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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Saturday,  10 February, 2017.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
CENTRAL Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday said it was in the position to defend the integrity of the naira.


 
This statement came on a day that it again intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) to the tune of $325.64 million.

Figures obtained from the Bank on Friday, February 9, 2018, indicate that the amount released was for requests from the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.

The figures were confirmed by the Bank’s Acting Director in charge of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, who noted that the continued intervention were in line with the assurances made by the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to sustain market liquidity in order to boost production and trade.

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According to Okorafor, the feedback from the wholesale and retail segments of the Nigerian Forex markets showed that customers were satisfied with their level of access to foreign exchange.

He said the degree of optimism displayed by all players underscored the fact that everyone was happy with the level of transparency in the market.

Speaking further, Okorafor assured that, with the recession now over and foreign reserves now standing at $42 billion, the CBN had enough in its arsenal to maintain the international value of the Naira as well as guarantee access to forex by those requiring it to meet genuine needs.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
COUNSEL to Chairman of Innoson Motors,  Professor J.N Mbadugba on Friday  narrowly escaped being slammed with contempt of court over his rude demeanour while explaining to Justice Mojisola Dada the reason his client failed to appear in court after being summoned.


 
Innocent  Chukwuma and his company; Innoson Motors are facing trial of forgery in a matter relating to a business transaction with GTB for which they were charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Recall that at the last adjournment, Chukwuma failed to appear before the court, after his lawyer explained to the court that his client was not properly served.

However at Friday’s proceedings, Innosun was for the second time absent in court.

Counsel to the defendant, Professor Mbadugba engaged the court in a round of arguments rather than give cogent reasons for his client’s non appearance in court.

Mbadugba angrily addressed the court that there are pending applications before  the Court of Appeal which had to be entertained before further proceedings at the court could go on.

Professor Mbadugha reacted angrily when the judge  insisted that   he could only address her   after his clients are in the dock.

In anger,  the defence counsel started arguing on points of law and demanded the judge to disqualify herself from the trial.


 
He further charged at the judge that she was overriding the Supreme Court decision.

The judge  attempted to calm him down,  tactfully reminding  him to respect and address the court.

“Do you want to go into contempt custody. You can go to prison from here. You think the court is a lawless place? You are rude,” the judge said.

In his response, Innoson’s lawyer said, “I’m sorry my Lord. My Lord should give me a second chance. I want my Lord to tamper justice with mercy. I withdraw the statement. I apologise.”

It would be recalled that a similar drama took place at the last proceeding, when Justice Dada asked the EFCC to pass an advanced copy of the charge against the defendants who failed to show up for arraignment on 17th January this year.

At that time the defendant’s counsel, Mr. A.  Onwukwe who stood in for Professor Mbadugha objected to being served an advanced copy of the charge as a form of service to the defendants.

While the EFCC counsel, Mr. A.B.C Ozioko was  addressing the court, he asked that a bench warrant be served on the defendants for non appearance at the court faulting their disposition that they appeared before the Senate Committee but failed to come to court to answer charges.

The Judge thereafter issued a bench warrant and ordered that Mr. Chukwuma should be arrested an kept in custody a day before the next adjourned date, which is March 14, 2018

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
THE Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Osun chapter on Friday insisted that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s  administration is owing teachers in the state 28 months salary arrears, saying the position of the Statistician-General of the state, Professor Wasiu Gbolagade that teachers were not being owed was false and misleading.


 
Reacting to the claims of Gbolagade, the state chairman of NUT, Comrade Amudah Wakeel, said contrary to the statement, the arrears owed was the modutaled salaries for 28 months which amounted to 14 months full salary.

He maintained that; “government owed teachers in the state an outstanding of the “modulated salaries” for 28 months which will amount to 14 months of full salary.”

Wakeel further clarified that all the teachers on levels eight and above were placed on modulated salaries, a payment arrangement where workers in the state, including the teachers, from levels eight to ten are paid 75 per cent of their salaries and those on levels ten and above are paid 50 per cent of their salaries.

According to him, “in 2015, government paid full salaries up to June, while arrears of July to August was paid last year, 2017, but the balance of the remaining half salaries of four months from 2015 are yet to be paid. In year 2016 half salary was paid from January to December indicating that 12 months arrears of half salaries remained to be paid.”

