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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 09 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor of Niger State Abubakar Bello

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Niger To Arm Vigilante Group With Pump-Action Guns

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has promised to arm the vigilante group in Niger State with pump-action guns to enable them confront bandits and address other security threats.

Speaking at Kasuwan Garba in Mariga Local Government Area of the state when he met with over 200 members of the vigilante in the area, Bello said the security volunteer groups would be armed to confront “these enemies of the people across the state.” The visit was part of his morale booster for the vigilante groups across the state. Attacks by bandits occasioned by killings and kidnappings are now a recurring decimal in the region, with the abductions of students adding a new dimension to the fragile security situation.

Some bandits in Niger and other states in the North West have called for the disbanding of the vigilante groups, saying that was the only condition for them to lay down their arms and embrace peace. But Governor Bello has remained adamant, declaring that henceforth, all vigilante groups in the state would be provided with automatic pump-action guns to enable them to take the fight to the bandits wherever they were hiding.

Fuel Price Hike Looms As Crude Oil Hits $71/Barrel

There will be more money for the 2021 budget implementation as the crude oil price on Monday hit $71/ barrel which doubles the $30 benchmark.

But the spike in crude oil price implies that Nigerians will pay more for a litre of petrol as the landing cost will also rise, experts have said.

Brent crude on Monday rose above $70 a barrel for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began; while U.S. crude touched its highest in more than two years following reports of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Mind Your Language, Army Warns Gumi

The Nigerian Army has described as disturbing, the statement credited to a respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, that non-Muslim soldiers are behind attacks against bandits. Gumi was quoted to be telling some bandits in a video clip that the soldiers involved in most attacks against them were non-Muslims.

However, the Nigerian Army in its response to Gumi’s claim warned the Islamic scholar and those it described as “opinion merchants” in the country to exercise restraint with their utterances and stop dragging the military in the mud.

The Army, through its spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said it does not deploy troops along religious or ethnic lines.

Any Govt That Neglects Women Risks Failure — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says with females forming about half of the country’s population, any “government which neglects such a crucial component of its demographic asset stands the risk of stunted growth and likely failure”.

President Buhari said this on Monday while rejoicing with Nigerian women on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

The president condemned all forms of gender-based discriminations, abuse, harassment and violence targeted especially at the female folk at workplaces, schools, community and national levels.

APC Has No Vision, Says Sule Lamido

The former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has no vision.

Speaking at the inauguration of Rumuji, Ibaa, Obelle Isokpo road in Emouha Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Monday, Lamido described the APC as an assemblage of persons moved by anger, envy and malice.

He said the remodelling of airports, rehabilitation of railway and reforms that the current administration is boasting of are all initiatives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC Registers 2.5 Million Members In Kano — Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that about 2.5 million members have so far been registered in the on-going membership revalidation/registration exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Ganduje, who stated this at the sixth stakeholders’ meeting on the exercise, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, said the state was heading towards three million.

“We are all aware how the first set of 100 registers sent per polling unit was exhausted. And the second set of 200 per polling units has also been exhausted. The registration is heading towards three or four million in the state. Just look at the trend since we started,” he said.

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