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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 Edition)

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

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.

Hospitals won’t be able to handle serious COVID-19 cases soon — NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the country is now reaching a critical level, adding that the hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases.

The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in a series of tweets on Monday while reacting to the spike in COVID-19 infections in the last one month.

Ihekweazu said this as the fear of COVID-19 spread at the National Identity Management Commission grew on Monday because Nigerians besieged the NIMC offices following the workers’ suspension of the strike they embarked upon on Thursday.

Okorocha canvasses new political alliance ahead of 2023 polls

Former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has called for a new political alliance with people of like minds to rescue Nigeria from its present predicaments.

Okorocha made the call while commissioning the Rumuche/Rumuakunde/Ohna Awuse Link Road in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Monday.

Okorocha, who represents Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate urged like-minded people who desire the best for Nigeria to stop complaining and join forces, saying, “In this dispensation, there are many bad people in APC, many bad people in PDP.

Police probe 47 armed Fulani men arrested in Oyo

Forty-seven Fulani men armed with guns and other weapons have been arrested in Igangan, Oyo State, by men of Operation Burst, which is a joint security team of soldiers and policemen.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspects were arrested in the early hours of Sunday by the Ofiki River along the Tapa/Igangan Road in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.

Sources told our correspondent that the Fulani were allegedly invited to strike by their kinsmen following the raid carried out by the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency otherwise known as Operation Amotekun in the area on Saturday. Amotekun said it raided the hideouts of kidnappers in the area on Saturday leading to the death of three persons, while one of its men was also injured. The security outfit said the raid was carried out in collaboration with Miyetti Allah vigilantes, hunters and others.

COVID-19: Many civil servants test positive, govt orders work rotation

The Lagos State Government has raised the alarm over the increasing rate at which civil servants test positive for COVID-19. The Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in a memo addressed to all accounting officers, said they should come up with duty rosters to stem the outbreak of COVID-19 in their respective ministries, departments and agencies.

He said the rosters should be prepared with an officer having to report for duty at most twice a month. The memo read, “I wish to note with deep concern the spate at which officers are testing positive for COVID 19 and hereby enjoins all accounting officers to come up with duty rosters to stem the outbreak in your respective MDAs.

“The roster should be prepared with an officer having to report for duty at most (one week) twice a month. Please note that this directive is without prejudice to existing directives and only reinforces same. Be responsible. Be responsive. Be safe.”

Cross River tackles INEC over bye-election, fingers Wike for PDP crises

The Cross River State Government on Monday, accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of being the brain behind the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

It also faulted the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Agom Jarigbe, to represent Cross River North Senatorial District in the Senate.

Director-General of the Cross River Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau, Alphonsus Eba, said this at a press conference in Abuja.

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