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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 5 January, 2021 Edition)

Prof Wole Soyinka

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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.

Talking about Buhari not good for my sanity– Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says for the sake of sanity, one must imagine that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), does not exist

He, however, hailed the new Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan standard gauge train, describing it as marvellous and long overdue.

Soyinka said this during a recent interview with Kaftan TV which was monitored by our correspondent. Speaking onboard the new train, the Nobel Laureate said he would not like to talk about Buhari’s government because he imagined the regime doesn’t exist.

Atiku sold his shares, collected $5.4m balance from us – Intels

Intels Nigeria Limited has explained why it severed ties with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was one of its major shareholders. Intels said it severed ties with Atiku and his family after the former Vice President sold off his shares and exited the company in 2020, the statement titled ‘Intels severs ties with Atiku’ read.

In another statement, the Media Adviser to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Mazi Paul Ibe, said Atiku sold his shares in the company because the present administration was destroying the business.

In a statement on Monday, Intels spokesman, Tommaso Ruffinoni, said Atiku, through his trust named Guernsey Trust International, sold shares of Orlean-Invest Group, Intels parent company, between December 2018 and January 2019, for a sum of approximately $60m.

FG’s 774,000 job recruitment starts today on shaky note

The Ogun State Chairman of the Special Works Scheme of the Federal Government, Senator Gbenga Obadara, said there was no instruction yet to begin the programme in the state.

Obadara, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the phone, said the committee had not been asked to commence any work on the scheme.

The Chairman of the committee in the state, who was away in abroad as of the time of speaking, said he did not know what direction the scheme was taking. “There is no direction, no instruction yet. They are just running the adverts. How it is going to happen and when it is going to happen; I don’t know as the chairman,” he said.

COVID-19 violators under travel ban cannot get new passports – CG

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has said the 100 travellers under travel restrictions cannot bypass the NIS system to obtain new passports. Babandede explained that the system would automatically detect and raise the alarm if any of the violators applied for passport re-issuance.

The NIS boss made the clarification following concerns that the violators whose passports had been seized might attempt to obtain new passports and sneak out of the country.

The affected individuals had been placed under six-month travel ban by the Federal Government with effect from January 1.

FG alleges foreign support for terrorists against Nigeria

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday said some foreign entities including human rights groups such as Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court were being used to frustrate Nigeria’s efforts to deal with the Boko Haram menace.

He alleged that threats of sanctions and other unwholesome tactics being used to threaten and demoralise the nation’s military and security services only go to serve the interests of terrorists and further put Nigeria’s security in jeopardy.

Mohammed said this at a media briefing in Lagos. He spoke on the state of the nation and gave highlights of the achievements recorded by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in various spheres of national life in the outgone year, 2020.

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