👤 By Abdul Tukur
A spokesperson for the Nigerian Police in Kebbi State has confirmed that an herdsman who murdered a policeman is currently in their custody.
Babuga Kuaara, used a machete to stab Umaru Danladi, an officer who was attached to the Kaoje Police Division in Bagudo local government area.
DENISAURUS News understands that the officer was deployed to arrest Mr Kuaara, an herder whose cows was reported to have destroyed a farmer’s land.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Mustapha Suleiman, the Police Public Relations Officer for Kebbi State confirmed to Journalists that the suspect has been arrested.
He said: “We have arrested the herder, Babuga Kuaara, for killing the officer. He had confessed to the crime and will be prosecuted accordingly.”
Over the past six months, there have been increased reports of clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria.
According to Coalition on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria, more than 2,000 people have been died in the herdsmen conflict.
The Attorney General of Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, while speaking at a recent engagement in Abuja, said the killings were caused by “corrupt politicians” desperate “to discredit all the gains” made by the President Buhari led administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari, grand patron of the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has himself always maintained that herders hold nothing but sticks.
Despite the alarming number of deaths, the President has refused to have MACBAN proscribed as a terrorist group.
Critics say the crisis, which has resulted in several “preventable” death, is a symbol of failures in President Buhari’s leadership.
Prominent Nigerians such as Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria and another head of state General Ibrahim Babangida, adviced the 75-year-old to retire from politics. However, Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief is bent on returning in 2019.
Meanwhile, Jerry Gana has signified interest in the 2019 Presidential election.
Mr Gana, a former Minister of Information who picked up of the expression of interest form for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Abuja, on Thursday, explained that his party has what it takes to “rescue” Nigeria from the current “existential threat” it is facing.
“Being a patriotic and committed democrat, who has carried a burden for the rapid development of our far nation for decades, I am deeply concerned at the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God fearing, dynamic, untainted and credible leadership,” he said.
“Nigeria is facing an existential threat, the seriousness and proportion of which have never been witnessed since the end of the war.
“There is crippling uncertainty everywhere. People are suffering unprecedented and untold hardships as a result of arrested development. Insecurity that has rendered human life brutish, short and nasty is rampart across the zones, states, communities and villages.
Speaking from the National Headquarter of the SP in Abuja, Mr Gana explained that the “asymmetrical war on corruption is fueling further ethnic decadence, while anxiety, unpatriotism and poverty have coalesced into a creepy epidemic of self doubt. In all of this, the current leadership of the nation, at the highest level of government seems unconcerned, incompetent or incapable of turning around the drift.”
“Since I joined politics in 1978 at the younger age in my early 30s, about 40 years ago, under the mentorship of the Greta Owelle Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the inspiration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the tutelage of the emancipator chief Solomon Lar, the charismatic Alhaji Abubakar Rimi among many others right from my days in the Nigerian Senate, I have maintained a track record of performances,” he further adds.
“I have maintained integrity, competence, character, capacity and respect to public office. These opportunities and exposure added to the fact that I have widely traveled across the length and breadth of the nation, many times by toad, I have a front row understanding of our country, as well as the wealth of experience have definitely placed me in a most very vantage position, for above several others, to remark nigeria and deeply renew the hope of the people in the federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Having consulted and affirmed by my family, local community, friends and a cross-section of eminent citizens and stakeholders across the core national divides of ethnicity, religion and regions, I am convinced that this is the fit time for me to offer for this national assignment on the platform of our great party.
“By my track record, my desire to seek to contest the election into the highest political office is not motivated by a quest for self glorification nor aggrandizement, rather it is borne out of my patriotic zeal and conviction that with my pedigree, experience, skills and academic endowment, I can provide the requisite leadership to transform the fortunes of our people and change the trajectory of our country towards the attainment of our fullest potentials.
“It is my hope and prayer that the party will positively note my interest as under your able leadership, it offers opportunities for service to our dear country, Nigeria.”