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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday 22 May, 2018.
Tue, 22 May 2018
Buoyed by the olive branch from leaders of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party(nPDP),the All Progressives Congress(APC) is to meet with  Senate President Bukola Saraki, House Speaker Yakubu Dogara and others.
Other aggrieved bigwigs on the radar of the party are Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,  ex-Governors Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aliyu Wammako and Danjuma Goje.
There are also senators and members of the House of Representatives.
Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola stayed away from yesterday’s meeting in Abuja because “he has made up his mind to team up with his boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, to form a coalition against President Muhammadu Buhari”.
 
The party will however submit a comprehensive report to the Presidency after consultations with all those aggrieved.

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According to sources, the APC opted for more talks, following  “positive signs” with leaders of nPDP at the meeting.
The source said: “Our meeting provided more insights and we are looking at the next phase. In the second phase, the party will meet with nPDP leaders including Saraki, Dogara, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Wammako, Goje and others.
“There is likelihood that the party will sit down with these leaders and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo before finally reuniting all. So, we take the meeting up to the highest quarters in the interest of all.
“It is an election year, we will not allow them to go anywhere. The nPDP leaders warned that APC should “not push them to the wall to defect to any party. We will avert being pushed to the wall because time is not on our side.”
The source gave insights into the talks by the two sides.
 
The source added: “The defunct nPDP team was led by its chairman, Alh. Kawu Baraje and five members of the House of Representatives led by Ali Madaki from Kano State.
“The party was represented at the closed door session by its Deputy National Chairman( North), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu and the National Secretary, Mallam Mai Mala Buni.
“At the session, they stood by the contents of their letter to the party and insisted that they  were unhappy because the APC leadership did not play its roles as a party in government.
“They complained over gross indiscipline in the party and how the party formed with good intentions has derailed.
“These leaders said they never wanted to defect to any party if everybody and every group are respected and given a sense of belonging.
Tue, 22 May 2018
Two of the gang leaders and principal suspects of the gang that attack commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, have been arrested, the police said yesterday.
Kunle Ogunleye, 35, aka arrow, a native of Kwara, and Michael Adikwu, from Apa Local Government Area of Benue State, were arrested by the operatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Kwara two weeks ago.
The robbers attacked five commercial banks in Offa on April 5, during which 17 persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman were killed.
The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner (ACP) in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said the suspects have confessed to be the gang-leaders of their groups.
 
“The two suspects have confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the robbery. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation,” he said.
He said Adikwu, who was a police corporal, was dismissed for criminal conspiracy and aiding the escape from custody of armed robbery suspects.
“He served three years in Prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015,”he said.
The spokesman said that the arrest of the two gang leaders had brought the number of suspects arrested so far in connection with the Offa banks robbery to 22.

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He commended members of the public and other patriotic Nigerians for the timely information leading to the arrest of the 22 who are currently in police custody.
Moshood enjoined members of the public with any information about other suspects still at large should feel free to contact the police through the following Phone numbers 08062080913, 08126285268, 08032365122, 07056792065, 08088450152.
Tue, 22 May 2018
Restructuring – the popular pill for Nigeria’s numerous ailments – returned to the front burner yesterday.
In Kaduna, a Coalition of the North’s  socio-political groups, supported structural reforms, with a condition –  those who will carry the banner  should be within the 18 to 60 years bracket.
They said the older men who have been speaking and running the country since independence and after, should not take the front seats at their envisaged national discourse.
Also in Kaduna, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson met with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who chaired the All Progressives Congress (APC) restructuring committee which made some recommendations , including  state police.
 
Dickson is urging El-Rufai to join the push for the Federal Government to embrace restructuring.
In the Anambra State capital where Ohanaeze Ndigbo organised a summit on state of the nation, the Igbo socio-cultural group, its Yoruba counterpart Egbe Afenifere and the Southsouth leadership, led by Chief Edwin Clark, also canvassed restructuring of the country.
Leaders of all leading Northern youth groups, civil society organisations, students bodies, professional societies, trade and women associations at a summit convened by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), said in a five-page communique signed by their spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman: “For the avoidance of doubt, the North fully supports the restructuring of the country and shall be prepared to represent itself in any debate on the issue.
“The North shall however not settle for any restructuring plan that falls short of a total, comprehensive and holistic reordering that should first and foremost include the peaceful, democratic and civil determination of the people or groups of people that truly and sincerely wish to remain part of the Nigerian federation.
“The seeming endorsement by some northern leaders of a brand of restructuring that clearly places the region at a disadvantage is unacceptable and must be discountenanced.
“Any reorganisation process that fails to involve the discussion of the limits and extents of all the federating components with regards to available space and resources shall not be acceptable to the North.
 
“And that older generation Nigerians above age 70 must not take up more 15 per cent of the delegate composition to the proposed national dialogue on restructuring.
“It is important to note here that those who fall within the above definition of old generation Nigerians have in the past participated in debates that gave birth to the current national arrangement that is largely acknowledged as having failed our national aspirations.

