Hunger looms in Nigeria due to killings of farmers and other major headlines you missed today!

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Hunger looms in Nigeria due to killings of farmers – CAN

The Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Monday, said persistent killing of rural farmers will lead to hunger in the country.
Yakubu Pam, its chairman, said this in Jos on Monday during an interview with NAN on the sidelines of a regional delegates’ conference of the association.
“Farmers are killed on the fields and this has forced them to abandon the farms; hunger is imminent in the country if nothing is done about this,” he said.
He called for special protection for farmers, saying farmers are vulnerable to attacks because their farms are normally in forests. Pam also drew government’s attention to the constant abduction of young girls, and appealed for special security for those in the villages.
“We have also observed that girls in the northern part of the country are being withdrawn from schools and forced into marriage,” he said.
“The association is taking a deeper look into that menace and will come out with suggestions on ways to check the trend. Our youths must resort to farming to cushion the current economic hardship; doing nothing is very dangerous.”
According to Pam, the delegates’ conference, themed ‘Peace and Unity in the Body of Christ’, was convened to buttress the need for unity in the church.
“Without love and unity, no human or spiritual community can survive, including the church. Unity of believers from different backgrounds is crucial,” he said\

Ayo Fayose and his grazing bill, stirs mixed reactions

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, Monday afternoon signed the Ekiti State Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law.
He appended his signature in the presence of over 3,000 Traditional Chiefs in Ekiti State.
Under the law, herdsmen are forbidden from carrying arms and movement of cows and other animals from one location to another.
The law prescribes six months imprisonment without option of fine for any herdsman who violates the grazing prohibition, while any herdsman found with arms will be charged with terrorism.

See some reactions....

Civilian JTF Commander killed in Kaduna

Hoodlums today killed the Commander of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in charge of Kakuri community, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Buhari Ahmadu Tanko.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman, said the deceased was murdered while attempting to stop some hoodlums from stealing from the premises of defunct Kaduna Textile Limited located in his catchment area.

He said the police has launched a full scaled investigation into the matter and that the culprits will soon be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife meet Pope Francis in the Vatican

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan visited Pope Francis in the Vatican city and gifted him a model of a Facebook drone. He also gave the Pope a book about 'people using the internet in new ways'. The tech CEO said it was something he'll never forget.
'You can feel the Pope's warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people,' he wrote on Facebook alongside pictures from the visit.
He said the drone is symbolic of an ideology he and the Pope share.
'We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world. We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access,' Zuckerberg wrote.The drone, called Aquila, a solar-powered aircraft the social network plans to use in order to give internet access to people in developing countries.
'Together they spoke about how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged,' the Vatican Press Office said in a statement.

Nigerian man who allegedly imported $10m worth of drugs in statues faces life term imprisonment in Australia

A Nigerian man accused of importing about $10 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a gold fish statue will stand trial in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Supreme Court in September. He is facing a term of life imprisonment.

33-year-old Jackson Igwebuike, who was in Canberra on a student visa, was caught in a sting last year after Australian Border Force officers intercepted packages containing three 20 kilogram statues headed for the capital.
One of the statues allegedly contained 10 kilograms of the drug ice.Officers swapped the illicit substance with a fake alternative, and sent the package on to Kaleen, where it was allegedly picked up by Igwebuike and taken to a second address in the same suburb.

He was arrested attempting to board a bus at the Jolimont Centre. He was allegedly planning to travel to Sydney, and had packages in his possession that police say were removed from the statue. Police found similar packaging and statues upon raiding the second address in Kaleen. Magistrate Glenn Theakston committed Igwebuike to the Supreme Court for trial on Thursday, August 25th.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempting to import or export a commercial quantity of drugs. Igwebuike remained in custody and is due to appear in the Supreme Court in September.

Presidency denies probe of Emir Sanusi, Prof Soludo

 The Official Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu has denied reports that the administration is planning to probe Prof. Charles Soludo and the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II both former Central Bank governors. 
The Spokesperson on his twitter handle on Monday denied the report saying the presidency is not aware of such move to probe the two former CBN governors.
 The tweet reads ‘The checks I made today indicated that the Presidency is unaware of the reported probe of Sarkin Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II & Prof. Soludo.’ Where did that report come from? Under our constitution which President @MBuhari swore to uphold, it is not a crime to offer suggestions.’

The gods of Benin land will never allow PDP come to Edo— Uyigue 
APC chieftain Elder Sunny Uyigue, Monday, declared that the gods of Benin land would never allow the PDP come back to power in the state. 
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Uyigue said Ize-Iyamu was the worst decision the PDP could have produced given what he claimed as the candidate’s relationship with the past PDP government in Edo State. 
He also praised Governor Adams Oshiomhole for his performance in office saying that he had never seen a governor who performed like him since he joined politics. According to Uyigue, “the campaign has been going on well, but PDP has started what they know best which is violence, but that will back fire. 
They are organizing thugs, creating tension where there is none. There is no magic that can make the PDP win this election; Oshiomhole has done what Napoleon could not do when it comes to Edo State politics. “Since I joined politics, I am yet to see a governor like him. Before, the PDP used to tell us how mammy water has stopped them from constructing roads, but today where is the Mammy water. Oshiomhole is constructing roads everywhere, schools, look at the hospital he built even if you are sick and go there you will be healed immediately.

Stella Oduah’s son died of brain hemorrhage

The son of one of Nigerian female Senator and former Aviation minister, Stella Odua was reported dead in an Abuja hospital. 
Odua’s son, Maxwell Omabuwa Chinedu Etoromi, died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage.


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