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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 13 November, 2017.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Department of State Security (DSS) has blamed the worsening insecurity in the country on corrupt members of the armed forces and other security agencies, who allegedly sell arms to  criminals.

Speaking at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives joint committee on Customs and Excise and National Intelligence, investigating the “frightening influx of small arms and light weapons into the country,” Director of Operations at the DSS, Godwin Eteng, claimed some agencies had, over the years, recruited former cultists and armed robbers, who get involved in illegal activities, including arms sales to criminals.

“We have conducted more than 27 operations and arrested more than 30 persons involved in the supply of arms and ammunition and some of them are serving security men,” he disclosed.

He said there was a case in one of the armouries belonging to one of the armed forces, where many pistols got missing with quantities of ammunition and all the pistols were new.

“In the armoury, no place was broken into, but the weapons were missing. And we’re interested in knowing what happened.”

The director listed four states in the North-Central zone as the major sources of illegal arms.

“When we did our studies, we discovered that three-quarter of the arms used to cause the crisis in Southern-Kaduna, in Zamfara and Plateau states are coming from the following states: Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states.

“We found out that if you can carry out serious operations to affect the supplies, which is coming from these areas, it will seriously limit part of what is happening there,” the DSS director said.

On interventions to counter criminal gangs and prevent violent attacks, Ekeng disclosed that seven tactical teams were conducting the operation to apprehend culprits associated with the arms sales, an operation, which, according to him, is ongoing.

On how to solve the problem of illegal arms, he  suggested legislations on prohibited firearms, more extensive vetting of those recruited into the security agencies, release of funds for logistics for border patrol personnel, electronic manning and deployment of cameras at borders and review of crisis management at local government levels.

Damgaiadiga  Abubakar, Deputy Comptroller,  who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, disclosed that there were 1,100 illegal entry points into the country, with only 97 approved border posts.


 
He said the Customs was short of  equipment needed to stem the flow of weapons into the country, revealing that 2,671 pump action rifles had been seized from January to date, just as Customs personnel found culpable in the import of 661 pump action rifles had been dismissed from service and handed over to the DSS for prosecution.

According to him, lack of operational vehicles, fast moving boats, cutting-edge technology and advanced scanning machines at airports, seaports and border points were limiting the effectiveness of the Customs.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of allegedly using  Court of Appeal President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to cause crisis  in the state through contrived judgments and pronouncements. 

The governor alleged that the Court of Appeal president has used her position to set up a special panel for the purpose of dissolving local governments in Rivers and enthrone APC members sacked by the Federal High Court as council chairmen. 


 
Speaking during a thanksgiving service at the Ecumenical Centre in Port Harcourt, yesterday, to mark the “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award” by the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Wike said he resolved to bring actions at the Court of Appeal to the attention of Nigerians, law professionals and the political community.

“The Court of Appeal president is being used to cause crisis in Rivers State. When you see that something is going bad, you let your people know. That is what I am doing. 


 
“Despite the fact that the appeal on the local government matter has been scheduled for February 2018, at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, at the last sitting, resolved to respect that position, the Appeal Court president has set up a special panel for the matter.”

The governor alleged the aim is to create an atmosphere of conflict in Rivers state, so that the federal government would use security agencies against the people. 


 
According to the governor, “the Court of Appeal president has allegedly used Justice Gumel and a few selected justices, consistently, to carry out an illegal agenda against the state.”

He pointed out that the “same set of judges were used by the Court of Appeal President to  nullify all National and state Assembly elections in Rivers, despite the provisions of the law. He said of the 36 states, only Rivers state suffered that fate.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme was, yesterday, flown abroad for intensive medical treatment.

Ekwueme has been hospitalised for about three weeks at Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, where he was diagnosed of chest infection.

A white air ambulance with registration number N605 AJ, which flew the elder statesman out of the country, departed the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, around 8:30am.

The air ambulance was waiting on the tarmac when Ekwueme was brought to the airport in a National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu SUV ambulance.

The destination of the flight was not clear as of the time of filing this report, as sources in the Ekwueme family did not disclose the hospital, and in which country the former vice president would be receiving treatment. Sources at Memphys Hospital also refused to provide the information.

It was learnt that the air ambulance, which conveyed Ekwueme on the journey, arrived the airport on Saturday night.

Some family members accompanied the former vice president on the medical trip, while others, who were at the airport to bid him farewell, left when the aircraft took off.
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Nigeria's former international, Garba Lawal has opined that the absence of 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Super Eagles' star, Victor Moses said he is working hard in his bid to become the best player in Africa. 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Head Coach of the U-17 women national team, Flamingoes, Bala Nikyu will open camp early this week, as 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), has invited 23 players to camp ahead of the forth coming 23rd 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday gave reasons why the whistleblower 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
By Simeon Mpamugoh ProfessorMunzali Jibril, is the current president, Nigerian Institute of Management 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
May & Baker Nigeria Plc. has grossed a pre-tax profit of N322.3 million in its unaudited third quarter 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned airline owners and pilots of severe weather conditions 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) has declared a profit of N1.2 billion 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
By Omodele Adigun The Managing Director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaji Umaru 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
By Bimbola Oyesola The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, said the success being 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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The Nigerian Army has said it lost three of its personnel after successfully clearing 13 Boko Haram hideouts 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin The Kwara State Police Command, at the weekend, paraded 24 suspected criminals 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Agaju Madugba, Katsina The Katsina State Police Command has arrested five herdsmen from the Republic 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja The National Commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC), Dickson Akor, has 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
The Senate has promised to publish names of companies found culpable in the alleged N30 trillion revenue 
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017
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