Today’s Thenation Newspaper Headlines, Sunday 9th December 2018

Today’s Thenation Newspaper Headlines, Sunday 9th December 2018

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N162m ONSA cash: EFCC summons Doyin Okupe ahead of arraignment
Sun, 09 Dec 2018

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited Dr. Doyin Okupe, a former senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for documentation ahead of his arraignment in court.

He is to face trial for alleged N162million illicit payments to him and his companies by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Chanchaga Local Government Area in Niger State.

Okupe has been on bail after he was initially interrogated on June 22, 2016.

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But necessary processes for his arraignment in court, including filing of charges, were perfected on Friday.

Okupe, in a series of tweets yesterday, said a team of EFCC officials stormed his Ilupeju, Lagos residence “asking me to follow them. No letter. No letter of IV no warrant.”

He added: “The men from EFCC left my house finally after I promised them that I will be in their office on Monday.

“The officers finally agreed to leave on d promise I will see them Monday. Offence. CYBER CRIME.”

However, a top source in EFCC said: “Our operatives were in his house to invite him for interaction on Monday in preparation for his arraignment for alleged N162million fraud.

“The charges against him are ready but he needs to come around to our office and it is from here we will take him to court for trial.”

Giving an insight into the allegations against Okupe, the source said: “Investigation confirmed that he received illicit payments from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki as well as strange payments to his companies by a council in Niger State.

“He was quizzed over N50million which he collected in cash from the former NSA without record or accountability.

“Another company that is linked to Okupe, Abraham Telecoms Limited allegedly received N35.5million from the NSA through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Also, one of his companies, Romic Soil Fix International Limited received N63million from Chanchaga Local Government council of Niger State and another N13.5m from the same council, for unknown reasons.

“The payments from Chanchaga LG to Romic were made on 21st of November, 2014 during the PDP primary election and 13th February 2015, just before the general election.”

But Okupe said the funds collected from ONSA followed a presidential directive by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

He had said: “The initial N50m was approved by the President to be paid to me from his security vote. N10m was to furnish my rented living apartment and another N10m for my office. The balance N30m was approved as takeoff grant.

“The N10m I received from the ONSA monthly was to run my office, pay salaries of staffs, including overheads, pay expenses for our numerous press conferences, pay for publications in newspapers, magazines, local and foreign, television programs, bulletins, and media consultants who assist and facilitate our work. I had about 23 staff, 11 were graduates out of which five were masters degrees holders.

