Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Saturday 2nd February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Saturday 2nd February 2019

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OKE, WIFES WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN
Sat, 02 Feb 2019

BUY OR SELL OLD AND NEW CARS, PARTS, CAR MATERIALS AS CAR MART NG LAUNCH IN NIGERIA

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) could not proceed yesterday with its planned arraignment of former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Folasade were absent at the Federal High Court in Lagos as the whereabouts of the couple was unknown.

They were to appear before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, although the case was not formally listed for the day. The court was said have been informed that Oke and wife would not be present as they were not in EFCC’s custody, hence the non-listing of the charge. Prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, was in court to arrange for a new date for arraignment.

It was learnt that the arraignment will now take place on Wednesday, February 6. Unconfirmed reports said they might have left the country.

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An EFCC’s spokesman in Lagos, Babatunde Suleiman, confirmed that the case was not listed. He, however, said he was unaware of the whereabouts of Oke and his wife. Asked about reports that they might have travelled out of the country and whether they were ever in EFCC’s custody, he said: “I can’t comment on their whereabouts, please. But I will get back to you on this.” Oke and his wife were charged in connection with the $43, 449, 947, 000 found in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. Justice Muslim Hassan had on June 6, 2017, granted a final forfeiture order of the funds since no one appeared before the court to claim them.

The four-count charge against the couple was signed by Oyedepo, Nnaemeka Omewa and Idris Abubakar Mohammed. EFCC, in the Proof of Evidence, revealed how Flat 7B was bought for $1, 658,000 (N596, 880,000). It said one Alhaji Shehu Usman Anka will give evidence of the receipt of the sum of $1, 658,000 from the wife of the ex-NIA boss. The anti-graft agency also said that the agency got about $289, 202, 382.00 from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It added that one Benjamin Kiksenenso will give evidence of how he was instructed to go to the CBN to collect the $289, 202, 382.00.

The charges against the ex-NIA boss are: “That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke on or about the 12th day of April 2017 in Lagos concealed the sum of $43, 449, 947, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

