NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
As the 2019 general election beckons, politicians across political parties and tribal divides have started clandestine moves to seek new allies that may result in what political analysts call a new political order. The shocking and deft move, The Daily Times authoritatively gathered is coming from the South-East geo-political zone known for playing along the right wing of the nation’s political turf, in which few gladiators are negotiating a shift in political camp to the progressives fold. Fingered in the move is Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, elected in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The governor, who is believed not to be working in isolation, has the support of few of his PDP governors in the zone in negotiating with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), with the option of switching gear before the 2019 elections. The horse trading, it was further gathered, could not be unconnected with the permutation of likely power play in the next dispensation. His colleagues – Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State are believed to be at the background while pushing Ikpeazu forward as the arrowhead of the negotiation with the APC, at the regional level. Their calculation might not be divorced from their interest to secure second term ticket which they believe could be possible by being in the mainstream of power. The performance of the APC candidate in the last Anambra State governorship election, Dr. Tony Nwoye, who came second in the race despite having not been long in the APC, is another factor that many consider might also be a motivation for those looking in the direction of the party. The Daily Times findings also revealed that notable political figures of Igbo extraction that jumped ship from the PDP to the APC are strongly instrumental in the negotiation process. This, however, is irrespective of disquiet by some Igbos especially those sympathetic to the secessionist drive being championed by the Nnamdi Kanu-led banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha are fingered as go-between in luring South-East PDP governors to the APC. A source told The Daily Times that “It is about time that the Igbos have to move to the mainstream of political power in the country. We have suffered enough neglect, every time we talk of being marginalised in public positions and infrastructural development. But if we strive to be in the ruling party, I think things will be better and our region will be developed. It is enough of playing opposition.” Also speaking on the development, another source close to the Abia State Government House, however said that though he could not confirm whether or not the governor was having any talks with the APC, but that he can confirm that the government was eager to properly position himself for future political moves. According to the source, “2019 is around the corner, the governor like every other politician will want to secure his future and with the way the PDP is going, no one can be sure what the future of the party is, so I will not be surprised if the governor is looking in the direction of the ruling party at the centre.” President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day official visit to Ebonyi and Anambra states in the South East region was more than meet the eyes as it goes beyond campaigning for the APC candidate in the Anambra governorship election.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday joined other prominent Nigerians to mourn former Vice President Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, who died in a London Hospital in the late hours of Sunday at the age of 85. Reacting to the death of the former Vice President in a post on his Twitter handle, President Buhari said: “I mourn the death of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a patriot and statesman. His life was marked by an unwavering commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria; and his personal sacrifices helped lay the foundation for our democracy”. Ekwueme, who was admitted to Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital in Enugu, Enugu State on October 29, 2017 after he slumped in his Enugu residence and went into coma, was later flown abroad on the orders of the Federal Government. A statement by his younger brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Prof. Laz Ekwueme, said Dr. Alex Ekwueme died at about 10pm in a London Clinic on Sunday. The statement reads in part :

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“The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON. The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017.” Also reacting, Adamawa State Governor Mohammadu Jibrilla Bindow, described the death of Ekuweme as a great loss to the country. According to him, the loss is not only to Ndigbo, but to Nigeria and Africa in general. A statement by the SA Media and Publicity to the governor, Macauley Hunohashi, said the governor was deeply saddened by the death because “it came at a time when his experience, wisdom and knowledge of governance would have been needed in the quest to move Nigeria to greater heights.” Also reacting, the Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, said Nigerians will remember the late Second Republic Vice President as an icon of democracy, who saw and used politics as a tool to serve and not to be served. The governor said: “In truth, Ekwueme was a gentleman politician, consummate democrat, a hero, an icon of democracy who believed in the rule of law and ventured into politics to serve.” Dickson in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, described the passing of the elder statesman as a monumental loss to Nigeria and Africa in general. He said the Octogenarian politician was also a quintessential family man and a world class architect, adding that posterity will remember him as one of the indigenous architects that designed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017


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The Islamic Boko Haram group has beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the killing is the latest in a string of attacks in the violence-wracked North-East, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in nine years of insurgency. The killing occurred on Nov. 19, while the farmers worked on their farms in the plantation, an eye-witness, Jiddah Ahmad, told a NAN correspondent in Jere town, near Maiduguri on Monday. Ahmad said that the insurgents abducted seven farmers as they worked on their farms and slaughtered six of them in a nearby bush. Ahmad, who is a younger brother to one of the slain farmers, said that two of the slain farmers were from Lawanti Gongulon Village in Jere. According to him, the remaining four are from Masu Community in the Mafa Local Government Area of the state. “My brother was working on the farm together with other farmers. They were accosted by the insurgents when they went to fetch water at a river. “The insurgents shot my brother before beheading him and beheaded another farmer on the same spot while an old farmer was set free,” Ahmad said. A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force, Usman Muhammad, also told NAN that the insurgents had earlier slaughtered four other farmers at the same plantation. Muhammad disclosed that the insurgents came to the farm on motorbikes and attacked the farmers. He said that the insurgents forced an aged farmer among the abductees to witness the brutal murder of other farmers, telling him to convey the message to families of the victims. “We are currently seeking clearance from the military authorities to enable us to evacuate the corpses for proper burial,” he said. The military and police authorities have yet to make statements on the latest killings. The military authorities have said that they have completely degraded Boko Haram but the group has continued to pack bloody punches on a regular basis. Nigeria’s North-East has remained the hotbed of the insurgency, although other areas of the country, including Abuja and Lokoja have not been spared.