How to make your bank refund money wrongly deducted

How to make your bank reverse your money

by Praise Olowe

Banks are institutions that help you keep your money and facilitate other financial transactions.

These transactions happen smoothly and with no issues. However, there are times when the bank fails in its service to you. It can be very annoying when bank customers experience such issues as unfair or unexplained charges, poor customer service by bank staff, unauthorised transactions on customer accounts through bank transfers or ATM withdrawals, etc.

It is even more frustrating when customers lodge complaint and nothing is done about it.

If you are having challenges sorting out one problem or the other with your bank or any financial institution, bellow are detailed steps you should follow as regulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The first and most important step to take is to contact the bank through the quickest channels available. You can reach them on the customer care numbers available or on Social Media.

However, if the result is not satisfactory, you are advised to visit the bank yourself and lay the complaints.

It is also important to note the details of the communication e.g. if a phone call, take down details of when you called, who you spoke to, what you said, and the response you received. All phone calls are recorded so this can easily be reviewed if there are issues later.

Allow two weeks (it might be less in some banks) for the issue to be resolved.

If after lodging your complaint, your Bank still fails to engage you and resolve the complaint within two weeks as provided for in the ATM HELP DESK Circular, you have the right to escalate your complaint to the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the CBN.

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You can only direct your Complaints to CPD upon the failure of your Bank/Financial Institution to resolve your complaint within the 2 weeks timeline given by the CBN.

You can contact the CPD through the following channels:
Letter: Director, Consumer Protection Department
Central Business District, Abuja
Your letter of Complaint should be addressed to the Director, Consumer Protection Department. You can submit your letter at the CBN Head Office or at any of the Central Bank of Nigeria branches of nationwide.

The CBN deals with all financial related complaints so far as it is against Financial Institutions within its regulatory purview. How to Write an Effective Complaints Letter

How to write an effective complaints letter

Your complaint, according to the CBN, should be clear and concise to avoid ambiguity. The Complaint letter (petition) should contain amongst other things the following:
• Name, Address, Contact Phone Number & E-mail of the Complainant;
• Name of your Financial Institution;
• Personal banking details ( Do not include PIN & Passwords)
• History/Date of the transaction in dispute;
• Amount claimed (if any);
• Attach relevant documents to support your claim and;
• Evidence to show that you have first lodged the complaint at your bank.

The CBN noted that consumer protection was a critical requirement for financial system stability and an indispensable component for effective regulatory and supervisory framework.

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I actually aimed to score 370, Ekene, UTME 2019 best candidate declares

I targeted 370, says Ekene, UTME best candidate

by Shehu Bello

When he was preparing for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Ekene Franklin Ezeunala said his target was to make a score of 370 out of a possible 400.

The SS3 pupil of Meiran Community Secondary School, Meiran, Lagos, made 347 – and he is still happy with himself.

“I tried to make a good score while preparing for the examination.

“The score I was targeting was 370. I still feel happy that I still achieved a good result,” said the public school pupil.

Ekene, who will turn 15 in 13 days (May 27), said he was shocked to be announced the candidate with the highest score in the examination.

“When I first heard I was the highest, I was a bit shocked. But I became glad and happy.”

The teenager said regular participation in competitions on behalf of Lagos State helped his preparations.

“The competitions impacted positively on my preparation. Some of the subjects I did I had done them in preparing for the competitions and met the same thing in the exams,” he said.

Ekene wants to study Chemical Engineering in the university – for the love of it and to impact the society.

He said he was already working on some bio-fuel research to reduce carbon emissions in Nigeria.

“I want to study Chemical Engineering because I feel that chemistry and technology can impact the general public and society in various ways; and personally, I have a flair for chemistry,” he said.

Ekene’s mother, Mrs. Chinelo Ezeunala, a Chemistry teacher at Hightree College, a private school in Berger, Lagos, said she was happy about her son’s feat.

The Chemistry graduate said her son has always shown brilliance in his education and as a result skipped some classes in primary school.

“He started school early at two years plus because I was serving when I had him.

“He attended Philthel Primary School, Akoka. The school was owned by a professor teaching at the University of Lagos. But the woman is late now.

“In primary school he was very bright so he was promoted twice that was why he is 14 years in SS3,” she said.

Mrs. Ezeunala learnt of a scholarship offer by Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State from this reporter.

When asked if she would allow the boy to go, she said it would be discussed as a family.

She said the family was not buoyant enough to afford private university fees if the offer was not a full scholarship.

She said her husband was a retired staff of the defunct NITEL where he worked as a technician and had experienced hard luck in his efforts at running businesses.

She said: “We are not really well off and we cannot afford private university fees. If it is full scholarship, my opinion is ‘why not?’”

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News Headlines May 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 15, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

9th National Assembly: 469 members to receive N4.68bn welcome package
UNN undergraduate commits suicide after Facebook note
Nigerians must now appear in person for visa renewal —US
Court restrains EFCC, ICPC, DSS from probing Saraki
Nigerians should expect petrol price increase, says Rewane
Ajimobi names streets after self, Alaafin, Olubadan, others
I raped my neighbour’s daughter only three times, says suspect
N500bn CBN scam: Emefiele should be investigated, says Sowore
UEFA investigators want City banned from UCL
UNN undergraduate commits suicide
9th National Assembly: Dogara’s loyalists negotiate for leadership, committee appointments
Iheanacho shock inclusion in Eagles’ 25-man list for AFCON camp
Tiger, girlfriend named in wrongful death suit
Act now, Ohanaeze, Afenifere tell Buhari as President bemoans Almajiris’ suffering
Wike sacks Rivers commissioner of power
Osinbajo warns against bribing officials for licences, passports
Police arrest filling station attendants for conniving with ATM fraudsters
Nigerians celebrate Leah Sharibu’s 16th birthday, demand her release
Fallen tanker explodes, burns commuters
Footballer, two others arrested for Internet fraud
UNILAG queries: Reps intervene, probe VC, Babalakin, others
Lagos tricycle rider disappears after naming ceremony
Two church members electrocuted during service
Bayelsa to engage stakeholders on peaceful elections
Courts’ orders affected party primaries in 22 constituencies –INEC boss
Reps reject bill to regulate overseas medical treatment
Adeleke’s certificate saga: Court reserves judgment on PDP appeal
Borno Senatorial election: Tribunal dismisses suit against Shettima
NSE okays MTN listing at N90 per share
N500bn: NECA, experts demand independent CBN audit
TUC insists on picketing TCN
Going the extra mile at work
Effective ways to manage multiple fixed deposits
Jailed Russia star to receive league medal
Prudent league: Pillars beat Seasiders
25 Eagles for AFCON 2019 camp
NOA urges govt to invest more in orthodontics training
Natural therapies for building and protecting uterine lining
‘Telemedicine important in health service delivery’
Editorial: Recharging the vanishing Lake Chad
Musing on President Buhari’s next cabinet
Emefiele’s reappointment: Any trigger for the stock market?
On the CBN audio leak
Legalise first lady office for accountability

The Nation

June 12: Tinubu seeks urgent legislative action
I targeted 370, says UTME best Ekene
Emotions as activists, others celebrate Leah Sharibu’s 16th birthday
Ambode inaugurates jetty, ferries
Senate committee to screen Emefiele
Corruption: Osinbajo calls for collaboration among agencies
June 12: The making of the Democracy Day
Nigeria’s open secret
No mean family
A season of mass wedding
Ikhwatul–Islam fixes lecture for Sunday
Redefining Nigeria’s stories through photography
NSE grants First Aluminium’s voluntary delisting
Soyinka compares Leah with Mandela 1
Andy Bello to steer Rhythm 93.7FM And STV Benin City
Boosting youths’ skills to tackle unemployment
Dambazau: Fed Govt seeking ECOWAS resolve to tackle influx of firearms
NLNG to pay $100,000 to 2019 science prize winner
Two feared dead as bus catches fire at Isolo
Time to give up?
I targeted 370, says UTME best Ekene
Speakership: Gbajabiamila’s camp woos Dogara, Governors, other contestants
Reps approve two State constituencies for Benue
Tribunal: PDP, Ashiru seek recount of Kaduna governorship ballot
Griezmann leaves Atletico Madrid
2019 AFCON: Rohr lists Mikel, 23 others
Success Makanjuola: Messi’s my Idol, Barca’s my dream
$8.4m FIFA fund: Arewa Youth faults SPIP report on Pinnick
Serena withdraws from Italian Open with knee injury
2019 AFCON: We won’t be intimidated by Nigeria’s pedigree, says Burundi’s coach
NSE grants First Aluminium’s voluntary delisting
Boosting youths’ skills to tackle unemployment
Workers protest alleged corruption at SON
United Capital, Africa Fintech Foundry partner on Fintech
NFIU CEO praises FIRS tax reforms
3m retail investors in Nigeria, says NSE
Small Claims Court delivers 530 judgments in 10 months
Unemployed man jailed for stealing
Lagos tackles gridlock with layby, slip road
Navy arrests Ghanaian, eight Beninoise for oil theft
UNILAG Council absolves principal officers of fraud
Lagos may upgrade colleges of education to varsities
Asa drops new single ‘The Beginning’
Why we produced Shadow Parties-by Yemi Amodu
Nollywood needs to lift budgets to compete internationally – Lucien Morgan
Skin gets third festival acceptance


Buhari: Level of Poverty in Nigeria Upsets Me
HDP Asks Tribunal to Stop Buhari’s Inauguration
Elections Hacking Now Real in Africa, Says Mahama
Obiano, Buhari Group Hail Reappointment of Emefiele
Nigeria is Headquarters of Piracy, Says NIMASA DG
Senate threatens to shut down bet9ja
CCT Okays Arraignment of Bayelsa Speaker, Four Others
Osun Election: I Didn’t Forge WAEC Certificate, Adeleke Tells Court
FG to Inaugurate Minimum Wage Implementation Committee
Kano Kingmakers Want Court to Stop Ganduje from Deposing Sanusi
NEMA to Compensate Flood Affected Farmers in Kebbi State
Duke Joins Pereira International’s Advisory Board
United Capital Partners Africa Fintech Foundry
Ambode: Insecurity Inspired Construction of World-class Jetty
NNPC Saves $1.6bn from Arbitration with Atlantic Energy
Bayelsa Asks INEC to Reschedule Nov Guber Poll
Humanitarian Need of North-east Beyond Govt, Says Oando CEO
Bolton Set up Food Bank for Staff Wages
Youths Protest against Attempt to Create New Kingdom from Benin
Tribunal: PDP Demands Recount of Kaduna Guber Poll Result
NEMA to Compensate Flood Affected Farmers in Kebbi State
Xiaomi Launches Smartphone in Nigeria
Giving Microfinance Banking a Facelift
Fadiga is Early Bird for The Match for Ambode
AFN Risks Ban from IAAF over Misappropriated Money
Injury Forces Serena, Wozniacki out of Italian Open
UEFA Names Skomina to Officiate Spurs, Liverpool Final

