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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 29 November, 2017.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina has spoken on the allegations of corruption levelled against him.


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Maina in an exclusive interview with a private television station aired yesterday, claimed that certain persons in the corridor of the Presidency who are close to President Muhammadu Buhari were part of the pension fraud syndicate.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had fired Maina over alleged involvement in pension scam running into over N2 billion and was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015.

His “mysterious” reinstatement had sparked criticisms and controversy, following which President Buhari ordered his immediate dismissal from the federal civil service.

But Maina insisted that he was innocent of the allegations preferred against him and claimed that the president was being deceived by the people who surrounded him.

In his first main interview since he was fired, Maina appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give him an opportunity to prove his innocence.

“I recovered money for the last administration and I recovered money for this administration. Now, people don’t know this. Let me explain this; most people don’t understand this. I want the truth to be told and I want Nigerians to understand the truth. I know what is going on in Nigeria.

“Listen, I am not afraid of anybody; I am saying the truth. Thank God that our president stands for the truth, the unfortunate thing is that, some people around him whom he has given trust are lying to him.

“This one I can attest to and I can give you instances and documentary evidences. People portray themselves as if they are saints around the president, it is a lie, they are not.

“I recovered first, we recovered as a team, N282 billion cash. Aside the N282 billion, we were able to bring information and got 43 pension suspects. N1.6 trillion cash, investments and properties were recovered. Now they have threatened me, they have threatened my lawyers, my brothers, sisters and they have threatened us all. In fact, somebody threatened that my family would be annihilated if I go and testify. I asked Mr. President specifically, Mr. President, if you really want to know the truth and you want to be fair to the whole nation, give opportunity to everybody to come and present.

“I’m appealing to you Mr. President, there are so many things people are not telling you. When I get to that public hearing, I will tell you some things that nobody ever told you Mr. President because I never had the opportunity to sit down with you. And, I am telling you  Mr. President, I will give you information and documents that will fetch you over N3 trillion now in Nigeria. If I don’t do it Mr. President, give me nine months. Within the first three months, I will show you N1 trillion, just like I showed you N1 trillion in this 2017 and I will show you again and again.”

Reacting to the challenge thrown by Maina, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose told Maina to go ahead and tell Nigerians the alleged thieves in Buhari’s government as well as answer the corruption allegations against him and his fraudulent reinstatement.

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In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was important for Maina to wash himself clean of the N2.1 billion pension fraud that made him escape from the country and earned him dismissal from the civil service.

“There is no need waiting for the president to conduct public inquiry on the pension scam, Maina should just go ahead and tell Nigerians who the thieves among Buhari’s men are.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
About 20 members of various militant groups terrorising Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states have surrendered their arms, in line with the amnesty programme introduced by the Ondo State Government.

Some of the militants were said to be behind the kidnap of six students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, and the Arepo pipeline vandalisation, all in Lagos State.

The militants, led by their leader, Ogailo Iborry Young, willingly surrendered their arms to Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, at Ajapa, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

The arms submitted included Browning wz machine gun, Daewoo K3, Colt automatic rifles, General purpose machine gun, Breda 30, Fiat Revelli modelling, AK 47 rifles, Rocket launcher, CETME Ameli, Heckler and Koch MG4, Pump Action and some Automatic Cartridges.

Also, military uniforms, police bullet proof vests, dynamites, grenades, bombs and helmets were submitted.

Speaking at the ceremony attended by representatives of the Delta State Government and military personnel, Young thanked the state and federal governments for the amnesty.

He traced the source of their arms to the Ijaw/Ilaje crisis of 1998/1999.

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Young then disclosed that joblessness, poverty and neglect by government were main reasons they formed the militant group.

“If asked our reasons for embarking on this struggle, our simple answer is that it was joblessness, suffering, poverty, oppression and neglect by government. 

“We did not kidnap these boys for mere ransom but to negotiate our freedom and full reintegration to civil life.”

Leader of the repentant armed bandits said they decided to dump their illegal oil bunkering business and hatched another game plan to attract the attention of government.

In his remarks, the deputy governor said the exercise was impressive as sophisticated ammunitions were surrendered.


 
“Looking at the sophisticated guns and ammunitions surrendered, I am happy that they promised and fulfilled it,” he said.

Ajayi assured of the readiness of the federal government to fulfil its promise in providing employment and education for former militants in the Niger Delta.

He also allayed fears among the people of the coastal part of the state, and stressed that government will not launch attack on oil-producing areas after submission of arms and ammunition by the armed youths.
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared he would not be deceived by the antics of political jobbers who continue to propose a 2019 vice president position to him. 

