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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 14 December, 2017.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017

A tanker laden with 33,000 litres of diesel yesterday unleashed huge losses on some residents of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The accident, which occurred around noon, did not claim any life. But one man was injured while 21 vehicles and five motorcycles were razed.
An eyewitness, Mr. Chukwudi Ibe, said the fuel tanker was trying to cross the Festac Link Bridge when the truck rolled back. An explosion subsequently occurred, causing panic in the area as people scampered in different directions.
He said youths in the area mobilised to prevent the fire from causing more damage, as they pushed many parked vehicles away from the scene of the incident; they also used buckets of water in their bid to put out the raging fire.
According to the witness, federal and Lagos State emergency officials arrived at the scene 40 minutes after the fire started, and the damage had been done before their arrival.
One of the victims, Mr. Chinedu Nwobo, a car dealer, was struck with the heaviest losses. He said the 18 vehicles on display were completely burnt.
“The tanker driver has finished me completely. How and where do I start from after this? I never expected this would happen to me at this time of the year,” he lamented.
He said the cost of the razed vehicles was about N100 million.
Nwobo said he was sitting in front of his office when he saw the tanker driver finding it difficult to climb the bridge, and he suspected the driver wasn’t experienced enough.
“A few minutes later, we heard an explosion and cars started reversing. There was pandemonium.
“I blame the government for the loss of my property. If they had done what they were supposed to do it would not have happened. My 17 cars and a truck got burnt. Until the new local government officials assumed office, no heavy-duty truck was allowed to pass through the residential areas. The bridge in question is not meant for heavy-duty trucks.
“The fire servicemen wasted so much time in responding to the fire. When they arrived, there was no water in the first vehicle that came. Also, when other vehicles arrived, their equipment was in bad condition because it took them longer time to set them up.
“I have lost almost N100 million. I am in real shock right now and cannot accept the situation. I can’t be responsible for the unfortunate loss. I am appealing to the government to come to my aid; everybody knows how difficult it has been after going through so much to get to this point. How can one cope with this immense loss of property?” he wondered.
Other residents in the area also recorded losses. Mr. Charles, who deals in travelling bags close to the scene, said he lost over N1 million to the fire disaster. Another businessman who was driving behind the ill-fated tanker said he lost goods worth N1.5 million besides his vehicle.
But the general manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, said the agency’s response team moved to the scene as soon as it received a distress call concerning the incident.
“The combined efforts of the emergency responders, the police, Lagos State fire Service, Federal Fire Service and Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps was able to put the fire out at 2:20pm.
“The inferno of the exploded tanker affected 21 vehicles (18 cars and three commuter buses) and five motorcycles,” Tiamiyu said.
The agency’s rescue/recovery equipment was seen evacuating the burnt vehicles from the scene. Policemen from the Festac Police Division were also on hand to prevent hoodlums from unleashing mayhem and to manage the massive crowd at the scene.
The accident caused a gridlock around Festac and its environs for many hours.
Chairman of the local government council, Mr. Valentine Buraimoh, expressed shock at the incident. He condemned the removal of barricades that once protected the bridge, adding that the government had already enacted a law that prohibits heavy-duty trucks from passing residential areas.
The council boss said immediately the news broke out, he swung into action by informing the relevant authorities to do the needful about the incident.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Usani, yesterday, flayed previous governments over the strategic East-West Road, which he said was designed to fail.
According to him, “the East West road is a project that has been messed up from inception, naturally designed to fail by all the agreements and designed concepts that we have seen.”
Usani who made the claim at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said names of between 30 and 40 contractors would be sent to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for prosecution for their roles in the East West Road as well as other projects awarded in the Niger Delta ministry by previous administrations.
“… I have got a minimum of 30 to 40 contractors that I am sending to EFCC. On the East West road, I have taken a private consultant to review the whole cost. So, some contractors will obviously refund money for which the present cost will be discounted. So, when you see contractors ganging up and publishing things against me, you should know the foundation. But as far as I am here, I will do something that I feel is right.”
The road project, a 675km dual-carriage way meant to open up the entire Niger Delta states linking them one to another as well as the South West region was awarded in 2006 by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. It stretches from Calabar in Cross River to Warri in Delta State, with an additional 23.9km included by former president Goodluck Jonathan to link Calabar with oceanic town of Oron in Akwa Ibom.
The road is also to link all major oil towns beginning from Oron, Uyo to Calabar and the Atlantic Ocean, up to Itu and Eket in Akwa Ibom, Port Harcourt and Ahoada (Rivers), Kaiama (Bayelsa), Warri (Delta) to Benin.
