EDO Dumps Grazing Reserve Bill After CAN’ Condemnation

The Edo State House of Assembly has dumped the bill seeking to establish an agency for nomadic cattle rearing and grazing in the state.

The resolution came about two weeks after the assembly held a two-day public hearing on the bill, which received condemnation from several groups, including the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

The state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, had also distanced himself from the bill, through the Solicitor General of the state, Mr. Wole Iyamu.
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The House explained that the real reason for discarding the bill became imperative after considering the findings and recommendation of the report on the bill by a committee of the whole presided over by the Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Mr. Henry Okhuorobor (Ikpoba-Okha, APC), disclosed that the committee received 54 oral and written petitions against the bill, with 12 findings and one recommendation.

Dan Masani Asked Me to Arrest Him after ’83 Coup- Abdulsalami

Former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has revealed how the late Maitama Sule submitted himself for arrest after the 1983 coup.

Abubakar, who was a Brigade Commander of the Army at the time, disclosed this when he paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday.

“I was at my office when Dan Masani (the deceased) came with his luggage. He looked at me and said ‘why should you leave me alone when you have arrested all my associates? I want you to arrest me so that you can unite me with my fellow politicians in Lagos’”, Abubakar said.

“So, you see the kind of struggle by people like late Dan Masani in order to unite Nigeria.”

Abubakar lamented that Nigeria has lost one of its heroes.

“We have indeed lost an irreplaceable figure. I call on Nigerians to pray hard for the repose of his soul,” he said.

He also conveyed condolences from another former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who could not make the trip because of his health condition.

“You know the health condition of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, that is why he has sent his condolence message through me. He condoles with you, the governor, the family of the deceased and the entire people of Kano state,” Abubakar added

Bindow Reshuffles Cabinet

Governor Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State has appointed his Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Jimeta, to supervise the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

This follows the deployment of the erstwhile Commissioner of Education, Keletapwa George, as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the State University, Mubi.

Mr. George’s appointment follows the decision of the state executive council to dissolve the board and management of the university on Wednesday.

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, in a statement said the acting vice chancellor was given a mandate to “immediately restore stability in the institution and put it on the path of progress.”

Lecturers at the university have been on strike since December 14, 2016.

They went on strike under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, alleging victimisation of union members, the reconstitution of the school management, non-implementation of payment of Earned Academic Allowances, promotion of staff which has not been done in the last 3 years, payment of pension, and the funding profile of the institution.
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Mr. Sajoh in his statement on Wednesday said “a new governing council for the university will be established within the shortest possible time.”

He also said as a natural consequence of the appointment of the education commissioner as acting vice chancellor, the commissioner for water resources, Julius Kadala, has been re-assigned to the ministry of education as commissioner; while, the commissioner for higher education, science and technology, Rufai Abubakar, moves to the ministry of water resources.

“In the interim, the Chief of Staff to His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba Jimeta, who was the pioneer commissioner of Higher Education has been directed to oversee the Ministry,” Mr. Sajoh said.

Mr. Sajoh said all the appointments are with immediate effect. He also asked the board and management of the state university to ensure a smooth and immediate handover to the new leadership.

Army Intercepts Terror Wives

The Army said on Wednesday it intercepted 37 people suspected to be wives and children of Boko Haram militants after they escaped from the insurgents’ custody.
A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said 30 escapees were intercepted on Tuesday at Gujba local government area of Yobe.
Usman said they comprised eight women and 22 children.
“On preliminary interrogation, the suspects claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ custody at Kafa and Abagajiri villages in Damboa local government area of Borno,’’ he said.

The army spokesman said the other seven persons that included women and children were intercepted on Tuesday at Kamuya in Yobe.
“They claimed that they escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout at Goropcha village, Damboa local government area of Borno.
“Both sets of escapees are currently being screened and profiled,’’ Usman said.

Police Confirm 27 Fulanis Killed in Southern Kaduna

The Police said on Wednesday calm has been restored to villages in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where 33 people died in clashes between villagers and Fulani.
A total of 27 Fulani people living in the area were killed by the villagers in two separate attacks, while six villagers died, the police said on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Mr Agyole Abeh, the Commissioner of Police in the state, said at a press briefing that the incident started on July 11, when some villagers attacked a Fulani boy and his father.

He said that the death of the boy later in a hospital, prompted some Fulani youth to attack the village where those who allegedly killed the boy hailed from and in the process six villagers died.
“The youths from the area immediately mobilised and went into the bush attacking and killing, maiming and burning any Fulani settlement within their sight.
“The police were contacted and immediately mobilized and went to the scene, but the youths had already fled into the surrounding bushes leaving behind a death toll of 26 Fulanis, which are mostly women and children.
“The injured were also recovered and taken to hospital where they are receiving treatment.
“Calm has been restored to the area and a joint police/military presence has been beefed up in the area to bring about lasting peace and restore confidence in the people of the community.”
The commissioner assured that the police would arrest and prosecute “those responsible for this dastardly and callous act.”
Abeh berated a section of the media for erroneous report of the incident, and advised practitioners to always authenticate their facts before going public, so as not to misinform and further escalate such clashes.
The command also paraded 57 suspected criminals arrested for alleged rape, armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms, kidnappings, cattle rustling, and theft.
The commissioner said six cars, arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects as investigation continues.