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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 12 November, 2017.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
There was an showdown yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, between Governor Nyesom Wike and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, with both men accusing each other of attempted assassination, as their security details clashed. 

A statement from the Government House, Port Harcourt, which gave an account of the incident said that Governor Wike escaped assassination when the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (F-SARS) and soldiers in the motorcade of the minister, who was in Port Harcourt, attacked his convoy.

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu who signed the statement  said the governor was on project inspection when the incident occurred at Nwanja junction on Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, adding that Wike was not harmed despite the attack. 

  Nwakaudu explained that F-SARS personnel and soldiers in the minister’s convoy knocked down the governor’s escort rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.

According to Nwakaudu, the minister’s Aide-De-Camp, simply identified as Debewari, allegedly supervised the attack, which included damage of cameras held by journalists.

He also alleged that the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorede, who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, also witnessed the incident.

  The governor’s  aide said that after the attack, Wike continued with his inspection of projects. 

  A reaction from Amaechi’s media office, however, alleged that the minister narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to Wike, but ended up vandalising his car instead.

The statement reads: “In a blatant show of naked raw power, minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, this afternoon (yesterday) narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.  His car wasn’t that lucky though. The car was vandalised with a broken side mirror.

  “The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwanja axis. The minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon (yesterday).

  “Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the minister’s black jeep was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security motorcycle outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through. One of the two cars had security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt.  Suddenly, gun-totting security men attached to Wike’s convoy, surrounded the minister’s car, threatening to shoot him. They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, back and side windows and broke a side mirror. All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm, inside the fortified jeep.  While the attack occurred, Wike remained inside his vehicle.


 
  “The minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on ground to protect him in Port Harcourt. However, when Governor Wike got to the point where the incident occurred after Amaechi’s vehicle had gone by, his security men blocked the road again, dragged out from a vehicle and thoroughly beat up a policeman attached to protect Amaechi in Port Harcourt.  The policeman’s rifle was also taken from him.

  “Wike came out of his car, and with his security team, was going from one vehicle to another of Amaechi supporters, charging at them, harassing and abusing them. Wike’s security men were heard loudly insulting Amaechi and called him all sorts of derogative names.

  “This is a crass show of high handedness, arbitrary behaviour and abuse of public office by a state governor who has no care for the safety of Rivers people.”

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday launched additional 20 new 400 horsepower gunboats, newly acquired by the Nigerian Navy to beef up the military combat weapons already deployed to the Niger Delta creeks shortly after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) announced its withdrawal from the peace accord, and threatened to resume hostilities in the region.  

The additional gunboats came less than one week after the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, announced deployment of troops and equipment to the creeks of the Niger Delta and the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Bello Alhasan, launched ‘Octopus Grip Two, with another 11 gunboats in Delta creeks.


 
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, who launched the boats at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Warri, emphasized that the added fleet were necessary to enhance the Nigerian Armed Forces readiness to check increasing security threats in the country.

While performing the launching, Gen. Olonisakin, solicited the understanding and cooperation of the local indigenes with the armed forces in the task of protecting the nation’s critical assets, urging law abiding citizens not to entertain any fear as the operation was targeted at the criminal elements sabotaging the nation.


 
Explaining the reason why the Niger Delta environment had come under heavy military watch in recent years, Olonisakin condemned the new threat of violence by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), noting that violent agitation is unconstitutional and would not be allowed to go unchecked.

According to him, “Recent purported declaration of intent to resume hostilities by the Niger Delta Avengers rather casts an unfortunate gloom on the well being of the region and serves a sad commentary on the security environment. While the right to agitation is inalienable to any group, its association with violence is unconstitutional and will always be strictly prosecuted by the armed forces.
 
Olonosakin commended the Navy for patronising indigenous companies to construct 16 of the gunboats, and noted that a South African company constructed the other four boats.

The CDS said the successful construction of the 16 boats was a clear testimony that with adequate encouragement, the underdeveloped technological capacity of indigenous companies could be harnessed for national development and improved security.

In a swift reaction to yesterday’s additional deployment, the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, expressed concern over the massive military hardware being deployed to the Delta creeks alone and called for caution in the latest approach being adopted by the federal government in handing the situation in the region.


 
Specifically, the monarch urged the federal government to exercise restraint in its military action so as not to heighten the growing tension among the indigenes of the coastal communities in Delta state who had started abandoning their homelands to take refuge in other places to avoid falling victims of any possible military reprisal. 

He noted that presently the indigenes are living in absolute fear of an unsecured environment to their lives and property and warned against aggravating the apprehension among the people in order not to provoke anger and lawlessness in the creeks.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Following the Friday road march by members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Onitsha calling for boycott of the November 18 Anambra State governorship election, the police command in the state yesterday said the proscribed group cannot stop the governorship election in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, who spoke through the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nkeiruka Nwode (ASP), on the IPOB protest and its call, said the group’s action amounts to nothing as the State Police Command was on top of security situation in the state.


 
Nwode said: “Some IPOB members were seen in Onitsha distributing leaflets, saying the November 18 poll would not hold. But the IPOB march was of no effect as the police in the state had concluded arrangements for effective policing of the state during the election.

“INEC has fixed the election and it must hold. Nobody or group can stop it,” the PPRO said.


 
She assured the people of the state of adequate security during the poll, and asked them to go out en masse to exercise their franchise on the day of the election, stressing that their security would be guaranteed.

IPOB members on Friday took to the roads and streets of Onitsha and its environs to campaign against next Saturday’s Anambra state governorship election.


