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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 02 March, 2021 Edition)

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

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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.

APC demands apology from Abaribe, Ikpeazu replies Adeyemi

The All Progressives Congress has demanded an apology from Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, over an alleged unprovoked attack on Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The governing party equally demanded that the Senator representing Abia North, should retract defamatory statements made against the governor or be prepared to substantiate same in Court.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘APC to PDP: Tell Abaribe to retract and apologise for his lies against Governor Bello, Senator Smart,’ signed by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Monday.

IPOB won’t kill soldiers if Kanu lives in Nigeria – Uwazuruike

The founder of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra and leader Biafra Independent Movement, Ralph Uwazuruike, on Monday accused the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, of allegedly inciting ethnic cleansing in the South-East zone and parts of the South-South region.

At a press conference in Owerri, the Imo state capital, Uwazuruike accused Kanu, whom he said he recruited “into the struggle” of brainwashing Igbo youths into taking arms against the Federal Government.

Describing Kanu as “a nobody”, Uwazuruike called on the South-East Governors’ Forum to take Eastern Security Network from Kanu.

Petrol scarcity, ploy to hike price, say marketers

The queues by motorists for petrol grew worse in Abuja and neighbouring states of Nasarawa and Niger on Monday as only few filling stations dispensed the commodity.

But despite the scarcity and queues, which had lingered for several days, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation insisted on Monday that it had enough product to keep the country wet with petrol for about 40 days.

Reacting to the development, oil marketers described the present scarcity was as a tactics deployed by the Federal Government and its agencies in their bid to hike the price of petrol. This, they said, was due to the rise in global crude oil prices and the increase in foreign exchange rate in Nigeria.

Zamfara announces release of Jangebe schoolgirls

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of the kidnapped students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe.

The girls were abducted overnight Friday.

Via his official Twitter handle, Matawalle, who had earlier said Nigerians would be shocked at the identity of those who masterminded the kidnap said, “Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe.”

Seven northern states shut schools over rising banditry, abductions

At least seven states in northern Nigeria have shut schools due to the rise in abductions and banditry in the last two months.

According to experts, the development may worsen the number of out of school children in Nigeria which UNICEF puts at 10.5 million. This is apart from the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seven states are Yobe, Zamfara, Niger, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Sokoto. It was learnt that while some of the states had shut only boarding schools, others shut all schools located in local government areas deemed volatile.

Southern states dismiss blockade, North food traders insist on strike

Some southern state governments and farmers have dismissed the blockade by northern food suppliers, saying it is an opportunity for the South to boost its food production capacity.

Officials of the states including Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Enugu and Ondo in separate interviews with The PUNCH, on Monday explained their actions to ensure self-sufficiency in food and animal production.

But Ondo and Cross Rivers states went further to take a swipe at the northern food suppliers, saying they would not beg the traders to end their blockade, which entered the fourth day on Monday.

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