The project cost which was initially at N211 billion by the Obasanjo administration was revised to N726 billion by the Jonathan administration.
Meanwhile, NEC has also approved N16 billion for the construction of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The building, which would be sited in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is estimated to be completed within 52 weeks after which it will be given out for rents.
He explained that the new headquarters complex would have up to 13 floors, some of which will be rented out to raise funds for the Commission and would also save NDDC about N2 billion on rent per annum. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Northern Senators’ Forum rose from its two-day retreat in Katsina, yesterday, and declared that the political elite from other regions are intimidating the North with restructuring.
Besides, the senators described restructuring as an ambiguous term, “even to its proponents, without clear terms and directions on how to go about it.”
The retreat, however, ended yesterday without any definite position on restructuring.
The communiqué, which was signed by the forum’s Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, equally noted that restructuring “is a term used by the political elite from the other regions to intimidate the North and paint it as a weak link, parasitic and unproductive region that brings nothing to the dining table.”
The communique said the North would, at a later date, take what the senators called, “a well articulated, firm and common position,” on the issue of restructuring, in collaboration with other northern members of the National Assembly.
“The North, as a region, is not afraid of any sensible and meaningful arrangement provided it guarantees justice, equity, fairness and the unity of all Nigerians irrespective of religion, region, age and sex, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”
The communiqué said the retreat also discussed, “the huge infrastructural deficit” in the northern region of the country and posited that the development has tended to weigh down on socio-economic and advancement of the area and reiterated “the need to design an all-embracing Marshal Plan for the development of the region.
“The insecurity of lives and property and the lack of capacity of the state to adequately guarantee the most fundamental of rights are the most critical challenges facing the region in particular, and the country, in general.
“The prevalent ethno-religious crises in the northern region are politically motivated in nature and have little or nothing to do with religion.
“The alarming statistics of out-of-school children and the number of learning institutions in the northern region explains why the region is educationally and economically backward, in addition to poor budgetary funding and bad governance.”
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, declared the retreat open on Tuesday, with governors of Katsina, Kebbi, Borno, Sokoto states in attendance, alongside the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, Prof. Ango Abdullahi and Dr. Usman Bugaje, among others.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Armed men on Tuesday night attacked an unoccupied residence of acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, at his farm in Karshi, a suburb of Abuja, killing a policeman.
The gunmen stormed Magu’s house at about 10pm and subdued a police officer and another civilian working on the property and tied them up before beating the duo to a pulp.
“The policeman died from the beating,” a source close to the EFCC boss’s family disclosed.
The farmstead was placed under police security a few months ago after an attack in which the uncompleted house was ransacked in suspicious circumstances.
The attack on the property was also followed not long afterward by a dawn attack on the EFCC office in Abuja in August.
“That was what warranted additional security around Mr. Magu and his family,” the source explained.
The motive behind the latest attack was hazy as the attackers also carted away five heads of cattle and some sheep that were being reared in the compound.
Police officers have already been drafted to the crime scene for investigation.
The attack came 48 hours after Magu led a nationwide sensitisation campaign against the evils of corruption.
Magu had, on Monday, led staff of the commission and other anti-graft agencies, Civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the war against corruption to stage a walk to bring the war into the national space.
Yesterday, spokesman for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, confirmed that some yet to be identified gunmen raided a property belonging to Magu.
He disclosed that the attack, which took place on Tuesday night  claimed the life of a security detail guarding the property. Magu was not residing in the house.
According to him, “the property, a farmhouse, located in Karshi, a suburb of Abuja, was attacked  by unknown gunmen at about 10pm on December 12, 2017.
“The unidentified men murdered a police sergeant on duty. The incident was the second such attack on the same farmhouse,” he added.
The spokesperson stated that while the commission would not speculate on the motives for the attack or the sponsors, “the EFCC, under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu, will not be deterred in its mission of ridding Nigeria of corruption.”
Magu was living in Karshi before his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the anti-graft agency on November 15, 2015.
He moved to a secured property in Asokoro District following a security breach, the acquisition of the property was one of the reasons used by the Department of State Service to question the integrity of Magu, which the Senate used to withhold Magu’s confirmation to head the commission.

2019: I'm for Buhari'Osinbajo ticket 'Tinubu
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said his endorsement of Professor Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy remains unchanged.
Reacting to a  report that president Buhari may pick him as running mate in the 2019 presidential election, if he contests, Tinubu said just as he supported Osinbajo to be Buhari’s running mate in 2015, he still stands for that as the duo have been doing a good job in running the country.
