Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 26th January 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 26th January 2019

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Trump: Congress passes bill ending shutdown
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
President Donald Trump on Friday brought a temporary end to the longest government shutdown in US history, while dropping his previous insistence on immediate funding for wall construction along the Mexican border. The announcement in the White House Rose Garden on the bipartisan deal marked a retreat by Trump, suspending a political row that has
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PDP, Atiku, Saraki reject the appointment of acting CJN
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have rejected the appointment of acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, said that the PDP rejected in its entirety, the attempts to foist an illegal Chief Justice on
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Police IRT not disbanded, says Kyari
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team has not been disbanded, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the unit, Abba Kyari, has said. Kyari told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that the clarification became necessary in view of IRTs reported disbandment in the social media. He said that IRT was
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Political parties, candidates sign peace pact in Bayelsa
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa Over 20 political parties and 55 candidates have signed an agreement to ensure that they conduct themselves peacefully during next months general elections in Bayelsa State. The peace pact supervised by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Aminu Saleh, was signed by the chairmen of parties with candidates contesting the election.
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Songhai: Fading glory of abandoned Lagos multi-million Naira agric centre
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Afeez Hanafi He sat on a bench under a sprawling mango tree in his farm, leaning his aching back on the trunk. He hit himself with his right palm in a desperate attempt to snuff lives out of mosquitoes that would not stop perching on him. Agbaosi Sonayon had been at the poultry section of
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The matches you live for: Greatest rivals Djokovic, Nadal square off
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will renew the greatest rivalry in modern tennis when they collide in a mouth-watering 107th Australian Open final on Sunday. The top two players in the world have 31 Grand Slam titles between them and each can claim another slice of history with victory. Djokovic, 31, will lift a record
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Buharis moves and oppositions fears about 2019
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
In this piece, ALEXANDER OKERE examines some of the actions taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration that have unsettled opposition political parties as electioneering heats up ahead of the forthcoming general elections All over the world, major elections usually come with intrigues, accusations and counter-accusations between the ruling party and opposition political parties as
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APC has borrowed more in three years than PDP did in 16 Obi
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government borrowed more money in three years than the PDP borrowed in 16 years. Speaking at an interactive session in Benin, Edo State, he noted that the general elections was about the future of
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Nwobodo dumps APC, says all is not well with Nigeria
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Ihuoma Chiedozie A former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, on Friday left the All Progressives Congress, saying that all is not well with the country. Nwobodo, who had also served as a minister and a senator, noted that his decision was informed by some issues he observed in the ruling party.
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President not ready to concede defeat if he loses re-election Junaid
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
A Second Republic lawmaker, Dr Junaid Mohammed, speaks with TOBI AWORINDE and WILLIAMS BABALOLA on his resignation as the vice presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party and the ongoing crisis within the party Do you think INEC is capable of conducting free and fair elections next month’ The question should have been are they
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Atikus endorsement tears Ohanaeze apart
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Clifford Anuyua, Enugu There is crisis in the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, following its recent endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Atiku was endorsed by the group on Thursday at a meeting held in Enugu, creating crisis among notable Igbo leaders, especially those in the All Progressives
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Rescuers recover body of boy who fell into well
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Rescuers early on Saturday found the body of a two-year-old boy who fell into a deep well nearly two weeks ago in southern Spain, triggering an unprecedented rescue operation fraught with glitches that had kept the country on tenterhooks. Hundreds of people had been working round-the-clock under the media glare to try to reach Julen
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ASUU backs demotion of seven professors at FUO
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Simon Utebor The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Federal University, Otuoke, has backed the demotion of seven professors of the institution by the Senator Gbemisola Saraki-led governing council. The ASUU-FUO in a communiqu signed by the Chairman, Dr Joseph Omoro and the Secretary, Dr John Kalama, which was released after its emergency meeting at the
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How to clean the filthiest places in your kitchen
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Toluwalope Kareem Get a truly clean kitchen by tackling these often overlooked places. Unsuspecting filthy spots Even if you scrub the counters, wipe down your stovetop and deep clean your oven, your kitchen might not be as spotless as you want. Toaster Your toaster can gather bits of food, dust and bugs that can burn,
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My life is in danger, Delta PDP senatorial candidate cries out
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Delta Central Senatorial District, Evelyn Oboro, on Friday said her life was in danger. Oboro, who represents Uvwie, Okpe and Sapele Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, also accused the state police command of complicity for allegedly refusing to protect her during her
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My father banned TV, others in our home when I was growing up Temidayo, first-class graduate of law school
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Mr Daodu Oluwamayowa Temidayo, a graduate of Ekiti State University, graduated with first-class degree in the 2017/2018 set of the Nigerian Law School. He tells IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE how he was able to excel in the school Looking back, are you happy that you chose to study law’ I am happy that I studied law. Right
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Violence: OPWS commander reads Benue youths the riot act
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
