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Space FM News Update WEDNESDAY, 19th October, 2016 |NEWSPAPER REVIEW| SARAKI ADVISES BUHARI Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, proposed an eight-point action plan, which he believed was necessary to achieve success in the ongoing anti-corruption crusade by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.Saraki pointed out that what must be done to succeed in the anti-graft war included ensuring transparency in government processes and procurements, reduction in bureaucratic bottlenecks, education and technology adaptation.Others, the Senate president noted, were the adoption and enforcement of sensible rules and reduction of discretions, neutral application of sanctions, capacity building and oversight and monitoring. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) PROCLAIM CONDUCT OF 2018 CENSUS NOW, SENATE TASKS BUHARI As the crisis of confidence rages between the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the party’s National Omololu Ogunmade in AbujaThe Senate yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a proclamation for the conduct of “population and housing census in 2018.”The parliament also appealed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal; the National Population Commission (NPC), Ministry of Budget and Planning and other supervising agencies to ensure there are adequate provisions in 2018 budget towards the conduct of 2018 census. For details on the story, pick up copies of the ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) ONDO POLL: LOYALISTS ABANDON BOROFFICE, BACK AKEREDOLU As parties are preparing for the governorship election in Ondo State, some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the state who are members of the Senator Ajayi Boroffice’s campaign group have left the senator and declared their support for Chief Rotimi Akeredolu.The senator, representing Ondo North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, is one of the APC governorship aspirants who rejected the result of the party’s primary held on September 3, 2016 and won by Akeredolu.While his supporters have expressed their readiness to support Akeredolu, it was gathered that Boroffice was said not to have made up his mind whether to support him or not.Addressing journalists in Akure on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Borrofice Campaign Group, Mr. Diran Iyantan, said Boroffice supported their action. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) FG DETERMINED TO KILL PDP – WIKE RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government was working relentlessly to kill the Peoples Democratic Party.Wike, however, noted that contrary to the plans of the Federal Government, it was the party (All Progressives Congress) controlling the Federal Government that would die politically.The governor maintained that “deliberate efforts” by agents of the Federal Government to stagnate development in the state would not succeed.He made this remark while receiving the leadership of Non-Indigenes Without Borders led by Mr. Emeka Onowu at the Government House in Port Harcourt. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers)

COURT SACKS TWO ENUGU REPS, ASKS THEM TO REFUND EARNINGS; N73M PAY


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A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked two members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State.The two sacked legislators, elected to the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, are Stella Ngwu representing Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Mr. Dennis Agbo representing, Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency.Justice Okon Abang delivered separate judgments in sacking the two legislators on Friday but the enrolled orders of the court were certified on Tuesday.Justice Okon Abang in the separate judgments ordered Gabriel Okafor to replace Ngwu as the representative of Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Mr. Chijoke Ugwu to replace Agbo and take over the seat of Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NASARAWA ASSEMBLY RECALLS 6 SUSPENDED APC LAWMAKERS The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, announced the recall of the six members suspended for six months to enable them perform their legislative duties.Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, announced this during plenary in Lafia.The assembly members, who were suspended on allegation of bribery and corruption since April, are Kassim Mohammed-Kassim (APCAkwanga South), Murtala Sodangi (APC-Nasarawa Central), Mohammed Okpoku (APC-Udege/ Loko), Musa Ali (APC-Keffi East), Makpa Malla (APC-Wamba) and Abubakar Kana (APC-Kokona West). For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) REPS INVESTIGATE ALLEGED FORCED MARRIAGE OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate the reported abduction and forceful marriage of a 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa.The marriage, which received the support of the Katsina State Emirate Council, has come under criticism in the past week.She was said to have been first abducted and converted from Christianity to Islam before the forced marriage took place.The teenager was married to an aide in the Emir’s palace.After adopting a motion by Mr. Nnana Igbokwe on Tuesday, the House directed its Committee on Women Affairs to investigate the allegation. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) SENATE USES E-VOTING, CONFIRMS EKO, AUGIE AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICES THE Senate yesterday used electronic voting system to confirm the appointments of Justices Ejembi Eko and Amina Augie as Justices of the Supreme Court.The development is the first since inauguration of the 8th Senate on June 9, 2015.It would be recalled that the last time electronic voting system was employed by the Senate was in 2014 during the 7th under the Presidency of Senator David Mark.The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Justice Eko Ejembi (Benue/North-Central) and Justice Amina Augie (Kebbi/North-West) as Justices of the Supreme Court.President had asked the Senate to confirm their nomination. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) REPS, NIMASA DG CLASH OVER CONTRACT AWARD The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration and the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, yesterday disagreed sharply over the amount owed the agency and the ‘controversial’ award of contract to recover alleged $5 billion debts for the agency.While, Chairman of the Committee, Umar Bago, insisted that the debt was about $5 billion, Peterside disagreed, saying the debt profile from 2004 till date was $420.5 million. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)


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CHIBOK GIRLS: SENATE SEEKS RELEASE OF 1000 BOKO HARAM CAPTIVES The Senate on Tuesday urged all parties in the negotiation that led to the release of 21 of the Chibok girls to ensure that other abductees in Boko Haram’s captivity are rescued.The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, while thanking those who negotiated the release of the 21Chibok girls, noted that a large number of abductions by the sect were not reported, adding that the negotiators should look beyond the Chibok girls to rescue more victims.Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, who raised the matter on the floor of the Senate during Tuesday’s plenary, said no fewer than 1000 persons were in Boko Haram’s captivity. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ‘100 Chibok schoolgirls not ready to leave Boko Haram captors’ A community leader involved in the negotiations to obtain the release of the Chibok schoolgirls has said more than 100 of the girls are unwilling to return home.After 21 of the girls were released last week, the Federal Government is negotiating the release of another 83.But Pogu Bitrus, Chairman of the Chibok Development Association, said more than 100 others appeared unwilling to leave their captors, according to a report published by The Mail online.He was quoted as saying that they were ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists and have their babies. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) FREED CHIBOK GIRLS NEED ‘INTENSIVE SUPPORT’ UNICEF TELLS FG The United Nations Children’s Fund has called on the Nigerian Government to provide “intensive support” for the 21 freed Chibok girls to safeguard their future.UNICEF made the call in a statement signed by its country representative, Mr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, and made available to journalists on Tuesday in Maiduguri.Rotigliano said, “The emotional reunification of the 21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago in Chibok with their families, highlights the need for intensive support for women and girls who have been held by the group.“The release is great news and we are delighted to see the girls back with their families. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) SENATOR, REP BERATE FG OVER SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLINGS SENATOR Danjuma Laah has accused the Federal Government of treating the attacks on the people of Godogodo town in Jema’ah Local Government Area with levity and not doing enough to stop the carnage in the area.This, he said, was because since the invasion of the town by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Federal Government had yet to deploy enough armed soldiers, police and manpower to the area.Laah, the only Peoples Democratic Party senator from the North-West, was reacting to the killing by suspected herdsmen of over 20 natives of Godogodo between Saturday and Sunday.The incident forced the interim Chairman of Jema’ah Local Government Council, Humble Katuka, to impose a 24-hour curfew on the LGA. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) OBASEKI BEGINS WORK ON 2017 BUDGET Ahead of his inauguration on November 12, Edo State Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki has raised a committee to prepare next year’s budget.This, according to sources, will enable him to hit the ground running and ensure that lawmakers get the budget this year.A member of the Transition Committee said Obaseki emphasised that next year’s budget estimates should focus on jobs and empowerment.At a media briefing after his election, Obaseki said he would not have a large State Executive Council (Exco) but find other means to empower political supporters. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers)


