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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 AUGUST, 2018].

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New police operations guidelines coming soon
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

A major step towards decentralising the police was taken yesterday.

The National Economic Council (NEC) set up a committee, which will work out the modalities for the implementation of the policy.

The popular thinking is that decentralising the police will bring down the rising crime rate by improving efficiency.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno broke the news at the end of the NEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

With him were Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru and Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abuonu.

Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris will head the committee, with representatives from the six geopolitical zones.

Monguno pointed out that Nigeria is facing abnormal security challenges, which he said cannot be tackled within a short a time.

While waiting for the constitution amendment, the Federal Government and governors resolved to explore how the police operations could be decentralised for effective delivery and to improve the level of policing and security in the country.

In the NEC committee are Zamfara State Governor AndulAziz Yari, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umagi, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as members.

Monguno said that the improvement in the security situation has nothing to do with the forthcoming general elections.

Said the NSA: “I briefed on behalf of the security agencies both operational and intelligence. I gave a general overview of the security situation in the country, the current situation and the trends and also the challenges that we are confronted with.

“These threats are increasingly asymmetric in nature and I stressed the need to deal with these problems in a more collective manner.

“It is true that it is the responsibility of the security agencies to deal with these threats, but the complexities of insecurity in the 21st Century are such that you need a whole of government and a whole of society approach in dealing with there issues.”

“I emphasised to the Council the need for the state to collaborate with and support the Federal Government in dealing with each individual threats, and these threats differ from one zone to another, and find a way of linking with security agencies so that we can find a lasting solution,” he said

To the NSA, the problems cannot be overcome “within a short period”. “That is the hard truth. What we have decided to do is to work on certain methods,” he said, adding:

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Offa robbery probe: Saraki not exonerated, say AGF, IG
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

Senate President Bukola Saraki has not been cleared of his alleged complicity in the Offa robbery, it was learnt yesterday.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) said there was nowhere Saraki was cleared in the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) rendered on the interim report of investigation submitted for the DPP’s advice by the police, as being claimed.

They stated that instead, the DPP, having analysed the interim report of investigation by the police, suggested areas of further investigation as regard claims by some of those being held over the crime, particularly as it relates to the source of the weapons used and where the operation was plotted.

The AGF, the IGP and the NPF noted that pursuant to the advice by the DPP, further investigation has been conducted, following which a more detailed investigation report has since been submitted to the DPP for his further opinion.

They said it was premature for anyone to claim that Saraki had been exonerated as “investigation is still ongoing on the case”. They denied the claim that the decision to question Saraki over the case was political and intended to blackmail him and dent his reputation.

They said the information linking Saraki to the case was provided by some individuals arrested in relation to the case, who claim to be political thugs to the Senate President.

The AGF, the NPF and the IGP spoke in their separate counter affidavits filed in response to a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by some 10 individuals, who claimed to be acting for the Senate President. The suit is pending before Justice M. A. Nasir of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja.

The applicants – Anthony Onukaogu, Lawrence Umudu, Bamidele Ojo, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, Ogechi Duruaku, Veronica Onoja, Chidiebere Achebe, Chika Onyiorah, Chigozie Eburuo and Patrick Uzim – claimed in the suit, that the decision by the police to question Saraki in relation to the robbery was instigated by his political enemies; intended to blackmail him and dent the Senate President’s reputation.

Besides filing separate counter-affidavits, the respondents – AGF, NPF and the IGP – also filed motions and notices of objection, challenging the applicants’ locus standi, the court’s jurisdiction and the propriety of court’s interim order of injunction, made on August 8 by Justice Nasir, restraining the respondents from further inviting Saraki in relation to investigation on the robbery case.

On Thursday, Tijani Ganzali (for the AGF), O. M. Atoyebi (for the NPF) and S. Jibrin (for the IGP) informed the court about the various processes they filed on behalf of their clients, which they were yet to serve on the applicants.

The applicants’ lawyer, E. C. Nweke, prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable him respond to the respondents’ processes, which he said were to be served on him in court on Thursday. Justice Nasir, upon agreement by parties, adjourned the matter till September 3 for hearing.