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Tue, 22 May 2018
A mob yesterday rescued a 22-year-old woman, Abidemi Omoniyi, from a gang of suspected kidnappers, ritualists at Agege, Lagos.Omoniyi, a front desk officer at a hotel in Omole Phase I, boarded an unpainted taxi around 7am at Egbatedo Bus Stop enroute Pen Cinema.The woman, who said she started screaming as soon as she realised she joined a wrong vehicle, told reporters that the driver, Emeka Okeke his accomplices told her she would be taken to Ibadan where a customer was waiting to buy her vital 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson said on Sunday in Kaduna that restructuring portends no doom or evil for Nigeria.Speaking after meeting with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Dickson said: By restructuring, we are talking about fundamental constitutional reforms, reforms or restructuring of our country to bring about a fairer and more stable and sustainable Nigeria and all of these within the context of united, indivisible Federal Republic of Nigeria.There is nothing human that is perfect. Nation 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said yesterday that 15 revenue-generating agencies of the federal government failed to remit N8.1 trillion to the Federation Account between 2010 and 2015.He spoke in Osogbo, the Osun State capital while inaugurating the Channelization, De-silting, Flood Control and Development of Okoko and Ogbagba Rivers, phases one and two, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.He said the discovery by the auditing firm KPMG is many times worse than the 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday called for restraint in the use of power ahead of the general elections.He urged politicians and Nigerians to give priority to the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections.Dickson spoke in Kaduna at a meeting with top leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the residence of former National Caretaker Committee Chairman Senator Ahmed Makarfi.He called for peace, saying political players should treat one another well because 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Nigeria took loans to fund the budget and put more funds into the capital projects, Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO) Patience Oniha has said.Nigerias total public debt stock is N21.73 trillion as at the end of last year.She spoke yesterday at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Regional Economic Outlook for Africa with theme: Domestic Revenue Mobilisation and Private Investment.Oniha said with the level of reserves, oil production and population, Nigeria cant be saying the cou 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Homeowners Charter Programme has improved the physical and social infrastructure as well as value of properties in Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said.Amosun stated this during the 31stedition of the presentation of Certificates of Occupancy and Building Plan Approval to another batch of beneficiaries, at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.Represented by Commissioner for Health Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, the Governor said, findings show that that value of landed property had increased, just 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Twenty-seven aspirants will contest All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Osun State, Chairman of the party, Mr. Gboyega Famodun, has said.Famodun, at a meeting with the aspirants yesterday in Osogbo, said they aspirants could engage in consultation ahead of primaries for the September 22 poll.Notable among aspirants at the meeting are Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yussuff; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam and Chief of Staff to Gov 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Lagos State government said yesterday that it had achieved an average monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N34 billion in 2018, compared to monthly averages of the last three years.Finance Commissioner Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, who disclosed this at the ongoing annual ministerial press briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes administration, held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, attributed the gradual improvement to the impact of the ongoing reforms 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Ibadan residents were excited yesterday, as pupils in public and private schools wore traditional attire to celebrate the World Culture Day.The event, which many described as novel, saw the pupils dressed gorgeously in traditional clothes portraying their ethnic groups.From 6:45 am, pupils started to turn out in Buba and Iro with Gele for the Yoruba. Other ethnic groups, such as the Igbo, Hausa, Tiv, Fulani, Urhobo, Efik, and Ijaw wore their traditional clothes.Pupils were happy that they could 

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Tue, 22 May 2018
The Federal Government yesterday launched the repair of the 30.1 kilometre Ikorodu-Sagamu road.The road, a major link between Lagos and Ogun states, en route other states, has been in disrepair for over 12 years.The rehabilitation, estimated at N20.8 billion, is awarded to Messrs Arab Contractor O.A.O. Nigeria Ltd, with a duration of 36 months.The launch, performed by Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola, was witnessed by personalities, including Senator Gbenga Ashafa; fede 
Tue, 22 May 2018
The former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa YarAdua, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, has said only a formidable opposition can defeat President Muhammadu Buhari next year.He spoke at the review of his book, titled: Against the Run of Play.The event was held at Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP).Addressing a gathering of academics and other professionals, Adeniyi identified fragmented opposition as the most important factor that made incumbent candi 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Five persons are feared dead in Mchia, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, after Fulani herdsmen invaded the community.Chairman of Logo council Richard Nyajo, who confirmed this, said they stormed the town, about 11 pm, on Sunday, and operated unchallenged.A youth activist, Felix Orturan Zaki, condemned the killing, and called on security agencies to protect life and property.Orturan wondered that if herdsmen can attack Mchia, those in Ugba, headquarters of Logo, are not safe.Last night, 
Tue, 22 May 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains in Kogi State are up in arms against Governor Yahaya Bello, who they accuse of bad governance and intolerance of opposition. Group Political Editor Emmanuel Oladesu and JAMES AZANIA examine the style of the governor that has drawn the ire of Kogites.Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi State, is the youngest governor in the country. However, he is arguably the most controversial governor.In the last three years, he has been 
Tue, 22 May 2018
The state congress of the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) was held last Saturday at the party secretariat, Ikeja amidst pomp and ceremony. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN reports that the new executive committee is taking over the leadership of the party at an auspicious time and that the expectations of members are high.THE Lagos State secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a beehive of activities last Saturday, when the chapter held its congress to usher in a new leadersh 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday visited the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital.He was accompanied by his close ally, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe and Ayo Osuntokun.Obasanjo said it is a must to rescue the country from the hands of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), led federal government come 2019.Obasanjo who was visiting Afenifere for the first time in 20 years, said he was in Akure, the Ondo state 
Tue, 22 May 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly respond to issues raised by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank.Frank had in a letter to the President accused the administration of humongous corruption, intimidation of citizens, erosion of freedom, constitutional breaches and persecution of citizens under the guise of the fight against corruption.A statement issued by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the all 
Tue, 22 May 2018
Former Deputy Chairman, Delta State, All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Cyril Ogodor on Monday emerged as the state chairman of the party at a congress which held in Asaba- the State s capital.The congress which held at the play ground of the temporary site of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, was peaceful.Ogodor polled 731 votes to defeat Mr. Fred Obe who polled 99 votes in the delegates election.The other positions were returned unopposed through voice affirmation.The congr 

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