“In 2017, half salary was paid from January to November, meaning that, 11 half salaries were yet to be paid because full salary was paid in December. On the whole, 27 months arrears of half salary were yet to be paid,” he remarked.

Wakeel, however, urged the state government to pay the outstanding of the modulated salaries with immediate effect since it has promised to do so.

It would be recalled that the Osun Statistician-General on Wednesday issued  a statement debunking media reports credited to NUT President, Mr Alogba Olukoya, that Osun topped the list of states owing teachers salaries in the country.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement of Honourable Justice A.F.A. Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Honourable Justice O.O. Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court.


 
This followed the recommendations from the National Judicial Council (NJC).

According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, the disciplinary actions on the two Justices are in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The statement said Justice O.O. Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from 2nd December, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court to date.

The President urged judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the process of ensuring that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers.

The statement further explained: “The President’s position is in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him as the appointing authority to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration.

“Nigerians are assured that President Buhari will issue his approval or otherwise as soon as the process of the background verification is completed.”

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
As the dust was yet to settle over the robbery incidents involving two private jets at the Lagos airports last December, another one was again recorded at the same airport on Friday. The latest involved [...]The post Again thieves burgle Air Peace aircraft at Lagos airport appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Friday, disclosed plans by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to establish a Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states as part [...]The post NAF to establish operational units in Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa states appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A purported notice of attack issued by suspected Fulani herdsmen to communities in a local government area contiguous to Makurdi, the Benue State capital, caused panic on Friday in the state. Already, the police said [...]The post Panic in Makurdi as suspected herdsmen serve attack notice appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki on Friday gave assurance that the National Assembly would ever be committed to make democracy work, saying that Nigeria and Nigerians would be better served under democracy. This is coming [...]The post We're committed to make democracy work 'Saraki appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Spokesman of former President Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua said on Friday that his life is in danger. Afegbua, who stated this in a press release he made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, said [...]The post My life is in danger, IBB's spokesman cries out appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
As the nation steams in multi-dimensional crises, 33 Christian denominations have come together for a special intercession. The special prayer, scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, is being coordinated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God [...]The post National crises: Adeboye leads 33 churches in special prayer on Tuesday appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
An accident involving a Sino truck carrying a container and an Urvan commercial bus on the Kara bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Friday, claimed four lives. Saturday Tribune learnt that the truck with registration [...]The post Four killed, two injured in Ogun autocrash Friday appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Tragedy struck around 8:30 pm on Thursday along Minna-Suleja road following multiple accidents involving three trucks, killing no fewer than 8 persons on the spot. The accident was said to have occurred at Izom village [...]The post 5 die in Minna-Suleja road accident appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, has praised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's call for the creation of state police as an antidote to the rising security challenges in the country, saying that the National Assembly would [...]The post We'll consider state police 'Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
THE Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has announced 12th May 2018 as the date it will conduct the local government elections in the state. This was even as it announced fees for the LG [...]The post Kaduna fixes date, fees for LG polls appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Dr Linga Ajayi the wife of the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi is dead. This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief of Staff to the monarch, Abbe Aina, [...]The post Akarigbo of Remoland loses wife appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, has declared as frivolous, comments by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the strategic steps the Edo State [...]The post No agreement to establish cattle colonies in Edo State 'Govs Aide insists appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A Civil Society Organisation, the Sanctity Transparency Peace Initiative, has alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has been flouting the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari asking the former to relocate to [...]The post Benue Killings: IGP flouting your directive, Group tells Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Federal High Court in Lagos Friday ordered the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to recognise the Adebayo Dayo-led executive in Ogun State. Justice Mohammed Idris held the executive's tenure will not expire until May 2020. [...]The post Court orders INEC, PDP to obey judgment on Ogun leadership appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
SENATE President, Senator Bukola Saraki on Friday gave assurance that the National Assembly would ever be committed to making democracy work, saying that Nigeria and Nigerians would be better served under democracy. This is coming [...]The post Were committed to making democracy work 'Saraki appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Friday rejected the admonition to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), saying that contrary to the position of the conference that Nigerians were [...]The post People angry with Buhari are looters, Kogi gov tells Catholic bishops appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari hasapproved the compulsory retirement of Honourable Justice A. F. A Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Honourable Justice O.O Tokode of the [...]The post Buhari retires Justice Ademola, dismisses Tokode appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Many Nigerians seek refuge in churches and mosques, with the belief that God will answer their prayers through the clerics who they see as God's representatives on earth. But if worshippers, who seek to heal [...]The post I buy human flesh for N1,500, N2,000 to make money charms 'Alfa appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
