Friday, January 29, 2021
FG to lock down parts of Lagos, Abuja, Plateau, others
The Federal Government has hinted it is considering a second lockdown
in parts of Lagos, Abuja, Plateau and other high density areas over
rising COVID-19 cases.
The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, disclosed this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Describing the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded in three urban areas as alarming, Muhammed identified the states as Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Lagos and Plateau States.
He said according to available data, urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of the virus during the second wave in the country.
On if the hotspot areas will be targeted for lockdown, he said: “That is exactly what we did, we have been analysing the data and we have been looking at the geographical areas that have been most affected and the different age groups.
“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas.
“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved.
“So, if we are going to have any restriction, it will be in these areas.
“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these super spreaders and that is where we are going to target.
“We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others.”
Thursday, January 28, 2021
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Mr. Taiwo Adisa, The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi MKinde, have warned opposition, especially the minister of youth and sport, Hon. Sunday Dare to stop playing politics with critical issues in the state, especially issues of security.
The governor’s aide maintained that most of the comments attributed to opposition elements on the security situation in the state missed the point due to pettiness, contempt and clear attempt to play to the gallery.
“Their utter attempt at showmanship and unpatriotic conduct portray them as babes and sucklings intervening on sensitive matters,” Adisa said.
According to him, if opposition elements were true lovers of the state, they should have used the occasion to demonstrate patriotism by empathising with the people of the state and coming up with their own ideas on how to address the situation.
He added that merely playing to the gallery only showcases them as ordinary politicians who do not think about the state but solely about the next election.
The statement by Adisa indicated that contrary to the picture being painted by the opposition, especially the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which suggested that the government did nothing on the Ibarapa security challenge, the Makinde administration took a number of steps.
Adisa wondered why a Sunday Dare could pass the buck on insecurity to Makinde when it was obvious that the lack of action and apparent dereliction of duty by the APC-led Federal Government brought the entire country to its knees, security-wise.
“Whereas Nigerians can count on their fingers the number of states ravaged by insecurity in 2015, today, none of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, is free of kidnapping, banditry, rape, and other crimes.
“It is unwise and completely unwarranted for Dare to fail to tell the world what positive thing he, as a member of the Federal Executive Council, has contributed to assist the state in its battles against insecurity.
“The state of affairs security-wise in virtually all geopolitical zones of the country has exposed the failure of Dare’s boss and that’s a reality no Nigerian can deny,” he said.
According to the governor’s media aide, Makinde had, at the height of the insecurity in Ibarapa, deployed Operation Burst, a state-backed security outfit comprising the Army, Nigeria Security, and Civil Defence Corps and the Police to Ibarapa in large numbers.
The governor had also caused to be deployed, men and officers of MOPOL 72, located strategically in Ago-Are in Oke-Ogun axis.
He added that the government followed-up that deployment with the mass deployment of the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, to Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun axes to quench the rising insecurity.
Adisa maintained that the mass deployment of security operatives to the area had begun to yield positive results in the last few weeks, stating that on January 9, the Amotekun Corps worked with Vigilante Group of Nigeria, local hunters, and Miyetti Allah Vigilantes to comb forests straddling four local governments in Ibarapa and Iwajowa Local Government Areas of Oke-Ogun.
He maintained that as a fallout of that exercise, which was abruptly called off due to the massive deployment of fake news by haters of the Oyo people, the teams neutralized suspected kidnappers and criminals in Ayete area, while a number of the suspects were arrested and handed over to the Police.
Adisa said that the narrative being carved by the opposition, suggesting that Makinde had been idling away, was baseless and reckless, stating that the fact that the Makinde administration has not been engaging in showmanship on efforts to tame insecurity should not be taken as doing nothing.
Adisa said: “We have noted with concern the fickle-mindedness being demonstrated by opposition elements in Oyo State, especially individuals like the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare.
