News Headlines Jan 31, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 31, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Danjuma, other Christian elders reject Onnoghen’s suspension, ACF backs Buhari
History will punish Obasanjo for ceding Bakassi to Cameroon—Oshiomhole
Unlike Buhari, Atiku’ll be president for all Nigerians – Obasanjo
EFCC files fraud charges against Babachir Lawal …arraigns Oke, wife Friday
I’m not corrupt, says Buhari
Dear Garba Shehu, you had it coming
EFCC summons 10 NFF officials over funds diversion
EFCC loses N450m fraud case against ex-minister, others
Why Buhari didn’t ask voters to back APC candidates in Imo — Presidency
FG targets $2bn from oil block licence renewal …says IOCs must release idle oil fields
INEC releases final list of governorship candidates, others today
Man arrested for stealing sister, brother wife’s pants
Hotel workers kill London returnee-owner, manager in Lagos
I’ll seize money from looters, grant them amnesty — Atiku
Lagos tanker explosion claims two lives, property destroyed
Bolton target Ambrose on free transfer
Unlike Buhari, Atiku’ll be president for all Nigerians – Obasanjo
Man with three wives rapes daughter in Ogun
Anambra trader abandons N12.5m tramadol in garri
Gunmen abduct Taraba gov’s CPS
Gunmen kidnap 70-year-old retiree in Delta
Kidnapping: Lawyer’s absence stalls Evans, others’ trial
Mob kills Ugandan DJ for playing ‘boring music’
Impostors, renegades behind Buhari’s endorsement — Afenifere
APC knocks Ladoja, Alao-Akala for attacking Ajimobi
Air Peace aborts Lagos-bound flight over bomb scare
Money mistakes to avoid in 2019
CBN recorded $40.9bn forex inflow in nine months – Report
Refineries’ funding: NNPC, investors disagree on commercial terms
Kerosene subsidy removal, a boost for cooking gas – Adeshina
Rohr to invite U-20 stars for Seychelles, Egypt
I was mocked when I started sports – Kehinde
Injured Neymar out of Man United clash
Sarri won’t stop Hazard leaving Chelsea
Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records attracts multi-million dollar investment
Grammy-winning soul legend, James Ingram, dies at 66
BUAF holds grand finale playwright competition
I didn’t allow fame, women to distract me – former Mr Nigeria
Three-day-old babies can pick out words from speech –study
‘African cherry useful in management of diabetes, heart diseases’
Best apps for keeping up with sports
Editorial: Attacks on football referees, inimical
Nigeria Decides: APC’s scorecard or PDP’s promises?
Minimum wage: Mishmash of politricks and bluster
Awaiting dawn of cannabis-based drinks

The Nation
Onnoghen: Osinbajo, NBA ponder six-point resolution
Two dead, scores injured in Ojo tanker fire
Bank loans at 15% for mini-grid operators
$43.4m Ikoyigate cash: Ex-NIA boss, wife’s trial begins tomorrow
No bomb on Lagos-Abuja Air Peace flight, says FAAN
Lagos Assembly insists Ambode must appear before it over ‘infractions’
Nigeria gets $29m grant to fight TB
Onnoghen at CCT: Appeal Court refuses to stay proceedings
‘We’re working towards improving Ekiti’s economy’
Lagosians will vote for govt of continuity, says lawmaker
2019 Election: Ganduje urges Nigerians to vote for Buhari‎
Nigeria’s refineries not too old – NNPC
Buhari storms Kano for mega rally
Hold Buhari, APC responsible for any threats to polls, says PDP
Oshoala donates sports, educational materials to Lagos schoolso
Flying Eagles get Rohr boost
Joshua, Whyte rematch ‘close’, says Hearn
South Africa dares Nigeria in Group A
African Icon of the Year: NFF hails AITEO boss Peters on award
Nadal proposes to girlfriend of 14 years
NERC screens 108 potential meter providers
Govt gets wake-up call on real estate market funding
Sterling Bank deepens FDI, int’l trade
NCC: subscribers lose N12.5b to telecom-related frauds
NAICOM suspends Guinea Insurance
Stakeholders seek religious groups’ involvement in environment protection
Police arrest man for allegedly raping daughter
Man sues siblings over land
Adebule cautions electorate against hate speech, violence
Police arrest man for sleeping with daughter
Ambode commissions ‘Great Hall’ of Ikorodu
ECA chief hails Mauritania for ratifying AfCFTA
Man arrested for stealing pants in Ondo
NANS leaders under fire over election stand
Removal of EKSU VC illegal, says ASUU
72 graduates bag First Class in FUT Minna
‘Babalola’s wise sayings, an inspiration for future generation’
Say what you mean and mean what you say (VIII)
Onibon is MOCPED Provost
Student’s missing boxers found in mate’s wardrobe
Dalung inspects UNIBEN’s sports facilities
In search of critical thinkers
Our achievements, by ASUU


Obasanjo: Why Atiku is a Better Candidate
NNPC, Financiers’ Negotiations to Revamp Refineries Stalled
Onnoghen Suffers Setback as Appeal Court Refuses to Stay Trial at CCT
Lawyers’ boycott stalls CJN’s case at industrial court CUPP, pro-democracy groups petition UN, AU
Obasanjo: Why Atiku is a Better Candidate
With Weak Capital, Tier 2 Banks Still Vulnerable, Analysts Insist
At Last, EFCC Files Charges against Lawal, Oke
NNPC, Financiers’ Negotiations to Revamp Refineries Stalled
Pro-Ambode Protesters Ask Lagos Lawmakers to Account for N28bn
Gov must appear on Monday, assembly insists
Elections: Nigeria Can’t Afford to Fail, Says US Envoy
Afenifere Rejects President’s Second Term Bid
Berates Tinubu for backing Awo’s ‘enemy’
Keyamo Blames Atiku for America’s Slide on TI’s Corruption Index
I’ll Consider Amnesty for Corrupt Persons Willing to Surrender Loot, Says Atiku
Appeal Court Denies Enlisting Dead Judges into Election Petition Panels
US Begins Assessment of Security Status of MMIA
Labour Kicks against FG’s Hike of Passport Fee
Presidency: Why Buhari Didn’t Ask Voters to Back APC Candidates in Imo
US Backs Devt of New $250m City in Lagos
INEC Chairman Swears in New REC for Bayelsa
‘My Critics Are Ignorant of our Solid Developmental Paradigms’
‘Badaru is the First Nigerian Governor to Stop Security Vote’
Witnesses Fail Oyetola at Tribunal
Buhari: South East Will Benefit from My Releection
CAC: Passage of CAM Bill Will Boost Ease of Business
Zenith Bank Eyes More Retail Lending
Nosak Group Seeks End to Smuggling
AITEO Founder Wins Award
Notore Records N2.9 Billion Operating Profit in First Quarter
FG Urged to Develop ICT Capabilities for National Development
Rohr to Include Best U-20 Player in Eagles Squad for Seychelles, Egypt
CHAN 2020: Home-based Eagles Draw Bye in Opening Round
CAF Appoints Amuneke on Technical Study Group for U-20 AFCON
NFF Hails AITEO Boss, Peters, on New Award
FIFA Global Transfer Deals: Spending Surpassed $7bn in 2018
Transfer: Bolton Makes Surprise Move for Efe Ambrose
Late Fashikun Laid to Rest at Obbo Aiyegunle
Arsenal Signs Suarez on Loan from Barcelona

The Sun
Appeal Court okays Onnoghen’s trial at CCT
I’m not corrupt –Buhari
How I’ll make Nigeria work –Atiku
Again, Obasanjo hits Buhari
FG slams corruption charges on Babachir Lawal, Oke
Ogbuoji pledges rapid transformation as Buhari begs for support in Ebonyi
4 burnt to death in Lagos tanker explosion
ECOWAS moves against child marriage in West Africa
Obaseki kicks off renovation of 230 schools in Edo
148km dual carriage road to change economy of Cross River North –Ayade
Onnoghen: Law must take its course –ACF
Kaduna guber: I’m not desperate to win -El Rufai
Feb 16: Shettima mends cracks in Borno APC
APC, Jime planning to blackmail monarchs with fake Abuja land allocation – PDP
In Benue, it’s Ortom versus Jime
Why Benue people will re-elect Ortom -PDP
FG targets $2bn from oil, gas lease licence renewal
Nigeria loses $10bn annually to expatriates –NIW
Customs generates N4.042trn in 4 years
Weight & Measures to generate N5bn yearly –Sidi
How startups can overcome challenges, be very successful –Onyia, Orglearning Consult boss
Sack Buhari’s blame-trading administration, Wike tasks Nigerians
Buhari promises to fulfil campaign promises if re-elected
I’ll triple youths empowerment programmes, if re-elected –Okowa
Buhari didn’t abandon Imo APC guber candidate –Presidency
Delta stages school sports festival next week
Joel Obi to join Moses in Turkey
Ajunwa, Ganduje hail Bunubunu Award
CAF Champions League: Lobi seeks second victory against Wydad
Charleroi demands record fee for Osimhen
Neymar ruled out for 10 weeks
Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Sarri
Rodrigo grabs late double to seal Cup semi-finals berth for Valencia
NFF hails AITEO boss, Peters on new award
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals Cup: Orgaisers disqualify Uwheru Sec. School
Sala’s plane wreckage foundin France
Negative vibes from Anambra
Is PDP in the zone or merely in the game?
The pen and sword!!!
The prospects of privatising NNPC
Nigeria, my country, so divided
What has happened to Ohanaeze’s vision of 2006? (2)
38 bodies of migrants found after boats capsize off Djibouti
Europe stands against UK’s bid to rewrite Brexit
Presidential poll: What God told me, by Apostle Adeyeye
Prophet, insists president ’ll win again: Why Buhari can’t stop B’Haram, Fulani herdsmen’s attacks
Aramoko: Ekiti community with strange traditions
2019 polls: Your image at stake, Ogunlewe tells INEC boss
Umudioka: Another befitting honour for Blessed Tansi

Daily Trust
Buhari, Atiku, others to sign another peace accord
Air Peace aborts flight over bomb scare
Buratai launches banking scheme for army in Taraba
Gunmen kidnap APC chairman in Adamawa
Cult clashes claim 2 in A/Ibom
Why Jonathan unleashed NDLEA on me in 2015 – Kashamu
ACF backs Buhari over suspension of Onnoghen
NBC sanctions NTA, AIT, Channels, TVC over hate speech
Venezuela crisis: We’re ready for talks with opposition – Maduro
Governor’s aide, others kidnapped in Taraba
Buhari, Atiku, others to sign another peace accord
Air Peace aborts flight over bomb scare
Buratai launches banking scheme for army in Taraba
Buhari: I’ll continue to reposition police, judiciary
PDP’ll unite Kaduna people – Party leaders
Lobi seek to bounce back against Wydad
Musa tips Pillars’ Alhassan to shine at U-20 AFCON
Wikki, Rangers win as Tornadoes, Insurance
FG targets $2bn from oil, gas lease licence renewal
Nigeria’s refineries not too old – NNPC
CBN issues banknote fitness standard, withdraws bad notes from circulation
Bello commends FCT youth for supporting Buhari’s re-election bid
FCT council polls: INEC to publish nominated candidates today
Rotary launches school debate to curb election violence
Is Nigerian democracy in recession?
Yes, Malami is Mr. Anti-Corruption
Bauchi 2019 and the burden of trust
AMCON as saviour of ailing businesses
Venezuela crisis: We’re ready for talks with opposition – Maduro
2019: Vote for integrity, continuity Nigerians in Europe say
Gunmen abduct Taraba governor CPS, foreigner, 4 others
Police arrest man, 45, for allegedly raping own daughter
Court remands teenager for alleged rape
Editorial: As Baro River Port bounces back
Sosoliso survivor, Kelechi gets to America’s got talent final
Yam stems will be available for planting -Seed investigator
Seeds are different from grains, Seed Council reminds farmers
8 countries expected at 5th Agro-food expo – official
In fight against fake higher institutions, regulatory bodies play active role
‘Plateau higher institutions are short-staffed’
COE Kangere wants funds for early, primary education
Onnoghen: Thugs beat up NBA chairman in Rivers
Court refuses CJN Onnoghen’s application to stay CCT’s trial
Onnoghen: Imo NBA boycotts court

