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Today’s Punch Newspaper Headline, Sunday 25th November 2018

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Death toll in California fire rises to 87
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
The death toll in northern Californias so-called Camp Fire rose to 87, officials said late Saturday, adding that the blaze was almost fully under control. Cal Fire, the state fire authority, said in its latest bulletin that the fire which broke out on November 8 was 98 per cent contained. The office of
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Strong 6.1-magnitude quake shakes Colombian Caribbean islands
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook Colombian-owned islands in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday, but authorities said there was no need for a tsunami alert. The quake struck 32 kilometres (20 miles) southeast of Mountain, Colombia, at 0340 GMT Sunday, according to the US Geological Service, which monitors quakes worldwide. READ ALSO: Ive never said I
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Do still waters at National Assembly harbour any impeachment danger for Saraki, Dogara
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, appear to have survived the threats of impeachment following their defection from the All Progressives Congress, but LEKE BAIYEWU writes that fresh battles may still lie ahead President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of
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PDP fuelling Anambra Assembly crisis to impeach Obiano APGA
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
TONY OKAFOR The All Progressives Grand Alliance has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of masterminding the crisis in the Anambra State House of Assembly where the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, was reportedly impeached. It alleged that the PDPs grand plot was to impeach Governor Willie Obiano, after making the state ungovernable. The crisis in the Assembly
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Orange Drugs boss becomes Tinubus neighbour
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Olushola Ricketts Billionaire and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Drugs Nigeria Limited, Chief Tony Ezenna, is the newest neighbour of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Ezenna recently opened his mansion situated on Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. By far the most popular resident of the street, Tinubus house has become
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ICCDA plans fundraiser for centre
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Idimuland Communities Central Development Association has concluded plans to hold a fundraiser for the construction of a multipurpose centre in the area. The Chairman of the ICCDA, Mr Kazeem Rabiu, told our correspondent in an interview on Friday that that the association was planning to raise N25m for the project. The programme,
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Has Osoba forgiven Gbenga Daniel
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Olushola Ricketts The relationship between a former Ogun State governor, Olusegun Osoba, and his successor, Gbenga Daniel, could be likened to that of a cat and mouse. Despite being a sitting governor, Daniel defeated Osoba in 2003 to become the governor of Ogun State. As if the defeat wasnt enough slap on Osobas face, immediately
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Rant here: Gandujes bribery video
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
A few weeks ago, the governor of Kano State, Umar Ganduje, was allegedly caught in yet another video receiving what was described as a bribe from a contractor. Recall that the governor had been in the news for the past few weeks after the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, alleged that he (governor) regularly
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Dad was too busy to listen to music Olabisi Onabanjos daughter
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Bukunola is one of the children of a former governor of Ogun State, the late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo. She talks about her fathers life and career with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us more about yourself. I trained as a lawyer but I am now into the business of aso oke (traditional fabrics). I served as the
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Shock is different from its daily use
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie The habit of referring to severe personal reactions to stressful events as shock is so different from its scientific meaning that patients relatives are often left confused when they are told that their dependants are in shock. Frequently, they ask that if the said patient was in shock in the hospital, the
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I broke my pledge not to shout during labour Origbade
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
A microbiologist, Mrs. Gloria Origbade, shares her labour experience with TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN What is your babys name’ We gave him many names but we call him Success. How did you choose the names’ When I was 17 weeks pregnant, I was looking for a unisex name for my baby (we were yet to check the
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Father partly to blame if his child becomes a criminal Basorge Tariah Jnr.
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Nigerian actor and comedian, Basorge Tariah Jnr., talks to TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN about his life as a father What does fatherhood mean to you’ Fatherhood means a sense of responsibility, a privilege and honour of mentorship. Fatherhood means being a guardian and a custodian. A person, who shows love, provides for the family and most importantly,
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A DPO was transferred after detaining me for publishing a ladys picture Oyemade
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Eighty-year-old veteran photojournalist, Mr Cornelius Oyemade, shares the story of his life with SIMON UTEBOR Where and when were you born’ I was born on November 10, 1938 at Campus Square, near Bamigbose in Central Lagos. What was your childhood experience like’ In actual fact, I had different challenges. My ambition from my childhood was
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My cabinet, the best in Nigerias history Jonathan
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Olalekan Adetayo Former President Goodluck Jonathan says no Nigerian leader till date has been able to assemble a star-studded cabinet as he did while in office. He believed his cabinet was full of achievers and people who he said got to the top of their chosen fields based on merit. Jonathan said this in his
