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Sanusi Lamido and 51 others to face terrorism charges over attack on Ortom – BCD

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The Benue Coalition for Democracy, BCD has called for the arrest of former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido and other Fulani elites over alleged attacks on the state governor, Samuel Ortom. Ortom and the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN had traded blames over the unfortunate killing of over forty Fulani herders in Akwanaja, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Sanusi had in a viral video made an attempt to drag Governor Ortom to the unfortunate incidence where herdsmen were killed in an air strike attack.

According to reports, Sanusi and fifty-one other Fulani elders had written to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to hold Ortom responsible for the killings.

Sequel to Sanusi’s remark and the letter to Buhari, Ortom on Thursday raised the alarm alleging that there were plots by some Fulani elites to eliminate him over the Nasarawa incident.

Wading into the matter, BDC in a statement issued on Saturday by its National Coordinator, Aloysius Gbakaan, said it is worried over the attacks on Ortom by some Fulani leaders led by Sanusi.

The coalition wondered why the Fulani leaders were after Ortom over “an action carried out by the military”, stressing that the attack “was a clear sign that they know what other Nigerians do not know and are out to execute their expansionist agenda to the finish

“The BCD expects a highly exposed and educated personality like Sanusi to know that a state governor has no power to direct a federal government security agency on what to do, especially when it concerns operations such as the one that took place on the said day.

“The former Emir is supposed to be a statesman in his own right, but his selective and sentimental concern over killings of Nigerians smacks of bigotry and insensitivity. This is a man that maintains deaf ears whenever the killings are perpetrated by his kinsmen, the Fulanis.

“That he has never condemned the killings in Benue and other parts of the country, especially those carried out by his fellow Fulanis, exposes him and his band of extremists as enablers and co-sponsors of the ethnic cleansing in Benue State.

“His video calling for Ortom’s head, and the interview he (Sanusi) granted BBC Hausa Service where he heaped unfounded allegations on Governor Ortom over the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State also testified to Sanusi’s hatred for Ortom and their desire to see him eliminated by their foot soldiers.

“We are curious that highly educated Fulani elders like Sanusi, Professor Usman Yusuf, former Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda and many others are feigning ignorance of the constitutional powers of State Houses of Assembly to make laws for the good governance of their states. If not, why would they be against the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law of Benue state?

“The Fulani elders need to stop grandstanding and urged their kith and kin to embrace ranching, which is the modern trend in cattle rearing, if they must carry out their trade in Benue state, or choose elsewhere as the archaic mode of animal husbandry has been outlawed in the state.

“The law is not the making of Governor Ortom solely; the entire Benue people demanded for that legislation and it was given to them to curb incessant clashes between farmers and herders. But Fulani pastoralists have vowed to resist the law violently and they are doing just that as reflected in the constant massacre of innocent people in their communities and displacement of over two million others, thereby creating a serious humanitarian situation in the state.

“While we also agree that the bombing in Akwanaja be investigated by relevant authorities, we call on Sanusi and his horde of mischief makers to caution their brothers against disobedience to laws of places they found themselves and desist from taking laws into their own hands just because they are told to be law-abiding.

“We equally call on the federal government to beef up security around Benue communities in Gwer-West, Guma and other parts of the state where Fulani militia are threatening to launch more attacks on the people. These types of threats were issued by Miyetti Allah in 2017 but were taken for granted and the armed herders carried out the attacks which left 73 people dead on the eve of 2018 new year. The mindless bloodletting must not be allowed to continue.

“We maintain our position that Governor Ortom had no hand in that military operation which took place outside Benue state and should be left to carry out his functions without the barrage of attacks on his person.

“The BCD also wants relevant security agencies to call Sanusi and the other Fulani elders to order and beam searchlights on them and their foot soldiers especially at this time that they are desperate to eliminate Governor Ortom after seven previous failed attempts.

“The people of Benue also need to shun their differences and stand behind the Governor who has been made a scapegoat by enemies of the state due to his firm resolve to protect the lives and property of his people.

“We want to state emphatically that any attack on Governor Ortom is an attack on all Benue people. We will not fold our alms and watch extremists castigate the Governor and get away with it.

“Governor Ortom has our popular mandate and whatever he says regarding the security situation in the state, he does so on our collective behalf. He speaks our minds and we are solidly behind him.

“We reiterate our support for Governor Ortom and call on him to remain resolute in his burning desire to ensure that he leaves Benue state better than he met it despite the evil machinations of some unpatriotic Nigerians disguised as concerned statesmen”.

BDC called on security forces in the country to invite the alleged 52 Fulani leaders led by Sanusi for questioning, stressing that “there is something they know that the rest of the country is not yet aware of.

“Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria at the moment, and if any group appears to tacitly support those who perpetrate acts of terror on the people, such a group of individuals surely have questions to answer”.

Source: Dailpost

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Nigeria’s constitution not working, paperwork for military – Bode George

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, on Monday said Nigeria’s constitution is not working. George said Nigeria’s constitution is paperwork for the country’s military. Featuring on Arise Television’s Morning Show, the PDP chieftain said the current constitution gives room to politicians to share largesse in Abuja.George reiterated the call for restructuring Nigeria, stressing that it’s an antidote to secession agitation in Nigeria.

According to George: “The constitution we are running is not working, it’s more like paperwork for a military organization; why should everybody head to Abuja monthly to collect their largess; it’s not working, what does the president do with my local government or that in Sokoto? Nothing.

“Politics is local and we want to see that the restructuring everybody is talking about is the path we should take instead of taking arms and shooting people which is a modern-day Robin Hood.

Source: Naijanews

In other news – I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

 

Davido

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest. Read more

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EFCC vows to probe bank chiefs over COVID funds, World Bank loans

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC, said it has redoubled its investigation into the culpability of bank Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, in the mismanagement of COVID-19 funds and World Bank loans. This is contained in a statement by its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement said that also under probe is the alleged mismanagement of recovered Abacha loot given to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for disbursement to beneficiaries of the Federal Government support-for-the-poor programme. The EFCC also announced that it had recovered N32.7 billion and $445,000 so far from top officials of the ministry under its searchlight, adding that the abuse of naira has become a priority investigation of the agency.

Shedding light on the probe of malfeasance in the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development ministry, the agency said: “At the outset of investigations, past and suspended officials of the Humanitarian Ministry were invited by the commission and investigations into the alleged fraud involving them have yielded the recovery of N32.7billion and $445,000 so far.

“Discreet investigations by the EFCC have opened other fraudulent dealings involving Covid -19 funds, the World Bank loan, Abacha recovered loot released to the Ministry by the Federal Government to execute its poverty alleviation mandate.

Source: Dailypost

In other news – Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying. The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

Paul Okoye

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma. Read more

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I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

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Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest.

Davido

The interview asked, “What’s one fashion trend you dislike? He said, “Skirt; men that wears skirts. I will never wear the skirt. Except if I am offered half a million or a million dollars [laughs

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In other news – Junior Pope not buried by river bank – Police

The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

John Paul Odonwodo

 

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue. Read more

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