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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 23 December, 2017.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017
The scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, is mainly because of its hoarding and diversion by oil marketers who are pushing for an increase in the price of the commodity, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has said.

It specifically stated that dealers under the aegis of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, as well as the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria were all involved in the hoarding and diversion of the product, a development that further worsened the scarcity of the product across the country on Friday.



In an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, the National President, PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson, stated that it was wrong to attribute the scarcity being witnessed in most parts of the country to the recent threat by the association to embark on a strike.

He argued that petrol scarcity was mainly because of the push by oil marketers for an increase in the pump price of the commodity, but stressed that the association would not support such a move.

He said, “And let me say it here that the oil marketers are complaining, they’ve been looking for ways to increase fuel price. But the labour unions, Trade Union Congress, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and PENGASSAN are the ones who still fight and say to the marketers that they can’t do that. All of the marketers, IPMAN, DAPPMA, MOMAN, etc, have been agitating for petrol price increase.

“They give you so many reasons, they say dollar is not accessible, they say this, they say that, but we tell them ‘no’, you can’t do that. And so subtle hoarding begins to take place, they start looking for ways to force the government to increase price. That is the game.”

Stressing that PENGASSAN had nothing to do with the fuel scarcity, Johnson said, “Like I told you earlier, left to the marketers, PMS will be selling at N500 per litre because they are there to make profits.

“They say they don’t have access to crude oil, they lack access to dollars and that it is only the NNPC that is importing. We said go and import, but they said if they must do that, fuel should be increased to N170 per litre.”

Sat, 23 Dec 2017As Christians nationwide celebrate Christmas in two days’ time, the military and police have deployed their operatives across the states, while also banning the use of fireworks during the Yuletide.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the Joint Military Task Force, codenamed Operation Safe Haven, on Friday deployed its men in Plateau and Bauchi states, as well as Southern Kaduna.



The task force said its action was to beef up security in all areas under its jurisdiction as the citizens prepare for the Yuletide.

A statement by the task force’s spokesperson, Major Umar Adams, urged the residents and travellers to go about their normal business during the Yuletide.

Meanwhile, the organisation has described as untrue reports in the social media that that some villages and routes in Southern Kaduna were not safe for travellers.

“We wish to categorically state that there is no threat, crisis or breach of security anywhere around Southern Kaduna. The roads and all the communities are, therefore, safe and free for passage,” the statement read partly.

In a similar manner, the Plateau State Police Command have banned the use of fireworks during the festive period and assured the residents of adequate security.

A statement by the command’s spokesperson, Matthias Tyopev, said the police had deployed patrol vehicles in strategic areas with a view to responding promptly to distress calls from members of the public.

Tyopev said, “We wish to state that there is a ban on the use of fireworks and bangers. This is to avoid all forms of distraction in the execution of the security strategy in place.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017

The King of Akan, located in the village of Adansi Aboabo in Ghana, Eric Manu, has returned to Canada to resume his job as a gardener in order to raise money to provide health care for his subjects. Manu became king when his 67-year-old uncle, Dat, passed away in 2016. After living in Canada for [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Funmi Akingbade Christmas is something everybody looks forward to and not only because it is a season of celebration, it is also a season where spouses exchange love, catches up on many things and also look forward to cherished memories. But I have discovered that many times, these desires become short-lived because of so many [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that his administration was using the states share of the Paris Club refund to execute projects. Wike also stated that his administration would improve the infrastructure of Isiokpo town, saying that nobody would be allowed to relegate the ancient Ikwerre city. The governor, [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi is the Chairperson of Transition Monitoring Group and Founder of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation. In this interview with ERIC DUMO, she talks about her journey into activism and life as a wife and mother Looking at your history of activism, you must have had a very tough [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Department of Petroleum Resources on Thursday, sealed off a filling station belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation along Trans-Woji Slaughter Road area of Port Harcourt for hoarding about 40,000 litres of premium motor spirit. Dissatisfied with the sharp practices among petroleum marketers, DPR also penalised two other filling stations, EBZ [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

A David Beckham fan, Jack Johnson, who spent 20,000 (N9.6m) on surgery to look like his idol, said his obsession nearly killed him. According to Mirror UK, after spending several years trying to look like the football legend, Johnson said his unsuccessful bid nearly drove him to commit suicide. Report said Johnson is now reversing [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

What were you into before you became a star' I was going to school but also doing music by the side but not for commercial purpose. I was also a part of the church choir; I was the pianist in church. Which of your projects shot you into the limelight' When I was in church, [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

How did you meet your wife' I met my wife at Zeb Ejiros office. What attracted me to her was her fashion sense. She was dressed in a very modest manner and that appealed to me. Immediately I saw her, I told the people around me that I liked the girl and that was it. [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

