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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 12 December, 2017.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lacks the powers to investigate and prosecute serving judicial officers, the Court of Appeal in Lagos ruled yesterday.
The court presided over by Justice Adejumo Obaseki held that judges can only be tried after their dismissal by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The court, however, said serving judges can be prosecuted for offences like murder, stealing, among others, committed outside the discharge of their duties. 
But once the offence was committed in the discharge of their duties, they must be investigated and tried by the NJC first, the court ruled.
Justice Obaseki was ruling on an appeal filed by Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa - a serving judge of the Federal High Court – who was arraigned by the EFCC for allegedly receiving $260,000 and N8.65 million gratifications to enrich himself as a judicial official.
Nganjiwa was arraigned on 14 - counts before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, presided by Justice Adedayo Akintoye, on June 23, 2017.
The accused through his counsel, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), challenged Justice Akintoye’s jurisdiction to entertain the case. 
But Justice Akintoye, in her ruling, dismissed Nganjiwa’s objection. The accused subsequently approached the appellate court. 
In his ruling yesterday, Justice Obaseki quashed the 14 charges pressed against Justice Nganjiwa.
The appellate judge also set aside the ruling of Justice Akintoye and upheld the preliminary objection raised by Nganjiwa, stating that the High Court of Lagos lacks the jurisdiction to hear and determine the case. He therefore dismissed the charge.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Federal Government will release the sum of N750 billion to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) this week for the implementation of capital projects contained in the 2017 budget, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has said.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when she met with a delegation of investors from France made up of 30 companies who are seeking partnership to invest in key sectors of the Nigerian economy, Adeosun stated that about N450bn had earlier been released for capital projects



She said the additional N750bn would make a total of N1.2 trillion that would have been invested in infrastructure projects in the country.
She said: “Last year we released N1.3tn of capital and so far this year we have released N450bn. This week we will release another N750bn and this will take the release to N1.2tn by the end of the year.”
Mr Philippe Labonne who led the delegation to the minister noted that investors were ready to partner with the Nigerian government in areas such as banking, infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture and youth empowerment.
He said French companies decided to increase their investments in Nigeria, underling the fact that the Nigerian economic environment is conducive following the recent stability in the country’s foreign exchange rate. 
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated 10 young pilots who completed their primary flying training at the International Helicopter Flying School (IHFS) Enugu.
The pilots were decorated at the opening ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference 2017 tagged ‘Re-appraising the Nigerian Army’s Operational Efficiency in Containing Contemporary National Security Challenges,’ held at World Lilies Event Place, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo state capital. 



Among the new pilots are Captains Ekemini Collins, Banwo Olufemi Muyideen, Kenechukwu Amauche Ofodile, Jamil Umar IbeLu, Oluwakayode Stephen Arifo, Elvis Orokaro Akpere, Yohanna Atang Harunan, Faisal Magaji Shehu, Peter Kajako, Uddin Joseph Oluwasegun.
President Buhari who was represented by General Gabriel Olorunnisakin said decoration of the young pilots would further strengthen the operation of Nigerian Army in securing its territory.  
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, promised that the Nigerian Army would continue to ensure the sustenance of democratic governance in Nigeria and defend the country’s territorial integrity. 
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
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Anti corruption war is do-or-die – Magu
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Anti corruption war is do-or-die – Magu
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, yesterday said the war against corruption is a do-or-die for the growth of Nigeria.
Addressing journalists after leading officials of the commission in a walk against corruption in Abuja, Magu said Nigerians must resolve to either win the battle or die trying.



The event was part of activities marking the 2017 International Anti-corruption Day with the theme: “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.’’
“The fight against corruption is now a war in which there is a clear line between forces of evil and those of good; between agents of progress and reactionary elements who mean no good.
“But for those of us on this side of the divide, in the anti-corruption agencies of government, in the media and civil society, the dagger is drawn and I believe I am speaking the minds of everyone on this side.
“We intend to neither retreat nor surrender in our noble intention to cure our country of the evils of corruption.
“For us as a country, the fight against corruption is a do-or-die affair. We have to win the battle or die trying.’’
PDP should get it right tomorrow