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POVERTY: DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY, REPS TELL FG The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the fight against poverty in the country.This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance by Rep. Muhammed Wudil (APCKano).Presenting the motion, Wudil decried the increasing level of poverty in the country in spite of programmes designed by the government to eradicate it.He urged the government to urgently put in place effective structure for the implementation of poverty reduction programmes in the country. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) WE DIDN’T BAN IMPORTATION OF RICE, BUT….FG THE Federal Government has denied insinuations that it had completely banned rice importation into the country, saying that it only restricted the importation of the product through the designated Sea Ports.The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) explained that the restriction became necessary in order to protect the country’s local industry and enhance national food security.Ali, who stated this at a joint press conference on illegal rice importation to Nigeria, in Abuja, maintained that land-boarders had always been used by smugglers to bring substandard rice with health implications into the country . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) JOB CENTRES TO BE READY MARCH 2017 – FG The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that it would locate job centres in all local government areas across the country before the end of March next year.It stated that the job centres which shall be at least one in every local government, will be used to gather data on the actual number of unemployed persons in Nigeria, adding that it was perfecting all requisite processes needed to actualise this.Speaking during a panel discussion on Addressing Nigeria’s Unemployment Challenge at the 48th Annual National Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Paul Adalikwu, stated the centres would address the lack of data for unemployed persons in Nigeria, as currently, no one seem to know the exact number of jobless people across the country. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) FG SHOPS FOR INVESTORS, SHOWCASES 16 STARTUPS TO IBM, OTHERS The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, the Head of Service of the Federation (HoS), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, on Tuesday, called on IBM, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Avaya, Lenovo, Oracle and other ICT players to invest in the country.While soliciting for more investment in the nation’s ICT ecosystem, Shittu averred that Africa is the new destination of choice for global investments in ICT infrastructure, hardware or software and other smart devices. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) FG READY TO IMPLEMENT IOPC FUND The Federal Government has expressed readiness for the implementation of the 1992 International Civil Liability Convention and the 1992 International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund.The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said this at the 7th meeting of the National Standing Committee (NSC) on Implementation of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund and related conventions in Nigeria held in


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Abuja recently.The DG who was represented by the Director Abuja Zonal office, Ali Indabawa, assured stakeholders that the Agency is committed to the adequate implementation of the IOPC Fund and related conventions for the benefit(for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

WARRI REFINERY PRODUCES 2.5M LITRES OF PETROL DAILY – MD The Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, Engr. Solomon Ladenegan, on Tuesday disclosed that the current production capacity of the refurbished plant has reached 2.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and 2.2m of kerosene per day.Ladenegan made the disclosure during the commissioning of a community road constructed by WRPC at Ifiekporo, Warri South local government area, Delta state.He noted that renewed militancy in the Niger Delta region had affected the company as it has slowed down crude supply to the refinery. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) OIL AT $52 WILL HELP ECONOMIC RECOVERY – REWANE, OTHERS As the global crude oil benchmark continued to trade above the $50 per barrel mark on Tuesday, economic and energy experts said the price rally would help soften the recession rocking the country and support economic recovery.They, however, described as more important the need to ramp up the nation’s crude oil production, which has been significantly disrupted by the recent upsurge in militant attacks in the Niger Delta.The militant attacks on oil and gas facilities pushed oil shipments to as low as 1.38 million barrels per day in August from a high of 2.1 million bpd in January.The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said late last month that production had risen to 1.7 million bpd. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) FG TARGETS $1BN FROM BROADCAST FREQUENCY SALE The Federal Government plans to earn at least $1bn from the sale of broadcast frequency to be converted to telecommunications services as the nation moves to transit from analogue to digital broadcasting by June 2017.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave this indication in a remark at the 11th edition of Africast, which opened in Abuja on Tuesday.The conversion of broadcast frequency to telecommunications use is part of the digital dividend, and refers to the spectrum or frequencies that will be released for other purposes when broadcasting organisations migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) FG: AIRPORT CONCESSIONS NECESSARY AHEAD OF 60M PASSENGER TARGET The federal government on Tuesday said the planned concession of four international airports terminals is targeted at the provision of adequate world class infrastructure for an estimated 60 million passengers in the next 10 years.It noted that over N1 trillion would be required to overhaul the airports and upgrade them to international standards, for which the funds are not currently available.The Minister of State, Aviation, Mr. Hadi Abubakar Sirika, cited the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as having predicted that air traffic in Africa would quadruple in the next 10 years. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) N1TN NEEDED TO TURN AROUND AVIATION SECTOR – MINISTER The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday in Abuja said the Federal Government needed One Trillion Naira to turn around the country’s aviation sector.Sirika said this at a four-day


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public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation.The hearing is focused on “The Need to Rescue the Ailing Aviation Industry from Imminent Collapse.’’Sirika stressed that the government had no plans to sell the country’s airports, but frowned at the poor state of infrastructure in the aviation sector.He said, “One trillion naira will be needed to turn around our aviation sector, we will not sell the airports and nobody is carrying any structure to anywhere.“In fact, what we intend to do is to put them into better use. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)

