Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Headlines Today Friday, Dec. 14th, 2018

Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Friday, Dec. 14th.
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Court Upholds Ruling On Kashamu’s Expulsion By PDP

The High Court sitting in Apo, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday upheld its nullification of Buruji Kashamu's expulsion by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

CAN Speaks On Endorsing Buhari For 2019 Elections

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential elections. 

INEC Creating Illegal Polling Centres In Chad, Niger – PDP Alleges

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is plotting to rig the 2019 general election by creating illegal polling centres in Chad and Niger Republic.

Don’t Surrender Pulpit To Politicians, Anglican Primate Warns Church Leaders

The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Nicholas Okoh, has called clergies against giving out the pulpit to politicians for campaign purposes.
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Europa League Results: AC Milan Crash Out As Arsenal, Chelsea Remain Undefeated

Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea completed their Uefa Europa League group phase unbeaten as 24 teams emerge for the round of 32 stage.

Governor Ayade’s Aide Allegedly Rapes Teenager

Edet Asim, an aide to Cross Rivers Governor Ben Ayade, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl (name withheld).

Money Laundering: EFCC To Arraign Ex-Jonathan Aide Okupe

Nigeria's anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday filed 59 charges against former presidential spokesman Doyin Okupe.

Davido Leaks Chat With Troll Who Compared Him To Wizkid (Screenshot)

Following a troll from an Instagram follower who says Wizkid is better than Davido, the singer has leaked direct message of the troll, begging for help.

MOST READ

Uefa Europa League: Seeded Teams For Round Of 32 Draw

The draw for the round of 32 of the Europa League will take place on Monday, 17 December, 2018, at the Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Biafra: How Buhari Confirmed ‘Jubril’ Claims With Pictorial Evidence – Kanu

The self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that he is an "impostor".

Uefa Champions League: 16 Teams For Knock-out Draw Emerge

All the teams for the round of 16 of the 2018/19 Uefa Champions League have been determined with French side Lyon emerging as the...

Reactions Trail Cardinal Pell’s Conviction As Australian Media Is Gagged

Mixed reactions have continued to trial the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third highest ranking official. Concise News had reported earlier that Cardinal Pell was...

Video Of Peruzzi In Bed With Woman Leaked

A video of one of Davido's artistes Peruzzi in bed with a yet-to-be-identified young woman has been leaked.

Cardinal Pell Convicted Of Child Sexual Abuse

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s third highest ranking official was found guilty of sexually abusing two choir boys in the late 90s.

Abdulsalami Reacts To Atiku’s Absence From Peace Accord

Former Head of State retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Tuesday said all presidential candidates were invited for the signing of peace accord in Abuja.

Uefa Champions League Tables: PSG, Liverpool, Tottenham Reach Last 16

Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham on Tuesday booked their places in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League after intriguing matches.
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NEWS

How To Apply For Coca-Cola Company Job Recruitment

World's largest beverage company, Coca-Cola Company, is currently recruiting to fill various positions.

President Buhari Appoints Suleiman Hassan As Jubrin’s Replacement

Suleiman Hassan has been named by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Minister of Environment on Thursday.

Donald Duke Gets New Presidential Running Mate

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Thursday announced its National Secretary Shehu Musa Gabam as its vice-presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.

Fake News, Hate Speech Are Big Threats To 2019 Polls – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria's minister of information, Lai Mohammed, says if left unchecked, hate speech and fake news will constitute big threats to the 2019 elections.

IGP Idris Calls For Collaboration Among Security Agencies Ahead 2019

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has called for collaboration among security agencies in the country ahead of the  2019 general elections.

Minister Clarifies Comment On Delay In Presentation Of 2019 Budget

Nigeria's minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udoma, has denied blaming the national assembly for the delay in the presentation of the 2019 budget.

I Am Sentimentally Attached To Women – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says he is not talking politics when he says he has a soft spot for women.  

I Never Said A Responsible Govt Would Fix Power In Six Months – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has denied claims that he said a responsible government would fix power problems within six months.
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Buhari Promises To Reward Loyal Supporters If Re-elected

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has assured his supporters that their loyalty would be rewarded if he is re-elected in 2019.

Censors Board Director Who ‘Stole’ Generator Granted N200,000 Bail

The executive director of the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas, who was arrested for purportedly stealing a multi-million naira generator set has been granted bail.

Buhari To Present 2019 Budget To N/Assembly Dec.19

President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2019 Appropriation bill to a joint section of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19.

