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Salihu Yakasai, the Special Adviser on Media to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State

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Insecurity: APC govt at all levels has failed —Ganduje’s aide

The Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Media, Salihu Yakasai, has said that the government of the All Progressives Congress at all levels have failed Nigerians in the duty to protect lives and properties.

Yakasai said this amid the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, which happened on Friday.

“Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some sort of insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign,” he wrote on his verified Twitter handle.

Attempt to arrest me will fail – Sunday Igboho

Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has said he will not be intimidated by the fresh attempt by the police, the army and the Department of State Services to arrest him, saying any effort to arrest him on Yorubaland will fail.

Igboho said this during an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, while reacting to the face-off between him and security agents around the Guru Maharaji bus stop along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Yoruba activist, who has been in the news for serving a quit notice on Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South-West, said he was never invited before they attempted to arrest him. Igboho, therefore, stated that he did not know why he was being targeted. He advised the Federal Government to focus on capturing Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and invite Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been meeting with bandits in recent times.

DHQ intervenes as union suspends supply of cattles, foodstuffs to South-West

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has commenced an indefinite strike, following the failure of the government to address the alleged killings of its members in parts of the country.

The union is also stopping its members from moving cattle and foodstuffs to the southern part of the country.

A number of trailers transporting cows, tomatoes, onions, pepper, grains and other commodities were prevented from leaving a border town in Niger State to the southern part of the country on Friday.

I learnt crashed NAF aircraft was 49 years old, not in good condition–Late Flight Sgt’s father

Seventy-seven-year-old Mr Julius Olawunmi is the father of Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi, who, alongside six others, died in the Nigerian Air Force aircraft that crashed in Abuja on Sunday, February 14, 2021. In this interview with ABIODUN NEJO, the bereaved father speaks about his son’s journey into the air force and what his untimely death means to the family

What do you think about his death?

It can be in two ways – if one has faith, one can say it was an act of God; that it was the way God wanted it because Job in the Holy Bible said ‘God giveth, God taketh’. Again, we can view it from another angle, that the aircraft was 49 years old and was not in a good condition. Some people are even thinking it was a set-up, but what is hidden to man is open to God.

Military, police helicopters search for 317 girls, Zamfara, Kano shut schools

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has dispatched two helicopters and operatives for the rescue of about 317 abducted schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara State.

The IG also disclosed that the military, police and the Department of State Services operatives have commenced a coordinated search towards the rescue of the schoolgirls. Suspected bandits in Hilux vehicles and a number of motorcycles had, on Friday, kidnapped over 300 students of Government Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talatar Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara.

A statement by the force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘Police commence coordinated search and rescue operation for abducted Zamfara schoolgirls,’ said the deployment was in addition to the personnel of Operation Puff Adder II earlier drafted to Zamfara State to support efforts by the command to combat banditry, kidnappings and other related crimes.

Hijab use’ll expose Christian pupils to terrorist attacks –Kwara CAN

The Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has kicked against the state government’s approval of the use of hijab by female Muslim pupils in its public schools. It said the new policy would “cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards”.

The government had last Friday closed down 10 Christian schools in Ilorin, the state capital, following tension on the wearing of hijab in the schools.

But while announcing the reopening of schools from Monday, March 8, 2021, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamma Jibril, on Thursday, it said female Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all grant-aided public schools in the state.

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