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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 11 February, 2021 Edition)

Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice

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IGP Tenure Extension: Buhari Acted Within Law-Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari acted in accordance with the law in extending the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Malami said the president acted within the timeframe stipulated by the constitution and exercised his powers to appoint persons into offices subject to confirmation by the Senate.

The decision of the president to extend by three months, the tenure of the IGP had stirred controversy as many lawyers alleged a breach of Sections 215 and 216 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 7 of the Nigerian Police Act 2020, and over alleged breach of the country’s constitution.

Defection: Fani-Kayode Counters Bello, Says ‘I’m Still In PDP’

A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday, countered claims by Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello that he has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bello had while speaking to journalists after revalidating his APC membership in Okene area of Kogi State, said Fani-Kayode had joined the ruling party.

But the former minister on the Tweeter said: “Though we have had meetings across party lines and we are in a season of political consultation, I have not left the PDP.”

Sokoto Assembly Passes Bill On Persons With Disabilities

The Sokoto State House of Assembly has passed the bill prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities in the state.

The chairman of the House Committee on Social Welfare, Culture and Poverty Alleviation, Kabiru Dauda, said the committee met with all the relevant stakeholders on the bill.

“During our meetings, the committee observed that some sections of the bill were unnecessary and irrelevant. They were considered to be repetitive and some were not in conformity with modern techniques of legislative drafting and all technical, drafting and typographical errors have been corrected,” he said.

Fani-Kayode Has Joined APC, Says Yahaya Bello

Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), according to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

Bello disclosed this while speaking to journalists after revalidating his APC membership in the Okene area of the State.

Recently, photos of Fani-Kayode with the National Caretaker Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, and Bello went viral on Social Media. This had triggered reactions, with many asking if the former minister had cross-carpeted to the ruling party. But Fani-Kayode had said he had a meeting with APC leaders over the need to the country forward.

‘Herdsmen Did Not Attack Soyinka’s House’

The family of Prof. Woke Soyinka has refuted the claim that herdsmen had attacked his house in Abeokuta.

In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesperson of the family, Dr Olu Agunloye, said the trending story was not true.

According to him, herdsmen did not break into Prof Soyinka’s house, saying there were no attacks and no attempts to attack the Nobel Laureate. He said that what happened was that herdsmen led their cattle to graze in Prof Soyinka’s unfenced compound again on Tuesday despite his strong warnings to the herdsmen.

2023 Presidency: Decide On Zoning Now, Umahi Tells APC

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to decide on which geo-political zone gets its 2023 presidential ticket.

There has been agitation among chieftains of the party over which zone should produce the presidential candidate of the party in 2023 when the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will lapse.

Umahi defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC in November last year, citing injustice in his former party. Though he said he did not join the ruling party over presidential ambition, reports kept filtering from political circles that he is eyeing the seat of Buhari, come 2023.

Northern Coalition To Herders: Return Home If You’re Not Safe In South

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), on Wednesday, advised all law-abiding members of Fulani communities, whose lives and livestock assets are threatened in other parts of the country, to return to the north.There had been eviction orders to herdsmen in some southern states, especially in Oyo and Ondo States.

The spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, at a press briefing in Abuja, Suleiman said, “We advise all law-abiding members of Fulani communities whose lives and livestock assets are threatened in other parts of the country without hope for protection from the federal authorities or their host communities, to take steps for immediate relocation to the North by heeding our earlier warning that a government that cannot secure towns, cities and capitals can definitely not be expected to protect those living in forests.”

He said the coalition wondered why the northern governors were supporting a ban on open grazing without first identifying suitable lands and creating grazing reserves and cattle routes after four years government’s promises.

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