Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Naija. Enjoy!
1. Baba Othman, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, says that the herders-farmers clashes have been politicized.
According to the group, the Fulani herders are victims of politicized narratives of conflicts between partners whose relationship is symbolic.
He noted that farmers and herders share common fate, both are trapped by poverty, they are victims of state neglect, they live on the fringes of society where social amenities are obsolete.
“They both have fair sense of injuries, death, displacement and loss of livelihoods,” he added.
2. On Tuesday, the members of the National House of Representatives were divided on the motion to release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from detention.
The motion came following the Monday clash between members of the group and the Nigeria Police which led to the death of a DCP, a Channels TV reporter, and about 11 members of the Shiite group.
Mohammed Bello, had accused the Shiites of an act of terrorism. But another member, Herman Hembe, however told the House to urge the Federal Government to obey court orders and release the Shiite leader. Some members supported Bello, while others supported Hembe.
Finally after a closed-door session, the House agreed unanimously to form an ad hoc committee to discuss with the executive and the heads of security agencies on how to resolve the lingering problem before it gets out of hand.
3. The United States of America has imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerians for allegedly undermining the democratic process during and after the 2019 general elections.
Morgan Ortagus, the spokesman for the US Department of State, revealed in a statement in Washington that the individuals operated with impunity at the expense of Nigerians.
The action was part of the Department of State’s commitment to work with the Nigerian Government to end corruption and strengthen democracy. Read more
4. The spokesman of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites), Ibrahim Musa, has accused the Nigeria Police of deliberately killing the Abuja Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar; and Precious Owolabi, the Channels TV reporter who died in Monday’s protest.
The police had accused the group for the death of the DCP and the reporter. But the group however alleges that the deceased were victims of friendly fire.
According to the group, the police purposely lied against them to tarnish their image and to have false reasons to cause hatred against them. Read the statement issued by the Shiites spokesman
5. President Muhammadu Buhari in his reaction to the protesting members Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) warned the group against forcing the Federal Government to act.
Buhari noted that he would act with maximum force to defend the interest of the nation.
The group was protesting against the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, since 2015.
While the Nigeria Police is accusing the Shiites for the death of DCP Umar and Precious Owolabi, the group in a statement alleged that they were unarmed, saying that the police were responsible for their deaths. Naija Buzz News has more details on the incident
6. A four-bedroomed government chalet which was acquired by Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki has been revoked by the Kwara State House of Assembly.
According to the lawmakers, the revocation was due to the non-compliance with the provision of Pensions Law 2010. They voided the acquisition, valuation and certification of land title of the chalet.
Yakubu Danladi, the Speaker of the House, noted that the revocation was to ensure an end to all forms of illegalities and abnormalities in the state.
The lawmakers further urged the Kwara State Government to use all available legal process to recover the chalet from Saraki who was a former governor of the state. Read more to know why Saraki’s property was revoked