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FA Cup: Man U thrash Liverpool 3-2

 FA Cup: Man U thrash Liverpool 3-2

Bruno Fernandes’ superb free-kick sent troubled Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup as Manchester United beat their bitter rivals 3-2 in the fourth round, while Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick eased the

pressure on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard in a win over Luton on Sunday.

Fernandes struck with 12 minutes left at Old Trafford to cap a thrilling clash that left Liverpool searching for answers after another painful defeat.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal, but Mason Greenwood equalised before the interval.

Marcus Rashford put United in front after the break and, although Salah equalised, Portugal midfielder Fernandes came off the bench to fire his free-kick past Alisson Becker.

After slumping to fourth in the Premier League following Thursday’s shock 1-0 defeat against Burnley — their first league loss at Anfield since 2017 — Liverpool have to lick their wounds again.

Liverpool, who trail leaders United by six points, have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions and that lone success came against Aston Villa’s youth team in the FA Cup third round.

Liverpool struck in the 18th minute when Roberto Firmino threaded a pass to Salah, who lifted his shot over Dean Henderson.

United levelled in the 26th minute when Rashford sent Greenwood clear for a low strike past Alisson Becker.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men netted again in the 48th minute as a mistake from Liverpool’s young defender Rhys Williams allowed Greenwood to race clear and score.

Firmino’s cross was converted by Salah for Liverpool’s 58th-minute equaliser, but Fernandes won it with his sublime set-piece after Fabinho fouled Edinson Cavani.

United will host West Ham in the fifth round as their momentum continues to build.

“You know when you go a goal down the reaction of everyone was really good. We played some really good stuff, good goals. We have to defend well against them and we managed to react well,” Solskjaer said.

Liverpool have never got past the fifth round in Klopp’s reign, but that will be the least of his concerns as he tries to spark a revival from his spluttering team.

“There was a lot of good things and some mistakes around the goals. If you want to win here you have to be absolutely top and we were not,” Klopp said.

– Relief for Lampard –

Lampard has been under the spotlight, but there was some relief for the Blues boss as Abraham’s finishing helped seal a 3-1 victory against Luton.

The England striker struck twice in the opening 17 minutes, first firing into the far corner before heading home from close range for his 10th goal of the season.

However, it was not all plain sailing for Lampard’s men as goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was at fault for another sloppy goal, while Timo Werner’s lack of confidence will not have been helped by missing a penalty.

Jordan Clark’s low shot crept past Kepa’s woeful attempted save to give Luton a lifeline and the world’s most expensive ‘keeper had to make a much more difficult stop to deny Harry Cornick an equaliser in the second half.

A brilliant team move finally killed the tie off 16 minutes from time as substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi crossed for Abraham to tap home from point-blank range.

Werner had a chance to score just his second goal in 16 games when he was tripped by Clark, but his dreadful spell continued as his tame penalty was saved by Simon Sluga.

With Chelsea now well off the pace in the Premier League and facing a tough last-16 tie against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, the FA Cup may prove Lampard’s best chance of saving his job by winning a trophy.

A trip to Barnsley in the fifth round awaits early next month should the former England midfielder steady the ship in the league to remain in charge until then.

Leicester won 3-1 at second-tier Brentford to set up a home tie against Brighton.

Burnley beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage and play Bournemouth or Crawley in the last 16.

 

 

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IGP under fire over Sunday Igboho arrest order


Adamu, Igboho

A cross section of Nigerians on Saturday berated Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu following his order for the arrest of the

Southwest activist, Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho.

Many of them took to the social media to express displeasure at what they called Adamu’s bias against certain parts of the country in the discharge of his official duties.

However, an Oyo State Government delegation and a separate police team led by the new Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, are due in Ibarapa area of the state on Sunay, particularly Igangan, the scene of Friday’s mayhem, for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

There was uneasy calm in the area on Saturday.

BBC Hausa on Saturday quoted Mallam Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity as saying that the IGP informed him of his directive to the Oyo State Police Command to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.

Igboho’s alleged sin is the quit order he issued that criminals should quit Ibarapa within seven days.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) accused Adamu of partiality and double standards by ordering the arrest.

The group said the same IGP refused to order the arrest of the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Badejo, who he said “has for five years made threats against diverse ethnic communities to take over their lands and threatening civil war in Nigeria.”

HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said: “The retiring Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu should also arrest one Bello Badejo, the national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who says nobody can chase herdsmen away from the forest reserves in Ondo State.

“As we know, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the governor of Ondo, ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves over rising insecurity in the state.

“As governor, he is exercising a lawful authority, but Bello Badejo has threatened fire and brimstone but President Muhammadu Buhari, who controls the police and all other security forces, has seen nothing untoward and unlawful with the violent tendencies of Bello Badejo, just because he is the kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

HURIWA wondered why “the Police, the DSS and all other security forces have consistently looked the other way whilst armed herdsmen continued to unleash mayhem and violence.”

It argued that  the order to arrest Sunday IGBOHO ” shows that the heads of the security forces are compromised ethnic and religious warriors and bigots who are determined to drag Nigeria down the routes of Somalia or former ethnically divided Rwanda.”

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted: “New leaders are rising up in the SW. They are strong, fearless, radical & young.

“Names like Sunday Igboho, Olayomi Koiki and others come to mind. The SW has finally got a new set of champions & heroes. They believe in Oduduwa Republic. None can stand against them. I commend them.”

Another commentator, Fedrick Nwabufo, said:”We need peace. Asking other Nigerians to leave your state will only incite chaos. Reprisal quit orders.

“And those of you celebrating this tragedy, please note it could be your own ethnic group tomorrow. No one wins in this crisis.”

Investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyomobo, said: “When a government sleeps while its people are abducted and slaughtered, the emergence of people like Sunday Igboho is inevitable.

“All the noise from the Oyo Gov against Igboho’s boldfaced declaration is just to save face. Wake up to your responsibility or watch a commoner take charge!”

Ondo first born tweeted: “There’s Sunday Igboho from Igboho, Oyo State today. If something is not quickly done about this herdsmen menace, there will be Sunday Ilesha, Sunday Akure, Sunday Iworoko, Sunday Abeokuta, Sunday Bariga who will rise up to protect their people from these criminal elements.”

Ifa Funsho said: “You have been lamenting for protection from the government for a very long time, govt did nothing. Sunday Igboho is out there doing what the government should do but you’re on Twitter calling him names. Any Yoruba person speaking against Sunday Igboho is OMO ALE.”

“If the threat of Sunday Igboho and his face-off with the Oyo State Govt is not quickly looked into…we may have a security challenge that will not augur well for SW. When it snowballs, people will blame Buhari for the problem. Playing politics with security is a no-no!” Bayo Adedosu tweeted.

Also, a group, Ibarapa Development Forum in a statement said the state governor, Makinde, disappointed the residents of the Ibarapa axis of the state amidst endless tragedies of kidnappings, maiming, destruction of hundreds of acres of farmlands and killings.

