Fulani Herdsmen Slaughter Dozens of Christians in Nigerian Village; EFCC, ‘Dasuki dashed me N50 million’ – Abati; FG to spend $10bn to end conflict in oil-rich Niger Delta; Buhari marries off his daughter, Fatima; Adedibu’s widow takes charge at Molete, Ibadan . . .
Fulani Herdsmen Slaughter Dozens of Christians in Nigerian Village
Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked villagers in the village of Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State in Nigeria on October 15 with guns and machetes, burning down homes, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens more. It was the second attack on the predominantly Christian village in as many months.
The Morning Star News’ field reporter in Nigeria, Obed Minchakpu, spoke with villagers who survived the brutal attack. He confirmed to CNSNews.com that the attackers were Muslim Fulani herdsmen who have been targeting Christians for more than two years.
Rev. Thomas Akut, pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Good News Church in Godogodo, told Morning Star News that he and his family barely escaped the massacre. Reverend Akut added that the attacks have left all 245 members of his congregation homeless, including himself and his family. “This is a jihad,” Akut said. “It is an Islamic holy war against Christians in the southern part of Kaduna state.”
The death toll from the invasion between last Saturday and Sunday, has risen from 20 to 40, according to sources from Southern Kaduna Peoples Unions, SOKAPU, the umbrella body of the 67 tribal groupings of Southern Kaduna.
EFCC, ‘Dasuki dashed me N50 million’ – Abati
The former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, has been granted bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Reports also indicated that he explained that Dasuki `dashed’ him N50 million. According to APA reports, the bail conditions require that Abati should drop his international passport with the EFCC and produce a surety, who should not be below a deputy director on Level 16 in the civil service of the country.
Abati was arrested last Monday on allegations that he received N100 million from the former National Security Adviser, rtd Col. Sambo Dasuki. The former presidential spokesman was the chairman of the editorial board of the Guardian newspaper before his appointment.
FG to spend $10bn to end conflict in oil-rich Niger Delta
Nigeria will invest $10bn (£8bn) in its oil-rich south to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister of state, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said. The money would be used to build infrastructure, including roads and railways, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said. Militant attacks have severely disrupted oil production, fuelling a recession in the West African state.
The militants have been demanding that the government spend more of its oil wealth on tackling widespread poverty in a region, known as the Niger Delta.
They also accuse multinational firms of polluting the environment, destroying the livelihoods of farming and fishing communities.
Dr. Kachikwu said that President Muhammadu Buhari would meet the militants and community leaders next week. “Our target is to ensure zero militancy in the area,” he said.
“This planned meeting shows the level of interest the president has to ensure peace in the area.” The $10bn would “not necessarily” come from the federal government, but from “oil companies, investors, individuals”, he is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
Buhari marries off his daughter, Fatima
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, formally married off his daughter, Fatima, to Malam Yau Gimba Kumo in Daura, his hometown in Katsina State. The wedding took place at the president’s residence on Mai’adua road, Duura at about 2.40 p.m.
The groom, who was a former Managing Director of Mortgage Bank, paid N100,000 as dowry to the bride. The marriage was contracted in accordance with Islamic injunctions and was attended by top Federal and States’ Government functionaries.
They included Governors of Gombe, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo and his counterpart from Bauchi, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Abubakar. The Ministers of Interior, Mr Abdurrahman Dambazau, Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Controller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, and Director-General, Department of State Service, Mr Lawal Musa Daura, also graced the occasion.
Others are Senators Mustapha Bukar, (Katsina North), Ahmed Sani, from Zamfara and Danjuma Goje from Gombe, among others.
Adedibu’s widow takes charge at Molete, Ibadan
Alhaja Bose Adedubu (photo: left), the widow of the late powerful man of Ibadan politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu. The serial pilgrim has told sources close to her that she may not remarry, her reason being that she wields a lot of power by remaining the widow of the late Ibadan political titan.
Photo: The late Alhaji Adedibu & wife Alhaja Bose inset.
Alhaja Bose believes that adopting a new surname would erode the influence and respect she enjoys with the people as Adedibu’s wife. Indeed, it seems some people’s loyalty remains not to the living but to the dead, even in this new era of change.
Sources close to Adedibu’s household hinted that Alhaja Bose remains in charge at the Malete palace of the late Ibadan political godfather. Whatever she wills happens and whatever idea she does not give her consent to remains dead on arrival. Adedibu’s wife has taken charge at Molete.
Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Akanji Adedibu (24 October 1927 – 11 June 2008) a.k.a. “The Strongman of Ibadan Politics” was an aristocratic noting power broker in Oyo State, Nigeria. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described him as the “father of the PDP” The Ibadan man.