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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 21 March, 2020)

ASUU meeting with Federal Government

Good Day Nigeria! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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.

Strike: FG’s treatment of our demands regrettable, says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has described as regrettable the Federal Government’s handling of the issues which led to a two-week warning strike by its members across the country.

ASUU Coordinator, Bauchi Zone, Prof Lawan Abubakar, said this at a press conference in Jos on Friday.

ICPC arrests Obono-Obla in Abuja

The former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

Obono-Obla, who was declared wanted by the commission on October 22, 2019, was arrested in Abuja on Friday.

Ikoyigate: Senate probes $289m cash payment to ex-NIA DG

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has launched an investigation into the $289m (N56bn)  paid in cash by the Central Bank of Nigeria to ex-Director General of the National Intelligence Agency,  Ayodele Oke.

The panel is probing the Federation Account from 2015 till date.

Officials of the CBN, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and NIA appeared before the panel on Thursday to defend their roles in the transactions.

CBN devalues naira as market defies interventions

The Central Bank has technically devalued the naira to exchange to the dollar at N380.

In a circular to the operators in the sector, the CBN merged the rates at both the Bureau De Change rate and Import & Export window at N380.

Under the new dispensation, the CBN would make the dollar available to the BDCs at N378, which would be sold at N380.

Coronavirus: Major blow for 33 foreign airlines as FG shuts Abuja, Lagos airports in few days

The 33 foreign airlines operating flights into Nigeria may suffer a major blow as the Federal Government says it will in a few days shut the international wings of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt Musa Nuhu, in a statement on Thursday announced the closure of the three other international airports in the country, namely Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, thereby restricting international flights to only Lagos and Abuja airports.

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