Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Friday 29 March 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Anambra poll: Court orders INEC to investigate Ubah, returning officer
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to investigate the Senator-elect for Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, and the Returning Officer, Prof M.N. Umenweke, over criminal allegations levelled against them. The order followed an application for an order of mandamus sought from the court
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ASUSS lauds Fayemi over new schools
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools has commended the Ekiti State Government for establishing four additional secondary schools in the state capital. The Chairman of ASUSS, Mr Sola Adigun and Secretary, Mr Abiodun Ogunkuade, said the step was evidence of Governor Kayode Fayemis commitment to improving access to education in
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LASG urges safety measures in food services
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Oluwatobi Akindele The Lagos State Government has urged food providers to ensure strict compliance with safety measures while preparing food to be consumed by the public. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Dr Jimoh Yusuf, gave this charge on Thursday while giving his goodwill message at a one-day sensitisation and advocacy
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Wike sets up panel to probe election violence in Rivers
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has inaugurated a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the violence, killings and other related matters which occurred during the February 23 and March 9, 2019 elections in the state. Wike also inaugurated a panel that would investigate the violent invasion and attack on the state
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Nigeria expecting three power helicopters, says air chief
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigerian Air Force is expecting two Agusta 109 Power helicopters and one Mi-35M attack helicopter to deal with security challenges across the country. The air chief stated this on Thursday while defending the NAF 2019 budget at the National
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Mixed reactions as Tinubu urges FG to revisit power sector privatisation
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
APC chief warns govt against raising VAT Nike Popoola, Success Nwogu and Femi Asu Stakeholders in the nations power sector have expressed divergent views on the call by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for the Federal Government to revisit the privatisation of the sector. The Federal Government handed over
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Nigeria spends $60m annually on fish imports
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria spends $60m on the importation of fish annually, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said. Ogbeh said this when he received a delegation of private investors from The Netherlands in his office, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Mrs Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa. The minister also asked the delegation
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FG unveils pension plan for 80 million informal sector workers
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
John Ameh and Ifeanyi Onuba President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a Micro Pension Plan for people operating in the informal sector of the economy, even as he promised to halt the rot in the nations pension system. The President, while unveiling the pension plan on Thursday in Abuja, noted that those in the informal sector
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PDPs Fintiri maintains lead as gov run-off holds in Adamawa
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Hindi Livinus The Peoples Democratic Partys governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Amadu Fintiri, was ahead of other candidates in the supplementary election held in the state on Thursday. The poll was held in 40 polling units spread across 14 local government areas of the state with 40,998 votes at stake. Local government
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External reserves rise to six-month high of $44.14bn
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The nations foreign exchange reserves have increased to a six-month high of $44.14bn, data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday showed. The external reserves have gained over $1.8bn since February 28, when it dropped to its 2019 low of $42.296bn. The reserves, which rose slightly from $43.116bn on December 31,
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APC lawmakers-elect shun certificate presentation in Sokoto
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Members-elect of the Sokoto State House of Assembly who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress were on Thursday conspicuously absent during the presentation of certificates of return in Sokoto. The Independent National Electoral Commission presented the certificates to the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal; his deputy, DanIya Manir, and
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Revisit Nigeria Air project, pilots, engineers tell Buhari
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the Nigeria Air project which had been suspended. The association made the call on Thursday, at its aviation stakeholders safety workshop, held in Lagos. The President of NAAPE, Mr Abednego Galadima, while congratulating the president on his re-election
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FG issues 21 hydropower, other licences
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission has issued licences to Nestle Water and Winners Power Gardens companies for water supply and hydropower construction respectively. The Executive Director, Reuben Habu, who confirmed this, said the issuance of licences to prospective applicants was another landmark, having met the conditions required by law. Habu
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FG plans to borrow N1.6tn in 2019 DMO
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Director-General, Debt Management Office, Ms Patience Oniha, has said the Federal Government plans to borrow N1.6tn to fund the 2019 budget. Oniha said the government had been reducing its level of new borrowings, as it dropped from N2.2tn in 2017 to N1.6tn in 2018. She spoke in Lagos on Thursday at the
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SEC extends deadline for dividend warrants issuance
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended the deadline for the discontinuance of the issuance of dividend warrants to December 31, 2019. In a circular on Thursday, SEC said the decision was to enable relevant stakeholders deliberate on and address all outstanding issues. According to SEC, the decision of the commission is in
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Afriland properties to pay N68.70m dividend
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Afriland Properties Plc has said it will pay N68.70m dividend to shareholders for the 2018 financial year. The Chairman, Board of Directors, Afriland Properties, Mr Emmanuel Nnorom, said the dividend payment was largely influenced by the marginal growth recorded in the year under review. He stated that the companys revenue grew by two
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United Capital grows annual profit to N6.22bn
