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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 31 October, 2017.


Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Prominent Nigerians and civil society groups have demanded the prosecution of the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke.

President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the two public officers on Monday. Before the sack, the President set up a panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the two.

The panel submitted its findings and recommendations about six months ago but the President despite public criticisms failed to act on the report. He, however, did on Monday by announcing their disengagement from service reportedly in line with the recommendations made by the panel, whose report has yet to be made public.

Reacting to the President’s action on Monday, notable Nigerians and groups said the sack was not enough, demanding more actions against the two.
Senior Advocates of Nigeria; the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; the Peoples Democratic Party, the Ijaw Youth Congress, and civil society groups were among those that called on the President to take a more decisive action against the indicted officials.

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
A national leader of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday told journalists not to discuss the current clamour for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election with him.

Tinubu, who  said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed doors with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also declared that there was no cabal in Buhari’s government.

When asked whether he agreed with different groups and individuals calling on Buhari to seek re-election in 2019, Tinubu simply responded, “Don’t discuss that one with me.”

He said his discussion with Buhari which was about the country and leadership was fruitful and productive.

Tinubu described the claims that he was not happy with the President because he had been allegedly sidelined by a cabal as fake news.

He said he had confidence in Buhari, hence, he did not have to be babysitting him.

The party chief however admitted that in democracy, there could be twists and turns as well as conflicts.

He said, “I have confidence in this President, there is no doubt about that. We worked hard to bring about the government. There are certain things that are unpredictable and those are things that can lend themselves to gossips, insinuations and all of that.

“But once you create leadership and it is functioning, you don’t have to babysit that leadership unless there is a loss of confidence and I don’t have that.

“You know me. I’m not known to shy away from saying my mind, rebelling if it is necessary and taking charge of things that I believe are necessary. What is the myth in this leadership thing? What is cabal? It is a myth.

“We are the party of the people for the people and by the people and this is a democratic environment. Each of us has roles to play and that is why we are playing it. I don’t believe in the myth, I believe in confidence building, the trust that we have in the President.

“In the journey of democracy, you are going to have twists and turns; you are going to have conflicts. Conflict  resolution mechanisms is inbuilt on how you handle your party and the governance and the party are joined by the hips.”

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as a witness to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.

In the alternative, the ex-President sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for and on his behalf the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.

The money, according to the former President is also to cover the time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015.

The Jonathan contended that his request was in line with the provisions of Section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Following separate applications by Metuh, Justice Okon Abang had issued two separate subpoenas ordering Jonathan and the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to appear in court on Tuesday.

Justice Abang had while ordering Jonathan to appear in court directed the court bailiff to ensure the service of the suboena on him within five days.

Jonathan and Dasuki were summoned by the court upon applications by Metuh requesting that they be ordered to testify in his defence with respect to the sum of N400m which he was said to have received fraudulently from the Office of the NSA in 2014.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, for allegedly receiving N400m fraudulently from the NSA office and on charges involving cash transaction involving $2m.

Among the grounds of the motion filed on Monday by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on behalf of Jonathan was that the evidence sought to be obtained from the Jonathan would amount to an invasion of his privacy, and family life as provided for in Section 37 of the Constitution.

In addition, the ex-President contended that the evidence sought to be obtained from him was likely to expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita,  has said  President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the reinstatement of a former Chairman  of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

She however said she warned the President against it.

Oyo-Ita said that her warning was based on the implications such reinstatement would have on the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.



The HoS stated this in her memo to the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

The memo, with reference number HSCSF/HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/750/T, was dated October 23, 2017.

The memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” was received in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President on October 23.

A copy of the memo was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

The President had directed the HoS to investigate the circumstances that surrounded the return of Maina to the civil service.

He gave the directive following the public outcry that trailed Maina’s reinstatement.

Maina, whose whereabouts is still unknown,  has been accused of embezzling pensioners’ funds running into billions of naira and is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Explaining further, the HoS said she met the President after the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday,  October 11, where she verbally warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service.

She, however, did not say what the response of the President was after briefing him.

