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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 15 December, 2017.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy has turned back Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, over alleged “unpreparedness to face the committee for his 2018 budget defence.”

The minister was turned back when he appeared before the committee, to defend estimates of his ministry’s 2018 budget, yesterday. The event took place at the Senate Hearing Room 2.11, in the New Senate Wing of the National Assembly.

The move by the committee was just as senators picked holes in the ministry’s proposed N10 billion solar power projects for nine universities across various states.

The Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe-led committee said Fashola was not ready to face members and that the minister did not appear before them with necessary documents concerning the budget.

Abaribe said the committee should have been furnished with necessary documents, which members would peruse while the minister would take them through the estimates, during the budget defence, as is the usual practice. 

Thereafter, the committee chairman informed his colleagues that Fashola immediately reached out to him and said he was prepared to appear before the committee on Monday.

On the N10 billion solar project, senators wondered why the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) would plan to spend that much to provide solar street lights for nine universities.

REA Managing Director, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, had, in her defence of the agency’s 2018  listed “Rural Electrification Access Programme in Federal Universities” with a cost profile of N10,148,146,829.00, as one of the agency’s projects for next year.

The purpose for the over N10 billion expenditure did not go down well with the committee, particularly when the power sector had been privatised. The REA boss then told the committee that they are working in nine federal universities; to upgrade electricity supply in the institutions.

A committee member, Suleiman Hunkuyi, demanded the list of universities involved in the projects while Abaribe recalled that the panel had requested the list of benefiting institutions.

Ogunbiyi named University of Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Usman Dan Fodio University, Abubakar Tafawa Bella University, Bauchi, Bayero University, Kano as some of the federal institutions that would benefit from solar power installation.

Vice Chairman of the committee, Buka Mustapha, insisted that details of the solar power projects in the universities must be disclosed, as well as details of “who is paying for the installations when the power sector has been privatised.”

The REA boss answered that it is the responsibility of the Federal Government to provide power in rural areas and added that most of the universities are located in rural areas.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has restated his earlier position that it will be injurious to the Igbo to pursue self-determination and urged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to drop their agitation and join the organisation’s quest for a restructured Nigeria. 

  He spoke during a Town Hall meeting organised by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation in Lagos, yesterday.

Nwodo, who  noted that the youths were free to express themselves over what he described as the relegation of the Igbo to second class citizens in Nigeria, stressed that the South East would be the ultimate loser in the event of another civil war. 

“Whether we agree with them or not,  they have a right to express their opinions. When I was at their age, I was in the trench fighting for Biafra. I’m not sure that anyone of them has heard the sound of a gun.  I lost a close friend who was with me in the trench; a mortar caught him in the ear and he died instantly.

The Ndigbo leader disclosed that more than half a million Igbo died in the war through the gun and bombings by the federal troop while another one million died out of hunger and starvation.

‘‘The Igbo suffered enormous loss to the war.  I am telling this story because I, Nnia Nwodo,  will be a saboteur if the Igbo choose to go for another civil war. Anybody at my age who does not speak the truth is not doing himself any good. Ohanaeze does not support war; we support restructuring, which will allow the federating units in Nigeria to take charge of their affairs.”he told the gathering.  Members of IPOB had come to the event displaying placards with various inscriptions like “Biafra is the solution,” “Ohanaeze stop deceiving us,” “No federal presence in the South East, only python dance,” “Where is Nnamdi Kanu,” and “Ohanaeze Ndigbo stop the killings in Biafra land,” among others. 

  Nwodo emphatically told the agitators to stop nursing the dream of an independent state of Biafra, saying, “when you want to fight a war,  you must ask yourself how do I fight this war’’.

‘‘Our young men must learn; we know better than them and they must learn to listen to us.  In order to get a pride of place for every Nigerian, we must ask ourselves how do we do it.  If we go back to the trenches to fight,  we are doing disservice to this nation;  we are doing disservice to our children.” 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Embattled former chairman of the dissolved Pension Reform Task Force Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has asked those calling for his head to shift attention to Aso Rock where he alleged bigger names accused of stealing public money are still walking the corridors of power.

