NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 19 November, 2017.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has given a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, the option of returning the N520m he allegedly collected from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), or be prosecuted for money laundering.

It was learnt that Anyim, who is also a former Senate President, was still in the EFCC custody on Saturday and might remain there until investigations reach a logical conclusion.

A source at the EFCC said, “Anyim collected N520m from Dasuki on the eve of the presidential election in March, 2015. We have asked him to return the money. That is our primary goal. Let him tell us how he intends to pay back.”


 
The source explained that the commission was not in a hurry to release Anyim on self-recognizance as he was known to shun invitations.

He added, “Anyim had, in the past, shunned invitations by the National Assembly and even the EFCC. He is not the type to be granted unconditional bail.”


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Meanwhile, it was learnt that the EFCC had invited companies that received contracts during Anyim’s tenure.

Anyim was also accused of awarding contracts to some companies linked to him through which ecological funds were allegedly diverted.

The companies include Foundation Years Limited, Precious Integrated, Precious Petroleum, Mak & Mak, Chap Construction, Eldyke Engineering, Pryke Limited, Chipa Nigeria Limited, Prima A11 Limited, Pima International, Chanto Engineering, Ishiagu Microfinance Bank, Mulak Ventures, Vitro Engineering and Tip Top Nigeria.

The source added, “Anyim was SGF from May 2011 to May 29, 2015. During this period, specifically May 2012 to May 2015, the SGF Ecological Fund Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria received an inflow of N58,146,983,677.85.

“From this fund, three of the companies linked to Anyim – Foundation Years, Obis Associate and Eldyke Engineering – received contracts worth over N13bn. Foundation Years alone received a net payment of N10,308,017,838.85 between 2014 and 2015.

“Curiously, on receiving the fund, Foundation Years and another Anyim company, Br-Kthru made several transfers to 37 entities. Some of the organisations and individuals have no nexus at all with ecological issues. Investigators are probing the reasons behind the wild disbursement.”


Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Threat by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra forced most registered voters to stay away from Saturday’s Anambra election.


 
More than 50 per cent of two million voters in the state boycotted the exercise as a result of their belief that IPOB could trigger violence during the election.

This is just as initial results from some polling units indicated that the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, was in an early lead.

IPOB had, on several occasions, asked the people of the state to stay away from the poll.

It asked the Federal Government to conduct a referendum first before considering a governorship election in Anambra State.

About a week to the poll, the proscribed pro-Biafra group also issued a vote-and-die threat to the electorate in the state, directing the people of Anambra to stay indoors or risk the disruption of the exercise by its members.

However, apart from the late commencement of voting in some areas, the low turnout became obvious in some polling units as INEC ad hoc officials waited for more voters in vain.

For instance, at Agu Oka/Aroma Junction, Unit 9 in Awka South, where the number of registered voters was put at 1,052, only 115 valid votes were recorded.

In another polling unit at Aroma Junction, Ward 1, Unit 8, while the number of registered voters was 334, the number of votes cast was 114 with six invalid votes.


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At Okagbue Primary School, Nawfia Ward 2, Unit 11, Njikoka Local Government Area, the number of registered voters was 594 while only 119 votes were recorded.

It was a similar trend in some of the voting centres in the state except the hometown of some of the top candidates, where voter apathy was not recorded.

Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has decried the low turnout of the residents.

He said, “I chose to wait towards the closing of the accreditation period to vote instead of voting very early. I have been busy monitoring the process across the state, both in the capital territory, Nnewi, Onitsha and its environs.

“Evidently, there seems to be low voter turnout; I do not know the cause of the apathy. We can explain the low turnout in the city because people might have travelled to their villages to vote. But in other places, we do not know why the turnout has been that low.

Obaze added, “There seems to be a mixed process. I know that in Okpoko, as of one hour ago, we had challenges (and) there was no voting going on. I know that in Umudim, Nnewi, there was also no voting going on at some point.
Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he did not receive any money from the controversial pension fund.

He said there was no iota of truth in reports that he was paid N5b monthly from the money.

His media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, gave the  explanation in Abuja on Saturday while reacting to a statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), published in a national newspaper last week.


 
The chief legal officer of the federation was said to have told a Senate ad-hoc committee that an “ex-president was taking N5bn monthly from the Pension Fund.”

