as the rumour filtered in, the command dispatched teams of police operatives to Jibu, where the said aircraft was alleged to have landed, only to discover that there was no iota of truth in the claim. “I later visited the community but found nothing; clearly, it was a mere rumour,” he said. Akinremi appealed to members of the public to avoid manufacturing and spreading ...
Police, Taraba Govt Disagree Over Arms Helicopter Landing Claim
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Police, Taraba Govt Disagree Over Arms Helicopter Landing Claim

The police in Taraba State on Tuesday faulted the claim by the state government that a helicopter loaded with arms and ammunition had on Saturday night landed in Jibu, a village in Wukari Local Government Area of the state. Commissioner of Police in Taraba, Mr. Dave Akinremi, at a press briefing in Jalingo said the report was false, misleading, unfounded and a deliberate attempt to misinform the people of the state. However, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, insisted that the Taraba State government still stood by her earlier statement. “We also have our channels of getting information, and I tell you that indeed a helicopter landed in that village with arms. We got our information from a credible source and we still stand...
Stop Cattle Colonies Now – APDA Warns FG, Vows To Remove APC In 2019
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Stop Cattle Colonies Now – APDA Warns FG, Vows To Remove APC In 2019

The Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) has urged the Federal Government to opt for establishment of grazing reserves as a strategy to address herdsmen/farmers clashes. The National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Shittu, gave the advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Shittu said that grazing reserves would promote peace between farmers and herders and boost the economies of states. He urged the government not to consider creating cattle colonies which, he said, were alien. “We hear of a plan by the Federal Government to create cattle colonies where herders can breed their cattle to stop clashes. “We advise that the government should rather establish grazing reserves not only to achieve peace but to promote development in stat...
FG’s Tactlessness In Handling Killer Herdsmen Crisis Fosters Repeated Killings – PDP
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FG’s Tactlessness In Handling Killer Herdsmen Crisis Fosters Repeated Killings – PDP

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives yesterday expressed concern over the unending massacres and spate of killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and other states in the country. The PDP lawmakers expressed disenchantment with the federal government’s over its alleged tactless handling of the situation that fosters possibilities of repeated mass killings by herdsmen in these states. The lawmakers, in a statement by the House Minority Leader, Honourable Leo Ogor, pointed out that the prevailing spate of killings across the nation now mirrors that of failed states. Condemning the development, the lawmakers frowned as the audacious terrorism and endless bloodletting under the All Progressives Congress (APC). The caucus emphatically blamed the APC govern...