Daily Trust

Buhari to Saraki, Dogara: Our relationship wasn’t the best
Water ministry and the battle to reclaim shrinking Lake Chad
FG abolishes degree/HND dichotomy in civil defence, immigration, others
We’re still far from winning corruption war – Osinbajo
Military condemns faceless group calling for revolution
FG incurred N1.799trn domestic debt charges in 2018 — CBN report
Minimum wage: FG gives 22-man committee four weeks to submit report
Banditry: Security in my LGA is deteriorating Katsina Chairman cries out
I was confident Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar would be released – Saudi ambassador
Speakership: Gbajabiamila lobbies Dogara, others
Tribunal: PDP’s Ashiru seeks recount of ballot in Kaduna
Bayelsa wants Nov 2 gov’ship poll shifted
Finalists emerge in Nestle Milo basketball Central Conference
Mikel confirms Super Eagles return for 2019 AFCON
Pillars’ Ibrahim shocked by exclusion from F/Eagles squad
NERC slams N300m fine on AEDC for negligence, death of 4 yr old boy
Nigeria protests unfair charges from foreign shipping lines
4 feared dead in renewed Benue communal rivalry
No tears for Emir Sanusi II
Banditry: The police hold the key
English – One language, many lingos
Nigeria, a kaleidoscope of contradictions
Gov. Ganduje vs. Emir Sanusi II: The fire this time
SRI LANKA: Curfew after anti-Muslim riots
UNITED STATES: We do not seek war with Iran, Mike Pompeo says
Brexit: ‘No significant shift’ by ministers in talks
Suspected job racketeer, one-chance robbers, others nabbed
Court orders arrest of Kwara commissioner over attempted murder
EFCC arraigns four over Internet crime, forgery in Ogun
Editorial: Ngige/NLC’s fight over NSITF
Birthday: Davido celebrates daughters’ Imade, Hailey
Airtel launches 4G service in Edo
FG tasks farmers on quality seed production
Farmers get N27.5bn NEMA’s agric intervention fund
NEMA to support 12,000 displaced farmers in Borno
Students seek FG’s intervention over Unilag conflict
School feeding: Kaduna to introduce meat, bread to pupils’ menu
Despite industrial court judgement, UI refuses to recognise staff school teachers
Breaking: Buhari breaks Ramadan fast with Saraki, Dogara, others in villa
Nollywood: Alex Ekubo, Sophie Alakija star in new movie ‘Love or Quest’
Music star Asa releases new single after 5 years break
Tonto Dikeh hints on plans to get new boobs for birthday
NBMA has ensured safe deployment of GM crops – Environment Minister
Ogoni Cleanup to commence next week as FG handover sites to contractors
Why FG executed 23 emergency ecological projects
Absence of EFCC counsel stalls N6.9bn fraud trial of Fayose
Adeleke Certificate Saga: Court reserves judgment in PDP appeal
EFCC arraigns Benue woman over dud cheque

The Sun

TraderMoni: I don’t want you mobbed, Buhari warns Osinbajo
Tinubu commends Buhari on making June 12 Democracy Day
Visa renewal: US suspends ‘dropbox’ in Nigeria
BoT: APGA removes Obiano Ojukwu’s wife, others
N30,000 salary: Workers to wait
9th NASS leadership: Abia APC reiterates support for Kalu, Onyejeocha, denies endorsing Gbajabiamila
Why EFCC is investigating Saraki –Magu
FG cautions Bayelsa communities on projects
4 killed in Benue communal clash
We’ve confidence in Buhari’s govt – Igede group
Insecurity: Nigerian delegation to ECOWAS says security situation satisfactory
Gombe: 20 women trained on gender digital inclusion
South-East deserves SGF, Deputy Senate president or speakership –Ezenwankwo
There’ll be no Nigeria without Igbo -Ezeanuna
Plateau: Disquiet as Sango, Hassan fight over state chairmanship
Bayelsa seeks shift of Nov 2 guber poll
Rivers polls: Army threatened me on bullet wound victims, doctor tells commission
How to use your Android phones more efficiently
NCC, others join eBusiness Life girls in ICT campaign
Visa acquires Earthport, says ownership’ll bring more speed to global payment
LG launches Artcool dual inverter AC in Nigeria
WAFU Cup: Falcons set to overpower Mali
Norwich begins talks to sign Mikel
U20 World Cup in Poland: Aigbogun releases 21-man final list
Ekiti FA picks May 28 for election
Wolfsburg values Osimhen at £20m
France 2019: Home-based keepers battle for shirts
Asa releases new single, ‘The Beginning’ after 5 years break
Reducing cost of governance in Nigeria
Many a time, not ‘times’
Gozie Agbakoba on my mind
Witches and wizards behind the sufferings of many (5)
Why Qur’an accepts Jesus as Messiah, not God’s son
2nd term: Senate begins Emefiele’s screening as CBN governor
Workers shut SON over poor welfare conditions
NERC orders suspension of electricity supply to VI, Ikoyi, Lagos
Virgin Atlantic appoints Bell new Commercial Manager for Nigeria
Multiple taxation, unemployment killing Nigeria’s hospitality industry
Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and Queen Iden in Accord Concordia, crusading for Nigeria’s elusive unity (27)
How new Olowo of Owo ’ll emerge
KWASU reopens after VC crisis, holds convocation June 8


Buhari hosts Saraki, NASS members to breaking of fast
Reps pass N346.5bn NDDC 2019 Budget
Senate Okays N5m fine for company without dignified staff buses
Fake news, hate speech will undermine Nigeria’s image if……
Buhari not committed to true federalism ― PDP
Ondo set to venture in marijuana cultivation
Call for Oyo APC exco’s dissolution reckless ― Youth group
Alleged gross misconduct: Kogi Chief Judge asked to step aside
JTF is coming after us, protesting Edo, Delta communities allege
Police arrest man for allegedly attempting to rape woman in Kano
Alleged N6.2m investment fraud: Court refuses to admit businessman to bail
Kwara court jails brothers, one other for internet fraud
Court remands six men in prison for alleged armed robbery
Union shuts down SON over poor staff welfare
CBN audio leak: Plot to sabotage the apex bank ― CCSO
FG allays fear over China debt
Group hails reappointment of CBN governor for 2nd term
Criminals are running after us, Benue nurses cry out
FG commits N55bn to BHCP Funds ― Health Minister
Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression
Nurses Week: Association seeks adequate security for nurses, midwives
Fans applaud Asa’s new song ‘Beginning’
Birthday: Davido celebrates daughters, Imade, Hailey
Drizzle, Mayorkun shine in Bola
Yemi Alade to release new album, ‘Woman of steel’
Queues as Ibadan Polytechnic beefs up security
2019 UTME: Exam Ethics Marshal commends JAMB, registrar
School feeding: Kaduna to introduce meat, bread to pupils’ menu
Black Tuesday in Ebonyi as VIO members kill lawyer
Court remands former Mainstreet Bank MD, in prison for forgery
I use fake bank alert to make N.6m in less than a month ― dismissed soldier
US suspends ‘Dropbox’ visa renewals in Nigeria indefinitely


Police Arrest Serial Rapist For Killing Female Nursing Officer In Kano
Fake News Has Assumed Frightening Proportion – Lai Mohammed
APGA Under Siege, Says National Chairmanship Aspirant
3SC Player, 2 Others Arrested Over Alleged Internet Fraud
Lagos Assembly Laments Rift At Lagos Polytechnic
Lagos Integrated Transport System On Track – Ambode
Group Lauds Buhari For Sound Fiscal, Financial, Economic System
Minimum Wage: SGF Inaugurates Committee To Adjust Salaries
Rivers: CSOs Rate Obio/Akpor, Emohua High In Cult-Related Killings In April
Insecurity: Traditional Rulers Laud Wike Over Comments On Shell
Board Abolishes BSC , HND Dichotomy In NSCDC, NIS, Others
Corruption: NNPC Recovers $1.6bn From Companies
Microsoft To Invest $100m On Tech Development In Nigeria, Kenya
North Korea Demands Release Of Coal ship Seized By U.S.
FCTA Begins Demolition Of Abuja Night Clubs
APGA National Chair Deserves A Second Term – Carefor
Al-Makura Leaving Nasarawa State Better Than He Met It – Speaker
De Rossi To Leave Roma After 18 Years
Simi, Harrysong, Mr. Real, MC Tagwaye,Okey Bakasi, Others For Inauguration Day Concert
Yemi Alade To Release New Album, ‘Woman Of Steel’
Asa Drops New Single, ‘The Beginning’ After 5 Years Break
EDITORIAL: No To Life Pension For Lawmakers
AMCON: Working Harder, Achieving More Positives
Lagos Integrated Transport System On Track – Ambode
Group Lauds Buhari For Sound Fiscal, Financial, Economic System
Minimum Wage: SGF Inaugurates Committee To Adjust Salaries
Rivers: CSOs Rate Obio/Akpor, Emohua High In Cult-Related Killings In April
Insecurity: Traditional Rulers Laud Wike Over Comments On Shell
Board Abolishes BSC , HND Dichotomy In NSCDC, NIS, Others
Ebonyi Elder Stateman Killed By VIO Officers
NLC Seeks Robust Participation Of Nigerian Delegation At ILC
Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Risk Of Dementia In Old Age – WHO

The Guardian

Knocks for FG as family, friends mark Leah Sharibu’s birthday
‘How Nigeria can earn $145b through legal marijuana’
IAAF may stop Team Nigeria from Olympics, African Games over ‘missing’ $134,000
EFCC arrests Nigerian footballer
Nigeria’s poverty level discomforting, says Buhari
U.S. reviews visa process, introduces interviews
VIO officers allegedly kill Ebonyi elders’ council secretary
NDDC mulls 7,000mw project, 27 industrial parks in Niger Delta
Two feared dead, many injured as spilled fuel ignites fire
Kanu canvasses better use of Ilaji Stadium Ibadan
Zverev’s first major casualty at Italian Open
Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach playoff final
Special Olympics Nigeria marks World Malaria Day
UFC middleweight interim champion, Israel Adesanya causes stir at Lagos airport
Ecuador honours Valencia for his decade at Man United
Hope rises for LG autonomy with Senate’s support
Lagos politics, Justice Forum and Oba Hamzat’s demise
When Malami decided to be Fowler
Editorial: Nigerians, save Nigeria!
NSC’s cooperative society records surplus earnings
Business leaders task Nigeria on industrial revolution
Golden Penny strengthens market share with new product
Exporters, DMO in search of consensus to EEG claims resolution
Re: What did Obasanjo do to Soyinka?
The new industry seizing Nigeria’s youth
State of the Nigerian economy in 2018
Local council autonomy and insecurity
Creating employment in Africa’s creative industry through technology
Nigeria to launch own satellite soon, Says Onu
MultiChoice calls for MTF Academy entry
Xiaomi introduces Redmi Note 7 to Nigerian market
Why mental health disorders are becoming more common
Baking soda cure for rheumatoid arthritis
Eating more ultra-processed foods may shorten life span
How erection drug could cure heart failure, by researchers


