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

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2019 polls: Police, civil defence demand N317m to feed dogs, horses
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will need N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be deployed in states for the 2019 elections.

The Nigeria Police Force will also require N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the elections which will take place between February 16 and March 2, 2019.

The information is contained in the 2018 virement proposal sent to the National Assembly for the 2019 general election by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The total police budget for the elections stands at N30.5bn; the Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2bn; the Department of State Services, N12.2bn; NSCDC, N3.5bn and the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6bn.

Buhari, in a letter he wrote to the National Assembly on Tuesday, requested a total virement of N228.8bn, largely allocated to new projects “inserted” in the 2018 by the National Assembly to offset part of the proposed cost of funding the 2019 general elections.

The balance of N242bn needed to fund the 2019 elections will be captured in next year’s budget.

According to the details of the 2018 virement request the President submitted to the National Assembly, the NSCDC needs N1.2bn this year to prepare for the elections.

The virement request reads, “Medical and general expenses for dogs, N143,782,000; feeding of dogs: N166,315,000.

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“Hiring of speedboats: N499,500,000; welfare packages (contingency of N7,000 per state and FCT) N259m; accommodation allowances for monitors: N185,000,000.”
According to the virement document, police election budget this year stands at N679m, with N7.7m earmarked for feeding of horses and N100m for printing of non-security materials.

The police also asked for N87.5m for the maintenance of aircraft and N407m for maintenance of the vehicles to be used for election monitoring.

The budget states in part, “Feeding of 50 horses: N7, 719, 454; maintenance of existing vehicles for 2019 elections for the period of 20 days: N407, 400, 000.”

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Buhari, Osinbajo, Saraki, governors meet inside Aso Rock
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, met behind closed doors inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Some state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress also joined the meeting held inside the President’s office.

The governors included Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari; Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, also attended.

The agenda of the meeting was not made public.

Saraki declined to comment when State House correspondents approached him after the meeting that lasted about 30 minutes.

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The Presidency has yet to issue a press statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

Fayemi, however, gave an indication that those who attended the meeting were in the Presidential Villa to rejoice with the President on the party’s victory in the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election.

The elated governor-elect boasted that the ruling party would repeat the Ekiti feat in Osun State.

The governorship election in Osun State will hold in September.

A source at the Presidential Villa who was privy to the discussions at the meeting informed one of our correspondents that Buhari expressed his readiness to meet with the aggrieved APC leaders as part of the reconciliatory efforts to prevent the imminent exodus of members from the party.

The source disclosed that several governors and leaders of the party had been meeting with Saraki since Monday.

“On Wednesday night, close to midnight, some APC governors met with Saraki at his Abuja home. The governors included Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State. Meanwhile, (the National Chairman of the APC, Adams) Oshiomhole was at his home on Monday. The governors who met with him on Wednesday night listened to his grievances and were shocked with the revelations, forcing them to go to the President to brief him on their findings. They urged him that very urgently and importantly, he needed to meet Saraki. That was why today’s (Thursday) meeting was called.”

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Rowdy session as South-East senators knock Buhari for lopsided appointments
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Plenary at the Senate on Thursday was rowdy for about 30 minutes when some members protested against alleged lopsidedness in the appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senators, who are from the South-East geopolitical zone, pointed out that the recent appointments made by Buhari and for which he had sought Senate’s confirmation did not reflect the Federal Character principle.

The protests began after President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read a letter from Buhari seeking legislative confirmation of appointments into the board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.

The letter read, “In accordance with Section 2 of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Amended Act 2007, I forward herewith the nomination of a chairman, a managing director and six representatives from each of the six geopolitical zones as members of the governing board for Federal Roads Maintenance Agency for confirmation by the Senate.”

The President appointed a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tunde Lemo, as Chairman; and Mr Nurudeen Abdulrahman Rafindadi as Managing Director of FERMA.

Buhari also appointed a new managing director and six executive directors on the board of FERMA. They are Buba Silas Abdullahi, Babagana Mohammed Aji, Shehu Usman Abdullahi, Loretta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu, Mujaidu Stanley Dako and Vincent Oladapo Kolawale.

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The President had written to the Senate to confirm the appointment of a former Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Dr Muiz Banire, as Chairman of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria.

The Senate had also on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of a former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, as Chairman of the Police Service Commission. Smith was confirmed together with two full-time commissioners and four members of the commission.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, however, raised a point of order to protest against non-compliance by the President with his appointment of heads of Federal Government department, agencies and parastatals.

