Why I’m dumping APC – Saraki

Why I’m dumping APC – Saraki

Dr Bukola Saraki

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has announced his resignation of membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Here is his press statement formally announcing the defection.


I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.

The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.

The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.

What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part. It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.

Thank you.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON

President of the Senate

News Headlines Jul 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jul 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

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Army arrests five robbers in military uniform in Kogi
APC NWC dissolves Kwara exco
We’ve no plan to dump APC –Adamawa, Niger govs
Defections from APC not bothering me – Buhari
Rivers APC, govt bicker over defection in NASS
Kano Assembly Speaker removed, replaced by former Speaker
Osun gov aspirant asks court to nullify APC primary
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ATCON launches book on 100 leading telecom, ICT personalities
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UNILAG, UNIBEN set for HIFL opener
Sexual harassment, certificate forgery killing Nigerian education — Akinrinade
PTDF stops petroleum scholarship programmes’ extension
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LAUTECH fee hike can be reviewed — KPMG boss
Buhari orders national summit to tackle education funding
Black Panther: Disney partners Nigerian filmmaker to produce ‘Sade’
How Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Mission Impossible’ topped box office
Microsoft showcases tech start-ups with social impact
ATCON launches book on 100 leading telecom, ICT personalities
MTN Foundation, others empower Oyo youths
Editorial: Late budget for 2019 general election
Why few people deserve happy marriages
Blatant trade bullying will only backfire
APC defections: Chickens home to roost?


Police Aid Eight of 30 Benue Lawmakers in Impeachment Move against Ortom
Constitutional Steps to Impeachment
Report: Nigerian Banks Still Heavily Exposed to Oil Sector
Buhari: I Am Not Bothered by Defections
Bandits Kill Three, Abducts Nursing Mothers, Five Others in Kaduna
Tighter Supply Outlook Shores up Crude Oil Prices to $75
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BEDC Inaugurates 1,694 Transformers to Boost Power Supply
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The Nation

APC sacks pro-Saraki exco
OPEC output peaks amid outages
EFCC probes Ortom, Benue lawmakers, perm secs, others for alleged N23.08b
Confusion as 12 lawmakers seek to impeach Ortom
Buhari ‘not bothered’ about defections in APC
Imo Deputy Governor Madumere removed for ‘gross misconduct’
Yuan sale by CBN excites traders
PDP, Saraki, Dogara, Mark, Atiku condemn planned impeachment
‘Lagos not paying religious scholars salaries’
Kano Assembly Speaker removed
Council chief ‘commits suicide’
EFCC arraigns PDP chief, INEC officials for alleged N179.8m fraud
Minimum wage panel to end negotiation next month, says NLC boss
Ex-Court of Appeal President Nasir to politicians: mellow your rhetoric ahead 2019
Six nabbed for alleged kidnap, murder
OAU students in fear as flood sacks Ife community
Joshua: Forget Povetkin, I want ‘big gun’ Wilder
Nigeria crashes out of BWF World Championships
CAA 2018: Okowa performs flag hoisting
Rohr vows to help Ikeme
GOtv Boxing Night 15: Joe Boy retains title as Oyekola wins N1m
Assisat buys Multi Million Naira house for parents
Messi trains with dog ahead of new season
APC dissolves Kwara executives at levels
2019: ‘Ogun APC should let people pick governorship candidate’
Minimum wage committee to round up negotiation soon – Wabba
Oghenekaro Itene stars in Hollywood movie
What women need to be sexy – Ronke Tiamiyu
Eko Theatre Carnival holds third edition
Rival ‘slashes village head’s stomach with motor saw’
Ambode’s wife to women: stand against corruption
‘Travel agent’ held over ‘N1.2m visa fraud’
LAUTECH students protest expulsion of colleagues
Niger owes WAEC, NECO N664M
Colloquium charts way forward for African Educational Sector
OPEC output peaks amid outages
Yuan sale by CBN excites traders
NCC: operators risk losing out to digitalisation
New agenda for water transportation

The Sun

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Outrage as 8 lawmakers attempt to impeach Benue gov
Al-Makura fires 9 commissioners, 2 special advisers
Kano Assembly removes Speaker, elects replacement
Imo deputy gov, Madumere, impeached
Nigerians killing Nigerians in South Africa – FG
Ekweremadu exposes plots against him
Saraki, Dogara, Mark, Reps caucus furious over move to impeach Ortom
Benue: Hold Buhari responsible if law, order break down – Southern, Middle Belt Forum
Again, US demands trial of people behind killings in Nigeria
The killing of policemen
Impeachment in Kano Assembly, A Process of Internal Democracy – Gov Ganduje
France-based cleric drums support for Buhari’s re-election
…Insists defection won’t translate to election victory
Aspirant says he will represent the constituency better than Asadu in House of Rep
Why we’re planning $25bn African Trade Strategy – Dr. Oramah, Afreximbank president
Anxiety mounts over Nigeria’s declining fiscal buffers
Neymar admits to “exaggerated’’ reactions at World Cup
FIFA to analyse technical outcome of Russia 2018 with member-associations in London
Delta announces road closures for 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships
2019: Smart Adeyemi receives royal blessing
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OUR STAND: Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara Now!
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12 Benue Assembly Members Commence Impeachment Process Against Ortom, Suspends 15 Other Members.
Kano Assembly Speaker Impeached, Replaced By His Deputy
FG To Announce Upward Review Of Corps Members Allowance Soon – DG, NYSC
Imo State Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor
Authorities Sack 40 Doctors For Helping Injured Protesters Commendation As FG Unveils Kano Erosion Project
Union Tasks FG On Nigeria Airways’ Severance Packages, Others
Overland Airways Increases Abuja-Jalingo Flights
N840bn Inflow To Drive Liquidity At Money Market
Customs Generates N163bn At Tin-Can Ports
Diamond Bank Records 3m Digital Customer In Q2
FBN Holdings Post 13% Profit Growth In H1
NSE Lifts Suspension On Universal Insurance Shares
Sterling Bank PBT Rises By 47% To N6.3bn In Q2
Stock Market Gains 0.84% On UBA, Seplat, 29 Others
Brain Drain: How Nigeria Is Losing Health Professionals
FCTA Warns Board Members On Implementation Of Master Plan
NGO Describes Defections In NASS As Embarrassment

Daily Trust

APC sacks Kwara exco
Nigeria’s development depends on transparency –SGF
Aggrieved YouWin awardees take protest to APC secretariat
Surviving Boko Haram, one day at a time
Agoro takes INEC, 3 parties to court for alleged corruption
Dogara faults incessant hike in electricity tariff despite FG’s N123billion bail out
PDP raises alarm over plot to rig Lokoja/Kogi bye election
We have capacity to produce, deploy 7.5MW electricity annually – NASENI
Buhari, Oshiomhole, Akume behind plot to impeach Ortom – PDP
Ortom describes impeachment threat as laughable
Politicians funding bandits, others — Air Force boss
Businesses spend N5trn yearly on generators – Official
Notore new plant to co-produce 1.5mmt of fertilizer, methanol
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EFCC probes Ortom over alleged N20bn laundering
8 lawmakers move against gov ‘He’s targeted for quitting APC’
Politicians funding bandits, others — Air Force boss
Businesses spend N5trn yearly on generators – Official
OPEC July oil output hits 2018 peak, but outages weigh – Survey
…As Reps, operators differ on new electricity tariff
Things to know about Niger-Nigeria refinery, pipeline deals
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Nigeria’s development depends on transparency –SGF
Aggrieved YouWin awardees take protest to APC secretariat
Tijjaniya leaders in Adamawa declare Haqiqah sect as non-Muslims
EFCC probes Ortom over alleged N20bn laundering
All recovered illegally acquired assets to be sold — Buhari..
Ata removed as Rurum returns as Kano Assembly speaker
I never called Melaye a clown — Saraki
Mahrez cleared to resume training after knock.
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27 countries, 169 players vie for $46,000 Nigeria Open prize
Businesses spend N5trn yearly on generators – Official
OPEC July oil output hits 2018 peak, but outages weigh – Survey
…As Reps, operators differ on new electricity tariff
Surviving Boko Haram, one day at a time
Risk of playing Kalanda
Now the vomit has been swallowed
Adamu Ciroma: Gem of a writer is gone
Hadiza Bala-Usman and NPA: The numbers that matter
Editorial: FCTA, reconsider ban on scavengers


N242bn is not too much to fund 2019 elections ― Maharaji
Ortom impeachment: Don’t ridicule us before comity of civilised nations — Makarfi
Saraki, Dogara say Benue impeachment move desecration of legislative sanctity
PDP NWC condemns plot against Ortom
Defections: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election — Festus Keyamo
Civil servants in Gombe honour Hashidu, stayed away from work
We will retire you from politics, APC replies Senator Hunkuyi
Ebonyi Council boss donates 500 bags of fertilisers to farmers
YouWin! Connect winners to get grants soon ― Finance ministry
FETHA CMD denies allegation of financial impropriety
Saraki, Dogara say Benue impeachment move desecration of legislative sanctity
Labour calls for prosecution of the sex-for-marks prof at OAU
Drama, as YouWin awardees storm APC Secretariat
Suspected ritualists abduct twins in Yenagoa
25-year-old man hangs self in Ondo
Army, police arrest six robbery, kidnap suspects in Kogi State
Doctor, nurse arrested over abortion that led to death
Police officers fired for using coin-flip app to determine arrest
India strips four million of citizenship
Groom, 12 relatives, killed in wedding day crash
Nigeria’s Tax Law obsolete, overdue for review —Oruaze Dickson
‎Q2 2018: Diamond Bank drives growth with 3m digital customers
Nigerian breweries records N18bn profit in H1:2018
Tin-Can customs generate N162bn in six months
Environmental education crucial to protect Mother Earth, expert says
LSPWC maps out strategic clearing of primary canals in Lagos metropolis
Green bonds NSE listing crucial to meeting NDCs —EBAFOSA president
EDITORIAL: The menace of vote buying
Osun pensioners and pre-election vote-buying
Challenges of youths


N179.8m Fraud: EFCC Docks 3 INEC Officials
W/Bank Energy Financing In Nigeria, Others Increase By $7.7bn
Strange Man Steals 3-Yr-Old Twin Boys In Bayelsa
Imo Lawmakers Defy Court Injunction, Impeach Madumere
2019: Deregister Corrupt Political Parties, Agoro Tells INEC
Electricity Tariff Rises By 142% In 10 Years
Flood Threats, Refuse Heaps, LASG Rolls Out Rescue Measures
Maiduguri Tricycle Operators Protest Police Extortion
CIFIA Tackles ICAN Over Allegations
Fresh Industrial Unrest Looms At Varsities Over N8bn Earned Allowance
Duke Vows To Rejuvenate Tourism In Cross River
Ilaje Non-Violent, Yet Most Deprived N-Delta Ethnic Group – IYC President
Housing Problem Worsens Despite Govt’s Policies – NACC
We’ve Rescued Over 500 Human Trafficking Victims In Edo — NAPTIP
Delta APC: Erhue Not Accommodating Other Interest Groups – Party Chieftain
Our Problem With JAD Catering Services — Pst Babine
Nigeria Should Invest In Gas To Boost Economy – Abazie
Lingering traffic gridlock: Emergency interventions, short term solutions
13 states’ access to electricity still below 40%
Saraki, Adamu exchange hot words over Buhari
Benue: Gov Ortom in impeachment drama
Buhari preaches respect for rule of law at ECOWAS/ECCA Summit in Togo
Breaking: APC backs Lai Mohammed, dissolves Kwara Exco, names Bolarinwa Chairman
Okah Opens Up on Bombing : FG wants to frame me

