NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 November, 2017.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The elder statesman’s death was disclosed in a statement issued by the Ekwueme family of Oko, in Anambra State.

The statement was released in the early hours of Monday.

The statement, signed by the former Vice-President’s brother, who is also the traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, explained that he passed on around 10pm on Sunday, in a London hospital, the United Kingdom.


 
The statement read, “The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON.

“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10pm on Sunday, 19th November, 2017.”

Ekwueme was hospitalised in Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu, for about two weeks before he was flown abroad for medical treatment on November 12.

The elder statesman was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu on October 28.

It was learnt that the elder statesman was in a coma at the time he was admitted to the hospital.

Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10, reportedly suffered from a chest infection, according to his family members.

His death, has, however, thrown prominent Nigerians into mourning. From former Presidents Shehu Shagari and Olusegun Obasanjo to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, and from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, tributes have continued to pour in for the deceased shortly after his death was announced by his family.

Also, the South-East Governors’ Forum led by Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi,governors Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, Ibikunle Amosun, (Ogun); Willie Obiano (Anambra), Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa also paid tributes to the departed politician on Monday.

Also, the  Peoples Democratic Party,  a  national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo, and former Senate President, David Mark, paid glowing tributes to the deceased.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Federal Government on Monday announced the pricing of its offering of $3bn dual series notes under its $4.5bn Global Medium Term Note programme.

The notes, according to a statement by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, comprise a $1.5bn 10-year series and a $1.5bn 30-year series.

She said the notes represented Nigeria’s fourth Eurobond issuance, following issuances in 2011, 2013 (two series) and earlier this year.

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In the statement signed by her Media Adviser, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde, the minister said the 10-year series would bear interest at a rate of 6.5 per cent, while the 30-year series would bear interest at a rate of 7.625 per cent.

These, it noted, would be repayable with a bullet repayment of the principal on maturity.

The offering, which attracted significant interests from leading global institutional investors, is expected to be closed on or about November 28, 2017, subject to the satisfaction of various customary closing conditions.

When issued, the notes will be admitted to the official list of the United Kingdom Listing Authority and available to trade on the London Stock Exchange’s regulated market.

The statement said the Federal Government might apply for the notes to be eligible for trading and listed on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The statement said the pricing was determined following a roadshow led by Adeosun; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Director-General, Debt Management Office, Ms. Patience Oniha; and Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze.

Adeosun stated that the Federal Government would utilise the proceeds of the notes to fund the approved budgetary expenditure and for refinancing of domestic debt, as might be applicable.

The statement quoted her to have said, “Nigeria is implementing an ambitious economic reform agenda designed to deliver long-term sustainable growth and reduce reliance on oil and gas revenues, while reducing waste and improving the efficiency of government expenditure.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

The Senator representing Abia South, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has accused the Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, of frustrating his role as a surety in the bail granted the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed  before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, directed during the previous proceedings of October 17, 2017, that the senator could not withdraw his suretyship until Kanu was produced before the court.


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Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony,  was on Monday absent from court for the second time  after the alleged invasion of his home in Abia State by soldiers on September 14, and had been declared missing by his family since then.

But Abaribe was present in court on Monday.

He stated in a fresh motion filed through his lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), on November 17, 2017, that he should not be held responsible for the unavailability of Kanu to attend court for his trial, but alleged that Kanu’s unknown whereabouts was caused by the “whimsical, capricious, subversive and extrajudicial self-help” embarked upon by the Chief of Army Staff.

The senator maintained that the Chief of Army Staff was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he allegedly deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku-Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14, 2017.

He noted that the conduct of the COAS with deployment of the soldiers were with “most probable effect” of preventing him (Kanu) from attending court to continue his trial.

He said he opted to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity.”

His lawyer, Ume, argued in the motion that the Chief of Army Staff’s “extrajudicial self-help conduct obviously frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice (in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015).”

The lawyer maintained that the “actions have brought the honourable court to some ridicule and its power appear nugatory.”

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

The Federal Government has expressed dismay over  Italy’s hasty burial of the 26 Nigerian girls who were found dead on the Mediterranean Sea.

The bodies of the girls were found on a sinking vessel on the Mediterranean about two weeks ago and there were reports that they might have been sexually abused before they were murdered.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the Italian Embassy had earlier indicated to the Director General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons that the burial of the girls would take place in Salerno, Italy on November 26, 2017.


 
But the Italian authorities, she said, went ahead with the burial last Friday, without informing the Nigerian government, adding that the NAPTIP director was currently in Italy to engage with the Italian authorities ahead of the scheduled burial date.

The SSA, who addressed newsmen alongside a NAPTIP representative, Mr. Abdulrahim Shaibu, explained that a protest letter had been sent to the Italian envoy in Nigeria over the matter.

 “Why were they (the bodies) hurriedly buried nine days before the date communicated to the DG, NAPTIP by the Italian Embassy without any information to the Nigerian Government? Why the rush to bury the bodies without carrying out a post-mortem to determine the causes of death?” she queried.

