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Edo Citizens in Diaspora Worldwide Promoting unity, patriotism and solidarity among all Edos citizens irrespective of sex, social or economic status, religion or political affiliations.

The Edo Association in Minnesota (TEAM) Welcome to Edo Association of Minnesota, Inc. a non-profit organization. The organization was established in 1990 and it has evolved to a much larger status. We exist primarily “To establish a united base for all Edos in Minnesota, to promote Edo cultural sensibility, our social values in alliance with other Africans and Americans; to organize and promote African social and cultural activities in accordance with the laws of Minnesota and the United States of America; to stand firm and strong with our members in times of need, and to enhance and to promote unity and harmony among our members.”

Mission: To educate our children and community on our Edo Cultural Heritage, sustain our family values and incorporate practice programs that build a healthy Spirit, Mind and Body for all.

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Edo Youths Give 14-Day Vacation Notice To Fulani Herdsmen Over Killings
The youths spoke through one of their groups, Talakawa Parliament, at a press conference in Benin, Edo State on Wednesday, ordering herdsmen occupying farmlands and forests in Edo State to quit.

Youth leaders in Edo State have issued a 14-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to vacate their communities, owing to the killings and violence perpetrated by suspected killer herders.

The youths spoke through one of their groups, Talakawa Parliament, at a press conference in Benin, Edo State on Wednesday, ordering herdsmen occupying farmlands and forests in Edo State to quit.

The youth leaders, at the conference through the Speaker of the Parliament, Kola Edokpayi, warned that any act of aggression against the indigenes would not be tolerated.

The youths said their order followed the killing of three persons, including two vigilantes by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday in Ugo N’iyekorhionmwon, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

Same Wednesday, some aggrieved women in Uromi had protested the rising cases of attacks, rituals and kidnappings by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The women had blocked some major roads in the community, alleging that they were constantly being harassed and intimidated by the herdsmen.

They lamented that they had lost fortunes as a result of the destructive activities of cows belonging to the herdsmen, noting that they were no longer safe.

According to them, the solution to the problem is for Fulani herdsmen to leave the area.

Speaking for the Edo youths, the Talakawa Parliament, Edokpayi said they also gave 72 hours to the state Commissioner of Police, Phillip Agbadi, to arrest and prosecute the alleged killers, otherwise the youths would stage a mass protest.

The Speaker said, “We have given the killer herdsmen a 14-day ultimatum to quit farmlands and forests in Edo State. We have not given them notice to leave Edo State so that our mothers and fathers can go to farm.

“We are using this medium to call on the CP to arrest within 72 hours these criminal elements that are responsible for the killing of our people in Ugo N’iyekorhionmwon, Orhionmwon LGA or face a mass protest.

“Our people can no longer travel. We believe in peaceful coexistence. However, nobody should take Edo people for a ride.”

The herdsmen’s menace had recently gained attention in southern Nigeria due to their alleged atrocities in Ondo, Oyo, and Ogun states, and now Edo State.

They have been accused of kidnapping, raping, destroying farms and even murdering in many villages and communities.

The South-West governors two weeks ago banned open grazing, underage grazing and grazing on forest reserves, although it is not yet clear if these laws are being strictly adhered to.

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Eranomiogho remains a political “scary cat”. While Tony Kabaka and Emmanuel Aigbogun are actively engaged with the legal rascals in APC, Eranomiogho is rather eating Burger King Triple Whopper in Dallas, TX.

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Beware Of Agents Of Destabilization-Presidency Advices Nigerians!

The general public is hereby alerted to a smear campaign in the works against Mr President and his office, by disgruntled political elements in the country, who have been shopping for pliant online media that will serve as accomplices in their nefarious act.

The game plan is to launch orchestrated campaign of calumny in the days ahead, in which President Muhammadu Buhari would be portrayed as not being in charge of the country, a narrative already started from a procured offshore medium by the instigators.

Money and other attractive inducements are being dangled before the online media, and some of them are already complicit, cooking up stories with jejune and unsubstantiated allegations, all to sow seeds of discord and discontent in the country.

