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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 14 November, 2017.

Tue, 14 Nov 2017

Eleven governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party quizzed all the eight National chairmanship aspirants of the party at their meeting in Enugu on Sunday, The PUNCH has learnt.

The meeting ended in the early hours of Monday.

The questioning was said to have taken place after a meeting that the governors and members of the party’s National Caucus had with the aspirants.


 
In attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, all the PDP governors, except that of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the state deputy governor.

Aspirants at the meeting were Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Uche Secondus, Tunde Adeniran, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Raymond Dokpesi and Rashidi Ladoja.

Also in attendance were the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; a former President of the Senate,  Adolphus Nwabara;  and former governors Gabriel Susuwan and Sule Lamido.

It was gathered that each aspirant was given 20 minutes to state his programmes for the party.

One of those at the meeting said after presentations, the governors asked each aspirant questions after which they were told to abide by the outcome of the election.

The party had fixed December 9, 2017, for the convention in Abuja, where national officers would also be elected.

At the Enugu meeting, The PUNCH gathered that the aspirants were asked how they would handle the issue of internal democracy in the party.

One of the aspirants, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “We were asked to present our manifesto.

“We were also asked about our programmes for the party and how we would handle the issue of internal democracy. We also spoke on how to generate funds for the party.

“Some of the governors also asked us how we would handle the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.”

It was gathered that the aspirants were later asked to come to the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Tuesday to sign the peace accord.

Five of the aspirants later proceeded to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where they were billed to address delegates to the convention.

Dokpesi, who was at the Enugu meeting, confirmed that the aspirants had been directed to sign the peace accord.

Asked if the issue of zoning came up at the meeting of the forum with the aspirants, Dokpesi said, “The party was explicit enough on the issue of zoning.”

He said while the party’s presidential ticket was zoned to the North, the position of chairman’s was zoned to the South without specific reference to states or geopolitical region.

“After the zoning principle, all the aspirants have agreed to work together. Anybody can contest,” he added.
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has said four cops were admitted to a hospital after being injured in a clash between the police and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan, on Monday.

The commissioner added that eight police vans were also damaged in the clash.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the students trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway around 6.30am, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, with many motorists forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.


 
It was learnt that the rector invited the police when the students, who were protesting against the school management, blocked the main road.

They were said to be calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, after a disagreement between Adenekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non -Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.

A lecturer in the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue had been on for more than one year.

She said, “There have been clashes between the provost and lecturers of the school. Some lecturers were suspended, while some claimed their allowances were withheld by the provost illegally.

“But this time, the students were expressing their grievances over the administrative style of the provost. They said the style of the provost triggered several strikes and unnecessary delay in the school’s academic calendar. They also called for the removal of the provost.”

While revealing that the police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash, Odude said there had been several meetings between the school authorities, the students and the police on how to resolve the crises in the school.

He said, “It has been an off and on situation. We have been on this for the past six months, meeting them and trying to resolve the issues. We have met the students’ union leaders and the school authorities.

“We told the students that they should limit their activities within the school because once you deprive others the use of a public facility, you are against the law. Today (Monday), they blocked the main road during their protest and we sent some policemen there. But they became violent and attacked the policemen.

“Four policemen were injured and they are now in the hospital. Eight police vans were damaged too. We had to use force to push them back into the school. That you are a student does not give you the liberty to break laws. Those who were arrested will be charged to court at the end of investigations.”

The students, however, claimed that the police shot at them during the protest with some of them sustaining gunshot injuries. They also said a lecturer was injured in the melee. 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the Federal Government does not want the whistle-blower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the N13bn in an Ikoyi apartment to run mad.

Sagay said the government believed he needed to be adequately counselled and this was the reason his commission was delayed.
 
The senior advocate said this during an interview with our correspondent on Monday.

Sagay said if the commission, which the whistle-blower claims is N860m, was given to him immediately; he probably would have squandered it within a month or two.

Sagay said, “What I gathered from my inquiry is that the man is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money. He is like someone who will almost run mental when he gets the money and will use it in an irresponsible manner, attracting not only undesirable people but even danger to himself.

