News Headlines Jan 30, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 30, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

NJC to Onnoghen, Ag CJN: Respond to petitions in seven working days
Onnoghen: APC lawmakers storm Senate to stop PDP
Vote candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo residents
New minimum wage: Reps ignore Buhari, govs, approve N30,000
Ballot and blood? Here we go again!
Cardiff manager considered retirement after Sala’s disappearance
Politicians, terrorists planning to disrupt general elections — NSA
Onnoghen and the foreign accounts saga
CSOs attack Buhari over delay in releasing NHIS probe report
Buhari now a full-blown dictator — PDP
One killed as groups clash over campaign largesse in Bayelsa
How electrician killed customer, hid corpse under bed – Police
Man beats wife to death in Niger over alleged infidelity
FG, EFCC begin tracking of vessels lifting Nigeria’s crude
Ambode: Group wants Lagos Assembly’s N28.8bn running cost probed
Sultan says Nigeria in hard times, urges Muslims to pray
Nigeria still among world’s most corrupt countries, says TI
Salesman allegedly steals human hair worth N2.3m
Sales agent, driver defraud businessman of N10.9m
Delta family kicks over release of suspects who allegedly strangled woman
Man nabbed for attempting to rob Lagos businessman
Police hunt for miscreants who set FRSC ambulance ablaze in Abuja
NDLEA nabs suspected PVC thief, others in Akwa Ibom
Dogara officially defects to PDP, says APC undemocratic
Vote candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo residents
I won’t lose my sleep if APC loses in Zamfara — Marafa
Ajimobi’s govt is lawless, says Ladoja
Al-Makura vows to deliver 90% votes to APC in Nasarawa
FG committed to attracting investments, says finance minister
Akeredolu calls for investment in capital market in Ondo
Andela raises $100m in fresh funding
Investment One launches app for investors
ABCON urges CBN to make BDCs direct agents of IMTO
Cardiff manager considered retirement after Sala’s disappearance
Murray undergoes hip operation in London
United meet Chinese club over Fellaini sale
Qatar pelted with shoes as they reach Asian final
Oboh makes LET debut in S’Africa
Over 122 athletes, 13 countries for Nigeria Taekwondo Open
ASUU threatens to sanction uncooperative VCs
BUAF holds grand finale playwright competition
I didn’t allow fame, women to distract me – former Mr Nigeria
In celebration of a strong man
Grammy-winning soul legend, James Ingram, dies at 66
Sosoliso plane crash survivor, Kechi Okwuchi gets second chance on America’s Got Talent
Excess sugar consumption and infertility (2)
14.3 million Nigerians abuse cocaine, tramadol, others – FG
Protect drug procurement system –Commissioner
Bill Gates Foundation boosts Nigeria’s healthcare system with $75m
Patients lament as LASUTH resident doctors’ strike continues
‘Having many babies may prevent fibroid’
Useful Microsoft Word tips, tricks
SecureID inaugurates card quality management laboratory
OEMs sold 788,295 computers in five years – NITDA
Editorial: Criminalisation of estimated billing
Ballot and blood? Here we go again!
Modular economy for Nigeria
Disability Act should not be a paper tiger

The Nation
Why I left APC, by Dogara
Onnoghen: Discordant tunes persist as NJC sits
Troops kill 21 bandits, capture 17, rescue 89
NJC to Onnoghen, Ag. CJN: defend yourselves in 7 days
CBN warns bank’s CEOs on false reports
Troops kill 21 bandits, capture 17, rescue 89
NJC to Onnoghen, Ag. CJN: defend yourselves in 7 days
CBN warns bank’s CEOs on false reports
Tinubu questions Atiku’s democratic credential
House of Reps passes N30,000 minimum wage
Presidency uncovers plans to scuttle elections, says NSA
Abiodun will succeed Amosun, says Osoba
‘Obasanjo lacks morality to accuse Buhari of rigging plot’
Drama as Buhari counters Oshiomhole on Imo guber
2019: Afenifere faction endorses Buhari
Atiku reports Buhari to US, UK, others
Abia stands still as Buhari campaigns
NRFF targets Olympic Games, Silver Cup
Africa Senior Badminton championship: Mascot: BFN calls for entries, winner gets N100, 000
Georgia Oboh begins LET campaigns in South Africa
Four Nation tourney: Falcons get N5.1million appearance fee
‘Nigeria Taekwondo Open will put Nigeria on world map’
Samsung smart shirt coming for sportsmen, others
Pension complaints and solutions
Exchange downgrades Red Star Express to low-priced stock
10 start-ups for World Cup
Africa growth prospects remain steady, says AfDB
‘ Ex-NNSL workers, others to be verified soon’
Cordros launches online video contest to woo investors
Bricklayer faces plank theft charge
Police foil barber’s cell break bid
750 hectares of land for displaced Lekki communities
LASPARK: recreation improves health
‘Standard gauge ‘ll ease Ibadan, Abeokuta workers’ movement’
Two charged with stealing rams
How to create efficient civil service, by governor
Falana urges NJC to ask Onnoghen to step aside
Kano support FG’s school feeding programme
UNIBEN begs JAMB to lift ban on CBT centre
Centenary celebration: BA gives colour to B747
Davido urges youths to protect country’s democracy
R. Kelly: DStv premieres scandals on crime channel
Korede Bello teams up with official DJ on ‘Celebrate’
Burna Boy is poster boy for Star beer
Paediatrician to mothers: stop throwing, shaking babies at bathe time
Editorial: Substandard electrical equipment
Imo State, act now!

