NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 30 November, 2017.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The suspended director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mounir Gwarzo, is facing at least two enquiries over his role as helmsman of the commission since 2015.

Apart from the administrative enquiry ordered by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Gwarzo is also being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC wants to unravel the owners of the nine companies that were awarded contracts by the SEC under Gwarzo.



They include Outbound Investment Limited, Medusa Investments Limited, Northwind Environmental Services, Micro-Technologies Limited, Tida International Limited, Outlook Communications, Acromac Nigeria Limited, Balfort International Investment Limited and Interactiven Worldwide Nigeria Limited.

According to the EFCC, Gwarzo, his wife and other cronies allegedly used these companies to carry out illegal transactions in SEC.

Gwarzo, 30 months old as SEC DG, was suspended by the finance minister over allegations of financial misappropriation.
He replaced Ms. Arunma Oteh, who resigned in January 2015. Gwarzo was then the Commissioner in charge of operations.

Finance Ministry’s Deputy Director of Information, Mrs Patricia Deworitshe in a statement on Wednesday said that the suspension was to allow an unhindered investigation into several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against Gwarzo.

Deworitshes said that Mr Abdulsalam Naif Habu, Head of Media Division, SEC and Mrs Anastasia Braimoh, Head of Legal Department of SEC had also been suspended.

“The suspension is in line with the Public Service Rules (PSRs) 03405 and 03406.

“The Minister has set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry (API) to investigate and determine the culpability of the Director-General.

“She has directed the suspended SEC Director-General to immediately hand over to the most senior officer at the Commission, pending the conclusion of investigation by the API,” she said.
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Thu, 30 Nov 2017

