13TH JULY, 2018

SUMMARY OF PUNCH                                                                          13TH JULY, 2018

Braimah becomes Rotary District 9110 president

The Rotary Club of Lagos District 9110 has installed Mr Ehi Braimah as its 58th president.

Braimah, a public relations, marketing and brand experience professional, assumed office at an investiture ceremony in Lagos last Friday.

Edo deploys quality assurance personnel to oversee teaching

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the deployment of quality assurance personnel to public primary schools across the state.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and Acting Chairman, Edo SUBEB, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, on Tuesday in Benin City.

Im on the same level with Davido, Wizkid Yemi Alade

Pop star, Yemi Alade,  has said that she is operating on the same level with David and Ayo Wizkid.

She made the statement while speaking in an interview with Hot FM, 98.3.

I met Ebuka on Twitter Cynthia

Cynthia Obi-Uchendu, wife of TV host, Ebuka, has said that she met her husband on Twitter.

In an Instagram conversation,  she said it was Ebuka who sent the first text.

Crystal Empire unveils new artiste

Crystal Empire Music and Records Worldwide, which was officially unveiled on Tuesday, has signed its first artiste, an Afro-pop singer, Osayamen Toye, also known as Opiz.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony held recently at the record label’s office, the CEO of the company, Mr. Godwill Osazee, said, “As I pointed out during the unveiling of the label, not too much has been done to help the young, talented and up-and-coming music acts.

How we paid June salaries without FAAC Wike

RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said that his administration was able to pay the salaries of civil servants in June 2018 despite the absence of any release from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee.

Wike explained that his government was able to pay workers as a result of its careful financial engineering.

Ekweremadu, 75 senators lay state police bill before Senate

A bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state and community police has been laid before the Senate.

The bill was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who is the Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the constitution.

Yakasai, Ezekwesili knock Buhari for security racking brains comment

A northern elder statesman and Chairman of the Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying his security chiefs are still racking their brains to tackle the ongoing killings in some parts of the country.

This is just as a former Minister of Education and co-Convener of the BringBack OurGirls movement, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, also chided the President over the comment, saying Buhari was “detached from reality.”


NYSC DG advises corps members

The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, has advised corps members participating in the Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state as ad-hoc staff to be neutral.

He gave the advice while addressing corps members in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday ahead of the Saturday’s poll.

PDP to Al-Makura: Site cattle ranches in your village

The Peoples Democratic Party in Nasarawa State has advised Governor Tanko Al-Makura to site some of the proposed ranches in the state in his Kwandera village in the Lafia East Local Government Area.

The Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Francis Orugu, faulted the alleged plan to site four out of seven proposed ranches in the state in Alogo communities in the Southern Senatorial Zone.

32 get mass burial, as NASS, Tambuwal, govs condemn Sokoto killings

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the killing of 39 persons in Sokoto State by suspected bandits on Tuesday.

The Sokoto State Government was reported on Thursday to have held a mass burial on Wednesday for 32 people, who were killed when bandits on motorcycles invaded villages in Rabah Local Government Area of the state. Compared to the neighbouring Zamfara, Sokoto has been peaceful.

Buhari withholds assent, returns four bills to National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday communicated his decision to withhold assent to four bills to the National Assembly.

At the House of Representatives, the presidential decision was contained in a letter read to members by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at the start of the day’s proceedings.

Looters of TETFund grant to be prosecuted soon Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has assured the management of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund that the anti-graft agency will assist it in bringing to book all those who have mismanaged funds meant for the development of the educational sector.

Magu said this when the management of TETFund led by its Executive Secretary, Abdullahi Baffa, visited the EFCC head office in Abuja on Thursday.

Again, Mathematics scares pupils, parents

The Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, recently announced that out of the 1,572,396 candidates who sat the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate in the country, 858,424 obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language but without Mathematics.

This placed the population that passed Mathematics at 713,972.

Military feeds 1,000 pupils in Borno IDPs camps

As primary schools in the Dalori and Bama Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Borno State resumed academic activities, the Nigerian Air Force announced that it would feed over 1,000 pupils daily in both camps.

