Forget Edo in 2019, 2020, our defection has buried PDP — Iduoriyekemwen
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¨And as a politician that cares about the welfare of my people, I cannot play a blind man with the developmental strides of Governor Obaseki, particularly in my Local Government Ikpoba Okha. The governor is building the biggest industrial park in my local government and a modular refinery, so what else am I looking for in politics.
¨The only way I can thank Obaseki and to also be grateful to my God is to join hands with him to move the state forward. Just look at how tractors are dancing in Benin City and other districts, roads being constructed even to your bedroom. You can see Edo is fast becoming Lagos state in terms of development”.
According to him, ¨there is no PDP anymore in Edo State after we left the party. We left because of impunity, injustice and, above all, the developmental strides of Governor Godwin Obaseki, who today is adjudged as the best governor in Nigeria¨.
Among those who defected to the APC were the House of Representatives member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Johnson Agbonayinma, and Elliot Ebole, a former PDP leader in Igueben.
By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin City
Iduoriyekemwen, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard shortly after his defection, stated that ¨the PDP in Edo State has failed to face reality, they failed to understand that the days of deceiving people are over. I have been in PDP since its formation before 1999 and I know what I am saying. We have people who are using the party to run their personal businesses rather than winning elections. And while they do that, they tell you to go to hell as if you are not important.
Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, a former leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, who led over 10,000 members of his party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, on Friday, has told the PDP to forget retaining power in Edo State in 2019 and 2020.
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Etiquette for in-home maintenance workers
Kemi Lanre-Aremu Maintenance workers such as plumbers or electricians, in particular, must honour a homeowner’s need for privacy and security. No matter what happens, have it in mind that you represent your employer and the way you conduct yourself will speak volumes about the integrity of the company Communication According to www.jobs.net, opening and maintaining […]
According to www.jobs.net, opening and maintaining a channel of communication between the workman and client is essential. It is important to remember that clients will be unfamiliar with relevant protocols, such as terms of professional painting and decorating, storing decorating supplies on-site during the job, cleaning paint rollers using client facilities, among others.
All workmen should carry personal ID, and be able to quickly provide relevant qualifications, proof of membership of reputable trade organisations, among others. For the most part, clients are likely to have little to no understanding of their workman’s trade. Setting anxious minds at rest with written notes is crucial.
Avoid bringing dirt in
Be sure to take care of any bathroom needs at home or in your office. If you’re struck with an urge to use a bathroom, be sure to ask the homeowner for permission first.
Before asking  for an adjustment in the home environment, explain how the requested change, including better ventilation or a lower TV volume, will help you finish your work as well as how much time you expect the change to last.
Beware of pets
Carry an ID
Chatting through the details at the beginning of a job is essential. Discuss about everything including schedule, whether or not a customer is happy handing over their house key, what kind of noise/disturbance they can expect and so on. A proficient workman should give regular updates to the client and finally recap their work as thoroughly as possible.
Communication
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Don’t accept bribe
Don’t ask for drinks
Don’t begin conversations of a personal nature. If the homeowner begins talking about politics or religion, you can politely listen or change the subject. As a representative of your company, such topics should be avoided.
Don’t initiate contact with pets, but if the homeowner says the animal is friendly and safe, and invites you to pet it, then it’s okay as long as the animal is not a distraction nor poses any risks of danger to the project.
Don’t initiate intimate conversations
Don’t make unexplained requests
It’s not okay to accept a bribe for free services, but you’re welcome to check with your service manager about the possibility of offering unlisted package options at a discounted rate.
It’s not okay to bring dirt into the house, but sometimes it may be unavoidable. Be sure to bring supplies with you to help keep work areas clean, such as paper towels and a disposable surface that collects dirt and mud tracked in from your shoes.
It’s okay to accept a drink, but preferably if the homeowner has offered it to you (something without alcohol), rather than requesting something to drink. It’s best to bring your own drinks to the work site.
It’s okay to enter private areas of the home like bedrooms, but only after the homeowner grants you permission, and only to gain access to an area where you need to perform your job. Give room occupants as much forewarning as possible.
