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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 29 May, 2021 Edition)

Governor Godwin Obaseki

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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.

Supreme Court dismisses Ize-Iyamu’s certificate forgery suit against Obaseki

The Supreme Court on Friday struck out Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s of the All Progressives Congress appeal challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

The apex court in a judgement delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim held that the appellants failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The appellants failed woefully to prove their case, they did not provide any disclaimer from the school that the result was not issued by them to Obaseki. This court agrees with the lower courts completely, that the appellants did not meet sufficient requirement to prove their case”.

Naira devaluation: BDCs get dollars at N393, sells for N494

Bureau De Change operators got the United States dollar from the Central Bank of Nigeria at N393 but sold it for N494 on Friday, an investigation by our correspondent has revealed.

Sources from some commercial banks told our correspondent that the banks were asked to fund the BDCs at the rate of N393/$ as of Friday.

A bank official, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “We are still giving them $10,000 per BDC twice in a week. As at today, we are giving them at the rate of N393/$. The CBN funds the BDCs through the commercial banks. They go to their banks to collect it. The CBN has been funding them through commercial banks to make the process seamless. We were asked to fund them at N393/$ in a circular to the banks as at today.”

IPOB’s sit-at-home: Write your wills, police tell hoodlums

The Imo State Police Command on Friday asked residents of the state to ignore the sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra on May 30.

The command, in a statement by its spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said it was ready to deal with members of the group.

It urged IPOB fighters to sign their wills before May 30 as the command was ready to decisively deal with them.

We’re awaiting FG’s directive to auction Diezani’s N14.4bn jewellery, $80m houses –EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said it is awaiting the presidential order to auction the jewellery seized from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, valued at about N14.46bn and houses estimated at $80m.

The Chairman of the EFCC, AbdulRasheed Bawa, made this known in Abuja on Friday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Assessment and Status of All Recovered Loots Movable and Immovable Assets from 2002 to 2020 by Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria for Effective Efficient Management and Utilisation.

Members of the committee and the audience at the venue were shocked by the revelation. Bawa, however, stated that the “estimated value” of the forfeited jewellery was not determined by the EFCC, adding that the houses finally forfeited by the ex-minister had been valued at about $80m.

Why we allowed younger pilots to fly Army chief, others –NAF

The Nigerian Air Force has said the capability of its pilots should not be called into question despite the recent NAF plane crashes, including last Friday’s crash which killed the Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers.

Last Friday, a NAF Beechcraft King Air 350i had crashed at the Kaduna civil airport, after the pilot diverted from the military airport due to bad weather. It was the second time that a NAF Beechcraft King Air 350i would crash this year and was also one of the worst military plane crashes in NAF history.

But the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet, said the flight captain who flew the ill-fated military plane, Taiwo Asaniyi, was a Flying Lieutenant with thousands of flying hours. He said the late pilot and some of his colleagues, including the pilot who flies the President, had been flying since they were cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Gabkwet stressed that the pilots’ qualifications and capabilities should never be called into question, adding that most of them had flown more hours than even many seniors.

Don’t bring religion into constitution, CAN warns Senate

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev Samson Ayokunle, has warned the Senate against bringing injunctions and practices of any of the religions in the country into the nation’s constitution.

Ayokunle said Nigeria is a secular state and its secularity must be maintained and enshrined in the constitution.

He said this while speaking with our correspondent on Thursday on the sidelines of the valedictory service held for him as the Visitor to Bowen University, Iwo; Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso; and nine other theological institutions of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.

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