The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has called on the state government and security agents to intensify efforts in unravelling the killers of the state All Progressives Congress ( APC) chairman , Mr Philip Shekwo.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahm Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made the demand after Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majoriy Leader of the House moved a motion under the matters of public interest on the death of Shekwo during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
He said that unravelling and punishing the perpetrators of the evil act would serve as deterrent to others and would ensure peace in the state.
” The resolution of this House is to the effect that members advised His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to direct the security agents to work hard to unravel the perpetrators of this act to face justice.
” Security agents are to intensify efforts to protect lives and property of the citizens.
” Government should provide adequate support to the security agents to effectively protect lives and property, ” he said.
According to him, our state APC chairman is a man of peace, is an easy going man and this is one death to many.
” We have lost a leader in the state and may his soul rest in perfect peace,” the speaker said.
The speaker directed the clerk to the House to produce a clean copy of the House resolution to the governor for his further necessary action.
Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while moving a motion under the Matters of public interest said that it is inhuman and ungodly for someone to take another’s life.
“It is ungodly and godless to take the life of another person. Security operatives are around, government are doing their best in protecting lives and property.
” And it is not that government are not doing anything but this is the sign of end time,I am calling on perpetrators of the act to repent and change for the better,” he said.
Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority Leader of the House supported the majority leader’s motion and urged government to put more efforts to protect lives and property.
” It was unfortunate that we received the news of the death of the APC chairman with shock.
” Government are doing their best in the area of security but a lot need to be done towards protecting the lives and property of the people across the state,” he said.
Others members who contributed Hon Mohammed Okpoku,Hon David Maiyaki and Hon Labaran Shafa threw their weights behind the submissions earlier made and called on government to give more support to National Orientation Agency to do more in sensitizing people on morality to guide the younger generation against negative acts.
The House unanimously passed a resolution advising the state government to direct the security agents to put more efforts in addressing the security challenges facing the state.
Shortly after the sitting,the Speaker led other members to paid a condolence visit to the deceased family where they were received by the deceased deputy Aliyu Barde, Yarus Dagusa and the deceased wife Larai Philip Shekwo.
It would be recalled hat on Nov. 21, 2020, the Nasarawa State Chairman of APC, Mr. Philip Shekwo was reportedly abducted from his residence in Lafia, the state capital, and found dead on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.
Herders Boasted That only Preident Buhari Can Order them out Of Oyo
A Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, has revealed that Fulanis in Igangan, Oyo State, boasted that only President Muhammadu Buhari can order them out of the State.
Igboho disclosed this in an interview published on Mama SOJ Vlog on Sunday.
He said the confrontation occurred at the Seriki Fulani’s place last Friday.
Igangan is a community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area.
The activist had gone to meet the Seriki, Saliu Kadri, to protest the killing of Yoruba individuals in recent times.
He listed the murder of an Oyo businessman and prominent farmer, Dr. Fatai Aborode, an Igangan prince, among others.
The aggrieved grassroots mobilizer also decried the massacre of Alhaja Serifat Adisa, the owner of Subawah Petroleum, and her two children.
Igboho recalled that some traditional rulers asked him to visit them over the spate of insecurity in Oyo.
“When I got there, they complained of the murders that occurred lately. They expressed their helplessness, that the situation had become unbearable and they wanted the Fulani out.”
Igboho revealed that the monarchs insisted the Northerners were behind killings and kidnappings in their domains.
“I asked about the head, they mentioned Seriki; that no one can confront him. I said how? They replied that Seriki is so powerful that when the police arrested his sons, he threatened a crisis within 72 hours. Of course the police released them,” he said.
Igboho lamented that three checkpoints were mounted before getting to the Fulani leader’s residence.
“When I got there, the Seriki called a senior Police officer. I said no problem, he gave me the phone. Just then, one of my boys called my attention that a Fulani man had pointed a gun at me, I approached and dared him to shoot. We took the gun.
“Soon after, another person fired a shot. We rushed and grabbed the pumping (pump-action shotgun). Then I went to Seriki and told him ‘These are guns’. He apologized. At that point, I insisted those who killed Doctor (Aborode), Alhaja, etc must be fished out. His response was ‘I am scolding the boys who did the job’. I said really?
“What amazed me was the type of vehicles in his compound. New Camry, Venza, Range (Rover)….cars of about N15million. I wondered if it was through N80,000 cows that he made all this money. Such funds can only be through kidnapping.