The governor stated this yesterday, while commissioning ultra-modern faculty buildings for the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Management Sciences, at the Rivers State University (RSU). 

“Nobody will use the position of the vice president to deceive me into wasting the funds of Rivers state. Our funds will be used to develop Rivers state.”

Wike urged Nigerians to be part of the process to achieve the right leadership for the country in 2019.

Commenting on the facilities at RSU, he said: “Facilities are vital to the growth of education. Previous administrations never thought it wise to develop facilities in our institutions. 

“Every faculty should have a dedicated building for learning and teaching. 

“We cannot talk about quality of education without classrooms and offices. That is why we are working round the clock to build necessary facilities at Rivers State University.”

Wike further said the new College of Medical Sciences building flagged off by his administration, would be completed and commissioned in February 2018.

“I will release N500 million for the completion of the College of Medical Sciences building in the school. 

“I promised to release N1 billion for further infrastructure development in the university. I have released N750 million. Now that I have seen the commitment of the school administration, I will immediately release the balance of N250 million,” he said. 

He directed the university management to tackle academic malpractice promoted by lecturers to the disadvantage of students.

“I don’t want to hear reports about ‘sorting’ in this university. Let it end today. Vice chancellor, if you don’t end it, I will end it for you. 

“Wherever God places you, make sure you do something for your people. It is not a matter of carrying Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS ) and Army personnel.

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“SARS and Army personnel will not be with you on judgment day, when the people demand to know what you have done for them,” the governor said.

He warned the students against cultism, and added that the state government will work towards checking it.

The university’s Pro-chancellor, Justice Iche Ndu, commended Wike for completion of the two faculty buildings, and also said what the governor had invested in the university is eloquent testimony that he is committed to educational development.

Meanwhile, Kengema Unity Forum (KUF) has endorsed Wike for a second term, “in appreciation of the quality projects and programmes executed by his administration.”


Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Governors of the 36 states of the Federation have said they may not be able to pay off all arrears owed workers by Christmas, as there is no directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to that effect.

This was contained in a statement from the office of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), yesterday. 

Before president Buhari left for the EU-AU summit in Cote d’Ivoire on Monday, he reportedly directed the Finance Ministry to release the balance of the Paris Club debt refund to the governors and expressly directed that it should be deployed to clearing arrears of workers’ salaries and allowances so that they have something to celebrate the Yule tide with. 

According to the NGF statement, the presidential directive was issued at a meeting between the governors and the president, which was held at the Aso Rock Villa, on Monday.   

 “The governors had expressed profound gratitude to the President for his magnanimity in hearkening to the needs of the states and understanding with them towards helping to solve some of the intractable financial problems of governance, top among which is the lingering problem of workers’ salaries.  

“They pledged, therefore, to rise up to the occasion collectively, as a mark of their respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and empathy for the workers by paying before Christmas, once the Finance, the Budget and Planning Ministries and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disburse the monies owed them, as instructed,” it stated 

The governors recalled that the president had remarked that, “I will not be saying much because the responsible ministers are here: Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank of Nigeria.  I request you to appoint your own team to come and sit down with them (referring to the governors).   

“This should be done, not only for next year’s budget but for this Christmas. The Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank should sit down with you in a sub-committee to see how much can be released before Christmas,” the President instructed.   

The governors said no mention of ‘all workers arrears’, was ever made, by President Muhammadu Buhari.   

“For Nigerians without sources other than their salary, I am concerned that workers should be able to pay rent, school fees, buy drugs and take care of their families. I am so much concerned that people should have something to eat for Christmas, President Buhari declared.

 “The governors had appealed to the president to once again authorise the Finance ministry and the other officials to hasten the payment of the remainder of the Paris and London Club loan refunds as they had factored the monies into their 2018 budgets.  

“President Buhari’s instruction that the money be paid before Christmas however draws its background from the series of delays in the previous disbursements to the states by the Finance Ministry, which by commission or omission had exacerbated and indeed increased the number of months that workers are owe d salaries.  
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Insists countryll be better when restructured By Chinyere Anyanwu A cleric, Prophet Collins Timothy, of Olive Mountain of Prayer and Praise Ministries, Ijegun, Lagos, has reiterated the essence of Nigeria unity. He said this on the sidelines of his ministrys 2017 Annual Women Convention themed, 'Are You Prepared for the Second Coming of the Lord''... 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Onaiyekan preaches peace, unity By Obi Okwe 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... 

