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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 19 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

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Gunmen kill four naval men, three policemen in Anambra

Gunmen on Thursday reportedly killed four naval men and three policemen in different locations in Anambra State. But the state police command said it lost only one cop.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident created tension in the state as the security agents were ambushed and murdered.

Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums killed three policemen at Ukacha Junction, Neni, in the Anaocha Local Government Area of the state, while their patrol vehicle was burnt. The four naval men were reportedly killed at Awkuzu, in the Oyi LGA of the state.

How Lamido received N1.35bn kickbacks into personal accounts – EFCC

A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Michael Wetkas, has narrated how a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons and four others allegedly used their companies to receive several payments suspected to be kickbacks from contractors.

Wetkas concluded his examination-in-chief in the ongoing case of diversion of public funds meant for projects in Jigawa State involving the ex-governor, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and four others, Aminu Abubakar and Bartholomew Agoha, as well as their companies, Bamaina Holdings Limited and Speeds International Limited. The defendants are facing amended 43 counts before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding Jigawa State of N1.35bn.

At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Wetkas, with the aid of a chart, showed the court how Lamido allegedly received payments into his personal accounts from Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company, Interior Woodworks Limited and A.G Ferrero & Co Limited, who were contractors in the state via Bamaina Holdings Limited and Speeds International Limited accounts, which had him and the third defendant, Mustapha, as sole signatories.

We don’t want Nigeria again but Yoruba nation —Sunday Igboho

Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared his support for the establishment of the Yoruba nation.

Captured speaking in a viral video, Igboho, who gained prominence following an ultimatum he issued to criminal herdsmen in the South-West, expressed the determination to defend Yoruba land.

According to him, “Starting from now, we don’t want herdsmen in our land to disturb our farms again. If we meet any killer herdsmen, we are going to face and destroy them. If any police attack us for that, we are ready for them. We don’t want Nigeria again but the Yoruba nation. There is no essence for one Nigeria when the major resources in the country are in the hands of the northerners.

FG refineries earn N21bn, lose N778bn in five years

The government-owned refineries, being run by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, reported a total loss of N778.71bn from 2015 to 2019, an analysis of data collated from their financial statements has shown.

The refineries generated total revenue of N21.12bn in the five-year period as they operated at below their full capacities.

The refineries, which are located in Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri, have a combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day.

Throwing 2023 presidency open despicable, unconscionable, Ohanaeze tells PDP

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party’s report on the 2023 presidential election, which throws its ticket open as most despicable, un-reflective and unconscionable.

The Bala Mohammed-led PDP Committee on the Review of the 2019 General Elections had recommended in a report submitted to the National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, that the party should allow all aspirants from all parts of the country to contest its 2023 presidential ticket.

Mohammed was quoted to have remarked that in “line with certain unwritten conventions of the nation’s history, many people think that for fairness and equity, the North-East and South-East geo-political zones that have had the shortest stints at the Presidency should be given special consideration in choosing the presidential flag bearer of the party for the 2023 election.” He added that “every Nigerian from every part of the country should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate through a credible primary election as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country.”

But Ohanaeze in statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, described as very worrisome that some highly placed Nigerians, who had benefited so much from the unity of the country, would be inclined to decisions and actions that would further inflame the passions of the patient but aggrieved parts of the country.

Again, Obaseki floors APC, wins certificate forgery suit

The Court of Appeal (Abuja Division), on Thursday, dismissed the alleged certificate forgery case filed by the All Progressives Congress, against Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. The appellate court dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and awarded N250,000 cost in favour of governor Obaseki.

The APC had in its suit alleged that the University of Ibadan Degree Certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission by Obaseki, was forged.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had on January 9, 2021 dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit against the governor. The judge described APC’s allegation as strange and like a story of an outsider telling a man in his house that he is not the father of a child.

States not supporting FG’s efforts to tackle insecurity – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday in Abuja accused state governments of not supporting efforts by the Federal Government to tackle security challenges across the country.

Mohammed spoke at the 2021 first quarterly meeting of Secretaries to State Governments of the 36 states and the FCT with the theme: ‘The role of Secretaries to the State Governments in strengthening sub-national level security architecture’.

He said the Federal Government had developed strategies to deal with some of the challenges and the support of state governments was necessary in order to achieve the desired results.

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