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BREAKING: NBA, others protest against “Land use charge”, “Borehole tax” in Lagos (PHOTOS)



The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch has commenced a protest against the reviewed Land Use Charge Law in Lagos.

The protest had earlier generated speculations regarding its possible commencement but But Mr Adesina Ogunlana, the branch Chairman took to his Facebook page on Monday assuring the bar that it will go on as planned.

Attempts by the Lagos police boss to stop the protest also failed but the police agreed to provide security cover.

Addressing the protesters this morning, Mr Ogulana urged them to be peaceful and focus on the objective of the strike, which he said is a clear no to the oppressive tax regime.

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BREAKING: Herdsmen kill AAU Student, Four Others in Edo



Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed five persons including a first-year student of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo in the state.

The AAU student identified as Collins Ojierakhi, and four others were allegedly killed by herdsmen in Ugboha, Esan South East Local and Odiguete Ovia North East Local Government Areas of the state respectively.

Besides, twelve persons are presently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Central Hospital Benin while other private hospitals as a result of the deadly attack by the herdsmen.

The incident at Ugboha happened on Friday night at about 7:30pm when the dead student in the company of his friends were on their way back to the village from Uromi.

Narrating the sad incident to newsmen yesterday, father of the deceased, Mr Festus Ojierakhi, said “I am just confused. I was actually in the house eating at about 8pm and I started asking about my son who was not there. I was told he went to Uromi with his friends on a motorcycle.*

” It was around 9pm that the mother of my son´s friend started shouting, crying that herdsmen have killed her son. I rushed out of the house and I asked about my own son. I was told he died too with his friend.

He explained that, “We immediately detailed boys and ran to the place. When we got there we were told that the police have come to take the corpses to Ubiaja mortuary. I was told my son and two others including the friend died. They said the other person that died is an Igbo person.”

“The information we heard was that as my son was driving home with his Okada, the herdsmen and their cattle blocked the road and they waited for them to leave the road. Immediately they passed, some of their people in the bush opened fire on my son and his friends and they died at the spot.”

“I have been to the Area Commander office and they said they are investigating the matter. I don´t know what to do. This is a young boy that just entered university, he stated.

At Odiguete community in Ovia North East, it was learnt that the herdsmen invaded the community yesterday community, shooting sporadically and in the process killed two persons.

It was gathered that the community and the herdsmen have been having running battle in the area for sometime now.

However, some of the wounded persons were brought to the Benin Central hospital yesterday while the two dead persons were said to have been deposited at an undisclosed mortuary.

When contacted, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Johnson Kokumo could not answer his phone.

He was said to be in a meeting while
the Public Relations officer of the Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was attending an event therefore cannot comment on the matter.

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Senator Ali Wakil Is Dead



The senator representing Bauchi Central at the Senate, Ali Wakil, is dead.

He died after a brief illness on Saturday.

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, had just tweeted about Mr. Wakil’s passing.

“Enroute to celebrate with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and family on their daughter’s wedding, I just heard about the passing of my friend and colleague, Senator Ali Wakili. I am on my way to the Wakili house to pay my respects to his family,” he wrote.

“Inalilahi wa Ina Ilaehi Rajiun. It is the Almighty Allah (SWT) that gives life, and it his Him that takes it away. I pray that the Almighty Allah grants the dear departed Senator a place in Al Jannah Firdaus.”

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BREAKING: Benue buries another 24 victims of Fulani herdsmen attack in mass graves (PHOTOS)



Benue State government has buried 24 victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks who were gruesomely killed by Fulani herdsmen on Monday, March 5 in Omosu and Okana villages at Edumoga in Okpokwu local government in mass graves.

They were buried at St. Bernard Primary School field, Ugwu-Okpoga, after a funeral mass amidst wailing by family members of those who lost their loved ones during the attack.

The Fulani militia invaded the community in broad daylight and opened fire on the unarmed men, women and children killing 24 of them and wounding several others.

Governor Samuel Ortom, in his funeral oration, decried what he called the too much bloodshed in the state due to the atrocities meted on Benue farmers by Fulani herdsmen.

The governor reiterated his call on security agencies to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he said were the sponsors of the killings in the state based on comments credited to them and published in various media houses.

Ortom, while condoling the bereaved families said the death of the victims and many others would put an end to the massacre of Benue people.

He stated that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law had come to stay in the state, noting that there was no land for open grazing and crop farming to go on concurrently.

Governor Ortom assured Benue people that his administration would continue to respond swiftly to security challenges, adding that data were being gathered for compensation for damages caused by herdsmen attacks in Benue.

In separate remarks, state Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abouno, Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. James Okefe, representative of Bishop Apochi, Rev. Fr. John Attah among others expressed appreciation to Governor Ortom for his support to the bereaved families and pledged their support for the ranching law.

On their part, the three sociocultural groups in the state represented by Mr. Omele Amali and the representative of Movement Against Fulani Occupation (MAFO), Pastor Dave Ogbole said they saw the attacks coming and reported to relevant authorities but nothing was done to avert the massacre.

While expressing disappointment with the federal government over its inactions towards the killings, Pastor Ogbole called on the international community to rise up and stop a repeat of Rwanda in Nigeria, adding that the resolve by Benue people to remain law abiding should not be mistaken for cowardice.

In a sermon, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Benue state chapter, Rev. Akpen Leva prayed God to grant the Governor and the entire Benue people the strength to overcome the menace of herdsmen attacks.

Speaking with New Telegraph, one Mr. Ilom who lost his two wives and a daughter said the herdsmen have made his life miserable and prayed God “to grant them eternity”.

“I am not myself now. I am now a miserable person and helpless. My two wives and daughter who were killed by the Fulani militia were the backbone of the family, today I am alone and only God is my strength. All I can say is to pray to the Almighty God to grant them eternity”.

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