NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7 JULY, 2018].

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Aftermath Of Codeine Ban, Smugglers Turn To Tramadol
Sat, 07 Jul 2018

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Federal government’s recent ban on codeine due to the destructive nature of its widespread abuse in the country has been undermined by smugglers who have switched to the illegal importation of Tramadol, another equally addictive cough medicine. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the federal government had on May 1, this year, banned the importation, manufacturing and distribution of codeine cough syrup due to its devastating effects on those addicted to it. Codeine is reported to be highly addictive and, if overindulged, over time it causes kidney damage, liver damage, seizures and all kinds of mental disorder. However, smugglers and drug users who are bent on beating the federal government’s effort to check the menace of substance abuse have shifted their interest to tramadol which is said to produce similar effects to codeine. LEADERSHIP Weekend’s checks revealed that in the last one month, over 50 containers of tramadol worth billions of naira had been impounded by drug enforcement agencies and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Experts have associated the use of tramadol, a synthetic analgesic, with physical withdrawal symptoms and compulsive behaviour.

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It was learnt that drug smugglers now find a way of smuggling the medicine into the country through Nigeria’s porous borders, making it difficult to clamp down on the abuse of tramadol among the youth. The shift in the usage of the substance recently forced the Ebonyi State government to totally proscribe the sale of tramadol and codeine. This followed the failure of many natives of the state to pass the medical screening of various security and paramilitary outfits during job recruitment exercises conducted recently in the state. Nigeria has a high rate of drug addiction and substance abuse which has risen to epidemic proportions, especially among the youth. The government proscribed the importation and sale of highly addictive drugs like codeine as part of efforts to curb abuse.

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Police Dismiss Officer For Killing Corps Member
Sat, 07 Jul 2018

The Nigeria Police Force has sacked one of its officers who shot and killed a 23-year-old female corps member serving in Abuja during a stop-and-search operation. Linda Angela Igwetu was reportedly shot around 3am on Wednesday, a day before her passing out of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme on Thursday. She was allegedly shot when she brought out her head through the sunroof of the vehicle, shouting for help and saying that she had been kidnapped. In his own account of what transpired, the sacked police inspector claimed that he and his colleagues had flagged the vehicle down, but the driver refused to stop. This, he said, compelled him to open fire on the vehicle and unfortunately hit the lady in question. Miss Igwetu was rushed to Garki Hospital where she eventually died. FCT Police commissioner, Sadiq Bello,

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who disclosed the dismissal of the inspector said, “Police have taken necessary measures as the policeman that opened fire has been arrested and necessary disciplinary procedures have been concluded. “He has been dismissed from the Force and arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction and he is currently on remand awaiting commencement of trial.” Bello, however, called for calm, saying, “I am appealing for calm and understanding from members of the public, particularly the family of the deceased, that at the end of the day justice will be done in this matter. “The Nigeria Police, FCT Command, does not condone act of irresponsibility and incivility or outright criminality on the part of its officers and men; they have always been admonished to be civil to members of the public and be professional in the conduct of their duties. “Furthermore, I wish to reassure residents of FCT that they should go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or harassment. Their peace and security is guaranteed at all times”, Bello added.

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S’Court Ends Saraki’s 3-year Ordeal At Conduct Tribunal
Sat, 07 Jul 2018

The Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, was let off the hook yesterday when the Supreme Court dismissed the 18 criminal charges of alleged false assets declaration brought against him by the federal government since September 2015. Justice Centus Nweze of the apex court in the judgement set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which ordered Saraki to defend himself on three out of the 18 charges and affirmed the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which had earlier upheld the no-case submission of Saraki’s counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the CCT had, in its judgement, discharged Saraki of all 18 charges on grounds that the prosecution failed to prove its allegations against him beyond all reasonable doubt. Also, the appeal court, in its judgement, had discharged Saraki of 15 of the 18 charges and ordered him to open his defence on the three remaining charges, saying that a prima facie case had been established against him on counts 4,5 and 6.

