NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 MAY, 2018].

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


Thu, 10 May 2018
There were indications on Wednesday that the National Assembly had decided to suspend the 2018 budget of the Nigeria Police Force to penalise the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over his refusal to honour invitations by the Senate.
Findings showed that the fresh summons issued to Idris earlier on Tuesday by the Senate was the last chance he had to appear before the legislature or he would risk the suspension of the police budget.
 
The PUNCH learnt that the suspension was one of the steps the National Assembly had considered to sustain its authority and get all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies to respect the “core institution of democracy.”
However, the suspension will cover only capital and overhead votes of the police, leaving out the recurrent expenditure budget.

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“The plan is that the office of the IGP in particular, will be completely suspended. His overhead and capital votes will be put on hold until he learns to respect the National Assembly.
“The recurrent cost will be left untouched because, as you are aware, that is where the salaries of the personnel will be drawn from to cater for their welfare,” a top member of the House Committee on Appropriations, who spoke on condition of anonymity, informed The PUNCH in Abuja on Wednesday.
The IG and the Senate in particular, have had a running battle lately over the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye and the invasion of its chambers by thugs last month.
Idris has failed to honour two previous summonses to address the security issues.
On Monday, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa.
The two National Assembly officials personally reported the IG to Buhari.
After the meeting, an infuriated Dogara described the IG and the police as behaving like “upgraded barbarian tribesmen.”
Amid the delay in the passage of the national budget itself, the National Assembly on Wednesday suspended sitting for the rest of the week.
Thu, 10 May 2018
Residents on Wednesday foiled a suicide attack on a mosque in a community in Borno State.
It was gathered that two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate a mosque at the Polo Jiddari area of the town during early morning prayer.
 
Confirming the development, the spokesman for the police in Borno, Edet Okon, in a statement said, “Today being 09/05/18 at about 0500 hours, two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate one Alhaji Bunu’s mosque.

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“They were sighted by worshippers who promptly raised the alarm. As a result, the bombers hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves only.
“A team of EOD and other combat police personnel were promptly deployed to sanitise the scene and render the area safe. The Commissioner of Police, Borno State, CP Damian Chukwu, advises members of the public to go about their lawful activities without fear and to remain alert at all times.”
Thu, 10 May 2018
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all the nation’s entry points to prevent the spread of Ebola to the country following the outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
 
Osinbajo stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari who left the country on Tuesday for London, United Kingdom where he is scheduled to meet his doctors.
Adewole said, “Of great concern to the FEC is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo. As you might be aware, over the last one month, DRC recorded 19 suspected cases of viral haemorrhagic fever and lost 16 of the cases.
“What is also particularly important was that on Monday, blood samples from five patients in the DRC, particularly in a particular district in the DRC, were taken. In two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed.
“FEC has now directed the Ministry of Health to step up emergency surveillance activities at all land and air borders so that we can keep Nigerians safe.”
He also disclosed that an emergency operation centre would be set up.

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“Not only that, we will be screening incoming passengers, particularly passengers from the DRC and neigbouring countries. We will also ensure we step up all activities screening people coming in so that we will not be caught unawares.
Thu, 10 May 2018
The Syrian army early Thursday shot down dozens of Israeli missiles launched at Syria, state media said citing a military source, as tensions escalated in the region. Dozens of missiles were shot down in Syrian airspace by anti-aircraft systems, the official SANA news agency said, without specifying if the missiles were aimed at the Syrian [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba,Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has responded to the Senate resolution on his non-appearance before the upper chamber, saying he owed them no apologies. The IG said he did not have to appear before the lawmakers, noting that a senior police officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General or an Assistant Inspector-General [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission has given all the political parties for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State May 15 deadline to submit the names of their candidates and their running mates. The National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.), stated this [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Wednesday, promised that the Federal Government would look into the cases of 27 Nigerians languishing in Tanzania prisons without trial. Dabiri-Erewa made the promise when a former Chairman of the Law Society Charity Organisation, Nigel Doddy, [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Iranian forces in Syria have fired around 20 rockets and missiles at Israeli army positions in the part of the Golan Heights occupiedby Israel, the Israeli army said early Thursday. The missiles, some of which were intercepted by Israels anti-missile system, did not cause any casualties, army spokesman lieutenant-colonel Jonathan Conricus told journalists. He added [] 

