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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 14 December, 2017.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has debunked the speculation that he may be picked by President Muhammadu Buhari as his running mate in 2019.

The Sun reported the story, which Tinubu described as a “classic case of utterly and irredeemably-fake news”.

He said he and the people of the Southwest “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Professor Osinbajo is doing as Vice-President of Nigeria”.

The Sun, in a front page lead story yesterday, claimed that Prof. Osinbajo was considering returning to full-time church work and that Tinubu was being mooted as a replacement for him, according to the newspaper, “as a way to have a solid Southwest support for the APC, in the face of a Southeast/Southsouth alliance in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.



But Tinubu, in a statement by his Media Office in Lagos, said there was no empirical or logical basis for the speculative story.

The statement entitled: “Asiwaju Tinubu Debunks The Sun report on 2019 VP Slot” reads: “The attention of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Media Office has been drawn to the front page lead story of The Sun newspaper of yesterday, December 13, 2017, which sensationally and ridiculously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari may pick Asiwaju Tinubu as his running mate for the 2019 election. This is a classic case of utterly and irredeemably fake news.

“There is no empirical or logical basis for this mischievously speculative story. Is it even conceivable, as the story recklessly insinuates, that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be considering returning to full church work rather than run with his boss, President Buhari for a second term if the latter so decides without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu? In any case, is this story not entirely unwarranted and indefensible as the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has an electoral mandate of four years out of which it has spent only over two years and a half years?

“This is clearly an attempt to distract the APC Federal Government from the yeoman’s job it has been doing in rescuing the country from the deep rooted socio-economic, political, security and moral mess inherited from the PDP’s 16 years misrule of Nigeria, instigate crisis within the party, stoke dangerous embers of religious disaffection within the party and the country generally and stem the remarkable progress being made in the reinvention and revitalisation of Nigeria.

“The Sun newspaper, through this kind of story, does great discredit to Nigerian journalism, which has made considerable strides towards greater professionalism and excellence over the years. For the avoidance of doubt, Asiwaju Tinubu has absolute confidence and faith in both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo who have been working hard harmoniously in offering inspirational leadership to Nigeria at a most critical period in her history. The heamorrhaging of the national economy through the wanton and unprecedented corruption that obtained before the advent of the APC Federal Government has been stanched.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Gunmen have attacked a farmhouse belonging to the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The gunmen invaded the bungalow on Tuesday night, killing one of the guards, Sergeant Musa Haruna.

Haruna’s remains have been buried in Mararaba, Nasarawa State.

It was learnt that the gunmen stormed the farmhouse in Karshi in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at about 10pm and exchanged fire with the policemen on sentry.
Sergeant Haruna was hit and he died instantly.

The EFCC said on the attack yesterday: “The commission confirms an attack on the property of the acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, which unfortunately resulted in the death of a security official.

“The property, a farmhouse located in Karshi, a suburb of Abuja, was attacked by unknown gunmen at about 10pm on December 12, 2017.


The house…yesterday
“The unidentified men murdered a police sergeant on duty. The incident was the second such attack on the same farmhouse.

“While the commission will not speculate on the motives for the attack or the sponsors,   it wishes to state that the EFCC under the leadership of Magu will not be deterred in its mission of ridding Nigeria of corruption.”

The statement was signed by Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.

U.S., Saudi, UAE, pledge $190m to fight insurgency in Africa

Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have pledged 190 million dollars to five countries in Africa's Sahel region to strengthen regional security forces in the fight against terrorism. The pledges came during special conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron outside Paris on Wednesday to discuss the fight against terrorism withRead MoreThe post U.S., Saudi, UAE, pledge $190m to fight insurgency in Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised the motorists to drive safely by obeying traffic rules so as to save their loved ones from the agony of grieving during the festive periods. Mr Shehu Zaki, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer for Ogun and Lagos States, gave this advice during a sensitisation programme for motorists atRead MoreThe post Save your loved ones the agony of grieving during Yuletide, FRSC advises motorist appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Senate Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday grilled the Executive Director of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mrs. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, over a $27.9 million interest free loan granted the AFAM Fast Power project. The Committee said AFAM 3 Fast project belongs to the Ministry of Power, while the beneficiary is General Electric (GE) that isRead MoreThe post Senate grills NSIA chief over $27.9m interest free loan appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

A former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has described the party's newly-elected National Working Committee (NWC) as 'one of the best set of national leaders the party has ever produced. Metuh said on Wednesday in Abuja that he was fully confident that the new NWC would lead the party toRead MoreThe post PDP has great set of national leaders Metuh appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The search for the golden fleece or greener pastures did not start today. In the past, our fathers embarked on journeys to distant places to better their lot. They travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States (US) mostly. Those countries were then ever ready to welcome strangers and a lucky traveller couldRead MoreThe post Libya's death chambers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned Intels Nigeria Limited for undermining the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by failing to remit the Federal Government's revenue at its disposal as and when due. Intels was alleged to have refused to pay into TSA government share of pilotage service contract it carried out on behalf of theRead MoreThe post Reps give Intels 24- hour ultimatum to remit FG's revenue to TSA appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

