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EDOCSO Protests Against RUGA, Declares No Land For Cattle Business

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The Edo Civil Society Organistions (EDOCSO) on Monday staged a peaceful rally to protest an alleged plan to cede 20% of the state’s land to National Livestock Transformation Programme code named RUGA by the Godwin Obadeki-led administration to the Federal Government.

Members of the civil society organistions who took off at the King Square, Museum ground to the Edo State House of Assembly and later to the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) declared that not an inch of Edo land would be ceded to cattle business or whosoever involved in such business.

The protesters who were led by Bishop Osadolor Ochei, Interim Chairman, The Extended Council (TEC), EDOCSO, to the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onubun, warned that if the Assembly passes such law ceding some of the state’s land to RUGA, such law will hurt and hunt every single Edo person both now and in the future.

Ochei who told the Speaker that Edo is only the southern state left to pass into law the anti open-grazing bill as agreed at Asaba by the 17 southern governors in 2021, pleaded to the House not to pass a bill that will leave Edo people into the hands of “killer herdsmen.”

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While stating that they came to the House after making their position on open grazing known to the Governor and the House twice, with no response, Ochei said, our position is, we have no place for cattle rearing in Edo State.

“Those who want to rearer cattle should buy a land for themselves, fenced it and keep their cattle there. Cattles should not be seen roaming the streets.”

He continues, “Those that are into farming as piggery, slain rearing, etc, buy the land they use for such farming; Government does not give them an inch, so cattle rearing should not be different.”

Receiving members of the civil society organistions at the Assembly complex called Anthony Enahoro complex, Speaker of the House, Marcus Onubun, said the lawmakers cannot pass any bill that is against the interest of the people.

While stating that the House is there to protect interest of the over 4 million Edo people, the Speaker said, “We cannot take any position outside the position of the people. Let me assure you on behalf my colleagues that Edo is Edo, and for the fact is Edo is Edo, we will do everything within our power to defend the interest of the over 4 million Edo people, and again to assure you that not in our time, and we do not encourage anyone to cede any inch of Edo land to anybody.”

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The Speaker who refuted Social Media reports that the House is about passing into law bill ceding 20% of Edo land to RUGA, clearified, “what the Government seems to do in this regards is to be the regulatory body so that some community will not go and connive with strangers and give land to them, and at the end it becomes disaster to them. The regulatory body is to approve any land that should be used for ranching.”

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27 Year Old Kills Father, Removes His Eye In Abia

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A 27-year-old man, identified as Chinalu Ogbonna, has allegedly killed his father, Maduka Ogbonna, and removed his left eye.

Vanguard gathered that the incident happened at midnight on Monday at a compound opposite Junior Secondary School, Amuzukwu in Umuahia North council.

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Though the cause of the incident is still sketchy, Vanguard learnt that the suspect who was arrested by the youths of the area confessed to have wanted to use his father for ritual.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, ASP Maureen Chinaka,was yet to respond to a text message and calls placed on her mobile number.

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Troops Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Kogi

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday, rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus, who were kidnapped while traveling from Calabar to Abuja.

The passengers were rescued in Kogi.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Army Public relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the rescue operation took place at Ogugu Community, along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

He said the troops swiftly mobilised to the scene of the kidnap incident in response to a distress call where the kidnappers had demobilised the bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest.

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According to him, the gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a fire fight, compelling them to relinquish their hostages.

“The swift and decisive action of the troops led to the successful rescue of the passengers,” he said.

Nwachukwu also said that army troops, in another operation, raided IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo on Monday.

He said the operation resulted in the neutralisation of one terrorist and recovery of one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

The Army spokesman said the troops in Nasarawa on Monday, quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of the state, following a distress call.

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He said that an armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the village and annihilated the Sarkin Katakpa.

According to him, the troops acting on a distress call, embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attackers.

“During the incident, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Troops have dominated the general area and continued further exploits to nab the assailants.

“The Nigerian army remains committed to ensuring safety and security of citizens and will continue to conduct operations to sanitise troubled areas and maintain peace and stability in the country,” he added.

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Six Dead, 20 Injured In Anambra Building Collapse

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The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the death of six people in the building collapse incident that occurred in the commercial city of Onitsha on Monday.

According to the agency, about 20 other people were rescued from the rubbles of the collapsed building. Most of them sustained various levels of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at a nearby hospital around the market.

“About six bodies recovered from the rubbles have been deposited at the morgue, while those who sustained varying degrees of injuries were taken to the nearby hospital for medical attention, rescue efforts are still ongoing,” SEMA officials said in a statement released on Tuesday.

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The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has visited the Ochanje building site in the commercial city of Onitsha to inspect the extent of damages and cause of the incident.

While at the scene, the governor promised that he would ensure that the victims of the collapsed building receive justice.

The collapsed three-storey building still under construction, which was meant to serve as a market on completion, collapsed at about 8 pm on Monday, while some of the workers and traders were still in the building.

Soludo who was visibly angry at the scene said he was not aware that the construction of the building was going on at the market.

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He said, “When investigations are completed, the developer, the Chairman of the market and every other person involved in the disaster will be prosecuted and jailed.

“The remaining building under construction by the same developer, near the collapsed one will be demolished immediately after rescue operations on the site have been completed.”

Soludo also stated that any construction in any market in Anambra State without his express approval will be demolished while vowing that every other existing building must pass through an integrity test.

Also, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche also mourned the victims of the collapse and assured the families that the state government would make sure that no one who was culpable in the disaster went unpunished.

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The governor was joined on the visit by top government officials, where he ordered that more excavators be brought to the site of the collapse to help in the rescue operations.

As of the time of filing this report, rescue operations were still ongoing to search for more trapped victims in the rubble.

Earlier today, some yet-to-be-ascertained number of persons have been trapped as a building under construction caved in near the Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra State.

It was gathered that the building, meant to serve as a market on completion, collapsed at about 8 pm on Monday with some of the workers still inside the building.

The situation created panic around the area as passers-by and residents were making efforts to rescue the trapped victims from the rubble.

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