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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 24 November, 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A fresh can of worms has been opened in the ongoing controversial Abdulrasheed Maina’s reinstatement saga, as fetid details of involvement of a “chain of pension predators,” has emerged.

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in a deposition he submitted to the Emmanuel Paulker-led Senate adhoc committee set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the return of Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms to the country and how he was readmitted into the civil service as a director, alleged the involvement of a powerful pension syndicate among them former top civil servants, the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, federal legislators and ex-government officials as members.

He also wrote that Maina has not accounted for about 270 properties he recovered from alleged pension fraudsters.

In the deposition, Malami raised some posers: “What happened to the monies recovered from the syndicate? What about the 270 properties comprising of real estate and motor vehicles, one of which is a mansion worth N1 billion situated at No 42, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, allegedly given to a senior lawyer meant to crave for his “buy in” in maximising media hype aimed at distracting the attention of the public pension fraud?

“There is perceived compromises in the investigation, prosecution and charges of real syndicate over the pension related matters.”

Another document obtained by Daily Sun said the 270 properties recovered by Maina’s team are domiciled with the EFCC.

“The properties, as we speak, have been shared among top officials of the commission, friends and family members, including lawyers of the agency,” part of the document read.

In the 13-page document dated November 14 submitted to the committee chairman, Malami said the alleged relooted properties included real estate and motor vehicles. He claimed that one of the said properties is worth N1 billion and situated at No 42, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja.

Investigations by Daily Sun revealed that the said property in Maitama, was purchased by a Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria at a giveaway price of N600 million. The property was recovered from Dr. Shaibu Teidi. Teidi. He was  a former Director of Pensions Account, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation before he was removed and prosecuted in 2013 by the EFCC.

In addition, Malami told the committee, which is meeting behind closed doors that his signature on the said document which reinstated Maina, was forged.

He claimed that desperate people  out to smear his image were behind the forgery. He, however, failed to reveal their identities.

Malami who has so far appeared before the Senate adhoc committee thrice is expected to make more appearances to respond to allegations made against him.

Since he is the head of the ministry, which supervises EFCC, he is expected to aid the committee in recovering the alleged relooted properties recovered from pension fraudsters.

Meanwhile, the Senate has extended the sitting period of the adhoc committee as well as expanded its scope of work.

The committee is now expected to champion the recovery of relooted assets. The approval, followed a point of order raised by Paulker.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided, sought the nod of his colleagues to approve the request. The committee was eventually granted the request.



Fri, 24 Nov 2017

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The Federal Government has approved the sum of N800 million each for 35 states of the Federation totalling N28 billion to help them meet salaries, pension and other infrastructure obligations.

Out of the 36 states, only Lagos State  was excluded from the loan.

The package was announced  at the end of the five hour National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udoma who made the disclosure to State House Correspondents in Abuja, said the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefile have been directed to effect payments.

Udoma said the Accountant General of the Federation reported to Council that approval has been received and CBN has been directed to pay N800 million to each of the 35 states of the Federation.

“The governors expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the restoration of the Budget Support Loan Facility for July and August 2017,” he said. 

On the balance in the Excess Crude Account, the Accountant General of the Federation said the balance as at November 17, 2017 was $2,309,693,583.35, while the Stabilisation Fund Account as at November 17, 2017, stood at N6,689,072,836.11.

For the Natural Resources Development Fund, the balance stood at N100,314,169, 190.23 as at November 17, 2017.  

Udoma who gave an update on the state of the Nigerian economy said signs of recovery have been observed since Q3 2016 and the Recovery consolidated in Q3 2017 with GDP doubling to 1.40 per cent. He stated that non-oil GDP contracted in Q3 2017 by 0.76 per cent after growing in Q1 R Q2 2017.

He noted that the Services sector was still in the negative, adding that the Manufacturing Sector grew negative in Q3 2017 also.

“Due to high inflationary pressures Household consumption expenditures remained constrained, although it appears such pressure was easing. Headline inflation has declined since January reflecting tight monetary policy while food price increases have remained persistent but slowing down.

“The total value of capital importation at the end 2017 of Q3 was at $4.14 billion (131.3 per cent growth year on year),” he stated. 

A forensic audit of revenue which acrued from the revenue generating agencies also came under review.

The audit which covered the period from 2010 May 2015 was constituted to look into areas of possible under remittances from certain Revenue Generating Agencies to the Federation Account among others. 

NEC got wind that there were some questionable loans granted by some of the Revenue Generating Agencies.

Out of the 18 Agencies in which forensic audit was conducted the Committee completed work on 13 Agencies, 2 ongoing and 3 are not revenue generating. 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The British Government has said extradition of former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, to face corruption charges in Nigeria is  possible but that would be on the request of the Federal Government.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is in London, awaiting formal corruption charges and possibly, trial, in the United Kingdom.

In response to a letter seeking extradition of the ex-minister by the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations comprising ‘Our Mumu Don Do,’ led by musician Charles Oputa (Charly Boy) and Concerned Nigerians, led by Deji Adeyanju, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said their request should follow “diplomatic channel.”

