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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 11 November, 2017.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
One week to the governorship election in Anambra State, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has threatened voters with death if they vote. They also vowed to disrupt the election.

The members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday, vowing a lockdown on the day of the election, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Members of the group can be heard threatening voters in  videos of the march circulating online.
 
They said, ““If you vote you will die. Don’t go out, stay in your house. If you vote on November 18, you will die. We are not running around for the zoo.

“There will be no election. We will not participate, we will not vote. Nothing concerns us with any election. We are formidable.

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“We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu. They should release all the Biafrans in Nigerian prisons.”

Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that the purpose of the demonstration in Onitsha was to show the world that “the threat of bullet” would not stop the group from realising its aim of having Biafra Republic.

He said Igbo people living outside the South-East should contact their families at home to boycott all future Nigerian elections, including the governorship election.

Powerful said, “Today in Onitsha, we broke the python Buratai, Ohanaeze, Obiano and Igbo governors brought to our land. Anybody doubting the resolve of IPOB under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu is mistaken.

“We will put Anambra State on lockdown on November 18. This is a taste of what is to come. Nigeria should be prepared.

“It is also very critical to inform every Biafran, be you IPOB family member, businessman, farmer, artisan, driver, teacher, doctor, motorcycle/tricycle union, civil servant, trader, market leader, National Union of Road Transport Workers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, fisherman, market men and women, including politicians who believe in freedom and liberty of a free independent State of Biafra, to boycott the Anambra State election.”

According to him, the election boycott will give their agitation a global momentum needed to make world leaders accept a peaceful break-up of Nigeria.

“They will be morally bound to consider a possible date for Biafra’s referendum for independence without delay. A vote in Anambra elections will mean electing into office the same people who, over the years, have been responsible for the death, pain, misery, agony and suffering of our people. We would have only succeeded in renewing our suffering for another four years,” Powerful said.

Steer clear of Anambra, police warn IPOB

But the Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the IPOB march was of no effect, as the state police command had concluded arrangements for effective policing of the state during the election. She asked residents of the state to go out en masse to exercise their franchise on the day of the election.

Also, the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, warned the IPOB members to steer clear of the state during and after the forthcoming governorship election, in their own interest, saying the police would deal with IPOB members “the way an outlawed group should be dealt with.”

He said the police were fully on the ground to ensure a hitch-free and violence-free poll, adding that battle-ready operatives including police special forces, anti-riot personnel, and counter-terror squad had been instructed to deal with troublemakers.

“They (IPOB) should steer clear of Anambra because we have deployed enough personnel in the state; any miscreant who misbehaves would have himself to blame as he would be dealt with. IPOB should not test our will or resolve,” Moshood cautioned.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors, renewing their call for the Federal Government to withdraw the country from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and other international religious bodies.

They also asked that Nigeria cancel all treaties it had signed with such religious organisations.

Speaking on behalf of the association, the CAN President,  Revd. Supo Ayokunle, argued that Nigeria’s continued membership of the religious organisations violated the secular nature of the nation as enshrined in the constitution.



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He said, “We call on the Executive and Legislative arms of government  to withdraw Nigeria from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and from other international religious bodies and treaties Nigeria signed with such religious organisations because it violates the secular state of the nation as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria and further violates government’s non-partisanship in religious matters as enshrined in the same constitution.

“The sanctity of the constitution must be kept for Nigeria to survive as one nation.”

While commending the President on the anti-corruption war, Ayokunle urged Buhari to extend the fight against those surrounding him.

The clergyman said Buhari should not hesitate to hand over those accused of corruption among his men to relevant security agencies.

He said, “We want you to fight corruption without fear or favour, including those around you who may be like the ‘mixed multitude’ who went out of Egypt with the Israelites but were not Israelites. They caused harm along the way.

“Therefore, let there be no untouchable. Hand those close to you that may be corrupt over to law enforcement agents as you have done to others for proper prosecution.”

The CAN President also called on Buhari to address what he called lopsidedness in appointments made by the present administration for both ethnic and religious balance.

He cited an example of the defence apparatus which he claimed was skewed in favour of one tribe.

He also said the statistics of appointments recently released by the Presidency showed that there was lopsidedness because while some states had over 30 appointments, others didn’t have more than three.

Ayokunle also said CAN found it unacceptable for state governments to be owing workers’ salaries and allowances.

