11TH JUNE, 2018

 PUNCH NEWS

World Cup: Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia

Neymar and his Brazil teammates landed on Russian soil in the early hours of Monday morning, fresh from beating Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up outing ahead of the World Cup.

As the clock ticks down to Thursday’s tournament opener in Moscow between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the five-time World Cup winners arrived in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city where they will be based, just before 3am local time (0000 GMT).

Morocco, Nigeria agree to press on with pipeline plan

Morocco and Nigeria have agreed a cooperation plan to press on with a proposed pipeline transporting gas to the North African kingdom along the Atlantic coast.

King Mohammed VI and President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday oversaw the signing of the accord in Rabat detailing the way forward for the mega-project first agreed in 2016, Morocco’s MAP news agency reported.

US, North Korea officials in final summit preparations

North Korean and US negotiators met in Singapore Monday for final preparations on the eve of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, seeking to bridge the gaps over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first between a sitting US president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

Lafarge Africa educates market women on waste disposal

Lafarge Africa Plc has urged market women in Lagos to properly dispose their waste, especially plastics.

The Director of Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, gave the advice at an awareness session to mark this year’s World Environment Day.

Include Abiolas name on Heads of States list Walter Carrington

A former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Walter Carrington (OFR), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to add the name of the adjudged winner of the annulled 1993 Presidential elections, Chief Moshood Abiola, to the list of Nigeria’s Heads of State.

Carrington said this in a statement congratulating Nigerians on the recognition of June 12 as the Democracy Day.

2019: Southern, MBelt leaders demand INEC chairmans removal

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has expressed fear that the Independent National Electoral Commission may not deliver free and fair elections in 2019.

It noted that “the bug of nepotism and sectionalism that this administration is renowned for has also eaten up the leadership of the commission.”

PHOTOS: Buhari arrives in Morocco

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday began a two-day working visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

PUNCH chair to be buried on Friday

The family of the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Wayne Aboderin, has announced the funeral arrangements for the deceased.

Aboderin, who was born on April 17, 1958, died on May 30, 2018, at about 6.05am after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos. He was 60 years of age.

Lagos dismisses two CBD officials for extortion

The Lagos State Government through the Office of the Special Adviser on Central Business Districts has dismissed two CBD enforcement officers over alleged cases of extortion and illegal arrest.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, Olarenwaju Elegushi, said the dismissal of the two officers was part of measures by the government to instil discipline into employees, as well as volunteer corps, towards a better service delivery.

Reggae star, Ras Kimono, dies at 60

Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono, has died.

Our correspondent gathered that the dreadlocked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night.

N1.1bn water contract scam: Prosecute deputy speaker, says SERAP

A human rights advocacy group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for the prosecution of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, over the allegation of N1.1bn water contract scam.

SERAP, in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, urged the acting chairmen of both the Code of Conduct Bureau and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to jointly investigate the alleged fraud committed by Yusuff.

Motorists stranded as rehabilitated Mowo bridge collapses

The bridge after Mowo Junction, 18km from Mokwa and about one kilometre from Tatabu bridge on Mokwa-Jebba road has  collapsed on Saturday following heavy rainfall on Saturday night.

The bridge which was rehabilitated by the Federal Government last year after it collapsed left motorists and commuters stranded.

Ondo declares Tuesday public holiday

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared Tuesday, June 12, 2018, as a work free day in honour of the late Chief M. K. O.  Abiola, who was the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, on Sunday, the day will be celebrated with a town hall assembly at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital.

Atlantic Hall graduates 100, to build N2.5bn sports complex

Atlantic Hall Secondary School, Poka, Epe, Lagos, on Friday, graduated 100 pupils at its 26th valedictory and graduation ceremony.

The school also unveiled the plan to build an ultra-modern sports complex during the event.

Five die as tanker, car collide in Niger

Five people have been feared killed in an accident at Kwakuti community along Minna-Suleja in the Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

Witnesses said the crash which occurred on Saturday involved a Toyota Corolla car conveying five people from Abuja to Minna and one tanker truck en route Suleja.

