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

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

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Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, murdered
Wed, 19 Dec 2018

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A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has been killed.

It was gathered that the retired military officer was killed on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm.
He was said to have been shot along with his driver on Tuesday.

Until his death, he was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase.

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The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), who died today, December 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Road.

“On behalf of 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 grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement read.

The late Badeh, who was 61 years, was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1979.
He was born in Vimtim, in the Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He attended the Vimtim Primary School. Vimtim and went on to obtain his secondary school certificate from the Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on January 3, 1977, and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on July 3, 1979.

The retired military officer was promoted Air Vice Marshal on January 3, 2008.

He was appointed Chief of Air Staff by President Goodluck Jonathan in October 2012 and was appointed Chief of Defence Staff in April 2014.

Badeh was being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting billions of naira meant for weapons, an allegation he denied until his death.

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N1.4bn fraud: NBA President, Paul Usoro, arraigned, gets N250m bail
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN), for an alleged N1.4bn fraud. Usoro was arraigned on 10 counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was subsequently admitted to N250m bail by
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Buhari pleads with ASUU to end strike, Ngige optimistic
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebiand Edward Nnachi President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities to call off the industrial action embarked upon by its members in the overall interest of the nation. The President made the call on Tuesday in Ndufu-Alike, Abakaliki, during the third convocation of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University,
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Obianos aide leads Buharis re-election campaign in SEast
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Event Management, Mr Chido Obidiegwu, has inaugurated a movement, One-on-one Nigeria, for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Obidiegwu made the disclosure on Tuesday at a briefing at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre in Awka, Anambra
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Nigeria can pay N30,000 minimum wage, says Oshiomhole
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has backed the organised labours agitation that N30,000 should be the national minimum wage for Nigerian workers. He also stressed that as a member of the Nigeria Governors Forum when he was the governor of Edo State, he had told his colleagues
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Let my people go, Agbaje replies Tinubu
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has responded to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who mocked him for adopting the freedom slogan for his 2019 aspiration. Tinubu had, while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress on Monday, said, Those who said they want freedom should go
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US committed to violence-free elections in Nigeria Envoy
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The United States of America has restated the need for Nigerians to work towards ensuring that the 2019 general elections are credible and devoid of violence. The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate, Russel Brooks, who spoke during an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, explained that
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APC dissolves state, LG, ward excos in Ogun, Imo
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has dissolved the executive committees in Imo and Ogun states. Also dissolved were the local government and ward executives in the two states. Their dissolution formed part of the resolutions reached during the National Working Committee meeting presided over by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja on
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Im more comfortable working with Sanwo-Olu Hamzat
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe Dr Obafemi Hamzat, the running mate of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has hinted that he was not comfortable being Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes running mate four years ago. He said he rejected the deputy governorship slot in 2015, but accepted it in 2018 because he was more
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Assessing Nigerias human rights situation
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Jide Ojo Where, after all, do universal human rights begin’ In small places, close to home so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. [] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home,
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Bankole promises to prioritise local government autonomy in Ogun
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Dimeji Bankole, has promised to prioritise local government autonomy if he elected in 2019. Bankole, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said this on Tuesday while addressing party members during his tour of Ewekoro Local Government Area in the state. He described
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Bearish stock market: Any breather from Santa Claus
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Uche Uwaleke With the stock market in the bear territory, down by over 20 per cent from its highest peak in January this year, will Santa Claus provide any breather for traders and investors this festive season’ That is the question on the lips of many a trader but of course the answer will be
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Killings by herdsmen will continue if Buhari is re-elected Atiku
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday said killings by herdsmen would continue in the country unless President Muhammadu Buhari is voted out of office in 2019. Atiku said this while reacting to Amnesty Internationals report on herdsmen/farmers clashes which indicted the Federal Government for failing to stop
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A call for parliamentary system
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
For 71 members of the House of Representatives, reintroducing parliamentary legislature into Nigeria is a done deal; like, its Monday or no other day. A bill to effect this change through an amendment to the 1999 Constitution has just passed the First Reading in the House, after which it will go to the Senate. Traditionally,
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ASUU strike and the fear for Nigerias future
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Industrial actions and Nigerian higher institutions are like Siamese twins. For over a month now, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on an indefinite strike over failure on the side of the government to honour the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the union and the Federal Government in 2017. Incessant strikes have been
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Lafarge to raise N89.2bn in rights issue