Our correspondent learnt that the NAF has provided about 372,000 meals to the schools as part of its feeding programme.

Aregbesolas intervention will increase enrolment figures

The Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has hailed the schools feeding programme and infrastructural development initiative of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the education sector in Osun State.

The minister, in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday, said that both initiatives had the capacity to increase the enrolment figures in primary and secondary schools in the state.

Obaseki seeks EU support to curb human trafficking

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has solicited the support of the European Union towards ending human trafficking that is prevalent in his state.

According to a statement on Thursday, Obaseki made the appeal recently when he attended a session of the European Union Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights, in Brussels, Belgium.

Dont play politics at familys expense, Adebule tells women

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, has called for more women participation in politics, urging women not to, however, let politics affect their domestic obligations.

She said while it was important for women politicians to work for their party, they must also ensure that their homes did not suffer.

Dealing with the plague of restructuring

The incessant calls for restructuring in the land have been a hot topic of late so much so that they remind us of the plague that afflicted the people of Egypt, according to the Holy Book, when they prevented the Israelites from leaving their land. However, the current situation in our country is discrete as virtually all sections of the country are clamouring for Nigeria’s political restructuring.

FG seeks monarchs help to tackle insecurity, drug abuse

The Federal Government on Thursday appealed to traditional rulers across the country to use their esteemed positions to assist in tackling insecurity, drug abuse and other social ills.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the appeal during a meeting he had with the traditional rulers in his office in Abuja.

CAN urges Christians to unite against killings

The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has called on Christians in Nigeria to do away with denominational differences and work together towards tackling common challenges.

Citing lackadaisical attitude rooted in denominational biases and resentment as part of the factors fuelling the killings in the nation, the Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, said the unity of Christians would bring about a formidable force to tackle its challenges, especially the killing of Christians.

Amnesty programme wont end until all ex-militants benefit Dokubo

The Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said discussion as to when the amnesty programme will end cannot be entertained until all the Niger Delta militants who surrendered their arms in 2006 when the programme began have been taken care of.

According to him, as of now, out of the 30,000 ex-agitators enlisted in the amnesty programme, only 18,703 have been taken care of while 11,297 are still waiting in the queue.

SAN: Lagos, Ondo AGs, Fusika, LASU VC, 27 other lawyers make list

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee on Thursday announced the names of 31 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria who will be sworn in in September.

Secretary of the LPPC and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, announced the names of the successful candidates after the 133rd plenary of the committee on Thursday.



Russia 2018 World Cup where ranking never worked

For a lot of Russian fans, the performance of their team in the yet-to-be-concluded World Cup was satisfactory. The Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, ranked 65 by FIFA, the lowest in the World Cup, was able to prove some bookmakers wrong by reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament, losing 3-4 on penalty to Croatia after playing 3-3 in regulation time.

Bill on creation of state, community police passes first reading in Senate

A Bill for amendment of the 1999 Constitution to allow creation of states and community police has passed first reading in the Senate.Sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu, the Bill seeks to admit Nigeria into the league of countries operating the state and community police system.

Countries already practising the system include United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, India, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Australia.The Bill titled “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018” is co-sponsored by 75 other senators.

PDP storms National Assembly, INEC headquarters, demands fair Ekiti poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday staged a protest at the National Assembly against what it described as excesses by the Federal Government and assault on democracy in connivance with security agencies.The demonstration came on the heels of Wednesday’s encounter between PDP supporters and policemen in Ekiti State.

Oil sector loses 754,000bpd to pipeline disruption

Nigeria’s oil sector is estimated to have lost over 754,000 barrels per day (bpd) in February, to production shut-in occasioned by pipeline vandalism, according to the latest monthly financial report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This translates to revenue loss of about $49.010million (N17.643billion) at an average price of $75 per barrel if the quantities were sold.According to the report, about 160,000bpd were shut-in throughout February due to the ageing facilities/integrity issues at the Qua Iboe Terminal.

John Mikel Obi: A redemption story

By the end of the 2012 European season, John Obi Mikel had won everything there was to win at club level. Premier League titles, FA Cups and then, in Munich, a much-coveted UEFA Champions League crown, becoming only the third Nigerian footballer ever to claim that honour.Yet, there was something missing: the love and adoration of his nation.

