Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines [24 September, 2018].

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PDP, others kick as INEC declares Osun poll inconclusive
Mon, 24 Sep 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party and other stakeholders protested on Sunday after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive.

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The commission also fixed the rerun poll in the seven polling units where election result was cancelled for Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Although the candidate of the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke scored 254,698 votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress who polled 254,345 votes, INEC said Adeleke could not be declared the winner because the number of votes cancelled – 3,498, was higher than 353 by which the PDP candidate defeated Oyetola.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, announced the result on Sunday.

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The candidate of the ADP, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti scored 49,742, while the ADC candidate, Alhaji Fatai Akinabade, polled 7,681 votes.

The returning officer said, “We must note that during the presentation by the collation officers from different local government areas, we had issues in some polling units.

“There was an issue at the Orolu Local Government Area. There was a problem of ballot box snatching and 393 votes were cancelled. At unit 004 of the same Orolu LGA, there was also an issue of snatching of ballot box and 387 votes were cancelled. At Registration Area 9 unit 003 there were 167 registered voters. So, for Orolu LGA where there was cancellation, we had 947 registered voters.

“At Ife South LGA, there was also cancellation of election due to the problem of card reader malfunctioning at unit 010 where there were 502 registered voters.

“At Oyere in Ife North LGA, we also had cancellation of election. Fifty one people were accredited but there were 200 votes that were cast, with that, there was cancellation due to irregularities of over voting. Number of registered voters at that unit 02 is 353. In Osogbo at Unit 017, there was issue of absconding of the presiding officer; to this effect, the election there was cancelled. The number of registered voters was 884. So, the total number of registered voters at the polling units where the electoral officer cancelled is 3,498.

“We should recall that early this morning we presented reasons why a candidate could be returned or may not be returned.

“From the analysis of the result we had, the difference between the two major parties is 353 votes and the number of voters in units where elections were cancelled is 3,498.

“As a Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election on the first ballot. I, Prof. Joseph Fuwape declare this election inconclusive.”

