NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 NOVEMBER, 2017].


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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 17 November, 2017.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The Zimbabwean’s President, Robert Mugabe, has refused to resign after a military coup, insisting that he remains the only legitimate ruler of the country.

But pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old former guerrilla to accept offers of a graceful exit, sources said on Thursday.

A political source, who spoke to senior allies holed up with Mugabe and his wife, Grace, in his lavish “Blue Roof” Harare compound, said Mugabe had no plans to resign voluntarily ahead of elections scheduled for next year.
 
“It is a sort of stand-off, a stalemate. They are insisting the President must finish his term,” Reuters quoted the source as saying.

The army’s takeover signalled the collapse in less than 36 hours of the security, intelligence and patronage networks that sustained Mugabe through 37 years in power and built him into the “Grand Old Man” of African politics.

A priest mediating between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in what they called a targeted operation against “criminals” in Mugabe’s entourage, has made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters.

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Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, called for Mugabe’s departure “in the interest of the people,” in a statement read to reporters, Tsvangirai pointedly referred to him as “Mr. Robert Mugabe,” not President.

The army appears to want Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice-president who Mugabe sacked last week, triggering the political crisis.

The main goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe from handing power to his wife, Grace, 41 years his junior, who has built a following among the ruling party’s youth wing and appeared on the cusp of power after Mnangagwa was pushed out.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.

He said although the administration had achieved a lot in the two years of its existence, too many Nigerians were still too poor to be ignored.

Tinubu made the call in his keynote address at the public presentation of a book, “Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity” at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The 360-page book is a mid-term scorecard of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration authored by the Presidential Media Team.

The former Lagos State governor said though the present administration worked hard to fix the country, it must recognised the situation of millions of people who had been denied for a long time and were still suffering.

He said, “True, much good has been done by this government to ignore. However, too many of our people remain too poor and put-out to ignore as well. Daylight comes but not yet to all and not in equal measure.

“Due to the neglect of prior governments, our economy was not allowed to blossom in a way that offered jobs to the poor and empowered the common man.

“Where prosperity should have stood, poverty was erected. Where progress should have been established, stagnation assumed residence.  We are trying hard to escape this deep hole.

“While we work towards this good end, we must recognise the situation of millions of our people. Wrongfully denied for so long, they suffer still. But we ask them to take heart. Don’t forfeit hope. Understand that tomorrow will not be as the past when what was built and bought was not intended for you.

“What we are now building, is meant for you. This is your government and you will be the beneficiaries of its policies and programmes. You are no longer the forgotten. You are the hope and promise of a nation and its future.

“As this government implements its economic plans, the griping poverty you have long suffered will give way and ultimately turn into the fertile progress and prosperity that only good governance can bring. We do this with a sense of urgency!”

Tinubu said the country was racing against unrelenting time and that a time would come when the nation’s oil would lose its value and would become “merely liquid beneath our feet.”

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
No fewer than nine persons lost their lives on Thursday to a road accident at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, and a train crash in the Fagba area of Lagos State.

While the Kara incident was a multiple accident involving 16 vehicles, the Lagos crash involved a train which rammed into a truck.

Five fatalities were said to have been recorded in the road crash, while four persons, who hanged on the front side of the train, were crushed to death.


 
Over 20 persons sustained injuries and were rushed to different hospitals in both accidents.

A truck driver, who was involved in the Ogun road crash, said he escaped unhurt after jumping into a bush before his vehicle plunged into a canal under the Kara bridge.

PUNCH Metro learnt that a diesel-laden truck had spilled some of its content while plying on the expressway outwards Lagos. It left without any incident.

Shortly afterwards, another speeding truck reportedly slipped and rammed into a bus when the truck driver slammed on the brakes.

It was learnt that 14 oncoming vehicles, including a bus conveying a large number of bananas, crashed into one another in quick succession.

The crashes, which occured around 6am, caused a traffic jam on the expressway and extended inwards Lagos, including Ojota and Ogba areas.

Many commuters going to their various places of work were held in the gridlock. They disembarked from commercial vehicles and resorted to trekking.

It took combined efforts of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Ogun State, and men of the Nigeria Police Force to clear the wreckage.

The traffic was eased around 10am.

One of the survivors, who identified himself only as Abubakar, a truck driver, said he was heading for Ibadan, Oyo State, when he ran into the multiple crashes.

The Kano State indigene said, “It just finished raining that time and the road was wet. On getting to Kara, I suddenly ran into the accident and applied the brakes. When I discovered the truck was falling into the canal, I jumped into the bush.

“I thank God I was not injured. I later observed that there was diesel on the road. A lot of vehicles were involved. Some people died and several others were injured in the legs, heads and other parts of the body.” 

