NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD JULY, 2018].

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Plateau: 21 suspects held
Tue, 03 Jul 2018

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TWENTY-one suspects have been arrested over the Plateau State killings, according to the special military task force Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

Among them are those found with arms and suspected hoodlums who hijacked the protests sparked by the killings.

The special task force comprises police, Air Force, Army and paramilitary security agencies.

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The suspects were paraded yesterday at the OPSH Headquarters in Jos by the media officer of the task force, Major Adam Umar and Police Public Relations Officer Tyopev Terna.

Major Umar said: “Out of the 21 suspects we arrested so far, 11 of them are those arrested in connection to the killings in Barkin Ladi and environs while 14 of them were arrested from the scene of the civil disturbances after the attacks.

He added: “In our efforts to fish out the criminals carrying out attacks in some villages in the state, particularly in Barkin Ladi, we have been able to arrest some people from the scene of attacks.

“The suspects we are parading were arrested with arms, some of them with locally made guns, revolver and other dangerous weapons which they are not supposed to have as citizens.

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“Information we extracted from the original suspects led us to trace some other accomplices and we have also arrested them. And there is the possibility of making more arrests over those killings as we intensify our efforts to get to the root of these killings in pursuant of our mandate to stop the killings, prevent further killings and restore total peace in the state.

“In our commitment and desire not to give the attackers opportunity to operate or opportunity to escape after attack, the commander of OPSH has relocated to Barkin Ladi based on his resolve to remain with the villagers and monitor things closely and to be able to respond faster to distress calls from residents in danger.

“To be able to achieve better results in tracking these criminals, we are appealing to members of the public to oblige us with credible and useful information. This battle against these criminals should be seen by the general public as a collective one. We need everyone’s cooperation to do more than we are doing.”

Most of the suspects paraded have blood stains on their dresses. One of the suspects wore military trousers. Some victims alleged that some of the assailants were dressed in military uniform.

The task force did not however disclose the names of the suspects.

The Plateau Government has reviewed the curfew it imposed in three local governments of Jos South, Riyom and Barkin Ladi to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily

On June 24, the Government of Plateau, imposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Jos to avert a further breakdown of law and order, following the killing of scores of people in some communities.

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Court grants ex-NSA Dasuki N200 million bail
Tue, 03 Jul 2018

A FEDERAL High Court in Abuja has granted bail to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in a judgment yesterday, said Dasuki’s continued detention by the state, without sufficient reasons, violated his right to liberty.

The judgment was on a fundamental rights enforcement application by Dasuki, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) since December 29, 2015.

Justice Ojukwu granted Dasuki bail at N200 million with two sureties, who must be either a civil servant on Grade Level 16 in the Federal Civil Service or a private citizen with landed properties in the municipal areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

For the civil servant, the judge said he or she must submit a letter of appointment and letter of last promotion to the court for verification.

Also, the judge said the sureties must show evidence of tax payment for the last three years (2015 to 2017).

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Justice Ojukwu rejected Dasuki’s prayer for N5 billion damages, but said should there be need for him to be further interrogated, the DSS should only invite and question him between the hours of 9am and 6pm on work days.

The judge ordered the respondents – the DSS, its Director-General, Lawal Daura and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) – to release Dasuki upon meeting the bail conditions.

Justice Chukwu faulted the reasons given by the Federal Government for detaining Dasuki.

She said the state’s argument that the applicant was being held because of threat to national security and that he was being investigated for money laundering offences must not allow the violation of his right.