2019: Traditional, religious leaders advise Tambuwal
Igbo Presidency: Osita Okechukwu speaking for himself – ILT
Herders menace: ECOWAS, ECCAS express worry over upsurge of violent clashes
Breaking: APC backs Lai Mohammed, dissolves Kwara Exco, names Bolarinwa Chairman
Breaking: Calistus Ekenze replaces Imo Deputy governor
Breaking: Imo deputy governor, Madumere impeached
Lemar targets Champions League triumph
PSG vs Atlético Madrid : Tuchel blindsided by Cavani report
Uruguayan football president resigns one day ahead of re-election bid
Gor Mahia on verge of creating CAF Cup history
Age cheating grounds Iraq under-16 football team
Hubby Abandoned Her Step-Children And Fled The Country
Men Who Compete With Their Babies Over Breast Milk!
Femi Kuti’s bassist absconded 20 minutes before concert in US
Runtown to appear at Abuja High Court on August 8 for disobeying court injunction
Femi Kuti thrills New Yorkers with electrifying performance
I don’t care if people call me bitch – Ify Adibeli
Why I vowed to restore the essence of music — The Professor
32,000 candidates pass NABTEB, with five credits including English, Mathematics
Oshodi-Apapa gridlock: Why we’re helpless — Police, Navy, FRSC, LASTMA

News Headlines Jul 30, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jul 30, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

Buhari didn’t want alliance with Tinubu in 2013 – Galadima
2019: INEC budgets N1.8bn for possible presidential run-off
Dismissed US soldier nabbed in Owerri for defrauding visa seekers
My dad’s autopsy inconclusive, says MKO Abiola’s daughter
FG recalls 2.4 million bottles of codeine syrup
I only lured my friend to where he was killed — Kano cyclist
Hoodlums attack ex-LG boss, other APC defectors in Osun
APC playing politics of vindictiveness –Wike
Insecurity: Buhari sends 1,000 troops to Zamfara
UI ranked Nigeria’s best, ABUAD tops private varsities
Picking Oshiomhole as chair saved APC – Okorocha
FG overpays N196bn as personnel costs to 450 MDAs
Pension fund assets hit N8.14tn — PenCom
842 sanctioned for malpractices as NABTEB releases May/June results
It’s time to rescue Cross River, says Ibeshi
Dasuki’s family petitions NBA, CJN, wants Malami sanctioned
Senate sabotaging Buhari’s govt –Ex-diplomat
NFF to hand Ikeme Eagles role
Dismissed US soldier nabbed in Owerri for defrauding visa seekers
25-year-old man hangs self in Ondo
Family raises the alarm over son’s abduction by SARS officers
Youths beat DPO as bus kills two in Ondo
Family of murdered Lagos guard demands corpse from police
Command detains cops who assault beautician
King’s College alumni build e-Braille library after PUNCH’s report
Police catch drug dealers with $1.3m heroin hidden in fire extinguishers
It’s time to rescue Cross River, says Ibeshi
Senate sabotaging Buhari’s govt –Ex-diplomat
When politics trumps governance
Nasarawa Gov sacks nine commissioners in cabinet reshuffle
Committee lauds SDP members for exhibiting ‘maturity’ during congress
Violence flares up as Malians vote in key election
FG overpays N196bn as personnel costs to 450 MDAs
Pension fund assets hit N8.14tn — PenCom
Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail ready next year — Minister
Experts call for improvement of town planning laws
FMBN invests N6.37bn in estates in five states
Lagos moves to control flooding
NFF to hand Ikeme Eagles role
Confed Cup: Enyimba lose to Williamsville, drop to third
Nigeria armwrestlers finish second in Ghana
Gymnastics: Nigeria shine in South Africa
Falconets ready for World Cup
Wayne Rooney scores first DC United goal before breaking nose
How Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Mission Impossible’ topped box office
Editorial: Sadly, corruption is winning
2019: Will these witches and wizards stop defecting?
Is CBN’s MPC stronger than Buhari?
Resolving prisoners on death row enigma


Resign Your Appointments Now or Be Fired, Minister Tells Saraki’s Supporters from Kwara
Celebrating Champions at THISDAY Healthcare Summit
Notore, Eroton Partnership Enhances Productivity at Fertilizer Plant
FG Dispatches Combined Security Forces, Fighter Jets to Zamfara
SERAP Drags Senate to UN over Repressive Press Council Bill
Ovia Recounts How Zenith Bank Was Established with N20m
IYC Decries Posting of Four Police Commissioners to Bayelsa in Two…
IATA, ACI Campaign against Human Trafficking
Old Age Disturbing You, Miyetti Allah Tells Gowon
Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Shuts Down 10 Bonded Terminals, Buildings
Army kills 16 Boko Haram members
IATA, ACI Campaign against Human Trafficking
Concerns Mount as Oil and Gas Free Zones’ Policies Hamper Presidential…
Shareholders Rally Support as Oando Returns to Profitability
FG Moves against Anti-Labour Practices in Oil Sector
Total: We Have Injected $10bn into Nigeria’s Economy
Group Harps on Efficiently Managed National Carrier
NBC Fines Daar Communications over Broadcast Infringement
Former PDP Image Maker, Ibeshi, Joins Gubernatorial Race to Rescue C’River…
Season Of Outrage, Miscplaced Courage
The Dangerous Rise of Internet Fraudsters
Tackling Unemployment the ITF Way
Celebrating Champions at THISDAY Healthcare Summit
New Role for Carl Ikeme in Super Eagles
Enyimba Beaten in Abidjan, Drops to Third Spot
NOC Merit Award for Gov Okowa, Athletes, Administrators
Jos High Court to Rule on NFF Crisis Today
Ronaldo Arrives Turin, to Train with Juve Today
Geraint Thomas Becomes Third Briton to Win Tour de France
Abia State: Enough is Enough

The Nation

Pension fund assets hit N8.14tr, says PenCom
How Buhari’ll win in 2019, by Campaign
APC patrons launch battle to sack Saraki’s supporters
ABUAD ranked best private university
EFCC detectives to quiz Ekweremadu over assets
Gunmen kill BDC man after snatching $80,000
What direction for Nigerian equities?
Catholic priest to colleagues: be steadfast
Market leaders urged to sustain peace, build infrastructure
The Nation editor donates books to Unilorin
My abduction story, by Melaye
How we survived recession, paid salaries by Ganduje
Gbajabiamila donates fire extinguishers to market women
Oando’s N8.5b profit excites shareholders
Ambode, Obaseki, others celebrate Ademowo at 70
NFF to send Ikeme to coaching school
Osun APC, PDP: Coping with post-primary crises
Fayose’s blunders and PDP’s defeat in Ekiti
Oghenekaro Itene stars in Hollywood movie
What women need to be sexy – Ronke Tiamiyu
Eko Theatre Carnival holds third edition
Ambode, Obaseki celebrate retiring Ademowo
181,000 primary six pupils take secondary school test
Task force officers set for training
Lagos to religious groups: champion peaceful 2019 poll
Rickety compactors frustrating Lagos waste disposal efforts’
In support of Nigeria Road Safety Commission Act
NNPC, DPR must explain zero revenue remittance, says Auditor-General
Foreign investors lead Nigerian equities with N800b transactions

Daily Trust

Police nab husband and wife for kidnapping
Pension fund assets hit N8.14trillion — PenCom
FG to evacuate last batch of stranded Nigerians in Russia
PDP will win 10 northern states in 2019 – Sen. Danbaba
FG directs Kwara APC members in govt’s appointment to resign or risk being sacked
Army prevents another Boko Haram attack in Borno State
Hajj: Airlift of Sokoto Pilgrims begins tomorrow
Dasuki’s family petitions NBA against Malami
Hajj patronage drops despite lower fare
Al-Makura sacks 9 commissioners
N/Delta demands 10% share from federation account
Reps caution APC over plan to remove Dogara
‘We’ve right to belong to trade union’
Labour decries downgrading of workers in Bayelsa
NSITF rehabilitates 42 workers
FG restates commitment to fight child labour
Engineer makes case for concrete roads for S/East
Medical personnel tasked on service delivery to Plateau IDPs
Unqualified drivers endanger roads — FRSC Boss
Buhari sends 1,000 security forces to fight Zamfara bandits
Flood kills family of 5 in Jigawa
David Mark leads PDP leaders to reconcile Osun PDP on Adeleke candidature
Hamilton wins in Hungary to extend title lead.
Rooney scores first DC United goal, breaks nose.
Falconets depart for FIFA World Cup Thursday
Only 3 corporate entities accessed domestic bonds in 2017 – DMO
-Energy Commission: Staff task anti-graft agencies to sustain management probe
Africa: The prodigals’ return
AGF, Saraki, rule of law and Buhari critics
Butterfly politicians
Editorial: No to Press Council Bill

The Guardian

Banking challenges rooted on economic issues, says Ashade
NYSC warns corps members against misconduct in 2019 polls
New rule restricts MDs from succeeding board chairmen
NCDC confirms six new Lassa fever cases, three deaths in Edo, Ondo
Robbery suspects arrested with toy gun
UNFPA partners Korean, Canadian government to equip fistula repair centre in Maiduguri
Yari demands stronger military presence in Zamfara
Labour bashes goverment, seeks end to killings
Rotaract Club clears refuse heaps at Agege
Super Eagles’ prospect too tempting to dump, says Rohr
Falconets beat Austrian club 4-0, set for FIFA U-20 World Cup
NFF offers to train, absorb Carl Ikeme into Super Eagles’ crew
Dalung promises to bridge welfare gap between men, women national teams
Third ACF Foundation’s school cycling challenge holds September 20
NOC lists Okowa, Adetokunbo Ademola, Eleyae, athletes for merit awards
Nigeria Air: New era of waste and worries?
Price of improper fiscal and monetary procedures
A Bar burdened by conflict of moral choices
Women want more elective slots in 2019
Osun PDP accuses APC of fueling plot against its standard-bearer
The civilian equivalent of an incomplete military coup
Guber aspirant pledges sustainable development, good governance in Ogun

News Headlines Jul 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jul 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

Battle for National Assembly leadership: APC caucus frets, hopes to stop Saraki, Dogara
Why I reconciled with Obasanjo, Tinubu — Bode George
Secondus summons Osun PDP aspirants over crisis
Nigerians deserve healthy President, PDP, R-APC tell Amaechi
From stardom to oblivion, cases of Nigerian struggling musicians
I was so foolish I quarrelled with my wife for giving me girls –Omisore
Rant here: Federal Government’s inability to curb Boko Haram
Develop capacity, challenge yourself constantly – Oluwatimilehin Amusa
Learn a skill, don’t depend on your parents — Oladipo
Private sector control will curb wastage in govt –Olawale-Cole
Handling competition in business
Kabba royal family rejects Kogi gov’s choice
I used to dance in secret because of my parents – Korra Obidi
Arts collectors frustrate artists by refusing to pay, reduce price
INEC to spend N63bn on ballot papers, result sheets, allowances
It’s no longer feasible to remove Saraki, Ekweremadu — Oyo senator
Our bittersweet tales with female nurses, patients – Male nurses
Saraki assembles SANs to battle police over invitation
Bayelsa APC leader remanded in prison for alleged rape
Army arrests 20 bandits in Nasarawa, recovers 17 guns
Six feared killed as Rivers passenger boat capsizes
Violence in Ekiti over traditional festivals
Gunmen kidnap ex-Ondo council chairman
Cardiologist commits suicide after battling with depression for two years
Supreme court rules that woman must remain in ‘unhappy marriage’
INEC to spend N63bn on ballot papers, result sheets, allowances
Lawmakers defected because APC has failed Nigerians – Atunwa
Fayose is loud-mouthed — Edo deputy gov
I’ll probe Okorocha if I return as gov — Ohakim
Stop acting like an attack dog, PDP tells Oshiomhole
Secondus summons Osun PDP aspirants over crisis
I’ve Mark’s blessing to succeed him in Senate – Moro
Develop capacity, challenge yourself constantly – Oluwatimilehin Amusa
Electricity consumers got 93,219 prepaid meters in Q1 — NBS
$2.5bn currency swap’ll boost reserves — Experts
We need to increase local capacity to curb capital flight – Muktari
Targeting increased GDP from domestic tourism
Buhari ’ll support aspiration if re-elected — Ekechi
If dad wants to relax, he cooks all day —KWAM 1’s son
Years after dad’s death, they would say he had gone to England – Segun Awolowo Snr’s daughter, Funke
I feel pained I didn’t attend secondary school –Retired lecturer
Cash-and-carry: How agents influence player selection in national teams
Allegri wary of Ronaldo euphoria
Winner emerges in Star Eagles promo
United to step up Maguire chase
Ozil fires Arsenal to big win over PSG
Armwrestling boss gets continental role
Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs have impacted my life in many ways –Helen Paul
Be wary of that sweetener
Male domination as template for
MTN plans 5G deployment before 2020
Survival guide to help you settle into marriage again


