NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JUNE, 2018].

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Nwosu reaffirms Abiola as winner of June 12 poll
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

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The popular belief that business giant Chief Moshood Abiola won the June 12, 1993 election was further reinforced yesterday.

In the view of the man who conducted the historic presidential election, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, the recognition of the date as Democracy Day and the honour for “the winner will rekindle the national consciousness of all Nigerians for a better nation”.

Nwosu, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his action, expressed his opinion in a letter to the Federal Government in response to his invitation to attend today’s ceremony where the late Abiola, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) and Amb. Babagana Kingibe will be decorated with national honours.

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Nwosu chaired the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC),which conducted the election – Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever. It was annulled by the military regime of Gen. Babangida for no credible reason.

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In the letter sent through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Nwosu, who is overseas, regretted that he was unable to attend the ceremony.

Nwosu’s letter reads: “I thank His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria for recognizing June 12 as Democracy Day and also honouring the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola.

“Indeed, June 12, 1993 marked a turning point in Nigeria’s tortuous journey towards a democratic polity. It is an honour to the very hard-working men and women of the defunct National Electoral Commission under my leadership at this long-awaited recognition. I humbly commend this action by the President.

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Buhari: Nigerians economically ambitious
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said Nigeria’s strongest selling point remained an “intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious’’ populace always seeking self-actualisation.

Speaking in Rabat, Morocco, during an audience with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saadeddine Othmani, at the Royal Guest Palace, President Buhari said Nigeria’s “visionary and resilient population’’ works hard to position the country for more growth.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said: “Nigerians are intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious. I received some of our students here yesterday and I am really impressed with the zeal and fearlessness they exuded.

“In Nigeria, we have a very young and aggressive population and we are working very hard to create the enabling and inclusive environment for their contributions to be better appreciated.’’
He also said his administration was harnessing the human and material resources available in the country, especially in the educational and agricultural sectors, while seeking partnerships with countries that can explore Nigeria’s huge potential.

Buhari noted that Nigeria was already on the verge of an agricultural revolution as the importation of rice had been cut down by 90 per cent in 18 months.

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EFCC alleges plot to frame up investigator
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday it has uncovered alleged plot by a businessman, Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari, to frame up one of its key investigators, Mr. Abubakar Madaki.

The commission said the businessman, who has been under probe, was peddling rumours that Madaki allegedly extorted N4 million from him to secure bail.

The EFCC said Madaki was never part of its investigating team looking into allegations against the businessman.

It claimed that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is being investigated by the EFCC, was suspected to be behind the smear campaign against its key investigator.
It clarified that contrary to insinuations, Madaki is not a Personal Assistant to the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The EFCC made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has been drawn to a report entitled, “Businessman accuses Magu’s aide of N4m extortion”, which appeared in a newspaper of June 9, 2018 and syndicated in various online platforms.

The report purports that Madaki, an operative of the commission whom they referred to as personal assistant to the acting chairman, obtained N4 million from a certain Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari, a suspect under investigation for alleged money laundering by the commission, to grant him bail.

