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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 NOVEMBER, 2017].


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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 15 November, 2017.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
National chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party have been warned against inducing delegates to the party’s national convention.

The convention holds in Abuja on December 9.

The party warned that any of the aspirants that bribed or induced delegates would be disqualified from contesting at the convention.


It added that any aspirant that violated the rules could still be disqualified on the day of convention.

But the party did not disclose how it would monitor the aspirants and their agents.

This was part of the peace accord signed by the aspirants at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Seven of the aspirants signed the accord.

The seven aspirants who endorsed the peace accord are Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Prince Uche Secondus, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Rashidi Ladoja, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Mr. Jimi Agbaje.

Only Chief Olabode George was absent from the event and he  was said to have secured the permission of the national leadership of the party to sign the document on Thursday.

The aspirants also vowed to support whoever emerged as the national chairman at the convention.

The accord read in part, “We will support whoever emerges amongst us as the National Chairman of our great party as long as the process is transparent, free and fair in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the party and guidelines of the elective national convention.

“No aspirant shall leave the party or encourage his or her supporters, promoters etc to do so, as a result of the outcome of the national chairmanship election at the elective national convention;

“Any breach of the 2015 zero expenditure policy of the party, which prohibits the use of monetary inducement including lodging of delegates and providing money for votes, shall not be tolerated in the 2017 national elective convention and shall be grounds for disqualification on or before the 9th of  December, 2017;

“Any aspirant/sponsor/supporter/financier, proven to have done anything contrary to the agreements reached herein and in circumstances that suggest the knowledge of the undersigned persons shall be disqualified from contesting the national chairmanship election.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Two women were on Tuesday arrested by the Special Military Task Force, codenamed Operation Safe Haven, for allegedly trafficking a four-day-old baby girl.

The suspects – Doris Egbufurum, 39; and Esther James, 40 – were said to have been arrested with the baby at Babale Gwam checkpoint, a boundary between Plateau and Bauchi states.

The Commander of Sector 1, Colonel Musa Etsu-Ndagi, who paraded the suspects, explained that they were arrested around 7.15pm on Monday by operatives of OPSH at the checkpoint after the duo boarded a commercial vehicle in Bauchi.


 
He said, “A passenger in the vehicle raised the alarm that she suspected that the baby with the two women was stolen because neither of them appeared to be her mother. The troops arrested them and investigation revealed that they bought the baby girl from one Mr. Abuna in Bauchi State for N300,000.”

He said the baby was in the military’s custody, adding that she was under the care of medical officers.

Etsu-Ndagi said the OPSH was making efforts to hand over the baby to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

He said, “NAPTIP does not have an office in Plateau State; their closest office is in Makurdi, Benue State.”

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday froze the sum of N350m found in the Stanbic IBTC Bank account of a company, AM-PM Global Network Limited, said to have links with the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

Justice Hadizat Shagari froze the company’s account following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC, in the ex parte application, claimed that its investigation revealed that the N350m was part of a sum of N1, 206,950,000, being proceeds of Patience’s unlawful enrichment kept in the company’s Diamond Bank account.


 
The anti-graft agency stated that it was in its desperate bid to dissipate the money that AM-PM Global Network Limited transferred N350m out the N1.2bn into an account it opened at the Walter Carrington, Victoria Island branch of Stanbic IBTC.

An operative of the EFCC, Musbau Yahaya, who deposed to a nine-paragraph affidavit in support of the ex parte application, averred that, “I know as a fact and I verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following facts: (a) That between the 20th day of June, 2012 and the 15th day of November, 2013, the respondent (AM-PM Global Network Limited)  fraudulently received a total sum of N1,206,950,000 into its Diamond Bank account No. 0026718889, being proceeds of unlawful enrichment derived by Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan, who was a permanent secretary appointed by the Bayelsa State Government.

“(b) That in a bid to dissipate the funds, the respondent opened account No. 0016971559 with Stanbic IBTC.

“(c) That out of the alleged proceeds of unlawful enrichment of Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan, the respondent transferred the total sum of N350,000,000 from its account in Diamond Bank to the account sought to be attached in a desperate move to dissipate the funds.

