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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 12th June, 2021 Edition)

Governor Nyesom Wike

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Wike orders destruction of criminal hideouts in Rivers

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has ordered the immediate destruction of all criminal hideouts in the state to prevent attempt to undermine security.

He specifically mentioned Ahoada, Elele, Eleme and Onne as flashpoint areas. The governor said criminals were already coming to terms with the reality that Rivers State was too hot for them to invade at will and attack security posts and personnel.

Wike said these in a state broadcast on Friday, adding that his government had identified the hideouts, safe houses and secret places that provided both cover and comfort for hoodlums.

SANs fault FG’s move to register Twitter, Facebook, others

Senior lawyers on Friday faulted the conditions set by the Federal Government before the suspension placed on the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, could be lifted. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had announced that henceforth, Twitter and other social media platforms must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission and pay taxes in Nigeria.

Reacting to the development, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Remi Olatubora, said the government had the right to impose taxes, but expressed disapproval of any attempt to limit the people’s right to freedom of expression.

He said, “I am against any requirements that will limit the right of the citizens to freedom of expression. Consequently, any requirement that will serve to restrict the citizens’ access to information or their ability to put their views across to the world or transact legitimate business through any electronic platform is objectionable. “Having said that, I should also mention that we must concede to our government the right to impose taxation on all taxable natural and artificial persons, and these include all Internet-based platforms and microblogging apps.”

Mike Ozekhome (SAN) agreed with Olatubora. He said, “There is nothing wrong with telling Twitter to pay tax as a going business concern. But telling it to register with the CAC is a step away from total regulation and control of social media, a pet project of this clueless anti-people government. “Nigerians must resist it using all available legal and judicial means. We are not in a military dictatorship. We are supposed to be practising constitutional democracy, where the government’s actions are circumscribed by and subjected to the rule of law, and not to sheer might and arbitrary, whimsical and capricious rule of the thumb.”

Insecurity: We’ve agreed to start taking actions, says Obasanjo

Elder statesmen in the country under the aegis of Committee for the Goodness of Nigeria have declined to make public the outcome of their Abuja meeting.

But former President Olusegun Obasanjo told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the CGN had agreed to present its communiqué to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), who Obasanjo said was duly notified of the meeting and its agenda.

According to the former president, members of the CGN agreed in principle to formally present their resolutions to President Buhari before any public disclosure. However, Obasanjo offered an insight into what was discussed at their Thursday meeting, which he said bothered on issues of security, economy, welfare, well-being, unity and progress of Nigeria.

Nigerians must stand against insurrectionists, killers –Tinubu

As Nigeria marks Democracy Day today, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to stand against insurrectionists and killers destroying the country’s democratic institutions.

Tinubu said this in a statement he signed on Friday titled, ‘June 12, 2021: Democracy Day Statement’ – amid secessionist agitations from the South-East and South-West.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, said one of the inspiring accounts that would be written about Nigeria was how it transitioned from the darkness of authoritarian military suppression into the light of democracy and the establishment of popular government based on the sovereign will of the people.

How fiancé killed NSCDC officer for ritual, offered N5m to silence me –Herbalist

A native doctor, Rafiu Afolabi, has narrated how Christopher Akpan, the fiancé of an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Josephine Onche, allegedly killed the woman for money ritual.

Afolabi, a 67-year-old man from Saki, Oyo State, said after killing Onche, Akpan offered him N5m to silence him but said he was only given N50,000. Afolabi narrated the story after operatives of the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force recently arrested him and Akpan for alleged murder.

Onche’s family on December 20, 2019, declared the 45-year-old missing after going to the market to buy some items for her wedding. About 18 months later, her remains were found on May 27, 2021 in a shallow grave near Otukpo, Obi Local Government Area of Benue State.

I believe in devolution of power, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, said he believes in devolving power to the people.

He, however, said the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers remains a constitutional matter which can only be dealt with by the National Assembly.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Friday. According to Adesina, Buhari said this when he received members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House in Abuja.

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