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The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories are captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

NEWS

  • Sunday Igboho seeks asylum in Benin Republic

Desperately wanted by the Department of State Services in Nigeria, with an international arrest warrant hanging around his neck, and facing immigration-related offences in Cotonou, the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is seeking asylum in the Republic of Benin, newsmen have learnt. It was gathered that the 48-year-old activist resorted to the option after he was arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Igboho was arrested with his Germany-based wife, Ropo, at the airport while they reportedly tried to catch a flight to Germany around 8pm on Monday. Although the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ruled on Thursday that Ropo should be released unconditionally as there were no charges against her, Igboho is spending his first weekend in a police cell in Cotonou. He is being tried for migration-related issues after he was allegedly caught with a fake Beninese passport at the point of his departure to Germany through an Air France flight.

  • FG replaces controversial RUGA with new scheme, begins camps in six states

Two years after the suspension of the controversial Rural Grazing Area scheme in July 2019, the Federal Government has introduced a replacement scheme called the Livestock Intervention Programme to address the lingering farmer-herder crisis across the country. This comes amid the Federal Government’s intensified efforts to revive colonial-era grazing routes in many states across the country as per the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to documents from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the LIP scheme will see the Federal Government establishing eight large herders’ settlements in each of the six pilot states, namely Adamawa, Kwara, Niger, Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe. The scheme is expected to be extended to other states, following a successful outing in the pilot states.

  • Document Us Properly For Posterity, Buhari Urges Historians

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Daura, Katsina State, implored historians and intellectuals to be factual in keeping the records of the administration, especially in guiding the electorate to make the right choices of leadership for the country.

The President, who received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his country home, said the future of the country would be shaped by the diligence and honesty of those who document history and provide analysis of situations, knowing the value of what obtained in the past, and afterward.

According to a communique by his special aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said it would be unfortunate to mislead the electorate with lies, and personal bias, reiterating the need to put the larger interest of the country beyond other colorations. The President told the governors to remain steadfast in delivering their promises to the people.

  • Sunday Igboho Arrested In Benin Republic

Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic. Although security agents in the country are yet to confirm the arrest, renowned historian and leader of the Umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Professor Banji Akintoye, in a statement on Monday, confirmed the incident.

“I received last night the troubling information that Chief Sunday Adeyemo fondly called Igboho had been arrested at the Cotonou Airport,” Akintoye said. According to The Punch, Igboho was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night by the security forces in Benin Republic while trying to flee to Germany.

The Department of State Services (DSS) had earlier asked Igboho to turn himself to security officials as the agency confirmed it has launched a manhunt for the Yoruba nation agitation. This was after the security agents raided his residence in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

  • My Client Is Being Tortured In Cotonou, Igboho’s Lead Counsel Cries Out

The Counsel to Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), has alleged that his client is going through harrowing torture and pains, having been put in chains in a police cell in Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin. The Senior Advocate who spoke to newsmen Monday, night also disclosed that Igboho would appear before a court in Benin by Wednesday, for an extradition order.

Alliyu, also restated that the extradition order being sought for by the Nigerian authorities may not likely sail through, given the status of Igboho as a political offender. “But it is not likely that the extradition order being sought for would sail through. This is because of the status of our client as a political offender who enjoys immunity against extradition.

  • Military Will Resist Violence In Form Of Agitations And Secession, CDS Warns

Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has warned that the country’s security authorities will not tolerate any form of violence in the guise of agitations and secessionists’ threats, urging people to channel their grievances via the right quarters.

General Irabor made the remark when he met with retired senior military officers in the Southeast in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Thursday. The CDS described retired military officers as valuable assets in the country’s fight against criminality. He said the officers, having served the nation, have a crucial role to play in quelling agitations and stamping out crime in Nigeria.

  • Nigeria Will Not Experience Civil War Again – Gov Abiodun

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun is confident that Nigeria will neither experience another civil war nor break-up. Speaking on Wednesday while receiving the League of Imams and Alfas in the state at his Iperu country home, the governor declared that the socio-economic challenges confronting the country will also be eventually surmounted. While admitting that the country was going through a difficult time owing to insecurity and other challenges, he expressed the faith that Nigerians would overcome the situation in the end.

Governor Abiodun called on Nigerians not to give up, but continue to have faith and trust in God, saying no problem is too big for God to solve. He emphasised the need for Nigerians to unite and fight their common enemies as the diversity of the country remains her strength. He also sued for religious tolerance among adherents of different faiths, admonishing Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Ibrahim who was regarded as the Father of Faith by having absolute trust and faith in God.