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Femi Asu United Capital Plc, an investment banking group, grew its profit before tax by 12 per cent to N6.22bn in the financial year 2018. Its gross earnings rose by four per cent to N9.26bn in 2018, while profit after tax fell by 0.5 per cent to N4.34bn. The groups total assets increased by nine
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Time to secure Leah Sharibus freedom from captivity
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
It is more than a year since Leah Sharibu was abducted by Boko Harams faction of the Islamic State of West Africa Province. The terrorists had struck on February 19, 2018 at the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, where they abducted 110 teenage girls. Leah was one of the pupils taken
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UPDATED: INEC declares PDPs Fintiri winner of Adamawa governorship election
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Fintiri, has been declared winner of the Adamawa State governorship election. The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Andrew Haruna, declared the result on Friday morning in Yola after the supplementary election in 44 polling units across 14 local government areas of the state. Harunasaid Fintiri polled
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PDP senators-elect may present candidate for Senate presidency
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate may have dumped their plan to adopt and support any friendly member of the All Progressives Congress that is interested in contesting the position of the senate president in the 9th National Assembly. Investigations by one of our correspondents
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Onnoghen: CCT chairman wrongly accused journalists, CCTs record shows
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umars threat to imprison some journalists for alleged misrepresentation of the proceedings in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has proved to be based on a wrong premise, The PUNCH can report. A Certified True Copy of
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Appeal Court affirms Fayemis victory, dismisses Eleka, PDPs appeal
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday affirmed the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State at the July 14, 2018 governorship election in the state. The three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and
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Nigeria denied foreign loans over herdsmen/farmers clashes Lai Mohammed
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday lamented the alleged misrepresentation of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers by the foreign media, saying it was forced to lobby them to manage the bad press. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during his appearance before the House of Representatives Committee on Information,
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Court orders Kanus arrest, says IPOB leaderll be tried in absentia
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and directed that his trial on charges of treasonable felony should proceed in his absence. The judge, Justice Binta Nyako, whose decision was anchored on the provisions of Section 352(4)
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Osun: Oyetola asks Appeal Court to nullify Adeleke, PDPs victory at tribunal
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Governor of Osun State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has appealed against the judgment of the election petition tribunal, which invalidated his victory in the September 2018 governorship election that brought him to power. In a two-to-one split judgment last weekend, the tribunal nullified Oyetolas election as Osun State Governor, and declared instead
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Ambode, Obasa extol Tinubus leadership virtue at 67
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, have extolled the leadership qualities of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. In separate statements on Thursday, the duo congratulated Tinubu on his 67th birthday and praised him for his role
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Lagos warns officials against collecting exam fees from pupils
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe The Lagos State Government has warned school and government officials against collecting any form of payment such as examination fee from pupils. This is just as the government called on parents of Junior Secondary School 3 pupils who will sit for the Basic Education Certificate Examination in the state not to pay any
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Mass promotion caused dearth of reading skills Experts
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Tare Youdeowei Experts in the basic education sector have blamed the decline in the reading ability of primary school leavers on mass promotion policy. They agreed that the problem had its roots in Nigerias inability to meet up with the Millennium Development Goals and the nations slow pace in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. At
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Ive come to fight cultism, says Okopoly Rector
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The new Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Dr Francisca Nwafulugo, has asked cultists to steer clear of the institution in their own interest. Nwafulugo stated this when she was unveiled to the polytechnic community on Thursday. She said her administration would rededicate the institution to God, stressing that she
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FG moves to tackle natural disasters with modern equipment
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development said on Thursday that it had acquired and installed high sensitivity seismometers and tilet meters for monitoring and detecting earth movements and earthquake in parts of the country. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Bawa Abubakar, stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee
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Ondo farmers receive machines to boost rice production
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Government on Thursday distributed 10 rice thresher machines to groups of rice farmers under the Fadama lll Project in the state, in a bid to boost rice farming and production. It was gathered that no fewer than 500 rice farmers from three local government areas of the state would
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Population explosionll cause food scarcity in Nigeria Bowen VC
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
David Olorunsogo, Ibadan The Vice Chancellor, Bowen University, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, has warned that the increasing population in Nigeria is brewing challenges of food and water scarcity, if government does not support farmers with accessible loan. Ogunwole was the keynote speaker at the symposium on irrigation and water management for agriculture in Africa held at
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Poor releases hamper 2018 budget implementation Senate
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senate on Thursday decried the poor implementation of the 2018 budget and blamed the executive arm of government for not releasing adequate funds that could enable the federal agencies to execute developmental projects. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Suleiman Adokwe, stated this while addressing journalists shortly after the Minister of
