Lagos schools risk N500,000 fine closure for not teaching Yoruba language

Yoruba language bill: Lagos schools risk N500, 000 fine, closure for non-compliance 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

 Lagos – The Lagos State House of Assembly is proposing a fine of N500, 000 or closure of any school that flouts its proposed law on compulsory teaching and learning of Yoruba Language, when passed. • 

“A Bill for a Law To Provide for the Preservation and Promotion of the Use of Yoruba Language and for Connected Purposes’’ before the House seeks to make Yoruba language a core subject in schools. 

Presenting a report on the bill on Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, said that it would enhance the preservation of the language. 

According to him, the bill also recommends the translation of all the laws in the state into Yoruba language in order to get to its target.

 The Assembly had previously made moves to make teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in both public and private schools in the state. 

The House said that such step had become imperative to meet its target of preserving and promoting the indigenous language of the South West from going into extinction. 

The bill states further that all state- owned tertiary institutions should incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) curriculum. 

It reads in part: “The use of Yoruba Language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned. 

“Any school that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the law commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500, 000.” Ogunyemi later told newsmen that the committee might amend a provision in the bill which recommended that it should take effect after two years of its passage.

 According to him, most of the lawmakers want the bill to become effective immediately after it is signed into law by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode. The lawmaker added that the Assembly was passionate about Yoruba Language which necessitated its adoption for parliamentary debate on Thursdays.

 “The National Policy on Education provides that the language of an environment should be spoken in schools, which is why Yoruba Language is being adopted for Lagos schools. 

“After the passage of the bill into law, it would become compelling for schools to speak Yoruba Language. We want to preserve the language for generations yet unborn,’’ he said.

 On compliance by private schools after passage, the lawmaker said that schools owners were part of the bill and that they were at meetings the committee held across the education districts in the state. 

He added that private schools owners would have no choice than to key into the project as they have been properly mobilised, adding that the state Ministry of Education would ensure compliance. On the translation of the laws into Yoruba Language, 

Ogunyemi said that this was to ensure that those that are literate in Yoruba language were carried along in the scheme of things in the state. The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, commended the committee, noting that the bill should take effect once signed into law by the state governor. 

NAN reports that the House accepted the report as its resolution as the bill awaits third reading. (NAN)


We are not holding Kanu, DHQ insists

IPOB Leader, Kanu, Not in Our Custody, DHQ Insists


Military never invaded his residence, won’t declare him wanted Ngwaukwu Kingdom: Ohanaeze should champion Igbo interest, not IPOB
By Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia and Paul Obi in Abuja 
Following the growing concerns about the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said the IPOB leader was not under its custody and could not be responsible for his disappearance. 
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche explained that the military was not holding Kanu and that it was not the responsibility of DHQ to declare him wanted. 
“Nobody raided Kanu’s home; not from the information I got, I was watching it live, I was monitoring it live and speaking with them (soldiers) on the ground.  
“The people that came out from there (Kanu’s house) that I saw were the Biafra Security Service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the roadblocks mounted by IPOB. I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating.”
Enenche contended that it was premature to assume that the Abuja Federal High Court would hold the military accountable for the disappearance of Kanu, stressing that there was no need to jump the gun. 
On the alleged proscription of IPOB by the military, Enenche said: “The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed. The job of the military is to diagnose security issues and warn the public of consequences and that is part of our media operations.  
“We did our media operations very well, otherwise, that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we were also very careful choosing our words; we know the law very well. 
“People had mindset and they were in a hurry to attack the military because of their mindset. Because of that, it is a pity to say that some people lost their reputation.” 
On Operation Python Dance 11 in the South-east, Enenche said: “It is to enlighten them, educate them and make them aware about what the military has been doing and will continue to do.  
“For your information, I was in that area and I served there 12 years ago. We have been carrying out several exercises in the same way with different code names; nothing like this came up. So, when they reflect on such things, it will encourage them.  
“There were activities we carried out like medical outreaches; reaching out to the needs of people. The operation is not negative.” 
Asked if the military would also launch another operation to tackle herdsmen and farmers clashes, which has led to brutal killings in many parts of the country, Enenche said there was no need for any special operation on the crisis, “given that the crisis is being handled by an ongoing operation.”  
He maintained that the herdsmen and farmers conflict had already been tackled under “Operation Mesa.” 
Enenche cautioned that there was the need to categorise “identified” herdsmen on one hand and “unidentified” herdsmen on another hand, and “let us not put to all of them together”.  
The Director also assured Nigerians that no group would carry out the threat asking some tribes to leave their region, as the military has put everything in place to checkmate such incidents.  
He assured Nigerians across the country that though, the threat had been withdrawn, there was no cause for alarm regarding October 1st declarations by tribal groups in the North and South.  
Kanu is expected in court on 17th October, 2017 over alleged treason offences against the federal government.  
The IPOB leader’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja against the Nigerian Army and the federal government, asking them to produce him, “taking cognizance of the fact that his disappearance was as a result of the invasion of his residence in Umuahia, Abia State.”  
Ohanaeze must champion Igbo interest, not IPOB, Ngwaukwu people insist 
In a related development, the people of Ngwaukwu Ancestral Kingdom in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State have said that the separatist group should not be allowed to fight for Igbo interest. 
They accused IPOB of usurping the powers of Ohanaeze Ndihbo, “which is the body authorised and in a better position to fight for the interest of Ndigbo within the Nigerian state.” 
Ngwaukwu people made their position known in a statement issued after a meeting held at the palace of Ezeukwu of Ngwaukwu, HRM Eze Bernard Enweremadu, during which they deliberated on ‘the matters of IPOB and security challenges in Abia state. 
The traditional Prime Minister, Nze Joe Nwogu, who read the statement he signed with the palace secretary, Samuel Azumara, expressed strong fears that the activities of IPOB could spark another civil war. 
They said that their nasty experiences in the civil war of 1967-70 “are too fresh to be forgotten” hence they would “not be part of any move or activities that will make another outbreak of war inevitable”. 
To forestall the possibility of another war, Ngwaukwu people said that IPOB should stop pretending to be championing the interest of Ndigbo when a formidable apex organization the Ohanaeze Ndigbo is in a better position to lead the fight for equity and justice.   
“The quest/agitation for Igbo interests, especially in the area of justice, equity and manifest sense of belonging is acceptable as that is within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria,” Nwogu said. 
Arguing that Ohanaeze Ndigbo should take the driving seat of championing the Igbo cause, the Traditional Prime Minister said that it was the position of Ngwaukwu that Ohanaeze remained the best suited body to fight for Igbo interest. 
“IPOB should not be allowed to be bastardising or contradicting the existence and efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which is a better organised, experienced and intelligent body/platform to ventilate Igbo issues, interests and agitations,” he said. 
Aside from rejecting IPOB, the people of Ngwaukwu also weaved a conspiracy theory around its activities, saying that the group posed serious threat to the governorship seat of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the first person from Ukwa/Ngwa section of Abia to become the state governor. 
In his remarks corroborating the position of his people the Ezeukwu of Ngwaukwu, Eze Bernard Enweremadu took the argument further by stating that the old Aba zone was entitled to 16 years in government house since the old Bende zone had taken 16 years.
Source: ThisDay

Uniben student kills mother, rips open her womb, intestines

Man kills 55-yr-old mother, rips her womb open

By Osagie OTABOR, Benin 
A 55-year old woman and mother, identified as Josephine Igbineweka has been killed by her last child, Caleb Obasogie.

