NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 JULY, 2018].

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ACF Chairman, Coomassie, Dies At 76
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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Chairman, Board of Trustees, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie is dead. Alhaji Dahiru Coomassie, a younger brother to the deceased, confirmed the death, yesterday, in Katsina. He said that Coomassie died yesterday evening after a protracted illness at Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital, Katsina. He died at the age of 76. Coomasie will be buried in Katsina today, Friday, after Juma’at prayers. . . . PMB, ACF Mourn President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family members, the government and people of Katsina State following the demise of his classmate and former Inspector-General of Police, Sardaunan Katsina, Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie. The president, in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said he received the news of the death of the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF with shock and deep sense of loss. “Nigeria will never forget the excellent leadership the late Coomassie gave to the Nigeria police Force for the many years he served as IG.” He said his thoughts were with late Ibrahim Coomassie’s family and those mourning the demise of the late community leader and fine gentleman. “On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, I pray to Allah to receive his soul and the family he left behind, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.” Meanwhile, the apex northern socio-cultural organisation, ACF, has mourned its chairman and former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie. The ACF in a condolence statement by its spokesman, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, expressed shock and grief over the demise of the statesman. ACF said the North has lost a great elder statesman who endeared himself to all by upholding the Northern values of justice, liberty, common decency and equal opportunity for all. The statement reads:”Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) learnt with shock and grief the passing on of our chairman and elder statesman, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, Sardaunan Katsina, today 19 July, 2018 in Katsina at the age of 76. Late Ibrahim Coomassie was the 9th Inspector General of Police who served between 1993 to 1999. “

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Late Coomassie will be buried tomorrow in Katsina after Juma’at prayers. He was a fine officer and gentleman who left an indelible mark in the Police service. His love and promotion of Northern values which the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto practiced and died for was legendary. He was an administrator per excellence, a patriot, a bridge builder who lived a fulfilled life in the service of Nigeria” “Nigeria and indeed the North have lost a great elder statesman, who endeared himself to all by upholding the values most Northerners share which include justice, liberty, common decency and equal opportunity for all. However, he would have been happier if the values he cherished and died for were being put into practice. ACF therefore calls upon Nigerians to emulate and live up his legacy in our daily lives. “ACF extends its heartfelt condolences to Katsina Emirate Council, the Government and people of Katsina State and the Government and people of Nigeria in general. May Allah (SWT) grant Ibrahim Coomassie eternal rest in Aljannah Firdaus and Nigerians the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

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PMB Meets Saraki, Govs Over Planned Defection
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

In an apparent move to forestall the reported planned defection of some party big wigs ahead of the 2019 general election, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with Senate President Bukola Saraki and some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential villa, Abuja. The governors at the meeting were Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina). Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Ekiti State governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, were also at the meeting. LEADERSHIP Friday gathered reliably that the meeting had as part of its agenda the rumoured defection of the Senate president to the PDP. It was learnt that the meeting was convened at the instance of President Buhari who invited the Saraki to discuss issues bordering on reports suggesting that he was planning to dump the APC. A source at the meeting told our correspondent that the president demanded to know from Saraki whether he was planning to defect and what his reasons were if it was true. The source who did not want his name in print said,

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“President Buhari is the leader of the party and as such would not fold his hands and watch very important and influential members leave the party. So, he spoke to the Senate president concerning his purported planned defection and told him why the action might spell danger for the APC and the polity ahead of the 2019 general polls. “The governors at the meeting also tried to convince Saraki to see reasons why leaving the party at this time would augur ill for the change agenda and the polity. They reminded Saraki of how central and vital he was to the APC government, and I think the Senate president may have seen reason with them, though his stance was still not clear as at the time the meeting ended”. When approached by journalists, Saraki who arrived the presidential villa at about 4:18pm declined comments on the crux of the meeting when approached by State House correspondents. On his part, Fayemi said they met with the president to celebrate his victory at the Ekiti governorship election, adding that the ruling party will win the Osun gubernatorial election coming up later this year. Zamfara State governor, Yari, who was also part of the meeting is the chairman of the Osun APC gubernatorial primaries, which is expected to hold today. The new PDP faction of the APC, which Saraki belongs to, has already joined camp with the PDP and it is expected that in the coming days, more APC members will defect to the opposition party. Also, leaders of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) met with the leaders of the PDP in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Wednesday. Although the R-APC leaders were said have gone to the state to commiserate with leader of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, who lost his mother recently, it was learnt that a meeting was held to discuss the absorption of the new PDP and the R-APC into the PDP was held. Those who attended the meeting were Senate President Saraki and PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who led members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). Governors at the meeting included Samuel Ortom (Benue), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).

