Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Court orders forfeiture of fraudsters N230.6m, $80.59 to FG
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of N210, 287, 697.45, N5,320,373.40, N15,008,809.79 and $80.59 belonging to a suspected Internet fraudster, Dehinbo Reuben, to the Federal Government. Justice Saliu Saidu had on May 16, 2019 ordered an interim forfeiture of the sums following an ex-parte
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States flouted constitution on financial autonomy, says Malami panel
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary has said most states flouted constitutional provisions on financial autonomy for other organs and agencies of government. The committee, which was chaired by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, submitted its report
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18 jostle for Olowo stool
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Peter Dada, Akure Eighteen princes from the three royal families in Owo town, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, have expressed their interest in the vacant Olowo of Owo stool. The throne became vacant following the death of Oba Victor Olateru-Olagbegi some months ago. The President of the Council of Senior Omolowos (kingmakers) Oba
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SEast govs, Ortom, Ishaku, others reject FGs Ruga settlements for herdsmen
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
John Ameh, Okechukwu Nnodim, John Charles, Justin Tyopuusu, Ogbonna Casmir and Chidiebube Okeoma The Federal Government on Tuesday said in the next five years, the establishment of Ruga settlements in the country would stop open grazing by herdsmen and end herdsmen-farmers clashes across the country. It explained that the establishment of Ruga settlements, which had
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Falana writes FCT CJ over 150 persons in military detention
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja A human rights activist Femi Falana has written to the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Justice Abdu Kafarati, asking him to ensure that the civilians being detained at various military detention centres in the country are tried without delay. In the letter dated June 25, 2019, the Senior Advocate
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Speakership: Court dismisses suit challenging Gbajabiamilas eligibility
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging Femi Gbajabiamilas eligibility to contest the speakership of the 9th House of Representatives. Court records seen by our correspondent on Tuesday revealed that Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit following the decision of the plaintiff, Philip Undie, to discontinue the case.
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Asherman syndrome: A cause of difficult infertility
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Oladapo Ashiru Ashermans syndrome (AS), also referred to as intrauterine adhesions or synechiae or simply adhesions, is a condition where there is a gumming together of the walls of the front and back of the uterus. It is most prevalent in developing countries like Nigeria due to the continued practice of unsafe abortions following unskilled
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INECs server: Tribunal didnt turn down my request Atiku
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has denied that he and his partys request to access the Independent National Electoral Commissions server was turned down by the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. In a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Tuesday, the
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Makinde promises monarchs
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Dayo Ojerinde Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has promised traditional rulers in the state roles in his administration. Makinde said this during the celebration of the birthday of the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, on Wednesday in Ibadan. The governor, who was represented by a former federal lawmaker, Babatunde Oduyoye, said the task of
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Expert develops software on accessing health care
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Fisayo Odumuyiwa A business expert, Victor Emaye, has developed software which he claimed could improve access to health care in the country. Emaye said the software, Medipal, would ensure swift access to medical practitioners in case of an emergency. He explained that the cloud-based medical record system would also resolve the lack of a unified
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Cameroon begin AFCON title defence with victory
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Stephane Bahoken scored two minutes after coming off the bench to seal a 2-0 win for defending champions Cameroon over Guinea-Bissau Tuesday in the Africa Cup of Nations. There was little to excite the small crowd in Egyptian city Ismailia until the five-time trophy-holders struck twice within three minutes midway through the second half. Giant
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Pushing Lagos transportation envelope
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Lekan Sote Everyone appreciates that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has prioritised traffic management in Lagos State. He extended the working hours, and doubled the allowances, of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency personnel. He commenced the rehabilitation of the over-clogged Mile 2-Tin Can Island segment of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway that services the Apapa Port, as he got
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Information on sugar, fruit misleading, says Chi MD
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Managing Director, Chi Limited, Roy Deepanjan, has said that much of the information on sugar and fruit juice in the public is largely misleading, adding that the countrys fruit consumption rate is far below the global average. Deepanjan at an event organised by Chivita in Lagos said that much of the information
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Man sells first child for N150,000 in Anambra
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka A 27-year-old man, Chukwuma Enemuo, has allegedly sold his three-day-old baby boy for N150,000 in Anambra State. It was gathered that the baby was his first issue. The incident occurred in Ozubulu in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state. A source said the man allegedly conspired with 45-year-old Obi Chidubem
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Customs seize second-hand clothes, tramadol, codeine worth N11m
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State, has seized over 112 bales of second-hand clothes, three cartons of tramadol and three cartons of codeine, among others. Briefing journalists at the Customs Imo/Abia warehouse in Owerri on Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller, Kayode Olusemire, stated that tramadol was
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Rivers communities protest, want Shell out of OML 25
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Scores of youths and some elders from Belema, Offoin Ama and Ngeje communities in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Tuesday, embarked on a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt over alleged plan to resume oil production at the OML 25 in the area. The placard-bearing protesters said they
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Nourishing breakfast optimises physical, mental potential