Epidemic: One killed, 20 hospitalised in Nasarawa students village

There has been apprehension at Ungwan Lambu, a predominantly student settlement in the Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State following the outbreak of suspected Salmonella Enteritis disease.

It was gathered that one person has died from the epidemic which broke out in the area last week.

Customs intercept 20,550 litres of petroleum products in Adamawa

The Nigeria Customs, Adamawa and Taraba Area command has intercepted a truckload of petroleum products about to be smuggled into the Republic of Cameroon at Sahuda border post between Nigeria and Cameroun in Adamawa State.

About 90 containers containing 20,550 litres of petrol were found to have been concealed in a truck loaded with assorted household consumables, heading to Cameroon.

Probe attack on Igbo in Taraba, Ohanaeze tells FG

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political body of the Igbos, has asked the Federal Government to investigate a recent attack on the Igbo in Taraba State.

There were reports that shops belonging to Igbo traders in the Dan-Anicha area of Taraba State were destroyed and looted, during an attack on Igbo by suspected Fulani people on June 3, 2018.

Onanuga hails Ogun admin officers

The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Chief, Yetunde Onanuga, has attributed the success recorded by the present administration in the state to the vibrancy and dynamism of the administrative officers in the civil service.

Onanuga, who stated this in a statement issued by Mr Kunle Ewuoso after the maiden edition of the Administrative Officers Day, held at the Oba Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said that the officers had lived up to expectation, as the custodians of the culture of the civil service.

Rights abuse: Military urges Nigerians to report errant soldiers

The military has said that it will not tolerate indiscipline among its men and officers, urging Nigerians to report any errant soldier.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen.  John Agim, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said the military had procedures for disciplining any of its errant members.

Dickson says blackmail wont stop civil service reforms

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has reiterated his administration’s determination to rid the state’s civil service of fraud, saying that he will not be intimidated or blackmailed into discontinuing the reforms.

The governor said he was even more determined to eliminate age and certificate falsification as well as the ghost worker syndrome from the state civil service after his recent unscheduled visits to some of the ministries last week.

We still feel pains of civil war MASSOB

THE Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has said that the Igbo are still feeling the pains of the civil war, which lasted for about three years.

MASSOB stated that it was wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to say that the Nigerian troops were soft on Biafrans, adding that five million people from Igbo extraction were killed during the civil war (1967-1970).

Ambodes wife seeks support for govt

The wife of the governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has urged Lagosians to trust the present administration in the state and remain supportive of its policies and programmes.

Bolanle, who spoke at the second edition of Lagos Marathon Praise, a 12-hour song ministration programme organised by Jubilee Concert International at Agidingbi, Ikeja, noted that the future would be greater than the past.

Honouring June 12 heroes

Sincerely, the likes of the late MKO Abiola, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN and Beko Ransome-Kuti, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Mrs. Kudirat Abiola, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dele Giwa, as well as Frank Ovie Kokori and Femi Falana SAN, to mention but a few, are well-deserving of honours and/or awards Nigeria may want to bestow on them for the roles they played in instilling and installing the tenets of democracy in the country.

But it is apposite to say here that President Muhammadu Buhari’s press statement after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting to confer national honours on deceased Nigerians is inconsistent with the National Honours Act of 1963. The move is illegal!

 GUARDIAN  NEWS

Messi says Argentina future depends on World Cup

Argentina captain Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performance at the World Cup in Russia.

“It will depend on how far we go, how we’re going to finish” at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport.

Trump’s G7 bust-up shows risks for North Korea summit

Donald Trump’s spectacular bust-up with America’s closest allies at the G7 raises the already high political stakes for Tuesday’s summit with Kim Jong Un, and highlights the dangers of the US leader’s self-serving diplomacy.

Many analysts suggest Trump is perversely more at ease with traditional foes — contrasting his treatment of the likes of Canada’s Justin Trudeau to the red-carpet welcome he recently gave Kim’s right-hand man at the White House.