House of commotion In the last few weeks, a particular political caucus known for running riot at the top of affairs in the country for several years before being finally deflated not too long ago by members of a rival squad, has not only thrilled us with their poor level of coordination but also treated [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Pasquale Pagano, 45, who dressed in a Father Christmas costume, collapsed and died on Friday while giving out presents at a Christmas party in a southern Italian school for pupils aged around 11-13. The school, the Gino Rossi Vairo Iinstitute in Agropoli, a seaside town about 100 kilometres South-East of Naples, said the cause of [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

A students dedication to her education is going viral on the social media thanks to a photo of her finishing up a final exam while sitting in a hospital bed preparing to give birth. Nayzia Thomas, a sophomore at Johnson County Community College, Missouri, United States, tweeted a photo that her mother snapped of her [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

A dog named Cola, who had his two front paws chopped off in Thailand, Bangkok, is now able to run again after a veterina opaedist replaced his missing feet with blades. Sky News reported that Cola was taken to a vet after he was hacked by a man with a sword because he gnawed on [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

We buy drugs for fellow inmates Source Inmates and families of deceased prisoners at the Agodi Minimum Security Prison in Ibadan are calling the attention of the government to inadequate health care system at the facility. OLUFEMI ATOYEBI writes Bose Adewale cut a forlorn figure with her dishevelled hair and eyes that seemed to have [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Chukwuneta Oby An elder sister of mine who can plant ideas in somebodys head and probably irritated to no end with my hero worship of PAPA, was out to burst my bubble real good. On that particular day (years back), our gist drifted to marriages in general and I remember saying that Mama must be [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The authorities of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have redeployed the Bayelsa State Commandant, Mr. Desmond Agu, to Makurdi, Benue State. Agu bowed out of Bayelsa State Command amid accolades by commands officers and men, service commanders and the state government. He also received two awards of excellence from the [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

The kidnappers of Mrs. Tina Inegbagha, wife of Paramount ruler of Ayakoro community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, have demanded a ransom of N100m to free their captive. Unknown gunmen had on December 16, 2017 invaded the coastal settlement, abducting the monarchs wife and Mr. Egele Jack, the Principal of Government Craft Development [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Kogi State Government has directed the Public Service Institute of Nigeria to conduct a promotional examination for eligible civil servants in the state. PSIN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, who said this in a statement on Friday, added that the state government engaged the institute to sanitise its civil service [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Friday Olokor, Jos The Labour Party has ruled out the adoption of a presidential candidate from another political party ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying that it will present its own representative. The party said it had been repositioned to take over the affairs of the country and lift it to enviable heights. National [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Traffic Wardens across Nigeria are set to receive rewards for their selfless service in keeping the roads hassle-free throughout the year. The rewards in form of holiday season gifts and other items are part of the #NominateAChamp Campaign by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. To nominate recipients of the gifts, the bank called on members of [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Tunde Ajaja As part of efforts to make Nigerians reap the benefits of transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Federal Government on Friday launched the Digital Switch Over in Kaduna, two days after the launch in Kwara State. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, speaking at the ceremony, said the second [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, to work for the unity of Nigeria. Saraki made the call when Adams visited him in Abuja, according to a statement on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu. The Senate President noted that [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Jesusegun Alagbe As Christians in Nigeria and all over the world celebrate the Christmas Day on December 25, Globacom has urged them to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ by living in peace and love. In its goodwill message on Friday, the telecommunications company noted that the real essence of the day was to [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Lagos State Chapter, has named the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of BlackHouse Media, Ayeni Adekunle, as the PR Practitioner of 2017. The institute also named BHM the Agency of the Year and the Best Agency to Work in 2017, while the Founder/CEO of LSF|PR, Bidemi Zakariyau, was named the Rising [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

