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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 14 January, 2021)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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

COVID-19: Benue restricts religious gathering to 50

As part of measures to stem the spread of COVID -19 in Benue, the State Executive Council, SEC, has placed a total ban on public gatherings and restricted religious worshippers to 50 at a time.

The decision was made known on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, at the end of the weekly SEC meeting in Makurdi and presided over by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benson Abounu.

According to the Commissioner, SEC resolved that a religious gathering of over 50 people would not be allowed anywhere in the state. “Attendance in churches/mosques must not be more than 50 people at a time. All shops and supermarkets must ensure that those coming in are wearing their face masks and such places must have water and soap for the washing of hands or hand sanitizers for use by customers.

Wike confirms receipt of N78bn FG refund

Federal Government has refunded to the Rivers State Government the N78 billion the state spent on federal projects, Governor Nyesom Wike has confirmed.

Wike gave the confirmation Wednesday at Isiokpo where his Special Guest, former Governor Peter Obi, commissioned Internal Roads Phase 2 in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

The Governor announced, “Rivers people, the Federal Government has refunded us the money. I have not touched a dime yet and it is in the bank. I will use it for project execution.

Ndubuisi Kanu, rare breed in consistency— Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, described former military administrator of the state, late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu(retd), as a rare breed for his singular consistency and unwavering commitment to social justice, democracy and federalism in Nigeria.

Asiwaju Tinubu, a close colleague of the late Kanu in NADECO and a personal friend, in a statement by his media office, said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of former military administrator of Lagos and Imo states, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.

“He was my brother and a very courageous partner in the struggle for democracy and enthronement of true federalism in Nigeria. In everything he did, from his work as former administrator of Lagos State to the sacrifices he made to help NADECO during the struggle for the actualisation of June 12, Rear Admiral Kanu was highly principled.

We’ll expose those supporting herdsmen to unleash terror on Oyo — Amotekun commandant

The Chairman, Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd) has said the security outfit has stumbled on credible evidence that Fulani herders who kidnap, maim, rape, or kill innocent people in the South-West zone of the country are not Nigerians. He gave this hint in an exclusive chat with Vanguard.

The retired Army general said, in a polite manner, that the issue of security is not something that should be thrown into public space as people expect.

According to him, the security outfit has made tremendous achievements since it came on board but people “know little or don’t even know anything at all.”

COVID-19: Closure of varsities unconstitutional, disastrous, Afe Babalola

A legal Luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti(ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has described as unconstitutional, the mass closure of Nigerian universities by the federal government owing to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

Babalola who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a press conference about the attempt by the federal government to defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January 18, said such action would turn out to be counterproductive and disastrous to the education sector, especially closing down of private schools without prior consultation.

Expressing opposition to mass closure of universities, the Legal Icon said: “I am of the firm view that mass closure of schools is unconstitutional, disastrous and counter-productive. “It is certainly unjust to the parents, teachers, students and Proprietors of schools and also violates the rule of natural justice”, he stated .

Kwara APC crisis: Lai, Saraki’s loyalists slam Buni’s C’ttee, vow to unseat Gov Abdulrazak

The crisis of confidence in the Kwara state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC took a turn for the worse on Wednesday as loyalists of the Information and Culture minister, Lai Mohammed and those of Minister of state for Transportation, Sen. Gbemi Saraki rejected the verdict of the national leadership of the party sacking Bashir Bolarinwa as state Chairman of the party.

Reading the text of a prepared speech signed by 19 stakeholders of the party, leader of the delegation, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo warned Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak against stoking crisis in the party, saying if the group could dethrone former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, a “political Iroko”, it would not take anything to unseat the governor, a “political shrub”.

Their position was however dismissed by a loyalist of Gov. Abdulrazak, Barr. Kunle Suleiman who expressed support for the decision of the national secretariat to sack Mr Bolarinwa.

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