Restructure now if you’re sincere, elders tell Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day is a mere political stunt. To prove it isn’t, the leader must return the country to true federalism.

This was the position of some elder statesmen, who bared their minds to The Guardian, ahead of tomorrow’s celebration.

Poor demand, others push inventory to N321.12b

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has attributed the rising stock of unsold goods to low real consumption in the economy.

According to the association, the situation is caused by accelerating inflation, smuggling, counterfeiting of Nigerian manufactured products as well as the general sluggishness of the economy due to delayed passage of national budget.

Politicians in army uniforms destroyed Nigeria, says Opadokun

Political activist, Chief Ayo Opadokun, while recently reacting to the open letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo pointing out the ills of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, told Niyi Bello and Seye Olumide, that the former leader had no moral justification to call Buhari to order.

FG wants to frame me for gunrunning using a Lebanese, Wike alleges

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said he has uncovered a sinister scheme by the Federal Government to frame him up for gunrunning using a Lebanese businessman.

Wike who had recently accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of plotting to assassinate him, said that the Lebanese businessman would claim he had received money from him to procure arms for the 2019 elections.

Why troops are still deployed in Niger Delta, by DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that troops in the oil-rich Niger Delta region remain deployed to take care of unforeseen developments.

The military high command restated that the presence of troops gives confidence to investors and businesses to remain in operation, saying the military cannot on their own withdraw from areas where operations have not been concluded unless directed to withdraw.

The Guardian, ACAL hold finance roundtable, awards

The Guardian and Africa Consolidated Analytical Limited will hold its maiden edition of the roundtable and awards on July 20, 2018 in Lagos.

The event tagged “Financing option for government and private companies in a dynamic market”, which starts from 5:00pm at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, will focus exclusively on a keynote presentation and a panel discussion on the best financing options for private companies and also to appreciate individuals, corporate and public sector office holders for their contributions to fostering the growth of the financial sector.

I killed my friend, took his heart for money-making ritual, man confesses

The Lagos State police command has arrested four persons for alleged murder of their friend for moneymaking rituals. The suspects are presently being interrogated at the homicide section of the State Criminal and Intelligence Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba.

One of the suspects, simply identified as Daniel, confessed that: “We are from Chibok in Maiduguri, Borno State. We are four that killed our friend, Isaiah James, for ritual purposes, though it was not our initial plan to do so. We wanted to do charms to excel in advance fee fraud, known as 419, but the native doctor who we consulted told us that he won’t do charms for us with regards 419.

UN pledges support for Nigeria’s environmental challenges

United Nations (U.N.) Executive Director on Environment, Erick Solhiem, has promised to assist Nigeria to enable the country tackle its major environmental challenges.

Solhiem, who stated this during an advocacy visit to the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril in Abuja, cited the Ogoni cleanup, Lake Chad region, erosion in parts of the country and desertification, as some of the key environmental issues facing Nigeria.

Suddenly, nobody is talking about Eagles’ goalkeeping ‘crisis

The goalkeeping department is the most crucial arm of a football team. Sometimes the performance of a goalkeeper determines the fate of his team in crucial games because he is the last man on the pitch and any mistakes he makes often times lead to disastrous outcomes for his team.

At the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp and his men were doing alright until their goalkeeper, Loris Karius committed two howlers that changed the cause of the tie in Madrid’s favour. Any error by the goalkeeper cannot be corrected once the ball has hit the net. That is why teams pay much premium on the quality of the goalkeeper entrusted with the task of safeguarding their goalpost.

Court to hear Daily Times N2b rights abuse suit today

The Federal High Court in Abuja will today begins hearing on the N2billion fundamental rights abuse suit, filed by the Daily Times against the Nigerian Police and others.

The Publisher of the papers, Fidelis Anosike and the Group Managing Director, Noel Anosike, objected to plans by the police to force them to surrender the company’s assets.

Super Eagles to arrive in Yessentuki today

The Super Eagles are expected to arrive in their Russia 2018 World Cup base camp in Yessentuki, Russia today. The team is expected to fly out of their Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria, where they have been camped for close to two weeks, for the Russian city where they will prepare for all their group games at their sixth World Cup.

Since emerging from an appropriately–styled ‘Group of Death’ in the African qualifying series, becoming the first African team to reach the finals in Russia, the Eagles have played against Argentina, Poland, Serbia, DR Congo, England and Czech Republic in friendlies, winning two, drawing one and losing three.

Stock Exchange makes N3.8 billion record high profit

The emergence of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as the third best performing stock in the world last year has impacted on its performance for the 2017 financial year, resulting to an operating surplus after tax or Profit After Tax (PAT) of N3.79 billion.

The NSE made this known at the presentation of its results for the year ended December 31, 2017 during the 57th yearly general meeting held in Lagos on Thursday.

Collective action will reduce plastic pollution

Buoyed by the disruptive impact of plastic and the need to reduce its effect, environmentalists have called for a collective action against single –use plastic products.

They expressed worries that the world is daily confronted with problems arising from plastic pollution, stressing that about 300 million tonnes of plastic wastes are produced each year.

NAFDAC seizes 35 containers of tramadol at ports

The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye, says the agency has seized no fewer than 35 containers of tramadol at various ports in the country.

Adeyeye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday, that nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed by her agency.

PDP mocks Buhari for claiming National Assembly’s achievements

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the presidency for appropriating the achievements of the National Assembly and listing them as those of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, the PDP said the recent attempt by the Buhari Presidency to ascribe credit to Mr. President for the recent amendments to the constitution, particularly the granting of financial autonomy to state assemblies and judiciaries, was despicable.

June 12 tsunami and those who won’t forgive Buhari

An old Chinese proverb says: ‘Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil’. This short proverb sums the intensity of attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari, not leaving the ratcheting up of violence in some the states after a period of relative calm, in the wake of the political tsunami honouring the heroes of June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was annulled thus preventing the widely-acclaimed winner, Chief M.K.O Abiola (of blessed memory) from taking office as the President of Nigeria.

Lagos government dismisses two enforcement officers over extortion

Lagos State government at the weekend dismissed two enforcement officers, over extortion and illegal arrest.

The affected officials were Babatunde Scale and Abioye Bakare of the Central Business District (CBD), Alausa, Ikeja. 

DAILY TRUST NEWS

Nigeria sovereign investment closes year with N27.93bn income

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has declared an income of 27.93bn for the financial year ended 31st December 2017.

Presenting the financial statement to newsmen in Abuja, the Managing Director and CEO, Uche Orji, said that the total income dwindled from N149.83 billion in 2016 to 27.93 billion in 2017 due to volatility of the investment market as well as the effects of foreign exchange.

Group asks Buhari to rescue Sokoto APC from extinction

The Sokoto Integrity Group of the APC, yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene because the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has allegedly sworn-in the wrong executive in Sokoto State which would lead the party to extinction very soon.

There were two parallel  state congresses in Sokoto but the Sokoto Integrity Group said theirs was the genuine one because it was participatory, monitored by INEC and all available positions filled through competitive elections by loyal party members.

More girls in IT will disrupt status quo- Scientist

A scientist, Ms Joan Udeh says if more attention is given to empowering more girls and women in Information Technology (IT), it will disrupt the status quo and provide more opportunities for them.

Udeh, who is the founder of Girls Vine Code, an Abuja-based NGO, said this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

FG establishes eight innovation centres

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said technology and innovation could provide solutions to Nigeria’s socio-economic problems.

A total of 25 business owners have been selected to develop ideas that will help solve some of the humanitarian problems facing the people of North East.

Internet stakeholders meet to discuss good governance July 3

A group of internet stakeholders under the aegis of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) has concluded plans to host the special edition of NIGF 2018 billed for July 3 in Abuja.

The event, themed: ‘‘Internet as Enabler for Good Governance’’, is expected to be declared open by the Minster of Communications, Barr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Ardua Conference Center, Abuja.

