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After SaharaReporters' Story, Delta Head Of Personnel Management Pays Staff Salaries, Vows Not To Pay Ex-Political Office Holders

2 March 2021 - 8:43am


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

Forty-eight hours after SaharaReporters reported how a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, who is the Head of Personnel Management, (HPM), Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, Henry Obukowho, and Treasurer to the Local Government, (TLG), Fejiro Ogbogbo, were enmeshed in N2,475,000 salary embezzlement scandal, it was learnt that affected staff members received their salaries.

The N2,475,000 was released by the state government alongside N1 million for the HPM's security vote but after taking his N1 million, he refused to pay the affected staff members and political office holders several weeks after the money was released for the payment of salaries.

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa Google

Speaking with our correspondent, an elated employee of the local government, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, "After SaharaReporters' story, barely two days later, our HMP, Pastor Obukowho, started running helter-skelter. He was so troubled and restless. And before we knew what was happening, some of us whom he had refused to pay, were called and our January salaries were given to us in cash.

"We always received our salaries promptly but immediately the tenure of the local government chairman, Emmanuel Egbabor, ended on January 7, 2021, and our HPM stepped in as sole administrator pending when council polls will be conducted on March 6, he refused to pay us our January salaries. He connived with some officials in the council to embezzle the money."

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Another employee confirmed to SaharaReporters that all the affected employees had received their January salaries but that political office holders had yet to be paid.

The source said, "Five security men got N35,000 each. Two clerical officers got N30,000 each, 15 casual environment staff members got N10,000 each. The total amount was N385,000 for the payment of our January salaries which the HPM refused to pay us. But immediately the issue was made public by SaharaReporters, everything changed. Our HPM had to quickly get the money to pay us. We were paid two days after the report.

"However, our HPM has vowed that he will not pay the political office holders. The other day, he boasted that he would not pay the immediate past council chairman, his deputy, and the SA to the former chairman. However, he has partially agreed to look for cash to pay only the five supervisors, and the Secretary to the Local Government (SLG). 

"The HPM was supposed to pay N2,090,000 to the immediate past political office holders in the council. 20 councillors to get N70,000 each; five supervisors to get N70,000 each. Secretary to the Local Government (SLG) and Special Assistant (SA) to the council chairman, N70,000 each. The council chairman and the vice-chairmen are to get N100,000 each. But the HPM has vowed not to pay the former chairman, his deputy, and SA."

As of the time of filing this report, the Head of Personnel Management, (HPM), Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, Obukowho, who had before now denied the embezzlement, did not answer his calls or respond to text messages sent to him.

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Boko Haram Attacked Borno Community To Loot Foodstuffs Donated By Governor Zulum – Army

2 March 2021 - 8:38am


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The Nigerian Army has said the Boko Haram terrorists and their Islamic State West African Province fighters attacked Dikwa town in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State to loot the foodstuffs donated by the state governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The army said on Tuesday that the terrorists came in several gun trucks and motorcycles but they were visited with bombardment and firepower by troops of the 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole.

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The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, claimed in a release that the terrorists came in droves through Marte but they could not gain access to the town.

He said, “The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have decisively routed elements of Boko Haram terrorists and their ISWAP counterparts who attempted to infiltrate and attack Dikwa town in the Dikwa LGA.

“The terrorist groups who stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles were visited with heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations.

“The terrorists attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. 

“They came in droves through the Marte axis but could not gain access to the town due to the combat readiness of troops who were positioned there.

“The terrorists subsequently lost the initiative as they were cut off completely following the recent successful recapture of Marte town by the gallant troops. In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, they planted a series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops.”  

The army spokesman noted that the Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, commended the efforts of the troops and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.

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UK-based Nigerian Pastor Calms Fears After British Prime Minister Meets Church Leaders Over COVID-19 Vaccines

2 March 2021 - 8:33am


A Nigerian and Lead Pastor at Liberty Church London, Pastor Sola Fola-Alade, has warned against nursing fears around COVID-19 vaccines, saying people must not believe the myths surrounding the vaccines.

Speaking at the meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Fola-Alade, who is also a medical doctor, said he understood people’s fears but they should not be translated to believing in myths.  

In a post on his Twitter handle on Saturday, Fola-Alade advised people to be careful about misinformation concerning the vaccine.

