1. Amotekun Arrests Two Fulani Herdsmen, Cows For Destroying Farms In Ondo
The Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, has arrested two Fulani herdsmen with their cows for destroying crops on some farms along Irese/Ijare Road, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
Olatunji said the herders were apprehended with their cows following a complaint lodged by youths in the area over the destruction of their farmland.
“The youths came to the office to report that their farms were destroyed overnight by some herders and some of the herders came with guns and cutlasses, and they wounded one of them. The person they wounded also came to the office.
“So, we sent our men to join them and we were able to apprehend the one that was alleged to have gone there with a gun. Although we were not able to recover the gun from him, investigation is still ongoing. We have two of them with us now,” he told SaharaReporters.
Last month, Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, issued a seven-day quit notice to the herdsmen operating illegally in the state’s forest reserves.
2. Fani-Kayode has freedom of association, says Rivers PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has said the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has freedom and liberty to interact and associate with whoever he chooses at anytime.
This came against the background of recent visit by Fani-Kayode to All Progressives Congress bigwigs, including the party’s national caretaker chairman, Mai Mala Buni.
The PDP said it was yet to receive any official report regarding any plan by the Fani-Kayode to defect to APC.
The State PDP Publicity Secretary, Sydney Tambari, stated this during a telephone chat with out correspondent on Tuesday.
Tambari said, “As a party, we have lots of leaders. Fani-Kayode is one man we respect as a stakeholder but he equally has the freedom of association to visit whoever he wants to visit or attend anybody’s function he likes to attend.
“That is not bothering us as a party because for now we have not gotten any official report that he is defecting or has defected.
3. Breaking: Buhari writes President Xi Jinping of China
President Muhammadu Buhari has written his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping.
The purpose of the letter is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between Nigeria and the Asian country.
Ahmad Bashir, a media aide to the president on new media, made this disclosure on Tuesday, February 9.
President Buhari said Nigeria has been a huge beneficiary of the economic ties with the people of China, adding that the country will look forward to seeing a more solid and established bond between the two countries.
3. Again, gunmen strike in Taraba capital, kidnap one
Gunmen have again struck in the early hours of Tuesday in Jalingo, Taraba state capital and abducted one Bala Baba.
The incident happened at the residence of the victim in Sabongari, a suburb of the state capital.
This came less than 48 hours after the state NLC chairman, Peter Jediel was kidnapped and subsequently released.
Elder brother of the victim, Saidu Baba confirmed the incident to vanguard via telephone.
According to him, he said he received a call from jalingo around 3 am that his brother, Bala Baba was kidnapped.
4. APC registration will improve job creation ― Technology minister
Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the data that will be generated from the ongoing All Progressives Congress, APC, revalidation and registration of the party’s membership will help to improve job creation in Nigeria.
He, therefore, urged Nigerian youths to join the party in mass, stating that it was only the ruling party that has concrete programmes for the younger generation.
Onu noted that youths were the treasures of the nation and far more valuable than all the country’s natural resources, adding that with youth’s embrace of the party, they will join hands with the older men and women to build Nigeria of their dream.
Onu made the remarks when he revalidated his APC membership in unit 003, Obiozara ward one, in Ohaozora local government area of Ebonyi state, on Tuesday.
5. 344 Kankara students abduction: Court remands Katsina ex-council boss over aiding, abetting terrorism, four other charges
More facts emerged on Tuesday that the former caretaker chairman for Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, Haruna Musa currently being remanded at a Katsina Correctional Centre actually has five charges brought against him by the police in connection with last December abduction of 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
The charges are criminal breach of trust by agent; Inciting disturbance; Aiding and Abetment of armed robbery; Kidnapping and Terrorism.
According to the police First Information Report (FIR) containing the charges, Musa was arrested on 3rd February, 2021 based on credible intelligence on his alleged links with bandits over the abduction.
The police, further alleged in the FIR that “On the 30, January 2021 at about 0800 hours as a member of Katsina State Fulani/farmers reconciliation committee entrusted with the mandate of negotiating between bandits/kidnappers/robbers in Katsina State, you breached the trust by deliberately using your Samsung GSM Phone with MTN Number: 08032981919 in calling one well known armed bandits commander residing in Zamfara forest, Zamfara State who masterminded the kidnapping of the students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, sometime in December, 2020, instigating him with unverified information regarding the release of said students.
6. Breaking: Buhari urges Senate to confirm Buratai, Olonisakin, others as ambassadors
In what will continue to generate diverse discussions in the country, President Muhammadu on Tuesday, February 9, has urged the Senate to consider and confirm the immediate past Service Chiefs for appointment as ambassadors.
The president's letter was read on the floor of the Senate by President Ahmad Lawan.
The ex-Service Chiefs to be confirmed as envoys include: General Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), Lt. General Tukur Buratai (rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman (rtd).
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