ThisDay
NJC Gives Onnoghen, Muhammad Seven Days to Respond to Petitions Lawyers’ boycott of courts records partial success Agbakoba asks NBA to strip Umar of practice…
Atiku Lists Infraction of Constitution by Buhari
Sterling Bank Partners Opportunity Network on Trade
CBN Injects Additional $210m into FX Market
LET Baptism for Oboh in South Africa Today
TI Scores Buhari’s Anti-corruption War Low
UBA Approves Financial Accounts, Set for Dividend Declaration
More Foreign Investors Eye Acquisitions in Nigeria’s Insurance Sector
House Approves N30,000 Minimum Wage
Adjourns till February 19 NLC hails lawmakers, urges Senate to concur
Buhari: I’ve Tried My Best to Fix Economy
Olawepo-Hashim Banks on Peoples Trust
Akwa Ibom Governorship Candidates Face Tough Tests
Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch
Don’t Hope in Politicians, Bishop Kukah Warns Nigerians
AS BUHARI OVERSTEPS HIS AUTHORITY
Buhari Breaching Constitution to Advance Personal Interest, Says Atiku in Petition to US, UK, Others
Declare Your Assets, Afenifere Tells Buhari
Dogara Formally Joins PDP
APC Senatorial Candidate Pledges to Ensure Devt of Lagos East
Positioning for Post Oil Economy
Akinwuntan: Nigeria Should Explore its Comparative Advantage
NIRSAL Mulls 40% Rebate for Farmers
IAAF Road Race Manager, Other Top Stars to Arrive Today
6.2m Targeted for Aids in North-east Crisis in 2019, Says UN
Solskjaer Faces 12-day Nightmare for Man Utd Job
Chelsea Plots Summer Swoop for Barca Star, Rakitic
EDITORIAL: IOCS AND OIL THEFT IN NIGERIA

The Sun
Onnoghen sues FG over suspension
We’ll deal with perpetrators of election violence –FG
NBA’s boycott order: Total, partial compliance in states
Atiku writes US, EU ambassadors, others
Atiku’s presidency’ll revive Nigeria –Wike
Buhari in Abia, says: I’ll do more for Nigerians if re-elected
NJC goes tough on Onnoghen, Tanko
Reps okay N30,000 as new minimum wage, adjourns to Feb 19
Raw materials for indomie, power oil, others to be sourced from Edo –Obaseki
CSO demands probe of N28.8bn Lagos Assembly running cost
Onnoghen: Nigeria not a colony –Oshiomhole
Repentant democrats still dictators, says Onaiyekan
Elections: INEC to quarantine uncollected PVCs Feb 8
Buhari group holds Green Caps rally in Borno
JNI urges Muslims to pray for peaceful polls
Vote against impunity, Ortom urges Benue electorate
Crude theft: FG begins tracking of crude oil production, PMS
Heightened political tension weakens market indices by 0.53%
Trader Moni: BoI debunks vote-buying allegation
How power sector lost N530bn in 2018
Lagos, Rendeavour partner to deliver N90bn Alaro City
Elections: INEC to quarantine uncollected PVCs Feb 8
Uduaghan, PDP tango over Okowa
Elders forum in Anambra disowns Ohanaeze Ndigbo over Atiku’s endorsement
Onnoghen suit: APC senators spreading falsehood –PDP caucus
Mikel ranked 6th wealthiest African footballer
Dickson splashes N22m on Bayelsa Queens
Bayelsa Restoration Starlets get invitation to Cape Verde
Andy Murray undergoes second hip surgery
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: Semifinals take centre stage in Warri, Agbor
Jose Mourinho: An analogue manager in a digital world?
Ahmed Musa to bury mother in Edo State
AC Milan wants €15m Osimhen
Vitali Klitschko hospitalized in Austria
Moses needs regular games at Fernebahce – Lawal
Osinbajo, office of VP and 2023 campaign
Of false prophets and fake prophesies (4)
Fake news rebels against hegemonic power of mainstream media – Prof. Biakolo, Pan Atlantic University
Between ‘few’ and ‘a few’
Soyinka, Asiodu, Nwoko, Ijomah, Adimkpaya electrify Odogwu’s day of tributes
Higher philosophy of christian marriage (14)
Confession of young men: Why we keep beards
General hospitals: How dearth of electricity, water hampers service
Nigerian music industry highly competitive – Amina

Daily Trust
Onnoghen, Muhammad get 7 days to respond to petitions
Nigeria not a colony, we won’t accept foreign interference – Oshiomhole
2019 election: NSA warns politicians against arming bandits, terrorists
INEC warns youths against being used to disrupt elections
Minimum wage: NLC lauds Reps, tasks Senators
Troops kill 21 bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna
FG saves N206bn in staff salaries in two years – IPPIS director
Buhari commissions Ariaria Market Independent Power Project in Aba
Vote for candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo APC members
Why Nigeria still among worst corrupt countries, despite gains – Transparency International
2019 election: NSA warns politicians against arming bandits, terrorists
Kwankwaso’s dad endorses Ganduje’s 2nd term bid
Federal High Court’s judgement on APC primaries supersedes Zamfara’s – Marafa
We’ll monitor anti-party activities – Lalong
Gernot Rohr worries over injuries, complacency
Nigeria can host 2030 World Cup, says Odegbami
Igenepo ready to return for Pillars
BusinessSee More
FG saves N206bn in staff salaries in two years – IPPIS director
We can now tell how much oil Nigeria produces – Kachikwu
PenCom recovers N564.67m un-remitted pension in Q3, 2018
European centre sensitizes IDPs on electoral processes
Mob burns FRSC vehicle in Giri
Kingsville students donate to IDPs
The Buhari fan club
Mallam Liman Ciroma: An extraordinary public officer
Onnoghen et al, when honour is lacking
A woman after my own heart
Constitutional breaches under Buhari’s watch
My father died after several blows by our neighbour, son tells court
VENEZUELA: US gives opposition leader control over some Venezuelan assets
SUDAN: Protests: Authorities order release of all detainees
OPSH nabs Plateau’s ‘notorious militia kingpin’
NDLEA arrests 120 suspects, seizes 244 PVCs in A’Ibom
Alleged father killing: Absence of judge stalls trial
Editorial: Discrimination Against Disabilities [Prohibition] Act
NLC
Rahama Sadau graduates from University in Cyprus
Funds in short supply in environment agencies, says minister
‘Environmental pollution in Rivers in worrisome dimension’
“Religious bodies key in fight against climate change”
Onnoghen: Imo NBA boycotts court
Centre speaks on Onnoghen’s suspension
Onnoghen: Lawyers boycott courts in Plateau