Kemi Lanre-Aremu
Maintenance workers such as plumbers or electricians, in particular, must honour a homeowner’s need for privacy and security. No matter what happens, have it in mind that you represent your employer and the way you conduct yourself will speak volumes about the integrity of the company
Manners
No matter what happens, keep in mind you represent your employer and the way you conduct yourself away from headquarters will speak volumes about the integrity of the company.
Seek permission
Stomping up to the bathroom to clean paint rollers in the bath is incredibly rude. Such manner mishaps are generally easily avoided using commonsense. For example, when using the clients own decorating supplies and tools, be clear about any potential wear and tear from the outset.
Take care of your bathroom needs beforehand
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The price for rape of Agatu
After four days of going round Agatu communities, interviewing the people as wel......
“ Late, Joseph Enenche,    Joseph Yakubu, Joseph Alabali, Eluma    Godday, Ojo Godday, Abia Michael, BlessingMichael, Ngbede Anjonu, Ayo Joseph, Ikwuunife Anjonu,  Sunday  Edo, Isah Edo, Ibrahim Otache, Abu    Alhassan, Andrew Samson, Onyachei John, Eluma Ochechie, Ibrahim Jumoh, Ochewuikuru Pius, Musa Ikpa, Musa Ibrahim, Anjela Ogoto, Ekoja Ochiba, Jenebu Ocheinu, Oyigowo Yakubu, Yakubu Ishu, Saduan Itologwu, Allihasan Isa, Yakubu Ali, Onune Sule Daddy Isaac, Ochokpefu Alabali, Momoh Kasimu”—33 out of several unknown victims of the siege of Agatu. Source: EDOR OBIABO, The ADA-GALE of Aila, Agatu, Benue State, at Egba Agatu, May 4, 2016.
“Let them hate; as long as they fear.” Lucius Accius, 170-85 BC.
A band of four men would approach a cluster of houses and buildings. One would fire shots to wake up the people; the second carried petrol which would be sprayed on the buildings and retreat. Several shots will ring out from the two with weapons. They will then set the buildings on fire – giving those inside one of two choices – stay inside and roast or come out and get cut down with bullets. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the herdsmen were avenging loss of cattle or the death of some of their members during conflict with farmers, it became clear that they had other objectives in mind. Their goals were more long term. As the massacre continued in Agatu, the survivor heard some of their assailants talking. The thrust of the conversation is what should send shivers down our spines.
After four days of going round Agatu communities, interviewing the people as well as traditional rulers, we made an observation which was ignored by everybody including the President, governor and all the security agencies which are now running around trying to find a lasting solution to the problem. From all that has happened so far, we are still missing the point.
At first, nobody noticed the movement towards the eastern part of Benue State. Gradually, as they moved towards Gboko/Yandev, and started linking up with other units in Nasarawa and Taraba State, especially around Katsina Ala, and one community after another in that confluence of state boundaries fell to their onslaught, it became clear that the blitz method tested successfully in Agatu was being applied everywhere – the surprise M5 attack which leaves the same message with the communities under siege.
Because the attacks were scattered over several states, it was difficult, at first for anybody to notice a method and pattern to the incidents. Even, the state governments failed to dot the lines and to recognize the deliberate plan to subdue whole portions of their states. Only the recurrent attacks on communities in Tiv land served as a wake up call to Government House Makurdi. Capturing Agatu might be forgiven, but Tivland would never be tolerated. The Tivs and the Hausa/Fulani had engaged in historical combat. The frequent invasion of Tiv communities rekindled the mutual hostilities. Clearly, a great deal of the uproar about herdsmen’s massacre of innocent Benue citizens is associated with the fact that they have this time slaughtered the “untouchables” of Benue State.
By Dele Sobowale
CAMERA MEN AT THE THEATRE OF WAR
Earlier, it was mentioned in this write up that a four-man band would usually move in tandem when these premeditated mass murders are being organized. The parts played by three of them were defined. One is a pyromaniac and two armed and merciless assassins. The reader should have been asking about the fourth member of the team. The question which came to my mind at the time was “What role does he play in the whole drama?