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PDPs brinkmanship far worse
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
THE opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is desperate to win next years presidential election in order to bury the ghost of the crushing and dispiriting defeat it suffered in 2015. But the party has taken no step, said nothing inspiring, and shown no spark to indicate its readiness to retake office. Like the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that took the presidency from the fumbling hands of the incumbent more than three years ago, the PDP never quite managed to be run like a politica
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Annabel Mbonu: I once sold building materials
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Annabel Mbonu is a Nollywood actress and film producer. In this interview with Yetunde Oladeinde, she talks about her humble beginning, achievements, challenges and moreWho or what inspired you to go into acting’I would say that acting is an innate expression for me, because I enjoy every bit of it all the way. I started when I was young, from my teens and stretching till now. I guess I had grown up wanting to be part of media and entertainment. This was inspired back then by TV soap-operas
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The Crisis of Production and Consumption in Contemporary Nigerian Print Media
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The global in the localEdward Felsenthal , the chief executive of Time Magazine, in a significant welcome message to the new proprietors of the famous weekly, spoke about the extraordinary speed of disruption in [the] industry.( Time Magazine, October 1, 2018). A few weeks later, it was the turn of The Guardian of London.After a typically sober piece on Nigeria, the iconic mouthpiece of Leftist intelligentsia, in a classic enactment of jeremiad journalism, resorted to its now familiar plaintive
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Subsidy claims: Fed Govt. promises to pay N236b Friday
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Oil marketers should expect N236 billionpayment from theFederal Governmenton Friday as the first tranche of theoutstanding N348 billion subsidy claims by the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA).News of the proposed payment emergedyesterday after a meeting betweenofficials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and representatives of the petroleum product marketers.The oil marketers had said earlier y
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Banks refuse to lend N60b SMEs fund, says Emefiele
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
National Microfinance Bank takes off January 2019Commercial banks are not lending over N60 billion five per cent contribution from their annual profits to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele said yesterday.The contribution from the lenders followed CBNs directive to banks to contribute five per cent of their annual profits for on lending to SMEs which has so far yielded N60 billion.Speaking at the ongoing 10th Annual Bankers Committee
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Forget the past, work for Buhari, Sanwo-Olus victory, Ambode urges Epe Division
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
*Says Lagos stands to gain more by voting all APC candidatesLagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday urged voters in Epe Division to vote en masse for candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 to ensure continuation of the good works of the party at the state and federal levels.Ambode, who spoke during a meeting with APC leaders in the division which was called at his instance, said it was time for the people to put events before and after the APC governorship primaries in the
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PDP alleges freezing of Peter Obis accounts
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
EFCC: Were not involvedTHE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has flayed the alleged stoppage of transactions on all accounts belonging to its vice presidential candidate Peter Obi.The party also condemned similar actions against Obis wife, family members and business interests by unnamed government agencies.It however didnt provide details of the accounts allegedly frozen or the agencies involved.A statement yesterday by the spokesman for the PDP Campaign O
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Oyo ADC: More supporters ditch Ladoja for Lanlehin
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Many loyalists of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja in Ibadan declared their decision to stay back in African Democratic Congress (ADC) and support the partys guber candidate, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, rather than follow the former governor to Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). Their decision was announced by leaders of the support group in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.The meeting, which was moderated by Asiwaju Yemi Aderibigbe, who is the ADC House of Representatives candidate for Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Co
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Reddington Hospital unveils new surgery, critical care centre
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Reddington Hospital Lagos has unveiled a new and upgraded surgery and critical care facility.The centre known as the Davidson Specialist Surgery and Critical Care Centre was formally opened by Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria Ms. Laure Beaufils last week.The Centre is named after Dr Neil Davidson, an Oxford trained consultant physician and founding medical director of the Reddington Hospital.The Centre has been established to fill a perceived need for high-quality surgery backed up by high-le
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Saying goodbye to a loving mother, sister and friend
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Since August, when our dear mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson (Mama Gogo), was called to be with the Lord, my family and I have passed through what is clearly the worst period of our lives.Mama Gogo was hale and hearty and only complained of pains in her right leg about December last year. By January this year on returning from pilgrimage to the Holy land of Israel which she insisted on embarking on despite the pains. I asked the doctors to repeat her rounds of routine checks at the Bayelsa Diagnos
