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Yoruba Group Raises Alarm As Herdsmen Allegedly Take Over South West

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A pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, has raised the alarm over alleged taking over of states in the South West region by some people suspected to be herdsmen.

The group made this known via a statement sent to the current and governors-elect in the region, a copy, which was obtained by us on Monday.

There are six states that make up of the South West region. They are Oyo Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos.

Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation in the statement sent to the Governors and Governors-elect, urged the chief executive officers in the states to be vigilant, stating that the entire region has been surrounded by criminals from within and outside the shores of Nigeria who pretend to be herdsmen.

The group called on the governors to rise above partisan interest and take actions aimed towards safeguarding their people against internal and external aggressions, stressing that posterity and history would never forgive any of them who, for the sake of party politics, stare helplessly while their land is annexed.

In the statement signed by Otunba Deji Osibogun (Convener) and Senator Tokunbo Ogunbanjo (Trustee), the group urged the governors to as a matter of urgency, call for an emergency meeting and invite relevant stakeholders to take a common position on how Yoruba Nation will be protected against attacks.

The group said, “We say with all sense of responsibility and without any fear or intimidation devoid of sensationalism that the entire Yoruba Land has been encircled by external criminals masquerading as Herdsmen. Empirical intelligence available to us has it that these criminals who are mainly from Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Sokoto and some West African Countries, are being dropped daily in Yoruba Land by Heavy Duty Trucks.

“Presently, these criminals are in multitude living inside forest in Oke-Ogun axis of Oyo State; Ido/Osi, Ikole, Oye, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ijero and Efon-Alaaye areas of Ekiti State; Obafemi Owode, Remo and Ayetoro-Imeko in Ogun State; Ife/Ijesha in Osun state and Akoko-Owo-Akure land in Ondo state, pretending to be Herdsmen who rear cows during the day but investigations conducted by our intelligence team have it that these criminals are responsible for 80% of the recently reported cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in Yoruba Land.

“Recently, some Farmers in Imeko, Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun State were attacked by these hoodlums and even killed a Police DCO and an Inspector who dare challenged them.

“Deyoruwa, a village in Isara-Remo, Ogun State was completely exterminated by these criminals because the villagers resisted them. School, Church and 25 buildings were totally burnt down without resistance despite that a police post is less than 2 kilometers to the village.

“A Canadian, Jurgis Morris was kidnapped recently at this same Deyoruwa Junction, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Isara-remo, Ogun State in April. The victim claimed to have paid N2.5million to regain his freedom from the Herdsmen who railroaded him and his wife into the bush and later released his wife, a Nigerian to go look for money to secure his release.

“On May 5th, an Orthopedic Surgeon from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile/Ife identified as Professor Adeyinka Adegbehingbe, was kidnapped while on his way to Ile-Ife in the company of his wife, Victoria. Also, an Ibadan-based senior lawyer, Musibau Adetunmbi was on April 16th, 2019, kidnapped at Iwaraja junction, Osun State while on his way to attend a court session in Akure.

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“Our on the spot assessment reports have it that at least, five people who are mostly farmers are kidnapped daily in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State. We were also informed that Herdsmen are already threatening to crown an Emir at Iseyin, Igbeti, and Otu in Oke-Ogun.

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“The Baale of Apese, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Chief Razak Olaseinde Adamson was on April 28, 2019 kidnapped within his community. Also, a Director in Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaki Musibau was on April 7th 2019 kidnapped along Itokin-Epe road.

“The Chairman, Ikosi-Ejinrin Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Mr. Ajijedidun Samson Adebisi and the Vice-Chairman, Lekki LCDA (name withheld) were both unlucky as they were kidnapped along this deadly Itokin-Epe road in the month of March, an indication that the commercial nerves of Nigeria has been enclosed.”

“Consequently, we call on all Governors in Yoruba Land, including the incoming ones, to as a matter of urgency, set machinery in motion to ensure that these criminals are flushed out from all forest in South West through the formulation of policies that will protect and safeguard their people from attacks.

“To start with, we suggest that all heavy duty trucks and trailers coming into Yoruba Land are thoroughly searched at border towns before they are allowed in. All herdsmen in Yoruba Land must be duly registered, wear jacket/uniform and their thumbprint is taken.