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CBN orders banks to give loans to agric, manufacturers at 9%
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be refunding Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) to banks that fund projects in agriculture and manufacturing sectors, its Director of Banking Supervision, Abdullahi Ahmad, has said.Speaking yesterday at the end of the Bankers Committee meeting in Lagos, Ahmad said the outlook for the economy in 2018 is much better than 2017. The CRR is a portion of banks deposits kept with the CBN.He said the CBN has been very supportive to banks adding that banks should be able to l
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Protest at police Hqtrs over reporter
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Protesters yesterday marched on the Louis Edet House Force Headquarters, Abuja to demand the release of Premium Times Security Sector reporter Samuel Ogundipe.He was nabbed by the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Tuesday.The arrest followed Ogundipes refusal to disclose the source of a story published in the online newspaper.The story contained a report by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on the siege to the National Assembly by the State Sec
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Ayefele sues Oyo govt over demolition
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Court orders service of processes on Oyo govtProtesters storm Fresh FM buildingPopular musician and Chief Executive Officer of a private radio station, Fresh FM 109.5 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Yinka Ayefela, has sued the state government for its planned demolition of his Music House, the building housing the radio station.The building is located on the Lagos-Ibadan by-pass in Challenge area of Ibadan.The government marked the building for demolition for allegedly contravening the states
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Vote buying: INEC to re-administer polling units
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
New parties get certificates The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will re-administer its polling units to prevent vote buying, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said yesterday.He spoke during the presentation of Certificates of Registration to the 23 newly registered political parties at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.Yakubu said the new polling unit structure would make it difficult for voters to display their ballot papers after marking them.The commission is deeply worried ab
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Governors, deputies: Torn apart by defection
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Group Political Editor Emmanuel Oladesu examines how defections have always led to the parting of ways between governors and their deputies. He points the way out of the logjam.POLITICS of defection has often created a gulf between govenors and their deputies across dispensations. In some states, the parting of ways were managed with maturity and tolerance. In others governors simply turned the heat on their deputies to either whip into line or force their exit through removals by the legislatur
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JAMB welcomes application for CBT centres in Katsina
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will welcome applications from qualified business centres in Katsina State willing to establish Computer Based Test (CBT) centres that could be used for the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).State Coordinator Isyaku Mohammed Kankia, in an interview, said the present number of seven CBT centres is inadequate and cannot cater for the over 25,000 applicants expected to write the exams each year.He said:
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NIM urges leaders to evolve with change
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) has leaders to be more creative, innovative and pioneering, in order to succeed in modern market. They were also advised to evolve with change in the environment lest their businesses die out.A fellow of the institute, Comodore Abimbola Ayuba, gave the advice at the 2018 Awards and Fellows Day Luncheon of the Nigerian Institute of Management, held at the City Hall, Lagos yesterday.In his lecture titled: Leadership and the changing paradigms: Confronting
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Police: why were investigating reporter
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Nigeria Police yesterday shed more light on why it was investigating the Premium Times Security Sector reporter, Samuel Ogundipe.It said Ogundipe was being investigated and prosecuted for theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents.The police said the reporters actions were detrimental to state/national security.The Force said what Ogundipe did could jeopardise peace and lead to a breakdown of law and order, capable of causing crisis.It said he was being prosecuted u
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Sowores party gets INEC nod
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
A new political party, the African Action Congress (ACC), has been registered by the electoral commission.Its director, Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi, said in a statement: Our movements political platform was announced as one of the newly registered political parties by INEC.He added: With our own dedicated party platform, we are now able to match up a pace setting movement with a transformative political platform.We call on progressives and youth everywhere to embrace the AAC. Our party is the authentic p
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ACPN denies merging with NEPP
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has said that it has not merged with the National Element Progressive Party (NEPP) or any political party. It also disputed reports about factionalisation.The National Chairman Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, said media reports credited to a former member of the party in Ondo State, Chief Adetuwo Ogunjumelo, that the party had merged with another party should be disregarded. He said the originator of the story has been dismissed from the party in 2016.In a sta
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Why Ondo commissioners, advisers are frugal
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Former Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Health, Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye has explained why government aides are not funded from the treasury.He said commissioners and special advisers now make use of civil servants instead of political appointees, adding that the proactive measure is boosting the Ondo State profile.He explained that backlog of salaries, gratuities of pensioners have been settled through the system.
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Ibb: Lamido will be good candidate
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Alhaji Sule Lamido has visited former President General Ibrahim Babangida.It was part of his consultative meeting with former leaders, stakeholders, party officials and elders on his ambition in 2019. The meeting was held at the Minna Hilltop residence of the former President in Minna, capital of Niger State.In a statement Lamidos media aide, Mansur Ahmed said: The meeting, with former President discussed extensity about the Presidential ambit
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Why Southwest is backing Buhari
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) (Southwest), Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, told reporters in Lagos that the region will support President Muhammadu Buharis re-election bid to enable him consolidate on his achievements in the past three and half years. He also spoke on reconciliation in the zone, preparations for the September 22 governorship poll in Osun State, defections from the ruling party and preparations for next years polls. Group Political Editor EMMNUEL OLADESU repo
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Banjo: Why I want to succeed Gbajabiamila
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Former National Chairman of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Aderemi Banjo, has declared his intention to represent Surulere Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives.History has offered us another opportunity to redefine our future in a direction that would strengthen the bond of unity, empower the people and develop the constituency. My mission is to offer service, he said.Banjo, who is eyeing the Surulere Constituency 1 seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), c