Scientists develop N97,000 hands-free umbrella

A Japanese company is taking drone ownership to the next level with the development of an autonomous umbrella that follows a user’s head.

The Free Parasol uses a camera and artificial intelligence to track and follow a user as they walk down the street.

Better late than never

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Abuja on Wednesday last week sentenced former Taraba State Governor Jolly Nyame to 14 years’ imprisonment without an option of fine and ordered him to refund monies diverted from the public till. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Nyame on a 41-count charge of criminal misappropriation, diversion of public funds and breach of public trust. Justice Adebukola Banjoko found him guilty on 27 of the charges.

C/River: APC caucus leader, 22 others ask court to cancel congresses

Aggrieved members of the APC in Cross River State have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the results of the ward, local government and state congresses.

The 22 party members led by the caucus leader, Odey Oyama, are challenging the February 24, 2018 state congress with 98 delegates which produced Godwin Etim John as state party chairman, replacing former chairman and now Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, and the subsequent wards, local governments and state congresses of May, 2018.

Oshiomhole: Buhari has settled June 12 question

APC chairmanship hopeful, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari has settled the June 12 question by declaring it Democracy Day and honouring Chief MKO Abiola.

Oshiomhole said this in Abuja at the commissioning of his campaign office by the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i

Group decries incitement against FG

The Vanguards for the Protection of Democracy in Nigeria (VPDN) has advised the United States Government and the Donald Trump administration to be mindful of the antics of some Nigerians who may want to use their wealth to cause strife in Nigeria.

The National Coordinator of the group, Sharon Faliya Cham, who addressed journalists in Abuja at the weekend called on the US government to continue to partner with the Muhammadu Buhari administration in seeking permanent solutions to Nigeria’s security and economic challenges.

Taraba speaker commends Buhari over autonomy

The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Mr Abel Peter Diah, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law an act that gives financial autonomy to state assemblies.

The speaker said in a statement at the weekend that the president had proved himself a true democrat.

Buhari announced June 12 results, ported IBB, OBJ into anti-Democratic Hall

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu on Sunday said that President Muhammadu Buhari, by his profound proclamation, has announced the results of the annulled June 12, 1993 elections and by extension ported Generals Ibrahim Babaginda and Olusegun Obasanjo into the Anti-Democratic Hall.

Why I want to unseat Lalong as governor Abashe

An aspirant vying for Plateau state governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sam Abashe has said he wanted to unseat the Governor Simon Bako Lalong because the citizens of the state were not enjoying dividends of democracy.

Arch. Abashe made the statement at the state’s secretariat of the party during his formal declaration to contest for the governor of the state during in 2019.

Osun 2018: ‘APC must dump zoning

Prof. Razaq Abubakre, a former federal commissioner in the Public Complaints  Commission (PCC), on Sunday appealed to members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Osun to jettison the agitation for zoning of the party’s  governorship’s ticket.

Abubakre, who represented Osun in PCC between 2012 and 2018, said this while addressing a group of Osun students on Sunday in Osogbo.

Togolese arrested with fake Lagos State government ID card

A 35-year-old Togolese man, Omoakin Friday Kojo, has been arrested for allegedly using a fake Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) identity card to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public at Oshodi.

Kojo was arrested on Friday by operatives of the Lagos State Task Force.

FRSC takes safety campaign to commercial motorcyclists in Ojo

Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) at the weekend took their safety campaign to commercial motorcycle operators in Ojo area of Lagos State.

The move is to educate commercial motorcycle operators also known as Okada riders of the danger inherent in riding dangerously on highways without wearing crash helmets.

Court remands commercial sex worker for fighting with policemen

An Isolo Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered that a 25-year- old lady, Chizoba Ajukwu, be remanded in prison for allegedly fighting with two policemen at Ago-Palace way, Isolo.

The accused whom the police described as a commercial sex worker had engaged the policemen in a free for all fight after they (policemen) attempted to arrest her.

 

 

 

 

 

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