Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 16th January 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 16th January 2019

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Harvest of Retirements Looms in Police as AIG Adamu Becomes IG
Wed, 16 Jan 2019

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The newly appointed Acting Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Abubakar Adamu, yesterday officially assumed duties at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, promising to uphold high professional standards in the handling of forthcoming general election.

However, about 10 senior officers, comprising seven Deputy Inspectors General (DIG) and three Assistant Inspectors General (AIG), will be forcibly retired with the appointment of Adamu as the 20th indigenous IG.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) greeted the acting IG with a charge to immediately commence the reorganisation of the Nigeria Police to restore professionalism and adherence to rules of engagement in the force, describing former IG’s tenure as shameful

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The seven DIGs that are on their way out include Mr. Maigari Dikko, who is in charge of the Department of Administration and Finance; Mr. Joshak Habila of the Department of Operations; Mr. Oshodi-Glover Agboola of the Department of Logistics and Supply; and Ms. Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department.

Others include Mr. Muhammad Katsina of the Department of Research and Planning, and Mr. Emmanuel Tom Inyang of the Department of Information and Communication Technology.

The three AIGs affected have been identified as Mr. Usman Abubakar, who is in charge of Maritime; AIG Usman Yakubu, who is in charge of Zone 10, Sokoto; and AIG Abdulmajid Ali, who is in charge of the Eastern Ports.

While Idris’ promotion as the IG on March 19, 2016, was contentious given that 21 senior officers were retired in one fell swoop, Adamu’s will claim only 10.

THISDAY gathered that coupled with huge backlash the IG’s continued stay in office caused, the hard questions on Arise TV and THISDAY exclusive interview with President Muhammadu Buhari was the final nail on Idris’ retirement.

During the viral interview, THISDAY’s Editorial Board Chairman, Segun Adeniyi, had queried the IG’s continued stay in office, alluding to the fact that Buhari might be scared of firing him.

This question it was gathered had ruffled the president’s predisposition to retaining the IG till after the forthcoming February general election.

To Adeniyi’s question, Buhari had retorted thus, “I have accepted responsibility. I do not think I am afraid of him. I will take action.”

The most affected by the looming retirement is the recently promoted DIGs, who were elevated on October 31, 2018. Particularly worrisome is the fact that with the retirement in the works for Abdallah, who is presently the only female DIG, there will be no female in police top management position.

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FG Defers Final Decision on Minimum Wage
Wed, 16 Jan 2019

A special Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House yesterday failed to conclude decision on national minimum wage.

This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari has launched a new Nigerian international passport with enhanced security and 10-year validity.

Apparently due to the crucial importance of governors to the national minimum wage issue, the council resolved that it would take final decision on it after the National Executive Council (NEC), a body of governors presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, would have deliberated over the matter.

Making this disclosure after the meeting, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, admitted that the matter of minimum wage was deliberated upon at yesterday’s FEC meeting but declined answering questions on deliberations on the issue.

He said: “I cannot because it is work in progress. It would also be discussed by the National Economic Council (NEC) before we can brief the media.”

On Monday, the organised labour staged nationwide protests to compel the federal government to send a bill which provides for N30,000 as the new minimum wage to the National Assembly.

Also yesterday, Buhari launched a new Nigerian international passport with enhanced security. The passport has 10 years validity.

Speaking on the passport, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede, said the new passport contained enhanced features which he said would facilitate security management.

According to him, the new passport with a new parttern will bring discipline in the system, adding however, that both the new and the old passports will be used concurrently.

He said the new passport with 32 pages, would cost N25, 000 and $130 abroad; a 64-page passport for five years will cost N35, 000 and $150 abroad while the 64-page copy with 10 years validity will cost N70, 000 in Nigeria and $230 abroad.

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Nigerian Military Clears Boko Haram from Borno Town
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Terrorists’ attack causes residents to flee, says NEMA Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Nigeria’s military recaptured the northeastern town of Rann yesterday after it was overrun by Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) insurgents a day earlier, weeks ahead of an election in which security has become a key campaign issue. This []The post Nigerian Military Clears Boko Haram from Borno Town appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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We Can’t Win War against Corruption by Undermining Law, Onaiyekan Cautions
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has admonished the federal government not to ignore basic human rights or bye-pass the rule of law in its fight against corruption and other social vices in the country. He also stated that in their drive to maintain internal peace, the Armed Forces should []The post We Can’t Win War against Corruption by Undermining Law, Onaiyekan Cautions appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buhari, Saraki Condemn Sokoto Killings
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Omololu Ogunmade and Deji Elumoye in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday in Abuja condemned the latest bandit attacks in Gandi District of Rabah Local Government Council, Sokoto State, which claimed 30 lives. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, last night, said []The post Buhari, Saraki Condemn Sokoto Killings appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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N’Assembly Resumes Plenary Today
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Deji Elumoye in Abuja The National Assembly will resume plenary today after a 25- day adjournment. The lawmakers had on December 20, 2018 adjourned plenary till January 16 a day after receiving the N8.8 Trillion 2019 budget from President Muhammadu Buhari. Sources close to the lawmakers told THISDAY that the highlight of today’s plenary will []The post N’Assembly Resumes Plenary Today appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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ADC Set to Surprise Bigger Parties
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Nseobong Okon-Ekong The National Chairman of the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Nwosu has expressed optimism that his party stands a good chance of springing a surprise in the forthcoming national elections. He insisted that the ADC was the most credible alternative in contest. He said, ‘We have 118 elected persons, including five Senators, []The post ADC Set to Surprise Bigger Parties appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Political Parties Reveal Plans to Curb Corruption
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Udora Orizu With 2019 general election barely one month away, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Young Progressive Party (YPP), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) and African Action Congress (AAC) have revealed their plans to curb corruption in the country if they win at the polls. Representatives of these parties explained their strategies at a debate []The post Political Parties Reveal Plans to Curb Corruption appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ogun APM Guber Candidate Promises 25,000 Jobs to Unemployed Youths in Two Years
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Femi Ogbonnikan Allied Peoples Movement (APM) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Hon Adekunle Akinlade, has promised to create 25,000 jobs for unemployed youths and women in both rural and urban areas within two years in office. Addressing party supporters during his ward-to-ward campaign tour of Ijebu North Local Government, the Ogun APM governorship candidate stated []The post Ogun APM Guber Candidate Promises 25,000 Jobs to Unemployed Youths in Two Years appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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YPP Promises to Restore Dignity of Traditional Institutions
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Emmanuel Ugwu The Yong Progressives Party (YPP) has vowed to restore the lost glory of traditional institutions in Abia state, saying that custom and tradition should be preserved and respected. The governorship candidate of the party, Joseph Ngozi Nkoro made the pledge when he visited the palace of Eze Israel Kanu to condole with the []The post YPP Promises to Restore Dignity of Traditional Institutions appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Understanding Emmanuel’s Roadmap to Industrialization
Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Nseobong Okon-Ekong writes that beyond scoring a resounding political point, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State’s courageous moves to encourage entrepreneurs and ensure prosperity through massive construction of economically viable roads has received warm applause While the basis for measuring the performance of one governor may be fluid and based on the peculiarities of []The post Understanding Emmanuel’s Roadmap to Industrialization appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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