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How We Were Forced To Pay N50m Ramson – Ibarapa Community

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INDIGENES of Igangan community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, yesterday recounted how they had been forced to pay about N50 million in ransom for several cases of kidnapping in the area.

Beyond being victims of the ugly incident of kidnapping, the residents of Ibarapa also recounted regular experience of invasion of their farms and raping of their women by herders.

Lawal Akeem, Secretary of Igangan Development Advocates, among other indigenes of the community, made these known when a delegation of the Oyo State government and the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, paid an on-the-spot visit to troubled communities in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun areas of the state.

Akeem particularly accused the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Saliu Abdukadir, for his complicity in different cases of criminality in Ibarapa zone.

On his part, the caretaker chairman of Ibarapa North-West Local Council Development Area, Okediji Olusegun, corroborated the allegations levelled against the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, saying that the traditional ruler had been fingered in the series of security challenges in the area many times.

Taiwo Adeagbo A resident of the community, said no fewer than 15 women had been raped in recent weeks. Also a member of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Peter Ojedokun, lamented that the peace in Ibarapaland was punctuated when herders began attacking members of the community on their farms, kidnapping persons and committing crimes.

The meeting had two Fulani leaders in attendance, the Seriki Fulani of Igbo Ora, Alhaji Idris Abubakar and the Seriki Fulani of Eruwa, Alhaji Sule Mohammed, who asked for forgiveness from those offended, adding that they were ready to facilitate a peaceful coexistence in Ibarapaland.

Addressing the gathering of traditional rulers, government officials and Fulani leaders in Igangan, Commissioner of Police, Onadeko, sued for peaceful coexistence among the group.

While calling for the cooperation of all and sundry with the police, she promised a conclusive investigation into cases brought to her notice.

Onadeko said: “We have come to assess and listen to you over the incident that happened. I want to appeal to every one of us to be calm and ensure there is peace. If there is no peace in the community, there won’t be growth and development.

“I want to appeal to the youth. We have listened and they have interpreted all your complaints and I want to say you should not spoil your case by using force. We are a new team. Bring out all the cases you have, put them in an orderly manner and we will make sure that justice is done.

“So, I want to enjoin all of you to be peaceful and live with one another in a peaceful manner. If we live in peace in this community, we should be able to identify kidnappers, robbers and rapists. It does not matter where you come from – whether you are Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa. Actually, we have the good and bad ones. Criminality is not only ascribed to a particular ethnic group, it cuts across all the ethnic groups.”

Also speaking at Igangan, a retired commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, said the state government was working closely with the police to fish out criminal elements.

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He disclosed that 51 suspected criminals linked to kidnapping and other crimes committed in Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas had already been arrested, adding that while some had been charged to court, others would soon be arraigned. Owoseni therefore appealed to community leaders, youths and Hausa-Fulani residents to eschew violence and live in peace.

Speaking further on governments effort in addressing the recent challenges in the region, the retired police commissioner said: “There are a lot of narratives that have not been given out. Everybody believes that kidnapping and assassination had taken place in Igangan and it seems the government was not doing anything.

“Truth is, 51 suspects have been in detention for various offences that border on this kidnapping. Arrests were made. Some have been arraigned in court. Some are awaiting trial. For some, investigation is still ongoing, which we made them know. Everyone will learn lessons, especially the police officer that was accused of complicity in some of these cases.

“The CP has given the assurance that every victim will get justice and all the allegations they have made as to the Seriki colluding with criminals will be looked into.”

The delegation, thereafter visited Ago Are and Tede communities, which got engulfed in communal clashes over the weekend. It held a peace parleys at the Ago Are town hall and the palace of the Onitede of Tede, Oba Rauf Oladoyin where Onadeko appealed for peace between the two communities, as she promised to host a peace meeting in her office before the end of the week.

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The Olugbon of Orile Igbon and deputy chairman of Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, who was also in Igangan, Tede and Ago Are, appealed for peace, insisting that the state could only develop in an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence.

Other traditional rulers at the Igangan peace parley included the Asigangan of Igangan, a representative of the Eleruwa, the Olu of Igbo Ora and others from adjoining communities in Ibarapaland.

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U.K. Magazine Condemns Corruption In Buhari’s Govt, Army, Police

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U.K. Magazine Condemns Corruption In Buhari's Govt, Army, Police

The London-based news magazine, The Economist, has condemned what it identified as corruption and ineptness in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the police.

The 178-year-old magazine said this in an editorial titled, ‘The Crime Scene at the Heart of Africa,’ which was published in its October 23, 2021, issue.

It said due to Buhari’s mismanagement of the economy, food prices had soared while life had become more difficult for Nigerians.

The editorial read in part : “Economic troubles are compounded by a government that is inept and heavy-handed. Mr Buhari, who was elected in 2015, turned an oil shock into a recession by propping up the naira and barring many imports in the hope this would spur domestic production.

