NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 MAY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday,  18  May, 2018.


Fri, 18 May 2018
Eighteen Federal Government’s revenue generating agencies failed to remit N526bn and $21bn into the Federation Account between 2010 and June 2015, an audit commissioned by the National Economic Council has revealed.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has therefore recommended that the affected agencies be made to refund the money.

Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the NEC presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

The council chaired by the Vice-President has all state governors, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and relevant ministers as members.

Dankwambo explained that the shortchanging by the agencies was detected by an audit firm, KPMG, which was contracted by the NEC to carry out a forensic audit of revenue remittances to the Federation Accounts by the NEC.

The governor listed the government agencies indicted of underpayment by the audit report to include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Others are the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Department of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, among others.

Apart from refunding the money, Dankwambo said a sub-committee would be set up to look into the details of the infringement.


Fri, 18 May 2018
The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Thursday warned against politicising the case of some suspected cultists that were paraded by the police in the state on May 10.

In a statement by his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, the governor contended that neither him nor the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had any links with the suspected cultists, who were paraded for alleged murder.


 
Describing cultism as a menace that should never be trivialised, Ahmed urged well-meaning Nigerians to disregard any attempt to politicise cultism but focus instead on joining hands with the government and security agencies to bring the menace to an end in the interest of public safety.”

Saraki had on Wednesday told the Senate about an alleged plot by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him and Ahmed by linking them with the suspected cultists.

Ahmed, in his statement, denied knowledge of or any intention to harm any individual.

The statement read in part, “Neither him (Ahmed) nor the Senate President or any of their aides have links with the suspected cultists or their alleged activities. He also denied any knowledge of or any intention to harm any individual as the political leadership in the state has never used violence as a political tool. 


Fri, 18 May 2018
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the agency to return to the ports immediately.

The order came less than three weeks after the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, partly ascribed the drug abuse among youths to the unlawful importation of certain banned substances.


 
The agency said in a statement on Thursday that the directive to return to the ports was to effectively control the importation of unregulated products, falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods, narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods.

The statement read in part, “NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies and with the active support of the Office of the National Security Adviser, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, and the Ministry of Transport, has been returned to the seaports and borders to effectively control importation of unregulated products, falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods, narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods.


Fri, 18 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A former National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Ali-Modu Sherrif, on Thursday, avoided journalists after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was held inside the Presidents office. On arrival at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for the meeting at about 2.40pm, Sherrif [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Kamarudeen Ogundele President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by hanky-panky, describing it as an unfortunate saga. He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress to do everything possible to ensure that they did not [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of four landed properties linked to a former Executive Director, Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Tuoyo Omatsuli. The four properties, located in highbrow Lekki Peninsula Scheme area of Lagos, were valued at N846.03m. Justice Chuka Obiozor made an order for [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A faction of the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, known as the Unity Forum, has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Armed Forces, alleging threat to the lives of their members. In the letter titled, Notification of threat to our lives, public peace and request [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa YarAdua, Olusegun Adeniyi, on Thursday said the opposition parties had yet to demonstrate how they would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 despite their frequent calls on the electorate to ensure they got their Permanent Voter Cards. Adeniyi [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress have continued to protest against the conduct of the local government congresses in Imo State. Dozens of aggrieved party members stormed the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday to seek the intervention of the partys leadership in what they described as a travesty of justice. [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar At least two people may have died following the violence that erupted during the conduct of the local government area congresses of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State. It was learnt that the materials meant for the congresses earlier scheduled for Wednesday arrived late in the central and northern senatorial [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has impounded four tonnes of imported Tramadol tablets at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The MMIA Commandant of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, told journalists on Thursday that the drug was imported in two batches from India and was recovered at the shed of one of the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Adelani Adepegba,Olaleye Aluko, Tony Okafor, John Charles, Kayode Idowu and Godwin Isenyo The Federal Government has said the countrys military manpower is not enough to secure every village in the Middle Belt region in order to stop incessant killings occasioned by herders and farmers clashes in the area. It has, however, mandated the [] 


