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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 10 March, 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.

Differential wage: Labour moves against National Assembly, holds nationwide protest today

The Nigerian Labour Congress will today (Wednesday) hold a nationwide protest over moves by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.

The congress in an invitation to journalists on Tuesday said the protest would hold in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly and at the National Assembly in Abuja.

It added that the protest would start from the Unity Fountain, Abuja, at 7.30 am to the National Assembly complex.

Fayose, Olujimi embrace peace, resolve differences

Leaders of the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party have agreed to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in the interest of the party.

The party had been polarized along the lines of loyalty to former Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Biodun Olujimi.

This was made known via a statement signed by Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday. Olayinka said the feuding party leaders took the decision to let peace reign after a recent meeting in Lagos. The spokesman also listed party leaders who attended the peace meeting to include: Senator Duro Faseyi, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Otunba Yinka Akerele, Tunji Odeyemi, Gboyega Oguntuase, Alhaji Lateef Ajijola, Deji Ogunsakin and Mrs Funmi Ogun.

Be patient with herders, Yahaya tells southern governors

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, has tasked southern governors, as well as residents within the geographical area to be patient with herders.

Yahaya stated this on Tuesday in an interview with journalists shortly after declaring open the state wide vaccination campaign against Contagious Bovine Pleuro-pneumonia (CBPP) in cattle and Pestes Des Petits Ruminants (PPR) in sheep and goats, held at Gadam, Kwami Local Government Area.

He said not all criminal activities were carried out by herders, adding that where they are law abiding they should be allowed to coexist in peace.

Delta kicks as UK plans return of N2.2bn looted by Ibori’s family

The Delta State Government will receive nothing out of the £4.2m (N2.2bn) seized from former Governor James Ibori which will be repatriated from the United Kingdom, a development which has been rejected by the state government, The PUNCH has learnt.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), while thanking the UK, said the money would be used for Federal Government projects such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the 2nd Niger Bridge and the Abuja-Kano rail, giving no indication that Delta State would receive a portion of the funds.

Malami said this while delivering his speech on Tuesday at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and the government of the UK regarding the return and management of stolen assets recovered from Ibori and associates.

Ex-Dangote GM, two others jailed for $32,000 insurance fraud

Justice S. S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos State High Court, on Tuesday, sentenced a former General Manager of the Dangote Industries Limited, Mojisola Aladejobi, to seven years’ imprisonment over a $32,000 insurance fraud.

Aladejobi was sentenced alongside two others, Raymond Akanolu and Balogun Alaba. The convicts were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on two counts of conspiracy and attempt to obtain money by false pretences to the tune of $32,000.

It was gathered that the convicts had sometime in October 2014 conspired among themselves to defraud Dangote Industries Limited of the sum of $32,000 by inflating the premium for the renewal of insurance policy cover for its Hawker aircraft with registration number 5N-DGN. The offence contravened Section 323 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.

AGF office not investigating Tinubu, says Malami

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is not investigating All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said.

Malami said this during an interview with Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Tuesday.

The AGF, however, said he could not say if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Code of Conduct Bureau were investigating Tinubu since the two agencies had statutory powers to commence probes and prosecute people.

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