Airtel Hails Obaseki On Economic Devt, Infrastructure
Condition Of Poor Nigerians, Almajiris Upsets Me – Buhari
INSECURITY: We’re Wasting Time Without Restructuring – Ugochukwu-Uko
Ogundokun Vs Oluwo: Court Strikes Out Oluwo’s Application
Election: PDP Nearly Made Me Political Orphan, Akpabio Tells Court
Vehicle Inspection Officers Kill Scribe Of Ebonyi Elders Council
Apapa Gridlock: Current Administration Has Failed — Apapa Business Owners
Poverty: FG Engages Global Body To Review Nigeria’s Ranking
Strike Force: Customs Battle Internal Strife
Caution Over N10b North East Fund
NIMASA Laments Spate Of Insecurity Around Berthed Vessels
NIMASA Partners Customs, CBN, Others On Review Of Vessels Import Tax
Car Smuggling: Berger Motor Dealers Go Tough On Offending Members
Africa Must Prepare For World Beyond Crude Oil — Peterside
Abia APC Reiterates Support For Onyejeocha, Denies Endorsing Another
Who Becomes Oyo Assembly Speaker?
CAF Shifts Sudan-Nigeria U23 Fixtures
Nigerians hold birthday rally for Leah Sharibu held by Boko Haram
IN NUMBERS: Saraki in the eyes of the court
Buhari, enemy of true federalism – PDP
Breaking: Senate threatens to Shutdown Bet9ja
Abuse of Office: CCT fixes May 22 to arraign Bayelsa Speaker, Clerk, 3 others
Nigeria’s poverty level upsets me – Buhari
Who becomes Oyo Assembly speaker?
NASS LEADERSHIP: I won’t bribe my colleagues to become Speaker — Olatunbosun
JIGAWA SPEAKER: The intrigues, horse-trading that returned Garba to power
My relationship with your leadership not cordial, Buhari tells Saraki, Dogara
CAF shifts Sudan-Nigeria U23 fixtures
Prudent Handball League: Pillars record first win
IAAF ban looms over Nigeria
Rohr lists Mikel, 24 others for 2019 AFCON camp, places 6 on standby
Slovenia’s Damir Skomina to referee Champions League final
My dad’s girlfriend controls his life!
How do I handle meeting his new love?
Lucifer drama series: Mike Bamiloye’s son faces online backlash
Yemi Alade to release new album, ‘Woman of steel’
Nigerian film contents rank among world’s best -NFVCB boss
The Beginning: Asa drops new record to fans’ delight
Just in: WhatsApp hacked, users urged to update App
Diagnostics is bedrock of health management — Me Cure
Lagos introduces measures to sanitise fertility practice
Industrial pharmacists seek innovations for positive growth
ESUT final Year medical students rescue ailing community
May & Baker offers free malaria tests to Lagos community
Apapa Gridlock: Current Administration has failed — Apapa business owners
Strike Force: Customs battle internal strife
NIMASA laments spate of insecurity around berthed vessels
NIMASA partners Customs, CBN, others on review of vessels import tax
Car smuggling: Berger Motor Dealers go tough on offending members
Africa must prepare for world beyond crude oil — Peterside
23 UNN staff under investigation – Prof. Ozumba
Chimamanda Adichie honoured by US University

Menace of WhatsApp Broadcast Pranks 

Menace of WhatsApp Broadcast Pranks

by Demola Adefajo

There is no doubt about it, the WhatsApp and other social media have revolutionised our knowledge base. WhatsApp has enabled us keep in regular contact with friends, co-workers and family at minimal cost. However, it has come with its own negative baggage.

As a regular or occasional user of WhatsApp and other social media you must have come across some messages which you believe to be true and you decide to send to your friends and groups only to discover that they are untrue! It is also possible that you have identified some of your contacts who are always sharing messages which almost always prove to be hoaxes. In fact, I have a contact whose name I have changed to Alarmist because of her penchant for sending alarming messages which almost always prove to be untrue.

I have identified different categories of these messages based on their motives. They are those I call Marketers. They are designed to extol the virtue of some particular products which they claim can do a lot of magic. One of such is a broadcast recently recommending use of hand sanitisers to prevent sexually transmitted infections! We also have one advertising coconut oil as a cure for cancer.

The second category are those I tag demarketers. The broad objective is to malign some products. This category of broadcasts comes out with outlandish claims meant to malign such products. Victims of this type of broadcasts include Coca Cola, Paracetamol, Crunchy Biscuits, Dew Water, fruits etc. They come out with claims that a large number of people have died in a particular country after consuming the product! A cursory search on Google would expose the deceit. They however bank on the fact that most people are more likely to share a message than to check the veracity. They would even dare you to check on the net.

The third group are the pseudo religious broadcasts. You are asked to share a particular message in order to receive some favour. The designers even go further to give examples of people who sent the message and secure contracts or suddenly become millionaires. On the other hand, they give examples of some imaginary characters who met with misfortune because they refused to share! Did Dangote also share this type of message? Maybe that is the secret of Bill Gates’ wealth!

Among the pseudo-religious broadcasts are those designed to create discord among adherents of various religious groups. One of such was sent to me with the instruction to send to all my contacts! It claimed Christians are being killed in one part of India. A check on Google showed that there was no such killing. More importantly, the place mentioned does not even exist! Another is a message alerting Muslims to the plan by Denmark to burn the Qur’an “next Saturday”. The message has been circulating for years. Yet it is always “next Saturday”. You are asked to send to all your Muslim contacts so that they can boycott products made in Denmark! Hmmm! When will it be “next Saturday”? Is Denmark a person?

There are also the downrightly mischievous ones designed to poke fun at us! Maybe you still remember that message instructing us to bath with salt water and drink a lot of salt to prevent Ebola. It was originated by some girls who were bored and wanted to catch some fun. They then decided to design that message. So many people believed and did as instructed. At the end of the day many high blood pressure patients were dispatched to the great beyond after the salt they took aggravated their health condition!

We also have a recent one asking us to send to five WhatsApp groups to claim a sum of N720,000. Just like that!

In fact there are websites dedicated to creating this type of message!

Whichever the category of WhatsApp hoax broadcast they all bank on our fear, greed, emotion and laziness.

Here are some tips to avoid falling victim.

Beware of long health warnings. They often pack a lot of lies in the middle after starting with facts,

Hesitate before sharing messages. Maybe if you read a second time you would discover some lies in the message. This is why they often end with instruction to share now.

Always check on Google. Many of these hoax messages have been circulating for years and they have been documented as hoax. Just type the key words into your browser. E.g. Paracetamol Machupo virus hoax.

It is not true if it stands too good to be true! Ignore messages asking you to inform physically challenged persons that there is a scheme paying them N100,000 per month! Or a message instructing you to send name of your over 70 for free Hajj!

Ask questions. Don’t just share. Ask “Why is this person asking me to share with all my contacts?” What do they stand to gain?

We should endeavour to know a little about everything. For instance, if we know that HIV cannot be transmitted through food, we would ignore messages claiming some people got infected with HIV when they eat banana or water melon.

Try clicking on the links or call the phone numbers. This writer has made a number of breakthroughs by clicking on the link and indicated. On many occasions, the link refers to a different unrelated matter entirely.

When I called the phone number used to advertise a particular job offer, the person at the other end told me he had nothing to do with the said job. He lamented that he had almost developed a phobia for his phone as a result of the number of people contacting him for a job he knows nothing about.
Resist the urge to be the first to break a particular piece of news even when we aren’t sure it is true.

Be more scientific minded and less superstitious. A more scientifically minded person wouldn’t help send messages claiming some people died after receiving calls from a particular phone number

Some widely circulated WhatsApp hoax messages

Share this message with 20 contacts and your WhatsApp logo would turn blue! Even if you send to 1 million contacts, it would remain green.

Share this picture and some organisation would donate to treatment of a sick child. Bloody waste of time. Nobody is monitoring how many times you send a particular message!

40 persons died after eating a particular biscuit in South Africa. Ok o! I wonder how 40 persons would die after consuming a product in South Africa and yet no newspaper reported it and the company has not been blacklisted!

Share this video until it reaches Buhari! Thanks so much. I don’t have Buhari on my contact list. Besides, the person in the video does not bear any resemblance to the person you claim to be reporting.

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News Headlines May 14 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 14 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

We pay ransoms to bandits daily, Zamfara LG chief tells minister
It’s shameful comparing Miyetti Allah with Afenifere, Ohanaeze —Bakare
No apologies for my Lagos godfather views –El-Rufai
Reckless spending has not changed under Buhari —Reps
How to restore electronics damaged by flood
Should couples keep joint or separate accounts?
Data security concerns rise as fintechs push for open banking
CPN intensifies campaign against unregistered practitioners
HMD Global reiterates commitment to quality devices
Govt should deepen broadband access with policy — ATCON
NGO, Oracle, NCS empower lecturers with tech tools
NACETEM begins country technology audit
‘Nigeria ‘ll derive economic benefits from 4th industrial revolution’
‘Smart phones, internet threat to reading culture’
Glad I left UNN better than I met it – Prof Ozumba
‘Inadequate recurrent votes affecting quality of graduates’
A’Ibom to review Akwa Poly’s curriculum
Students dominate Nigeria’s drug abuse population – Bowen VC
UNIABUJA undergraduate to die by hanging for killing brother
Student films self drinking sniper over UTME result
Man stabs nurse for resisting rape attempt
Gunmen shoot trader to death during Lagos robbery
Abductors keep mute after taking N3m for kidnapped lawyer
Triplets rescued from alms-seeking mother in Lagos
LUTH queries registrar over offending social media post
Bus driver detained for six years wins N10m against police
Court convicts man over murder of brother
Ekiti APC chief backs Oni’s suspension, supports party supremacy
I’m wiser now, says Ambode
FG plans low-key event for Buhari’s inauguration on May 29
Court rejects suit seeking Oshiomhole’s probe by EFCC
Electricity generation falls to 2,447MW from 4,129MW
NESG to drive growth with ‘Better Tax’ initiative
Kwara gov-elect woos US investors
CBN to roll over N33.8bn Treasury bills
Commodities market will aid economic diversification ― SEC
Govt should deepen broadband access with policy — ATCON
Sanchez apologises to United fans
Wizkid, Small Doctor to perform at The Match
27 Falcons for final camp
Eight home-based players for Falcons’ World Cup camp
Ikpeazu sacks Anyansi-Agwu, Inyama
NGO, Oracle, NCS empower lecturers with tech tools
NACETEM begins country technology audit
‘Inadequate recurrent votes affecting quality of graduates’
Will Smith says son inspired him to pick Aladdin role
Hollywood icon Doris Day dead at 97, her foundation announces
Timberlake, Missy Elliott bag honorary doctorate degrees
How parenting philosophy can affect mental well-being of children
Cancer: Fayemi’s wife advises women on regular medical examination
Prioritise health sector now, Fabamwo tells FG
Ondo records 800 cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis
Eleven years after stock market crash, investors neglect N129bn dividends
Data security concerns rise as fintechs push for open banking
CPN intensifies campaign against unregistered practitioners
HMD Global reiterates commitment to quality devices
Editorial: Insecurity: Buhari should go straight for state police
‘Majority na corruption, minority na exception’
Okorocha’s mushroom universities
Emefiele: Will there be any policy shift at CBN? (2)
Emefiele’s reappointment: A break with tradition?

The Nation

CJN: Buhari, Senate, AGF get 14 days to defend choice
ABC of the crisis at UNILAG
Govt plans low-key inauguration for Buhari May 29
TSA: Fed Govt records N30tr turnover in seven years
‘UNILAG has not progressed under our Pro-chancellor’
Tears of joy as Zainab, Abubakar return from Saudi Arabia
Court won’t stay order for Adoke, Etete, others arrest
Callous, obscene!
JAMB returns N5b to Federation Account
Kano: The insolent meets the unthinkable
APC governorship ticket tears Sylva, Lokpobiri apart
Edo PDP chieftain defeat to APC
Sanwo-Olu and promise of greater Lagos
Edo: Tribunal reserves ruling on oral evidence
AAC suspends Sowore, nine others for alleged infractions
‘President Buhari should reward loyal chieftains’
Three lessons from Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over West Brom
‘Smart city critical for growth’
Danbatta for eWorld Forum
Group decries failure to implement AIS automation
Non-oil sector boosts GDP by 1.93%
Tech innovators jostle for AFF’s $10,000
Osun slates economic summit for June
Two sentenced to three years for theft, unlawful association
Lagos celebrates pupil for topping UTME nationwide
Guard gets 22 months in prison for stealing
Lagos seals off school under high tension wire
Police bust robbery gang in Delta
Police arrest man for allegedly attempting to rape woman in Kano
Ondo Varsity gets Acting Registrar
How to file a complaint against your bank
Police extortion on highway is robbery, says Commissioner


