News Headlines May 21, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 21, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Doctors, nurses lament poor pay, overwork in state hospitals
FG fails to pay whistle-blower who exposed secret $223m NNPC account
92 individuals, groups tackle Ganduje over new emirs
NASS Coverage: Outrage greets ‘satanic guidelines’ for journalists’ accreditation
2023: Ohanaeze’s secretary backs Amaechi, says Igbo can’t be President
Experts fear recession as GDP growth drops to 2.01%
Militants threaten to declare Niger Delta Republic June 1
NDLEA opposes Akeredolu on cannabis, destroys 3,900 hectares in Ondo
FG fails to pay whistle-blower who exposed secret $223m NNPC account
92 individuals, groups tackle Ganduje over new emirs
FG invites world leaders to maiden June 12 Democracy Day
NASS Coverage: Outrage greets ‘satanic guidelines’ for journalists’ accreditation
Lobi coach Ogbeide slumps, dies in Makurdi
Adichie joins exclusive list of Yale’s Class Day speakers
Gunmen kill cop, two others in fresh Taraba attack
Stock market opens week with N221bn gain
I spent N30bn building hospitals in Imo, says Okorocha
Court gives conditions for Saraki, Ekweremadu’s removal
Police parade suspected cultists, kidnappers in Ibadan
Gunmen kidnap twins, one other in Ekiti, demand N22m
Rain wreaks havoc in Lagos, Ogun, destroys buildings, others
Monarch, retired police officer nabbed for allegedly stealing transformers
Judge remands Naira Marley in prison
Seven killed in Rivers cult attacks
Family demands IPOB member’s whereabouts three years after disappearance
Cops raid criminal hideouts in Anambra, apprehend 75 cultists
Police arrest kidnap gang in Aba
Two INEC officials charged with electoral malpractices
First time federal lawmakers to support Buhari on true federalism
Rivers APC denies giving Wike conditions for peace
Experts fear recession as GDP growth drops to 2.01%
Nigeria’s oil exports threatened as fire hits 250,000bpd pipeline
SIM registration: MTN pays N235bn fine
Discos need $10bn investment to boost power distribution –AFD
NIRSAL, FADAMA moves to tackle N660bn tractor redundancy losses
Eaglets coach hails CAF over Guinea disqualification
Mbappe issues PSG ultimatum at Ligue 1 awards
World Cup: Sanusi wants Falcons to surpass 1999 feat
Kwara United players, officials protest unpaid salaries
Nigerian ambassador visits Flying Eagles in Poland
Extend TETFund to private varsities, OAU VC tells FG
Free education can’t work in varsities, says ex-FUTA VC
To transform society, we need qualified teachers — Ambode
CRUTECH’s first female acting VC assumes office
PAU to begin Masters degree programme in film production
EdePoly students win inter-school debate competition
Adichie joins exclusive list of Yale’s Class Day speakers
Adekunle expands entertainment confab
Adio The Musical set to go on stage
Game of Thrones finale draws staggering 19.3 million viewers
Whitney Houston estate working on hologram tour, new album
Sexless marriage will affect your mental health
CIAPS to train Africa’s health managers
Ekiti seeks collaboration among health workers
NCC eyes increased telecom investment, hosts summit
How to secure your identity online
Cybercriminals target Instagram users, job seekers with adverts
Disconnected solutions expose data to cyberattacks, experts warn
Editorial: Reps’ medical tourism bill blunder
Ikeja Electric’s outrageous billing
Treasury looting as a national security matter
Lessons of history: King Jaja of Opobo
Mobilising Nigeria’s human and natural resources for national development

The Nation

Floods: Lagos urges calm as heavy rains pound city
Insurance firms to recapitalise
Judge remands Naira Marley as musician’s fraud trial begins
Tension in NNPC over postings, fresh recruitment
June 12 Day: Nigeria is safe, says minister
$16.8b capital importation: How the banks stand
Tinubu to elite: shun insulting utterances
Govt urges residents to apply caution
Still on AMCON’s debtors
Senators-elect split as signatures drive begins for Lawan, Goje, Ndume
Why we’re tearing down MMIA for repairs, by Sirika
Omatseye elected Govt College Ughelli Old Boys’ Association’s Lagos president
Girl, 23, missing
Alleged N25m fraud: Absence of prosecutors stalls arraignment of ex-NBA chairmen, other
Fed Govt appoints Yadudu as FAAN MD
Row over NFIU guidelines on local govt funds
Telecoms sector Q1 revenue hits N2tr
Air Peace de-boards ‘unruly passenger’
Anxiety in aviation agencies over sack of FAAN chief
Judge remands Naira Marley as musician’s fraud trial begins
Tension in NNPC over postings, fresh recruitment
June 12 Day: Nigeria is safe, says minister
Senators-elect split as signatures drive begins for Lawan, Goje, Ndume
Ripples in Edo PDP as chieftains endorse Obaseki
I’m qualified to be Ondo governor, says Kekemeke
PDP chieftain urges Buhari to implement people-oriented programmes
Referee dies after collapsing on pitch
Saraki lauds Super Falcon’s WAFU Cup victory
Hearn: Wilder must be Joshua’s next opponent
Buhari congratulates Falcons
AFCON 2019: Guinea not giving up on Keita
FIFA U20 World Cup: Flying Eagles land in Poland
$16.8b capital importation: How the banks stand
Why we’re tearing down MMIA for repairs, by Sirika
Telecoms sector Q1 revenue hits N2tr
Turkish Airlines to open lounge
Sanwo-Olu: technology is new economy
Report lists reasons for stunted industry growth
Judge remands Naira Marley as musician’s fraud trial begins
Girl, 23, missing
Residents protest bad Lagos -Badagry road
Hotel workers face N6.05m theft charge
Police flush out 29 suspected criminals, arms dealer
75 suspected cultists arrested in Anambra
US billionaire offsets loans of graduating students
Oyo teachers commence indefinite strike
Ondo Varsity shut down indefinitely – Registrar
S. African bus driver found hanged after his bus killed 8 passengers
Sweden proposes tribunal to try ISIS fighters
Nine facts about Naira Marley’s arrest


SEC Probes MTN Listing on Stock Exchange
•Shareholders rake in N6.1bn in one day as induced scarcity continues
FG: Nigeria Safe for World Leaders to Attend Buhari’s Inauguration
EFCC: We are Investigating Okorocha
•Defends freezing of N5bn state’s account
NAICOM Raises Insurance Firms’ Operating Capital by 200%
Wonodi: It’s Impossible to Regulate Power Market Without Transparency
CAN, Others Task Buhari on Growing Insecurity
•Army takes delivery of arms, ammunition from Slovakia
MTN Pays N235bn Fine for SIM Registration Offences
INEC Withdraws 25 Certificates of Return
Tinubu Meets Buhari in Saudi, Urges Elders to Avoid Inflammatory Statements
Fatona: Nigeria’s Oil Industry Will Face Drought if Militancy Continues
Duke of Cambridge Tasks Stakeholders on Exotic Animal Species
Zamfara APC Crisis: Senator Marafa Faults Gov Yari’s Saudi Trip
Flood Takes over Lagos Roads, Destroys Properties
Herdsmen Kill One in Kogi Community
Naira Marley Remanded in Prison for Alleged Internet Fraud
Senate Leadership: Court Throws out Suit Seeking to Stop Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Sack
Wonodi: It’s Impossible to Regulate Power Market Without Transparency
W’Bank Gives Nigeria 30 Years to Repay $350m Rural Power Fund
NNPC Explains Retirement, Replacement of 30 Senior Staff
Flutterwave Bags ISO Certification
Halt Planned Commencement of Oil Exploration at OML 11, NPDC Warned
Relegation Battle Goes to the Wire, Kano Pillars Pick Super 6 Ticket
20 Gold Level Runners Confirmed for Okpekpe Race
HotSports Wins AFCON 2019 Marketing Rights
Kroos Signs New Four-year Real Madrid Deal
Stakeholders Gather for Vulture Conservation in Nguru

