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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has accused a former Senate President, David Mark, of illegally acquiring his then official residence as his private property.

In September this year, the government, through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, which is chaired by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, gave the former Senate President a 21-day notice to quit the mansion.


 
The notice to quit, however, asked Mark to “show cause” why the Federal Government should not “enforce the recovery of the property for public good.”

But Mark had quickly filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash all steps taken by the panel to evict him and recover the house from him.

The case has not been heard.

The PUNCH, on Monday, obtained from court sources, copies of documents, including exhibits, filed by the former Senate President in his suit challenging the recovery process.

The Senate President’s official residence is sited on 1.6 hectares of land at 1 Musa Usman Street, (also known as No. 1 Chuba Okadigbo Street), Apo Legislative Quarters, Gudu, Abuja.

According to title documents, the property comprises eight structures, made up of the main house, ADC/chief security detail’s house, guest chalet, security/generator house, boys quarters, security post, driver/servants’ quarters and chapel.

The eight structures are said to be properly spaced and linked with well-paved drive and walkways and further done with lawns.

Mark, the senator, currently representing Benue South in the National Assembly, is accused of illegally acquiring the property with the approval of former President Goodluck Jonathan despite that such property was excluded from the monetisation policy of the Federal Government.
 
Copies of correspondences and other documents, leading to the purchase and eventual handover of the property to Mark in April, 2011, showed that the serving senator purchased the property at a “reserved price” of N673,200,000.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
As motorists and other users of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) struggled to get the product at filling stations on Monday, oil marketers blamed the worsening fuel scarcity on supply shortfall, which they said had not been fixed.

Many filling stations were shut in Lagos and parts of Ogun State, while the few stations that had the product recorded long queues of desperate motorists that stretched for kilometres and spilled onto the roads, disrupting the flow of traffic.


 
Commuters were seen at many bus-stops struggling to get commercial vehicles to different destinations, even as transport operators increased the fares by as much as 100 per cent on most routes.

Motorists lamented that they had to spend many hours in queues for fuel, while some petrol seekers with jerry cans were seen complaining that they had to part with extra money to get the product.

In Lagos, many of the private depots in Apapa, where many marketers get petroleum products from for distribution to other states, did not have the PMS to load.

A motorist, Idris Akande, told one of our correspondents that he had to wake up very early in the morning to go to a filling station and had to queue for some hours before he could get the product, adding, “The government needs to do something about the situation.”

A taxi driver at Berger, who identified himself simply as Mr. Peace, said, “To get fuel now is not an easy task. The little fuel I have now will be used to convey passengers in the evening. I can’t go to filling stations to queue again; the stress is just too much. If I am not able to buy fuel tomorrow, I will park my car at home.”
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
No fewer than 10 persons were killed after Boko Haram terrorists ambushed a convoy of humanitarian workers and soldiers at the Maula village along the Dikwa-Ngala highway in Borno State.

The military’s Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Borno State, which confirmed the incident on Monday, said the terrorists shot dead four persons while the troops also fought back and eliminated six of them during the ambush.


 
Also, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs condemned the attacks, saying “violence against convoys carrying humanitarian aid was unacceptable.”

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, said the North-East residents needed to access humanitarian assistance on time as many lives were at risk.

One of our correspondents learnt that the aid workers were taking food supplies in a convoy of vehicles, escorted by the army, to the Ngala area when the insurgents ambushed them on Saturday.

The food supplies reportedly belonged to the UN World Food Programme, which is the food-assistance agency of the UN.

