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Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headline, Saturday 1st December 2018

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Ex-President, U.S firm named in Atikus visa row
Sat, 01 Dec 2018

Against the backdrop of the controversies trailing the US visa status of Nigeria’s former vice president who also doubles as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, the United States Consulate, Lagos on Friday said the issue remains a strictly confidential matter which the American government will not discuss publicly.

The Public Affairs Officer (PAO), US Consulate, Lagos, Brussel Brooks, maintained that irrespective of the social standing or interest of the society in the matter, the US government will give the matter the strict confidentiality that it requires.

The PAO who did not specifically mention any name, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists at the end of an education forum organised for 150 teachers and students drawn from various public schools in Oyo State.

Dignitaries at the event include representatives of Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, students, teachers among other stakeholders in the sector.

The programme, entitled: “Teaching Resources: Availability, Applicability and Appropriateness”, held at the Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan.

It was organised by Fulbright Language Scholars’ Association under the leadership of Miss Tolu Akinwole and funded by the US Consulate.

The organisers said the programme had trained a total of 350 teachers in Oyo and Ondo States in 2018 with the focus of “igniting vibrant teachers and provide solutions to observed inability of students to apply lessons they learn in classrooms to everyday life.”

Speaking on the Atiku US visa status, Brooks noted that although, the case has been a topic issue in the media for a while, the US with still maintain its stand of taking visa matters as highly confidential, irrespective of the individual concerned.

He said, “The position of the US Mission has remained the same throughout any discussion of this issue, that visas are a confidential matter.

“We don’t discuss individual visa’s status of any person, whether it be a highly rated official, a presidential candidate or an average citizen.

“Anyone who applies for a visa should know that there will be some records that are confidential. It is classified as private document by the United States Government and we never discuss them now public.

