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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 4th October, 2021 Edition)

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

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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.

Obiano not planning to give herdsmen Anambra land, says APGA

The National Coordinator of the All Progressives Grand Alliance Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, has denied speculations that the state Governor, Willie Obiano, has plans to handover 50 hectares of Anambra land to herdsmen for ranching.

Obigwe who spoke in Awka, on Sunday, described the story as childish blackmail which he enjoined people of the state to discountenance.

He said, “The report that Governor Obiano wants to handover 50 hectares of land to herders for ranching is childish blackmail and a lie from the pit of hell. Governor Obiano does not have such a plan. This is the same way they lied that the governor does not want to sign an anti-open grazing bill into law while at the time they started peddling the falsehood, the House of Assembly was in a recess.

Anti-open grazing law: FG backs herders’ planned suit against South govs, police differ on enforcement

The Federal Government on Sunday threw its weight behind moves by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they recently signed into law.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, who disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek protection. Gwandu stated this as state police commands on Sunday differed on the enforcement of the law.

While Ebonyi and Osun state police commands told our correspondents that they would enforce the law, a source in the Lagos State Police Command stated that the police would only provide protection to the enforcement team of the state.

Senate, SANs disagree over INEC’s power on e-transmission of results

The Senate on Sunday insisted that the National Assembly had the power to make laws on mode of elections, including transmission of results. The Spokesperson for the red chamber, Senator Ajibola Basiru, stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents.

He was reacting to a declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the 1999 constitution gave it the power to determine and adopt any mode of elections. But Senior lawyers, including Mike Ozekhome and Tayo Oyetibo, in separate interviews with The PUNCH supported INEC.

The fresh controversy over the power of the National Assembly came to the fore on Sunday as the joint conference committee of the two chambers of federal legislature meets this week to harmonise the versions of the electoral bill passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

AGF, Kaduna, others may face Lagos, Rivers on VAT appeal

The Attorney-General of the Federation and the governments of Adamawa, Plateau and Kaduna States are set to join the Federal Inland Revenue Service in its appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which empowered Rivers State to collect the Value Added Tax. Dependable sources also said that Zamfara and Kogi would join the coalition against Rivers State.

The PUNCH reported that the High Court had in the judgment ruled against the FIRS in the tax collection litigation and ordered that the Rivers State government was the rightful collector of the tax among others.

The FIRS had challenged the judgment at the Court of Appeal, seeking the setting aside of the High Court verdict. But sources closed to the AGF and governors of the three states said on Sunday in Abuja that they would file a leave of the court to be joined in the suit on Tuesday.

Edo to retrieve landed property from Nigerian Army

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government has concluded discussion with the Chief of Army Staff over the possession of a parcel of land situated near Oregbeni Market, along Ikpoba Hill, in Benin belonging to the Nigerian Army.

The governor disclosed this while receiving the new Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service, Edo State Command, Rabi Garba, at the Government House, in Benin.

Obaseki said the state government will commence physical retrieval of the land soon. “In terms of land where you currently operate from, I spoke with the Army Chief of Staff when he visited last month. We have been assured that the Nigerian Army has formally relinquished the land. It is now for us to take physical possession of the property. The Chief of Staff will arrange a tripartite meeting between the Federal agencies occupying that property, the Brigade Commander and Edo State Government. So that we can commence the process of getting the Nigerian Army to vacate that land, giving the Federal agency the proper allocation, Certificate of Occupancy to expand their office.”

Fresh crisis over PDP chairmanship zoning, members demand open contest

There are fresh agitations over the zoning formula proposed by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi-led Peoples Democratic Party Zoning Committee.

The PUNCH gathered in Abuja, on Sunday, that while party members in the north are yet to agree on which part of the zone should produce the next national chairman, the predominant opinion favours the north central.

It was also gathered that party members from the south are not comfortable with the decision to zone the chairmanship to the north. A member of the party’s National Executive Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution confirmed this development.

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