Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines, Monday 14th January 2019

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Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines, Monday 14th January 2019

Onnoghen Should Face His CCT Trial, Says Sagay
Mon, 14 Jan 2019

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, asked embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, to submit himself for trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged official misconduct because he is not above the law. Sagay declared that the hues and cries over the planned arraignment of Onnoghen before the CCT by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for non-declaration of his assets were unwarranted. The CCB has concluded arrangements to arraign the CJN before the tribunal over a six count charge bothering on operating foreign accounts contrary to the provisions of the law for officials of his status. In an interview with “The Interview” magazine yesterday, excerpts of which LEADERSHIP took, Sagay argued that “there is no exception to the rule of law and that nobody is above the law.” The legal icon said: “Honestly, I don’t know what the hullabaloo is about. The law is very clear about what public officers can do and cannot do under the Code of Conduct Bureau, including declaration of assets. And that is a subject that can be determined mathematically. It is either you declared, or you did not declare your assets; there is no exception. “The rule of law doesn’t know any exception. Nobody is above the law. It can happen to me, it can happen to you if you are in public office. It is compulsory that one must declare assets. So, what has to be determined by the tribunal based on the evidence before it is whether he did declare or did not declare his assets? That’s mathematically certain,” he said. The presidential aide continued: “So, what all the noise is about, I don’t know. I would have thought that those who have sympathy for the chief justice would have said there is nothing to worry about; the truth would come out at the tribunal and it would be established that he has nothing to answer for. “And that would be the end of it. But there is a lot of confusion and cloud being thrown all over. There is a frenzy; I don’t understand why this is so. Are you saying that somebody who occupies high office cannot answer to a breach of the law? It doesn’t make sense to me. “It just shows that something is wrong and those who are behind this are the elite – top elite, the Senior Advocates; all those who think that to living in a society is to gather privileges without any responsibility and if anyone of them is challenged about it, then the roof has to fall. “My view on this matter is, let the matter come before the tribunal, let the prosecution make his case, and let the chief justice’s lawyers and himself show clearly that the case is wrong and that he is innocent. That’s it. It is very simple,” Sagay said. On whether the National Judicial Commission (NJC) must do its investigation and recommendations before a judge is prosecuted, Sagay said that “I’ve heard that, and I think some people are trying to ridicule this country. Alright, the first point – the Court of Appeal – gave a judgment which, in effect, amended our constitution illegally by giving semi-immunity to judges; that you cannot arrest or charge or prosecute them, unless clearance is given by the National Judicial Commission. “There is no such thing in our constitution. The only people who are covered by immunity are the President, Vice President, governors and deputy governors. What that judgment did is to amend our constitution illegally. So, relying on that, though technically correct in the sense that a court has made a pronouncement, in justice and in substance it is an illegal judgment which should really not stand the test of time. That’s number one. “Two, my understanding of that very regrettable decision is that it is when you are charged with bad performance of your duties as a judge. If you are charged with wrong doing, with misconduct in relation to your work as a judge in the court with parties, it is then that the matter has to go to the NJC. “This matter has to do with something totally out of judicial activities. Something that is common to all public servants: that is declaration of assets. So, it doesn’t come within that particular compass that that long and illegal judgment created.

