Nigerian Newspaper: Guardian Headlines Today, Thursday 9th November, 2018

Nigerian Newspaper: Guardian Headlines Today, Thursday 9th November, 2018

PDP charges INTERPOL, NIA to track down Oshiomhole
Fri, 09 Nov 2018

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the International Police (INTERPOL) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to immediately track down All Progressives Congress National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole. His flight out of the country amid an investigation is suspect and confirms allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari is shielding him from prosecution, fearing the move could implicate certain interests at the presidency and in the APC, the PDP said.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said: “It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the Department of State Services (DSS) hook and sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom. No! Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation including his reported confession that the presidency was in the loop of all his actions.”

The opposition party said it had always cautioned Oshiomhole against “unbridled arrogance, lust for power and embezzlement of public funds”. It said if the embattled chairman truly collected bribes, he should have his day before the law.APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu, took the complaint further, urging the chairman to resign. He told reporters at the national secretariat of the party it was imperative Oshiomhole heeded the call in the interest of the party, as it prepared for next year’s general election. Okechukwu, who is also the director general of Voice of Nigeria (VON), however absolved Buhari and APC National Leader Bola Tinubu of Oshiomhole’s alleged wrongdoings.

He asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to partner the DSS with a view to substantiating allegations that the chairman accepted bribes during the primaries. Okechukwu has repeatedly blamed the collapse of his senatorial ambition on Oshiomhole’s handling of the polls. He said: “Penultimate week, I joined the league of APC moral leaders, faithful and men of good conscience to call on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to honourably resign forthwith the chairmanship of our great party. In his usual narcissistic disposition he refused. As the Oshiomhole Must Go wave raged, the DSS got wind of it. They interrogated him and I patiently waited to read in the social or main media from Oshiomhole and his spin-doctors about his tango with the DSS. Neither rebuttal nor denial came from them.

“I therefore once again stridently call on Oshiomhole to, instead of pontificating, grandstanding and running away from the country, do the needful by honourably resigning the chairmanship. It seems he is running away from duty to evade the substitution window meant to redress the grievances of some of us who are casualties of his nepotism.”

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Court turns down panel’s request for Ekweremadu’s arrest
Fri, 09 Nov 2018

The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday turned down a request by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Assets for the arrest of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The Okoi Obono-Obla-led committee had through its counsel, Mr. Celsius Ukpong, applied to the judge to issue bench warrant for the arrest of Ekweremadu to compel his attendance in court to defend the charges of non-declaration of assets brought against him.

The counsel told the judge that Ekweremadu ought to be in court physically yesterday in connection with the criminal charges filed against him earlier in May. According to the counsel, the senator has decided on his own not to obey the court summon in spite of the fact that he was duly served with the charge as required by law.

But counsel to Ekweremadu, Chief Solomon Awomolo (SAN), objected to the request for bench warrant on the ground that his client had on November 1 filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the charge against him, and also the validity of the charge itself.

The counsel submitted that appearance of Ekweremadu in court was not necessary until the issues of jurisdiction and competency of the charge have been resolved by the court.

He said it would be more honourable for the presidential panel to withdraw the charge against his client in view of the Court of Appeal judgment delivered against the panel on Monday.

Awomolo, who tendered a copy of the judgment to the court, emphasized that the appellate court had made it clear in the judgment that the panel, which filed the criminal charge against Ekweremadu, has no power under the law to prosecute any accused person.

The counsel, therefore, urged the court to discountenance the arguments of the complainant.The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, had on Monday held that the Obono-Obla-led panel lacked prosecutorial power and hence cannot initiate criminal proceedings against any accused person.

The court gave the position while delivering judgment in an appeal filed by a staff of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Tijani Tumsah. Returning to the Federal High Court yesterday, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, refused to issue the warrant to arrest Ekweremadu on the ground that the senator is already challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competency of the charge brought against him.

The judge held that there was no necessity to issue bench warrant against Ekweremadu and subsequently, fixed February 26, 2019, to hear the objection filed by the lawmaker against the court’s jurisdiction and the competence of the charge against him.

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The Other Abacha Loot(s)
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
In June 2018, the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria announced that with the repatriation of the sum of $322.5million, the Swiss government had concluded the return of about $1billion stolen and hidden in Switzerland by Sani Abacha.
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People who seek guidance from Qur’an attain piety
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The Muslim ummah has been enjoined to wholehearted embrace the Holy Quran as their pathfinder and guidance in order to attain piety.The Friday Sermon by Nasirul-lahi-l-Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), described taqwa or piety as the essential quality of a believer….
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Reps indict NEMA chief over alleged N33b fraud, urge prosecution
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The House of Representatives has indicted the Managing Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja, over alleged embezzlement of over N33 billion meant to offer relief materials to Nigerians.
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Bundesliga’s business: Lessons from Germany
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The German Football League (DFL), better known as the Bundesliga, is one of the most popular football leagues in the world. Fans are raving about the performances of teams from Bavaria and Berlin every weekend.
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Bowen varsity rebrands as 71 graduates make first class
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State has disclosed plans to rebrand and reposition the institution for local and global competition.Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, dropped the hint while unveiling the activities for institution’s 13th convocation.
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Lack of regulation in blockchain space forces investment out of Nigeria
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
The inability of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide regulatory framework that will guide financial services using blockchain technology is taking toll on the economy as investments meant for the country are been diverted to some African countries and Malta, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.
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U.S.-based Francis Monidafe lists benefits of Bendel Insurance in NPFL
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
U.S-based Francis Monidafe was one of the main actors in the Nigerian elite league in the 1970s and early 1980s and so he knows what playing in the highest level of the competition means to a club and their supporters.
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Two university students killed in Benue cult clash
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
Two students of Benue State University (BSU) were killed in Makurdi, the state capital, in cult clashes. The killings occurred in separate areas within the capital city between Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Death toll rises to nine in Lagos boat mishap
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
About 24 hours after a passenger boat heading to Ojo from Coconut jetty was involved in a mishap, the five bodies missing following the conclusion of the initial rescue operation have not been found. On Wednesday night, a boat conveying 20 passengers capsized mid-sea in Lagos State.
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