Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Sunday 10th March 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Osaka turns tables on Mladenovic, Venus rallies at Indian Wells
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
World number one Naomi Osaka launched her Indian Wells WTA title defence with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in a grudge match against Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday. Osaka, whose second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January propelled her to the top of the rankings, was beaten by 65th-ranked Mladenovic in Dubai last
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Bwari council polls inconclusive Returning Officer
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Bwari Council Elections Returning Officer, Prof. Wesley Nafarda, has declared the elections in the council inconclusive due to some hitches at some polling units. Nafarda said this during the collation of results at Bwari on Sunday. He added that results in 17 polling units, including all the 12 units at Kawu Ward, were canceled. Others
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BREAKING: INEC declares Kuje Area Council elections inconclusive
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Kuje Area Council chairmanship and councillorship elections inconclusive. INECs Returning Officer for the council, Zainab Gbefwi, told newsmen that the election was declared inconclusive due to electoral violence in Rubochi. Gbefwi said that because of the violence, the elections in Rubochi ward and some polling units in
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Violence has escalated, militarisation threat to voters Situation Room
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has expressed concern over the worsening security environment about the governorship and state assembly elections. The worsening security environment, it said, got to a frightening dimension on the eve of the March 9 elections. The organisation said reports at its disposal indicated an escalation of violence between and within
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Nollywood star Desmond Elliot wins re-election to Lagos Assembly
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as winner of the Surulere 1 state Constituency election in Lagos State. The Returning Officer, Dr. Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration on Sunday at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos. She
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BREAKING: Two die as Boko Haram launches bomb attacks in Adamawa
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Hindi Livonia, Michika A bomb blast in Shuwa in Adamawa State on Sunday morning while Christians are preparing for Sunday mass has killed two persons. The bomb blast attack is suspected to have been launched by Boko Haram using a rocket-propelled launcher, a day after the governorship elections were held. Mohammed Sanusi,
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Police warn Kano residents over celebrating unofficial results
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Kano State Police Command has warned residents of the state against celebrating unofficial results of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, gave the warning in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Sunday. He said the command had observed with concern how some
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APC candidate wins Lagos Mainland 1 State Constituency election
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde Mr Ibrahim Owolabi of the All Progressives Congress has been declared the winner of Lagos Mainland 1 State Constituency election. Announcing the result at St Agnes Nursery and Basic School, Yaba, the Returning Officer for the election, Dr Adetoun Adenuga, declared Owolabi the winner of the election having polled 17,239 votes. The candidate
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Elections and ethnic-related violence
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Punch Editorial Board ELECTIONS have a way of producing the worst in Nigerians. In this wise, pent-up tribal rivalry rose to the fore during and after the presidential and National Assembly polls on February 23. Hoodlums, purportedly canvassing the cause of a political party, not only violently disrupted polling in Okota area of Lagos, they
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APC candidates win Somolu I, II State Assembly seats
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Mr Rotimi Olowo of the All Progressives Congress winner of Somolu 1, Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly. Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, the Returning Officer for the constituency, made the declaration at INEC Collation Centre in Somolu, Lagos on Sunday. Otitoloju said that Olowo secured 16, 007
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Gunmen kill policeman, NSCDC officer, abduct three INEC staff in Katsina
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a policeman and abduction of three INEC adhoc staff during the governorship and state assembly election in the state. The police also announced the killing of a civil defence officer in separate attack while on election duty. The Commands Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isa, in
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Lagos election: APC wins Somolu House of Reps seat
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Ademorin Kuye as winner of Saturdays House of Representatives election in Somolu Federal Constituency. The Returning Officer, Prof. Ola Aluko of the Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Lagos announced the result at the INEC collation centre in Somolu
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Election results: APC wins Etsako West, Central in Edo