Bandits Kill Six Civilian JTF as Interior Minister Visits Zamfara
FCTA Demolishes Abuja Strip Club, Caramelo Lounge
Court Grants Akpabio Leave to Challenge Defection Suit
Finally, Ngige Prevails, Inaugurates New NSITF Board
• Labour protests against minister over attack on members
El-Rufai: Abuja-Kaduna Road Now Safe for Commuters
As FG Tackles IOCs at Appeal Court
First Bank Reiterates Commitment to Financial Inclusion
Railway Corporation Urged to Adopt Safety Measure
Ibrahim: Renewable Energy Has Huge Potential for Job Creation
Crisis Hits AAC, Members Suspend Sowore as National Chairman
• Sowore expels national secretary, suspends others
Air Peace Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strike
• Arik reschedules flights
RenCap to Hold Investor Conference
‘Dangote Youth Rice Project for Wealth Creation’
APC Promises Fairness in Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Polls
Unions Planning to Disrupt Power Supply, TCN Alerts Police, Others…
FG: Property Forfeiture, Not Part of Loan Agreement with China
Dickson’s Next Big Fight
Okagbare Returns to Shanghai for IAAF Diamond League Glory
Wizkid, Small Doctor to Thrill Fans at The Match for Ambode
Okocha’s former Club Bolton Relegated, Wander into Administration
UBTH to Provide Heath-care Services at Okpekpe Race
Revamping Cotton Production in Katsina
Surviving the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse


Legislature, Judiciary Shun TSA As Transactions Hit N30trn
PMB’s 2nd Term Inauguration Will Be Low-keyed – FG
NSITF Board Takes Off Amidst NLC Protest
Zainab Returns From Saudi, Thanks Nigerians For Support
‘EFCC Not Aware Of Seal-off Of Saraki’s Houses’
Lagos Residents Decry Shoddy Execution Of Road Project
FCTA Begins Demolition Of Abuja Night Clubs
Nigeria Can Generate $2bn Annually From Donkeys’
Organogram: Aviation Unions Issue 7-Day Ultimatum To NCAA
OPL 245: A Turning Point In Nigeria’s Fight Against Oil Fraud
Reforming Tax System To Boost Economic Growth
Shippers Council Seeks ECOWAS’ Support In Trade Facilitation
Re: How APC Can Win Bayelsa 2019 Governorship Election
Presidential Tribunal: PDP Urges Bulkachuwa To Recuse Herself
Kogi, Bayelsa Gov’ship Polls: APC Pledges Level Playing Ground
Power Outage Stalls Ebonyi NASS Election Tribunal Sitting
Hughton Sacked As Brighton Manager Hollywood Actress Doris Day Dies At 97 Man Wins Lottery From ‘Numbers He Dreamt’
EDITORIAL: No To Life Pension For Lawmakers
Buhari, Tinubu Synergy And 2023
Setting The Records Straight On War Against Terror
El-Rufai: Gangster Governor In Need Of Guidance
Finding A Second Term Team With A Vision
Time We Embraced China Fully
Dangote Refinery Awards $368m Contracts To Local Contractors
Audio Tape Meant To Blackmail Emefiele’
NEWS1 hour agoWhy I Visited PMB – Obiano
NCPC Seeks Collaboration On Hitch-free Pilgrimage
Kaduna-Abuja Road Safe, Says el- Rufai
LEADERSHIP GMD Chairs Gombe Swearing-in Publicity C’tee
Edo PDP Chieftain, Mulls Return To APC, Hails Obaseki

The Sun

MASSOB-BIM builds Ojukwu Freedom Centre in Awka
Crisis hits Kano emirates
9th NASS leadership: Diaspora group throws weight behind Orji Kalu, Onyejiocha
28 states can’t fund 2019 budgets –NEITI
CJN seat: Buhari, AGF, Senate fail to answer court’s summons
Ngige under attack
‘…Ngige is of sound mind’
2nd term: Wike to focus on security, agriculture
Rivers polls: Army incarcerated me for 11 days, Wike’s aide tells commission
Delta North: Appeal Court decides Nwaoboshi, Nwoko’s fate today
Rivers: Wike sacks commissioner
Police arrest 9 kidnap suspects in Kaduna
PDP chieftain, Adun, mulls return to APC, lauds Obaseki’s performance
Buhari must consolidate on his past performance – Amosan
Nasarawa 2019: How Al-Makura demystified Maku, Ewuga, and Adokwe
To end terrorism, create workforce for youths – Essien
Tinubu has shown that he is true friend of Igbo -Nnadiekwe
Formal retail industry has potential to employ millions of youths, –Omisore
Illicit financial flows: Fowler, Onyema, ICPC chair for Global UN conference
Gov Dickson commends Buhari for reappointing Emefiele as CBN gov
Leaked audio tape: CSOs defend CBN Gov
Sports devt: LSSTF targets N10bn for infrastructure, talents by 2025
Okigwe Federal constituency:INEC issues certificate of return to APC’s Nwajiuba
Ikpeazu dissolves Enyimba, Abia Warriors boards
Tenure Crisis: Teslim Balogun Stadium sealed in Lagos
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Dennerby lists Ebi, Oparanozie, 25 others for France 2019
Ngige facing public scrutiny
Swagger and swagger stick
Certificate of Return: Where did Okorocha go wrong?
How to keep your money safe during online payment
How to build successful mergers, acquisitions –Wigwe
Onyishi joins May & Baker Nigeria board
Union Bank releases Sustainability, Innovation Report
Yahoo Boys take over Ekiti
Hard work, passion, key to success – Edu
Nigerian economy not local in any way – Ezeh, John Holt chairman
I’m happy leaving UNN better than I met it – Prof Ozumba, institution’s VC
UTME results inaccessible, candidates complain


FG commences conditional cash transfer of N5,000 in Osun
Presidential Election Tribunal: PDP staff stage peaceful protest
JUST IN: Ngige inaugurates NSITF Board amid tight security
World leaders won’t attend Buhari’s inauguration ― FG
Insecurity holding Nigeria by the jugular
Onyeama, Fowler, others for UN parley on illicit financial flows
Gov Dickson commends President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing Emefiele
Tension at UNILAG as police, private security storm institution over council meeting
524,315 applicants jostle for 3,200 vacancies in customs
Court remands six men in prison for alleged armed robbery
Court sentences man to death for killing brother in Lagos
Caretaker drags tenant to court over alleged inability to pay rent
Trader docked over alleged laptop theft at Computer Village
FAAC disbursement dropped to N1.9 trillion in Q1 2019 due to fall in oil price
Nigeria records $20bn investment into trade zones in 25 yrs ― NEPZA
CBN says Emefiele has no account in Dubai
TCN says national grid still fragile, gives conditions for stability
Israeli president grants Netanyahu extension to form government
UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church
$100bn needed annually to tackle climate change, ―Fiji PM
New Zealand begins inquiry into Christchurch’s mosques massacre
Nigerian politics: I’m wiser now ― Ambode
When political parties submitted report cards on 2019 elections
How my daughter escaped execution in Saudi Arabia —Habibu Aliyu,…
UTME: Results inaccessible, candidates complain
UI staff school teachers protest, demand immediate reinstatement
Nasarawa varsity VC pledges to improve educational standard, welfare
Be more committed to work, desist from truancy, NYSC DG tells staff
Residents of demolished Lagoon Estate beg Sanwo-Olu for compensation
NURHI holds intergenerational dialogue on adolescent, youth sexual reproductive health

Daily Trust

Emefiele: Buhari means well for economy – S/South govs
2 found dead in A/Ibom after heavy rainfall
Osun to hold economic summit in June
What I’ll do as President of 74th UNGA — Muhammad-Bande
Customs distributes foodstuffs, other items to Bauchi IDPs
INEC to lawyers: Be wary of sending amateurs to commission
Doctors plan health cover for 5m Nigerians, as NHIS fails to deliver
‘Why President Buhari can’t intervene in Emir Sanusi’s travail’
El-Rufai to Tinubu: I’ve no apologies on my godfather comment
Zamfara: Bandits sacked 98 communities in Shinkafi LG, says Vice Chairman
Ambode in Villa: I’m wiser now
PDP protesters pass ‘no confidence’ vote on panel handling Atiku’s petition
Oshoala, Oparanozie, Ordega, 24 other Falcons listed for World Cup final camp
WAFU Cup: Falcons set to soar over Mali
Babagana confident El-Kanemi Warriors will still pick playoff ticket
MTN to list on NSE Thursday
‘Over N30trn has passed through TSA in four years’
How FG spends N1.2bn on 69 communities in one year – CODE
FCTA demolishes Caramelo nightclub
Surveillance streetlights launched in Karu
Shanty dwellers, IDPs most vulnerable to meningitis – Expert
Banditry: The police hold the key
Wonder scenes in Borno
Anti-corruption war: Still business as usual
Re: Hopes run high as North-East commission is set to rebuild
Political leaders and the traditional institutions
SUDAN: Al-Bashir charged over dead protesters
SWEDEN: Julian Assange: Rape investigation reopened
SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa vows to tackle ANC corruption
Graduate bags 4 months jail term for internet fraud
Court sentences man to death for killing brother in Lagos
Police arrest man over attempted rape of nurse at her duty post
Editorial: Save the teaching hospitals
Fresh investigations into Chinese telecom companies operating in the US
FG to develop mobile data for statistics, decision making
Glo repackages caller ring back tunes
TCN workers shun TUC as picketing flops
FG tasks farmers on quality seed production
Farmers get N27.5bn NEMA’s agric intervention fund
NEMA to support 12,000 displaced farmers in Borno
Despite industrial court judgement, UI refuses to recognise staff school teachers
UTME results inaccessible, candidates complain
Group calls for immediate reopen of Varsity
How Court of Appeal set up 2019 election tribunals
BCO’s N40m libel suit against Atiku for hearing June 20
A virtual law firm
Ajimobi appoints 11 new Permanent Secretaries
Okorocha appoints new Solicitor-General

The Guardian

Untrained personnel, others threaten safety in local aviation
Senate under pressure to reject Emefiele’s reappointment
SEC to regulate yearly general meetings for cost reduction
Court strikes out suit seeking investigation of Adams Oshiomhole
Ngige inaugurates NSITF board amid tight security
Soyinka, in U.S, eulogises Leah Sharibu, deplores Boko Haram’s handling by Americans
US, Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin
World leaders won’t attend Buhari’s May 29 inauguration, says FG
Candidate scores 167 after fourth UTME attempt, threatens suicide on twitter
‘Why state government dissolved boards of Enyimba, Abia Warriors’
Okagbare returns to Shanghai for IAAF Diamond League
Dennerby picks Ebi, Oparanozie, 25 others for final preparations
Nigeria Aquatics Federation begins grassroots talent hunt
Sodje urges NFF to educate, employ former footballers
Scope FC wins maiden Trophy five-a-side championship
Revisiting PDP’s hold on Akwa Ibom State after Akpabio’s ‘uncommon defection’
I owe no Lagos State godfather any apologies, says el-Rufai
Nigeria, a victim of protection racket
AAC suspends Sowore, others over alleged anti-party activities
Nigeria, a victim of protection racket
Editorial; Nigeria and IMF growth projections
Shell targets 2400MW from new gas project
Foreign ship owners sabotaging Kaduna inland port, says manager
Automotive council seeks law on auto policy in Nigeria
‘Lagos joining Odu’a Investment will boost Southwest economy’
The Pope in 1948, foundation of Western civilization and race
Welcome home Zainab Aliyu
Senate President 2015-2019: Saraki and the making of a successor
The unique powers of the feminine scientific, cultural and spiritual perspectives
How erection drug could cure heart failure, by researchers
Why mental health disorders are becoming more common
Baking soda cure for rheumatoid arthritis


