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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 03 February, 2021 Edition)

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)

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Panic in NYSC hqtrs, camps as resident officer dies of COVID-19

There was panic among staff of the National Youth Service Corps on Tuesday after a resident officer died of COVID-19.

The PUNCH gathered that the top officer was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano, a few days ago where he developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday.

Following his death, workers of the NYSC in Abuja and orientation camps, particularly in Kano, had been gripped by fear of contracting COVID-19.

How I discovered three children with my ex-wife aren’t mine – Judge

A Delta State High Court judge, Anthony Okorodas, says he recently discovered that the three children he had with his first wife are not his.

Okorodas said in a statement that he made the discovery after he had sponsored two of them to university while the third one was already 17 years old.

The judge said he discovered this after the three children were subjected to DNA tests.

There could be 10,000 Sunday Igbohos, Bakare warns

Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Tuesday, warned that there could be 10,000 Sunday Igboho if killers and kidnappers were not brought to book.

A Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, well known as Sunday Igboho, have vowed to flush killer herdsmen from Yorubaland. Igboho had issued a seven-day quit notice to herdsmen accused of sundry crimes in Ibarapa and enforced same. There have been reprisals since the incident.

Bakare said he had spoken with Sunday Igboho. The cleric spoke in an Instagram Live Chat with popular journalist, Dele Momodu, monitored by The PUNCH.

Drama as EFCC re-arraigns Kalu on N70bn fraud charges

A former governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu on Tuesday asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from prosecuting him on the same offence of allegedly laundering N7.1 billion.

According to him, having been tried once by EFCC, convicted and sentenced in the same charges FHC/ABJ/CR/56/2007, it would amount to double jeopardy for him if subjected to a fresh trial on same charge.

Kalu in an ex-parte motion moved before Justice Inyang Ekwo by his counsel, Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN), pleaded with the court to rescue him from double jeopardy.

Oil price rises above $57, highest in 12 months

The international oil benchmark, Brent crude, rose more than two per cent on Tuesday, hitting a 12-month high after major crude producers showed they were reining in output roughly in line with their commitments.

Brent crude, against which Nigeria’s oil is priced, was up $1.27, or 2.3 per cent, at $57.62 a barrel by 1320 GMT, its third straight day of gains and the highest levels since late February last year, according to Reuters.

The United States benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, gained $1.2, or 2.2 per cent, to $54.75, a level last seen in early March 2020. Crude production by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rose for a seventh month in January but the increase was smaller than expected, a Reuters survey found.

Foreign herdsmen behind killings, kidnapping in forest reserves – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said it was foreign herders that were perpetrating crimes in the state forest reserves.

Akeredolu stated that most of the foreign herders almost remained permanent in the state government’s forest reserves before he gave an order to flush them out.

The governor spoke during a courtesy visit to his office by Dora Amahian, the Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘F’ of the Nigeria Immigration Service, comprising Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states.

Our corps’ll enforce South-East govs’ open-grazing ban, says IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Tuesday hailed governors of the South-East region, under the auspices of South-East Governors’ Forum, for banning open grazing and other related activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region.

Recall that the Ebonyi State Governor and Chairman of the forum, Dave Umahi, had on Monday, said the zone had before now banned open grazing of cattle within the region.

In a statement signed by IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, the group said it thanked the governors for heeding its call to ban open grazing in the region, saying it received with joy the statement credited to Umahi with joy.

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