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Group Urges Buhari to Rebuild Communities Wrecked by Herdsmen- Farmers Crises, Not Ruga.

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A non- profit organization, the Greater Restoration Initiative (GRI), has condemned what it called the land grab initiative by the federal government in the name of building Ruga or Fulani settler communities in all the 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT with tax payers money.

The group wondered why the pilot phase which would be implemented in 12 states has “surreptitiously” commenced without consultation with the states or local communities concerned.

“We note the latent deceit laced in the policy, which is why the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development refused to brief the country before it commenced implementation of the so-called National Lifestock Transformation Plan being supervised by the Office of the Vice President.

“We note the Vice President’s disclaimer on the Ruga initiative. He however wasn’t enough to explain who is supervising it and why?” GRI said in a statement in Abuja signed by its leader, Mr James Mozeh.

The Ruga policy, it noted was criminal as it violated the Land Use Act which spelt out unambiguously where the control of land resource is vested. It also violates the foundamental human rights of the locals who traditionally own those lands, as the state governments only hold the land in trust for them as per the Land Use Act. It’s disheartening that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, a Professor of Law, who recommended the Ruga has decided to protect his political career rather than speak for the truth and the rule of law.

“It’s also becoming increasingly worrisome that President Buhari who prides himself as Mr. intergrity will supervise and endorse illegality just because his kinsmen are the beneficiaries. Indeed posterity has an unkind place for nepotic and ethnic irredentist leaders.

“It is disheartening that in excess 500,000 Benue citizens and millions across the country, are displaced and living in unhabitable temporal shelters without any significant support from the federal government. Rather than resettle them, the president is more concerned about building homes for his kinsmen across the country.”

According to the group, the law – abiding sedentary farmers had suffered several attacks from Fulani herders who now occupy some of their ancestral lands.

GRI also recall that during the Vice President’s visit to Benue state at the wake of sustained Fulani herdsmen attacks on Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Kogi states villages, he promised the FG will provide N10bn in support to the affected communities to enable them rebuild their communities and return to their lives. Till date, nothing has been done about it and the federal government hasn’t helped any community rebuild. Yet the FG has set aside over N2.26 billion in tax payers money to forcefully build settlements for Fulani herders. Are the Fulanis more Nigerian than the rest over 400 tribes in Nigeria?

“We at GRI completely oppose the Ruga policy, we oppose the cattle colony, grazing route or grazing reserve initiatives. They are not only archaic but will further deepen the crisis that has already claimed thousands of lives across the country. Should the government forcefully choose to implement this anti-native settlers policies, the president should know he will be held responsible for any unrest associated with it,” the statement said.

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Rivers Assembly Screens, Confirms Eight Commissioner Designates

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The Victor Oko-Jumbo-led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Tuesday screened and confirmed eight nominees for possible appointment as commissioners in the state.

Reports says that the screening took place at the temporary legislative chambers located within the state Government House.

The Oko-Jumbo-led three-member legislature is loyal to the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

The commissioner designates are to fill some of the vacancies created by the recent resignation of nine commissioners loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike.

During the sitting, Oko-Jumbo read the correspondence from the governor, requesting the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He expressed the assembly’s commitment towards supporting the governor to provide democracy dividends to Rivers people.

The factional speaker said that the screening was part of the assembly’s responsibility in the governance of the state

Responding, the House Leader, Mr Sokari Good-boy and Deputy Speaker, Adolphus Timothy, unanimously adopted the request.

They said that most of the nominees had previously served the state at various capacities without blemish.

The commissioner designates include, Mr Charles Bakee, Mr Collins Onunwo, Dr Peter Medee and Mr Elloka Amadi,

Others are, Mr Basoene Benibo, Mr Sydney Gbara, Dr Ovy Chukwuma and Mr Solomon Eke.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Defrauding Thai Citizen of $216,000, N30m

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Police in Lagos State have arrested a suspect, Chimereze Chinedu, for allegedly defrauding a citizen of Thailand of $216,000 (₦317,725,271) and N30 million.

Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a post he shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle @benHundeyin on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID).

“Chinedu defrauded his victim under the pretense of selling 37 tricycles to her.

“He further expanded his fraudulent activity by forging letters of SCID, Lagos, showing that the tricycles were seized by the police and further extorted N30 million from the victim to purportedly secure the release of the tricycles,” he said.

The image maker said that the suspect was arrested on May 10 in Enugu State following weeks of diligent investigation and technical support from the International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL)

The spokesman said that the suspect was currently in detention, as investigations continued to uncover details towards identifying and apprehending his accomplices.

According to Hundeyin, the Lagos State Command remains steadfast in its commitment to combating internet fraud and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. (NAN)

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Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers not Proven Effective, Says UNODC

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the move by the Nigerian Senate to impose death penalty for drug trafficking offenders would not yield the desired result.

UNODC Country Representative, Oliver Stolpe, said this at a two-day Media Personnel Training organised in collaboration with NDLEA and other partners on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that the training is centered on Anti -Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime and Sensitisation on Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Care, (DPTC).

“Our stance as UN is clear on the death penalty we are principally and categorically against it. And from a very practical viewpoint, I have to say, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stolpe maintained that the UN had always advocated for clear distinction between crimes of drug trafficking as opposed to the issue of drug use.

He said that it was always considered primarily to be a health issue saying that it should be dealt with as such.

According to him, addiction is a health condition, it is not a choice.”

On the need for an updated drug data for Nigerians, Stolpe observed that the current national drug survey for Nigeria was last done six years ago, (2018), and therefore does not reflect the current situation for Nigeria.

He said “the drug use survey of 2018 remains as far as I can tell the most cited study in the media.

“This data is outdated and I think a very critical question that media could ask at that point is really well, how can we still refer to 2018 data to describe today’s levels of drug use?

Stolpe enjoined the media to keep the good work while ensuring that information were disseminated efficiently and effectively. NAN)

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