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Niyi Odebode and Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N1.3bn on their numerous trips in 2018. The figure was part of the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill the President presented to the National Assembly last week. According to the details, the two Nigerian leaders will spend N968.4m on their [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The trial of five men who were accused of unlawful importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country opened on Thursday before the Federal High Court in Lagos, with the first prosecution witness telling the court how he turned down an N8m bribe allegedly offered to him by the defendants. The witness, Abdulahi [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Thursday restrained the Senate from investigating the allegations of corruption and unethical practice levelled against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Justice Abba Bello Mohammed in a ruling, granted an order of interim injunction temporarily stopping the probe pending the [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday re-arraigned a former governor of Niger State, Babaginda Aliyu, for an alleged fraud of N2bn. Aliyu was arraigned alongside a former Niger State Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, before the Federal High Court in Minna. The duo were arraigned on eight charges bordering on [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu and Olaleye Aluko The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has so far been able to recover over N23bn based on the report it received from the wanted Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina. However, two civil-society organisations Campaign for Democracy and the Centre for Anti-Corruption [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to take only half of his salary was what made him (the Vice-President) to do same. He said he also failed in his attempt to convince Buhari to donate the half salary he rejected to him (Osinbajo). Osinbajo said this [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja has granted leave to a lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, to proceed against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, in his quest to compel the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to probe and arrest Baru. [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ramon Oladimeji A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Rickey Tarfa, has filed a no-case submission in response to the criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The EFCC arraigned Tarfa last year on 27 counts bordering on alleged bribery and attempt to pervert the course of justice. Tarfa has been [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Thursday explained its decision to approve the $5.5bn loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari. It said lawmakers had confidence in Buhari to spend the money judiciously to ensure that the countrys economy did not relapse into recession again. The House had approved the loan on Tuesday, at [] 


Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Thursday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the order made on May 30,2017 freezing her 16 separate bank accounts with the cumulative sums of $5.8m and N3.5 bn. As her grounds of the application, she contended that courts [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he had resolved to pay back the goodwill Nigerians extended towards him during his recent health challenge by protecting their interests with all the energy at his disposal. He restated his administrations commitment to improving security, fighting corruption and restructuring the economy. Buhari spoke at the [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has invited the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, in connection with the investigation into the reinstatement of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. An ad hoc committee of the House chaired by [] 