Daily Trust

Manpower shortage, decaying infrastructure threaten Yar’adua Hospital
12 things that predispose you to dementia — WHO
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
New approach targeting cancer cells found
Capital market operators fault MTN listing over free float
15 worshipers abducted in Kaduna village church
Tinubu, Sultan meet Buhari in Makkah
10 killed in Rivers as rival cults clash
FG to sanction hospitals hiring quacks
FEC approves N3.7bn contracts for FCT
Editors reject NASS accreditation guidelines for journalists
EFCC: Okorocha, others under investigation
Parliamentary bill dormant 5 months after 1st reading
Northern group backs El-Rufai over godfather comment
Senate presidency: Senators set for showdown over voting method
El-Kanemi Warriors suffer another home loss as Pillars clinch playoff ticket
Super Falcons have learnt to fight – Dennerby
Poland 2019: Nigerian ambassador charges Flying Eagles to soar
Capital market operators fault MTN listing over free float
Nigeria’s economy expanded by 2.0% in Q1 – NBS
‘Nigeria’s crude oil will remain relevant almost forever’
FCT minister swears -in council chairmen, warns against corruption
Scavengers swoop on debris of demolished Caramelo
Ansar ud-deen organises Ramadan programme for pupils in FCT
Kano emirate imbroglio: A reflection
15 things on Governor-elect’s mind
The darkest hour
Adamu Adamu’s milestones and unfinished business in education
ICPC: Corrupting the N2.5bn news
Exam Malpractice: The situation continues
INEC withdraws 25 Certificates-of-Return
Saudi Arabia imposes special tax on soft drinks, e-cigarettes
I got N2.5m from ransom paid for Gov Masari’s mother-in-law – Suspect
Gunmen abduct 2 female teenagers in Taraba
Police in Oyo parade 30 suspects, recover amunition
Editorial: Address population time bomb
Kebbi appoints new head for contributory health scheme
Nigeria increases agricultural export to 77% in 2018 – Minister
Niger govt acquires 50 hectares of land for Dangote rice mill
Coffee: Plateau’s untapped gold mine
Offa professors fault selection process on appointment of new VC for Kwara University
Ondo State University shut down indefinitely
UniBen offers 11,772 admission out of 75,000 candidates
2019 Hajj: NAHCON signs airlift agreement with three airlines
Cleric urges Muslims to embrace science studies
Ramadan: Judiciary Muslim women launch Almajirai feeding programme in Plateau
Kannywood launches Northflix to curb film piracy
The tricky semester
How LGs should exercise constitutional powers – Lawyers
$322.5m Abacha loot: N6bn shared to beneficiaries
Ortom reappoints Ijohor as SSG
APM terminals appoints 1st Nigerian MD
World Bank appoints Prof Pate global director

The Sun

My expectations from Buhari in his second term – David-West
9th Assembly: Yakub withdraws from speakership race
Security agencies dealing with threats to Buhari’s govt –FG
Lagos residents protest state of Badagry expressway
Okorocha, others under investigation –EFCC
Lagos allays fears of residents on rainfall
Ondo varsity shut indefinitely over anti-tuition hike protest
Army recharges for Boko Haram
LPPC shortlists Adegboruwa, Adegoke, 13 profs, others for SAN award
Businessman cries to Buhari, IGP to help recover N15m from friend
Fadeyi residents beg police to prosecute arrested cultists
Police arrest 13 for cultism in Oyo, recover 3,519 ammunition
AGF drags 2 INEC officials to court over electoral fraud
More certificates of return to be withdrawn –INEC
Okorocha, others under investigation –EFCC
… 2019 elections didn’t affect economic stability
Nigeria’s GDP up by 2.01% in Q1, 2019 —NBS
FG appoints Hamisu Yadudu as new FAAN MD/CEO
Operators fault MTN Nigeria’s listing over free float
TSA: Nigeria saves N45bn monthly, attains near 100% compliance
Operators fault MTN Nigeria listing over free float
Breaking: Certificate of return: Izunaso drags judge before NJC, others over alleged misconduct
France 2019: Kanu leads home-based Super Falcons to Austria camp
Transfer: Mbappe statement throws spanner into the works at PSG
‘I thought my career was over after pregnancy’ — Azarenka
Kroos extends Real Madrid deal until 2023
Saraki lauds Super Falcon’s WAFU Cup victory
CASNS raises the alarm over insecurity
Spirit of David takes dance to churches
Filmmaking made easy at Canon/PEFTI workshop
Breaking: Naira Marley, remanded in prison pleads not guilty
Agenda for the NGE
The imperative of a new Imo State
Why there’s corruption in judiciary –Akeredolu
Culture Day: Oyo workers, students to wear traditional attire
Agony as downpour grounds Lagos
Wike dethrones monarch over alleged cultism
SERAP recommends remedy measure in anti-graft war


9th Assembly: NASS introduces stringent conditions for journalists’ accreditation
FG to electrify 37 Federal Universities — Minister
Okorocha: Sen Izunaso petitions NJC, Ag. CJN, over Judge’s conduct
AGF Malami sues two INEC officials over electoral frau
Telecoms contributed N2 trillion to GDP in first quarter 2019 ― NCC…
Why Gov Yari visited Buhari in Saudi Arabia — Northern Youths
Professional colleagues honour Makinde in Ibadan
Investigate distribution of IIRO assistance to orphans in Bauchi, Women Group tells EFCC, ICPC
Oyo NSE suggests sustainable infrastructural development roadmap for Makinde
FEC okays CBN intervention fund extension for GenCos
Unknown gunmen abduct two FRSC officers in Osun
Police arrest suspected illegal arms dealer in Ibadan
Man, 25, in court for allegedly stealing woman’s underwear
Court remands carpenter over alleged illegal arms possession
Internet users hits 115.9m in March ― NCC
Immunisation: Sokoto set for increased coverage as it achieves 59%
Study suggests avocados suppress hunger
Ondo Varsity shut down indefinitely ― Registrar
Harassment: Head teacher urges Lagos govt to protect schools


Govs Move Against NFIU’s Monitoring Of Joint Account
Voting Pattern Threatens Inauguration Of 9th Senate
FG Rakes In N393.7bn From VAT In 4 Months
NNPC To Inaugurate Largest LPG Storage In Benin
NDLEA Decries Incessant Violent Attacks On Officers
Saraki Congratulates Super Falcons On Victory
Huawei Declares Continue Support For Smartphones, Tablets
SNAP: Musician Naira Marley docked over alleged cyber crime
NNL : Kogi United Back On Top With Jigawa Golden Stars Win
Group To Ihedioha: Don’t Allow Rochas Collect Paris Club Refund
Game Of Thrones Finale Gets Mixed Response
Trump: War Would Mean ‘End Of Iran’
Gowon, Ahmad Caution On Financial Industry Integrity
‘Our Gas Intervention Impacting Nigeria’s Economy’
Stakeholders Task FG On Digital Switchover
FG To Move Manufacturing Industry From 10 To 20% Of GDP – Enelamah Niger Acquires Land For Dangote Rice Mill
We Won’t Allow External Forces Destroy ACOMORAN – National President
BUSINESS4 hours agoDangote Sugar’s Impressive Performance
Saraki Congratulates Super Falcons On Victory
AD, LP Accuse Sanwo-Olu Of Using Fake Voter Card
‘Ortom Fuelled Hatred In Benue’
2019 Polls: Facebook Leak Indicts FG, Exposes APC – PDP
Delta APC’s Endless Search For Peace
Atiku Not In Same Democratic League With Abiola, Ekwueme – BMO
PDP Vows To Retrieve Adeleke’s Mandate
Trump: War Would Mean ‘End Of Iran’
Dangote Sugar’s Impressive Performance
SEC: Dawn Of A New Era

The Guardian

National Assembly imposes restrictions on media
How Lagos downpour wreaked havoc, gridlock
Addressing rising cases of suicide among teenagers in Nigeria
Petrol may rise as Senate deletes equalisation fund from PIGB
Residents, students protest against deplorable Lagos-Badagry expressway
Nigeria’s GDP dips to two per cent in Q1 2019
Kano indigenes, groups seek resignation of new emirs
MTN listing has empowered Nigerians, says NCC
Judge remands Naira Marley in prison, adjourns case till May 30l
Pillars pick Super Six ticket as relegation battle goes to the wire
‘Poor grassroots culture bane of Nigerian football
EFCC set to probe ministry over IAAF’s ‘missing’ $135,000
From Rome to Paris Nadal holds the ace
Adesanya returns to New Zealand after ‘tour’ of Nigeria
HotSports wins Egypt 2019 AFCON marketing rights
Post–2019 election violence and unusual coup alarm by government
INEC withdraws certificates of return of Nwaoboshi, 24 others
Tinubu meets Buhari, urges elders to avoid inflammatory statements
Tribunal rejects Adelabu’s application to recount ballot papers
Editorial: Do we need more or better universities?
Regulator, stockbrokers differ on MTN free float share-listing
Teledensity falls 33% as operators mull higher tariff in ‘hostile’ regions
SEC declares ‘Loom Money’ illegal outfit
Shareholders fume over huge fines on banks in 2018
Inauguration fever catches Imo State
Nigeria: The power of unwavering unity
Revitalising contemporary Nigeria foreign policy
When do we embrace free press?
‘Regulations have force of law under Interpretation Act 1964’
Paternal family of the deceased has superior burial right under Tiv customary law
Expropriatory acquisitions and enforcement of judgment in Nigeria
Lawyers task universities on qualitative legal education