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Sunday, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Ahmed Waziri as the winner of Etsako Central Constituency of Edo State House of Assembly election. INEC returning officer, Prof. Daniel Olarenwaju, who announced the result in Fugar, said Waziri polled 12,688 votes to defeat Mr Boi Donald of
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Election results: APC wins Yamaltu West in Gombe
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commissionhas declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Sadik Ibrahim, as the winner of Yamaltu West constituency in the election into Gombe State House of Assembly. Mr Mohammed Kirfi, the INEC Returning Officer who announced the result for Kwadon/ Yamaltu/Debate Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, said
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House election: APC wins two Lagos Island seats
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Sunday, declared candidates of the All Progressives Congress winners of Lagos Island House of Assembly Constituencies 1 and 2 in Lagos State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the results were declared at the INEC office in Lagos Island at about 3.40 a.m. Prof. Olaniyi Okedele of the
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FGs abuse of office far below govs corrupt practices Yakasai
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Elder statesman and founding member of a socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, in this interview with JOHN ALECHENU, speaks on the just concluded presidential election, restructuring and the almajiri challenge, among other national issues What really is the difference between the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum’ In 2015, the
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Oshiomhole handed APC gov ticket to a PDP senator CPS
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Mr Sam Onwuemedo, tells FEMI MAKINDE that the governors suspension by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress is illegal and cannot stand Governor Rochas Okorocha was suspended for supporting the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in Imo State at the expense
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Nigerian loot in London
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Sonala Olumhense The current edition of the British magazine, Private Eye, contains Abuja on Thames, a story about the outlandish wealth in England of Paul Ogwuma, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who served under the governments of Generals Sani Abacha and Abdulsalami Abubakar. Abacha has become the international symbol for
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Mans adaptation to technological advancement
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Chukwuemeka Fred-Agbata Technological breakthroughs are not modern day phenomenon. It has always been evolving, right from creation. Going down memory lane, technological advancement started with the Paleolithic technological age, when man fashioned out tools from stones for cutting and grinding, as well as from bones of animals and sticks from trees. Tech tools made during
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APC candidate wins Ijebu-Ode state constituency
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Mr Kemi Oduwole of the All Progressives Congress has won the Ijebu-Ode State Constituency seat in the Ogun State House of Assembly elections of March 9. Declaring the results of the election on Sunday in Ijebu-Ode, Dr Oluseye Onabanjo, the Independent National Electoral Commissions Returning Officer said Oduwole satisfied all requirements of the law. The
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Ugwuanyi applauds polls, Onu decries violence in Ebonyi
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Casmir Ogbonna Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State cast his vote at his polling unit 002, Amube Orba ward in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State at about about 9.35 AM amidst cheers from community members. Ugwuanyi who trekked with journalists, foreign and local observers to his polling unit, which is a stone throw
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APC omitted from INEC result sheets in Zamfara
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed regrets over the omission of the acronym of the All Progressives Congress on the results sheet for Saturdays Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Zamfara. This is contained in a statement signed by the commissions National Secretary, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, and made available to the News Agency
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Fayemi advocates e-voting as Bamidele explains low turnout
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Abiodun Nejo Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has advocated the use of electronic voting to ensure that all elections are held in one day. He said a situation where elections into different offices were conducted separately was not good enough. Fayemi, who said holding elections on separate days was not also good use of
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Oyetola, PDP confident of victory as Osun records voter apathy
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Bola Bamigbola Inadequate security personnel, voter apathy and vote-buying characterised the state assembly election across Osun State on Saturday. As early as 8am , electoral officers and materials had arrived at many polling booths in Osogbo, Ede, Gbongan and Ikire towns. However, voters were not in many polling booths visited, as the few electorate that
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Its official! Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod are engaged
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Singing superstar Jennifer Lopez and retired baseball great Alex Rodriguez have been one of the most glam celebrity couples in recent years. Fans, get ready: a J-Rod wedding is on the cards. Lopez and Rodriguez confirmed on Instagram late Saturday that they are engaged. Both posted a picture of their hands at sunset, with Lopezs