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Fayemi Denies Vote-buying Allegation, Vows To Probe Fayose
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Ekiti governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, has said it would be irresponsible of him not to examine the records of governor Ayo Fayose’s administration. According to the governor-elect, he would be interested to know what the state earned in the past four years and how the money was spent. Fayemi, who was declared winner of last weekend governorship election in Ekiti, spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday in company of the governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. “Well l think we need to remove this election from personalities. This was an election that we fought on issues and it will be irresponsible on my part to come here and say that we will not examine what transpired in the last four years in the manner of government. What was received in Ekiti State and the expenditures in that period. “Why were we not able to pay salaries in the state. These issues should be examined in the interest of good governance. It is not about probing Fayose, probing Eleka etc, it is about not repeating the mistakes of the past and giving our people good government and how to do so will also involve looking at what transpired in the last four years.

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On allegations of vote buying, the governor elect said he had no evidence that such a thing happened, adding that it was not in the character of his party, the All Progressives Congress to buy votes. “I haven’t any substantive evidence of allegations of vote buying and intimidation. In the place where l voted, there was no vote buying anywhere. As far as our party is concerned, we did not engage in that, it is not our style. We won the election fair and square and it was an election that we fought on issues and not on the basis of any vote buying. So, who ever has any evidence of that should present it to an independently verifiable audience,” he said. Fayemi stated that it was the track record of his administration in his first tenure that sold him to Ekiti electorate. He added that he had always been interested to see that people lived decently. He said, “We have always been interested that out people lived a decent life, a life without hunger, with social support and that is why we were paying social security benefits to the elderly, we provided the youth graduate scheme for the recent graduates, provided support for the communities. For us, we never saw stomach infrastructure from any pedestrian manner that the current administration has lived it up to. For us, it is about total development of our people, human capital development in education, health care, in social services and infrastructure development. It is total services we focused in.

