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Herdsmen have reportedly returned to Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state, two months after the youths of the ancient town evicted them from their communities, Naija News 247 gathered.

According to newsmen, some herdsmen on Friday, April 2, 2021, attacked a retired school principal, Ojedokun Ogunmodede.

The reason for the attack was not clear but the newspaper reported that sources close to the victim said there was no confrontation between Ogunmodede and the herdsmen.

The herders reportedly inflicted machete injuries which almost chopped off the retired principal’s hands.

Secretary of Ibarapa Farmers Union, Mr Taiwo Adeagbo, while confirming the incident said herdsmen have no stopped attacking farmers and destroying farmlands in Igangan.

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“The victim is my relative. He is a retired principal and he should be around 62 years old. I was called to see what happened to him. I immediately called the Commissioner of Police (Ngozi Onadeko). She said I should report to the police officially and I called the DPO in Ayete. He came with two officers and two vans loaded with armed policemen.

“The DPO could not look at the pictures of the victim. They were gory. Strands of flesh are preventing the two hands from falling off after the attack. The two hands are almost off. They have ruined his life.”

When contacted for comment of the incident, Olugbenga Fadeyi, Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, told Punch that the attack was a reprisal by a herder to an earlier attack against three Fulani by some youths in Igangan.

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He said, “Information from DPO Ayete revealed that a Fulani herdsman attacked and matcheted a man in his farm by causing injury to his hands.

“The attack was a reprisal by some youths in Igangan, three Fulani herdsmen were attacked and they sustained injuries while they were rushed to an hospital in Igboora for treatment.

“The DPO Ayete and his police personnel including Pmf were drafted to the scene to prevent further attack. The aggrieved youths were dispersed and normalcy restored.”

The herders-farmer crisis in the South-West has been one of the most talked about issues this year, as a group of Yoruba youths led by a political enforcer, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho are pushing for a secession.

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Police meet hunters, vigilantes in Ibadan over political campaigns

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Police commissioner Adebowale Williams in Oyo has met with heads of hunters, vigilante groups and other stakeholders to seek support for peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This is contained in a statement on Friday in Ibadan by police spokesman Adewale Osifeso.

Mr William explained that the meeting was also to foster an improved working relationship and agree on a common direction as the election campaign commences.

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The police chief appreciated the quasi-security groups for their collaboration with the police and other security agencies, which brought about veritable achievements.

He urged them to constantly review their recruitment process by conducting adequate background checks on intending and existing members.

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Aare Mogaji Ariori, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, commended the police commissioner for the meeting and promised to improve their existing relationship.

(NAN)

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Shock, disbelief as fraud allegations unsettle Ayu, Atiku

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PDP crisis: Shock, disbelief as fraud allegations unsettle Ayu, Atiku

Despite serious allegations of corruption heaped on his office, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Iyorchia Ayu is expected back to Nigeria today, Friday.

Ayu is returning to Nigeria to face a court of public opinion, with his colleagues in the National Working Committee, NWC.

Barely one week ago, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in what appears to be blowing the lead, had accused Ayu of engaging in corrupt practices.

However, not many took Wike’s allegations seriously, considering his long drawn war with the chairman ever since the party conducted its presidential primary election, which Wike lost to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Wike, answering questions from journalists, alleged that Ayu received N1 billion from one of the presidential hopefuls in the party.

He went further to say that Ayu is corrupt, and that the chairman cannot deny that he received the money but refused to remit it to the party’s account.

“Ayu is very corrupt. I’m totally informed. Ayu has the opportunity to challenge me, I will name the person.

“Some of the governors can tell you. Will he deny the fact that he didn’t collect N1 billion from Lagos? Let him deny it, I will tell him who gave him the money not from the Lagos state government, the money was given to him in Lagos.

“He met one of the presidential candidates and told him that he’s not sure these governors may want to sponsor the party.

“That money did not enter into the account of PDP, but we are not attacking Ayu on that basis.”

That was a strong cannon shot from Wike but no reply came from Ayu who has been outside the country.

However, while Nigerians were still expecting Ayu to reacto the grave allegations, more can of worms were opened on Thursday, with at least four members of the Ayu-led NWC rejecting suspicious money paid into their accounts.

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The money totalling over N122 million has already been returned to the PDP account, with each of the recipients dropping a note for Ayu.

Those who returned the money included the National Vice Chairman (South-West) Olasoji Adagunodo, the Deputy National Chairman (South) Taofeek Arapaja; National Vice Chairman (South), Chief Dan Orbih and National Women Leader, Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe.

Details in their letters show that Arapaja got N36 million, Adagunodo, Orbih and Effah-Attoe got N28.8 million each.

