Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Thursday 17th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 17th January 2019

CCT trial: Fed Govt freezes Onnoghens five accounts
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghens five accounts have been frozen.The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has requested the Director, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to freeze the accounts.The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), in the charge it filed against the CJN before the Code of Conduct tribunal (CCT) for which he was to be arraigned on January 14, accused Justice Onnoghen of failing to declare the accounts.In a letter, wri
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Sagay: Why NJC cant consider Onnoghens case
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) yesterday explained why Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghens assets non-declaration charge cannot first be determined by the National Judicial Council (NJC).In a statement, the eminent Law professor, citing constitutional provisions, argued that not every offence committed by a judicial officer must first be brought before the NJC.He said: By the very logic of the powers of the NJC, cases arising
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Magu, detectives in Ghana to block slush funds
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Politicians relying on slush funds to run their campaigns will not have it easy, The Nation has learnt.Detectives are off to Ghana to block repatriation of such funds.The mission to Ghana is headed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.The anti-graft agency is also hunting for properties bought with illicit cash by some Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) in Ghana and other West African countries.The EFCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) wit
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Dont vote PDP, Buhari urges Nigerians
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari had a piece of advice for Nigerians yesterday they should reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the forthcoming general elections.He told a crowd of supporters at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, that the opposition party had nothing good to offer.It was at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally. Buhari, who is the APC standard bearer, reeled out the milestones recorded by his administration, since coming to pow
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Court orders ex-Air Chief Amosu to forfeit N2.2b to Fed Govt
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
THE Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of N2.2 billion recovered from former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu to the Federal Government.Justice Mojisola Olatoregun made the order based on an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The judge ordered that the N2,244,500,000 recovered by the commission from Amosu be paid into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) with GT Bank.Justice Olatoregun agreed with EFCC that the money is pro
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Polls: Were good to go, says INEC chair
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
WITH the words of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the electoral body is set for the February 16 and March two polls.INEC is good to go as far as the 2019 general elections are concerned, Prof Yakubu told a delegation of the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.) at the Abuja Headquarters of the commission yesterday.He reassured the international community and Nigerians that the general elections will be credible, free,
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Ag. I.G. Adamu to senior officers: massive deployment coming
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
THERE will be massive deployment in the police ahead of the forthcoming elections, Acting Inspector-General (Ag. IG) of Police Mohammed Adamu told senior officers yesterday.He also warned politicians to refrain from activities that can trigger violence, saying that the Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone who poses a threat to peace.Adamu spoke at the Force Headquarters in Abuja after taking the baton from Ibrahim Idris, who retired from service on Tuesday as IG after turning 6
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May wins no-confidence vote
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived as prime minister after weathering a dramatic no-confidence vote in her government, but was left scrambling to strike a Brexit compromise that could secure the backing of parliament.May announced after the vote on Wednesday night that she would invite Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders for immediate talks on how to secure a Brexit deal, although Labour later said Corbyn would decline the invitation.A day after overwhelmingly rejecting her Brexit
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$1.04billion Malabu deal: Anti-graft groups push for Shell to lose oil block
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Four international anti-graft groups have protested against plans for an out-of-court settlement with Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) Plc and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) over Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, which is otherwise called Malabu Oil Block.They asked The Netherland Government to ensure that Shell loses the oil block, explaining that since four former Shell employees, including a former RDS executive, were already on trial in Italy, any settlement reached in The
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Seven kidnappers arrested in Ondo
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Men of the Joint Security Task Force, put in place by the Ondo State Government to curb insecurity, have arrested seven suspected kidnappers at Emure-Ile junction on Owo/Akure road.Parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Akure yesterday, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Owena Cantonment, Maj. Ojo Adenegan and police spokesman Femi Joseph said they were arrested at a hideout inside Emure-Owo forest during a raid.Joseph said the task force also nabbed kidnappers informant
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Akande: Mentor, role model at 80
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
As former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, celebrates his 80th birthday today in his home town, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the career of the astute politician, his ideas and lifestyles, and lessons for the political class and the younger generation. HE is a man of honour and integrity. In private and public life, he has led by example; highly incorruptible, bold, brave and courageous; self-discipl
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Buharis second term will bring succour to Nigerians
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Mack Ogbamosa is the Lagos State Co-ordinator of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), which was originally called Buhari Media Support Group. In this interview with Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI, Ogbamosa, who is a lawyer and a journalist, explains what the BMO is all about, why it is supporting President Muhammadu Buharis second term bid and some of the challenges it has encountered in doing so. What is the BMO all about’It is a made up of professionals who are committed to champio
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Brexit: PM Theresa May survives vote of no-confidence
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of no- confidence.The House of Commons, voted to defeat the motion raised by the leader of the main opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, by 325 votes to 306.The motion, tabled following Mays 230-vote defeat on her EU divorce agreement, is an official way to vote on the confidence in any current U.K. government.May was backed by members of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party and the Brexiteer Conservative Party lawmakers who had v
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2019: We are good to go INEC
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said that INEC is good to go as far as the 2019 general elections are concerned.Yakubu also reassured the international community and the country that the 2019 general elections will be credible, free, fair and transparent.He spoke on Wednesday when he received the delegation of the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US)He also stressed that 2019 elections will be credible,
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Obaseki charges appointees on Lassa Fever campaign