While people do have valid fears & questions regarding the efficacy and safety of the vaccine, however we must be careful about misinformation out there and look at the facts & make our decisions based on objective facts and not on myths https://t.co/aWmcZKljio

— Sola Fola-Alade (@DrImpact_) February 27, 2021

He said, “Not only am I a pastor of a church, I’m also a medical doctor by training. I do understand people’s fears and anxieties concerning the speed of the development of the vaccines, and the things that are out there concerning how the vaccines were developed.

“While people do have valid fears and questions regarding the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. However, we must be careful about misinformation out there and look at the facts and make our decisions based on objective facts and not on myths.” See Also PHOTONEWS: UK Prime Minister, Johnson Meets Church Leaders Over COVID Vaccination 2 Days Ago

Prime Minister Johnson met with Fola-Alade, along with other church and community leaders to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination.

The UK prime minister published a clip of the meeting, which was held at The Tab church in London, Lewisham, on his official Twitter handle on Saturday.

“Hi folks, I’m here at The Tab. I’ve been talking to some pastors about the amazing works that they do to encourage the take-up of vaccinations,” Johnson said in the video.

The UK, which is the fifth country with the highest number of confirmed infections worldwide, began vaccinations in December after it approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for public use.

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Man Beats Up Wife For Refusing To Be Full House Wife In Lagos, Victim Lands In Hospital

2 March 2021 - 8:02am


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The police have arrested a man, Kehinde Dosu, for allegedly beating his wife, Ojuolape Dosu, for engaging in petty business that makes her financially independent.

A human rights organisation, the Child Protection Network, Lagos Chapter informed SaharaReporters on Monday.

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Kehinde and Ojuolape reside in the Fadeyi area of Lagos, but Ojuolape’s brother reported the incident after Kehinde assaulted his elder sister on Monday.

The culprit was then arrested by men of Onipanu Police Station for interrogation.

According to Ojuolape, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, she has been suffering from domestic violence for many years as her husband always gets away with it. 

However, she said the latest assault made her voice out and her brother reported the case.

“The first incidence happened when my first child was about a year plus. I wanted to bathe him, and he was jumping in the bathtub. He eventually fell.

“That day, he slapped me, and I was shocked that he did that. So, I tried to defend myself. When he was not satisfied with that, he went into the room and brought out his naval belt to beat me. He was being trained in the Navy School then, but he didn’t finish that training. He used the big belt to beat me. I have marks all over my body.

“Another one happened about two years ago when my brother was preparing for his wedding. I was preparing food for the family and my baby woke up from sleep, asking for her father. So, I told her her daddy was on the balcony. I thought the girl was going to meet her dad, I didn’t know she had gone out to urinate.

“He just rushed to meet me and asked if I allowed the girl to go out and urinate. I tried to explain that she wanted to come and meet him. He first verbally abused me before he slapped me twice. I still tried to beg him because of my brother’s wedding that was very close but, instead he beat me up. He hit me in my face.”

The woman said her husband never wanted her to work. 

She said her argument in the family was that he alone could not shoulder the financial responsibilities.

“The major root of this aggression is that he doesn’t want me to work but can’t sustain all the financial responsibilities in the house. Then if I manage whatever he gives, he feels like I don’t appreciate it. The point is that he doesn’t want me to ask for what I need, then I told him this is not possible so he should let me work to earn more money to cater to our collective needs.

“I have worked two times. I found myself teaching jobs on two occasions, he made sure he frustrated me with fights such that I had to stop on those two occasions. When I started selling things, he was not happy. He would be hostile unnecessarily towards my customers.

“Recently, I have been selling garri and ponmo (cowhide). A customer wanted to buy a cowhide of N10,000 from me and he said I shouldn’t go. I didn’t go. I had to beg a neighbour to help me deliver the goods to that my customer. I have forfeited customers due to his unfriendly attitude towards them whenever they come home to buy goods from me.

“A guy came to knock on my door that he wanted to buy cowhide, so I quickly came out to meet him so say I would come and sell to him. So, my husband came out of the bathroom and started asking me questions about why the customer came home.

“I tried to explain, but he just started beating me. My children were scared and began to cry. He was beating me in the presence of our children. So, I decided that yesterday’s issue would be the last one.

“He has been calling and sending me text messages since yesterday but I didn’t pick up or respond to his messages. I realised the police have released him. The police asked him to beg me. I am receiving medical attention but I’m not with him at the moment and can’t disclose where I am."