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‘Atikus endorsement: Ohanaeze boss Nwodo, scribe in verbal war
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
THE crisis rocking Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, worsened yesterday with the President General, Nnia Nwodo and the Secretary-General, Mr. Uche Okwukwu, engaging in claims and counter-claims over who suspended the other for working against the interest of the group.The Publicity Secretary of the body, Uche Okpaga on Thursday announced the suspension of Okwukwu as the Secretary-General.Okwukwu, in a telephone interview with The Nation yesterday, said the National Executive Commi
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Court seizes N1.04b traced to ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ordered an interim forfeiture of the sum of N1,000,494,000 traced to Magel Resort Limited, a company linked to former First Lady ,Dame Patience Jonathan.The former First Lady and some relatives of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, were directors of the company.Others named as directors are Oba Oba Tamunotonye, Goodluck Jonathan Aruera, Goodluck Jonathan Ariwabai and Esther Fynface.The cash was lodged in three deposits with Fidelity Bank Plc on 20th and
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Lassa fever: 42 confirmed dead, 538 cases reported in 16 states
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Forty-two lives have been claimed across the country by a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).A total of 538 cases were reported in 16 states in the first 27 days of the year, the NCDC said in an update yesterday.However, only 213 of the reported cases tested positive, two were classified as probable and 325 negative.The NCDC put the fatality rate at 19.7%.The breakdown of the cases, state by state, reveals that 77 new confirmed cases were re
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INEC List: Dont rejoice yet, Adebutu tells Kashamu
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Ogun State, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, yesterday advised Sen. Buruji Kashamu not to rejoice yet over his recognition by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the partys candidate in the state.Adebutu said the INECs final list, which has the name of Buruji and his co travellers as candidates for the forthcoming general elections, is just a temporary one, declaring that he, Adebutu, would not only smile but also laugh la
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Revealed! Why Lagos residents avoid waterways in spite of heavy traffic jam
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Our constraints Perm. Sec.There is no controversy concerning the fact that water is one of the main features of Lagos State. This accounts for why it is regarded in many circles as the state of aquatic splendour.Water had been the main mode of transport around the state before the Island and the mainland are linked together by long bridges and asphalt roads.The life and survival of the people of Lagos was somehow inextricable from the waters of the lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.But the times h
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Rigging allegation: NSA replies Wike
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA)has dismissed the allegation by the governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyelsom Wike, that there were plans by the ONSA to rig the forthcoming general elections by shutting down the nations internet system.The NSA, Major Gen. Babagana Monguno(rtd), in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, said there was no iota of truth in the allegation.He advised Nigerians to disregard the allegation entirely.The statement reads :The attention of the Office of the Na
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CCT serves Onnoghen trial notice
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), yesterday served the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, a trial notice ahead of his arraignment on Monday.In addition, the Federal Government has filed a motion seeking an interlocutory order to give legal backing to the January 25,2019 suspension of Onnoghen pending the determination of his case at the CCT.The Nation gathered yesterday that the earlier ex parte order cited by President Muhammadu Buhari in suspending Onnoghen ought no
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How I became billionaire kidnapper E-Moneys counsellor Arrested Malaysian returnee
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Malaysia returnee has admitted that he advised suspected kidnapper, Collins Ezenwa a.k.a. E-money, who was killed during a shootout with the police in Imo State recently, to quit his police job and leave the country when he (E-money) ventured into kidnapping.Thirty-seven-year-old Uche Obi, while narrating his relationship with the deceased suspected kidnapper, said he first met E-money in Mbaiese area of Imo State in 2017 while the latter was still serving as a policeman.He said that he became f
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GLO invests in life transforming solutions, signs on Anthony Joshua
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
GLO invests in life transforming solutions, signs on Anthony JoshuaTelecommunications giant, Globacom, has announced a recent investment in cutting edge industry solutions in its avowed commitment to prepare Nigerias telecom subscribers for the inevitable digital future.We have invested massively in new technologies to introduce these products which we believe will redefine business, social and personal pursuits, Globacoms Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Technical, Bisi Koleoso stated at a meeti
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Why I ll continue to take tough decisions Buhari
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that his administration would continue to take tough decisions with a view to creating a better future for the youths.Buhari, in a message at the 28th convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, said Nigerians must embrace the idea of taking tough decisions, if they want to have a prosperous nation.Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, Buhari declared: We wi
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When your chi tells your story
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Like most great novels, Chigozie Obiomas An Orchestra of Minorities can easily be mistaken as the tale of the main characters. In this case, an average reader will see Obiomas sophomore as the story of Nonso, a poultry farmer, and Ndali who he calls Mommy. A deeper reader will discover much more in this tale set largely in Umuahia, slightly in Lagos and Abuja, and a lot in Cyprus.On the periphery, it reads like this: Nonso, a 24-year-old lonely orphan, sees Ndali trying to jump off a bridge into
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South East itching towards presidency, says Atiku
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the south-east geopolitical zone is itching towards the presidency by supporting the party.Abubakar disclosed this on Friday in Enugu during the presidential campaign tour of the party.He said that PDP had never disappointed the people of the region, adding that they would realise the ambition by supporting his aspiration.He said that it would take a long time for the region to have such an opportunity if they
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Obaseki, others attend funeral mass for Edos APC chairs mother
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, led members of the state executive council to the funeral mass for late Princess Mrs. Lami Beatrice Ojezua, mother of Barr. Anselm Ojezua, chairman of the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC).Late Princess Mrs. Lami Beatrice Ojezua died at 87 years of age.The governor who was at St. Anselms Catholic Church, Aloha Irrua, in Esan Central, on Friday, for the funeral mass, was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq
