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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 1st May, 2021 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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Killings: Presidency’s response to criticism shows Fulani bias, Ortom insists

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday, reiterated his stance that the Fulani militias unleashing terror on innocent Nigerians had the support of the Presidency.

Ortom was reacting to the statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who said it was shocking that the Presidency expected the governor to remain silent when killer herders continued to attack his people.

Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said such expectations by Shehu showed the tacit support of the Presidency for the killer herders. According to him, the clarion call on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was for him to act decisively and in an unbiased manner to end the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country.

Why fuel subsidy can’t continue –FG

The Federal Government has insisted that Nigerians should brace up for an increment in the pump price of petrol, in the light of the current economic situation in the country.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, addressed journalists on the sidelines of a graduation and awards ceremony organised by the Offshore Technology Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where 14 master’s degree graduands of its 2019/2020 Batch Seven were recognised on Friday.

Sylvia said the Federal Government would soon scrap the current subsidy regime for Premium Motor Spirit, which, according to him, was “benefiting certain businessmen in the country.”

May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari.

On his part, Atiku decried what he referred to as the persistent and frightening economic decimation of the living standard of Nigerian workers. He expressed displeasure with the growing rate of inflation which he said had pushed many workers into poverty.

Uzodinma returns to Imo six days after attack on country home

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday returned to the state from from Abuja, amidst tight security and rising tension.

Uzodinma’s return to the state came six days after his country home in Omuma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state was razed by unknown gunmen last Saturday.

The governor’s return came amidst speculations that he and other top government functionaries had ran away from the state amidst raising insecurity. In the last six days, no fewer than ten persons had been killed, including the shooting the state Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition and other armed Robbery cases.

Buhari criticism: Presidency opens can of worms on Mbaka, cleric’s supporters kick

The Presidency on Friday derided the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, for criticising the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), over his alleged failure to contain insecurity and wanton killings of Nigerians by banditry gangs.

The Presidency attributed Mbaka’s criticism of the President to a decision by Buhari to reject a contract request made by the cleric.

Mbaka, who supported the President during the 2015 and 2019 elections, made a U-turn on Wednesday, asking Buhari to resign or be impeached for not doing enough to tackle widespread insecurity. The cleric told his congregation that no civilised leader would remain in power with the spate of violence across the country.

Why Pantami needs to step aside for investigation –PFN Leader

The Chairman of the Financial Accountability Council of the Pentocostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Charles Ighele, has advised the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, to step aside for proper investigations to be conducted over the allegations of his link to terrorist organisations.

Ighele also called on the Presidency to investigate the allegations levelled against the minister.

While describing security as a sensitive matter that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves, the cleric urged the government to establish the facts surrounding Pantami’s case even if the matter in question took place before his elevation to his current office.

IPOB attacks Wike, secessionist group denies arms movement to S’East

The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra has criticised Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Department of States Services, saying the claim that it imports arms and ammunition into Imo State remains laughable and fake.

The DSS, on Wednesday, alleged that the group was moving arms and other explosive devices to Imo to destabilise and attack Governor Hope Uzodinma and his administration.

The secessionist group, however, argued that it was not a terrorist organisation that resorted to explosive devices in the course of its operations, but that “right from inception, IPOB remains a peaceful movement.”

In a statement by the group’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, a copy of which was made available to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, IPOB accused the DSS of telling lies and directed the agency to go after the abodes of Boko Haram, bandits and Fulani terrorists.

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