Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines Wednesday 30th January 2019

Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 30th January 2019

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NJC gives Justices Onnoghen, Mohammed 7 days to respond to petitions
Wed, 30 Jan 2019

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The National Judicial Council (NJC) ended its emergency meeting on Tuesday directing the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed to within seven working days respond to petitions against them.

In a statement by the Director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, the council also referred the petition against the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) for action.

According to the statement, the petitions referred to the NJC Secretariat include:

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“Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice W.S.N. Onnoghen, GCON by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education;

“Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative;

“Petition against Hon. Mr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR by Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, OON; and

“Petition against Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar, Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative.”

Oye stated that the because the chairman of the NJC (Justice Onnoghen) and his deputy (Justice Mohammed) recused themselves from the meeting, the council elected Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman to preside over the meeting.

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NLC, accept this compromise
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Aray of hope flickered last week in the impasse between the federal government and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the national minimum wage, following the intervention of the Council of State. The Council, at a meeting in Abuja, approved N27,000 for state workers and N30,000 for federal government workers as minimum wage. Minister of Labour []
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Kwankwaso’s dad endorses Ganduje’s 2nd term bid
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Father of a former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Alhaji Musa Saleh Kwankwaso, has endorsed the re-election bid of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Alhaji Saleh, who is the District Head of Madobi, assured Ganduje that he would work tirelessly with all his village heads and all community leaders to ensure his victory []
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Federal High Court’s judgement on APC primaries supersedes Zamfara’s ‘ Marafa
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The ‘judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja that INEC was right by not accepting candidates of the APC from Zamfara State supersedes that of a high court in the state which ruled otherwise, Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, has said. Marafa said although INEC said it was studying the two conflicting judgements, he believed []
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We’ll monitor anti-party activities ‘ Lalong
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong said, yesterday, that APC in the state will set up elections monitoring committees to monitor individuals who may want to venture into anti-party activities ahead of the general elections. Lalong stated this, yesterday, shortly before inaugurating members of his campaign council. He said, ‘We will not publish the names []
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Two injured as podium collapsed during PDP campaign in Kebbi
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Two people sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital when the podium used by the PDP for the governorship campaign in Jega area of Kebbi State collapsed. The party’s gubernatorial running mate, Alhaji Abubakar Malam, was making his campaign speech when the podium suddenly collapsed with him and several others. The spokesman of PDP in []
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Radio station to track violence against women
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Women Radio 91.7 (WFM) has called on Nigerians to shun violence against women and increase their participation in the forthcoming general elections. The managing director of the station, Toun Sonaiya, who stated this during an advocacy visit to INEC office in Magbon, Abeokuta in Ogun State, said the commission had a major role to play []
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PDP, Tinubu trade words over Atiku comment
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has flayed a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for describing its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as ‘undemocratic element.’ The Director Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement last night said []
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Vote for candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo APC members
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, stunned Imo electorate when he asked members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to vote according to their conscience during the forthcoming elections. Buhari, speaking in Owerri on the lingering crisis rocking the Imo State chapter of the party, urged the members to vote for any candidate of their choice irrespective []
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We must not make mistakes ‘ Shettima
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Governor Kashim Shettima, yesterday, listed two mistakes he said leaders and stakeholders of the APC in Borno State cannot make ahead of the February and March elections. The governor spoke when he inaugurated the APC campaign council and different committees tasked with various activities ahead of the elections. ‘There are two mistakes we should never []
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Akwa Ibom PDP loses ex-NDDC commissioner, 2,000 to APC
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The exodus from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State continued on Monday with the defection of a former commissioner representing Akwa Ibom State on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Etim Inyang Jnr, and 2,000 others to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Inyang, the son of a []
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I met security chiefs on plans to disrupt elections ‘ El -Rufai
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Governor Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, disclosed that he had met with security chiefs in Abuja in order to ensure peaceful elections in Kaduna State. The governor had last week said he had, through recent intelligence reports, established that there were plans by elements of the opposition party to disrupt elections in the state. He said, yesterday, []
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FG begins refund of N1.3trn owed NDDC ‘ Acting MD
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Federal Government has begun the refund of over N1.3 trillion owed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since inception. Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, Acting Managing Director of the commission, made this known in a statement by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Ibitoye Abosede, on Tuesday in Port Harcourt. Brambaifa spoke during his inaugural []
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FG mulls entrepreneur bank bill ‘Osinbajo
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has plans to establish an Entrepreneur Bank to provide flexibility in provision of facilities to businesses. Osinbajo disclosed this while fielding questions from a cross-section of women enterpreneurs at a programme tagged `Next Level Conversation’ on Monday in Abuja. The women, who were mostly entrepreneurs, were drawn []
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Bigotry ‘moving at lightning speed on internet’ UN warns
