Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 16th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 16th January 2019

CJN Onnoghen: EFCC to go after rumour peddlers
Wed, 16 Jan 2019

SHOULD the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have its way, former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode and Afenifere spokesman Yinka Odumakin will face trial for allegedly spreading the rumour that the agency raided Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen’s home.

The duo were spreading “fake news” yesterday, the anti-graft agency said.

It said also that it did not arrest the CJN, contrary to rumours.

The agency said Fani-Kayode and Odumakin would be sued for spreading fake news. The anti-graft commission made the clarifications in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade.

Fani-Kayode’s and Odumakin’s comments could not be obtained last night. Their phones rang unanswered.

The EFCC statement said: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been drawn to the falsehood which has been spreading on the social media that the EFCC has arrested the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

“This is not only a figment of the imagination of the purveyor of the fake news, but an evil machination by the creator and carriers of the news aimed at creating anarchy in the country.

“For the record, the EFCC never went to the house of the CJN for arrest, neither was invitation extended to him.
”Several calls and short messages received all point to the fact that the brains behind the fake news had one thing in mind: to act as agent of destabilisation. We would not give in to their plots.”

The EFCC threatened a legal action against Fani-Kayode and Odumakin for spreading fake news against it.

It added: “One of the architects of the fake news, Femi Fani-Kayode, was quoted as saying, “Why have the EFCC surrounded the home of CJN Onnoghen and why are they seeking to arrest him? These people want Nigeria to burn! Buhari call off your dogs before it is too late! This is a democracy and not a gestapo state! In the name of God let this madness stop.

“Another arrowhead of the fake news, Yinka Odumakin shared a non-existent video which has gone viral.

“We want to assure Nigerians that while we would fight corruption in line with the mandate setting up the Commission, agents of darkness, in the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and their cohorts, would never be able to manipulate the people against the Commission.

