Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines, Friday 4th January 2019

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Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines, Friday 4th January 2019

Atiku’s restructuring agenda a scam ‘ PDP ex-Lagos chair
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Aformer chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Hon. Moshood Salvador, yesterday, added a new twist to the clamour for restructuring by the South-West geopolitical zone, calling it a scam. Besides, he said the restructuring agenda being sold to the South-West by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was a mere bait to []The post Atiku’s restructuring agenda a scam ‘ PDP ex-Lagos chair appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SDP presidential ticket: Court to hear Duke’s appeal January 15
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has fixed January 15 for hearing of the appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) challenging the sacking of former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, as its presidential candidate. An FCT High Court in Maitama, on December 14, sacked Duke and declared a former Minister of []The post SDP presidential ticket: Court to hear Duke’s appeal January 15 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Buhari inaugurates Aisha-led campaign team
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, inaugurated a-700 member women and youth campaign team chaired by his wife, Aisha with a call on them to embark on house to house campaign for his re-election. The campaign team which drew membership from across the country was constituted Mrs. Aisha Buhari with the wife of the vice president, Dola []The post Buhari inaugurates Aisha-led campaign team appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Katsina PDP asks Masari to resign over ‘siege’ comment
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The PDP in Katsina State has called on Governor Aminu Masari to resign over his admission that the state is under siege by bandits and kidnappers. Speaking with newsmen, the state PDP chairman, Salisu Majigiri, said Masari had openly admitted his failure and the most appropriate thing for him was to step aside and allow []The post Katsina PDP asks Masari to resign over ‘siege’ comment appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NNPC ex-guards protest over 22 months’ unpaid salaries
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Some private security guards of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) protecting oil pipelines along Abuja-Lokoja road, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of their 22 months’ salary arrears. The protesting security men who converged on NNPC pumping station gate at Awawa in Kwali Area Council, barricaded the entrance of the station to prevent []The post NNPC ex-guards protest over 22 months’ unpaid salaries appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCT-IRS targets N130bn revenue in 2019
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has said it is working hard to boost the revenue profile of the territory to about N130 billion in 2019. Abdullahi Attah, the Executive Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service, FCT-IRS, stated this last week in Abuja when he addressed journalists as part of his end []The post FCT-IRS targets N130bn revenue in 2019 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police arraign bizman over alleged N200, 000 fraud
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The police have arraigned a businessman, Abraham Moses, for allegedly converting the sum of N200,000 meant for his neighbour’s house rent to personal use. Moses, who lives on Ajegunle Road, Mpape, Abuja, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating before a Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja. The prosecutor, []The post Police arraign bizman over alleged N200, 000 fraud appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We’ll not repeat mistake of voting PDP again
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Tika village of Kuje Area Council, have told the chairman, Abdullahi D. Galadima, that they regretted their mistake of voting for PDP in the last election. A former PDP leader in Tika, under Rubochi ward of the []The post ‘We’ll not repeat mistake of voting PDP again’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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How we killed businessman, roasted his head for money ritual ‘ Suspects
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A beer seller in Ifon, Osun State, Dauda Amusa, and his friend, Kabiru Dudupariola, have revealed how they lured a businessman, Sanusi Isiaka, to a bush, killed him and roasted his head for money ritual. The suspects alleged that another businessman, Yekini Ayinde, popularly known as Abija, gave them the contract to kill the deceased []The post How we killed businessman, roasted his head for money ritual ‘ Suspects appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police smash ‘one-chance’ robbery gang
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Policemen attached to the Lion Building Division, Lagos, on Monday arrested four middle-aged men who allegedly posed as commercial tricycle operators and passengers to assault and rob their victims. The men Kazeem Lateef, Olayemi Ayomide, Oladimeji Olamilekan and Sodiq Atobatele were said to have conspired on December 31, 2018 at about 10am on []The post Police smash ‘one-chance’ robbery gang appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Hearing continues Feb 4 in defilement charge against 31-yr-old man
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Hearing will continue on February 4, 2019 at an Ogba chief magistrate court, Lagos, in a defilement case against a 31-year-old man, Musa Agbaje, who the police accused of inserting his fingers in the private part of his neighbours’ two under-aged daughters. Agbaje is facing a two-count charge of attempted rape and defilement and may []The post Hearing continues Feb 4 in defilement charge against 31-yr-old man appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ekiti: Gunmen kill Emure LG’s accounting officer
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Suspected gunmen have killed an accounting officer with Emure local government area of Ekiti state, Mr Abayomi Ajayi. Ajayi was reportedly killed on Wednesday at about 8pm along Ikere- Ise road while returning from work. It was gathered that two other members of staff of the council were also kidnapped during the incident. Those kidnapped, []The post Ekiti: Gunmen kill Emure LG’s accounting officer appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Khashoggi murder trial opens in Riyadh
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report. Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty for five of the defendants. Khashoggi, a prominent US-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on []The post Khashoggi murder trial opens in Riyadh appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SUDAN: Opposition calls for more protests against al-Bashir
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Sudan’s largest opposition groups have called for a fresh wave of protests to demand that President Omar al-Bashir step down, as the longtime ruler made another attempt to stem popular discontent by promising wage hikes and appealing to patriotism. In a joint statement on Thursday, four groups called for nationwide protests on Friday and a []The post SUDAN: Opposition calls for more protests against al-Bashir appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nancy Pelosi elected US House Speaker
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected on Thursday to be the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory last Nov. 6. She defeated GOP nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes. This marks Pelosi’s second stint as speaker. She was the first woman []The post Nancy Pelosi elected US House Speaker appeared first on Daily Trust.
