Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Thursday 14th February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Thursday 14th February 2019

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Fears over Obasanjos link with foreign poll observers
Thu, 14 Feb 2019

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There is anxiety in political circles over the composition of some of the international observer missions deployed in the country for the general elections. The presidential election is slated for Saturday.

The popular thinking is that former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have been influential to the composition and emergence of some of the chairmen of some of the observer groups.

The ex-President, who is backing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, is suspected to have sold an agenda to these observers, based on a perception of what a source described as a “willy-nilly” regime change.

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Some of the groups are suspected to be in the country to “work to the answer” by prejudging the election as “not free, fair and credible” — a perception that has been debunked.

But it was gathered that the Federal Government is “paying keen interest” to their activities.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accredited 144 observer groups, including 116 domestic and 28 international teams.

The foreign groups are: African Bar Association; African Parliament of The Civil Society; African Union; British High Commission; Democrat Union of Africa; ECOWAS; Elections Cameroon, Republic of Cameroon; and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.

Theere are also Embassy of France; Embassy of Japan; Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Embassy of The Republic of Korea; European Centre for Electoral Support; European Union; German International Agency; High Commission of Canada; and the International Foundation For Electoral System.

The International Human Rights Commission; International Peace Commission; International Republican Institute; the National Democratic Institute; the Network for Solidarity; and the Empowerment and Transformation for All were also accredited to cover the elections.

Other international observers are Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation; Pan African Women Projects; Pan African Youth Training and Enlightenment Centre; Queen Zara Foundation for Human Resources Development; The Commonwealth; and the United States Embassy.

