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Fulani Herdsmen Report Benue Govt To Buhari Over Ban On Open Grazing

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The Cattle Breeders in Nasarawa State have called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent a looming crisis following the open grazing ban by the Benue State government.

The Nasarawa state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said the enforcement of the open grazing prohibition law by the Benue state government will affect the migration of Fulani herdsmen into communities sharing borders with Benue and may lead to crisis.

According to the Chairman of the association, Muhammad Hussaini, “We are sensitising our Fulani people how to live in peace and not disturb people’s crops. We advise our leaders of the Miyetti Allah in most of the local government areas to see that the crops for farmers are not destroyed.”

“With the implementation of the grazing law, we are appealing to the Federal Government to look into this law so that Benue State should revisit that law. We want peace, we don’t want this international cattle road to be blocked, that is our worry.

“Some herdsmen are coming from the northern part of Nigeria and passing to Enugu, Abakaliki, Cross Rivers, Anambra and they will pass through Benue and if the international cattle road is blocked, we will have a problem,” he said.

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18 Comments

  1. EMEKA DON ODIMGBE

    November 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    NIGERIA IS ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHO WANTS TO REMAIN LIKE CAVE MEN…THERE SHOULD NEVER GOING TO BE OPEN GRAZING. PUT YOUR CATTLE’S IN A TRAILER TO THE FINAL DESTINATION.DO NOT GROW YOUR COWS FAT WITH PEOPLES CROPS. WHY IS YOU GUYS ALWAYS WANT THINGS IN YOUR OWN WAY?

  2. Chinyere Eze

    November 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Reported can never save them

  3. Chris John

    November 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    A tribe that cannot survive independently

  4. Christopher Ochini

    November 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Patron

  5. Chibuzo Amadi

    November 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Reporting to their patron.

  6. Ugwu Brendan Onyebuchi

    November 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Hahahaha,trash.

  7. Nnanna Eze

    November 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Since these foolani herdsmen are like animals you shld start eating them like bushmeats till they disappear just like dt.

  8. Ikhienarolor Felix Oseghale

    November 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Wot would buhari do? Sick people.

  9. Maco Dejili

    November 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This animals when you kill do you write buhari idiots

  10. Judith Aviva

    November 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    So this man can talk now right because of the Ban. No problem we’re all watching and waiting to hear from Buhari hence the APC government don’t value lives

  11. Joan Odiachi

    November 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

    They Can go to UN to Report , We are Sick and Tired of Fulani Herdsmen

  12. Afunwa Stephen Stephen

    November 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Foolishness..

  13. Pillar Gate

    November 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Benue na Fulani land,oya Buhari buy dem more AK47 to kill as usual,but nemesis will catch them up soon

  14. Lukpata Steven Ik

    November 6, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Thunder fire una animals

  15. Celestine Adigwe

    November 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Oya buhari give them go ahead to kill

  16. Prince Offorbuike Okwudilichukwu Chibuoke

    November 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Ok it means that Mr President tell you people to start killing our people .let mr president action in this issue.

  17. Prince Offorbuike Okwudilichukwu Chibuoke

    November 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    They are killers and terrorist

  18. Benjamin Nwanne

    November 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

    abeg isolate those terrorists

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Bill To Strip The President Of Powers To Order For Forfeiture Of Assets Of Accused Persons, Scales Second Reading

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A bill seeking to strip the president of the powers to order for forfeiture of assets of accused persons has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The discretionary power previously granted to the president to order for forfeiture of assets was on Thursday, July 2, transferred to the judges of a High Court.

The bill, which was passed in plenary, yesterday, July 2, is sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Ahmed Wase and is entitled “a bill for an act to amend the currency conversion (freezing orders) act cap. C.43, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to give discretionary powers to the judge of a High Court, to order forfeiture of assets of affected persons and for related matters.”

Presenting the bill, the deputy speaker said, “It is noteworthy that the provision for forfeiture in our laws is geared towards ensuring that persons found guilty of offenses do not benefit from the proceeds of those offences.”

He said the discretionary power previously granted to the president by the Principal Act is hereby being replaced by that of a High Court Judge to bring it in line with the spirit of the constitution.

