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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 24 May, 2021 Edition)

Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho

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I am not in support of Yoruba nation, Akeredolu tells Igboho

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says he does not believe in any entity aside from the Nigerian State.

The governor also specifically said he does not support agitation by secessionists for Yoruba Nation in the South-West region.

Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, was reacting to a statement made at a rally in Akure on Saturday by Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho. Igboho had said, “The governor is aware of these things we are doing, we have his support. We are no more under the Fulani. All we want is Yoruba Nation.”

We’re not part of your battle, IPOB tells Uzodinma, Okorocha

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has asked Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and the immediate past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, not to drag it into their ongoing political war.

This is just as IPOB said there was no truth in the allegation that it received a N500m donation from the former Imo State governor.

It said the two leaders did not have the financial capacity to bankroll its movement, describing their wealth as ill-gotten and bloodstained.

Baron caught with N8bn cocaine in Lagos offers $24,500 bribe

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a suspect, Ejiofor Enwereaku, with 36 blocks of cocaine weighing 27.95km with a street value of over N8bn.

Enwereaku was said to have been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Friday. The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday titled: ‘NDLEA intercepts N8bn cocaine, arrests drug kingpin at Lagos airport’. Babafemi described the suspect as the leader of a syndicate, which allegedly specialised in using unsuspecting travellers for trafficking cocaine to various countries.

He added that operatives of the agency at the MMIA, based on intelligence, had on May 9 intercepted a bag that arrived at the airport from Gru, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on an Ethiopian Airline flight with baggage tag number ET331199, which was disclaimed by an arriving passenger on the flight. He said the disclaimed bag was thereafter secured by the NDLEA operatives for investigation.

Fayemi, Akeredolu absent as South-West leaders endorse ranching, state police

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-West, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and governors in the region, on Sunday reinforced the call for true federalism and ban of open grazing in the country.

The party leaders, who met in Lagos, backed some of the decisions of the Southern governors in Asaba, Delta State, saying there was the need for the Federal Government to address insecurity in the country.

Also at the meeting were the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; governors of Lagos, Ogun and Osun states, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mr Dapo Abiodun and Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, respectively; a former interim chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; General Alani Akinrinde (rtd.); a former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Segun Osoba; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Pius Akinyelure, among others.

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