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EU adds Nigeria, Saudi to dirty-money blacklist
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Panama are among the countries added by the European Commission to blacklisted nations for posing threats because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering.The listing of the countries is part of a crackdown against money laundering after several scandals hit banks in European Union (EU) in recent months.But the development has triggered criticism from several EU states. They are worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably, S
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Buhari, Atiku, others sign Peace Accord
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties standard bearers yesterday signed a National Peace Accord in AbujaThis is the second time they have signed to ensure peace before, during and after Saturdays presidential poll.The deal was brokered by the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee (NPC).Buhari, who is seeking re-election on the ticket of the APC and the former vice president, eyein
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Why Osinbajos chopper crash-landed, by AIB report
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
THE Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) yesterday released the report of the helicopter crash involving Agusta Westland W 139 Caverton Helicopters, which flew Vice President to Kabba in Kogi State.It attributed the February 2, 2019, crash of the chopper marked with registration number 5N CML to effects of a brown out generated during its landing in a dry dusty environment.It said Caverton should have carried out risk assessment test at the Kaaba Stadium before the flight.Brown out in aviation p
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CCT orders Onnoghens arrest
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen for undermining the tribunal.Ordering either the Inspector General of Police (IGP) or the Director General of the Department of State Services (SSS) to arrest Justice Onnoghen, CCT Chairman Danladi Umar said he (Onnoghen) was given an opportunity to submit himself, but he declined.Umar said: The tribunal, having given an order on the last adj
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NJC issues fresh query to acting CJN
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
ACTING Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad was yesterday given seven days by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to respond within seven days, to a fresh petition written against him by the Action Peoples Party (APP).The directive came two days after suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen got a seven-day ultimatum from the Council to respond to a fresh petition against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).Both Justices had
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Ex-SGF Lawal, brother, others get N50m bail
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
FORMER Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, his brother Hamidu Lawal and two others got bail at N50 million each yesterday before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, AbujaThe ex-SGF, his brother, Suleiman Abubakar and Apeh Monday, including two firms Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd were arraigned before Justice Jude Okeke on Tuesday on a 10-count charge of fraud.In a ruling yesterday, Justice Okeke granted the
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Ex-SGF Lawal, brother, others get N50m bail
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
FORMER Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, his brother Hamidu Lawal and two others got bail at N50 million each yesterday before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, AbujaThe ex-SGF, his brother, Suleiman Abubakar and Apeh Monday, including two firms Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd were arraigned before Justice Jude Okeke on Tuesday on a 10-count charge of fraud.In a ruling yesterday, Justice Okeke granted the
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Gunmen kidnap UBEC official in Ondo
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
A 45-year-old official of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), Abuja, Mr. Femi Adesote, has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen near Auga in Akoko Northeast Local Government Area of Ondo State.The victim was returning from Abuja with his aged father and younger sister, who accompanied their father, when the incident happened.The victims father, Samuel Adesote, reportedly travelled to Abuja on the invitation of his son to receive medical treatment.A source said the four kidna
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Gunmen kidnap UBEC official in Ondo
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
A 45-year-old official of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), Abuja, Mr. Femi Adesote, has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen near Auga in Akoko Northeast Local Government Area of Ondo State.The victim was returning from Abuja with his aged father and younger sister, who accompanied their father, when the incident happened.The victims father, Samuel Adesote, reportedly travelled to Abuja on the invitation of his son to receive medical treatment.A source said the four kidna
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Senior lawyers disagree over CCTs order
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
THE bench warrant issued yesterday by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman Danladi Umar for the arrest of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen has become the subject of arguments by senior lawyers.They are divided over the propriety of the CCT chair ordering the law officers arrest at a time his matter was pending before the National Judicial Council (NJC) and at the Court of Appeal.Eminent professor of law Itse Sagay (SAN) said Justice Onnoghen was not above the law.S
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INEC working for PDP, says Oshiomhole
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
ALL Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole yesterday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the general elections.Oshiomhole was, however, quick to add that the governing party would not decent to the level of bringing down state institutions because the party believes that state institutions should be allowed to perform their functions.Responding to questions about a
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Demonising Osinbajo is a joke carried too far
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
In this piece, Coalition of Democrats (CODER) Convener Ayo Opadokun reviews the consequences of not according Vice President Yemi Osinbajo his deserved respect. Since I resigned from Afenifere in 2001, I have refrained from commenting on anything related with Afenifere. The story of the circumstances that led to my decision will be part of my upcoming books. I hate to pick bones with otherwise respected elders and leaders in their own rights.Yoruba culture, custom and tradition provide and allow
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Ijaw group denounces NGOs for frivolous allegations
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The leadership of the Ijaw Pride Group (IPG) has slammed the Association of Concerned Bayelsa Professionals (ACBP), for allowing itself to be used by enemies of the Ijaw. According to the group, ACBP was pulling down illustrious people of the Ijaw race.In a statement, IPG Director of Publicity Eboiwei Akpeti noted that recent agitations led by the group against the management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) was a
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Use general elections to elect credible leaders, Aare Adams urges Nigerians
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to use the forthcoming general elections to electGodfearing and credible leaders for the country.Adams also urged all politicians contesting the elections to go to the polls with civility, saying that Nigerians attitudes matter in ensuring a peaceful election.He, however, expressed the believe that restructuring would be the best option for Nigeria as a nation.We are in the crucial week as election is few days away. Elec
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2019: PDP unveils strategies against election rigging