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N/Korea ambassador to Italy ‘disappears’ ‘ South
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
South Korea’s spy agency has told officials that North Korea’s ambassador to Italy has disappeared. The announcement follows unconfirmed reports that Pyongyang’s top diplomat in Italy had sought asylum from an unidentified Western country. Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, is the son and son-in-law of high-ranking North Korean officials. The last []The post N/Korea ambassador to Italy disappears ‘ South appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SENEGAL: Presidential hopeful loses appeal against jail time
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Senegal’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that jailed presidential hopeful Khalifa Sall could not appeal a prison sentence for embezzlement, his lawyers said, likely ending his chance of running as a free man in February polls. The popular former mayor of Dakar was arrested in March 2017 on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs []The post SENEGAL: Presidential hopeful loses appeal against jail time appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Saudi demands death sentence against 5 suspects in Khashoggi case
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecutors on Thursday demanded capital punishment against five out of 11 suspects over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Press Agency reported. TheSaudi attorney general highlighted in a statement that the demand was made during the first hearing of the case at the criminal court held in Riyadh. Hesaid that the []The post Saudi demands death sentence against 5 suspects in Khashoggi case appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Saudi Arabia starts trial of suspects in Khashoggi murder
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A Saudi court launched the trial on Thursday of 11 men charged with involvement in the murder of dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi three months ago, the kingdom’s chief prosecutor said. ,Khashoggi a sharp critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed on Oct. 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a []The post Saudi Arabia starts trial of suspects in Khashoggi murder appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Fixing weak links in vaccine supply chain
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
It’s immunisation morning in 2016, and teams of vaccinators are fanning out across Delta state. Each local government area is assigned a six-member command centre that includes a local immunisation officer, a coordinator of primary health care, a health educator, a disease surveillance officer and a malaria focal person. They are the honchos’to ensure all []The post Fixing weak links in vaccine supply chain appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Health workers demand pay, change to ‘minister’ pick
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has demanded that government pay its members at least three different outstanding arrears going back years. The outstanding payments include promotion arrears, arrears accruing from call duty and relativity and arrears from level skipping that’s been practised for years in the health sector. The union, in a []The post Health workers demand pay, change to ‘minister’ pick appeared first on Daily Trust.
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PCNI donates drugs, other medical consumables to Bauchi State
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Presidential Committee on North East Initiative, PCNI has donated drugs and other medical consumables to the Bauchi State government to improve healthcare delivery in the state. Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar received the items at the State Specialists hospital in Bauchi. Speaking at the occasion, the governor commended PCNI for the donation as part of []The post PCNI donates drugs, other medical consumables to Bauchi State appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Huge debts, trust issues put Nigerian banks at risk
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Millions of Nigerians do not deposit their savings in banks and the wealthy choose to invest elsewhere. The country’s central bank said just two percent of Nigeria’s 190 million people have savings of at least $1,400, and just 350 individuals are responsible for 80 percent of the country’s bank debts. The report by Aljazeera also []The post Huge debts, trust issues put Nigerian banks at risk appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria generates N808bn from VAT in 9 months
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says the revenue generated from Value Added Tax (VAT) from sectorial distribution from first to third quarters of 2018 was N808 billion. VAT is a consumption tax placed on a product whenever value is added at each stage of the supply chain, from production to the point of sale. []The post ‘Nigeria generates N808bn from VAT in 9 months’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Equities market loses N111bn
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The equities market of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday extended its losses as market capitalisation shed N111.4bn to close at N11.5tn. Sell-offs in Guaranty(-4.5%), Stanbic (-4.1%) and Zenith (-1.5%) dragged the All Share Index (ASI) lower by 1.0% to close at 30,771.32 points while Year To Date (YTD) performance extended to -2.1% Activity level []The post Equities market loses N111bn appeared first on Daily Trust.
