Benue: I’ll rather die than surrender my land to Fulani – Ortom dares Buhari govt

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Tuesday, vowed never to surrender any land to Fulanis in the state. Ortom said he would rather die than surrender his land to the Fulani “who have made over a million homeless in his state.”

The governor spoke in Markudi, the state capital, while receiving in audience the Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors without Borders. He lamented that herders have killed, raped and rendered some people of the state homeless. Ortom berated the Nigerian government for paying lip service to its fight against insecurity.

Ortom insisted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has refused to apprehend killer herders, despite having the capacity to arrest them.

He said, “Our people are dying, our women, mothers are being raped, our children can’t go to school, they are suffering.

“These criminals, they display themselves on social media, claiming they are here for an agenda to drive our people away and take over their land and also kill them.

“And they are here courtesy of the Federal Government but for me, if they come, then I’m ready to die rather than to surrender my land to Fulani men. If God didn’t protect me, then I need no help from anybody.”


Source: Dailypost



Three killed as private jet crashes and explodes into a fireball

Three people have been confirmed dead after a private jet crashed and burst into a violent fireball in the Lake Tahoe area. The Bombardier CL 600 was turning on Monday to land at the Truckee Tahoe Airport in Northern California at around 1.20pm when officials said it went down in a wooded area adjacent to the airport near the Ponderosa Golf Course. The crash also sparked a small forest fire, which authorities were able to put out.

Three killed as private jet crashes and explodes into a fireball (photos)

The names of those onboard have not been released as of Tuesday morning, a Nevada County, California, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman told No one on the ground was injured.

It was very fortunate where the crash site is that it didn’t hit any residential structures,’ Nevada County Coroner Shannon Moon said at a news conference Monday evening. ‘Everyone at the scene can appreciate that.’

She said investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board would be on-site Tuesday morning to begin work to identify the people on board.

‘We haven’t positively identified anyone on that aircraft,’ Moon said. ‘We’re not releasing any of the potential names or any things that … we’ve been hearing some surmising on some questions as to who was on that aircraft.

Three killed as private jet crashes and explodes into a fireball (photos)

‘At this time, we haven’t confirmed any positive identifications so we’re not releasing any information and that is also to make sure that we absolutely care for the victims families who we have not notified because the victims haven’t been notified.’

She added: ‘There’s not much intact at the crash scene.’

The plane took off at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at 11.45am on Monday, according to flight records, and is registered to Florida-based Tarco Aircraft Funding.

The tail number of the craft was N605TR, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Three killed as private jet crashes and explodes into a fireball (photos)

That model of aircraft can seat up to 14 passengers and two crew members, the Chronicle reported. Three people were on board, who all died, authorities said. The full itinerary of the plane wasn’t released.

The jet hit the ground between two nearby houses, witnesses told the outlet, and sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished.

‘We’re very fortunate that it landed where it did and that no structures or people on the ground were harmed,’ Truckee Police Department spokesman Deverie Acuff said at Monday’s news conference.


Source: Lindaikeji



Tunisian President Kais Saied sacks defence minister and acting justice minister

Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the defence minister Monday, a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament, plunging the young democracy into constitutional crisis in the midst of a pandemic.

Street clashes erupted Monday outside the army-barricaded parliament, after Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered parliament closed for 30 days, a move the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a “coup”.

Mechichi said he would hand power to the man chosen by the president, in his first comments since the shock move.

Saied declared on Sunday he had “taken the necessary decisions to save Tunisia, the state and the Tunisian people,” following street protests in multiple cities against the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic in the North African country.

The president, who under the constitution controls the armed forces, warned his opponents against taking up arms, threatening that if anyone “fires a single bullet, our forces will respond with a rain of bullets”.

On Monday afternoon, the presidency announced the dismissals of Defence Minister Ibrahim Bartaji and Hasna Ben Slimane, the acting justice minister.

Soldiers from early Monday blockaded the assembly in Tunis while Saied backers hurled stones, bottles and insults at supporters of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha, whose leader was barred entry to the complex.





