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

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

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

APC NEC adopts direct presidential primary, indirect for gov, others
PDP asks Tambuwal, Atiku, Kwankwaso, others to accept primary’s outcome
Saraki declares presidential bid, promises sincere anti-graft war
Not Too Young To Run distances self from Saraki’s declaration
Davido’s presence causes scare at NYSC camp
Trump and May’s thumbs down for Nigeria
APC won’t miss migrant politicians –Oshiomhole
Voting for APC in 2019 will further divide Nigeria —Lamido
Bamidele returns after treating gun injury in US
Clark, Adebanjo, Abdullahi, Ezeife attack President over anti-rule of law comment
Suspected fraudster abducts Facebook female friend
25-year-old mother of two hacked to death in Ekiti
Joshua is best world heavyweight boxer – Tyson
MTN denies illegally repatriating $8.1bn
Buhari’s national interest comment, alibi to undermine judiciary —Soyinka
FAAC sets up committee on Excess Crude Account management
Police arraign three for stealing helicopter spare parts
Teenager drugs man to steal motorcycle
Fresh 164 Nigerians return from Libya
Sales boy burgles boss’ shop, steals property
Lagos businessmen lament torture, accuse F-SARS of frame-up
NYSC accuses Osun LG chairmen of withholding scheme’s money
Summit: Akpabio, nine ministers to accompany Buhari to China
Inauguration: Fayose’s aide faults Fayemi’s request for tightened security
Wike urges PDP presidential aspirants to unite against APC
National Assembly panel cuts INEC budget by N202.2m
We will earn your trust and votes, Fela Durotoye says, emerges PACT consensus candidate
Tambuwal picks PDP presidential form
I’ll support female aspirants across party lines — Aisha Buhari
NSE, London Stock Exchange are key partners ― Onyema
Manufacturing key to economic growth, says Dangote
Apple to unveil new iPhones in September
Farmers, herders’ clashes threaten output of cash crops
BoI gets re-certification on ISO compliance
Champions League: Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford as Juve draw Man United
Luka Modric named UEFA player of year
Osun teachers involved in ongoing workers’ strike – NUT chair
InterswitchSPAK STEM competition stresses need for emotional intelligence
Akeredolu’s wife donates 400 laptops to pupils
Nigeria’s challenges have given way to dividends under me – Buhari
PHOTOS: APC holds NEC meeting
BBC reporter shocked that Terra Kulture founder lives in Nigeria
FG must stop unlawful arrests, detentions, says Amnesty International
‘National interest,’ an alibi for flouting judiciary’s decisions, Soyinka tells Buhari
Oyo Govt declares Friday work-free for PVC registration, collection
5,000 out-of-school girls to acquire basic literacy, numeracy skills
All you need to know about investment clubs
NBC kicks over N4.3bn owed by broadcast stations
From accreditation crisis, a motivational book
Nigeria has a lot to learn from Ikoyi Club – President
Scientists discover new genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease
‘OTACCWA out to encourage pharmaceutical companies to provide cold chain facilities’
Why women should test for ovarian cancer after 40
Agency says early sex initiation increases HIV vulnerability
FUNAAB records breakthrough, develops indigenous chickens
How to get all your data back from Google
Editorial: Making Made-in-Nigeria products competitive
Letter to Leah Sharibu
Kofi Annan and his likes in Nigeria
Taking over police job is good business in Nigeria
APC govs reject direct primary as NEC meeting holds
Girl arrested for allegedly drugging okada rider, snatching motorcycle
VIDEO: Pastor stops wedding party over bridesmaid’s twerking
Xenophobia: Three killed in Soweto – South African Police
German police ready for new anti-migrant rally –Official
Court sentences ex-policeman to 15 years in prison for killing teen
Media outlet shuts down after three reporters are killed Central African Republic
Goats can distinguish happy faces from angry ones –Study
We must get our internal dynamics right in order to win –Buhari
APC won’t miss ‘rolling stone’ politicians –Oshiomhole
Dogara, Lasun absent at APC NEC meeting
Trends, expectations from entrepreneurs in modern UPS design
Pay back your bank loans, FG tells farmers
NNPC to establish 200,000bpd condensate refineries
NIPOST set to begin electronic money transfer service
Southgate hails Shaw’s desire as United star returns to England squad
All you need to know about Champions League draw
Deschamps backs Lloris, recalls ‘retired’ Rami in first post-World Cup squad
Agency says early sex initiation increases HIV vulnerability