POLITICS

  • Court orders INEC to reinstate Soludo, Uba as APGA, PDP candidates

An Anambra State High Court in Awka has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the names of two governorship candidates for the November 6 election without further delay. The candidates are Senator Ugochukwu Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Prof Chukwuma Soludo for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Justice Obiora Nwabunike, who adjudicated on the case involving Uba, Valentine Ozigbo and the PDP, said the party erred by using what it called ‘super delegates’ without vacating a pending order by an Abuja court.

In the other case, Justice C.C. Okaa reinstated Prof Soludo as the APGA candidate and ordered INEC to publish his name immediately. The Court also ordered INEC to remove the already-published name of Chukwuma Umeoji, ordering him to stop parading himself as the candidate of APGA Justice Okaa reaffirmed Victor Ike Oye as the indisputable National Chairman of APGA and ordered Edozie Njoku and Jude Okeke to stop parading themselves as national chairmen of APGA. The Jude Okeke-led APGA national executive kicked against the ruling reinstating Soludo as the party’s candidate.

  • INEC, NCC Should Work Together To Conduct Credible Elections – Gbajabiamila

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should work together to conduct credible elections in the country, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, briefed reporters in Abuja on Tuesday. “INEC is empowered by our laws and the constitution to conduct elections and NCC has the mandate in terms of technology and capacity and all of that. So they need to work together for us to have credible elections,” he said.

Gbajabiamila also spoke on the decision of the House to pass the Electoral Amendment Bill, moments after opposition lawmakers walked out of the heated session at the National Assembly chambers in Abuja on Friday. The house passed the majority of the 158 clauses of the bill intact including Clause 52 (2), which had led to controversy and debate. The Speaker explained that the capacity of the constituents influenced the voting, noting that the citizens should not blame lawmakers who were in support and others against the electronic voting.

  • Catholic Bishops Criticise Buhari’s Govt Over Selective Justice, Allocation Of Posts

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province on Wednesday criticised the Buhari-led administration over nepotistic tendencies which they say have led the nation into unease. The bishops, from the Ibadan Ecclesiastical province in a statement after their meeting at the Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute, Igoba in Akure, argued that the spike in insecurity across the country is occasioned by the government’s inabilities to serve on the principles of equity and fairness.

According to the communique signed by the province Chairman and Secretary, Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin and Rev. Akin Oyejola, respectively, the country is plagued by “inept, uncaring leadership which functions by selective allocation of posts, privileges, and resources and by selective application of justice”. The clergymen lamented that the Buhari-led administration has cost Nigeria its soul, adding that this is the reason for the insecurity and economic woes experienced at this moment in the nation’s history.

The Bishops also took a swipe at the National Assembly, stating that those representing Nigerians are saboteurs who have “perfected the art of sabotaging the progress” of the people they represent. They urged Federal Lawmakers to prioritise the interest of Nigerians above those of their political and selfish ambitions.


ECONOMY

  • Nigeria Experiencing Its Worst Unemployment Crisis – World Bank Report

A report by the World Bank suggests that Nigeria’s unemployment crisis in recent times is the worst in the nation’s history. The report, which raised an alarm over the nation’s rising unemployment situation was published by the World Bank with support from the Korea World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF) and the Rapid Social Response (RSR) trust funds.

According to the research paper, the nation’s expanding working-age population combined with scarce domestic employment opportunities is creating high rates of unemployment, particularly for youth. This situation has also been worsened by the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Between 2010 and 2020, the unemployment rate rose five-fold, from 6.4 percent in 2010 to 33.3 percent in 2020.

The unemployment rate is defined nationally as the percentage of the labour force population who could not find at least 20 hours of work in the reference period, which the paper says was significantly higher for youth (42.5 per cent) compared to non-youth (26.3 per cent).

  • AMCON Recovers N1.4tn, Says 350 Chronic Debtors Owe N2.05tn

The Managing Director of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, on Monday disclosed that so far, the corporation had recovered about N1.48tn out of N4.158tn owed by bank debtors. Kuru disclosed these in Kaduna at the 2021 retreat of the Senate Committee on Banking Insurance and other Financial Institutions with the management of AMCON.

He stated that due to debt recovery challenges the corporation was facing, it still had 7,902 outstanding obligors with total outstanding loan of above N3.1tn, adding that 350 obligors alone accounted for over N2.05tn, which constitutes more than 70 per cent of total outstanding amount. He, however, reaffirmed the commitment of the corporation to its mandate of loan and assets recovery, regardless of the difficulties encountered.

