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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 3 January, 2021 Edition)

Amotekun, South-West Security Outfit

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Amotekun, hunters dislodge herdsmen from Oyo forest reserves

The Oyo State Security Network Agency, aka Amotekun, in collaboration with some hunters, has flushed out two sets of herdsmen from the Opara Forest Reserve and the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme Forest.

The Chairman of Amotekun Corps, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), on Saturday, in a statement by the Information Officer of Amotekun in Oyo State, Mrs Ayolola Adedoja, said the herdsmen, who stormed the state, claimed they were invited by some traditional rulers.

Togun commended the hunter group led by one Prophet Ojuawo for the assistance of his group, while soliciting more support from the people of the state to make the corps more effective. The Amotekun boss added that the security outfit was open to criticism, noting that such criticism should not be to discourage the corps from its duty of protecting lives and property in the state.

FG releases new telecoms SIM replacement policy

The Federal Government on Saturday released a new policy for the replacement of Subscriber Identification Modules in the telecommunications sector. It said the policy was in line with its drive to ensure that all subscriber registrations were linked with National Identification Numbers.

It said all stakeholders in the industry were working together to ensure that the process was carried out as seamlessly as possible. The new SIM Replacement Policy, which was approved by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, is for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged.

On conditions for replacement of SIMs, the government stated that “the subscriber shall present a NIN; that an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC. “And that the relevant guidelines and regulations of NCC concerning SIM replacement are fully adhered to.”

Litigation: Rivers State APC loyal to Abe face expulsion, says party chieftain

Following threats by the Igo Aguma-led faction of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress to proceed to the Supreme Court, the party’s National Secretariat is preparing to invoke provisions of its constitution to expel them should they carry out the threat. The faction is believed to be loyal to Senator Magnus Abe, an APC chieftain in the state.

A top-ranking member of the party’s National Executive Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, told Sunday PUNCH that “the era of platitudes is effectively over.”

“Since it is still just a threat, we are waiting. If they see any reason to retrace their steps, there will be no cause for discipline. However, if they go ahead, the consequences are clear,” the undisclosed source said.

APC sets up panel to probe Edo gov poll loss

The All Progressives Congress says it has set up a panel to probe its loss in the last governorship election in Edo State. Governor Godwin Obaseki, who defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, defeated the APC candidate, Ize Iyamu, in the governorship poll.

The APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee disclosed on Friday that the party had set up a panel to probe its loss. In a New Year message by its National Secretary, Senator John Udoedehe, the APC CECPC noted that the probe panel was set on its advice to the party.

“It must be noted that a committee has also been set up to advise the party National Secretariat on what led to the defeat in Edo State and what actions need to be taken to prevent a recurrence in the future.”

Police council may nominate new IGP February

There are indications that the Nigerian Police Council may nominate a new Inspector-General of Police by February. It is unclear if the current Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, will get a tenure extension but unconfirmed sources said his successor may be announced.

The council, which is chaired by the President, comprises the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Adamu, who is the 20th indigenous police boss, is expected to retire next month when he would clock 35 years in service. Sources said he had launched a vigorous lobby for tenure extension to enable him to conclude certain reforms in the police but it is still unclear if his bid to secure an extension additional was successful.

Nigeria spends N1.99tn on debt servicing in nine months

Nigeria spent almost N2tn on debt servicing payments from January to September 2020, the latest data obtained from the Debt Management Office have shown.

The DMO had on Thursday disclosed that the nation’s total public debt stock rose by N1.21tn in the third quarter of last year to N32.22tn amid revenue shortfalls.

The debt stock is made up of the domestic and external debt stocks of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory, the DMO said.

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