NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 MAY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday,  31 May, 2018.
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gudu, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, to 14 years’ imprisonment for his acts of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of the sum of N1.64bn belonging to the state.
 
The judgment marked the end of about 11 years’ trial which would be the first full-blown criminal proceedings to be conducted in a Nigerian court and ended in a guilty verdict sending a former governor to jail for a period as long as 14 years for corruption.
 
 
 
Nyame, whose name goes with the appellation of a church title of “Reverend.” was convicted on a total of 27 out of the 41 counts preferred against him.
 
He was convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment with the highest being 14 years for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation, and taking valuable thing without consideration and receiving gratification as a public officer.


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The judge sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 14 years for criminal breach of trust without an option of fine, two years for criminal misappropriation; seven years for receiving gratification and five years for “obtaining valuable thing without consideration.”
 
The sentences were the maximum provided by the law under which the convict was charged in May 2007. 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, attended plenary on Wednesday in a cervical collar and supported himself with a walking stick.
 
Melaye had not been at the Senate for over one month due to his faceoff with the men of the Nigeria Police ahead of his arraignment before Abuja and Kogi State courts over alleged gun-running and attempted suicide.
 
He was hospitalised over injuries he sustained in one of the attempts to arrest him.
At the plenary, Melaye raised a point of order to thank the Senate, the House of Representatives and their leaderships for defending him during his travails.
 
He said, “I indeed thank ‘Kogites’ and specially also appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party for making statements during my recall exercise and asking everyone to stay back. Politics has been shown not to be individualistic but to be about issues and purpose. So, to the national chairman of the PDP and indeed the executive of the PDP in Kogi State, I salute you, I salute you, I salute you.
 
“I want to say I am alive because God defended me. But I want to say that the Nigeria police attempted to kill me twice, first through the application of a chemical substance and the second time through injection. They actually came with an injection to inject me but God intervened.”
 
Melaye’s speech became dramatic when he urged the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to direct the sergeants-at-arms to provide another seat for him at the side of the minority PDP section of the chamber, saying that he would sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, in the interim.
Thu, 31 May 2018
US internet giant Amazon will block Australian shoppers from its international websites to counter new tax laws on online purchases, it announced Thursday. New rules require internet retailers like the American behemoth to collect a 10 percent goods and services tax on everything bought from overseas sites from July 1, including under the current tax-free [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are both back in action at the French Open on Thursday looking to reach the third round, while Rafael Nadal continues his bid for an 11th title. Here are three matches to watch at Roland Garros on Thursday: Serena Williams (USA) v Ashleigh Barty (AUS x17) Having previously not [] 



