Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 12th January 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 12th January 2019

2019 Elections: INEC may retain dead persons names in voter register
Sat, 12 Jan 2019

There are strong indications that names of some dead persons may be retained on the current voter register of the Independent National Electoral Commission as the commission concludes plans for the conduct of the general elections slated for February and March.

Investigations by The PUNCH had earlier revealed that names of dead Nigerians including three former governors who died years back were still on the INEC register for the general elections.
The former governors are Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Bayelsa State), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun State) and Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna State). While Yakowa died in December 2012, Alamieyeseigha and Adeleke died in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Also on the voter list are the names of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme and the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the electoral commission would use the current register, which had been sent to all political parties, for the 2019 General Elections.

It is also not certain if the names of the dead prominent Nigerians which were on the commission’s voter register late last year had been removed as no official of the body gave a definite response to enquiries on whether the names had been removed or not as of Friday.

In an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH, the National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, said the commission would go ahead to use its current register for the 2019 elections.

He explained that the commission could not unilaterally delete names of dead persons on its register of voters because it did not fall within its mandate to do so.

According to him, the National Population Commission has been charged with the responsibility of registering births and deaths in the country.

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No provision for IG tenure extension in constitution Investigation
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The 1999 Nigerian Constitution does not have provisions for extension of the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, checks by Saturday PUNCH have shown. The third schedule of the constitution dealing with the IGs appointment states that the IG will be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police
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Character, competence will determine Nigerias next president Jerry Gana
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Prof. Jerry Gana, in this interview with OLALEKAN ADETAYO, spoke about his five-point agenda and his desire for credible elections. Excerpts What inspired your ambition to run for the highest office in the country’ I started as a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University. I was teaching
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You cant dare to hold a protest for a day against this govt in power Yinka Odumakin
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
On January 2, 2012, a series of protests called Occupy Nigeria, started across the country which lasted for five days. It was a socio-political protest movement that started in response to the fuel subsidy removal by the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday, January 1, 2012. The use of social media platforms, such as
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People think traditional rulers are fetish, but Im not Wakili, Agwom Izere
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Agwom Izere of Izere kingdom, Dr. Isaac Azi Wakili, a first-class traditional ruler in Plateau State, is also a retired Captain in the Nigerian Army. He tells JAMES ABRAHAM about his childhood, life as a paramount ruler and the culture of his people You have been the paramount ruler of Izere nation for a couple
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Hoodlums planning to disrupt Atikus campaign rally in Plateau PDP
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
James Abraham, Jos The Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State has raised the alarm over the alleged plans by hoodlums to disrupt the campaign of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the state. The campaign team of the former Vice-President is expected to arrive in the state on Saturday. The PDP in a statement on
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Amazing story of Andy Murray
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Tennis star, Andy Murray, on Friday broke down in tears as he revealed his plan to end his career at Wimbledon this year, while admitting that he might not even make it past next weeks Australian Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion, who has been struggling to recover from hip surgery, was overcome by emotion as
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In Anambra morgue, the dead had a taste of hell
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka When legendary Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, sang the famous line: Double wahala for dead body, and the owner of dead body, in one of his hit tracks Confusion break bone it was as if he had Awka, Anambra State capital, and the tragedy that greeted it on December 29,
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Love gone sour: Tales of betrayal on the road to marriage
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Ihuoma Chiedozie At 48 years, Silas is not yet married. But that is not the major concern of his family members, relatives and friends, who have been urging him to settle down. The major concern is that Silas is not even in any relationship at the moment. In fact, he has not been in a
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People covering their vehicle number plates have criminal intentions Oyeyemi, FRSC Corps Marshal
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
The Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, explains to ADELANI ADEPEGBA in Abuja, his strategies for tackling road crashes and the efforts being made to ease travels during the Yuletide season. The Lagos Ibadan Expressway has been generating concerns in recent times because of the construction going on there. Are there newer
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Lagos sanctuary giving hope to blind children faces eviction
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Eric Dumo In the last seven years, Mrs Funmi Olagunju has dedicated much of her time to the care of children and women living with disabilities. While she watches out for all those in this category, it is children with visual impairment, who had been abandoned by their family members and loved ones, that she
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New level of pollution in Rivers worrisome Activist
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt An Ogoni/Niger Delta environmental justice campaigner, Mr Dumnamene Fyneface, has said that the ongoing construction of the Bodo-Bonny Road in Rivers State has exposed a new level of hydrocarbon pollution in Ogoniland. Fyneface identified the construction of the N120.6bn road as responsible for the pollution that had devastated the area. He
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Anambra South must produce next gov Chris Uba
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra South district in next months election, Chris Uba, has said that it is mandatory for the zone to produce the next governor of the state. Uba stated this on Friday during a town hall meeting with people from the seven local government areas
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PDP members must unite to prevent another defeat Udenwa
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A former governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, has urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to unite to prevent another defeat in the 2019 general elections. Udenwa, who spoke during the inauguration of the PDP campaign council in Owerri, attributed the partys defeat in the 2015 elections to
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Interest-free loan: Rivers youths protest application closure
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt Some angry youths in Rivers State on Friday protested against the alleged early closure of the submission of applications by applicants seeking interest-free loans from the state government. The youths, who protested at the Government House in Port Harcourt, frowned on the action of the Ministry of Special
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Wike accuses FG of neglecting NDelta
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has decried what he described as deliberate neglect of the Niger Delta despite the untold environmental hardship being faced by people in the area. The governor spoke on Friday while receiving the Minister of Environment, Mr Suleiman Hassan, at the Government House in Port Harcourt. Wike
