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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 23 May, 2020)

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State

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.

Bandits took over Sokoto communities, appointed ‘judges’ – Senator

The representative of Sokoto East in the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, has claimed some parts of his constituency are under the control of bandits.

In an interview with Punch in Abuja on Friday, Gobir, who lamented that criminal gangs had sacked traditional and political institutions in most villages and towns in the area,  claimed government forces told his people they could not protect them from the bandits because the hoodlums had better weapons.

He added that those whose villages are not too far from the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger are a bit safe because they are usually protected by  Nigerien soldiers.

10 Kaduna family members test positive for COVID-19

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai said on Friday  10 members of one family were among  the 18 new  COVID-19 cases in the state.

El-Rufai  said on  his verified Twitter handle the new cases were recorded in four local government areas – Kaduna North, Zaria, Chikun and Sabon-Gari.  According to him, 14 of the cases are from Kaduna North, two from Zaria and one each from Chikun and Sabon-Gari.

Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari backs Sultan, asks Muslims to pray at home

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday barred government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children from paying him Eid-el-Fitr homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said this was to prevent the spread of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Buhari, who said he would spend the period at his residence with his family, also cited the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country, as well as measures introduced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19.

APC NWC can’t decide Edo primary mode, Obaseki tells Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki says the All Progressives Congress’ National Working Committee has no power to decide how the party governorship primary in the state will be conducted.

The primary has been scheduled to hold next month, with the governorship poll fixed for September.

The APC NWC headed by Adams Oshiomhole has ordered direct primary.

Ondo, Borno, Edo, five others reject home treatment for COVID-19 patients

Amid the rising number of cases and the refusal of some persons who test positive for COVID-19 to go  to isolation centres, many states have said they will continue to treat the infected patients at isolation centres rather than resort to home treatment option.

They noted that getting persons who had tested positive for the virus to the isolation centres remained one of their strategies to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, had revealed that the state was considering adopting home treatment option for patients with mild symptoms, noting that it would soon release the guidelines for the treatment option.

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