Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Saturday 13th April 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Jumia becomes first African start-up to list on New York Stock Exchange
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Jumia Technologies, a pan-African technology company, has listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the first-ever technology company from Africa to list on the worlds largest stock exchange. The largest e-commerce operator in Africa started its first day of trading with an opening price of $14.50 but the stock traded at the close
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Lawmakers devise new ways to beat robbers, kidnappers
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Members of the National Assembly have devised new security measures to stay safe, Saturday PUNCH can report. Among other measures, the lawmakers have abandoned their official numbers plates, which show that they are members of the National Assembly. Those who spoke with one of our correspondents said they were afraid of kidnappers. They said had
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APC NWC yet to zone Speaker, Deputy Speakers positions, others
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has yet to meet on the zoning arrangement for the leadership positions in the National Assembly, SATURDAY PUNCH has learnt. Shortly after announcing Lawan as the partys choice for the Senate presidency, the partys National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the zoning arrangement for the remaining
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National Assembly not an elite club, Dogara tells members-elect
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has advised elected members into the two chambers of the National Assembly not to see their membership of the Ninth Assembly, when inaugurated, as a form of induction into an elite club. He said they should rather see themselves as mere ambassadors
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Rivers: INEC to conduct supplementary elections in four LGAs
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt The Independent National Electoral Commission will on Saturday (today) conduct supplementary elections in four local government areas of Rivers State. The elections are for the state House of Assembly in Abua/Odual, Opobo/Nkoro, Ahoada West and Gokana local government areas where voting either did not hold or were disrupted. INECs Head of
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Abia First Lady to pay medical bills of woman attacked by herdsmen after PUNCH report
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, has promised to offset the medical bills of Esther Ibeneme, who was reportedly attack by armed herdsmen on March 31, 2019. She said the state government would no longer tolerate the situation where herdsmen destroy lives and property in the state. The governors wife
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Eating lizards and grass kept me alive as a soldier in Biafran Army Iheme, ATBU Director of Information
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Dr Andee Iheme is the Director of Information, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State, and a former head of the National Open University of Nigeria, Calabar Centre, Cross River State. He shared some of the remarkable experiences of his life with Armstrong Bakam How would you describe your childhood’ I will consider myself very privileged
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Ill probe Abubakars regime Bauchi gov-elect, Bala Mohammed
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Bauchi State Governor-elect, Senator Bala Mohammed, speaks on sundry issues, in this interview with FRIDAY OLOKOR How did you see the recent governorship election in Bauchi State’ We are grateful to God and the people of Bauchi State. We had some hiccups here and there, including
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Turkish Airlines expands operations in Nigeria
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Turkish Airlines says it plans to expand its operations in Nigeria by increasing its flight frequencies between the country and Istanbul, Turkey. The General Manager, Turkish Airlines Lagos, Mr Yunus Ozbek, told journalists that as part of the growth plans, the airline would begin four times weekly flight from Port Harcourt to Istanbul
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Nigeria mismanaging Excess Crude Account IMF
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Dayo Oketola, Washington DC The International Monetary Fund has criticised the government of Nigeria for mismanaging the Excess Crude Account and not saving enough for the rainy day. The Director, African Department at the IMF, Abebe Selassie , in an interview with Nigerian journalists after presenting the regional economic outlook on the sub-Saharan Africa at
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Fuel queues return, NNPC, marketers allay scarcity fears
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Femi Asu Filling stations in some parts of Lagos experienced queues on Friday amid a supply hitch that slowed down the distribution of the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol). Our correspondent learnt on Friday that the hitch was resolved on Thursday, with more vessels expected to arrive in Apapa and discharge the product over the weekend.
