Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Saturday 11th May 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Ogun didnt deny transition team access to facilities Amosuns aide
Sat, 11 May 2019
Afeez Hanafi The Ogun State Government on Friday refuted the claim that the transition committee of the Governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, was denied access to some state-owned facilities for inspection The Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Rotimi Durojaiye, in a statement on Friday described the allegation by the committee as false and
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Obaseki secures record deal for physically challenged artiste, Razalee
Sat, 11 May 2019
Timileyin Akinkahunsi The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has secured a three-year music recording deal for a physically challenged artiste, Samuel Aigbodion, also known as Razalee. The artiste had impressed the governor and other guests with his performance at the 2018 Alaghodaro Music Concert held in November 2018, which made the governor to
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Court stops Ganduje from splitting Kano emirate
Sat, 11 May 2019
John Ameh and Ted Odogwu, Kano A High Court sitting in Kano on Friday stopped Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the decentralisation of Kano Emirate. Ganduje had on Wednesday signed into a law a bill creating four additional emirates in the state. The court also stopped the Kano State House of Assembly and the attorney-general
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Troops over-run bandit hideouts, kill five suspects
Sat, 11 May 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Troops have raided and dislodged bandit camps at Gobirawan and Gidan Garba forests, killing five suspected bandits while others fled, abandoning their camps, following the superior fire power of the troops. The operatives also recovered four motorcycles, two AK47 rifles and one locally fabricated gun. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema
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Nigerian tests positive as Singapores first monkeypox case
Sat, 11 May 2019
Tobi Aworinde, Abuja A 38-year-old Nigerian has tested positive for monkeypox, the first case of the rare viral disease reported in Singapore. According to local reports, Singapores Ministry of Health confirmed its first case of monkeypox on Thursday. The unnamed patient, who reportedly lodged at Hotel 81 Orchid in Geylang, was said to be in
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Minimum wage: Labour warns as FG is set to disappoint workers
Sat, 11 May 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja There are indications that the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage for civil servants may not take effect this month. The Chairman of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Abdrafiu Adeniji, told our correspondent exclusively that despite President Muhammadu Buhari signing the National Minimum Wage Act into law in
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BHaram: 894 children released from armed group
Sat, 11 May 2019
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri No fewer than 894 children including 106 have been released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Borno State, the United Nations Childrens Fund confirmed on Friday. The move was aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children for the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in
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What would you do if you found out few weeks to your wedding that your partner had a serious health challenge
Sat, 11 May 2019
In relationships, partners always expect transparency from each other; however, for some reason, a partner may prefer to hide information about their health condition for fear of losing the relationship. Saturday PUNCH asked a cross-section of Nigerians what they would do if they found out about their partners serious health challenge few weeks to their
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Pain behind the beauty: Risks women take for plastic surgery
Sat, 11 May 2019
Timileyin Akinkahunsi Times are changing and so are the people, including many young Nigerians who have found the courage to seek alternative ways to enhance body parts they dont feel comfortable with. Today, many people, especially women, want more curves on various parts of their anatomy, particularly the chest and bum areas. Recently, some male
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Unspeakable cruelty: How policemen turn complainants to ATM, milk them dry
Sat, 11 May 2019
The police as a security agency is saddled with the responsibility of investigating and solving crimes at no cost to victims, but that is far from the reality in Nigeria, Afeez Hanafi writes For the over three decades he had spent on earth, Emeka Okpara had no reason to be in a police station over
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I got my best result after losing my leg Omaka
Sat, 11 May 2019
Chioma Omaka is a first-class graduate of the Nigerian Law School. The lawyer, who lost her right leg in an accident while on the verge of completing her law degree programme in 2015, tells TIMILEYIN AKINKAHUNSI how she was able to excel in her education despite the setback What situation led to your leg being
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Dealing with depression in youths
Sat, 11 May 2019
Ihuoma Chiedozie Everyone has times they feel sad and dont enjoy life. For some people the emotional pain becomes so severe or prolonged that it becomes a problem. This is depression. Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health conditions experienced by young people. Research findings suggest that most youths experience depression or
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Blackout to persist as power grid remains unstable TCN