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Sanwo-Olu: I will fight infrastructure battle for Ikorodu
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Flag bearer to develop Ikorodu, Ketu stadiaThe Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday promised to fight for infrastructural development in Ikorodu Division, if elected in next months election.Besides Igbe and Isawo roads, which his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said will be built when the new government is inaugurated in May, the APC flag bearer said he would also build the popular Suleiman-Farouk Road in the heart of the ancient
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Lara George: Why I wanted to quit gospel for secular music
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Lara George came into limelight as a member of the defunct musical group KUSH. In this interview with DUPE AYINLA OLASUNKANMI, the gospel artiste, who has since gone solo and now based in the US, talks about her music, relationship with her husband/manager and her entrepreneurial adventure. Excerpts What are your plans as the year has kicked off’I have been busy promoting my most recent album titled A Slice of Heaven. I recently released two videos off of that album for the songs Eyin LOba
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Ghanaian dancehall Queen Eyes Nigeria
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Self-acclaimed godmother of Ghanaian Dancehall, Shegee Styla, who recently re-branded as Shegah has disclosed her intentions to penetrate the Nigerian music industry, following a successful career in UK.The artiste is storming the country with a new single titled Murder, featuring Samini and Jupitar.Shegah who recently signed a major record deal with top record label Magic Records, gained mainstream attention when, with her girl group Triple M, she released the popular track KOTI.She broke away
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Johnny Drille celebrates 10m streams, drops two singles
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Mavin Records artiste, Johnny Drille has dropped new singles titled Shine and Forever.On Thursday, the artiste who was born John Ighodaro in 1990, shared a collage of his videos, tagging it 10000000 cumulative streams milestone.It featured his videos on Apple Music, Boomplay Music, Spotify and YouTube. He also posted alongside the video: Thank you guys, every of you whove listened to my music and told people around you about Johnny Drille.Weve hit 10 MILLION cumulative streams and I owe all that
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Dancer speaks on GloIn60Seconds
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
One of the winners of Globacoms online media talent show, GLOIN60SECONDS, Mr. Stephen Ezuke has said that the competition is a great challenge for Nigerian youths and a great opportunity for them to develop and showcase their talents.Ezuke, a week-four winner and dance instructor from Ajah, Lagos said that Nigerian youths are heavily talented, stating that Globacoms competition had given them a chance to do what they love doing and having a chance to win some cash while doing it.While receiving
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Halita drama series berths on Africa Magic
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
DSTV and GOtv viewers across Africa will, from February 4, 2019, be treated to a new drama series, Halita, on Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 and GOtv channel 2).The series which will be showing every weeknight at 7pm WAT, is set in Northern Nigeria and tells the story of a young woman who is forced to flee the village and a crooked suitor, only to face the intrigue and drama of a new life in the city with a powerful family.According to Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, Ha
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Firm unveils Foluke Daramola as face of shopping mall
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Eliezer Investments Limited, has unveiled a Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola as its brand ambassador for the redevelopment of Ogba Retail and Abibatu Ogaji Sunday/Sunday market in Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Ikeja Local Government, Lagos State to Ogba Multipurpose Shopping Complex.Speaking at a press conference in Lagos yesterday, Managing Director, Eliezer Investments Limited, Fajana Kehinde, said the redevelopment of the market was to create facility with modern features that will
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Kunle Afolayan releases trailers, posters for Mokalik
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Reveals pact with Canon, Netflix, Canal+, Air France, Pavilion AfriquesCelebrated Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan has got a potpourri of events lined up for his latest movie, Mokalik (Mechanic), starting with the release of its trailers and posters today, February 1, 2019.The much anticipated movie stars awards-winning singer, Simi, alongside other prominent actors like Femi Adebayo, Charles Okocha, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina
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Dstv adds three NTA channels
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
In its content expansion bid, MultiChoice Nigeria has increased its offering on its DStv platform with the introduction of three new channels from the stables of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and a brand-new local entertainment channel starting from January 31, 2019.The 24-hour channels include NTA 2, NTA Parliament, NTA News 24 and POP Central TV will air on all DStv packages in Nigeria only.NTA News 24 (DStv 419) is an English language general news channel, providing news on current
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Why should they stop piracy’ (2)
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
The issue of piracy appears to be the most regrettable problem of the Nigerian motion picture industry. And although the crime is not peculiar to Nigeria, the impunity displayed by offenders is a serious cause of concern.This is so because the highest punitive measure meted on offenders in Nigeria ranges from a N2, 500 to N250, 000 fine and a two-year jail term, whereas in the United States, the maximum criminal penalty for copyright infringement is a fine of up to $250,000 (about N90 million) a
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Desmond Elliot to bury dad Wednesday
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Actor turned politician Desmond Elliot has announced burial plans for his dad who died on January 21, 2019.According to a poster shared by Elliot who represents Surulere constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, his father who is also known as Sunny Boy of Texas was born on 1930.The funeral ceremonies will take place in Lagos on February 5 and 6, 2019.While a Christian wake will hold on February 5, 2019 in Surulere, there will be a lying-in-state on the morning of February 6, 2019 in Su
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Were not leaving Nigeria, says PZ
Sat, 02 Feb 2019
Conglomerate giant PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc says it is not leaving Nigeria and that claims of its departure from the country is totally false.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PZ Cussons Mr. Christos Giannopoulos in a statement issued on Friday said the trading statement issued to the London Stock Exchange was clear on our continued operations in Nigeria Whilst these conditions prevail, we will maintain our strong market shares in key product categories in Nigeria until growth returns to the ma
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