The Big 5: Governors to stop movement of herdsmen in South East, IGP deploys 30,000 Police officers for Ekiti poll and other stories

These are the stories you should be monitoring today:

Governors of the South-East states have resolved to stop the movement of cattle in the zone, following increased challenges in the movement of herdsmen  and the resultant effect of clashes with farmers.

Chairman of the South East Governors forum, David Umahi of Ebonyi, who read the communique at the end of a meeting of the forum held at the Government House, Enugu on Sunday, said they have requested for an emergency meeting in the zone with federal security chiefs, farmers and herdsmen to stop the movement and prevent possible spillage of herdsmen killings into the South East zone.

The governors also restated their opposition to the proposed ranching in states, as they said the Federal Government was already aware that the South-East occupied little space of land and has no accommodation for ranching of any sort.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed 30,000 police officers in Ekiti ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday.

As contained in a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood released on Sunday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the police boss has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Ekiti to ensure peaceful, credible, free and fair election.

The Presidency has on Sunday said it has evidence to prove that some unnamed politicians were using criminals to perpetuate the killings, allegedly being carried out by herdsmen in parts of the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said that climate change (the drying up of the Chad Basin) had also compounded the problem, as it had led to more pressure on the population in the North.

Shehu also assured stakeholders that the government was determined to continue to work hard towards a long-term solution to the problem.

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has commissioned PEBEC report kiosks at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos in a bid to further improve the ease of doing business in the country.

The kiosk which in form of an application known as PEBEC is a feedback mechanism for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to handle complaints according to pre-agreed service level agreements (SLA), encourage private sector to give feedback about their airport and travel experience and is expected to foster transparency and efficiency.

And from around the world:

Cave divers in Thailand are poised to restart the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system after four boys were brought safely out of the cave on Sunday.

Activity at the dive site early on Monday suggests that the operation may have resumed or be about to resume, as at least seven ambulances have driven towards the cave entrance. But there has been no confirmation. (BBC)




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