With friends like the 45th President of United States of America, Donald Trump, Israel possibly needs not worry about the danger posed by Hamas ' the Palestinian resistance movement. Gaza is firmly under the heels of Hamas which unapologetically remains hard put to recognize the state of Israel. Last Wednesday, December 6, President Donald TrumpRead MoreThe post Donald Trump, Israeli's friend or foe' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Nigerian Idol winner, K-peace, Kitwe and Abinibi Groovy Band were among performers who wowed the crowd at the second edition of the African Rhythm concert which held recently at the Freedom Park, Lagos. The concert which is aimed at promoting African indigenous music and championed by musician and trombonist, Afolaranmi Abiodun Olaoluwa aka Abbey wasRead MoreThe post Nigerian Idol winner, K-Peace, Kitwee, others thrill at AR Concert appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday commissioned a recreational park in Alausa, named after three former governors of the state Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (retd) Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The park, now known as Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park (JJT Park) is sited opposite the Lagos State House of AssemblyRead MoreThe post Ambode commissions park named after Tinubu, two others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday presented a budget estimate of N190, 921, 464, 290 to the State House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal Year. The budget which represents 45.58 per cent increase compared to last years budget is tagged 'Budget of Consolidation and Continuity III.' N132.98 billion, representing 69.70 per cent ofRead MoreThe post Okorocha presents N190b budget for 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday threw his weight behind the demolition of the Yaba and Costain bridges to pave way for the ongoing construction of the bullet train (speed train) by the Federal Government. The governor confirmed that he inspected the two bridges with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday andRead MoreThe post Ambode approves Yaba, Costain bridges' demolition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

As reported in the first part of this series, CELLGEVITY is inching its way to the centre-stage of Senior Citizen medicine. There, like the foundation cream of a woman's multi-level facial make-up, it would be the foundation medicine in the treatment of virtually all diseases. The reason is cleardiseases occur because the immune system isRead MoreThe post Cellgevity, Senior Citizens and their peculiar challenges (2) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The founder of Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories, Rev. Father Anselm Adodo, answers the first question. A magnet-therapist, Dr Cyril Omisande of Cyrillic Holistic Health Clinic, answers the second. The Harmattan is a season in the West African subcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterisedRead MoreThe post Watermelon: The super fruit appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Magnet therapy, magnetic therapy, or magnotherapy is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine practice involving the use of static magnetic fields. Subjecting certain parts of the body to magnetostatic fields produced by permanent magnets has beneficial health effects. Up to 80 per cent of the population experience low back pain at some time. Lumbar spondylosis is theRead MoreThe post Magnetic lumbar belt for low back pain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) has described the Court of Appeal judgment striking out the charge against Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa as a 'tragedy'. He said judges do not have immunity from prosecution for corruption. Sagay described the judgment as 'a negative step', adding that it was self-serving and notRead MoreThe post Appeal Court verdict on Nganjiwa self-serving, tragic, says Sagay appeared first on The Nation 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has announced plans to issue N10.69 billion Sovereign Green Bond. The debt office said it would sensitise prospective investors in the Bond through a Roadshow in Abuja and Lagos today and tomorrow. The debut Green Bond is being issued following Nigeria's endorsement of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change onRead MoreThe post Govt to issue N10.69b Green Bond appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

About N6 billion more is expected from the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), bringing the total revenues from the scheme to N23 billion by the end of the year, it was learnt yesterday. Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) boss Babatunde Fowler, broke the news at a media workshop on VAIDS. He said theRead MoreThe post Revenues from VAIDS to hit N23b by year-end appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said Nigeria's exports in the third quarter stood at N3.57 billion, a 13.19 per cent increase over that of the second quarter. The NBS stated this in the 'Foreign Trade Statistics for the Third Quarter 2017'' report posted on the bureau's website. It stated that the value (N3.57Read MoreThe post NBS: Nigeria's export value hits N3.57b in Q3 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Nigerian ElectricityRegulatory Commission(NERC) has reviewed penalties for electricity theft, meter by-passing and other bad practices. The Commission said this would deter people from committing offences such as meter-tampering and theft. It said it had been getting complaints from the power distribution companies (DisCos). In a circular titled: 'Order on unauthorised access, meter tampering andRead MoreThe post NERC reviews penalties for electricity theft, others appeared first on The 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Petroleum and Natural Gas SeniorStaff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Producers' Forum says it is not threatened by the Federal Government's plan to give licences to modular refineries'operators. Rather, it said, it is worried by the scarcity of fuel in some parts of the country. PENGASSAN Producers Forum Chairman, Comrade Festus Osifoh, spoke at theRead MoreThe post PENGASSAN 'not threatened' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday urged Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a motion filed by an oil firm, Oando Plc. Oando is seeking preservative orders in a suit it filed to challenge the technical suspension imposed on its shares to allow for a forensic auditing ofRead MoreThe post SEC, NSE tackle Oando over preservative order prayer appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