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Nigerian Woman, Dutch Husband Remanded In Rivers Prison Over N126million Fraud

2 March 2021 - 7:53am


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A Dutch national, Peiter Borremans and his wife, Nkechi Borremans, have been remanded in custody following a ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for allegedly defrauding two firms of $330,000 (about N126 million) meant for the purchase of a marine tanker vessel.

The two defendants were on Thursday, alongside their firm, Lagon Trade Limited, arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice E. A. Obile on two counts bordering on fraud and felony.

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The 1st defendant, Peiter Borremans as well as the 2nd defendant, Nkechi Borremans, who is a Nigerian, during their arraignment pleaded "not guilty" to the charges preferred against them.

The court clerk who read the charges said, “That you Peiter Borremans, Nkechi Borremans and Lagon Trade Limited on or about the 31st day of July, 2014 at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire with each other to commit felony to wit, obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related Offenses Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

"That you Peiter Borremans, Nkechi Borremans and Lagon Trade Limited on or about the 31st day of July, 2014 at Port Harcourt, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of $330,000 from Jackkyson Multi Services Limited & Alot General Services Limited as advanced payment meant for the purchase of marine tanker vessel, a pretext you know to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) and (2) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act."

The Borremans had on July 31, 2014, allegedly conned their victims, Jackkyson Multi Services Limited and Alot General Services Limited to part with the sum of $330,000 being an upfront payment for the purchase of a marine tanker vessel for them.

The prosecuting counsel, J. N. Dogonyaro, following the "not guilty" plea of the defendants, urged the court to remand them at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre facility, pending the hearing of the matter.

But opposing the prosecuting counsel’s prayer and citing COVID-19 pandemic concerns, counsel for the 1st, 2nd and 4th defendants, C. A. Okowanye, begged the court to remand his clients in the custody of the EFCC.

Responding to both arguments, the presiding judge, Justice Obile, ordered that the defendants be remanded at the custody of the EFCC and adjourned the matter till March 31, 2021, for trial.

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EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram Withdraws From Dikwa After Killing Five Soldiers

2 March 2021 - 7:37am


Boko Haram terrorists have pulled out of the ancient town of Dikwa in Borno State after being in control for hours and killing five soldiers, military sources told SaharaReporters.

Dikwa town is about 90km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and has experienced several attacks from the insurgents since the liberation of the town in 2016.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported how the militant group on Monday night dislodged Nigerian troops in the community, and while most of the villagers ran away for safety, some were held by the insurgents.

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The gunmen who came with heavy machine guns and trucks also took possession of the military Super Camp 9 formation, including high-profile fighting equipment and vehicles.

SaharaReporters learnt that the insurgents left the town around 11am on Tuesday.

Military sources said about 5 soldiers were killed while some Armed Personnel Carriers, operational vehicles and the local military base were burnt by the terrorists.

The group also burnt some public buildings, including the community primary health care centre, local government secretariat, part of Shehu of Dikwa’s palace and the United Nations hub.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.

In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who lay ambush on their path.

Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.

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How Victims of Killer Fulani Herders Fled To Benin Republic In Search Of Refuge — Eggua Royal Family

2 March 2021 - 7:21am


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A royal family member in the Eggua community of Ogun State, Prince Olu Abiola, has explained how some of the victims of attacks by killer Fulani herders in the area escaped to the neighbouring Benin Republic.

He disclosed this to SaharaReporters on Tuesday while reacting to a statement by the Ogun State Government that only Beninoise living in Nigeria fled to the Benin Republic during those attacks.

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“Some people really ran away for their lives because, at that period, those areas were not safe for them to reside. The Fulani herders laid ambush consistently to the extent that many people could not sleep in their houses. So this forced them to escape to other neighbouring towns in Nigeria as well as in Benin Republic," he said. 

Abiola, who was the former
Chairman of Yewa North Local Government Area, clarified that there are residents of Ogun communities living close to the border Nigeria shares with Benin Republic. 

He said such allows for easy access of people in such Ogun communities to Benin Republic, adding that the similar cultures of the two peoples make it easy. 

“You know that Benin Republic is very close to us. We do these things in common so parts of Eegelu are in Nigeria and also in the Benin Republic. So, if there is a crisis in Nigeria, these people can easily flee to Benin,” he added. 

