More than 200 Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria since Jan. 6, killing at least 35 people and kidnapping 58 others, including a mother and her 6 month-old-baby, sources said.
Armed with Ak-47s, the herdsmen on motorcycles rampaged through 10 predominantly Christian villages in Chikun and Brinin Gwari communities, Christian leaders said. Traumatized people displaced by the violence, dispossessed of their farmlands and homeless, later received calls demanding thousands of dollars in ransom for the release of their relatives, they said.
“The herdsmen, or ‘bandits’ as they now call them, began their attacks on our communities on Monday, Jan. 6, killing, maiming and kidnapping members of our families without restraints by security agencies or the military,” pastor Habila Madama, a Christian leader in the affected areas, told Morning Star News. “The herdsmen have destroyed our farmlands and left us with nothing. These Muslim Fulani herdsmen will usually come with their cattle, forcefully take over our farms, and destroy crops ready for harvests.”
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna state government to take steps to end the violence. “As it is now, we don’t know where to go, what to feed on, or where do we get clothes to wear, especially for our children- and worst of all, where to lay our heads,” pastor Madama said.
The assailants have called relatives of the 58 kidnapped people demanding 10 million naira (US$27,440) in ransom, said Jonathan Asake, president of the southern Kaduna peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) at a press conference at a refugee camp at Ung war Beji, in Gonin Gora area of Chikun Country.
Some mightsuppose there was the nextenergy at work when Tiger Woods strode down the firsthole at Riviera NationMembership in Los Angeles Thursday.
Close tothe place basketball good Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash remaining month, Woods fizzed his second shot into the inexperiencedto go away an eagle putt of 24 ft eight inches.
Remarkably, these are the two jersey numbers worn by Bryant all through his glittering 20-year career with the LA Lakers.
In reality, Woods made the putt.
“It’s ironic, isn’t it?” Woods suggested the Golf Channel afterwards. “I didn’t know regarding the putt being that prolonged.”
Justin Thomas wore bespoke footwear in honor of NBA star Kobe Bryant.
In a scorching start, the earlier world No.1 moreover birdied the fifth and the par-four eighth hole, the place the flag and signage have beeninside the yellow and purple livery of the Lakers.
It is usuallythe place Woods mimicked a basketball shot as he tossed his ball once more to caddie Joe LaCava.
Quite a fewcompletely differentavid gamersmoreover paid tribute to Bryant by means of the first spherical of the Genesis Invitational.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy sported a set of Lakers headcovers on his woods with the numbers 24 and eight and the phrases “Mamba mentality” in a nod to Bryant’s nickname “Black Mamba.”
Brooks Koepka, who McIlroy overtook on thehigh of the standings, moreover had Lakers headcovers, whereas Justin Thomas wore a pair of custom-made golf footwear in Lakers colors bearing Bryant’s image.
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“It would not matter what we do, I really feel for a whilewe’llon a regular basiskeep in mind Kobe and what he meant, notablyproper right here in Socal and all of thesports activities world,” Woods added.
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Woods is chasing a file 83rd PGA Tour win to surpass the mark he shares with countryman Sam Snead.
His birdie on the eighth took him to 4underneath as he went out in 31, nevertheless the 44-year-old was wayward off the tee on the once more9 and got heredwelling in 38 to complete with a two-under 69 to pathchief Matt Kuchar by 5images.
Woods made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera as a 16-year-old novice in 1992 nevertheless has by no meansgainedon the Pacific Palisades venue.
He isconstructingas a lot as a safety of his Masters title and a doable 16th principal title at Augusta from April 9-12