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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 10 February, 2018.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Inadequate manpower and faulty equipment are   affecting voter registration in many states, Saturday PUNCH’s investigations have revealed.

Visits by our correspondents to some Independent National Electoral Commission registration centres across the country showed that while some residents couldn’t register due to unavailability and/or shortage of INEC personnel, others couldn’t because of inadequate and/or malfunctioning machines such as laptop computers and printers.


 
Investigations this week showed that while residents of states including Lagos, Ondo, Enugu, Ogun and Taraba complained about voter registration, their counterparts in Kastina and Minna said it was hitch-free.

INEC had announced the commencement of the Continuous Voter Registration on April 27, 2017, at designated centres, adding that the exercise would end in December 2018.

However, while some centres lacked the adequate personnel to attend to the residents, some other centres had issues with their equipment, thereby making it difficult for the capturing of voters’ data.

Only two laptops for each of Enugu LGs

For instance, in Enugu State, only two laptop computers were available in each of the 17 local government areas. Also, only two INEC staff members were assigned to conduct the registration in each local government area. There is also only one registration centre in each local government area.

During a visit by one of our correspondents to the registration centre in Enugu North Local Government Area at the Prison Club Hall, Enugu, it was observed that the pace of the registration was very slow, a development which frustrated both the officials and the residents, who turned out in a large number to register.

Some of the residents said they had been to the registration centre on several occasions but had gone home without registering.


 
Besides inadequate staffing of the registration centres, it was also learnt that the data capturing machines were not always functional, mostly due to lack of power supply.

At other registration centres, it was equally observed that the printers were not functional, hence, those who were able to register were unable to collect their voter cards.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
    
Taiwo
An ex-wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Taiwo, in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA speaks on her son, the alleged troubles in his marriage and the stance of the father

It was shocking to hear th at your son allegedly left his matrimonial home. Is it true that he’s missing or you know his whereabouts?

I don’t know where he is. Of the two children that I have, Olujonwo is my first child and only son. Nobody knows where he is. People are telling me not to make noise about it, but he’s been missing since last year and the whole thing is taking its toll on me as a mother. He wasn’t answering my call, but now the phone is switched off.


 
READ ALSO: I’m not missing, Obasanjo’s son, Olujonwo declares

When last did you see him before he allegedly went missing?

I saw him last in September last year and that was in Abeokuta during the book launch by my cousin. I also saw him when the father called me for us all to make peace. But, up till today, nobody knows where he is.

But your son issued a statement on Thursday, saying he wasn’t missing. That is in sharp contrast with what you are saying. Why do you insist that he’s missing?

Up till now, he’s still in hiding. The statement that was released was not by my son. The father could have written it in his name. He’s still running away from the wife and his father. They should let him come out to say what he’s going through but Chief Olusegun Obasanjo doesn’t want the whole world to know the marriage is not working because of his big name and status. As I speak to you, he’s still in hiding. The marriage is no more there. There is no truth in that statement, and my son can never tell me I’m an attention-seeking woman. He couldn’t have said that. Ask those who wrote the story whether they saw him in person or whether he handed the statement to them directly. If the marriage is intact, why has my son not been seen since November 1, 2017, and no one cares about his safety or his life. If he comes out, people will hear the absolute truth from him.

Are you close to him, because one would expect you would be one of the first persons to know?

I can’t say we are very close. You know men like to be on their own. I would say he’s closer to the father than me because he lived there. The father brought him back from England and he started living with him. He read International Relations in England and he said he preferred to stay there but his father wanted him to come back. So, on return, he has been with the father.

When did you hear about his sudden disappearance?


 
It was from the wife I got the news and that was December 2017. People started calling me to say my son was missing, because I don’t live with them. I live in Lagos while they live in Abeokuta, and I said to myself that they had started again. In fact, it was one of his dad’s wives that alerted me to the ill-treatment my son was going through and she was surprised that my son didn’t mention what had been happening to me. His wife doesn’t call me, but I had to call her to ask and she told me it was true.


Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Proceedings in the alleged forgery case of the businessman, Innocent Chukwuma, was fraught with drama on Friday as his lawyer, Prof. J.N. Mbadugha, accused the judge of “encouraging lawlessness.”

The lawyer’s outburst followed an enquiry by the judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, about the whereabouts of Chukwuma, who was not in court.


 
The lawyer had begun by saying he had several preliminary applications which must first be ironed out.

But the judge observed that Chukwuma and the first defendant were not in court, asking, “Where are your clients?”

