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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 3rd June, 2021 Edition)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

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PDP demands arrest of killers of Ortom’s security aide

The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the murder of the Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the late AIG Christopher Dega (retd.), by unknown gunmen.

The opposition party described the murder of the late policeman as barbaric. This was contained in a statement titled, ‘PDP Alarmed Over Killing of Dega, Ortom’s Security Adviser,’ signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Wednesday. Dega was assassinated by yet-to-be-identified assailants in a restaurant in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Ologbondiyan said, “The PDP, in very strong terms, condemns the murder of AIG Dega (retd.), describing it as barbaric as well as ominous, given the recent attempts on the life of Governor Ortom, by terrorists and bandits marauding various parts of Benue state.”

We know those behind killings but haven’t labelled them terrorists – Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah, has faulted the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for its refusal to declare bandits as a terrorist group.

Kukah, in his homily at the burial of Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Bello, which held at Our Lady of Apostle Catholic Church Independence Way, Kaduna, on Wednesday, also said Nigerian leaders had no blood in their hearts. “Those who govern us are allowing this killing of citizens in their innocency because they have no blood in their hearts,” Kukah said.

The late Bello was kidnapped alongside Rev. Fr. Joseph Keke and murdered by bandits on May 21, 2021, in Katsina. The cleric noted that there was nowhere in the world where killings of human beings were so manifested as it was in Nigeria. Kukah said, “There is nowhere citizens can be slaughtered in the whole world without the government showing empathy and concern.

Experts divided over FG’s proposed privatisation of TCN

The announcement by the Bureau of Public Enterprises of the proposed privatisation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria has been greeted with different reactions from industry experts.

Bloomberg reported last week that the Director-General of BPE, Alex Okoh, said in an interview that the agency was looking at various strategies to reform the TCN.

“The agency will share its proposal very shortly with the National Council on Privatisation that the state-owned corporation be unbundled and then privatised,” he was quoted as saying.

Foreign herdsmen in South-West forests likely to launch attacks – Amotekun

The Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, aka Amotekun, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), on Wednesday advised residents of South-West states to be vigilant because of the presence of foreign Fulani herdsmen in forests in the region.

Togun, who was a director at the Directorate of Military Intelligence, said the foreigners might unleash terror on the region.

He noted that the Fulani, who were mainly from Mali, Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Faso, had been residing in the forests for some years. The Amotekun boss said this on Wednesday while speaking at an annual lecture organised by the students of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.

Edo PDP chairman suspended

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Tony Aziegbemi, have been suspended over alleged misconduct said to have caused disaffection within the party.

In a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, the decision was taken at a State Working Committee meeting that held at the state party secretariat on Tuesday, with two-third majority of members resolving in a motion that the state chairman, Tony Aziegbemi, should step aside from his position.

The party leaders also resolved that the State Deputy Chairman, Harrison Omagbon, will act as chairman until the determination of the allegations levied against Aziegbemi.

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