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Metele massacre: Sack service chiefs now
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
SOME retired military officers and security experts yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nations service chiefs over Boko Harams attack troops in Metele, Borno State.In different interviews with our reporters yesterday, the ex-military officers and security experts charged President Buhari to replace the service chiefs with new officers, saying that the country was not getting the desired result in the fight against the insurgents.Many officers of the 157 Task Force Battali
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Army rolls out new strategies to fight Boko Haramas COAS conference ends
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that it had put in place new strategies to fight and defeat Boko Haram insurgents in the country.The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at the closing ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference held at the Command Guest House, Maiduguri, stated that the conference afforded the participants to deliberate on critical areas, such as leadership, command, responsibilities and doctrine.The Army Chief gave a stern warning to operational co
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EFCC arrests Lebanese with $2m cash at Abuja airport
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a Lebanese, Abbas Lakis, with $2million cash.Lakis, who was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja penultimate Friday, is being investigated for money laundering.According to a statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, the Lebanese was intercepted following an intelligence report that he had the cash on him.The statement said the intelligence report indicated that the undec
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Murder of 20-year-old under-graduate that shook Bayelsa
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
I need justice for my son. I need justice for my son. My son cannot die like that; Mrs. Erepade Patricia Nikade wept and cried in her home at Tinacious Road, Edepie, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as she uttered these words. If anybody had told her that life would be snuffed out of her last child, Tariela Nikade, in such a brutal and gory manner, she would have dismissed it as a doomsday prophecy. But her vivacious young son, her confidant, friend and playmate was gruesomely murdered on November 23. St
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Police begin recruitment of 10,000 constables
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced the commencement of the process of recruitment of 10,000 Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force as constables.The commission, in a statement in Abuja yesterday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the application which will run till January 11, 2019 should be done online.The commission also noted that the exercise is absolutely free, adding that interested candidates should not to pay any money to apply and should not return any completed forms
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Police kill 104 bandits, arrest 85 in Zamfara
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Police Force said it has killed 104 bandits during an attack on Mahanga Forest in Birnin Mogaji Local Government Area, Zamfara State.The Police also said it destroyed 50 hideouts located in three camps and also recovered 500 cattle and 79 sheep during the attack.The attack on the bandits led to the death of a policeman whose name and rank was not disclosed.To boost the success recorded by the team, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has also deployed the Deputy Inspector
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Ooni to lead monarchs to culture pageant
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has charged youths in the country to brace up and take full responsibilities in governance, stressing that Nigeria belongs to them.Speaking in his palace ahead the Queen Moremi Ajasoro Cultural Pageant finals, the monarch stated: The reason for empowering youths is that, clearly, the future belongs to them. I see myself a lot in them and I live on this throne for them all across the whole length and breath of Nigeria.My major wish is t
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2019:INEC raises alarm
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned that it will nottolerate any breach of the electoral laws and programme.The warning came on the heels of the discovery of underage nominations made by some political parties, thereby running foul of the electoral law, it was learnt.Political parties havetill midnight todayfor the substitution or replacement of candidates ahead of 2019 elections.INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a capacity buildin
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Wike may quit as Atikus South-South campaign coordinator
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
There were indications yesterday that Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, could quit as the South-South campaign coordinator for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Sources close to the governor told The Nation yesterday that he was not happy because Atikus campaign committee was not carrying him along in its activities.The governor was said to have complained that some of the people appointed to work with him were appointed with
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FG begins no-work-no-pay in striking varsities
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Following the deadlocks that have trailed attempts to end the ongoing strike by lecturers across all Federal Government owned universities in the country, the FG has directed Vice Chancellors of the striking public varsities and inter-varsity centers to enforce no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers.This directive was said to have been communicated to the universities in a memo sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) through the University Vice Chancellors.The Memo which was signed
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Buhari, Obaseki, others pay last tributes to late Chief Anenih
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State have extolled the leadership qualities of late Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, eulogizing him as an illustrious son of Nigeria and a politician of uncommon calibre.Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this during a requiem mass held as part of the state burial in honour of Late Chief Anenih, at the University of Benin Sports Complex, in Benin City, Edo State capital.The presiden
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Buhari swears in commissioners in FCSC
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday swore in the Chairman and 12 Commissioners of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.He charged them to address all obstacles inimical to the image of the service.The President also enjoined them to tackle issues detrimental to effective service delivery by the nations civil serviceThe civil service, he said, must be re-positioned to enable it discharge its assigned responsibilities for efficient implementation of governm
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Okowa advises politicians against politics of bitterness
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has advised politicians to shun actions that could jeopardize peace in the 2019 general elections.The governor gave the advice on Friday during the 87th Annual National Congress and Award of Honours of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) at Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta.Okowa urged candidates to shun politics of bitterness and focus on people-oriented programmes to woo the electorate.The governor said everyone should work toward free, fair and credib
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HIV/AIDS: Expert harps on safe relationships
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Dr Kema Onu, Site Coordinator, AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF), an NGO, on Friday said it was healthy and safe for couples and partners that are HIV negative and positive to be involved in a relationship.Onu told our reporters in Abuja that such relationship was also known as serodiscordant relationship.He explained that if positive partners are consistent in their intake of anti-retroviral drugs and the use of condom, the risk of transmission reduces significantly to the negative partner.To re
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Ajimobi, Ambode to women: Remain focused against all odds
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state and his Lagos State counterpart, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday called on women in the country not to give in to challenges in the pursuit of their dreams.The governors spoke at the closing ceremony of a three day National Women Summit organised by the Oyo State Officials Wives Association (OYSOWA) at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.The summit themed Against All Odds, the seventh in its edition was an initiative of the w
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Osun monarchs hail Oyetola for starting his first day with prayer
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Two traditional rulers in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, and the Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Adekunle Oyeyemi, have commended Governor Gboyega Oyetola for starting his first day in office with prayer.They said he had started well and prayed for him to have an happy ending like his predecessor in office, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.The Oluwo hailed Oyetola for demonstrating a sense of preparedness within his first two days in office.The Oluwo, who addressed reporters after
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Atikus American visa status, a confidential matter US Consulate
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Against the backdrop of the controversies trailing the US visa status of Nigerias former vice president who also doubles as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, the United States Consulate, Lagos on Friday said the issue remains a strictly confidential matter which the American government will not discuss publicly.The Public Affairs Officer (PAO), US Consulate, Lagos, Brussel Brooks, maintained that irrespective of the s
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CDHR petitions EFCC over alleged financial fraud in Delta
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), the Delta state chapter, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the activities of the chairman of Odidi community in Warri South-West council area of the state, Chief Johnny Aribogha.The rights group, in a petition signed by its chairman, Prince Kehinde Taiga, and made available to journalists in Warri yesterday, alleged that Chief Aribogha had been diverting moneies belonging to the community into hi
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