12TH JUNE, 2018


Atikus ex-aide asks court to stop conferment of GCFR on Abiola

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the conferment of posthumous national honours on Abiola and Fawehinmi.

Ardo, a former Special Assistant to then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Research and Strategy, also asked the court to stop the investiture of such national honour on Abiola’s running mate in the 1993 presidential election, Kingibe.

Ekiti will be a litmus test for INEC Arewayouths

Northern youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Federation have said the July 14th Ekiti State governorship election will be a litmus test for the Independent National Electoral Commission; as it prepares for the 2019 elections.

President of the group, Adamu Kabir said this in an interview in Abuja, on Monday.

Trump, Kim formed special bond in historic meeting

Donald Trump has formed a “special bond” with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, he said Tuesday at the end of a historic meeting during which the two former foes pledged to meet again.

The pair signed what Trump called a “pretty comprehensive” and “very important” document, which spoke of “new US-DPRK relations” and committed Washington to “security guarantees”.

BREAKING: Trump says denuclearisation to begin very quickly

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin “very soon” as he wrapped up a landmark summit with Kim Jong Un.

“We’re starting that process,” Trump said in response to a question about denuclearisation, adding that it would start “very quickly.”

BREAKING: China urges full denuclearisation as Kim-Trump meet

China on Tuesday praised the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as historic and called for “full denuclearisation” to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The fact that the two leaders “can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters.

Gunman kills four children in hostage drama

A hostage drama in Florida ended Monday with the death of four children at the hands of a gunman, who also took his own life, police said.

The ordeal began Sunday in Orlando when police responded to a report of domestic violence at an apartment and one of the officers was shot. That officer remains in critical condition.

A lot of progress made in historic Kim meeting, Trump says

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday there had been a “lot of progress” in his historic talks with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and the pair were expected to sign a document together.

The first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes went “better than anybody could have expected”, Trump said as he strolled in the gardens of a Singapore hotel side-by-side with Kim.

Herdsmen kill two in Plateau, gunmen attack Malu

No fewer than two persons have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during an attack on Irigwe chiefdom, in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

This is just as some gunmen invaded the residence of Major General John Malu, the younger brother of a former Chief of Army Staff, General Victor Malu.

No going back on law to criminalise estimated billing Reps

The House of Representatives said on Monday that it had no plan to step down a proposed bill to criminalise estimated billing by electricity distribution companies in the country.

The bill, which seeks to amend the Electricity Power Sector Reforms Act, has successfully passed second reading and the public hearing stage.

More Nigerians extol Aboderins sterling qualities

More Nigerians have expressed grief over the death of the Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, who died on May 30 after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos.

While paying a condolence visit to the PUNCH Place, headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited, Moses Omotuwa, from Kwesé TV, appreciated the late chairman for helping to search for his missing brother in 2012.

June 12 election umpire, Nwosu, writes FG on Abiolas award

The Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, has announced that he will not be able to attend the posthumous investiture of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the  late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic scheduled for Tuesday (today).

Offa robberies: Police move key suspects to South-West for firearms recovery

Police detectives are presently combing South-West states to track other suspects involved in the April 5 Offa bank robberies and recover firearms hidden by the gang members, The PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent learnt that seven gang leaders were taking police investigators to their hideouts in Kwara, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti states where they were believed to have hidden cache of firearms.

Engine failure forced Osinbajos helicopter to land, chaplain reveals

The Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, on Monday revealed that the engine of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s helicopter failed when he visited the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Thursday.

The helicopter which conveyed Osinbajo to the graduation of 40 senior officers of Customs at the college had made a forced landing about 30 seconds after take-off on his return journey.

Frame-up allegation: APC, PDP Reps disagree on Obasanjo, Buhari

Members of the All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the House of Representatives have disagreed over the alarm raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration planned to frame him up.

While the APC lawmakers dismissed Obasanjo’s allegation, their PDP counterparts said it should be taken seriously.

Ogbomoso indigenes threaten protest over abandoned road

Indigenes of Ogbomoso in Oyo State have called on the Federal Government to complete the Ibadan-Ilorin Expressway, saying the old road has become a death trap.

In a separate plea to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the group appealed that the road be completed by August 1, 2018, threatening that failure to do so would lead to a protest.

Trump, Kim in historic handshake

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un made history Tuesday, becoming the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet and shake hands, as they seek to end a tense decades-old nuclear stand-off.

The two men strode toward each other and shared the momentous handshake beneath the white-washed walls of an upscale hotel in neutral Singapore, before sitting down for a half-day of meetings with major ramifications for the world.

Tearful Rodman claims vindication for Kim ties

Basketball star and improbable North Korean envoy Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on television Tuesday as he recounted the hostility he faced for meeting dictator Kim Jong Un.

