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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 1st April, 2021 Edition)

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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.

Doctors’ strike begins, NARD meets National Assembly over unpaid allowances

The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors on Wednesday met with the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Health behind closed doors to discuss the impending strike by the health workers.

This is just as the strike called by NARD commences today. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, Finance, Budget Office and the National Association of Medical and Dental Council also attended the meeting.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, told our correspondent that both sides resolved most of the issues that led to the strike threat.

Soludo whereabouts unknown, three policemen killed as gunmen attack summit

Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, and killed three police orderlies attached to him.

The incident reportedly happened in the professor’s home town, Isiofia, in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness said, “A couple of minutes ago, some gunmen disrupted an interactive session between Isuofia youths and a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo at the town’s civic centre. “Three policemen were shot dead in meeting”

Why I sacked environment commissioner – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday, said he sacked Dr Igbiks Tamuno as the Commissioner for Environment because he engaged in acts tantamount to sabotage.

Wike stated this shortly after the signing of contract for the Trans-Kalabari and Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono road projects at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the sacked commissioner had written to construction giant, Julius Berger which was handling state government projects to stop work without his approval. The statement quoted Wike as saying that, “I don’t know how a commissioner can write to a company to stop work without my approval. And Julius Berger for that matter, to stop construction in the entire state.

How mob burnt Bauchi detainee to death for blasphemy

Angry youths at Sade village in the Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State have set ablaze a water vendor for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The victim, identified as Talle Mai Ruwa, was reportedly detained at a police station in the area before the irate youths mobilised and seized him from the police cell. They were said to have burnt his body using petrol and a disused car tyre.

A source told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the incident happened between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

I can’t demand N7bn bribe when I left N75bn in office – Obi

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, said there was no truth in the claim that he demanded N7bn for installing the state governor, Willie Obiano.

He wonderd how he could have left N75bn for the governor and turn around to ask him to give him N7bn out of it. The former governor said since he left office about seven years ago, he has not received anything from the state government as entitlement or gift.

Obi spoke during an interactive/stakeholders’ meeting of the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party held in Awka, the state capital on Wednesday.

PDP, others carpet FG as US alleges massive graft in Buhari regime

The United States has accused authorities in Nigeria of massive corruption and stifling of free speech in 2020. The US stated this in the ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,’ released on Tuesday, but made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday.

Expressing concern about corruption in Nigeria, the US, in the report, stated that it was widespread and pervasive at all levels of government, including the judiciary and security services. Against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s anti-graft stance, the US Department of State, which authored the report, said there were numerous allegations of government corruption last year.

In their separate reactions on Wednesday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and a former President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Malachy Ugwumadu, berated the regime of Muhammadu Buhari.

Another Umahi’s aide resigns, says gov scuttled father’s burial plans

Another aide of the Ebonyi State governor, Chief Ogbonnaya Enyim, on Tuesday resigned his appointment.

Enyim, who until his resignation was the Special Assistant to the Governor on School Monitoring, in his resignation letter dated March 30, 201, said Umahi’s current disposition towards him made him to realise that he had no place any longer in his government.

The resignation letter read in part, “Your Excellency, your preference for my younger sister for reasons best known to you have compelled me to take this decision in order to avoid rancour and acrimony.

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