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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Gumi: It’s Easier To Meet Bandits Than Buhari

Gumi: It’s Easier To Meet Bandits Than Buhari

 Sheik Ahmad Gumi, respected Islamic Cleric, says it is easier to meet with bandits that President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesman of Northern Elders’ Forum, Gumi told stakeholders in the region that he had made fruitless efforts to meet with the president over the rising insecurity.

The cleric has been on a peace mission to stronghold of bandits in a bid to find solution to banditry.

“Today Sheikh Dr Abubakar Gumi told Northern Peoples Summit in Kaduna how he spent months meeting bandits, and many more months on fruitless efforts to meet and advise President Buhari on how to tackle the scourge. He said it is much easier to meet bandits than meet the President,” Baba-Ahmed tweeted.

Baba-Ahmed’s tweet sparked some reactions but the outspoken critic of the current administration justified his post.

Tweeting @ Vincentita1, one Vincent wrote: “Gumi’s position on ending banditry is known already. Must Gumi meet with the President directly before offering his advise?”

To which Baba-Ahmed replied, “How can I argue with someone who knows so much about security matters and how they can or should be handled? All I know is that Gumi was a Colonel in the Army, and may have have stumbled on info and ideas that will only be useful if given directly to the President. What do I know?”

Mustapha Hadi, another Twitter user, said, “Can Dr. Ahmad Gumi Submit his proposal to the defense minister then?”

But Baba-Ahmed responded, “Minister of Defence has no autonomy or independence from President ,C-In-C who takes final decisions on security policy, Sir.”

Tweeting with the account, @achamaja_irene, one Irene asked: “Sir, my own question is, how did “Sheikh Dr” Gumi move from preaching to Fulani herders to negotiating with bandits? Ba ku tambaye shi ba?”

And he responded: “We did. There really is not much difference to the two roles. He was preaching to bandits, not Fulani herders. There is a difference.”

Buhari has rejected Gumi’s recommendation of granting amnesty to bandits for peace to reign

Davido Visits Governor Dapo Abiodun In Ogun

Davido Visits Governor Dapo Abiodun In Ogun

The governor shared the photos on his official social media page, while the DMW label boss also shared the governor’s his Instagram story.

Sharing the photos, governor Dapo Abiodun wrote, ” This evening, I received @davido; a superstar songwriter, singer and producer, in my office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.”

Davido had earlier attended a wedding in Abeokuta where he gifted gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele the sum of N1 million.

Abducted Imo Monarch, Cabinet Members Released By Kidnappers

Abducted Imo Monarch, Cabinet Members Released By Kidnappers

 The Umueze Nguru autonomous community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State was on Saturday morning thrown into celebration following return of its traditional ruler, Eze Charles Iroegbu, who was kidnapped last Wednesday.

The popular monarch, who is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of All States Mass Transit, was kidnapped alongside five cabinet chiefs and two palace guards.

They were kidnapped at Seven and Half Junction along Umuahia-Anara-Orlu Road, after attending a traditional wedding ceremony in Ehime Mbano LGA.

They were in three vehicles heading back to the kingdom when the gun-wielding men waylaid them and diverted their movement.

The kidnap of the monarch heightened tension in the state following a spate of insecurity.

The community lived in fear and apprehension as their abductors refused to establish communication with the royal family or anybody in the kingdom.

But reprieve came on Saturday morning as the monarch, his five cabinet chiefs and two palace guards were freed.

A source in the palace confided in The Nation Saturday the entire community was “jubilating over the safe return of his Royal Majesty, the cabinet chiefs and the two palace guards.

The source said: “Go and tell it to the whole world, my king, our king, the symbol of authority in our kingdom has been released.

“His cabinet chiefs and two palace guards who were kidnapped alongside with him on Wednesday were also freed by the kidnappers. They returned to the kingdom this morning.”

Imo police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he could not confirm the release of the kidnap victims. 

Ben Bruce Purchases Multi Million Naira Electric Car In USA

Ben Bruce Purchases Multi Million Naira Electric Car In USA

 Silverbird Group founder Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has made a deposit for a multimillion Naira electric car in the USA. 

This was his post on the purchase 

"In practising what I preach, I recently put a deposit on this yet to be manufactured Lucid Electric Car. Delivery is early next year. It’s capable of more miles per charge than a Tesla. An amazing machine. Nigeria should ban all combustion Engine cars by 2035. #ClimateAction"

The news has generated several positive and negative reactions by Nigerians on his wall 

He did not State the cost of the vehicle 

Breaking : Popular Nollywood Star Bruno Iwuoha Is Dead

Breaking : Popular Nollywood Star Bruno Iwuoha Is Dead

 Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Iwuoha has been confirmed dead.