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The All Progressives Congress on Thursday dismissed allegations against the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and his counterpart in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Nguru Usani, for masterminding the recent threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume hostility in the Niger Delta region. The party said [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has called on human resources managers in the private sector to curb the use of casual workers and ensure that workers are given full employment and equal opportunities. Ngige said this at the 49th annual national conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has concluded plans to begin work on the 2018 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who made the announcement at the plenary session on Thursday, urged legislators interested in participating in the debates scheduled to hold on the Wednesday and Thursday to begin their registration on [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The arrest of an 83-year-old man and five others by the police has triggered tension in Peremabiri community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The octogenarian, Pa Albert Otokolo and five other kinsmen were arrested for their alleged involvement in an intra-communal dispute on the traditional ruler for the [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The N1bn libel suit filed by the President/Founder of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman, against a Canada-based lady, Stephanie Otobo, was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of the defendant from court. Suleman instituted the lawsuit against 23-year Otobo, after the latter claimed that she was into a romantic relationship with [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka Four suspects were on Thursday arraigned before an Anambra State Magistrates Court sitting at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state over their alleged involvement in the killings at the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on August 6. No fewer than 13 persons were killed in the attack while about 22 [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos Sate Signage and Advertisement Agency says it is set to clamp down on outdoor advertisers owing the agency. The LASAA Managing Director, Mr. Mobolaji Sanusi, said the move was in compliance with the directive of Governor Akinwumi Ambode to all ministries and agencies in the state to commence enforcement on defaulters [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday warned civil servants in the state against importing odd ideas and policies that could impede productivity in the civil service. The governor spoke at a two-day training workshop on Policy Analysis, Development and Implementation for Policy Analysts and Developers in the Lagos State Public [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin A Professor of Digital Cultures at the University of Lagos, Tunde Opeibi, has called for a debate among stakeholders in different sectors for national development. Opeibi noted that such discourse could help proffer solutions to the challenges in the country. The former Senior Special Assistant to ex-Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, on [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The African Union will allow Zimbabwes southern neighbors in the SADC regional bloc to mediate in the political crisis there, a senior official told reporters after talks in Washington. Smail Chergui, the AU commissioner for peace and security, said the union hopes the Zimbabwean militarys seizure of control represents law enforcement efforts rather than a [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
US Democratic Senator Al Franken, once tipped as a future presidential candidate, apologized profusely to a female radio hosthe is accused of groping and welcomed a congressional investigation into his conduct Thursday. Sports broadcaster and former model Leeann Tweeden accused the former comedian of touching her while she slept and kissing her without her consent [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Kenyas Supreme Court said Thursday that it would issue its ruling Monday on challenges to the validity of the October 26 presidential re-run election won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Chief Justice David Maraga said the six-judge bench would hand down its decision by Monday, the constitutional deadline, having finished hearing two days of oral arguments. [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The House of Representatives on Thursday said it approved the 5.5 billion dollars loan request from the executive because President Muhammadu Buhari is trustworthy and keeps to his words. It said that the approval was in spite of the nations rising debt profile. Both chambers had on Tuesday approved the presidents request to borrow 5.5 [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
An FCT High Court sitting in Jabi on Thursday granted an interim order restraining the leadership of the Senate from investigating the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Justice Abba-Bello Mohammed granted the application of an interim injunction pending the hearing of the substantive suit of breach of right to fair hearing by the Senate [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board Robert Mugabe, like his fellow travellers in that self-destructive adventure in power, was swept out of office by the tidal waves of history on Wednesday. The military in Zimbabwe, under the command of Constantino Chiwenga, a general, seized power and put him and his wife under house arrest. Though the military have [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has extended the sale of its nomination forms for those planning to contest positions at its national convention slated for December 9 in Abuja. The spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He said that [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Awka Ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission has begun the distribution of sensitive materials to the 21 local government areas of the state. This is just as security around the commission's office in Awka has been beefed up. When our correspondent visited the area, [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, was on Thursday attacked by some suspected thugs at a polling centre in his hometown, Eke, in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. The incident occurred during the local council rerun election in the town. Voting did not take place in Eke [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to reinstate the regulation that allows power consumers to purchase meters from approved vendors. NERC had in September last year directed the 11 electricity distribution companies operating in the country to formally wind down the alternative meter financing scheme on or before [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has said that two major internationally renowned aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, have indicated interest in Nigeria's national carrier. According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the manufacturers have expressed willingness to discuss their interest with the government. In a tweet on his Twitter handle, [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday announced that since the beginning of this year, the Federal Government had paid about N50bn to 62 contractors working on 169 road projects across the country. He also stated that the massive spending by the Federal Government in the construction sector was one key factor that [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Director, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Mr. Francis Usani, on Thursday expressed hope that the world financial intelligence body, Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Unit, would lift its suspension on Nigeria early next year. Usani said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in collaboration with the relevant committees of the National Assembly, had found [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Transmission Company of Nigeria on Thursday announced that the country's power transmission capacity had increased by 600 megawatts after it recently energised the second Asaba-Benin 330kV transmission line. In a statement issued by the company's General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the TCN said the newly energised Asaba-Benin transmission line would [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja About 75 per cent of Nigeria's population that use the Internet are on the social media, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said. Speaking at a retreat on 'Social Media and Good Governance' hosted by the Ministry of Communications in Abuja on Thursday, Shittu said the government would not limit [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers has conferred its first Honorary Fellowship on General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Aliko Dangote. The CIS stated that the eminent Nigerians were recognised for their contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian capital market, and by the conferment, had become members of the [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange has upgraded its website, www.nse.com.ng, to be mobile friendly with a better layout and navigation befitting of the brand. The upgraded website would enable users to access information quickly and easily on the various products and instruments that are listed and traded on the regulated market, the local bourse [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu The CFAO Group on Thursday increased the number of automakers in Nigeria as it inaugurated a Fuso truck assembly plant in Lagos in conjunction with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. It said about 500 units of trucks would expectedly be rolled out of the factory [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A Nigerian, Mr. Olusegun Arowolo, has invented a cocoa pod breaking machine to boost the production of the commodity as well as encourage more Nigerians to take into cocoa farming. He said the idea of inventing the machine was conceptualised to complete the mechanisation of cocoa plantation so as to take cocoa [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture has frowned upon the continued increase in recurrent expenditure of the nation's annual budgets. The association has, as result, counselled the Federal Government to increase its efforts at ensuring efficiency by adopting cost-saving measures to reduce the recurrent expenditure and improve budget [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice in Osun State, Dr. Basiru Ajibola, says the MKO Abiola International Airport at Ido Osun, under concession to All Works of Life International Limited, will enhance economic growth and industrialisation in the 27-year-old state when completed. Ajibola said this while explaining details of the six integral action [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Committee on Export Promotion has called for the establishment of an export trading company in order to expand the volume of export transactions for the country. It said the proposed firm, which will be a limited liability company, should be set up by the Federal Government with funding from the [] 


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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Chairman, Investment and Securities Tribunal, Mr. Siaka Idoko, on Thursday said the tribunal was currently considering about 54 capital market-related disputes worth over N370bn involving investors, market operators and regulators. He stated this during a media briefing in Abuja on the work of the reconstituted tribunal in its first 100 days [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria, Access Bank Plc and other stakeholders in the banking industry have called for collaboration among stakeholders in the sector to combat the spate of fraud in the sector. They said that given the sophistication of fraud being perpetrated in the industry, there was a need for partnership among [] 

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
The President, Stanford Seed Transformation Network, Nigeria and Managing Director, Housessories Limited, Mrs. Nwamaka Okoye, talks about the need to fully tap Nigerians' entrepreneurial potential in this interview with 'FEMI ASU What do you think about the entrepreneurial and business space in Nigeria' Nigeria has a lot of vibrant entrepreneurs; I think we are one [] 

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Lagos State Government has described as a huge success its various initiatives targeted towards facilitating easy access to credit for operators in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector of the economy. The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who stated this recently, added that apart from facilitating access to credit, the [] 

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