NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 NOVEMBER, 2017]


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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 17 November, 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
It was a day of disaster in Lagos and Ogun states yesterday following two separate accidents involving a train, trucks, buses and cars, which claimed nine lives, leaving several others wounded.

In Lagos, Daily Sun learnt, a train rammed unto a truck whose driver was said to be trying to make a U-turn on the railway track around Fagba-Ojurin Ifako-Ijaye Abattoir area, while the multiple road accident occurred on the popular Kara Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

General manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, disclosed that his agency received an emergency call at about 7am through its emergency toll-free number, 767, and promptly responded to the information that a road accident involving a number of vehicles had occurred on the Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He said that his men immediately mobilised to the scene, where they joined officials of the  Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who were already on hand to rescues survivors and evacuate the dead.

Tiamiyu said that, according an eyewitness, the accident happened at about 6am, leading to five casualties, while 19 people sustained various degrees of injury. He noted that the survivors consisted of 11 adult males and eight females.

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The crash led to a gridlock on the busy highway and subsequently grounded economic activities for hours as both sides of the dual carriageway were locked down.

Tiamiyu told Daily Sun that, despite the fact that the disaster occurred outside his agency’s area of jurisdiction, it swiftly deployed its operatives and equipment to the scene and assisted in clearing the affected vehicles to pave way for free flow of traffic.

He said: “When the response unit arrived the scene of the incident, it discovered that the multiple accident involved 15 vehicles consisting of seven trucks, a pick-up van, three cars and buses.

“The vehicles consisted of a Man Diesel truck with registration number JJJ 342 XD (Lagos), two DAF trucks with registration number APP 769 XR (Lagos) and GGE 818 XC ( Lagos), while the third had an unknown registration number. Also involved in the crash were two Sino trucks with registration numbers KRD 122 XC (Lagos), KRD 123 XC (Lagos) and a Mack truck with registration number BDG 561 XG (Lagos). Others were a Nissan Cabster car with registration XS 216 KSF (Lagos) and two Honda Accord cars with registration numbers MUS 411 DG (Lagos) and APP 303 DV (Lagos).

“There were also a Lexus Jeep with registration number FKJ 475 BR (Lagos), a Volkswagen Kombi (Danfo) with registration number  KTU 594 XM (Lagos), a Ford bus with registration number KTU 340 XU (Lagos), a Mazda bus with registration number AKD 520 XW (Lagos) and a Nissan bus with registration number BDG 27 AA (Lagos).”

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, took the immediate administration headed by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to the cleaner. According to him, the former president got a red card in governance but won a gold medal in corruption.

However, Jonathan dismissed the claim that corruption was elevated to a gold medal status under his administration, as insisted that happenings in the last two years have shown that the incumbent administration has taken corruption to a frightening level.

Tinubu alleged that under the former president, so much money grew feet and ran faster than Jamaican runner, Usain Bolt.

This is as President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration had demonstrated its intolerance for corruption, warning that any public official caught will face the full wrath of the law.

According to him, Nigeria has now regained international respect as a result of its fight against corruption, with a lot of leaders now indicating interest to visit on monthly basis.

The duo spoke at the presentation of a book: “Making steady, sustainable progressive for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity: A mid-term scorecard on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,” packaged by the presidential media team, at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.


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According to Tinubu, “the prior (Jonathan’s) government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves.

“So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.

“One minister and her rogues’ gallery picked the pocket of this nation for billions of dollars. While poor at governance, these people could give a master thief lessons in the sleight of hand. In governance, they earned a red card but in corruption, they won the gold medal.

“It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption.Corruption has become institutionalised.”

The former Lagos State governor said though the war on corruption has not been won, President Buhari has set an axe to what he called, “the root of this dangerous tree.”

He noted that gone were the days when a minister could pilfer billions of dollars as easily as plucking a piece of candy from the table.

“We have much to do to combat this disease. Not only must we track down the takers. In the long term, we must review the salaries of public servants and create universal credits for our people to reduce temptation.”

