NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 18 November, 2017.


Sat, 18 Nov 2017
AS the people of Anambra State decide who occupies the position of the state governor today (Saturday), there is palpable fear that the election could be marred by violence. This is happening amid fears of bomb blast in Onitsha.

Some residents of the state were seen gathered in different groups to discuss, in trepidation, what the outcome of the election might be.

It was also observed that security had been beefed up at public places with units of armed policemen stationed at strategic locations.


 
Some other Anambra residents, who spoke with Saturday PUNCH, expressed their readiness to vote while many others pointed out that they had their reasons to be afraid that the exercise could be marred by violence.

A resident of the state, Ifeanyi Ogockukwu, from Ihiala Local Government Area and a computer operator, said, “I will remain indoors tomorrow (today) until I notice that everywhere is calm because I do not know what it will look like.

“But I will come out and vote when everywhere is calm. I advise others to also come out and vote for the candidate of their choice. They should not sell their votes for anything.”

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council, in an emergency congress, also expressed fear that something untoward might befall the state in the poll.

It’s communiqué, read partly, “That the Council views with concern the unusually heavy presence of security operatives in the state in the build-up to the election, noting that such could lead to unnecessary tension and may jeopardise peaceful conduct of the poll and possibly dissuade voters from coming out to exercise their franchise.”

The tension in the state was further exacerbated by the pro-secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, which issued what seemed to be a fresh threat and prediction that the Anambra governorship election would be bloody.

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IPOB had warned the people of the state to stay indoors to avoid being victims of bomb blast that could occur during the election.

This is just as the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Mr. Joshak Habila, dismissed the threat by IPOB, insisting that the voters should come out and exercise their franchise without fear.

A statement by the proscribed group signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, indicated that all might not be well with the exercise.

Powerful said IPOB had uncovered a plot by Nigerian security agencies to link it to series of bomb blasts that would occur during Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The spokesman for the pro-Biafra group claimed that the security agencies, particularly the army, police and the Department of State Services, had planted explosive devices at strategic places in the state, waiting to set them off during the election.

Powerful explained that IPOB would be blamed for the explosions, adding that the alleged plot was meant to justify the Federal Government’s claim that the group was a terrorist organisation.
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans are expected to take to the streets of the capital city of Harare on Saturday (today) to call for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe.

As of Friday evening, protest calls to force the 93-year-old president to stand down had gathered pace.

The Zimbabwean military had on Wednesday seized control of the southern African nation, placing long-time leader, Mugabe, under house arrest and deploying armoured vehicles on the streets of Harare.


 
The army had denied a military takeover in a state broadcast, saying they were only targeting criminals around the President.

In a later broadcast on the Zimbabwe State Television on Friday, the military leaders said they were engaging with Mugabe to discuss the way forward.

The military also disclosed it had arrested about a dozen senior officials who were “criminals causing the suffering in the country.”

Meanwhile, perhaps to prove that the 93-year-old President had not been stripped of power, Mugabe emerged out of house arrest on Friday morning, appearing at a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University in Harare.

Clad in blue and yellow academic robes and a mortar  board hat, it was said it would be one of the rare occasions the leader’s wife would not accompany him to an outing.

However, as the military takeover enters its fourth day, members of the war veterans association, an influential voice in national politics, had said Mugabe must step down at once. They urged the people to come en masse on Saturday (today) and protest against the veteran leader.

According to News24, the leader of the war veterans, Chris Mutsvangwa, said on Friday that the president would not be allowed to remain in power.

He said, “Between now and tomorrow, we are giving a very stark warning to Mugabe, his wife and anyone who wants to be associated with him that the game is up – finished.

“We are appealing to all Zimbabweans to come tomorrow (Saturday) for the biggest, largest turnout by the Zimbabwean population so we finish the job the army has started.”

The protest, which was already gathering momentum as of Friday evening, was billed to start from the Freedom Square, Harare by 10 am.

Expressing support for the protest, the main opposition party in the country, the Movement for Democratic Change, also said the military takeover “resonated with the national public sentiments and hence irreversible in effect and fact.”