Wase argued that the provision, which vest in the president the power to order forfeiture of property (both movable or immovable) “is not in spirit with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and hence the need for its amendment.

“Section 44 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) guarantees the fundamental right of individuals to movable and immovable properties, which shall not be deprived except in specified circumstances which include the ‘imposition of penalties or forfeiture for the breach of any law whether under any civil process or after conviction for an offence’. (S. 44 (2) (c).

“Mr Speaker, colleagues, it is our submission that such breach, can only be determined by the judge of a court and should never be at the discretion of the president.

“It is further noted that the discretion of the president to order the forfeiture of property of an accused person can be subjected to executive abuses and recklessness. Section 9 in the Principal Act does not provide any mechanism (whether legal or administrative) through which the President may exercise this power. Instead the power is left solely at the discretion of the President.

“In a country that has witnessed reckless abuse of political and administrative powers, it will be dangerous to allow such unchecked arrogation of powers to determine the forfeiture of a person’s properties.”

“Such discretion to be exercised by the president can be contrary to the natural doctrine of fair trial as it amounts to the executive being a prosecutor and a ‘Judge’ in its own case.

“This negates the spirit of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) specifies the conditions under which a person can be deprived of movable or immovable properties and that is: ‘under any civil or after conviction for an offence’ after a fair trial.

“The president cannot therefore, usurp the powers of the courts for such will run foul of the doctrine of Separation of Powers.

“Vesting in the president the power to make forfeiture order smack of the era of military dictatorship where the Head of State and Head of the Supreme Military Council and unilaterally order the forfeiture of properties of persons without recourse to any judicial mechanism. This cannot be allowed to exit in a democracy. I therefore urge you all to support this amendment bill.”

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NCDC Blames Youths For Rapid COVID-19 Spread In The Country

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has blamed youths for the rapid COVID-19 spread in the country.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director-General stated this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, July 2, in Abuja.

He said youths between the ages of 20 and 40 were responsible for the spread of COVID-19, while the majority of those who succumb to the killer disease are older people from 50 years and above.

He said, “As more people are infected across the world, you would have seen the numbers; it is increasingly obvious that transmission among younger people really, not children, but people aged between 20 and 40 as far as we know, are really driving the spread of this virus, but those that are bearing the brunt of it are people age 50 and above.

“Three out of five people who died from COVID-19 are 50 years and above; so we have to work harder, all of us collectively, to protect our elderly. We are on the verge of opening our airports, we have relaxed intercity travel.”

As of July 2, there are 27,110 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. 10,801 patients have been discharged and 616 deaths have been recorded.

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US COVID-19 Assistance To Nigeria Hits N15.5 Billion

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The United States’ COVID-19 emergency aid to Nigeria rose to 41.3 million dollars (N15.5 billion) as of Thursday, according to the Department of State.

This represents an additional 11.3 million dollars (N4.2 billion) compared with the 30 million dollars (N11.2 billion) assistance to Nigeria announced by the U.S. in May.

In a statement on Thursday, the department said the amount was part of a 1.3 billion dollar (N488.8 billion) COVID-19 aid so far announced by the government for 120 countries.

It gave a breakdown of Nigeria’s share to include 3.3 million dollars (N1.2 billion) for health assistance.

According to the statement, 34 million dollars (N12.7 billion) is meant for “humanitarian funding for risk-communications, water and sanitation, infection-prevention, coordination and emergency food assistance”.

It added that 4.1 million dollars or N1.5 billion is reserved for humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people, including internally displaced persons.

“This assistance joins more than 8.1 billion dollars (N3 trillion) in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years, including more than 5.2 billion dollars (N1.9 trillion) for health”, it said.

The department said the total 1.3 billion dollar package was in addition to not less than 100 billion dollars (N37.6 trillion) in global health funding by the U.S. in the last 10 years.

It added that the country had also dished out nearly 70 billion dollars (N26.3 trillion) in “overseas humanitarian assistance” within the period.

As of Tuesday, Nigeria had 26,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 603 deaths and 10,152 recoveries, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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