DOMESTIC AIRLINES NOT SAFE – DEPUTY SPEAKER The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, has said that Nigerian domestic airlines are not safe and as a result he does not fly them.Lasun, who spoke at the National Assembly, said he preferred to travel 12 hours by road from Abuja to Oshogbo to flying.“If someone like me, the Deputy Speaker of this country, does not travel (with) domestic airlines, it means something must be definitely wrong with the (aviation) sector,” he said. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) SELL SIX MORE PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT, OZEKHOME ADVISES BUHARI A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to dispose of six out of the remaining nine aircraft in the presidential fleet.The lawyer said handing over two out of 11 aircraft in the fleet was not enough, saying nine airplanes were still too many to be maintained with the dwindling resources accruing to Nigeria.He said this in an interview with our correspondent in Ido Osun, Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State, after he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Mayegun-Bamofin of Ido Osun Kingdom by the Olojudo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Vanguard & Nation newspapers) CHINESE BUSINESSMEN DESPERATE TO INVEST IN NIGERIA – ENVOY Despite the current economic recession in the country, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, on Tuesday said he had been inundated with many requests by investors from his country who had been “falling over one another” to explore business opportunities in Nigeria.According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the envoy spoke when he presented his Letter of Credence to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Pingjian was quoted as saying that the investors had been attracted by what he called the “remarkable and audacious” change process that the present administration implemented in safeguarding security, fighting corruption and restoring integrity and sanctity in all public sector transactions. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Vanguard & Nation, newspapers) FIRS SEALS TWO OIL SERVICING FIRMS OVER TAX EVASION The Federal Inland Revenue Service, on Tuesday, sealed the premises of two oil servicing companies for evading tax worth over five hundred million naira in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.The companies, Bredero Pipelines Services at Sedco Road Enerhen and JAD Construction, along Enerhen Road, both in Uvwie were shut by FIRS enforcement team headed by Ruth Mandeun.At the premises of Bredero Pipelines Services, police guards claimed the company had shut operations for over three years due to a court injunction which restrained workers and management from working at the yard over a dispute. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) ATM CARD SUSPENSION: BANKS REJECT NAIRA FOR VISA PAYMENT


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Thousands of United Kingdom and Canadian visa applicants and intending travellers wanting to book hotels online were stranded on Monday as Deposit Money Banks stopped their naira debit cards from being used for dollar and other foreign currency-denominated transactions.The DMBs had on Friday stopped their naira debit cards from dispensing dollars to customers via Automated Teller Machines in foreign countries, as well as disallowed the cards from being used for online and Point of Sale transactions.The banks cited dollar scarcity and volatility in the foreign exchange market as reasons. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

NIGERIA MUST RETURN TO AGRICULTURE SAYS EX-PRESIDENT OBASANJO Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said Nigeria had no excuse for the deplorable state of its agriculture sector.Obasanjo said this at an agriculture seminar in Abuja organised by Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with “Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities’’ as theme.He said that researches had revealed that about 65 per cent of the country’s population were faced with “food insecurity’’. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) NAIRA SHORTAGE PUSHES INTERBANK RATE TO 150% Overnight interbank rate was quoted at a record high of 150 per cent on Tuesday, two days after commercial banks placed funds with the Central Bank of Nigeria to participate in last Friday’s currency forward auction.Traders said few deals were done on Tuesday due to a shortage of naira on the money market, with banks unwilling to place funds among themselves until the result of Friday’s currency auction was published.On Friday, the CBN held a two-month dollar forward auction to clear a backlog of demand from airlines, manufacturers and other companies, as the exchange rate crisis deepened. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & ThisDay newspapers) MAGU WANTS EFCC TO KEEP PERCENTAGE OF RECOVERED LOOTS The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged a review of Nigerian laws to enable anti-graft agencies in the country retain a percentage of the loot recovered to fund their operations.The Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, made the request at the national anticorruption conference organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) and the National Assembly in Abuja.The conference which began Tuesday will end Wednesday. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BUHARI’S GOVT “LL NEVER VICTIMIZE ANYONE -PRESIDENCY abuja-The Presidency Tuesday night said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari would never victimize anyone for whatever reason.It however stated that the law must run its full course on anyone who breaks it, stressing that the current administration would never be cowed from its anticorruption war.The presidency was apparently reacting to the allegation credited to Justice John Inyang Okoro, one of the Judges arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS that the federal government was victimizing him unduly in relation to the gubernatorial elections in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) AMAECHI WANTED ME TO INFLUENCE SUPREME COURT RULINGS – JUSTICE OKORO A Justice of the Supreme Court, Inyang Okoro, has accused the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, of orchestrating his ordeal.In a letter dated October 17, 2016 and addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, Okoro said, “I strongly believe that my travail is not unconnected with the verbal report I made to you on 1st February, 2016 about the visit to my official


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residence by H/E Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transportation.“In that report, I told you my Lord, that Mr. Amaechi said the President of Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress mandated him to inform me that they must win their election appeals in Rivers State, Akwa Ibom and Abia State at all costs.” for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) I NEVER APPROACHED JUSTICE OKORO – AMAECHI Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has denied the allegation that he approached Justice of the Supreme Court, Inyang Okoro over any case.Amaechi described the allegation by the judge as a figment of his imagination.Justice Inyang Okoro, who is among the seven judges arrested by the Department of State Service between October 7 and 8, pointed accusing finger to the former Rivers governor, as the one who instigated his ordeal.Mr. Amaechi, in a statement by his media office, asked the judge to respond to the corruption allegation levelled against him.F or details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) JUSTICE OKORO OPENS CAN OF WORMS; SAYS, FOREIGN CURRENCY IN MY HOME ESTACODE One of the Supreme Court judges, whose home was invaded by the Department of State Services, DSS, penultimate weekend, Justice John Inyang Okoro, has alleged that his travail in the hands of the operatives was in connection with alleged desire of the Presidency and All Progressives Congress, APC, to win at all cost, election appeals in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia states. He also said the $24,000 and £10,000 recovered in his house by the operatives was balance of the estacode he received on foreign trips for three years.This came as indications emerged, last night, that a female judge of the Federal High Court might be arrested for allegedly shunning an invitation to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to be questioned on alleged corrupt practices in the discharge of her duties. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) ALLEGED CORRUPTION: FEMALE JUDGE RISKS ARREST FOR SHUNNING EFCC’S INVITATION There were indications Tuesday night that a judge of the Federal High court might be arrested for allegedly shunning an invitation to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to be questioned on alleged corrupt practices in the discharge of her duties.A competent source close to the development, said that the commission was left with no option than to look for the female judge after she deliberately refused to appear before its operatives to be interviewed on allegations of corruption levelled against her. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) DSS RAID: JUSTICE ADEMOLA WITHDRAWS FROM DASUKI’S TRIAL Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the judge in the case against the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has withdrawn from the cases.Ademola, one of seven judges arrested by the Department of State Services on allegations of corruption, claimed that he was being harassed and intimidated by the service.He cited allegations of corruption against him by DSS, which is prosecuting Dasuki’s case, as the reason for his action.The judge claimed that he was being harassed and intimidated for granting bail to Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) EFCC SET TO INVITE DOGARA, LASUN, OTHERS OVER N100BN CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS There are indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may invite the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, his deputy, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, over the allegations made against them by the former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Dr. Jibrin Abdulmumin.Abdulmumin, had among other issues, accused the speaker, other principal officers, and some House committee chairman of diverting N40 billion out of N100billion allocated to constituency projects in the 2016 budget. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)


