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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 26 March, 2020)

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Good Morning Nigeria! 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.

Kyari: Buhari’s governance structure has collapsed, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday expressed apprehension over the alleged collapse of governance command structure of the Federal Government since the isolation of Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, also said the PDP was disturbed by heightening public anxiety over who controls governance machinery as Buhari had remained silent since Kyari, who was supervising ministers and other sensitive government officials, was quarantined.

Police arrest hackers of bank accounts in Anambra

The Anambra State Police Command, on Wednesday, said it had arrested members of a six-man gang suspected to be bank account hackers.

The suspects were said to specialise in stealing people’s telephones with the intent of hacking into their accounts.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this to journalists.

Villa coverage: PDP, CSOs knock Buhari for barring PUNCH, others

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, said the banning of some media houses from covering activities in the Presidential Villa was unjustified.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had in a statement on Tuesday restricted the coverage of activities in the Villa to 13 media organisations excluding AIT, Arise TV, STV, Ben TV and others.

Also barred were reporters from The PUNCH, ThisDay, Tribune, The Guardian, Vanguard, Daily Trust and other major newspapers, while few of them were allowed to send in their photographers.

NNPC spent N218.18bn on ailing refineries in 2019

Nigeria’s refineries under the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation incurred a total expense of N218.18bn in 2019.

The refineries, namely Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, Port Harcourt Refining Company and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, recorded a cumulative loss of N149.23bn last year.

Figures obtained from the NNPC in Abuja on Wednesday showed that the refineries recorded cumulative revenue of N68.96bn but jointly incurred a total expense of N218.18bn during the year under review.

NLC blames FG for COVID-19 spread, seeks wage protection

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday blamed top government officials, whom it described as ‘big men,’ for the spread of coronavirus in the country.

In a statement signed by the president of the union, Ayuba Wabba, the NLC accused the top officials of failing to go into self-isolation after returning to Nigeria from countries with high burden of the virus and refusing to submit themselves for checks at ports of entry.

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