Nigerians are urged to be wary and discerning in what they consume as news and special reports from such online media, as they are in cahoots with agents of destabilization, seeking ultimate political gains.

President Buhari remains focused and single-minded in his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, bringing change to different facets of our national life. This is already evident in infrastructure as seen in roads, rail, bridges, airports, and many other strides round the country. Agriculture is another worthy testimonial.

The fight against corruption, insecurity, and retooling of the economy also proceed apace, and the Buhari Administration will not be distracted, and will continue to serve with heart and might, irrespective of all shenanigans.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
December 23, 2020.

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Some residents, landlords and tenants of Dejuwogbo community, Oke-Ota Ona, Ikorodu, in Lagos State, have abandoned their homes after receiving a threat notice posted in the neighborhood by gunmen suspected to be robbers.

Those who have not temporarily relocated are worried about their safety as they endure fearful nights.

It was learnt that the people woke up last Saturday to the posters of masked armed men pasted in strategic points in the community.

In the notice, the gunmen threatened to attack the community on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and demanded maximum cooperation.

“Team 13. Dejuwogbo CDA. Expect us 24, 25 & 26 December, 2020. Maximum cooperation or head would roll (sic).”

According to Punch, some of the community leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the residents had become nervous since the notice was pasted.

One of them said the threat had been reported to the police at the Igbogbo Police Station and they promised to do something about it.

He said, “We woke up to the notice on Saturday morning. They posted the posters across the community but they are more prominent in some parts. Two were posted on the wall of a mosque. They didn’t paste them at the main entrance where our security men could have easily seen them. Some people are suspecting that insiders might be involved.

“The tension has been very high. If you get to our community by 8pm, you may not see anybody outside again. Some people have relocated temporarily. Some would come home in the morning and leave in the evening. On our own, we are putting gates at some points and installing security gadgets.”

A landlord explained that some thugs looted a warehouse belonging to a politician in the community during the violence that broke out during the ENDSARS protest, noting that the robbers might have been emboldened by the act.

He added, “The problem is that the government does not allow security guards to use guns whereas those who are planning to attack the community are coming with guns. If you don’t want the security men to bear guns, give us an armed policeman who can be with them. We are appealing to the government to allow them to use guns even if they have to register the guns.”

A resident said the notice had left his family traumatised and deprived them of sleep.

He said, “It has been a very nasty experience. We are now awoken by any slight sound at night. On Sunday while we were asleep, I heard the sound of the gate around 4.30am. My wife got out of bed and alerted me. I tried to calm her. We eventually discovered that it was our neighbour who was going to work.

“I can no longer go to work early. I now wait till 6am. This is the first time I would see robbers threatening to attack a community and I have been living here for four years. Children who are grown enough now live in fear. Some people have left the community because of this.”

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Nigeria gets back 600-year-old artefact from the Netherlands
The ‘priceless’ terracotta head was smuggled through Ghana to the Netherlands, officials said.

Nigeria has received a “priceless” terracotta head believed to be at least 600 years old which was smuggled to the Netherlands, the information minister said.

It was taken from the southwestern city of Ile-Ife and smuggled through Ghana. Dutch ambassador to Nigeria Harry Van Dijk on Thursday returned it to Information Minister Lai Mohammed in a ceremony in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

“The smuggler had obtained forged documents” to take it out of the country, Mohammed was quoted as saying in a statement.

Dutch customs intercepted it at Amsterdam airport and “alerted the … Information and Heritage Inspectorate of the Netherlands to give an opinion,” the statement said.

Dutch officials then contacted their Nigerian counterparts, leading to the return of the “priceless and timeless” artefact, Mohammed said.

Hundreds of Nigerian artefacts, including Benin bronzes that were stolen during the pre-colonial and colonial period, are in museums in Europe and the United States.

Mohammed said Nigeria would continue to seek their return.



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New museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute
Artefacts held by British Museum and other western institutions were looted by British forces in 1897
Mark Brown Arts correspondent.

