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Again, herdsmen allegedly invade Delta community

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From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

There is tension in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State where suspected herders have allegedly invaded the community again to over run farmlands.

About a year ago, ravaging herders seized the community by the jugular, visiting it with devastating attacks which left many dead.

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Following that vicious attacks, the community stopped the consumption of cow meat.

But in the latest invasion, a suspected herder was apprehended in a bush by indigenes who handed him over to the police in the Ughelli A division.

Narrating their ordeal, President General of the kingdom, Macpherson Egbedi, said the suspect and other fleeing herders were found destroying their farmlands on Thursday.

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“If you can remember when they came last year, they killed 10 people and mass burial was done for them; everyone was aware of of it, even the state government was aware and they said they will not come again.

“This time they have come and started the same way of destroying our crops again, killing people and raping women in the bush .

“We want the government to come to our rescue because there is nothing we can do, they came with their guns and mercenary, there is nothing we can do, we cannot fight, we don’t have power to fight them.

“Even the one we caught, we brought him as an evidence for the government to know that they are already in the bush trying to do the same way they have been destroying crop and killing our people.

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“We caught this one with effort of the entire community and any moment they will over power everybody and the same destruction will take place and starvation.

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“There will be no food, nothing they will do, all the women will stop going to farm, we want the government to come to our aid.

“When they came yesterday (Thursday) they came with over 30,000 cows and you can imagine when 30,0000 cows pass through your farmlands, you will know what they have destroyed.

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“They have been coming in batches since last week, they entered through Patani, through our main town here and they have occupied all our bush in Uwheru community.

“We have notified the government about it, the DPO Ughelli ‘A’ Division is aware, Ughelli Area Commander is aware that herdsmen have entered our bush again,” he said.

Secretary Uwheru Traditional Council , Benjamin Ohworeko, said: “Fulani herdsmen issue is a yearly ritual, they come annually and they are here once more.”

At the time of filing this report, residents of Port-Avwon, a village in Uwheru kingdom, were seen fleeing the community over fear of herdsmen attack.

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Contacted, Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Bright Edafe, said no Fulani man was arrested.

He said the community reported that they had issues with some herders, adding that during a fracas, the Fulani people ran away, abandoning a child.

“They took the child to the police station. On interrogating the child, it was discovered that he was not Fulani but Ijaw person and they have located the parents of the child and the child was released to them,” Edafe said

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Ekiti APC governorship primary fraudulent: Kayode Ojo

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By Idowu Gabriel

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An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti, Mr Kayode Ojo, has accused his party of conducting a fraudulent governorship primary election.

Ojo said what the Governorship Primary Election Committee did with the conduct of the exercise in Ekiti, was a complete disgrace to APC.

He alleged that figures were concocted for aspirants even when no election was held.

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The aggrieved APC aspirant stated this on Friday while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.

“What we witnessed in Ekiti on Thursday and the day preceding the election showed that the election had been compromised even before it was conducted.

“With this, it was clear that the committee was not in Ekiti for a credible poll, but to see to the emergence of the anointed aspirant.

“But for now, I can confirm to you that the APC has no legal and credible candidate in Ekiti. By the results, one could attest to the fact that those figures were fake, concocted by the committee to suit their purpose,” he said.

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Furthermore, Ojo explained that the aspirants asked the committee about the personalities that would be used as Returning Officers on Wednesday, it did not give any useful answer.

He said that majority of the people used as Returning Officers were members of the APC state executives, appointees of government and elected party members, who are stooges and parts of the campaign council.

“The election committee asked us to nominate 20 people to be used as Returning Officers, up till now, we did not see where our lists were included, the original list was not updated.

“Those we gave to them were not posted to where they would monitor the election. Nobody won any election here in Ekiti. We all reject this craziness.

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“We have resolved to stand against this injustice. We are seeking every peaceful avenue to ensure that we have a process that would produce a credible candidate in Ekiti. It will be a disaster for APC to approach this election in this disgraceful manner.”

The aggrieved aspirant advised the National leadership of the party and the Presidency to intervene in the primary, which he described as nullity and illegality.

However, he called on President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene before APC crumbles in Ekiti.

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Taraba crowns new Aku-Uka of Wukari

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Manu Ishaku Ada Ali has been crowned Aku-Uka of Wukari in the Kwararafa Kingdom of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

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His installation came barely three months after the demise of the chairman, Taraba Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II.

The new Aku, who is the son of the 23rd Aku-Uka, Ada Ali Agbumanu, who reigned from 1974-1976, hails from the Bama Ruling House.

His coronation, which took place on Friday in Wukari council, brought together the Jukun race from far and near as well as dignitaries from the nooks and crannies of the country.

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The new monarch, who is the 25th Aku-Uka of Kwararafa kingdom, was installed by the Kunvyi of Wukari, Manu Irimiya .D. Agbu, who said the monarch emerged following his selection by the four kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle.

Elated by the development, the newly installed monarch urged his subjects to throw their weights behind him to succeed in presiding over the affairs of the kingdom.

He urged those who contested for the stool along with him to join hands with him to make the kingdom a better place, vowing to carry everyone along.

Earlier, the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Haruna Istifanus Gbana, admonished the new Aku to endeavour to work round the clock to herald the much-needed peace and unity in Jukun land.

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Distancing government from the selection process, he said the exercise was purely traditional.

Born on 24th March 1946, the new Aku holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Forestry from the premier Federal College of Forestry Jos, Plateau State.

He joined the civil service in 1965 and retired in the year 2000 as Chief Forestry Superintendent after 35 years of meritorious service.

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