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Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018

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4—Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Vanguard, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2018—5 POCKET CARTOON SECURITY—From left: National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi; the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, discusssing after an expanded meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida. Our security solutions‘ll stand test of time —BUHARI Continues from Page 1 security agencies, including service chiefs, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari’s statement came at a time Agbekoya Farmers Association, AFA, vowed to deal with herdsmen, following last Saturday’s beheading of a 70-year-old farmer and injuring of his son in their farm at Iseyin, Oyo State. They also issued an ultimatum to all herdsmen in their land to leave immediately or face their wrath. Although there was no usual briefing of State House correspondents after the meeting, President Buhari, on his Twitter handle, said the government would implement solutions that would be acceptable anywhere. Security solutions The President’s post on his Twitter handle read thus: “Today (yesterday), I presided over a meeting of the security council. We fully understand the seriousness & urgency of Nigeria’s security issues, and are determined to implement carefully considered solutions that will not only earn the confidence of Nigerians, but also stand the test of time. “Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible intelligence. I am assuring that we will give them all the support needed to succeed. “Let me also assure that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, will be duly prosecuted. I urge judicial officers to be alive to responsibilities in this regard, to enable the speedy dispensation of justice.” The meeting, which was an enlarged one with heads of Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prisons Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, lasted about three hours at the State House, Abuja. At the meeting were the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and National Security Adviser, Majjor General Babagana Monguno, retd. Also in attendance were Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS; Lawal Daura; Director of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Abubakar, and Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The service chiefs at the meeting included Chief of Defence Staff; Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, and Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar. We'll deal with herdsmen our own way — Agbekoya Meanwhile, following the beheading of a 70- year-old farmer in Iseyin, Oyo State, the Agbekoya Farmers Association, AFA, has vowed to deal with herdsmen in their own way, if the federal and state governments failed to curb herdsmen’s activities. They also issued an ultimatum to all herdsmen in their lands to leave immediately. This came as the leader of Fulani in the South West, Alhaji Mohammed Bambado, and his counterpart at Oke-Ogun, Alhaji Bello, claimed that they had lost four of their men. Recall that a 70-year old farmer, identified as Mustapha, alias Baba Jeje, was beheaded on his farm by herdsmen, while his son, who was with him on the farm, was also said to have been injured by the herdsmen who destroyed crops in the farm. The farmer had since been buried according to Islamic injunctions. Speaking with Vanguard, President- General of Agbekoyas Worldwide, Kamoru Okiki Aremu, said the deceased was a gentle man who was very popular at Iseyin. Aremu warned that unless the Federal Government and Governor Abiola Ajimobi arrest and prosecute the culprits, the Agbekoyas would declare war on Continues on Page 40 Lekki toll increment (1) By Bose Adelaja, Bartholomew Madukwe & Frederick Okopie I consider it an unnecessary duplication of taxation. Multiple taxation is an oppressive policy that must be resisted by all well-meaning Nigerians. The common man that plies that route will suffer. The rich will not suffer because they have amassed so much wealth. Increasing the toll has led to an increase in transport fares. That is why I said the common man will suffer. It is obvious that it will not have adverse effects on the rich because they are not even speaking against it. *Mr. Ojukoko Lucas, Automobile dealer I don’t think it is right for them to increase the toll. What they would have done was to have extended the years of concession to get their money instead of the increment. There are motorists that ply the road up to six times daily. The increment means that they have to pay more than what they were paying. The company should be considerate at this period of recession. People have no jobs and many are not finding it easy to survive. Cosmos Asimegbe, Structural Engineer Prior to the time of the increment, they should have notified us Ṫhey just acted the way they did because Nigeria is not an organised society. I live in Lekki and most of the residents in Lekki don't have an alternative route to take. We now take the alternative route we know because of the high cost of transport fare. Now that they have increased the toll , more people will join us. It is unfair to expect me to pay more on transportation because of the policy of LCC. *Jeannifred Lucky, Trader The increment of Lekki toll has brought hardship to the good people of Eti-Osa. The decision was unilateral. Motorists plying the Lekki/Ajah Expressway and Lekki Link Bridge are not happy about this. That is why we protested on the platform of Eti-Osa Development Forum. We are demanding a downward review to N100. Dotun Hassan, Convener #OccupyLekkitollgate WE are in Nigeria where anything goes. Nigerians are to blame because they accept anything the government does. How can Lagos State Government allow such thing to happen without proper consultation with residents and stakeholders. The increase in the population of those residing along Ajah axis must have informed the increment. Sadly, transporters have increased transport fares. I am worried about the way the governments take us for a ride. *Michael Ogboru, Mechanical Engineer THERE is need for adequate information on the issues surrounding the hike. All over the world, paying toll is a common practice. In this part of the world, there is a culture of corruption where public funds are embezzled by public officials. That is why there is public anger. I think we have to create a balance between public obligations and public trust. We should make a clear distinction between those who want the toll scrapped and those who want it to be reduced. Obviously, we need a tax culture. *Feyisike Adeoye, NGO owner