  • TUC warns FG against increasing foreign loans

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has cautioned the Federal Government against the nation’s increasing indebtedness. According to the union, the wealth of the nation is being transferred to other nations through borrowing. The union stated its opposition in a recent Sallah message jointly signed by its president, Quadri Olaleye and the secretary-general, Musa-Lawal Ozigi.

The message read in part, “The impoverished masses of the country are going through an excruciating experience presently, painfully and regrettably the order of the day has been a flagrant transfer of our commonwealth and loans to foreign banks rather than making it useful for the nation where it is needed.

“The harsh economy is taking tolls on a large number of Nigerians and out of frustration many, especially the youths are doing untoward things just to make ends meet. We would like to also use this opportunity to call on the leadership of the country to bear it in mind that the country is in a dire strait and we can only overcome if they (leaders) lead a selfless and exemplary life.”

  • Oil plunges to $68, Nigeria seeks increased production quota

The international oil benchmark, Brent crude, tumbled below the $70 per barrel mark on Monday after the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies agreed to increase their production by 400,000 barrels per day starting from August. Brent, against which Nigeria’s crude oil is priced, fell by $5.01 to $68.58 per barrel as of 7:25pm Nigerian time on Monday, the lowest level since May 21.

After two and a half weeks of wrangling, OPEC and its allies, a group called OPEC+, resolved on Sunday to increase their overall production by 400,000bpd on a monthly basis starting from August until phasing out the 5.8 million bpd production adjustment.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, voiced his displeasure in the OPEC+ meeting, as did Algeria’s Mohamed Arkab, multiple delegates said. Both countries are now appealing to the OPEC+ co-chairs, Saudi Arabia and Russia, for increased production allocations, as well, while Kazakhstan may also consider doing the same, the delegates said.

HEALTH

  • Antibiotics Abuse In Children Could Affect Brain Development – Researchers Warn

Researchers have warned that exposure to antibiotics early in life could alter human brain development in areas responsible for cognitive and emotional functions. According to researchers from Rutgers University, USA, there is a need to reduce widespread antibiotic use to prevent neurodevelopment problems. In the study published in ScienceDaily, the researchers said Penicillin and related medicines (like ampicillin and amoxicillin) are the most widely used antibiotics in children worldwide.

“The laboratory study suggests that penicillin changes the microbiome – the trillions of beneficial microorganisms that live in and on our bodies – as well as gene expression, which allows cells to respond to its changing environment, in key areas of the developing brain. “The findings suggest reducing widespread antibiotic use or using alternatives when possible to prevent neurodevelopment problems.

EDUCATION

  • NECO’s Names Ibrahim Dantani as Registrar/CEO

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has named Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as its new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Wushishi, whose appointment has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be the first indigenous Registrar of the examination body.

A letter, dated July 16, 2021 and signed by Education Minister Adamu Adamu said Wushishi’s appointment, which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from July 12, 2021. Until his appointment, Wushishi was a Professor of Science Education (Chemistry) at the Federal University of Technology in Minna, the Niger State capital. He was born on April 5, 1965 and hails from Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.


WORLD

  • Pedro Castillo, Peru’s ‘First Poor President’

Rural school teacher Pedro Castillo on Monday was declared Peru’s president-elect, making him the country’s first leader with no ties to the elites that have governed the Andean country for decades. The 51-year-old far-left trade unionist was largely unknown until he led a national strike four years ago that forced the then-government to agree to pay rise demands. He was born to peasants in the tiny village of Puna in the historic Cajamarca region where he has worked as a teacher for 24 years.

Castillo likes to don a poncho and shoes made of recycled tires, and traveled on horseback for much of his presidential campaign as he vocalized the frustration of struggling Peruvians and cast himself as a man of the people. “No more poor people in a rich country,” he said as he campaigned for the Peru Libre (Free Peru) party. He has said he would renounce his presidential salary and continue living on his teacher earnings, and described himself as “a man of work, a man of faith, a man of hope.”

  • Severe Rainstorms Kill 16 In Central China

At least 16 people have died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooded a city in central China, with shocking images showing passengers struggling against chest-high water inside a train carriage. As river embankments were breached in record downpours across Henan province, President Xi Jinping described the situation as “extremely severe” with flood control measures entering a “critical stage”, state media reported Wednesday.

