NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 AUGUST, 2018].

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Buhari orders security chiefs to step up anti-terror battle
Tue, 21 Aug 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the security agencies to step up their battle to secure the country.

He gave the directive during the Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting was held amid reports of security threats ahead of today’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

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Many states are taking steps to guarantee a hitch-free celebration.

The Kwara State Police raised the alarm of a security threat, accusing politicians of planning to disrupt the peace. They claimed to have intercepted a vehicle-load of knives.

The government of Yobe State announced a restriction of vehicles movement from 10pm last night till 10am today.

In Adamawa, the government banned the homage to traditional rulers usually made during celebrations.

Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali said the security situation in the Northeast “is worrisome”.

He explained: “We have looked into it critically and we have taken absolute decision.”

Apart from the minister, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gabriel Olonisakin attended the meeting alongside National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff Abubakar Sadique were also at the meeting.

There were also National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ahmed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and Department for State Services Acting Director-General Matthew Seiyefa.

Gen Olonisakin.told reporters that the security chiefs briefed the President on the security situation, adding:

“We just had two and half hours meeting with the President and Commander-in-Chief. We reviewed the security situation across the country in all the geopolitical zones and, of course, we made all our comments, especially the new operations in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba Operation WISE Stroke, and Operation (Saradaji).

“We gave the extent of successes in these operations and we are to continue in this line of action in these operations.

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Demolition: Notice landed me in hospital for five days Ayefele
Tue, 21 Aug 2018

Contrary to insinuations that he dared the government by not responding to correspondents that eventually led to the partial demolition of Music House which houses his radio station, Fresh FM, popular gospel musician Yinka Ayefele, on Monday evening said he was hospitalised for five days when he received the notice from Oyo State Government to demolition his N800million worth building.

He said he was on hospital bed from Tuesday August 14, till Saturday August 18.

Speaking during a press conference at the hall located inside the partly demolished building, the gospel artiste disclosed that his wife was at the resident of the Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi, from around 11p.m on Saturday August 18, till round 4a.m Sunday August 19, pleading with the governor on her knees, not to allow the supposed demolition take effect.

He said, he couldn’t go on the mission with his wife as he was at the time recovering on his hospital bed.

Addressing the press conference, Ayefele in company of top officials of the organisation said: “Immediately, I got this demolition notice last week Monday, August 13, 2018, I started making moves on how we can overcome it. All I can see is the demolition taking place, after we have gone to court.

“They were served with the court processes on Thursday and the case was fixed for Monday August 20, which is today. But before today, we saw that they have carried out what they said they were coming to do.

