Today’s Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines Thursday 22nd February 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Thursday 22nd February 2019

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As Sukuk rescues key project
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Prospects for dualisation and completion of the outstanding five sections of the strategic Kano-Maiduguri highway were brightened recently through plans by the Federal government to deploy part of the N100 billion Sukuk Bond to it. This was revealed by the Director of Highways (North-East) in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mohamad Rufai, []The post As Sukuk rescues key project appeared first on Daily Trust.
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How INEC chairmen fared since 1998
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,’ penned William Shakespeare in one of his literary masterpieces. The assertion vividly captures the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since its inception in 1998. Set-up in 1998 by the then Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, as a successor to the defunct National Electoral Commission []The post How INEC chairmen fared since 1998 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why I visited Kwankwaso ‘Sheikh Daurawa
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Commander General of Kano state Hisbah Board, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, has explained that he led 100 Imams in Kano to visit Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to mediate between the former governor and some Islamic scholars in the state. Kwankwaso has been at loggerheads with some Islamic scholars after he accused some of the []The post Why I visited Kwankwaso ‘Sheikh Daurawa appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Osinbajo says propaganda against Buhari absurd, untrue
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described as absurd, the lies, propaganda and accusations against President Muhammadu Buhari. Osinbajo said on Wednesday night while responding to questions at an Interactive Session and Engagement held at Muson Centre, Lagos. The interactive session tagged: ‘Unveiling The Truth’, organised by young Christian group, had some Christian leaders in attendance. []The post Osinbajo says propaganda against Buhari absurd, untrue appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Uproar over replacement, exclusion of INEC ad hoc staff
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
There is discontent across the states following the replacement of or exclusion of ad hoc staff recruited by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to conduct the general elections. Earlier this month, INEC through Mr. Festus Okoye, Esq, a National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education of the commission, said they have recruited 814,453 []The post Uproar over replacement, exclusion of INEC ad hoc staff appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Five dead, 60 vehicles burnt as Kwankwasiyya, Rep Jibrin supporters clash
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
At least five persons have died and several others sustained injuries in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State following a clash, yesterday, between supporters of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and those of Rep Abdulmumini Jibril Kofa. Also, about 60 campaign vehicles belonging to the two politicians were burnt during the clash that occurred around []The post Five dead, 60 vehicles burnt as Kwankwasiyya, Rep Jibrin supporters clash appeared first on Daily Trust.
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12 presidential candidates endorse Buhari
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, 12 presidential candidates have endorsed the candidature of President Muhammadu Buhari. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement said the 12 candidates had directed all their members and supporters to vote for President Buhari tomorrow. The 12 candidates under the auspices of ‘Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good []The post 12 presidential candidates endorse Buhari appeared first on Daily Trust.
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It’s a ploy to swindle presidency ‘ PDP
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The PDP says the stepping down of some presidential candidates of various political parties for President Muhammadu Buhari is a ploy to swindle the Presidency. Addressing a press conference, yesterday in Abuja, the Director Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said the last minute endorsement would not stop Buhari’s []The post It’s a ploy to swindle presidency ‘ PDP appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ortom, PDP planning to unleash terror in Benue ‘ Reps candidate
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The APC House of Representatives candidate for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency of Benue State, Engr. Conrad Terhide Utaan, yesterday, accused Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP in the state of planning to unleash terror during the Saturday elections. Utaan had alleged at a press conference in Makurdi, that the governor and his party had imported military and []The post Ortom, PDP planning to unleash terror in Benue ‘ Reps candidate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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APC urges Nigerians to resist vote buying by PDP
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The APC has called on Nigerians, party members and supporters to pray for peace and the success of tomorrow’s elections. The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, who made the call yesterday, also cautioned all Nigerians and party members not to be involved in any act of electoral malpractice and irregularities. Issa-Onilu said, ‘We []The post APC urges Nigerians to resist vote buying by PDP appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Buhari’s directive on riggers makes opposition jittery ‘ BCO
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari on what awaits those planning to rig tomorrow’s elections and subsequent ones has made those with sinister motives jittery, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) said yesterday. The BCO, therefore, commended the president for exposing the rigging plot of the opposition through his directive to the military and other []The post Buhari’s directive on riggers makes opposition jittery BCO appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Saraki differs, condemns order
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The National Leader of the PDP and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for directing security agents to deal ruthlessly with ballot box snatchers during the general elections. Speaking at a PDP youth rally in Ilorin where scores of defectors were received by the leaders of the party, Saraki said a []The post ‘Saraki differs, condemns order appeared first on Daily Trust.
