Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

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Alams, Adeleke, Yakowa, Akunyili still on INECs register years after death
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The names of three former governors who died years back are listed on the Independent National Electoral Commission register for the 2019 general elections, investigations by The PUNCH have revealed. They are Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Bayelsa State), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun State) and Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna State). While Yakowa died in December 2012, Alamieyeseigha
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APC, PDP clash on Buhari, Atikus chances in South-West
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Femi Makinde The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin, has predicted a landslide victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the South-West in the 2019 presidential election. Adetimehin, who said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Wednesday, stated that the South-West was a stronghold of
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Atiku seeks probe of allegation linking Buharis family to Keystone, 9mobile ownership
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the appropriate authorities to urgently institute a probe to unravel those he said may be hidden faces behind the new ownership structure of multi billion naira telecoms giant, Etisalat (now 9mobile) Nigeria as well as Keystone Bank.
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190 policemen flee training to avoid fighting Boko Haram
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Force Headquarters has ordered the arrest of 190 riot policemen who allegedly absconded from training at the Special Forces School, Buni-Yadi, Yobe State. The fleeing policemen were part of the 2,000 officers sent to the school three weeks ago for training ahead of their deployment in the North-East to join forces
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FG has looted repatriated $322m PDP
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
John Ameh and Success Nwogu The Peoples Democratic Party has said there is an alleged looting of the repatriated $322m (about N115bn), by the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, under the cover of distributing the money to the poor. It also alleged that over N4bn had been looted under the Tradermoni and the Farmers Anchor Borrower schemes
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10 political parties disown IPACs endorsement of Akinlade
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Ten political parties in Ogun State on Wednesday rejected the reported endorsement of the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in the state, Abdulkabir Akinlade, by the state chapter of the Intra-Party Advisory Council in the state. The parties, under the aegis of Political Parties Chairmen Forum, Ogun State chapter, made
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Buhari cares less about Nigerians, PDP alleges
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of caring less about the welfare of Nigerians. It stated that Buhari was detached and aloof from the issues that concern the average Nigerian. The Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement on Wednesday. Ologbondiyan
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Blame yourself for anti-graft war failure, Atiku tells Buhari
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Success Nwogu, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday blamed President Muhammadu for the perceived failure of the anti-corruption war in the country. Buhari had blamed the inability of his government to effectively fight corruption on the Nigerian system. Atiku in a statement commended Buhari for admitting that he
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Pro-Buhari group says PDPs past will work against Atiku
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The National Adviser, South West, Buhari/Osinbajo National Support Committee, Olusegun Osinkolu, on Wednesday said the corruption that characterised the 16 years of Peoples Democratic Partys rule in Nigeria would be an albatross around the neck of the partys presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Osinkolu said President Muhammadu Buhari who is the presidential
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Buhari wouldnt have won if I didnt support him, says Obasanjo
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun,Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said President Muhammadu Buhari would not have won the 2015 presidential election without his support. He also urged Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to let God decide the next governor of the state. Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday during the annual Ibogun-Olaogun Day celebration in Ibogun in the
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Hate speech: CAN warns el-Rufai against prosecuting Dunamis pastor, Enenche
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Christian Association of Nigeria has warned Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State against prosecuting the Founder and Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr Paul Enenche. CAN said in a statement by its spokesman, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, on Wednesday that the warning had become necessary due to reports that Enenche
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IYC faults Buhari on unemployment
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Ijaw Youth Council has faulted President Muhammadu Buharis claim that his administration has addressed the issue of unemployment affecting the country. Buhari had told a delegation from the Federal Capital Territory, who visited him on Tuesday, that his government had addressed unemployment problems. But the IYC President, Eric Omare, described
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Power grid records first collapse in three months
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The nations power grid has suffered a total collapse for the first time in three months, latest data from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing have shown. The grid collapsed on December 21, increasing the number of collapses recorded so far this year to 12 one was partial while the rest
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My fathers passion as a judge inspires me Victory Abang
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Mr Victory Abang is the second among the five children of a well-known judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang. The young Abang, who was called to the Bar in November 2018, speaks to ADE ADESOMOJU about his professional plan and his fathers career on the bench, among sundry issues Can you give
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2019 budget: FG to spend N42bn on special economic zones
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is planning to spend about N42bn for the rehabilitation of special economic zones in the 2019 fiscal period. The amount is contained in the 2019 budget proposal, which was presented to the National Assembly last Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari. The 2019 budget has an estimate of N8.83tn, made
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2019: Media key to Nigerias survival Nwosu
