Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Tuesday 12th March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Falana seeks removal of trailers from Apapa road
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The Federal High Court in Lagos will on May 6 deliver judgment in a suit filed by activist-lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) against Power, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).Justice Muslim Hassan fixed the date after the parties adopted their written addresses.Falana is praying the court to order the removal of tankers, trailers and other obstructions from the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. The road, he added, should be repaired after the remov
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Ihedioha declared Imo governor-elect
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Former Deputy Speaker and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha has been declared the winner of the keenly contested Imo State governorship election by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta.Ihedioha polled a total number of 273404 to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu.The candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and All Progressives Congress (APC), Ifeanyi Araraume and Hope Uzodinma sc
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Curbing cybercrime
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
As the information technology (IT) revolution continues to gather pace in Nigerian business, the country must become more aware of the growing dangers of cybercrime and ensure that comprehensive measures are taken to reduce its negative impact to the barest minimum.Even for a developing nation like Nigeria, the deleterious effects of cybercrime are far too significant to be ignored. It is estimated that 60 per cent of businesses in the country suffer at least one cyber-attack annually. This has
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Polls inconclusive in Kano, Benue, Sokoto, three others
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi also affectedINEC names Ayade, Idris, El-Rufai, Bello, Sule winnersIhedioha Okowa, Masari, Zullum, Buni also winVOTERS in six states are to wait a little longer to know who will be their governor as from May 29 when the tenure of incumbent governors expires.Reason: elections in the six states have been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the cancellation of votes in some polling units (PUs).The states are: Kano, Sokoto, Adam
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CCT orders daily proceedings in Onnoghens trial
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Suspended CJN rejects tribunals chairThe Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has ordered that further proceedings in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen be conducted on a day-to-day basisTribunal Chairman Danladi Umar, in a bench ruling yesterday also elected to reserve, till the conclusion of the trial, decisions on applications by Justice Onnoghen, which challenged the tribunals jurisdiction and another asking Umar to recuse himself from the case.Umar
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WHAT THE LAW SAYS
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The Electoral Act 2010 empowers INEC to cancel an election where there is a basis for it.Section 53 (1) provides:(1)No voter shall vote for more than one candidate or record more than one vote in favour of any candidate at any one election.(2)Where the votes cast at an election in any polling unit exceed the number of registered voters in that polling unit, the result of the election for that polling unit shall be declared void by the commission and another election may be conducted at a date to
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The new governors-elect in Southwest
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
AbiodunDapo Abiodun was born May 29, 1960. He is the Governor-elect of Ogun State. Abiodun is the board Chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission. He is the managing director of Heyden Petroleum and the founder of First Power Limited.He hails from Iperu Remo in Ogun State and belongs to a royal family. He was born into the family of Dr Emmanuel and Mrs Victoria Abiodun from Iperu Remo, in Ogun East senatorial district.He studied civil engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, Osun St
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MTN chief faults AGF on $2b tax demand
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
MTN Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rob Shuter yesterday faulted the demand for $2 billion cash by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (OAGF).It accused AGF Abubakar Malami, of playing games over the demand for the cash, which the government said was in tax arrears from the telecoms giant.Shuter spoke at a conference call where MTNs 2018 annual results were presented to the countrys executives and stakeholders.Malami had last September written to MTN Nigeria, demanding the p
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Investigators recover flight recorders of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 Max
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
As airlines ground fleetEthiopian Airlines said yesterday it had recovered the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which crashed a few minutes after take-off near the countrys capital, Addis Ababa.The airline said the flight recorders, otherwise known as black boxes, were recovered after a tedious search by the investigative team.Ethiopian Airlines, however, has led the pack of global carriers to suspend commercial operations of
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Politicians, not INEC, should carry the can
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Who should be blamed for inconclusive governorship elections the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or desperate politicians perpetrating unruly behaviours’An election is a collective enterprise involving various stakeholders, particularly the umpire, security agencies and politicians. The failure of any of these stakeholders to abide by the rules of the game always spells doom for the process.This is the case in five states where the electoral agency was clearly undermined b
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AAC candidate is kidding, says Wike
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has described the allegations against him by the governorship candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers, Biokpomabo Awara as baseless and lacking in merit.Speaking last night through his Information & Communications Commissioner Emma Okah, who doubles as the Director of Information and Communications of the Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, the governor told Awara that governorship position was for mature minds.H
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Buhari: Ill leave legacy of free, fair elections
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he would want to be remembered as a leader who kept his word that elections must be free, fair and credible.The President spoke in Daura when he hosted Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari.Masari visited the President to inform him of his victory in last Saturdays governorship poll.The President praised Nigerians, who heeded to his pre-election appeals to cast their votes peacefully.According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media a
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Inconclusive elections: INEC, military compromised, says PDP
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Army of compromise in states where the governorship and state assembly elections were suspended or declared inconclusive.Its Spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan told a news conference that the electoral umpire and the Army were playing the script of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.Ologbondiyan alleged that elections were suspended or declar
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February 23 elections in Akwa Ibom: A reporters diary
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Penultimate weekends presidential and National Assembly elections have come and gone, but the echoes generated by the contest will continue to reverberate for some time. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI, who monitored the polls in Akwa Ibom State, recounts his experience.THERE were a lot of brisk vehicular movements in the wee hours of the February 23, 2019, when the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections held nationwide, as motorists tried to beat the restriction order on
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Lagos PDP: what next for Agbaje
