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Angry Mob kills suspected thug for stabbing council staff to death

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A suspected political thug, Dauda Momoh has been killed by a mob in Adavi l Local Government Area of Kogi State for stabbing Ahmed Okino to death in Ogaminana market near Okene, Kogi Central.

The incident was said to have happened on Monday.

Eyewitness report said Okino was accosted by Momoh at Ogaminana market where he accused him of implicating him in a case of theft at Adavi LG.

The state Police Public Relation Officer, DSP William Aya who confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja said that the encounter later degenerated to an argument which made an infuriated Momoh to stab Okino to death on the spot.

The police spokesman said that residents who were nearby descended on Momoh and killed him instantly.

He said that a detachment of police was immediately deployed to the scene to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.

Aya explained that the bodies of the deceased had been taken to the mortuary of the General Hospital, Okene while normalcy has returned to Ogaminana.

Also speaking on the incident, the Information Officer of the Adavi LG, Mr Obeito Hassan confirmed that Okino was a security guard at the council.

He said that Okino was on duty on June 21 when 13 bags of rice and a double door refrigerator got missing from the LG’s store.

Hassan said that the matter was reported to the police who later arrested Okino for questioning on June 24.

The Information Officer explained that it was during questioning that Okino mentioned Momoh to the police as a suspect.

He said that both of them were in police custody until June 28 when they were released due on the intervention of the Local Government Administrator, Mr Joseph Omuya Salami.

Hassan said that he was shocked that the two of them died as a result of an argument over the incident.

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Buhari may repeal Land Use Act for Ruga, SMBLF alleges

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has said there is a surreptitious plan by the Federal Government to repeal the Land Use Act and take over the control of lands in the country from state governors.

This, it said, was to enable the government to subsequently implement the suspended Ruga project.

The forum said it gathered that the FG suspended the Ruga Settlement Programme due to the Act which restricted its access to land, adding that the government may move to repeal the law in order to facilitate the implementation of the Ruga grazing scheme.

SMBLF cautioned Southern lawmakers in the National Assembly to be vigilant and to guard against the introduction of any bill intended to repeal or amend the Land Use Act.

The forum said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by its co-spokespersons: Yinka Odumakin (South West), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South South), Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).

The group stated that it was not impressed by the suspension of the Ruga Settlement Project, which it declared as “an expansionist agenda on behalf of the Fulani nomads.”

The statement reads, “It is being alleged that there will be moves to repeal the Land Use Act in the (Ruga) suspension period so the Federal Government can have authority over land which is currently under the states.

“We therefore call on all our members in the National Assembly to be vigilant about any surreptitious bill that may be introduced to tamper with control of land and thwart such without any waste of time.

“The 2014 National Conference debated this issue at length and resolved to retain the Land Use Act in the Constitution.”

The forum further warned the lawmakers against passing the ‘Bill to establish a Regulatory Framework for the Water Resources Sector in Nigeria,’ sponsored by the executive, noting that it was meant to give the FG sole authority and control over the nation’s rivers and underground water.

The group added, “When this obnoxious Water Bill is taken alongside the Ruga programme and the speculated assault on Land Use Act, the internal colonialism agenda is complete and we would have no one but ourselves to blame if we don’t effect our no-pasaran (They shall not pass — a slogan used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy).

“It is pertinent to ask why the FG is not going ahead with Ruga in some northern states that have accepted the policy if the whole idea was not about land-grabbing in the South and Middle Belt states,” it said.

The political pressure group stated that the FG’s support for local government autonomy was hinged on the Ruga scheme to allow “aliens” to take over allotted land under the programme.

It vowed not to relax its opposition to the project, stressing that only outright cancellation of the initiative was acceptable to the forum.

“The whole policy has opened our eyes to the reason why the President has been harping on local government autonomy now and then,” the group stressed.

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Insecurity: Buhari vows Serious punishment on murderous herders, terrorists

…Salutes army on 156th anniversary

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday vowed that the federal government will not allow anyone who kills or maim another under any guise to go unpunished.

He spoke at the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) held at the Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, in commemoration of the service’s 156th anniversary.

Buhari who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the federal government was working seriously with other states to contain herders-farmers conflicts, banditry and terrorism saluting the army for its efforts to save the country from disintegration.

He said: “Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape. It is our duty to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing and will continue to do so.

“Herder and farmer conflicts, random killings, banditry and kidnapping some attributed to Fulani bandits, in different parts of the country are extant challenges that the army has had to intervene in on several occasions. I want to reassure all Nigerians that these issues are being seriously tackled by the Federal Government, working with the states, through a multi-pronged approach.

“You will be hearing a lot more about these solutions in the weeks and months ahead. Law enforcement is of course an important element of the response.

“We have seen an unprecedented ramping up of the deployment of military personnel- multi-agency intervention squads like Operation Whirlstroke. The training and deployment of Special Forces, new Forward Operating Bases, and so on – to the flashpoints, in the last eighteen months.

“Several bandits’ hideouts and camps have been destroyed, and hundreds of arrests have been made, and it is now up to our judicial systems to ensure that justice is meted out not just comprehensively but also in a timely manner.”

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COZA: Police investigate rape allegation as Busola Dakolo files complaint

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The police have commenced investigation into the allegation of rape against Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder Pastor Biodun by celebrity photographer Mrs. Busola Dakolo.

The commencement followed an official complaint filed by Mrs. Dakolo at the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon in Lagos.

A source, who hinted on the development, told our correspondent that the investigation would be thorough.

He stated that the police now have something to build a case on.

It was gathered that she was accompanied by her husband Mr. Timi Dakolo, a popular music artist, who also took to his verified Instagram account to refute reports that Fatoyinbo joined him and his wife in holy matrimony.

Dakolo also denied ever attending COZA nor meeting Fatoyinbo, describing all the counter stories as desperate attempts to cover the truth.

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