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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 22 November, 2017.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

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Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president yesterday ending his 37 years rule, a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him.

The resignation letter written by the 93-year-old president that was read out by the speaker of the country’s parliament made no mention of who he was leaving in charge of the country. The speaker added that he was working on legal issues to make sure a new leader was in place by the end of today.

Mugabe’s resignation letter read: “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect. My decision to resign is voluntary on my part. 

“I have resigned to allow smooth transfer of power. Kindly give the public notice of my decision as soon as possible.”

As at press time, CNN reported that the vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was sacked by Mugabe will be sworn in as president tomorrow.

The origin of Mugabe’s sudden downfall lies in rivalry between members of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite over who will succeed him, rather than popular protests against his rule. Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, but resigned shortly after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure. People danced and car horns blared on the streets of Harare at news that the era of Mugabe who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 was finally over.

Some people held posters of Zimbabwean army chief General Constantino Chiwenga and Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month triggered the military takeover that forced Mugabe to resign.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling party’s favourite to succeed him, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife, Mrs Grace Mugabe, 52, known to her critics as “Gucci Grace” for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping. It came after Mnangagwa warned Mugabe to respect public opinion and step down after claiming there was a plot to “eliminate” him.

He said he would only return home when his security was assured and has turned down an invitation to meet Mugabe yesterday. Mnangagwa, said the country had “spoken with one voice” and that Mugabe should step down so that Zimbabwe can “move forward.”

He also claimed that shortly after his dismissal as Mugabe’s deputy, he was warned by security personnel “who are friendly to me” that plans “were underfoot to eliminate me once arrested and taken to a police station. It was in my security interest to leave the country immediately.” 

Mnangagwa, whose whereabouts are unknown after fleeing the country in fear for his safety, is expected to take over as president. A former security chief known as The Crocodile, he was a key lieutenant to Mugabe for decades and stands accused of participating in repression against Zimbabweans who challenged the leader.

Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since a guerrilla struggle ended white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia.  During his reign, he took the once-rich country to economic ruin and kept his grip on power through repression of opponents, although he styled himself as the Grand Man of African politics and kept the admiration of many people across Africa.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
It was celebration galore as Baha’is religion marked the 200th anniversary of its founder in Abuja. The event attracted notable religions leaders and representatives of religious organizations including the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan. 

The colourful garbs of the religious leaders coupled with the ceremonials of the birthday cake, collectively created a beautiful scenario. 

In the opening remarks, an eminent faithful of Bahau’llah in Nigeria, Lawrence Alobi, who spoke on the theme of the celebrations, “the proclamation of world peace and unity” called on all and sundry to embrace peace and unity, saying the represent the core value of human existence. 

Distinguishing the Bahau’llah and other religion, the retired Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, said “Bahau’llah believes that God is one. And in His infinite mercy and grace reveals to mankind progressively; based on man’s capacity and need.” 

He further stated that as a Baha’is, the religion does not limit the teachings of Bahau’llah but goes beyond to the teachings of Christianity, Islam and other religions inasmuch as they preach peace and unity. 

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“We ask questions about God. No religion is final. So, every religion should strive to foster peace. To every discerning and illuminated heart, it is evident that God, the unknowable essence, the divine being is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute,” he added. 

On how the world can benefit from the teachings of Bahau’llah, Alobi admonished everybody to abide by the teachings of the religion, noting that “man by nature is selfish, brutish and nasty. The only way to correct such abnormality is for man to take to heart the teachings of Bahau’llah.” 

According to him, the independent investigation of reality also forms one of the fulcrums of the teachings of the religion, since if people are allowed to investigate truth, they will come to see the oneness of humanity. 

“Prejudices of all kinds- races, class, colour, creed, nation, gender and degree of material civilization- are causes of strife. 

“If we accept to investigate reality rather than blindly imitate the beliefs of the past, we will arise to abolish every form of prejudice.” 

He maintained that disunity is a danger that the nations and people of the earth could no longer endure because, according to him, the consequences were too terrible to contemplate, too obvious to require any demonstration. 

Corroborating the essence of the celebration, John Cardinal Onaiyekan charged Christians to key into the preaching of universal peace and unity, adding that it was only through such that the world could enjoy development. 

“I know so many people would be surprised seeing me here. Don’t be surprised. The campaign for peace should be taken seriously. For Christians who are here, do not be scared that I have seen you. Let us join the campaign of peace and unity. 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Ministerial Joint Revenue Task Force took its battle to the streets of Abuja last week. The outcome was unbearable for residents especially motorists . There was total lockdown in most parts of the seat of power for several hours.