Wed, 29 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, 29 Nov 2017
School accuses students of connivance with cyber operators By ROMANUS UGWU 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... 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Fred Ezeh Friendship, old memories were renewed last week when the Abuja branch of the old girls association of St. Martin De Porres Girls Grammar School, Onicha-Olona, Delta State, met in Abuja. It was indeeda timeof recollection, nostalgia for the old school mates, some of whom graduated from the school two to three decades... 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Okwe Obi On Monday, November 13, 2017, a gloomy atmosphere enveloped the White House, located at Abubakar Ali Gombe Street, Gwarimpa, Abuja. It was the place where Nigerians from all works of life gathered to bid farewell to the wife of a legal luminary,Gordy Uche (SAN), Princess Stella Uche. At the service of songs... 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Magnus Eze There is no doubt that philanthropy has come to be an integral part of beauty pageantry and Akeelah Aminu, the reigning Miss Ambassador for Peace Africa (MAPA), last Friday, took the notch to an enviable level with the launch of her 'Peace Education Campaign'. The 'pupils'support campaign' cascaded in the donation ofeducational... 

Wed, 29 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, 29 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... 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Managing Director of Enugu State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (EN-RUWASSA), Dr. Okenwa Frank Omeje speaks on what the administration is doing in the area of water, which used to be a serious issue in the state. What is EN-RUWASSA doing to improve water supply and sanitation in Enugu State'... 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure A faction of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, comprising 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Governor of Adamawa State, Mohammad Jibrilla, popularly called Bindow, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Desmond Mgboh, Kano Kano politics is reputed for its vibrancy and consistency. As matter of tradition, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari met with a loyalist of former Vice President, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja Prominent Nigerians, including former governor of Cross River State, Donald 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Monica Iheakam The Nigeria Football Federation President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
World football 'ruling body, FIFA will hold its FIFA Executive Football Summit (EFS) meeting in Lagos, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon eased some of his World Cup heartache by winning the Serie A Best Player 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Gov Nyesone Wike of Rivers state has praised the Minister of Youth and sports Barrister Solomon Dalung 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye LG Electronics has announced that its latest refrigerator, P-Veyron 6, was designed 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Stories by Olabisi Olaleye Smile Nigeria, prominent 4G LTE telecommunications service provider in West 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Lagos ranks 1st From Samuel Bello, Abuja As the economy gradually gains traction after exiting 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
As Gov Amosun, Etiebet, Ovia, others for awards By Olabisi Olaleye The Nigeria Computer Society 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Mr. Akinsola Amire is the President of Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) and General Manager 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye Popular social media platform, Facebook, has disclosed that over 22 million Nigerians 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye In their efforts to address online security issues, stakeholders are set to converge 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Perpetua Egesimba bisiolaleye@gmail.com 08094000013, 08111813040 In order to boost the technology, 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Priests, Enigies, Edionweres, others protest From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Speaker of Edo State House 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Federal Government has amended criminal charges against Senator Isah Misau, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Fred Itua, Abuja Senate has said it may summon the country's Service Chiefs, to brief lawmakers 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reiterated, yesterday, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri A dead army officer, who commanded the dislodgement of Boko Haram 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Noah Ebije, Kaduna. Against the backdrop of restructuring of its local government system, Kaduna 


Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Describe it as imaginary, dead on arrival From Fred Itua and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The atmosphere 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Imo State lawmakers boycotted the 2018 budget presentation of Governor 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The House of Representatives has paid glowing tributes to the first Nigerian 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Women have finally found a panacea to the many long years of suffering in the hands of abusive and philandering 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Dr. Goddy Okeke whose text messages came last Wednesday through GSM number 081 ' 8558 ' 0605 is two 

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
THIS particular conspectus of errors is just to whet your appetite ahead of syntactic surgeries (a la 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Good morning Mr. Okocha. Just read your piece in today's Sun newspaper. There are some errors for correction. 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
Since I commenced my column, there has been quite some flurry of reactions from members of the public, 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The Anambra State gubernatorial election has come and gone, with the then incumbent governor, Willie 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Odurombi Onabanjo ONE syndrome common among many of the nation's politicians is party switching. 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Ambassador Akinkuolie Rasheed THE long reign of President Robert Mugabe finally came to an abrupt 

Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Kingsley Alumona The question: 'Is it time to restructure Nigeria'' is coming at the most critical 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
By Henry Umahi As the Federal Government basks in the euphoria of the over-subscription of its $3 billion 

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