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Court remands four for removing colleagues heart
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A Yaba Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos yesterday ordered four men to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons for allegedly killing their colleague and removing his heart for a ritual.Daniel Luka, 24, Audu Isaiah, 24, Wavi David, 20 and Ayuba Musa, 24. They are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.Prosecuting Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye told the court that the men committed the offences on May 22 at Alasia along Oke-Ira road in Ajah, near Lagos.Olaluwoye alleged that the accused had
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Mikel, Ogu get special roles in Eagles defence
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Worried by the thought of his team struggling to defend properly in set piece situations, coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr has handed special roles to two of the tallest players in his team in captain John Obi Mikel and John Ogu.The duo have been partially responsible for the two goals Nigeria conceded from a set piece in their last two friendly games, and the coach took out time to address their positioning during their closed-door session.Although zonal marking has been preferred by most
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Breaking: Trump, kim share historic handshake
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
American President, Donald Trump and North Koreas Supreme leader Kim Jong Un have both just shared a historic handshake at the Capella hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.The handshake between Trump and Kim Jong Un on Tuesday morning marks the first time a sitting US president has met with a North Korean leaderDetails laterThe post Breaking: Trump, kim share historic handshake appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.
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Man bags life jail for defiling girl, 12
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A Lagos High Court yesterday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Kingsley Inyang, to life imprisonment for defiling his church members 12-year-old daughter.Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya found him guilty of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) Two pupil, contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.Justice Ogunsanya held that the prosecution team led by Mr Adebayo Haroun proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.She found that Inyangs defence wa
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NLC seeks cenotaph for unknown June 12 backers
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday asked the Federal Government to identify fully with the ideals and lessons of June 12 by removing all obstacles to free, fair and credible elections in the country.In a statement, the President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, advised the government to erect a cenotaph in honour of Nigerians and foreigners alike who participated in the June 12struggle.The NLC said that beyond declaring June 12 as a national holiday, the government should do everyt
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Cheers on June 12: Honour Justice Akanbi, institute true federation
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
To Aare Afe Babalola, honouring the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, though a step rightly taken, is not the end of the journey in the march to true democracy. In this article, the Founder and Chancellor of the Afe Babalola Univerity Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) suggests the steps that could fast-track the journey to true federalismWhen I read the cheering news that President Muhammadu Buhari had revisited the June 12, 1993 election, declared Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olaw
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Group to IGP: handle Offa robbery case professionally
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A group under the auspices of Citizens Communication and Advocacy Center (CCAC) yesterday urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris to act professionally and unbiased in handling the Offa bank robbery saga.CCAC called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to remain aloof or being seen protecting anybody but wades into the issue because it is capable of derailing our democracy.CCCAC Executive Director Charles Ibiang at a news conference in Abuja on the development warns that linking
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Familiarising with the quran
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Reading any book has a purpose and a method. No good reader will ever read a book without taking note of its author, its publisher and its date of publication. And to read any new book, the very first point of call is its contents which tell you the topics and the subjects you will read about in it.The word Quran means continuous recitation. It is so called because of its inimitable origin which makes it a compelling daily reading throughout the world, across nations and ages. It is the unsurpas
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Buhari has shamed Babangida, Obasanjo
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Dr. Ore Falomo was the physician of the late Chief Moshood Abiola, the symbol of the historic June 12, 1993 presidential election. The medical doctor, who is also an in-law of the late politician, relives his experience during the five years Abiola was in solitary confinement. In this interview with Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN, he also speaks on the lessons of the elections annulment.How do you feel with the honour done to Abiola by President Buharis declaration’Ah! I feel elated, I fee
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Lessons of June 12
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The June 12 struggle was a long and tortuous one. The advocacy for the recognition of what the 1993 presidential election stands for has had its ups and downs. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE examines the lessons and how they may shape the future of the country.THE June 12, 1993 presidential election has become a watershed in Nigerias political history. The election was adjudged as the fairest and the freest the country has ever witnessed.The election was widely believed to have been won by Chief Moshood Abiol
