30TH JULY, 2018

SUMMARY OF PUNCH

Defections from APC not bothering me, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the gale of defection currently being witnessed in the ruling All Progressives Congress is not bothering him.

According to a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke on Sunday night while responding to a question during an interactive session he had with the Nigerian community in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome.

Dubai-bound flight delayed after pilot fails alcohol test

A Dubai-bound flight from Nepal was delayed by nearly 10 hours after the pilot was found to be under the influence of alcohol, officials said Monday.

The FlyDubai flight eventually left Kathmandu with a different crew.

Groom, 13 others die in wedding party auto crash

Fourteen members of the same family were killed in a car crash in central Vietnam Monday en route to a wedding party, including the groom who died instantly when their van hit a container truck, police said.

Road accidents are the leading cause of death in Vietnam, where traffic laws are loosely obeyed and road infrastructure is patchy.

Blatant trade bullying will only backfire

On July 20, the United States threatened to impose tariffs on all US$500bn worth of Chinese imports. Earlier on July 6, the US announced to impose 25 per cent tariffs on US$34bn worth of Chinese goods. On July 11, the US further escalated by announcing a tariff list of Chinese products worth US$200bn.

Where the trade war waged by the US against China is heading to, the world is wondering.

Alleged forgery: Reps panel wants Buharis aide prosecuted

An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives has recommended the arrest and prosecution of the Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, for alleged forgery of his law degree certificate.

In addition, it recommends his sacking as a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Attackers wanted to kill me, Melaye alleges

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, has said contrary to the kidnap reports, the gunmen who attacked his vehicle on his way to Kogi State on Thursday wanted to kill him.

He alleged that his attackers were policemen.

FG recalls 2.4 million bottles of codeine syrup

The Federal Ministry of Health says it has recalled 2, 405, 724 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup.

The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said this in Abuja, while receiving the final report of the stakeholders’ committee set up by the ministry to address the worrisome menace of abuse of codeine.

I only lured my friend to where he was killed Kano cyclist

A 25-year-old man, Abdullahi Garba, has narrated how he connived with his friend, Abdullahi Galadima, to kill a commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Okada man in order to steal his bike.

Garba, a resident of Darazo village of Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State, told our correspondent at the Adamawa State Police headquarters, Yola on Thursday, that he lured Umar Shuaibu, who was also his friend, to where he was murdered.

Insecurity: Buhari sends 1,000 troops to Zamfara

The Federal Government has assembled a 1,000-strong military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence, to launch attacks on the bandits terrorising the villages and towns of Zamfara State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.

UI ranked Nigerias best, ABUAD tops private varsities

The University of Ibadan, Oyo State has been adjudged the best Nigerian university in the July Webometric ranking of world universities.

The 70-year-old Nigerian premier university emerged the best among 100 Nigerian tertiary institutions but was rated 905 in the world.

Buhari didnt want alliance with Tinubu in 2013 Galadima

The Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, Buba  Galadima, said President Muhammadu Buhari was against forming an alliance with a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, who had nominated Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate before the 2015 elections.

He also said he blocked the Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, from becoming the running mate of  Buhari during the build-up to the 2015 Presidential election.

842 sanctioned for malpractices as NABTEB releases May/June results

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board has said that no fewer than 842 persons were sanctioned for malpractice in the May/June 2018 national technical certificate and national business certificate examinations.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of the board, Prof Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, who disclosed this while announcing the release of the results in Benin, Edo State, however, noted that Edo, Bayelsa and Borno states did not record cases of malpractice.

Dasukis family petitions NBA, CJN, wants Malami sanctioned

The family of the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association and other bodies requesting that disciplinary action should be taken against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), for allegedly endorsing Dasuki’s continued detention.

The petition was sparked by Malami’s recent media comment suggesting that Dasuki, despite meeting the fresh bail conditions granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 2, 2018, would not be released from the custody of the Department of State Services on the grounds of national security.

2019: INEC budgets N1.8bn for possible presidential run-off

The Independent National Electoral Commission has budgeted the sum of N1.8bn for a possible Presidential run-off in 2019.

A run-off or rerun is a second-round election that takes place after the first one fails to produce a winner.

My dads autopsy inconclusive, says MKO Abiolas daughter

Hafsat Abiola-Costello, a daughter of the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, the late Chief MKO Abiola, has said the autopsy conducted to unravel the circumstances surrounding her father’s death is inconclusive.