Orbih, in the letter he addressed to Ayu said, “My attention has been drawn to a damaging trending story reported in THE NATION Newspaper by Yusuf Alli on September 26, 2022 titled ‘Disquiet in PDP NW over N10 billion nomination fees.’ Amongst several other allegations, he alleged that members of the NWC were offered N28 million to gloss over scandalous financial misappropriation.

“To my shock and surprise, it has been confirmed to me by my bank that the sum of N28, 800,000. (Twenty eight million eight hundred thousand Naira) has been credited to my account by the party. I hereby notify you of my decision to pay back the money to the party’s account.

“Kindly confirm receipt of Zenith Bank Manager’s cheques of: N10,000,000, N10,000,000, N8,800,000 TOTAL = N28,800,000 to the Party’s account. A/C: 1000095003, Globus Bank PLC.”

DAILY POST reports that other members of the NWC wrote similar letters to Ayu, indicating their rejection of the questionable fund.

One of them, Effah-Attoe said upon enquiry, she was told the money was meant for her two-year rent.

She, however, said phone calls from party members, friends, family members and the general public, were suggestive that the money was a bribe “to bring me and other NWC members on the side of The National Chairman, following the crisis between him on one side and the Governor of Rivers State, H.E Governor Nyesom Wike/ Wike’s Group on the other side.”

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The development is said to have unsettled the PDP top hierarchy, including the camp of the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who see the unfolding events as not good for the party, especially with the commencement of campaigns.

“Remember that one of the reasons the party was voted out in 2015 was owing to monumental corruption in governance; now this is happening.

“The feeling everywhere is that Wike has been proved right; there is disquiet everywhere.

“This is happening at a very bad time because it will be difficult for the party to go and talk to the electorates about anti-corruption when its house is tainted with several unresolved fraud allegations.

“Frankly, most of the party leaders are in shock over this development and the most honourable thing for the national chairman to do now is to resign. This is no longer about Wike. If Ayu has the interest of the party at heart, he should just give way.

“There is no way he can lead the party into a general election with this kind of baggage; it will be difficult to clean this mess before the election,” the top party source said.

As of the time of filing this report, there is still graveyard silence from the PDP leadership over these allegations.

Resign, hand yourself over to EFCC – HURIWA to Ayu

Meanwhile, a civil rights activist, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, National Coordinator of the Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said the happenings in the PDP was an indication that the party had not changed from its old ways.

Onwubiko told DAILY POST that the right thing was for Ayu to resign and surrender himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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According to him, “The corruption unearthed in the hierarchy of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as disclosed by some notable leaders and members of the National Executive Committee of the party who refunded humongous bribes paid into their account allegedly by Iyorchia Ayu shows that it is difficult for a Leopard to change its colour.

“Both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress are twin evils because in both of their leaderships there is total absence of accountability and transparency and this is because of how the Chairmen of these parties emerged through corrupt means.

“PDP Chairman should do his party the favour of resigning and handing himself over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for investigation and possible prosecution.

“It is a crying shame that the PDP that ought to work hard to convince voters about its determination to push out the absolutely corrupt and power drunk government of President Muhammadu Buhari is itself weakened by avarice, greed and corruption.

“It’s a big opportunity for voters in Nigeria to be determined to sack both the PDP and the APC.”

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Troupe stages drama to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary

The National Troupe of Nigeria on Thursday staged a play, ‘Echoes of the Drums’, to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary.

NTN artistic director Ahmed Mohammed said the play’s relevance was in the subtle allegorical messages of love, brotherliness, unity, cohabitation and hope in Nigeria.

Mr Mohammed noted that messages were creatively twined and knitted through drums and music rhythms. According to him, the messages are needed at this stage of the nation’s political and social life as a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.

“The performance is a major production of NTN in the 2022 production season, and it is our contribution to celebrate Nigeria at 62,” he explained. NTN is strongly committed to encouraging creativity, discovery and development of talents in the performing arts through artistic productions geared toward national aspirations.”

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Information minister Lai Mohammed said that using storytelling, drumming and other traditional mediums to promote peace and unity was very important in the nation’s quest for social integration and development.

“I am particularly pleased with the fact that we are witnessing the synergy and the use of two traditional mediums of communication, which are drumming and storytelling, to convey the message of peace, brotherliness and togetherness to the Nigerian people,” said the minister.

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He added, “This is important as we look forward to celebrating the 62nd independence celebration of our dear nation. I find this quite critical at this time of our national life. We must deploy these mediums inherent in our culture as veritable tools to foster social interaction, peace, unity and progress among the people of Nigeria.”

(NAN)

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