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Herders do nothing but cause havoc, we’ll launch warriors against them if… – Ogun Monarch

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An Ogun monarch has said he will release his traditional warriors against Fulani herdsmen if the government refuses to stop them from wreaking havoc in his community.

The Eselu of Iseluland in Oja-Odan, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, made the threat on Tuesday while addressing some farmers who marched to his palace to report their agonies and tale of woes in the hands of the herders.

Akinyemi said some Fulani herdsmen had returned to his community in large number after the Government of Benin Republic allegedly sent them away from their country.

According to the monarch, the herders settled in Iselu, Oja-Odan and its environs with over 8,000 cattle feeding on his people’s farmland.

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He said,

“Since I have been on the throne, this has always been a problem we have been trying to tame, but because of the stubbornness of these herdsmen, it has become so difficult to tame them.

“We can’t take it anymore. The soldiers in Republic of Benin have chased them out and they have now seen our community as an alternative at the expense of the peace of our people.

“They are now destroying our crops, raping our women and maiming our men among others. So, as a matter of fact, I appeal to the government to please come to the aid of our people as a matter of urgency.”

The monarch said he had once secured an interlocutory injunction against the herders but they neither honour nor adhere to the ruling of the court.

“But we have our own warriors too and if the government refuses to intervene we will be forced to defend our land and people.”

One of the victims, Kushoro Michael, said the herders had destroyed over 10 hectares of his cassava farm.

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The Eselu of Iseluland said,

“Many people have lost their lives; the herders do nothing but cause havoc.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command had no problems with the indigenous Fulani herdsmen in the area but had serious challenges with the foreign herdsmen.

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He said,

“Those men that always come from Benin; they are always the problem, they are the one that brought their cattle to destroy the people’s farms.

“That is why we set up a committee to ensure that any herdsman that comes to the state must register with the heads of indigenous herdsmen so that if he commits any offence it will be easy for us to track the perpetrators.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that the people of the place have rest of minds.”

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Onigbongbo LCDA chair didn’t die from COVID-19, says council secretary

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Following the death of the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area Chairman [LCDA] in Lagos State, Babatunde Oke, his Chief Press Secretary [CPS] has clarified the circumstances that led to his boss’ demise.

WuzupNigeria reports that the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said Oke died from COVID-19 complications.

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He condoled with the people of the LCDA and described Oke’s death as a big loss to the state.

But in a press statement, the council CPS, Ishmaeel Akerele, said the council boss did not die from COVID-19.

In the statement titled, ‘Hon Babatunde Oke’s death was not related to COVID-19 complications’, Akerele noted that his boss died “after a brief illness.”

“While we reflect on the passing of a great leader and astute politician, rumour mongers must not use this medium to distract his immediate families and political associates from the peaceful mourning the late Hon. Babatunde Oke deserves,” he added.

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Makinde approves promotion, payment of gratuities to 97 sacked workers

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the promotion and payment of gratuity to 97 civil servants dismissed in 2012.

Recall that the 97 workers were dismissed in 2012 during the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The workers were, however, recalled by the present administration of Makinde.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, who spoke after the State’s weekly virtual executive council meeting, said that the payment of and promotion of the staff was in consonance with the policy of Makinde administration.

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Olatubosun said,

“97 civil servants dismissed in 2012 were recalled the moment this administration got into office. The executive council, today, approved their rotational promotion and payment of gratuity to the concerned ones among them.

“This is in furtherance of the present administration’s drive to give cause for the working population to be happy for the job they do; it is also a testament to the fact that this is a government with large heart, that caters for the welfare of all.”

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Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, goes back to school

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Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is returning to school in the United Kingdom in October.

He is scheduled to start a fellowship program at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University.

Sanusi will be enrolling there as a Visiting Fellow (Academic Visitor) at the Centre for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Oxford University’s African Studies Centre is one of the world’s leading Centres of African Studies.

According to the Centre, Sanusi intends to use the fellowship to write a book around the theme: ‘Central Bank Response to Global Financial Crisis: A Case Study of the Central Bank of Nigeria 2009-2013.’

This will be based on his experience as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and as a banker and public intellectual.

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Sanusi served as the Governor of the CBN from 2009 to 2014.

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