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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 8 September, 2020)

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Don’t test our will, IG tells Ondo, Edo politicians, voters

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned politicians and voters in Edo and Ondo States against threatening the nation’s democracy and security during the forthcoming governorship elections holding on September 19 and October 10, respectively.

Adamu said anyone who attempted to test the will of the security forces would be identified and brought to justice, “regardless of his political leanings.”

Addressing about 79 Police Mobile Force Squadron Commanders at a meeting in Abuja on Monday, the IG reiterated his pledge to ensure a level-playing field for all candidates during the polls, adding that the force would be professional and neutral.

COVID-19: Lagos low death rate divine, says Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said residents should be thankful to God for the less than two per cent fatality rate of COVID-19 in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said 10 to 15 per cent of people who contracted the virus were initially projected to die, adding that God, however, prevented that from happening.

The governor spoke on Monday at the official opening of the second Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

Why we chose Siemens for 25,000MW grid expansion – FG

The Federal Government on Monday said the German firm, Siemens AG, was chosen to expand Nigeria’s power grid because the company was best qualified to rehabilitate the dilapidated electricity infrastructure in Nigeria.

Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, who disclosed this in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, explained that the Siemens deal would expand Nigeria’s power grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.

Nigeria’s power generation on the grid currently hovers between 4,000MW and 5,000MW. Mamman noted that not all Nigerians had access to power, while those who had suffer irregular power supply.

Edo poll will hold despite drumbeat of war –INEC

“As we approach the Edo governorship election, it is clear that the people of the state and Nigerians as a whole are very concerned about what will happen on election day. We have all been hearing the loud drumbeats of war from political actors. There have been accusations and counter accusations. Just like everybody else, the commission is deeply concerned,” the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated.

He spoke during a webinar on Edo and Ondo elections, organised by the Executive Director of International Press Centre, Lanre Arogundade and Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria.

According to Oyekanmi, INEC was ready to conduct the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for October 10 despite drumbeats of war as “all the logistics needed for the election have been taken care of.”

Fuel price hike: ASUU, TUC tackle FG on refineries, Buhari says subsidy dangerous

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, said any attempt by his regime to return to the era of subsidising Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, would lead to “several negative consequences,” Buhari said this at the opening of the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, one of the dangers of retaining fuel subsidy is the return to the era of long queues at filling stations where Nigerians spent days and nights before they could buy petrol.

But in their separate reactions, the Trade Union Congress and the Academic Staff Union of Universities faulted the President, saying his regime should fulfil its promise to repair the country’s refineries.

Ogun reopens schools Sept 21, operate three-hour timetable

The Ogun State Government has announced Monday, September 21, 2020, for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session.

The government, however, staggered the resumption and closing hours for primary and secondary schools, while colleges and tertiary institutions have full normal hours.

The government said this on Monday in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Kunle Somorin.

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