NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 MAY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday,  24 May, 2018.
Fri, 25 May 2018
An executive bill sent to the Senate seeking to concentrate the control of water resources in the hands of  the Federal Government has divided senators across regional lines.
While northern senators support the bill and its objectives, their southern counterparts are opposed to it.
 
Those opposed to it pointed out that the bill, if passed into law, would further centralise power and the nation’s resources. This, they pointed out, would counter the current move towards devolution of powers, which is currently skewed in favour of the Federal Government.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sent the bill to the legislature in 2017, while the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, presented the bill as it is customary for executive bills.

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It is ‘A Bill for An Act to Establish a Regulatory Framework for the Water Resources Sector in Nigeria, Provide for the Equitable and Sustainable Redevelopment, Management, Use and Conservation of Nigeria’s Surface Water and Groundwater Resources and for Related Matter.’
The summary of the bill reads, “This Act repeals the Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004; River Basin Development Act Cap R9 LFN 2004; Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N110A, LFN, 2004; NationaI Water Resources lnstitute Act Cap N83 LFN 2004; and establishes the National Council on Water Resources, Nigeria Water Resources Regulatory Commission, River Basin Development Authorities, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, and the National Water Resources Institute.”
Fri, 25 May 2018
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, said the National Assembly would transmit the 2018 Appropriation Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.
Saraki said this in an interview with State House correspondents after breaking the Ramadan fast with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
 
He was answering a question on how soon the document would be transmitted to the President.
Saraki said, “I think that should have been done, we had to harmonise, it’s just a slight difference. It has been passed yesterday (Wednesday).

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“It was in the rules and proceedings of today (Thursday).  So,  I am sure by tomorrow (Friday), we will transmit it to the Presidency.”

The two chambers of the National Assembly last week passed the document.
The lawmakers also raised the total figure from N8.6tn to N9.1tn, six months after it was presented to them.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, on Wednesday said the President had yet to receive the document from the lawmakers.
Fri, 25 May 2018
Fifty people died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday. The accident happened on the Momboyo river Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa province, told AFP, saying: We found 49 bodies on Thursday and another one this morning. The boat [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
A thrilling run inspired by Mohamed Salah has taken Liverpool to Saturdays Champions League final in Kiev against Real Madrid, where now Jurgen Klopps side must stop the Spanish giants from winning the trophy for the third year running. Real have seen this as their competition ever since winning the first five European Cups in [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has explained why he told popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, to forget about marriage. Recall that the blogger broke the news of her pregnancy early this week and it has generated comments on various platforms. Posting from his Instagram handle @areafada1, Charly Boy said, For those brainless cells [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
A Catholic priest has been quarantined after being infected with the Ebola virus in the town of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo, medical sources said Thursday. We have quarantined a priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro who tested positive for the Ebola virus, a medical source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Religious [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
North Korea said Friday it is willing to talk to the United States at any time after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit. Trump blamed open hostility from the North Korean regime for his decision to call off the planned talks with Kim Jong Un, and warned Pyongyang against committing any foolish or reckless [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has lauded the arraignment of the Secretary to Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani, for money laundering. In a statement issued by Mr Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of CACOL, he noted that the six counts brought against the duo of Kobani and one Samuel Okpoko, bordering [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Two former French spies, one of whom was reportedly posted in Beijing, have been charged with passing intelligence to a foreign power, a disclosure that has rocked the countrys intelligence services. Defence Minister Florence Parly, who oversees the countrys General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), said Friday that she was not in a position to [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
A US federal court jury has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years. Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. The award appeared to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had [] 