Reactions as Burna Boy flaunts wads of dollars on social media

Nigerian singer and Grammy award winner, Burna Boy has got people talking after he took to social media to flaunt wads of 100 dollar bills.

In the video posted, Burna was seen showing off bundles of 100 dollar while he gets new ink on his body.

However, the video was not well received as Nigerians slams him for showing off on social media. Others questioned why he wasn’t showing off during the week of Obi Cubana’s mother’s burial.


Source: Lailas News



Ekiti 2022: Zoning will damage PDP’s chances — Segun Oni

The former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Segun Oni has spoken on the agitation by some politicians in the state that power should shift to the Southern Senatorial District in 2022. The former Governor not only opposed the advocacy, he said it would be a great disservice to the opposition party. Oni stated this on Tuesday during an interactive session with newsmen on his mission to return to Ekiti government house in 2022. According to him, what the People’s Democratic Party should place priority on, is who can defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress, than the primordial and narrow sentiment of zoning.

The PDP governorship aspirant told the APC in clear terms that the party has lost the June 18 , 2021 governorship election in Ekiti State, saying the voters have rejected the ruling party over its failure in the areas of security, employment generation and economy. In recent times, politicians of southern extraction, including former Ekiti deputy governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, had vehemently insisted that the PDP should zone its governorship ticket to the South that has not produced the governor since 1999. But responding, the former governor in Ado Ekiti said zoning will do incalculable damage to PDP.

“When I was going in 2010, I said we should help the South to become governor. No governor had ever likes the South more than me. I gave key positions like the Minister, Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Works to the South when I was governor.

“Let me say this clearly, only a ruling party can zone governorship. But if you are in opposition, you should only think of who can take power. Let me thank Mr Ayodele Fayose, he had the luxury as a governor and he went for it, though we lost in 2018.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is in power is the only one that can answer the zoning call now, because he is in government. The PDP should think of who can win election. We don’t want to be nice guys this time, but a good and determined opposition party”.

Oni posited that the PDP has a high possibility of winning the next election in Ekiti , saying the populace were already disillusioned with the APC reign, he described as abysmal failure.

“Ekiti voters are ready for us, I mean ready to vote for us. No party can be lucky more than this.

“Our road to the government house is almost clear, people have been saying that to us. Though we have internal crises, we will resolve our differences, because we don’t want to play second fiddle again”.

Oni , who branded the PDP as a bit more democratized than any other parties in the country in the handling of primaries, said nothing short of a free and fair primary will be acceptable to members to select a credible candidate for the impending governorship poll.

“We are not imposing consensus and whoever has the largest appeal should win the primary and get the ticket. That is our belief and that is what is going to happen”, he maintained.

The former Governor of Ekiti State however described as unfortunate, the insecurity situation in Ekiti, saying he would rise to the occasion and stem the tide if given the opportunity to serve as governor.

According to him, “the issue of insecurity is very unfortunate but not peculiar to Ekiti alone. When I was the governor, we constructed a panic alert system, that can alert the police anywhere there was gunshot in Ekiti and police will just come to the location quickly to rescue the situation.

“You don’t allow insecurity to come and meet you, it will overwhelm you and this is what we are experiencing now. As someone who is fighting insecurity, you must be at the front thinking outside the box. Those in government should have a rethink on the security issues”.


Source: Vanguard



JUST IN: EFCC Freezes Account Of Oyo Assembly’s Director Of Finance Over Alleged N1bn Car Purchase

As part of its ongoing probe of purchase of vehicles by the Oyo State House of Assembly, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank account of the Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) of the Assembly. Specifically, the EFCC placed a Post-No-Debit (PND) on the account of the DFA for initially failing to honour an invitation of the commission.

The PND directive restricts a person from withdrawing funds from the bank account. The director is one of the officials of the Assembly that have been interrogated over a petition that the Speaker of the Assembly had allegedly connived with other officials of government to supply refurbished cars instead of new ones.

An official of the EFCC said though the finance director later appeared after her account was frozen, the process of unfreezing the account after a PND order had been issued was a long one.


Source: Nigerian Tribune