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Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 7th December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 7th December 2018

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Ambodes commissioner was PDPs mole in our party APC
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says it had always known that Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes commissioner, Wasiu Oluwo, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday, was a mole for the opposition party. The partys position was contained in a statement on Thursday by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr 
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We are ready for 2019 elections, say police
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Agboola Oshodi-Glover, on Thursday said men of the Nigeria Police Force were ready for the 2019 general elections. He said they would ensure the elections were free, fair and credible. Oshodi-Glover said this when he visited the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, in Abeokuta, the state 
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19 Imo lawmakers defect to AA, tackle Oshiomhole
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Thursday led 18 lawmakers to defect from their former parties to the Action Alliance. The House has 27 members. The affected lawmakers were before now members of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party. Achime read the notice 
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South-West will vote massively for Atiku Oladipo
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Success Nwogu, Abuja A former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, on Thursday said the South West would vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Oladipo, who is a member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in a statement issued on the South West PDP presidential rally described Atiku 
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Mbaka, Obis altercation shameful, say Catholic bishops
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has described the recent altercation between the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu as shameful. The CBCN therefore warned its members against partisan politics, saying doing such amounted to a contravention 
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The Sultan, the Cardinal, and killer herdsmen
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tunji Ajibade Getting to know a Sultan and a Cardinal well is a difficult task. I mean getting to know what either of them thinks. Its because we dont get to see a Sultan or hear a Cardinal every day. This is essentially true of the years before the emergence of Saad Abubakar as the 
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Ojukwus widow shuns APGA rally, Umeh urges peace
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the late leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, on Thursday shunned a rally held in Awka, Anambra State, to start the presidential and National Assembly campaigns of the party. Bianca has been having a running battle with the leadership of the party since 
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Industrialists son accuses police of malicious prosecution
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon One of the children of popular iron and steel merchant, the late Alhaji Abdul- Rasak Sanusi, Kehinde has threatened to sue the police for alleged malicious prosecution. Kehinde accused the police of damaging his reputation and character through malicious prosecution. According to a statement on Thursday, he spoke through his lawyer, Ajose Abejoye, 
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No Chinese was arrested with human heads in Abia CP
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, has described as untrue a news item trending on the social media that some unnamed Chinese workers were arrested with human heads in Umuahia. Ezike said in a statement issued in Umuahia on Thursday that the publication, which sparked public outrage, curiosity and 
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Go for fruit juice when you miss breakfast
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tare Youdouwei A health and fitness expert, Dr Bisi Abiola, has recommended fruit juice for professionals who are denied the opportunity of regular breakfast as a result of tight job schedules. Abiola during the November edition of her monthly discourse on the health benefits of fruit juice held on Friday noted that adding fruit juice 
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189 deceased teachers families, others get N475m claims
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe The Lagos State Government has presented insurance benefits worth N475m to the relatives of 189 staff members of the State Universal Basic Education Board and local governments who died on duty. The state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Folami, said the first phase of the presentation was made in 
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Lagos trains 15 PwDs in skill acquisition
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe The Lagos State Government has graduated 15 trainees from its Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities in different vocations. While presenting vocational tools and empowerment grants to the trainees on Thursday at the Ikorodu centre, the state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Agboola Dabiri, said the state government was committed 
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FCDA demolition squad storm Abuja suburbs, pull down illegal structures
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A demolition team made up of officials of the Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration, with support from security agencies, have started pulling down illegal structures in the FCT satellite towns. The exercise, which commenced on Wednesday, involved the pulling down of perimeter fences and part demolition of residential buildings 
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2019 polls: Abdulsalami cautions politicians
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna A former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday called on politicians to jealously guard the peace of the country ahead of the 2019 general elections. Abubakar, who spoke at a book launch in memory of a former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, said politicians and their parties hold the 
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Nigeria lost 1,532 persons to terrorism in 2017 GTI
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Global Terrorism Index 2018 report has said that Nigeria lost 1,532 persons following the Boko Haram insurgency and other acts of terrorism in the country in 2017. The report published on Wednesday added that Boko Haram terrorists are still the second most deadly globally after the Islamic State of Iraq and 
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In 10 years, Boko Haram killed 20,000; destroyed $9bn infrastructure Osinbajo
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja In the past 10 years, Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, has killed 20,000 persons and destroyed infrastructure worth $9bn, Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo said this at the inauguration of an intervention initiative tagged Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme by the African Development Bank in 
