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President Muhammadu Buhari signing the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area

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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.

FG pegs Presidency’s expenditure in 2021 budget at N10bn

The Federal Government has put the expenditure ceiling of the Presidency’s expenditure in the 2021 budget at N10bn. This is against the N15.3bn allocated for the same purpose in the revised 2020 budget.

The Deputy Director (Information), State House, Attah Esa, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday titled “Agencies in the Presidency hold 2021 budget consultations.”

Esa, in the statement, said the Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Tijjani Umar, on Saturday led the 2021 budget bilateral meeting between government agencies under the Presidency and officials of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

Commissioner deploys 1,000 policemen for Edo election

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has deployed 1,000 policemen to provide security during the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Sunday that Odumosu deployed the policemen to complement the men that the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, had deployed in the state for the election.

He stated that Odumosu urged the policemen to be professional in their duties and shy away from acts capable of denting the image of the Force and truncating the peaceful conduct of the election in Edo State.

Yari behind my rumoured meeting with Zamfara gov –Marafa

A factional leader of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State, Senator Kabir Marafa, has denied holding a secret meeting with the state Governor, Bello Matawalle in Abuja.

Marafa, who represented Zamfara Central in the 8th Senate, attributed the said report to an alleged desperate plot by his main rival, the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, to push him out of the APC

The senator said this in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja titled, ‘Yari and his followers living in fear, delusion and desperation.’

We’re probing viral video of Shisha-smoking cop – Police

The Nigeria Police Force has said it has commenced an investigation into a viral video showing a suspected cop smoking from a Shisha pot.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday, said the investigation would help to establish the authenticity of the video and the true identity of the man.

“The Nigeria Police Force has commenced investigation into the viral video showing a man wearing what appears to be a Nigeria Police uniform smoking Shisha. The investigation will, among other things, seek to forensically establish the authenticity of the video and the true identity of the man in the uniform, whether he is a policeman, an impostor or an actor in a movie scene,” the statement read.

Herdsmen rob Ogun farmer, rape 16-year-old daughter

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two herdsmen for invading a farm in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, allegedly stealing the sum of N140,000 and gang-raping the 16-year-old daughter of the farmer.

The suspects, Abu Adamu and Muhammadu Aliyu, were arrested last Wednesday by policemen from the Ewekoro Divisional Headquarters.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Malami can’t single-handedly amend lawyers’ professional conduct rules – Akpata

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Olumide Akpata, has said it is impossible for the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abukakar Malami (SAN), to single-handedly amend the 2007 Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners.

Akpata said this in response to reports that Malami had amended the RPC to the effect that the NBA stamp and seal was no longer a requirement to authenticate papers filed by lawyers in court.

Akpata faulted Malami’s single-handed amendments to the RPC in a press release on Sunday, titled, ‘Statement by NBA President on the Purported Amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007.’

FG fumes as health workers begin strike today

Following its deadlocked meeting with the Federal Government, the Joint Health Sector Unions has resolved to proceed with its strike with effect from midnight of Sunday, September 13, 2020. This was the decisions reached after its expanded National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday.

This was just as the Federal Government on Sunday directed the various unions in the health sector operating under by JOHESU to ignore the strike directive.

JOHESU, in a three-paragraph letter dated September 12, titled, ‘Re: Notice of 15-day ultimatum/outcome of JOHESU expanded NEC meeting,’ said it would proceed on strike as nothing was achieved in the conciliatory meeting.

Failed state: Presidency, ACF attack Obasanjo as Ohanaeze, Afenifere defend ex-president

The Presidency on Sunday berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his Thursday’s comment on the state of the nation, describing him as the country’s ‘divider-in-chief.’

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement titled “Obasanjo is Nigeria’s divider-in-chief.”

Socio-political groups in the country differed on the Presidency’s attack on Obasanjo. While the pan-northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, advised Obasanjo to stop presenting himself as a saint, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the former President’s administration was more credible than the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, said Obasanjo was more pan-Nigerian than Buhari.

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