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Fri, 25 May 2018
Obese hospital patients are more likely to survive an infectious disease than people of normal weight, according to research that pointed on Friday (May 25) to seemingly paradoxical benefits of a condition loaded with health risks. Presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, a study of more than 18,000 sick people in Denmark [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Nollywood actress, Lilian Dizo, was among a group that recently met in Lagos to chart a new path for productive leadership in Nigeria. Dizo and the head of the group called Street to Street Initiative, Mr. Wabara Emeka, called for a proactive and inclusive leadership to advance the cause of Nigeria. According to Emeka, the [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
A retired lawyer and former Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Justice Isiaka Oluwa, has presented a book titled, A Life in Motion: Reminiscences of a Jurist at 100 Years. The presentation held on Wednesday at Dalinytonh Hall, Lagos, was symbolic for the author as he also marked his 100th birthday organised by his [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Gospel-juju singer, Abel Dosunmu, otherwise called Mega 99, is on the march again as he is set to release his 12th album titled Appreciation. According to the musician, the work is being produced by Bengo T, who has worked with him on several songs. In a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, the artiste [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Conference Centre, Abuja, was recently enlivened with impressive artworks when acclaimed fine artist, Bankole Bako, staged an exhibition there. The project with the theme, Silhouette of Words, convinced many enthusiasts that the self-taught artist is not a captive of norms. According to a statement, he is not bound by the climate of [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Akeem Lasisi As the All Africa Music Awards opens submission for its 2018 edition today, it is still reliving the experience it had in Ghana where it unveiled the years calendar of events. AFRIMAs leadership noted that it, on Monday, experienced the warmth of the music and culture industry of Ghana. May 21 when the [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
It is a good ime for X3M Music artiste, Praiz, as he has signed on a new artiste under his management. The new artiste, Dapo, was discovered in the last season of the music reality show, Project Fame, where Praiz served as a judge. The award-winning R&B talent said he was not leaving X3M Records [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
A female journalist was found dead Thursday at her home in Mexico with stab wounds to the back of the neck, the state attorney generals office said. Alicia Diaz Gonzalez, 52, was found by her children, who were upstairs at the time and did not hear anything awry, the office said. The woman was on [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
The pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather has shocked Argentina, where debate on decriminalizing abortion is in full force ahead of a congressional vote next month. The child was found to be 21 weeks pregnant when she was taken to hospital with stomach pain. Current legislation allows terminations in the event of [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Anna Okon The Director-General/Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, has urged the Organised Private Sector to endorse the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, assuring them that it will create more jobs for Nigerians. Osakwe gave the advice while presenting a paper on the agreement and its benefits [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Festus Abu Sports minister Solomon Dalung has blamed the International Basketball Federation for the lingering crisis in basketball in the country. The sport was plunged into leadership crisis after the separate Nigeria Basketball Federation presidential elections in Kano and Abuja in June. While the purported presidential poll in Kano on June 12 produced former leader [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation says it has invited 40 athletes for camping ahead of the 2018 Africa Youth Games in Algeria, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NWF Secretary Ahmed Abdullahi told NAN in Abuja on Thursday that the camp would open in Bayelsa on Monday. Abdullahi said the 40 athletes comprise 20 males and [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna CHAIRMAN of Niger Tornadoes, Mustapha Gawu, has said the timely release of funds by Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello to the club has boosted the morale of the players. Gawu told reporters in Minna on Wednesday that the government had released N60m, explaining that the club first received N10m to settle the [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has said it considers the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election as second only to the Presidential election in terms of importance. APCs Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, said this while inaugurating the partys National Campaign Council for the Ekiti governorship election at the partys National Secretariat, in [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Femi Asu Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has announced the signing of a multi-million dollars shipbuilding deal with Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands. The company said in a statement on Thursday that the representatives of Damen Shipyards were in its office in Lagos for the signing ceremony. Describing it as one of the amplest projects [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services over the wanton destruction of the campaign billboard of its governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in Oye Ekiti. The party claimed that the destruction was carried out on [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Billionaire businesswoman, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, appeared on Thursday before the Lagos State in Ikeja to testify against one Vincent Ayewah, who allegedly defrauded her foundation, Rose of Sharon Foundation, of N3m. Ayewah, an employee of Rose of Sharon Foundation, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Hakeem Oshodi. [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos There was jubilation in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Thursday after the court granted N100m bail to former Governor Jonah Jang, who was charged with an alleged fraud. A former cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Yusuf Pam, who was charged along with Jang, also [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, and two others for allegedly laundering a sum of N950m. Shekarau was arraigned before the Kano State High Court, alongside Ambassador Aminu Wali, and an engineer, Ahmed Munsur. The police had a tough time controlling a [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Thursday, met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari on national issues, including the growing calls for power devolution. We discussed what we think should be the final response to the ongoing debate about power devolution, the governor told State House correspondents at the end of [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi There was drama on Thursday at the Gombe State House of Assembly during the plenary when All Progressives Congress members, Abdullahi Abubakar and Mohammed Bello, took away the mace in an attempt to impeach the Minority Leader, Ahmed Haruna. The Assembly suspended four APC members for allegedly conspiring to forcibly remove the [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi and Olufemi Atoyebi The Peoples Democratic Party has said it does not have any preference for any of its presidential aspirants. Notwithstanding, the party said it would present an acceptable candidate that would shock the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2019 presidential election. The National Chairman of the party, Prince [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Thursday declared the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, wanted. Justice Mojisola Dada made an order for Chukwumas arrest following an application to that effect by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The anti-graft agency had charged the businessman and his firm with [] 