Thu, 31 May 2018
Manchester City defender Danilo has played down the row surrounding team mate Raheem Sterlings gun tattoo. A picture of Sterlings tattooed leg appeared on the front page of Britains popular Sun tabloid on Tuesday and prompted criticism from anti-gun campaigners. But the 23-year-old England forward insisted there was a deeper meaning behind the tattoo than [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The Benue House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a Bill to prohibit marriage contract between persons of the same sex in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Cited as Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law, 2018, the bill was passed at plenary after a clause by clause consideration by the Committee of the whole presided [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Gbenga Adeniji The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola; Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; ex-governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba; popular poet, Odia Ofeimun; and a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) on Wednesday, suggested ways the country could attain greater heights. They spoke in Lagos at a colloquium titled, A bright future [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muha-mmadu Buhari on Wednesday insisted that he inherited security challenge and ailing economy at the inception of his administration in 2015. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while receiving the new President of Sierra Leone, Mr. Julius Bio, at [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Alexander Okere The World Health Organisation has called on all its member states including Nigeria, to increase taxes on cigarettes to discourage people from tobacco consumption. Also, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for synergy and partnerships among relevant stakeholders to check tobacco consumption and reduce its health and [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna A former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ramalan Yero, was on Wednesday detained at the Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Detained alongside Yero were a former Kaduna State Peoples Democratic Partys Chairman, Abubakar Gaya- Haruna, a former Secretary to the State Government, Hamza Ishaq, and a former [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu An attempt by the members of the Biafran Zionists Federation to invade and take over the Enugu State Government House was foiled by a combined team of security agencies in the early hours of Wednesday. Our correspondent in Enugu observed that there was partial compliance with the sit-at-home protest ordered by the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu and Olaleye Aluko President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has lamented the allegation by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, that members of the National Assembly are bribe takers. Saraki, who described the comment as embarrassing, challenged Jega to name the bribe takers in the National Assembly. [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has begun an investigation of the case of sexual harassment at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, involving a postgraduate student, Miss Monica Osagie, and a lecturer at the Accounting Department, Prof. Richard Akindele. The investigation was based on a motion moved at the plenary on Wednesday by Senator Abiodun Olujimi [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Former President Goodluck Jonathan says that any nation that does not spend its wealth and resources to develop the capacity of its youths will eventually be forced to devote its resources to fighting insecurity among the youths. The former President stated this during the Bayelsa Heroes Award for Academic Excellence at the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Leke Baiyewu The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, again on Wednesday said that the Federal Government would not pay members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, who had been on strike since April 17. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this during a telephone interview with The PUNCH, just [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said on Wednesday that future Nigeria belonged to the young people, a reason the country must build their capacity to lead the nation. Dogara spoke in Abuja as he met with the members of the Movement for the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill at the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Federal High Court in Lagos has entered judgment against music video director, Clarence Peters, for alleged copyright infringement. The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favour of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance. The judge, in the May 4, 2018 judgment, held that, In the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday came together to evaluate the legal system of handling pre-trial detainees. A statement by the spokesperson for the ICRC, Aleksandra Mosimann, stated there was a roundtable between the ICRC and the NPF specifically to examine the progress of [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Emmanuel Ibeshi, has urged political leaders to engage the teeming unemployed youths in productive ventures in order to reduce unemployment. Ibeshi, who is a governorship aspirant under the platform of the PDP in Cross River State, said one of his cardinal [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Relations, Ms. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, have raised the alarm over the proliferation of small arms in Nigeria. This is contained in a bill to regulate the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, which passed second [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that there were ongoing operations by the military to rescue the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in the Boko Haram captivity, Leah Sharibu, as well as the Chibok girls. The armys Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, stated this on a programme aired on [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Wednesday screened the five members of the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari. Last week, the lawmakers considered the request by the President contained in a letter he wrote to the Senate over one year ago for legislative confirmation of the appointments. The [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Prof. Wumi Iledare (Director, Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt) I wouldnt want to interrupt a political debate. I think the government has all the tools to get its facts right. However, this political fight is not going to take our nation to where we are supposed to be. Rather, we need to talk [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Taraba State Government is set to distribute 130 tractors it procured to farmers in the state to support agricultural mechanisation and boost food production. The states Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. David Ishaya, said this in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday in Jalingo. Ishaya said, Apart from [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, has said the Nigerian Navy is focused on seeking regional cooperation to curb maritime crime. Olonisakin spoke on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Nigerian Navy Regional Maritime Exercise, code-named, Exercise Eku Kugbe, to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the Nigerian Navy. He said the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi A non-governmental organisation, the Counselling Ambassador Organisation, has urged Nigerians to give succour to the less privileged in the society. The President of the TCAO, Pastor Regina Obasa, stated this on Sunday when the organisation visited over 2,000 Muslims living with disabilities at the Destitute Home, Oko Baba, Ebute-Metta, Lagos State. The Oko [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, has advised children in the country to be of good character. Ambode said this during the Childrens Day celebration organised by Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie Instant Noodles, under the auspices of the Indomie Children Fan Club. The events hosted over 100,000 pupils [] 



