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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 10 May, 2020)

Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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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.

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu threatens total lockdown over poor compliance

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to impose a total lockdown on the state if people continue to violate the safety guidelines issued to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

He said the compliance with the use of face masks and social distancing directive had not been fully complied with and that the state had been recording more cases.

“If we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days, we would be forced to evoke the very painful decision of bringing the entire system under a lockdown again,” the governor said.

National carrier project on course despite COVID-19, says FG

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its devastating impact on the aviation sector is not an impediment but an encouragement for the establishment of the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, the Federal Ministry of Aviation has said.

“Rather than being an impediment to the establishment of a national carrier, the current situation in the (aviation) sector will be an encouragement,” the Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, stated (as reported by Punch).

Nigeria can’t hide US bank document it obtained – P&ID

The Process and Industrial Development, which obtained the $9.6bn arbitration award against the Federal Government, said on Saturday, that a New York federal court in the United States of America, has granted it access to documents which Nigeria government was preparing to obtain from 10 banks in the US.

The Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, had in April, approached the New York court to subpoena the banks to enable it to obtain the account details of some of the country’s former top leaders in its bid to overturn the $9.6bn arbitration award.

“We are pleased with the U.S. court’s decision to grant P&ID discovery as part of Nigeria’s 1782 application. Nigeria’s desperate plea to keep the results of its fishing expedition hidden was rejected by the U.S. court. As a result, AG Malami will not be able to selectively and misleadingly use this discovery in the English courts as part of its baseless fraud case to avoid paying P&ID,” P&ID stated.

Controversy as Bauchi community suffers over 110 strange deaths in 14 days

There was controversy on Saturday over an alleged huge deaths of about 110 persons in Azare town, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State, within the past two weeks.

The drama began when a former member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Mohammed Baba, raised the alarm in a letter to the President Muhammadu Buhari informing him of the death of over 100 persons in the town in the last one week.

“If you go to the graveyard, they have a register there and you would see it yourself. In the last two weeks, they registered more than 286 bodies at the Azare graveyard. The normal death rate in the town was about one to two per day, so you have to raise the alarm when you are burying 200 to 300 persons in two weeks and over 100 per week. Our people are dying, do we have to keep quiet?” a former member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Mohammed Baba, said in his letter to the President Muhammadu Buhari.

Supreme Court judgment on Kalu to affect over 50 other cases

The Friday’s judgment of the Supreme Court which nullified the trial and conviction of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, will cause an automatic reversal of gains already recorded in at least 50 criminal cases pending or concluded at various High Courts (The Punch reports).

The progress recorded in the over 50 cases are attributable to the authorities given to about eight Justices of the Court of Appeal to return to their previous positions as High Court judges to conclude the cases which they were handling before their elevation to the higher bench.

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