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The UN has raised an alarm over what it termed the ‘alarming increase’ in bigotry fuelled by the Internet. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the warning at the 2018 International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honour the memory of some six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust during World War Two. Guterres also denounced the []
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Magu bags anti-corruption crusader of the year award in U.S.
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Malam Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been conferred with the Nigerian American Award as the ‘Anti-Corruption Crusader of the Year.’ Magu was conferred with the award in Tampa, Florida, by the Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF) for his efforts in stemming the corrupt business practices and fraudulent financial activities []
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Onnoghen et al, when honour is lacking
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
In haggling over who is right in the tragicomedy of the trial of Walter Onnoghen, honour is the missing link. Muhammed Adamu the new police chief has just served seven deputy police inspectors-general their retirement notices. They are the first batch of 17 expected to leave following Adamu’s appointment. By protocol, they should not be []
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A woman after my own heart
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Idecided to write on a woman who has restored my faith in possibilities that can be created by women who decide to swim against the tide. You will never guess who she is. She is not Theresa May, although I admire tenacity. Not Oby Ezekwesili, although I respect courage. Not Najaatu Mohammed, although I appreciate []
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Constitutional breaches under Buhari’s watch
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
To the Ambassadors of France, Germany, EU, US and UK High Commissioner’ I have chosen to write this letter to Your Excellency for the enviable role that your country plays as champion of Democracy and the Rule of Law. I am also writing you as Nigeria’s international development partner working together to deepen and strengthen []
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The Atiku Abubakar’s NNPC privatization: What you need to know
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar made a proclamation that he will privatize NNPC if elected President, and that sparked concerns and curiosities in the minds of some Nigerians, so I decided to write this article to explain the entire concept of NNPC privatization and its effects, so that people will have a better understanding of the intent []
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My father died after several blows by our neighbour, son tells court
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
A prosecution witness in a murder trial before an FCT High Court in Jabi, yesterday, told the court how the defendant gave his father several blows to the chest which led to his death. The police in a one-count charge of culpable homicide not punishable with death alleged that Pam Bot ‘went to the house []
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VENEZUELA: US gives opposition leader control over some Venezuelan assets
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The United States said it has handed control of Venezuela’s bank accounts in the United States to Juan Guaido, the opposition leader whom Washington has recognised as interim president. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the order last week for Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and []
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SUDAN: Protests: Authorities order release of all detainees
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of all detainees held during weeks of anti-government protests. The release was ordered by Sudan’s intelligence and security chief, Salah Ghosh, the information ministry said in a statement. No reason was given. More than 1,000 people are reported to have been detained in the protests, which began in []
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UK: PM will ask the EU to reopen Brexit deal
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Theresa May has told MPs she will seek to re-open negotiations with the EU over the Northern Ireland backstop. The PM said she would go back to Brussels to get a ‘significant and legally binding change’ to the controversial proposal, which aims to stop the return of border checks. The EU has said it will []
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BELGIUM: Children face DNA tests amid DR Congo kidnap fears
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Belgian authorities have asked for DNA samples of children adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo to establish if their biological parents are still alive, reports say. They have contacted the adoptive parents of some 15 children to find out if the youngsters were kidnapped, according to Belgian newspapers. Prosecutors suspect the parents thought they []
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YEMEN: Aid group warns truce ‘on verge of collapsing
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
A humanitarian group has warned that a ceasefire agreed in Yemen’s key port city of Hodeidah is on the verge of collapsing amid continued violations by rival sides. The US-based International Rescue Committee said on Tuesday that recent clashes in the city between Houthi rebels who control it and pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led []
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PALESTINE: Row over end to Hebron observer mission
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of a foreign observer force in the divided West Bank city of Hebron. The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) has deployed unarmed civilians for more than 20 years to report on human rights violations. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the []
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ZIMBABWE: Lawyers march for ‘rule of law
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Hundreds of Zimbabwean lawyers have taken to the streets of the capital, Harare, to call for the government and the judiciary to respect the law following violent protests that broke out a fortnight ago. They singled out the judiciary for being complicit in human rights violations committed during operations to clampdown on protests that were []
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CANADA: Serial killer pleads guilty to murder of eight people
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
A Toronto landscaper accused of killing eight men who went missing between 2010-17 has pleaded guilty to their murders. Bruce McArthur, 67, was arrested last January and charged in the deaths of two men, and police subsequently charged him in six other cases. Most of his victims had links to Toronto’s Gay Village neighbourhood. Many []
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BRAZIL: Five arrested over dam collapse
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Police in Brazil have arrested five people as part of an investigation into Friday’s dam collapse in Brumadinho. At least 65 people died when toxic sludge engulfed a company canteen and neighbouring residential buildings. Prosecutors in Brazil say three of those arrested were officials from the mining company Vale, whose responsibilities included dealing with environmental []
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What to know about Lassa fever
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
I heard that Lassa fever has started again. Since garri causes the disease, I am going to stop drinking garri till during rainy season,’ Aminu told a gathering of friends. ‘Yes it is good to keep garri and other foods away from rats from now till April when the dry season is over,’ one of []
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Why pregnant women should not do shift work ‘ Study
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Anew research has linked odd working hours among pregnant women to lower birth weight for babies. The study which was done by researchers at the University of Adelaide, Australia, suggests that women who do shift work during pregnancy are at greater risk of having underweight babies. The study revealed that these schedules disrupt circadian rhythms []
