Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 3rd May 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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Vicious conduct belies desirable values
Fri, 03 May 2019
It is now common knowledge that where two or three diaspora Nigerians gather, top on their informal discussion agenda is the state of the nation. Between two strangers, a typical ice breaker goes thus:How are you doing’ Hope youre hearing from folks back home’We thank God o! What else do we hear about than the usual: kidnapping here, cultism there, armed robbery in between’Of course, between friends and relations, it is the stuff that every phone conversation and/or every WhatsApp
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Suspects held in abduction of Buharis hometown head
Fri, 03 May 2019
The police in Katsina have arrested suspects connected with the kidnapping of Alhaji Musa Umar, the district head of Daura, President Muhammadu Buharis hometown.Special Assistant to the President on Social Media Lauretta Onochie broke the news on her twitter handle yesterday.Police in Katsina State said the suspects in connection with the abduction of Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba, who was abducted at his residence, have been arrested, she tweeted.The kidnappers stormed Umars Daura reside
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132 firms bid to buy 14 cargoes of Nigerian crude monthly
Fri, 03 May 2019
ONE hundred and thirty-two local and international companies yesterday offered to buy 14 cargoes of Nigerian crude oil monthly in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) 2019/2020 Direct Sale and Direct Purchase (DSDP) bid opening in Abuja.Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru, who presided over the opening, said that the corporation would receive about 14 billion litres in a year as exchange for the crude.Well, we are looking at about 14 cargoes a month kind of situation and abou
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Saudi releases another Nigerian
Fri, 03 May 2019
AFTER four months in detention, a Nigerian arrested for drug trafficking was released yesterday by the Saudi authorities.Ibrahim Abubakars release had been announced on Monday by Suleiman Mustapha, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Abubakars release came two days after Zainab Aliyu, a student of the Maitama Sule University, Kano, regained freedom after being detained by the Saudi authorities for alleged possession of Tramadol, a banned drug.President Muhammadu Buhari had
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178 House members endorse Gbajabiamila
Fri, 03 May 2019
Femi Gbajabiamiilas battle for House of Representatives Speaker got a boost yesterday as 178 new members-elect endorsed his ambition.His spokesman Olanrewaju Smart said the lawmakers made the proclamation at New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.He said the lawmakers were drawn from various political parties.A member-elect, Onofiuk Luke, who is the Akwa-Ibom State House of Assembly Speaker, spoke for the lawmakers.He said they were endorsing the House Leader because of his sterling qualities and the fact tha
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Alleged N2.5b fraud: NBC DG Kawu charged
Fri, 03 May 2019
Trial of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Chairman Dr Ishaq Modibbo Kawu and two others will begin today in the N2.5billion fraud charge preferred against them.They pleaded not guilty to the charge yesterday when they were arraigned before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.The others are Pinnacle Communications Limited (PCL) Chairman Lucky Omoluwa and the Chief Operating Officer Dipo Onifade.They were accused of complicity in the misappropriation of the N2.5
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Malabu Scandal: Documents show British executive received money from Etete
Fri, 03 May 2019
Fresh details have shown a British executive as a recipient of millions of pounds from the multi-billion dollar Malabu oil deal.Peter Bosworth and trading firm, Arcadia Petroleum, have been named in multiple court documents as among the recipients of funds from the deal, documents obtained by Finance Uncovered, and The Times, have reported.The Malabu deal is the subject of criminal proceedings in Milan, Italy. Two middlemen have been convicted in one case, while Shell and Eni, two multinationals
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Saraki, Dogara, Tinubu and National Assembly Leadership
Fri, 03 May 2019
To Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubus stand on the incoming Ninth National Assembly leadership is informed by what they called selfish reasons. But former President Goodluck Jonathans aide Dr. Sanya Awosan disagrees with them. In this piece, he lauds Tinubu for putting party first before self, and standing by the APCs choice for Senate president and Speaker.In their responses to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubus
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EFCC accuses businessman of stealing $59,220 erroneous transfer
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that a businessman, James Olaoluwaniyi, allegedly converted $59,220 erroneously transferred to his account.In a counter-affidavit to Olaoluwaniyis fundamental rights suit, EFCC said it received a petition last June 12 against the applicant over the moneys fraudulent conversion.The commission said the applicant admitted to have converted the fund, but claimed he was expecting money from a business p
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Jonathan leads mission to monitor South Africas general election
Fri, 03 May 2019
Former President Goodluck Jonathan arrived yesterday in South Africa, where he will lead an observer mission to monitor the countrys general election scheduled for May 8.In a series of tweets, Jonathan said he would be heading the election observer mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).The former president said democracy in the continent of Africa has indeed turned the corner as many countries are now holding peaceful elections.He said this has put power i
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IPOB declares May 30 sit-at-home
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared May 30 sit-at-home day throughout Biafraland and Nigeria in remembrance of its fallen heroes and heroines.The group urged religious institutions to offer special prayers on May 29 for Biafran heroes murdered in cold blood.A statement yesterday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said the day would be a time to remember victims of Boko Haram and herdsmen attacks.It explained that Biafraland would be in total lock down as there w
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Kogi poll: Can Yahaya get second term
Fri, 03 May 2019
Many cheiftains of Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) and other eminent indigenes are up in arms against Governor Yahaya Bello over his second term ambition. George Oyedepo examines his chances at the primary and the governorship election.Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has not presided over an efficient administration in the last four years. To many people, he has brought disgrace to the advocates of inclusion of youths in governanceRecently, former Kogi State Governor Ibrahim Idris
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When will peace return to Rivers APC
Fri, 03 May 2019