Fossil Fuel To Account For 53% Of The World Energy Demand By 2040 -Seplat CEO
I6th Birthday: Hundreds March For Leah Sharibu In UK, US
Nigeria Needs 237,000 Doctors To Achieve Universal Health Coverage —FABANWO
EKSU Workers Tackle Mgt Over Non-Remittance Of Salary Deductions
Corruption Allegations: Court Declines To Order EFCC To Try Oshiomhole
Obiano Meets Buhari, Seeks Appointments For Anambra Indigenes
In Edo, Traffic Offenders Weed, Clear Drainage
Why Local Food Production Is Inevitable With Rising Population – Alhaji Zanna
The Dangerous Generation
Dangote Refinery Awards $368m Contracts To Local Firms
UNILAG Crisis: Reps Summon Babalakin, V-C, Registrar, Others
Troops Rescue 29 Women, 25 Children From Boko Haram In Borno
Illicit Financial Flows: Fowler, Onyema, ICPC Boss For UN Confab
4:36 AMInvest $17bn Yearly To Increase Oil Reserves, Aye Tells FG, Others
IOCs, Others Raise Alarm As Vandalism, Oil Theft Rise In Niger Delta
Stakeholders Worry As Environment Gradually Goes Into Extinction Globally
Buhari, AGF Shun Suit Querying Ag CJN’s fitness
Despite Labour protest Ngige inaugurates NSITF Board
May 29 Inauguration to be low keyed
Corruption allegation: PDP, APC in war of words over Bulkachuwa
Liquidity mop up, lower TB rate to persist as N173bn hit interbank
Sultan, others should resist Ganduje — Umar Ardo
Companies record weak earnings amidst sluggish economic growth
Crisis looms in APC as Lawan, Gbajabiamila’s alleged ties to Tinubu creates ripples
How Edo plans to de-congest Lagos — Shaibu
Talk is cheap, El-Rufai can say whatever he likes, Asiwaju remains our leader – Lagos APC
Defection suit: Akpabio begs court to suspend judgment, says I didn’t decamp from PDP
Governor Wike sacks Commissioner of Power
I don’t know if Tinubu is the godfather of Lagos … – El-Rufai
2019 NPFL Group B: How Gombe United defeated Ifeanyi Ubah FC 1 – 0
Barca’s Oshoala in Super Falcons’ provisional Women’s World Cup squad
Tenure Crisis : Teslim Balogun Stadium sealed in Lagos
‘Your mum wants you home’, angry fans tell Chris Coleman facing sack in China
Celebrities divide over Zlatan, Naira Marley’s arrest
How MI, Ycee inspired my music career – Selassie
Why I can never conceive a child – Nse Ikpe-Etim
Trouble looms as Duncan Mighty faces fraud allegation
Fela’s album covers’ designer says most Nigeria’s contemporary music evasive of societal realities
Anambra community alleges attempt to shield suspect from facing the law
All set for unveiling of Bariga Waterfront jetty, Ilaje road
Dangote Refinery awards $368m contracts to local firms
Invest $17bn yearly to increase oil reserves, Aye tells FG, others
TSA transactions hit N30trn as countries copy Nigeria’s model
We need functional SCADA to prevent grid collapse -TCN
Deep Blue Project to tackle criminality on Nigeria’s waterway- NIMASA DG
Chimamanda Adichie honoured by US University
Students clash over hijab at Tehran University
JAMB remits N5bn to FG’s account
Ambode to commission new LASU Senate building, other landmark projects
I’m happy leaving UNN better than l met it, says VC
Edo govt bars interference with primary school teachers’ transfers

How love affair earned housewife, pastor lover death sentence

How love affair earned housewife, pastor lover death sentence

By Usman A. Bello, Benin |

A secret love affair with a pastor became open after the husband of the woman was found burnt in a car and they are now sentenced to death by hanging for murder.

When Mrs. Eniobong Isonguyo got entangled in a spicy love affair with Pastor Udoka Ukachukwu, she didn’t envisage it would earn her and her pastor a death sentence.

She was married to Engr. Victor Gabriel Isonguyo, a senior staff of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Benin, but defiled her matrimonial vows and allegedly engaged in extra-marital affairs which led to the death of her husband.

It was gathered that the incident occurred in 2013, when Engr. Gabriel discovered that his wife was pregnant while he was away and wanted to know how it came about.

It was learnt that the accusation resulted to acrimony between him and his wife, who planned with the pastor lover to kill Engr. Gabriel who they perceived as obstacle to their love affair.

It was gather that the deceased and his wife, then, have been married for 18 years with three children.

Chief Judge of Edo State Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen
Before his death, Engr. Gabriel was said to be having issues with his wife over the paternity of their children after he suspected the wife of having an extra-marital affair with the said pastor.

It was learnt that the deceased reported the issue to his family as well as his in-law that he was not responsible for the pregnancy. The families were said to have resolved that a DNA test be conducted after the wife gives birth. But he was murdered by his wife and her pastor lover before she delivered the baby.

The woman who was said to be four months pregnant as at the time of the murder later gave birth in prison.

The wife, it was gathered, reportedly went to the deceased’s office after his death to report that he was missing and thereafter went to the bank where she allegedly withdrew N4million from their joint account.

It was further gathered the police while parading the suspects said the woman had reported the alleged missing of her husband to the police.

Ironically, the reported missing man, was however, found burnt in his private vehicle along Sapele road, Benin, a day after the wife lodged the complaint of the alleged missing of her husband.

The police said investigation however revealed that the said woman gave out the husband’s official car, a Volkswagen Passant to a pastor from whom the vehicle was recovered from.

The pastor was said to have replaced the original vehicle registration plate number with a fake one. It was gathered that before the investigation, the woman denied any involvement in the killing.

According to the police, Eniobong said: “When I did not see my husband I ran to the Pastor because we have known for a very long time. I took my husband’s new car to him to sow as a seed in the church so that my husband will be found. I told him to take it to the church but I didn’t know that he went to change the plate number. I ask him to pray harder because I loved my husband and I don’t want anything to happen to him.”

It was gathered during investigation the police accosted a lady in the compound where the car was packed and she reportedly told the police that the car was brought by a pastor who lives in the compound.

When the police approached the pastor, he was said to have explained that one of his daughters in the church sowed a seed with the car.

He was said to have led the police to the residence of the said “daughter” but surprisingly it turned out it was the deceased’s wife.

The police then said the suspect confessed to the crime during investigation.

After years of investigation and litigation, High Court in Benin on Thursday sentenced the woman and her pastor lover to death for the murder of Engr. Isonguyo.

During the trial, the prosecuting counsel told the court that the murder was carried out by the convicts so as to cover up the pregnancy accusation by the deceased.

He explained that: “The deceased’s wife told the pastor to wait on the route of her husband to work and ask him for a ride. The plan paid off as the man eventually stopped and gave the pastor a ride along Sapele road, Benin. During the journey, the said pastor brought out a sharp object and hit him on his neck before opening the petrol tank, sipped out fuel and burnt him beyond recognition.”

In her ruling Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo held that the prosecution was able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced Eniobong and Pastor Ukachukwu to death by hanging.

Credit: Daily Trust

I’m wiser now – Ambode

I’m wiser now – Ambode

I’m wiser now – Ambode

Oladeinde Olawoyin

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that having spent almost four years running the affairs of Lagos, he is “wiser” now.

Mr Ambode said this while fielding questions from state house correspondents during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The governor said he visited Abuja on behalf of Lagosians to appreciate Mr Buhari for inaugurating some of the projects in the state.

When asked about what lessons he has learnt as a politician in Lagos, the governor said he has learnt a lot of things which has shaped his identity as someone who came into government as a “technocrat”.

“You see, every politician learns every day,” the governor said.

“The fact remains that I came in as a technocrat, so I used to call myself a techno-politician. But I think I am wiser now. I am more of a politician than a technocrat.”

Failed Ambition
Mr Ambode lost his bid to seek re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last year after the party leadership stood against him. He was replaced by Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a primary election characterised by name-calling and bitter rivalry.

Mr Sanwo-Olu would later emerge the governor-elect of Lagos after beating Jimi Agbaje of the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking about his legacy in the state, Mr Ambode said he has touched “humanity” with his policies and programme as Lagos governor.

He said: “In another 16 days or so, we will be leaving office. But what is important is that I was able to have that opportunity to be elected as governor of Lagos State and to touch humanity in a way that I deem it fit.

“We did our best and most importantly the projects we did were people friendly and people central. I just think a lot more people have enjoyed the benefits and dividends of democracy than we actually met it. And that gives me joy that we were able to touch lives.

“Wherever you find yourself just make (a) positive difference to people and Nigerians, that is the whole essence of service. I’m grateful that I had that opportunity.”

Mr Ambode’s loss last September makes him the first governor to lose re-election in Lagos since 1999. Two former governors of the state had governed for eight years before Mr Ambode emerged in 2015.

While Bola Tinubu, a leader in the APC, governed between 1999 and 2007, Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria’s minister of power, works and housing, governed between 2007 and 2015.

Credit: Premium Times

How fake news thrives in Nigeria

How fake news thrives in Nigeria

Agency Report

By Ephraims Sheyin

Thomas Jefferson, the third American President, is credited with what many regard as the most flattering attribute to journalism.

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the later,’’ Jefferson wrote in January 1787.

Unfortunately for the newshounds, Jefferson is also credited with what is seen as the most devastating remark on the media.

“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them,’’ Jefferson wrote a few years later.

“In as much as he knows nothing, he is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehood and errors.’’

Jefferson’s dramatic u-turn may just have been caused by the preponderance of fake news, something that has taken over today’s media space, with both the social and traditional media struggling to outdo each other in the spread of hoaxes.

Consider this. A state governor is reported to be involved in a road accident which killed the driver and left the governor with a broken spinal cord. He is reportedly ferried, unconscious, to a foreign country for urgent medical attention.

The governor appears days later, hale and hearty, to the shame of newspaper editors, who had splashed the road crash rumour on front pages.

Or this. A gateman, Musa Usman, makes it to the front pages of several newspapers and enjoys prime time on televisions and radio for rejecting a house offered him by an Indian boss he had served for 25 years, opting to rather have a borehole in his community.

For placing public good above personal interest, he is celebrated as a model, with encomiums flowing from all directions. Usman has, however, declared that no house was offered to him. He says that his Indian master did not give him such an option. The house offer story was just someone’s imagination.

Not long ago, a news medium quoted a governor as pouring encomiums on his former political godfather, now a bitter political rival, at a ceremony to mark the latter’s birthday. Such a report should ordinarily be a simple and harmless one.

But, a few minutes after the story was published, the organ received threats of legal action. The event never happened. It was a hoax by a reporter, who had no qualms feeding the public with utter falsehood. The news was fake. A cheap lie.

The instances are just everywhere. Aside from the fake news, photos or videos are purposefully created and spread to confuse and misinform. Photos or videos are also manipulated to deceive, while old pictures are often shared as new.

In some cases, photos from other shores are shared in the Nigerian space, ostensibly to create the impression that they are local scenes.

Commenting on the trend recently, Umaru Pate, Head, Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, said it was “dangerous, unethical, provocative and subversive to peace and societal serenity’’.

“Fake news misinforms and misdirects society with severe consequences on individual and national systems. It heightens tension, builds fear and mistrust among people.’’

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has also deplored the trend, declaring recently that fake news could “threaten and destroy’’ the country. He has also launched a campaign against it.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo echoed similar worry in a speech at the biennial convention of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), in Lagos recently.

“Fake news will make media practice lose its appeal; it will challenge the credibility which is the base of journalism practice,” he said.

He called on editors to consciously take back the space by infusing online media practice with traditional and professional competence, to right the wrongs in the industry.

“Some people must take up the role of speaking against the bastardisation of journalism by the new media,’’ he declared.

Mr Osinbajo called for the resuscitation of investigative journalism to tackle national challenges and help government plan better, noting specifically that the advent of the new media had increased misinformation through the spread of fake news and other negative reports that often caused confusion, disaffection and disunity.

