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Breaking:Suspected Fulani militias invade Taraba communities

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Communities in Takum in Taraba State have once again come under attack from alleged Fulani herdsmen since yesterday Tuesday, even as attacks have been said to intensify today Wednesday.
The attacks came on the heels of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to Taraba Monday, on a one day visit over the prolonged Fulani herdsmen/Farmers crisis in the State and the Mambilla Plateau crises where scores of people were killed and properties destroyed.
As at the time of writing this report, two corpses were said to have been discovered even as attacks continue in adjoining communities of Takum and Ussa LGAs.
A security personnel based in Takum who pleaded anonimity, confirmed to The Authority that attacks were ongoing and that local vigilantes stationed at checkpoints to defend their communities have deserted their posts for fear of the assailants.
Takum is home to Governor Darius Ishaku and former chief of Army staff, General TY Danjuma. The Battalion of the Nigerian Army is also domiciled there but the town had in recent times been a security flashpoint in the State where armed robbery, assassinations, kidnappings and communal clashes were the order of the day.
The Police in Taraba have confirmed the incident but said they are still waiting for details from the crises area. Speaking to The Authority, the PPRO, David Misal, said there were reports of attacks in a particular community. “I am waiting for more information from the DPO”, he stated.
Meanwhile, there have been widespread criticism of the activities of security personnel under the “Operation cat race”, whom the residents complained were acting outside their mandate by looting their homes and carting their valuables when they were only mandated to search for arms alone.

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Amnesty International Condemns Rann Attack As Sattelite Images Show Damage

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Amnesty International has condemned the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Rann, a town in Borno State.

The organisation condemned the attack in a statement issued on Friday by its Media Manager in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, saying that new satellite images showed the devastating aftermath.

According to Amnesty International, more than 9,000 people were displaced from the town which hosts thousands of people already displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.

It also said the attack resulted in large areas being burnt in the west and south of Rann, with more than 100 structures destroyed or heavily damaged by fire – a situation it described as a despicable disdain for life and one that may constitute a war crime.

It, therefore, urged the Nigerian Government to provide immediate humanitarian support for the displaced persons.

“Amnesty International condemns Boko Haram’s despicable disdain for life. This attack clearly targeted civilians and, therefore, may constitute a war crime. The organisation appeals to the Nigerian authorities to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the thousands of people who have been displaced,” Osai Ojigho, the Director Amnesty International Nigeria was quoted as saying.

“What is happening in Rann shows how vulnerable internally displaced persons are in Nigeria and the need to do more to protect them.”

“Since Monday night’s attack people have been fleeing across the border to Cameroon in their thousands and with every day that passes their condition is becoming more and more desperate. Rann is now almost empty as deadly attacks by Boko Haram have made people too afraid to stay,” said Osai Ojigho.

“The authorities on both sides of the border must provide the supplies and safety that these people require. The Cameroonian authorities must also desist from forcing people to return until conditions are safe and they choose to do so voluntarily,” he added.

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Badeh to be Buried on January 23

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Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff (CDS), will be buried on January 23 at the national military cemetery in Abuja.

According to a statement by John Agim, acting director of defence information, the remains of late CDS will be committed to mother earth at 12:30pm after a Church Service.

Agim said the service will take place at the Nigerian air force base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive airport road at 10 am.

He added that there would also be a service of song on Sunday by 5pm at the air force Base, Protestant Church, Bill Clinton drive.

Badeh, who served as CDS under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead on December 18, 2018, by unknown gunmen, on Keffi-Abuja highway, while returning from his farm.

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CAN Leader Flays Attack on APC Governorship Candidate In Wukari, Says Move Is Anti Christian.

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A frontline Christian youth leader, Engineer Daniel Kadzai, has condemned the reported attack on the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi at Wukari yesterday. Kadzai, former YouthCAN national chairman told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that the attack is against anything Christians hold dear.

Kadzai said the attack should not be misconstrued to mean Christians do not want a Muslim candidate to become governor of Taraba, stressing that the incident is purely the handiwork of political thugs who do not represent Christian values. Kadzai said the attack was not contrived in a church.

Kadzai said Christians respect human rights and the political aspirations of Muslims and other faiths. Speaking at a Press conference in Abuja, Kadzai, who is President, Coalition of Christian Groups for Good Governance In Nigeria and Diaspora (COCGOG) and also Chairman, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) FCT Chapter Abuja, Nigeria, said the church must not be dragged into partisan matters, noting that no political party has been adopted by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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