About 15 mobile policemen escaped death by whiskers as Fulani herdsmen opened fire on them in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
It was gathered that the herdsmen numbering about ten stormed the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Chief Olu Falae located at Kajola, in Igbatoro area of the state and destroyed it. Chief Falae invited the police only for the herdsmen to attack the policemen deployed to the farm by the state police commissioner Hilda Harrison.
The continued invasion of the farm of the Elder statesman and its destruction by the herdsmen recently led to his kidnapped and also the killing of one of his security men. Some of Chief Falae’s kidnappers who were later arrested by detectives are presently facing trial in court.
Sources revealed that the herdsmen last weekend again stormed the Afenifere Chieftains farm and destroyed it. He reportedly informed the police authorities in the state and mobile policemen were hurriedly deployed to the scene On sighting the policemen, it was gathered that the herdsmen opened fire on them.
There were exchange of gun shot between the policemen and the herdsmen who insisted that their cows would graze on the farm.
It was gathered that over 300 cows were brought to the farm by the herdsmen to graze. Some cows were killed while the herdsmen fled to different directions during the battle. Speaking with newsmen, Chief falae confirmed the invasion of his farm by the herdsmen. ” I invited the police to my farm because the herdsmen have been coming to the farm everyday for several weeks and they are longer hiding.
They come into the farm around 5am till 9am, destroy the farm, so I went to the police for protection and some Policemen were sent to the farm yesterday. “They got to the farm and met three separate herds feeding fat on my farm, when the police approached them, they fired at the police.
“The policemen went there to see if they can effect arrest for trespassing and destroying farm produce. So if the herdsmen fired the police what would they do to me? The Police image Maker Femi Joseph confirmed the invasion of the farm of the former Finance Minister. Joseph claimed ignorance of any exchange of gunshot by the police and the herdsmen but said that they were pursued from the farm. While saying there was no arrest, the police spokesperson pointed out that the command had launched an investigation into the latest attack of the farm of chief Falae.
Army withholds salaries of 45 soldiers in Borno
Authorities of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, have withheld the salaries of 45 soldiers, according to sources.
The soldiers, who were among the 149 troops of the 153 Task Force Battalion withdrawn from Marte, Borno State, after spending three years in counterinsurgency operations, were accused of for abandoning their duty posts.
The battalion came under attack on three occasions during which several soldiers were killed while a range of weapons, equipment and vehicles were either carted away or destroyed.
The battalion was overhauled after the last attack in February.
A source said necessary changes were made and troops who served with the battalion were moved to different formations in Maiduguri before a new deployment was made.
“Some of the soldiers who were not seen at their new units were believed to have gone on AWOL (Absence Without Leave). Their salaries accounts were not credited in April,” he said.
But one of the affected soldiers said the allegation of desertion against them was untrue.
“We were not given our salaries and when we asked our supervisors in the 7 Division, we were shocked to hear that we had forfeited all our entitlements over desertion.”
Attempts to get the response of army authorities were not successful.
EFCC goes after top officials of PDP over N10bn scandal
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has invited officials of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for questioning over alleged criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of funds and fraud.
This is coming barely a month after a chieftain in the PDP, Kazeem Afegbua, petitioned the anti-graft agency to scrutinise the Secondus-led National Working Committee on financial misappropriation.
In the letter of invitation dated May 17, 2021, and addressed to the Prince Uche Secondus, the EFCC said the need to obtain certain clarification from the party has become imperative.
The agency, however, requested the party’s National chairman to release the National Auditor, National Organising Secretary and Director of Finance to report at the EFCC headquarters from May 19th to 21st 2021.
The agency also requested the national officers to honor the invitation with relevant documents relating to sole of forms into the party’s elective positions from January 2017 to date.
Kazeem had in his petition alleged that much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus has been shrouded in mystery, accusing the leadership of deliberate attempt to shortchange the party in the build up to the 2023 general elections.
However, Secondus had since denied the allegation and filed a N1 billion suit against the petitioner, Kazeem Afegbua.
Nigeria’s drug control agency approves new COVID-19 vaccine
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has granted approval for the conditional emergency use of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.
Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is the third vaccine recommended for administration in the country.
The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojiola Adeyeye, in a statement on Tuesday, said information on the vaccine shows it met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality.
She said, “The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a single dose. Results from a clinical trial involving people in the United States, South Africa and Latin American countries found that Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was effective at preventing COVID-19 in people from 18 years of age.
“The Phase III clinical trial involved over 44,000 people. Half received a single dose of the vaccine and half were given placebo (a dummy injection). People did not know if they had been given Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine or placebo.
According to her, the trial showed a 67 per cent reduction in the number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases after two weeks in people who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.
The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and nausea. Most of these side effects were mild to moderate in severity and lasted 1-2 days.
On the vaccine safety, Adeyeye said NAFDAC, in line with its pharmacovigilance and safety monitoring plan for COVID-19 vaccines, will closely monitor and subject the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to several activities that apply specifically to COVID-19 vaccines.
The AstraZeneca vaccine which Nigeria has been giving out has garnered many sceptics internationally after some recipients of the vaccine died.
At least 16 countries including Germany, France and Sweden have suspended the use of AstraZeneca, which put on the Nigerian government to suspend it.
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