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A Charade The Nigerian Police Called Parade Of Iniubong's Killer Akpan Uduak

A Charade The Nigerian Police Called Parade Of Iniubong's Killer Akpan Uduak


This morning, I wanted to know why Akpan Uduak who killed an innocent job seeker Iniubong Umoren have not been paraded by the Nigerian Police as they usually do even for alleged suspects who sometimes are not guilty, how much more a self confessed killer and rapist. 


I then decided to call the Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police Mr. Andrew Amiengheme after asking him of the rumour flying around that Uduak is dead he debunked it and jokenly said yes he's "dead" in the social media. I then asked him why is it taking so much time to parade him? he said he'll be paraded later today. 


I then waited patiently for it and at noon the police paraded the ritual "Otokoto" killer alleged to be working with about 4 Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Members, 3 National Assembly members, and 9 pastors, which I am not too surprised knowing fully well the extent these men can go in Nigeria. Akpan was looking so cute, fresh, relaxed, pampered and even wearing a customized Tee Shirt with the inscription "The Mudder Squad".


I was so shocked because the same police that strips, torture and humiliates peaceful protesters now know how to treat a confessed killer with dignity and respect. I watched in disbelief the mockery and prententiousness of the police I became very sad and angry as Akpan began to spew trash which I think was scripted, imagine him saying Ini agreed to have sex with him with condom and later while removing the condom she hit him with a stabilizer and then he took the stabilizer to hit her back in self defense. I was mad.


I also think the journalists that questioned him made a caricature of themselves. One asked him "Were you in love with her? "Why did you remove the condom?" At that point Akpan was trying so hard not to burst into laughter with so much confidence. I am afraid this case will go the way of several others who never got justice. 


The bribale police is extremely corrupt and they work for the criminal ruling class and the rich thieves to get away with anything. The legal system is worst because they pervert justice. In Nigeria everything is rigged against the "poor and nobodies.


After graduating from University of Uyo, all Iniubong Umoren wanted was to get a job and take care of her siblings as they are orphans. I am tired. May her soul rest in peace.


Isaac Obasi

Lagos.


This morning, I wanted to know why Akpan Uduak who killed an innocent job seeker Iniubong Umoren have not been paraded by the Nigerian Police as they usually do even for alleged suspects who sometimes are not guilty, how much more a self confessed killer and rapist. 


I then decided to call the Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police Mr. Andrew Amiengheme after asking him of the rumour flying around that Uduak is dead he debunked it and jokenly said yes he's "dead" in the social media. I then asked him why is it taking so much time to parade him? he said he'll be paraded later today. 


I then waited patiently for it and at noon the police paraded the ritual "Otokoto" killer alleged to be working with about 4 Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Members, 3 National Assembly members, and 9 pastors, which I am not too surprised knowing fully well the extent these men can go in Nigeria. Akpan was looking so cute, fresh, relaxed, pampered and even wearing a customized Tee Shirt with the inscription "The Mudder Squad".


I was so shocked because the same police that strips, torture and humiliates peaceful protesters now know how to treat a confessed killer with dignity and respect. I watched in disbelief the mockery and prententiousness of the police I became very sad and angry as Akpan began to spew trash which I think was scripted, imagine him saying Ini agreed to have sex with him with condom and later while removing the condom she hit him with a stabilizer and then he took the stabilizer to hit her back in self defense. I was mad.


I also think the journalists that questioned him made a caricature of themselves. One asked him "Were you in love with her? "Why did you remove the condom?" At that point Akpan was trying so hard not to burst into laughter with so much confidence. I am afraid this case will go the way of several others who never got justice. 


The bribale police is extremely corrupt and they work for the criminal ruling class and the rich thieves to get away with anything. The legal system is worst because they pervert justice. In Nigeria everything is rigged against the "poor and nobodies.


After graduating from University of Uyo, all Iniubong Umoren wanted was to get a job and take care of her siblings as they are orphans. I am tired. May her soul rest in peace.


Isaac Obasi

Lagos.

MINDBLOWING INVESTIGATION - Murder in Uyo: Who Killed Hiny Umoren?

MINDBLOWING INVESTIGATION - Murder in Uyo: Who Killed Hiny Umoren?

By David Hundeyin


On Friday April 29, a 26 year-old lady set out around 1PM to attend a job interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Having recently completed her university program despite losing both parents, she was looking for a way to support herself before being called up for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.


Instead of a job interview and hope for the future however, what she would actually encounter on that day would become one of the most shocking stories to ever emerge from Nigeria.


Iniobong “Hiny” Umoren became the subject of a desperate nationwide search led by Nigerian Twitter users after her friend Umoh Uduak put out an urgent appeal. She was eventually found, but unfortunately the worst had already happened. The police would later confirm that she was found dead, having been raped, murdered and then buried in a shallow grave.


In the wake of a crowdsourced social media sleuthing campaign which uncovered his identity, a primary suspect Frank Uduak Ezekiel Akpan was also arrested.


 

In a manner completely uncharacteristic of Nigeria’s elephant-paced justice system, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command rapidly announced that it had extracted a confession from Akpan, and even identified his motive – he was a serial rapist and serial killer acting alone. End of story and job done.


Police statement on Hiny Umoren case

Naturally, this neat explanation did not satisfy many, who felt that Akpan could not have acted alone, and that the police might be involved in some kind of a cover up to protect powerful people potentially implicated. Rumours also began swirling about Hiny’s family receiving death threats, and the suspect allegedly boasting about being well-connected.


Beyond the whispers however, there has been precious little to substantiate the idea that stringing up Frank Akpan alone would not represent any kind of justice for Hiny Umoren. Sources willing to speak up and provide information about this case have generally not been forthcoming.


Until now.


Game Changing Information

Every telephone conversation made via a GSM telephone line has a permanent record with the mobile service provider, which by law cannot be tampered with or erased. The information captured can vary, but it always includes the following elements: the date and time the interaction was initiated; the type of interaction (voice or SMS); the length of the interaction; the number initiating the interaction; the number receiving the interaction and the location of the closest cell towers to both parties.


Some networks also record the actual conversation (voice note), and depending on the type of signal band and mobile device, it is even possible to capture the exact location of both parties, accurate to within a few metres. Anyone who can get their hands on the call data from Frank Akpan’s line would very quickly be able to establish whether he was in fact acting alone – which is where my source came in handy.


 

Understandably, this information is meant to be impossible to access without law enforcement authorisation. With this in mind, I have taken the extra precaution of reproducing it manually via a spreadsheet, so as to protect my source by removing all possible identifying information. Over the course of several hours last week, I pored over several days worth of leaked call data from Frank Akpan’s mobile provider to make sense of the situation.


What will be presented in this story is the closest thing that exists to objective evidence that:


1.) Frank Akpan is being used to take the fall for much bigger fish involved in Hiny Umoren’s murder; and


 

2.) While Frank Akpan is certainly the primary suspect and was directly involved in the murder, there are other participants in the murder still walking free, while the Akwa Ibom Police Command intentionally bungles what should be an open and shut investigation.


Who is Frank Akpan?

Apart from a few tidbits pieced together from social media accounts about him, very little is known about Frank Akpan the primary suspect. The timeline to his arrest begins late in the afternoon on April 29, when Umoh puts out Hiny’s number hoping someone will be able to track down her friend’s location.


The mention of “Frank Akpan” as a central figure in this story begins with this tweet from Umoh which identifies the owner of the Airtel number +2348127530092 as the person who invited Hiny for the supposed interview.


A quick check with Truecaller brings up the name “Ezekiel Akpan.” Curiously, the occupation tag on this person’s Truecaller profile reads “Political.” It is important to bear in mind that Truecaller fills an individual’s ‘name’ and ‘occupation’ fields by pulling high quality data from several sources including Facebook profile information and analysis of the individual’s Facebook friend networks – so this tiny detail will become significant later on.


Shortly after finding himself under instant national scrutiny following Umoh’s tweet, Akpan then attempts to throw the public off the scent with the Facebook post below. In so doing, he inadvertently confirms that the telephone number in question is actually his, thereby proving that “Uduak Frank Akpan” and “Ezekiel Akpan” are the same person.


Shortly thereafter, he deactivates his Facebook profile and seemingly goes silent until the Akwa Ibom State Police Command issues a statement 3 days later, confirming his arrest and effectively pronouncing him guilty of the crime as a sole suspect.


Frank Uduak Ezekiel Akpan

So far, based on the version of the story that is in official circulation, there is only Frank Akpan and the unfortunate Hiny Umoren. The police have declared him a serial rapist – and hence a single actor. Officially, the issue is over and there is nothing more to see here. It was just a horrible monster and a woman who unfortunately fell victim under the most heartbreaking circumstances.


The only counter-story so far boils down to a few unsubstantiated social media rumours that cannot stand in court, plus what would otherwise be compelling evidence from Akpan’s crime scene, which unfortunately has now been contaminated and rendered all but useless for the purpose of a criminal investigation.


By deliberate malfeasance or by incompetence, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has allowed key evidence from Akpan’s hideout potentially pointing to a larger conspiracy, to be trampled underfoot by hundreds of curious onlookers and social media content creators. In so doing, the evidence to build a case for anything other than a standalone Frank Akpan conviction has been destroyed or rendered inadmissible.


There is however, one type of evidence that cannot be physically destroyed or tampered with in any way. This evidence has a permanent digital record which sits in cloud storage away from the incompetence or malfeasance of the Nigeria Police Force, and what it shows without a shadow of doubt is that Frank Akpan did not act alone.


 

Organ trafficking to feed the international donor organ black market? Ritual killings on behalf of politicians involved in occultic practices?


Let’s find out.


Leaked Network Records: The Smoking Gun

To properly understand and contextualise the data that you are about to see below, a little explainer is in order. As mentioned earlier, the 6 categories of telephone interaction data always recorded by service providers are call date and time, originating number, receiving number, type of interaction (call or SMS), length of interaction (in seconds) and the originating/receiving cell tower.


Every cell tower on earth has a unique location code written in this format: MCC (Mobile Country Code)-MNC (Mobile Network Code)-LAC (Location Area Code)-CellID. Nigeria’s mobile country code is 621, and its 4 largest network providers MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9Mobile have the respective MNCs 30, 50, 20 and 60. Using this information alongside the LAC and CellID provided in the call records below, you can pinpoint the exact cell tower closest to where the call in question was made or received.


 

For example, if the given MCC is 621, the MNC is 20 (Airtel), the LAC is 00784, and the CellID is 20565, you can put this information into free public access cell site locators like cell2gps.com and the result will be a cell tower site in Uyo at the junction of Ikot-Ekpene road and Ikpa Road.


This is actual cell site data from a call made by Frank Akpan at 6.50PM on April 29, 2021

That being said, it is time to examine the leaked call record data and draw our conclusions. First, here is data I extracted from what my source provided, showing the significant parts of Frank Akpan’s call and SMS history on the day Hiny Umoren was murdered.


For ease of understanding, I ran all the numbers through Truecaller and put the names in brackets next to them

Around 1.17PM on April 29, Frank Akpan placed a call to Hiny Umoren, which lasted for 124 seconds. It is fair to extrapolate that this was a call where he gave directions to her regarding where she should go for the purported interview. At 1.21PM, he then placed a call to a Blessing Godwin, which lasted 147 seconds. Was he chatting up another potential victim of the same job interview snare? It is impossible to say for now.


At 3:38PM, Hiny Umoren then placed a call to Frank Akpan lasting for 106 seconds. If you compare the cell tower data here to that of his previous phone calls, it is clear that he was already at the supposed venue waiting for her because the tower location does not change. It is safe to assume that she was calling to tell him that she had arrived for her interview. Save for a 2-second WhatsApp voice note which Hiny later managed to send to Umoh, this call was probably the last time anyone ever heard Hiny Umoren alive again.


Around 6.15PM, almost 3 hours after Hiny Umoren arrived at his lair, Frank Akpan then placed a call to an unknown number. The call records clearly show +2348127530092 – Frank Akpan’s known public number – making repeated contact between 6.15PM and 6.50PM with +2348122386922, an unknown number which brings up no details on Truecaller or Facebook. For reference, if a mobile number pulls up no Truecaller, Facebook or social media results whatsoever, this could either mean that it is used on a non-internet-enabled feature phone (a so-called ‘burner’ phone), or that the owner is extremely intentional about having no digital footprint linked to that number.


Incidentally, this was also around the time when the Twitter hashtag #FindHinyUmoren had already led Twitter sleuths to uncover Frank Akpan’s identity, leading to his amateur attempt at misdirection referenced earlier. In the middle of a clear and obvious crisis moment, why was Frank Akpan repeatedly trying to establish contact with this unknown number with no digital footprint? The answer could lie in some data I extracted from a different set of call records showing Frank Akpan’s contact with this number in the days and weeks before Hiny Umoren was murdered.


This unknown person contacted Frank Akpan no fewer than 12 times between April 4 and April 27

Was this a regular buyer or facilitator of whatever gruesome trade Frank Akpan was involved in? Was Frank calling him for help after an unexpected social media campaign suddenly exposed him and put their entire business operation at risk? Why was this the first number that Frank called immediately after raping and murdering a young woman? We do not know the answers to these questions, but there is at least one person other than Frank Akpan himself who can probably tell us.