Eze dismissed the claim as “a blatant lie hurriedly cooked up to divert the attention of the general public from the raging ‘Mainagate’ and other embarrassing scandals.”

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He added, “We believe that the story was concocted as part of the unfolding grand design (by the Buhari administration) to always dodge responsibility and blame every evil act taking place in the present dispensation on the past (Jonathan) administration.

“In the first place, we do not believe that Malami made such a claim because he is in a position to know that it is simply not true.”

Sun, 19 Nov 2017

The police in Bayelsa have deployed 16 gunboats and 6,000 armed personnel in the creeks and waterways in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asuquo Amba, disclosed this in Yenagoa on Saturday during a visit by members of the state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation led by its Chairman, Chief Nengi James.

Amba said the 6,000 officers were undergoing marine training, adding that the intelligence gathered by the police showed that waterways in Delta and Rivers had been calm due to synergy among the state commands.


 
He, however, said there were still some issues with sea piracy in the state, vowing that the police would severely deal with sea pirates operating in the state waterways.

Amba said out of the 16 gunboats, 14 were donated by the Bayelsa State Government while two were donated by the police zonal command.

Speaking on prison congestion and recent cell break in the state anti-robbery squad office, Amba blamed the development on the poor state of police cells and the slow judicial system.

Amba said, “Most police cells are not good in Bayelsa. Also, the slow process of the Bayelsa judiciary is not helping matters.’’

In his presentation, James, commended the Bayelsa Police Command for the recent successes recorded in the state.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen The immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; and his predecessor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, were among the dignitaries who attended a reception in honour of a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori. Oshiomhole, who spoke at the event on Saturday, said the ex-convict former governor was among [] 


Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie One of Governor Willie Obianos staunch supporters, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, has expressed joy with the victory recorded by the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate at the polling units in her ward, Umudim Central School, in Nnewi North LGA. A breakdown of results collated in the unit showed that APGA recorded 261 votes, APC [] 


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Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor The Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Victor Oye, on Saturday, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies, especially the police, for a peaceful, free and credible poll in Anambra State. While Oye scored the security agencies [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie A large turnout of voters was recorded in the Anambra East LGA, despite the election boycott declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra. The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Tony Nwoye, are from the local government area. Our correspondent observed large crowds in [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised politicians not to see politics as life and death. Obasanjo spoke in Calabar, Cross River State, at the public presentation of a book, Stepping Forward with Uti J.D. Agba, authored by Goddy Jedy-Agba and Mathias Okoi-Uyouyo. Obasanjo, who was the special guest of honour at the event, [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
OGBONNAYA IKOKWU Emmanuel, the younger brother of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has insisted that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, knows the whereabouts of the IPOB leader. Kanus brother also said Buratai should be jailed for allegedly lying in a Federal High Court in Abuja concerning [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Clement Oladele, has said two people died, while six others sustained injuries in a multiple accident that occurred on Kara Bridge, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday. Oladele told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview that the accident happened at about 2pm. The [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
ADE ADESOMOJU Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, expressed Nigerias frustration in its efforts to repatriate its stolen funds stashed in many developed nations. He said despite the mutual legal assistance, treaties and conventions which Nigeria had signed with other nations, expected progress was not being made in the efforts to recover the stolen funds from [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Residents of Kwara State, on Saturday, voted to elect their representatives to the various local government areas. Although stakeholders and observers said the election was generally peaceful, there were late arrival of voting materials in some parts of the state, especially within the Ilorin metropolis. The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, cast his vote at [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu No fewer than three people have been confirmed dead, while six people sustained varying degrees of injuries in Lafiagi, Kwara State as irate youths burnt down a part of the house of a former governor of Kwara State, Senator Shaaba Lafiagi. The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Kwara [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The Director, South-West Zonal Office of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Yejide Oseni, has said inappropriate handling and storage of medicines contribute to the growing cases of kidney problems in the country. Oseni said, Drugs can expire before the expiration date given by the manufacturers. Inappropriate storage of drugs can make them expire before [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
BAYO AKINLOYEwith agency report President Robert Mugabe will meet with the top officers of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces on Sunday (today). This was disclosed by the Chairman of the negotiating team, Fidelis Mukonori, according to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Mukonori said this would be the second time that Mugabe and the ZDF command would meet, [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Gani Adams, has disclosed how he will play his role as the Yoruba generalissimo. Speaking at the palace of Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, on Saturday, Adams said he would work with traditional rulers and other people to preserve the unity of the Yoruba and the progress of the country, [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
PETER DADA The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has expressed delight with the rate militants in the state have been surrendering their arms following the amnesty granted them by the state government. The governor had issued a 21-day ultimatum to the militants to surrender their arms. The ultimatum will expire next week. Speaking on behalf [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
FEMI MAKINDE An Osogbo Chief Magistrates Court has ordered that a 30-year-old man, Ahmed Matunma Wokuekun, be remanded in Ile-Ife Prison custody for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl, identified as Dupe Lawrence, to death. Wokuekun, who was arraigned by the police on Friday, was charged with rape and murder. The prosecutor, Olusegun Elisha, told the [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
SAMUEL AWOYINFA The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Olusegun Aluko, has said the institution is currently seeking approval of the National Board for Technical Education to begin a new course, cement technology, at both national diploma and higher national diploma levels. He disclosed this in his address at the 17th convocation and 38th founders day ceremonies [] 