I’m Coming into Lagos West Senate Race from a Position of Strength
From Russia with Love
France Notes Positive Trends in Nigeria’s Economy, Says More French Firms Coming
Senate Leadership Under Saraki is Bad Experience, El-Rufai Alleges
Governor’s position not supported with facts, says Senator Rafiu
Ogunbiyi: I Never Accepted to Be Adeleke’s Running Mate
Adeboye Urges Christians Not to Take Success, Victory for Granted
Defections Due to Failure of APC Govt, Says Wike
Ekweremadu: Mass Defection Movement to Rescue Nigeria
FG Planning to Arrest Kanu’s Co-Defendants, IPOB Alleges
Gunmen Strike in Ondo Again, Abduct Ex-LG Chairman
Lagos, Pham Access Partner on Primary Health Service
An Unsavoury State of Play
Adeboye Urges Christians Not to Take Success, Victory for Granted
FG Planning to Arrest Kanu’s Co-Defendants, IPOB Alleges
Gunmen Strike in Ondo Again, Abduct Ex-LG Chairman
Lagos, Pham Access Partner on Primary Health Service
Policy Options to Deepen Job Creation in Nigeria
GAVI, Accountability and Challenge of Healthcare Financing
Amid Strong Dollar Threat, Oil Prices Projected to Hit $120 before…
Another Look at Pay TV Cost
Julius Rone: Nigerian Firms Now Executing Contracts Previously Exclusive Preserve of…
Single-digit Financing, Boost to Economic Growth
Exxon Mobil Shares Again Drop as Q2 Earnings Fall Short of…
PDP: What’s in a Brand?
The Comrade-in-Chief
Kenneth Imansuangbon: A Man of Wits and Wealth
Mission to Dakar
Encomiums for Ex-Eagles Keeper Ikeme after Retirement from Football
Klopp Laughs off Mourinho’s Title-winning Jibe
Russia Coach Cherchesov Signs Contract Extension
Hungarian GP: Hamilton Takes Superb Pole in Wet Conditions
GOtv Boxing Night 15 Holds Sunday
Simeon Nwankwo: World Cup Changed His Price Tag
Security Agencies and Our Democracy
Editorial: A Healthy Nation, A Wealthy Nation

The Nation

Abuja hosts women intercultural dialogue
One shot as violence rocks Ekiti over traditional festivals
Buhari will leave Igboland better-Adesina
‘Overpopulation killing King’s College’
Ambode calls for private sector participation to boost water transportation, GDP
Don’t execute 2, 359 inmates, CURE-Nigeria urges FG
Army, police arrest 6 robbery, kidnap suspects in Kogi
Living without my wife has been traumatic – Ex NBA President, JB Daudu
Dabiri-Erewa urges Nigerians in Diaspora to support Buhari in anti corruption fight
FG to eradicate child labour, human trafficking by 2025
Oyo APC loses lawmaker to PDP
Only God can determine Aregbesola’s successor – Traditionalists
Masari wants state civil servants to sit up in their duties
Obaseki lauds Archbishop Margaret Idahosa at 75
Firm wants FG to create enabling environment for e-waste management
IKEME ON RETIREMENT: I’ll forever have fond memories of Wolves
Alamuwa emerges Ogun GTB/Principal Cup champions
‘In Senate, I’ll sponsor laws to protect the aged’
Osun 2018: Issues, factors that’ll determine outcome
Defections: Politicians taking Nigerians for a ride -Okotie-Eboh
Durban documentary winners to qualify for Oscar
SHORAE MOORE: Why I don’t need a girlfriend now
Microfinance bank body warns traders of fraudsters
Unemployment led me to unskilled labour, says OOU Computer Science graduate
Lola Shoneyin, Ade Bantu, others attend Café One Series
Ambode restates commitment to workers welfare

Daily Trust

Gov Tambuwal may dump APC Monday
El-Rufai is a liar, loose cannon — Senator
2019:There’s no way Buhari will win in Kano, Kwankwaso replies Amaechi
Defections: Reps mock APC, says we won’t return
Amaechi: Buhari will win Sokoto, Kano, Bauchi in 2019 even on sickbed
El-Rufai blasts Saraki, says ‘You are leading the worst senate in history’
7 months to elections: Number of presidential aspirants hits 46
As kidnappers return: Travellers dread Abuja- Kaduna expressway
Banditry: Thousands displaced in Zamfara
How creating more universities is aiding collapse of academic standard – ABU VC
“The easiest vote in 20 years”
Oil palm farmers making progress with little gov’t support
Tomato growers allege poor implementation of policy
Kebbi to key into FG’s $200m livestock production project
FG trains women on tomato, other fruits’ value addition in Nasarawa
What we’ll do if Saraki joins PDP – Sen Adamu
Osun 2018: It is contest between APC, PDP
Zimbabweans choose president in first post-Mugabe polls tomorrow
Attah Igala’s regalia, symbols
Ortom to Oshiomhole: Differentiate between a party chairman and labour leader
Nigerians in S/Africa want speedy implementation of 10-year passport validity
Senate by-election: In Daura, it’s a fight between 2 brothers
Arm Wrestling Championships: Nigeria wins 6 medals at ongoing tourney
Chelsea want world-record £200m for Eden Hazard
Arsenal boss Emery speaks on Iwobi’s future at the club
Kebbi to key into FG’s $200m livestock production project
Ismail Adebayo, Birnin Kebbi
Online Special see more
TWEETROLLS: Nigerians react to Dino Melaye’s abduction
Kaduna 2019: Options for the opposition
Tackling insecurity: Alternative approach
NCEF and the Tyranny of Intolerance (II)
Editorial see more
Danger Signal in Gale of Defections

The Guardian

Stakeholders query Katsina Refinery
PDP presidential primary promises to be stormy
Lawmakers protest US deal allowing free plans for 3D guns
Ndigbo not keen on 2023 presidency, says leaders
Accept hardship as price for building a new Nigeria- Aregbesola
Nigeria’s research and development results are inferior, says Onu
Why Niger Delta must lead shift to renewable energy, by ERA/FoN
Defections won’t affect Buhari’s re-election
Wike traces mass defection to FG’s leadership failure
Shaqiri shines in debut as Liverpool rout United
Chelsea edge past Inter Milan on penalties
IAAF boss, Coe, Mutola, others arrive for CAA Asaba 2018
Nigeria’s ‘Joe Boy’ stakes pride against Ghana’s Nukpe
Mendy ready for more silverware with City, France
Lacazette, Ozil on target, as Arsenal hit PSG 5-1
Editorial: Criminalise estimated electricity billing!
Three easy-to-make snacks for summer
Why Sinzu will struggle to comeback, even with Davido’s help
Tankers’ unending siege to Lagos roads
APC conciliatory mode versus Oshiomhole’s combative pose
Governor Ortom’s return to PDP stokes acceptability challenges
Osun guber: Grappling with peculiarities, making history
Despite ‘frosty’ relations, 2019 unites Emmanuel, Akpabio
Nubi: With effective deployment of technology, impact of natural disasters can be mitigated
‘Improper town planning worsening perennial flooding in Port Harcourt’


N/Delta Ministry Spends N750bn On Projects With Only 12% Completion
NASS Recess: Inec In Dilemma Over Funding Of 2019 Polls – Yakubu
PDP To Receive Kwankwaso, Ortom Others, This Week
I Detest Disloyalty – Zainab
2019: Recent Defections To PDP Won’t Affect Buhari’s Re-Election -Abe
AGF, Saraki, Rule Of Law And Buhari Critics
As Oshiomhole Rules Out Automatic Ticket For APC Aspirants
Not-Too-Young-To-Run: How Ready Are Beneficiaries
As APC Explores Direct Primaries
Political Coalitions: Past, Present And Ideological Issues
Kwankwaso/Ganduje 2019: As Hostilities Get Stiffer
The Intrigues Of Ortom’s Defection
CBN Is Crafting Guidelines To Regulate Fintechs In Nigeria
Nigeria’s Oldest Club Gets Facelift
Plateau Crisis: No Place For Land Grabbers


Lingering Apapa Gridlock: ‘One-Way’ Of Too Many Fatalities
N/DELTA TWIN OIL SPILLS: We Are Breathing Contaminated, Deadly Air; Down With Different Kinds Of Ailments
Exposed At Last
Olisa Agbakoba On 2019: Political Tsunami Has Started!
Criticising People In Power In Nigeria Is A Very Dangerous Venture —Yusuf Ali, SAN
Resolving Conflicts In Marriage
Appreciate God With Your Service
Why We Did Not Promise Defected Lawmakers Automatic Tickets — Oshiomhole
Why Controversy Trails Osun PDP Primary
Slim Flow Bags Recording Contract With Hi-Impact Records
Can Amaechi Pull This ‘Stunt’ For Buhari?
PDP Governors Will Hide Ahead Of 2019 – Idahosa
Mr Dutch, Burna Boy Release Single ‘E No Finish’ August 3rd
Asaba 2018 AAC: Bring Ogba Back To AFN, Athletes, Coaches Cry Out
Ajura Takes ‘Enchanted’ Tour To UNILAG
What Is Restructuring?
Ooni, Olufunke Amosun And The Moremi Legacy, By The Olugbon
DEFECTIONS: Kano, Benue, Kogi, Kwara top battleground states ahead of 2019
Security : FG spends N6trn on defence in 11 years
Stop acting like an attack dog, PDP counsels Oshiomhole
We’re not interested in 2023 Presidency- Igbo Leaders
Stop campaigning for Buhari – Presidency
Adeleke Osun PDP candidate certificate scams exposed
Excitement as some Delta youth see a train for the first time ?
Diddy longs to visit ‘motherland’ Nigeria in Wizkid link-up
2019: Traditional, religious leaders advise Tambuwal
Ortom’s aides behind Benue killings, Oshiomhole alleges
ORTOM: Benue people speak on defection, Buhari’s 2019 chances
Tambuwal will leave APC for Presidential ambition – Amaechi
They wanted to remove us and stop defections – Ekweremadu
Exposed at last
Asaba 2018 AAC: Bring Ogba back to AFN, athletes, coaches cry out
GOtv Boxing Night 15 holds today
Kenyan sprinter fails dope test
Coe, Mutola, El-Moutawakel to arrive Asaba today
Hubby Abandoned Her Step-Children And Fled The Country
Men Who Compete With Their Babies Over Breast Milk!
Going nude for relevance is not my thing – Debbie Shokoya
Benson Okonkwo and I will make lovely babies – Cossy Ojiakor
Cossy is the only woman I can marry in Nollywood — Benson Okonkwo
NSE lauds ‘Executive Order Five to Drive Local capacity’
U.S. jails Nigerian 14 years for scams, Igbinedion’s son-in-law on trial
Raising a total child demands overcoming distractions- TBPS Director
The Sun
Fresh cries from Bakassi: We’ve been abandoned, forgotten
Soldiers repel terrorists attack on Dikwa
Bandits displace 12,000, kills scores – Zamfara Speaker
6 drown in Rivers boat mishap
How corruption ruined Nigeria – Ukuta, Zik’s acquaintance and elder statesman
Buhari leaves for Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS summit
The inside story of siege to Saraki’s, Ekweremadu’s residences
2019: Afenifere’ll only disagree with Obasanjo if… – Shonibare
Ortom to Oshiomhole: You’re party chairman, not union leader
Ogwugwu: Anambra deity chief priest explodes
Madumere: When the hunter becomes the hunted
Mesut Ozil captains Arsenal to comfortable win vs. PSG in Singapore
Mourinho battles to buy £80m Maguire
Gunners’ star, Bellerin snubs Barca
Clash of two cultural festivals stirred violence in Ekiti
6 drown in Rivers boat mishap
The inside story of siege to Saraki’s, Ekweremadu’s residences
EDITORIAL: Persistent killings in Numan, Demsa
Dad rejected me from birth – Chika Ike, actress
SARS: So, Wike was right…
Policy options to deepen job creation in Nigeria
President: Not Igbo need
Women get bored with their marriages too
My born-again lover

News Headlines Jul 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jul 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

