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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 5 September, 2020)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

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.

Ondo poll: Buhari predicts ‘clear victory’ for Akeredolu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President Muhammadu Buhari has predicted “easier clear victory” for the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

But Shehu, in a statement on Friday titled, ‘APC governorship candidate will win in Ondo State fairly, says President Buhari’, quoted the President as saying that Akeredolu’s victory in the forthcoming election will be easier than that of his first term.

Akeredolu is seeking re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the election scheduled to hold on October 10, 2020. He has his deputy, Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party; and Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party as his main challengers in the election.

Ghanaian traders angry as president mulls review of $1m levy

Ghanaian traders under the aegis of the Ghana Union of Traders Association, has expressed displeasure at the review of the $1m capital base demanded from foreigners, including Nigerians, by the Ghanaian government.

The traders said they would resist any development that did not serve their interest.

This came as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, quoted the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, as assuring the readiness of the his government to consider the resolutions reached at the meeting between Nigerian and Ghanaian lawmakers at the Parliament House of Ghana.

Sanwo-Olu suspends director for imposing 5% levy on Netflix, Iroko TV, others

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has suspended the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, for imposing a five per cent tax on digital platforms including Netflix and Iroko TV.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, said this in a statement on Friday night titled, ‘Lagos State Has No 5% Levy on Audio and Visual Contents of Physical and Digital Platforms’

Omotosho, who is the Spokesman for the state government, said Balogun acted without authorisation and was therefore suspended.

Police stop Kano man from committing suicide as Buhari’s daughter weds in Aso Rock

Following the prompt intervention of the Kano State Police Command, a 22-year-old man, Abba Ahmed, who earlier threatened to commit suicide if Hanan, the daughter of the President Muhammadu Buhari did not marry him, has shelved the plan.

Briefing one of our correspondents on Friday at the command headquarters at Bompai, police spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said the police counselled Ahmed against the plan and he had rescinded the decision.

Haruna said, “We were able to invite Abba Ahmed to the police command. He was counselled by the Force PRO, DCP Frank Mba, as well as Kano CP, Habu Sani, and the command’s imam, SP Abdullkadir Haruna, via a virtual session, at the end of which he rescinded his earlier decision to hang himself. He regretted his comments that if he did not marry the President’s daughter, Hanan, he would hang himself.”

Drama as Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, others attend BBC debate

There was a mild drama on Friday evening during a debate organised by BBC News Pidgin for candidates in the September 19 Edo State governorship electi on as Governor Godwin Obaseki excused himself from the debate just at the beginning.

Obaseki, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, had featured briefly in the virtual debate but excused himself to attend another meeting. He asked the moderator to allow his deputy, Philip Shaibu, to continue the debate in his stead.

This development drew the ire of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who objected to the idea, insisting that he would not debate with Shaibu.

TUC, 79 others plan protests, strike over fuel price, electricity tariff hikes

The Trade Union Congress and 79 other civil society organisations and labour unions under the aegis of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond codenamed ASCAB, are set to hold nationwide protests and strike action next week over the increment of the fuel price and electricity tariff.

It was learnt that the Nigeria Labour Congress, which is part of ASCAB, was still holding a meeting as of Friday evening to determine its next line of action.

Confirming the development to one of our correspondents on the telephone on Friday, Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), said it was evil of the government to increase the prices of essential commodities during a pandemic. He said while other countries were making life easier for their citizens through tax cuts and palliatives, the Nigerian government was doing the exact opposite.

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