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Osinbajo, Benue, Ebonyi Governors Meet on Boundary Demarcation

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Following the continued killings in Agila, Benue State and Ngbo in Ebonyi state, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Monday, met with Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State Eric Kelechi Igwe to put an end to the decades long crisis between the neighbouring communities.

The meeting which was held behind closed-door had in attendance the Acting Director General of National Boundary Commission, Adaji Adamu, concluded on how the boundary would be demarcated.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, governor Ortom said that far-reaching decisions which would address the perennial crisis were taken.

According to him, the meeting was at the instance of the Vice President to discuss the lingering problem between Benue and Ebonyi states particularly between Agila in Benue State and Ngbo in Ebonyi State.

 

He said, ”it’s a boundary crisis because we are talking about two states. We should know the limits of each state.

”We are also here with Deputy Governor-elect for Ebonyi State, Eric Kelechi Igwe, the Acting Director-General of National Boundary Commission Adaji Adamu and we have taken far-reaching decisions to ensure that we demarcate the boundary between these two states so that we can hold our people responsible.”

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The Benue State governor explained that given the present situation, it was difficult to identify the criminal elements who have been creating tension and most of the problems.

Ortom expressed confidence that very soon the boundary commission would be coming out with a programme that both Benue and Ebonyi would team up together to provide the necessary logistics and security to ensure that the boundary was demarcated.

On Tiv-Jukun crisis in Taraba, the governor said, he knew that there was a spillover adding that the crisis was largely Tiv and Jukum in Taraba.  

“I have Jukun in Benue state. We are not fighting. There were issues in the past and I decided to set up a judicial commission of enquiry which is still sitting to look at the remote and immediate causes of this strife so that we will find a lasting solution to it. 

“This other one is more of a problem in Taraba but because there are TIV people in Benue and we are talking about Tiv people so each time people are displaced some run back to Benue so that’s the spirit of it. 

“But I think that the governor of Taraba state is doing well. Recently they met and agreed that there should be ceasefire even though I saw in the press that there were some Issues with that peace agreement. 

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“But each time there is effort to try to solve the problems, criminal elements will come in. I think that the steps that the governor took by inviting two sides – both the Tiv and the Jukun to sit together and find how they can resolve this matter is the best approach. Once that problem is sorted out in Taraba state we will not have anything in Benue state,” the governor said.

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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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