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The of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has narrated how he narrowly escaped death after suspected herdsmen shot at him in his farm.

Ortom said he was shot while in his farm located along Makurdi – Naka road in Makurdi, Benue state capital.

The Governor, who spoke to journalists in Makurdi on Monday, reiterated his call for arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Meyitta Allah for allegedly instigating violence against farmers in the state.

The Gov. said, “I went to my farm last week and the herdsmen, who were coming back to Benue state in their numbers shot at me.”

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Ortom further explained that it took the intervention of men of Operation Whirl Stroke who responded timely and rescued him before the herdsmen ran away.

The Governor expressed concern that herdsmen were allowed to carry sophisticated weapons more than security agencies.

He said that herdsmen were not coming for grazing, stressing “anti-open grazing prohibition law is still in and anyone who wants to do of animal husbandry must embrace ranching”.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Kindergarten teacher sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children

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A nursery school teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children, one of them apparently fatally, in an act of revenge against a colleague.
A court in the central province of Henan said Wang Yun put sodium nitrite into porridge being prepared for her colleague’s students after a falling out with the colleague.
The attack in March last year made 25 children ill.Reports at the time said they began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast. One boy was severely ill for months and died in January, according to news reports.
The court said on Monday that Wang knew sodium nitrite was harmful and acted “with no regard for the consequences”.
Her “criminal methods and circumstances were exceedingly bad, with especially severe circumstances, and she should be severely punished in accordance with the law,” the court’s sentencing statement said.
The court said Wang and the manager of the nursery must compensate the children’s families.
It was not the first time Wang had used sodium nitrite to poison someone, authorities said. In 2017 she put some in her ’s mug, causing minor injuries.
Sodium nitrite is used for curing meats but can be toxic when ingested in high amounts.
Credit: Guardian UK

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FCT education secretary Marafa is dead

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The Federal Capital Territory Minister , Malam Muhammad Bello , has expressed sadness over the death of the acting Secretary for Education , Alh . Umaru Marafa , who passed away on Tuesday , after a brief illness .
Bello described the late civil servant as a dedicated , resourceful , and hardworking officer who devoted a greater part of his working career to the service of the FCT Administration .
He commented on the tremendous amount of work the deceased and his team in the education secretariat were doing to ensure the safe re – opening of FCT schools in the wake of the COVID – 19 pandemic
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister , Anthony Ogunleye , said, “ The FCT minister also condoled with the government and people of Niger State and the Kontagora Emirate where the late Umaru Marafa was a prince .
“ He prayed for the repose of his soul and fortitude for his family over this great lossUntil his demise , Marafa had held several strategic positions in the FCTA , including , Head of Finance at the Abuja Geographic Information System , and Director of Administration and Finance at the Social Development Secretariat .

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