Supporters of the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC), Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe have resumed their hostilities.Amaechis associate, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze has alleged plans by Abe to eliminate him. The senator said the allegation was a figment of imagination. But, Eze is adamant, saying that Abe is a supporter of the governor.Governor Nyesom Wike, on collecting his certificate of return after the controversial elections that returned him to power, offere
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Katsina APC: The power of political structure
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Katsina State All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council headed by Mustapha Inuwa has been acknowledged by the partys national leadership as very efficient and result-oriented. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE highlights the factors that made the formidable structure a model and reference point in the ruling party.THE recent general elections were very peaceful in Katsina State. The feat was clearly a departure from the 2011 and 2015 elections. Governor Aminu Bello Masari told visiting American Ambass
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Bindow, aides entitled to severance benefits
Fri, 03 May 2019
Mr Mapida Ikwurunyi, Coordinator, Justice Frontier Forum, says that Gov. Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa and his aides have the right to receive severance allowances.Ikwurunyi made the clarification on Thursday while briefing newsmen in Yola.NAN reports that there are publications that Bindow has paid the exit allowance to himself.He insisted that the law did not limit the powers of any sitting governor or outgoing governor from paying the severance package to himself and that of his appointees.The g
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Stakeholders call for child labour elimination
Fri, 03 May 2019
Stakeholders have been urged to unite in their efforts to eliminate child labour in the country.The charge was given by speakers at a seminar by the Oyo State Steering Committee on Child Labour in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The final draft of the State Action Plan (SAP) on child labour elimination was presented at the event.Speaking on Impact of child labour responses in agro communities, the Head of Leaf, British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), Oluwakayode Oshodi, decried the prevalence of
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FCMB, SystemSpecs unveil payroll solution
Fri, 03 May 2019
First City Monument Bank (FCMB), has partnered SystemSpecs to introduce a payroll solution designed to meet the yearnings of thousands of its SME customers seeking efficient, easy-to-use and affordable business tools to seamlessly operate their businesses.The product tagged, FCMB Payroll comes with exciting features that enable SME owners to easily process payroll; pay employee salaries into commercial/micro-finance bank accounts or wallets and issue them regular pay slips. To all staff of any c
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Oil workers to Buhari: end fuel importation
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the nations reliance on imported petroleum products.The oil workers promised to give the President the necessary support to put an end to the shame of importing products for local consumption.NUPENG President Comrade Williams Akporeha made the call at a press briefing in Lagos. He said the union would resist any policy that would impact negatively on the oil and gas industry.He said the ov
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MBA Forex, partners plan investors summit in Lagos
Fri, 03 May 2019
MBA Forex International has partnered with AFX Group UK and Fintec Global Markets to hold a financial investors summit in Lagos. The event is meant to change the narrative about Foreign Exchange investment in Nigeria.Speaking ahead of the event holding on Saturday, May 4, 2019 , at D Podium Event Centre, Lagos, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MBA Forex International, Maxwell Odum, said the company is working tirelessly to push the Forex Market forward in Nigeria.Odum said the conf
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Upping the export
Fri, 03 May 2019
Those in the export business are looking inwards, cultivating safe and high-quality commodities to reduce or, possibly, halt the rejection of export-bound products at the international market, DANIEL ESSIET reports.The Managing Director, Vintage Farms and Products, Chief Mike Elechi, is positioning himself to earn revenue from exports.As part of such effort, he has been engaging his employees on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) such as restriction on the use of pesticides and fungicides in cult
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Technologies ll enhance Nigerias relevance, competitiveness
Fri, 03 May 2019
For Nigeria to be relevant and take advantage of opportunities offered by the emerging fourth industrial revolution, there is the urgent for the country to step up the use of new technologies to ease peoples lives and promote knowledge, development, welfare and trade.Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) President Oluwatoyin Akomolafe said this at a business luncheon sponsored by MainOne and Itex Solutions in Lagos, during the week.Speaking on the theme: The Fourth Industrial Revolution a
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Oyo NLC: No excuse for governors not to pay N30,000 minimum wage
Fri, 03 May 2019
In another development, the new Chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, has said that there is no excuse for governors not to start paying the N30,000 minimum wage immediately.Speaking after the election at the NLC delegates conference at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan, Titilola-Sodo said the minimum wage was law binding on the 36 governors.He said: The implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage should be immediate without further del
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Jaiz Bank grows Q1 profit by 244%
Fri, 03 May 2019
Jaiz Bank Plc recorded well-rounded performance in the first quarter of this year as Nigerias pioneer non-interest commercial bank continued to improve its cost efficiency and risk management.Key extracts of the three-month report for the period ended March 31, 2019 released yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that gross earnings rose by 38.7 per cent while pre and post-tax profits jumped by 225.08 per cent and 244.19 per cent respectively. Earnings per share rose by 190 per ce
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Govt plans special economic zones
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Federal Government has announced plans to double manufacturing output to 20 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) within six years . It also disclosed plans to set up production hubs across the country in partnership with regional aid banks.Nigeria has maintained a strong currency to ensure it can keep imports pouring in, with a growing proportion coming from China.Project MINEs (Made in Nigeria for Export) strategic objectives are to increase (the) manufacturing sectors contribution to G
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ICAN lauds Dangote on economic growth, job creation
Fri, 03 May 2019
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has lauded the pioneering roles of pan-African conglomerate, Dangote Group in shaping the economy for the benefit of Nigerians and other African countries.It praised the management of the company for the giant strides it has been undertaking in manufacturing business to make the country self-sufficient in a number of commodities that would have otherwise made the nation spend huge foreign exchange in importing.Its President, Razak Jayeola
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