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Anti-open grazing law: FG backs herders’ planned suit against South govs, police differ on enforcement

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The Federal Government on Sunday has thrown its weight behind moves by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they recently signed into law.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, who disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek protection.

Gwandu stated this as state police commands on Sunday differed on the enforcement of the law.

While Ebonyi and Osun state police commands told our correspondents that they would enforce the law, a source in the Lagos State Police Command stated that the police would only provide protection to the enforcement team of the state.

The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka, on his part said he had not seen a copy of the state anti-open grazing law.

But a top police officer told one of our correspondents that it would be difficult for state commands to enforce the law without the support of force headquarters.

Most southern states, including Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, while reacting to the passage of the law in the southern states, described it as ‘satanic’ and ‘politically motivated,’ adding that it would sue the governors over the law.

The National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, Selah Alhassan, told Sunday PUNCH, threatened that the group would sue the southern governors.

Gwandu, in an interview with one of our correspondents, stated, “The rights trampled upon are individual rights of Nigerians as constitutionally guaranteed.

“The Nigerians whose rights are violated reserve the right to approach the court for the protection of such rights within the context of freedom of movement among others. It will be viewed with that consideration in mind.”

Anti-open grazing: We’ll arrest, prosecute offenders, say Ebonyi police

In Ebonyi State, the state Police Command says it will arrest and prosecute violators of the anti-open grazing law in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Garba, stated this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abakaliki, on Sunday.

When asked if the police would enforce the law, Garba asked, “Why not? We will arrest and prosecute offenders. Come with a complaint and see whether it is not going to be attended to.”

Also, the Ogun State Police Command said that it was ready to implement the anti-open grazing law in the state as soon as possible.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said this in a chat with one of our correspondents in Abeokuta.

When asked when the police would begin the implementation, Oyeyemi said, “We will begin as soon as possible.”

We’ll enforce open-grazing prohibition law better than police – Rivers vigilante

A popular vigilante group in Rivers State, Diobu Security Service, also said it would enforce the law.

The Chairman of the Diobu vigilante, Prince Amatari who said during an interview with one of our correspondents said the group would enforce the law better than the police because of its presence in the rural areas.

“We have said that the security architecture should be decentralised because the responsibility of the police is much.

“And the police have not been able to effectively carry out their duties because the entire nation relies on them. If arrests are made by other security agencies, including the Army, they take such persons to the police.”

I haven’t seen the law – Rivers CP

When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka said, “They (the state government) have not passed the law to us. I have not seen it.”

Asked if the command was ready to enforce anti-open grazing law in the state, Osun Police Command said as law enforcers, it was duty bound to enforce any law made by the government.

The spokesperson for the command, Yemisi Opalola, said police in the state would enforce any law made.

She said, “We are law enforcers. Our duty is to enforce the law made by the government. We will enforce any law made by government in the state.”

Lagos police will only provide security for enforcement team – Source

Reacting to the readiness of the police command in enforcing the anti-open grazing law in Lagos State, a police source said the responsibility of the police was to provide security for the enforcement team established by the state government to enforce the law.

“There is an enforcement team to be established by the state government to enforce the law and when the enforcement team is established, the police will provide security during enforcement.

“The enforcement team is going to be trained and empowered by the state government, and a place like a ranch will also be established to keep the cows until the fine is paid.

“But the job of the police is to give protection to the enforcement team during enforcement of the law in the state. The enforcement team has not been established, it is when the team is established that enforcement will be in full swing,” the source said.

The Ondo State Command of the Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun stated that enforcement of the state anti-open grazing law had commenced as some herders and cows had been arrested and dealt with according to the law.

The state Commander of the corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said a number of cows and herders had been arrested and they were made to pay fine and signed an undertaking not to violate the law again.

He said “After the law has been signed, we arrested over 180 cows, together with some herders. We have a number of herders that have been arrested we are making them to comply with the enacted law which stipulates penalty for defaulting herders.

“The position of the law is that, if they choose to go to court, we would implement the law as it is stated, which stipulates the minimum of N100, 000 fine or three years imprisonment.”

 

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See The Full List Of Amended Charges FG Brought Against Nnamdi Kanu

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Ahead of Thursday’s court session, the full list of the amended charges filed against Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government of Nigeria has been obtained.

Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is scheduled to appear before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has on behalf of the federal government, filed a seven-count amended charge against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The charges border on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism.

Below are the charges.

Count One

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afaraukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State being the leader of the Indigenous People of Bialra (IPOB) on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in London, United Kingdom, did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, preparations made by you and others now at large for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into the Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 41(c) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP. C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Count Two

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area ot Abia State, on or about the 28th April, 2015 in London, United Kingdom did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Count Three

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afaraukwu lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State between the month of March and April 2015 imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulusiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court , a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L concealed in a container of used household which you declared as used household items and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 (2) of the Criminal Code of Act ,Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Count Four
That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult. of Afaraukwu iIbeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in London, United Kingdom between 2018 and 2021 Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and FCT, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, professed to be a member of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed organisation in Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 16 Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Count Five

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on the 22th of April, 2021 in London, United Kingdom on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did an act of terrorism in that you incite the other members (followers) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB}, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria, to look for security personnel, their family members through a Radio Biafra on 102.1FM monitored through the IPOB Community Radio and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act.

