The killing of 43 Borno farmers is inexcusable

The Christian Association of Nigeria has condemned the killing of about 43 rice farmers by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State. It called on the federal government to stop the unending killings by the criminals who now operate with impunity all over the country but more devastatingly in the Northeast and Northwest. The association said these in a statement released on Friday titled ‘Loss of Rice Farmers to Terrorists: A National Disaster and Shame’, and signed by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN  President, His Eminence, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle. It said, “We are shocked, disturbed, saddened to learn that criminals suspected to be terrorists invaded the Garin Kwashebe community and murdered innocent farmers while harvesting their products. As usual, the number of the deceased gruesomely murdered remains disputed by the Federal Government. To us at CAN, 43 was not only frightening but inexcusable by those who should have prevented it. The massacre was wicked and completely satanic.” CAN said that a situation where farmers were being taxed by the terrorists and bandits before they were allowed to work on their farms was unacceptable and it must be stopped by the government immediately. The Association further stated, “We are in a recession in the country, yet, criminals are still preventing farmers from going to the farm to harvest. We are not aware of any country where similar lawlessness is taking place without being adequately checked. We call on the security agencies to wake up from their prolonged slumber and save their image. The government is urged to think out of the box and take adequate steps to bring the terrorists to their knees rather than finding excuses to justify the failure of governance. Continuous sympathy through press statements or condolence visits after many souls have been wasted is not acceptable anymore. What we need is adequate protection of lives and property by those we have put in charge to do so.” The religious body reassures[…]

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Why we arrested Borno governorship aspirant – Police

– The Borno Police Command says it arrested Alhaji Grema Terrab on charges of alleged murder and inciting disturbances – In the course of a political event Terrab organized at his home, a 20-year-old welder was reportedly stabbed to death – Terrab subsequently went into hiding, but was finally arrested during a political visit by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Maiduguri The Borno Police Command said it arrested a politician, Alhaji Grema Terrab, in connection with allegations of murder and inciting disturbances. The commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, explained this in a statement issued on Friday, July 20, in Maiduguri, NAN reports. NAIJ.com gathers that Chukwu, who was reacting to reports that Terrab was detained by the Police, said the arrest was necessitated by the murder and other allegations against the politician. “The Command wishes to state categorically that while it is true that one Alhaji Grema Terrab has been arrested over his role in the offences of culpable homicide, inciting disturbances and sundry other offences, which occurred at his residence on 15th April, 2018 most of the claims in the report under reference are false in its entirety. “It is worthy of note that Terrab, on 15th April, 2018, organised a political event at his residential quarters, contrary to security advice by the Police. “Expectedly, the meeting attracted a large crowd of people. In the course of the event, and right inside his residential premises, one Maina Mustapha Babagana, a 20-year-old welder, was stabbed to death by persons present at the event,” he said. Chukwu explained that contrary to speculations, Terrab did not present himself to the Police to report the incident. He said that the politician also refused to honour series of invitations extended to him by the Police, rather went into hiding. The commissioner added that the Police subsequently declared the politician wanted after due processes. According to him, the Police evacuated the corpse at the politician’s resident and invited those present at the scene of[…]

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