NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [09 June, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 08 June, 2018.
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday accused President Muhamadu Buhari administration of plotting to arrest him and keep him in detention indefinitely.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said “Impeccable security sources” informed him that his named had been placed on “their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.”
Obasanjo said since he released his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement in January, there had been unabated “desperation to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning his divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living.”
 
The former President said he learnt that the plot against him for now were two-folds, which include seizing his international passport and clamping him into detention indefinitely to prevent him speaking on the state of the nation, and ordering anti-graft agency to re-open investigation into his administration using false witnesses and documents.
He said, ordinarily, he would not have dignified such information with a response but for the fact that many of these informants were not known for flippant and frivolous talks and because the Buhari government had “exhibited apathy, and in some cases, encouraged by its conduct, daily loss of lives and property in many States of the country, the office cannot be indifferent.”

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The statement read: “Impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed. According to these informants, many of who are in the top echelon of the Nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power, the operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former President and hang a crime on him’.

“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified these reports with a response but for the fact that many of these informants are not known for flippant and frivolous talks. Secondly, this Government has demonstrably exhibited apathy, and in some cases, encouraged by its conduct, daily loss of lives and property in many States of the country, the office cannot be indifferent.
“We are currently in a nation where the Number Three citizen is currently being harangued and the Number Four citizen is facing similar threat within the same Government they serve. There is a groundswell of our nationals that live in fear that they could be hounded, harassed, maimed or even killed as the battle for 2019 takes this worrisome dimension.
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed a Constitution Alteration Bill Number 16 disallowing any vice-president or deputy governor who succeeds his boss on account of death or resignation from seeking 2nd term in office.
The bill, which was orchestrated by the experience of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who after succeeding the late President Umaru Yar’Adua contested elections twice.
While he won the first election, he was defeated at the second attempt but both the preparation for the election and the outcome heated the polity like furnace as it marked the first time an incumbent president was defeated.
Briefing journalists after the president’s assent, National Assembly Liason Officer, Ita Enang said contesting and winning elections the second time would amount to taking an oath of office the third time.
Enang also said Buhari signed Constitution Alteration Bill Number 21 which authorises the conclusion of disputes arising from the nomination of candidates for elections before the general election.
 
The Act puts paid to situations where a number of elected politicians had to be removed from office after being sworn-in.

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With the president’s assent on the bill, situations which saw the declaration of former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as governor without contesting election as a result of lingering pre-election matters can no longer arise.
Enang said: “There is another of the Act which has come into force today. It’s Constitution amended number 21 which relates to the determination of pre-election matters.
“It has reduced the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that pre-election matters in court do not get into the time of the elections and do not pend thereafter.
“The relevant sections of the constitution had also been amended by this Act, therefore amending the Constitution.
“The other one is Bill Number 16 which is now an Act and the intent of that Act is to ensure that where a vice president succeeds the president and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than once
“And the fact is that having taken the oath as president once, and you can only contest for once again and no more. That is the intent of this amendment.”
Enang also disclosed that the president signed the Fourth Alteration Bill which grants autonomy to Houses of Assembly and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation.
He explained that with the signing into law of the Constitution Alteration Bill, the state houses of assembly will now operate like the National Assembly by having their budgetary allocations automatically transferred to their accounts by the Federal Ministry of Finance.
According to him, the judicial arms in the states will also enjoy similar financial independence as their budgetary allocations will no longer go through the budgeting process of the executive arms in the states but will be transferred directly to their own accounts.
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said that he was seriously concerned about the alarm raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the Buhari administration was planning to arrest him on trumped-up charges.
In a statement issued by the former vice president on Friday, he advised the FG  to avoid aggravating the already overheated polity.
Atiku said he was disturbed by the situation in the country considering the huge price that was paid for the restoration of democracy.
“I wish to advice that government and its agents should retrace their steps to avoid aggravating the already overheated polity.
“The alert by President Obasanjo is coming against the backdrop of earlier alerts by some leaders, especially those of the opposition, of deliberate and orchestrated attempt to intimidate and frame them up.

