14TH JUNE, 2018


US arrests Israeli national who coached IS attackers online

US officials said Wednesday that a native Israeli woman living in Wisconsin coached potential Islamic State attackers on how to cook up ricin and kept a library of books on making bombs, poisons and suicide vests.

The Justice Department charged Waheba Issa Dais with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State after arresting the 45 year old divorcee in Cudahy, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Why Fayose sacked two board chairmen

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has sacked two board chairmen with immediate effect.
They are the Chairmen of the state Teaching Service Commission, Chief Gabriel Falayi,  and that of the Governing Council of the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Prof. Babajide Alo.

SERAP, CACOL, CDHR back Soyinka on Hall of Shame for looters

Three civil society organisations have supported Soyinka’s call on the President to set up a Hall of Shame for corrupt past leaders and politicians.

The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights said in separate interviews that the setting up of such a parallel hall would restore sanity into Nigeria’s public administration and restore the country’s value system.

Southern, Middle Belt leaders meet Friday to push for INEC chair removal

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum will on Friday meet to discuss critical national issues, including its demand for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.

The Joint Secretary of the forum, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who disclosed this in a telephone  interview with our correspondent on Wednesday,  said the leaders  would not back down on their  demand for the removal of Yakubu and the service chiefs before the 2019 elections.

Time to end thuggery

That thuggery has become a legitimised political tool in Nigeria is most unfortunate. It is now clear our political godfathers and indeed Nigerian politicians are breeding and encouraging criminals who constitute a menace in the society.

There is no gainsaying the fact that thuggery is used as a cover-up. It is part of the do-or-die syndrome among politicians.

Court grants AGFs request, fixes July 10 for Melayes trial

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, has fixed July 10 and 11 for the resumption of a criminal case instituted against the Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye.

The PUNCH gathered on Wednesday that the development followed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami’s letter dated June 4, 2018, which was sent to the court’s registrar requesting that a date be fixed for the continuation of the trial.

Dont take sides in 2019 elections, UK tells EFCC

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission not to take sides with any political party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Arkwright also called on the EFCC to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that there is no vote buying.

June 12: FG moves to amend Public Holidays Act

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday said the Federal Government had commenced the process of amending the Public Holidays Act 1990 to accommodate June 12 which President Muhammadu Buhari declared as Democracy Day last week.

He said Buhari’s proclamation on the matter was only a declaration of intention that would eventually be given effect after the amendment.

Osinbajo visits Edo

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will on Thursday (today) pay a two-day visit to Edo State to inaugurate projects executed by the state government.

Osinbajo, who is expected to arrive in Benin at about 2pm, will preside over a town hall meeting with stakeholders on illegal migration, among other issues.

Adelekes death: Family accuses Aregbesola of cover-up

The family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has said they are suspicious that the Osun State Government led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola plans to cover up the truth behind the death of the late politician.

A younger brother of the late senator, Dr Deji Adeleke, made the allegation in his address read by a member of the family, Mr Dele Adeleke, at a press conference addressed at the residence of the late politician in Ede on Wednesday.

Eid-el-Fitri: Police tighten security around prayer grounds nationwide

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed operatives in all prayer grounds nationwide as part of security measures for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

The IG said he had directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of zones and state commands to beef up security and ensure massive deployment of personnel in all Eid prayer grounds and other venues of celebration nationwide.

VCN hails FUNAAB as varsity inducts 43 vet doctors

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria has said the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State has all it takes to produce veterinary doctors that can compete favourably with their colleagues globally.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Head, Directorate of Public Relations of the institution, Dr. Linda Onwuka, after the induction and admission of 43 graduates of FUNAAB’s College of the Veterinary Medicine into the veterinary profession.

Dickson inaugurates panel to probe Amassoma crisis
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has sworn in a six-member commission of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the civil disturbances that occurred in and around Amassoma, host community of the state-owned Niger Delta University.

During the recent crisis, no fewer than five persons were killed and many persons injured in the violent clash which occurred between security operatives and indigenes of the university town in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

National Assembly and frivolous probes

It is  ridiculous to  learn that the Senate wants to investigate the matter that a competent authority at the Obafemi Awolowo University is already handling very  well.

One would have expected that the National Assembly would desist from such uncalled for action bearing in mind the very grave allegation made by the immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, and corroborated by several respectable individuals. (Page 3 of The PUNCH newspaper of June 3, 2018)

Diesel price killing businesses

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria has said the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State has all it takes to produce veterinary doctors that can compete favourably with their colleagues globally.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Head, Directorate of Public Relations of the institution, Dr. Linda Onwuka, after the induction and admission of 43 graduates of FUNAAB’s College of the Veterinary Medicine into the veterinary profession.

