Nigerian Newspaper: Punch Newspaper Today, Sunday 11th November 2018

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My invitation, quizzing by DSS not strange Oshiomhole
Sun, 11 Nov 2018

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has described his reported detention and grilling by the operatives of the Department of State Services last week as normal.

Specifically, Oshiomhole said it was not the first time he would be a guest of the DSS, starting with his days as a labour activist.

The embattled APC chairman arrived in Lagos on Friday from his short journey to the United States of America, where he was said to have visited his wife, Iara.

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Speaking in Lagos on Saturday, however, the former Edo State governor denied being arrested and detained by the DSS, hardly agreeing that he was invited by the agency.

“I went there on my own; I was not arrested. I saw the DSS only once and it was a conversation, not an arrest or detention,” the ruling party chairman added.

He said, “If you say I was interrogated by the DSS, you would be implying something totally different. There is nothing strange in the DSS having a chat with me.

“Let me tell you, from my days as a labour leader, when I’ve been visiting the ‘E-Department, which later became the Nigeria Security Organisation, which is now known as the DSS, there is nothing new about it.

“In fact, based on the mandate of the DSS, which is the security and peace of the nation, it has every right to have a chat with anybody in so far as that chat would be for the enhancement and peace and stability of Nigeria.”

Oshiomhole added, “Yes, I was at their office. Yes, we had a conversation on some matters arising from the primaries of our great party, the APC. Yes, they wanted me to shed some light on some issues. There is absolutely nothing wrong in that as the national chairman of the ruling party. I’ve read so many things in the newspapers about what transpired. But I can tell you there is nothing to it.”

Oshiomhole denied being let off on administrative bail, adding that Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, did not come to the DSS office to facilitate his freedom.

“I was the one who called Yahaya Bello and he came but I drove home in my own car,” he added.

Oshiomhole dismissed the reported allegations of corruption or inducement by some party members.

He said, “Let me tell you, I’ve heard some people talk about bribe and Imo State. I’ve looked round and I’m asking myself, who, in Imo State can afford to bribe me?

“Ordinarily, I should be protective of the person in power who should have the resources to dole out something. But I’m standing on principle so that cannot happen and that did not happen. So, who is it in Imo that can induce me?”

On Imo State, Oshiomhole said there was no way the dynastic enclave being proposed by Governor Rochas Okorocha would be allowed to stand.

“Let’s even agree that Okorocha ends up having his way even in a managed ‘process’, how do you think Nigerians would view such a situation where his sister, his in-laws and in-law to be would all be in government,” he said.