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Establishing more dialysis centresll address medical tourism Adewole
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said establishing more dialysis centres would address medical tourism in Nigeria as people with kidney problems will be able to get the quality treatment they are seeking abroad in the country. Adewole who was represented by the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba,
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Osinbajo, Fayemi, Yari meet, decline to speak
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
John Ameh, Abuja There was a meeting on Wednesday evening involving Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his Zamfara State counterpart Abdulaziz Yari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The two governors came to the State House about 5.40pm. They departed about 6.30pm.No official position was given on why the governors met
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Court quashes election of monarch in Enugu
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu Justice Afam Nwobodo of the Enugu State High Court has nullified the purported election of Mr Victor Meniru as the traditional ruler of the Egwu Achi autonomous community in the Oji River Local Government Area of the state. The court also restrained him from parading himself as the traditional ruler of the
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2019 elections: Democracy on sale in Nigeria Observers
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja A group of foreign and local observers during the just-concluded 2019 general elections on Thursday came hard on the rampant cases of vote-buying and inducement of voters. They said that apart from bringing Nigeria back to 2007 and beyond, the democratic space is definitely on sale. While demanding a complete audit of
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Ibadan Mogajis move against fresh NURTW crisis
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Council of Authentic Mogajis in Ibadanland on Thursday rose from a meeting with an appeal to the factional leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers to sustain the peace in the land and honour the governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, in his quest to develop Oyo State. The chiefs, including
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Osun assures envoys of business-friendly environment
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo The Osun State Government has assured the envoys of some foreign countries who visited the state of workable Public Private Partnership that will create workable environment for business to grow. This, the government said, would not just strengthen the states economy, it would also enhance returns on investment. Governor Adegboyega Oyetola stated
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Oil firms behind high infant mortality rate in Bayelsa Dickson
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has again attacked multinational oil firms for allegedly destroying the Niger Delta environment with their non-adherence to international best practices in their oil exploration activities. The governor said this was responsible for high infant mortality rate and avoidable deaths in Bayelsa in particular and the Niger
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Edo housing agency releases names of debtors
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Edo Development and Property Agency has embarked on a name and shame campaign against chronic debtors at the Edo House, Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, noting that the tenants had been owing rent and service charges for a while. A statement by the Executive Chairman, EDPA, Isoken Omo, revealed that the debts, comprising rent
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More Edo pupils for feeding programme
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin Pupils in primary four, five and six in public schools in rural parts of Edo State have been slated to benefit from the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme. This is as over 60 primary schools in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon local government areas of the state have been included in the social investment
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30 Anambra lawmakers-elect receive certificates of return
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday issued certificates of return to 30 House of Assembly members-elect in Anambra State. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji , while issuing them the certificates at the INEC Secretariat in Awka, the state capital, described the certificate as a symbol of
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Buhari not an orator but interested in getting things done, says Osinbajo
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has never claimed to be an orator as he prefers to get things done. Osinbajo said this while representing the President at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the International Conference Centre on Thursday in Abuja. The president never claimed to be an orator. We
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Osinbajo, Fayemi, Yari meet, decline to speak
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
John Ameh, Abuja An evening meeting between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the governors of Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi) and Zamfara (Abdulaziz Yari) states, has just ended at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The two governors came to the State House at about 5.40pm and departed at about 6.30pm. No official position was given on why the governors met
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Britain to hold third vote in Brexit crisis
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May will put her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal to a third parliamentary vote on Friday in a renewed bid to avoid a chaotic split from the European Union in two weeks. Mays throw of the dice comes a day after her dramatic pledge to resign in order to persuade her rivals to
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Abuja Orphanage: FCTA promises to accommodate stranded children
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said it will provide temporary accommodation for over 150 children, who were left homeless following an earlier demolition exercise in Kubwa, asatellite town in Abuja on Tuesday. The Director, FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, stated this during a joint press briefing with the owner of the affected
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Twitter may tag rule-breaking Trump tweets
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Twitter said on Thursday it could start tagging tweets from newsworthy figures such as US President Donald Trump that break its rules, while stopping short of deleting them. The one-to-many messaging platform used extensively by Trump to fire off comments, some of them inflammatory, said it is exploring ways to add context to tweets considered
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Appeal Court affirms Fayemis election, dismisses Eleka, PDPs appeal
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday affirmed the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State at the July 14, 2018 governorship election in the state. The three-man panel, led by Justice Stephen Adah, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and
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