The Nation

Ronaldo tries again for first goal, Inter for first win
FIFA: Nigerians Make 2018 World Cup Unforgettable
APC adopts direct primary for presidential candidate
Soyinka criticises Buhari on rule of law, national interest
MTN rejects CBN’s order to refund $8.1b
Assembly panel okays N143.2b for INEC
Saraki, Tambuwal, others exit had no dent on APC, says Buhari
Nigeria, UK yearly trade hits £4.2b
Nigeria saves $200m yearly from fertiliser plants’ revival, says Osinbajo
We’ve lifted Nigerians out of poverty, says Osinbajo
Buhari urges women to go for elective offices
Why there’s low cargo in Eastern ports, by NPA
Police probe Lafia market fracas
Gunmen kill two policemen, driver in Rivers
Davido’s presence electrifies NYSC camp
Ronaldo tries again for first goal, Inter for first win
FIFA: Nigerians Make 2018 World Cup Unforgettable
Champions League Draw: Ronaldo Back to Old Trafford
Serena off Witthoeft to set up Venus clash
Plot against Super Eagles’ AFCON ticket thickens
FIBA World Cup: D’Tigress vow good outing
Akin Omotoso’s ‘Vaya’ to make debut on Netflix
Ahead of TIFF: Afghanistan-set drama wins $100,000
Lagos residents advised on proper sanitation
We’re used to dirty naira notes, say Lagosians
Court to hear suit against Lagos PDP exco September 6
Three businessmen remanded for ‘theft of $46,940 helicopter parts’
Lagos to returnee pilgrims: be godly in your conduct
Company constructs classes, library for college in Kano
Educate children on moral, lawyer advises parents
Nigeria, UK yearly trade hits £4.2b
Guinness Nigeria increases dividend up by 187.5%
Access Bank to pay N7.23b interim dividend
NNPC reporting template ready next month

The Sun

Sometimes I feel I didn’t do enough for my late mum – Abounce, rapper/actor
2019: Unite to sack Buhari, Wike tells PDP candidates
Soyinka warns Buhari
Why I’m running for president – Saraki
Vote for me again in 2019, Buhari begs women
2019: APC adopts direct primary election for presidency only
Araraume set to dump APC for APGA
Tanker explosion: Church, hotels, shops razed in Rivers
$8.1bn refund: Bankers move to save MTN
Use your influence to turn nation to God, Mrs. Ambode tells women
PVC collection: Oyo declares Friday work-free day
Libya: 165 Nigerian migrants arrive Lagos
I won’t leave PDP again – Atiku Abubakar
India, Nigeria’s largest trading partner – Envoy
NSE trading maintain downward trend, All-Share Index drop 0.77%
Emery bans fruit juice at Arsenal
Pellegrini: I rejected Yaya Toure
Eto’o to buy house for ex-Cameroon captain
State congress tears Oyo ADC apar
Cross River: SDP’ll sack Ayade in 2019, guber aspirant boasts
Benue monarch condoles with Dickson, donates N.5m towards Cancer Foundation
Flooding: Obaseki assesses impact, assures victims of relief materials
Cargo firm lauds Bayelsa govt. on airport project
EDITORIAL: Leah Sharibu’s rescue plea
Tragedy as erosion wreaks havoc on Kebbi community
Stemming Nigeria’s population growth
Nigeria’s seaport and social depression