The Guardian
Arsenal complete Suarez deal
Court jails student over rape
CPS to Taraba governor kidnapped
Buhari’s integrity doubtful, vote for Atiku, Obasanjo tells Nigerians
Court of Appeal dismisses Onnoghen’s suit against trial
Stable forex rate aided price stability of consumer goods, says MAN
Planting coconuts for life-long financial benefits
Two feared killed, property worth millions perish in Lagos tanker fire
Stakeholders fault Kachikwu, NNPC on nation’s decrepit refineries
Election rigging, Nigeria’s greatest corruption, says Atiku
Buhari vows to re-organise police, judiciary, if re-elected
Prophet, others nabbed for stealing pants
All hail ‘new queen’ of grand slams
Rwanda wins fifth game as Nigeria takes bilateral series 3-2
Rohr to include best U-20 star in Eagles’ squad for Seychelles, Egypt
Bayern Munich take fight for Bundesliga title to Bay Arena
Emiliano Sala’s plane wreckage found as underwater search plans drawn up
How threats of violence challenge promise of free, fair polls
ADC candidate, Isiaka, warns of plan to rig Ogun guber poll
Our party holds Nnamdi Azikiwe in high esteem, PDP explains
Buhari gets kudos, knocks for comments at Imo presidential rally
TBT: Songs That Made Beyonce Win 6 Grammy Awards In One Nightp
Nigerians React As Atiku And Obi Appear On “The Candidates”
Editorial: 2019 presidential debate as eye opener
‘Policies, elections, oil prices key to 2019 growth outcome’
Indices plunge further by 0.11% amid lingering sell pressure
Sterling Bank opens $16bn global market to Nigerian businesses
Dangote Foods rewards 77 distributors, promises better year
Buhari, Onnoghen et al and their common DNA
Nigeria: The dire need of creative destruction
APC and PDP as metaphoric ‘Egypt’
Lagos and the tourism goldmine
TETFund and politics of sacking, reappointment
Science, technology, key enabler for successful countries, say stakeholders
Nigerian varsities’ need for internationalisation of staff, student structure
Leadership, bane of Africa’s underdevelopment says don
Natural cures for depression validated
Many challenges of accessing cheap, quality, universal care via optional health insuranc
Yakasai inaugurates Safe Medicines Foundation, unveils advocacy book
Creating meals with components of antioxidant defense system


ASUU Strike: NANS Threatens To Boycott, Disrupt Polls
SEC Sets 7-Year Timeline To Revive, Develop Commodities Market
Atiku Has Learnt His Lessons, Says Obasanjo
I’ve Zero-Tolerance For Oppression Of Workers – Akporeha, NUPENG President
Nigeria’s Envisaged Revenue Growth: Importance Of Effective Monitoring
Impeachment: Pro-Ambode Groups Storm Lagos Assembly Complex In Protests
Minimum Wage: Labour Waits For Senate As Reps Approve N30,000
Bob Urges NASS To Always Speak With One Voice
2019 Presidential Poll: Buhari Is Fighting Dirty
Wike Urges Nigerians To Vote Out ‘Blame-Trading’ Govt Of Buhari
Atiku/Obi Campaign Organisation Berates Obiano Over Attack On Ohanaeze
Peaceful Polls: I’ve Been Assured By All Presidential Candidates – US Ambassador
PVC Not A Requirement For TraderMoni – BoI
Hands Off Refineries, ICRC, Dangote Tell FG
Buhari In Ebonyi, Promises To Refund Money For Federal Projects
Onnoghen: Tough Options For Lawyers In Buhari’s Cabinet
2019 Presidential Poll: Buhari Is Fighting Dirty
It’s the devil, says man that raped 21-yr-old daughter in farm
Onnoghen’s CCT trial must go on — Appeal Court
BREAKING: INEC maintains stance on Zamfara APC, approves 1, 066 Guber Candidates
#NGTheCandidates: I’ll grant amnesty to looters – Atiku
2019: Hold Buhari, APC responsible if polls go wrong – PDP
Breaking: Court of Appeal dismisses motion filed by Onnoghen
Nigeria clinches 42 medals at World Para Powerlifting Championships
Remains of late Fashikun laid to rest
Cricket: South Africa to bowl in series decider against Pakistan
Dortmund’s Kagawa set for Monaco loan
Breaking: Seat cushions found ‘likely’ from missing Sala plane
Chiazor Daniel out with HIV awarenes film ‘Lonely Heart’
Famous singer Christina Aguilera relocates to Las Vegas
Omawumi, Waje join forces to impact on the creative industry

How UNIBEN CBT centre extorted UTME candidates, JAMB

How UNIBEN CBT centre extorted UTME candidates, JAMB

JAMB responds to UNIBEN, says level of extortion at CBT centre ‘shocking’

Azeezat Adedigba

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it was shocked at the high-level extortion of candidates discovered at the University of Benin’s Computer-Based Centre which led to its suspension in the registration of the ongoing Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

This year, the sale or registration forms to all candidates sitting for UTME and Direct Entry (UTME/DE) including those outside Nigeria, started January 10 and will end February 21.

Also, the 2019 computer-based test examination will begin on Saturday, March 16 and end on March 23.

The board, in a statement on Tuesday night by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, asked the university to do a thorough job with a view to unravelling the individual elements behind the shocking act.

According to the statement, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, was particularly not only shocked but also more disturbed with evidence of the extortion of candidates by the university’s CBT centre.

Mr Fabian’s statement was informed by the university’s earlier press release which had claimed that its suspension of the school’s CBT centre in the UTME registration was hastily carried out.

“The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to a press release by the University of Benin on the suspension of the University CBT centre on the breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise,” he said.

Mr Fabian said the board refutes the comment that the conclusion was done hastily and without proper investigation.

“The Board, therefore, asks the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the bad eggs in the shameful episode before further development,” he said.

“An apology shall be required not only to the Board but also to the nation if, after the denial, the evidence is adduced to prove the infraction committed on the ground of a highly respected institution as the University of Benin,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how JAMB suspended nine of its more than 700 Computer-Based Test centres taking part in the ongoing registration exercise over allegations bordering on their engagement in illegal activities.

The affected centres include the University of Benin ICT Computer Based Test (CBT) and DA Civic Centre, both in Benin City, Edo State; Mardakem Company Ltd., Oron, Akwa Ibom State; Bintels Global Services LTD, Aguleri, and Noble & Shuaib ICT Ltd, Alor, Anambra State, among others.

Credit : Premium Times

News Headlines Jan 30, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 30, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

NJC to Onnoghen, Ag CJN: Respond to petitions in seven working days
Onnoghen: APC lawmakers storm Senate to stop PDP
Vote candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo residents
New minimum wage: Reps ignore Buhari, govs, approve N30,000
Ballot and blood? Here we go again!
Cardiff manager considered retirement after Sala’s disappearance
Politicians, terrorists planning to disrupt general elections — NSA
Onnoghen and the foreign accounts saga
CSOs attack Buhari over delay in releasing NHIS probe report
Buhari now a full-blown dictator — PDP
One killed as groups clash over campaign largesse in Bayelsa
How electrician killed customer, hid corpse under bed – Police
Man beats wife to death in Niger over alleged infidelity
FG, EFCC begin tracking of vessels lifting Nigeria’s crude
Ambode: Group wants Lagos Assembly’s N28.8bn running cost probed
Sultan says Nigeria in hard times, urges Muslims to pray
Nigeria still among world’s most corrupt countries, says TI
Salesman allegedly steals human hair worth N2.3m
Sales agent, driver defraud businessman of N10.9m
Delta family kicks over release of suspects who allegedly strangled woman
Man nabbed for attempting to rob Lagos businessman
Police hunt for miscreants who set FRSC ambulance ablaze in Abuja
NDLEA nabs suspected PVC thief, others in Akwa Ibom
Dogara officially defects to PDP, says APC undemocratic
Vote candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo residents
I won’t lose my sleep if APC loses in Zamfara — Marafa
Ajimobi’s govt is lawless, says Ladoja
Al-Makura vows to deliver 90% votes to APC in Nasarawa
FG committed to attracting investments, says finance minister
Akeredolu calls for investment in capital market in Ondo
Andela raises $100m in fresh funding
Investment One launches app for investors
ABCON urges CBN to make BDCs direct agents of IMTO
Cardiff manager considered retirement after Sala’s disappearance
Murray undergoes hip operation in London
United meet Chinese club over Fellaini sale
Qatar pelted with shoes as they reach Asian final
Oboh makes LET debut in S’Africa
Over 122 athletes, 13 countries for Nigeria Taekwondo Open
ASUU threatens to sanction uncooperative VCs
BUAF holds grand finale playwright competition
I didn’t allow fame, women to distract me – former Mr Nigeria
In celebration of a strong man
Grammy-winning soul legend, James Ingram, dies at 66
Sosoliso plane crash survivor, Kechi Okwuchi gets second chance on America’s Got Talent
Excess sugar consumption and infertility (2)
14.3 million Nigerians abuse cocaine, tramadol, others – FG
Protect drug procurement system –Commissioner
Bill Gates Foundation boosts Nigeria’s healthcare system with $75m
Patients lament as LASUTH resident doctors’ strike continues
‘Having many babies may prevent fibroid’
Useful Microsoft Word tips, tricks
SecureID inaugurates card quality management laboratory
OEMs sold 788,295 computers in five years – NITDA
Editorial: Criminalisation of estimated billing
Ballot and blood? Here we go again!
Modular economy for Nigeria
Disability Act should not be a paper tiger

The Nation
Why I left APC, by Dogara
Onnoghen: Discordant tunes persist as NJC sits
Troops kill 21 bandits, capture 17, rescue 89
NJC to Onnoghen, Ag. CJN: defend yourselves in 7 days
CBN warns bank’s CEOs on false reports
Troops kill 21 bandits, capture 17, rescue 89
NJC to Onnoghen, Ag. CJN: defend yourselves in 7 days
CBN warns bank’s CEOs on false reports
Tinubu questions Atiku’s democratic credential
House of Reps passes N30,000 minimum wage
Presidency uncovers plans to scuttle elections, says NSA
Abiodun will succeed Amosun, says Osoba
‘Obasanjo lacks morality to accuse Buhari of rigging plot’
Drama as Buhari counters Oshiomhole on Imo guber
2019: Afenifere faction endorses Buhari
Atiku reports Buhari to US, UK, others
Abia stands still as Buhari campaigns
NRFF targets Olympic Games, Silver Cup
Africa Senior Badminton championship: Mascot: BFN calls for entries, winner gets N100, 000
Georgia Oboh begins LET campaigns in South Africa
Four Nation tourney: Falcons get N5.1million appearance fee
‘Nigeria Taekwondo Open will put Nigeria on world map’
Samsung smart shirt coming for sportsmen, others
Pension complaints and solutions
Exchange downgrades Red Star Express to low-priced stock
10 start-ups for World Cup
Africa growth prospects remain steady, says AfDB
‘ Ex-NNSL workers, others to be verified soon’
Cordros launches online video contest to woo investors
Bricklayer faces plank theft charge
Police foil barber’s cell break bid
750 hectares of land for displaced Lekki communities
LASPARK: recreation improves health
‘Standard gauge ‘ll ease Ibadan, Abeokuta workers’ movement’
Two charged with stealing rams
How to create efficient civil service, by governor
Falana urges NJC to ask Onnoghen to step aside
Kano support FG’s school feeding programme
UNIBEN begs JAMB to lift ban on CBT centre
Centenary celebration: BA gives colour to B747
Davido urges youths to protect country’s democracy
R. Kelly: DStv premieres scandals on crime channel
Korede Bello teams up with official DJ on ‘Celebrate’
Burna Boy is poster boy for Star beer
Paediatrician to mothers: stop throwing, shaking babies at bathe time
Editorial: Substandard electrical equipment
Imo State, act now!