Oyo govt delegation for Ibarapa today

An Oyo State government delegation and a police team led by Police Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko are expected in Ibarapa  area of the state, including Igangan, the scene of Friday’s mayhem, for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

The two delegations, it was gathered, will visit trouble spots to see things for themselves.

They will be joined by stakeholders and traditional rulers and a police tactical team from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

A report of the on the spot assessment will be made public, a source said last night.

It was also gathered that some Yoruba elders have stepped in to ensure that peace returns quickly to the Ibarapa axis and that the trouble does not spill over to other parts of the country.

Uneasy calm at Igangan after Sunday Igboho’s visit

Igangan was relatively calm yesterday, 24 hours after mayhem was visited on the town by youths who set ablaze some houses and cars belonging to the Sarkin Fulani in the town, Saliu Abdulkadir.

The streets were largely deserted yesterday partly on account of the annual Oro festival.

Residents are living with utmost security consciousness, some in fear of either a reprisal attack by herdsmen or arrest by security agencies.

A resident who spoke to The Nation in confidence expressed satisfaction with Igboho’s visit and what it means for security of the people in Ibarapa land at large. The resident said they were positive about Adeyemo’s visit, adding that they were prepared to repel any reprisal attack.

“Let me tell you that we were happy with what Sunday Igboho did. He is like a liberator. We need such action because we have not been sleeping with our two eyes closed. It’s either somebody is kidnapped on his farm or somebody is robbed or killed. The government is also not helping because we don’t see them taking any decisive step,” the resident said.

The Convener, Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), Mr Oladokun Oladiran, said that tradition demands that every resident should keep indoors during the grand finale of the Oro festival which was yesterday.

Oladiran said: “Things are quiet in Igangan as Oro festival curfew is now ongoing.

“It’s been on for some days now. Today (Saturday) is ‘Ahamo’, meaning indoor.

“All must be indoors. It has been on for seven days, but today (Saturday) is the peak.

“All women will be indoors.”

However, when asked about the mood of the people of the town following the Friday visit of Sunday Ighoho, the IDA convener lauded Igboho while also calling for extra vigilance and redefined strategic security information in Igangan and Ibarapaland as a whole.

He said the visit has helped to rekindle the hope of the freedom of the people in living peacefully in their homes, adding that no family could boast of unscathed life in the hand of the criminal elements among the herders.

He said: “Several years under the continuous woes of herdsmen banditry,  Igangan’s hope of regaining peace kept being dimmed until Friday, January 21, 2021 when the whole of Ibarapa land suddenly went agog with renewed strength of reclaiming their land.

“The long-awaited, sought and longed for ray of hope for liberation glimmered in the form of Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho.

“Such a massive uproar might never have attended any saga in recent Ibarapa history.

“It was not surprising, for not a single household in Ibarapa North-West LCDA could boast of unscathed life in the hand of the ever-terrorising herders.

“For several years, farm plundering was their full time business, which grew audaciously in leaps and bounds.

“With no disciplinary measures ever meted out to the now reverential herdsmen, their audacity has leaped in bounds from just grazing upon the sweats of Ibarapa farmers to maiming and lynching any farmer who dared raise a voice in deference to their destructive resolve.

“Notorious criminals increased the  spate of kidnapping and bloodshed upon the whole of Ibarapaland.

“Men were butchered on their farms, farmers abandoned their indigenous lands as hordes of herdsmen took over Ibarapa people’s farmlands.”


Fulani leaders to Igangan people: We are sorry

Ngozi Onadeko

Two Fulani leaders in Oyo State apologised for the crimes committed by some herdsmen in Ibarapa area.

The apology was tendered by the Seriki Fulani of Igbo Ora, Alhaji Idris Abubakar, and the Seriki Fulani of Eruwa, Alhaji Sule Mohammed.

The two leader asked for forgiveness from those offended, adding that they are ready to facilitate a peaceful coexistence in Ibarapaland.

They spoke during a town hall meeting, attended by the new police commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko and a government delegation led by Fatai Owoseni, a retired police commissioner, who is Governor Seyi Makinde’s special adviser on security.

Traditional rulers in the area also attended the meeting.

The leaders of the Fulani in Igangan, Saliu Abdukadir was absent.

The apology came after the Secretary of Igangan Development Advocates, Lawal Akeem, said that the people were tired of the antics of the Abdukadir, whom he accused of complicity in different criminal cases.

He also said that the community has been forced to pay about N50 million in ransom for different cases of kidnapping.

He accused herdsmen of regularly vandalising farms and raping women of the community.

Another youth in the town, Taiwo Adeagbo, said that no fewer than 15 women have been raped in recent weeks.

A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Peter Ojedokun, also told the delegation that Ibarapaland had been peaceful all the while but that the peace was shattered recently when Fulani herders started attacking members of the community on their farms, kidnapping persons and committing crimes.

The Caretaker Chairman of Ibarapa North-West Local Council Development Area, Okediji Samuel Olusegun, also corroborated the allegations leveled against the Seriki Fulani of Igangan.

He said the Seriki was found culpable in the series of security breaches in the area.

Both the police top officers in the state and Oyo government toured the trouble spots of Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun areas of the state where they conducted on-the-spot assessment of the tension-soaked communities.

Among the places visited were Igangan, Tede and Ago Are communities.

Onadeko sued for peace, while also declaring the readiness of the Police to embark on a thorough investigation of criminal cases to ensure justice for victims of kidnapping, robbery and rape.

Owoseni appealed to community leaders, youths and Hausa-Fulani residents to eschew violence and live in peace.

He told the people to be vigilant and ensure they identify the criminal elements among them for prosecution by the Police, declaring that no one should take laws into their hands.

He also debunked insinuations that the government of Governor Makinde has abandoned the people to their fate, adding that at least 51 suspected perpetrators of kidnapping, rape and banditry are currently in police net from Oke Ogun axis.

He said that government would ensure that justice prevails in the cases involving the arrested lot, adding, however, that the people must remain vigilant.

“If you see something, say something,” Owoseni counseled residents of the visited communities.

The delegation also visited the razed home of the Seriki Fulani in Igangan, where it assessed the extent of damage and promised thorough investigation.

Onadeko said: “We have come to assess and listen to you over the incident that happened. I want to appeal to everyone of us to be calm and ensure there is peace. If there is no peace in the community, there won’t be growth and development.

“I want to appeal to the youth. We have listened and they have interpreted all your complaints and I want to say you should not spoil your case by using force. We are a new team. Bring out all the cases you have, put them in an orderly manner and we will make sure that justice is done.

“So, I want to enjoin all of you to be peaceful and live with one another in a peaceful manner. If we live in peace in this community, we should be able to identify kidnappers, robbers, and rapists. It does not matter where you come from – whether you are from Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. Actually, we have the good and bad ones. Criminality is not only ascribed to a particular ethnic group, it cuts across all the ethnic groups.

“So, if we don’t come together with one voice, how are we going to fish out all these people?

