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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 16 February, 2021 Edition)

Northern governors visit Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State over Shasa crisis

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Northern Govs Visit Makinde Over Shasa Crisis

Some governors from the North on Monday visited Governor Seyi Makinde, their Oyo counterpart, over the recent ethnic clash at Shasa area of Ibadan, the state capital.

The governors, who visited Makinde, are Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).

The governors arrived at Ibadan around 7:03 pm and went into a closed-door meeting. There has been tension in the state following the clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasa market.

Okonjo-Iweala Emerges WTO Director-General

A former Nigerian minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

A statement released by the WTO on Monday, announced the confirmation of Okonjo-Iweala as the first female and African to become the organisation’s Director-General.

Her recent endorsement by the United States of America and the withdrawal of the South Korean Trade Minister and candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, sealed the deal for Okonjo-Iweala.

Insecurity: Address Nigerians Now, Akeredolu Tells Buhari

Chairman, South-West Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the worsening insecurity in the country.

Akeredolu, made the call last night while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, monitored by our reporters.

According to him, though it is a known fact that the president would not support criminals, it is important for him “to come out and say that those with illegal arms should be arrested and before it gets out of hand, the security agencies should be awake, without rest, to ensure that open grazing s banned.

Many Herdsmen Being Prosecuted For Alleged Killings — Presidency

The Presidency yesterday said many herdsmen were undergoing trials and prosecuted in several parts of Nigeria for alleged killings and criminal activities.

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, monitored by our reporter. He was reacting to reports that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on the farmers-herders crisis parts of the country was bolstering and shielding crimes allegedly committed by herders.

Shehu challenged the Nigeria Police Force to publish names of herders undergoing trials. He also said the president was not complicit in the herdsmen crisis.

Shasa Crisis: Northerners Leaving Ibadan In Droves

Hundreds of Hausa people living in Oyo State are relocating to the North in the aftermath of last week’s crisis in the Shasa area and environs in Ibadan, Daily Trust reports.

Some of the northerners who left the crisis-prone areas between Friday and Saturday said they paid security operatives between N5, 000 and N10, 000 to escort them to safer locations, including the residence of Sarkin Sasa, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin.

One of the victims said they had to pay the money so that they would not be lynched.

Okonjo-Iweala: I Was Surprised Trump Blocked My WTO Job

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, says she was surprised that the administration of President Donald Trump could stand in her way of leading the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

At a press briefing monitored by Daily Trust, the new Director-General of WTO said she did not see it coming.

She said she felt she had a good understanding with the US government which interviewed her about the job twice.

Buhari: Okonjo-Iweala Has Brought Honour To Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her election as Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In a statement Mallam Garba Shehu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf, President Buhari said her election brought joy and more honour to the country.

The president said her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind.

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