The “Senior Forestry Officer”

It is April 30, 2021, and Frank Akpan has become a nationwide hate figure on social media. His involvement in Hiny Umoren’s disappearance is public knowledge at this point, and time is running out for him. He needs friends and allies to protect him – and fast. His name and picture are doing the rounds on social media, and in a city like Uyo, it will not be long before someone recognises him and he finds himself subjected to Nigerian street justice.


Between 10.27Am and 10.44AM, he places 3 phone calls to a Francisca Bassey Akpan – presumably a family member who is willing to help him. Francisca is in Calabar when she receives the calls, and she is using a smartphone in a location with high network capacity, which means the network is able to record her location while receiving Frank’s calls to within a few metres of accuracy.


At 10.55AM, Francisca calls Frank back. Only they and the mobile network know what is said during this 51-second conversation. My source balked at the idea of obtaining customer voice notes because that would simply be a bridge too far, even for the sake of solving a brutal murder. Just getting this much information to me is already breaking multiple in-house rules and NCC codes, so they understandably did not want to push their luck.


At 4.32PM on April 30, Frank then makes one of the most most interesting phone calls in this entire story. Truecaller pulls up the details of the recipient of the phone call with the number +2348032939326 – one “Kufre Effiong.” Unlike the other people Frank has been known to associate with, Kufre Effiong appears to be from a different world. He is significantly older than Frank and as his location details show, he lives in the swanky part of town. Who is this guy?


Their conversation lasts for just 31 seconds and presumably ends with Kufre hanging up. Frank’s phone rings almost immediately at 4.34PM. The caller is +2348038967819 and this conversation lasts decidedly longer than the last one – almost 4 minutes. Who is the owner of this number that has so much to talk about with someone who is probably Nigeria’s most wanted man at the moment? Truecaller answers once again.


Kufre Effiong is an older, wealthier looking man who apparently spends his time in the upscale Ewet Estate while Frank Akpan rapes and murders young women in uncompleted buildings somewhere across town. What could these two possibly have in common that brings them together? Interestingly, if you compare the location data from both calls, it is clear that both men have in fact met physically at a certain 58G, Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo. Frank is probably outside the building talking to this older, wiser man on the phone and hoping to get some help from him.


More on 58G, Ewet Housing Estate later.


Who exactly is Kufre Effiong? I eventually found the answer after scrolling through dozens, maybe hundreds of social media profiles with that exact name. Mr Effiong as it turns out, is something of a big fish in Niger Delta civil service circles.


Source: Facebook


Source: LinkedIn

Now back to the address where both men met. Plot 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is home to the Uyo branch office of a medical NGO called the Center for Clinical Care and Research (CCCR Nigeria).


Founded in 2010 by an all-star list of accomplished Nigerian-American doctors, CCCR carries out medical outreach programs in underserved areas of Nigeria and promotes medical best practices using a fusion of global best practices and local healthcare delivery models. Or at least it used to, because as far as it is possible to tell, its social media pages have had no activity whatsoever since 2017. A scan of news stories since 2017 using the keywords “CCCR Nigeria” and “Center for Clinical Care and Research Nigeria” turns up nothing. To all intents and purposes, this is a ghost NGO.


Source: Facebook

And yet, at least if Google is to be believed, its Uyo branch office at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate still opens at 8.30AM everyday and closes at 5PM. This exact address also happens to be where Kufre Effiong made and received calls from Frank Akpan, who also physically met him there 24 hours after raping and murdering Hiny Umoren. This leaves open two possibilities.


The first is that the Uyo Branch office of an organisation which specifically offers “supply chain management of health commodities” may have been commandeered by an illegal organ trafficking ring to feed the booming global black market organ trade. At the lower end of the operation would be Frank Akpan who would specialise in rape and murder of defenceless women so as to harvest their organs for onward delivery to those in charge of the operation.


Black market value of human organs | Source: Gizmodo

The second possibility is more prosaic, but no less horrific. Due to the convoluted house numbering system in Uyo, the property labeled as 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is also recognised on most digital maps as Plot S.9, Unit G, Ewet Housing Estate. That address is also home to Davok Suites, which is a popular upmarket hotel in Uyo favoured by high profile guests including the Cameroon national team.


Source: Hotels.com

This would be the ideal location for a trusted associate of a politician – say, a senior civil servant – to lay his head while running a clandestine errand for his boss. An errand such as sourcing human parts for use in a ritual sacrifice ahead of the upcoming election season, for example. Whatever it is that happened or is happening at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate – and for whose benefit – is a question only Kufre Effiong can answer. Cavernous as this story has become, there is still one more twist.


Hiny Umoren’s Murder – A Police Cover Up In Progress

At the outset, I referenced a press release from the Akwa Ibom State Command on May 2 patting themselves on the back for arresting Frank Akpan and solving a huge criminal conspiracy in 5 minutes by pinning everything on him. One of the names singled out for praise in the press release for his alleged role in apprehending Frank Akpan was a certain SP Samuel Ezeugo.


On April 30, at 4.40PM, Frank Akpan placed a call to someone with the number +2348034386086.


Second from bottom

At this point, I trust it will not shock you to know that when I ran this number through Truecaller, the name that came up was none other than…


The one and the same.

In other words, while the Akwa Ibom Police Command is releasing statements claiming to be solving a crime by arresting a suspect, the suspect was actually making telephone calls to one of the police officers who would later “arrest” him, and speaking to him for a minute and a half. What were they talking about? Perhaps Frank Akpan – who was still at large at the time – was giving SP Ezeugo instructions for how to apprehend him nicely?


Even more conveniently, Akpan placed the call to SP Ezeugo less than a minute after receiving a text message from Kufre Effiong. While still physically located at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate.


 

In other words, the senior civil servant working at the Niger Delta Ministry probably sent SP Ezeugo’s phone number to Akpan via SMS, with instructions to call him and let him “handle” it.


And most tellingly of all, SP Ezeugo’s cell tower location data indicates that while all this was happening, he was in close range of a cell tower near the entrance of Ewet Housing Estate. Presumably, on his way to meet oga.


Take note of the cell tower’s location next to General Edet Akpan Avenue


For comparison, look at Ewet Housing Estate vis-a-vis General Edet Akpan Avenue

So putting the entire picture together, we have what appears to be a well-connected criminal gang in Akwa Ibom with links to the police and the Federal Ministry of the Niger Delta, which specialises in sourcing human organs either for the purpose of selling to the international black market or to service local politicians who believe in ritual human sacrifice.


By the accident of targeting someone with significant social media capital, the existence of this organisation is threatened, and so the Akwa Ibom Police Command is allegedly being used to actively bungle and mishandle the case.


 

Finding the individual who owns the telephone number +2348122386922 is central to unraveling the mystery of why Iniobong Umoren had to die, how many more like her have died in the past, and most importantly, who are the big fish behind the entire operation. Exactly what is going on at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is another key question that must be answered.


If Frank AKpan won’t talk, maybe Kufre Effiong can tell us.


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By David Hundeyin


On Friday April 29, a 26 year-old lady set out around 1PM to attend a job interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Having recently completed her university program despite losing both parents, she was looking for a way to support herself before being called up for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.


Instead of a job interview and hope for the future however, what she would actually encounter on that day would become one of the most shocking stories to ever emerge from Nigeria.


Iniobong “Hiny” Umoren became the subject of a desperate nationwide search led by Nigerian Twitter users after her friend Umoh Uduak put out an urgent appeal. She was eventually found, but unfortunately the worst had already happened. The police would later confirm that she was found dead, having been raped, murdered and then buried in a shallow grave.


In the wake of a crowdsourced social media sleuthing campaign which uncovered his identity, a primary suspect Frank Uduak Ezekiel Akpan was also arrested.


 

In a manner completely uncharacteristic of Nigeria’s elephant-paced justice system, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command rapidly announced that it had extracted a confession from Akpan, and even identified his motive – he was a serial rapist and serial killer acting alone. End of story and job done.


Police statement on Hiny Umoren case

Naturally, this neat explanation did not satisfy many, who felt that Akpan could not have acted alone, and that the police might be involved in some kind of a cover up to protect powerful people potentially implicated. Rumours also began swirling about Hiny’s family receiving death threats, and the suspect allegedly boasting about being well-connected.


Beyond the whispers however, there has been precious little to substantiate the idea that stringing up Frank Akpan alone would not represent any kind of justice for Hiny Umoren. Sources willing to speak up and provide information about this case have generally not been forthcoming.


Until now.


Game Changing Information

Every telephone conversation made via a GSM telephone line has a permanent record with the mobile service provider, which by law cannot be tampered with or erased. The information captured can vary, but it always includes the following elements: the date and time the interaction was initiated; the type of interaction (voice or SMS); the length of the interaction; the number initiating the interaction; the number receiving the interaction and the location of the closest cell towers to both parties.


Some networks also record the actual conversation (voice note), and depending on the type of signal band and mobile device, it is even possible to capture the exact location of both parties, accurate to within a few metres. Anyone who can get their hands on the call data from Frank Akpan’s line would very quickly be able to establish whether he was in fact acting alone – which is where my source came in handy.


 

Understandably, this information is meant to be impossible to access without law enforcement authorisation. With this in mind, I have taken the extra precaution of reproducing it manually via a spreadsheet, so as to protect my source by removing all possible identifying information. Over the course of several hours last week, I pored over several days worth of leaked call data from Frank Akpan’s mobile provider to make sense of the situation.


What will be presented in this story is the closest thing that exists to objective evidence that:


1.) Frank Akpan is being used to take the fall for much bigger fish involved in Hiny Umoren’s murder; and


 

2.) While Frank Akpan is certainly the primary suspect and was directly involved in the murder, there are other participants in the murder still walking free, while the Akwa Ibom Police Command intentionally bungles what should be an open and shut investigation.


Who is Frank Akpan?

Apart from a few tidbits pieced together from social media accounts about him, very little is known about Frank Akpan the primary suspect. The timeline to his arrest begins late in the afternoon on April 29, when Umoh puts out Hiny’s number hoping someone will be able to track down her friend’s location.


The mention of “Frank Akpan” as a central figure in this story begins with this tweet from Umoh which identifies the owner of the Airtel number +2348127530092 as the person who invited Hiny for the supposed interview.


A quick check with Truecaller brings up the name “Ezekiel Akpan.” Curiously, the occupation tag on this person’s Truecaller profile reads “Political.” It is important to bear in mind that Truecaller fills an individual’s ‘name’ and ‘occupation’ fields by pulling high quality data from several sources including Facebook profile information and analysis of the individual’s Facebook friend networks – so this tiny detail will become significant later on.


Shortly after finding himself under instant national scrutiny following Umoh’s tweet, Akpan then attempts to throw the public off the scent with the Facebook post below. In so doing, he inadvertently confirms that the telephone number in question is actually his, thereby proving that “Uduak Frank Akpan” and “Ezekiel Akpan” are the same person.


Shortly thereafter, he deactivates his Facebook profile and seemingly goes silent until the Akwa Ibom State Police Command issues a statement 3 days later, confirming his arrest and effectively pronouncing him guilty of the crime as a sole suspect.


Frank Uduak Ezekiel Akpan

So far, based on the version of the story that is in official circulation, there is only Frank Akpan and the unfortunate Hiny Umoren. The police have declared him a serial rapist – and hence a single actor. Officially, the issue is over and there is nothing more to see here. It was just a horrible monster and a woman who unfortunately fell victim under the most heartbreaking circumstances.


The only counter-story so far boils down to a few unsubstantiated social media rumours that cannot stand in court, plus what would otherwise be compelling evidence from Akpan’s crime scene, which unfortunately has now been contaminated and rendered all but useless for the purpose of a criminal investigation.


By deliberate malfeasance or by incompetence, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has allowed key evidence from Akpan’s hideout potentially pointing to a larger conspiracy, to be trampled underfoot by hundreds of curious onlookers and social media content creators. In so doing, the evidence to build a case for anything other than a standalone Frank Akpan conviction has been destroyed or rendered inadmissible.


There is however, one type of evidence that cannot be physically destroyed or tampered with in any way. This evidence has a permanent digital record which sits in cloud storage away from the incompetence or malfeasance of the Nigeria Police Force, and what it shows without a shadow of doubt is that Frank Akpan did not act alone.


 

Organ trafficking to feed the international donor organ black market? Ritual killings on behalf of politicians involved in occultic practices?


Let’s find out.


Leaked Network Records: The Smoking Gun

To properly understand and contextualise the data that you are about to see below, a little explainer is in order. As mentioned earlier, the 6 categories of telephone interaction data always recorded by service providers are call date and time, originating number, receiving number, type of interaction (call or SMS), length of interaction (in seconds) and the originating/receiving cell tower.


Every cell tower on earth has a unique location code written in this format: MCC (Mobile Country Code)-MNC (Mobile Network Code)-LAC (Location Area Code)-CellID. Nigeria’s mobile country code is 621, and its 4 largest network providers MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9Mobile have the respective MNCs 30, 50, 20 and 60. Using this information alongside the LAC and CellID provided in the call records below, you can pinpoint the exact cell tower closest to where the call in question was made or received.