EFCC’s Investigating Okorocha, Others — Magu
Community Pharmacists Seek Govt Attention To Tackle Fake Drugs
Rivers Speakership: Will Ogoni, Opobo/Nkoro’s Agitation For Equity Count?
INEC Withdraws 25 Certificates-Of-Return
Edo Unity League Slams Okorocha Over Attacks On Oshiomhole
NDLEA Carpets Akeredolu Over Call For Legalisation Of Cannabis
NLC Attacks Ngige Over Threat To Proscribe NUPENG
Nigeria Loses N19.6bn As Oil Firms Flare 18bscf Of Gas
Scientists Tackle Climate Change Challenges In $100, 000 Nigeria Prize For Science
Oando, Access Bank, Others Raise Fund To Tackle Crisis In N-East
Daughters Of Jerusalem, I Weep For Emeka!
Oil Exploration: Give Peace A Chance, Delta Govt Urges Communities
N179.8m Fraud: PDP Chieftain, 2 INEC Officials Re-Arraigned
More Nigerians To Die By Suicide If…
Price Of Bonny Light Drops To $73.58 As OPEC Plans To Stabilise Market
Bidding The Military Early Bye-Bye (2)
FIRST QUARTER ’19: Insecurity, Election Slow Economic Growth To 2%
Telecom sector contribution to GDP now N2trn, attracts $1.73bn FDI — Minister
Why we’re confident of victory at tribunal – PDP
Electoral Fraud: FG slams 5-count charge against 2 INEC officials
FEC approves new 0.2% AU import levies
Security threat: Lai says no cause for alarm
Insecurity : Show more concern, commitment- CAN tells FG
BREAKING: FG unfolds details of 29 May, 12 June celebrations
Priests, herbalists, others move against killers, kidnappers, cultists, robbers in Benin Kingdom
Economic growth remains weak at 2% in Q1’19-Analysts forecast
Nigerian Guild of Editors rejects NASS guidelines for journalists
Buhari, Tinubu, Sultan meet in Saudi Arabia
NASS gagging of media absolute nonsense, Saraki’s Spokesperson
Super Eagles will never walk alone, says Supporters Club Chairman
U-17 AFCON: Eaglets coach hails sanctions on Guinea
Saraki lauds Super Falcon’s WAFU Cup victory
Nigeria goalkeepers look up to Ter Stegen — Rohr
I’m a 4-hours man; Daddy Showkey brags about his sexual prowess
Naira Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty
With four beautiful daughters, we overcame male child mentality — Lancelot Imasuen
Community pharmacists seek Govt attention to tackle fake drugs
Relief for stuffy nose
Nigeria loses N19.6bn as oil firms flare 18bscf of gas
Counterfeit lubricant remains a national challenge – GM 11Plc
There has to be a national re-education plan – Mrs Ify Akerele
Chimamanda makes history as first African to speak at Yale’s Class Day
Ondo Varsity shut down indefinitely as students refuse to pay N200,000 fee

Daily Independent

Imo Hands Over General Hospitals To Security Agencies, Churches
FG Sacks FAAN MD, Appoints Yadudu
FG Raises Minimum Paid-Up Share Capital For Re/Insurance Coys To N56bn
FG Not Sincere Over Stolen Assets In U.S. — Transparency International
West Ham Chasing Chelsea’s Caballero
Tottenham Eye Jota
Serge Aurier Considers His Future
Harry Kane Set To Win Fitness Battle For Champions League Final
Giroud Closing In On New Chelsea Deal
West Ham Ready To Make Move For Chelsea Goalkeeper
Concerns As Massive Shake-Up Rocks NNPC
June 12: FG Issues Security Guarantees To World Leaders
Oil Sector Contraction Drags Nigeria’s GDP Down In Q1 2019
Tension In Kano As CSOs Ask New Emirs To Resign
2019 Elections: INEC Withdraws 25 Certificates Of Return
Afghan Government Battle Against Corruption Having Little Effect- UN
South Sudan To Close Embassies Over Economic Crisis
Italy’s Govt ‘Paralysed’ By Infighting, Key Cabinet Member Says
Why I Didn’t Challenge Outcome Of Presidential Election –Sani
TSA Saves Nigeria N45bn Monthly – FG
Juke Box
Kwara Utd Players, Officials Protest Unpaid Salaries, Barricade Ministry’s Entrance
I’ll Be Fit For AFCON’
Pillars Book Playoff Spot, As Tornadoes Join Yobe, Remo In Relegation
Okagbare Joins Tokyo 2020 Olympics Train
Solomon Ogbeide, Lobi Stars Coach, Dies


Teacher charged for scanning live WAEC question paper

Teacher in court over alleged malpractice during WAEC exam

A 24-year-old teacher, Oluwaseun Adegoke, who allegedly sent West Africa Examination Council answer booklet via the internet to a student, on Monday appeared in Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The police charged Adegoke, who live in Orile-Agege, Lagos with unlawfully assisting a candidate in the course of an examination.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 17 at a private school in Agege, Lagos,

He said that the defendant scanned a WAEC answer booklet of a student while the examination was still on and sent it on Whatsapp to assist some students.

Odugbo said that WAEC got information that the answer booklet of a student was on the internet.

“On tracing the school, it was discovered that the defendant posted it.

“The case was reported and the defendant was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of section 324(3)of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the section prescribes 10 years jail term for unlawfully assisting a candidate in the course of an examination.

Following his plea of not guilty, Magistrate Mrs Emeka Opara, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Opara ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until June 26.

School gardener arrested for beating WASSCE candidate to death

School gardener arrested for beating WASSCE candidate to death

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

A school gardener, Femi Aderonmu, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly beating a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil of the Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, Rafiu Adagun, to death.

It was gathered that Rafiu was heading home after writing his West African Senior School Certificate Examination on Wednesday when he was accosted by the gardener along the Oke-Olu Road in the Iponri area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Aderonmu engaged the deceased in a fight, which led to the latter being unconscious. He was later rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

In a post on Instagram, Rafiu’s sister, identified simply as Adebusola, accused the school of covering up the incident.

She added that the family got to know of exactly what happened through some pupils, who were eyewitnesses.

She said, “RIP to my lovely brother, who was beaten to death by the school’s gardener, who is 26 years older than him at the Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri.

“There was an attempt to cover up the incident by the school authority at first. They said he (Rafiu) suddenly slumped and died, but we made them understand that he was healthy and we said that we wouldn’t accept that excuse.

“We were only able to get the truth after asking some pupils, who were at the scene of the incident, and who confirmed to us that he was beaten to death by the gardener.”

However, in a statement on Sunday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of Aderonmu, adding that he would soon be charged to court after investigation.

Elkana stated, “On April 16, 2019, around 2.40pm, the Iponri Police Station received a complaint from the Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, that on April 15, 2019, around 4.40pm, one Femi Aderonmu, a gardener with the said school, engaged one Rafiu Adagun, an SSS3 pupil, in a fight along Oke-Olu Road, Iponri.

“In the process, the pupil fell down and became unconscious and was rushed to the Smith Medical Hospital, where he later died. Eyewitness accounts showed that the deceased was returning home with his friends after writing the WASSCE and the suspect blocked him on the way and pulled him down on the accusation that the deceased had insulted him earlier.

“Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, visited the crime scene and the corpse of the deceased was deposited in the mortuary for autopsy. The suspect has been arrested and will be charged to court for murder.

Credit: The Punch

Why I cancelled Obesere’s installation as Agbaakin Bobagunwa – Olubadan

Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji

Why I cancelled Obesere’s installation as Agbaakin Bobagunwa – Olubadan

Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has said the installation date of a popular Ibadan-born fuji icon, Alhaji Abass Akande (Obesere), as Agbaakin Bobagunwa of Ibadanland fixed for Thursday May 2, 2019, was cancelled based on procedural errors.

The first-class monarch, in a statement issued on Sunday by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Adeola Oloko, dismissed the insinuation that the cancellation was based on perceived brawl between Obesere and an Ijebu-born iconic fuji star, who is one of the musicians that Oba Adetunji brought to limelight with his record label.

The non-installation of Obesere as Agbaakin Bobagunwa of Ibadanland has generated a lot of controversies, with Obesere pointing fingers at the Ijebu-born fuji musician as the mastermind of the stoppage. But Oba Adetunji has promised to install him at a more convenient date, saying Thursday May 2, was unilaterally picked by Obesere for the installation without consulting with the palace.

Olubadan, who spoke when he played host to the executive council of Fuji Musicians Association, led by its national president, Alhaji Sikiru Agboola, at his Popoyemoja palace at the weekend, insisted that the procedure for prescribing and consenting to honourary chieftaincy title holders in Ibadan is too sacrosanct to be bent for anybody.

According to him, while Obesere’s nomination was conveyed to him in a letter,  he should have appeared in person or by proxy to deepen discussion on the next line of action by the consenting and prescribed authority before unilaterally announcing Thursday May 2, 2019 as his chieftaincy installation day in the media.

Oba Adetunji stated further that, “that kind of honourary chieftaincy title is not conferred in Ibadan on Thursdays which he unilaterally fixed by himself without recourse to the Olubadan palace that should have taken into consideration the diary of activities of Olubadan for the day.

“When he came to the palace about five or six days to the proposed installation date with his friends, he admitted to an error of commission and omission, and pleaded for forgiveness. Nobody in Olubadan palace collected a kobo as installation fees from the Ibadan-born fuji music star as insinuated in some quarters. Alhaji Akande Obesere is in a position to confirm or deny it.”

The monarch stated that this was the same position he told his emissaries whom he sent to him before and after the installation date that never was, saying: “To show that he had been forgiven, I did promise to confer the honourary chieftaincy title on him at a more convenient and acceptable date.

