NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday,  15  May, 2018.


Tue, 15 May 2018
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says until  corrupt Nigerian leaders start getting jailed, the war against corruption will never be won.

Soyinka said this in Abuja on Monday at the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa.


 
The playwright said he recently visited the new head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which will be inaugurated this week.

He said on arrival at the building, he specifically asked the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to take him to the VIP (Very Important Person) section of the detention facility but was delighted to hear that all suspects were treated equally.

Soyinka said, “That we have been bled dry in this nation by corrupt leadership and their agencies is nothing to reiterate. It is a given. And I took the trouble yesterday to visit the headquarters of the EFCC. I wanted to see what would be the mode of hospitality of some of our leaders who will surely, sooner or later, pass through the doors of that beautiful building.

“I am not a vengeful person but I think until we ensure that some of our leaders pass through those doors, this struggle against corruption in this country will not be won, will not be over.

“And so, I spoke to Magu and I said I want to see where the presidential wing is. I said as a human rights person, I want to make sure you treat them right when they come here and he said ‘sorry it is an egalitarian institution, and I said I would take that message back to them that they should get ready to go down a little bit in status when the time comes and justice catches up with them.”

The Nobel laureate said for now, the responsibility of anti-corruption agencies should be to recover the rest of Nigeria’s stolen funds which could be used in developing the nation.

Corruption started after me –Gowon

In his reaction, however, a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, said corruption started after he left government in 1975.


 
Gowon said leaders who came after him started looting because they did not want to end up like him, who was poor after leaving office.

The former military head of state, who ruled from 1966 to 1975, recalled that he was attending an Organisation of African Unity summit in Kampala, Uganda when he was ousted from power.

He said it was his aides that contributed money for him to travel to Britain where he went into exile.


Tue, 15 May 2018
The Nigerian military said it had rescued an aged man from the captivity of Boko Haram during crossfire.

A statement by the spokesman for the military counter-insurgency in the North-East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, read, “Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued an aged man who was held hostage by the elements of Boko Haram terrorist group in Gobara, a village in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.”


 
The statement added, “In a rare display of bravery and humaneness, a Platoon Commander of the 192 Battalion, Lt. Asajwun Ahmadu, rescued and personally carried on his shoulders, the feeble aged man who had been caught up in the exchange of fire between the troops and the insurgents during an offensive to clear insurgents out of their hideouts in Gobara on Friday, May 11, 2018. The rescued man is currently receiving medical attention at the 192 Battalion Medical Reception Centre.

“During the advance to conduct the offensive at Gobara, the counter-insurgency troops uncovered and successfully detonated three Improvised Explosive Devices buried by Boko Haram insurgents around the Damboa Bridge, Fadakwe and Fadakwe Christian areas, respectively.

“In the offensive, the gallant troops killed two insurgents and destroyed their camp, logistics and IED factory during the firefight. The troops also recovered eight Dane guns, one G3 Magazine, one IED-making device, unexploded ordnance, three tool boxes, three machetes, electric cable and a Boko Haram flag.

“The troops have also exploited further to clear Shiyadawe, Shiyadawe Bulama and Shiyadawe Fulani, all in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.”

Tue, 15 May 2018
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the Igbo, on Monday said it had invited the Indigenous People of Biafra (which was proscribed by the Federal Government) to its summit on restructuring, which is to hold in Awka, Anambra State, on May 21.

IPOB had, in a statement on Sunday, vowed that it would not allow the event to take place.


 
The secessionist group warned Ohanaeze against going ahead with the planned summit, stressing that it would use any means, including violence, to stop the conference.

However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo had vowed that the summit would go ahead as planned.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu, told our correspondent in Enugu that IPOB and other pro-Biafran groups had already been invited to participate in the summit.

Ibegbu explained that an invitation was extended to IPOB even after the pro-Biafran group made initial threats when Ohanaeze first announced plans for the summit.

Ohanaeze was not afraid of IPOB’s threats, he said.

“We are not worried over the threat; what else do you expect from them? The threat is not coming to us as a surprise but we have invited them (IPOB) to come and participate in the summit.

“IPOB and other pro-Biafran groups including MASSOB (Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra) are invited.