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My resignation rumour opposition’s idle propaganda ‘ Osinbajo
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, reacted to a rumour about his alleged resignation saying he is less concerned about it. Rather, Osinbajo said he was focused on how to take Nigeria to the next level with President Muhammadu Buhari. This was as he hailed the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Kolapo Sulu Gambari, over his []The post My resignation rumour opposition’s idle propaganda ‘ Osinbajo appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019 polls and opportunities before Nigerians
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
In an effort to raise patriotic citizens, nearly every Nigerian, from early days of schooling is taught to pledge to be ‘faithful, loyal and honest’ to Nigeria. After years of study, graduates of a tertiary institution in Nigeria are required to submit a ‘Final Year Project’ before leaving campus with a certificate in their bag. []The post 2019 polls and opportunities before Nigerians appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Keyamo is right and clear on Buhari’s call
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
In the heated conversation that ensued between Festus Keyamo; a spokesman for the ruling APC, and Dino Melaye; a serving senator and main opposition PDP member, I wish to state that the former was apt, clear and right on President Muhammadu Buhari’s call. In fact, it was a conversation that is truly enlightening and educative. []The post Keyamo is right and clear on Buhari’s call appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Redefining the sanctity of constitutional orders
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
We must understand that the task of repositioning Nigeria to the country of our dream is our collective responsibility. Every one of us has a role to play. And the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Gen. Buratai is also doing its beat by safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and enforcing discipline or inculcating the mentality []The post Redefining the sanctity of constitutional orders appeared first on Daily Trust.
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New lease of life as state health Insurance gains ground in Oyo
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
In the dead of the night on the fateful day, Iya Alamun as she is fondly called, rushed her son, Alamun, to a private hospital in Osogbo, capital of Osun State. The little kid was in pain and he needed urgent medical attention. The doctor and the nurses on duty at the private hospital commenced []The post New lease of life as state health Insurance gains ground in Oyo appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Understanding Nigerian Army’s role in defending Nigeria’s sovereignty
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
I recall that a section of the polity has decided to drag the Nigerian Army into the murky water of politics for their selfish reasons. This arose from the charge given by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigeria Army to deal ruthlessly with those who intend to []The post Understanding Nigerian Army’s role in defending Nigeria’s sovereignty appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Software pushing textbooks into history ‘ Bill Gates
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Software is pushing standalone textbooks into the past, and faster than ever thought, according to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. For years, in his annual Gates Letter, Gates has speculated about software complementing the work of classroom teachers but also augment learning for students. It is no longer speculation. Digital curricula have entered classrooms in the []The post Software pushing textbooks into history ‘ Bill Gates appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigerian Army university matriculates 1,016 pioneer students
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB) on Thursday matriculated 1, 016 pioneer students admitted for the 2018/2019 academic session. The students were admitted into the faculties of Arts, Management and Social Sciences; Computing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Natural and Applied Sciences. Speaking at the matriculation ceremony held at the university’s permanent site in Biu local []The post Nigerian Army university matriculates 1,016 pioneer students appeared first on Daily Trus
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Effectiveness of collapsible classrooms in nomadic education
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Apart from the ‘Literacy by Radio’ programme adopted by the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) to offer instructions and messages to nomadic pupils who are said to be typically on the move while grazing their cattle, the use of collapsible or mobile classrooms in basic education has also been effective in improving their literacy []The post Effectiveness of collapsible classrooms in nomadic education appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bauchi purchases exam forms worth N29m
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Bauchi state government has purchased Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms worth N29 million for secondary schools students. Speaking before distributing the forms to 5,000 students, Commissioner of Education, Professor Haruna Abdullahi Danwaka, said the forms were meant for students who performed exceptionally well in previous mock examination. According to him, students that scored five []The post Bauchi purchases exam forms worth N29m appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lecturers’ strike extends graduation date
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Polytechnic lecturers play a prominent role in the academic pursuit of students but the strike they embarked upon late last year led to the shutdown of academic activities nationwide until a deal was reached with the government a week ago. Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said at a media briefing that most of the demands []The post Lecturers’ strike extends graduation date appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Unizik goes into commercial production of plastics
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik), Awka, Anambra State, has concluded plans to go into large-scale commercial production of plastic products. The director of Civil Work Production Process of the institution, Professor C.C. Ihuneze, disclosed this when the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, visited the plastic production plant on a facility tour. Presenting samples of the []The post Unizik goes into commercial production of plastics appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We support Buhari’s stance on election riggers
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has said members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council are fully in support of the stance of President Muhammadu Buhari on ballot box snatchers. Candido, during a meeting with party stakeholders and ward chairmen in Apo on Wednesday, said the president []The post ‘We support Buhari’s stance on election riggers’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCT PDP accuses APC of plans to rig election
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The FCT chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of plans to allegedly rig tomorrow’s (Saturday), rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections in the territory. Speaking at a press briefing at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, the FCT publicity secretary of the PDP, Miss Josephine Itoryah []The post FCT PDP accuses APC of plans to rig election appeared first on Daily Trust.
