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How To Check Fulani Herdsmen Crisis – Zamfara Governor



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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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Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud



Court Jails APC Senator Seven Years For Fraud

The Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday also ordered that the senator’s two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd, be wound up in line with the provisions of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021.

The court’s ruling was delivered in an appeal challenging the judgment of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court which on June 18, 2021, discharged and acquitted the defendants on two counts of fraud and money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which arraigned him however challenged the lower court’s decision.

EFCC had arraigned the three defendants over the acquisition of a property named Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa, Lagos, for N805 million.

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Part of the money paid to the vendor – N322 million transferred by Suiming Electrical Ltd on behalf of Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd – was alleged to be part of proceeds of fraud.

Earlier in his judgment, Justice Aneke said the evidence of the prosecutor “proved that the third defendant obtained a loan of N1.2 billion from Zenith Bank to purchase additional equipment and as provision of working capital”.

“It also proved that the loan of N1.2 billion together with interest of N24 million was properly granted to the third defendant .Nothing else was proved by the complainant or prosecutor in this case,” the EFCC quoted the judge as saying in a statement.

The high court judge was also quoted as claiming that a fatal blow was dealt to the case of the prosecution by its failure to call officials of Sterling Bank “to testify and probably tender exhibits F and F10. Consequently, he discharged and acquitted the defendants”.

However, ruling on the EFCC’s appeal on Friday, the Court of Appeal held that the trial judge erred in dismissing the charges against the respondents.

“The court said the prosecution had proved the ingredients of the offence and consequently found the defendants guilty as charged,” EFCC said.


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Drama In Court As Lawyer Appears In Priestly Attire



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By John Michael Ojo
There was a mild drama today at the Okpoko Magistrate Court in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, as a lawyer simply identified as Ogbachalu Goshen appeared before the court in a pastoral robe.

But Ogbachalu who was standing before the magistrate, CB Mbaegbu, was denied  hearing on the ground that he was not properly attired, leading to a minor incident in the court.

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However,  citing a recent Supreme Court’s judgment which supported the wearing of hijab by female students in public schools as a reference point, Ogbachalu reminded the court that it was his right to dress in his priestly attire as he was an ordained pastor and that the objection by the court to hear him, was an infringement on his fundamental human right as enshrined in section 38 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The magistrate however disagreed his submission which only forced the court to dismiss.


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Court Orders Immigration, Banks To Release David Ukpo’s Details To Ekweremadu



Court Orders Immigration, Banks To Release David Ukpo's Details To Ekweremadu

To enable detained former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to effectively defend himself in London, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service and three banks to immediately release details of David Ukpo to him.

Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the order while delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

The judgment against the defendants followed their non-appearance in court to defend the suit.

By the court order, all official information including the account opening package in relation to Ukpo are to be released to Senator Ekweremadu to ascertain the real age of the said Ukpo.

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Ukpo had claimed at a London court that he was a minor of 15 years old which led to the arrest and detention of the Nigerian Senator.

Other defendants are the Comptroller General (C-G), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Stanbic-IBTC Bank, United Bank of Africa (UBA), and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc as 2nd to 5th respondents, respectively.


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