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Sun, 19 Nov 2017
SAMUEL AWOYINFA Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, has debunked social media reports of his resignation. He made the clarification on Friday shortly after an executive meeting in the Governors Office in Abeokuta. He described the reports as untrue and false. Ashiru was nominated as the Ijebu consensus governorship aspirant of the [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo The Federal Government has filed 311 requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance in the two years of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. This figure was contained in a book, Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigerias Peace and Prosperity, which was presented to the public on Thursday. The 360-page book is a mid-term scorecard [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
ADELANI ADEPEGBA The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has earmarked N762.4m for the purchase of uniforms and clothing in the 2018 budget. It also proposed to spend N2.4bn on the posting and return entitlements of ambassadors. A breakdown of the 2018 budget proposal indicates that 110 foreign missions some of which the Federal Government has concluded [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
OLALEYE ALUKO The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has said its investigation has shown that human traffickers will start a fresh recruitment of young Nigerians to Libya, from the South-West and South-South geopolitical zones of the country from December. The agency warned Nigerians to be wary of wealthy human trafficking syndicates [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
ADE ADESOMOJU The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said a recent application filed by Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, before the Federal High Court in Abuja has justified its assertion that a non-governmental organisation, Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation, being investigated for corruption, was a front for the former first lady. The [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
OLAIDE OYELUDE The Director, Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, on Saturday, called on Nigerian leaders to refocus attention on public schools. He maintained that the neglect of public schools was the primary reason for the prevailing chaos in the nations political and socio-economic sectors. Ibrahim stated this in Katsina while [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Kayode Idowu Four female suicide bombers were among five persons killed on Saturday in Maiduguri in two unsuccessful attacks, while four others were injured. Last week, four persons had similarly carried out unsuccessful suicide attacks on the outskirts of the town, which killed 18 persons on the spot with 29 others sustaining injuries. Confirming the [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Hindi Livinus The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Alhassan Gani, has described the strike embarked upon by the non-academic union of the institution as unacceptable. Gani also said 140 workers were to be queried by the institution for defaulting in returning the double salary they allegedly received for the month of May in August. [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
PUBLIC interest has taken flight in governance as the countrys National Library is still operating in the rented apartment it moved into since 1995 when it relocated to Abuja from Lagos. The permanent site construction has been stalled, 11 years after the contract was awarded. It is an anomaly that underlines the fact that our [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Anambra State governorship election, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has denied an allegation of voter inducement by members of his party. Obaze made this known while fielding questions from journalists shortly after casting his vote at about 1.30pm in Ward 6, Unit 1, Ochuche, Ogbaru Local [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie Incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has declared that he will win Saturday's governorship election in Anambra State by a landslide. Shortly after casting his vote at Eri Ward, in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, Obiano said, 'I am very confident that at the end of [] 