Sat, 11 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The nationwide blackout experienced in most parts of the country on Wednesday and Thursday following a collapse of the power grid is to continue in some locations as the grid is still unstable despite efforts to have it fully restored. It was gathered on Friday from the Transmission Company of Nigeria that
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Poor power supply: Alimosho residents slam Ikeja Electric, petition NERC
Sat, 11 May 2019
Alexander Okere A group, Joint Action Committee of all Local Council Development Areas of Alimosho Local Government, has petitioned the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission over the poor power supply, which has crippled economic activities in Alimosho, Lagos. The group urged NERC to intervene before it results in total collapse of businesses in the area. In
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MAPs to deploy 900,000 meters in Abuja, others
Sat, 11 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Three meter asset providers on Friday announced their readiness to commence the deployment of prepaid meters to about 900,000 unmetered power users. in Abuja Consumers to benefit from the deployment of the meters by the three MAPs Mojec International, Turbo Energy and Meron – are those located in the Federal Capital
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Emefieles nomination: Stock market nears two-year low
Sat, 11 May 2019
Feyisayo Popoola with agency report Nigerian stocks dropped to almost a two-year low on Friday as investors viewed the re-appointment of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, as a sign that there may be no change to the monetary policy that has kept liquidity tight, traders told Reuters. President Muhammadu
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Violation of Nigerian data protection law attracts N2m fine, others
Sat, 11 May 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Nigerians and businesses risk losing N2m or more to the government for violating the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019. The National Information Technology Development Agency made this known on Wednesday in a public notice signed by the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NITDA, Dr Isa Patanmi. The agency said it commenced the implementation of the
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Climate change: UK firms face delisting from LSE
Sat, 11 May 2019
Companies in the United Kingdom failing to tackle climate change would be delisted from the London Stock Exchange under radical plans for greening the economy being drawn up by Labour. As reported by Reuters, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said he would consider changing the law if necessary to force UK-listed firms to take adequate
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Volvo cuts labour force, reviews other staff costs
Sat, 11 May 2019
Swedish carmaker Volvo, which is owned by Chinas Geely, is cutting several hundred jobs, Swedish radio reported on Friday citing sources. Reuters reports the carmaker, whose number of employees has more than doubled over the past decade to about 43,000, confirmed it was reviewing staff and other costs to ensure its business had the right
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Abraaj founder gets more time to raise 15m bail
Sat, 11 May 2019
The Pakistani founder of Abraaj Group, once one of the largest emerging markets for private equity investors, has been given more time to raise a 15m pound ($19.5m) bail by a London court, a court official said on Friday. According to Reuters, Arif Naqvi was arrested in Britain last month and has been awaiting possible
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Citigroup appoints new CFO
Sat, 11 May 2019
Citigroup Inc said on Friday that its investor relations head will become a chief financial officer of its consumer banking unit. Susan Kendall, who has been with the bank for a decade, joins Citis Global Consumer Bank at a time when the business is trying to jump-start domestic growth, Reuters reported. We are pleased to
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Business leaders need mentoring to grow sustainable businesses
Sat, 11 May 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa The Founder, Ausso Leadership Academy, Mr Austin Okere, has reiterated the importance of mentoring to building sustainable businesses that will grow the economy. Speaking at the first anniversary and graduation of the sixth business and entrepreneurship masterclass of the academy in Lagos, Okere said the academy was celebrating one year of providing the
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Uber shifts into reverse in disappointing Wall Street debut
Sat, 11 May 2019
Uber shares skidded Friday in a disappointing Wall Street debut following a massive public offering from the global ride-hailing giant. After pricing at $45 for the initial public offering (IPO) translating to a market value of $82 billion Uber shares began the trading day lower, and closed with a loss of 7.6 percent
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Insufficient manpower: Police settle for part-time special constables
Sat, 11 May 2019
Pastors, Imams, teachers, journalists to get special consideration Well recruit 15,000-25,000 men annually for five years Psc Adelani Adepegba, Abuja As part of measures to check rising insecurity in the face of insufficient manpower in Nigerias police force, the Force has concluded plans to engage thousands of Special Constables to work with conventional policemen in
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University degrees no longer meal ticket, Buhari tells graduates
Sat, 11 May 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka President Muhammadu Buhari has reminded Nigerian graduates that earning a university degree is no longer a meal ticket. Buhari stated this on Friday at the 13th Convocation for the conferment of higher degrees, postgraduate diplomas and honorary degrees of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. He told the graduates that university
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Insecurity: Well continue to meet with Miyetti Allah, others Presidency