Daily Trust

2Baba, Waje, DJ Neptune arrive Kaduna for charity musical concert
FIFA President commends Super Eagles, Nigerian fans
UEFA Champions League group stage draw (LIVE UPDATE)
10 things Buhari said at APC NEC meeting in Abuja
APC strives on falsehood – Lamido
Journalists in Abia protest anti-media attacks
Rule of law will outlive you – Soyinka tells Buhari
APC presidential candidate to emerge through direct primary
Buhari departs for China today
2019: Don’t jeopardise national security, Defence Chief warns politicians
How Nigeria can avoid crisis in 2019 – Gambari
Why I want to be president – Saraki
Lamido: I’ll defeat Buhari if I secure PDP ticket
N369m deal: Sen Hunkuyi fails to honour police invitation
Saraki Declares for presidency at meeting with #NotTooYoungToRun
Voter registration: Edo declares today work-free
JAMB adopts new exam style for the blind, others
Nigeria doesn’t need president with military background – Bafarawa
I won’t quit PDP if I lose primary — Atiku
Providence People’s Congress inaugurates plateau chapter
Marafa Campaign Organisation distributes 51 cars
Pinnick charges Enyimba to go all the way
How illegal funds repatriation affects exchange rate, prices of goods – Experts
nvestors lose N99bn as MTN, Diamond Bank shares plunge over fine
Reps cttee queries agencies over $21bn loss to non-review of PSCs
5 things Saraki said he would do as president
Pandemonium as Davido sworn-in at Lagos NYSC camp
Development Control demolishes school, garage in Games Village
Students of Imam – Malik Academy shine in WAEC/NECO
False choice between human rights and national security
Buhari, rule of law, national interest and security
JNigeria Air, aviation unions and matters arising
2019 Presidency: Why PDP should look North-Eastwards
Corridors of power: The graveyard of conscience
Macron affirms love for France after ‘resistant Gauls’ aside
Editorial: Before the electronic waste consumes us
Typha grass threatening farming, fishing in Jigawa
Yam farmers enjoy good market as harvest begins
…Bumper harvest expected in Kano, Yobe

Tribune

Successful implementation of ERGP will accelerate 7% GDP growth by 2020 ― Osinbajo
Bukola Saraki declares for president, read full speech
Varsity students storm out of exam hall in South Africa, say questions too tough
Buhari leaves for China Friday
2019: APC adopt direct primary for president, indirect for govs, others
Omisore takes campaign to Oyinlola’s town, promises to rebuild Osun
NYSC, beacon of hope, reference point ― Ajimobi
25-yr-old mother of two, hacked to death in Ekiti
130 disabled persons provided with artificial legs, hands in Anambra
Wike charges PDP presidential aspirants to forge common-front against APC, FG
Over 70% of Ebonyi youths have PVC ― Youth Commissioner
Petrol tanker fire razes church, hotel, shops in Rivers
Man bags 6 months imprisonment for N5,000 theft, mischief
Trump announces trade deal with Mexico
Nigeria wants £4.2bn trade with Britain increased
EDITORIAL: Theresa May on poverty in Nigeria
Shehu Musa on code of conduct for political parties

The Guardian

Saraki declares bid for Aso Rock as Buhari mocks defectors
MTN’s shares drop 23% after CBN’s $8.1bn sanction
Don’t force Moses out of retirement, Mabo tells Rohr
Oyo declares today work-free day for PVCs’ collection
Prevailing insecurity worse than civil war, Atiku declares
SDP ‘ll check challenges in health sector, says Omisore
IGP, political stakeholders promise peaceful poll in Osun
U.S. reaffirms faith in free, credible election in Osun
Akwa Ibom government denies alleged N184m marine terminal fraud
Ronaldo’s Juve face Man United, Barca versus Tottenham
Oboh at World Amateur Championship, eyes Youth Olympics medal
Samuel Eto’o rescues former Cameroon captain who is homeless
New Minna 18-hole green ready for tournaments
Gernot Rohr must earn back Nigeria’s respect after World Cup disappointment
Mibod, SIAO move to develop boxing, other sports in Nigeria
Breaking Coconut On The Head As A Sign Of Prayer Ritual
AfCFTA ratification deadline suffers setback with only seven signatories
UBA offers customers N120 million in new promo
How Nigeria Airways ex-workers’ N45b benefit got stuck again
Visa, LSETF to digitize payments for MSMEs
Editorial: Adieu, Senator John Sydney McCain (1936- 2018)
Gernot Rohr must earn back Nigeria’s respect after World Cup disappointment
PIGB rejection as fatal blow to oil sector reforms
Political defections in Nigeria, causes and consequences
Kofi Annan and the African personality
Education in a rudderless society
Foretelling democracy atrophy
‘Wike has not done well at all’
Dogara stumped by APC, PDP tangle
Nasarawa lawmakers flout court order, declare member’s seat vacant
FG to ban gmail, others for official work, mulls .ng
Paystack secures $8m Series A Funding
NIMC begins transfer of e-ID cards
NCC, WIPO partner on capacity building on IP rights for judiciary
Illegal tobacco marketers escape government watch, undermine ITP
Substituting almonds for breakfast skipped improves insulin resistance