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Adebanjo: June 12 election was about justice
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Afenifere chieftain Chief Ayo Adebanjo is one of the dogged fighters behind the struggle for the recognition of June 12. He spoke with MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE before President Muhammadu Buhari honoured the winner of the annulled poll, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, with the highest national honour and declared June 12 as the Democracy Day.After 25 years of June 12, what lesson have we learnt’We have not learnt anything. It was because of June 12 that we are where we are today. It is a pointer to t
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Taraba governor seeks military cooperation to end insecurity
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Dickson Ishaku, has asked for military cooperation to end the insecurity in the country.He made the call on Monday when he played host to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar in Government House, Jalingo.The Chief of Staff was in Taraba to visit the 23 quick response wing established in Nguroje, a volatile area of Sardauna local government, where a clash between Mambilla natives and Fulani herdsmen left many dead some months ago.Ishaku said a
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Buhari has addressed injustice of June 12 Kalu
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the injustices associated with the annulment of June 12 , 1993 Presidential Election, by posthumously acknowledging Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of the freest and fairest election in the country.With the recognition of June 12, Kalu said Buhari as a true democrat has put Abiola in the map of the world.Such feat, Buhari said other presidents failed to actualize.He said with what Buhari has
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Agidigbo: A profound name for MKOs music band
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A cursory description of the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola is that of a rich business man and political icon who redefined the political history of Nigeria, after winning the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential Election on the platform of the then Social Democratic Party (SDP).On the side of passion, MKO, as he is fondly called was a pillar of support for sports, to the extent of bankrolling football clubs like Abiola Babes and Champion Football Club. However, being a man of differ
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Waliyah Abiola: Daughter fulfilling MKOs musical passion
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Like the late MKO Abiola, one of his daughters, Waliyah Abiola, discovered her music talent early in life, but unlike her father, she says the passion has come to stay, even if riches were to so flow her way later. Her stage name his simply Waliyah.A graduate of Imperial College London, this sultry singer says she started singing as a teenager, but never thought anything of it professionally, until about 10 years ago.To underscore how seriously she is taking her passion, Waliyah headlined a sold
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Declare June 12 results, comedian I Go Dye tasks Buhari
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Twenty five years after the election widely believed to have been won by the late MKO Abiola was held, high profile comedian and United Nations Millennium Development Goals ambassador, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the results.Describing the presidents recent conferment of the title of GCFR on the late Abiola as worthy of praise, the comedian posited that it can only be completed if the countrys number one citizen uses his executiv
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PMAN first organisation to endorse MKOs candidacy
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Going back to 1993, PMAN as a body, though not particularly associated with any political party, supported Abiolas aspiration. How did this play out’In 1993, I was president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), and PMAN was the first organisation to endorse Abiolas candidacy for the presidency. And I think that the fact that we did that gave inspiration to a lot of other organisations to do so. And the reasons were manifold. First of all, a lot of people didnt know, he had
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Kimono will be remembered for elevation of reggae Lai Mohammed
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the late globally acclaimed reggae star, Ras Kimono will be remembered for his contribution to the elevation of reggae.In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister said Kimonos contribution to that genre of music can never be forgotten.Mohammed expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the reggae star, adding that he would be remembered for his love of the masses, his life of discipline and his service to humanity.Kimono help
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Fed Govt okays N37b cash for prepaid meters
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Federal Government has taken advantage of the new Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulations to give a grant of N37 billion to a private sector operator to supply meters to interested Distribution Companies (DisCos).Power, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola, who spoke at the 28th monthly meeting of power stakeholders in Kaduna, said the Federal Government provided the fund based on the demand for meters, given the increasing power generation, transmission and distribution in the countr
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EFCC arraigns oil marketers for alleged diversion, theft of N1.042b
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
An Ikeja High Court heard yesterday how two oil marketers, David Nwachukwu and Frank Okeke allegedly diverted N1.042billion meant for rentals accrued to a leasing company and haulage services of three companies for personal use.Nwachukwu and Okeke are facing a 14 count charges bordering on conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 409 and punishable under 281(1) of the Criminal Code, Law of Lagos State 2011 preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Ju
