Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines [18 September, 2018].

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National Assembly set to rework Electoral Act Bill
Tue, 18 Sep 2018

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Lawmakers yesterday took steps to repackage the controversial Electoral Act amendment Bill President Muhammadu Buhari rejected.

Members of Senate and House of Representatives committees on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held a closed session to reconsider contentious clauses of the rejected Bill.

If the Bill is passed by the two chambers, it will be the fourth time the National Assembly has considered and passed the Electoral Act amendment Bill.

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President Buhari vetoed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 earlier this month, citing drafting issues, which he said were likely to affect the interpretation and application of the Principal Act.

In separate memos to Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the President said that some of the provisions of the Bill would adversely affect the operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if allowed to pass.

The rejection of the Bill was communicated to the presiding officers of the National Assembly in a September 3, 2018 letter.

Although the use of electronic card readers was not raised by the President in his veto of the Bill, some stakeholders believed that his rejection of the Bill also meant that the card reader will not be used for next year’s general elections.

The Presidency has come up strongly to say that the card reader was not part of what the National Assembly sent to the President for assent.

President Buhari had in March turned down the amendment to the Electoral Law, which altered the sequence of elections.

The amendment placed the National Assembly election first, followed by the presidential election. Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections are to hold last in the order of elections.

Buhari noted that “Section 25 of the principal Act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution”.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, who spoke briefly yesterday before the meeting went into a closed door session said: “I know that this committee is in the eye of the storm and Nigerians are desirous and expecting to hear from us.

“Here we are, again, trying to address the Electoral Act for the fourth time. Nigerians will recall that there was a first Electoral Act (amendment bill), the second and the third one.