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Ill examine what transpired under Fayose, Fayemi declares
Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, said he would probe what transpired in the last four years in the state under the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose.

He said it was in the interest of good governance for him to investigate how much accrued to the state and why salaries were not paid.

Fayemi said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after he met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development seized the opportunity of the meeting to present his certificate of return issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission to the President.

Although he said he would look into the state’s books, Fayemi also said it was not all about probing Fayose or his deputy.

He said the idea was to ensure that mistakes of the past were not repeated.

He said, “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. So, we will also involve in looking at what transpired in the last four years.”

Fayemi said he was already busy with activities related to the transition period in the state.

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Buhari names new heads for mining institute, two others
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of three Directors-General/Chief Executive Officers of three agencies under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. Their appointments were contained in a statement made available to journalists by Olusegun Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of []
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Ortom makes a U-turn, says I am still in APC
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
John Alechenu, John Charles and Umar Muhammed The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has recanted his earlier declaration suggesting that he has left the All Progressives Congress. He said he was still a member of the APC and was impressed with the intervention of the national leadership of the party. The governor said that []
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NIS tells foreigners not to meddle in politics
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Badandede, has told foreigners living in the country not to meddle in the forthcoming elections. He said this on Thursday during a summit organised by the Lagos State Command of the service with the title, Collaborative Strategy at Ensuring that Migrants Live Peacefully in []
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FG to engage 300,000 new N-Power beneficiaries
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to engage additional 300,000 beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp from August 1. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a press statement on Thursday. Akande explained that with 200,000 existing beneficiaries, []
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National carrier needs $300m initial capital ‘ FG
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Akinpelu Dada with agency reports The new national airline, Nigeria Air, will require initial capital of between $150m and $300m, and the Federal Government is seeking a strategic partner to operate the carrier, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday said the government []
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Reps ask NCAA to test pilots for alcohol, drugs
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Thursday warned pilots and crew members against flying under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances capable of altering their moods. The House specifically directed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to conduct regular pre-flight tests on pilots to be sure that they are not under any []
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Dapchi girls: Group wants security chief probed for diverting 3m ransom
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oladimeiji Ramon An anti-corruption group, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance, says it wants a certain Nigerian security chief, using the pseudonym, Auwalu Kallamu, probed for allegedly diverting 3m out of the money released to be paid as ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls. According to the group, []
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Gridlock: Dont close Third Mainland Bridge, LASG counsels FG
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday urged the Federal Government to postpone its planned closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in the state, adding that the move would compound the unusual gridlock caused by activities of tanker drivers in Apapa. The state government, which lamented the congestion created by trucks and articulated vehicles []
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Veto Buhari on budget timeframe bill, group urges NASS
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Centre for Social Justice has called on the National Assembly to exercise its powers by recalling the bill on the amendment of Sections 81 and 121 of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulate the timeframe for annual budgets. The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, said this during a chat []
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LASG insists on zero tolerance for begging
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Government says its policy of zero tolerance for begging in the state is still in force, adding the spate of street begging is worrisome. The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, said this on Thursday at a meeting with stakeholders on curbing the menace of street begging in []
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2019: Segun Odegbami declares Ogun gov bid
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ex-international, Chief Segun Odegbami, says education and health will get more attention if he is elected as the governor of Ogun State in 2019. He said this on Wednesday while declaring his intention to vie for governorship in Ogun on the platform of the Labour Party. Odegbami, while declaring at the party []
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Unpaid tax: ‘NDDC premises’ picketing not political
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service has said that the picketing of the head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission was not political, but an effort towards ensuring that the agency pays its withholding tax. This is just as a group known as Community Watch of Nigeria condemned the sealing []
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Atiku will defeat Buhari in 2019 ‘Adamawa PDP
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oladimeji Ramon and Hindi Livinus The Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tahir Shehu, has said if given the party’s mandate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will send President Muhammadu Buhari packing from Aso Rock next year. According to Shehu, Atiku remains the only candidate with the requisite resources to confront []
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Six European countries deport 29 Nigerians
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Six European countries on Thursday deported 29 Nigerians from their nations. The all-male deportees were sent home from Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Lithuania. The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development. According to him, they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about []
