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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 21 May, 2021 Edition)

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

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2023: It’s Dangerous Not To Have Elections In South East — Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday said it will be a dangerous game not to hold elections in the South East geo-political zone in 2023 because of the current burning of offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the region.

Umahi, who is Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, said this while featuring on the press briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the State House in Abuja.

The governor noted that some of the youths had been indoctrinated by the activities of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) which opposed the conduct of elections in the zone in 2023. He said the game was dangerous because elections would hold in other zones where INEC’s offices were not razed, adding that the National Assembly could make an emergency law for the region.

We’re Yet To Get Information On Shekau’s Death – Military

The Nigerian military says it is yet to receive information on the reported death of leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.

Shekau was reportedly killed during a face-off with fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

According to reports, Shekau lost his life after a fierce gun battle with ISWAP fighters – a development that has again raised reactions from various quarters.

Emir Of Kontagora’s Son Gunned Down By Bandits

Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, son of the Emir of Kontagora, is among the persons killed in an attack on the Emir’s farm on Wednesday.

The late son was said to be on the farm along Zuru road in the LGA when the bandits struck.

Some other people working with him were also said to have been shot dead while unspecified number of cows were rustled.

Zamfara Farmers Must Work On Our Farms Before Theirs — Bandits’ Leaders

Top bandits’ leaders in Zamfara State identified as ‘Dogo Gide’ and ‘Black’ have warned farmers in some communities that unless they work on their farmlands first, they won’t allow anyone to cultivate land as this year’s planting season approaches.

To heed the warning sounded to them, Daily Trust learnt that the residents of some communities in the state had begun working on the farms of bandits’ leaders.

A resident in Dansadau town identified as Bilyaminu Dansadau told Daily Trust that some farmers from villages near Babbar Doka, a community located 10 km west of Dansadau town in Maru Local Government Area, had started mobilising to go and clear a farmland belonging to Dogo Gide, a notorious bandits’ leader in the area. “They have since started mobilising to go and clear Dogo Gide’s farmland on Saturday. The bandits’ leader had earlier asked farmers around the area that they should work on his farms first before he could allow anyone of them to cultivate their land.

Miyetti Allah Backs Southern Governors On Grazing Ban

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has endorsed the position of Southern Governors on the ban of open grazing.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna On Thursday, the National Patron of MACBAN, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the ban is capable of solving the farmers-herders crisis.

He said cattle rearing has been in Africa for over 100 years without any consideration to free movement of cattle (Open Grazing) or any Grazing Reserve.

Grazing Ban Irreversible, Akeredolu Hits Back At Malami

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said there is no going back on the decision of Southern governors to ban open grazing.

He said this in response to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), who faulted the action of the Southern governors.

Malami had described the action of the Southern governors as illegal, wondering how they would feel if their northern counterparts prohibit spare parts trade. But in a statement he personally signed, Akeredolu defended the action of the Southern governors and asked Malami to challenge it in court.

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