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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 6 July, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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.

FG ordered to pay Ondo family N170m for illegal acquisition

An Ondo State High Court in Okitipupa Division has ordered the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to pay a sum of N170m to the Kekemeke family of Agadagba Obon in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State following a land dispute between the two parties.

The family had approached the court in 2013 to challenge the ministry for illegally acquiring its 20 hectares of land which it (the ministry) had used to build a skill acquisition centre in the community

Upon the hearing of the evidence, the court formulated three issues for determination to wit: whether the claimants ( Kekemeke family) proved their title to the land in dispute. Whether the defendant showed that it followed due process in its acquisition of the said land and whether the claimants are entitled to all their reliefs. After series of arguments by the counsel to the family, Mr. Uju Kekemeke and the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Isyaku Saleh, the court ruled in favour of the claimants.

ICYMI: Southern Govs reject 30% profit share for oil exploration in Northern Nigeria

Southern governors, on Monday, rejected the proposed allocation of at least 30 per cent of the profit generated by the proposed Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited for the exploration of oil in ‘frontier basins’ as identified by Section 9 of the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill.

The bill will regulate the oil sector if signed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Although the proposed law doesn’t identify the frontier basins, a statement by the President in 2019 identified the frontier basins as Chad Basin, Gongola Basin, Sokoto Basin, Dahomey Basin, Bida Basin, Benue Trough, amongst others. Currently, crude oil is obtained from eight states in the Niger Delta region which include: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers States.

In a communiqué issued today at the end of their meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State, the governors commended “the National Assembly for the progress made in the passage of the PIB”. The communiqué was signed by the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN. The communiqué partly read, “The Forum rejects the proposed 3% and support the 5% share of the oil revenue to the host community as recommended by the House of Representatives. The forum also rejects the proposed 30% share of profit for the exploration of oil and gas in the basins.

Ohanaeze insists on slot as 17 govs demand 2023 South presidency

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged the Southern Governors Forum to zone the 2023 presidency to the South-East in the interest of fair play and justice.

Spokesman for the Ohanaeze, Alex Ogbonnia, who said the group backed the southern governors’ position that the region should produce the president in 2023, said the region must be magnanimous in conceding the presidency to South-East.

The governors had met on Monday in Ikeja, Lagos State, to deliberate on the state of the nation. The meeting came eight weeks after their last meeting in May 11, 2021, in Asaba, Delta State, where they banned open grazing and advocated restructuring, among others.

PFN, CAN tackle FG as bandits abduct 140 students in fresh Kaduna raid

Bandits in the early hours of Monday invaded the Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Rido in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and whisked away no fewer than 140 students.

A teacher in the school, Emmanuel Paul, in an interview with journalists, said 140 students were abducted by the bandits, who attacked the school located along the Kaduna-Kachia highway at 1am. “They came at 1am and made away with 140 students,” he said. However, the police said a few hours after the abduction, security agents rescued 26 of the abducted students.

The abduction generated angry reactions from the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter. The groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, urged the Federal Government to devise fresh strategies to stop incessant abductions in the country.

My party members are Nigerians battling hunger, unemployment, poverty – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said he had no plan to float any political party in the future.

Obasanjo who was in Kabul in Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani, accused some unnamed persons of planning to drag his name in the mud.

Obasanjo, who was reacting to a report that he had picked three ex-govs as coordinators of a new party,’ described it as a fabrication. The former president in a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media Affairs, Kehinde Akinyemi, said he was not shocked by the report.

Ogun monarch canvasses support for Igbo presidency

A first class traditional ruler in the Yewa Division of Ogun State, the Eselu of Iseluland ,Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to facilitate the emergence of the next president from the South-East geopolitical zone in 2023.

Akinyemi, who stated this in an open letter addressed to Buhari, said the move would reduce the tension in the country. Akinyemi urged Buhari to adopt dialogue rather than clamping down on the secessionist agitators in the country. According to him the tension in Nigeria can be traced to alleged injustice and inequality from the South East .

The monarch’s three-page letter was titled “open letter to president Muhammadu Buhari : the need for the emergence of a Nigerian president of South Eastern extraction comes 2023”.

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