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Presidency Dishonest In Fight Against Terrorists – HURIWA

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria ( HURIWA) has condemned the presidency’s attacks on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

HURIWA said that instead of being attacked by the presidency that is dishonest in its anti-terror war, Ortom should be praised and possibly rewarded with one of the nation’s highest honours for speaking and standing for social justice.

HURIWA particularly condemned the presidential spokesman Malam Garba Shehu for displaying gross disrespect by picking up petty quarrels with the Benue State’s helmsmen.

In a statement by HURIWA’s Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said that the threat by Buhari to deal with perpetrators of violence in Plateau State was not sincere “because for the past 6 years that armed marauders made up largely of armed Fulani militia have attacked different parts of Nigeria and primarily Southern Kaduna and Benue States, the president made similar verbal threats that turned out as empty propaganda because till now not one of those armed terrorists masquerading as Fulani herdsmen have been prosecuted successfully.”

The group asked the president to direct the inspector general of police to order the immediate production of the leader of the Fulani group that claimed to have attempted to kill Ortom months back.

HURIWA carpeted the Nigerian Police and the Federal Government of Buhari for refusing to arrest the Fulani leader even after he had claimed responsibility.

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The group said this  created the impression that someone in the Buhari administration actually wants the Benue State governor dead only because he speaks and stands for justice.

HURIWA recalled that a Fulani group identified as Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM, had claimed responsibility for the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

FUNAM said it planned to kill Ortom on Saturday, but its plan suffered a setback due to a slight communication error.

HURIWA said : ” A statement by one Umar Amir Shehu said Ortom stood against open grazing and Fulani interest in the country.

“The statement entitled ‘Why we attacked Ortom’ reads: ‘Our attention has been drawn to media reports today speculating about who attacked the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

“Yes. Yes, we did. The Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) carried out the attack. We have genuine reasons. We acted on behalf of millions of Fulani people in 15 countries.

“It’s a case of vengeance against an infidel who has used his time and money, deployed in destroying the Fulani values and inheritance.

“Our courageous fighters carried out this historic attack to send a great message to Ortum and his collaborators: Where ever you are, once you are against Fulani long term interest, we shall get you down. This is a clear warning. We hope those who take us for granted will get the indisputable message.

“Our intention is unequivocal: TO KILL HIM. That mission will one day be fulfilled and very soon too.

“Eleven of FUNAM operatives were involved in the attack. Ortom escaped today because of a slight technical communication error. Next time, he will not be lucky. We can assure him and his supporters.”

HURIWA recalled that recently armed herdsmen had attacked Ortom on his farm at Tyo-mu village, along Makurdi – Gboko road.

It recalled that reacting, the governor had linked the assassination attempt to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN.

The governor claimed that MACBAN had concluded plans to assassinate him over his position on open grazing.

Ortom alleged that the Myetti Allah took the decision to eliminate him during a meeting they organised recently in Yola.

He noted that his life is in the hands of the Supreme God and no Fulani man can kill him, said he received intelligence that the association planned to kill his security aides and subsequently capture him alive.

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HURIWA also condemned the persistent attacks of the governor of Benue State in the media by the spokesman of the President Garba Shehu “who has displayed unambiguous allegiance and loyalty not to the Federal Republic of Nigeria but to his Fulani ethnic nationality.”

The rights group recalled that Ortom had said that no amount of blackmail and media attack from the presidency could stop him from speaking against the worsening security situation in his state.

During an interview with Channels Television on last Tuesday, Ortom had said that President Mohammadu Buhari’s agenda on open grazing was aimed at ‘Fulanising’ Nigeria.

Ortom’s comment, however, triggered a response from the presidency, which accused Ortom of instigating ethnic hatred.

Garba Shehu equally accused Ortom of being behind the spike in security breaches.

While reacting to this last Thursday, Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, said the presidency abandoned the message and went for the messenger.

”We have read the presidency statement in response to Governor Ortom’s comments during an interview on Channels Television in which he spoke on the worsening security situation across the country.

”It is rather unfair for the presidency to describe the career of a man, who has held several key positions at the state and national level as ‘undistinguished.’

”Ortom had spoken the minds of the people on critical areas that the Federal Government needs to work on. Instead of taking the governor on those points, Shehu went in a desperate attempt to malign the governor.

”No amount of pressure can force the governor to revoke the law on open grazing of cattle in Benue State.

”Our advice for the presidency is to focus on ending the gruesome murder of innocent citizens, fix the economy and fight the corruption that has eaten deep into our economy.

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”Governor Ortom stands by his words. He will not be deterred by any blackmail or media attack from speaking against unpleasant happenings in his state,” Akase disclosed.

HURIWA also said the Minister of Special Duties and former Benue State governor Mr. George Akume was wrong to have demanded apologies
from the Benue State governor to Buhari just as the rights group carpeted the minister for his “show of hypocrisy because it is unimaginable that he expects his state’s governor to apologise for demanding an end to the well coordinated armed attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.”

HURIWA then asked Akume how he wants “someone to apologise for speaking out for social justice and the just enforcement of the counter-terror laws by the Federal government of Nigeriaor has Nigeria become the Federal Republic of FULANIS?”

 

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Why Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccines Expired – Govt

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The Federal Government has explained why some COVID-19 vaccines in the country have expired and they were not used.

The Federal Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that some of the vaccine doses which were given by donors had residual shelf lives.

The ministry made this clarification following a report published by Reuters, which stated that over one million doses of coronavirus vaccines were expired in the country last month.