About 90 per cent of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas/cooking gas in Nigeria are obsolete and need to be replaced, the Programme Manager, National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Implementation (Office of the Vice-President, Dayo Adeshina, has said. At the just concluded 7thAnnual LPG conference and exhibition, held in Lagos, Adehina, said obsolete gas cylinders has become aRead MoreThe post '90% of gas cylinders in Nigeria are expired' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) will improve supply of natural gas to thermal plants and industries in the sub-region, its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Harriet Wereko-Drobby, has said. She said the firm is ready to increase gas transportation to turbines and industrial entities, if there is no further attacks on oil andRead MoreThe post WAPCo to increase gas supply to Ghana, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The power sector requiresfunding, infrastructure, a mixture of gas, hydro and renewable sources of energy and cost reflective tarrifs to operate optimally, stakeholders have said. Other strategies, they said, are efficient transmission and distribution network, meters, and gas. The Chief Executive Officer, SolarCentric Technologies Limited, Mr Adetunji Iromini, the Campaign Director, Nigeria, Power for All,Read MoreThe post Experts proffer solutions to power problems appeared first on The Nation 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited is planning to inject between $3 and $5 billion into the business. Its General Manager, External & Government Affairs, Dorothy Atake, said part of the company's objectives is optimising its oil and gas operations and increasing production from its assets onshore and offshore. Addax Petroleum/NNPC Production Sharing Contract (PSC),Read MoreThe post Addax plans $5b fresh investment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

This can't be the solution; it should be reformed and better monitored Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has done the appropriate thing by ordering the immediate reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), sequel to the campaign by some Nigerians, especially on the social media, calling for its scrapping. The police boss also said thatRead MoreThe post #EndSARS' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Governments have to focus more on how to fight the scourge than merely churning out statistics The Federal Ministry of Health in a release of health statistics confirmed that 250,000 new cancer cases are recorded annually in the country. The country already has over two million people diagnosed with cancer. The rise in number ofRead MoreThe post Rise in cancer cases appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

SIR: I wish to share my experience with the Ikeja Electricity Development Company (IKEDC), which needs to be addressed urgently to help small businesses survive, especially in Agodo Alara area of Ikorodu, Lagos State. I run a micro ice block production enterprise in Agodo Alara, Ikorodo but the IKEDC power bills invoiced to my smallRead MoreThe post IKEDC estimated billing crippling MSMEs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Again the Department of State Services (DSS) has grabbed the headlines as one of its men gave the organisation a bad name by his condemnable conduct. The news that a DSS official attached to Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo terrorised five journalists by threatening to shoot them in the course of their workRead MoreThe post DSS bully appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Senator Babafemi Ojudu spoke with Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU on the political situation in the country, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar's defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s struggle to displace the PDP from Ekiti State Government House. How united is the AllRead MoreThe post No anointed candidate in Ekiti APC, says Ojudu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Last Thursday, December 7, newspapers carried the news of a meeting by the six governors of the South-west ' a meeting at which the governors agreed unanimously to 'adopt a common position' on amendments being proposed by the National Assembly to the Nigerian constitution. Sure, in the light of today's realities and needs of Nigeria,Read MoreThe post Southwest: Time to applaud our governors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Scottish philosopher, Adam Smith (1723 and 1790), posited in his book: The Wealth of Nations that 'No Society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable'. His postulations can be equated to the vision Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu whose determined effort toRead MoreThe post Abia's politics of commerce appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Professor Richard King is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chairman, Presidential Committee on National Book Launch. In this interview with BASSEY ANTHONY, he says governors are not cooperating with President Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption. What is your assessment of the anti-corruption fight of the Federal Government' The anti-corruptionRead MoreThe post Governors are aiding and abetting corruption appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

FormerMinister of Interior Comrade Patrick Abba Moro has described the national elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the most transparent, successful and peaceful convention ever conducted by the party. Moro, a chieftain of the PDP from Benue State, who made the remark in an interview in Abuja, noted that the dissolved NationalRead MoreThe post PDP convention was transparent, says Moro appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

A Chieftainof the All Progressives Congress (APC)in Lagos State, Chief Remi Williams, has lent his support to the agitation for devotion of powers to the states. He said though devolution of powers is good, care must be taken in adopting it. In an interview, the octogenarian said the concept forms a crucial part of theRead MoreThe post How to make power devolution work, by APC stalwart appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.