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Released Dapchi Girls: UN reports claims government paid huge ransom
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
A report by the United Nations (UN) has claimed that the federal government paid huge ransom for the release of Dapchi school girls kidnapped in February.Titled Letter dated 16 July 2018 from the Chair of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Daesh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities addressed to the President of the Security Council, was obtained from t
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How to stop SARS brutality, by Falana
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, has suggested ways to curb the excesses of police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).Falana warned that the ongoing re-organisation of the SARS will fail unless citizens are mobilized and empowered by the government, the Nigerian Bar Association and human rights community to enforce their rights.He recommended the prosecution of indicted SARS operatives, amendment of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, greater use of the Administration of Criminal Ju
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Nickelodeons superstar characters to visit Nigeria again
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Nickelodeons superstar characters the worlds most popular, irreverent sea sponge,SpongeBob Square Pants; Adventure Bays intrepid pups,Skye, Rubble Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol: the feisty and funDora the Explorer have been scheduled for a new fun show in Nigeria.It has been confirmed that theDoras animal rescuer cousin,Diegoand her best pal,Boots.Shimmer and Shine,the two genies who can solve any problem will also be live on stage in Lagos for the 2018 edition of Nickelodeon NickFest in p
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Nigeria, Korea seal economic development deal
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Nigeria and Korea Republic are committed to working together to achieve sustainable economic development in Nigeria, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed has said.She spoke in Abuja during the signing of the Framework Agreement for Grant Aid Projects between the Federal Government and the Republic of Korea.Mrs. Ahmed signed on behalf of the Nigeria while the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Maj General In-Tac-Lee (rtd) signed for the Korean government.The minister
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Biovaccines appoints Azoji COO
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The board of directors of Biovaccines Nigeria Limited (BVNL) has appointed Mr Matthew Azoji as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the company. Azoji will lead the executive team and will be responsible for the day to day running of the company. The appointment takes effect September 1, 2018Biovaccines Nigeria is a joint venture between the Federal Government of Nigeria and May & Baker Nigeria Plc. Incorporated in 2005 as the Special Purpose Vehicle to revive vaccines produ
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NNPC to list 40% of shares on NSE
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has said 40 per cent of the shares of the Corporation would be floated on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) when the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) gets Presidential Assent.Baru spoke yesterday in Lagos at the 2018 annual conference of the Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria (NAEC). In his keynote address titled: PIGB: Emerging Issues and Concerns, he highlighted the key thrusts
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States owing Fed Govt N41b VAT revenue
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday said states were owing the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) N41 billion in value-added tax (VAT).The Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, told reporters after NEC meeting, which was presided over by Acting President Yemi Osibajo.He said the council was hopeful that the indebted states would pay up, adding that there was an improvement in tax remission from states in comparison with that of last year.We had a briefing from the chairman of t
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Wema Bank unveils hospital management solution system
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Wema Bank Plc has launched a comprehensive Hospital Management Solution System. The solution was designed to enhance day-to-day operations of hospitals in Nigeria by digitizing core administrative processes and patient data management in medical centres.The Hospital Management Solution System is a one stop-shop single technology platform that enables patients make payment (cash or card) at various cash points. It improves the daily operations of hospitals and medical centres by providing a simpl
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Stanbic IBTC declares N10.1b first half dividend
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Net profit rises by 79%The board of directors of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc has recommended 66.7 per cent increase in interim dividend payout as the financial services holding company grew net profit by 79 per cent to N43.08 billion in the first half of 2018.The board of directors yesterday indicated that shareholders will receive N10.11 billion as interim dividend for the first half of 2018, representing interim dividend per share of N1 as against 60 kobo paid for the corresponding period of 201
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Load rejection led to dip in power supply
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the drop in power generation could have been triggered by continuous rejection of load by electricity distribution companies (DisCos).Its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, explained in a statement.Ughamadu said power generation dropped by 712megawatts (Mw) on August 13, adding that output from all the hydropower plants and some gas-fired stations, including Egbin in Lagos, suffered decline.The prevailing si
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CBN plans CRR refund to banks financing agric, manufacturing
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be refunding Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) to banks that fund projects in agriculture and manufacturing sectors, its Director of Banking Supervision, Abdullahi Ahmad has said.Speaking yesterday at the end of Bankers Committee meeting in Lagos, he said the outlook for the economy in 2018 is much better than 2017. The CRR is a portion of banks deposits kept with the CBN.He said the CBN has been very supportive to banks adding that banks should be able to lend to c
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Experts seek end to EU ban on Nigerian produce
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Founding President, Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, Prof. Dele Fapohunda, has urged the Federal Government to address the ban placed on some Nigerian produce by the European Union (EU).The EU in June, 2015 suspended Nigerian food items like beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, Dry fish, meat, and peanut chips, among others, from entering Europe till June 2016. However, the ban has been further extended to June 2019 following the countrys inability to meet the prescribed food safety standards by
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Harvest Plus trains 1.2m casava famers
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Harvest Plus Nigeria, an international agricultural agency, has trained more than 1.2 million farmers in parts of the country in Vitamin A cassava production.Youths and women were also trained on how to turn cassava by-products into confectioneries and food.He said the training provided recipes for producing varietries of Vitamin A-fortified cassava by-products, such as Combobits, Casmoi, and Casarita, Vitamin A Gari, Fufu, Custard and CaschinHe said the essence of the training was to tackle mal
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