“It is sad that Mr. Dare has revealed himself as a small mind by playing to the gallery on insecurity in Oyo State, which is a fallout of the failure of the Federal Government on security issues.
“It is equally sad that such an individual serving in a government under whose watch the security system of the country has collapsed could turn around to point fingers at Makinde.
“While one would not have loved to join issues with Dare and other individuals whose desperation for relevance can make them stop at nothing, including setting their own state on fire, it becomes imperative to correct the erroneous statement that Governor Makinde is being cowed by fear in the handling of state matters.
“For the avoidance of doubt, before those fanning the embers of ethnic crisis and their Hosanna crowd went to town with their showmanship gimmicks, the government had made serious efforts to tame the insecurity situation in Ibarapa.
“Apart from initiating several peace meetings between Yoruba and Fulani residents of the axes, the government took steps to deploy a heavy security presence to Ibarapa and at a point, even backed a community-based effort to rid the forests of kidnappers and bandits.
“It would be recalled that the government had backed a similar approach in Kisi, Igbeti and Igboho axes of the state and was able to achieve a great success without necessarily making noise in the media about it.
“But since Dare, like his co-travelers in the APC, have ignorantly ventured into a matter they have little or no knowledge about, it has become important to point out to them that governance is not done by engaging in pointless garrulous displays in the media.
“It is equally sad that whereas Mr. Dare could pontificate about insecurity in the media, he has failed to do the same at the Executive Council chambers of Aso Rock which hosts the Federal Executive Council meetings, which obviously could have helped the APC government arrest the insecurity situation in the country.
“For sometime now, Dare and his journeymen have been grandstanding on issues in their home state, though they have failed to use their offices to canvass the same positions at the Federal Executive Council or make any meaningful impact in the state.
“We would like to adminish Dare and his fellows in the rat race for 2023 governorship to toe the path of honour and stop advertising ignorance and displaying unpatriotic tendencies when it comes to issues affecting the state.
“Let them adhere to the well-accepted maxim: power belongs to God and only He decides whom it fits at every instance.”
Monday, January 25, 2021
Just In: Southwest Governors, MACBAN Ban Open, Night Grazing to Avert Farmer-Herders’ Crisis | Southwest-frontier News
BREAKING: Southwest Governors, MACBAN Ban Open, Night Grazing to Avert Farmer-Herders’ Crisis
The Governors from the Southwest region of Nigeria, Engineer Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, on Monday, met with the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping, and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the region.
GOALPOACHER NEWS correspondent, who monitored the proceeding of the meeting held at the International Culture and Event Center in Akure, the Ondo state capital, reports that the governors of Jigawa state, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, and the Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu were present at the meeting while the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun were absent at the meeting.
In his address of welcome, the Chairman, Southwest Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, who debunked a statement credited to him that he ordered Fulanis to leave Ondo state, explained that based on a security report he received that bandits are using the state forest reserves as hideouts to carry out coordinated attacks, he directed that all illegal occupants of the forest reserves should vacate the area in a bid to further curb crime and criminality in his state and not to witch-hunt the Fulanis.
Also speaking, Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, who promised at the meeting that his administration will not in the course of fighting criminality, commit another crime, assured all residents of Oyo state an adequate security of lives and property. His words:
“I am the only PDP person here. We are not here to play politics but to talk about a very serious challenge that we are all faced with. It is our own problem and we have to solve it our own way.”
“If you read some things on social media, there are some people who cannot even govern their own family but they talk as if they know more than the governor of a state. Quite frankly, what they are perpetrating are just ignorance.”
“I can tell you for a fact that when the Kishi area of Oyo State, which shares international border with Republic of Benin was invaded, all hands were on deck. MACBAN, Operation Burst, Amotekun all worked together to clear the bush. During my electioneering, a major decision I was going to take was to scrap all the LCDAs in Oyo State and stick with only the LGAs that are known to the constitution of Nigeria.”