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s deputy senate president, has expressed grief over the demise of former Vice President of Nigeria, Chief Alex Ekwueme. Ekweremadu described the death as a sad event for Nigeria and her democracy, noting that Ide Oko, as he called him, was a pillar of the nation’s democracy and the struggle for a restructured, just, equitable, and prosperous Nigeria. He said: “Dr. Ekwueme combined the uncommon toughness and courage of Heracles with the wits of Odysseus and Nestor. His fearless battle against military rule as the convener of the Group of 34 eminent Nigerians (G-34) can be likened to Heracles’ heroic encounter with the hydra-headed chthonic monsters. “Ekwueme was a fine gentleman and an epitome of politics without bitterness. Although he lost the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an offshoot of the G34 and pan-Nigerian political platform he built from the scratch, he remained faithful to the party in thick and thin until his death. “He will be remembered as a public administrator per excellence and a soldier of conscience. He stood by his people during their most challenging and difficult time, knowing that politics has a local flavor most of the time. “He offered his undiluted professional service in the design and development of access to the air for Ndigbo during the civil war 1967 to 1970. As the Head of Planning of the Biafra Airports Board, the late prodigy built two functional airports in Ulli and Uga, while the airport projects at Mbaise, Ntigha Ngwa, Umuleri, and Arochukwu were at various completion stages before the end of hostilities. “Yet, as a detribalized and pan-Nigerian, he joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) rather than the Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) in the journey to the Second Republic. He also did Ndigbo a great honour by facilitating the state pardon and eventual return from exile, and reunion of late Ezeigbo Gburugbu, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, with Ndigbo and Nigeria”. The Senator added that Ekwueme bequeathed a legacy of integrity and strength of character as “he was until his death reputed to have left Office as the Vice President of Nigeria poorer”.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites has warned Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, not to take any untoward action against the group. IMN media director, Ibrahim Musa, gave the warning in a statement on Sunday. He said the group was aware that Tambuwal has consented to a grand plot to stage []The post Dont play with fire, Islamic group warn Tambuwal appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Nigerias economy expanded in the third quarter 2017, as oil production output increased. The gross domestic product of Africas largest crude producer expanded 1.4 percent in the three months through September from a year earlier, compared with a revised 0.72 percent in the second quarter, according to the report by National Bureau of Statistics released []The post Nigeria economy expands 1.4% in third quarter appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan turned 60-years-old today and Atiku Abubakar took to his official twitter page to congratulate him. The former VP wrote: A very happy 60th birthday to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan @GEJonathan, the Face of Democracy in Africa. Your words that your ambition isnt worth the blood of our citizens will []The post Your words that your ambition isnt worth the blood of our citizens will stand forever Atiku celebrates GEJ on his 60th birthday appeared first o 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who was flown abroad last Sunday has died in a London Hospital. Ekwueme, 85, has been at Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital in Enugu since October 29, 2017 after he slumped in his Enugu residence and went into coma. But the Federal Government later intervened by approving that the former VP be []The post Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
. Urge members to pursue peaceful co-existence The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, has inaugurated the Peace Committee on farmers/herdsmen in the Delta State at the conference hall of the Command Headquarters, Asaba. The Police boss noted that the Committee is constituted to promote harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen in the State []The post Delta Police inaugurate peace committee for farmers/herdsmen appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Ni 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The United States Government says it will contribute an additional 45.5 million dollars to rehabilitate efforts in the Northeast. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Mr John Sullivan said this at the Nigeria-U.S. Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting in Abuja on Monday. Sullivan said the support would help those who had been affected by violence in the []The post US to contribute $45.5m to rehabilitation efforts in NEast appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC) and Vehicle Inspection of Officers (VIOs) clashed over inspection of vehicles particularly in Calabar, Cross River State capital. The incident occurred on Monday at the U. J. Esuene stadium in Calabar at 11 am. Our Correspondent who was passing by observed that the two uniform organisations standing at the right []The post FRSC, VIOs clash over inspection of vehicles particulars in Cross River appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria News 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbe has advised Nigerians to hold government responsible in the event of failure of food supply. The Minister who was represented by Professor.G. B. Ayoola, at the Kogi Agricultural Summit 2017, on Monday, stated that Nigerians have the right to adequate food. Ogbe said that states should []The post Hold FG responsible if theres shortage of food Ogbeh appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) recently rolled out the drums to rekindle the spirit of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77), 40 years after it was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria, during the military regime of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. The week long activities which []The post Memories of FESTAC 77 rekindled in Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The English Premier League has recorded another managerial casualty as West Brom on Monday announced that they have parted ways with their erstwhile manager, Tony Pulis. Managers who fail to deliver are been shown the exit doors without hesitation. The Premier League clubs are not taking things lying low at all this season as managers []The post BREAKING: Another English Premier League Club Manager Fired! appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