In a statement by his Media Office, yesterday, Tinubu noted that he and the people of the South West “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Prof Osinbajo is doing as vice president of Nigeria.”
Insinuating that he has no interest in being vice president, Tinubu said: “Contrary to the impression the story seeks to create, Asiwaju’s politics is not that of unbridled personal ambition for selfish interest. When at some point in the build up to the 2015 election, president Buhari offered him the vice presidential ticket, Tinubu gratefully and publicly thanked the president. When it turned out that such an offer would not be in the interest of the party and would play into the hands of enemies of change, Asiwaju unreservedly and passionately threw his support behind Osinbajo, as the best man for the job. His opinion has not changed. Indeed, his confidence and belief in Osinbajo has been amply justified by the latter’s sterling performance in office.”
Tinubu restated his statement while endorsing Osinbajo on December 17, 2014: “After all, the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who stand first and foremost. The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us…For me, political ambition will never triumph over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind us from what is best. The APC is the best and only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for. I eagerly lend myself to this fine cause without me having to be on the ticket. This is a time for cohesion and an overriding sense of mission. We must defeat the foe before us and resist all temptations intended to entice us to fight among ourselves.’ As it was then, so it remains today.”

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
From Iheanacho Nwosu,Abuja Chudi Offodile, a former House of Representatives member played a key role 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Ismail Omipidan The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen took over the leadership 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Gives February 28 deadline By Joe Apu Following the resolution of the FIBA Central Board at its meeting 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
NFF's 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has been named head of a 4-man panel to unravel 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
From Uche Usim, Abuja The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described Nigeria as an investment haven, 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has announced that it would commence sensitisation prospective investors 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Some of the tennis players taking part in the ongoing Rainoil Tennis Open at the Lagos Country Club, 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-Nigeria), has nominated Africa's leading background screening 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
As Orji Kalu, Runsewe, Melaye hails initiatives Former Super Eagles' Head Coach and iBet Nigeria 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
NPFL champions Plateau United will take on Eding of Cameroon, while MFM FC are up against Malian league 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Hopes of early resolution of the current petrol scarcity brightened yesterday, as the Nigerian National 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Ghana Affcot has emerged winners of the maiden edition of the 2017 Afriventures Cup football competition. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the amendment of 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
TAV Havalimanlari Holding AS, Turkey's biggest airport operator, is planning to bid for concession 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Germany soccer federation in an attempt to boost the morale of her players ahead of the FIFA World 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Isaac Anumihe five suspects arrested and detained by Nigeria Customs Federal Operations Unit (FOU), 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has re-affirmed the Federal government's commitment to sports development 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Sports philanthropist, Deacon Phillip Ayo Adelusi has tipped the Super Eagles to reach the knockout 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Omodele Adigun Barring any unforeseen circumstances, May & Baker Plc may soon start the export 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Lukman Olabiyi The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday urged the Federal High Court, 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Nigeria's only individual Gold medalist till date, Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara, has been decorated as an Assistant 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Adewale Sanyaolu and Steve Agbota The House of Representatives Committee on Oil and Gas, yesterday 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Ex-gov rejects verdict The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Ekiti State Government to look 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Decides pre-election case on PDP primaries From Godwin Tsa, Abuja A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Raps Ohanaeze on Lagos meeting From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Zika Bobby Ekiti State Government has commenced its Youth Employment and SocialSupport Operation 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Interestingly, the delicate issue of human rights has, over the years in Nigeria, resonated to a pitch 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Dear Honourable Minister Sir, the recent disheartening development in Nigeria's tourism industry, particularly 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
If the question is asked, would the PDP win the 2019 election' The answer is yes. However, they need 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Femi, your write-up, Come Let's Reason Together, in Daily Sun, Thursday, December 7, 2017, was beautiful. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has the proverbial lion heart and has dared where people dreaded. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
This column does not, as a matter of policy, comment on government and governance in Imo, my home state. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Below are what other cast of reviewers said about the book, 'Views from America: A Sojourner's Memoirs- 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The People's Grassroots Association for Corruption-free Nigeria (PGACN), after a survey of Nigerian 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Have you ever wondered why so many peoplecrave forwatermelonand why it is a favourite fruit for 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Cervical spondylosis can put once life in jeopardy. The discomfort and distress that comes with this 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Among the political players within Igboland and Nigeria's political firmament, Nnamdi Emmanuel Uba 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Tochukwu Ezukanma Recently, many Nigerians vehemently denounced the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Emmanuel Onwubiko Professor John Keane contributed to scholarship by writing a book he stylishly titled: 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
It is truly reassuring that the Federal Government is ramping up security measures to thwart any possible