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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 26 March, 2021 Edition)

APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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.

Tinubu to chair 11th Arewa House lecture

A former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, will on Saturday chair the 11th Arewa House Lecture series in Kaduna.

Director of the Arewa House, Dr Shuaibu Aliyu, who made this known at a press conference in Kaduna on Thursday, also said Governor of Plateau and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, will be the guest speaker.

He said Lalong would speak on ‘Reducing the cost of governance and inclusion of youth in national development in post-COVID-19 era.’

Petrol price hike imminent as NNPC declares N120bn subsidy unsustainable

The Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Thursday said the Federal Government subsidises Premium Motor Spirit with about N120bn ($263.25m) monthly.

He said while the actual cost of importation and handling charges amounts to N234 per litre the government had been selling at N162 per litre therefore bearing the difference.

Kyari spoke at the weekly ministerial briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the NNPC could no longer afford to bear the cost, saying Nigerians would have to pay the actual cost sooner or later.

Lagos kicks, nurses fault FG as alleged vaccine sale surfaces

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was satisfied with the turnout of Nigerians for COVID-19 vaccination as the number of vaccinated persons rose to 325,514.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuiab, who stated this in a text message to one of our correspondents, said the progress recorded was better than what government envisaged. The NPHCDA boss said this as the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives said it was not carried along in the exercise.

Also on Thursday, as allegations of the sale of the vaccine surfaced in Lagos, the state government challenged anybody with proof of the illegal act to present it.

Prof jailed three years for declaring Akpabio winner, PDP jubilates

The Akwa Ibom State High Court 2 sitting in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area has sentenced one Prof Peter Ogban of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, to three years imprisonment for electoral fraud he committed during the 2019 elections in the state.

Ogban, a Professor of Soil Physics and Conservation, who acted as the Collation/Returning Officer during the National Assembly election, stood trial on two counts of manipulating and falsifying scores of election results in Oruk Anam and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress. In his judgment on Thursday, Justice Augustine Odokwo said it was proved beyond reasonable doubts that the accused was guilty of the charges and accordingly sentenced him to three years imprisonment and a fine of N100,000 for the two counts, respectively

The accused pleaded for mercy on the premise that he has dependents including a 90-year-old mother to cater for.

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