Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the burning of a farm belonging to former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae.
Falae’s farm was attacked last Sunday by some suspected Fulani herdsmen who allegedly burnt over five hectares of the farm where oil palm tress and some cash crops were planted.
Atiku said in a statement by his media office yesterday that arson is a punishable offence under the law and that when the crime is aimed at destroying a private investment, it adds the additional penalty of economic sabotage.
“It is a reprehensible act of economic sabotage to wilfully set ablaze any person’s property and investments.
“As a statesman who has worked tirelessly for this country, Falae deserves a quiet and peaceful retirement and not this lot that has been characterised by kidnapping and other vices including this arson.”
Atiku urged the police and other relevant security agencies in the country to launch an investigation into the crime and ensure that the culprits are brought to book to serve as deterrent.
Meanwhile, elders of Akureland yesterday warned that another attack by herdsmen on farmers and residents in the entire land might lead to tribal crisis between the people of the community and the herders.
The warning was issued yesterday at the palace of the paramount ruler of the kingdom, Oba Aladelujsi Aladetoyinbo, was sequel but not limited to the incessant attacks on farmlands in the area.
The elders called on all security agencies in the state to protect the residents of the communities against the incessant attacks of the cattle herders on the farmers so that people would not be forced to resort to self help.
Reading the address of the elders to journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Asiwaju of Akureland and former Nigerian Ambassador to Australia, Prof. Olu Agbi, lamented the rate of attacks on the farms of many farmers in the state.
Agbi said there was a need for the government to be proactive about the activities of the cattle herders before it degenerated to a full-blown ethnic crisis.
“Since his (Falae) release and the conviction of the suspects, the farm of the senior citizen has been subject of attack by herdsmen. Apart from killing people in his farm, neighbouring farms have been subject of attack by these gun wielding herdsmen.
“The recent burning of Falae’s plantation by these same elements calls for worry. We call on the security agencies to protect the life and property of Falae.
“We are making this appeal not only because he is an Akure chief but to prevent tribal war as the Olu of Ilu Abo’s stature transcends Akure and Yorubaland.
“We warn the herdsmen not to create an opportunity for a civil war because any further attack on Falae or his farm would be deemed as casus-belly,” he said.
The elders also kicked against the proposal by the federal government for he creation of cattle colony in all states of the federation.
The elders declared that there was no land in the Akure kingdom for such colony.
“The word colony has political connotation not economic. A colony is a political entity which someone said he wants to create in the territory of another; that is a provocation; that is terrible thing for anybody to contemplate. I can tell you that Akure does not have land to be colonised.
“Akure kingdom welcome genuine farmers and agriculture entrepreneur who want to invest in any form of farming including animal husbandry. But we did not have land for colony.
“We did not find our father as slaves and let us say that we have the capacity to defend our lands against Fulani herdsmen invasion, the elders declared,” he said.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Zamfara APC’s Request For Judgment’s Review
The Supreme Court has dismissed the application by the Abdulaziz Yari faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its May 24, 2019 judgment in the intra-party dispute in the Zamfara APC.
In a majority ruling on Friday, four members of a five-member panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, dismissed the application on the grounds that it was without merit.
Justice Inyang Okoro, in the lead judgment, held that the ruling was a gross abuse of the process of the court.
Justice Okoro proceeded to award cost of N2million against the applicant.
In a dissenting judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the court ought to have reviewed the judgment by setting aside the consequential order which made the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the ultimate beneficiary of the intra-party crisis in the Zamfara APC.
Justice Nweze noted that the Supreme Court has reviewed its decision before and should be bold enough to admit where there are errors that ought to be rectified.
He dismissed the objection raised by the respondents, upheld the application and granted the prayers sought.
BREAKING: Bauchi Governor In Self-Isolation After Contact With Atiku’s Son
Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed is now in self-isolation over fears of contracting coronavirus after his contact with the son of Atiku Abubakar, the state’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu said.
Atiku made a public disclosure via Twitter on Sunday evening about his son testing positive to the pandemic.
Reactions, mostly sympathies, have trailed the announcement since although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, is yet to acknowledge the development.
Through his Twitter handle this afternoon, Dr. Salihu explained that Governor Mohammed, alongside his entourage, met with the Vice President’s son while on flight from Lagos to Abuja.
He added that they all have also taken test and are expecting the result as at the time of this report.
The tweet reads:
“Our Governor Bala Mohammed in self isolation following contact with Atiku Abubakar’s Son. Yes. We were on the same flight from Lagos to Abuja. They shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. The Gov and the rest of us have taken tests. The results will be negative in sha Allah.”
So far, NCDC has confirmed 36 cases of Coronavirus from Abuja, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, and Oyo states and one death.
My Achievements In One Year Will Shock Imo People — Uzodinma
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, says that he will shock the people of the state with breathtaking achievements in the next 12 months of his administration.
He said that his policies will change the landscape of the state and make the people rejoice over his election as the state governor.
Governor Uzodinma made this solemn promise during a church service in honour of the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe last Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Uzoagba Ikeduru LGA of Imo state.
He asked that people do not judge him by the records of past leaders of the state rather with what he is able to do with his mandate as governor.
“Within the next 12 months, you will see a great difference. My government will shock you with breathtaking achievements that will change Imo State for good,” the governor boasted.
“You will be happy that you elected me your governor and you will know that my mandate is destined by God.”
However, he enjoined the people of the state to give his government all the necessary support, admitting that he cannot succeed without the support of the church and the people.
Concluding, he added that Imo people should see his mandate as one ordained by God and be rest assured that he will not fail them
Meanwhile, he has reassured the people of his government’s readiness to battle the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, asking them not to entertain fear.
The Governor attended the church program in company of his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku and other government functionaries.
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