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1. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly, warning that the country is going up in flames. Spokesman for the group, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, gave the warning against the backdrop of tension in recent weeks owing to farmer/herder’s conflicts, ethnic clashes, banditry and insurgency.

2. Three farmers have been reportedly killed in Ondo State by suspected herdsmen. The farmers were said to have been killed by the herders in a forest within the Ijugbere axis of Owo Local Government Area on Saturday evening.

3. Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has thrown its weight behind the ban placed by the South East governors on open grazing of cattle. It said open grazing was responsible for the series of farmers/herders’ clashes recorded in the country which had claimed many lives and property.

4. The House of Representatives has said it would probe the account of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ascertain the state of finances of the apex bank as well as ascertain if it has rendered its audited accounts from 2014 to 2019 to the Auditor General of the Federation office.

5. Youth group, Northern Youths Council of Nigeria on Sunday called on Northern governors to evacuate northerners from the southwest over the attacks on them by suspected hoodlums at Sasha market, Ibadan in Oyo State. The group in a statement by Isah Abubakar and Mock Kure, President and Spokesman respectively, also called on the federal government to declare Sunday Igboho’s group a terrorist organization.

6. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday evening said that President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised that his regime will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.

7. At least, 11 people were buried yesterday in the aftermath of Friday’s clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Shasha Market in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State. Also, about 5,000 Hausa traders, women and children displaced by the violence are still taking refuge.

8. The Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, has appealed to Nigerians to seek Allah’s intervention to save the country from an impending crisis, particularly due to the current farmers-herders conflicts.

9. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that every Nigerian has the constitutional right to live and do their daily businesses under the protection of the law. Osinbajo said this while reacting to the recent clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders at the Shasha Market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 520 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of recorded cases to 146,184.

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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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Heaven will fall if another northerner succeeds Buhari in 2023 presidential election – Joe Igbokwe replies Northern elders

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe, has reacted to the remark by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

Igbokwe warned that heaven would fall if another Northerner is elected after Buhari.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF spokesperson had said the North was not ready to relinquish power in 2023.

Baba-Ahmed had said anyone against a Northern president should leave Nigeria if one emerges in 2023.

The NEF spokesman had disclosed this at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series in Zaria, Kaduna.

Moreover, Igbokwe, on his Facebook page wrote: “Heaven won’t fall if another Northerner is elected president – Hakeem Baba-Ahmad.

“Me- Hear me well, heaven will falloooo.”

Most Nigerians have talked against the North producing the country’s next president.

Against this backdrop, the Southeast has been clamouring to produce Nigeria’s next president.

The Southern governors had currently insisted that their region should provide Nigeria’s next president.

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