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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 14th May, 2021 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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Open grazing: Ortom backs Southern govs, says practice not feasible

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused opponents of the resolution by Southern Governors to ban open grazing as harbouring a hidden agenda.

Ortom said this while speaking during the ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’, organised by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, at Holy Ghost Parish Hall, Makurdi, on Thursday.

He commended his colleagues from Southern Nigeria for towing the right path towards addressing insecurity in the country. The governor said, “Open grazing is no longer feasible in the country due to development and population growth.”

Army lied over arrest of Ikonso’s second-in-command, says IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra has faulted the arrest of Ikonso’s second-in-command, Mr Awurum Eze. The secessionist group, which denied the identity of Eze, described the claim by the Nigeria Army as a blatant lie, adding that security operatives sold a dummy to unsuspecting members of the public.

The group, in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH, boasted that the group was not moved by such cheap propaganda and blackmail.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, read with utter amusement, media reports of claims by the Nigeria Army that it arrested Ikonso’s second-in-command in Aba. This is a blatant lie and cheap propaganda to lay false claims to imaginary military prowess. The said man is not an operative of ESN. Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN, let alone being Ikonso’s second-in-command.

Southern governors resolution, act of betrayal – Ex-gov

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa), has accused the Southern Governors Forum of playing to the gallery with their demand for restructuring.

State governors from the southern part of the country, on Tuesday, met in Asaba and issued a communique in which they demanded the immediate restructuring of Nigeria and the banning of open grazing in their areas of jurisdiction.

However, reacting to the development in an interview with journalists in his country home, in Keffi, on Thursday, Adamu, who was also a two-term governor of Nasarawa State, alleged that the southern governors betrayed their oath of office and loyalty to Nigeria, by their conduct and utterances.

Restructure your states, stop regional campaign, Lawan tells govs

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has faulted calls for restructuring by Southern governors.

He said elected leaders ought not to champion such calls but rather concentrate on working hard to first restructure their states before asking the Federal Government to do so.

Lawan, said this in an interview with State House correspondents, in Abuja, on Thursday, after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa.

ICPC declares Buhari’s son-in-law, two others wanted for $65m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has declared Gimba Yau Kumo, son-in-law to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), wanted for alleged $65 million fraud.

Kumo, a former Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank, got married to Buhari’s daughter in October 2016 in Daura, Katsina State.

The commission in a notice published on its website said Kumo was wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over alleged misappropriation and dispersion of national housing fund.

President’s plea for understanding: Buhari ignorant, full of excuses, say PDP, ACF, PANDEF, others

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday commented on the insecurity in the country and urged Nigerians to show more understanding.

Buhari, who stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari pledges action against bandits’ threat to national food security,’ said importing weapons and training troops in their usage involved a long process.

But in their reactions, the northern sociopolitical organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum told The PUNCH that the President should stop giving excuses.

They said the President was ignorant of plight of Nigerians who were at the mercy of kidnappers and bandits.

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