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


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 13 December, 2017.


Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, has ordered that 86 luxury vehicles, together with four houses and a quarry plant in Abuja, belonging to a civil servant, Mr. Ibrahim Tumsah, be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

The luxury  vehicles were allegedly seized from Tumsah, a director in the federal Civil Service.


Tumsah is said to be the Director of Finance and Account in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

All the 86 vehicles, 23 of which were said to be armoured, linked to him, were described by detectives as brand new.

The court’s forfeiture orders also affected four houses, two of which are located in Wuse II; one in Wuse Zone 7, and the other in Jabi, all in Abuja.

Also to be forfeited to government by the court’s orders, is a quarry in Kuje, Abuja, which was said to have been seized from Tumsah.

Eight containers, with household items, also seized from Tumsah, are affected by the court order.

The 86 vehicles, the landed assets and the other items were said to have been found on November 17, 2017, in a warehouse located on the premises of the house at 22 Igbani Street, Jabi, Abuja.

Court papers obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday showed that Justice Muawiyah Idris of the FCT High Court made the interim forfeiture orders on December 6, 2017.

The judge made the orders following an ex parte application filed on November 23, 2017, by the recently constituted Special Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property on behalf of the Federal Government.


Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Your darling publication, The PUNCH, was on Wednesday in Lagos declared the Newspaper of the Year at the prestigious Nigeria Media Merit Award.

The newspaper defeated The Nation and Vanguard to emerge winner in the category.


Also, the founder of The PUNCH Nigeria Limited, the late Chief Olubunmi Aboderin, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the organisers for his contribution to journalism practice in the country.

Aboderin, who laid the foundation for the success the company has continued to enjoy,  passed on in 1984.

The late Babatunde Jose and the founder of The Guardian, the late Alex Ibru, were also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three other Punch journalists, Ozioma Ubabukoh, Eric Dumo and Arukaino Umukoro, clinched awards in various categories during the event.

Dumo, a correspondent with the Saturday PUNCH, opened the evening for the publication when he was named winner in the Corporate Social Responsibility category with his story titled,” I have sold everything including my wedding ring to stay alive.”

Another correspondent with the Saturday PUNCH, Kunle Falayi, and Princewill Ekwujuru of Vanguard were runners-up in the category.


Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Nigerian Army has said it will investigate an allegation that some cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State, sneak out of the camp and drop their uniforms with Fulani residents.

The army announced this on its Twitter handle on Wednesday while reacting to some aggrieved Nigerians who said such practice by the cadets had allegedly become common in the NDA.


One of the commentators, who gave her name only as Raliyah, said the danger of cadets dropping their uniforms with Fulani gatemen before sneaking out of the camp, could lead to hoodlums using the camouflage to perpetrate crimes.

Raliyah, who claimed to have seen the cadets on several occasions, said, “I noticed the happenings in the NDA which could be a big threat in the nearest future if something is not done about it. Cadets, who are meant to go out only when it is official, tend to sneak out of the premises. But this is not a problem.

“The issue is that they sneak out in their military uniform. They then go to some Fulani gatemen around the academy to change into casual wear. They leave behind their uniform, boots and so on with these Fulani men for as long as three days.

“My concern is how the cadets leave their military wear behind. Sooner or later, the uniform may be used to commit atrocities in society if they have not even started doing so. The rate of robbery, kidnapping and killings by uniformed men is alarming. We want the appropriate authorities to do something immediately.”



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; its Igbo counterpart, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; as well as the Yoruba Council of Elders and civil societies, on Wednesday, lambasted the National Assembly for refusing to approve the N135.6bn virement needed to execute some critical projects.

Among the projects that would have benefited from the virement request, if approved, are the completion of the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the 2nd Niger Bridge.


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, as the Acting President while President Muhammadu Buhari  was in London on medical vacation, had, on July 20, 2017, written to both chambers of the National Assembly, seeking approval for the re-allocation of some funds in the 2017 budget.

The Senate, however, did not treat the request until November 6, 2017, when it was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The committee has yet to present its report to the chamber as of the time this report was filed.

The Executive and the National Assembly had clashed after Osinbajo signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N7.441trn into law on June 12.

Both arms of government disagreed on the reduction of budgetary allocations to key projects, including budgetary votes to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge.

The contractors, reconstructing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – Julius Berger and RCC – suspended work on the highway, described as the most important in the country, in July, due to mounting debts by the Federal Government.

The lawmakers had reduced allocation to the work on the road from N31bn to N10bn while the National Assembly added N10bn to its allocation to take its budgetary allocation in the 2017 budget from the previous N115bn to N125bn.



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

The whistle-blower, who helped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recover the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been paid his commission, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was also learnt that the whistle-blower travelled out of the country less than 24 hours after receiving part of the N421m reward.



The whistle-blower’s lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Galadima, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday.