Sat, 11 May 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Presidency on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to engage in dialogue with all stakeholders in a bid to tackle the security challenges facing the country. It said engaging groups such as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in dialogue was part of the
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Bayelsa gov poll: Group urges APC leaders to join forces with Sylva
Sat, 11 May 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa Ahead the November 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, a group has called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress to accept the choice of a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, as governorship candidate. The group, called Sylva Sure Deal, described the former governor as its preferred candidate for the
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Return to your ancestral home, Ayade tells displaced Cross River indigenes
Sat, 11 May 2019
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki Governor Ben Ayade has urged indigenes of the state currently taking refuge in Ebonyi and Abia states to return to their ancestral home. This came barely 72 hours after over 2,000 Ebonyi indigenes were evicted from Ekajiok community in the Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State. According to the governor,
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NAFDAC arrests 10 for selling unregistered bread
Sat, 11 May 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control have on Friday arrested 10 persons in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for selling unregistered bread. NAFDAC also impounded four vehicles used in selling the unregistered products in Rumuokoro, Rukpokwu and other places within Port Harcourt metropolis. Officials
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Group seeks revival of ALSCON in Akwa Ibom
Sat, 11 May 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo The Managing Director of the Ikot-Abasi Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mrs Peace Edem, on Friday expressed disappointment with the continuous closure of the Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria, located in Ikot-Abasi Local Government Area of the Akwa Ibom State. The company was forced to shut down production beginning from
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Uber seeks $82.4bn IPO valuation
Sat, 11 May 2019
Uber is seeking a valuation of $82.4bn, less than the $100bn it was hoping for, but still making it one of the largest Initial Public Offerings of all time, and one of the most hotly anticipated stock market listings in the tech world since Facebook made its Wall Street debut seven years ago. The Guardian
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Ijaw nation ready to work with Dokubo, says Presidential Amnesty Office
Sat, 11 May 2019
Alexander Okere The Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday said leaders of the Ijaw nation had expressed willingness to work with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, in refocusing the programme for the sustenance of peace and development in the Niger Delta region. The office dismissed
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Group knocks Ahmed, Kwara Assembly over appointments
Sat, 11 May 2019
A group, Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative, has criticised the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and the House of Assembly over recent appointments by the state government. The group, in a statement by its Executive Director, Sensitisation, Mr Remi Adebayo, described the decision of the governor to appoint individuals into key offices, barely three
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Osun Assembly lauds Appeal panel over Oyetolas victory
Sat, 11 May 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo The Osun State House of Assembly has commended judges in the Court of Appeal panel that sat on the matters relating to the last governorship election in the state for being thorough in their judgment. The Assembly, in a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, described
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NSITF crisis: Ngige tells workers to disregard NLC protest call
Sat, 11 May 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Friday Olokor, Abuja The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Friday called on workers to disregard the call by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, for a protest on Monday. The NLC staged a protest against the minister on Wednesday for the non-inauguration of the board
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FG moves to check earthquakes, building collapse
Sat, 11 May 2019
James Abraham, Jos The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, says the Federal Government is committed to addressing the challenge posed by earthquakes and other natural disasters in the country. Onu gave the assurance while inaugurating the Earthquake Network and Monitoring Centre in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday. He recalled
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Nobody offered us N100bn to stop killings Miyetti Allah
Sat, 11 May 2019
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Taraba State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed Sahabi, has said the association is not in support of the killings in Zamfara State. The MACBAN chief also denied reports they were offered N100bn by the Federal Government to help stop bandits from killing people in parts
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Ex-APC spokesman accuses Ganduje of victimising Sanusi
Sat, 11 May 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, on Friday accused the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, of victimising the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi. He described the recent creation of four additional emirates as a political vendetta aimed at making the Kano emirate under Sanusi irrelevant.
