Operation Cat Race: Taraba, Benue, Adamawa residents recount soldiers’ brutality, increased attacks

Some residents of the Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas in Taraba State, including those in Benue and Adamawa states, have accused soldiers, currently on Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race), of molesting and attacking residents in this report by JUSTIN TYOPUUSU, HINDI LIVINUS and JOHN CHARLES

Rimanfeten Maiyaki was deep asleep when a knock on his door jolted him at about 3.06am. The hard knock was accompanied by a loud voice, “Open this door before we break it. We are soldiers; open the door.”

Maiyaki, a 300-level student of Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, said he opened the door and saw some soldiers.

He said, “I was given a sound slap and forced out of the house. Three of the soldiers pushed me aside and entered the room to search it. They took me away and continued beating me. The youth leader in our community came and pleaded with them to release me. Till now, I don’t know why I was beaten.”

He added that he just returned to his village…

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PENGASSAN allays fears over 5% PMS levy

OKECHUKWU NNODIM

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has said there is nothing to worry about over the five per cent levy on petrol as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly.

According to PENGASSAN, workers in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector has yet to find an aspect of the bill that is counterproductive to the industry, adding that the association participated in the various engagements that led to the establishment of the PIGB.

The Senate in plenary, on Wednesday, passed the harmonised version of the PIGB, which seeks to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and merge its subsidiaries such as the Department of Petroleum Resources and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency into one entity, among other provisions.

The National Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Fortune Obi, said the association found nothing to worry about in the contents of the bill.

He said,…

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Igbo should defend themselves –Ohanaeze

Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has thrown its weight behind the call by General T.Y. Danjuma for Nigerians to defend themselves following incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

In this exclusive interview, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Barr. Uche Achi-Okpaga, said that self-defence has become imperative even as he commented on other issues of national importance. Excerpts:

Ndigbo have been at the receiving end of the attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the past. Recently, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma called on Nigerians to defend themselves, will Ndigbo heed to this call?
The issue of herdsmen’s attacks has been on the increase for a very long time and you begin to wonder why it’s so. In Igbo land here, we have our local breed of cow and we don’t allow them to go and damage other people’s farms. This is because if you do that it is at your own risk; you will pay for the damage. In Igbo set up, we like this brotherly…

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2019: Apc Can’t Deceive South-West Again – Ekiti PDP Chieftain

Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti

Mr. Jackson Adebayo is the publicity secretary of the Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In this interview, Adebayo alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) deceived the people of the South-West to secure their support for President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as Nigeria’s leader in the presidential election of 2015, only for him to neglect the geopolitical zone in strategic positions.

Looking back at the 2015 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu led the South-west to support APC and Muhammadu Buhari was elected. Are you satisfied with what the South-west got at federal level under Buhari?
There’s no way anybody from the South-west will be happy with what has gotten to the area in terms of appointment under the Buhari administration. South-west has been duped and grievously marginalized in the present Nigerian government. If not anything all the positions hitherto occupied by people from the Southwest, for instance,…

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Danjuma’s outburst calls for serious concern – Col Ajayi (Retd)

Olakunle Olafioye

Last week’s outburst by a former Minister of Defense and ex- Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the abduction and eventual release of 104 Dapchi female students  as well as killings by criminal elements suspected to be herdsmen are some of major security issues that have put the country on the edge in the recent weeks.

Col Gabriel Adetunji Ajayi, in this interview, dissects these issue as well as other major national issues.The former military officer who spoke from his hospital bed where he is currently recuperating from a major surgery to correct some conditions which arose from complications from the tortures he was subjected to during the phantom coup investigation of 1995 also speaks on the rationale behind the retention of one of the Dapchi girls by the insurgents.

A former Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Theophilus  Danjuma caused an uproar last week when he accused the military of complicity in the massacre going on in some states…

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Danjuma’s Outburst : Buhari should listen to Nigerians now – Ogunlewe

Oyedika Agbedo

Former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, in this interview on the state of the nation, urges President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate a meeting of leaders across the six geo-political zones as a panacea to curbing the escalating insecurity in the country.

Ogunlewe, who spoke against the backdrop of the recent statement by a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd), alleging that the armed forces had been providing cover to armed bandits to kill innocent people and urging Nigerians to defend themselves, warned against further crisis, saying “we are going to be an embarrassment to the Black race if we don’t manage our affairs properly.”

The security challenges bedeviling the country took a different dimension recently with a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, accusing the security agencies of bias and urging Nigerians to rise up and defend themselves. What is your take on the issue in your position as an elder…

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Good Governance and Critical Endorsements in Enugu

Louis Amoke

Few days ago, workers in the 17 local government councils in Enugu State, under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and local government pensioners, held a solidarity rally, where they unanimously endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as their candidate for the 2019 governorship election in the state.

At the colourful rally, which was attended by the national president of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, the jubilant workers and retirees in an address delivered by the union’s state president, Comrade Kenneth Ugwueze, disclosed that the endorsement was “in appreciation of peace and good governance in Enugu State” and the governor’s “undeterred friendly disposition to labour”.

The workers stated that Ugwuanyi “in less than three years in office wiped away our tears and assured us of a better future”, declaring, “We have come out today as the product of that mandate to overwhelmingly endorse you as our candidate for the 2019…

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Senators in tug of war

■ Pro-Senate members move against pro-Buhari group, may suspend 10 soon

FRED ITUA, Abuja (fredo.itua@gmail.com)

Across the globe in modern democracies, face-off between the executive and legislative arms of government is not uncommon. Thus, it is not peculiar to Nigeria. In sane democracies across the world, the legislative and executive arms come into friction from time to time. But at the end of the day, the actors always find a common ground.

But, the dynamics of what is currently playing out in the National Assembly appears to be an exception. Since the turbulent emergence of the current leadership of the Senate, vis-a-vis, the National Assembly, Nigeria’s democracy has been through incessant fire. As soon as one problem fades, a new one pops up. It is becoming a norm.

The origin of election sequence face-off
For the records, the inclusion of election sequence in the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2018, didn’t originate from the Senate. When the upper legislative chamber…

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