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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 24 February, 2021 Edition)

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

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Jonathan meets 15 Gambian party leaders in Abuja

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, is hosting a three-day brainstorming session with leaders of the 15 main political parties from Gambia, as part of efforts to build a consensus around making a new constitution for the country.

The session which is being held in Abuja, is also with the support of the leadership of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

This was contained in a statement titled, “Former President Jonathan hosts leaders of Gambian political parties in Abuja over the new constitution,” made available by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja.

Farmers fault Lalong, say we don’t carry AK-47 like herdsmen

Farmers in Plateau State have berated the state governor Simon Lalong for accusing them of moving about with AK-47 weapons like Fulani herdsmen.

Lalong had while speaking on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored in Jos on Tuesday said Fulani herdsmen alone should not be crucified for bearing AK-47 as farmers also do the same.

The Governor had said, “I’m not justifying anybody to carry AK-47, but don’t forget that in the course of our deliberations and investigations, it was not only Fulani herdsmen that were carrying AK-47, but even farmers were also carrying AK-47.”

WAEC withholds Kano’s 70,000 WASSCE results over debt

No fewer than 70,000 candidates who sat the Secondary School Certificate Examination October/November 2020 in Kano have yet to receive their results.

The WAEC in January 2021 released results of 1,209,992 candidates that took the examination across the country. According to WAEC, 894,101 candidates scored credits in English and Mathematics.

However, WAEC refused to release the results of more than 70,000 candidates sponsored by the Kano State Government following the inability of the government to settle the registration fees of the affected candidates.

Post Buratai, ex-service chiefs to neighbouring countries – Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to post former service chiefs to neighbouring countries as ambassadors.

Lawan stated this after the Senate at plenary confirmed the ex-service chiefs as ambassadors-designate. The Senate President advised the executive to deploy them to countries where their experiences as former military officers would be required.

The former service chiefs confirmed are Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (retd), Ekiti; Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd), Borno; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (retd), Cross River; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd), Bauchi; and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Usman (retd), Kano.

13 killed as rocket hits Maiduguri, NAF defends city

Thirteen persons were killed and over 40 injured in rocket attack on Maiduguri by suspected Boko Haram members.

As at the time of filing the report, a team of military, civilian JTF and humanitarian workers were still combing the town for corpses even as the injured were assisted to hospital.

The major casualties were recorded at a football field in Gwange near the house of late General Mamman Shuwa, who was one of the earlier casualties of insurgency in the state. Nine boys who were playing football early evening were killed by the rocket.

NGF considers talks with bandits, others

There were strong indications on Tuesday that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum might opt for dialogue with bandits and people affected by their atrocities to address insecurity in the country.

The Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gave this indication when he led some members of the forum on a solidarity visit to the Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital.

Recall that gunmen on Wednesday last week stormed Government Science College, Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state and abducted 27 students and 15 workers.

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