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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 16 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.

Nine power plants shut, FG apologises for outages

The Federal Government on Thursday said nine power plants were currently shut down, as this was why power outages had persisted recently across the country.

Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, said this in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, while his ministry also disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by his media aide, Aaron Artimas.

The ministry said the power outages had been bedeviling Nigeria, as it explained reasons for the problem.

We don’t buy arms, we produce locally, IPOB tells DSS

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it produces its arms locally. The secessionist group stated this on Thursday while debunking allegation credited to the Department of State Services that IPOB was plotting to attack banks to get money to purchase arms.

The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, described the allegation as a poor script. He said, “We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally.

While assuring banks in the area of safety, the pro-Biafra publicist said IPOB members were freedom fighters and not criminals. The group’s statement read in part, “The DSS is propelling this wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern Security Network and IPOB, and dent our global reputation.

Printed N60bn: CBN faults Obaseki, governor maintains stand

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality, so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further.

Obaseki, who has come under fire for saying that the Federal Government printed N60bn to share as part of federal allocation in March, in a statement he signed on Thursday, said it was time to stop playing the ostrich and approach the Nigerian project with all sense of responsibility and commitment.

Obaseki said this as the Central Bank of Nigeria faulted the Edo State governor’s claim that it printed N60bn in March for the Federal Government. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, had faulted Obaseki on Wednesday.

Don’t embark on unwinnable war, Ohanaeze tells FG

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide on Thursday said those encroaching on land in Alaigbo were provoking their people and Igbo deities.

Ohanaeze President General, Prof. George Obiozor, who stated this during a press conference in Enugu, declared that “there is no ‘No Man’s Land’ in Igbo land”.

Obiozor warned the Federal Government to rethink, reflect and act fast before the prophecy of the “late Chinua Achebe’s book, ‘Nigeria: There was a country’ becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of a national reality and a national tragedy foretold.”

You can’t become President without Rivers votes – Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said on Thursday that anybody jostling to be president of Nigeria would need to secure votes in Rivers to combine with either Kano or Lagos to emerge victorious.

Such pivotal position, he said, established the importance of Rivers State in the political scheme of the country.

Wike spoke at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party Local Government Election Campaign at Ulakwo in the Etche Local Government Area. “I keep telling the Peoples Democratic Party that no state has given more votes to the party than Rivers; and it is only in Rivers, in the whole of South-South, that the All Progressives Congress didn’t get 25 per cent votes in 2019 general elections. In Nigeria, nobody wins presidency if you didn’t win either Rivers and Lagos or Kano and Lagos together. Rivers is not a state anybody can joke with. Some states went to negotiate with them. Rivers didn’t do it,” the governor said.

Buhari returns after 15-day UK medical sojourn

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday returned to Nigeria from London.

Recall that Buhari travelled to London, United Kingdom on March 30 for “routine medical check-up.”

Adesina had announced that the President would return to the country in the second week of April. The presidential jet that conveyed Buhari and some of his close aides landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 4.45pm.

PDP congress: Saying I am ‘quiet but deadly’ wicked, Makinde replies Fayose

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has faulted former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Peter Fayose, for describing him as “deadly”.

In a statement by Makinde’s media aide, Taiwo Adisa, the former Ekiti governor was warned against spreading a false narrative about the South-West Peoples Democratic Party Congress held in Osun State on Monday.

Makinde’s aide, in the statement, said describing the Oyo governor as “deadly” is “unstatesmanlike, unguarded, malicious and wicked”.

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