“But I was surprised to read a story, Olubadan cancelled my installation for refusing to call  Ijebu-born fuji star. This is untrue, unfair and ungodly. Is the Ijebu-born fuji star a member of of the Olubadan-in-Council? Was the Ijebu-born fuji star consulted before Obesere was nominated for the slot by Olubadan palace? Is there any contest between Obesere and the said star for the same chieftaincy position?

“You want to be a chief, you have gone ahead to rent hall, prepare food, pick aso ebi without paying dues and undertaking your chieftaincy rites.”

The Olubadan, however, stated that Obesere remains one of his sons and subjects whom he would forever wish well.

Earlier, the fuji musicians executives had commended the Olubadan for his wisdom in steering the ship of Ibadan, pleading with him to reconsider Obesere for chieftaincy installation.

Credit: The Sun

Shall we now beg Goodluck Jonathan for forgiveness?

SATIRE SATURDAY: Shall we now beg Goodluck Jonathan for forgiveness?

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Oladeinde Olawoyin

Two weeks ago, I was in Ibogun-Olaogun, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ancestral village, for an interview with the retired general. The conversation is meant to be part of a special publication by this newspaper, set for release in commemoration of Nigeria’s 20-year democratic journey later this month. Of course, having served for the first eight years of the 20-year journey, Mr. Obasanjo occupies a significant part of that narrative.

Sitting right before the former president in his room while the engagement gathered momentum, one thing struck me about his views on Nigeria and her leadership question: Mr Obasanjo had no doubt that the nation has consistently witnessed a complete descent in its choice of leadership since 1999.

To be sure, anyone who has read the Otta farmer well enough would be conscious of this not-so-subtle obsession with the self; his numerous ways of pronouncing himself the best thing that would happen to Nigeria’s leadership institution and his tangential reference to everyone who came before and after him as incompetent simpletons.

Yet if we look beyond the numerous flaws of Mr. Obasanjo himself, beyond his megalomaniac tendencies, given that he had the will power to do so much but delivered not as much, it is tempting to agree that Nigeria has indeed been experiencing a descent into the abyss in terms of its leadership choice since 1999.

For, with the understandable exception of the turbulent tenure of the late Umaru Yar’adua, whose early reformist steps and failing health threw into our own version of what could pass for martyrdom, the nation has taken several steps backward than it has taken forward in her journey toward growth and development.

And these disturbing concerns, by default, are a reflection of the quality of leaders the system has thrown up over the years. While former President Goodluck Jonathan elevated institutionalized sleaze by his legendary docility, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has given a new nomenclature to crass incompetence. This leadership pattern, frankly, is a major reason why Mr Obasanjo whose serial iniquities are all too known now considers—-some would say ‘deludes’, and rightly so—-himself to be our own Gandhi!

The bar of governance, of leadership, hasn’t only fallen; it is on the muddy floor reeking of incompetence and corruption and related malfeasance.

So the other day when a narrative began to gain traction across the media landscape, I was as amused as I was disturbed. It began with a subtle campaign by folks suggesting that the nation faces numerous leadership and institutional crises today because of the way Mr Jonathan was (mal)treated at the polls in 2015, by the political elites and, by extension, the ordinary voters. First, it would have been funny if it was not very unfortunate.

Then came the bigger narrative, peddled first by — I think — a former aide of the ex-president, Reno Omokri, and a former minister for aviation and Mr Jonathan’s campaign manager, Femi Fani-Kayode. It would get to its crescendo at the height of the royal rumble between former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido, and the dollar-flaunting governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje. The wise logic of Messrs Omokri and Fani-Kayode is steeped in the narrative that suggests that the humiliating actions taken against Emir Sanusi are simply the outspoken former CBN governor’s ‘reward’ for his anti-Jonathan “treacherous” actions when he held sway at the CBN. In other words, Nigeria and those who (mal)treated Mr Jonathan would only know peace when they apologise to the man and he forgives them.

Because Messrs Omokri and Fani-Kayode wield considerable influence across Nigeria’s social media landscape, that narrative would soon take on a life of its own. They and their alleluia crowds would later release a long list of names of those who met their comeuppance after “betraying” Mr Jonathan, Nigeria’s, and indeed Africa’s, all-time “hero of democracy”! Bukola Saraki. Atiku Abubakar. Dino Melaye. Nigeria. Nigerians. The list is endless.

Then came the biggest of all initiatives: a massive, never-seen-before, all-inclusive delegation of detribalised Nigerian youths, selected across fora like Facebook and Twitter, from Zamfara through Ile-Oluji, with the sole mandate of marching all the way to Otuoke to go seek forgiveness from Mr Jonathan on behalf of 180 million gullible Nigerians who rejected him in 2015. As at the last time I heard of this initiative, over a thousand names of willing participants had been captured.

This delegation, whose activities I understand would be covered live on CNN and Aljazeera, would also plead with the former president to pray for the country because, as the narrative goes, our numerous crises would disappear pronto once he does. It remains unclear whether the delegation would go see Mr Jonathan with sacrificial materials—-e.g white foul, a ram, a calabash, kola nut, a piece of red clothing, and, most importantly, ninety-seven bottles of undiluted Ogogoro—but the possibility of that would not be ruled out. Nobody visits a deity (of democracy) empty-handed. And, you know, especially for those who nurse the bitter thoughts these selfless Nigerian youths are out there to “hustle” Mr Jonathan, nobody comes back from a deity empty-handed too.

But in the meantime, just before the world witnesses the biggest of all appeasements, let us make it clear that people who build sane societies do not obsess about a wasteful past because of a lifeless present. Rather, they organize to actualise a vibrant future.

And for those selfless youth who would soon be on their way to Otuoke, they should be fair enough in their dealings. If Jonathan deserves to be appeased for elevating sleaze to a “transformational” height, then they should also extend the consideration to, of course, Yar’adua. If Jonathan enjoys the honour of being described as a “gentle” man with good heart, Yar’adua is the epitome of that virtue. It does not matter that “good” heart does not build “good” nation. It matters not.

And because Yar’adua is a product of Obasanjo, let our selfless youth also move to Otta—to appease ‘Baba’ whom some ignorantly accused of wasting $16 billion on an illusory power even if details have shown that it was just a paltry 3-point-something billion dollar that was expended. Obasanjo, of course, is a product of the Abdulsalami Abubakar transition initiative and so our youth would also need a visit to Minna, to appease the retired general for being a subject of wicked conspiracy theories over the death of M.K.O Abiola.

Still on Abiola, and because Abdulsalami’s residence isn’t far from a certain gap-toothed general’s hill-top mansion, our youth would also need to visit Ibrahim Babangida, to seek forgiveness over our misunderstanding of his annulment of the June 12 election. Because we now know better, we are sorry.

Mr Buhari needs no appeasement because he is the source of this pan-Nigerian peregrination. Shehu Shagari died recently so a visit to Sokoto is pointless. Ditto Murtala Mohammed and Mr Buhari’s friend, mentor, and confidant who never stole us blind, Sani Abacha. Yakubu Gowon already prays for Nigeria and so we are sure he needs no such appeasement; he loves us already. Aguiyi Ironsi and those who came before him too are not here.

Finally, in line with our obsession with what we call “Afghanistanism” in journalese (evident in how we empathise with victims of disasters in far away places even when the homefront burns), is it out of place too if our youth help seek forgiveness from Adolf Hitler—-on behalf of gullible European Jews

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News Headlines May 20, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 20, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

Govs neglect health care as state hospitals rot away
Alleged defamation: Atiku demands N500m, apology from Buhari’s aide
I’d end Apapa gridlock within 60 days in office – Sanwo-Olu
NNPC removes NPDC boss, 49 others in major shake-up
One killed, several injured as gunmen attack Jos pub
‘Ngige planning to proscribe NUPENG’
Suspected herdsmen kill one, abduct seven in Edo
BMO says Atiku not in same class with Abiola, Ekwueme
Amaechi’s forlorn $45 billion rail ambition
Islamisation: Fani-Kayode attacks Lamido as ex-gov slams Obasanjo
Buhari’s impotence versus Dino’s opulence
Boko Haram/Herdsmen: Ethnic nationalities regroup to defend territories
Evil company led me into kidnapping – Suspect
School gardener arrested for beating WASSCE candidate to death
I am still in PDP, says Kashamu
Senator-elect asks Akeredolu to pay entitlements of Mimiko’s aides
I can’t account for security votes within seven days –Al-Makura
Reps propose AIG, Senior lawyer for EFCC chair
Ogun community accuses Christ Embassy of land grabbing
Two traffic robbers nabbed in Lagos
Gunmen abduct three travellers in Ondo
Businessman petitions police over military brutality
Police kill UBEC chairman’s abductor, arrest six suspects
Name opposition leaders responsible for treason, Atiku’s spokesman tells Buhari
Parties de-registration: INEC to wait for conclusion of election petitions
Stock market records highest gain in three months
We can’t sell petrol at a loss, NNPC replies marketers
NNPC removes NPDC boss, 49 others in major shake-up
Enugu airport: EFTZ to cooperate with govt on safety concerns
FG restructuring financing arrangement for Nigeria Air – Sirika
FG, states, LGs got N5.5tn in eight months — Finance minister
Kompany to join Anderlecht after City exit
Wilder settles Breazeale feud with 1st-round KO
Messi scores twice as Eibar hold Barca
More firms boost Okpekpe race
Quadri, Abiodun claim Portuguese title
WAFU Cup: Buhari congratulates victorious Falcons
Microsoft invests $100m to boost Africa’s tech infrastructure
Glo reintroduces caller ring back tunes
Fintechs, CBN collaborate to drive agency banking
Airtel’s 4G ‘ll boost productivity in Akwa Ibom — Gov
Editorial: Amaechi’s forlorn $45 billion rail ambition
Naira: Redesign, redenomination or revaluation?
Still waiting for Leah Sharibu’s return
Musing on Ninth NASS leadership

