Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Friday 24th May 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

Police vow to end criminal siege to East-West Road
Fri, 24 May 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa In line with the Inspector-General of Polices directive to combat rising criminalities in the country, the Bayelsa State Police Command has formally launched the Operation Puff Adder. Speaking at the launch of the operation at the state police headquarters in Yenagoa, the Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, promised to end kidnapping and
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N80m fake shoe polish burnt in Anambra
Fri, 24 May 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka At least, 500,000 tins of fake Kiwi polish worth about N80m were, on Thursday, destroyed by burning in Awka, the Anambra State capital, following an order of a Federal High Court presided over by Justice I. B. Gafai. The court had granted Anton Piller order to ASCO Investment Limited, the Nigerian representative
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Abia market women protest N16,000 levy
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Some women trading at the Ahiaukwu Market in the Umuahia-South Local Government Area of Abia State have protested against a new N16,000 levy imposed on them by the Olokoro Welfare Association for the construction of a uniform table. They also threatened to go naked if nothing urgent was done on their complaints.
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Man attacks another, woman with machete in Enugu
Fri, 24 May 2019
Casmir Ogbonna, Enugu A mother of six, Mrs Nwaka Ezeja, was on Tuesday attacked with a machete by her neighbour, who is suspected to be mentally unstable. The suspect, identified as Onyekwere Aji, was said to have hit the woman, who was in the bush fetching grasses for her domestic animals, with a machete on
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Man jailed for molesting minor in Enugu
Fri, 24 May 2019
Casmir Ogbonna, Enugu Justice Rosemary Dugbo-Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has convicted a 41-year-old man, Joseph Chijioke, for turning his 13-year-old cousin into a sex machine. The court sentenced the convict to two years in prison with the option of a N250,000 fine. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking
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Persons with disabilities get N6m empowerment fund
Fri, 24 May 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo Twenty-four persons with disabilities in Akwa Ibom State have received N6m as seed money to start off different ventures. Twenty of the beneficiaries, who were shortlisted by the Niger Delta Development Commission, were trained for two weeks in different skills to qualify for the seed money. Four others also received four wheel
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NSCDC resolved 39,000 conflicts in three years UNDP
Fri, 24 May 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps resolved about 39,167 conflicts across the country between 2016 and 2018, the United Nations Development Programme has said. The UNDP noted that the NSCDC, through its Peace and Conflict Management Department, resolved 12,144 cases in 2016; 13,377 in 2017 and 13,646 in 2018. The UNDP
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Court issues bench warrant against ex-Niger gov, Nasko
Fri, 24 May 2019
Enyioha Opara, Minna A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, on Thursday, issued a bench warrant against a former governor of Niger State, Babaginda Aliyu, for failing to appear before it. The presiding judge, Justice Aminu Aliyu, also issued a warrant against the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the last general elections in the
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Police absolve woman, vulture of links to BHaram
Fri, 24 May 2019
Hindi Livinus, Yola The police in Yola, Adamawa State, have absolved a woman, Rukkayatu Salihu, 40, and her vulture of links to the Boko Haram sect. The police had held the woman and the bird in custody for about a week following allegations by residents of the Toungo Ward in the Maiha area of the
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Banditry: Katsina cancels Masaris inauguration activities
Fri, 24 May 2019
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Katsina State Government on Thursday cancelled the activities lined up for the inauguration ceremony of new administration in the state. The government cited the current security situation in the state for the cancellation. It also said that the cancellation was in honour of victims of bandits attacks in the state. A
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Apapa: Lagos asks police to clear trucks, denies permit claims
Fri, 24 May 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has given a go-ahead to the police and other security agencies to clear trucks parked illegally in the Apapa area and its environs. The state government denied giving permits to certain individuals, owners and drivers of articulated trucks to park under the Marine Bridge, Ijora, and other adjoining areas
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Ambode supports vulcanisers to upgrade operations
Fri, 24 May 2019
Samson Folarin The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has supported 1,000 vulcanisers in the state with tools to upgrade their operations and enhance their vocation. The beneficiaries, who were members of the Lagos State Vulcanisers Association drawn from the five divisions of the state, were given Ubiquitous Boxes (U-Box). The governor, during the distribution
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Polio: LASG refutes sabotage allegation