FG vows to name 200 owners of illicit property in Abuja

The Federal Government has disclosed plan to unveil 200 names of people who own illicit property in Maitama Abuja.Chairman, Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, said this yesterday in Abuja during the launch of Property Tracker Platform by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), which will aid in tracking down these illegal property.

Windows 7 support coming to an end

Microsoft will be ending its extended support for Windows 7 by January 2020. In less than two years, Microsoft will sever ties with the popular operating system, leaving organizations that are reliant on Windows 7 vulnerable to security threats.

It is an onslaught few organizations can afford. A Kaspersky Lab report released in 2017 found that the average cost of a security breach was around $861 000. No business can pay that price without seriously impacting on growth, profitability and their reputation.

Croatian stars point at England’s alleged disrespect as motivation for semifinal victory

Mind what you say about your opponent when you are going into any battle. That was the message Croatia’s players told England after beating the Three Lions in the second semifinal of the on-going World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Before the game, which attracted over 60,000 fans to the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, the English media and the people were all about how football was returning to England, the home of its birth. They did not give any other team chance of winning the trophy, which they last won in 1966.

Arewa youths threaten to mobilise Nigerians to boycott 2019 polls over insecurity

The Arewa Youth Coalition for Peace (AYCP) has threatened to mobilise Nigerians to boycott the 2019 general elections if the orgy of killings perpetrated nationwide by herdsmen, Boko Haram and other criminal gangs persists.

Sokoto attacks claim 39 lives, render 10,000 homeless

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said 39 people were killed and 10,000 others rendered homeless following the attacks by unknown gunmen two days ago on some villages in Rabah council area of Sokoto State.

Speaking yesterday in the capital when six governors, led by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and chief executive of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, paid him a condolence visit, Tambuwal stated that as at the last count, 39 corpses had been buried when he took an assessment tour of Tabani village, one of the affected settlements, on Wednesday.

Microsoft,Sidmachempower schools with teaching aids

Microsoft Nigeria, in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies, has held an event tagged ‘Digital Transformation in Education’ to empower schools in Nigeria on world-class technological innovations that can aid effective management.

The event, held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja Lagos, offered proprietors, principals, head teachers, IT directors and other high-level school administrators, first hand encounter with Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, Sidmach’s Smart School solution and SEAMs.

Lagos NCP denounces alliance with PDP, R-APC, others
Lagos State chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) has dissociated itself from the recent alliance and signing of MOU with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other 38 political parties.

Expressing his displeasure with NCP national chiarman, Yunusa Tanko, the Lagos State chairman, Fatai Ibuowo, said for “the avoidance of any doubt, the NCP Lagos State chapter totally dissociates itself from this so-called alliance and the signed MOU.”

CP bans policemen from wearing mufti, SARS jackets

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State command, Edgal Imohimi, yesterday gave a stern warning to policemen attached to divisions in the state to desist from wearing mufti bearing ‘SARS’ (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) while carrying out official duties. He threatened to sanction any policeman who violates the directive.

To march his words with action, Edgal said the two policemen, who allegedly assaulted a lawyer last week in Ikoyi area of Lagos, would be demoted in ranks, for wearing plain clothes to effect the arrest of the legal practitioner.

Makarfi blames FG over intimidation, doubts capacity to hold 2019 polls

Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has blamed Governor Ayodele Fayose’s attack on the Federal Government. He warned that the conduct of Ekiti Governorship polls would determine the outcome of the 2019 general elections in the country.

According to him, the deployment of 30,000 armed security personnel in the state was a signal that the elections may not be free and fair.Makarfi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for systematically destroying the tenants of democracy in Nigeria.

NIM, Aare Ona Kankanfo deplore police attack on Fayose

The Nigeria Intervention Movement, (NIM) has faulted the Police for manhandling Governor Ayo Fayose in the process of preventing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from organising a peaceful rally in Ekiti State ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold tomorrow.