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Of INEC, Voting Point Settlements And Gerrymandering
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
In a situation of partisan frenzy in Nigeria, it is normal for political parties and their operators to perceive some actions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as promoting the interest of the governing party. There is constantly the tendency for observers to deliberately reconstruct the notion of neutrality, denying it the elemental inviolability []The post Of INEC, Voting Point Settlements And Gerrymandering appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network
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158 PDP Members Defect To APC In Abaji
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
About 158 other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which included a former youth leader of the party in Nuku-Sabon Gari ward of Abaji area council, Mr. Peter Yandu, have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area. Yandu while speaking on behalf of the defectors at Nuku Primary School, said he []The post 158 PDP Members Defect To APC In Abaji appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Identifies 1m Taxpayers In Abuja
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said that it has so far identified and captured, in its database, over one million taxpayers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who have received their Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN), through personalised SMS. The executive chairman, FCT Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS), Abdullahi Attah, who disclosed this to newsmen in []The post ‘ Identifies 1m Taxpayers In Abuja appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Netw
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Politician Warns Youths Against Vote Buying, Electoral Violence
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
An Abuja-based politician/former aspirant for the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Lion Mohammed, has warned youths in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against votes buying and electoral violence. Speaking with some newsmen in Abuja, Mohammed also advised the youths to be wise and not to allow themselves []The post Politician Warns Youths Against Vote Buying, Electoral Violence appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Networ
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Candido Urges Communities To Protect Schools’ Facilities Against Vandals
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdulahi Adamu Candido has advised communities to protect schools’ facilities in their areas against vandalisation. Speaking when he handed over a completed fencing project of LEA Primary School, Orozo to the community at the weekend, Candido noted that the project is for their benefit and warned the community []The post Candido Urges Communities To Protect Schools’ Facilities Against Vandals appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and
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Why PMB Will Defeat Atiku In Northeast ‘ Ndume
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) who was appointed All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council Northeast Zonal Director in this interview with AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH said President Muhammadu Buhari has done more than anyone else for the Northeast to deserve overwhelming votes from the zone. You have been appointed Northeast Zonal Director of []The post Why PMB Will Defeat Atiku In Northeast ‘ Ndume appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Of Rivers APC, Court Judgements And 2019 Elections
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt delivered two separate judgements ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise candidates from any of the factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State in the forthcoming general elections. The court presided over by Hon. Justice Kolawole []The post Of Rivers APC, Court Judgements And 2019 Elections appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FG To Help 506 Foreign-trained Doctors Secure Jobs
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has inducted 506 foreign-trained doctors to practice in the country as the federal government has promised to assist them secure work placement. The inductees emerged from the 903 candidates who sat for the October/November 2018 MDCN assessment examination for medical students trained abroad. At the induction of []The post FG To Help 506 Foreign-trained Doctors Secure Jobs appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Okowa Seeks Help For Families Of Fallen Heroes
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to assist the families of soldiers who lost their lives defending the country. Okowa made the call on Sunday at an interdenominational thanksgiving service held at Divine Way Baptist Church, Asaba as part of activities to mark the 2019 Armed Forces []The post Okowa Seeks Help For Families Of Fallen Heroes appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Katsina Govt Bans Sale Of Fuel In Jerry Cans
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
As part of efforts to curb the high rate of kidnapping and banditry in Katsina State, the state government has banned the sale of fuel in jerry cans in eight local government areas sharing borders with Kaduna and Zamfara States. The chairman of the state Standing Committee on Petroleum Products, Lawal Aliyu Daura, told newsmen []The post Katsina Govt Bans Sale Of Fuel In Jerry Cans appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Army Arrests 40 Cultists In Benue
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Faced with an upsurge in cult-related activities in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, men of the security outfit code named ‘Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS)’ have arrested over 40 suspected cultists. The commander of OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, who disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend in Makurdi, explained that the suspected cultists had been []The post Army Arrests 40 Cultists In Benue appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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How Atiku Wll Revamp Moribund Businesses ‘ PDP
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) is banking on the strategic business template of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to revamp the purported 24 million businesses allegedly crippled by the Muhammadu Buhari administration since it came to office in 2015. PDP said that millions of Nigerians, who lost their jobs during the []The post How Atiku Wll Revamp Moribund Businesses ‘ PDP appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Netw
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Police Arrest Kidnap Gang Terrorising Imo, Others
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Police Force said it has arrested a gang of suspected kidnappers, who operate in South eastern states of Imo, Abia and Enugu states. Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, who revealed this yesterday, said on January 8, 2019, a team of operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) led by ACP Ahmed Sanusi moved []The post Police Arrest Kidnap Gang Terrorising Imo, Others appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NEMA Sends Relief Materials To Victims Of Minna Market Fire