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UBAs LEO launched in Cameroon, Zambia
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plcs chat banking personality, Leo, has been launched in Cameroon, Zambia, Cote DIvoire, Senegal and Congo.Already Leo which has been very active in Nigeria, has brought ease to the customers, as it has aided them with numerous transactions since the beginning of the year when it was officially launched in Lagos.With this launch, customers and non-customers of the bank will be able to make use of their social media accounts to carry out numerous banking transactions
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CBN okays operations of 4,106 BDCs, 76 Finance Houses
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday confirmed operations of 4,106 bureaux de change (BDCs) and 76 finance houses.The report on approval, posted on CBN website, also showed that the apex bank confirmed the operations of 1,028 microfinance banks (MfBs), two regional banks, three banks with Holding Company structures, five merchant banks, one non-interest bank and 19 commercial banks.CBN regulation requires BDCs to meet N35 million mandatory capital base to stay in operation.The CBN had pre
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Zaron chief: doing business in Nigeria tough
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Zaron Cosmetics, Oke Maduewesi yesterday said doing business is tough in the country. She therefore advised entrepreneurs to work hard and smart.Speaking in Lagos at the 10th edition of the business summit organised by Thriving Business Women Fellowship (TBWF), with: Opportunity as its theme, she said there are challenges everywhere in doing business but urged entrepreneurs to show determination.Challenges are endless in business; you cannot run a
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Osinbajo urges investments outside OPEC
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday sought for re-twinkling of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) Fund in the same manner of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fund in order to attract investments from non-member countries.Speaking at the extra-ordinary session of the organisation in Abuja, he said APPO Fund is already undergoing recapitalisation to fulfill its role.The financial model of the fund, for example, may need some re-tweaking. It could be remo
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Equities reopen with N63b gain
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The Nigerian equities market reopened yesterday with a strong rally as bargain-hunters shifted demand to financial services and fast moving consumer goods stocks. Benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) indicated average gain of 0.45 per cent, equivalent to net capital gain of N63 billion.The All Share Index (ASI)-the common value-based index that tracks share prices at the Exchange, rose from its opening index of 38,669.23 points to close at 38,844.32 points. Aggregate market val
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Financial support coming for 1,000 widows
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
One thousand widows across the country will soon be receiving financial empowerment from Lipton Yellow Label Tea, Hope for Life Initiative, Gods Wives, and Women and Orphans Empowerment Organisation to promote the Reasons to Smile campaign.Designed to support the women through untold hardship and discrimination, the campaign will provide the beneficiaries with the needed opportunities for solutions and financial empowerment by making available necessary care packs and seed funds to start busines
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Coronation Merchant Bank backs listing confab
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Coronation Merchant Bank Limited has sponsored the fifth edition of the Nigeria Stock Exchange-London Stock Exchange Dual Listing Conference held recently in Lagos.The event themed: Attracting Global Capital to Drive Nigerias Economic Reforms and Sustainable Growth Developmenthad in attendanceMinister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola;CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema; Director-Generals of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Debt Management Office, Securities & Exc
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Be bold, dare the ultimate, says Gulder in new label
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
A new label and the brand proposition has been revealed for Gulder Ultimate Beer.The Portfolio Manager, National Premium Lager, Nigerian Breweries, Olayinka Bakare explained the new design, revealing elegance and pleasant surprises appeal to the bold and strong NigeriansWe are all about inspiring our customers to live the ultimate life and be all they can be. We are a true, driven and daring brand and we wanted a new look that encapsulates all these our values. We are convinced this new look Lab
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Offa robbery
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
No one should hinder investigations into the reprehensible crimeThe Offa robbery of April 5 was without doubt the most bloody and daring in recent times. The fact that about 33 persons were killed; including nine policemen and a pregnant woman makes it most unacceptable, and imposes on the police the burden of unearthing all those behind it. So far, to the credit of the security forces, a number of those who allegedly carried out the operation have been apprehended and they are said to be making
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Ekiti shooting
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
The fumbler-policeman got his due. But there are fundamental issues that must be tackled, on electioneering and violenceJust as well the policeman that accidentally shot Opeyemi Bamidele and others, at Kayode Fayemis gubernatorial campaign opener for theJuly 14election in Ekiti State, got what he deserved: dismissal.But the real issue: the nexus between electioneering and violence, needs to be urgently appraised and tackled.On June 1, Ekiti made news for the wrong reasons, when shots rang out at
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