Everything changed in 2016 – when for the first time farmers were confronted with armed mercenaries joining the fray on the side of the herdsmen. Until then, every skirmish had ended in some form of amicable settlement. But, in 2016, the farmers were issued an ultimatum. “Stop disturbing our movement or there will be hell to pay.” Naturally, the threat was dismissed as an empty boast – until the attack. The attackers got away with mass murder; they received two extra dividends for their efforts. Neither the Federal Government nor the State Government did anything to come to the aid of the Agatu people; nobody was punished for it. The Agatu, a minority in Benue State, and tiny minority in Nigeria were easily expendable. Nobody, not the President, the Governor, The Senator, their Representative gave a damn about them. After shedding the political crocodile tears about them, they were quickly forgotten. By December 2016, the Agatu had been enslaved in their own land. The herdsmen now trample all over their farms and none can complain.
First, permit us to present the Agatu 33, representing the unknown number of over three hundred people murdered in cold blood during the siege of Agatu. In some instances, entire families were wiped out.
In May 2016,   a report was published on these pages titled STANDING ON THE GRAVES OF AGATU – together with some of the pictures from our visit to Agatu after the siege of 2016. In 2016, despite the avalanche of reports, comments, announcements from leaders and some of the led, we arrived in Agatu three weeks after the carnage to discover that no reporter from any of the newspapers with a correspondent in Makurdi had visited Agatu personally. All the reports on which the public was commenting were sourced from the wire services and based on hearsay from those streaming out of Agatu.
It was particularly amusing in a tragic way when President Buhari ordered the IGP to relocate to Makurdi two weeks ago. When did Mr Idris transform into a battalion all by himself. If the police force in Benue could not help the situation, how would adding one person, even if he’s the IGP, help the situation. Obviously, Nigeria’s Commander-In-Chief, C-I-C, of the armed forces was not fully versed of the situation in Bunue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and elsewhere. Permit us to help out by reminding Nigerians and the global community of how the rape of Agatu in 2016, was the rehearsal to what is happening now and what will happen in the future.
Killer herdsmen have finally grabbed the entire nation by the scrotum. Suddenly, everybody who was deaf, indifferent and callous about the rape of Agatu in 2016 is now talking. Virtually all are hypocrites – from Aso Rock to Government House Makurdi to the traditional rulers who have now been unmasked as the patrons of the murderous herdsmen. Forget the Inspector General of Police, IGP, who recently apologised for regarding the atrocities of the herdsmen as “communal clashes”. It has taken the death of over 150 people in Benue and Taraba states for the nation’s front line security officer to acknowledge that there are bands of killers around called herdsmen. Elsewhere in the world, he would have done the needful for his gross incompetence and negligence which in some ways contributed to the deaths.
LAST LINE: Just as this article was about to be sent to the  SUNDAY  EDITOR, report of another attack in Taraba was received. Most likely it would have followed the Agatu template for creating fear in communities in order to subdue them.
Like most tragedies occurring in Nigeria, the siege of Agatu by armed men, had been badly reported and mostly misinterpreted in a manner that is now drawing us towards uncontrollable violent conflict. The “Agatu 33”, for lack of a better name to describe them, would either become known in the history as the strongest wake up call for national action regarding the incessant fatal clashes between the herdsmen and farmers/host communities, or they will constitute the first installment in a series of deaths resulting from other clashes in the future.
One of our informants had grown up in a Fulani household, although a Basa-Nge indigene, who also speaks Hausa fluently. His ability to speak the language of the invaders saved his life and also allowed him to observe some of the operations at Agatu live on the first night.
