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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 25 November, 2017.


Sat, 25 Nov 2017

There were fears among the All Progressives Congress chieftains on Friday, following the defection of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that although the APC was expecting  Atiku’s exit, it dawned on it on Friday that the former vice-president’s action could lead to mass defection from the ruling party.


 
It was learnt that the fears were worsened by the feeling of some leaders of the party that the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2014 could befall the APC before the 2019 elections.

In 2014, the PDP was weakened following the exit of some governors and National Assembly members, including a former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso;  ex-Rivers State Governor,  Rotimi Amaechi; Senator Bukola Saraki, and the then Speaker of the  House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

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Chieftains of the APC, who confided in Saturday PUNCH on Friday, said although the ruling party had been waiting for Atiku’s defection, it was uncomfortable with the fact that there were many aggrieved members who would soon dump the party in power.

One of the party leaders cited Kwankwaso and a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as two of those who were not happy with the  way the party was being run.

He said more than two years after coming to power, President Muhammadu Buhari had not made appointments that would bring into government those who worked for his election.

The chieftain also said that associates of the President including the Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari and Buhari’s nephew, Maman Daura, “have constituted themselves into a powerful cabal. They take key decisions in this government. Those who ensured  Buhari’s election have been sidelined. If the APC and the Presidency dismiss Atiku’s defection, they are not realistic. There are fears that the party may crumble. Apart from the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, there are other appointees of this government that are supporters of Atiku.”

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

A member of the Board of Trustees of the  Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has asked the  Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and all the members of the committee to resign from office immediately.

Babatope, who is also a former Minister of Aviation, said there was no doubt that Makarfi and the members of the PDP Caretaker Committee had been compromised.

A statement issued and signed by Babatope on Friday faulted an earlier statement by a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Jalo, who was described as Makarfi’s ally.


 
Babatope’s statement read in part, “The statement issued today by Abdullahi Jalo, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, and a well-known ally of Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, confirming the presidential ambition of the PDP Caretaker Chairman has basically reinforced the fears that Makarfi is not a neutral arbiter in the processes that will midwife a new leadership for our party.”

Babatope alleged that the game plan of Makarfi was to hand over the administration of the party to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, through a former Acting Chairman of the PDP National Working Committee, Prince Uche Secondus.

He said, “In this grand scheme to compromise the national convention, Secondus and Wike will equally do a payback by rigging the presidential primary to favour Makarfi.

“This is indeed a road to perdition and the ultimate destruction of the PDP. Any attempt to distort the process and force upon us a discredited and dubious leadership will provoke mass defection of Yoruba people from the PDP. We will never play second fiddle to anyone.


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“The Yoruba will never accept any attempt to insult our people and denigrate our collective intelligence. The only way out now is for Makarfi and his entire Caretaker Committee members to resign immediately. They cannot be trusted. Once the head is rotten, the whole body is subsequently vitiated, corrupted and dishonoured.

“We are absolutely clear in our demand. We are absolutely resolved in our position. We will not stand idle and fold our hands while all kinds of machinations are being hatched to destroy the collective interest of the Yoruba people. We insist on micro-zoning. We demand that Makarfi and his co-conspirators should resign immediately while a new, neutral arbitrating leadership is appointed.”

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday sent condolences to the government of Egypt over the attacks on a mosque in North Sinai that left at least 235 people dead after Juma’at prayers.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President condemned the “dastardly act” on innocent worshippers.


 
The President said the attack further reinforced his position that terrorism had no relationship or respect for any religion, and should be visited with the full wrath of the law.

The statement read in part, “The President reiterates that the workable panacea to such mindless and irresponsible attacks on citizens would be a global joint action that continually shares intelligence, simulates scenarios and regularly updates on both local and international threats.

“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will receive the souls of the departed, and comfort the families of those directly affected.”

Quoting local media, CNN had confirmed the 235 death toll on Friday following the terrorist attack in which 109 were also injured.


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According to CNN, the attack began with two explosions. Gunmen were said to have positioned themselves outside the mosque, shelling worshippers as they attempted to flee the Al Rawdah Mosque.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the gunmen had also set up ambush points on the path of ambulances responding to the attack.

The terrorists were said to have shot at the ambulances conveying the wounded worshippers as they passed by.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017

Nineteen passengers died in a fire that broke out when an 18-seater bus travelling from Orlu to Owerri, collided with a fuel truck in Imo State on Friday.

Our correspondent learnt that the truck loaded with diesel was on its way to Orlu when the accident occurred on the Njaba Bridge along the Owerri-Orlu Expressway.


 
The police confirmed that 17 passengers from the bus died along with the two passengers of the truck. Only a female passenger of the bus survived.

An eyewitness told Saturday PUNCH that the bus and the truck had a head-on collision and burst into flames immediately, trapping the passengers in the process.

By the time the fire was put out, the passengers who died had been burnt beyond recognition.