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Tare Youdeowei The Publisher of The Xpress Newspaper, Mr Steve Nwosu, has said that the survival of Nigeria before, during and after the 2019 elections depends largely on what the media report. Nwosu said this at the unveiling of The Xpress Newspaper in Ikoyi, Lagos. He advised the Federal Government to support journalists and media
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NNPC posts N9.85bn trading surplus in one month
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday announced a trading surplus of N9.85bn for the month of September 2018, a figure which is higher than the previous months deficit of N3.9bn. In its newly released September 2018 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report, the oil firm stated that the
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Indigenous oil firms battle for survival as debts hit banks
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Many indigenous oil and gas producers in Nigeria are struggling to stay afloat as high levels of non-performing loans threaten the soundness of the nations banking sector, FEMI ASU writes Seven Energy International Limited, which prides itself on being the leading integrated gas company in southeast Nigeria, announced in November last year that it had
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FG to reduce issuance of short-term domestic debt instruments
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government plans to rebalance the domestic component of its public debt portfolio in 2019 in order to achieve longer maturity for at least 75 per cent of its domestic debt portfolio. The Debt Management Office stated this in its Risk Analysis of the Federal Government of Nigerias Total Debt for
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Customs remit N653bn into federation account in 11 months
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja A total amount of N653.47bn was remitted into the federation account by the Nigeria Customs Service between January and November this year. Details of the revenue remittance are contained in a document presented to the Federation Account Allocation Committee. The committee, headed by the Minister of State for Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed,
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DPR to curb fuel diversion to Benin, Chad, Niger
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Department of Petroleum Resources, Kaduna Zonal Office, says it has taken adequate measures to tackle fuel diversion to the Republic of Benin, Chad and Niger. The DPR Zonal Operations Controller, Isa Tafida, stated this at a press conference in Kaduna recently. Tafida also said the department had enough fuel to meet
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Profiting from Corporate Social Responsibility
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Jennifer Abraham Corporate Social Responsibility, for most organisations, is usually the last item on the agenda after ensuring a healthy bottomline. However, time has proven that organisations that pay as much attention to it while pursuing profits stay around for much longer. Over the last 50 years, environmentalists and social justice advocates have fought for
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Poor knowledge responsible for slow SME growth Lawyer
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A lawyer and author of Essays on Nigerian Business Law, Iyiola Oyedepo, has identified lack of structure and poor knowledge as the major factors responsible for the slow growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria. The lawyer said this last week in Lagos during the public presentation of his book, Essays on
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PenCom to monitor delayed pension payment by operators
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission said it had observed the lack of compliance by operators with regard to prompt pension payment to retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme. In its half-year report on the pension industry, the commission said it had identified the issue as a target area where it was important to ensure
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Six tips for choosing a new bank
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Having to make tough decisions is one of the worst things about adulting. You have to decide where to work, who to marry and where to bank. Picking a bank is not as stressful as picking a mate, but it is not easy. Parking your cash in the wrong place can cost you, according to
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Business trends that will continue to rise in 2019
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
On one hand, year-on-year improvements are what makes companies great; on the other, firms cant control many of the factors that dictate whether, say, revenue rises or not. The efforts of one person (or even one company) cant counter 2019s industry trends or the broader overall economic picture. At present, however, it seems safe to
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Oil prices rise after Christmas Eve plunge
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Crude oil prices rose on Wednesday after the markets were closed in the previous day, fueled by a belief that worries about a slowing global economy and weakening oil demand may be overblown. As of 7:15 a.m. EST, West Texas Intermediate front-month futures rose just under two per cent to $43.37 per barrel, while Brent
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Some Buharis poor relatives have become billionaires Galadima
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Tobi Aworinde, Abuja A spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign, Buba Galadima, has accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of illegitimately enriching some of the Presidents relatives. Galadima, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a live programme on Channels Television, on Wednesday, alleged that some individuals close to Buhari, who were poor in
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DSS releases Aisha Buharis ADC to police
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Department of State Services has released the Aide de Camp of President Muhammadu Buharis wife, CSP Sani Mohammed Baba-Inna, to the Police for further administrative action. Baba-Inna has been in DSS custody since September 22, 2018. He was handed over to the DSS, following allegations that he was using the first
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Buhari group slams Atiku over 2019 budget comment
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja The Buhari Media Organisation has slammed the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, over his comment on the 2019 budget proposal. The former Vice-President had given six reasons why the budget would not work and concluded in a statement that Nigeria had not exited recession. But BMO in a
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Zamfara killings will affect food security, says FG
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko with agency report The Federal Government says the persistent attacks on residents of Zamfara State by bandits will affect food security in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Minister of Interior, Alhaji Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this on Wednesday in Gusau during an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of the
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Sanwo-Olu visits Gbagada General Hospital, preaches compassion
