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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 Edition)

Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication

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.

Bandits expose SIM-NIN linkage failure, police can’t track gunmen

Kidnap victims on Monday explained how bandits had been thwarting the Federal Government’s security regulations in the telecommunications sector.

Residents of Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states, who recounted their experiences in kidnappers’ dens, told our correspondents that they made the bandits’ telephone numbers available to security agents.

They, however, lamented that nothing was done to apprehend the hoodlums, thus making a mess of the Federal Government’s directives on registration of telephone subscribers and the linkage of SIM with the National Identification Number.

I have completed 128 projects in two LGAs under two years – Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday, said his administration had executed 52 projects in Imeko Afon and 76 projects in Yewa North in the past two years.

Abiodun said this while flagging off the campaign for the local government elections in Imeko Afon and Yewa North Local Government Areas. The Governor promised to reconstruct deplorable roads, including Abeokuta-Olorunda-Imeko road.

Addressing the people of both council areas, the governor said the chief among the projects in Imeko-Afon is the construction of Oke Ola Road in Imeko. He said the reconstruction of the Rounder-Olorunda-Imeko Road would ease the hardship experienced by travelers on the road. He assured the people that the road would be nearing completion next time he would be visiting the LGAs.

Sanwo-Olu’s convoy catches Lagos traffic robbers in operation

The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s convoy on Monday arrested a gang of suspected criminals, who specialised in harassing motorists and road users in traffic.

This was made known in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gbenga Akosile. The statement reads, ”The gang of suspected criminals met their waterloo Monday while attempting to unleash terror on a motorist around Ojota in-bound Alausa. Help, however, came for the motorist as Governor Sanwo-Olu’s convoy approached the scene to rescue him from the three machete-wielding criminals who were at the time, trying to drag him out of his vehicle. The security personnel attached to the governor swooped on the suspects, retrieved the weapons from them and arrested the three of them.

“Sanwo-Olu reiterated his stance that Lagos would be no hiding place to criminal acts. Governor Sanwo-Olu stated after his security personnel arrested the three machete-wielding criminals that the exercise was a warning signal to other criminal elements and prospective traffic robbers in Lagos that there is no hiding place for criminality in Lagos State,” the statement added.

Petrol subsidy ends after Buhari signs PIB – Minister

The assent of the Petroleum Industry Bill by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will put an end to petrol subsidy in Nigeria, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, announced on Monday.

Sylva announced this while speaking at the Nigeria/Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries: 50 Years of Partnership press conference in Abuja. He insisted that it was best for Nigeria that the Federal Government discontinued subsidy on petrol, stressing that the recently passed PIB had no provision for subsidy.

The petroleum minister further noted that the government would begin the rehabilitation of the Warri and Kaduna refineries soon in order to increase domestic refining of petrol and to cushion the impact of subsidy removal.

Ohanaeze denies meeting Malami, minister claims leaders’ visit

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has denied sending any legal team to meet with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the AGF, Jibrilu Gwandu, had said in a statement on Monday that the Ohanaeze legal team met with Malami and indicated willingness to monitor the proceedings in the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

However, the President-General, Ohanaeze, Prof George Obiozor, who spoke to one of our correspondents on telephone, stated that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by him did not send anyone to the Federal Government, adding that another organisation using the name of Ohanaeze might have met the AGF.

FG halts refineries’ privatisation, says Ajaokuta Steel problem complex

The Federal Government has halted its plan to privatise Nigeria’s refineries following demands by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to allow the corporation revamp the dormant facilities.

Also, the Federal Government said on Monday that the problem with the Ajaokuta Steel Company was very complex, although efforts were ongoing to resolve the issues.

Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh, who spoke to journalists in Abuja while presenting updates on the bureau’s 2021 work plan, said all the refineries under the NNPC management were in various stages of non-production.

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