The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it arrested three herdsmen for allegedly killing one Peter Edem Asuquo, farmer.
The deceased was allegedly stabbed to death in his farm last month at Shelter Afrique Extension Afaha Atai village in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area of the state by the herders.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko MacDon, a Superintendent of Police, mentioned Shehu Ule, Aliyu Umar and Neusa Adamu as the alleged killers.
The police spokesperson said the commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal gave the order for the arrest of the herders following a report from one Ime Aman Essien
MacDon said that the CP while sympathizing with the family of the slain farmer had gone a step further to broker a truce between Fulani herdsmen and the deceased family.
“To further enhance peaceful coexistence and prevent any break down of law and order, the Commissioner of Police, on Monday, 2nd December, 2019, held a peace meeting in his office with the following persons in attendance; Ette Idung Etim Edet, who is the Traditional Leader and Head of Afaha Atai, Alhaji Mustapha Gurama, who is the Chairman of the Fulani Community.
“The brother of the deceased, Mr Eyong Edem, was also in attendance, including the Village Council Chairman, Mr Ita Ekpo. Others were members of the Vigilante, the DPO of Shelter Arique Division and other leaders of thought.
“While the CP sympathised with the family of the deceased for the avoidable loss, he implored, and retained therefrom, the assurances of stakeholders present in the meeting to maintain the peace and avoid a breakdown of law and order while also assuring them that the perpetrators will be charged to court immediately.
“He further reiterated his commitment to the protection of lives and property in every part of Akwa Ibom State and warned criminal elements to steer clear of the State forthwith as the Command will leave no stone unturned in clamping down on every form of criminality”, the statement said.
My People Are Being Killed And Raped By Bandits — Sen. Sani Laments
Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, the lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial district in the red chamber has cried out over the coordinated attacks residents of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have suffered in the last few days.
The Senator behind the controversial social media bill, said the people of Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, Makera and Dnalagwa were killed, raped and abducted by bandits who invaded the villages.
Senator Sani who cried out to President Buhari over the attacks, said villages like Tunga and Adunu were not spared either as the gunmen carried out murderous attacks with no security operative in sight.
His statement read;
“My people are under siege, innocent families have been displaced, killed, raped, kidnapped and community members straddled in a state of despair. As the attacks continued more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succour comes their way.
“It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger. For months now, most local governments in Niger East have been under the menacing grip of bandits with no succour insight.
“We are again calling on Mr President and all the security Chiefs to come to our aid without further delay as the people risk continued attacks from these ungodly killers.”
“The National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant authorities were also urged to come to the aid of the people of the affected communities.”
11 Killed, 4 Women Kidnapped As Bandits Raid Niger Communities
11 persons have been killed and four women kidnapped as gunmen attacked five communities in Shiroro local government area.
Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala Makera and Dnalgwa communities were attacked in the early hours of Saturday.
The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to carry out their activities.
The attack is coming barely one week after eight communities were sacked by bandits in the same Shiroro local government where a village head and 16 others were killed.
One of the victims of the attack, Saidu Yisa, said that two of his wives were raped by four of the bandits in his presence before he was shot at a close range.
The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District Alhaji Sani Musa confirmed the latest attack saying that the situation is getting out of hand.
The Senator lamented the incessant killings and called the federal government and security agencies to up their strategies.
“As the attacks continued, more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succor seems to be coming their way. It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger,” he said.
Why EFCC Rejects Petitions — Magu
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Saturday, January 25, 2020, shed light on why some petitions sent to the anti-graft agency are returned.
According to him, every petition received by the commission passes through the Screening Committee who considers the content and determine whether it falls within the scope of its constitutional mandate.
The EFCC chairman made the explanation while featuring on “Talk Radio”, a morning programme of the Ibadan-based Inspiration 100.5 FM.
“Before we commence investigations on any petition, we give them to the Screening Committee for review. The committee will look at the content and advise accordingly on what to do.
“If it is something we should handle, we launch into action. If not, we guide the petitioner on the appropriate place to take it to,” he said.