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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 15 February, 2021 Edition)

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

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2023: PDP Writes IGP, Seeks Prosecution Of Kano APC Chair Over Hate Speech

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, seeking the prosecution of the chairman of the APC in Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas over hate speech.

Abbas had asked his supporters to attack anybody who attempts to rig elections in the state come 2023. “Attack and punish anybody you see trying to steal votes during the election in 2023. Take stiffer action into your hands and nothing will be done. I have ordered you to punish anybody seen before ballots boxes trying to rig the election, this is my punishment, and nothing will happen. I call on our party youths to keep their weapons for now as there will be a better time to use them,” Abbas stated this during the swearing-in ceremony of the 44 newly elected local government chairmen held at Kano Pillars Stadium.

Reacting, the Kano State chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Shehu Wada Sagagi, said they have drafted a letter to the IGP and other relevant government agencies. “We are not surprised because it has been his nature to make such inciting utterances. This is hate speech. To us it is an empty threat that will not deter the good people of Kano State from voting for people of their choice. However, for the interest of pure democracy, such unguarded utterances need to be addressed,” he said.

Mr Macaroni: Police Stripped Us Naked, Told Us We’d Have Been Killed If We Protested At Night

A Nigerian comedian, Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has revealed how policemen told him and other arrested protesters that they would have killed them if Saturday’s demonstration took place at night.

Mr Macaroni was arrested alongside 39 other #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters in the early hours of Saturday over their involvement in the protest. They were however, later granted bail on the sum of N100,000 each.

In a video shared on his Twitter page, he narrated how he and other arrested protesters were harassed by security operatives. The 28-year-old said after their arrest, they were taken to Adeniyi axis of Lagos State where they were beaten and stripped naked.

20 Buried In Ibadan, 5,000 Take Refuge

At least 11 people have been buried on Sunday in the aftermath of Friday’s altercation between Hausa traders and Yoruba at Shasa Market in Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State.

Also, about 5,000 Hausa traders, women and children displaced by the violence were still taking refuge at the residence of the Sarkin Shasa, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan.

The Sarkin Sasa, who spoke with Daily Trust said 11 victims were prepared for burial in his compound. A source in the Hausa community 20 killed persons were buried at the Akinyele Graveyard in the state capital. The charred remains of 8 other people killed during the crisis were still at the police station in the Shasha area, as of yesterday evening.

Buhari: I Won’t Allow Ethnic Or Religious Groups To Stoke Violence

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, issued on his behalf, the president condemned the ethnic violence in a part of the country. Yoruba and Hausa residents of Shasa, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had clashed last week, resulting in the loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

In his statement, the president vowed to stop the spread of violence. “President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his government will protect all religious and ethnic groups, whether majority or minority in line with its responsibility under the constitution. In a reaction to reports of breakout of violence in some parts of the country by some ethnic and sectional groups, President Buhari warned that the government will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.

Osinbajo Condemns Shasha Mayhem, Says Market Represents Unity

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday condemned the ethnic clash at Shasha in Ibadan, Oyo State describing it as unfortunate. Osinbajo said the popular Shasha market has been a symbol of unity for decades.

Speaking in Lagos when he paid a condolence visit to late Lateef Jakande’s residence at Ilupeju, the VP said, “For decades, traders from the North have done business with their brothers from the Southwest and they have lived in peace and even inter-married. Shasha represents unity.”

Osinbajo warned against giving ethnic colouration to the crisis, saying “A disagreement arising between individuals or when a criminal act is committed by one against the other we must ensure that we see it for what it is, a criminal act, which must be punished according to law. Not an ethnic conflict.

How Angry Youths Barred Oyo, Ondo Governors From Monarch’s Palace In Ibadan

Hundreds of youths in Shasa village, the troubled spot in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Sunday barred the governors of Oyo and Ondo states from getting into the palace of Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, Sarkin Shasa (leader of the Hausa community in the area).

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo and Seyi Makinde, his Oyo counterpart, had earlier visited the market in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state to assess the extent of damage incurred during the clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders.

Some persons were killed while property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the crisis. The governors had sued for calm, appealing to the residents to live together in harmony.

However, as they made to visit Sarakin Shasa, the youth demanded that the governors should pay a condolence visit to village head and not Sarkin Shasa’s palace. Daily Trust gathered that Ngozi Onadeko, the State Commissioner of Police, failed in her attempt to pacify the aggrieved youths, who were shouting on top of their voices, “We won’t agree until you visit Ba’ale’s palace first.”

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