“I think what they wanted to do for him was to provide counsellors. Not just counsellors for character and mental situation but counsellors who would be like consultants that would help him to really invest the money and plan in such a way that he doesn’t throw it away in five minutes.

“They are trying to help him. Nobody is denying him anything. They are trying to help him but he just misunderstands the intention and like everyone that has been deprived for a long time, he is so desperate to have it but from what I can see, if they just give him everything, it won’t last more than a month or two because so many people will start finding ways to get to him and taking their portions from him. So, they were just trying to help him but he became hysterical.”

Sagay hailed the Federal Government’s decision to pay the whistle-blower in tranches, adding that such a method of payment would deter him from spending it all at once.

The PACAC chairman said it was also the responsibility of the government to ensure that the whistleblower did not become a nuisance.

He added, “It is better to pay him in tranches. I agree with the government because if not, he will throw it away. This is valuable money that government could have used for millions of unemployed and wretchedly poor people.

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The Ebonyi State Police Command on Monday warned the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and political parties’ supporters against disruptive acts during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state on Tuesday.

IPOB had early on Monday asked President Buhari not to come to the South-East, which it referred to as ‘Biafraland,’ or else he would not leave the geopolitical zone alive.

However, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Titus Lamorde, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki, assured the people that the command was well equipped to deal with all forms of security challenges before, during and after the President’s visit.


 
According to Lamorde, any individual or group of persons that foment trouble before, during and after the visit would be severely dealt with, as people are advised to conduct themselves well.

“I will not disclose the number of personnel we have drafted for security reasons, but I assure citizens that enough personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure a hitch-free visit.

“The President’s visit is a welcome development as the citizens should cooperate with security agencies to make it a successful one,” he said.

He stated that his officers had been adequately trained to relate well with the citizens during the visit and advised people to conduct their activities within the confines of the law. 
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Samuel Ogbonna, a Nigerian student on scholarship stranded in the United Kingdom for want of sponsorship, shares his experience with CHUX OHAI Samuel Ogbonna, 24, is among 150 Nigerians studying in the United Kingdom on scholarships, who may be forced to return home before Christmas because their funding has been stopped by their sponsors. A [] 


Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos A member of the House of Representatives, Istifanus Gyang, has said that killer Fulani herdsmen should be profiled and classified by the Federal Government as insurgents and be treated like the Boko Haram members. Gyang, representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, stated this in an [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency has told the people of the South-East that President Muhammadu Buharis administration has been fair to them, contrary to the claims by some people that they had been marginalised. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an opinion article he wrote [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday backed the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufais planned sacking of 21,780 teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government. Buhari made his position known at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria. The [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has indicated its intention to amend the charges it filed against Mr. Dele Belgore (SAN), who it accused of laundering N450m. The anti-grant agency alleged that Belgore collected the N450m from the sum of $115.01m, which a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, allegedly doled [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Miyeti Allah Kautal Hor, on Monday in Kaduna, described the anti-open grazing law passed in some states as a time bomb. The association, which rose from its North-West zonal meeting in Kaduna, argued that the anti-open grazing law was an attempt to destroy herders means of livelihood. The [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The proscribed Indigenous People People of Biafra on Monday justified its agitation for Igbos self-determination. It maintained in a paper it filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday that the Federal Government fraudulently obtained the order proscribing it and designating it as a terrorist group. The group stated that [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, who was charged with unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000, has asked for the transfer of his case to another judge. Nganjiwas lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), said on Monday that his client was afraid he would not get [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The University of Ibadan held its 2015/2016 convocation ceremony on Monday with 186 students finishing in the first class category. History was also made as Ozibo Ekele emerged the first student of the Department of History to bag a first class since the foundation of the institution. Ekele graduated with a cumulative [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has visited ailing former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, in London where he is currently receiving medical attention. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. Although he did not disclose [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
NEW Golden Eaglets coach Abdul Maikaba claims he did not apply for the national U17 teams coaching job. The Nigeria Football Federation on Saturday named the Akwa United manager as coach of the Eaglets. Maikaba, who helped his Uyo side win the 2017 Aiteo Cup, said he applied for the U20 coaching job but will [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Court of Appeal in Abuja will today (Tuesday) hear the appeal filed by the Federal Government to challenge the acquittal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Federal Government on June 22, 2017 filed an 11-ground notice of appeal against the June 14, 2017 [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Monday said his administration had disbursed about N1bn to 500 small holder farmers and 40 commercial farmers in the state. Speaking at the opening of the second Harmony Agriculture International Fair on Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, he said the small holder farmers were [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Patients and members of staff of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, experienced difficulty in gaining entry into the hospital premises on Monday morning after security men and cleaners at the facility embarked on strike, locking the two gates leading to the hospital. Our correspondent learnt that the workers were protesting against the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says the certificates of occupancy and building plan approval being issued to applicants under the states Homeowners Charter programme are authentic. Amosun disclosed this during the 23rd edition of the presentation of land title documents to another batch of beneficiaries at the Obas Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta on Monday. Amosun, [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday remanded in Suleja Prison, Niger State, a former aide to a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and two other officials for allegedly diverting the states N16.6bn. The Attorney-General of the Federations office, which filed nine counts against the defendants, alleged that the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have passed the Bill for the establishment of the Lagos State Cooperative College into law. The Acting Chairman, Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Oladele Adekanye, said the move would further enhance cooperative activities in the state. Adekanye, in a statement on Monday, added that [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says policy analysts employed by the state are expected to assist the government in solving its problems and challenges. The governor spoke on Monday at the training for civil servants, titled, Policy Analysis, Development and Implementation for Policy Analysts and Developers in the Lagos State Public Service, [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The police in Ekiti State have arrested no fewer than 20 persons for a violent protest carried out by some youths in Aiyegbaju Ekiti, a major town in the Oye Local Government Area of the state. The protest happened between Saturday and the wee hours of Sunday. Trouble began in the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Teams of Iranian rescuers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing at least 421 people and injuring thousands. The 7.3-magnitude quake rocked a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday, the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The British government will offer parliament a take it or leave vote on any final EU departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced Monday. Daviss move was seen as an attempted concession to Conservative rebels who may defy the government this week by voting against separate Brexit legislation transferring existing EU laws to Britain. However, [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buharis attendance, late last month, at the ninth summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, entrenched the Nigerian governments disconcerting penchant for mixing governance with religion at all levels. Though couching its goals in economic aspirations, the D-8 remains an exclusive club of Islamic countries. Since Nigerias constitution expressly forbids the promotion [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko and Tony Okafor The Anambra State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission was thrown into pandemonium on Monday following an alleged discovery of a substance suspected to be a bomb. The scare is coming five days to the governorship election in the state scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017. The proscribed Indigenous [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja A fresh bill seeking legal backing for the use of card reader as a voting device has been slated for debate and possible passage for second reading this week by the House of Representatives. The debate, which will start on Wednesday, is on a bill to amend the Electoral Act, 2010 to [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, and a former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, are locked in a war of words over alleged encouragement of criminal activities in the state. Dickson, on Sunday, faulted a claim by the Timipre Sylva Media Office accusing him (Dickson) of plotting to orchestrate a [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A former Acting Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Larry Odey, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Odey, who was also the Speaker of the state House of Assembly until June 2015, defected alongside a former deputy state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Fidelis Egoro. The [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Theophilus Onojeghen The Federal Government on Monday announced that it had recovered $64.63m electricity debt from the Republics of Benin and Niger. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company has been directed to work out the modalities for the distribution of the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Femi Asu More than two dozen Nigerian crude oil cargoes were left unsold on Monday amid a supply glut of light sweet crude in the market. Reuters reported that tenders to buy oil from companies in India and Indonesia helped to absorb some excess, but there were roughly 30 unsold Nigerian cargoes and a handful [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Abiodun Doherty Buying your first property will be one of the most demanding decisions that you will make. The decision as to what to buy, where to buy, how to buy and when to buy with all the issues that comes with these decisions can be overwhelming for a first timer. Many people cannot successfully [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Securities and Exchange Commission has expressed concern over the bloating domestic bond market, which appears to be crowding the investment space and hampering growth of other investment instruments. As at August 2017, the market capitalisation of Nigeria's domestic bonds market stood at N7.4tn, representing a growth of 11.5 per cent from August [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
The Chairman, Edo Investment Summit, Mr. Asue Ighodalo, has described the state as Nigeria's best kept secret in driving growth and development in a post-oil economy. Ighodalo, who is also the chairman of Sterling Bank, made this known at the maiden edition of the Edo Investment Summit in Benin, the state capital. He explained that [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi with agency report The global airline industry has $1.2bn blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. An IATA official, Adefunke Adeyemi, told Reuters [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Meristem Securities Limited has facilitated another deal for Dangote Cement Plc, which attracted another set of foreign investors who staked over N27bn on about 128.992 million units of the cement company's shares on Monday. The transaction lifted the overall value of trading in the market to N30.023bn as 336.335 million shares were traded in 3,778 [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has continued its sustenance of foreign exchange liquidity by injecting another $195m into the inter-bank foreign exchange market, even as the naira maintains its strength. The $195m intervention was made on Monday. Figures released by the bank showed that it offered the sum of $100m to the wholesale [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
A former deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee of the House of Representatives, Abayomi Ogunnusi, has advised the Federal Government to adjust the oil benchmark adopted for the 2018 budget proposals from $45/ barrel to $48/barrel, in order to reduce the budget deficit and borrowing. Ogunnusi recalled that as an ex-member of the House, the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday called on the Federal Government to release more funds for the implementation of capital projects contained in the 2017 budget. The chamber lamented the slow implementation of the 2017 budget, noting that there was a need for the government to make funds available [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Power distribution companies are going to start paying interest on the debt they owe the electricity Market Operator since the commencement of the Transitional Electricity Market in January 2015, the Federal Government has declared. It was gathered that the government, through the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company, had started adding up the [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
When a fixed deposit matures, you have got options. So what is the best thing to do with money that is newly available from your fixed deposit' You have got short window of time ' often 10 days or so ' to decide what to do and provide instructions to your bank. Doing nothing usually [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has commended MasterCard and Youth for Technology Foundation, an international non-for-profit organisation, on the Nigeria launch of the Girls4Tech initiative. The Girls4Tech initiative is MasterCard's signature education programme designed for young girls with the goal of inspiring them to build skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market, on Monday, appreciated by N66bn as Forte Oil Plc, Okomu Oil Palm Plc and NEM Insurance Nigeria Plc emerged as the top three gainers. A total of 336,335 million shares valued at N30.023bn were traded in 3,778 deals. Forte Oil shares rose to N47.97 from N44.10, gaining N3.87 (8.78 [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Economic Community of West African States Commission, in collaboration with the European Union, on Monday agreed to commence the implementation of a regional accreditation standards that would assist to address the issue of quality of products within the West African sub-region. The decision was taken at the end of a workshop [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Azuka Onwuka The tithe debate kick-started by the radio presenter known as Daddy Freeze is causing ripples in the Nigerian church. It has done one big thing among Christians: It has reduced the fear that has enveloped Christians for decades the fear ingrained in them not to question whatever is said by the spiritual [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Niyi Akinnaso Over a decade ago, four young men Fred Swaniker (Ghana), Chris Bradford (USA), Acha Leke (Cameroon), and Peter Mombaur (Germany/South Africa) critically examined the African situation and were appalled by the poverty of leadership across various sectors, including politics, business, education, health care, and the environment. I have spent more time [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com The Nigerian Stock Exchange under the auspices of the Securities and Exchange Commission in its attempt at deepening the Nigerian capital markets recently introduced a new layer of financial trading known in larger exchanges around the world as derivatives. It is a form of trading usually seen in more advanced economies because [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Raymond Oise-Oghaede As the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 18 is around the corner, it is not surprising that the various political parties are still combing every nook and cranny of the state in their last minute efforts to convince the people for support and votes. While the candidate of the ruling All [] 

Tue, 14 Nov 2017
There is a community in Nigeria where a ceremony holds whenever a woman gives birth to her ninth child in a marriage. The husband of the woman, by the demands of tradition, presents a cow to his in-laws thanking them that the daughter they gave to him in marriage has rewarded him with nine children! [] 


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