Abiola-Costello said though the report was released, it failed to confirm that her father was killed in a controversial circumstance.

Gridlock: Lagos shuts five bonded terminals

The Lagos State Building Control Agency has closed five illegal bonded terminals and five other buildings in the Ajegunle area of the state.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had last week ordered the closure of all illegal bonded terminals in Ajegunle, in the Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government, saying they contributed to the gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos.

LASG trains police in active combat

The Lagos State Government said it has put plan in motion to train policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Offences (Enforcement) Unit on active combat.

It explained that the training, which would be in four batches, would start today (Monday) at the Police Training School in Ikeja.

Police post four commissioners to Bayelsa in two weeks

There is confusion in Bayelsa State over the deployment of four Commissioners of Police in the state within two weeks by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

It was learnt that the police authorities were influenced to redeploy the CPs by some politicians who were uncomfortable with the officers posted to the state.

Anti-graft war: Reps pass proceeds of crime bill

The House of Representatives has passed the Proceeds of Crime Bill, further empowering anti-graft agencies to confiscate proceeds of assets acquired through crimes.

The bill was sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Financial Crimes, Mr Kayode Oladele.

SERAP seeks UNs intervention against press council bill
An anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has urged the United Nations to prevail upon the National Assembly to drop its press council bill, which it described as a major threat to media independence and diversity in the country.

In a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP noted that the bill had passed the second reading at the Senate despite widespread opposition and a lawsuit challenging its passage in court.

NEMA wants states to review emergency policies periodically

State governments must review their emergency management policies periodically and should develop new ones that are considered necessary, the National Emergency Management Agency has advised.

NEMA also stated that it had resolved to engage state governments through intensive advocacy and sensitisation on the need for states to key into disaster risk management as a multi-stakeholder activity in order to ensure efficient disaster management.

Ajorosun builds clinic, donates furniture to schools
The 38th edition of the Omo Aj’orosun Club, Ibadan, was held on Saturday with the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji and prominent Ibadan sons and daughters in attendance.

The President of the club, Chief Olu Babalola, said that in a bid to make this year’s anniversary unique, a clinic which was constructed by members of the club on the clubhouse premises, was opened. He also said that the Irish chapter of the club donated chairs and desks to selected primary schools in the state to mark the occasion.

Five federal perm secs retire in six months

Five federal permanent secretaries retired from the civil service between January and June this year.

The retirees include Mrs Fatima Bamidele, Mr Abubakar Magaji, Mr Bolaji Adebiyi, Mr Osarenom Uwaifo and Mr Osuji Marcellinus

 

SUMMARY OF GUARDIAN

I’ll surpass Mimiko’s achievements in healthcare’ -Akeredolu

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said his administration would surpass the achievements of his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko in the area of quality, accessible and affordable health care in the state.

Akeredolu said in a phone interview with the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Atlanta, U.S. that his administration was doing a lot, continuing from where Mimiko left.

Al-Makura reshuffles cabinet, drops 9 Commissioners, 2 aides

Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has announced a major cabinet shakeup in which nine Commissioners and two Special Advisers lost their jobs.

This is contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lafia.

Gunmen kidnap 15 in Zamfara

The Speaker, Zamfara House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, has said that 15 persons have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.

Rikiji told newsmen in Gusau on Sunday in Gusau that the security situation in the state called for serious review.

Awosika, Ezekwesili advocate good governance, youths’ inclusiveness

Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, has identified ethno-centrism as the main problem of the country.She said that if Nigeria sees itself as one entity and works for the common good of all, irrespective of ethnic differences, there would be development and progress.

COAS approves five FOBs for 82 Division

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has approved the formation of five Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) for the 82 Division of Nigerian Army in Enugu State. Meanwhile, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 16 Boko Haram insurgents and recovered ammunition along Mairari FOB in Monguno council of Borno State.

Dogara set to dump APC, join PDP

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) this week. Dogara, who was absent at a parley by the APC House caucus with the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) recently, delayed his planned defection from the party last week (Tuesday) when 36 six of his colleagues decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Nigeria gets fresh prospects in ECOWAS, international trade

The upcoming handover of a $4.5 billion Seme border facility to Nigeria and the Republic of Benin has increased hopes of smoother trade across West Africa and with third party countries.The European Union (EU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have embarked on a technical simulation of the new post, which will be opened for preliminary operations today, ahead of the official launch in September

Government, Alpha Mead seal deal on remodeling of Abuja federal secretariat

Towards improving the safety of civil servants and boost workplace productivity, the Federal Government and one of Nigeria’s real estate development company, Alpha Mead Development Company (AMDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to remodel the Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase II, Abuja.