The Guardian
Afenifere faction endorses Buhari
NBA shuts down courts
Community alleges plan to kill monarch
NJC may sack Onnoghen, Mohammed to end crisis
Nigeria to spend N939.5 billion on vessels by 2023
Telcos eye 70% broadband penetration in five years
Reps okay N30,000 as minimum wage for workers
Group asks Lagos Assembly to account for N28.8b running cost
Ambode launches $250m modern satellite city
Agbakoba asks NBA to delist CCT chairman as lawyer over misconduct
Atiku petitions U.S., EU, UK, over President’s infractions, visits Anambra
Experts advocate true democracy, task INEC on credible polls
Georgia Oboh makes LET debut in South Africa
Dalung affirms Federal Government’s commitment to sports development
AC Milan open talks for Osimhen as club begins overhaul
Nigeria to host Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship
Dickson rewards Bayelsa Queens with N22m, bus, other gifts
City’s title bid rocked by Newcastle, United stage late escape
Again, Federal Government alleges plot to scuttle 2019 polls
Nigeria can’t survive another four years under Buhari, says Wike
I will end insecurity in Plateau if elected, says Useni
Recording Academy Reacts To Leaked 2019 Grammys Winners List
Jussie Smollett Involved In Suspected Homophobic and Racist Attack
Funke Bucknor Reveals What Helped With Tosyn Bucknor’s Death
Nigerians’ Drugs Use More Than Twice Global Average: Study
Editorial: Financing 2019 budget: Seize the solution
Dangote Foods rewards 77 distributors, promises better year
Bad roads, rising vehicle costs creating logistics challenge for real sector
BoI debunks vote-buying with Trader Moni, cites repayment ongoing
Abule-Egba pipeline explosion: Self inflicted hell
The Buhari fan club
Presidential Poll: The silent majority and third force
Political ‘penkelemes’ towards mother of all elections
Nigeria gets new guidelines for IT sector
The big technology leaps and support for SolarEagles in 2019
Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger by 2020
ALTON advises MTN to pay disputed taxes, seek legal redress
12 foods to boost brain function
Fresh concerns over cancer-causing blood pressure drugs

Vanguard

Nigeria Records Marked Increase In Liner Shipping Connectivity Index
Oil Theft: FG Begins Tracking Of Crude Output, Vessels
A ‘Forgetful’ Chief Justice, An Illustration Of The Nigerian Problem
Onnoghen: Nigeria Can’t Afford Distraction Ahead Of Polls — Onaiyekan
3 Injured As Smugglers Attack Customs In Ogun
Smuggling: Seme Customs Resort To Dialogue With Border Communities
Gunmen Kidnap Abia APC Chairman
Muhammadu Buhari And Nigeria’s Tribal Politics
Nigeria Loses N197bn To Financial Services Fraud Annually —Osinbajo
INEC Denies Issuing Uncollected PVCs To APC, Says Cards To Be ‘Quarantined’
Rohr Worries Over Injuries, Complacency
Moses: Fenerbahce Fans Are Amazing
Impeachment Threat: Ambode, Lawmakers Lock Horns
MTN Raises Alarm Over Implications Of Base Station Shutdown By Kogi State
Seme Generates N9.2b, Made 1,119 Seizures In 2018
Brouhaha Over Ohaneze’s Endorsement Of Atiku, Obi
DR MENAKAYA: Surgeon Redesigning Lives With Fashion, Passion
Nigeria loses N197bn to financial services fraud annually —Osinbajo
Onnoghen challenges suspension
Why Buhari met with APC senators — Oshiomhole
Afenifere mandates Yoruba to re-elect Buhari/Osinbajo
Your state of the nation address filled with lies, Tinubu tells Atiku
Oshiomhole tells US, UK, EU
Buhari in S-East: Crack in Ohanaeze as scribe, Abia monarch endorse Buhari
Vote Atiku Abubakar for revival, Wike tells Nigerians
Dogara formally dumps APC for PDP
Time to take our destiny in our hands
Moses: Fenerbahce fans are amazing
Deportivo La Coruna want Uzoho recalled from Elche
Ajunwa, Ganduje hail Bunubunu Award
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: S/finals take centre stage in Warri, Agbor
House girl carrying my husband’s child
What does she see in this old man?
Hubby turns out to be a love rat
Omawumi, Waje join forces to impact on the creative industry
PMAN leadership disowns Pretty Okafor
Nigeria records marked increase in Liner shipping connectivity index
We are shocked at level of extortion at University of Benin CBT centre – JAMB
Enugu community in USA renovates primary school in Nsukka
MTN raises alarm over implications of base station shutdown by Kogi State
Drugs use in Nigeria doubles global average – study

Reps approves N30 000 as new minimum wage

Breaking: Reps counter Council of State, pass N30.000 as new minimum wage

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA-House of Representatives on Tuesday approved N30.000 as new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The approval followed the consideration of the report of the new minimum wage committee at Tuesday plenary.

The House also approved a clause that would make the new bill operational on the date it would be assented to by the president.

Recall that a public hearing was conducted on the new bill yesterday consequent upon the accelerated hearing accorded to the Bill by the House.

By this development, the House has countered the National Council of State, NCS and the State Governors who had earlier at an emergency meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja approved N27.000.

Meanwhile, the House has formally adjourned plenary to February 19 due to the Presidential and National Assembly elections that would hold February 16.

Credit: Vanguard

Prioritize teachers’ welfare, Ambode tells new TESCOM board members

Prioritize teachers’ welfare, Ambode tells new TESCOM board members

…Swears-In Perm Sec/Auditor General For Local Govt

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated chairman and board members of the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), with a charge on the appointees to give top considerations to teachers’ welfare and ensure employment of only well qualified professionals to teach in public secondary schools in the State.

Teacher learning

Speaking at a twin event which also witnessed the swearing-in of Mrs. Adesumbo Abolarin as Permanent Secretary/Auditor General for Local Government, held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said it was important for the public officers to justify their appointment by working ultimately in the interest of the people.
He said the passage and signing of the Teaching Service Commission Bill was a great moment for the education family in the State coming after eight years of several attempts, adding that the development became imperative as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the State Government to strengthen the education sector.

“With the knowledge that education plays a very vital role in the development of our society and that a society cannot thrive above the level of its educational attainment, the passage and signing of this Law was very essential.

“Today, in fulfillment of the provision of that law, we have just witnessed the inauguration of the Board whose responsibility will be to ensure that the objectives of the law are achieved.

“For avoidance of doubts, let me state that one of the major aims of this law, which shall be a key responsibility of this Board, is to ensure improvement in the welfare of our teachers and also ensure that well qualified teachers are recruited into our public secondary schools,” Governor Ambode said.

He said it was particularly instructive that seasoned educationists and administrators had been carefully selected based on their track records for appointment into the TESCOM board, expressing optimism that the State would witness rapid improvement in the education sector, particularly at the secondary level.

“You will agree with me that if we are to achieve the kind standard we desire in our educational system and also lay a good foundation for the future development of our State in terms of quality manpower, we must give adequate attention to maintaining highly motivated and effective teaching personnel.