New Telegraph

2019: Buhari banks on support of womenfolk
‘Not Too Young To Run’ dissociates self from Saraki’s declaration
Police arrest two homosexuals in Ogun
Speaker Dogara absent at APC NEC meeting
Minimum wage: C’ttee to conclude task next week
One killed as onslaught by cultists in Edo continues
Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Arewa leaders move against APC
Primaries: APC proposes N55m for presidential form
Saraki declares presidential ambition, promises to rebuild Nigeria
Buratai: Army’ll courtmartial rioting soldiers
Stop harassing us, journalists tell FG, security agents
N5.87bn fine: Banks risk losing licence
Buhari: Saraki, Tambuwal, Ortom’s exit, barely a dent
Soyinka: Nigerians must resist descent to dictatorship
Brain implant could curb epileptic fits
Back to the trenches
Buhari: Saraki, Tambuwal, Ortom’s exit, barely a dent
Stop harassing us, journalists tell FG, security agents
Days after, hypnotised lady identified fraudster in public
Driver held for robbing, raping passenger
Police arrest two homosexuals in Ogun
Church, hotel, shops burnt as tanker explodes
Police arrest, recover gun from teenage robbers in Lagos
Punishing offenders’ll curb electoral malpractices – Igbinnosa
APC ‘ll take over Kwara in 2019 – Sulyman
Edo North: Talks of automatic ticket, a smeared campaign
Why I chose not to be a nomadic politician – Ganduje
FG’s cocoa treaty: Nigeria’s FX revenue game changer
ASSBIFI flays capitalists’ attitude to workers’ welfare
NECA tackles FG over business-friendly policies
Heavyweight boxing: Tyson, Lewis declare Joshua as best
CAF Confed Cup: Pinnick charges Enyimba to go all the way
Gymnastics: Dalung lauds TIG, vows to probe athlete’s denial
HiFL: OAU Giants wallop UI Pioneers
Modric beats Ronaldo to win UEFA, top award
US Open: Serena to play sister Venus in third round
Adesua Etomi honoured by alma mater With Kimono’s exit, half of my energy’s gone – Orits Wiliki
Jim Iyke denies being arrested at Murtala Muhammed Airport
Sylvia set for premiere
Kunle Afolayan casts X3M Music act, Simi, in new movie
AMVCAs 2018 holds, as Multichoice announces live broadcast
EDITORIAL: The restructuring debate
Secondus meets PDP presidential aspirants
HOFOWEM: Touching lives, building family ties
2019: Durotoye beats Moghalu, others, for PACT’s presidential ticket
Tambuwal tasks Corps members on national unity
Waiting for Escravos- Warri Seaport
FRSC Academy to award PGD, Masters in road safety
2019: Ambode declares Lagos ‘No go Area’ for kidnappers
Osun: 30 police commissioners to oversee polls – IGP

Leadership

APC Adopts Direct Primary For Presidential Ticket
Saraki Finally Joins Presidential Race
PDP Presidential Aspirants To Sign Agreement
Speaker Dogara Absent As APC NEC Commences
2019: Save Nigeria’s Democracy, German Chancellor Urged
I wouldn’t Have signed Ronaldo — Ex-Juve chief
Venus, Serena Williams Set For 30th Career Clash
NASSLAF Protests Ekweremadu Utterance Over Members’ Welfare
Anxiety In Nigeria’s Oil Industry As Sinopec Set To Downsize
Linkage Assurance Posts N4.1bn Gross Premium
Seplat Lists $350m Senior Notes On International Securities Market
Importers Move Vessels To Eastern Ports As Apapa Traffic Persist
Stocks Market Declines By 0.77%
Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruins Of Law
2019: Need To Avert Looming Crisis In Nasarawa
Let’s Break The Ice
20% Of Nigerians Have Dyslexia – Tikolo
Achieving Peace In Taraba Is Paramount To Me – Omar
Governorship Ticket Tears Zamfara APC Apart
CPC VS MultiChoice: Exploiting Consumers Or Exploring A Market
DisCos’ Poor Remittances: Electricity Market Lost N103bn In Q3 2017 – NERC
Gov Bindow Donates Foodstuff To NYSC
Argungu Prince Declares For Kebbi Guber Seat
Imo Guber: Aspirant Advises Youths Against Political Apathy
Ensure Party Supremacy, Aisha Buhari Tells APC Women
‘Akpabio Can’t Alter Power Balance In Akwa Ibom’
Champions League Draw: Ronaldo To Face Man United
Ready Player One: eSports Superstar Sets Sights On Olympics
Prince Harry Wows Crowds By Singing At Hamilton
EDITORIAL: Nigeria And The Water Challenge
Kola Aluko And Atlantic Energy: Beyond Headlines And Scandals
2019 Presidency: Why PDP Should Look North-Eastwards
Huriwa/Nbc: Facts Of A Fictitious Agenda I
For The Polity Not To Be Overheated
Trump, Nigerians And Ado About Nothing
Stocks Market Declines By 0.77%
2019: Need To Avert Looming Crisis In Nasarawa

