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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 DECEMBER, 2017].


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

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu never underrated the importance of governors in the party’s nomination process, his Media Office said yesterday.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha claimed that Tinubu said governors have no role in the choice of a presidential candidate for the party.

This is not true, the former Lagos State governor said, adding that what he said in that encounter with journalists in Akure “and still canvasses is that the APC should not mimic the PDP’s penchant for short-circuiting internal democracy by promoting the idea of an automatic ticket”.

Okorocha had said all the APC Governors had endorsed President Buhari for re-election, thus implying that the governors had given the President an automatic ticket for 2019.


 
Asked to respond to the issue after a meeting with Afenifere leader Pa Fasoranti in Akure, Tinubu said such was strange to the party and that President Buhari is a man who believes in due process.

Okorocha, however, interpreted that to mean a slight on the party’s governors.

Speaking with journalists in Akure after receiving an honourary doctorate degree at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State on Saturday, he said his statement referred to the party’s governors and that Tinubu was crying more than the bereaved.

In a statement last night in Lagos, Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Mr. Tunde Rahman, said: “We note Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s statement. It is important that the record of what Asiwaju Tinubu said when approached by journalists during his last visit to Akure is accurate. Thus, I make this statement in the hope of clarifying a misinterpretation that seems to have taken hold in some quarters.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017

There were protests in some major cities yesterday  – for and against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),  the police anti-violent crimes fighting machine.

The unit has been accused of brutality against innocent citizens.

A group of people promoting the scrapping of the unit surfaced in the social media recently, using the #EndSARS hashtag.

Following the massive campaign, Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris promised to restructure and reposition the unit. Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said to end SARS was to leave the field open for armed robbers to operate freely.
 
In Abuja, Awka, the Anambra State capital, and  Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, protests erupted yesterday.

In Abuja, the Concerned Men and Women Association of Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), rejected the call for the SARS to be disbanded.

The coordinator of the association, Alhaji Sanusi Ajiya, said Nigerians do not support scrapping the unit.

Ajiya said instead of calling for the scrapping of the unit, Nigerians should seek its restructuring and monitoring of its activities.

“The recent campaign in the social media calling for the scrapping of the SARS is not in the interest of Nigerians,” he said.