“Please, be calm. Cooperate with the Police, law enforcement agencies and we will make this place secure for everyone, irrespective of where you come from.

“I want to assure you that all the cases you brought up, a thorough investigation will be done on them and you will see that justice will be delivered. We will be having more of this interactive session and consultative gathering so that we will be able to sit down, talk and iron things out together without resorting to violence, which does not pay.

“Please, don’t take laws into your hands. Just tell us. Let us have peace and everything, by the grace of God, will be okay for all of us.”

Owoseni disclosed that 51 suspects have been arrested for various crimes in Ibarapa.

He said some have already been charged to court, while others would soon have their days in court.

“Let us put sentiment and politics aside, from what we heard, it is not as if the Ibarapa community is against one ethnic group. What they are claiming and the allegation they have made is that a particular person, who they are now seeing to symbolise an entire ethnic group, has been misbehaving.

“It is just like what the governor has been saying; that there is trust-deficit between the people and the government, mistrust between the people and law enforcement agencies.

“If you look at the catalogue of what has been said, they feel they have not been given justice and they feel that someone has been stalling justice.

“They feel that someone has been dropping names in order to oppress the community. I believe that with the steps that have been taken to mend all these gaps and with the assurance that the Commissioner of Police has given that they will look at all the cases again, there will be a change.”

Speaking specifically on investigations and arrests, the retired Police Commissioner said: “There are a lot of narratives that have not been given out.

“Everybody believes that kidnapping, assassination had taken place in Igangan and it seems the government was not doing anything.

“Truth is, 51 suspects have been in detention for various offences that bother on this kidnapping.

“Arrests were made. Some have been arraigned in court. Some are awaiting trial. For some, investigation are still ongoing, which we made them know.

“Everyone will learn lessons, especially the police officer that was accused of complicity in some of these cases.

“The CP has given that assurance that every victim will get justice and all the allegations they have made as to the Seriki colluding with criminals, will be looked into.”

The delegation also visited Ago Are and Tede communities, which got engulfed in communal clashes over the weekend.

A meeting was held at the Ago Are town hall and the palace of the Onitede of Tede, Oba Rauf Oladoyin.

Onadeko appealed for peace between the two communities, promising to host a peace meeting in her office before the end of the week.

Owoseni, who addressed newsmen at the palace, said that it was wrong for anyone to take laws into his hands, adding that the people must learn to trust security agencies to achieve peace in their areas.

He said of the communal clash between Tede and Ago Are: “This is an evidence of what the governor is doing on the security situation in the state.

“While the crisis in Igangan was brewing, that was when we heard that these two communities – Tede and Ago-Are – were also at war.

“The purpose of coming here today is to nip in the bud this communal fight. There is an immediate and remote cause but in order to quickly make it not to fester, we are here.”

The Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, who is also the Deputy Chairman of Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers, who was in Igangan, Tede and Ago Are, also appealed for peace, insisting that the state can only develop in an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.

He appealed to the youths to always report their cases to the security agencies, adding that self-help cannot help anyone at the end of the day.

Other monarchs at the Igangan peace parley held at the Igangan Town Hall were the Asigangan of Igangan, a representative of the Eleruwa, the Olu of Igbo Ora, and monarchs from adjoining communities in Ibarapaland.


Adamu Garba says no streets for roaming cows in 2021



Adamu Garba

Former presidential candidate, Adamu Garba struck a chord with his Twitter followers today when he tweeted the simple solution to the

recurring crisis between farmers and herdsmen: ranching.

“I’m a Fulani man, but I can tell you that it doesn’t make sense for cows to be roaming the streets in 2021”, Garba said in a tweet trending as No. 3 in Nigeria on Sunday.

“Cows should be ranched on a land acquired or rented by the ranchers.By law, land can only be used through rent or purchase.

“Govt should step forward & clear this out”, he wrote.

“I believe, to reconcile the raging herders crisis is to open proper communication where each knows the laws of the land.

“All lands in Nigeria, including forests belongs to some entity, FG, SGs, LGs, Company’s or individuals.

“Thus no land can be used without proper authorization.

“The problem of the Fulani herders is a betrayal from the city Fulanis, who decided, after moving to cities, acquiring wealth & power, but forget to carry the village brothers along, leaving them in a desperate situation.

“The rich Fulanis must come together & get ranching lands.

“Land issue is as old as humanity, no any state power can give land to anyone where the land is been identified with owners for generations, without purchasing or renting.

“The rich Fulani must come together & assist our fellow brothers to get reaching land or forest for grazing.

“Lack of proper communication to the herders in understanding the law of land use, by bringing the surrounding communities onboard isn’t good enough.

“It may well be a breeding ground for a cyclical conflicts, a very ripe situation for civil war.

“This must be avoided AT ALL COST”, he added.

His candid tweets on Sunday drew a lot of reactions. While some expressed surprise that such a view could come from him, Adamu responded by saying he was not expressing the view for the first time.

He advocated the same position in January 2018, in an interview with Sahara Reporters.

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One commenter who agreed with him wondered why the Buhari administration has not adopted the solution as a policy all these years:

“This thing you said now is too difficult for Buhari to do, a man steeped in his caveman’s worldview and believes we must maintain national grazing routes for herders in 2021. Only then will it be said that we are tolerant of one another’.

University of Lagos UNILAG: to conduct virtual post-UTME-test.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has appealed to public-spirited Nigerians to assist indigent candidates to get tablets, as the university gets set for the non-physical post-UTME test.

Ogundipe made the appeal on Sunday in Lagos.

According to him, in the face of the resurgence of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all academic activities of the institution, including examinations, will be online.

“We are to conduct our post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) test on Feb. 15 to Feb. 23; that is, it will run for about nine days.

“This examination is going to be e-examination such that wherever the candidates are, they do not need to come to campus. It is simple and convenient.

“We looked at the issue of indigent candidates, we then decided to see how we can carry them along.

“Right now, we have started talking to some friends of the university and alumni to see how we can get tablets that we can give them.

“We have got the number of these indigent candidates registered for the post-UTME test, and they are above 200,” he said.

Ogundipe said that the candidates would need the tablets not just for the purpose of the post-UTME test but also to facilitate other e-learning processes.

“We are talking to the alumni president and friends of the university to get these tablets in order to facilitate the e-learning processes.

He said that over 50,000 candidates applied for admission into the university in the 2020/2021 academic session, with about 22,000 scoring 200 marks and above.

According to him, 21,955 candidates have so far paid for the conduct of the post-UTME test.

“It is the first time that we are conducting this type of examination, and it is such that these candidates must have their laptops with cameras.

“If they do not have a camera attached to their laptops, they will not be allowed to participate in the examination.

“We expect the results to come out within one week after the conduct of the examination,” he said.

Ogundipe said that the university had collapsed 2020/2021 academic session with 2021/2022 academic session.

“It is going to affect our admission number, because it means we have to admit two streams, except if JAMB is not conducting its examination this year.