Vanguard

Cross River: PDP Shuts Door Against Obscure Aspirants, Rules Out Automatic Tickets
Troops Protest: Officers/Soldiers Involved Arrested, Will Face Military Justice – Buratai
RESTRUCTURING: We’re Back To The Trenches – N-Delta Militants
Uduaghan’s Defection: We Remain Strong, Indivisible – Delta PDP
Return Of PRP As Third Force?
Learning From The “Music House” Saga
Police Arraign 57 Suspected Homosexuals
Sokoto: Yabo, Who Stepped Down For Tambuwal, Emerges A Game Changer
Unlawful Arrest Of Journalists, Other Nigerians Very Disturbing – CISLAC
Lawyers, Buhari And The Ruie Of Law
A Word For President Buhari – Fani-Kayode
Re-Election: Lalong Loses Support Of Key Ally In Plateau
Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement Disowns Saraki’s Affiliation
The Rage, Range And Age Of Imran Khan
Unpaid Salaries: When Sweepers Refused To Sweep Lagos
Buhari’s Remark On Rule Of Law, Playback Of Military Rule – Soyinka
Gay Partner Arrested For Rupturing Partner’s Rectum In Ogun
RESTRUCTURING: We’re back to the trenches – N-Delta militants
Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement disowns Saraki’s affiliation
Presidential candidate coming through direct primary; 34 states go for indirect – APC
Rule of law : PANDEF, NEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, M-Belt leaders carpet Buhari
National interest supercedes individual rights – S-Court
Buhari, Osinbajo,Tinubu, APC govs, South West stakeholders meet
FAAC: FG, States , LGs share N714.809 b
Three rare elephants found in Koko Besse LG in Kebbi
Sokoto: Yabo, who stepped down for Tambuwal, emerges a game changer
Re-election: Lalong loses support of key ally in Plateau
Oyo 2019: Ajimobi’s next problem
Buhari, Osinbajo,Tinubu, APC govs, South West stakeholders meet
CAF Confed Cup: Mfon urges Enyimba players to focus on quarter-finals
AFCON 2019 qualifier: We must not underrate Seychelles, Rohr warns Eagles
Success earns Watford’s boss praise
Mane: Why I rejected Man United move
Liverpool to face Chelsea in League Cup
Pandemonium as Davido smuggled-out while being sworn-in at Lagos NYSC camp
Kiss Daniel’s brother to launch online fashion store
Brain behind Instablog9ja revealed
$8.1bn: Senate clears us—MTN
We disguise as driver, bus conductor to attack passengers, Brothers arrested over robbery confess
School celebrates 60th anniversary in Atlanta
Unpaid salaries: When sweepers refused to sweep Lagos
Nigerian Army’s Cyber Warfare Command begins operation
Exquisite Magazine holds free cancer screening, walk in Lagos, others
We are partnering with four African countries for seafarers’ training – Peterside

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Prophet kills lover, sells body parts to pastor

Prophet kills lover, sells body parts to pastor

By Kunle Olayeni Abeokuta

Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ogun State have arrested two Christian clerics for allegedly killing a woman for ritual purposes.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday, gave the names of the suspects as Olusola Akindele (42) and Ayodele Bamiduro.

Akindele is a self-acclaimed prophet and bricklayer while Bamiduro is the pastor in charge of the Lion of Judah Church of Christ, located on Robiyan Avenue, in Agbado area of the state.
They allegedly conspired to kill Akindele’s girlfriend, identified simply as Iya Aanu.

Iliyasu, who was on-the-spot assessment of the crime scene at Agbado yesterday, said the suspects severed the head and arms of the victim before burying them behind a makeshift bathroom at the back of Bamiduro’s church.