The letter, signed by a member of the Whitehall Nigeria Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oyebowale Oworu, declined to say whether the federal government had applied for extradition.

However, it stated that “Nigeria is a designated extradition partner of the United Kingdom under the London Scheme for Extradition with the Commonwealth.”

In the November 10, 2017 letter addressed to the London Coordinator of the coalition, Bob Olukoya, the correspondence was against the backdrop of a protest march by the group at 10, Downing Street, London, last month, where it handed a letter to  British officials, for onward transmission to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, requesting Madueke’s extradition.

“Your letter has been sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the government department responsible for the UK’s relations with Nigeria and I am replying as a member of the Cross Whitehall Nigeria Unit at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“You asked for the repatriation of Mrs. Madueke, to stand trial in Nigeria.

“If a country wishes to seek the return of an individual from the United Kingdom to stand trial, the correct course is for that country to make an extradition request, through the diplomatic channel.

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“If a country wishes to seek the return of assets associated with legal proceedings in the UK, the correct course is for that country to make a request through official, mutual assistance channels. Any such requests are considered in accordance with the United Kingdom law. As a matter of long standing policy and practice, the United Kingdom will neither confirm nor deny that an extradition request has been received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to a request.”

Meanwhile, last month, the federal government said it had no plans to seek Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s repatriation osince she was already being investigated in the United Kingdom.
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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said, it will conduct the Anambra Central senatorial district rerun election on January 13, 2018.

INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, disclosed this in Lagos, yesterday.

Earlier, in Anambra, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji gave hints that a final decision on the poll was being taken at a meeting in the INEC headquarters Abuja.

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Monday, ordered INEC to conduct a re-run election for the Senatorial District within 90 days. A three-member panel of the court headed by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe Wilson, gave the order while delivering judgment in a appeal filed by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),  and its candidate, Chief Victor Umeh, challenging the February 29 verdict of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the inclusion of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Senator Uche Ekwenife in the re-run poll.

In making the order in its judgment, the Abuja Court of Appeal had said “where a court nullifies an election and orders a fresh election, a political party, which participated in the annulled election, at whose instance the election was nullified, cannot field a new candidate to contest in the fresh election.” But, Ekwunife’s lawyer wrote INEC after the Court of Appeal order, and warned the electoral body not to conduct the rerun because there other cases pending in various courts on the same matter.However, Dr. Orji told newsmen, yesterday, that there is nothing holding the Commission from conducting the poll.  “We must conduct the election; no more delay.”

Meanwhile, the PDP has approached the Supreme Court, in its bid to set aside the judgment of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 90 days to conduct a re-run election into the disputed Anambra Central senatorial seat.

In the appeal, which is premised on three grounds, the opposition party contended that the lower court erred in law by holding that INEC was right to exclude it and any of its candidate from participating in the fresh election ordered by the Enugu division of the Court of Appeal which sat as election tribunal in the appeal between Chief Victor Umeh and the PDP.

The party through its counsel, David Iorhemba, contended that what the Court of Appeal, in Enugu, voided was only Uche Ekwunife’s nomination for the election and not the final outcome of the election in 2015. The Court of Appeal, in a judgment delivered by Justice Wilson Akomolafe, dismissed the appeal brought by the PDP against the order excluding it from participating in the fresh election and ordered INEC to conduct elections within 90 days.

But it is the contention of the PDP that there cannot be a fresh election over the Anambra Senatorial seat because its victory in the 2015 election has not been voided by any court.

The party further contended in ground two that the Court of Appeal erred in law in assuming jurisdiction to interpret it’s own judgment by sitting on appeal in its own judgment which is final decision in CA/E/EPT/28/2015 between Victor Umeh Vs PDP did not nullify the election to Anambra Central Senatorial district seat it won but merely ordered fresh election after holding that the decision of the tribunal was perverse.

That the Court of Appeal misdirected itself in law when it held that the case of Labour Party vs INEC was applicable in the appeal at the lower court when the facts and circumstances of the case are not on all fours with the facts of the Appeal at the court below.

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The party is therefore asking the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, excluding it from fielding any of its candidate to participate in the fresh election ordered by the election petition appeal tribunal in CA/E/EPT/28/2015 and by the Court below for the seat of Anambra Central Senatorial district within 90 days from November 11, 2017.

An order directing INEC to accept and put on the ballot paper, any candidate sponsored by the party to contest the fresh senatorial election for Anambra Central district.

