Today’s Newtelegraph Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 19th December 2018

Today’s Newtelegraph Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 19th December 2018

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Former defence chief, Alex Badeh, shot dead
Wed, 19 Dec 2018

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A former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), has been killed by unknown gunmen.
Badeh was killed on his way back from his farm along the Abuja – Keffi road.

The incident was confirmed by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
‪Confirming the unfortunate development, Daramola said: “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.‬

“On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest. Details later.

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Earlier, the Acting Director iof Defence Information, Brig-Gen. John Agim, when approached for official reaction, had simply said: “You are calling me to confirm about Badeh; I’m not aware.

“Even me, I’m trying to confirm”.

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2019: INEC processes 1.9m requests for PVCs replacement, transfer
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Less than two months to the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 1,948,710 requests for replacement of damaged/defaced Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), as well as those for intra and inter-state transfers were being processed. Chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja, at the []The post 2019: INEC processes 1.9m requests for PVCs replacement, transfer appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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EFCC arraigns NBA President, Usoro, for alleged N1.4bn fraud
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) was yesterday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged N1.4 billion fraud. Usoro was docked before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan on a 10-count charge bordering on the alleged offence. He, however, []The post EFCC arraigns NBA President, Usoro, for alleged N1.4bn fraud appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Security operatives cordon off N’Assembly complex
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
In spite of the ongoing strike by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), the National Assembly has concluded arrangements to receive the 2019 budget estimates to be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari today. The Senate and the House of Representatives, yesterday, resolved to receive President Buhari in a joint session, for the []The post Security operatives cordon off NAssembly complex appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Buhari rejects N488.7bn NASS’ approval for states
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has notified the Senate of his rejection of the sum of N488.7 billion approved by the National Assembly as refund to state governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. The President conveyed his decision to reject the approval through a letter he wrote to the apex legislative chamber and []The post Buhari rejects N488.7bn NASS’ approval for states appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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FG laments poor returns on N40trn investment in enterprises
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
PPPRA, NPA, others owe govt N2.7trn operating surplus The Federal Government has declared state of emergency on revenue remittances by the Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs), lamenting that her over N40 trillion investment in GOEs yielded less than one per cent Returns on Investments (ROIs) over the years. This was as government put unremitted revenue surplus []The post FG laments poor returns on N40trn investment in enterprises appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Obasanjo, ex-African Presidents, Jega meet over e-voting, others
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Former presidents of four African countries yesterday opened discussion on how to find a lasting solution to disruptive use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on electoral process on the continent. They also met to propose models of successful deployment of ICT in electoral systems in Africa for the sustenance of democracy. The former presidents, []The post Obasanjo, ex-African Presidents, Jega meet over e-voting, others appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Triumph of the human spirit
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Book title: Call Me Ajoke Author: Segun Oke Publisher: Design And Dream Arts (DADA), Enterprises, Lagos Year of publication: 2014 Reviewer: Uzor Maxim Uzoatu There is a crying need to write thrilling books that will compel Nigerians to read. Segun Oke’s Call Me Ajoke is one book that can do a world of good []The post Triumph of the human spirit appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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APC creating era of poverty, starvation ‘ Atiku
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Dogara: Party has failed North East The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has succeeded in creating an era of poverty and acute starvation in the country in the last three-and-half years. That was just as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu []The post APC creating era of poverty, starvation ‘ Atiku appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Hope for the blind as bionic eye ready for human trials
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Scientists said Biomedical engineering was closing in on a device that could help the blind see. According to the researchers from University of Sydney, Australia, a bionic eye was set to be implanted into humans for the first time as they seek to conduct human trials before a potential release of the ‘Phoenix 99 []The post Hope for the blind as bionic eye ready for human trials appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Ambode launches Lagos health insurance scheme
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday launched health insurance scheme, saying the state was now on a journey to achieve affordable, comprehensive and unhindered quality healthcare services for residents. Speaking at the official launch of the scheme at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Ambode said the decision to come up with the initiative, which had []The post Ambode launches Lagos health insurance scheme appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Sugar imports soar to N344.5bn despite restrictive measures
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Nigeria imported 1.74 million tons of raw sugar valued at N344.5 billion ($957 million) within the first 11 months of this year. These massive imports show that government’s sugar policies have not translated into increased production locally. Government’s backward integration programmes for sugar production has remained significantly challenged due to weak infrastructure, poor policy []The post Sugar imports soar to N344.5bn despite restrictive measures appeared first on Newtelegraph
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Banks hire 17,452 contract staff in one year
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Despite the controversy surrounding the strategy, deposit money banks (DMBs) in the country continue to hire more contract staff as latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that the lenders hired 17,452 of such workers as at September 30, 2018. Significantly, within the review period, the banks employed only 5,204 []The post Banks hire 17,452 contract staff in one year appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Customs seizes N2.27bn rice, blames neighbouring countries for smuggling