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Lafarge Africa Plc has revealed plans to raise N89.2bn by way of a rights issue of 7.4 billion shares. The firm, in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Company Secretary, Adewunmi Alode, said the Securities and Exchange Commission had cleared it to open its announced N89.2bn rights issue. Alode said the N89.2bn would be
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FG records N2.3tn shortfall from revenue-earning agencies
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
warns DPR, CBN, 38 others against under-payment Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Between January 2015 and August 2018, the Federal Government recorded a total shortfall of N2.38tn in independent revenue from its agencies captured under the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The Act stipulates that any government agency that generates revenue must remit 80 per cent of their operating
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Stock market rebounds as investors gain N74.93bn
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The nations stock market witnessed a rebound on Tuesday as the market capitalisation of listed equities increased by N74.93bn. The market capitalisation rose to N11.255tn on Tuesday from N11.180tn on Monday, while the All Share Index gained 0.67 per cent to settle at 30,814.19 basis points. Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited attributed the
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IATA forecasts $300m loss for Nigeria, African airlines in 2019
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Air Transport Association says African carriers including those in Nigeria are expected to report a $300m net loss in 2019 despite an expected global airline industry net profit of $35.5bn. The IATA said the $300m net loss would, however, be a slight improvement from the $400m recorded in 2018. It added
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Bristow donates classrooms to NIS training school
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited says it has contributed to human capital development of the Nigeria Immigration Service by donating blocks of classrooms and two solar-powered boreholes worth N2m to its training school in Kano. The firm stated that it was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, adding that it would soon unveil similar projects at
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Gains of investing in poultry farming
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Poultry farming involves raising various types of domestic birds commercially for the purpose of meat, eggs and feather production. The most commonly raised poultry birds are chickens. A chicken that is raised for egg production is called a layer chicken, while the one that is raised for meat production is called a
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BPE yet to repay N112bn loan incurred on NITEL transaction Investigation
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Bureau of Public Enterprises has yet to redeem a total of N112.48bn it incurred in the process of selling Nigerias legacy telecommunications operator, the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, investigation has shown. The Debt Management Office had on two occasions issued bonds to enable the BPE to wriggle out of financial straits
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Plan ahead this Christmas
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Author of Practical Steps to Financial Independence and personal finance coach, Mr Usiere Uko, writes on planning ahead when budgeting this end of the year. It is that time of the year again. Christmas is almost upon us. The shopping season is at its peak. Celebrating Christmas has come to be associated with spending, especially
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Dana bags award on passenger facilitation
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Dana Air has won the award for the Best Domestic Airline on Passenger facilitation at the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Aviation Awards. The Head of Planning and Event Committee of the NIGAV, Mr Fortune Idu, said over 100 recipients had so far been honoured in various categories for their performances, excellence, innovation and professionalism.
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Lagos-Ibadan rail project almost completed FG
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that the construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project was gradually coming to an end. It said the project was being finalised as train ride would commence from Iju in Lagos State to Abeokuta in Ogun State by the first week of January 2019. The
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Foreign reserves gained $1.52bn in four weeks
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The nations foreign reserves rose by $1.518bn from $41.523bn on November 22 to $43.041bn as of December 17, the latest figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria revealed. Records revealed that the reserves, which had suffered significant declines in past months, had been maintaining a steady rise of recent. The nations foreign exchange
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Belarus plans investment in Nigerias auto industry
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The government of the Republic of Belarus has said it will invest in Nigeria, especially in the automotive industry, having seen the development of the countrys economy. The Ambassador of Belarus to Nigeria, Mr Vyacheslav Brill, was quoted to have said this in Abuja, when he visited the National Automotive Design and Development
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New York Times obtains video showing Nigerian soldiers killing Shiites
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja New York Times says it has obtained a video showing Nigerian soldiers killing unarmed Shiites protesting against the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky. The Nigerian Army had admitted killing six members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria along the Abuja-Zuba Expressway between October 27 and 29, 2018. The army
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PDP gov: Kashamu, Adebutu disagree as Appeal Court sets aside FHCs order
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola and Tunji Bosun The Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday declined to pronounce either Senator Buruji Kashamu or a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipo Adebutu, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State. But the court set aside the order granted by a Federal
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EFCC begins operation cyber storm to tackle Yahoo boys
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Ahead of the Yuletide, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched total war on online fraudsters otherwise known as Yahoo Boys, The PUNCH has learnt. The operation, code-named Cyber Storm, will involve EFCC operatives monitoring suspicious transactions especially by youths who could not explain their sources of wealth. The commission will
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Customs impound armoured vehicle worth N324.5m in Imo
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State, has confiscated five exotic armoured vehicles with Duty Paid Value of N324,535,863. Providing the details of the seized vehicles at the Customs Warehouse, Aduwawa, Benin City on Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller, Kayode Olusemire, explained that the duty paid value
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Communal clash: Bayelsa begs fleeing residents to return home
