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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 05 February, 2021 Edition)

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

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SANs fault IGP’s three months tenure extension

A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), on Thursday faulted the extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, by three months saying it cannot be done without the advice of the Nigeria Police Council.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, on Thursday, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), decided to extend Adamu’s tenure as the IGP for three months “to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG.”

The minister disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

States differ as Zamfara, Gombe begin ranching, Oyo, Cross River, others oppose project

State governments on Thursday differed on ranching for herdsmen as a solution to killings and kidnappings by herders.

Officials of Oyo, Cross River, Kogi, Enugu, Ondo and Ekiti state governments in separate interviews with The PUNCH, said their states had no plans to establish ranches for herdsmen.

But their counterparts in Zamfara and Gombe states said they had begun plans to set up ranches for herdsmen.

EFCC describes how Maina’s son fled to US through Niger

The son of the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, Faisal has escaped to the United States after sneaking into the Republic of Niger through one of the Nigeria’s porous borders, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Thursday.

Its lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, confirmed the development at the resumed hearing of the laundering case against him before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Faisal, who is also being tried before Justice Abang with his father, went underground, the same way Maina, did after they were granted bail.

Your officer ordered me to lie down, Imo monarch tells CP

The traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umuna community, in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Okereke, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Muhammed, over the humiliation he suffered in the hands of a policeman posted in the community to enforce the curfew imposed by the state governor.

While enforcing the curfew, the monarch said in a statement addressed to Muhammed on Wednesday that the cop ordered him to lie on the ground at gunpoint, adding that the cop humiliated him in the presence of his subjects and passersby.

“I lay on the ground for over eight minutes before another policeman asked me to get up and go. All these happened in front of my subjects and other passersby. It was really a big disgrace and disrespect to me, my community and the entire Imo State traditional rulers. You may please investigate this report and necessarily call your men to order. I am still bearing the humiliation with great pain and grief.”

My ban because I worked against Ganduje in 2019 – Imam

THE Kano-based Islamic cleric, who was barred from preaching, Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara, on Thursday, accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of ordering his ban because he worked against him during the 2019 general election.

The bewildered Islamic cleric, who made the allegations few hours after the state government clamped down on him, during an interview with our correspondent, insisted that the action was more political than religious.

“The reasons are very obvious. The person, who took the decision (Ganduje), has said it repeatedly that he never forgives. I fought him during the last election and he promised to retaliate. Only that he is taking the wrong decision at the wrong time. So, this ban is purely political; it has nothing to do with religion or incitement.

We’ve curbed corruption in oil sector, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Thursday that his regime had achieved success in stemming corruption and sharp practices in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

Buhari said when he was elected into office in 2015, the industry was in a very dire situation, worsened by a backlog of joint venture cash call arrears, production sharing contract disputes, security challenges and mounting fuel subsidies.

“The industry was in need of reforms to attract more investments and generate the needed revenue to support the nation’s economic growth,” he said at the virtual public presentation of four books by a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

Ohanaeze warns against inciting comments, condemns herdsmen’s lawlessness

THE apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on the elite in the North and South to desist from inflammatory comments and the canvassing of narratives that could stoke conflict and inflame passions.

Ohanaeze said no one would gain from the consequences of such idle chatter rather Nigeria would lose big time.

In statement issued on Thursday titled, ‘On worsening herders-farmers crisis: Ohanaeze cautions on false narratives’, signed by Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, it condemned the activities of herdsmen that had instigated crisis in the land through the invasion of farmlands, vandalism, rape, and murder.

Smugglers attacking us with AK 47, charms – Ogun Customs boss

The Ogun Area Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, Peter Kolo, has raised the alarm that smugglers and their supporters are allegedly using pump action rifles, AK47, local charms and some other dangerous weapons to attack his officers in the border areas of the state.

Kolo lamented that the armed attacks were responsible for the casualties mostly recorded at the border areas of the state.

The Area Comptroller said this during a press briefing on the scorecard of NCS Ogun I Area Command held at Idi-Iroko part of the state.

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