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Undaunted By criticism, Trump Looks To Next Putin Meeting
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPUS President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed forces within the United States on Thursday for marring what they called the success of their first summit, with Trump saying he looked forward to their second meeting. Trump, who has struggled to quiet an uproar over his failure to confront Putin over Russia’s meddling []The post Undaunted By criticism, Trump Looks To Next Putin Meeting appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Britain Identifies Russians Suspected Of Skripal Nerve Attack
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPBritish police have identified several Russians who they believe were behind the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the British news agency, Press Association, said yesterday, citing a source close to the investigation. A police spokesman declined to comment on the report. Security Minister Ben Wallace was dismissive, saying it []The post Britain Identifies Russians Suspected Of Skripal Nerve Attack appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Managing Capital Market Operator Brands
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPPerhaps, we should start by making known; we are not experts in capital market operations. No. The mien and character of operators in that market is very discriminatory; they are astute, sharp disposition, calculated, quiet and always busy working out and at the figures’they are not like lesser mortals like us who would have time []The post Managing Capital Market Operator Brands appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Turkey Denounces Israel’s Jewish Nation-state Law As Racist
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPTurkey accused Israel yesterday of trying to form ‘an apartheid state’, and denounced as racist a new law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country. A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community ‘to react to this injustice happening in front of the entire world’s eyes’ after []The post Turkey Denounces Israel’s Jewish Nation-state Law As Racist appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Ruby Gyang, Nonso Bassey, Lindsey Abudei, Others For O’ Live Concert Tomorrow
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPFor lovers of live music with a live band, The Backyard Bar and Grill is the place to be this Saturday at Victoria Island, Lagos as O’ Records is proud to present a series of live music shows. The event that happen twice every quarter showcases talented musicians and instrumentalists. On Saturday evening, Soul music []The post Ruby Gyang, Nonso Bassey, Lindsey Abudei, Others For O’ Live Concert Tomorrow appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Grammy Awards 2019 Date Announced
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held February 10, 2019, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy announced on Tuesday (July 17). Nominations for the award show will be announced in all 84 categories on December 5, which includes recordings released between Oct 1, 2017, and Sept 30, 2018. ‘We are []The post Grammy Awards 2019 Date Announced appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Talent, Hardwork & the Holiday
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPWhen I received this message a few weeks ago, I knew that the time would soon be ripe to share it in this column’ and what better time than now that our children are in the holiday mode’ Reflect, Retrack, Respond. I will tell you a story about Talent, Hardwork and what should come first. []The post Talent, Hardwork & the Holiday appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Soyinka As Nigeria’s Moral Beacon
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPIn its early years, the independent nation of ours then, was jolted at the news of a young man filled with some eerie sort of idealism, storming the Western Region Broadcasting Service at gunpoint, holding up the speech of Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the then Premier of the Western Region and broadcasting his, demanding the cancellation []The post Soyinka As Nigeria’s Moral Beacon appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Bribery: ICPC Secures Conviction Against 3 Ex-policemen
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPCopyright LEADERSHIP. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: editor@leadership.ng CLICK HERE TO START YOUR FUTURE TODAY BY INVESTING IN BITCOIN AND EARN AS MUCH AS []The post Bribery: ICPC Secures Conviction Against 3 Ex-policemen appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Flood Kills 23 Persons, Destroys 71 Houses
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe impact of poor roads’ construction and continued flooding, have, in the last six months, created sleepless nights for the people of Delta State, and it has killed no fewer than 23 persons, and destroyed 71 houses, in no fewer than 16 Local Government Areas in the state. Worse hit, the situation, during the current []The post Flood Kills 23 Persons, Destroys 71 Houses appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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39,000 Fake Cooperative Societies Uncovered In Edo
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPEdo State government said it has uncovered 39,000 fake cooperative societies that were registered for the purpose of raising funds for dubious reasons. It said the fake cooperative societies were uncovered after an audit of registered cooperative societies were carried out. State Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Employment and Cooperatives, Barrister Emmanuel Usoh, who disclosed this []The post 39,000 Fake Cooperative Societies Uncovered In Edo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Reps Commiserate With Katsina Community Over Deadly Rainstorm, Flood
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe House of Representatives has resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with the people of Jibia local government area of Katsina State, over last Tuesday’s deadly rainstorm and flood. The unfortunate incident claimed 58 lives while 20 persons are yet to be accounted for. The House also called on the National Emergency Management Agency []The post Reps Commiserate With Katsina Community Over Deadly Rainstorm, Flood appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Workers’ Strike Paralyses Activities At Ibarapa Poly
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAcademic and non-academic activities have been paralysed at the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo State, as workers in the institution embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries. The striking staff had, on Wednesday, protested and declared an indefinite strike over the nonpayment of their 24 months salaries and other entitlements by the state government. It []The post Workers’ Strike Paralyses Activities At Ibarapa Poly appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Gunmen Assassinate Kogi Poly Director