He went further to talk about the incident in correlation with sharing palliatives to woo people back to the country, “To answer that question straightforward, I thought you listened to Hon. Kayode Oladele, the Committee Chairman on Peace-keeping in Ogun West. They are still working and going round now, distributing palliatives to the affected victims. And before Friday, he will be in the Ketu axis of Ogun State where Eggua falls into.

“For the past two weeks now, we have not seen them even within Yewa. The problem of insecurity is going down little by little, and we pray it is sustained. " 

In his reactions to the blockade of food items from the North to the South-Western States, the prince said Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has innovative agricultural reforms that other South-West governors should imbibe to address the food crisis in the South-West states.

“Really, I commend the efforts of Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on the agricultural revolution in the state. He has been trying. He’s encouraging farmers with incentives and other farm reforms. Even in the Eggua axis here, there is enough land for people to farm and when they show interest, he supports. Our former President Olusegun Obasanjo also has a rice farm here in Eggua.

“I will just say that they should emulate his and invent their own agricultural reforms that will encourage and help people to farm. Even, talking about cattle rearing, we have uncultivated lands in the South-West that can be used as ranches that can be enough to rear the cattle that we will consume, so I don’t see a big deal in this threat. We can have farm settlements to address all farming and agricultural challenges, good lands.”

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Convicted Yahoo Boys Jailed In Abeokuta, To Refund N2. 3 Million To Victims

2 March 2021 - 7:10am


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Tuesday secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The four convicts are Olawale Ibrahim Damilare, Goodluck Sambo Olatayo, Mathew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi, and Samson Olawale Ayomide.

They pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent impersonation. The offence is contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) 1 and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

Convicted Abeokuta Yahoo Boys to Refund $ 6,100 to Victims pic.twitter.com/PWkgBaj6QO

— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) March 2, 2021

Given their ‘guilty’ plea, the prosecution counsel, Oyelakin Oyediran, reviewed the case and urged the court to convict the defendants accordingly.

Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced Olawale Ibrahim Damilare and Goodluck Sambo Olatayo to three months and four months imprisonment respectively, while Matthew Anuoluwapo Awoniyi and Samson Olawale Ayomide were also convicted and sentenced to seven and eight months imprisonment respectively.

Justice Abubakar ordered the convicts to refund various sums to their victims: Olawale, $1,500 (One thousand and five hundred dollars); Olatayo, $500 (Five hundred dollars); Awoniyi, $100 and two hundred and thirty-two thousand naira (N232, 000) and Ayomide, $4,000 (Four thousand dollars).

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Factory Worker Remanded In Prison Over Customs Job Scam In Ibadan

2 March 2021 - 7:01am


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Monday, arraigned one Olukoya Emmanuel Adeyemi before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Olukoya, who claimed to be working with a Chinese company, was arraigned on a 30 counts bordering on obtaining under false pretences, contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable by Section 1(3) of the same Act.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Olukoya Emmanuel Adeyemi ‘M’ on or about the 26th day of April 2019 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N77,000.00 (Seventy-seven thousand naira only) from one Ajiboye Adeniye Hammeed through your Access Bank Account No. 0728344783, under the false pretence that you have given him employment with the Nigeria Customs Service and that the payment was for the Customs job replacement and training kit, a pretext which you knew to be false and you deceitfully made it, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable by Section 1(3) of the same Act."

The defendant, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the charges

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Chidi Okoli, applied for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Counsel for the defendant, Peniela Akintujoyen, moved a motion praying the court to admit the defendant to bail. The application was however opposed by the prosecution counsel.

After listening to the argument of both counsel, Justice Abdulmalik remanded the defendant in Agodi Custodial Centre and adjourned the case till March 31, 2021, for trial and ruling on the defendant’s bail application.

Trouble started for Adeyemi following a petition received by the Commission, alleging that sometime in 2019, he obtained several sums of money from unsuspecting victims on the pretext that he had secured employment slots for them with the Nigeria Customs Service. 

He allegedly extorted over N1, 000, 000 from his victims.

