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PDP Governors Say Nigeria Army Has Descended Into Criminality

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has blamed the Nigerian Military for the insecurity in the country.

The Forum in a statement issued by the chairman, the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson on Monday condemned the killing of three policemen in Takum, Taraba state and a commercial motorcyclist in Abia state both last week by soldiers.

The statement said the Army has abandoned their constitutional responsibilities and descended into criminality.

The statement reads in part, “These killings have in recent times taken another gruesome dimension and this nonchalant attitude is not only wicked, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly; it is totally unacceptable to the people of this country.

“We wish to reiterate that the killings are unnecessary. It is very pathetic that the Nigerian Army would abandon their constitutional role of defending the borders of the country from external aggression to descend into such lowly criminality.

“It is sad that a security personnel, who is paid and maintained with tax-payers’ money, could turn around to kill the person he was paid to protect. The Forum calls on the federal government to redress the situation immediately, as this portrays signs of inefficiency and irresponsibility.

“We implore the federal government to adequately compensate the families of victims and ensure justice is served on the culprit”.

It would be recalled that a former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor earlier in May on Channels Television alleged that soldiers are behind kidnappings in the country.

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South East Governors Meet, to Fund Cattle Rearing [See Full Communique]

Governors of the five states in the South East geopolitical region on Sunday resolved to rally funds together to fund investments in cow rearing, rice farming, cassava, piggery, poultry and others. 

The governors who met at the Enugu state government house under the chairmanship of the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi also maintained their stance that no land in the region will be given for the establishment of Ruga settlements. 

In attendance were the chairman of the forum, Umahi, the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. The governor’s of Anambra and Imo states were represented by their deputies, Nkem Okeke and Gerald Irona respectively.

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I started Ruga in Abia – Kalu

A former governor of Abia state and the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has said he initiated the Ruga settlement idea during his time as governor of the state.

Kalu who disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he addressed members of the Senate Press Corps, said he is also into cow business. 

He said, “I provided land for herders in Umuahia during my time as governor of Abia State where cattle were brought from the North for sale across the South-East and there were no problems.

“When the executive of Miyetti Allah approached my government, I chose where Shoprite is located now for them along the Port Harcourt expressway.

“One day, I took a 32-seater bus and I asked their Executives to follow me to where I showed them and they agreed that it was appropriate for them and that was how I established Ruga.”

The former governor also said many Nigerian elites are interested in cow business, adding that it’s wrong for people to see cow business as the exclusively that of Fulanis.