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Insecurity: Miyetti Allah establishes own security outfit

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Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has announced the establishment of its security outfit called Miyetti Allah Vigilante nationwide, to respond to the alleged increase in attacks against the Fulani pastoralists. 

According to them, the vigilante would operate according to the constitutional provisions and legal requirements of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The decision which was taken at delegates’ conference of the Association in Abuja, yesterday was endorsed by all state officials and elders of the association.

The National President and Secretary of the Association, Alhaji Bello Bodejo, and Engr. Saleh Alhassan, respectively, in a communique released at the end of the conference, noted that the security outfit will assist the security agencies in curbing criminal activities such as cattle rustling, kidnapping, and rural banditry.

They claimed that Fulani pastoralists have been carelessly killed by some security agencies in the country and other non-state actors, hence the need for the security outfit that will secure the lives and source of livelihood of the Fulani pastoralists.

They, however, called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate the atrocities and ensure justice is served, also urging the security agencies to commence the process of detailed documentation of the violence against Fulani pastoralists, including the collection of exhibits and all relevant information to isolate the perpetrators of the violence, arrest and prosecute them for forestall reprisals.

They commended the efforts of the Federal, State governments in addressing the conflicts between farmers and herders, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and banditry, and called on the Inspector General of Police to protect Fulani pastoralists across the country from tribal hordes, ethnic militias, and cattle rustlers. There were prayers for the peaceful coexistence of the country and good health for the leaders.

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Enforce Public Procurement Laws – CSOs tells Buhari

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Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center CISLAC has called for the enforcement of public procurement laws in all contract bidding especially one that has to do with international organisations.

Citing the Process and Industrial Developments Limited P&ID case, the agency said the international scam would not have been possible if due diligence was followed and public officials, patriotic and honest.

The agency also decried the connivance by Nigeria public officers with foreign companies to defraud the country of monies that could be spent on providing basic amenities for the citizens.

While lamenting the non interest of National Assembly in the case, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa expressed regrets over efforts by the lawyers representing the country to frustrate the case.

The CSO commended the proposed Database for recovered assets, but however called on the government clarify if the database will be accessible to the ordinary citizens.

CISLAC therefore called on citizens to continue to hold public officers accountable.

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Nigerian Navy deploys 6 warships, 60 gunboats for operation in 4 States

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The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday deployed troops on board six warships and 60 gunboats for a special military exercise.

The drill targets pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalizes in the nation’s waters.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, made the announcement.

He spoke at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State

The operation code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ means ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.

The States to be covered are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers.

The commander explained the operation would consolidate ‘Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II’

Adeniran added that the purpose was to train personnel and check the state of preparedness of fleets.

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Buhari reports Boko Haram, bandits to UN

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the international community that Nigeria was still battling Boko Haram and bandits.

Buhari’s message was contained in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He urged countries to take a strong action against illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.

“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria counts on cooperation with neighbours and UN counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.

The President said his administration will sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.

On COVID-19, the Nigerian leader added his voice to supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.

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