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Scores Injured, Vigilante Nabbed as Gunmen Attack Fulani Settlement in Ogbomoso

2 March 2021 - 6:48am


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A member of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Tajudeen Sheu, has been arrested over an attack on a Fulani settlement in Idigba, in the Olomi area of Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Iskilu Akinsanya, who revealed this while parading the suspect in Ibadan on Tuesday, said the victims of the attack had been rescue and taken to Obafemi Hospital in Ogbomoso.

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Isikalu said his men received a distress call from the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Ogbomoso, Muhammad Mahmud, on Tuesday morning that some hoodlums had attacked their settlement and the NSCDC swung into action to arrest the suspect.
Isikalu said, "There was an attack on the Fulani settlement in Idigba, Olomi by some hoodlums numbering about six. The Agro Ranger in Ogbomoso/Oyo Axis swung into action and a suspect named Tajudeen Sheu, a vigilante in a VGN attire, was arrested.

L"One red Bajaj motorcycle with Osun State registration number EKG 100 UP, a single barrelled local gun, cutlasses, petrol in a bottle, torchlight and a local charm were recovered from him, the suspect."

The suspect said he was attacked by an unknown person in the night, so he went to attack the community with five other team members, who are still at large.

The NSCDC commandant who paraded the suspect warned Nigerians not to take the law into their own hands but report or lodge complaint with security agencies, especially NSCDC in their neighbourhood when they have any security issue. 

The commandant also disclosed that after the conclusion of investigation into the matter, the suspect will be taken to court.

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Boko Haram Kills ‘Many Soldiers’, Displays Armed Personnel Carrier, SUVs, Ammunition Captured From Nigerian Military

2 March 2021 - 6:13am





Militants belonging to the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have Allegedly killed many Nigerians soldiers in Borno State.

According to the group in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters on Monday night, the soldiers were killed recently during different attacks on Nigerian troops along Auno/Jakana Road, Monguno/Cross Kauwa Road, Goniri/Gorigi Road, Gur, Mainok, and Gorigi town.

The insurgents also released a picture showing about seven soldiers allegedly killed during one of the attacks, claiming it killed ‘many soldiers’.

Also displayed were an Armed Personnel Carrier, four operational vehicles, ‪military hardware, and ammunition ‬the group allegedly captured from the Nigerian Army.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.

In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who lay in ambush for them. 

Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.

At least 25 soldiers were recently killed when a suicide bomber identified as Abdullah al-Ansari rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy during a clash in Goniri, a border community between Yobe and Borno states.

In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents.

SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group.






 

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How Brave Yoruba Farmers/Hunters Drove Criminal Fulani Herders Out Of My Community —Ogun Traditional Ruler

2 March 2021 - 5:47am


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The traditional ruler of Ijoun, Chief Olaleye Emmanuel, has said the atrocities of the killer Fulani herders have reduced in the Ijoun community of Ogun State since a group of local farmers and hunters known as Agbekoya began to watch over the village.

Ijoun is one of the communities persistently ravaged by the criminal Fulani herders terrorising farmers and the entire community of Yewa North Local Government Area in the state.

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Emmanuel said this while speaking with SaharaReporters on Tuesday about the current situation of things in the area.

The traditional ruler said the last attack by the murderous herdsmen was about three weeks ago when they burnt 10 motorcycles belonging to Yoruba farmers working on their farms in the village.   

He said the attack prompted the Agbekoya to vow to watch over the village and that has been the situation since then.

“Their atrocities have gone down. We are having some peace gradually. Their last attack was about three weeks ago or so. A farmer went to his farm, accompanied by some of his friends because we have been working and walking in groups since their atrocities started.

“So these boys went to the farm with their friends for them to protect him while he planted maize. And, the Fulani went there and burnt all their 10 bikes while the farmers were working. The guys just had to run for their dear life. It happened three weeks ago.

“But, our Agbekoya chiefs vowed to see to the end of it that day. They drove them away so since that time, we’ve not had any issue. Our chiefs are the ones guarding the village that are prone to attacks.”

Speaking about some residents of the local government area who fled to the Republic of Benin, he identified those who escaped to the neighbouring country as those close to the border. 

According to him, it is easy for them to quickly slip into Benin Republic.

“People are fleeing to Benin Republic, but they are those affected places close to the border. The people in my community who suffered from the atrocities committed by Fulani herdsmen are unfortunate not to be living close to the border. Some people actually fled to the Benin Republic, but not in my community.