 

For example, if the given MCC is 621, the MNC is 20 (Airtel), the LAC is 00784, and the CellID is 20565, you can put this information into free public access cell site locators like cell2gps.com and the result will be a cell tower site in Uyo at the junction of Ikot-Ekpene road and Ikpa Road.


This is actual cell site data from a call made by Frank Akpan at 6.50PM on April 29, 2021

That being said, it is time to examine the leaked call record data and draw our conclusions. First, here is data I extracted from what my source provided, showing the significant parts of Frank Akpan’s call and SMS history on the day Hiny Umoren was murdered.


For ease of understanding, I ran all the numbers through Truecaller and put the names in brackets next to them

Around 1.17PM on April 29, Frank Akpan placed a call to Hiny Umoren, which lasted for 124 seconds. It is fair to extrapolate that this was a call where he gave directions to her regarding where she should go for the purported interview. At 1.21PM, he then placed a call to a Blessing Godwin, which lasted 147 seconds. Was he chatting up another potential victim of the same job interview snare? It is impossible to say for now.


At 3:38PM, Hiny Umoren then placed a call to Frank Akpan lasting for 106 seconds. If you compare the cell tower data here to that of his previous phone calls, it is clear that he was already at the supposed venue waiting for her because the tower location does not change. It is safe to assume that she was calling to tell him that she had arrived for her interview. Save for a 2-second WhatsApp voice note which Hiny later managed to send to Umoh, this call was probably the last time anyone ever heard Hiny Umoren alive again.


Around 6.15PM, almost 3 hours after Hiny Umoren arrived at his lair, Frank Akpan then placed a call to an unknown number. The call records clearly show +2348127530092 – Frank Akpan’s known public number – making repeated contact between 6.15PM and 6.50PM with +2348122386922, an unknown number which brings up no details on Truecaller or Facebook. For reference, if a mobile number pulls up no Truecaller, Facebook or social media results whatsoever, this could either mean that it is used on a non-internet-enabled feature phone (a so-called ‘burner’ phone), or that the owner is extremely intentional about having no digital footprint linked to that number.


Incidentally, this was also around the time when the Twitter hashtag #FindHinyUmoren had already led Twitter sleuths to uncover Frank Akpan’s identity, leading to his amateur attempt at misdirection referenced earlier. In the middle of a clear and obvious crisis moment, why was Frank Akpan repeatedly trying to establish contact with this unknown number with no digital footprint? The answer could lie in some data I extracted from a different set of call records showing Frank Akpan’s contact with this number in the days and weeks before Hiny Umoren was murdered.


This unknown person contacted Frank Akpan no fewer than 12 times between April 4 and April 27

Was this a regular buyer or facilitator of whatever gruesome trade Frank Akpan was involved in? Was Frank calling him for help after an unexpected social media campaign suddenly exposed him and put their entire business operation at risk? Why was this the first number that Frank called immediately after raping and murdering a young woman? We do not know the answers to these questions, but there is at least one person other than Frank Akpan himself who can probably tell us.


The “Senior Forestry Officer”

It is April 30, 2021, and Frank Akpan has become a nationwide hate figure on social media. His involvement in Hiny Umoren’s disappearance is public knowledge at this point, and time is running out for him. He needs friends and allies to protect him – and fast. His name and picture are doing the rounds on social media, and in a city like Uyo, it will not be long before someone recognises him and he finds himself subjected to Nigerian street justice.


Between 10.27Am and 10.44AM, he places 3 phone calls to a Francisca Bassey Akpan – presumably a family member who is willing to help him. Francisca is in Calabar when she receives the calls, and she is using a smartphone in a location with high network capacity, which means the network is able to record her location while receiving Frank’s calls to within a few metres of accuracy.


At 10.55AM, Francisca calls Frank back. Only they and the mobile network know what is said during this 51-second conversation. My source balked at the idea of obtaining customer voice notes because that would simply be a bridge too far, even for the sake of solving a brutal murder. Just getting this much information to me is already breaking multiple in-house rules and NCC codes, so they understandably did not want to push their luck.


At 4.32PM on April 30, Frank then makes one of the most most interesting phone calls in this entire story. Truecaller pulls up the details of the recipient of the phone call with the number +2348032939326 – one “Kufre Effiong.” Unlike the other people Frank has been known to associate with, Kufre Effiong appears to be from a different world. He is significantly older than Frank and as his location details show, he lives in the swanky part of town. Who is this guy?


Their conversation lasts for just 31 seconds and presumably ends with Kufre hanging up. Frank’s phone rings almost immediately at 4.34PM. The caller is +2348038967819 and this conversation lasts decidedly longer than the last one – almost 4 minutes. Who is the owner of this number that has so much to talk about with someone who is probably Nigeria’s most wanted man at the moment? Truecaller answers once again.


Kufre Effiong is an older, wealthier looking man who apparently spends his time in the upscale Ewet Estate while Frank Akpan rapes and murders young women in uncompleted buildings somewhere across town. What could these two possibly have in common that brings them together? Interestingly, if you compare the location data from both calls, it is clear that both men have in fact met physically at a certain 58G, Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo. Frank is probably outside the building talking to this older, wiser man on the phone and hoping to get some help from him.


More on 58G, Ewet Housing Estate later.


Who exactly is Kufre Effiong? I eventually found the answer after scrolling through dozens, maybe hundreds of social media profiles with that exact name. Mr Effiong as it turns out, is something of a big fish in Niger Delta civil service circles.


Source: Facebook


Source: LinkedIn

Now back to the address where both men met. Plot 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is home to the Uyo branch office of a medical NGO called the Center for Clinical Care and Research (CCCR Nigeria).


Founded in 2010 by an all-star list of accomplished Nigerian-American doctors, CCCR carries out medical outreach programs in underserved areas of Nigeria and promotes medical best practices using a fusion of global best practices and local healthcare delivery models. Or at least it used to, because as far as it is possible to tell, its social media pages have had no activity whatsoever since 2017. A scan of news stories since 2017 using the keywords “CCCR Nigeria” and “Center for Clinical Care and Research Nigeria” turns up nothing. To all intents and purposes, this is a ghost NGO.


Source: Facebook

And yet, at least if Google is to be believed, its Uyo branch office at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate still opens at 8.30AM everyday and closes at 5PM. This exact address also happens to be where Kufre Effiong made and received calls from Frank Akpan, who also physically met him there 24 hours after raping and murdering Hiny Umoren. This leaves open two possibilities.


The first is that the Uyo Branch office of an organisation which specifically offers “supply chain management of health commodities” may have been commandeered by an illegal organ trafficking ring to feed the booming global black market organ trade. At the lower end of the operation would be Frank Akpan who would specialise in rape and murder of defenceless women so as to harvest their organs for onward delivery to those in charge of the operation.


Black market value of human organs | Source: Gizmodo

The second possibility is more prosaic, but no less horrific. Due to the convoluted house numbering system in Uyo, the property labeled as 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is also recognised on most digital maps as Plot S.9, Unit G, Ewet Housing Estate. That address is also home to Davok Suites, which is a popular upmarket hotel in Uyo favoured by high profile guests including the Cameroon national team.


Source: Hotels.com

This would be the ideal location for a trusted associate of a politician – say, a senior civil servant – to lay his head while running a clandestine errand for his boss. An errand such as sourcing human parts for use in a ritual sacrifice ahead of the upcoming election season, for example. Whatever it is that happened or is happening at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate – and for whose benefit – is a question only Kufre Effiong can answer. Cavernous as this story has become, there is still one more twist.


Hiny Umoren’s Murder – A Police Cover Up In Progress

At the outset, I referenced a press release from the Akwa Ibom State Command on May 2 patting themselves on the back for arresting Frank Akpan and solving a huge criminal conspiracy in 5 minutes by pinning everything on him. One of the names singled out for praise in the press release for his alleged role in apprehending Frank Akpan was a certain SP Samuel Ezeugo.


On April 30, at 4.40PM, Frank Akpan placed a call to someone with the number +2348034386086.


Second from bottom

At this point, I trust it will not shock you to know that when I ran this number through Truecaller, the name that came up was none other than…


The one and the same.

In other words, while the Akwa Ibom Police Command is releasing statements claiming to be solving a crime by arresting a suspect, the suspect was actually making telephone calls to one of the police officers who would later “arrest” him, and speaking to him for a minute and a half. What were they talking about? Perhaps Frank Akpan – who was still at large at the time – was giving SP Ezeugo instructions for how to apprehend him nicely?


Even more conveniently, Akpan placed the call to SP Ezeugo less than a minute after receiving a text message from Kufre Effiong. While still physically located at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate.


 

In other words, the senior civil servant working at the Niger Delta Ministry probably sent SP Ezeugo’s phone number to Akpan via SMS, with instructions to call him and let him “handle” it.


And most tellingly of all, SP Ezeugo’s cell tower location data indicates that while all this was happening, he was in close range of a cell tower near the entrance of Ewet Housing Estate. Presumably, on his way to meet oga.


Take note of the cell tower’s location next to General Edet Akpan Avenue


For comparison, look at Ewet Housing Estate vis-a-vis General Edet Akpan Avenue

So putting the entire picture together, we have what appears to be a well-connected criminal gang in Akwa Ibom with links to the police and the Federal Ministry of the Niger Delta, which specialises in sourcing human organs either for the purpose of selling to the international black market or to service local politicians who believe in ritual human sacrifice.


By the accident of targeting someone with significant social media capital, the existence of this organisation is threatened, and so the Akwa Ibom Police Command is allegedly being used to actively bungle and mishandle the case.


 

Finding the individual who owns the telephone number +2348122386922 is central to unraveling the mystery of why Iniobong Umoren had to die, how many more like her have died in the past, and most importantly, who are the big fish behind the entire operation. Exactly what is going on at 58, G Unit, Ewet Housing Estate is another key question that must be answered.


If Frank AKpan won’t talk, maybe Kufre Effiong can tell us.


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AND THE CHILD DIED!

AND THE CHILD DIED!

 *To all Parents and Guidance*


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I am sure a number of us have been following the story of the six-year-old boy who was murdered in Kano state on Sunday.


 The child was kidnapped from Kaduna state and taken to Kano where they murdered him after collecting one million naira ransom from his parents.


So pathetic! Is it not? 


But more worrisome are the circumstances surrounding the death of that innocent child.


• The chief suspect among the kidnappers is a neighbor of the late boy’s family.


• This chief suspect sent the boy on an errand to a destination where his partners in crime were already waiting for the innocent child.


• The child went on the errand without telling his parents where he was going to.


• According to the report, the suspects who committed this heinous crime were people who the father of the deceased used to help.


• They killed the boy, even after collecting a ransom from his parents because they were afraid that he might reveal their identity. In other words, the boy knew them.


 *Matters arising:* 


• I will never get tired of warning parents not to trust anybody totally with their child. Teach your children to love and respect everybody but be careful and on alert while relating with people outside their home. Even at home, extended family member, in-laws, domestic servants and family friends should not be trusted, unless tested and proven to be genuine.


• Your child should not be sent on an errand by anybody without your consent. And don’t just give your consent without knowing where they are being sent to. Community life is no longer what it used to be, therefore, be very careful with the people you call friends and/or neighbours.



• Stop the idea of making your child an errand boy/girl to everybody in your neighbourhood. Many children have been sexually molested through that, some were knocked down by a vehicle, while very unfortunate ones like this boy lost their lives.


• For crying out loud, I don’t know why someone should send a six year old child on errand outside the compound where they live. Please don’t allow that, it is not right. 



• If trying to protect your child will earn you bad names from your friends and neighbours, I will suggest that you better answer the bad name than lose your child.


• Understand that no other person can take care of your child the way you do. Therefore, never assume that somebody somewhere is there on your behalf for your children.


• Teach your children to say NO if anybody, no matter who, makes unpleasant demands from them. I talked about this in my new book “The Menace of Pedophiles”. Many children who fall victim to pedophiles were not able to say no when they needed to do so.


• The wave of kidnapping is so high now; sleep with one eye closed while the other eye watches your family members. I don’t know whether you are still comfortable with engaging the services of commercial bike or tricycle riders to take your child to and from school. If I were you, I will stop now.


I rest my case for now.


 May God comfort the family of that innocent child and give them the fortitude to bear their loss. 


 *Shalom!* 


 *©️ Ijeoma Igwesi* 

 *Family Life (Parenting) Coach* 

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 *To all Parents and Guidance*


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I am sure a number of us have been following the story of the six-year-old boy who was murdered in Kano state on Sunday.


 The child was kidnapped from Kaduna state and taken to Kano where they murdered him after collecting one million naira ransom from his parents.


So pathetic! Is it not? 


But more worrisome are the circumstances surrounding the death of that innocent child.


• The chief suspect among the kidnappers is a neighbor of the late boy’s family.


• This chief suspect sent the boy on an errand to a destination where his partners in crime were already waiting for the innocent child.


• The child went on the errand without telling his parents where he was going to.


• According to the report, the suspects who committed this heinous crime were people who the father of the deceased used to help.


• They killed the boy, even after collecting a ransom from his parents because they were afraid that he might reveal their identity. In other words, the boy knew them.