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Ondo police arrest car snatcher after stealing 32 vehicles
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Police Command says it has arrested one Olayemi Adeoye, who allegedly specialised in stealing vehicles, particularly Honda brand. The state police said the suspect had stolen no fewer than 32 vehicles, adding that the operatives of the command had arrested him many times but he managed to get freedom. []
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Internships and money matters
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe What are your teens and young adults doing this long holiday’ Of course after a gruelling academic year, there is a need to unwind, rest and rejuvenate, but they don’t need to spend close to three months and more holidaying. The long holidays should be more than just a vacation; it is a []
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NEC asks govs to take action on 2,359 condemned inmates
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The National Economic Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday raised concerns over prison congestion nationwide and asked state governors to take action on 2,359 condemned inmates in prisons across the country. The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting []
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Albino rats get their moment
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Arinze Onebunne Job opportunities Nigeria job seekers can succeed in overcoming the challenges of poverty and unemployment through micro, small and medium-scale rat breeding. First, we must empower our people with the right resources and skills, and then they’ll be able to create a brighter future for themselves and for the country. There are few []
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R-APC Reps shift mass defection to next week
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
John Ameh, Abuja A planned defection of the members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives earlier scheduled for Thursday (yesterday), was shifted to next week, The PUNCH has learnt. This came as the All Progressives Congress caucus convened an emergency meeting on Thursday, reportedly to drum support for President Muhammadu []
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Policeman jailed for receiving bribe from robbery suspect
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A dismissed policeman, Akanmu Kabiru, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Oyo State High Court for receiving bribe from an armed robbery suspect, Badmus Akojode. The court also convicted two other policemen in absentia. The convicted policemen Tajudeen Olalere and Omotosho Lawrence have been on the run []
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Bloodshed must stop in Nigeria Sultan, CAN, Ooni, others
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have said bloodletting across Nigeria must stop for development to take place. The three leaders spoke at the National Stakeholders Summit on the 2019 Election Integrity []
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APC plotting to oust seven PDP govs through rigging ‘Ishaku
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
John Alechenu and Justin Tyopuusu Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Thursday raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress to rig the 2019 elections so as to oust him and six other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party. Ishaku raised the alarm at the Exco Chamber of the state Government House []
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Major fish importers embark on backward integration
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Anna Okon Major fish importers in the country have heeded the Federal Government’s directive to engage in backward integration of fishing through commercial aquaculture and production of fish for export, the Deputy Director of Fisheries, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Pwaspo Emmanuel, has said. He spoke on Thursday on behalf of the []
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Syndicate sedates motorists, snatches truck
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The police in Katsina are currently interrogating two members of a syndicate of alleged vehicle snatchers. The suspects allegedly added sedatives to the drinks of their victims before snatching their trucks. The suspects, Murtala Yahaya of Maigandi village, Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State; and Adekunle Adegbola of Kaduna Road Junction, []
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Ekiti APC elders, Afenifere task Fayemi on devt
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State All Progressives Congress Elders Forum and a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, have urged the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to use his second coming to better the lot of Ekiti people. The elders congratulated Fayemi and the deputy governor-elect, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, on their victory at the July 14 []
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2019: PDP’s presidential candidate may emerge September 30
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate for the 2019 general election may emerge on September 30, The PUNCH learnt on Thursday. A preliminary timetable for the party’s primaries, which was prepared by the national leadership of the former ruling party, also showed that the governorship candidates might emerge on September 21. The []
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Cement’ll play key role in infrastructural development ‘ Osinbajo
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Anna Okon Cement has been positioned to aid Nigeria’s infrastructural development in a very significant way. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo hinted at this fact while speaking during the inauguration of $350m BUA Cement and coal powered plants in Sokoto State on Tuesday. Osinbajo expressed confidence that better roads would be built using cement. Already major road []
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Ekiti and danger signals for 2019 election
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Ayo Olukotun Party agents had huge cash and were close to voting points. Security agents were indifferent to cash inducement of voters. The whole process falls short of the compliance with international best standards. A coalition of 50 domestic organisations and international observer bodies, The PUNCH, July 18, 2018. Ekiti, one of the nations poorest []
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Afe Babalola pays tributes to ex-CJN Katsina Alu
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Founder and Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has described the late former Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu, as a man of unquestionable integrity, character, industry and dignity. This was contained in a tribute he wrote in honour of the ex-CJN, who died on Wednesday at []
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Vote-buying bad for Nigeria’s democracy ‘PFN
