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APC, PDP quarrel over CJN Onnoghens trial
Tue, 15 Jan 2019

The imminent arraignment of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has pitted the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ruling party yesterday took exception to an allegation by the PDP that it (APC) and its candidate in the February 16 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, are behind the CJN’s ordeal.

PDP spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan accused the President and the APC of being desperate to remove Justice Onnoghen because of the forthcoming elections.

Ologbodiyan, who spoke for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO), alleged that the ruling party was on a mission to annex the judiciary.

But the APC fired back through its Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, accusing the PDP of trying to hoodwink Nigerians into believing that the allegations against the CJN had political motives.

Issa-Onilu said the interest shown so far by the PDP in the CJN matter since it was brought to the limelight on January 7 had given the party out of having some unholy alliances with the judiciary.

He said the law should be allowed to run its course.

The APC spokesman urged Nigerians to caution the opposition party over what it called virulent attacks on the party and institutions of government.

Nigeria, Issa-Onilu said, is bigger than any political party or any political interest.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Issa-Onilu also faulted the decision of the CJN not to appear before the CCT to answer charges bordering on false assets declaration preferred against him.

He alleged that such a decision could have been based on the suggestions of PDP governors from the Southsouth, who after their emergency meeting in Abuja on Sunday, urged the CJN to ignore the court summons.

The APC, he said, will not be drawn into debating the legality or sponsored conspiracies of the CCT trial because it believes it was an opportunity for the Chief Justice to exonerate himself and prove his innocence in the matter, adding that the issue concerning the CJN should be allowed to follow the due process of law.

He said the APC believed that democratic and constitutional institutions must be allowed to operate without interference and undue pressure from partisan and sundry interests as being done by the PDP and its cronies.