Our  return to Agatu, last    year May, offered fresh insights which most people – including government officials – are not aware of in the discussions about herdsmen. Even the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, might be speaking on behalf of bands of murderous marauders, outside their control, who might have a still, unknown, agenda. Two days in a hotel, talking to two survivors of the attack the year before, revealed that the large scale murders were never spontaneous. Instead, they followed the same pattern as the Agatu massacre. For lack of another name let me call them M5 —    mobilization, methodical, merciless, mass murder.
THE M5 OF MASS KILLINGS
Then, some important questions must trouble all of us. First, have the video recordings been tampered with to mislead government officials? Second, if somebody took all the trouble to video mass massacre of Nigerians in their own country and sends the video to Aso Rock without response, what sort of government do we have?
They took on Agatu as test rehearsal for a more sinister motive which is now unfolding. Benue State is home to several ethnic groups including the Tiv, Idoma, Igede, Basa, Juguns as well as Hausa, Fulani and a few other Nigerian ethnic groups. But, among the indigenous groups, the Agatu are among the smallest; some of them are even in Nasarawa State which is just across the river. Virtually all of them are farmers; they also depend on river water. These are the same resources the herdsmen want very badly, especially during the dry season. Clashes have been occurring with increasing frequency for years between the farmers and the herdsmen. As a matter of fact, they quite often know themselves because some of the herdsmen and women had kids with other ethnic groups in Agatu. So, for a long time the conflicts could be regarded as a “family affair”.
When told that his task was to video all the atrocities, my first and until recently, reaction was to dismiss it as a blatant lie and an attempt to demonise the villains even more.   A prominent Nigerian said last week that video  recordings  of atrocities were sent to Aso Rock. At least two things should be clear by now. One, whatever happened was not spontaneous. Two, several video tapes of such massacres must be lying somewhere with the sponsors of the video.
With Agatu subdued, as my informant told me, he was certain that the herdsmen would attempt the same thing in other communities. Fear, by the communities under siege, had become their major weapon.
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Herdsmen killings: Miyetti Allah, Afenifere, Ohanaeze reject Osinbajo panel
NIYI ODEBODE, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE,  ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and JUSTIN TYOPUUSU The North-East zonal Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, has said the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee on killings by herdsmen would not produce the desired result with the inclusion of Ishaku and Samuel Ortom of Benue. He told […]
“I want to tell you that I am disappointed completely in this present administration because this crisis has been happening for the past three years and the Federal Government did nothing to stop it.”
“It is like sending the IG to Benue, to go and do what? The committee is diversionary, it is unnecessary and it shows the absence of leadership in the country. The committee is nonsensical,” he stated.
“Notwithstanding that my principal is a member, that committee is a deceit; because the Federal Government knows what to do, but is not willing to do it,” he said.
“The two governors, who have promulgated military decrees in their states, will make attempt to influence other members of the committee. The ban on open grazing is anti-Fulani.
Also the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, dismissed the Osinbajo panel as diversionary and unnecessary.
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Danburam said, “The committee would not produce the desired result with the inclusion of Governors Darius Ishaku and Samuel Ortom of Benue.
Factional President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Eric Omare, urged the committee not to work only towards dousing the tension in Benue and other areas affected by herdsmen attacks, but to also go beyond political considerations in ensuring that the nation moved forward.
He said instead of setting up a committee to stop herdsmen killings, the government should have deployed the military to check the activities of the cattle breeders.
He said, “The President has set up a committee to go and look for what is not lost; Some people are killing others like chickens, the laws are there, the President is keeping quiet and you are now setting up an Osinbajo committee, to go and do what?
He said, “We said some days ago that the government should arrest all those found to have killed people in Benue and Taraba. Now that a committee has been set up, our expectation is that justice will be done.”
He told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the two governors, who have promulgated “military decrees” in their states, would make attempt to influence other members of the committee. He said the ban on open grazing was anti-Fulani.
However, the General Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Bala Ngelzerma, urged the committee to be fair.
In his submissions, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga, accused the President of double standards.
It said the committee demonstrated the lack of leadership in the country.
Ngelzerma, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said the committee should focus on the root cause of the crisis and not just the symptoms.
