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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 Edition)

Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman

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Suits challenging Oshiomhole-led APC NWC dissolution dismissed

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has struck out two suits challenging the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress. Delivering the ruling in the separate suits on Tuesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the plaintiffs lacked the locus standi to bring the suit against the party.

In separate suits filed by the former South-South National Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Eta; and former APC Youth leader in Abia State, Kalu Agu, the plaintiffs had asked the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020 National Executive Committee meeting which dissolved the NWC and appointed a National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni. The defendant had raised a preliminary objection that the plaintiffs had not shown how the dissolution of the NWC had infringed on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.

In its ruling on the preliminary objection, the court held that “it is sheer waste of time and there is no reason to consider the substantive matter.” According to the court, “There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action.” The judge noted that the first plaintiff did not fit in properly into who a plaintiff is, while the second plaintiff, Hilliard Eta, “referred to himself as a regular member of the party.”

The court stated that for the APC to be a plaintiff, there must be the existence of a faction. “In an affidavit deposed to by the second plaintiff, there was nowhere he claimed to belong to a faction, the court stated.” The judge subsequently struck out the name of APC as a defendant in the suit.

Female doctor, ex-soldier arrested for selling drugged cookies, cocaine, others

A medical doctor, Jane Ofoma, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Auchi, Edo State, for operating an online catering service, where drugged cookies and biscuits are being made and sold to members of the public. Ofoma, 26, who is a graduate of Medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was said to have recently completed her internship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

The agency accused her of using her Omachi’s Kitchen to sell drugged cookies and biscuits. A statement on Tuesday by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said following intelligence and surveillance, narcotic officers of the Edo State Command of the agency, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, stormed her operational base at No. 1 Winners Way, Auchi, where she was arrested. According to him, no fewer than 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered.

Similarly, a 30-year-old man, Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street, Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the command for dealing in crack cocaine, while operatives from the Kwara State Command of the agency have apprehended a 52-year-old ex-soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), four grams of cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.

South-East govs can’t decide actualisation of Biafra – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said the governors of the South-East geo-political zone lacked the locus standi to decide for the people of the region on issues concerning Biafra.

This was as the group claimed that the purported statement wherein the governors disowned IPOB, was a pointer to the fact that they already lost grip with the masses, owing to their desperation to regain the trust of their ‘paymasters’.

The secessionist group stated this in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday. It said, “The purported statement by these shameless political generals without foot soldiers has only further exposed them as Caliphate boot-leakers. They know too well that they have since lost grip and control of the masses, hence, their desperation to regain the trust of their paymasters. They only publicly disowned IPOB, thinking that doing so will make them regain the trust and favour of the Caliphate. The governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and the handful traitors masquerading as the Igbo political elite should wake up to the realities that they have since lost the confidence of the people.

Twitter wants ban lifted, Reps say suspension dictatorial, ill-timed

The micro-blogging and social media platform, Twitter, has written the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), seeking restoration of its operations in Nigeria.

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, also said the President had constituted a team to engage with Twitter on the recent suspension of its operations.

These came to fore as members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday described the suspension of Twitter operations as ill-timed and dictatorial.

NPC, NBC bills not to moderate but criminalise journalism – NGE

The Nigerian Guild of Editors said on Tuesday that the Nigerian media was not a political opponent or enemy of the Federal Government. According to the NGE, many of the attacks on the media by political elite are designed to bully media organisations.

The NGE in a statement by its President, Mustapha Isah; and General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, was reacting to what it described as “draconian provisions’’ in the two bills to amend the Nigerian Press Council Act and the National Broadcasting Commission Act currently before the National Assembly.

The NGE called on the National Assembly to remove the obnoxious provisions in the two bills that make it look as if they were meant to strangulate, instead of regulating the media.

Ondo: EndSARS protester who gave birth in prison granted N10m bail

The Ondo State High Court, sitting in Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure, the state capital has granted bail to Kemisola Ogunniyi, the EndSARS protester who delivered in prison custody.

The 18-year-old Ogunniyi and three others were arrested and standing trial at the High Court for allegedly vandalising property during the EndSARS protest which took place in Akure, the state capital in October last year. She gave birth to a baby boy in prison custody last Wednesday. They (defendants) were charged for arson, conspiracy, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage.

The state government had moved to secure the bail of the defendant. At the hearing of the bail application in the court on Tuesday, the judge, Justice Omolara Adejumo granted the bail application. She said she granted the bail application based on humanitarian ground and for the purpose of the christening of the baby which would take place on Wednesday, noting that the defendant had a right to be granted bail. The judge ruled that the defendant should be bailed with a sum of N10 million with a surety.

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