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Menstrual cramps
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
I am a 21 year-old lady. Kindly enlighten me on menstrual cramps. Some of my friends and I experience it and we need to know more about it. Zikki V. Menstrual cramps are painful sensations that affect many women before and during a menstrual period. The pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea or period pains, ranges []
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Common pain relievers can improve head, neck cancer survival ‘ Study
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Anew study has revealed that regular use of a common type of medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen significantly improves survival for patients with head and neck cancer. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) improved the overall five-year survival rate from 25 to 78 per cent for patients whose cancer contained a specific altered gene known as []
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The Buhari fan club
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Some clarifications are in order. By Buhari’s fan club I’m not by any means referring to those who constitute the power behind the throne the invisible hands that make things move. No, not the notorious cabal, real or imaginary, that critics love to hate with passion, the ones often accused of holding President Muhammadu []
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Mallam Liman Ciroma: An extraordinary public officer
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
In the late-1970s when I was an admin officer in Chad Basin Development Authority, Maiduguri, I often sat at meetings as secretary, where the likes of Dr. Mohammet Lawan, Malam Musa Daggash, Dr. Bukar Shuaib, Dr. Musa Goni, and AJKG Imam would be present and as discussions wore on, the name of ‘Mallam Liman’ would []
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FG saves N206bn in staff salaries in two years ‘ IPPIS director
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Mr Olufehinti Olusegun, Director, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), has said the Federal Government saved over N206 billion in salaries of federal civil servants during the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. Olusegun, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, yesterday, said that was achieved through []
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We can now tell how much oil Nigeria produces ‘ Kachikwu
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Federal Government says for the first time it can now tell the exact quantity of barrels of crude oil produced in the country and when it is produced. The government also said it was currently working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to track vessels lifting crude oil from the country. Minister []
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PenCom recovers N564.67m un-remitted pension in Q3, 2018
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says it has recovered pension contributions and interest totaling N564.67 million from defaulting employers during the third quarter of 2018. The commission, in its 2018 third quarter report posted on its website, said it engaged the services of recovery agents to recover the outstanding pension contributions and penalties from the []
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Forex: CBN injects fresh $210m into inter-bank market
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday injected a fresh sum of $210 million into the inter-bank foreign exchange market. Figures released by the CBN indicated that authorised dealers in the wholesale segment of the market received the sum of $100million, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the invisibles segments were allocated the []
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Nigerians lose N12.5bn to telecom-related financial fraud
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Nigerian telecom subscribers have lost about N12.5 billion to telecom-related financial crimes since smartphones became common in the country few years ago, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. The malevolent use of modern technology is taking toll on the industry, especially in the area of financial fraud, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof []
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FG projects 10% growth rate in maritime sector 2019-2020
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Federal Government, yesterday, projected a 10 percent growth in the Nigerian maritime industry. The Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, also said that the sector was able to achieve about 90 percent of its projection in 2018. This was contained in the 2019/2020 maritime forecast []
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Kwara to generate N5bn monthly
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), yesterday, said the state has the potential of raking in about N5 billion monthly from internally generated revenue (IGR). The service added that currently the state is generating about N2 billion as its IGR, saying that based on the peculiarity of the state, it is handling the issue of []
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Private sector must drive growth of W/African economies
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Private sector must play active roles and drive growth of West African economies through deeper economic integration in the region. Speaking at the 6th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI), the President of the regional Chamber, Mr Essohouna Germaine Meba, said the business community should []
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ALTON to MTN: Pay disputed taxes to Kogi, seek legal redress
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
The Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, has advised MTN Nigeria to pay the revised N50,000,000 Social Services Contribution Levy (SSCL) to the Kogi State revenue agency and seek legal redress in court afterwards. Mr. Adebayo, who made this known in a statement, yesterday, advised both parties to prioritize []
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Equatorial Guinea announces oil & gas bid round in Abuja
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Equatorial Guinea has announced that it has commenced new licence round for oil, gas and mining acreages in its onshore and ultra-deep waters. The country’s Minister of Mines & Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Obiang Lima who made the announcement at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) said details of the licence round will be made available []
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Gernot Rohr worries over injuries, complacency
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has admitted his concern over injuries and complacency ahead of the Super Eagles’ upcoming matches in March. Nigeria will round off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a clash at home to Seychelles, followed by a friendly with North African heavyweights Egypt. The Franco-German manager has []
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Nigeria can host 2030 World Cup, says Odegbami
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
A former Green Eagles player Chief Segun Odegbami has said Nigeria can host the FIFA World Cup in 2030 if necessary physical infrastructures and government policies are put in place. Odegbami, who stated this while delivering his speech at the inaugural Deji Tinubu Memorial Symposium, with the themed: ‘Combining Sports and Education’, added that to []
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Igenepo ready to return for Pillars
Wed, 30 Jan 2019
Newly signed Kano Pillars player, Austin Igenepo has expressed readiness to fly the flag of the ‘masu gida’ boys in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League season. The player suffered a hamstring injury after he joined the former Nigerian champions from neighbours, Katsina United. Although the injury sidelined him for several weeks, he said he []
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