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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 15 April, 2021 Edition)

Gboyega Oyetola, the Governor of Osun State

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Three Osun principals suspended over pro-Oduduwa group’s visit to schools

Osun State Government on Wednesday suspended three public school principals for allowing a pro-Oodua nation group to address their students.

The government also dissociated itself from the group preaching disunity and secession to students in some schools in the state. The PUNCH investigation revealed that some people had early in the week visited the three secondary schools in Iresi, a town in the Boluwaduro Local Government Area of the state to addressed their students. It was gathered that the group told the students that they should reject Nigeria and demanded Oodua nation.

But the government in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Folorunsho Bamisayemi, said the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was not aware and never gave consent to the group to speak with public school students. The statement reads in part, “Nigeria is one entity and will continue to remain so. The State Government of Osun never gave consent to any group to speak with students of public schools on a matter we know can cause disunity and chaos in the country.”

How dead, sick people were accredited for South-West PDP congress -Fayose

A former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has alleged that dead and sick people were accredited during the South-West Peoples Democratic Party congress held in Osun State on Monday.

The PUNCH had reported that Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, the candidate backed by the camp of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, got 343 votes to emerge as new South-West Zonal Vice Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party on Monday. Dr Eddy Olafeso backed by the camp of Fayose got a total of 330 votes.

But Fayose insisted that the election was rigged while speaking on Channels TV Politics Today programme on Wednesday. He explained that a former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, identified those that were dead and sick on the accreditation list.

Many Yoruba ready for self-determination –Ooni, Adams

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has said majority of Yoruba people are ready for self-determination.

Speaking in Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday at the public presentation of a book, ‘Roundtable Discussion on Economy and Restructuring in Nigeria,’ by the National Pilot Book, Adams noted that a “power bloc” was not ready for restructuring.”

Adams said, “I support the popular view that we have graduated from restructuring to self-determination but the main powerful block is not ready. This is what Yoruba leaders are clamouring for. If Nigeria is not restructured in the next three years, the future is bleak. We have different types of restructuring; so they should know the kind of restructuring that they want. If Nigeria will be restructured, we have to borrow points from 1960 and 1963 which give room for regionalism. Through the Abacha (late Sani Abacha) regime, it also allowed that the six zones can develop at their own paces. My own is self-determination, you prepare for negotiation.”

Your silence killing us, released Chibok girl tells Buhari

One of the released Chibok girls on Wednesday lamented that the Federal Government was silent on the release of their colleagues still in the captivity of Boko Haram.

The student, identified as Tabitha Stover, while speaking at the seventh anniversary of the kidnapping hosted by the Allamin Foundation in Maiduguri, Borno State, said the Federal Government’s silence was killing them.

The student, who noted that their lives had not remained the same since the incident happened, urged the Federal Government to come to their rescue.

She said, “I passed through hell, thank God I am back but many are still in captivity, I am appealing to the government to please come to their rescue. My President, our ministers, our senators, our governors, please we are pleading, don’t we have right to life? Don’t we have the right to education? Then if we right to education, why are we suffering, why are others still in captivity, if we have the right to life, why are we facing this, why are our parents dying silently and our government are still looking at us like this and they are not talking?

EFCC arrests ex-A’Ibom commissioner over N1.4bn fraud, keeps Okorocha

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko.

Nwoko, an alleged accomplice in the N1.4bn money laundering charge against Paul Usoro, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association had been at large for over two years. A source said the suspect was finally nabbed in Uyo on Tuesday for his role in the conversion of N1.410bn property of the Government of Akwa Ibom State. The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest, adding that he would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Meanwhile, a former governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who was arrested on Tuesday for alleged N7.9bn money laundering is still in custody.

Katsina unrepentant drugs baron jailed 15 years – NDLEA

The Katsina Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday revealed that it has secured a conviction of fifteen years imprisonment for an unrepentant drug trafficker in the state, Ibrahim Ali.

Ali, also known as ‘the Good, the Bad,’ was not given options of fine, according to the agency.

The NDLEA commander for the state, Sule Momodu, made the disclosure in Katsina while briefing on the activities of the agency. He said Ali’s conviction was secured at the Katsina Division of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Hadiza Shagari.

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