He called on the federal and state governments to work together to address the issue as soon as possible to stem the tide of crime and suicide that were increasing nationwide.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
After the passage of anti-open grazing laws in Ekiti and Benue states, other states like Ebonyi, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Ogun are moving to introduce similar laws to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers within their respective boundaries.

Findings by Saturday PUNCH from the states showed that moves to introduce anti-open grazing laws were at various stages, with the bill having already passed second reading in Ogun State.

A 2015 Global Terrorism Index pushed Fulani militants to the fourth position on the list of deadliest militant groups in the world with a record killing of 1,229 people in 2014 alone. Similarly, a 2017 research by SBM Intelligence said the death toll from pastoral conflicts had been rising from 2015 and stood at nearly 5,000, “rivalling the killings by Boko Haram insurgents per year.”


 
The Ekiti State House of Assembly had in August 2016 passed a bill criminalising open grazing to law. The anti-open grazing law recently passed by the Benue State government took effect on November 1, 2017, leading to the mass movement of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle out of the state.

Similarly, the Ogun State House of Assembly currently has a bill before it on animal rearing and grazing, which has passed second reading.

“The bill will soon get to the committee stage,” the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Oludare Kadiri, disclosed this to one of our correspondents on Friday.


Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption said the Federal Government had not swept under the carpet the case of officials involved in the scandalous reinstatement and subsequent promotion of the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina had been missing since news broke about his controversial return to the country after he was initially declared wanted in 2013 over corruption allegations.

President Muhammadu Buhari had also directed that he (Maina) should be sacked after public outrage trailed the news of his reinstatement.


 
But PACAC said in Abuja on Friday that the government officials who aided and abetted Maina were being investigated, urging Nigerians to exercise patience to allow the government to do a thorough job.

The PACAC Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), and the Executive Secretary of the committee, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, spoke about the issues while responding to questions raised during the committee’s interaction with stakeholders in Abuja.

They said that with the “huge” looted funds recovered under the  Buhari administration in the last two years, the government’s anti-corruption efforts had been extremely successful.

Sagay, who lashed out at critics of the anti-corruption efforts of the Buhari administration, vowed that he would not relent in attacking both the National Assembly members, for the huge remuneration accruable to them, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, for tolerating “monsters.”

Responding to a question on Maina, Sagay said, “On the issue of Maina, Maina has been sacked, what else do you want the President to do? He (Maina) has been sacked and those responsible for cuddling and pushing him are being investigated. That is the best that can be done.”

Speaking further on the issue, Owasanoye said the government should be given enough time to investigate the scandal.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The national shortage of life-saving snakebite drugs may be nearing its end as the anti-venom medications are billed to arrive Nigeria on Friday, Saturday PUNCH findings have revealed.

It was learnt from EchiTAb Study Group, a research group working with the Nigerian government to produce anti-venom drugs, that the medicines would arrive in the country by Friday evening and would be subsequently distributed to hospitals nationwide by Monday.

Over 91 victims of snakebite had died in the last four weeks in Plateau and Gombe states alone, following an acute scarcity of snake anti-venom drugs in the country.


 
The figure was based on the number of confirmed deaths from three snake treatment centres — General Hospital, Kaltungo, Ali Mega Pharmacy, Gombe and Comprehensive Medical Centre, Zamko, Plateau State.

But in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday, the Managing Director, EchiTAb Study Group, Dr. Nandul Durfa, said the drugs “will be arriving this (Friday) evening.”

“So, we will make sure, it gets to all the hospitals by Monday,” he added.

Durfa said the anti-venom drugs would have arrived in Nigeria since Wednesday, November 1, but for the shortage of aviation fuel used by the aircraft that was meant to make the delivery.