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“I wish to state without equivocation that President Obasanjo is a historical figure in Nigeria’s democracy and that the primary purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property of all citizens and residents irrespective of their status, political affiliation, religious inclination and ethnic leanings.
“Our nation has lost so much precious lives and property that we can no longer afford to travel that road again,” he said.
Atiku appealed to President Buhari to call the security agencies to order in order to douse the tension in the land.
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Nigeria, Yemen, top neglected global crises list ‘US announces $112m humanitarian assistance Onyebuchi Ezigboin Abuja The youngest Chibok girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, Maeda Dorcas Yakubu, turns 20 years old in captivity today. Human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, who disclosed this, added that Yakubu was just 15 years old at the time of []The post Youngest Chibok Girl Turns 20 in Captivity Today appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
ByHammed Shittuin Ilorin The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoue II , has absolved the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki of any complicity in the robbery incident that took place in Offa, Kwara state on April 5, this year. He however said that the people of Offa would not be a []The post Offa Robbery Attacks: Olofa Clears Saraki appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Ernest Chinwoin Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government had started inviting contractors executing projects in the state to inquire if the projects were real. This is as the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka []The post EFCC Inviting Our Contractors to Inquire about Our Projects, Says Wike appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese of the Catholic Church, Most Rev. Michael Elue has charged Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to brace up to the enormous challenge of turning around the countrys social and economic fortunes, saying Nigeria was today not independent economically. Speaking at funeral of the late []The post Nigeria Economically Still Not Independent, Says Cleric appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Adibe Emenyonuin Benin City The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government had resolved to take proactive steps to regenerate and preserve the states forest assets to conform to global practices. Obaseki stated this yesterday in Benin City, after receiving the report from the 16-man Advisory Committee on Forestry, inaugurated []The post Obaseki Assures Commitement to Preserve, Regenerate Edo Forest Assets appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Nigerian travelers welcome in the US but must be law-abidingBayo Akinloy Among the number of reasons the United States Government had revoked the visas of some Nigerians traveling to the US might have been because ofoverstaying the period of admission, applying for asylum in another country, and working without proper authorisation. This was indicated []The post US: Why We Revoked Visas of Nigerians Travelling to America appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The federal government has invited all former governors elected under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in in 1993 to the occasion of the historicdesignation ofJune 12as Democracy Day and National Holiday. A statement signed last night by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss []The post FG Invites Ex SDP Governors,Nwosu, Ayu forJune 12Democracy Day appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Buhari appoints Shonubi new CBN Deputy Governor-Designate ByOmololu Ogunmade in Abuja Nigeria expects to raise about N400 billion ($1.3 bn) via asset sales this year, part of which would help finance its record 2018 budget. The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh, who disclosed this to Reuters, added that the []The post Nigeria Eyes $1.3bn from Asset Sales This Year appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Vincent Obia A chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Fouad Oki, has alleged that some close allies of the party’s national leader and former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, are sabotaging the second term bid of the incumbent governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Oki made the allegation on a Lagos Talks []The post Tinubu’s Men Plotting against Ambode’s Second Term, Says Oki appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
2,000 widows in Borno receive relief materials By Senator Iroegbuin Abuja andMichael Olugbode,in Maiduguri Twenty three travelers, including a nursing mother, were kidnapped yesterday morning by deadly bandits operating in Birnin-Gwari axis of Kaduna State. This is just as 2,000 women in Borno State widowed by Boko Haram have been given relief materials during []The post Birnin-Gwari: Again, Armed Men Kidnap 22 Travelers, Nursing Mother appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
THE ALTERNATIVE STORY By Reno Omokri Of course, by now you must have heard or read that President Muhammadu Buhari has declared June 12 as the new Democracy Day when the nation’s democracy will be celebrated every year. He has also honoured the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief Moshood KO []The post MKO Abiola Deserves to Be Honoured, Not Exploited appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Emmanuel Addehin Yenagoa Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, yesterday lauded the declaration ofJune 12as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, but maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari must quickly move to restructure the country in the interest of all Nigerians. The governor who spoke during a media chat at the Government House, Yenagoa, noted that []The post Dickson: Buhari Must Summon Courage to Restructure Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Ijaw youths demand intervention of international