Fri, 24 May 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board has denied a report that a non-governmental organisation planned to undermine the oral vaccination campaign of the state by administering harmful vaccines to children. A statement on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Tayo Lawal, said the report was a misrepresentation
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Lack of dedicated teachers crippling education
Fri, 24 May 2019
Tare Youdeowei The Chief Executive Officer of Tender Age Childrens School, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Mrs Adebisi Salako, has said that the absence of devoted teachers is seriously affecting teaching and learning in Nigerian schools. Speaking during the 50th anniversary of the school, Salako called for a complete migration to Montessori and the teaching of presumed difficult
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Nigerias systemic sickness
Fri, 24 May 2019
Fola Ojo At every conjuncture in lifes expeditions, humans desire many things that many times are never achieved. We pursue answers to many toilsome questions to no avail. We dig hard and stubborn grounds for earths precious gems we never find. We shed tears of pain that never cease flowing. And we make specific moves
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Nigeria: Under siege and on the brink
Fri, 24 May 2019
Emmanuek NwaChukwu We have not been here before. There is a palpable sense of foreboding that we, in Nigeria, may indeed have passed the point of no return. An ominous wind is blowing from the North and in danger of engulfing the whole country. Everywhere you look, the story is the same hunger, fear,
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Mercy drops amidst the uncertainty
Fri, 24 May 2019
(In reading Newspapers] I always turn to the sports pages first, which record peoples accomplishments. The front page has nothing (to offer) but mans failures A former Chief Justice of the United States, Earl Warren Critical media are often accused of doting on woes, exhibiting our shortcomings and failings, hardly muttering a word about our
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Insecurity and destruction of the local economy
Fri, 24 May 2019
I used to ply the Ibadan- Akure road regularly until December 2016 when I almost ran into an ambush by armed robbers around Ilara-Mokin. I saw an oncoming vehicle flashing us on top speed. I told my driver it seemed something was amiss. He reduced his speed and it was another oncoming vehicle that screamed
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Is Nigeria a mining nation
Fri, 24 May 2019
The answer to the above question is definitely not. This my assessment is in spite of the deadly drama playing out in Zamfara State and other places. Many Nigerians, even the nominally unenlightened, know a thing or two about mining in South Africa. However, I have had occasion to draw attention, not to South Africa,
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Culture is significant in early childhood education, says Adenmosun
Fri, 24 May 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Chairperson, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education in Lagos State, Mrs Olusola Adenmosun, has said the organisation is ready to improve the quality of early childhood education by focusing on areas that will thoroughly impact knowledge in the child. Speaking during an event aimed at celebrating Childrens Day held at the University
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Tips on getting your bank loan approved
Fri, 24 May 2019
Getting a bank loan approved is not easy. In the light of recent economic troubles across nations, lenders are looking for a lot more in a loan applicant and are stricter. While there are several key areas lenders will be focusing on, it is important that you are ready to present the perfect, complete package
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Kidnapping on South-West highways
Fri, 24 May 2019
In the Trans-Atlantic slave trade era, slave raiders, called ipata, used to harvest people on footpaths and on farms in the Yoruba heartland. Their preferences were strapping young men and women and children. Successful, they moved their captives to the coastal settlements of Lagos and Badagry to be traded and shipped to the Americas. Sadly,
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Makupediall fix poor academic performance among pupils
Fri, 24 May 2019
A creative scientist, Mr Peter Matthews-Akukalia has invented the Makupedia, a mind database also known as Mind app, that allows pupils to ascertain their true human potentials and capabilities. According to him, the application would be a useful educational tool for brain analysis, energy processing and career pathfinding, as well as management. In a statement
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Treasury bills issuance falls by N1.153tn in one year
Fri, 24 May 2019
Nike Popoola The Nigerian Treasury Bills issued and allotted fell by N1.153tn in the 2018 financial period. The total value of NTBs issued and allotted was N3.34tn apiece, indicating a decline of N1.153tn or 25.65 per cent below what was alloted in 2017. The decrease was attributable largely to lower NTBs issued coupled with the
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11th TOSSEll give schools free legal aid, says Convener
Fri, 24 May 2019
The Convener of the Total School Support Seminar and Exhibition, Mrs Yinka Ogunde, has disclosed that at 11th edition of the education show billed for June 6 and 7, schools would be given free legal support and advise. In an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, Ogunde said the show, would have new features like
