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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 Nigerian women, most of them teenagers whose bodies were recovered at sea.

There are suspicions that they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.

Five migrants are already being questioned in the southern port of Salerno. A Spanish warship, Cantabria, docked there, carrying 375 migrants and the dead women, following several rescues.

Twenty-three of the dead women had been on a rubber boat with 64 other people.

Italian media reports that the women’s bodies are being kept in a refrigerated section of the warship.

Most of them were aged 14-18.

Most of the 375 survivors brought to Salerno were sub-Saharan Africans, from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia and Sudan, the daily La Repubblica reports. Among them were 90 women, eight of them pregnant and 52 children.

There were also some Libyan men and women on board.
People-smuggling gangs charge each migrant about $6,000 (£4,578) to get to Italy, $4,000 of which is for the trans-Saharan journey to Libya, according to the Italian aid group L’Abbraccio.

Many migrants have reported violence, including torture and sexual abuse, by the gangs. So far this year,, 150,982 migrants arrived in southern Europe by boat from North Africa, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports.

Of that number, 111,552 (nearly 75 percent) came via the Central Mediterranean route to Italy. The number who died on that route was 2,639, the IOM says.
Others arrived in Greece, Cyprus or Spain. The total is less than half the 335,158 who arrived in the same period of 2016.

Last year the total for Greece was higher than that for Italy.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
There is palpable tension at the National Assembly over President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled address of the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Buhari is expected to present the 2018 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly by 2pm today.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had read Buhari’s letter requesting a joint session of both chambers last Thursday.

Daily Sun gathered that some angry lawmakers, who have been spoiling for a showdown, want to use the opportunity of President Buhari’s address to embarrass the Presidency.
The grouse of the lawmakers, it was gathered, stemmed from the non-release of the 2016 and 2017 allocations for constituency projects of lawmakers.

It was gathered that the lawmakers said if President Buhari held on to their constituency allowance, they would not accord him the honour to address them in a joint session.

Sources said some of the lawmakers were mobilising to boo and heckle President Buhari or do any other thing that would embarrass him during the joint session.

Also, the lawmakers are threatening to suspend the consideration of the 2018 budget until the N200 billion budgeted for constituency projects in the 2016 and 2017 was released by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

But to forestall any ugly situation, Daily Sun learnt the President Buhari invited Saraki and Dogara to the Presidential Villa to persuade the two leaders to prevail on the lawmakers to shelve their planned protest during the presentation of the budget proposal.

Sources revealed that Buhari had contemplated postponing the presentation by about one week to allow key actors in the National Assembly meet with aggrieved lawmakers to resolve areas of differences.

It was gathered that assurances from Saraki and Dogara that lawmakers would be persuaded to hold their peace, saved the day.

As part of effort to ensure that things go well, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, met with Saraki yesterday evening to also ensure that the National Assembly leadership prevailed on lawmakers no to do any things that would embarrass President Buhari or the government.

After the meeting, Saraki and Dogara met with principal officers of both chambers separately, while influential members in the House of Reps were contacted to prevail on their colleagues to calm down.

Daily Sun gathered that Saraki and Dogara also held other meetings yesterday to find a soft landing for President Buhari during the joint session.

A mild drama had played out on the floor of the House of Representatives last week when Dogara read notice of President Buhari’s planned appearance.

As soon as the Speaker finished his announcement, the lawmakers started shouting, “no,” to show their displeasure with the request for a joint session with the Senate.

Dogara had stressed in his intervention that lawmakers could not stop the president from addressing the joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“I wish we have the constitutional right to say no. But unfortunately, we don’t have it. This House is the custodian of the constitution. The president has the right,” Dogara had said.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
There is confusion in Gidan Dugus, under Wangara District of Dutse local Government Area of Jigawa State, following the deaths of about 50 children.

The children reportedly died of a “stange disease,” according to the community.

The disease was reportedly first noticed in July but the community did not report it until October 28.

It was gathered that the people preferred self medicate than go to hospital for treatment.

When Daily Sun visited Gidan Dugus, parents of the deceased children were seen mourning loved ones while parents, whose children showed symptoms of the disease, were apprehensive and wondered aloud what fate would befall their children.

One of the parents, Haladu Usman, who lost seven children said; “Within 14 days, I lost seven of my children, 3 boys and 4 girls. The children died one after the other.”