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Adamu steps in as acting IG
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
WITH a promise to be professional, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, an Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police, mounted the saddle yesterday as Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP). He takes over from Ibrahim Idris, who is retiring.Adamu was led by the former IG to President Muhammadu Buhari, who decorated him with his new rank at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The handover is billed for today at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.Adamu, who hails from Lafia, Nassarawa State, thanked President Buhar
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Governors stockpiling arms
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Governors and other politicians are stockpiling arms ahead of the elections, a government official said yesterday.The Director-General of the National Task Force on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons, Dr. Osita Okereke, said governors and their collaborators were stockpiling arms and ammunition to kit their thugs. He did not name such governors.The director-general spoke at the National Assembly on the need for the Senate to quickly pass the Bill on Na
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Drama as Edgal, Egbetokun resume as Lagos CP
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
It was drama yesterday at the Ikeja Government Reservation Area (GRA) Headquarters of the Lagos Police Command where two officers showed up as Police Commissioners in the state.Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal, who was billed to hand over following his earlier redeployment, resumed at works and said he remained in charge.Kayode Egbetokun, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), who was to take over the baton after a joint news conference, arrived at the Command ahead of Edgal.The handing over
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Buhari, Tinubu, Fayemi, others greet Bisi Akande at 80
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday joined members of the ruling party to congratulate the first Interim Chairman of the party and former governor of Osun State, Chief Abdukareem Adebisi Akande on his 80th birthday.The President congratulated Pa Akande, his family and friends for his laudable achievements over the years, which threw him into the limelight at an early age, particularly highlight
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Patience Jonathan proves source of $8.4m, N7.4b with videos
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
FORMER First Lady Dame Patience Jonathans lawyers yesterday played five videos to prove the source of $8.4 million and N7.4 billion, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeks to forfeit to the Federal Government.The videos were projected before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos.The judge had last April 20 ordered temporary forfeiture of the funds, which EFCC said were suspected to be proceeds of crime.Mrs. Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Lt
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Buhari, Osinbajo, others lay wreaths for heroes
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday led other top government officials and Service chiefs to lay wreaths in honour of soldiers, who died during national service and international assignments.The ceremony was to mark the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.January 15th, every year, is dedicated to remembering and appreciating surviving military men, who have retired from active service.It was the fourth time President Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed F
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Babalakin to UNILAG TV: be outstanding
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has urged UNILAG TV to be the source of outstanding intellectual discourse.Speaking yesterday at UNILAGs Media Center during the commissioning of the universitys Television Station, Channels 184 on Startimes, Babalakin urged the station to be a source of accurate news and a center that would provide solutions to societal problems.His words: I hope this station will be the center of very interestin
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Governors shower encomiums on soldiers, ex-servicemen, fallen heroes families
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
GOVERNORS yesterday showered encomiums on members of the Armed Forces, other security agencies, fallen heroes as well as those they left behind, in their efforts in sustaining the countrys peace and unity.They called on Nigerians imbibe their sacrificial and selfless efforts.The governors, who spoke at events marking the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, urged the citizens to show love and care to ex-servicemen and the families of those who lost their lives while defending the country.They also
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Army deserves better welfare, says Atiku
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised that his administration will improve the welfare of military personnel, if elected the next President.At a news conference at the PDP Secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the former vice president hailed the contributions of men of the Army to the countrys growth and survival.According to him, men of the Army deserved better welfare, considering their services to the nation.He noted that many of the
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Akande: Pathfinder of the progressives
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Elder statesman and former governor of Osun State, Pa Bisi Akande is 80 today. Idowu Ajanaku examines the life and political career of the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who hails from Ila Orangun in Osun State.THERE are lasting lessons to learn from the driving passion, socio-economic philosophies, leadership style and the political trajectory of Chief Bisi Akande as he celebrates the elusive age of 90 today. Even as family members, faithful friends, pol
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Akande: I came into politics accidentally
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Chief Bisi Akande is downright blunt and factual. The former governor of Osun State came into politics prior to the Second Republic. Since then, he has gained national fame through positions such as Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Deputy Governor, Governor and Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On the occasion of his 80th birthday, he spoke to reporters, including Southwest Bureau Chief BISI OLADELE, on a wide range of issues. Excerpts:To have clocked 80,
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Dont allow losing PDP sabotage Nigerias democracy Presidency
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The Presidency has called on Nigerians not to allow what it described as the losing Peoples Democratic Party from sabotaging the countrys democracy.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the PDP has been personalizing its attacks on President Buhari.We read the various statements issued in the press by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with the latest personalizing their attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.This is an uncalled for
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2019: Ajimobi threatens to ban transport unions linked to violence