He said the anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has not achieved result because those close to the president were lying to him.

“The unfortunate thing is that some people around him (President) whom he has trusted are lying to him. I can attest to this and I can give you instances and documentary evidences. People portray themselves as if they are saints. It is a lie; they are not. We know it and that is why they are after my life. 

“Why is it that the former SGF and other big personalities accused of stealing monies, including big personalities in the Villa, nobody is talking about them? Maina who is just a deputy director whom the Minister of Justice has said the DSS has cleared of any wrongdoing. The National Security Adviser has cleared me of any wrongdoing. His office has also cleared me. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution has cleared me of any wrongdoing and that I have no case to answer and then a small unit under the ministry will come and start fighting me for N2.1 billion.

 “So are we trying to fight corruption in Nigeria or diverting attention by lying to Mr. President? Listen to me, Mr. President would have achieved more than what he has achieved. But because they are lying to Mr. President because they hate Maina, he won’t be able to achieve more. You hate me. I know why you hate me. You hate me because I am somebody who is bold. I know how to fetch the money. I know how to follow the money. We have talented people in Nigeria. Let’s start harnessing these talents and stop all these bickering and stuff out of the system. Nigerians have elected a very decent man as president and has given you the trust, please stop lying to him. Speak the truth and let’s move forward. We have so much to recover”, he said.

 Maina, who has been in hiding since he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting recovered pension funds to the tune of N195billion said he was wrongly accused of the crime.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

The Sun Publishing Limited has dragged the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s (NCC) Director of Prosecution, Mr. Abdul Ter Kohol, to the Federal High Court in Abuja, over incessant threats and harassment arising from publication of a Page 3 Girl photograph.

The suit, which also has The Sun Publishing Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie and Editor, Daily Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh, as applicants, is asking the court to declare as unconstitutional, illegal, null and void, the threat of preferment/actual preferment of malicious criminal charges levelled against Kohol and the NCC, over alleged infringement of the copyright of one Miss Temitope Akinyemi, whose photograph was published as Sun Girl.

The Sun had inadvertently published a Page 3 Girl photograph of Miss Akinyemi on May 25, 2016, which was sent by a syndicate, whose real motive was to implicate and extort money from the newspaper. Since then, the NCC, through its Director of Prosecution, Mr. Kohol, and the said Miss Akinyemi, have continued to harass and intimidate the newspaper organisation and its managers, with a view to coercing them into monetary settlement. 

In a 10-paragraph affidavit deposed to by its Counsel, Mr. Christopher Yildar, from the Chambers of Nest Idahosa and Co chambers, yesterday, The Sun said the allegation of infringement of Miss Akinyemi’s copyright, which is the subject of Civil Suit, with No. FHC/WR/CS/87/16, filed at the High Court, Warri, against The Sun MD and editor “constitutes a violation of their rights to human dignity, personal liberty and freedom of expression of the press, contrary to Sections 34, 35 and 30 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and under Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, (CAP 10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 and, therefore, unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.”