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr Ben Langat, has stressed the need for Nigerians to take their breakfast seriously, saying it helps optimise physical and mental potential throughout the day. Langat in a statement by the company to mark the World Milk Day said it was worrisome that many Nigerians do not consider
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[UPDATED] AFCON 2019: Benin draw Ghana 2-2
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Veteran Benin forward Mickael Pote scored after 104 seconds and again in the second half as 10-man Ghana were held to a 2-2 draw Tuesday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations match. Between the Pote goals, brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew netted in the opening half for Ghana, who had defender John Boye red-carded
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Nigeria has N1tn financing gap yearly BoI
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, has said there exists a financing gap of about N1tn in the country every year. Pitan, while speaking at the Economic and Business Conference organised by Rand Merchant Bank in Lagos on Tuesday, noted that the BoI had invested over N20bn
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Fuel subsidy, debt servicing pushing Nigeria into bankruptcy Sanusi
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola, Anna Okon, Ifeanyi Onuba and Ted Odogwu The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, has warned that Nigeria is on the verge of bankruptcy as fuel and electricity subsidies, as well as debt servicing, continue to eat into government revenue. Sanusi, who is a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria,
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NPA redeploys port managers
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Anna Okon The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has approved the immediate redeployment of some port managers, according to a statement. It said in the latest redeployment, the erstwhile Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, Mrs Aisha Ibrahim had been moved to the headquarters as Assistant General Manager, Operations while Mrs Olotu Funmilayo, Port Manager
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Oyo-Ita tasks public servants on revenue generation
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has called on public servants to think about how to boost the revenue profile of the Federal Government rather than always waiting to get funds from appropriation. She also expressed confidence in the ongoing fight against corruption which had been declared by
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Labour leaders, others move against workplace violence, harassment
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa Delegates made up of labour leaders, workers and other officials at the just-concluded centenary International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, by the International Labour Organisation, have adopted a new convention and recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace. The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 ,
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Kenyan banks make lower profits from government bonds
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Listed banks in Kenya registered lower profits in the three months to March 31, after heavy investments in government securities went bust, attracting lower yields, www.theeastafrican.co.ke reported. The banks had put their funds in risk-free treasury bills and bonds after the government introduced an interest rate cap in September 2016. Many lenders reduced their lending
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Foundation honours Interswitch CMO, Eromosele
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Jashabel Touch A Heart Foundation has named the Chief Marketing and Communication Officer of Interswitch Group, Cherry Eromosele, as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She was named alongside other female trailblazers at the JTAH annual national Women and Girl-Child Stakeholders conference held recently at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. In
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AfDB approves $24.7m for South Sudan
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The board of directors of the African Development Bank has approved a proposal to commit $24.7m to finance the South Sudan Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project. The project would support the rehabilitation of approximately 50 kilometre of the Juba town distribution network and related works, including metering and public water collections outlets. It
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Veritasi Homes woos investors to new Lekki estate
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
A real estate company, Veritasi Homes, says it intends to help savvy investors broaden their property portfolio with its new estate development, The Claridge I, in Sangotedo. The firm said Claridge I would build on the antecedents of the phase 1 estate development, The Claridge II in Ibeju Lekki. The Marketing Manager, Tobi Yusuff, said
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How to boost your savings account
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
We all want to save money. And whether it is by denying yourself that expensive wristwatch, or putting off an exotic family vacation, everyone has their own way to save. Use these money-saving tips to generate ideas about the best ways to save money in your day-to-day life, according to www.regions.com. Eliminate your debt If
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APM faults Abiodun over N7bn loan for workers salaries
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State has described the claim by the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, that he took N7bn from banks to pay May salaries as the height of gross irresponsibility. The acting Publicity Secretary of the APM in the state, Mr Olumide Balogun, in a statement on Tuesday, said
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Afenifere, Yoruba elders meet Buhari, seek true federalism
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and some Yoruba elders held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday. The leaders presented a five-point demand to Buhari, including a call for the deployment of additional policemen in the 774 local government areas to tackle insecurity and a true federalism. Pa Ayo
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Mobile courts for correction, not revenue generation, says LASG
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said the Lagos Special Offences (Mobile) Court was to correct wrong behaviour in the society, adding that it was not for revenue generation. The Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, explained that offenders who appeared before the court usually serve non-custodial sentences. Oyekanmi stated
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Jersey Island gives conditions for return of N82bn Abacha loot
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe Jersey Island has said discussions are ongoing with the Federal Government to repatriate to Nigeria 211m (N82bn) looted by a former military dictator, General Sani Abacha. Although authorities of the island said it couldnt make a comprehensive comment on the issue in an email to our correspondent, it stated that provided that an
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IYC flays NNPCs recruitment
