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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 Edition)

Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

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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.

Uzodinma inaugurating roads that I constructed –Okorocha

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday, claimed that the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, was busy inaugurating roads that his (Okorocha’s) administration constructed.

Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West at the Senate, said this while reacting to the last Friday’s inauguration of Akachi Road in Owerri by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.

The former governor, who reacted through his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the road was constructed by his administration in 2011.

IPOB attacks South-East govs, says Ebube Agu will fail

The Indigenous People of Biafra has warned South-East youths not to join Ebubeagu security outfit recently announced by governors of the states in the region.

The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, gave the warning in a statement sent to our correspondent in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Describing Ebubeagu as a huge joke and waste, IPOB enjoined youths and other people in the area to distance themselves from the security outfit. Stating that the formation of Ebebuagu was suspicious, IPOB said, “Anyone who neglects this warning and thinks he can hide under the cloak of Ebubeagu to spy on ESN should be prepared to join his ancestors.”

Activist accuses Sowore of pocketing #EndSARS grant

An activist, Oluwatosin Adeniji, has accused Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, of pocketing an #EndSARS grant which she claimed Sowore applied for on her behalf in 2020.

Adeniji, a known associate of Sowore and a member of his #RevolutionNow movement, said while she was in police custody last November, the online publisher applied for the grant in her name, without her knowledge.

The PUNCH had reported that Adeniji and five others were arrested in front of the National Assembly complex, Abuja, last November for staging an #EndSARS protest. They were charged for unlawful assembly, amongst others, remanded in prison but later released on bail.

Narrating her ordeal on Tuesday, Adeniji, who tweeted via @callmerahila, said Sowore and his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, applied for a grant in her name but the funds were not released to her.

Focus on insecurity, drop hijab bill, CAN tells National Assembly

A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Musa Saidu Abdullahi, who sponsored the bill seeking to enforce hijab wearing for female Muslims in public places, on Tuesday, met with the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, where he explained the rationale behind the proposal.

The Christian body, however, expressed its reservations about the bill, stating that Nigeria already had laws that protect citizens from any form of discrimination, including religion.The body, therefore urged the sponsor, and National Assembly members by extension, to focus on the more pressing issues in the country, including insecurity.

Abdullahi, who is representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency in Niger State, has sponsored the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition and Prevention) Bill 2021, which has passed first and second readings.

Saraki 2023 presidential posters flood Abuja

Campaign posters of a former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, were sighted in conspicuous areas of Abuja on Tuesday, fuelling speculations that he might soon declare his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Our correspondent sighted some of the posters at the Wuse area of the nation’s capital and at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, popularly known as Wadata House in Abuja.

Saraki’s picture was displayed in the poster tagged, “Reset Nigeria 2023: Abubakar Bukola Saraki for President.”

His media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, however, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that his principal knew nothing about the posters.

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