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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 02 February, 2021 Edition)

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

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IGP risks imprisonment as court summons police boss for contempt

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to appear on February 4 over his continued disobedience to court order.

He is expected to show cause why contempt charge should not be filed against him which might land him in prison. The court summon was said to have been served on Adamu at the Force Headquarters in Abuja

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the summon against the IGP following his alleged refusal to reinstate a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Patrick Okoli, who was forcefully retired. The court had set aside the forceful retirement of Okoli on the ground that due process was not followed. The court had also imposed a fine of N10m as punitive cost against the police authorities.

Herdsman invites armed kinsmen to dominate Oyo farms, says monarch

Fulani herdsmen, who on Sunday seized hectares of farmlands at Ayete in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, on Monday consolidated their hold on the farms despite the visits of the state Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, to the area on Sunday and Monday.

The Asawo of Ayete, Oba Emmanuel Okeniyi, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Monday, said the leader of the herdsmen, Iskilu Wakili, had invited his armed kinsmen to join him on the farms. He added that the herdsmen had started cutting down cocoa trees and burning cashew plantations,

Farmers in Kajola and Gbagban Idere village, under Ayete, who spoke to The PUNCH, confirmed what the traditional ruler said. One of the farmers, Peter David, lamented that Wakili had taken over the farmlands. According to him, security agencies have not gone to the villages to dislodge the herdsmen, who forcefully took over people’s farmlands

Two APC lawmakers defect to PDP in Edo

Two All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly on Monday resigned from the party and defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

The two lawmakers are the former deputy speaker of the house and member representing Akoko-Edo 1, Yekini Idaiye, and the Member representing Orhionmwon East Constituency, Nosayaba Okunbor.

The speaker, Marcus Onobun read their letters of resignation on the floor of the House.

Adamu remains in office as Buhari delays appointment of new IGP

The Presidency on Monday said no date has been fixed for the appointment of a new Inspector-General of Police.

The incumbent IGP, Mohammed Adamu, was expected to leave office on Monday, having attained the statutory retirement age. However, Adamu was in office till past 6pm on Monday and attended to a large number of visitors. Findings indicate that he did not hand over to any senior officer as expected.

Speaking on Channels television’s Sunrise Daily, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said he was not aware of the imminent announcement of a new police chief. “The President returns to Abuja (from Katsina) on Tuesday. He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this. One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore, the system will take care of itself.”

Enforcement of anti-open grazing in South-East begins soon – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday said its security arm, the Eastern Security Network, would soon commence the enforcement of the Anti-Grazing law in the South-East geo-political zone.

This was as the Igbo National Council expressed its support for IPOB’s call on the South-East governors to halt open grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the South-East.

Kanu in the statement specifically said IPOB’s security outfit would commence enforcement of anti-grazing law in two weeks. The proscribed group noted that it would no longer tolerate any form of killings by Fulani herdsmen in the zone, adding that such will never happen again in the land of, “The Rising Sun.”

With state police, Amotekun won’t be necessary – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the call for state police, saying the country is ripe for such a change.

While insisting that there were different views on restructuring, he said there was the need for devolution of powers, responsibilities and resources to allow for healthy competition among states.

Obasanjo spoke on Sunday during a virtual interview hosted by a historian and columnist, Toyin Falola.

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