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Osun: PDP to strike deal with Omisore, others
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There were indications in Abuja on Sunday that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party might strike a deal with a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in a bid to win the state rerun governorship election slated for Thursday, investigations by our correspondent have revealed. Omisore is []
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Seek legal redress on INEC declaration, Saraki tells PDP, Adeleke
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Partys Presidential Council on Osun State Governorship Election, Dr Bukola Saraki, has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the results of the election held on Saturday were inconclusive. Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, expressed dismay []
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National Assembly postpones resumption to Oct. 9
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has postponed its resumption from the ongoing two-month annual recess to October 9, 2018. The federal legislature, which went on summer recess in July, was scheduled to resume on Tuesday. A top source told our correspondent that the decision followed a meeting by the leadership of the National Assembly []
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Atiku gives reason for Fulani herdsmen, Tiv farmers crisis
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
John Charles, Makurdi A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday said the clashes between Tivs and fulani herdsmen were caused by misunderstanding. Atiku stated this while speaking with journalists during his visit to a first-class Chief, His Royal Highness, Abu King Shuluwa in Makurdi. Atiku []
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Osun: INEC officer arrested for allegedly tearing controversial result sheet
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Osogbo A man who claimed to be a staff member of the Independent National Electoral Commission was arrested by party supporters at Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State for tearing an INEC result sheet believed to be under contention when results of the state governorship election were being released. The man, Salawu []
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Plateau SSG resigns
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has accepted the resignation of the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, and Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Hitler Dadi, with immediate effect. Their resignations would enable them to contest the 2019 General Elections under the All Progressives Congress platform. While the SSG []
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Peace attainable in Nigeria despite threats Osinbajo
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Nigerias Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the country can achieve peace despite its many challenges. Osinbajo spoke on Friday at an event in Lagos to mark the 2018 International Day of Peace, organised by the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC). The Vice President, who was represented by the Rule of []
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NNPC to intervene in oil workers, Chevron dispute
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, has directed the management of the organisation to work with the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to resolve the issues raised by the unions. The Group General []
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Ex-lawmaker seeks support for SMEs
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi A former representative of the Kosofe, Lagos constituency at the House of Representatives, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu, has called for legislations that will boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), saying such is the only way out of the poverty ravaging the nation. He said the creation of job opportunities could only take effect if []
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LASG partners firm to instal 10,000 streetlights
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Government says it has partnered a firm to instal additional 10,000 streetlights that will cover 300 kilometres in the state. The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, said the deal, which included the construction of LED lighting and hybrid energy power assembly plant, would provide about 500 direct []
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Pirates abduct 12 ship crew members on Nigerian waters
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Some pirates have reportedly kidnapped the 12 crew members on a ship travelling between Lagos and Port Harcourt. The ships operator told Reuters that the attack happened on Saturday around 45 nautical miles South-West of Bonny Island. The abducted crew members were identified as nationals of Philippines, Slovenia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Bosnia. []
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National Assembly postpones resumption to Oct 9
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has postponed its resumption from the ongoing two-month annual recess to October 9, 2018. The federal legislature, which went on recess in July, was scheduled to resume on Tuesday. A top source told our correspondent that the decision followed a meeting by the leadership of the National Assembly on []
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Microsoft, Amazon, Google join fight to prevent famine
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and Google are joining forces with international organizations to help identify and head off famines in developing nations using data analysis and artificial intelligence, a new initiative unveiled Sunday. Rather than waiting to respond to a famine after many lives already have been lost, the tech firms will use the predictive []
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Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hits 224
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Tanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning Sunday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led national funerals on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday. He spoke []
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Saraki faults INEC verdict on Osun polls, urges PDP supporters to remain firm
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
President of the Senate and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Council on Osun State Gubernatorial Election, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the election results were inconclusive. Saraki, in a statement signed by him, expressed dismay over the decision by INEC to declare as []
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Making sense of the wage increase
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Punch Editorial Board A two-week ultimatum by labour unions to the Federal Government to announce a new minimum wage refocused attention on workers pay and the precarious financial position of public and private sector employers. The threat of industrial strike if the government failed to bend sent Presidency officials scrambling to figure out how to []
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Don’t vote for APC, it has failed, Adebanjo tells Nigerians