Count Six

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia Stale on the 16thh of May, 2021, in London, United Kingdom within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did commit an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism by making a broadcast that “In 2 weeks’ time, what will happen will shake the world, people will die, the whole world will stand still, mark my word” and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Count Seven

That you Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult, of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on the 31st of May, 2021, in London, United Kingdom within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism by issuing a deadly threat that anyone who flouted your sit-at-home order should “write his/her will,” as a result banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations were not opened for businesses and vehicular movements grounded and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

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Gov Makinde Gets Oyo Assembly’s Approval For Fresh N18.7bn Loan

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Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have approved the request of Governor Seyi Makinde of the state to access the N18.7 billion Federal Government Bridge Facility loan.

The state lawmakers gave the approval during an emergency sitting held on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital.

Our correspondent learnt that the loan was meant to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic.

DAILY POST recalls that this is not the first time the lawmakers will approve the governor’s request to access loan facilities.

Our correspondent learnt that the state House of Assembly, which was inaugurated in June 2019, has approved about N100 billion in loan for the governor.

DAILY POST gathered that one of such loans was the one recently approved in August this year.

Recall that the lawmakers had in August this year approved a loan of N6 billion for the governor.

Also, the House of Assembly had in October 2019 approved N7 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loan for the governor.

It was gathered that the N7 billion loan was approved by the lawmakers four months after the 9th Assembly was inaugurated.

The state lawmakers had however on Monday approved another N18 billion loan facility for the governor.

DAILY POST reports that the request to approve the fresh loan was contained in a letter forwarded to the state lawmakers by Makinde.

Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin read the letter before his colleagues on Monday.

Ogundoyin assured that the House, through its Committee on Public Account and Appropriation, will perform its oversight function by monitoring the accessing and the spending of the loan.

The lawmakers after their deliberations then approved the fresh loan for the governor.

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How Gunmen Killed Estate Agent During Church Service At RCCG

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Bayo Sina Babarinde, an estate agent was shot dead by gunmen during Sunday service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Living Word Parish, Basin Road, in iIlorin, the Kwara state capital.

It was gathered that Babarinde stepped out of the church to receive a phone call when his assailants rained bullets on him.

The incident happened during the 7am service of the parish on Sunday, October 17.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Monday night, said investigation was ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

“He was called on phone during the service as he walked out of the church to receive the call. The sound of gun shots rent the air, which drew the attention of the congregation,” Okasanmi said.

“As at the time the congregation got out of the church to see what was happening, it was discovered that the estate agent was already in the pool of his blood. It was discovered that he was shot in the head. The shells of the bullet used in killing the deceased have been recovered and the corpse has been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for postmortem

“People should not entertain any fear as the police and other security agencies are working towards unraveling the situation surrounding the incident towards arresting the perpetrators and ensuring that the security of lives and property of our people are well protected.”

The PPRO said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed to strategic places in the metropolis, including worship centres, to prevent such reoccurrence assuring residents to go about their lawful businesses.

He also said that men of the Nigeria Police have already been deployed in strategic places in the metropolis, to prevent such reoccurrence.

Meanwhile, a tribute to the deceased written by Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, said that the killers were said to have called him out of the church. Read below:

GOOD NIGHT MY BROTHER

Bayo Babarinde, yours was a very fulfilled life despite the numerous challenges. Although, I didn’t know much of your early life, reflecting on our first meeting at Yewa High School Ajilete, Ogun State in 1987, it will be safe to say that all odds was against you like many of our contemporaries

You were always full of life, you offered friendship with an open mind, you spoke your thoughts as you saw it. Out of sheer grace, a few of us made it out and you went on to study at the University of Benin while I went to the Lagos State University

Our path crossed again in 2007 while I was putting a team together for my company and in your selfless nature, you offered to relocate to Ilorin with your family with the view to stabilize our operations in Kwara State.

For the last 34 years, you held up your end of the rope until the cold hands of death forced you to drop it on Sunday 17th October, 2021. Most painful for me is the fact that you departed this world on the same date that I lost my mother 24 years ago

My dear brother, I take solace in the fact you grew closer to your creator to the very end and it is also symbolic that your killers were said to have called you out of the church. I still can’t process the shock and pain your young family will be going through now, to think that you all left home that faithful Sunday morning to worship God and they returned without you.

Regardless of the motive or justification if any, no one deserves to die the way you did. I will miss you my dear brother and friend, Adieu, Bayo Babarinde.

Rest In Peace!

Signed:

Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade

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