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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 Edition)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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INEC chairman appears at Edo poll tribunal Friday

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will on Friday appear at the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin to testify, based on subpoena in a petition by Action Peoples Party.

The Justice Yunusa Musa-led three-member tribunal, on Tuesday heard the petitions of APP; the governorship candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party, Tracy Agol; and Allied Peoples Movement, while today (Wednesday) would be for the commencement of hearing in the petition by the Action Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel.

Agol and a witness in her petition, Tawakalitu Umoru, testified on Tuesday at the tribunal and they were cross-examined by the lead counsel to the respondents. The lead counsel to APP, Segun Fiki, at Tuesday’s hearing, hailed the judges of the tribunal for signing on Monday the subpoena that he applied for on December 10 last year, which would be served on INEC’s chairman in Abuja, to compel his appearance in Benin.

N40bn allowance: ASUU defends sharing formula, varsity workers begin protests

Non-academic unions in universities and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday differed on the Federal Government’s N40bn earned allowance for the institutions’ workers.

While ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, justified the amount promised lecturers out the N40bn, non-academic unions described the Federal Government’s sharing formula as illogical and a divide and rule tactic.

The unions spoke as protests by non-academic staff over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance rocked university towns across the country on Tuesday. The non-academic unions kicked against the sharing formula of 75 per cent (N30bn) for the lecturers and 25 per cent for other unions.

Muslim forum asks Kukah to vacate Sokoto, tender apology

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has been called upon to “quickly and quietly leave the seat of Caliphate” or immediately stop his malicious vituperations against Islam and Muslims and tender unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah.

Significantly, the call from the Muslim Solidarity Forum, Sokoto, in a press statement, came amidst allegation by the Department of State Services of a plot to incite religious violence in some states by some elements working with external forces.

The acting Chairman of MSF, Professor Isa Maishanu, while reacting to Kukah’s Christmas message, stated that Kukah, with his unbecoming callous statement, was trying to break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests.

Buhari approves envoys’ posting six months after confirmation

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the posting of ambassador-designates to Nigerian Missions abroad. The list includes 43 career ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors. This is coming six months after the envoy-designates were confirmed by the Senate.

The PUNCH had reported the delayed posting of the 95 ambassadors which had left the nation’s foreign missions without leadership. Sources attributed the delay to the intense lobbying by non-career ambassadors, who are candidates of powerful politicians, including governors.

They were said to have lobbied for the Nigerian missions in the United Kingdom, the United States and other Western European countries, thus delaying the deployment of the envoys.

Ebonyi security breach meant to discredit me –Umahi

EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the rising spate of insecurity in the state and said those causing security breaches, irrespective of their political affiliation, would be arrested and prosecuted according to the law of the land.

Umahi, who stated this while briefing journalist at the end of a virtual Special Security Council meeting of South-East Governors’ Forum at Uburu, in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state, noted that the security challenges currently facing the state were politically-motivated and as such should be handled with caution and understanding.

“Whether PDP, APC, or APGA, anybody that is causing problem must be arrested, dealt with and prosecuted.” According to Umahi, the Fulani herdsmen and Ebonyi people have been leaving in peace for a long time. He stressed that any act intended to cause disaffection between both parties was aimed at discrediting him and the people of Ebonyi State.

Mob sets cattle-laden truck ablaze for killing Oyo boy

A truck loaded with cattle was reportedly set ablaze in Saki by angry mob for killing a boy named Ayuba Raji on Monday.

According to an eyewitness, Kazeem Adebiyi, the incident happened at Challenge junction, along the Saki Dual Lane Road. The accident, he said, could be linked with speeding by the truck driver. Adebiyi said due to the ongoing construction work on the road, motorists usually violate the one-way rule.

A resident of Saki, Mr Adekunle Lawal, urged the contractors handling the project to device a means to construct speed breakers in order to prevent motorists from overspeeding.

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