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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 25 June, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari

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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.

Buhari leaves for UK checkup as doctors threaten fresh strike

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will on Friday proceed to London for “a scheduled medical follow-up.”

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari off to London Friday for medical follow-up.’ The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will proceed to London, the United Kingdom on Friday, June 25, 2021, for a scheduled medical follow-up. He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021.”

Buhari leaves for London at a time of looming threats of industrial action from the National Association of Resident Doctors.

Senate President backs FG borrowing spree, opposes new taxes

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has defended Nigeria’s borrowing spree, arguing that the Federal Government cannot tax Nigerians any further to fund infrastructure.

Lawan also said that Nigeria was currently poor and had no other option but to borrow to finance infrastructure. He, however, affirmed that the legislature would not be frivolous in granting Executive’s requests for loans.

The Senate President said these on Thursday in an interview with State House correspondents after meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Lawan asserted that requests for loans would pass through thorough scrutiny to ensure they were necessary, adding that when permitted, the loans would be monitored to ensure effective use.

We’re investing $1bn on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, two others – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was investing $1bn on the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge, and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.

It disclosed this at the official opening of the 51st Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, adding that over N15tn would be required to bridge the country’s infrastructure deficit.

In his keynote address at the conference, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, spoke on how the Federal Government had been intervening in some selected sectors. He said, “On roads, the government created the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, investing over a billion dollars in three flagship projects: the Lagos-lbadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge, and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.

Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PANDEF insist on restructuring ahead talks with ACF

Two major socio-political groups in the North-Central, the Middle Belt Forum and the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, have dissociated themselves from the pan-northern association, the Arewa Consultative Forum.

The MBF and SOKAPU, in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Thursday, said although they were not opposed to the ACF’s planned meeting with southern groups, they were not part of the Arewa forum. The organisations stated this as southern groups said the need to restructure the country would be raised at the meeting.

The ACF, at its national executive council meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, said it hoped to meet leaders of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere and the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo over rising insecurity in the country and other issues.

Super TV CEO: Suspect’s father arrested, lecturers, classmates shocked, UNILAG silent

MEN of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested the father Chidinma Ojukwu, who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death.

A top police source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, told PUNCH Metro that the suspect and her father were arrested at their residence, No. 57 Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, on Wednesday. The source said the father was arrested for resisting Chidinma’s arrest and for becoming violent with policemen, who went to apprehend her. The source added that the man did not believe that his daughter committed any crime until she confessed on Thursday, adding that he was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.

During her parade, Chidinma confessed to withdrawing N380,000 from the deceased’s account to pay her school fees. Chidinma told PUNCH Metro that Ataga became violent after she turned down his request for more sex, adding that she stabbed him under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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