Amid a landmark summit between President Donald Trump and the young North Korean strongman, Rodman appeared on CNN to voice hope, and vindication.

UPDATED: Trump tweets that his top economic advisor suffered heart attack

US President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that his top economic advisor had suffered a heart attack and was being treated at a military hospital just outside Washington.

“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center,” Trump wrote on Twitter, just minutes before a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

N1.1bn fraud: 11 years after, Dariye learns fate today

An FCT High Court sitting in Gudu will on June 12, 2018 (today), deliver judgment in a N1.162bn fraud charge brought against Joshua Dariye, a former Governor of Plateau State.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in 2007 preferred 23 counts of money laundering involving alleged diversion of about N1.126bn Plateau State Government’s ecological funds against Dariye.

We have overcome obstacles to hold summit, says Kim

North Korea and the United States have overcome the obstacles of a difficult history to hold their summit in Singapore, the North’s leader Kim Jong Un said as the unprecedented meeting opened Tuesday.

“The way to come to here was not easy,” Kim said, sitting at a table with Trump. “The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”

Troops rescue eight hostages from bandits in Kaduna

Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued eight persons kidnapped along Maganda-Sofo Birnin Gwari road in Kaduna State during a clearance patrol.

Our correspondent learnt that the hostages comprised of three men, two women and three children, who were abducted while travelling on the road.

My friends thought I was crazy to study CRS Babcock varsity best graduating student

With a GPA of 4.97, Michael Agbojo recently emerged the Overall Best Graduating Student of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. He shares his experience in this interview with CHUX OHAI

TETFUND adjudges MAPOLY e-library best in Ogun

A resource person from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Mr Linus C. Emeghara, has adjudged Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta’s E-Library facilities as the best among tertiary institutions in Ogun State.

He made this known during a workshop on EBSCO Host Database Training for MAPOLY staff at the E-library Centre, which is a section of the Salawu Abiola Memorial Library of the Institution.

Kim takes selfies ahead of Trump summit

The usually closely-guarded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke away from summit preparations Monday for a night-time stroll on the Singapore waterfront, even posing for selfies with the city-state’s foreign minister.

The picture posted online by Vivian Balakrishnan as the group toured a series of major sites, less than 12 hours ahead of Kim’s meeting with US President Donald Trump, is the first such public image of the North’s leader.

President hails Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described Nigerians as intellectually aggressive and economically ambitious.

For this reason, he said Nigerians always sought self-improvement and self-actualisation in any part of the world.


World Cup: Super Eagles land in Russia

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have arrived in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Nigeria National team departed from Austria earlier on Thursday with native attires as they chose to be different from the other 31 teams who were mostly dressed in suits on arrival.

Arsenal Collaborates With Jay- Z’s Tidal

Arsenal team has signed a collaboration with Jay-Z’s TIDAL in a partnership worth around £1 million pounds (N360 million) a year, Goal reveals.

The collaboration includes features from up and coming artistes and a pre-installed playlist put together by Arsenal players Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Reiss Nelson.

Lack of synergy among security agencies fuelling violence

Action Aid Nigeria says the lack of synergy among security agencies is fuelling insecurity nationwide.

It decried the seeming absence of neutrality, professionalism and sharing of intelligence among security apparatuses, saying the move was deteriorating security in the country.

MoC holds pre-Asaba 2018 championship in Lagos

As the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) continues to foot-drag on its activities towards presenting a formidable squad at Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, a private body, Making of Champions (MoC) is set for its first Grand Prix and Relays in Lagos.

The event will run from today to Thursday at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex, Lagos.

Aiteo launches Super Eagles’ official theme song

With the aim of raising the spirit of the Super Eagles and their supporters, optimum partners of the national teams, Aiteo Group has bolstered the team with an official theme song for the upcoming World Cup in Russia

At an event themed Together, We Rise, held at the weekend in Lagos, Aiteo unveiled the song titled “Dem Go Hear Am,’’ done by Olamide and Phyno, two of Nigeria’s hottest hip hop stars.

Nigeria spends N190b on petrol subsidy in one year

With continued plummeting of crude oil prices, Nigeria now records a monthly average of N15.859 billion as under-recovery on importation of petrol or Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into the country.

Though the Federal Government claimed it had exited the era of subsidy payment on imported PMS, data from the NNPC showed an under-recovery of N190.314 billion between January 2017 and January 2018.

Plateau to fight cholera, monkey pox outbreaks

The Plateau government has alerted all health agencies to monitor all contacts in a bid to check the spread of monkey pox having made preparations to contain cholera outbreak in parts of the state.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kanshak, disclosed this in Jos at the weekend while chatting with journalists on the development.

Expert challenges military on better anti-terrorism fight in North East

The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operations of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has urged the military to deploy risk mapping in mitigating losses arising from inadequate or failed procedures, systems or policies in the ongoing fight against terrorism in the North East.