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Breast cancer patients get N9.5m donation
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure In a bid to eradicate breast cancer in Ondo State, some political appointees have donated a sum of N9.5m to assist breast cancer patients who can not afford the treatment cost. The wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, disclosed this at the second day of the first forum for Wives 
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2019: Journalists warned against unethical conduct
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Nigeria Union of Journalists has called on its members to be careful of writing reports and stories that could trigger crisis in view of the attendant implications for peaceful coexistence and social cohesion. It also called on them to be factual in the dissemination of news and avoid using sensational and 
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Ebonyi health school seeks legal backing
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki Authorities of Ebonyi State School of Health Technology, Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, have called on the state government to sponsor a bill to legalise the establishment of the health institution. The principal of the school, Dr. Emmanuel Okoro, made the appeal during the seventh matriculation of the 
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NASS workers protest: Reps summon finance minister
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, over the non-release of funds to finance the new Consolidated Salary Structure of National Assembly workers. Mohammed is expected to explain the delay in implementing the 2018 Appropriation Act which captures the 28 per cent salary increment under the new 
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Court sacks Anambra APC chair, others
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor , Awka A Federal High Court sitting in Awka , Anambra State, on Thursday sacked the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Emeka Ibe. Others affected by the judgement were members of the executive committee of the party in the state. The development was sequel to a petition to the court 
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Military destroys 436 illegal refineries, arrests 266 suspects
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Joint Military Task Force code-named Operation Delta Safe operating in Niger Delta says it destroyed over 436 illegal refineries, 609 Cotonou boats and 1,507 surface tanks in the region in two months. Also destroyed by the task force were 1, 538 drums used for illegal bunkering. The Acting Director, Defence Information, 
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Lagos APC candidates warn INEC
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja Three Lagos State House of Assembly candidates of the All Progressives Congress have accused some Independent National Electoral Commission officials of conniving with some unauthorised APC members to substitute their names as candidates. The APC candidates are Rauf Sulaiman from the Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 11; Olumoh Saad Lukman from the Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 
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ICC probes farmers-herders conflict
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The International Criminal Court has said it is investigating the farmers-herders crisis in the Middle Belt to determine if crimes allegedly committed were within its jurisdiction. The lead prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, made the revelation in a report on ICC activities for 2018 presented at The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday. According 
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Tiv council urges FG to resettle Benue IDPs
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
John Charles Makurdi The Tiv Supreme Council, Ijirtamen, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to hasten the process of resettling the Benue Internally Displaced Persons to enable them to return home. In a communiqu issued at the end of its emergency meeting and made available to newsmen in Makurdi, the council said the Federal Government 
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Atikus endorsement: SDP NWC meets next week, GDPN kicks
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Members of the Social Democratic Partys National Working Committee will meet next week to take a position on the recent endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the consensus presidential candidate of the Coalition of United Political Parties. The National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Mr Alfa Mohammed, said this in an interview 
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Gov candidate promises to reinstate sacked workers
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki The All Progressives Congress Governorship Candidate in Ebonyi State, Sonni Ogbuoji, on Thursday promised to reinstate the over 300 workers of the Ebonyi State University sacked by the state government if elected. He also promised to pay the new minimum wage, arrears of pensions and gratuities to all workers in the state. 
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Ladoja declares for ZLP, says ADC rudderless
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan A former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, on Thursday announced his defection to the Zenith Labour Party from the African Democratic Congress. Justifying his decision at a press conference in Ibadan, the state capital, Ladoja said his former party was rudderless and operating under invisible leaders. The former governor also presented the 
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Nigerians have no reason to re-elect Buhari Senator
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, has said that Nigerians have no reason to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari who is the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections. Olujimi, who is the Peoples Democratic Partys senatorial candidate for Ekiti South, said Nigerians should vote in 2019 based on past 
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Im still in the race, says presidential candidate
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Tobi Aworinde, Abuja The presidential candidate of KOWA Party, Dr Adesina Fagbenro-Byron, has criticised the process that resulted in the adoption of the Peoples Democratic Partys candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the consensus candidate of the Coalition of United Political Parties. He described the process as faulty and dubiously executed. The presidential candidate, via his 
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Ill sign Petroleum Bill once I get it Buhari
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday declared that he would sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law once the bill was presented to him. Buhari spoke at a lecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers in Abuja. The President said the bill, when 
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FG releases N33bn for Second Niger Bridge project
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja A total amount of N33bn has so far been released for the implementation of the second Niger bridge project. The Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr Uche Orji, gave the figure while speaking shortly after an inspection of the project. Orji visited the site with the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, 
