NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 8th December, 2017.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The National Judicial Council said on Thursday that it had recommended Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Segun Tokode, both of the Federal High Court for compulsory retirement over acts of misconduct.

This was despite that Justice Ademola claimed to have voluntarily resigned on Wednesday.


 
A statement by NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said on Thursday that the council at its meeting on Wednesday recommended the two judges to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement.

Oye stated, “He explained that the NJC, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, sanctioned Justice Ademola after finding the allegations contained in a petition sent against him by eight persons under the name of ‘Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives Members-Elect.’

“The public is hereby informed to disregard news circulating on some news media that Hon. Mr. Justice Ademola has voluntarily retired.  The purported voluntary retirement is clearly an afterthought as Council had taken action before his decision to forward any voluntary retirement letter.”

Part of the allegations he was said to have been found to be culpable of was that the Certified True Copy of a judgment he delivered contains a paragraph that was not read in open court.

Justice Tokode ,who was appointed to the Federal High Court bench in 2015, was accused in a petition sent by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and Miss Abimbola Awogboro, of making false claims to the Federal Judicial Service Commission and the NJC over his appointment qualification.

He was said to have submitted  six judgments he claimed to have personally conducted while practising as a lawyer.


Fri, 08 Dec 2017
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Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets of Jerusalem,  the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to protest against the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a move that has inflamed tensions in Palestine and across the region.

In the occupied West Bank,  Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in a handful of cities throughout Thursday.

At least 49 Palestinians were injured in the protests, and 16 were sent to the hospital, according to local health authorities in the West Bank.


 
Al Jazeera reported that the clashes were dissipating after “several hours of quite vigorous confrontation between the youths and the Israeli army.”

Palestinian protesters gathered at the central Al Manara square in Ramallah and marched towards El Bireh, where they were met by Israeli troops firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

Protests were also held in Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Jericho in the West Bank, according to Anadolu news agency, as well as in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

At least, four Palestinians were injured in Gaza after Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at dozens of demonstrators who assembled east of Khan Younes, in the southern part of the coastal territory, according to Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

Trump, ignoring warnings  from the international community, announced on Wednesday that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.

The decision has been condemned by world leaders who have described it as a “dangerous escalation” and a final nail in the coffin of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Ninety-two aspirants have signified their intention to run for 23 offices in the Saturday’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Some of the offices to be contested are national chairman, deputy national chairman  (South), deputy national chairman  (North), secretary, deputy national secretary,  national legal adviser,  deputy national legal adviser,  national organising secretary,  national youth leader, and national publicity secretary.


 
A list of the aspirants obtained by one of our correspondents in Abuja on Thursday night showed that nine of the aspirants were running for the office of the national chairman.

The aspirants are Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje, Rashidi Ladoja, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Olabode George, Raymond Dokpesi and Aderemi Olusegun.

All the chairmanship aspirants had been screened by a screening panel headed by a former governorship candidate of the party in Edo State, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The screening took place at the Presidential Campaign office of the party, popularly known as Legacy Building, which is located at Maitama District in Abuja.

Seven out of the nine aspirants are from the South-West. Secondus and Dokpesi are from the South-South.

There were surprises on the list of those competing for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South), as some names from the South-West featured prominently on the list.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has begun registration for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in over 700 centres across the 36 states of the federation.

The board advised candidates to avoid being conned by fraudulent operators, noting that an extension would not be given for the UTME registration.


 
The JAMB’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, stated this on Thursday in a statement, adding that the deadline for the optional mock examination was December 30, 2017.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, had said in November that the 2018 UTME would hold from March 9 to March 17 in about 620 Computer-Based Test centres nationwide.

Oloyede had said the application fee remained N5,000.

The board’s spokesman said on Thursday that candidates were advised to register within the time frame as there would not be an extension.

He said, “We will also want to state clearly that the board does not post candidates to any examination town other than the one chosen by the candidate at the point of registration.  Candidates are, however, advised to register on time before the available spaces in their town of choice are exhausted.


Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A Republic of Congo-based businessman, Ani Onyeka, has been ordered to forfeit to the Federal Government the sum of $700,000, which he failed to declare to the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos gave the order on Thursday in [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government is set to confiscate 2,000 properties in the Federal Capital Territory belonging to some firms following their failure to disclose their assets under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme. The Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, disclosed that the properties had been identified, adding that the [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N28.5m found in the bank accounts of the Director of Accounts, Public Works Corporation, Lagos State, Anifowoshe Alade. Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the temporary forfeiture order on Wednesday based on an ex parte application by the Economic and [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives said on Thursday that it would investigate the allegations of corruption and brutality of citizens levelled against the Nigeria Police, particularly its Special Anti-Robbery Squad. It said the investigation would be carried out in public interest and within the legislative duty of the House, to protect the safety, [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police have said the plot by Boko Haram to bomb the Federal Capital Territory and six other states is real. The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said the police would work with other security agencies to make sure that the threat was not actualised. The United States and the United [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says N78.593bn has been paid into employees Retirement Savings Accounts maintained by 10 Pension Fund Administrators as of March 2017. Ambode stated this on Thursday in Ikeja, where the Lagos State Government was conferred with the Award for Excellence on Pension Matters by Peninscope Professional Warranty Limited. [] 


Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday said a large number of bags of LAKE Rice had been approved for sale. The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, explained in Ikeja that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who facilitated the availability of the product of partnership between Lagos and Kebbi states, had ordered a [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Olaleye Aluko and Ted Odogwu President Muhammadu Buhari has described the massive reception for him on his arrival in Kano for a two-day working visit, which started on Wednesday, as a clear message to the opposition that his popularity in the region remained unshaken. According to a statement on Thursday by his Senior [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said he would implement more projects in 2018 aimed at making life comfortable for investors and residents. The governor, who spoke in Alausa, Ikeja, at the grand finale of 2017 Community Day with the theme, Community Affinity: Aligning Lagos Communities with Private Sector, said his [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Treasury Office has promised residents of the state and its stakeholders to employ global best practices in the accounting and financial processes of government. The states Accountant- General, Mrs. Abimbola Umar, stated that the first IPSAS Accruals 2016 Financial Statements in Nigeria was a success and had improved the skills [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has advised the new Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, to use his stool and rich professional background in law and accountancy to galvanise his subjects for the development of Remo. Both of them spoke on Thursday at the installation [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A former Zimbabwean Vice-President, Dr. Joice Mujuru, and a former First Lady of Liberia, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, have urged women not to succumb to the weaker sex tag but to aspire to top political and corporate leadership roles. Mujuru and Howard-Taylor said this on Wednesday in Ibadan, at the opening of the 2017 [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Ministry of Health has deployed a rapid response team to assess reported cases of cholera outbreak in the state. No fewer than 11 persons have been hospitalised in the Inoma community in the Anambra West Local Government Area following the outbreak. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Akabuike, [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Prof. Adesoji Adesina and Bruce Onobrakpeya were, on Thursday, conferred with the 2017 Nigerian National Merit Award. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the ceremony held inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Osinbajo stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari who was still on a two-day official visit to Kano State [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion and confirmation of acting appointments of 250 senior police officers. It also elevated Commissioners of Police, Etop James and Rasheed Akintunde, to the next rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police. A statement by the commission spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, on Thursday in Abuja explained that [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday condemned the resurgence of slavery in some parts of Africa, saying the development was worrisome. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Obasanjo said this at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comptroller-General of Immigration held at the MITROS Residences in Abeokuta. Obasanjo said slave trade in the 21st [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Federal Government has approved the enrolment of National Youth Service Corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme. The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, announced this at the NYSC orientation camp in Ede, Osun State on Thursday during his inspection visit. He said participation in the scheme [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The White House described questions about President Donald Trumps slurred speech as ridiculous Thursday, but committed to releasing the results of a physical examination early in the new year. Trump appeared to struggle with some words during a live statement at the White House Wednesday, mangling familiar phrases like god bless America. There were a [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The federal, states, local governments in October shared N532.7 billion which shows a decline of N25.3 billion when compared to what they shared in September. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). Isa-Dutse [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The final rankings of the 30 nominees for the 2017 Ballon dOr, which was won by Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid) 2.Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona) 3. Neymar (BRA/Paris SG) 4. Gianluigi Buffon (ITA/Juventus) 5. Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid) 6. Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid) 7. Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris SG) 8. NGolo Kante (FRA/Chelsea) [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps said one person died and one sustained injuries in an accident that occurred on the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway on Thursday. TRACE spokesman, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said that the accident was due to overspeeding. Akinbiyi said that a Benz Truck with registration number KRD 379 XM was trying to make [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
The Israeli army retaliated after a projectile fired from Gaza hit its territory Thursday, the army said, blaming Hamas which had called for an intifada after US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. A short while ago, a projectile was fired from northern Gaza & exploded in southern Israel, the Israel Defence Forcessaid on [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Punch Editorial Board Subjected to intimidation, abuse and oppression, Nigerians have launched a campaign to end police brutality. Using the hashtag, #EndSARS, the campaign began online last weekend after a video in which officers attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad shot a man in Yaba, Lagos, went viral. The campaign, which has attracted global attention, [] 


Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo Stakeholders in Taraba State on Thursday unanimously kicked against the January 13, 2018 date for the conduct of Ardo Kola State Constituency by-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The date was rejected at a stakeholder meeting convened by the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner in Taraba, Alhaji Umar Muhammed, in Jalingo. The [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A group within the Peoples Democratic Party, the Yoruba Youth Vanguard, has appealed to Prof. Tunde Adeniran and other Yoruba contesting the party's national chairmanship to step down for the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George. This, the group said, would boost Yoruba's chance of getting the chairmanship position. [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday declared that all foreign brands of rice in the country at the moment were smuggled, adding that some of them were poisonous. According to the government, recent tests conducted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that most imported rice and poultry products were [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Femi Asu Barely 24 hours after oil workers under the aegis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, suspended the plan to withdraw their services, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Thursday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike. Last week, IPMAN, Lagos Chapter, accused the [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Whether you are withdrawing cash from an Automated Mobile Machine or shopping for souvenirs, there are ways to save yourself from excessive bank charges when you use your credit card or debit card abroad during the Christmas, New Year and other holidays. Paying for lunch abroad could attract a currency conversion charge on your card. [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi, and the Secretary-General of the National Union of Electricity Employees, Mr. Joe Ajaero, have condemned the privatisation of the power sector. While Amadi stated that the government's failure in the sector could not be cured by privatisation, Ajaero noted [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Femi Asu Total Upstream Nigeria Limited has said the Egina deep-water project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 for the initial budget of $16bn. The Egina field, which was discovered by Total in 2003 within the Oil Mining Licence 130, some 200 kilometres south of Port Harcourt, is being developed [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated two committees charged with the responsibility of reforming the Nigerian Postal Service. The steering committee is headed by the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, with membership cutting across some Ministries, Department and Agencies of government, including the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh. [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, says stakeholders in the country's financial system must continue to work together to ensure that Nigeria achieves 80 per cent financial inclusion by the year 2020, from the current 50 per cent. This target is part of the objectives of the Financial System Strategy [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Peter Dada The Federal Government on Thursday directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to source for emergency petrol supply in order to clear queues of motorists at filling stations across the country before the end of this week. According to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, such emergency supply [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has suggested a number of measures that can strengthen the manufacturing sector, among which are encouraging foreign investors to set up industries instead of trading in imported finished products. In a chat with our correspondent, the President, MAN, Dr. Frank Jacobs, also said that there should be a [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja After two weeks of disagreement between the Federation Account Allocation Committee and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on revenue discrepancies, both parties on Thursday finally resolved their differences. This was one of the highpoints of this month's FAAC meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance in [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed confidence that with increased patronage, Nigerian manufacturers will be encouraged to improve the quality of their products and become competitive globally. The immediate past President of the Chamber, Dr. Nike Akande, made this remarks while presenting the annual general report at the LCCI 2017 [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Anna Okon Edrington, an international spirits company based in Scotland and makers of a wide range of premium spirit brands, has collaborated with Premium Spirits Nigeria to enter the Nigerian market. According to the promoters, Premium Spirits Nigeria is a business division of the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited set up to grow and manage its [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Government has said it is yet to receive N1bn loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria meant to support the state's farmers producing rice, maize, soya beans, and cassava under the Anchor Borrowers Programme. The Special Adviser to the Kwara State Governor on Agriculture and Rural Water Support Services, [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
A human resources consulting and business services firm, Workforce Group, has reaffirmed its commitment to helping companies connect to graduates and other job seekers with the introduction of Top Talent platform. According to a statement on Thursday, the Head of Selection and Recruitment at Workforce Group, Mr. Akin Afolabi, the Top Talent is a stellar [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Nigeria has been advised to take advantage of the growth in the beauty and personal care industry estimated to reach $34.5bn by 2021 in the Middle East and Africa. Experts including the Director, Registration and Regulatory Affairs , National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Monica Eimunjeze; and the Regional Brand Development [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The NASD Over-the-Counter Securities Exchange Plc has unveiled the NASD Enterprise Portal, which is targeted at addressing the incomplete record of the Nigerian capital while providing informed market data. The firm said currently the market capitalisation to the Gross Domestic Product ratio in Nigeria was as low as seven per cent, which it [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Fola Ojo He was only 10 years old when his parents emigrated from Nigeria to the United States. Over the years, many things about him have changed. But with brute audacity, hell say forever he is Nigerian. Everything Nigerian thrills him. He will not swagger around in suit and tie; he is addicted to Nigerian [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Tunji Ajibade The Federal Government mentions 7,000MW as the electricity it generates at this time. President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned the same figure when he made the Independence Day broadcast in October. I recall having this unsatisfied feeling not because of this figure, but because he mentioned it, turned to another page, and moved on to [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Ayo Olukotun The inadequacy of the curricula of many Nigerian universities also plays out in the fact that some courses are still run as of the old. These courses are not given interdisciplinary coverage or assimilated into the digital media to make them relevant in the present day. Distinguished University of Texas Professor, Toyin Falola, [] 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin Street sweepers engaged by the Edo State Waste Management Board, under a public-private partnership arrangement, have staged another protest over the non-payment of their outstanding salaries. The protesters, who abandoned their morning duties, lamented that the state government had failed to pay their entitlements spanning seven months. Armed with placards, the aggrieved [] 
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