A former minister and liberation war veteran, Dumiso Dabengwa, said he congratulated the Zimbabwean military on “the initiative they took to block the rise” of Grace (Mugabe).

Sat, 18 Nov 2017

The Federal Government is proposing to spend a total of N158m for the maintenance and fuelling of generators at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

According to the budget proposal for the ministry in the 2018 Appropriation Bill that is currently before the National Assembly, part of the N158m is to be used by the FMPWH to also fuel motor vehicles.

Findings by our correspondent showed that virtually all the agencies under the ministry, as well as the FMPWH headquarters, proposed to spend millions of naira on generator fuel in the 2018 fiscal year.


 
This, however, was despite the occasional pronouncements of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that his ministry was working hard to increase Nigeria’s power production and supply, stabilise it, as well as make it constant.

An analysis of the 2018 Appropriation Bill for the FMPWH showed that the ministry headquarters in Abuja will be spending the highest amount on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost than the individual spending on the same items in all other agencies under the ministry.

The FMPWH headquarters will spend N26.6m, N16.3m and N36.6m on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost, respectively.

For the three items highlighted earlier, the National Rural Electrification Agency is to spend N2.5m, N7.5m and N5m, respectively, while the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency will spend N2m, N4m and N7m, respectively.

Similarly, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria is to spend N1.5m each on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost, while the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company will spend N2.3m, N3.3m and N5.4m, respectively.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company had no allocation for maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration lacks the political will needed to fight corruption.

He stated this on Friday while speaking on the topic: “Restructuring, Pros and Cons: The place of the Nigerian youth”, at the 78th International Students Day organised by the Ogun State Government in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Falana noted that the fight against corruption embarked upon by the Buhari government remained a mere scratch on the surface.


 
He said, “I am sure you are following the anti-corruption war being prosecuted by Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, men and women are involved.

“Christians and Muslims are involved and those who believe in traditional religions are involved. One person has been charged with collecting N4.7bn from former President Goodluck Jonathan for spiritual consultation.

“The point I am making is that if our looters are not divided on the table of ethnicity nothing will happen. The government still lacks the political will, the war now is just a tip of the real iceberg; there is still money to be recovered.”

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri After unveiling the statues of two African presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha is set to unveil 10 more statues. Even though his actions had generated lots of controversies, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday that the governor would soon unveil more [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday set aside its June 30, 2017, interim order of forfeiture of the sums of N500m and $500,000 allegedly looted from the Zamfara States share of the Paris Club refunds made by the Federal Government. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had alleged that the [] 