 *Matters arising:* 


• I will never get tired of warning parents not to trust anybody totally with their child. Teach your children to love and respect everybody but be careful and on alert while relating with people outside their home. Even at home, extended family member, in-laws, domestic servants and family friends should not be trusted, unless tested and proven to be genuine.


• Your child should not be sent on an errand by anybody without your consent. And don’t just give your consent without knowing where they are being sent to. Community life is no longer what it used to be, therefore, be very careful with the people you call friends and/or neighbours.



• Stop the idea of making your child an errand boy/girl to everybody in your neighbourhood. Many children have been sexually molested through that, some were knocked down by a vehicle, while very unfortunate ones like this boy lost their lives.


• For crying out loud, I don’t know why someone should send a six year old child on errand outside the compound where they live. Please don’t allow that, it is not right. 



• If trying to protect your child will earn you bad names from your friends and neighbours, I will suggest that you better answer the bad name than lose your child.


• Understand that no other person can take care of your child the way you do. Therefore, never assume that somebody somewhere is there on your behalf for your children.


• Teach your children to say NO if anybody, no matter who, makes unpleasant demands from them. I talked about this in my new book “The Menace of Pedophiles”. Many children who fall victim to pedophiles were not able to say no when they needed to do so.


• The wave of kidnapping is so high now; sleep with one eye closed while the other eye watches your family members. I don’t know whether you are still comfortable with engaging the services of commercial bike or tricycle riders to take your child to and from school. If I were you, I will stop now.


I rest my case for now.


 May God comfort the family of that innocent child and give them the fortitude to bear their loss. 


 *Shalom!* 


 *©️ Ijeoma Igwesi* 

 *Family Life (Parenting) Coach* 

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#FreeAfaka29: @Yelesowore Led #RevolutionNow, SUG, Parents in a Solidarity protest to demand immediate release of abducted Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Kaduna by terrorists (PHOTOS)

#FreeAfaka29: @Yelesowore Led #RevolutionNow, SUG, Parents in a Solidarity protest to demand immediate release of abducted Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Kaduna by terrorists (PHOTOS)

There was solidarity protest to demand the immediate release of abducted Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Kaduna by terrorists.

Protesters say Nigerians must rise to put an end to Buhari regime of terrorists & bandits. 


Omoyele Sowore led RevolutionNow comrades, the Students Union Government (SUG), parents of the abducted students as well as concerned individuals took part in the protest on Tuesday in Kaduna.

#FreeAfaka29 


#BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow




#NoGoingBack












Kaduna State governor who has been known to be paying off the Bandits and terrorists to stop attacks in the state has left the students and the parents to their fate.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC government of Insecurity has been a total failure at securing lives of the citizenry as the federal government is known to be open to the terrorists and Bandits than ordinary citizens and activists who are constructively criticizing the maladministration of the if the country's affairs by the regime.

There was solidarity protest to demand the immediate release of abducted Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Kaduna by terrorists.

Protesters say Nigerians must rise to put an end to Buhari regime of terrorists & bandits. 


Omoyele Sowore led RevolutionNow comrades, the Students Union Government (SUG), parents of the abducted students as well as concerned individuals took part in the protest on Tuesday in Kaduna.

#FreeAfaka29 


#BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow




#NoGoingBack












Kaduna State governor who has been known to be paying off the Bandits and terrorists to stop attacks in the state has left the students and the parents to their fate.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC government of Insecurity has been a total failure at securing lives of the citizenry as the federal government is known to be open to the terrorists and Bandits than ordinary citizens and activists who are constructively criticizing the maladministration of the if the country's affairs by the regime.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Nigeria ranked as the third worst governed country in the world

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Nigeria ranked as the third worst governed country in the world


"The Chandler Good Government Index has ranked Nigeria as the third worst governed country in the world. The report ranked the nation very low in governance, leadership and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela" - Punch Newspaper

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I dont want to copy and go too far into our chequered history like Lai Muhammed Minister of Information who claimed Nigeria's security challenges are a consequence of the 1975 coup d’état. So I will focus on our 4th Republic from 1999 till date and use that as my indices for assessment


Unarguably, Muhammadu Buhari administration is the worst when compared to other leaders from Olusegun Obasanjo to Umaru Musa Yar'adua and Goodluck Jonathan who handed the baton to the incumbent.


We need to state the fact, it has been a downward spiral in Nigeria on the people elected as our leaders. If we use collated data and indices to assess each leader from 1999 using ability, competence, foresight, governance and leadership as parameters.


Olusegun Obasanjo's tenure was about average, Umaru Yar'adua below average, Goodluck Jonathan fairly poor and the best at doing nothing and coming from the rear is actually the incumbent who is largely aloof, totally incompetent, unnecessarily obdurate, very sectional, lacking both mental capacity and physical capability to be a leader of a big nation like Nigeria


Unfortunately, there are hordes of muppets and simpletons out there who are his ardent supporters and will argue that his stewardship is the best thing to happen to Nigeria, truly I reckon they are addicted to colorado mixed with "omi gutter" and sniffing the pungent air oozing from soakaway pits to get their fix


#justscribblingmythoughts


Femi Ogunsanwo


"The Chandler Good Government Index has ranked Nigeria as the third worst governed country in the world. The report ranked the nation very low in governance, leadership and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela" - Punch Newspaper

************************************************

I dont want to copy and go too far into our chequered history like Lai Muhammed Minister of Information who claimed Nigeria's security challenges are a consequence of the 1975 coup d’état. So I will focus on our 4th Republic from 1999 till date and use that as my indices for assessment


Unarguably, Muhammadu Buhari administration is the worst when compared to other leaders from Olusegun Obasanjo to Umaru Musa Yar'adua and Goodluck Jonathan who handed the baton to the incumbent.


We need to state the fact, it has been a downward spiral in Nigeria on the people elected as our leaders. If we use collated data and indices to assess each leader from 1999 using ability, competence, foresight, governance and leadership as parameters.


Olusegun Obasanjo's tenure was about average, Umaru Yar'adua below average, Goodluck Jonathan fairly poor and the best at doing nothing and coming from the rear is actually the incumbent who is largely aloof, totally incompetent, unnecessarily obdurate, very sectional, lacking both mental capacity and physical capability to be a leader of a big nation like Nigeria


Unfortunately, there are hordes of muppets and simpletons out there who are his ardent supporters and will argue that his stewardship is the best thing to happen to Nigeria, truly I reckon they are addicted to colorado mixed with "omi gutter" and sniffing the pungent air oozing from soakaway pits to get their fix


#justscribblingmythoughts


Femi Ogunsanwo

One Mrs. Sajo Okeowo from Owo was kidnapped on the way to Minna on Thursday

One Mrs. Sajo Okeowo from Owo was kidnapped on the way to Minna on Thursday


A Nigerian Mrs. Sajo Okeowo from Owo was kidnapped on the way to Minna on Thursday and has been with the kidnappers since then. The audio of their negotiating conversation with their leader was uploaded to the Whatsapp social media requesting for any advice.


She and many others are in the dens of kidnapers, bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists across the country.


On Mrs Okeowo's case as usual in the country, Kidnapers are happily negotiating ransom on their victims using our national telecommunication system just like that?


The country is finished.


It’s unfortunate and awkward that kidnappers will be using communication gadgets to communicate with victims relative and Nigeria security agencies will not be able to track the communications radius and nip the criminals in their hideout 


We do more harm to ourselves than the kidnappers because technology should have make this type of transaction to be difficult but bureaucracy and lack of seal has deprived Nigeria the requisite development it deserves from political leaders.


Those agitating to leave the demise of a country can validly be said to have good grounds to do so.


Anonymous. 


A Nigerian Mrs. Sajo Okeowo from Owo was kidnapped on the way to Minna on Thursday and has been with the kidnappers since then. The audio of their negotiating conversation with their leader was uploaded to the Whatsapp social media requesting for any advice.


She and many others are in the dens of kidnapers, bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists across the country.


On Mrs Okeowo's case as usual in the country, Kidnapers are happily negotiating ransom on their victims using our national telecommunication system just like that?


The country is finished.


It’s unfortunate and awkward that kidnappers will be using communication gadgets to communicate with victims relative and Nigeria security agencies will not be able to track the communications radius and nip the criminals in their hideout 


We do more harm to ourselves than the kidnappers because technology should have make this type of transaction to be difficult but bureaucracy and lack of seal has deprived Nigeria the requisite development it deserves from political leaders.


Those agitating to leave the demise of a country can validly be said to have good grounds to do so.


Anonymous. 

JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT OF CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND SHEIKH DR. AHMAD ABUBAKAR GUMI AT THE VISIT OF THE LATTER TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN ABEOKUTA SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi


As part of his continued efforts to find solutions for the general insecurity in the country and particularly for the menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment, Sheikh Gumi with a delegation of eight, as follows Prof. Usman Yusuf, Mallam Tukur Mamu, Dr. Umar Ardo, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Honourable Suleiman Gumi, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu and Mallam Buba Mohammed, visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on April 4, 2021.


Chief Obasanjo received Sheikh Gumi and his delegation in the presence of Oba Babajide Bakre, Agura of Gbagura, Abeokuta; Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, Chairman of Ogun State Christian Association of Nigeria; Sheikh Sa'addallah Alade Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; Chief Kenny Martins, Chief Ola Babajide Jaiyeoba; Rev. Tony Ojeshina, Chief Imams of Oke-Ona, Gbagura, Owu and Mr. Vitalis Ortese.


After exchange of pleasantries, Sheikh Gumi briefed Chief Obasanjo with other hosts on the measures and steps he had taken and spearheaded to stem the tide of insecurity and menace of banditry, kidnapping and ransom payment in many parts of the North.


Questions and discussions ensued to clarify some statements credited to Sheikh Gumi on his well-intended mission in the past. After clarification of points by Sheikh Gumi, discussion centred on causes – remote and immediate -, effects and implications, actions and reactions by communities, local authorities, state governments, national government and governments of our neghbouring countries and countries within West Africa.


After deep, frank and intimate discussions, the following points were arrived at and decided upon for appropriate actions as recommended:


1. Chief Obasanjo commended Sheikh Gumi for his initiative and encouraged him not to relent in his efforts.


2. Sheikh Gumi thanked Chief Obasanjo for his past services emphasising the special unifying efforts and attributes to the nation and for the warm welcome accorded his delegation.


3. The menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.


4. We acknowledge that people from different parts of the country and outside the country are involved although some people are more predominantly involved than others.


5. We must not advertently or inadvertently, in words, action or inaction encourage or support criminality.


6. We acknowledge that the security situation has gone beyond tolerance; hence Sheik Gumi’s coming to Abeokuta to confer with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


7. We identified the crisis as micro ethnic conflict between the Fulani and many host communities mainly in the North West.


8. We identified the remote causes as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by unscrupulous politicians.


9. Solutions must be seen and provided on short-, medium-, and long-term bases and must be composed of stick and carrot for the offender and the vulnerable.


10. All well-meaning Nigerians have to be involved in finding solutions by:


a. desisting from blame game;


b. desisting from ethnicising these crimes;


c. desisting from religionising these crimes;


d. desisting from regionalising these crimes;


e. respecting one another individually, community-wise, locally, ethnically, religiously and socially;


f. showing tolerance and accommodation where necessary;


g. condemning criminal acts no matter where it is committed and by whom it is committed in Nigeria;


h. encouraging more of carrot solution as may be found necessary;


i. sharing information at all levels;


j. not accepting criminality as a way of life for any individual or group in our nation;


11. Since the end of the civil war, the military are the strongest and most potent instrument and symbol of national unity that we have and we must keep them so.


12. State governments must have adequate means of providing security for their people and as chief executives and chief security officers of their states, they must have the means at their disposal to ensure security for all within their states.


13. Federal government must be proactive, secure necessary and updated intelligence to deal with organised crimes and have common policy for the nation. It is not solving the problem when one state goes for negotiation and molly-cuddling of criminals and another one goes for shooting them. Nor should one state go for ransom payment and another one going against.


14. Education is one main key to solve the problem in the long run but it must start now. The 14 million children that should be in school and are out of school must be put in school with local authorities, state governments and federal government working together.


15. Wean those who are ready to be weaned out of the bushes and crime, settle and rehabilitate them, give them skills, empower them and let them have employment.


16. The hardened criminals must be hard hit with stick. Unlawful carrying of arms should be very seriously punished.


17. Federal government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.


18. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.


19. There should be protection and reward covertly for whistle blowers against criminals living in the community.


20. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.


21. Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.


We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.  


To this end, Sheik Gumi has extended an invitation to Chief Obasanjo to visit Kaduna with a view to continuing the discourse started today and Chief Obasanjo has graciously accepted.


We conclude that to keep Nigeria safe and secure for all Nigerians and others living in Nigeria is a task that all well-meaning Nigerians must engage in, separately and collectively. Both of us resolve that we would not relent in our efforts.  


The delegations on both sides acceded to this statement. We agree to meet again in due course to re-examine progress and situation of security in Nigeria.


