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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  27 May, 2018.

Sun, 27 May 2018
the former Chairman of the now defunct New Peoples Democratic Party bloc within the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on Saturday, unveiled a list of prominent aggrieved members of the APC, who attended a meeting of the nPDP, where the group considered three options that they might take soon.
Baraje, in a statement he signed in Abuja on Saturday, revealed that he met with prominent members of the nPDP after the meeting he held with the leadership of the APC in Abuja last week.
 

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He said, “Nigerians may recall that members of the former New PDP Bloc within the All Progressives Congress addressed a letter dated April 27, 2018 to the Chairman of the APC where we informed the party of our grievances and expectations from both the party and government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Following this development, the party invited us and we honoured its invitation to a meeting. We met with the leadership of the party last week during which we resolved to report the outcome of our meeting to our members and stakeholders before arriving at any decision or proceeding with the next phase of discussions or actions with the APC and government.
“I am glad to inform you, therefore, that we have briefed our members at a meeting convened in Abuja on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, where we reviewed the state of the nation and our party, APC, and constituted committees on various issues, especially on how to rescue Nigeria from economic, social, political and especially security challenges.”
Baraje listed the names of those in the defunct nPDP and others top APC chieftains, especially members of the National Assembly, who attended the Abuja meeting.
He added, “The meeting was well attended by members of the nPDP, including serving and former governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives, and other aggrieved APC stakeholders.
“Those who attended the meeting included President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal; Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd.); Sen. Mohammad Aliero, Senator Danjuma Goje, Sen. John Enoh, Senator Andy Uba, Sen. Ibrahim Gobir, Sen. Rufai Ibrahim and Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba.
Sun, 27 May 2018
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that he was not aware that lawmakers took a bribe, as a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, alleged in her book.
Okonjo-Iweala, in her book, Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, revealed the blackmail and arm-twisting that characterised budget passage by the National Assembly during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
 
She cited an instance in 2015 when the National Assembly leadership forced the executive arm to part with N17bn for the federal lawmakers before passing that year’s budget.
That, she said, was at a time crude price had fallen  drastically.
The N17bn alleged bribe, according to Okonjo-Iweala, was besides the National Assembly’s N150bn annual “standard” budget.

