NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 MAY, 2018].


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

Wed, 16 May 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari says during his rule as a military head of state, he was ousted from office and detained for three years for fighting corruption.

Buhari said this at the inauguration of the new corporate headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.


 
The President, who ruled from December 1983 to August 1985 before he was ousted in a coup by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), said all the corrupt persons that were arrested during his administration were released while the loot recovered from them were returned.

He said, “This government promised to fight corruption but corruption will continue to fight back.  (During) my first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully.  I was removed as the head of state, detained for three years and people who we recovered stolen money from were given back their money and I remained in detention up until my mother had to die to save me from detention.”

Buhari, however, said he remained steadfast and committed to the fight against graft despite many challenges.

He said since its inception in 2015, his administration had succeeded in recovering trillions of naira stolen by those he described as people without conscience.

The President also denied allegations that his government embarked on witch-hunts in the fight against graft.

Buhari said under his watch, all Nigerians were now aware that corrupt officials would be held to account, no matter how long it took.

He said throughout the journey of his national life, he had made the anti-corruption fight a major agenda.

The President, however, expressed the hope that the judiciary and legislature would collaborate with the executive on the current war against corruption in the country.


 
Buhari said, “Throughout my journey in national service and since 2015, I have made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life.

“Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption. Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes.

“We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience.

“We are pursuing recoveries everywhere and are making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law.

“It is my hope and expectation that the judiciary, which is a critical stakeholder and partner in the war against corruption, would continue to collaborate with the executive to bring corrupt people to book.”


Wed, 16 May 2018
The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,  was on Tuesday arraigned before the Kaduna State High Court 4 sitting in the state capital.

El-Zakzaky, who was said to have been smuggled into the state from the Department of State Services detention facility in Abuja where he was kept under the cover of darkness on Monday, was in company with his wife, Zeena.


 
He and his wife were brought to the court at about 8.30am amid tight security.

El-Zakzaky was charged with unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, which are punishable by death.

The road leading to the court was blocked by heavily armed security operatives in two Hilux vans belonging to the DSS.   Passersby and other road users, except the staff members of the high court, were turned back.  Vehicles leading to the area were also diverted to other routes.

Also, journalists and sympathisers of the Shi’ite leader, who trooped to the court premises, were barred from entering.

When the case was mentioned, the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecutions, Bayero Dari, announced appearance for the prosecution. At that point, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, asked about the defendants. El-Zakzaky and his wife were brought into the courtroom by DSS operatives.

But the DPP sought more time to enable the prosecution to serve  the charge sheet on the other two persons standing trial with El-Zakzaky and Zeena.

On their part, the defence lawyers made an oral application for bail and prayed to be given an unfettered access to their clients.

The court asked that the bail application be brought formally but granted the request of the defence counsel for unhindered access to El-Zakzaky following adequate notice of at least three days.

 
The application sought by the prosecution to continue to keep El-Zakzaky and his wife in the DSS custody was granted.


Wed, 16 May 2018
The joint Senate and House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the invasion of the Senate chamber and the snatching of its mace has invited Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume.

The lawmakers were invited over their alleged roles in the attack on the Senate.


 
The chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, announced the summons after a sitting by the panel.

Na’Allah, who read out the synopsis of the letter to be sent to the senators, noted that the testimonies given by various security personnel at the National Assembly Complex before the panel had implicated Omo-Agege and Ndume.

On Ndume, he said, “Based on the testimony by the sergeant-at-arms before the committee, you are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety. The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation.”

On Omo-Agege, Na’Allah said, “Based on the testimony of the Divisional Police Officer, the Department of State Services and the sergeant-at-arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven persons, who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during the plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30 am.

“All those who testified stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you.

“The committee, pursuant to this, has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16, at 11:00 am.”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had on Tuesday last week inaugurated the ad hoc committee, noting that there were reports that those who attacked the Senate were led by a serving senator.

“It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (this) is most despicable and unspeakable,” Saraki said.


