The governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has said that Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries will benefit from the National Livestock Transformation Plan. Speaking on Channels TV, Mohammed said that since Fulani herdsmen are known for their nomadic nature, it would be inappropriate to deprive them of benefiting from the livestock plan just because they are not from Nigeria. Mohammed, whose state is among those that will be part of the project, said 80 percent of the initiative will be funded by the FG while the states would provide 20 percent counterpart funding and the grazing land. Mohammed also said that most of the attacks reportedly carried out by the Fulani are actually precipitated by those outside Nigeria, adding that it is that culture of getting revenge which is embedded in the traditional Fulani man that attracts reprisals.
President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the Economic Management Team headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with an Economic Advisory Council. The new EAC, which reports directly to the president, will be chaired by an economist, Doyin Salami. The EAC would advise the president on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues, working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies. Other members of the council are: Mohammed Sagagi, Ode Ojowu, Shehu Yahaya, Iyabo Masha, Chukwuma Soludo, Bismark Rewane and Mohammed Adaya Salisu.
Nigeria’s government has decided to extend the partial closure of the country’s borders beyond the 28 days earlier slated. The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, said that the partial closure of the borders between Nigeria and the Benin Republic has yielded results, including the arrest of about 100 illegal migrants. He added that illegal arms and hundreds of bags of imported rice have also been impounded. The FG had partially closed the borders for “security reasons, to protect its citizenry and secure its international borders.” The head of Nigeria’s Customs, Hammed Ali, had earlier said that borders would remain closed until neighbouring countries respect Nigeria’s food ban and other contraband goods.
Kidnappers have freed Aishat Ardo, one of the residents of Abuja who was abducted on Saturday, after her father paid a ransom of $15,000 in bitcoin. Ardo was released by her abductors on Sunday night in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja. At least five residents of the FCT were abducted on Saturday evening. Among them were two teenagers and a lecturer with Baze University, Abuja, Security sources had said. Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of FCT police command had said the force had not learnt about the rampant cases of kidnapping as was earlier reported. The police said they only received a report of the kidnap of two persons in the city as the force reaffirmed its commitment to protecting lives and property by deploying pro-active security measures that would nip this crime in the bud. Manzah added that the police had rescued the lecturer. TheCable, which reported the ransom payment, could not independently verify this claim.