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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 31 July, 2020)

Coronavirus

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.

No herbal medicine has been approved for COVID-19 –NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has insisted that it is yet to approve any herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.

The Director of Public Affairs of the agency, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, in an interview with Punch correspondent, said a drug could only be certified for use after going through clinical trials.

Soldier goes berserk, kills senior officer over frozen salary account

A soldier serving with the 202 Battalion of the 21 Special Armoured Brigade, Bama, Borno State, has shot dead his adjutant, Lt. Babakaka Ngorgi, for allegedly refusing to give him a travel pass to enable him resolve his inability to access his salary account, which had been frozen for about eight months.

The private, whose identity could not be ascertained, was said to have fired some rounds at the officer, who was making a phone call in front of the unit headquarters on Wednesday.

The killer soldier was immediately taken into custody at the scene of the incident, while the remains of the officer were evacuated to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

Some persons against peace in Nigeria – Gowon

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Thursday raised the alarm that some persons with sinister motives did not want peace to prevail in Nigeria.

Gowon, however, expressed optimism that through prayers, the country would overcome such challengers so that Nigeria would not break up.

He spoke at a thanksgiving service and reception in honour of the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

COVID-19 guidelines not designed to oppress Nigerians –Buhari

The President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged Muslims and Christians alike not to see the guidelines released to curtail further spread of COVID-19 as infringement on their rights to worship.

He said the guidelines were necessitated by the need to safeguard public health.

Buhari made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Tinubu/Dogara 2023 presidential ticket, mere rumor – Yobe governor

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee, Mai Mala Buni, said on Thursday that the purported  2023 presidential ticket of a former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara was mere rumour.

Speaking in an interview on the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation monitored in Kaduna on Thursday, Buni said the APC would coast to victory in the Edo poll.

When asked whether it is true that Dogara joined the party so that  Tinubu/Dogara would contest to have Muslim/Christian ticket, Buni said, “These are mere rumour and rumor strive in democracy. That’s not even our concern for now. It is not even proper to start talking about 2023 when we have a seating President.

Foreign reserves drop by $673.13m in two months

The country’s foreign reserves fell by $673.13m from $36.57bn on June 1 to $35.89bn on July 28, the latest figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed on Thursday.

The CBN, in its first-quarter economic report, titled ‘Gross official external reserves,’ said the gross external reserves fell in the first quarter of 2020.

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