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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 12 November, 2017.


Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said he escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and a group of soldiers attacked his convoy.

A statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, alleged that the security agents who attacked Wike’s convoy were in the motorcade of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

It noted that the  convoy was attacked on Saturday afternoon at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road in the state capital, while Wike was on a project inspection tour.



“The SARS personnel and soldiers in the minister’s convoy mowed down the governor’s escort rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.

“Mr. Seimeikumo Debewari, Aide-De-Camp to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, supervised the attack, which led to the damage of cameras held by journalists.

“Mr. Debewari is the same police officer who assaulted members of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the fracas of 2014. Also, the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorede, who received the minister of transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport and accompanied him on his trip, took part in the attack,” the statement claimed.

It, however, pointed out that Wike continued with his project inspection after the incident, and that the governor was not injured in the attack.

“The minister of transportation had over 50 SARS personnel, soldiers and mobile policemen in his motorcade.

“However, while the SARS officers stepped down to assault the security personnel of the governor, the soldiers remained in their vehicle watching the scene,” the statement added.

Reacting, Amaechi said Wike’s security details pulled guns on him and vandalised his car.

The minister, who spoke through a statement issued by his Media Office, described the governor’s claim as a blatant lie, insisting that he (Amaechi) was the person that escaped assassination.

The statement said, “In a blatant show of naked raw power, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, this afternoon narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. His car wasn’t that lucky though. The car was vandalized and left with a broken side mirror.

“The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis. The minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon (Saturday).

“Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the minister’s black SUV was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security motorcycle outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through. One of the two cars conveyed security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt.

“Suddenly, security men attached to Wike’s convoy surrounded the minister’s car, threatening to shoot him. They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, windows and broke a side mirror. All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm inside the fortified vehicle. Wike also stayed inside his vehicle.

“The minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on the ground to protect him in Port Harcourt.

“However, when Governor Wike got to the point where the incident occurred after Amaechi’s vehicle had gone, his security men blocked the road again, and thoroughly beat up a policeman attached to Amaechi in Port Harcourt. The policeman’s rifle was also taken from him.” Wike was reported to later come out of his car, with his security team, went to Amaechi’s convoy and abused the occupants.

Reacting, the State Police Public Relations Officer,  Mr.  Nnamdi Omoni,  said there was no attack on the governor,  describing the incident as a mere altercation between the governor’s security details and those of the Minister.

Omoni, however,  disclosed that the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Zaki,  had ordered that policemen involved in such altercation should be arrested.

“There was no attack on the governor.  What happened was that the governor and the minister’s convoys ran into each others and there was an altercation. The State Police Commissioner has intervened and ordered the arrest of policemen involved in the act,” Omoni stated.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Yakubu Galadima, the lawyer of the whistleblower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) recovered from an Ikoyi apartment, says his client is prepared to sue the Federal Government for fraud if he is not paid his money soon.

Galadima said this during an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday.

He told SUNDAY PUNCH that he was disappointed in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as it had failed to keep its promise regarding the payment of commission on recovered loot.



When asked if he would sue the government, he said, “That is one of the options but we have many options.”

He added, “Before now I had a discussion with Alhaji Lai Mohammed who directed me to speak with a lady in the office of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Tolu Kasali. I had a discussion with her and she told me that she would see what the government could do about it.

“My client’s concern is that time is of the essence. The guy wants to relocate from the country. There is no time and his life is in danger. He is jobless at the moment. He is not doing anything right now and in fact he is a burden on me.”

The lawyer said his client had also suffered psychological trauma caused by the Federal Government’s inaction.

He further berated the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for saying the commission was counselling the whistleblower as he is “now a millionaire.”

When contacted, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said his panel would look into the matter. 
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017
When US President Donald Trump and other world leaders meet in the Philippines from Sunday, copying their controversial hosts signature fist salute could land them in hot water. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has adopted a clenched fist, often stuck out in front of his chest or sometimes at eye level, as his trademark gesture. Duterte [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
John Charles A 56-year-Fulani herdsman, Mohammed Abdulkadire, jumped into River Benue in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The National Coordinator of Miyietti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Benue State chapter, Garus Gololo, who spoke to our correspondent on Saturday, said the deceased committed suicide after he lost [] 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has said that there is no law that prevents him from marrying a serving female police officer. He challenged the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, who accused him of having an affair with a junior female colleague, to prove him otherwise. Idris [] 

Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba The World Internal Security and Police Index International has rated the Nigeria Police Force as the worst police organisation in the world. WISPI, in its 2016 report, described the NPF as the worst globally in terms of its ability to handle internal security challenges. The report showed that Singapore performed best on the [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has said the regulator may change its monetary policy stance next year from the current tightening position to an easing stand that will see the benchmark interest rate come down from the current 14 per cent. This, it believes, will open an avenue for more loans at lower [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Public Complaints Commissioner, overseeing Benue State, Abubakar Tsav, has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, to intervene in halting the rising incidences of assassination in the state. Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, made the appeal in a letter he wrote to [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude A 20-year-old housewife, Samsiya Hassan, has been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly dumping her one-day-old baby boy in a pit toilet, resulting in his death six days later. Hassan, however, told journalists on Friday evening at the commands headquarters that she did not know that what came out of [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen The Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress has faulted allegation that the body was responsible for the last month botched meeting of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, saying PANDEF no longer enjoys peoples trust in the region. The group said it was now saddled with the responsibility of leading talks on behalf of the [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Bayo Akinloye The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has thrown his weight behind his deputy and former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, following allegations that she was involved in illegal trade of timber in Nigeria. The Environmental Investigation Agency had claimed in its latest report that the former minister might have been a beneficiary of [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the wife of the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, has been tipped as the next Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Sunday PUNCH can confirm. Impeccable sources told our correspondent on Saturday that Federal Government officials had informed Mrs. Adeyeye, a [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Motunrayo Joel The Founder of Women in Successful Careers, Amina Oyagbola, has called on private and public companies to create a workable platform where women can excel and attain greater heights in their jobs, as they attend to family duties. She said women who were unable to manage their careers and family responsibilities ended up [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has vowed to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from Monday. The decision was the outcome of the National Executive Council meeting of ASUP held on Saturday at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State, ChannelsTV reported. The industrial action follows the failure of the Federal Government to implement all [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and several other prominent Christians in Kaduna State, on Saturday, inaugurated a new Christian organisation, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians. Delegates from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory attended the event. Gowon, on the occasion, [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has called on his successor and incumbent governor, Simon Lalong, to suspend his foreign trip and return home to tackle the growing insecurity in the state. Jang, representing Plateau North in the Senate, was reacting to the Tuesdays shooting of nine persons at Rim Diyan [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Gibson Achonu The President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has said quality education is the surest way to fight poverty in Africa and ensure the unity of the continent. Sirleaf stated this on Friday at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa, Owerri, the Imo State capital, during a two-day visit to the state. She [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Gibson Achonu A former Minister of Education, Professor Chinwe Obaji, has called for an amendment to the Universal Basic Education Act to make room for better funding of unity schools in the country. Obaji made the call on Friday in a paper entitled, Unity schools: Reinventing the wheel, which she delivered at the 40th anniversary [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, met on Saturday to discuss critical issues affecting the Niger Delta region. The meeting focused on the state of security especially the breakdown of law and order in some areas and the escalating tension in the oil-rich region. The meeting followed [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, reiterated the vision of the Federal Government to encourage a private-sector driven economy as a major factor for the countrys growth and prosperity. Osinbajo disclosed this shortly before performing the ground-breaking ceremony of the N200bn Benin multi-product industrial park in Iyanomo, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, on Saturday, said the Nigerian military was determined to suppress the activities of militants and other maritime crime in the Niger Delta region. Olonisakin stated this while inaugurating military equipment, consisting of 20 new 400-horsepower gunboats, procured by the Nigerian Navy, of which 16 were [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju The Federal Government has admitted that last years arrest of some judges for alleged corrupt practices by the Department of State Services and their ongoing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation are controversial moves. It noted that the drastic action by [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has approved an increase of N5bn as take-off grant for the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta, from N2bn earlier announced. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, made this disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. Usani said the presidential approval for the N5bn budget allocation was based on [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board Charmed by tales of fantasy, Nigerians are migrating to Europe in droves, seeking the proverbial greener pastures. A few manage to squeeze through the maze, but for many others, the journey often ends in disaster. In a tragic toss of the coin, the corpses of 26 Nigerian women were recovered on Monday [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The All Progressives Congress candidate in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, Tony Nwoye, tells TONY OKAFOR that his age and grass-roots appeal will make the electorate prefer him to his opponents Why do you think your opponents do not deserve to become the next governor of Anambra State' When (Governor Willie) Obiano [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress need to be rejuvenated for Nigeria's democracy to be strong. Obasanjo, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, made the observation when he received one of the PDP national chairmanship aspirants, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, in this interview with TONY OKAFOR, says the police have the capacity to deal with any troublemaker before, during and after the November 18 governorship election How would you describe policing in Anambra State in the last three months that you assumed duty here' Policing here [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu Mrs. Elizabeth Omotosho, the 71-year-old mother of the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, has been freed by her abductors. Her daughter, Titilayo, in a text message to some close members of the family, said the septuagenarian walked home on Friday night. She said, 'We have found my mum. She [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and members of the national caucus will meet in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, this week to review the forthcoming convention of the party SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the governors will review the report of the committee, headed by Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Ted Odogwu The Kano State Government has constituted a 28-member committee, headed by Sule Yahaya Hamma, to articulate the state's position on restructuring and 'true federalism.' Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, while inaugurating the committee at the Government House in Kano, explained that the panel 'is mandated to generate ideas and recommendations, which reflect the views and [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday, said the South-East National Assembly Caucus would engage in a fresh push for the passage of a bill that seeks to establish the South-East Development Commission. The proposed commission will receive and manage funds from the Federation Account for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, explains to TONY OKAFOR why he is the best candidate in the November 18 governorship poll in Anambra State Why do you think other candidates don't deserved to be the next governor of Anambra State' To start with, none of the other candidates have [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Mr. Kayode Tejuoso, the embattled husband of a Lagos State House of Assembly member, Funmilayo Tejuoso, explains to BAYO AKINLOYE how armed security men, allegedly acting on the orders of the Lagos State Government, invaded his Ikeja GRA home and forcibly evicted his family and took over the property You issued a press statement accusing [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze, tells TONY OKAFOR that his rich manifesto will work for him in the November 18 governorship poll Why do you think your opponents don't deserve to be the next governor of Anambra State' It is a matter of perspective. Personally, I don't [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The announcement by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, that cargoes from Lagos ports would be taken to Papalanto, a transit terminal in Ogun State, through the narrow-gauge rail line after their clearance, has generated reactions from agents and importers. Amaechi said during the World Maritime Day celebrations that the Federal Government [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
New financial services' needs in Nigeria are driving innovations by banks and market regulators, writes STANLEY OPARA Current innovations in the country's financial market space are helping players to unleash creative juices while taking advantage of emerging technologies. Customers' changing lifestyles and financial services needs have and will continue to influence and shape how banks [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA) A number of African countries have made progress in the digital space by expanding Internet connectivity. However, various reports have indicated that more still needs to be done. This is in view of a continental comparative analysis that shows Africa lagging behind other continents. This is the case especially in [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, Dr. Ibrahim DanAzumi, says indigenous production of technology is crucial to the economic development of the country. He spoke with IFEOLUWA OGUNFUWA What is the country losing as a result of non-patented innovations' Patenting of innovations is to protect the innovation. It is one of the [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government is undecided about routing electricity distribution investments through the power distributors operating in the country despite that it owns 40 per cent stake in each of the 11 distribution companies. It, however, stated that it was interested in the well-being of the power distribution firms and urged the Discos to [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Femi Asu The volume of natural gas flared by oil and gas companies in the country has hit its highest level in more than a year, as it increased to 27.4 per cent in August. Latest data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation showed that a total of 28.51 billion cubic feet was flared in [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara As of August 2017, the market capitalisation of Nigeria's domestic bonds market stood at N7.4tn, representing a growth of 11.5 per cent from a year earlier when the figure was estimated at N6.64tn. Data obtained by our correspondent also showed that the market capitalisation of the debt capital market accounted for 37 per [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa Over 30 government agencies and parastatals are yet to migrate from their international and local domain names to gov.ng domain, investigation has revealed. As of November 2, 2017, checks by our correspondent on the web portals of these regulatory bodies and government establishments showed that many still had the .ng, .org or .com [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Federal retirees have called on the Federal Government to urgently pay their outstanding 18 per cent of the 33 per cent pension increase. Some officials of the National Union of Pensioners, who spoke with our correspondent, stated this after the organised labour and the Federal Government had agreed to set up a committee [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Anna Okon Nigeria has emerged number six among over 150 countries ranked by the World Bank on the basis of the ease of access to credit for the Small and Medium Enterprises. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment/Secretary to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, stated [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Sonala Olumhense I wholeheartedly applaud the decision of Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai to fire nearly 22,000 of his teachers and replace them with tested ones. The decision followed a process in which two of every three teachers could not pass a Primary Four competency test. On Twitter last Thursday, the governor published some of [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Seni Adetu I am increasingly having to deal with questions relating to career moves by mid-level and senior managers. Top on the list of my FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) is what do I need to watch out for when making a career move' Ill share my thoughts on this today, but ahead of that, lets [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Kaine Agary With reports of over 21,000 of 33,000 primary school teachers in Kaduna failing recent assessment tests, one must wonder about the future of education in Nigeria. This is not the first time that we are receiving reports that teachers in Nigeria have woefully failed assessment tests. The problem of quality of teachers is [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Minabere Ibelema What is better for a divided polity: that only some segments are dissatisfied or that all are dissatisfied' In other words, if there is going to be dissatisfaction, is it better for a polity if no sides believe that they are getting their fair share' This is an important question because the political [] 
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Onoshe Nwabuikwu Every once in a while, a show/programme comes on air and is very well-received by viewers. Naturally, they hope good shows continue to run for a very long time. However, and rather unfortunately, the decision to keep a show running in Nigeria isnt just dependent on whether its loved by viewers or not. [] 

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