Caleb, aged 22, allegedly killed his mother because she refused to give him money.

The killing occurred around 8am at their residence at 31A, Iyamu Street, off Textile Mill Road, Benin City.

Witnesses said Caleb locked his mother in a room and stabbed her repeatedly with broken bottle until her intestines ripped out.

He reportedly dangled the intestines and his mother’s womb before neighbours before they could rush in to rescue her.

Neighbours said the deceased passed the night at a neighbour’s house because her son locked her out for not giving him the money he demanded from her.

Caleb is a final year student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) while his late mother was a beer parlour operator in Benin.
Spokesman of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the incident and disclosed that the suspect has been arrested by the police.

Source: The Nation

Teacher allegedly strangles son

Teacher allegedly strangles son

A Minna Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the remand of a 38-year-old Arabic teacher, Bashiru Isah, accused of strangling his own son.

Isah was arraigned on one count of culpable homicide, punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Danladi, told the court that one Aisha Bashiru, wife to the accused person, reported the matter at Lapai Police Division on Sept. 19.

Danladi said the complainant alleged that on the same date at about 1:15am, her husband, a resident of Ebbo village in Lapai, took their son into his room and strangled him to death with his hands without any reasonable excuse.

He said Isah admitted committing the crime during police investigation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that when the charge was read to the accused person, he pleaded guilty.

However, the Magistrate, Maryam King, said the court would not record the plea of the accused because it lacked jurisdiction to try the case.

King, therefore, directed the police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

She adjourned the matter till Oct. 26, for further mention.


Court sentences man to death for killing father

Court sentences man to death for killing father

 By Agency Reporter

A Plateau State High Court on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Ponjul Yakubu, to death by hanging, for shooting his father to death.

Reports says that Justice A.I. Ashoms gave the sentence after he found Yakubu guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Mr Domsing Yakubu, in cold blood.

“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” he declared.

Reports suggest that Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.

Yakubu was specifically accused of using his father’s dane gun to kill him ( father ), while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.

When Yakubu appeared in court, however, he pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.

“He ( Yakubu ) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his ( father )’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.

Azi submitted Yakubu’s confessional statement to the court as evidence, and quoted the accused as saying that he committed the crime alone.

Yakubu promptly owned up to the statement that bore his thumb print.

Azi further quoted the accused as saying that his father, after harvesting about a thousand tubers of yam and several   bags of maize and millet, promised to buy a motorcycle for him after selling them.

The accused was further quoted as saying that his father sold the farm produce without consulting him, and also refused to buy the motorcycle as promised, an action that provoked him into killing him.

Speaking to reporter after the judgement, Mr Singa Zhatau, the Defense Counsel, said that the judgement was right in view of the evidence presented in the court.

“Before taking any further step to appeal, I want to state that the reasoning in this judgement is valid.

“Justice is a three-way traffic – justice for the state, the accused and the victim.

“I believe that this judgement would further reassure the society that justice can be obtained in the courts.

“This confidence building will go a long way in addressing the rampant instances of jungle justice that are becoming common in the country,” he said.


Edo sacks perm sec, suspends 3 others over exam fraud

Edo sacks perm sec, suspends 3 others over exam fraud

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

The Edo Government has sacked Dr. Osayuware Idahosa, Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Youth and Special Duties, over allegation of padding the budget for the conduct of primary school examination.
The government also announced the suspension of three officials involved in the alleged scandal, which was up to N283 million.
The decision announced by the Commissionrr for Communications and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, was the outcome of an extraordinary session of the State Executive Council.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Governor Obaseki vowed to unmask the people that sent a N283 million request for the conduct of primary school examination in the state, which was eventually conducted at the cost of N30 million
Ohonbamu said that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, submitted a report of the panel of enquiry on the conduct of the 2016/2017 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and after due consideration of findings and recommendations, the council discussed and arrived at the decision.
He said that Idahosa was Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education at the time the alleged fraud was committed and was referred to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action, according to the rules and guidelines of the service.
The three other officers involved in the alleged fraud are Barr. S. A. Erhunmwunse Edokpayi, Mrs. E.I. Ero-Ugiagbe and Mr. Lucky Adagbonyin.
He said that the exco resolved that they should proceed on indefinite suspension without pay and their case forwarded to the State Civil Service Commission for appropriate action.
“EXCO also set up a committee to be chaired by the Commissioner for Employment and Wealth Creation, Mr Emmanuel Usoh to investigate the delisting of about 350 private schools from the list of eligible schools to participate in the Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination.”
The commissioner said that the committee would also invesigate the conditions that led to the relisting of the schools shortly after they were delisted.
Ohonbamu further said that the meeting ordered that an audit exercise be carried out into the accounts of the examination committee.


Social media is making children poor writers- expert

‘Social media making children poor writers’

Jesusegun Alagbe

The Lead Professional Developer of The Writers’ Corner [a group concerned with training pupils and teachers in writing], Uche Odoji, said the use of the social media by children was turning them into bad writers.

Udoji stated this during the week at the 2017 Rising Star Writing Competition Award in Lagos.

The competition, organised by TWC in conjunction with Vuvuzela Communications Limited, was to encourage children in both primary and secondary schools to become better writers.

Udoji said the children were asked to write an essay on the theme, “The beauty of nature,” and that over 540 entries were received from Lagos, Abuja, Anambra, Delta and Ogun states.

She said, “We are concerned that the writing culture is dying in Nigeria as a result of the social media. We have noticed how the online language is making its way into the class. Some children can’t write properly again.

“We are struggling with them using the words they use online in the class. Right now, some of them can’t punctuate properly, they write improperly. They are now using contracted words in their writings.

“These children probably think they are right because they see adults use those words online. It’s actually a big trouble for us, but we hope that through competitions like this, they can become better writers and readers.”

Udoji added that she hoped that more pupils from more schools and states would participate in the next edition of the competition, which would be the third organised by TWC.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Research, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who was the  chairman of the occasion, said through his representative, Dr. Olusola Adekanmbi, that it was time parents created more time to train their children.

He said, “There’s room to do more in terms of educational development in the country. We teachers in particular and everyone in general need to do more. The government shouldn’t be totally blamed for the system’s collapse.

“We all need to play our part so as to move the country forward and to make sure it is reckoned with in the comity of nations. Parents too should be willing to put in more work and create time to train their children. They shouldn’t be running after money while they forget to train their children.”

