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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 26 April, 2021 Edition)

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

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PDP sponsoring fake news about Ebonyi on social media – Govt

The Ebonyi State Government has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of allegedly sponsoring what it described as fake reports against the state. It said the PDP was hell-bent on misleading members of the public and urged the citizens not to take such fake news seriously.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, in a statement, said, “The attention of Ebonyi State Ministry of Information and State Orientation has been drawn to a vicious, mendacious and faceless post captioned, ‘I will not vote my husband in APC,’ and falsely credited to Her Excellency, wife of the Governor of Ebonyi State and made to trend in social media by political jobbers deployed by the remnants of the drowned People’s Democratic Party, in the state and who have also resorted to writing helplessly and derogatorily about Mrs Rachel Umahi (Ogoo Nwanyi).

“While we take exception to this cheap and disrespectful blackmail, we make bold to state that the wife of our dear governor is a proud card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, with registration number, EB/BZR/11/04202. We therefore want to use this medium to admonish the remnants of PDP in the state that no amount of lies and fake news shall mitigate the tsunami that has brazenly befallen them since the glorious defection of the government and people of Ebonyi State to APC. We also invite the members of the public to discountenance all the social media posts against the first family of Ebonyi State as a worthless political strategy of PDP to misinform the gullible and elicit public sympathy to their unpleasant political fate.”

FG spends N568.5bn annually on power tariff shortfalls – World Bank

The Federal Government of Nigeria is spending $1.5bn (N568.5bn at N379/$ exchange rate) annually to fund electricity tariff shortfalls, the World Bank has said.

According to the global financial institution, this amount could further increase if the country fails to take the right action.

The bank disclosed this in its enlarged report on Nigeria Power Sector Recovery Programme obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday. “FGN (Federal Government of Nigeria) is spending $1.5bn per year to fund tariff shortfalls and this could continue to rise if action isn’t taken,” the bank stated in the document.

NDLEA seizes N10bn heroin in Lagos, Kano, arrest six

Six persons have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

The operatives also seized from the suspects consignments of heroin and khat with a street value of over N10bn.

At the MMIA, Lagos, during cargo examination at the SAHCO Import Shed, a freight agent had presented a cargo from South Africa with an Ethiopian Airline ET 3901 Airway bill no: 071-40689003 for examination before the NDLEA operatives attached to the beat.

A statement issued on Sunday by the spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said the officers subsequently conducted a search of the cargo during which a suspected brownish substance was discovered concealed inside a red Ghana-must-go bag.

Outrage greets abduction of Christian worshippers in Kaduna

Bandits again on Sunday struck in Kaduna State, killing one person and abducting four others when they attacked Haske Baptist Church in Mannai Tasha village in Kuriga ward of the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness, Yakubu Bala, told one of our correspondents that the bandits invaded the church at 9am. The attack on the church was the fourth major assault by gunmen within a week in the state.

The attack has been condemned by groups including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Middle Belt Forum and the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union. SOKAPU, which lamented the high level of insecurity in the state, said in 2020, families in Southern Kaduna paid N1bn to free their abducted relatives.

Nigeria’ll be in trouble if we choose wrongly in 2023 – Dogara

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has said with the intractable security challenge in Nigeria, some parts of the country are fast becoming a hotbed of instability.

The federal lawmaker stated that Nigeria was at war with itself and that for the country, which had reached an inflicting point, to be brought back from the precipice, Nigerians must change the way they think and act.

Speaking at the 10th convocation of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, on Saturday, Dogara explained that the present challenges confronting the country had long been foretold, but that the warnings were flagrantly ignored, hence the current doldrums the country had been plunged into.

Terrible, strong forces trying to destroy Nigeria’s destiny –Tinubu, Tofa

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, called on Nigerians not to allow those he described as “agents of destruction” to succeed in Nigeria, saying strong forces were bent on breaking the country by unleashing violence, terror and criminality.

The former governor of Lagos State, who stated this at the 23rd-25th combined convocation of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, urged Nigerians to embrace peace and unity.

Tinubu explained that the enemies of the country were attacking agricultural players, which he said would have a negative impact on national food security.

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