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Buhari Issue Shameless Statements After Killings – HURIWA Backs Ortom’s Self Defense Call

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“Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on the people of Benue state to defend themselves against Fulani militia massacring their people, backing an earlier call by Samuel Ortom, Governor of the state.
 
HURIWA also lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for always issuing shameless comments without ending the killings.
 
The group noted that the President Buhari-led presidency only issues what it described as shameless statements after killings, kidnappings and maiming of innocent citizens have been successfully executed by marauding terrorists.
 
The human rights advocacy organisation said this while condemning the killings of scores of innocent Nigerians in Plateau and Benue States, describing it as unbecoming.
 
HURIWA said it was still wondering why the President can only issue statements and not back the rhetorics up with actionable legal sanctions strong enough to deter the killers.
 
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the rights group backed Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom’s umpteenth call for people of the Middle Belt to carry weapons and defend themselves against rampaging marauders who have no sanctity for human lives.
 
HURIWA said that the security challenges in the country is now of grave concern, insisting that there is now the need for self-defense especially in Benue and Plateau States.
 
A recent report has it that more than 6,000 persons are displaced following attacks carried out by suspected terrorists in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State and majority of them are currently taking refuge in markets and primary schools.
 
The suspected terrorists had invaded about seven communities in Kanam LGA on Sunday and shot at anyone they saw, which led to the killing of over 70 persons.
 
Several persons were also abducted by the terrorists, who also set their houses ablaze.
 
The Benue State Governor had in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, lamented the killing of his people on a daily basis, insisting that the people of the State would now have to rise to the occasion to defend themselves and would not continue and watch their lives being cut shut by terrorists.
 
HURIWA said, “The security agencies and the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari again failed Nigerians.”
 
The rights group said it “therefore, backs Ortom’s call for self defense” adding that Section 33(2)(a) of the Nigerian Constitution makes self defence lawful.
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Nigerian Women Basketball Team, D’Tigress Disagrees With Two-year Ban By Buhari Government

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The women basketball team, D’Tigress, has pleaded with the Nigerian government to overturn the embargo placed on international basketball competitions for two years.

This was contained in a statement on its Twitter handle on Friday.



The Nigerian government had announced that Nigeria would not participate in international basketball competitions for two years.

It hinged this decision on the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigerian Basketball Federation.

But in the statement released on Friday, D’Tigress faulted the government’s decision stating that the ban would take away their future competitions, accomplishments, and goals.

The D’Tigress said, “We, as the Women’s National Team of Nigeria, would like to speak on the government’s recently placed two-year ban on all Nigerian Basketball international competitions.

“The D’Tigress team would like to state that we do not agree with this ban. This ban is taking away all our future competitions, accomplishments, and goals to elevate, inspire, and make Nigeria proud.

“We would like to be given the opportunity to play for our country that we passionately love to represent in this upcoming @FIBAWWC competition.

“We have worked very hard to be three times Afrobasket Champions, Olympians and now we are blessed with another opportunity to continue that representation for Nigeria.

“We want Nigerian basketball to continue to grow and succeed on every level; from the local leagues, grassroots, and even on the international stage. We believe that all levels of Nigerian basketball can excel with the proper attention, togetherness, and organisation. Our team is a testament to how successful Nigerian Basketball can be and how we have been an inspiration to all Nigerian athletes across the globe.

“We wish to express our gratitude to all the coaches, medical staff, organisers, and fans. This ban not only penalises us but you all as well. Your commitment and loyalty to our team will never go unnoticed.”

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Gunmen Abduct Keffi Local Government Chairman In Nasarawa, Driver, Kill Policeman

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The Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area in Nasarawa State, Hon Muhammad Baba Shehu, has been abducted by gunmen.

Shehu, according to a report by Nation, was abducted on Friday evening alongside his driver while heading for Lafia, the state capital, after attending a meeting.



The incident occurred in the Gudi district of the Akwanga Local Government Area around 6:30pm on Friday.

The gunmen also reportedly killed the police orderly of the chairman, Sergeant Alhassan Habibu Nasir.

The police sergeant was killed during a shootout with the gunmen. He died on the spot.

The chairman attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Keffi Old Boys Association (KOBA) at the Government College Keffi and shortly after making his speech informed them that he was leaving for Lafia.

The gunmen reportedly opened fire on his official vehicle as he approached Gudi, killing his police orderly and abducting him and the driver.

Gudi is the home town of the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

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