The tragedy caused a gridlock in the area as residents and travellers battled the fire alongside men of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

In a television conversation, the state commandant of the FRSC, Kayode Aremu, who confirmed the tragedy, said that he had yet to be briefed about the casualty figure.

Aremu said “My men are at the scene of the incident on a rescue mission and controlling traffic. We have not ascertained the cause of the accident and we don’t have the casualty figure yet.”

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But the state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed that 19 passengers indeed died in the accident.

“Immediately we learnt of the incident, the command quickly contacted firefighters,” he said

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa and Kunle Falayi A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on all Africans to give the necessary cooperation and support to the new government in Zimbabwe. Obasanjo said in a congratulatory letter to the new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a copy of which was made available to one of our correspondents on Friday. [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
John Charles, Makurdi A socio-cultural group in Benue State made up of Mdzough-U-Tiv, Idoma National Forum, and Omi NyIgede, has said that there are still about 500 persons missing following a recent attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state. The spokesperson for the group, Chief Edward Ujege, told journalists in Makurdi, the capital, that [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The German Government has donated about N260m to aid the fight against hunger in the North-East region of Nigeria ravaged by the insurgency. The fund, aimed at benefitting 1,200 households, is to be spent in two local governments Mubi in Adamawa State and Jere in Borno State. Speaking on Friday during [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano No fewer than 1,000 pensioners under the aegis of All Federal Pensioners in Kano State on Thursday protested the death of 300 of their colleagues as a result of non-payment of their 33 per cent pension arrears for 42 months. The protest took place on the premises of Bayero University, Kano, the [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, says Boko Haram attacks have displaced no fewer than 1,884,331 persons in the North-East, adding that 9.6 million people in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have been affected directly or indirectly by the crisis. According to him, the insurgency has also completely [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi A 300-level student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, on Friday morning reportedly hanged himself. The deceased, Dahiru Adamu, 30, was said to be a student of the Department of Technology Education at the institution. He was found hanging from a tree. The incident was said to have occurred at the [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There is a growing tension among the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party that some people within its fold are planning to hold a parallel national convention on December 9. The convention, where national officers of the party are to be elected, is scheduled to hold in Abuja. The party is [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Robert Mugabe's exit as the President of Zimbabwe has been described by analysts as an incident that could set off a chain of similar events in Africa, GBENRO ADEOYE writes The letter by President Robert Mugabe stating his intention to resign as the President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect was not just a letter; it [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday remanded in Suleja Prison, Niger State, Maryam Sanda, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19. Justice Yusuf Halilu remanded her in prison after she pleaded not guilty to two counts of culpable homicide and [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, in this interview with TONY OKAFOR, says the police need to improve its relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission in subsequent elections How would you describe the governorship election' I would describe the election as a great success. This is in the sense that [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has granted an administrative bail to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, but has not yet released him because he has failed to meet his bail conditions. However, Anyims lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the former SGF [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Liberias election commission on Friday confirmed its rejection of fraud allegations over the first round of presidential elections, setting the scene for a showdown at the Supreme Court. The announcement, which concerns the October 10 vote, confirms a decision initially taken on Monday, National Elections Commission (NEC) official Davidetta Lassana told reporters. A second round [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Friday said there was no truth in the insinuation that he would leave the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the All Progressives Congress. He said he would never leave the party on which platform he contested and won the governorship seat two times. Obiano spoke [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate from the southern part of Nigeria on Friday began a conference on the governance and political structure of the country. The two-day retreat by the Southern Senators Forum, which is holding in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, is tagged, National Unity and Restructuring. In his keynote address, [] 

