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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 29 December, 2017.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Oil marketers on Thursday asked the Federal Government to deduct the N27bn they owed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation from the $2bn that it owed them.

The marketers stated that the petrol scarcity being experienced across the country would have been averted if the NNPC had listened to their warnings in October that there was a drop in supply of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

On Wednesday, the NNPC attacked the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association over the statement by DAPPMA that its members had no petrol in their tanks despite the corporation’s claims of importing millions of litres of petrol.

The national oil firm also stated that DAPPMA members owed it the sum of N26.7bn for products received from it, adding that the statement credited to the association on the fuel supply situation, especially PMS, was very unfortunate.

But while speaking on a television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, the Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, asked the government to deduct the marketers’ debt from the $2bn it owed the oil dealers.

He said, “I know they (NNPC) were referring to DAPPMA, but talking about who is owing who, this is all about trade; we are always buying from the NNPC to sell. So sometimes, we owe and other times we are in credit, but the truth is that the government is owing us.

“And we have agreed with the government since June that when you (government) are going to pay us, deduct whatever we are owing you. Collectively, marketers in the industry are owed close to $2bn, so you can’t compare it to N27bn. It is not only the NNPC that we are owing.”

He added, “We owe other government agencies, but we are saying that let’s start from the biggest and that is the fuel subsidy, the interest and the foreign exchange. We’ve done several reconciliations supervised by the Chief of Staff (to the President) and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Provisional election results released on Thursday by the National Election Commission indicated that ex-football superstar, George Weah, emerged winner of Liberia presidential run-off, beating Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.


 
The NEC said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 per cent of Tuesday’s vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai, AFP reports.

The commission added that with 98.1 per cent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 per cent support.

Ahead of Thursday’s results, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body’s headquarters and some of Weah’s supporters were already rejoicing.

“The Liberian people clearly made their choice… and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,” Weah tweeted before the official results were announced.

Weah topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 per cent of ballots but failed to win the 50 per cent necessary to avoid a run-off. Boakai came second with 28.8 per cent.

Weah is the only African ever to have won the FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon d’Or. The 51-year-old starred at top-flight European football clubs – Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly in England for Chelsea and Manchester City later in his career.

“Is it President Weah?” said the New Dawn newspaper on Thursday, referring to a man who has the backing of heavyweights including former warlord Prince Johnson and apparently the covert support of outgoing President Sirleaf.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
There was anxiety on Thursday over the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was involved in a power bike accident in Abuja on Tuesday night.

Yusuf, who sustained a head injury and had one of his limbs broken, was said to have undergone a successful surgery at the Ceda Crest Hospital, Abuja.


 
It was gathered that he was involved in a power bike race with a friend in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja when he was involved in the crash.

The presidential spokesman, Garuba Shehu, had, in a statement on Wednesday, said, “Yusuf Buhari had a bike accident last night around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

 “He broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result. He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition.”

On Thursday, besides his father and mother, Aisha, prominent politicians thronged the hospital to visit Yusuf.  Sources said Yusuf had not regained full consciousness.

While prominent politicians were visiting Yusuf at the hospital, his father’s aides and clerics were conducting a prayer session for him at a mosque in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A source in the hospital, who said Yusuf’s condition had yet to improve, told one of our correspondents that his parents visited him on Thursday morning.

One of our correspondents got the hospital at 3.30pm on Thursday when Senate President Bukola Saraki visited Yusuf.

It was observed that security presence around the hospital was still tight as policemen and officers of the Department of State Services screened entrants onto the premises.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
A suspended member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Thursday met President Muhammadu Buhari behind the closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The member representing  Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State who was at a time the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, refused to give details of the meeting while speaking with State House correspondents.


 
He simply said it was a meeting between “a son and a father.”

“As you are aware, I have not seen the President for a while now.  It was a meeting between a son and a father,” he said.

When asked if the purpose of the meeting was to seek Buhari’s intervention on his travails, Jibrin said, “I cannot comment in that regard. The most important is that I saw him and he was in a very high spirit. I greeted him like a son and he spoke to me like a father.”

He also said he did not discuss the ongoing crisis in the Kano State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress with the President.

He again faulted his suspension, saying his constituency had been denied representation for 16 months.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello, on Thursday, freed from Abuja prisons 33-year-old Abdullahi Musa, who was first sentenced to death some years ago. Apart from Musa, some 126 other convicts regained their freedom after the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Capital Territory as well as [] 


Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Peter Dada, Akure A former Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the immediate past administration, Mr. Femi Adekanmbi, was arrested by the men of the state police command in Owo, headquarters of the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Thursday. Adekanmbi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, is said to [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development has commenced investigations into the demolition of two houses on Ishola Street, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos State, owned by a 70-year-old man, Olu Bakare. It was learnt that the committee had summoned the victim; the Chairman of the Lagos State Special [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has demanded that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), should release a certified true copy of the electronic database of records of arrests made by all law enforcement agencies. He also wrote to the Chief Justice of [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has presented the draft 2018 budget of N173,980,083,007 to the state House of Assembly. According to a statement, the governor, who presented the budget tagged, Budget of Enduring Legacy, on Thursday, said during the presentation that the appropriation bill was anchored on the commitment [] 


Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Eight persons were killed and 14 others injured on Thursday in suicide bomb attacks on Amarwa, a community in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State. A resident of the village, Abba Ajiri, said the attacks were simultaneously executed by two suicide bombers. According to Ajiri, the suicide bombers, both females, [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission, on Thursday, said it recorded 59 rape cases in the state in 2017 and blamed parents for the rising cases of the menace. The Chairman of the commission, Dr. Adamu Kasarawa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto that some parents were not mindful of the whereabouts of their [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi About 257 Nigerians on Thursday returned from Libya, barely 24 hours after the National Emergency Management Agency received 157 persons on Wednesday. The 152 adults females, 82 adult males, nine children and 14 infants bring the number of people rescued by the International Migration Organisation with assistance from the European Union to 6, [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has signed into law the states 2018 Appropriation Bill of N343.9bn. It is N1.4bn less than the N345.4bn earlier presented to the House by the governor. Amosun signed the bill into law at the Governors Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, after it was presented to him by the [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde and Peter Dada The Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams, on Thursday declared that the various challenges faced by the country would persist if the country was not restructured. Adams, who is also the national coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress, said he believed in restructuring and would continue to support the call [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The people of Aladja community in the Udu Council Area of Delta State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the lingering crisis between them and their Ogbe-Ijoh neighbours over disputed land. Aladja, an Urhobo community of Udu Kingdom, and Ogbe-Ijoh, an Ijaw community, have been involved in protracted clashes [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Following the intervention of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Thursday, the striking teaching and non-teaching staff of the six tertiary institutions belonging to Oyo State decided to shelve their plan to occupy the Government House and the state secretariat on Friday (today) over non-payment of their salaries. Members of [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People has condemned the alleged forceful occupation on Wednesday of its secretariat in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State by an oil film, RoboMichael, and the Nigerian Army. MOSOPs Publicity Secretary, Mr. Fegalo Nsuke, said in a statement on Thursday that [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has presented a budget proposal of N167.9bn for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for consideration and subsequent approval. The budget, christened Budget of Consolidation, is N32bn more than the 2017 budget proposal which was over N135bn. The 2018 budget proposal comprises [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Delta State Commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, Mr. Ernest Ogwezzy, said the state lost property worth N11bn to fire outbreaks between January and October this year. Ogwezzy disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Asaba. The commissioner said that the property lost included factories, shops, markets [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thursday presented the 2018 budget estimates before the Enugu State House of Assembly. The size of the appropriation bill, tagged Budget of sustainable economic growth, is N98bn. The governor, while presenting the budget, explained that the proposed 2018 appropriation bill was smaller than that of [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has relieved the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Halimatu Idris, of her appointment with immediate effect. This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Alhaji Abdu Labaran, on Thursday in Katsina. Labaran stated that the commissioners termination letter was personally signed by [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdulhakeem Abdullateef on Thursday said some governors who had performed in office should be returned unopposed in 2019. The commissioner, who said the move would save money meant for 2019 gubernatorial elections in some of the 36 states, added that such would also save the country [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Special Task Force Committee on demolition of gated streets has commenced the removal of gates in areas that failed to comply with the governments directive on gated streets regulation. The enforcement, which kicked off on Thursday, was implemented in the Surulere, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Ikeja, Isolo, Ikosi-Isheri, Ojodu and Amuwo-Odofin areas [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Office of Disabilities Affairs (LASODA) has warned the people living with disability (PLWD) against lawlessness. The General Manager, LASODA, Dr Babatunde Awelenje, at an end of year news conference in Ikeja, on Thursday said disability should not be used as an avenue for lawlessness, adding that that the office would [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The UN Security Council on Thursday denied international port access to four North Korean ships suspected of carrying or having transported goods banned by international sanctions targeting Pyongyang, diplomats told AFP. The ban of the four vessels the Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Sam Jong 2 and Rye Song Gang 1 [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources, Abeokuta Field Office, on Thursday dispensed petrol for free to motorists again in Abeokuta. The filling station, Daslap Petrol Station, Olomore, was allegedly caught selling above the official pump price. The team, led by its Head of Operations, Mr Kasali Akinade, said the action was necessary to make others comply [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
United States President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea and that such moves would prevent a friendly solution to the crisis over Pyongyangs nuclear program. China earlier on Thursday said there had been no U.N. sanction breaking oil sales by Chinese ships [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
DemocratDougJoneswas officially declared the winner of the US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the slim Republican majority in the chamber. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill certified the results of the December 12 special election and dismissed claims of voter fraud by the campaign of the defeated Republican [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Punch Editorial Board It is now two weeks into another round of petrol shortages. For many, Christmas was marred as commuting became tedious and expensive. Many others travelling to their country homes either had to shell out much more than the usual fare or shelve the annual journey back to their roots altogether. The spectacle [] 


Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the Peoples Democratic Party is only seeking to return to power in 2019 so as to resume looting the treasury as done in the past. Fayemi, currently the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, also urged Nigerians not to use [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin Amidst the lingering economic challenges facing the country, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has called on Nigerians to remain consistent in their efforts to do the right thing. Odigie-Oyegun stated that, as against the perception that the concept of change was about road construction and provision [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye As the year draws to a close and plans are on for the New Year, there is a need to review your spending pattern. You need to take a look at how to track your expenses. This will help you to save more as you enter the New Year. It can even help [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju Abuja A member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Obiora Okonkwo, declared by a Federal High Court in Abuja as the senator-elect to represent Anambra Central Senatorial District, has commenced contempt proceedings against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Okonkwo on Thursday initiated the contempt suit due to alleged [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Dubai and London-bound passengers of Med-View Airline on Thursday took over the carrier's check-in counter at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, and also disrupted activities at nearby check-in counters. Eyewitnesses said the passengers had been stranded for several days due to flight delays and cancellation. Some of the aggrieved passengers were said to [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The lawmaker representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has declared that Rivers State is not a conquered territory. Abe also insisted that no one should assume the position of God in the state. The lawmaker made the declaration while speaking during a visit to the former [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Femi Asu Residents of several communities in Isolo and Ejigbo areas of Lagos have complained of being subjected to acute under supply of electricity for the past three months. Our correspondent gathered that the development followed the upgrade of the Transmission Company of Nigeria's transformers at Ejigbo, which has not been completed. The Chairman, Ashamu [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced that 42 firms submitted bids for the rehabilitation of its Information Technology Division centres The Group General Manager, Information Technology Division, NNPC, Mr. Danladi Inuwa, disclosed this during the bid opening in Abuja. Inuwa, who was represented by the General Manager, Core IT Infrastructure [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it had written to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to come up with bankable projects for concession under a Public-Private Partnership arrangement. The Acting Director-General, ICRC, Chidi Izuwah, confirmed the development to our correspondent during an interview on the sidelines of a facility [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja A non-governmental organisation, Social Action Nigeria, has written to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, demanding explanation on the $5.5bn, which the Federal Government has started borrowing from foreign sources. In two letters dated November 24 and December 18, Social Action Nigeria said it was necessary for the government to give [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The naira is expected to be stable in the week ahead, supported by the Central Bank of Nigeria's regular interventions through the injection of dollars into the market, according to foreign exchange traders. The currency has been hovering at 360/dollar for investors, while it has traded around 364/dollar at the [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The fuel scarcity that started shortly before Christmas has registered its expected impact on the prices of items in the market owing to the attendant hike in transportation costs. According to the Chairman, Ikeja Shop Owners Association, Mr. John Okonkwo, in the past one week fares have gone up by as much as [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report The value of public companies on global stock markets grew by $12.4tn in 2017, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, which included dividends in its calculation. The Dow Jones industrial average rose by 25 per cent, the S&P 500 surged by 20 per cent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index outshined [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
I cant remember when the caveat: Cars are parked at owners risk became popular in public domain. I have always felt the caveat insulting until recently when I found out it serves a legal basis. The caveat serves a basis of absolving institutions like hotels, banks, eateries, etc. from the liability arisen from the negligence [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Fola Ojo What you are about to read is a year-end homily. One that I hope will help loosen up the viscosity of the viciousness and pain life sometimes throws in our paths. Your choice move may be jogging, running, sprinting, crawling, or a brisk walk; about two days from now, over seven billion human [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Gbemiga Olakunle The Christmas season is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world. The Christmas Day marks the date of the virgin birth of the Saviour. It is a tradition that some airlines in Europe and other parts of the world dont normally operate their international flights that day because they expect their [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Tunji Ajibade It is the last Friday of the month, so I turn to my constituency, the media. I take note that like the well-publicised unqualified teachers, directors and other professionals fail vital tests too. A member of the Institute of Directors set me thinking regarding this. On June 29, 2017, on AIT, and in [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Tunde Temionu A caring government is one that gives top priority to the general security of its people. Such a responsible government always protects the governed from being conveyed to an unknown economic destination by profiteering ships, captained by dishonest business agencies, like most of the electricity marketing companies in Nigeria. This task can always [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Ayo Olukotun For Nigerians, from December 22 up till Boxing Day, December 2017, traumatised Nigerians spent their holidays at the petrol stations, many actually slept at the petrol stations during the festive period Moses Makinde, Professor of Philosophy, December 27, 2017 As the opening quotation sourced from Prof. Moses Makinde narrates, angst and anger arising [] 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi The police in Lagos have apprehended five members of a syndicate which allegedly specialised in the forgery of documents for visas. The arrested suspects were identified as Ikenna Aningwu, 28; Ebere Okere, 36; Toyin Dada, 36; Naboth Iyke, 35; and Yomi Alalade, 39. The suspects and others at large allegedly forged documents bearing []