Help us, Ambode

I am appealing to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to consider to help us repair the road between Lucky Fibre to Laketu in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Millions of people are residing in this area but the road is too bad. We are going to vote for our governor for second time because of his good work.

Why honour Kingibe

What is the basis of awarding Baba Gana Kingibe a national honour side by side Chief MKO Abiola? This was a running mate who opportunistically deserted Abiola and abandoned him to his fate, and ignobly lapped up an appointment from dictator Sani Abacha, the military usurper.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been misled by including Kingibe on the honours’ list. Soldiers who run away from the battlefield are not decorated with garlands. Treachery should not be rewarded, lest our children perceive it as fashionable.

Family, friends eulogise Aboderin at service of songs
Family, friends and well-wishers came together on Wednesday to relate their experiences with the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, during a service of songs held at his residence in Punch Estate, Ikeja, Lagos.

Aboderin’s sister, Mrs Wunmi Tunde-Obe, describing him as a blessing, stated that the deceased had lived a “good quality” life and left an impact on the lives of all he came across.

Emefiele, others hail Aboderins contribution to journalism, sports

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has commended the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, for his contribution and commitment to journalism and sports in Nigeria.

Emefiele, in a condolence letter on Monday, said Aboderin was not only passionate and committed to promoting sports and ensuring good governance through the print media, but was also excellent in all his endeavours.

BPE, First Bank, Heritage Bank, MAN mourn

The Bureau of Public Enterprises, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Heritage Bank Plc and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have joined other organisations to mourn the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, who died on May 30, 2018.

In their separate letters on Wednesday, they offered their condolences to the family of the late chairman, board, management, and staff of Punch.

PUNCH holds staff table tennis tourney to honour Aboderin

In honour of the late Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, a table tennis tournament was held for the staff of the company, on Wednesday, at the PUNCH Place, Magboro, Ogun State.

Aboderin, who founded the Dolphins Female Basketball Team, has been celebrated as an icon of media excellence and a sports aficionado.

Court orders ex-NAF chief, Amosu, to forfeit N2.2bn

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, to temporarily forfeit the sum of N2, 244,500,000 to the Federal Government.

The order was made by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which told the court that the sum was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity.

Court sacks Aidoko as Kogi East Senator

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday sacked the Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Attai Aidoko, of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in his judgment, ordered the Clerk of the National Assembly to have Air Marshal Isaac Alfa (retd.), also of the PDP, sworn in to replace Aidoko.

Stop attacking us, APC cautions Okorocha

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has cautioned the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, against further verbal attacks on party leaders.

The party advised the governor to work with the party leadership in his state instead of making libellous attacks on the APC and its leadership.

Offa robberies: Police arrest more suspects in Oyo, Kogi, recover firearms

The operatives of the Intelligence Response Team led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari,  have arrested more suspects in connection with the April 5 Offa bank robberies during which nine policemen and 33 persons were killed.

Our correspondent in Abuja gathered on Wednesday that the additional suspects were apprehended in Kwara, Oyo and Kogi states and were assisting the police to track down other accomplices.


Let the games begin

The 2018 World Cup begins today in Russia with an opening match between the host country and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Before kick-off at Moscow’s refurbished Luzhniki Stadium, football fans from across the world will be treated to music by an array of stars led by Millennium man, Robbie Williams, who will be accompanied by other artistes and football icons, including Russian star, Aida Garifullina, and two-time World Cup winner, Ronaldo de Lima of Brazil.

June 12 not Democracy Day yet, clarifies AGF

The declaration of June 12 as a public holiday was a mere statement of desire by President Muhammadu Buhari, said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.

He made the clarification, yesterday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, as he fielded questions on whether Buhari’s declaration contravened the Public Holiday Act.

Dangote deep-sea pipeline to boost Nigeria’s power generation by 12,000mw

The Dangote Group’s sub-sea pipeline infrastructure is expected to augment the natural domestic gas supply and add an estimated 12,000 Mega Watts (MW) to Nigeria’s power generation capacity.  Dangote also has plans to construct a 570 MW power plant within refinery complex.

The 12,000mw, which is being expected from the Dangote subsea pipeline is far more than the average of 2,812mw, which is presently being supplied to power plants.

IGP approves nationwide audit of SARS detention cells

The Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has approved the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) request to begin an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria.

The audit would also include all detention cells of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

Towards 100% voluntary blood donation in Nigeria

Ahead of the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), which is marked every June 14, medical experts, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have expressed worries that fewer people are voluntarily donating blood, while in Nigeria, there has been an increase in commercial blood donors, popularly known as “blood touts”.

Transactions via cheque hit N1.32 trillion in three months

About N1.32 trillion values of transactions were carried through cheque truncation in the first three months of the year.