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPGunmen, yesterday, assassinated Mr Solomon Sani, director of Works, at the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi, the police said in Lokoja. Kogi Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, told newsmen that Sani was assassinated in his Idah residence in the evening of Tuesday, July 17. He said that one of the brothers of the []The post Gunmen Assassinate Kogi Poly Director appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Airtel Offers 100% Bonus On Data In New SmartConnect Package
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPNigeria’s mobile Internet services provider, Airtel Nigeria is offering new customers on its network 100% bonus on any data bundle purchased as well as eight times the value of any recharge. Under the new offer, new customers get 100 per cent bonus on every data bundle of N100 and above, and also get eight times []The post Airtel Offers 100% Bonus On Data In New SmartConnect Package appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Diamond Bank Rewards 1,016 Customers In DiamondXtra Promo
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPIn boosting saving culture and promoting financial inclusion, Diamond Bank has rewarded 1,016 customers in its DiamondXtra Season 10 scheme. Speaking after the draw in Lagos, head mass market of Diamond Bank, Osita Ede said that DiamondXtra Season 10 promises bigger and better rewards for the esteemed customers of the Bank, saying that the DiamondXtra []The post Diamond Bank Rewards 1,016 Customers In DiamondXtra Promo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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We’ll Ensure Quick Passage Of AMCON Amendment Bill ‘ Reps
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPBarely one week after the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order on seizure of assets of persons who are indebted to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, Sir Jones Chukwudi []The post We’ll Ensure Quick Passage Of AMCON Amendment Bill ‘ Reps appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Atiku Promises To Fix Security If Elected President
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has promised said that he would restructure the security architecture of Nigeria if elected President in 2019. Atiku, who stated this yesterday in Jalingo when he visited Taraba State to declare his intention to run for 2019 presidential race said he would decentralise the security architecture of the country []The post Atiku Promises To Fix Security If Elected President appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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How APC Can Win South-East In 2019 ‘ Anyanwu
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPChief Longers Anyanwu is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State. Prior to the last national convention of the ruling party, Anyanwu vied for the post of National Organising Secretary, which was zoned to the South East geo-political zone. However, he withdrew from the contest at the last-minute. In this interview []The post How APC Can Win South-East In 2019 Anyanwu appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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PMB Is A Courageous Leader ‘ Hon Akpatason
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPHon. Peter Akpatason is representing Akoko-Edo federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives. In this interview with Gabriel Emanel, he commends President Muhammadu Buhari on his political will in fighting corruption, among other issues. Excerpts The anti-corruption fight embarked upon by President Buhari has been widely criticised by the opposition parties in []The post PMB Is A Courageous Leader Hon Akpatason appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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APC, PDP And War Of Attrition Over Project Ownership
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPIn recent times, the ruling APC and the opposition PDP have continued to trade words over certain projects completed by the governing party, which the opposition party has been claiming to be their signature projects. JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH writes on the unending squabbles. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not spared the governing All []The post APC, PDP And War Of Attrition Over Project Ownership appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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States Should Employ N-Power Volunteers To Sustain Agric Devt
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe executive director, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liason Services, a university based institute, under the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof Mohammed Khalid Othman, in this exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Friday Editor, Ruth Tene Natsa, has stressed the need for states government to adopt and employ the N-Power []The post States Should Employ N-Power Volunteers To Sustain Agric Devt appeared first on Leadership
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Gurasa: Arab Bread Turning Kano Residents Into Millionaires
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPOriginally brought from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Kano, today, Gurasa bread has put millions of naira into Kano petty traders’ account. ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI (Kano) writes on how the local delicacy is putting smiles on faces in Kano. Gurasa is a delicacy that was introduced to Kano by settlers from the Kingdom of Saudi []The post Gurasa: Arab Bread Turning Kano Residents Into Millionaires appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Informal Youth Devt Programmes Key To Reducing Unemployment
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPUnemployment in Nigeria, is a time bomb waiting to explode if effective interventions are not put in place to curb its unsavoury impact. In this interview with Blessing Bature, president general, UNESCO Read and Earn Federation, Prince Abdulsalami Ladigbolu, reveals how this can be tackled. Can you tell us some of the programmes you are []The post Informal Youth Devt Programmes Key To Reducing Unemployment appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Cross River: Once Peaceful, Now A War Torn Zone
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPAgainst the backdrop of civil strife occasioned by small portion of land, which results in communal clashes in 13 communities in Cross River State, leading to 13,000 being displaced, 617 houses burnt with 27 deaths recorded. Richard Ndoma writes. If there is anything on earth that impedes the progress of men and retards the development []The post Cross River: Once Peaceful, Now A War Torn Zone appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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Careful Driving: Panacea To Eliminating Road Accidents
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
LEADERSHIPThe high incidences of road accidents continue to cause alarming losses of lives and properties (particularly vehicular losses) in Nigerian roads. While several causes have been blamed for the high rate of accidents, there is no doubt that careful driving would be a great way to curbing this menace. JOY YESUFU writes on this. The []The post Careful Driving: Panacea To Eliminating Road Accidents appeared first on Leadership Newspaper.
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