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For today, Friday, January 18, 2016:

VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Jonathan ran CBN like Idi-Amin - Soludo

 A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Charles Soludo, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of running the apex bank during his presidency the way former Ugandan President, Idi Amin, ran his country. READ MORE:

Ooni visits Alaafin as monarchs end 79-yr -old supremacy battle

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II yesterday laid an unprecedented achievement in the history of Yoruba race as he paid an unscheduled visit to Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi at his palace to join him in celebrating his 45th coronation anniversary on the throne.

Million, leader of Lagos banks' robberies gang arrested

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, weekend, in Benin, Edo State, reportedly arrested a leader of a gang of bank robbers, who usually disguised as a woman during operations.

 

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Jonathan turned CBN into ATM - Soludo

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of turning the CBN into the Presidency’s Automated Teller Machine to produce cash for the government. READ MORE:

Soldiers combs Delta State for pipeline bombers

The military has begun the deployment of troops in Delta State to apprehend those who attacked oil facilities in the state recently.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, told one of our correspondents on the telephone in Abuja on Sunday that the military had deployed enough troops to dominate the areaa and commence the search for those behind the attacks on the strategic assets of the nation.

Budget: Senate may delay debate

The three-day debate on the 2016 Budget proposal, slated to begin (tomorrow) at the Senate may not start due to the inability of the executive to send the soft copy of the 2016 Appropriation Bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 22.

 

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THE GUARDIAN

Tension as military invades five ijaw communities

FIVE communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Council, Delta State were invaded by the military yesterday morning. There was no direct explanation for their action. But The Guardian learnt that the soldiers invaded the communities in search of militants near the locations where pipelines were blown up .

CBN stops daily currency auction for banks

Dollar may sell for N320 at parallel market this week
STILL exploring ways of conserving foreign exchange (forex), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has discontinued its daily auction to banks . The banks are now to begin self-sustenance by sourcing forex by themselves.

Mentorship in Nigeria broke down after 1966 coup'

NIGERIAN diplomat, bureaucrat and former Minister of Petroleum, Philip Asiodu, yesterday said that Nigerians under the age of 10 at the time of Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu-led coup in 1966 and those born thereafter may never know what it takes to be true patriots because the prevailing realities do not support such a disposition.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

N60b soft loans coming for one million traders

No fewer than one million traders and artisans are billed to get a soft loan of N60,000 each this year as part of the safety nets for the poor in Budget 2016, it was learnt at the weekend. An insight into the budget estimates, which the Senate is still dilly dallying over, revealed that this plan will cost an estimated N60 billion.

Osinbajo queries BPE chief on N1.5b 'curious' contracts

Disturbed by the alleged N1.45billion legal and consultancy fees scandal in the Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has queried the Director-General of the agency, Benjamin Dikki, on the award of such contracts.

Bird flu: Plans underway to shut unregistered poultry farms

The Federal Government has said it will shut unregistered poultry farms, following a fresh outbreak of the Avian Influenza (AI). Director of Veterinary Services and Pest Control Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Egejuru Eze said this at a sensitisation campaign for poultry farmers in Kuje and Gwagwalada councils, Abuja, at the weekend.

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Business Day

Liquidity, price to aid property rebound in 2016

After a very challenging 2015 which impacted significantly on every sector of the economy, especially real estate, investors, developers and sundry operators have entered the new year looking forward to not just a rebound but also a return to profitability in the market.

Stakeholders meet over $900m Azura-Edo IPP

Hope is rising for businesses and individuals in Edo State and other parts of Nigeria as stakeholders in Azura-Edo Independent Power Producer (IPP) project located in the state are meeting this week to finalise issues that will eventually pave way for the ground breaking ceremony of the 459-megawatts plant, a source close to the project has said.

Charts show Nigerian stocks to bottom at 20,000 points

The ongoing slump in Nigerian stocks since 2014 may persist until at least the benchmark index hits the 20,000 points mark, according to analysis of long-term price averages or charts. The benchmark NSE all share index (NSEASI) fell 16.39 percent in 2014, 17.35 percent in 2015 and is already down more than 15 percent in the first 10 trading days of 2016.

 

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