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UniAbuja Teaching Hospital honours 50 staff
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), yesterday, awarded 50 staff members who performed excellently in the year 2018. The staff are part of about 2,000 workforce in the tertiary health facility. Presenting the awards to the staff, who were drawn from all departments of the institution, the Chief Medical Director of UATH, Prof Bissallah A. []The post UniAbuja Teaching Hospital honours 50 staff appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCT Akwa Ibom community denies endorsing gov candidate
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Akwa Ibom community in Abuja and the 19 northern states has denied endorsing any candidate for the March 9 governorship election in the state. They told newsmen in Abuja that it was not the policy of the community to endorse the candidate of any political party during elections. The Trustee and Dean of President, []The post FCT Akwa Ibom community denies endorsing gov candidate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Shun thuggery, ballot box snatching, FCT youth urged
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The FCT chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has been urged to shun thuggery and ballot box snatching during Saturday’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections. President of NYCN, Comrade Suleiman Ango, who made the call at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, also asked them not to allow politicians use them []The post Shun thuggery, ballot box snatching, FCT youth urged appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Woman, 45, nabbed allegedly disposing lover’s corpse in bush
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The police in Ogun State said they have arrested a 45-year-old woman, Aderonke Ayinde, while she was attempting to dump the corpse of her lover in a bush. Ayinde’s arrest on Wednesday February 20, 2019 followed a report lodged at the Oke-Itoku police station, Abeokuta, by one Makinde Ishola that he had been informed that []The post Woman, 45, nabbed allegedly disposing lover’s corpse in bush appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Cyber crime: 2 men sentenced to four months imprisonment
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, yesterday secured the conviction of two men, Gbolahan Osikoya and Rabiu Daniel, for offences bordering on impersonation and fraudulently sharing pornographic and indecent pictures. Osikoya and Daniel were arraigned before Justice Watilat Ibrahim of a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on December []The post Cyber crime: 2 men sentenced to four months imprisonment appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2 men arraigned for allegedly snatching trader’s bag
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Two men who allegedly snatched a bag said to contain the sum of N500,000 from a trader in Ondo, Ondo State, have been dragged before a chief magistrate court in the town. The men, 22-year-old farmer Femi Sunday and Peter Okafor, were arraigned for conspiracy and stealing. According to the prosecutor, Adebiyi Abiodun, the duo []The post 2 men arraigned for allegedly snatching trader’s bag appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ondo housewife urges court to help retrieve her ‘stolen’ panties
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
A housewife, Mrs Olaitan Olanrewaju, has pleaded with a Grade A customary court, Oke-Eda, Akure, the Ondo state capital, to intervene and help her recover her panties and pictures she alleged were stolen by the children of her husband’s second wife. The plaintiff, who is Olaitan’s husband, Mr Omolayo Olanrewaju, had dragged his wife before []The post Ondo housewife urges court to help retrieve her ‘stolen’ panties appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Women foiled kidnap attempt, rescued elderly woman
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
An attempt by a five-man kidnapping gang to abduct a housewife in Jalingo, Taraba state, have been foiled by a group of women. Daily Trust gathered that a kidnapping gang operating on Keke NAPEP had attempted to abduct a housewife at about 6.45pm yesterday but failed as women rushed out and rescued the woman. It []The post Women foiled kidnap attempt, rescued elderly woman appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Bangladesh: Blaze kills 78 in Dhaka historic district
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Afast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night in a residential building that had flammable material stored on the ground floor. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. It is not yet clear what []The post Bangladesh: Blaze kills 78 in Dhaka historic district appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Venezuela: Maduro to close border with Brazil
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night as a row over foreign humanitarian aid continues. The embattled leftist leader went on TV to say that he was also considering shutting the border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief. He denies any crisis and []The post Venezuela: Maduro to close border with Brazil appeared first on Daily Trust.