“I, therefore, charge the Chairman and members of this Board to study very carefully the provisions of the law in order to fully understand their role and responsibilities expected of them. I also enjoin you all, to ensure that due process is followed in all matters that would be brought to your attention and for your decision.

“You should be unbiased in the discharge of your responsibilities as a board. We have done a lot in the provision of educational infrastructure in our public schools; all of these infrastructural facilities will amount to a waste if not complemented with dedicated, well-motivated and committed teachers,” Governor Ambode admonished the appointees.

The Governor also appealed to teachers to cooperate with the Board to further ensure fair play in the discharge of their responsibilities.

While the Chairman of the Board is Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, others members are Mr. Jacob Ashaka, Mrs Sidikat Smith, Mr Adeleke Oluseun Kara and Mrs Adijat Kuburat Hassan.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ariyo thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in them, and assured that the board would work hard, be unbiased and prioritize the welfare of teachers, as well as train and retrain them for optimal performance.

Credit: Vanguard

News Headlines Jan 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Senate asks Supreme Court to reinstate Onnoghen, says Buhari can’t remove CJN
Don’t plunge Nigeria into constitutional crisis, Atiku tells Buhari
IPOB fixes referendum for presidential poll day
Rape: Suspect retracts guilty plea after pregnant daughter, uncle, helpers die
Senate asks Supreme Court to reinstate Onnoghen, says Buhari can’t remove CJN
Family, community leader demand justice for slain Lagos residents
Police exonerate ex-Covenant varsity accountant following PUNCH’s reports
Police arraign hit-and-run driver for killing five students
Drivers arrested for attempting to kidnap employer’s wife
Gunmen kill commercial bus driver, two passengers in Rivers
Budget: Lagos Assembly moves against Ambode
Gunmen kidnap seven fans in Zamfara
Athlete banned from NICEGA for defying anthem
Age not an obstacle for Egyptian champion at 76
Bayelsa Queens emerge women’s league champions
Indian actress slammed for racist remarks about Iwobi
81-year-old woman discovers her 103-year-old mother after 61-year search
My father is a house husband, hasn’t worked in 16 years, says daughter
My mother told me to put poison in dad’s food, ten-year-old tells court
Kwara APC gov candidate promises to link Pategi to Bida
Uba says nobody can rig election in Anambra South
February election, Nigeria’s opportunity to end dictatorship — Wike
Jang promises Atiku two million votes in Plateau
Protesters storm INEC office in Owerri, demand credible elections
PDP, Fayose reject judgement upholding Fayemi’s victory
UBA partners Japan to promote MSMEs in Africa
i-Invest woos investors with T-bills, gets 70,000 downloads
Rising foreign debt profile bad for economy – Senate panel
Three foreign airlines commence flights into new PH terminal
Customs CG wants import duty on vehicles reduced to 45%
FG approves new pension company for universities
BREAKING: Why we didn’t wait for NJC on CJN Onnoghen – FG
Gunmen kidnap seven fans in Zamfara
Underwater search for Sala starts Sunday
Sanction VCs who misappropriated staff allowance, group tells FG
Strike: ASUU questions integrity of OAU exams, certificates
We’ll take on corrupt VCs soon —ASUU
JAMB registers 869,709 candidates, suspends nine centres for malpractice
AAU reopens for lectures
Wrong perception affecting technical, vocational education –FG
Michael Jackson family slams documentary renewing sex abuse claims
British model, Katie Price, expresses desire to adopt Nigerian orphan
Davido, Idris Elba, others thrill fans at sold-out concert
‘Black Panther’ scores big win at Screen Actors Guild Awards
Benefits and side effects of ketogenic diet
Excessive suppression of GSK3 enzyme can cause renal failure
Experts seek to increase data access through technology
Minister lauds NOTAP for driving patent certification
Airtel unveils ‘Touching Lives Season 5’, calls for nominations
Inlaks connects NIRSAL MFB to ICT platform
Editorial: Resolving minimum wage issue
Python Dance: Kwara gov asks residents to remain calm
They said he was a total failure
UN and International Day of Education
Will Nigeria disintegrate? Lessons from Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed

The Nation
CJN Onnoghen: Senators disagree over legal option
Lagos Assembly summons Ambode over budget
No dictatorship here, says govt
Discordant tunes over CJN as Fed Govt cautions foreign envoys
NBA orders court boycott
Lagos Assembly summons Ambode over budget
My case against Ohanaeze Ndigbo, by Obiano
Election tribunal upholds Ekiti Governor Fayemi’s victory
Experts seek truly ‘independent’ electoral umpire
Edosomwan: ‘NDCP will declare war on poverty’
‘Lagos is better under APC’
APC Presidential rally: Police pledges peaceful exercise in Kano
AD condemns destruction of posters, flags in Lagos
Buhari to traditional rulers: ensure peace during polls
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Organisers reaffirmed readiness for 2019 edition
Customs mulls vehicle duty review to 10%
Sterling Bank, Opportunity Network partner on trade
UBA, Japan Trade Office to lift SMEs, tackle poverty
Total eyes 23% of Nigeria’s oil output
Toyota introduces Rush into market
CFAO Motors unveils King Long buses
Two siblings arraigned for alleged N5.9m fraud
Niteshift honours Sanwo-Olu with Grand House Reception
NIWA, LASWA to resolve waterways regulation rift
Ambode advises religious leaders to promote peace
LASUTH doctors begin warning strike
How rule of law can blossom, by Lagos CJ
Police arrest woman, in-law over killing of 14-year-old
My mother told me to poison my father, boy tells court
Cobhams supports Banky W’s campaign with song
Lagos Film Academy premieres ‘Choices’
I sing different genres – Harmony
Lola Maja renews love for make-up at 41
JOHESU gives FG Jan.31 deadline to meet demands or strike
88 doctors quit civil service – NMA
Kano free of polio in 53 months, says Commissioner of Health
Deadly Ebola virus found in bat
Buhari is not fit to continue say Obasanjo
Urchins disrupt NBA NEC meeting on Onnoghen
Onnoghen: The wasp on the nation’s scrotum
Editorial
As NJC meets

