NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 2nd December, 2017.


Lawyers concerned over identity disclosure, safety of whistle-blowers
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Lawyers have expressed concern over the dangers of exposing whistle-blowers who have to press for the payment of monies government promised them as compensation by going to court.

They said although whistle blowers have the legal right to sue government if it fails to honour its word, it was not good for them to go to court because it would expose them.

A Lagos-based lawyer, Tony Odiadi, who expressed his views on the dilemma of whistle blowers, described the difficulty in paying them by government as very worrisome.


He said the situation was like the devil and the deep blue sea, adding: “That is what
whistle blowers all over the world face when they comply with the policy.

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“It was supposed to be a secret business not open to the public. It is not in the interest of the person to go to court. The person cannot sue with a pseudonym because he did not use the pseudonym in blowing the whistle.

“The name you use in blowing the whistle is the name you will use in suing because that is the name that will earn you the money, otherwise, they will deny you in court.

“Strictly speaking, it is not in the interest of the whistle-blower to go to court. It is a very dangerous thing because those who stashed the money are ‘big men’ who have capacity to do a lot of terrible things.

“In our own case, the government presented it as part of its programme to fight corruption and also pledged to maintain the confidentiality of the identity of those who give information that could lead to recovery of funds.”

Odiadi lamented that a situation where arguments arose from government trying to keep its own side of the bargain when some people have tried to help by exposing corrupt people, did not augur well for the anti-corruption crusade.

“The Ikoyi case and the case of the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu in Kaduna are good examples,” he said.

He noted that the way things stand, it would appear as if the controversies are orchestrated or that the government was fighting corruption in a corrupt manner because if there was no objectivity, then the government could not to be trusted.

Odiadi, however, said people have the legal right to sue on a matter that is purely policy-based, insisting that the arrangement was contractual in nature.

“People can sue over a government policy that has the force of law because government has several protocols pronounced on it, which makes it a policy. So, you can sue and argue that you acted based on a particular government policy. It is like a contract to the whole world.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Pandemonium ensued in Kaduna metropolis yesterday when members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, and the Police clashed during the group’s procession in commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) in the state.

The Shiites, who came out in their hundreds, were marching and singing along major roads and highways when a combined team of armed policemen quickly emerged to stop the procession by shooting teargas and bullets in the air to disperse the procession.

The Police were able to restore peace and orderliness, as hoodlums almost took over the situation to cause pandemonium in the city.


The deputy spokesperson of the IMN Media Forum, Mallam Abdulmummunin Giwa, condemned the action of the Police in an interview, saying: “Today is the 12th of Rabiu Awwal, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and we are celebrating it as a Muslim community. We don’t know why the Police should be attacking us.

“Usually, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) is commemorated by Muslims all over the world, so members of the IMN, along with other Muslims, came out in procession in commemoration of the prophet’s birthday.

“As they were going, singing, the Police came with weapons, bullets and teargas and dispersed them. Later, there was reinforcement by the Police and they further dispersed the gathering.

“Usually, this event takes place annually. It is the birthday of the Prophet and we were commemorating it when the Police came to start shooting.
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Donald Trump’s former top advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russia, in a dramatic escalation of the probe into possible collusion between the president’s campaign team and Moscow.

The 58-year-old Flynn — a retired three-star Army general — is the most senior figure indicted in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election.

Flynn’s admission that he had secret discussions in December 2016 with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — with direction from top officials in Trump’s presidential transition team — set Washington abuzz with speculation as to who in the Republican leader’s inner circle might next be in Mueller’s sights.


The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed sources, that one of the “very senior” officials advising Flynn to contact the Russian envoy was Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner.

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Flynn’s guilty plea, on one federal charge of making false statements to investigators, came with a pledge to cooperate with Mueller, whose focus goes beyond possible collusion with Russia to shady business dealings and whether Trump himself tried to thwart the investigation.

The White House rejected the idea that Flynn could implicate “anyone” else, as ABC News reported that Flynn would testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to Moscow — news that sent Wall Street shares tumbling.

“I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong,” Flynn said in a statement after a brief appearance in federal court in the US capital.

“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

The charge normally carries up to five years in prison, but under the terms of the plea deal, Mueller says he has recommended a lighter sentence of only up to six months in jail, court filings show.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have directed all their branches nationwide to resume indefinite strike on Monday, December 4.

This directive was given in a letter to all the branch chairmen of the non-teaching staff unions in the universities, under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee (JAC), titled, “Directives to immediately resume the suspended strike,” signed by Samson Chijioke Ugwoke (SSANU), Chris Ani (NASU) and Sani Suleiman (NAAT).

The letter explained that the action was as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to clarify the criteria for the disbursement of the N23 billion it released to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), while only pittance was allocated to the three non-teaching staff unions.

 

It read: “Please recall our last correspondence to you, in which we informed you of the letter written to the Honourable Minister of Education rejecting the allocation made by the office of the Permanent Secretary and signed by the PS himself.

“In the said letter, the Federal Government was given seven days to explain the criteria for the said allocation and do the needful. The deadline has elapsed without any response from the Federal Government.

“In view of the above, therefore, you are hereby directed to resume the suspended indefinite strike action as from 12 midnight, Sunday, December 3, 2017.

“During this period, the strike shall be total and comprehensive.”

Chairman of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, branch of SSANU, Oseni Adewale Saheed, confirmed the development, adding that the union would hold a congress on Monday on the issue.
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is taking inspiration from tennis great Bjorn Borg in order to keep his players focused on beating Arsenal. 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Muyideen Olaitan shone like the stars once again at his home club where he outclassed the field to win his Eighth Ikeja Golf Club Championship title after a two-day battle with over 100 others. 

Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
It was all glitz and glam on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Exquisite Women of the Year (ELOY) Awards 2017, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos. 


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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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Sat, 02 Dec 2017
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