NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 JUNE, 2018].

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Former Chief of Air Staff Amosu to forfeit N2.2b
Thu, 14 Jun 2018

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of N2.2billion recovered from former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun made the order based on an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge ruled: “An interim order is made forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the total sum of N2,244,500,000 found and recovered by the commission from the first respondent (Amosu) which sum is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.”

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The judge granted an interim order for the temporary forfeiture of N190,828,978.15 recovered from a former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Finance and Budget Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

Justice Olatoregun also ordered temporary forfeiture of N101 million recovered from Solomon Enterprises, a company linked to Amosu.

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EFCC said the sum “is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.”

The judge directed EFCC to publish the interim order in The Nation and The Punch so that the respondents or anyone interested can show cause as to why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

Justice Olatoregun made the order on June 7 after the ex-parte application was moved by the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo. A copy of the order was obtained yesterday.

Amosu, Gbadebo and former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting Air Vice Marshal Jacob are on trial before Justice Mohammed Idris of the same court.

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AGF: $500m loot coming
Thu, 14 Jun 2018

Another $500 millin loot will soon be repatriated to the country, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami said yesterday.

He spoke after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“Nigeria has engaged other countries, including the UK, US, France and others, in further negotiations relating to repatriation and I am happy to report that we are almost concluding the processes relating to the repatriation of additional $500 million,”Malami said.

Malami said this is in addition to the $322 million released by Switzerkand after negotiations.
He said: “you will recall that in December 2017, the federal government participated in a global forum on asset recovery in Washington DC during which Nigeria and Switzerland signed an agreement that paved the way for the repatriation of $322 million.”

He added: “What transpired was only reported back to the council today. The report today was not only about the signing of the agreement but the report of the eventual repatriation of the amount of money that was signed and agreed to be repatriated during the forum”.

He added that FEC also approved N500 million for lawyers who represented the Federal Government towards recovering N330 billion from telecoms giants, MTN.

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APC Convention: Pro-Buhari governors, top leaders may adopt harmonised list
Thu, 14 Jun 2018

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention, President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed all his backers to close ranks in choosing the next set of leaders to manage the party.

Based on Buhari’s advice, it was learnt yesterday, APC governors and some top leaders of the party, who are pro-Buhari, were trying to work out a harmonised or unity list.

Former Edo State Governor Oserheimen Osunbor’s sudden decision to run for National Chairman appears to have caused some anxiety in Buhari’s camp.

Osunbor will vie for the office with ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole and ex-Governor Clement Ebri.

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention, President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed all his backers to close ranks in choosing the next set of leaders to manage the party.

Based on Buhari’s advice, it was learnt yesterday, APC governors and some top leaders of the party, who are pro-Buhari, were trying to work out a harmonised or unity list.

Former Edo State Governor Oserheimen Osunbor’s sudden decision to run for National Chairman appears to have caused some anxiety in Buhari’s camp.

Osunbor will vie for the office with ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole and ex-Governor Clement Ebri.

The three chairmanship aspirants had undergone screening with others amid fears that Osunbor was drafted by some members of a “third force” in the party.

The Screening Committee will submit its final report to the National Convention Committee next week.

According to sources, who pleaded not to be named, the President asked APC governors on Tuesday night in Abuja to ensure a rancour-free National Convention on June 23.

It was learnt that as part of steps to have a smoother convention, some governors and top leaders of the party (loyal to Buhari) had been contemplating a harmonised list or a unity list in line with the wish of the President.

The three chairmanship aspirants had undergone screening with others amid fears that Osunbor was drafted by some members of a “third force” in the party.

The Screening Committee will submit its final report to the National Convention Committee next week.

According to sources, who pleaded not to be named, the President asked APC governors on Tuesday night in Abuja to ensure a rancour-free National Convention on June 23.

It was learnt that as part of steps to have a smoother convention, some governors and top leaders of the party (loyal to Buhari) had been contemplating a harmonised list or a unity list in line with the wish of the President.