NIYI ODEBODE, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE,  ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and JUSTIN TYOPUUSU
Rather than setting up a committee, Achi-Okpaga said, “Buhari should have ordered the army to put a stop to the murderous activities of the herdsmen.”
Similarly, the Taraba State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Yusufu Akirikwen, expressed doubt over the sincerity of the Federal Government in ending the crisis.
Speaking with one of our correspondents in Enugu, the Ohanaeze spokesman noted that the Federal Government did not set up any committee before deploying the army against the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Spokesperson for the group, Yinka Odumakin, said the President should have deployed the necessary security apparatus to apprehend the perpetrators of the killings and put an end to the bloodshed instead of setting up “a nonsensical committee.”
The North-East zonal Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, has said the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee on killings by herdsmen would not produce the desired result with the inclusion of Ishaku and Samuel Ortom of Benue.
The party also referred his case to the Governor Seriake Dickson-led Reconciliation Committee.
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Rivers, not FG, funded elimination of Don Waney — Wike
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike, yesterday said the government of Rivers State funded the r......
“Don Waney accepted Amnesty, but refused to abide by the tenets of the amnesty. It was at this point that the Security Council resolved to track him down.
“I have projects located in all local government areas of the state. I have reasons in each local government area why the people should vote for me.”
“If we do not work in synch with security agencies, how would we have gotten Don Wanny.   Whether we like it or not, it is incumbent on us to play our own part on security”, Wike stated.
“The State Government funded the operation that led to the death of Don Waney. The President may have encouraged it, but the operation was funded by the Rivers State Government.
By Egufe Yafugborhi
He also assured that council polls would hold this year as the State Electoral Commission has proposed budget for same, adding that PDP will hold transparent primaries   that will lead   to the emergence   of popular candidates which will form premise for victory in 2019.
He said: “If elections are held 100 times in Rivers State, the PDP will win. The chances of the PDP   are even brighter in Rivers State as a result of my performance.
In self appraisal on his stewardship, the governor noted that electoral   prospects of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers have been enhanced by his outstanding performance.
PORT HARCOURT – GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike, yesterday said the government of Rivers State funded the recent military and DSS joint operation which led to the elimination of notorious killer, Johnson Igwedibia, a.k.a. Don Waney, whose reign of terror left several persons killed in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area.
Wike, in a media programme in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was reacting to the widespread notion that the security offensive which killed Don Waney was ordered by President Mohammadu Buhari, without knowledge of the Rivers governor.
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Herdsmen killings: Parents, NYSC members panic, rush to seek redeployment
SUNDAY ABORISADE, OLALEYE ALUKO,  DOLAPO,  AKITOYE, PETER DADA, HINDI LIVINUS,  JOHN CHARLES and TYOPUUSU JUSTIN Corps members, posted to some states that have come under continuous attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and parts of the North, have appealed to the authorities of the National Youths Service Corps to redeploy them to more secure […]
“God brought me to Taraba for a purpose. Herdsmen attacks are the least of my problems. I trust God and I am convinced that He will protect me anywhere I go,” said Ibrahim.
“I can’t joke with the life of my boy. I will use everything I have to ensure that he is redeployed to the South-West. Northern Nigeria is no longer safe as it used to be during our own time.”
“I cannot seek redeployment now because I will complete my service in April. My only fear is the plight of my colleagues who are serving in the rural communities. In fact, the NYSC should not post any corps member to Benue at this moment.
“I did not choose Zamfara State when we were asked to determine our preferred state, but when I got the call-up letter, I had no option but to go for the orientation in the state. My parents are in support of my action,” he stated.
“I have just three months to go; so, it is perhaps coming very late for me to seek redeployment. A lot of my colleagues refused to stay back. Many of them applied for redeployment and they have gone,” he added.
“I have not been to that place before. So, posting me to a place where they are killing people is like putting our lives at risk and I am not really happy. My plan is to process my redeployment to my state of residence which is the FCT after the orientation.”