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REPS GRILL PETERSIDE OVER NIMASA’S $5BN DEBT RECOVERY CONTRACT The House of Representatives Committee on Marine Safety on Tuesday grilled the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, over a controversial contract to recover NIMASA’s alleged $5bn debt.A firm, SNECO Financial Services, which was incorporated on April 4, 2016, was awarded the contract.The House committee, which is chaired by Mr. Umar Bago, is in possession of petitions, alleging the breach of due process and fraud in the award of the contract.One of the petitions clearly stated that under the terms of the contract, SNECO would take 13 per cent of the recovered debts, a figure the committee queried for being “huge.”Lawmakers observed that this would be about $65million profit for the firm. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers)

ANTI-GRAFT PROTESTERS BESIEGE NASS, POLICE LOCK GATES Anti-corruption protesters at the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja expressing their support for the ongoing crusade against graft by the Federal Government.Anti-corruption protesters stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja to express their support for the ongoing crusade against graft by the Federal Government, but they were prevented from entering the NASS premises.The policemen at the NASS entrance, on sighting the surging protesters, quickly locked the gates and informed the youths that they would not be allowed to enter the complex.Unperturbed by the hostile treatment, the campaigners under the auspices of the National Support Groups for Good Governance, sang and waved large banners at lawmakers and visitors entering the NASS grounds. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) BUDGET PADDING: MINISTRY OFFICIALS GRILLED, DOGARA, OTHERS TO BE INVITED The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is intensifying a discreet investigation into the allegations made by the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, against the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officials of the House.A top operative of the commission told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the operatives involved in the investigation into the allegations made by Jibrin was at an advanced stage.The source said the commission had grilled officials of 16 federal ministries in connection with the probe into the allegations contained in the petition written to the commission by Jibrin, who was suspended by the House in September.It was further stated that operatives of the commission had gathered some evidence on some of the issues raised in the petition. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Punch & Vanguard newspapers) EFCC TRACES N22M TO FIRM LINKED TO FANI-KAYODE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating a company, ICON Environmental Cleaners, said to have link to the former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.A top operative of the commission, who spoke to our correspondent on Tuesday, said the operatives of the commission had traced N22m to the firm during investigation.It was further gathered that operatives of the antigraft agency were screening documents received from a bank to ascertain the role of one Mr. Oke in the transaction.The source said the commission was making moves to come up with fresh charges against the former Director of Publicity of the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organisation. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) EKWEREMADU TO STAND AS METUH’S SURETY


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The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has agreed to stand as a surety to guarantee the bail earlier granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja to a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.Ekweremadu is set to replace Dr. Olubumi Usim-Wilson, who has indicated his intention to withdraw as a surety for the accused.Metuh was granted bail in January for terms, including having to present two sureties.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investment Limited, on seven counts, including fraud involving N400m, which he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014 without justification. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)

EFCC NORTH-WEST OFFICE RECOVERS N54.7BN IN 10 MONTHS The North-West zone of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N54,535,651,183.74 and another $622,200.00 (N190.1m) within the last 10 months.Briefing newsmen in Kano, on Tuesday, the Zonal Head of Operations (North-West Operations), Mr. Nnaghe Itam, disclosed that the zone, within the period under review, had 214 cases, while 34 were currently undergoing prosecutions.He pointed out that the anti-corruption agency secured 23 convictions during the period.The EFCC zone, comprising Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, according to Itam, also recovered some properties, which included eight houses, nine plots of land, three trucks and a car.He said all the funds and properties were recovered from fraudsters and politically exposed persons, adding that the funds belonged to the Federal Government, corporations and individuals. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) OBANIKORO ADMITS GIVING N2.3BN TO GOV FAYOSE A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he gave the sum of N2.3bn to the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in the run-up to the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.Obanikoro was said to have also told operatives that N60m was converted to dollars at N168 per to a dollar and given to Fayose.The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday that the minister told operatives of the anti-graft commission, who continued his interrogation in Abuja on Tuesday, that he personally handed over N5,357,357 to the governor on an occasion.A top operative of the commission, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said Obanikoro told his interrogators that the money was transferred to Fayose on the instruction of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, (retd.). for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation & , Vanguard newspapers) EFCC ACCUSES FANI-KAYODE OF OPERATING 15 GT BANK ACCOUNTS The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, of operating 15 Guaranty Trust Bank Accounts and two Diamond Bank Accounts.The antigraft agency said this in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday night – following the detention of Fani-Kayode’s wife at a bank in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.Mrs. Fani Kayode had been informed by the bank that she was being detained on the instruction of the EFCC, but the agency denied the state. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)


