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Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 31 May, 2018.


Thu, 31 May 2018
In a major victory for the anti-corruption campaign by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday handed down a 14 years sentence to former Taraba State Governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame.

Trial judge justice Adebukoola Banjoko delivering judgment on the 11 years old trial said she cannot help but hand down the maximum sentence after finding the defendant guilty of allegations of fraud, criminal breach of trust amongst others.





 
The judge held that the judgment is meant to serve as a deterrent to other public office holders who have plans to dip their hands in the public treasury.

“The court would be failing in its responsibility if it does otherwise. As regards to the criminal breach of trust, a maximum of 14yrs without the option of fine.

“Misappropriation, 2yrs without the option of fine, gratification, 7yrs without the option of fine, obtaining valuable things without consideration, 5yrs without the option of fine.
“The sentences, however, are to run concurrently”, the court held.

In addition, the court ordered that all the forfeited funds be returned to Taraba State government.
Justice Banjoko stated that the court was morally outweighed by the fact of the case.

The court held that either Nyame got corrupted while in office or was corrupt from day one going by the way he embezzled the state’s funds.

According to the judge, Nyame breached the trust reposed on him by the people of Taraba State who had on three separate occasions elected him as the governor of the state.

Justice Banjoko stated that the former governor, being a clergyman was suppose to be an epitome of honesty and integrity but chose to betray the confidence reposed in him.

The judge noted that Nyame continued to dip his hands into the state’s treasury, even when he was aware that he was under the intense searchlight of the anti-graft agency.

While holding that the governor had no legal justifications for the crime, justice Banjoko said, “He behaved like a common thief with unbridled greed”, adding that, “the court must impose the maximum sentence to discourage other public office holders”.



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Thu, 31 May 2018
Pension Fund Assets under management as at the first quarter (Q1) 2018 stood at N7.943 trillion as against N7.515 trillion In the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017, the Pension Assets and Membership Data Q1 2018, has revealed.

The data, which were obtained from the website of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicated that the Pension Assets and Retirement Savings Account (RSA) Membership Data Q1 2018 reflected that 7,975,976 workers are registered under the pension scheme compared to 7,823,911 registered workers in Q4 2017.


 
Giving details of the pension assets, the NBS stated that FGN Bonds has the highest weight percentage of 48.61 per cent of the total pension fund assets, closely followed by treasury bills with 20.89 percentage weight and domestic ordinary Smshares with 9.25 percentage weight while agency bonds have the least with 0.07 percentage weight.

Participants within the age distribution 30-39 years have the highest percentage composition closely followed by participants within the age bracket of 40-49 years and 50-59 years while participants above 65 years have the least percentage composition. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, wednesday said his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for false assets declaration did not come up at the meeting between the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo last Monday.

Saraki’s assertion was corroborated by the Chairman of nPDP and now a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, who said there was never a time the nPDP bloc requested for the stoppage of the senate president’s trial at the CCT during their meeting with Osinbajo.


 
The senate president in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, issued yesterday, said he was not interested in any settlement of the case outside the judicial process contrary to a report published by a national daily.

The nPDP leadership had last Monday held a meeting with the vice president in their efforts to address the grievances put forward to the APC national leadership and presidency so as to bring peace and stability to the party.

Consequently, a national daily reported that the issues discussed at the Monday’s meeting “are Saraki’s trial before the CCT, exclusion of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in Bauchi and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso from the APC ward and local government congresses in Kano State.

Other issues discussed at the meeting, according to the report, included alleged persecution of nPDP members by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

But in a statement yesterday, Saraki claimed that his trial at the CCT never came up at the meeting between nPDP and the vice president contrary to the report, which he said, lacked some level of authenticity.

