NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1 DCEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 1 December, 2017.

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said Ministry of Interior acted without her approval to reinstate Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform.
Maina was dismissed from service in 2013 for alleged pension fraud and he was thought to have fled the country shortly after.

But last month he reported for duty at the Ministry of Interior after he was secretly reinstated.
The situation developed into a scandal for the government when the story blew open with a lot of recriminations among top government functionaries.
Yesterday at the continuation of a hearing by a House ad-hoc committee investigating the matter, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said the ministry acted without her approval.
“For the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, to claim that the directive to reinstate Maina came from my office is limited in facts,” Mrs. Oyo-Ita said, reacting to the submission by Mr. Magaji.
“The remarks by Mr. Magaji that he acted based on directives of the Head of Service, to put it mildly, is not quite correct,” she said. 
“There is a process of conveyance of reinstatement instructions. The Federal Civil Service Commission would send a letter to the Head of Service and also send another letter to the beneficiary of that reinstatement under the flying seal of the Head of Service. 
“The Ministry of Interior did not wait to get a posting instruction before they went ahead and reinstated Maina and assigned him duties. 
“So this is to completely discountenance the attempt by the Permanent Secretary that they acted on an issue in an illegal manner while trying to make claims that there was a legality from my office”, she added.
However,the permanent secretary Engr Abubakar Magaji, insisted that the ministry acted appropriately.
Engr Magaji said when the letter got to him, he quickly acted on it, insisting that his responsibility is to act on any official document sent to him.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, told the panel that the last time Abdulrasheed Maina received salary as a civil servant was in February, 2013.

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Adeosun, who was reacting to claims last week by Maina’s lawyers that he was still receiving salary, said there was no where that Maina’s record is still existing in the government’s payment system after being sacked Maina since 2013.
She said: “We use two platforms to pay salary: IPPI and Gipmis. There was no any record that Maina was paid. His records have been moved to PTAD, and all the data of PTAD staff were captured. No such information is there.”

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday said that former President Goodluck Jonathan wanted to remove him as governor.
Shettima spoke in Abuja at the public presentation and launch of ‘On A Platter Of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, a book written by Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 
It would be recalled that Governor Shettima had once told former President Jonathan that “it is absolutely impossible to defeat Boko Haram”.
The governor, who spoke to State House correspondents after meeting with the former president, said that Boko Haram members were better armed and motivated than the security operatives as they were overrunning communities and killing people.
But in an indirect response to this statement, Jonathan, during one of his presidential media chats, threatened to withdraw the security operatives.
But Governor Shettima, who chaired the book launch yesterday, said that it took the intervention of a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Bello Adoke and the former president’s Minister of Special Duties to convince him that no provisions in the Nigerian constitution backed him despite past precedents.
He said the president was made to believe that he (Shettima) was the problem of his administration for allegedly kidnapping the Chibok girls. 

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He said, “Sadly, Borno was the epicentre of the crisis that engulfed the Jonathan administration. This is the second book I am reading on the Jonathan saga. President Jonathan is essentially a decent person, an unsophisticated country politician caught up in the vortex of power politics in Nigeria. When the Chibok girls saga started, they made the president to believe that there was no abduction; that the Chibok girls were kidnapped by the governor of Borno State ostensibly to embarrass the Jonathan administration and he believed that line of story.
“I wasn’t invited to Abuja until nearly three weeks later and even when I was invited to Abuja, I was quite thrilled that at last, I was getting the attention of my leader. I was asked to come along with Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer in Chibok, the Commissioner of Education, the Military Commander in Chibok and the Director of DSS in Borno.
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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari and five other concerned West African leaders have called for an immediate roadmap to pave way for negotiations between the Togolese government led by President Faure Gnassingbe Eyadema and the opposition movement.
The urgent demand by the leaders came at a meeting to discuss the situation in Togo, which ended early on Thursday in Abidjan, on the sidelines of the African Union-European Union Summit, according to a statement by Buhari's spokesman, Garba Shehu.


 
Shehu said the presidents of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic and Guinea Conakry, attended the meeting with President Eyadema. 
He stated: "The West African leaders asked the parties in Togo to urgently negotiate, without ‘‘any preconditions’’, and resolve the impasse in the interest of the well-being of the country and the region at large. 

