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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 08 February, 2021 Edition)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Those causing trouble in Kwara APC risk suspension – Abdulrazaq

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said the All Progressives Congress will take a decision on members causing disaffection in the party, adding that they are risking being suspended from the party.

The governor, while speaking in Ilorin at the 2021 empowerment programme of the senator representing Kwara Central at the National Assembly, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe on Saturday, said the APC leadership in the state would on Monday (today) take decisive action on the “‘dissidents,”who he alleged, have been hatching series of plots from Abuja to halt the APC membership registration through needless litigations.

He said, “It has come to our notice that some people were hatching series of plots from Abuja to stop the APC membership registration. They went to court to challenge the process when it has already begun. This was designed to frustrate the exercise but we are unperturbed. However, we need to sound a note of warning that those fanning ember of disaffection in our party risk suspension. The APC leadership will take decisive action on them on Monday so that our people can have rest of mind.

Yari, Marafa settle rift, ex-gov emerges party leader

A former governor of Zamfara State, Abdul-Azeez Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa, both members of the All Progressives Congress, have resolved to end their political feud which polarized the state chapter of the party.

The resolution was reached during a follow up reconciliation meeting held in Kaduna, on Sunday. The two had met with the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led National Caretaker committee of the party last week.

They both agreed to collapse their party structures into one with Yari as the state party leader. They also set up a 13-man- committee to further cement the reconciliation.

Senator demand release of Kano barber arrested over ‘anti-Islam’ hairstyle

The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Abba Moro, has demanded the unconditional release of Elijah Odeh, a young barber from his constituency being held in Kano State over hairstyles.

Moro, in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Sunday, said the barber was allegedly arrested for barbing different hairstyles on his customers, which was considered to be offensive to Islam.

Moro said Elijah, from Adum East, in the Obi Local Government Area of Benue State, was arrested a few days ago by a group of Muslims over claims that the hairstyle he designed on two of his customers was insulting to Islam and the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Stop impunity, protection of killer herdsmen, Archbishop tells FG

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, has asked the Federal Government to punish Fulani herdsmen who are perpetrating evil in the country.

Martins, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Mission House, Catholic Church of Resurrection, Magodo, Lagos, on Saturday said the feeling among many Nigerians was that the killer herdsmen were being protected by the Federal Government.

He said, “The government needs to stop impunity. There are people who commit crimes, whoever they may be, they should be apprehended and brought to book. The fact that the government has not done that; that is why people operate with impunity. These rogue herdsmen occupy the forest areas, they just do whatever they like and because nobody seems to care.

Cryptocurrencies breed illegal activities, raise risks – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said cryptocurrencies promote illegal activities and raise risks, among other reasons.

It said this on Sunday in a statement regarding various comments and reactions following its recent reminder to Deposit Money Banks to desist from transacting in/and with entities dealing in cryptocurrencies.

The CBN stated, “The recent regulatory directive became necessary to protect the financial system and the generality of Nigerians (including the youth population) from the risks inherent in crypto assets transactions, which have escalated in recent times, with dire consequences for the integrity of the financial system and financial stability.

Ekiti, Ondo deploy Amotekun in forests, boundaries against herdsmen

South-West states including Ekiti, Ondo and Osun on Sunday said they had deployed Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun corps, in their forests and boundaries to check killer herdsmen.

The state, however, differed on the presence of killer herdsmen in the forests of the region. While the Ekiti State Government in an interview with The PUNCH said there were no killer herdsmen in the state forests, Ondo and Osun states explained their efforts to rid their forests of herdsmen.

But all the states said they had deployed Amotekun corps to their forests and boundaries with other states to check infiltration of killer herdsmen.

Petrol price may hit N190 as oil nears $60

Marketers have said with the current realities in the global crude oil markets, the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in Nigeria should be between N185 and N200 per litre, unless the government wants to subsidise the product, PUCNH’s FEMI ASU reports

The upturn in global oil prices last week has again brought to the fore marketers’ concerns over the non-implementation of the full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector as the pump prices of petrol have been left unchanged for more than two months.

Top officials of two major marketers’ associations who spoke with our correspondents on Saturday said the continued increase in oil prices had brought back petrol subsidy.

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