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N2.1bn fraud: Prosecutor accuses witness of changing testimony
Sat, 11 May 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The N2.1bn fraud trial of the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was adjourned on Friday after the prosecutor accused his 14th witness, Olawale Aladegbola, a banker, of giving a testimony different from what he had earlier told investigators. The prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the judge to adjourn the case to
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Senate leadership: Ndume insists on bid, moots consensus
Sat, 11 May 2019
Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu An aspirant for the position of the President of the Senate in the ninth National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, said on Thursday that he was open to consensus even as he restated his opposition to the imposition of a leader by his party, the All Progressives Party, on the Senate.
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APC targets Omo-Agege, Wase for DSP, deputy speaker
Sat, 11 May 2019
Kamarudeen Ogundele The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has settled for the Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, as the deputy Senate President for the Ninth National Assembly, Saturday PUNCH confirmed on Thursday. Although no official declaration has been made by the party, it was learnt that the senator received overwhelming endorsement of
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How we wooed South-West to form APC Buhari
Sat, 11 May 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Progressive Governors Forum on Friday honoured President Muhammadu Buhari and seven All Progressives Congress governors. The governors were Rochas Okorocha (Imo State); Alhaji Kashim Shettima (Borno State); Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State); Ibrahim Giadam (Yobe State); and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara State). Former Osun State
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Malabu: FG accuses Jonathan, Diezani of taking bribes, says Report
Sat, 11 May 2019
Femi Asu with agency report The Federal Government has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, of accepting bribes and breaking the countrys laws to broker a $1.3bn oil deal eight years ago, a London court filing shows. The deal, in which Royal Dutch Shell and Eni jointly
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Abdusalami restates call for peaceful coexistence
Sat, 11 May 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin General Abdusalami Abubakar on Friday said peaceful coexistence among Nigerians would engender the development of the country. The former Head of State made the call at the 20th anniversary of Igbinedion University Okada, Edo State. He said, Without peace, there would not be any university in the country. Abdusalami, who was in
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A Court dismisses Onnoghens appeals, faults CCTs suspension order
Sat, 11 May 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday threw out four appeals filed by former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, regarding his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. But the court in its one of the four unanimous judgments of the three-man panel, faulted the ex parte
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Lagos Assembly refuses to transfer budget to Ambode
Sat, 11 May 2019
Samson Folarin About two weeks after the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the 2019 budget, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has yet to receive it, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondent gathered that the Assembly might be awaiting May 29 when the governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would be sworn into office. A source told our correspondent that
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JAMB releases 2019 UTME results today, parades worker for fraud
Sat, 11 May 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Friday that the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would be released formally on Saturday (today). The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this at the boards headquarters in Abuja, while parading a staff member of the examination board, Mr Adamu Musa,
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NDE partners Ekiti group on skill acquisition
Sat, 11 May 2019
A socio-cultural group, Ekiti Parapo, Lagos, says it is partnering the National Directorate of Employment on a skill acquisition programme aimed at making unemployed Nigerians self-reliant. The President of the group, Dare Ojo, explained that programme, which was inaugurated in November, 2018, by the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was focusing on a
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