“(d) That we have traced the said N350,000,000 to the respondent’s account sought to be attached and the order of this honourable court is needed to instruct the bank to attach the account to prevent the dissipation of the funds.”

Moving the ex parte application on Tuesday, counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, begged Justice Shagari to order the freezing of the account in the interest of justice.

Justice Shagari granted same.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that the 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey but intercepted by the Nigeria Customs Service  on four different occasions in 2017 alone could be linked to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

This was part of the submission made by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent-Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, while opposing IPOB’s motion filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the court’s order proscribing it and designating it as a terrorist organisation.

The Federal Government disclosed this in a counter-affidavit filed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and which was deposed to by a litigation officer in the Department of State Services, Mr. Ayuba Adam.


 
Adam, who disclosed in the counter-affidavit that IPOB was a violent group pretending to be non-violent, said a Turkish citizen, Abdukadir Erahraman, visited Kanu sometimes in July 2017 when he was urging “Biafrans to rise up and fight a good fight for freedom.”

Drawing a link between the Turkish citizen’s visit to Kanu and the arms smuggled into Nigeria, the counter-affidavit added that the NCS had intercepted 2,671 rifles smuggled from Turkey in 2017 alone.

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The counter-affidavit read in part, “That a Turkish citizen, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, visited Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the respondent/applicant in Isiama Afara, Umuahia, Abia State sometimes in July 2017, and has been canvassing support for the secessionist agenda of the respondent/applicant. He also admonished Biafrans to rise up and fight a good fight for freedom.’

“That the Nigeria Customs Service had on four occasions this year intercepted pump action rifles totalling 2,671 illegally imported into the country. Copies of the report on arms smuggling is attached herewith and marked as Exhibit FGN 2A and 2B.”



Wed, 15 Nov 2017
President says Igbo, Nigeria are inseparable Olalekan Adetayo and Clement Nnachi President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the people of the South-East geopolitical zone not to buy into what he described as the senseless propaganda of secession. He said Nigeria and Igbo were inseparable. Buhari said this at the Abakaliki Township Stadium during [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday unanimously resolved to allow Senator Ali Ndume (Borno-South) to resume on Wednesday (today) from his six-month suspension by the chamber. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, made the announcement after an executive (closed-door) session held by the lawmakers. Ekweremadu [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday rejected the plea of a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, to travel abroad for medical treatment. Dudafa, who is being prosecuted for an alleged fraud involving N5.1bn, claimed to have sustained a spinal cord injury while in the [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned President Muhammadu Buharis support for the Kaduna State Governments planned sacking of about 22,000 teachers that failed competency test conducted by the government. The governor said by openly supporting the planned sacking of about 22,000 teachers in Kaduna State, the President had approved [] 

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Peace Corps of Nigeria on Tuesday urged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to respect the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja which held that its headquarters be unsealed. The PCN also asked the police to comply with the court ruling, stopping the force from harassing peace corps members. The [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate at plenary on Thursday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to approve Federal Governments plan to secure two external loans totalling $5.5bn. The approval followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts. The lawmakers however warned the Federal Government against the nations [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Moji Adeyeye, as the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The appointment was contained in a statement on Tuesday by Assistant Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mohammed Nakorji. According to [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has adjourned further proceedings till November 28 in the case of Mr. Abdullahi Alao a son of the late Ibadan business mogul, Arisekola who is being tried for alleged fuel subsidy scam of N1, 110,049,444.35. Alao and his company, Axenergy Ltd., are standing trial [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service of the Federal Government, on Tuesday met with Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), [] 