Cheque truncation is the conversion of a physical cheque into a substitute electronic form for transmission to the paying bank. Cheque truncation reduces or eliminates the physical movement of cheques and reduces the time and cost of processing the cheque clearance system.

NCC withdraws 36.6 million telephone lines from telecoms operators

About 36.6 million telephone lines have been withdrawn from some telecommunications operators from the National Numbering Plan (NNP) with effect from March 20, 2018.

A telephone numbering plan is a type of scheme used in telecommunication to assign telephone numbers to subscriber telephones or other telephony endpoints. Telephone numbers are the addresses of participants in a telephone network, reachable by a system of destination code routing.

Germany seeks stronger ties with Nigeria, holds business forum June 20

German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria yesterday said the seventh edition of the German-Nigerian Business Forum (GNBF) would highlight bilateral trade relations between both countries.

Its delegate, Dr. Marc Lucassen, noted that the ties would further prove the long history of 160 years of socio-economic relations between them.

Labour Party chairman rejects Olusegun Mimiko rejoining party
The National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Dr. Mike Omotosho has accused former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of attempting to destabilise the party, vowing that his re-entry into the party would be resisted.

He said in Abuja yesterday that Mimiko’s re-entry into the party is to launder his sagging political image.

Fed Government warns manufacturers against substandard drugs

The Federal Government has cautioned manufacturers against producing substandard drugs to curb addiction and drug-related issues in the country.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who stated this in a message to a summit organised by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Enugu Chapter, in Enugu yesterday, represented by a director in the ministry, Dr. Salaudeen Jimoh, said substandard drugs pose serious security and health hazards.

Atlantic Hall seeks innovative approach to improve learning

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Atlantic Hall, Poka, Epe, Lagos, Andrew Jedras, has called for a new pedagogical approach that would improve digital skills and competencies among students.

Speaking at the 26th valedictory/graduation ceremony of the school, Jedras stated that digitisation demands a different educational experience and understanding for learners, thus the need for students to be exposed to skills that will enable them to thrive in this digital age, as well as achieve steady progress.

Healthcare experts canvass blood donation to save lives

As Nigeria joins in marking World Blood Donor Day, the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has implored people to donate voluntarily to save lives.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IHVN, Dr. Patrick Dakum, said the day was an opportunity to create awareness for voluntary donation.

NB to reward journalists with N2m, other prizes at golden pen awards

The Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc will be rewarding journalists with cash prizes of up to N2 million and other gift items at this year’s 10th edition of its Golden Pen Reporter of the year awards.

It stated this yesterday during a press conference as part of its commitment to media excellence to honour journalists who abide by the ethics of the profession.

UNILAG probes lecturer over sexual harassment

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has set up a fact-finding panel to investigate the allegation of sexual harassment involving a lecturer in the institution as published in various social media platforms.

In a statement by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, the university explained that the move is in line with its zero tolerance for such allegations.

Sigma Pension harps on increased private-public sector collaboration

The Managing Director, Sigma Pensions, Dave Uduanu has stressed the need for more collaboration between the private and public sector to enhance economic development as well as meet the target in the Economic Growth Recovery Plan document (EGRP).

Uduanu also urged government to create more sustainable investment opportunities for private sector to explore.

Varsities must support host communities to thrive, says VC

Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof Abdurasheed Na’Allah has canvassed better Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from Nigerian universities to boost the nation’s Gross Development Projects (GDP).

Na’Allah while addressing reporters in Ilorin said universities the world over have responsibilities to their host communities saying Nigeria could not be an exception.

Judge okays forfeiture of N2.2b allegedly recovered from Air Force ex-chief

The Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of N2.2 billion allegedly recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun gave the order based on an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


Shocking jail break in Minna

Minister of Interior Lt-General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau said on Monday this week that 182 out of the 210 prisoners at the Minna Medium Security Prison are currently at large following an attack on the facility.

Gunmen had on Sunday night June 3, invaded the new Minna prison yard, killing one prison officer and an Okada rider that conveyed the gunman to the facility. Media reports said the gunman came to the prison premises about 9pm, shooting sporadically for over an hour to scare away residents. The attackers gained access into the facility after exchanging fire with prison officials

ALGON lauds Buhari on autonomy for state assemblies

The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for granting financial autonomy and independence to state Houses of Assembly and state judiciaries.

President of ALGON, Gambo Tanko Kagara, in a statement yesterday, said the president’s assent to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill was a step in the right direction which would go a long way in ensuring development in the country.

June 12 a triumph over tyranny

A chieftain of the APC in Ekiti State, Mr Deji Adetuberu, has described the proclamation of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari as triumph of all Nigerians over tyranny.

Adetuberu said the latest proclamation must be commended and seen as a triumph of democracy over tyranny and enemies of the system for 25 years.

