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14—Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Herdsmen kill father of two in Ekiti By Rotimi Ojomoyela A DO-EKITI—THERE was palpable tension in Ipao-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Sunday, as suspected herdsmen identified as Bororos allegedly killed a father of two, Olayemi Tunde, 32. Olayemi was reportedly killed yesterday afternoon while returning from his farm. Vanguard gathered that Olayemi, a commercial motorbike driver who also has a farm in the farm settlement in the Community had gone to his farm to harvest some cassava when he met his death. Narrating how the incident happened, Chairman of Ikole Local Government Area, Mrs. Abiola Ajayi, who briefed newsmen on the tragic development in a telephone conversation, said: ‘’The deceased was an Okada man who has a farm in the settlement. He had gone to his farm to harvest some cassava . He was with one other person. ‘’They were heading back to town from the farm and have loaded the motorbike with cassava when they saw some herdsmen coming towards them. The two of them were said to have been surprised at seeing the herdsmen. ‘’They said it was at that point that the herdsmen brought out their gun and the two farmers had to run. “ The Bororos were said to have pursued the two men and eventually got Olayemi who they massacred like a cow. “We have reported the matter to the nearest police station and the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, has since swung into action and sent two vehicles and they have gone to the scene of the murder to take the corpse and also commence investigation, “ she said. Head of the local hunters in the community, Adebayo Odeyemi, sounded very angry on the development, saying the hunters have declared war on the herdsmen and would not APC wins Kano council poll By AbdulSalam Muhammad KANO—IT was a landslide victory for the ruling All Progressive Congress weekend in Kano as it posted overwhelming victory over all comers during the local government election. The results announced by Kano State Independent Electoral Commission, KANSIEC, yesterday, declared the APC winner having swept all the 44 chairmanship and 484 councillorship seats. KANSIEC boss, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, disclosed that 25 political parties, including People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which featured one chairmanship candidate, participated in the council election. Professor Sheka said the exercise was rancour free and that there was no reported cases of violence across the state. Sheka said “security reports at our disposal during and after the council poll suggested that there allow such development to be repeated. “ We haven’t attacked any herdsman but they have killed one now and right now we will ensure they are not allowed to do this again. We are valiant men not cowards and we will face them this time around. They have massacred one of us mercilessly and this won’t happen again,’’ he said. ICC concludes preliminary investigation into Shiites massacre, continues probe of IPOB killings L AGOS—THE International Criminal Court is moving gradually towards prosecution of Nigerian officials involved in the December 2015 massacre of members of Islamic Movements of Nigeria. The office of the prosecutor at the war crimes tribunal, which reached its preliminary conclusion into the killings in December 2017, submitted its findings to the Federal Government and demanded explanations about the incident. The ICC said the attack on IMN members, which was carried out by the Nigerian Army and condemned by human rights voices across the world, violated international statutes on human rights. Also advancing at the ICC is its investigation into the gruesome rights abuses and killings of members of separatist Independent People of Biafra, IPOB. The group has come under repeated assault by the Nigerian security agencies since October 2015 when its leader Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by the State Security Service in Lagos. Mr. Kanu was later moved to Abuja where he had been standing trial until September 2017 when he disappeared following a military raid on his country home in Umuahia. The ICC has submitted its preliminary findings on the Shiites massacre to Attorney-General Abubakar Malami. The ICC prosecutors said they relied on the different channels of information, including the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government. The panel had found several Nigerian Army officers culpable in the killings and recommended them for prosecution, including Niyi Oyebade, a major-general who was the Grand Officer Commanding Nigerian Army 1 Division at the time. The IMN said it lost more than a thousand members in the attack that took place between December 12 and 14 at its headquarters in Zaria. A representative of the Kaduna State Government told the commission of inquiry that 347 bodies were handed over by the army for a secret mass burial. But despite the evidence, the army claimed it killed only seven Shiites who blocked a public road and attempted to assassinate its chief, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general. was no arrest made nor any violence recorded while the exercise lasted”. The Chairman who acknowledged the challenges that characterized the conduct of the election was quick to dismiss allegations of alleged irregularities. The Professor of economics however noted that the delay in the commencement of the election in almost all the polling units attributed the shortcomings to late arrival of sensitive materials ordered from China. Sheka explained that the commission had to settle for an alternative by contacting Ethopia Ambassador in Nigeria to facilitate the use of Ethiopian airlines to convey the last consignment of the electoral materials back to the country. The KANSIEC boss revealed