 

_____________________​​​​ __________________________ 

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo​​​ Sheikh 

Ahmad Abubakar Gumi

NIGERIA: FULANI EMASCULATION NOW COMPLETE

NIGERIA: FULANI EMASCULATION NOW COMPLETE

 *Doubting Thomas's now Shamed!
 *But we shall rise and Triumph Willy Nilly



The strategy is fool proof yet every project invites its own risks. The master strategist is a master risk evaluator but these people are not. It is clear that those who conceived this project, designed its key elements and planned its implementation somehow failed to design risk management into the mix. This is my evaluation of the Project design and plans to hand over Nigeria to Fulani Nations of Africa.

To dominate a people, seize their wealth and enslave them, take full control of political power, get all arms under your control, deny all else of access to any form of weapons, take control of major income organs, deny all else of access to funds. Finally move in surreptitiously and take over physical space. This is what has been going on since 2015.


 *PHASE 1

FULANI TAKE OVER ALL 3 ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT


Today, all three arms of Government; Executive, Legislative and Judicial have been appropriated by the Fulani Nation.

President, Chief of Staff, Senate president, Chief Justice of the Federation, Deputy Speaker House of representatives.  It has always been said that he who controls political power controls everything in the Republic. That is what the Fulani have done.


 *PHASE 2

FULANI TAKES OVER ALL ARMS BEARING ORGANS OF SECURITY

Next, they moved to put all arms under Fulani control. Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff, Inspector General of police, Director general of Department of State Security (DSS), National Security Adviser, (NSA), Minister of Defense, Commander of NSCDC, Chairman of NDLEA, all Intelligence services military and civilian. Director NIA, Director Military Intelligence, Director Naval Intelligence, Director Air Force Intelligence, Immigration, Prisons and so on. These are the organs licensed to bear arms. And just like Aristotle observed centuries ago: “Those who have command of the arms in a Country are masters of the State, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please.”


 *PHASE 3

NIGERIANS EXCEPT FULANI HEERDSMEN ORDERED TO SURRENDER ARMS

Still not fully comfortable with the capacity of other Nigerians to offer resistance, in February 2018, Nigeria Police Force which feigned ignorance of the uAK47 bearing Fulani terrorists and would not challenge them suddenly announced, through Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, plans by the Inspector General of Police to order surrender of both licensed and unlicensed guns from the citizens of Nigeria within 21 days. This was targeted at Vigilante groups, Neighborhood watches and people who obtained licensed guns for personal protection. Evidently, the Fulani herdsmen were exempted from this order as they openly and brazenly carried AK47 weapons in full view of the Police unchallenged. Again, that Philosopher, Aristotle saw this before our time:

“Both Oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.”


 *PHASE 4

TAKE OVER ALL FUNDS AND DEPRIVE OTHERS OF ACCESS TO MONEY.

The four highest revenue earners of Government were put in the hands of Fulani Muslims from the North.  NNPC accounts for 76% of federal revenue, 40% of overall gross Domestic Product and 98% of export earnings is put under Mele Kyari, Fulani from Borno. Federal Inland Revenue Service which generated, at a time, 5.3 trillion Naira under Babatunde Fowler, a Yoruba, was taken and handed over to Mohammed Nami in 2019, also Muslim from the North. Government was patient enough for Fowler to introduce the template and blueprint of the successful Lagos tax initiative. In addition, Fowler brought all the Tax payer register, their key information, their business secrets and customers to the Federal umbrella, thinking perhaps he would be there in forever.  The Nigeria Ports Authority whose revenue in 2017 was about 1 trillion Naira and one of the highest 4 is domesticated under a young lady, Hadiza Bala Usman, also Muslim Fulani. The Nigeria Customs Service, yielded a revenue of 1.5 trillion naira was also given to Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, Muslim Fulani. But that is not all. The big spenders are also Fulani controlled: 

Defense, Finance, Education, Justice, FCT, Agriculture, Police Affairs, Aviation, Communication, Power, Water Resources, and Humanitarian Affairs.

Following key federal agencies too: EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, NNPC, PTDF, DPR, PPRA, PEF, NPA, NIMASA, NDIC, SEC, NAICOM, FMBN, FHA, NHIS, NPHDA, UBEC, TETFUND, SMEDAN, NYSC, BOA, DBN, BPE, NTA, NEDC, FERMA, PENCOM, NITDA, NCC, NEMA, FAAN, NAMA, NIMET, NIRSAL, NIMC and Sovereign Wealth Fund.


 *PHASE 5

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: OKADA LOCUSTS FROM THE NORTH

Importation of foreign Fulani into Southern and Middle Belt regions started rather surreptitiously. Thousands of Fulani youth, scrawny looking, scantily clothed invaded most State Capitals of the South and Middle belt, starting from Lagos. They came in trailers, loaded with brand new motorcycles called “Okada.” Some observant people wondered aloud, how they got these shiny brand-new motorbikes, who paid for them, who sent them down South and who received, camped, housed and fed them. They asked “Is this not be part of a grand Boko Haram agenda?” 

Not a few suspected them as injected sleeper cells in our urban areas, ready and programmed to press their weapons into action to cause pandemonium, injure and kill in order to dominate and take over local space. Our Governors went about their activities in politics and stealing without distraction, yet the number of these invading troops kept swelling. 


 *PHASE 6

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: INJECTION INTO FOREST RESERVES

Under the pretext of Cow herding, they started full scale occupation of forest reserves, importing their family from across all Fulani Nations of West Africa, building their signature straw huts all around and constructing their traditional organs of administration. They brought their wives, their children and their armory of AK47 and ammunition. Still Governors grumbled but wanted a second term and so, feigned ignorance. 


GOOD STRATEGY, POOR TACTICS.

Those who conceived and implemented this ‘Take-Over’ strategy failed to take risk management into their project plan. They injected these peasants, equipped them with guns and forgot to sustain them with regular allowances. So, prematurely and before full implementation of mass space occupation, these warriors poured into highways, started to rob passengers for survival before graduating to kidnapping. Now they found this more lucrative than any allowance thus transformed into autonomous agents. They had now acquired enormous power, been introduced to lucrative human trade and become blackmail entrepreneurs. Some with the power of their guns also moved to seize ancestral land and since ‘body no be wood,’ added raping of farmers wives and daughters.


Finally people came alive, started to pay attention and now complained. Abuja ignored them, local Political leaders including Governors and legislators stayed mute, traditional rulers cringed and froze up, but some socio-political leaders raised alarms. 


 The Presidency, finally, through a Yoruba minion, Femi Adesina warned: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are dead, how does the attachment matter?”  He warned farmers to give up their homeland to stay alive. Vanguard of July 15 2018 reported this along with many other newspapers.


TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.

You have to admire Chinua Achebe for his creative metaphors even when you don’t, his sentiments.  Achebe captured our carelessness thus:

“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that is the time to do something about it, not when it is around your neck.”


Well, the water had gone up beyond our neck before some of our leaders woke up to do something, it had gone up to our nostrils. I don’t know where it is now as we appear to be drowning.


OF 1,123 FULANI CELLS INSERTED DEEP INTO YORUBA FORESTS

On May 25 2019, Yoruba Council of Elders sounded a loud, disturbing and chilling beagle to the Yoruba Nation. 1,123 Fulani sleeper cells had been identified by a University of Ife investigation group commissioned sequel to the kidnap of Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe of the University of Ife by Fulani herdsmen. Security fault lines created by organized Fulani structures inserted into the Yoruba homeland by forces unidentified yet suspected to be highly structured, financed and organized at very high level. These Fulani cells are distributed in groups of at least 15 to 20 complete with women, arms, and other appurtenances of long-term occupation and are now strategically positioned in reserves created by Chief Obafemi Awolowo for Agricultural developments aka Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) now abandoned.

The report suggested options to begin preparations to strengthen the home base, evaluate scope, assess risks, design strategies and craft appropriate tactics to respond to this new security threat. Political leadership especially Governors of the South West States were given this report yet continued in their state of relaxed slumber in insulated dream of safety with security votes safe in their personal accounts in reliable Banks. 

In a statement by Retired Col. Agbede, key leader of this assignment on behalf of the Council: “As Yoruba elders and leaders in our own rights, we owe it a duty to speak up. 


There are 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba Nation. The cells are well organized and they appear to network with each other as the cells may not be known except that there has been increase in their organizational skills.”

When Governors ignored the peoples’ complaints and following consistent Fulani aggression, some communities consulted their age-old Pantheons and took local action.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018- THUNDER AT IJARE- THE SANGO OLUKOSO ACTION

 Within their limited capacity, and without support from the State or Local Governments, some communities tried to defend their territories. Thirty-six cows were reportedly struck dead late one Saturday by thunder bolt on top of a sacred hill at Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. The dreadful hill known as ‘Oke Owa’ was located on the outskirts of the sleepy community. Speaking with reporters, the Olujare of Ijare, who spoke through his second in command, Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare, called it an act of God. The Sapetu said the herdsmen had been destroying their farmland for a very long time which had led to confrontation on many occasions. He told reporters it came as a surprise that the Gods came into the matter so suddenly. His words: ”We were there this morning and we saw about 36 cows dead apart from the one inside the bush. It has happened and there is nothing we can do, we regard it as the act of God which nobody can query.’  The Sapetu said triumphantly. The invaders ran away from Ijare, never to terrorise our community again.


All these were precursors to the establishment of AMOTEKUN, an outfit the Federal Government insisted must not operate without the Police and must never carry weapons. The question left to ask now is: Is AMOTEKUN up to this task? If not, what else? Surely the ijare model may not work universally across the huge landscape of Oduduwa especially against sophisticated weaponry. Or Will the ‘Igboho’ template hold for long? 

Think about it.

 

-FRANCIS OJO

 *Doubting Thomas's now Shamed!
 *But we shall rise and Triumph Willy Nilly



The strategy is fool proof yet every project invites its own risks. The master strategist is a master risk evaluator but these people are not. It is clear that those who conceived this project, designed its key elements and planned its implementation somehow failed to design risk management into the mix. This is my evaluation of the Project design and plans to hand over Nigeria to Fulani Nations of Africa.

To dominate a people, seize their wealth and enslave them, take full control of political power, get all arms under your control, deny all else of access to any form of weapons, take control of major income organs, deny all else of access to funds. Finally move in surreptitiously and take over physical space. This is what has been going on since 2015.


 *PHASE 1

FULANI TAKE OVER ALL 3 ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT


Today, all three arms of Government; Executive, Legislative and Judicial have been appropriated by the Fulani Nation.

President, Chief of Staff, Senate president, Chief Justice of the Federation, Deputy Speaker House of representatives.  It has always been said that he who controls political power controls everything in the Republic. That is what the Fulani have done.


 *PHASE 2

FULANI TAKES OVER ALL ARMS BEARING ORGANS OF SECURITY

Next, they moved to put all arms under Fulani control. Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff, Inspector General of police, Director general of Department of State Security (DSS), National Security Adviser, (NSA), Minister of Defense, Commander of NSCDC, Chairman of NDLEA, all Intelligence services military and civilian. Director NIA, Director Military Intelligence, Director Naval Intelligence, Director Air Force Intelligence, Immigration, Prisons and so on. These are the organs licensed to bear arms. And just like Aristotle observed centuries ago: “Those who have command of the arms in a Country are masters of the State, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please.”


 *PHASE 3

NIGERIANS EXCEPT FULANI HEERDSMEN ORDERED TO SURRENDER ARMS

Still not fully comfortable with the capacity of other Nigerians to offer resistance, in February 2018, Nigeria Police Force which feigned ignorance of the uAK47 bearing Fulani terrorists and would not challenge them suddenly announced, through Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, plans by the Inspector General of Police to order surrender of both licensed and unlicensed guns from the citizens of Nigeria within 21 days. This was targeted at Vigilante groups, Neighborhood watches and people who obtained licensed guns for personal protection. Evidently, the Fulani herdsmen were exempted from this order as they openly and brazenly carried AK47 weapons in full view of the Police unchallenged. Again, that Philosopher, Aristotle saw this before our time:

“Both Oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.”


 *PHASE 4

TAKE OVER ALL FUNDS AND DEPRIVE OTHERS OF ACCESS TO MONEY.

The four highest revenue earners of Government were put in the hands of Fulani Muslims from the North.  NNPC accounts for 76% of federal revenue, 40% of overall gross Domestic Product and 98% of export earnings is put under Mele Kyari, Fulani from Borno. Federal Inland Revenue Service which generated, at a time, 5.3 trillion Naira under Babatunde Fowler, a Yoruba, was taken and handed over to Mohammed Nami in 2019, also Muslim from the North. Government was patient enough for Fowler to introduce the template and blueprint of the successful Lagos tax initiative. In addition, Fowler brought all the Tax payer register, their key information, their business secrets and customers to the Federal umbrella, thinking perhaps he would be there in forever.  The Nigeria Ports Authority whose revenue in 2017 was about 1 trillion Naira and one of the highest 4 is domesticated under a young lady, Hadiza Bala Usman, also Muslim Fulani. The Nigeria Customs Service, yielded a revenue of 1.5 trillion naira was also given to Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali, Muslim Fulani. But that is not all. The big spenders are also Fulani controlled: 

Defense, Finance, Education, Justice, FCT, Agriculture, Police Affairs, Aviation, Communication, Power, Water Resources, and Humanitarian Affairs.

