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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 20 February, 2021 Edition)

Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

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Imo govt seals estate linked to Okorocha’s wife

The Imo State Government has sealed Royal Palm Estate, a property linked to Nkechi Okorocha, the wife of a former governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha, in the Akachi axis of Owerri, the state capital.

Okorocha, who now represents Imo West at the Senate, was the governor of the state between 2011 and 2019.

The Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning Development, Enyinnaya Onuegbu, who supervised the sealing of the estate on Friday, announced that the state government had recovered the property. Onuegbu stated that closing the estate was consonant with the directive of the Imo State gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Recovery of Lands and Related Matters belonging to the state government. The commissioner added that the Governor Hope Uzodinma-led state government was passionate about recovering assets belonging to the state and its people allegedly looted by past administrations.

Give us state police, resource control now, El-Rufai tells FG

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has called on the Federal Government to immediately implement three specific recommendations of the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism to address the insecurity in the country.

El-Rufai, who was one of the speakers on a live broadcast tagged ‘The Fierce Urgency of Now: Tactics and Strategies to Pull Nigeria from the Brink,’ on Friday, stated that Nigeria had failed “jealously and consistently protect its prerogatives and status as a leviathan, the ultimate guarantor of security, the protector of rights and the promoter of the rule of law.”

According to him, that is why the Federal Government’s power is being challenged in a “frighteningly sustained manner” by a phalanx of armed non-state actors.

Why herdsmen in Ondo forests ignored Akeredolu’s eviction order – Senator

The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Nicholas Tofowomo, has said the herdsmen were still operating in the Ondo forests reserve because Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s eviction order was not backed by law.

The governor had last month issued a quit notice to herdsmen who are hibernating in the state forests reserve to perpetrate criminal activities, especially kidnappings.

But speaking with our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Friday, Tofowomo said Akeredolu’s eviction order was not effective because it was a mere pronouncement, not backed by law.

May God give Nigeria prudent, honest leaders like Jakande –Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday, hailed the late first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, saying the country needed more leaders with integrity and pragmatism. Jakande, who served between October 1, 1979, and December 31, 1983, passed away last Thursday at the age of 91.

Tinubu, who is also a former governor of Lagos, spoke at the eighth-day Fidau prayer session for Jakande, saying had started his political career at the late ex-governor’s house.

Recounting a conversation with Jakande, the APC chieftain stated, “He said, ‘Go, we need many like you. Go to the Senate.’ The rest is history.

Govt may swap abducted Kagara schoolchildren for arrested bandits

There are indications that the government might consider releasing some arrested bandits as a part of the bargains to secure the release of 27 pupils and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara, in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, kidnapped on Thursday.

It was learnt on Friday that the group of bandits responsible for the abduction wanted their gang members in custody of security agencies released as a swap deal to free the abductees.

Bandits in military uniform had reportedly stormed the school around 2am on Wednesday, and seized their victims, killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil who raised the alarm in the process.

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