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Agbakoba, Mahmoud, Akintola: CJNs non-appearance at CCT in order
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Two former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Presidents Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), as well as Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) yesterday backed the non-appearance of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).This was as a professor of law Yemi Akinseye-George described the charge of non-declaration of assets as incompetent.They spoke in separate interviews with our correspondents.Agbakoba said: The CJN did not appear before the CCT mainly on grounds th
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Buhari approves Adamu as acting IG as Idris bows out today
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Abubakar Adamu Mohammed Lafia has been named as the acting Inspector-General of Police (IG).Adamus appointment reportedly got the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari, who met with IG Ibrahim Idris, who is expected to bow out of service today after attaining the retirement age of 60.The appointment came following opposition from some quarters against possible tenure extension for IG Idris, who has also attained the statutory 35 years in service.It wa
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Strike: ASUU communicates decision on Fed Govts offer today
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will today communicate its decision on the offers made to it by the Federal Government, its National President Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi said yesterday.The union had urged the government to show concrete evidence of commitment to agreements on meeting its demands on its on-going strike.Ogunyemi said that contrary to some media reports, the union did not reject the government offer neither has it make fresh demands.Labour & Employment Minister Chris
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CJN shuns CCT, queries courts jurisdiction
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
JUSTICE Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), scheduled for arraignment for alleged false assets declaration charges, was not anywhere around the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday.His lawyers, led by Wole Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), told the CCT that the CJN was not properly served the summons. He is to be personally served tomorrow.CCT Chairman Danladi Umar called Justice Onnoghens case at about 10:08am. But the CJN did not attend yesterdays proceedings
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Fed Govt arraigns Doyin Okupe over alleged N702m fraud
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
FORMER presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on 59-count charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Okupe, who was spokesman to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged with money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N702 million.He was arraigned, with two companies, Value Trust Investment Limited and Abrahams Telec
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Osinbajo promises Lagos more federal projects
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has assured Lagos State more federal projects if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in the February 16, 2019 presidential election. He also promised that the Buhari-led administration would provide more infrastructures in the nations economic hum.Prof Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the palace of Oloworo of Oworoland, Oba Oloruntoyin Salau, in Kosofe Local Government Area, in continuation of his house-to-house campaign for the reelection of President Buhari.He Lago
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No phone calls for collation officers
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Collation officers will be barred from making or receiving telephone calls during ballot collation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday.There will be simultaneous accreditation and voting and mandatory use of Smart Card Readers (SRC) in the guidelines released yesterday for the forthcoming elections.The adoption of simultaneous accreditation and voting was despite opposition by some political parties.The presidential election leads the way on February 16.In the fi
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Fed Govt, states issue N3.24tr bonds in one year
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Federal and state governments borrowed N3.24 trillion in local and international bond issuances last year, it was learnt yesterday.According to Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oscar Onyema, the governments sourced N1.286 trillion in new debts through the local capital market last year.The Federal Government also raised $5.36 billion (about N1.95 trillion) in Eurobonds.Addressing stakeholders on the activities at the capital market yesterday at the Exchange in Lago
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One dead, 50 injured in attack on APC rally
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has said one of its members died in Sundays attack on its rally at Ode Alfa Nla in Ilorin.APC alleged about 30 vehicles of members were destroyed by thugs.Its governorship candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, was said to have been hurriedly whisked away from the venue.At a news conference yesterday, Kwara Central senatorial candidate Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe said the injured were receiving treatment at different hospitals.The conference was attend
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Saraki and the ghost of Southwest
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
OVERWHELMED by the O to ge(Enough is Enough) wildfire, the embattled President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, flagged off the PDP campaign in the state by whipping up sentiments against APC. He said a vote for APC would be like excising Kwara State from the North and integrating it with the Southwest.But he spoke without recourse to history because no one has affinity with the Southwest than him. Take a look at his antecedents: His paternal grandmother was from Iseyin in Oyo State; his mother
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Enduring legacies of Adeleke at 64
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
If he had not passed away on April 23, 2017, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke would have been 64 today. The colourful, charismatic and elegant Adeleke remains a reference point in Osun politics. Olumide Lawal, who was Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the late Adeleke when he was the first civilian governor of Osun State in 1992, writes on the legacies of the late politician.IN death as in life, the legacies of Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke continue to endure and wax stronger by the day. The nam
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1966 coup and demise of federalism
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The coup of January 15, 1966 marked the demise of federalism. Major-General Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, who emerged as the military Head of State following the failed coup, dismantled the federal structure and foisted the unitary system on the beleaguered country. Fifty-three years after, Nigeria is still agitating for its restoration. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the genesis of the lopsided federal structure and the intense clamour for restructuring.FIFTY-three years after, the mi
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2019: Ezekwesili promises hope, new nation
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday said she would give a new direction to the country and put it on the path of progress, if elected.Ezekwesili restated the promise while speaking to party faithful and residents during her campaign in Lagos.She said the country needed a new direction, promising to make it great by bringing about the needed change. We will give our country a new direction. We will restore hope. We will disrupt the pr
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No threat can stop our support for Buhari, Nwosu replies AA Chairman
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu, has insisted that the state chapter of the party will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, irrespective of the position of the national leadership of the party.Nwosu who was reacting to the threat by the AA National Chairman, Kenneth Udeze, to expel him from the party for supporting President Buhari, stated that no amount of threat will stop the Imo State chapter of the party from voting for President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Ogun governorship: Court dismisses Adebutus suit against Kashamu
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday dismissed a suit by a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu against the emergence of Senator Buruji Kashamu as governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State for the March 2, 2019 governorship election.In a judgment, Justice Ajoke Adepoju held Adebutu, who was nominated by the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP for the governorship election, cannot maintain his suit against the defendants becaus
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FG will implement more projects in Lagos State Osinbajo
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Federal Government will implement more projects and infrastructure in Lagos State, if the All Progressives Congress (APC) wins the presidential election.Osinbajo made the pledge during his visit to the palace of the Monarch of Kosofe and Oloworo of Oworoland, Oba Olohuntoyin Salau.The vice president, who was in the area to continue the partys house -to-house campaigns in Lagos, said that the state was very important to the Federal Government.We were in oppositio
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I am ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage Gov. Emmanuel
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has said paying the new minimum wage in the state is not a problem.Speaking on Monday in Uyo during consultation with the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, United Labour and other affiliated unions said the state government is only waiting on the Federal government to decide on the new minimum wage so that it can implement in the state.He said labour is the bedrock of development in any nation and commended the unions for their support