POLITICS

Protest Greets Sowore’s Exclusion From Presidential Debate (Video)

Supporters of the African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, have protested his exclusion from the presidential debate.

Omokri Reacts To Buhari’s Endorsement By Celebrities

A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has reminded Nollywood celebrities that President Muhammadu Buhari canceled the film village in Kano on "religious' ground.

Ondo Gov. Akeredolu Appoints New Chairmen For 18 LG’s

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has appointed a Temporary Management Committee Chairmen for the 18 local government areas of the state.

Another Presidential Candidate Signs Peace Accord

The Presidential candidate of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Davidson Akhimien has signed the 2019 Peace Accord. 

Duke Signs Peace Accord Ahead Of 2019 Elections

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has signed the peace accord ahead of the general elections in 2019.

I Am Running For My Unborn Children – Banky W

Olubankole Wellington, also known as Banky W, has charged the Nigerian youth to become active participants in the 2019 elections.

71 Reps Sponsor Bill To Introduce Parliamentary System Of Govt

A bill to introduce the parliamentary system of government in Nigeria has been read for the first time in the House of Representatives.

IDPs In Nigeria Will Be Allowed To Vote In 2019 – INEC

The INEC says only the Internally Displaced Persons within Nigeria’s borders will be eligible to vote in the 2019 elections.
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Reps Threaten To Boycott Buhari’s Budget Presentation

Some members of the House of Representatives have threatened to boycott President Muhammadu Buhari's budget presentation over the recent comment of Udoma Udoma, the minister of budget and national planning.

Nobody Can Defeat ‘Old Man’ Buhari – Hon. Kazaure

A member of the House of Representatives from Jigawa state, Gudaji Kazaure,  says he is yet to see anyone who can defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as an old man, in the 2019 general election.

Agbaje Dares APC To Approve FOI In Lagos

The governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has challenged the APC-led government in the state to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act if it does not have anything to hide.

SPORTS

Spanish La Liga Fixtures: Barcelona Aiming To Extend Lead

Barcelona will be away at Levante in this week's round of the Spanish La Liga fixtures just as Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Uefa Europa League: 32 Teams For Knockout Draw Emerge

The complete teams for the round of 32 of Europe's second tier club competition, Uefa Europa League, emerged on Thursday with Italian giants AC Milan missing out.

Ndidi Backs Compatriot Iheanacho To Bounce Back For Leicester

Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi, is confident that compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho, will regain his form this term for the Foxes. 

Premier League Side Launch Bid For Chelsea Star

Chelsea may have accepted an offer from Crystal Palace for a former Nigerian international, Victor Moses, according to reports from England. 

Unai Emery Discloses Arsenal January Transfer Plan

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has said the North London team will sign a center-back once the January transfer window opens. 

South Africa Submits Bid To Host 2019 Afcon

South Africa has officially submitted a bid to host the 2019 African Cup of Nation after Cameroon was stripped of the hosting rights. 

Super-Sand Eagles Coach Eyes 2018 Afcon Crown

Super Sand Eagles coach, Audu Adamu has said his team will be gunning for the 2018  Beach African Cup of Nations crown.

English FA Chief Executive To Step Down At End Of Season

The Chief Executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn will step down from the position at the end of the season.
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Djokovic, Halep Named 2018 ITF World Champions

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Romania's Simona Halep were on Thursday named as the 2018 ITF world champions by the governing body of global tennis.

Real Madrid Coach Explains Why His Team Lost To CSKA Moscow

Real Madrid manager, Santiago Solari, says his side was defeated 3-0 by CSK Moscow in Wednesday night's Champions League encounter played at the Santiago Bernabeu because he fielded many young players.

Emery Suggests Europa League Role For Ozil

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has suggested that Mesut Ozil could play some part against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday.

Entertainment

See Full List Of SoundCity MVP Awards Festival

Organizers of the annual SoundCity MVP Awards Festival for 2019 have published the names of nominees and their categories.

Jaywon Reacts As Fan Accuses Him Of ‘Stealing’ Song Title (Screenshots)

Singer, Iledare Oluwajuwonlo, known as Jaywon, has reacted to a Twitter user who accused him of stealing people's song title in other to sell his brand.

Dayo Amusa Explains Why Actors Should Live Fake Lifestyles

Nollywood actress, Dayo Amusa has offered a word of advice to fellow actors, giving them reasons to live a large but fake lifestyle on social media.

Donnie McKlurkin Survives Ghastly Car Accident

Veteran American gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin survived a ghastly car accident on Wednesday, Dec 12. 