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday visited the Paediatric ward of the Gbagada General Hospital where he marked Christmas with children battling various health conditions. He also reportedly chatted with adult patients in the hospital, cheering them up and praying for their recovery. Sanwo-Olu, according to a
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Dont blame NAssembly for late passage of 2019 budget
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Some members of the House of Representatives have said Nigerians should blame the executive and not the National Assembly for the imminent delay in the passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill. President Muhammadu Buhari, who presented the 2018 budget on November 7, 2017, and was passed by the legislature on May 16,
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Ondo workers lament poor funding of tertiary institutions
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure All trade unions at the Ondo State-owned tertiary institutions have appealed to the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, to order release of more funds to the schools in the state to save them from collapse. The unions under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee said alleged continuous underfunding of the state
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NDelta militants threaten to disrupt 2019 elections
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A new militant group known as War Against Niger Delta Exploitation has threatened to disrupt the 2019 elections if its demands on the development of the Niger Delta region were not met by the Federal Government. A communique signed by its spokesman, General Nomukeme, and issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday
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NEMA warns motorists against running over accident victims
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The National Emergency Management Agency has warned motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to drive with caution to avoid running over accident victims. This was after the corpses of two unidentified suspected accident victims were recovered from the Christopher University and MFM ends of the expressway on Wednesday. Our correspondent learnt that the first
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Weve perfected strategy to end fuel crisis Senate panel
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), has said its initiatives aimed at ensuring part payment of about N800bn debt owed oil marketers in the country has put an end to fuel scarcity in the country. The chairman of the Senate panel, Kabir Marafa, stated this in an interview with our correspondent
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Police arrest Badehs alleged killers, to parade suspects
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Nigeria Police Force will on Thursday (today) parade some suspects involved in the murder of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), The PUNCH has learnt. The suspects will be paraded at the headquarters of the NPF in Abuja on Thursday. The investigation involved men
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$12m contract probe: Uzodinma asks FG panel to withdraw invitation letter
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Mr Hope Uzodinma, has asked the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, to withdraw its letter inviting him for questioning in respect of an alleged $12m contract fraud. Contending that the invitation letter was a violation of subsisting
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There wont be electoral violence in Rivers in 2019 Princewill
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Mr Tonye Princewill, has said there will be no electoral violence in the state during the 2019 general elections. Princewil, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, advised residents of the state to erase from
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Akinfeleye advises media owners on workers welfare
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
A professor of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, Ralph Akinfeleye, has appealed to owners of media houses in Nigeria to prioritise their workers welfare to enhance productivity. Akinfeleye, who is also the Head of Multimedia Section, UNILAG, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
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NDE urges youths to embrace agriculture
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The National Directorate of Employment has urged youths in the country to embrace agriculture as a means of livelihood. The Director General of the NDE, Dr Nadir Argungu, spoke during the flag-off for the 2018 Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme in Ogun State, a statement said on Wednesday. About 50 youths were reportedly
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950 marshals deployed in CRiver
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu, Calabar No fewer than 600 special marshals and 350 regular marshals have been deployed in Cross River State to prevent road crashes during the festive period. The Cross River Sector Commander Chidiebere Nkwonta said the marshals were to monitor drivers, control traffic and prevent road crashes. Nkwonta said, We prepare from September every
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ADP candidate seeks peace, unity
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Yabagi Sani, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace and unity to ensure national cohesion and development. He reminded Christians of the lessons about the birth of Jesus Christ and the need to imbibe His teachings on tolerance, peace and love. Sani, who is
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Fun seekers bemoan inadequate activities at National Theatre
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Some people seeking fun thronged the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on Wednesday to celebrate of Boxing Day complained about inadequate events at the complex, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN was told in separate interviews with the fun seekers that horse riding was the only available activity, apart from food and drinks available
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Israeli parliament approves early elections
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections on April 9. Legislators backed the move 102 for and two against after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus coalition agreed Monday on early polls. The premiers coalition was left with a one-seat majority after defence minister Avigdor Lieberman stepped down in November over
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Yuletide: Fun seekers bemoan boring atmosphere at National Theatre
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Some fun seekers that thronged the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on Wednesday in celebration of the Boxing Day, complained about the low number of events at the complex. A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent was told in separate interviews with the fun seekers that horse-riding was the only available activity, apart from foods and
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Buhari wouldve lost if I didnt support him in 2015- Obasanjo
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari would have lost the 2015 election if he hadnt supported him. Obasanjo said this at the 2018 Ibogun Day Celebration in Ogun State on Wednesday. He said, In 2015, if I didnt support Buhari, he wouldnt have won the election. I have what it takes to correct
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