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The Lagos State governorship election has been won and lost. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimi Agbaje, has conceded defeat and congratulated the winner, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The question is: what next for Agbaje, the pharmacist-turned politician’ Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the effects of the defeat on the opposition platform. He was optimistic of winning. During his campaigns in some parts of Lagos State, s
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Oil nears $67 on Saudis export cuts
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Oil futures headed higher yesterday amid reports that Saudi Arabia planned to extend efforts to reduce crude exports.News that Venezuelas crude exports have taken a hit in the wake of a mostly nationwide power outage that began late last week has also provided support for oil prices.Global benchmark May Brent crude, +0.81 per cent gained 95 cents, or 1.5 per cent to $66.69 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe, after the contract registered a weekly rise of one per cent on Friday.April West Texas Inter
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Bi-Courtney alleges N250b loss on 36-year concession
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) has called on stakeholders in the aviation industry to prevail on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to close the gap in its abysmal management of airport infrastructure.In a statement issued by the firms spokesperson, Eniola Ade-Solanke,BiCourtney alleged that FAAN, through its actions, has consistently breached its obligations in the concession agreement and has caused her huge loss of over
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Ayine is AU Board external auditor
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
THE Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony M. Ayine, has been appointed member of the African Union Board of External Auditors.In a letter conveying the appointment and addressed to Mr. Ayine, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Honourable Kwesi Quartey stated:I have the honour to inform you that the Republic of Nigeria has been appointed to serve on the AU Board of External Auditors by the Executive Council Decision EX.Cl./Dec.1027 (XXXIII) and by the Assembly Decis
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OVH Energy deepens penetration in aircraft fueling
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
OVH Energy Marketing Limited has deepened penetration in the aviation fueling arm of the aviation sub sector as it has acquired brand new aircraft fueling bowsers.The acquisition is part of its expansion plans to deepen its service offerings in providing fueling solutions to players in the aviation industry.Manufactured by Flightline UK, the bowsers are equipped with latest technological and safety standards certified by the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), the worlds leading organisation for the d
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Huawei unveils Y7 Prime phone with AI camera
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Huawei Technologies has unveiled its latest Y series device that combines quality technology and stylish design at an affordable price to help Nigerians realise their true potential . The phone has major features of 6.26 inch Huawei Dewdrop display, 13MP Al Camera with a f/1.8 wide aperture lens, two-day battery power and an octa-core Quaicomm SoC Snapdragon 450.Huawei added that the phone supports master Artificial Intelligence (AI) that recognises 22 categories of objects and scenes. Whether t
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Cisco: dearth of cyber security personnel hits Nigeria, others
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Twenty-five per cent of organisations in Nigeria, Middle East and other African countries lack cyber security personnel, one of the biggest obstacles to cyber security, a new Cisco cyber security report has said.According to the report, 23 per cent of companies in the Middle East and Africa manage more than 21 vendors, while only 58 per cent of cyber security alerts in the Middle East and Africa are investigated. Of those, 39 per cent are legitimate, but only 53 per cent of legitimate alerts are
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Five per cent duty payment not automatic for manufacturers
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Give us an overview of the Customs Post Clearance Audit (PCA) Unit, Zone A and how you achieved compliance in your task.We deal with consignments or declarations that have already been exited form the ports within the Lagos zone, that is, Zone A. So, in essence we do targeting, profiling and once we profile and discover infractions or discrepancies, we normally write letters to the importers and their clearing agents. Then, we give them two weeks to respond to the letter. After expiration of the
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Union Bank hosts FMDA Quarterly Meeting
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Union Bank Plc will on Thursday, March 14, host the Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA) quarterly general meeting in Lagos.The event will hold at the America, Asia, Africa Room, Eko Hotels & Suites, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos at 3.pm.In statement, the FMDA Acting Executive Secretary, Mrs. Mary Gbegbaje, confirmed that Dr. Doyin Salami, Economist and Adjunct Lecturer at the Lagos Business School will deliver a paper on Navigating the Next Level for the Economy
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NOVA Merchant Bank nets N1.15b in 2018
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
NOVA Merchant Bank Limited grew its net profit by 125 per cent to N1.15 billion in 2018 as the wholesale banker continued to reap the benefits of its investments in its operations, technology and people.Key extracts of the audited report and accounts of NOVA Merchant Bank for the year ended December 31, 2018 showed that the merchant bank achieved strong growth across all parameters. The bank recorded a 54.10 per cent growth in gross earnings from N1.22 billion in 2017 to N1.88 billion in 2018. T
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Managing land, waterway traffic by radio
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The start of train movements and waterways coverage, among others, on Lagos Traffic Radio last week may have set a paradigm shift in traffic planning that may help resolve gridlocks, writes ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBEThe addition of waterways and train movements reporting by Nigerias premier traffic radio station, Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1, established by the Lagos State Government, may have set a new tone in managing traffic patterns and movement advisory in and around Lagos, the nations economic nerve
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Atiku: The way of statesmen
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Statesmanship is an art, a noble one at that. Though many leaders love and desire the appellation, very few manage to achieve the status. And like time and tide, opportunities often bob up for statesmanship but only those who are imbued with much insight and wisdom get to grab it. Such is the stuff of statesmanship and such is the opportunity that presents itself to the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. How would he react’ Would he play the statesman or the politician
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House Speaker: Why not Southeast
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
As the dust generated by the presidential and National Assembly elections gradually settles, it is imperative to move on, and make informed analysis of how the incoming 9thassembly leadership would be constituted. Given the suspicion and distrust that characterized the executive-legislature relationship in the outgoing 8thassembly, it is very likely that the ruling APC and the presidency would not take chances again. Since the return to civil rule in 1999, caucuses of ruling political parties at
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Election hiccups in Nigeria
Tue, 12 Mar 2019
The above statement made by Sir Winston Churchill, the legendary British Statesmanin the House of Commons in November 11, 1947 highlighted the superiority of democratic form of government over other forms of government such as monarchy, oligarchy, authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Democracy as it is popularly defined as the government of the people by the people for the people implies that the people exercise their power through their elected representative who they elect through elections,
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