The Nation

Governors lose more amid battle for local govt funds
Let’s go dancing with Dalung
PDP governors reject el-Rufai in two-man race for NGF chairman
Dangote is world’s 11th greatest leader, says U.S. journal
CAN to Fed Govt: show more commitment to security
Alleged Islamisation: Lamido warns Obasanjo against turning into bigot
12 Kaduna members-elect back Gbajabiamila/Wase for House leadership
Aviation… Challenges, lamentation, strides
Christ’s School Alumni seek freedom for abducted member
Suit to void Buhari’s election divides HDP
UN peacekeeping: Nigerian soldier killed, three injured in attacks in Mali
Oando, others raise funds for Northeast
One killed, three traffic robbery suspects held
Hamzat: Exit of a loyal party leader
Uche Ogbodo tells her story with nude pictures
‘Fake soldier’ breaks traffic law
NSE blacklists 33 persons from capital market
MTN Nigeria sells at N125 per share in off-market deals
AXA Group CEO meets women entrepreneur
FBNInsurance drives sales with Ember Championship
‘There was vote buying in Akwa Ibom election’
Senate Presidency: ‘Count us out of allege use of EFCC to harass Senators’
Godfatherism comment: Mind your business, APC chieftain tells El-Rufai
Fayemi presents staff of office to new monarch
Kano Election Tribunal: Ganduje files defence with 203 witnesses against PDP
Buhari congratulates Super Falcons for winning WAFU Women’s cup
Expect tough AFCON, Appiah tells players
Build Agege Bridge for us, Small Doctor urges Ambode
Kompany leaves Man. City after eleven years
Goalkeeping experts laud CAF over sponsorship
AXA Group CEO meets women entrepreneur
FBNInsurance drives sales with Ember Championship
ABCON advises BDCs to activate 4,000 official e-mails
NEPC restores AGOA visa stamp to exporters
Command arrests gardener over pupil’s death
Trader accused of stripping, urinating on church altar
Robbers kill Igbinedion varsity lecturer
Police to arrest mortuary workers over baby’s body
Oyo govt. restores full subventions to tertiary institutions
Runtown to release new EP
‘Juju music is still active’
My friend’s tears inspired ‘Cry No More’ – Jimmy Crown
White Man debuts with ‘New Story’
I’m a proud Nigerian, says Korede Bello


Gunmen Kill Igbinedion Varsity lecturer
Gunmen Kill One, Abduct 17 in Two Kaduna Communities
OPEC Considers Two Scenarios to Adjust Oil Production
Europe-based Nigerians Laud Buhari over Emefiele’s Reappointment
Air Pollution: NLNG Earns N36tn from Flare Gas Monetisation
Buhari to Visit Ogun May 25
Buhari, APC Leaders to Meet Friday over Inauguration
Al-Makura: I Need More than Seven Days to Account for Security Votes
NNPC to Inaugurate Largest LPG Storage in Benin
800 Teachers Set to Retire in Edo
VON DG Under Fire over Attacks on Okorocha
Stand up for Your Fatherland, Okuntimo Tells Okun People in Kogi
Nigerian-born Doctor Wins ‘Brain Tumor Research’ Award in US
To Hell with Self(ish) Interests
NACETEM, NBS Move to Collaborate on Audit of Nigeria’s Tech Space
Buhari, APC Leaders to Meet Friday over Inauguration
Air Pollution: NLNG Earns N36tn from Flare Gas Monetisation
Okpanachi: MSMEs Have Huge Financing Needs
‘MTN Listing will Attract More Firms to NSE’
Gowon, Ahmad Harp on Ethics, Integrity in Banking
ABCON Advises BDCs to Activate Official e-Mails
Kompany Leaves Man City to Become Anderlecht Player-Manager
Messi’s Brace against Eibar Set to Land Him Sixth Pichichi
SWAN Urges FG to Probe AFN over IAAF’s Missing $150,000
Diouf Warns AFCON 2019 Will be Tougher than Previous Editions
Hope of glory in the face of demotion
In Defeat, Oshoala Glad as First African Scorer in UCL Final
Flying Eagles Land in Poland for U-20 World Cup
Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel Back Okpekpe Race

Daily Trust

Nigeria recorded N15.69tn deficit in manufactured goods in 3yrs
Stock market expected to rebound after Buhari’s inauguration – Experts
We hope to hit Tier 1 by 2022 – Fidelity Bank MD
FG to construct road linking Apapa Ports to Shagamu
Maritime tourism can grow Nigeria’s economy – NIMASA DG
Stop smugglers, economic saboteurs, Aremu urges CBN
BREAKING: We have killed kidnapper of UBEC Chairman – Police
Defamation: Atiku demands public apology from President Buhari’s aide
Google doodle celebrates birthday of late Football star Samuel Okwaraji
LG autonomy: How governors tamper with joint account – Niger NULGE president
Emefiele: Re-appointment of CBN Gov excites Nigerians in Europe as group lauds Buhari
Buhari breaks fast with Zamfara governor in Makkah, expresses sadness over banditry attacks
Nasarawa: Kidnappers kill council staff, kidnap his wife
We won’t condone attacks on Tinubu, Salvador replies El-Rufai
APC chieftain attacks Governor El-Rufai over Godfatherism comment
Why it’s difficult to arrest, prosecute vote buyers – ICPC
Flying Eagles in confident mood as team arrives Poland
Handball League: Lagos Seasiders trounce Kada Stars 36-29
AAG qualifiers: Nimrod charges volleyball team to beat Ivory Coast
Incoming Kuje administration inherits N1bn debt, as c’ttee submits report
Ramadan: Al-Ansar donates food stuff to widows, orphans in Kuje
2019 hajj: FCT releases approved hajj fare
15 things on Governor-elect’s mind
Thank you, Rwanda
June 12 and Emefiele: In praise of constructive engagement
Emefiele and the not so exclusive audio tapes
Saudi Arabia imposes special tax on soft drinks, e-cigarettes
15 killed in clashes between cattle raiders, farmers in South Sudan
Brexit talks collapse as May’s premiership crumbles
Man, allegedly impersonates DIG, attempts to swindle Ogun CP
49 suspected kidnappers arrested in Taraba
Police kill 6 alleged kidnappers in Rivers
Editorial: Akeredolu’s Indian hemp idea
America, please develop facial unrecognition technology
Cyber threats: Security experts advise organisations on secure operation
Why we sponsored online media training for journalists – Polaris Bank
NSITF employs over 1,000, others revamped
Oil workers chide Ngige, condemn threat to proscribe NUPENG
Labour hails FG, NASS on June 12, Emefiele
Niger govt acquires 50 hectares of land for Dangote rice mill
Coffee: Plateau’s untapped gold mine
Kogi’s 50 tons per day capacity rice mill ready soon
UniBen offers 11,772 admission out of 75,000 candidates
Cleric urges Muslims to embrace science studies
Kannywood launches Northflix to curb film piracy
Obesere announced date of his chieftaincy installation without performing traditional rites, due process – Olubadan
The Falz Experience II holds June 8 in Lagos
Expect rains, thunderstorm tomorrow, NiMet tells Nigerians
NBMA has ensured safe deployment of GM crops – Environment Minister
Ogoni Cleanup to commence next week as FG handover sites to contractors