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Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has urged the private sector to support the move to make coding education accessible to Lagosians. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, stated this on Wednesday during the inauguration of two coding centres set up by 9mobile for CodeLagos, an initiative of Lagos State [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said leadership can be called effective only if it brings about positive change. The governor spoke at the opening of a two-day training session organised for civil servants by the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions in Ikeja, Lagos, with the theme, Impact of [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned the increasing cases of public auctioning of black Africans in Libya. Also, the Senate has begun the investigation of the alleged sale of illegal African migrants mostly Nigerians as slaves in Libya, which it described as a slap on the face [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately register an additional political party, the Socialist Party of Nigeria. The court also ordered the electoral body to issue SPN with a Certificate of Registration within 30 days from Tuesday. Delivering judgment in the suit filed [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met with the officials of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the National Emergency Management Agency and the refugee commission over the fate of Nigerians still stranded in Libya. The meeting, which was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja came a few hours [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Chux Ohai The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Wednesday announced the suspension of its 15-day-old strike at a meeting held in Bauchi. The President of ASUP, Usman Dutse, made the announcement while addressing journalists at the 14th National Delegates Conference held at the Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi. He said the union was driven by [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul-Aziz Yari, and the senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Kabiru Marafa, have clashed over the eligibility of President Muhammadu Buharis nominee for Zamfara, Ahmad Bello Mahmud, as a Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The Senate last Thursday approved the nomination of Ambassador [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure One of the national chairmanship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has said there is a possibility of the South-West producing a consensus candidate ahead of the forthcoming convention of the party in Abuja. Adeniran, who is a former Minister for Education, is aspiring to become the national chairman [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The eight national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party have submitted names of their nominees that will serve in the national convention committee to the national leadership of the party, The PUNCH has learnt. Each of the aspirants was said to have submitted six names that would serve in the committee. [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The Special Adviser on Political Matters to a leading National Chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, has denied the rumour making the rounds that his principal has been removed as a member of Board of Trustees of PDP because of his bid to contest the partys national chairmanship election [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said a total of N421.33m is ready to be paid to whistle-blowers for the November batch. She said the amount included that of the whistle-blower for the cash recovered from a building in Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Adeosun disclosed this on Wednesday while answering [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A professor of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Toyin Arowolo, has called on the Federal Government to ban the use of plastic bags in the country, in order to improve public health and ensure safe environment. The don said lack of education should be blamed for the nonchalant attitude of members of the public [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday presented a budget proposal of N146bn to the House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year, allocating N51.7bn for physical infrastructure. Obaseki stated that the appropriation bill tagged, Budget of Growth, had a 15 per cent nominal increase over that of 2017 and [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Wednesday resolved to investigate the renewed attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. It also plans to invite security chiefs to brief the chamber on the security situation across the country. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Ali Ndume (Borno-South) at the plenary [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The United States Government has donated seven vehicles and other tactical equipment to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. According to a statement on Wednesday by the US Consulate General in Lagos, the gesture was a continuation of the US governments support for the counter-narcotics agency. Presenting the items to the Director of [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Ade Adesomoju, Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko Some Civil Society Organisations, as well as a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to state his role in the controversy surrounding the reinstatement of the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The debate on the general assumptions of the 2018 Appropriation Bill continued at the Senate on Wednesday as more lawmakers criticised proposals in the bill. The senators, who took turns to condemn the Federal Government for the low implementation of the 2017 Appropriation Act, expressed doubts over the ability of the government [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church Worlwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has enjoined Nigerians to shun ethnic rivalry and live in unity. He also urged the government to engage any aggrieved ethnic group in dialogue and ensure the stability of the country. A statement on Wednesday said the pastor spoke at the 32nd anniversary [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The UN Security Council on Wednesday opened an emergency meeting to discuss a response to North Koreas launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent talks following the test-firing of Pyongyangs third ICBM. AFP 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met with officials of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Refugee Commission over the fate of Nigerians still stranded in Libya. The meeting which was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja came a few hours after [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
ARMSTRONG BAKAM, Bauchi The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has suspended the nationwide strike it embarked upon over failure of the government to meet its demands. The National chairman of ASUP, Usman Dutse, at a Press Conference in Bauchi on Wednesday said that the union decided to suspend the strike after reaching an agreement and [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board Stiff opposition is building against the move by some states to forbid open grazing in their territories. This is principally because Fulani herdsmen, who are entombed in a time warp of roaming their cattle unchallenged, feel boxed into a corner by new laws being rolled out by state governments banning the practice. [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba and Stanley Opara The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday announced the suspension of the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mounir Gwarzo, over allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him. Also suspended were two management staff members of the commission. They are the Head of the Media Division, Mr. [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The three tiers of government shared a total of N4.55tn between January and September this year as disbursements from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee. According to the latest quarterly report of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, released in Abuja on Wednesday, out of the N4.55tn that was shared in the review [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Accident Investigation Bureau on Wednesday released four more air accident reports, having released six others in the last few months. One of the reports was on the incident involving a Boeing 737-500 with registration 5N-BLE belonging to Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited. The airplane was on a scheduled commercial flight from [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday said the Federal Government was targeting a revenue of $1bn from its tax amnesty programme, adding that the target might be exceeded as two companies had already paid $110m (N33.6bn at the official exchange rate of N305 per dollar). 'On the amount expected, [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has begun investigation into the alleged loss of about $60bn to the non-enforcement of the terms of Production Sharing Contracts signed between the Federal Government, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and International Oil Companies in 1993. This followed the adoption of a motion entitled, 'Need to Enforce the Terms [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Debt Management Office on Wednesday explained that the Federal Government could not raise $5.5bn as contained in the borrowing plan approved by the National Assembly in a single tranche despite the thirst for it in the market in order to moderate the cost. The Director-General, DMO, Patience Oniha, who said this [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Feyisayo Popoola The Federal Government, through the National Council on Privatisation, has sacked the concessionaire in charge of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex over the non-remittance of lease fees totalling N6bn. As stated in the termination letter issued by the NCP, the concessionaire, Aulic Nigeria Limited, had breached the agreement it signed in 2007 [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017

