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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 22 November, 2017.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were involved in a showdown for over 13 hours on Tuesday when EFCC operatives stormed the home of the immediate past Director General of the DSS, Ekpenyong Ita, to effect his arrest.

Ita, who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

The PUNCH learnt that while other security agencies had cooperated with the EFCC and released their officials for probe, the DSS had refused to hand over its own officials to the anti-graft agency for over a year.


 
Following the refusal of Ita to honour a series of EFCC invitations, our correspondent was informed that the operatives of the anti-graft agency, armed with an arrest and search warrants, surrounded Ita’s home at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro as early as 4am to prevent him from escaping.

Our correspondent was informed that at daybreak, the EFCC operatives approached the premises and presented the warrant to the armed DSS officials securing the building.

However, as the EFCC officials attempted to enter, the heavily armed DSS officials, some of whom were wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
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Emotion ran high in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as President Robert Mugabe resigned a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

His former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, Patrick Chinamasa, legal secretary of the ruling ZANU-PF party, told Reuters.

READ ALSO: Mugabe’s resignation letter in full

The 93-year-old Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go. He finally resigned moments after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.


 
Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe’s brief resignation letter and suspended the impeachment procedure. Mugabe, who has been confined to his Harare residence, did not appear.

People danced and car horns blared at the news that the era of Mugabe – who had led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 – was finally over. Some held posters of Mnangagwa and of army chief General Constantino Chiwenga.

Despite the outpouring of joy on the streets, his downfall was as much the result of in-fighting among the political elite as a popular uprising, although thousands of people rallied against him in the days after the army intervened last week.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked Mnangagwa, ZANU-PF’s favourite to succeed him, in a bid to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife, Grace, 52, known to her critics as “Gucci Grace” for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

Since the crisis began, Mugabe has been mainly confined to his “Blue Roof” mansion in the capital where Grace is also believed to be.

ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters that Mnangagwa would be sworn in within 48 hours and that he would serve the remainder of Mugabe’s term until the next general election, which must be held by September 2018.
 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Members of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, The PUNCH learnt.

The meeting was sequel to growing apprehension caused by calls on Makarfi to quit his position before the December 9 national convention of the party.

The convention is scheduled to hold in Abuja.



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The request on Makarfi to resign is being seen by members of the different caucuses in the party as an indication that the national convention may further polarise the former ruling party.

Besides, it was gathered that the party’s leadership and those considered as stakeholders, believed that Makarfi and his team must act fast to forestall derailment of the programmes lined up for the convention.

Already, two of the leading national chairmanship aspirants, Chief Olabode George and Prof. Tunde Adeniran, have questioned the neutrality of Makarfi in the activities that would lead to the convention.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A Muslim group, Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, also known as NASFAT, on Tuesday commenced a campaign to end violence against children, stressing that underage marriage is against the tenets of Islam. NASFATs Second Vice-President, Alhaji Abdul-Rauf Adedeji, said in Calabar at the commencement of the campaign that no parent had absolute control over the [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja Journalists in Kogi State were thrown into mourning as they lost one of their colleagues, Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, who was a reporter with the African Independent Television. Abdullahi, a senior journalist, was said to be going to his hometown, Okaba, in Ankpa Local Government Area of the state on Thursday when he [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Hindi Livinus, Yola Scores of people lost their lives in two separate attacks in Adamawa State on Tuesday. In Mubi, a teenage suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Kunu Araha area of Mubi town on Tuesday morning and killed 50 worshippers, according to the state police command. In the second incident, herdsmen [] 


Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, has said it will take sincerity and uprightness for Nigeria to overcome her economic woes. He spoke at a programme, tagged, Soaring on Eagle Wings, held at the University of Lagos on Sunday. It was organised by International Friendship League. IFL is a non-denominational fellowship [] 


Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday expressed sadness over the death of the first Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme. The governor described Ekwueme, who died in a London hospital at the age of 85, as a complete gentleman and a thorough-bred scholar. Ambode, in a statement by his Chief Press [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Development Programme said on Tuesday that top government officials, including the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, immensely benefited from contracts awarded for the development of the terrorism-ravaged North-East to the detriment of the critical needs of the Internally [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Tuesday demolished about 500 structures in Paipe community near Idu-Karmo, Abuja. The exercise rendered tens of residents homeless, many of whom were seen salvaging some of their valuables from the rubble. It was learnt that many of the residents were away at work when the caterpillars [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Tunde Ajaja A Saturday PUNCH reporter, Kunle Falayi, was among nine other African journalists honoured at the 2017 Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. Three other journalists across the PUNCH titles Femi Asu, Toluwani Eniola and Tunde Ajaja also got nominations at the continental awards organised by [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Government and people of Anambra State, on the death of former Vice-PresidentAlex Ekwueme, who died on Sunday at the age of 85. In a letter of condolence to the Ekwueme family and the Government and people of Anambra State, Jonathan described [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Tofarati Ige The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, has said that the Federal Government will assist the Small and Medium Enterprises to have better access to finance. Abubakar, who stated this on Sunday at the Simply Nigeria Fair in Ikoyi, assured the SME operators that the government would render the [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the death of the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jonathan Andrew Nok. It was learnt that Nok had been treating an undisclosed ailment and was admitted to an Abuja hospital for weeks. He reportedly resumed work on November 20. Nok however died in the [] 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it has paid the total sum of N141.59bn to bond holders in its various fixed rate bond programmes. It explained that the bonds were the Lagos States N80bn fixed rate programme 2, Series 1, floated in 2012 with a maturity date of 2013; N87.5bn fixed rate programme 2, [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on expectant mothers to utilise the state primary health centres (PHCs) and professional birth attendants to reduce maternal and infant mortality. She spoke on Tuesday at a town hall meeting on reduction of maternal and child mortality, organised by the [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The United States on Tuesday imposed import duties on ripe Spanish olives, saying preliminary findings indicated they were subject to unfair subsidies that harmed producers in California. The action is part of President Donald Trumps aggressive defense of US trade interests, with anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions up 61 percent since he took office, according [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The West African Examinations Council on Tuesday in Katsina announced the release of the 2017 WASSCE results for private candidates, revealing that a total of 34,664 candidates obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics. The figure represents 26.01 per cent of the 133,223 candidates that sat for [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Zimbabwes Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking as vice president sparked the crisis that led to Robert Mugabes resignation, could be named as the countrys new leader on Wednesday, a ruling party spokesman told AFP. I believe that the fired vice president Mnangagwa, who the party central committee endorsed will come back in the next 24 hours [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
President Robert Mugabes resignation letter was read out by Zimbabwe parliamentary Speaker Jacob Mudenda to lawmakers gathered at a conference centre in Harare to discuss an impeachment motion on Tuesday. It read: State House Harare Zimbabwe 21 November 2017 The Honourable Jacob Mudenda Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe In terms [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
The United States said Tuesday that the resignation of Zimbabwes long-time ruler Robert Mugabe offered the countrys people a historic opportunity for change and could help end its isolation on the world stage. The future of Zimbabwe will have to be decided by the people of Zimbabwe, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, issuing a [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
THE vexed issue of lack of meters for electricity consumers re-echoed last week when Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc contracted three companies to provide 200,000 pre-paid meters for its customers. The initiative should jolt the regulator, the government and the operators to move with utmost speed to address this problem as a major step towards rescuing [] 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, on Tuesday said Governor Willie Obiano would not defect to the All Progressives Congress. Oye's reaction is coming following insinuations in some quarters that Obiano had a tacit agreement with the leadership of the APC to return him( Obiano) in [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has transmitted proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution to state Houses of Assembly for concurrence, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday. It was gathered that the 'clean' copies of the amendments had been made ready for transmission as of Monday, while the process for the referral to states began on [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said he cannot be anybody's stooge. He also dismissed claims that the December 9 party convention already had a pre-arranged outcome in his favour. Secondus said this in an interview with reporters in Abuja, late on Tuesday. He was [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun West Consultative Forum says it has endorsed the senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the red chamber, Solomon Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, as the consensus Ogun State governorship candidate for the Yewa-Awori in 2019. The group said this on Monday evening, during a press briefing it held at [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised free and fair elections. Buhari, who is believed to be interested in seeking re-election in 2019, made the promise in his reaction to the Saturday's governorship election in Anambra State which was won by Willie Obiano. Obiano was re-elected on [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu The House of Representatives on Tuesday fixed November 28 to begin the debate on the 2018 budget. The debate will last till Thursday. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, who gave the dates during plenary in Abuja, said on December 4, a public hearing would be held [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Eko Electricity Distribution Company has announced a planned power outage programme that will affect some residents of the Lagos metropolis. The company's General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement on Tuesday that the planned outage was to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria to carry out routine maintenance work [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday queried the viability of further expenditure on the country's four refineries and the daily allocation of 445,000 barrels of crude to the facilities. It queried a fresh bid by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to spend $1.8bn on the Turn Around Maintenance of the refineries located [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Tuesday rejected the notice of declaration of force majeure that was recently issued to the Federal Government by the 10 electricity distribution companies in the country. It also stated that it had commenced immediate regulatory measures to protect the electricity market from potentially collapsing as a [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Nigeria and Japan on Tuesday signed a grant aid project on economic and social development worth N642m. The amount will be provided by the Japanese government. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, signed on behalf of the Federal Government, while Japan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Mr. [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The African Development Bank on Tuesday declared that too many old and inefficient airplanes were flying around the continent. According to the bank, Africa is the riskiest of skies to fly in, as the continent accounts for only 3.4 per cent of all flight departures, represents over nine per cent [] 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers on Tuesday disrupted Dana Air's activities over the airline's alleged refusal to allow its pilots and engineers to join the union. Members of the union arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 as early as 6am and chanted solidarity songs and disrupted the carrier's [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday said that the intervention of the apex bank and the Nigerian Communications Commission in the 9mobile loan repayment saga, was due to the systemic importance of the company. He stated this while responding to questions from journalists shortly after the two-day [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday said it had so far completed 500 kilometres of gas pipelines between 2010 to date as part of measures to expand gas pipeline infrastructure across the country. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this in Abuja at the 2017 Conference and Annual [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited on Tuesday said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission had renewed the power generation licence for the Afam VI Power Plant. The SPDC said in a statement that the 650 megawatts plant had delivered over 25.97 million megawatts hour of electricity into the nation's power grid since [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Jennifer Abraham The traditional comfort zone Unemployment was a rarity in the traditional communal set-up as captured in historical literature. In that system, everyone had a 'trade'. The women were home-makers and the system appreciated their contribution. They also maintained farms around the home and were in the market on certain trade days to sell [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes on hot to avoid financial pressure by sticking to what you can afford We keep falling into that trap. You need something. You decide you want it, now. You are able to come up with the money, somehow. You go ahead [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Honda Manufacturing Nigeria Limited has introduced a new motorcycle, described as a competitively priced model, Ace110, into the Nigerian market and hopes to capture more market share of the two-wheeler segment in the country. The firm also hinted at the unveiling of the product on Ota-Idiroko Road factory in Ogun State about its [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Feyisayo Popoola The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it will set up emergency road camps in Lagos to ensure prompt response to cases of road crashes and obstructions. The Lagos Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Hyginus Omeje, made this known at the flag off of the 2017 FRSC/Guinness 'responsible drinking' ember months' campaign [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Bosch, a German supplier of technology and services, has concluded plans to expand its business operations in Nigeria over the next three years. The Managing Director, Bosch Nigeria, Ghislain Noumbessy, gave this indication at a press briefing on Tuesday while speaking on the company's event tagged 'Bosch in Everything' meant to host customers [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited has taken over the ground handling operations of Allied Air and United Parcel Service. According to the firm, the relocation of Allied Air operations to SAHCOL took effect from October 2, making it the official ground handling partner to the airline's ramp and cargo operations across Nigeria. [] 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Sanity on Wheels Awareness Initiative has advised motorists and other road users to be safety conscious as the Yuletide approaches. The President of the group, Mr. Iyke Okafor, said this at a sensitisation campaign organised by Corporate Chauffeurs Driving School, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps to mark the United Nations' World Day [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Co-signing, just the word can make one shudder because there's been so many tales of co-signing gone wrong. The rule is, 'Just don't do it!' Why' For the biggest and most important reason of all: The risk outweighs the benefits, according to www.bankrate.com. Many say the one viable exception would be co-signing for your child [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla. Zinedine Zidanes Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Jide Ojo Every living thing needs food and water to live. They are one of the basic necessities of life, the other two being clothing and shelter. Ironically, many Nigerians are being fed with poisons in the name of food. A visit to our foodstuff markets will reveal to discerning minds that many of the [] 


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Finally, the Zimbabwe military moved against President Robert Mugabe. But contrary to what obtains in revolutionary coups, Zimbabwes gentlemen officers are treating President Mugabe with something softer than kids gloves. There is no storming of the Bastille as in France, nor violent October Russian Revolution that led to the execution of King Louis X1V and [] 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick The ideas of two economists, Englishman John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) and Austrian Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1992), dominated the world economic landscape from the end of the Second World War, but with opposing views on economic freedom. Nigeria had implemented both of these models at one time or the other, and their clarity [] 

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