Oyo-Ita said, “Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr. A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos not to order the return of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom to Nigeria. The anti-graft agency described Diezanis prayer to be brought back to Nigeria as a ploy to escape justice in [] 
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Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja About N1tn gas flare penalty that is meant for communities in the Niger Delta is being withheld by the Federal Government, the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, a civil society organisation, has alleged. According to CEPEJ, the Federal Government has refused to release the fund because the communities have been calm [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied the report that his administration has stopped free education for the students of public schools in the state. A communiqu issued at the end of the 2017 Ondo State Summit held in Akure, last week, had stated, as part of its 19 recommendations, [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has ordered the reinstatement of a former secretary of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mrs. Folasade Kolawole, who had been paid her disengagement allowances after voluntarily retiring on April 12, 2017. Documents obtained by The PUNCH on Monday showed that Kolawole [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Oyo State, Dr. Mojisola Atalabi, on Monday, said that the exodus of medical staff and consultants had hit the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, over non-payment of salaries by the Oyo State Government. Speaking at a press conference held on the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government, on Monday, agreed to pay a total of N88bn for the complete destruction of the remnants of landmines and bombs used during the Nigerian Civil War. The money is also for other purposes, including compensation of the victims, and the reconstruction of public buildings in some parts of the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as a witness to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. In the alternative, the ex-President sought an [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
John Charles with agency reports A former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, says Nigeria loses not less than $13.7bn annually as a result of farmers and herdsmens conflicts in Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau states. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Abubakar said this at a forum organised by the Search for Common [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Inland Revenue Service said in Abuja on Monday that less than 15 million Nigerians were paying taxes. The Chairman, Joint Tax Board, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, who stated this, said that a large percentage of Nigerians were defaulting in tax remittances to the Federal Government. He spoke at the peer leaning [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Donald Trumps former campaign chairman was placed under house arrest Monday, as an investigation into Russias manipulation of the 2016 election shifted to a new and more perilous stage for the White House. After a first wave of indictments were unsealed, Paul Manafort and another Trump aide appeared in court, pleading not guilty to conspiracy [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A pro-Biafra group, the Biafra Zionists Federation, on Monday blamed a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon for the civil war that started in 1967. The BZF leader, Benjamin Onwuka, who expressed the view in a statement in said Gowon caused the war. Onwuka was reacting to Gowons recent claims that [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State have flayed Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the increase in the contract sum of the states airport from N11bn to N69bn. A member of the PDP Caretaker Committee in Osun State, Mr. Bamidele Salam, in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have urged support for persons living with disabilities, noting that the discrimination against them is enormous. Al-Makura and Akeredolu made these separate remarks in Abuja on Monday at the Kpakpando Foundation anniversary, a non-governmental organisation established to cater to [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says it is the intention of his administration to make every part of Lagos liveable by bridging the infrastructural gap between rural and urban areas. The governor spoke at the opening of the 4th summit of the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries. At [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The Executive Secretary of the Joint Tax Board, Mr. Oseni Elamah, has said that state governments will reap huge benefits from the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, an initiative of the Ministry of Finance. Elamah, who spoke in Abuja, explained that the scheme was designed to ensure that individuals and corporate [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Two female suicide bombers, trying to infiltrate Maiduguri, the troubled capital of Borno State, have been killed, the police said on Monday. The Borno State Police Command, in a statement by its spokesman, Victor Isuku, said, On 29/10/2017, at about 18.45hrs, two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri township from Mafa [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA) says there is a need to have a database on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state. It stated that it had decided to conduct the first Lagos AIDS Survey (LAGAIS), adding that healthcare and LSACA workers would visit private households and collect blood samples [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The Lagos Water Corporation on Monday said it was committed to improving water supply to households and corporate customers, adding that such consideration informed its customers enumeration exercise across the state. The corporations Managing Director, Muminu Badmus, said the corporation intended to use the exercise to update its database of customers for efficient service to [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
A 29-year-old man, Kehinde Ariyo, has been arrested by the Osun Police Command for allegedly raping an 85-year-old woman to coma at Ilesa town in the state. The police commissioner in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Osogbo. Adeoye said the incident happened at Ogudu area in Ilesa, where [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening presided over a meeting of the national caucus of ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held at the Presidential Banquet Hall located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. See photos: 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
