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Fulani herdsmen killed 310 in my domain - Benue royal father

In the light of the un-abating attack in parts of Northern Nigeria by herdsmen, one of the victims of the
June 24, 2018 attack in Benue State, Mr. Samuel Maduike has advised south-eastern businessmen
resident in violence-prone states to always be on red alert to avoid being taken by surprise.
Maduike, who made the call yesterday while narrating his ordeal to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State
capital, also enjoined them to beef-up security around their neighbourhoods to avoid falling victim.
He advised them to report any suspicious movement and strange faces to security agencies without
delay.
Maduike, a 34-year old trader, who alleged that he lost his parents and siblings in the Benue gory attack
of June 24, disclosed that he lost virtually every valuable to the onslaught.
According to him, the herdsmen attack which claimed 86 lives with several scores wounded and
properties worth hundreds of millions of naira destroyed left many Igbos and other hapless Nigerians
who are not Fulani homeless and displaced.
He advised Igbos still doing business in the north not to take the situation for granted, insisting that life
is more precious than gold, hence they have to be on alert and vigilant all times.

Narrating his ordeal, he said “Since the Benue attack last year, I was forced to relocate, I have been
squatting with some friends in Owerri and life has not been the same again with me."
The building materials dealer, who hails from Owerri West, added that he almost lost one of his eyes in
the attack, but added that strong security consciousness and synergy with security agents would help to
contain the rampant carnage caused by the herdsmen.
“The agony and trauma I sustained from the loss of my parents, siblings and properties in the attack that
occurred between 7am and 8pm on that fateful day have not allowed me to resume business in the
state.
"l hereby advise people from the South-East resident in violence-prone states to be vigilant and law-
abiding. l also admonish them to report any suspected sign of nefarious activities around their areas to
security agencies," he said.
Bayelsa to provide seed capital for young entrepreneurs

By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Government said yesterday that it will continue to support young people who are
interested in entrepreneurship by creating the right environment for them and also provide seed capital
to grow their businesses.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson stated this in Yenagoa when
he visited the workshop of a budding talent, Amabebe Richard.
The 31-year old entrepreneur had a few weeks ago engaged the commissioner during a live phone-in
program on radio, calling for support to enable him and others expand their business, a development
that prompted the commissioner to visit him and ascertain his claims.
"Skills acquisition and entrepreneurship are often acquired through mentorship or training but I am
surprised that this is not the case for this young man. He didn't have any formal or informal training on
this. That shows the raw talent deposited in him.
"I am overwhelmed especially with the fact that he is a Bayelsan who hails from Southern Ijaw Local
Government Area. Personally I will patronize him and the restoration government will do everything to
make sure that he succeeds in his chosen field. We will not relent to provide the needed environment
and funding for him and others.
"Let me use this opportunity to call on our young people who engage in petty and violent crimes to
desist. Everyone has a talent and if you discover yours, you will be the next big thing. Crime does not pay
in anyway but with your talent be rest assured that you will never go hungry".

Amabebe said he has been practicing on how to achieve his passion which he successfully invented, as
well as other measures of molding with saw dust apart from the popular way of creating only pile and
Formica woods.
He said he has proven to the world by his innovative invention that sawdust can be used to make
fittings, wall brackets, chandelier, lamp holders, plastering, flower vase, ceiling boards, doors and so on.

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