ThisDay
Dogara: N30,000 Minimum Wage Not Enough for Workers
Lawyers to Boycott Court in Protest against Onnoghen’s Suspension
CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s Trial Indefinitely
Nigeria Needs Action Governance Through Improved Modules, Says Sani
Fashola Harps on Infrastructure Development
LCCI Decries Nigeria’s Rising Unemployment
Nigeria to Dominate Trade in West Africa’s Power Market, Says TCN
Gencos: FG, W’Bank Not Meeting Targets in Program to Salvage Power Sector
Rosatom to Train More Nigerians on Nuclear Energy
Agbakoba Submits Petition against Acting CJN to NJC
•AGF sends allegations against Onnoghen to judicial body
Ohiare: We’ve Created Good Framework for Disbursing REF
Dangote Foundation Donates Food Items to Zamfara IDPs
Survey Reveals Barriers to Ethical Reporting
Make BDCs IMTOs’ Direct Agents, ABCON Tells CBN
Conflicting Judgments Creating Uncertainty in Electoral Process, INEC Insists
FG Planning to Eliminate Me, Ortom Cries out
IG Names Lakanu, Lamorde, Four Others DIGs
Crown Flour Mill Gets ISO Certification
Pull Nigeria Back from the Brink of Extinction, Wike Charges Voters
Ngige, VON DG Tackle Ohanaeze for Endorsing Atiku
Egbe Hails Dickson over Bayelsa Queens’ NWPL Super 4 Victory
FA Cup: Holders Chelsea Draw Man Utd in Fifth Round
Dalung Thumbs Up Peak for Sports Development Initiatives
WARIF Combats Sexual Violence Through the Education of Youth
EDITORIAL: CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE NHIS ACT

The Sun
Ekiti: Tribunal upholds Fayemi’s election
Abia: APC chieftain sues INEC over fraudulent registration in Nkporo
Elections: Era of landslide victory gone –INEC
Onnoghen: Acting CJN presides over 10 appeals
We’ll deliver Abia for APC, Isuikwuato tells Kalu
Lagos Assembly begin moves to impeach Ambode
Elections: Pressure on VCs over INEC ad-hoc staff –Wike
IPOB to hold referendum Feb 16
Fr. Mbaka visits Buhari in Aso Rock
UNHCR concerned over fresh displacement of 320,000
Onnoghen: NBA directs lawyers to boycott courts nationwide
….25 lawyers drag Buhari, NJC, Acting CJN to court
Ohanaeze never endorsed Atiku –Secretary
We’ll not use incident forms –Imo REC
Buhari storms Abia, Imo for campaign today
Guard against APC, Atiku tells Akwa Ibom people
Nigeria, others to pool $2bn to finance energy projects
Investment in refinery, petrochemicals driven by innovation, efficiency, says Dangote
Ghana to host 8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards
ZAF empowers less privileged in Anambra
FG woos Norwegian investors
Ogun guber: Why I’m supporting APM –Amosun
Ambode seeks support for hitch-free elections
Igbo in Diaspora back Atiku
Onnoghen’s suspension devastating to PDP –APC
ATP rankings: Djokovic still No 1, Federer drops to sixth
Morata joins Atletico Madrid on loan
Go for real deal, former British boxer tells Joshua
African Nations Cup pushed back a week for Ramadan
Sports fans want FCDA to complete abandoned Kuje stadium project
Malaysia stripped of 2019 world para swimming championships
Mikel’s move to Middlesbrough, good for Super Eagles — NFF
Rohr worries over injuries, wary of Seychelles
Kanu Heart Foundation performs first open-heart surgery
Pinnick: Egypt 2019 would be a success
2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Sowore, Alli task journalists at media seminar
British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo to star in HBO’s ‘The Outsider’
Thoughts on Nigeria’s democracy
Debate dodging
Are you better off than 4 years ago?
Ohanaeze, Zik and Ndigbo
Of political paranoia, pretensions
Is Nigeria the new, global headquarters for political evil?
Priest celibacy not optional, says Pope Francis
Nigeria, others to pool $2bn to finance energy projects
Investment in refinery, petrochemicals driven by innovation, efficiency, says Dangote
Nigerian music industry highly competitive – Amina
UNN: Shame of a varsity
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The Falling Candidate

No retreat, no surrender

No retreat, no surrender

Simon Kolawole

Before every election in Nigeria, there is always always always something stirring up emotions, inflaming passion and pushing us, as it were, to the precipice. We are never starved of tension. The polity is always sharply and bitterly divided. The suspension of Justice Water Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari and the swearing-in of Justice Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad in an acting position is probably the highest tension point as we head into the 2019 general election holding next month. I expect the temperature to keep rising in the weeks ahead. I just hope that at this rate, Nigeria will not catch fire.

I was more than shocked on Friday when I heard the news of the suspension of the CJN. My body became warm — as if I had a malaria attack. I was shaken. My heart skipped a bit. I never believed it was going to happen, partly because a court of appeal had asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to stay proceedings and partly because a CJN had never been suspended by a president in the history of our country. It was a most unexpected development. I was thinking all the litigations would be resolved before any further action would be taken. As a layman, I understand that when any case is in court, one of the parties is not expected to resort to self-help.

The court order relied upon by the president to suspend Onnoghen is one of the strangest in our legal history. The jurisdiction of the CCT was still being challenged. A superior court had, on January 24, asked the tribunal to stay proceedings. The following day, CCT ordered Buhari to suspend the CJN and swear in an acting CJN. Although the order was dated January 23 (to suggest that it was issued before the court of appeal asked the CCT to stay proceedings), there is reasonable suspicion that it was backdated to undermine the court of appeal. In fact, the CCT chairman, Mr. Danladi Umar, is said to have personally taken the papers to the ministry of justice on Friday, January 25.

I have read several legal opinions on who has the power to discipline the CJN. I prefer to leave the debate to legal experts. But an overwhelming majority of lawyers have described the suspension of Onnoghen as “illegal”. They have quoted several aspects of the law to support their position. They have made references to previous court pronouncements to advance their argument. I don’t know if they are right, legally speaking, but I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that suspending Onnoghen is overly suspicious under the current circumstances. I doubt if the president has the power to discipline any judge, but even if he does, the undercurrents must never be lost on us.

Let us get some things clear. If Onnoghen made a false declaration of assets, he deserves to face the consequences. Some of the consequences are that he would be banned from holding public office and forced to forfeit those assets. It is immaterial whether or not he forgot to declare his assets — there is no such excuse known to law. I am very sure Onnoghen would not sit in judgment over a court case and set an accused person free on the basis that he forgot to do the right thing. Onnoghen’s failure to declare some of his assets, as alleged, is not defensible. Anyone trying to justify this is as blind as those justifying his suspension.