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United States: Trump: IS woman barred from US return
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
US President Donald Trump says a woman who left the US to become a propagandist for the Islamic State (IS) group will not be allowed to return. On Twitter, he said he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country’. Mr Pompeo had earlier stated that the []The post United States: Trump: IS woman barred from US return appeared first on Daily Trust.
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India: Cardinal Gracias ‘failed abuse victims
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
A senior cardinal of the Catholic Church has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him. Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this week. We found two separate cases where the cardinal, who is tipped []The post India: Cardinal Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Malawi: Albino abduction suspect dies in custody
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
A key suspect in the abduction of a 14-year-old boy with albinism has died in police custody in Malawi. Luka Buleya was reported dead this morning after a brief court appearance in the capital Lilongwe yesterday. Mr Buleya’s nephew, Samson Bulaki, said the family were suspicious about his death and showed the BBC pictures of []The post Malawi: Albino abduction suspect dies in custody appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Tanzania: Government tries to sell cashew hoard
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Tanzania’s government is trying to find buyers for the hoard of cashew nuts it bought from farmers in November. Last year farmers complained that buyers’ offers for their crops were too low and refused to sell. The government then brought in an official price but the buyers refused to purchase the nuts at that price. []The post Tanzania: Government tries to sell cashew hoard appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Germany: Gun firm fined over Mexico deal
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
A German court has handed suspended jail terms to two ex-employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch and fined the firm ‘3.7m (3.2m) for illegal arms deliveries to Mexico. The Stuttgart court acquitted three other H&K ex-employees. H&K was found to have breached German arms export rules by shipping nearly 5,000 G36 assault rifles and []The post Germany: Gun firm fined over Mexico deal appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Russia: US investor charged with fraud
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Russian investigators have charged US investor Michael Calvey with fraud, in a case that has further strained ties between the two nations. Mr Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund, is suspected of embezzling 2.5bn roubles ($38m; 29m) from a Russian bank. Mr Calvey, who was held last week with five other suspects, []The post Russia: US investor charged with fraud appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria recalls envoy accused of non-cooperation by Saudi Arabia
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recalled Consulate General of Nigeria in Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Muhammad Yunusa, back to the headquarters. Ambassador Yunusa was summoned to Abuja for urgent consultations over his alleged non-cooperation with the host authorities, according to a letter addressed to the envoy and seen by Daily Trust. The letter, dated February []The post Nigeria recalls envoy accused of non-cooperation by Saudi Arabia appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Dr Kunden Deyin, the Plateau Commissioner for Health says the state has recorded 28 new cases of Lassa fever with 10 deaths. Deyin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that 64 cases were taken to the laboratory for confirmation out of which 28 were confirmed to be Lassa fever. He []The post Lassa fever: 10 killed, 28 new cases confirmed in Plateau appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Is INEC ready for tomorrow’s elections
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
In this column last week, I asserted confidently that INEC was ready to conduct the elections. They were not and they should have been. It was particularly unfortunate that they covered up their unpreparedness and deceived Nigerians and indeed the world that they were ready when they were not. They also angered all stakeholders by []The post Is INEC ready for tomorrow’s elections’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Re-building confidence in the electoral system
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The title of this article is a little bit misleading because it suggests, rather wrongly, that Nigerians ever had confidence in the electoral system. Truth be told, they never did which is why most elections in the country since independence have been contentious and marred with allegations and counter allegations of rigging. I am []The post Re-building confidence in the electoral system appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria’s ‘dirty-money’ blacklist is strange ‘ GIABA
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Inter-Governmental Action Against Money Laundering and Terrorists Financing in West Africa (GIABA) has said it is not aware of the European Commission’s adding of Nigeria to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering. Apart from reputational damage, inclusion on the list complicates []The post Nigeria’s ‘dirty-money’ blacklist is strange GIABA appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Last FTFA mutual evaluation report on Nigeria
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Under the national risk assessment of the 7th follow up mutual evaluation report, it states that Nigeria has consolidated its efforts in carrying out its AML/CFT national risk assessment in line with the requirement of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations. In particular, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has carried out AML/CFT Risk Based []The post Last FTFA mutual evaluation report on Nigeria appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FG records N84bn oversubscription of February bond
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
The Federal Government, yesterday, announced that its monthly bond auction for the month of February was oversubscribed by a total sum of N84 billion. A statement by the Debt Management Office (DMO) says total subscriptions received from bidders for the three bonds offered including 5, 7 and 10 year was in excess of N234 billion, []The post FG records N84bn oversubscription of February bond appeared first on Daily Trust.
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