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Emmanuel fulfils promise to Ikot Abasi residents
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Udom Emmanuel, has fulfilled his promise to residents of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of financial support for infrastructural development across the five clans of the region. The governor made the promise in support of the corporate social responsibility activities carried out by the state-owned Ibom Power Company Limited located in Ikot Abasi. The Chairman
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AIbom elders petition IG over plan to establish anti-terrorism unit
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo A group, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the proposed plan by the state police command to establish an anti-terrorism unit. The group of elders advised the police to deploy its resources towards curbing insurgency in the North-East and North-West, rather
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Emehor, Utomi, Ochei absent as APC inaugurates campaign council in Delta
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Ochei Matthew, Asaba The All Progressives Congress in Delta State on Friday inaugurated its campaign council for the 2019 general elections. Speaking at the event, the APC governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, said the party was set to win all elections in the state. Ogboru, who noted that the party was moving ahead despite some
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Weve no regrets relating with Buhari, says Obiano
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has said that he has no regrets relating well with President Muhammadu Buhari. The governor said this in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, in Awka, the capital, on Friday. Obiano stated that the good relationship between the
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Ensure credible polls, Okorocha tells army
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Gibson Achonu, Owerri Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has urged the military to ensure that the 2019 general elections are free and fair. The governor made the call when the new General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, Major General Abubakar Maikobi, paid him visit at the Government House, Owerri, on Friday. Okorocha also called
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Ebonyi: Group condemns destruction of PDP campaign billboards
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki A group in Ebonyi State, Friends of Atiku, on Friday condemned and described as wickedness the destruction of campaign billboards of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Coordinator of the group in the state, Nnamdi Onu, told journalists in Abakaliki, the capital, that there were suspicious movements of some persons
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Will you tell your friends partners if they are cheating on them
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Sometimes in relationships, partners are unfaithful or insincere to each other. When those affected by such get to find out, their feelings are hurt. But what if the unfaithful or insincere partner in a relationship happens to be your friend; will you tell their partner what you know’ This is the question Saturday PUNCH asked
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FG spends N2.7tn on infrastructure in three years
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo The Federal Government has invested about N2.7tn in infrastructure in the last three years, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Ms Imeh Okon, has said. Speaking on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a High-Level Stakeholders Retreat on Public-Private Partnership, Okon said the government went back to the
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CBN injects $263m, CNY39m into retail SMIS
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday, injected $263m into the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales, which was its first intervention in that sector this year. In a statement on Friday, this was in addition to CNY39m consummated through a combination of spot and short-tenored forwards, arising from bids received from authorised dealers.
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Edo: Obaseki gives BEDC seven-day ultimatum to restore power
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Alexander Okere Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has given a seven-day ultimatum to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company to restore power supply to consumers in the state within a week or risk a shutdown of its offices. Obaseki gave the ultimatum while concluding the ward-to-ward campaign of the All Progressives Congress in the Egor Local
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NCAA certifies Leadstream for aviation training
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has granted Leadstream Aviation Training an Approved Training Organisation certificate. The certificate will enable the organisation to carry out Boeing 737 series type-rating training. The NCAA specified in the certificate that Leadstream Aviation Training had been approved to carry out training in Type-rating system course, initial and refresher
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Electrical manufacturing contracts by lost 6.7pts, MAN blames smuggling, counterfeiting
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Anna Okon A report by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has shown that the electrical and electronics manufacturing sector lost 6.7 basis points in its performance during the last quarter of 2018. The report is based on the Central Bank of Nigerias Purchasing Managers Index report for December 2018. The PMI had revealed improved performances
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2019: NASD investors gain N1.21bn in first week
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Investors in the NASD OTC Securities Exchange have gained N1.12bn in the first trading week in 2019. The Unlisted Security Index and market capitalisation had a positive movement to close the week as they each gained 2.2 per cent. The USI closed at 749.47 points against 733.35 points last week, while the market
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Yoruba monarchs meet with Buhari
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and other traditional rulers from the South-West at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The Ooni, who spoke after the meeting, said the meeting was not political. Rather, he told State House correspondents, that they met with Buhari
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MASSOB disagrees with IPOB, says polls will hold in South-East
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Ihuoma Chiedozie The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has disagreed with the Indigenous People of Biafra over whether elections should hold this year in the South-East and other parts of the defunct Republic of Biafra. The outlawed IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu, has been insisting that the elections will not
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Malnutrition killing our kids before our very eyes Nasarawa mothers cry out
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Recently, about 30 children lost their lives due to acute malnutrition and about 2,000 others were hospitalised in various health centres in Nasarawa State, UMAR MUHAMMED reports Rabiatu Jubril wipes her tears away as she stares hard at her daughter, blinking a few times so her vision could clear. Her daughter, a painfully thin little
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Save me, begs 25-year-old student with brain tumour
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Toluwalope Kareem For the past five years, all that Omoigui Abiodun Christiana, a student of Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Oyo State, has known has been pain and headache. In 2013, she was diagnosed with brain tumour, which eventually cost her her sight because of the delay in getting medication due to lack of
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Poly authorities were angry with me for bagging masters degree, PhD Osakinle, Associate Prof of Guidance Counselling
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Sixty-three-year-old Dr Eunice Olufunmilayo Osakinle, Associate Professor of Guidance Counselling, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, tells ABIODUN NEJO about her career, childhood and how her father raised her after her mothers death How would you describe your early days as a child’ Unfortunately, I didnt grow up in Ekiti because my father, Bishop Joseph Dada Aluko,
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APC has already won 2019 elections SGF

Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says he believes the All Progressives Congress has won the 2019 elections. According to him, the APC is only waiting for the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce the results. Mustapha said this on Thursday during the Gombe State APCs governorship campaign
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Masked officers storm clinic, evacuate Dino Melaye
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba Masked men suspected to be policemen on Friday stormed the police clinic in Garki, Abuja, and whisked away Dino Melaye, the embattled Senator representing the Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly. It was learnt that the operatives planned to take the lawmaker to Lokoja, Kogi State, for interrogation over the alleged
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Akwa Ibom to commence payment of bursary to indigenes
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Alexander Okere The Akwa Ibom State Government has said that it will set up a suitable bursary payment system for its indigenes in tertiary institutions in the country. Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this in Uyo during a solidarity rally organised in his honour by a cross-section of Akwa Ibom students drawn from colleges of education,
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Buharis achievements rattling Atiku, PDP Lai Mohammed
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has alleged that the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari administration is rattling the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The minister spoke in reaction to a statement by Abubakars media aide, which, among others, flayed the Federal Governments showcasing of
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Lead your campaigns or quit, CUPP tells Buhari
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Coalition of United Political Parties has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to outsource his campaign to the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, if he is fit for the nations top job. The CUPP also accused the All Progressives Congress of plotting to rig the 2019 elections and plunge the nation
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Security lapses worsen in NASS as burglars loot lawmakers offices
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The security lapses in and around the National Assembly Complex seems to have become worse, with three members offices looted by thieves within the week. On Wednesday, the office of the lawmaker representing Lagos West Senatorial District and wife of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress,
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2019: PDP confident of victory in Ogun, NASS candidate says
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Alexander Okere The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ogun East senatorial district of Ogun State, Mr. Ajibola Kalejaiye, has expressed confidence that the party will emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections in the state. Kalejaiye, who stated this in a chat with newsmen on his agenda for the district if elected,
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Winners in Glo contest express excitement
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Winners in the second batch of the ongoing social media talent hunt, Gloin60seconds, organised by Globacom, have lauded the company for contributing to the development of their craft and vocation. The winners stated this while collecting their prizes at selected Globacom sales and customer service outlets across the country. One of the winners from Enugu
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Youths have benefitted from N-Power scheme Commissioner
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Eric Dumo The Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, says youths in the state have benefitted immensely from the N-Power scheme. She spoke at a sensitisation programme organised by the ministry at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, on Friday. She said, N-Power is targeted at engaging unemployed youths nationwide and
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Buhari promises to end illegal tax collections
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday he was shocked to learn that illegal tax collections still existed in the country. However, he stated that the Federal Government would immediately look into the issue with a view to ending the practice despite the fact that old habits die hard. The President, who spoke
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2019: CUPP hopeful of oppositions victory like in Congo
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Coalition of United Political Parties on Friday celebrated the victory of the opposition candidate, Mr Felix Tshisekedi, in the tense presidential election of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It said the result gave confidence to the Nigerian opposition that the consensus opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakars victory was in sight. The
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Hijab crisis: UIIS traditionalists, PTA join litigation
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The court case instituted by some female Muslim students at the University of Ibadan International School to enforce their rights to wear hijab took a new twist on Friday as their colleagues, who are traditionalists, joined as respondents. Their applications were not opposed by the applicants lead counsel, Waheed Egbewole, SAN. A
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Army buries 14 soldiers killed by Boko Haram in Kaduna
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Fourteen soldiers including a Captain killed by Boko Haram were buried at the Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Kaduna on Friday. The soldiers were said to have been ambushed and killed by the terrorists along Damaturu-Maiduguri road on December 14, 2018 while returning to Kaduna from Maiduguri. The General Officer Commanding One Division
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