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Owan-Enoh: Ayade has nothing to campaign for
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Senator John Owan-Enoh, has said Governor Ben Ayades Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- led administration has nothing to campaign about.Reacting to Ayades earlier boast that he did not need to campaign because there was no opposition, Owan-Enoh, who spoke at the launch and dedication of his campaign secretariat in Calabar yesterday, said the state government has nothing to show for its time in office since 2015
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The Heart of Corruption
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Kindness is borne on the wings of respect which again must percolate from the top to the bottom in this pyramidal structure, what with gravity and all.I tell you, its a tough world were living in. Just imagine, reader, being robbed in a vehicle while youre travelling from one town to another in this our Nigeria. I know it has happened to many of us, much of it going unreported. Well, it happened to me recently, and so close to Christmas too! Some unconscionable characters who who who just dont k
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2019: Saraki battles new foes in Kwara
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State are currently in court, seeking to be handed the gubernatorial and senatorial tickets of the party in the state and Kwara central senatorial district respectively. In addition, they want the court to declare the Kola Shittu-led state executive committee illegal. Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, reports that the development is generating ripples in the camp of Senate President Bukola Saraki.Barely three months to the next gener
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2019: SDP will shock APC, PDP Owolabi
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Lagos businesswoman and philanthropist, Tessy Owolabi, has thrown her hat into the ring of political contest. The former student union leader, who is currently the House of Representatives candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 national assembly elections in Eti-Osa federal constituency of Lagos State, says her party will surprise Nigerians with the performance it will record across the country in the forthcoming elections.In this interview with Assistant Editor, Dare Odufow
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Ambode will lead my campaign -Sanwo-Olu
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Against the run of play, former Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment Pensions and Training, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this wide-ranging interview with selected journalists, he speaks on several critical issues facing the state. Wale Ajetunmobi was there.You defeated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the APC primaries that would have earned him a second term, will you allow him lead your campaign’Well, thank you very
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Enugu 2019: Can Eze upstage Ugwuanyi
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
In this report, Sunday Oguntola analyses the intriguing contest between Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his main challenger, Senator Ayogu Eze, for the Government House in 2019.On paper, the contest appears predictably easy. Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, according to many political pundits, should have an easy ride in his reelection bid come 2019. This, they say, is on the account of his popularity and impressive performances across board. Besides, Enugu State has always been
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FG procures 30 aircraft, six helicopter gun-shoots to fight Boko Haram
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Mashal Sadique Abubakar, on Saturday in Kano said the Federal Government has procured 18 moreaircraft,in addition to expected 12 brand new aircraft and six helicopter gun-shoots to intensify war against insurgency in the country.Air Mashal Abubakar who relocated to the North-West and North-East in furtherance with President Buharis directive spoke during the commissioning of a multi-billion Naira Modular Theatre at the 465 Nigeria Air Force hospital, Kano.He said the
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Africa Magic celebrates 15 years
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Africa Magic, a Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) entertainment content provider, is celebrating its 15th anniversary dedicated to quality programming and development of the local African television entertainment industry.According to the Channel Director, Africa Magic Channels, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu: For 15 years the Africa Magic channels have entertained viewers and audiences with the best content coming from some of the most amazing talents behind and in front of the cameras. In doing this, we
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Guitarist Fiokee teams up with Davido and Peruzzi in Dumebi
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Ace Nigerian guitarist, Ifiok Effanga, who is professionally known as Fiokee, has teamed up with 30 Billion Gang and DMW boss, Davido, with their vibe machine, Peruzzi, to produce a new song titled Dumebi.The song was produced by ace DMWs in-house music producer Fresh VDM and was mixed and mastered by Swaps. Dumebi will get your attention at first listen and has the full potentials to take over your playlist.
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Samuel Oniyitan: Ladies have asked me to father their babies
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Samuel Oniyitan works as a marketing specialist but his passion acting, film making and modeling defines him with over 15 works to his credit in 21 years. In this interview with JOE AGBRO JR, Oniyitan, who is set to storm Nollywood with his latest film, Abeke, speaks more of his film making career. ExcerptsWhat are you up to’We just finished shooting a movie about a month ago. Its a Yoruba movie called Ase. And now, were filming the movie called Abeke. And the target for Abeke, its going
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Disabled gospel act launches fourth album, Dominion