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Gbajabiamila, who was the minority leader in the 7th Assembly admitted that lawmakers had a running battle with Okonjo-Iweala and her aides over the budget because they fused in their own projects to the detriment of some lawmakers.
He explained that aside from the minister’s projects, her aides, who wanted to contest seats in the National Assembly, also loaded the budget with their own projects.
The lawmaker recalled that this was a sour point in the relationship between the former minister and members.
Sun, 27 May 2018
Eighty-five-year-old retired civil servant and water consultant, Mr. Olusola Adubifa, shares the story of his life with TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN Where and when were you born’ I was born on February 23, 1933 in Lagos in a popular maternity home on Lagos Island. I am the first out of seven children. I am a native of [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo cast a shadow over Real Madrids third consecutive Champions League triumph by suggesting he could have played his last game for the Spanish giants in Saturdays 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev. Ronaldo, 33, has now won five European Cups in all, but failed to score in a fourth final as Gareth Bale [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
JOHN AMEH, IFEANYI ONUBA, LEKE BAIYEWU and OKECHUKWU NNODIM The House of Representatives Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources and Finance will meet on Monday (tomorrow) to perfect arrangements for the probe of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations N24bn monthly subsidy spending. The Peoples Democratic Party, prominent individuals and groups in the country have asked the [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Nike Popoola The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has suspended 24,021 retirees from the payroll of the Federal Government. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the suspension, which took place in April, led to a reduction in the amount paid as monthly pensions by the Federal Government. PTAD is the government agency in charge of the pensioners under [] 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The Nigeria Labour Congress has said that it is unacceptable for the Federal Government not to make provision for petrol subsidy in the 2018 budget. It stated that the non-provision of subsidy in previous budgets had led to secrecy and lack of transparency in the management of subsidy under the current administration. It, [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Elder statesman and Chairman, Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, speaks on President Muhammadu Buharis anti-corruption war, the current administrations performance in the last three years and other issues in this interview with OLALEYE ALUKO You recently opposed the second-term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari. Why did you take such a position’ There are many [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
JOHN ALECHENU, ENIOLA AKINKOUTU, ADELANI ADEPEGBA and OLALEYE ALUKO The Peoples Democratic Party, the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, and the African Democratic Congress have backed ex-President Goodluck Jonathans assertion that Nigeria is now a laughing stock in the international community. The PDP, Afenifere and the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo-backed ADC, in separate interviews with SUNDAY PUNCH [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Mrs. Kehinde Ola-Oni, the blind widow of the late fiery human rights activist, Comrade Ola Oni, recounts her agonising experiences since her husband died about 19 years ago, in this interview with OLUFEMI ATOYEBI Your husband died in December 1999. How have you been coping with life after his demise’ Life has been so tough [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Friday OLOKOR About three weeks after the death of General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, the family of the deceased appeared to have distanced themselves from the leadership of the association over his burial. Consequently, Asakes family has written to CAN, rejecting the participation of its leaders in the [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Mrs. Adejoke Otitoju is the wife of a bank worker, Mr. Adeyemi Otitoju, killed by armed robbers at Union Bank, Ilawe Ekiti, in the Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of Ekiti State on May 15. She shares her grief with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us more about yourself. I am from Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti State. I [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Simon Utebor The Bayelsa State Government has resolved the crisis that engulfed Amassoma community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state. About five persons were killed and many persons injured in the violent clash which occurred last Tuesday at the gate of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma. Governor Seriake Dickson, who [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Omoruyi is a son of the late veteran actor, Sam Loco-Efe. He talks about his father with DOLAPO AKITOYE How was life growing up with your late father’ It was good although he was not always around. He was always on locations but the few times that we spent with him were fun. He was [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
GODWIN ISENYO None of the presidential aspirants from the northern part of Nigeria, including President Muhammadu Buhari, has consulted or sought the blessing of the foremost northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, barely 10 months to the 2019 presidential election. The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, who stated this in [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
ADELANI ADEPEGBA and OLALEYE ALUKO The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has come under heavy attacks from Nigerians over his failure to withdraw policemen attached to some very important persons, especially politicians and other private-sector players, who are not constitutionally entitled to have policemen as aides. It was gathered on Saturday that thousands of policemen [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
NIYI ODEBODE, JOHN ALECHENU, IFEANYI ONUBA and OLALEYE ALUKO The Peoples Democratic Party; economic experts and civil rights groups have said the recent statement by the International Monetary Fund on Nigerias rising debts portends a great danger for the country. The PDP took a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, accusing it of mortgaging [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu The Police have redeployed the Divisional Police Officer of the National Assembly Complex Division, Mr. Abdul Sulu-Gambari, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt on Saturday. Sources in the police and the National Assembly told our correspondent that Sulu-Gambari was redeployed based on his testimonies before the joint Senate and House of Representatives ad hoc committee set [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Tony Okafor The Anambra State Police Command has said the Indigenous People of Biafra, as a proscribed organisation, lacks the legitimacy to declare a sit-at-home order. It urged the people of the state to disregard the order declared by the group on May 30. The state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, in a statement, described [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with children in Nigeria as they mark the 2018 edition of the Childrens Day. He stated that their safety is non-negotiable. Saraki, in his goodwill message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary, note that [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Alexander Okere No fewer than four persons have reportedly died in an auto crash on the Benin-Auchi Expressway in the Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. One person was said to have been injured in the incident which occurred at the popular Jattu junction. It was learnt that tragedy struck when a truck [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
John Charles The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, on Saturday, asked the Federal Government to stop the killings in Benue State and other parts of the country. The clergyman said protection of lives and property was the major responsibility of government and any government that could not protect lives and property [] 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
ARMSTRONG BAKAM The lawmaker representing Lere/Bula Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mr. Aminu Tukur, has alleged that the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, deceived President Muhammadu Buhari into inaugurating ongoing projects during his two-day visit in April. Tukur said, The President was deceived into inaugurating a road project that had not been [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
John Charles A community leader in the Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, identified as Godwin Gbajur, popularly known as Tor Geri, was assassinated in the early hours of Saturday. A source in the area told our correspondent that the killers stormed the community leaders and shot him dead in the presence of [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Enyioha Opara THE Police in Niger State have arrested a 25-year-old man, Sanusi Aliyu, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in the Kutriko Fadikpe area of Minna. The suspect allegedly lured the girl to a hidden corner and assaulted her. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the incident occurred in April. It was gathered that Aliyu had [] 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
The Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, says the Federal Government is doing everything possible to end the ongoing indefinite nationwide strike by the Joint Health Sector Union. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Osogbo, Osun State, Adewole said Federal Government was not happy with the strike. He [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
The United Nations Childrens Fund has pledged its commitment to end violence against children in Nigeria. UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Isiye Ndombi, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Childrens Day is commemorated on May 27 every year. The theme of this years celebration is, Creating [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Peter Dada The lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency, Mr. Mike Omogbehin, has condemned the invasion of the residence of a former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Kingsley Kuku. Some armed policemen, on Thursday, allegedly stormed Arogbo town in the Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, shooting indiscriminately. The [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
TV watchers must have been spoiled for choice last week Saturday, May 19, 2018. Not so much because there were too many programmes to keep up with, but just in the grandness of the main event. There were two huge events, at least, which though different in scope, were nearly as life-changing. First was the [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN The President-General of Urhobo Progress Union Worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, has appealed to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to address the marginalisation of Urhobos on the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission. Taiga spoke when he led other leaders of the UPU on a courtesy visit to Okowa in Asaba, [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr Nsima Ekere, on Friday hosted a two-day training workshop for technical assistants in the Ogoni clean-up and remediation project at the conference hall of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Ekere, who was represented by the [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Imo State has raised the alarm over the non-collection of 300,000 Permanent Voter Cards by their owners. The commissions Head of Department of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Sunday Adedoyin, said this on Saturday at Inyishi in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state, during a workshop tagged, [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Dufil Prima Foods, makers of indomie instant noodles, under the auspices of its Children Fan Club has kicked off its annual Childrens Day celebration in commemoration of this years Childrens Day. This years Indomie Childrens Day celebration, which hosted over 100,000 pupils from various schools across Nigeria, had in attendance, the first lady of Lagos [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
POLICE latest arrest of 21 members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, who gathered at the residence of Nnamdi Kanus father, for prayers, represents a new low in the clampdown on a group, which has been relatively civil in its agitation for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra. But the Fulani herdsmen have [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Gareth Bale scored twice including an incredible overhead kick after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday. Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through [] 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
Funmi Akingbade cafi.punch@yahoo.com 08034540594 Permit me to say that I eavesdropped on some group of friends while in deep conversation about sex. Ideally, it is improper and unaccepted to eavesdrop on peoples conversation at whatever level, but I was tempted because the topic these people were deliberating upon happens to be my area of deep [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
JOHN ALECHENU takes a cursory look at the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress and the increasing challenges before the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu-led reconciliation committee The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress was at the verge of blowing the party into a thousand pieces before President Muhammadu Buhari opted to appoint a national [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The three tiers of government may soon have their monthly allocation from the federal account increased as the Federation Account Allocation Committee is targeting N1tn for the monthly disbursement. A total of N701.022bn was shared by the Federal Government, states and local governments as allocation for the month of April. The Chairman, FAAC [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Mr. Dideolu Falobi is the Managing Director of Kresta Laurel Limited, an engineering firm and one of Nigeria’s major elevator companies. He told Eric Dumo some of the challenges of doing business in the country and how they have survived for 34 years It’s been 34 years of operating in the elevator industry in Nigeria, [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. It has been said repeatedly that the era of natural resource-based economy is long gone. Yes, it is arguable and like a top ICT expert puts it, there is nothing we can do to change a long established traditional industry, such as oil and gas. As factual as this may sound, [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Anna Okon Local operators in the shipping industry have decried the inability to assess the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund, which they say must have risen to over $2bn. The CVFF is derived from two per cent of the contracts awarded under the Cabotage regime. It was designed to enable indigenous shipping companies to acquire adequate [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
The Chairman, Environmental Services Limited, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, has identified early obsolescence of electronics as a major cause of uncontrollable volumes of e-waste. Osibanjo made the observation at a Waste Recycling Exposition in Lagos on Thursday. The event was organised by E-terra Technology Ltd. The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the environmentalist as saying that [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Akinwunmi Ambode Exactly a year ago, Lagos State turned 50. Nigerians came out in larger numbers to participate in the one-year long celebration of the coming of age of the State of Aquatic Splendour. The celebrations culminated in a spectacular show on 27 May, 2017 at Eko Atlantic. It has been one year now since [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Ex-Super Eagles centre-back Taribo West tells TANA AIYEJINA about missing out on the 94 World Cup and his experiences playing at the France 98 and Korea/Japan 02 editions Playing at 98/02 World Cups That was my dream and the ultimate goal. Its the highest stage in football, so it was a dream comes true for [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
LORIS Karius was the villain for Liverpool, while Gareth Bale scored one of the greatest goals seen in Champions League history as Real Madrid notched an incredible 13th title. In an extraordinary final, Liverpool were rocked by a devastating first-half injury to star Mohammad Salah that could leave the Egyptians World Cup hopes in doubt. [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Wrestler Daniel Amas won a bronze medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with a shoulder injury. The 28-year-old told Idris Adesina about the injury and more in this interview How would you describe your performance at the recent 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’ Im not satisfied with the bronze I won because I [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Fidson Healthcare Plc through its product, Astymin, has backed the Super Eagles to advance past the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The national team have not gone beyond the round of 16 in five previous attempts and in an effort to ensure they surpass the hurdle, Astymin has started the One [] 
Sun, 27 May 2018
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that MohamedSalahs injury that forced him off in the first half of the Champions League final on Saturday was serious. It is a serious injury. He is in hospital for an X-ray. It is either the collarbone or the shoulder itself, Klopp said after Liverpools 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid [] 

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Sun, 27 May 2018
Gareth Bale hinted he will consider leaving Real Madrid after the Wales star inspired their 3-1 Champions League triumph over Liverpool with one of the greatest goals ever scored in the final. Bale blasted an astonishing overhead kick to put Real ahead in the 64th minute and sealed the silverware with his second goal [] 

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