News Headlines Sept 30, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

News Headlines Sept 30, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

Fayose’s commissioners may spend holiday in EFCC custody
Appeal court orders DSS to produce Dasuki in Metuh’s trial
UK seeks clarification about Kanu’s status, whereabouts from FG
Nigeria @57: Buhari, Saraki, Sambo pray inside Aso Rock
Fire guts oil facility, injures two oil workers in Bayelsa
SARS murdered my innocent husband, labelled him cultist –Wife of late taxi driver
Police rescue abducted woman, parade 17 suspects in Calabar
Ita-Giwa asks FG to resettle displaced Bakassi indigenes
Umahi suspends headmaster, seven teachers for skipping work in Ebonyi
Obiano hails Buhari’s job creation initiatives
Breast cancer fight no longer for women alone –Akeredolu
Shittu emerges chair of Buhari, Osinbajo support group
FG condemns Cameroon’s forced repatriation of IDPs
Kaduna: PCN seals 395 pharmacies, patent medicine stores
57% of schools in Borno remain closed, says UNICEF
Army kills two Boko Haram insurgents on horseback
Kaduna LG poll to hold December 30
Jos tension: Police parade murder suspects, 15 othe
‘Social media making children poor writers’
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My accuser tried to seduce me but I refused – Barber…
Appeal court orders DSS to produce Dasuki in Metuh’s trial
Awo’s statue, piece of artwork, not photograph – Lagos…
Undergraduate allegedly kills mother
My accuser tried to seduce me but I refused – Barber accused of rape by mother of four
Imo bank robbery: Police name building after hero cops
 Nigerian pastor arrested in S’Leone for ‘hate speech’
Lagos drags woman to court for setting 10-year-old boy ablaze
Experts raise the alarm over visa fraud in Nigeria
2019: ‘Hypocrisy’ of political class on restructuring unmasked
Don’t let economy relapse into recession – MAN
Electricity grid records total collapse, says TCN
Improved productivity’ll lead to economic growth, says Aregbesola
Rice importation drops by 88.4% – FG
‘Compulsory insurance’ll not increase patronage in Nigeria’
How to avoid bank penalties
 I pray Nigeria’s circumstances won’t be my portion –Ebiseni, Nigeria’s birthday mate
Varsities asking JAMB to allow them admit candidates with scores below cut-off marks –Prof. Oloyede, JAMB Registrar
I bluntly refused when asked to head CCC worldwide –Rev. Oshoffa
French Ligue 1 table
Juventus fans in mafia grip, say Italian justice officials
Aguero can’t play against Chelsea on Saturday – Guardiola
Man City rocked as Aguero suffers broken rib in car crash
Marley hired as interim England women’s coach
Librarian rejects book donation from Melania Trump, tells her to donate to marginalised schools
UNN to conduct 2017 post-UTME Oct. 3
Disgusted by their dressing, Umahi donates N.3m to 15 teachers, suspends 8 others
It’s tough for young artistes in Nigeria –Zimo Beat
Eedris insulted artistes young enough to be his children –D’Banj
God always tells me what to sing –Bisi Alawiye
P-Square’s fight is a publicity stunt –Kenny Ogungbe
I’m lucky to have parents that don’t pressure me about marriage –Djinee
Politicians offered me millions to change my message –Sound Sultan
Companies, brands that thrilled Nigerians in the past
Nigeria @ 57: Calabar, the capital city Nigeria never had
Essential tools for travel photographers
You are an ingrate, if…
These men want Buhari’s job
Britain, France and IPOB: Duplicity of failed empires
University education not a low hanging fruit


Kaduna Govt Obtains Warrant for Arrest of Arewa Youth Group Members
Aliyu Aziz: Reliable Identification Data Can Kick-start Digital Economy
N283m Exam budget fraud: Edo Govt. sacks Perm Sec, suspends 3…
Obaseki extols judicial system, pledges more support for effective service delivery
Police Arrest Suspected Rapist in Ekiti
Seek Sufficient Information before Applying for Canadian Visa, Nigerians Urged
3m Children Need Emergency Education Support in N’East, Says UNICEF
Nigerian Army Kills Two Boko Haram Insurgents in Lake Chad Area
Nigeria Military School Zaria (NMS) Holds  25th Anniversary Reunion
TV Star Girl, Lolo Cynthia , Others Chaired JAF’s Fourth Annual…
Nigeria Beer Festival Promises Excitement, Independence Day Mega Concert
New TV Show for Guys to Debut
VAIDS Deploys 700 Community Tax Liaison Officers to 9 States
Time for the APC Federal Government to Think
Reform Will Deepen Traditional Governance in Ibadan
So, Where is Nnamdi Kanu?
Superstory Begins ‘Life is a Teacher’
Oyo State’s Aso-Ofi Festival: Celebrating Life and Prosperity
CHUKWUKA MONYE: My Organisation is Driven By Innovative Kids
Paseda Empowers Ogun State Market Women, Petty Traders 
Gospell Digital Technology Opens Factory in Calabar
Tammy Abraham Turns His Back on Nigeria
Sports Sponsorship: What Nigerian Brands can Learn from South African Brands… and AITEO
Chelsea, City in Early Title Race
Barca-Las Palmas in Shadow of Referendum
Bellew Vows to Send Haye into Retirement 
GOtv Boxing Night 12: Joe Boy Eyes History with Commonwealth Title Bid

The Nation

Self-styled bishop arraigned over alleged N9m fraud
Court adjourns Mbanefo’s N100m libel suit until Nov. 6
Oct 1: Igbo in the North shun kinsmen’s fresh calls to quit
Buhari, Sambo, Saraki observe jumaat prayer
Court orders MTN to pay ex-Nigerian operations manager N4.8billion
Obaseki sacks Perm Sec over N283m budget padding
Man kills 55-yr-old mother, rips her womb open
Police defy Osinbajo on DCP who busted N360m fraud
The statue (dedicated to Awo)
Google ordered to shut down Catalonia referendum mobile app
2nd Niger Bridge will be a reality — Osinbajo
Independence: NSCDC deploys 2,500 personnel in Niger
Family heads appeal for recognition from A/Ibom State govt
57 years after independence: Nigeria still dancing naked in public – TUC
LAUTECH : Lectures to start October 3
NANS want government to provide standard medical facilities
Stalemate in Algiers postpones decision
 Serena’s incredible nod to Australia in baby’s name
Aguero thanks fans insists he’s focused on recovery’
Interim boss Sagnol drills underperforming Bayern
BK Hacken won’t extend Egbuchulam’s contract
We’ll battle Ubah to a standstill declares Tornadoes
Fantasy Football : Who could replace Sergio Aguero?
Will Patience Jonathan roll out the drums as she clocks 60?
Damilola Adegbite reverts to maiden name
‘In pain, I need N1.4million for surgery’
Obasanjo to name newly born lion cub, hyena cub
Court sentence man to death for killing father
Court jails Ex-convict over motorcycle theft
Growing trend of cohabitation among undergraduates
Nigeria: struggling to make culture a new treasure trove
SERAP’s roundtable focuses on ending impunity for grand corruption
NANS want government to provide standard medical facilities
UNN to conduct 2017 post-UTME Oct.
3m children need emergency education support in N/East – UNICEF
Yoruba language bill: Lagos schools risk fine, closure for non-compliance
Two Nigerian micro finance banks certified globally



Lalong’s Plateau Breaks 45-Yr Curse
Senator Abba Aji Intervenes In Release Of Protested Bama IDPs In Prison Custody
“De-P-Squared?” I Hope Not
ATIKU ABUBAKAR- An Idea Whose Time Has Come ?
Tracking Early Signs Of Dementia
AWO’S STATUE: Piece Of Artwork, Not Photograph – LASG
How Do You Cope When Your Spouse Suffers From Dementia?
Senate Will Hasten The Passage Of Gender Bill, Saraki
CBN Sustains Forex Supply
Mountain Of Yesterday
NPDC Poised To Grow Equity Production To 500,000 Bpd By 2020
 AITEO Cup semifinals hold today
Court summons Mourinho
 Barca back in court over Neymar
La Liga on Gotv
Iheanacho’s Leicester target win at Bournemouth
 2019: Finally, APC Holds National Convention in November
October 1: You are free to live in any part of Nigeria, FG reassures Nigerians
EFCC attack-dog of APC, carrying out hatchet job against Fayose – Ekiti govt J
ust in: Appeal Court orders DSS to produce Dasuki in court
 Remove creation of more states from calls for restructuring – Balarabe Musa
Oghenekaro Itene: Back from America with love