In a statement jointly signed by leaders of the movement, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr. Abdulljalil Tafawa Balewa, yesterday, the movement described the police action as equivalent to an act of thuggery and pure violation of the 1999 constitution.
CIFIA president urges Buhari to sign bill into law

Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (CIFIA) of Nigeria protem president, Mrs. Enape Victoria Ayishetu, yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign the CIFIA bill into law for its effective take-off.

Ayishetu, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on what the bill sort to achieve, said with its passage, the bill would continue to give hope to the hopeless in Nigeria and further boost the fight against fraud and corruption in the country.



Election sequence: Court of Appeal adjourns hearing indefinitely

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely hearing over the reordering of the 2019 general elections by the National Assembly.

Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya adjourned the suit yesterday after listening to the submissions of lawyers in the matter. He however asked the lawyers to choose a date for the hearing.

Northern group wants PDP coalition probed

The Northern Alternative Forum (NAF) has urged security agencies in the country to investigate allegations that the leadership of the PDP fraudulently included names of some political parties in the Coalition of Unity Political Parties (CUPP).

It said the inclusion of some political parties in the purported coalition had heated up the polity as evident in the way most of the parties were distancing themselves from CUPP and threatening court action.

INEC distributes sensitive materials to LGs

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Olayinka Raji, said yesterday that the commission has distributed sensitive materials for tomorrow’s governorship election to all the 16 local governments in the state.

Speaking with journalists in his office, Raji said the materials were collected at the Central Bank of Nigeria branch office in Ado Ekiti in the presence of representatives of all political parties before dispatching them to the various destinations accompanied by  eight senior INEC officials.

Hellish Life of Our Policemen

It is very unusual indeed to see Nigerian policemen protesting publicly, which is why what happened in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri last Monday made a deep impact on all Nigerians. That morning, Mobile Policemen on Special Duty in the state blocked the vital Maiduguri-Kano highway, turned back all motorists and fired their weapons into the air. Their grouse was that since they were posted to the state in January, they have not been paid a kobo of their special duty allowances.

S/West PDP: Were ready for APCs federal might

The PDP in the South West said yesterday that the ruling APC is plotting to win tomorrow’s governorship election in Ekiti State by deploying the machineries of the Federal Government.

National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South West Dr. Eddy Olafeso who addressed newsmen in Lagos said, “The comment from APC leadership is the fact that they want to use the federal might to hijack power rather than using the political process.

APC picks holes over PDP claim

The APC has rejected the claim by the PDP that policemen were drafted to Ekiti State to harass its supporters in tomorrow’s governorship election in favour of the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

The APC in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the extra security deployment was routine to keep the peace for credible and transparent elections.

Fayemi punctures N18bn poll fund allegation

The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has debunked claims by the Olusola Eleka Campaign Organisation alleging the movement of N18 billion from Akure Airport to Ekiti State for the election of the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Eleka’s campaign spokesman, Lere Olayinka, had alleged that the funds were moved from a bank to Ekiti State to fund Fayemi’s election.

PDP protesters storm N/Assembly

The leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, led a peaceful protest to the National Assembly over the alleged assault on Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and other members of the party in a rally in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.

Led by the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, the protesters said they were at the complex to submit a petition to the lawmakers on police actions against Fayose and other PDP members.

PDP senators demand probe

Senators elected on the platform of PDP have demanded a “thorough investigation” into the alleged attack on Governor Ayo Fayose.

The PDP senators said at a press conference yesterday in Abuja that they received the news of the attack on Fayose with shock and that the Federal Government should immediately constitute a panel to unravel what actually transpired.

“Obono-Obla’s WAEC result not with Law School” – DG

The Director-General of Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Prof. Isa-Hayatu Chiroma, on Thursday told the House of Representatives ad hoc panel investigating the Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) that the school has no record of Okoi Obono-Obla’s WAEC results, and thus cannot comment on its authenticity.

We are working on winning FCT in 2019 Candido

The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has said members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council are hopeful of winning the 2019 elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Candido, who spoke when he paid a congratulatory visit to the party’s National Secretary, Mala Buni, said with the stature of the newly elected national executives, the party is assured of victory come 2019.

FCDA enlightens Garki stakeholders on resettlement

Officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) have organised a sensitisation campaign for original inhabitants in Garki chiefdom.

