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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 11 October, 2020)

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the former National Security Adviser

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Dasuki asks Court to quash indicting judgment, nullify Metuh’s trial

A former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), has asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to quash his indictment contained in the February 25, 2020 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which convicted an ex-National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, on money laundering charges.

The ex-NSA urged the court not to only set aside the findings which he said were repeated about 10 times against him in the judgment, but to also set aside the entire proceedings which, according to him, were conducted in breach of established procedures.

Although not a defendant in Metuh’s trial that lasted about four years at the Federal High Court, Dasuki in his appeal, contended that his “conviction” in the judgment without being given the opportunity to defend himself was a breach of his fundamental rights to a fair hearing.

Ondo 2020: Akeredolu in early lead, Jegede, Agboola dominate strongholds

Some early results of the Ondo State governorship poll analysed by Sunday PUNCH have revealed that the incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is in early lead in the race.

TheCable reported that Akeredolu is leading his opponents with over 84,011 votes in 12 local government areas. The local governments are: Ile Oluji, Akoko North-East, Akoko South-West, Akoko South-East, Akoko North-West, Irele, Ose, Ifedore, Owo, Okitipupa, Akure North-West, and Idanre.

According to the results that the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared at the collation centres of the 12 LGAs, Akeredolu polled 189,489 votes as of the time of filing this report.

However, further analysis also showed that the two other major contenders-Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party-were clearly dominating in their strongholds in the October 10 governorship election. Jegede is trailing the incumbent with 108,195 votes, leaving a margin of 74,735. Ajayi of the ZLP came a distant third with 37,806 votes.

One killed as anti-SARS protests turn violent in Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Abuja

More than one week after the renewed call for the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the attendant street protests have turned violent in some parts of the country, with a protester identified as Jimoh Isiaka, shot dead in Ogbomoso, Oyo State on Saturday. Apart from Oyo, the #EndSARS demonstration was marred by violence in Osun, Abuja and Ogun, where a crowd of agitators stormed Owu festival on Saturday, demanding to speak with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was at the event.

The nationwide protest was reignited last week following the shooting of a youth reportedly in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, by some FSARS operatives who drove away his SUV. The police have said the youth didn’t die.

The Nigeria Police Force consequently banned FSARS and other special tactical squads from carrying out routine stop and search. The protesters, however, claimed that the police authorities had not shown enough commitment to reform the dreaded police unit over the years and called for its disbandment. Amid the protests in Nigeria, young Isiaka was reportedly killed by a trigger-happy policeman in Ogbomoso on Saturday, with seven others sustaining varying degrees of injury.

We’re not affected by Buhari’s directive on IPPIS –ASUU

Striking university teachers have claimed that they are not affected by the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that only federal workers on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System would be paid salaries.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this while reacting to Buhari’s directive on Thursday.

Buhari, while presenting the 2021 budget at a joint session of the National Assembly, said only federal workers captured by the IPPIS would continue to receive salaries.

He ordered all federal workers to enrol in the IPPIS platform, saying the platform was meant to check fraud, including the payment of salaries to non-existent personnel. He said the platform would also check the payment of unauthorised allowances.

FG stops salaries of varsity workers not enrolled on IPPIS

The Federal Government has ordered the stoppage of salaries of any university employee who is not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System with effect from November 2020.

It gave the directive in its latest memo from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation with reference number OAGF/IPPIS/446/1/159, dated October 8, 2020, and signed by the Director, IPPIS, Nsikak Ben, for the AGF.

The memo, which was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, was issued to all university vice chancellors through the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria, Federal Universities.

FG budgets N336m for anti-hate speech, fake news campaign

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has budgeted N336m to campaign against hate speech and fake news. This is contained in the 2021 budget proposal presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

It reads in part, “ERGP9124023 Special enlightenment campaign on government policies and programmes; testimonial series to gauge impact of government policies on the citizenry, advocacy against fake news, hate speech, farmers-herder clashes, banditry, rape etc. ongoing- N336,015,959.”

The Federal Government has recently put in place several strict measures to tackle hate speech and fake news amid criticisms from rights groups that it is a ruse to stifle free speech.

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