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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 6 January, 2021 Edition)

Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Makinde’s SA, Assembly members pleading for arrested hoodlums – Amotekun

The Commander of Oyo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), has said some of the aides of Governor Seyi Makinde are indirectly backing hoodlums terrorising the people of some areas in Ibadan.

The Amotekun commander disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking during a programme on Fresh FM, Ibadan. Three persons were reportedly shot and injured in a fresh attack which happened on Sunday.

Olayanju said some senior aides of the governor were in the habit of pleading that the agency should free suspected hoodlums arrested in connection with gang war in some parts of the state capital. Declining to mention their names, he said the hoodlums troubling the city were mostly teenagers, saying that was why they would not use maximum force on them.

Wike attacks FG over Ogoni clean-up, says it’s deceptive

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government had been playing politics with the Ogoni clean-up which was recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme.

He noted that Ogoni, having played a pivotal role in the economic development of Rivers State and the country, deserved more than what was currently being offered to the area.

Wike stated this during the inauguration of the 16.06-kilometre dual carriage Sakpenwa-Bori Highway by the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state. The governor in a statement by his media aide Kelvin Ebiri, urged Ogoni people to stop believing those who use Ogoni clean-up exercise at the turn of election year to deceive them.

Stop harassing people over 2023 vice-presidential promise, IPOB tells Umahi

The Indigenous People of Biafra has asked the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, to stop intimidating citizens of the state because he has allegedly been promised the position of vice-presidential in 2023.

This warning was contained in a statement signed by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Tuesday.

The group alleged that the governor ordered the arrest of innocent locals that reportedly exposed the atrocities of terrorist herdsmen in Ebonyi communities.

Obaseki graduated from UI in 1979, certificate not forged –Registrar

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was on Tuesday cleared by the authorities of the University of Ibadan of alleged forgery of his degree certificate brought against him by the All Progressives Congress. But hearing in the matter continues today (Wednesday) at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The degree certificate was confirmed to have been issued to Obaseki by the institution in 1979 after his formal graduation.

The Deputy Chief Registrar, Legal Affairs, UI, Abayomi Ajayi, who testified on subpoena, told Justice Ahmed Mohammed that the governor graduated from the university.

TUC threatens showdown as NERC denies 50% hike, blames inflation

The Federal Government has again increased the electricity tariff payable by power consumers across the country. Approval for the hike in tariff was given by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, as the increase which varies, based on different consumer classes, took effect from January 1, 2021.

A few hours after the news of the tariff hike broke, the NERC issued a statement, denying a 50 per cent hike as had been reported in some circles (excluding THE PUNCH).

The regulatory agency blamed N2 to N4 adjustment in tariff on inflation and movement in foreign exchange rates. However, the Trade Union Congress issued a stern warning, asking the Federal Government to revert to old electricity tariff or face the consequences of its action.

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