The officials, along with other city managers, interacted with hundreds of stakeholders from Apo, Akpmajenya and Garki villages in order to pave way for a seamless resettlement exercise on the planned relocation of the people to Apo Resettlement site.

FCTA plans 4 new districts Director

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has concluded arrangements to create four new districts in the territory to generate more plots.

The new districts being designed are: Mamusa North, Mamusa East, Parfun North and Parfun South to take care of the deficit of planned plots in Abuja.

Aspirant donates air conditioners to Kwali hospital

An aspirant vying for a ticket for Abuja South Federal Constituency in the 2019 elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmad Abubakar Sadiq, has donated air conditioners to Kwali General Hospital.

The House of Representatives aspirant, while presenting the air conditioners said it was meant for the delivery room to ease the pains of women during child birth.

Gunmen abduct Chinese national in Zamfara after asking for interpreter

Unidentified gunmen abducted a Chinese national identified as Ren  Dajun in a bush near an Irrigation Scheme in Amumu village in Bakura local government area of the state.


The foriegn expatriate is a Staff of Chinese Geological Cooperation, located in Birnin Tudu Village of Bakura local government area.

Suspected Herdsman kills policeman inspector in Kebbi
The Police Command in Kebbi on Thursday confirmed that a suspected herdsman had killed a policeman, Umaru Danladi, at Kaoge in Bagudo Local  Government Area of the state, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports.

My daughter not lover of yahoo boy, mother of slain OOU student says

With tears and in an emotion-laden voice, Ola Chinelo Ofor, the mother of 18-year-old Julia Eke Imaga, who suspected cultists murdered nearly two months ago in Oru-Ijebu alongside her male friend, Oriade Adebisi, had refuted the claim that the girl was the girlfriend of a suspected fraudster.

Julia, popularly known in school as Brianages, was reported missing alongside Adebisi on May 28. Both of them were students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. While Julia was a first-year Diploma in Law student, Adebisi was a 300-level Computer Science student.


FSDH expects inflation rate to to 10.94% in June

FSDH Research says it expects inflation rate (year-on-year) to drop to 10.94% in June 2018 from 11.61% recorded in May

It noted that consumer prices increased in June but at a lower rate than the increases recorded in May

US$55m debt: Pay or lose licence, Reps warn firm

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil revenue leakages of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday gave New Cross Energy Ltd till July 18 to pay up royalty arrears of $55 million or risk losing its operating licence.

The panel’s resolution followed an investigative hearing into the activities of the company, which failed to produce any evidence of such payment.

New Abuja terminal to be operational October – FAAN MD

The managing director/CEO, Federal Airports Authority  (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma, has said the new international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja will be operational by October 2018.

Engr. Dunoma, who spoke at the sidelines of President Muhammadu Buhari’s inspection of ongoing construction work at the airport, yesterday, however noted that the terminal facility should be ready by August 2018 but will be officially commissioned around October.

Nigerias timid pension industry

There is no doubt that the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) was put on the right footing by the competent and focused  leadership  provided by its widely respected first Director-General, Mr. M. K. Ahmad, an unassuming but efficient financial management technocrat from Gombe State.

The Management team he led and the PenCom Board chaired by Alhaji Fola Adeola, nurtured the Commission with absolute commitment. They laid a solid foundation for success and strong regulatory regime that made owners of Retirement Savings Accounts confident that their savings are protected and are likely to grow through earnings from wise and prudent investments and continuous savings until retirement.

Workers should target 75% salary as pension Report

A recent report on pension has suggested that workers should target a pension equivalent to a third of their salary when they retire.

The report published by Irish Life revealed that on average, people start saving for retirement aged 37. That, the life group says, is too late. In Nigeria, the National Pension Commission (PenCom) recommends that workers should take at least 50 per cent of their last salary as pension when they retire.

FGto payroll 3,542 Delta Steel pensioners in August PTAD

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has concluded the computation of pension benefits for 3,542 Delta Steel Company (DSC) and they will be payrolled in August 2018.

A statement released yesterday by PTAD indicated that once the pensioners are payrolled next month, they will start receiving pension for life.




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