Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Monday 10th June 2019.

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

The thief and saint called Abacha
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tunde Odesola Fragile but brutal, life is the mortal combat that grinds slowly but surely. The Yoruba explain this paradox in their worldview description of life as being as delicate as an egg (aye gbege), and as tough as war (ogun laye). However, some of lifes true essence lay in mans simplest activities such as
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Ihedioha still behaving like a lawmaker on oversight function Okorocha
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has accused his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, of behaving as if he is still in the House of Representatives. Okorocha said this in a statement in Owerri, the state capital, on Sunday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo. He said instead of Ihedioha to start
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Buhari accepts Onnoghens retirement, wants more five SCourt justices appointed
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has written the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, to initiate the process of appointing five new justices of the Supreme Court. The Presidents decision was made public on Sunday in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu. Buhari also
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Like MKO Abiola, like Leah Sharibu
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Henry Boyo The late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was the acclaimed, legitimate winner of the 1993 presidential election, which was purportedly conducted to usher in a democratic administration after Gen Ibrahim Babangidas eight years as Nigerias sole military President. Inexplicably, however, Babangida annulled the nationally celebrated result, even though he readily admitted, in his broadcast
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Kwara gov promises to fulfill campaign promises to avoid disgrace
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin Governor Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, has said he is determined to deliver his campaign promises to the people so that he will not be disgraced out of office like those that served before him. According to a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor
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Mr. President, it is time to get it right
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Eze Onyekpere It has been 12 days since Muhammadu Buhari took a new oath of office which would enable him govern Nigeria for the next four years as the President and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces. Before the elections, one could hear Nigerians yearn for change, a new way of doing things, improvement in
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CBN blocks smugglers accounts in textile, rice, palm oil industries
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has said the bank has blocked the accounts of some smugglers sabotaging Nigerias economy in the textile, rice and palm oil industry. Emefiele said this, during an interview at the roundtable session on developing a road map for greater growth and job creation in Nigeria,
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Refineries lose N231bn under Buhari amid delayed repairs
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
The nations refineries suffered huge losses in the first four years of President Muhammadu Buharis administration as they were left in a state of disrepair, FEMI ASU writes Federal Government-owned refineries, located in Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri, lost over N231bn in the last four years as the proposed rehabilitation of the plants suffered a
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Nasarawa to work with NASENI to harness solid minerals
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Governor Abdullahi Sani has pledged to work with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure to add value to the solid minerals in the state. Sani made the pledge when the Executive Vice- Chairman of NASENI, Prof Mohammed Haruna, visited him on Friday, according to a statement made available to our
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Petroleum products consumption increase as NNPC makes N174.6bn
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The consumption of white petroleum products across the country increased by about 30 million litres within one month, rising from the 1.33 billion litres consumed in February this year to 1.36 billion litres in March. Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation made a total of N174.62bn from the sale of white petroleum
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LCCI calls for concessionary tax rate for SMEs
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the concessionary tax rate for the Small and Medium Enterprise sector of the economy. Making the call in a communiqu issued at the end of its council meeting held over the weekend, the LCCI noted that small businesses were more vulnerable to the
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Remove petrol subsidy, FSDH advises FG
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola There are more compelling reasons now than before for the Federal Government to remove the petroleum subsidy, and channel the money into some other social intervention programmes of the government that had direct impacts on the poor in view of the low government revenue. The FSDH Merchant Bank stated this in its monthly
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Air France to eliminate 210 million plastic items by year end
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi In commemoration of the World Environment Day, Air France has announced its decision to eliminate about 210 single-use plastic items onboard its flight by the end of the year. It is the end of the road for plastic cutlery, cups, stirrers etc. For this years World Environment Day, passengers on flight AF378 from
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How to avoid bank charges
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
With a lot of people struggling to pay debts, people need to watch their bank accounts closely for unnecessary charges. Even a handful of bank charges could push a person deeper into debt, making it difficult to recover financially. Follow these essential tips to avoid bank charges and keep the money that belongs to you,
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Oando got a fair hearing before penalties SEC
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Femi Asu The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Sunday that Oando Plc was provided sufficient opportunity of being heard before it was penalised. SEC said in a statement that its attention had been drawn to various reports questioning its regulatory authority and insinuating a lack of due process in the investigations of the oil
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Nigeria ranks highest in piracy, vessel stowaways Insurance report
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola Nigeria overtook Indonesia in global piracy incidents in the maritime sector, accounting for one out of every four reported cases in 2018, according to the latest report by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, a global corporate insurance carrier and a key business unit of Allianz Group. The report also revealed that Nigerias port
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CIIN recounts achievement in capacity development