The Sun

FG’s security allegations against us diversionary –PDP
Joint account: Call NFIU to order, govs urge Buhari
Ex-Jigawa gov, Lamido, knocks Obasanjo on Islamisation, Fulanisation agenda
FG playing politics with Apapa gridlock, says Sanwo-Olu, Lagos gov-elect
Senate leadership tussle gets messy
Police kill mastermind of UBEC chairman’s kidnap
Defamation: Atiku demands N500m, apology from Buhari’s aide
FG’s security allegations against us diversionary –PDP
Joint account: Call NFIU to order, govs urge Buhari
Why it’s difficult to arrest, prosecute vote-buyers –ICPC
Obaseki, FG inaugurate night landing facilities, others at Benin airport
Governance: Okowa advocates regular performance self-appraisal
IYC wants FG to relocate PAP, Niger Delta ministry
Preach hard-work not prosperity, Emmanuel tells Church
Ondo guber race heightens APC crisis
Borno: From Shettima to Zulum seamless transition
Okorocha to VON DG: I still hold the ace in APC South East
FG’s security allegations against us diversionary –PDP
We stand by Oshiomhole, Edo North APC leaders tell Gov Obaseki
VAT: Airlines count losses over Customs implementation delay
Microsoft to site $100m African Development Centre in Lagos
How maritime tourism can grow Nigeria’s economy –NIMASA DG
Weak institutions’ll hinder economic growth –Rewane
What MTN’s listing means for investors in Nigerian stock market
Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel back Okpekpe race
Google celebrates late Okwaraji with Doodle
Appiah eyes Ghana, Nigeria AFCON final
Google doodle celebrates posthumous birthday of late Samuel Okwaraji
AFCON 2019: Obagoal: Rohr can’t bank on Musa, Mikel
France 2019: Kanu leads home-based Super Falcons to Austria camp
Osimhen crowned Sporting Charleroi’s player of the season
FIFA U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles arrive Poland
Why I cancelled Obesere’s installation as Agbaakin Bobagunwa – Olubadan
The imperative of a new Imo State
Playing disco with Nigerian electricity consumers
Funke Egbemode’s 2nd term: Matters arising
The woodpecker’s affliction
The WHAT IF challenge
Envy as a common ENEMY
Weak enforcement of traffic laws brings Lagos residents pain
Businessman donates new church, water project to Enugu community
Prospect of war in the Middle East


Frank commends U.S. firm for exposing misinformation against Atiku
Defamation: Atiku demands apology, retraction, N500m as damages
Clerics to Buhari: Corruption in govt, poverty, insecurity escalating
CITAD describes Bauchi assembly bill stopping recovery of looted funds as unpatriotic
I remain in PDP, but let’s unite for Ogun ― Kashamu
Reps Speaker: SE group backs Gbajabiamila over Nwajiuba
Missing baby corpse in Ondo: Two mortuary attendants arrested by police
I’ll reclaim my mandate at the Tribunal ― Ogun PDP senatorial candidate vows
El-Rufai, Tinubu and their herdsmen
Your Excellency, the chickens are home to roost
There are no progressives in Nigeria
Government should fix the country, stop harassment of young Nigerians —Lese
We delivered the job he paid for —Western Omodu, Duncan’s manager
I don’t know whether Nollywood is still male dominated —Uduak Isong,…
Frank commends U.S. firm for exposing misinformation against Atiku
Defamation: Atiku demands apology, retraction, N500m as damages from Buhari’s Aide

The Guardian

Ibarapa Poly increases workers pay by 50%
Plastic waste threatens birds globally
FG partners firm on software for environmental protection
TEKAN leader, Ayokunle lock horns over CAN presidency
Fadeyi residents seek justice as police arrest four suspected cultists
Falana wants Nigerians in Navy’s ‘illegal custody’ released
Al-Makura seeks more time to explain spending of security votes
Group commends FG for Emefiele’s reappointment
Zamfara leaders join Buhari for prayers in Makkah
Rufai, Diouf others extol Ambode as African legends hold Nigerian icons 4-4
Flying Eagles arrive in Poland for final FIFA U-20 World Cup preparations
Tottenham’s Pochettino may trade places with Allegri
Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel agree to partner Okpekpe Race
Anxiety grips AFN as IAAF’s deadline over ‘missing’ $134,000 expires soon
36 teams for 2019 Youth Alive Basketball Championship
Between Buhari’s ‘true federalism’ rhetoric and pragmatic action
Democracy and elections in contemporary Africa
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: Royal, yet not a prince
SAPZs: Towards raising the productivity of agro-industry sub-sectors
Nigeria and South Africa: Africa’s sleeping giants?
Combating medicine abuse in schools
Why Nigeria should tap into $24.8trn clinical trial market, by Ifeoma Okoye
Advancing health security in Nigeria
Obaseki urges support for interventions to save lives

The Guardian

Ibarapa Poly increases workers pay by 50%
Plastic waste threatens birds globally
FG partners firm on software for environmental protection
TEKAN leader, Ayokunle lock horns over CAN presidency
Fadeyi residents seek justice as police arrest four suspected cultists
Falana wants Nigerians in Navy’s ‘illegal custody’ released
Al-Makura seeks more time to explain spending of security votes
Group commends FG for Emefiele’s reappointment
Zamfara leaders join Buhari for prayers in Makkah
Rufai, Diouf others extol Ambode as African legends hold Nigerian icons 4-4
Flying Eagles arrive in Poland for final FIFA U-20 World Cup preparations
Tottenham’s Pochettino may trade places with Allegri
Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel agree to partner Okpekpe Race
Anxiety grips AFN as IAAF’s deadline over ‘missing’ $134,000 expires soon
36 teams for 2019 Youth Alive Basketball Championship
Between Buhari’s ‘true federalism’ rhetoric and pragmatic action
Democracy and elections in contemporary Africa
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: Royal, yet not a prince
SAPZs: Towards raising the productivity of agro-industry sub-sectors
Nigeria and South Africa: Africa’s sleeping giants?
Combating medicine abuse in schools
Why Nigeria should tap into $24.8trn clinical trial market, by Ifeoma Okoye
Advancing health security in Nigeria
Obaseki urges support for interventions to save lives


I Need More Time To Disclose Spending On Security Votes, Al-Makura Tells SERAP
Emefiele: A Presidential Vote Of Confidence
Equities Market To Sustain Upward Trend On MTN’s Listing
Kashamu Denies Plan To Join APC
Planned Listing By MTN Excites Shareholders
Benin Airport Upgraded To Operate Night Flights
Buhari Congratulates Super Falcons On WAFU Women’s Cup Victory
FCTA Put Raids On Night Clubs, Others On Hold After Parley With NHRC
Storm Over Obasanjo’s Stance On ‘Fulanisation’ Agenda
Tension Grips Ogun Town Over Planned Imposition Of New Monarch
CBN, Gowon Charge Bankers On Integrity And Ethics
Obaseki Uses Local Contractors, Says Ibadin
Controversy Trails Release Of Lagos Bizman From Custody
Ahaghauye Ruling House Joins Race For Olowo Stool
[Ramadan Talk] Ramadan: Towards Self Transformation
Oxford University Press Holds Annual Teachers Training In Nigeria
Human Trafficking: Edo Taskforce Lauds Senator Urhoghide, Niger Delta Ministry
Storm over Obasanjo’s stance on ‘Fulanisation’ agenda
Boko Haram: Speak as statesman, not bigot ― Lamido tells Obasanjo
Nigerian Doctor wins “Brain Tumor Research” award in U.S.
Atiku demands N500m from Onochie for defamation
Put Nigeria first in picking your next ministers, Ojikutu tells Buhari
B/Haram/ Herdsmen: Buhari incapable of stopping killings – Obasanjo
Woman allegedly strips naked in church, urinate on altar
Benue : Rage of the people against killer herdsmen pays off
FFK backs Obasanjo on Islamization agenda claim
What imposition of candidates cost PDP in Bayelsa
APC is all about Muhammadu Buhari; remove Buhari, APC is finished – MBO Coordinator
Expect radical changes in Ortom’s second term — Tachin, Member, Benue Transition Committee
Buhari Congratulates Super Falcons On WAFU Women’s Cup Victory
England beat Pakistan in 5th ODI, win series 4-0
FIFA U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles arrive in Poland
Google doodle celebrates posthumous birthday of late Samuel Okwaraji
Coaches salaries: Why sponsors are withholding funds – NFF
Maltina Teacher of the Year: NB calls for entries

Daily Independent

Saudi King Calls For Urgent Meetings Of Arab Leaders
Giza Attack Reveals Extent Of Egypt’s Security Challenge
Trump Suggests New Alabama Abortion Restrictions Go Too Far
Gunmen Kill At Least 19 At Fish Market In DR Congo
At Least 17 Injured As Bomb Strikes Tourist Bus Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids
Twitter Roasts Madonna’s ‘Zero Points’ Eurovision Performance In Tel Aviv
Narendra Modi On Track For Re-Election As Indian Polls Close
Chelsea To Extend Giroud’s Contract As Club Prepare For Transfer Ban
Iraq Slams Evacuation Of Exxon Mobil Foreign Staff As ‘Political’ Move
Mel B Rushed To Hospital After Going Blind In Her Right Eye
Cleric Allegedly Impersonates NNPC GMD, Femi Adesina, Others, Dupes Foreigner
School Gardener Arrested Over Murder Of SSS 3 Student In Lagos
Police Arrest Four Suspected Cultists Terrorising Fadeyi, Jibowu
Godfatherism: El-Rufai Only Exercised Free Speech –Tony Momoh
NNPC To Inaugurate Largest LPG Storage In Benin
Flying Eagles Arrive Poland For FIFA U20 World Cup
Super Falcons Begin Pre-World Cup Final Camp In Austria
Balogun Vows To Lift 3SC
FG, Google Celebrate Okwaraji’s Posthumous Birthday
Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel Back Okpekpe Race

Talkin’ about a revolution

Talkin’ about a revolution

by Simon Kolawole

I always hesitate to use the “R” word because I don’t understand how it really works, but a lot of Nigerians have been talking about “revolution” for a while. They say Nigeria will experience a revolution at a point in time, given the way the society has been going: the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer; the fat getting fatter, the lean getting leaner. One definition goes like this: “Revolution is a fundamental and relatively sudden change in political power and political organisation which occurs when the population revolts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression — political, social, economic — or political incompetence.”

