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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 18 October, 2020)

ENDSAR protest with Omoyele Sowore

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APC, PDP clash over attack on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos

The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress engaged in a war of words over the attack on #EndSARS protesters by armed thugs in Lagos State.

The PDP had earlier indicted Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the attack, giving him 24 hours to fish out the hoodlums that attacked the protesters in Lagos.

APC tackled PDP, accusing the opposition party in Lagos of politicisation of #EndSARS protests.

Aisha tweets song urging Buhari to tackle insecurity

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday tweeted a song from an indigenous Hausa musician sending a plea to the President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the northern region from the ravaging insecurity.

The 22-second music video, whose singer could not yet be ascertained, shows the images of four military chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police during security meetings with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

This is just as a body of northern elders on Saturday urged the Federal Government to order an “independent forensic investigation into the expenditure of the Armed Forces from December 2015 till date.”

The song tweeted by Aisha was with the hashtag, #achehejamaa translating to save the people. The song said, “Baba, please for God’s sake, consider our pleas for help; baba, please defend us; the North is crying, they are killing our people. They are burning our property; baba, please.”

EndSARS: Police budgeted N2.8bn for SARS, others’ training in four years

Despite the Nigeria Police Force budgeting over N2.8bn between 2015 and 2020 for local and international training for its personnel, including the recently dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad, there is a growing concern among many Nigerians that policemen in the country are poorly trained.

This concern has been part of the issues raised by the #EndSARS protesters, who have for days been staging demonstrations across the country.

The protesters, whose actions compelled the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to dissolve SARS on October 11, alleged that the manner SARS personnel violated people’s rights and subjected people, especially the youth, to harassment and brutality showed that the training of policemen in the country was faulty.

Meanwhile, documents on the website of the Budget Office of the Federation revealed that the amount budgeted by the police for local and international training of personnel in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 totalled N2,833,674,510.

Restructuring: Reps may allow states control railway, power, others

The Federal Government may lose some of its powers to states of the federation, including its exclusive control of the power sector, railway, among others, with the ongoing review of the Constitution by the National Assembly.

The House of Representatives is considering devolution of power from the central government to the states through some bills seeking to move items from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.

Three bills sponsored by Mr Babajimi Benson at the House on Wednesday passed the first reading.

Insecurity: Your govt has failed Nigerians, Katsina group tells Buhari

The Katsina State chapter of the Coalition of Northern Groups on Saturday said the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the state and the country in general for not protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

The group – which stated this in a communiqué issued after a roundtable held on Saturday in Katsina, the state capital – also called for the restructuring of the country’s security architecture.

Issues discussed at the roundtable included renewed banditry attacks, killings, and kidnappings in the state. The communiqué was co-signed by the group’s chairman, Jamiu Charanchi, and the secretary, Abubakar Kabir.

Onochie: Your members are INEC commissioners, APC replies PDP

The All Progressives Congress has tackled the Peoples Democratic Party for faulting the nomination of a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The ruling party alleged that “some members and brazen apologists” of the PDP are also commissioners of INEC. This was contained in a statement by the Yekini Nabena, APC deputy spokesman, on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Onochie along with three others as National Commissioners of INEC on Tuesday. Onochie was announced as a nominee to represent Delta State, while Profesor Mohammed Sani, Professor Kunle Ajayi, and Seidu Ahmed, will represent Katsina, Ekiti, and Jigawa states, respectively.

APC claimed that Johnson Alalibo was a card-carrying member of PDP before being appointed Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner.

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