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PDP CONDEMNS ARREST OF FANI-KAYODE’S WIFE The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the arrest of Precious, the wife of Femi Fani-Kayode and their eight-month old son, Aragorn.It said the arrest represented what it called a new low in the Federal Government’s resolve to harass and persecute real and perceived enemies of the Buhari administration under the guise of an anti-corruption crusade.Spokesperson for the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.The statement said, “We condemn, in its entirety, the arrest and detention of Precious, wife of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode – former Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation on October 17, by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ado-Ekiti.” for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) FANI-KAYODE’S WIFE ATTACKS EFCC, ACCUSES AGENCY OF LIES Precious, the wife of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of lying against her and her husband.Mrs. Fani-Kayode and her eightmonth-old son had been detained for hours by officials of an Access Bank Branch in Ado Ekiti on Monday on the instruction of the anti-graft agency.The EFCC said she was held for trying to withdraw money from an account that had been frozen, adding that the account had N2.3m in it.However, Mrs. Fani-Kayode, lambasted the agency in a series of tweets, accusing it of lying against her.She said contrary to the claim that the account had N2m, it had less than 300,000 in it.She also said she had opened the account before she met her husband in 2014. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) AKPOBOLOKEMI, EX-ARMY GENERAL DIVERTED N1.8BN NIMASA FUNDS – WITNESS A banker, Teslim Ajuwon, on Tuesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Lagos how a former DirectorGeneral of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and a Major General in the Nigerian Army, Emmanuel Atewe, allegedly connived to siphon N1.8bn from the coffers of NIMASA within two week in the month of September 2014.Atewe, now retired, was the then Commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta.Ajuwon appeared in court as a witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is prosecuting Akpobolokemi, Atewe, Kime Engozu and Josephine Otuaga for an alleged fraud of N8.5bn perpetrated in NIMASA between September 5, 2014 and May 20, 2015.The EFCC arraigned the accused on 11 counts before Justice Saliu Saidu in June. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) US WORKING ON LEGAL PROCESS TO REPATRIATE LOOT —ENVOY The United States Government on Monday in Kano declared its readiness to assist Nigeria to repatriate its stolen funds stashed abroad by corrupt public office-holders and politicians.During an interactive session with newsmen in Kano, the US Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Shaarik Zafar, said that the US Government was committed to assist in fast-tracking the process of returning the stolen money back to Nigeria.Before the stolen money could be brought back to Nigeria, he said, certain legal procedures needed to be followed “and that is what the US Government is facilitating currently.”Zafar expressed optimism that the current fight against corruption in Nigeria would succeed. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) US TO INVESTIGATE ILLICIT DIVERSION OF USAID-FUNDED MALARIA PRODUCTS, FUNDS The United States government yesterday said it would intensify investigation in the alleged diversion of USAID-funded malaria programmes and illicit sale of malaria products it has funded in Nigeria so far.Head of Investigation, Office of the Inspector General, USAID, Jonathan Schofield, told journalists in


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Abuja at the relaunch of Make A Difference (MAD) malaria hotline that the investigation bureau entrusted with the task of probing such illicit activities relating to malaria programmes found some ‘troubling patterns’ in Nigeria. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) INSURGENCY: 300,000 VICTIMS TO BENEFIT FROM €11M OXFAM AGRO SCHEME More than 300,000 Nigerians affected by the insurgency in the North-East are to benefit from an 11 million Euros Oxfam intervention fund to aid food production in impacted communities. Oxfam Head of Programmes in Nigeria, Constant Tchona, who made this known at the 2016 Female Food Hero, Ogbonge Woman awards, organised in Makurdi by Oxfam, Nigerian Association of Women in Agriculture, NAWIA, and Benue State government, said 50 percent of the beneficiaries would be women. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) OGUN WARNS WORKERS AGAINST ILLEGAL STRIKE The Ogun State Government has described the proposed strike action called by a few disgruntled elements in the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, as illegal.In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Monday, the state government wondered why few, unpopular elements would seek to lead workers out on a misguided strike action since the government has not defaulted in the payment of salaries as and when due.He said the state government paid its workers September salaries on September 25, 2016. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers)

OYO DISCOVERS 50 SCHOOLS WITHOUT PUPILS Fifty schools in Oyo State are without pupils, the government said yesterday. Also discovered were 10,000 redundant primary school teachers.Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela said this after the State Executive Council meeting.The commissioner said the discovery was made at the verification by government.Olowofela added that the government would move teachers with additional qualification among the 10,000 redundant primary school teachers to junior secondary classes.He said there was no going back on the government’s decision to stop automatic promotion in schools. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation & , Vanguard newspapers) SOKOTO BECOMES FIRST STATE TO INITIATE BILL FOR RIGHT TO EDUCATION Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has initiated the Right to Education Bill 2016 in recognition and protection of the right to education of children between six and 18 years in the state.This is the first time any state in Nigeria will seek to legally make education a fundamental human right of all children.The bill is one of the major components of the policy on the state of emergency in the education sector declared in the state in December 2015. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) STRIKING EKITI POLY WORKERS SEAL ADMIN BUILDING Striking workers of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti yesterday sealed off the Administrative Building in protest against what they called the failure of a the management to look into their grievances.The polytechnic workers began an industrial action two weeks ago accusing the management of alleged fraudulent practices in salary disbursement, double deduction of pension, non-remittance of cooperative deductions, non-implementation of CONTISS 15, among others. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)


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BUHARI’S POLICIES ‘RE HOSTILE, TRAUMATISING NIGERIANS – ASUU THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Tuesday lamented that the present administration in the country has traumatised and pauperised the Nigerian people.The union said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies which it claimed was imposed by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, IMF and their collaborators had become hostile to the people in the last few months, while the enthusiasm that greeted the entry of the government was gradually giving away to the realism that “we may be losing the war to rescue our people from the ruling class extortionist agenda.” for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation & , Vanguard newspapers) OYO LAWMAKER ADVOCATES COMPULSORY LIBRARY FOR SCHOOLS The need for every school and household to have library was advocated recently by the member representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju at Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Afeez Adeleke. Adeleke who is the Chairman House Committee on Education said the present poor performance of students of public schools in external examinations was as a result of nonavailability of libraries in most schools and homes.He said this at the 2016 edition of Federation of Iseyin Local Government Students (FILGS) annual Career Talk program which was an organised national body of the students’ association at the Aseyin’s palace in Iseyin. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers)