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized a total of 238,094 bags of parboiled rice valued at N2.27 billion between January and November, 2018. Also, the Service’s National Public Relation Officer, Joseph Attah, a deputy comptroller, said yesterday in Lagos that a total of 424, 491 50 kilogrammes bags of rice worth N4.05 billion and []The post Customs seizes N2.27bn rice, blames neighbouring countries for smuggling appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NSE migrates REITs, Closed End Funds to separate board
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the migration of REITs and Closed End Funds (CEFs) to a separate board under Equities, effective December 17, 2018. This follows an earlier notification by the Exchange on a restructuring of the framework regarding the trading of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Closed End Funds listed []The post NSE migrates REITs, Closed End Funds to separate board appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Crude lifting: Ship owners tackle NNPC
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Abuse of right of carriage by government agencies has denied indigenous shipping companies right to participate in carriage of government cargoes in contravention of Nigeria’s shipping policy. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Despite the enactment of the Nigerian Content Act and its introduction into the oil and gas sector in 2013, significant changes have not been []The post Crude lifting: Ship owners tackle NNPC appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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E-dividend: Need to boost investor education
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
There is need for market regulators to improve investor education in the bid to finally rest the knotty issues of e-dividend in the local bourse. Chris Ugwu writes E-dividend system of payment was introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a bid to address the delay associated with the verification of proceeds []The post E-dividend: Need to boost investor education appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Stanbic IBTC, 9 others trade N1.5trn shares in 11 months
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Ten leading stockbroking firms in the Nigerian capital market ended the first 11 months of the year 2018 with an exchange of 89.732 billion shares worth N1.558 trillion. Statistics obtained by New Telegraph showed that the 10 stockbrokers were responsible for 68.32 per cent of the total value between January 2, 2018 and November []The post Stanbic IBTC, 9 others trade N1.5trn shares in 11 months appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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NPA seeks auction of overtime cargoes
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
As part of efforts to decongest ports in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has mounted pressure on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to auction all overtime cargoes at the terminals. The Managing Director of the authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, said in Lagos during a stakeholders’ meeting that steps must be taken by the service []The post NPA seeks auction of overtime cargoes appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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External reserves climb to $43bn
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Despite rising capital outflows, Nigeria’s external reserves seem to have reversed their recent downward trend, as latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shows that the reserves increased to $43.04billion as at December 17, 2018. In fact, between November 30 and December 17 2018, the reserves have risen by $874.36million. The accretion []The post External reserves climb to $43bn appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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USAID, Coca-Cola partner on water sanitation in Abia, Cross River states
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), through their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) global partnership, have commissioned a project to improve access to safe water and sanitation services for over 44,800 persons in Abia and Cross River states. The projects were implemented over two years by Partners for []The post USAID, Coca-Cola partner on water sanitation in Abia, Cross River states appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Issues as Buhari presents 2019 budget
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
As President Muhammadu Buhari presents the 2019 budget proposal before the National Assembly, PHILIP NYAM examines the controversies surrounding the performance of the annual ritual Since the return of democracy in 1999, the presentation, consideration, passage and implementation of the annual Appropriation Bill has been an issue of great concern not to a few []The post Issues as Buhari presents 2019 budget appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Buhari should be concerned about his place in history ‘ Sani
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Human rights activist and parliamentarian, Senator Shehu Sani, (Kaduna Central) is the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP). In this interview with ONWUKA NZESHi, he speaks on the consequences of President Muhammadu Buhari not signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 into law and other issues Whats your reaction to the latest prediction by the United []The post Buhari should be concerned about his place in history ‘ Sani appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Lagos 2019: APC kingmakers who’ll shape the polls
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE writes on kingmakers in Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC), who are expected to make impact in the 2019 general elections As the battle for the 2019 general elections gains momentum in Lagos State with the commencement of campaigns, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is expected to ensure []The post Lagos 2019: APC kingmakers who’ll shape the polls appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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APC better as opposition, not ruling party ‘ Agoro
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Hon. Tajudeen Agoro is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency. In this interview with ADEWALE AJAYI, he speaks on 2019 elections and other issues How are you preparing for the contest for the House of Representatives seat to represent Lagos Mainland on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party []The post APC better as opposition, not ruling party ‘ Agoro appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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PDP faults Buhari on position of cabinet
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that complexity of office and not ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for the delay in constituting his cabinet. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, had said in a television programme that Jonathans delay, by 48 hours, to handover to Buhari, []The post PDP faults Buhari on position of cabinet appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Atiku to Buhari: You’re a bad manager of economy
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
College of presidents ruling Nigeria ‘ Secondus The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, berated President Muhammadu Buhari for mismanaging the nation’s economy. Atiku, who spoke in Lagos at a Youth Town Hall Meeting organised by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, added that the present All Progressives []The post Atiku to Buhari: You’re a bad manager of economy appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Messi wins fifth Golden Shoe award
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Lionel Messi received his record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for leading all of Europes soccer leagues in scoring last season. Messis fifth win breaks moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Golden Shoe stakes. Barcelona star Messi scored 34 goals last season to lead his club to the title. Liverpool forward []The post Messi wins fifth Golden Shoe award appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Bayern pull out of Onyekuru loan deal
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively report that on loan Everton forward Henry Onyekuru is no longer on the list of players Bayern Munich are keen on signing in the future, Owngoalnigeria.com understands. Onyekuru started his second loan spell since his move to Everton last summer by grabbing the headlines with impressive displays for Galatasaray in all competitions []The post Bayern pull out of Onyekuru loan deal appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Rivers Governor’s Badminton Championship serves off today
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The maiden edition of Rivers Governor’s Badminton Championship will serve off on Wednesday at the Alfred Diette-Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt from December 19 to 22. This will be the first-ever national badminton championship to be staged in Port Harcourt Rivers State. Organisers of the championship, Badminton Federation of Nigeria , says that the preliminary []The post Rivers Governor’s Badminton Championship serves off today appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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30 fans to get free decoders at GOtv Boxing Night 17
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
A total of 30 GOtv decoders will be given out at GOtv Boxing Night 17, taking place on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. This was announced yesterday by Flykite Productions, organisers of the event. According to Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director, Flykite Productions, this will be the highest number of decoders given out []The post 30 fans to get free decoders at GOtv Boxing Night 17 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Osimhen makes Belgian League Team of the Week
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Super Eagles’ and Sporting Charleroi of Belgium forward, Victor Osimhen has been included in the League’s Team of the Week for match day 19 following his impressive strike against KAA Gent on Friday night, AOIFootball.com reports. Osimhen leads the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation, making him the best striker in the division and is also []The post Osimhen makes Belgian League Team of the Week appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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France, Norway not a threat ‘ Oshoala
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has played down talks of being scared of confronting France, Korea and Norway at next year’s FIFA Women World Cup. Nine-time African queens Falcons would face the hosts, former winners Norway and South Korea, who are reputed for their fast, all-round pressing football in the tournament taking place from []The post France, Norway not a threat ‘ Oshoala appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Cyprus Invitational: Falcons drawn alongside Austria, Belgium, Slovakia
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn in Group C of the Cyprus Invitational Tournament taking place next year across three cities. Making their debut at the tournament, African champions Nigeria will compete for honours alongside European heavyweights Belgium, Austria, and Slovakia. 2018 AWCON runners-up South Africa, who are also part of the competition, []The post Cyprus Invitational: Falcons drawn alongside Austria, Belgium, Slovakia appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Clubs set to drag NFF to court over Super 8
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Insurance get plea to join three others in Aba There are strong indications that the Nigeria Football Federation will be facing litigations from a few clubs due to the on-going impasse in the Nigeria National League. On Monday, the Executive Committee of the NFF rose from a meeting ordering teams to play in the []The post Clubs set to drag NFF to court over Super 8 appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Bye-bye Mourinho
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Man Utd fire Special One Pochettino, Zidane tipped to replace Portuguese Manchester United has parted ways with its manager, Jos Mourinho, two days after a defeat to its rival Liverpool compounded the club’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season. The club confirmed Mourinho’s departure, halfway through his third year at Old Trafford, []The post Bye-bye Mourinho appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Man City title favourites ‘Klopp
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Jurgen Klopp believes the title is still Manchester City’s to lose despite guiding Liverpool to the top of the Premier League. Klopp’s Reds are a point above champions City after 17 games following last weekend’s victory over Manchester United but the German is in no doubt Pep Guardiola’s men remain the favourites. ‘Only City can []The post Man City title favourites ‘Klopp appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Why is Christmas not in the air
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
It is a few days to Christmas but nothing suggests that the festivities are here! If you say Christmas is for Christians alone, then, in less than two weeks Year 2018 will roll away and Year 2019 will be here. Again, nothing suggests that we are getting ready for New Year. In years past, the []The post Why is Christmas not in the air’ appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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Exploring African heritage for economic development
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The imperative of culture for socio-economic development took centre stage at this year’s edition of the annual Children’s Cultural Festival organised by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC). The one-day event, held penultimate Thursday, with theme ‘African Heritage and Economic Diversification’, was indeed a showcase of creativity and culture, as []The post Exploring African heritage for economic development appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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DJ Kaywise set for Joor Concert
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
DJ Kaywise, one of Nigeria’s notable disc jockeys (DJs), will hold the fourth edition of Joor Concert in January, 2019 at Abesan Mini Stadium, Lagos. The yearly music concert which has become the toast of the town will feature lots of musicians; among them are Davido, Mr Eazi, Olamide, Mayorkun, Tiwa Savage, Slimcase, Mr []The post DJ Kaywise set for Joor Concert appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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