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Nearly 3000 delegates of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] would converge at Eagle Square in Abuja tomorrow for the partys National Convention to elect new leaders. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption [UNCAC] has, since 2005, earmarked December 9 of every year as the International Anti-Corruption Day. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that leaders and followers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels must intensify prayers to win the 2019 elections. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The candidate of the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) in the recent gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Mr Yul Edochie, at the weekend, said they are humbled by the landslide victory of Governor Willie Obiano at the poll. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reorganized air component of the counter insurgency war in the north-eastern part of the country tagged Operation Lafiya Dole. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Leaders of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) have extended hands of fellowship to South West leaders of the PDP in the aftermath of what befell them during the partys national convention. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have said that they do not want the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state to be scrapped. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, yesterday, blasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying the party rode to power on false and empty promises. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has introduced new strategies aimed at dislodging the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Guild of Medical Directors (GMD) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter has sued the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) at an FCT High Court over multiple taxation. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A total of 35 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bwari Area Council Camp in Abuja, have graduated from a skill acquisition programme organised by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Likeminds Projects in partnership with Youth Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (YELP). 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A commercial cyclist, name yet unknown, was last Thursday night knocked down by a motorist in Abaji town, on Abuja- Lokoja road. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Two persons, one a pedestrian, have died in separate accidents that happened in Gwarinpa, Abuja. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Some members of the Gwarinpa Community Safety Forum have commended the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police for promoting the Gwarinpa Divisional Police Officer, CSP Nuruddeen Sabo, to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, has said that the council will soon commence the disbursement of scholarships to indigent students at various tertiary institutions in the council. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A nongovernmental organization (NGO), Stress Free and Healthcare Advancement Foundation (STAHAF), will in January, 2018 open a free medical centre for people who could not afford medical bills especially at the rural areas.


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A resonating pogromMore than 100 innocent people were killed while many more were injured in another round of communal violence between the Bachama ethnic group and Fulani herders in Numan and Demsa areas of Southern Adamawa State amid continued threats from Boko Haram insurgents who have also unleashed an orgy of destruction of human lives in the state. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Beniseed (sesame) farmers in Benue State are poised to smile to the banks in this years harvest as demand for the produce increases on a daily basis. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved ruminants. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Kano State government is to partner Indonesian investors with the aim of revamping food production in the state. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The World Bank said it has held a two day consultation with the Federal Government to fast track a $1 billion funding to support the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP). 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Aviation workers have concluded arrangement to picket Kenya Airways at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Tuesday over alleged poor treatment of Nigerian employees. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Travel chaos continued in Lagos yesterday and other locations in Nigeria as more flights were cancelled as a result of hazy weather even as hundreds of passengers were stranded at the nations airports, findings by Daily Trust have shown. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Weststar Associates Ltd, authorised general distributor of Mercedes Benz cars in Nigeria has terminated its distributorship agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has reversed downward the 2018 sugar projection for the country to 1. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Executive Chairman of Nigerias Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Tunde Fowler has said the recently launched Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) is gradually yielding result as some companies have voluntary paid N17bn from the commenced of the scheme from June 2017 to date. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to consider pegging the N220 billion Micro Small and Medium Enterprises intervention loan at 5 per cent to encourage more off take.


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage), a socio-economic and political body has said that research is fundamental and essential for the prosperity of societies and human advancement. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Leading mobile Value Added Services provider, GTS-Infotel, has said its newly launched Mobinawa 1.0 mobile app will revolutionize the management of business/customer relationship of companies in the GTS network. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The two matches played on the opening day of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-Season Invitational in Kano yesterday ended draws, while the third match on the day between hosts Kano Pillars and the CHAN Eagles was shifted to today. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the countrys Olympic committee said yesterday. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Over 6,000 participants drawn from over 100 various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are currently jostling for medals at this years Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), which started in Bauchi yesterday. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Lewis Hamilton says he has not considered the prospect of retiring from Formula One before the current engine regulation cycle expires in 2020. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Greg Norman was impressed by Tiger Woods latest competitive return to action but warns against setting too high expectations for the 14-time major champions future. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Team Civil Defence of Abuja have won the 2017 edition of the NCC Tennis League Cup by beating Team Muller 4-0 in a tie the latter were considered favourites to win. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Media Officer of the Polish Football Association (PZPN), Jakub Kwiatkowski, has reconfirmed that the Poles will face the Super Eagles in a pre-World Cup friendly on March 23, 2018 but stressed that the venue of the match has not yet been decided.