Governors of Nigeria’s South-West on Monday have banned all forms of open grazing in the region.
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South-West Governors ban open grazing
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The Story Governors of Nigeria’s South-West on Monday have banned all forms of open grazing in the region.
That's great. How did they arrive at the decision? The decision was taken when the governors met with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as well as security chiefs. Some of the governors in attendance include Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State, and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
Was the Miyetti Allah a party to this? Yes, as the decision was taken in the meeting. Giving a report after the meeting, Makinde said, “Today, the South West governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, South-West zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria. “Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West.
Did Makinde comment on the crisis in Oyo state? On the clash between Ibadan-based Sunday Adeyemo (widely known as Sunday igboho)and the Fulanis in the Igangan town of Oyo state, Makinde said “I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead, we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.” "In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies", he added.
Open grazing had been responsible for clashes between herders and farmers in the region. The rising cases of kidnapping and sundry crimes in the region had also been linked to the activities of criminal elements who masquerade as herdsmen in their host communities. Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had on January 18 2021, ordered herdsmen to leave Ondo forest reserves within seven days following incidents of kidnapping attributed to Fulani herders. SOURCE
Tracking the new wave of insecurity
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The rise and rise of insecurity in the land seem not to be abating.
The Chairman of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba state, Salihu Dovo, has been killed by gunmen who kidnapped him early Sunday morning.
Wow! Has the body been found? Residents said the kidnappers called a local government official to inform them of the murder and where to recover Mr Dovo’s corpse. Some community members suspect his abductors were hired assassins. “They called an official of the Council to inform him of the killing, telling them to go and search for his corpse in the bush. Members of the community went into the bush and started looking for his body and it was found not long ago. The body is being taken to town now,” an unnamed source told Premium Times.
How were they even able to kidnap a local government chairman? The gunmen had entered Mr Dovo’s residence in Sabon Gari, Jalingo at about 1 a.m and took him away. The state police spokesperson, David Misal, confirmed the incident, saying a suspect had been arrested. In Edo, the state spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mrs Bridget Esene, was also kidnapped by gunmen on her way to church on Sunday morning.
Are you serious? Absolutely. According to the Vanguard, the gunmen trailed her while she was going to church around the Iqueniro area, off Agbor Road, accosted her and took her out of her car. As of Monday morning, no ransom demand had been made. The Edo police command could not immediately confirm the incident. On Saturday, gunmen invaded Rachael’s Orphanage Home, opposite the UBE Junior Secondary School in Naharati, Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory and abducted seven orphans and a security guard.
Even orphans are not spared? The Daily Trust reported that three more persons, including two housewives, who reside behind the orphanage home were also abducted. The council chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, confirmed the incident, saying he had alerted the relevant security agents about the incident. Local police confirmed the incident, saying only six persons were kidnapped while one person has been rescued.
Meanwhile, pirates off Nigeria’s coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish container ship in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday in a brazen and violent attack that was farther from shore than usual. The Mozart, which was headed from Lagos to Cape Town, was boarded 160km from Sao Tome. An Azerbaijani sailor was killed, while most of the kidnapped sailors are from Turkey. Three sailors remain on the Mozart, which by Sunday evening was receiving assistance in Gabonese waters.
Electricity grid collapses 27 times in three years - Report
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The Story Nigeria’s power grid collapsed 27 times in the last three years, the latest data from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator have shown.
Really? The number of times the national grid suffered a collapse fell to 4 in 2020 from 10 in 2019 and 13 in 2018, according to the data. The grid recorded 25 total collapses in the period under review while two were partial. NESO defines a total system collapse as a nationwide blackout, while a partial system collapse is a failure of a section of the grid.
What's the cause of this? The grid has continued to suffer system collapses over the years due to the lack of spinning reserves that are meant to forestall such occurrences. A spinning reserve refers to the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and used; it can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for any generation or transmission outages.
So despite their importance, the country doesn't have these spinning reserves? Although five power stations – Egbin, Delta, Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu NIPP and Omotosho NIPP – are meant to provide spinning reserves, in a number of cases, none had actual reserves. Total power generation in the country stood at 4,547.70 megawatts as of 6am on Thursday 21 January, according to NESO data. The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,954.40MW, available capacity at 7,652.60MW, transmission wheeling capacity at 7,300MW and the peak generation ever attained at 5520.4MW. SOURCE
Fourth Zimbabwean Cabinet member dies
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The Story Four Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19, three within the past two weeks, highlighting a resurgence of the disease that is sweeping through the country.
No social distinction. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the coronavirus is reaping a “grim harvest” in the country. “The pandemic has been indiscriminate. There are no spectators, adjudicators, no holier than thou. No supermen or superwomen. We are all exposed,” Mnangagwa said in a nationally televised address. Mnangagwa presided at the burial of one Cabinet minister last week, shortly after the death of the foreign minister was announced.
What's the government doing about it? This was followed by the death of the transport minister. Several other high-profile politicians and prominent Zimbabweans have also died recently. The opposition accuses the government of using COVID-19 as a weapon by detaining members of parliament, officials and other critics in overcrowded jails where the disease is easily transmitted.
Is that so? Critics also accuse the government of neglecting the public hospitals, where many ill with COVID-19 cannot get the oxygen needed to survive. The government says it is doing its best, and that despite the wide political and economic differences, fighting the virus is everyone’s war.
Has it always been this bad there? Zimbabwe, like many other African countries, initially recorded low numbers of COVID-19 but has recently experienced a spike in cases. There are fears that a new, more infectious variant of the virus came to the country when thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa returned home for the holiday season. SOURCE
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