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Foreign investors dump more Nigerian shares
Fri, 24 May 2019
withdraw N166bn in four months Femi Asu The nations stock market suffered foreign investment outflows of N41bn in April, compared to N30.20bn in the previous month, Data obtained from the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday showed that foreign investors pulled out a total of N166.03bn from the market in the first four months of the
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Federal Executive Council divided on Nigeria Air Amaechi
Fri, 24 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Executive Council is divided on the modality for the establishment of the proposed national carrier called Nigeria Air, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced on Thursday. Amaechi, who disclosed this during his valedictory press briefing in Abuja, also revealed that China had insisted that Nigeria opened a sinking fund
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Reps ask Total to refund $592m to FG
Fri, 24 May 2019
direct NNPC/NAPIMS staff to refund $1m Sunday Aborisade and Femi Asu The House of Representatives, on Thursday, asked Total Exploration and Production Nigeria to refund $592m to the Federal Government. The decision was taken following the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Gas Resources led by Fred Agbedi. The committee investigated the
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FG approves $2.3bn for coastal rail line development
Fri, 24 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has approved the sum of $2.3bn for the development of a coastal rail line that will run through coastal states in the country. It was gathered that of the sum, $1.8bn would come as a loan from China, while the Federal Government would provide $500m as counterpart fund. The
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Lagos-Ibadan rail projectll be completed in 2020 CCECC
Fri, 24 May 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Executive Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Mr Jacques Liao, has given the assurance that the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail project, which is at 79 per cent completion, will be concluded in April next year. Liao, who made this disclosure while interacting with journalists at the corporate headquarters of the company in
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$22.2m Abacha loot spent on empowerment schemes FG
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday said that it had spent $22.216m out of the $322m recovered loot from the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, on various empowerment schemes. The spending, according to the government, is part of the strategic efforts to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty. It also rejected
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Telecom operators seek executive order to stop multiple taxes
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Stakeholders in the telecommunication industry are calling on the Federal Government to give an executive order that will stop state and local governments from imposing multiple and punitive levies on infrastructure. They said the issue of multiple taxes had defied all level of engagements held with the state governments, lingered for too long
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10 MAPs get permits to provide meters in Lagos, Kaduna
Fri, 24 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued permits to 10 Meter Asset Providers to supply meters to power consumers in Lagos and Kaduna states. According to NERC, the 10 MAPs are to supply meters to electricity consumers in the franchise areas of Eko Electricity Distribution Company and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company. The
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FG pays Chinese firm $12m to expand Abuja-Lafia road
Fri, 24 May 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Following the payment of $12m by the Federal Government, China Harbour Engineering Company Nigeria Limited, has mobilised to the Kugbo, Abuja axis to commence work on the expansion of the Abuja-Keffi carriageway and the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi Expressway. The Federal Government was expected to provide 15 per cent counterpart fund for the project while
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AB InBev to increase investment in Nigerian brewery to $400m
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa with agency report Anheuser-Busch InBev says it expects the total investment in its new brewery at Sagamu in Nigeria to be up to $400m. The Chief Executive of the company, Carlos Brito, made this known at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday. According to Reuters, Brito said the $250m brewery, which had
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Osun records increased revenue
Fri, 24 May 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo Osun State Government has announced a 6.26 per cent increase in its combined revenue for 2017 and 2018. This, it said, was made up of both Internally Generated Revenue and allocation from the Federal Government. The government said its revenue rose from N93,085,090,457.98 in 2017 to N99,307,720,655.30 in 2018, representing an increase
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Lagos eases procurement with software
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa The Lagos State Government has deployed electronic procurement software to the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency to facilitate ease of doing business in the state. A statement on Wednesday said that Kehinde Kassim & Co., a partner to Biddingo International, was selected to develop the e-procurement system, after a rigorous and transparent contractor-selection
