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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 19th June, 2021 Edition)

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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.

No going back on grazing routes recovery – FG

In spite of the overwhelming outcry against the plan to retrace and recover grazing routes across the country, the Federal Government is not showing signs of relenting.

Saturday PUNCH findings revealed that stock routes, popularly called grazing routes, are currently being retraced and recovered by the Federal Government for herders to graze their cattle. The Federal Government said this was meant to address the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Although some of the routes are believed to have been encroached upon due to human activities, Saturday PUNCH found out that the government had embarked on a process of identifying monuments along the routes in order to get them back as locations for cattle grazing.

Contrary to the expectations of many Nigerians particularly in South that the grazing routes retracing and eventual recovery might not see the light of day, officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development told one of our correspondents on Friday that the routes’ recovery would go on.

Ohanaeze, northern group disagree over N100m bounty on Kanu

Publicity Secretary of Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze, Alex Ogboannaya, has slammed a coalition of Northern groups for placing a bounty on the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The PUNCH had reported that a coalition of 75 northern groups under the aegis of Northern Consensus Movement on Thursday, placed a bounty of N100 for anybody who could provide information on Kanu’s whereabouts and aid his ‘capture’ by law enforcement agencies. The NCM specifically accused Kanu and IPOB militant wing, Eastern Security Network, of masterminding the recent spate of attacks on northern communities in the South-East.

Speaking with Saturday PUNCH in an exclusive interview, Ogbonnaya, said, “I congratulate the Northern Coalition Movement for thinking about Nigeria, but if they want to be fair, they should place N100m bounty on the heads of leaders of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, ISWAP, and other non-state actors, who are known to be terrorists. As you know, Ohanaeze does not agree that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a terrorist group. “Nnamdi Kanu is not the issue here. There is a major issue of selective justice when you focus on one and leave another.

We’ll pass electoral bill before July ending – Reps

The House of Representatives has said it will pass the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill before the National Assembly goes on its two-month annual recess in July. The committee report on the bill has not been considered almost four months after it was laid.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, in his response to our correspondent’s enquiry did not give a specific date for the passage but stated that it would be passed before the end of July.

Kalu said, “It will hopefully be passed in a matter of weeks: end of June or first week of July, 2021; before we close for the summer break. So, both the PIB and the Electoral Act will fly before our summer break.”

Voters’ registration to resume June 28 –INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared its readiness to resume the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration scheduled for June 28.

This was made known on Thursday by the INEC Deputy Director of Voter Education Division, Mary Nkem, at a roadshow on the CVR organised by the commission in Abuja.

According to Nkem, the exercise would be taking place from 9 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday, excluding weekends. “It will involve two processes, that is, online pre-registration and physical registration. So, people can sit in the comfort of their homes and login details for registration. Then go to any of our local government or state office to capture their biometrics and photographs; or you appear physically at any designated register,” she said.

Presidential response to our communique a disgrace -PDP govs

Governors elected on platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have berated the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, for doing a poor job of putting together a response to a communique issued after their meeting in Uyo.

The governors described the presidential response to the communique as a ‘poorly worded and pedestrian.’

In a statement titled, ‘Presidential Response to PDP Governors’ Forum Communique Is a Disgrace,’ signed by the Director General of the forum, C.I.D. Maduabum, in Abuja, on Thursday, the governors stated that the presidency’s response to the patriotic and weighty issues of state they raised in their communique after meeting betrays the abysmal ignorance, lack of appreciation of the issues raised in the PDP communique. Maduabum said, “It is unbelievable that such low-quality response could come from Nigeria’s seat of power.

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