Tue, 15 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Shiite youths protesting the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, on Monday grounded activities at the Federal Secretariat complex, Abuja. The secretariat complex is located at the three arms zone and is a few metres from the National Assembly and the Presidential Villa. The militant [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the state is not fighting a war with any ethnic group. Ortom stated this during the inauguration of 10 first-class chiefs at the IBB square, Makurdi, on Monday. The governor urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and restrain from reprisal no [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Stakeholders in the leather industry have said the industry has the potential to create over one million jobs, as well as being the second earner of foreign exchange for the country after crude oil. The stakeholders stated this recently at the second edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, with the theme, The new [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has condemned the way the President Muhammadu Buhariled Federal Government is handling the menace of herdsmen in the country Rising from its 2018 synod at the St. Peters Anglican Church, Amawbia, the Bishop of Awka Diocese,Dr.Alex Ibezim in his charge wondered why the Fulani herdsmen were [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Femi Atoyebi The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has alleged that some of those who are against him in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress benefitted from his administration through political appointments he offered them. The governor said this while hosting the party leaders and elders from the five zones of the [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the affairs of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, alleging that the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, is dividing the party. Abe, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, alleged that Amaechi, [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, warned on Monday that the attackers of the Port Harcourt Division of the Rivers State High Courts complex last Friday must not be allowed to go unpunished. Expressing deep worry over the development, Justice Onnoghen said if those he described as the enemies of [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Two anti-graft agencies of the Federal Government on Monday failed to arraign Senator Jonah Jang and a cashier, Yusuf Pam, before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court in Jos. While the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cited logistics reasons for its inability to produce the accused persons, the court [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Nigerian House of Representatives and the US Government are exploring diplomatic options to resolve the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against three lawmakers in 2016, The PUNCH learnt on Monday. The members are House Deputy Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Mr. Mark Terseer-Gbillah (APC, Benue); Mr. Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom); [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Zonal Head of the Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Lawrence Akande, on Monday linked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to the N1.2bn allegedly received from the Office of the National Security about a month to his second term election in 2014. The N1.2bn is the subject of the ongoing trial of [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, lamented the undue interference of politicians in the process of judges appointment. According to the CJN, the current system of judges appointment in the country is such that the governor of a state might not allow the names of the persons nominated for [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A faction of New Peoples Democratic Party has disowned a letter written by a former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and an ex-Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Members of the new PDP joined the All Progressives Congress before the 2015 elections. The Chairman of the nPDP faction, [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday said in line with the objectives of the Federal Civil Strategy and Implementation Plan, it is expected that by 2020, between N60bn and N20bn savings would have been recorded from the cleaning of the Human Resources data on [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu The intrigue and tension in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress have assumed a new dimension as the operatives of the state police command have taken over the secretariat of the party located at the Imo State University junction in Owerri. The development is the aftermath of [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Senator representing the Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege, has declared that his recent victory in court gives him the right to attend plenary. Omo-Agege said this while responding to questions from reporters at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, on Monday. He explained that consequent upon [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
John Alechenu and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has said only the congresses authorised by the party and conducted in accordance with provisions of the APC constitution will be recognised. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in Abuja, on Monday. He was responding to enquiries about the partys [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Godwin Isenyo A civil rights coalition, #Ourmumudondo, on Monday stormed the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in Abuja, in protest against killings by the herdsmen in parts of the country. The group, in its petition which was submitted to the AGF office, expressed its displeasure over the [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl with Boko Haram, Leah Sharibu, on Monday, clocked 15 years as she marked 83 days in the sects custody. The teenager was among the 110 schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents on February 19, 2018. While others were released and five were unaccounted for, Sharibu was detained because she [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, said on Monday that his administration would investigate the allegations of electoral malpractices in the just-concluded local government election in the state. Acknowledging that some political forces were out to sabotage the election, the governor vowed that legal actions would be taken against individuals and institutions [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area on Monday said it would not abandon the traders that were displaced following the demolition of the popular Ile-Epo Market in the area. The Chairman of the LCDA, Augustine Arogundade, stated this during an inspection of the market. He said the traders would be resettled in [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday commiserated with his former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on the death of his mother, Abigail. Buharis Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the President commiserated with the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly in a telephone conversation. He [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji, has said his first assignment will be to flush out fake prophets and to put a stop to the growing indiscipline among pastors in the church. Oladeji said this at the Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola Memorial Grounds, Ikeji Arakeji, in the Oriade [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday said the suspected killer of the Nigerian immigration attach in Sudan, Mr. Habibu Almu, stole his cash and other possessions. Almu was found dead close to his home in Khartoum on Thursday. The MFA identified the alleged murderer as a Sudanese woman of Nigerian origin, Miss [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government said on Monday that it had shut down an alleged illegal orphanage, Pro Labore Der (labour for God), at Agemowo village in the Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Badagry, during which 24 children were rescued. Officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development said the existence of the [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Civil society organisations in Abuja have asked the Federal Government to curb the increasing cases of human rights abuses in the country, noting that 50 per cent of abuses were perpetrated by state actors. The civil groups, including the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group and the Committee for the Defence of Human [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The United States has officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a deeply controversial move that angered Palestinians and drew widespread international condemnation, Al Jazeera reported. The ceremony on Monday took place amid road closures and heavy police presence in anticipation of Palestinian protests. The US President, Donald Trump, who in December [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, has said investment from cooperative societies in the states economy has risen to N152bn in the last three years. Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing in Ikeja on Monday, the commissioner said high net worth cooperative societies were being encouraged to [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has described the continued disregard and disdain for the National Assembly as a recipe for anarchy. Ekweremadu decried that despite that legislature is an independentarmsof government, Nigerians were now using other arms to frustrate its activities. He warned against undermining of the legislature and [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
American First Lady, Melania Trump, underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition Monday morning. Quoting the White House, many American news outlets reported that the procedure, which took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was successful and there were no complications. The First Lady had a procedure called embolization done at [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
FridayOLOKOR,Jos Two anti-graft agencies of the Federal Government on Monday failed to arraign Senator Jonah David Jang and a cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam, before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court in Jos. While the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cited logistics reasons for its inability to produce the accused persons, the court [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, warned on Monday that the attackers of the Port Harcourt Division of the Rivers State High Courts complex last Friday must not be allowed to go unpunished. Expressing deep worry over the development, Justice Onnoghen said if those he described as the enemies of [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen,on Monday,lamented the undue interference of politicians in the process of judges appointment. According to the CJN, the current system of judges appointment in the country is such that the governor of a state might not allow the names of persons nominated for judicial appointment to [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja announced that $320m stolen funds by former late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, would be spent on the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the administration to support the poor. Declaring open the Eighth Commonwealth Conference of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Buhari, represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, said [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday blasted as shameful countries that are celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Israel in the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. It is shameful to see countries participating with the US and Israel in celebrating the formers embassy move to occupied Jerusalem in a clear and [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
President Donald Trump, in a recorded message at a ceremony opening the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, said on Monday he remained committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Our greatest hope is for peace, said Trump, whose recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital and relocation of the embassy to the holy city from Tel [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The United States officially opened its deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy on Monday in a ceremony that included a video address by President Donald Trump. Trump told the ceremony that the United States remained committed to reaching a lasting Middle East peace though the move of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The ceremony to inaugurate the United States controversial embassy in Jerusalem began on Monday after deadly clashes along the Gaza Strips border with Israel earlier in the day. The ceremony moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem began with the US national anthem. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman then spoke [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Adelani Adepegba,Abuja Shiite youths protesting the continued detention of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, have grounded the Federal Secretariat complex, Abuja, as they took over the roads in the area. The secretariat complex is a few metres from the National Assembly and the Presidential Villa. The youths, who were armed with stones, [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the states debt profile is not as huge as theopposition parties claim. The governor maintains that the state currently owes N143.6bn debt, and not N300bn or N500bn which some of the members of the opposition parties are claiming the state owes. Aregbesola also [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Libya will return to Egypt on Monday the bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians killed in 2015 by Islamic State in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a Libyan security official said. The bodies were recovered in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the jihadist group. The Coptic Christians were beheaded [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
US President Donald Trump on Monday hailed the scheduled opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem as a great day for Israel, even as violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on the Gaza border. The Gaza Health Ministry said 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire amid mass protests on the border [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed two suits challenging the attempt by All Progressives Congress to extend the tenure of its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and those of other officials of the party at the national, state, local government and ward levels. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in two separate judgments, [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday commiserated with his former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on the death of his mother, Abigail. Buharis Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the President commiserated with the General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly in a telephone conversation. He urged [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The head of the World Health Organization said Sunday there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week. Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on a two-visit to DR Congo, said the suspected [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
The United States moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Monday after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trumps decision tossing aside decades of precedent. But with a White House delegation and Israeli officials set to gather forthe inauguration ceremony Monday afternoon, clashes erupted between Palestinians [] 

Tue, 15 May 2018
FORTY-EIGHT years after escaping from a bloody three-year-long civil war, Nigeria seems to be inching precipitously towards another internecine implosion. At the heart of the current debacle is the high level of killings, insecurity, economic distress and base politics. Going by the fresh warning from elder statesman, Yakubu Gowon, bordering on the drift to anarchy, [] 
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