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Football showpiece begins in Russia
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway today when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscows Luzhniki Stadium.Footballs showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days.The 21st edition will be played out in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles.England, winners in 1966, are the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on June 18.Germany, which defeated Argentina in 2014 final
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PSC promotes two CPs, 16 DSPs, others
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
THE Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of two Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).It also approved the promotion of 16 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) to the rank of Commissioners and 3,665 others to various ranks.One of those promoted as AIGs is Igbodo O. David, who until the promotion was the Commissioner of Police (Legal), Force Headquarters.Details of the promotion were contained in a statement issued yesterday by t
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FEC approves N185b for 14 roads
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N185. 276 billion for rehabilitation, construction and repairs of 14 roads.Special Adviser on Media and publicity to the President Femi Adesina, who briefed reporters after the meeting, was accompanmied by Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami.He listed the roads as Gwoza Damboa Goniri Ngamdu Road in Yobe/B
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Out goes ICE, in comes innovations hub
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The old has given way to the new in Edo State as the 47-year-old Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Benin has been rested to make room for an innovations hub that is expected to create cutting- edge solutions to problems plaguing the country. While some observers jostle for relevance in the new order, others mourn their loss in the old. OSAGIE OTABOR reports.IN those days it was one of the most popular schools in Benin City, the Edo State capital, because of its unique nature. The Institut
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Neither May 29 nor June 12
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
This piece, written by seasoned columnist MOHAMMED HARUNA for the People and politics column, was first published on June 11, 2008. It is being republished because of its relevance to unfolding developments.Tomorrow will no doubt mark an important date in the political calendar of Nigeria; it will be the first time since the infamous annulment of the results of June 12, 1993 presidential election that a, if not the, principal actor in the saga, would hopefully reveal all about it. The actor is,
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We need to work harder, says Mikel Obi
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Captain of the Nigeria National Team, Mikel Obi has stated that they have stepped up their preparations for their World Cup opener against Croatia on Saturday evening under the guidance of Gernot Rohr.According to the former Chelsea star, he is satisfied with the training facilities at the Super Eagles base camp in Yessentuki.We need to continue to work hard, we need to continue to train and do exactly what we want and what the coach asks for us, Mikel told reporters, including TASS.I think its
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Conviction of Nyame, Dariye shows EFCC not selective
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said the conviction of ex-Governors Jolly Nyame (Taraba) and Joshua Dariye (Plateau) for corruption, confirmed that it was not selective in trial of suspects.It explained that a former Accountant-General of Kebbi Mohammed Dakingari and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 70 years in prisonIt explained that a chieftain of the APC, ex-Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu is still b
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June 12: Twenty years on, a date that remains fresh, indelible in history
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.It was a season of hope; it was a season of despair.It was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness.It was the age of belief; it was the age of incredulity.It was the season of light; it was the season of darkness.It was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair.Those were the rousing words with which the great novelist, Charles Dickens, characterised the French Revolution of 1789. They came to my mind as I contemplated this occa
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Buhari reappoints Haruna as NASENI boss
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Prof. Mohammed Haruna for a second term of five years as Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).The fresh term according to a statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Fedration (SGF) Boss Mustapha, is with effect from April 3.The Presidency advised the appointee alongside others, to see public office as trust that should not be betrayed, adding that thay should see it
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Dickson urges Buhari to start work on Brass LNG, refinery
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to remove obstacles delaying commencement of work on the Brass Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and refinery project in the state.Speaking at a stakeholders meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yenagoa, the governor said the lack of federal projects in Bayelsa was unacceptable.In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Francis Ottah-Agbo, the governor said the two projects would give Ijaw pe
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Denrele reveals his artistic skills at 37
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Media personality, Adenrele Olufemi Adeyemi, better known as Denrele, who clocked 37 on June 13, celebrated the day reviving his hidden talent as an artist.Posting series of pictures on his Instagram, the co-host of The Boot had his body displaying series of yellow painted buses showcasing his own story of what Lagos State is.The four things that come to mind when people think of LAGOS are: Population, Problems, Poverty and Promises Unfulfilled. But thats not the whole story! My Lagos (as artful
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Celebs turn up for #Tajugoestoschool
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Following a repost by comedian Ali Baba, concerning a little boy named Taju, whose video went viral few days ago on a call to help find the boy, who needs to go to school, succour is on the way as Nollywood actress and producer, Funmi Awelewa, who began the search, found him.Confirming that Taju has been found and is on his way to Lagos, another celebrity comedian, actor and producer, AY, said Taju is already on his way to Lagos.A very big thank you to @funmiawelewa who visited Taju and his fami
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The Passport of Mallam Ilias animation movie underway Producer