The police commissioner stated that the stomp of the body was dumped inside an uncompleted building behind Akindele’s house.

According to him, the Baale of Igbore Robiyan town lodged a complaint at the police division in Agbado on August 10 that a headless decomposing body of a woman was discovered in an uncompleted building in the community.

Upon receipt of the complaint, Iliyasu said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Agbado, Olatunji Omonijo, was ordered to unravel the mystery behind the incident.

The commissioner pointed out that through technical intelligence-based investigation, the suspects were eventually arrested.

He said: “On interrogation, Olusola Akindele, who claimed to be a prophet in a church, confessed that the victim was his woman friend, who he identified simply as Iya Aanu. He stated further that they have been dating two years.

“On that fateful day, the deceased came to visit him as usual and after they made love, he surreptitiously brought out a cudgel and smashed her head.

“He later cut her head and arms, after which he dumped the remains into the uncompleted building behind his residence. The severed head and two arms of the victims were buried at the back of Lion of Judah Church of Christ at number 13, Robiyan Avenue, belonging to Ayodele Bamiduro.”

Speaking with journalists, Akindele confirmed that the victim was his lover and confessed to the murder.

The suspect also said he carried out the dastardly act after sleeping with the victim.

Akindele, who was mumbling during the interview, however, could not give any reason for killing and dismembering the woman.

In his own confession, Bamiduro said he knew Akindele in the locality and used to assist him financially.

Although he confessed that Akindele brought Iya Aanu’s head and arms to him, Bamiduro denied sending him to kill the victim.
The police commissioner told our correspondent that the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

Credit: New Telegraph

Hajj 2018: 2nd batch of Lagos pilgrims arrive Thursday

Hajj 2018: 2nd batch of Lagos pilgrims arrive Thursday

Posted By Agency Reporter

The second batch of 310 Lagos pilgrims will be transported back to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia aboard Med-view Airline on Thursday.

Mr Abdulrahaman Ishola, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, made this known on Thursday in Lagos.

“The second batch of 310 pilgrims are ready to be transported back home today.

“ We will continue to thank Allah for a successful exercise, and we pray that He accepts all our acts of worship.

“I advise the pilgrims to obey all regulations regarding their luggage and should not carry excess luggage,” he said in a statement by Mr Jamiu Dosunmu, the board Public Relations Officer.

Ishola also advised the pilgrims not to engage in excessive buying of goods, saying that any extra good in excess of the approved kilograms would be confiscated.

He urged pilgrims to take cognizance of the 32 kg and 8 kg for big and small bags given by the Air carrier and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria ( NAHCON ).

Ishola thanked the state government for showing interests in hajj operation and for providing necessary logistics to make the operations smooth and successful.

He reiterated the commitment of the board to ensure safe and timely arrival of Lagos pilgrims.

Ishola assured them that arrangement had already been put in place for subsequent flights after a four day break.

Only 2,000 pilgrims from Lagos state participated in the 2018 Hajj.

312 of the pilgrims were earlier transported home on Tuesday.

Canned sardine: NAFDAC cautions public against consumption of two brands

Canned sardine: NAFDAC cautions public against consumption of 2 brands

THE National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday alerted general public against the consumption of TL Tan Lung and TLC brands of canned sardine.

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning in Abuja.

Adeyeye explained that TL Tan Lung and TLC brands were produced by Chinese companies known as Fujian Yongfa Co. Ltd, and Dongshan Dongyi Food Co. Ltd., respectively.

She said that NAFDAC had been notified that the Malaysian Ministry of Health on April 20, 2018, in Kuala Lumpar Malaysia, recalled the two canned sardine products.

Adeyeye said that the products did not comply with the standards set by 1983 Food Act and was recalled due to the presence of nematode parasitic worms in the products.

The director-general also cautioned all importers not to import the affected canned sardines into the country.

“Anybody in possession of the unwholesome canned sardines should submit them to the nearest NAFDAC Office.

“Consumers are encouraged to report all adverse events resulting from the use of these products to the nearest NAFDAC office,” she said.