Defections: Saraki’s men tackle APC caucus, insist on Senate presidency
Buhari’ll win in Sokoto, Kano, Bauchi even on sickbed – Amaechi
Offa robberies: Kwara court summons IGP
Saraki leading the worst senate in history –El-Rufai
APC’ll lose Benue if it fields Ortom as candidate ­– Oshiomhole
Offa robberies: Kwara court summons IGP
Man uses toy to lure, kidnap four-year-old in Rivers
More things to say about unending sexual pleasure (3)
Nigeria witnesses longest lunar eclipse of the century
Boko Haram attacks: Shake-up in army, top commanders redeployed
When infertility has female factor (2)
We are not criminals, police cannot invite us, Miyetti Allah replies Gowon
Osun: INEC to release governorship candidates’ list on Monday
Praises pour in as Ikeme quits football
Monarch tasks youths on national development
Unripe plantain beneficial to Nigerians’ health –Olaye
Katsina police arrest motorcycle robbers
EFCC takes over vessel with 773, 472 litres of adulterated AGO
Policemen kill colleague, mistake him for kidnapper
‘We’re tired of cultism, political violence in Ogoniland’
We’ve lost our benefactors, say families of Lagos boat accident victims
Police shun call as gunmen attack students’ lodge, rob with PoS
Tension as gunmen murder APC LG chairman
Police arrest tanker owner for Otedola bridge explosion
Expel Saraki now, Kwara APC faction tells Oshiomhole
We welcome more defectors from APC, others –Dickson
Benue Assembly suspends impeached Speaker for six months
Party office: FG, opposition parties on collision course over quit notice
Osun: PDP denies manipulating primaries to favour Adeleke
Hunkuyi apologises for dumping PDP in 2015
Defections: We won’t return to APC, say Reps
Osun 2018: Governorship candidates and governance challenges ahead
CBN decries rising naira abuse
Economic challenges not over, says MAN president
Nigeria, India in talks on meteorology partnership
Osinbajo seeks collaboration among entrepreneurs
Food fortification: FG, BMGF, Dangote, others intensify efforts
Four ways to manage elderly parents’ bank accounts
I write songs when I feel lonely –Essence
No point misleading the public, Nigeria can’t generate more than 5,000 MW for now – Oduntan, ANED spokesperson
Buhari’s govt has become desperate, will promise anything –Afegbua, R-APC spokesperson
Enyimba lament league suspension …Say postponement affecting their Confed Cup form
Ex-Eagles assistant coach tips Smart City for glory
AYG: Nigerian wrestlers shine, Future Eagles win silver
Abah, Orji for Badminton World Championships
IAAF maintains Russia’s athletics doping ban
I can’t dump music for advocacy –Daddy Showkey
Some presenters now politicise Koko inu iwe iroyin –Taiwo Akinsola
Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs have impacted my life in many ways –Helen Paul
I work hard because I grew up with nothing –Chika Ike
Most Nigerian Artistes Don’t Focus On Long Term Goals While Working With Brand –Country Manager Nigeria, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa)
Mr Eazi’s ‘Property’ ignites social media debate
Male domination as template for mental illness
UNFPA to treat VVF cases, train doctors in Borno
CPC warns against use of anti-hypertensive drug
FG moves to check Ebola, other diseases at Ogun border
FG approves N103.7m medical equipment for NPA
Researchers claim that babies with high levels of immune-related protein less likely to develop malaria
My death-defying adventure
Many people feel uncomfortable seeing their lovers around us –Gym instructors
Justice must be done; Igwe should not die in vain –Family of murdered Enugu royal father
The price we are paying for living with vitiligo – sufferers
How long should in-laws stay with a young couple?
Survival guide to help you settle into marriage again


Benue Killings: Oshiomhole Accuses Ortom of Playing up ‘Ethnic Dimension of Criminality
*Says governor was given red card because he squandered N20bn
Ex-Gombe Gov, Hashidu, is Dead
Breaking: Gunmen Kill Another APC Chieftain in Imo
Tribunal Declares Umeh Winner of Anambra Central Senatoral Rerun
To Improve Healthcare Delivery, Experts at THISDAY Summit Canvass UHC, Private Sector Intervention
Police Seal Benue Assembly
W’Bank to Support Nigeria’s Basic Healthcare Fund with $20m
Healthcare Summit Kicks-off with Technical Session
9mobile: NCC Extends Payment Deadline for Teleology
Glo Partners OEMs, Unveils Smartphone Festival
SPAR Gets Recognition for Outstanding Performance
Nova Launches New Solution to Enhance Operations
For Konga, It’s a Fulfilled 6th Anniversary
2019: Buhari’ll Win Election in Bauchi Even on Sickbed, Ameachi Boasts Says if Tambuwal defects, president will still win Sokoto
Otedola Bridge Explosion: Police Arrest Truck Owner
Yusuf Bribery Scandal: NFF Begins Preliminary Investigation
Army Redeploys Top Generals
NAF Officer Breaks 20-year-old Military Record at AFCSC
NAF Officer Breaks 20-year-old Military Record at AFCSC
Phase3 Calls for Strategic Synergy with Nigerians in Diaspora to Invest…
Oando Records N8.5bn Profit in H1 2018
Defection: Oyegun Denies Attacking Oshiomhole
Chinyere Nwaizuzu: Acting is My Passion, not Just a Career
Etinosa Idemudia Marriage Failure not Peculiar to Nollywood
Paul Cole: Working with Solidstar was a Great Experience
Dedicated to Digital Beauty’s Masterclass
Nigeria Dominates Cadet Wrestling in African Youth Games

The Nation

Oshiomhole, Ortom clash over Benue killings
Unease in INEC over Senate, Reps recess
Why I’m yet to remarry—Tee Mac
Otedola tanker explosion: Police arrest truck owner
Shake-up in Nigerian Army
Buhari orders new FAAC remittance template
Osun Poll: INEC to release candidates’ names on Monday
Oshiomhole: Party chair on mission to steady APC’s ship
2019 poll: FCTA orders Turaki, Lamido, Shekarau, Gana, others to relocate campaign offices
Lamido declares self PDP candidate, taunts other aspirants
We lost our lifetime investments to Jos fire —Traders
‘I was not born this way’
Why publishing busines is difficult in Nigeria
Kebbi flags off maternal, infant health week
Police shut Benue Assembly
Gunman kills Somali journalist in Mogadishu
Imo APC chieftain murdered
KSU holds 19th matriculation
Baby boy for Musa, wife
Emery confirms Iwobi’s new deal
Ibadan Agog for GOtv Boxing Night 15
Enyimba set for return to Aba Stadium
Ahmed glad to welcome Musa junior
Abah, Orji for Badminton World Championship
Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikeme quits football
Ortom’s exit from APC a blessing to us – Oshiomhole
Health Care: Obaseki tasks stakeholders on robust synergy
World Hepatitis Day: Obaseki harps on early testing, grassroots sensitization
TONTO DIKEH’S human trafficking awareness tour gets hype
Eddie Murphy to sell mansion for $10m
Trace elements
Fortification: Gates Foundation, Dangote, FG engage food processors on Nutrition
Scientists lament over Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure
Court jails man for aiding brother to evade police arrest
Medical doctors raise alarm over increasing quackery in Cross River
Teenager ‘steals roommate’s N918,000 properties after drugging her’
PDP urges police to unmask chieftain’s killers
#GoogleForNigeria: How to use Google ‘Go’ initiatives
African youth call to end Female Genital Mutilation
Influence of social media on Nigerian youths
Colloquium charts way forward for African Educational Sector
Stock market upbeat as capitalisation gains N76bn
AGF overpaid FIRS, DPR by N837bn in 2016 – OAuGF
NNPC, DPR to explain zero collection of revenue – AuGF
Airtel offers 100% bonus on data in new SmartConnect package

The Sun

Casillas, Hart, Cech pay tribute to Ikeme
2nd term bid: Fresh hurdles before Buhari
Mass defection will not affect Buhari’s re-election in 2019 – Momoh
Army redeploys GOCs, Theatre Commanders in shake-up
Olubadan, Ajimobi, 21 new Obas in war of words over salary
Benue lawmakers suspend impeached Speaker for 6 months
Imo APC crisis: Leaders condemn killing, tackle Okorocha
Imo APC crisis: Okorocha offers N20m on killers
Imo APC crisis: Gunmen kill party chairman
Nothing will make me cheat on my man – Tiamiyu
Google launches station in Nigeria, targets 200 locations by 2019
Alleged impeachment plot: We’re solidly behind Fayose – Ekiti Assembly
Mass defection will not affect Buhari’s re-election in 2019 – Momoh
Benue lawmakers suspend impeached Speaker for 6 months
Ambode woos investors at water transport roundtable
Google launches station in Nigeria, targets 200 locations by 2019
CCNN nets N3.2b profit after tax in 2017
Rebranded Capital City Back With a Bang
Cristiano Ronaldo fined €3.2m, but set to escape prison
All 185 Ethiopians stranded in Djibouti return home -Official
Ex-president Zuma says will win case on $2.5bn corruption charges
Pakistan polls: Cricket hero Khan claims victory
• Pledges to fight corruption, balance ties with US
Youth group endorses Abalu for Enugu Assembly
Osun APC primary: I bear no grudge against my colleagues – Osun Speaker
Osun: Aggrieved PDP aspirants urge NWC to revoke Adeleke’s candidacy
While people fled, I was running into Liberian war – Queen Juli Endee, Liberian singer
If you must date your friend’s ex, do these things
God came in an airbag
Are you in a sexless marriage?

Daily Trust

Ex-Gombe governor Hashidu dies at 74
Meet the royal Ndayakos of Bida
Tawali-Gwada: Story of decay, collapse of a primary school
Gunmen kill Imo APC chieftain
How PDP ‘snatched’ Senate from APC
Court summons Inspector-General over Offa robbery suspect
What Nigerians think about APC chairman Oshiomhole’s leadership style
Super Eagles will miss Ikeme, says Dosu Joseph
Ronaldo gets hefty fine for tax evasion
NAN staff protest management’s poor condition of service
Ortom’s exit: APC is relieved – Oshiomhole
Buhari lauds French support for West Africa’s security
Tabanni, other Sokoto communities reeling from deadly banditry
Nigerians in Diaspora Asia appoint new excos
Food poisoning: NAFDAC raises alert over contaminated vegetables
Police take over Benue Assembly complex
How politicians ‘bribe’ constituents with projects
Nigerians in Diaspora Asia appoint new excos
Ortom has reduced governance to Nollywood – Oshiomhole
Super Eagles will miss Ikeme, says Dosu Joseph
Sport and Politics – exciting times ahead!
NTC Bill: The road to presidential signature
FAAC crisis: Buhari directs new template on revenue remittance
FCT minister commissions Dei-Dei Ultra-Modern Market
FCT minister converts Kuje farmlands to residential plots
… Commissions Abaji gully erosion control project
Kaduna 2019: Options for the opposition
Tackling insecurity: Alternative approach
NCEF and the Tyranny of Intolerance (II)
South Africa’s Zuma in 3rd court appearance on corruption charges
.Flood hits Greek Capital Athens
.Editorial : Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie []1942 -2018]