A digital company, StarTimes, has continued its expansion, as it has introduced new channels to its bouquet this December. Ngbati and Arewa Television, both language channels, will be aired on channel 137 and channel 138 respectively. The third channel, U-Laff TV, will be aired on channel 131. The Brand and Marketing Director, StarTimes Nigeria, Qasim [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Jesusegun Alagbe President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states for praying for him during his periods of illness. According to a communiqu by the leagues Aare Musulumi, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola, and its Publicity Secretary, Sheikh Habeebulah Adam Al-Ilory, the President made the commendation during the [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Mudiaga affe, Calabar The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service said it had registered about 7,204 Cameroonian asylum seekers in the state, an exercise it carried out in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. The state Comptroller of NIS, Mrs. Funke Adeuyi, said this in Calabar while briefing journalists [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Success Nwogu, Ilorin The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari wants to be the sole candidate of the APC is presumptuous and inconsistent with the democratic principles on which the party is formed. In a statement made available to journalists in Ilorin, the [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has denied a statement circulating on the social media in which he was quoted as justifying the current fuel scarcity. The minister was said to have made the comment in an interview with a radio station. He was quoted as saying, Dont [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Simon Utebor and Peter Dada Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday signed the N98.6bn 2018 budget into law. The Ekiti State House of Assembly had on December 19 passed the 2018 budget as presented by the governor. Signing the budget into law at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the capital, Fayose commended [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Everest Amaefule, Olusola Fabiyi, Adelani Adepegba and Ifeanyi Onuba Between January and September this year, 4.07 million Nigerians became unemployed, an analysis of the unemployment report for the third quarter released by the National Bureau of Statistics has revealed. The bureau, in the report made available to our correspondent on Friday, stated that the number [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Innoson Nigeria Limited and its Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, on Friday withdrew an ex parte application they filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The other defendants in the ex parte application filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos are the Federal High Court, the Attorney General of the Federation, [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Eniola akinkuotu, Abuja Officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority in Abuja on Friday paid a courtesy visit to human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN). The FCDA officials, led by General Counsel/ Secretary, Legal Services at the secretariat, Mohammed Umar, also appealed to Falana to drop the N100m suit he filed against the FCDA [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has directed the civil servants in the state to vacate their offices for the Christmas holidays on Friday, December 22, 2017. They are expected to resume on Monday, January 8, 2018. According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Success Nwogu and Enyioha Opara There are indications that workers in some states in the country will soon embark on demonstrations or strike action over unpaid salary arrears in their respective states. A trustee of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Mr. Fatai Ibrahim, on Friday said NULGE would engage in demonstrations, work to [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Femi makinde, Osogbo Workers in Osun State have declared their intention to begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, over the refusal of the state government to revert to paying them their full salaries and payment of the arrears of their salaries despite the receipt of the third tranche of N6.3bn Paris Club [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Adelani Adpegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has barred operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, from providing security protection for Very Important Persons. He also asked them to stop conducting stop-and-search on roads, getting involved in civil matters, land disputes, personal disputes, debt collection and other civil issues. Idris, who spoke during a [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Jesusegun Alagbe The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has opposed the withdrawal of $1bn (N365) from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government to fight the Boko Haram insurgency group. Emmanuel would become the second governor to reject the move, following in the footsteps of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Gbenro Adeoye No fewer than 1,500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State on Friday defected to the All Progressives Congress, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. The report said that the defectors were received by Mr. Olusola Sokunle, representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency I at the Lagos State [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim and Success Nwogu The Department of Petroleum Resources has placed a fine of N30.5m on three filling stations in Abuja for diverting petrol supplied to them by the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Head of Public Affairs Unit of the agency in Abuja, Mohammed Seidu, [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A 15-year-old housewife, Dausiya Abdulmuminu, has been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly poisoning her husband, Samilu Usman, 27, and half-brother, Mohammed Abdulmuminu, leading to their death. Spokesperson for the command, DSP Gambo Isah, while confirming the incident in a chat with journalists on Friday, said that the lady [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Umar Muhammed and Ted Odogwu About 719 suspected drug traffickers have been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nasarawa and Kano states. Out of the figure, 180 were arrested by the Nasarawa State chapter of the NDLEA for being in possession of over 3,331 kg of narcotics. Commandant of the agency in [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Bauchi State Police Command have arrested four out of a 10-member gang suspected to have kidnapped and raped an 18-year-old girl in Bauchi, the state capital. The commands spokesperson, Kamal Abubakar, stated this at a press briefing on Friday. He said, You may recall that on November 4, 2017, the command [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

The World Health Organisation has announced a successful five-month operation in containing cholera outbreak in Borno State. The operation, which was carried out in collaboration with the Borno State Government and other partners, was announced on December 21 after two weeks passed with no new cases. The Director of Emergency Response, Borno State Ministry of [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Our Correspondents Fuel scarcity worsened on Friday across the country as several motorists and passengers were stranded. Long queues of motorists persisted at filling stations, leading to gridlock and the unavailability of commercial vehicles on the roads of major cities, including Lagos, Owerri, Ibadan, Abuja, Kaduna and Katsina. Several Nigerians told our correspondents that they [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The Peoples Democratic Party has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari, as Minister of Petroleum Resources, to find a quick solution to the lingering fuel scarcity now ravaging all parts of the country. It called on the President to stop punishing Nigerians. The PDP, in a statement signed by its [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A section of the Herbert Macaulay Way that leads to the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was temporarily shut to vehicular movement on Friday in Abuja. It was also gathered that security officers from the Nigeria Police Force closed the road for some hours on Wednesday and Thursday, a development [] 



Sat, 23 Dec 2017

My mothers friend handed me over to rapists Victim She was first raped by four men in August CPN Surgery needed to save her life Doctor Kunle Falayi Twelve-year-old Juliet (not real name), was bent over, unable to walk straight as she was taken to the Mirabel Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Ikeja, []