It was gathered that the ambush resulted in a gunfight between the terrorists and the troops, during which 10 people were killed.
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State and Governor Ayodele Fayose have disagreed over the states N56bn debt profile allegedly released by the Debt Management Office. While the opposition APC said that the latest debt figures confirmed its position that Fayose was deliberately borrowing recklessly, the governor said there is no [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Economic Community of West African States has said it is considering applications from Morocco for membership, Tunisia for observer status and Mauritania for associate membership. The regional body said it had directed the Authority of Heads of State and Government to set up a Committee of Heads of State and Government [] 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State says there is no political undertone to the recent visit of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, to the state. Tambuwal and Wike were in the state last week for the inaugural youths empowerment entrepreneurship exhibition under the state [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Abiodun Doherty There are various guidelines for determining which investments are good. Value investors focus on the fundamentals of the business or asset, while speculators focus mainly on price gain not minding the fact that this is short term. Many investors that invested in the current fad have lost substantial capital when the bubble bust. [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, cancelled his scheduled trip to Niger Republic. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had announced on Sunday that Buhari would join some world leaders for the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Shehu had said Buhari, alongside the Presidents [] 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, brought smiles to the face of a physically challenged lawyer, Mr. Kamarudeen Idowu, presenting him with a car and promising him a driver. Gbajabiamila, presenting the Toyota Corolla to the lawyer in Lagos, said he would pay for the driver for one [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Akinpelu Dada and Alexander Okere The Edo State Government has ordered the immediate shutdown of the mines in dispute between the Dangote Group and BUA International Limited at Obu in Okpella community, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state. This just as leaders of the community have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives said on Monday the Federal Government owed over N100bn, covering employees compensation and insurance remittances. An ad hoc committee of the House, which is investigating the non-remittance of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund contributions by the federal, state and local governments, described the development as a breach [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said the country's network of airports has been fully prepared for the usual surge in passenger traffic during the Yuletide season. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said on Monday that security had been increased at all the airports, especially the major international [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday swore in a new Chief Judge of the State, Justice Adam Onum, urging him to ensure speedy dispensation of Justice. Ortom, while swearing in the judge at the Government House, Makurdi, said Justice Onums appointment was based on merit, competence, professionalism and display of fairness [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, on Monday said that the state was currently losing about N1.3bn monthly as taxes to the Federal Capital Territory. Bello, who said this during a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, said the state's [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday dismissed the speech by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, while welcoming former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and other defectors to the party on Saturday, as an attempt to sell a rejected party to the people of Oyo [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara Members of the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Nigeria and financial market analysts have urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to allow the forces of market to dictate and stabilise the naira. They also called on the apex bank to cease its intervention in the forex market. The stakeholders said this at the [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Nigeria's rush to keep its citizens supplied with fuel is expected to boost purchases of European petrol in December, offering a potential respite to European refineries and storage terminals threatened by an oversupply that has battered margins. Nigeria has been on a petrol buying spree after fuel queues built up at filling stations this month, [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki The President of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said he disagreed with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, because he (Kanu) refused to support the popular call for restructuring. Nwodo made the clarification on Monday in a convocation lecture he delivered at the [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market started the week on a negative, leading to N171bn loss for investors. A total of 752.113 million shares worth N127.933bn exchanged hands in 3,576 deals. The positive performance recorded on the last trading day of the previous week reversed on Monday as the All-Share Index lost 1.2 per cent [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has described the opposition Peoples Democratic Partys criticism of the $1bn approved by the National Economic Council for the Boko Haram war as baseless and ridiculous. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in a statement in Abuja, on Monday, accused the PDP of mischief [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday said that he did not have any opposition in the state. In a statement made available to our correspondent by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor boasted that no reasonable Imo man or woman could come out in protest against him [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
As a busy firm, you want your clients to pay on time, every time. But late payments do happen, and can have a serious impact on your firm's cash-flow situation, not to mention wasting hours of credit control time chasing up those late-paying customers, according to www.accountingweb.co.uk. For many firms, the answer to this late [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Monday, declared vacant the Kogi East senatorial districts seat in the National Assembly. Delivering the lead judgment in a pre-election case, the three-man bench led by Justice Abdul Aboki, nullified the election of Attai Aidoko who was until Monday the occupant of the [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that remunerations are generally poor in the country. He said even his salary and that of President Muhammadu Buhari were not fantastic. Osinbajo spoke while declaring open a seminar titled, Journalists and Retirement Plan, organised by the State House Press Corps at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, has for the second time, approved the extension of the tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas. The [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The efforts of the Peoples Democratic Party to reconcile its members who are aggrieved because of the outcome of the partys recent national convention may have hit the rocks. One of the aspirants who vied for the position of the partys national chairmanship at the December 9 convention, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, has [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the establishment of three additional technical and vocational colleges, increasing the number of such colleges in the state to eight. The state Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, stated this on Monday at the graduation of the 2016 and 2017 sets of the states five technical [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday signed a partnership agreement with major rice distributors in Lagos to make LAKE Rice available in every part of the state. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Okanlawon, who signed the partnership agreement on behalf of the state, said the move was [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Tunde Ajaja The Lagos State Government says it has launched a full-scale war on indiscriminate disposal of waste in the state. It therefore warned that anyone caught violating environmental laws in the state would face sanctions. Speaking at a forum on Saturday, the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, lamented that despite the ongoing [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 167 stranded Nigerians from Libya, bringing the total number of Nigerians brought back to the country in the last four days to 532. Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with Registration Number 5A-DMH, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 7:47 p.m. The returnees were assisted back to [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Niyi Akinnaso Within the past month, many Nigerian newspapers have recycled tales of horror, including slavery in Libya, experienced by many Africans, mostly Nigerians. As illustrated by Oladeles experiences narrated on this column last week (see No mans land: Oladeles Libya tale, The PUNCH, December 12, 2017), these desperate youths engaged in the journey across [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Egypts military prosecutors have released more than 200 football fans who had spent over five months in detention accused of vandalising a stadium and attacking police, a lawyer said Monday. Police had detained hundreds of supporters of Cairos Zamalek club following a July 9 game against Libyas Al Alhi SC, keeping 236 of them in [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it has not fixed dates for political parties primaries to elect their candidates for the 2019 general elections. INEC made the clarification in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, on Monday in Abuja. Osaze-Uzzi said that that the clarification [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Tayo Oke In his opening address to the 52nd Economic Community of West African States heads of government meeting in Abuja last Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari talked of the need for a coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the region, highlighting the countrys recent effort at repatriating Nigerians caught up in the human trafficking [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 167 stranded Nigerians from Libya, bringing the total number of Nigerians brought back to the country in the last four days to 532. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with Registration Number 5A-DMH, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 7:47pm [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Azuka Onwuka There are people who strongly believe that even though restructuring is Nigerias only hope of achieving lasting peace, sustainable growth and development, it is almost impossible to restructure Nigeria because of the unfounded fears of some interests over restructuring. These people believe that the only reason those who have a phobia for restructuring [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
An online radio station catering for the LGBT community, believed to be the first of its kind in the Arab world, started broadcasting in Tunisia on Monday. The outlet set up by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights group Shams aims to tackle deep-rooted hostility in the North African state, where homosexuality is [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Iretimide Esther Osunyikanmi Studies have shown that humans generally tend to associate themselves with issues that are relatable; situations that they can imagine themselves being in. Rape, racism and inequality may not necessarily be relatable situations for the archetypal white man. However, most people have recently begun to involve themselves in these issues because they [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Orji Ogbonnaya Orji The need to recall Vincent Enyeama to join the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia has become important and urgent. The team needs a strong, experienced goalkeeper to prosecute the tournament. I have followed the debate over the need for Enyeama to stage a comeback from retirement with [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Punch Editorial Board Each administration in the Fourth Republic is accustomed to the desire to sell public assets in order to rake in funds to finance its activities. There is nothing basically wrong in doing so. But including our historical monuments among assets to be sold is irrational. Globally, cultural monuments and natural sites of [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi and Ojoma Kizito A drama played out at the Ikeja Magistrates Court, Lagos State, on Monday as the embattled hip hop artiste, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, was arraigned. The suspect was brought into the courtroom by the Investigating Police Officer, Sergeant Olagunju Olatunji, when the court was about to sit and was [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti An Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti, has sentenced two men, Michael Adams and Abass Mutiu, to death by hanging. The Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, convicted the duo after finding them guilty of armed robbery contrary to Section (1) 2 (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The police, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigeria Immigration Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Services on Monday literally took over Owerri, the Imo State capital as Operation Show of Force commenced for the Christmas period. Wielding guns, personnel of the security [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Samson Folarin A 12-year-old girl, Favour Israel, has narrated how she was allegedly stripped naked and tortured by her mistress, one Mrs. Oshiaha, in the Somolu area of Lagos State. Israel, who hails from Nkporumo Local Government Area of Anambra State, told PUNCH Metro that the mother of three had accused her of stealing money. [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
John Charles, Makurdi Some gunmen killed a senior military officer, who was on transit along the Katsina-Ala-Takum Expressway within Benue State on Sunday. Sources told our correspondent that the military officer, who was coming from Lagos and travelling to Takum in Taraba State, was killed at Sattii Agrigi along the Katsina-Ala-Takum Expressway. It was gathered [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A suspected kidnapper was lynched by a mob on Monday in Ilorin, Kwara State. Our correspondent gathered that the woman had gone to a school within the Kikanlo area of Ilorin and allegedly attempted to steal twin babies whom their mother dropped in the school. The suspect was said to have told [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Kenyan court on Monday awarded a young woman four million shillings in damages after she was strip-searched by police who said they were looking for drugs. The incident in August 2015 provoked an outcry in the East African country after images of the half-naked 18-year-old schoolgirl were posted on social media. She pleaded guilty to [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Chiles political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet. The latest swing of the political pendulum came as Pinera, who ran the South American copper giant from 2010-2014, beat Alejandro Guillier, a 64-year-old TV presenter turned senator who [] 

Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi the latest episode in the blockbuster space saga has raked in more than $450 million worldwide since hitting theatres, Disney said Monday. The film which features the late Carrie Fishers final performance as Princess Leia took in $220 million in North America, and another $230.8 million []