It sounds interesting but many have also argued that a revolution is not possible in Nigeria because “we the people” are “docile”. Some say Nigerians deserve the kind of leaders they have. They collect cash, rice and vegetable oil at election times to trade their votes and are inevitably bound by the choices they make. It is said that morally, therefore, they cannot rise up against the same leaders they put in office after selling their votes. Nigerians are also sharply divided along ethnic and religious lines, meaning there can never be a consensus to rise up against the government in power because it will be resisted by those who have the incumbency advantage.

Revolution is too heavy an idea for me to discuss on the pages of newspapers, but Senator Dino Melaye got me thinking with his tweet on Thursday about the “revenge of the poor” and the “perilous times” that lie ahead. He tweeted: “I am afraid of the revenge of the poor, it happened in Russia, France and recently in Sudan. It can happen in Nigeria. Housing segregation put us the elite in jeopardy. Ikoyi, Banana, Maitama, Asokoro etc. Our leaders + me beware of violent revolution. Perilous times loading.” Coming from a senator who has more fancy cars than the hairs on my head, the warning hit me like a half-hearted satire but I managed to survive it.

In my previous article, “Whatsoever a Man Soweth” (May 12, 2019), I did warn that nobody is safe in Nigeria, including those who think they are covered by a convoy of armed escorts. I also said that the rebellion by the vulnerable elements of the society seems to be in full motion as Nigerians groan under the pandemic of kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, internet fraud and all kinds of criminality. Unfortunately, the security system designed to protect the high and the mighty is failing. It is not just the poor and the lowly that are bearing the brunt, although it is only when the big fish are victims that we make so much fuss over the calamity that has befallen us as a people.

I don’t know if Senator Melaye actually meant what he was saying but I will, all the same, give us a few examples of how our legislators are contributing to the state of union and how they are making “perilous times” inevitable — except they change their ways. As I will always argue, our leaders should stop thinking that Nigeria is like this because of some mistake or co-incidence. No. We are only reaping what we have been sowing. What we failed to plan for yesterday is coming back to bite us today and unless we plan for tomorrow as a matter of urgency, the harvest is going to be bountiful but unpleasant. The ruling elite must chew over this again and again.

The first thing the lawmakers must realise (and I refer to both state and federal legislators because I don’t believe Abuja is the only problem) is that there is a link between their greed — the obscene allowances, extortion-driven oversight activities as well as padded budgets — and the poverty and insecurity in the land. It is a very simple matter. In a country where tens of millions are unemployed and those who have jobs are struggling to survive, each senator is pocketing N13.5 million “running cost” in a month. We still don’t know what members of the house of reps take home every month, neither can we say anything about state legislators. Maybe theirs is even fatter and juicier.

Imagine if the lawmakers — at all levels — are determined to live a decent life and are not obsessed with grabbing every naira in sight. Imagine they are working round the clock to hold the executive accountable for the budgets that are passed every year. Imagine that the lawmakers make sure what is budgeted for roads goes into roads, every kobo earmarked for education goes into education, and every naira allocated to health goes into health. Imagine that those public hearings are actually meant to hold MDAs accountable and expose the rot in the system. Imagine that the auditor-general’s reports are used by the lawmakers to clean up the system rather than to extort.

Unfortunately, the lawmakers are a big burden on Nigerians. Not so long ago, the Bayelsa state house of assembly passed a bill granting themselves pensions. The speaker would take N500,000 monthly, the deputy N200,000 and the others N100,000. This, we must understand, is different from the severance package, which the rest of us are not privileged to know. We can only guess that it will not be miserly. All of this happening in a state where the majority of the people are struggling to make ends meet. So we run a society where the fat are getting fatter and are not ashamed to keep sowing bigger coats for themselves every day. But Nigerians are watching.

Not to be outdone, Kano state lawmakers have also passed their own law to award life pension to their principal officers. They will also be entitled to foreign medical treatment for life — while the people who voted them into office are not entitled to common paracetamol at the public hospitals. The lawmakers in several states, working as rubberstamps of incumbent governors, passed pension laws that awarded former governors new cars every three to four years, in addition to mansions in the state capitals and Abuja, foreign medical treatment and other sickening benefits. Nigerians are programmed to be exploited by their leaders in and out of office! The inequality is wicked.

The bazaar of budget padding by lawmakers is one of the most evil developments in this democratic dispensation. A former lawmaker once challenged me to define “budget padding” and I was wondering if he was pulling my leg. It so happens that an agency will prepare a budget of N10 billion and the supervisory legislative committee will tell the agency it can double the figure to N20 billion if they can bring a certain amount in cash upfront. Some lawmakers will even insist on nominating contractors for projects smuggled into the budget, and you and I know that the job may not be done at all. How can any society make progress that way? How can?

Melaye is talking about the coming “revolution”. Yes, the behaviours of the power elite are in the public domain. Nigerians are watching. They listen to the news everyday and can tell you what the lawmakers are doing with our commonwealth. They are seeing pictures and videos on social media. They are reading the charges filed against politicians in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They know all these things. Nothing justifies criminality and I will never vote for criminality, but maybe it is time for Nigerian politicians — not just the lawmakers — to see how their greed and lifestyles are hurting Nigeria’s progress and breeding criminals.

You can always argue that we should not use poverty to explain the growing criminality in the land. But we need to step back again and again and ask the question: why are certain crimes becoming attractive to our young people? Many of those being arrested are university graduates and brilliant people whose energies have been deployed for the wrong use because they have nothing gainful to do. I will, therefore, conclude with the same admonition: the time has come for the Nigerian elite to have a “meeting” and agree to change their ways. Things cannot continue like this. They must forsake their greed and redirect our commonwealth from personal comfort to communal progress.

To make my admonition simpler: let our budgets and resources be utilised to build a society that prioritises the welfare of the majority and not the pensions, wardrobe allowances and DTAs of a tiny minority. Governors’ convoys must grow leaner and the presidential jets must reduce in population. Tracy Chapman, the American singer, sang in 1988: “Don’t you know/They’re talkin’ ’bout a revolution/It sounds like a whisper/While they’re standing in the welfare lines/Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation/Wasting time in the unemployment lines/Sitting around waiting for a promotion.” Those who have ears, let them hear.


Abdulgafar Ayinla, a member-elect of the Kwara state house of assembly, has been arrested by the EFCC over an alleged N26 million property scam. Ayinla, a legal practitioner, allegedly defrauded a US-based client in a property deal. He is accused of collecting the money without delivering service and has allegedly confessed to the crime, promising to refund the N26 million to the petitioner as soon as he is inaugurated and he — wait for this — collects his “wardrobe allowance”! The lawmakers are really feeding fat on the treasury. Of course, he will be sworn in as a lawmaker. That is the way we roll. And we still wonder why Nigeria is like this. Honourable!


If you are a public officer in Bauchi state, I have some news for you: you can now loot and laugh all the way to the bank. The Bauchi state house of assembly has repealed the law on the recovery of looted public funds and properties. The law was passed on the floor of the house with only 13 out of 31 members in attendance. Governor Mohammed Abubakar had signed the law establishing Public Property and Funds Recovery Tribunal in 2017 allegedly to deal with his predecessor, but now that he is about to become a predecessor himself, he does not want to have a dose of his own medicine. And life will continue as usual. And we will keep wondering why Nigeria is like this. Licence.


Is the grass greener on the other side? Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has joined Omoyele Sowore, former presidential candidate, in stressing the value of marijuana business, which is projected to hit a global value of $145 billion by 2025. “We all know that Ondo State is the hot bed of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria… we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed tap into the legal marijuana market,” he said. Of course, there is a difference between medical use of marijuana, which has been identified as a cure for diseases such as epilepsy, and recreational use — which we regard as a vice. Marijuana is gradually becoming a burning issue in Nigeria. Highlight.


The full meaning of “sir” is “Slave I Remain”, isn’t it? It was a word introduced to Indians during the British colonial rule to make them subservient to their colonisers for life, according to the urban legend. While India was under various forms of British colonial rule from 1612 to 1947, the word “sir” entered the English language in 1297. That means it was in use about four centuries before India was colonised! Indeed, “sir” was a formal English honorific address for titled knights, not slaves, derived from “sire”. It was also used as a respectful address to “senior commoners”. Sir, sire, seigneur and senior all grew up together in the evolution of language. Fact.

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Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?

Are Energy Drinks Bad For You?

By Tunde Oguntola
Years of research have identified a variety of serious health risks such as liver damage, increased blood pressure, tooth erosion and more associated with people who consume energy drinks,. TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes.

