Nigerian Newspaper: This Day Headlines Today, Sunday 11th November 2018

Nigerian Newspaper: This Day Headlines Today, Sunday 11th November 2018

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Oshiomhole: My Conversations with Department of State Security
Sun, 11 Nov 2018

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Against the background of speculations regarding his whereabouts after an alleged encounter with operatives of the Department of State Security, (DSS), the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, saturday spoke out about what transpired between him and the DSS. Oshiomhole emphatically denied being arrested by the domestic intelligence organisation, as was widely speculated in the media, but explained that he was only invited for a chat and was neither detained nor granted bail or asked to resign.

The APC national chairman, who made the clarifications during an interactive session with senior editors in Lagos, also said he did not flee the country as claimed by his opponents.

“I was invited and I honoured the invitation by the DSS. I was not arrested. I was invited for a conversation by the DSS concerning the APC primaries in some states. Nobody asked me to resign. I went to the DSS to honour their invitation and left afterwards,” Oshiomhole stated.

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It had been widely reported in the media that Oshiomhole was detained by the DSS last Sunday and grilled for nine hours after some APC governors alleged that he received bribes from certain individuals in the ruling party during the party’s primary elections across the country to influence the list of candidates submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It was further alleged that the agency asked Oshiomhole to resign during interrogation.

But the former Edo State governor said, “On the issue of corruption, if the DSS invitation had to do with corruption, as it was alleged, it wasn’t the job of the DSS to investigate such. It’s the job of the ICPC or EFCC. The invitation, therefore, had nothing to do with corruption. I was invited in relation to the party’s primaries and I honoured the invitation. I had a conversation with them and left. I was never arrested or grated bail.”
He added, “I merely honoured the invitation and had a conversation with the DSS. This is not the first time; they have come to my office before wanting clarifications on issues and I’ve always provided them with any relevant information in my possession.

“In any case, I’m the chairman of a political party. I’m not an appointee of the government. So, it is not the job of the DSS – even though I’m always willing to assist when necessary – to investigate me, assuming the issue I was invited for has to do with corruption, as it is being portrayed to the public. That’s the job of the EFCC, not the DSS.”

On the question of who came to pick him up at the DSS office, Oshiomhole stated that he was the one who called Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to come, but he didn’t pick me up, I drove out the way I came in. He reiterated that since he became the chairman of APC, the DSS had been to his office before “whenever they have concerns requiring proper clarifications”.

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Babalakin: FG Alone Can’t Fund University Education
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Urges ASUU to return to the negotiation table Olawale Olaleye Following last week’s commencement of a nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over lingering funding issues, Dr. Olawale Babalakin, SAN, Saturday said the federal government could not afford to fund university education alone. Babalakin stated this yesterday in Lagos during a []The post Babalakin: FG Alone Can’t Fund University Education appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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EFCC Moves to Prosecute Babachir Lawal, Drafts Charges
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Submits investigation report to AGF Tobi Soniyi The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally submitted the report of its investigation into fraud allegations against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal. Lawal, while he was the SGF, was accused of looting the funds of the Presidential Initiative on the []The post EFCC Moves to Prosecute Babachir Lawal, Drafts Charges appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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The Road to 2019:Flashpoints to Watch (IX)
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
The state of play and build-up to next year’s general election remains fluid, writesOlawale Olaleye Last week came with its own surprises in the build-ups to next year’s elections, but there was no significant game changer. The post primaries bounce for The PDP People Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar presidential run seem to have ebbed []The post The Road to 2019:Flashpoints to Watch (IX) appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PCNI Empowers 400 Youths from Conflict Zones
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Daji Sani in Yola The Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) saturday disclosed that it had empowered at least 400 youths from different communities ravaged by Boko Haram, noting that the beneficiaries were trained in entrepreneurship, digital graphics design and repairs of smart phone. The Vice Chairman of PCNI, Mr. Tijjani Tumsa made the []The post PCNI Empowers 400 Youths from Conflict Zones appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Kaduna Archbishop: Nigeria at War with Fanatics, Kidnappers, Terrorists
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Says Christians, Muslims not at war Warns political leaders against unguided statements John Shiklam in Kaduna The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna State, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso saturday condemned the rising activities of criminal elements in the country, especially in the Northern, noting that Nigeria ‘is at war with fanatics, kidnappers, and terrorists.’ Ndagoso, also, warned []The post Kaduna Archbishop: Nigeria at War with Fanatics, Kidnappers, Terrorists appeared first on THISDAYL
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Belarusian Multinational Seeks Partnership with FG, Lagos on Cable Light Rail
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Gboyega Akinsanmi A Belarusian multinational, SkyWay Capital at the weekend disclosed that it would be willing to develop robust partnership with the Federal and Lagos Governments to deliver a multi-billion naira hi-tech string transport technology in Nigeria. The multinational, which specialises in bringing innovative transport system to the world market, also disclosed that with the []The post Belarusian Multinational Seeks Partnership with FG, Lagos on Cable Light Rail appeared first on THISD
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Nigeria Ranks Third in Premature Birth Globally
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
The wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu at the weekend disclosed that Nigeria was ranked third among 10 top countries with high rate of preterm birth of 773,600. Bagudu disclosed this in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Paediatric Nurses (NANPAN) paid advocacy visit on her, thereby attributing the statistics to []The post Nigeria Ranks Third in Premature Birth Globally appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Family of Four Dies in Auto Crash in Anambra
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka A road accident, which occurred at Nkwelle Ezunaka junction in Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State, saturday claimed five lives comprising an unidentified man, his wife, daughter and mother in-law. The accident involved a tipper and Toyota Camry car, which the family was travelling with. A source told THISDAY that the []The post Family of Four Dies in Auto Crash in Anambra appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Nigerian Entertainer, Banky W, Enters House of Representatives Race
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Nseobong Okon-Ekong A Nigerian musician, Mr. Olubankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington yesterday announced his intention to contest federal legislative election on the platform of Modern Democratic Party (MDP). Olubankole, actor, writer and director known for his advocacy and passion for voters’ education, disclosed that he would contest the race to represent Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in the []The post Nigerian Entertainer, Banky W, Enters House of Representatives Race appeared first on
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