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
It was an afternoon of praise and worship at the Peace Pavilion of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Ojokoro, Lagos State penultimate Saturday, when a gospel singer who suffers from cerebral palsy, Emmanuel Benson, launched his fourth album, titled Dominion.According to Benson, who began his music career in 1989, the album launch was targeted at contributing his own quota to Christendom and as well as to raise funds to develop his music career.Despite his disability, Benson, the lea
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Dakore Egbuson Akande joins MTN to share joy
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Ikoyi, Lagos was at a standstill when MTN Nigeria gifted several residents during the launch of the fourth edition of the companys Season of Surprises. Star actor Dakore Egbuson was one of the guests present at the colourful launch in Ikoyi on Sunday, December 2, 2018.Chairman of the Board, Mr. Pascal Dozie, Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman; the Chief Operating Officer, Mazen Mroue, and other top executives of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company were also present at
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Sound Sultan, friends hold United4Food music concert
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
To drive home the importance of food and agriculture, musician Sound Sultan and his friends in the entertainment industry have held the second edition of #United4Food music concert.The free concert which was held last Sunday at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, was sponsored and supported by Oxfam and HEDA Resource Centre in collaboration with Sound Sultan and friends. It had in attendance artistes like Sheyi Shay, Ice Prince, CDQ, Small Dr, Vector, DJ Consequence, Blackah and Lami Phil
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Teni: My parents have been very supportive
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
New kid on block, musician Teni has said she enjoyed the support of her parents. The Wait crooner said this while being introduced as one of the artistes that will perform at this years edition of One Lagos Fiesta scheduled to hold from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019 at different locations across Lagos.My parents have been very supportive, she said, reacting to questions from journalists.She also promised OLF fans to expect to hear all her singles.They should expect Teni performing and giv
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NBC wins best company award at 2018 SERAS CSR Award
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, the non-alcoholic beverage giant, has emerged as winner in the best company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment category at the 12th edition of the Social Enterprise Report Awards (SERAS) CSR Awards which was held recently in Lagos. NBC was declared the winner ahead of other multinationals and blue-chip companies nominated in the category including 9mobile, Access Bank Plc, iSON, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Union Bank Plc. The company was
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How syndicate operating under SEM scammed Nigerians of N55b (1)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Recruits foot-soldiers from front-line churches, NGOs, cooperative societies, etc, across the country Deploys social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, whazapp as major channels of communication EFCC, other law enforcement agencies on the trail of alleged mastermind, Donald Olorunkeyede Members of the syndicates already in police custody Victims count losses, many dead from shock and debtsTheNations reporters, in this special investigative report, expose the intrigues and underbelly of
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Over-regulation is killing courier services
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Oladapo Siyanbola is the immediate past president of Association of Courier Operators of Nigeria (ANCO). In this interview with Medinat Kanabe he talks about the challenges of courier business in Nigeria, the postal bill at the National Assembly among other related issues. Excerpts:There is a bill at the National Assembly that is important to your industry, what is the latest about the bill ‘The bill is a very important document that we need to promote courier business in Nigeria. You must
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Group trains SMEs in renewable energy
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
In its quest to boost the capacity of women in small enterprises, a group operating under the aegis of Women in Renewable Energy Association (WIRE-A), has set machinery in motion to get a lot of women involved in application of solar energy in order to stay productive.The Association which gave this hint at a seminar in Lagos tagged: Advancing the role of women in renewable energy space stressed the need for more women to get into the solar energy space.The event which had a number of women and
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Smallholder farmers to negotiate with politicians
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The smallholder farmers in Nigeria have been advised on the need to negotiate with politicians before giving them their mandate.The Human and Environmental Development Agency (HEDA) in partnership with Voices for Food Security (VFS), gave this advice recently in Lagos, while speaking at farmers manifesto workshop, in Lagos,The Executive Secretary of HEDA, Mr. Arigbabu Sulaimon, who gave this advice, stated that the essence of the workshop was to enlighten and educate farmers on the need to negot
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Starting classroom chalk production
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Classroom chalk is produced from mixture of Plaster of Paris (POP). It is moulded into cylindrical shapes and dried for use. Classroom chalk is used in schools and it comes in slim sticks approximately 0.35 of an inch (nine millimeters) in diameter and 3.15 inches (80 millimeters) long. Students are often thought in classes on blackboards, using chalk sticks as it has been proven to be the cheapest and easiest method.Classroom chalk was first made into sticks for the convenience of artists. The
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