But a coalition of civil society groups issued a 21-day ultimatum for the scrapping of the SARS, “failing which we will be compelled to resort to other measures to embarrass them (government) into taking action.”The #EndSARS coalition which staged a protest at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, also demanded the investigation of various allegations against operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and prosecution of indicted personnel.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu yesterday said the days of impunity are over. He urged Nigerians to unite against corruption for sustainable development in the country. Magu spoke after a walk to mark the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja. The walk which took-off from the EFCC HeadRead MoreThe post Days of impunity gone, says EFCC chief Magu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Tue, 12 Dec 2017
WITH a pledge to complete all ongoing projects and initiate new ones, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday presented N1.046 trillion as next year's Appropriation Bill to the House of Assembly for consideration. Christened: 'Budget of Progress and Development', the presentation on the floor of the Chamber was witnessed by a galaxy of Lagos dignitaries,Read MoreThe post Ambode proposes N1.046tr budget appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
No-confidence vote threat Members of the Ibadan Council of Obas yesterday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to reconcile his activities with the provisions of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Review or face vote of no confidence from them. They addressed reporters at the historic Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the stateRead MoreThe post Olubadan gets 21-day deadline appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Chief Uche Secondus has inherited many challenges. Can he reconcile aggrieved blocs in the opposition party' Can PDP bounce back to power under his leadership' Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the challenges that will confront the new leadership. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Uche Secondus, anRead MoreThe post Challenges before PDP chair Secondus appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has appointed Air Vice Marshal Idi Lubo as the new air component commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State. He replaces Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf. Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, who spoke yesterday, said the development was to ensure increased efficiency against Boko Haram insurgency. TheRead MoreThe post NAF replaces Northeast operations chief appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is running a broken government. He described a 'broken government' as one characterised by lies, intimidation and propaganda. Secondus, however, said the PDP will not be distracted by lies and intimidation. The PDP National Chairman , who spokeRead MoreThe post APC running a broken govt, says Secondus appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A Police Sergeant identified as Goodluck Mark attached to Abia State Police Command has been arrested over his involvement in a child trafficking activity. Mark, who is also a prominent Evangelist of the Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, Osaa-Ukwu in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state, was arrested by the village's vigilante. TheyRead MoreThe post Policeman arrested over role in child trafficking appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
THE Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU/AHPA) have passed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole. The group prayed the Federal Government to restructure appointments at the ministry to balance the interest of the cadres of health professionals. According to JOHESU/AHPA,Read MoreThe post Health professionals, workers protest against ministry's leadership appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Ahuman rights lawyer Toluwani Adebiyi has warned the Federal Government against approving the planned hike in electricity tariff by 65.5 per cent. He said a case he filed challenging tariff increment was still pending in court. Adebiyi sued the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and others at the Federal High Court in Lagos over unfairRead MoreThe post Activist kicks against electricity tariff hike over pending lawsuit appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Despite the odds, including deaths in the desert, Nigerians continue to flock abroad in search of 'green pastures'. They try to go by rickety boats or as stowaway. Most times, they never get to their destinations. Many end up being sold off as slaves; some are forced into prostitution and others are fleeced of theirRead MoreThe post Journey to slavery appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Chief Chuks Muoma (SAN) is the legal adviser to Ohan'eze Ndigbo, the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation. In this interview with Legal Editor JOHN AUSTIN UNACHUKWU, he speaks on justice sector reforms, the anti-corruption war, the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB), restructuring and other national issues. You have been elected National Legal AdviserRead MoreThe post Some young lawyers lack decorum, ethics of legal practice appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Many restructuring of the country must strengthen institutions, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has said. In his welcome address at the Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Jos branch, Lalong said restructuring must unite the country rather than divide it. The event's theme was: Restructuring a panacea for Nigeria's development and cohession.Read MoreThe post Lalong: restructuring must strengthen institutions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Worried by the crisis at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), a senior director in the agency, Ngusha Agom-Tor, has appealed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to intervene. Agom-Tor, who also sought the SGF's audience, said senior officials of the agency intend to bring to his (the SGF's)Read MoreThe post CCB crisis: Director seeks SGF's intervention appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Aphotojournalist with Leadership Ben Uwalaka is still battling for justice five years after he was assaulted in the line of duty. He almost lost an eye when he was allegedly attacked on the premises of Lagos State Univeristy Teaching Hospital (LASU) by Bayo Ogunsola on August 9, 2012. Lagos State Commissioner of Police prefered aRead MoreThe post Assault: Photojournalist awaits justice five year on appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
At first, she found the Nigerian Law School environment intimidating, but gradually settled in. Fatima Shehu, a 2015 alumnus of theAhmadu Bello University, Zaria shares her story with ROBERT EGBE. My family and I My name is Fatima Auwal Shehu. I amfrom Gombe State,the eighth of 15 children. I attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria andRead MoreThe post 'Law School was scary at first' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Text of a paper presented by The Nation Editorial Board Chairman Mr. Sam Omatseye at the annual law week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Jos Branch. When I was told that the topic of this address was Restructuring: A panacea For Nigeria's development and cohesion, I mused on the word sequence of the secondRead MoreThe post Restructuring: panacea for development, cohesion appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Most critical rail projects listed for execution in the 2018 budget are to be funded by financiers, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said yesterday. Amaechi said the assistance of financiers for the execution of the capital projects became imperative due to low revenue generation by the Federal Government. 'We sought and got Mr. President's approvalRead MoreThe post Budget 2018: Financiers to execute rail projects appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Atotal of N750 billion would be released this week to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government for implementation of capital projects contained in the 2017 Budget. If the capital release is made as planned, it will bring total sum so far relaesed by the Federal Government for capital projects this year to N1.2 trillionRead MoreThe post N750b capex fund coming, says Fed. Govt appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