“Many of them come to this office seeking redeployment and we always oblige them as a policy of the NYSC. We have told them that they were at liberty to ask for redeployment. Many of them came for it and we granted their request,” said the source.
“My mother has been disturbing me. Even last week, she requested my details again and I sent them to her. She said she will work my relocation to Abuja or Kogi State; so I am waiting,” said Husseina.
“My parents are not comfortable with my resolve to stay till the end of my service year here but I have assured them that I will be fine since the situation has attracted the attention of the Federal Government,” Adewale stated.
“Our camp in Kogi State is a bit secure. What will happen to us after the camp?”
“The truth of the matter is that relocation happens only during orientation, in camp, but because of these security challenges, we wish to appeal to the authorities to give us another window to seek redeployment,” one of them said.
“We have a synergy with all the security agencies to know the situation of things. At the moment, we have moved corps members from crisis areas in Adamawa, Nasarawa, Taraba and Benue states to the state capitals.”
“When the crisis started in Adamawa State, the NYSC, in December 2017, moved the corps members from the Numan Local Government Area to the state capital. They are no longer in the crisis areas.
A businessman in Ondo State, Mr. Anthony Progressive, whose son was posted to Kaduna State, said the NYSC, by posting corps members from the South to the North at the moment, were playing with the lives of the youth.
A corps member, working in the office of the Adamawa State Coordinator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many of his colleagues posted to the state had applied for redeployment citing insecurity as their major concerns.
Abayomi Oluleso, who graduated from one of the universities in Ondo State, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was not happy with his posting to Zamfara State.
Adeniyi said he would not seek redeployment because he barely had three months to conclude his service year.
Adenuga appealed to the National Assembly to declare Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states as security risks for now.
Adeyemi stated, “The NYSC will not compromise the security of corps members in all the affected states. We usually redeploy corps members to safe areas wherever there are crises.
Also, some corps members, serving in Taraba State, told SUNDAY PUNCH that they had been living in fears.
An official of the NYSC, who also spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH in confidence, confirmed that many corps members had received letters of redeployment since the herdsmen menace started in the state.
Another corps member, Akinwale Fasemore, said residents of his place of primary assignment in the Logo LGA had fled their homes, which informed his decision to relocate to Makurdi, the state capital.
Bonaventure said he had contacted the state office of the NYSC but was advised to stay since there were no security challenges in the local government area where he currently serves.
Bukola Adeoye, a corps member currently serving in Benue State and posted to a primary school as a teacher in a village outside Makurdi, the capital city, told SUNDAY PUNCH that she stayed indoors most of the time.
But Adeniyi Gbenga, a corps member from Lagos State serving in Savannah Sugar Company in Yola, said he was comfortable working in Adamawa State, admitting that his parents were extremely worried.
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Corps members, posted to some states that have come under continuous attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and parts of the North, have appealed to the authorities of the National Youths Service Corps to redeploy them to more secure states.
Frank Okoye, whose parents live in Abuja, is a corps member posted to Benue State but currently in the NYSC camp in Kogi State.
He added, “The NYSC authorities should just redeploy us to our preferred states instead of endangering our lives in volatile states all in the name of serving our fatherland.
He faulted the decision of the NYSC to post young Nigerians to volatile states despite the constant attacks by herdsmen.
He said, “I feel highly traumatised at the moment. When I saw the call-up letter, I was really surprised that the NYSC could still post people to states that have security issues.
He said, “I have seen many corps members who are serving in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas, where the killings took place, seeking redeployment. The NYSC authorities should urgently grant their requests because the areas are not safe yet.”
He said, “My son has been posted to Kaduna State but I don’t like it because of the issue of insecurity there. The lives of corps members are not safe in the state, especially in Southern Kaduna.
He vowed to return to the South-West after the orientation programme to process his redeployment from home.
Her son, Kunle, also told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday that fears enveloped him throughout his eight-hour journey from Lagos to Kogi State for the orientation camp.
Jummai Kwabe, an NYSC official in Yola, told one of our correspondents that the orientation programme for new corps members to the state had been shifted to Bauchi State.