IT’LL BE HARDER TO PAY TUITION IN 2017 – OKEBUKOLA The Board of Trustees Chairman of a private university, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has predicted that many parents will not be able to pay their children’s school fees in universities by 2017.This, he said, was as a result of the recession currently rocking the country.Okebukola, who spoke during the sixth convocation of the university in Lagos State, on Saturday, also warned that enrolment into private universities would drop, adding that the recession was already affecting the quality of education. He urged the Federal Government not to reduce graduates to be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps Scheme by finding more creative ways of funding the scheme. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NIGERIAN STUDENTS CELEBRATE 6YRS OF NNPC/SNEPCO SCHOLARSHIP Some 110 students from Nigeria’s six geo-political zones have been awarded full-board six-year secondary school scholarships in the second set of the NNPC/SNEPCo Cradle-to-Career programme designed to give top quality education to bright but indigent youths.The beneficiaries have begun their studies in six schools on September 27, 2016 to signal the formal commencement of the scholarship programme. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) US ACADEMY OF MEDICINE APPOINTS TOMORI AS MEMBER The President of Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Oyewale Tomori has been elected as international member of the US National Academy of Medicine, Class of 2016.The election was in recognition of his leadership role in establishing the Africa Regional Polio Laboratory Network, developing laboratory capacity for polio diagnosis and providing a framework for the setup of


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additional laboratory networks for yellow fever, measles, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) OLUBADAN IN HISTORIC VISIT TO OONI The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Adekunle Salau, are visiting the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.The Olubadan led some high ranking Ibadan chiefs to pay the historic visit to the Ooni.The Balogun of Ibadan, Chief Akinloye Olakuleyin and Ekerin Olubadan, Biodun Daisi, Agbaakin of Ibadan, Chief Lekan Alabi are part of the historic visit.The wives of the Olubadan, Kudirat and Rashidat are among the entourage.The Aseyin in a brief interview with journalists before the arrival of the Ooni to the hall where the meeting is holding said the visit was being paid to felicitate with the Ooni on the celebration of Olojo Festival and his birthday. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) CORONATION: EDO DECLARES OCT 20 PUBLIC HOLIDAY.. BENIN CROWN PRINCE PICKS NEW NAME, TO BE DISCLOSED TOMORROW The Edo State Government has declared October 20 as public holiday in celebration of the coronation of the new Oba of Benin, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa.Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, the Secretary to the State Government, said in a statement on Tuesday in Benin that the public holiday is in honour of Erediauwa, who will be crowned the 39th Oba of Benin.According to the statement, the public holiday would ensure a hitch-free coronation and give the Edo people the opportunity to partake in the historic installation of the new Oba of Benin. Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, yesterday, received a new name from the gods of the land.However, the name will not be disclosed until the coronation day, Thursday.The Benin Crown Prince, who was accompanied to Use by top Bini chiefs and over 5,000 persons, including members of the diplomatic corps, traditional rulers from far and wide, arrived the venue at about 5p.m., and went inside the forest. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

ARTICULATED VEHICLE FAILS BRAKE, KILLS 4 IN IBADAN..TRUCK CRUSHES MOTHER, CHILD, OTHERS IN IBADAN An unidentified woman and her child were killed when a driver lost control of an articulated vehicle at the busy Oja Oba market in Ibadan on Tuesday.The accident occurred around 8am as traders at the popular market were opening shops while many others were waiting along the Oja Oba/Molete road to board vehicles on their way to work.Eyewitnesses said four other persons were killed in the accident, with several others were critically injured.Most of the affected persons were operators of commercial tricycles that converted part of the market road to their garage, as well as some of their passengers. One of those killed was an engineer with the Ibadan Properties, Mr. Monsur Ajedayo, who was caught up in the disaster as he waited for a taxi beside the road. His body and that of others who died in the accident were said to have been deposited at the Adeoyo State Hospital morgue while the injured persons are receiving treatment at the hospital and the University College Hospital, Ibadan.Confirming the accident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, however, said three persons were killed in the accident while four were injured. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) KEN SARO-WIWA’S SON IS DEAD THERE are indications that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr, the son of late environmental rights activist, has died.It was gathered that Saro-Wiwa Jr, who was based in Abuja, died on Tuesday after a brief illness.Born in 1968, Saro-Wiwa Junior was an international journalist and an author and later served in former


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President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.When contacted, former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, Mr. Ledum Mitee, said he was still shocked over the news of Saro-Wiwa Jr’s death.“Somebody just called me to tell me that he is dead, but I am still in shock and have not been able to confirm it,” Mitee told our correspondent through the telephone. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ‘TWO NIGERIANS KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA’ The Nigerian Union in Pretoria says two Nigerians residing in South Africa have been killed.The Secretary of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Pretoria on Tuesday that the first victim, one Adeniyi Olumoko, a petty trader, was stabbed to death on October 7.Olubajo said that Olumoko, 37, an indigene of Ogun, was killed at Marabastard in Pretoria by a South African, who forcefully took the victim’s goods without paying.He quoted witnesses as saying that Olumoko was left bleeding for up to five hours because paramedics did not show up to attend to him.The secretary said that the killing had been reported to the Central Police Station in Pretoria and the Nigerian Mission in South Africa. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) EMPLOYER DRUGS, RAPES 14-YEAR-OLD IN LAGOS The police in Lagos State have arrested a man, identified only as Nathaniel, for allegedly drugging and raping his 14-year-old housemaid in the Ikotun area of the state. Nathaniel, who stayed on Ajisegiri Street, in the Egbe area, was arrested by the Ikotun Police Division on Sunday.It was gathered that the suspect allegedly lured his housemaid, Chinwe (pseudonym), with a cup of juice penultimate Monday, which contained a sedative.The two persons were reportedly alone in the apartment on the day.The victim, who is an orphan, was brought from a village in the south eastern part of Nigeria to work in Nathaniel’s house.It was said that when she woke up, she found that she was naked.She also reportedly found semen in her private parts. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation & , Vanguard newspapers)

MAN BEATS SON TO DEATH IN OGUN The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 37-year-old man, Rasak Adekoya, for beating his 10year-old son, Wariz Adekoya, to death.The suspect was reported to have beaten his son to death for stealing.The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect was arrested by policemen attached to Ago-Iwoye Division of the command following a tip off from members of the community.He said preliminary investigation has revealed several marks on the body of the deceased as a result of series of torture from the suspect.Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the the corpse has been deposited at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Mortuary, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo for autopsy. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) 3SC PLAYER KILLED NEAR CULTISTS’ SHRINE –ARMY THE Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that Mr. Joseph Izu, the 3SC footballer, who was shot on Sunday by the Joint Military Task Force operatives, was killed near a cultists’ shrine.The Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Brig. Gen. Hamisu Hassan, said investigation was ongoing to determine what Izu was doing at the shrine.Izu, who was a central midfielder with 3SC, was on Sunday, shot at a close range in Okaki community in the Ahoada West area.It was also learnt that Izu had