The Guardian

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Two injured by oil field fire
 Dasuki’s to appear Metuh’s trial
 Nnamdi Kanu not in our custody, says Military
Gbemi Shasore :‘We have observable evidence of a decline in reading culture’
Ex-VP Sambo, Saraki join Buhari for prayers at Villa mosque
 Dabiri -Erewa seeks diaspora support for change agenda
October 1 quit notice: Makarfi urges Igbos in the North not to panic
Obiano inherited N185b debt from Obi, says Umeh
Edo government sacks perm sec, suspends three others over N283m fraud
Listen to people’s concern, catholic archbishop tells government
 ‘KK Eleven or Chipolopolo, Zambians are always dangerous’
Chelsea, Man City set London on fire
Accolade good, but I’m still a player for future, says Asensio
Delta Force keeps NPFL promotion hopes alive
FCBESCOLA Lagos Academy 2017/18 session kicks off
Preparing young Nigerian players for NBA challenge
 Tiwa Savage, Imafidon make BBC’s ‘100 women’ list for 2017
 At Idoko’s book launch, Osinbajo expresses confidence in youths
Your destiny is not attached to anyone that left!
Goldberg empowers Ekiti entrepreneurs with grants
From Aunt Landa market square, succour comes for 14,000 Lagosians
 Ogun council boss advocates continuity in state governance
Seven governors, Ngige, Amaechi, Onu lead APC challenge in Anambra
APC flays Fayose’s presidential ambition
My presidential ambition responsible for harassment of Ekiti officials, says Fayose
 How To Make Akara (Bean Cakes)
 The Voice Nigeria: Triumphant Idyl gets SUV, all-expense paid trip to UAE
Stephanie Linus takes ‘Dry’ to UN General Assembly
Why ‘stolen’ artifacts cannot be returned now, by U.S. representatives
Lagos government says Awo’s statue an artwork, not photograph
 When the Ps no longer square in Psquare
Bovi, Gordons, Senator, Frank D Don in Onitsha for Glo Laffta Fest Independence Day show
StarTimes celebrates Nigeria at 57, promise affordable entertainment

Daily Trust

Exam fraud: Edo State sacks Permanent Secretary, suspends 3 others
Airline passengers stranded in Lagos as aviation fuel scarcity surfaces
Bishop arraigned in Lagos over alleged N9m fraud
Why agitations and separatist demands refuse to die
Oil rises to $58, set for weekly gain
APC, PDP in tit-for-tat game over restructuring
Could IPOB go the way of Boko Haram?
Nigeria, Niger Republic in strategic relationship
Bishop arraigned in Lagos over alleged N9m fraud
Inside story of Borno IDPs’ trek back to Bama
Child battles eye cancer, needs emergency surgery
Gunmen kill acting village head in Plateau
Undergraduate kills mom over refusal to give money
Appeal Court orders Dasuki’s appearance in Metuh’s trial
Airport concession: Proserve won transparent bid, company says
‘APC has failed in its election pledges’
NGO regulation bill: To be or not to be?
Benue labour declares indefinite strike, shuns assembly
Monitoring sugar levels in pregnancy helps manage diabetes
Good diet boosts immunity
Leaders canvass national unity: Buhari, Saraki, Sambo at jumaat in Aso Rock
FG approves N45bn for former Nigeria Airways workers
Oyegun’s comment on Anambra poll undemocratic, says Umeh
Kaduna to hold LG elections December 30
57 years of sports in Nigeria
NPFL players deserve better welfare packages
Serena ‘can fix everything’ – Li
Fidelity Bank announces plans to raise $500m Eurobond
How Kebbi farmers save peanuts to access €11m agric grants
GOtv gives subscribers one-month open view
Basic colours that attract men
Things to know about late Hausa hip hop singer Lil Ameer
I had deliverance prayer after BBNaija – Debbie Rise
Editorial; Sanitizing university admission through JAMB reforms

The Sun

Arrest warrant: El-Rufai playing with fire –Yerima
• He is enemy of govt
Nigerians free to live in any part of the country –FG
Nnamdi Kanu not in our custody, says DHQ
Govs more powerful than Buhari – Obasanjo
I can’t date lazy, pompous men –Belinda Effah, actress
El-Rufai may derail Buhari’s govt –Tsav
Deployment of soldiers to S’East, an intimidation of Igbo –Gen. Williams
Nigeria needs power devolution to move forward –Kalu
Olubadan: Ibadan Mogajis spit fire, vow to impeach Ajimobi
…Reform ‘ll only enhance monarch’s status –Commissioner
Nasarawa targets N25b as monthly IGR
■ Generates over N3b in 2017
StarTimes showcases new exciting series on StarPlus
Schneider Electric hosts innovation conference
Metuh: Court of Appeal orders DSS to produce Dasuki
The Biafra admin office Kanu never occupied
Cameroun’s alleged deportation of Nigerian refugees worrisome – fg    
UN fund for sexual abuse victims grows to $1.5m
Kanu’s sureties won’t lose their N300m bond –Ejiofor, IPOB lawyer
Etebo hits Uyo Sunday, Akpeyi on Monday
Ezenwa hires personal goalkeeper trainer
Independence:  Wike advocates peace, unity
Evans’ truck yard uncovered in Lagos
• As police arrest kidnapper’s secretary Nigeria at 57: Buhari, Sambo observe special Jum’at prayer inside Aso Rock
EDITORIAL: Boosting police numerical strength
Bimbo Ogunbanjo wears new hat
Ghost robbers on rampage
Twins on the path of Biafra
Men, avoid marrying these kinds of women
Restructuring: The born again North and the foolish virgins
Why Igbo are angry
What you should never do to please a woman
Dealing with emotionally absent partners
The Christian husband (2)

New Telegraph

 NLC, TUC set to shut down Benue over unpaid salaries 
NIGERIA will be worse off IF BUHARI GETS 2ND TERM –Okogie
Ancha killings: I lost 16 relatives but herdsmen wanted to wipe out entire village –Survivor
Undergraduate kills mother, dangles her intestines in Edo
National grid suffers total collapse, worsens nationwide power supply
Arms deal: Produce Dasuki to testify in Metuh’s case, Appeal Court orders DSS
Army finally speaks on Nnamdi Kanu’s location
We stand by our zoning arrangement – PDP
PHOTOS: Buhari, Saraki others observe Special Juma’at Prayers for Independence
Jailed Borno IDP leaders to regain freedom
BREAKING: Produce Dasuki in court, Appeal court orders DSS
Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler In Plateau
BREAKING: Protest hits US Embassy over IPOB
Eedris: I’m writing a song about Obasanjo’s biography…. ‘My fight with 50 Cent led to respect for Nigerian musicians’
Court strikes out N1.04bn fraud charge against ex-bank chief, 5 others
Okorocha, Anyaoku others to grace ECOL 70th anniversary
UNICAL lecture: Kalu calls for devolution of power
Rising singer, Kelechi, makes debut with Gini
No well-meaning citizen would agitate for Nigeria’s collapse –General Ikponmwen
Omotayebi dazzles fans at concert
National grid suffers total collapse, worsens nationwide power supply
I’ve learnt lessons for exposing my personal life –D’Banj
Minister: Buhari’ll make Nigeria tuberculosis-free
Nigeria at 57: Not much to celebrate
World Literacy Day: Foundation harps on digital literacy
The daddy longlegs; bedbugs
Darling! show me how to love you (Part 3)
Nigeria @ 57: We derailed from right path, says Elegbeleye
Ngige, MTN honoured at safety awards event
NCC Tennis League: Depleted Team Offikwu hosts Team Goshen in Kaduna
Styles are forever – Jacket King
Ighodalo: Quality leadership, panacea for good governance
CBN sustains forex supply, injects $308.5m
IFCOD premieres One Language, Dance of the Rivers in Lagos
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TREM academy vows to produce future stars
Flood submerges 166 villages in Niger
Go Round to continue promotion chase –Acheru
CHAN lessons from Ghana
October 1: You are free to live in any part of Nigeria -Osinbajo
November date too early for resumption
2018 NFF Election… Plot to unseat Pinnick thickens
Nigerian ports’ global rating drops
NOC to send young journalists to Argentina
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Army kill 2 Boko Haram food suppliers in Borno
Bailout funds: Fayose’s aides to spend weekend in EFCC custody –Source
League top scorers battle Eagles ’ jinx
Chatham lecture: MASSOB hails Nwodo
Wrong acceptance
Govt should embark on massive enlightenment on Sukuk –Akintola
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No More Trouble
Tomorrow may be too late
Exceeding love
Nigerian chapter of Africa-Israel Initiative (AII) strategising for impact
Fresh restates commitment to grassroots

