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Ortom’s cluelessness responsible for Benue killings – Abba Moro

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Immediate past Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has asked Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign his position as governor, due to his inability to take proactive measures to prevent the incessant killings and destruction of properties of Benue people by alleged herdsmen.

Expressing sadness over the manner and way defenseless citizens of Benue State were being slaughtered for no just reason, Moro, a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said in a statement that Ortom does not deserve to remain as governor, in his obvious incapacity to halt the heinous massacre and bloodbath.

The ex-Minister issued the statement in reaction to the latest coordinated attacks by suspected herdsmen on six communities in Benue State that reportedly left over 50 persons dead.

“It is sad that mindless wanton killings of citizens heralded the New Year in Benue State, a very sad way to start a new year. It shows that the implementation of the good intentioned anti-open grazing law has left a lot room for improvement. Benue State is in serious crisis that calls for leadership. What is playing out in Benue State however is a clear demonstration of cluelessness and the lack of capacity on the part of the governor and the government to stand out to be counted. It shows that lamentations and blame game would not offer the solutions Benue State desperately needs in the current herdsmen/farmers impasse and the slide of the state to a failed state. The recent reaction of Benue youths to the presence of the state governor at the scene of protest was a clear message of enough is enough to the state government,” Moro avowed.

The PDP stalwart added that “The government of Benue State has consistently refused to be proactive in dealing with crisis since inception. Despite warnings of impending flood nothing was done about it until flood disaster struck. Now the governor admitted that government was aware of impending invasion yet nothing was done to mobilize security to identify vulnerable soft targets to avert the current mayhem. The only way forward now is to go back to the basics and engage all stakeholders in frank discourse with a view to finding lasting solutions to the lingering farmer/herdsmen crisis. The security apparache in Benue State must be constructively engaged in order to effectively discharge the security responsibility expected of them. The continued massacre of Benue citizens by invading fulani marauders is reprehensible, condemnable and unacceptable. By now the government of Benue State should know that its cosmetic approach to the intractable herdsmen/fulani crisis in Benue State is not working.”

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Safety fears maintain support employees out of city in Nigeria’s north east

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A suspension of humanitarian operations has been prolonged in a distant city in northeast Nigeria the place three support employees have been killed in a Boko Haram assault, medical charity Medical doctors With out Borders (MSF) stated on Saturday.

MSF and the UN pulled out their employees from Rann, on the border with Cameroon in Borno state, after the assault on March 1.

The UN suspended its actions for one week till Friday.

IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, Governors, traditional rulers and guests during the Northern states stakeholders security summit held in Kaduna on Wednesday
IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, Governors, conventional rulers and visitors throughout the Northern states stakeholders safety summit held in Kaduna on Wednesday

However the suspension has now been prolonged till Tuesday subsequent week on the earliest, the UN in Abuja stated, whereas MSF stated it had no timeline for a return.

“We predict that the whole space shouldn’t be protected,” the charity’s emergency coordinator for Borno, Kerri Ann Kelly, advised AFP.

“Till there’s extra safety it will likely be very arduous to function. It’s a reasonably uncovered space… I had 19 folks up there that day, mendacity on the bottom happening for 90 minutes, so safety drives the mission.”

MSF, the UN kids’s company Unicef and the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross have been amongst these offering emergency meals, medical care and different programmes to some 80,000 folks in Rann.

Of these, about 55,000 have been dwelling in a camp for folks displaced by the Islamist insurgency, which started in 2009 and has ravaged the northeast, killing a minimum of 20,000.

Kelly stated the suspension leaves these folks with out healthcare and no entry to meals distribution — and time was urgent to renew actions earlier than the arrival of annual rains from mid-Might.

Final 12 months, Rann was minimize off resulting from flooding throughout the rains, whereas throughout the northeast meals shortages turn out to be extra acute and ailments akin to malaria enhance.

“If we will’t rise up there, the wet season goes to be an issue… We’re actually involved about having the ability to be ready for this wet season,” stated Kelly.

