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Suspected Fulani herdsmen hack five people to death in Edo community

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Five persons were brutally murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked Odiguetue community in the Ovia North-East Local Government of Edo State.

It was gathered that many others sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack. 

The herdsmen, who had about a month ago, attacked security personnel in the locality and burnt down a patrol van, stormed the community in the early hours of Thursday April 7, and attacked the locals, who had been resisting the herders from grazing their cows on farms. 

Speaking with journalists on Saturday, a community leader, Lt. Commander Anthony Ogie (Rtd) said the herdsmen have been harassing the community for some time.

“Last week, around 7 pm, they came close to the houses, shooting but when the people came out, they went back to the bush. Anytime the herdsmen come, we usually call the police and soldiers, who will come but they do not go into the bush where these herdsmen have their camps even when the villagers volunteer to lead the security men,” he said.

Also speaking, Elder John Osagiede, said the suspected herdsmen have been tormenting the villagers, uprooting their cassava and feeding the tubers to their cows.

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He said when he received the information that the community was under attack, he tried to reach the deputy governor but to no avail.

On his part, Mr Joseph Obuele said the police came after the attack and took the corpses to the mortuary.

“When the incident happened on Thursday, we informed the police. For now, there is no security. We are the ones keeping vigilance to ward off further attacks,” he said.

When contacted, the state Police Command spokesperson, Bello Kontongs, said he was yet to get details of the incident at the time of filing the report.

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen hack five people to death in Edo community (graphic)
Suspected Fulani herdsmen hack five people to death in Edo community (graphic)
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Corps member empowers ex-convicts in Ekiti, warns against stigmatisation

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A serving corps member in Ekiti State, Anuoluwa Elizabeth Balogun, has empowered ex-convicts in the state with tools in various skills, as her Personal Community Development Service (CDS) project in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Balogun, whose passion was borne out as a result of the numerous psychological challenges ex-convicts faced when released from prison, such as stigmatisation, discrimination, isolation, and instability, embarked on the seamless project to make an impact in her immediate environment.

The ex-convicts were presented with the tools at the one-day sensitisation programme tagged “Sensitisation of the Public Against Stigmatisation of the Ex-Convicts,” in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday.

Balogun said that the project is to rehabilitate, reform and reintegrate the ex-convicts, while urging the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders to map out programmes towards their proper reintegration into the society.

She added that during her pre-release counselling sessions with the ex-convicts, she discovered that the various offenses they committed were as a result of poverty and improper upbringing.

According to her, “This project is set to rehabilitate, reform, and reintegrate a sizeable number of ex-convicts in Ekiti State. It is a smaller version of the big institution I have in mind, which the Federal Government and the State Government should take up, being also ably supported by individuals in the society.

“During the one month pre-release counselling sessions with the inmates, with the professional services, I realised that most of the crimes committed was as a result of poverty, poor upbringing and a bad influence.

“It is on this note that I urge the government to have a well structured rehabilitation centre for them in the custodial centre, so that the psychology of the name is not just being changed but a lot being changed about them by getting them upskilled with also a lot of therapy sessions.”

On her part, the NYSC Ekiti State Coordinator, Mary Chikezie, lauded the efforts of Balogun noting that it is in tandem with the reasons behind the formation of the scheme.

Chikezie enjoined the public to assist corps members who are embarking in their personal CDS projects while urging them to desist from stigmatising ex-convicts.

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ECOWAS Youth Council appoints Osungbade youth ambassador

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The Youth Council of the Economic Community of West African States (EYC), has announced the appointment of Osungbade Akeem as its youth ambassador.

This was made known in a letter released recently by the president of EYC, Ambassador Seun Williams, and seen by Tribune Online.

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The letter stated, “This appointment is not unconnected to his laudable antecedents, hardwork and diligence in the area of service to humanity even in the face of oppression and intimidation.

“As a relentless crusader of promoting entrepreneurship for African youths, we are optimistic of his positive impacts in the region and organisation.”

Ambassador Osungbade Akeem, when reached for comments on his appointment, stated that, “Service to humanity is one that I’ve dedicated my life and this is just a call for more innovative actions that would create values among West African youths. I’m glad to accept this as a challenge.”

Akeem is the founder and CEO of Cyberxox, a remote website, application and logo designing agency. He is also the Head of Marketing of Cudium, a cross-border payment technology company.



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