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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 15 February, 2021 Edition)

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity

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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.

Buhari won’t allow ethnic, religious violence —Aide

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday evening said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has promised that his regime will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.

Shehu disclosed this in a statement titled “President Buhari condemns reported cases of ethnic violence in the country.”

The statement came at a time there was reported case of ethnic violence in Shasa, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Wike, Secondus rift worsens over LG poll candidate’s list

The faceoff between the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Part, Uche Secondus, and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, may have deepened over the choice of candidates for the forthcoming local government elections in the Andoni Local Governmrnt Area.

Secondus, who hails from Andoni LGA, was said to prefer the incumbent council chairman, Lawrence Paul, to continue in office, but he did not make the list of candidates cleared by the party. Instead, one Erastus Awortu was cleared to run fly the party’s flag in Andoni for the local government election slated for April 17, 2021.

It was said that Paul went to Abuja to see his political godfather (Secondus) and immediately he returned, picked the Alliance for Democracy ticket to ensure that he contest the April 17 council poll. A poster of Paul christened, ‘Divine Mandate 2021; under the AD with the party’s flag is already in circulation.

FG postpones Third Mainland reopening, blames #EndSARS protests

The Federal Government has said the #EndSARS protest that took place in October 2020 is the major reason the Third Mainland Bridge will not be opened on Monday as initially scheduled.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, while speaking to our correspondent in a phone interview, noted that the curfew imposed by the government to put a stop to the protests delayed work on the bridge.

“After the #EndSARS protests there was curfew. During that period, we were supposed to be working. Due to #EndSARS protests, we couldn’t work and due to COVID-19, we couldn’t work,” he said.

Ohanaeze, PANDEF, Afenifere berate NIS for saying no armed herders

The Nigeria Immigration Service on Sunday said there were no armed herdsmen in the country. The NIS spokesman, Sunday James, stated that the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, just returned from an official tour of Adamawa State, noting that “no armed herdsman was seen during the over 57km drive near the borders. No single person was seen with arms contrary to what is published in the newspapers. No single individual can tell you where he has seen a herdsman with rifle.”

James who stated this in an interview with The Punch correspondents in Abuja, also said there had been tight security at borders since the introduction of the Migration Information and Data Analysis Systems.

In their separate reactions, groups including the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Ohanaeze Ndigbo berated the service.

Makinde, Akeredolu meet Ibadan market warring parties, preach peace

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday visited the crisis-ridden Shasha community in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. During the visit, the governors appealed for calm and peaceful coexistence between the Hausa community and their Yoruba hosts.

Recall that suspected members of Yoruba and Hausa communities in Shasha had clashed on Friday, leading to the death of a cobbler identified as Sakirudeen Adeola, and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

Addressing the people at the Shasha market and the palace of the Baale Shasha, Akeredolu and Makinde urged the residents to stop taking laws into their hands. Makinde specifically promised to give palliatives to those whose wares were destroyed during the crisis, saying that the two factions should eschew violence and allow peace to reign.

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