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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 1 July, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians 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.

NBA faults planned Land Use Act review, SANs say move suspicious

The Nigerian Bar Association, some Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, have cautioned the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), against the move to amend the Land Use Act. While the NBA and senior lawyers, including Ifedayo Adedipe, Yusuf Ali and Tayo Oyetibo said the Federal Government’s move was unconstitutional, Makinde stated that he would not support it.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had on Thursday said the Federal Government was reviewing the Land Use Act of 1978. Mustapha, who was represented by a permanent secretary in the Office of the SGF at the 51st annual conference of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Abuja, said the review would take out sections of the Act that inhibited economic development.

The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Ferdinand Naza, while speaking to one of our correspondents on the intended review of the Land Use Act, said, “In Nigeria, there are procedures which have been laid down for the amendment of a law, such the Land Use Act in this case. According to the Nigerian constitution, only the National Assembly can review or amend the Land Use Act. “If there is any proposed review to the Act, my advice to the President is that it should first be submitted to the floor of the National Assembly for debate.”

We’re seeking explanation from FG on Kanu’s arrest, says Britain

The United Kingdom has said it will seek clarification from the Federal Government on the circumstances and legality of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The Head of Communications, British High Commission, Mr Dean Hurlock, who stated this while responding to enquiries from one of our correspondents, said the UK was in the process of seeking explanations from the Federal Government on the circumstances surrounding Kanu’s arrest and extradition.

Hurlock said this as Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the detained IPOB leader, said members of the legal team had formally applied to the Department of State Service to allow them access to their client. Recall that Kanu, who is facing trial for treasonable felony, jumped bail in 2017 and fled the country for the UK when soldiers stormed his parents’ residence at Afaraukwu, Abia State.

Nnamdi Kanu: UK can’t get nationals out of prison abroad, says document

The Head of Communications, British High Commission in Abuja, Dean Hurlock, told The PUNCH that the British Government is ready to provide “consular assistance” for the IPOB leader and “currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest”.

When our correspondent sought clarification on “consular assistance”, the British official referred him to the UK manual on ‘Support for British nationals abroad: A guide’.

The document read in part, “We cannot get you out of prison or detention, nor can we get special treatment for you because you are British. If however you are not treated in line with internationally accepted standards we will consider approaching local authorities. This may include if your trial does not follow internationally recognised standards for a fair trial or is unreasonably delayed compared to local cases.

FG added 22 transmission substations to 25,000MW deal —Siemens

The Federal Government wants 22 transmission substations in the country to be fixed, in addition to 11 new ones to be built under the Presidential Power Initiative, the Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Energy Limited, Mr Seun Suleiman, has said.

Suleiman said on Wednesday that the pre-engineering phase of the project would be completed in 10 months.

The PUNCH had reported in February that the Federal Government and Siemens had signed a contract for the pre-engineering phase, with the award letters were signed by Siemens Energy Nigeria and FGN Power Company, a special purpose vehicle created by the Federal Government for the project.

The Federal Government and Siemens AG had in July 2019 signed a Letter of Agreement on the Nigerian Electrification Roadmap, now Presidential Power Initiative, with the aim of ramping up electricity generation in the country to 25,000 megawatts in six years.

Again, Sunday Igboho’s house under attack

The residence of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State, has been attacked, his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, has said.

Koiki, who said the house was attacked around 1am on Thursday, also alleged the identities of the attackers to be soldiers.

“I can confirm that those who came are definitely Nigerian soldiers. There are more than 100 soldiers that came,” Koiki said in a Facebook Live chat. He added, “The situation is very active as more security operatives in about seven Nigerian Army patrol vans have arrived.”

Why we’ve not taken Super TV CEO’s suspected killer to court – Police

The Lagos State Police Command has explained why it has not taken Chidinma Ojukwu, the prime suspect in the killing of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to court.

The University of Lagos undergraduate and Ataga reportedly lodged in a service apartment in the Lekki area of the state and the corpse of the latter was discovered in the room the following day.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that Chidinma would be taken to court after the police had concluded their investigation. “We will take her to court when we finish the investigation; we are still investigating,” he stated.

NNPC saves $1bn on petrol imports, says Kyari

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Wednesday announced that the oil firm saved over $1bn of the cost that would have been built in on the top of petroleum products imports into Nigeria.

NNPC is the country’s sole importer of petrol for more than three years running and it currently subsidises the commodity, dispensing it to marketers at a subsidised rate, while dealers sell at between N162/litre to N165/litre.

Speaking during a live television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja, Kyari said NNPC was able to get petrol at the pumps at about N256/litre, whereas the cost of the commodity would have been about N290/litre. He explained that since the cost of diesel was currently N280/litre, the price of petrol would have been N10 higher than diesel price, but that NNPC had been able to bring it into Nigeria at about N256/litre.

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