“If it is conducting, we are mandated to admit students,” the vice-chancellor said.

Ogundipe reiterated that the institution would commence online lectures for returning students on Monday.

He said that the university could not afford bringing back students to campus due to COVID-19 pandemic.


Resumption: ABU Zaria awaits Kaduna government’s approval



Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

The Ahmadu Bello University Zaria said it is awaiting the approval from Kaduna State Government for the reopening of the Institution for academic activities.

Malam Auwal Umar, Director of Public Affairs Division of the University, made this known in a statement issued in Zaria on Sunday.

He added that the State Government sent a verification team to the University on Jan. 20 to specifically assess ABU’s compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols.

He added that there was a mutual understanding between the University and the assessment tour.

Umar recalled that the University had on Jan. 12 announced its decision to reopen for the resumption of academic activities on Jan. 25 subject to further directives issued by the Federal and Kaduna State Governments.

However, Umar added that the University Management wishes to reassure all students, parents and other stakeholders that whatever decision communicated to the university would be conveyed to them immediately.


Federal projects: Bayelsa receives N27bn refund from FG



Douye Diri

The Bayelsa Government, on Sunday, said that it received N27 billion and not N38 billion approved as refund by the Federal Government for federal projects executed by the state from 2005 to date.

The Senate had, on Nov. 24, 2020, approved promissory notes and bond issuance worth N148.1 billion as refunds to Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Osun and Ondo States, for executing federal projects.

Promissory notes and bonds are debt instruments, which one party promises in writing to pay a determinate sum of money to the other, either at a fixed or determinable future time, under specific terms and redeemable before maturity at a discount.

A breakdown of the refunds showed that Bayelsa got N38.4 billion, Cross River N18.4 billion, Ondo State N7.8 billion, Osun N4.5 billion and Rivers N78.9.

Gov Douye Diri, however, clarified that the state government was only in receipt of N27 billion in cash while giving an update for November and December 2020.

The Technical Adviser, on Treasury and Accounts to the governor, Timipre Seipulo, explained on behalf of the governor that the debt instrument issued by the federal government had a tenor of between four to five years maturity.

He said that the refund was structured in such a way that benefiting states would have to wait for between four to five years before they accessing the full amount of the refunds.

Seipulo further explained that for states that wanted their funds, it had to be discounted and as such the N27 billion announced by the government was the discounted amount from the N38 billion, representing a 71 per cent of the total value.


The people have the right to secure their communities: Yoruba Ronu LF


Akinola Malaolu

The Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum has declared support for the efforts of the people in Igangan, Ibarapa LGA of Oyo state to secure

themselves against the wanton attacks by criminally-minded Fulani herdsmen.

President of the YRLF, Mr Akin Malaolu said since the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to secure the people, other fair interventions become inevitable.

“Mr Sunday Igboho was not well known to the generality of our people until his recent emergence as a nationalist to help bring the required peace for our helpless millions of people, who seldom sleep with their two eyes closed”, Malaolu said.

“Our forum earlier in the new year warned Nigerians, particularly our people in South West, to keep watchful eyes on criminal activities that had gained weight in all our forest areas including Kogi and Kwara states.

“We see the peaceful supervision of calling out people of shady activities being done by Mr Sunday Igboho without bearing of unlawful weapons as a good intervention.

“The security challenges, which the nation faces today, are general and since the APC government of Muhammad Buhari has failed, other fair interventions become inevitable.

“The presidency and governors must partner with the likes of Igboho to encourage community participation in security to improve security conditions in the Southwest and all over Nigeria. Vilifying him through unnecessary threats is unreasonable.

“So far, the people have felt reassured that criminal activities can be stemmed if required desire and energy are put to use and that is exactly what Igboho is offering.

“As one of the leaders of thought in the Southwest, our advice is that the innocent are not punished, homesteads are not burnt, and peaceful Nigerians are assisted to remain in the Southwest to pursue their legitimate interests”, Malaolu said.


Akeredolu, South-West govs meet Miyetti Allah Monday



Vacation order: Akeredolu, South-West govs meet Miyetti Allah Monday

South-West Governors including Governor Rotimi Akeredolu would meet with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Monday.

The meeting was meant to find lasting solutions as the seven-day ultimatum issued by Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, to Fulani herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves expired on Sunday.

The meeting was also meant to end incessant killings, kidnapping, and crises between herdsmen and farmers in Ondo state.

The meeting would be held in Akure, the state capital.

The Ondo State Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Bello Garba, who confirmed the development, said the national leadership of the association had arrived in Akure in preparation for the peace meeting.

“The National Chairman of Miyetti Allah is in town now and I cannot talk about what we want to discuss at the meeting but I can assure you that we are going to address the press tomorrow after the meeting,” Garba told Punch.


Lagos police arrest POS robbers, fake sergeant with Indian hemp



Hakeem Odumosu

The Lagos State Police Command has beamed his searchlight on armed robbers who terrorize POS (Point of Sale) operators in the state.

The operatives attached to Ipaja Division on Friday 22nd January 2021 at about 1245pm arrested one Korede Anifowose, m, 24, of Omisakin Street, Agbelekale Abule Egba for attacking one Sola Musa, a POS operator, at Fatolu Bus Stop, Ipaja.

The suspect, Korede, and his accomplice, now at large, had attacked the POS operator when he raised alarm and they were chased by the Anti Crime Police Operatives on pin down at the area before Korede was arrested. One locally made pistol and some expended cartridges were recovered from him.

The command has deemed it necessary to beam its searchlight on attackers of POS operators based on some complaints the command has received on the antics of the criminals who terrorise POS operators and those dealing or transact with liquid cash in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has mandated Divisional Police Officers to beef up security around those dealing with liquid cash in their businesses as the command can not afford to leave them or anyone in the state unprotected.

In another development, the police operatives attached to Area Command Area E Festac, on 19th January 2021, at about 1212am, arrested one David Omoruyi, m, 37, of No 4, Job Street, Afromedia, Otta-Awori LCDA, Lagos in possession of fake Police Identity Card and 30kg of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

The suspect, in company of his fleeing colleagues, were seen with some bags of Indian hemp on their heads at Alaba Rago Market, Ojo Lagos, when the policemen accosted them and eventually arrested David while others fled.

David Omoruyi claimed he is a serving sergeant attached to Mopol 49, Epe, Lagos State. But after due interrogation and investigation, he confessed to being a fake policeman. He confessed that he used to flash the fake ID to gain access and for easy passage of their loots or drugs whenever they are on business.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba for discreet Investigation, while their fleeing members be searched for and brought to book with immediate effect.

CP Hakeem Odumosu also admonished the general public to always avail good and useful information to the police in order to discharge their duties diligently as expected.



Herders’ menace: Alaafin’s warning that Buhari ignored [Flashback]



Lamidi Adeyemi 

In July 2019, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , the Alaafin of Oyo wrote President Buhari warning on the consequences of the herdsmen criminality and impunity in Yorubaland.