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However, the Supreme Court, in its judgement on Saraki’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal, held that the prosecution failed to call material witnesses as required by law to support its case against the Senate president. The apex court held that all those who had facts on the allegations against Saraki were not called to testified in the matter. Besides, the Supreme Court also held that those who tendered documentary evidence against Saraki during the trial were not makers of the documents and hence their evidence on the documents were hearsay and lacked probative value. The Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeal made a caricature in its judgement when it found, as a fact, that the entire evidence adduced by the prosecution was hearsay and manifestly unreliable, yet it still went ahead to agree that a prima facie case was established against Saraki in three out of the 18 charges. Justice Nweze held that there was no basis for the Court of Appeal to have asked Saraki to defend himself on the three charges having found out that the entire evidence of the prosecution was a product of hearsay, adding that the action of the Court of Appeal amounted to forensic somersault and capable of undermining jurisprudence. “This court will not lend its jurisdiction to such a charade and caricature of justice. It carries grave error in holding that a prima facie case has been established against the appellant. The prosecution is duty bound by law to call all key witnesses to be able to establish a prima facie case against anybody,” the court held.

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Does Anyone Really Care About Our Environmental Issues
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFrom every angle, Nigerians treat earth’s natural resources as infinite gifts to mankind. In the 1970s, there was a proactive forestry agency throughout the federation, with special concentration in the northern region. The police-like forest officers were very strict and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities, which included afforestation, granting approval to loggers of []The post Does Anyone Really Care About Our Environmental Issues’ appeared first on Leaders
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Belgium Send Brazil Packing, Set Up Semifinal Showdown With France
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPBelgium booked a World Cup semi-final against France as Brazil’s hopes of winning a sixth title were ended by a 2-1 defeat in Kazan. An own goal from Fernandinho and a sensational strike from Kevin De Bruyne were enough to send the Red Devils to their second-ever World Cup semi-final and send the five-time winners []The post Belgium Send Brazil Packing, Set Up Semifinal Showdown With France appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Plateau NMA Tasks Government To Set Mental Health Centre In Barkin Ladi LGC
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Plateau State chapter, Dr Titus Dajel, has tasked the federal government to immediately set up a mental health centre in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State, to assess victims of the recent killings by suspected herdsmen in the state. According to him, setting up of the mental []The post Plateau NMA Tasks Government To Set Mental Health Centre In Barkin Ladi LGC appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Elumelu Commits N500m To Empower Delta State Entrepreneurs
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFounder of Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Tony Elumelu, has pledged N500 million to create an entrepreneurship programme, exclusive to indigenes of his native Delta State. Elumelu, during a courtesy visit to Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor, made the commitment after presenting 50 beneficiaries of the TEF entrepreneurship []The post Elumelu Commits N500m To Empower Delta State Entrepreneurs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Insecurity: FG Mulls Review of ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFollowing incessant killings in the name of herdsmen attacks in several part of the country, the federal government is considering the review of the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol that makes free movement of people across West African States. The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters, Sen Ita Enang, said this []The post Insecurity: FG Mulls Review of ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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INEC to suspend Continuous Voter Registration on Aug. 17
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that it would suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Aug. 17 until after the 2019 general elections. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Prince Solomon Soyebi, National Commissioner and Chairman, information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja. Soyebi, however, said that the []The post INEC to suspend Continuous Voter Registration on Aug. 17 appeared first on Leadership Newspa
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Book Revealing Sen Bukar Ibrahim’s Success For Launch
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPA book, which gives vivid illustration on Yobe State governor, Sen Bukar Abba Ibrahim’s success in politics, is set to be launch. According to the synopsis, which was released by the Bukar Abba Ibrahim Foundation, in collaboration with Bass Books in UK, it indicated that the former Yobe State governor, now serving senator, started politics []The post Book Revealing Sen Bukar Ibrahim’s Success For Launch appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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CAN Suspends Nationwide Protest After Meeting With PMB