Summer Bunni Pregnant For Offset? (Screenshot)

Summer Bunni, the woman Offset was cheating with, is reportedly nine weeks pregnant.

Teni Covers Maiden Edition Of Zebra Magazine

Teni the Entertainer, has become the first-ever cover of the maiden edition newly launched bi-monthly youth empowerment publication "The Zebra Magazine"

Celebrities Declare Support For President Buhari’s Re-election

Some celebrities have on Wednesday pledged their support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 elections.

Again, Peruzzi Reacts To Leaked Video

DMW singer, Peruzzi has again reacted to the viral video showing him in bed with an Eighteen-year-old UNILAG student, identified as Tobi Jacobs.
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Offset Also Had Affair With Cardi B’s Best Friend – Summer

Summer Bunni, who has been blamed for breaking the union of American rapper, Offset, has exposed some intimate details about Cardi B's best friend. 

Wizkid, Others To Trill Fans At Launch Of Ciroc Summer Colada Today

Starboy record label boss and frontline act, Ayodeji Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, will later today trill fans at the official launch of “Ciroc Summer Colada”, a new vodka drink produced by a Popular vodka company, Ciroc.

Wizkid Gets Customized Ciroc Summer Colada (Photo)

Starboy record label boss and frontline act, Ayodeji Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, has received a customised "Ciroc Summer Colada", a new vodka drink produced by a Popular vodka company, Ciroc.

BUSINESS

Nigerian Ports Authority Concessions Warri Old Port Terminal B

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has approved the concession of Terminal B, Warri Old Port to Messers Ocean and Cargo Services Limited.

FIRS Makes N5tn In December, Eyes N5.3tn By Year End

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said the agency has made N5tn in the second week of December 2018.

Lack Of Electricity Not FG’s Problem, Says Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has declared that it is not the problem of the federal government if Nigerians do not have electricity.

FG Eyes Lagos-Benin-Warri-Onne Coastal Rail Line

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Federal Government will construct a coastal rail line from Lagos, through Ijebu Ode, Ore and Benin City, to Onne Port in Rivers State.

FG Doles Out N5m To 500 Petty Traders In Jigawa

The Federal Government has doled out N5 million as soft loans to petty traders in Jigawa State to boost their businesses. 

TCN Says Grid Expansion Meaningless Without Discos’ Recapitalization

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that efforts to expand the national grid will be futile if distribution companies are are not recapitalised. 

FG To Inaugurate Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Terminal Before Year End

The new terminal building of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will be inaugurated before the end of the year, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Nigeria’s GDP Growth Rate Rises To 1.81% In Third Quarter – NBS

The country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has revealed that the economy grews at a rate of 1.81 percent year-on-year for the third quarter.
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FG Expresses Resolve To Provide Free WiFi At Economic Sites

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is committed to providing free Wi-fi at economic sites in the country. 

NNPC, Others To Erect Oil, Gas Research Facilities Nationwide

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is finalising plans to build research facilities for the oil and gas sector across the country. 

Nigeria Customs Surpasses 2018 Revenue Benchmark, Makes N1trn

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it made N1.1trn and seized contraband goods valued at N40bn between January and November, 2018.

WORLD

Trump Denies Directing Ex-Lawyer To Break Law

US President Donald Trump on Thursday denied directing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to break electoral law.

Nine Killed, 46 Injured In Turkey Train Crash

At least nine people have been killed, dozens injured in a high-speed train crash on Thursday in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Court Orders Ex-South African President Zuma To Pay Legal Fees

Former South African President Jacob Zuma must pay back state funds and cover his own costs, a court ruled on Thursday.

EU President Meets British PM Ahead Of Summit

EU President Donald Tusk will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May for “last-minute talks” to try to help save her beleaguered Brexit deal.

‘Yellow Vest’ Protester Dies In France

A “yellow vest” anti-government protester has died after being hit by a truck in southern France, a local prosecutor said on Thursday.

Paris Says ‘No Renegotiation’ Of Brexit Deal

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has warned that there will be “no renegotiation” of the Brexit deal concluded between the EU and Britain.

Maduro Accuses U.S. Of Plot To Assassinate Him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday accused the White House and the right-wing governments of Colombia and Brazil of a plot to assassinate him.

May Survives No-Confidence Vote To Remain British PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence triggered by members of her own party over her handling of Brexit.
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Theresa May To Step Down Before 2022 Election

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said she would step aside as Conservative party leader before the next general election in 2022.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer, Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

Michael Cohen, a former longtime lawyer to United States President, Donald Trump, has been sentenced to three years for violating election laws in the 2016 presidential election.