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Minimum wage: 1.5 million FG workers to earn over N2.3tn
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
IFEANYI ONUBA If the demand for an increase in minimum wage is eventually approved by the Federal Government, over N2.31tn would be paid as salaries to the over one million workers on the payroll of the Federal Government, investigations have revealed. Figures obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation show that the Federal Government
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Mai Atafo gets his groove back after fire incident
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Olushola ricketts It is no longer news that the office of top fashion designer, Mai Atafo, was gutted by fire recently. But for the prompt response of the Lagos State Fire Service, the office could have been burnt to ashes. The designer took to his Instagram page to appreciate the efforts of the firemen who
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High transaction costs discourage investors from capital market LSE
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The London Stock Exchange Group has said the high transaction costs in Nigeria and other African countries are responsible for the low stock market activity as it discourages investors. In its African capital markets report, which was released on Friday, the LSE said the high cost of transactions had a negative impact on
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2019: Banky W declares his intention to run for House of Reps
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Pop singer, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has declared his intention to contest for the Lagos State Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in House of Representatives on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party. He made the declaration at the partys convention on Saturday. A tweet posted on the singers Twitter page read in
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Money siphoned through NNPC more than what varsities need ASUU President, Ogunyemi
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, speaks with OLALEYE ALUKO on the ongoing strike and the contentious issues between the union and the Federal Government The 2019 general elections are around the corner and some Nigerians may read political meaning into ASUUs current strike. How do you respond to those who
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What is gallstone
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie This disease is a condition that often afflicts millions of people around the world. It is a problem that is brought about when certain components of the bile become hardened and form a stone or a sludge in the gall-bladder. The gallbladder is part of the digestive system and it is a
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Getting pregnant before marriage
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Different strokes for different folks as TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN, in this piece, dissects the pros and cons of getting pregnant before marriage Traditionally, marriage comes before pregnancy but in recent times, there seems to be a turn in the tide as people appear to have made a shift to pregnancy before their marriage. Some of these
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Post-primary crises in parties, bad signal for 2019 polls TMG
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, appraises party politics and the political situation in the country, in this interview with ADELANI ADEPEGBA What is your take on vote buying’ It is a direct form of bribery and the highest form of electoral corruption. It perverts justice; so, it should be condemned in its entirety.
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Things to know about your cars transmission
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Maintaining the gearbox is importantand often overlooked. Taking care of your car or trucks transmission is important for its long-term health. But all too often, car owners misunderstand the basic maintenance thats needed to keep a gearbox running smoothly. Do you need to have the transmission fluid changed’ The simple answer is yes. But service
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Alleged $3.5bn diversion is $1.05bn loan to fund subsidy NNPC
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Saturday said the $1.05bn revolving loan obtained from the dividend of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas company prevented petroleum products chaos in Nigeria. It said the loan was used to subsidise the cost of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in 2018, adding that it was
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People using new ways to avoid polio vaccines UNICEF
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi A consultant with the UNICEF in Sokoto State, Dr Larai Tambuwal, has said some parents have devised new ways to prevent their children from getting polio vaccines. Tambuwal said, They give untenable excuses that the vaccines have expired and that they will prefer to go to a health centre for the immunisation but
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Why NURTW members invaded Ondo Assembly
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
PETER DADA Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ondo State invaded the state House of Assembly on Friday to prevent alleged planned by the lawmaker from impeaching the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, it was learnt on Saturday. The NURTW members in the state, led by their Chairman, Mr Jacob Adebo,
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Oba of Benin misses secondary schools party
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Olushola ricketts The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, was one of the high profile personalities who didnt show up for this years convention of his alma-mater, Immaculate Conception College, situated in Benin City, Edo State. The convention, which has become a yearly ritual, is usually an opportunity for old students of the school to
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Ways technology is changing how we live
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. ONE aspect of technology that has made a huge impact on the world is the Internet. Quite a number of us have already become so used to the Internet that we almost take it for granted, despite the fact that more than 50 per cent of the worlds population is yet
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Homecoming for Nuciano boss, Egbejimba
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Olushola ricketts The name, Joy Egbejimba, will ring a bell to women who are lovers of luxury bags. Based in the United States of America, the accountant-turned-handbag-maker has been doing Nigeria proud on the international scene. In recent times, her brand, Nuciano, has featured on the red carpets of respected award ceremonies such as the
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Electricity tariff needs to be increased soon Fadeyibi
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, tells FEMI ASU why the tariff shortfall in the power sector needs to be urgently addressed The power sector privatisation clocked five years this month; what do you think about the state of the Nigerian electricity supply industry generally’ The power sector
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Ive never been declared mentally unstable, Sanwo-Olu tells INEC
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
