Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Wednesday 27th February 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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2019: INEC declares Buhari winner of presidential election
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared winner of the 2019 Presidential election byIndependent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The Returning Officer for the 2019 presidential elections, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the declaration at 4.37am.He polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential poll conducted on February 23 who had 11,262,978 votes.Making the declaration, Yakubu sai
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This Verdict 2019sef
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
There is a saying, that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. In thegeneral elections that took place over the weekend in Nigeria, there were many quite familiar disruptive incidents, including pockets of violence in certain areasthat tainted the process and led to the death of at least 16 Nigerians nationwide. Many more were left injured or traumatised. Out of respect for the injured and the dead, and for the sanctity of human life, it is only right to acknowledge the loss of
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Agbakos apotheosis
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Veteran actor, Charles Olumo, attains the age of 94BETTER known asAgbako, (Calamity), Alhaji Abdulsalam Sanyaolu, aka, Charles Olumo, has enjoyed an acting career which encompasses the emergence and development of Nigerias burgeoning movie industry.Notorious for his bald head, sinister goatee, hoarse voice and ferocious scowl, Olumo is the archetypal villain of Nigerian cinema. His roles as warrior, ritualist, armed robber and political thug in movies likeIreke Onibudo,Amin Orun,Anikura,Ori Eye,
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Buhari tops with 15.19m
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Atiku gets 11,262,978Muhammadu Buhari has won the presidential election going by the figures released this morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The President won 15,191,847 votes to retain his job. His closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 11,262,978.Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate won in 19 states. Atiku won in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).The commission adjourned its collation and announ
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How they stand in the RACE FOR Senate: APC 61 PDP 33 YPP 1
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
11 seats yet to be declaredThree inconclusiveWITH 61 seats won by its candidates at last Saturdays National Assembly election, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to maintain dominance in the Ninth Senate.The number will give the APC numerical strength in the Red Chamber. It will also enjoy a simple majority.It will, however, not afford the APC the luxury of a two-third majority in the upper chamber.The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won 33 of the seats announced as
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100 houses razed, many feared killed in Kaduna
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
El-Rufai condemns attack, visits PresidentBarely two weeks after a violent crisis that claimed lives of many citizens in Kajuru Local Government area of Kaduna State, there were reports of fresh attacks in some villages in the Kajuru and Kachia local government areas.Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai was at the State House yesterday. He held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari.El-Rufai declined to state his mission at the Presidential Villa but it was believed that the governor may have use
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Rivers official, PDP chieftain, others paraded
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Wike protestsA senior Rivers State official and a military officer are among the 35 suspects paraded yesterday in Port Harcourt for alleged electoral offences.Paraded by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham are: Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning Dr. Reason Onya and the representative of Ahoada West Constituency in the House of Assembly, Nwanaka Okpokiri, for allegedly rigging last Saturdays elections.The Camp
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PDP, APC disagree at Collation Centre
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives party disagreed yesterday at the International Collation Centre (ICC), venue of the National Collation of the results of last Saturdays President Election.The bone of contention was a request by the opposition party that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must project what the Smart Card Readers (SCRs) captured as accreditation figure before the collation can continue.The PDP queried the non-usage of the SCRs in the co
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Stock market in mixed performance
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Profit-taking in some large-cap stocks has dragged Nigerian equities to a loss of N84.4 billion but investors stepped up bargain-hunting for value stocks ahead of the announcement of the final results of the presidential and National Assembly elections.With more gainers than losers and 46.6 per cent increase in turnover, the equities market showed underlying positive sentiment. However, losses suffered by some highly capitalised companies including Nestle Nigeria Plc, Nigerias highest-priced sto
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Different strokes, different folks
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Winners rejoice, losers complainWinners and losers are speaking out on the outcome of the National Assembly elections, report our correspondents.PDP to APC: meet us in court over Dogaras re-electionAlhaji Hamza Akuyam, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, has challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to go to court if the APC have issues with the re-election of Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara.Akuyam threw the challenge yesterday in Bauchi while
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Court remands UNILAG students for allegedly raping 17-year-old
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court yesterday heard how a 17-year-old student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos, was allegedly gang-raped by eight fellow students.The court was also told that the accused blackmailed the victim with a video recording of the sexual assault.Five of the students, Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20, were arraigned on a three-count charge of defilement of a child, pe
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Presidents victory ll guarantee growth of critical infrastructure, says BON DG
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Voice of Nigeria (VON) Director General Mr. Osita Okechukwu has described the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the just concluded presidential election as a guarantee for uninterrupted growth of critical infrastructure.Okechukwu lashed out at some leaders in Igboland, who adopted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the Southeast candidate.He lamented that the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, deliberately adopted Atiku, even when he