Thu, 31 May 2018
President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke his silence about the racism row engulfing supporter Roseanne Barr, not to condemn her outburst but to attack ABC television for purported media bias. The US network on Tuesday canceled hit sitcom Roseanne, after star Barr fired off a racist tweet against former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, who [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Kim Jong Uns right-hand man flew into New York on Wednesday for talks with President Donald Trumps top diplomat amid a scramble to organize next months historic nuclear summit between the North Korean and US leaders. Kim Yong Chol, a veteran Pyongyang power player and a member of the young autocrats inner circle, arrived on [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
EVERY so often, Nigerias justice system is perceived as weak and exasperatingly slow; quick to punish minor offenders but tardy in bringing high net worth lawbreakers to book. Therefore, for the umpteenth time, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has brought to the fore one of its chronic defects. At the inaugural biannual lecture [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Five people were injured when a small plane operated by the UNs humanitarian air service overturned on the runway in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, the organisation said. The accident happened during take off on a remote runway in Kamonia, in central Kasai region, according to statement from the UN World Food Programme [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja After many months of speculation, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Interior, Mr. Jagaba Adams, on Wednesday, announced his decision to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress. He defected to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party on the floor of the House in Abuja. In a letter he wrote the House, [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Misau, has criticised Nigerian politicians for being responsible for many problems the country is facing. According to him, once a Nigerian politician has been elected into office, he withdraws himself from other Nigerians who are not members of his ethnic group or faith. Misau, [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he is running for the office of the President not for selfish reasons but for the survival of Nigeria. Atiku said this at the symposium and inauguration of the Atiku Mandate Group codenamed TAM-G in Lagos. The former Vice-President, who served under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Joseph Daudu, and some other Senior Advocates of Nigeria are not comfortable with the new regime where accused can no longer have their trials suspended while their appeals against the charges instituted against them are pending before the Court of Appeal or the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday, annulled the congresses of the All Progressives Congress held in the state. The APC had gone ahead to hold the ward, local government and state congresses on May 19, 20 and 21, 2018 respectively despite a court order [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Ride-hailing company, Taxify, has said it is now working on expanding the platform’s availability to drivers and riders in Nigeria after completing an investment round of $175m. It stated in Lagos on Wednesday that the $175m investment had brought the company’s worth to $1bn. The Nigeria Country Manager, Taxify, Mr. Uche Okafor, said [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Wednesday announced that in its bid to avoid the re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola virus in the country, it had detected and picked up over 95 per cent of travellers who had high fever as they travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. FAAN [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The nation’s foreign exchange reserves have declined further, losing $99m to close at $47.65bn on Monday, latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed on Wednesday. Industry analysts have attributed the recent decline in the external reserves to the exit of foreign portfolio investors. The PUNCH reported on May 17 that the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Femi Asu The total market value of all companies trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange fell below the N14tn mark on Wednesday, for the first time since January 8, 2018. With no trading on Tuesday, which was declared as a public holiday to mark the Democracy Day, the stock market resumed its losing streak on [] 



Thu, 31 May 2018
Ministry gets approval for N30bn intervention fund Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has resigned his position as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development. Fayemi announced his resignation in a valedictory speech while briefing the media on the mines [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Umar Muhammad The Aliko Dangote Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja donated 150 operational cars to the Nigeria Police Force. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, described the donation as the single biggest gift ever by a private sector operator to the police, a statement by the foundation said. Speaking during the [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Non-governmental organisations in the country have constituted themselves as an opposition party against the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Federal Government has said. According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, many civil society organisations in the country fail to appreciate the fight against corruption by the current administration. The [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority said about 27 ships conveying petroleum products, food and other goods were expected to arrive at Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports, from Wednesday to June 16. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that not less than five of the 27 ships will sail in with petrol. The remaining 22 ships [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that the International Monetary Fund is not worried about Nigeria’s debt profile. Adeosun said that the country had enough capacity to repay its debt obligations estimated at N21.7tn. She explained that the government was not worried about the country’s rising debt profile as [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Paga said it had emerged the top mobile money operator, and was recognised by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems Plc for achieving the highest transaction count on the Global Mobile Regulatory and Monitoring Platform in 2017. The Chief Executive Officer, Paga, Tayo Oviosu, said he started Paga in 2009 to make it easy to send [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Standard Chartered and Africa Finance Corporation have struck a partnership to launch a risk participation programme to boost trade finance in Africa. According to a statement by the bank, the programme is the first between Standard Chartered and the AFC, and is expected to generate an estimated incremental trade volume in excess of $350m over [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ecobank has revealed its ambition to attain a customer base of 100 million across Africa. The bank said in a statement that it was its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa through innovation and digitalisation. The statement said the bank won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker [] 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
It is never too early for kids to start saving money, and a savings account for a minor can give him/her an excellent opportunity to learn to manage her money. It is easy to open a joint savings account with a child, and many banks offer savings accounts designed specifically for children, according to budgeting.thenest.com. []