Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 12th February 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Tuesday 12th February 2019

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Ogun APC Crisis Boils over as Violence Mars Presidential Rally
Tue, 12 Feb 2019


There was violence yesterday at the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State, forcing security operatives to shield President Muhammadu Buhari from being pelted.

The rally was brought to an abrupt end after Buhari raised the left hand of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The president could not end his speech because immediately he raised Abiodun’s arm, some aggrieved persons threw objects towards his direction, forcing security operatives to form a ring around him.

In a swift reaction to the violence, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the event as a direct response of Nigerians to his four-year misrule as depicted in the expansion of poverty and bloodletting in our nation.
The aggrieved persons had earlier pelted the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, with stones and chased supporters of Abiodun from the stadium.

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Before the arrival of the president and his campaign team, suspected thugs destroyed the publicity materials bearing Abiodun’s name and pictures.
They also attacked supporters of the governorship candidate who wore yellow T-shirts branded in his name.

The outbreak of violence at the rally started shortly after Oshiomhole, presented the party’s flag to Abiodun.
The presentation of the flag apparently angered the party’s supporters as they hurled empty plastic of table water and other objects at the direction of President Buhari and other chieftains of the APC on the high table.

Shouts of “Ole! Ole! Ole!” rented the air as the angry mob pelted Oshiomhole with stones.
Before Oshiomhole spoke, the former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, angered the crowd who reacted violently when he told them to vote for APC in all the elections.

The state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was the first speaker, had told the crowd to vote for President Buhari at the presidential elections, adding that they know what to do at the other elections.
When Oshiomhole was pelted with objects, security operatives shielded President Buhari.
Oshiomhole was forced to end his speech abruptly and handed over the microphone to a presidential aide, Abike Dabiri, who introduced Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the next speaker.
However, before the vice president delivered his speech, the state governor, Amosun took to the podium for the second time to appeal to the aggrieved persons in the crowd.

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Onnoghen Gets Seven Days to Respond to Fresh Petition
Tue, 12 Feb 2019

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has given the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, another seven days to respond to a fresh petition against him, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The council, which took the decision yesterday at its emergency meeting in Abuja, also resolved to constitute a complaint panel to look into the various complaints against both Onnoghen and the Acting CJN Justice Tanko Muhammad.

In another development, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayán, has warned of an imminent threat to the nation’s judiciary, owing to moves by President Muhammadu Buhari-led executive arm of government to remove the Onnoghen from office through illegal means.

The NJC had at its sitting on January 29 adjourned to February 11 after it gave both Onnoghen and Muhammad seven days to respond to the allegations against them.
However, a statement from the NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, disclosed that the body at its emergency meeting yesterday received a fresh petition from the EFCC against Onnoghen, and he was directed to reply to it within the next seven days.

“The National Judicial Council reconvened today in an emergency meeting to consider the responses of Justices Walter Onnoghen, and Tanko Muhammad, to the three petitions written against them.

“Members resolved to constitute into the Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committee in accordance with Regulation 17 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations, 2017 and report to council on February 13, 2019. The Council will reconvene on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

“Council also received a new petition written by the EFCC against Justice Onnoghen, and forwarded it to him for his response within seven working days”, the statement read.
It added that the NJC reaffirmed its confidence in Justice Umaru Abdullahi, as Interim Chairman of the NJC.

Justice Abdullahi was at its first emergency meeting on January 29, elected to chair the meeting, following the absence of Onnoghen and Muhammad at the meeting.
Onnoghen and Muhammad had recused themselves from the meeting as a result of the petition against them.

While one petition by Zikhrillahi Ibrahim of Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civil Education was tabled against Onnoghen at the NJC, Muhammad had two against him by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative and Olisa Agbakoba (SAN).

However, another petition against Danladi Umar, Chairman, the Code of Conduct Tribunal by Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative was referred to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), the appropriate constitutional body empowered to deal with it.

Onnoghen has been charged with failure to declare his assets against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), while Muhammad is accused of making himself available to be used by the executive arm of government contrary to the rules of the NJC.
Following an alleged exparte order by the CCT, President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen as CJN and Chairman of the NJC.

Buhari, subsequently swore in Justice Muhammad as Acting CJN to pilot the affairs of the Supreme Court in the interim.
But the NJC in a swift response held an emergency meeting to properly handle the situation.

The council in line with its procedures forwarded the petitions against Onnoghen and Muhammad to them for their responses.

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NFF, LMC, Osun Gov, Others Mourn Late Ogunjobi
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
* NPFL coaches, players to wear black armband in his honour The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed shock at the death of its former Secretary General and one-time Member of the Executive Committee of the federation, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi. The 66-year old former international defender passed on early hours of yesterday after a brief []The post NFF, LMC, Osun Gov, Others Mourn Late Ogunjobi appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Journey to Self Sufficiency in Electricity Supply
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Shop owners at the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia State, can now enjoy constant electricity supply from a 9.5 megawatts gas-based independent power plant and a distribution system, writes Chineme Okafor With up to 37,000 shops specialicing in a wide range of goods, the Ariaria International Market has become valued for its versatility in []The post Journey to Self Sufficiency in Electricity Supply appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FrieslandCampina Supports Para-Powerlifting
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak milk, has presented a new bus with wheelchair access to the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation. The presentation was done at the companys headquarters in Lagos. The International Paralympic Committee mobility bus seats 12 people and 15 wheel chairs. This first of its kind mobility bus in Nigeria is []The post FrieslandCampina Supports Para-Powerlifting appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Kano Launches Small Claims Court to Enhance Dispute Resolution
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Hamid Ayodeji The Kano State Judiciary in collaboration with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), has inaugurated the Small Claims Court in Kano. This initiative was in line with enabling business environment reforms across all arms of government, aimed at making Nigeria an easier place to do business. The objective of the court was []The post Kano Launches Small Claims Court to Enhance Dispute Resolution appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Widening Inequality Gap Worries NACC
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Jonathan Eze The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has expressed concern about the increasing level of poverty and widening inequality gap in the country. The group, therefore, urged the government to as a matter of urgency take steps to improve governance and build a sustainable and formidable economy. The Chamber pointed out that the delay []The post Widening Inequality Gap Worries NACC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Eko Disco’s Marketers Now EFR
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has said a section of its workforce known as marketers, who were saddled with the responsibility of door to door revenue collection would henceforth be known as ‘Eko Field Representatives (EFR)’. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, disclosed in Lagos that the name change []The post Eko Disco’s Marketers Now EFR appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FDI Inflow from UK May Rise to $4.5bn By 2030
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Jonathan Eze The Executive Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, has said foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from United Kingdom (UK) into Nigeria may rise from the $1 billion it is presently, to $4.5 billion by 2030. He disclosed at the Nigeria-United Kingdom Trade Diagnostic Study programme in Abuja recently. This, Awolowo []The post ‘FDI Inflow from UK May Rise to $4.5bn By 2030’ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Cadbury Partners UNHCR
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Cadbury Nigeria Plc has announced a donation of Bournvita, a non-alcoholic beverage, to some internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. This was done in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). In a statement, the company’s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said Cadbury was moved to []The post Cadbury Partners UNHCR appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Sahara Group, Others Promote SDGs in Africa
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Sahara Group is set to explore opportunities with Cherie Blair in a bid to enhance sustainable development in Africa through access to technology, education and food security. A statement explained that the Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina, Director, Governance and Sustainability, Pearl Uzokwe and Head, Corporate Communications, Bethel Obioma, met with Cherie []The post Sahara Group, Others Promote SDGs in Africa appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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