40 Million Nigerians At Risk Of Hepatitis
Benue Lawmakers Scale Fence, Slam 6-Month Suspension On Impeached Speaker
Tambuwal Left APC Because Of Presidential Ambition – Amaechi
Lunar Eclipse 2018: How To See The Blood Moon Today
Hadi Sirika And His Audacious Flight
Gale Of Defection And The Task Before Oshiomhole
Achieve More With Flowers
Osun Guber: Battle Begins After Primaries
Night Driving In Abuja: A Dangerous Adventure
How Reforms In NIMASA Are Attracting Foreign Direct Investments
Okotie’s Uncommon Solution For Trying Times
Domestic Staff Robs Ex-employer, Says It’s A Pay Back
APC’s Defection Hurricane And Presidency’s Dire Dilemma
Tequila Day 2018: Sheraton Lagos Connects Friends Over Drinks
Achieve More With Flowers
Osun Guber: Battle Begins After Primaries
Night Driving In Abuja: A Dangerous Adventure
Konga Marks 6yrs Of Operations With Mega Promo
First Bank Mulls Support For Nigeria, China Trade
Industrial Council Moves To Improve Operation Of Free Trade Zones
Spending On Blockchain Solutions To Hit $11.7bn In 4yrs
2019: Olubadan’s Daughter Declares For Oyo Assembly Seat
Gunmen Kill Imo APC Council Chair
PDP To Presidency: APC Defectors Will Not Return
Kwankwaso’s Defection Doesn’t Change Anything In Kano – Ganduje
Former Eagles Goalie, Carl Ikeme Retires From Football
Ronaldo Fined €3.2m In Tax Evasion Case
NFF Seeks Private Sector’s Support For Youth Sports
Gymnasts Depart For South Africa
Stemming Perennial Scourge Of Piracy
New Generation Artistes Prefer Money To Grooming – T.W.O
There Are Known Gays, Lesbians In Nollywood – Christian Paul
Davido Set To Drop Own Biggest Hit Of All Time
EDITORIAL: Another Attempt To Curtail Press Freedom
How Reforms In NIMASA Are Attracting Foreign Direct Investments
Okotie’s Uncommon Solution For Trying Times
APC’s Defection Hurricane And Presidency’s Dire Dilemma
The Unexpected Birth Of Nigeria Air
Court Arraigns Two For Stealing N3.5m
Court Charges Security Adviser To Ex-Bayelsa Gov Over Rape
Offa Robbery: Court Summons IGP
8 Style Commandants Of Pregnancy Fashion
2 hours agoAssumptions Cheapen Value Of Art – Modupe Idowu
5 Ways To Avoid Going Bald Or Thinning Hair

The Guardian

Government to revisit 13 per cent derivation for development in Niger Delta
I cannot be intimidated, Ekweremadu insists
Alleged abduction: Melaye resurfaces, releases evidence of Police awareness
Imo Assembly raises panel over source of grazing bill reappearance in order paper
Katsina flood: 2,000 victims benefit from NAF Medical Outreach
Army re-deploys theatre command, MNJTF commanders, others
Obama, Fashola, others to grace first left handers day
FAAC: Buhari orders review of revenue template as FG, states share N821.9bn in June
Admission racketeering: Police academy denies giving preference to Kano applicants
NFF set to probe Super Eagles’ coach over alleged bribe scandal
Ex-FIFA boss loses appeal to upturn 10-year ban
FRCN boss floats tennis championship to empower girls
Sports, politics – exciting times ahead
badan Agog For GOtv Boxing Night 15
Russia World Cup star Golovin joins Monaco
NIMASA set to boost operations in Eastern ports
‘Visibility of products is our next goal’
PDP Southwest chairman says Adeleke is qualified to run for Osun guber election
Kwankwaso’s defection poses no threat to APC in Kano, says Ganduje
Balarabe Musa urges Sani to join PRP, insists Buhari’s government has failed
Benue Assembly suspends impeached speaker for six months over insubordination
Why Sinzu will struggle to comeback, even with Davido’s help
Tips to getting a good night’s sleep
Women with stories to tell It All At Maiden conference
Three easy-to-make snacks for summer
NAFDAC raises alarm over imported contaminated frozen mixed vegetable
Knowing your rhesus status can save life ’
‘ I want to create awareness on Treacher Collins Syndrome in Nigeria’


Tonto Dikeh, NAPTIP Take Campaign Against Human Trafficking To UniAbuja
ASABA 2018: Stephen Keshi Stadium Waiting For Athletes Arrival
Court Summons IG Over Detention Of Aide Of Kwara Gov Without Trial
2019: How Kwankwaso’s Defection Shook Kano
Football World Pays Tribute To Carl Ikeme
They Nearly Foxed Akinrinade
The Saraki, Ekweremadu Phenomenon
NFF Investigates Alleged Yusuf’s Bribery Scandal
The Choices We Make
Atiku, Gov Jibrilla Test Their Popularity In Adamawa Ahead 2019 Elections
Enough Is Enough, Ekweremadu Warns FG Over Intimidation
Ortom’s Aides Behind Benue Killings, Oshiomhole Alleges
Why Artistes, Record Label, Continue To Have Bad Blood – Tunde And Wunmi Obe
Anambra Central: Tribunal Declares Senator Umeh Duly Elected
Akwa Ibom 2019: How APC Is Managing Its Diverse Contentions
I Never Felt Bad Killing People – Mariam Abiola, 20yr Old Gang Hit Girl
Oshodi-Apapa Gridlock: Tyranny Of Too Many Tank Farms
Anxiety as season of defections unsettles Presidency, APC
ORTOM: Benue people speak on defection, Buhari’s 2019 chances
Tambuwal will leave APC for Presidential ambition – Amaechi
Presidency, a citadel of “liars”- PDP
Atiku, Gov Jibrilla test their popularity in Adamawa ahead 2019 elections
ASABA 2018: Stephen Keshi Stadium waiting for Athletes arrival
NFF investigates alleged Yusuf’s bribery scandal
Kenya’s Obiri ready to ride Ethiopian challenge to 5,000m gold
The choices we make
What is it about women that mosquitoes find appetising?
Tonto Dikeh, NAPTIP take campaign against human trafficking to UniAbuja
Why I shutdown my beer parlour, return to acting —Emeka Enyiocha
Lumina lights up music scene with ‘Light of the world’
From California, Chike Nwoffiah returns with ‘ A Rose for Freddy’
National Devt: Nigeria in need of skills and professionalism—Onalo
Otedola bridge fire: Police arrest truck owner

News Headlines Jul 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jul 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

Offa robberies: Police grill Saraki in National Assembly
Controversy surrounds Melaye’s whereabouts…as senator fails to turn up in court
FG okays 10-year validity period for passports
Defections: APC rules out automatic tickets for lawmakers
Olubadan’s daughter joins Oyo Assembly race
75 Nigerian football fans disappear in Russia
Nine die as Plateau clinic treats 430 snakebites
I’ll support any candidate that’ll make Nigeria better —Obasanjo
Katsina woman throws grandchild into well to teach daughter-in-law lesson
Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg, loses $15bn in one day
Caught with 12 vehicles, Rivers suspect says: Hardship pushed me into car-snatching
Killers of Benue Catholic priest sentenced to death
Oyo lawmaker dumps APC for PDP
N322m fraud: EFCC kicks as Nwaoboshi opts for speedy trial
50 Cent son takes sides in dad, Mayweather feud
R-APC and the rest of us
The prophets are here again
Okowa welcomes Ortom to PDP, says APC lacks capacity
Gunmen abduct Catholic, RCCG priests – Catholic Bishop
Policeman slaps man for recording assault in mall
Police sergeant, others arrested for gunrunning, armed robbery
Driver flees as truck crushes pregnant Abuja woman
Command arrest trigger-happy policemen for indiscriminate shooting
Flood kills Anambra pastor’s daughter on her way to hospital
Olubadan’s daughter joins Oyo Assembly race
I’ll support any candidate that’ll make Nigeria better —Obasanjo
Buhari-led APC govt is evil, visionless — Lamido
Defection: Ogun APC dissociates itself from Tejuoso
Injustice within APC is unbearable –Kwara governor
Ekiti assembly shut as PDP alleges plot to impeach Fayose
Cross River: PDP gives ticket to late lawmaker’s widow
We’ll give 10 million Nigerians free Internet access – Google
NCC finalises 9mobile takeover
Land allocation bureaucracy slowing truck parks – Shippers’ council
FG implements new template for operating surplus
NEXIM Bank okays N25bn loan for non-oil exporters
75 Nigerian football fans disappear in Russia
50 Cent son takes sides in dad, Mayweather feud
Chelsea demand £62m for Morata
Barcelona under fire
James Rodriguez on Spanish taxman’s hit-list
Ronaldo set to make debut at Chievo
93% of our pupils had distinctions in WASSCE – Principal
80 % of Osun corps members to teach in schools
OAU to host youths, others at Festival of Food
UBE projects: UDI warns monitors against taking bribes
Oyo govt lauded on school management initiative
60% of teachers in Niger not qualified – Bello
Akiolu endorses ANA convention
Films marking Mandela’s 100th posthumous birthday premieres
Male domination as template for mental illness
UNFPA to treat VVF cases, train doctors in Borno
CPC warns against use of anti-hypertensive drug
FG moves to check Ebola, other diseases at Ogun border
FG approves N103.7m medical equipment for NPA
Researchers claim that babies with high levels of immune-related protein less likely to develop malaria
How to identify a bad phone battery
Editorial: Deafening silence on Adeosun’s certificate scandal
Osinbajo prays for the dead, Abia choir praises man
My charter for restructuring Nigeria


We Are Tired of APC, Says Ahmed, Hints of Defection •Shehu Sani: Party’s system of iniquity, injustice led to internal revolt •Oshiomhole rejects federal lawmakers’ demand, insists no automatic ticket
Despite AGF’s Clearance, Police Interrogate Saraki
•Insists he is innocent •Police: He has case to answer
Osinbajo Opens 3rd THISDAY Healthcare Summit Friday
Herdsmen Crisis Claims Six Times More Lives than Boko Haram Insurgency, Says Report
Kachikwu to Launch Downstream Petroleum Infrastructure Rebirth Plan
Kachikwu to Launch Downstream Petroleum Infrastructure Rebirth Plan
I will Support the Right Presidential Candidate, Says Obasanjo
PDP Alleges Plot to Impeach Fayose
FG to Decentralise Ports to Ease Apapa Gridlock
Gunmen Abduct Rev Father, Pastor, Lecturer in Kogi
FG Increases Duration of Passport to 10 Years
Oando Records N8.5bn Profit in H1 2018
FG Restates Commitment to Entrepreneurial Devt
‘Country-by-Country Reporting for Multinationals, Game Changer for FIRS’
Promasidor Secures N5.6bn BoI Facility
Custodian Investment Declares 10 kobo Interim Dividend, Posts N3.7bn Profit
Caverton Offshore Support Group Records Profit of N1.56bn in Six Months
War against Paedophiles in Edo
Edward Akinlade: Why I’m Trekking from Lagos to Ibadan
Group Expresses Concern over Delay in Passage of Disability Bill
When Ndoma-Egba Donated Building to Catholic Mission
Akideinde Wins Marketing Edge Award
Diabetes and Infertility (Part 1)
Nigeria Dominates Cadet Wrestling in African Youth Games
Victor Moses Back in Training with Chelsea
Nigeria Names Final Squad for U20 Women’s World Cup
CAA ASABA 2018: Zenith Bank Charges Team Nigeria to Go for Gold
JFerguson Thanks Hospitals after Surgery
GOtv Boxing Night 15: Boxers Talk Tough
As Opposition Gathers Steam

The Nation

APC senators insist Saraki, Dogara must step down
N25b loan for non-oil exporters
Offa robbery: Police quiz Senate president
Adeleke gets seven days to produce certificate
Positive outlook as Oando posts N8.5b profit
APC lawmakers being tempted with cash to defect, says leader
Kwara PDP in turmoil over rising anti-Saraki sentiment
Buhari greets Eze Nelson Nmerengwa at 60
Court adjourns Melaye’s arms dealing case till Aug. 9
Oyetola will build on Aregbesola’s legacies, says Adewole
Benue PDP welcomes Ortom
APC has failed to meet our aspirations, says Kwara governor
Apapa gridlock: Fed Govt to revive other seaports in few months
Policeman, nine others paraded for Plateau killings
Two die in Sango-Ota road accident
Students tackle SARS over colleague’s death
Barcelona beg Messi not to go
Troost-Ekong, girlfriend welcome baby boy
Okpekpe road race passes dope tests
ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open: I can’t wait to reclaim my title, says Finnish star
Ajimobi, Alaafin to grace GOtv Boxing Night 15
IHF Trophy: Camping begins today in Abuja
African featherweight title Usman battles Fuzile
Power will shift in Akwa Ibom, says Eta
Why I won’t return to PDP, by Abe
NSITF will no longer be a cash cow – Ngige
JJW: Simi burns for a performance with Lagbaja
World Friendship Day: Kizz Daniel, Phyno, Simi for Calabar show
JJW: Lagbaja returns with Simi
Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstrual periods)
Caring for children with autism
LSACA calls on private sector for increased funding
How Edo is battling paedophiles
4,000 get free health care service in Akwa Ibom
Colonial road rehabilitated in Enugu
RMRDC signs MOU with agric entrepreneurs
Africa’s free trade pact: hurdles ahead
Abuja light rail to cost $1.3b
Teenager ‘steals roommate’s N918,000 properties after drugging her’
PDP urges police to unmask chieftain’s killers
55 get free GCE forms
Land grabber jailed two years
#GoogleForNigeria: How to use Google ‘Go’ initiatives
Agbakoba endorses ex-Law School chief for NBA presidency
UTME 2018/19: Matters arising
Buhari okays new provost for Alvan Ikoku FCE
LAUTECH threatens to resume strike
Yinusa is NECA’s new head
‘Why we are stimulating juice sub sector
Sokoto Cement records N7.605b profit
Union vows to resist Nigeria Air take-off over ex-Airways workers’ entitlements