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Documents obtained by Saturday PUNCH show that the military is not truthful in its denial of its intention to bar women cadets from being admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as combatant officers. The 32-page document, which is marked restricted, shows the Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2012 and new amendments [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday fixed December 13 to deliver its judgment in a suit seeking an order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. Justice Binta Nyako adjourned for judgment after hearing Kanus lawyer, Mr. [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, for allegedly collecting N520m from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on the eve of the 2015 presidential election. The EFCC also accused the former SGF of giving N13bn contracts to companies [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on Friday stressed the enormity of the responsibilities of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, saying the title was a big challenge. Gbadebo, who was celebrating his 12th anniversary on the throne, made the submission in his palace during a courtesy call on him by the Aare Ona [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Leke Baiyewu and Jesusegun Alagbe President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a cabinet committee to probe the circumstances that led to the recent death of 26 Nigerian girl migrants in the Mediterranean. The committee is also saddled with the responsibility of examining recent reports of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery. A Presidency [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday joined world leaders to commiserate with President Hassan Rouhani and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the devastating earthquake, which struck the western province of Kermanshah recently, causing the death of hundreds of people and injuring thousands of others. According to a statement by his [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
As part of the efforts to manage the serious traffic situation at Apapa and its environs in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority has issued fresh guidelines to truck drivers plying the route. It said with effect from November 23, 2017, all shipping companies must house their empty trucks at their holding bays outside of the [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the appointment of Prof. Moji Adeyeye as the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The appointment of Adeyeye, a professor of Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing Science and Drug Product Evaluation, College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University, United States, was announced [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Co-founder of Kingpost Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anietie Akpan, has called on Nigerians to patronise made-in-Nigeria products, saying foreign products are not always superior to local ones. Akpan stated this recently at the 2017 edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square. The state government said the fair was [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, says it is taking seriously the issue of identity data harmonisation and authentication. Oyinlola stated this during the week at the commissions headquarters in Abuja while hosting the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi Telu I. In a statement, the NIMC chairman said the [] 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The President of the Lions Club, Ikorodu chapter, Lagos, Ven. Tope Odunlami, has described community-based leadership as the best for the country. Odunlami stated this recently during his investiture as the second president of the club. He said, Leadership should start at the community level because I believe that governance is more felt at the [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Power Oil has emerged the best in the Corporate Social Responsibility at the 2017 West African Advertisers Association of Nigeria Awards for Marketing Excellence. The company had contended with the Nigerian Breweries, MTN Foundation and Dufil Prima Foods Plc to win the award. Meanwhile, the company came second in the Brand Of the Year Category, [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the people of Ijaw ethnic nationality to stop destroying themselves and embrace unity. The former President made the call on Friday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, while paying tribute to the late Ijaw leader and former member of Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Gordon [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko and Umar Muhammed As the indefinite strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics enters the sixth day, the National Association of Polytechnic Students has given the Federal Government 14 days to resolve the crisis or be faced with mass protest by students at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. The students [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on auditors-general in the country, particularly at the local government level, to partner with the Senate to block financial leakages and ensure that maximum revenue accrues to governments at all levels. Saraki, according to a statement on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two persons linked to the murder of one Cletus Onyekwele, a contract staff member of the Shell Petroleum Development Company. The state police command said the arrest was facilitated through the aid of forensic technology, which it had recently introduced in investigating controversial murder [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Femi Makinde, Simon Utebor, Peter Dada, Olaide Oyelude and Adeniyi Olugbemi More troubles may await teachers in the country as more state are not ruling out the option of conducting competency tests for their teaching staff. Both Oyo and Katsina state governments have told Saturday PUNCH that they could conduct competence tests for [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, and in partnership with the traditional ruler of Igbogbo town in Ikorodu, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, has sensitised parents and pupils on the dangers of domestic and sexual violence and how to avoid them. The event, which held on Friday, involved an awareness walk [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The President of the Nigerian Community in Zimbabwe, Mr. Babs Benson, speaks to JESUSEGUN ALAGBE about the situation of things following the military takeover of the South African country What is the situation of things right now in Zimbabwe' To be honest, the militarys action has not led to any crisis whatsoever. The capital city, [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