Pope Removes Cardinals Pell, Errazuriz Over Child Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals.

TECH

Chinese State Media Urges Canada To Defy US, Free Huawei Executive

Canada should distance itself from US “hegemonism” and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China’s Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington’s request.

Google Launches Thai AI Project To Screen For Diabetic Eye Disease

Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence program in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness.

Apple To Build $1bn Campus In Texas

As part of a nationwide expansion in the US, Apple on Thursday announced it will build a $1 billion campus in Texas.

WAEC To Issue E-Certificates As Number Of Unclaimed Certificates Swell

The West African Examinations Council has said it will deploy an Electronic Certificate Management System to facilitate the issuance of certificates to candidates, following the increase of abandoned certificates.

Australia To Ban Phones In Schools In 2019

In a move to improve student performance, the New South Wales State in Australia on Thursday said they would ban mobile phones and smart devices in schools in early 2019.

Robot Turns Out To Be Man In Suit

A robot on show at a Russian state-sponsored event has turned out to be a man dressed in a costume.

Osun Election Tops 2018 Google Search In Nigeria

Google on Wednesday announced the results of its 2018 year in search, disclosing the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

Apple Appeals Court Order Banning iPhone Sales In China

Apple is appealing a decision that bans certain iPhone models from being sold in China.
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Facebook Testing Ads In Its Search Results

It might seem Facebook is already saturated with tons of ads, but the company is still searching for new places to put more of them.

Puma Brings Back 1986 Fitness-tracking ‘Smart Shoe’

Puma announced Monday that it would reissue a little-known shoe with a technical twist from 1986, the RS-Computer Shoe.

Google Chief Denies Political Bias Claims

Google chief Sundar Pichai has denied accusations of political bias from US politicians,  saying he had "issues" with studies that claimed to show the firm's search results excluded right-wing views.

HEALTH

National Hospital, Abuja, Inaugurates Executive Wing For VIPs

National Hospital, Abuja, on Thursday, inaugurated an executive wing to cater for the health needs of Very Important Personalities (VIPs).

Air Pollution Causes Miscarriage, Stroke, Other Non-communicable Diseases – Expert Warns

A public health expert, Dr Tolulope Tolufase, has warned that air pollution can cause non-communicable diseases like stroke, diabetes, miscarriage, dementia, Parkinson disease and poor development in children.

Roche Diagnostic Equips 27 Laboratories In Nigeria

Roche Diagnostics says it has so far equipped 27 Laboratories in Nigeria to ascertain the viral load of HIV patients to further curtail the spread of the dreaded disease.

How To Apply For Federal Ministry Of Health Recruitment 2018

The Federal Ministry of Health has announced a massive nationwide recruitment into the ministry for this year (2018).

Study Reveals Danger Of Sleeping Beyond Eight Hours

Study has revealed that sleeping more than eight hours a day can be associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular diseases.

Yellow Fever Hits 10 LGA’s In Edo, Leaves 9 Dead

No fewer than nine people have  lost their lives in the Yellow Fever outbreak that ravaged parts of Edo state recently.

Ogun Begins Recruitment of Doctors, Nurses

In a bid to build a quality healthcare service, the Ogun State Hospitals Management Board says it has commenced the screening of some health personnel.

Doctor Strike: Patients Desert Enugu Hospital

Admitted patients in various wards have left for other hospitals, following an industrial strike by the Association of Resident Doctors in ESUTH.
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672m People Affected Globally As Obesity Rises In Africa

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned over what it described as the  “fastest rising incidences of obesity in African”, noting that an estimated 672 million people are affected globally.

Nigerian Men Eager To Resume Sex After Wives’ Delivery -Study

A new study conducted by a Nigerian Mom and Baby Care Company, Mothersbond Limited, has shown that most Nigerian men who recently became fathers are...

NAFDAC Records Destruction Of N3bn Fake Drugs In One Year

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it has destroyed substandard and falsified medicines, worth N3bn in the last one year.

OPINION

47 Anniversary Of Ogundipe And Why History Calls Him A ‘Coward’ (3ai)

Ogundipe felt betrayed by Gowon. In his view, he sent Gowon to negotiate with the mutineers, only for Gowon to emerge as leader of the mutineers he was supposed to negotiate with.

The Future Of Human Labour And The Automation Of Industrial Processes

An opinion piece by columnist Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu.