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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 3rd April, 2021 Edition)

Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State

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South-West PDP chairmen tackle Makinde, say gov free to dump party

Some state chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West tackled Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Friday after the governor warned the National Working Committee of the party against postponing the South-West congress of the party.

The party has fixed April 10 for the congress to hold in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. However, the governor, in a statement issued by his media aide, Taiwo Adisa, on Friday commended the NWC for allowing to hold the congress in Ibadan but warned the NWC against bowing to pressure to shift the date, saying such would be resisted.

But the PDP chairmen in some South-West states tackled Makinde for issuing such a warning, saying they found the governor’s alleged threat “unbelievable and disgusting.”

Strike: ‘No work, no pay’, Ngige threatens doctors

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has threatened striking doctors that the Federal Government may stop paying their salaries if they do not resume to work.

He said this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. According to Ngige, the Federal Government is empowered by labour law to stop paying salaries of the striking workers.

He also said the Federal Government has an option of employing local doctors.

IGP under pressure to arrest Igboho as activist snubs police invitation

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is believed to be under serious political pressure to arrest Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, for calling for the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria.

It was learnt that the police may again attempt to carry out a covert operation to take Igboho into custody having failed to arrest him last month. Findings indicate that the police authorities are in a dilemma on how to contain the activist who has been demanding the secession of the Yoruba from the country, following the failure of the Federal Government to curb the insecurity in the South-West.

Security sources said the police are being careful not to upset the delicate security situation in the South-West, which may become aggravated if Igboho is forcefully arrested.

Your report on Lekki shootings misleading, Falana tackles US

A human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted a report by the US Department of State on Lekki shootings.

The US report released on Tuesday had claimed that there was no accurate information on the Lekki shootings that happened on October 20, 2020. The report also claimed that though soldiers fired live ammunition “to disperse” #EndSARS protesters, there is no verifiable report on the number of fatalities.

Reacting, Falana said the US report on Lekki toll plaza incident is “contradictory and misleading”. The report has attempted to cover up the brutal killings at Lekki and other parts of Lagos from October 20-27, 2020. It is a very contradictory report. On the one hand the report claimed that the members of the security forces were enforcing curfew by firing into the air to disperse protesters at the toll gate. On the other hand the report stated that some protesters had turned violent after criminal elements infiltrated them and so the security forces forces fired protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. The report did not mention the detachment of the Nigerian army which perpetrated the mayhem. Do soldiers shoot into the air to enforce curfew in the United States?

Anambra poll: Why Obiano wants to hand over to me –Soludo

Former Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has expressed confidence that he will emerge the flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and also come out victorious in the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.

Soludo also said the incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano, wants to hand over leadership to him as governor of the state because he believes in legacy.

Obiano, whose second term as governor of the South-East state, ends in March 2022, is an associate of Soludo.

USSD banking: Millions stranded as banks disconnect MTN customers

Millions of telecommunications subscribers were stranded on Friday as commercial banks disconnected MTN customers from banking channels including the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and banking apps.

MTN has 77.35 million subscribers, according to latest industry statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

MTN customers complained on Friday about being unable to recharge their MTN lines using USSD and other banking channels like the bank apps. Customers were also unable to do banking transactions on MTN lines through USSD. A source said this was not the doing of the telco but the banks who had refused to give any formal communication prior to the disconnection.

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