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has warned members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to remain peaceful or risk being banned.Ajimobi gave the warning on Tuesday in Ibadan during the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial rally held in Egbeda Local Government Area of the state.The governor gave the warning against the background of security reports that the transport unions were poised to engage in viole
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Weve better campaign timetable- APC replies Atiku
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC), says it has better campaign timetable for forthcoming election than any other political party.Mr Alex Kalejaiye, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo state said this on Tuesday in a statement.Kalejaiye was reacting to a statement credited to presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar that the APC presidential candidate is not campaigning because his party planned to rig the election.The APC views the statement as an indication
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2019: Tambuwal town explodes for APC, Buhari
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday took its campaign train to Tambuwal town, home front of sitting Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal amidst overwhelming ovation by mammoth crowd of supporters expressing their unprecedented loyalty to the opposition party led by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.Gaba dai, gaba dai APC, Baba Buhari zabin Allah, Zabin kowa! baya baya PDP!, meaning: Forward ever APC. President Buhari is Gods choice and everyones choice! Backward ever PDP, were the slogans
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Atiku promises youths 40 percent appointment in his cabinet
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The crisis rocking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Federal University Oye Ekiti chapter worsened on Tuesday when aggrieved members disrupted a congress presided over by the zonal chairman of the union, Akure branch Prof Olu Olu.The aggrieved lecturers insisted the embattled chairman of the chapter Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo must step aside first before any congress would hold on the campus.The Nation gathered the congress of the academic union was about to hold at about 1pm at t
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Delta APC ecstatic as Buhari visits Thursday
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
As the All Progressives Congress (APC) flags its Presidential Campaign/rally off in Warri on Thursday, the Mainstream Delta APC has described the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari as a necessity.The group, in a statement by its leader, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, said the state had been in an ecstatic mood in anticipation of President Buharis visit to the state.It added people were anxiously waiting to receive a man that has brought so much transformation to the state and the entire Niger De
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2019: Presidential candidates back INECs guidelines
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
A month to the presidential election, Forum of Presidential Candidates, on Tuesday threw its weight behind the guidelines released last Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The candidates who said the released guidelines was a reflection of series of meetings between the political parties and INEC, cautioned stakeholders against causing any tension that may lead to violence before, during and after the elections.Part of the issued guidelines are barring collation office
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APC to PDP: Jonathan not supporting our candidates
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state has denied claims former President Goodluck Jonathan is working for some of its candidates.It particularly said it was not true Jonathan was backing its candidate for the Ogbia federal constituency, Chief Samuel Ogbuku.In a statement in Abuja, the party said the insinuation the former President and his wife were backing his candidacy were baseless and aimed at creating distractions for the APC.The party said while the APC respects the first fa
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Freke Umoh thrills Benson Idahosa students
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Gospel Musician, Freke Umoh, has thrilled students of Benson Idahosa University with inspiring songs at the 2019 dedication service organised by the University Management on Monday.The service started with a praise and worship session which was followed with an exhortation by the President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B Idahosa.The president preached on the theme: You will see what you believe.In his sermon, he urged staff and students to begin the year by focusing on Christ and rema
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Call for audition as Nigeria hosts Big Brother Naija 4
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Bet9ja is headline sponsorMultichoice, organisers of reality television show, Big Brother Naija, have called for audition for interested participants. This was announced at a briefing in Lagos on Tuesday.The auditions which are scheduled to hold on February 1 and February 2, 2018 in eight cities Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri. The auditions are open to Nigerians aged 21 and above.Successful candidates would then spend 90 days to compete for the coveted posi
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The 10 Year Challenge
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
In the past days, social media has been awash with people posting before and after pictures in the 10 Years Challenge. The rave which have also been embraced my many Nigerian celebrities have thrown up a lot of surprises which have shown how far their images have changed over the period.
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Bunmi Omije Oju out with new album, O Ti Murewa
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
To kick off 2019, gospel artiste, Bunmi Akinnaanu-Adeoye, is out with a new album titled O Ti Mure Wa.The multiple award winning artiste also known as Omije Ojumi who is on holiday in America placed much faith on the album.God has been wonderful to me, she said.He has been a faithful God and in return, I shall continue to worship and adore His name. My new album O Ti Mure Wa is a piece that is tailored towards singing His praise and appreciating His benevolent mercy over us.She said, O ti mu re
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Clevatee gets attention with Turn-Up
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Indigenous rapper Clevatee Wokilumo, whose real name is Okunola Babatunde Ayobami, has come out with a new song titled Turn-UpThe song which is enjoying rotations at clubs and radio stations was produced by Vice Beatz while it was mixed and mastered by Mr. Magic Finger BTP who also doubles as the artistes manager (and the CEO, Royal Revolutions Studios), Ibadan, Oyo State.Some of Clevatees hits include A ma duro, To-ba-be, Run Da Streetz (a visual), O yaElp, Omi Tau, KYRPO KYRPO and POTOM/The
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#10yearschallenge: Don Jazzy,Tonto Dikeh, others attribute success to patience, hard work
