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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 6 September, 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.

Nigeria lacks resources to prepay for COVID-19 vaccine –Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria lacks the resources to prepay for COVID-19 vaccine.

He, therefore, appealed to Europe to work closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed, it would not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and in an accessible manner.

According to a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke on Friday at the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA Forum with the theme, ‘Towards a realistic Euro-African partnership during and beyond the COVID-19 era.’

FG weakens power of EFCC chairman, creates director general in new bill

A new bill seeking to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Act has weakened the Office of the Chairman of the EFCC and created a new position known as the Director-General of the EFCC, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.

The bill, which was obtained by this newspaper, is titled, ‘An Act to Repeal the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 (act no. 1 of 2004) and Enact the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act Which Establishes a More Effective and Efficient Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to Conduct Enquiries and Investigate All Economic and Financial Crimes and Related Offences and for other Related Matters.’

The bill, it was learnt, is being put together by the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on behalf of the Federal Government for onward transmission to the National Assembly. The proposed law was initiated barely weeks after the suspended acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, accused Malami of frustrating the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

Afenifere leaders knock Tinubu over call to review revenue formula

Some leaders of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, have berated a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over his call for the review of the country’s revenue allocation formula.

The Afenifere leaders, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; and the National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, in separate interviews on Saturday, said the APC chief must do beyond talking.

The APC national leader had, on Saturday, made the call for the review of the country’s “cumbersome revenue formula,” adding that the governors of the South-West region particularly must be united in boosting their internally generated revenues.

Oshiomhole became political bully as APC chair – Obaseki

Mr Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, tells ADEYINKA ADEDIPE and some select journalists about his squabbles with a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, his first term in office and others.

“From what he has done from the point when he became the national chairman of the APC, he doesn’t seem to be the same person I worked with. It also goes to show that he was hiding these tendencies from us before now. When we analysed his actions, it dawned on us that this was what he meant all this while when he was fighting godfathers. He called the late Tony Anenih a godfather and said a lot about him. We agreed with him,” Obaseki said about Oshiomhole.

“When he became the APC national chairman, he became worse than a godfather; he became a political bully. Nobody could talk where he was,” he added.

Flight resumption: Over 15,000 passengers from China, US, UK to arrive Nigeria weekly

Following the resumption of international flights in Lagos and Abuja airports from Saturday, investigations by Sunday PUNCH have revealed that there will be about 15,000 passengers flying into the country weekly.

The Federal Government had after shifting the resumption of international flights from August 29 to September 5 noted that only the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would be opened for operations. Sunday PUNCH revealed that about 15,000 passengers might be arriving in the country weekly through the two airports.

A document from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to the airlines, a copy of which was obtained by one of our correspondents, showed that there would be 88 flights to the two airports; 47 flights into the Lagos airport and 41 into Abuja airport weekly.

Southern Kaduna killings: Some religious leaders’ reckless statements to blame, says El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Saturday blamed the killings in Southern Kaduna on the reckless statements by some religious leaders.

According to a statement, the governor said this when the National Chairman of Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah wa Iqamatul Sunnah, Sheikh Abdullahi Lau, and other Izala leaders paid him a visit on Saturday.

Speaking with journalists, El-Rufai noted that the Izala leaders came to be briefed on the security situation in the state and that “they received briefings from the Commissioner of Internal Security as well as the Deputy Governor.”

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