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Masais Giants of Africa celebrates 15th anniversary in Lagos
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Giants of Africa basketball camp run by the Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri will do the tip off in Lagos on Tuesday. The venue this time is the Sports Hall of the National Stadium and running through August 25. The specialist development programme for teenagers is unique this year as it is the 15thanniversary celebration.Ujiri and his crew arrived in Lagos straight from Nairobi, Kenya where the programme rounded off on Sunday.Just before the 2018 programme began in Kigali, Rwanda Masai sai
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Watch it, EFCC!
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Need for caution so as not to be accused of partisanshipThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must watch its actions, especially with the 2019 general elections drawing near, so as not to be accused of acting a political script against perceived opponents of the party in control of the Federal Government. We offer this advice against the brouhaha that greeted the purported freezing of the accounts of Benue State government. It is even more intriguing that while a section of the med
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Due process followed in Music House partial demolition, Oyo govt insists
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Oyo State government yesterday insisted that it followed due process in the partial demolition of Music House, the building housing popular musician Yinka Ayefeles Fresh FM in Ibadan, the state capital.The government said no court order restrained it from carrying out its statutory role in public interest.It said the Music House building contravened the planning laws of the state, adding that the radio stations management was duly informed about this through several correspondences.The gover
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Decision to leave APC imposed by forces within APC, says Saraki
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday denied that he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) because he wanted an automatic ticket and other pecuniary benefits.Saraki, in a statement he personally signed, claimed that his decision to defect from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was imposed on him by certain elements and forces within the APC.He said that the forces ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exis
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A genius indeed
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Galadima, superlative Borno student gets deserved rewardIn an era in which sports and entertainment receive far greater recognition and reward than educational achievement, the award of N5 million to Israel Zakari Galadima for scoring the highest marks in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is indeed heartwarming.The award was from Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, the state Galadima hails from. Most of the money is expected to pay for tuition in a private universit
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Tambuwal: I have what it takes to challenge Buhari
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal yesterday said he has what it takes to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform if he wanted.Tambuwal, reacting to a statement that he defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he feared it will be a tall dream for him to get an automatic ticket, insisted that he could have challenged President Buhari under the APC if that was what he wanted.He noted that if he did, only the votes of
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Kaduna 2019: What is Sani-Sidi up to
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
In this piece, Abubakar Danladi examines the preparations for next years governorship election in Kaduna State and the chance of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant, Mohammad Sani-Sidi, at the primary.As the race to Kaduna State Government House gathers momentum, the former Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi, has thrown his hat in the ring. The people of Kaduna deserve a quintessential public administrator as Sidi. He is a disaster managemen
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Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, others urge Nigerians on peaceful co-existence
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
As Sallah is being celebrated today, President Muhammadu Buhari leads others in preaching peace, love and tolerance to Muslim faithful, report Ozeigbe Okoeki, Odunayo Ogunmola, Okungbowa Aiwere, Damisi Ojo, Kolade Adeyemi and Chris Oji.Ambode, Aregbesola, Dakwambo, others preach peacePresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests in the country.He urged them to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.This
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Southsouth backs Ambode for second term
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
THE Chairman of the Southsouth Peoples United Forum, Kosofe Council, Lagos Mr. Dennis Joseph, has commended the state government for its developmental drive.He urged Lagosians and other non- indigenes to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the second term ambition. He said that the Southsouth would mobilise its people to ensure victory for the governor.Joseph said Southsouth residents in Lagos are preparing for 2019 election, noting Lagosians, irrespective of background benefitted from the Amb
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A CBN mans strange death
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
A PAIR of black slippers, a wrist watch, a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) identity card number 14749, an ATM card and a CBN business card. These are all that are left to identify a man whose family members reported missing.Also displayed yesterday in Abuja were his belt and pieces of the last shirt he wore.The grim truth is that Mr. Michael Iorkohol is dead, allegedly killed by two suspects Alfred Leonard and Samson Agbo who were paraded by the police yesterday.The late Iorkohols business card
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EFCC denies investigating Benue Govt.
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Says probe informed by citizens complaintsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied investigating the accounts, appropriation and administration of funds of the government of Benue State. It faulted insinuations that it was working to cripple the government.The commission said it was only investigating some officials of the state government, against whom some citizens made allegations of diversion of public funds, money laundering and related offences.The EFCC said its activ
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Hajj: Two million Muslims converge on Mount Arafat
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
