Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 10th December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 10th December 2018

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2019: Obasanjo hits Buhari again, denies being neutral
Mon, 10 Dec 2018

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday denied a report which indicated that he had dropped his support for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He faulted the report which also stated that he had no preferred presidential candidate. Obasanjo said only a fool would sit on the fence.
The ex-President said these in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, made available to journalists in Abeokuta.

In the statement titled, “2019 elections and reports of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s neutrality”, Obasanjo said he was in Cairo to attend the maiden edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair where he acted as the Chairman of the Advisory Council when his attention was drawn to the report (not in The PUNCH) with the headline, “Atiku: Obasanjo shifts political gear to neutral”

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Obasanjo said in the statement that Nigeria was being destroyed by incompetence, lack of focus and nepotism.

He said while he chose not to use the Owu convention in Iwo, Osun State on Saturday as a platform for a political campaign, he adopted a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu sub-ethnic group.

According to the statement, the former President “ believes that only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise”.

The statement said, “It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopted a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family.

“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former President said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impose any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who would drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.

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Northern elders decry indecision on minimum wage
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Northern Elders Forum has lambasted both the federal and state governments for their inability to arrive at an acceptable living wage for Nigerian workers. The convener of NEF and a former vice-chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, made the position of the elders known to newsmen in Kaduna
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I wont resign because of EFCCs charges NBA President
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Usoro, has said he will not resign based on the N1.4bn fraud charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Addressing journalists last Saturday, Usoro said that only the National Executive Committee of the NBA
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Akpabio insists APC will win in Akwa Ibom
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Patrick Odey, Uyo The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday said he would ensure the victory of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State in 2019. He said he had no doubt that with the massive support and commitment of party members, victory for the APC was a done deal. Akpabio
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Presidential candidates back Buhari on unsigned electoral law
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Sunday Aborisade The Forum of Presidential Candidates on Sunday backed President Muhammadu Buhari for declining assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018. The forum took the decision at a meeting held to review the matter. According to a statement made available to our correspondent, the 40 presidential aspirants under the forum said
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House of Assembly Speakers accuse courts of frustrating probes
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has accused courts in the country of frustrating legislative probes of bribery and corruption cases. It has therefore called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and the National Judicial Council to check the excesses of the courts. The group also urged
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2019: Let the political war begin
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Over 120,000 polling stations across 774 LGAs in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with 79 presidential candidates on the ballot, the opportunities for strategising towards February 16, 2019 are very stimulating. Think of it, if all the 79 presidential candidates on the ballot for the February 16, 2019 election decide to have at
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Why we have not adopted any presidential candidate YCE
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Femi Makinde The Yoruba Council of Elders has said it will not adopt any of the presidential candidates without getting a firm commitment from them on the restructuring of the country and abolition nomadic pastoralism. The Secretary-General of the YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Friday.
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Dont be afraid of federal might, Saraki tells Kwarans
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday urged his supporters in Kwara State not to be afraid of federal might which he said supporters of the All Progressives Congress were relying on to win the forthcoming general elections. He said the Peoples Democratic Party would win the elections if right
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Fasanmi is Tinubus stooge, says Okurounmu
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Afenifere chieftain and former lawmaker, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has lambasted 93-year-old Senator Ayo Fasanmi, describing him as a stooge of the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Okurounmu said this during a telephone chat with our correspondent while responding to an interview Fasanmi granted Sunday PUNCH wherein he (Fasanmi) attacked the
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Buhari, Nigerias most credible leader
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A National Coordinator of Igala-Bassa Alliance for Buhari Continuity, Umar Akwu, on Sunday described President Muhammadu Buhari as the most credible leader that the nation has ever produced. Akwu said this while speaking with journalists in Lokoja, Kogi State capital. He said the Igala-Bassaspeaking people of the state would vote massively for
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ADC candidate promises not to abandon Amosuns projects
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Gboyega Isiaka, has promised that he would not abandon uncompleted projects of the current administration if he became the next governor of the state. Isiaka spoke at a campaign rally in Ita-Aka on Saturday to end his tour of Abeokuta North Local Government Area
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Electoral Acts: UPN backs Buhari
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Unity Party of Nigeria has expressed its support for President Muhammadu Buharis decision to withhold his assent to the amended Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly. The party also faulted a threat by the Coalition of United Political Parties to boycott the 2019 General Elections if the President declined to
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Petroleum product depot owners shut down operations
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria on Sunday directed all its members to shut down operations at midnight of Sunday, December 9, 2018, until the Federal Government pays all the outstanding debt which it owed the marketers. DAPPMANs declaration came less than 24 hours after the Federal Government announced
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Ekiti lifts embargo on Ecobank, GTbank, Zenith Bank
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has lifted the embargo placed on three banks by the immediate past administration led by Ayodele Fayose. The Fayose-led administration had in May 2016 placed a non-patronage ban on the three banks- Ecobank, GTbank and Zenith Bank Plc and forbade government Ministries, Departments and Agencies,