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPChristian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended the nationwide protest that was earlier scheduled for July 11. CAN president, Rev Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, had in a statement on Thursday, mobilised Christians to a peaceful protest nationwide on the said date, to register their discontent with the state of the country, particularly as regards the inability []The post CAN Suspends Nationwide Protest After Meeting With PMB appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Travelogue announces 2018 Destination Tourism Night
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAfter the success of last year maiden edition of Destination Tourism Night (DTN), the President of Travelogue Communications Ltd, Mr Ayo Omotoso has disclosed to LEADERSHIP that the 2018 edition will hold atEko Hotels and Suites on Saturday, 15thSeptember, 2018. Speaking about the event, Omotoso stated thatDTN as an acronym is a mice platform where []The post Travelogue announces 2018 Destination Tourism Night appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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CORRUPTION: EFCC Begins Probe Of Pinnick, Dikko, Akinwumi, Others
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched investigations into the alleged corruption against sacked Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials; ousted President Amaju Pinnick, former vice president, Seyi Akinwumi, Chairman, League Management Committee (LMC), Shehu Dikko, NFF General Secretary, Muhammed Sanusi, and board member, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh. This follows a petition written to the []The post CORRUPTION: EFCC Begins Probe Of Pinnick, Dikko, Akinwumi, Others a
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I Was Inspired By My Dad ‘ Idayat
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPIdayat Yusuf, the founder and coordinator of Vision for Female Gender Empowerment and Development Initiative, popularly known as Vision XX (an NGO) was born and brought up in Kaduna State. Her father is a businessman and her mother also a businesswoman. She was born into a polygamous home of 22 children. She is the seventh []The post I Was Inspired By My Dad ‘ Idayat appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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N341m Fraud: Court Grants Ex-minister, Wakil, Others Bail
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPJustice Muhammad Tanko Salihu of the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday, July 05, 2018, granted bail to a former Minister, Hon Muhammad Wakil, Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Dr Abubakar Ali Kullima and Engr Muhammad Baba Kachalla, to the tune of N10m each. Wakil was a former minister of state []The post N341m Fraud: Court Grants Ex-minister, Wakil, Others Bail appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PDP To Immortalise Ciroma, Ekwueme, Other Founding Fathers
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is going to immortalise late Adamu Ciroma, Alex Ekwueme, Solomon Lar and other deceased founding fathers of the party. This was disclosed by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, during interactive session with journalists in Ciroma’s house after paying condolence visit to the family. Secondus had led []The post PDP To Immortalise Ciroma, Ekwueme, Other Founding Fathers appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Supreme Court Upholds Ugwuanyi’s Election
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe Supreme Court, yesterday, declined to remove Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State from office over allegation that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) illegally nominated him, to contest the April 11, 2015 governorship election. The apex court dismissed as lacking in merit, the suit that was lodged by a chieftain of the PDP in the []The post Supreme Court Upholds Ugwuanyi’s Election appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PhilanthropistEmpowers Street Vendors
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPWith the spate of poverty and hunger in the land, a kind hearted Nigerian known as Destiny Ifunanya Millerand has taken the bull by the horn and embarked on feeding people living on the streets of Abuja, bringing them succor. The philanthropist was seen restoring hope to the poor while distributing various items, food, and []The post PhilanthropistEmpowers Street Vendors appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Huawei Clinches GSMA ‘Best Mobile App for Business’ Award
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPHuawei Video Conference Cloud Service has won the Best Mobile App Award for its innovative transformation and successful practices in the enterprise communications field for cloud services. The award was presented to the director of Huawei Cloud Core Network Marketing Execution Dept., Zhang Qin, at the Asia Mobile Awards, issued by GSMA, is an influential []The post Huawei Clinches GSMA ‘Best Mobile App for Business’ Award appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ciroma: Administrator, Politician, Bows Out
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe death of Mallam Adamu Ciroma at the ripe age of 84 has depleted the rank of the first generation of a class of political elite of Northern Nigeria extraction who served under the revered Sir Ahmadu Bello and by sheer political sagacity, some say shrewdness not only fostered the interest of Northern Nigeria but []The post Ciroma: Administrator, Politician, Bows Out appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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My baby at 36 weeks
Sat, 07 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPNo. I am not talking about the senseless killings across the nation by mercenaries of blood and destabilization whose souls have been stolen by the spirits of Lucipher. They have continued to kill with wanton loss of conscience and sense of humanity. My real grouse is against those who see political capital in terror; those []The post My baby at 36 weeks appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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