NJC Gives Onnoghen, Muhammad Seven Days to Respond to Petitions Lawyers’ boycott of courts records partial success Agbakoba asks NBA to strip Umar of practice…
Atiku Lists Infraction of Constitution by Buhari
Sterling Bank Partners Opportunity Network on Trade
CBN Injects Additional $210m into FX Market
LET Baptism for Oboh in South Africa Today
TI Scores Buhari’s Anti-corruption War Low
UBA Approves Financial Accounts, Set for Dividend Declaration
More Foreign Investors Eye Acquisitions in Nigeria’s Insurance Sector
House Approves N30,000 Minimum Wage
Adjourns till February 19 NLC hails lawmakers, urges Senate to concur
Buhari: I’ve Tried My Best to Fix Economy
Olawepo-Hashim Banks on Peoples Trust
Akwa Ibom Governorship Candidates Face Tough Tests
Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch
Don’t Hope in Politicians, Bishop Kukah Warns Nigerians
Buhari Breaching Constitution to Advance Personal Interest, Says Atiku in Petition to US, UK, Others
Declare Your Assets, Afenifere Tells Buhari
Dogara Formally Joins PDP
APC Senatorial Candidate Pledges to Ensure Devt of Lagos East
Positioning for Post Oil Economy
Akinwuntan: Nigeria Should Explore its Comparative Advantage
NIRSAL Mulls 40% Rebate for Farmers
IAAF Road Race Manager, Other Top Stars to Arrive Today
6.2m Targeted for Aids in North-east Crisis in 2019, Says UN
Solskjaer Faces 12-day Nightmare for Man Utd Job
Chelsea Plots Summer Swoop for Barca Star, Rakitic

The Sun
Onnoghen sues FG over suspension
We’ll deal with perpetrators of election violence –FG
NBA’s boycott order: Total, partial compliance in states
Atiku writes US, EU ambassadors, others
Atiku’s presidency’ll revive Nigeria –Wike
Buhari in Abia, says: I’ll do more for Nigerians if re-elected
NJC goes tough on Onnoghen, Tanko
Reps okay N30,000 as new minimum wage, adjourns to Feb 19
Raw materials for indomie, power oil, others to be sourced from Edo –Obaseki
CSO demands probe of N28.8bn Lagos Assembly running cost
Onnoghen: Nigeria not a colony –Oshiomhole
Repentant democrats still dictators, says Onaiyekan
Elections: INEC to quarantine uncollected PVCs Feb 8
Buhari group holds Green Caps rally in Borno
JNI urges Muslims to pray for peaceful polls
Vote against impunity, Ortom urges Benue electorate
Crude theft: FG begins tracking of crude oil production, PMS
Heightened political tension weakens market indices by 0.53%
Trader Moni: BoI debunks vote-buying allegation
How power sector lost N530bn in 2018
Lagos, Rendeavour partner to deliver N90bn Alaro City
Elections: INEC to quarantine uncollected PVCs Feb 8
Uduaghan, PDP tango over Okowa
Elders forum in Anambra disowns Ohanaeze Ndigbo over Atiku’s endorsement
Onnoghen suit: APC senators spreading falsehood –PDP caucus
Mikel ranked 6th wealthiest African footballer
Dickson splashes N22m on Bayelsa Queens
Bayelsa Restoration Starlets get invitation to Cape Verde
Andy Murray undergoes second hip surgery
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: Semifinals take centre stage in Warri, Agbor
Jose Mourinho: An analogue manager in a digital world?
Ahmed Musa to bury mother in Edo State
AC Milan wants €15m Osimhen
Vitali Klitschko hospitalized in Austria
Moses needs regular games at Fernebahce – Lawal
Osinbajo, office of VP and 2023 campaign
Of false prophets and fake prophesies (4)
Fake news rebels against hegemonic power of mainstream media – Prof. Biakolo, Pan Atlantic University
Between ‘few’ and ‘a few’
Soyinka, Asiodu, Nwoko, Ijomah, Adimkpaya electrify Odogwu’s day of tributes
Higher philosophy of christian marriage (14)
Confession of young men: Why we keep beards
General hospitals: How dearth of electricity, water hampers service
Nigerian music industry highly competitive – Amina

Daily Trust
Onnoghen, Muhammad get 7 days to respond to petitions
Nigeria not a colony, we won’t accept foreign interference – Oshiomhole
2019 election: NSA warns politicians against arming bandits, terrorists
INEC warns youths against being used to disrupt elections
Minimum wage: NLC lauds Reps, tasks Senators
Troops kill 21 bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna
FG saves N206bn in staff salaries in two years – IPPIS director
Buhari commissions Ariaria Market Independent Power Project in Aba
Vote for candidates of your choice, Buhari tells Imo APC members
Why Nigeria still among worst corrupt countries, despite gains – Transparency International
2019 election: NSA warns politicians against arming bandits, terrorists
Kwankwaso’s dad endorses Ganduje’s 2nd term bid
Federal High Court’s judgement on APC primaries supersedes Zamfara’s – Marafa
We’ll monitor anti-party activities – Lalong
Gernot Rohr worries over injuries, complacency
Nigeria can host 2030 World Cup, says Odegbami
Igenepo ready to return for Pillars
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FG saves N206bn in staff salaries in two years – IPPIS director
We can now tell how much oil Nigeria produces – Kachikwu
PenCom recovers N564.67m un-remitted pension in Q3, 2018
European centre sensitizes IDPs on electoral processes
Mob burns FRSC vehicle in Giri
Kingsville students donate to IDPs
The Buhari fan club
Mallam Liman Ciroma: An extraordinary public officer
Onnoghen et al, when honour is lacking
A woman after my own heart
Constitutional breaches under Buhari’s watch
My father died after several blows by our neighbour, son tells court
VENEZUELA: US gives opposition leader control over some Venezuelan assets
SUDAN: Protests: Authorities order release of all detainees
OPSH nabs Plateau’s ‘notorious militia kingpin’
NDLEA arrests 120 suspects, seizes 244 PVCs in A’Ibom
Alleged father killing: Absence of judge stalls trial
Editorial: Discrimination Against Disabilities [Prohibition] Act
Rahama Sadau graduates from University in Cyprus
Funds in short supply in environment agencies, says minister
‘Environmental pollution in Rivers in worrisome dimension’
“Religious bodies key in fight against climate change”
Onnoghen: Imo NBA boycotts court
Centre speaks on Onnoghen’s suspension
Onnoghen: Lawyers boycott courts in Plateau

The Guardian
Afenifere faction endorses Buhari
NBA shuts down courts
Community alleges plan to kill monarch
NJC may sack Onnoghen, Mohammed to end crisis
Nigeria to spend N939.5 billion on vessels by 2023
Telcos eye 70% broadband penetration in five years
Reps okay N30,000 as minimum wage for workers
Group asks Lagos Assembly to account for N28.8b running cost
Ambode launches $250m modern satellite city
Agbakoba asks NBA to delist CCT chairman as lawyer over misconduct
Atiku petitions U.S., EU, UK, over President’s infractions, visits Anambra
Experts advocate true democracy, task INEC on credible polls
Georgia Oboh makes LET debut in South Africa
Dalung affirms Federal Government’s commitment to sports development
AC Milan open talks for Osimhen as club begins overhaul
Nigeria to host Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship
Dickson rewards Bayelsa Queens with N22m, bus, other gifts
City’s title bid rocked by Newcastle, United stage late escape
Again, Federal Government alleges plot to scuttle 2019 polls
Nigeria can’t survive another four years under Buhari, says Wike
I will end insecurity in Plateau if elected, says Useni
Recording Academy Reacts To Leaked 2019 Grammys Winners List
Jussie Smollett Involved In Suspected Homophobic and Racist Attack
Funke Bucknor Reveals What Helped With Tosyn Bucknor’s Death
Nigerians’ Drugs Use More Than Twice Global Average: Study
Editorial: Financing 2019 budget: Seize the solution
Dangote Foods rewards 77 distributors, promises better year
Bad roads, rising vehicle costs creating logistics challenge for real sector
BoI debunks vote-buying with Trader Moni, cites repayment ongoing
Abule-Egba pipeline explosion: Self inflicted hell
The Buhari fan club
Presidential Poll: The silent majority and third force
Political ‘penkelemes’ towards mother of all elections
Nigeria gets new guidelines for IT sector
The big technology leaps and support for SolarEagles in 2019
Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger by 2020
ALTON advises MTN to pay disputed taxes, seek legal redress
12 foods to boost brain function
Fresh concerns over cancer-causing blood pressure drugs


Nigeria Records Marked Increase In Liner Shipping Connectivity Index
Oil Theft: FG Begins Tracking Of Crude Output, Vessels
A ‘Forgetful’ Chief Justice, An Illustration Of The Nigerian Problem
Onnoghen: Nigeria Can’t Afford Distraction Ahead Of Polls — Onaiyekan
3 Injured As Smugglers Attack Customs In Ogun
Smuggling: Seme Customs Resort To Dialogue With Border Communities
Gunmen Kidnap Abia APC Chairman
Muhammadu Buhari And Nigeria’s Tribal Politics
Nigeria Loses N197bn To Financial Services Fraud Annually —Osinbajo
INEC Denies Issuing Uncollected PVCs To APC, Says Cards To Be ‘Quarantined’
Rohr Worries Over Injuries, Complacency
Moses: Fenerbahce Fans Are Amazing
Impeachment Threat: Ambode, Lawmakers Lock Horns
MTN Raises Alarm Over Implications Of Base Station Shutdown By Kogi State
Seme Generates N9.2b, Made 1,119 Seizures In 2018
Brouhaha Over Ohaneze’s Endorsement Of Atiku, Obi
DR MENAKAYA: Surgeon Redesigning Lives With Fashion, Passion
Nigeria loses N197bn to financial services fraud annually —Osinbajo
Onnoghen challenges suspension
Why Buhari met with APC senators — Oshiomhole
Afenifere mandates Yoruba to re-elect Buhari/Osinbajo
Your state of the nation address filled with lies, Tinubu tells Atiku
Oshiomhole tells US, UK, EU
Buhari in S-East: Crack in Ohanaeze as scribe, Abia monarch endorse Buhari
Vote Atiku Abubakar for revival, Wike tells Nigerians
Dogara formally dumps APC for PDP
Time to take our destiny in our hands
Moses: Fenerbahce fans are amazing
Deportivo La Coruna want Uzoho recalled from Elche
Ajunwa, Ganduje hail Bunubunu Award
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup: S/finals take centre stage in Warri, Agbor
House girl carrying my husband’s child
What does she see in this old man?
Hubby turns out to be a love rat
Omawumi, Waje join forces to impact on the creative industry
PMAN leadership disowns Pretty Okafor
Nigeria records marked increase in Liner shipping connectivity index
We are shocked at level of extortion at University of Benin CBT centre – JAMB
Enugu community in USA renovates primary school in Nsukka
MTN raises alarm over implications of base station shutdown by Kogi State
Drugs use in Nigeria doubles global average – study