Around 200,000 city residents were evacuated, local government officials said, as soldiers led rescue efforts in Zhengzhou — a city of over 10 million people — where days of rain have inundated the streets and subway. The rainfall in the region was the heaviest since record-keeping began 60 years ago, with Zhengzhou seeing the equivalent of a year’s average rainfall in just three days.

Rainstorms submerged Zhengzhou’s metro, killing 12 people and injuring five, while city officials said hundreds were rescued from the subway. Nerve-shredding images shared on social media showed shocked passengers contending with the fast-rising waters inside a train carriage. Rescuers cut open the roof of the coach to pull people to safety, local media reported.

  • Pope To Skip Sunday Mass As He Recovers From Surgery

Pope Francis will not lead mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica this weekend as he continues to recover from colon surgery earlier this month, the Holy See said Friday. Francis, who underwent an operation on his colon on July 4, was discharged from the hospital after 10 days and returned to his home within the Vatican. “It’s completely normal, the pope continues to heal, “the Holy See said in a statement.

The 84-year-old pope will nevertheless give the traditional Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace following mass, it added. Mass to celebrate the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday will be presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

  • Sydney COVID-19 Outbreak A ‘National Emergency’ As Cases Spike

Sydney’s fast-growing coronavirus outbreak has become a “national emergency,” state leaders said Friday, as Australia’s largest city reported another record number of new infections. Admitting a month-long lockdown had failed to stop a Delta-variant outbreak, the state of New South Wales pleaded for Canberra to urgently send more vaccines and resources.

Calling the outbreak a national emergency could pave the way for more federal government involvement in stemming the crisis. “We have an obligation on behalf of the nation to contain the virus,” said New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian. “There is no doubt that the numbers are not going in the right direction.” Berejiklian also announced non-essential workers in specific areas of Sydney would now be barred from leaving, tightening a lockdown that is almost certain to be formally extended next week.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • BBNaija Season Six Starts This Saturday, N90m Up For Grabs

The Big Brother Naija reality TV show, Season 6, will start on Saturday, July 24 with a whopping N90 million winner takes all grand prize. Organizers of the show announced this on Monday at a press conference in Lagos. Also in a post on Africa Magic’s official website, the organizers announced that the wait is over. This year’s edition of BBNaija will run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.

For its sixth season, BBNaija will feature a special double launch show on July 24 and 25 respectively. Also, for the first time ever, fans in the United Kingdom will have access to the live 24/7 show via Showmax. The organizers also disclosed that there will be no SMS voting for this season, adding that fans will now be able to vote for their favorite housemates for free on BBNaija’s official website and mobile app as well as on the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.

  • You’ll End Up In Jail Like Hushpuppi – Deji Adeyanju Blasts Obi Cubana

Activist Deji Adeyanju has warned billionaire club owner Obi Cubana to slow down on his open display of opulence to avoid ending up in jail. Joining those questioning the source of Obi Cubana’s wealth, he said he may end up in jail like Hushpuppi based on how he is spending money. He condemned the ‘spraying’ of money at his mum’s burial over the weekend at Oba, Anambra state.

Making reference to Hushpuppi who showcased his lifestyle on social media before he was arrested in Dubai, Adeyanju warned Cubana and others spraying bundles of notes to be careful of attracting the FBI and EFCC. The activist wrote: “This was how some of us kept asking what Hushpuppi was doing that he was throwing money up and down but we were called names and insulted. Today, he is in an American jail.

  • Tiwa Savage Loses Father

Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, on Monday, took to her verified Instagram page to announce the death of her father. She wrote, “Early hours of this morning, you made a peaceful transition. You fought till the very end, you really fought daddy. It’s been rough for you these past couple years but you are resting now.
“This is tough on me, I’m so numb, so weak. Rest In Perfect Peace my King. I love you daddy. Savy t’eko, pappin K.” (sic)

Fans and well-wishers of the singer have taken to the comment section to commiserate with her. Popular comedian, Broda Shaggi, wrote, “Please stay strong Queen”. Similarly, actor, Alex Ekubo, while consoling the singer, said, “Pls be strong. Daddy is in a better place.”

SPORTS

  • Man United Sign English Star Sancho For £73m

Manchester United have signed England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League club announced Friday. No fee for the five-year contract was disclosed but British media reports said Sancho had moved from Germany in a deal worth £73 million ($100 million).

“I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day,” Sancho told manutd.com. “The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League,” the 21-year-old added.