Lawal Adewale, an Osun State-born corps member serving at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, lamented the high level insecurity in the state, noting however that security agents were putting the situation under control.
Miss Maliki Husseina, serving with the Taraba State Sports Council in Jalingo, told one of our correspondents that her mother wanted her to redeploy to safer states.
Mixed feelings in Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara
Mr. Timilehin Ibrahim, a corps member from Ogun State, who is a graduate of International Law and Diplomacy from the Babcock University, Ilisan Remo, currently serving in Taraba State, however, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was not willing to seek redeployment.
One of them, Mr. Akpan Bonaventure, a Batch A corps member, currently serving in the Yorro Local Government Area, said despite that his service year would end in June, he would be glad if the NYSC could redeploy him to Akwa Ibom State immediately.
Other Batch B corps members, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on conditions of anonymity, said they were deeply worried at the level of killings in the state by herdsmen, urging the NYSC authorities to allow those who want to redeploy due to security concern to do so.
Parents, corps members begin redeployment moves
Recent disturbances in Adamawa State between the herdsmen and farmers, which affected the Savannah area of Numan, forced the NYSC to relocate all the corps members to Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
She said the exercise was ongoing.
She said, “I want my son to be redeployed to any of the South-West states that are relatively peaceful at the moment.”
She said, “I want redeployment as soon as possible. I am scared and my mom is really not happy. I know that my life is in danger but I put my trust in God.”
Some of the parents of serving and incoming members, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH, also expressed great fears over the safety of their children in the troubled states, pleading with the Federal Government to save the young Nigerians from killers.
Stephen Onuh, who was originally posted to Katsina State but redeployed to Benue, his home state on health ground, told one of our correspondents that majority of the corps members, who are Muslims and posted to the Guma Local Government Area, were seeking redeployment due to the crisis.
SUNDAY ABORISADE, OLALEYE ALUKO,  DOLAPO,  AKITOYE, PETER DADA, HINDI LIVINUS,  JOHN CHARLES and TYOPUUSU JUSTIN
Tears freely flowed down the cheeks of Mrs. Busola Adenuga, the mother of Kunle, a 21-year-old graduate of Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State, as she expressed her fears about her son’s safety in Benue State where he has been posted to for his one year mandatory service.
The acting Director, Public Relations Unit of the NYSC, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, said the agency was also worried about the crisis in the affected communities, adding that  the scheme had redeployed some corps members to the state capitals.
The NYSC Public Relations Officer in Benue State, Mr. Filibu Yusuf, said no corps member had approached the agency to seek redeployment due to the current state of insecurity in some parts of the state.
The Osun State indigene explained that the headmaster of the school of her primary assignment advised her to stay at home following the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the state by the government.
We’ll redeploy corps members from crisis areas – NYSC
We’re really scared, say Taraba corps members
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Nollywood  hotties, Pat Agwu, Chily B, flaunt their endowments
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By Ayo Onikoyi
It must be this virus that caught up with two friends, Pat Agwu and Chily B that made them take a luscious picture by the pool, showing off  what they hashtagged ‘#bigbootygirls #teamunkwugand. The picture has since gone viral with comments raging like wildfire.
Pat Ugwu is Nollywood actress, singer, dancer and model, while Chily B, Who won Glo Mega Tour, Ajah 2017 is a rap artiste, dancer and also an actress.
The two divas are such a sensation on Instagram where they post sensual pictures and twerking videos to the delight of their rising followers.
There is a norm ravaging the social media right now and it is called self love or self crush. This has spewed up such groups as the ‘Boobs Movement’,‘Bum Movement’ and what have you.
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We’re ready to defend Ekiti despite police harassment — Hunters
Hunters in Ekiti State, who have been drafted into the state’s security strategies to avert herdsmen/farmers clashes, talk to KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE about their readiness to defend the state We’re being harassed by the police — Hunters’ President Tell us about yourself.  I am Chief Taiwo Bamisile, the President, Ekiti Hunters Association of Nigeria. The Fulani […]
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