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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 4 November, 2017.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
The Presidency yesterday claimed there was no clash between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF) Winifred Oyo-Ita at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At a brief interaction with State House correspondents yesterday, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the reports of a fight between the two top government officials as mere fabrication conjured up by the media.

Recall that Oyo-Ita was seen reacting angrily during last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting apparently over her leaked memo to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Her reaction was witnessed by members seated in the council chambers for the twin ceremony of the swearing-in of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the launch of the 2018 Armed Forces emblem and appeal fund.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, were seen questioning Oyo-Ita, shortly before the commencement of the event that kicked off the twin ceremony at 10:55am.

The ensuing drama, which lasted about 10 minutes, was witnessed by Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, the Governor of Adamawa State, Jibrila Bindo, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police as well as Heads of Paramilitary Service and State House Correspondents among others.

But reacting to the media reports, Malam Shehu insisted that it was impossible for the conversation between the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the HoSF, Mrs Oyo Ita, to have been heard by any journalist, as the distance between the State House correspondents and the two government officials as they addressed the Vice President at Wednesday’s FEC meeting, would have made their conversation completely inaudible to the journalists.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has leaked his letter to Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, alleging that over N3 trillion pension fund was stolen in 97 pension offices.

Maina, in the letter dated June 19, 2015, which he wrote shortly after his return to the country, was seeking a review of his case and a probe of the various actions taken against him by people bent on intimidating him to submission.

He accused the 7th Senate of aiding and abetting those he described as pension thieves in the country.

The letter was titled: Pension Reform Task Team: Appeal for Review of Investigation by Senate Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service and States and Local Government Administration 2011 – 2013.

He said in the letter, which was obtained by The Guardian in Kaduna yesterday that the task team, which took off effectively in January 2011, saved the country N1.6 trillion from pension thieves.

“We used financial intelligence skills to achieve ground-breaking achievements in our assignment. We recovered and saved cash and properties worth over N1.6 trillion,” he added.

Maina noted that the team’s efforts led to the arrest of 46 persons and firms involved in looting of pension funds, which were handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), whose trial was still ongoing.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
The Anglican Bishop of Diocese of Egbu, Owerri North, Imo State, Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor, yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to read the handwriting on the wall, ignore political sycophants and leave office on May 29, 2019.

This is coming after analysing the economic, political and social condition of the country, for which the cleric also criticised the Buhari administration for not paying adequate attention to public opinion, especially on the corruption fight.

Okorafor, who advised Buhari in his 82-page address tagged: Presidential Address and Charge delivered during the first session of the eight synod of the church at the Cathedral Church of all Saints Egbu, in Owerri North Local Council of Imo State, also advised Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to assess himself.

Let Okorocha assess himself on how the Imo people are faring under second term programmes, policies, actions and inactions, and charged that retirees should be paid their full pensions and entitlements without further tricks.

He argued that there are many perceptions held by the people on his government’s policies and style. He further advised Buhari to resist calls and suggestions for him to run for second term in 2019.

“My dear President, if you have ears hear this, these are your worst enemies and sycophants of the highest order. Do not listen to them.

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Bounce News app, a Nigerian online news platform, has been shortlisted for the annual Innovation Awards and the World Architectural News (WAN) Award holding on Monday, November 6 in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday distanced himself from an online video in which he declared his interest to take a shot at the presidency in the 2019 general elections. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Arsenal's three league defeats this season have come on the road but Wenger is adamant his side will play to their strengths and not risk defending deep against a top attacking unit at the Etihad Stadium. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
The inspiring and 'dare to dream' story of the Kenyan prodigy, Lupita Nyong'o, is so fascinating and inspirational. Born Lupita Amondi Nyong'o in Mexico to Kenyan parents in 1983... 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has declared that his administration would have to re-build the nation's track and field from the scratch because 'we have lost athletics. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Reports had quoted Oyo-Ita, in the leaked memo, as saying that Buhari was aware of the reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, it shall be 10 years since the Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy started operating as Nigeria's first multi-sports, full-fletched, co-educational secondary school. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
A typical example is the mechanic workshops and villages, most which have every service one might need concerning motor vehicle maintenance and repairs, with different technicians sharing the spaces and facilities. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
Jidenna took the crowd on a jolly ride, as he performed his monster hits Classic Man, Little Bit More, Particular and a premiere of his latest single Boomerang. It was undoubtedly a classic from the Chief. 

Sat, 04 Nov 2017
The George Hotel, Ikoyi, provided a perfect home away from home for the team comprising of Google officials, journalists and social media influencers from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. 

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