The letter leaked in the wake of the public outrage over the killing by herdsmen of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the Afenifere leader.

In the letter, the monarch not only catalogued some of the killings and kidnappings, but also the palpable public anger.

He warned Buhari, that should his government fail to arrest the brazen criminality and impunity by some herdsmen, the Yoruba people may resort to self-help.

“What we are witnessing in Nigeria is an anomaly because it is inconceivable that in the 21st century, when the whole world is making appreciable progress in providing enhanced standard of living, Nigerians will be living under the fear of banditry, brigandage, rape, kidnapping and terrorism”, the Alaafin wrote..

“Insecurity is posing a direct threat and imminent danger to living in Nigeria. It is capable of de-robing the country in the comity of nations and passing it off as uncivilised and barbaric.”

Read the whole letter:

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI BY THE ALAAFIN OF OYO, OBA LAMIDI OLAYIWOLA ADEYEMI III: Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum

Your Excellency,

I have never been timid or shy of my total support for the success of your administration to deliver the country to the Promised Land.

My confidence had always been based on Your Excellency’s ability, fitness and competence in leading the country to the Promised Land, where Law and Order prevail, individual liberty is guaranteed, economic well-being of the citizens is assured.

That my confidence in Your Excellency remains unshaken to date. In recent time however, I am worried about the security situation in the country, especially in the South West geo-political zone, nay the entire Yoruba-speaking area of the country including Kwara, Kogi and Edo states.

This has to do with the incessant and increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege in almost all the highways of Yoruba land. Whether in Owo, Akure, Ilesa/Ife-Ibadan road or Ibarapa zone and Ijebu area of Ogun state, the story is the same.

I have held series of consultations with opinion moulders and eminent Yoruba leaders across board about the menace of these cattle herdsmen with such assault like raping of our women and in some occasions, in the presence of their husbands. That is apart from massive destruction of our agricultural lands; which ultimately points to imminent starvation.

On top of it all is the menace of professional kidnappers usually in military uniforms. What is more worrisome about the kidnapping notoriety is what looks like impunity which these kidnappers enjoy their nefarious activities.

After due consultations with Yoruba leaders and as the pre-colonial head of the Yoruba nation, we are worried by the audacity of these lawless people in effecting their illegal acts in broad daylight on our usually bushy highways without any arm of security being able to do anything.

Worse still is the confidence with which they demand ransoms and collect such illegal levies at the designated spots without any arm of security being able to lay siege on them as it was the practice in the recent past.

Now, we cannot even talk of parading suspects, when in actual sense, no major arrests have been made in this part of the country. Without arrests, we cannot talk of their facing of the law.

Unfortunately, and painfully indeed, in the face of the apparent helplessness of our security agencies, where do we go from here?

It is at the wake of this manifest frustration of our people that our people have found it unavoidable, even though reluctantly to resort to alternative measures to safeguard their lives and property.

Suffice to say that is most part of Yoruba land, their pre-colonial military structures have not been totally collapsed. Hence, such structures like Odua People’s Congress, Agbekoya and other vigilance groups.

Having stated the above, and having established my premise as a stakeholder in your administration in the firm belief that we all believe in the Nigeria project, kindly permit me, Mr President, to make the following points and submissions as the Alaafin of Oyo, the King and Head of all Yoruba at home and in the diaspora and the Chief Custodian of Yoruba culture and values.

The people of Yorubaland in the traditional six States of the South-West geo-political zone and extending to some parts of Kogi, Kwara and Edo State live in palpable fear because of new wave of insecurity of life and property they now witness on a daily basis and which is alien to them. This new uncomplimentary development is not unrelated to the new wave of criminal activities usually associated with banditry, armed robbery and lately, kidnapping and rape of genuinely innocent and law abiding citizens.

I remember when these nefarious activities were first noticed in Oyo/Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, I took proactive steps to stem the tide and to amicably normalize relations between farmers and herders. Our initiative succeeded because we were dealing with genuine farmers and herders who had a commitment to Nigeria and who were interested in promoting their economic activities in a peaceful, prosperous and united Nigeria.

However, it is becoming obvious that the nature and character of banditry and kidnapping today are different from what they used to be.

Today, it is not merely infraction in the course of doing business, but blatant and criminal violation of the constitutional right to life and liberty of innocent citizens of Yoruba land. A few publicly known instances will suffice.

Certain individuals were kidnapped along Erio-Aramoko road, Ekiti State. They were tortured and exposed to danger in the forest for upward of two weeks.

These victims included the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikole Branch, Adeola Adebayo whose decomposing body was eventually found after a ransom price of four million Naira had been paid.

Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps both Yoruba were picked up along Ilesa-Akure highway. In the process of this kidnap, an unnamed individual died.

Musibau Adetumbi, a legal practitioner based in Ibadan was going to attend an Appeal Court session in Akure when he was kidnapped along Ilesa-Akure highway. Professor Adegbehingbe, a surgeon at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife was abducted along Ibadan-Ile-ife highway. Dr. Muslim Omoleke, the Administrative Secretary of the National Electoral Commission was kidnapped around Ilesa, Osun State.

Mr Ayo Oladele, an employee of Guinness Nigeria and an Old Student of Christ School, Ado-Ekiti was adopted and taken away and lately, Dayo Adewole, son of a member of your 2015-2019 executive council and Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole was kidnapped on his farm at Iroko, a village along Ibadan-Oyo road.

There are many other instances of kidnapping, raid, rape and banditry not publicly known but which were reported to the Police and other law enforcement organizations.

As ugly as the picture above seems to be, the people of Yoruba land have remained generally peaceful and have resisted concerted efforts to push them into civil disobedience or adopting self-help mechanisms to protect themselves in their homeland.

They have demonstrated confidence in you and in your ability to stem the tide of these criminal activities. Yoruba have been restrained from believing the new found Islamization or Fulanization theory.

I am therefore writing to you, as a concerned stakeholder in your administration, to alert you and demonstrate to you, the urgency of the need to quickly respond to these and other issues concerning Yoruba land.

There is a general impression among opposition group that you are not known to take decisive and proactive steps in many matters of national interest and that you are not usually too disturbed about the gale of insecurity in Yoruba land.

May I also share with you the outcome or product of my wide consultations in Yoruba land to let you know, beyond what official security reports will make available to you, that there is a growing feeling of frustration, disappointment and despondency among our people, which if not immediately addressed, could lead to other serious national catastrophes and security challenges.

The present state of insecurity is posing enormous challenges to people’s engagements in other economic activities. The incessant and increasing menace on our highways and farms in Yoruba land is making farming and other economic activities hazardous and dangerous.

I recall with sadness that the Old Oyo Empire disintegrated because the slave trade introduced insecurity that made all other economic activities which had supported and enhanced the prosperity of Oyo to decline. It is never my wish that any part of Nigeria will ever go through this harrowing experience again.