PDP stated that “as a corporate entity and a political party operating in Nigeria, (it) is a citizen of Nigeria and by the provisions of Section 221 of the constitution of Nigeria has the right to canvass for votes for any candidate and sponsor any candidate at any election and by excluding it and any of its candidates from participating in the fresh election ordered for Anambra central Senatorial District, the lower court’s order excluding the appellant (PDP) and any of its candidates from participating in the fresh election ordered by the Court of Appeal Enugu Division in consonance with the administrative action the Peoples Democratic Party is discriminatory and breaches the fundamental right of freedom from discrimination guaranteed it and any if its candidates by section 42 of the constitution”.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Tony Ogaga Three years ago, on June 12, 2014, the Nigerian music space was struck dumb by the death of award winning gospel singer, Branama Queen, Kefee, a while after she tied the knot to popular OAP, Teddy Don Momoh aka Teddy The Fresh Prince. Entertainer caught up with Don Momoh at the maiden... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
It was described as the biggest hit coming out of Nigeria in a long while. In fact, legendary reggae musician, Orits Wiliki had described it as the first national hit in a long while. Indeed it won the act numerous awards. At its peak, it was used for the sound track of Phat Gals, an... 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital played host to the maiden edition of Orange Global Achievement Awards which was held at the Hotel Presidential, on Saturday, November 11, and attracted the creme de la creme of society. Speaking, founder and CEO/Publisher of Orange Magazine, Miss Loveth Ogedegbe, the organiser of the award said: 'As a... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A while ago he hit us with his debut singles and won a place in our hearts but suddenly, Jared, Sen. Murray Bruce's son popped into the blue, Now he is fully relocated to Nigeria and is about to tie the knot to his heart throb, Sussie. TS Weekend caught up with Jared who has... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From humble beginnings, boss of O'Jez Entertainment, Joseph Odobeatu has risen to the top of his game and grass to grace aptly describes his story. In this chat with TSWeekend, Odobeatu opens up on the journey so far and how he plans to establish Nigeria's first all-challenged-persons band among other interesting issues. On December 1... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
In line with her charity activities, veteran producer cum broadcaster, Mabel Akomu Oboh was a guest at a fundraising ball held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotels and Country Club, Norwich, United kingdom. Organised by Akorita (Spirit of Motherhood) Charity, the event was aimed at raising funds for breast cancer victims... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Top Nigerian musicians are set to deploy their talents in the fight against hunger. To this end, they will perform at a music show tagged: 'United for Food Concert' scheduled to take place today, Friday November 24, 2017 at Queens Park Centre, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos. Organised by HEDA Resource Centre in conjunction with... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
All roads lead to the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, as the annual all-night praise and worship concert, The Experience, organised by the House On The Rock Church, holds amidst fanfare on Friday, December 1, 2017. According to the convener and Senior Pastor, House On The Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin, The Experienceisa gathering point for... 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi Wife of Nigeria's first President, Prof Uche Azikiwe, has called on Igbo 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Willy Eya The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently won the 17 chairmanship seats and 258 out of 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Vera Wisdom Bassey and Favour Onwuka Pastor Alex Omokudu, the founder of Victorious Pentecostal Assembly 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Party chieftains hail decision From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Mariam Nneamaka Ali, wife of former National 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Ali Abare, Gombe Former national deputy publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Igbo-Eze South Local 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammad has ruled 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
As Nigeria plunges to 50th position By Joe Apu The latest FIFA ranking released Thursday which saw 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Former Los Blancos star, Roberto Carlos has been confirmed for the Real Madrid Foundation Clinic Nigeria 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Nigeria former international, Garba Lawal, has expressed concern that the Super 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Stories by Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com 08034207864, 08118879331 Low cost housing refers to estates 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Simeon Mpamugoh Adefarasin Alex is the Chief Executive Officer, Arkbridge Integrated Limited, a real 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Cross River State government yesterday, signed a construction agreement for preliminary works at the 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Adewale Sanyaolu Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) has committed to signing a Service 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Steve Agbota Fidelity Bank Plc has entered into a partnership with Africa's Young Entrepreneurs 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Omodele Adigun, Uche Usim and Chinwendu Obienyi, Kano State the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Zika Bobby and Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said his administration 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan Oyo State House of Assembly has passed a vote of no confidence in Commissioner 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and elder statesman, 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Federal Government has said it will not relent in its determination 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The maiden edition of New Telegraph Awards holds tomorrow at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. The award 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said he has been praying for the peace and stability of Nigeria. The 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Zika Bobby Assistant Comptroller General of Customs and Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A, Aminu 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
BY Philip Nwosu The Nigerian Air Force yesterday immortalised an officer who died fighting insurgents 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin A 25 years old man, Olayinka, was yesterday paraded by the police having 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Not even the eventual purported resignation of ousted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (as if he had 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Barely one year to the next general elections and about 19 months to the end of the current government, 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Noble Uche Agbaeze Although ethnocentrism should not be preferred over relativism, undoubtedly, there 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Noble Uche Agbaeze Although ethnocentrism should not be preferred over relativism, undoubtedly, there 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Bunmi Oloruntoba Considered the 'Nobel Prize for Agriculture,' the World Food Prize is awarded 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Freedom Nwali The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi was recently quoted to have 'wished 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Isa Gusau Working with the Daily Trust for about ten years, I had the experience of reporting and 

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017
By Fred Nwaozor ON Saturday, November 25, the global community will commemorate the 2017 International 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
MY focus is on Nigerian governors especially as we move towards another election year. I have often wondered 
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The bomb attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, which left about 50 worshippers dead and many others 


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