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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 10 February, 2021 Edition)

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

JAMB to prosecute 200 exams cheats, budgets N100m

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday alerted Nigerians to the merchants of malpractices in the centres of its 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in some Northern parts of the country. According to the organisation, examination scam syndicates in the Computer-Based Test centres, which used to be in the Southern part of Nigeria, has now crept into the North.

The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede, who stated these during a press conference in Abuja, said over 400 candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria had been tracked for admission fraud.

JAMB also paraded one Buhari Abubakar, who was reportedly caught in an attempt to impersonate one Muhammad Sanusi, his alleged accomplice, in examination malpractice. Both suspects, from Kano State, were arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Oloyede said JAMB would expend about N100m on the prosecution of 200 of the over 400 persons involved in impersonation in the 2020 UTME.

Osinbajo rules out break-up, admits current time most challenging

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said despite security challenges that have stretched the security agencies to the limit and COVID- 19 pandemic, the All Progressives Congress remains the best party to solve Nigeria’s problems. Osinbajo said this shortly after he flagged off the APC membership registration/revalidation exercise in Ogun State.

“Although we are in government at one of the most challenging times in history, we are not unaware of the plight of the people and we are determined to ensure justice for all. We must ensure the prosecution of all those who have been arrested for kidnapping, banditry and all other forms of criminality. There must be evidence that justice is being done. This is achievable by stronger collaboration between the police, states Ministries of Justice and the Federal Ministry of Justice.

“We must resist any attempts to destroy the unity of this country. Our people have lived and worked together for decades. While we must attend to the cries of communities for justice, equity and fairness we can do so within this same union. Ultimately we are stronger together than apart.”

TUC tackles Sylva as FG says fuel price pain looms

The Trade Union Congress on Tuesday took a swipe at the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who told Nigerians to prepare for the pain associated with the increase in crude oil price.

Also, the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders on Tuesday advised the Federal Government to use rising revenue from crude oil to tackle poverty and drive an all-inclusive growth.

The groups stated this in separate interviews with The PUNCH while reacting to a statement by Sylva, who earlier on Tuesday warned Nigerians to expect benefits and pain from the rising price of crude oil in the world market.

Clearing agents arrested as NDLEA intercepts N32bn cocaine at Lagos port

Cocaine worth N32bn has been recovered in a consignment at the Tincan Port in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

It was gathered that the consignment, which arrived Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO was placed on surveillance for some days before two clearing agents showed up on Monday to clear it.

The Commander, Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA, Sumaila Ethan, said the clearing agents were arrested, while the consignment was searched and the substance weighing 43.11kg was found in it.

ACF aligns as Northern govs call open grazing outdated

Following the increasing number of Nigeria’s urban population, the current system of herding through open grazing is no longer sustainable, the Northern governors have said.

The governors spoke during an emergency meeting held virtually on Monday to discuss issues affecting the region and the country.

In a communiqué released in Jos on Tuesday after the meeting by the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, the governors expressed concern over the tension generated by the eviction order issued to herdsmen in some parts of the country. They noted that the situation was heating the already fragile security atmosphere “with threats of reprisals which the Northern governors are working assiduously to contain.”

Oshiomhole aligns with Akande, says revalidation against APC constitution

Immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday said the revalidation of the membership of the party called by the party’s Interim Caretaker Committee was contrary to the party’s constitution.

Oshiomhole spoke while fielding questions from journalists shortly after revalidating his membership of the party at Unit 1, ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West local government of Edo State,

“APC is governed by constitution and not by man. The constitution only provides for registration and I registered as a member of the APC in 2014 under the Interim national chairman Chief Bisi Akande. There is nothing in the APC constitution that says a member shall revalidate or renew its membership. Once you registered when you joined the party and you have not defected, you are a member. So revalidation is strange to our constitution. I have only done this because I want peace to reign; but in doing this, we have to be careful not to create constitutional breach,”

Anambra gov poll will be walkover if given ticket – Uba

An All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Anambra State, Senator Andy Uba has boasted that with the party’s ticket he would win the November 6 Governorship poll.

He said this while speaking to party supporters in Awka, on Tuesday. Uba said, “2007 campaign will be a child’s play, if you give me your ticket.

“I will replicate the amazing campaigns of 2007 election in the 326 wards and 21 Local Government Areas of the state which gave me overwhelming victory during the election. The record has not been equaled by any governorship candidate in the state till date. I will take the APC campaign for the November 6 election in the state to another level.”

Again, bandits invade Kaduna communities, kill 23 residents

Some bandits have reportedly raided five local government areas of Kaduna State, killing 23 persons and injuring scores of residents. The attacked areas are Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Tuesday, said in Birnin Gwari LG, 10 persons were killed by the bandits in an attack on Ungwan Gajere, Kutemeshi ward.

The commissioner gave the names of those killed as Abdu Hasan, Sufyanu Musa, Faisal Zubairu, Abdullahi Hasan, Ali Abdu, Rabiu Aliyu, Zubairu Yau, Bukar Yusuf, Mamman Ibrahim and Dankande Musa. The commissioner also said in the Igabi area, bandits shot dead one Dayyabu Yahuza between Sarkin Baka and Dankyawai villages, near Gidan Kurmi village.

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