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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 26 February, 2021 Edition)

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

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CJ accuses Akeredolu, Assembly of plot to unseat her

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday restrained the Governor of Ondo State, the state House of Assembly, Attorney-General and three others from taking any further steps in relation to the alleged probe of the Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, over a viral video made by one Olupelumi Fagboyegun. Also restrained are the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council and the Inspector-General of Police.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order in his ruling on an ex-parte application filed by Justice Akeredolu, who alleged, among others, that the decision by the state government, through its former AG, Charles Titiloye, to refer the allegations made against her and the state’s judiciary by Fagboyegun in the viral video to the House of Assembly for investigation, was an illegal act designed to remove her from office.

The judge granted all the four principal reliefs contained in the application moved by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), and ordered the service of all originating processes in the suit on the defendants and adjourned the case till March 5, 2021 for hearing of the plaintiff’s motion on notice.

Kidnappers demand N100m to free UI student

Gunmen, who abducted Emmanuel Odetunde, a student of Sociology at the University of Ibadan,Oyo State, have demanded N100m ransom from his family to free him.

He was abducted by the gunmen, who broke into his father’s farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday.

Odetunde was said to have been kidnapped by the bandits around 5pm. It was learnt by close family sources that four suspected herders had demanded for his father. They, however, kidnapped the young man when told by the workers that his father was not around. Samuel, the victim’s brother said the kidnappers had reached out to the family, demanding a N100m ransom.

Court forecloses possibility of granting Maina bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the second bail request filed by the former chairman of the Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, saying the application lacked merit.

He is to remain in prison throughout his trial for the alleged N2bn fraud charges filed against him by the Federal Government. Maina, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, is standing trial for alleged money laundering.

Justice Okong Abang held that Maina, who fled Nigeria after he was granted the first bail, could no longer be trusted.

You can’t give N40bn airport for N4bn concession, APC tells Okowa

The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has faulted the concession of the Asaba Airport by the state government.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on Tuesday signed a 30-year concession with a consortium. The consortium is expected to inject N28bn into the airport within the period.

However, the APC, in a statement signed by its state Publicity Secretary (Caretaker), Mr. Sylvester Imonina, the party said, “Unfortunately, the fraud called concession of Asaba Airport will go down in history as the greatest bleak, shady business, and economic coup against Deltans. “It is an affront to common sense that an airport wherein more than N40bn was invested was given as concession for N4bn and to yield N100m annually because of vested interests.

Face governance, leave PDP members alone, Secondus tells APC

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has urged the All Progressives Congress to face governance and stop trying to poach PDP members.

Secondus gave the advice while speaking to newsmen after he led members of the PDP National Working Committee to a closed-door meeting with the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, at his Abuja residence on Thursday.

The PDP chairman said, “We want to advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC to face the business of governance. Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.

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