How to secure UI’s admission

How to secure UI’s admission

University of Ibadan

By Sunday Saanu

The motivation to write on this matter is informed by the preponderance of telephone calls I receive on a daily basis across the country from candidates, parents and educationists, wanting to know how they can secure admission to the University of Ibadan (UI). The refrains of this daily deluge of telephone inquiries have always been “I love UI, I want to attend UI, but I don’t know anybody there. I don’t have connection there! Can you assist me? How much can I give as bribes in order to gain admission to UI?” What a misconception! They see UI as the richest and cheapest intellectual citadel of higher learning in Nigeria, being a federal institution, still they are bereft of basic facts about the University.
One will now begin to enlighten the callers, explaining the modalities of securing admission into the Nigeria’s premier university, fondly referred to, as the First and Best. For a fact, and, in order to draw a distinction between UI and other universities in the country in terms of transparency of admission process, thousands of the past and present UI’s students will proudly attest to the fact that candidates don’t have to know anybody in UI before securing admission. You don’t need any connection, neither do you have to give bribes in order to gain UI’s admission. In other words, UI’s admission process is not only tough and transparent, but absolutely merit-driven. This is because the University sees all the states of the federation as its catchment areas. Thus, admission slots are highly competitive, available only to the best of the best candidates, irrespective of socio-economic and parental backgrounds.

Again, UI’s undergraduate admission process seems to be too tough and rigorous because the University is fast becoming a Post Graduate institution, training manpower for other younger universities in the country. Already, about 50 percent of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities are products of UI. This Postgraduate flagship status automatically limits undergraduate admission capacity. While the National Universities Commission (NUC) approves up to 8,000 admission slots for UI, the institution admits yearly, an average of 3,500 undergraduate candidates whom the available facilities can effectively accommodate, and in order to be able to concentrate on Postgraduate studies.

To be fair to all undergraduate admission seekers therefore, the Management has, over the years, entrenched the culture of transparent admission process which gives everybody a level-playing ground for competition, with the ultimate goal of picking the best out of the best candidates. Once a candidate can prove his or her intellectual worth, there is a chance of gaining admission without necessarily knowing anybody or having connection. With five credits in relevant subjects at ordinary level, 200 and above at Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and a good performance at Post-UTME test, a candidate has a chance to study in UI.

However, there is a problem somewhere! With the benefit of hindsight, most of the candidates who parade good grades at WAEC and JAMB levels have always failed to fly when it comes to UI’s post UTME test, which is more or less a repetition of past UTME questions. Whereas, the test is just a mere quality-control mechanism, designed to validate candidates’ claims. Yet, candidates perform abysmally to the embarrassment of their parents. For instance, out of over 21,000 candidates who sat for UI’s last Post- UTME test conducted last October, only 9,000 plus, got 50 marks and above, out of which UI admitted about 4,000.

But what is the problem? The simple truth is that today’s students are largely distracted. The distraction is probably borne out of their addiction to social media. Indeed, to me, the distraction offered to our students by the social media demands serious attention of both parents and guardians. Our failure to reckon with this fact; simply denies us the grasp of where the problem lies. Social media, to these youngsters are nothing, but self-entrapments. Social media has its own merits, but the youth of this generation seem to tilt much more towards the demerit scale. Candidates, seeking admission to UI, but are habitually glued to Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn , Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat among others, have already limited their chances of securing UI’s admission, because they may have little or no time to study to the level demanded by UI. In addition to all these social media, the youth equally waste their precious time watching African Magic, CNN, Aljazeerah before switching to sports channels, where they memorize all the names of football players in Europe and Asia as well as the amount of money each player collects. All of these indulgences affect reading habits, thus responsible for poor academic performances.

Let me slice it a little thinner, the reasons for mass failure in public examination are certainly, multifactorial. But I am convinced that in today’s world of social media, where everybody is connected and nobody is in control, social media is responsible for denying the students their dreams, as they don’t succeed academically as much as they have capacity to. They waste a lot of time on frivolities and pornographic materials. Unfortunately, many parents condone what should be condemned, forgetting that they have a bounden duty to protect these students from being led astray by the social media. In the last UI’s Post-UTME test in which my daughter participated, I took some measures perceived by my nucleus family members to be in extreme, which ultimately contributed to her success. Having realized the dangers of social media, I denied her the use of phone until after the test, I stopped subscribing to DSTV until after the exams. I bought several JAMB past questions for her and began to monitor her. We indeed studied together! When the result came, it was amazing as she scored 72 and got admission to UI purely on merit. It is said that if you can pay the price, you will get the prize. This was the same Post-UTME test in which thousands of other candidates flunked, getting 27, 32 and 41 respectively, thereby bungling their chances of studying at Ibadan.