He said, “Production of anti-snake venom involves a serious process. It is different from the production of other drugs. It must go through the normal processing of injecting the venom into sheep, or horses, allowing it to mature, and taking the serum.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has said in its bid to grow the pharmaceutical sector and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy, it is set to support 150 pharmaceutical firms in the country for drug manufacturing. According to a statement, the PSN President, Ahmed Yakasai, stated this in his opening speech [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Tunde Ajaja The University of Lagos Alumni Association has named the schools Moremi Car Park after the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Rahaman Bello, as his parting gift. This was revealed on Thursday at an event to unveil plans to turn the park from its unpleasant state to an ultramodern facility. The National President [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Dr. Gani Adams, has urged the organisers of the recently held Southwest Stakeholders Education and Economic Development Summit, to host the programme in every state of the Southwest. In a statement by his Director of Media and Communications, Femi Adepoju, Adams said if the summit was [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Members of the Shiite group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, on Friday clashed with policemen after they reportedly attempted to march to the Unity Fountain, Abuja to hold a rally. The police were said to have fired tear gas canisters at the protesters, who stood their ground, with some of them allegedly stoning [] 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army has described the recent attacks on the civilian population by Boko Haram terrorists, using Improvised Explosive Devices, as a sign of desperation and weakness by the group. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. -Gen. Sani Usman, stated this in a statement while confirming the killing of two female suicide [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos A socio-cultural organisation, Berom Youth Moulders Association, has demanded the withdrawal of the Joint Military Task Force deployed to restore law and order in Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna states because of their alleged complicity in recent killings in the area. The members of the group were reacting to the killing of their [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A complainant, Mr. Abubakar Abdulkareem, has dragged former vice-chancellors of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali; Chief Imam of the school, Prof. Abdulganiyu Oladosu, and 13 lecturers from the institution before a magistrates court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. According to some documents sighted by our [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia A group, Transparency and Accountability Network in Nasarawa State, has raised the alarm over what it describes as the flouting of Section 190 of the 1999 Constitution by Governor Umaru Al-Makura for allegedly travelling out of the country without notifying the states House of Assembly. Coordinator of the group, Mr. Shettima Shitu, [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano Not less than 11 governors flew into the ancient city of Kano on Friday to witness the introduction ceremony between the daughter of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and son of his counterpart from Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Ganduje and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, had visited the Mallam Aminu International [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju and Leke Baiyewu The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday voided the suspension of the Senator representing the Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ndume. The Senate had through a letter, dated March 30, 2017, suspended Ndume for six months. Delivering the judgment in a suit filed by Ndume to challenge his suspension, [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba and Tunde Ajaja The Nigeria Labour Congress has accused Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, of planning to sack 30,000 workers including teachers, local government workers and other ministry employees. It said the move would deepen poverty in the state, noting that the objective of the government was to reduce the states workforce. Also, [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday fixed November 23, 2017, for hearing in a N1.8bn debt recovery suit filed by the Federal Government against two Nigerian businessmen, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore. The businessmen, the Federal Government claimed, benefited from some alleged shady transactions in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation by [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and the President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday deliberated on the investment opportunities for the state. Speaking at the first Alaghodaro Investment Summit themed, Envisioning the future, in Benin, the Edo State capital, Obaseki said the goal of his administration was [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Navy said on Friday that the military would deploy 20 new patrol boats in the South-South region to tackle oil theft and other maritime crimes in the region. Our correspondent learnt that the deployment was not unconnected to the threats by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume vandalisation of national [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The planned arraignment of the alleged notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, for the alleged murder of two persons was stalled on Friday, due to the failure of the prosecution to back the charge sheet with a valid proof of evidence. The presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, held that the charge sheet was [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Oladimeji Oladimeji and Tunde Ajaja The whistle-blower that gave information leading to the recovery of the sums of $43,449,947, 27,800 and N23,218,000, totalling N13bn, from Flat 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos has denied having being paid five per cent of the recovered sums. A lawyer, Yakubu Galadima, who claimed to be the counsel [] 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Government of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has encouraged the citizens of the state to key into all Federal Government initiatives aimed at agricultural development and food sufficiency in the country. Emmanuel said this while receiving a delegation of the Central Bank of Nigerias Presidential Monitoring Committee on Agriculture in respect of [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assured religious leaders and all Nigerians that his administration would address rising concerns of corruption, insecurity and injustices in various parts of the country. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President gave the assurance when he received [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Over 7,000 Anglican faithful from Nigeria and abroad will convene at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja for the seventh Divine Commonwealth Conference holding between November 13 and 17, 2017. In a statement, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Nicholas Okoh, said the programme was organised to seek Gods face in prayer. Stating that [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has clarified remarks credited to its Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, concerning the Ikoyi whistleblower on Thursday. Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Friday that Magu never said the whistleblower had been paid his compensation as being insinuated in a section of the [] 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