Also, if indeed Onnoghen is corrupt as alleged in media reports, he is not fit to be addressed as a justice, much less the chief justice of Nigeria. He deserves to be stripped of his exalted robe and sent to the courts to face justice. One of the worst things that can happen to a human society is injustice — especially when it is induced by corruption. If Onnoghen is found to be loaded beyond his means, it would be most unreasonable to say he should not be questioned. However, the moral argument for fighting corruption is that laid-down procedures were violated. But you would only be defeating your own argument by fighting corruption without also following laid-down procedures.

Meanwhile, I think it was improper for five south-south governors to have held an emergency meeting and called on Onnoghen to ignore the CCT summons. Again, that is an invitation to anarchy. Under no circumstance should we encourage anybody to ignore court summons. You do not fight one illegality with another illegality. If we are going to build a democratic society, we must allow the system to take care of itself. We must fight illegality from the position of law. The south-south governors added an unnecessary ethnic and regional dimension to the issue. They can actually oppose the treatment being meted out to Onnoghen without whipping up ethnic sentiments.

Finally, I think Buhari’s political strategists are working very hard to destroy him ahead of the general election. They are doing everything possible to set him against the whole world and set the whole world against him. I guess they are now getting the feedback. No matter how allegedly corrupt Onnoghen is, there is no way neutrals would not smell politics with the pace and haste being deployed to tackle him. We need to fight corruption in the judiciary, but everything must be done with decency and order. Only a shameless hypocrite would say that the Onnoghen case is less about politics and more about an attempt to fight corruption in the judiciary.

For if it were simply about cleansing the judiciary, the CCT chairman would not be sitting on that seat. There is a corruption case, filed by Buhari campaign spokesman, Mr. Festus Keyamo, dangling over Umar’s head. On the basis of morality, he should have been asked to step aside ages ago. Those asking Onnoghen to step aside on moral grounds are yet to extend this gesture to Umar. If it is sauce for Onnoghen, it should not be venom for Umar. Unfortunately, we are in the political season: the first thing that dies is reason. As long as your side of the bread is buttered, fairness and common sense can go to blazes. Nobody should promote this lopsided approach to the anti-graft war.

Where do I stand? One, from the position of constitutional development, I think we should allow the system to take care of itself. Despite the preponderance of criticism against the president’s move, there are legal experts arguing that there is nothing wrong with it. Let all these arguments be tested in the courts. That will allow for an organic development of the system. Some issues need to be settled in law once and for all, and I believe the Onnoghen case offers a good opportunity to resolve the role of the president in disciplining a judge. My position, though, is that the president does NOT have the power to suspend the CJN. But I am not a court of law and my opinion is irrelevant.

Two, the CCT, in my opinion, does not have the power to order the president to swear in an acting CJN. As a layman who can read and write, I have studied the law setting up the CCT and I can say there is nothing empowering it to do what it has just done. The brief of the tribunal is to try public officers who are in breach of the Code of Conduct Act. Where it finds an officer guilty, it can pronounce these punishments: vacation of office; disqualification from holding any public office for a period not exceeding ten years; and seizure and forfeiture of any property acquired in abuse or corruption of office. Even if the CJN is found guilty, he has a right of appeal. That is the law.

Three, the president has to be very sensitive about political realities in Nigeria, especially within the ethno-religious context. Even if his advisers are telling him not to give a damn, he has to realise that there is already a sticky allegation of “northernisation” against him. The word in town from day one is that he wanted to appoint a northerner as CJN and was never comfortable with Onnoghen, and the last thing someone in his position would want to do is keep feeding this perception. Critics say the CCT chairman, a northerner, is facing corruption charges and Buhari has never moved against him — but he has speedily suspended a southerner. Perception matters a great deal.

There is no doubt that errors have been committed by all sides. The CJN admitted that he did not declare all his assets. It is not as if he is being hounded because he did some good thing. We must never ignore this fact. Also, the federal government has gone in the wrong direction in trying to bring him to justice. As an optimist, though, I would argue that the Onnoghen saga has thrown up issues for us to tackle as a nation. We never imagined some of these issues before. Should all matters relating to judges be taken before the National Judicial Council (NJC)? What happens when the NJC chairman — that is the CJN — is involved? We need to think deeply about this.

Above all — and this is my key argument and conclusion today — we must not lose sight of the real issue at hand: corruption in the judiciary. When the Onnoghen dust has settled, we must begin to debate how the system can be properly cleansed. The judiciary must never become a law unto itself. We cannot have a whole branch of government shielding itself from scrutiny. While I believe that the NJC should continue to discipline judges when it comes to their conduct on the bench, issues of corruption and declaration of assets should never be subject to the whims of the body. We need to take a longer-term view of things — beyond the obvious politics of 2019 elections currently at play.

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…
HOME TROUBLE

On Thursday, Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo — the highest organ of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation — endorsed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The following day, Chief Solo Chukwulobelu, secretary to the government of Anambra state, issued a statement to distance Anambra from the endorsement. “We regret that they do not reflect the position of the people and government of Anambra state,” he said. Given that Atiku’s running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, is from Anambra and was its governor for eight years, President Buhari must be rubbing his hands from a distance. Amusing.

OBLITERATRING OBY

Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili caused a stir when she abruptly entered the presidential race in October 2018 and caused even a bigger stir when she abruptly withdrew three weeks to the election. Accusations have been freely traded — her Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) accused her of being unserious and only targeting a ministerial position; she has, in kind, accused the party of not having the sort of values and vision dear to her. I find it very cruel, though, that anybody would suggest Oby went into the race for financial gain. You can ridicule her politics if you would, but to assail her integrity is beyond the pale. Uncharitable.

ZAMFARA ZIGZAG

In the midst of the crises rocking the Nigerian judiciary, the one that went under the radar were the opposite rulings on the Zamfara case by two courts of co-ordinate jurisdiction. In one instance, a federal high court in Abuja upheld the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to accept the list of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. In another, a Zamfara state high court in Gusau asked INEC to recognise candidates of an APC faction led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari. No prize for guessing whom the state court was working for. The sad thing, however, is the way our judiciary is going into the abyss. Tragic.

AND FINALLY…

You must have heard this. Abdullahi Yada’u, from Kanam local government area of Plateau state, has sent his wife, Hafsat, packing because she insisted on voting for President Muhammadu Buhari again. “Both of us voted for Buhari in 2015 but this time, I feel disappointed with the administration and decided not to vote for him again. I told her that she must not vote for him but she insisted. This led to a quarrel which attracted the attention of our neighbours. I slapped her and told her to choose between voting for Buhari and staying with me. She ran away,” Yada’u told the BBC Hausa Service. Now, that is political rivalry taken to the next level. Gobsmacked.

Culled from The Cable

This is the best contribution Obasanjo can make

This is the best contribution Obasanjo can make

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Sonala Olumhense

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has cried out that next month’s election is set to be rigged.

I believe him because he and his party designed the rigging template which was deployed in 1999, 2003 and 2007, during which he repeatedly affirmed that his PDP would rule for 100 years.

It is exactly 20 years since he and Atiku Abubakar, the man he now endorses but whom he frustrated politically 12 years ago, ran together.

They labelled their campaign—this is not a joke—“the leadership you can trust.” After “winning” re-election in 2003, Obasanjo dug up the phrase, saying his re-election reaffirmed that his leadership was trustworthy.

I am critical of President Muhammadu Buhari, as I have been of most Nigerian leaders for 45 years. However, because of Obasanjo’s persistent efforts to distort Nigeria’s history and colour it in his own image, I periodically remind Nigerians that he is not the saint or patriot or doer he pretends to be.

Such contributions include: To Probe the Emperor (January 2008), Between Obasanjo and the Financial Times (May 2012), and The First 419 President (August 2013).

To review: As leader, Obasanjo was not a foreign policy success. He was so bad that at the beginning of his second term, he instructed outgoing Nigerian diplomats to pay no attention to Nigerians who came for help. And his domestic policy was so ineffective he required the Nigeria Image Project to whitewash the country’s image abroad.

Obasanjo was no anti-corruption champion either, although nobody harangues corruption better than he. Yes, he launched the EFCC and ICPC, but they fought only the fights he allowed them to and wrote the reports he wanted. His real motivation was the largely-retaliatory drive to recover the so-called (Sani) Abacha loot against the man who had thrown him behind bars. In the end, he could not account for the billions of dollars recovered.

Obasanjo was for eight years his Minister of Petroleum Resources, commencing that ministry’s descent into hell. The money was plenty, and it was easy: during their 2007 mud-wrestling, Atiku described how Obasanjo lavished some of the funds, including on women and his businesses. Recall also that the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources indicted Group Managing Director Funso Kupolokun, whose offences included spending $600 million without any approval.

We forget: So abominable was Obasanjo’s performance on electricity that he lavished at least $10 billion dollars he could not justify. The House of Representatives said Obasanjo often paid money to companies that had not even cleared space for the projects. In an article in December 2006, I demonstrated that he spent close to N1trillion on roads. In December 2013, using one of those roads, I explored how the practice of persistent, parallel spending keeps the money flowing but not project delivery.

We forget: OBJ was heavily implicated in the Halliburton scandal, with investigations in Nigeria and the US concluding that he accepted massive bribes.

In fact, Obasanjo was best characterised by Nuhu Ribadu, his EFCC chairman, who said in a later testimony that Obasanjo was more corrupt than Abacha, only cleverer.

Economic management? Through his privatisation policy, he sold to the privileged, important national assets on which about $60 billion had been emptied. The return: only about N20 billion. NEEDS, his much-advertised reform, was abandoned within months, and he never again breathed one word about it despite his party remaining in power for another eight years. What parent abandons an offspring so abruptly?

We forget, but the cancellation of Nigeria’s debt by the Paris Club in 2005 also resulted in Nigeria receiving an extra annual $1bn to fund poverty-reduction and education programmes, the Paris Club specifying the employment of an extra 120,000 teachers and enrolment of 3.5 million children. These are vast funds—about $14bn since then—that have disappeared in governments from Obasanjo to Buhari.

Obasanjo poses as a man of honour, but he is not, as is evidenced by the scandals that accompanied his Presidential Library, Transcorp investment and Temperance Farms.

We forget he was almost impeached: the House of Representatives in 2002 listing 17 constitutional breaches against him and giving him two weeks to resign or be impeached, and the Senate, 15.

And we forget that he left office in 2007 only because the country strongly resisted his bid for an illegal third term. On that, he squandered over N23.45bn in bribes on members of NASS—at N50m per person—as confirmed by its members.

We forget, but Obasanjo does not believe in democracy. “I am not supposed to be here!” are among the words by which he “consoled” victims of the Ikeja Cantonment explosions in 2001, as he threatened them. “Shut up!” he yelled at a Nigerian during a Town Hall meeting in Atlanta, United States. “CAN, my foot!” was how he dismissed the Christian Association of Nigeria.

Is that arrogant Obasanjo this arrogant Obasanjo who claims performance and patriotism in governance? Where was he when he had the opportunity to accomplish these things?

Yes, Buhari has proved to be a disaster, but had Buhari been even one-tenth of whom we mistook him to be, Obasanjo would be in jail for life. That is why it was so ironic last week when he said of Buhari’s government: “If we expose them, all of them will enter hell; they will not only go to jail.”

Which leads to the here and now, and how best Obasanjo, all things considered, can atone for his sins.

There are two scenarios. In the first, he should simply resign from politics and remain in Abeokuta, spending the rest of his days in penance. In that state, he might also admit that Nigeria’s saddest chapters in history have been at the hands of the worst of our military and retired military: Obasanjo, Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Abacha and Abdusallam Abubakar.

Obasanjo’s ultimate sign of penance would be for him also to convince the three others who are still alive to join him in retirement so Nigeria can be free of them.

In the second scenario, Obasanjo would retire into service, but put his hands over and where his mouth has been, and dedicate the rest of his life to real service.

Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world, but it is also filled with a lot of rich people who don’t know what to do with their money or property.

Obasanjo can superintend a “Rescue Nigeria Summit” structured to mop up a mountain of these funds to help civil society re-engineering of education, with focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics; full scholarships to the brightest and most creative; and multiplying opportunities for the poorest. Indeed, Obasanjo might remember that following the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2005, his government paid for one million laptops under the ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Programme. Well, no Nigerian child ever received one!

Obasanjo can lead the quest for campaign finance reform towards encouraging “non-politicians” to contest political offices, or voter education. He can lead a culture of one library in every village, or of volunteerism.

Service, like true love, is not a matter of words. And when you are always talking, nobody knows what you are saying.

Strike: ASUU denies receiving N163bn from FG

Strike: ASUU denies receiving N163bn from FG

Olufemi Atoyebi and Ademola Babalola

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday denied receiving the sum of N163bn from government in a bid to suspend the three-month-old strike.