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will deploy a state-of-the-art Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system and four other strategies to prevent any form of rigging or manipulation in Saturdays presidential election.Mr Osita Chidoka, former Aviation Minister and Chairman, Strategy Committee of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.The other strategies according to Chidoka included a national network of fully equipped Situation Rooms and Call
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Aisha Buhari calls on women to vote massively for APC
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has called on Nigerian women to support the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) by voting for the party in the forthcoming general election.Aisha made the call in Daura on Wednesday when she addressed thousands of youth and women during the round off of door to door presidential campaign ahead of the Feb. 16 poll.She described women as vanguards of change and character development.We will by the grace of God continue to initiate policies and programme
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Shekarau urges youths to shun violence during election
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kano Central Senatorial seat, has advised youths against violence during the upcoming election in the state.He gave the advice while interacting with newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state, said the advice was necessary in view of the resurgence of political thuggery in the state.According to him, the recent happenings in the metropolis is very unfortunate and should be condemned by all well
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Buhari, not sit-tight President Oshiomhole
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says President Muhammadu Buhari is not a sit-tight President.Oshiomhole, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said the president needed a second term to consolidate on his achievements and to move Nigeria to the next level.We are committed to free and fair elections and President Buhari is not a sit-tight President, the APC national chairman said.Oshiomhole said what President Buhari was asking for, was a second ter
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PENGASSAN draws battle line with Exxonmobil over sack
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Apossible confrontation between members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the management of Exxonmobil is by the corner, following moves by the oil giant to disengage some of its local employees this week, The Nation has learnt.The union had on three occasions warned the multinational firm to desist from its various levels of discriminatory de-Nigerianisation stance, which has in the last three years excluded the citizens from performing strategic f
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Firm to provide one million houses
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
An investment firm, Lifepage Group, is to build one million houses by 2041, translating to 40,000 houses yearly.Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Oladipupo Clement, explained that the initiative would take care of the supply and demand of the market.According to him, the programme, to be launched in the second quarter, will be the first of its kind in the country as it will make the sector a major contributor to the nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Besides, he is convinced that the initiative
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Avoid demolishing houses
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
A non-gOVERNAMENTAL Organisation (NGO) Nigeria Slum/Informal Settlements Federation and some civil society groups have urged politicians to provide shelter for the electorate instead of demolishing their houses.At a conference in Lagos,the founder, Rethinking Cities, Deji Akinpelu, said people were sceptical on who to vote for, beacuse politicians always demolish houses after election.He said policies and actions of the Lagos State government indicated a different approach to the welfare of the
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Firms back in operation after rift resolution
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The oil and gas industry has witnessed a major reconciliation of two major oil service firms West African Ventures Corporation (WAV), a local company and Sea Trucks Group, an international oil company. The dispute lasted for over two and half years.The disagreement arose when the oil industry slumped globally in 2015 and made it difficult for firms to meet their financial obligations. Many oil firms sacked their employees, cancelled and deferred projects. WAV and STG, which were partners, unfor
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NEMSA to sanction DisCos over substandard equipment
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) will punish any electricity distribution company (DisCo) that uses substandard equipment, its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Ewesor, has said.He said the sanction ranged from a fine of at least N500, 000 to prosecution.He said the decision to impose sanctions on the firms was borne out of the need to make them comply with their rules and regulations.In an interview with The Nation, he said the agency had warned the DisCos against us
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New adhesive stamp vital to surveying, say valuers
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Key stakeholders played a key role in the new stamp unveiled to enhance professionalism in the sector, the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) Sir Nweke Umezurike has said.He said the measures were geared towards catching up with the global trend.He recalled the excitement that greeted the introduction of adhesive stamp in valuation reports, especially by banks, other financial institutions and corporate bodies.He added that this enthusiasm spurred the associati
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Fed Govt, Dangote flag off Ofeme community road reconstruction
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Succour may soon come to Ofeme Community in Abia State as the Federal Government and Dangote Industries Limited have kicked off the reconstruction of the roads and bridges in the community.The reconstruction will be handled by AG-Dangote, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries.The project is covered under Executive Order #7 of 2019, titled: Road infrastructure development and refurbishment investment tax credit scheme.Participating investors will use tax credits to reduce corporate taxes payable to
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Shells three scholarship awardees graduate
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
THREE beneficiaries of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Companys (SNEPCo) scholarship in the United Kingdom (UK) have returned home after completing their studies.They are Iwinosa Aghedo, Peace Adepoju and Oluwapelumi Okewusi. They studied Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrography on the sponsorship of SNEPCo, in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).SNEPCos Managing Director, Bayo Olulari, said: From less than 10 per cent Nigerian manpower when
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NEMSA to sanction DisCos over substandard equipment
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) will punish any electricity distribution company (DisCo) that uses substandard equipment, its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Ewesor, has said.He said the sanction ranged from a fine of at least N500, 000 to prosecution.He said the decision to impose sanctions on the firms was borne out of the need to make them comply with their rules and regulations.In an interview with The Nation, he said the agency had warned the DisCos against us
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Lagos seeks collaboration with Computer Society
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The Lagos State government yesterday said it is prepared to collaborate with the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) to develop local solutions to address challenges confronting the state as it moves on with its smart city project.Speaking yesterday at NCS Lagos 2019 Stakeholders Forum, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said the future of the state and indeed, the nation, lies in the development of technology, adding that the st
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