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Killings unacceptable, says Adeboye
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has described the killings in Plateau State as condemnable.Adeboye stated this at the Special Thanksgiving Service for all mothers, intending mothers, widows & their families organised by the church at the Redemption Way Ebute Metta Throne of Grace National Headquarters in Lagos on Sunday.The event, tagged: Joy of Many Generation was attended by Christian faithful drawn from across the country.. It coincided
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Riot policemen protest unpaid five months stipends
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Riot policemen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, yesterday staged a protest over non-payment of their five months allowances.They barricaded the command headquarters located on Maiduguri-Kano expressway, shot sporadically into the air while singing and marching.The riot Policemen, who have bee on Special Duty working with the Joint Task Force (JTF), disrupted traffic during the protest.Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said he was making frantic efforts to pacify them adding tha
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2019: Plot to stop Buhari in court uncovered
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
A plot to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from seeking re-election on account of age and other excuses has been uncovered, The Nation learnt yesterday.Some senior lawyers have been engaged to embarrass the President ahead of next years election, a source in the Presidency said, pleading not to be named because he is not allowed to talk on the matter.The Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) plan to file many cases to compel Buhari to step aside, having attained more than 70 years age limit for cert
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Lagos confirms 12 died in tanker fire
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed that 12 persons died in last Thursdays tanker fire on the Otedola Link Bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.The government will prosecute the tanker owner and driver over the incident.Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris and Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal made these known at separate briefings in Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday.Idris said 10 of the victims including a minor, died at the accident scene; the others at the hospital.He urged private ho
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Court sacks Kwara monarch
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has asked Dr Stephen Olajide to stop parading himself as the Ollola of Olla in Isin Local Government Area.The Aro of Olla, Chief Adebayo Adeniyi and three other claimants, on July 18 2017, approached the court seeking an order setting aside the nomination, appointment, installation and coronation of Olajide as the Ollola of Olla while the case subsists in court.Olajide and six others are defendants in the case.In his ruling, Justice M. AbdulGafar, said: I have co
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Gowon to Buhari: deal with culprits
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to identify, arrest and deal with those responsible for the killings across the countryGen. Gowon spoke in Katsina State during the two-day North West zone Nigeria Prays event.He said Nigerians needed to come together and condemn all forms of animosity including bloodletting, clashes, and hate speeches.The former leader observed that if it were not for Gods mercy, the country would have been plunged into crises as re
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Protest unfortunate, says PDP
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described as unfortunate the street protest by police officers on duty in troubled Borno State, over unpaid allowances.In a statement on Monday signed by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said the incident was an ugly epitaph of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.According to party, the development was a confirmation that the administration has not been committed to providing security for the t
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Corrupt politicians fueling insecurity, says Presidency
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Presidency yesterday attributed the insecurity in parts of the country to corrupt politicians trying to distract Nigerians.It added that the harsh attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari were coming from people who had become used to a life style that they can no longer sustain.The Presidency also said there are 2,000 megawatts of electricity which the Distribution copmpnaies DIsCOs are unable to evacuate for use by Nigerians.Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicit
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Can Oshiomhole stop nPDP from leaving APC
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has promised to restore peace in the ruling party by addressing the grievances of defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party, otherwise known as the nPDP, who joined the fold after its formation, prior to the 2015 general elections. Nigerians believe the former Edo State governor and labour leader is equal to the task. LEKE SALAUDEEN reports. ONE of the major challenges that the newly-elected Chairman of the
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FG tasks African leaders on corruption
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Federal Government has stressed the need for African countries to continue to strengthen anti-corruption laws and enforcement institutions and systems.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made the call at the just concluded 33rd Session of Executive Council of African Union in Mauritania.A statement by Ms Sarah Sanda, the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, on Monday in Abuja, quoted Onyeama as saying there is need to constantly promote a culture of transparency, credib
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Air Peace, Benue seal deal on flights to Makurdi
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Air Peace has closed a deal with Benue State Government to operate flights to the state capital, Makurdi.Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony in Abuja , Air Peace Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide assured that the airline would deliver exceptional flight experience to residents of Benue and others travelling on the Makurdi route.The route will be serviced by an Embraer 145 jet under Air Peace Hopper, the airlines subsidiary. The flights to Benue will terminate at the Nigeria