Thu, 31 May 2018
Congresses that produced our exco not before any court, says Ojukaye Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has declared the ward, local government and the state congresses of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held on May 19, 20 and 21 respectively null and []The post Court Annuls Rivers APC Congresses appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Appoints Boni Haruna DG Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Former Minister of Special Duties in the previous administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has declared his intention to contest for the presidency on the platform of the party. Turaki, who was minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, said at an []The post PDP: Former Jonathan’s Minister, Turaki Declares for Presidency appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
The Benue House of Assembly wednesday passed a bill to prohibit marriage contract between persons of same sex in the state. 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 by the Speaker, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange. Same []The post Benue Assembly Outlaws Same Sex Marriage appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
In an unprecedented show of philanthropy, the Aliko Dangote Foundation wednesday in Abuja, donated 150 fully kitted operational cars worth several hundreds of naira to the Nigeria Police Force. The donation, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said was the single biggest donation ever by a private sector operator to the police. Speaking during []The post FG Lauds Dangote for Presenting 150 Patrol Cars to Police appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
The National Industrial Court in Abuja has said it has taken over the negotiations between the federal government and the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre. The ruling of the court was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, National Publicity Secretary, Association []The post Strike: Court Orders FG, JOHESU Back to Negotiation table appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 





Thu, 31 May 2018
Kasim Sumaina in Abuja The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, wednesday formally resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development. Fayemi, while handing over to the Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, in Abuja, noted that Bwari, though is []The post Fayemi Resigns from Buhari’s Cabinet, Hands over to His Deputy appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Senate tasks Jega to name corrupt NAssembly members Invites OAU VC over sex for marks scandal Deji Elumoye in Abuja It was drama galore wednesday when the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, stirred the Senate on the very first day of his resumption with a special request at []The post Melaye Returns to Senate with Theatrics, Fuels Rumour of Defection appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Iran seeks OPEC support against US sanctions Ejiofor Alike with agency reports The influx of United States’ shale oil into refineries in northwest Europe and the Mediterranean, coupled with the adoption of discount pricing by some oil-producing countries to trade with buyers in east and western Europe have hurt demand for Nigeria’s sweet crude in []The post Sale of Nigerian Crude Oil Threatened by Discount Pricing, US Shale Oil Boost appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Chinedu Eze The federal government has intensified efforts to ensure that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is not retransmitted into the country and therefore has activated all procedures to prevent infected travellers from gaining access to any of the nation’s airports. To ensure that this objective is achieved, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and []The post FG Intensifies Ebola Screening at Lagos Airport appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 



Thu, 31 May 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen wednesday, identified delays experienced in the trial of court cases as a form of discouragement to investors in the country. Onnoghen, who stated this at a seminar for judges on Construction Law said, the judiciary in addressing the situation directed courts in []The post Onnoghen Decries Delays in Court Cases, Says Its Scaring Away Investors appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Our Correspondents Mixed reactions wednesday trailed the directive of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to residents of the South-east and South-south geopolitical zones to sit at home. In Anambra State, though Onitsha was shut down completely, Awka remained lively with businesses, schools, banks and markets operating normally, without recourse to the sit-at-home. THISDAY which []The post Mixed Reactions Greet IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Directive in South-east appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu About 21 pro-Biafran activists were wednesday morning arrested by a combined team of security operatives made up of the Department of State Service (DSS), anti-terrorism squad, anti-riot policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in front of Enugu State Government House. The activists who were identified as members of the Biafra Zionists Federation, []The post Police Thwart BZF’s Plan to Take over Enugu Govt House, Arrest 21 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Yinka Olatunbosun Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and other advocates of democracy in Nigeria have called on journalists to emulate the virtues of Kunle Ajibade who courageously fought against the oppressive military rule through his insightful investigative reports. Soyinka made this call while delivering his opening remarks at the colloquium in honour of Ajibade at []The post Soyinka, Others Drum Support for True Democracy at Ajibade’s 60th Birthday Colloquium appeared first on THISDA 

Thu, 31 May 2018
Reject executive bill to control waterways Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Governors from the South-south region have demanded that the federal government pay them 13 per cent derivation for the $1billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to fight insurgency in the country. The governors, under the aegis of the South-south Governors’ Forum, []The post South-south Governors Demand 13% Derivation from $1bn ECA Withdrawal appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.