He praised the government for finally honouring its agreement after eight months.
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Thu, 14 Dec 2017

as Reps conduct public hearing John Ameh and Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations protested on Wednesday in Abuja and asked the House of Representatives to trash a proposed bill to regulate NGOs and CSOs in the country. Prominent personalities, including the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, The Most. Rev. Matthew [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State House of Assembly has issued a warrant of arrest against the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Mr. Muyiwa Ige, for his alleged refusal to honour the lawmakers invitation. Muyiwa is a son of a former governor of the old Oyo State, [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, has assured residents of the state of the continuous availability of LAKE Rice at designated centres. The commissioner, who spoke when he visited the centre on the premises of the Lagos Television Complex in Agidingbi, Ikeja on Wednesday, said the price of the product had not [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, of shielding a customs officer, who allegedly killed two persons and injured others in Ayetoro Ekiti. It was learnt that the yet-to-be-identified customs officer rammed his car into a shop in Ayetoro Ekiti, leading to the [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The whistle-blower, who helped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recover the $43m, N23.2m and 27,800 (N13bn) from an Ikoyi apartment on April 12, 2017, has finally been paid his commission, The PUNCH has learnt. It was also learnt that the whistle-blower travelled out of the country less than 24 hours after [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party have felicitated with the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyeson Wike, on his 50th birthday. Jonathan described him as a leader who had made outstanding contributions to national development. The ex-President in a goodwill message in Abuja on Wednesday, described the governor [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa No fewer than 20 persons have reportedly died at an illegal refinery camp at Kolo Creek in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Several other persons were said to have suffered varying degrees of injury during the inferno, but the security operatives in the state have remained silent about the [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Arewa Consultative Forum, on Wednesday, asked the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to investigate the lingering fuel scarcity in Abuja and other parts of the country. The ACF said it perceived sabotage from some elements in some quarters to derail the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to probe financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014 has submitted its report. The panel, headed by Justice Silas Oyewole (retd.), submitted the report to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday. The panel, in its report, asked [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met some state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting preceded a larger meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum scheduled for the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governors will still [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday said judgment in the case instituted by the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, against the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and others would be delivered on January 19, 2018. In the suit numbered M/317/2017, Ladoja is praying the court to restrain the Justice [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, on Wednesday said his ministry had compiled the list of about 40 erring contractors that would be sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for investigation and prosecution. He said the contractors were those handling different projects, including the East -West Road, awarded [] 


Ambode urges private firms to install CCTV

Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has urged private organisations in the state to install Closed-Circuit Television cameras on their premises. Ambode, who said this at the 11th Town hall meeting on security with the theme, Improving Security Through Technology, Intelligence and Community Participation in Lagos State, added that all the residents of [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Gibson Achonu, Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has finally presented a budget of N190, 921, 464, 290bn to the state House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year. The 2018 budget, which was higher than that of 2017 by N59, 778, 320, 013 representing 45.58 per cent was tagged, Budget of Consolidation and [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Ten years after the last oil licensing round was held in Nigeria, hopes that a marginal fields bid round would be held this year or early 2018 have been dampened by the lingering governance and regulatory challenges in the nations oil and gas industry, FEMI ASU reports While many countries sitting on oil reserves are [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The newly appointed Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has asked troops to be prepared to take the war to the doorsteps of the terrorist group without the violation of human rights. Addressing the troops Nicholas described the military as a [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has hailed the contributions of religious groups in the development of the state, describing spiritual leaders as partners and pillars. The governor stated this when he met religious leaders at an Inter-Faith Parley at the Lagos House, Ikeja. Ambode, who said religious leaders had been helping the [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday opened an ultra modern recreational park in Alausa, Ikeja, in honour of three former governors of the State Mobolaji Johnson, Lateef Jakande and Bola Tinubu. Ambode, who named the park located in front of the State House of Assembly, Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Samson Folarin The 1997 set of the Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, has urged pupils of the school to develop leadership skills as they prepare for their future. The ex-students, during a visit to the school, also furnished the offices of teachers with equipment, a statement said on Wednesday. It said, In a series of [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday suffered a damaging parliamentary defeat over Brexit, after her own MPs rebelled to demand parliament have the final say on the divorce deal with Brussels. Members of Mays Conservative party joined with opposition lawmakers to inflict the governments first defeat over the flagship EU (Withdrawal) Bill, sparking huge [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State House of Assembly has issued a warrant for arrest of the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Mr. Muyiwa Ige, over his alleged refusal to honour the lawmakers invitation. Muyiwa is a son of a former Governor of old Oyo State, late [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Israeli forces on Wednesday intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, while a third came down inside Israeli territory, the military said. The IAF (Israeli Air Force) successfully intercepted two rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, the Israeli military said on Twitter. A short while ago, an additional rocket was launched from [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oladimeji Ramon The Congress of Yoruba Sons and Daughters within the Peoples Democratic Party say they are outraged by the insults allegedly hauled on the Yoruba by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. They said they took a strong exception to Wike's comment that the Yoruba were inconsequential and had no practical political importance [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oladimeji Ramon A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Tinubu, has said there is no truth in the speculation that he may emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari's running mate for the 2019 presidential election. Tinubu described as a 'classic case of utterly and irredeemably-fake news,' the report in a national daily (not The [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oladimeji Ramon A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Usoro, says there is nothing wrong in the acceptance of personal gifts by a judge. According to him, Rule 3 of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers in its Paragraph F permits the acceptance of such gifts. He argued that such personal gifts were lawful [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Obiora Okonkwo, be made to assume duty as the senator representing the Anambra Central Senatorial District. Justice John Tsoho gave the order on Wednesday in a judgment on a suit by Obiora, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1092/2014. The [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The All Progressives Congress in Enugu State has asked security agencies to investigate the alleged assault on the Permanent Secretary of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Onaga Ogbodo, by the chairman of the agency, Chief Ikeji Asogwa. It was gathered that Ogbodo was beaten up by Asogwa, a Peoples [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oladimeji Ramon Leading arbitration practitioners gathered recently at the Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lekki, Lagos to share ideas on the status of arbitration in the country, the disposition of Nigerian courts to arbitration and how best foreign arbitral agreements and awards can be enforced. The programme, which was facilitated by international arbitration firm, Shearman & [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

