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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 04 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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FG, govs must jointly address collapsed security arrangement – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said his decision to reconcile with his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed was taken in the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party and Nigeria.

Ortom said this while speaking to reporters at the Makurdi Airport, on Wednesday. He spoke on his return from Rivers State where he had gone to honour an invitation by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who also mediated in feud between the two state governors.

The Benue State governor said, “We decided to sheath our swords and find better ways to communicate with each other and I think that was our take home. And so, we are to focus on the deteriorating security in the country. We need to partner with the Federal Government as governors we need to work as a team to ensure that we restore security for our people. As at today, you can see that the entire security architecture has completely collapsed and there is a need to leave parties and ethnicity aside and work to ensure that all hands are on deck and provide security for our people because without security, there can be any meaningful development. So, whatever it will take to make sacrifices to bring down our egos and allow peace to reign. And we call on all Nigerians, the Presidency, all governors and chairmen to work together to achieve this.”

No-fly zone, FG, APC plot to take over Zamfara – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, has alleged that the designation of Zamfara State airspace, as a no-fly zone, by the Federal Government, was a ploy by the All Progressives Congress, to forcefully take over the state.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said this at a media briefing, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Ologbondiyan said, “The PDP alerts of a sinister plot by the APC and its Federal Government, to forcefully take over the governance of Zamfara State through an imposition of an orchestrated state of emergency.

We survived 30-month civil war, food blockade won’t affect Igbo – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday, said the food blockade to the south by some northern groups would not affect the South-East.

It recalled that the region survived 30 months of food blockade by the Federal Government during the civil war, adding that the food blockade was no big deal.

A spokesman for the group, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, who spoke to our correspondent in an interview, said there was no need for the blockade abinitio.

Political thugs earning more than professors – Peter Obi

A former governor of Anambra State and the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has described Nigeria as a sad irony where political thugs earn more than professors.

Obi stated this on Wednesday during the presentation of a book authored by Prof Chinyere Okunna of the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State. He said Nigeria would not make any progress if bandits were considered above intellectuals.

“Prof. Okunna (the author), who we are celebrating today; I can tell you earns less than a political thug. Nigeria prefers paying bandits and dialoguing with them paying or meeting with resourceful and hard-working intellectuals. I never knew Okunna before I appointed her commissioner when I was governor, but I became interested in her when I saw her CV as a nominee.

Police, Amotekun comb Osun bushes as gunmen kill one, abduct travellers

Some gunmen have killed a passenger of a commercial car, and abducted unspecified number of commuters along Osogbo-Ibokun Road.

Sources in the area said the incident occurred between 7.30 and 80pm on Tuesday near Ajebandele, a village in the Obokun local government area of Osun State.

It was learnt that two people were also injured while a commercial vehicle was damaged.

Cattle, foodstuff traders end blockade, visit Presidency over demands

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria has called off its nationwide strike after an engagement with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The AUFCDN President, Muhammad Tahir, said the strike was called off following the Federal Government’s promise to pay N4.75bn compensation, ensure protection of its members and stop all forms of multiple taxation and intimidation from security officials on the highways.

The group had demanded N4.75b, compensation for the alleged killing of its members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protests and the Sasha market crisis.

FG, commissioners meet over sharing of 3.9million vaccine doses today

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has convened a meeting with commissioners for health in the 36 states as part of efforts to ensure effective sharing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, and his counterpart in Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu, who disclosed this in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Wednesday, said the meeting would hold in Abuja on Thursday (today).

It was gathered that some commissioners met the Federal Government officials on Wednesday over the distribution of the vaccine.

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