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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday 07 June, 2018.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
CHIEF Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola finally got his place in the Hall of fame yesterday.
President Muhammadu Buhari invested the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election posthumously with the nation’s highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
Besides, Prsident Buhari recognised the date of the election – June 12 – as Democracy Day.
The election, Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever, was annulled by then Military President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, who gave no cogent reason for his action, which led to a long-drawn crisis, including the prolonged and draconian military rule under the late Gen. Sani Abacha between November 1993 and June 1998 when he suddenly died in office.

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Abiola’s wife, Kudirat, was shot dead in Lagos while pursuing the restoration of her husband’s mandate. Abiola himself died in detention.
In a statement he personally signed yesterday, the President also honoured the late Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, with the second highest national honour, the Grand Comander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
Also honoured with GCON is the late human rights activist, Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi (SAN), a key crusader for Abiola’s immortalisation.
These honours are the first set of national awards to be given out by the three-year old Buhari administration.
Effective from next year, June 12 will henceforth be marked as Democracy Day, the President sad. Democracy Day is marked on May 29, the anniversary of the return to democracy in 1999, when Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who became military Head of State after Gen. Abacha’s death on June 8, 1998, ceded power to a civilian government.
Buhari said in the statement: ”For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979. But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993 was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st,” a statement by the Presidency said yesterday.
 
“June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
With two Executive Orders and five tax policy Amendment Bills, the Federal Government is set to reduce the tax burden on Nigerians and boost the ease of doing business.

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Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun broke the news after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday.

The two Executive Orders are: Value Added Tax Act (Modification) Order and Review of Goods Liable to Excise Duties and Applicable Rate Order. The five Amendment Bills include the Companies Income Tax Act (Amendment) Bill and the Value Added Tax Act (Amendment) Bill.
Others are Customs, Excise, Tariff ETC (Consolidation) Act (Amendment) Bill; Personal Income Tax Act (Amendment) Bill and Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act (Amendment) Bill.
 
The minister said the approval followed the presentation of a memorandum to seek the consideration and approval of the Council for the report of the National Tax Policy Implementation Committee on Tax Laws Reform.
FEC on Feb. 1, 2017 approved the revised National Tax Policy in order to have a robust tax system to promote investment and improve revenue for sustainable national development.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC, Kano) and Mohammed Gudaji (APC, Jigawa) are to face the Ethics and Privileges committee of the House of Representatives for their views on the impeachment threat issued against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jibrin has just returned from a 180 legislative days suspension on account of bringing the House to disrepute with his comments on the 2017 budget.
His suspension was nullified by a court.
This followed the adoption of a motion on breach of privilege by Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi) and Nicholas Ossai  (PDP, Delta).
 
Karimi, who first raised a point of order on the breach of his privilege by Jibrin, said the account given to the media was incorrect.

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Karimi said Jibrin’s  statement to the press was contradictory of what actually transpired during the closed door session while he left out certain information about the joint sitting.
Karimi said his privilege was particularly breached by Jibrin’s remark that the joint sitting was an all Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affair.
“There is a need for Abdulmumin to be called to order because trying to subvert the truth is not good for this institution,” he said.
Ossai pleaded for the leave of the House that he stepped down as Chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee  because his name was mentioned in a national daily by Gudaji as being part of the lawmakers  responsible for the collection of signatures for the impeachment of President Buhari.
Ossai quoted  Gudaji as saying in the news report that he (Ossai) was mentioned as being a leading figure in the collection of signatures for the impeachment of the President.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged former Minister of Mines and Steel Kayode Fayemi to get Ekiti State back for All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari spoke yesterday at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where a valedictory session was held in Fayemi’s honour
Fayemi resigned his appointment to run for the Ekiti State governorship election billed for July 14.
At the event, Buhari noted that he was reluctantly allowing Fayemi to go because of his constructive contributions at the FEC meetings.
 
He said: “As I sat here, I watched every minister that spoke about his contributions. This revealed not only intellect, but when he is given the necessary time to contribute to important memorandum, he made contributions, which shows a commitment to the progress of this government and the country.
“By chance, he was given the portfolio of Solid Minerals and Steel Development and you know that sector was virtually abandoned. During the colonial days, they took what they wanted from us. Tin, columbite and the rest were the priorities until they struck oil somewhere.
“When he went in, he began to deal with both  Nigerians and foreigners that were exploiting the lack of commitment of those who are responsible for that sector.”
The president noted how Fayemi tackled the cases of children and women that suffered from the effect of mining in Zamfara State and other parts of the country as well as dealing with the people responsible.
“He only briefed me occasionally, but he was  packing them out of the country. With the cooperation of some of his colleagues, he will come here and let me know,” Buhari said.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
THERE was a drama yesterday in the Senate over allegation of bribe-taking to reject a nominee for Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC) position.Trouble started during the consideration of the report of the Committee on INEC on the screening of nominees for confirmation as Resident Electoral Commissioners.Chairman of the committee Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) presented its report for the consideration of the Senate.Nazif said the committee recommended that the nominee from Z 

