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Nigeria vowed to avoid fuel subsidy’s return – IMF
The International Monetary Fund says Nigeria has expressed strong commitment to avoid the return of fuel subsidy and to put an end to electricity tariff shortfalls by June this year.
The Federal Government removed petrol subsidy in March last year after reducing the pump price of the product to N125 per litre from N145 on the back of the sharp drop in crude oil prices.
The IMF, in a report after the conclusion of its Article IV consultation with Nigeria, said the authorities highlighted important recent reforms undertaken despite a difficult macroeconomic environment.
Lekki tollgate: FG deploys police, others as groups mobilise for protests today
Ahead of today’s planned protest tagged #OccupyLekkiProtest at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos, the Federal Government has deployed policemen and over 150 men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to maintain law and order and possibly stop the protest.
This is as some people under the aegis of #DefendLagos have also vowed to organise a counter-march against the #OccupyLekkiProtest demonstrators. The Federal Government and the police had earlier warned youths who planned to protest at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday (today) to have a rethink and shelve the protests.
But the young Nigerians, under the aegis of #EndSARS Season 2, vowed to defy the government’s order. They said their action was informed by the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry allowing the Lekki Concession Company to reopen the Lekki tollgate.
Bandits plan to acquire anti-aircraft missiles –Gumi
Influential Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has disclosed that bandits operating in the northern states forests are planning to acquire anti-aircraft missiles to repeal attacks by the military.
Gumi, who recently went into forests in Zamfara State, to discuss with the bandits who have killed and rendered many people homeless, said his interaction with the bandits showed that they engage in kidnapping and collection of ransom for the purpose of raising money to buy weapons.
Gumi on his return from the forest called on government to grant amnesty to the bandits so they could drop their weapons. While with the bandits, he said he was made to understand that the bandits took to crime to revenge the killing of their families by cattle rustlers and the military through airstrikes.
While explaining that the bandits were victims seeking justice, Gumi warned that it was important for government to meet with them urgently before they become religiously radicalised and uncontrollable like the Boko Haram insurgents.
Ondo, Benue, senator berate Bauchi gov for backing AK-47-bearing herders
The Ondo and Benue state governments have berated the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, for backing the use of firearms by Fulani herdsmen.
Mohammed had while speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2021 Press Week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State Council, on Thursday said Fulani herders carried AK-47 for self-defence against attacks by cattle rustlers. He also criticised the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, over the handling of the herder-farmer crises and faulted the notice to quit given by states in the South.
But the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), said the statement of the Bauchi governor could usher Nigerians “into the next level on the path to anarchy.”
Farm destruction: DPO shoots Amotekun operative for arresting Fulani herdsmen
The Divisional Police Officer at Igbon Police Station in the Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State, Ayodeji Adepoju, allegedly shot and injured a member of the Oyo State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun on Friday.
The DPO, it was learnt, ordered the arrest of two operatives of the Amotekun Corps for arresting herdsmen whose cattle were grazing on the farm in Gambari, allegedly destroying crops in the process. The aggrieved farmer was said to have reported the case to Amotekun in the area and the herdsmen were arrested.
But some of the herdsmen were said to have reported the case to the DPO who ordered the arrest of the two Amotekun operatives, Jenyo and Olatunji Mayowa, who were investigating the case. It was gathered that the DPO said the Amotekun was not set up to arrest herdsmen but to go after armed robbers. The unit Commander of Amotekun in the area, Araoye Amoo, was said to have gone to the police station with his men to secure the release of the two officials. He was discussing with the station guard when the DPO stormed out of his office and reportedly collected a gun from a policeman and shot one of the Amotekun men in the leg.
APC revalidation’ll end dead people’s appointment under Buhari –Fashola
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Friday, described the ongoing revalidation/registration of the All Progressives Congress as a period of “evangelism” to clean up the party.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Fashola, who revalidated his APC membership in Lagos on Friday, said the exercise would address the frequent appointment of dead people by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Since assuming office in 2015, Buhari has made six posthumous appointments, most of whom were in 2017, and later in 2020.
Sanusi was deposed for not watching his tongue, destroying institutions – Ganduje
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Friday, said the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, was ousted because he did not understand the responsibilities of a traditional ruler.
Six years after ascending the throne, Sanusi was dethroned in March 2020 by the state government, “to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”
Ganduje, who spoke on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, alleged that the former emir was unable to transition from a social critic to a traditional ruler, adding that the former emir forgot “to watch his tongue” and was destroying the institution.
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