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AfDB approves $15m infrastructure credit for Nigeria
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Nike Popoola The Board of the African Development Bank has approved a $15m investment package for Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company, to support infrastructure financing through the domestic debt capital markets in Nigeria. The investment package to InfraCredit comprised a subordinated loan of $10m and a risk sharing facility of up to $5m. AfDB stated that
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New WBank project will ensure food security in Lagos
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, has said that the new World Bank Project, Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project, will ensure food security and increase the capacity of farmers in the state. The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Olayiwola Onasanya,
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Gas flaring: FG receives 226 bids for 178 flare points
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Insists on 2020 deadline for gas flare out Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government says it has received 226 effective bids from companies that wish to participate in the countrys quest to end gas flaring at 178 locations that have already been identified. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said this
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17.2 million passengers travelled through Nigerias airports in 2018
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics has said that a total of 17.2 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports in 2018. The bureau said this in its air transportation report which was released on its website on Thursday. It said that there was an increase in the total number of international passengers that
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Electricity: FG starts project to transmit additional 624mw
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated the construction of nine 330 KV transmission lines with the capacity to deliver additional 624 Megawatts of electricity to the Federal Capital Territory and environs. At a ceremony held in Dawaki, Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr Louis Edozien, charged the Managing Director, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company,
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Noahs Ark bags 2019 Pitcher award
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Nigerias creative agency, Noahs Ark Communications Limited has said it emerged as the 2019 Agency of the Year at the just concluded Pitcher Awards which was held as part of activities marking the 2019 Creativity Week in Lagos. Noahs Ark said it earned 15 individual laurels in seven different categories of the awards; winning five
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Capri-Sun introduces new 100ml pouches
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Capri-Sun has announced the introduction of new 100ml pouches retailing for N50 each. The firm said this was aimed at meeting an increasing consumer demand for more exciting and unique options, adding that the new pouch size would excite consumers with the goodness of Capri-Sun and give them the power of choice. It said the
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9th Assemblyll shun politics in tackling national issues Ekweremadu
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, says the ninth National Assembly will rise above political, religious and ethnic divide to address the myriads of challenges facing the Nigerian people. According to a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, on Friday, Ekweremadu spoke on Thursday night during a dinner to mark the end
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Buhari jets out to Chad again
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
John Ameh President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to NDjamena, the capital of Chad Republic, on Saturday (today). The President returned to the country just four days ago from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he attended an investment meeting. Days before, he was in Amman, Jordan, for the World Economic Forum on the Middle East
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Zamfara killings: Air Force faults emirs claims, demands evidence of dead civilians
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Chukwudi Akasike, Adelani Adepegba, Leke Baiyewu, Olaleye Aluko, Tunde Ajaja, Afeez Hanafi, Alexander Okere and Ada Wodu The Nigerian Air Force and traditional rulers in Zamfara State on Friday clashed over the air strikes launched by NAF against bandits in the state. While the air force claimed their fighter jets destroyed the bandits
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Senate presidency: Lawan defies Oshiomhole, meets PDP govs, senators
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Oyetunji Abioye, Olalekan Adetayo, Sunday Aborisade and Success Nwogu The Senate Majority Leader and All Progressives Congress candidate for the Senate presidency in the 9th National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan, has reached out to some Peoples Democratic Party governors to brighten his chances of winning the number three position. This is contrary to the ruling
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Atiku is a Cameroonian, not Nigerian, APC tells tribunal
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has replied to the election petition filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. APC, the third respondent to the petition, faulted the grounds of the petition, adding that Atiku is a Cameroonian, and not a citizen
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NASS publishes 2018 expenditures, silent on salaries, allowances
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly on Friday released part of its N139.5bn expenditure budget in 2018. Out of the N139.5bn appropriated for the legislature, the sum of N26,483,039,299 was spent on personnel cost; N93,302,013,406 on overhead; N119, 785,052,705 on Recurrent; and N18,569,804,041 on capital. Further breakdown showed that the Senate got
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Minister loses NYSC certificate case to APC
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Federal High Court in Ibadan on Friday struck out a suit filed by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, against the All Progressives Congress for preventing him from contesting the Oyo State governorship primary election for not possessing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps certificate. Bayo Adelabu eventually emerged as the
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Family of my husbands killer tried to bribe me with chicken Widow of driver murdered by colleague in Ekiti
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Two years after Ojo Ogunsakin, a 42-year-old commercial driver in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, was murdered by a colleague, the wound still remains fresh in the heart of his widow, Adesola. A visit to her house at the Ajilosun area of the town will testify to this as the once bubbly
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Sokoto: Caliphate capital where child labourers flood every street corner
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Born into families barely able to cater for their needs, many children in Sokoto have found new lives engaging in strenuous jobs whose pay makes a mockery of the effort they put in, writes Adelani Adepegba, who visited the city recently Mustafa Aminu, 13, was hard at work under the hot sun loading sand into
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How to properly care for your leather shoes
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Ihuoma Chiedozie Taking proper care of your shoes would not only make them appear more beautiful but also make them last longer. This is especially so for leather shoes. Most shoes are made from various types of leather, which have been proven to be reliable, stylish and hard-wearing. But despite being tough materials, they still
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ICPC moves to avoid clash with EFCC
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has said it will discontinue cases found out to be outside its jurisdiction or already being handled by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission. The Chairman of the ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, said the move was aimed at avoiding conflict with other anti-corruption agencies.
