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Miyyeti Allah dares southern govs, threatens Ortom with lawsuit

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Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has threatened to stop its members from supplying cattle to the South should some governors carry out their planned eviction of the Fulani herders.

The Bauchi State branch of the association, which stated this, also threatened to sue the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, if he failed to withdraw statements he made against Fulani herders.

Chairman of MACBAN, Abubakar Sadiq, at a press conference in Bauchi, said, “Unless he immediately withdraws his statement, we will be left with no option other than legal means to clear the name of Fulani as an ethnic group.”

 

He said the persecution being faced by Fulani herders started with Benue’s anti-open grazing law.

Abubakar also said, “People must be fair to the Fulani race; they should not be branded as criminals. Government at all levels should create a conducive atmosphere for the Fulani and others to do their legitimate business without molestation and castigation. We are all Nigerians and must be treated equally as such.”

Governors Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Ortom had been trading words over the right of herdsmen to carry AK-47 rifles.

While Bala said herders carried AK-47 to protect themselves, Ortom challenged him for backing an “illegal” action.

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Niger gov returns, meets parents of abducted Tegina schoolchildren

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has met with the parents of the 136 students of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School, Tegina, who were abducted last month.

The governor had travelled abroad after the abduction, while his deputy coordinated the rescue operation.

Upon his return to the country, Bello launched a special vigilante to deal with gangs causing crisis within the state and proceeded to Tegina to see the parents of the abducted children.

The governor met with the parents of the victims and other stakeholders at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna.

He sympathised with them and promised that the state government was determined to rescue the children.

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Kebbi shuts seven schools after FGC students, teachers abduction

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Seven schools considered unsafe in Kebbi State have been shut indefinitely after last Thursday’s abduction of students and teachers of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri by bandits.

Chairman Kebbi chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Isah Arzika, stated this.

According to him, the shut schools are in vulnerable areas of the state believed to be soft targets of bandits.

He said the move was a proactive measure to further prevent recurrence of the FGC, Birnin Yauri’s incident.

Arzika said the state government had directed all principals to close any school considered not safe.

“Police and vigilante groups have since been deployed for monitoring and protection of schools,” he said.

He said all the proactive measures involved all stakeholders critical to safety of school environment.

“This is because principals are teachers, all the Directors at the Board are also teachers. It is the decision that we all took that is affecting us,” he stated.

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Troops rescue more abducted Kebbi school victims

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  • Abductors contact parents

The Nigerian troops have rescued three more students and a teacher who were among dozens of people kidnapped from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, last week.

This came as the abductors have contacted the parents and relations of the kidnapped people.

Members of Operation Hadarin Daji, with the support from the Air Force, rescued the four at Makuku in Kebbi, Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, said on Sunday.

That brings to 11 the total number of students and teachers rescued since the abduction last Thursday night.

The troops also killed one bandit and recovered nine motorcycles and four handsets from the fleeing kidnappers.

Although an unspecified number of teachers and students were abducted from the school, a total of three teachers and eight students have so far been rescued.

They were rescued on Friday and Saturday by the army, after a firefight with the kidnappers.

The army spokesman said additional troops had also been deployed to dominate the forest and deny the bandits freedom of action.

Meanwhile, Isah Arzika, Chairman of Kebbi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Isah Arzika, has said the abductors of students have contacted the parents.

He said the kidnappers contacted the parents of the students and the family members of other abductees to inform them that their children were in their custody.

He said the bandits did not demand ransom.

He, however, added that the bandits had not made any contact again after the rescue mission by security agencies.

He said, “Since the security agencies have swung into action on the bandits, we have not made fresh contact with the parents and relatives of the students and teachers still in their captivity.

“When we made our first contact two days ago, precisely on Thursday, they did not demand any ransom. Instead, they told the parents and relatives that they only wanted to establish contact with them and inform them that their children are with them.

“As I am talking to you, two of our teachers have regained their freedom. Already, seven schools on the frontline in that area have been closed and more will be closed if we realise the situation is not safe for the teachers and students.

“There was communication from them, but none of them asked for a kobo. They only said they wanted to establish contact that the abductees are in their custody.

“It was yesterday (Friday) that the security agencies swung on them and since then, there was no contact again.”

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