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The newly-inaugurated Ogun State Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Apostle David Otaru, says buying of votes by politicians portends a great danger to the nation’s nascent democracy, given the alleged scenario which played out during the Ekiti governorship election which held last Saturday. He spoke on Thursday on the sidelines []
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Nasarawa police engage vigilantes to arrest cop killers
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The police in Nasarawa State have engaged the services of vigilance groups to apprehend the bandits who allegedly killed a police officer in the Wamba Local Government Area of the state. The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, Samaila Usman, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with the Northern []
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In Nigeria, Ramaphosa is South Africas best brand ever
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Tunji Ajibade South Africans and their government are smart. They have a product that sells well and they pointedly market it for the visibility across nations. Nelson Mandela. His people have his revered image going for them. Last week, South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandelas centenary birthday even in Lagos, Nigeria. Their Consul-General was at the []
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FG, states can no longer provide quality education
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Chux Ohai The Principal of Pacific Comprehensive College, Shasha, Lagos, Mr. Andrew Mekwunye, has warned that government at all levels in Nigeria is no longer in a position to provide quality education for the nations children. Speaking during the valedictory service for the 2017/2018 set of graduating pupils of the school, held at the college []
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Harmonise taxes, fix bad roads, manufacturers tell Amosun
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State branch on Thursday listed bad roads, multiple taxes and levies and dearth of other facilities as some of the major things adversely affecting the smooth operation of business of member companies in the state. They made this known during their 33rd Annual General Meeting held in []
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We’ve power to set elections’ sequence, National Assembly tells Appeal Court
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Assembly on Thursday revisited the controversial bill which seeks to provide for the order in which the general elections must be conducted by insisting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja that it had the power to alter the sequence of the polls. The legislative arm of government represented by []
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Two killed as police, youths clash in Akwa Ibom
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Two persons, David Okon, from Ikot Asen and Victor Etim, from Ikot Ekpene in the Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, were on Saturday shot and killed when a group of youths and the police engaged in a shootout. Three vehicles, a Nissan SUV, Honda, and a Toyota Camry []
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Debt management tips that can help you
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Your credit and debt are directly related to each other. The amount of debt that you have affects your credit score, and the way you handle your debt and make payments affects your credit score. You need to understand that your credit history and credit score are two different things. When you think about credit []
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True friends hard to find
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Fola Ojo Helen Adams Keller was only 19 months old when she contracted the Meningitis disease, an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. She was rendered deaf and blind. With her physical disability, Keller had few friends. But the young woman went on to become the first deaf-blind person to ever []
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NTI trains 218 teachers on classroom management
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The National Teachers Institute, Kaduna State, has trained 218 teachers drawn from the 36 states on classroom management, digital literacy skills and modern teaching techniques. The NTI held the training for the teachers in the six geo-political zones, with centres in Abuja, Ondo State, Bauchi State, Edo State, Enugu State and Kano []
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AfCFTA: Study shows Nigeria may be major loser
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Anna Okon A professor of Economics at the University of Ibadan and the Chairman, Centre for Trade and Development Initiatives, Bodija, Ibadan, Ademola Oyejide, has conducted a study on an analytical comparison between two major countries in Africa yet to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement Nigeria and South Africa and []
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Vote cashualisation and the commodification of tomorrow
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Oludayo Tade The July 14 governorship election conducted in Ekiti State which produced Dr John Kayode Fayemi as the Governor-elect has affirmed the precarious state of affairs in Nigeria. The behavioural manifestations of political actors connected to the election indicated that the policies of both the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have []
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We may not participate in 2019 elections ‘ PDP
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has threatened that it may not participate in the 2019 general elections unless it gets the assurance that what happened in Ekiti State governorship election would not be repeated. The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he granted audience to []
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Enugu police arrest robbery suspect in pharmacy
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Enugu Police Command on Thursday arrested a robbery suspect, who allegedly attacked a pharmacy in Enugu metropolis. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the spokesman for the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Central Police Station, Enugu. Amaraizu, who gave the name of the suspect as []
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Pupils are most vulnerable to human trafficking NAPTIP
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has identified secondary school pupils as the most vulnerable to the activities of human traffickers. The Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Osogbo Zonal Command, Mr. Ganiyu Aganran, said this at Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Osun State, while addressing pupils from secondary []
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I wont box again if I had Povetkins doping issues Joshua
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Anthony Joshua believes he would be forced to quit boxing if the heavyweight champion ever endured the kind of doping scandals that have engulfed Alexander Povetkin Povetkins presence as the mandatory opponent for British star Joshua at Wembley on September 22 has infuriated fans, who feel he shouldnt be allowed back on the big stage []
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