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Fulani herdsmen on rampage again in Igboland – Killing, burning properties

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Fulani herdsmen on rampage again in Igboland - Killing, burning properties

While Igbo politicians are scrambling for the presidency of Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen are scrambling for Igboland, killing innocent people and burning their properties.

The latest gruesome attacks took place in Ebonyi and Enugu States recently, leaving over 25 people dead, thus rubbishing the claim by the South-East governors that the region is safe and not in a hurry to set-up a regional security outfit. 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-East Zone has raised the alarm over the multiple and co-ordinated attacks in the two States

CAN, in its reaction, described as “gruesome and unwarranted”, the murder of indigenes of communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State as well as Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen.

They said the attack on Ebonyi communities came barely 24 hours after some natives were also reportedly murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Igga, Uzo- Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State. Rising from its emergency meeting in Enugu on Wednesday, March 31, the CAN South-East Zone said it was stricken with grief over the senseless murder of defenceless villagers.

In a communiqué signed by the Chairman of CAN in South-East, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor, the Christian body said it received with rude shock the level of carnage in Ebonyi State “to the extent that human beings were slaughtered like chickens by persons whose identities were not hidden.

The communiqué reads: “We are, indeed, in deep grief that the lives of innocent people were terminated in such a gruesome manner without any form of intervention from security agencies.

 “This came at a time we were yet to recover from a similar report from Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State. “We are drenched in tears and sorrow and that is why we are demanding that the perpetrators must be brought to book. We read in the media that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State says he knows those behind the dastardly act, so the government should go after them with every force of law to serve as a deterrent to others. “Wherever these people are, whoever they are, security agencies must fish them out and have them face the consequences of their actions…not be swept under the carpet like previous ones.” CAN equally said the latest killings should serve as a wake-up call to the South-East governors as “it now appears that the zone is indeed under siege as no day passes by without one form of similar incident or  another.

 “The governors should put politics aside and come up with collaborative strategies to safeguard the zone by checkmating the activities of these killer herders and bandits who are terrorizing the South-East Zone.” We are also telling the Federal Government that enough is enough!

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Caucus and former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described the killings as unfeeling, which must not go unsolved and unpunished like others before it.

According to a statement issued by Uche Anichukwu, his Media Adviser, Ekweremadu said: “This act is most unfeeling and gruesome; and we condemn it in totality. But more importantly, this must not go unpunished like others before it.

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

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A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Amachree, however, said the police and the governor, who is the chief security of the state, failed to act on the intelligence by the DSS.

The former DSS official said this in an interview with press men, Thursday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily programme’.

Speaking on the television programme, the ex-DSS director said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it, one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event”.

Amachree stressed that the Imo State Governor was aware that the prison and the police headquarters was about to be attacked.

Amachree lamented, “Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

He also faulted claims by the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that members of IPOB masterminded the attacks. “He (Adamu) doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested,” the ex-DSS director said, adding that the DSS was investigating the attacks and would identify who the attackers were.

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Don’t be silent when politicians go wrong -APC tells Religious Leaders

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The Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, has challenged religious leaders not to be silent when politicians go wrong.

He also asked them not to succumb to blackmail but continue to hold public officials accountable at all times.

The APC Secretary gave this charge on Tuesday at the 80th birthday thanksgiving and book launch of Venerable Emmanuel O. Ajayi (rtd) at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Oboroke, Ihima Kogi State.

Akpanudoedehe said: “Clerics should not be silent when politicians go wrong. They should continue holding the political class accountable to the people that we can have the kind of society we desire.”
Represented by APC Assistant Director of Media, Edegbe Odemwingie, the APC scribe said: “Clerics should not be silent when politicians go wrong.

For, it is by holding the political class accountable to the people that we can have the kind of society we desire. Religious leaders must be true examples to their followers.

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Hijab crisis: Kwara governor playing with fire – Catholic Archbishop warns

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The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Metropolitan Archdiocese, Most Rev’d Gabriel Abegunrin, has said the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is playing with fire that may engulf the whole of Nigeria with the way he has been handling the hijab crisis in Christian schools in the state.

In an interview with journalists after the Mass of Chrism for Holy Thursday, held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Oke Padre, Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday, he raised the alarm that if the matter is not handled with utmost caution, might be the beginning of religious war in the country.

According to him, “What concerns me seriously now and should concern all of us is the issue of hijab in Kwara State. Actually, the governor of Kwara State is playing with fire. He wants Nigeria to catch fire through Kwara State. It will not be good. So, if he listens to people or what people are saying around, he should just let go and let Christians keep their schools and let Muslims take their schools, let the public ones that are owned by the government be there.

“The Chief Imam of Ilorin, was speaking sense with another person. He said if ‘you know that you want your children to wear hijab, send your children to Muslim schools.’ The Chief Imam said that. Then, he was asked what could be done to resolve the hijab issue. The Chief Imam answered again, saying ‘What else can I say? The only thing remains with the governor to choose what he wants to do.’ The Chief Imam said that but for him, what they are fighting for is wrong because Christians have a right to keep their schools without hijab. The Chief Imam of Ilorin said that. I listened to him on television.

“The problem is that the governor is playing too much politics on this issue of hijab. If it starts in Ilorin, it may spread. If you are not careful, it may be the beginning of religious war again. I pray it doesn’t happen. But if he continues with the way he is going, people are going to get ready to see. It is as simple as that. We don’t preach violence. We don’t like violence. But when you push people to the wall, what happens?

“They sent some people to go and break doors of schools, gates of schools with hammers and other weapons. They broke the chains, the padlocks. Do you know what that means? The children are watching. They are teaching those children how to break through whatever they cannot enter, even break through people’s houses. They don’t know what they are doing. They are teaching these young ones the wrong thing to do when it is difficult for them. They are teaching them to break houses.

“So, we have to be mindful of what we are showing to the young ones. Already, we don’t have a good number of adults now to mentor the young ones, and that is what we are saying that the governor should open his mouth and say something good, not backing any religion. Religion is not attached to any government. Let those in government practice their religion and those they are governing should also be allowed to practice their own religion. Don’t lord one over the other. But it is difficult for them to hear.” (Daily Sun)

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