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Borno: Gov Zulum Gives Real Reasons Boko Haram Killed Rice Farmers, Residents

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Days after the killing of more than 100 persons in Borno State, governor Babagana Zulum has disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorist group is killing residents for exposing them to the military.

Earlier, ANN reported the gruesome killing of dozens of rice farmers by Boko Haram in Zabarmari village located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram have since claimed responsibility for the attack in a footage, saying the attacks were a retaliation on farmers for arresting its members and handing them over to the Nigerian military.

However, the governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau in a statement dismissed claims that the people of the state were not cooperating or giving intelligence to the military.

Gusau in a tweet on Tuesday said, “this is one of many consequences of Borno peoples’ cooperation in years now. Many have died for giving intelligence to soldiers, yet the communities won’t stop. Many have followed soldiers to the battles and died, yet they won’t stop. Let us hear one idiot accuse the Borno people again.

He added “They said Borno people do not cooperate but here is the latest example; the Boko Haram just announced that they beheaded dozens of Zabarmari farmers for informing soldiers about their movement and for capturing one of their men and handing over to soldiers recently.”

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Farmers, Drivers, Forest Guards, Ondo Monarchs Back Akeredolu’s Herdsmen Order

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The order by Ondo governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu that unregistered herders in the state must vacate government forest reserves is receiving strong support from most Ondo residents.

But, different reactions have been coming out of the presidency and northern elders on the governor’s order.

The presidency says the governor should not issue a unilateral order banning unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves.  Akeredolu responded he would do what is right for the state.

Northern elders, on the other hand, have basically issued an order to the governor to leave the herders alone.

To ensure the governor would not back down, his supporters, including farmers, drivers, and forest guards, took to the streets of Akure to encourage him to stick to his order.  One protesting farmer said if the current state of insecurity is not quickly checked, it might lead to famine in the state.

Meanwhile, Ondo traditional rulers are also throwing their weight behind governor Akeredolu’s directive to the unregistered herders.

The monarchs briefed journalists after an emergency meeting in Akure on Thursday during which they called on president Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate to the world that he is the father of all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity.

They also said some persons are deliberately twisting the governor’s directive. But they stated the Fulanis, like any other ethnic group, are free to live and conduct their legitimate businesses anywhere in the country, including Ondo State.

 

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Kaduna Govt Sacks 65 Primary School Teachers

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The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has on Friday confirmed the sack of 65 primary school teachers after investigation revealed they were recruited illegally in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

According to an official who served as the secretary of the investigation committee confirmed the development to Newsmen in Kaduna.

Earlier, the council Chairman, Charles Danladi, had on Wednesday announced the sack of the teachers to journalists in Gwantu, the Council headquarters.

Danladi alleged that the anomaly was detected through the over-bloated wage bill of the teachers, which kept increasing every month without new employment.

Their appointments have been terminated.

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Nigeria To Get COVID-19 Vaccines By February

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Nigeria can now look forward to assessing COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February.  Nigeria governors’ forum chairman, Kayode Fayemi says the country is collaborating with the world bank to ensure the country is able to assess the vaccines.

Fayemi gave the information while briefing the forum on his meeting with the chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the roll-out of the vaccines.

Reports say Fayemi had told the meeting there is an arrangement for the world health organization to work on ensuring equity in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in developing nations.

He said Nigeria one of a dozen African nations that has expressed the readiness among the 92 qualified countries for the facility.  Its first shipment of vaccines should arrive by the end of February.

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