EFCC arrests Ekiti commissioner, AG over alleged N7bn bailout scam

Alleged N7bn bailout scam: Ekiti commissioner, AG arrested as Fayose declares presidential bid

Olusola Fabiyi, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Eniola Akinkuotu, Leke Baiyewu and Leye Aluko

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, for their alleged roles in the diversion of N7bn.
The money was alleged to have been part of the bailout which was paid to the Ekiti State Government by the Federal Government.
READ ALSO: Yerima ‘remarries’ Adeboye, wife on stage
The state was said to have received over N11bn from the Federal Government.
Incidentally, the arrests were made on the same day Governor Ayodele Fayose, formally inaugurated his presidential bid campaign.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, told one of our correspondents on the telephone that the suspects had ignored a series of invitations, leaving the commission with no choice but to arrest them.
Uwujaren stated, “The accountant general and the commissioner were invited on several occasions but they refused to honour invitations and they were picked up and the investigation has to do with the misuse of bailout funds.”
The EFCC spokesman also dismissed claims that the Ekiti State Government had obtained a restraining order against the commission.
The Ekiti State Government had last year rejected plans by the Senate to probe how bailouts granted the state to settle salary arrears by the Federal Government were spent.
The Ekiti government had cited the sections of the constitution that said Nigeria’s federal system does not give the Senate the constitutional power to exercise oversight over finances of the states.
The state government’s stance was in reaction to a letter sent by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration, led by Gumel Abubakar.
But Ekiti State, in a November 11, 2016 letter, signed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, faulted the plan by the Senate to probe how the funds were spent.

But in its reaction on Thursday, the Ekiti State Government described the arrest of Ojo and Owolabi by the EFCC as an irresponsible action.
A statement by the Special Assistant to Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said it was obvious that “the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari” were afraid of the governor’s declaration for the 2019 presidential election.
“The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but the Ekiti State Government, under Governor Ayodele Fayose, cannot be intimidated.”
Olayinka said the arrest was carried out with a view to embarking on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.
“It is funny that the EFCC, in the bid to carry out its usual hatchet job against Governor Fayose, failed to take into cognisance the subsisting court order, which forbids any official of the Ekiti State Government from being arrested by the EFCC. Up till today, the court order has not been appealed and it subsists.”
The government challenged the EFCC to tell Nigerians what had been done to the loads of petitions written against the immediate past APC government in the state.
Fayose declares for 2019 Presidency, vows to fight graft
Meanwhile, Fayose had, earlier on Thursday, in Abuja, formally declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The governor vowed to defeat Buhari, the incumbent President, in a free and fair contest if he (the President) was picked by the ruling APC.
While saying God had told him that he would lead the country, Fayose promised to fight corruption if elected President.
Describing himself as a rock, he said God had destined him to lead country.
“My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation,” he said.
He dismissed the zoning formula of his party, which has zoned its presidential candidate to the North.
Sounding confident, he said he was like the biblical Joseph, stressing that he would become what God had ordained him to be.

He said the days of packaging governors and individuals as president were over, warning against the imposition of unwilling politicians on Nigerians.
“We don’t want packaged governors or president again. This time round, we need a very agile and experienced fellow like me,” he added.
Fayose, who is also the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, said, “My inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the PDP, to contest the 2019 presidential election. This is without prejudice to our party’s position.
“However, I’m a supporter of competence and capacity, especially now that this country needs young and able leaders that can take our country out of this present state of hopelessness.”
Admitting that the PDP had zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North, the governor stated, “It may interest you that no one has come out in this manner to show interest and our party should not wait or beg anyone to fly its flag. Do we now say that if no one comes out from the North, the party won’t have a candidate?”
He told the leadership of the party that he would not be the first person to defy its zoning arrangements.
Fayose added, “Going down memory lane; in 1999 and 2003, despite that our party zoned the presidency to the South, the likes of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory and Chief Banabas Gemade contested the ticket.
“Also in 2007, some party members from the South did not only declare their intention to contest, they also showed interest and obtained nomination forms. Those from the South were Chief Victor Attah, Dr. Peter Odili, Dr. Sam Egwu, Dr. Donald Duke, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani and Owelle Rochas Okorocha among others.”
Fayose reminded his audience how he defeated two incumbents in his state, saying nobody should doubt his desire to become the President.
He said, “Twice, I defeated incumbents to become the governor of Ekiti State and I am confident that with your support as my party leaders and supporters, I will defeat the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a free and fair election.
“Let me state that in Ekiti, God has used me twice for our party to regain power from the opposition and I believe the same feat will be repeated at the national level.
“I do not stand before Nigerians today to present myself as one with the answers to all our national questions. Rather, I present myself as one with the required knowledge, understanding, competence and, above all, the political will to coordinate the human and material resources that we have in abundance to achieve national greatness.
“Therefore, I can say expressly that I am well equipped in terms of knowledge, experience as well as physical and mental capacities to hit the ground running as soon as I assume office as President of Nigeria in 2019.”
He rolled out what he said his government had been able to perform in his state.
He said, “In Ekiti State, our success story in education is there for all to see. Ekiti State was number 29 in 2014 NECO examinations but within two years, we were able to move the state to number one in 2016 and again in 2017.
“Also in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, Ekiti State’s performance, which was 25 per cent in 2014, moved to 74.86 per cent in 2017.
“We were able to revive this sector because we placed our teachers in the driving seat of our policies. We will do the same at the national level because we are mindful of the fact that education is the bedrock of the development of any nation.
“As a governor, I encouraged my children to attend schools here in Nigeria and I have never travelled abroad for medicare. This, I hope to sustain as president of Nigeria by making sure that our schools and health facilities are of international standard.”
Fayose also criticised the Buhari government for alleged poor performance since 2015, when the ruling APC defeated the PDP.
He said, “Today, our country is faced with myriad of problems. Our economy, which was the fastest growing in Africa when our party was in power, has gone comatose with the present managers, who are completely clueless.
“In the area of security, which they leveraged to come to power, despite claims by the government that Boko Haram was technically defeated, Nigerians are being killed by the insurgents while villages are being attacked in the North-East.
“Also, herdsmen are killing Nigerians and destroying farmlands with reckless abandon while kidnapping is now on the rise.
“Most worrisome is the fact that our country is now more divided than ever before with the unity of the country being threatened due to nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism of the present government.”
Among those in attendance were a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; and the Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade.
Kashamu, Nwodo tackle Ekiti governor’s presidential bid
But the lawmaker, representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, on Thursday, condemned Fayose for inaugurating his presidential campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.
Describing Fayose as a joker and a major destroyer of the PDP, Kashamu called the Ekiti State governor as an ‘alawada’ (Yoruba word for comedian) like Baba Sala.
“Baba Sala is the stage name of veteran Yoruba comic actor, Moses Olaiya.
“He looks like Baba Sala, alawada kerikeri. He is not reliable,” Kashamu said.
The PDP financier said this while speaking to The PUNCH on the telephone on Thursday in reaction to the official declaration of Fayose’s presidential campaign in Abuja.
The lawmaker decried that Fayose, being the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, who could be likened to the ‘president’ of the party, had failed to obey the zoning agreement in the PDP.
Kashamu recalled that Fayose had once proposed to seek another term as
Governor of Ekiti State, but later announced his vice-presidential ambition.
The senator said, “He is a ‘confusionist’ and number one destroyer of the party. How on earth would somebody, who agreed with other party chieftains, that the presidential ticket of the party for 2019 should be zoned to the North, would now turn around to start campaigning for the same ticket as a southerner, and particularly as a south-westerner to the detriment of the national chairmanship ticket of the party already zoned to the area.
“Lovers of our great party and politically-minded Nigerians generally should, by this action of Fayose, see him as the number one destroyer of the party and the most cantankerous politician in the polity who can, at anytime, abuse anybody and go against agreed plans at anytime.”
Also, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, said Fayose could not contest in the party’s primary poll for the 2019 presidential election.
Nwodo told the News Agency of Nigeria that PDP’s ideology forbade Fayose and other members from the South from contesting the presidential race in 2019.
He added, “Fayose cannot run and I will tell you my reason. When we formed the PDP, the first battle we fought and won as a party was to zone the presidency to the South.
“Those of us from the South made a case because in the First Republic, the prime minister was from the North; in the Second Republic, the President was from the North, and in the Third Republic, a southerner won and the election was annulled.
“There was no way we could go back to the South and say let’s elect a northerner again without giving the south a slot.
“A decision was taken that the President should come from the South and the chairman of the party to come from the North.
“That was how Solomon Lar became the chairman of the PDP and secretary was zoned to the south; that was how I became the first secretary of the party.”
Nwodo, a former National Chairman of the PDP, said the party would take a decision to ensure that its constitution and ordinances were respected.