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress has failed the people of the country and should be voted out of power in the 2019 general elections. The elder statesman said Nigerians should ensure that the APC did not return to []
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2019: Senator raises the alarm over misuse of presidential panel
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North) has raised the alarm over a plot to use the Special Presidential Investigation Panel to smear him in order to frustrate his bid to return to the Senate. Nwaoboshi raised the alarm in a statement signed by the Secretary of his campaign organisation, Mr Philip Elueme, []
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APC aspirants’ screening ends in Abuja, yet to begin in states
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has concluded the screening of the aspirants seeking the party’s tickets to contest as governors and members of the National Assembly. The exercise, which ended in Abuja, on Saturday, has yet to begin for aspirants seeking the party’s tickets for State Assembly seats as of Sunday. Our Correspondent []
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Tambuwal slams Buhari, says President is analogue
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Alexander Okere and Peter Dada The Sokoto State Governor and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aminu Tambuwal, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as an analogue leader who lacks the required capacity to rule modern Nigeria. He said it would be unfortunate for Nigerians to vote Buhari for a second []
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Benue aspirants must back anti-open grazing law ‘Groups
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
John Charles, Makurdi The three major socio-cultural groups in Benue State, Mzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Ominyi’Igede, on Friday, resolved that anyone seeking an elective office in the state in 2019 must give a commitment to backing the state’s anti-open grazing law. The groups made this known in Makurdi during an interview with []
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Bayelsa PDP, APC trade words over arms
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The two main political parties in Bayelsa State, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress are on warpath over allegation of stockpiling of arms ahead of 2019 elections. While the PDP raised the alarm that the APC was stockpiling arms in the state in the build-up to the 2019 polls, []
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No regrets serving Nigeria under Jonathan ‘Sambo
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has said that he has no regrets serving the country as its vice-president under the Goodluck Jonathan administration. A statement by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Sambo as making the comment on Sunday while on a condolence visit to the Toru-Orua country home []
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FIRS collects N13bn from billionaire tax defaulters
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Akinpelu Dada Less than a month after it commenced its substitution of accounts of recalcitrant billionaires who have not been paying commensurate taxes, the Federal Inland Revenue Service has announced the collection of N12.66 in tax revenue from this category of Nigerians. The Executive Chairman, FIRS, Tunde Fowler, stated this on Friday when he received []
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Things to know about children’s bank account
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
From their first piggy bank, purse or wallet to opening their first bank account, getting children into the habit of saving while they are young is a great way to teach them the value of money, according to www.onefamily.com. Children’s bank accounts help them learn that the longer they save, the bigger the pot becomes. []
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2019 polls: Foreign investors withdraw N435.41bn from stock market
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
The nation’s stock market has shrunk in recent months following the exit of foreign investors as the 2019 general elections approach, FEYISAYO POPOOLA writes Foreign portfolio investors have pulled out billions of naira out of the Nigerian stock market in recent months amid bearish sentiments, primarily due to the approaching elections. According to the latest []
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Are you 58 with no savings
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe Nigeria celebrates 58 years of independence next week. Sadly, we have not met our own expectations as a nation or attained the financial stability and security that we desire. What does 58 mean to you’ Are you 58 with little in the way of savings and investments’ Can you see where 30 or []
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Textile industry to attract N610bn investment
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian cotton industry will soon receive an investment of $2bn (N610bn) that will enable the country to create its first ever cotton value chain sector. Already, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry. The pact is one []
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FSDH wants key rates retained as MPC meets
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Nike Popoola Ahead of the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which will commence today (Monday) and end on Tuesday, FSDH Merchant Bank Limited has advised that the most appropriate monetary policy decision under the current economic and financial market situation is to hold the policy rates at the []
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Financial inclusion: Paga set to expand agent network
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh As stakeholders in the financial services sector and the telecommunications industry are pushing ahead with the plan to ramp up financial inclusion in the country, agent networks are gradually gaining traction. The expansion of agent networks nationwide has been identified as critical to driving financial inclusion, as seen in other emerging economies such []
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Uncertainty over land titles tops property market concerns
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Femi Asu Stakeholders in the real estate industry have identified uncertainty over land titles as one of the major factors inhibiting the growth of the industry in the country. Other inhibitors, according to them, are regulatory bottlenecks, difficulties in obtaining permits and approvals, infrastructure deficit and funding constraints. The stakeholders spoke in Lagos at the []
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FG begins expansion of Ibadan-Ijebu Igbo road
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Federal Government has commenced the expansion of the Ibadan-Ijebu Igbo road, which had been abandoned for the past 25 years, into multiple lanes. According to the Project Manager, Ade Adedeji, the construction of the road will start in Olomi area of Ibadan and link Ijebu Igbo. Adedeji, who is representing the []
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Real estate sector’ll achieve sustainable growth ‘ Experts