“Instead he sent annual food inflation soaring above 20 per cent. He has failed to curb corruption, which breeds resentment. Many Nigerians are furious that they see so little benefit from the country’s billions of petrodollars, much of which their rulers have squandered or stolen.”

The Economist stated that even before COVID-19 last year, Nigeria was already witnessing unprecedented poverty.

The news magazine opined that this economic hardship was fuelling the current insecurity in the country.

“Two factors help explain Nigeria’s increasing instability: a sick economy and a bumbling government. Slow growth and two recessions have made Nigerians poorer, on average, each year since oil prices fell in 2015.

“Before COVID-19, 40 per cent of them were below Nigeria’s extremely low poverty line of about $1 a day. If Nigeria’s 36 states were stand-alone countries, more than one-third would be categorised by the World Bank as

“low-income” (less than $1,045 a head). Poverty combined with stagnation tends to increase the risk of civil conflict,” it argued.

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The Economist gave the Nigerian Army a dressing down, describing the military organisation as only strong on paper.

It alleged that the army had ghost workers on its payroll and often sold equipment to insurgents who destabilise the nation.

The news magazine said the Nigeria Police Force was poorly trained and underpaid hence they rob innocent citizens in order to augment their salaries.

The editorial further read: “When violence erupts, the government does nothing or crack heads almost indiscriminately. Nigeria’s Army is mighty on paper. But many of its soldiers are ‘ghosts’ who exist only on the payroll, and much of its equipment is stolen and sold to insurgents. The army is also stretched thin, having been deployed to all of Nigeria’s states.

“The police are understaffed, demoralised and poorly trained. Many supplement their low pay by robbing the public they have sworn to protect.”

It called on the Department of State Services to stop disobeying court orders and release all those being detained illegally.

The Economist described as scandalous the refusal of the Nigerian government to arrest and prosecute any of the security operatives that killed protesters in Lagos last year.

The news magazine said in order to stop the slide towards lawlessness, Nigeria’s government should make its own forces obey the law.

The editorial further read: “Soldiers and police who murder or torture should be prosecuted. That no one has been held accountable for the slaughter of perhaps 15 peaceful demonstrators against police abuses in Lagos last year is a scandal. The secret police should stop ignoring court orders to release people who are being held illegally. This would not just be morally right, but also practical: young men who see or experience state brutality are more likely to join extremist groups.”

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The news magazine noted that Nigeria was home to one of the largest film industries in the world and had the most successful start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa.

It argued that despite the great potential of the country, youths were beginning to emigrate in droves because of the sorry state of Nigeria.

 

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Govt Recaptures 262 Escaped Inmates From Oyo Correctional Facility

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Govt Recaptures 262 Escaped Inmates From Oyo Correctional Facility

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) says 262 inmates from the 837 who escaped from the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town have been recaptured.

The Spokesperson of the NCS Oyo command, Olanrewaju Anjorin, in a statement on Saturday in Ibadan, said while 262 escaped inmates had been recaptured, 575 were still at large.

It was reported that suspected gunmen invaded the facility on Friday at about 9.30 p.m., blowing up the facility with dynamite and freeing all 837 awaiting trial inmates.

Mr Anjorin said, “All the awaiting trial detainees were forced out of custody, the cells housing the convicts and the female inmates were not vandalised.

“Meanwhile, a total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured leaving 575 still at large.”

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According to him, “the State Controller, Noel Ailewon, has commenced the process of search and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.”

Assuring the public the fleeing inmates will be recaptured, the spokesperson said credible intelligence was needed to assist security agencies to track down the inmates.

He said the Oyo Custodial Centre was established in 2007 with a capacity of 160 inmates but had a total population of 907 at the time of the attack.

“Of this number, awaiting trial persons were 837 representing 92 per cent with just 64 convicts,” Mr Anjorin said.

(NAN)

 

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How My Father Was Jailed For Not Sending Me To School – Atiku

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How My Father Was Jailed For Not Sending Me To School - Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has narrated how his father was jailed for failing to send him to school while he was growing up as a teenager.

The former presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stated this while delivering a speech at the Baze University Graduation ceremony in Abuja on Friday.

Atiku also said that his father later embraced the idea of education and despite his humble background, he enjoyed quality education for free.

In his speech titled “Solving Nigeria’s Education Challenges”, Atiku said : “I was a schoolboy and a herdsboy, and I fed my family.

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“When I was 11 years old, my father drowned and died while crossing a river in the neighbourhood. He was not up to 40 years.

“Being an only child, I was raised by my maternal grandparents. I remember, sometimes we could barely afford one meal a day.

“Despite my difficult background, I went to school for free, in fact, I was paid to go to school.

“Initially, my father did not buy the idea of me going to school, for which he had to go to jail. I furthered my education to other tertiary institutions. I was the Students Union President at the School of Hygiene, Kano.

“My journey to education is different from yours. Your parents may have paid tuition fees for your education, but you did not have to rear cattle for food. However, both you and I got educated eventually. The paths may be different; nonetheless, the destination remains the same. Let us help others to reach their destination too.”

 

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