Wed, 16 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday struck out the false assets declaration charges instituted against a serving Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta. Striking out the charges, the CCT two-man panel led by Danladi Umar held that its hands are tied as it had no choice but to terminate [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would develop sports facilities in the state in order to host international competitions. The Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh, stated this in Ikeja at the Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes administration. He said [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has said the Dangote Group and other partners of the State Employment Trust Funds Employability Support Project have agreed to employ the over 350 graduates of the project following the completion of an eight-week training programme. The Executive Secretary of LSETF, Akintunde Oyebode, who stated this on Tuesday in [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Alechenu and Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Tuesday said members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party were not capable of stopping President Muhammadu Buharis re-election. He spoke in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor said since 2003, Buhari had been winning [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A committee set up by the Federal Government to investigate the recent revelation that ahead of the 2015 general election a Nigerian billionaire and supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan, paid 2m to Cambridge Analytica, to hack into the medical records of President Muhammadu Buhari, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress, [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday chose a former Minority Leader of the House, Joshua Ojo, 67, as the new Speaker, to replace the late Michael Adeyemo, who died on April 27, 2018. The choice of Ojo, who is representing Orire State Constituency, was unanimous after an earlier political power [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A Kogi State High Court on Tuesday struck out the charges filed against five persons who were accused of making an assassination attempt on the life of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye. Justice Fola Ajayi struck out the charges against the defendants for lack of diligent prosecution, noting [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn, has urged the court to direct the prosecution to supply him with the statement obtained from his predecessor, Alex Badeh. Amosus lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), insisted on Tuesday during proceedings before [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Alechenu and Kamarudeen Ogundele The first runner-up in the Saturday All Progressives Congress primary in Ekiti State, Segun Oni, has threatened to leave the party if he is not treated with respect. He also demanded that his supporters must be respected and not victimised by the winner of the primary, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Ameh, Ade Adesomoju and Adelani Adepegba The House of Representatives and the Nigerian Bar Association on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the May 11 invasion of the Rivers State High Court premises by hoodlums said to have been aided by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The House alleged that over 40 operatives [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Navy said on Tuesday that it was intensifying efforts to tackle crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region, noting that its troops impounded 42 ships for the crime. The navy said it had acquired 173 new patrol boats to enable the troops to go after the criminals sabotaging oil [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has resolved to intervene in the current crisis between the Federal Government and workers in the health sector, warning that the ongoing industrial action by health personnel will worsen if Nigeria should experience an Ebola outbreak. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for screening of passengers at [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10bn for the rehabilitation of communities destroyed during recent attacks in Benue State and other states. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday during his visit to two Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, told [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Some 160,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroons English-speaking regions because of violence between anglophone separatists and government forces, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The majority of the displaced have fled into the bush with little to survive on, the UNs Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report. [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces community standards against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10bn for the rehabilitation of communities destroyed during recent attacks in Benue State. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday during his visit to two Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, told journalists of the [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Punch Editorial Board Ahead of a historic summit with his North Korean counterpart on denuclearisation, American President, Donald Trump, stirred up the hornets nest recently when he unilaterally pulled his country out of a three-year-old multilateral agreement to roll back Irans nuclear programme. By so doing, he has not only risked the outbreak of a [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Caucus of the All Progressives Congress at the House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed a former Edo State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as the next national chairman of the party. Oshiomhole and the lawmakers had met behind closed doors at the National Assembly for over three hours, where he solicited their [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Ameh, Ifeanyi Onuba, Leke Baiyewu and 'Femi Asu The National Assembly has raised the 2018 budget by over N508bn, bringing it to N9.12tn. The original estimates presented to the legislature on November 7, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari totalled N8.612tn. The new budget size was contained in the report of the joint Senate and [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria's first nuclear power plant, with the capacity to generate about 1,200 megawatts of electricity, will be ready for commercial purposes by mid-2020, the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission has said. NAEC stated that the country had been making progress in the push to diversify its energy sources, adding that the commission as [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives has asked Stanbic IBTC Bank to produce evidence of the presidential approval that allowed it to keep $4.9m outside the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government. The committee, which is chaired by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Kano State, [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had secured a total investment commitment of $22.5bn from the private sector through the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan Focus Labs. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the figure in Abuja at the Open Day of the focus labs of the ERGP. The focus labs of [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, with the index dropping from 13.34 per cent in March to 12.48 per cent in April. The bureau said this in the CPI report, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja. The NBS stated in [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday cautioned Nigerians against mishandling naira notes, stating that the currency is a symbol national identity and pride. The Deputy Governor, Corporate Services of the apex bank, Mr. Edward Adamu, stated this in Abuja during the celebration of the 2018 International Museum Day. He said, 'The [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government would settle the inherited debts and contractual obligations to local contractors between 2006 and 2015. The minister made this known while appearing before the ad hoc committee of the Senate on Promissory Note Programme and Bond Issuance. The [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu About three years after super luxury car manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, confirmed its plans to venture into the sport utility vehicle production, it has finally rolled out an ultra-luxury go anywhere 44, which it calls Cullinan. It is said to sit above the Rolls-Royce Ghost and below the Rolls-Royce Phantom in brand's line-up. And with [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Femi Asu The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday said it injected the sum of $210m into the interbank foreign exchange market to boost liquidity in the system. The CBN said it allocated the sum of $100m to dealers in the wholesale sector, while the Small and Medium Enterprises segment and invisibles received the sum [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has called for a high level of vigilance by airlines, especially those operating international and regional flights into the country. The NCAA, in a circular with ref number NCAA/DG/AMS/Vol.1/196, dated May 11, 2018, and dispatched to all operating airlines, stated that the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Abiodun Doherty When it comes to buying a property there are several interconnected steps that make up the process. First time property buyers are often individuals or families who have taken time to save and are looking forward to using their money to purchase a property that they will treasure. For many, the purchase of [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, has said that the aviation as well as the entire transport industry in general, requires solid capital to make it deliver the goods for the Nigerian people. According to him, the industry will require a measure of policy consistency, governmental support and good [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Nike Popoola A loan is an amount of money borrowed for a set period within an agreed repayment schedule. And according to www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk, the repayment amount will depend on the size and duration of the loan and the rate of interest. Loans are generally most suitable for paying for assets ' such as vehicles and [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi British Airways is expanding its African network by starting three weekly flights directly from London Heathrow to Durban, South Africa. The airline stated that the service would be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban and to be operated by its newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. 'Durban is the second new [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria has honoured the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Group Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Isiaka AbdulRazaq, with its merit awards. They were honoured alongside the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler; and the traditional [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Toyota Motor Corporation has commenced the production and sale of hydrogen fuel cell bus called Sora that shares technology with the Mirai. Sora is an acronym for Sky, Ocean, River, Air, representing the earth's water cycle, an online auto journal, Motor1, reports. The production volume is said to be very small as Toyota [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Femi Asu A global, non-profit think tank, Open Compliance and Ethics Group, has stressed the need for companies to have a strong framework for governance, risk management and compliance. According to the OCEG, one of the major challenges facing companies is the absence of a strong GRC framework that serves to support reliable achievement of [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board, Abuja, Dr. Kabiru Matazu, has commended Promasidor for assisting the agency to achieve its set career objectives through the 'Harness Your Dream' initiative. According to him, Promasidor's career guidance initiative is in line with UBEB's motto that 'Education for all is the responsibility for all'. [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Public Service Institute of Nigeria will continue to develop programmes and training modules that will make the public service to be highly professional in line with global best practices, its Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, has emphasised. He said the PSIN was being repositioned to enhance the professional, [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Coscharis Motors says the new Escape just released to the Nigerian market has been equipped with Ford's trend-setting design, fuel-efficient1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, world-class safety features, and smart technologies. These and other features were revealed at the just concluded Lagos motor show, where the mini-sport utility vehicle was launched. Coscharis Motors, the exclusive distributor [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Femi Asu The nation's stock market finished lower at the end of trading on Tuesday, with the market capitalisation of listed equities falling by N23bn. The All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped by 0.15 per cent to 40,615.42 basis points, while the market capitalisation fell to N14.712tn from N14.735tn on Monday. Twenty-six stocks [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Start-up businesses should be making use of value added services to decrease the cost of running their enterprises. That is according to Mags Ponnan, Head of the FNB Business Incubator, who adds that entrepreneurs need to learn that running a cost heavy business only make it harder for a new business to make [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Cadbury Nigeria Plc says it is joining nine other countries in the Mondelez International family in a $50m multi-year initiative to promote healthy lifestyle among children. The initiative, which is expected to address obesity and encourage physical activities in children between the ages of six and 12, is in partnership with Helen Keller [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Oludayo Tade The unfolding reality in Nigeria is that of a leadership which has displayed sufficient incapacity in protecting lives of the poor and repositioning the nation on the path of justice and progress. Our case is that of the Shepherd who basks in vainglory of acceptance by the Shepherd Lords in colonial homeland who, [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Uche Uwaleke Recently, the Senate Committee on Customs Excise and Tariff organised a public hearing in Abuja on measures to tackle the menace of smuggling in the country. During the occasion, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a speech titled, Smuggling: Threat to Nigerias Quest to Self-Sufficiency in Rice Production, decried the increasing spate of [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Emmah Isong I read through an interesting write-up on Friday, May 11, 2018 on page 22 of The PUNCH Newspaper by one Fola Ojo. Though I enjoyed the intellectual content of the article as I always do on this beautiful page, I must say that I noticed several points the writer forgot to mention. Kindly [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Jide Ojo Periodic elections are one of the pillars of every democracy. Elections give the electorate, otherwise known as voters, the opportunity to either renew the mandate of the incumbent or replace them with a new set of leaders. The carrot and stick nature of election is perhaps the most glamorous thing about democracy. It [] 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Samson Folarin A phone repairer, Rasheed Sunkanmi, is in trouble after meddling in a scuffle between a Lagos politician and his wife on Jimoh Akinsanya Street, Arepo, Ogun State. PUNCH Metro learnt that Sunkanmi was going home on a motorcycle when he saw a crowd on the street trying to stop the politician, identified as [] 
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