Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday 16 May, 2018.

Wed, 16 May 2018
For Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, it was time yesterday to give account of his stewardship.

Speaking before an audience of dignitaries, including President Muhammadu Buhari and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland, Magu said the EFCC had recovered over N500billion from looters between November 2005 when he took office and now. Besides, 486 convictions have been secured.

The President twice presented Magu’s name for confirmation. He was rejected by the Senate but the Presidency said he remained the best man for the job.

Magu spoke in Abuja during the inauguration of the N24-billion new headquarters of the anti-graft agency.

He said: “In 2018 alone, we have secured 89 convictions. Thus so far, we have secured 486 convictions from November 2015 till date.  We have recovered funds in different currencies and, so far, we have recovered more than N500 billion.

“The recoveries meant for the Federal Government are duly remitted to its account while recoveries for individuals and private institutions are equally paid to them in accordance with the law.

“We are also making strides as it relates to the prosecution of high-profile cases. For instance, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria was convicted in a case prosecuted by the EFCC.

“I, therefore, again, restate the commitment of the Commission to the fight against corruption.

“We do not go after innocent citizens, we go after those who have stolen and arrogated same to themselves, like President Buhari has said.”

Magu said the Federal Government had recovered and was still recovering trillions of naira stolen in the past few years by “people without conscience”.

President Buhari said his administration never engaged in witch-hunt in its anti-corruption war.

He urged Nigerians to change their ways of handling public trust and pleaded with the Judiciary to continue to collaborate with the Executive to bring corrupt people to book.

He also told the audience that he was ousted from office as a military leader in a palace coup in August 1985 for fighting corruption.

President Buhari, who ruled between January 1, 1984 and August 27,1985 as Head of State, was overthrown in a coup led by then Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and subsequently detained. Gen. Babangida replaced him and ruled the country till he stepped aside on August 27, 1993.

Wed, 16 May 2018
THE death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to climb with two young Nigerians being the latest victims.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the latest killings bring the number of Nigerians killed in the former apartheid enclave since February, 2016 to 118.

Up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, reside in South Africa, according to unofficial estimates.

Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa Mr. Habib Miller told NAN in a telephone interview that two additional Nigerians were killed in South Africa in the past eight days.

Miller, who spoke from Pretoria, South Africa, identified the latest victims as Francis Ochuba, a native of Ngodo community in the Umnneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.

He named the other victim as Chidi Ibebuike, a native of Uturu in the Isikwuato Local Government Area also in Abia State.

“Ochuba, a property owner, was shot dead alongside his estate agent, a female South African on May 5. They were shot dead as they visited the tenant occupying Ochuba’s house to collect rent.

“The incident occurred in Central Johannesburg and Ibebuike was shot dead at the entrance to his house at Hazyview in Mpumalanga on May 13.

“Ibebuike’s car was subsequently, snatched by yet-to-be identified gunmen.

“Nigeria Union Chairman in Mpumalanga Province Mr. Amadi and other compatriots have reported the incident to the South African police authorities and investigation is underway.”

Miller said the latest killings came on the heels of the murder of ThankGod Okoro, a native of Ogbaku in the Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 9 and that of Clement Nwaogu, a native of Njikoka in Anambra State on April 22.

He noted that Okoro was reportedly shot dead by a member of the South African Police Flying Squad at Florida in Johannesburg. Nwaogu was burnt alive by a mob in Rustenburg in the North West Province.

The spokesman said a violent group in Rustenburg had earlier given Nigerians notice to vacate the area or get killed.

He said since the order was issued, there had been numerous cases of Nigerians being kidnapped with ransom paid to their abductors.

Wed, 16 May 2018
Former Minority Leader of Oyo State House of Assembly, Joshua Olagunju Ojo (representing Orire State Constituency), has been elected Speaker.

Ojo had also served as Deputy Speaker in the Fourth Assembly (1999-2003) on the platform of defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

The speakership election became imperative following the death of former Speaker Michael Adeyemo on April 27.

Three groups in the Assembly showed interest in the position and a faction backed one of the candidates.

