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Farmers/Herders’ clash: Osun to enumerate, headcount migrants, immigrants to strengthen security




...every herder to have personal ID card going forward
…as Fulani-Bororo Serikis renew their cooperation with govt

The Government of the State of Osun has announced its readiness to begin massive enumeration and headcount of migrants and immigrants in the State.

The State Government also disclosed that it would ensure data capturing to enhance proper profiling of the herders residing in the State as part of efforts to strengthen cordial relationship and peaceful co-existence between the Fulani/Bororo herders and Yoruba crop farmers.

This is even as the heads of Fulani-Bororo otherwise known as Serikis renewed their cooperation and support for the government and pledged their readiness to continue to live peacefully with the people of their respective host communities in the State.

This was disclosed shortly after a  meeting convened by the leadership of the State Committee on Peaceful Co-existence Between Fulani/Bororo farmers and Crop Farmers held with the heads of Fulanis and Bororos known as “Serikis” at the Conference Hall, State Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.

Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mudasiru Toogun, said the decision was necessary as part of efforts to update the statistics and data of immigrants living in the State.

He said the initiative would help to determine the population of the immigrants so as to prevent any form of security threat that may arise from unchecked influx of migrants.
Toogun noted that the initiative would further help to give the government an insight into necessary infrastructural facilities to be done to support the Fulani and Bororo immigrants living in the State.

The Chairman of the Committee who applauded the participants who were largely heads of Fulanis and Bororos said the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola would leave no stone unturned to ensure peaceful cohabitation between Yoruba farmers and Fulani/Bororo herders.

He said the initiative was in furtherance of government’s concerted efforts at sustaining the status of Osun as the most peaceful State in Nigeria.

Toogun said the State had worked out a modality to begin the issuance of identity cards to Fulanis and Bororos living in the State as a means of identification, confirmation and authentication, saying the initiative would further help to stem the tide of incessant security challenges in the State.
Acording to him, the initiative would go a long way to help separate ‘wheat from shaft’ and flush out the bad eggs among them. 
He said the State was resolute to curb the influx of illegal and unregistered herders migrating into the State as borders would be policed against incursion.

Toogun who described the continued peaceful coexistence between Yoruba farmers and Fulani/Bororo herders as commendable, noted that it was worthwhile that Osun didn’t experience any form of clash despite the reported clashes in some parts of the country.
He therefore urged the participants at the meeting to continue to display Omoluabi virtues which they are known for by being obedient to regular tax payment and good conducts.

“The essence of this meeting is to meet our people — the Fulani/Bororocommunity in order to sensitise them on the need to continue to strengthen the existing bond of unity, peaceful coexistence and togetherness. 

“As we all know and as reported in the media, some states in the country are facing serious security threat resulted from Fulani-Bororo and Crops Farmers crisis. As such, we felt it was necessary to convene this meeting to further strengthen the bond that binds us together as brothers and sisters.

“The Government has resolved to commence the enumeration and headcount for the immigrants, particularly Fulani-Bororo headers living in the State as part of efforts to fight against insecurity.

“This initiative would also help to ensure easy planning since we know their number. It will be easy for government to know the kind of facilities they need in terms of infrastructure. Since we know where they are, it will also be easy for us to relate with them much better than before and encourage them on the need to pay their taxes regularly.

“This step will also help us to identify the number of their cattle since all the information about each and everyone of them will be captured in the database and if anyone commits any crime, such fellow will be easily tracked and punished.

“With the support of Mr. Governor, we shall begin the exercise soon. We have engaged the service of experts to actualise this dream as this will involve the inter-ministerial support of Office of the Statistician General, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, security agencies among other stakeholders,” he added.
In his response during the meeting, the Seriki Fulani in the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde, assured government of total compliance with relevant rules capable of sustaining the bond of unity existing between them and Yoruba crop farmers.
He sought for further support from the government, noting that his people would continue to live and relate peacefully with the people of their host communities.
The meeting was attended by all the Serikis across the State.



Commissioner empowers 3,000 people in Kogi




Kogi state commissioner for works, Dr. Abubakar Ohere

The Kogi State commissioner for works, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere on Sunday empowered over 3,000 men and women across Kogi Central District.

The gesture according to the commissioner is part of the Kogi State government’s efforts to support small scale traders as well as artisans in the state. Each person got N20,000.

The event which took place at Ahogede, Bariki ward of Okene Local at the residence of Alhaji Jimoh Karaku , had in attendance , Alhaji Yahaya Karaku , a former chairman of the local government and a leader of the APC in Kogi Central as well as many party leaders and supporters from across Okene Local Government.

The commissioner said the empowerment was also part of Governor Yahaya Bello’s, inclusive government and the need to to spread dividends of democracy to people at the grassroot.

Many of the recipients expressed gratitude to the commissioner. They said the cash donations will help their various businesses .

