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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 2nd June, 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.

I saw Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu’s congratulatory messages on social media – Obaseki

EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has denied receiving the congratulatory letters written by the duo of former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, and the candidate of the APC in the last Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Obaseki, who spoke to his supporters along Ring Road, Benin, on Tuesday, said a sincere congratulatory message ought to have been written directly to him and not shared on social media.

He noted that, if the authors were serious, they would have “printed them (messages) on their letterhead papers with their signatures on them, rather than posting it on the internet.” According to him, Edo would never fall for such ‘cheap messages’ packaged as congratulatory letters.

MASSOB hails South-East stay-at-home, says residents show love for Biafra

The Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra on Tuesday said that the success of the Monday sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra had shown that nobody can ignore the Igbo any longer.

MASSOB’s leader, Uchenna Madu said the overwhelming compliance to the order had proven that the Igbo had unshakable love for the agitation of a Sovereign State of Biafra.

He said, “Our people have dramatise a strong statements that can never be ignored. The sacrifices, dehumanization, subjective and inhumane sufferings our parents underwent during Nigeria Biafra war shall never be forgotten. “The deep hatred and conspiracy of British government in collaboration with northern Arewa people exhibited against the people of Biafra during the Nigeria Biafra war are still very fresh in our memories. The spirit of Biafra can never be quenched.

Amid rising insecurity, gunmen raze another Imo police station

Gunmen have razed the Omuma Divisional Police Headquarters in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.

The torching of the police building came after fleeing gunmen razed the Isu Divisional Police Headquarters in Amandugba on Monday.

A spokesperson for the police in the state, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the development, said the attackers were repelled. But our correspondent discovered that the attackers succeeded in torching the security facility after injuring some policemen on duty.

Stop threats, PDP tells Buhari as FG again promises tough actions

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, warned people behind security problems in the country, saying he would soon be hard on them.

Buhari also said secessionists were too young to know loss of lives and other tragedies that attended the Nigerian civil war of 1967 to 1970. Buhari said these at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after being briefed by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body across the country.

These were contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘Those who want to destroy this country have shock coming their way, says President Buhari.’ But the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, in its reaction, advised the President to stop issuing threat and act decisively to end insecurity in the country.

Teary Umahi attacks Ortom, says Benue should establish security outfit

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday asked the Benue State Government to establish its own security outfit, considering the spates of killings in that state.

Visibly pained, Umahi, who was in tears, stated this at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital 2, Abakaliki, on Tuesday, when he visited victims of the Sunday killings, saying the perpetrators showed some form of satanism in the dastardly acts.

According to Umahi, Benue government exhibited the height of irresponsibility when it went on air on Tuesday and announced it didn’t know whether victims of the attacks were from Ebonyi or Benue states. He said, “What I saw this afternoon is nothing but an act of wickedness and Satanism. I do not know for any reason why people should be raping two-year-old children, inflicting machete cuts on one-year-old little children, killing their mothers, killing their fathers. Is it for what reason?

Killer troops: NAF man guns down German-bound Nigerian in Imo

A Germany-bound Nigerian, Oguchi Unachukwu, was allegedly shot dead by the personnel of the 211 Regiment, Nigerian Air Force, in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday.

Oguchi was killed at the tollgate of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport. He was on his way to catch a flight to Lagos, from where he was to board a flight to Germany.

His elder brother, Onyekachi, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday, said one of the Air Force men shot Oguchi after he drove off at a checkpoint on the Airport Road after they had flagged him down. He said, “The Air Force men stopped my brother and he stopped. He moved after they had stopped him, thinking that they asked him to move on without knowing that they asked him to park by the roadside so that they could search him and the vehicle.”

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