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Graft: Lagos seeks effective, efficient public procurement process
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Govt, customers, stakeholders parley Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Idiat Adebule has stressed the need for an effective and efficient public procurement process to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and curb excesses of public officials.Dr Adebule stated this yesterday in the keynote address she delivered at the engagement of Business Community in Procurement Process organised by the Lagos State Procurement Agency (LPA) at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, the state capital.The theme of the discussion was
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30 parties demand fresh elections in Bayelsa
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Thirty political parties under the auspices of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in Southern Ijaw and Nembe local government areas of Bayelsa State.CUPP lamented that there was no elections in most wards in the affected local governments alleging that its candidates for the elections could not cast their votes following hijack of materials and violence.The party chairmen and candidates,
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My victory not accidental, says senator-elect
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Kaduna Central Zone senator-elect and Political Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Uba Sani has said that, his victory at the last Saturday poll was not a surprise to him.This was also as he said that, his principal, Governor El-Rufai will also win the March 9th governorship election landslide.The senator-elect who defeated Senator Shehu Sani of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Lawal Usman of the PDP said, he never saw Sani as a strong contender in the poll, because he had failed the peop
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Lagos is stronger for its diversity, says Sanwo-Olu
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
LaGos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Oluhas yesterday said that the state is stronger socially and economically because of its diversity.Sanwo-Olu, who spoke against discriminatory comments fuelled by the disruption of elections in some areas during the last weekend presidential and National Assembly elections, cautioned that Lagosians should not play into the hands of mischief makers and crisis merchants.He said the state is a home for all, assuring
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Basiru dedicates victory to Osun Central
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The senator-elect for Osun Central Senatorial District, Dr Ajibola Basiru has dedicated his victory at the poll to the people of the zone.Basiru thanked his supporters across the senatorial district, particularly Osogbo, for standing by him through thick and thin, which made it possible for him to win.Addressing a crowd of supporters that stormed his residence to rejoice with him, the senator elect was full of praises to All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and members in the state. He also h
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Delta NDCP complains about poll irregularities
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The Delta State chapter of Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), has alleged that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers involved in the conspiracy to undermine the election.NDCP had before the rescheduled general elections, accused heads of administration, general admin and procurement (GAP), and Information Communication Technology (ICT) respectively, of conspiring with the ruling party in the state to sabotage the commissions efforts for a credible election.In a letter
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Kwara: End of a political dynasty
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The defeat of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the senatorial election has signified the end of a political hegemony in Kwara State. SINA FADARE, who covered the elections in Ilorin, the state capital, writes on the implications for the Saraki dynasty. Classical writer late Prof. Chinua Achebe probably had in mind the people of Kwara State in his celebrated novel: Things Fall Apart when he declared that: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, the falcon cannot hear the falconer, things fall
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APC chieftain kidnapped in Owo
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jide Owoka, was kidnapped last Sunday on his way to his country home, Ute in Ose Local government area of Ondo State.Owoka was a member of National Association of Vetenary Research Institute. In a distress call to The Nation yesterday, the wife of the kidnapped politician, Omolola, narrated her ordeal to our reporter. She said: I received a strange call Sunday evening where the news of my husbands abduction was first broken to me and since then
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BBNaija concludes online audition
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
After the nationwide auditions for Big Brother Naija season 4, the window of online auditions given by MultiChoice Nigeriafrom February 25, 2019 will elapse today.Potential contestants are expected to record a two-minute video, stating why they should be picked to become housemates in this years next Big Brother Naija. Following this, they are to log on to www.africamagic.tv/BBAudition fill out the online registration form and upload their videos. The online audition is open to interested partic
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Oscars: Spike Lee acts funny as Green Book clinches best picture
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Though Roma and The Favourite led the nominations with 10 each on Sunday, it was Green Book that took the best picture gong, with Rami Malek and Olivia Colman winning big in the best-acting categories.Other big wins of the night included Alfonso Cuarn for best director, Spike Lee for best adapted screenplay his first non-honorary Oscar win Mahershala Ali for best supporting actor, Regina King for best supporting actress and Black Panther for three awards: best costume design, production design
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Sexual abuse: R. Kelly released after settling $100,000 bond
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly, on Monday, pleaded not guilty to all 10 charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors.He pleaded not guilty to the charges, in a plea entered by his attorney, Steve Greenberg, at the arraignment hearing before Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court, where he appeared in an orange jumpsuit.Hours after his arraignment, Kelly, 52, put up the $100,000 bond needed for his release and was spotted leaving Cook Coun
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Tonto Dikeh reacts on having new boyfriend
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has taken to Instagram to reply a blogger, instantvibeng, who reported that the mother of one is dating Freshdollarsign.The blog reportedly described Freshdollasign as a boy of Tontos former husband, Churchill.Replying the blogger, the actress wrote: Some blogs are really so stupid ooo!! @freshdollasign if you reply any of this nonsense ehn you go beat me today!! But you can let them know say you fit buy the family and the person wen them say you be em boy (I no say
