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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 13 December, 2017.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday ordered Senate President Bukola Saraki to return to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and face three-count charge on alleged false asset declaration.
The three-member panel led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson unanimously ruled that Saraki should return to the CCT to face trial on three counts out of the 18 initially slammed on him.

The court dismissed the remaining 15 counts and ordered the remittance of the three charges back to CCT for the continuation of the trial.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the federal government failed to call the vital witness to prove its allegations against Saraki, which included that he drew salary four years after leaving office as a governor.
The panel, however, agreed with the EFCC that “there was ample evidence”  that discrepancies exist in the claims about the acquisition of the Ikoyi properties on the asset declaration forms, which requires the defendant to make further explanation as public servants are not permitted to engage in any form of business venture apart from agriculture.
“In conclusion, we find no merit in 15 out of 18 count charges brought against the defendant by the complainant and we hereby uphold the decision of the tribunal delivered in June this year on the finding,” she said.
“It is my belief that credible evidence was led by the prosecution in respect of the three counts, it is hereby ordered that counts four, five and six be remitted to the tribunal for retrial to enable the defendant offer explanations where necessary,” she said.
The senate president and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Although the long queues of motorists have reduced considerably in Abuja and other neighbouring states, the fuel situation is yet to normalise as at yesterday, Daily Trust can report.
This is despite the directive by the Federal Executive Council to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachukwu to end the scarcity by weekend.

Yesterday, our reporter observed that there were still lines of vehicles waiting to buy the Premium Motor Spirit in and around the Federal Capital Territory even as hawkers traded it freely in jerry cans.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) assured Monday that supply of the product was increasing and that the situation would normalise during the week. 
Meanwhile, Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.
Brent crude futures on Tuesday, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.07 dollars a barrel.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 58.21 dollars a barrel.
Britain’s Forties oil pipeline, the country’s largest at a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd), shut down on Monday after cracks were revealed.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is keeping over N50 billion outside the Treasury Single Account (TSA), a parliamentary panel said yesterday.
The amount is stuck in different commercial bank accounts by the corporation, the panel constituted by the House of Representatives to probe the status of TSA said.

Chaired by Abubakar Nuhu Danburam (APC, Kano), the panel said the over N50bn is part of proceeds from joint venture contracts (JVC).
At a session yesterday in Abuja, the panel said NNPC claimed the amount was exempted from being transferred to the TSA, following an approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has confirmed NNPC’s claim, saying a letter issued by the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the president, Abba Kyari conveyed the directive.
Mr Dipo Fatokun, who represented CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, told the lawmakers that the TSA has yet to achieve 100 per cent compliance, saying part of the N50bn may have been withheld by some banks due to the outcome of litigation involving the NNPC.
But the lawmakers doubted the claims, saying there must be a separate approval given by the president since the purported letter from the CoS was not categorical.
The Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, was not present to respond to issues raised by members of the panel. Consequently, the lawmakers summoned him to appear “unfailingly” on Wednesday, next week. He is to appear alongside some banks chief executive officers.
Danburam and his colleagues also resolved that NNPC must produce evidence of presidential approval for the exemption of the accounts within 48 hours.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC) Abdullahi Bako yesterday said lack of funds has stalled investigations into alleged corruption of about 20 former governors. 
Bako made this known in an interview with journalists on the sideline of a one-day anti-corruption colloquium with Business Management Organizations (BMO) and Professional Associations (Pas) in Abuja. 
In 2015 it was reported that the ICPC was investigating former governors over alleged corruption and misappropriation of states funds.
Asked about the outcome of the investigation of the governors, Bako said, “That was when they were in office, those governors, the law provides that an independent council is to be appointed to investigate them.
“Unfortunately, the Chief Justice of Nigeria as at that time who was to appoint the independent council had no money to pay for such gigantic operation or assignment.
“That was why nothing was done about it, but the files maybe revisited as soon as possible now that they have left office.” 
He further said, “Where prima facia case is established against any of them, they can be taken to court one at a time.” 
Earlier in his welcome address, Bako said, the colloquium is organized to carry key stakeholders along in the fight against corruption. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West, Engr. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Governor of Osun State, Mr. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
A group, Youths for Better Nigeria (YBN), yesterday, called on an ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to vie for the presidency in 2019 with a former Minister of Finance, Dr. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra state has said it would not rest on its oars until all aggrieved members returned back to the party. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
A new group under the aegis of National Youth Leadership Congress (NYLC) was on Tuesday launched in Abuja. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has congratulated the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, on his election at last Saturdays National Convention. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday that impunity and politics of pull-him-down cost it Anambra State in the November 18 governorship election. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has disclosed its plans tofield a presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2019 general election.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});1234567891011121314 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, fillColor: 'd40e01', strokeWidth: 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
On December 2, 2017, the city of Abuja hosted the first Golden Rule conference at Merit House. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Foreign investors inflow into the nations capital market decreased by 18. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The potential of every small business to grow to a bigger company is the focus of the fourth episode of Season Five of Glo-sponsored TV drama series, Professor Johnbull. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Access Bank Plc. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
One of Nigerias leading digital marketing agency, ADE Digital Media, has promised to empower youths with digital skills and resources aimed at encouraging digital innovative solutions across Africa. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Nigerias trade value in exports increased to N3. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Failure is part of the process on your path to success. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Kwes TV has brought festive cheer with a special Christmas promotion which offers new subscribers a massive 75 per cent discount on their second month subscription.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345678910111213141516 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, fillColor: 'd 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
As the charity football match between African Legends and Kano Pillars Football Club, for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country continues to gather momentum, the chairman of NPFL club owners Association Barrister Isaac Danladi has thrown his weight behind the historic exhibition football game. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Akwa United head coach, Abdu Maikaba, has expressed contentment with his teams 1-1 draw with MFM FC on the opening day of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational on Monday. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Tyson Fury is free to resume his career, subject to regaining his boxing licence, after accepting a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
More than 200 Russian athletes could still compete at the Winter Olympics in February despite the countrys ban over widespread doping, it has been claimed. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
As part of preparations for next years World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will play friendly matches with three countries between January and May next year, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Fifa has punished Nigeria for using an ineligible player in their final World Cup qualifier against Algeria in November. 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Super Eagles right back Shehu Abdullahi who plies his trade in Cyprus with Anorthosis Famagusta says the countrys top flight division is very challenging and that the level of fitness is very high.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345678910 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.