  • Ugandan Weightlifter Who Went Missing In Japan Deported

Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko has returned home on Friday, days after he went missing from a pre-Olympics camp in western Japan. Local media reports that Ssekitoleko is being held at the Ugandan police headquarters to determine if he committed an offence or not. Uganda’s ministry of foreign affairs in a statement noted that the athlete was being “rehabilitated,” assuring that the government would help him understand how such acts of misconduct cannot only affect him as an athlete but also other athletes in the sports sector and the nation at large.”

The 20-year-old went missing from the camp a week ago but was later tracked down in Mie Prefecture on Tuesday in a joint operation between Japanese authorities and the Ugandan Embassy in Japan. He did not meet the Olympic standards in the latest International rankings and thus fled the Team Uganda camp during pre-Olympics training. Ssekitoleko had left a note in which he said he wanted to stay and work in the Asian nation.

  • Arsenal Cancel US Trip After Coronavirus Cases

Arsenal announced on Wednesday they had cancelled their pre-season trip to the United States after a “small number” of their touring party tested positive for coronavirus. The Premier League side were scheduled to play Italian champions Inter Milan this weekend in the opening round of the Florida Cup, which also includes Everton and Colombia’s Millonarios.

In a statement announcing their withdrawal, Arsenal did not specify how many members of their touring group had tested positive for the virus, nor if any players were among those with a Covid-19 diagnosis. The club said those who had tested positive were not currently displaying Covid-19 symptoms and were self-isolating. The Premier League season starts on August 13, with Arsenal travelling to newly promoted Brentford.

  • Wales Goalkeeper Hennessey Joins Burnley

Burnley announced on Tuesday they had signed Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who was released by Premier League rivals Crystal Palace earlier this month. The 34-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a third, Burnley said on their website.

Hennessey has played 96 times for his country and was an unused back-up to Danny Ward at Euro 2020. Burnley already have Nick Pope, who has seven England caps but was not part of the Euro 2020 squad. Hennessey has made 181 Premier League appearances for Wolves and Palace.

  • Australian City Awarded 2032 Olympics

Brisbane was awarded the 2032 Olympics on Wednesday, triggering wild celebrations and fireworks as it became the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne and Sydney. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed the widely expected result after delegates voted 72 to five with three abstentions at the IOC session in Tokyo.

The announcement was greeted by cheers from the Australian delegates in Tokyo, while in Brisbane fireworks lit up the skies and crowds who had gathered for the vote went wild. Brisbane’s victory looked a certainty after it was unanimously proposed as the single candidate for 2032 by the IOC’s 15-strong executive board in June.

Australia has already hosted the Olympics twice, in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, widely considered one of the most successful Games in recent history.
Hundreds of people packed Brisbane’s Southbank riverside precinct for the announcement, watching the city’s final pitch to the IOC on a big screen.

METRO PLUS

  • 49 Yoruba Nation Agitators Get Bail

A Lagos State Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba on Monday granted bail to 49 Yoruba Nation agitators arrested and detained by the Lagos State Police Command.
Police paraded them in connection with Oodua Republic mega rally at Ojota. Two women were among them. Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu said some of them were intercepted with guns, axes, Oodua flags, Yoruba Armed Forces vests and other items.

They are to provide N300,000 with two sureties each as a condition for their bail. A motion for the bail application was filed by human rights lawyers led by Olasupo Ojo and Oladapo Kayode.

  • NDLEA Arrests Lady With Multiple Identities For Trafficking 296,000 Tabs Of Illicit Drugs

A 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears a hijab to evade security scrutiny has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Benue state along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state. This is according to a communique by Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters in Abuja.

Chioma who uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka, and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities was arrested on Saturday 17th July 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears a hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital. Meanwhile, the Ondo state command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in the Ose local government area of the state.

  • Taraba Emir Gives Herders 30-Day Ultimatum To Vacate Forests

The Emir of Muri Empire in Taraba State, Abbas Tafida has issued a 30-day ultimatum to herders terrorizing residents of the state to vacate forests within the state or be forced to do so. The Emir gave the ultimatum on Tuesday after Eid prayers. This follows a rising spate of kidnappings, killings, and attacks in the state by criminals suspected to be herders.

He claimed that Fulani herders are responsible for perpetrating crimes in the state and should therefore vacate forests in the state within 30 days or be forced out. The Emir who spoke in the Hausa language urged the leadership of Fulani Herdsmen to fish out the bad eggs among them.