that the commission received N600 million from the state government for the payment of 35,000 ad-hoc staff and 44 presiding officers engaged across the local councils. INEC begins continuous voters registration in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu A WKA—THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will commence the continuous voters registration, CVR at INEC offices in all the 21 local government areas and other designated centres in Anambra State today. The Head of Voter Education and INEC media and publicity secretary in Anambra State, Mr. Leo Ikedife, said in a statement in Awka weekend that the exercise would last from Monday to Friday between 9am- 3pm. According to the statement, eligible voters who had not registered during the previous registration exercises and those who just attained the age of 18 years should avail themselves the opportunity and get registered. It also urged those who had lost their permanent voters cards and those whose cards were defaced and spoiled or those with incorrect spellings and particulars to use the opportunity to correct such anomalies. Similarly, the statement continued, people who were transferred from where they registered before should visit the registration centers and have their data transferred to their new places of residence or work. The commission reminded members of the public that it was an electoral offence with stiff penalty to engage in double registration, adding that in line with section 9(5) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, registration of voters ends 60 days before the conduct of a general election. “All those who have registered before, but have not collected their permanent voters’ cards should visit INEC offices in all the twenty-one local government areas and collect their PVC’s as anyone without Permanent Voters Card (PVC), will not vote during the 2019 general election,” the statement further said.

Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018—15 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 INDUCTION: From left—Ozo Eze Agu; Prof. Ozo Gab Agu; Igwe Lawrence Ayalogu; Ozo Uchenna Onoh; and Ozo Ernest Agu, during the traditional induction ceremony of Ozo title holders at Ngwo community, Enugu State. Herdsmen attack: No cattle colony in Ebonyi, Governor Umahi insists • BIM warns South-East governors against providing any land for cattle colony •It's wrong to call Fulanis killers—Okorocha By Peter Okutu, Chimaobi Nwaiwu & Chinonso Alozie A BAKALIKI— GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State, weekend insisted that no part of the state would be given for establishment of cattle colony. This came as Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, warned South East Governors against providing any land for the proposed Cattle Colony in any state of South East, saying it would amount to putting Ndigbo under herdsmen siege. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, the Governor initiated measures to maintain peace between farmers and herdsmen across the state by engaging traditional rulers and leaders of Miyetti Allah in the area for the purposes of sustaining peace among the two groups. Uzor said the governor while addressing traditional rulers, presidents of town union and other stakeholders at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki used the occasion to reiterate his administration's resolve to sustain peace in all parts of the state, which he believed was a panacea to achieving lasting development for the people of the state. Part of the statement read: "The traditional rulers are not just custodians of culture and tradition but also part of peace building. They must ensure peace in their localities by first of all identifying the people living in their communities especially the herdsmen. No herdsman is allowed to graze their cattle on our lands and in an event of that, the herdsmen pay the double value of crops damaged and on repeat of such, the herdsmen will be forced to leave the community. "The cows are dear to the herdsmen same way the crops are dear to the farmers, most especially our belief in sanctity of human life which has been wasted on some areas in the country. "To ensure security and safety of our people and herdsmen who have lived peacefully with us all these years without problem and to ensure there is no infiltration of killer herdsmen from neighbouring states and countries, traditional rulers are to collate data on herdsmen operating in their communities across the state for easy identification and maintenance of peace. The data should include herdsmen's names, location and contact phone numbers of their leaders. "Traditional rulers should hold constant meetings with the herdsmen so that they can identify those from Niger Republic and other areas that foment trouble. "Governor Umahi is a member of the Presidential Committee headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to reconcile and ensure peace between the farmers and herdsmen across the country and he is doing everything within the armbit of the law to ensure peace in his own state as charity begins at home." BIM warns governors against cattle colony Meanwhile, BIM has vowed to resist any attempt by any South-East governor to provide land for cattle colony. BIM made its position known in a statement titled, “Biafra Independent Movement Says No to Cattle Colony in South-East and Any Biafra Land,” issued by its Anambra North Coordinator, Chief Vincent Iloh. The group said: “Providing land for the Nigerian Federal Government proposed ‘Cattle Colony’ will be tantamount to putting Biafrans under herdsmen siege and perpetual enslavement of Biafra people of Igbo land. The herdsmen have been terrorising the people of South East and other states of Nigeria, when they have no place called their own in such states. One will then imagine what they will do when lands are provided