News Headlines Jan 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 29, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Senate asks Supreme Court to reinstate Onnoghen, says Buhari can’t remove CJN
Don’t plunge Nigeria into constitutional crisis, Atiku tells Buhari
IPOB fixes referendum for presidential poll day
Rape: Suspect retracts guilty plea after pregnant daughter, uncle, helpers die
Senate asks Supreme Court to reinstate Onnoghen, says Buhari can’t remove CJN
Family, community leader demand justice for slain Lagos residents
Police exonerate ex-Covenant varsity accountant following PUNCH’s reports
Police arraign hit-and-run driver for killing five students
Drivers arrested for attempting to kidnap employer’s wife
Gunmen kill commercial bus driver, two passengers in Rivers
Budget: Lagos Assembly moves against Ambode
Gunmen kidnap seven fans in Zamfara
Athlete banned from NICEGA for defying anthem
Age not an obstacle for Egyptian champion at 76
Bayelsa Queens emerge women’s league champions
Indian actress slammed for racist remarks about Iwobi
81-year-old woman discovers her 103-year-old mother after 61-year search
My father is a house husband, hasn’t worked in 16 years, says daughter
My mother told me to put poison in dad’s food, ten-year-old tells court
Kwara APC gov candidate promises to link Pategi to Bida
Uba says nobody can rig election in Anambra South
February election, Nigeria’s opportunity to end dictatorship — Wike
Jang promises Atiku two million votes in Plateau
Protesters storm INEC office in Owerri, demand credible elections
PDP, Fayose reject judgement upholding Fayemi’s victory
UBA partners Japan to promote MSMEs in Africa
i-Invest woos investors with T-bills, gets 70,000 downloads
Rising foreign debt profile bad for economy – Senate panel
Three foreign airlines commence flights into new PH terminal
Customs CG wants import duty on vehicles reduced to 45%
FG approves new pension company for universities
BREAKING: Why we didn’t wait for NJC on CJN Onnoghen – FG
Gunmen kidnap seven fans in Zamfara
Underwater search for Sala starts Sunday
Sanction VCs who misappropriated staff allowance, group tells FG
Strike: ASUU questions integrity of OAU exams, certificates
We’ll take on corrupt VCs soon —ASUU
JAMB registers 869,709 candidates, suspends nine centres for malpractice
AAU reopens for lectures
Wrong perception affecting technical, vocational education –FG
Michael Jackson family slams documentary renewing sex abuse claims
British model, Katie Price, expresses desire to adopt Nigerian orphan
Davido, Idris Elba, others thrill fans at sold-out concert
‘Black Panther’ scores big win at Screen Actors Guild Awards
Benefits and side effects of ketogenic diet
Excessive suppression of GSK3 enzyme can cause renal failure
Experts seek to increase data access through technology
Minister lauds NOTAP for driving patent certification
Airtel unveils ‘Touching Lives Season 5’, calls for nominations
Inlaks connects NIRSAL MFB to ICT platform
Editorial: Resolving minimum wage issue
Python Dance: Kwara gov asks residents to remain calm
They said he was a total failure
UN and International Day of Education
Will Nigeria disintegrate? Lessons from Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed

The Nation
CJN Onnoghen: Senators disagree over legal option
Lagos Assembly summons Ambode over budget
No dictatorship here, says govt
Discordant tunes over CJN as Fed Govt cautions foreign envoys
NBA orders court boycott
Lagos Assembly summons Ambode over budget
My case against Ohanaeze Ndigbo, by Obiano
Election tribunal upholds Ekiti Governor Fayemi’s victory
Experts seek truly ‘independent’ electoral umpire
Edosomwan: ‘NDCP will declare war on poverty’
‘Lagos is better under APC’
APC Presidential rally: Police pledges peaceful exercise in Kano
AD condemns destruction of posters, flags in Lagos
Buhari to traditional rulers: ensure peace during polls
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Organisers reaffirmed readiness for 2019 edition
Customs mulls vehicle duty review to 10%
Sterling Bank, Opportunity Network partner on trade
UBA, Japan Trade Office to lift SMEs, tackle poverty
Total eyes 23% of Nigeria’s oil output
Toyota introduces Rush into market
CFAO Motors unveils King Long buses
Two siblings arraigned for alleged N5.9m fraud
Niteshift honours Sanwo-Olu with Grand House Reception
NIWA, LASWA to resolve waterways regulation rift
Ambode advises religious leaders to promote peace
LASUTH doctors begin warning strike
How rule of law can blossom, by Lagos CJ
Police arrest woman, in-law over killing of 14-year-old
My mother told me to poison my father, boy tells court
Cobhams supports Banky W’s campaign with song
Lagos Film Academy premieres ‘Choices’
I sing different genres – Harmony
Lola Maja renews love for make-up at 41
JOHESU gives FG Jan.31 deadline to meet demands or strike
88 doctors quit civil service – NMA
Kano free of polio in 53 months, says Commissioner of Health
Deadly Ebola virus found in bat
Buhari is not fit to continue say Obasanjo
Urchins disrupt NBA NEC meeting on Onnoghen
Onnoghen: The wasp on the nation’s scrotum
As NJC meets

Dogara: N30,000 Minimum Wage Not Enough for Workers
Lawyers to Boycott Court in Protest against Onnoghen’s Suspension
CCT Adjourns Onnoghen’s Trial Indefinitely
Nigeria Needs Action Governance Through Improved Modules, Says Sani
Fashola Harps on Infrastructure Development
LCCI Decries Nigeria’s Rising Unemployment
Nigeria to Dominate Trade in West Africa’s Power Market, Says TCN
Gencos: FG, W’Bank Not Meeting Targets in Program to Salvage Power Sector
Rosatom to Train More Nigerians on Nuclear Energy
Agbakoba Submits Petition against Acting CJN to NJC
•AGF sends allegations against Onnoghen to judicial body
Ohiare: We’ve Created Good Framework for Disbursing REF
Dangote Foundation Donates Food Items to Zamfara IDPs
Survey Reveals Barriers to Ethical Reporting
Make BDCs IMTOs’ Direct Agents, ABCON Tells CBN
Conflicting Judgments Creating Uncertainty in Electoral Process, INEC Insists
FG Planning to Eliminate Me, Ortom Cries out
IG Names Lakanu, Lamorde, Four Others DIGs
Crown Flour Mill Gets ISO Certification
Pull Nigeria Back from the Brink of Extinction, Wike Charges Voters
Ngige, VON DG Tackle Ohanaeze for Endorsing Atiku
Egbe Hails Dickson over Bayelsa Queens’ NWPL Super 4 Victory
FA Cup: Holders Chelsea Draw Man Utd in Fifth Round
Dalung Thumbs Up Peak for Sports Development Initiatives
WARIF Combats Sexual Violence Through the Education of Youth

The Sun
Ekiti: Tribunal upholds Fayemi’s election
Abia: APC chieftain sues INEC over fraudulent registration in Nkporo
Elections: Era of landslide victory gone –INEC
Onnoghen: Acting CJN presides over 10 appeals
We’ll deliver Abia for APC, Isuikwuato tells Kalu
Lagos Assembly begin moves to impeach Ambode
Elections: Pressure on VCs over INEC ad-hoc staff –Wike
IPOB to hold referendum Feb 16
Fr. Mbaka visits Buhari in Aso Rock
UNHCR concerned over fresh displacement of 320,000
Onnoghen: NBA directs lawyers to boycott courts nationwide
….25 lawyers drag Buhari, NJC, Acting CJN to court
Ohanaeze never endorsed Atiku –Secretary
We’ll not use incident forms –Imo REC
Buhari storms Abia, Imo for campaign today
Guard against APC, Atiku tells Akwa Ibom people
Nigeria, others to pool $2bn to finance energy projects
Investment in refinery, petrochemicals driven by innovation, efficiency, says Dangote
Ghana to host 8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards
ZAF empowers less privileged in Anambra
FG woos Norwegian investors
Ogun guber: Why I’m supporting APM –Amosun
Ambode seeks support for hitch-free elections
Igbo in Diaspora back Atiku
Onnoghen’s suspension devastating to PDP –APC
ATP rankings: Djokovic still No 1, Federer drops to sixth
Morata joins Atletico Madrid on loan
Go for real deal, former British boxer tells Joshua
African Nations Cup pushed back a week for Ramadan
Sports fans want FCDA to complete abandoned Kuje stadium project
Malaysia stripped of 2019 world para swimming championships
Mikel’s move to Middlesbrough, good for Super Eagles — NFF
Rohr worries over injuries, wary of Seychelles
Kanu Heart Foundation performs first open-heart surgery
Pinnick: Egypt 2019 would be a success
2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Sowore, Alli task journalists at media seminar
British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo to star in HBO’s ‘The Outsider’
Thoughts on Nigeria’s democracy
Debate dodging
Are you better off than 4 years ago?
Ohanaeze, Zik and Ndigbo
Of political paranoia, pretensions
Is Nigeria the new, global headquarters for political evil?
Priest celibacy not optional, says Pope Francis
Nigeria, others to pool $2bn to finance energy projects
Investment in refinery, petrochemicals driven by innovation, efficiency, says Dangote
Nigerian music industry highly competitive – Amina
UNN: Shame of a varsity
Govt’s empty promises caused on-going poly strike, says DUTSE, ASUP president
COEASU, stakeholders task teachers to take advantage of technology
Gourmet Food Guide trains UNILAG pupils on entrepreneurship skills
WAAW foundation empowers 200 youths on computer programming

Daily Trust
Banks allocated 1% of loans to 37m MSMEs in 5yrs — BOI
‘Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline design almost completed’
How NEMSA ordered disconnection of 1,205 buildings under power lines
Inconsistent funding of power worrisome – Expert
ECN hosts 12 countries, 15 trainees for IAEA energy tools
Onnoghen’s suspension has no connection with elections — FG
US, UK, EU positions on Onnoghen signify alignment with opposition — Foreign ministry
Our rejection of Atiku’s endorsement by Ohaneze is apolitical- Anambra govt
Many soldiers, civilians missing after B/Haram attacks in Borno
We don’t have money to dash out but infrastructural facilities – Buhari
Buhari urges traditional rulers to work against election violence
Kogi youths urged to eschew violence
Atiku in A/Ibom, promises robust economy
Ag CJN warns judges against frivolous political injunctions
Presidential candidates back Buhari on CJN’s suspension
APC gov’t engineering needless crisis – Atiku
EU election observers visit APC faction in Kwara
Accord party flags off campaigns in Bayelsa
How NEMSA ordered disconnection of 1,205 buildings under power lines
Ogun: Council chairman impeached over APC crisis
Ekiti residents jubilate as tribunal upholds Fayemi’s victory
FCT minister leads APC campaign for Buhari’s re-election
Fire at the blacksmith’s…
ECOWAS member states tasked on increased investment in girls’ education
Conflict prevention: ECOWAS unveils 2018-2020 action plans
Armed bandits abduct newly-wed couple, four others in Kaduna
Fleeing driver arrested, arraigned for killing 5 school girls in Ogun
2 killed, one kidnapped in Katsina
Davido shuts down London in first sold-out show
Facebook tightens paid ads rules ahead of EU elections
Election 2019: The perspectives of a high tech enthusiast
NITDA’s five new IT regulatory guidelines now operational
Customs to pay N1.8bn deceased officers’ claims, sue insurance firms
Nigerian workers deserve living wage, not minimum wage — Dogara
FG allocates 2% of UBE funds to quality assurance
ASUU may end strike this week
FG to shut down 66 illegal universities, 68 polytechnics
Amended armed forces act to establish judge advocate system
Alleged N7.6bn fraud: I’m willing to face trial – Kalu
Acting CJN warns judges against frivolous political injunctions