“Editors must evolve strategies that will keep journalism in its place as the digital media appears to be moving away from the newsroom to the clouds,’’ he said.

Mr Osinbajo regretted that the role of the newspaper was gradually being usurped as the print media continued in its pursuit of traffic, rather than accuracy.

He called on media stakeholders to equip newsrooms with gadgets and technologies that could detect and remove fake images from news items and emphasised the need for accurate, fair, balanced and objective reportage at all times.

Like Mr Osinbajo, many media analysts blame the worsening trend of fake news on the collapse of investigative journalism.

Peter Amine, Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau chapter, for instance, believes that the spread of fake news can be minimised if reporters and editors insisted on the dictum “when in doubt, leave out’’.

“What we have, regrettably, is a situation where reporters, in a hurry to be the first with the news, hurl every rumour at the public. One can even understand the `wild freedom’ in the social media where there is no control, no editors, and no consequences for lying.

But, what does one make of similar lies celebrated in the traditional media?’’ he queried.

He blamed the preponderance of fake news on laziness and the loss of the investigative culture that should be the hallmark of functional journalism.

He urged editors to rise up to the challenge of curtailing the activities of erring reporters.

But, as stakeholders strive to minimise the incidences of fake news, analysts have suggested a deeper look into why it is getting more common and becoming the norm.

According to Mr Pate: “Fake news is partly caused by the absence, or late arrival of official information, which creates a vacuum filled by rumours and imaginations.’’

According to him, desperate politicians, ethnic jingoists, foreign interests and mischief makers have also taken advantage of the explosion in social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, Nairaline and WhatsApp – to spew fake news and hate messages which inflict confusion into the society.

While urging media houses to focus more on investigative reporting, he cautioned against selective reporting and the promotion of prejudicial stereotypes about groups and individuals based on incomplete facts, mischief and ignorance.

Other analysts have also called for more training to reporters and editors to boost research capacities among media professionals so as to minimise shallow reporting and episodic attitudes in news coverage and programme production.

They have also cautioned the media against promoting statements of politicians, ethnic champions, religious zealots and other interested parties without critical inquiry about specific social conflicts.

They noted that such groups were usually prone to spreading fake news against perceived rivals.

While urging media gatekeepers and news content managers to be more critical, the analysts have pointed out that publishing fake news could confer legitimacy, credibility and massive reach to such fakery and confuse the audience about truth and falsehood.

Worried by the effects of such misinformation, many Nigerians have always wondered if it is possible to quickly spot fake news to avoid being misled.

Sylvestre Dada, a communication expert, offers suggestions.

“The readers, listeners or viewers must check multiple sources, and try to establish trusted brands over time.

“They should also use various verification tools, with news content managers encouraged to check and think, before broadcasting or publishing.’’

He added that young people should be educated on what was trustworthy, as against what is fake, so that they could draw a line between the two.

But as Nigeria strives for reliable information crucial to her growth, media professionals saddled with that task appear to face lots of challenges, including the limited knowledge of the country by even top editors. Another challenge is the commercialisation of news.

Other limitations include ownership influence, social malpractices and corruption, media professionals acting as judges or advocates for hidden interests, and cases of senior editorial staff acting as consultants to politicians and religious groups.

The existence of cartels among reporters covering specific beats has also led to the adulteration of what is reported as the “media gangs’’ only decide what information to publish after “discussing and agreeing’’ with the news sources.

Analysts say that such “unholy fraternity’’ has often led to the “burial’’ of some hard truths that would have been useful in the nation’s search for greatness.

Another challenge is the “copy-me’’ syndrome, a practice where reporters receive reports of events they did not cover, from colleagues, and publish same, not minding if what they had been “copied’’ is fake news.

Not a few reporters have lost their jobs to this scary practice, yet it still persists.

To effectively battle fake news, observers have suggested closer working relationships among credible media organisations to facilitate the dissemination of only credible and verified news to reduce the attention to fake information by social media.

They have also called for increased and continuous training for media professionals, with regulatory outfits encouraged to strictly apply the rules, while professional bodies keep eagle eyes on members to guide against derailment. (NANFeatures)

Whatsoever a man soweth

Whatsoever a man soweth

By Simon Kolawole

Eleven years ago — to be specific, on July 7, 2008 — the title of my column was: “One Day, the People Will Rebel”. I warned that the extravagant lifestyles of our elite in the face of crippling poverty in the country would come back to bite all of us one day. At the time, kidnappings were a Niger Delta thing as militants agitated for resource control, but I was talking about what I called the “non-oil” kidnappings which I said would become the fad in the near future. I said the Nigerian elite must get the message that they could not continue in their ways and expect peace and safety. I warned that there was a lot of frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment in the land.

I wrote that when “blood relations of wealthy people are being kidnapped in exchange for ransoms, that is a clear danger signal to the elite. You have a driver. You have a cook. You have a security guard. You have policemen guarding you. They are all human beings. They see things happening around them. They hear your phone conversations as you conduct your mindless transactions. They are hearing the mind-blowing figures. They see the movements of Ghana-Must-Go bags. In an attempt to ‘redistribute’ the loot, they will resort to kidnappings and demand ransoms. It is happening already. More are in the offing, I think”.

A reader was so angry with me that he sent me this SMS: “Simon, you are sowing evil ideas in the minds of our drivers and domestic staff. You are highly irresponsible. I will never read your column again.” Typical of me, I did not respond. I had realised early in my column-writing career that those who really want to engage in constructive debates normally use decent language. I hate street fights. As a kid, I was never involved in street fights. My grandmother (God bless her soul) was always proud to show me off to her friends as a “good boy”. I would be letting “Iya Kola” down in her grave if I engage in internet street fights. So I always let attacks and insults pass — with all pleasure.

However, I am always unhappy whenever I lose a reader because of my views. I feel I have lost a potential co-evangelist in my “leadership by example” approach to the building of a nation “where peace and justice shall reign”. That reader clearly misunderstood me: I was only forewarning on a disturbing development with the sole aim of gingering our leaders to act. Growing criminality is a product of our broken social system that deprives the majority of Nigerians the basics of life such as roads, water, healthcare, education, security and jobs. I was fighting for social justice. I was warning the elite that they were not safe in their fortresses no matter how many police escorts they have.

As a philosopher said, all I did was to hold up a mirror for the society to look at itself. Breaking the mirror — as that angry reader decided to do — would not change the picture. The inequality in Nigeria has been too much for too long. In a country where people lose their lives because they cannot afford drugs of N1,000, you have people buying private jets and flashy cars not from some hard work but by feeding on the commonwealth. Our hospitals are rejecting poor patients because there is no bed space. Pupils are sitting on the floor to learn chemistry and biology in schools the governor cannot allow his relatives to attend. Such a society cannot escape doom.

In that “offensive” article, I asked, sarcastically: “What is the way forward? More policemen? More bullet-proof SUVs? More private jets? More Banana Islands? More signs of ‘military zone, keep off’?” I then replied myself: “I don’t know, but I have a hunch that more equitable management of resources could be of help. I suspect that more jobs, more housing, more medicine, more books, better roads, and better power supply would be of use. I suspect that less looting, less waste of resources would go some way. But if things continue the way they are, there is no doubt about it: one day, the long-suffering people of this country will react. They will rebel. Mark my words.”

The rebellion seems to be in full motion today as Nigerians groan under the pandemic of kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, internet fraud and all kinds of criminality. Worse still, the security system cannot protect either the rich or the poor. We should ask ourselves how we got here. One of my favourite Yoruba proverbs, as oft-repeated by my late grandmother, says “when a child stumbles, he looks at his front; when an adult stumbles, he looks at his back”. Someone else would add: “Where did the rain begin to beat us?” If only we could retrace our footsteps, we will gain insight. We can then begin to sow a different seed today so that we can reap a different harvest tomorrow.

Last week, I watched as some members of the house of reps took turns to lament the state of insecurity in the country. One speaker after the other complained that they can no longer travel to or sleep in their villages because of insecurity. They are overwhelmed by the army of criminals. However, they just cannot see a link between their greed — their obscene allowances, their extortion-driven oversight activities as well as the padded budgets — and the poverty and insecurity in the land. That is the problem with Nigerian politicians: they think Nigeria is like this by mistake. They think if we are able to deploy more troops, kidnapping will stop. If only it were that simple!

Let me say this yet again: the Nigerian ruling elite need to have a meeting, perhaps a “meeting of minds”, and agree to change their ways. We cannot continue to run a system of an overfed elite minority and a malnourished majority and expect to keep travelling to the village in glittering SUVs without consequences. No. It won’t work. We cannot run a system where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and expect peace. We have been living a lie for too long. Commonsense tells us that inequality comes with a price. We cannot sustain a system that ruins the lives of the majority of 200 million Nigerians and hope to sleep and snore at night.

Although the economic downturn in the last five years and some of the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari are implicated in the current socio-political crises, the truth remains that for too long, we ignored the warning signals. For decades, the UNDP told us that 70 percent of Nigerians were living on less than $1 a day. What did we do to prevent the incoming disaster? It was all Greek to us. We spent our petrodollars as if there would be no tomorrow. Well, today is yesterday’s tomorrow. You don’t have to be a development expert to know that any country where the bulk of the youth are unemployed or unemployable is headed for chronic insecurity.

Don’t take my word for it. Check the poverty and unemployment rates of countries with the least incidence of crime and you will get a better idea of what I am driving at. When young men and young women wake up in the morning with nowhere to go, they are tempting the devil. He will give them something to do. Their energies will be misused and abused as they struggle to survive. No human being will sit down at home and die of hunger. Survival is a basic human instinct. The human being will survive by any means necessary — even if it is to steal, beg or borrow. The police and the army combined cannot contain crime when the factory producing criminals has not been closed.

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. We have sown the wind and we are reaping the whirlwind. The teens and teenagers that we refused to care for yesterday have become our nemesis today. They are now in our neighbourhood and on the highway, making life unbearable for us. The security system we failed to overhaul and modernise for ages — despite security budgets in billions of dollars — is now unable to protect us. But if I may ask, what are we doing today to make sure our trouble does not double tomorrow? Are we investing properly in the future? Are we striving hard to make the country conducive in the future so that ordinary people can enjoy the basics of life? The elite must realise that it is in their own interest to make Nigeria habitable. This milking must subside.

Until the elite across board reach a consensus to curtail their greed and put Nigeria first, we cannot begin to make meaningful progress as a nation. Our predatory system will continue to breed terrorists, kidnappers, ritual killers, yahoo boys and circumstantial sex workers. What we are witnessing today would be child’s play compared to what is ahead. Nobody is safe in Nigeria, including those who think they are covered by a convoy of armed escorts. It is just a matter of time. Until we begin to sow the good seeds at all levels — federal, state and local — our troubles will keep multiplying. Nigeria will not develop overnight, but if we fail to act decisively and intelligently today, we cannot hope to reap gainful jobs, lasting peace, security and national prosperity tomorrow.


On Monday, the Kano house of assembly received a bill seeking to decimate the 214-year-old emirate. By Wednesday, it had become law — all because Governor Abdullahi Ganduje wanted a pound of flesh from the emir, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II. It may sound weird but the Kano drama has revived my hopes in Nigeria. It tells me that if Nigerian politicians really want to get something done, they can do it in seconds! Therefore, if they decide to start doing the right things for the good of this country, our development won’t take 50 years! There is just one problem though — they only use their energies for the things that have no impact on the price of garri. Pity.


Comedy paid tragedy a visit on Monday when the Nigerian Navy denied knowledge of the whereabouts of 15 Nigerian citizens they have been detaining incommunicado and without trial since September 2018. Was that really a joke? The navy initially got court orders to detain them and later wrote the lawyer of one of them that the detainees had been transferred to the EFCC, which turned out to be false. As Mr. Femi Falana asked: at what stage did they disappear from custody? The navy must prove to Nigerians that the detainees are still alive by charging them to court for any offences they are accused of committing. This military rule in disguise must stop. Enough!