for them for establishing Cattle Colony. Only God will save the people of the state where they will be occupying. “Giving them Cattle Colony will amount to giving them take off point for unleashing more terror on Nigerians. We are waiting for the South East governor that will provide land for the proposed cattle colony; we will make such governor realise that he did not elect himself. We will resist such a governor with our lives. We will not keep quiet, while the lives of our people are put into jeopardy. No South East Governor will have his way in providing such land for killing our people and putting them in perpetual fear over their lives." It's wrong to call Fulanis killers— Okorocha Governor Rochas Okorocha, said, yesterday that it would be wrong for anybody to link the Fulanis to the killings by herdsmen in the country. Okorocha defended the Fulanis, when members of Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim led by its Supreme Head, the Prelate His Eminence Solomon Alao, visited him at the Government House, Owerri, as stated in a release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo. On whether the Imo State Government has created a cattle colony, proposed by the Federal Government, Okorocha, said there was a cattle market in the state and not a cattle colony, stating that the state government encouraged indigenes to go into cattle business because it was lucrative and that government would continue to support them with provision of ranches. The governor also said it was absolutely wrong to associate the Fulanis with the killer-herdsmen, explaining that the herdsmen who kill should be treated as criminals, and should not be used to stigmatise the Fulanis, whose men and women had largely contributed to nation-building. "The fact remains that no one in this country has the right to take another person’s life in whatever disguise. For herdsmen to kill anybody is not right and that must be condemned," he stated. Innoson appeals bench warrant for his arrest By Innocent Anaba L A G O S — INDUSTRIALIST and Chairman of Innoson Group, Innocent Chukwuma, has appealed the decision of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, ordering his arrest and presentation before it, following a charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Justice Mojisola Dada of the High Court had on Friday issued a bench warrant on the businessman for his failure to appear for arraignment before the court. The EFCC had preferred charges against Mr. Chukwuma and his company over allegations of fraud and forgery. Mr. Chukwuma was, however, not in court for arraignment. Following application by counsel to the anti-graft agency, Justice Justice Dada ruled that Chukwuma should be arrested and kept in custody a day before the next adjournment and be produced on the adjourned date of arraignment, March 14. However, in an appeal lodged at the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, Chukwuma is seeking the stay of the high court decision and issuance of the bench warrant. Mr. Chukwuma has also applied to the Lagos State High Court for stay of execution of the order pending determination of the appeal. Mr J.N. Mbadugha, counsel to Mr. Chukwuma, had during the court proceedings on February 9, before Justice Dada of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, raised an objection to the court that there was a motion pending at the Court of Appeal to stay commencement of proceedings and execution of the court’s order of January 17. He questioned the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter. Mbadugha also called the attention of the court to the motions pending in the matter, at various courts, informing the court that the 3rd defendant had not been served and as such, the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter. Mbadugha consequently asked the appellate court to set aside the decision of the lower court and the bench warrant for the arrest of Mr. Chukwuma issued by the judge. Play active roles in politics, Ortom urges christians M AKURDI— GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged Christians to develop interest and participate actively in politics to have a say in what happens around them. He stated this yesterday at the maiden special thanksgiving service for him organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Benue province three, Makurdi. The governor said without being actively involved and having a Permanent Voters Card, PVC, there would be no need to talk about bad or good governance, stressing that to have a voice was to be armed with what could make one to vote for a preferred candidate. Governor Ortom said open grazing could not coexist with crop farming in the state, because they conflict with each other and that would negatively affect the economy of the state, which largely dependends on agriculture. While advising Benue people against reprisal attacks against those who invaded the state he urged them to report information about impending attacks to security agents and also pray for God to fight the remaining part of the battle. The Governor also stated that those who found themselves wrongly on the payroll of the state had been removed while regular payment of salaries had commenced with effect from January 2018, adding that complaints arising from illegal deductions were being handled. In a homily taken from the Book of Lamentations, Pastor Ayoola Adeyanju, Regional Evangelist, RCCG, Region 19, Lagos who preached on the theme: "Great is thy Faithfulness," and prayed God to destroy the enemies of the state, stressing that those who love God passionately were bound to enjoy His faithfulness. Prayers were offered for Ortom and his family, as well as the government and people of the state for victory against the invasion of Benue land while the wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Eunice Ortom took the scripture reading.