Apart from massive destruction of farms and crops planted on them, the new wave of Fulani, pretending and disguising as herders have unleashed a reign of terror on Yoruba land.

They destroy crops, they kidnap men and women, violate and rape our women, right in the presence of their husbands.

What this portends is definitely more than the simplistic interpretation of farmer/herder clash but the deliberate acts of hostility and criminality.

What makes it worrisome is the fact that for reasons best known to the Police establishment, they have not been apprehending or pretend to be in the defence of victims.

There is always a tendency to blame the victims and demonstrate helplessness in apprehending and bringing perpetrators to book to face the full wrath of the law.

It is even said, Mr President that these criminal pseudo herders go about their nefarious activities in broad daylight and many times in military uniform. They carry sophisticated weapons, the likes of which are only available to state actors.

There seems to be no doubt that the security apparatus of the country is both overstretched and rustic.

The philosophy of policing the State, protecting life and property and ensuring the existence of atmosphere that is conducive to life and living in Nigeria is lost on the security personnel. In Yoruba land, we are scared and worried about the outrageous audacity and effrontery of these criminal elements in carrying out their activities and without any challenge by security operatives.

In situation where money exchanged hands, the Police are adequately equipped to trace every paper money issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Intelligence gathering concerning money paid as ransom should lead, finally to these criminals since they would eventually make transactions with the proceeds of their illicit and criminal activities.

As no major arrest of Fulani pseudo herdsmen has been made till date in Yoruba land, suspects cannot be paraded, let alone arraigned.

They even threatened a sitting traditional ruler and asked him to comply with certain directives as if they are indeed above the law and beyond arrest. It is unheard of that the State could be seemingly helpless in the face of these criminal assaults on its integrity and capacity to carry out the most sacred of its mandate; preserving life and property.

Mr President, let me assure you that the Yoruba people traditionally have what it takes to defend themselves and interests against all enemy attacks. What is of immediate concern is the possibility of these traditional self-help mechanisms of defence to conflict with legal and constitutional framework of the security organizations.

This is indeed my greatest fear, because the situation is fast degenerating into what could trigger complete breakdown of law and order under a constitutional state arrangement. Thus latent frustration must be nipped in the bud to avert a breakdown of the state system in Yoruba land.

I am aware that members of the Odua People’s Congress scattered all over the world are already being mobilized to stand in the defence of their land and are ready, willing and able to raise an army of volunteers as was done in 1968 by the Agbekoya.

It is trite saying that a stitch in time saves nine. For me, and relying on ancient wisdom, the dilemma of a possible breakdown of state authority and power could still be manages and the slide to anarchy arrested.

Historically, and even now, ethnic relations between the Yoruba and the Fulani had been managed adroitly through excellent statesmanship and participatory administration of inter-ethnic group relations. I have had many instances of settling farmer/herder disagreements in my Palace to the extent of instituting workable modalities for inter communal conflict management and peace building.

What is strange is the new wave of criminally minded Fulani groups. What is again disappointing is the ease with which these criminals will leave our country should there be anarchy in the land.

They have other places to return to, but Nigerians don’t have another country apart from here.

This is a serious national emergency, when Fulani herdsmen are engaged in criminality all over the country and the sitting federal government seems helpless and generally unperturbed by what is going on in the security organizations.

There is no doubt that some leaders of these security organizations are either incompetent or bankrupt of ideas. Some are even compromised to take any decisive actions against criminals.

What we are witnessing in Nigeria is an anomaly because it is inconceivable that in the 21st century, when the whole world is making appreciable progress in providing enhanced standard of living, Nigerians will be living under the fear of banditry, brigandage, rape, kidnapping and terrorism.

Insecurity is posing a direct threat and imminent danger to living in Nigeria. It is capable of de-robing the country in the comity of nations and passing it off as uncivilized and barbaric.

As more and more countries issue travel restrictions to Nigeria and parts thereof, it is just a matter of time for Nigeria to lose whatever gains it has made in repositioning itself for more decisive participation in the international system.

I trust that you will not allow this to happen and will quickly and decisively take immediate steps to re-established confidence in your government and demonstrate the capacity of the state to protect all legitimate interests.

I wish you God’s guidance, courage and wisdom to do what is right, appropriate and necessary to build the Nigeria of our dreams, where no ethnic group is oppressed or taken for granted.

While urging you to take out time to read and consider this letter as coming from a stakeholder in your administration, I wish to assure you of the warmest regards of the Royal stool.


Ibadan socialite Gatuso assassinated

Gatuso, late Ajimobi

Socialite Ajibola Olaleye, popularly known as Gatuso, was on Saturday evening killed by gunmen at Townhouse Hotel, NTC Quarters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Eyewitnesses say Mr Olaleye arrived at the hotel just as the gunmen were leaving after robbing guests and staff.

He was making a phone call when the robbers shot him as at close range, probably suspecting he was calling the police.

His body was later evacuated and buried on Sunday according to Muslim rites.

The deceased was a supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2019 Oyo governorship election, Adebayo Adelabu.

He was also close to the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi and House of Reps members Shina Peller and Akin Alabi.


Two boys arrested for child theft in Anambra



The Police Command in Anambra has arrested a 10-year-old, Chinedu Adom, and his accomplice, Chinecherem Odurukwe, 19, for allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy identified as Master Testimony Azubuike.

CSP Haruna Mohammed, the state’s Public Relations Officer, who disclosed this in a statement in Awka, on Sunday, said the victim was lured with biscuits in a market at Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state, on Jan. 22.

“On Jan. 22, at about 5 p.m., one Mrs Charity Azubuike of Afam Ezialla Village, Ihiala reported at the Ihiala Police Station that her two-year-old son got missing inside the market and that all efforts to locate him proved abortive.

“Following the report, police detectives commenced an investigation and on Jan. 23, the two suspects were arrested in Imo State, in collaboration with Imo state Police Command,” Mohammed said.

The spokesman said one Odurukwe from Ogboro Isiala village Ihiala, habitually used the ten-year-old suspect to lure children, using biscuits either in the markets, schools or other public places.

According to him, the principal suspect and the 10-year-old boy convey their victims to Imo, where they sell each child at the paltry sum of N100,000 only.

He said that the suspects have voluntarily confessed to the crime, while the rescued child had been reunited with his parents in good health.

“The case is under investigation and effort is ongoing to apprehend other accomplices in order to bring them to justice”, Mohammed said, while quoting the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, as urging parents and guardians to always monitor, and caution their children against collecting items, or following strangers.


Bridget Esene, Immigration Service spokesperson kidnapped in Benin

Esene

The Spokesperson of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Edo Command, Mrs Bridget Esene, has reportedly been abducted by gunmen, while on her way to church, in Benin, on Sunday, an official said.

She was reportedly abducted by the gunmen, who trailed her to Iqueniro area, off Agbor Road, in the state capital, dragged her out of her car and taken her into their waiting vehicle.

A source at the NIS, who confirmed the incident, said “She was abducted at her church premises, around Agbor road area, this morning. Her whereabouts is yet unknown, as her abductors are yet to speak with her family.