Additional intelligence made available to us has it that these criminals are now penetrating into Lagos State under the guise of riding commercial motorcycle whereas, they are digging for information to be delivered to their partners in crime.

“We, therefore, suggest that a law is enacted to ensure that all Okada riders operating in Lagos State be registered at designated centers across the state with their Bank Verification Numbers and thumb-printing took. Jacket with registration number must be issued to them after meeting all requirements and payment of registration fees done.

Thus, anyone riding commercial motorcycles in Lagos state without uniform will be taken as a criminal who must be arrested and charged into court in accordance with edit law.”

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Y.M.I PRESIDENT SHALOM ERNEST RUNS FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL IN THE UNIVERSITY OF JOS STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT.

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Shalom is set to make an impact in the Student Union Governmentt (SUG) of the University of Jos as he contest for the 2019 Assistant Secretary General (004).

 

Shalom Ernest, who is the President of the Youth Making Impact International, which is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Nigeria that helps youths in discovering their purpose in life and make impact where ever they find themselves is more that capable for the position as he looks to bridge the gap between fulfilment and promises.

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BAD NEWS! 2 Persons Electrocuted In Celestial Church

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Two worshippers of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Egbeda Parish, Osun State have been electrocuted during a service inside the church.

Nigerian Tribune reports that aside, the two victims identified as Yinka Adeniyi and Busayo Akande, two other members of the church were said to have sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

It was gathered that the victims met their untimely death while holding the microphones used during the course of the service.

Their corpses have been deposited at the morgue of Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro in Osogbo.

The worshippers are still in shock over the tragic incident.

Though details of how the electrocution occurred is still being investigated, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Osun State Police command, Mrs Folasade Odoro, has confirmed the incident.

“The Police has begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the worshippers,” she told Nigerian Tribune.

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Bet9ja: Nigerians React As Senate Threatens To Shutdown Sports Betting Company

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Nigerians on social media have reacted to the threat by the Senate to shutdown sports betting company, Bet9ja offices if it failed to honour its invitation for a second time.

We had reported that the lawmakers issued the threat on Tuesday in Abuja during the verification of Loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria.

Chairman, Senate committee on Youth and Sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation.

He said, “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour your our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.”

Senator Ogba further stated that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate money for the federal government, saying, “We wanted to see bet9ja. They can’t runaway.”

Below are some comments gathered by us from Twitter:

@naijatalkers, “They should attempt it and see whether Naija youths won’t shut down the NASS. If you are with me kindly like and retweet for quick follow back

@seemarkmark, “No need for the threats. Just do it.”

@PrinceBensonJr1, “It is a pity. Same happens in Nigeria where Nigerian Senate would neglect the things that would bring strength and light to the citizens they would be moving motion of closing down bet9ja.

It is well daddy. Africa needs helpThe Nigerian senate wants to cancel Bet9ja but someone that owns a betting company is now a law maker. Opportunity meets preparation.”

@OsagbemiAnthony, “Anybody that knows anybody, who also knows sombori in this 8th senate, should tell them that Nigerians may shut down the Red chamber before they shut down Bet9ja.”

@EgbaraChuks, “They should shut them down…it’s not profitable please.”

@cesc_angelo, “What’s the Nigerian Senate’s business with Bet9ja?.

‏@Abbeymovic, “Expect more thieves….”

@namohdbilyaminu, “Good work for Nigerians we Like this.”

@BOtunuga, “Dem nvr settle una 4 house?

@Taymi_J, “How dem wan make Guys take survive.”

‏@hrhgilbert, “I’m yet to win my targetted money.. Wait till after nations cup

@slimur, “Killers of joy.”

‏@SparksO26, “So the owner(s) hasn’t shaked them…

@ifizzy007, “Make una no try rubbish ooo

@Martinsohaks, “shut them down because it recking the lives of our youths, you can imagine a developed nation like US, has a ban on sports betting because they know its negative impact..

‏@NneomaEyibe, “please tell them to shut it already.”

@flokemite, “What about the Govt Agencies that’s supposed to collect and monitor the payments of such dues?

@EgbaraChuks, “U wey carry chains put 4 neck…who is the mad dogAbi is it bet money U use in buying those low budget chain for ur falling Destiny.”

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