 
The group marched along major roads such as Awka road, Old Market road, New Market road to Main Market as well as to Oguta road Upper Iweka to Owerri road, saying that there would be no election in Anambra state and Biafra land pending the conduct of referendum for the exit of Biafra people from Nigeria.

They held Biafran flags and distributed handbills with inscriptions such as “IPOB call for referendum is not call for war, Biafra Exit, ‘Our Mumu Don Do’, No election in Anambra, ‘No election in Biafra land, sit-at-home, etc.”

One of the members who gave his name as Ogbonnaya said that the reason the people of Biafra should not vote was because the system was skewed in favour of the North, stressing that voting would not change anything.

“Whether you vote or not, it does not change anything, whoever gets there will swear allegiance to the Fulani slave book called constitution and immediately becomes a demon against his people. We need to boycott the elections to avoid giving their government legitimacy and the only presence of federal government in Nigeria military and police.

“Tell them that we are not miscreants, touts, criminals, toothless bulldogs as they branded Biafrans. Tell them that the genuine power belongs to the people and we are withholding it for good and for the sake of our freedom,” Ogbonnaya said.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
As the debate on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should seek re-election in 2019 continues, indications have emerged that some northern political heavyweights are plotting to stop him by all legitimate means.  Although the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by Chief John Odigie Oyegun and the governors elected on the platform of the party appear disposed towards giving him the ticket of the party, feelers by Sunday Sun indicate that the president may not get it on a platter of gold as several groups and individuals from the North, easily the hot bed of the party are intensifying efforts to stop the bid.  Indeed, it was learnt that the move had taken concrete shape with several meetings held where allegations ranging from poor performance, betrayal and nepotism were levelled against him.  The twist in the saga is whether he should be given automatic ticket, the right of first refusal, or be dropped outright for another gladiator.  But the man at the centre of it all has kept silent over his ambition as he faces one of  the toughest moments of his almost 30-months presidency. Will Buhari be given the ticket on a platter of gold should he decide to contest? The months ahead will tell. What is sure, however, is that Buhari is sitting on thin ice. Nevertheless, the odds in the larger political setting appear to favour a second term for the president, but the enemies he has made in his northern base and what they see as his yet unimpressive performance may be his source of harm.

Two and a half years in the presidency is more than mid-term for President Buhari. In America, regarded as the liberal bastion of the presidential system, the various parties should by now be preparing to be hard hit against one another in a mid-term election. Even then, strong emotions are beginning to build up in the political landscape in Nigeria with plots and counter-plots. Within the APC, some top officials are angling for Buhari to be given the ticket in a way that will be done by prior arrangement. Indirectly and by implicit understanding, Odigie-Oyegun, the APC National Chairman, is saying there is no vacancy in Aso Rock. That disposition towards the election of the party’s applicants for the office of the president in the 2019 poll has left not a few APC faithful to believe that the party is not deserving of support.


 
The justification is simple. After about two and a half years in power, they say the Buhari administration has left the country prostrate. According to those who spoke with Sunday Sun, only two of the promises made have enjoyed a veneer implementation. Thus, many APC members are now saying that two and a half years in office, Buhari has not reached any milestone that would warrant his preparation to be the party’s candidate in 2019. The young elements are drawn against Buhari on account of age which has been made worse by his illness. To this class of young politicians, the North cannot afford a repeat of the Abacha and Yar’Adua experience.

But the plot against Buhari in the North cuts across party lines and is most characterized in a determined way among Northern elements in the APC who helped Buhari to come to power but who have been sidelined by the president.  “A lot of our leaders have deviated from the foundations and essence of the APC and we are not happy with that. They are running exclusive governments, non-inclusive administrations; they are running administrations that alienates rather than create greater popular participation. They have abandoned the key issues that were supposed to inform why APC was voted for, so overwhelmingly by Nigerians,” a prominent member of the Akida group, a platform that exists to keep alive the basic essence of the APC notes. Thus, they say Buhari has left northerners and indeed Nigerians worse than he met them.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
By Omoniyi Salaudeen Senator Robert Boroffice is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology. 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
By Onyedika Agbedo A member of the Southern Leaders Forum and second republic politician, Chief Guy Ikokwu, 


Sun, 12 Nov 2017
By Onyedika Agbedo A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of Voice of 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
By Ismail Omipidan Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture in this interview in Lagos 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
To sign agreement for the World cup By Monica Iheakam A meeting between the Super Eagles players, 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Andy Murray was put through his paces on Saturday morning as he stepped up his recovery from a hip injury. 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has praised the performance of the fringe players he played yesterday 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Nigerian international, Victor Moses has been named as five of the contenders for this year's BBC African 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Argentina Captain, Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Tuesday's international friendly against Nigeria 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
US goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused former Fifa president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment. The World 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Head Coach of the U17 women national team, Flamingoes, Bala Nikyu will open camp early next week as the 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) internal ethics and compliance department is currently 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Leon Balogun has dedicated Nigeria's unbeaten run in the 2018 World Cup qualification series to ill 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Top Nollywood stars have thumped up the initiative of creating platform for the Nigerian Celebrities 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that for Nigeria's democracy to be strong, both the Peoples 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Demands arrest, prosecution of personnel Ogoni people have accused the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
By Olakunle Olafioye The long stretch of traffic along the ever busy Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway comes 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi The gruesome murder of a 60-year-old man, Chief Chikezie Okeigwe, in his 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Beveaved husband appeals for release of wife's corpse for burial By NGOZI UWUJARE Twenty-two-year-old 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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