Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Despite concerted efforts by the government and security agencies in Kogi state stem violence, two Herdsmen and a farmer have been reported killed killed at Oforachi community in Igalamela Odolu local government area of Kogi state.
The State police command confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lokoja on Monday.
Our Correspondent reports that the killing of a farmer, Mr Godwin Egbunu Omale by suspected herdsmen in Oforachi community on Saturday and rumours of reprisal the following day ignited tension across communities in the area.
Eye witnesses, said the deceased, had gone to report the alleged destruction of his farmland by the cows to the police and he was asked to come back the following day, 19th, to enable them visit the farm for on the spot assessment.
According to them, the deceased returned as agreed and a policeman along with some family members accompanied him to the farm.
“As they were trying to track the herders, he was ambushed and killed, while the others along with the police officer narrowly escaped to report the development at home,” Mr Ojodale Usman disclosed on Monday.
The national president of the Igalamela Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), Mr Isaac Inna said it took more than five hours to get security agent deployed to the area, and that paved way for the culprits to escape from the community.
He alleged that in the past one month, not less than 50 cases of “Fulani herdsmen deliberate activities to destroy farmlands have been reported to the police without proper action.
According to the police Officer in charge of Oforachi Police post, they have been facing the problem of shortage of staff to man the area effectively. In his words “only two police officers are deployed to the police post in charge of so large a community”, and asserted that just recently, in his effort to apprehend one of this Fulani criminals, faced stiff opposition by the herders who were armed with sophisticated weapon.
He further alleged that there were “cases of people who have had their hands chopped off, many killed and girls and women raped on their farmlands” without adequate government intervention.
It was gathered that mass exodus from the area has heightened as rumours of reprisal over the killing of two herdsmen became rife on Monday.
When Contacted the State Police Command confirmed the killing of the farmer but said that the corpses of two herdersmen believed to have been killed in a reprisal attack were found in Ofu River near Oforachi community.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya said the corpses of the herders were recovered with their hands and legs tied to nine inches block, adding that their remains have since been deposited in the mortuary after an autopsy was conducted.
PCRC Decorates Bauchi Governor As National Patron, Present Him With Certificate Of Honour
The National leadership of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) on Wednesday decorated Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state as its National patron.
Accordingly, the forum presented a certificate of honor to the Governor in recognition of his relentless efforts, philanthropic gestures and excellent performance towards the upliftment and development of PCRC in Nigeria.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi, the National Chairman of the Committee, Faruq Abdullahi Maiyama said the honour done to the Governor was in appreciation for his outstanding support to the PCRC when he was the FCT Minister notably the allocation of land.
He noted with satisfaction, the support and cooperation of the state government to the Police Community Relations Committee in the state especially the inauguration of the Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Community Policing Committee in Bauchi.
“I am very impressed to be in Bauchi not because of the reception accorded to us, but this is the first time we are coming to Bauchi for our NEC meeting in which the governor would be decorated as the National Patron. Kauran Bauchi is a National figure haven served before as FCT Minister where he supported us in many ways.”
“Your Excellency, you are a man of the people and that’s why we decided to conduct our NEC meeting just to show you our appreciation for your support to us.”
The National Chairman said PCRC was committed to the promotion of peace and security in the country and pledged to work with critical stakeholders in order to achieve the set objectives.
A statement issue by Mukhtar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant on Media, said Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed told the visitors that already, the state government has inaugurated the Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Community Policing Committee to assist police in curbing criminal activities in the state.
The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Senator Baba Tela said his administration will continue to support security agencies including voluntary organisations in a move to rid the state against all forms of criminal activities and social vices.
“I sincerely welcome you to Government House Bauchi on behalf of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi state, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, we all know the importance of community policing committee and security to our development.”
“In spite of the influx of the population of people who are coming to the state from neighbouring states, we have been able to keep the state safe with the support of relevant security agencies including voluntary organisations.”
Governor Bala Mohammed therefore reassured that, his doors will remain open for improvement in the security of the state and acknowledged the outstanding performances of security agencies in the maintenance of peace and security in the state.
Nigeria @ 60: FCT Minister Of State, Dr. Aliyu Donates Cooking Gas, Food Items, To Trademore Flood Victims
…. Warns Residents To Stay Off wmWaterways.
