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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 02 August, 2020)

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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: Charter airlines defy flight ban, fly rich Nigerians abroad

Some charter airlines have begun offering services to members of the public despite a ban on international flights by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Punch reports.

According to the newspaper, multiple Ministry of Aviation and airline sources, revealed that several Nigerians and foreigners have been travelling in and out of the country via the private charter and evacuation flights.

“If you have a valid American residence/passport or British visa and the right money, I get you on a flight by Sunday morning,” a source told Punch.

Why Ajimobi’s widow was angry with govt — Oyo deputy gov

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, has explained the reason for the anger displayed by Mrs Florence Ajimobi, widow of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, during the burial of her husband.

“She (Mrs Ajimobi) has called and we have settled everything. I understand her, she was grieving, mourning the death of her husband. We don’t know the enormity of that grief,” the deputy governor said in Ibadan on Saturday when the leadership of the South-West Group of Online Publishers paid him a Sallah visit.

2023: No APC member has right to oppose Tinubu, says ex-SGF

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has said nobody in the All Progressives Congress has the right to prevent the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, from contesting the 2023 Presidency.

“Nobody with a clear conscience in the APC will deny Tinubu the opportunity to contest the Presidency. Nobody within the party has the moral right to even put a stumbling block on his path. The party must create an environment that is free and fair for anybody who wants to contest, including Bola Tinubu. Let the delegates, who must have emerged through a similarly free and fair process, decide who they want to vote for.”

Lawal, who stated this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, also canvassed power shift to the South, particularly the South-West. He expressed dismay at some notable northerners desiring Presidency to be retained in their region. He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to support power rotation to the South to enable the emergence of his successor from the region.

Service chiefs have no tenure – Ex-COAS, Akinrinade

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), has said the sacking of the heads of the armed forces in the country is at the discretion of the President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The former army chief said service chiefs could resign if they felt they did not have anything new to contribute again or wait to be sacked by the President.

“A service chief can resign but sacking them is at the discretion of the President. When you get to that position, you are serving at the discretion of the President. There is no tenure and that is the problem. It is not stated anywhere that you have to serve as the Chief of Army Staff for four years or as Chief of Defence Staff for two years. There is no tenure,” the former COAS said.

Lagos churches, mosques reopen Friday, bars, clubs stay closed –Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says worship centres in the state will be allowed to reopen from Friday, August 7.

He said Muslim worshippers are allowed to begin their services from Friday while Christian worshippers could begin their Sunday services on August 9, noting that the permission applies to Churches that have their main worship days on Saturdays.

He, however, warned that the religious centres would only be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their capacity, noting that the safety protocols released by the government must be strictly adhered to.

Edo/Ondo polls: We won’t tolerate rigging, PDP govs tell Buhari, INEC

Governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have said they won’t tolerate rigging in the Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections holding on September 19 and October 10,2020 respectively.

They therefore called on the President Muhammadu Buhari the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to be  impartial in the conduct of the two elections.

The governors reached the decision on Saturday after a virtual meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum presided over by its Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

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