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Sectarian Violence: Urhobo Community Canvasses Death Sentence, Life Jail For Killers, Arsonists

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Worried by the incessant sectarian violence in Plateau state in the past 10 years, and its attendant aftermath, the Urhobo community in Jos, has canvassed for summary execution and life jail for murderers and arsonists respectively.

Members of the community, who stormed the judicial commission of inquiry into the mayhem in Jos, the state capital, on Nov. 28, last year, in their traditional dress, with resources control hats, lamented that it lose physical property worth N91m.

Besides, the community which disclosed that it came to Jos in 1880 stated that 59 of its members were affected by the riots. Mr. Madiaga Emudinohwo, a builder and quantity surveyor, who presented the community’s memo No. JCI/J/196/2009, told the commission that his community lose four persons to the riots.

He lamented that the “push” by Hausa Muslims in Jos was a “thrust in the soul of Nigerian”. The mayhem, he stressed would re-occur if necessary measures were not taken. Consequently, he advised the Hausa-Fulani Moslems to sheath their swords, and employ lawful means of seeking re-dress.

Emudinohwo further canvassed for the establishment of Army Barracks in the volatile areas of Jos metropolis. According to him, the Maxwell Kobe Cantonment, Rukuba, Headquarters of 3 Armoured Division of Nigerian Army is too far from Jos as far quelling riots was concerned. According to him, the Moslems fundamentalists have capitalized on that to attack Christians before the arrival of the military personnel.

Meanwhile, a lecturer on the payroll of university of Jos, Mrs. L.T. Oriade told the commission that she lose N8m worth of property, her academic credentials, and her children’s own to the riots, Mrs. Oriade, 60, who told the commission that she is a widow, lamented that everything she acquire in life were destroyed during the mayhem.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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