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Atiku to Supporters: Reject APC
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Monday urged the people to reject President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress(APC) at the poll during the next month general election.Besides,he charged them to monitor and ensure that they vote a competent person to run the affairs of the countryAccording to the former Vice President,the coming election would determine the future of the country.Speaking at a campaign rally at MKO Abiola Democ
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Olawepo-Hashim condemns violence in Kwara
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
As the 2019 general election approaches, Peoples Trust (PT) Presidential candidate Gbenga Olawepo- Hashim has condemned all forms of violence ahead of the election and urged political leaders in Kwara state to remain peaceful and law abiding.The 3rd force candidate, who expressed worries over reoccurring reports of political violence in Kwara State, called on politicians to desist from inciting and empowering political thugs in the state.In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Ibrahi
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PCRC calls for extension of IG`s tenure
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris`s tenure of office.Idris would attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 on Jan. 15.The Deputy National Chairman (North) of PCRC, Alhaji Sanusi Ajiya, made the call on Monday in Abuja after a peaceful march to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja.He was represented by Prof. Nick Eze, National Vice chairman
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Game of Thrones: Jon Snow, death take center stage in trailer
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Final Season is coming and its all about Jon Snow, and (just for a change) it portends death.Or at least thats the impression U.S. satellite network HBO chooses to give in the teaser for Game of Thrones that it unveiled on primetime TV on Sunday night.The 1 minute 28 second clip trails the fantasy epics eighth and last series, which hits screens on April 14.The scene takes place in the crypts below Winterfell, where we hear the voices of the late Ned and Catelyn Stark speak of Jon as he passes
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IMF: Nigeria, other African economies to grow 3.8%
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The economies of Nigeria and other sub-Saharan Africa countries will be home to several of the worlds fastest-growing economies this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday. The region, it said, is expected to have overall economic growth of 3.8 per cent, on par with the global forecast of 3.7 per cent.But the regions growth numbers will be led again by Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Cte dIvoire, Senegal, Benin, Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso which remain in the top 10. Tanzania jo
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How to save airports running cost, by expert
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
HOW can the high power cost of running airports be reduced’ It is by allowing their managers to generate their power, says an expert, Herbert Odika.In an interview in Lagos, he said some airports in Europe and other parts of the world generated their own power, rather than relying on the general source of electricity.A first of its kind pilot project in Africa consisting of a ground-mounted 500 KW solar power generation facility and mobile airport gate electric equipment was launched at Moi
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Banks profits to drop over weak loan demand
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Banks are unlikely to post large profits this year due to weak loan demand and poor economic growth, Head, Research at Coronation Merchant Bank, Guy Czatoryski has said.Speaking yesterday during the unveiling of the 2019 economic outlook by the bank in Lagos, he said the weak demand for loans is affecting banks profitability and ability to grow.According to him, the high yields on treasury bills will also drop after the 2019 general elections planned for next month.He said: They are unlikely to
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Keystone Bank floats zero data mobile App
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Customers of Keystone Bank Limited can now transact banking services at their convenience on the new Keystone Bank Mobile App with Zero Data.The feature, which is another first from the Bank and in the Nigerian banking sector, enables customers enjoy banking services on their mobile phones without data.According to the Group Managing Director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Dr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, the development is in demonstration of the banks commitment to deliver superior and innovative banking
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Equities: NSE predicts volatile H1, stable H2
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
The Nigerian equities will experience volatile trading pattern in the first half of this year but will witness considerable recovery in the second half, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has said.Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema, at a briefing yesterday on the review of 2018 and preview of 2019 at the Exchange in Lagos, said the market sentiments in the first half of the year would be driven by uncertainty in crude oil prices and the 2019 general elections.
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Lawyers, agents hail govt policy on rice
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Maritime lawyers and clearing agents have praised the Federal Government over the ban on rice importation through the land borders. The policy has reduced importation of rice and increased local production, they said.Speaking with The Nation, a maritime lawyer and university don, Dr Dipo Alaka, said Nigerians should support the policy.The Federal Government banned rice importation through the land borders and that has reduced rice importation and paved the way for more investments in local rice
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Nigerias first ocean terminal coming
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Nigeria may soon get its first ocean terminal that will facilitate oil and gas trade.The terminal, which will be in Akwa Ibom State, where its promoters have acquired 245 hectares, of waterfront land for the project.The terminal is expected to help investors in the shipping of oil and gas vessels.Such vessels cannot berth at the regular ports and related terminals because of their depth.The coming of the ocean terminal will enhance Nigerias status in the maritime world.Themulti-billiondollars of
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CBN plans financial inclusion confab in Abuja
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
National Financial inclusion stakeholders in Nigeria, led by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will meet in Abuja on Thursday and Friday this week..The meeting is for the launch of key policy documents aimed at facilitating the attainment of the financial inclusion target of 80 per cent by 2020.Policy documents to be unveiled at the conference expected to attract over 400 delegates are the Revised National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS 2.0), the Financial Literacy Framework, the Consumer P
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Dana Air extends multi-million naira sponsorship deal
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Dana Air has extended its multi-million naira sponsorship deal for Heartland FC of Owerri, Imo State.The sponsorship, which was first unveiled last year, was extended for the 2018/19 Nigerian Professional League (NPFL) Season at a short ceremony held at the Conference Hall of DE-Range hotel in Owerri, the Imo State capital.Speaking at the contract extension signing ceremony, the Media and Communications Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the airline was happy to unveil another mouth-wate
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Social outreach in microfinance
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Reactions to my most recently published essay in The Nation, January 2 titled Still on the Proposed National Microfinance Bank were fast and furious. Before misconceptions further concretize and speculations run riot, let me hasten to say that all stakeholders banking regulators, microfinance operators and microfinance investment vehicles unequivocally share the same basic goal of providing access to financial services at affordable pricing to millions of poor people in order to reduce or alle
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Lies against Enugu
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
A relation, Johnny Okafor, who returned home during the Christmas break from the United States of America (USA), was adamant that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State lives a lie when he says Enugu state is in the hands of God. Johnny argued that such a beguiling statement by Ugwuanyi is to deceive those who voted for him in 2015, and to encourage them to gullibly vote for him in 2019, even when he has underperformed.He maintains that Enugu State is in the hands of Governor Ugwuanyi and so h
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Presidency and Oblas panel
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
When recently the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), headed by Okoi Obono-Obla said it had submitted some 39 names of alleged treasury looters to the Nigerian Immigration Service to prevent them from escaping investigation and prosecution for alleged criminal acts, not few Nigerians were taken aback.The reason is simple: those who were surprised by the submission of the list and perhaps the intention behind could not but wonder what power does th
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China, Africa and Washingtons weird worry
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
Last month, precisely on December 13, 2018, U.S National Security Adviser, Mr. John Bolton at a Washington D.C based think tank, Heritage Foundation unveiled what he called President Trumps administration new Africa strategy which according to him has been approved by the president and would go into immediate execution. Bolton told his listeners that this strategy is the result of an intensive inter-agency process and reflects the core tenets of President Trumps foreign policy doctrineand remain
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