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Femi Asu Property experts have predicted that the nation’s real estate sector will achieve sustainable growth. The experts stated this ahead of the annual West African Property Investment Summit slated to hold in Lagos in November, with the theme, ‘Recalibrating Supply and Demand for Sustainable Growth’, according to a statement. The summit’s host, API Events’ []
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Chartered insurers move against de-marketing by operators
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Nike Popoola The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria has said it will move against de-marketing by operators and improve self-regulation in the sector. These were part of the 12 resolutions that were made at the end of its annual professional insurance forum with the theme ‘The insurance industry: Beyond limits’ in Abeokuota, Ogun State. Dignitaries []
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Flood: NAIC urges farmers to take insurance cover
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Nike popoola The Managing Director, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, Mrs Folashade Joseph, has said NAIC sympathises and assures its insured farmers in the various states, being ravished by floods, that the corporation is very mindful of its corporate responsibility to give them relief and plough them back to prosperity through the prompt payment of appropriate []
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How pension can help reposition economy, by expert
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Nike popoola The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, IEI Anchor Pensions Limited, Mr. Glory Etaduovie, has said that the pension industry provides a pool of usable funds that have accumulated over N8tn and still growing. In a statement, he stressed the role of pensions to the growth of the economy while speaking on the topic ‘Contributions []
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MORE Academy to recognise mortgage, real estate operators
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Femi Asu The Mortgage and Real Estate Academy says it is set to host its ‘First Award of Excellence’ for practitioners and professionals as part of its commitment to fostering rapid development in the housing sector. The MORE Academy, a public-private partnership between the Centre for Management Development, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of []
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Ondo to ensure Akure-Ado Ekiti road construction
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated that his administration will ensure the construction of the Akure-Ado Ekiti road. The governor spoke on the back of the palliative measures being done by his administration on the road, which belongs to the Federal Government. Akeredolu gave the assurance while instructing the Commissioner []
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Will Osuns inconclusive election end Tinubus reign in Lagos
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Tunde Odesola (tundeodes2003@yahoo.com) When shall we meet again’ In thunder, lightning, or in rain’ asks the First Witch in Macbeth, William Shakespeares shortest and grimiest tragedy. The Second Witch replies: When the hurly-burlys done. When the battle is lost and won. Just as the Third Witch says, That will be ere (before) the set of []
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Making sense of Nigerias fiscal crisis
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Eze Onyekpere As we move towards the 2019 presidential election, there is trouble with our national finances, being the source of revenue to fund the federal and state budgets. This trouble has reached a critical stage that a national alarm should go off, to start an unprecedented debate so that everyone from all sectors of []
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Why higher oil prices cripple the economy
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Henry Boyo The crash in the naira exchange rate from N199=$1 by December 2015 to almost N500=$1 in January 2017 was popularly attributed to the erosion of Nigerias foreign reserves from a lofty perch of about $60bn to a less exotic retreat nearer $35bn. Although the naira rate has since stabilised between N305-360=$1, conversely, however, []
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Joseph Oladele Sanusi at 80: Salute to a quintessential banker and unbiased umpire
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Tunde Lemo Mark a perfect man and behold the upright, the end of that man is peace Psalm 37:37 As we roll out the drums to celebrate one of the nations icons, Chief Joseph Oladele Sanusi, who today joins the Octogenarian Club, it is important to thank God for this rare gem, a self-made man []
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Peace Day and quest for global amity
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
The world commemorated the 2018 edition of the annual International Day of Peace on September 21, with expectations rife that the event would address the many salient challenges confronting the human race, as peace cannot be substituted with any other variables. This is quite germane, owing to the fact that for decades, Africa and indeed []
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Three robbery suspects shot dead in Ogun
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it shot dead three suspected armed robbers on Saturday in the Fidiwo area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. A police report indicated that the suspects were shot dead while attacking a popular bush meat seller at Owode-Egba. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the []
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Three arrested for robbery, rape
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the Imo State Police Command have arrested three persons for alleged robbery and rape. The suspects are 21-year-old Marcel Iwuchukwu, Agim Ugochukwu, 22, and Ifeanyi Chukwu, 23. The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, who paraded them in Owerri, the state capital, said a gun, cartridge []
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Peacemaker stabbed by fighting neighbour
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The police in Lagos have arrested a mechanic, Lukmon Azeez, for allegedly stabbing a neighbour, Ilo Muideen, during a fight on Anjorin Street, in the Akowonjo area of the state. Our correspondent learnt that the victim was stabbed in the head with a broken bottle while settling a fight between Lukmon and his []
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Community laments hardship over lack of U-turn
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The people of Onipetesi Community Development Association have lamented the absence of a U-turn in the Idi-Mango/Onipetesi end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. PUNCH Metro gathered that the CDA included residents of Onipetesi, Onilekere, Cement and Santos Layout areas, all in the Alimosho Local Government Area. It was reported that the absence of the []
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Ras Kimonos wife dies three months after husbands death
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Samson Folarin and Deji Lambo Efemena Okedi, the wife of late Raggae artiste, Chux Ohai, aka Ras Kimono, is dead. The death of the 42-year-old is coming three weeks after her husband was buried. Ras Kimono had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Saturday, June 9, 2018, and died the following day at []
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