Following key federal agencies too: EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, NNPC, PTDF, DPR, PPRA, PEF, NPA, NIMASA, NDIC, SEC, NAICOM, FMBN, FHA, NHIS, NPHDA, UBEC, TETFUND, SMEDAN, NYSC, BOA, DBN, BPE, NTA, NEDC, FERMA, PENCOM, NITDA, NCC, NEMA, FAAN, NAMA, NIMET, NIRSAL, NIMC and Sovereign Wealth Fund.


 *PHASE 5

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: OKADA LOCUSTS FROM THE NORTH

Importation of foreign Fulani into Southern and Middle Belt regions started rather surreptitiously. Thousands of Fulani youth, scrawny looking, scantily clothed invaded most State Capitals of the South and Middle belt, starting from Lagos. They came in trailers, loaded with brand new motorcycles called “Okada.” Some observant people wondered aloud, how they got these shiny brand-new motorbikes, who paid for them, who sent them down South and who received, camped, housed and fed them. They asked “Is this not be part of a grand Boko Haram agenda?” 

Not a few suspected them as injected sleeper cells in our urban areas, ready and programmed to press their weapons into action to cause pandemonium, injure and kill in order to dominate and take over local space. Our Governors went about their activities in politics and stealing without distraction, yet the number of these invading troops kept swelling. 


 *PHASE 6

PHYSICAL OCCUPATION: INJECTION INTO FOREST RESERVES

Under the pretext of Cow herding, they started full scale occupation of forest reserves, importing their family from across all Fulani Nations of West Africa, building their signature straw huts all around and constructing their traditional organs of administration. They brought their wives, their children and their armory of AK47 and ammunition. Still Governors grumbled but wanted a second term and so, feigned ignorance. 


GOOD STRATEGY, POOR TACTICS.

Those who conceived and implemented this ‘Take-Over’ strategy failed to take risk management into their project plan. They injected these peasants, equipped them with guns and forgot to sustain them with regular allowances. So, prematurely and before full implementation of mass space occupation, these warriors poured into highways, started to rob passengers for survival before graduating to kidnapping. Now they found this more lucrative than any allowance thus transformed into autonomous agents. They had now acquired enormous power, been introduced to lucrative human trade and become blackmail entrepreneurs. Some with the power of their guns also moved to seize ancestral land and since ‘body no be wood,’ added raping of farmers wives and daughters.


Finally people came alive, started to pay attention and now complained. Abuja ignored them, local Political leaders including Governors and legislators stayed mute, traditional rulers cringed and froze up, but some socio-political leaders raised alarms. 


 The Presidency, finally, through a Yoruba minion, Femi Adesina warned: “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you are alive. If you are dead, how does the attachment matter?”  He warned farmers to give up their homeland to stay alive. Vanguard of July 15 2018 reported this along with many other newspapers.


TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.

You have to admire Chinua Achebe for his creative metaphors even when you don’t, his sentiments.  Achebe captured our carelessness thus:

“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that is the time to do something about it, not when it is around your neck.”


Well, the water had gone up beyond our neck before some of our leaders woke up to do something, it had gone up to our nostrils. I don’t know where it is now as we appear to be drowning.


OF 1,123 FULANI CELLS INSERTED DEEP INTO YORUBA FORESTS

On May 25 2019, Yoruba Council of Elders sounded a loud, disturbing and chilling beagle to the Yoruba Nation. 1,123 Fulani sleeper cells had been identified by a University of Ife investigation group commissioned sequel to the kidnap of Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe of the University of Ife by Fulani herdsmen. Security fault lines created by organized Fulani structures inserted into the Yoruba homeland by forces unidentified yet suspected to be highly structured, financed and organized at very high level. These Fulani cells are distributed in groups of at least 15 to 20 complete with women, arms, and other appurtenances of long-term occupation and are now strategically positioned in reserves created by Chief Obafemi Awolowo for Agricultural developments aka Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) now abandoned.

The report suggested options to begin preparations to strengthen the home base, evaluate scope, assess risks, design strategies and craft appropriate tactics to respond to this new security threat. Political leadership especially Governors of the South West States were given this report yet continued in their state of relaxed slumber in insulated dream of safety with security votes safe in their personal accounts in reliable Banks. 

In a statement by Retired Col. Agbede, key leader of this assignment on behalf of the Council: “As Yoruba elders and leaders in our own rights, we owe it a duty to speak up. 


There are 1,123 cells belonging to armed herdsmen located across Yoruba Nation. The cells are well organized and they appear to network with each other as the cells may not be known except that there has been increase in their organizational skills.”

When Governors ignored the peoples’ complaints and following consistent Fulani aggression, some communities consulted their age-old Pantheons and took local action.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018- THUNDER AT IJARE- THE SANGO OLUKOSO ACTION

 Within their limited capacity, and without support from the State or Local Governments, some communities tried to defend their territories. Thirty-six cows were reportedly struck dead late one Saturday by thunder bolt on top of a sacred hill at Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. The dreadful hill known as ‘Oke Owa’ was located on the outskirts of the sleepy community. Speaking with reporters, the Olujare of Ijare, who spoke through his second in command, Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare, called it an act of God. The Sapetu said the herdsmen had been destroying their farmland for a very long time which had led to confrontation on many occasions. He told reporters it came as a surprise that the Gods came into the matter so suddenly. His words: ”We were there this morning and we saw about 36 cows dead apart from the one inside the bush. It has happened and there is nothing we can do, we regard it as the act of God which nobody can query.’  The Sapetu said triumphantly. The invaders ran away from Ijare, never to terrorise our community again.


All these were precursors to the establishment of AMOTEKUN, an outfit the Federal Government insisted must not operate without the Police and must never carry weapons. The question left to ask now is: Is AMOTEKUN up to this task? If not, what else? Surely the ijare model may not work universally across the huge landscape of Oduduwa especially against sophisticated weaponry. Or Will the ‘Igboho’ template hold for long? 

Think about it.

 

-FRANCIS OJO

TINUBU URGES GOVERNMENTS TO CONVERT UNOCCUPIED PUBLIC LAND TO RANCHES....

TINUBU URGES GOVERNMENTS TO CONVERT UNOCCUPIED PUBLIC LAND TO RANCHES....


👉Please is there any inch of ancestral land in Nigeria that is public?


👉 Is there any land in Nigeria that are not owned by either individuals, companies, kinsmen, communities and entities ?


👉Why is Tinubu not urging governments to convert unoccupied lands to spare parts shops , or pig pens or poultry houses or cassava farms or rice orchards ?


👉When did the private cow rearing business of fula tribes men , become the burden of Nigeria , to the extent that the property of indigenous and aborigines natives have become public properties to be handed over to fula cow rearers?  


👉Any cow rearer , that cannot afford to buy land, pay for it, process the C of O and set his or her ranch by himself, should just slaughter the cows and go home. 


Cow is not the only beef that one can eat . We have pig , goats , sheep , ram , chicken, turkey , rabbits, antelopes etc . 


👉 Sincerely, I am so put off by this man's genuflecting and double speaking antics , that I am struggling so hard to hold back from dishing out unprintable words on him. 


 How can one man allow his lust for power and vaunting ambition to rule Nigeria, blind him to such an extent that he may even be ready to cede Lagos away just to occupy Aso Rock ?.


This is the same man that asked us rhetorically.... where are the cows?  


I pray that the progressive men and women of conscience amongst the Yoruba and Igbo nations will not allow this man and his likes to mortgage the lives and safety of their people.  


There are no public land anywhere for ranches to be build with public resources. Any cow rearer, just like goat , chicken, sheep, pig rearers and spare parts sellers that cannot buy land , process ownership and build up his or her privately owned ranches and shops should go back to his fathers house in his or her village. 


The only place land is public and unoccupied is the rich 60,000 square Sambissa forest that BH is occupying. That rich lush green land is 20 times the size of Lagos land mass and 3 times the size of South East land mass . It can contain 30million cows. 


Tinubu should please URGE his fellow APC leaders in the North East and his commander in chief and friend to send the army and air force to clear the place so that the fula cow rearers can enjoy free and unfettered range for their cows. 


I come in peace


Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka OBIARAERI, FICA, MIRA


(Punch)


👉Please is there any inch of ancestral land in Nigeria that is public?


👉 Is there any land in Nigeria that are not owned by either individuals, companies, kinsmen, communities and entities ?


👉Why is Tinubu not urging governments to convert unoccupied lands to spare parts shops , or pig pens or poultry houses or cassava farms or rice orchards ?


👉When did the private cow rearing business of fula tribes men , become the burden of Nigeria , to the extent that the property of indigenous and aborigines natives have become public properties to be handed over to fula cow rearers?  


👉Any cow rearer , that cannot afford to buy land, pay for it, process the C of O and set his or her ranch by himself, should just slaughter the cows and go home. 


Cow is not the only beef that one can eat . We have pig , goats , sheep , ram , chicken, turkey , rabbits, antelopes etc . 


👉 Sincerely, I am so put off by this man's genuflecting and double speaking antics , that I am struggling so hard to hold back from dishing out unprintable words on him. 


 How can one man allow his lust for power and vaunting ambition to rule Nigeria, blind him to such an extent that he may even be ready to cede Lagos away just to occupy Aso Rock ?.


This is the same man that asked us rhetorically.... where are the cows?  


I pray that the progressive men and women of conscience amongst the Yoruba and Igbo nations will not allow this man and his likes to mortgage the lives and safety of their people.  


There are no public land anywhere for ranches to be build with public resources. Any cow rearer, just like goat , chicken, sheep, pig rearers and spare parts sellers that cannot buy land , process ownership and build up his or her privately owned ranches and shops should go back to his fathers house in his or her village. 


The only place land is public and unoccupied is the rich 60,000 square Sambissa forest that BH is occupying. That rich lush green land is 20 times the size of Lagos land mass and 3 times the size of South East land mass . It can contain 30million cows. 


Tinubu should please URGE his fellow APC leaders in the North East and his commander in chief and friend to send the army and air force to clear the place so that the fula cow rearers can enjoy free and unfettered range for their cows. 


I come in peace


Dr Nnaemeka Onyeka OBIARAERI, FICA, MIRA


(Punch)

IKIRE, OSUN STATE INCIDENT NOT FARMERS/HERDERS CLASH, SAYS CP OLOKODE

IKIRE, OSUN STATE INCIDENT NOT FARMERS/HERDERS CLASH, SAYS CP OLOKODE

As Osun Command Carryout Intensive Manhunt for Perpetrators


CP Olokode

The Osun State Police Command has said the gunmen that attacked a family of six at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State on Sunday is not connected with any clash between farmers and herders as speculated in some sections of the media. 

According to the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, who visited the scene of the incident for an 'on-the-spot security assessment’, noted that the Command has commenced discrete investigations into the incident and already carrying out intensive manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.  


Olokode, in press statement signed on his behalf by SP Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin (mnipr) who is the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command noted that preliminary investigations by the Police reveal that some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six (6) at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, leaving one (1) person injured. 


He said: Police Operatives from Ikire Division and other law enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks on residents in the area and arrest the perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the security team. 


The CP appeals to the people of the State, particularly residents of Ikire and its environs not to panic but collaborate with the Police by giving timely information that will assist in arresting the culprits. He reassures them of the commitment of the Police to their safety, as adequate security measures have been emplaced to forestall future occurrences of such incident.


The CP also enjoins reporters to verify their news before making it public in order to avoid disinformation that could trigger unnecessary crises capable of disrupting the existing peace being enjoyed in the State.


Meanwhile, Osun State Broadcasting Cooperation (OSBC) in an evening news on Sunday confirmed six dead in the said attack by gunmen.


Either the was by Herdsmen or arm robbers or bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists, the fact remains that the state of insecurity currently experiencing by citizens in the country is beyond any reasonable measure as lives and properties are more vulnerable than anytime in our history.


(08067788119 - Osun State Police Command, Website - www.osunstatepolice.org 

Statee Headquarters,

E-mail: [email protected] Osogbo)

As Osun Command Carryout Intensive Manhunt for Perpetrators


CP Olokode

The Osun State Police Command has said the gunmen that attacked a family of six at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State on Sunday is not connected with any clash between farmers and herders as speculated in some sections of the media. 

According to the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, who visited the scene of the incident for an 'on-the-spot security assessment’, noted that the Command has commenced discrete investigations into the incident and already carrying out intensive manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.  


Olokode, in press statement signed on his behalf by SP Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin (mnipr) who is the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command noted that preliminary investigations by the Police reveal that some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six (6) at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, leaving one (1) person injured. 


He said: Police Operatives from Ikire Division and other law enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks on residents in the area and arrest the perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the security team. 


The CP appeals to the people of the State, particularly residents of Ikire and its environs not to panic but collaborate with the Police by giving timely information that will assist in arresting the culprits. He reassures them of the commitment of the Police to their safety, as adequate security measures have been emplaced to forestall future occurrences of such incident.


The CP also enjoins reporters to verify their news before making it public in order to avoid disinformation that could trigger unnecessary crises capable of disrupting the existing peace being enjoyed in the State.


Meanwhile, Osun State Broadcasting Cooperation (OSBC) in an evening news on Sunday confirmed six dead in the said attack by gunmen.


