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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 3rd May, 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.

Minimum wage: Ngige consults AGF, threatens to sue govs

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, has said he is consulting the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on how to deal with states who are renegotiating the minimum wage with chapters of labour unions.

Ngige said he might be forced to sue the governors, commissioners and other top government officials in the states where the National Minimum Wage Act was being breached.

The minister spoke on Sunday when he featured on the current affairs programme of Channels Television, Sunday Politics.

Go ahead, report me to Pope, Mbaka tells APC

Reverend Father Ekije Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu has called the bluff of the All Progressives Congress by telling them to go to Rome and report him to the Pope.

He said this in his homily delivered during his ministry’s Sunday Service of May 2, 2021.

He said that he will be given accolades by the Pope when he (the Pope) hears that he (Mbaka) is criticising a bad government. “The pope will clap for me if he hears that I am challenging a bad government in Nigeria. So, the APC can go ahead and report me to him. The Pope may even give me a position I may not want to handle,” he said.

Brent price slides, petrol landing cost hits N199.9/litre

Brent, the oil against which Nigeria’s crude is priced, slipped marginally in cost on Sunday, losing $1.29 to close at $66.76/barrel as of 6.43pm, as figures from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation showed how high the landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, had been.

Industry figures seen in Abuja on Sunday showed that Brent dropped by 1.9 per cent when compared to how it traded the preceding day.

However, further findings showed that crude oil in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries basket appreciated marginally on Sunday, gaining $1.18 to close at $65.71 as at 6.43pm, representing 1.83 per cent increase.

Nobody can stop agitation for Yoruba nation, says Akintoye

The leader of the Ilana Omo Odua, emeritus Prof. Banji Akintoye, has said the agitation for Yoruba self-determination cannot be stopped either by anybody.

Akintoye said this in a statement on Sunday by the Media and Communications Secretary of the group, Mr Maxwell Adeleye.

Yoruba nation agitators had on Saturday defied the police clampdown to stage their rally in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. He hailed the Yoruba Nimi Omo Kootu-Ojire and its founder, Titilayo Ojeleye, for the success of the rally held in Abeokuta on Saturday to drum-up support for the actualisation of the Yoruba nation.

Afenifere was right by refusing to support Buhari – Fasoranti

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Sunday said corruption and nepotism were the hallmarks of the administration of the President, Major-General Muhammadu (retd.), for the past six years.

The group also said the development had justified that the stance of the group not to support the election of Buhari in his first and second term. The leader of the Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, stated this at the 70th anniversary thanksgiving service of the Ondo State chapter of Afenifere held at Saint David Cathedral, Akure, the State capital, on Sunday.

Fasoranti said insecurity, corruption and nepotism ravaging the government of President Buhari justified that the decisions taken in 2015 and 2019 elections by the group were in the best interest of not only the Yoruba but Nigerians.

Akwa Ibom attack, burning 345 ballot boxes threaten 2023 polls –INEC

About 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture were destroyed by yet to be identified during an attack on the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in Essien Udim Local Government Area, of Akwa Ibom State.

The commission described the attack on its facility which came after it concluded an inventory of electoral materials nationwide in readiness for the 2023 general election.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, titled: “INEC Local Government Area Office in Akwa Ibom State set ablaze,” on Sunday.

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