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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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Goodbye Saint Obi, Goodbye Tomorrow



Popular Nollywood actor Obinna Nwafor, better known as Saint Obi is dead.

The actor, who was famous for his adventurous roles typical of the American actor James Bond died on Sunday May 7 2023. He was aged 57.

The Nollywood actor, whose body has been deposited at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, died after a protracted illness.He was said to have died in the home of one of his siblings, where he had relocated to and was receiving treatment at JUTH.

According to reports the reason Saint Obi’s demise took so long to be made official was as a result of an alleged disagreement between the siblings

The Actors Guild of Nigeria are yet to make an official statement because it has not gotten full information from the family yet.The movie star came into prominence in his role in Zeb Eiro’s ‘Sakobi’ and was featured in over 250 movies. He is also well known for his roles in Candle Light, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, among others.

Saint Obi was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on November 16, 1965. The only son of his parents – he had eight sisters – he grew up in Jos, Plateau State where he had his primary, secondary and tertiary education.He attended Zang Secondary Commercial School and in 1991, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos.

He was married to Lydia Saint Nwafor and the marriage was blessed with many children.

Source: pmnews

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Angola is African’s Top Crude Oil Producer, Overtakes Nigeria



Angola has now emerged the topmost crude oil producer in Africa, upstaging Nigeria as the latter’s output level hits a new low.

The direct communication data in the April 2023 monthly oil market report (MOMR) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) shows that Angola recorded 1.06 million barrels per day (mbpd) crude production in April 2023.

Despite initial optimism, Nigeria’s oil output dropped 23 per cent, month-on-month, MoM, to 999,999 barrels per day, bpd, in April 2023, from 1.3 million bpd in the preceding month of March 2023.

Also, on year-on-year, YoY, Nigeria’s output level indicated a drop of 16.7 per cent to 999,999 bpd in April 2023, from 1.2 million bpd recorded in the corresponding period of 2022.

After a steady decline to about 1.1 mbpd in the second half of 2022, due majorly, to oil theft, Nigeria’s oil output began to recover after a nationwide outcry in the fourth quarter of 2022 hovering at 1.3 million bpd in the first quarter of 2023.

At less than 1.0mbpd, this is the lowest production rate Nigeria has recorded in the year 2023 while Angola’s output shows steady increases.

The OPEC figure is close to that of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), the regulatory authority in Nigeria’s petroleum industry, which shows that Nigeria produced 998,602 barrels per day during the period.

The OPEC report further stated that total OPEC-13 crude oil production averaged 28.60 million barrels per day in April 2023, lower by 191,000 barrels per day, month-on-month. Overall, the report showed that crude oil output increased mainly in Saudi Arabia, Angola and Iran, while production in Iraq and Nigeria declined.

OPEC noted in the MOMR that Nigeria’s economy faced challenges in gaining momentum in the first quarter of 2023, with business activity and consumer spending remaining subdued, in addition to high input-cost inflation and lower employment levels compared with 2022.

Source: All Africa

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FCT Residents Sue For Extension of Buhari’s Tenure



As legal tussles continue over the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s President-elect, some residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have asked the Abuja Federal High Court to extend President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure and stop Tinubu’s inauguration over failure to secure 25 per cent votes in the nation’s capital.

In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/578/2023, the plaintiffs applied for an order, restraining “the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, other judicial officer and any authority from swearing in any candidate as President or Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, until it is judicially determined in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution that such candidate has fulfilled the requirement of Section 134(2) (b) of the Constitution.”

According to the suit, “the plaintiffs and other FCT residents have a legal interest and constitutional rights to be heard on the question of whether a President elect must secure at least 25 per cent of votes cast, on the first ballot, in the FCT, Abuja.

“Among other prayers, FCT residents want the court to extend the tenure of President Buhari until the controversies surrounding his successor in the 2023 general election is determined.

“A declaration that no state of the country is at the same time the FCT for any purpose whatsoever, including, in particular, under section 134 (2) (b) of the Constitution.

“A declaration that no candidate in the February 25th presidential election may validly be declared elected President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria without obtaining at least 25% of the votes cast in the FCT, Abuja.

“A declaration that following the February 25 presidential election and until a successor is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and sworn in, the term of office of his Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria subsists and endures in accordance with the provisions of section 135 (1) (a) of the Constitution.”

Also, “An order setting aside any declaration and issuance of a Certificate of Return to any candidate in the February 25 presidential election in the country as having been elected, save and except it is judicially determined with finality that such candidate fulfilled the conditions stated in section 134(2) (b) of the Nigeria Constitution.”

The CJN and Attorney General of the Federation were cited in the suit as 1st and 2nd defendants.

Source: Daily Post

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