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Insecurity: Benue, Nasarawa Governors Meet, Okay Return of IDPs

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule
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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

In their quest to end recurring security challenges confronting the States, the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States met on Monday at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi. 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule led a high powered delegation including his deputy, Emmanuel Akave, traditional rulers and other top government functionaries to pay a first visit on his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.

The two governors discussed security issues especially as it concerns the possible return of peace to the various states and it’s boundary areas.

Abdullahi said the aim of the visit was to strengthen security ties and to ensure that the peace enjoyed between the boundary areas of Benue and Nasarawa was sustained. 

The Nasarawa Governor reminded the Benue people that “we are one and and same people” having lived together for a very long time.

 

“Our mission first and famous is to pay respect to our brothers and sisters in Benue. So on behalf of the people and government of nasarawa state we decided to come to Benue first to congratulate Governor Samuel Ortom on his re-election, secondly is an opportunity for us to be able to discuss issues of common interest including security, agriculture, border issues and to maintain the relationship and re-energize the fact that Nasarawa and Benue used to be one State. So what we did is to come and get that reunion so that we can go out together to understand we are common people.”

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He assured that all tribes living in Nasarawa including the Tiv will be protected. 

Governor Abdullahi said he has come to unite in work with the governor Samuel Ortom who he described as an ‘elder brother’ so as not to fight each other. 

He also maintained that for him, “no political indifference is worth the life of any citizen”.

The Nasarawa State governor said they were ever more than ready for the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) taking in Benue to return to their homes in Nasarawa.

“We are more than ready for all the IDPs to return home. For the past five months, we have not seen any banditry, we have not seen any communal clashes in our states and for that reason a lot of these people have already returned. If you go to Awe, Doma and the rest of these other places you will see clearly that people are living in peace. So this is a farming season and there is no better time than now to return home, ” he said 

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom promised that he and his counterpart will provide the needed leadership so that their people would live in peace. 

Ortom commended his Nasarawa State counterpart for initiating the move, noting that the meeting will not only strengthen security ties but economic fortunes of the two states.

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He said he was challenged by the initiative of his nasarawa counterpart, assuring of his government efforts to ensure that permanent peace was returned to their respective states. 

Ortom assured the Nasarawa government that his leadership will not habour any criminal at the expense of its neighbours, stressing that “boundaries were meant for administrative convenience and not for violence”

He expressed happiness with the efforts made by his counterpart to ensure that those who fled the State because of crisis returned to their ancestral homes. 

The meeting also had in attendance traditional rulers from the both states, with the three Senators representing the three senatorial districts in Benue  present.


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Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state. 

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.

 

Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.

 

Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. 

Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male. 

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Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.

“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN

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The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.

Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.

“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

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“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)

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