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Fri, 25 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with a chairmanship aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Oshiomhole, who is Buharis choice for the position, was joined at the meeting with the President by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha. [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate at the plenary on Thursday urged the Federal Government to ensure the rescue of the last Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, and the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still in the captivity of the Boko Haram insurgents. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for a special fund from the Federal [] 

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Fri, 25 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday voided the 180-legislative-day suspension imposed by the House of Representatives on a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on September 28, 2016. Delivering judgment in the suit filed by Jibrin to challenge the sanction imposed on him, Justice John Tsoho [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Chief Ademola Ishola, has said Senator Iyiola Omisore is a bona fide member of the party. Ishola said this in an interview with journalists in Osogbo on Thursday at the inauguration of local government chairmen of the party in Osun State. A [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday, remanded a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, and three others in the prison custody. The court said Ize-Iyamu, Orbih, a former member of the House of Representatives, [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Thirty-two pro-Biafra agitators were on Thursday remanded in prison custody by an Enugu magistrate court. The activists were members of the Biafra Independence Movement faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. They were arrested on May 22 while trying to stage a parade to mark the [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, will be the guest lecturer at this years Democracy Day lecture slated for Monday. The Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lawrence Ojabo, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Thursday showcased some of the economic achievements said to have been recorded by the present administration, saying only the blind would not see the feats. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated this in a statement titled, The economy: Facts are stubborn [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has accepted the resignation of his deputy, Nuhu Gidado and wished him well in his future endeavours. The acceptance was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the State Governor, Ali M. Ali, and made available to newsmen in [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Umar Muhammed, Justin Tyopuusu and John Charles Two people have been killed after attending the burial of the two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State. The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the attack occurred along the Naka/Makurdi Road on Tuesday. The deceased were said to be riding on [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State House of Assembly has impeached and removed its Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi, for alleged gross misconduct. It also removed the Chief Whip, Akinniyi Sunday, from Ikere 2 and replaced him with Olawale Onigiobi from Ekiti South West 1. The assembly accused Adewumi of committing several wrong acts including [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Federal High Court in Sokoto on Thursday granted N25m bail to a former deputy governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N500m. Shagaris co-defendants equally got bail in the same sum. The co-defendants are Senator Abdallah Wali; a Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, have advised civil servants to embrace a positive mindset for optimum performance in service. The duo spoke on Thursday at the opening ceremony of a two-day training programme in Ikeja. Ambode, who noted that workers [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi THE Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency has said it will ensure that all consumers in the state are satisfied with goods purchased, especially through e-commerce platforms. The General Manager of the agency, Mrs. Oluwakemi Olugbode, stated this on Thursday in Ikeja during an interactive session with some operators of electronic commerce business. She [] 
Fri, 25 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission. Smith, representing the South-West on the board, is to replace former IGP, Mike Okiro. The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read Buharis letter seeking legislative confirmation of the appointment as well [] 

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Fri, 25 May 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele Traders in the Oko-Baba Plank Market in Lagos State have resisted the notices to quit given by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The traders called on the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who is a RCCG pastor, and the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to intervene. The traders said they reached an agreement in [] 

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