A new museum designed by Sir David Adjaye is to be built following the most extensive archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Benin City, Nigeria, raising hopes of a resolution to one of the world’s most controversial debates over looted museum artefacts.
The kingdom of Benin, in what is now southern Nigeria and not to be confused with the modern-day country of Benin, was one of the most important and powerful pre-colonial states of west Africa.

The Benin bronzes, some of Africa’s greatest treasures, were looted by British soldiers and sailors in 1897 and are mostly in western museums and private collections. The British Museum has more than 900 bronzes – arguably the most famous – and has long faced calls for them to be returned.
Details have been announced of important steps towards these treasures being loaned or given back with the creation of the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), to be designed by Adjaye, the Tanzanian-born British architect of Ghanaian descent.
It is intended as a place for “the most comprehensive display in the world of Benin bronzes”, according to a statement.

The museum will be built on the site of a major excavation investigating the archaeology of the ancient kingdom of Benin – a partnership between the British Museum and partners in Nigeria including the Legacy Restoration Trust.

The museum said it hoped the project would create new opportunities to address “the painful history of the invasion and destruction of Benin City by British forces” in 1897.
Hartwig Fischer, the director of the British Museum, said its “main mission is to work in partnership with colleagues from around the world to develop our shared understanding of cultural heritage”.
He said the archaeology project provided the groundwork for EMOWAA, which “will surely become one of the most significant museum initiatives in the coming decades”.
Soldier's grandson to return items he looted from Benin City
Adjaye was the recipient of the 2021 royal medal awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He said he was “humbled and deeply inspired” to design the new museum.

The archaeological project will begin in 2021 and continue for five years.
The most famous treasures ransacked by the British are the hundreds of brass plaques depicting narrative moments from life in the kingdom. They once decorated the pillars of buildings in the royal palace and are in the collection of the British Museum.

He said EMOWAA would be a “reteaching tool – a place for recalling lost collective memories of the past to instil an understanding of the magnitude and importance of these civilisations and cultures”.



At Least 18 Dead As Cult War Escalates In Edo State.

The ongoing cult war in Edo State, has led to the death of at least 18 people after a recent escalation.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police and the two other policemen were shot on Friday in the Sokponba axis of Benin, after being caught in the crossfire.

According to eyewitnesses, the cultists are freely using AK-47 rifles, machetes, battle axes and other dangerous weapon.

Recall that during the End SARS protest in the State, protesters attacked the Maximum Correctional Centre (White House) and the Medium Correctional Centre to free about 1,993 inmates, mostly cultists.

In other news, two persons have been brutally killed following a renewed cult clash between two rival groups at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Umudibia Autonomous Community, Owerri West Council Area of Imo State.

According to reports, gunmen suspected to be cult members shot an unidentified man dead at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede junction on Wednesday, November 11, at 9 am, after they laid an ambush.

It was further gathered that another unidentified person was gunned down at the School’s Back Gate on Tuesday night, November 10, at 8 pm.



Police Confirms The Shooting Of Senior Police Officer By Gunmen In Edo

The shooting of a senior police officer in the line of duty by unknown gunmen have been confirmed by the Edo police command on Friday.

This confirmation was made by the command spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor in Benin, the Edo capital.

Nwabuzor said the officer is an area commander.
According to Nwabuzor, the gunmen shot the policeman while responding to a distress call eventhough the name of the officer was not stated.

He, however, added that the wounded officer is receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Benin.

Sources told NAN that the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at the popular Murtala Muhammed way, by the third east circular road junction in Benin.

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Eco Citizens in Diaspora Worldwide (ECDW) Welcome to Edo Citizens in Diaspora Worldwide. a non-profit organization. The organization was established in 2018 and it has evolved to a much larger status. We exist primarily “To establish a united base for all Edos People all over the world, to promote Edo cultural sensibility, our social values in alliance with other Nigerians and; to organize and promote Benin social and cultural activities in accordance with the Oba Palace; to stand firm and strong with our members in times of need, and to enhance and to promote unity and harmony among our members.”

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