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Ekiti 2018: PDP, APC overheating Ekiti ahead of poll, Says SDP candidate
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Says party will transform EkitiThe candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ekiti State, Mr Akinloye Ayegbusi has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of overheating the state ahead of July 14 governorship election.The SDP candidate noted that the two parties have engaged each others in war of attrition raising false accusations and counter accusations rather than tell the electorates what they have in stock for them.Ayegbusi caution the APC
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Afrika Shrine: Macron to perform with Omotola, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, others
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The choice of the New Afrika Shrine as rendezvous for visiting President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron members of the creative industry may not be unconnected to the historical place of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in the world of music.While raising concern about the size of the Afrika Shrine as venue of his meeting with stakeholders in the arts and entertainment sector, a source told The Nation that Macron chose the venue himself.Currently managed by Femi Kuti and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, the new Afr
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Family planning not for the unmarried Mosunmola Adeleye
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Having been off the scene for almost three years, accountant turned actress and movie producer Mosunmola Adeleye is back on set. Today, the mother of one will be starting off the production of her new movie centered on the issues of young ladies making use of family planning before marriage.The movie aims to sanitise the society on seeking professional help before the application of certain medications will be shot in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The cast includes Madam Saje, Funsho Adeolu, Niyi Johnso
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Peter Cole shines at African Summit Awards
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
One of the brains behind Achievas Entertainment outfit and the MD/CEO of Ocean Glory Commodities Limited, Peter Cole Chiori has emerged winner as the Entrepreneur of the Year (Transport & Logistics) courtesy of the African Leadership Magazine at the just concluded 2018 edition of the African Summit Awards, London.According to Chiori, winning the award further shows that his brands has equally contributed immensely to the growth and development in the Transport and Logistic sector noting that
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Opelope Anointing Foundation to mark eighth anniversary
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Come July 7, top dignitaries, including Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, are expected to storm Epe, Lagos State as popular gospel minister, Evangelist Dunni Olanrewaju, aka Opelope Anointing marks the eighth anniversary of the Opelope Anointing Foundation (OAF), an initiative designed to touch the lives, especially of the underprivileged, aside spreading the gospel through music.The event which will hold at the Epe Town Hall, Ita Opo, will also attract the Osun State Deputy Governor,
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Adekunle Gold, Simi in show of affection on London stage
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
While his tour was taking place in the UK, Adekunle Gold had Simi sing with him in a show of affection on stage while they were performing together at the About 30 concert at the IndigO2 Arena in London.The move made their followers encourage the two singers to make their relationship official.With Adekunle Gold uploading their picture and referring to her as And my song bird, Simi did the same uploading their video where the singer was seen holding her on the waist while they did their song to
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Afrika Shrine: Macron to perform with Omotola, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, others
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The choice of the New Afrika Shrine as rendezvous for visiting President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron members of the creative industry may not be unconnected to the historical place of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in the world of music.While raising concern about the size of the Afrika Shrine as venue of his meeting with stakeholders in the arts and entertainment sector, a source told The Nation that Macron chose the venue himself.Currently managed by Femi Kuti and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, the new Afr
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OPEC output climbs as Saudi opens tap
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil output rose last month as Saudi Arabia pumped at a near-record rate. This is a sign the worlds top exporter is heeding calls from the United States (U.S.) and other consumers for more oil, a Reuters survey showed yesterday.The oil cartel pumped 32.32 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, the survey found, up 320,000 bpd from May. The June total is the highest since January this year.Saudi Arabias move comes as U.S. President Donald Tr
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Fidelity Bank lauded for supporting education
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Governor of Adamawa State, Mohammed Jibrila Bindow has praised Fidelity Bank Plc for supporting the development of education in the state and across the country through its sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.The Governor, who spoke during the handover ceremony of the newly constructed block of classrooms to the management of Kwarhi B Primary at Mubi in Hong Local Government Area (LGA), noted that the project was significant as it would go a long way to provide an a
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Heritage Bank, NeFF partner to check e-fraud
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Heritage Bank Plc has partnered with the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) on the prevention of electronic fraud in the Nigerian banking system.Managing Director/CEO of the bank, Ifie Sekibo said at unveiling of the 2017 NeFF annual report in Lagos that the bank was very proud of successes recorded by the forum, adding that the advent of the forum has undoubtedly created revolutionary effect in the conception of banking services in the industry.Sekibo who was represented by Executive Directo