THE Senator Representing Kano Central Senatorial District and a former Governor of the State, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has flagged off his bid to run for the 2019 presidential election. He was in Anambra State [...]The post 2019 election: Kwankwaso visits Anambra, kicks off presidential campaign appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The United Nations on Thursday said more than $1 billion in funding was needed this year to help millions of people affected by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the AFP has reported. The [...]The post UN appeals for $1 bn for Boko Haram-hit North East Nigeria appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has extended his best wishes to Team Nigeria as they begin their epoch-making representation of the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. According to a statement issued by [...]The post Buhari sends goodwill message to winter Olympic team appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
At recent rallies of Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress for next year's general elections, the list of speakers is often dominated by former members of the opposition People's Democratic Party who switched sides. Former ministers, [...]The post In Nigerian 'Cash-and-Carry' politics, ambition is only constant appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
THE Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh should face his trial in the N400 million money laundering charge preferred against him [...]The post N400m fraud: S/Court dismisses Metuh's no-case submission appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
courtA star witness in the ongoing trial of former Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Vice Marshal Dikko Umar (retd), has concluded his evidence in chief with a revelation that receipts were not issued by [...]The post There are no receipts for N558m monthly upkeep of airforce boss, witness tells court appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
EDO State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has set up a N10 million education fund for the training of two children of late David Okoniba, whose death was allegedly caused by an exchange with a police [...]The post Obaseki visits family of slain driver, sets up N10m education fund for children appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, spoke with BIOLA AZEEZ on the on-going realignment of forces, with the formation of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement [...]The post Why Buhari must listen to Obasanjo 'Kawu Baraje, former PDP national chairman appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition that causes a person to develop patches of dry, itchy skin on their body. It often develops as a result of inflammation in the body, so eating foods [...]The post How to use diet to cure eczema appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Oja Oba/Mapo Court C Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State has dissolved the two-year-old wedlock between a couple, Kehinde Ibrahim and her husband, Kasali Ibrahim. Kehinde had dragged her husband to court seeking that their [...]The post He said it was an abomination asking him for feeding allowance, burnt all my clothes 'Wife appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Dr (Mrs) Kehinde Omotayo is an associate professor at the Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ekiti State University, Ekiti State. In this interview by TAYO GESINDE, she speaks on her experience working as [...]The post The more educated a woman is, the more humble she should be 'Omotayo, Associate Professor appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
IT has been discovered that the North-East region of Nigeria recorded the highest maternal mortality rate in the country as out of 100,000 live birth, 1,549 mothers die yearly compared to 165 in the South-West [...]The post 1,549 women die yearly in Northeast from complications arising from pregancy 'UNICEF appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Amala and abula is one of the favourite meals of many people in the South Western part of Nigeria. Amala is a staple food made from yam flour while abula is a mixture of gbegiri [...]The post Amala and Abula appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ogunlola Akintunde, best known as MC 90's is an On-Air Personality and stand-up comedian registered under the Comedian of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN). The Eko 99.7 FM radio presenter is the organiser of [...]The post God told me to pay tax as I pay tithe 'MC 90's appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
NIGERIAN equities dropped further for the fifth consecutive day on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) with the market indicators dropping by 0.46 percent. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the All-Share Index shed [...]The post Capital market indices dip 0.46% appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
THE Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, MrEmmanuel Akporherhe, on Friday, aid the management had embarked on palliative measures at the Tin Can Port to facilitate trade, pending road reconstruction in the area. Akporherhe made [...]The post NPA embarking on palliative measures to improve trade at Tin Can Port ' Official appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Dr Dikko Radda, the Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says the establishment of rating agency will enhance Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) access to funds. Radda said this on [...]The post Establishment of rating agency will enhance MSME's access to funds ' agency appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
MR Benson Obounu, the deputy governor of Benue, says the country's economy will improve if stakeholders encourage engineers to produce homemade commodities. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday after [...]The post Grow Nigeria's economy by encouraging engineers 'Benue deputy gov appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
ONE of Africa's leading infrastructure equity investment managers and a member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), has announced an investment in Starsight Power Utility Limited (Starsight). AIIM has acquired [...]The post Starsight: AIIM, Helios Investment partner on energy service delivery in Nigeria appeared first on Tribune. 

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