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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 15 October, 2020)

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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Magu: Presidential panel begins verification of seized assets

The Presidential panel set up to probe the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has begun a physical verification of all assets seized by the EFCC, The PUNCH has learnt. The panel, led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has visited Lagos, Abuja, Rivers State and a few other major offices of the commission.

A source close to the panel said the aim of the exercise was to verify claims made by Magu regarding the seizure of assets. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Members of the panel have been visiting major zonal offices of the EFCC. We have visited Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and we will visit Ibadan this week.

“We visited some of the houses which Magu claimed to have seized. However, some of them which he claimed to have been seized had no markings of ‘EFCC Keep Off!’ while in some other cases, the alleged looters were still living in them. Some houses are also being occupied by strange persons. Magu claims to have obtained presidential approval to allocate the properties to them. Unfortunately, he has not been able to provide the letter of authorisation he purportedly got from the President.

Outrage as thugs attack protesters in Lagos, Abuja, #EndSARS hits Kano

The Nigerian Bar Association and civil rights groups on Wednesday strongly condemned hoodlums’ attacks on people protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police. Some of those who condemned the attacks, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, alleged they were the handiwork of government.

There have been protests in most parts of the country since Wednesday last week by Nigerians, mostly youths, who called for disbanding of SARS, accusing the police squad of corruption, high-handedness and harassment

On Sunday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disbanded the squad and on Tuesday, he set up the Special Weapons and Tactics Team to replace the disbanded SARS. Despite the disbanding of the squad, #EndSARS campaigners presented five demands to the Federal Government, which the later on Tuesday said it had accepted.

Uncertainty surrounds APC convention as fresh registration splits party

A fresh crisis is looming in the All Progressives Congress over the decision of the Mai-Mala Buni-led Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Committee to conduct fresh membership registration.

The PUNCH gathered on Wednesday that the decision had pitted the committee and governors sympathetic to it against some elements in the party, including the immediate past National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

It was learnt that those who were opposed to the Buni-led committee’s decision were of the view that the panel was going beyond its mandate by planning fresh membership registration. An APC chieftain, who confided in The PUNCH, said the committee was indirectly seeking tenure extension through the planned membership registration.

N10bn suit: I’m ready to forgive Oshiomhole, says Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday assured a former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, of forgiveness if he tenders an apology.

Ortom stated this while speaking to journalists during the distribution of 46 vehicles to the 23 local government chairmen and leaders of the state House of Assembly in Makurdi.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that Oshiomhole, at the further hearing of the N10bn libel suit Ortom instituted against him at the state High Court in Makurdi on Tuesday, sought out-of-court settlement.

Ortom had slammed the suit on Oshiomhole after he, as APC chairman, accused the governor of having a hand in the death of two Catholic priests and other parishioners at Mbalom community, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on the grounds that one of the priests preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against him (Ortom)’.

Appeal Court declares Police Act 2020 illegal, nullifies constable recruitment

The Court of Appeal has declared the Police Act 2020 unconstitutional and void. The Police Act 2020, which was enacted in September this year, affects the constitutional mandate of the Police Service Commission

The Appeal Court ruled that the provisions of the Act was in conflict with Paragraph 30 Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution “which empowers the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police Force except the Office of the Inspector-General of Police.”

The judgment also nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables carried out by the police authorities last year.

Edo Assembly recalls ex-speaker, converts impeachment to resignation

The Edo State House of Assembly has converted the impeachment of former Speaker, Frank Okiye, to resignation.

A motion to that effect was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Henry Okhuarobo, and seconded by the member representing Esan North East Constituency II, Emmanuel Okoduwa, who had been appointed the Chief Whip of the House.

Okiye joined the lawmakers during the plenary session. Okhuarobo said the need to reverse the speaker’s impeachment followed appeals from their constituents.

Adeboye endorses #EndSARS protests

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has endorsed the #EndSARS protests rocking the nation.

Adeboye said this in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

The respected cleric tweeted, “Our daughters will not be able to prophesy and young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive. I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they “speak up” to #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #ENDSWAT.”

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