Ojo, 67, was unopposed after his nomination by Joshua Oyebamiji (APC/Akinyele I) and seconded by Gbenga Oyekola (LP/Atiba).

Also, Ademola Ige (Accord/Ibadan South East II) was elected Minority Leader when the seat was declared vacant following the election of the new Speaker.

Ige was nominated by Kayode Akande (Ogbomosho South) and seconded by Oyatokun Oyeleke.

Ojo pledged to unite the members and sustain the leadership legacies of peace and harmony the late Adeyemo achieved until his death.

He urged the Abiola Ajimobi-led Executive arm to consider naming any monument, institution or infrastructure after the late Speaker as well as complete the road to Lanlate from Ibadan.

The new Speaker noted that this would gladden the hearts of lawmakers and residents of the area.

Wed, 16 May 2018
Amaechi: Buhari changing Nigeria from rent culture to productive economyVice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said the governments Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) Focus Labs has identified more than $22.5 billion in private investments from about 164 projects.These have the capability to unlock the Nigerian economy, he added.Prof. Osinbajo spoke at the ERGP Focus Labs Open Day at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.The Vice President said the identified projects are expected t 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Were Ehiogie West Idahosa not a familiar name, one would have been tempted to dismiss the graffiti credited to him recently in the media as composed by a stark illiterate at a pepper-soup joint at the popular Agbado market in Benin City. Aside the farrago of illogicalities, seeking to ethnicize the circumstances that forced Chief John Odigie-Oyeguns fall as APC chair is, to put it mildly, descent to the sewer of crude revisionism.Hardly concealing his incitement of clan hate in the article, the 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, will be connected to Lagos-Kano rail line, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said today as he signed a $6.68 billion dollars contract agreement for the Ibadan-Kaduna segment with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).Amaechi said at the signing ceremony in Abuja that Ado-Ekiti will be connected with a single track branch line from Osogbo.He signed the contract on behalf of the Federal Government.This agreement is for the Ibadan-K 

Wed, 16 May 2018
More than six months after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 expenditure profile for lawmakers consideration and passage, the bill was laid at the Senate and the House of Representatives yesterday.The document was presented to a joint sitting by the President on November7, last year with a plea that the lawmakers should expedite action so that the country could return to the traditional January to December budget cycle.On presentation yesterday, the estimate was jacked up by N508 bil 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The pro-business, Attractive Investment Environment Bill, was yesterday passed by the Senate.The passage of the repeal and re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), is perhaps the biggest business reform bill in the country in over 28 years.The passage of the Bill, heralds a new dawn for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development in Nigeria, as the country will now join a select group of countries with attractive investment environments.Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Sa 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Striking Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) members are losing sympathy by the day. The refusal of other workers in government-run hospitals to join the strike is making it ineffective. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is also opposed to JOHESUs demands, report ONYEDI OJIABOR, DUKU JOEL, TONY AKOWE, GBADE OGUNWALE, BOLAJI OGUNDELE and ERNEST NWOKOLO. Fed govt cautions unionsMORE knocks came yesterday for the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), whose members have been on 

Wed, 16 May 2018
A suspected Fulani herdsman has allegedly defiled a 14-year-old girl, Favour Okugbo, at Umuifi Anioma-Isu in Onicha Local Government Area of Abia State.The pupil of Union Secondary School at Agueke-Isu had been admitted at an undisclosed medical facility for treatment.A community leader Festus Nwachukwu said Fulani herdsmen in Umuifi Anioma-Isu threatened the peace and the agricultural revolution of the state government.He noted that the herdsmen had been destroying farm produce and threatening 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Owan West Local Government Council of Edo State has held a Youths Empowerment Summit to open a vista of opportunity for young people in the area.Chairmna of the local government Mr. Frank Illaboya, said the summit held in collaboration wth Energy Group, was designed provide them with necessary skills to guarantee them a beter life.The summit was held in two locations of Sabongida Ora, the council headquarters and Uzebba.The over 2,000 young people that attended the summit marked the highest 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ekiti State yesterday elected Mr. Ayodele David-Adesua as its governorship candidate for the July 14 election.David-Adesua was affirmed as the flag bearer by delegates at the state congress held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.The candidate described the ADC as a better alternative to the Peoples, Democratic Party (PDP) government which, he said, has unleashed hunger and poverty on the people.David-Adesua said the partys popularity has soared since it has 