Ekhomu gave the advice while speaking on the topic: “International and Regional Mechanisms for Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Operations at the Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency (CTCOIN) Lecture of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) at Jaji, Kaduna.

Stakeholders task Kaduna peace panel on courage, fairness, others

The Kaduna Peace Commission has been urged to build trust and confidence in the citizenry as it moves to ensure peaceful coexistence among residents in the state.

During a consultative and interactive workshop involving the commission and media practitioners in Kaduna, stakeholders advised the panel to be courageous, transparent, objective and fair in its dealings.

Rohr rates Uzoho ahead of Akpeyi, Ezenwa at World Cup

The debate on who will be Super Eagles goalkeeper when Nigeria takes on Croatia in their Group D opener in Essentuki, Russia, on Saturday, may have been put to rest, following a declaration yesterday by manager Gernot Rohr that the Deportivo de La Coruña youngster, Francis Uzoho was ahead of Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi and Enyimba’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Rohr’s declaration came, just as Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalić, said he would line up the best squad to tackle the Eagles in Saturday’s game.

Nigeria steals the show… again as Super Eagles reveal stunning travel outfits
Once again, the Nigerian national team have taken their World Cup style to a whole new level as they set off for Russia yesterday, reports dailymail.co.uk.

They have made a name for themselves as a team to watch at this summer’s tournament in Russia, not just for their exciting, fast-paced style of football but for their dress sense too.

Nigeria loses 80 persons to suicide in one year

Ngerians have continued to lament the increasing number of suicide cases in the country and have urged government at all levels to take drastic measures to curb the trend.

This followed the death of a woman who jumped into the Lagos lagoon yesterday, which raised the number of deaths by suicide to 80 in the last one year.

Bayelsa orders arrest of official over 300 ‘ghost’ workers

Governor Seriake Dickson has ordered the arrest of a local government official for allegedly collecting the salaries of 300 ‘ghost’ workers every month in Bayelsa State.

This was revealed yesterday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, at Yenagoa Local Government during the commencement of state-wide town hall meeting on civil service reforms in the state.

ILO, experts seek urgent elimination of hazardous child labour

In marking World Day Against Child Labour today, the international Labour Organisation (ILO) and experts have canvassed prioritising campaigns against child labour and promoting safe, healthy work for employed youths.

Director General of ILO, Guy Ryder, who disclosed that about 73 million children are engaged in hazardous work, said 153 million children between ages five to 17 were still in forced child labour.

Buhari committed to Ogoni clean-up, says minister
Minister of State for Environment, Usman Jibrin Ibrahim, has disclosed President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the Ogoni cleanup.

He spoke yesterday in Abuja at the Nnimmo Bassey National colloquium to mark his 60th birthday.

Investments in syringe factory to boost Nigeria’s economy by 50%

Investments in the syringe industry may soon boost the nation’s economy by about 50 per cent, if the Federal Government implements the medical devices industry policy meant to enhance the sector.

The syringe industry’s potential and its capacity to grow the country’s economy and make it the giant of Africa is, however, not in doubt going by the acceptance of Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing (JSM) Company Limited in the international market.

Ericsson appoints Nora as Head of West Africa operations

Ericsson has announced the appointment of Nora Wahby as Head of Ericsson West Africa. Wahby will oversee Ericsson’s business within this geography, holding responsibility for Key Accounts in West Africa and attending to common function resources used to gain efficiencies.

Nora’s illustrious career with Ericsson started almost 20 years ago when she joined Ericsson Egypt as a Network and Technology Consultant.

Group calls for implementation of Lagos Special Persons Law

Centre for Citizens for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called for the full implementation of the Lagos State Special Persons Law (LSSPL) by public and private sectors in the state.

The director general of the Centre, Mr. David Anyaele, made the call during a public presentation of the report from the research conducted on the Assessment of the level of compliance of public institutions in Lagos to the provisions of the Lagos State Special Persons Law.

FBN, WorldRemit seal pact on digital money transfer

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FBN) is in partnership with a digital money transfer service company, WorldRemit, which enables migrants abroad transfer money directly to First Bank accounts in Nigeria.

The pact is poised to drive convenience and ease of banking for its customers as well as provide the much-needed push for financial inclusion initiative


Dont stay idle in retirement, PenCom tells workers

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has advised Federal Government workers due for retirement in 2019 not to stay idle when they eventually retire.

Speaking at the Pre-Retirement Workshop for Federal Government workers due to retire in 2019 under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), the Acting Director General, of PenCom, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar, told the prospective retirees that the commission was committed to ensuring that they got their benefits when they retired.

Ill defeat all contenders for APC chairmanship Oshiomhole

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, expressed confidence that he will defeat other aspirants, including a former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor who has also joined the race for the chairmanship position of the APC.