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Fed Govt to implement accident reports
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika has pledged that the Federal Government would ensure the implementation of Air Safety Recommendations released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).Sirika made the pledge in Abuja last week while receiving the report.According to him, the report covers safety recommendations made since AIBs inception till date, numbering about 130.The minister saidall the recommendations had not been implemented, adding that the governments purpose was toensure th
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Maritime seminar for Judges holds today
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The 15th edition of International Maritime Seminar for Judges is holding today in Abuja.The three-day event is being organised by the Nigerian Shippers Council, in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI).Former Interim Head of State Chief Ernest Shonekan is expected to chair the occasion.The NSC Director, Special Duties, Mr Ignatius Nweke, said the three-day seminar was aimed at bringing judges, lawyers, practitioners and other stakeholders together to enrich their knowledge on
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Standard Bank, ICBC commit $8.5b to Africa projects
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Standard Bank Group and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) have provided $8.5 billion financing support for 35 projects in Africa, Standard Bank Group said yesterday.According to a report provided at the ongoing Standard Bank Group trans-regional conference in Lagos, the deal, which involves Chinese companies, is a product of five-year strategic alliance between both lenders.Standard Bank has also called for increasing general trade between African countries and reassured
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Air Peace decorates first woman captain
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
A pilot, Simisola Ajibola, has become the first woman captain to be decorated by Air Peace Airlines.Ajibola, who joined the airline in February 2017 as a Senior First Officer (SFO), is from a family of pilots, father and four brothers, three of whom are with Air Peace.Presenting the new captain to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, for decoration, the Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu, said he predicted Sinmisolas elevation on the first flight she operated with him.De
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Air Peace, Benue ink deal on Makurdi flights
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Air Peace has sealed a deal with Benue State government to operate flights to the state capital, Makurdi in a few weeks time.Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony in Abuja, Chief Operating Officer for the airline, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide said the airline would deliver exceptional flight experience to residents of Benue and others travelling on the Makurdi route.The route will be serviced by an Embraer 145 jet under Air Peace Hopper, the airlines subsidiary. The flights to Benue will termina
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Lagos, others host PZ Cussons fashion fiesta
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The University of Jos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Lagos and Calabar have been chosen to host the maiden edition of PZ Cussons Imperial Leather and Canoe fashion design competition tagged Masters of Style. The competition is targeted at university undergraduates with talent in fashion designs.According to PZ Cussons, the competition is aimed at discovering young and budding talents aspiring to become fashion designers in the industry.Speaking on the initiative, the Head of Marketing, PZ Cussons, Charl
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LCCI seeks liberalised forex regime
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has advised the Federal Government to allow a liberalised exchange regime to stop multiple exchange rates in the country.Its Director-General, Muda Yusuf, gave the advice during a forum organised Business Editors in Lagos at the weekend.Represented by the Director of Research at LCCI, Dr. Vincent Nwani, he regretted that there are over 15 exchange rates being operated in the country starting from the banks to bureau de change operators. He said t
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Regulatory incest
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
We cannot trust banks to investigate themselvesThe anguish of the banking public over illegal charges and deductions may have finally reached the appropriate quarters. Last week, this newspaper reported the President of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Uche Olowu, as telling newsmen in an interview that the banks have finally set up Revenue Quality Assurance Departments to address complaints over illegal and excessive charges, and to establish that all incomes are truly earned.H
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Tipping point
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Its time we treated cultism among the youths as an emergencyLess than three weeks after decrying the rising spate of cultism in Lagos State, the states commissioner of police (CP), Imohimi Edgal, has redeployed the officer in charge of the Anti-Cultism Squad, Superintendent of Police (SP) Godwin Agbegbe, and replaced him with Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Akaninyene Etuk. Etuk has been mandated to reposition and reinvigorate the squad.Edgal, who had earlier said the report of an assignmen
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Why should NYSC be mandatory
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Sir: Established by Decree (now Act) No. 24 of 22ndMay 1973, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was enshrined into the nations constitution in furtherance of the federal governments post war policy of Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation after the Nigeria-Biafra civil war of 1967 to 1970.Most corps members serve their country by teaching in public/private schools irrespective of their discipline. What experience will an engineering graduate get from teaching mathematics in a hi
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