NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 JANUARY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 22 January, 2018.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari will consider his state of health before taking the decision on whether to seek re-election in 2019 or not, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated in an interview on Sunday.
Buhari had a serious health challenge in 2017 that made him to seek medical attention outside the country twice.
 
On his return to the country after his first medical trip, the President stated that he had never been that sick in his life.
While answering questions on Buhari’s health status and his seeking re-election in 2019, Adesina said the President would not do whatever he believed his health could not sustain.
Adesina said, “The President is not a frivolous person. If he thinks that his health cannot carry anything, he will not do it.

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“Every day you see the President, you see a glow about him and you see freshness about him. I think he is even in a better state than when he came in 2015. It’s all to the glory of God.
“Once he assesses that his health can carry it, there’s nothing wrong if he steps into the fray. But he has the final decision.”
The presidential spokesman urged Nigerians to wait for the President to tell them his position on the second-term issue.
On a recent media report that Buhari has re-appointed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of his campaign organisation, Adesina said such an appointment could only be made after a candidate had emerged.
“I believe that things like the DG will come when you have become a candidate. If the President steps into the fray now, he is an aspirant just like any other aspirant. Having a DG comes when you become a candidate of the party,” he argued.
 
He claimed Buhari had done more than enough to seek re-election, saying “The things he has done are apparent: security, despite the challenges of the moment, you can’t rule out what he has done in security.
“Economy went into recession, stayed there just for one year, it has come out and the indices are good. Even the World Bank has projected 2.5 per cent growth for Nigeria this year.
“Three things he appointed for himself: one, to secure the country; two, to fight corruption; and three, to revive the economy. They are going well.”

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

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At least one person has been killed in a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen at Onicha-Olona community, Delta State.

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A middle-aged woman was allegedly raped in a different attack in Ovwor-Olomu in the Aniocha North and Ughelli South areas of the state.
 
It was gathered that the incident at Onicha-Olona occurred on Friday when the herdsmen shot the farmer dead after he refused to allow their cattle graze on his farm, which they later set ablaze.
The victim, whose identity could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, reportedly hailed from Anambra State but had been living with members of his family in the community because of his farming business.
A community source said, “He challenged the herdsmen and refused to allow them to graze on his farm. They brought out a gun and shot him at close range. He fell and died on the spot.
“As I speak to you, there is tension in our community. Nobody knows what will happen next. The man’s corpse has just been taken to the Olona Police Station.”
In a similar attack in Ovwor-Olomu, where the suspected herdsmen also struck on Sunday, at least three persons were injured, while a woman was allegedly raped.
The victims, who were rushed to the Ughelli Central Hospital for treatment, were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury after they were attacked on their way to work in the early hours of Sunday.
The rape victim was said to be the only female among the victims attacked by the assailants.
A relative of one of the victims said, “My husband was on his way to work at about 4am when the Fulani men attacked him with a machete. He sustained injuries on his head and ear, but was able to escape.”
 
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the killing at Onicha-Olona, adding that the police had launched a manhunt for the suspects.
Aniamaka could not, however, confirm the attack at Ovwor-Olomu in Ughelli South, saying he had not been briefed of the incident.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus at the House of Representatives on Sunday condemned the incessant killings by herdsmen in the country, saying that it confirmed the failure of the Federal Government to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
The caucus observed that the recent hacking to death of over 73 people in Benue State and more conflicts in Taraba and other states exposed the helplessness of the government.
 

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The caucus declared its position in Abuja just as another member from Kogi State, Mr. Tajudeen Yusuf, cautioned the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, against buying into the Federal Government’s cattle colony initiative without first consulting widely with the Kogi indigenes.

The PDP caucus Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, who expressed the views of the group, noted that the government’s silence and slow response to killings suggested that it was not disturbed by the loss of the lives of its citizens.
Ogor stated, “The first fundamental duty of any government is the security of citizens’ lives and property, but it is deeply unfortunate, historically horrific and spiritually negative that under the APC government, the nation is witnessing endless rounds of senseless killings of men, women and children in Benue, Taraba and other states.
“Within the past two years, unidentified herdsmen have displaced Boko Haram in terms of mindless killings; it is unfortunate that once again, just like they did several times before, rampaging herdsmen in utter contempt for Benue State’s anti-grazing law, wantonly descended on Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State in a new year attack that left scores of dead bodies.
“Herdsmen now rank high on the Global Terrorism Index and nationwide, mindless killings, armed robberies and dastardly kidnappings have increased under the APC government, which now repays the overwhelming votes from the people with long conspiratorial silence and numb promises while the number of corpses mounts.
“Security is one of the three major commitments that the APC government guaranteed the nation at its inception, but in the usual pattern of elevating deceit and propaganda above all else, it has woefully remained unable to rein in worsening insecurity across the nation.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

An advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says the court has upheld its right to take steps to stop former governors, who are now ministers and senators, from further collecting emolument and life pension from their states.
SERAP said, in a statement on Sunday, that its right to proceed against the concerned former governors was upheld by the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday.
 