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state government has intensified efforts to curb Lassa Fever in the state and directed all government appointees to sensitise residents in rural and urban centres on measures to prevent the spread of the ailment.The governor, who has sustained campaign against Lassa Fever since reports of the resurgence of the ailment in the country, said that the state government is deploying man and materials to ensure that Lassa Fever is kept away
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PDP begs Buhari to visit Benin Central hospital
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to pay a visit to the new five star Benin Central hospitals he (Buhari) commissioned two years ago.It urged President Buhari to not only come to Edo to campaign for votes but to see if the Central Hospital projects he was made to commission by former Governor Adams Oshiomhole is actually working.State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, in a press statement said the 5 star hospital has neither recorded any out-pati
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Kwara APC gov candidate condemns ban on political rallies
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Kwara state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has described the reported ban on political rallies and processions on the streets by the state government, as undemocratic.Kwara state Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had on Wednesday this week banned political street rallies and processions in the state.Governor Ahmed said as an additional security measure, political street rallies and processions are hereby banned across the state.Only political rallies in des
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IGP Adamu vows to restore police image
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu has identified the absence of transparent, knowledgeable, accountable and motivational leadership as the problem of policing in Nigeria.Adamu who disclosed this in Abuja after the baton of leadership was officially handed over to him by the immediate past IGP, Ibrahim Idris however said his appointment represents a charge to restore the image of the Force.Before the ceremony, Idris and Adamu walked into the Conference room around 11:
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Address alleged sale of unclaimed PVCs, Saraki tells INEC
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to quickly look into the claim that politicians are buying uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for use during the February elections.Saraki also urged the electoral umpire not to spare any sacrifice that would ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.The Senate President stated this in his welcome address to senators after their four-week Christmas and New Year
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Inflation hits seven-month high at 11.44%
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The consumer price index (CPI) which measures inflation, increased by 11.44 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2018; a 0.16 per cent increase from the 11.28 per cent recorded in November.According to the December 2018 CPI/Inflation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released yesterday, all the divisions that contribute to the headline index increased.This is the first time in seven months that inflation would reach such levels. The last time the index was this high was i
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Dangote Refinery gets key component
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Dangote Oil Refining Company (DORC) Limited said it just took delivery of one of the major components of its refinery equipment; the regenerator for the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker (RFCC).Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries. It is widely used to convert the high-boiling, high-molecular weight hydrocarbon fractions of crude oils into more valuable gasoline, olefinic gases, and other products.The Nation also learnt
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We ll complete Lagos-Badagry expressway, says Hamzat
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Concerned with the seeming slowpace at which some critical road projects in Lagos is moving, coupled with the attendant consequences in movement of people and goods, Lagos State goverorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged to improve on the quality of living standards in the state if elected in this years general elections.Echoing the commitment of his principal and his passion to ensure the completion of ongoing critical road projects that in
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Sovereign Trust Insurance to raise N2.09b from shareholders
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc has launched a process to raise N2.09 billion from existing shareholders as the insurance company seeks to beef up its capital base to position it in better stead for large-ticket transactions.A regulatory filing obtained yesterday by The Nation indicated that Sovereign Trust plans to raise N2.085 billion in new equity funds through a rights issue. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) confirmed that Sovereign Trust has submitted application, seeking NSEs approval for t
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Workers assured of job security
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The management of NIPCO Plc, one of Nigerias major downstream companies, has said the firms Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments in 2019 will be increased and assured employees of job security despite challenges in 2018.NIPCOs Managing Director Sanjay Teotia, stated this in his New Year message to members of staff. He maintained that the company will continue to create opportunities for more vibrant and experienced personnel that will achieve efficient workforce to guarantee peerles
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Nigerias investment prospects in oil, gas high
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
James Shindi is the Chief Executive of Brevity Anderson, organisers of the annual Nigeria Petroleum International Summit (NIPS). In this interview with reporters, he talks about the investment prospects Nigeria has in the oil and gas industry and NIPS 2019, among others, EMEKA UGWUANYI was there. How attractive is Nigeria for oil and gas investment’If you take into account Nigerias condensates production, the daily average production is over 2 million barrels. There is a very realistic capa
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Presidential candidates chart course for effective, efficient housing
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The controversial Land Use Act, seen by many stakeholders in the housing and real estate sector, may be repealed just as Nigerians may benefit from a better, stronger and properly managed mortgage system. With these in place, Nigerians are likely to heave a sigh of relief from the accessible and affordable housing yoke ravaging the country and leaving her with a deficit of over 17 million housing units.These were the hopes and assurances given at the weekend by the Presidential Candidate of the
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Marketers to access N234b subsidy arrears in December
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
Oil marketers would have to wait till the end of 2019 to access N234billion subsidy arrears, which the Federal Government paid them in December 2018, through promissory notes.The marketers include members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN).MOMANs Secretary, Mr. Clemens Isong, in an interview with The Nation on phone, said the promissory notes through which the government paid the marketers will mat
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Atiku to privatise public enterprises, lift manufacturing
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar yesterday said he would privatise public enterprises including the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if elected president.The former Vice President who spoke on: Getting Nigerias Economy Working: A Pragmatic Approach, in Lagos, yesteray, said his privatisation plans would extend beyond the oil sector.He said priority will be given to manufacturing, construction, education and women/ youth empowerment.Atiku who
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Inflation hits seven-month high at 11.44%
Thu, 17 Jan 2019
The consumer price index (CPI) which measures inflation, increased by 11.44 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2018; a 0.16 per cent increase from the 11.28 per cent recorded in November.According to the December 2018 CPI/Inflation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released yesterday, all the divisions that contribute to the headline index increased.This is the first time in seven months that inflation would reach such levels. The last time the index was this high was i
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