The Sun

CAF Confed Cup: Williamsville eyes top spot against Enyimba
Offa robbery: Police operatives grill Saraki
APC won’t negotiate with political machinery – Oshiomhole
I may dump APC, Kwara gov tells supporters
APC crisis: Reps demand automatic return tickets … You must merit it – NWC
FG begins reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in 2 weeks – Osinbajo
Nigeria to experience longest lunar eclipse today
FG approves 10-year validity for passport
Horror in Kebbi
Seeing pretty girls, I sometimes forget my lyrics – L.A.X
Controversy over Melaye’s whereabouts
• Senator Dino Melaye absent in court as police deny knowledge of abduction APC won’t negotiate with political machinery – Oshiomhole
“We will not be distracted. We’ll talk to those who have genuine grievances,
I may dump APC, Kwara gov tells supporters
2019: Be prepared to retire old politicians, Moghalu urges Nigerians
Lai Mohammed thanks Kwara APC for loyalty to Buhari
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial leaves camp in U.S. for birth of his child
Champions Cup: Result of Juventus vs Bayern Munich
Controversy over Melaye’s whereabouts
Police• Senator Dino Melaye absent in court as police deny knowledge of abduction
APC crisis: Reps demand automatic return tickets … You must merit it – NWC
EDITORIAL: Aloysius Katsina-Alu (1941-2018)
Horror in Kebbi
“He cut her head, legs, arms… We spent four to five hours to save her life Death on Lagos waterways
Just before the floods
Beckoning 2019: Boycott and defections
Police, Oshiomhole and ‘demonstration of craze’

Daily Trust

Police says no report of Dino Melaye’s kidnap
18 year-old boy shot dead in Niger
Defections: Reps being offered cash, automatic tickets – Gbajabiamila
Lagos to place Imams, Pastors on salaries for social reorientation
Offa Bank Robbery: Police insist Saraki has case to answer
Defection: Shehu Sani backs ongoing reconciliation moves
Abuja- Kaduna train sevice records 900,000 passengers in 2 years – NRC
Defection: Ortom yielded to community interest – Waku
Nigeria release final squad for FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
VIDEO: Meeting Buhari has not resolved my issues – Shehu Sani
Corps members charged on 2019 elections, others
Cameroon smuggling arms, mercenaries to Nigeria — Ayade
Armed Forces bastion of Nigerian unity — Buhari
I masterminded my kidnap to raise N600,000 for mum’s loans repayment – Teenage girl
Why we met with Buhari — Senate leader
…They’ll campaign for Buhari — Enang
Boko Haram sacks Borno community
Jakande: Celebrating a visionary leader at 89
Will Boko Haram ever be vanquished?
NAN staff protest management’s poor condition of service
My Vision for Nigeria: “Create wealth, not recycle poverty”- Kingsley Moghalu
Osinbajo, Sanusi to launch new foreign policy think-tank
Abuja-Kaduna train records 900,000 passengers in 2yrs – NRC
Ranking APC lawmakers may get ‘special consideration’
Osinbajo seeks reform of social economic development
60 percent of Niger teachers not qualified — Bello
Plateau killings instilling violent mentality in children — Arch. Kaigama
Why we met with Buhari — Senate leader
…They’ll campaign for Buhari — Enang
Musa Abdullahi Krishi
Senate: Gumau, Umar emerge candidates ahead of bye-election in Bauchi
Nigeria release final squad for FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
Manchester United target three more transfer
JUST IN: Monaco beat Chelsea to World Cup star
Abuja- Kaduna train sevice records 900,000 passengers in 2 years – NRC
Chris Agabi
NAICOM raises capital base for insurance firms by 200%
Manufacturers decry FG’s insistence to sign AfCFTA
TWEETROLLS: Nigerians react to Dino Melaye’s abduction
Gwagwalada chairman urges farmers, herders on peace
Rotary devotes N34m to rural health, education
FCTA bans scavengers from city centre
Kaduna 2019: Options for the opposition
Tackling insecurity: Alternative approach
NCEF and the Tyranny of Intolerance (II)
Flood hits Greek Capital Athens
‘War will destroy everything you own’, Iranian general warns Trump.
Nigerians in New York mourn late Consul-General
Editorial: Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie []1942 -2018]

The Guardian

Saraki quizzed at National Assembly over Offa bank robbery saga
Police deny knowledge of Melaye’s alleged kidnap
AfCFTA ratification on ledge as MAN, NACCIMA bicker over decision
Kwara governor to quit APC, 42 loyal senators meet Buhari
Armed forces bastion of Nigeria’s unity, President insists
I will support any candidate capable of solving Nigeria’s problems, says Obasanjo
Reps APC caucus backs direct primary as Dogara shuns meeting with Oshiomhole
WHO seeks urgent increase in hepatitis testing, treatment
Organisers postpone The Guardian Financial Roundtable & Awards 2018
Nigerian female wrestlers win three gold medals, boys football team meets Morocco in final
NCF picks Adu, Kigigha, Agbazue, others for Chess Olympiad
Nigerian football battle: For Pinnick, the real war is still to come
Ajimobi, Alaafin, others for GOtv Boxing Night 15
Danjuma picks final squad for FIFA U-20 Women World Cup
Enyimba departs for Cote d’Ivoire today
Nigeria’s top level domain makes lazy progress
10m Nigerians to get free Wi-Fi facilities as Google Station opens
NNPC calls for renewable energy revolution to end fossil fuel
ICT can reverse oil curse
Editorial: Tears, jeers for Nigerian roads!
Three vital reasons you should exercise in pregnancy
Don’t skip Leg Day
Notes on the ‘July events’
Ogun and elimination of malaria in Nigeria
Bells University and Ojediran’s difference
Saraki: Will affliction rise a second time?
Kwankwaso’s return to PDP may push Shekarau to APC
Nigerian elders forum berates executive over harassment of Senate leadership
Interrupting the legislature
‘Vote buying has been part of Nigeria’s polling process’


Amaechi did not disparage Oshiomhole —Keyamo
Gunmen abduct 2 priests, lecturer in Kogi
Nigeria is divided —Obasanjo
Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse on Friday —Scientist
Buhari commends Armed Forces over Boko Haram
Ajimobi urges corps members to contribute towards national development
Afenifere, NEF, MBF, Ohanaeze, PANDEF condemn police action against Senate leadership
Buhari inaugurates N263m ecological fund projects in Karshi
Osun 2018: Court gives Adeleke six days to present his certificate
Defection: Kwankwaso, Gemade, Ortom, others have no honour ― Oshiomhole
Coordinator, Buhari Support Group resigns, as supporters hold rally in Kwara
Anambra Bishop hails judgment on Killers of Benue Catholic Priest
Defections: Okowa congratulates PDP, welcomes Ortom, NASS members
2 inspectors, 2 sgts arrested for shooting man near Lagos airport
NSCDC officials arrest pastor over scam in Ondo
Businessman remanded in prison for allegedly defiling 9-yr-old boy
Knife-point robbery: 2 men plead guilty, risk 3 years in jail
Ukrainian soldier sets self on fire while protesting dismissal from army
Bomb detonated outside US embassy in Beijing
Pakistan election: Imran Khan claims victory amid rigging claims
Trump blasts Cohen over tape disclosure
‎GTB partners New Works Limited, NIS on e-payment solutions services
FG approves 16 new oil fields in 2017
Naira gains marginally against dollar at parallel market
MAN urges CBN to reduce interest rate to boost lending
Sickle cell anaemia: Society seeks new screening method to prevent infant mortality
FG pledges enabling environment for practice, growth of neurosurgery
NGO recommends socio-behavioural change to end malnutrition
Expert urges govts, health organisations to create more awareness on prostate cancer
Talking to your teen about menstruation
Dana Air gets ‘Most Socially Responsible’ airline award
Medview Airlines to resume flights on Lagos/London route
Why domestic airlines are weak, fragmented—Nick Fadugba
Nigerian banks see huge risks in aviation —Ibe
32 ships expected at Lagos ports with petrol, other goods
Abandoned wrecks on inland waterways worrisome —NIWA
NPA’s sanction on shipping companies will backfire on importers —Don
FG to commence development of Makurdi port by 2019 ―NIWA Boss
Pineapple, bitter kola useful in treating prostate enlargement —Study
ASUP president seeks dress code to check unethical dressing in tertiary institutions
NOUN registers 1, 890 students in Sokoto centre
Don warns youths against dubious wealth-making schemes
UI DLC now mounts 15 programmes •Targets 25,000 enrolment
EDITORIAL: The siege on Saraki and Ekweremadu’s residences
Osun 2018: It’s Ife’s turn by zoning arrangement
On 3 years zero air accident


2019: No Automatic Tickets For APC Aspirants – Oshiomhole
AGF Absolves Saraki Of Complicity In Offa Robbery
Gunmen Abduct Dino Melaye On Lokoja Road
Defection: Youths Give Lawmakers Ultimatum Or Face Humiliation At Polls
Defection: Ogun APC Talks Tough On Tejuosho
Lai Mohammed Hails Kwara APC For ‘Overwhelming Support’ For Buhari
Katsina APC Primary: Drama, As Contestant Withdraws
Osun: Implications Of Oyetola’s Emergence As APC Flagbearer
900 Participants Benefit From Click-On Kaduna E-lance Workshop
Boarding, A Nigerian Flight Of Fancy
The Late Mallam Adamu Ciroma: The Passing Away Of Legend Of Our Time
Meet The Tremendously Funny Women Of “Seven And A Half Dates”
8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards’ Entries Now Open
Simi, Kiss Daniel, Pasuma, Others For City Of Friends Event
DJ Khalid To Drop New Single ‘No Brainer’, Friday
A Visit To Kaolack, Senegal (2
Religious Unity: In Blessed Memory Of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him)
NASS And The Defection Drama
Defectors Are Not True Politicinas – Senator Borofice
Why Voters Were Induced In Ekiti Election – Senator Arise
Osun: Implications Of Oyetola’s Emergence As APC Flagbearer
Osun Guber Poll: Another Vote-buying Market?
Assessing Oil Leak Remediation And Environmental Impact In Akoka Community
PIB: An Antidote For Curbing Corruption In Nigeria Oil & Gas Industry
Emirates Airline Announces Special Offer For Nigerian Families
Niger PDP Sticks To Zoning Arrangements For Governorship
PDP Is On Ground, Highly Accepted In Rivers – Emeh
NFF Seeks Private Sector’s Support For Youth Sports
Gymnasts Depart For South Africa
ALGON Chairman Urges Youth To Embrace Sports
Meet The Tremendously Funny Women Of “Seven And A Half Dates” EDITORIAL: Revisiting Power Sector Privatisation
Leadership By Consensus: A Legacy of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
2019: Buhari, Saraki And My Fears
Tribute: Remembering My Brother, Olusogo Odusote

Lessons From National Museum, Esie
Why Govt Should Implement Genotype Test Before Marriages – Hills
Insecurity, Bane Of FCT Commuters
Victims Lament Losses As Properties Worth Millions Burn In Jos Inferno
Card Money & Its Inadequacies
South African Airways Wins Best Category Award
Open Skies: FG Urged To Adopt Dubai, Singaporean Model
Boosting Research In Mines, Steel Development With N84m Fund