Mr Godwin Emefiele is not the dream governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the opinion of some analysts, but President Muhammadu Buhari has given him another term of five years after much speculation. That suggests the president is pleased with him. In the last three months, the Nigerian rumour factories had gone into overproduction over Emefiele’s fate. Some even named his successor! For me, I never doubted that Emefiele would be re-appointed, even if that would be the first time a CBN governor would be getting a second term in this democratic dispensation. Let’s now hope Buhari will complement the governor with a solid minister of finance. Onwards.


When next you get a broadcast telling you that the full meaning of Google is “Global Organization of Oriented Group Language of Earth”, laugh very hard until you forget your name. In fact, Google is derived from the word GOOGOL — a mathematical term for the digit “1” followed by a hundred zeros. It was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and popularised in the book, “Mathematics and the Imagination”, written by Kasner and James Newman. In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin named their search engine “Google” — playing on the word “googol” to show the endless possibilities of their invention. How did I know? I googled it. Simple.

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News Headlines May 13, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines May 13, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

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The Punch

FG flouts pension law, remits low amounts to workers’ accounts
Defence minister ought to have been fired – Zamfara emirs’ chair
49 of 127 Buhari, Osinbajo’s aides get N2.48bn in four years
Blackout looms as labour plans power transmission shutdown
Former SUBEB chairman arraigned on N140m fraud
Panic as cult members kill five in Lagos community
Ex-convicts, other arrested for robbery in Lagos
SFU releases seized vehicle after PUNCH’s report
Command arrests three motorcycle snatchers
Hoodlums steal female underwear in Ogun
49 of 127 Buhari, Osinbajo’s aides get N2.48bn in four years
Lagos inaugurates toolkit against cybercrime
Ambode to open Bariga waterfront jetty
Lagos deputy gov-elect loses father
Buhari‘s inauguration still holds May 29, not June 12 —Presidency
African anti-graft agencies seek repatriation of stolen assets
Embattled Emir Sanusi returns to Kano from S’Arabia
SFU releases seized vehicle after PUNCH’s report
Command arrests three motorcycle snatchers
Hoodlums steal female underwear in Ogun
We’ll arraign Naira Marley, others – EFCC
Police brutalised me in my children’s presence — Anambra fire director
Gunmen attack abducted Nasarawa magistrate for failing to pay N5m ransom
Okowa warns Nigerians against desperation for wealth
I won’t contest senatorial election again, says Ekweremadu
An Igbo President will make a difference, says Nwobodo
Group asks Bulkachuwa to withdraw from Atiku’s election petition
Nothing will stop inauguration of Bauchi gov-elect –Ningi
I’m leaving Senate to become peace ambassador —David Mark
NEPZA attracts over $20bn investments into free trade zones
FG loses N52bn to illegal iron, steel importation yearly –MAN group
Oil slump: FAAC disbursements drop in Q1 2019
Citi Group addresses fraud allegations against Jumia
City win thrilling EPL title race, break Liverpool hearts
Bonfrere to coach ex-Eagles stars at The Match
Hazard future still uncertain, says Sarri
United bosses know major rebuild needed – Solskjaer
Pacquiao: Former world champion to fight Keith Thurman
LSSTF targets N10bn sports fund in five years
Timberlake, Missy Elliott bag honorary doctorate degrees
Let’s stop having sex until govt reverses anti-abortion law, actress urges women
Ugbomah was a trailblazer, FG mourns veteran filmmaker
I don’t want to die before my mother –Oga Bello
How to manage your diabetes with success
Food poisoning can cause premature birth — Expert
Researchers generate antibodies to Ebola virus disease
Causes of drug-induced liver injury
Trachoma risk reduced by nine million – Minister
Tips for extending phone battery life
Online platform to tackle health challenges
3G, 4G subscriptions hit 63 million
Amazon aims to take people to moon by 2024
Editorial: Time to give state’s IGR a boost
Judicial independence and failing democracy
NFIU and local govt financial integrity
Messi, Ooni and the Liverpool annihilation
Emefiele: Will there be any policy shift at CBN? (1)

The Nation

Business giants in trouble over N5tr AMCON debts
Man City beats Brighton to retain EPL title
Presidency backs Ngige on NSITF board
Presidency: Buhari committed to tackling security challenges
Justice Forum leader Oba Hamzat dies at 86
Olapade wins Asantehene Golf tourney
AfDB okays $200m for Nigeria’s electrification project
Justice Bulkachuwa not indicted by DSS, says official
Ogun to distribute Cs of O on Wednesday
NFIU traces local governments’ cash to Bureaux De Change
Release report on investigation into Maina, activist tells Senate
MAY 12, 2019
Okowa decries get-rich-quick syndrome among Nigerians
Senate exit: Saraki, Ekweremadu, Ortom, extol Mark
Why our administration will remain a reference point – Ajimobi
NLC greets Nujoma at 90
SERAP to Ganduje: ‘Reject fat pensions, luxury cars-for-life for Kano lawmakers’
Mikel, Rohr talks succesful
Coca Cola/Eva Water join Okpekpe race
Bonfrere to lead former Nigerian stars in The Match for Ambode
“The Eagle” Oyeleye wins title
AfDB okays $200m for Nigeria’s electrification project
Stock market opens new listing opportunities for SMEs, start-ups
NCRIB urges govt to curb building collapse
‘Banks should not joke with cybersecurity’
Analysts predict fixed exchange rate retention by CBN
‘Why Nigeria is still in darkness’
One chance robbers nabbed for ‘attacking’ woman
Command apprehends three for alleged robbery
Police arrest three suspected kidnappers
Residents : amenities inadequate in Lekki
Two ex-convicts, one other held for alleged robbery
Why I set up N100 million scholarship fund, by Bauchi philanthropist
Fed Govt mourns Eddie Ugboma, calls him trailblazer in movie industry
‘Fine’ premieres at Paris Film Festival
‘Panpe Ofin’ was created to make people know their rights, says Steven Adesomoye
Artistes promoting internet fraud are fraudulent, lacks home training – Jimmy Jatt
Jagamaster unveils Ninalowo as brand ambassador
T-Boss shares bad habits, says ‘I smell everything’


APC’s Use and Dump Syndrome
Nigeria Loses 16,458MW to Gas, Grid Constraints
APC Expresses Satisfaction with Support for Lawan, Gbajabiamila
To zone remaining offices before inauguration
N48bn Mismanaged in NSITF, Presidency Alleges
Buhari backs Ngige, redeploys Kokori NLC vows to go ahead with demonstration against minister
Kano Residents Welcome Emir Sanusi at Airport after Lesser Hajj
Bandits Kill One, Injure Three in Katsina Village Attack
Army Kills Scores of Terrorists, Two Soldiers Wounded in Borno
Corruption Allegation: PDP Asks Buhari to Speak up on Bulkachuwa
Group asks court president to step down from tribunal
Boko Haram: UNDP Intensifies Training for Civilian JTF, Vigilantes
FEC Approves N35bn Road Contracts in Six States
African Anti-graft Heads Seek Repatriation of Stolen Assets from Europe, US
Ocean Surge Ravages Four Ondo Communities, Properties
PDP Leaders Express Concerns over State of the Nation
Allege plot to clamp down on Obi, other party leaders
Railway Contractors Hail Amaechi’s Performance
NYSC New DG Urges Staff to Shun Corruption
Sanwo-Olu Condoles with Deputy over Father’s Demise
Saraki, Ekweremadu, Ortom Pay Tribute to Mark
Oyetola Hails Osun People’s Support after Court’s Verdict
‘Policy is Good, But Not Constitutional’
5 hours ago
Railway Contractors Hail Amaechi’s Performance
TCN Cautions Union against Planned Picketing of Its Headquarters
Farmers Commend Buhari on Emefiele’s Re-appointment
Rivers to Disburse N200m Interest-free Loans to Traders, Young Entrepreneurs
SEC Moves to Ban Companies from Distributing Gifts at Meetings
Enelamah: FG, States Working to Address Multiple Taxation
‘Ighalo’s Injury No Threat to AFCON 2019 Participation’
Jo Bonfrere to Lead Former Nigerian Stars at The Match for Ambode
NPFL: Lobi Stars Crash Rangers’ Flight in Makurdi
Coca-Cola, Eva Water Join Okpekpe Race
Yaro Replaces Williams as Technical Director of NRFF
Excited Muhammed Grabs First Goal for HNK Gorica
2019 ITTF CHALLENGES PLUS: Nigeria Open Gets Improved Prize Money
Chelsea Hold Arsenal’s Champions League Ticket
Celebrating over Five Decades of Aerial Warfare
Akabueze: FG’s Budget Performance Not Low


NNPC To Pay N534bn Debt To Federation Account
PMB Tackling Insecurity Decisively, Says Presidency
‘No Monies Missing, Stolen In CBN’ ‘Fraud Allegations Against NIRSAL Boss Is Political, Misleading’
NUJ To Reactivate Insurance Policy For Members
Man City Edge Liverpool To EPL Title
Group To Pressure NASS To Approve Tobacco Regulations
AGF Promises To Address University Pensioners’ Complaints
Fidelity Bank Pledges Increased Support For SMEs
NSC, ICPC, Stakeholders Move Against Corruption At Seaports
NB Appoints Noah’s Ark Creative Agency For Maltina, Malta Gold
Impact Of Illegal Bunkering, Oil Theft On Nigerian Economy
14 Banks Post N256bn Net Profit In Q1
Experts Arrive For Controlled Demolition Of Jos Main Market
NAMA Tasks Aviation Unions On Industrial Harmony
ICTEL 2019 To Focus On Improving SMEs Performance
Emirates Group Posts $631m Profit In 12 Months
NSC, ICPC, Stakeholders Move Against Corruption At Seaports
Bayelsa: Dickson’s Succession And The Core Ijaw Question
X-raying Rivers’ Joint Committee On Election Violence
I Want To Remain In England — Mikel
EPL: Ndidi Equals Yobo, Moses’ Record
How Man City Edged Liverpool To Premier League Crown
Gattuso Hints At Higuain Exit Amid Chelsea Links
EDITORIAL: Governors’ Access To LG Funds
9th NASS: Why Gbajabiamila/Wase Should Lead Reps
Kwara’s Transition To People’s Government
aGombe: Building A Better Tomorrow Fake News: Collapse Of Investigative Journalism
CBN’s Funding For Power, Aviation Sectors
Wealth Creation Motivation For Our Investments – Dangote Group
14 Banks Post N256bn Net Profit In Q1
Oyo APC Faults Ajimobi’s Wife On Loyalty To Leaders
Lion Air A330neo RollsOut Of Airbus Paint Shop
Dana Air Joins Call For Stem Cell Donors
Police Arrest 95 Suspected Cultists In Anambra
Wike Recalls Suspended LG Chairmen
Wudil Indigenes Demand Return To Old Kano Emirate

