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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 28 January, 2021 Edition)

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

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COVID-19 violators face imprisonment as Buhari signs regulations

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail spread of COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the President signed the document on Tuesday. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the President signed the document in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.

Part two of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centre or any other similar establishment “except he is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth; he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control; and his body temperature has been checked. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.” Part one which deals with restrictions on gatherings stipulates that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons.

We can’t force Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccine – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Wednesday said the people were not under compulsion to take COVID-19 vaccine.

Abubakar who is the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, spoke during the sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccine for Muslim Scholars and Imams in Nigeria, facilitated by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency on Wednesday evening in Abuja.

Abubakar said, “I believe that we cannot force people to take vaccine. There are myths, people talk of conspiracy theories.

300 female soldiers drafted to battle Kaduna-Abuja highway’s criminals

At the least 300 female soldiers have been deployed by the Nigerian Army to tackle banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

About 100 of the 300 soldiers under the Nigerian Army Women Corps were on Wednesday received by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai expressed hope that with the deployment of the female soldiers, the insecurity along the highways would abate.

FCC commissioners write Buhari, accuse chairman of lopsided recruitment

The Federal Character Commission, the agency of government saddled with the task of monitoring and enforcing compliance with the principles of the proportional sharing of all government posts is currently enmeshed in a recruitment scandal, The PUNCH has learnt.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the FCC, Muheeba Dankaka, who was appointed last year by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is accused of carrying out a secret recruitment and giving majority of the slots to her kinsmen from Kwara State in breach of the FCC Act.

In a petition dated December 10, 2020 and addressed to the President, it was alleged that Dankaka unilaterally recruited 22 employees out of which 11 of them are from her senatorial district in Kwara State. The petition, which was signed by 20 out of the 37 FCC commissioners, is titled, ‘Brazen breach of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Federal Character Commission (Establishment) Act and gross abuse of office by the Chairman, Dr. Muheeba F. Dankaka OON, request for urgent intervention by Mr President to salvage the image of the Federal Government and the commission’.

Groups back Soyinka as Nobel Laureate says Buhari further dividing Nigerians

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum have backed the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) is to blame for the “alarming polarisation” of Nigeria.

The revered playwright and essayist had spoken on Wednesday during a morning television programme, Kakaaki, on AIT, which was monitored by one of our correspondents.

He said, “There is no question at all that Nigeria is alarmingly polarised and I blame this regime, I heap the major part of the responsibility on this regime because of its now undeniable nepotistic governance. I have already cited a couple of examples.

I was abducted in church, sold to Fulani kidnappers – NIS spokesperson

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Edo State Command, Bridget Esene, has said that she was meant to be killed but her abductors sold her to suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Esene, who was released by her abductors on Tuesday, said she suffered at the hands of the kidnappers.

Speaking on Wednesday through the telephone, she said, “The armed men numbering five trailed me to my church at Ikhueniro near Benin City where I was kidnapped. I was forced into their car and driven out of the church premises by my abductors who later sold me to another set of kidnappers, who are suspected herdsmen. I saw hell and l don’t wish my enemy such.”

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