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We never appreciated our homes until rainstorm destroyed them Ondo residents
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Peter Dada, Akure For the past one week, sadness and lamentation are the two major tunes common on the lips of most residents of Ikare Akoko, Supare Akoko and Ugbe Akoko in the Akoko North-East and Akoko South-West local government areas of Ondo State. Following a devastating rainstorm that greeted the area on Thursday, April
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Court serves notice of contempt on NAPTIP in Akwa Ibom
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo A High Court sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has served a notice of contempt of court order on the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in the state. The court had issued two orders to the agency on April 3 and 10, 2019, respectively, asking it
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CP orders 29 promoted officers to stamp out crime in Imo
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Rabiu Ladodo, has ordered 29 newly promoted officers to use their upgraded ranks to stamp out crime in the state. Ladodo, who spoke while decorating the officers in Owerri, the capital, promised to reduce crime to the lowest level in Imo. He charged the promoted
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Friends deserted me after my leg was amputated Michael, amputee footballer
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Chimobi Michael had one of his legs amputated after suffering bone fracture while playing football in January, 2000. Now working as a bus conductor and chasing his dream of becoming a professional amputee footballer, the 34-year-old told Udochi Ogubuike the rejection he faced after that incident You are from Akwa Ibom but born and raised
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Elumelu visits Buhari, asks IMF to provide alternatives to Chinese loans
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, on Friday called on the International Monetary Fund to suggest alternative loans to Chinese facilities since it had warned Nigeria against sourcing loans from China. Elumelu spoke in Abuja soon after he held a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
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Plateau govt denies diverting IDPs N20bn
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
The Plateau State Government has denied the allegation that it diverted N20bn meant for the Internally Displaced Persons in the state. The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Sylvester Wallangko, who stated this during the 2019 budget breakdown at the ministrys conference hall in Jos, explained that it would be callous to divert any
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Group urges Gombe govt to establish skill centres
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Chima Azubuike, Gombe The Monitoring and Evaluation arm of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation has called on the Gombe State Government to establish education and skill centres across the state. The Head, Management and Information System of the group in the state, Mr. Melton Yahaya Sundu, who made the call in an interview
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Group calls for peace over Tiv, Jukun crisis
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
John Charles, Makurdi A prominent socio-cultural group in the Middle-Belt region, Mdzough U Tiv, has called on various persons involved in the ongoing communal clashes between the Tiv and Jukun communities to embrace peace. A statement on Friday by the groups President General, Chief Edward Ujege, called on the governors of both Taraba and Benue
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Nigeria has 10.2million out-of-school children, FG says
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Ministry of Education on Friday said that it had conducted a National Personnel Audit of both public and private schools in Nigeria, which showed that the country has 10,193,918 out-of-school children. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who revealed this at a press conference in Abuja, said the audit was
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Dickson to help families as former aide, photographer are buried
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Tunde Ajaja The remains of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State, Seidougha Taribi, and the Government House photographer, Reginald Dei, were on Friday laid to rest in Yenogoa, the state capital. Taribi, who was a Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Grassroots Mobilisation, and Dei were said to have been
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Tractor owners decry govt agricultural loan policies
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
The Tractor Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria has described the process of acquiring government agricultural loans as too cumbersome. The National Vice-President of the association, Emmanuel Kolade, made this known on Thursday during the unveiling of the new SONALIKA tractors at Niji Farms, Ilero, Oyo State. He said the tractors were acquired with a
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Exhibitors to gather for trade fair
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
A leading international trade fair for plastics and rubber, K Fair 2019, is expected to bring together leaders in the sector from October 16 to 23, October 2019 at Messe Dusseldorf, Germany. According to a statement by the organisers of the event, over 3,000 exhibitors from more than 60 countries including Nigeria, Italy, China, Switzerland
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3,500 children recruited by armed groups in North-East UNICEF
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Niyi Odebode The United Nations Childrens Fund on Friday said more than 3,500 children, aged 13 to 17, were recruited by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017 in the North-East. UNICEF, in a statement on its site, said children were being used in the ongoing armed conflict in the North-East. The world organisation released
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Gov poll: APC, Abubakar challenge Balas victory in Bauchi
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, have filed a suit at the State Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sen. Bala Mohammed. The petition was filed by the state chapter of the
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Sickle Cell and disability
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Tola Dehinde I am meeting more people with Sickle Cell Disorder, who are achievers, despite living with the disease. One of them, Olutayo Faloye, is a 46-year-old warrior, who holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the Lagos State University. Asthmatic and sickly as a child, he was diagnosed with SCD at the age
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How long do you consider unhealthy for a couple to stay apart
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
In marriage, there are diverse situations and circumstances that could lead to distance coming between a husband and wife. Saturday PUNCH asked a cross-section of Nigerians how long they think is not healthy for couples to be apart and below are their responses: Over six months Gbemudu Micheal It is not ideal for married
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My sister was burnt to death with six months pregnancy Sibling of psychiatric patient mistaken for ritualist in Osun
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo The heart-breaking story of how Anuoluwapo Martins, a 36-year old psychiatric patient, who was mistaken for a ritualist and burnt to death by an irate mob in Ilesha, Osun state, would evoke pity even among demons. The incident, which happened on March 24, 2019, at a time Nigerians and the rest of
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Between sexually transmitted infections and fertility
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Dr. Abayomi Ajayi A lot of couples dont realise that some sexually transmitted infections can silently lead to infertility. Generally, STIs can affect a man and a womans ability to have children. The risk is particularly higher for women. It is quite common that three in four men and women, who are sexually active, will
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NPPC/Chevron sponsored IRDC inaugurates 54 projects in Delta
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture for partnering with his administration to develop oil producing communities in the state. Okowa gave the commendation at a two-day inauguration of 54 projects by the Itsekiri Regional Development Committee in Warri South-West and North local government areas of
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Physically challenged athletes protest alleged neglect in Ebonyi
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki Over 50 physically challenged athletes on Friday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, staged a peaceful protest over their inability to participate in the ongoing South-East Para-Athletic Games in Enugu. The athletes alleged that the Ebonyi State Sports Council denied them the opportunity to take part in the competition due to reasons best known
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