It started with a protest staged by motorists who claimed that they were being extorted by the ministerial task force 

The drivers were quick to explain to whoever that wanted to know that their action was a revolt to prolonged maltreatment, oppression and molestation, they receive daily in the hands of FCT joint revenue officials who were said to be executing the orders of the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello. 

The task force drawn from all security agencies of the government was inaugurated by the FCT Minister to, first, restore sanity, orderliness and discipline among motorists in Abuja, and also contribute to the revenue drive of the FCT administration. 

But some people claim that the officials have gone beyond their operational mandate, particularly as it concerns their relationship with the taxi drivers.

The drivers said they have repeatedly drawn the attention of FCT officials to the activities of the task force team led by Mr. Shehu. But regrettably, they claim , their complaints were not given the required attention, thus forcing them to adopt self-help measure. 

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They explained that their patience was stretched beyond limit when a solider attached to the task force team allegedly killed a taxi driver in the course of a heated argument that erupted between them. This apparently angered other drivers, forcing them to revolt.

The alleged death of unnamed taxi driver sparked outrage and a massive protest by the taxi drivers, shutting down major streets of Abuja. The chaotic situation resulted in a temporary halt of business and other commercial activities in the Wuse, Utako, Jabi parts of Abuja.

It was a chaotic day that could be likened to war situation . State law and order was relegated to the back seat, paving the way for violence, anarchy and ventilation of anger. Innocent commuters and motorists who were unaware of the situation were subjected to harassment, abuse, and discomfort due to the activities of the angry drivers. 

The obviously tensed atmosphere forced traders and their customers in Wuse and Utako markets to scamper for safety. Banks, corporate organisations and other businesses around the location took precautionary measures of closing down their businesses to avoid being looted by hoodlums in the most tensed environment. 

The visibly angry drivers set vehicle tyres ablaze on the road, in a seeming show of anger. That further increased the fear and anxiety of the passers-by who were caught up in the unplanned action. 

Policemen watched helplessly as the angry taxi drivers blocked major part of Herbert Macaulay Way, forcing other road users to either use alternative routes to the their destinations or consider other options. 

Commuters were forced to trek long distances due to the absent of the taxi drivers, who insisted on total disbandment of the joint task team, due to unbearable frustration and molestation being faced by the drivers on daily basis. 

Green leaves was attached at the roof or bonnet of their green cabs, an indication that the taxi drivers were unhappy with the state. While some drove recklessly from one point to another, others were in groups either discussing the issue within themselves or explaining their frustrations to whoever that cares to listen. attention. 

One of the drivers, Kelechi Anyanwu, told our correspondent that the wickedness and financial extortion from the task team has reached its peak and need urgent attention from the FCT administration.  

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Anger, pains and agony have become the lots of thousands of students of the University of Abuja. The students are not bereaved yet happiness and joy have eluded them.

In fact, their pains and anguish are even more excruciating because they may not be responsible for their problems. Most of them are mere  victims of circumstances and negligence.


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The students cannot understand how the school authorities could compel them to cough out another N58,500 school fees they had presumably paid last year through the cyber cafés endorsed by the school management to collect the cash.

What is even more baffling and disturbing was how the school’s bursary department could authenticate the receipts issued to them by the cyber café with signature of the approving authority only to summersault and compel them to make another payment because, according to the school, they have been defrauded by or they connived with the café operators to defraud the school.

The students recently staged a peaceful demonstration in the school premises to formally notify the authorities of their plight.

Narrating their ordeal, some of the students explained that they had, in accordance with the school management’s directive, paid school fees through the cyber cafés, authenticated the payment with signed receipts in the bursary department only to be denied entry into examination halls until they protested.

The students claimed that they were not aware that some of the receipts issued to them at the cafés and authenticated by the school had an inscription of either PIN or remittal on them, stressing that students numbering over 3,000 holding the receipts with PIN that became the victims of the fraud were ordered by the school management to make another payment.

Although the cyber café operators refused to comment on the issue, since according to them, the case is still with the police, the school management had raised another dimension to the scandal.

They accused the students of conniving with the cyber operators to defraud the school by paying less than the amounts the school management directed them to pay.

A highly distressed student in the department of Administration and Planning who identified himself only as Kayode, expressed concern over the possibility of graduating from the school.

“I paid N57,500 excluding the café’s and what they called bank charges which amounted to N58,700.. But while making the payment, the school did not explain to us that there was certain inscription on the receipt to confirm the genuineness of the payment.

“In the printouts issued to many of us, which served as school fees receipt, were written either ‘remittal’ or ‘PIN’. We did not know then about these specifications until we got to the examination hall when the supervisors threatened to stop us from writting the exam.