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Dignitaries honour Jim Ovia as he rewrites Africas story
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Those who see Africa as the dark continent got a fit and proper reply yesterday.They are wrong, going by the story of a foremost banker, philanthropist and business icon, Jim Ovia, whose autobiography was presented in Lagos.Ovia rose from a humble background to become chairman and founder of Zenith Bank Plc, one of the few giants in the industry..The expansive Eko Hotel Convention Centre on Lagos Island was throbbing with dignitaries who listened attentively as Dr Christopher Kolade, who chaired
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Security scare at Ekiti governorship tribunal
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Panel to communicate new venue in 48 hoursLawyers allege threat to lives Pre-trial hearing stalledEkiti State High Court will no longer host the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal no thanks to a security scare. The tribunal shifted its sitting to an undisclosed venue.The police fired shots into the air at about 2.20 pm to disperse party supporters after the tribunal had ruled that it was moving its operations from Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.The drama happened on the first day
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How I raised $1m to free my brother from Evans, by witness
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Mr Edwin Udoji, a witness in the on-going trial of billionaire kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike,alias Evans, yesterday told a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere how he raised $1million ransom for the freedom of his brother and businessman, Mr James Udoji.Led in evidence by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, Edwin, who is elder brother to the victim, told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that he coordinated how the money was raised.Udoji was kidnapped on his way
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Rivers govt asks Amaechi to account for sold states assets
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Rivers State government has asked the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to account for the $308 million (about N112 billion) proceeds of the sale towards the end of his administration of the states gas turbine power stations to Sahara Energy, belonging to Tonye Cole, the endorsed governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications Emma Okah yesterday in Port Harcourt alleged that the proceeds of the sale of t
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Offa robbery: IGP directs service of summons on Saraki
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has directed the court summons and other processes issued by a court in Abuja in relation to a criminal complaint brought against Senate President Bukola Saraki be served on him.He detailed a unit in the Police Legal Department at the Force headquarters in Abuja to ensure the prompt delivery of the court processes on Saraki before October 3, the next date of hearing.A lawyer, E. S. Marcus, disclosed this development yesterday at the resumed proceed
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Police parade officers, 12 others for theft
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
The Nigeria Railway Police Command has paraded 14 suspects, including two policemen, for theft of railway property in its Eastern corridors.Speaking while parading the suspects in Enugu, Mr Henry Njoku, area commander of Eastern District Police Command, said the suspects included two policemen.The two officers, according to Njoku, will face orderly room trial, adding that if guilty, they will be dismissed, and charged to court with the other suspects.Njoku said the command achieved this through
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Uba brothers, Bianca, others in race for Anambra South Senatorial seat
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
WIDOW of the Ikemba of Nnewi Odumegwu Ojokwu Bianca, Dr. Andy Uba and his younger brother, Chris Uba, are in the race for the Anambra South Senatorial District seat in next years election.Andy Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mrs. Ojukwu of the All Progress Grand Alliance (APGA) joined the race to slug it out for the ticket with Dr. Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Uba is contending the seat with his elder brother, a serving senator.Also in the race for APGAs ticket are bu
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Why I stabbed my husband, by sergeant
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
A Police Sergeant, Mrs. Folake Ogunbodede, who was accused of stabbing her husband, has said she did it in self defence.The Nation learnt yesterday the woman and her husband, Inspector Taiwo, fought on Saturday.The husband was said to have stabbed his wife close to her eye and beside the neck.Sources alleged it was not the first time Inspector Taiwo, an officer attached to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), would assault his wife.It was gathered he allegedly threatens her wit
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The road map of a Nation: 20 years on!
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Following an increasingly commonplace epic journey between Lagos and Abeokuta this last weekend 5hrs 10 minutes outwards (Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Saturday Sept 15) and 4hrs 25 minutes return journey the following day via Otta I feel compelled to offer this article in recognition of a national commitment to the predictable, and a passion for time travel backwards! It formed part of a recent publication THE ROAD-MAP OF A NATION for the 40th Anniversary of the Federal Road Safety Commission (F
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NIM urges government on accountability
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) has enjoined public office holders in the country to apply the principle of accountability and initiate policies and programs that improve the standard of living of Nigerians.The institute further asks government to respect the principle of federalism whereby every tire of government receives a degree of autonomy and responsibility.This made this call on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Annual National Management Conference at the Afficent Eve
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Rappers must be versatile, says M.I
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Mr Jude Abaga, popularly known as `M.I. has advised other rappers to be more versatile so as to remain relevant in the society and not be overtaken by the hip-hop revolution across the world.M.I told our reporters in Lagos that rappers need to create music that would be suitable to the audience and still maintain their originality.Rappers need to be hard working because one of the issues confronting the genre is that rappers do not do researches that can make them and their works stand out among
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Nollywood actor, attributes boost in fake lifestyles to social media
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Nollywood actor, Mr Mike Ezuruonye, on Monday said that the advent of the internet and the social media had increased fake-lifestyles among the youth.Ezuruonye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that he had had witnessed many fake lifestyles across the country over the years.The advent of the internet and social media has put unnecessary pressures on the youth of this country to live fake lifestyles that should not have been the case. You meet several people who feel they have to mak
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Oil dips as China-U.S trade tensions deepen
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Oil prices edged lower yesterday as investors focused on deepening trade tension between the United States (U.S.) and China that is expected to dent global crude demand, but losses were limited as the market weighed potential supply tightening due to Iran sanctions.Brent crude futures fell 11 cents to $77.99 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 8 cents to settle at $68.91 a barrel.U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to announce new tariffs on about $200 bill
