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UK To Probe Killings Of Over 3, 000 Nigerian Farmers

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has said the United Kingdom is launching an investigation into the killing of farmers by suspected herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of the country, including two catholic priests and 17 worshippers. Suspected armed herdsmen had in April 2018 unleashed terror on Ayar Mbalom community in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue, killing 19 persons including two Rev. Fathers during a morning mass. The deceased Rev Fathers were identified as Fr. Joseph Gor…

House Of Reps Passes Bill Abolishing HND/BSc Dichotomy

A week after the Federal Government abolished the dichotomy between the two class of degree holders in the services under the Interior ministry, the House of Representatives has also followed suit after it passed a bill in that regard. The House passed the bill abolishing the existing dichotomy between Higher National Diploma, HND and Bachelor of Science, BSc degree holders in the country, today during plenary. The “bill for an act to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between first degrees and HND in…

Likely Winners In States Where Elections Are Inconclusive

Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections were conducted last Saturday, March 9 in twenty nine states of the country. While results in some of the states have been announced and winners declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, results for the governorship election in five states were however declared inconclusive. The states are Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau and Sokoto and Benue. The electoral body declared the election inconclusive in these states following a slim margin of win, less…

2019 Presidency: Time For North Central Zone, Says Saraki

Dr Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate and presidential aspirant on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, says the North Central deserves a chance come 2019. Saraki made the statement while addressing party faithful and supporters in Jos on Sunday. He said that the North Central had worked hard for the country and had remained loyal in spite of the seeming division in the country. “This is our time in the North Central; this is our chance. “We have worked hard for this country; we have laboured so much…

2019: Report Foresees Violence In 8 States, And For Shocking Reasons

Unless challenges that pose security threats to the 2019 general elections are properly understood and addressed, election and post-election violence may be inevitable in many parts of the country, a report has stated. An analysis of the 2019 election scenario by the United States Institute for Peace states that the likelihood of violence during and after the election is high but “not inevitable” and specially identified eight states with the highest risk of break- down of law and order. According to the report based…

Lalong Mourns Death Of Aide, Emmanuel Nanle

Plateau State governor Simon Lalong has expressed deep sadness over the death of his Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA), Mr Emmanuel Nanle. The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Yakubu Dati, in a statement on Wednesday, described the death of Nanle as shocking. According to Lalong, Nanle, passed away on Monday evening in an Indian hospital where he was receiving treatment. Lalong said the deceased was a committed patriot who pursued his beliefs with uncommon zeal. “The late Nanle…

Fresh Plateau Attack Leaves 8 Dead, 95 Houses Burnt

Not less than eight persons were killed and 95 houses burnt when attackers invaded Abonong and Zayit communities in Foron district of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau. Terna Tyopev, spokesman of the Plateau police command, said the attackers hit the community in the wee hours of Wednesday. He said 310 cows were also rustled while three other persons were severely injured. Tyopev said: “When we received information that Abonong and Zayit communities were being attacked, we quickly mobilised and rushed to…

There’s Impunity In Nigeria, People Are Committing Serious Crimes And Getting Away – U.S

The Acting U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, David Young, has decried the spate of killings across the country, especially in north-central and north-western states. Speaking during a fellowship with church leaders in Jos, Plateau state, the diplomat said "there is a climate of impunity" in the country, where people commit serious crimes and get away with it. Young, who is the deputy chief of mission and charge de affaires, US embassy in Nigeria, further urged the Nigerian government to "strengthen its laws to deal with…

What Buhari Told CAN Leaders At The Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hosted leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from 19 Northern States and Abuja over the violence in Plateau in which over 200 people were reportedly killed. At the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa, the Christian leaders expressed concern over the spate of killings and the need to bring it to a halt. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement disclosed what President Buhari told the Christian body…

Anti-Grazing Law Not Responsible For Benue Killings- Ortom

Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has faulted claims that the Anti-Open Grazing Law is responsible for the killings in his state. Following the call for the suspension of the implementation of the anti-grazing law by the Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, Ortom in an interview for Roadmap 2019, a political programme on Channels television, said that anyone suggesting that the law is behind the plenty bloodshed is talking out of ignorance. “Anyone alluding that this law (Anti Open-Grazing) is responsible for this…