Hardly had the judge finished asking the question when Mbadugha flared up.

“These proceedings are a clear abuse of court processes; the EFCC is a reckless arbiter. My Lord should not encourage lawlessness.

“My Lord has refused to be bound by the rule of law and doesn’t want to be bound by the doctrine of stare decisis; My Lord wants to override the decision of the Supreme Court,” Mbadugha said angrily.

The judge, who was caught by surprise, remarked, “You are insulting the court; this is a clear contempt in the face of the court; you will go to prison from here. If you think the court is defenceless and powerless, you’d be surprised.”

“If My Lord cites me for contempt, I will go for it,” Mbudugba replied unrepentantly.

“Are you aware that you can go to prison from here?” The judge asked in a voice laced with threat.


 
Mbudugha was, however, sobered a little and began apologising.

“My Lord, I apologise. I will never disrespect the court,” he said.

“But your whole comportment, conduct and countenance smack of disrespect for the court and the rule of law! I refuse to listen to you, professor in what? Go back to the classroom. No wonder the kind of students being churned out of our universities with the kind of professors we have in Nigeria now,” the judge retorted.

“I am very sorry, My Lord. To err is human, to forgive is divine. This will never repeat itself,” Mbadugba said.

But the judge, who was not pacified, continued, “You were almost unstoppable; saying the court was not abiding by the rule of law, that’s a very serious one. I think I will report you to the NBA,” Justice Dada said.

Mbadugha apologised again and resumed his attempt to introduce his applications, but the judge said, “I refuse to listen to you. Professor in what? Disrespecting the court and encouraging your client to dishonour the court, an institution.”

At this point, counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. A.B.C. Ozioko, rose to his feet to address the court, but Mbadugba asked Ozioko to remain seated as “I am still on my feet.”

The judge intervened by asking Ozioko to sit, noting that Mbadugha, being a professor, was Ozioko’s teacher and senior but Ozioko swiftly replied, “He’s not a professor of Law. He shouldn’t be coming to say he is a professor of Law. He is a professor of Animal Science!”

But Mbadugba protested, saying, “I am a professor of Law. I am a professor of International Arbitration.”

“International Arbitration? Then you shouldn’t be announcing yourself as a professor in court,” the judge said.

Eventually, Ozioko took the floor, telling the court to hold that Chukwuma had disrespected the court on the encouragement of Mbadugha.

The EFCC lawyer noted that Chukwuma had earlier in the week dragged the anti-graft agency before the Senate, proceedings which he personally attended.

“They had respect for the National Assembly but not the court. My friend is a lawyer; he wants to diminish the integrity of this court. There is no law that says because you are challenging the charges, you should not be in court,” Ozioko said.


Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Obaseki raises N10m education fund for children Alexander Okere, Benin AN uncle to a commercial driver, David Okoniba, who was allegedly pushed in the path of a truck by a policeman and crushed to death in Benin, Edo State has also died. It was learnt that the aged man died on Friday morning, few days [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
As the saying goes, the only thing that does not change is God and perhaps change itself; every other thing changes. If something has a beginning, the end is just around the corner. As beautiful as sex is and as important in a marital relationship as it is, there are many notable changes that happen [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has disclosed that 170 indigenes of the state in prison custody are on death row. He added that he would put some factors into consideration, including the culture of the people of the state before knowing whether to sign the death penalty of the individual culprits [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Barr. Shadrach Erebulu, Adou lll, whose kingdom spreads through Delta and Bayelsa states, speaks with THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN on the traditions and cultures of the Kabowei people and what he has been doing to revive the Ijaw culture. How has it been since you ascended the throne' It [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A girl aged 11 has given birth to her 14-year-old brothers baby, Mirror UK, reported. Police are investigating the birth and say the babys dad is the mums sibling and that he was 13 when he got her pregnant. The girl gave birth at Virgen de la Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia, south east Spain last [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi An Abuja-based civil society organisation, the Sanctity Transparency Peace Initiative, has told the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, that nothing negative must happen to the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom. The group also called on the police boss to come clean on the alleged complicity of the police and [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
DSS lacks power to summon him Falana Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju The Media Adviser to a former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), Mr. Kassim Afegbua, on Friday in Abuja raised the alarm over his safety, saying his life was in danger. Afegbua, who spoke with journalists after he left the office of [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola Many stories have been told of Adamawa State and many of them have been beautiful, lending credence to its former slogan Land of Beauty, Sunshine and Hospitality before it was changed to Highest peak of the nation. The state is famous for an array of picturesque mountains and breathtaking beauty [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Leke Baiyewu The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Friday said he was on the same page with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that state police would go a long way in tackling the nations security challenges. Lawan said this in an interview with State House correspondents after joining Buhari for Jumat at the Presidential [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Four persons reportedly died while two others were injured in an auto crash which occurred on the Kara bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday. Traffic report indicated that the accident involved a Sino truck laden with a container and an Urvan commercial bus. The truck with the number plate KMC 47 [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Justice O. O. Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court. The approval was contained in a statement made available to journalists on [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Kogi State Government on Friday signed and presented a letter authorising the Federal Government to begin the proposed cattle colony initiative on 15,000 hectares of land in the state. The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, said the people of his state were 100 per cent in support of [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt and Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Department of Petroleum Resources on Friday sealed three filling stations in Port Harcourt for hoarding premium motor spirit, also known as petrol and selling above the official price of N145 per litre. The DPR, which began its surveillance of filling stations, warned that it would not [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele and Femi Makinde Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to Nigerians to stop reading ethnic sentiment into the killings by suspected herdsmen in the country, saying herdsmen must embrace cattle ranching with a view to ending their conflict with farmers. Aregbesola spoke at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Thursday while interacting [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Sharon Ifeoma is a Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based corporate trainer. Despite being afflicted by polio as a child, her drive to be a star has not slowed down. In this interview with Eric Dumo, she shares her lifes journey and things that motivate her At what point in your life did you encounter polio' According [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Gbenro Adeoye and Eric Dumo The Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body for health insurance managers in the country, says it will go to court to contest the reinstatement of Prof. Usman Yusuf as Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme by President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking in Lagos on Friday [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Eric Dumo The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalong; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, are among top dignitaries expected to participate in this years Lagos City Marathon taking place on Saturday (today). The annual athletics event, now in its third year, will also see top [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, had a case to answer in respect of the money laundering charges involving the sums of N400m and $2m instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The composite judgment [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Police Command has confirmed that three people were killed while several others sustained injuries during an attack on Tsukwa village under Logo Local Government Area on Thursday night. A spokesperson for the Command, ASP Moses Yamu, while confirming the incident, said, We received a report of an attack on [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army on Friday said that it had arrested a suspected arms supplier, Peter Iorlaha, in the Mararaba area of Nasarawa State. Our correspondent learnt that Iorlaha was nabbed by troops attached to the Guards Brigade at a checkpoint in the area during a stop-and-search operation. It was gathered that the [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government, through the Ministry of National Budget and National Planning and the United Nations, has inaugurated the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan of $1.05bn for the North East states of the country ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who led [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the recent prohibition of night grazing in the state by Governor Godwin Obaseki, describing it as a cosmetic decision that cannot be implemented. Obaseki had during a meeting with stakeholders and representatives of the Hausa and Fulani communities on Thursday announced [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ojoi Igajah Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has inaugurated an 85KWP solar hybrid mini-grid at Gbamugbamu Village under the Ijebu-East Central Local Council Development Area, saying that it will help supply power to 487 households. Speaking during the ceremony, Amosun explained that the project, which was in collaboration with the European Union and German Government [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Eric Dumo The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations has called on the Federal Government to keep to an agreement it made with it by approving the adjustment of CONHESS scale as was done with CONMESS in January 2014 and replicated in September 2017. The organisation said the delay in implementation [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the Buratai family over the death of Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, father of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined them in mourning the ex-serviceman and [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Tunde Ajaja The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalong, has described Akwa Ibom State as a model in sports development in Nigeria, saying the state has steady and near impeccable sports development programmes. Speaking at the National Sports Award presentation ceremony, which held at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports headquarters in [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka There was drama at the Nnewi High Court on Friday during the arraignment of four suspects of the St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu killings as one of the accused persons started pointing accusing fingers at an accomplice. Thirteen persons lost their lives on August 6, 2017, during the attack. A star witness, [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Dr. Gabriel Oyediji is the Secretary General, Association of Orphanages and Homes Operators in Nigeria. Founder of Christ Compassionate Ministries, Lagos, he told Eric Dumo in this interview some of the difficulties he faced as a child We learnt you lost your father shortly before your birth, how did this affect your growing up' Childhood [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), saidon Fridaythat the Department of State Services lacked the powers to summon Mr. Kassim Afegbua for issuing a statement on behalf of a former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida which was critical of President Muhammadu Buhari administration. Afegbua, the spokesperson for Babangida, hadon [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
HRH Alhamdu Gladstone Teneke, MFR, is a first-class chief in Adamawa whose domain has been at the centre of recurrent attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen. He speaks with Hindi Livinus, in this interview Most of the attacks in 2017 here in Adamawa between farmers and herdsmen took place in your domain. Can you tell us [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, in this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, criticises the recent reinstatement of the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, by President Muhammadu Buhari What do you think about President Muhammadu Buhari's reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health [] 



Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Ahead of the 2019 general election, stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers East Senatorial District have warned that they will resist any form of imposition of candidates on members of the party. The stakeholders also endorsed the lawmaker representing Rivers South East, Senator Magnus Abe for the governorship position [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Kunle Falayi Only few people showed up on Friday for the widely publicised Occupy Lekki showdown, which was meant to protest the increase in toll by the Lekki Concession Company on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos. Organisers of the protest had vowed to shut down Lekki on Friday with a massive crowd similar to the 2011 [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Major network operators in the country lost N120bn potential revenue from voice calls in 2017, the Nigerian Communications Commission data showed on Friday. This is as a result of the reduction in the subscriber base of MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile between January and December 2017, according to analyses of the latest statistics [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Kunle Falayi Forty youths have completed two-week vocational training organised by the Ikeja Electric in Lagos State. The company said the programme was part of its commitment to education and youth development in the country. The vocational training, which was held at the Community Vocational Centre in Oshodi, Lagos, provided the beneficiaries with culinary and [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara The Federal Government's plan to refinance its Treasury bill portfolio with a $2.5bn Eurobond will not increase its overall debt stock but will help lower cost, the Debt Management Office has said. Proceeds from the bond sale would be converted to naira and used to redeem a more expensive local debt, thereby improving [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Pepsi, a major brand of 7UP Bottling Company Nigeria, says it is going to leverage technology to drive its aggressive marketing this year, and hopes to grow its share of the Nigerian market. The brand said its unique marketing in 2017 gave it an edge over its competitors, citing the 'NoShakinCarry Go' campaign, [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi An aviation security consultant, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (retd.), has called for an audit of all airport personnel in view of recent reports of aircraft invasion at Lagos airport. A domestic carrier, Air Peace, on Thursday night delayed a flight to Abuja after the pilot discovered that the cargo hold had been tampered [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
A girlfriend had noticed some kind of withdrawal from the guy she was seeing. He wasnt enthusiastic about their time together anymore and would always claim to be out of town. I suspect that deep down, she knew the Mass had ended but wanted to be sure. So, one night she set out to his [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma ,Owerri Tragedy struck in Okwelle in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday ,when a trigger happy police sergeant, Abu Itam, shot and killed a 20-year-old tipper conductor identified as . The tragedy occurred around 5am at T junction, adjacent to the Okwelle Police Divisional headquarters which is on [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Kunle Falayi Members of a gang, which specialised in stealing and diverting goods from the Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos have been apprehended by the police. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the suspects Onyebuchi Okeke, Sopuruchukwu Eze, Sunday Chukwuwike, Sunday Nwachukwu and Onyebuchi Edeh were arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A man simply identified as Dona has been caught in the bush having sex with a married woman, called Julie. Julie was said to be a mother of two and a housewife. It was gathered that the youths were secretly given gratification to monitor the duos movement within the vicinity. Julie was [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
They left my husband on the floor as he gasped for breathWife He started vomiting after being hit with gun butt Eyewitness Kunle Falayi If there is one thing the wife of 43-year-old Bukola Adeogun, a lotto operator in Oke-Afa in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State is sure of, it is that her [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ademola Olonilua Catching fun, especially at night, has become a habit for many fun seekers in Lagos. For such people, the prominent places where they choose to catch their fun at night include bars and strip clubs. The go-to place for those who love to turn their X-rated fantasies into realities is usually the strip [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A man, Adewale Lala, who lost an eye during a fight that broke out at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan two weeks ago, has called on the leaders of the New Era faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress to produce his attacker. The victim, Adewale Lala, alleged that the attacker whom he identified [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar After more than several weeks of being cut off from public water supply, residents of Calabar were on Thursday shocked to find coloured water flowing from their taps. Calabar, the Cross River State capital, had experienced irregular supply of potable water for over one year, leaving residents to scout for water from [] 

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