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pleaded with JTF operatives that he was a footballer before he was shot. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) THEY’VE TURNED ME TO A WIDOW FOR NOTHING, IATE FOOTBALLER’S WIFE CRIES Mrs. Portia Izu-Joseph, the wife of the murdered defender of Shooting Stars of Ibadan Footballer Club, Mr. Joseph Izu, has demanded justice from the government over the murder of her husband by a team of soldiers in Okarki Community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.Portia said her husband was killed unjustly by soldiers and that those behind the killing must be brought to book.Portia said: “I need justice on the murder of my husband. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) ‘PROSECUTE EL-ZAKZAKY’ Some Nigerians living in the United States of America on Monday staged a protest at the United Nations Building and the Nigeria House in New York City, demanding the prosecution of the leader of the Shiite Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.El-Zakzaky had since been in detention following a bloody clash between the members of the Shiite movement and the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, late last year.The clash occurred when some Shiite members blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) I’M A FRUSTRATED WIFE, SAYS WOMAN WHO PAID ASSASSINS N500,000 TO KILL HUSBAND A 41-year-old woman, who was arrested by policemen attached to Area ‘J’ Command, Ajah, Lagos State, for allegedly hiring assassins to kill her husband of 14 years over a disagreement which led to their separation, has said she was a frustrated housewife but that she only sent the thugs to beat him.The suspect, Mrs. Chika Orji, was arrested following a confessional statement by one of the suspected assassins, Bright Ikechukwu, who was arrested while attempting to break into Mr. Orji’s apartment at Jakande Estate, Ajah.During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that one of those hired for the botched assassination was a carpenter, identified as Ekene, who usually worked for Mr. Orji. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

HERDSMEN, FARMERS’ CLASHES NOT BUHARI’S RESPONSIBILTY – OBASANJO Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said it is not the responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the lingering clashes between herdsmen and farmers.Obasanjo also decried the increasing level of hunger in the country, stressing that it was sad to note that about 65 per cent of Nigerians were faced with food insecurity.The former president spoke during the 23rd Annual LAPO Development Forum with the theme, ‘Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities’, organised by the Lift Above Poverty Organisation in Abuja. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Vanguard & Nation, newspapers) LAWMAKER WANTS BUHARI TO DECLARE WAR ON KILLER HERDSMEN A member of the House of Representatives representing Zangon Kataf/ Jaba federal constituency in Kaduna state, Hon Sunday Marshall Katung has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare total war on the


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killer herdsmen terrorising communities in the southern part of Kaduna state.In a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna, he urged Buhari to invoke the constitutional provision in Section 14(2)(b), which states: “The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government” by bringing an end to the killings in Godogodo and other villages in Jama’a local government area of Kaduna state. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) BOKO HARAM: OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO RESCUE EVERYBODY, SAYS BURATAI The Nigerian Army has pledged to support Federal Government efforts, including diplomacy, aimed at rescuing the remaining Chibok girls and other Nigerians abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.The Chief of Army of Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the pledge in Lagos on Tuesday while fielding questions from journalists after inaugurating the new headquarters of the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Yaba.Buratai also said that pockets of attack by Boko Haram in the North-East were not an indication of resurgence of insurgency.Asked to give update on the Chibok girls, the COAS said, “As for the army, we are working on our own strategy not only for the rescue of the Chibok girls, but other Nigerians that have been abducted by the insurgents. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) SOLDIER GETS THREE YEARS FOR ASSAULTING TEENAGER IN MAIDUGURI A Nigerian Army Court Marshal has sentenced a Staff Sergeant, Umar Sale, to three years imprisonment for causing bodily harm to a male teenager in Maiduguri.In his ruling in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the President of the court, Brig.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, said the convict would also be demoted to private as part of his punishment.“Staff Sgt. Umar Sale, you have been found guilty of the charges against you, having listened to the presentation of the prosecution to treat you as a first offender.’’Adeniyi said the offences were contrary to Section 104 (2b) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A 20 laws of the federation 2004 as well as Section 119 of the Armed Forces Act A 20. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) COURT ORDERS TENANT TO PAY N900,000 RENT ARREARS A Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered one Baba Garba to pay N900,000 rent arrears to Larix Properties Limited.The Senior Magistrate, Teribo Jim, gave the order after listening to the submissions of Hadiza Zarma, counsel to Larix Properties.Zarma had told the court that since the beginning of the tenancy year of May, 2014 till date, the defendant had not been paid his annual rent of N450, 000.She informed the court that the claim before the court was for payment of arrears of rent for the tenancy year of May, 2014 to June 2016.When asked whether he was liable to the claims or not, Garba admitted the claims as presented. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

WE’LL EMPOWER NAF TO FIGHT VANDALS, OIL THIEVES – REPS The House of Representatives says it is determined to ensure that appropriate laws are put in place to empower the Nigerian Air Force to fight pipeline vandalism and other socio-economic vices in the Niger Delta.The Chairman, House Committee on Nigerian Air Force, Mr. Samson Okwu, revealed this on Monday when he and members of the committee paid a courtesy visit to Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson at Government House, Yenagoa.Okwu and other committee members were received by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.) and some ranking officials of the state