He explained that those who tried it in the past failed to achieve their aim.

News Headlines Sept 29, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

News Headlines Sept 29, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

Nigeria’s economy still vulnerable to shocks, says FG
Gunmen kidnap ACP, family members, demand N30m ransom
Quit notice: Kaduna gets bench warrant to arrest northern youths
Players forced out Ancelotti – Bayern
I’ve trained five graduates with proceeds from roasted yam business
Eyebrows in 2016 constituency projects execution
Mbappe is the player PSG have been missing — Verratti
Will the owners of unoccupied Abuja estates stand up?
FG to borrow $5.5bn via Eurobonds by year-end
‘We’ll consult Nigerians before selling 40% stake in Discos’
Lagos, Kaduna, Edo owe foreign creditors $1.89bn
Jonathan promises to speak on 2015 poll defeat soon
2,143 drivers undergo mental test for traffic offences
Kaduna gets another animal feed farm
EFCC arraigns seven for illegal oil deal
Quit notice: Kaduna gets bench warrant to arrest northern youths
Alleged N7bn bailout scam: Ekiti commissioner, AG arrested…
Nigerians fault new Awolowo statue, say it distorts sage
Gunmen kidnap ACP, family members, demand N30m ransom
Yerima ‘remarries’ Adeboye, wife on stage
IPOB leader, Kanu, not in military custody –Army sources
Baby abandoned with money, birth certificate, phone
Suspension: Jibrin must apologise, House insists
Court sends Melaye’s recall suit to appeal court
FCT police raise alarm over increasing vehicle theft
Family disagrees with police handling of surveyor’s killing
Rice smugglers attacked operatives with machetes – Customs boss
Homicide: Court denies bail to councillor, five others
Toddler shoots playmates at daycare
[PHOTOS] Anti-IPOB protesters take case to American Embassy
APC most viable route to Igbo Presidency – Oyegun
Restructuring: Kano, Katsina, Jigawa opt for united Nigeria
Nwabueze urges return to 1960/63 constitutions
2019: GEJ gives PDP winning tips, vows to speak on his electoral defeat
Corruption scandal slashes president’s rating to 3%
PDP’s return in 2019 won’t be easy –Ex-ministers
FG to borrow $5.5bn via Eurobonds by year-end
Contributory pension: Police make a U-turn on exit
Nigerian cows, worst milk producers globally – Ogbeh
NIRSAL disburses fresh N2.63bn to 24,732 rice farmers
Nigeria on the rise. See what’s helping drive Nigeria’s economic growth.
Players forced out Ancelotti – Bayern
Mbappe is the player PSG have been missing — Verratti
BNB, Accra Golden set for independence netball
COPA Lagos: Nigeria face Holland, Lebanon
GOtv to air La Liga games
Ex-Akwa players storm Govt House for Fed Cup cash
2,295 teachers killed, 19,000 displaced in N’East — UNICEF
NNPC, Chevron sponsor deworming of 60,000 pupils in Ondo
SGCOBA urges FG to partner private sector on education
Out-of-school kids: FG to embark on mass education programme
AMP Class 26 , LCSHS pupils visit inmates at Modupe Cole
Corona opens crèche, playschool
Awoko’s concert holds on October 1
Fear of temptation drove me into early marriage – Fagboyo
Tiwa Savage celebrates nomination, says brightest moments come after darkest times
Tiwa Savage, Imafidon make BBC 100 influential women’s list
Late Playboy publisher, Hugh Hefner, became deaf from too much Viagra —
Healthplus boss recommends regular heart checks for Nigerians
Your tattoo could give you cancer, researchers warn
Essential tools for travel photographers
Editorial: Eyebrows in 2016 constituency projects execution
Beyond survival: Remapping Nigeria for greatness
University education not a low hanging fruit
Britain, France and IPOB: Duplicity of failed empires
Making Nigeria a better place


Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa Reject Restructuring, Devolution of Power
Benue, Plateau say it’s the way to go Restructuring will not lead to Nigeria’s breakup, says Nwabueze  Govs demand release of federal roads…
Asst Police Commissioner, Family Members Abducted by Gunmen
Fayose Declares for Presidency, Vows to Sack Buhari
Melaye’s Recall: Court Strikes out INEC’s Motion for Substituted Service
S’East Can Actualise Presidency in APC, Says Oyegun
INEC to Fix Dates for Ekiti, Osun Governorship Elections Next Week
Cardiologist, Dr Aung to Speak on Friday to Mark World Heart Day 2017
Kaduna Govt Obtains Warrant for Arrest of Arewa Youth Group Members
September 29, 2017
Facebook, Google, Others Confirm Nigeria’s Requests for User Information
FAAC Allocation Rises as FG, States Share N637bn for August
FG to Issue $2.5bn Eurobond Before Year-end
CBN, Labour Unions, Others Oppose Amendment of Pension Reform Act
NEITI: Nigeria Does Not Know Its Daily Oil Output 59 Years after First Export
Tuggar: FG Committed to Functional, Friendly Business Environment
Fashola: Regulations on Eligible Customers Ready in October
Jibrin Tackles House Spokesman over Resumption Date
Abaribe: You Can’t Hold Me Responsible If Kanu Fails to Appear in Court
Melaye’s Recall: Court Strikes out INEC’s Motion for Substituted Service
Constitution Amendment: Ekweremadu Briefs Governors’ Forum on Progress
Court Fixes November 2 to Hear Patience Jonathan’s Suit against EFCC
Bafarawa, Son Seek Separate Trial from Dasuki
NCC Directs Telecoms Providers to Grant 14 Days Grace Period on Data Usage
Adeosun, Udoma to Appear before Senate C’ttee on Poor Implementation of 2017 Budget
S’East Can Actualise Presidency in APC, Says Oyegun
We’ll Address Security, Other Challenges in UNILAG, LASU- Ambode
Dorman Long, NCDMB Develops Local Capacity, Graduates 83
Attorney General to EFCC: Tambuwal Pardoned Five Persons Indicted by Commission of Inquiry
Fraudster Bags Two-year Jail Term for N.1m Scam
INEC Officials Docked for N362m Alison-Madueke Bribe
FG Reviews AU Malabo Declaration on Agricultural Development
Slain Army Captain Buried Amid Tears
US Varsities Admit 10,000 Nigerians in 2017
China Renews Commitment to Nigeria’s Industrialisation
House Raises the Alarm over Diversion of N28bn Meant for N’East
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Okowa Performs $250m Proton Energy Power Plant Groundbreaking in Sapele
Oyebode: Corruption Now a Case of Crime against Humanit
Ajimobi, Ladoja Trade Blame over Olubadan Palace Shooting
IPOB: Protesters Caution US over Meddling in ‎Nigeria’s Affairs
Nigeria’s Manufacturing Index Sustains Upswing in September
NIRSAL Disburses N2.63bn to 24,732 Rice Farmers
Afreximbank Beats Private Placement Target
FirstBank Increases Stake in FBNBank DRC
Fidelity Bank Launches $500 Million Eurobond to Boost Operations
Customs Agents: Destination Inspection Responsible for Illegal Arms Importation
I’ll Reveal Why PDP Lost 2015 Poll in Due Course, Says..Jonathan.
Nwakaeme’s Lone Strike Fails to Save Hapoel, Gunners Crush BATE
Lebanon, The Netherlands Confirm for 2017 COPA Lagos
Nwodo Endorses Nigeria Maiden Ladies Professional Golf Tour
FC IfeanyiUbah, Rivers Angels Headline S’final Battles
England Call up for Dele Alli
LMC Partners MEDICAID in Fight against Cancer
Musings on Atiku for President

The Nation

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‘I must win Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis’
PDP: Lamido canvasses free, credible convention
Presidency: Buhari not opposed to restructuring
Govt to float $2.5b Eurobond to bridge 2017 budget
Nigeria targets $30b non-oil revenue
Senate approves death sentence for kidnapping
Oyebode, Falana seek mass action against corruption
APC: Best option for South-East Presidency – Odigie-Oyegun
States seek takeover of federal roads
‘How to ensure corruption doesn’t kill Nigeria’
Europa: Arsenal, AC Milan Win, Everton Throw It Away
Super Sand Eagles to face Lebanon, Netherlands
Three million children need emergency education support – UNICEF
States seek take over of Federal roads
Tiger Woods: My career may be over
AITEO Cup: Committee throws out Abia Angels
ITF Circuit: Bulus sets up semifinal rematch with N’tcha
Falconets off to Dar es Salaam, promise victory
Osinbajo calls for commitment in private sector
‘Media should defend democracy’
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Willie XO gears up for new song
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Where is Nnamdi Kanu?
SERAP’s roundtable focuses on ending impunity for grand corruption
Google celebrates 19th birthday with 19 surprise games
Post-UTME costs more than N2,000
FUNAAB sells cheap maize to market women
Nigeria hosts 300 at YALI conference
Zamfara SUBEB gives cash to boost enrolment
Don backs national livestock census
N5b boost for solid minerals sector
Society, CONTEC partner to boost bio-economy
TSTV’s Pay-Per-View offer: Emotional marketing or sustainable innovation?


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FG Ready To Negotiate Offers For Its 40% Power Sector Stake – Fashola
When Gunmen Desecrated Hallowed Olubadan’s Palace
Restructuring: Kano, Katsina, Jigawa Vote For One Nigeria
State Governors Are More Powerful Than The President – Obasanjo
VAIDS: Last Chance For Tax Offenders — LIRS Chairman
Lagos And The ‘Resurrected Awo’
Naira Appreciates To 359.66/$ In NAFEX
Groups Lament Rising Attacks By Pirates In Bayelsa Creeks
How Oyo Residents Show Indifference To Govt Orders
 FG explains why it labelled IPOB a terrorist group
$2.1bn arms probe: Don’t try us with Dasuki, ex-Gov Bafarawa, son beg court
Hate Speech: What is your comment about govt monitoring social media?
 Kaduna govt obtains arrest warrant against Arewa youths
Why Nigeria must restructure —Nwabueze
Govt revenue rises as FAAC shares N637.7bn
Govs beg Buhari to handover federal roads to state
 FIFA 2018 WCQ: Agu banks on Eagles’ supporters to unsettle Zambia
Zambia can’t stop my World Cup dream – Ighalo
Zambia names foreign pros for Uyo showdown
Abraham gets England U-21 call after snubbing Nigeria
Ghana ready to host CHAN 2018 — sports minister
State governors are more powerful than the president – Obasanjo
A-Court to determine Melaye’s fate
PDP did well during its 16 years in power – Jonathan
I believe Fayose has done the right thing… – Fani-Kayode
 I want mum to leave dad and come and stay with us
Is this contraceptives method full-proof?
The Voice Nigeria season 2 winner, Idyl Says: I painted a picture of me being the winner of the show
Accolades as ‘Papa Ajasco Reloaded’ premieres
Artistes storm Abuja as Mallam Yankee floats nightclub
Oje partners Sound Sultan on social transformation in ‘Naija I love you’
Tiwa Savage, Award Winning Singer reacts to making BBC 100 women list
FG ready to negotiate offers for its 40% power sector stake – Fashola
Man jailed 14 years for attempting to use minor for ritual

The Guardian

 Nigeria plans $2.5b Eurobond
Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Edo
Shiites condemn ban on IMN activities
 U.S. slams military option in resolving Nigeria’s conflicts
Fayose: Why I want to be president
Zambia plans Ghana camp as Nyirenda continues mind games
Researchers worry as malaria becomes ‘untreatable’
NDDC moves to revoke contracts as oil-producing community demands compensation
Reconfiguration not meant to divide Nigeria, Nwabueze explains
IPOB clarifies relationship with Turkey’s Erkahraman
Reps tackle presidency over N18b diversion, okays N152.897b budget for FIRS
Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Edo
Oboh, second best at Hurricane54 Hole Junior Golf Challenge
NBBF sure recent achievements will save it from FIBA sanction
Tiger Woods the greatest player I’ve ever seen, says McIlroy
Lagos brings back Netball for independence
I’m coming home to win Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis, says Emmanuel
LMC Partners MEDICAID in fight against cancer
 NOTAP blocks N192bn ICT capital flight – DG‎
ATCON seeks restructuring of Nigeria’s ICT sector
World’s most expensive commercial jet opens, costs N15.3m per hour
MAN wants FG to review procurement thresholds, preference for local goods
 Editorial: The Senate and aviation troubles
 Nigeria at fifty seven
Army and human right obligations
The ecological fund and the cans of worms
Health ministry’s alleged graft anti-corruption war
Restructuring Nigeria: Decentralisation for national cohesion
Jonathan promises to speak on why, how PDP lost 2015 presidential election
 Julia Louis-Dreyfus announces she has breast cancer
Art X Lagos returns with second edition, features 60 artists from 14 countries
Peter apologises, says PSquare back together
AFAC 2017 outing renews hope in Nigeria’s crafts sector
NCC vows to sustain collaborations against cybercrimes
1.9Bn consumer data records compromised in first half of 2017 – report
Holla app launches with “Ride and Gain” promo
FG to harmonize BVN, others into national identity database

