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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 12 February, 2021 Edition)

Soldiers open fire on peaceful protesters at Lekki, Lagos

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Lekki toll gate: FG, Lagos, police talk tough as organisers vow protests will hold

The Federal Government and the police on Thursday gave strong warnings to youths, who planned to protest at Lekki toll gate, Lagos on Saturday.

But the young Nigerians, under the aegis of #EndSARS Season 2, vowed to defy government’s order banning the protest. One of them, Kunle Ajayi, in an interview with The PUNCH, said nothing would stop the demonstration from holding.

Another group, under the aegis of #DefendLagos had a few weeks ago threatened to organise a counter-protest at Lekki toll gate. But Federal Government warned those behind the #OccupyLekkiprotest to desist, saying it would not allow act of violence under the guise of protests. Also, the Lagos State Government warned that it would no more tolerate destruction of lives and property in the state.

Bauchi gov lambasts southern colleagues, Ortom, says herders’ AK-47 for defence

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said Fulani herders carry AK-47 for self-defence because they are being attacked by cattle rustlers.

He slammed his counterpart in Benue State, Samuel Ortom, over his handling of the farmer-herder clashes which had led to loss of lives.

Mohammed spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Press Week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State Council on Thursday at the Command Guest House.

NIN mandatory for bank accounts, voter registration, says FG

The National Identity Number is mandatory for transactions such as the opening of bank accounts, payment of taxes, voter registration, the Federal Government said on Thursday.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said this in Abuja while hosting the newly elected National Executive Council of the Association Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria.

In his address at the meeting, Pantami told his guests that the government was determined to ensure that all citizens in Nigeria had their various NINs.

Schools, hospitals shut as herdsmen attack Ogun communities, kill two

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Thursday, attacked Owode-Ketu and Ijoun villages in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State and reportedly killed two persons.

Our correspondent gathered that the victims, Isiaka Apesin and Oguntosin Adebayo, were killed on their way to their farms by the herdsmen, who laid an ambush for them.

Eyewitnesses said after killing the farmers, the herdsmen went into the two villages and started shooting indiscriminately and scaring away residents.

Herdsmen invaded my property, Soyinka replies police

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has faulted police claim that his property wasn’t invaded by cows and herdsmen who, on Tuesday, entered the Kemta Housing Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, where his house is located.

There were reports on Wednesday that some herders and their cows invaded the elder statesman’s property and attacked him.

But Soyinka in a statement on Thursday from his Autonomous Residence of Ijegba, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, titled: ‘Mad cows and even madder narratives’, said he was never attacked but described the police version of the incident as untrue.

Boko Haram establishes bases in Yobe, Adamawa

There are intelligent reports from security sources of the alleged establishment of new bases by terrorists in some parts of Yobe and Adamawa states.

It was learnt that the terrorists established hideouts in Geidam and some other parts of Yobe State.

A security source listed other new bases of the insurgents as Tarmuwa and Yunusari local governments areas of Yobe State; Mubi, Madagali and Gombi local government areas of Adamawa State.

Buhari hasn’t done well on security, says Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has not done well for Nigerians in terms of security.

He appealed to the President to push for a review of the ECOWAS protocol for movement of persons, goods and services in the sub-region.

Ortom made the call at a media briefing in Abuja, on Thursday. The governor noted that foreign herders were taking undue advantage of the protocol to fuel insecurity in Nigeria.

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