Oshiomhole who spoke with journalists  after he was screened by Governor Aminu Bello Masari-led APC Screening Committee, voiced his satisfaction with the process leading to the June 23 national convention.

Time to overhaul land tenure system

Since1863, when formal land registration began in Nigeria, not more than 2.5 per cent of the land in the whole country has been registered. This means that only about two million land titles have been registered against the over 150 million land titles.

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo echoed this worry at the opening of the National Stakeholders Dialogue on Land Reform in Nigeria organized by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR) held in Abuja on Monday.

SDP opposes national award for Kingibe

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for conferring the GCFR on Chief MKO Abiola.

The National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Shehu Gabam who addressed journalists yesterday in Abuja, said the decision was not only a welcome development but a relief for  the SDP on whose platform the late Abiola won the election in 1993

Jonathans kinsmen rally for APC ahead of 2019

The people of Bayelsa East Senatorial District where a former President, Goodluck Jonathan, hails from, have thrown their weight behind the APC ahead of the 2019 National Assembly elections.

People from the three local government areas of Ogbia, Brass and Nembe which make up the senatorial district, made the declaration yesterday during the formal declaration of a two-time Commissioner for Finance in Bayelsa State and a chieftain of the APC, Dr. Silva Opuala Charles, to contest for the senatorial seat in 2019.

Group search for Buharis successor ahead of 2023

A group, Muhammadu Buhari Legacies Implementation Initiative (MBLII), has started search for a competent successor for the president ahead of 2023.

The group said there was the need to have someone that would sustain the legacies that President Buhari would leave behind after completing his second mandate in 2023.

2019: Parties nomination forms fees illegal Falana

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, renowned lawyer and human rights activists, Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted the commercialization of nomination forms by political parties for candidates seeking to contest elections on their platforms saying it is illegal.

He said a court has declared such fees for nomination forms as illegal in a case he was part of and led by the late Chief Gani Fawehunmi in 2003

Obasanjo challenged me for declaring June 12 Public Holiday – Kalu

Former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the injustices associated with the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, with the posthumous honour being conferred on Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of the freest and fairest election in the country.

Kalu, who spoke with Reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on his arrival from the United State, also declared that he was the first governor in the country that declared June 12 Public Holiday.

Gov. Sani Bello to Babangida Aliyu: Your investment yielded no gain

The governor of Niger state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has berated the former governor of the state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu over his recent attack on his administration.

June 12: Atiku cautions APC govt against slide to lawlessness

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government against what he called departure from constitutional due process to tendencies of authoritarianism.

The ex-VP who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Monday by his Media Office to mark the 25th anniversary of June 12, said there is a growing culture of arbitrariness in some of the institutions of government at all levels.

Unidentified woman jumps into Lagos lagoon

An unidentified woman has parked his car suddenly on the popular Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos and jumped into the lagoon.

Picture of the car, a black Ford Jeep is currently trending on the social media for possible clue into the owner of the car who allegedly jumped into the lagoon.

Muslim women distribute clothes to orphans, widows in Kwali

The Kwali Area Council chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has distributed clothes and foodstuff to widows and orphans in the area.

The Ameera of FOMWAN in the area, Malama Aisha Bukar, said the gesture was aimed at helping the orphans and widows with clothes to enable them celebrate the Eid el-Fitr, after the Ramadan fast.

Why there are many broken marriages Ona of Abaji

The Ona of Abaji and chairman of the FCT Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, has said some marriages fail because women are not good at cooking and home management.

Yunusa, was speaking at the JIBWIS Central Mosque when he joined residents for the Ramadan tafsir in the area yesterday.

NDLEA calls for residents support in fight against drug abuse

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the FCT has called for the support of traditional rulers, community and religious leaders in sensitising residents on the dangers of drug abuse.

The enforcement agency said the fight against illegal use of drugs will not be successful without the support of stakeholders and community leaders.

Experts move to tackle psychological challenges in FCT

The Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA) has said the swearing in of the chapter’s executives in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will help in tackling psychological challenges in the territory.

The president of the Nigerian Psychological Association, Prof Michael Ezenwa, who swore in the executives, said the association was expanding the frontiers of psychology and called for the support of stakeholders in ensuring that the members succeeded in the territory.

Rage over death of man in Lagos hotel

Outrage has continued to trail the death of a young man in an hotel at Idimu area of Lagos State.

The deceased simply identified as Toyin, was said to have drawn inside the hotel’s swimming pool.

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.

Loans: Specta lends N2bn in 4 months

Specta, the lending platform powered by Sterling Bank, has advanced consumer loans worth N2 billion to salaried workers who are members of the lending platform’s pre-approved community.

The loans, according to the bank, were accessed in less than five minutes without human intervention by most of the beneficiaries.

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