NO fewer than 55,000 Nigerians were among the over two million pilgrims who converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia yesterday to mark the climax of this years pilgrimage.This is as millions of Muslim faithful across the globe celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir today.The Mount Arafat event features pilgrims supplication for Allahs guidance and forgiveness.It also involves staying at Arafat from sunrise until sunset as a major rite of the pilgrimage.The News Agencyu of Nigeria (NAN) reports stated that
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Eld-el -Kabir: Makarfi Urges Muslim Ummah to Show Love
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Former Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has urged the Muslim Ummah in the country to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity and show love towards fellow citizens as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival.According to Makarfi, the best way for the Muslim Ummah to show appreciation to Almighty Allah is to live in peace and harmony with fellow citizens at all time and continue to pray for the growth and development of the co
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Man machetes two siblings to death in Delta comunity
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
A 45-year-old man, Kingsley Nwani, has allegedly killed his younger brothers with a machete and a dagger during a domestic squabble.The Nation gathered that the three men were watching a soccer match in their matriarchs home in Asaba, the Delta State capital, when they returned from a church thanksgiving service marking her safe return from a medical trip in Canada.The matriarch, who is a retired permanent secretary, reportedly has a chain of businesses which the deceaseds second son managed.A s
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Foundation empowers youths with skills acquisition
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Call to Love Initiative, a foundation focused on social development, has again demonstrated its commitment towards capacity-building and empowerment of youths by organising the second edition of its free Summer Camp for children, in Lagos from August 6 to 11.The highly engaging, impactful and exciting week-long training session was tagged: Making A Difference With Education.It provided a platform for pupils from low cost primary schools in Makoko, a suburb in Lagos, to learn various life-impacti
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Get your PVCs, group urges Nigerians
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Nigerians have been enjoined to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) before the exercise ends on August 31.The appeal was made at a recent one-day rally organised by Grassroots Mobilization Initiative (GMI) Lagos State Chapter, at Saint George Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos State.The Lagos State Director of the group Mrs Janet Marlin, said the group brought some people to register and to also encourage those who are there to registered to ensure they do.The National Executive Director, Planni
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Fed Govt plans vulnerability assessment in states
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Federal Government is to conduct vulnerability assessment in states.Technical Advier to the Vice President on Disaster and Risk Management, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said a technical committee to actualize this will be set up.According to him, this will mitigate against flooding in the country.In his statement, Oke-Osanyintolu said a workshop the theme:Building Flood Resillient Communities, will hold in flod ptone states between August 20 and September 14.Oke-Osanyintolu listed the schedul
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Wendy Efele is Face of Candy City 2018
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Twenty two year old entrepreneur, Wendy Efele, has emerged the winner of this years Face of Candy city beauty pageant which held at the Astoria Event Center in Lekki, Lagos State.Wendy, who is also a student in Ghana, beat 30 other contestants to clinch the title at the grand finale penultimate Saturday.Other winners that emerged at the event were Face of CandyCity Universe Ifeoluwa Grace, Face of CandyCity Africa Joy Nguma, Face of CandyCity Nigeria Jane Okojie, Face of CandyCity Tourism Ch
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Ja Solar names Annjay ambassador
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Singer, model and entrepreneur, Angela Chioma John, known as Annjay has been named ambassador for Chinese company, Ja Solar. The announcement was made on Wednesday.Nigeria Manager of the Shangai based company, Mr Daniel Mgbada, said that the decision to choose the entertainer comes as a result of shared values the outfit holds with her.Ja Solar is pleased to announce actress, singer, model and entrepreneur, John Angela Chioma, popularly known as Annjay as its brand ambassador, said Mgbada.Founde
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AU, AFRIMA release Nominees List
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Public voting to commence Monday, August 27A total of 79 songs made it to the Regional nominees list out of 8,009 entries submitted for the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, scheduled to hold in November 2018. The list was last Tuesday unveiled by the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Jury of AFRIMA, at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.The released nominees list covers the five Regional Categories divided into Female and Male categories.Cameroon takes up
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Omoni Obolis Moms at War goes to cinema
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Moms at War, a movie by Nollywood actress and producer Omoni Oboli is now in cinemas across the country. The premiere of the movie was held was held last Sunday at the Filmhouse Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.The film is about two families who were next door neighbours. One of the families had a single mom with a male child. The other was a couple raising an only child, a girl. The children from the two family attend the same school and in the same class. However, the two children were the best in their
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Mr P, others inspire Sujimoto interns
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Luxury real estate company, Sujimoto Constructions, last Wednesday, hosted over 200 Nigerian students and young entrepreneurs at a One-Day Internship and Mentorship programme.The star-studded event which took place at The GiulianoBySujimoto, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos was graced by prominent Nigerian celebrities including Chief Dele Momodu, Bovi, McLively, Mr.P of the defunct P Square, Chinedu Ikedieze, Debola Williams, Chima Anyaso, TJ Saro, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro, Seyi Tinubu, Yemi Adefar
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Arsenals Iwobi makes Nollywood debut
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Nigeria international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi has made a debut in his first film role in the soon to be released Inpadisu.The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being pursued all over the place, apparently because of choices he made in the movie.Iwobi also took to his Instagram page @Alexanderiwobi to confirm his role in the film alongside award-winning actress, Somkele Iyamah.He shared the thriller and wrote: Shot my Nollywood debut last month. A movie about choices com