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Thu, 10 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said that without the monthly allocations by the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, it would be difficult for most states of the federation to survive. Osinbajo stated this while declaring open the 20th Annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. The conference, which is [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Wednesday disowned a widely-circulated statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that he had no reason to travel abroad for medicals if the Federal Government could not fix the nations hospitals. The statement that had been trending online was said to have been made by Buhari who was then the [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A group of northern leaders, under the auspices of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly, on Wednesday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The meeting, which was held in the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, was behind closed doors. A list of attendees obtained by our correspondent had on it a former [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says the anti-graft agency will probe all the abandoned projects by the Niger Delta Development Commission. He also said the EFCC deserved commendation for spending only N24bn on its permanent site which would be inaugurated soon. Magu, while fielding [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress appears set to take a turn for the worse as members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party bloc have given the strongest indication of a possible exit. A former National Chairman of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, led [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, on Wednesday asked a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja to enforce his release by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission because he is diabetic. Jang approached the court barely 72 hours after his arrest by the EFCC over an alleged [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu A former Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, has highlighted the need for the Nigerian media to be courageous in discharging its duties as the 2019 elections draw near, describing self-censorship as a major problem. Iredia stated this on Wednesday during a courtesy visit by the Media and Publicity Committee of the [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Seven members of the House of Representatives from Oyo State have flayed the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for what they described as an attempt to smuggle in fake results after the Sundays All Progressives Congress ward congresses, saying that the failure of his loyalists to take part in the congresses had put [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Godwin Isenyo President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday described the death of Kano-born Islamic scholar and billionaire businessman, Alhaji Isyaku Rabiu, as a colossal loss not only to the field of learning, but also the business sector. Rabiu, who was the leader of Islams Tijjaniyya Movement in Nigeria, died at the age [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Health workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions, have called on their colleagues in the state and local government hospitals to join the strike it embarked upon on April 18, 2018. The National Chairman of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. The [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total of 18 civil society organisations on Wednesday declared that official corruption in Nigeria was becoming permanent feature under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Partners for Electoral Reform, Centre for Democracy and Development, Zero Corruption Coalition, and 14 other CSOs, said Nigeria had recorded [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Eric Dumo Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, as well as Keke Owners and Riders Association, have all endorsed Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for a second term in office. Declaring his support for Emmanuel through a senator from Zamfara State, Kabir Marafa, during an empowerment programme by the lawmaker [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said the ongoing rice mill in the Imota Local Council Development Area of the state would be completed in the first quarter of 2019. Ambode, who made the promise at an inspection tour of major projects in the Ikorodu, Imota and Agbowa areas by members [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved a provisional licence for the establishment of the Skyline University in Kano. The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the councils meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. The FEC approved the issuance [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State command of the Federal Road Safety Corps says it will henceforth impound vehicles bearing unauthorised number plates in the state. The state Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, who said this in a statement on Wednesday, added that owners of such vehicles impounded would face prosecution. Oladele stated that there were [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
The Kano state government has declared Friday, May 11, as public holiday in honour of late Isyaku Rabiu who died on Tuesday at a London hospital. This is contained in a statement signed by the State Commissioner of Information, Malam Mohammed Garba and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday. He said the public holiday [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Punch Editorial Board President Muhammadu Buharis casual dismissal of the clamour for state police before a global audience confirmed his total disconnection with the demands of modern governance. By hiding under the guise of financial implications for the states and constitutionalism, he failed to situate the dire fiscal and security challenges afflicting the country in [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The report by the joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations on the 2018 Appropriation Bill was not laid at the Senate before the chamber adjourned plenary to Tuesday next week. The Senate cancelled today’s (Thursday) plenary to allow members of the All Progressives Congress caucus to prepare for the [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to suspend its planned sale of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited. It described the NLNG as one of the most successful and lucrative investments of the government, which should be left to run as a major public asset. Nigeria has 45 [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Wednesday stated that the organisation was currently among the most transparent in the country. In a goodwill message at a stakeholders’ workshop on the extractive sector validation organised by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Baru stated that efforts were on [] 

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Thu, 10 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The National Assembly should be ready to override President Muhammadu Buhari if he refuses to give his assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was transmitted to him by lawmakers in April this year, about 18 civil society organisations have said. According to the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Partners for [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agriculture Lending on Wednesday said it was putting in place strategies that would make the agricultural value chain more attractive to finance. The Managing Director, NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, said this in Abuja at a training programme organised by the International Labour Organisation. The programme had [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Akinpelu Dada Africa’s richest person and President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has been ranked among 75 most powerful people on the planet, ahead of the Vice President of the United States of America, Mike Pence. According to the Forbe’s 2018 ranking of the World Powerful People, Dangote ranked among world leaders like the [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu Sixteen of the nation’s 27 power plants have seen their generation capacities limited by gas constraint and frequency management occasioned by distribution companies’ load demand. A total of 2,313 megawatts of power were left unused as of May 8, with 1,935MW due to gas constraint and 1,378.3MW due to frequency management, data from [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, has said the bourse will continue to position itself as the Exchange of choice for African issuers and global investors. He said the NSE would continue to implement far-reaching transformational policies aimed at strengthening the corporate governance of listed companies and providing products [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Anna Okon The Shippers Association of Lagos State has said many of the containers coming into the West African coast from Europe and Asia are old, leaking and rusted and cannot be accepte d back into Europe. According to the group about 50 per cent are unfit, adding that this is the reason why there [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has commended the Department of Petroleum Resources for the digital technological breakthrough in crude oil accounting through the deployment of the National Production Monitoring System platform. Kachikwu, who was on a working visit to the DPR, lauded the foresight and leadership of the [] 

