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How To Check Fulani Herdsmen Crisis – Zamfara Governor

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Governor Matawalle Orders Security Task Force To Begin House-To-House Search For Criminals

Zamfara State Governor Bello Mattawalle wants other state governments to adopt the strategy of his state to fight insecurity.

The governor reiterated his position for dialogue with bandits to curtail the incessant kidnapping and loss of lives.

He said that allowing herders in the country to be migrating from one place to another would continue to worsen the security situation.

The governor spoke to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor confirmed that he was summoned to brief President Buhari on the security situation in the state.

He said the strategy used by his administration to check insecurity had yielded positive results and he urged other northern state governments to actively pursue the establishment of RUGA in their states to put an end to inter-state movement of cattle.

While noting that herders move in search of pastures, he said his state had provided RUGA with necessary facilities for herders, adding that if other states should do the same, the crises caused by Fulani movements would become a thing of the past.
On the purpose of his visit, he said: “I was called by Mr President and I am here to brief him on some issues pertaining to security in my state.

“We discussed much about them and I briefed him. All the support needed from him, he assured that we are going to get it. I appreciate his effort for making me proud of what he has been doing for the state.
“In terms of security, particularly in Nigeria, everybody knows what is happening today.But in Zamfara, we thank Allah for giving us that achievement because even today, about 358 special police force members were deployed to the state to tackle some challenges.

“We are on course and I believe that you have heard about it because before, Zamfara was almost a flashpoint of bad reportage, kidnappings, killings and so on.

“But today in Zamfara, we are witnessing little peace in the state. We thank Allah for that. “Banditry is something I inherited. It was ongoing for almost eight years in the state but due to my initiative of dialoguing  with them, now Zamfara is very calm.

“I have been calling my colleagues to sit down all the stakeholders to discuss this and find the causes of the crisis so that they can initiate reconciliation and dialogue with those people for them to be able to achieve what I have achieved in my state.

“Most of the bandits are not from Zamfara State. Two months back, we had some people who repented and submitted their weapons to the state government.

“Among them, there is somebody from Yobe State, two people are from Kaduna, two people from Niger State. It is a gang of some criminals. They normally invite their friends to participate in those activities.
“I don’t think they are from Zamfara State. All I am saying is that we are in discussion with the governor of Niger State and he is following the steps we have taken in reaching those people who repented so that they can help the state government to initiate this peace deal with those people in Niger State.

“I believe that very soon, there will be an end to all these crises. Not all of them are criminals. If you investigate what is happening, and what made them to take the laws into their hands, some of them, sometimes were cheated by the so-called vigilante group.

“They normally go to their settlements and destroy property and take their animals. They did not have anyone to speak with, so sometimes, they go for revenge. When the vigilante group attacks them, they go for reprisals. That’s exactly what happened.

“Some of them are living in settlements close to villages or towns. When there are military operations, the military will go and destroy their property and animals and they sometimes will become angry with such actions.
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If you are talking to them, you can understand where they are coming from and their problems.

“It is important for us as leaders to sit down with them and understand what is the genesis of this problem. You can’t just conclude that this person is a criminal, you have to listen to him. What led him to going into such activities?

“It is not all Fulanis that are criminals. Some are good citizens, but due to some circumstances, they subscribed to such criminality but when we had the information, we called their leaders and sat with them, they told us their grudges and we sorted out the way the communities and the Fulanis can resolve their issues without any serious crisis.

“If all governor can do that, I believe Nigeria will be safe. In my state, I am constructing RUGA for them, like a settlement that can contain some of them because sincerely speaking, if we allow them going round from one place to another, we cannot find a solution to this issue.

“So the only thing the governors should do and we are discussing that is to contain them in one place. Like a Fulani from Zamfara should not migrate to another neighbouring state. How are we going to do that? This is something that needs a lot of resources because you will have to create something that can engage them.

“You have to provide social amenities for them. Like the RUGA that we are doing, we have many amenities like school, hospital, veterinary clinic, market and even mini stadium.

“If we allow them to migrate from one place to another, that is where the problem is. I believe that very soon, the Nigeria Governors Forum will discuss about that so that we can know what action all the governors should take to contain them in one place.”

Asked whether he discussed granting amnesty to the bandits, Mattawalle said: “I did not discuss amnesty for bandits with the president. I briefed him on an entirely different thing.”

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

A former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Paul Unongo is dead.

Unongo, who hailed from Jato Aka in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, died Tuesday morning in Jos, the Plateau State capital at the age of 87.

A strong politician, he aspired to govern Benue State in 1983 but lost to the late Aper Aku.

In 2017, Unongo succeeded Maitama Sule as the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum.

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A close family source, who confirmed his death to reporters on the phone in Makurdi on Tuesday, simply said that his death would be announced in due course.

“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today Tuesday but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” he said.

Another source in the state, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed his death.

“This morning, I called and was told that they were bathing him but about 20 minutes after they told me he passed on,” said one of Tiv prominent sons.

Until his death, Unongo was the chairman of the Governing Council of Nigerian Educational Research Development Council.

Born on September 26, 1935, Paul Unongo, belonged to the Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry, in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

For disobeying a valid court order, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The sentence came from the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeys an order it made since October 21, 2011.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt”, the court held.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP, refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered the payment of N10million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

 

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

With the Federal Government’s approval of the 14 working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants, the implementation of the policy has taken off.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in a November 25 circular with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.

The circular titled, “Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service,” said that this is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leave shall be based on working days.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of 14 working days,” Yemi-Esan said.

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She said that the request for such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

She also said that the effective date of the circular was November 25, 2022.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September this year approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, to make men properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.
She said the bonding was important to help the newly-born or adopted baby properly bond with the father in the early period.

“So, that is what has been approved for men so that the men and their babies also can bond well together. It’s important because we want the young children and the youth really to bond properly with their fathers, just as they bond well with their mothers.”

 

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