The statement quoted Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who delivered the ruling, as holding that SERAP had “sufficient interest to bring its suit to stop former governors and now serving senators and ministers from receiving double pay and life pensions, and to seek recovery of over N40bn of public funds unduly received by these public officers.”
According to the statement, the judge held that SERAP had sufficient interest in the case to confer it with locus standi to pursue the case and it could, therefore, not be described as a meddlesome interloper.
“SERAP cannot be considered a meddlesome interloper or busybody in seeking to stop double pay and life pensions for former governors,” the judge was quoted as saying.
The group had filed the suit last year, seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to file a suit for the recovery of about N40bn from the affected former governors.
It argued that the AGF was empowered to recover the money by virtue of   Section 174(1) of the constitution.
It had argued that “public interest is not well served when government officials such as former governors, and their deputies supplement their emoluments in their current positions with life pensions and emoluments drawn from their states’ meagre resources, and thereby prioritising their private or personal interests over and above the greatest happiness of the greatest number.”
In a letter it wrote to the AGF, the group complained about enactment of laws by various states’ Houses of Assembly, to give fat severance packages to ex-governors and their deputies.
It said, “According to information at our disposal, those who reportedly receive double emoluments and large severance benefits from their states include: Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Kabiru Gaya (Kano); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Sam Egwu (Ebonyi); Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara); Joshua Dariye (Plateau), and Jonah Jang (Plateau). Others include: Ahmed Sani Yerima (Zamfara); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe); Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); George Akume (Benue); and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Some people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday reportedly attacked the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, located at Ilado Village in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that the hoodlums did not steal anything but burnt down the five-hectare farm which, according to a source, was an oil palm plantation farm.
 
Falae was kidnapped in September 2015 by the herdsmen but was released three days later following the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the then Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomom Arase (retd.), to secure his release.
His Personal Assistant, Captain Moshood Raji (retd,), who confirmed the incident, said the extent of the damage could not be ascertained as of the time of his conversation with our correspondent.
Raji said, “At about 6pm, I got a message from one of the police officers attached to the farm that the farm has been burnt down by some hoodlums, there was no worker on the farm when the incident occurred because it was a Sunday. We are on our way to the farm now (yesterday) to know the extent of damage.
“We have informed the state Commissioner of Police, about five hectares of the land were affected. The oil palm plantation was affected as well as some part of the yam and cassava plantations.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Femi Joseph, said he was not aware of the incident.
“I am not aware of it as at now (yesterday), the matter has not got to my table as I’m talking to you” Joseph said.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Femi Asu Long queues of desperate motorists and other users of Premium Motor Spirit returned to many filling stations in Lagos and Ogun states on Saturday and Sunday after a brief relief from the severe scarcity of the product that rocked the country from December to early this month. Many of the stations in the [] 



Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Femi Makinde, Samuel Awoyinfa, Olufemi Atoyebi, Chukwudi Akasike, Hindi Livinus, Justin Tyopuusu, Gibson Achonu No fewer than four persons are feared dead following a midnight attack by suspected herdsmen on Kikon, a village in the Numan Local Government of Adamawa State. The herdsmen were said to have stormed the community around 1am on [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar-led Jamaatu Nasir Islam on Sunday said that the Christian Association of Nigeria was overheating the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country. The Secretary General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, while reacting to a statement credited to the Secretary [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has told Serikin Fulani in the state, Muhammed Abashe, that he will be held responsible for any further attack in the state. The governor, who was furious about the recent killing of a Tiv woman in Orin Ekiti by people suspected to be Fulani herders, [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The tension in Plateau State the over alleged theft of cows heightened on Saturday with the killing of a hunter identified as Daniel Wallam in Maijankhai village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. The deceased was said to have been gunned down by suspected Fulani herdsmen who were allegedly destroying some farmlands with [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Long queues of desperate motorists and other users of Premium Motor Spirit returned to many filling stations in Lagos and Ogun states on Saturday and Sunday after a brief relief from the severe scarcity of the product that rocked the country from December to early this month. Many of the stations in the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters, among other macroeconomic metrics, has stimulated investments in the Nigerian stock market, almost doubling the equities’ capitalisation, STANLEY OPARA writes Nine months after the Central Bank of Nigeria introduced the foreign exchange window for investors and exporters, the equities market has witnessed an unprecedented growth by [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has entered judgment against Shoprite Checkers Limited, the operator of Shoprite outlets in Nigeria, in a $10m breach of contract suit filed against it by A.I.C. Limited. The court, in a judgment by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, ordered Shoprite Checkers Limited and Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, which [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters, among other macroeconomic metrics, has stimulated investments in the Nigerian stock market, almost doubling the equities capitalisation, STANLEY OPARA writes Nine months after the Central Bank of Nigeria introduced the foreign exchange window for investors and exporters, the equities market has witnessed an unprecedented growth by [] 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has allayed the fears of Nigerians and the international community over the inability of the bank to hold the Monetary Policy Committee meeting earlier scheduled for Monday and Tuesday due to the non-confirmation of the MPC nominees by the Senate. A statement signed by Emefiele explained [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has adopted the reports of its committee on a bill to establish an electoral offences commission and prescribe penalties for offenders. The House proceedings obtained in Abuja on Sunday indicated that the report was considered in the Committee of the Whole House, which was presided over by the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has allayed the fears of Nigerians and the international community over the inability of the bank to hold the Monetary Policy Committee meeting earlier scheduled for Monday and Tuesday due to the non-confirmation of the MPC nominees by the Senate. A statement signed by Emefiele explained [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
College season is near, which means that millions of freshmen from around the country will leave the snug confines of their childhood home for a room with a view of the quad, according to http://time.com/money. For many 18-year-olds, this newfound freedom will also bring the first taste of financial independence. While some may already have [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Olalekan Adetayo and Eniola Akinkuotu A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Umar Gali NaAbba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the physical and intellectual capacity to govern Nigeria. NaAbba said this when one of our correspondents contacted him to confirm comments attributed to him concerning calls on the President to [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
College season is near, which means that millions of freshmen from around the country will leave the snug confines of their childhood home for a room with a view of the quad, according to http://time.com/money. For many 18-year-olds, this newfound freedom will also bring the first taste of financial independence. While some may already have [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The Chairman, FinTech Associates Limited and a past president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Dr. Segun Aina, has spent decades in leadership roles in the banking sector. He tells OYETUNJI ABIOYE about the future of financial technology in Nigeria and the forthcoming National FinTech Conference. How has your experience in the banking [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has upheld the power of the Nigerian Shippers Council to intervene in shipping agency charges and fees collectable by suppliers of shipping and terminal services at the Nigerian ports. In a lead judgment by Justice Chidi Nwagbara, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the Association [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
The Chairman, FinTech Associates Limited and a past president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Dr. Segun Aina, has spent decades in leadership roles in the banking sector. He tells OYETUNJI ABIOYE about the future of financial technology in Nigeria and the forthcoming National FinTech Conference. How has your experience in the banking [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said there is a need for multi-pronged approach to management and critical law reform to fight illegal wildlife trade. Fagbohun, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, said poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking had reached unprecedented levels, robbing local communities [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has lambasted Chief Olusola Oke for returning to the All Progressives Congress, describing him as a fair-weather politician. Oke, a former national legal adviser of the PDP, left the APC, after the September 3, 2016 primary of the party for the Alliance for [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said there is a need for multi-pronged approach to management and critical law reform to fight illegal wildlife trade. Fagbohun, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, said poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking had reached unprecedented levels, robbing local communities [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Government on Sunday berated the immediate past governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged comment that the All Progressives Congress would extend its coast in the South-South by installing an APC governor in Delta State. Oshiomhole had during a mega rally of the APC held at [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Sonnie Ayere is the Founder of Dunn Loren Merrifield, an investment firm, and Chairman of Mortgage Warehouse Funding Limited. In this interview with MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI, he says stakeholders are doing everything possible to open up the mortgage