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The Senate Committee on Police Affairs, yesterday, claimed that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan used the Nigeria Police against their perceived political rivals.

The panel was mandated on Wednesday to ensure the restoration of the security details of Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano.

The committee headed by Abu Ibrahim said in a report that it was “significant and exemplary” that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the immediate reinstatement of the governor’s security details even before the Senate resolution.

The committee described what happened in respect of Governor Obiano’s security details as “most unfortunate.”

The report was, however, not entertained on the floor of the Senate yesterday.

The committee said Nigerians must not forget that the perceived use of the Police to persecute a sitting governor was made a practice tool by immediate past administrations.

“In those days of impunity, the directives (to use the Police to persecute political opponents) were directly linked to the Presidency and the then sitting presidents never issued any instructions to counter the positions of the Police and security services.”

The report further read: “Dr. Chris Ngige as the then governor of Anambra State suffered abduction and when he regained freedom and attempted to castigate the powers that be at the federal level, his security details were withdrawn on January 2nd 2005.

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“In April 2007, a few days to the election, ‘higher’ authorities ordered the withdrawal of the ADC and the CSO to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The APC leader was also threatened with arrest in the lead-up to the 2011 elections.

“In September 2013, then governor Rotimi Amaechi in his capacity as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, was harassed on several occasions with the threat of withdrawal of his security aides.

“While his were repeated threats, the president of this distinguished Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was not that lucky. His aides were actually withdrawn in September 2013 as punishment for his support of the rebellion within the then ruling PDP.

“In February 2014, the security details attached to the then governor of the Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, were withdrawn on the orders of the Presidency. The same man suffered the same fate again when he became the Emir of Kano, in June 2014. The Emir’s palace was sealed off by the Police to prevent him from entering it and he had to assume his responsibilities from within the confines of the Kano State Government House.


 
“It is also on record that, at the same time, security aides to then governor (now senator) Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso were withdrawn. All on ‘orders from above’. Then governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State had his security details withdrawn in April 2014.

“In October 2014, the security details of the then Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal were withdrawn. This was after a blatant attempt was made to effect his impeachment.”
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged Nigerians to promote the country’s unity and corporate existence.

The governor also condemned overzealousness of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, forwithdrawing security detail of Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Wike noted that no amount of intimidation would solve Nigeria’s challenges.

The governor spoke, yesterday, as chairman of the sixth Zik Lecture series, in honour of the first president of Nigeria, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra.

“Irrespective of the side of the political and social divide we may belong, we all share a common responsibility as leaders and ordinary people, to advance and preserve the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria, which, for me, is the greatest honour we can ever give to the memory of the Great Zik of Africa.

“But, in committing ourselves to this mission, we cannot also continue to deny the challenges that we presently face as a nation and the choice that we must make to preserve the nation’s unity in the midst of increasing agitations for political and economic restructuring sweeping across the country.”

The governor said just as every ‘other pluralistic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society,’ Nigeria’s diversity remained the abiding source of the country’s collective strength and resilience.

“However, our diversity is under severe stress and even becoming rather a threat to our collective progress because of embedded fault lines in the existing political and economic structures of the country. Unfortunately, our failures, as a people, to resolve these structural defects continue to trouble and negate national cohesion and development. For, it is vain to expect peace in injustice; unity in inequity and progress where governance is bereft of accountability, respect for the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, and where national institutions are easily politicised, weakened and rendered ineffective,” Wike said.

The governor commended Senator Ben Obi for the creative initiative as well as the university for providing the intellectual platform for the effective propagation of the timeless ideas and enduring values of the Great Zik of Africa.

He said: “Whatever verdict history records, no one can deny that Zik was not just one of the foremost architects of the Nigerian nation; he was also among the most towering figures in the history of Africa’s politics.

“The Great Zik, therefore, deserves all and every honour his apostles, and, in deed, a grateful nation, can bestow to keep his memory alive and in the consciousness of the people,” he said.