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria has said it has recorded landmarks in human capital development in the country. In a statement, the institute said it was set to commemorate its 60th anniversary with a schedule of activities to acknowledge the institutes contribution to the development of manpower in the country in the
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Mortgage market active in May Report
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
A strong performance in April was followed by an equally active May for the UK mortgage market, which showed no signs of being affected by the slowdown facing the property sector. There were 65,801 residential mortgages approved during May 2019, up 1.2 per cent compared to the same month in 2018, according to the data
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Engineers seek consortium to bridge infrastructure gap
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
The Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lagos State branch, Mr Musliudeen Agoro, has urged local engineers to form consortium to handle big projects to bridge Nigerias infrastructure gap. Agoro, who made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, said that forming consortium of engineers remained the only way the local engineers could
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Institution calls for building, construction processes compliance
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called for strict enforcement and compliance to standards in the building and the construction industry to curtail unethical practices. The chairman of the institution, Mr Gbenga Ismail, made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Ismail said that the institution had observed
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Lekki-Epe: Calls for infrastructure rise as real estate investments boom
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi As real estate developments continue to spring up around the Lekki-Epe axis, and in particular the Lekki Free Trade Zone, there are calls for the Lagos State Government as well as the Federal Government to address road infrastructure in the area. The Lekki Free Trade Zone, spanning across 16,500 hectares of land and
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Abuja housing show to host 400 exhibitors, others
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Over 400 exhibitors and 20, 000 participants have indicated interest to attend this years Abuja International Housing Show, the organiser has said. The organising firm, Fesadeb Communications Limited, said expectations for this years edition were very high as local and international exhibitors had confirmed attendance and readiness to showcase their latest products and
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Firm, foreign partners unveil interiors business
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi An indigenous office design and build company, Space and Array Design Limited has partnered with an international firm to open a new fit-out and interiors division in Abuja. The firm said over the years, it had evolved to creating exceptional commercial spaces to encourage such collaboration in the workplace thereby increasing productivity and
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LafargeHolcim opens visionary design concepts in construction projects award
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Global cement and concrete company, LafargeHolcim says it seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence for its construction projects award. LafargeHolcim said since 2003, its foundation had advanced the discourse on sustainable construction mainly through its awards, which
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State of OOUTH, worse than deplorable, says Ogun gov
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has lamented the poor state of the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, describing it as worse than deplorable. The governor, who paid an inspection to the state teaching hospital on Sunday, said the buildings and facilities in the hospital were substandard. Abiodun added that the report
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SERAP, others ask court to stop NASS N4.68bn allowance
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project; BudgIT and Enough is Enough Nigeria have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying the incoming members of the 9th National Assembly N4.68bn as take-off alloawnce. The suit was filed before the court in Lagos on Friday.
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Battle for Senate presidency hots up as Lawan, Ndume meet PDP senators-elect
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Sunday Aborisade and Tony Okafor The two contenders for the position of the Senate presidency on Sunday intensified efforts to woo senators-elect ahead of Tuesdays election for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. While the immediate past Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, met the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and
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Scores killed as bandits attack five Sokoto villages
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Adeniyi Olugbemi and John Charles Bandits struck in Rabah and Isa local governments areas of Sokoto State, in simultaneous and coordinated attacks on Saturday evening and killed over 50 people in five villages. The victims were buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the state and some other government functionaries attended
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Saraki donates severance allowance to Leah Sharibus family, others
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja President of the Eighth Senate, Bukola Saraki, has asked the National Assembly management to distribute his severance allowance to the families of three victims of the insurgency in the North-East geopolitical zone being perpetrated by Boko Haram. He also said children of late senators in need of financial assistance should also benefit
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Olubadan warns against violence as Egungun festival begins
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday called for peaceful celebration as this years Egungun festival begins. The first-class monarch gave the advice at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace in his message to the people of Ibadan. Noting that the Egungun festival is a month-long celebration of the rich custom
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Insecurity: DAWN hails South-West govs on joint efforts to save Yorubaland
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Ademola Babalola and Olaleye Aluko The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission on Sunday hailed governors in the region for coming together to hold a security summit as a strategy to combat the growing insecurity challenge in Yorubaland. The Director General of the DAWN commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye, in a press statement said with the
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Dasuki: Panel to begin hearing on alleged misconduct against ex-AGF, Malami
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Disciplinary Panel of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee is to open hearing on an allegation of professional misconduct filed against the immediate-past attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN). The hearing is scheduled to begin on June 14. In an interview with our correspondent on Saturday,
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Were compiling findings on corrupt judges Onnoghens petitioner, Aghanya
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The author of the petition against former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, Dennis Aghanya, has said his group is compiling findings on the activities of other judges soiling their hands. Aghanya, who is the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption and Research Based-data Initiative, said on Sunday that it would forward its
