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Southern Kaduna killings: Miyetti Allah blames Kataf youths on fresh crisis

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has blamed Zango Kataf youths on the fresh violence in Southern Kaduna.

The spokesman of MACBAN , Ibrahim Bayero Zango, alleged that Zango Kataf youths waylaid some Fulani herdsmen on intentional routes, hence the renewed crisis in the area.

Lamenting the renewed killings in Southern Kaduna, the MACBAN spokesman in a statement condemned what he called the “bloodthirsty, viciousness” and inhuman killings and destruction of property of innocent nomads that took place in some parts of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, particularly in some villages of Atyap Chiefdom, urging Governor Nasir El-Rufai to ensure he identified and dealt with those behind the violence.

“The question that requires to be answered is the relationship between the farmland in dispute and the crisis, which caused the killings of innocent Fulani nomads in the areas mentioned above by the Kataf youth in which two innocent Fulani nomads were killed at Ungwan Gaiya near the palace of the Chief of Kataf in the house of Alhaji Ja’e, who has been leaving in the area for almost a century.

“The two men that were killed are Abdullahi Ja’e and Pate Ja’e who were in their early thirties. Another two young men with an elderly woman were killed at Ungwan Juju.

“Four others were killed at Gora Sagwaza and one person was killed at Matai.

“We also condemned the barbaric acts of the Kataf youths, who waylaid and killed some Fulani nomads, who were passing by through the International Cattle Routes, which cross the areas on their way to Bauchi State.

“Their cattle and other belongings were destroyed or stolen by the blood-thirsty Kataf youths. The number of those that were killed and the sheep are yet to be confirmed.”

Recall that the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, had raised an alarm that its area was under a siege by Fulani armed men.

It also alleged genocidal campaign by Fulani militia, saying their victims were mostly kids, women and the aged.”

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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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