1) 2023: Only God Can Tell Who Will Become Nigeria’s President – Transport Minister
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has dismissed suggestions that he is being touted as the country’s next president, noting that only God knows Nigeria’s next leader.
Amaechi who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics explained that he is focussing on his job as a minister and would not want to be distracted.
I am still the Minister for Transportation and only God can tell who will be the President of Nigeria in 2023,” the 58-year-old Minister said during the programme.
2) Suspected hoodlums kill APC chieftain in Benue
Suspected hoodlums on Sunday killed the Ward Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gboko local government area of Benue State, Tersoo Ahu.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Makurdi, said preliminary investigation revealed that suspected hoodlums who were allegedly from a faction of APC in the council ward carried out the attack at the party’s registration and revalidation training centre.
According to her, the deceased, and other party members were at the venue of the training when the hoodlums arrived.
She said the APC chieftain was hit on the head with wood by the hoodlums and was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed at the scene.
He was confirmed dead at the hospital.
3) No going back on restrictions placed on cryptocurrency transactions – CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said on Sunday it would continue to educate Nigerians on the danger associated with cryptocurrency transactions despite criticism by groups and individuals in the country.
The apex banks had on Saturday directed banks to close accounts of persons or entities involved in cryptocurrency transactions in the country.
The directive led to criticism of CBN with many Nigerians including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar asking the bank to rescind the decision.
But in a statement issued by its Acting Head of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, CBN said it is determined to protect the country’s financial system from activities of fraudsters and speculators.
According to CBN, China, Canada, Taiwan, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Cambodia have all placed certain level of restrictions on financial institutions facilitating cryptocurrency transactions.
4) Bandits massacre 19 in 2 Kaduna LGAs in one day, Victims identified
No fewer than 19 people were massacred by bandits in two separate attacks in Kaduna on Saturday.
Many were also injured in the attacks on villages in Birnin Gwari and Kajuru Local Government areas.
According to the Kaduna State Commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, 14 people were killed on Saturday by armed bandits at Kutemeshi village in Birnin Gwari.
Five others were killed at Kujeni village in Kajuru on the same day.
Many others were left with bullet wounds.
Also, some shops were looted with valuable items carted away by the attackers during the operation.
5)I Am Ready To Fight Boko Haram – Sunday Igboho
Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has said he has what it takes to defeat Boko Haram insurgents.
In a video interview released in 2020, Igboho said he was ready to fight Boko Haram without the government’s support.
He said: “That which I will use in the fight against Boko Haram, I have it already.”
Speaking further, Igboho claimed that the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, will be ineffective under government control.
He said: “These herders we are fighting against, they are not after money, they only get orders from their leaders. Yoruba freedom fighters should not be kept under Governors, these governors will turn the fight against insecurity to business.
6) Nnamdi Kanu, other agitators not different from Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau – Sheikh Gumi
A renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said those agitating for Biafra and Oduduwa Republics are not different from the Boko Haram sect terrorists.
Gumi stated this in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday while reflecting on the insecurity situation in the country.
The cleric said it would be unfair to claim Nigerians want the country divided because of the activities of some “miscreants” who are only pushing their own different ideologies and interests.
The cleric claimed that majority of Nigerians want a united nation where peace and equity abound.
“Look, let’s forget these useless youths. They’re no more different from these herdsmen.
“These people agitating for Ododuwa, Biafra or Arewa are all the same group of people with Boko Haram.
“Majority of Nigerians want to stay with Nigeria. And if they are in doubt, let’s conduct a referendum.
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