In a statement titled, ‘Re: N163bn released to ASUU: Putting the record straight,’ signed by the Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Dr Ade Adejumo, the union, said, “Once again, the attention of our union has been drawn to another piece of misinformation which gives the impression that ASUU collects money from government.

“For umpteenth time, let it be known that our union is a patriotic organisation whose activities are driven by principled conviction that the resources of the country can better be managed for the ultimate benefit of the Nigerian society, especially the education sector which is our immediate constituency.

“The government and all civilised individuals are aware of how the university is managed, so also the resources available to it. The government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receive and spend all the money coming into the university. ASUU doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it.”

It added, “Even money meant for our salaries and other allowances come directly to the university administration which prepares the budget and manages it. ASUU members collect only their salaries as paid by the university. Contracts and all the capital projects are awarded by the councils that are appointed by the government, not ASUU.

“It is in the context of the above that our union calls on the vice-chancellors and council chairmen to stop behaving like vultures that wait silently by the sidelines, waiting for the game to fall only to descend on the carcass.

“They should join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into our public universities rather than working at cross purposes with us. Part of the least expected from them is to come out openly to put the record straight each time the government comes out with the deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU.”

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, had earlier on Saturday, similarly said that the Federal Government claim that it released N163bn to settle part of the demands of the union was misleading.

Ogunyemi, who spoke on the sidelines of the Nigeria Labour Congress meeting in Abuja, said, “The minister referred to the release of N163bn but that was not released by the Ministry of Education to revitalisation. That fund he alluded to was from TETFUND. TETFUND was there when we carried out the NEEDS Assessment in 2012. What we called Revitalisation Fund today is a product of that exercise of 2012. We have always drawn a line of distinction between what TETFUND gives and what we should access from the NEEDS Assessment Fund.

“They are different terms of intervention that should not be equated to one. TETFUND as an intervention agent is ASUU’s brainchild which became a reality. The funds from NEEDS Assessment is to fix specific items of deficiency in our system. Both Federal and state governments have now relinquished their responsibilities to TETFUND, they now hold on to it.”

Source: The Punch

Robbers stab Radio Nigeria journalist to death in Abuja

Robbers stab Radio Nigeria journalist to death in Abuja

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

Armed robbers have attacked and stabbed to death a journalist with the Radio Nigeria, Abuja, Mr Chris Edoga.

The deceased was at his home in the Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory when the yet-to-be-identified hoodlums raided his apartment and stabbed him last Tuesday.

He was rushed to the hospital by good Samaritans but he died the next day.

A colleague of the deceased, Kayode Irebi, said Edoga was sleeping when he was awoken by strange noise in his apartment.

On close examination of where the noise was coming from, the deceased saw the unwanted guests carting away his television set as well as other personal effects.

Irebi said, “Edoga was sleeping and woke up to find unknown people ransacking his property; on seeing that he had woken up, the hoodlums attacked and stabbed him with a knife in the head and the stomach.

“He suffered a ruptured intestine and was subsequently rushed to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, but he was not operated on until 24 hours later. He died during the surgical procedure.”

Our correspondent learnt that hoodlums had been terrorising residents of Gwagwalada area in the last two months.

The hoodlums are said to often operate in groups and armed with automatic weapons and machetes.

A victim, who gave her name simply as Kehinde, said the criminals robbed the residents of a street along the old Kutunku area last week, carting away property and money.

Narrating her experience to Northern City News on Sunday, Kehinde, who is a radio presenter, said the gang scaled the fence into her residence, cut the iron doors and raided the four apartments within the compound.

“They cut the iron burglary door and stole the 42-inch television set in my living room, the 35-inch television set in the bedroom, my laptop, phones and N15,000. They also attacked the other three apartments, taking away home appliances and other personal effects. I was so scared,” she stated.

Another victim of a similar attack, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the police did not show up throughout the four-hour ordeal, adding that despite lodging a report about the incident in the morning, no police operative visited the scene of the attack.

Reacting to the development, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, said the command had strengthened its presence in Gwagwalada, adding that investigation had commenced into the robbery attacks in the area.

Credit: The Punch

Ambode swears in new TESCOM board members, permanent secretary

Ambode swears-in new permanent secretary

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

by Oziegbe Okoeki

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore-in the newly elevated Permanent Secretary and State Auditor-General for Local Government and members of the Board of the new Lagos State Teaching Service Commission.

The new Permanent Secretary who until Monday was the State Auditor-General for Local Government is Mrs. Adesumbo Idiat Abolarin and Chairman of the new Board is retired former permanent secretary, ministry of education, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo.

Other members of the Board are: Mr. Jacob Ashaka, Mrs. Sidikat Titilayo Smith, Mr. Adeleke Oluseun Kara all retired principals and Mrs. Adijat Kubura Hassan, a Director of Education and lecturer.

Addressing the new appointees, Ambode told the new permanent secretary to make sure the trust reposed in her is not misplaced.

Congratulating the Board members, the governor said their quality cannot be contested because they are well qualified for the position and that the setting up of the Board was in an effort to strenghten education in the state, adding that a society cannot thrive beyond its educational attainment.

According to him, the law setting up the Board is also meant to ensure improvement in teachers’ welfare and to make sure qualified teachers are employed.

“No doubt with the calibre of people on the Board we shall witness improvement in education sector”, urging them to maintain an effective and efficient teaching personnel.

Ambode urged them to read the law and follow due process in all they do, “don’t be bias”, adding that “all infrastructure in the education sector will be wasted if not handled by dedicated teachers.

He said that though the board might encounter transitional issues, he assured that everything will be sorted out within the time frame of his administration.

Speaking on behalf of all the appointees, chairman of the Board, Ariyo thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them and assured that they will strive and work hard to justify their appointment.

“We shall endeavour to enhance and promote welfare of teachers, train and retrain them for outstanding performance”, she promised.

Credit: The Nation

Ekiti: Fayemi wins as tribunal throws out PDP’s petition

Ekiti tribunal upholds Fayemi’s election

Governor Kayode Fayemi

Says PDP, Olusola fails to prove allegation of irregularity
by Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Ekiti State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Kayode Fayemi.

The Justice Suleiman Belgore led tribunal, in a judgment that lasted for about five hours on Monday, dismissed the petition by the PDP and its candidate, Kolapo Olusola on the grounds that the failed to prove their case.

Justice Belgore, who read the judgment, found that the evidence led by the petitioners was insufficient to prove their claim the election was held in substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Credit: The Nation