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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 16 June, 2020)

Amb. Ibrahim A. Gambari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Chief of Staff

Obaseki: NWC visits Aso Rock to counter APC governors’ moves

The All Progressives Congress National Working Committee on Monday met with the Presidency as part of efforts to counter moves of some governors, who had begun moves to change the party’s decision on their Edo  State counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki.

The APC NWC members led by the National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole,  arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja at 4.30pm for a meeting with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof  Ibrahim Gambari.

I’ve no regret deposing Sanusi, says Ganduje

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi  Ganduje, on Monday declared that he had no regret to have engaged in the reforms of the Kano traditional system, which led to the deposition of the former Governor of Central Bank, Muhammad Sanusi 11, as the Emir of Kano.

Ganduje, who spoke during a media forum to mark Democracy Day, described the creation of four additional emirates in the state as one of his major achievements, which had impacted positively on the lives of the people and even development of the state.

Obaseki: APC started killing NGF in 2015, says Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday described the Nigeria Governors’ Forum as a toothless bulldog.

Wike stated that the Nigerian governors had turned beggars since the All Progressives Congress took over the leadership of the forum in 2015.

“Before 2015, the Governors’ Forum used to be very powerful but the APC killed it because they were protecting the interest of the ruling party,” Wike said.

Ajimobi remains COVID-19 positive after two weeks

The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has remained Covid-19 positive two weeks after being admitted at the First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital, Lagos.

He was said to have been confirmed positive and was managing the situation at home before the illness worsened and he had to go to a hospital.

Don’t open schools, viewing centres, stadiums now, FG warns states

The Federal Government on Monday warned state governments that were planning to reopen schools to drop the plan.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the warning during the PTF press briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha said it was not yet safe to reopen schools, television viewing centres,  stadiums and other places where large gatherings could take place.

Naira Marley, pilot, airline face sanctions over Abuja show

Nigerian musical artiste, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, may face severe sanctions from the Federal Capital Territory Administration for holding a concert in Abuja on Saturday in violation of the COVID-19 guidelines.

Similarly, the airline and the pilot, who flew him to Abuja, are facing serious sanctions for their roles in the show.

The Federal Government, on Monday, announced the indefinite suspension of the operations of Executive Jet Services and said it would impose the maximum fine on the operator for violating the flight approval it received from the Federal Ministry of Aviation.

The government also said the pilot of the jet would also be sanctioned for giving wrong information to the control tower.

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