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Appeal Court nullifies jail sentence on Shell MD, others
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has set aside the three-month sentence imposed on the Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Osagie Okunbor, and two other senior officers of the company for contempt, the oil major said on Sunday. The SPDC said in a statement that
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Costly smartphones, low investment frustrate Nigerias 4G drive
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
The efforts of telecom operators to offer Nigerians fast Internet connectivity via 4G network is being hindered by multiple challenges, IFE OGUNFUWA examines them The adoption of fourth generation of mobile network technology, 4G, by Nigerians has faced many challenges prominent among them are low investment in the technology and costly 4G-enabled smartphones. The 4G
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Duck farming: The poultry of the future
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Arinze Onebunne The history of duck consumption in this country is an interesting one. Duck consumption has graduated from a no mans food into poor mans food and then a delicacy. In the early and mid sixties, duck was regarded as no mans food; towards the end of the 70s it graduated into poor mans
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Housing corporations can help reduce accommodation problems Experts
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Experts in the built environment have said that if encouraged to grow, housing corporations could help to reduce the countrys homeownership problems. They said that the housing corporations should be considered as critical part of the solutions especially for intervention in a formal rental housing tenure. The Managing Director, Family Homes Fund, Mr
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Electricity consumers complaints rose to 153,227 in Q2
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Femi Asu Electricity distribution companies in the country saw complaints from their customers rise to 153,227 in the second quarter of this year, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission said in a new report. The regulator, in its report for the second quarter 2018, said the 11 Discos nationwide received a total of 153,227 complaints as
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In three quarters, economy gained $101m from IT start-ups NITDA
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja In the first three quarters of the year, start-ups in Information Technology contributed $101m to the Nigerian economy, the National Information Technology Development Agency, has said. The Director -General of NITDA, Dr Isah Ibrahim, said this at a pitch by new ICT companies during a programme Start-up Friday organised by
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Contribute more to national development, Okunnu tells quantity surveyors
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A former Minister of Works, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu, has asked quantity surveyors to ensure the continuous provision of professional advice on national issues. He said the quantity surveying profession had grown to the level that they should contribute more to national development. Okunnu, who spoke during the investiture of Ayuba Akere as the
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Leveraging infrastructural lapses to create wealth
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
FEYISAYO POPOOLA writes on ways to leverage infrastructural lapses and gaps in the country and create wealth through them, with focus on the logistics industry Nigeria has a lot of infrastructure deficits such as power shortage, bad roads, poor housing facilities, poor health and sanitation practices, among others. In as much as the poor state
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Block makers laud Dangote on new cement
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Block Moulders Association of Nigeria has commended the Dangote Group for its new cement, BlocMaster. The Chairman of the block moulders in Suleja, Niger State, Chief Patrick Markuche, who described the new product as Dangotes best in terms of quality, said it had helped improve the associations members revenue. He said members of the association
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Architects, firm endorse locally-manufactured building materials
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria and CDK Integrated Industries Limited have called for more investment in locally -manufactured building products. The professionals made the call at a pre-Annual General Meeting dinner hosted for ACAN by the CDK, producers of porcelain tiles and ceramic sanitary ware. The Managing Director of CDK, Bernard Longe,
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How to protect your bank cards from fraud
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
The risk of a fraudster accessing your bank account through the card you use at the ATM or a shop terminal is very real. But there are a few simple steps anyone can take to minimise the risk of people accessing our accounts via cards. Here they are, according to www.macquarie.com. Check the machine One
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NAMA begins upgrade of navigational aids in 24 airports
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency says it has commenced a routine calibration of navigational facilities in 24 airports across the country, ahead of the Yuletide. According to the agency, when completed in two weeks time, the calibration exercise targeted at putting all navigational aids in optimal capacity would ensure that the facilities generate
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Microfinance banks charging outrageous interest rates on loans CBN
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said that microfinance banks in the country are charging outrageous interest rates, and many small and medium enterprises are unable to access the Federal Governments loans aimed at stimulating local production and boosting non-oil export. Emefiele said this during a press briefing in Lagos on Sunday
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Things to know before starting a logistics company
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
A logistics firm is a company that stores and delivers the products of other businesses. They may specialise in the import and export of goods in and out of the country or may concentrate on ground transportation within the area. Whether shipping, trucking or conducting air transportation, a successful logistics company will need to have
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Sekibo advocates legislation to boost funding for creative industry
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Managing Director/ Chief Executive, Heritage Bank Limited, Mr Ifie Sekibo has called for appropriate legislation that will enhance the flow of funds to the creative industry and help maximise the potential of operators in the industry. Sekibo made the call while speaking on the contributions of Heritage Bank to the creative industry,
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Ogun gives N72m grant to CDAs
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has presented a cheque of N72m to about 349 Community Development Associations in the state, as grants-in-aid to support their self-help projects. According to a statement made available to our correspondent, the state government said while presenting the cheque at the World Community Day Celebration, in
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Bank directors seek CIBNs support in promoting professionalism
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Bank Directors Association of Nigeria has approached the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria for its support in promoting professionalism and ethics in the banking industry. The President, BDAN, Osaretin Demuren, said this when she led a delegation of the association to the CIBN in Lagos. She said the institutes corporation was
