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Ngor Okpala Raises Alarm Over Alleged Attack By Herdsmen, Sends SOS To Uzodinma

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Some worried communities in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Imo State have sent an urgent Save Our Souls, SOS message to Imo State Governor Sen. Hope Uzodinma to come to their rescue over alleged plot by Fulani Herdsmen to attack them.

The communities located  on the border between Imo and Rivers State  told journalists on Monday that they are on their knees, begging the governor to urgently wade into the matter to forestall looming violence and bloodletting in their communities.

According to them the Herders are threatening to attack them based on a false allegation that  indigenes of the communities killed their cows.

,The distraught villagers declared that there was no iota of truth in the claim as the alleged incident did not happen in their communities but on an expressway linking Imo and Rivers State.

They also drew attention to the fact that there have never been a case of cow killing in their communities for the many decades Herders have being rearing their cattle in their area, even when they have regularly destroyed their farms in the process.

Members of the concerned communities Alatia, Ikem and Amala as well as indigenes of neighbouring communities of Alulu, Ntu, Oburu, Obokwe and Eziama who spoke to our correspondent  on fact finding visit to the area, described as blatant lie the claim that cows belonging to Herders were killed by indigenes of the communities being threatened.

The respondents who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that  Herders lost their cattle during a  clash between them and criminal elements that have made life unbearable and nightmarish for users of that road.

According to them there was a clash between the two groups sometime in October which resulted in casualties on both sides.

They,therefore, wondered why Fulani Herdsmen will suddenly turnaround to accuse people of the communities they are threatening of killing their cows, insisting that such is simply trying to give a dog a bad name in order to kill it.

Continuing, they argued that it was an open secret known by even security agencies that the Okpala/ Okehi Etche link road is a den of criminals and hoodlums who frequently carry out various criminal activities including armed robbery, rape and kidnappings on it, adding that their escapades have made the road dangerous and unsafe.

Our reporter gathered from them that like the hoodlums, Herders in the area have also been terrorizing the communities along the expressway as they are in the habit of allowing their cattle to destroy and eat crops of farmers.

 Beyond destroying farms, they,  Herders will equally threaten local farmers with death when they complain about their destructive actions, even as it was said that they recently carried out their threat with near killing of youth in Umuohie, Ngor a neighbouring community.

They dismissed in its entirety the allegation against the communities and also exonerated members of the IPOB saying those trying to drag IPOB into the matter are mischief makers trying to use that to whip up sentiments against the communities.

The people who said they have being having sleepless nights since the rumour of the plot to attack them filtered out, in a tears soaked voice appealed to the government to urgently intervene and thoroughly investigate the matter with a view to finding out the truth.

They also called on him to beef up security presence in the area to prevent the Herdsmen from attacking them.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Imo State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Orlando Ikoku, said the command has not received such report and advised the communities concerned to always report such matters to the police.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari

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Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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