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Mark loses at his polling unit, Ortom, Jime, Akume win
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Success Nwogu A former Senate President, David Mark, on Saturday lost his polling unit during the governorship election. Mark, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was defeated at his VIP Otukpo Club polling unit as the PDP garnered 117 votes while the All Progressives Congress polled 216. The APC governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel Jime,
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Saraki, APC gov candidate win units, disagree on security
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe and Tunde Oyekola Senate President Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kwara State, Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, all won their polling units at the governorship and state House of Assembly elections held on Saturday. For the governorship election, Saraki won his Polling Unit 006 at
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Voter apathy, vote-buying mar Niger polls
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Enyioha Opara Low turnout of voters and allegations of vote-buying marred the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Niger State on Saturday. Our correspondent, who covered the elections in Minna, Bosso, Gurara, Dikko, Paikoro and Suleja, observed that many eligible voters stayed away from the polling units. Our correspondent also observed that vote-buying
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Card reader stops Obong of Calabar from voting
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Ada Wodu The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, couldnt vote on Saturday. The monarch went to Ward 9, Unit 3 polling unit at Adiabo Primary School in the Odukpani Local Government Area to vote but the electoral officials told him that ballot papers werent available. He returned at 12:39pm and was
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Two injured as Delta APC, PDP supporters clash
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Alexander Okere, Theophilus Onojeghen and Matthew Ochei There was pandemonium in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State as gunmen from unidentified rival groups engaged themselves in a gun battle over alleged invitation of unaccredited voters from the northern part of the country. Our correspondents gathered that there were sporadic gunshots at Ward
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Only democracy enemiesll fault army deployment Oshiomhole
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Adekunle Peter The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has described those who faulted the deployment of soldiers for elections as enemies of democracy and Nigeria. He spoke with journalists on Saturday after voting at Iyamho, Etsako West local Government Area of Edo State. Oshiomhole, who commended the Independent National Electoral Commission
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Dankwambo loses polling unit to APC
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Chima Azubuike The Governor of Gombe State, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo, has lost his polling unit located at the Hassan Manzo area, Herwagana, to the All Progressives Congress. In the results, which were announced to the cheers of voters, the APC candidate polled 261 to defeat PDP candidate, who secured 201 votes at the unit. It
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Discos failed to remit N325.54bn in 10 months NBET
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Femi Asu Power distribution companies in the country failed to remit a total of N325.54bn to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc for the electricity sold to them from January to October last year. The government-owned NBET buys electricity in bulk from generation companies through Power Purchase Agreements and sells through vesting contracts to the
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Gas pricing framework under threat amid power sector crisis
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
The power sector accounts for up to 70 per cent of the domestic natural gas demand in Nigeria but the persistent liquidity crisis in the sector is negatively affecting the countrys gas pricing framework, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports Operators in Nigerias power and petroleum sectors believe that the Federal Governments regulation of domestic natural gas pricing
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PenCom transfers N9.82bn into NSITF contributors pension accounts
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission has transferred N9.82bn into the Retirement Savings Accounts of 136,578 workers, who contributed into the former Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund. PenCom disclosed this in its third quarter 2018 report on The transfer of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund contributions to members RSAs. The report stated, The commission continued
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CISLAC raises concerns over Ogoni clean-up
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has raised concerns over the clean-up of oil pollution in Ogoniland. The Programme Manager, Environment and Conservation of Nature, CISLAC, Mr Kolawole Banwo, at a workshop in Lagos on Thursday, highlighted issues affecting the exercise such as the status of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project. He said
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Mans adaptation to technological advancement Topic 2
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Chukwuemeka Fred-Agbata Technological breakthroughs are not modern day phenomenon. It has always been evolving, right from creation. Going down memory lane, technological advancement started with the Paleolithic technological age, when man fashioned out tools from stones for cutting and grinding, as well as from bones of animals and sticks from trees. Tech tools made during