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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe and Simon Utebor The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Friday, said that various agitations by some ethnic groups across the country were threatening the peace and unity of the country. He said this in Calabar, Cross River States capital, during the opening of a two-day retreat of the Southern Senators Forum which [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Nigerian Railway Corporation on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, demolished 22 shops in a storey building. The District Manager, (West), NRC, Mr. Akinwale Akintola, in an interview with our correspondent, said the demolition was part of the efforts to rid the railway of illegal structures and encroachments. He stated [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate failure by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company to reinstate Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed as the General Manager (Audit and Compliance) of the company, in spite of a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari. The probe followed a petition [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Gbenro Adeoye The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged states and local governments to leverage their unique culture and tourism products to generate income and create jobs. In his address at the opening of the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Friday, Mohammed [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Government has proposed the sum of N651.5bn as its budgetary allocation for the 2018 fiscal year. The sum surpasses the 2017 budget, which stood at N485.792bn, by N165.708 The Governor of the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who presented the appropriation bill before the Akwa Ibom State House of [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Eric Dumo The Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria has said that embracing the Islamic financial system is one of the best ways the countrys economy can witness rapid improvement. Making the statement in Lagos during the induction of 118 professional members, the organisation, through some of its principal officers, said that against the [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have been outlined to speak at a three-day national conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Alumni Association of the National Institute said the conference was being organised to discuss the countrys search for sustainable development. The President of [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), has advised the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to seek dialogue with the Federal Government rather than agitate to address issues affecting the South-East. The octogenarian advised the IPOB leader not to seek disintegration as it could lead to [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Ibadan, Dr. Lekan Are, on Friday described the vote of no confidence passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly in the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, as an act of ignorance borne out of arrogance and hasty treatment [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria said it sealed off 339 drug stores in Abuja between November 20 and November 23. The Registrar, PCN, Elijah Mohammed, said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday. He said 496 premises were visited by the PCN out of which 339 were operating without licences [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Tunde Ajaja The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged Christian pilgrims to the holy land to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria. He said they should shun any urge to elope, show their best attitude, exhibit high integrity and diligence and project a positive image of the country, especially as [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Nigeria Customs Service has cancelled the promotion examination recently conducted for senior officers from the rank of Assistant Comptroller to Deputy Comptroller over irregularities observed in the conduct of the examination. According to an internal circular, dated November 22, 2017, the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), ordered the [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Friday said the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the All Progressives Congress would not affect President Muhammadu Buharis chances in the 2019 presidential election. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said this in an interview with our correspondent. He said the [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress to be wary of imposition, which, according to him, may result in implosion. Sani also said that the APC governors who recently endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term did so because of their selfish [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying he is now a free man. It, however, said it would not offer Atiku an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election. It said the former member of the [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said that his company's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives have commenced in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville, where it just opened a $300m, 1.5 million-metric-tonne capacity cement plant. The cement magnate declared that $1.2m had also been given as loan to aid the country in completion of a bridge. [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday said it was good that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar left the All Progressives Congress early. He said the party was already aware that Atiku would leave in December, saying the earlier the former Vice-President returned to where he belonged, the better. El-Rufai spoke in an [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Four UN peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed in attacks in Mali on Friday, the UNs MINUSMA mission to the country said. Twenty people, including another Malian soldier and several UN peacekeepers were injured in the attacks. The first attack happened in the morning in the northeastern Menaka region and claimed the lives of [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday injected $287.89m into the currency market to meet requests in four industries for dollars, extending efforts to boost liquidity and alleviate shortages. The four industries targeted were agriculture, airlines, petroleum and raw materials, the CBN said in a statement. The central bank said it would continue [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
A twitter post in late October from Kansas policeman Ben Gardner featureda large cow curled up on top of a BMW sedans hood. The message from the spokesman for the Midwestern US states highway patrol department was that animals seek warm cars during winters cold. Look around your ride! he warned in the tweet, with [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has paid another instalment of the outstanding 33 per cent pension increase to federal retirees under the Defined Benefit Scheme. Police pensioners were paid 12 months' arrears making a total of 24 months payment from previous instalment, but still have 18 months outstanding. Civil Service pensioners got six [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday, said a Forward Operation Base would be set up in the once dreaded Falgore forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State to address security challenges in the area. The army chief announced this when he paid a visit to troops undergoing training in [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Trans Nationwide Express Plc and Unilever Nigeria Plc have listed additional shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange to boost their capital stance. Dealing members of the NSE have been notified of Tranex's move to list 270,027,370 ordinary shares of the company on the daily official list of the Exchange. The [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
The Katsina Police Command has arrested three undergraduates of the Umaru Musa Yaradua University suspected to have murdered one Abdulmalik Kabir in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state. The suspects, all male, are two third-year students and a second-year student. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bensen Gwana, who paraded them before journalists on [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Fridays attack on a mosque in Egypts Sinai, which killed at least 235 people, is among the deadliest since the September 11, 2001attacks on the United States. Here is a recap: US in 2001: nearly 3,000 dead The deadliest attacks in history take place in the United States on September 11, 2001. Four [] 


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Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Chukwuneta Oby Life in Naija has become akin to a setting that exemplifies one week, one trouble. Except that an apt description of ours is every week, some drama. However, the drama of this week is most unfortunate. This is because a life was snuffed out in the most bizarre of circumstances and unrestrained emotions [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have arrested 33 suspected oil thieves and impounded 19 trucks laden with illegally refined petroleum products worth millions of naira. Rivers State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, told newsmen while parading some of the suspects in Port Harcourt on Friday that [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has implored Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to allow peace reign in the state by allowing the Ijaw people to choose their own traditional rulers just like other indigenes. The IYC frowned on attempt by Obaseki to subject the Ijaw people [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Soldiers attached to the 145 Battalion deployed to Umuahia, Abia State have arrested 21 suspected cultists at Umudike in Ikwuano Local Government Area of the state. Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ohafia, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, confirmed the arrest in a statement which was made available [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Youths in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum, have given the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to reverse the alleged elongation of the tenure of the current board of the Niger Delta Development Commission. The PANDLEAF warned that if after the expiration of the ultimatum [] 

Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Kunle Falayi Sixteen-year-old Doreen chose her words one at a time. She spoke as someone that was tired but she was lucid. As the girl spoke slowly, her mother explained that it was the effect of a barrage of medication that she had been given at the Mirabel Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Ikeja, Lagos where [] 

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