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Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri An indigenous oil and gas company, Matrix Energy Limited, has concluded plans to inaugurate the first Liquefied Petroleum Gas plant with a capacity of over five million litres in Warri, Delta State. The plant, which is the first privately built LPG facility, is billed to be inaugurated by the Federal Government in [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Femi Asu with agency report Nigeria and Libya will expect to face growing pressure from their counterparts in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to end their exemption from production cuts and accept an output quota, when ministers meet on Thursday (today) for a closely watched summit. The production cuts deal, which began on January [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Mojec International Limited, an indigenous prepaid meters manufacturing company, has said its smart prepaid meters meet both national and international quality standards. A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Adedapo Lam-Adesina, had in a motion, entitled, 'Need to curb excessive electricity charges being levied on consumers by distribution companies through prepaid meters,' [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Former Interim Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan, says Investment (1971) Limited's experience in the Nigerian Stock Exchange will help local and foreign investors planning to commit funds into an emerging market like Nigeria. Shonekan said this in Lagos on Wednesday while unveiling the book titled, 'Investment Pratice and Prospects in Nigeria.'' The [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The banking industry can do better when it comes to customer service. A customer experience research firm, Temkin Group, gives banks in the United States a grade of 67 per cent' just 'OK' ' and says the industry's rating for consumer satisfaction has fallen from 71 per cent in 2015. Meanwhile, research from the NTT [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Hungarian government has indicated interest in purchasing crude oil and Liquefied Natural Gas from Nigeria. The Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Gabor Ternak, who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, in Abuja, said the decision to import crude [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has been nominated as Forbes Best Africa Oil and Gas Man of the Year 2017. According to the corporation, the news of Baru's nomination for the award was conveyed to the NNPC via a letter dated October 11, 2017 and [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The absence of perimeter fencing with dilapidation of the port facilities is posing a threat to the safety of cargoes at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in Lagos. This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller, Ikorodu Command, Chris Odibu, during a recent visit and facility tour of the terminal by the Zonal Coordinator [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Nigeria's sale of Liquefied Natural Gas to Japan plunged last month, as the Asian country's total LNG imports slipped by 2.3 per cent year on year to 6.1 million metric tonnes, data released by the Ministry of Finance showed on Wednesday. Nigeria sent only one cargo in October, down 49 per cent year [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market, on Wednesday, sustained its gaining streak as 31 stocks appreciated, boosting the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation by N71bn. A total of 441.808 million shares valued at N4.088bn exchanged hands in 4,263 deals, as eight decliners emerges. The NSE All-Share Index rose 55 basis points to close at 37,709.20 [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and stakeholders in the maritime sector have opposed a proposed amendment to an Act to establish a maritime security fund, which will include one per cent contribution of NIMASA's revenue to the Nigerian Navy. Their opposition was raised at a public hearing organised by the House [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Abimbola Adelakun In the wake of the unfortunate death of Bilyamin Bello, son of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, there has been a somewhat surprising chatter about matricide. In an ironic twist of Margaret Atwoods quote, men are afraid women will laugh at them; women are afraid men will kill them, Nigerian [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Greg Odogwu With demonstrated 80 per cent accuracy in its Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, there is no doubt that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency is on top of its game. It warned that floods would overrun our land, and it did. It said the rains would come late and go early, and so it happened. However, nobody [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Rasheed Ojikutu The recent interviews granted by two prominent indigenes of Lagos, namely, Alhaji Olufemi Okunnu and Chief Layi Ajayi Bembe, to one of the main newspapers in Nigeria on the question of Who owns Lagos' should have been restricted to the plethora of injustices and unfairness done to the indigenous people of Lagos rather [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Niran Adedokun Everyone who loves Nigeria must be worried about two things that seem to define the character of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. One is the disgraceful level of incoherence and rivalry amongst agencies of government and the other, the Presidents incredible seeming lack of concern about these rivalries and a number of other [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure A pastor, Oluwafemi Komolafe, and a yet-to-be-identified policeman attached to the Ondo State Police Command have been killed by some gunmen at Ore, Benin-Ijebu Ode Expressway, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. Oluwafemi was a pastor in one of the popular churches in Akure, the state capital. The pastor [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Two armed robbers have met their Waterloo in Kagarko bush, Kaduna State, during a gun duel with the police. PUNCH Metro learnt that 413 stolen cows and 50 sheep were recovered by the police, as other suspects fled. It was gathered that operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team deployed along [] 
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates Court on Wednesday remanded a Lagos banker, Olaoluwa Adejo, in the Ikoyi Prison, for allegedly poisoning and torturing his wife, Maureen, to death. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Adelaja, ordered the police to duplicate the case file and forward to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice. [] 

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri There was confusion on Omohwovo Street, Iwhrekpokpo community, in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, after a physically challenged woman allegedly killed her own baby hours after delivery. The accused, identified simply as Elohor, was alleged to have given birth to the baby boy on Monday in her apartment, [] 


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