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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 20 October, 2020)

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

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EndSARS: Edo declares 24-hour curfew

The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice. The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, October 19, 2020 – Monday.

Apart from the jailbreak, there were reports of vandalisation and alleged attacks on residents in the state.

The government, in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, on Monday, described the development as disturbing.

FCT security agents, thugs attack protesters, Lagos, others grounded

EndSARS protesters on Monday defied the threat by the Federal Government to deploy security agents in quelling their protests against police brutality across the country. Protesters, mostly youths as early as 7am trooped out in major cities in Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Abia, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Ebonyi states blocking roads and calling for police reforms.

But in Abuja, security operatives and thugs attacked #EndSARS peaceful protesters at various locations.

In some locations in Abuja, security agents watched as thugs attacked protesters.

Tinubu hails protesters, carpets hoodlums, pleads for cessation

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said there is no one who is committed to the rule of law and good governance that would be opposed to the ongoing #EndSARS protests by the Nigerian youths.

Tinubu, in a statement on Monday, said the protests, which had gone on for 12 days, were justified, given gross human rights violations and impunity by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

He also commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying it showed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.

FG begins N75bn support fund disbursement this week

Beginning from this week, the Federal Government will start paying grants to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises that are successful to partake in the N75bn COVID-19 support schemes.

On September 10, 2020, the Federal Government inaugurated two schemes to financially support about 1.7 million MSMEs across the country with N75bn.

The schemes are the National MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus Schemes under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan. The Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Office of the Vice President, who doubles as Project Coordinator, Survival Funds Scheme, Tola Adekunle, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that payments to some beneficiaries of schemes would start this week.

PTF warns against travelling to US, UK, France, others

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has warned #EndSARS protesters against contracting and spreading the virus while gathering to protest against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

It also called on Nigerians to be take precautions while travelling or planning to receive travellers from the United States of America, United Kingdom, India, Russia and France.

The calls were made at the PTF’s media briefing in Abuja on Monday.

Ndume seeks Maina’s arrest warrant, gets 21-day ultimatum

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday gave Senator Ali Ndume 21 days ultimatum to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been absent from over 10 scheduled trial sessions since September 2020.

Justice Okon Abang, in issuing the ultimatum, threatened that Ndume who is Maina’s bail surety, could be detained should he fail to produce the defendant in court on November 18.

Both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Ndume, separately urged the court to order Maina’s arrest on Monday. But the judge explained that he could not order Maina’s arrest without ordering the detention of his surety. But he said, he was more inclined to giving the senator three more weeks to find and produce the defendant in court.

EndSARS: Show you understand youths’ plight, Obasanjo tells Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday said the #EndSARS protests across the country were a product of extensive agitations by youths that must be attended to by government.

Obasanjo explained that President Muhammadu Buhari could make Nigerian youths know that he understood their plight and would make life better for them.

According to a statement by Moses Olafare, the Director of Media, Ooni’s palace, Obasanjo, who spoke in Ile Ife, during a visit to Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi said many youths had struggled to get education, while the educated ones among them were frustrated over lack of opportunities.

2023: Ohanaeze youths urge South-East govs to immediately join APC

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has urged governors of the South-East to join the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The group said it was apparent that the Peoples Democratic Party did not have the region’s best interests at heart, and as such, there was no need for leaders of the zone to continue to work with the main opposition party.

The zonal Secretary General of the group, Mr. Nnabuike Okwu, said this after a virtual meeting with leaders and other critical stakeholders of the region, on Monday. This call came barely 48 hours after speculations that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, had concluded plans to dump the PDP and take up membership of the APC.

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