JESUSEGUN ALAGBE The Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says he has never been declared unfit and having unsound mind at any point in time. This is contrary to allegations levelled against him by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. The governor on September 30, 2018 while addressing
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Jimi Agbaje, Sanwo-Olu unite for Prince Charles
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Olushola ricketts For a reception in honour of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, who visited Nigeria last week, two Lagos State governorship candidates, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Jimi Agbaje, put their differences aside. While Sanwo-Olu is the All Progressives Congress standard bearer, Jimi Abaje is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Prince
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FG wont accommodate vehicle expenditure, others in 2019 budget
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba There are indications that the Federal Government will not accommodate proposals for the acquisition of vehicles and purchase of furniture in the 2019 budget. Also, the government had asked Ministries, Departments and Agencies not to submit proposals in the budget for the construction of office or residential buildings and equipping of non-critical offices.
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Gboyega Isiaka is Ogun next governor Obasanjo
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the Ogun State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Gboyega Isiaka, will be the next governor of the state. He said this on Saturday when leaders of the state ADC formally presented Isiaka and his running mate, Mrs Olabisi Okeowo-Bolade, to him at the Olusegun Obasanjo
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Caroline snubs billionaire ex-hubby, Danjumas birthday
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Olushola ricketts When billionaire, Musa Danjuma, celebrated his 68th birthday last Sunday, his ex-wife and actress, Caroline Ekanem, didnt felicitate him. There was not even a hint on her Instagram page that the day was special for the father of her children. At Danjumas private dinner to mark his birthday, Caroline was nowhere to be
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Addressing social instability through entrepreneurship development
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
In this piece, IFEANYI ONUBA examines the unemployment situation in the country and writes that a comprehensive education policy that would address the skill gaps in the country is needed to bridge the unemployment deficit GOING by the governments official statistics, Nigerias unemployment rate is estimated at 25 per cent, of which 60 per cent
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Nigerias daily oil production falls to 2.09 million barrels
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Femi Asu The nations oil production, including condensate, declined by about 70,000 barrels per day to 2.09 million bpd in October, compared to the preceding month, new data from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources have shown. The data obtained by our correspondent from the ministry on Friday showed that oil production in the country rose
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GE, GELUL sign agreement to power PHarcourt refinery
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
GEs Power Services has signed a multi-year service agreement with GEL Utility Limited, a joint subsidiary of Engro Corporation of Pakistan and Genesis Power & Energy Solutions, to support the power generation requirements of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company Limited. The 12-year MYA, according to a statement, includes the provision of parts, spares, repairs and
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The fire threatening to consume Oshiomhole and APCs chances in 2019
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, appears to be fighting many battles just four months in the saddle. FEMI MAKINDE and ADELANI ADEPEGBA take a look at how this could affect the fortune of the party in the 2019 general elections These are trying times for the ruling All Progressives Congress and
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Stakeholders seek more focus on human capital development
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Experts in the nations oil and gas industry have called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to pay more attention to human capital development in the industry. They stated this in Lagos at the 3rd Africa Oil and Gas Talent Summit, where the Chairman, AOGS Advisory Council, Mr Felix Amieyeofori, described human capital development
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2019 pollsll be credible Kwara REC
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
SUCCESS NWOGU The Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent, National Electoral Commission, Malam Garba Madami, has said that the 2019 general elections will be the best elections ever in Nigeria. He stated that the commission had addressed identified loopholes in previous elections and was poised to deliver transparent, credible, free and fair elections.
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Stop hate speech, Obi tells El-Rufai
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
TONY OKAFOR The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Peter Obi, on Saturday urged Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to stop making inflammatory statements capable of inciting hate among Nigerians. Obi was reacting to a statement credited to El-Rufai in his (El Rufais) twitter handle, where he called Obi a tribal bigot.
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Army redeploys Operation Lafiya Dole commander, 102 officers
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it redeployed 103 senior officers for more effectiveness, including the Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the militarys anti-Boko Haram operation in the North-East. The army announced that the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, would now be headed by Maj. Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, who took over from Maj.
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PDP will defeat APC in 2019 Emmanuel
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Gbenro Adeoye Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in the next presidential election. Emmanuel, in an interview on Saturday with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, The level of confidence has no probability; it is as constant as the North Pole. It is
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Respond to Reps alleged N5.8bn illegal approval, PDP tells Osinbajo
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
OLALEKAN ADETAYO The Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday told Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to stop sermonising and answer the corruption allegation made by the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness had indicted Osinbajo over emergency intervention of food security to the North-East in June 2017, when he was Acting President.
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Power sector loses N460.3bn as generation plummets
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The estimated monetary loss in Nigerias power sector has risen to N460.3bn in 2018 alone. The data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Abuja on Friday showed that between January 1 and November 8, 2018, the sector lost N460.253bn. The FMPWH explained that the huge financial loss was