“There has been an improvement, since the attack at Ijaka-Oke; that was the day they burnt 10 motorcycles. Our local hunters were after them that day. We have not seen them physically since that time. And there has not been any attack in Ijoun since that time, though we hear about their atrocities here and there in other neighbouring villages.”

He also spoke about the efforts of the police to secure the area and the Ogun State Government to share palliatives to the troubled communities.

He said, “The police are only on the roads and expressways, not in the bush. The police don’t enter the bush. Criminal herders attack people in the bush, on their farms. That’s the issue that has not been understood by many. But, our Agbekoya chiefs have been out now since their last attack.

“The palliatives will get to us, we heard that the palliatives are already at the secretariat in Papa, so we will get ours by tomorrow (Wednesday) because the chairman has called me about it, and we might get them tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Emir Of Kagara Dies At 90

2 March 2021 - 5:42am


Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has announced the passing of the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko. 

The governor described the death of the first-class monarch as a great shock.

Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, in Minna on Tuesday, described the death of the emir as a colossal loss to the state in general and the Kagara emirate.

“We have lost a first-class emir, a member of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, an octogenarian and an elder statesman whose wise counsel has been of immense value to this administration and those before it in the state,” he said.

The governor described the deceased as symbol of humility and patience. 

He praised the late emir for bringing unity and progress to his emirate, adding that he would be greatly missed.

Bello commiserated with the Etsu Nupe, the state Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the immediate family members of the late emir and entire people of Kagara.

He prayed to Allah to grant the soul of the deceased emir eternal rest and the family, the fortitude to bear the loss.

Tanko died on Tuesday in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. He was born on April 5, 1930 in Tegina and left behind wives, children and grandchildren.

He was appointed District Head of Tegina in 1971 and became a second-class chief of Kagara in 1982 and subsequently elevated to the status of a first-class emir in 1991.

Kagara was in the news recently after 27 students, some staff members and relations of some of the workers were kidnapped by bandits from the Government Science College, Kagara on February 17.

The abductees were released on Saturday. 

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South Africans Pull Out Of Shoprite Nigeria As Workers Protest Nonpayment Of Entitlements

2 March 2021 - 5:22am


Workers of the Shoprite in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday, staged a protest at its Dugbe branch to show their grievances over the nonpayment of their entitlements by its management. 

SaharaReporters learnt that the original owners of the Shoprite who are South Africans have sold the company to some Nigerians, which made the workers demand their entitlement before the foreigners would leave Nigeria.

Our correspondent observed that the protest paralysed activities at Ring Road and Dugbe outlets of the store.

One of the workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the protest was necessary so that their years of labour would not go unrewarded.

"This is necessary for us to get whatever they want to give us. Those who bought it may not be willing to retain us. We need to get our reward before the South African businessmen leave.

"How can I spend many years in a company without reward? We are continuing with this protest tomorrow if the management refuses to attend to us today," he said.

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JUST IN: Nigeria Receives First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccine

2 March 2021 - 5:07am


The first batch of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Nigeria.

Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, disclosed this via Twitter on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters gathered that almost four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.

The vaccine was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India from Mumbai to Abuja.

According to a statement by the United Nations in Nigeria, the arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally.

UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said, “The UN Country Team in Nigeria reiterates its commitment to support the vaccination campaign in Nigeria and help contain the spread of the virus.

“The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and other prominent Nigerians will be among the first set of Nigerians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television.

They are expected to receive the first dose of the vaccine on Saturday. 

The Executive Director/CEO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said this on Monday at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) joint national briefing on COVID-19.

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BREAKING: Fire Guts Nigerian Army Headquarters

2 March 2021 - 4:49am


A fire incident has occurred at the Nigerian Army Headquarters complex in Abuja, destroying some properties.

The fire which started around 10:30 am was said to have affected the second floor which also houses the office of the Chief Of Army Staff.

Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima confirmed the incident in a statement.

“Electrical fault sparked a minor fire incident at the Army Headquarters Complex, Abuja, Tuesday morning,” he said.

“The incident which happened at about 10.15 am was as a result of minor electrical fault in one of the offices.

“The Army Headquarters complex is currently undergoing some renovation involving electrical rework.

“The Nigerian Army Fire Service Department has since put out the fire. No casualty was recorded during the incident and normalcy has since returned to the complex.”
 

