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Herdsmen education will curb insecurity – Gumi

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Renowned Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, has opined that with the provision of education opportunities to Fulani herdsmen at the grassroots, the raging insecurity in the country could be checked.

Sheikh Gumi, who on an inspection visit of the Sheikh Uthman Bin Fodio Centre at Kagarko Grazing Reserve Kohoto Village, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State donated by Sultan Bello Mosque Foundation, stated that education is the best approach to help widen the knowledge of the Fulani herdsmen against involving themselves to insecurity in the country.

He explained, “The construction of the school is an example to the three tiers of government, corporate organizations and individuals. Instead of spending billions on hardware, spend it on schools. I have spoken to lots of them, they have agreed to lay down their weapons and embrace education.”

Gumi further explained that the centre contains six classrooms, which would be operational for 24 hours every day, stressing that the herdsmen rear cattle in the morning, come back and study in the evening.

He assured that the school would run primary and secondary schools at intervals, saying that the Fulani herdsmen would be encouraged to take education seriously.

Sheikh Gumi stated that the Centre has a hospital as well as an economic booster on showing them how to use foliage to feed their animals, pointing out that if such Centres are replicated in every part of the country, Nigeria would be in peace.

He explained that the majority of the Fulani herdsmen are not involved in banditry, saying that if herdsmen are terrorists, there would be problems in the country.

Gumi stated that though the construction project of the centre is still ongoing, the three tiers of government should come in and partner on training the herdsmen on how they can be economically viable.

He said, “The moment most of the Fulani herdsmen are educated, you find among them doctors, engineers, nurses and other professionals who will not go into acts that are contrary to the laws of the land but the country will be better for it.”

He stated that teachers would be taken from Kaduna to the centre, stressing that some of the students would be taught entrepreneurship in order to be self-reliant when they finish their studies.

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Bayelsa: Gunmen kill 3, abduct 7 oil workers in fresh attack

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Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates, in the early hours of Sunday attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (ANAN) learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa.

Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident and narrated same to a NAN Correspondent.

According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six oil workers allegedly doing maintenance jobs close to their platform were kidnapped and whisked away.

It was further gathered that the Agip oil workers and their security personnel came under attack at about 6am while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa command, Mr Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.

Solomon said one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government.

“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.

Mr Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma Clan, said indigenes of the area recovered the corpses of those killed.

He added that those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver, identified as his brother, is still missing.–

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BREAKING: Gunmen attacking Jos Custodial Centre trapped

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Unknown gunmen who invaded a Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos the Plateau State capital have been trapped by security operatives who are currently at the prison premises.

DAILY POST had reported that some criminal elements suspected to be bandits have stormed the facility on Sunday evening with sophisticated weapons and were shooting sporadically at the premises.

A statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, CC Francis Enobore, said the gunmen have been trapped following a heavy fire power of security operatives who immediately cordoned the yard.

The statement reads; “The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who reportedly stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons.

“The invaders were said to have arrived at the Custodial Center at about 1720hrs and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.

“Although they gained entrance to the yard, they are however trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards to cordon the perimeter wall and the entire area.

“Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the center.

“The situation is presently under control as the attackers firing power is being subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies. Update will be made available as event unfolds”, he added.

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EPL: I don’t think it was penalty – Carrick reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea

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Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Carrack claimed that the penalty awarded to Chelsea against Man United during the encounter was not a penalty.

Jadon Sancho had opened the scoring for Man United in the second half before Jorginho equalized for Chelsea from the spot a few minutes later.

Wan-Bissaka had caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg and kicked the Brazilian on the ankle. The referee immediately points to the spot-kick.

Speaking after the game, Carrick said at his post-match press conference, “I don’t think it was a penalty, that was disappointing.

“It’s been a tough, tough week, and I am immensely proud of the effort the players put in.”

Man United’s next game is against Arsenal next month.

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