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has pleaded with the fleeing residents of Amatolo and Okumbiri communities to return to their homes, saying it has taken security measure to ensure their safety. Governor Seriake Dickson also said the state government would investigate the recent violence that erupted between the two neighbouring communities in the
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FG has released 50% constituency allowance to lawmakers SGF
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The caucuses of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate and House of Representatives held separate closed sessions on Tuesday to appraise the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday (today). The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr
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Bayelsa residents to pay for potable water supply
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has said that the delivery of potable water will no longer be free so as to enable the continuous reticulation of drinkable water to the door steps of Bayelsans. The Commissioner for Water Resources, Nengi Tuborah, who stated in Yenagoa, said this was in line with the declaration
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Blame DSS, police if Buhari cant present budget today National Assembly
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The leadership and management of the National Assembly have asked Nigerians to hold the security agencies responsible should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill as scheduled for Wednesday (today). In a statement issued after a meeting of the leadership and the management of the National
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Nine-year-old boy drowns in Kano
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Tragedy struck in Kano on Monday as a nine-year-old boy, Haliru Abdullahi, drowned in an open well at Kofar Kudu, Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State. The spokesperson for the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident occurred at around 9am. He said the deceased
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Projects: Buhari accuses National Assembly of increasing debts payable to states
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed the payment of money spent by the governments of Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba states to execute Federal Government projects. The postponement is contained in a letter to the Senate, dated December 10 and titled, Promissory note programme and a bond issuance to settle inherited local debts
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Elections: Obasanjo, Jega caution Nigeria, others about ICT
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Megaton Tuesday, raised a concern over the use of Information and Communication Technology on the electoral process in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Jega expressed views in a paper titled, Practical experience in the use of ICT in the election
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Alleged malpractices: Police file more charges against Adeleke, others
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The police on Tuesday re-arraigned the Peoples Democratic Partys candidate in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and four others on examination malpractices charges. The five defendants were initially arraigned before Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 31, but
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Youth empowerment, key to crime eradication
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nasarawa State, David Ombugadu, on Tuesday said empowerment remained the only way to take youths out of crime. Ombugadu, who is the current member representing Akwanga/Nasarawa Eggon/Wamba Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, spoke to journalists in Abuja during a programme organised
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South-West youths pledge support for Buhari to end corruption
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Femi Makinde Some youths, under the auspices of the Buhari-Osinbajo South West Support Group have called on Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic and religious backgrounds to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari; and his running mate , Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in the 2019 election. They said re-electing Buhari
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2019: People with disabilities will get special treatment, says INEC
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo During 2019 election days, the Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will ensure that people with disabilities that come out to vote will enjoy special treatment. The electoral body assured that the disabled would be attended to before others at polling booths. This was disclosed by the Osun State Resident Electoral
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Pay rise for police excites ex-DIG
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin A retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Uba Ringim, has applauded the upward review of the emoluments of policemen in the country. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision, saying it would boost the morale of men and officers of the Force especially at this turbulent times of security challenges. The former
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Pay your electricity bill, emir tells subjects
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar, on Tuesday charged heads of districts and wards in the Emirate to ensure that their subjects pay their electricity bills. The emir made the call when the management of Kaduna Electric (Kebbi Regional Office) conducted a sensitisation
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Fayemi restates commitment to tertiary institutions
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday restated the commitment of his administration to tertiary institutions in the state. Fayemi said his government would work towards maximising the potential of tertiary institutions in the state as part of efforts to achieve the administrations four-point agenda. The governor, who spoke while
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Five Ondo civil servants arrested over N200m fraud
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Police Command has arrested five Ondo State Government workers for allegedly defrauding their employer of the sum of N200m issuing fake receipts. The suspects are Oluwatoyin Abiodun, Ojo Ayodeji, David Omoyajowo, Isaac Solomon and Femi Tuki, as well as one Ayadi Orimisan, who allegedly assisted the five suspects to
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Buhari declines assent to NBC Amendment Bill
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to a bill that seeks to amend the law, which established the National Broadcasting Commission. Buharis letter was addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday. He explained that his decision to withhold assent to the bill was because the amendment to the powers of the
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Out-of-pocket payment hinders access to health care Ambode
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has said out-of-pocket payment hinders access to quality health care. He explained that only a health insurance scheme would guarantee provision of quality health care for the people. Ambode spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme at the Civic Centre,
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UPDATED: Gunmen kill ex-CDS, Alex Badeh
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Gunmen have killed the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd.). It was learnt that Badeh was killed while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road on Tuesday. Confirming the incident on Twitter, the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore,
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