market Why do you think Nigerians still buy houses with cash despite all the efforts put into the [] 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Sonnie Ayere is the Founder of Dunn Loren Merrifield, an investment firm, and Chairman of Mortgage Warehouse Funding Limited. In this interview with MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI, he says stakeholders are doing everything possible to open up the mortgage market Why do you think Nigerians still buy houses with cash despite all the efforts put into the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Nigeria Chapter, has revealed plans to focus on developing the economy and the country’s infrastructure at its New Year dinner. The FIABCI New Year dinner, which is in its third edition, is an annual event through which the association focuses on the economy and brings all the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Nigeria Chapter, has revealed plans to focus on developing the economy and the countrys infrastructure at its New Year dinner. The FIABCI New Year dinner, which is in its third edition, is an annual event through which the association focuses on the economy and brings all the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that he is recruiting the people of the state to defend democracy. Wike also said the projects put in place across the state by his administration would count for him during the general election next year. [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate said it would continue the verification of retirees of the Federal Government under its purview so that they could be paid their pensions and outstanding entitlements. The Assistant Director, Pension Administration at the PTAD, Jibrin Idris, said this during the verification of pensioners of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate said it would continue the verification of retirees of the Federal Government under its purview so that they could be paid their pensions and outstanding entitlements. The Assistant Director, Pension Administration at the PTAD, Jibrin Idris, said this during the verification of pensioners of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is making the 2019 presidential race easy for the opposition with his actions and policies. The former ruling party said that the President was taking Nigerians for a ride and was busy tempting their collective patience with his statements [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A recent study by environmentalists has found extensive lead contamination around battery recycling plants in Nigeria and six other African countries. According to the study, the contamination levels in soil ranged up to 14 per cent lead with average concentration of two per cent lead. The researchers noted that lead battery recycling was [] 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A recent study by environmentalists has found extensive lead contamination around battery recycling plants in Nigeria and six other African countries. According to the study, the contamination levels in soil ranged up to 14 per cent lead with average concentration of two per cent lead. The researchers noted that lead battery recycling was [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin A physically-challenged man, Ajayi Adetola, lost over five years of his life in the Kirikiri Medium Prison over an offence he knew nothing about. The 37-year-old was discharged and acquitted by a Lagos State High Court five years after he was arraigned on counts of robbery, stealing and conspiracy by operatives of the [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has threatened to close down over 250 private primary and secondary schools in the state for operating below standard. The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, told journalists in Yenagoa on Saturday that his ministry had compiled the list of unqualified private schools. He said, We have a [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There is an urgent need for accelerated infrastructure development in rural areas in order to curb poverty and its related challenges across the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers has said. Participants, who spoke at the recent pre-investiture colloquium organised by the NSE for its 31st President, Adekunle Mokuolu, in Abuja, observed [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There is an urgent need for accelerated infrastructure development in rural areas in order to curb poverty and its related challenges across the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers has said. Participants, who spoke at the recent pre-investiture colloquium organised by the NSE for its 31st President, Adekunle Mokuolu, in Abuja, observed [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Eze Onyekpere In every adversity, challenge or dark cloud, there is an opportunity waiting to be explored, exploited and tapped. Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, the primary driving force for finding solutions to challenges that were otherwise depicted as intractable. But it takes the discerning mind, willing, ready to learn lessons, [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin Five suspected robbers have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly stealing foreign and local currencies, among other valuables estimated at N1m, from a woman on New Years Eve. The suspects, who also collected the victims American visa card, gold trinkets, phone, were [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Stakeholders have said corrosion monitoring will prevent premature degradation of properties. According to a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lekan Olaosebikan, monitoring can reveal indications of high corrosion rates, verify the effectiveness of corrosion control, measure loss of wall thickness, and support life extension. Olaosebikan, while speaking at the launch of [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The leader of Yoruba community in Benue State, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi, has stated that President Donald Trump is right in his reference to some countries including Nigeria as shitholes. He however noted that Trumps bluntness made him cut an image of a racist, a braggart with cynical disdain for countries he criticised. [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Stakeholders have said corrosion monitoring will prevent premature degradation of properties. According to a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lekan Olaosebikan, monitoring can reveal indications of high corrosion rates, verify the effectiveness of corrosion control, measure loss of wall thickness, and support life extension. Olaosebikan, while speaking at the launch of [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Anthony Akinola The two great systems of political governance known to the world of democracy, the parliamentary and the presidential, have been embraced by Nigeria since independence in 1960. More than most democratic or semi-democratic nations, Nigerians are well-placed to assess the two political systems vis–vis the priority of their society. The impact the presidential [] 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi A self-acclaimed apostle has been arrested by the police for the alleged abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman, Esther, in Ibusa, Asaba, the Delta State capital. The suspect, identified simply as Paul, had allegedly held the victim captive in his shop for about one week, before he was caught on Thursday. PUNCH [] 

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government has urged residents of the state to desist from all forms of violence and explore effective communication to resolve their differences. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Community Development, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, said violence was a dent on the state. Quadri spoke at a public enlightenment [] 

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