“The Fulanis around Seriki’s compound that day were more than 1,000. They were issuing threats. They said it was their land and asked if we didn’t know the President is one of them. They boasted only Buhari can order them out. I said oh, so Buhari told you to be kidnapping and killing us.
“I further stated if that is the case, you all should leave. If you cannot produce the killers of Dr. Aborode, Alhaja, Fatai, and many others, as well those who abducted and beheaded our people, the madman will murder the person staring at him. If Seriki fails to come forward with the culprits by this Friday and do not leave Igangan, we will meet.”
Asked if he is not scared that the Fulani are in control of the federal government, Igboho said they are free to own whatever they like.
“They do not own God or Yoruba land. Buhari is not from Oyo, the only power he has is to kill me on Oyo soil”, he declared.
Hours after the popular figure issued the ultimatum, Igangan residents alerted that some armed Fulani herdsmen attacked four farmers on their way back home.
Two of the victims allegedly died. The skull of one of them, Seun, was cut open with machete. The video is circulating.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government has commenced investigation on Igboho’s threat. This is amid his supporters’ warning against
Special Constabulary Police reintroduced in Kogi, 441 trained, inaugurated
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi State Government in its commitment to ensure crime free society, has trained 441 men and women as special Constabulary police to complement the police in intelligence gathering, crime detection and prevention across the 21 local government areas of the state.
The Special Constabulary Police programme was reintroduced by the federal government to assist in curbing the rising tide of crime at the grassroots across the country and all state commands of the police were directed to screen and recruit 16 able bodied men and women in each state.
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who felt the number was too meagre for his state, sought permission of the federal government to sponsor 441 personnel 21 from each of the 21 local government areas of the state.
Inspecting the Special Constabulary Police parade in Lokoja over the weekend, after successful rigorous training at the Nigerian Police Training College, Ilorin, Kwara State, Governor Yahaya Bello admonished them to use the knowledge acquired from the training to strengthened the security architecture of the state by cooperating and supporting all the security agencies to curb insecurity in the state.
Governor Bello who recalled that when he took over the mantle of leadership in 2016 the state was the hub of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and herdsmen/farmers crises, stated that through the concerted effort of his administration on security , the state today has become the safest in the country.
He charged the newly recruited Special constabulary to double their efforts in the discharge of their duties and responsibility, urging them to abide by all the ethics , law and regulations of the Nigeria police force.
He warned that whoever exhibit any act inimical to the law , will face the full wrath of the law, advising them to be good ambassadors of their various communities.
“I will ensure that your remuneration and welfare remain a front line charge to enable you discharge your duties effectively and sincerely.
“I will equally urged you to ensure that every part of your local government is secured.
You have been carefully selected and you are expected to go back to your communities and gather information that will lead to arrest and prosecution of criminals in your communities .
“You should cooperate with local government council Chairmen, traditional rulers , all the security agencies to ensure that no criminal enter your community to unleash mayhem on the people . If you secure your local government, Kogi state will be secured.
“If you exhibit any behaviour that are inimical to the law , the full wrath of the law will be meted on you and as such you should be good ambassador of your community”he warned
He promised to sort the permission of the president , the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission for their training and retraining to improve their efficiency towards combating crimes at the grassroots.
Presenting the personnels to the governor, the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State , CP Ayuba Edeh explained that the presidency initiated the re introduction of the Special Constabulary Police programme and ordered that sixteen persons of unquestionable characters be trained for grassroots policing in each local government.
He added that Governor Yahaya Bello being a security conscious governor seized the opportunity and increased the figure from sixteen to twenty one personnel per local government.
The Commissioner of Police , warned them against taking side on the basis of tribe , religion , group or association, and urged them to treat people as one without discrimination.
He also urged them that their primary assignment is how best they curb criminality in the state and as such charged them to cooperate with the police in their local governments.
Just In: Akeredolu Order Herders To Vacate Ondo Forest Reserves, Bans Night Grazing
As part of measure put in place to stem insecurity, Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves in the state, adding that the decision was based on the state of insecurity in the state.
Akeredolu in a statement disclosed this via a tweet on Monday.
According to the Governor, “bad elements” have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.
His tweet said: “All Forest Reserves in the State are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next 7 days with effect from today, Monday 18th January, 2021,” Akeredolu said.
“Night-grazing is banned with immediate effect because most farm destruction takes place at night.”
“Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited. Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed.
“Our resolution to guarantee safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.
“In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.
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