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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 13 May, 2020)

Fuel pump prices

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.

Petrol price: FG setting us against Nigerians, marketers say

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced a reduction in the ex-depot price of petrol from N113.28k per litre to N108 per litre, without saying anything about the pump price at filling stations.

“When a government organisation reduces the ex-depot price and you are not telling the buying public the approved band for the pump price at filling stations, you are trying to put us the retail outlet owners against the Nigerian public.

“The Nigerian public will now be saying that why are we still selling at N123.5 and N125 per litre when the ex-depot price has been reduced?” the National President, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, Billy Gillis-Harry, told Punch.

Nigerians picking face masks from dump sites, PTF cries out

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has raised the alarm over an unhealthy practice of some Nigerians who pick face masks from rubbish dumps and sell them.

The  Chairman of the task force and  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the alarm at the PTF press briefing in Abuja, warned that such a practice would worsen the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Supreme Court judgment: Kalu, Udeogu still in prison

Five days after the Supreme Court voided their conviction, a former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, and ex-director of Finance in Abia State, Jones Udeogu, are still in Kuje custodial centre, Punch reports.

“As of 4pm on Tuesday when we left the office, the order for their release had not been received by the service headquarters or the officer-in-charge of the custodial centre in Kuje.

“The directive from the authorities was that the release warrant and the judgment must be served on the NCoS headquarters, but this was not done before we closed; Kalu and Udeogu are still in Kuje custodial facility,” an undisclosed source told Punch.

Nigerians consumed N2.5tn petrol in 13 months –NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday announced that its downstream subsidiary company in charge of bulk sales and distribution of petroleum products, Petroleum Products Marketing Company, recorded N211.62bn sale of white products in February 2020.

The February 2020 report also indicated that total revenues recorded from the sale of white products for the period February 2019 to February 2020 stood at about N2.6tn, with petrol contributing about 98.06 per cent of the total sales value of about N2.5tn.

Chinese men arrested for alleged N50m bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has apprehended two Chinese nationals for allegedly offering bribe to the head of its Sokoto zonal office and his investigating team.

The Chinese, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited, a construction company, were arrested in an operation that lasted four days.

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