John Charles Makurdi The Force Commander Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj Gen Adeyemi Yekini, has told youths in Benue State to shun violence, warning anyone caught with illegal weapons will be dealt with. According to him, security agencies will no longer tolerate violent clashes between ethnic groups in the state. Yekini on Friday read the youths
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Bauchi NNPP gov candidate rejects Dogara coalition
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party in Bauchi State,mShuaibu Adamu, has dissociated himself from the coalition formed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and elder statesman, Bello Kirfi, aimed at defeating Governor Mohammed Abubakar in the forthcoming governorship poll in the state. Adamu said at
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Labour unions endorse Tambuwal for second term
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Labour unions in Sokoto State have backed Governor Aminu Tambuwal for a second term as governor of the state. The unions endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state during an interactive session he held with labour leaders and workers in Sokoto on Friday. The unions included the United
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FRSC Sokoto command warns patrol officers, drivers
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The new FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Kayode Olagunju, has warned patrol officers in the Sokoto zonal command against accepting bribes. According to him, any FRSC officers caught accepting bribes while carrying out patrol duties would be prosecuted along with the bribe-givers. Olagunju in a
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Katsina police get more APCs, counterterrorism officers
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Police in Katsina State police have received three more Armoured Personnel Carriers, more counter-terrorism officers. The state Commissionerof Police, Muhammed Wakili, revealed these at a press conference in Katsina on Friday. He said, Politicians are all over the state campaigning for the forthcoming general elections without any security threat. Katsina is safe
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Bayelsa prohibits use of oil firms security for political activities
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Eric Dumo The Bayelsa State Security Council has prohibited the use of assets, personnel and security operatives on attachment to surveillance contractors of oil and gas firms for political activities in the state. Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Kemela Okara, in a statement said that the council also decided to restrict assets, personnel and
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Emmanuel tasks international community on credible polls
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has called on the global community and international agencies to ensure that the polls are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner. He said the alleged use of the police by the All Progressives Congress to intimidate key supporters
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Hijab crisis: Judge bars Muslim, Christian supporters from court
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Tunji Bosun,Abeokuta Hundreds of Muslims and Christians supporters of the claimants and defendants in the case of violation of the right to use hijab in public schools in Ogun State were on Friday locked out of the Isabo High Court in Abeokuta at the resumed hearing of the case. The supporters arrived on the court
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Jerry Gana to appeal courts verdict on SDP presidential candidate
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana, has concluded arrangement to appeal the Court of Appeals verdict that reinstated a former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, as the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party. The Director-General, G19 Presidential Campaign Team of Prof Jerry Gana, Dr Ike Neliaku, disclosed this at
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Alpha Beta: Ex-MD accuses EFCC of ignoring petition against Alpha Beta
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The immediate past Managing Director of Alpha Beta Consulting, Mr Tunde Apara, has said that seven months after writing a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the commission has yet to invite him to shed light on his allegations. In an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH, Apara, who is out
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FG welcomes US, UKs threat to deny election riggers visas
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has welcomed the statements from the United States and the United Kingdom urging credible and peaceful election in Nigeria and threatening punitive measures against election riggers and perpetrators of electoral violence. In a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said
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Why Ganduje cant be tried under sharia law Nananiya, historian
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
In May 1999, Nigeria returned to civil rule after the long reigns of military regimes came to an end with the swearing-in of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as a democratically elected President. But few months, as the push for the adoption of Sharia law in some Northern parts of the country started. The Zamfara State government
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Meeting people, one of my best ways of relaxation Nwagba, Abia governorship candidate
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Dr. Blessing Nwagba is a member of the Abia State House of Assembly and the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the state. She tells OGBONNAYA IKOKWU about her family, political career, and why she wants to be governor of the state You attended the University of Lagos; what are the fond memories
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Ill run for World Bank Presidency if nominated Okonjo-Iweala
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Femi Asu with agency report A two-time Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said she is ready to be the president of the World Bank if nominated for the job. The position became vacant earlier this month after current President Jim Yong Kims abrupt resignation, three years ahead of schedule. Okonjo-Iweala, a former senior
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CBN injects $289.76m, CNY 38.70m into retail SMIS
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria, following its maiden Monetary Policy Committee meeting for 2019, injected $289.76m into the retail secondary market intervention sales and CNY38.70m into the spot and short- tenored forwards segment of the inter-bank foreign market. The Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Isaac Okorafor, noted that the dollar-denominated interventions were for
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FAAC allocates N649.19bn to FG, states, LGs
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federation Account Allocation Committee on Friday shared the sum of N649.19bn to the three tiers of government as statutory allocation for the month of December. The amount is contained in a communiqu issued by the committee after its meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the ministry of finance. The
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No irregularities in oil block licence renewal, say DPR, MPR
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources have said there are no irregularities in the ongoing renewal of oil and gas leases. A News Agency of Nigerias report, on Thursday, quoted the House of Representatives as saying it would investigate the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe
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FG lifts 1.2 million petty traders with N12bn
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has so far disbursed about N12bn to boost the businesses of 1.2 million petty traders under its Trader-Moni initiative. The Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry, Mrs Toyin Adeniji, gave the figure during a chat with journalists on Friday in Abuja. She said the disbursement of the loan
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Gwandu advises African countries on 5G spectrum
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
A former acting Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, and Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group, Dr Bashir Gwandu, has urged African countries to take steps to ensure that the 5G spectrum allocated to the continent has minimal constraints on the network and devices. In his remarks at the ongoing Southern African Development Community Preparatory Meeting in
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Trump signs deal ending shutdown
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
President Donald Trump on Friday brought a temporary end to the longest government shutdown in US history, while dropping his previous insistence on immediate funding for wall construction along the Mexican border. The announcement in the White House Rose Garden on the bipartisan deal marked a retreat by Trump, suspending a political row that has
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Alleged N100bn tax fraud: Ex-MD accuses EFCC of ignoring petition against Alpha Beta
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The immediate past Managing Director of Alpha Beta Consulting, Mr Tunde Apara, has said that seven months after writing a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the commission has yet to invite him to shed light on his allegations. In an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH, Apara, who is out
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Victims of Calabar tanker explosion recount horror of deadly inferno
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar Friday, January 11, 2019 will remain a sad day for the people of New Netim, a community on the outskirts of Calabar, Cross River State. On that fateful day, a tanker conveying premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, crashed on the Calabar-Ikom Highway in the community. And like bees attracted to
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2015 polls: Court jails INEC officials seven years over Diezani cash
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Administrative Secretary with Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr Christian Nwosu, and his colleague, Mr Tijani Bashir, to seven years imprisonment for laundering a sum of N264.8m in the build-up to the 2015 general elections. Justice Mohammed Idris handed down the sentence on Friday
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Ezekwesili: Why I sacrificed my candidacy
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja A former Minister of Education, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, on Friday faulted the claims by the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria following her withdrawal from the presidential race, describing the allegations as lies. According to her, she decided to sacrifice her candidacy to uphold her values by withdrawing. Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a
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South-East APC condemns Ohanaezes endorsement of Atiku
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Ogbonna Casmir and Edward Nnachi Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the South-East region have condemned the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in the February 16 election by the highest decision-making body of the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, describing it as an attempt by
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NLC to protest 27,000 minimum wage at NAssembly on Monday
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Central Working Committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Friday said it would mobilise its members to the National Assembly on Monday to protest against the N27,000 minimum wage bill transmitted to NASS by the Federal Government. The body claimed that the N30,000 agreed by the tripartite committee that deliberated on
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FG dishing out false information to raise hope, says ASUU
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Federal Government of dishing out false information to raise the hope of Nigerians over the continued strike action embarked upon by the union. The Chairman of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye branch of the union, Joel Okewale, stated this on Friday while briefing newsmen
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Onnoghen: A season of unusual happenings
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Oladimeji Ramon Only two weeks ago, Nigerians were greeted with the evening news of the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The CJN was to be arraigned on Monday, January 14 before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on false asset declaration charges. In the history of Nigeria, this seems to
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Buhari signs Executive Order 007, private companies to fund road projects
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari signed a new Executive Order 007 on Friday, permitting private companies to fund the construction of major road projects in the six geo-political zones of the country. The companies, according to the President, will get tax credit and reductions in return for their effort. The new order is pursuant
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Court upholds INECs refusal to accept Zamfara APC list
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja A Federal High Court, Abuja has upheld the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission not to accept candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State for the 2019 General Elections. The court said the decision to reject the list was within the powers vested in the commission by the Constitution.
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You cant stop election in Rivers, Wike dares APC
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the All Progressives Congress does not have the capacity to stop elections from holding in the state. Wike expressed dissatisfaction over the threat by the state APC that there would be no election if members of the party, who were delisted by the
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Uproar as Buhari suspends Onnoghen swears in Mohammed Tanko as acting CJN
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Presidents action, coup, dictatorial SANs, Atiku, Saraki, PDP, others NBA urges NAssembly to save Nigeria Why I removed CJN Buhari Olusola Fabiyi, Lekan Adetayo, John Ameh, Sunday Aborisade, Chukwudi Akasike, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Adelani Adepegba, Eniola Akinkuotu, Success Nwogu, Alexander Okere, Tobi Aworinde and Theophilus Onojeghen Uproar greeted the news of the suspension of
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Offa robbery: Prosecution tenders two cars, ammunition, car stickers
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Tunde Oyekola Hearing in Offa robbery case began yesterday as a prosecution witness, Inspector Yusuf Dauda, opened his evidence and tendered as exhibits some ammunition, vehicles and car stickers allegedly used in the April 5, 2018 robbery operation in Offa, Kwara State. Thirty three people including nine policemen were killed in the incident, which involved
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