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Football fans in Ebonyi have raised alarm over the performances of Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, and the entire backline as the team prepares for the Russia 2018 World Cup.The fans were reacting to the Super Eagles 0-1 loss to the Czech Republic national team in an international friendly in Austria on Wednesday in Abalkaliki.Benjamin Umeh, Goalkeeper Trainer of the defunct Nitel Vasco Dagama FC of Enugu, noted that Uzoho was culpable in the lone goal scored by the Czech Re 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The bridge at the Childrens Amusement Park located at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, Imo, built by Gov. Rochas Okorochas administration has collapsed.Witnesses at the scene told the NAN in Owerri on Wednesday that nobody was killed or injured in the incident.The incident which caused pandemonium in the area, gave room for criticism by some parents whose children visited the place on May 27 during the 2018 Childrens Day Celebration.A NAN Correspondent, who visited the scene, reports that the 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
More suspects in the April 5 bloody robbery in Offa, Kwara State, have been linked with Senate President Bukola Saraki, the police claimed yesterday.Two of the three suspects mentioned by the ring leaders in connection with the crime in which 33 people, including nine policemen, were killed, have been arrested.Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said five of the suspects attended Senator Sarakis daughters wedding.He said three suspected gang leaders Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye (aka Arrow) 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The Federal Government has raked in nearly N30 billion through the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), the Chairman, Federal inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Mr. Tunde Fowler, said yesterday.Speaking in Abuja during the official presentation of VAIDS certificate of declaration to chairmen of states tax revenue authority, he said the VAIDS windfall was championed by FIRS which was responsible for the collection of 90 per cent of the amount, while the states were responsible for t 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Olusegun OsobaTwo-time Governor of Ogun State Aremo Olusegun Osoba said: I am very happy and highly elated. It is a major thing to accept Abiola as the president of Nigeria that was not sworn in. The honour of GCFR is reserved for presidents. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who was the best president we never had, got it also without being president. I salute the President for the honour given to Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe. The GCON is always given to vice presidents.The acceptance of June 12 as the Democr 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dscribed the Presidential action on Chief MKO Abiola and the receognitionof June 12 as Democracy Day as smacking of hypocrisy and political desperation.It said President Buharis action merely sought to use the name and person of Abiola to gain a political capital and not out of genuine reverence and recognition for him.PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said President Buhari, who was serving in the military administration of General Sani Abacha during the trav 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode hailed the descision of the President.In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode described the development as a historic and symbolic moment in the nations political trajectory.He added: This is a welcome development. It is a historic moment in our nation and I join other Nigerians to commend President Buhari on this announcement. By this move, he has done what previous administrations failed to do.This not only shows that the P 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The tenure of Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo will expire on May 29, next year. What next’ Will his presidential ambition see the light of the day’ Correpondent MUSA ODOSHIMOKE asks.HE is a member of the conservative Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Yet, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has run a progressive government in the last seven years.As the race towards the 2019 presidential election reaches high gear, the PDP to be working hard.For a party that ruled for 16 uninte 

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday said that investigations have shown that five suspects of theApril 5multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara State, attended the wedding ceremony of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.The Force also said that investigations showed that three gang leaders who participated actively in the Offa bank robberies, Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye aka Arrow and Adeola Abraham followed Dr. Saraki to Oloffas Palace when he paid a condolence visit to Offa after the robberies. 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, on Wednesday officially handed over the leadership of the ministry to the Minister of State, Alhaji Abubakar Bwari.Kayode handed over documents in his custody in Abuja, to enable Bwari to execute the functions of the ministry appropriately.According to him, much is still needed to be done to make the sector a mining destination.He commended the acting minister who served as minister of state under him, saying that his support 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The Nigeria Police Force said it had not withdrawn its invitation to President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki to report to its office over alleged criminal indictment by five suspected gang leaders involved in the recent Offa bank robbery.The newsmen reports that the police on Sunday, June 3, invited Saraki for questioning over alleged criminal indictment by five suspected gang leaders alleging to be his political thugs.Saraki had twitted on his Twitter handle that the police had withdrawn the inv 
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday said the states World class Diagnostic Centre would soon be inaugurated to serve Nigerians.A statement by the governors Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, issued in Lokoja assured that the centre would be one of the best in the country.The state government is working hard to complete and commission the project that has gulped hundreds of millions of naira since our assumption of office in 2016.Medical diagnosis is a critical aspect of 

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018
The All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Osun has promised to ensure credible and transparent primary among its 27 aspirants ahead of the Sept. 22 gubernatorial election in the state.Mr Gboyega Famodun, the state Chairman of the party,said this on Wednesday at its secretariat in Osogbo when one of the aspirants, Mr Peter Babalola, declared his intention to contest.Famodun, who noted that there was agitation for zoning of the partys ticket to the West Senatorial District of the state, said the pa 

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