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Ill scrap EFCC, ICPC Presidential candidate
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
OLALEKAN ADETAYO The presidential candidate of the Accord Party, Isaac Ositelu, on Saturday promised to scrap the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission if elected in 2019. He said he would collapse the operations of the commissions into the Nigeria Police Force under a reform programme of his administration. Ositelu
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Aggrieved APC chiefs dare NWC, refuse to withdraw suits
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
CHUKWUDI AKASIKE, FEMI MAKINDE, MUDIAGA AFFE and ABIODUN NEJO Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress that took the party to court for various issues have vowed to continue with their cases despite the directive given by the National Working Committee of the party demanding the immediate withdrawal of the court cases. The NWC,
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Today’s Guardian Newspaper, Sunday 25th November 2018

Rejection drove me into underwear business Omotosho
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Chief Executive Officer, Flair Underwear, Olawale Omotosho, 25, tells ANNA OKON about his underwear business What services do you render at Flair Underwear’ Flair Underwear is an enterprise that produces mens underwear. We are reputed for the comfort and affordability of our products. We produce in large quantities to supply to clothing stores, supermarkets, boutiques
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N60bn revenue shortfall affects power distribution Discos
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The over N60bn revenue shortfall in the books of power distributors is slowing down the distribution of electricity across the country. According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in its most recent quarterly report released in Abuja, power distributors recorded a revenue shortfall of N64.5bn in the first quarter of this year. Power
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BPE dispels rumour of Discos licence renewal
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh, has said that there is nothing ongoing in terms of contract or licence renewal for any of the distribution companies, including Benin Electricity Distribution Company. In a press statement issued on Thursday, Okoh also appealed to civil society groups, residents and all stakeholders in the
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Calls for deregulation of Nigerias fuel market persist
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
The recent rise in the landing cost of petroleum products has renewed the calls for the full deregulation of the downstream subsector of the nations oil and gas industry, FEMI ASU writes As private marketers continue to stay on the sidelines in terms of petroleum products importation, stakeholders have reiterated the need for the Federal
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Civil society knocks el-Rufai on Muslim-Muslim ticket
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO Two civil society organisations, Campaign for Democracy and Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, have condemned Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State for approving Muslim-Muslim ticket as governorship candidates/running mate of the All Progressives Party for the state. They asked the governor to consult with stakeholders in the state instead President Muhammadu Buhari.
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FG, Volkswagen begin talks on automobile hub
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government and the Volkswagen Group have commenced dialogue as the local manufacturing of vehicles by the automaker is set to begin. The Federal Government, in September, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen Group for the production of various types of vehicles in Nigeria. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment,
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Atikus alleged endorsement divides Adamawa IPAC
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Hindi Livinus A faction of the Adamawa State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council has denied endorsing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for 2019. The faction, comprising chairmen of 17 political parties, made the denial on Saturday in a statement by its spokesman, Aboki Wunuji. The statement said the
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Microfinance banksll solve financial challenges of low-income earners Joda
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Accion Microfinance Bank, Taiwo Joda, in this interview with NIKE POPOOLA, speaks on how microfinance institutions can provide financial support to low- income earners Many people relate with Deposit Money Banks; only a few patronise microfinance banks. Why is this so’ By regulation, Deposit Money Banks offer a wide range of
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Destroy excuses, start where you are with what you have Moremi Elekwachi
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
CEO of Euphorique PR, Moremi Elekwachi, 31, speaks with Tofarati Ige on her business and other issues What is your educational history’ I attended Chrisland Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos, for my elementary education. I then proceeded to Supreme Education Foundation, Magodo, Lagos, from JSS1 to SS1. After SS1, I attended Oxbridge Tutorial College, Ikeja, Lagos,
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Genesys Ignite: A tech movement at the right time
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. One of the biggest struggles we all have from time to time, is how to accurately measure impact. Should it be quantified by the amount of money in ones account or simply by influence or those new initiatives that are borne through your work’ I ask these questions because of how
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DPR, stakeholders to examine sustainability in oil industry
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources has said the need to drive sustainability in the nations oil and gas industry through stakeholders environmental stewardship will be the focus of the forthcoming conference on health, safety and environment. The Chairman, Conference Organising Committee, and Deputy Director, Health, Safety and Environment, DPR, Dr Musa Zagi, stated
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Unmetered power consumers facing huge burden NERC
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said electricity consumers without meters are exposed to unacceptable level of estimated bills. NERC said the reports of the monitoring exercises it carried out indicated that the implementation of estimated billing based on the applicable regulation had not been strictly complied with by all the distribution companies.
