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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 NOVEMBER, 2017].


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

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Despite losing almost all its territories to Nigerian troops, Boko Haram yesterday demonstrated gruesome ability to hit back, staging a suicide attack that killed 50 people.At about 5 a.m., a youth detonated an improvised explosive devise strapped to his body as the Muslim faithful observed prayers at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State.

The attack came amid repeated reassurances by the Federal Government that the group had been degraded.Also, yesterday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bakin Dutse village, Madagali, killing the chairman of a local vigilance group.Adamawa police spokesman, Abubakar Othman, confirmed: “We have received the report that 50 people were killed in the morning attack on worshippers at a mosque. We are trying to get the actual figure of those injured and receiving treatment at various hospitals in the area.”

Mubi, earlier overrun by the insurgents and renamed ‘Madinatul Islam’, was liberated by Nigerian troops in August 2014.A witness told The Guardian that residents of the town were now living in fear and uncertainty.President Muhammadu Buhari described the attack as “very cruel and dastardly”.


In a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, he commiserated with the families of the victims, promising that the government would do all in its power to protect the state.He called on people in the northeast to be more vigilant and report suspicious persons to security agencies to avert renewed attacks on soft targets.

He also directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy more personnel to prevent further attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State. The decision followed recent killings by unknown gunmen in the Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas.Reacting to the Mubi incident, Amnesty International said: “Today’s attack appears to be yet another example of Boko Haram’s continued unlawful disregard for human life. Boko Haram must immediately stop the targeting of civilians and must be held accountable for all the atrocities it has committed, including the use of children for suicide missions.”


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According to the organisation’s country director, Osai Ojigho: “This is the deadliest attack on civilians by the militant group since the start of the year. It is deplorable that the attack was launched at a time when civilians were congregating for dawn prayers. It happened only days after the reported abduction and beheading of six farmers in Dimge village in Mafa Local Government Area, Borno State.”

He added: “While no group has claimed responsibility for today’s deadly attack, it bears all the hallmarks of Boko Haram atrocities documented over the years by Amnesty International. This wanton and deliberate targeting of civilians must end. All parties to the ongoing conflict in northeast Nigeria, including Boko Haram, are bound by the rules of international humanitarian law, which explicitly prohibits any direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, tasked army chaplains to encourage families of troops in the northeast. He stated this in Maiduguri yesterday at the Training and Conference Week of the Nigerian Army Directorate, Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic) at Maimalari Cantonment.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has presented a budget of N345.42 billion to the State House of Assembly, with the assurance that it would be implemented in furtherance of his administration’s rebuilding mission.

The Budget of Accelerated Development has N223.72 billion as capital expenditure, representing 64.77 per cent, while N121.698 billion or 35.23 per cent is for earmarked for recurrent expenditure.

Presenting the budget, Amosun said it was 57 per cent higher than the 2017 budget, adding that the emphasis on capital projects in 2018 was due to the fact that the administration was building a greater momentum into the end of the tenure.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said about three or four deepwater projects with capacity to add 750,000 barrels to one million barrels to Nigeria’s daily production need funding.
  
Kachikwu, who made this disclosure in the latest edition of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Bulletin, noted that about 250,000 barrels deep-water project are potentially ready to come on stream sometime late next year.
  
He said: “One of the things the government undertook, which has been very helpful, is a cash call policy to deal with debts. We signed agreements on how to pay off existing backlogs, and this brought back confidence. We have a new model on how to deal with the cost of oil.”
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Nigeria and Japan on Tuesday, signed a grant aid project on economic and social development worth N642million. The amount would be provided by the Government of Japan.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, signed on behalf of the Federal Government, while Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, signed on behalf of his home country.

A statement from the Budget Ministry said the programme aims at exploring development strategies that will enhance competitiveness and support the Nigeria’s poverty reduction efforts. It is also meant to improve standard of living and ensure environmental sustainability, which is in line with the development priorities encapsulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) (2017–2020) of the Buhari administration.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Senate yesterday said most retired state judicial officers in the country wallow in poverty and have been eating crumbs due to non-payment of their retirement benefits by state governments.

It was gathered that most of them are dying of misery and hopelessness, having retired from active service.The upper chamber, therefore, directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to review the laws impeding the harmonisation of the processes and prompt payment of retirement benefits of all judicial officers in the country.

The resolution followed the adopted motion titled: The Plight of Retired Judges of State High Courts and the Need to Harmonize the Process of Paying the Retirement Benefits of all Judges of Superior Courts in Nigeria, sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that it will not allow the electricity distribution companies' (DisCos) notice of declaration of force majeure to get into crisis situation in the power sector. 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
There was tension in the Asokoro area of Abuja yesterday following a clash between officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
More Nigerians and groups have extolled the virtues of the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who died at the weekend in London during a brief illness.Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, described the deceased as an elder statesman with large stock of wealth of wisdom.... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Inadequate investments in Point of Sales (PoS) terminals have been identified as one of the major reasons the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN's) Cashless Economy initiative is not connecting as it should. 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The Presidency has submitted an amendment to the 2018 - 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) to the Senate for consideration.This emerged as the Senate announced the postponement of debate on the general principles of the N8.612 trillion 2018 budget proposal. 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
A former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Professor Bola Akinterinwa, yesterday said the military used force against the government of Zimbabwe. 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Recently, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly embarked on a trip around the six education districts in the state aimed at sensitising both teachers and learners on what they explained as the urgent need to save Yoruba language from extinction. 


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Wike cautions against hasty passage of PIB, Okowa seeks FG's intervention
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has cautioned against hasty passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly to avoid crisis. Wike gave the advice at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday during an interactive session with members of the House of Representatives...... 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Big headache 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Students of tertiary institutions in Ekiti State yesterday shut down Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, while holding a rally in support of the state government's anti-cultism law. 

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