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ABCON advises BDCs to activate official e-mails
Fri, 24 May 2019
Nike Popoola The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria has advised over 4,500 Central Bank of Nigeria licenced BDC operators to create or activate over 4,000 official/corporate emails on its platform and stop the use of Yahoo and Gmail for official communication. The President, ABCON Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the advice followed a
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Osinbajo hails ICT industry
Fri, 24 May 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, said on Thursday that Nigerias Information and Communications Technology industry is the fastest-growing in the world. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buharis plan was to use science and technology innovations to build a better future for the country. The Vice-President also gave the assurance that the government would put
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N4.6tn lost to non-implementation of import duty portal FG
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has commenced moves to block the over N4.61tn revenue lost to the non-implementation of the Import Duty Exemption Certificate portal. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said this when she received the Full Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the Import Duty Exemption Certificate project from the Infrastructure
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Maritime security: FG gets two helicopters, 20 speedboats
Fri, 24 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it had taken delivery of two helicopters, 20 speedboats and other key equipment needed to secure Nigerias waterways. In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari approved $195m for the purchase of security tools to secure the countrys waters, as well as curb criminal activities in the maritime
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SEC, NSE step up efforts to attract new listings
Fri, 24 May 2019
Femi Asu The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange have said they are working to make the processes of listing on the Exchange more efficient and cost-effective by streamlining the approval process between them. The streamlined process, which will come into effect on June 1, 2019, is aimed at reducing the regulatory
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Analysts expect profit-taking as stocks sustain rally
Fri, 24 May 2019
Femi Asu The nations stock market sustained its bullish run on Thursday, with analysts saying there might be some profit-taking activity in subsequent sessions. The All Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange rose by 1.07 per cent to close at 31,477.51 basis points while the market capitalisation of equities increased by N147bn to N13.864tn
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Sterling Bank tasks architects on low-cost houses
Fri, 24 May 2019
Nike Popoola Sterling Bank Plc has urged architects in the country to design buildings that are affordable for low-income earners which will make the bank to collaborate with them. The Executive Director, Corporate and Investment, Sterling Bank, Mr Yemi Odubiyi, said this at the closing ceremony of the Lagos Architects Forum 2019 with the theme,
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PZ Cussons promises shareholders better returns
Fri, 24 May 2019
Femi Asu PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc has said its shareholders and other stakeholders should expect better value in coming years, even as it restated its confidence in the Nigerian economy. The Chief Executive Officer, PZ Cussons Nigeria, Mr Christos Giannopoulos, said that having operated in Nigeria for 120 years and listed on the Nigerian Stock
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CAN, JNI clash over FGs radio station for herdsmen
Fri, 24 May 2019
Niyi Odebode, Eniola Akinkuotu,Olaleye Aluko, Adelani Adepegba, Godwin Isenyo and Godwin Isenyo The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria have clashed with the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar lll, over a radio licence acquired by the Federal Government to reach herdsmen. The
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NFIU guidelines: Ignore governors, NULGE tells Buhari
Fri, 24 May 2019
Mudiaga Affe The National Union of Local Government Employees on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the petition written by the Nigerian Governors Forum seeking to stop the implementation of the recent guidelines by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit on local government funds. The National President of NULGE, Ibrahim Khaleel, in another petition
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Students protest, warn Oshiomhole against imposing National Assembly leaders
Fri, 24 May 2019
The National Association of Nigerian Students on Thursday staged a protest at the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the partys National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged plan to impose candidates as presiding officers of the Ninth National Assembly. The student body also asked the APC
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Kano, Taraba assemblies pass 71 bills in four years
Fri, 24 May 2019
Ted Odogwu and Justin Tyopuusu The Kano and Taraba States Houses of Assembly passed a total of 71 bills in the last four years. While Kano State lawmakers passed 47 bills into law during the period, their counterparts in Taraba State passed 24 bills. Briefing journalists on the achievements of the Kano Assembly on Thursday,
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