Either the was by Herdsmen or arm robbers or bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists, the fact remains that the state of insecurity currently experiencing by citizens in the country is beyond any reasonable measure as lives and properties are more vulnerable than anytime in our history.


(08067788119 - Osun State Police Command, Website - www.osunstatepolice.org 

Statee Headquarters,

E-mail: [email protected] Osogbo)

Tinubu: Farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested, Herders have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference

Tinubu: Farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested, Herders have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated. Sadly, others who should know better have incited matters by tossing about hate-tainted statements that fall dangerously short of the leadership these people claim to provide. We all must get hold of our better selves to treat this matter with the sobriety it requires.

 

Because of the violence that has ensued and the fretful consequences of such violence if left unabated, we must move in unison but decisively to end the spiral of death and destruction. Only when the violence and the illogic of it are halted can logic and reason prevail. Until the violence is rolled back, we cannot resolve the deep problems that underlie this conflict. We will neither be able to uplift the farmer from his impoverished toil nor move the herder toward the historic transformation which he must make.    

 

Yet, as vital as security is to the resolution of this matter, we must realize security measures alone will not suffice. Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step. Nor do we resolve this by hitching ourselves to emotional, one-dimensional answers. More to the point, those who cast this as exclusively a matter of ethnic confrontation are mistaken. This is no time for reckless chauvinism of any kind, on either side of this dispute. This matter is not ethnic in factual origin or actual causation although in the minds and hearts of too many it has become ethnic in recrimination and impulsive action.

 

There have been sporadic disputes in the past but this one is more severe. The reasons for the greater violence of this current dispute are myriad. Economic hardship and its resultant dislocation, proliferation of weapons, generalized increase in criminality, and weakening of social institutions all play a role. Desertification, increased severity and length of the dry season, diminution of water resources, impairment of land fertility and population growth also contribute in no small measure. Thus, any durable solution must get at most, if not all, of these issues.      

 

Farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested. Herders have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference. However, when conflict between these groups arises to such an extent, we must set forth clear principles and policies to remove the tension, in order to allow both to proceed toward their stated goals and to live in harmony and according to their respective rights. Just as I cannot go into your house and take your shirt because I do not have one of like colour, no one can destroy the crops of a farmer or seize the cattle of a herder simply because such destruction sates their anger or their selfish, short-term interests. If such a condition were to hold, then all would turn into chaos; all would be in jeopardy of being lost. To destroy the crops or seize the property of the innocent farmer or herder is nothing if not an act of criminality.  

 

Here, I must state two fundamental realities. One has been previously mentioned by me and others as part of the solution. The other reality is hardly discussed.  

First, the situation of the herder is becoming untenable. Their nomadic ways fall increasingly in conflict with the dictates of modern society. This way of life is centuries old and steeped in tradition. We can never condone or accept violence as a valid response to any hardship. However, we all must recognize and understand the sense of dislocation caused by the sudden passing of such a longstanding social institution.

 

I mention their dislocation not to excuse violence and other excesses. I raise it to underscore that we must realize the true complexity of this crisis. What is happening has been terrible, but it is not due to any intrinsic evil in either the herder or the farmer. The calamity now being faced is borne of situational exigencies. It is but the tragic outcome when often desperate, alienated people are left too long unattended and when their understanding of the modern socio-economic and environmental forces affecting the very terms of their existence is incomplete. An ethnically fuelled response will be to vociferously defend the nomadic way believing this tack will somehow protect the herder and cast the speaker as an ethnic champion. However, careless words cannot shield the herder from relentless reality. Such talk will only delude him into believing that he can somehow escape the inevitable. We do both herder and farmer grave injustice by allowing the herder to continue as he is – fighting a losing battle against modernity and climate change. In that fight, desperation causes him to flail and fight the farmer, who too is a victim of these impersonal forces.

 

Second, to help the herder and leave the farmer unattended is unfair and will only trigger a resentment that tracks already heated ethnic fault lines. The times have also been perilous for the hardscrabble farmer. He needs help to survive and to be more productive in ways that increases national food security.  Farm productivity and incomes must be enhanced. Soil enrichment, better irrigation and water retention as well as provision of better rural roads, equipment and access to modern machinery are required to lift him above bare subsistence.

 

Both innocent and law-abiding farmer and herder need to be recompensed for the losses they have suffered. Both need further assistance to break the current cycle of violence and poverty. In short, the continued progressive reform of many of our rural socio-economic relationships is called for.

 

Based on these strategic observations, I recommend the federal government convene a meeting of state governors, senior security officials, herder and farmer representatives, along with traditional rulers and religious leaders. The purpose of this meeting would be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis.

 

After this meeting, governors of each state should convene follow-up meetings in their states to refine and add flesh to the universal principles by adjusting them to the particular circumstances of their states. In addition to religious and traditional leaders and local farmer and herder representatives, these meetings shall include the state’s best security minds along with experts in agriculture (livestock and farming), land use and water management to draw specific plans for their states.

 

To accomplish this goal, wise policy must include the following elements:

1. Maintain reasonable and effective law enforcement presence in affected areas. The proposed reform of the Nigerian law enforcement apparatus towards state and community policing can help in this regard. The legislative and administrative measures required to make this a reality should be expedited. In addition to alleviating the present farmer-herder crisis, this reform will also bolster efforts against the banditry, kidnapping and robbery plaguing communities across the country. Governments need to employ new technology and equipment to enhance the information gathering/surveillance and response capabilities of law enforcement.  

 

2. Help the herders’ transition to more sedentary but more profitable methods of cattle-rearing. Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis. The leasing is not intended to penalize herders.  Rather, the nominal fee is intended to ensure the herders are invested in the project and incentivized (by reason of their investment) to use the land provided. This aspect will also mitigate any resentment over herders being given land for free. Government, in turn, being a responsible lessor, must help with supplemental feed and water in these areas. This will enable herders to better maintain and care for their livestock thus enhancing their incomes. Herders can augment income by becoming suppliers to the leather goods industry. Additionally, herders can also develop a more symbiotic relationship with farmers by, for example, trading animal compost to the farmer in exchange for animal feed.

 

3. Assist farmers increase productivity by supporting or providing subvention for their acquisition of fertilizer, equipment and machinery and, also, by establishing commodity boards to guarantee minimum prices for important crops. In the medium to long term, resources must be dedicated to establishing better irrigation and water catchment systems to further improve farm productivity and mitigate the dire impact of flood and drought cycles brought about by extreme climatic conditions.

 

4. Establish a permanent panel in each state as a forum for farmers, herders, security officials and senior state officials to discuss their concerns, mitigate contention and identify trouble and douse it before it erupts.    

 

We are a populous nation of diverse ethnic groups. We are a people of potential richness, yet to escape present poverty. We have resources but not wealth. Often, our words speak of hope and fear in the same breath. While we all hope and strive for the best, many fear that there is not enough of what is needed to go around and that they will be left out. In such a situation, harsh competition and contest are fated to occur. In the unfolding of this social dynamic, one group of actors has been pitted against another over dwindling water and fertile ground. The confrontation has resulted in the needless loss of life and destruction of property. If left to itself, this situation may spread and threaten the progress of the nation. It could call into proximate question the utility of the social compact that holds government and governed in positive bond, one to the other. We have a decision to make. Do we attempt the hard things that decency requires of us to right the situation? Or do we allow ourselves to be slave to short term motives that appeal to base instinct that  run afoul of the democratic principles upon which this republic is founded and for which so many have already sacrificed so much? In the question itself, lies the answer.

 

SIGNED

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

March 13, 2021.

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated. Sadly, others who should know better have incited matters by tossing about hate-tainted statements that fall dangerously short of the leadership these people claim to provide. We all must get hold of our better selves to treat this matter with the sobriety it requires.

 

Because of the violence that has ensued and the fretful consequences of such violence if left unabated, we must move in unison but decisively to end the spiral of death and destruction. Only when the violence and the illogic of it are halted can logic and reason prevail. Until the violence is rolled back, we cannot resolve the deep problems that underlie this conflict. We will neither be able to uplift the farmer from his impoverished toil nor move the herder toward the historic transformation which he must make.    

 

Yet, as vital as security is to the resolution of this matter, we must realize security measures alone will not suffice. Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step. Nor do we resolve this by hitching ourselves to emotional, one-dimensional answers. More to the point, those who cast this as exclusively a matter of ethnic confrontation are mistaken. This is no time for reckless chauvinism of any kind, on either side of this dispute. This matter is not ethnic in factual origin or actual causation although in the minds and hearts of too many it has become ethnic in recrimination and impulsive action.

 

There have been sporadic disputes in the past but this one is more severe. The reasons for the greater violence of this current dispute are myriad. Economic hardship and its resultant dislocation, proliferation of weapons, generalized increase in criminality, and weakening of social institutions all play a role. Desertification, increased severity and length of the dry season, diminution of water resources, impairment of land fertility and population growth also contribute in no small measure. Thus, any durable solution must get at most, if not all, of these issues.      

 

Farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested. Herders have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference. However, when conflict between these groups arises to such an extent, we must set forth clear principles and policies to remove the tension, in order to allow both to proceed toward their stated goals and to live in harmony and according to their respective rights. Just as I cannot go into your house and take your shirt because I do not have one of like colour, no one can destroy the crops of a farmer or seize the cattle of a herder simply because such destruction sates their anger or their selfish, short-term interests. If such a condition were to hold, then all would turn into chaos; all would be in jeopardy of being lost. To destroy the crops or seize the property of the innocent farmer or herder is nothing if not an act of criminality.  

 

Here, I must state two fundamental realities. One has been previously mentioned by me and others as part of the solution. The other reality is hardly discussed.  

First, the situation of the herder is becoming untenable. Their nomadic ways fall increasingly in conflict with the dictates of modern society. This way of life is centuries old and steeped in tradition. We can never condone or accept violence as a valid response to any hardship. However, we all must recognize and understand the sense of dislocation caused by the sudden passing of such a longstanding social institution.

 

I mention their dislocation not to excuse violence and other excesses. I raise it to underscore that we must realize the true complexity of this crisis. What is happening has been terrible, but it is not due to any intrinsic evil in either the herder or the farmer. The calamity now being faced is borne of situational exigencies. It is but the tragic outcome when often desperate, alienated people are left too long unattended and when their understanding of the modern socio-economic and environmental forces affecting the very terms of their existence is incomplete. An ethnically fuelled response will be to vociferously defend the nomadic way believing this tack will somehow protect the herder and cast the speaker as an ethnic champion. However, careless words cannot shield the herder from relentless reality. Such talk will only delude him into believing that he can somehow escape the inevitable. We do both herder and farmer grave injustice by allowing the herder to continue as he is – fighting a losing battle against modernity and climate change. In that fight, desperation causes him to flail and fight the farmer, who too is a victim of these impersonal forces.

 

Second, to help the herder and leave the farmer unattended is unfair and will only trigger a resentment that tracks already heated ethnic fault lines. The times have also been perilous for the hardscrabble farmer. He needs help to survive and to be more productive in ways that increases national food security.  Farm productivity and incomes must be enhanced. Soil enrichment, better irrigation and water retention as well as provision of better rural roads, equipment and access to modern machinery are required to lift him above bare subsistence.

 

Both innocent and law-abiding farmer and herder need to be recompensed for the losses they have suffered. Both need further assistance to break the current cycle of violence and poverty. In short, the continued progressive reform of many of our rural socio-economic relationships is called for.

 

Based on these strategic observations, I recommend the federal government convene a meeting of state governors, senior security officials, herder and farmer representatives, along with traditional rulers and religious leaders. The purpose of this meeting would be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis.

 

After this meeting, governors of each state should convene follow-up meetings in their states to refine and add flesh to the universal principles by adjusting them to the particular circumstances of their states. In addition to religious and traditional leaders and local farmer and herder representatives, these meetings shall include the state’s best security minds along with experts in agriculture (livestock and farming), land use and water management to draw specific plans for their states.

 

To accomplish this goal, wise policy must include the following elements:

1. Maintain reasonable and effective law enforcement presence in affected areas. The proposed reform of the Nigerian law enforcement apparatus towards state and community policing can help in this regard. The legislative and administrative measures required to make this a reality should be expedited. In addition to alleviating the present farmer-herder crisis, this reform will also bolster efforts against the banditry, kidnapping and robbery plaguing communities across the country. Governments need to employ new technology and equipment to enhance the information gathering/surveillance and response capabilities of law enforcement.  

 

2. Help the herders’ transition to more sedentary but more profitable methods of cattle-rearing. Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis. The leasing is not intended to penalize herders.  Rather, the nominal fee is intended to ensure the herders are invested in the project and incentivized (by reason of their investment) to use the land provided. This aspect will also mitigate any resentment over herders being given land for free. Government, in turn, being a responsible lessor, must help with supplemental feed and water in these areas. This will enable herders to better maintain and care for their livestock thus enhancing their incomes. Herders can augment income by becoming suppliers to the leather goods industry. Additionally, herders can also develop a more symbiotic relationship with farmers by, for example, trading animal compost to the farmer in exchange for animal feed.