It was an all-female affair as fifteen year-old Samuella Sam-Orlu of British Nigerian Academy Abuja, emerged the overall winner of the 2017 edition of the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition, winning an educational grant of N1,000,000.00 to study in any African university of her choice, as well as a laptop. Samuella clinched the first position []The post UBA Foundation: 15-year-old Sam-Orlu emerges essay competitions winner appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria N 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
.FG welcomes latest GDP growth of 1.40% in Q3 The Nigerian currency, Naira, on Monday, rebounded at the official foreign exchange market, just as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) lifted the forex market with total injection of $210 million. In a clear indication of ongoing progress, the Nigerian economy has improved further, according to []The post Naira rebounds as CBN lifted forex market with $210m appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Dangote Cement will officially open its 1.5million metric tonnes per annum capacity Cement Plant in Congo on Thursday. Constructed at a conservative cost of $500 million, the plant is expected to directly employ more than 1000 people as thousands of indirect jobs will also be created. The plant which is now the largest in Congo []The post Dangote opens new cement plant in Congo on Thursday appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
As the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced the Q3 2017 GDP report showing the economy grew farther by 1.4 per cent on Monday, Nigerias stock market advanced higher to close in a positive territory. The growth in GDP is the second consecutive positive growth in the GDP since Q2-2017, supported by a spike in []The post Economic growth impacts NSE indices to positive week start appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Federal Government on Monday, announced that it has priced its offering of $3 billion aggregate principal amount of dual series notes under its $4.5bn Global Medium-Term Note programme (increased from US$1.5bn). The Notes comprise a $1.5bn 10-year series and a $1.5bn 30-year series. The 10-year series will bear interest at a rate of 6.5%, []The post Nigeria floats $3bn dual-tranche bond appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
as Ogun, Kogi, C River lead Only 481 companies operating under government approved mining or quarrying licences paid royalties in 2015, the latest independent audit report of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, shows. Of the 481 companies, only 42 met the N3 million and above materiality threshold and accounted for over 87 per []The post NEITI: 481 firms paid royalties in 2015, as cement, others major contributors appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
A Federal High Court in Lagos will on Jan. 23, 2018, resume hearing of a $406.8 million suit instituted by the Federal Government against Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd, over crude oil shipment. The suit numbered FHC/L/CS/336/16 was filed by Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), counsel to the Federal Government. It has as defendants: Shell []The post Court to resume hearing of Nigeria govts $406.8m oil debt suit appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Nigerias nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew in third quarter (Q3) 2017 by 1.40% (year-on-year) in real terms, the second consecutive positive growth since the emergence of the economy from recession in Q2 2017. This growth is 3.74% points higher than the rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016 ( 2.34%) and higher by []The post Nigerias GDP grows by 1.40% in Q3 2017 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, a subsidiary of Afrinvest (West Africa) Ltd, has launched the Afrinvest Plutus Fund, a simple and affordable saving solution designed for all classes of income earners with a minimum subscription of N5,000. The Afrinvest Plutus Fund is an open-ended money market unit trust scheme approved by the Securities & Exchange Commission []The post Afrinvest inaugurates money market fund appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), has shut 13 hotels, restaurants and event centres for failure to pay their taxes due under the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Laws of Lagos State 2009. The hotels and restaurants were said to be owing the state a sum of N426,976,528.87. Speaking on the state-wide tax enforcement []The post N91m tax default: Lagos seals 18 hotels, event centres appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Nigeria Monday announced its first cultural exchange project and a supportive budget to outstanding Nigerian artists, according to NAN. The embassys Head of Delegation, Michel Deleen, said in Lagos that the budget was meant to promote exchanges between Dutch and Nigerian artists. For the very first time, []The post Netherlands announces supportive budget for outstanding Nigerian artists appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, is unofficially a graduate of the University of Lagos, where he studied Business Administration. It becomes official after he collects his certificate. Popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, completed his Business Administration course at the University of Lagos over the weekend. He celebrated with his course-mates afterwards, as they all signed []The post Odunlade Adekola Graduates From University Of Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria N 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Popular Nollywood actress, Nichole Banna, has made some shocking revelations about herself. The Owerri-born actress took to her instagram page on Sunday to share how God delivered her from consistent masturbation, smoking, among other social vices. The computer science graduate also revealed how she dated married men. Am sharing this testimony because I want to []The post I used to date married men, masturbate, smoke consistently Popular actress, Nichole Banna appeared first on Daily Times Nige 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has said that Lagos State is what it is because of the impact of Anambrarians on the state. According to him, Anambra made Lagos what it is whether anyone accepts it or not. He made the comments during an interview with Channels Television while stating developments in the []The post Governor Obiano: Anambra Made Lagos What It Is appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to the claim by an All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in the state, Gbenga Aluko, that he is begging to join the party. A Former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Aluko, had on Sunday, accused ayodele of making surreptitious moves to join the APC having realized that []The post 2019 election: Joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan Fayose appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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