” But when I got elected, all the people I met at a particular LCDA (I think it is Oriire South) were fulanis. And they told me I should not scrap the LCDA because it was the only LCDA dominated by the Fulani people, including the Chairman.”
“After I got elected, I decided I would not scrap the LCDAs again. I didn’t get such knowledge by sitting in the armchair in my house but by going out into the field and interacting with the people.”
“So, when people talk, you wonder if they have done any kind of comparison with what has happened elsewhere in the world. What are we going to do moving forward in Oyo State? Well, the first thing I will say is to tell you the things that we will not do; we will not use criminality to solve another criminality, because on the intended consequences of such an action, nobody can predict where it will end. And once you are drawn out to support criminality, you don’t know where it is going to end. So, what we are going to do is to continue to encourage our people to work together; to face our common enemies – the criminals, the kidnappers, the armed robbers and the bandits. Those are our common enemies.”
“When the new CP came to visit me last week, I told her that we have our work cut out for us because, at this particular time, it is fake new everywhere. So, we have to deal with it. When we hear or watch things on social media, what percentage of that should we believe in?
“We have to sieve whatever information people are putting out. We have to deal with fake news. There are some people who are stock-in-trade; they want power but it is only God that gives power to whomever he wants to give it to. Because they are seeking for power, they want to misinform the people and cause deep division amongst us, forgetting that as you lay your bed is also the way you will lie on it. For all of us here, our work is tenured. Those of us occupying offices will leave very soon and others will come in but our country will remain.
“So, we will continue to promote good neighborliness among our people and we will ensure that all of us go after the criminals together. We will continue to support our security agencies because they are also trying to maintain law and order in an atmosphere of pandemic and economic challenges. We will continue to provide support for the security agencies for them to do their work.
“One of the things we found out is that opportunities are very limited at the top. We will continue to do our best to strive to expand our economy and provide opportunities for a whole lot of our people. And we believe when we do that, the tension will definitely go down.
“I want to end by saying that our leaders should not be tired. They will abuse us but we should continue to strive to provide the leadership that this country require at this point in time.”
In his remark, the National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, whose speech was delivered by the MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, directed the herders in the Southwest region and in Nigeria at large to with immediate effect stop open grazing, night grazing and under-age grazing in a bid to forestall incessant crisis between the herdsmen and farmers in the Southwest region and in the country at large. According to him,
“We are here to meet with you as the chairman of the Elders’ Forum concerning the escalating crisis between the farmers and herders. This is not the first time we have been here We cannot overemphasise the importance of a meeting like this in nation building as we believe that dialogue is key to activate this mission.”
“We will continue with our awareness campaign for members to appreciate the sensibilities of their host communities by ensuring that they live in peace. We are open to work with the government. We condemn every form of extra-judicial killings, criminalities and impunity. We stand for peace and justice to all and we pray that we will continually have a meeting like this from time to time to foster unity and harmony.”
“We will also continue to talk to our members who are particularly living in the southern part of the country to try as much as possible to work closely with government, security agencies and traditional institutions in their host areas. We will continue to appeal to them to be peace-loving and avoid allowing cows going to people’s farms.”
” They must also stop small boys from going on grazing. And night grazing must also stop whether in the south or Northern part of the country because we know this is what has been causing farmers/herders clashes across the country.”
While reading out the resolution of the meeting, the chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, stressed that no governor in the southwest region will order Fulanis to vacate their state, rather, the news circulated in the regard was misinterpreted.
He, however, noted that there must be a framework for the operation of MACBAN in the Southwest region, and ranches must be mandated for the herders so that cattle will no longer roam about and disrupt other persons’ livelihood.
Other dignitaries present at the meeting include various security chiefs in the Southwest region led by the AIG Zone 11, Olufemi Agunbiade, former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; MACBAN state and national excos, among others.
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Sunday, January 24, 2021
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
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Monday, January 18, 2021
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Friday, January 15, 2021
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