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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 2 April, 2020)

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.

COVID-19 lockdown: Write play on pandemic later, Presidency replies Soyinka

The Presidency has reacted to the comments of the Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, faulting the lockdown order of the Federal Government that Nigeria is not in a “war emergency”.

On Wednesday night, Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, said that the playwright had no specialty in medicine but may choose to write a play on the pandemic after the emergency was over.

FG reviews lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise by 35

The Federal Government has relaxed total lockdown it imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The government, in the new guidelines it issued on Wednesday, stated that markets selling food would open from 10am to 2pm every other day.

Also, supermarkets and pharmacies are to open from 10am to 4pm every day, but must maintain a high level of hygiene.

NAPTIP nabs imam with PhD for sodomy

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related offences on Wednesday said its men had arrested a 42-year-old pharmacist, Abubarkar Danraka, for alleged sodomy.

A statement by an official of the Press Unit of NAPTIP, Osamuyi Oyegun, said  Danraka who had a PhD, was arrested after he allegedly had anal sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old boy.

Ignore new fuel price, IPMAN tells marketers

Following the reduction of pump price of petrol from N125 per litre to N123.50 per litre, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association in Kano State has directed its members to ignore the directive on new price and sell the product at N125 per litre until their old stocks are exhausted.

IPMAN’s Chairman for Kano State, Alhaji Bashir Danmalam, who gave the directive while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday, said members of the association would not comply with the new price regime until after they had sold all their old stocks.

COVID-19: No nose mask, no movement in Cross River – Ayade

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has imposed new restrictions on residents of the state just as its neighbour, Akwa Ibom State, recorded its first set of cases.

According to the governor, no resident of the state would be allowed to move without a face mask starting Friday, April 3.

Minister denies knowledge of Abba Kyari’s whereabouts in Lagos

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has refused to disclose the location of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who has been infected by COVID-19.

Responding to a question during the Presidential task force briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the health minister said Kyari’s location was not important, adding that the President’s chief of staff had a right to privacy.

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