LACING the boots in the FIFA World Cup Finals is the dream of every footballer. That dream will soon become a reality again for a select group of 23 players that will represent Nigeria in the next finals holding in 12 Russian cities between June 14 and July 15, 2018. With the Super Eagles drawn [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The joint Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Power, Steel and Metallurgy, on Wednesday criticised the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing over the terms of agreement with General Electric for the construction of the Afam 3 Fast Power Project. The committee condemned the release of $27.9m to General Electric at [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced on Wednesday that it was expecting up to five ships, each filled with 50 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in the country in the next three days. It said the move was to bridge the shortage in the volume of PMS [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Govt offers free advisory services to taxpayers Oyetunji Abioye The Federal Government will rake in an additional N6bn from the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme before the end of the year, the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has said. Fowler said that a total of N17bn had [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oyetunji Abioye with agency report Turkey's biggest airport operator, TAV Havalimanlari Holding AS, is planning to bid for concession contracts for four airports in Nigeria, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. This came just as the Ministry of Aviation confirmed on Wednesday that companies from the United Kingdom, Germany and Nigeria had [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc has received and commenced the disbursement of a total of $46.64m (N14.3bn at N307 to one dollar) international customers' payment to power generation companies across the country. It was gathered in Abuja on Wednesday that NBET received $16.06m from Nigeria's electricity Market Operator last week, in [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Debt Management Office on Wednesday said it was set to issue Green Bonds worth N10.69bn to finance some aspects of the 2017 budget. According to the DMO, the Green Bond is being issued following Nigeria's endorsement of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on September 21, 2016. The agreement aims to [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Oyetunji Abioye Personalbanking@punchng.com With the spate of electronic and payment card fraud in Nigeria and other parts of the world, there is a need to be more careful anytime you use your debit card for online transactions. Fraudsters are now fond of harvesting bank customers' information through fraudulent sites and using same to defraud them. [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Anna Okon Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry as well as members of the international community are concerned about the rising cases of insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. Following reports of piracy attacks and kidnap of mariners, the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency as well as the G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Skye Bank Plc and six other companies have been commended and awarded platinum prize for committing huge resources in support of securing lives and property in Lagos State. The six other companies are: Zenith Bank Plc; First Bank Plc; United Bank for Africa; Access Bank Plc; Dangote Group and MTN Foundation. The seven organisations were [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Akinpelu Dada with agency report Worries about repatriating funds out of Nigeria following currency controls last year still dominate investor fears, the International Monetary Fund has said. But it added that the country was still on international investors' radar. An IMF senior financial sector expert, Miriam Tamene, said on Wednesday that there was interest in [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market depreciated by N136bn at the close of trading on Wednesday after 24 stocks recorded price declines. A total of 323.946 million stocks valued at N4.401bn exchanged hands in 5,168 deals. The gain recorded in the equities market on Tuesday became eroded as the benchmark index continued on its downward [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Femi Asu with agency report Less than two weeks after the decision by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to extend oil production cuts, Libya and Nigeria ' the only two exempt members of the group ' are signalling their intent to raise output next year. While several ministers at the November 30 meeting of [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Femi Asu The Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. John Donnachie, has said the major challenges facing the company are the high rate of illegal connection by its customers, vandalism and liquidity issues. A statement on Wednesday quoted Donnachie to have said this during a visit by members of the Committee on Power, House [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Femi Asu General Electric Nigeria said it had empowered a total of 141 entrepreneurs with skills at its Lagos Garage, a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. The company, which marked the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the facility on Monday, also released a whitepaper, entitled: 'The Future of [] 



Thu, 14 Dec 2017

Shell Nigeria has announced Ngozi Atalor, a Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE entrepreneur, as the winner of the pitching competition for young Nigerian entrepreneurs in alternative energy business, taking home N1m prize money to boost her business. A statement on Wednesday said it came barely a month after she won a $5,000 merit category prize in the []