community By Emmanuel Adehin Yenagoa The alleged killing of four persons, including a mother and her six-month old baby in Oluasiri, Nembe local council of Bayelsa State, has sparked anger among Ijaw youths. THISDAY gathered that soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe (OpDS), []The post Soldiers Allegedly Kill Mother, Six Months Baby, Two Others in Bayelsa Raid appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Emmanuel Ugwuin Umuahia The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has lamented the upsurge in the business of mortuary operators and casket makers in Abia State, saying that it was symptomatic of bad governance and neglect of people’s welfare by the present administration. However, when THISDAY called Enyinnaya Appollos, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor []The post Mortuary, Casket Business Thrive in Abia as Poverty Increases, Alleges SDP appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Chinedu Eze Air Peace crew members on Monday foiled an attempt by two women to traffic a three-month-old baby boy on the carrier’s Lagos-Banjul flight. Sources said the suspected traffickers were exposed mid-flight when the airline’s crew members noticed a baby crying inconsolably. THISDAY learnt that attempts by one of the suspected traffickers, []The post Air Peace Crew Exposes Traffickers of3-month Baby to Banjul appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Hyundai Motor, the official partner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, will be bringing the FIFA World Football Museum’ from Zurich to the Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow. This exhibition celebrates the FIFA World Cup through the passion and devotion of the fans and tells the event’s history through the players who have left an indelible []The post Hyundai Takes FIFA World Football Museum from Zurich to Moscow appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By BennettOghifo The record-breaking Jaguar E-PACE is now even more comfortable. New updates for the sporty compact SUV include an Adaptive Dynamics suspension set-up, along with a cost-effective and efficient 147kW petrol engine. Launched spectacularly with the world’s furthest barrel roll by a production car, E-PACE has already achieved strong sales in a highly competitive []The post Jaguar E-PaceAvailable withEfficient 147kw Petrol Engine, Adaptive Suspension appeared first on THISDAYLIV 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Toyin Abraham’s latest work, The Ghost and The Tout, a show of the actress creative genius, has grossed millions in the first three weeks of its release, making it the highest selling movie of 2018, beating every other Nollywood heavyweight that came out in the course of the year. After many positive reviews, hype, frenzy []The post The Ghost and the Tout Becomes BestSelling Movie of 2018 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
By Deji Elumoye The Enugu State Caucus in the National Assembly, has unanimously endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for a second term in office for his effective leadership and entrenchment of peace and good governance in the state. The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, made this known at a colourful grand reception for []The post 2019: Enugu NASS Caucus Endorses Ugwuanyi for a Second Term appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
PLUS An Amazon with a finger in many pies, she multitasks. A nurse, midwife, pharmacist, medical doctor, farmer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and lately, politician. Confident, compassionate and creative, Dr. Mojisola Kolade is Imbued with dynamism and is reputed for setting up the first black-owned hospital in Connecticut in the United States of America. In this interview []The post Mojisola Kolade: How I Set Up First Black Hospital in Connecticut, USA appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
APC Government Should Admit Its Mistake and Rethink Security Architecture of Nigeria ‘ Federal Government Seems Overwhelmed by Killings The former Convener of the Nothern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, is mad about the killings going on in Nigeria. He wants the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to treat the security issue in the country []The post Paul Unongo: APC is Treating Herdsmen Crisis Like PDP Handled Boko Haram Insurgency appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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Sat, 09 Jun 2018
PENDULUM BY DELE MOMODU Fellow Nigerians, help me shout hurrah, and say a big thank you to our dear President for finally doing the unthinkable, as I recommended he should be doing only last week, in this column. The best way to lead a nation is to unite the people. Once elections are over, every []The post THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Mr. Fouad Oki, a former Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos Chapter, was recently elected as the new chairman of the party in a parallel congress by a faction of the party. In this interview with Bayo Akinloye, Oki explains why his supporters organised a parallel congress and their search for sanity in []The post Fouad Oki: Why We Held Parallel APC Congress in Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in Ogun State, has not stopped to be in the news as his legal tussles with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the United States’ authorities continue. Following the recent Court of Appeal’s ruling against him, Kashamu speaks with THISDAY about justice []The post Buruji Kashamu: I’m Innocent But the AGF Is Working with Americans to Extradite Me to the US appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Hmmmm, so Saraki is a robber’ I am just looking o. He has been everything since he emerged the Senate President. I just pity the man. Everything has been thrown at him from drug dealer to money launderer and now an Offa robbery kingpin. You know at times like these you can only laugh helplessly. []The post So Saraki is a Robber’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

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