Bruno died after battling with diabetes for years.

His painful death was made known by  close associates and filmmaker, Derik Zai who revealed that the actor died at the National Hospital, Abuja.

According to him, Chief Bruno has been in coma for about 3 weeks, and everything done to stabilize him couldn’t bring him back to life.

His remains has been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

His family members is yet to put out official notice and announce his burial arrangements.

Bruno Iwuoha’s death is coming weeks after Nollywood lost veteran actor, Sadiq Daba.

who  died on Wednesday, March 4 at a Lagos hospital.

Sadiq Daba’s last movie appearance was in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Citation’ which was released in October 2020.

The ace broadcaster had gone public with his illness in November 2017.when he revealed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Captain And 10 Soldiers Killed By Criminals In Benue Were Burnt Beyond Recognition...DHQ

Captain And 10 Soldiers Killed By Criminals In Benue Were Burnt Beyond Recognition...DHQ

 The Defence Headquarters has said a captain and 10 soldiers killed by criminals in the Bonta, Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State, on Monday were burnt beyond recognition by bandits allegedly aided by youths from the community.

It said the attackers also went away with the slain troops’ weapons and ammunition.

The DHQ explained that military reinforcements dispatched to Bonta the following morning also came under attack from close to 500 armed youths who had fully occupied Bonta community.

In a statement on Friday by the acting Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the military said Konshisha leaders must present the attackers to security forces and also return all the stolen weapons.

It said, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to state that soldiers deployed to Konshisha displayed commendable restraints by adhering to the rules of engagement in the face of unprovoked attacks and therefore deserve accolades.

“In addition to the return of all carted-away weapons, the local leaders of Konshisha must bring the main actors responsible for the mayhem to security forces to face justice. They must also surrender all other weapons in their possession. The military will not tolerate the jungle justice attitude and dastardly acts leading to the gruesome murder of patriotic soldiers on legitimate duty to  keep the peace.”

According to the DHQ, the sheer number of youths involved in the attacks suggests that the bandits were joined by hoodlums   from other parts of Konshisha LGA.

Tracing the root of the crisis in the area, the DHQ disclosed that there had been incessant communal clashes between the people of Konshisha and Oju over boundary demarcation.

Explaining how the troops were killed, the DHQ said, “All along, 72 Special Forces Battalion has troops deployed on the Oju side of the boundary and troops of the Battalion were on their way to replenish their colleagues on 5 April, 2021, when they were attacked by armed bandits at Bonta in Konshisha.

“The troops, who were under the command of a captain, were seized at a checkpoint mounted by the so-called ‘Bonta Boys’ and taken into Konshisha Forest where they were all brutally murdered. Not satisfied with killing the soldiers, the bandits proceeded to burn all the 11 soldiers and their officer beyond recognition while their weapons and ammunition were carted away.

“Military reinforcements were dispatched to Bonta the following morning. Unfortunately, the reinforcement also came under attack from close to 500 armed youths, who, by this time, had fully occupied Bonta. The sheer number of youths involved in the attacks suggests that the armed bandits could not have been from Bonta alone, but were joined by bandits from other parts of Konshisha LGA.

“The military repelled the attack after more than four hours of intense fighting during which military helicopter provided close air support to ground troops. Ten armed bandits were killed during the fight with the rifle of one of the killed-in-action soldiers recovered from the bandits who fell casualty during the exchange of fire.”

Soldiers set communities on fire

Following the killing, the military has intensified air and land surveillance in the troubled area to recover arms seized from military personnel by local militias.

It was reliably gathered that leaders in the council area, who admitted that the local militias actually killed the soldiers, had promised to help the military recover the arms seized from the soldiers latest by Thursday evening.

As a result, some communities in the area had been reportedly torched by soldiers.

Some of the villages reportedly destroyed by the military included Bonta, Tse-Anyom, Gbinde, Aku, Tse-Buruku, Gungul, Adoka Agidi and Tse- Agberagba.

Ortom urges restraint

But Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the military to refrain from further attack on Konshisha communities.

Wike Bans Igbo Group Meeting In Oyigbo LGA

Wike Bans Igbo Group Meeting In Oyigbo LGA

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has placed a ban on a proposed meeting by a group, United Igbo Community in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.

This came amidst concerns that the meeting could spark a fresh unrest in the area.

The meeting by a group, comprising Igbo residents, was scheduled to be held on Saturday (today).

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, Wike directed security agencies to ensure that the planned meeting does not hold in a bid to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area.

The governor had in October, 2020, declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station was attacked by hoodlums.

The governor, who said Rivers won’t allow troublemakers to take the law into their own hands also declared a N50 million bounty on a leader of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, in the state, one Stanley Mgbere.