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News headlines for the 27th of February 2021.

News headlines for the 27th of February 2021.

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 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.
ICYMI]: I inherited powers to command guns from my father — Sunday Igboho |  Tribune Online

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

Police IG say helicopters go begin patrol states, say make Nigerians no  fear - BBC News Pidgin
  • 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.
  • While condemning the incident, the IG gave the assurance that the police and other security forces will not relent until the abducted pupils are successfully rescued and reunited with their families.
  • Briefing newsmen at the state Government House in Gusau, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State said boarding schools would remain closed till the security situation in the state improves.

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

Prices of Cows in Nigeria (February 2021)
  • 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.
  • The trucks, reportedly conveying agricultural goods owned by Fulani cattle merchants, were reportedly stopped from entering the Jebba town, Kwara State border town with Niger State on their way to the South-West on Thursday.
  • Information gathered states hat the stoppage might be connected with the threat of the national body of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to stop its members from supplying and selling cattle to the South if the alleged eviction of Fulani herdsmen was effected by some governors.

Osinbajo faults CBN on cryptocurrency ban, calls for rethink

  • Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday faulted the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria to prohibit deposit money banks, non-banking institutions and other financial institutions from facilitating trading and dealings in cryptocurrency.
  • Osinbajo said the monetary authorities should rethink their stand on the issue.
  • According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice-President stated this in his keynote address delivered virtually at an economic summit organised by the CBN, the Banker’s Committee, 
  • The CBN had earlier this month ordered banks and other financial institutions to close all cryptocurrency accounts with immediate effect.
  • The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had on Tuesday said the ban was in the best interest of Nigerian depositors and the country’s financial system.
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