NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9 JULY, 2018].

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Call masking, SIM-boxing endanger national security
Mon, 09 Jul 2018

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Although there have been sanctions against telecommunications operators involved in call masking, SIM-Boxing and related fraud, the menace still persists.
About this time last year, The Guardian exclusively brought the issue to light.

This spurred the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to carry out some investigations, leading to the sanctioning and suspension of some operators earlier this year. Some of these suspensions were later lifted.

Lately, however, these menaces have reappeared, even more intensely, fuelling concern the country could be hit by a new wave of insecurity.

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This has prompted experts and stakeholders in the sector to call for fresh measures to tackle the challenge.

Besides threat to security, especially in cyberspace, revenue meant for government coffers are also blocked.

A 10 per cent tax on all calls, telephony and telecommunications services goes to the government.

A masked call happens when an international calling number (Caller Line Identity) is masked as local number traffic.

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It is a deliberate attempt by a fraudster to avoid paying the correct International Termination Rate (ITR) for international calls, paying instead the Local Termination Rate (LTR).

For example, when the number is masked as a local call, an operator pays N3.90 LTR and not N24.40 ITR.

The process allows operators to terminate inbound international telecoms traffic as local calls, so they don’t have to pay ITR, which is the interconnection charge set by telecoms traffic carriers as carrier-to-carrier charges.

A SIM Box fraud is a setup where fraudsters install SIM boxes with multiple prepaid SIM cards.

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Anxiety mounts over violence, rigging ahead of Ekiti poll

Mon, 09 Jul 2018

Concerns over rigging and violence in next Saturday’s governorship election have triggered apprehension over Ekiti State.

The poll, expected to be a crucial battle between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is already witnessing a flurry of accusations, counter-accusations, pleas and prayers.

These are coming amid a deployment of 30,000 policemen mandated to “deal decisively” with persons or groups that breach the law.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the personnel would comprise Police Mobile Force Units, Counter-terrorism Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the Anti- bomb Squad, conventional policemen, the Armament Unit, personnel of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department and a sniffer dogs section.

In yet another development, the PDP, southwest zone, yesterday, warned the Federal Government not to interfere unduly or manipulate the election.

It said while President Muhammadu Buhari has constitutional control of the security forces and other government agencies, he must be fair and resist party pressure to compromise his oath of office.

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“We declare that as a party, the PDP has prepared strenuously and campaigned vigorously to win this election.

We, therefore, will not accept any action targeted at compromising the election,” it said in a statement by Publicity Secretary Ayo Fadaka.

The PDP also accused Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of meddling in the affairs of Ekiti State with a “determination to prosecute criminal actions towards rigging the election.”

It advised the Ondo State government to “concentrate on discharging its allocated responsibilities to the people of Ondo State, a function it continues to discharge most abysmally.”

But Steve Otaloro, APC’s Director of Media and Publicity in Ondo State, debunked the allegations, describing Buhari as a man of integrity who does not believe in rigging to win elections.

He said the PDP is being haunted by the alleged electoral foul it committed against the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Kayode Fayemi’s second term bid in 2014.

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Again, The Guardian shines at NiRA Awards, bags industry recognitions
Mon, 09 Jul 2018

The consistency of your darling newspaper, The Guardian in promoting robust journalism both online and offline was duly recognised at the weekend in Lagos, when it bagged two awards at the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) .ng media awards.

Coming at a time the newspaper just celebrated 35 solid years of championing and promoting the pen profession in the country, The Guardian bagged the Best Print Media Website and Presidential Award in the best supporting media partner category.

This is the third time in a row The Guardian would be recognised at the awards, which celebrate “achievements and innovations” among websites using the .ng domain name in Nigeria.

The Guardian bagged it at the maiden edition in 2016. It emerged top again in 2017 and now in 2018.

The award, according to NiRA, was judged based on the level of local, original and undiluted contents promoted by such media house and its website.

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In the award categories, The Guardian was recognised ahead of media houses including Leadership; Daily Trust; The Daily Times; The National Pilot and Tribune.

According to the President of NiRA, Rev. Sunday Afolayan, the association believed in the power of the Internet and are determined that the .ng domain name space that “we are responsible for, has a positive impact on the lives of Internet users.”

The NiRA President said the yearly awards are open to any organisation or individual whose activity online is outstanding, using the .ng domain name.

Folayan, while welcoming the awardees and guests, specially recognised and appreciated The Guardian Newspaper, which he said has demonstrated an uncommon depth of association with the .ng brand.

He disclosed that The Guardian Newspaper has promoted the .ng brand on the pages of the newspaper daily and online, in the past three years.

Indeed, in the last two years, The Guardian has redefined digital publishing within the Nigeria media space, adopting a more robust approach to news dissemination on its websites and across its social media platforms.

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Minister tasks builders on ethics as CORBON inducts 96 members
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has charged newly inducted members of Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to demonstrate a high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties. Fashola gave the charge at the 16th induction ceremony of CORBON 96 new builders held on Thursday in Abuja. []
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Governors’ convoys

Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Sir: I was recently in a commercial vehicle that was harried off the road by the convoy of the Governor of Zamfara State presumably on their way to pick up their principal from the airport. However, what was really annoying about the convoy was the number of vicious looking gun-totting policemen in the entourage. This []
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No alternative to honesty in agency practice
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Amid concerns on the dwindling fortunes of estate agency practice due to onslaught of quacks, practitioners have been warned against unscrupulous property dealings. Recently, there have been reports by clients who put blind faith in their estate agents and such trust is being abused, thus, leading to loss of huge funds as well as property []
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Carnage and poverty as national tragedies
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Two existential issues – security and poverty- that bear great relevance to the assessment of performance of governments globally reared their heads back-to-back, last week, in Nigeria. Both issues were so tangible that they could not escape essential appraisal and indictment. While the carnage in Bakin Ladi local government area of Plateau State on June []
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Rivers council to recycle plastic waste
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Disturbed by the dumping of waste in the Sombriro River, the Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr.Rowland Sekibo, has directed the evacuation of plastic waste for recycling. Sekibo who spoke during a visit to the River, said, therecycling exercise would add to the economy of the council and as well, ensure []
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Truth about Nigeria’s economic growth
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The recovery of the Nigerian economy from recession has been widely celebrated by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. A recovery occurs when an economy strengthens after a period of recession and in such a situation, various indicators will turn higher including gross domestic product, GDP. Businesses will see an upsurge in positive activities and will start []
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HURIWA flays Federal Government over executive order on assets, says it’s unconstitutional
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
A pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has described the recently-signed executive order by President Muhammadu Buhari on assets seized in connection with corruption as unconstitutional and being targeted at opposition political office seekers. The group said it would institute a case at the Federal High Court to seek nullification. []
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Novare injects $500 million in retail projects
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Encouraged by successes recorded in its investments, Novare Real Estate Africa has revealed plans to unveil its fourth shopping mall in Nigeria, known as the Novare Central, Abuja. The project, expected to be opened next week, with an exclusive cutting ceremony a day before, brings to $500 million all investment by the firm to mall []
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