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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 Edition)

Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

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We’ve not nominated Soludo as our candidate – APGA

The All Progressives Grand Alliance on Tuesday said it has not nominated a former governor of Central Bank, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, as its candidate in the November 6 poll in Anambra State.

The APGA state chairman, Norbert Obi, stated this at a press conference in Awka, the state capital. He described as preposterous stories making the rounds that the party had settled for Soludo for the poll.

He said, “We are conscious of what happened in Zamfara where a certain political party won elections but did not rule because of improper primaries. So, we shall hold a proper, free and fair election for the November poll to ensure the most credible person emerged as our standard-bearer. What I can assure you is that our candidate for the election must come from Anambra South Senatorial District; that’s where we have zoned our 2021 governorship slot to.”

IPOB/MASSOB members’ asylum: FG may summon British envoy, Ohanaeze, Afenifere back UK

The Federal Government on Tuesday expressed anger over a plan by the United Kingdom to offer asylum to “persecuted” members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said the plan was disrespectful to Nigeria as a nation.

Mohammed stated this as there were indications on Tuesday that the Federal Government might summon the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, over the asylum offer. But socio-political groups including the Middle Belt Forum, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, supported the asylum offer by the UK and berated the Federal Government over the development.

Amotekun frees Ekiti monarch, arrests kidnap kingpin

The Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti in the Oye Local Government area of Ekiti State, Oba David Oyewumi, who was kidnapped in his palace on Thursday, has regained freedom. Recall that the traditional ruler was kidnapped by six gunmen, while a family source on Monday said the abductors demanded N20m ransom.

The Ekiti Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig Gen. Joe Komolafe, said the traditional ruler was rescued at Obbo Ile in Kwara State with the support of the vigilante members in Kwara State and Amotekun operatives.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, said, “The traditional ruler has been reunited with his family, though he is at present receiving treatment in hospital because of the trauma”

Petrol landing cost hits N216, daily subsidy now N4.64bn

The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) imported into Nigeria has jumped to N216.31 per litre on the back of the recent increase in global oil prices and the depreciation of the naira against the dollar.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency had in March released a pricing template that indicated the guiding prices for the month. The template, which showed that petrol pump price was expected to range from N209.61 to N212.61 per litre, was greeted with widespread public outcry and was later deleted by the agency from its website.

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, said on March 25 that with the current market situation, the actual price of petrol could have been anywhere between N211 and N234 per litre. He said the Federal Government was subsidising petrol with about N100bn to N120bn monthly (N3.3bn-N4bn daily) as it was being sold for N162 per litre.

Based on the PPPRA template, the expected pump price of the product stood at N239.31 per litre as of April 16. The expected retail price of N239.31 per litre and the current pump price of N162 per litre indicate a subsidy of N77.31 per litre. With daily petrol consumption put at about 60 million litres by the NNPC and a subsidy of N77.31 per litre, daily subsidy amounts to N4.64bn.

Court hasn’t ordered EFCC to recover money from Okorocha – Aide

An aide to a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday said no court in Nigeria had ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to recover “even a pin” from him.

The aide, Sam Onwuemeod in a statement in Owerri, was reacting to a document making the rounds that an unnamed court had ordered the EFCC to withdraw 33 “stolen” properties and funds belonging to the state government from him.

The statement reads partly, “No court in the land, both within and outside, whether magistrate court, or customary court , or state high court, or federal high court, or appeal court or Supreme Court, had ordered EFCC to recover even a pin from Okorocha.

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