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Ajimobi, commissioners, others went away with many govt vehicles Oyo govt
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and his commissioners went away with many government vehicles and sold off a lot more for pittance, especially new vehicles bought at the end of 2018 and early this year. Bisi Ilaka, Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde, made the revelation
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Ondo gov wants more persons in amnesty programme
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has called for the inclusion of more persons in the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Akeredolu, according to a statement on Sunday, made the call in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator, PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo,
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Elections: ASUU plans code of conduct for members
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja The Academic Staff Union of Universities is planning a code of conduct for its members that will participate in subsequent elections in Nigeria, the unions President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has stated. He said the code will guide its members participation in the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states and
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Two weeks after, Buharis first term cabinet still intact on FG websites
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government is still retaining President Muhammadu Buharis first term cabinet members on the list of political appointees on its official websites, The PUNCHs check has revealed. The official websites where the names of Buharis appointees were still visible as of 5pm on Sunday were that of the State House, statehouse.gov.ng,
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JAMB, varsities set cut-off marks for 2019 admission Tuesday
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board will hold a policy meeting with universities and other tertiary institutions across the country on Tuesday to decide the cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions for the 2019/2020 academic session. JAMB, which disclosed this in its weekly bulletin on Sunday, noted that the policy meeting
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Engage monarchs, youths against criminals, YCE tells South-West govs
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Secretary of Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, on Sunday urged the six South-West governors to mobilise traditional rulers, youths and other interested bodies to work with security agencies to comb forests in the area to dislodge kidnappers, bandits and other criminals from their hideouts. Olajide advised President Muhammadu
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Fayemi to retain EKSU medical graduates
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said the state government will retain graduates of Ekiti State University College of Medicine willing to work in the state-owned health facilities. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi made the promise in Ado Ekiti while
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Usman assumes office as Niger CP
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Enyioha Opara, Minna A new Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman, has taken charge of the Niger State Command. Usmans posting followed the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Umar, after years of meritorious service to the nation. The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Mohammad Abubakar, confirmed the development to Northern City News in Minna
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Ogun seeks support of traditional rulers over construction of rural roads
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Ogun State government has sought the support and collaboration of monarchs and their subjects for the success of the construction of rural roads and upgrade of markets in the agrarian local government areas of the state. The social safeguard officer for the state project implementation unit of the rural access and agricultural
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Air pollution: Institute proposes ban on old vehicles
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe The Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers has proposed a ban on vehicles older than 10 years from plying the countrys highways. It also urged the Lagos State Government to consider the reassignment of officials of the Vehicle Inspection Service to roads to check rickety vehicles that could constitute environmental nuisance. The institute said
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AIICO, Edubridge support graduate devt
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
AIICO Pension is partnering Edubridge Academy to support capacity building for young graduates to acquire requisite skills. According to a statement by AIICO Pension, EduBridge Academy has increased access to jobs for unemployed graduates in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya and connected unemployed youths to the labour market by teaching them the skills that employers require.
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Niger acting Chief Judge frees 27 prison inmates
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State acting Chief Judge, Justice Ahmed Bima, on Sunday, released 27 inmates from the Minna Medium Security Prison. Bima announced the gesture during a visit to the facility as part of efforts to reduce prison congestion. Some of the inmates, who were held in the Minna Medium Security Prison, Tunga,
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LASG to prosecute 10 drivers for traffic offences
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Government through the Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) is set to prosecute 10 drivers arrested for driving against traffic. The drivers were arrested in the Dopemu, Iyana-Ipaja, Agege and Mile 2 areas of the state and were said to have contravened Scheduled (1) Item 27 of the
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Ogun traders petition against alleged injustice
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta No fewer than 169 adire/kampala traders in Itoku market have petitioned the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and the state House of Assembly against an alleged illegal allocation of shops at the newly constructed Adire mall shopping complex . The aggrieved traders protested the alleged illegal allocation of shops at the mall
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Practise what you learnt, Anglican Church tells Bible graduates
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Samson Folarin No fewer than 155 students who went through the Lagos Anglican Dioceses Bible College have been awarded diploma, advanced diploma and certificates in Bible Studies upon the completion of their programmes. The 21st graduation was held on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of St Jude, Ebute Meta. LABICO Rector, Ven. Femi Fatile, while
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Sanwo-Olu did not buy N187m car, aide replies PDP
Mon, 10 Jun 2019
Tobi Aworinde, Abuja The Lagos State Government has denied a claim by the Peoples Democratic Party that the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, acquired a N187m official vehicle. The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, in a statement, on Sunday, said the vehicle used by Sanwo-Olu, which he said was certainly
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