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Today's Headlines: I Can’t Refund Wike – Tinubu, Lawmaker-Elect Akinosi Raises Alarm Over Blackmail

I can’t refund Wike’ – Tinubu

President-elect, Bola Tinubu has dared his critics on social media to continue saying whatever they like on various online platforms, saying it is a free speech society.

Tinubu insisted that his reason for telling the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that he would not refund the cost of the flyovers he constructed in Rivers was because he could not make any commitment until he was sworn in as the President.

Tinubu, during a banquet in his honour on Wednesday night revisited what he called the banter with Wike, noting that it has generated a lot of reactions on social media.

But, the former Lagos State Governor said there is no name he has not been called on social media, stating that he does not respond to social media criticisms.

His words: “I exchanged a banter with Gov Wike, if you take me seriously, (it’s left to you). The truth is, I’m a President-elect. I have no signature for expenditure until sworn in. How can I make a commitment? I cannot sign a dime of Nigeria money or expenditure now. There can only be one president at a time."

Akinosi raises alarm over blackmail

Mr Tunji Akinosi, a House of Representatives member-elect, claims his car was never involved in an accident that allegedly killed a hawker in Lagos on May Day.

Akinosi, who was elected to represent Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was also a Commissioner for Forestry in Ogun.

He issued the clarifications in response to a viral video accusing him of knocking down a hawker and breaking his leg in a May Day accident in Lagos.

According to him, the viral video was done in “bad taste and an attempt to smear my personality”.

Akinosi said he would have ordinarily ignored the post, “but as a Nigerian, there is a need to put the issue straight, hence, my statement. There was no accident, not to talk of a clash."

Gunmen behead policeman in Abia

Gunmen have beheaded an Assistant Superintendent of Police, simply identified as Linus, on East Street, Ndiegoro, Aba, Abia State.

The gunmen were said to have attacked the police team at Tenant Road junction by East Street, at about 5am., yesterday.

It was gathered that on sighting the hoodlums, the policemen allegedly fled and, during an exchange of gunfire, the gunmen overpowered the ASP, popularly known as ‘Agbalagba’, and cut off his head.

Vanguard gathered that the gang also made away with the dead policeman’s gun and uniform.

A resident, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard that the killing had sent fears into the residents of East Street, Ngwa Road, Akpu Road, Ndoki Street, Etche Road and Ulasi Road, all within the Ndiegoro, as the criminals were said to have threatened to attack more policemen and residents of the area.

Treat our members calling for interim govt as enemies of democracy – LP to security agencies

Rising from its National Executive Council meeting held in Bauchi on Wednesday, the Labour Party (LP) distanced itself from the call for an interim government, describing such a call as a treasonable act and charged security agencies to treat any of its members found engaging in such act as enemies of democracy.

The call was contained in the communique issued after the NEC meeting held at the Sulgad Hotel, Bauchi, read to journalists by the Publicity Secretary, Arabambi Abayomi, and signed by the party’s acting National Chairman and acting National Secretary, Bashiru Apampa and Saleh Lawal, respectively.

The communique further stated that the meeting forgave the party’s presidential candidate in the February 25 election, Peter Obi, his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed; the Abia State governor-elect, Alex Otti and all the party’s national and state Assemblies members-elect for attending what it termed, the illegal NEC meeting convened by the suspended national chairman of the party, Julius Abure.

According to the communique by Arabambi: “That the NEC in session believes in the rule of law and shall continue to stand with our presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, to see to the successful reclaiming of our stolen mandate at the presidential election petition tribunal while noting that we will not be a party to any unlawful act to cause a change of democratic administration violently as anticipated by Barr. Julius Abure and his cohorts.

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