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Linda Ikeji gives birth to baby boy
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji, has given birth to a baby boy.The baby was born on Monday at a hospital in the US.In a message via her personal twitter handle:@officiallindaikeji, the she said; Oh dear Lord, I am a mum. Baby J is here! . He was born today 17th September. This is so surreal . Thank you guys so much for the love through this journey and thanks for all the well wishes. Love you guys! The post Linda Ikeji gives birth to baby boy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.
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Abandonment: Tiwa calls show promoters out
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Popular Nigeria singer, Tiwatope Savage a.k.a. Tiwa Savage has blasted show promoters and organisers for abandoning her after performing at an event in Kenya.The Mavin Record First Lady took to her twitter handle @TiwaSavage on Monday morning to express her anger with several message broadcast on the manner she was treated.The 38 year-old mother of one put up an electrifying performance at the launch of Swabri Mohammed a.k.a. Redsan fifth Album `Baddest at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi Ken
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Shipping firms plan N30b refund to importers, agents
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
On-going negotiations between shipping companies and the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) will lead to refund of over N30 billion to importers and clearing agents, it was learnt at the weekend.The negotiation, it was gathered, was based on the fear that the Supreme Court may rule in favour of the Council in a suit challenging the alleged imposition of arbitrary charges on users of shipping services.No less than N600 billion may be refunded by the shipping firms, being accumulated levies collected
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Wema Bank, AIICO partner on access to retail Insurance
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Wema Bank Plc will be partnering with AIICO Insurance Plc to increase access to retail insurance products using the lenders network.The formalisation of the partnership followed its endorsement by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).Following the increase in uptake of retail insurance products and services across the country, the Head, Retail & SME of Wema Bank, Dotun Ifebogun said the bank was delighted with the partnership, noting that through i
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Kunle Afolayan refutes claim he doesnt watch Nollywood films
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
In a reaction titled What is good for my kids is certainly good for me, filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has refuted a report suggesting he does not watch Nollywood films.According to the October 1 director, My attention has been drawn to a report alleging that I claimed I dont watch Nollywood films. I urge fans to kindly disregard this statement which, obviously, was tweaked by a mischief maker to score cheap and sensational point, and cause disaffection between me and my publics.While the report may t
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PZ Cussons committed local talent devt
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Amajor British manufacturer of personal healthcare products and consumer goods, PZ Cussons, said it is committed to hunting talents and developing them across the country.Its Brand and Activation Manager, Busayo John, who gave the commitment during the grand finale of the fifth season of the youth-empowerment platform, Dare2Dream, sponsored by Imperial Leather and Canoe, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, said the firm would continue to give back to the society.She said: We have seen amaz
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Equities lose N46b in opening trades
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
After a breather at the weekend, Nigerian equities reopened this week on the negative, losing N46 billion in five-hour trading session at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).Benchmark indices at the stock market showed improved bargain-hunting for several stocks, but losses suffered by influential stocks in the financial services and consumer goods sectors depressed the overall market position.The All Share Index (ASI)-the common value-based index that tracks share prices at the Exchange, indicate
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Our plans for equipmentupgrade, by NAMA
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Captain Fola Akinkuotu has unveiled plans by the agency to upgrade air navigation equipment at airports across the country.According to Akinkuotu, the agency took the steps as part of its strategic plan to replace obsolete air navigation equipment at airports and other locations.Speaking in an interview last week in Lagos, he said the agency had addressed complaints in the performance of communication navigation and surveillance as we
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Dana Air clarifies Askypact
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Dana Air has explained its partnership with Togo based airline, Asky, saying the deal was to increase its aircraft fleet.The deal was expected to increase the airlines fleet from three aircraft to 10.According to the Chief Operating Officer of the domestic airline, Obi Mbanuzuo, the partnership with Asky would see the airline operate with an all Asky crew in collaboration with crew from Dana Air, which he described as a damp lease.Besides increasing its aircraft fleet, Dana Air, Mbanuzuo said, w
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Attempt to removeaircraftsparks row at Lagos Airport
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
AttemptS by some aviation agencies to smuggle out two aircraft parked at the tarmac has sparked a row at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airpoirt, Ikeja, Lagos.At the centre of the controversy are the aircraft lessor, SEA Gold Investment Limited; local aviation regulatory agencies- Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); domestic airlines- Aerocontractors and Topbrass Aviation.The objects of the controversy are two 50-seater Bombardier
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FMDA organises financial markets confab
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
The 2018 Financial Markets conference organised by the Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA) will be holding on Friday, in Lagos. The event will be attended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Chairman, UBA, Heirs Holdings and Transcorp, Tony Elumelu and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Chief, Amine Mati.The event scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotels and Suites, will focus on the theme: The Nigerian Financial Market A Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Growth.
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Huawei: ICT has transformative power on economy
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
Chinese technology firm, Huawei Technologies, has said information communications technology (ICT) has the transformative power to boost sustainable socio-economic development. It argued that governments have vital roles to play in creating a favourable environment for the development of the industry.This was contained in a position paper launched at the just concluded International telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2018 in Durban, South Africa.In the position paper titled: Telco: Inv
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LIFE: Advice to My Younger Self
Tue, 18 Sep 2018
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