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"Recall that President Eyadema had given himself a deadline of Friday to provide the basis and framework for negotiations in response to the increasing list of demands put together by the opposition movement seeking to oust him from power after 12 years as President. 
"His late predecessor and father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, was the President of Togo from 1967 until his death in 2005." 
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The scandalous incident at Abuja’s Asokoro District last Tuesday when heavily armed agents of the Department of State Services [DSS] stopped agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] from arresting DSS’ former Director General Ekpeyong Ita should be extremely embarrassing to the Presidency and was the height of indiscipline in inter-agency relations. All Nigerians should be appalled by it and we urgently expect the Presidency to step in firmly before these two armed security agencies engage in a war on our streets.
According to reports, EFCC agents arrived at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, residence of Mr. Ita and tried to arrest him. They said they had both arrest and search warrants and they wanted Ita in connection with the arms procurement scandal under the former National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki. However, armed DSS agents thwarted the mission. It was more than a case of the normal guards at Ita’s residence preventing his arrest because reports said shortly after the EFCC agents arrived, DSS reinforced the guards at Ita’s house with another 30 heavily armed agents. At the same time and at another location in Asokoro, armed guards also prevented EFCC agents from arresting Mr. Ayo Oke, who was recently sacked as Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency [NIA] following the discovery of $40million hidden at a flat in Ikoyi, Lagos. Oke said through his spokesmen that the money belonged to NIA for certain secret operations but an investigation panel led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo indicted him and recommended his dismissal. It was not clear from the reports if Oke’s arrest was thwarted by DSS or NIA guards.


 
This matter had been brewing for some weeks before it reached a shattering climax last week. Newspaper reports three weeks ago said a clash was imminent because DSS refused to hand over some of its men to EFCC for interrogation. EFCC reportedly sent a request for some DSS men to be released for interrogation but the report quoted a DSS official as saying the invitation was “an attempt to rubbish the Service since DSS is not answerable to EFCC.” He even said, “What are they trying to do, audit our operations or what? Did the service report any financial infraction to them and call for their intervention? It is just a case of overzealousness and lack of professionalism and we won’t allow that, because what you allow is what will continue.”

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
A group under the aegis of Forum 36 has settled for Governor Abdul Aziz Yari of Zamfara State as the candidate to support during the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. 

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the allegation in some quarters that Governor Nyesom Wike has been lobbying for Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the party. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Over 2800 delegates are to vote at the December 9 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the partys national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has said. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
A member of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Adekunle Abdulkadir Akinlade, has warned that the state will not be allowed to turn into another Osun State, where a Lagos State-based politician, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, became governor. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
A former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants, Senator Umar Dahiru and Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinna, challenging the election of Governor Aminu Tambuwal. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Katsina APC Akida is not a parallel party but a platform within the APC which is pursuing good and equitable governance to guarantee internal democracy, the chairman of the group, Mohammed Liman, has said.

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The chairman of FCT wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, has urged the chairman of Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi D. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Arise Women, a non-governmental organisation, has upgraded a borehole and offered free medical screening and treatment to residents of Kpaduma in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Goods worth million of naira have been gutted in a fire incident that started early hours of Thursday at Karmo Market in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI) has decried the high rate of violence against women in the country and called for an urgent stop to the act. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
People of Osun State on Tuesday declared an end to the practice of female genital mutilation and promised to champion the campaign and advocacy to eradicate and banish the practice totally. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
A youth based group, Ojokoro, Youth Alive, Lagos has offered free medical services to the less privileged community members in the area. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
It was drama and shock at the Abeokuta Grade II Customary Court, Ake on Wednesday as a young man, father of two, Odukoya Ibraheem failed to remember his father and daughters names when he was put under cross-examination by the court.

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
One thousand three hundred Kano State farmers received training on measures to adopt in addressing agronomic problems as a way of improving agricultural practices in the state under World Banks Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMMING) project. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Regional Coordinator, United Nations Environment and Climate Change, Dr. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Institute of Retirement Management (IRM) has called on the federal government to improve on the pension reforms in the country so as to catch up with global best practices where retirees enjoy free medical facilities. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Visiting the cinemaNigeria is growing today with different cinemas around cities and towns. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
More than three months after her redeployment to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the former Director of Human Resources and Administration at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Hajia Salamatu Umar-Elumah has not resumed. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Nigeria and Portugal have established a centre which will be devoted to the study and exploration of Atlantic Ocean, the Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
An Information Communication Technology (ICT) consulting firm, Bilyak Consulting has launched an e-learning product known as MAcademy to ease access to learning content at affordable price. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Bosch Nigeria, a power tool firm has empowered artisans with its tradesmen kits designed to help welders and carpenters maximize productivity and drive growth in the informal sector.

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Organisers of the annual Okpekpe international 10km road race are thrilled that their efforts at promoting road race in Nigeria have been recognised by the world governing body for athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2019 African Nations qualifier between Seychelles and Nigeria earlier scheduled to take place in March 2018. 


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Fri, 01 Dec 2017
David Silva has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Africas number one female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, has retained her national title in the 57kg category at the Gov. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Nigerias Super Eagles and 31 other national teams will know their group stage opponents tomorrow as FIFA stages the World Cup draws in Moscow. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Defending champions of the NCC Tennis League, Team Offikwu can heave a sigh of relief as doctors have cleared their inspirational player, Sylvester Emmanuel to play in their semi-final tie against Team Civil Defence in Abuja this weekend. 

Fri, 01 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has called for calm ahead of the November 30 deadline date given by the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to find an amicable solution to its (NBBF) leadership impasse.

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