Fri, 18 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, adjourned indefinitely proceedings in the trial of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, for an alleged frame-up. Justice Olasunbo Goodluck took the decision on the grounds of Melayes ill health, which had kept him on admission at the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an application seeking to unfreeze a Unity Bank account with a balance of N1,902,673,399.93 belonging to Hajiya Bola Shagaya. Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, in a judgment on Thursday, threw out Shagayas application, declaring that it lacked merit. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on December [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A guest house located on a large expanse of land in Kaduna, Kaduna State, formerly belonging to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, was resold to an anonymous buyer in 2010, a retired Air Vice Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force, Sunday Leks, told the Federal High Court in Abuja, on [] 


Fri, 18 May 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Joint Health Sector Unions have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, for failing to resolve the crisis that led to its one-month-old strike. JOHESU accused Adewole of taking sides with the doctors, who had also threatened to go on strike should the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday promised that his administration would continue to work with member countries of the Economic Community of West African States to ensure stability in the sub-region. He said the collaboration became necessary as cross-border crimes posed more challenges to the people and governments in the sub-region. According to a [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former Ekiti governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in 2014, Oluseyi Osekita, has announced his resignation from his party. Osekita said he and his supporters were leaving the party for the All Progressives Congress because of a not too inspiring leadership. He said they had resolved to join the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government said N1,049bn was used to subsidise LAKE Rice from December 2016 till date in order to sustain food sufficiency and food security in the state. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, said this on Thursday while giving the scorecard of the Ministry of Agriculture in the last one [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced a 30-year-old wheelbarrow pusher, Musa Salisu, to one month in prison for stealing two wheelbarrow tyres. The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine. Salisu, of Berger Under-Bridge, Abuja had pleaded guilty as charged and begged the court to [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A Katsina Senior Magistrates Court has reserved till May 28, 2018 sentence on five persons accused of house-breaking and stealing valuables worth N4m. The accused were convicted by the court on Thursday after their summary trial during which they pleaded guilty to the charges of criminal conspiracy, trespass, house-breaking and theft. The [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has called for the restructuring of the legal profession in Nigeria. This restructuring, Babalakin said, should start with a review of the curriculum in the faculties of Law in the universities. He added that training at the law school must [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna RESIDENTS of Jatapi Gidan-Kwanu in the Basso Local Government Area of Niger State have lauded a youth corps member, Veronica Itiku, who rehabilitated a health centre that had been abandoned for 13 years. The people said they trekked for about 25 kilometres to other health centres for medical treatment. It was also [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The police have clarified that a Syrian abducted in Sokoto on Wednesday is still alive. The expatriate was kidnapped at his companys quarry site near Lambar Mazaru village of Sokoto and whisked away by suspected gunmen. Speaking with journalists in Sokoto on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe, said the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Niger State Police Command has arrested one Ogochukwu Namanene, 25, from Lapai in Agaie Local Government Area of the state for allegedly raping a corps member. Namanene was apprehended by a team of policemen attached to the Agaie division of the state while trying to escape. The suspect was said to [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, have urged Muslims to extend love to others and imbibe the act of selfless service to humanity during and after Ramadan. Ambode, who spoke at a Ramadan Tafsir at the Lagos House, Ikeja, to mark the commencement [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has entered a new phase after a case was confirmed in a city of 1.2 million people amid fears that infections could rapidly spread, Al Jazeera reports. A victim of the deadly virus was identified in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, 150km from a rural area [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The American Government has said it will closely monitor events, before, during and after the July 14 Ekiti State governorship poll because it expects nothing less than a credible and fair exercise. The Political/Economic Chief, United States Consulate, Lagos, Mr. Osman Tat, stated this in Ado-Ekiti during a courtesy call on [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, has apprehended a middle-aged man in Lafia, for allegedly vandalizing telecommunication cables belonging to the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Company. The Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Muhammad Mahmoud-Fari, who paraded the alleged vandal and 11 other suspects on Thursday in Lafia, [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The European Commission will launch the process of activating a law that bans European companies and courts from complying with US sanctions against Iran after Washington pulled out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Al Jazeera reports. Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said on Thursday the commission has a duty to protect [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, has said all is well in Lagos State. Bamgbola stated this at a bi-annual public lecture in Ikeja on Thursday, with the theme, Matter Arising in Political Landscape of Nigeria: The Church Response, organised by Christian Conscience Group. The state CAN [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Kamarudeen Ogundele President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by hanky-panky, describing it as an unfortunate saga. He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress to do everything possible to ensure that they did not [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The management of Reddington Hospital Group has said the facility does not reject gunshot victims. PUNCH Metro had reported on May 14 that 41-year-old Adebayo Akinwunmi was rushed to Reddington Hospital, where his company reportedly had retainers after being shot by armed robbers. The hospital allegedly rejected him due to the lack of [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Mexico lashed out Thursday at US President Donald Trump for saying that some migrants are animals, calling the statement absolutely unacceptable. No stranger to controversy for his hardline anti-immigration comments, Trump stoked new fury Wednesday when he made the remark to a group of California Republicans visiting the White House, during a discussion on his [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
US President Donald Trump tried to put his summit with Kim Jong-Un back on track Thursday, offering the North Korean leader guarantees of staying in power if he abandons nuclear weapons. As prospects for a historic summit next month between the two leaders dimmed, Trump told reporters that if the meeting were to go ahead [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the next CIA director, despite deep reservations among some lawmakers that her past involvement in the harsh interrogation of terror suspects was a red flag. President Donald Trumps pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passed with a handful of opposition Democrats bucking their party and [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
INGRAINED traditional religious practices are undermining the avowed vision of Lagos, Nigerias economic hub, from elevating itself to a modern, smart and economically advanced state. Tension, which had been building up, reached fever pitch during the observance of the May 2018 annual oro (traditional Yoruba religious) festival in Ikorodu. An extensively circulated notice from the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Femi Asu Sterling Bank Plc grew its shareholders' fund by 20.2 per cent to N102.9bn in 2017 from N85.7bn in 2016. The lender said on Thursday at its 56th Annual General Meeting in Lagos that it would continue to focus on key growth sectors of the economy to drive sustainable growth and deliver higher returns [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Femi Asu The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to review the exchange rate band at which Bureaux de Change buy dollars to align with commercial banks' buying rate. According to the President, ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, BDC operators buy dollars from International Money Transfer [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
United Bank for Africa Plc has introduced a new product, called 'UBA Learn', aimed at helping students achieve academic success. The lender said the product, an online learning platform for students powered by Roducate, was launched with emphasis on helping students within the age range of five to 16 and 17 to 24 attain academic [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday disclosed how the Federal Government, states and private organisations allegedly diverted N320bn from the Natural Resources Fund over the years. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had, through an Executive Order, created the fund in 2002 for the purpose of developing the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Global traders vie for Petrobras' Nigerian assets 'Femi Asu with agency report Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has declared force majeure on exports of Bonny Light crude, one of the country's major sources of oil revenue. Force majeure is a legal clause that allows companies to cancel or delay deliveries due to unforeseen [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Nike Popoola The total pension fund under management by pension operators rose to N7.94tn at the end of March this year, figures released by the National Pension Commission on Wednesday showed. In the same period, Pension Fund Administrators invested a total of N7.98bn of the funds in infrastructure. Figures obtained from PenCom revealed that the [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Femi Asu International oil benchmark, Brent crude, climbed above $80 per barrel on Thursday for the first time since November 2014, on the back of concerns that Iranian exports could fall because of renewed sanctions by the United States. Brent, against which Nigeria's crude oil is priced, reached an intraday high of $80.33 per barrel [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Jennifer Abraham jenihuomabraham@yahoo.com 08148137781 The feedback I get from readers of this column persuades one to vouch that this country is well endowed with industrious citizens. Nigerians are not lazy and are indeed very creative. However, a lack of awareness of where to direct their energies as well as the lack of institutional commitment to [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Government has said that over 195 communities across the 18 local government areas of the state have yet to be connected to the national grid. It explained that 128 of the communities had been disconnected due to issues bordering on faulty equipment, which required rehabilitation. The Deputy Governor, Mr. [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Online bill pay can help you manage your bills without having to worry about paper bills and cheques. This article covers the various types of online bill pay and how you can quickly and easily start using the service. Once you're up and running, you can spend more time on the better things in life, [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The concept of the lean start-up, developed by entrepreneur Eric Ries, looks at how product development cycles can be shortened and businesses can run more efficiently by continuously measuring progress and feedback. This philosophy is particularly relevant when it comes to thinking about your business plan. In business, it is the continuous planning [] 

Fri, 18 May 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has raised concerns over the growing number of fake and substandard products in the country. The President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase, made the observation at a press briefing on the state of the economy on Wednesday in Lagos. Ruwase said that the counterfeiting of products posed [] 
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