Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 16 December, 2017.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Alhaji Baba Umar has been appointed as the new emir of Katagum Emirate Council of Bauchi State. He was appointed yesterday following the death of his predecessor, Alhaji Kabir Umar who died on Saturday.

A statement by the governor of Bauchi State, Barrister Muhammad Abubakar, conveyed by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar, to the members of the Katagum Emirate Council said the governor had approved the appointment of the new Emir.

As the tradition of the Emirate council is, immediately after the governor’s approval, Alhaji Baba Umar was turbaned as the 12th Emir of Katagum.LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that late Alhaji Kabir Umar died at the age of 89 last Saturday after a protracted illness of five years. He was survived by 49 children. The funeral prayer and interment of the remains of the late royal father held on Sunday at his palace in Azare the headquarters of Katagum Emirate Council.

Speaking on the appointment of the new emir, Senator Sulaiman Mohammed Nazif (APC, Bauchi North constituency of Bauchi State), described the appointment of the new emir as a good choice:” He is a man of honour and a man of principles. He is someone who will continue the good works that the late emir did. I wish him well and pray that Allah will give him the wisdom he needs to lead the people of the emirate.”
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
A general court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, has sentenced a soldier to death over the alleged shooting to death of five civilians.

John Godwin, a lance corporal, was said to have killed five rescued civilians in Yamteke town.

In a statement yesterday, the deputy director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Kingsley Mfon Samuel, said Godwin was serving in ’Operation Lafiya Dole’ when he reportedly committed the crime.

He was charged with murder, which is punishable under section 106 (a) of Armed Forces Act (Cap A20).

The civilians he reportedly killed were said to have been earlier rescued by troops of his battalion and were being taken for investigation when he shot them.

At the court martial, other soldiers were handed jail sentences for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Innocent Ototo, a sergeant, was sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter after allegedly torturing and killing a 13-year-old boy who, he claimed, stole his phone.

According to the army, the incident happened in the Zamanbari area of Maiduguri, Borno State.

Benjamin Osage, a lance corporal, and Sunday Onwe, a private, were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each for offences bordering on manslaughter and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Gbenga Olusegun Adesina, a brigadier general who served as the president of the court martial, said the offences of the soldiers were contrary to the army’s rules of engagement.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The current yuletide season has witnessed a massive increase in the importation of food items and other goods, including those listed among the 41 items banned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from accessing the foreign exchange window in their importation.

Among the imported products are salt, wheat and soya beans and other items needed by local manufacturers for the production of finished goods.

This significant increase during yuletide is the first time since 2016 when the country slid into recession and restrictions were placed on the importation of certain goods by the CBN.

Though the yuletide season is usually known for high importation at this time in Nigeria, a highly import dependent country – with over 80 per cent of household commodities imported yearly – can only witness an increase in the trend.

However, the increase was credited to the availability of foreign exchange in the hands of shippers and the general upturn of economic activities in the country.

For instance, between December 2 and 20, 2017, the Apapa and Tin Can ports complexes are expected to receive 56 vessels, compared to  27 vessels in 2016 and 53 vessels within the same period in 2015.

A shipping document from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) showing vessels expected to berth at the seaports in Lagos and oil jetties in the Lagos axis showed that out of 56 vessels coming to the ports, 24 containerized vessels are leading, as usual, with vessels calling at APM Terminals, TICT, Port & Cargo and in Apapa and Tin Can Island Port.

The number is, however, an increase from nine in 2016 and 21 vessels that were laden with containers which called at the ports in 2015.

Some of the vessels are billed to arrive after the week, as late as 9-17 of December, indicating that fewer vessels may be reported for the coming days by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

Other vessels expected within the week included five vessels laden with bulk wheat expected to be received at ENL Terminal, Josepdam and GDNL, ABTL terminals in Lagos and Tincan Port.

