Good morning readers! Here is today’s highlight from Nigerian Newspapers:
- The Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, has called on the Federal Government to compensate the victims of the New Year day killings in Benue State, where over 73 lives were lost. Speaking on Monday at the stakeholders’ meeting organized for members of the National Economic Council Committee on the herdsmen/ farmers crisis in Makurdi, the Benue State chairmen of CAN, Rev. Akpen Leva lamented that the people had been abandoned by the Federal government despite the huge losses they suffered directly and indirectly.
- Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has warned his Plateau State, Simon Lalong against interfering in the affairs of the state. Governor Ortom gave the warning early hours of Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting with the National Economic Council, NEC, technical committee on herdsmen/ farmers crisis resolution led by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.
- Suspected members of Fulani herdsmen have killed two staff of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. The officers identified as Adams Godwin and Abah Patrick, were killed in Awange near Kasseyo Town in Guma LGA of the state Monday evening. The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of NSCDC in Benue, Peter Adakole, said his men also killed some members of the killer herdsmen.
- No fewer than 3 police officers from Ebonyi State police command whose names were yet to be identified have been gruesomely murdered by unknown assailants. The victims were deployed by the Ebonyi State police command to maintain peace and order at the Ikwo/ Cross River communal war.
- Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has decried the destruction of the school’s multi-million naira research and training farms by cattle illegally grazing on the campus. He also said the cattle had poisoned the dam.
This is contained in the University weekly Bulletin issued on Monday.
- Thirty-six states governors on Monday endorsed the creation of state police to address rising insecurity in the country. Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari stated this during the National Security Summit organized by the Senate in Abuja.
The Governors endorsement came days after the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo backed the creation of state police.
- President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his security chiefs are determined to implement solutions that would bring an end to the current security challenges facing Nigeria. This was part of the issues discussed during Buhari’s meeting with his security chiefs earlier at the Presidential Villa. According to the President, he and his security chiefs “fully understand the seriousness and urgency of Nigeria’s security issues.”
- Report says A former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is said to be waiting on the outcome of peace moves initiated last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, to resolve intra-party crisis in some states. A source in his camp gave some of the reasons that made Kwankwaso to conclude that now is the best time to leave the APC.
- About 50 policemen were Monday deployed to the National Health Insurance Scheme headquarters in Abuja. This follows a pro and an anti-Yusuf rally staged simultaneously by staff of the Scheme on Monday. The policemen were deployed to NHIS to avert a possible clash of the two group of protesting workers.
- The lawmaker representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye has accused the federal government of plotting to frame him for a crime he didn’t commit in a bid to shut him up and prevent him from criticizing the government. Melaye, on his twitter page accused the FG of conniving with the police and the minister of justice to accuse him of lying about his assassination attempt in 2017.