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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 Edition)

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Other states frustrating our plans to reform Almajiri system

KANO State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has blamed the nonchalant attitude of some of his fellow northern state governors for the influx of Almajiri children into the state.

Ganduje said this in an interview with journalists as part of activities to commemorate Democracy Day, at the Government House, Kano.

He explained that while his administration was doing its best to control the situation, he was being frustrated by the nonchalance of some of his colleagues. The governor said, “Unfortunately, most of the northern governors have not enacted any legislation on the Almajiri issue, which is actually causing a lot of setbacks in actualizing our dreams of addressing the challenge.”

Military bombards bandits in North-West, North-Central forests

There were strong indications on Tuesday that the military had begun the bombardment of bandits’ hideouts in the North-West, North-Central and some parts of the North-East.

Top security officials, who confided in our correspondents, said the bombardment, which started in Katsina and Benue states would soon be extended to other states in the zones.

Recall that the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC in March, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had ordered crackdown on bandits terrorising farmers across the country. Also, during his interview with Arise Television on Thursday, the President said he had ordered security agents to shoot bandits carrying AK47.

CBN may start printing Gambia’s currency, says Emefiele

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said that the bank is willing to assist the Central Bank of the Gambia to print its legal tender.

Emefiele said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a two-day visit by a delegation from the CBG, led by its governor, Mr Buah Saidy. This was in response to a request by the CBG for a possible partnership to tackle acute currency shortages among other currency management challenges in the country.

Saidy informed the CBN governor that relying on its current printer, De La Rue of London, for its currency needs was expensive and unsustainable. He explained that it costs the bank about £70,000 to lift printed currencies from Sri Lanka to the Gambia. In response, the CBN Governor assured his visitors that the bank had extremely competitive advantage to undertake the currency printing for Gambia, adding that the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting had a lot of idle capacity to satisfy the demand of the CBG.

Twitter ban: No platform should cause war here, says Lai

The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that Twitter had formally written to seek dialogue with Nigerian government on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country.

Mohammed said this when he featured on ‘Politics Nationwide,’ a call-in programme of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. “I can confirm that Twitter has written the Federal Government that they are ready to talk. As we have always maintained, the door is not locked and we are open minded but Twitter must work toward it,” he said.

While reiterating the government’s position that it would not any platform to be used to destabilise the country, the minister said, among other conditions for Twitter to resume operation in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as to what contents it could allow. He said Twitter and other platforms must also register as a Nigerian company, obtain licence from the National Broadcasting Commission, as well as pay taxes. According to him, the regulation of social media platforms is becoming a global practice.

How minister laundered $37m through property deal – EFCC chair

THE Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has described the real estate sector as one with grand scale corruption in the country.

The EFCC boss added that about 90 to 100 percent of resources are being laundered through the sector. Bawa stated this while featuring on Sunrise Daily, a current affairs programme, on Channels Television on Tuesday.

He said the commission investigated a female minister, who he said, bought $37.5m property from a bank and deposited $20m cash. Bawa, who is marking his 100 days in office, did not however disclose the identity of the suspect or whether she is a current or former minister.

Insecurity: Stop shifting responsibilities to govs, Wike tells Buhari

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, says it is unconstitutional for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to shift his constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property of Nigerians to state governors.

The governor, in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, said the President is the Commander- In-Chief of the Armed Forces and cannot declare that governors are in charge of security in their respective states.

Wike, who spoke at the inauguration of the 21-kilometre Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road in the Etche Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, said such a position suggested that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government lacked strategies on how to tackle insecurity in the country. He stated, “Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You appoint Inspector General of Police. You appoint the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the commissioners of police, the Director of Department of State Services and other heads of security. “Which one do we appoint? How can people appointed by Mr. President be under me?” “It is not only to borrow money for Nigeria that you’re in charge. You must, also, be in charge of other things including security.

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