Wed, 16 May 2018
THE leaders of markets in Lagos metropolis have endorsed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term. The endorsement came under the aegis of The Market Leaders Association of Nigeria (TMLAN), an umbrella body for men and women engaged in trading in various markets in Lagos and other states of the federation.Those who graced the event which took place in Lagos recently were mostly non-indigenes from the Southeast, the Southsouth, the North and elsewhere in the Southwest, representing markets in 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Adekunle Osibogun, the Convener of the Young Progressive Nigerian Initiatives (YPNI), has led some volunteers on a sensitisation tour of the Ogun East Senatorial District. In this interview with reporters in Lagos, he identifies red-tapism and other bureaucratic bottlenecks as reasons for the refusal of people to collect their permanent voters cards (PVC) in the Southwest geo-political zone. Excerpts:Could yoy share the experience you gathered during the recent PVC sensitisation campaign tour in 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Otunba Oladele Ajomale, speaks on the cold war between the Presidency and the National Assembly. He examines President Muhammadu Buharis chances in next years election, preparations for APCs convention, the endorsement of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term and other partisan issues. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN reports.What is responsible for the endorsement of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term'I am no 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi has made reconciliation moves with his co-contestant, following a successful primary.Fayemi has visited no fewer than 15 aspirants in their respective homes on Sunday.The candidate, who was accompanied by party Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, and other chieftains, visited Chief Segun Oni at his Ifaki-Ekiti country home on Sunday.Thereafter, he visited Hon. Femi Bamisile, another aspirant and former Speaker of the stat 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) has elected Steve Oribamise and Sola Oluponmile as its governorship and deputy governorship candidates in the Jul6 14 election in Ekiti State.Its national chairman, Okey Chikwendu, who disclosed in Abuja, said out of three aspirants who contested the position, one of was disqualified on account of age.He said: Our Party had its primary on 12th of May, at Little by Little Hall in Ado-Ekiti. We had three aspirants, but one of the aspirants, Mr. Ifemide who comma 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Former Ekiti State Deputy Governor Sikiru Lawal is the flag bearer of the Labour Party (LP) for the July 14 governorship poll.Lawal was adopted by affirmation at the state congress of the party held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.He promised to transform Ekiti through a four-point agenda, AWEH, which incorporates Agriculture, Wealth Creation, Education and Health Services.Lawal promised to empower the youths by conceding 30 per cent of political appointments to them to enable them contribute me 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Muslims in Ekiti State have commended Governor Ayo Fayose to supporting the choice of one of them, Kazeem Ayodeji Ogunsakin, as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy governorship candidate.The Grand Imam of Ekiti State and Chief Imam of Ado-Ekiti, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, said Fayose has fulfilled the desires of the Muslims on the choice of Ogunsakin as the running mate to the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.The cleric spoke at a rally organized for Olusola and Ogunsakin on Tuesday b 

Wed, 16 May 2018
It is within its mandate and it is in the interest of Nigeria to listenThe International Monetary Fund (IMF), the organisation designed to maintain order in the international financial system, has warned African countries, including Nigeria and even South Africa, the continents two largest economies, of the dangers of rising debt to the growth prospects of an economy. Incidentally, the warning coincides with steps being taken by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Organisatio 

Wed, 16 May 2018
The world may be alarmed at the Indian scourge, but Nigeria is piling up its victimsIt is shocking that, within days, two teenage girls were reportedly raped and set on fire in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Rape is bad enough; burning rape victims compounds the evil. The latest victim, a 17-year-old girl, suffered burns to 70 percent of her body.She was allegedly sexually assaulted in the house of a relative by someone she knew, and then set on fire.Neighbours rescued her.A local man wa 
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