Bauchi governor explains why Nigerians don’t need permission to live in Ondo forests

Bauchi governor explains why Nigerians don’t need permission to live in Ondo forests

- Governor Bala Mohammed has stated why Nigerians can resident anywhere in the country

- The Bauchi state governor disagreed with the idea that only Fulanis are bandits

- Mohammed recently faulted Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for asking herdsmen to vacate Ondo forest reserves

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The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, said Nigerians have the right to reside anywhere in the country without seeking permission from any governor.

The Punch reported that Mohammed made the statement on Friday, February 19, during his appearance on a programme on Channels TV.

Bauchi gov says Nigerians don’t need permission to live in Ondo forests

The Bauchi state governor warns against the criminal profiling of the Fulani people. Photo: @SenBalaMohammed
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He said the constitution does not require citizens to take the permission of his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, to live in the forests in the South-West state.

Mohammed said:

“Land is in the hands of the state and federal governments in trust but Nigerians don’t need the permission of governors or the federal government to settle everywhere.
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''You don’t need the permission of the governor of Bauchi or the governor of Ondo to be in the forests of Ondo if you choose to live in the forests because under Section 41 of the constitution, you are free to settle anywhere.”

Meanwhile, the seeming mystery surrounding the actual identity of bandits who wreak havoc in many parts of the north is beginning to be unravelled.

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The governor of Bauch state, Bala Mohammed, during an interview with Channels TV made it clear that not all criminals tagged as bandits are of Fulani origin.

Governor Bala Mohammed made a distinction between Nigerian Fulani northerners who have no connection with criminals and dangerous foreigners who are illegally residing in the country.

The Bauchi governor said most of the bandit persons are not Fulanis.

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In another report, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger state has dispelled the rumour that 27 students and 3 teachers abducted on Wednesday, February 17, at Government Science College, Kagara, have been released, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng gathered that he said the government was in the last stage of negotiations with the bandits, promising the victims would be released soon.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.

Source: Legit Nigeria

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