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Thaumatin cultivation and processing, a potentially rewarding venture area
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Jennifer Abraham There are many resources that hold great potential for Nigeria if adequately tapped and, like I said in my last article, the private sector needed not wait on the government to herd her into profitable areas of foray; she can step ahead to make her own discoveries. The business community must now take 
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Nigeriall find it difficult to cut oil production Kachikwu
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Femi Asu As the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries is keen to extend efforts to ward off oil supply glut and prop up prices, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has said it is very difficult for Nigeria to reduce its crude oil production. Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, which rose 
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Reps want Ajaokuta privatisation reversed
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to cancel the privatisation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited and revive it with the loot recovered from a former military dictator, the late Gen. Sani Abacha. Also, the lower chamber of the National Assembly asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to 
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FG, oil marketers agree on fuel subsidy payment
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government and petroleum marketers on Thursday agreed on how the outstanding fuel subsidy claims would be settled by the government. The agreement was reached after a meeting held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance. A statement from the Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Mr Paul Ella, 
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NNPC, others to build oil research facilities
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund are finalising plans to build research facilities for the oil and gas sector in strategic locations across the country. According to the Executive Secretary, PTDF, Bello Gusau, the absence of key research facilities in Nigeria, coupled 
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Saudi donates food items to 840,000 Borno, Yobe IDPs
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has donated 140,468 bags of food items to displaced victims of Boko Haram in Borno and Yobe states. About 840,000 internally displaced persons in the North-Eastern states are to benefit from the donations, according to the National Emergency Management 
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Customs generate N1.1tn, seize contraband worth N40bn
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Anna Okon with agency report The Nigeria Customs Service said on Thursday that it generated N1.1tn revenue and seized contraband goods worth more than N40bn between January and November. The amount is greater than the sum generated in 2017. The NCS in 2017, made N1.03trn, the highest revenue ever generated by the service and above 
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State MDAs frustrating access to telecommunications NCC
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja State Ministries, Departments and Agencies are hampering access to telecommunications, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said. Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, at NCC, Mr Sunday Dare, said this at a stakeholders parliament in Lokoja on Thursday. Dare who was represented at the event with the theme Optimising the benefits of telecoms infrastructure in 
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Buhari approves treasury officers for revenue agencies
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the posting of treasury officers from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to key revenue agencies. The treasury officers from the OAGF are to serve as directors of revenue and investment departments in the revenue generating agencies. Some of the agencies where they will be 
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FG opens N100bn Sukuk subscription, targets road projects
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Federal Government on Thursday issued N100bn seven-year Sukuk that will be due in 2025. The Debt Management Office disclosed on its website that the Sukuk, with a rental rate of 15.743 per cent, would open on December 6, 2018 and close on December 17. The settlement date for the bond is December 
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Money launderers using Nigerias gemstones Minister
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigerias gemstones are so attractive that they have become tools in the hands of smugglers and money launderers, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Bawa Bwari, has said. Bwari said this at the opening of a two-day African Gems and Jewellery Exhibition and Seminar in Abuja on Thursday. The minister said 
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E-dividend registrationll boost liquidity SEC
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Securities and Exchange Commission has said the e-dividend registration will boost liquidity in the capital market. The acting Director-General, SEC, Ms Mary Uduk, while speaking at an enlightenment programme on e-dividend and contemporary issues in the Nigerian Capital Market in Enugu on Thursday, urged more Nigerians to take advantage of the on-going 
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Exploring the goldmine in beauty spas
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja It is everybodys dream to remain healthy, especially in this part of the world where the life expectancy rate is about 48 years But being healthy is not only about being physically fit, it also requires a lot especially in the area of taking good care of every aspect of the body. 
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Stakeholders seek increased pension fund investment in capital market
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Capital market regulators and stakeholders are seeking to increase the investment of pension fund in the nations capital market. The Managing Director, Meristem Wealth Management Limited, Sulaiman Adedokun, while speaking at the 2018 Exchange Traded Products conference organised by the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos on Wednesday, said the government ought to create 
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Stock market reverses gains as sell-offs resume
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The bullish run of the nations stock market was halted on Thursday as sell-offs resumed after gains were recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday. The market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange depreciated by N121bn on Thursday to close at N11.251tn from the N11.372tn recorded on Wednesday. Sell-offs in the banking 
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FBNQuest appointed co-financial advisor for FGN Sukuk
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited has been appointed as the co-financial adviser to the Debt Management Office on the issuance of the second N100bn Sukuk offer. The firm, in a statement on Thursday, said the appointment followed the success of the first Federal Government of Nigeria Sukuk Bond in 2017. The statement said the 
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