US immigration officials last week followed a 10-year-old undocumented girl with cerebral palsy to a Texas hospital and detained her after surgery for deportation, advocates charged Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union, in a letter sent to multiple government agencies in charge of refugee children, demanded Rosa Maria Hernandez be released to her parents, who [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathanon Mondayasked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as a witness to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. Jonathan, sought an alternative prayer, an order directing Metuh [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Monday said the nations security agencies were free to go after the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Four people, including a mother and her two children, were killed on Monday when a vehicle hit a mine planted by Boko Haram Islamists near the town of Banki on the Nigerian border with Cameroon, sources told AFP. The vehicle was part of a convoy heading to Maiduguri under military escort when it hit the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sacked the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal who had been on suspension over the grass cutting contract scandal. Babachir was replaced with Boss Gida Mustapha. PMB terminates appointments of Babachir Lawal, suspended SGF, and Amb Ayo Oke, former DG, NIA. Mr Boss Mustapha is new SGF. [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Flight delay and cancellation affected many passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Monday, with domestic airline operators blaming it on scarcity of aviation fuel. A News Agency of Nigeriacorrespondent, who monitored the situation at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport 2 and the General Aviation Terminal observed that only few flights operated on [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency has engaged 40 new cadets following the depleting number of air traffic control officers across the country. The agency said on Monday that the cadets would undergo various levels of training as recommended by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The Managing Director, NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said his [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Federal Government has contracted an Israeli firm to handle the security of the nation's waterways and maritime facilities and train personnel. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Monday in a keynote address at the 2017 World Maritime Day in Lagos. The minister said the government had engaged the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The International Monetary Fund says the Federal Government's plan to refinance local loans with increased foreign loans may expose the economy to exchange rate risks. The Washington-based Fund said on Monday that Nigeria's plan to raise fresh foreign loans to reduce debt servicing costs could elevate its exchange rate risks. The Federal Government [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government announced on Monday that plans were in top gear to deploy technology that would track and account for every molecule of crude oil produced in Nigeria by 2019. It also stated that investment requests by multinational oil firms seeking to invest in the country's oil and gas sector were [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of allegedly using the police to intimidate him and keep him out of circulation ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state. Omisore said this in a statement in Osogbo on Monday in his reaction [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Minister of Aviation and governorship candidate of the United Progressive Party, Mr. Osita Chidoka, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the upgraded voter card readers in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. Chidoka made the appeal on Tuesday at a press conference at his campaign [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday launched the Nigerian Capital Market Development Fund to provide funding for the developmental initiatives of the capital market. The move, according to the former Chairman of the commission, Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa, is imperative as it will spur the growth of the capital market and the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening presided over a meeting of the national caucus of ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held inside the Presidential Banquet Hall located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Also present at the meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The African Development Bank has called off a loan to Nigeria that would have helped fund the country's budget, the Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth, AfDB, Amadou Hott, has said. He said the bank would likely be redirecting the money to specific projects in Nigeria rather [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Thirty-four companies submitted bids to provide security for depots and pump stations belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the oil firm announced on Monday. It said the 34 bidders were out of 54 companies that were invited for the jobs through selective tendering. The corporation said the move was part of [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Independent National Electoral Commission in Cross River State on Monday said it would consider Persons With disabilities in the state during the Continuous Voter Registration and the conduct of the 2019 elections. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, said this in Calabar during a meeting with members of the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening presided over a meeting of the national caucus of ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held at the Presidential Banquet Hall located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Also present at the meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Development Bank of Nigeria, which was recently established by the Federal Government, on Monday commenced lending activities to the economy with the release of N5bn to three microfinance banks. The amount is for on-lending by the microfinance banks to 20,000 entrepreneurs operating in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector of the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
WITH the central government in Abuja stone deaf to calls for political reform, state governors in the South are forging a united front to force the issue. At a summit in Lagos, the governors concretised their position on restructuring, advocating the devolution of powers or true federalism. The theme of the summit resonates with a [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com Everyone who has ever set foot on Nigerian Law School premises remembers one thing from their first day to the last. It is that irrespective of how well one does in all the written and oral exams, there is one test that hangs on the head of every student like a sword [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Chidi Oguamanam Africa is continent of 55 countries and thousands of nationalities with incredible human and cultural diversity. Anthropologists have long associated the prevalence of human and cultural diversity with biological, ecological, ecosystem and agricultural biodiversity. Africa is an outstanding evidence of that concordance. In addition to its wealth of incredible diversity, Africa is the [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Azuka Onwuka The Nigerian film industry, popularly called Nollywood, has been a big source of pride since it officially took off in 1992 with the production of Living in Bondage. It has provided wealth, fame and prestige to Nigeria and thousands of Nigerians. Ironically, right from Living in Bondage, producers of Nigerian movies have tended [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The general perception of Nigerian politicians is that they are a different breed. True, like other politicians elsewhere, they engage in political intrigues as part of the strategy of gaining or retaining power. In the process, they create or join coalitions and employ various tactics to attract support. It is in their engagement with these [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after savings Warren Buffet Great minds have long debated about the importance of savings for individuals and for nation-states. Warren Buffet is one of the great minds and in the above quote, he prioritised the importance of savings over meeting daily wants [] 

Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Samson Folarin Residents of Lemomu Kajola Road, Ileshe, Atan, Ogun State, are in shock after a destitute man in the community, Odunlade Adewale, killed and dismembered his friend, Moruf Lawal. Lawal, aka Kaka, had accused the Ondo State indigene of stealing a phone belonging to their mutual friend, one Femi. Adewale, in anger, allegedly seized [] 
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