The Sun further asked the court to declare that the continuous threat of arrest, detention and preferment of malicious criminal charges against Mr. Osagie, Mr. Ukeh, and other staff of The Sun Publishing Limited, issued against them by the NCC and Mr. Kohol, orally and vide their letters dated 18/7/2017, 26/7/2016 and 9/11/2016, respectively, for an allegation of crime purportedly committed by one Daniel Ekiye, without the knowledge and authority of the organisation, constitute violation of the officers’ rights to personal liberty and human dignity, as guaranteed by Sections 34 and 35(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and under Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act (CAP 10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 and, therefore, unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Movie legend, Eddy Ugboma has wrapped up plans to celebrate his 77th birthday in grand style. Ugboma, who has the record of the only African to have shot 13 films on celluloid in Africa in an exclusive chat with TS Weekend opened up on his plans for his birthday which holds Tuesday, 19 December. 'I... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Damilola Fatunmise After a couple of years of steering the COSON boat successfully, it was indeed with shock that the industry received news last week that COSON Chairman and copyrights expert, Tony Okoroji, had stepped down in favour of artiste and events manager, Efe Omorgbe. In this chat with TSWeekend, Okoroji opens up on... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Tomorrow December 16, all roads will lead to the home of late fuji star, Ayindae Barrister as friends and family have wrapped up plans for the commemoration of the seventh anniversary of his death. According to Nureni Sunmola, his sakara player, who hooked up with Barrister in 1986: 'It is seven years after Ayinde Barrister,... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
After making a mark on the music industry in Tokyo, Japan, Nwabueze Chukwuka Ndubisi aka Bishop XL is back home to impact the Nigerian music space with his sound. The act has released a brand new single entitled Notica in order to establish his fan base in Nigeria. In a chat with TS Weekend he... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Gospel music evangelist, Chris Shallom, who thrilled at Worship Without Limits, a concert which held recently at Agbara, Ogun State, has declared that gospel music is taking over globally and he gives his reasons. He said: 'The greatest impact of gospel music is evident in Nigeria. Sometime ago, Ghana did a survey and discovered that... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Singer, Adasounds is back with a bang! She has just released a brand new single entitled My Baby. In a chat with TSWeekend, the curvy and light complexioned singer said: 'I am back with a bang and my fans should watch out for my new single, My Baby, which just dropped. It is hot and... 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Dickson in closed door meeting with Ladoja From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Dickson Okafor Emeka Beke is the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Chief Emeka Okonkwo, is an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftain and Editor-in-Chief, Anambra 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Kenny Ashaka And Noah Ebije, Kaduna Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the dissolved Pension 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has ignored a court order on Wednesday, 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Sacks 3 staff, registers 21 political parties From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Independent National 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Joe Effiong, Uyo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its successful national convention has 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Desmond Mgbo, Kano CHAN Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf says his target at the on going NPFL pre 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Zika Bobby Grand Oak spirit brand, Lord's Gin was on ground at the second edition of Nigeria's 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been ranked ninth in the latest Sky Sports 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has enjoined engineers to utilise its whistleblowing 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Stories by Maduka Nweke The Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Standard Organisation of Nigeria 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Stories by Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com 08034207864, 08118879331 Owing to incessant building 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Olabisi Olaleye Respite may finally be coming the way of embattled telecoms services provider, 9mobile 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Louis Ibah Concerned stakeholders in Nigeria's aviation sector have criticised the decision 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Lampoons DPR over regulatory failure By Adewale Sanyolu The House of Representatives Committee on 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The governors of the 36 states of the federation have authorised 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
As motorists accuse marketers of rip off From Uche Usim, Abuja The two-week petroleum products 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, yesterday, said, the National 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From: Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Council of Ibadan Authentic Mogajis (family heads) yesterday asked the members 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The Sun Publishing Limited has dragged the Nigerian Copyright Commission's (NCC) Director of Prosecution, 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Linus Oota, Lafia Nasarawa State House of Assembly has approved the amendment of some laws in the 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared the administration's Anchors Borrowers' Programme a huge 

NLC president raises the alarm over missing crude
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Magnus Eze, Abuja President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has raised the alarm 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Head 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Paul Orude Bauchi Wife of the President, Hajia Aishatu Buhari, through her pet project, 'Future 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has dismissed insinuations 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Campaign posters endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for re-election 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
As traders pelt Okorocha with sachet water From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri The Auto parts market 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Pursuant to Section 135(2)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
When in 1939, Archduke Fedinanol was assassinated in Sarajero, in the defunct Yugoslavia, nobody ever 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Promise Adiele This is not a treatise on campaign or a call for votes towards 2019. I am sure those 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Gbemiga Olakunle We are expressing our profound delight with the Federal Government for the prompt 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
With the successful holding of its elective convention since becoming the opposition party following 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The battle for the 2019 general election has started. The two major parties are warming up. Last Saturday, 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
Being continuation of the lecture delivered by Professor Placid C. Njoku, at the 8th convocation lecture 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
It is unfortunate that at a time like this that armed robbery, kidnapping and sundry violent crimes have 

Fri, 15 Dec 2017
By Perpetua Egesimba Actor, Charles Okafor will be among celebs that will grace the Amuwo- Odofin Alleluia