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday, sought a comprehensive review of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act to remove many lacuna in the law and strengthen the anti-graft war. Malami said a total repeal and re-enactment of the Act was what the [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday reserved its judgment on 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 three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, reserved judgment after [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said he will on Wednesday (today) sue the Federal Government following the injuries he sustained after falling into a manhole. Falana said this while delivering his speech at the National Stakeholders Summit on Whistle-blowing in Abuja on Tuesday. He said, I am sure you [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Tuesday, disclosed that reconstruction work would start on the Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway next week. Dangote said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting stakeholders around Apapa had with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was meant to [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Panic gripped passengers on a Medview Airlines flight coming from Lagos to Abuja on Tuesday as the plane could not land immediately due to outage at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The aircraft hovered in the air for about 10 extra minutes after the pilot announced that the plane was unable to [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi About 258 Nigerians were on Tuesday evacuated from Libya by the International Migration Organisation. The National Emergency Management Agency which received them, said 238 females were trafficked and were on their way to Europe but became stranded in Libya. The returnees who arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8:45pm, also [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Five organisations have expressed their willingness to support the annual Eti-Oni Cocoa Festival. The event, which is billed to start on November 28 and end on December 2 2017, holds at Eti-Oni, Atakumosa East LGA of Osun State. The Cocoa Festival is an initiative of the Eti-Oni Development Group to promote the revitalisation of the [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Joint Action Congress of the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Allied Institutions and the Non-Academic Staff Union of the Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geosciences on Tuesday called for the immediate removal of the Director of the institute, Dr. Umar Bamali. Leaders of SSAUTHRIAI and NASU, Ralph Ogunsanya and [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government has assured residents, whose houses will be affected by the expansion of the Apapa Road in the Oyingbo area of the state of adequate compensation. The government said the proposed expansion would give way for the construction of a bus terminus in fulfillment of the Smart City project embarked [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Many labourers narrowly escaped death in Gombe last Sunday when a truck laden with sacks of grains crashed near the Federal College of Education roundabout. Though no one died in the accident, many of the labourers, who were riding in the truck, sustained varying degrees of injury It was learnt that the truck was about [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A former Director of Finance in the Katsina State Subsidy Reinvestment Programme, Abdullahi Shinkafi, was arraigned on Tuesday for an alleged fraud of N600m. Shinkafi was arraigned alongside one-time Chief Store Officer in the office of Katsina State Head of Service, Bello Bindawa. The two ex-officials were arraigned on seven counts before [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Ojoma Kizito The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has trained 70 lawyers in the employ of the Lagos State Government in giving forensic-led evidence in courts. The institute said the training was pertinent to the opening of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, noting that the training would ensure diligent prosecution. The NITA team [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday signed a peace agreement as part of their commitments toward a successful and violent free national convention on Dec. 9. The National Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, at the occasion held at the partys national secretariat, Abuja, advised contestants in [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, said he was no longer comfortable standing for the November 18 governorship poll in the state. He said his life was in danger as far as the poll was concerned, stressing that his security details had been withdrawn. The governor said the withdrawal [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
APPREHENSION defined public reaction to threats by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume hostilities in the oil-rich region by bombing oil installations. The Federal Government, governors and opinion leaders from the region should see this development as an emergency to be faced squarely. Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and the leader of Pan Niger [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report A unit of Dangote Flour Mills, Dangote Noodles Limited, has sold two production lines to rival pasta maker, De United Foods Industries, for N3.75bn ($12.26m), the company said on Tuesday. De United said it had signed an agreement with Dangote Noodles to buy plants at its Ikorodu and Calabar factories. [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria's total debt stock rose by N8tn between September 2015 and September 2017, according to statistics provided by the Debt Management Office. The DMO said the country's total debt stock as of the end of September this year stood at N20.37tn, while the figure at the same period in 2015 stood at [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com Most of us are always on the lookout for ways to cut the amount of time we spend on mundane chores. One of the ways online banking has helped to free up our time is through the advent of automatic bill payment plans. You can set up automatic payment plans for utility, [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is aiming to generate of N311bn from privatisation of public properties and the sale of national assets next year to partly finance the 2018 budget. This is contained in the 2018 budget proposals submitted last Tuesday to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Chairman, Goddy Jidenma Foundation, Prof. Pat Utomi, has said that good leadership is important to driving economic development. He said this during a press conference on the 5th Goddy Jidenma Foundation Bi-annual Public Lecture with the theme, 'The challenge of economic