Reality dawns as debts wobble under sustainability test

“Total public debt-to-revenue and total debt service-to-revenue do not have international thresholds, but they rose from 290.4 per cent in 2017 to 345 per cent in 2022 and 44.9 per cent in 2017 to 62.8 percent in 2027, respectively, after which they trended downward to 280.9 percent and 55.0 percent in 2037,” Ms. Patience Oniha-led DMO, noted.

Alamuwa, Muslim schools win Gtbank Ogun Principals Cup

Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo, Ota and Muslim High School, Isolu on Thursday emerged winners in the boys and girls’ categories of this year’s GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup Season Six played at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

NIQS urges adoption of construction contracts’ best practices

Quantity surveyors last week called for the adoption of best practices in the construction industry, especially the Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT).The adoption of the procedure, they said would bring about remarkable development in construction industry, as the document is used in the vast majority of construction contracts abroad – both building and civil engineering works.

Governorship aspirant flays sack of workers in Kaduna

Lamenting the plight of sacked civil servants in Kaduna State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Isa Ashiru, yesterday, vowed to revisit the mass sack of workers by Governor Nasir El-Rufai if elected governor in 2019.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had claimed that no fewer than 35,000 workers were unfairly sacked in Kaduna State in the last three years under controversial circumstances.He also condemned the socio-economic challenges facing the citizens, adding that the level of insecurity in the state and the widening socio-political gap between the people of the North and Southern parts of the state was unacceptable.

Again, corporate profits take hit from socio-economic uncertainties

The continued tensed political environment, reported killings across the country, coupled with election fears are not assuring to both domestic and foreign investors and it is already telling on corporate performance.

But as a reminder, experts have urged the Federal Government to rise and stem the tide and allay investors’ fears over the coming elections, warning that failure may prepare another ground for Nigeria’s return to recession.

NYSC warns corps members against misconduct in 2019 polls

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned corps members against electoral fraud in the 2019 election.NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, gave the warning yesterday in Okada, Edo State.He addressed 1,989 corps members deployed to Edo State for the 2018 Batch “B” service year.

According to him, the NYSC has put necessary machineries in place to ensure the safety of all corps members throughout the service year.Kazaure said any member who violates the electoral laws would be dealt with accordingly, as the scheme is committed to ensuring free, fair and credible elections.

New rule restricts MDs from succeeding board chairmen

It may soon become illegal for the managing director and chief executive officer of a publicly quoted company to succeed the chairman of the board of directors, except after a period not less than three years of exiting the first position.

Also, under a proposed draft code, it may become unlawful for a person to hold concurrent appointments as chairman or executive director in more than one company, or for a managing director or an executive director to head committee in companies in which he is serving.

Super Eagles’ prospect too tempting to dump, says Rohr

Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has been linked with the Algerian job, but the Franco-German is not thinking of dumping Nigeria, at least for now. And his reason is simply that the array of emerging stars waiting to turn the Super Eagles into a formidable force is too tempting to ignore.

Rohr has never hidden the fact that he considers Nigeria the best team he has coached since he took his coaching skills to Africa. And to abandon a project that promises so much success, to Rohr, is too foolish a thought to contemplate.

NCDC confirms six new Lassa fever cases, three deaths in Edo, Ondo

Despite efforts by the Federal Government through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its international partners, among whom is the World Health Organisation (WHO), Lassa fever outbreak has persisted in the country with six cases and three deaths reported last week in Edo and Ondo states.

The latest figures from NCDC on 2018 Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria in the reporting Week 29 (July 16-22, 2018) showed that the outbreak has been contained from 21 states to just two states of Edo and Ondo.

Robbery suspects arrested with toy gun

Two armed robbery suspects have been arrested for allegedly snatching a car using a toy gun at Ago-Okota area of Lagos State at the weekend. Detectives attached to Ago Okota division led by the Divisional Police Officer, Oyin Adamu, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), arrested the suspects, Rasheed Yusuf and Chike Ayema, at the weekend. The police team also recovered two guns and a Toyota Corolla car from the suspects

 

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