The Sun

2019: PDP rejects Fayose’s presidential bid
• I’ll defeat Buhari, boasts Ekiti gov as he joins race
What else does Kalu want?
Catholic church rejects ransom bid to free priest
• Holds special mass for release
IGP inaugurates 500-unit police estate in Lagos
Jonathan: I’ll soon open up on 2015 polls
Restructuring: Northern states give conditions
• Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Nasarawa want strong centre, state police, others
…Follow due process –Abdusalami Nwabueze: Nigeria is federation only in name
Quit order latest: Kaduna govt obtains warrant to arrest masterminds
Governors seek fresh bailout
• Urge FG to hand over federal roads to states
Anambra airport: Chinese team arrives in October for site activities
FG mulls $2.5bn eurobond for capital projects
StarTimes congratulates Nigeria at 57
FAAC: Federal, states, LGAs share N637.7bn in September
Anambra airport: Chinese team arrives in October for site activities
PDP primaries and confidence rebound for Ugwuanyi
UN fund for sexual abuse victims grows to $1.5m
25 American universities attend education fair in Lagos
Turkey stops training Iraqi Kurds after independence vote
2019 guber: Rivers APC stakeholders endorse Abe 
Nigeria must remain indivisible – Houses of Assembly   
Aggrieved persons must follow due process of law’
Ugwuanyi injects N165m to rehabilitate Ajali, Oji River water schemes
Determined to ensure that residents of Enugu State enjoy adequate water supply, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration has…
Nigeria needs quality education to overcome challenges –Utomi
How neglect of engineering professionals escalates building collapse
Apartments befitting modern cities
FG challenges CORBON professionals on building code
Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier: Zambia jettisons Spain camp, arrives Uyo Wednesday
NBBF returns Islanders, Lagos Warriors to Premier League
CAF U20 Women’s Championship: Tanzania’ll shock Falconets – Karuma
AD petitions INEC over omission of candidate’s name
Nigeria needs focused leadership –Mbata
EDITORIAL: Health workers’ strike
Gender, no barrier to greatness, says Tiwa Savage
PSquare: Game finally over?
Sukuk bond and the villification of can by muric
Owelle Okorocha at 55
Still on Biafra agitation
IPOB next time around…
Lamenting lost reading culture

Daily Trust

Quit notice: Kaduna assures residents of safety
Fayose to contest presidency 2019 to defeat APC
Jonathan’s campaign organisation owes N24m for posters
BREAKING: Court strikes out INEC’s application against Melaye
“Corruption may ‘kill’ Nigeria” soon–Prof Oyebode
Niger Govt revokes N70m Gurara tourist site contract
Pirates hijack passenger boat at Nember-Brass waterways
Psquare duel dominates Google searches
Trump, Facebook’s Zuckerberg in fire-for-fire
EFCC arraigns ex-commissioner, PDP chair over diversion of N586 million
Gunmen kidnap top police officer, others
Jibrin yet to fulfil resumption condition– Reps
Terrorism: Nigeria seeks review of int’l regulations
IMN: Sokoto ban on procession illegal
Nigeria loses N30tr export revenues
FAAC: FG, states, LG share N637.7bn
Manufacturing sustains expansion for 6 months – CBN Index
Minister commends rapport between Nigerian missions and defence sections
Quit notice: Kaduna assures residents of safety
Goje’s lawyer accuses EFCC of witch-hunt
Govs ask FG to hand over federal roads
Budget: Adeosun, Udoma to appear before Senate panel Tuesday
12 illegal pharmacies, 383 patent stores sealed in Kaduna
Labour rejects proposed Pension Reform Act amendment
FG: Nigeria earned N30bn from agric exports in Q1
Restructuring: Kano, Katsina reject devolution of power
FG to reduce security at ports, borders
NAPTIP to establish anti human trafficking academy
Illegal arms import: Security yet to search Abuja property
Armsgate: Bafarawa, son want separate trial from Dasuki’s
‘Why Nigeria dropped Alampasu for Zambia game’
Falconets off to Dar es Salaam, promise victory
Morata: Conte is tactically ‘one of the best’
FAAC: FG, states, LG share N637.7bn
Chris Agabi with agency report
Manufacturing sustains expansion for 6 months – CBN Index
‘You can now register businesses with CAC from UK, China’
I had deliverance prayer after BBNaija – Debbie Rise
Lil Ameer: Mother surprise at son’s popularity
Car thefts: Police embark on stop and search
Ex-convict to spend 4 months in prison for phone theft
Kwali boss seeks FCTA’s intervention on refuse evacuation
Nigerians and the 2019 question
Agitations for Nigeria’s restructuring
Incipient intrigues of a handful Katsina politicians
IRAQ: ISIS posts new tape of leader Baghdadi
Editorial: Sudden concession of airports

New Telegraph

Fayose: I’ll defeat Buhari in 2019
After Declaration for 2019 Presidency: EFCC arrests Fayose’s aides over N7bn bailout fund
FG to issue $2.5bn Eurobond for capital projects
FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N637.7bn for Sept
Gunmen abduct Catholic priest, ACP
After Declaration for 2019 Presidency: EFCC arrests Fayose’s aides over N7bn bailout fund
NIG vs ZAM: Rohr dreads late injury
FG to issue $2.5bn Eurobond for capital projects
Gov: I’ve penchant for defeating
FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N637.7bn for Sept
Yakasai: Advocates of restructuring should come up with a clear definition
APC platform viable for S’East President – Oyegun
   …as party inaugurates 49-member campaign council  …
Ezeemo picks young environmentalist as running mate
Chidoka flags-off campaign tomorrow
Stanbic IBTC reiterates commitment to attract FDIs
Capital market scam: SEC, police arraign BGL officials
Stock market gains N113bn
ETI gives update on $400m convertible bond issue
Falconets off to Dar es Salaam,promise victory
Zambia set camp in Accra ahead Nigeria’s game
    42-man-team hits Uyo Wednesday   The Zambian…
LMC partners MEDICAID in fight against cancer
Gunmen abduct Catholic priest, ACP
First baby delivered in Benue IDPs’ camp
Govt denies diverting relief materials     Pupils, teachers escape death as school building collapses
Police, Customs will tackle arms’ importation – IG
Victims of army/IPOB clash recount ordeal: ‘How army bullets killed our beloved ones’
Find 28-year-old surveyor’s killers, family begs police
Like PSquare, 12 Nigerian groups who broke fans’ hearts by splitting
Ben Enwonwu’s centenary: Positioning Nigerian modernism
Made-In-Nigeria captures essence of identity – Chukwumerije
Olamide, 9ice ignite the stage
Women bread winners.
I’m not normal without having sex a day’
Tribute to Dr. Babacar Ndiaye
Must she pack out?