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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 27 April, 2021 Edition)

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

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.

FG warns against travelling to India, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against travelling to countries that are recording a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially India where they largely go to for medical tourism. It also listed South Africa, Turkey and Brazil in the travel advisory.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, formerly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, also has warned Nigerians against shunning safety protocols against the virus, saying the pandemic was not over.

The National Incident Manager, PSC, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, spoke at the media briefing by the committee on Monday. Muhammad said, “While we continue to reopen the economy, we must also be aware of the happenings around the globe. Mr Chairman (Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha) and the Honourable Minister of Health (Prof. Osagie Ehanire) have made reference to specific incidents in India, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa.

Six feared killed as okada riders, transport union members clash in Lagos

Controversy is trailing the casualty figure in Monday’s clash involving okada riders and Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria members in the Iyana Iba area of Lagos State.

While a transport worker told PUNCH Metro that no fewer than six people lost their lives to the clash, a marshal insisted that four persons were killed in front of the Lagos State University and inward the Alaba Rago area, close to Iyana Iba.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the clash started when the union members allegedly accosted a yet-to-be-identified Hausa motorcyclist and demanded his ticket. The request reportedly led to an argument between the union members and the motorcyclist, which degenerated into a fight. It was learnt that the union members allegedly injured the motorcyclist during the scuffle. Angered by the development, other Hausa motorcyclists regrouped and allegedly attacked the union members in retaliation. The reprisal, however, escalated into a free-for-all that affected vehicular movement in Iyana Iba and Okokomaiko, among other nearby routes along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Buhari’ll soon deal with criminals, sponsors, says APC

The All Progressives Congress on Monday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and his regime, will soon deal with those behind Nigeria’s growing insecurity.

It said the current security challenge was real, as such, the APC as a political party would not play politics with human lives.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘We must unite against insecurity – APC,’ signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, in Abuja, on Monday.

15 cops, five soldiers killed, governor says Abuja not safe

The spate of insecurity in the country assumed a more dangerous dimension on Monday as Boko Haram insurgents made inroads into Niger State and gunmen killed two students of Greenfield University in Kaduna state.

Also on Monday, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Professor Richard Kimbir, said kidnappers attacked the institution on Saturday night.

In Kebbi State, the police said nine of their personnel were killed by bandits in the Sakaba Local Government Area of the state.

Oil imports gulped $1.32bn in 2020, says CBN

The quantity of foreign exchange used for oil imports in 2020 was $1.32bn, compared to $2.10bn in 2019, the latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria have shown. The CBN’s data on sectoral utilisation for transactions valid for forex revealed that $148.32m was utilised in January for oil imports; $145.23m in February, and $139.55m in March.

Forex for oil import transactions fell to $113.80m in April and $109.11m in May but rose to $114.57m in June. It stood at $77.36m in July; $82.37m in August; $72.63m in September; $78.86m in October; $92.91m in November and $146.95m in December.

Although the CBN did not specify the oil imported into the country, Nigeria’s oil imports consist mainly of petrol, diesel and kerosene.

Yoruba nation rally: DSS grills Kiriji leader, OPC denies involvement

Operatives of the Department of State Security on Monday reportedly grilled the leader of an Osun-based socio-cultural group, Kiriji Heritage Defenders, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, over alleged plans by some groups to hold a rally and demand Yoruba nation in the state.

The insinuations were rife that some groups were planning to hold a rally in Osun State to demand Yoruba nation. A top security source, who preferred anonymity, told our correspondent that Ekundayo was held by the DSS for over four hours, during which he was questions on the alleged plan to hold the rally.

The PUNCH also learnt that Kiriji Heritage Defenders was suspected to be part of the groups behind the proposed rally, hence the invitation to its Director General. Oodua Peoples Congress, another group fingered as part of the proposed rally, however denied involvement.

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