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India is Nigeria’s biggest trading partner in Q3 2018 ‘ NBS
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
India was Nigeria’s biggest trading partner in the third quarter of 2018, gulping N719.2 billion of crude and N37.7 billion of natural gas exports from the country. India also bought cashew nuts worth N4.7 billion. Latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), covering July, August and September, showed that Nigeria imported motorcycles and []The post India is Nigeria’s biggest trading partner in Q3 2018 ‘ NBS appeared first on Daily Trust.
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That N51.22 billon for basic health and pensioners
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
It is heartwarming that N51.22 billion Fund has been proposed in the 2019 draft budget to take care of the basic health needs of the most vulnerable people in the country, especially children, women and older people or pensioners. The President said at paragraphs 58 of his 2019 budget proposals that ‘one percent of the []The post That N51.22 billon for basic health and pensioners appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CCNN market value hits N254bn
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The market value of the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), having gained 110 per cent at the close of trading on December 31, 2018, increased to N254,983,918,740.40 billion shortly after the merger with BUA Group’s Kalambaina Cement Company Limited was approved by the regulators and 13.1bn shares were listed on the NSE. The company’s []The post CCNN market value hits N254bn appeared first on Daily Trust.
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TCN commissions 3 transformers, substation in Katsina
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned three transformers and a substation in Katsina State. While two transformers of 80MVA capacity were commissioned at the new 132/33kV transmission substation in Daura, another 60MVA transformer was commissioned at the existing substation in Katsina town. TCN spokesperson, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, []The post TCN commissions 3 transformers, substation in Katsina appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Allianz becomes worldwide Olympic partner
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Allianz have announced that the insurer will join the ‘Worldwide Olympic Partner’ (TOP) programme in 2021. Through this sponsorship agreement, Allianz will work with the IOC to provide innovative and integrated insurance solutions to support the Olympic Movement, including the organising committees of the Olympic Games, with the ambition []The post Allianz becomes worldwide Olympic partner appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Chinese experts set foot in 6G research
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Southeast University in Eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on Thursday said a team has begun to research 6G mobile networks. Six G uses a combination of the latest in radio and fibre optic technologies and delivers the internet through the air, which means you do not have to rely on old copper cables or calculate your []The post Chinese experts set foot in 6G research appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Apple slashes guidance on weak iPhone sales
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Apple braced for a significant year-on-year decline in revenue in the key December quarter, shaving upwards of $5 billion from its guidance estimate in the wake of weaker than expected iPhone sales, with China in particular suffering. In a letter to investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned the company now anticipates $84 billion in revenue []The post Apple slashes guidance on weak iPhone sales appeared first on Daily Trust.
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LMC insists on Jan 13 kick off date for NPFL
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The League Management Company (LMC) says the proposed January 13 kick-off date of 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League will stand, even as the NNL Super 8 will now hold in Aba on January 5 and end January 8. The new season has been postponed twice before the new January 13 date was fixed and the []The post LMC insists on Jan 13 kick off date for NPFL appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Roma’s Sadiq returns from loan spell with Rangers
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A former Nigeria international Umar Sadiq has returned from his loan spell with Scottish Premiership giants Rangers, informs Tuttomercatoweb citing the official website of the Lega Calcio. Both Rangers and Roma have not communicated that their agreement has been cancelled six months before its expiration but the Lega Calcio website has reported that the Nigerian []The post Roma’s Sadiq returns from loan spell with Rangers appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Infrastructural upgrade tops sports ministry’s 2019 agenda
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The upgrade and revamping of some sports facilities in the country will be the priority of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the new year. Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung gave the hint while speaking on prospects of the ministry in 2019. Dalung noted that Nigerian athletes will do better in the new year []The post Infrastructural upgrade tops sports ministry’s 2019 agenda appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bayern make improved 30m offer for-Odoi
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Bayern Munich have increased their offer for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi to 30 million ($37.5m) and are leading the race to sign the 18-year-old, Goal understands. This is the third approach as the first began late in December and the Blues are now at a crossroads as they struggle to renew their talent’s contract. Chelsea had []The post Bayern make improved 30m offer for-Odoi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Serena sweeps Hopman Cup singles
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Serena Williams completed a clean sweep of her singles matches at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday as she prepares for her bid to make Grand Slam history at the Australian Open. The winner of 23 Slam singles titles, Williams was made to work a little harder than expected by young Brit Katie []The post Serena sweeps Hopman Cup singles appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Gombe resigns from NFF reforms committee