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Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, spoke about the banking system, exchange rate and the prospect of the economy in an interview with journalists in Lagos. OYETUNJI ABIOYE was there. Excerpts The Nigerian economy exited recession in the second quarter after five consecutive quarters of negative growth. What hopes lies ahead' [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Kunle Shonaike Washing a car isn't too complicated, but there are definitely a few best practices to take into consideration. Some traditional ways of cleaning cars ' perhaps even what mom and dad taught you (No, it's not ok to use dish soap! Never!) ' can actually damage your car's exterior. Follow this list to [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
What shaped the past week' Global Markets: Global markets were mixed this week, with investors focused on corporate earnings, down trending commodity prices and economic data. U.S. markets opened the week strong, with the Dow closing higher on news of M&A activity across select large cap stocks. However, the market retreated shortly after, as energy [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. The effects of modern technology have brought forth a mixture of bile and honey. It is bile if technology is affecting you negatively and honey if it is impacting your life positively. of video content are experiencing both right now as technology has improved the output of videos created while at [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Manufacturers in Nigeria are upset about the bid of Morocco to join the Economic Community of West African States. ANNA OKON writes on this latest fear and the reasons for it The opposition that followed the Economic Community of West African States' decision to approve Morocco's application to join the ECOWAS has been very resounding [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government plans to raise the sum of $3.1bn (N945.5bn) from the country's non-oil export sector through value addition from 11 agricultural products. Details of the projected revenue from the exportation of these products are contained in a document prepared by the National Committee on Export Promotion. The document is the implementation [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Simbi Wabote, has urged insurance companies to consolidate to be able to underwrite bigger risks in the oil and gas sector. Wabote said this during the November edition of Insurers Committee meeting in Lagos. He said, 'This will present opportunities for growth of insurance [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The number of reported cases of infractions in the Nigerian capital market has reduced by over 87.6 per cent from 291 in the first quarter of 2016 to 36 in the third quarter of 2017. This is contained in the Securities and Exchange Commission's recent data. This feat, according to findings, was the [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Pricewater-houseCoopers Nigeria has advised the Federal Government to focus on domestic sources of funds to finance the deficit in the 2018 budget proposal. The multinational consulting firm, in a report that analysed the 2018 budget proposal, pointed out that pension funds could bridge the deficit in the budget. The analysts said external [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
The British Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Nigeria, John Howell, has commended Unilever Nigeria Plc for successfully building its business on the principles of sustainability over the years. According to a statement obtained from the firm, Howell gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to Unilever's head office in Lagos recently. He described the company's [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
After two days of significant declines, as the All-Share index inched lower to close at 36,703.58pts, representing a decline of 1.12% WoW. Consequently, the Year-to-Date return settled at 36.57%. AGLEVENT outperformed other stocks, as the counter recorded a gain of 27.27%, to close at NGN0.70. Conversely, CAVERTON shed 21.43% of its value WoW to top [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Anna Okon Freight forwarders have threatened to shut down operations at the nation's seaports over what they describe as arbitrary charges by shipping companies. The latest of such charges, according to the agents, is the congestion surcharge which foreign shipping lines are reportedly imposing on importers. An importer, Eddy Akwaeze, lamented the reintroduction of the [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs ' and, more recently, solar panels ' Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks, according to apnews.com. The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk said the semi is [] 


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Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Abiodun Akinbule Jesus Christ was an outstanding teacher during His ministry on earth. Though He was not the only teacher during his time, there were Pharisees and scribes who also taught people in law in the Synagogue. But His ministry was incomparable and a huge success. He made some cogent expressions about those that claimed [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Onuora Onianwa onuora.onianwa@gmail.com A young man tweeted about a lady agreeing to have sex with him on the first day he had a date with her. He asked sarcastically what she was to have agreed to sleep with him and then said she was a slut who he was disappointed in. I see this always [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Minabere Ibelema Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.So said 19th century British historian Lord Acton in a letter to a bishop. The first half of this excerpt is a familiar aphorism in political matters. The second half [] 

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Sonala Olumhense Somewhere out there, right now, is one rich and powerful Nigerian. We do not know how he made his money, but we have it on some authority he was one of the chieftains of the fuel subsidy scam. That chapter, you might remember, almost brought down the Goodluck Jonathan government in January 2012. [] 


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Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Seni Adetu On the back of my cautious optimism concerning 2018 last week, one reader wrote back expressing his differences in opinion on the subject. His position was premised on the fact that all said and done, we dont have the revenue stream to fund the required capital expenditure that can jump-start economic activity. I [] 

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