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Benue killings: Dogs used to uncover corpses in shallow graves

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…as Fulani militia kill prisoner in Jato-Aka

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Buruku Constituency, of Benue State, Hon. Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev, yesterday said over 20 peasant farmers were cruelly murdered by armed Fulani herdsmen, who invaded some communities in Buruku Local Government Area. In fact, dogs were being used by the locals to discover the corpses buried in shallow graves in the bush.

This was as the Fulani terrorists killed a young man (name withheld), said to be serving his jail term at the Mini Prison, located along Jato Aka- Kashimbila Road.

Jev, who was spotted at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, for a security meeting with the state governor, Samuel Ortom, among other stakeholders, stated this in an interview with journalists on the carnage in his constituency, alleged to have been carried out by the Fulani herdsmen.

“Some of the corpses were discovered in the sand, while the dogs that helped in recovering some bodies that were buried in shallow graves.

For now, as far as the information we received, over 20 people were said to have killed, in which 15 corpses had already been discovered,” Jev added. He disclosed that 15 corpses had so far been recovered, while scores of others were yet to be recovered.

The lawmaker, however, noted that at the moment, the spate of killing has reduced and that the people have begun to return to their ancestral homes, noting that the herdsmen had shifted to Mbatie community, where they also wreaked havoc.

“There is uneasy calm in the area since the invaders are still within the vicinity and that the people cannot guarantee if there will be peace in the communities for a long time,” he noted. Jev lamented the nonarrest of any of the herdsmen since the attacks by security operatives in the state, alleging that it was collaboration by the Federal Government towards killing the people.

He commended how the recent Zaki-Biam massacre was brought under control, even as he appealed to the Federal Government to extend such intervention to Buruku to reduce the carnage among the people. He appealed to the people to remain calm despite the provocation and expressed optimism that the Federal Government will in the fullness of time, disarm them.

However, the killing of the prisoner, New Telegraph gathered occurred when the victim went to take his bath with other inmates at Mkomon River, a tributary of River Katsina- Ala.

The victim, New Telegraph also gathered that he was reportedly shot in the head and died instantly in the river, while his remains had since been deposited at the morgue at the NKST Hospital, Jato Aka.

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Attack: My men acted in self-defence, says NSCDC Commandant

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Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday said its officials deployed to protect oil facilities in Ikarama community shot in self-defence when attacked by community youths. NSCDC Commandant in the state, Godwin Nwachukwu, said the operation was within the rules of engagement of the corps. He added that the command had acted in response to reports of increased sabotage of oil facilities and deployed men to arrest suspects behind the vandalism.

He said members of the community had ambushed men of the NSCDC, who were on their legitimate duties at the oilfields. “My men acted in selfdefence, and it is our mandate to protect oil facilities, they were attacked and the metal bridge that serves as exit was demobilised to trap my men.

“In an effort to escape, my men fired some shots in the air to scare them away, no one was shot,” he declared. Reacting to reports that NSCDC operatives allegedly shot a neighbourhood watch member in Ikarama, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, Nwachukwu said the command arrested and questioned a woman who was with a suspect. “My men went to arrest a suspect who escaped, so they arrested the woman who was with him, we interrogated her and released her,” he said It will be recalled that the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

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Ex-IGP, Onovo, lauds Ugwuanyi’s visionary leadership

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Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo has extolled leadership virtues of Enugu state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing him as a visionary and “wonderful” leader, whose style of politics was sincere, inclusive and resultoriented. Speaking at a flag off ceremony of the construction work on the all-important Ogonogoeji- Ndiagu-Akpugo rural road, from Atavu Bailey Bridge to Afor Onovo, which had attracted many leaders of “Nkanuland”, Onovo expressed delight that after years of neglect by past administrations, Ugwuanyi was able to remember the people of the area by commencing work on the road.

The former IGP, who applauded Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his promise to construct the road shortly after he inspected it, regretted that the road had not witnessed any development in the past. Besides, he commended the governor for his commitment to good governance, transparency, accountability, peace, justice and fair play, noting that the governor was able to utilize the lean resources of the state to pay workers’ salaries and retirees’ pensions and still execute massive development projects across the three senatorial districts of the state, especially in the rural areas.

This, Onovo among others said had earned Enugu state the enviable status of “the safest state in the country”, saying “I am happy to be here to identify with you, Your Excellency.” Also speaking, Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area, Hon. Henry Okenwa also thanked Ugwuanyi for numerous development projects his administration was executing in the council especially the Agbani- Amurri road, which was witnessing development for the first time in the past 100 years.

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Group upbraids Imo lawmakers for rejecting LG autonomy

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A group, APGA Mass Mobilization Movement (APGA3M) has condemned rejection of the local government autonomy by the Imo state House of Assembly. Speaking with newsmen in Owerri, Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ikedi Nwanwa described the lawmakers’ decision as shocking and unbelievable, wondering why a group of people who claimed to represent the people would take a decision which was completely at variance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

A visibly angry Nwanwa, who called for protest and shut down of the House, lampooned the House members for turning themselves into choristers who gather to sing Okorocha’s praises with Speaker Acho Ihim leading the pack as choir master. According to him, “the decision of the Imo Assembly is shameful treacherous.

This is the height of sycophancy. We are compiling the names of the House members who voted against the people which we will make public for their constituencies to understand the kind of people they sent to the House.”

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