Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines 21st March 2019, Latest online news from Africa including breaking news in politics, business, sports and entertainment

FG closes case against Onnoghen with three witnesses

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday closed its case in the trial of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on charges of false and non-declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja. Although the prosecution, led by Mr Aliyu Umar (SAN),

INEC insists no certificates for Okorocha, others declared under duress

…says collation, announcement of Rivers results hold April 2-5 Friday Olokor The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday insisted that it would not reward bad conduct by presenting certificates of return to candidates who its officials declared winners under duress.  The commission, however said it could issue the certificates based on court judgement or decision

NNPC begins rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced the formal commencement of the first phase of the rehabilitation of the 210,000 barrels per day capacity Port Harcourt refinery. Port Harcourt refinery complex also houses the 60,000 barrels per day old refinery that was built in 1965 and the 150,000 barrels per day

Rivers senator indicts Wike over militarised election

Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The All Progressives Congress member representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Andrew Uchendu, has accused the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, of militarising the recent elections in the state. He said the Nigerian Army was innocent contrary to Wike’s claims. Uchendu stated this in Abuja on Thursday during an interview with journalists

Borno leaders, elders root for Ndume as Senate President

Kamarudeen Ogundele and Sunday Aborisade Leaders and elders from Borno State have called on former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, to join the race for the office of the Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.  Speaking under the aegis of the Concerned Borno Citizens, the group, comprised of former governors, ex-ministers and other politicians of

Murdered teenager: Residents regain freedom, accuse DPO of shooting indiscriminately

Deji Lambo The Lagos State Police Command has released the three people, who were wrongfully accused of being cult members and kidnappers  in the Adamo area of Ikorodu. They are Ahmed Hassan, Daniel Enyin and Aliu Olaniran. The command had said that Hassan, Enyin and Olaniran were arrested after a team of policemen on surveillance

Saraki is the biggest loser in 2019 elections, says BMO

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja The Buhari Media Organisation has said Senate President Bukola Saraki is the biggest loser in the 2019 general elections because he has lost so much in the power equation and is fast on his way to political extinction. The Pro-Buhari group described Saraki as a perennial political schemer who had suddenly lost

INEC reacts as US says voter intimidation in Nigeria’s 2019 polls disappointing

We too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, votebuying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations – US In our reckoning, coupled with various reports released by local and international observers so far, the 2019 general elections were a success, but by no means perfect – INEC Olusola Fabiyi, Friday Olokor and Adelani Adepegba

Two NYSC members killed in renewed violence in Bayelsa

Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa Gunmen on Wednesday,  in a renewed violence in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, stormed the residence of a private school proprietor in Swali, a suburb of the city, shooting three members of the National Youth Service Corps. While two of them died in the deadly attack, the third one who was critically

Tribunal: Edo, Niger govs mock Atiku, say he’s wasting money

John Ameh, Kano The governors of Edo and Niger states,   Godwin Obaseki and Abubakar Bello, respectively, on Thursday mocked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, for challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential poll. Obaseki and Bello said Atiku was hallucinating with his latest claim that

Policemen dragged my husband on the ground till he died – NSCDC officer’s widow

Sunday Aborisade and Adelani Adepegba Ada, the wife of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officer, Ogah Jumbo, who was allegedly beaten to death by two traffic wardens in Nyanya, Abuja, on Wednesday, has said the deceased was dragged on the ground till he died. Ada stated that her husband sustained broken fingernails and

Nigeria more divided, in danger, says Obasanjo

Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised the alarm that Nigeria was more  divided and in danger over the current state of disunity in the country. Obasanjo said the country was in a worse situation at the moment when compared to the period of the civil war. The former President stated this on

CBN to maintain tight monetary policy, estimates 12% inflation

Nike Popoola The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, has projected that the current monetary policy stance of the bank is expected to continue while inflation is estimated to rise to 12 per cent and moderate thereafter. He said this while making a presentation on ‘Setting the agenda for economic growth and business […]

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