 

3. Assist farmers increase productivity by supporting or providing subvention for their acquisition of fertilizer, equipment and machinery and, also, by establishing commodity boards to guarantee minimum prices for important crops. In the medium to long term, resources must be dedicated to establishing better irrigation and water catchment systems to further improve farm productivity and mitigate the dire impact of flood and drought cycles brought about by extreme climatic conditions.

 

4. Establish a permanent panel in each state as a forum for farmers, herders, security officials and senior state officials to discuss their concerns, mitigate contention and identify trouble and douse it before it erupts.    

 

We are a populous nation of diverse ethnic groups. We are a people of potential richness, yet to escape present poverty. We have resources but not wealth. Often, our words speak of hope and fear in the same breath. While we all hope and strive for the best, many fear that there is not enough of what is needed to go around and that they will be left out. In such a situation, harsh competition and contest are fated to occur. In the unfolding of this social dynamic, one group of actors has been pitted against another over dwindling water and fertile ground. The confrontation has resulted in the needless loss of life and destruction of property. If left to itself, this situation may spread and threaten the progress of the nation. It could call into proximate question the utility of the social compact that holds government and governed in positive bond, one to the other. We have a decision to make. Do we attempt the hard things that decency requires of us to right the situation? Or do we allow ourselves to be slave to short term motives that appeal to base instinct that  run afoul of the democratic principles upon which this republic is founded and for which so many have already sacrificed so much? In the question itself, lies the answer.

 

SIGNED

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

March 13, 2021.

Northern Group Gives Nigeria Government 3-Month Ultimatum To Fix Insecurity Or Face Mass Protests

Northern Group Gives Nigeria Government 3-Month Ultimatum To Fix Insecurity Or Face Mass Protests

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has issued a three-month ultimatum to the Nigerian government to end the worsening security challenges in the country or risk mass protests.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.

The statement warned that if the Nigerian government fails to address insecurity in the country, especially in the North, the youths might be forced to embark on mass protests.

To this end, CNG gives three months to the government to ensure they sanitise and bring to end the wanton killings in the country, especially by the killer Fulani herdsmen.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the CNG shall see no course in holding back the commencement of renewed protests on a much wider scale if, at the expiration of the three months, the government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of citizens all over the country remains mere rhetoric,” the statement reads in part.

“In place of the halted protests, the CNG hereby resolves to direct its state coordinators to raise their levels of vigilance and to assist the security forces with credible relevant intelligence needed to tackle the situation.

“All CNG state coordinators and officials of affiliate groups to commence the immediate process of compiling all aspects of security worries in their respective states to deliver to the various state commissioners of police for onward transmission to the chief executives and thereafter, address the press at NUJ (Nigerian Union of Journalists) centres in groups of not more than 25 each.

“The federal security forces must carry out a proper threat assessment of the situation to review the current poor law enforcement, poor intelligence, and the lack of synergy among other vulnerabilities.

“The federal authorities must tame the exponential rise in the rate of attacks and the number of terror gangs, halt the proliferation of illicit arms and mop up the estimated 350 million small arms and light weapons already believed to be in Nigeria with a large percentage in the North.

“Government must take steps to ensure that all security budget allocations are released in full to the relevant agencies on a quarterly basis to ensure efficiency.

“The federal and state governments must commence the process of resettling the displaced communities.

“The federal legislators must do their job by quickly moving to amend the clause in the Constitution to allow for multiple security and public safety arrangements in the country – at the federal, state, and local government levels.

“Legislators must move for enactment for the provision of special welfare packages for front-line security personnel, including hazard allowances to their family, scholarships for their children's education and health insurance for their families.

“The Northern states governments must halt treating security issues with kid gloves, and address the current threats with the seriousness and purposefulness that they deserve.

“Meanwhile, we urge improved public cooperation with security efforts and concerted rigorous prayers for divine intervention to grant our troops victory in stemming this deadly menace once and for all and for the restoration of a lasting peace and enduring stability.

“We also call on the business community and the wealthy in society to replicate the gesture they extended to support the Covid-19 fight to the current war against insecurity."

Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.

The statement warned that if the Nigerian government fails to address insecurity in the country, especially in the North, the youths might be forced to embark on mass protests.

To this end, CNG gives three months to the government to ensure they sanitise and bring to end the wanton killings in the country, especially by the killer Fulani herdsmen.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the CNG shall see no course in holding back the commencement of renewed protests on a much wider scale if, at the expiration of the three months, the government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of citizens all over the country remains mere rhetoric,” the statement reads in part.

“In place of the halted protests, the CNG hereby resolves to direct its state coordinators to raise their levels of vigilance and to assist the security forces with credible relevant intelligence needed to tackle the situation.

“All CNG state coordinators and officials of affiliate groups to commence the immediate process of compiling all aspects of security worries in their respective states to deliver to the various state commissioners of police for onward transmission to the chief executives and thereafter, address the press at NUJ (Nigerian Union of Journalists) centres in groups of not more than 25 each.

“The federal security forces must carry out a proper threat assessment of the situation to review the current poor law enforcement, poor intelligence, and the lack of synergy among other vulnerabilities.

“The federal authorities must tame the exponential rise in the rate of attacks and the number of terror gangs, halt the proliferation of illicit arms and mop up the estimated 350 million small arms and light weapons already believed to be in Nigeria with a large percentage in the North.

“Government must take steps to ensure that all security budget allocations are released in full to the relevant agencies on a quarterly basis to ensure efficiency.

“The federal and state governments must commence the process of resettling the displaced communities.

“The federal legislators must do their job by quickly moving to amend the clause in the Constitution to allow for multiple security and public safety arrangements in the country – at the federal, state, and local government levels.

“Legislators must move for enactment for the provision of special welfare packages for front-line security personnel, including hazard allowances to their family, scholarships for their children's education and health insurance for their families.

“The Northern states governments must halt treating security issues with kid gloves, and address the current threats with the seriousness and purposefulness that they deserve.

“Meanwhile, we urge improved public cooperation with security efforts and concerted rigorous prayers for divine intervention to grant our troops victory in stemming this deadly menace once and for all and for the restoration of a lasting peace and enduring stability.

“We also call on the business community and the wealthy in society to replicate the gesture they extended to support the Covid-19 fight to the current war against insecurity."
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has issued a three-month ultimatum to the Nigerian government to end the worsening security challenges in the country or risk mass protests.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.

The statement warned that if the Nigerian government fails to address insecurity in the country, especially in the North, the youths might be forced to embark on mass protests.

To this end, CNG gives three months to the government to ensure they sanitise and bring to end the wanton killings in the country, especially by the killer Fulani herdsmen.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the CNG shall see no course in holding back the commencement of renewed protests on a much wider scale if, at the expiration of the three months, the government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of citizens all over the country remains mere rhetoric,” the statement reads in part.

“In place of the halted protests, the CNG hereby resolves to direct its state coordinators to raise their levels of vigilance and to assist the security forces with credible relevant intelligence needed to tackle the situation.

“All CNG state coordinators and officials of affiliate groups to commence the immediate process of compiling all aspects of security worries in their respective states to deliver to the various state commissioners of police for onward transmission to the chief executives and thereafter, address the press at NUJ (Nigerian Union of Journalists) centres in groups of not more than 25 each.

“The federal security forces must carry out a proper threat assessment of the situation to review the current poor law enforcement, poor intelligence, and the lack of synergy among other vulnerabilities.

“The federal authorities must tame the exponential rise in the rate of attacks and the number of terror gangs, halt the proliferation of illicit arms and mop up the estimated 350 million small arms and light weapons already believed to be in Nigeria with a large percentage in the North.

“Government must take steps to ensure that all security budget allocations are released in full to the relevant agencies on a quarterly basis to ensure efficiency.

“The federal and state governments must commence the process of resettling the displaced communities.

“The federal legislators must do their job by quickly moving to amend the clause in the Constitution to allow for multiple security and public safety arrangements in the country – at the federal, state, and local government levels.

“Legislators must move for enactment for the provision of special welfare packages for front-line security personnel, including hazard allowances to their family, scholarships for their children's education and health insurance for their families.

“The Northern states governments must halt treating security issues with kid gloves, and address the current threats with the seriousness and purposefulness that they deserve.

“Meanwhile, we urge improved public cooperation with security efforts and concerted rigorous prayers for divine intervention to grant our troops victory in stemming this deadly menace once and for all and for the restoration of a lasting peace and enduring stability.

“We also call on the business community and the wealthy in society to replicate the gesture they extended to support the Covid-19 fight to the current war against insecurity."

Azeez Suleiman, which he made available to journalists in Kaduna.

The statement warned that if the Nigerian government fails to address insecurity in the country, especially in the North, the youths might be forced to embark on mass protests.

To this end, CNG gives three months to the government to ensure they sanitise and bring to end the wanton killings in the country, especially by the killer Fulani herdsmen.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the CNG shall see no course in holding back the commencement of renewed protests on a much wider scale if, at the expiration of the three months, the government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of citizens all over the country remains mere rhetoric,” the statement reads in part.

“In place of the halted protests, the CNG hereby resolves to direct its state coordinators to raise their levels of vigilance and to assist the security forces with credible relevant intelligence needed to tackle the situation.

“All CNG state coordinators and officials of affiliate groups to commence the immediate process of compiling all aspects of security worries in their respective states to deliver to the various state commissioners of police for onward transmission to the chief executives and thereafter, address the press at NUJ (Nigerian Union of Journalists) centres in groups of not more than 25 each.

“The federal security forces must carry out a proper threat assessment of the situation to review the current poor law enforcement, poor intelligence, and the lack of synergy among other vulnerabilities.

“The federal authorities must tame the exponential rise in the rate of attacks and the number of terror gangs, halt the proliferation of illicit arms and mop up the estimated 350 million small arms and light weapons already believed to be in Nigeria with a large percentage in the North.

“Government must take steps to ensure that all security budget allocations are released in full to the relevant agencies on a quarterly basis to ensure efficiency.

“The federal and state governments must commence the process of resettling the displaced communities.

“The federal legislators must do their job by quickly moving to amend the clause in the Constitution to allow for multiple security and public safety arrangements in the country – at the federal, state, and local government levels.

“Legislators must move for enactment for the provision of special welfare packages for front-line security personnel, including hazard allowances to their family, scholarships for their children's education and health insurance for their families.

“The Northern states governments must halt treating security issues with kid gloves, and address the current threats with the seriousness and purposefulness that they deserve.

“Meanwhile, we urge improved public cooperation with security efforts and concerted rigorous prayers for divine intervention to grant our troops victory in stemming this deadly menace once and for all and for the restoration of a lasting peace and enduring stability.

“We also call on the business community and the wealthy in society to replicate the gesture they extended to support the Covid-19 fight to the current war against insecurity."

At least, two died, one missing as herders, Amotekun clash in Ondo

At least, two died, one missing as herders, Amotekun clash in Ondo

At least two people died on Thursday in a clash between the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network known as Amotekun and armed herders.

The incident, According to Premium Times occurred at Ago Sanusi, along Ute Road in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of the state.

Sources further confirmed that the herdsmen had earlier clashed with farmers which led to a “call on Amotekun operatives for intervention”.

Amotekun operatives reportedly got to the scene and were attacked by herdsmen. These led to the death of a farmer and a vigilante.

“One farmer and a vigilante attached to the Amotekun during the clash were shot in the head(s) by herdsmen and both of them are dead now,” Supo Ojo, a resident told the Reporters.

It was also gathered from sources within the Amotekun organization that an official known as Oluwasesan Adebayo got missing during the incident and his whereabouts was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the state Commander of the Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the incident.

“Amotekun was called yesterday by some farmers that herdsmen had invaded the forest and our men went there to douse tension. A vigilante and a farmer lost their lives in the process,” he said.

Asked about the missing Amotekun operative, he simply said “nobody is missing in Amotekun”..


The state police spokesperson, Tee-Leo Ikoro, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES calls and text messages as of press time.

This incident occurred days after Ondo Amotekun said it arrested two armed herdsmen and 200 cows in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and other South-west governors, two weeks ago, banned under-aged grazing, night grazing and movement of cattle along highways.

At least two people died on Thursday in a clash between the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network known as Amotekun and armed herders.

The incident, According to Premium Times occurred at Ago Sanusi, along Ute Road in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of the state.

Sources further confirmed that the herdsmen had earlier clashed with farmers which led to a “call on Amotekun operatives for intervention”.

Amotekun operatives reportedly got to the scene and were attacked by herdsmen. These led to the death of a farmer and a vigilante.

“One farmer and a vigilante attached to the Amotekun during the clash were shot in the head(s) by herdsmen and both of them are dead now,” Supo Ojo, a resident told the Reporters.

It was also gathered from sources within the Amotekun organization that an official known as Oluwasesan Adebayo got missing during the incident and his whereabouts was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the state Commander of the Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the incident.

“Amotekun was called yesterday by some farmers that herdsmen had invaded the forest and our men went there to douse tension. A vigilante and a farmer lost their lives in the process,” he said.

Asked about the missing Amotekun operative, he simply said “nobody is missing in Amotekun”..


The state police spokesperson, Tee-Leo Ikoro, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES calls and text messages as of press time.

This incident occurred days after Ondo Amotekun said it arrested two armed herdsmen and 200 cows in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and other South-west governors, two weeks ago, banned under-aged grazing, night grazing and movement of cattle along highways.

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