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Ijaw Youth Council on Tuesday threatened a showdown with the Presidency over alleged anomalies in the recent recruitment carried out by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Addressing a press conference at the Ijaw House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the Secretary General of the IYC, Alfred Kemapadei, claimed there were indications that
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Enugu Assembly approves 15 advisers for Ugwuanyi
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the appointment of 15 special advisers and personal assistants for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The approval of the 15 nominees given at the plenary shortly after the Speaker, Edward Ubosi, read the message brought to the Assembly by the governor for consideration. Ubosi said
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Implement Health Act to sanitise sector, NMA tells FG
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the appointment of 15 special advisers and personal assistants for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The approval of the 15 nominees given at the plenary shortly after the Speaker, Edward Ubosi, read the message brought to the Assembly by the governor for consideration. Ubosi said
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Appeal Court nullifies selection of Ekiti monarch
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Ado Ekiti Division of the Federal Court of Appeal has declared as invalid, the selection of Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade as the Owa of Odo Ayedun. Justice E.O. Dawodu-Williams, who presented the verdict of the appeal panel, resolved all the issues for determination in favour of the respondent, Prince Adeniyi Adekunle,
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Abiodun probes TASCEs financial transactions
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has set up a panel to examine the financial management of the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu and to determine whether the funds from various sources have been prudently applied. Abiodun named Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye as the chairman
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Military, DSS arrest 14 suspects for Alex Badehs murder
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian military and the Department of State Services have arrested 14 suspects for alleged involvement in the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. The suspects were arrested by a Joint Investigative Panel which was set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi
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Osemawe laments rising youth restiveness in Ondo
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo, has expressed concern over the rising cases of youth restiveness in his domain and urged prominent indigenes of the town to support his efforts at curtailing the trend. The Osemawe, in a statement released by his spokesperson, Chief Wole Benson, in Abuja on Tuesday,
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Torture: Nigeria police, military lawless, alleges Amnesty International
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Samson Folarin Rights group, Amnesty International, has decried continuous use of torture by security forces in the country despite law forbidding the practice. The group said no policeman had also been punished or prosecuted for infraction on the law, adding that an amendment must be made to the law that permitted law enforcement officers to
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Presidential poll: Tribunal reserves ruling on HDPs withdrawal
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Tuesday, reserved its ruling on the application by a faction of the Hope Democratic Party to withdraw the party as a co-petitioner in a case challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the February 23, 2019 poll. Earlier, a ruling
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Insecurity: Recruit more policemen, Afenifere urges Buhari
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recruit more policemen from the 774 Local Government Areas in order to improve security. A delegation of the group led by Sen. Ayo Fasanmi, visited Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa. Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, Sen. Bola
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Kidnapping: Osinbajo never used the word exaggerated Laolu Akande
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The presidency has made clarifications on the statement made by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in New York on Nigerias security situation. Laolu Akande, Osinbajos spokesman, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the vice president was quoted out of context as he never said that kidnapping in Nigeria was exaggerated. Our attention has been drawn
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Afenifere visits Buhari in Aso Rock
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
*Buhari explains why ex-CJN was suspended President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met with the leadership of the Afenifere, where he explained why the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended before his voluntary retirement on May 28. The president, who spoke on the war against corruption, right from the time
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US border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees: report
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The chief US customs and border enforcement official is stepping down amid an uproar over the treatment of migrant children detained along the border with Mexico, US media reported Tuesday. John Sanders will resign as acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the coming weeks, The New York Times cited a
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Monthly environment sanitation exercise not yet reintroduced, says Lagos govt
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The Lagos State Government has said that there will be no restriction of movement on the last Saturday of June or any other month. Mr Biodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, made this known on Tuesday at Alausa, Lagos. Bamgboye, therefore, urged residents to ignore rumours making the rounds on the airwaves and the
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Shes not my type, says Trump on rape accuser
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
US President Donald Trump on Monday once again vigorously denied allegations by a magazine advice columnist that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s in a New York department store dressing room, adding: Shes not my type. Trump made the comment in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, that touched on the
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Instagram chief insists it doesnt spy on users
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Instagram doesnt snoop on private conversations as part of its advertising targeting strategy, the head of the popular social media site said in an interview Tuesday. We dont look at your messages, we dont listen in on your microphone; doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri
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Security challenge: South West govs meet in Ibadan
Wed, 26 Jun 2019
The governors of the six states in the South West on Tuesday met in Ibadan at a security summit where they pledged to find a solution to the lingering security challenges in the zone. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit, which focused on Western Nigeria, was organised by the Development Agenda for
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