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
In response to a presidential directive, the National EmergencyManagement Agency (NEMA), has mobilised resources to assist the victims of Minna fire disaster which occurred on January 4, 2019. In a statement by Presidential media aide ,Garba Shehu,following the brief he received earlier on the incident, the President called on NEMA to provide urgent assistance to []The post NEMA Sends Relief Materials To Victims Of Minna Market Fire appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Networ
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Ekiti Wants Military To Review Withdrawal Of Soldiers’ Checkpoints
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Ekiti State Government has called on the military to rejig its strategy to tackle and curtail various security challenges in thecountry, stressing the need for the review of withdrawal of soldiers from checkpoints on major roads across the state. The state Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi made the call yesterday at a special church service []The post Ekiti Wants Military To Review Withdrawal Of Soldiers’ Checkpoints appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Troops Diffuse Bomb Planted On Borno Road
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Army yesterday said its troops successfully diffused a bomb planted by Boko Haram insurgents on Kawuri-Alauri Road in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno. In a twitter post, the army said that troops of the 222 Battalion on clearance operations diffused an Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) planted on the road by the insurgents. []The post Troops Diffuse Bomb Planted On Borno Road appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019 Election About Survival Of Nigeria, Says Obi
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Peter Obi, has said that the 2019 election is all about the survival of Nigeria. He said that the contest was not essentially about the party’s Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari. Obi said this yesterday in an interview with newsmen at []The post 2019 Election About Survival Of Nigeria, Says Obi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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CSOs Differ On PMB’s Directive On Campaign Funding
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have expressed different views on President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on election funding. To the executive Director of Organising for Change (OFC), Mallam Nasir Galadanchi, Buhari’s declaration that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration would not expend public fund on election campaigns was a departure from the old political order. Galadanchi []The post CSOs Differ On PMB’s Directive On Campaign Funding appeared first on Lead
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Army Nabs Boko Haram Fuel, Drug Suppliers In Borno
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that it has arrested suppliers of logistics such as petrol and drugs to members of the Boko Haram sect in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brig-Gen Bulama Biu who disclosed this while reacting to the ban imposed on the supply of firewood []The post Army Nabs Boko Haram Fuel, Drug Suppliers In Borno appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NASS Plans 5-day Budget Debate Before Adjourning For 2019 Polls
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
As the National Assembly resumes the day after tomorrow, there are indications that the lawmakers would hold plenary for just five legislative days, beginning from Wednesday to Thursday next week before adjourning for four weeks to take part in the forthcoming general elections. A source close to the Senate leadership told LEADERSHIP that the lawmakers []The post NASS Plans 5-day Budget Debate Before Adjourning For 2019 Polls appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Police Arrest 2 Suspected Kidnappers In Katsina
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
A two-man gang of suspected kidnappers, who operates in Safana areas and its environs in Katsina State have been arrested after they abducted a 70-year-old woman, Hauwa Usman, in Old Garin Wazirin, Safana local government area. The police public relations officer in the state, Superintendent Isah Gambo, who confirmed this in a statement Katsina, said []The post Police Arrest 2 Suspected Kidnappers In Katsina appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Gov’ship Candidate Calls For Violence-free Campaigns
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state, Senator John Owan Enoh, has called on Governor Ben Ayade not to encourage the campaign of bloodshed as parties canvass for votes for the forthcoming polls. Addressing journalists yesterday, Enoh said that his dream is to ensure that the state witness free, fair, and []The post Gov’ship Candidate Calls For Violence-free Campaigns appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Atiku Takes Campaign To Ogun Church
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 16 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday took his campaign to the church in Ogun State, where he reiterated his commitment to the restructuring Nigeria if elected at the polls. In his goodwill message at the annual ‘Thanksgiving Service’ for the former governor of []The post Atiku Takes Campaign To Ogun Church appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Group Faults Afenifere’s Support For Atiku
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
A pro-Muhammadu Buhari group has picked holes in the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere. The group under the auspices of the South-West Frontiers for Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 said that Afenifere cannot speak for the people of the South-West on who to []The post Group Faults Afenifere’s Support For Atiku appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FG To Save N127bn Yearly From Cassava Flour In Bread
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Nigeria is set to save about N127billion annually in foreign exchange conservation annually along the value chain with plans to pass into law the local content bill on 20 per cent cassava flour inclusion. The federal government also hopes to generate about three million jobs from this effort. In order to drive the bill, Federal []The post FG To Save N127bn Yearly From Cassava Flour In Bread appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Stock Exchange Delisted 39 Companies In 5 Years
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has delisted 39 companies from its daily official list in five years. Delisting involves removal of listed securities of a company from a stock exchange where it is traded on a permanent basis. Reports from the NSE showed that a total 39 companies were delisted from 2013 to 2018. A []The post Stock Exchange Delisted 39 Companies In 5 Years appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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