Today's Headlines: Herdsmen Attacks Benue Communities Kill 19, Boko Haram Kill Soldiers In Borno Town

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Buhari Govt Stifling Press Freedom- Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accused the government of President Muhammadu of muzzling press freedom.

Atiku, in a statement in celebration of World Press Freedom Day on Monday, lamented that the media had suffered at the hands of the Buhari government in the last few years.

He said: “The celebration of World Press Freedom Day suggests a twin notion of an independent media and freedom of expression, which is enshrined as a fundamental human right. These two notions have been acknowledged to be indispensable in the working of democracy.

“A democracy without press freedom is like having fanciful machinery without an energy source to power it.

“And just as our experience in Nigeria, especially in the past few years has shown, democracy becomes an immobile concept when press freedom and freedom of expression are trampled upon,” he said.

Boko Haram Kill Soldiers Borno Town

An attack by Boko Haram terrorists has left some residents killed in Ajiri town in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the attack on the town in a statement on Monday, but he did not give the actual number of locals killed by the terrorists.

He noted that insurgents on a criminal mission carried out the attack on Ajiri in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Sunday.

Yerima added that the terrorists burned nine houses in parts of the town before they were engaged by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai deployed in the area.

Herdsmen Attacks Benue Communities Kill 19

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have attacked some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State and killed no fewer than 19 people, among them were children.

Some of the communities attacked were; Tse Amgbem, Udam near Aondoana, and Agbanu Seghev/Ukuse all in Gwer West LGA area of Benue State.

According to an indigene who claimed to have escaped the attack, Terna Abende, said that the attackers came through Akpachi in Otukpo Local Government Area to attack Tse Amgbem.

Abenda said, “About 5am Monday the attackers stormed Tse Amgbem and Udam near the Aondoana community and killed several people and several others injured.

“The attackers who are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen also burnt down houses.”

Anyim Writes Buhari Over Worsening Insecurity In Nigeria

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Monday, tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to take action in addressing the rising insecurity, agitation and other related hostilities in Nigeria.

Anyim, however, urged President Buhari to set up a fresh commission of inquiry as a way to nip in the bud the increasing insecurity in Nigeria.

The former Senate President made this known in a statement signed and addressed to President Mohammadu Buhari and forwarded to DAILY POST.

Sponsor Of Imo Deadly Attacks Arrested

A 42-year-old man, identified as Nnamdi Okafor from Amanachi community in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state, has been arrested by security operatives for allegedly sponsoring the recent deadly attacks in the state. 

In some of the attacks, policemen, police stations and other government facilities, including the Owerri Correctional Centre, have been targeted. 

The country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, was also recently attacked by gunmen who killed two security guards attached to the governor and burnt the building. 

According to Vanguard, Okafor was arrested at Aboha-Ohi around Lifeline Assembly, Owerri/Orlu Road in Imo state.

It was learnt that security operatives had been watching Okafor for some time before his arrest. 

The suspect was also identified as a director of Pecubel Hotel in the state.

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