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CIFM plans increase in insurance professionals
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Rector, College of Insurance and Financial Management, Yeside Oyetayo, has said that the college plans to increase the number of professionals in the insurance industry without compromising its standard. She said this during the fourth graduation of the college at Asese, Ogun State. According to her, its vision is to become the
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Reverse deductions, pay pension arrears, ARFESPON tells FG
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola A group of Pensioners under the aegis of Association of Retired Federal Senior Public Officers of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate to make specific statement on the outstanding 20.4 per cent deductions from their pension entitlement made by the Federal Government since 2010. In a statement,
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Ajanlekoko bags ICEC distinguished international fellowship award
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A former president of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr Segun Ajanlekoko, has been honoured with the International Cost Engineering Council Distinguished International Fellowship Award. The award was given to him at the 11th ICEC World Congress and 22nd PAQS Congress, in Sydney, Australia. According to the Secretary General, ICEC, Dr Peter
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2019: Danjumas forum meets today on consensus candidate
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The National Christian Elders Forum, led by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.) and Solomon Asemota (SAN), will meet on Monday (today) to take a position on whether or not it should endorse a presidential candidate among the new entrants for the 2019 elections. The Mondays meeting follows
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Defending your rights is not hate speech, says Oyedepo
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Femi Makinde The President and Founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said that speaking out against oppression and injustice should not be classified as hate speech. Oyedepo said this at Faith Tabernacle, Ota, Ogun State on Saturday, while delivering his sermon during the impartation service
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SERAP sues Buhari for failing to order Gandujes probe
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to order the probe of the bribery allegation against the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. Video clips had weeks ago surfaced on the Internet showing the governor allegedly collecting kickbacks from some contractors. SERAP had, in early November,
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Unsigned electoral bill: INEC, political parties meet this week
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Olalekan Adetayo and Theophilus Onojeghen The leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission will, this week, hold a crucial meeting with the leaders of political parties towards the coming 2019 General Elections. President Muhammadu Buharis decision to withhold assent to the Electoral Act (Amended) Bill 2018, it was learnt, would top
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Boko Haram kills two soldiers in Saturday attack
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon, with agency report Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday evening attacked a military base in Gulumba village in the Bama District of Borno State, killing two soldiers and injuring two others. Sources in the military told AFP on Sunday that the insurgents stormed the military base in nine gun trucks at about 5.50pm on
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Freezing of Obis accounts wicked
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, has described the reported freezing of the bank accounts of Mr. Peter Obi as an act of wickedness and desperation by the current administration. Frank said Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress were making a big mistake by thinking
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Buhari asks African youths to lead fight against corruption
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that young people must lead the fight against corruption on the African continent to rescue it for the future generations. Buhari noted that if the youths took up the fight, they would help to safeguard the resources of the continent within the African states and from
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NGO honours Aboderin with posthumous humanitarian award
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Tunde Ajaja A non-governmental organisation, Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, has conferred a posthumous humanitarian award on the late former Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Wale Aboderin. The Founder and Executive Director, LAEI, Dr Ama Onyerinma, said the deceased exemplified the best of humanity while he was alive, adding that the award was to celebrate
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Politics of global warming
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Global warming is the effect of large human population, large industralisation, large carbon dioxide emission etc in the atmosphere which have been causing changes in the world climatic condition. If we sum up the entire population of Europe, Asia and America where we have large industrialisation and population, it is enough to pump excess carbon
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CPC, save us from Multichoice/GOtv
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
I give kudos to The PUNCH newspaper for the opportunity given to the masses through this medium to air their views and grievances on issues of national importance. It is disheartening that organisations like Multichoice Nigeria take delight in exploiting the fact that the Consumer Protection Council which is supposed to act like a check
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Oyo refuse collection challenge
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
The Oyo State Government needs to urgently regulate the rate the new refuse collectors just set up a going about giving outrageous rates they will be collecting monthly as charges. A small petrol filling station was asked to pay N5,000 per month for refuse collection alone, the station that is not generating any waste. The
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Obi: Mbaka needs retraining, group tells Pope
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has asked Pope Francis to invite Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, to the Vatican for retraining. The groups call followed recent controversy generated by Mbakas encounter with the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi,
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Police should be the first to fight corruption
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Deji Lambo The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has urged policemen to be at the forefront of fighting corruption. Imohimi, while speaking at the Anti-Corruption Day celebration, organised by the Centre for Change group in Omole Phase 1, Lagos, said the problems afflicting the police force was corruption. He added that the police
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Only internal security agents can defeat insurgency Okereke
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The Director General, National Commission for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Ammunition, Chief Emma Okereke, has said it is only internal security that can fight insurgency and other heinous crimes effectively in Nigeria. Speaking during the passing out parade of 500 trained members of the commission in Aba, Abia State,
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