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Food Blockade: No Going Back On Campaign Against Beef Consumption — Afenifere

2 March 2021 - 4:44am


The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said nothing will stop its planned campaign against the consumption of beef in the South-West billed for Friday, March 5.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, spoke with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, while reacting to reports that some trucks conveying food items had started moving from the North to the South.

Odumakin confirmed partial movement of food trucks from North to the South but noted that the development would not stop the launch of its 'Anything But Cow Day' as a response to the blockade of food items to the South by northern traders.

According to him, the campaign is not only going to be launched by South-West leaders but will incorporate partners from the South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt.

He said: “Yes, the South-West is planning to launch a campaign and we are also talking to our partners in the South-South, from South-East and Middle Belt to be part of the campaign.

“We are definitely going to continue with the campaign. We will take other actions, they will hear from us.”

Odumakin warned of grievous consequences if the South is to take similar measures against the North.

He added: “They have opened some places. We've heard about the blockheads agreeing to remove some roadblocks to the South, it is a tragedy for Nigeria that some people refused to allow food to come in. At the end of the day, some people will go and sit down at the federal allocation committee to be sharing oil proceeds and the rest from the South but you are blocking yam, tomatoes from coming to the South, is that reasonable?

“If the South is to say no fuel should go from the South to the North, what are they going to use? It is an unreasonable thing they are doing and if the South is forced to react in equal measure, they won't find it funny.”

Afenifere; Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho; Are Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams; and the Odua Peoples Congress under the leadership of Prince Segun Osinbote, had on Monday announced a plan to launch a campaign against cows.

The campaign, which is themed, 'A one-day symbolic beef boycott towards terminating the cow pandemic- End COWVID-21' is expected to trend on Twitter with the #endcowpandemic.org' and will be streamed live on Odua Peoples Communications Youtube channel.

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria embarked on strike action last Thursday.

The strike, which involved closing all routes linking the North to the South, has adversely affected the cost of food items in the southern region.

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Senate Confirms Appointments Of New Service Chiefs

2 March 2021 - 4:43am


The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of the new Service Chiefs that were forwarded for screening and confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The confirmation follower the presentation and consideration of a report of the Senator Aliyu Wamakko-led Senate Joint Committee of Defence, Army, Airforce and Navy.

Those confirmed are Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye lrabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff (COAS); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao,Chief of Air Staff (CAS).

The Senate asked the new Service Chiefs to do everything to secure the country, urging them to go after terrorists, armed bandits and kidnappers.
 

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Police Arrest Bandits In Katsina, Recover N3.6 Million Paid To Them As Ransom

2 March 2021 - 4:42am


Officers of the Katsina State Police Command have arrested three members of a gang of bandits/kidnappers and recovered from them a sum of N3.6 million paid to them as ransom.

The command's spokesman, Gambo Isah, who disclosed this on Monday, identified the suspects as members of a notorious gang of bandits and kidnappers terrorising Katsina and Zamfara states.

"The suspects, Lawali Duna, 40, Muhammadu Lawali Babuga, 22, and Hussaini Abubakar, 30, were arrested by a police patrol team attached to Faskari Division, while on routine patrol along Funtua-Yankara Road on February 25," Isah said.

"Nemesis caught up with the suspects when they were intercepted on their way back to Zamfara State from Kaduna after collecting ransom money from the relatives of a kidnapped victim. In the course of the investigation, the suspects confessed to the commission of the offence."
 

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Two Soldiers Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Theatre Commander Convoy, Carts Away Gun Truck — Source

2 March 2021 - 4:21am


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Two soldiers have been reportedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists in an attack launched against the theatre commander's convoy at Garin Kuturu village along Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway.

A source in the military told SaharaReporters that the terrorists, who attacked the convoy on Sunday, also escaped with one gun truck belonging to the Nigerian Army.

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The source also said the terrorists suffered casualties — although SaharaReporters could not independently confirm this as of the time of filing this reports.

He said, “Available information indicates that today 28/02/2021 about 1530hrs, a troop's convoy believed to be that of the theatre commander was attacked by suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Garin Kuturu village located between Auno and Jakana towns along the Maiduguri —Damaturu Highway.

“The exact possible casualties is still being verified but so far about two (2) soldiers were reported to have been killed in action while one gun truck was also said to have been taken away by the terrorists.
“However, details of casualties on the part of the terrorists have not yet been ascertained.”
 

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