We’re Tired Of APC, Waiting For Saraki On Where To Go – Kwara Gov
Ronaldo To Make Serie A Debut For Champions Juventus At Chievo
2 Sentenced To Death For Kidnap, Murder Of Benue Catholic Priest
How Smith Rowe Dazzled In Atlético Madrid Vs Arsenal Game
Gun-Running Trial: Melaye’s Whereabouts Remain Unknown
39 Senators Meet Buhari, Say “We Still Have Clear Majority In NASS”
Offa Robbery: Saraki Has Case To Answer, Police Insist
4 Policemen Arrested Over Indiscriminate Shooting
Presco Nets N22.37bn Revenue, Declares N2bn Dividend For Shareholders
Simi, Features 2face In Her New Album, Set For JJW
Abebe, Obasanjo’s In-Law, Remanded In Prison Custody Over Forgery
Flying Eagles Made Me Quit Enyimba — Aigbogun
The PDP Agreement Sealed With Kwankwanso, Dogara, Others
Kenyan Sprinters Mount ‘Road Block’ For Nigeria, Others
Confederation Cup: Enyimba Jet Out To Cote’d Ivoire For Williamsville Clash
PDP Raises Alarm Over Plot To Impeach Fayose
Asaba 2018 AAC: Nigeria Can Take Consolation In Hosting Well, Says Fasuba
39 senators meet Buhari, say “We still have clear majority in NASS”
Offa robbery: Saraki has case to answer, Police insist
Defectors’ve agreed to work for Buhari while in PDP — Presidency
Defections: PDP offering bribes to our members —Gbajabiamila
Aftermath of unabating Apapa gridlock: Illness, sudden death lurk on emerging waste dumps
Arrest, punish those responsible for killings, US tells FG
State of the nation: Don’t blame leaders only – Buhari
Gun-running trial: Melaye’s whereabouts remain unknown
Kenyan sprinters mount ‘road block’ for Nigeria, others
AFRIMA 2018: Organizers urge African leaders to back the event
Why I won’t break the vow I made to God – Daddy Showkey
Untold story of how Caroline Danjuma chose to die in place of her daughter!
Davido’s girlfriend, Chioma dumping school saga sparks outrage
AfCFTA: Nigeria lacks capacity to compete – Fmr NACCIMA DG
We have not received any report on Dino Melaye’s kidnap – Police
How TASUED generates IGR through entrepreneurship —Prof Arigbabu
Breaking: Reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi expressway begins in two weeks – Osinbajo
Google for Africa: FG plans massive economic rehabilitation with technology
FG seeks collaboration on healthcare services
IMADUBUKO: My story of ruin, redemption, triumph
Oil steady after G20 warns of risks to growth

Ekiti: PDP accuses APC of plotting to Impeach Fayose

PDP accuses APC of plotting to Impeach Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose

By Abisola Olasupo

Nigeria’s ruling Party, All Progressive Congress(APC) has been accused by People’s Democratic Party(PDP) of plotting to impeach the outgoing governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose.
PDP raised alarm over the alleged plot to impeach Fayose on Wednesday in a statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.

“The Peoples Democratic Party has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop its nefarious plot to impeach Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayo Fayose or attract dire consequences,” Ologbondiyan said.

“The PDP states that any resort to underhand measures to impeach Fayose, without the constitutionally required 2/3 of the members of the House, particularly at this time, when the lawmakers are currently on their annual recess, will surely be resisted by our members,” he added.

Ologbondiyan further accused APC of laying siege to “Ekiti State Assembly Complex last night without a formal request by the Speaker, the Clerk or the Sergeant-at-Arms, who is the chief security officer of the complex.”

The opposition party warned the ruling party to desist from the alleged plots, claiming that APC is trying to cover up for suspected rigging of the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.

“PDP is aware that the plot is a desperate bid by the APC to rush into the Ekiti Government House to remove and tamper with documents and evidence confirming the rigging of the July 14 governorship election, ahead of the sitting of the election tribunal,” Ologbondiyan sated.

The governorship election held on July 15 was marred by malpractices.

The poll returned APC’s candidate and the former Minister of Mine and Steel Kayode Fayemi as the governor-elect of the state.

Source : The Guardian

Grandma throws granddaughter into well to teach daughter-in-law lesson

55-year-old grandmother throws granddaughter into well

Posted By: Justina Asishana, Minna

A 55 year old grandmother, Aisha Ibrahim has been arrested by the Niger state Police Command for killing her two year granddaughter by throwing her into a well.

According to the suspect, she tied the granddaughter with a rope and threw her into the well in their compound at Karaya Fulani Camp in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state.

Aisha said that she carried out the action because she has been looking for a way to deal with her daughter-in-law adding that it was a payback for the insults and assaults she had received from her daughter-in-law.

The grandmother saw an opportunity to carry out her act when her son, Bello Ibrahim and his wife left their child in her custody to attend a naming ceremony in their neighboring village

“I told my husband to tell his son to divorce his wife but he did not listen to me. My daughter-in-law is fond of insulting and assaulting me all the time and the only way I could pay her back was to tie her daughter with the rope and throw her inside well to die so that she will equally feel the pains and agony I have been through.

“We have been living in peace as one big family before my son married her, I have 12 children and all of us are living in one compound, she cannot come from nowhere to destroy the family I have suffered for years to keep, it is unacceptable,” she explained.

The suspect who was trailed and arrested by the police detectives attached to Kagara Division while she was trying to escape said she regretted her action as she should not have yielded to the temptation.

“It was temptation. I did not know when I did it, I cannot just tell but may Allah forgive me, honestly it was a wicked act that can never be accepted anywhere in the world”, she confessed.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Muhammad Abubakar said during confession to the crime, the suspect regretted her action adding it was already too late as the deed had already been done and she would be arraigned in court after investigation .


: The Nation

NFF to investigate Eagles’ coach who allegedly collected bribes to field players

Sanusi: NFF will investigate bribery allegation against coach Yusuf

By David Ngobua & Olusola ‘Jide |

As reactions continue to trail the recent bribery allegation against Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has assured that the football federation will carry out a thorough inquest into the scandal.
In a sting operation masterminded by Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and aired on the BBC, Yusuf was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.

Despite calls for the sack of the Head Coach of Super Eagles Team B and the national U-23 team, Sanusi said the NFF won’t be rushed into taking any decision for or against the coach.
He said there are always two sides to a story so the federation will set up an investigative panel to look into the matter.
“There is no official position yet on the bribery allegation against Salisu Yusuf who is one of our national team coaches. You know this kind of thing, you have to be careful in order not to complicate matters.
“The only thing I can say for now is that we are setting up internal mechanism to look into the matter. We are not going to sweep it under the carpet.
“The allegation is serious and will be given all the necessary attention. The NFF on its part has always done its best to meet up with all financial obligations to its coaches,” he said.
Yusuf was a member of the Super Eagles coaching crew at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Also yesterday, the Nigeria Football Coaches Association threw their weight behind Coach Salisu Yusuf.
The association, in a communique signed by its chairman Ladan Bosso, said Yusuf should not be held liable for any wrongdoing even though they respect the FIFA code of ethics.
Bosso, who is also the head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League club, FC IfeanyiUbah, says that Salisu can’t stoop low to collect the pittance given to him.
“It is clear to the blind that the coach’s stand wasn’t distorted by the “triviality” of the pecuniary gift made to him. The players in question prior to the issuance of the gift had already made the team and were in fact among the pillars of the team,” reads the statement.
“We do not think that the integrity and reputation of football has been affected by this though we shall investigate further as it dents the reputation of our association and members.
“Again, we think that the coach should be commended for stating clearly that players’ selection is based on performance. It makes no sense that our colleague who earns over 3 million Naira would stoop so low for pittance of $750/1000, which does not compare to the salary he earns. The trivial nature of what he received is the issue.”
“This our member has debunked in his response to BBC. To this effect we stand with our member pending further investigations to ascertain if there are any breaches of ethics,” the Nigerian Coaches’ statement read further.
“As a body, we shall investigate further this matter and where need be sanction or caution our colleague.”

Source: Daily Trust

How Wasiu Ayinde betrayed me before Sikiru Ayinde Barrister – Iyanda Sawaba

INTERVIEW: How Wasiu Ayinde Marshal betrayed me – Iyanda Sawaba

Iyanda Sawaba

Oladeinde Olawoyin

Veteran Fuji musician, Isiaka Iyanda Sawaba, popularly known as “Easy Sawaba”, was in the 1970s and 1980s a force to reckon with in Fuji music. In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Oladeinde Olawoyin, the musician narrates how the acclaimed king of Fuji music, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, betrayed him after they both abused the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in Ibadan in 1985. He also spoke about Wasiu Ayinde’s (K1 de Ultimate) claim about the origin of Fuji, his smash hit ‘Pata Olokun’, the facts behind the controversy between him and the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, among other issues.

PT: What do you think about the fate of Fuji in this age of near-total takeover of the industry by pop artistes? Has Fuji been sidelined?

No, no no, they never pushed Fuji away. Nobody can sideline Fuji. It’s about time factor. Fuji is in town and, besides, hip-hop is generated from Fuji. Fuji exists side-by-side hip-hop. Most of the keys they (pop artistes) play are from Fuji. So it’s about time. No music can take Fuji off the scene; it has grown beyond that.

PT: As an artiste, do you still perform actively like before?

I do not have any other job; this is the only job I have. So I still perform.

PT: What about album release plans?

I had to soft-pedal on the issue of album release. It’s like one is being defrauded. Once you get to a level in this job, you have to pray to be blessed with enough resources to release your records yourself. But before I release another album, it will be after I come back from America. I will be in America by the end of this month and when I come back, I will release a new album myself.

PT: What’s the relationship between you and other Fuji artistes, especially your contemporaries?

My contemporaries are numerous. Among them are Ramon Akanni, Bokoote Raimi Ayinde, Fancy Aye Alamu, Waidi Akangbe, Love Azeez l’Agege, among many others. If we shift to other places, you’d have so many others – in Ilorin and other places.

PT: How’s the relationship between…?

(Cuts in) Ah, our relationship is smooth. Very, very smooth. We had a meeting recently and even elected another president, Sikiru Ayinde, and we were all there.

PT: There are people who said Wasiu Ayinde is your contemporary and others who said he belongs to the generation after yours. Can you clarify that angle?

Well, if they say he was my contemporary, there’s no lie about it. Again if people say he came behind me, there is no lie about it too. You know, age is inconsequential when it comes to friendship. So, we were all together and we rolled together ––Wasiu, myself and those I mentioned.

PT: What do you think about the various innovations artistes are bringing into Fuji sound today?

Many of our people do not know that they are selling off their birthright, when people who claim to be singing Fuji are doing hip-hop. Fuji goes in line with almost all of the genres of music we have today; it’s a combination of all genres. I am not against the idea of people singing hip-hop, but it shouldn’t be done in a way that it would affect what they do originally. Fuji is a combination of all sounds so there’s nothing new about anything that comes now. I am not saying they shouldn’t play hip-hop but they shouldn’t push it beyond their own (Fuji) line.

PT: Do you have any plan to delve into pop music?

No, no, no. I have no plan to bring anything into the genre. I play Fuji and I have no plan to play hip-hop. We have also done something pertaining to that but we simply did it at the time by singing in English and we never abandoned Fuji to face hip-hop.

PT: Why is there always disagreement among Fuji artistes?

The job is naturally about proverbs and jibes. Anyone who sings without proverbs; the songs are bound to be uninteresting because proverbs beget words and words beget music. S. Aka and Yusuf Olatunji fought in their heyday. (Sings S. Aka and Yusuf Olatunji songs). In this job, when people insult themselves, it is part of advert. In Ibadan for instance, people do not follow gentle masquerades; they only go with the violent ones. Some years ago in Chicago, two musicians killed each other and their fans also killed one another. So, that’s how it is worldwide. Now, talk of Pasuma and Saidi Osupa, that’s how the (disagreement) will linger. King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer also had disagreements, ditto Haruna Ishola and Kasumu Adio. So, proverbs beget music and if there is no proverbs, people would not listen. People enjoy controversies and even I did it in the past.

PT:Which artiste did you have disagreement with?

It happened between myself and Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. We did it in the past. They (Pasuma et al) are the one in town now and that’s what their fans desire. If there is no controversy, you may not hear about them and that’s why Fuji has remained in vogue.

PT: Another controversial topic in Fuji discourse is about the origin of Fuji music. What’s your take on this controversial topic?