Its a political masterstroke Group

The 372 Youth Network has described the recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day and the investiture of Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with the highest honours of GCFR and GCON, respectively, as a political masterstroke with monumental impact.

Mohammed Saidu, the president of the group who addressed journalists in Abuja to mark the occasion of June 12 proclamation by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the recognition was capable of returning Nigeria back to the path of true democracy, peace, unity and national healing.

Why Buhari will win 2019 presidency Keyamo

The spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said President Muhammadu Buhari will be re-elected in 2019 to instil a different political culture in the country before he retires.

In an interview published in the current edition of The Interview magazine, the lawyer described cultural change as the single greatest reason why Buhari would be re-elected.

Mimiko dumps PDP, returns to Labour Party

Former Ondo state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has officially resigned his membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and may likely return to Labour Party tomorrow officially.

In a three-paragraph letter addressed to the party’s secretariat on Wednesday and made available to newsmen in the state, Mimiko said he took the decision based on some personal reasons.

BREAKING: Kogi East: Again, Court declares Alfa winner

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday declared Air Vice Marshal Isaac Alfa (rtd) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2015 Kogi East Senatorial rerun elections.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his judgment held that the primary election of the PDP on November 7, 2014 in Idah, Kogi State which eventually announced Ali Usman as winner lacked integrity and credibility.

June 12 would be a waste of time unless…- Presidential aspirant

A presidential aspirant under the platform of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) in the 2019 general elections, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and honouring the acclaimed winner of the election, late Chief Moshood Kashimowo Abiola.

But he said beyond the declaration, the President should go further by directing the declaration of the results of the election and proclaiming Abiola as the winner of that election adjudged as the freest and most transparent election ever conducted in Nigeria.

Sallah: Lagos police to embark on Show of Force

In a bid to ward off criminal activities during and after the Salah day celebration, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered all police formations under the command to embark on Show of Force throughout the metropolis.

Edgal, who stated this yesterday, said that the exercise will commence on Thursday (today) as from 6 am through 4pm across the state.

Local guards apprehend naked armed robber in Isolo

Some local vigilantes have apprehended an armed robbery suspect who stripped himself naked while attempting to break into a factory at Isolo in Lagos metropolis.

It was gathered that the suspect,  Ugochukwu Okeke, was said to have robbed some slippery substance on his body before embarking on the operation.

Osun disburses N1.38bn to communities for social development projects

The Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) has disbursed N1.38 billion to various communities across the state for execution of developmental projects.

The General Manager, Osun CSDP, Mrs. Funmi Abokede, disclosed this in chat with Daily Trust correspondent on the sideline of a training programme organised for Council Managers and Heads of Departments of Social and Community Development in the state.

Alakija empowers 3,000 widows with vocational skills

The Founder, Rose of Sharon Foundation, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija  has revealed that a total of 3,000 widows have so far been empowered with different types of vocational skills in the last 10 years of the foundation’s existence.

Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Foundation, Alakija the numbers of lives so far touched by the foundation are inspirational for more philanthropical gestures and not a destination.

My abductors still threatening my life Sen Yakwo

A former Senator representing the FCT, Chief Daniel Yakwo, has raised alarm that suspected kidnappers who abducted and later released him are still threatening his life.

City News had reported that the Sen. Yakwo was abducted three weeks ago by armed bandits at his farm near Chikara village in Abaji on the Abuja-Lokoja Road.

FCT education board trains teachers on ICT

The FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) has embarked on training of teachers on Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the six area councils.

Head of ICT of the board, Alhaji Jiya Madami, who represented the board’s Chairman, Alhaji Musa Yahaya Muhammad, while declaring the training workshop open yesterday in Abuja, said the FCT could not be left behind in the ICT drive.

Foundation trains over 25,000 on modern agricultural practices

The Leventis Foundation Nigeria has trained over 25,000 youths and farmers on modern and sustainable agriculture practices.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Hope Ovie Usieta made the disclosure during the formal unveiling of the 30th anniversary logo of the foundation in Abuja

Fertiliser access: Plateau farmers resort to animal dung

As the rains commence fully in most parts of Plateau State, thereby ushering in the planting season and farm land cultivation, farmers are full of expectations for a bountiful harvest.

Subsequently, they have been putting in their best in cultivating their seedbeds and planting varied crops. However, for the crops to germinate well and bring forth the expected yield at harvest time, the farmers need to boost the plants with organic or natural substances.

Snail farming, veritable means of wealth, job creation – Expert

An animal scientist, Dr Abiodun Kehinde, has identified snail farming a veritable means of job creation and wealth generation in the country.

Kehinde, the Provost, Federal College of Wildlife, New Bussa, Niger, said this at a three-day workshop on Giant Africa Land Snail, organised by Network on Giant African Land Snail (NETGALS).



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