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No Going Back On Grazing Reserves – FG

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grazing-reserveThe Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country to bring an end to incessant deadly clashes between herders and farmers.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, made this known yesterday when he received a delegation from Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman, Abdul Bali.

Mr. Lawal said most of the crimes on farmlands were perpetrated by nomads, who migrated into the country.

Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director of Press in the Office of the SGF, disclosed in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Adebiyi, the SGF pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to enlightening the herdsmen on ways to make cattle rearing more profitable.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Bali said the foundation was set up to look into the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He said that its submissions had shown that nomads from other countries were responsible for clashes with farmers.

In a related development, the SGF assured the people of North-East of fairness in the provision of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the various states in the region.

He gave the assurance when he received a delegation from the Lardin Gabas Elders Forum led by the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Paul Tahir.

He said that a Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) will soon be inaugurated to streamline rehabilitation activities in the region and accelerate the return of normal life to the North-Eastern states.

The Chairman of the forum pledged its readiness to work with the Federal Government to ensure that succour was brought to the victims of insurgency.

Mr. Tahir said the forum also advocated the return of Christian Religious Studies to school curriculum to teach youths about good moral upbringing and fear of God.

(NAN)

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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