UNICAF has announced its partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ikeja Secretariat, Lagos. The partnership, which was reached by the NYSCs state co-ordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh and chief executive officer of UNICAF, Dr. NicosNicolaou, meant that all corps members in the Secretariat axis of Lagos would be offered 80 per cent of [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate slave markets of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration lacked the political will needed to fight corruption. He said this on Friday on the topic:Restructuring, Pros and Cons: The place of the Nigerian youth at the 78th International Students Day organised by the Ogun state government in Abeokuta, [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a cabinet committee to probe the circumstances that led to the recent death of 26 Nigerian migrants in the Mediterranean. The committee is also saddled with the responsibility of examining recent reports of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery. A Presidency official disclosed this to journalists [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is no longer an option for the 2019 presidential race. Eta said this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH in Abuja, on Friday. He explained that he was one of those who canvassed votes for [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that over 14,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Niger State are set to defect to the PDP. According to findings by Saturday PUNCH, arrangements have been concluded by the PDP leadership in the state to receive the new members. About [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, on Friday announced that vehicular movements during the local government elections on Saturday would be restricted. While urging voters to discharge their civic duties peacefully, Ado said that adequate police officers had been deployed in the state to ensure a violence-free exercise. Speaking [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
As the Peoples Democratic Party prepares to elect a new chairman months after surviving a leadership crisis that almost plunged it into oblivion, the party has been advised against putting a square peg in a round hole, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE The Peoples Democratic Party might never have imagined it would be ousted after being in [] 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A former Vice President of the World Bank and ex-Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, says if the Federal Government will lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty and hardship, then there is a need for policymakers to devise means to grow the economy at a minimum of seven per cent per annum. Ezekwesili said [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasiru Ladan; and the Kwara State Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Adeyemo Ademola, have said the NDE will substantially address Nigeria's high unemployment rate with the yearly allocation of N10bn. Ladan and Ademola spoke on Friday during the opening ceremony of the NDE's three-month agricultural development and training [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Experts in the aviation industry have called on the Federal Government to enact a law that will make it mandatory for domestic airlines to have minimum of 20 aircraft before obtaining Air Operators' Certificates. The development, they said, would strengthen the airlines' operations and also help them to attract funding aid from outside the country. [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The Nigerian Ports Authority is set to license new trailer parks in the Apapa area of Lagos as a way of creating holding bay facilities for truck drivers as part of measures to decongest the area and free it of traffic gridlock. In the interim, to effectively manage the traffic situation around the Apapa area [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
No fewer than 18,000 youths in Ondo State have been selected to partake in the training in various fields of agriculture organised by the state government as part of efforts to create employment through agriculture. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed this during the presentation of certificates to 40 participants in a training programme on the cassava [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
FemiAdesina At his incarnation, wise men gifted in astronomy came from the East, all the way to Bethlehem, in the south of Jerusalem, to worship Jesus Christ. They are today known as the Magi, who gave the newborn gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. There is a lot to say on the significance of each [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Priests (that are known to the family) were recruited to intervene. Distant relatives (whom she hadnt had a prior interaction with) were also reached out to. Yet, those efforts seemed like flogging a dead horse. Their marriage was actually annulled years earlier and assets (which she got a lions share of, by the way) split [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
The police in Lagos have finally got a breakthrough in a brutal murder case that had gone on unsolved since September 2015 with the arrest of two suspects. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the victim, 35-year-old Tajudeen Raji (AKA Orji), was killed by a gang, who reportedly ripped out his intestines and dumped his corpse in [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A sixteen-year-old girl who was impregnated by a Lagos pastor, Tunde Daniel, and lost her fallopian tube to an ectopic pregnancy, underwent multiple abortions for the priest, the police have revealed. Saturday PUNCH had reported last week how Daniel was arrested after the case came to light through the Child Protection Network that the head [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A former lecturer with the Kwara State University, Malete, Dr. OluremiOsunlola, has reportedly committed suicide. Our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital gathered on Friday that the late Osunlola was a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Crop Production, College of Agriculture of the institution. It was gathered that his wife [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa has declared the rustication of a 27-year-old final year student of the Faculty of Education, Niger Delta University in Amassoma, Micah Diniprema, as illegal, null and void. The court also ordered the authorities of the institution to reinstate and allow him to be graduated. Diniprema was rusticated [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara No fewer than 80 fake appointment letters issued to unsuspecting applicants in return for monetary gifts have been uncovered by the Niger State Civil Service Commission. Chairman of the NSCSC, Shehu Galadima, said the syndicate was inflating the figures of workers in the state civil service to defraud the government. Galadima said the [] 


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Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria has asked Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to retrain the over 21,000 teachers he planned to sack for failing a competency test. The union said that the workers deficiency was not a crime, noting that Nigerian leaders equally needed to be [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
A Cross River State High Court on Friday acquitted 14 dismissed policemen who were attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad of the murder of 24-year-old, Derek Maurice, and five others in Calabar. Derek, a 300-level student in the Department of Accounting, University of Calabar, and the five others were killed on April 17, 2014 [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
DTigress assistant coach, Ochuko Okworogun, was part of the winning team at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket in Mali. The Dolphins coach tells Tana Aiyejina about her experiences in Mali, in this interview You were a member of DTigress coaching crew to the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Women, which Nigeria won. How would you describe your experience [] 

Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Tana Aiyejina Former Super Eagles stars have urged the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure early preparations for the national team ahead of next years World Cup in Russia. The Eagles qualified for their sixth World Cup without losing a game in the African qualifiers, then went on to record a shock 4-2 win over star-studded [] 

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