NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH DECEMBER, 2017]

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 7th December, 2017.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Strong indications emerged yesterday that the 19 northern states and the FCT chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have resolved to ditch the South-west in the race for the national chairmanship of the party.

If that happens, it means former acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, may as well carry the day, Daily Sun gathered.
Apart from the north, it was further learnt that the South-East delegates would go in one direction, in solidarity with the South-South.
Daily Sun also gathered that those backing Secondus from the north have also tipped former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja to emerge as deputy national chairman (South), just as it resolved to back Hajia Inna Ciroma as deputy national chairman (North) and Senator Umar Tsauri, as national secretary.

Although another meeting of the group is expected to hold tomorrow night, sources revealed that nothing “substantial” was expected to change from the arrangement.
“The only thing that may change is the position of the deputy national chairmen for both North and South. Ladoja was tipped because he is seen as someone who is level-headed and since we are going for Secondus who is relatively younger, we need Ladoja as a stabiliser from the South-west. As for Mallam Ciroma’s wife, you know she is with the Adeniran’s camp. So, anything can happen to her choice between now and Saturday morning,” the source said.

Before now, aspirants from the South-west and their supporters enjoyed the sympathy of the north and had even offered to give the zone bloc votes to enable. But at a recent meeting in Abuja, stakeholders from the North, especially the North-west, may have reviewed their earlier stance with a view to backing the only aspirant from Rivers State for the party’s plum job.
Specifically, Daily Sun gathered that the decision to support South-south for the position was reached at a recent meeting in the home of a former Sokoto State governor, which was reportedly attended by 14 top party chieftains. They included former vice president, Namadi Sambo, former Kaduna governor and national caretaker chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and former foreign affairs minister, Aminu Wali, Senator Hayatu Gwarzo and former special duties minister, Kabiru Turaki.

Others were former Sokoto State governor, Attaihiru Bafarawa, former Katsina governor, Ibrahim Shema, former Sokoto deputy governor, Mukthar Shagari and former acting national chairman of the party, Dr. Bello Haliru.
The meeting unanimously agreed that since the South-west were unable to come up with a consensus candidate from among the six of them that have shown interest, and considering the crisis in the zone, it was in the best interest of the party to allow the South-south produce the next chairman.

“It is true that a meeting was called in Abuja. It was convened at the instance of the stakeholders from the North-west zone. We were worried about the development in the South-west. All of us in the North have sympathy for the South-west. But what else can you do when those you are trying to assist are unwilling to assist themselves?

“South-south presented us with just two aspirants. But your people refused to step down for each other. They could not come up with a consensus candidate. We said ok, give us two of them so we could choose, again, they failed us. So, in that circumstance, what do you want us to do? We had to forget about them and switch our support for the South-south, which appear to be more organised,” one of the sources at the meeting told Daily Sun.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave a marching order to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachickwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru till weekend to clear the fuel queues that have surfaced in Abuja, Lagos and other major cities.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told journalists at the post FEC-briefing that contrary to speculation, the government had no plans to hike pump price of fuel.
He also said Kachickwu told FEC that the NNPC has enough fuel to last till end of January 2018.
“The minister of petroleum was supposed to join us but he has to attend a very important meeting so that this crisis would be resolved.
“The government has no intention at all that to increase the pump price of PMS. The minister assured the council that we have enough products till the next one month, even till the end of January.
“The council gave him a matching order that this fuel scarcity should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is curtailed. He assured council that there is actually no cause for alarm.”
Meanwhile, the scarcity has begun to take its toll across the country with long queues at fuel stations while black market sell for as high as N3,000 per four-liter.
In Kaduna, where long queues have resurfaced at many filling stations, an independent marketer, Benjamin Omale said they were not getting enough products from the PPMC and private tank farms in Lagos.
But in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, fuel stations were dispensing product just as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)monitored compliance by fuel station across the state. The Operation Controller of the DPR in charge of Ogun State, Mrs. Muinat Bello-Zagi said the monitoring exercise was to ensure consumers were not ripped off.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
embattled Chairman of the dissolved Pension Reform Task Force Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has dared the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest him.
Maina said the EFCC cannot arrest him because the composition of the anti-graft body, as presently constituted, is unconstitutional and, therefore, cannot lawfully invoke the provisions of its Establishment Act, 2004.
The former pension said based on this, he has dragged the EFCC before a Federal High Court in Kaduna, through his counsel, Mohammed Sani Katu, with the Attorney General of the Federation, the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives as defendants.
The EFCC declared the former PRTT boss wanted in 2013, for allegedly defrauding pensioners to the tune of N195 billion. His arrest was also ordered by security agencies.
But Maina, in the suit FHC/KAD/CS/112/2017, cited section 4(1) and 4(2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended and the case of A.G, Ogun State v. A.G, Federation (1982) LPELR-SC/1981 (P.50, paras. A-B) where the apex court held that “the making of law and order and securing of public safety and public order is a very wide field indeed the responsibility for which must be shared between the National Assembly and the State House of Assembly…” averred that by former President Olusegun Obasanjo repealing the EFCC (establishment) Act, 2002, in 2004 and re-enacting another law referred to as EFCC (Establishment etc) Act, 2004, he usurped the powers of the National Assembly to make laws, thereby making the 2002 Act null and void. He prayed the court to declare the present composition of the EFCC as unconstitutional, null and void and another order to declare all its actions, made in reliance with the EFCC (establishment), Act 2004 to date as unconstitutional, null and void.
In the reliefs sought, Maina also asked for a declaration that it is only the National Assembly that is empowered to enact, repeal or re-enact any federal legislation and that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can only modify an already existing federal legislation/Act, so as to bring it within the purview of the constitution but not to repeal, amend or re-enact new laws/Act and that the anti-corruption agency cannot lawfully invoke the provisions of the EFCC (Establishment), Act to declare him wanted and direct his arrest by security agencies.
In a written address, in support of his originating summons, Maina raised some posers such as “when was the EFCC Act 2002 enacted? When did it come into effect?
“We have deposed in paragraphs 4 (a) of our affidavit, stating that the EFCC (Establishment) Act of 2002 (Act No. 5) was enacted in 2002, three years into the operation of the 1999 constitution, with the commencement date of December 14, 2002. The EFCC (Establishment etc) Act, 2004 and for matters connected therewith, referred to as Act No. 1 was enacted by the Fifth National Assembly, whose tenure came into being on June 4, 2004, which date is also the commencement date of the said Act.
The earlier Act was repealed through the later Act by former Obasanjo while allegedly exercising his powers under section 315 of the 1999 constitution. It is our submission that, from the above analysis, the repealed EFCC Act, 2002  does not fall under the meaning of existing law capable of being modified, repealed or altered as same was never in existence before the coming into force of the 1999 constitution. On the contrary, it was enacted and came into force in 2002, hence, cannot be arbitrarily repealed, modified, amended or re-enacted by the president. We urge the court to so hold.”