In an era where the world has be come so interlinked that states are influenced by activities of others, avenues for scholarly critique and analysis of comparative and international law can never be too much. The maiden edition ofAzinge's Journal of International and Comparative Law, entirely inspired and initiated by an erudite scholar of noRead MoreThe post A platforn for legal scholarship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Inconsistent policy, lack of inclusive strategy, disconnect between government-industry and the academia are some of the challenges hampering the growth of the information communication technology (ICT) sector. An expert and former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, said that there are also public awareness gap, uninformed user community and stakeholders, limitedRead MoreThe post Inconsistent policy, others killing ICT sector appeared first on The Nat 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Firm queries probe by EFCC, others Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the request of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) for an interim forfeiture order on about nine accounts of Blaid Properties Limited, in Access Bank Plc. Justice Adeniyi Ademola rejected the prayer in an ex-parte rulingRead MoreThe post Court rejects presidential panel's request to freeze firm's accounts appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) is determined to make the ports more efficient to enable them compete with those of neighbouring countries, its Executive Secretary, Mr Hassan Bello, has said. Bello told The Nation that operators and other stakeholders should collaboratewith the government to make the portsattractive, competitive and the sub-region's preferred cargo destination. TheRead MoreThe post My plan for ports, by Shippers Council boss appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reduce lending rate to agriculture as is the practice in other parts of the world. He spoke at the 2017 Annual Bankers' Committee Retreat concluded in Lagos at the weekend. Ogbeh disclosed that the average interest rate charged onRead MoreThe post Minister urges CBN to cut agric lending rate appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The death of five persons riding on top of a train in another accident in Lagos has provoked fresh calls for a lasting solution to the problem, writes ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE But for an impending probe by the House of Representatives, the accident would have been swept under the carpet. Five persons died and four othersRead MoreThe post Curbing the menace of roof top train riders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Nigerias oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has been conferred with the award of the 'Most Outstanding Terminal Operator in Corporate Social Responsibility' by the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC). The award, which was conferred on Intels during the NSC's Stakeholders Appreciation Night held in Lagos, was in appreciation of the companys effort atRead MoreThe post INTELS wins NSC's CSR award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Aconsortium of 30 French companies from France, on Monday expressed readiness to invest in key sectors of the Nigerian economy. Mr Philippe Labonne, the Head of French delegation made this known when he led the investors on a visit to the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Yewande Sadiku in Abuja. Labonne listed theRead MoreThe post French firms to invest in Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
How can Nigeria become a hub of maritime operations in West and Central Africa' It is by getting the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to develop new port facilities comparable to none in the sub-region. Importers' and clearing agents made this suggestion at a forum in Lagos. According to their spokesperson, Sesan Abolarinwa, it is imperativeRead MoreThe post Importers, agents urge govt to invest in infrastructure appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Major operator in the e-hailing sector, Uber, has said its global vision is to economically empower one million women across the world by 2020. Speaking when it hosted a selection of female driver-partners, professionals and entrepreneurs in Lagos at an event it tagged: Uber For Her, the General Manager Uber West Africa, Lola Kassim, said:Read MoreThe post Uber eyes one million female driver-partners appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Federal Government must halt the stockpiling of illegal arms PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari's decision to meet with governors of the nine oil-producing states over the build-up of arms in the area is a worrying reminder of Nigeria's failure to deal with the virtual weaponisation of the country. The meeting was a consequence of the staggering amountRead MoreThe post Weaponisation of Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Solid minerals sector deserves more attention TO win the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) came up with the change mantra, taking advantage of the disappointment Nigerians had expressed about the lackluster style of the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration and the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The APC manifesto promised fundamental changesRead MoreThe post Still on diversification appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
What is expected of a hospital in an emergency' When a situation poses an immediate threat to life, it certainly requires urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the case. This clear picture was not clear to a hospital in Bayelsa State when it faced a life-threatening emergency on December 8. It was tragic enoughRead MoreThe post Inhuman hospital appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders are considering options on how to pacify the Southwest geopolitical zone, following protest from its leaders. The zone failed to realise its bid to produce the national chairman for the first time since the party was formed in 1998 as a result of the opposition from the party's governors.Read MoreThe post PDP pacifies angry Southwest leaders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State, the people of Oke-Ogun zone have renewed their agitation for power shift. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines why the coveted seat has eluded them for long and suggests how they could realise their ambition of producing a successor to Governor Abiola Ajimobi in 2019. INDIGENES ofRead MoreThe post Oyo 2019: How far can Oke-Ogun go' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A political battle is looming between two former close allies and friends, the Minister of Transportation and the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senator Magnus Abe who represents Rivers Southeast Senatorial District at the National Assembly. They are set to clash over the 2019 governorship race. Port Harcourt Bureau Chief BISI OLANIYIRead MoreThe post Amaechi, Abe battle over Rivers 2019 governorship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.