Also, NOJ, ACJ and BOP are expected to receive 16 vessels laden with 343,509MT of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) commonly known as petrol, DPK known as diesel, ATK known as kerosene and Jet A-1 or aviation kerosene.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By Jonathan Nda-IsaiahBeing part of President Muhammadu Buharis delegation to any function outside the country is no pleasure trip at all. It entails that you must be up and doing to withstand the rigorous routine of the retired General. Trust an old soldier who, as the saying goes, never dies. The axiom, once a soldier a always a soldier, is quintessential of President Buhari. Once he is out for an official assignment that entails delivering the goodies for Nigerians, Buhari is ready to work ro 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
In this report, SAMUEL ABULUDE writes on the post P Square era and how the twin brothers solo career may fare and the lessons to be learnt.There is a popular saying that Boys are allowed to fight but the brotherhood must stay strong and united. This may not apply to the dilemma that befell the most entertaining pop music artistes to have come from Nigeria ana Africa at large.The group, made up of Peter and Paul Okoye and managed by their elder brother, Jude Okoye, ruled the music scene as king o 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Bianca Nguseer Anchaver is a delightful person as well as an extremely talented musician. She is a student of Benue State University studying industrial chemistry. The Benue born musician, in this interview with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM narrates her journey into the music scene.At what point did you decide to go into music'I have been singing ever since I have known myself. I decided to make music a career at the age of eleven in the year 2007.How would you describe the music industry in Nigeria 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By SAMUEL ABULUDE, LagosThis is cheering news for Nigeria and the burstling music industry as dancehall act, Timaya has gotten a Grammy nomination having featured on Morgan Heritages album titled Avrakedabra.Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artiste, Denroy Morgan. The band comprises Peter Peetah Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy Gramps Morgan, Nakhamyah Lukes Morgan, and Memmalatel Mr. Mojo Morgan.The Nigerian singer featured alongside Ghanaian Afro-pop singer, St 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
By RICHARD NDOMA, CalabarNigerian popular musician, Davido and other top ranking musicians like Flavor, Patoranking have concluded arrangements to storm the Carnival Calabar cultural festival which will soon kick-start to make the 2017 yuletide colourful.Special Assistant (SA) to Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River State, on Events Management, Kenneth Aklah, disclosed while briefing journalists on activities laid down for kick- off of the carnival event in Calabar yesterday.Other musicians who will sto 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
BY Beatrice Gondyi, BauchiHaving waited for three years, justice has finally been given to Zainab Mohammed, a cripple who was raped and had one of her eyes plucked out by men who ordinarily should have protected her.Justice Rabi Umar, on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017 sentenced two of the men, both middle aged, who assaulted her to life imprisonment.Forty year-old Zainab, who at the time of the assault was 37, was returning home from a coronation ceremony held at Lukshi village on 1 March, 2014 whe 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
BY YUSUF BABALOLA, LagosNigerias oil and gas logistics company, INTELS Nigeria Limited, has been conferred with the award of the Most Outstanding Terminal Operator in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), which is a federal government agency under the Federal Ministry of Transportation.The award, which was conferred on Intels during the NSCs stakeholders appreciation night held in Lagos recently, was in appreciation of the companys efforts at uplifting individua 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
BY MARY TITUSThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday said it had sanctioned 10 petrol filling stations in Zamfara for selling fuel above official pump price.The Acting Controller of the department in Gusau, Saleh Audu, told reporters in Gusau.Audu said DPR had visited 35 filling stations across the state in the past one week and discovered that 10 out of the stations were selling fuel above N145 per litre.He said three other stations were penalised for violating rules and regulatio 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
BY YUSUF BABALOLA, LagosNo fewer than 56 Nigerian mariners have been kidnapped and killed by sea pirates on the nations territorial waters, a report by Dryad Maritime has shown.According to the renowned maritime security firm, Dryad Maritime, in the latest report released recently, there seems to be no signs of piracy abating in the Gulf of Guinea, with the number of attacks ramping up off Bonny Island over the past few weeks.The firm, in the latest report sighted by LEADERSHIP Weekend, says the 

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
BY CHRISTIANA NWAOGU, AbujaThe federal government has reaffirmed that prison reforms and decongestion will be pursued with greater vigour.President Muhammadu Buhari gave this assurance while speaking at a ceremony in Kurmawa Central Prison Kano recently, where he granted pardon to 500 inmates upon the payment of fines by the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.President Buhari became emotional on citing the age bracket of most of the freed inmates lamented that some of them were too 
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