With the Anambra State governorship election exactly a week away, the battle for the state's number one seat is more intense among contestants. GBENRO ADEOYE and TONY OKAFOR write about the issues The final push for votes has begun among 37 political parties and their candidates, with just seven days left in Anambra State governorship [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The 2018 budget recently presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly lacks the capacity to grow the economy, the Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, and other stakeholders in the academia and industry have said. They said although the country was in dire need of growth given [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government and a consortium of three Chinese firms on Friday signed an agreement for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Plant worth $5.79bn. According to the government, the project which is being constructed in Taraba State is expected to be completed in six years. Funding for the [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Managing Director of 4Power Consortium Limited, Mr. Matthew Edevbie, has said that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company will distribute 150,000 meters to its existing consumers. He stated that the PHEDC was partnering the Akwa Ibom State Government on the state's metering project. Edevbie noted that the major component of the [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as some finance and economic experts, on Friday disagreed with the call by the International Monetary Fund that the Federal Government should stop granting tax waivers and exemptions to companies. The IMF had advised the Federal Government to urgently revisit tax holidays and [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Kunle Falayi and Chidiebube Okeoma Following allegations by an employee of Diamond Bank, Mrs. Vivian Dimgba, that a Catholic priest and Principal of Imo Girls College, Owerri, attempted to assault her over how she dressed, the school management has now denied the womans version of the story. It would be recalled that Dimgbas story trended [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri A former Commonwealth Light Weight Boxing champion, Peter Onyejiaka, has declared his intention to disown his second son, Chidi. Onyejiaka, popularly called Mama Clay, hails from Nsokpo in Ogbaku in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. He told Southern City that Chidi had formed the habit of beating him on daily [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The mother of the late Lawrenta Uloko, a final-year student of Auchi Polytechnic in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, who was killed by a stray bullet, has said she is still in shock over the death of her daughter. Mrs. Eunice Uloko told journalists that though her late daughter [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, on Friday paraded six members of a child trafficking syndicate arrested in Aba. Southern City News learnt that the suspects also work in collaboration with syndicates scattered in other South-East and South-South states who illegally sell stolen children to potential buyers. The syndicate, [] 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Hospital carried out abortion, told me it was appendectomy Mother Mum lied, we saved girl from ectopic pregnancy Doctor He filmed while sleeping with me, says victim Kunle Falayi If there is one thing that Mrs. B. regrets most in her life, it is the day she walked into the Royal Heritage Church, [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Kunle Falayi A 13-year-old girl has narrated how she was allegedly raped multiple times by her mistress husband, Mr. Ulonna Amaobi, at Iyana Iba, Lagos. Mary, an indigene of Jos in Plateau State, was taken to Nnewi, Anambra State, by her elder sister to find her a better life as their pastor father was financially [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Tunde Ajaja Mrs. Chidimma Elekwachi-Kalu sounded helpless and thoroughly heartbroken on Thursday evening. When she spoke with our correspondent on the phone, she tried to suppress the pain and agony, but she was overwhelmed. Barely two months after their wedding, her husband, Kingsley, lost one of his legs to a stray bullet fired by one [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Expectedly, artiste, Eedris Abdulkareem, wasnt going to keep quiet when Tuface Idibia called him out via his social media handle earlier in the week as he (Eedris) has blasted the singer, claiming he influenced Tufaces growth in the industry. Tuface had, in a series of tweets, responded to Eedris rants [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Nollywoods bad boy, Jim Iyke, has been linked with several women but in a chat with Saturday Beats, the actor revealed that the best relationship he had with the love of his life never made it to the pages of the newspaper. He said that although they were in love [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua One would think that being the daughter of one of the richest men on the continent would make anybody to be forever happy but that has not always been the case with Femi Otedolas daughter, DJ Cuppy. The ever-smiling disc jockey recently revealed that during the early stage of her [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Anyone who is familiar with popular musician, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, fondly referred to as Ruggedman, will know that he is not one to shy away from a fight. So, it did not come as a shock to many when the rap artiste decided to clap back at his colleague, Blackface, [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria on Friday ended the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers unbeaten after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Algeria in Constantine on Friday. A goal from Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, and a converted penalty from Yacine Brahimi ensured the two sides shared the points at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui. [] 

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Arsene Wenger says that the Football Association did not push hard enough to secure Arsenals Alex Iwobi for the England national team. As Standard Sport revealed when Iwobi made his competitive debut for Nigeria in March last year the FA made a late bid to secure the Arsenal forwards international future. The 21-year-old, who was [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Idris Adesina A former Director of Sports at the Lagos State Sports Council, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. The governor also appointed Babatunde Bank-Anthony as the new Director-General of the commission. Bank-Anthony was the former Executive Secretary of the [] 

Sat, 11 Nov 2017
English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. West Ham striker Sakho opened the scoring off a pass from Liverpool attacker Mane and both were involved in the move that led to a Thamsanqa Mkhize [] 

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