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GPPS to inaugurate new operations base
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Global Process and Pipeline Services Limited, an indigenous oil services firm, says it is set to unveil its new office complex and operations base in Port Harcourt. The Managing Director, GPPS, Mr Obi Uzu, said in a statement that the office complex and operations base would further enhance the firms efficiency for a superior service
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Nigeria may break up without restructuring YCE scribe, Olajide
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Secretary-General, Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, in this interview with FEMI MAKINDE says most problems facing Nigeria will be addressed when the country is restructured President Muhammadu Buhari said most people advocating restructuring do not know what it is all about. So, what form of restructuring does your organisation want for Nigeria’ Let
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Olujimi is the undisputed leader Oluwatuyi
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State and spokesperson for Biodun Olujimi group, Chief Titi Oluwatuyi, in this interview with ABIODUN NEJO, says only the highest-ranking elected member of the PDP, not a former governor, can head the party Two weeks after the PDP left power in Ekiti State, this leadership crisis, which
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Jonathan was incompetent but I supported him Balarabe
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
NIYI ODEBODE and GODWIN ISENYO A former governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, on Saturday said it was wrong for former President Goodluck Jonathan to claim that the entire North worked against him in 2011 and 2015 general elections. Although he said he felt Jonathan
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Obanikoro, wife, son recover N500m houses, land from EFCC
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin and Tobi Aworinde A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, his wife and children have recovered three properties worth about N500m from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The properties include four terrace houses located at 44 Mamman Kotangora Crescent in the highbrow Katamkpe Extension area
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Melete attack: Terrorists ambush evacuation troops, seize gun trucks, captain
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Olaleye Aluko and Kayode Idowu A week after the fighters of the Islamic State West African Province attacked the Nigerian Army 157 Battalions base in Metele, Borno State, scores of dead and missing soldiers had yet to be located as air assets have been deployed in the area for search and rescue, according to military
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I dont regret resigning as Tinubus deputy Senator Bucknor-Akerele
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, a former deputy governor of Lagos State during the administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, tells OLUSHOLA RICKETTS about her life and why she picked an interest in politics At 79, are you fulfilled’ Yes, I think I am. I think I have had a very good life. I dont think there is much
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We studied hard not to beg for jobs UI First Class twins in Law
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Twin brothers, Taiye and Kehinde Adegoke, who both bagged a First Class in Law at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, talk about how they achieved the feat with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us more about yourself. Taiye: I am a native of Ondo, Ondo State. My twin brother and I are first of six children.
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AMCON debtors pay cash, surrender assets to evade prosecution
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola Some of the high-profile debtors on the list of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria have started paying back their debts in cash. Some of them have also agreed to forfeit their assets to evade being prosecuted by the debt recovery agency, investigation has revealed. The corporation had threatened to take the defaulters
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Senate asks FG to pay marketers N348bn subsidy claims
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
SUNDAY ABORISADE The Senate has advised the Federal Ministry of Finance to liaise with the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Debt Management Office and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and ensure payment of the N348bn subsidy claims already approved for some oil marketing firms. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) Senator Kabir
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Dont be used for electoral violence, Sultan tells youths
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Friday Olokor The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, has asked Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari to his words on the conduct of a free, fair, credible and violence-free general elections in 2019. He also called on Nigerians not to be used by politicians
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EFCC to amend charges, obtain arrest warrant against Diezani
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has brought fresh charges against a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. It was learnt that the EFCC would in the coming days join Diezani in a suit filed against an oil tycoon, Jide Omokore. The EFCC will subsequently apply for a
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APC accuses Saraki of plotting to stop Kwara Reps inauguration
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
SUCCESS NWOGU The Kwara State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Bashir Bolarinwa, has accused the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of plotting to influence the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, to stop the inaguration of the Representative-elect of Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency, Mr Raheem Olawuyi. He, however, stated that he
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Akume, enemy of Benue people, says Ortom
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused one of his predecessors, George Akume, of being one of the enemies of the people that are unleashing terror on the state. The governor, who spoke on Saturday in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, said
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Nnewi traders kick as police arrest 34 IPOB members
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
TONY OKAFOR The Anambra State Police Command on Saturday said it arrested 34 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra. This was just as traders at the Nkwo Nnewi market closed shops on Saturday to protest against the arrest of some of their members labelled as IPOB members. They converged on the markets Central
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FG, Japan seal $21m power plant rehabilitation deal
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
IFEANYI ONUBA The Federal Government has signed an agreement with the government of Japan for the rehabilitation of the Lagos Transmission Substation. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, signed on behalf of the Federal Government while the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Yutaka Kikuta, signed on behalf of the government of
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Aregbesola lauds NYSC
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has lauded various health initiatives of members of National Youth Service Corps, serving in the state. The governor spoke at the opening of the 2018 Batch C, Stream II Orientation Course, held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, Osun State. Aregbesola said observing the one-year mandatory service in
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206 students graduate with first class in FUTA
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
PETER DADA No fewer than 206 students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, have bagged first class degrees from the institution. The first-class students would be among the 6,000 students from various departments of the university, to be awarded bachelors degrees at the forthcoming convocation of the school. The Vice-Chancellor of the
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Taraba partners NSHIP on health care
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Justin Tyopuusu The Taraba State Government and the Nigeria State Health Investment Project on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost primary health care delivery in the state. Signing the MoU in Jalingo, the state capital, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, said the MoU was to scale up more hospitals in the
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Ajaokuta: Reps panel recommends use of Abacha loot
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
ENIOLA AKINKUOTU The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited has submitted its report to the House recommending that the loot recovered from the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, be channelled towards reviving Ajaokuta Integrated Steel Plant. The committee in the report, which was obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH, claimed
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Fayose is still in charge Oguntuase
Sun, 25 Nov 2018
In this interview with ABIODUN NEJO, the PDP chairman in Ekiti State, Chief Gboyega Oguntuase, says Fayose remains leader of the party in the state Why is it difficult to resolve the leadership crisis involving former Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Olujimi’ Leadership crisis’ Im not aware of that and I equally want to say
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