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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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Peter Obi and Chukwuma Soludo

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has paid the Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Soludo and Obi met behind closed-doors after which Obi lauded Soludo for the “great job he is doing in Anambra State.” This is contained in a statement posted to the Facebook Page of Soludo TV on Friday. The statement, which is titled, ‘Soludo receives Peter Obi on a courtesy visit’, read: “Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, received earlier today, Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State and Presidential candidate of the Labour Party at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

“Both leaders had a mutual discussion behind closed doors. Afterwards, Mr Peter Obi commended Governor Soludo highly for the great job he is doing in Anambra State. Governor Soludo, on the other hand, welcomed Mr Peter Obi to Anambra as a prominent son of the state and wished him well in his Presidential bid as the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party.”

After the meeting, Soludo, wrote on his verified Facebook Page, “Today after my engagement with the YESS family, I received in audience my brother and Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, in a private meeting at the Governor’s lodge, Amawbia.

“Mr. Obi is one of the two illustrious Sons of our dear State gunning to be the President of Nigeria. The other is Justice Peter Umeadi of our great Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

“As the Governor of these great Sons of the State, I am proud of this moment in history. And wish them the best of luck.”

Source: The Punch

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Peter Obi in Close Meeting With Ortom, Wike, Mimiko, Ikpeazu, others



The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, yesterday met with the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike and other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State.

The meeting is the second time Obi would meet with Wike after dumping the PDP and declaring his presidential ambition.

Obi’s meeting was disclosed via Twitter by former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko.

Mimiko disclosed that the meeting was held yesterday night.

Others in attendance include, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; former Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwanbo; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; Mohammed Adoke and several others.

Sharing a photograph of the meeting, Mimiko wrote: “Nice to share some time last night with @GovWike @Donald_Duke @PeterObi @HEDankwambo @GovSamuelOrtom @GovernorIkpeazu, Mohammed Adoke SAN and many other friends.”

As of the time of filing this report, the aim and location of the meeting is unknown.

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Police Arrest “BUGA” Singer, Kiss Daniel



Music star, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, also known as Kizz Daniel has allegedly been arrested by the Tanzanian Police.

Kizz Daniel was arrested for not showing up at his scheduled concert.

He was scheduled to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in Tanzania on Sunday but did not show up to the venue.

Disgruntled fans had taken to social media, expressing displeasure over the Singer’s failure to show up on Sunday.

Reports said the ‘Buga’ crooner refused to mount the stage because he allegedly forgot his travelling bag in Uganda and didn’t want to wear borrowed clothes.

However, the angry fans who reportedly paid $5000 for tables were seen hurling bottles at each other and destroying properties at the event centre.

A viral video of the arrest showed the singer wearing a hooded jacket and being led into a police vehicle.

This is the second time the singer has failed to perform at a fully booked concert while fans waited.

He had last month kept fans waiting for hours at his DMV concert in New York but later blamed his no-show on immigration challenges.

Source: The Punch

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