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7 Soldiers Killed, 23 Herdsmen Dead, Buhari Ordered To Declare State Of Emergency.
The Sarkin Fulani of Abeokuta, Muhammad Kabir Labar, has revealed that 23 herdsmen were killed and about 20 houses were burnt in the recent crisis in Ogun State.
He spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on farmer’s and herdsmen’s clashes in the state.
The clash that recently broke out between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the troubled areas of Yewaland claimed lives in Eggua, Ketu, Igbooro, Iselu, Agbon- Ojodu, Asa, Ibeku, Imeko, and Oja- Odan.
According to Lamar, some elements were bent on setting our people against one another by whipping up ethnic sentiments.
Labar blamed the crisis on strangers who, he said, had disrupted peaceful coexistence enjoyed in the state over the years.
Those present at the event include Governor Dapo Abiodun, the state governor, and Rotimi Akeredolu, his Ondo State counterpart.
Others were Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawale, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, and Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sanni Bello.
Meanwhile, the National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Muhammad Kirowa, said herders are not troublemakers, but victims of the attacks.
He said over 8, 000 cattle were consumed in the South- West on a daily basis.
Our people suffered more at the hands of criminals in Nigeria. But we have been portrayed as criminals. Herders deserve sympathy. They’re not criminals, he said.
On his part, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, warned herders and their association against inflammatory remarks.
Related News: Seven soldiers killed as Boko Haram sacks military base in Borno
An ambush carried out by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state has left at least 7 soldiers dead.
Our source reported that the affected soldiers who were attached to the 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte Local Government Council of the state, were caught by surprise during the attack which occurred by 10am.
It was gathered that they put up a strong fight to defend their base and ward off the insurgents, but were overwhelmed because they could not withstand the superior firepower of the terrorists.
Military insiders reportedly said the attack on Marte Local Government by the extremist Boko Haram group makes it the third onslaught in the area in a month.
The terrorists had ambushed soldiers at the location on January 10 and 15. The casualty rates from those attacks are unknown.
The unit, which was totally dislodged, has now been moved to Dikwa, another local government area, a development that has now opened up Marte to further attacks. To this end, the army authorities have allegedly issued advisories to troops in Sector 3 (especially those in Baga, Cross Kauwa, Kekeno, and Monguno and the areas surrounding Marte) to be on red alert.
The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over escalating insecurity across the nation.
It made the call following the kidnap of students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State by gunmen on Wednesday morning.
The lawmakers further called on the President Buhari-led administration to implement the various recommendations of the Senate on how to tackle insecurity.
These resolutions of the Senate followed a motion on a matter of urgent public importance on the incident by Senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the frequent incidents of kidnapping of students would reverse the gains made in school enrollment over the years in the North.
He said parents would no longer yield to persuasion to enroll their wards in school with the level of insecurity plaguing the area especially the kidnap of school children.
In his contribution, Senator Mohammed Birma Enagi (Niger South) described the Federal Government as incompetent in dealing with the rising insecurity in the country.
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