There is no real achievement without some measures of madness. Success doesn’t happen by happenstance. It is a product of hard work. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and serious preparation. Consistent hard work leads to success. This is therefore a wake-up call for parents to moderate the addiction of their children to social media. Parents have the mandate of moral regeneration. It needs no emphasis that the children of these days need attitude reconstruction to study. Serious reading is the best nourishment for the mind, and the foundation for clear thinking and sound planning. But our children will love to live in luxury of life without too much stress. They prefer to be lassies-faire about their business of knowledge acquisition. You can’t blame them, this is a generation of consumer’s mentality. They prefer consumption to production. They find it difficult to stay in their lane of learning. Even when they pretend to be reading, they keep throwing lustful glances at the opposite sex, flashing themselves seductive smiles at the expense of their studies! UI is not a place for students who are like a well without water.

Securing UI’s admission is like winning a lottery, nothing beats the feeling. This is a university with the highest number of professors in the country. It is the intellectual capital of Nigeria. It is the only Nigerian university ranked among the best 1,000 universities in the world, seen as the indisputable primus interpares locally.

Gaining admission to study in such a prestigious university is clearly not a tea party, it comes with a cost. The cost is constant reading. There is nothing in life that comes without an opportunity cost. The culture of serious reading is probably the opportunity cost of social media addiction . Let it be known that the only road to recovery from the danger of social media is self discipline and effective time management.

It is the responsibility of every parent to instill into their children that success is energy well directed. If all the time these students waste on social media is invested in their studies, they may probably do far much better than they are doing. Consistency in studies has the compound interest effect in their intellectual development. They must be encouraged. As earlier stated, youth of this generation are hunters of entitlements. They like enjoying sybaritic lifestyles facilitated by their parents’ sweat or theft of public wealth. Those who say they don’t want their children to go through life without some hardship may be missing the point. If you do everything for your children, what will the children do for themselves? This generation of daring deviance must not be indulged in laziness. There is no success without struggle and sacrifice. No parent is happy raising fraudsters, tricksters and pranksters who are all products of failed parenthood. We must work together to liberate them from the terrorism of the social media which is encouraging shortcut.

More importantly, UI does not give room for bribery in its admission process. No amount of financial inducements can buy UI’s admission slot. This is because there are many layers of check and counter check. Every card is laid on the table. There is nothing hidden in the admission process. Therefore, if anybody is asking you to pay money into any account in order to facilitate admission, you must know that it is fraud. UI’s admission slots are for the best out of the best candidates. If the best candidate is from the poorest village in the country, the candidate is admitted automatically. Perhaps, to further encourage academic excellence, UI has established the culture of giving scholarship to the best three students in Post-UTME test. What more? Goodluck visits only the relently persistent. Candidates who are interested in UI must be ready to burn all the midnight candles.
Saanu is Media assistant to the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan

I won’t leave PDP again – Atiku Abubakar

I won’t leave PDP again – Atiku Abubakar

Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday said he would not defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) anymore, even if he failed to secure the party’s presidential ticket.

Atiku Abubakar stated this in Minna while addressing party supporters at the PDP headquarters.

He, however, expressed optimism of winning the presidential ticket of the party if a level-playing ground was provided.

Abubakar called on the leadership of the party to demonstrate high sense of political maturity in conducting free, fair and transparent presidential primaries.

He said that such political commitment would boost the party’s chances in the presidential election.

” I am ever ready to work towards the success of the party if level-playing ground is provided during the party primaries .

” Whether I become the presidential candidate or not, I want to assure you that I will always discharge my obligations to ensure the success of the polls,” he said.

He explained that all the presidential aspirants met with the National Working Committee of the party on Wednesday where they later signed an affirmation to support whoever emerged as the party’s flag bearer.

He said he was ready to align with the decision.

He said he was in Niger to solicit the support of party members, especially delegates to the forthcoming convention to actualise his aspiration.

APC presidential candidate to emerge through direct primary

BREAKING: APC adopts direct primaries for presidential candidate

John Alechenu, Abuja

The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday adopted the direct primary method for the selection of its presidential candidate, while states will be allowed to choose which of the methods best suits their peculiarities.

The party however said that states willing to use the direct primary method should write officially to the National Secretariat.

This was part of the resolutions reached by the party’s second highest decision-making body after its NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

Credit: The Punch