The Sun

NSITF: Presidency backs Ngige on Kokori
Senate: I won’t seek re-election in 2023 –Ekweremadu
No peace until Igbo produce president –Nwobodo
Lagos dep. gov-elect loses father
Economy: 17 states in danger
EFCC, other African agencies seek return of stolen funds from US, Europe
Presidency lists actions to tackle insecurity
Lagos Assembly keeps mum over 2019 budget
Agura: Bakre emerges MKO’s homestead new monarch
LG allocations: Comply with NFIU guidelines or resign, ASELGON tells govs
Osinbajo opens Osun economic summit June 25
We’re intensifying advocacy to curb illegal migration, human trafficking –Edo govt
LG polls: Dickson tasks PDP leaders on rancour-free primaries
Senate presidency: Buhari, APC not opposed to my candidature -Ndume
Why APC, INEC don’t want me in Senate -Okorocha
Nigerians voted rightly by bringing Buhari back to power -Michael
We’ll resist any attempt to marginalise Awori in Lagos -Ojolowo
Earn millions meeting farmers’ agro-inputs needs
Minimum wage: Anxiety mounts over States’ ability to pay N30,000
FG should stop propaganda on job creation –Auwal
Farm House partners ITTA to create 65,000 jobs
Crown Flour to commence backward integration for wheat production
LG polls: Dickson directs PDP to organise rancour-free primaries
Ahead Ruiz bout: Joshua smashes punching bag
Ighalo out for two weeks
Ndidi equals Moses, Yobo’s Premier League record
AFCON 2019: Mikel returns for Eagles
Simy Nwankwo scores to sign-off Crotone career
Ikpeazu dissolves Enyimba, Abia Warriors boards
NSF 2020: Edo State restates readiness
Milo National Schools Basketball championship: Bauchi U-17 boys tops North zone
EPL: Man City seals back -to-back titles
… Salah, Mane Aubameyang share Golden Boot award
Bonfrere leads ex-Nigerian stars at ‘The Match for Ambode’
CocaCola/Eva Water join Okpekpe race as refreshment partners
Time to save APGA from itself
While we await the Master’s return
The world against the world
DMO, EEG & exporters: SOS to President Buhari
75 parties’ jaundiced verdict on INEC
Getting the basics of public service reform right
Stakeholders commend APM Terminal on safety record
Group sues Amaechi over Chinese loans on railway construction
Why safety recommendations are critical component of accident investigation
Emirates unveils expo 2020 Dubai pavilion
Dana Air slashes air fares with new product
Agitation for Ghana’s break up selfish –Atiemo-Gyan
Declare state of emergency in education sector, Don urges FG


How parents, schools aid exam fraud —JAMB
9th NASS: PDP forecloses contest for Senate President, Speaker
Why Ngige can’t inaugurate Kokori as NSITF chair —Sources
Road Safety: FRSC seeks law to support activities
Buhari mourns film maker, Eddie Ugbomah
Nigerians react to checking of jamb results via SMS
True federalism: Buhari’s sudden realisation surprising ― Onuesoke
Kogi civil servants, pensioners facing untold hardship ― Ang Bishop
Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression
Nurses Week: Association seeks adequate security for nurses, midwives
TCN says national grid still fragile, gives conditions for stability
Ooni charges youths on skills acquisition for economic independence
NSITF: Presidency backs Ngige, affirms Enejamo-Isire as Board chairman
How police arrested 10 robbery suspects in Lagos
Ocean surge sacks four communities in Ondo
Lagos commissioner, Bamigbetan in road accident
Ogun govt lauds Coca-Cola over upgrade of educational facilities
Ambode bags awards for exemplary performance
Report that I slumped untrue ― General Gowon

Daily Trust

Multi-billion naira cattle colonies yet to take off
Highs and lows of aviation under Sirika
FAAC plus IGR can’t fund 28 states’ 2019 budget – NEITI
Ngige inaugurates NSITF board, Kokori redeployed to institute
Ramadan: Aisha Buhari tasks parents on child upbringing
FG will no longer do business with AMCON debtors – Osinbajo
‘No monies missing, stolen in CBN’
BREAKING: Wudil indigenes reject Gaya Emirate, demand return to Kano Emirate
Mammoth crowd welcomes emir Sanusi
FAAC plus IGR can’t fund 28 states’ 2019 budget – NEITI
Zamfara APC: Legal logjam as S/Court fixes hearing May 16
BCO chides PDP for being ‘envious’ of Buhari’s recognition
Okorocha architect of his misfortune — Ex-aide
Man City batters Brighton to retain Premier League title
Wilfred Ndidi sets Premier League record
Abia Warriors win 4-2 at Heartland as Lobi pip Rangers 1-0 dislodge Enyimba
CBN investment in agriculture reducing unemployment, poverty – Official
How we revived the mining sector – FG
NLC urges Gov Darius to implement new minimum wage
Rights commission summons AEPB boss over nightclubs raids
Ramadan: AMF tasks FCT residents on unity
Wonder scenes in Borno
Education Mayday!
In praise of South Africa’s elections
Brambaifa: Setting NDDC on the right track
IRAN: ‘US military in Gulf a target not a threat’
PAKISTAN: Gunmen killed five in Balochistan hotel
GERMANY: Three hotel guests found dead from crossbow bolts
19 arrested in Anambra during cult initiation
Four killed in Edo community
Man in EFCC custody over ATM fraud
Editorial: This is not our priority
We’ll reject attempt to substitute Kokori as NSITF chair – NUPENG
FG calls for collective effort to fight forced labour, human trafficking
TUC lauds anti-graft unit over N.5m daily withdrawal
Farmers get N27.5bn NEMA’s agric intervention fund
NEMA to support 12,000 displaced farmers in Borno
N364m rice farming loan: Defaulters on-the-run in Taraba
NANS gives JAMB 48hours ultimatum to refund N50 SMS charges to candidates
Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott get honorary doctorate degrees
Cannes: Stallone, bringing Rambo 5 sneak peek & First Blood 4K restoration
5 Nigerian books that have hit the screen

The Guardian

Probe Ngige now, labour tells Buhari, begins protest today
X-raying policy developments as pension sector hits trillions
Oshiomhole, PDP and gathering storm against Obaseki’s second term in Edo
‘No phony statistics or outlandish report will derail Akwa Ibom State’
Africa seeks return of stolen assets from Europe, U.S., others
Osinbajo extends 50 per cent registration fee for businesses, opens Osun economic summit June 25
FG’s inaction cause of ALSCON’s travails, says institute
How cashew farmers lose N99 billion to global glut, Apapa gridlocks
Timi Frank asks Senate to release report on Maina, gives seven-day ultimatum
Liverpool’s wait for glory continues as Man City retain EPL title
Nigeria’s sports heroes: Tales of the dimming stars
Niger United, Plateau Peacocks stake titles
Jo Bonfrere returns for The Match for Ambode
We, the elite, deny Nigeria development, says Niger senator
Ebonyi inaugurates 32-man committee for 2018-2020 action plan
Imo council chairmen declare suspension illegal, disregard order
Nigeria, a victim of protection racket
Editorial: Bayelsa’s obnoxious life pensions bill
PAL pension decries gap in financial literacy, skills
AFF wants collaboration between technology startups, large corporates
How FCMB drives value with diversified investments, operations
FG to bar AMCON debtors from official businesses, says Osinbajo
FG is anti-growth but IMF is pro-growth
Why I don’t watch football
On the revolutions in Sudan and Algeria
The unique powers of the feminine
National Assembly probes abandoned NSITF property in Lagos
Propertymart commits to Citiview housing estate, others
Developers showcase materials for housing sector
‘Craze for certificates is bane of professional competence in Nigeria’


Aare Adams Cautions Buhari Over N100bn Fund For Miyetti Allah
Access Bank Targets 100,000 Subscribers With Xclusiveplus
Don’t Take Our Peace For Granted, Tompolo’s Kinsmen Warns Chevron
Insecurity: We’re Up To Task, Presidency
Sultan, Others Should Resist Ganduje — Umar Ardo
Fat Pensions, Cars-For-Life: SERAP Urges Ganduje To Reject Kano Assembly Bill
Navy Detaining 10 More Nigerians Without Trial, Falana Writes AGF
How Trophy Lager Drove The African Drum Festival
Arts, Culture Contents Of Tourism – Runsewe
N30,000 Minimum Wage Captured In 2019 Budget—Akwa Ibom Govt
Police Arrest 3 Suspected Cultists With Female Underwear In Ogun
Banditry, Abduction On Red Line
Justice Bulkachuwa Told To Recuse Self From Atiku/Buhari Petition
Companies Record Weak Earnings Amidst Sluggish Economic Growth
Paris Club Fund: Amosun, Consultant Set For Legal Battle Over $11.7m
Secure The Lives Of Nigerians, JNI Urges FG
Taraba Killings: Gov Ishaku Orders Security Agencies To Deal Ruthlessly With Culprits
NSITF: Kokori, Labour tackle Presidency
Nigeria will not know peace until an Igbo becomes President – Nwobodo
Insecurity happening because we have incompetent administration – PDP
Corruption allegation: Speak up on Bulkachuwa, PDP tells Buhari, APC
NSITF : Buhari approved suspension of inauguration of board – Presidency
NLC will pay for waking me up with petrol laden trucks – Ngige
Nigeria will not know peace until an Igbo becomes President – Nwobodo
New Kano emirates: Ganduje has done right thing – Junaid Mohammed
Breaking: Wike recalls 12 suspended LG chairmen
Insecurity happening because we have incompetent administration – PDP
I won’t run for Senate again – Ekweremadu
I’ll play in EPL next season – Mikel
Premier League: Chelsea held by Leicester, but point enough for third-place
Djokovic ends Tsitsipas Madrid run, wins 33rd Masters title
Premier League quotes of the season
Klopp: Premier League near-miss is only Liverpool’s ‘first step’
All set for unveiling of Bariga Waterfront jetty, Ilaje road
How 24-year-old refused to sell her 4-month-old baby in Imo
Containers, oil tankers to start movement goods through rail from Lagos to North
Four million Nigerian children miss out in vaccination against measles
Access Bank targets 100,000 subscribers with Xclusiveplus
Companies record weak earnings amidst sluggish economic growth
Fidelity Bank signs $50m financing agreement with AFDB
Shareholders commend Union Bank’s debt recovery drive
JB rules out plans for rights issue as shareholders’ equity hits N35bn
ASVI 2018: Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Kwara, Enugu economic viable states
Edo govt bars interference with primary school teachers’ transfers
Caleb University emerges champions in Public Speaking Contest
Police gun down two suspected armed robbers
MTN adds 2.1m subscribers, grows service revenue by 13.4%
We picked Lawan over Ndume for Senate President based on seniority in parliament – Enang, Buhari’s adviser

New Telegraph

Election petitions: Play by the rules or face consequences –DSS
Ex-convict goes for robbery 11 days after leaving prison
JUST IN: Gov Ganduje vows to install new Emirs in Kano despite court order
Liverpool’s van Dijk named Premier League Player of the Season
Sanusi: A monarch’s many troubles Ondo APC group set up reconciliation committee
Teniola: Nigeria lacks digital strategy for economic growth
Ndume: I’m in the Senate presidency race to win
Conversation with an angry youth
Group warns FG against moves to release N100bn to Miyetti Allah
Tambuwal to actualise biggest cattle breeding project
19 cultists arrested at initiation ground
How we are tackling insecurity, by Presidency
Speakership: Abia APC caucus endorses Gbajabiamila

2019 polls: RECs recount experiences
CBN: No monies missing, stolen under Emefiele
Anambra: Police beat me black, blue, cries Chief Fire Officer
Relief materials burnt as fire guts C’River SEMA warehouse
Police arrest kidnap kingpin in Niger
Cult clash claims two in Calabar
Micro-pension: Slow takeoff dips enthusiasm
Experts back IMF’s stance on Africa’s rising foreign debt
Man City’re champions of England again
Ighalo to return for Zimbabwe, Senegal friendlies
Dennerby: Falcons’ preparation good for memorable World Cup
Ndidi equals Moses, Yobo’s record

EDITORIAL: Severance packages for public office holders
Okorocha and self-inflicted political wounds
Emefiele: Buhari’s reward to a faithful ally
Insecurity: PDP NEC to review state of the nation
Election petition: Atiku won’t get justice from Justice Bulkachuwa-led panel –PDP
We’ve not indicted Justice Bulkachuwa – DSS