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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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Governor Douye Diri threatens to sack non-performing commissioners

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Wednesday, warned that he will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any commissioner that does not perform to expectation. Diri, also implored members of the newly constituted cabinet to key into his administration’s vision of providing service to people of the state, while urging them to make service to the state a priority.

Senator Diri handed the warning on Wednesday during the 130th session of the state executive council in Government House, Yenagoa.He said “Any member of the state executive council that does not work in tandem with the policies and vision of this government, we will wield the big stick. You are all men of integrity as you were carefully chosen and we believe that you will perform well. Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that his administration’s policies and programmes were having positive impact on people of the state.

He said he was delighted and encouraged that the people appreciated the developmental projects as attested by accolades from Bayelsans.

He particularly mentioned the ongoing construction of the Nembe-Brass road, the completed Sagbama-Ekeremor road, building and equipping of science, technical and vocational schools among other projects and policies in different sectors across the state.

The Bayelsa helmsman expressed the optimism that the new commissioners would perform well as they were carefully chosen based on their pedigrees.

He also charged them to work as a team in order to achieve the administration’s agenda. He said: “You have joined this executive council at a moment so much is expected of us. You are our eyes and ears in the ministries. We thank the people of Bayelsa for creating the enabling environment for this government to thrive. Policies and programmes cannot be achieved except the people accept them. We are encouraged because the people appreciate the work we are doing. We do not praise ourselves, but our work is speaking for us.

Source: Dailypost

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Controller Kogi Vigilante Service vows to smoke criminals out of state

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The Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Commander Adinoyi Mariam Abdulrahaman, on Wednesday, assumed office vowing to flush out criminal elements out of the State. Addressing journalists in Lokoja, Abdulrahman disclosed that it will no longer be business as usual for any individual who intends to disturb the peace of Kogi State.

He explained that the command will continue to synergise with other security agencies to make Kogi State safe for investors, adding that criminals planning to cause havoc should relocate from the state. It will no longer be business as usual. I can assure all Kogites that the mandate given to us by His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo is to ensure that Kogi State is safe for all. Let this be a note of warning to those who are enemies of Kogi State.

“For your own good, relocate from Kogi State as there will be no hiding place for you. The Kogi State Vigilantes Service in collaboration with other sister security agencies is fully ready to make our State unconducive for criminals. No matter where you are or highly placed, you will be arrested and prosecuted” he stated.

Abdulrahaman, who is a retired Navy Colonel warned against any forms of indiscipline by officers under his command, stressing that, anyone who intends to sabotage his efforts in ensuring peace in Kogi State will be dismissed from office and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Explaining further, he said “The command under my watch will be aggressive in ensuring discipline in the system. If you are not ready to protect Kogi State and we discover that you are undisciplined we won’t spare you. His Excellency is determined to ensure that Kogi is the safest in Nigeria. When any officer intends to compromise this effort for their own selfish interest, he or she will be shown the exit door”.

He commended the immediate past Commandant of Kogi State Vigilante Service, Hassan Saliyu Aliyu for his achievement, stressing that his wealth of experience is still needed to make the security outfit achieve more in curbing crimes and criminalities in the state.

While appreciating Governor Ododo for finding him worthy to serve in Kogi State, the Controller General of the State Vigilante Service promised to improve the welfare of its officers. Earlier in his remarks, the immediate past Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Hassan Saliyu Aliyu charged the officers of the State to give all their maximum support for the present Commander to succeed.

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Bola Tinubu initiates steps to review Public Procurement Act

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The Federal Government has initiated steps to review the existing Public Procurement Act as part of measures to instil discipline in fiscal expenditures. Already, the President, Bola Tinubu has appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi to drive the process of review in combination with a special committee raised at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

While the deliberations at FEC lasted, President Tinubu directed that all Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs should review their intended procurements as provided for in the appropriation act.The directive is to ensure that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and the actual amount required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu who disclosed the information said, “The President Bola Tinubu today in line with the desire to enhance more fiscal discipline and further demonstrate to Nigerians our commitment to serving them better, raised the issue of the reconciliation between the appropriation act, public procurement law and the fiscal responsibility act. FEC has set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to review the Public Procurement Act.

“After a robust discussion, the President directed that all ministries department and agencies should review their intended procurement as provided for in the appropriation such that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and amounts required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and Federal Ministry of Finance, such that the memo that the cabinet secretariat will provide to the FEC, will have clarity of where funding is expected to come from and recommendations, to guide effectively the Federal Executive Council decisions.

Mr President directed that the report of the public procurement committee be provided to him so that he can take decisions accordingly.

Source: Dailypsot

In other news – Children vulnerable as Bauchi records zero doses of immunization in 13 LGAs

Despite efforts to improve immunisation, 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Bauchi have recorded zero doses of vaccination, leaving children unprotected.

 

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The disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who is not happy with the development. Read more

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