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Taraba Tiv president: We’ve lost 32 persons to herdsmen

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Taraba State Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) today said, only from January, it has lost no fewer than 32 persons in separate attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state.

Taraba buried 55 in a mass burial, after which 28 were killed in separate attacks in different settlements.

A couple and two others were killed at the weekend, 10hours after Governor Darius Ishaku gave the alarm that the state was on notice to be attacked in 10days.
Sources said the attack at the weekend in Ngutswen, a Tiv village in Gassol, may be a prelude to the impending attack.

The Tiv Cultural President, Chief Goodman Dahida, in a statement said, out of the over one hundred Taraba residents killed by Fulani herdsmen, 32 are Tiv people.
“Five (Tiv) people were killed in Ijandekyula and two in Gidin Doruwa in Wukari.

“In Ibi, eight people were killed in Gishiri and Dooshima. A village head and another person were hacked down in Kaamen and Ibua villages.
“On February 1, and 2, five 5 people were slaughtered in Amande Jembe in Wukari. Six were murdered in Dan-Anacha and four killed in Ngutswen village, Wurojam in Gassol local government council at the weekend, bringing the total to 32 -from January to date,” Dahida said.

He added that many are injured and many more displaced and their homes and crop farms destroyed.

The Tiv cultural president described as genocide, the killing of the 32 Tiv persons in Taraba, the massacre of 68 in Lau, 28 in other Taraba villages as well as the 73

Tiv farmers killed in Benue and another seven in Nasarawa state by Fulani killer-herdsmen.

He urged the federal government to act fast and restore law and order in the country.

Dahida noted that the Tiv cultural association was saddened and angry in the fact that despite Governor Ishaku’s efforts to promote peaceful coexistence, unprovoked attacks and killings were going on in Taraba.

He noted that the Tiv ethnic group was not at war with any Fulani community.
“We are not at war with the Fulani and we are not contemplating war with any group. We are a peace loving people who are predominantly farmers and our determination for peaceful coexistence is unwavering.

“In the pursuant of peace, we have directed our traditional rulers to help in fishing out criminals among our people and we appeal to the leadership of Miyetti Allah to equally do same to help stop unprovoked attacks and killings for peace to reign,” he said.

Dahida also dismissed comments that the open grazing prohibition law enforced in Benue and Taraba provoked the killings.

“It was because of the bloody clashes between herders and farmers that the anti-grazing law was enacted.

“The inability of the federal government to deal decisively with the situation as in the case of Boko Haram, Cattle Rustling in Zamfara and the threat by Niger Delta

Avengers, has called the integrity and sincerity of the Buhari led administration to question.

“The president must treat the killings by Fulani herdsmen as a national emergency,” he said.

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Police Vacate Akwa Ibom Assembly

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The Police have just ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

All entrances to the complex had been barricaded since Tuesday morning.

They are, however, now open as the police vacated the premises on Friday.

The Assembly had been cordoned off by armed police personnel on Wednesday following a crisis that erupted on Monday.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, had declared the seats of five lawmakers who had defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), vacant, a situation which later led to alleged thugs, disrupting plenary.

The police, thereafter, sealed off the complex, denying the lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access.

Shortly after, the Senate ordered an investigation into the sealing of the Assembly, after the issue was raised by Senator Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North-East.

Subsequently, on Thursday, the Senate ordered the police to immediately vacate the assembly and not prevent legislators from getting in.

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BREAKING: Anambra Assembly Impeaches Speaker

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Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have impeached their Speaker, Ms Rita Mmaduagwu.

The lawmakers impeached Mmaduagwu during Tuesday’s plenary at the Assembly chamber in Awka, the state capital.

They consequently elected Mr Ikem Uzoezie as the new speaker.

The former speaker was impeached on the grounds of alleged incompetence, docility, financial impropriety and high-handedness.

The lawmakers took the decision after the new speaker, Uzoezie who represents Aguata II Constituency moved the motion for impeachment while Onyebuchi Offor from Ekwusigo Constituency seconded the motion.

About 22 members were present at the plenary but only three lawmakers kicked against the impeachment.

The three members have also been suspended on allegations of gross misconduct.

Meanwhile, the Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udoh, was against the inauguration of the new speaker.

Udoh stated that the lawmakers did not follow due process.

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Ondo Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached Hon. David Oleyeloogun as its speaker, as well as his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.

They were impeached on Friday after 18 out of the 26-member House, signed the notice.

Shortly after, Honourable Olamide George was elected as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.

Addressing newsmen at the assembly complex the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatai Olotu, said the former leadership was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.

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