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From James Ojo, Abuja Chief Festus Chidozie Egbulefu viewed recent political developments in the Central 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From Samuel Bello, Abuja Former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran in this interview urged 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From John Adams, Minna There is uneasy calm at the Niger State House of Assembly following a petition 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From Fred Itua, Abuja The South East, predominantly made of Igbo ethnic group, has been in the news since 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Joe Apu The Super Eagles of Nigeria are sure to get top flight international friendly encounter ahead 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
As price hike rumour spreads By Adewale Sanyaolu nigeria's fuel supply glitch which entered 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Ticket sales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia resumed on 5 December exclusively on FIFA.com/tickets 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has confiscated 64 assorted bulletproof vehicles from Omole Estate, Ojodu 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From Ojieva Ehiosun, Benin A six-man delegation of FIFA agents in Benin on scouting mission have tipped 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Prepares 40 women entrepreneurs for bankable projects The Investment and Technology Promotion Office 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The organisers of the forthcoming Copa Lagos Beach Football competition, Kinetic Sports, have showered 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki will, today, 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The nation's capital, Abuja will practically stand still this Thursday evening as the Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Chinenye Anuforo The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has rejected in its 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Manchester United top stars including, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Executive Chairman/CEO, BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Two venue clusters to hold skateboarding, sport climbing, basketball 33 and BMX events at Tokyo 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Charles Nwaoguji The International Centre for Tax Research and Development (ICTRD), will be launched 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
World football's governing body FIFA says the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling to suspend 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Chinwendu Obienyi As part of its efforts to serve the market with better proposition and to satisfy 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Omodele Adigun The framework for the disbursement of the N26.87 billion contributed into the Agriculture/Small 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Says its hurting businesses The Organised Private Sector (OPS) yesterday, lamented the effects 


Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President, 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Moshood Adebayo Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has directed the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted various contraband with 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned motorists against using re-threaded tyres, saying 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has urged the private sector to support 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
State uncovers bloated work force in Dickson's LG From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Association of Local 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Ikwerre ethnic nationality endorses gov for 2nd term Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri The military has appointed Major Gen. Rogers Nicholas as new commander 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Suleiman Uba Gaya It all started like a rumour. Or an expensive joke. And so, when a showman called 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
A public presentation of a new book on practical ways to extirpate corruption in Nigeria took place on 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Lukman Isiaku Virtually every sane and patriotic Nigerian is shuddering and cursing over the audacity 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Today, I would like to open the books on recent happenings at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Michael Jegede Notwithstanding the lucid explanation given by the Federal Government while denying 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The story of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) dates back to the 80s, when robbers of diverrse 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Kingsley Omoyeni Nigeria, being a major oil producing nation, had hitherto depended on oil for a large 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
It was perhaps as expected, a convocation worthy of the eagles. But these eagles were men in their flight 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The unexpected loss of power struck it like a thunderbolt from outer space. Those who meant well for 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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