However even earlier than then, there are fears in regards to the impact of a protracted suspension on clear water and sanitation programmes for these within the camp, after earlier outbreaks of water-borne ailments akin to typhoid and cholera linked to poor hygiene.

The UN has appealed this 12 months for $1.05 billion to fund its operations in northeast Nigeria, the place the insurgency has left thousands and thousands homeless and depending on support.

The Rann assault — which additionally noticed eight Nigerian safety personnel killed — additionally prompted contemporary doubts about authorities claims the jihadists are nearly defeated.

The encompassing countryside has witnessed a collection of assaults, highlighting the continued problem for the navy to safe hard-to-reach areas outdoors city centres.




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481 REPATRIATED FROM LIBYA, FG TEAM SAYS ‘ WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT EVERY NIGERIA HOME AND ABROAD

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Following presidential directive, a Federal Government delegation on Sunday repatriated 481 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The evacuation of more than 4,511 others is expected to follow immediately.
All the returnees will be temporarily camped at a Reception Centre in Port Harcourt, pending formal transfer to their states.
Amid joy and enthusiasm, the returnees were accompanied by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and a representative of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

A delegation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, had negotiated the exit of the returnees with the Libyan Government.
The returnees landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport about 5.05pm into the waiting arms of Onyeama and other members of the delegation.
Addressing the returnees, Onyeama said: “On behalf of the President, I welcome you back to your country. Mr. President and the good people of Nigeria were concerned about your well-being and sent a delegation. The President put all resources at our disposal to bring you back.

“We came and saw where so many of you were being held in difficult and inhuman condition. We had good understanding with Libyan Government and we are happy to bring back these Nigerians home. The Federal Government will do its best to return them safely to their various states.
“This administration will continue to protect every Nigerian at home and abroad. Many of you were trafficked, many of you were taken against your judgement. I want to assure you that you will not be abandoned.”
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The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja, said: “In line with the mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari, we have started repatriating Nigerians who are trapped in Libya. We are using Max Air and Medview Airlines with a target of completing the process in three weeks.
“The first batch in the inaugural flight included 481 returnees. We have put necessary logistics in place for a hitch-free evacuation.
” The returnees will undergo profiling, medical examination and other processes before reuniting them with their families.
” We are collaborating with relevant state governments to receive these returnees at the Reception Centre.
A member of the delegation, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said: “We will leave no stone unturned to evacuate all Nigerians trapped in Libya.”

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GOVERNOR WIKE CALLS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SCHEME TO CATER FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for the establishment   of a permanent scheme to cater for ex-servicemen and families of deceased ex-servicemen.

Governor Wike also announced the release of N100million to the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion as Grant for widows of ex-servicemen and their families  to set up businesses.

Speaking during the emblem appeal fund launching for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that support for the ex-servicemen  should not be restricted to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

He said: “It is only when January 15 approaches that ex-servicemen are remembered. I suggest that a permanent scheme be set up to serve the ex-servicemen.

“The scheme will serve as an incentive  to serving military  personnel  to put in their best for the country. “

He called on Nigerians to do everything humanly possible to support ex-servicemen and their families.

The governor directed local government areas in the state to also redeem their pledges to the Nigerian Legion.

In an address, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion, ACG Ogborun Chichi  said one of the fundamental objectives of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is to work towards ameliorating the harsh and unfriendly challenges  faced by the ex-servicemen.

He thanked the Rivers State Governor for sustaining the security of the employment of members of the Nigerian Legion at the Rivers State Civil Service Secretariat.

ACG Ogborun Chichi said that the governor’s immeasurable donations, support and care for veterans, widows and dependants  of fallen heroes have helped them to survive the harsh economic climate .

Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani urged corporate organisations  to join government  in supporting  the ex-servicemen who sacrificed so much for the unity of the country.

The launching of the emblem witnessed  donations from the state government, top government officials, local government councils  and public spirited individuals.

Highpoint of the occasion was the decoration of the Rivers State Governor by the Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command.  The governor also reciprocated the gesture.

The Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command also decorated top government officials and service commanders.

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