Another parent, Salisu Abdullahi said he lost four of his children in one week, despite several efforts in securing medication from nearby clinics.

He said: “I was dead scared by this unknown sickness which consumed the lives of our innocent children. We have intensified our daily  prayers for Allah to protect this community.”
Ward head of Gidan Dugus, Mallam Umar Dahiru, said the community live in fear and agony over a disease illness, which he described as a catastrophe.

He added that, on the average, they bury five to six children, on a daily basis, as a result of the disease.
Dahiru said they reported the case to the state government, which sent a team of medical personnel who collected blood samples of some of the sick children for tests.
He said Dutse local government assisted them with cash, which enabled  parents of the affected children to take the children to hospital.

When contacted, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health,  Ali Garba Dandidi, confirmed the illness but disclosed that their records showed that only 39 children died. 
He added that the ministry has sent an intervention team to the area and that the situation is under control.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Former governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, is in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja.

The former governor is being grilled over N500 million campaign funds he allegedly collected from former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke,

“He was in custody of the anti-graft agency since 12 noon, yesterday” a source said.

Wada was governor between 2011 and 2015. He lost his re-lection bid.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Supreme Court yesterday indefinitely suspended Liberia's presidential run-off scheduled to hold today, ordering the National Elections Commission (NEC) to resolve an opposition party's complaint for fraud before it can be held. The decision has thrown Liberia's first democratic transition in seven decades into uncertainty. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping down after transitioning her... 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Brown Chimezie Nigeria's ambassador to Benin Republic, Emmanuel Oguntuase has commended the Igbo community in Benin Republic for promoting Nigeria's culture. Oguntuase made the commendation in Cotonou during send forth party for former Igbo leader, Chief J.C. Okoronkwo, 85, who was stepping down after over 10 decades of meritorious service. The envoy said that... 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
A former lawmaker filed a petition at Kenya's Supreme Court yesterday challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in last month's presidential election in a last minute move that opens the door to legal scrutiny of the vote. Harun Mwau filed the petition hours before yesterday's deadline set by the constitution expired. Earlier in the day, a... 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
United States President Donald Trump yesterday refused to rule out eventual military action against North Korea and declared that the United States 'will not stand' for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies. In his first stop of an extended trip in Asia, Trump stood with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference and... 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Gilbert Ekezie Group Captain Salaudeen Adebola Latinwo (Rtd) was the military governor of Kwara State 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
From GeoffreyAnyanwu, Awka The governorship candidate of National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Justin Nnoli-Amaechi, 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Super Eagles on Monday in Rabat, Morocco began preparation for Friday's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By George Aluo Former Super Eagles and Enyimba of Aba defence strongman, Obinna Nwaneri says he is ready 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Chidera Akalonu Retired Nigeria International Emmanuel Amuneke has thrown his weight behind the nomination 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
by Adewale Sanyaolu Nigeria and other Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
As Aiteo denies sale of OML 29 Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that Nigeria 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Omodele Adigun As the country struggles to attain 70 per cent financial inclusion of its adult population 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Omodele Adigun The Non-oil Export Stimulation Fund(NESF) was introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Omodele Adigun 'Since banks give interest rates that are much lower to their deposit clients, many 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
From Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the international community 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN), Dr. Chukwuemeka Kalu Uche, has 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
400 to surrender arms in Ondo One British hostage kidnapped in Nigeria has been killed, while three 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Lauds Ugwuanyi, Umahi Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has pledged that the Zero Hunger Team, under 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has directed deployment of security to forestall further clashes 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has assured Senate President, 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Everywhere you go, everyone you speak with, there is a growing nervousness about the possibility that 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Oftentimes, many people uncharitably regard Anambra State as a state that scarcely places any premium 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Eddie Mbadiwe Though out of character, let me start with a confession. I have literally had to drag 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Ayo Yakubu Television broadcasting is of so much importance to citizens and the Nigerian state as 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Peter Ekwueme FOR an administration that is struggling to convince the electorate to return it 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By FELICIA OSOBA IN the unfolding political calculus within Nigeria's main opposition party, the People's 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Philanthropist frustrated By Vincent Kalu The alleged power play between the executive and the judiciary 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
By Christine Onwuachumba Mrs. Dolapo Coker, a woman of many firsts, parades an intimidating profile. 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The electoral landslide recorded by President Uhuru Kenyatta in last week's presidential election re-run 

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