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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 22 November, 2020)


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Nigeria suffers worst economic recession in 36 years – World Bank

Amid rising debt profile, inflation and unemployment, Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, has entered its second recession in five years as official figures published on Saturday showed that the economy shrank again in the third quarter of this year.

This year’s recession is the worst in 36 years as data obtained from the World Bank showed that the country’s GDP dropped by 10.92 per cent in 1983 and 1.2 per cent in 1984.

The World Bank said in June that the collapse in crude oil prices, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic was expected to “plunge the Nigerian economy into a severe recession, the worst since the 1980s”.

Soldiers went to Lekki tollgate with live bullets for self-defence –General

The Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, has explained that Phase Four of military internal security operation, which was deployed at the Lekki tollgate on the night October 20, involved the use of both live and blank ammunition. He said the soldiers took live bullets to the scene for the purpose of self defence.

Taiwo said a portion of the troops that operated at the tollgate on that night were indeed armed with live bullets. He, however, maintained that only soldiers with blank bullets fired shots into the air.

The general stated this on Saturday at the resumed proceedings of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20 by soldiers.

2023: APC chieftains’ visit to Jonathan raises fresh concerns

A visit by a team of All Progressives Congress chieftains to the Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan late on Friday has raised the stakes in permutations for the 2023 general elections.

It was gathered that the visit by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former Presidential Liaison Officer to the National Assembly, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, and some unnamed governors has sparked debate in political cycles.

The party chieftains were at the Ex-President’s residence to facilitate with him on his 63rd birthday. They, however, had a closed-door meeting details of which are still being kept under wraps.

Losing three brothers same day my worst experience –Gombe commissioner

Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aishatu Maigari, tells CHIMA AZUBUIKE how her family has been coping with the death of three of their loved ones who died in an auto crash on October 31, 2020.

Would you describe the tragedy as the worst experience for you?

For now, this is the worst experience, sincerely. Because this is the first time I am losing my brothers. This is the first time I am losing adult brothers, so to say. They were very close and I was looking forward to them getting married, starting up their families and succeeding in life.

As a serving commissioner, how have you managed to stay focused?

When you leave everything in the hands of the Almighty, he finds a way for you beyond your own strength. People have been very supportive to our immediate family, everybody you can think of, all over the country and in Gombe State. The people, the government and everybody that heard about that incident were really sympathetic. Even people that never knew us have been very sympathetic and then a lot of testimonies coming from their friends and from neighbours show that they (deceased brothers) have lived a very good life, especially in these hard times when youths are draining and are not finding jobs. But these guys had good jobs and the one that was unemployed was on his own and he was making it. So, a lot of people prayed with us, stood with us and gave us the strength to carry on.

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