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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 20 December, 2017.


Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Another round of face-off looms between the executive and the legislature over the N8.612 trillion 2018 Budget is imminent as the Senate on Tuesday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari on what it referred to as shoddy preparations of the budget, which it hinted, will face implementation challenges. The foul mood by the senators against the budget had contradicted an earlier position of the Senate on the early passage of the budget. Currently, Senate President, Bukola Saraki is under tension amid a resolve by an Court of Appeal that his trial on alleged corruption and false assets declaration should begin in earnest. Senators after senators, during Tuesday’s Plenary, condemned the budget, which they described as hollow and un-implementable, indicating therefore that the process of passage would wait till March next year if a through work must be done on it. The Senate had on December 5, 2017, adjourned Plenary for two weeks to allow its standing committees to meet officials of the various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for defence sessions on their budget estimates. It took the stand on a belief that its committee on appropriation would submit report which would ultimately help the process of early passage as planned. But the Senators, however, made a U-turn from their earlier plan when they roundly condemned the budget and officials of the government who prepared it, insisting that the budget contained no significant improvements against the 2017 budget, which it said, ran into a hitch over implementation. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah ( APC, Kebbi South), fired the first salvo against the President, claiming that reports reaching the Senate from the various committees indicated that budgetary pronouncements by the President were not in anyway reflective in the submissions being made by heads of the MDAs. Na’ Allah, who came through a Point of Order to facilitate the debate on the subject matter, said the 60% of the capital component of the 2017 Budget, which the President promised to roll over to the 2018 Budget was not in anyway reflected in any of the 2018 Budget sub missions made by heads of the MDAs so far.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Angry opposition members in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, stormed out of the plenary in protest over the defection of Rep. Raphael Nnana-Igbokwe from Imo state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the majority All Progressive Congress (APC). The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Labour Party (LP) House members staged the walk-out in protest over the handling of Rep. Nnanna-Igbokwe’s defection by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, accusing him of partisanship. According to the aggrieved opposition lawmakers, Dogara’s ruling on the defection by the House member from Imo state contravened the constitution and judgement of the Supreme Court in which the apex court held that any defection can be considered legal when the party under which an elected lawmaker contested is engulfed in a leadership crisis and has two or more factions. Trouble started when the speaker read out the letter of Rep. Igbokwe, notifying the House of his defection to the APC. Speaker Dogara had hardly finished reading aloud the defection notice when opposition lawmakers raised a point of order, asserting that based on the Supreme Court ruling, any House member who dumps his party without any valid reason must vacate his or her seat. However, they were ruled out of order by the speaker who relying on Section 68, sub-section 2, stated that “the presiding officer or speaker shall even if there is no division, the House must come to a conclusion first and decide by resolution which is in favour of the majority.” Speaker Dogara having tacitly approved the Rep. Igbokwe’s defection to the APC, opposition lawmakers across party divide angrily stormed out of the plenary which was witnessed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who is also the chairman of the APC Governor’s Forum. The aggrieved lawmakers vowed to challenge Speaker Dogara’s ruling at the Supreme Court. Leading the opposition lawmakers was the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep. Binta Bello, who accused the speaker of turning deaf ears to the valid arguments raised by opposition lawmakers who quoted the relevant constitutional order and House rules.


Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested the Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma in Enugu.‎ The heavily armed operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Chukwuma’s residence at Savage Crescent, GRA, Enugu at about 7:30am on Tuesday to effect his arrest. ‎ Daily Times gathered that the security men guarding the home of the Chukwumas put a resistant, as they refused the EFCC operatives entry. This resulted to firing of tear gas by the policemen accompanying the EFCC men. Our correspondent gathered that the operatives cordoned off all the entry and exit routes leading into the residence. This created gridlocks as motorists plying the area. As at the time of filing this report the operatives had succeeded in gaining access to the building after overpowering Chukwuma’s security men. When Daily Times contacted, the Head of Media South East, Mr. Chris Oluka, he said Mr. Chukwuma was still being held in the State waiting to be taken to Lagos. However, no reason was given for his arrest.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Akwa Ibom State High Court, Etinan Judicial Division has ordered the reinstatement of no fewer than 6,000 dismissed students of the defunct College of Agriculture, Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of the State. The affected students were sacked when the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio, ordered the House of Assembly []The post Court orders reinstatement of 6,000 dismissed students appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler has assured Nigerians especially civil servants that the e-platform introduced by the Service. would address the current hitches in issuance and obtaining Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) in the country. Fowler stated this on Tuesday, while presenting a paper at the Monthly Lunch Time Reform []The post FIRS assures Nigerians on hitchfree Tax Clearance certificate in 2018 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria New 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday said all those found culpable in the Osborne Towers scandal in Ikoyi Lagos that led to the discovery of $43 million stashed, will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned. Receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), []The post Buhari receives NIA report, vows to sanction any culpable official appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News fro 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has thrown his weight behind the controversial approval of $1 billion from Excess Crude Account said to have been voted by the National Economic Council for the purpose of fighting insurgency and other related security challenges in the North East. Speaking at a retreat of the Secretary to the Government []The post NEC approval of $1bn to fight terrorism is in order- VP Osinbajo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Controversy over the Federal Government request to spend $1billion from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency took another turn as 16 Local Government Chairmen from Ekiti State on Tuesday approached the Federal High Court Abuja to stop the release of the fund. The 16 local government chairmen joined the Attorney General of []The post $1billion insurgency funds: Ekiti Local govt. Chairmen sue AGF, 36 State govs appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria New 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Nigeria is set to crown this years beauty queen on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. The journey to this years grand finale started in November when auditions were held in three cities Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos over a one-week period. From personal photography sessions from Studio 24 using []The post Nigeria to unveil new beauty queen this week in celebration of its 60th anniversary appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Relief in getting petroleum products seamlessly across the nation has been guaranteed following Mondays suspension of the industrial action which started same day by members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). PENGASSAN had last two weeks, given ultimatum that it will resume strike on Monday this week, if all []The post Fuel queues to ease from today as PENGASSAN ends strike appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Controversial media personality, Daddy Freeze has condemned the performance of Regga musician, Majek Fashek at Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Coza. Freeze said it made no sense for a secular artist to perform in such gathering as Christian altars are supposed to be sacrosanct. On his Twitter/Instagram page he wrote: I am a huge Majek fan, []The post Daddy Freeze Reacts To Majek Fasheks Performance At COZA (pics) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers