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Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all had a great weekend and 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.

Six power plants shut in 35 hours, generation slumps

Six of the nation’s power plants were shut down between 8:15pm on Thursday and 6am on Saturday, causing power generation to plunge by 1,190.3 megawatts.

Data obtained from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Sunday showed that 11 power plants were not generating any megawatts of electricity as of 6am on Saturday.

The idle plants were Afam IV&V, Geregu II, Sapele II, Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP.

Use gov poll to end godfatherism in Edo –Obaseki

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has concluded his ward-to-ward reelection campaign in Edo North Senatorial District, promising to bring an end to godfatherism in the state.

A statement on Sunday said Obaseki made the promise while speaking to party faithful in Ward 7, Etsako West Local Government Area, and called on the people to support him in the fight against godfatherism by voting en masse for the PDP.

“On September 19, 2020, we have to tell them that Edo must move forward and bring an end to godfatherism,” Obaseki said.

Ondo deputy gov picks Mimiko’s ex-aide as running mate

The candidate of the Zenith Labour Party and Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, has picked a former Commissioner for Works, Mr Gboye Adegbenro, as his running mate for the October 10 governorshp election.

Adegbenro, was a commissioner during the last administration of Dr Olusegun Mimiko .

The former commissioner’s name was said to have been sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Debt servicing gulps N1.57tn in six months

The Federal Government spent a total of N1.57tn on debt servicing in the first six months of the year, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, has said.

Agba said this in a presentation that was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Media, Ojeifo Sufuyan.

He said of on government’s expenditure performance, N9.97tn was appropriated, while N4.45tn, representing 89.3 per cent of the pro rata N4.99tn was expended.

The minister stated that out of the expenditure, N1.57tn was for debt service, and N1.61tn for personnel cost, including pensions.

Nigeria drifting into police state under Buhari –CNG

A Coalition of Northern Groups has raised the alarm over what it described as Nigeria’s drift towards becoming a police state under the watch of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

The coalition specifically noted the invitation extended to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives; Alhaji Umar Ghali Na’abba by the Department of State Services based on views he expressed in an interview he granted Channels Television.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Statement on Ghali Naabah’s summon by DSS.’ signed by the group’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in Kaduna on Sunday.

NDDC must account for N6.25bn palliative fund – Committee chair

The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission COVID-19 Palliatives Distribution Committee, Sobomabo Jackrich, has said the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC must account for the N6.25bn palliative fund.

He noted that the money approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari for the benefit of the indigent people of the Niger Delta had allegedly been stolen, denying the citizens the opportunity to benefit from the fund.

Jackrich, in a statement on Sunday, advised the IMC to wait for the National Assembly to probe the alleged embezzlement following the petition he (Jackrich) wrote to the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal members of the National Assembly.

Mailafia spoke the truth, says surety

A peace advocate in Jos, Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, has given reasons why he stood surety for a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, following his interrogation by the Department of State Services.

According to him, the former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, “should be commended and encouraged to provide tips on how to address the problem” because he did the Nigerian government a favour by voicing out the issues about Boko Haram insecurity and killings in Southern Kaduna.

Mailafia was grilled by the DSS in Jos, Plateau State, following a radio interview during which he said a northern governor was Boko Haram leader.

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