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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 21 November, 2020)

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)

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COVID-19: Eight NYSC members test positive at Bauchi camp

No fewer than eight National Youth Service Corps members who are undergoing the three-week orientation exercise at the Wailo camp in the Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State have tested positive for COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Information Officer, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ibrahim Sani, and made available to journalists on Friday. According to Sani, as of November 19, the infection rate has risen in some communities in the state.

He said, “On the recent reopening of NYSC camps, a surveillance investigation had revealed that out of 600 reported in the camp, eight corps members were reported to have tested positive to COVID-19 in Wailo camp.

Lekki shootings: Sanwo-Olu must appear before panel, #EndSARS lawyer insists

Counsel for some #EndSARS protesters in Lagos State, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will have to appear before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

Ogunlana said since the military claimed before the panel that their operation on that day was on the invitation of the governor, it would be important for the governor to appear before the panel, particularly to demonstrate his professed belief in the rule of law.

The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, had during his cross-examination on Saturday said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, ordered the deployment of soldiers to the tollgate and other parts of the state that day following a request by the governor.

Amended constitution, Electoral Act, PIB ready 2021–Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Friday that the National Assembly was working hard to ensure the passage of the 2021 Appropriation Bill by the second week of December, 2020.

He also said that the amended constitution and the Petroleum Industry Bill would be passed in 2021.

“We are working to pass the 2021 budget by the second week of December by the grace of God. We are working very assiduously; we will ensure that there is every possible scrutiny of the budget estimates presented to us by the executive arm of government,” Lawan stated these at a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission.

Bandits release abducted police officers in Katsina, IG orders probe

The Nigeria Police Force says it has rescued nine police officers abducted by bandits on November 8 between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina State.

It said two of the officers were currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, while the remaining seven were being debriefed. The officers, all Assistant Superintendents of Police, were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident.

The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, explained in a statement on Friday that they were in mufti and unarmed when their bus came under attack by heavily armed men dressed in military camouflage but suspected to be bandits.

I turned classroom to my bedroom to excel at varsity – Nworie, UNN first-class mathematics graduate

Nworie Emmanuel, 27, who graduated with a first-class degree in Mathematics, having scored a CGPA of 4.96 in the 2017/2018 academic session at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, shares his story with ALEXANDER OKERE

How did you cope with the heavy academic workload as a DE student at UNN?

It wasn’t easy and it actually affected my grade. The D I had in my first year at the university was actually what changed the idea of getting a perfect grade. It was because I had a clash of time between two courses – General Studies 101 (Use of English) and one of my departmental courses.

What were the things you had to deny yourself to enable you to manage your time at school?

Sometimes, I slept in a classroom for two to three days consecutively in a week. I turned a classroom to my bedroom. I could leave my hostel on a Monday and return on a Wednesday morning. Over 80 per cent of my time at school was spent studying at night in a classroom.

INEC bars APC from Bayelsa West by-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has excluded the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Peremobowei Ebebi, from the Bayelsa West senatorial by-election.

The Head of Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Bayelsa State, Wilfred Ifogah, announced this on Thursday in a statement issued on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner.

The by-elections for Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West were scheduled to hold on October 31 but were rescheduled for December 5 as a result of the #EndSARS protests.

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