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MTN Groups music business gets new officer
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
An expert, Mr. Oyebowale Akideinde has been appointed as Head of Over the Top (OTT) Music Services for the newly acquired music streaming entity by MTN Group, Simfy Africa.The appointment of Oyebowale, who is expected to enhance the companys digital music streaming services to its customers across Africa and the Middle East, took effect from February 1, 2019.Oyebowale joins MTN from Boomplay Music where he served as the Regional Director for West Africa. His career spans over 17 years primarily
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Big Brother Naija has been a blessing to me Ifu Ennada
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Despite not being a part of the top five finalists, Big Brother Naija star, Ifu Ennada is regarded as one of the most successful contestants from the Double Wahala edition.Prior to being a contestant on the famous African reality TV show, Ifu was an upcoming actor, writer, content producer, fashion designer and TV presenter but was barely in the limelight with little or no social media prominence.Less than a year after portraying her skills, talent and abilities to the world, winning endorsement
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Aisha Buhari, NDE empower 1,250 women in FCT
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has presented empowerment items to 1,250 women in the Federal Capital territory (FCT) to enable them to start their businesses. They also got N10,000 each.Mrs Buhari made the presentation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The event was organised by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), in collaboration with the Future Assured, an initiative of Mrs Buhari and the Defence and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA).Mrs Buhari said the gesture wa
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Oil prices rise as OPEC rebuffs Trumps pressure
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Oil edged up on Tuesday as OPEC was expected to stick to its production cuts despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, although the prospect of higher Libyan output capped gains.Prices slid on Monday, when many traders were out of the office attending International Petroleum Week, a series of industry events in London, after Trump called on OPEC to ease its efforts to boost the oil market. Prices were getting too high, the president said.Yesterday was a typical price action you see duri
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Cisco Meraki eyes market disruption via solutions simplification
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Global leader in cloud managed information technology (IT) solutions, Cisco Meraki, yesterday said it will disrupt the market by helping Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country to simplify IT.With many organisations dealing with the challenges of lack of funding for advanced digital solutions and a lack of IT specialists to manage those solutions, it said Meraki provides a simplified path to powerful technology.According to Cisco, digitalisation is the big trend of today, addi
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Wanted: $30b yearly for energy development
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The Director-General, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, yesterday said because of the huge energy infrastructure deficit, about $30billion is required yearly to meet the countrys energy demand.Speaking during the opening ceremony of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) training workshop in Abuja, the DG said 60 per cent of the yearly energy demand is going to electric power.Nigeria, like most nations, according to him, requires and desires for economic and s
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Firms adopt AI to boost manpower
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
A set of Human resources (HR)-related start-ups focused on combining AI, a process of automation, consulting, referrals, and match-making, has emerged across the country. DANIEL ESSIETreports.Artificial intelligence (AI), the theory and development of computer systems, which performs tasks that require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages, is fast establishing itself as a game-changer in recruiting. It isenabling or
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$500m coming for special economic zones funding
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Bank of Industry, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Nigeria SEZ Investment Company Limited (NZESCO) have signed a pact to fund special economic zones in the country. The plan is to raise $500 million equity in the first five years for the project in the economys interest, writes COLLINS NWEZE.The Federal Government, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Nigeria SEZ Investment Company Limited (NZESCO) are to build export-oriented Spe
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IMF backs tax exemptions reforms
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is backing government to overhaul its tax exemptions regime to boost its failing domestic revenue.The Washington-based lender, in its latest review of Ghanas ongoing bailout programme, said rationalising tax exemptions will improve governments domestic revenue mobilisation.Domestic revenue performance over the past two-three years has not met the budgeted estimates, with last years target falling short by about 10 percent and prompting government to realign
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Afreximbank names Mba Director for Compliance
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has upgraded its compliance function to a full department, naming long-serving banker Ms. Maureen Mba as Director. Until her appointment, Ms. Mba was Associate Director in charge of the Compliance Unit, as it then was, having assumed that position in 2017. Prior to that, she served as Manager, Compliance, from 2005. Ms. Mba joined Afreximbank from the Central Bank of Nigeria where she worked in the Office of the Governor from 1986 to 1994.She earned h
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Conditional Grant Scheme raises hope for SMEs
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Small and Medium Enterpises (SMEs) play critical role in Nigerias economic development. The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has shown its commitment to SMEs growth through improved funding. The agency unveiled the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) in Lagos to move micro enterprises from the informal to the formal sector, and make more funds available for their operation. The CGS is expected to enhance the competitiveness of the operators towards meeting national,
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Fastest microSD card unveiled
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Western Digital Corp has unveiled the worlds fastest 1TB UHS-I microSD flash memory card, the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card.The new card, unveiled at Mobile World Congress, features higher speed and capacity for capturing and moving massive amounts of high-quality photos and videos on smartphones, drones and action cameras. These impressive levels of capacity and speed give consumers the ability to create all the content they want without worrying about space limitations or long trans
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