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Pro-Putin party wins majority in Russian elections despite declining support




Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin addresses supporters of the United Russia party. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Partial results show ruling United Russia party will retain power in parliament after winning over 45% of the vote

Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports president Vladimir Putin, retained its majority in parliament after a three-day election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing around one fifth of its support, partial results on Monday showed.

With 33% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won just over 45% of the vote, with its nearest rival, the Communist party, at around 22%.

Although that amounts to an emphatic win, it would be a weaker performance for United Russia than the last time a parliamentary election was held in 2016, when the party won just over 54% of the vote.

malaise over years of faltering living standards and allegations of corruption from jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have drained some support, and a tactical voting campaign organised by Navalny’s allies appears to have inflicted further damage.

Kremlin critics said the vote was in any case a sham and that United Russia would have fared much worse in a fair contest, given a pre-election crackdown that outlawed Navalny’s movement, barred his allies from running and targeted critical media and non-governmental organisations.

The result looks unlikely to change the political landscape, with Putin, who has been in power as president or prime minister since 1999, still dominating ahead of the next presidential election in 2024. Putin has yet to say whether he will run.

The 68-year-old leader remains a popular figure with many Russians who credit him with standing up to the west and restoring national pride.

Partial results showed the Communist party finishing in second place, followed by the nationalist LDPR party with around 9%. Both parties usually back the Kremlin on key issues.

At a celebratory rally at United Russia’s headquarters broadcast on state television, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a close ally of the Russian leader, shouted: “Putin! Putin! Putin!” to a flag-waving crowd that echoed his chant.

Allies of Navalny, who is serving a jail sentence for parole violations he denies, had encouraged tactical voting against United Russia, a scheme that amounted to supporting the candidate most likely to defeat it in a given electoral district.

In many cases, they had advised people to hold their noses and vote Communist. Authorities had tried to block the initiative online.

The election commission was slow to release data from online voting in Moscow, where United Russia traditionally does not fare as well as in other regions. Pro-Kremlin candidates were leading in the majority of the city’s 15 districts before the online votes were tallied.

Golos, an election watchdog accused of being a foreign agent by authorities, said it had recorded thousands of violations, including threats against observers and ballot stuffing, blatant examples of which circulated on social media, with some individuals caught on camera depositing bundles of voting slips in urns

The Central Election Commission said it had recorded 12 cases of ballot stuffing in eight regions and that the results from those polling stations would be voided.

The Kremlin denies a politically driven crackdown and says individuals are prosecuted for breaking the law. Both it and United Russia denied any role in the registration process for candidates.

One day we will live in a Russia where it will be possible to vote for good candidates with different political platforms,” Navalny ally Leonid Volkov wrote on Telegram messenger before polls closed on Sunday.

One Moscow pensioner who gave his name only as Anatoly said he voted United Russia because he was proud of Putin’s efforts to restore what he sees as Russia’s rightful great power status.

“Countries like the United States and Britain more or less respect us now like they respected the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s. The Anglo-Saxons only understand the language of force,” he said.

There was also widespread apathy, with official figures showing turnout at around 47%.

“I don’t see the point in voting,” said one Moscow hairdresser who gave her name as Irina. “It’s all been decided for us anyway.”

Source: (The Guardian)

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Kogi: Gunmen invade church, kill one worshipper, abduct two





Gunmen invaded a church in Kabba, Kogi, on Sunday, killed one person and abducted two worshippers.

The church located at Okedayo Area on Kabba-Okene Road was invaded at about 10.15 a.m. as the day’s worship went underway.

Police’s spokesman in Kogi, William Aya, confirmed the incident.

He described the invasion as unfortunate, saying that the police would go after the perpetrators and ensure that they face justice.

Kayode Akanbi, a worshipper who was present when the gunmen arrived, said service was barely underway when the incident happened.

Mr Akanbi told newsmen on the phone that the gunmen, numbering six, were armed with guns and cutlasses and did not mask up.

“We were trying to commence the normal service.

“We just started the call to worship and I was interpreting the pastor’s message when suddenly the gunmen entered from the main entrance and raised their guns.

“They shot sporadically and everybody started scampering to safety.

According to Mr Akanbi, two of the oldest members were abducted and taken away by the gunmen.

He said also that the gunmen killed a 45-year-old worshipper in the process, adding that the spouse of one of the two abducted worshippers and another male worshipper sustained gunshot injuries.

Mr Akanbi said police later visited the scene to take the dead to the mortuary at the General Hospital, Kabba while the two injured persons were taken to Lokoja for treatment.

Newsmen recall that the Nigeria Correctional Service facility in Kabba was invaded by yet to be identified gunmen in the late hours of Sunday, 12 September

During that invasion, 240 inmates were forcefully released by the gunmen while 114 have so far been rearrested.

Source: (NAN)

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