Buhari Seeks INEC-Traditional Rulers’ Collaboration On Sensitising Electorate
Onnoghen: Senate cancels emergency resumption heads to Supreme Court
Next Level will be better than where we are now ― Osinbajo
Onnoghen: NBA resolves to boycott court for 2 days
Buhari challenges African leaders on oil, gas infrastructure…
Our rejection of Atiku’s endorsement by Ohanaeze, apolitical…
Anyaoku, Kukah to speak at Tribune symposium Tuesday
Removal of Onnoghen as CJN is proper, timely ― Forum
ICAN Western Zone holds maiden leadership retreat
Isiaka supporters dump former Ogun commissioner who defected…
Uphold high professional standard in discharging your duties…
Buhari wants to take over powers of all arms of govt ―…
We Partnered With FBI To Secure Conviction Of Online Fraudster ― EFCC
Businesswoman in court over alleged N4.5m oil fraud
Obaseki, CBN Partner On Development Of 100,000-Hectare Plantation
Development Bank of Nigeria exceeds first-year projections
OGTAN decries lack of human capital devt in Nigerian oil, gas sector
OPEC focused on averting new oil glut before April meeting ― Barkindo
State Creation Led To New Identity Problems In Nigeria —Kukah
2019 Election: Bauchi governor warns against political violence
How Flu Medicine Can Affect Your Heart
ABUAD’s 2018 Milestones, A Success Story —Afe Babalola
Editing the ‘Tribune’ was exciting — Omole, Second Editor…
Why Your Wife May Be Experiencing A Decrease In Her Sexual Desire
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The Falling Candidate

Deji Omotoyinbo: My unforgettable moments with Deji Tinubu

Deji Omotoyinbo: My unforgettable moments with Deji Tinubu

Deji Tinubu


For the first time since the death of his bosom friend and business associate, Deji Omotoyinbo in his frankest interview ever, shares pieces about the life and times of Deji Tinubu and why the legacy of the erstwhile chairman of Lagos State Sport Commission would be immortalised in this encounter with MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN

He collapsed and died at 52 on his besotted football pitch but Deji Tinubu, former chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, had the physical body of a 40-year-old that was virile and ruddy few months before his demise.

This much was disclosed by his well-known friend and business associate, Deji Omotoyinbo, while speaking about efforts to immortalise the legacy Tinubu left behind in different spheres of human endeavours – especially in sports and media communications.

For the time being, Omotoyinbo is yet to come to terms with the untimely death of his co-founder of sports broadcast organisation, SportsVision – a novel media they launched in 1998.

“There was no premonition that Deji was going to die and there was nothing like that,” Omotoyinbo with an emotion-laden voice opened up to The Nation at the SportVision office in what is his first interview since that unfortunate incident of 25th January 2018. “Deji was full of life; and he was the last person you’ll expect to collapse while playing football. Football was his life and his life was football.

“I knew Deji as far back as 1974 when we were in the secondary school at Ibadan Government College and he was always playing football and even when he was in the UK, he was always getting guys together to play football.

“For all the years we’ve been together, he always had his soccer shoes and kits in his car. He was always playing football and was always teasing me that I was no longer playing football because I stopped years ago, when I felt my body could no longer cope because I had a bad knee and was getting old.

“But Deji was fit; in fact, a couple of years ago, and I think that was sometime in 2017, we ran comprehensive medical tests when we wanted to take an insurance policy.

“He actually had his own medicals before me and one of the doctors who conducted his medicals had met me at a radio station and the first thing he said was, ‘Mr. Omotoyinbo, I hope you are as fit as your friend.’

“According to the doctor, DT had the physical body of a 40-year-old and that showed how fit he was.He never stopped playing football and the only time he stopped was the day he collapsed and died on a soccer pitch.

“Deji was the kind of person that would warn you when you’re adding weight; he was a fitness freak and would warn others about their health status. It was such a surprise that he died the way he did.”

Indeed, Omotoyinbo and Tinubu were like Siamese twins – simply inseparable in almost all aspects of life – since their interest cut through similar routes with their well noted avarice for sports, especially football, as well as media communications.

Yet, Omotoyinbo reckons death struck his friend like a thief in the night since he was miles away from the scene of the incident where the affectionate TM took his last breath.

“I was actually at home at the close of work the day DT (that’s what I usually called him) died,” declares Omotoyinbo as he fought off his emotion this sunny afternoon. “Earlier in the day, he had told me that he was on his way to Epe, where they were to have a retreat for Lagos State Executive Council and permanent secretaries and you know he was a special assistant on commerce to Governor Akinwunmi at that time, but it was Temisan Okomi (who is a younger colleague but very close to the two of us) that actually called me that he was hearing something about TM (team manager) that he was playing football but fell and died.

“Frankly, I dismissed it because for as long as I knew Deji, playing football has been his life and I just told Temisan not to worry about such news and that I will make some few calls. I then called his number and it rang a few times without anybody picking it. By that time, I was already panicking and fearing the worst.

“I didn’t want to call Bode (Oguntuyi) because I didn’t’ know where he was, his own state of mind, and in actual fact, I didn’t want to be the one who was going to break such a sad news to him.

“But, I put a call through to Akin Alabi, who is also one of our directors and they both belonged to the same group, that played football together mostly on weekends. Apparently, he too hadn’t heard anything and only said Deji had gone to Epe for the retreat.

“By that time, my phone had started ringing and everybody wanted to confirm from me what was happening. Moments later, Akin rang back and when I picked I could hear Akin wailing; then I knew the worst had happened.

“Akin then confirmed that Doctor Kay who was in Epe and happens to be on the same WhatsApp group with him and Deji confirmed the bad news. The kind of heartrending scream I let out attracted my neighbours and about the same time, my wife was coming down from the stairs with the same news apparently through her friend who is a wife of one of the commissioners at the retreat in Epe.

“I was motionless and the call started coming through from virtually all parts of the world, especially from members of our class group because we all went to the same secondary school, Ibadan Grammar School.

“But I just couldn’t believe it and refused to give any confirmation until another classmate of ours called that he had spoken with Wale Tinubu (Deji’s brother) who confirmed his death.

“It was a crazy night and the kind of night I don’t want to experience again in my lifetime, because I just couldn’t sleep and was just answering calls from virtually all parts of the world. I couldn’t trust my emotional state to drive to his home and had to call my brother and few other close friends because it was something so hard for me to deal with. It was just one hell of a crazy night.”

Yet even in death, Tinubu was indeed a truism to the saying that ‘being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind and Omotoyinbo noted his friend was indeed a gift to humanity.

“I think one thing that made DT stand out was his heart,” Omotoyinbo says after taking a deep breath. “He was such a kind human being and I have never met anybody who meant so much to different people across board; and I can’t figure out how he did it.

“He had a heart of gold and if he could donate his eyes for another person to see, he would have done it.

“You cannot believe the number of people he was helping financially and how he did. Honestly, I do not know; he was such a kind person and I feel some people actually took advantage of that.

“He never held malice and even when you have an argument with him; it’s dusted with him once it’s over. He was such a jovial person and I think he would have been successful if he’d taken to comedy; he also loved to play pranks.”

But DT doesn’t joke with his work as attested to by Omotoyinbo, saying his late buddy had this uncommon puritanical devotion to duty as if the last job was going to be his last.

“When it comes to what we do, DT was such a detailed person. For instance, he barely has three minutes on his own segment (World Soccer Report) on Sports Express, but sometimes he would come to the studio with seven or eight sheets of papers about everything he wanted to say. Sometimes we made joke of him but his argument was that he needed to cover every angle since he doesn’t know where questions may come from. Everybody who saw him on television or listened to him on the radio would attest to the fact that he was such a detailed person that there was no question that you asked him that he never had a coherent and impressive answer for.

“But the best thing about him was his good heart and he poured his heart out to anything he touched.”

They say time heal wounds, but Omotoyinbo has yet to deal with the emotion of the loss even one year after the demise of DT, insisting that everything still looks surreal.

“I still feel that his death has not happened. Sometimes, I feel he was just playing prank and that he would walk up into the office one day. We still have this feeling that he can just show up.

“Dealing with the emotion of his death has been so difficult and for Bode and other partners, it has been very difficult dealing with it but we have to honour his legacy because he touched so many people in his lifetime.

“He went out in a blaze of glory and I think the wave of emotion following his death transcended even beyond the shores of the country.

“I travelled to the USA just to clear my head after his death, but while waiting to be picked up at LAKS, that is what they call Los Angeles Airport, a guy just walked up to me and started talking about Deji Tinubu, ditto for my cousin and her husband who came to pick me up. So, he was such a nice guy that impacted on so many people who never met him personally and even beyond the shores of Nigeria.

“Frankly, it has been rough and tough but the grace of God has been there for all of us; family members, associates and friends to draw from because DT truly left his mark on the sands of time.

“Despite the fact that he left SportVision to take up public service appointments a couple of times, he died with his legacy unblemished, and that is a source of pride to all his associates.”

It is on the basis of what DT stood for and the respect he earned through a dint of hard work as an administrator and a media personality of note that Omotoyinbo along with his colleagues at SportVision, have now envisioned The Deji Tinubu Memorial Symposium in conjunction with the Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) to celebrate the kind-hearted guy who passed through life like a colossus.

Omotoyinbo offers: “Of course, a lot of people have done so much to immortalise DT and I want to use this opportunity to thank them, especially his football group, they call themselves Jeunsoke, which is full of top professionals and great guys. They have done two events in his honour; one around his passing and the other one around his birthday on July 31.

“Even today as we speak now (18th January) there is another event at the Teslim Balogun Stadium by the Cycling Club in Lagos, who instituted a competition amongst secondary schools in his honour.

“But as his partners in the sporting fraternity, we want to take it a step further and we felt the way to immortalise him is to have a yearly event in celebration of his life and that is why we have settled for an annual symposium whereby a contemporary issue affecting Nigerian sport is dissected by experts, while we would put that as a policy statement for government.”

The inaugural edition of The Deji Tinubu Memorial Symposium holds on 29th January at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos under the theme: Combining Education and Sports: Opportunities, Challenges and Solution with former Green Eagles captain and founder of International College and Sport Academy, Mathematical Segun Odegbami, serving as the guest speaker while the Managing Director of Complete Football, Alhaji Mumini Alao, serves as the rapporteur.

“Apart from this, we are also looking at possibly holding what we call Deji Tinubu Media Masterclass around his birthday because of the impact he made in the media, as this would allow us the opportunity to train and retrain upcoming sport journalists so that they can be better on the job.”

In the meantime, Omotoyinbo said SportVision would work round the clock to ensure that their dream with DT of owning the first Nigeria’s multimedia sport channel with t radio, internet and television presence become a reality.

Credit: The Nation

Ekiti: Fayemi wins as tribunal throws out PDP’s appeal

Ekiti tribunal upholds Fayemi’s election

Governor Kayode Fayemi

Says PDP, Olusola fails to prove allegation of irregularity
by Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Ekiti State governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Kayode Fayemi.

The Justice Suleiman Belgore led tribunal, in a judgment that lasted for about five hours on Monday, dismissed the petition by the PDP and its candidate, Kolapo Olusola on the grounds that the failed to prove their case.

