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Nigerian Newspapers (Monday, 01 July, 2019 Edition)

South East Governors

Good Morning Nigeria! Happy New Month! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning. Enjoy!

1. The South East Governors Forum in its recent reaction to the planned Federal Government Ruga Fulani Settlement said that no Igbo land is available, but the zone is willing to give grass to herdsmen in exchange for meat.

The statement was issued by the Chairman of the SE Governors Forum, Mr. David Umahi (the Governor of Ebonyi State), who vehemently denied plan to establish Ruga settlements anywhere in the South-East, saying there was no land for the project.

“The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South-East and sell us as meat while they will load the grass which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them,” Governor Umahi said in a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor.

“With this proposed deal, herdsmen are expected to embrace anti-open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade-by-barter basis of selling cows to the south and buying grass to feed their cows in the north,” he added (as published on Naija Buzz News).

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied that the investigation of Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki was because the National Assembly under his leadership did not confirm the Acting Chairman of the anti-graft, Ibrahim Magu.

The EFCC in a statement released on Sunday by its spokesman, Tony Orilade, investigation of Saraki had nothing to do with the non-confirmation of Magu.

Saraki had recently in a statement to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, revealed that Magu had in 2016 begged him to ensure his confirmation by the National Assembly (as published on Naija Buzz News).

His letter to the High Court CJ came following the EFCC request against Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court who had ordered the anti-graft to stop the investigation of Saraki. Read More on Naija Buzz News

3. A prominent chief and a 32 year old man identified as Henry Ikechukwu, have been arrested by the police in Delta State for allegedly killing a teenager.

Onome Onovwakpoyeya, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, revealed that the lifeless body of the teenage girl was found in a sack on a heap of refuse in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta.

The dead body of the girl who was gruesomely murder by the two suspects was found on 18 June, 2019, after visiting her male friend, Ikechukwu, the previous day.

Following his arrest, Ikechukwu confessed that he lured the girl and handed her over to the chief in Abraka community. Read More

4. The Presidency on Sunday evening released a statement defending the Federal Government’s planned Ruga Settlements for Fulani herders.

According to the statement, the plan for Ruga settlement was not meant to serve the interest of Fulani ethnic group alone, but also everyone interested in animal husbandry and to end the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.  

Naija Buzz News published a recent report where the Governors in the South-East vehemently rejected the Ruga Settlement initiative, saying that there was no land in the region for the proposed project.

The Presidency however accused state governors of feeding the public with wrong information against the intention of the Federal Government, adding that Ruga was voluntary, and no state would be forced to give up their land for the project. Read More

5. Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political group, has called on the Governors in the South-West geopolitical region to immediately implement its recent security summit report.

The group noted that the implementation of the report was the right way to tackle the insecurity in the region, saying that the safety of lives and properties in the region is a concern of everybody regardless of religious or political affiliations.

“We are in support of any person or group of persons that discuss the issue very seriously. For the six governors, coming from different political backgrounds to organise such a summit showed that they were serious about it,” Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, the Afenifere Secretary-General, told Naija Buzz News and other journalists. Read More

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