“Her car has been recovered where it was dumped at Agbor road bye pass area, and we learnt that her abductors headed towards the Benin – Auchi road axis, off the by-pass,” the source, who craved anonymity, explained.

The Edo Police Command spokesman, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, however, could neither confirm nor deny the abduction, saying that he was not in a position to speak on the matter.


Breaking: No arrest, Sunday Igboho honours police commissioner's invitation



Sunday Igboho addressing huge crowd again on Sunday

Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba activist who gave Fulani herdsmen quit notice in Igangan, ibarapa LGA of Oyo State re-emerged on Sunday to address another rally in the town.

He was still wearing the same French suit he wore on Friday, when he first addressed the people, with the video going viral.

This time, he came to report back on his meeting with the new Police Commissioner in Oyo state and the Area Commander.

According to him, he met with the Police Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko and her deputy and he was not arrested, despite the order of Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.

Igboho said he got assurances from the police on the security of the area and in turn, he appealed to the people to cooperate with the Police Area Commander and other policemen.

He said from now on, more policemen will be drafted to the area to maintain law and order.

He also reported that the commissioner of police will be visiting the town and other towns to re-assure the people that there will no longer be kidnapping or killings by Fulani herdsmen.

It appeared however that he was not absolutely right on when the commissioner will come on a visit, as she visited today, in company of Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on security to Governor Seyi Makinde.

According to Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press secretary to Governor Makinde, the delegation toured the trouble spots of Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun areas of the state.

They conducted on-the-spot assessment of the tension-soaked communities of Igangan, Tede and Ago Are communities.

In the entourage were also senior Police officers including Deputy Commissioners of Police and Mobile Police Commanders.

Ngozi Onadeko sued for peace, while also declaring the readiness of the Police to embark on a thorough investigation to ensure justice for victims of kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and other crimes.

Owoseni, a former commissioner of police in Lagos, also appealed to community leaders, youths and Hausa-Fulani residents to eschew violence and live in peace.

Owoseni told the people to be vigilant and ensure they identify the criminal elements among them for prosecution by the Police, declaring that no one should take laws into his hands.

He also debunked insinuations that Governor Makinde has abandoned the people to their fate, adding that at least 51 suspected perpetrators of kidnapping, rape and banditry are currently in police net from Oke Ogun axis.

He said that government would ensure that justice prevails in the cases involving the arrested lot, adding, however, that the people must remain vigilant.

“If you see something, say something,” Owoseni counseled residents of the visited communities.

The delegation also visited the razed home of the Seriki Fulani in Igangan, where it assessed the extent of damage and promised thorough investigation.

Secretary of Igangan Development Advocates, Lawal Akeem, who spoke in Igangan, said that the people were tired of the antics of the Seriki Fulani, Alhaji Saliu Abdukadir, whom he accused of complicity in different cases.

He also said that the community has been forced to pay about N50 million in ransom for different cases of kidnapping, while also accusing Fulani herders of regularly vandalising farms and raping women of the community.

Another youth in the town, Taiwo Adeagbo, said that no fewer than 15 women have been raped in recent weeks.

A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Ojedokun, also told the delegation that Ibarapaland had been peaceful all the while but that the peace was affected recently when Fulani herders started attacking members of the community on their farms, kidnapping persons and committing crimes.

Two Fulani leaders, the Seriki Fulani of Igbo Ora, Alhaji Idris Abubakar, and the Seriki Fulani of Eruwa, Alhaji Sule Mohammed, asked for forgiveness from those offended, adding that they are ready to facilitate a peaceful coexistence in Ibarapaland.

The Caretaker Chairman of Ibarapa North-West Local Council Development Area, Hon. Okediji Samuel Olusegun, also corroborated the allegations leveled against the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, saying that the Seriki has been fingered in the series of security challenges in the area many times.

Addressing the gathering of traditional rulers, government officials and Fulani leaders in Igangan, the Commissioner of Police, Onadeko said: “We have come to assess and listen to you over the incident that happened. I want to appeal to everyone of us to be calm and ensure there is peace. If there is no peace in the community, there won’t be growth and development.

“I want to appeal to the youth. We have listened and they have interpreted all your complaints and I want to say you should not spoil your case by using force. We are a new team. Bring out all the cases you have, put them in an orderly manner and we will make sure that justice is done.

“So, I want to enjoin all of you to be peaceful and live with one another in a peaceful manner. If we live in peace in this community, we should be able to identify kidnappers, robbers, and rapists. It does not matter where you come from – whether you are from Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. Actually, we have the good and bad ones. Criminality is not only ascribed to a particular ethnic group, it cuts across all the ethnic groups.

“So, if we don’t come together with one voice, how are we going to fish out all these people?

“Please, be calm. Cooperate with the Police, law enforcement agencies and we will make this place secure for everyone, irrespective of where you come from.

“I want to assure you that all the cases you brought up, a thorough investigation will be done on them and you will see that justice will be delivered.

“We will be having more of this interactive session and consultative gathering so that we will be able to sit down, talk and iron things out together without resorting to violence, which does not pay.

“Please, don’t take laws into your hands. Just tell us. Let us have peace and everything, by the grace of God, will be okay for all of us.”


Adekunle Ajasin University shuts gate indefinitely


Adekunle Ajasin University main gate

The management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has postponed its examinations billed to commence on Monday and ordered that the school main gate be shut indefinitely.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the University acting Registrar, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa after a truck incident accident led to the deaths of nine people who were mostly students.

Several other people also sustained various injuries in the accident.

According to the institution, the postponement of exams was considered as a mark of respect for the departed students.

It also called for calm among other students, adding that the university and the state government are already making efforts to address the incessant accidents along Ikare-Akungba road.

“As a mark of respect for our departed students, the examinations scheduled to start on Monday, 24th January, 2021, is hereby postponed till further notice,” the statement read.

“We appeal to our students to remain calm, as the University mourns those that lost their lives in this unfortunate incident.

“The University and the Ondo state government are working round the clock to institute permanent solutions to the problem of incessant road accidents along Ikare-Akungba road.”

Also, the management also said shutting the school main gate indefinitely is to guide against incessant accidents, noting that it’s shocked over the incident.

The management said the decision is a temporary measure, and therefore directed staff and students to make use of the Sports Center gate, Guest House gate and Eastern gate.



Angry mob sets motorcycle robber ablaze in Benue


Catherine Anene 

The Police in Benue on Sunday said a robbery suspect was set ablaze by an angry mob while attempting to steal a motorcycle in Makurdi.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi through a text message.

Anene said that the command received a piece of information that a young man, while attempting to snatch a motorcycle from its rider, was arrested by the mob and immediately set ablaze.

She, however, appealed to the public to stop taking laws into their hands, and rather report all cases to appropriate authorities for action.

“Information was received at Wurukum area that a young man attempted to snatch a motorcycle from a cyclist and was arrested by a mob.