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Oil heads for rise as traders eye Iran, China
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Oil futures climbed yesterday, on track for a three-day winning streak, with United States (U.S.) sanctions on Iran contributing to concerns over tighter global oil supplies. Trade tension between the U.S. and China is however dulling demand outlook.The global benchmark, October Brent crude LCOV8, +0.68 per cent rose 49 cents, or 0.7per cent, to $72.32 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange. Brent logged a 1.3 per cent weekly loss at the weekend.West Texas Intermediate crude for September d
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Overland explores West African market
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
TO explore West Africas aviation market, through the opportunities provided by the Single African Air Transport Market, Overland Airways has started flights to Cotonou, Republic of Benin and Lome, Togo.Speaking last week during the inaugural flight to both countries, Overland Airways Managing Director, Capt Edward Boyo, said the airline planned to boost integration through the flights.He described the development as historic and the beginning of an initiative to unite the over 400 million people
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Nigeria to represent Africa at global cyberlympics
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Two Nigerian teams of cyber security professionals from a group called the Naija SecForce have emerged African Champions in Global Cyberlympics the Olympics for cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers around the world.NaijaSecForce and Ek0pwn3rs came first and second and are to represent the continent on the global stage. Both teams also made it to the top 12 position in the world in the online qualifying round of the competition, having solved all the challenges from the pre-qualifying
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NCC, CBN may clampdown on electronic fraudsters
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may soon introduce a scheme that will enable banks and telecommunications companies to ban owners of any bank account or the mobile phone line traced to fraud.The CBN and NCC are reportedly working with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), following the spate of electronic fraud involving Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD ) telephone lines and internet banking transfers.When introduced, ow
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Waiting for the Blue Line Light Rail
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Lagos State Government has again changed the take-off date for the Blue Line Light Rail, which is expected to address the transport problem in the metropolis. ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE writes.The Lagos State Government has said commercial train service would begin on its flagship Blue line light rail project in 2022.What this means is that Lagosians would wait four more years to get its dream metro line and those living along that corridor from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko have four more years to cope wit
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New push for pervasive cyber resilience
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The rise and acceptance of over the top (OTT) platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have come with challenges of threats to individuals and organisations, big and small. An expert has stressed the need for firms to build against cyber security threat resilient walls to avoid early extinction. Lucas Ajanaku reports.An information technology (IT) expert has advised businesses, both big and small, to invest heavily on cyber security resilient solutions or risk the threat of sudde
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NIRSAL unveils improved insurance cover for farmers
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has developed a new insurance product which improves on its pioneering Area Yield Index Insurance (AYII) mechanism introduced last year.NIRSAL said the product is especially targeted at small-holder farmers the most vulnerable segment in the agricultural sector and the Nigerian population as a whole.Its Head, Corporate Communications, Anne Ihugba, in a statement explained said while the cover provided by the earli
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LCCI faults FIRS on freezing tax defaulters accounts
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has faulted the decision of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to appoint banks as collecting agents and freezing the accounts of tax defaulters.Its Director-General, Muda Yusuf, said the move was premised on the powers conferred on it by Section 31 of the FIRS Act, which gives it power to appoint collection agents for the recovery of tax payable by the taxpayer.While urgin discretion and caution before its implementation, he said the prov
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Insecurity threatens Eket businesses
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Several small and big businesses in Eket, Akwa Ibom State are closing down operations due to increasing insecurity in the area, the Chairman, Eket Business Forum (EBF), Chief Dominion Akpan, has said.Akpan, who disclosed yesterday, said the recent abduction of ExxonMobil workers; incessant cultism, protests and other security concerns has made Akwa Iboms second largest city unconducive for business.He said: In July, the police had to rescue 19 ExxonMobil staff who were travelling from Port Harco
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Equities lose N220b as sell-off continues
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Nigerian equities reopened yesterday on a negative note as widespread selloffs within the large-cap stocks led the market to a net capital loss of N220 billion.The All Share Index (ASI)-the main index that tracks share prices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) dropped by 602.81 points, representing a loss of 1.71 per cent to close at 37,992.12 points. Aggregate market capitalisation of quoted equities also declined by N220 billion to close at N12.655 trillion.The downturn was largely due to lo
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How not to assess Lagos under Ambode
Tue, 21 Aug 2018
I say without any equivocation that this young man who is there now-Akinwunmi Ambode- has raised the stake of performance (in Lagos State) especially in infrastructure. Olabode George, chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,( PDP).About the time strident critics in Nigeria had begun to come to terms with the reality of Lagos as standing out of the pack in an environment of ill-performing states, posting distressing infrastructure-deficit indices, a global body has turned out a repo
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