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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 28 November, 2020)

Ex-Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

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German court convicts IPOB members for attacking Ekweremadu

A German court has convicted four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for attacking a former deputy senate president, Mr Ike Ekweremadu.

The IPOB had been prosecuted for assaulting the senator from Enugu State and sentenced to 20 days of labour without pay in August, TheCable said on Friday.

Ekweremadu had in 2019 been beaten up by some Biafra agitators in Nuremberg at an event organised by the Ndi-Igbo Germany association for its Iri-ji (traditional festival). The video of the attack, which went viral on social media, was condemned by members of the National Assembly.

ASUU agrees to call off strike as FG increases payment to N70bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call off its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities since March. The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.

The government also pledged to pay N40bn as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70bn. The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.

This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

Maina: Court grants bail to Ndume

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to the Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who had been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina believed to have jumped bail in his N2bn money laundering trial.

Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has not been attending trial since the September 29, 2020 proceedings, a development that prompted the judge, Justice Okon Abang, to order Ndume’s remand on Monday. Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on the surety’s bail application said he decided to grant him bail because of his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

According to the judge, the argument by Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, that the senator’s legislative duties would continue to suffer if denied bail did not hold water. The judge recalled that Ndume had deposed to an affidavit dated May 5, 2020 expressing commitment that he was ready to forfeit N500m bail bond, adding that the senator ought to have realised the implication of his vow. He added that Ndume failed to present “sufficient materials” to warrant granting him bail “under special circumstances”, but added that “the only thing that goes for him is his good behaviour before me”.

Jonathan working for us, APC taunts PDP

Ruling All Progressives Congress on Friday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party for not being a worthy opposition.

The APC also claimed former President Goodluck Jonathan has been working for the ruling party and the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), because he is a ‘progressive’ statesman.

APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, stated this on Friday while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. The visit by the APC chieftains to Jonathan, who contested in the 2011 and 2015 presidential elections on the platform of the PDP, raised the stakes in permutations for the 2023 general elections.

APC crisis: Sacked Oshiomhole-led NWC drags party, INEC to court

A former National Vice Chairman and ex-acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party and declare him as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

The National Executive Committee of the APC had at its meeting held at the Presidential Villa on June 25, 2020 dissolved the party’s National Working Committee, led by the then National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The NEC, at the meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), set up the caretaker committee and appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the committee. He was sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The meeting was attended by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; governors elected on the platform of the party and other party stakeholders.

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