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Osun poll: Afenifere leaders clash over Omisores suspension
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
FEMI MAKINDE Two prominent leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi and Pa Ayo Adebanjo, have disagreed over the suspension of a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in connection with his role in the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, in the
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Govt yet to initiate talks on strike ASUU
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The Academic Staff Union of Universities says the Federal Government has not begun any dialogue with the union even as it notes that two-thirds of universities nationwide have now joined the industrial action. The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this, added that the union was not surprised by the
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Atiku returns from Dubai this week, plans campaign
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his team have prepared several documents with which he plans to launch his campaign, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. One of them is an 18-page document, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday. It was also gathered
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Kano allocates N2.5bn to complete 14 abandoned projects
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Ted Odogwu The Kano State Government has awarded N2.5bn contracts for the completion of 14 abandoned schools, including 13 related-education projects. The projects, to be financed from the 2017 UBE matching grant, will provide additional 470 classrooms in the state, to provide learning space for about 30,000 fresh pupils. The Director-General, Media and Publicity, Ameen
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Osun gov petitions tribunal relocates to Abuja
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has relocated its sittings to Abuja. The notice of relocation signed by the Secretary to the tribunal, Adamu Aliyu, was pasted on the notice board of the tribunal in Osogbo on Saturday. Aliyu did not state any reason for the relocation of the sittings of the
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CP engages youth leaders to tackle cultism
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Simon Utebor The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, Joseph Mukan, on Saturday, held crucial meetings with vigilance groups and community leaders to check the rise in violent activities of cult groups in the state. It was learnt that Mukan, who was newly deployed in the state, was worried by the widespread killings and maiming
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FG may withhold states subventions over water policies
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI There are indications that the subventions to some state governments on water may be withheld by the Federal Government if they fail to implement policies on water and sanitation. A source at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources on Friday told SUNDAY PUNCH that withholding their subventions might be the only way to
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Slain Kaduna monarch, Galadima, buried amidst tight security
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Godwin Isenyo Amid tears, the remains of the paramount ruler of Adara Chiefdom, Dr Galadima Maiwada, who was killed by suspected kidnapper two weeks ago, were buried in Kachia, Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Saturday. The killing of the Agom Adara after the abductors collected a ransom of N6.8m out of the
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Plateau PDP agrees on deputy gov, backs Useni
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Friday Olokor The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State over the choice of the deputy governorship candidate seems to have been laid to rest with the party calling on all members to support the choice of Dr James Dalok in the 2019 election. Expressing concern over the divided interests among its members
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No plans to drop me as APC candidate Shekarau
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Ted Odogwu A former Kano State Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has refuted rumour that the All Progressive Congress is plotting to replace him as the partys senatorial candidate for Kano Central. Dismissing the reports through his spokesman, Ghali Sadiq, Shakarau urged the people of Kano to disregard the rumour, stressing that the former minister of
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INEC warns against hate speech during campaigns
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
ARMSTRONG BAKAM The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned it will not spare political parties and their candidates who heat up the polity through provocative speeches during campaigns. The Public Relations Officer of INEC in Gombe State, Mr Emmanuel Morett, gave the warning at a two-day training for election observers held at the American Corner
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Coping with a spouses health challenge
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
There are certain things in life we cannot control such as ill health. If you are married to someone with health challenges, here are a few tips on how to show them love and support Recognise the illness When a spouse becomes ill, the worst thing one can do is to act like it doesnt
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Rant here: Much ado about new minimum wage
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
A few weeks ago, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the government would soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a manner that would make workers and all Nigerians smile. If the same government said this a few weeks ago, why are
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Female IDPs sexually harassed, molested
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Friday Olokor A socio-cultural organisation, the Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progress Forum, has alleged that women in the Internally Displaced Persons camps face molestation and sexual harassment before they can access daily meals for their children. This allegation came about five months after the death of over 200 persons during an attack on some
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Any Benue person voting APC committing suicide
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
JOHN CHARLES A former commissioner in Benue State, Mrs. Rebecca Akpedzan, has said that with the way Benue people were slaughtered by Fulani herdsmen this year, any person in the state voting the All Progressive Congress is committing suicide. Akpedzan, who is the first state secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, said
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I work with my husband but weve never disagreed on money Godrey Ogbechie
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Godrey Ogbechie is the Group Executive Director of Rainoil Limited, a company she co-founded with her husband, Gabriel. She tells TOFARATI IGE about her experience in business among other issues Have you ever been discriminated against based on your gender in the course of doing your job’ Yes, I have been. In a country like
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