Justice Belgore, who read the judgment, found that the evidence led by the petitioners was insufficient to prove their claim the election was held in substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Credit: The Nation

News Headlines Jan 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 28, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Onnoghen to challenge suspension in court
APC removes Okorocha as Imo campaign coordinator
APC has majority in Senate –Investigation
How Lagos prophet hypnotised, defrauded me of N59.7m –Victim
Police retire DIGs
Onnoghen to challenge suspension in court
Buhari invites APC senators to Villa over Onnoghen’s suspension
Ekiti Poll: Fayemi, Olusola learn fate today
APC has majority in Senate –Investigation
Strike: ASUU denies receiving N163bn from FG
Command arrests suspect who snatched Uber driver’s car
How Lagos prophet hypnotised, defrauded me of N59.7m –Victim
Family demands justice as police bullet paralyses estate agent
Suspected fraudster nabbed with eight ATM cards in Katsina
Why 73 presidential candidates are on ballot papers — INEC
Minimum wage: NLC, others storm NASS
Robbers stab Radio Nigeria journalist to death in Abuja
Suspected vandal suffers burns while stealing electric cables
Bauchi court awards N1.2m against IG for illegal detention
Lagos community disagrees with NPA over sea dredging
Cult war: Police sergeant, two others killed in Edo
Governorship candidates decry alleged wasteful spending in Lagos
KOWA, ANP agree on one gov candidate in Lagos
Ogun APC spokesman alleges threat to life, petitions police
Reduce vehicle import tariff to 15%, LCCI urges FG
AMCON recovered N1tn from debtors in eight years –FG
Failed project: British firm drags FG before US court
Discos face sanctions as metering scheme suffers delay
Contributors’ details confidential, PenCom tells Reps
Banking, industrial goods stocks lead market gains
Mbaka is an embarrassment to Catholic Church –Mamza, Adamawa Diocese Bishop
Please help, don’t let my sister die — Brother of undergrad down with leukaemia
Australian Open: Djokovic beats Nadal to win record title
Alake, Isiaka drum support for grassroot sports development
Peak backs Para-powerlifters as world tourney begins in Lagos
Osun United play 3SC, Crown
Super Eagles to know 2019 AFCON opponents April 12
Izzo buries Inter Milan, Roma blow three-goal lead in Serie A
I was threatened by gunmen for speaking truth on my programmes –Jide Moronfolu
Editorial: CBN on access to financial services
A nation of great excitement about elections
The self-destructive, unforced error of fuel subsidy

The Nation
Onnoghen: NJC members in move to save Judiciary
Ex-VP to Buhari: the world is watching you
Minimum wage: Labour takes case to public hearing
IG retires seven DIGs
INEC excludes Zakari, other RECs from Collation
IG retires seven DIGs
ASUU tackles Fed Govt over N163 billion varsity funds
Police give one-week ultimatum to illegal firearms holders
World leaders seek more investment in Africa
Why Ogun 2019 remains unpredictable
APC has more projects in S/ East than PDP did — APC
Ishaku: My first term was foundation laying stage
Saraki, Ahmed crippled LGs in Kwara, not Buhari – APC
Oyetola sets up committee to boost revenue from forests
INEC transfers Ekiti REC
Adepoju’s Ibadan home razed
Boro debut: I’m still hungry to achieve more, says Mikel
Djokovic eyes Federer’s 20 Grand Slam haul
ETTU Cup: Quadri, Abiodun lift Sporting to victory
Lagos Boxing Show: Mubarak, Osoba thrill fans
NFF mourns passing of Fashikun
Foreign investors trade N1.22tr on equities
Retail SMIS attracts $289.76m, CNY 38.70m from CBN
Why N1tr premium target failed, by NAICOM
Why Rapidtransfer App attracts zero charges, by Ecobank MD
ABCON to CBN: make BDCs direct agents of IMTOs
Reps seek confidential information of RSAs, retirees, others
Mushin communities to EKEDC: give us prepaid meters
Air Force plane flew close to collapsed Synagogue building, says witness
Woman assaults six-year-old niece over plate
Bus crushes expectant mum
Bride killed while crossing BRT corridor, days to wedding
Slain police sergeant was fighting rival cult group, says CP
ASUU strike may end this week – Minister
ASUU/ASUP Strike: Fund education, students tell FG
Gbajabiamila unveils new DGN Secretariat
Cobhams supports Banky W’s campaign with song
Yoruba actors support APC’s Sanwo-Olu for Lagos governor
I sing different genres – Harmony
Lagos Film Academy premieres ‘Choices’
Lola Maja renews love for make-up at 41
Misery, O misery
Editorial: Unjustifiable unification
Ambode: Endgame drama
Something new, something old, and something minimum wage

NJC Members Summon Emergency Meeting without Onnoghen, Muhammad
I Will Personally Handle Presidential Election Results Collation, Says Yakubu, To allow observers, media access to situation room • Raises the alarm over looming violence
Senate caucuses meet today ahead of emergency sitting NBA, judicial workers summon emergency meetings
Report: Uncertainties over General Election Constraining Businesses
ASUU Denies Receiving N163bn, Accuses FG of Spreading Falsehood over Strike
PDP, CUPP Allege APC Plotting to Take over N’Assembly
Buhari hosts APC senators to dinner today
Southern, Middle Belt Leaders, CDD Urge Buhari to Reinstate Onnoghen
CJN’s suspension not similar to Salami’s case, says group SERAP asks NJC to take over case …
US, UK, EU’s Reaction to CJN’s Suspension Hasty, Unfortunate, Says Presidency
Police Sgt, Two Others Killed in Edo Cult War
Corruption Has Debased Human Life in Nigeria, Onaiyekan Cries out
Five Dead as Plateau Records 17 New Cases of Lassa Fever
Atiku Hails US, UK, EU for Condemning Assault on Judiciary
Aisha Buhari Denies Condemning CJN’s Suspension
APC Raises the Alarm over Plot to Disrupt Imo Rally
Tribunal Judgment: Police Warn against Illegal Assembly in Ekiti
Falana Calls for Justice Onnoghen’s Resignation
PDP Planning to Rig Presidential Poll, Buhari Group Alleges
INEC Approves 144 Foreign, Domestic Observers For February Polls
In Adamawa, the Stakes Are Very High
PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM: Promise of Abundance from Tope Fasua
Election: WFM Seeks End to Violence Against Women
Samsung Sets New Record on Nigerian Content, Trains Female Welders
Experts Decry Lawmakers’ Move to Probe PenCom
Fidelity Bank Wins Awards
Itel Mobile Named ‘Most Admired Brand’
Wabote, Others for OGTAN Conference
Firms Battling Squeeze in Profit Margins
Moses May Debut for Fenerbahce Today
Boro’s Pulis showers praises on Mikel …
NPFL…NPFL…NPFL… Rangers Win Oriental Derby Clash with Enyimba at the Cathedral
Peak Reiterates Commitment to Nigerian Para-Powerlifters
Dalung, NFF, SWAN, Sports Editors Mourn Fashikun
Morata Close to Joining Atletico on Loan
Super Eagles to Know AFCON Opponents on April 12
AUSTRALIAN OPEN Djokovic Beats Nadal to Win Record Seventh Title
Nigeria Grinds out Four Wicket Victory against Rwanda at Bilateral Meet in Abuja
Fostering Civil Military Relations
OBJ BOMBSHELL – How Not to React
On The Trail of Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie
Family Complications ‘Not Mysterious Inferno’…How Jimoh Ibrahim’s Mother Died, According to His Son
City of David Parish Pastor, Idowu Iluyomade’s Wife, Siju, Celebrates 55
A Father Figure…Why Araba Morakinyo Sees Gbenga Oyebode as a Role Model

The Sun
FG uncovers 66 illegal varsities, 68 poly, others
2019 polls: We’re not supporting any candidate – US
Gunmen kidnap 7 at Zamfara viewing centre
NFF suspends elections into state FAs
War drums over Onnoghen
IGP retires 7 DIGs
Military exposes Boko Haram’s new tactic
2019 polls: We’re not supporting any candidate – US
Gunmen kidnap 7 at Zamfara viewing centre
NFF suspends elections into state FAs
Ogun PDP crisis: Kashamu, Abati hit party over support for Adebutu
Alaafin dismisses reports on alienation of Atiku from Oyo palace
Yoruba unity, my priority – Gani Adams
UTME: JAMB suspends UNIBEN CBT centre, others
2019: Why Third Force failed – Nwanyanwu
Zamfara 2019: Security situation may affect voter turnout -Takori
APC’ll retain power in Jigawa – Mahmud
PDP can regain power at centre if – Utazi
Nnamani remains godfather of Enugu politics – Nnaji
Motorsport governing body backs Nigeria’s Automobile & Touring club
PEUGEOT 3008 is most produced car in France
Users applaud as CFAO brings back King Long buses, vansg
Ford’s Driving Skills for Life trains 1,600 drivers in Africa, M/East
Ohanaeze, Zik and Ndigbo
Of political paranoia, pretensions
Is Nigeria the new, global headquarters for political evil?
Buhari’s unstoppable victory & allied issues
Nigeria’s liberation hour has come
The urge to rig
No plans to demolish Ladipo market –Hamzat
IGP under pressure over new postings
2019 polls: We’re not supporting any candidate – US
Atiku’s endorsement: It’s wrong to politicise Ohanaeze –Kalu
Buhari’s wife denies condemning Onnoghen’s suspension
El-Rufai: The leading light of change
DR Congo poll: Diplomacy of vote rigging

Daily Trust
FG closes dozens of illegal universities, polytechnics
FG moves to exclude AMCON debtors from govt business
B/Haram: Why army suffered setbacks — Buratai
Lagos traders, Arewa community back Buhari’s re-election bid
We face very complex security challenges — Chief of Air Staff
Ogoni Cleanup: Forest institute to re-establish mangroves
Air force celebrates fallen heroes
Buhari will jail more corrupt persons if re-elected – Osinbajo
ASUU denies receiving N163bn from FG
Palace sign Sako on short-term deal from West Brom
JUST IN: APC plots Saraki, Dogara’s arrest tomorrow- CUPP
Dalung, Dariye, 47 others make Lalong’s re-election campaign council
Rangers thump Enyimba in Oriental derby as Plateau hold Pillars
Bayelsa Queens win Nigeria women premier league
Nigeria grinds out four wicket victory against Rwanda
Why NCAA moved against ‘unauthorised’ charter air services
Food security in focus as River Basin Authorities undergo rebirth
Tomato farmers, dealers lament multiple challenges
FCT minister leads APC campaign for Buhari’s re-election
Gunmen kill APC ward chairman in Gwagwalada
FCT police commissioner warns against election violence
Fire at the blacksmith’s…
Niger: The rumbling that may undermine the calculation
Re: Of Buhari and technology used in Ganduje videos
OBJ, the unlikely revolutionary
Suspected kidnappers, ATM fraudster nabbed in Katsina
Police bust 3-man phone snatching syndicate in Makurdi
Sales girl bags 15 years imprisonment for theft, arson
Editorial: Another Lassa fever outbreak
ASUU may end strike this week
As Ogoni cleanup begins
W/Bank announces $50bn plan to combat climate change
CJN: HEDA commends FG, issues utlimatum on Babachir, others
Onnoghen: Group backs Buhari
Tsav urges Acting CJN to sanitise judiciary

Constitutional Breaches: PDP Accuses Buhari, APC Of Moves To Bribe Senators
BREAKING: Police ban issuance of new arms licences
Elections: Why INEC didn’t redeploy Amina Zakari ― Source
Onnoghen: PDP Reps caucus kicks, says Nigeria not Banana Republic
Elections: Osinbajo harps on lessons of Rwandan experience
Constitutional breaches: PDP accuses Buhari, APC
Group wants US, IGP, peace committee’s intervention…
No room for rigging, Atiku tells Buhari
2019 elections: INEC to open situation room to observers
Gombe Guber: I will build on Dankwambo’s legacies ― Nafada
Ekiti to arrest parents of hawking children
PDP plans to disrupt elections ― el Rufai
Businesswoman In Court Over Alleged N4.5m Oil Fraud
Mechanic, 45, docked over illegal marriage with house wife
Forgery: Court remands woman in prison, grants 3 persons bail
Obaseki, CBN Partner On Development Of 100,000-Hectare Plantation
Development Bank of Nigeria exceeds first-year projections
OGTAN decries lack of human capital devt in Nigerian oil, gas sector
OPEC focused on averting new oil glut before April meeting ― Barkindo
Are South-Easterners United For PDP?
Oyo gov race: As Seyi Makinde takes message of hope, shared prosperity…
Buhari, Atiku: Zones of strengths, states of weaknesses
Nigeria: Redefining nationhood
Onnoghen And Buhari’s Nationalism
EDITORIAL: Onnoghen’s Suspension: Recipe For Crisis And Anarchy
Sanctity Of 2019 Presidential Poll
For 2019 Polls To Be Credible

Fayemi, Olusola know fate as Ekiti governorship election tribunal delivers judgment tomorrow

Fayemi, Olusola know fate as Ekiti governorship election tribunal delivers judgment tomorrow

Ekiti governorship election tribunal fixes judgment for tomorrow

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi

by Eric Ikhilae

The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja will on Monday deliver judgment in the petition by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and one other.