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The Passport of Malliam Ilia, the classic novel of late Nigerian literary legend, Cyprian Ekwensi, will soon be made into an animated feature film by Magic Carpet Studios.Executive producer and CEO of the Studios, Mr Ferdinand Adimefe told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja that they had acquired full rights of the book from HEBN PLC Publishers.Magic Carpet Studios, one of Nigerias most prominent animation studios, received wide acclaim in May for winning the Innovative category
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Ed Singer joins Goldfish Records
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
US-based Nigerian artiste, Ed Singer has pitched his tent with an innovative record label named Goldfish Records. The artiste whose real name is Edidiong Udoidong is signed to Goldfish Records and under the imprint, two singles; Paradise and Beauty Queen.Ed says that Paradise is currently enjoying massive airplay across major radio stations. He describes it as a song about someone who is madly in love but others try to tell him that the person hes in love with is not good enough for him.Ed Singe
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How govt plans to end estimated billing, by Fashola
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The Federal Government is putting measures in place to stamp out the controversial estimated billing system in the power sector.Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) said the legislative arm of government is considering criminalising estimated billing to earn consumers confidence while plans are ongoing by the executive and legislative arms of government to operationalise the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation by leveraging private sector experience to bridge
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Nigeria inflation dips to 11.61%
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Nigerias yearly inflation rate has dropped to 11.61 per cent in May.This is the 16th straight month of steady decline in inflation. The latest slump is below Federal Governments projection of 12.42 per cent set in the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.Food inflation declined to 13.45 per cent from 14.80 per cent in April.According to the Consumer Price Index for May 2018 released yesterday, the highest increases were recorded in yam, potatoes, tubers, vegetabl
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International customers pay $17.730m for Nigerias electricity
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Nigerias international electricity customers remitted $17,739,042.09 to the Federal Government last month, it was learnt yesterday.This was contained in the report of the Market Operator (MO) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Moshhod Saleeman, which he presented to the 28th power sector meeting in Kaduna earlier in the week.The document which The Nation stumbled on, explained that the MO received and disbursed $3,994,578.48 from the international customers and disbursed same to Servi
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Plastics pollution hightens concerns over clean oceans
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Nigeria is on the United Nations list of top-10 biggest plastic polluters. Last week, world leaders and stakeholders gathered to celebrate the World Ocean Day. The event drew concerns over the state of the water bodies in the country, as it relates to pollution, especially of plastics. The event is a wake-up call for all, if only to ensure the continued safety of the environment, reports, MUYIWA LUCAS.IN this decade, more campaigns have been held on how to make the planet safe.Organisations, loc
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PNG achieves one million man-hour LTI-free operation
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
PNG Gas Limited, a subsidiary of Gas Train Limited, has achieved operational safety of one million man-hour without lost-time incident (LTI) at its Egbaoma Gas Processing Plant located at Ebedei, Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta State.Lost Time Incident or Injury (LTI) is a measure of injury or incident that occurs on a job that is capable of preventing a worker from performing or continuing with his or her task resulting in downtime in operation. It is an oil and gas industry benchmark tha
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Marketers target synergy with foreign crude refiners
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Oil marketers are fashioning out modalities to partner foreign crude oil refiners by December this year with a view to resume importation and further improve product supply in the country.The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN)s National Controller of Operation, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, who disclosed this in an interview with The Nation, however, refused to mention the foreign refiners names, which the Association is discussing with in Europe and other continents. He added th
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Nigerias inflation drops to 11.61 % in May NBS
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation for May, decreased to 11.61 per cent (year-on-year) from 13.34 per cent recorded in April.The NBS disclosed this in its CPI and inflation Report for May released on Wednesday in Abuja.According to the bureau, this figure is 0.87 per cent points less than the rate recorded in April.The bureau said the figure showed 16 consecutive reductions in inflation rate since January 2017.The report stated t
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Tax non-compliance: Oyo Govt seals bank, hotels, 13 other firms
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
No fewer than 15 companies were on Wednesday sealed off by the officials of the Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue to commence a week-long compliance and enforcement drive.The effort according to the board is to ensure that corporate organisations and business interest operating within the state comply strictly with the tax laws governing their operations.Some of the corporate firms sealed off includebanks,atelecommunication outfit, hotels, events centresand some merchant outfits in Ibadan metr
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Opaque oil
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Minister Kachikwu and NNPC GMD Baru should respect Falanas FOI Act requestThe Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as a standpoint for democracy has met a roadblock in one of Nigerias prime institutions. The reason: it has denied that it is a Nigerian institution. It has tried, with imperfect logic, its foreclose place in Nigerian law when its finances are placed under the glare of the mirror.Human rights lawyer Femi Falana had tested the working of the FOI Act by asking the Nigerian National Petrol
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At last, the World Cup!
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Today, the greatest single-sport festival, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off in Russia.Football-crazy Nigerians hope the Super Eagles would soarFrom 4 pm today, hosts Russia kick off the2018FIFA World Cup, facing Asian qualifiers, Saudi Arabia, in front of home crowds, in Luzhiniki, Moscow. The world waits with bated breath, for that opening whistle!But as everyone knows the June 14 Russia vs Saudi Arabia opener, nobody for now knows the July 16 closer not even Achilles the Cat, the deaf cat-predic
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