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Pastor, 3 Others Killed as Herdsmen attack Benue communities



A Fulani Herdsman carrying AK 47

Fulani herdsmen. on Tuesday attacked two communities in BENUE killing a Deeper Life Church Pastor, John Ajav and three others.

The incident took place in Waku and Nyiev communities both in Guma Local Government Area, of Benue state.

InsideBenue gathered that the Paster was shot and killed Tuesday morning at Waku village by the herdsmen while on his way to Gbajimba the LGA Headquarters for a church programme.

Chief of Staff to the Benue State Governor, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse who hails from the area confirmed the murder on his verified Facebook page.

“It’s a very sad day for me and the entire Ikyen Gbuusu Family. We lost Pastor John Torbee Ajav this morning to some Fulani marauders who shot him on his way to Gbajimba to attend a religious function.

“The late John was a Pastor with the Deeper Life Church, Umenger. May the good Lord receive his soul with mercy.”

It was further gathered that the other three victims were also killed in their farms at Nyiev Council Ward in the same Guma LGA by the marauders. The herdsmen, after the unprovoked attacks, fled back to neighbouring Nasarawa state from where they have been launching series of attacks on Benue communities in recent time.

One of the victims of Tuesday attack

Contacted, the Chairman of Guma LGA, Mr Caleb Abah who lamented the unending attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen in the LGA explained that the three farmers were killed on their farm while harvesting locust beans for sale on the next market day.

“The Pastor was shot and killed at Waku village while on his way to a Church programme in Gbajimba from Umenge community. It is again a sad day for us in Guma. These terrorists have continued to attack and kill our people for no reason whatsoever,” he said.

Gov. Ortom of Benue State

Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene was unsuccessful.

In similar attack last September, a group of armed herdsmen kill 9 traders, church attendees and a brother to a local government chairman in the same Guma Local government.

Though the Benue State Police Command claimed that only four persons were killed, Chairman of the Council, Mr Caleb Aba, said the armed herders attacked three different places and communities which started a weekend before, including the kidnapped of his younger brother while on his way to the farm with four others. “On Friday last week, my younger brother went to the farm with four others in the outskirts of Gbajimba town, the Guma LGA to harvest rice when the attackers ambushed them on the farm. The other four ran and were not caught but he is the youngest among them and could not escape. They caught him.“I have been following it until this morning when I learned he was killed. We have not recovered the body.“Also, on Sunday evening which was Gbajimba market day, the NKST church had their holy communion; so those who were coming from the church and those leaving the market were attacked by the armed herdsmen. Four people were killed and several others sustained injuries. They are presently receiving treatment in Gbajimba and the Air Force Base hospital in Makurdi.

“On Monday morning, they also invaded Ulever community and four people were killed in that attack,” adding that security personnel had been alerted over the development.

Contacted, Benue Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, confirmed that four people were killed while others sustained injuries. She said: “Four people were killed in the attack while others sustained injuries. The scenes have been visited by the Commissioner of Police and an investigation is in progress. The commissioner also visited General Hospital Gbajimba to see the injured persons who were responding to treatment.” she said.

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BREAKING: CBN Bows To Pressure, Increases Withdrawal Limit to 500k



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revised its cash withdrawal limit policy, stating that individuals and corporate organisations can now withdraw N500,000 and N5 million respectively within a week.

Platforms Africa reports that the apex bank announced this in a letter dated December 21 and signed by the CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa. The letter, which was made available to PlatformsAfrica, was addressed to all deposit money banks and other financial institutions.

“The maximum weekly limit for cash withdrawal across all channels by individuals and corporate organizations shall be N500,000.00 and N5,000,000.00 respectively,” the letter read.

Cash withdrawal above the limits shall be subject to a processing fee of 3 per cent and 5 per cent for individuals and corporate organisations respectively.

According to the CBN, the decision to revise the policy was based on feedback received from stakeholders.

Previously, individuals were constrained to N100,000 cash withdrawals weekly and N20,000 daily while corporate organisations were limited to weekly withdrawals of N500,000.

“Third-party cheques above N100,000 shall not be eligible for payment over-the-counter, while the extant limit of N10 million on clearing cheques still subsist,” the letter added.

The CBN said monthly returns on cash withdrawal transactions above the specified limits should be rendered to the banking supervision department, other financial institutions’ supervision and payments system management departments.

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Breaking: Ronaldo To Join Al-Nassr For €200m euros per year



Cristiano Ronaldo is close to agreeing on a mega transfer to Saudi Arabian outfit All-Nassr.

In a report published by Spanish publication Marca, Ronaldo has been offered a two-year contract by Al-Nassr, who are able to sign the 37-year-old on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester United.

CR7 left United by mutual consent this month
Available on a free transfer.

Marca reports that Ronaldo has also attracted interest from MLS, but he is very conscious of picking up the most lucrative wage possible if calling time on his illustrious career in Europe.

Al-Nassr are willing to pay the Portugal forward a grand total of €400 million if he agrees on a deal to play for the Saudi Arabian club until 2025.

Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford came to an acrimonious end earlier this month as United announced the termination of his contract by mutual consent. The decision was made following the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s controversial interview with Piers Morgan, during which he accused the club of betraying him and admitted to having no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag

Should Ronaldo indeed end up joining Al-Nassr, he will link up with another former Premier League star in David Ospina, who played in goal for Arsenal between 2014 and 2019.

The striker is currently starring for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup, and will hope for another start when Fernando Santos’ side wrap up their group stage campaign against South Korea on Friday.


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2023: Why I Will Vote For Peter Obi – Sheikh Gumi



Controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has revealed what would make him vote for the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi in 2023.Gumi assured Obi of his vote if he can restructure Nigeria if elected president in 2023.

He spoke in Kaduna yesterday while playing host to the former Anambra State governor and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.Obi and his running mate were in Kaduna to attend an interactive session for presidential candidates organised by a joint committee of Arewa groups in the build up to the 2023 general elections. However, Gumi commended Obi for visiting and briefing him about his plan for Nigeria.

Sheikh Gumi

According to Gumi: “As you come here (Kaduna) people will like to hear your views about restructuring Nigeria; Nigeria has been restructuring itself from independence to date. It was never static, but I want to know about views on restructuring so that I can write on my Facebook page `this is the presidential candidate who can do this for me; I will assure him of my vote’”. Gumi also asked the LP presidential candidate how he intends to address the issues of agitations and poverty in the country.

“How are you going to deal with the issue of polarity and agitations across Nigeria? Every region is agitating because people are not happy, how are you going to make these people (agitators) happy under one table?“You talked more about the economy; the economy sometimes is more than the figures,” he added.

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