By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.
As part of activities to mark Nigeria 60th Independence Anniversary, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has donated 50 pieces of Cooking Gas and assorted food items to victims of Trademore estate in Lugbe area of Abuja Municipal Area Council who were recently ravaged by flood.
The minister who visited the scene of the flood used the occasion to warn residents to stay off waterways, while assuring that the administration would approach the Ecological Funds Office for assistance.
A signed press released by SA Media, Austine Elemue, said Dr. Aliyu commended residents of the estate for demonstrating maturity and sense of patriotism during the disaster, stressing that governance is a collective responsibility.
In her words: “I came this afternoon bearing in mind all that has happened to residents of this estate. Despite my tight schedules, I still finds it pertinent to come here in person to commensurate with you over the loss of life of our brother and the wanton destruction of property.
“I am here to also appeal to you as much as possible before any intervention from Ecological Funds office or any relevant government agencies to stay clear of waterways. Certainly, this year’s rain not only in Trademore is very heavy with colossal damages associated with it. This also tells us to appeal to our brothers in this estate and other parts who have constructions along the water-line to move to higher ground for now.
“One, it is better to be alive. This is not time to trade blame over who construct what on the waterways. But we are appealing that if you are along the waterline, you have to move before something else happen to you.
“So I want to appeal to you that natural disaster do happen without advance notice. It is not within your power or that of government. We feel your pains and we know what it means to loss a life. I want to also thank you for your patience and understanding with the government and the situation we find ourselves in”.
The minister used the occasion to task Nigerians to celebrate the 60th independence anniversary of the country, noting that despite the challenges faced by the nation, October 1 was worth celebrating.
According to her, “Nigeria will be 60 years tomorrow. No matter the situation we find ourselves, October 1 still remains a day to celebrate. To come of age and to clock diamond age is not an easy task.
Whatever anybody will think of Nigeria, we appeal to you to put the country first. Country first will move us forward, but patience and collective responsibility will take us further. Nation building is a collective responsibility”.
Earlier, the chairman of Trademore Estate Phase 3, Engr. Adewale Adenaike, commended the minister for her prompt response to the flood victims, just as he tasked the FCT Administration to address the situation urgently before it goes out of hand.
Adenaike, also stated that the ecological problem in the estate was beyond the capacity of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, hence the need for the intervention of Ecological Funds office to come to the aid of residents of the estate.
NAF Names Buildings After Arotile, 9 Other Officers
The Nigerian Air Force has named a two-block of 4 x 2 bedroom married officers accommodation at the NAF Base in Abuja after the late first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.
This is happening a few weeks after a remodeled Pilots’ crew room ’ at the 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was named after the pilot who died in a car accident at the NAF Base in Kaduna in July.
Disclosing this during the inauguration of the buildings at NAF Base Asokoro, Abuja, on Wednesday, the Director of Administration, Air Vice Marshal A. Pani, said nine other deceased officers, who died in active service, were also similarly honoured with blocks of buildings named after them.
He said that the buildings were constructed by the Ministry of Defence as part of its 2018 capital project.
Pani stated, “These blocks are, therefore, being named after nine officers and one airman to immortalise them in recognition of their sacrifices.
“In this regard, at NAF Base Bill Clinton Drive, one of the two blocks of 10 x 1 bedroom transit accommodation is named after Flying Officer AA Mohammed (NAF/5082), who was KIA (killed in action) on 5 Sep 20 in Birnin Gwari while the second block of 10 x 1 bedroom transit accommodation is named after Flt Lt Akweke Junior Nwakile (NAF/3014) who was KIA on 21 Jul 14 while participating in Operation Lafiya Dole in the North -East.
“Additionally, the two blocks of 4 x 2 bedroom married officers accommodation are named after Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile (NAF/4512F) who died as a result of road traffic accident on July 24, 2020 at NAF Base Kaduna and Flt. Lt. John Ayonoteh Adams (NAF/3104) who was KIA on Feb 19, 2013 while participating in Operation Zaman Lafiya.”
Abubakar, said the provision of befitting accommodation for the personnel and their families remained a top priority for the NAF.
“We are currently undertaking massive renovations, remodelling and upgrading of existing accommodation in NAF Bases across the country in order to bring them to acceptable standard,” he noted.
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