Reports have associated energy drinks with adverse health effects, most commonly related to the cardiovascular system. Caffeine content is probably the main culprit, but sugars also play a part, and so could other ingredients — or their combination. As with all things, energy drinks can do harm but their actually doing so depends on many factors, such as the amount being consumed and the health state of the consumer.

Between 2007 and 2019, population surveys reported that a good chunk of the young population drink energy drinks. So what makes energy drinks so popular among the young? The simple desire for an energy boost is a major factor, of course: energy drinks have become the coffee of a new generation, thanks to successful marketing campaigns and the resultant peer pressure. Other factors include availability, cost, and taste. Negative health effects seem a common experience but a small deterrent.

Energy drinks are usually marketed with the lure of more energy or a mental or physical boost, no thanks to those days when all you want to do is sleep even though somehow you have to find the energy to keep going. Maybe you have an interview at the end of the day or promised friends you’d make it to a late-night party.

Here are dangers of energy drinks:

Energy Drinks Can Kill

Globally, it was reported by Food and Drug Administration that 13 deaths were caused by 5-Hour Energy shots alone. At that time, an additional 30 life-threatening situations like heart attacks and convulsions were reported. Additional overdoses from energy drinks have been reported, particularly in children and teens.

Energy Drinks Contain Unhealthy Doses Of Caffeine

This may seem obvious. Of course an energy drink is packed with caffeine — it’s why it does its job so well. What’s worrisome is just how much caffeine energy drinks contain. While a typical serving of coffee has up to 150 milligrams of caffeine, some energy drinks contain up to 500 milligrams. Since caffeine is most absorbable in a solid form, energy drink companies add chemicals to the drink to make it more absorbable to the body and to ensure the customer gets that extra kick of energy. This accounts for the immediate pick-me-up effect of energy drinks and also explains the cases of insomnia, nervousness, and headaches that are reported.

Sugar Overload:

If you’re trying to lose weight or stay away from sweets, drinking an energy drink is the last thing you want to do. Some brands have up to 62 grams of sugar, which translates into roughly 15½ teaspoons of straight sugar. The crazy-high amounts of sugar make energy drinks chock-full of calories. Consider an energy drink as comparable in calorie content to a large bottle of soda.

You Can Become Addicted

Energy drinks seem harmless enough, but for some people, habitual caffeine consumption can lead to dependency. People who become addicted to energy drinks will experience classic withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches or fatigue. In addition to caffeine withdrawal, energy drink fanatics often experience caffeine intoxication, which includes feelings of nervousness, restlessness, and gastrointestinal disturbance while drinking the caffeine-heavy beverages.

They Can Cause Heart Problems

A study that looked at instances of cardiac problems after teens consumed energy drinks, found that energy drinks increase the risk of cardiac events, especially in teens with underlying heart conditions. This danger is increased further when mixed with exercise. The study determined that energy drinks should never be consumed before or after exercise or by people who have potential heart conditions.

They’re Dangerous When Combined With Medication

You probably already know mixing energy drinks and alcohol can be dangerous, but mixing energy drinks with medications should also be avoided. Some of the ingredients in common energy drinks can interact negatively with prescription medications, especially those taken for depression.

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If a Dog Bites You, Do These 7 Things Now

If a Dog Bites You, Do These 7 Things Now

Infection is the biggest danger

You’re playing with your dog, and somehow, between growls and tail wags, it can happen. Those canine teeth can bite or scratch. Or alternatively, you could be walking down a street and an unknown mutt can attack without warning.

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Either way, there are steps you need to take right away to treat the wound and reduce the risk of infection. You’ll need professional medical attention the same day.

A dog’s front teeth will grab and compress your tissue, and their smaller teeth can also tear your skin. The result is an open, jagged wound. If the wound becomes infected, it is often severe, says Emergency medicine physician Stephen Sayles III, MD.

“The No. 1 concern with these bites is infection,” he says. “You may need hospitalization and require intravenous antibiotics. You should always see a primary care provider if you’re bitten.”

No matter what, make sure you see a doctor within eight hours of a dog bite, he says. Waiting longer raises your infection risk. If you have diabetes or are immunocompromised, your infection risk is even greater.

7 steps to treating a dog bite
If a dog bites you, take these steps right away:

Press on the wound gently to cause some bleeding to help flush out as much bacteria as possible.
Wash the wound with mild soap and water.
Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth.
Apply over-the counter antibiotic cream if you have it.
Wrap the wound in a sterile bandage. Keep the wound bandaged and see your doctor.
Change the bandage several times a day once your doctor has examined the wound.
Watch for signs of infection, including redness, swelling, increased pain and fever.
What will your doctor do?
Your doctor will want to know more about the dog that bit you and how it happened. He or she will also likely clean the wound again, apply antibiotic ointment and prescribe antibiotics, such as Augmentin, if there’s an infection concern.

Your doctor may also give you a booster shot if your tetanus vaccine is out-of-date.

Depending on the wound, your doctor may also recommend stitches. Generally, though, dog wounds are left open to heal unless they are on the face or if they could leave particularly severe scars if left unsutured.

Bacteria from bites raises infection risk
Roughly 50 percent of dog bites introduce bacteria, including staphylococcus, streptococcus and pasteurella, as well as capnocytophaga.

Unvaccinated and feral dogs can also potentially carry — and transfer — rabies, so your doctor will want to know details about the dog that bit you.

Ultimately, Dr. Sayles says, caring for a dog bite is about keeping bacteria from causing an infection.

Stress, the silent killer

Stress, the silent killer

By Maje Ayida, Contributor

You are stressed. You cannot live in Lagos and not be stressed. It’s an extreme environment and I don’t think people realize that they can fight back, they can reverse the effects of stress on their lifestyles. You may not be clear what I mean when I talk about the effects. This explains why the life expectancy of the average Nigerian is so low.

Stress can have an enormous impact on your physical, emotional and mental health. It’s important to note that the body cannot distinguish between one stress and another.
Everybody suffers from stress in one way or another but how stress is perceived is a very subjective matter. For example, someone who works with bears would be less stressed when confronted with a wild bear than someone who sees a bear for the first time. Here are list of signs that indicate you are suffering from stress and ways to combat your daily stress levels:

If you suffer from heavy amounts of stress then it is not uncommon for your sex drive to go down. Stress is a response to a threat whether that is physical (being attacked), mental (worrying about financial security), emotional (relationship issues), Chemical (medical drugs), and Nutritional (toxic unnatural foods).

During stressful times the hormone cortisol is released which increases energy supplies by elevating sugar in the blood but at the same time suppresses non-essential things like reproduction. When under threat of getting an erection is the last thing the body is concerned about.

Take Action
Discover your largest source of stress and deal with it. Here’s a true story about a stress that overtook my life. Some time back I started developing anxiety and it grew worse to the point where I couldn’t function. I tried everything to combat the anxiety from changing my diet, to exercising more, and even meditation.

Nothing worked until I addressed the thing I had feared the most, the relationship I had with a girlfriend. The relationship ended, there were tears but it was transformational. The anxiety attacks slowly disappeared. Then, I was blind to the impact the relationship was having on my life but now I see how that relationship was my biggest stress. By taking action to deal with that stress everything else fell back into place. So identify your biggest stress and take action.

If you have difficulty sleeping at night then you may want to take another look at your stress levels. Stress is caused by the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate as well as elevating your energy levels. During the evening you need to slow down your heart rate and reduce energy levels ready for a good nights rest.

Take Action
Wind down in the evenings. Avoid stimulating foods and drinks after 4 pm that means caffeine, sugar and chocolate. Exercise in the mornings and not late at night. Take a nice warm bath before bed and try drinking chamomile tea. Avoid bright lights in the evenings and swap TV for a nice book. Lavender oil on your pillow or wrists can also help.

Aches and Pains
Some people just can’t seem to get back into full health. They always have an ache or a pain somewhere. If you find that you take a long time to heal following an injury or a workout session then you may be suffering from stress. Cortisol, the main stress hormone, is released when you are stressed. Cortisol is responsible for suppressing growth responses that would usually help you recover from an injury or workout.

Take Action
Ask your partner for a massage or better still visit a professional massage clinic. Receiving a massage will help de-stress and also reinvigorate soft tissue by bringing fresh blood to damaged areas. Spend 30 minutes every evening stretching all your tight areas, or invest in a foam roller and start rolling! Work on getting to bed early, asleep by 11 pm latest!

Mood Swings
Stress has a large effect on the brain. The constant release of the stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline is not only hard on the body but on the mind too. Stressed out people often suffer from depression, have energy swings, and struggle with mental clarity including memory issues.

Take Action
Get your mind away from your troubles by trying some meditation. You don’t need to sit cross-legged to meditate. Try going for an evening walk. Also, try starting a new hobby, or making some new friends.

Basically, try to find a way to distract yourself from your daily stresses. Simply counting 20 slow deep belly breaths can be all the distraction you need from time to time. Give yourself a 5-minute break from whatever is bothering you and focus instead on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly.
Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

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