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government on behalf of the the Governor. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) POLICE PARADE FIVE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS, RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLES The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday paraded five suspects arrested for armed robbery.The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Olafimihan Adeoye, who paraded the suspects at the police headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital said the command also recovered nine stolen vehicles between September and now.The CP, who presented two out of the recovered vehicles to journalists said the owners of the other ones had claimed them. Two locally made guns were also recovered from the suspects.The CP said the items recovered from the robbers were one black Toyota Corolla Car with Reg. No. SMK 565 DB; Toyota Camry with Reg. No. EKY 628 EA, Man Diesel Truck with Reg. NO. TKP 599 XA; Toyota Corolla S/Car with Reg. NO. BKN 306 AA. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) TWO DIE AS MASQUERADER’S SUPPORTERS CLASH WITH ISLAND YOUTHS Odunfa Street, in the Adeniji Adele area, Lagos Island, was a theatre of war after supporters of a masquerader clashed with some youths on Sunday, leading to the death of two persons.It was gathered that an event meant to be the annual celebration of the masquerader, identified as Adakeja Masquerade, turned bloody, during which a 19-year-old, Charles Igbinovia, and one yet-to-be identified man, were killed. Several others were reportedly injured.Our correspondents learnt that the mayhem occurred around 5pm after the masquerader ignored an order by a chief in the area that he should not celebrate the festival because of violence that was perpetrated during past festivals. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation newspapers) KIDNAPPING: POLICE RAID ABA BLACK SPOTS, ARREST 50 POLICEMEN from Aba Area Police Command, Abia State, has raided some black spots and arrested 50 persons suspected to be members of kidnapping and armed robbery gangs operating in the city. Vanguard gathered that the raid took place at Works Road by Railway, off Aba-Owerri Road in the early hours of yesterday.Area Commander in charge of Aba, ACP Peter Wagbara, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, added that they were being profiled for proper identification. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) ILLEGAL DUMPS IN OGUN COMMUNITIES CREATE FEAR OF EPIDEMIC Rubbish dumps are gradually taking over Alagbole, Olori, Abule Ekun and Oke Aro communities, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, as every available space and drainage channels have been turned into illegal dumps.It was gathered that the development was the consequence of lack of government rubbish dumps in the communities.Our correspondent, who visited some of the illegal rubbish dumps, observed that the dumps were located at the heart of the communities.All the dumps visited were manned by attendants, who collected money before anyone disposed refuse.The men declined comment on their mode of operation and the management of the dumps. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)

WHY STRUCTURES BY RIVERSIDES, HIGH-TENSION WIRES MUST GO —LASG the Lagos State Government says the decision to demolish illegal structures and shanties by the riversides and under high-tension wires across the state is due to security concerns and abuse of


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building regulations.The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, at a press conference on Tuesday, said the move was in line with the government’s vision of a clean environment and restoration of the Lagos State’s master plan.He said, “The government has noted with dismay, flagrant disobedience of building regulations in the state, hence its decision to clear structures that are in contravention of the law.”Ayorinde, who spoke along with his counterparts in the Ministry of Housing, Gbolahan Lawal; Ministry of the Environment, Babatunde Adejare; and officials from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, added that the government had made it a policy to have zero tolerance for illegal structures. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) LAGOS WARNS PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC CRIME The Government of Lagos State on Tuesday said any form of violence against women in the state would be met with stiff penalty.It insisted that it would not rest until all forms of discrimination and violence against women were stopped in the state.The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, stated this during a press briefing on ‘Ewuro Project,’ an initiative meant to tackle violence against women in the country. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FCT FACES SECURITY THREATS AS STREETLIGHTS STOP FUNCTIONING Residents of the Federal Capital Territory are now exposed to security threats as a larger part of the city is in perpetual darkness every night.Findings on Tuesday indicate that upscale areas, including Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse, Aminu Kano Street, parts of Asokoro, Maitama and Jabi, Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District and other areas in the cadastral zone no longer have working streetlights.Checks also show that a major part of the Kubwa Expressway, was also in darkness as the lights had yet to be fixed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration after they stopped functioning some time ago. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ANGRY YOUTHS SET POLICE STATION ABLAZE IN ZAMFARA Angry youths have set ablaze the Magazu Police Station in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara, following a misunderstanding between the police and the people of the village.An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria that the misunderstanding followed an alleged death of a suspect from the area, Ibrahim Muhammad, in police custody.The eyewitness, who spoke anonymously, told NAN that the suspect was detained for allegedly stealing a cell phone.According to him, Muhammad’s death angered the youths of the village who turned violent and set the police station ablaze.The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Shehu Muhammad, confirmed the incident. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) WE ARE CLOSING IN ON BENUE MOST WANTED CRIMINAL —ORTOM Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State speaking on the recovered arms, on Tuesday.BENUE State governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, has called on the most wanted criminal in the state, one Terwas Akwasa a.k.a ‘Gana’ to surrender himself or be hunted, adding that security operatives are closing in on him.The governor made the call on Tuesday, when he received weapons and other dangerous arms, including power bike delivered to him by security operatives at the Government House, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.Ortom said “since Gana and his group have vowed that Benue State would not find peace, the security agencies, in collaboration with the Benue State government have also vowed that Benue must have peace and are doing everything possible to apprehend the wanted criminal and his gang. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)


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POLICE DISLODGE ARMED ROBBERS IN ENUGU THE police on Tuesday dislodged a notorious armed robbery gang after a gun battle in Enugu.A member of the gang died during the exchange of gunfire, which took place in the Nsukka area of the state.Southern City News learnt that the armed robbers had, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, mounted a roadblock along Nsukka-Markurdi road, where they dispossessed motorists and passengers of their valuables.It was gathered that a police team patrolling the area got wind of the robbery and swung into action to dislodge the hoodlums. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NSCDC ARRESTS TANKER DRIVER FOR ADULTERATING FUEL The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a driver, Adebiyi Yusuf, for allegedly engaging in illegal oil bunkering and adulteration of diesel.Thirty-two-year old Yusuf was apprehended along with one Paul Ifeakandu on Saturday on the premises of a complex on Jimoh Odutola Street, Surulere, Lagos, where they were reportedly selling the product.PUNCH Metro gathered that eight drums and 14 jerrycans of adulterated diesel; six drums of chemicals; six pumping machines and two number plates, among other items, were recovered from the premises.Tanks said to be 11,000 litres each were also reportedly mounted on the premises. for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) POLICE ARREST 12 SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS, RESCUE 11 IN KANO THE Kano State Police Command said in its efforts to deal with the upsurge of kidnapping and armed robbery banditry in the Southern part of the state, has led to the arrested of 12 suspected kidnappers, just as 11 victims were rescued from them.Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Kano, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabiu Yusuf, disclosed that the command’s rejuvenated anti-kidnapping squad based on intelligence had, on Tuesday, October 11, at 0330hrs launched a major offensive on one of the biggest and notorious criminal camp located inside Falgore forest. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

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