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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 27 June, 2020)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Edo: PDP governors urge INEC, security agencies to ensure fair poll

The Peoples Democratic Party, Governors’ Forum has enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure that the September 19 Edo State governorship election is free, fair and credible.

This was contained in a statement congratulating the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday. The statement was signed by the Director General of the Forum, CID Maduabum.

APC crisis: Oshiomhole, others risk expulsion over planned court action

Members of the dissolved Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress risk being expelled from the party should they go ahead with their threat to consider a legal action against the party on account of their removal from office on Thursday.

Punch gathered in Abuja on Friday that the provisions of Article 21(v) of the party’s constitution were being considered for activation.

I helped remove kidnap kingpin, Wadume’s handcuffs with spoon — Capt Balarabe

Embattled Capt Tijjani Balarabe who was indicted for facilitating the escape of a suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (Wadume), said he assisted in removing the handcuffs from Wadume’s hands.

The officer told the Joint Investigation Panel that he used a spoon to open the handcuffs.

Balarabe said this in his statement to the JIP which probed the killing of three police officers and their two civilian assistants on Ibbi-Takum Road, in Taraba State, on August 6, 2019.

No state is safe, secure anymore, says Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has said insecurity is one issue common to Nigerians, regardless of tribe, language, religion, location, gender, age or social position.

He noted that without reforming the federating units, Nigeria would remain insecure, unstable, unprogressive, stagnated and, at worst, disintegrate.

Obasanjo spoke on Friday at this year’s edition of the Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture organised by Abeokuta Club. The event was titled, “COVID-19 and the Nigeria security issues: The way forward.”

Lawyers, PDP slam Malami for swearing in APC caretaker committee

Some lawyers and the Peoples Democratic Party have criticised the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), for administering the oath of office to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as the chairman of the new caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday.

According to the PDP, using public facilities and resources for the NEC meeting of the APC is the height of graft and desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power and national values.

The National Publicity Secretary, PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “This shameful development is a further manifestation of the level of impunity, recklessness, disrespect for rules and disdain for our laws by the APC-led administration, whose latest action exposes a move towards instituting the art of running processes and programmes through illegality.”

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