The PDP and its candidate in the last governorship election in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola are, by their petition, challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, winner of the election.

The Nation learnt yesterday that parties to the petition, marked: EPT/EKS/GOV/01/18. – PDP, Olusola, INEC, APC and Fayemi, have been informed about the date of judgment via notices of hearing, issued by the tribunal’s Registry. The tribunal, led by Justice Suleiman Belgore had, on January 9 this year, adjourned indefinitely, but told parties they would be informed 48 hours before the day to be set for the delivery of the judgment.

Justice Belgore announced the adjournment after parties adopted their final written addresses and prayed the tribunal to grant their prayers. The tribunal Chairman praised the conduct of lawyers and parties in the case. He particularly noted that the senior lawyers were professional and mature in their conduct. Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Akin Olujinmi (SAN) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) adopted the final addresses of INEC, APC and Fayemi, while Yusuf Ali (SAN) adopted the petitioners’ address.

Edosomwan, Olujinmi and Fagbemi urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition by the PDP and Olusola.

News Headlines Jan 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 27, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Senate to reconvene on Tuesday over sacked CJN
I know I’ll still walk again — Yinka Ayefele
We’re pained that Boko Haram fatally shattered our darlings’ dreams –Families of slain soldiers
‘Crazy bill’ to attract one-year jail, N1m fine
Atiku’s endorsement: Nwodo alleges Obiano called him an idiot
This is the best contribution Obasanjo can make
Anybody in Nigeria today will floor Buhari in a debate – Atiku campaign spokesman
Atiku fled debate venue because he had nothing to say –BMO chair, Akinsiju
Lagos airport Customs command generates N2.9bn in 10 days
APC leaders accuse Akeredolu of funding opposition
Copyright infringement: Tiwa ignored me when I reached out, says Danny Young
Joshua renews interest in Fury clash
Saraki is finished politically, says APC senatorial candidate
Public fund looters to face prosecution – Buhari
I remain authentic Ogun PDP gov candidate — Kashamu
Lagos residents exhume relatives’ corpses for rail project
Food crisis rocks Jalingo IDP camp
Police arrest three for attacking man, raping wife
Five students die in Ogun crash, driver flees
Car crushes four college students, one other to death in Abeokuta
Man loses eye over bid to win lottery in Deltas
Nigeria needs more dams for electricity, flood control – Nze
To excel in business, have a few friends, ask questions – Nzubechukwu
Hot debate over power distribution problems
SAA, World Airlines sign Nigeria-US flights deal
CBN plans to introduce tougher capital rules for banks
Timing of Onnoghen’s removal wrong – UK
BREAKING: New CJN swears in election tribunals
Ekiti Poll: Fayemi, Olusola know fate Monday
Dad’s looks enough to whip us into line – Gabriel Toby’s daughter
Please help, don’t let my sister die — Brother of undergrad down with leukaemia
Nigeria’s automobile sector can’t take off without working steel industry — Bello, ex-UNILAG VC
Badoo and Madoo: Kid boxers learning to punch their family out of poverty
£160,000 raised as family launches private search for Sala
Osaka beats Kvitova to win first Australian Open title
I was scared coming to Celtic – Weah
Arsenal in talks to sign Perisic on loan
My father banned TV, others in our home when I was growing up –Temidayo, first-class graduate of law school
I can’t be bullied because I’m a street boy –African China
There’s poor pay in movie industry –Sikirat Sindodo
I’m in love, I don’t know about marriage — Tina Mba
Why I can’t marry two wives – Tony Tetuila
I was detained for being only black person on plane – Adokiye Kyrian
Catarrh sufferer with bloodstained discharge needs urgent medical help –Expert
No drug can shrink fibroids, surgeon claims
Disorders of the menstrual system and remedies (1)
Editorial: Arms stockpiling endangers peaceful elections
Aisha for president?
A fresh look at Nigeria’s major problems
Ways to help humanity (i)
Keeping your ex as a friend after marriage

The Nation
Judiciary is in a trying time, by Tanko Muhammad
Endorsement: Obiano, Nwodo trade insults in telephone chats
Ekiti governorship election tribunal fixes judgment for tomorrow
Onnoghen’s suspension: Senate calls emergency session
Onnoghen’s suspension: Senate calls emergency session
South-south govs, Dogara, Falana, others kick
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EO-07: Dangote, other investors to execute 19 road projects
Ogun 2019: The men Amosun lost
Polls: Those spending too much will lose – Salvador
Ikpeazu, Otti’s face-off heats up Abia campaigns
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Deji Omotoyinbo: My unforgettable moments with Deji Tinubu
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Femi Opabunmi: I’m happy despite sight problems
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Governor Lalong pays Musa condolence visit
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NBC converts Enugu Plant to logistics, distribution hub
Ebonyi records two deaths from Lassa Fever
NDLEA raids illicit drug producing factory
Five pupils die, two injured in Ogun auto crash
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Badagry LG boss sues for cooperation over projects
ASUU/ASUP Strike: Fund education, students tell FG
Funso Adeolu: Politics finishes your acting career
Onnoghen: Buhari cuts Gordian knot, executes coup against constitution
The messiah, the mob and the sacred monster

Wike: Buhari Intimidating Appeal Court Judges to Back Suspension of CJN, Says Rivers major reason for clampdown on judiciary
Onnoghen: Senate May Reconvene Tuesday as Leadership Meets Today
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Ekiti Poll: Fayemi, Olusola Know Fate Tomorrow
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Buhari Pledges to Complete Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project
Efosa Efex Iyamu On His Comics, Theatrics and Politics
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The Road to 2019: Flashpoints to Watch (XX)
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Managing Nigeria’s Growing Debt Stock
Nigeria: Redefining Nationhood
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EDITORIAL: Ignoring The Court of Appeal and Suspending The Chief Justice. This is a Power Grab Gone Too Far

The Sun
My fears for 2019 elections – Amb. Aminu Wali, ex-Foreign Affairs Minister
Nina: My Big Brother nightmare
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Polls: NYSC DG urges corps members not to accept gifts
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War against corruption: Remove immunity clause, security votes for governors, Yunus Ustaz, SAN
Why APGA chose ME as its Imo guber candidate – Araraume
2019 election results in Enugu’ll shock people – VinMartin Ilo, APC Reps candidate
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Buhari has good intentions but there are hawks around him – Archbishop Ojo
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Atiku is my brother, but Buhari will defeat him – Senator Girie
Walter Onnoghen : The guile, the intrigues and dialectic of power play

Daily Trust
Judgements on Zamfara APC put INEC in difficult position
250 Judges to handle election petitions
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2019: Despite Peace Pact, APC, opposition parties beat war drums
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Editorial: CJN’s Suspension is a Tragedy

Suspension of CJN Onnoghen: An illegal executive coup against a recalcitrant chief judicial officer

Suspension of CJN Onnoghen: An illegal executive coup against a recalcitrant chief judicial officer

ANALYSIS: Suspension of CJN Onnoghen: An executive coup against a recalcitrant chief judicial officer

Jiti Ogunye

On Friday, January 25, 2019, the President of Nigeria , Muhammadu Buhari, suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkannu Samuel Onnoghen from office, and immediately administered the judicial oath of office to the most senior Supreme Court Justice , next in rank to him, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Following that act, the president delivered a 25-paragraph address, akin to a coup speech, wherein he gave reasons for his action.

Essentially, the president explained that he was swiftly executing an order ex-parte ( that is, a one sided order procured without notice to, and the knowledge of the “suspended” CJN or his lawyers) of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), made and dated the 23rd day of January, 2019.

The order mandated him to suspend the CJN from office, pending the final determination of his trial at the CCT, and swear in the Justice of the Supreme Court next to him in rank, as an acting CJN.

The president further explained that sequel to the filing of corruption related charges against the CJN by the Code of Conduct Bureau ( CCB) before the CCT and the commencement of his “trial “ for gross violations of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for public officers, as stipulated in the Constitution of Nigeria, the CJN, instead of resigning his position took steps to frustrate his trial.

The CJN had been accused in the charges of receiving into and retaining in many banks accounts huge sums of money in foreign and local currencies, without disclosing them in his asset declaration forms and documents submitted to the CCB.

Unusual Speed
On January 7, 2019 , the CCB received the petition against the CJN and between that date and 14th January, 2919, treated the petition and filed charges against the CJN, leading to his expected arraignment.

Many were shocked by the speed of that process, making many to wonder whether that speed did not signify that the FGN was coordinating the plot to remove the CJN from office.

The publicised demand of the Federal Executive Branch of Government for the resignation of the CJN from office , and the hollow and flat statement made by Vice President, claiming the President was not aware of the travail of the CJN before he was charged were pointers that the Buhari Administration was the resolute and implacable force behind the effort to remove the CJN from office.

When the CJN was confronted with the particulars of his infractions, upon the receipt of a petition from an NGO that submitted same, calling for his probe and prosecution, he made a ‘confession’.

In a a written statement that he volunteered, he admitted the ownership of the bank accounts and the sums therein contained, but claimed that he forgot to declare the bank accounts.

In the face of these damning confession, the president stated that Nigerians had expected the CJN to resign his office.

But instead of doing that, a team of senior lawyers working with him had obtained a number of orders from the courts to frustrate his trial.

It was in consequence of these orders that the Executive had to act.

It sought an order to suspend the CJN from office and upon the order being granted by the CCT, acted swiftly to suspend the CJN from office.

Divided Public
As it has now become the pattern, public opinion on the action taken against the CJN by the president is sharply divided.

A section of the public is of the view that the president acted illegally and unconstitutionally. They cite the provisions of Section 292 of the Constitution, which guarantees security of tenure for judicial officers, especially the CJN.

By this, he cannot be suspended or removed from office without the recommendation of the NJC and the 2/3 concurring approval of the Senate.

The other section hails the action of the President, contending that it is premised on a valid and subsisting order of the CCT, which has not been set aside, and which is incumbent on the President to enforce.

This section of opinion believes that the action of the President addresses the substance of the allegation of corrupt practices against the CJN, the tackling of which is being frustrated by the resort to technicalities and procedural niceties of law, a slavish adherence to the labyrinth of the due process of law, and treading of the laborious path of the rule of law .

Informed View
Faced with the divided, nay partisan opinion on the matter, patriots, lovers of democracy, believers in the rule of law and abhorrers of corrupt practices in our public life must take an informed and well considered view on the far- reaching and unprecedented step the Executive Branch of Government has taken.

While isolated (and we say not pervasive) cases of corrupt practices in the judiciary must be combated assiduously by our anti-corruption agencies under the Executive Branch of Government, Nigerians must decry the procedure adopted by the Muhammadu Administration.

Because of wrong procedure, the suspension is patently illegal and unconstitutional. It is disingenuous for anyone to argue to the contrary.

The suspension, which the Administration argues emanates from an order of the CCT is no more than a premeditated executive act dressed up in a quasi judicial cloak to give it legitimacy.

It was akin to what the military regime of General Bademasi Babangida did while fishing for judicial pretexts to stop the holding of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, and annul it altogether.