Anyone who sings Fuji today does not know what Barrister imagined before creating Fuji. You know it’s not easy for the son to tell the story of the father. It’s impossible. So every soul that claims to be singing Fuji, with whatever system, is tapping from Barrister’s. Only Barrister knew what he saw before naming it Fuji. And Wasiu Ayinde himself even; Barrister said there was no way he (Wasiu) would talk about his life trajectory without mentioning his (Barrister’s) name. Before now, Wasiu Ayinde was called ‘Wasiu Ayinde Barrister’. So if he now says Barrister didn’t create Fuji, which line did he tread before becoming a star? Is it now possible for him to recant Barrister’s history? It is impossible.

One, by age, and everything, Barrister was his boss. So if he says anything about Fuji, he is saying that to himself. One should remember one very day; one very day someone does something good to you. So we shouldn’t assume that because someone is dead, or because one is in a certain position, we can say anything. We should remember we are all going to get reward for our actions.

For me and my people, Barrister created Fuji himself. It was after we stopped ‘Were’ performance that we began to follow him––and later with Kollington. We followed both of them. Where was he (Wasiu)? Is it possible for me to stand up and recant Barrister’s history? Do I know when he was born in actuality? Meanwhile, whatever one would say with repercussion, one should be cautious. Sooner or later they would talk about him too.

PT: But it appears the disagreement is also between Barrister and Kollington..?

(Cuts in) That’s just for the sake of competition. The likes of Saka Laigbade, Ajadi Ewenla, Bashiru Abinuwaye (Barrister’s brother) and others, I once competed with them in 1968 at Ona’la. That year I rode a horse into Ona’la. But they never sang Fuji there; what they sang was a mixture of Sakara and all that. When Kollington disputed Barrister’s claim (on Fuji origin), it was out of competition. They were fighting at the time. Even Alhaji Kollington himself can’t dispute Barrister because he made us know that it was Barrister that came to invite him in Abeokuta, imploring him to join him in Lagos. Both of them hadn’t left the military at the time; it was after Fuji became big that they resigned from the military. So whenever we mention Barrister, we must mention Kollington. So let us be mindful of what we say. Whatever God would do, he has done. Where is the same person we are talking about? And every one of us will eventually go to the same place he went.

PT: Can you recall what the Fuji scene was in the 1980s, especially because Wasiu Ayinde sang about the days you were in Ebutte Metta and he was on the Island and…?

See, I am not his (Wasiu Ayinde’s) contemporary because I started ‘Were’ in 1964, and throughout the period I was actively involved in ‘Were’ performances, I never met him. I left ‘Were’ performances around 1976. I never met him; I went out to Lagos, Agege, Mushin (performing)… I never met him. Meanwhile, how would you (Wasiu) that I never met, sing in live performances that we were contemporaries? Where did we meet? We never met during ‘Were’ days. Those I met include Alhaji Jelani Oriade… we were many.

There was a man called Sunday Ijero, a protegee of Kollington (Ayinla). It was Sunday Ijero that gave birth to Remi Aluko. His name was Sunday Aluko but we called him ‘Sunday Ijero’ because he lived in Ijero area, at Apapa Road. He was the first Christian that sang ‘Were’. So if Remi sings today, he met it at ‘home’ because his father was a musician too. Meanwhile, there were many others.

Those that were my senior include Alhaji Kehinde Adaramaja (now a lawmaker), Barrister Aremu Ago-egba, Amoo Barrister Olufade, so many of them. There was also Taju Ajilekege; including a butcher in Oyingbo named Ajadi. Those were my contemporaries. I never met him (Wasiu). Why would he now say he was in Isale-eko; I was in Ebute-metta? Do you (Wasiu) even know where I lived in Ebute-metta? Yes, we later became friends shortly before we met at (Saliu) Adetunji’s record company. That was at the height of Barrister and Kollington’s ‘war’. So, the likes of Isiaka Olorunoje, Ramoni Akanni, Bokote Raimi and other, we met when Fuji began and not when we were performing ‘Were’. I never met him. I was even asking my contemporaries whether, truly, ‘did Wasiu (Ayinde) perform ‘Were’? These are what I know. But when God place people in certain positions, they often use it to ‘ride’ others.

I, as a person, will speak the truth till I die. Whatever I would say behind anyone and wouldn’t say to his face, I would not say it. When we talk about Barrister, we were all close to him. We all returned to Fuji Chambers whenever we went out. But we also knew our contemporaries… but, No, No, No, I never met him during ‘Were’. Of course, there was no basis for competition between us. When we were with Adetunji, he eulogized me in his records and I did same in mine, until things changed and we both stayed on our lanes.

PT: So many things have been said about you and Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, what exactly are the issues ––the disagreements, the tribulations, the Kamoru Ayansola angle and all?

First, we should understand that there is no one without his own personal tribulations. But my elder brother (Sikiru Ayinde Barrister) – May God forgive him – had a way of implicating himself in other people’s affairs. There are some people who may want to harm someone but would not do the harm directly; they would rather hide behind those with whom you are fighting. So whenever there is any tribulation, people would quickly refer to him meanwhile the real evil doer is behind. But at the end of the day, after we settled the disputes, the day he was honoured with MFR and he came to Ibadan, Alhaji (Sikiru Barrister) said so many curses to affirm that he knew nothing about what happened to me. He said it was over and I also said it was over. Everyone had his own cross to bear, including the prophets of God.

PT: What happened exactly with regard to Ayansola?

I never took Ayansola away from Barrister. Myself, Ayansola and Barrister’s fan boys were all friends. I was not Barrister’s apprentice but we were so close that we were like siblings, including Barrister. Whenever I entered Fuji Chamber, if I took the food Barrister was eating, he would not complain. But what I want people to know is that why I was angry with Barrister was that when the Fuji ’78 left, it was only Kamoru Ayansola that was left as drummer with Alhaji Barrister. At the time, Alhaji Kamo had to come to Ibadan, to pick up the band members of Baba Tatalo (Alamu) to Lagos. Everyone had left at the time; only Alhaji Kamo was left. To be candid, Alhaji Kamo was battling with ‘severe cough’ but it wasn’t that bad to the point of being directed to become a back-up drummer for another member. I reckoned that rather than order him to become a backup drummer, being a ‘captain’ in the band, he ought to have been kept somewhere respectfully. That was the cause of the rift that made Ayansola exit Barrister’s band and come to Ibadan. I remember there was a similar case in Liberty (Stadium) where Alhaji Kamo was ordered to play ‘Sakara’ as backup to Bashiru. I think he couldn’t cope; so he came back to Ibadan.

When he came back, I told him Barrister was angry and would later accept pleas. Yet when it got to a stage, it was evident Barrister would not budge, yet this man had no other job. Besides, I wasn’t the only one he beat the drum for in Ibadan––if you meet Tiri Ajao, Nure Bonanza and others, you could confirm. It wasn’t that he deliberately left Barrister to drum for me, No! All the lead drummers you know –Obey’s Alhaji Tiamiyu; Sunny Ade’s Mutiu; Razaq that’s in America now; Segun Adewale and Shina Peter’s Kabiru; all of them – are my friends. Whenever I had recording in the studio, they were always there. The Pata Olokun we just spoke about, many of the drummers were there, even their bosses were aware they were there. Alhaji Kamo led the drummers in Pata Olokun, Barrister never knew till he died because he never mentioned it. My own drummer, Shakiru was there too.

So when he (Kamoru Ayansola) came back to Ibadan, he was closer to me. You know, a generous person isn’t in the same league with miser; he was closer to me than every other person which led to the insinuation that I snatched him. What Barrister was thinking at the time, I don’t understand and the worse part of it was the car he (Barrister) retrieved from him. He collected 504 car from him in Mushin and I bought another car for him. We were both in Ibadan at the time but he had a house in Oloruntosi in Mushin. They asked people to come snatch the car from him and I came to Ibadan to get him another car. So that was how it happened.

I never snatched him from Barrister. There are too many drummers already. At the end of the day even, was it not ‘Deroju that led the drummers for Alhaji Barrister’s band before he died? ‘Deroju was Fancy Aye Alamu’s drummer. Since ‘Deroju left Fancy Aye Alamu, he (Fancy Aye Alamu) hasn’t been himself. Today, Ididowo left Obesere and moved behind Pasuma, so what happened? He was his manager, to the core. Now, Morubo, Ayinla Kollington’s manager has moved behind Obesere. Will Kollington kill himself? Or will the other man too not survive? That’s how it is; it’s not as if someone snatched anyone. In fact, empathy is even why many people get into trouble; it was why I did too because I could have left him for fear of the possible controversies. But I felt he needed to survive.

PT: After Ayansola left him and moved into your band, what happened?

I just suddenly discovered that Alhaji was singing abusive songs. (Sings Barrister’s songs) I was wondering whom Alhaji was referring to and at the end of the day, I discovered I was the one Alhaji was referring to.

PT: So you replied him?

Ah, Bismillahi! (Laughs)

PT: So what was the duration of the disagreement?

I did about five albums, all in a spate of four years. It was between 1983 through 1985 when Ayansola died. Ayansola died in 1985; he died in Osogbo on December 31/January 1st, 1985.

PT: So after Ayansola died, was there no ceasefire?

Well, er, music isn’t like you just put it. Many supporters have stood up at the time. It was that same 1985 that I and Wasiu Ayinde Barrister abused Barrister at Liberty Stadium. Immediately after the show, I moved to Ogbomoso for another performance. Alhaji Barrister was playing for Tunde Badmus and co in Oshogbo and that was how he (Wasiu) moved to go prostrate before Barrister, pleading that he was coerced into the act by his fans who allegedly placed guns around his neck and all that. And I know Alhaji Barrister; what he was fond of listening to was ‘first come first served’, he wouldn’t listen to others. So Alhaji Barrister instantly listened to what he told him and that was what intensified the fight.

PT: Was Wasiu Ayinde in any feud with Barrister at the time before you met at Liberty Stadium?

Thank you. We got to Liberty Stadium, I was singing then he arrived. We both sang: ‘Iwo l’Omo Agbaje Salami L’ayeye, iwo ona omo Agbaje Salami l’aiyeye o…’ We were making jest of Barrister on stage. It was that night he went to plead with Barrister so whether he had any rift with Barrister or not, I didn’t know. He got to Lagos and took his family members to plead with Barry and it was that period that Barrister took up my case.

You know, he showed me he was not straightforward because many people had warned me earlier about our relationship but I never listened because of the love I had for him. I think he knew this was the way this guy (me) could fall, so he could help plan it. He did what he wanted to do but then, is this not me now? Everybody knew and knew him and that’s why I also avoided him afterwards and everyone stayed on his lane. In 2004, we settled the rift and we became a little closer but I soon realised this same character hadn’t left him. Wasiu himself loves ‘hearsay’. If told about what anyone says, he wouldn’t ask you; he would rather keep it to himself. You know that’s a very dangerous character. Only a murderer behaves that way.

I used to tell Alhaji Barrister himself that if two people commit offence and one of them comes around to complain, he should endeavor to invite the second person and hear him out. We both offended him and we were supposed to beg him together but someone went behind to plead for mercy; why should I ask him (Wasiu)? Many of those at the Ibadan party were in Oshogbo and they were just exclaiming, screaming ‘Ah! Ah! Ah!

I realised in 2004 after the rift was settled that rather than go away, that same character has become more entrenched in him. That’s how I simply moved back. May God Almighty not frustrate us. May he (Wasiu) face no tribulation; may I also face none. May we remain on the scene for long.

PT: Ayansola died in 1985, the many tribulations you faced came in..?

Those had come earlier before then, before Ayansola’s death. And since then, we thank God there is nothing.

PT: What’s the future of Fuji in your own view?

The future of Fuji is okay. It’s all about time. That’s why I said one can’t own the world, we can only own time. Many people are springing up already. If truly the world will come to an end, Fuji music will continue to be in vogue till the end of the world.

PT: What’s your advice for young Fuji artistes?

They should stay away from violence and controversies. If they abuse one another, they should refrain from abusing their parents. It’s part of advert if artistes abuse themselves but they should refrain from abusing their parents. They should also do their jobs diligently. May God Almighty uplift them.

Culled from Premium Times