NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 7th December, 2017.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has commenced a probe into the 24,325 government properties that were sold to government officials under the monetisation policy of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Also, the anti-graft agency has arrested a retired Appeal Court judge, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, for allegedly demanding a N200m bribe in exchange for a favourable judgment in a National Assembly election case that was pending before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
 
The ICPC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, that many, who bought government properties, had yet to make full payment while some others were secretly renting the properties to private citizens.

The anti-graft agency said most of the culprits were in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Housing Authority.

The statement read in part, “In recent times, the ICPC has been inundated with petitions from patriotic Nigerians, drawing the attention of the commission to allegations of widespread abuse of the policy by beneficiaries and some government workers.

“The commission, while acting on the petitions, discovered through preliminary investigation that a number of civil servants in the OHCSF, who benefited from the policy had not paid for the houses since 2005. While some had completely defaulted, others owe the government a sizeable amount of the money.
 
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Edo State Task Force against Human Trafficking has said that the victims recently repatriated from Libya will  undergo medical screening for infectious diseases.

It also said the victims would be provided with counselling and other psychological assistance for those who might have been traumatised.
 
The secretary of the task force, Mrs. Oyemwense Abieyuwa, disclosed this on Wednesday when the state government received 275 Libyan returnees in Benin.

Abieyuwa stated, “We have on-the-spot medical assistance right now in collaboration with the (Benin) Central Hospital. The test is extensive.

“It will cover HIV, hepatitis, all the tests that they need to take, particularly for these persons who have gone through this kind of situation.”

She explained that the new returnees comprised 58 females, some of whom had babies, and 217 males.

“Like I said earlier, it is an emergency; it is a crisis that has to be dealt with as soon as possible. This is the seventh batch and we have another one coming in on Friday,” Abieyuwa added.

The chairman of the task force and the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, who received the returnees on behalf of Governor Godwin Obaseki, said over 1,100 victims of human trafficking and irregular migration had been received so far.
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Numerous placard-carrying supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Kano unofficially started electioneering for his re-election in 2019.

The supporters, numbering over 5,000, displayed placards with inscriptions including Buhari muna so a 2019, Muna tare de Buhari (2019), (Its Buhari we want in 2019 and We are with Buhari); “4+4=8;” and  “Buhari/Ganduje for 2019.”
 
A mammoth crowd was also at the airport and along the major streets in the metropolis to give the President a rousing welcome.

Shortly after his aircraft touched down at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport at 11.15am, the President was received by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, traditional rulers as well as politicians, among others.

From the airport, the President was driven in a convoy to the Emir of Kano’s palace.

Buhari alongside Ganduje later went to the Kurmawa Prison, a stone’s throw from the Emir’s palace, where 500 prison inmates were granted pardon and given an undisclosed amount of money after they were advised to be of good behaviour.

Thereafter, the President inaugurated some projects.

Among the projects are the ultra-modern Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, named after the him and a Peadiatric Hospital located on Zoo Road, Kano,and the underpass bridge at Madobi/Panshekara Junction.


Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Customs Service says it has uncovered 57 assorted vehicles suspected to be smuggled in Omole Estate and Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

The Comptroller, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Mohammed Garba, who made this announcement on Wednesday in Lagos, revealed that the service also seized seven other assorted vehicles, mostly brand new, along Ijebu Ode expressway and Olorunda.


 
Among the 64 vehicles seized, according to Garba are; one bulletproof Lexus jeep, one bulletproof Toyota Landcruiser, nine Land Cruiser jeeps, five Toyota Camry, and others, all valued above N1.3bn.

“As I speak with you, nobody has come forward to claim ownership yet because we doubt if they have any Customs papers on the vehicles let alone End-User Certificate for the bulletproof cars,” he said adding that the legal unit of the command had been mandated to investigate the matter.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army on Wednesday removed the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, and appointed a new Major General to head the military anti-insurgency operation in the North-East. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the telephone, noting [] 


Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has called on the Federal Government not to negotiate the proposed new minimum wage with the state and local governments, saying the negotiation should be restricted only to the Federal Governments workers. The group stated that the FG should negotiate with its own workers and allow the [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
President Donald Trump of the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there. The move is expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace, CNN reported. Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israels capital. This is nothing [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola,Kunle Falayi and Toluwani Eniola Again, Nigerias most widely read newspaper, The PUNCH, retained its leadership position in the print media when it won the prestigious Newspaper of the Year award at the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence. The award ceremony took place at the Muson Centre, Onikan in Lagos on Wednesday. The PUNCH [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The UN Security Council will meet on Friday in emergency session to discuss the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, the councils leadership announced Wednesday. The talks requested by eight nations will begin at 10:00 am (1500 GMT), but there are other items on the agenda, so [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has approved the establishment of six new private universities in the country. The decision was reached at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of meeting which was [] 


Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said his government would continue to appreciate the roles played by the people at the grass roots to ensure that rural communities are integrated into mainstream governance. He said, If communities can collectively persuade themselves to build roads, build police post; if communities can unite [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The residents of Sala community in the Epe area of Lagos State have appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to save them from land grabbers, who they accused of attacking the community. They alleged that the land grabbers had succeeded in dispossessing some families of about five hectares of land, adding that many of [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, till January 22, 2018. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, adjourned the case after Metuh called his ninth defence witness, Mr. Adebayo Bodurin, on Wednesday. The witness, a director at Daar Communication [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed March 2, 2018 for judgment in the appeal filed by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), challenging the validity of his trial while being kept in unlawful detention. Dasuki had filed his appeals before the Supreme Court, challenging the judgments of the Court [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government Committee on Civil Service Reforms, investigating the payroll fraud in the state, has uncovered 5,000 non-academic members of staff at the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, and five other state-owned tertiary institutions. The panel also uncovered 500 administrative officers at the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state. The [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele,Ado Ekiti An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti, has said the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, set up by the state government to probe financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014, is legal. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye declared this on Wednesday while delivering judgment in the suit filed by the former [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has warned the members and leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party against shutting out the South-West from producing the next national chairman of the party. Doing so, Kashamu warned, would turn the PDP to a regional party. He, therefore, urged [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Shehu Musa YarAdua Centre on Wednesday said it would hold the 20th memorial programme for the late Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Gen. Shehu Musa YarAdua, on Friday in Abuja. A statement by the Director General of the centre, Jacqueline Farris, said the anniversary was an opportunity to remember one of Nigerias contemporary leaders [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi The National Directorate of Employment says it has started the recruitment of 76,300 unemployed youths nationwide under the NDE Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) for vocational skills acquisition. The Director General of the directorate, Dr Nasiru Ladan, said the intending trainees include unskilled men and women who are primary school leavers, secondary [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Eight countries called Wednesday for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the United States said it recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital. Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay want a meeting by the end of the week, the Swedish mission to the 15-member body said. Details soon. 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Here is the full text of US President Donald Trumps Wednesday speech on Jerusalem, in which he recognized the disputed city as Israels capital: When I came into office, I promised to look at the worlds challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Loading drops at NNPC, private depots Olalekan Adetayo, Chukwudi Akasike, Okechukwu Nnodim and 'Femi Asu The Federal Government has ordered the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to ensure that the fuel scarcity currently being experienced across the country does not extend beyond this weekend. The directive was given to the minister [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Federal Government officials and their World Bank counterparts on Wednesday agreed on the necessary steps to be taken before the presentation of Nigeria's request for $1bn for consideration by the executive board of the institution. In a statement issued after a meeting in Abuja, the World Bank said it was committed to [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Deposit Money Banks in the country, in collaboration with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, have launched a new automated cheque clearing application called i-Teller. The i-Teller, which is the new National Automated Clearing System, allows banks to clear cheques within hours. The DMBs, in collaboration with NIBSSS and Precise Financial System, began [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate Committee on Local Content on Wednesday asked the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment and Management Service, Mr. Roland Ewubare, to appear before it within 24 hours or a warrant of arrest would be issued against him. At the sitting of the committee, which is probing the variations [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A, Nigeria Customs Service, Aminu Dahiru, has completed a tour of all formations under him with a charge to the officers and men to redouble their efforts in revenue collection, anti smuggling operations, trade facilitation and self development. Dahiru, an Assistant Controller General of Customs, said [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Oladimeji Ramon The Peoples Democratic Party has said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which holds at the Eagle Square, Abuja. It says this is because of the provision of the party's constitution that deals with new entrants into the party. However, the party said [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Gas producers owed N153.5bn Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government, in partnership with the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development, has discovered 38 additional gas flare sites in Nigeria. Before the recent discovery, data from the Department of Petroleum Resources put the number of gas flare sites in the country at [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The embattled Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, and some other aggrieved leaders in the state on Wednesday called on the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to remove the state's Acting Chairman of the party, Mr. Ade Adetimehin. Kekemeke was reportedly suspended by [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Crude oil prices lost ground on Wednesday on a build in United States' petrol supplies, an indication of lower demand, and fears about the global economy. Oil prices came under pressure on Tuesday when the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development said inflation moved lower for the worlds major industrialised economies. That followed an OECD [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation has launched another phase of its capacity building programme by training over 40 Nigerian women in financial literacy. The financial literacy project, which is in collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the Lagos Chamber [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has chided Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for allegedly taking credit for the N800m recently released by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the payment of local governments' workers' salaries in the state. A statement signed by the state Chairman of the [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, struck out a suit filed by the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to stop the Peoples Democratic Party from taking any disciplinary action against him. Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba declined jurisdiction to hear the case on merit and struck it [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Femi Asu Benin Electricity Distribution Company has announced the completion and inauguration of a new 2x15MVA 33/11Kv injection substation, Asaba mains at Ibusa in Delta State. The Managing Director, BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, described the inauguration of the Asaba substation as a major breakthrough that would improve power supply to industrial clusters and commercial areas [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party has called on aggrieved members who left the party to follow the footsteps of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku 'and return home.' The Chairman of the board, Sen. Walid Jibrin, made the call while briefing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja. He said 'As the party joyfully welcomes [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The N1.3tn proposed budget for 2018 presented by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River to the state House of Assembly is attainable, so says the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export and Import Bank, Mr. Abba Bello. Bello stated this on Wednesday in Calabar at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and a financial [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Femi Asu A power management company, Eaton, has expressed its commitment to the Power Africa initiative, which seeks to double electricity supply across Africa and increase access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power. The company said in a statement that the Power Africa initiative was launched by the former United States President, Barack Obama, during [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Nigeria is set to get another new oil refinery as a government push to end fuel imports attracts investors to the industry. Petrolex Oil & Gas Limited plans to build a $3.6bn plant with a capacity of 250,000 barrels a day, its Chief Executive Officer, Segun Adebutu, said in an interview with Bloomberg in Lagos. [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Rural Electrification Agency has announced its readiness to use the Rural Electrification Fund in providing 75 per cent of the total cost of selected rural power projects. It stated that the move was to further accelerate the target of attaining 30,000 megawatt of power generation by 2030. The Managing Director, REA, [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The Consumer Protection Council is working with the National Assembly for passage of bill to establish the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. The bill, according to the Director-General, CPC, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, codifies consumer rights for the first time in Nigeria as it makes clear provisions for the enforcement of consumer rights by defining [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Femi Asu A major player in the nation's downstream oil and gas sector, Forte Oil Plc, has unveiled its alternative solar energy initiative aimed at bridging the electricity gap in the country. The Group Chief Executive Officer, Forte Oil, Mr. Akin Akinfemiwa, said at the launch in Lagos that the company decided to invest in [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Anna Okon Dome stakeholder in the maritime industry, including a maritime expert, Mr. Lucky Amiwero, have opposed the new policy directing goods coming into Nigeria be put in wooden pallets. They are of the view that the new arrangement would delay shipment as well as increase importers' costs. For instance, Amiwero said that the cost, [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The First City Monument Bank Limited, through its reward scheme tagged ''FCMB Millionaire Promo Season 4'', has rewarded and empowered a total of 2,576 of its customers within the eight months the promo ran. This was disclosed after the grand finale draws of the promo which took place at the four regions and 25 zones [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Shell hasn't left Delta' 'Femi Asu and Theophilus Onojeghen A Dutch law firm has asked the public prosecutor in the Netherlands to file a lawsuit against the Royal Dutch Shell, its chief executive officer and former executives over alleged criminal actions relating to a 2011 oilfield purchase in Nigeria. The Dutch authorities are already investigating [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
The International Centre for Tax Research and Development will be launched on Thursday (today) in Lagos. The Founder/President of the research centre, Mrs. Morenike Babington-Ashaye, said in a statement on Tuesday that the launch would be marked by a keynote address on the importance of taxation in nation building. She said Governor Akinwunmi Abode of [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Femi Asu An indigenous integrated energy group, Petrolex Oil and Gas Limited, says it has invested over $330m towards the achievement of a mega oil city located in Ogun State. The Chairman, Petrolex, Mr. Segun Adebutu, said the group had completed the first phase of the facility, comprising a tank farm of 300 million litre [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Femi Asu MRS Oil Nigeria Plc has said it is partnering the Motor Mechs and Technicians Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Automobile Technician Association to educate them on its brand of lubricants. The Lube Sales Manager, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Jane Opara, said the aim of the initiative, tagged 'Lubricants Market Storm', was to 'create [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
THE placement of public good above partisan interest is a rare attribute of governance in Nigeria. But a few public office holders occasionally demonstrate this virtue. The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, radiated it when he disengaged redundant workers in the states local government system last month, despite the vigorous opposition from organised labour. [] 

Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Thursday withAbimbola Adelakun aadelakun@punchng.com Both Governors Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State have a lot in common, and one could as well be the other. Their burlesque leadership style is a constant and painful reminder that we are being led by wags who have given up on the cerebral part [] 


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