growth in Nigeria', in Lagos. Utomi also stated that the foundation was promoting [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu The total number of new vehicle sold in Nigeria may not exceed 10,000 units at the end of the year, dropping from 50,000 units before the introduction of a new automotive policy in 2013. Local automakers and dealers stated this in Lagos on Tuesday and gave low purchasing power due to the economic [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The 53rd President of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Mallam Isma'ila Zakari, has called on the 1,519 newly inducted members of the institute to be open to learning by enrolling for the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education programme of ICAN. Zakari made the call at the 60th induction ceremony held at ICAN Centre, Amuwo [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Group Managing Director, Agile Communications and former President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, Rufai Ladipo, has said there is hardly any economy in the world that can prosper without healthy, competitive and flourishing small and medium-sized enterprises. Speaking at a press conference on the median edition of the SMEs Brands and Conference 2017 [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Forgo Battery Company Limited, Mr. Joseph Offorjama, has said the Federal Government is not sufficiently patronising indigenous auto companies, contrary to its campaign for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria products. He stated that the insufficient government's patronage for indigenous products was negatively affecting auto industry in the country. He [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioyewith agency report The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday sold dollars at N306 for the second time, after maintaining a level around 305/dollar on the official spot market for two months, traders said. The move was minor, to signal a change in foreign exchange policy, traders said, according to a Reuters report. The [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said governments and employers who fail to prioritise the welfare of the people will ruin their stewardships and the trust of the citizens. He also said that the state government was committed to training its workforce and developing human capital. According to a statement, the governor stated this [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday called on ministers of industry, trade and investment from the developing eight countries to fashion out workable strategies that would boost the level of industrial cooperation and economic integration among them. He said this while declaring open the sixth D-8 Ministerial Meeting in Abuja. The D-8 [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Overland Airways has announced the start of flight service from Abuja to Asaba, Delta State. The airline said it commenced the service from October 31, and that it would operate three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with Overland Airways ATR turboprop aircraft. 'Overland Airways is Nigeria's longest-serving most consistent scheduled [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh A university lecturer, Prof. Olufeyisan Feyi-Sobanjo, has called on managers to develop personal responsibilities in their places of work. 'They should demonstrate integrity and humanity, and observe the principles of human rights by avoiding all discriminatory practices, including those relating to race, sex, religion and politics,' he said. Feyi-Sobanjo, who is the Head, [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Board of Phillips Consulting Limited has appointed Mr. Robert Taiwo as the managing director. A statement obtained from the firm said that Taiwo would be reporting directly to the Executive Chairman, Mr. Foluso Phillips. It added that Taiwo would provide day-to-day leadership at the PCL and be responsible for the execution of strategy for [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu More than a month before the close of 2017, Nigeria has received the first batch of the 2018 edition of the face-lifted Hyundai Sonata. The new car was unveiled at the Lagos head office of Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Stallion Autos, last week with the hope of winning more fans [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The United States firm, American Express, has named Chief John Adebanjo the chairman of its Nigerian unit. American Express, also known as Amex, is a multinational financial services corporation headquartered in New York City. American Express provides innovative payment, travel and expenses management solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Adebanjo, who is also [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The Founder and Managing Director, Terragon Group, Elo Umeh, has made the 40under40 list of entrepreneurs by the IESE Business School from over 46,000 alumni across 129 countries. According to a statement obtained on Tuesday, through its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, it launched the 'IESE 40under40' programme, selecting 40 former students under 40 who have [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Experts and stakeholders in the Nigerian investment management industry will gather in Lagos next Tuesday to deliberate on how to adopt standards in the sector. The conference is said to be the first of its kind in a series of deliberations to entrench a market approach to the adoption of the standards, according to a [] 


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Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Messe Frankfurt of Germany has announced plans to extend its automobile after-sales show, Automechanika, to Nigeria, with the country's first exhibition fixed for Lagos this month. The representative of Messe Frankfurt in Nigeria, Mrs. Omonigho Itoya-Abanokwu, said in a statement that the Automechanika Dubai team would be in Lagos with other foreign manufacturers [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Lekan Sote lekansote@yahoo.com 08050220816 President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2018 budget proposals to a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives amidst claps of applause and hums of disagreement last week Tuesday. In real terms, the N8.612tn Budget of Consolidation is N5.74tn if you consider the roughly 33 per cent devaluation of [] 

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Jide Ojo Anambra State, fondly called the Light of the Nation, is set to witness the election of a new governor come next Saturday, November 18, 2017. The Independent National Electoral Commission had onFebruary 23rolled out the timetable for this coming election. That 10-month advance notice is now down to 72 hours before the D-Day. [] 

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