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Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency has commenced a seven-day training programme for 87 engineers and technical officers to enhance their capacity to carry out meter testing and inspection of other electrical equipment. The employees undergoing the training include 47 electrical inspectors of the Inspectorate Services Department and 36 meter testing engineers of [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Anna Okon The Tin Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service said that it generated total revenue of N104.5bn between January and April this year. The Customs Area Controller, Tin Can Island command, Musa Abdullahi, who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos, saying that the revenue was 90.09 per cent of the projected N116bn. [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Anna Okon Members of the Shippers Association of Lagos and Rivers states have called for a review of various tarried being charged on freight. The shippers who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent also said they deserved to be treated better than they were being treated. They said that the tariffs on goods were [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the administration of Muhammadu Buhari is making efforts to ensure better living for market men and women in the country. He specifically said the current administration was aiming at making electricity available in all major markets for the benefit of the traders. Osinbajo stated [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority has enjoined youths in Nigeria to develop skills and qualities that will enable them to become leaders of tomorrow. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Usman, was quoted as saying this while delivering a keynote address titled ‘The youth as forebears of the New Nigeria’ at the 2018 edition of [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu Ikeja Electric Plc, one of the nation’s electricity distribution companies, has said it will ensure maximum utilisation of the newly inaugurated 2X60MVA transmission substation in Odogunyan, Ikorodu, Lagos. The company said as a result of the new facility, it would be able to wheel more power to its customers at Odogunyan, Agbede, Odonla, [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Debit cards are issued by different financial institutions, including banks and credit unions. Each of these institutions has its own rules governing whether or not you can use your debit card safely overseas, according to www.tripsavvy.com. Before you travel abroad, make sure you will be able to access your funds, either at an Automated Teller [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Anna Okon A leading container port operator, APM Terminals Apapa Limited, on Wednesday reiterated its commitment towards enhancing safety at the workplace as it celebrated the 2018 Global Safety Day. The Global Safety Day is an annual international awareness-raising campaign to promote safe and secure working environment for workers. A statement quoted the Managing Director, [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Femi Asu Foreign portfolio investors’ transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange rose by 58.87 per cent in March from N83.22bn in February. Total transactions at the nation’s bourse increased by 28.50 per cent from N212.05bn recorded in February to N272.48bn (about $0.89bn) in March, the latest data from the NSE showed. The cumulative transactions from [] 

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Thu, 10 May 2018
Oludayo Tade Recently, the Senate of the University of Ibadan approved the withdrawal of 408 students from the university owing to poor academic performance and failure to meet the minimum requirements to stay on in the 70-year-old premier university. Known for her insistence on quality, the University of Ibadan continues to demonstrate quality assurance in [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Greg Odogwu(gregodogwu@yahoo.com 08063601665) With glue, I just hear voices in my head. But with jenkem, I see visions. I see my mother who is dead and I forget about the problems in my life. Inhalant addict on BBC News report by Ishbel Matheson, July 30, 1999. The Nigerian government said that it was just [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Niran Adedokun (nadedokun@gmail.com) In more ways than one, last weeks hurried outlawing of the importation, production and sale of cough drugs with codeine component in Nigeria shows the gross lack of competence amongst public office holders here. Now, lack of competence is not always due to incapacity. Sometimes, it could be out of unwillingness to [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Abimbola Adelakun (aadelakun@punchng.com) President Muhammadu Buhari is once again on medical tourism to the United Kingdom. According to media reports, the number of days Buhari has been absent from his duty post for medical reasons has now surpassed the record of the late President Umaru YarAdua. Buhari has been in office for three years, but [] 
Thu, 10 May 2018
Ted Odogwu and Gbenga Odogun The Kano State Hisbah Board on Wednesday said it arrested no fewer than 92 beggars in the Kano metropolis for allegedly contravening the law against street begging. The Officer-in-Charge of the boards Anti-Begging Unit, Dahiru Nuhu, said the beggars were arrested around 1am at the Civic Centre, Yankura Market, as [] 

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