Fulani Herdsmen Won’t Obey Southern Governors, Tears And Sorrow At Burial Of General Attahiru Others, Arrested Governor’s Aide Presents Yahoo Girl As Surety

Don’t obey Southerns Governors – Miyetti Allah leader to Fulani herders

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo has dismissed the ban on open grazing declared recently by the Southern Governors Forum.

He has also instructed Fulani herdsmen not to obey the directive but to keep grazing their cattle wherever they find themselves in all the states of the country.

He spoke with Saturday Sun “We are going to follow the law and see how to approach some good leaders in the South-East, South-West and the South-South. We will also approach the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to protect our people.

“It is not about grazing; it is a plan against Fulani people. Some people want to hijack the cattle business from us. Anywhere you go now, you see Fulani grazing cows and you will think they belong to them. No! The cows belong some people in that area or community. If you go to Benue, the state that first promulgated the anti open grazing law, you can see cows grazing; their owners are Tiv people. Even the governor, Samuel Ortom, has so many cows. They want to chase us away and continue with our business.

“What these Southern governors are trying to do, some other African countries tried it, but it didn’t work. So, this one will not be an exception. You can’t just wake up without plan B, and say you have banned open grazing. This business has history; we didn’t just wake up and start cow rearing. It is a blessing from God; it is God that blesses us with this business, it is not like farming or palm wine tapping business. This is from the beginning; the only thing is how to transform the business.

“These governors are confused; they are trying to deny Fulani their rights and means of livelihood. Nigeria has only one constitution, which the governors are breaching. We may approach the court to stop them from carrying out their plans. The process by which they arrived at their decision was wrong. They were supposed to have invited us because we are part of their various states. If you are a governor, you are a governor for everybody living in that state.

“Since we live in all the states doing our business, it behooved them to have invited us to the meeting. I don’t know who is giving them this evil idea. No state can progress without Fulani being in that state; any state without Fulani is backward and poor. Fulani attract blessing. They don’t have problem, but unfortunately, people attribute kidnapping, robbery and banditry to them. It is not fair. They have not seen their people killing police and other security personnel. How many police stations have Fulani burnt? How many policemen have Fulani killed? But they want to tamper with the business God has blessed us with. The governors are very wrong.”

Photos: Tears and sorrow at burial of Gen.Attahiru and other plane crash victims

The burial ceremonies for all the 11 victims of the Nigerian Air Force crashed Beechcraft 350 were held in Abuja today, with wives and relations inconsolable.

Here are some photographs from the National Mosque and the Protestant Church, Air Force Base Abuja.

They were Brigadier General Olayinka and all crew members, FLT LT T.O Asaniyi, FLT LT Alfred Olufade, SGT Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo.

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According to reports monitored on Channels TV, the solemn service began with an opening prayer by the presiding priest, Reverend Group Captain Dogo Gani, Director of Chaplaincy NAF headquarters.

Wives of the deceased officers broke down in tears at the church service.

Janazah prayer was also held for muslim officers at The National Mosque, Abuja.

The funeral here was for six officers.

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All the dead officers were interred at the National Cemetery in Abuja.

Governor Abiodun’s moneybag Bidemi Rufai presents Yahoo girl as surety: FBI

Abidemi Rufai, charged in over N312 billion unemployment fraud in the United States, will not be released on bail after the FBI uncovered vagrant irregularities in the surety he presented before the court, court documents seen by Peoples Gazette said.

Mr Rufai was granted bail with a $300,000 bond that will be provided by Nekpen Soyemi, a nurse identified to be his friend. But while the bail papers were being prepared to speed up Mr Rufai’s release, the FBI conducted a background check on Ms Soyemi and discovered that she was once suspected of a business email compromise scam by the Bank of America.

The FBI also said Ms Soyemi was once involved in a $134,000 fraud linked to a non-profit. It was not immediately clear whether Ms Soyemi was charged.

Detectives also said Ms Soyemi’s ownership of a property in the U.S. could not be verified, and two bank accounts traced to her only had $335 and $1,838, respectively, as their balances. The combined balance was far from the $300,000 bond imposed on the suspect.

Consequently, prosecutors advised the judge to rescind Mr Rufai’s bail and instead remand him in custody indefinitely, fearing that he was a flight risk. The judge will hear the bail arguments again on May 25, a court official told The Gazette.

“The defendant presents an extreme risk of non-appearance that cannot be addressed,” prosecutors said. “We respectfully request that the Court order him detained pending his transfer to this district, at which point his status may be reconsidered.”

A lawyer for the suspect did not immediately return a request seeking comments from The Gazette on Saturday evening.

Mr Rufai, Governor Dapo Abiodun’s long-time aide and business associate, was arrested last week in New York as he prepared to depart for Nigeria, U.S. authorities said.

His brother was initially listed as a potential surety following his appearance in court. But Alaba Rufai said he could not raise the required $300,000 bond, alongside other criteria.

As part of terms for Mr Rufai’s release, he agreed to electronic home monitoring and travel restrictions. But the conditions might be reexamined during next Tuesday’s hearing.

Nigerian Arrested In India Over COVID-19 Injection Scam

41-year-old Nigerian man, identified as Chieuikem Daniel, has been arrested in South Delhi’s Khanpur area for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of supplying them Remdesivir injections meant to treat COVID-19 patients at a higher rate.

According to a police source on Friday, Daniel was arrested from his rented house on a victim’s complaint who alleged that he did not deliver the ordered injections despite making advance payment.

Times of India reports that the complainant told police that he urgently needed three Remdesivir injections as his acquaintance was suffering from COVD-19 and a doctor had advised him to arrange the injections.

After he failed to get it, he contacted a number received through social media.

The accused agreed to provide the injection for Rs 25,000 (N141,440.58) each and also asked for Rs 10,000 (N56, 576) in advance, which he paid but did not receive the delivery.

A case was registered under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code at Mohan Garden police station on Wednesday, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena said call detail records of the accused were analysed and based on a secret information received; the accused was arrested on Wednesday from South Delhi.

He said, “During interrogation, the accused disclosed that he is from Nigeria and came to India three-four years ago on a medical visa.

“His visa has expired but he, along with his other associates, indulged in cheating people on the pretext of custom clearance.

“They made friends on Facebook and offered them costly gifts. After that, they requested them to deposit money in their account number in the name of customs clearance of those gifts.”

The police boss added that the accused and his cohorts use many mobile phones, forged SIM cards and bank accounts for this purpose. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they also allegedly cheated people on the pretext of providing medicines and injections required to treat COVID-19 patients.

According to the police, two laptops, eight android phones, 25 keypad mobile phones, 18 mobile SIM cards, seven ATM cards, two pen drives and Rs 50,500 cash (N285,709.97) were recovered from Daniel.

Efforts are being made to arrest the co-accused, police said, adding that many other victims across India had been contacted to register complaints in this regard for further probe.