He said the choice before Nigerians is to “build inclusive, equitable and participatory political and economic systems where everyone justly benefits from the proceeds of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, which are lacking in the current authoritarian political environment, where protests are easily cast as dissent, where inequity and impunity are promoted as national policies and where our rights and freedoms are easily denied.”

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to collectively defend democracy. This is just as he urged the people of Anambra State to cast their votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in tomorrow’s election, saying that only the party could protect and preserve the interest of the people of the state.

Similarly, he said that the only way for Igbo to have voice in Nigeria and to end their marginalisation was to return the PDP in Anambra State in tomorrow’s governorship election.

He made these known in Onitsha yesterday, while speaking at the Anambra Governorship PDP Campaign grand finale.

Jonathan who led the governors of Rivers, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Taraba, Gombe and Deputy governor of Awka Ibom States as well as former governor of Ogun state Otumba Gbenga Daniel to the grand finale of campaign rally of PDP at All Saint field Onitsha, said that the PDP was a party to beat in forthcoming election in the state and urged Anambra people to vote Mr. Oseleka Obaze and stand firm to defend democracy in the state.

The former President said the Anambra state has been PDP state and encouraged enterprising and business to thrive, stressing that the people of Anambra state should not make mistake of voting another party that would mortgage their future.

“PDP is the real party that can lead Anambra to the Promised Land, founding father of PDP is from Anambra which is Dr. Alex Ekwueme and PDP has more population of members in the country. PDP will bring development to Anambra state. We will encourage enterprise; Obaze will encourage enterprise in Anambra. You must not make mistake on Saturday, vote for Obaze. You need somebody that can have a voice and represent you well when they go to Abuja, you need first 11 when you go to Abuja and defend the interest of Anambra state.

“We need somebody that will protect the interest of Anambra people, somebody to protect the interest of Igbo. We don’t want any situation that will make Igbo complain of marginalisation again; but it will depend on people you send there and then governors we send there. We need somebody that will encourage the enterprise and business, someone who has the connection oversea to attract foreign partners to the state and that person is Obaze” Jonathan stated.

In his remark, the former governor of the state, Peter Obi said that Obiano was a mistake and bad market which Anambra State people should correct in the forthcoming election.

“Obiano is a mistake and bad market we made which must be corrected by voting Obaze in Saturday’s election. We should ask him what happened to the N75 billion left in the state account and N192 allocation. Obiano said there is no need of saving money, he sold Anambra State house in Lagos State, let’s vote him out” Obi stated.

Also speaking on the occasion, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, advised PDP members in Anambra State to defend their votes in order to stop the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government from rigging tomorrow’s governorship election in favour  of their unpopular candidate, saying that the APC  could only  rig if the Anambra people allow them.

“If you don’t defend your votes, you have yourself to blame. They can only rig if you allow them. Don’t allow them,” the Rivers State governor said.

He also said that the PDP members should disregard the claim by the APC-led Federal Government that it would not rig the election, pointing out that rigging was their principal scheme.

“Stay at the polling units. Monitor your votes. Defend your votes on November 18. Make sure your votes count,” Wike added, just as he urged them to emulate the resistance of Rivers people, which stopped the APC-led Federal Government from rigging the rerun elections in the state.

“OHO (Oseloka Henry Obaze) is the answer.  They will bring intimidation.  Please use Rivers State  as example.  They pushed me and I pushed them. Follow the ballot boxes bumper to bumper”, Wike further said.

He also declared that the APC was a sinking a political party, noting that it has nothing to offer. Wike also berated the federal government for promising to start work in Anambra State in 2018, after abandoning the state since 2015.

Also, Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, urged the people to vote Obaze as the next governor of Anambra State.

The governorship candidate on his part assured the people that he would make a difference when voted in on November 18.

The grand finale witnessed the massive turnout of PDP supporters from all the Local Government Areas of the state. Also, PDP governors, senators, House of Representatives members, State Assembly members and party executives from across the country equally graced the occasion.

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari did the right thing at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, Anambra State, when 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
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