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FG seeks to boost capital market liquidity
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government is seeking to boost liquidity in the nations capital market through savings. Ahmed, while speaking during a meeting with members of the Capital Market Master Plan Implementation Council in Abuja, said that the Federal Government was willing to set up a National
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Theres no policy to encourage local software developers ISPON President
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Dr Yele Okeremi is the President of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria. He identifies the lack of government policy as being responsible for the brain drain in the Information Technology industry in this interview with IFE OGUNFUWA Has the use of local software in Nigeria improved significantly over the years’ Look at it. Theres
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NECA commends CBN over forex ban on textile imports
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for reportedly banning the sale of forex to importers of textile materials. The Director-General, NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, made this commendation in a statement he released in Lagos on Friday, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent. He
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37 proposed wells to increase crude production by 189,850bpd
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim A total of 37 well drilling proposals have been approved by the Department of Petroleum Resources and they are to increase Nigerias crude oil production by 189,850 barrels per day. It was gathered that out of the 37 wells, 29 were categorised as development wells, while eight were grouped as appraisal wells by
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Making impact is paramount to me Oludare Omolaja
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Oludare Omolaja, 34, is the MD/CEO of Affirmatives Entertainment and the founder of Tulk Entrepreneurial Network. He speaks with TOFARATI IGE about some of his activities What are your educational qualifications’ I grew up in Lagos, and for my elementary education, I attended Oluwole Christ the King Schools, Ejigbo, Lagos. I went to St. Saviours
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Aspiring entrepreneur should carry out research and start small Blessing Bassey
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Blessing Bassey, 29, is the Chief Executive Officer of Honeybee Cakes and Bites. She speaks to JOY MARCUS about the gains of entrepreneurship As the CEO of Honeybee Cakes and Bites, what are your responsibilities’ Apart from being the CEO of the company, I am also the head baker. I do wonders with flour. I
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Four killed, one kidnapped in Rivers violence
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Eric Dumo and Sampson Itode A policeman and three others were killed by suspected gunmen while a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mrs. Emilia Nte, was kidnapped in Rivers State. This is just as ballot box snatching and vote-buying characterised the exercise in some parts of the state. The policeman was said
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I dont have a house, plot of land in Lagos Ex-administrator, Marwa
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
A former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), now Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, speaks with FRIDAY OLOKOR on the work of the committee and his term in Lagos, among other issues Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected, what do you think the regime
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Troops kill six terrorists in Borno army base attack
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Olaleye Aluko Six Boko Haram insurgents have been shot dead during a gun battle when the terrorists attempted to overrun a Nigerian Army Forward Operation Base in the Ngwom community, Mafa Local Government Area, about 14 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Our correspondent learnt that the base, belonging to troops of the
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Jubilation in Bauchi as governor loses polling unit to PDP
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Friday Olokor and Armstrong Bakam There was wild jubilation on Saturday by voters at the Gindin Durumi Polling Unit, Makama Sarki Baki Ward in Bauchi metropolis, following the announcement of the result of the governorship election. The jubilation followed the announcement that Governor Mohammad Abubakar, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, lost
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Buhari ll give me a job if I lose El-Rufai
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade and Godwin Isenyo The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, said he was not jittery over the Saturdays Governorship and State Assembly polls in the state. The governor who spoke to journalists while waiting to cast his vote at his 024(A) Runka Street, Unwgan Sarki polling unit, said with President Muhammadu Buharis reelection,
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Osun: Hoodlums disrupt poll, engage soldiers in shoot out
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Bola Bamigbola At Unit 9, Ward 7, Methodist High School, Ilaje, Ilesha, Osun state, some suspected cultists, few minutes after voting commenced on Saturday, disrupted the exercise for some hours. A voter, Ademiotan Olusola, who witnessed the incident, told our correspondent that the suspects came with 10 motorcycles and attacked one Banji Oyewumi said to
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