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Some Nigerian celebrities have attributed their success in the past years to patience and hard work in their trending hashtag on social media: #10yearschallenge.Actress Tonto Dikeh, On-air-personality Toke Makinwa, music producer Don Jazzy and popular blogger Linda Ikeji, amongst others, have taken part in the challenge.They took to their Instagram pages to share photos taken some 10 years ago in comparison to recent ones.They attributed the noticeable transformation as displayed in their pictur
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BBNaija returns with season 4, to hold in Nigeria
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Africas popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija ( BBNaija ), is set to return for a fourth season with the producers of the show revealing that the Big Brother House will be located in Nigeria.The Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe disclosed this at a media briefing held in Lagos on Tuesday.According to him, auditions for the show will hold on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in eight locations across Nigeria, an increase from previous editions.He listed the locations as: Lagos, Ab
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Robotics, drone expenditure to hit $115.7b this year
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Robotics systems service spending will be spread across systems integration, application management and hardware deployment, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has said.Robotics systems service spending will be spread across systems integration, application management and hardware deployment, says IDC.This is according to the Worldwide Semiannual Robotics and Drones Spending Guide, conducted by data analytics firm IDC.The report predicts global spending on robotics systems and drones will
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Fed Govt shops for private sector investment in ICT Park
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
THE Federal Government has started shopping for private sector investment for the actualisation of Abuja National ICT Park.It said the Park will create a platform for the acquisition of ICT knowledge, appropriate initiatives, incubating tech ideas into viable startups, research and development, testing and certifications of ICT solutions in Nigeria.The Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu who spoke during a Business Roundtable for the Financing of the National ICT Park at the Abuja Tec
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NNPC: Nigeria earns $640.35m from oil, gas
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Pipeline vandalism up 42.9%The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said Nigeria earned $640.35million from the export of crude oil and gas for the month of October, last year.NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report for October 2018 which contained this, also showed that the total export receipt of $640.35 million recorded during the period was higher than the $527.70 million logged in September.The report showed that the receipt showed $450.44million accrued from crude
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PEF introduces censor to monitor fuel consumption
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
The Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) Executive Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, yesterday said the Fund has introduced censor monitoring project of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) so as to ascertain the volume of its consumption.He said the Fund last year planned railway equalisation and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) penetration projects to address environmental degradation and tackle insecurity.Addressing reporters at a workshop organised by the Fund in Abuja, he said the censor has become necessary
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Apple cuts forecast amid China market slump
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Apple has lowered its revenue guidance from $93 billion to $84 billion, ahead of its earnings call scheduled for 29 January.In a letter to investors, CEO Tim Cook says: Today we are revising our guidance for Apples fiscal 2019 first quarter, which ended on December 29. We now expect the following: revenue of approximately $84 billion, gross margin of approximately 38 per cent, operating expenses of approximately $8.7 billion, other income of approximately $550 million, and tax rate of approximat
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Fixation with telecoms affecting other sectors
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Telecoms firms operating in the country have blamed over-concentration of attention of consumers on the telecoms sector for the poor performance of other sectors of the economy in the provision of world class services.Their umbrella body, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), urged members of the public to also encourage other service providers such as those in power, banking, aviation, transportation and others to deliver services at the same global standa
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Pilot Science commits to best practice
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Leading telecoms support service and engineering firm, Pilot Science Company Limited (PSCL), has reiterated its commitment to best practice and quality service delivery to its existing and prospective clients this year.Its MD/CEO, Engr. Festus Akinpelu, made this known at a dinner organised by the firm at the Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi.He said the firm will not offer any service that is short of quality standard, adding that best practice and timely delivery have always been the companys trad
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CBN: Zero interest for N800b oil subsidy debt
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Deposit money banks (DMBs) will not charge interest on loans linked to petrol subsidy taken by oil marketers between June 2017 and December 2018.The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, confirmed this development yesterday.He said the information was from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.The CBN governor has said banks will not charge interest for loans linked to subsidy debt from June 2017 to Decembe
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BCN, Fleek Networks Limited mull 10,000km fibre optic network
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), through Fleek Networks Limited, the Northwest Infraco licensee, plans to build approximately 10,000 km broadband fibre optic network begining this year.The CEO of BCN, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko who spoke during the launch of a free, high-speed public Wi-Fi hotspot in Abuja in partnership withn Google, said the network is expected to link about 200 Points of Access (PoA) across all local government areas in the seven Northwestern states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsin
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Nigeria misses out on Emerging-Market rally
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Nigeria is missing out in the ongoing rally in Emerging-Market assets that took strong start to the year, Bloomberg data showed yesterday.With investors fretting about tight elections just a month away, low oil prices and escalating violence, theres little to suggest therell be an immediate turnaround.The main stock index in Lagos, the commercial capital, has lost 4.1 per cent since the end of 2018, which is the biggest drop globally after Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, according to data compiled
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