However, the country’s health ministry in a statement by the minister in charge, Osagie Ehanire, explained that the vaccines which were received in form of donations through COVAX and AVATT facility had residual shelf lives leaving the country with a limited period to facilitate distribution and usage.

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The statement partly read : “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Health has been drawn to reports circulating in the media to the effect that some COVID-19 vaccines had expired in Nigeria.

“This press statement is to properly brief the public and set records right. Nigeria has, of late, enjoyed the generosity of several, mainly European countries, who have offered us doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of their stockpiles, free of charge, through COVAX or AVAT facility.

“These donations are always acknowledged and thankfully received. However, some of them had residual shelf lives of only a few months that left us a very short time – some just weeks – to use them, after deduction of time to transport, clear, distribute and deliver to users. If such vaccines arrive back-to-back or are many, logistic bottlenecks occasionally arise.

“We appreciate the kind gesture of donors, but also communicated the challenge of short shelf lives, whereupon some manufacturers offered to extend the vaccine shelf life after the fact, by three months; a practice that, though accepted by experts, is declined by the Federal Ministry of Health, because it is not accommodated in our standards.”

The ministry stated that the dilemma is not typical to Nigeria, but a situation in which many low- and medium-income countries find themselves.

It said: “Donors also recognise a need to give away unused vaccines, before they expire in their own stock, but they need to begin the process early enough and create a well-oiled pathway for prompt shipment and distribution through the COVAX and AVAT facilities, to reduce risk of expiration. With better coordination, vaccines need not expire in the stock of donors or recipients.

“Nigeria has utilized most of the over 10m short-shelf-life doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far supplied to us, in good time, and saved N16.4B or more than $40m in foreign exchange. The vaccines that expired had been withdrawn before then and will be destroyed accordingly by NAFDAC.

“The Ministry of Health shares its experience with partners regularly and now politely declines all vaccine donations with short shelf life or those that cannot be delivered in time.

“The long-term measure to prevent such incident is for Nigeria to produce its own vaccines so that vaccines produced to have at least 12 months to expiration. This is why the Federal Ministry of Health is collaborating with stakeholders to fast-track the establishment of indigenous vaccine manufacturing capacity. This is a goal we are pursuing with dedication.”

 

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Police Arrest Three Housemasters, Five Pupils Of Dowen College Over Dead Pupil

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The police have stepped up their efforts to find the killers of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. as they have arrested three
housemasters and five pupils of Dowen College, Lagos.

Three pupils of the school were earlier arrested on Tuesday by homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti Street, Yaba.

Sylvester Oromoni allegedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was beaten up by some pupils of Dowen for refusing to join their secret cult gang.

Shedding light on the extent of the investigation carried out so far, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said that the five pupils mentioned by the late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. before he died as being responsible for bullying him and three housemasters of Dowen College Lekki were in his custody.

He said nobody was above the law, noting that the case would be thoroughly investigated with a view to getting to the root of the matter.

He said four of the pupils were mentioned by the parents of the victim to be directly involved in the crime while the fifth pupil is assisting the police in their investigation.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Three Suspects Over Dowen College Pupil’s Death, Two On The Run

The police added that: “The pupils whose names were mentioned are in police custody and investigation is on.

“Equally too, I have gotten in touch with my colleague in Delta State.

“Yesterday, I spoke with the mother of the deceased. I got them invited, so once they come now, we will be able to get the full facts of the case.

“The school has told us their own version of the case and the parents too, we will get their own version of the story.

“The four groups involved in the investigation now are the police, the bereaved family, the Dowen school authorities and the governments of Lagos and Delta State.

“So now, the four groups will come together to witness the post-mortem that will be conducted on Sylvester’s corpse in order to achieve an objective result. So, that is the latest situation.”

 

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Terrorists Burn To Death 30 Bus Passengers In Sokoto

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Terrorists have burnt to death between 24 and 30 bus passengers in Sokoto State .

The terrorists, known locally as bandits, have in the past year carried out violent attacks targeting villagers and commuters travelling on highways and kidnapped hundreds of school children for ransom in the north of the country.

Sanusi Abubakar, spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, said the bus was carrying 24 passengers when it was on Monday set alight by armed men and that seven people had escaped with injuries and were taken to hospital.

But two residents who reached the scene and helped retrieve bodies said that the bus was overloaded and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

According to reports, the bandits first fired at the bus, before setting it ablaze.

They counted body parts of at least 30 people, including women and children.

READ ALSO: Gumi Protests As Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists

The residents said the villagers were ambushed on a road linking the Sabon Birni local government area and the village of Gidan Bawa.

The terrorists move around on motor-bikes and are known to hide in forests, where they often keep kidnapped victims while awaiting ransom payment.

One of the hospitalised survivors of the attack related his ordeal to Rundunar Adalci, a human rights group.

“I’m from Rumbukawa. We were attacked by bandits yesterday before we reached Bayin Gidan Bawa.

“They shot several people that tried to escape and burnt down the vehicle. I don’t know what happened to my co-passengers but two of us miraculously escaped death,” he said.

Basharu Guyawa, coordinator of Rundunar Adalci told newsmen that they took the passengers to the hospital.

“They were 24 people including men and women on the bus. There were several infants and children in the vehicle.

“For now, we have eight people with several degrees of injuries that have been taken to the General Hospital in Isa town. The chairman of Isa town has settled the medical bills,” he said.

Mr Guyawa said five of the passengers died in the hospital. He said they were three women, a girl and a man.

 

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