Dabiri-Erewa said information indicated that only three of the girls were identified as Nigerians, noting that the identities of the other victims had yet to be ascertained before they were interred.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has included the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, among the list of persons invited in connection with the investigation into the reinstatement of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, back to service. Also added to the list is the Minister of [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Monday said the National Home-Grown School Feeding which is a component of the current administrations National Social Investment Programmes is now being enjoyed in 19 states across the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement in [] 


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja No fewer than 35 judges have been nominated to man various courts which the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, directed the heads of various courts to designate in order to enhance speedy determination of high-profile corruption cases. The courts are to exclusively handle corruption, money laundering, abuse of office and [] 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Presidency says the Federal Government is concluding plans, latest by December, with the Switzerland Government for the repatriation of $321m looted from Nigeria. The News Agency of Nigeria reported on Monday that the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Reforms, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku, made the disclosure at the Conversation on Anti-corruption [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Birth and origin Dr. Alex Ekwueme was born on October 21, 1932 in Oko, Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State. Until his death on Sunday, November 19, 2017, Ekwueme was the Ide of the Oko Kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother, Prof. Lazarus Ekwueme, reigns as the traditional ruler. He was also [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured a remand warrant to further detain a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius, who was arrested by the EFCC last Thursday. Anyim is being investigated for allegedly collecting N520m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law the bill prohibiting secret cults, terrorism and prescribing death sentence for anyone caught in the acts. While appending his signature to the bill at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, Fayose said the law was a confirmation of the unwavering [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will on Friday, November 24 , chair the inauguration of Agro-Impact Projects Empowerment Initiative designed to improve the society through women and youth empowerment and job creation The project is an initiative of the University of Ibadan Women Society with a broad-based thematic venture envisioned to enhance sustainable agricultural value chains [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Residents of Peramabiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State have raised the alarm over an alleged stockpiling of arms in their community by a dreaded ex-militant leader (name withheld). The residents, under the auspices of Peremabiri Development Association on Monday challenged the ex-militant leader to come out of hiding. The [] 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Government is considering two options to get out of the non-regular payment of workers salaries. The Deputy Governor of the state, Benson Abounu, who is also the chairman of the screening committee verifying the actual workforce of both the state and local governments, disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board The heated debate over the incompetence or otherwise of the Nigeria Police Force will not subside anytime soon. At the weekend, three global think tanks confirmed the worst fears of Nigerians yet again with a report that rated the countrys police as the worst globally. In response, the police authorities issued a [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Tony Okafor and Chidiebube Okeoma The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 18 poll in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, have accepted the outcome of the election. Consequently, they have congratulated Governor Willie Obiano, who has been declared [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Posters of former Vice-President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Atiku, on Monday, flooded the Katsina State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, even as the PDP chieftains called for Atiku's return into their fold. Atiku's posters carrying various messages such as 'Wazirin, we earnestly want you back in PDP:' 'Atiku, [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Ramon Oladimeji There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party may soon be enmeshed in a fresh crisis as the party prepares for its national convention. The convention, which has been fixed for December 9, is holding in Abuja. Already, a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has sent a petition [] 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah, has described the victory of the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano in the governorship election held on Saturday as an end to impunity in Anambra State. Oduah, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Monday, congratulated Obiano on his victory, which she described [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
The Governor of Imo State and Chairman, Progressives Governors' Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has urged all the candidates that participated in the election to team up with Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance to make the state a model state. The governor, who congratulated Obiano in a statement issued by his Chief Press [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Akinpelu Dada and Ifeanyi Onuba The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday released the Gross Domestic Product growth rate for the country with the economy recording a 1.4 per cent increase in the third quarter of this year. This was the second consecutive positive growth since the emergence of the economy from recession in the [] 


Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Electricity distribution firms in the country have issued a notice to declare force majeure following the declaration by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission that eligible customers can purchase power directly from the generating companies. Force majeure are unexpected circumstances that can be used as an excuse to prevent a party from doing [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he was under tremendous pressure from some prominent Nigerians desirous of the government establishing a national carrier. He, however, stated that his position remained that Nigerians deserved to know how the nation lost its former national carrier, the Nigeria Airways. According to a statement by his [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Prof. Robert Boroffice, has attributed Nigeria and other African countries' low Gross Domestic Product to poor funding of research in science, technology and innovation. Boroffice, who established the link in a keynote address he delivered at the 40th anniversary of the National Academy of [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The United Nations on Monday called on the Federal Government and other countries on the African continent to fast-track the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area. The UN made the call in a special message delivered at an event in Abuja on Monday to celebrate the African industrialisation by the UN [] 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Abiodun Doherty In every sphere of human endeavour, there are written and unwritten rules of operation. Sometimes, the unwritten rules are even more important than the written rules. When it comes to property management, there are several unwritten rules that are important to note if you are saddled with the responsibility of managing a property [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara For derivatives and Central Counterparty Clearing transactions, the Nigerian Stock Exchange has said products may be used to hedge a countless array of risks, such as interest rates, equities, agricultural, energy, credit, currency, among others. The products and participants, it said, were potentially subject to multiple federal, state, and foreign laws based on [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Digital television provider, StarTimes, has announced the commencement of its 2017 Christmas promotion in a bid to entice new and existing subscribers across the country. The promotion runs from November 16, 2017 to January 31, 2018. The company said the Christmas promotion was starting earlier in order to give its subscribers the chance to enjoy [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market, on Monday, recorded a gain of N31bn after 17 stocks appreciated while 14 plummeted. The Nigerian Stock Exchange opened the week bullish as the All-Share Index gained 24 basis points to close at 36,792.60 basis points while the year-to-date return expanded to 36.9 per cent. As a result, investors [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Tayo Oke The scene looks eerily familiar and, sadly, all too predictable; it feels one with a deep sense of dj vu: a frail, flailing tin pot dictator in his 90s, ensconced in his grand and grotesquely opulent Presidential palace in an impoverished small African state, refusing to give up power, although the writing is [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Azuka Onwuka The governorship election that held in Anambra State over the weekend created some tension. The first was the fear that it could be violent. But contrary to the fears expressed by many, the election was not violent and there was no reported case of death arising from clashes by opponents. There was also [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Niyi Akinnaso Anyone who dares compare Nigerian universities to rudderless ships struggling to stay afloat on the high seas will be hounded by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, which is always eager to engage in self-protection, even as some of its members are facing charges of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. But what [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Oludare Mayowa In the last couple of days, the Ikeja Electric has been battling to restore power supply to my area, Journalists Estate, Arepo, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, simply as a result of a faulty transformer, which is as old as the estate itself. The transformer develops faults every other week while sometimes it will [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Olusegun Obasanjo and Greg Mills Give us electricity, said Peter Owyia, cobbler, I will double my daily production. Peters calculation was common among the estimated 50,000 shoe, belt, and bag makers in Ariaria market in the city of Aba in Abia State, South-East Nigeria. With each cobbler producing an average of 50 shoes per day, [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin The birth of a baby should be a thing of joy. But for Blessing Agbo and her live-in lover, Chibugo Duru, the event has brought shame and disgrace. For more than four months after Agbo was delivered of a baby boy through caesarean section in a Lagos hospital, God Cures Hospital, she had [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has obtained CCTV footage showing the last moments of Bilyaminu Bello, the son of a former Peoples Democratic Party chairman who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda. Our correspondent had reported that Bello was stabbed to death by his wife over allegations of infidelity [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Three of the four suspects arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly robbing an artiste, Abiye Jumbo, aka Mr. 2Kay, have owned up to the crime. The suspects confessed that they carried out the operation on the orders of Mr. 2Kays colleague, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy. The suspects are Balogun [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Peter Odion, the chef of a former Minister of Finance, Dr Kalu Idika, for his involvement in the robbery of his boss. Odion lived with the ex-minister at 180A, Moshood Olugbani Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. He had allegedly put some sedatives into a cup of coffee [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has said a policeman alleged to have been involved in a robbery along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sergeant William Godwin, was also a victim. Imohimi, during a parade on Monday at the command headquarters in Ikeja, said Godwin had been robbed by the gunmen in the [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure Scores of casual workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, on Monday staged a protest against the inability of the management of the centre to pay their salaries for the past one year. The protesters, consisting of the security men and internal and external cleaners, insisted that there would be [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars. The idea was floated last week by a senator from the opposition Socialist Party, Nadine Grelet-Certenais, during a parliamentary debate on how to help the French quit smoking. Quoting [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Akeem Lasisi Last Thursday was a memorable day for four emerging Nigerian artists as they won a million naira each. These are the finalists in the ReCyclArt competition organised by Sterling Bank Pls, which says it is using the project to empower young artists and emerging talents to use recycled and discarded waste materials as [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Akeem Lasisi The MTN Foundation has said that it will sponsor Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, another musical play by the Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions. MTN, through the foundation, had earlier sponsored shows such as Kakadu the Musical and Waka the Musical. It says its decision to sponsor Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, which chronicles Felas [] 


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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Festus Abu Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is currently in his home country Germany scouring the Bundesliga for talent as he aims to arrive in Russia for next years World Cup with a quality squad. The Super Eagles qualified for their sixth World Cup after winning four of their six games to sit atop Group B, [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel on Friday won the Sports Governor of the Year award at the 2017 Nigerian Sports Award in Lagos. According to the organisers, the awards are aimed at honouring persons who have significantly contributed to the advancement of sports in the country. Other award categories were the Sports [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Festus Abu Dutch-born Ado Den Haag right-back Tyronne Ebuehi believes he has already done enough to convince Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr that he is worthy of a place on the plane to Russia for next years World Cup. The 21-year-old, who made his international debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1 [] 

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Idris Adesina Lagos States Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Ogun States Dorcas Adesokan on Saturday won the 1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championships at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Opeyori beat Godwin Olofua to win the mens singles while Adesokan, who is a member of the national team, defeated Zainab Momoh of Oyo State to win [] 

Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has praised the Super Falconets for their 5-1 victory over Morocco in the second leg of their France 2018 FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup qualifier at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on Saturday. The first leg in Morocco ended a 1-1. Football fans in Benin and its environs thronged [] 

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