“When we demanded for explanation, they told us that our receipts were carrying PIN. They further explained to us that any receipt with PIN means that though the person made payment; it did not actually hit the school account.

“It was when they anticipated breakdown of law and order from the large crowd that they allowed us to take the examination. Even as we wrote the exam, it became very clear to us that we have been defrauded,” he lamented. 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By ROMANUS UGWU History was made in Abuja recently when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management assembled over 100 corps members drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT for the maiden edition of the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) festival. It was planned to harvest the entrepreneurial acumen... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Magnus Eze There is no way creative arts could grow as a major revenue earner for the country without a functional theatre in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In the same manner, literary art would not blossom in the absence of a befitting National Library in the nation's capital. These were the words of... 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By ROMANNUS UGWU It was a day of colours, glamour and extravagant display of cultural fiesta. It was a cultural festival like never before, a festival of dancing and traditional songs, festival to enjoy local delicacies and strong local liquors, festival of cultural attires, festival of masquerades and in fact, festival of the people, for... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Nkpolo village, Adazi Nnukwu, Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State was in a festive mood recently when the Igwe Adazi ji wee di Ebube, Ikechukwu Emmanuel Chukwuma, marked this year's new yam festival. Chukwuma popularly known as Igwe Nwatayanachiyadinamma is also the Ezeigbo Cote d'Ivoire where he runs successfully chains of... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Dozie, Iwuanyanwu, Njoku, Ihedioha, others chart new path By Henry Umahi The large field, awashed with colour, was dominated by rows of high networth individuals from all walks of lif- politicians, boardroom gurus, captains of industry and business tycoons. Many of them turned out in exquisite traditional attires that conferred a sort of cultural renaissance... 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Relief came the way of the sick and less-privileged of Awka, Anambra State recently as the Awka Development Union Nigeria (ADUN) conducted a one-week free medical treatment in the seven quarters of the community. The treatment was majorly centred on the treatment of the various eye problems. More than 1,500 eye-glasses... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Apparently to find solutions to the major economic problems facing not only the South East region but also the country at large, the S4 Etiti Alunmi Association recently held its maiden Economic summit in Owerri, with thetheme: ' Economic diversification of the South region, agro- allied businesses and entrepreneurship to the... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun West Consultative Forum (OGWCF) has endorsed Senator Solomon Adeola 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Chinelo Obogo, Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja and Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti Governor Rochas Okorocha has said 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Bode George National Chairman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation has called 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Joe Apu Italian side, Juventus dumped Barcelona out of last season's competition and the Old Ladies 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Captain of D'Tigress, Aisha Mohammed says the latest gesture by the Federal Government to pay them 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Ighodalo Isiramen Former Almeria midfielder, Ramon Azeez has not given up hope to don the colors of 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Australian Open will use a 25-second shot clock and players may be fined for retiring or performing 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
9mobile deal intact 'Emefiele From Uche Usim, Abuja The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Fred Itua, Abuja The Senate, yesterday, mandated its committees on Power and Public Accounts to 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Fred Itua, Abuja The Federal Government, yesterday, presented a revised 2018 to 2020 Medium Term 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders from across the globe have advocated 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja Nigeria and the United States of America (USA) have signed a Memorandum 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Ademola Adeleke, 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Louis Ibah It was a chaotic scene yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal two (MMA2) 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Arrests 7, others escape with gunshot wounds By Job Osazuwa The Nigerian Army said it has recovered 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Traditional rulers in Edo North and Edo Central Senatorial districts have 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Petroleum Industry Bill 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Handle your reservations with maturity 'State govt Students from various higher institutions of 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Management of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), has warned 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has laid a N345.42 billion 2018 Appropriation 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Osun State has concluded plans to celebrate its 121 years feat in production 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
the All progressives congress Young Entrepreneurs (AYE), has urged Abia State Government topay retired 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Oko community in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State, hometown 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
There was confusion in Asokoro district of Abuja yesterday when armed guards of the National Intelligence 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
ENCORE Last week, I wrote on a brief background of the person of the prodigy, the current Oba of Benin, 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
YOU are welcome to this edition: '3rd World Aviation Forum kicks-off (kicks off) in Abuja today 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Let the Government Colleges celebrate Wole Soyinka, Achebe, Harriman, Saro Wiwa, Grammar schools hail 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
If I had been interested in being a lecturer and had gone for postgraduate studies for master's and 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Michael Jegede The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was created as an interventionist agency 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Itaobong Etim The World Internal Security and Police Index International recently released its 2016 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
By Jerome-Mario Utomi. When one is favoured with longevity, says my grandfather, he must eventually contend 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The reported loss of about 250 persons to snakebites in Plateau and Gombe States on account of the shortage 

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