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee on Football Reform, Ahmed Shuaibu-Gara Gombe has resigned from the committee. In a statement made available to Daily Trust yesterday, the former Gombe State Football Association Chairman, said he decided to resign his post because he was not comfortable with most members of the committee, who []The post Gombe resigns from NFF reforms committee appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Osaka reaches Brisbane semis
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Naomi Osaka said the confidence of starting a year as a Grand Slam champion helped her pass a tricky test against Latvian Anastasija Sevastova and reach the semifinals of the Brisbane International yesterday. The Florida-based Japanese player struggled to get to grips with Sevastova as she lost the opening set in 33 minutes but after []The post Osaka reaches Brisbane semis appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Federer takes Swiss into Hopman Cup final
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Roger Federer ensured Switzerland would have the chance to defend their Hopman Cup title with a straight-sets win over Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas at the mixed teams tournament in Perth yesterday. The 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) win by the 20-time Grand Slam champion in his men’s singles match gave the Swiss a 1-0 lead in their []The post Federer takes Swiss into Hopman Cup final appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Elegbeleye gets Presidential Campaign Council appointment
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
A former Director General of the National Sports Commission Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye has been appointed into the Presidential Campaign Council. Elegbeleye was among others that were inaugurated at a ceremony held yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Villa after receiving his letter of appointment. His letter of appointment dated January 2nd, 2019 and []The post Elegbeleye gets Presidential Campaign Council appointment appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Djokovic battles through to Qatar semifinals
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
World No 1 Novak Djokovic won another gruelling battle in Doha yesterday to continue an upbeat start to the year and progress to the Qatar Open semifinals. The Serb came from a set down, just like in his previous match, to beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match lasting almost two hours. []The post Djokovic battles through to Qatar semifinals appeared first on Daily Trust.
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New national policy on IDPs
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Federal Government recently announced its intention to adopt a national policy on internal displacement.President Muhammadu Buhari announced thisat the 2018 National Migration Dialogue on ‘Realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all including migrants, refugees and internally-displaced persons.’ He said the new policy will help regulate the internal displacement crisis and complement the fight []The post New national policy on IDPs appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why Buhari launched re-election bid in Akwa Ibom
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari is governor of Katsina State where President Muhammadu Buhari comes from. In this interview with select journalists, he speaks on the chances of President Buhari getting re-elected, what he (Masari) did in Katsina, and security challenges, among others. Excerpt: You are the governor of President Buhari’s home state, do you []The post Why Buhari launched re-election bid in Akwa Ibom appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Four Zamfara lawmakers suspended over ties with G-8
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Zamfara State House of Assembly, yesterday, suspended four of its members over alleged allegiance to the G-8, an APC faction in the state led by Deputy Governor Ibrahim Wakkala, Senator Kabiru Marafa and Minister of Defence retired Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali among others. The suspended members were Hon. Mansur Musa Bungudu, Hon. Mani Malam Mummuni, []The post Four Zamfara lawmakers suspended over ties with G-8 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Kaduna PRP chair resigns over choice of gov’ship candidate
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has been thrown into crisis following the choice of its governorship candidate, Ahmad Tijjani Umar. Umar was announced as the party’s candidate after the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, who was affirmed as the party’s governorship flag bearer stepped down in December. []The post Kaduna PRP chair resigns over choice of gov’ship candidate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bauchi: Three in court for defacing campaign office
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Three suspects have been arraigned at the Magistrate Court II in Bauchi for allegedly vandalising properties at the campaign office of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) governorship candidate in the state, Ambassador Shu’aibu Ahmed Adamu. The accused persons, Bashir Ahmed, Imrana Abubakar and Elisha Andrew, according to the police First Information Report (FIR) presented to []The post Bauchi: Three in court for defacing campaign office appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Plateau PDP shifts guber campaign flag-off
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
The 2019 Campaign Council of the Plateau State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shifted the official flag-off of its gubernatorial campaign of its candidate, Senator Jeremiah T. Useni. The flag-off earlier scheduled for Friday, January 4, 2019 in Mangu local government area will now hold on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. However, the party maintains Mangu []The post Plateau PDP shifts guber campaign flag-off appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Dangote Group pledges collaboration with NUJ FCT
Fri, 04 Jan 2019
Mansur Ahmed, Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Group, has pledged to partner with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council for economic development. Ahmed said this on Thursday when the NUJ FCT Council Executives led by its Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche visited him in the group’s Regional Office in Abuja. Ahmed who []The post Dangote Group pledges collaboration with NUJ FCT appeared first on Daily Trust.
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