“On reaching the scene, it was discovered that the suspect had been set ablaze.

“The command condemns such lawlessness and warns that members of the public should seek justice through the appropriate channels,” she said.


Gani Adams warns Miyetti Allah, ACF,  says mind your language



Gani Adams 

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has warned Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and Arewa Consultative Forum

not to turn the South West into a war zone.

Adams said this in a press statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi.

“The apex organisation in the North and the herders association should watch their statements or face the wrath of the Yoruba nation .

“By their inciting statements, the North is beating war drums. But we will resist any attempt by the North to turn our region into war zones and no amount of threat will stop us from securing our region from killer herdsmen.

“From my findings, what is playing out in the last three days (especially on the social media ), it is evident that there are some enemies and political elements both within and outside our region who are now using the bravery of Sunday Igboho as a coordinated attempt to soil my name , and also put my efforts in the past 28 years in the struggle to test.

“My silence in the last three days doesn’t portray me as a coward, but by virtue of my position as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I am bound by my conscience and conviction to act accordingly when the time is right . And I must also consult widely before taking any action.

“What Igboho said was not even as damaging to the sanctity of the nation than ( sic ) the call for civil war by the ACF and the Miyetti Allah put together .

“The killer herdsmen are the major problem but sadly the Federal Government remains silent.

“There are reports that the Fulani herdsmen have, in the past five years , killed over 300 Yoruba people from different communities while several other people have been kidnapped with victims paying several billion as ransom.

“The Fulani, in their conqueror agenda since 1818 had caused a lot of damage to the southwest .

And it is clear that the south is their target, that is why anybody going against the Fulani herdsmen automatically becomes their enemy, ”he said.



Dr Uzoma Emenike: Nigeria’s first female ambassador to U.S

Uzoma Emenike

In a history making week when Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first-ever African American and Asian American female Vice

President of the United States, Nigeria was also recording a historic first for a female public servant.

Keeping to its commitment of upholding merit in the appointment of persons to key positions, the Muhammadu Buhari administration had again recorded another feat with the appointment of Dr Uzoma Emenike as Nigeria’s first female Ambassador to the United States.

Until her recent appointment, Emenike, who hails from Umukabia-Ohuhu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia, was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and Iceland.

Over the course of her career, Emenike’s drive for excellence shines through.

During that time, she was rated among the best performing ambassadors. This was a major reason why the president submitted her name for reappointment last year, even though some others who were appointed at the same time with her were dropped.

With her recent appointment by the president as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, she now takes over from the late 83-year-old Justice Nsofor.

Being the first female to be in that position has set a new standard, with analysts noting that her appointment has changed the landscape for Nigerian female diplomats.

She is among 52 non-career and 43 career ambassadors whose deployment was recently approved by the president.

This comes six months after the National Assembly’s confirmation of the list of ambassadors-designate submitted by the President.

Having joined the Nigeria Foreign Service about 30 years ago, Emenike served in Protocol Department and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From there, she was posted to the Nigerian Embassy in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in 1992, where she served for six years. On her return to Nigeria, she was deployed to other departments of the Ministry and served meritoriously.

During this time, she represented Nigeria in numerous bilateral and multilateral missions, locally and internationally.

A retired career diplomat, Emenike holds a PhD in International Diplomacy from the University of Reading, UK, alongside four other degrees – two masters (Diplomacy and MBA); LLB, and a Bachelor.

They include a B.Sc, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and an LL.B from the University of Reading in the UK while her Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy was from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

She also obtained another Master’s in International Management from University of Reading, UK. She has certificates in French and Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy, Nigerian Diplomatic Service Academy.

Emenike is also an author. Her published articles include: “The AFRICA We Envisage in 50 Years Time” and “Europe Needs Africa”.

She also authored a book on Nigerian diplomacy, entitled, “Africa: The Centre-Piece of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy (2015)”.

Interestingly, when she met the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, a few years ago for her swearing-in ceremony in Dublin, he told her then he had read her book.

This says a lot about her expertise in the diplomatic field and the global significance of the book.

On the home front, Emenike is married to Chief Ikechi Emenike, a brilliant economist and highly successful entrepreneur, and they are blessed with four children. Those close to her say she is compassionate, but firm and dedicated to getting things done the right way.

Having worked in several missions abroad before retiring from the public service, Emenike brings a wealth of experience to the office.

Her appointment is seen as one that would further deepen bilateral relations and trade between the US and Nigeria. PMNEWS


Herdsmen: Key leaders’ silence worrisome, dangerous -Saraki

Immediate Past President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Saraki, has expressed concern over the silence of some “key stakeholders and leaders” on the “ugly development” in Oyo and Ondo states over herdsmen’s activities.

He said this in a statement shared on his social media handles on Sunday.

The former Kwara State Governor appealed for peace and initiatives that can douse tension, stating that a united Nigeria will benefit everybody better than a disintegrated country.

Part of the statement read, “I have watched with concern the recent development in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders and there were subsequent burning of the property of the Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Oyo State. These happenings have increased the tension and unduly raised the temperature in the country.

“The ugly development in these two states are symptomatic of the continued threat to the unity of our country that we have witnessed on a higher scale in recent times and in different parts of the country, including the South-East and South-South zones.

“The deafening silence by key stakeholders, leaders and others who we think should speak out is worrisome. This silence is a dangerous tell-tale sign that things are wrong. This is not good for our country.

“We must all speak out and talk about the solution to this twin-problem of insecurity and threat to national unity.

“We all do not have another country to call our own other than this one country, Nigeria. We need to live in peace with each other and it is my prayer that Almighty God will continue to preserve the unity of the country.”

He called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to provide leadership, warning that politicians against keeping quiet because of their 2023 ambitions.

Saraki said, “The relevance of Nigeria in the international community is due to its size, population, and collective resources. Any attempt at disintegration removes the cloak of importance around Nigeria in the global community. We must all strive to douse the tension and keep our country together.

“I appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to provide leadership. It is important for President Muhammadu Buhari to rally all interests and everybody at the leadership levels to a round table in order to discuss and find appropriate solutions. This is a period that requires all hands to be on deck. This is not the time to talk of APC or PDP.

“The situation is getting worse by the day. Insecurity has become the order of the day and it is fueling disunity and criminal activities.

“Let me also call on all politicians who are looking towards 2023 to take over power to start pondering on what type of Nigeria will they have to administer post-2023 if the current situation continues. It is better for all of us to join hands together NOW to quell the raging fire of disunity, insecurity, and work to mend fences.

“I know some politicians will not be able to contribute ideas if they are not called upon to do so by those who currently have governmental responsibility to do so. However, please don’t keep quiet when called upon. We must all intervene as patriots and forget our personal interest. In the meantime, let all stakeholders speak up on the danger confronting and diminishing our great country.

“The attitude of keeping quiet and ‘sidon look’ while waiting for the next election to start making promises will not help anyone. What type of election or country are we going to have in 2023 if the current situation persists?” PUNCH




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