It used its proxies to procure orders of injunctions from Hon Justice Bassey Ikpeme and Hon. Justice Dahiru Salem of the Abuja High Court to stop the holding of the election and when the election was held, to stop the counting and release of the results.

This was in spite of the fact that the decree guiding the transition to civil rule programme had prohibited the granting of such orders, which could truncate the conduct of the election!

And it is puerile to argue that the mode of suspending or removing the CJN from office, as clearly defined by the Constitution can be circumvented by reliance on the provisions of Section 11 of the Interpretation Act, Cap 123, Vol. 8, LFN, 2004, an inferior statute, compared to the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the land.

The act of the Buhari Executive cannot be justified by invoking the provision of the Interpretation Act.

The precedent of the unconstitutional and wicked ill treatment meted to Justice Isa Ayo Salami, erstwhile President of the Court of Appeal by the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency, cannot be used as justification.

Incidentally, the senior lawyers that colluded with the Goodluck Jonathan Administration then to traduce and harangue Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami, CFR, and cruelly and crudely abort his presidency of the Court of Appeal are now the in the CJN Onnoghen’s corner, mouthing “the rule of law“ , “due process of law” , “judicial independence“, and decrying an alleged descent into fascism.

Political Game Play
Apparently, the executive branch of the government desired the ouster of the CJN from office.

To actualise the objective, it worked closely with a shadowy NGO to dredge up CJN Onnoghen’s infractions of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. Many of these infractions predated the appointment of Justice Onnoghen as the CJN in 2017.

But there was no political exigency then for the use of the discovered and known transgressions of the CJN. The motive for using the allegationsnow is the feared harm the judiciary that is presided over by the CJN could do to the political interests of the ruling party, especially regarding pre-election cases and election petitions.

The CJN is facing an indefensible and shameful allegation of corruption against him , an allegation which warrants that he resigns from office, without waiting for his suspension from office by the Executive Branch of Government. But if the truth must be told, the reasons for the action of the Executive are beyond the fight against corrupt practices in the Judiciary.

The constitutional path to be charted to legally suspend or remove a CJN from office is luminously delineated by the Constitution.

What The Law Says
By virtue of Section 292(1)(a)(i) of the Constitution, the CJN cannot be removed from his office or appointment before his retirement age ( or suspended from office while the real intention is to secure his removal ) except by the President, acting on an address supported by two thirds majority of the Senate.

The NJC, by virtue of paragraph 21(b) of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 ( as amended ) recommends to the President the removal from office of certain category of judicial officers including the CJN , and exercises disciplinary control over them. Problematic? Of course, yes.

This is because regulators are being impracticably saddled with the power to regulate themselves. But that is the path for the removal or suspension of the CJN from office as provided by the Constitution!

Section 18, Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution defines the power of the CCT. In particular, Section 18 ( 2) stipulates the punishments which the CCT may impose upon conclusion of trial. They are : (a) vacation of office or seat in any legislative house as the case may be; (b) disqualification from membership of a legislative house and from the holding of any public office for a period not exceeding ten years; and (c) seizure and forfeiture to the State of any property acquired in abuse or corruption of office .

Instructively, the CCT is not vested with any power under the Constitution or the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act to order the Executive Branch of Government to suspend a public officer who is undergoing trial before it, from office , pending the conclusion of trial, as the CCT has purportedly done.

Also instructive is the fact that being a quasi criminal tribunal, the rules of procedure of the CCT is the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, a criminal procedure act, under which an ex parte or interlocutory order, analogous to an order of injunction obtainable in civil proceedings ( under the civil procedure rules of our courts ) may not be validly sought or granted.

What the Executive Branch of Government has done in the circumstances, therefore, was to force the matter of the desired removal of the CJN from office.

The Federal Government knew there were constitutional blockades against its desired removal of the CJN from office.

It recognized that FRN V NGANJIWA, 2018, 4 NWLR ( Pt. 1609) , 301 at 341 and 349, is a caselaw obstacle. But it was determined not to be restrained or frustrated by the rule of law.

Dangerous Precedent
The suspension of the CJN should, therefore, not be cynically and mischievously tied to the quest to preserve the rule of law, as the Executive has done. What the Executive has done is an inconsiderate abuse of power.

It erodes the independence of the judiciary. It creates a scary precedent allowing the Executive Branch of Government, acting by itself or through selected surrogates or proxies, to file a petition before the CCB and casually and interminably saunter into the CCT to obtain an ex parte order against a judge, suspending him from office, pending the determination of the charge that is filed against him or her by the CCB or the conclusion of his trial by the CCT.

If this precedent were to become a permanent rule of law, the security of tenure that is granted to judicial officers under the Constitution will become “a tenure of insecurity” for judicial officers.

The legal profession in Nigeria, Bar and Bench must, however, accept that in many ways, some of its members, including senior lawyers, have contributed immensely to the burgeoning of corrupt practices in the legal profession, and to the counterfeiting of the rule of law.

While many were complaining about the haste with which the Onnoghen ouster project was being prosecuted by the Executive Branch of Government, a desperate Chief Justice Onnoghen, with the assistance of an equality desperate team of lawyers stormed two courts ( Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court ) on Monday the 14th of January , 2019 to procure orders restraining the CCT from proceeding with the arraignment or trial of the CJN.

The cases were filed on that day, processed, assigned and heard. The case before the National Industrial Court was filed by an NGO, and not the CJN , who, in law, is the only one who has the locus standi to institute an action relating to his appointment, employment as a judicial officer or office in an industrial court.

Being an industrial court, the primary litigants in that court are employees, employers, trade or labour unions, and employers associations. Not any busy body.

And yet both the Bar and Bench continue to admonish against abuse of processes of our courts .

As if that anormaly was not bad enough, following the commencement of proceedings before the CCT and arguments on the issue of service, appearance of the CJN and challenge to the jurisdiction of the Court, the CJN immediately approached the Court of Appeal seeking an order to stay the proceedings of his dawning arraignment and trial before the CCT, without waiting for the resumption of proceedings before the CCT on Monday 28th January, 2019.

The CCT had adjourned the continuation of hearing of the matter from the 22nd January to the 28th of January, 2019.

Unfortunately, contrary to the decision of the Supreme Court, on the 24th of January, 2019, the Court of Appeal granted an order in favour of the CJN staying the proceedings of the CCT, until 30th of January, 2019, thereby, in a way, provoking the Executive to intervene by effecting the order of the CCT directing it to suspend the CJN.

In Saraki v FRN 2016, 3 NWLR, Pt 1500,531 at pp 579 ; paras E-H; 581 paras F-G; and pp 583 -584, paras H-A , the Supreme Court held that the nature of the jurisdiction of the CCT is a quasi criminal jurisdiction, and that the rule of procedure applicable in the proceedings conducted before the CCT is the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. In Metuh v FRN, 2017, 11 NWLR , Pt. 1575, 157, at pp. 176-177, paras G-B; 179, paras A-C, E-F, ; 180, paras C-E ; 181-182, paras G-C ; and 183 , paras C-E, the Supreme Court held that under Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act , 2015 , a trial court ( and afortiori an appellate court ) lacks the power to stay proceedings of criminal trial ( and a trial before a court of quasi criminal jurisdiction, if we need to add).

Looking Inward
In the handling of anti corruption cases and political cases ( suits emanating from conduct of primaries of parties and election petitions) , members of the legal profession continue to face justifiable blames and accusations.

The recent proclivity of our courts to grant orders and deliver judgments preventing a political party from holding its primaries and nullifying entire primaries conducted in states , thus preventing the party from fielding candidates in the upcoming general elections, has only added to the perception that the Judiciary is toeing a path of war against that political party and its interests.

We had not expected that while exercising its judicial power in respect of testy and difficult intra-party congresses and primaries for selection of candidates, the Judiciary will place a blanket ban on a political party not to field candidates in an election, thereby giving a technical victory to other political parties ahead of the election.

Such decisions do not only affect the party at the receiving end of such an order, but also implicate the constitutional right of voters to elect candidates of their choice, since their preferred candidates and party may be those barred from participating in the election.

Decisions barring parties from fielding their candidates, which are hailed by some as the triumph of the rule of law is, therefore, an invitation to judicial instability, as political power wielders will escalate their use of the Judiciary as a field to wage their power struggle and supremacy battles.

In the face of assault, contempt and provocation, the Judiciary is not expected always to resort to retribution and vengeance. It can truly do justice according to law, while extricating itself from a path that may lead to its being carelessy, recklessly and unfairly branded as a politically partisan umpire.

Nigerians can then imagine that the Muhammadu Buhari Administration that once had described the Judiciary as “it’s headache” could quickly in the prevailing circumstances have developed a persecution complex, fearing that it may suffer irreparable judicial decimation in the elections petitions that may arise from the forthcoming elections, if there was no ‘intervention’ in the Judiciary, and CJN Onnoghen was left in the saddle.

The fact that beneficiaries of certain political and anti corruption cases that were decided by the Judiciary, and their very familiar lawyers are now the vociferous defenders of the Judiciary against a “rampaging and dictatorial“ Executive Branch of Government is a further “proof” which the Onnoghen ouster conspiracy will celebrate as the evidence of judicial partiality and lack of independence under Chief Judgeship of Hon. Justice Onnoghen.

Looking Ahead
In order to save the Judiciary from further assault and embarrassment, and Nigeria from further international humiliation, a number of urgent steps must be taken by the Judiciary, the Executive Branch of Government and the legal profession.

The President must withdraw his purported execution of the order of the CCT suspending CJN Onnoghen from office, and swearing in Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the Acting CJN of Nigeria.

This must be done immediately to stabilise the failing health of the Supreme Court that must have been occasioned by the act of the President.

Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen must immediately resign from the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

His reputation as a judge and as the head of the Nigerian Judiciary has been irreparably damaged, and his clinging to judicial office will not serve any useful purpose at this time.

His attempt to shield himself in office as exemplified by the inexplicable panicky indefinite postponement of the meeting of the NJC on 15th January , 2019, thereby robbing the NJC of its earliest opportunity to discuss the issue of his charge before the CCT is not helping him.

If anything , it portrays him, very unfortunately, as a person who is determined to cling to judicial office while the Judiciary is engulfed in crisis, flowing from issues relating to his alleged ethical infirmities.

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, who is also facing a criminal prosecution by the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( EFCC) should either step down from the presidency of the NBA or recuse himself from the membership of the NJC, pending the conclusion of the criminal charge against him.

Even when his presumption of innocence is conceded, this is the only way to guarantee that his representation of the NBA in the NJC is not used and surbodinated in the prevailing circumstances to the pursuit of his self interest to have himself discharged and acquitted.

The NJC must meet immediately to accept the resignation of Honorable Justice Onnoghen, and forward same to the President; and recommend a new Chief Justice of Nigeria to the President for a due appointment, with the approval and confirmation of the Senate.

In the meantime, the President will now be in a position to properly exercise his powers under Section 231(4) of the Constitution to appoint an Acting CJN in the person of Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed.

The NBA and members of the legal profession must be mobilised not only to condemn the Executive for its acts of interference in the Judiciary, but also to compel Hon. Justice Onnoghen to resign as the CJN with immediate effect.

The unwitting impression the legal profession creates when it condemns the Executive without demanding for the resignation of the CJN is that it is protecting the CJN and shielding him from facing the consequences of alleged involvement in corrupt practices .

In addressing the issues that the actions of the Executive have raised, state actors and stakeholders in the Judiciary and outside it must ensure that the Judiciary is not further politicised or divided along ethnic or religious lines.

Finally, the current debacle rocking the Judiciary must be resolved to preserve and grow Nigerian constitutional democracy and rule of law and intensify the fight again corruption in Nigeria’s public life.

Jiti Ogunye, a public interest attorney, commentator, and author, is the legal adviser to Premium Times.