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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 10th December, 2017.


Sun, 10 Dec 2017
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has emerged as the new chairman of the party.

Secondus defeated all the aspirants who contested the coveted position with him in the election which was held at Eagle Square, Abuja on Saturday.

The result of the election was declared in the early hours of Sunday.

Details of the poll had not been officially announced as of the time of going to press.

Secondus received strong backing of the 11 governors elected on the platform of the party, as they stood in solidarity with him throughout the exercise.

Governors of Rivers and Ekiti States, Messrs NyesomWike and Ayodele Fayose, actively mobilised support openly for the new party chair.

As of the time of filing this report at 12:10am, Secondus and Wike were still at the Eagle Square as the votes of the elections were being sorted and counted by members of the electoral committee.

The unflinching support by the governors was said to have boosted Secondus’ chance in the North where Adeniran had initial support.

A member of the party from the North said that “the northern caucus apart from Prof. Jerry Gana and Senator Ibrahim Mantu decided to support Secondus because he was the toast of the governors and the majority members of the party.”


 
Secondus told one of our correspondents that if declared winner, he would work with all those that contested against him.

Those who contested against him but lost were Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran and Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.

Others contestants, apart from Chief Olabode George, announced their withdrawal from the race shortly before the commencement of the exercise.

George said on Friday at a press briefing that he was withdrawing due to the refusal of the party to micro-zone the office of the national chairman to the South-West.
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
The Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, talks about SARS and the complaints against some of its personnel with ADELANI ADEPEGBA

what is the requirement for enlistment in SARS?

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad is a specialised unit of the Force that deals with armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, car snatching and the like; any crime involving use of firearms. Like in Numan, Adamawa State where militia are attacking people, the SARS had been deployed along with other units of the Force. To be in SARS, first, you must be a policeman, a general duty officer, and you must have been in the job for not less than five years. You must also have prerequisite experience before you can be posted to the squad. The officer would also undergo operational training as well as training on handling of suspects. We are quite concerned with the complaints against SARS and that is why the Inspector-General of Police has directed its re-organisation. We know that most of the complaints and allegations against SARS are not always true, but the IG has ordered an investigation to ascertain them. He has also directed that human rights desk be set up in all the state commands to handle rights abuse by SARS operatives. So, the people who started the #EndSARS campaign can channel their grievances to the desk officers for investigation. SARS has been in existence for over 40 years and it is essential to the force, so we cannot dismantle it.


 
Why did it take the police this long to re-organise the squad despite several allegations against the personnel?

I won’t argue that it took some time for the re-organisation. Since the IG assumed office, he has been instituting internal reforms in the operation of the force. He also fashioned out some creed which is like our Bible or Quran guiding our work. This creed has been drummed into the operatives and everywhere he goes, he impresses it on the personnel to respect human rights, shun corruption and indiscipline and to be civil. To say it took us long to re-organise the squad would not be correct because when he assumed office, he directed the training of SARS operatives by some civil organisations and the Red Cross. What we are saying is that, some of the complaints in the social media are genuine, and some happened five, six years ago and some are bringing them up now. We know that any organisation that is subject to public opinion has to grapple with the responsibility of educating the public constantly. We can’t say because there are one or two infractions, we should end SARS because if you end SARS, robbers would take over. We appreciate the patriotism of those demanding an end to SARS, but other groups are equally saying, reform SARS. So if they have any complaint against the unit, let them tell us and it would be addressed.
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Absenteeism is a big problem at the National Assembly. Many members rarely attended plenary last week or spent quality time at committee proceedings. On Thursday, the House listed important bills for debate on the floor. The session was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun. The long title of one of the bills [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Comedian, Jephthah Bowoto, aka Akpororo, speaks with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS, about his rise from humble beginnings, marriage, Yung6ix, and other things Was the turnout at your show, Akpororo vs Akpororo, what you expected' I had a sold-out show, and I was so happy. I am preparing for next year, which will be the fifth edition. We [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Actor and movie director, Antar Laniyan, has opened up that he is presently thankful to God he didnt later join the military, which was his first love while growing up. He told Sunday Scoop that if he had ignored the advice of his principal and followed his heart, he would have participated in a coup [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
While it may be hard to believe, Esegine Allen, aka Orezi, has opened up that he has not had sex this year and he doesnt plan to do so anytime soon. He told Sunday Scoop, I am not in a relationship at the moment because I have yet to meet a lady I like. I [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Following his acting debut in The Wedding Party, most people now consider Ikechukwu Onunaku, aka Killz, to be more of an actor than a musician. But while chatting with Sunday Scoop, he insisted that he had no plans to dump music for acting, adding that he was doing both before he relocated to Nigeria many [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Until recently, artiste manager, Yusuf Adepitan, aka Danku, and Double Wahala singer, Oritsefemi, were once described as two peas in a pod. Wherever you saw one of them, you were bound to see the other. However, things rapidly deteriorated between them and they both went their separate ways; but not before dragging each other through [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, aka Vector tha Viper, may look like a gentleman but he is not afraid of confrontations. And he has shown that in the past. When Nigerian rapper, Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I, recently released a song, You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives, which didnt project Nigerian rappers in a good light, [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Tofarati Ige & Olushola Ricketts For lovers of intrigues and drama, this may well be the perfect opportunity to indulge in their hobbies. It is no longer news that trouble is brewing between Yeba singer, Kiss Daniel, and his record label, G-Worldwide Entertainment. The latter has been dragged to court and he was reportedly ordered [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Popular and respected filmmaker, director, and photographer, Femi Odugbemi, speaks with TOFARATI IGE, about his career and other issues Can you recall your most memorable childhood experiences' I was born in the 60s in Lagos and life back then was perhaps simpler and slower than now. I grew up in Fadeyi, Mushin area of Lagos, [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Fans of bubbly actress, Halima Abubakar, were deeply worried when pictures of her looking emaciated with her head shaved clean surfaced on the Internet earlier in the year. The pictures were accompanied with dire rumours, with some saying Abubakar was battling with cancer. However, the actress later confirmed to Sunday Scoop that she was only [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
GIBSON ACHONU Crisis brewing in the Imo State House of assembly may have escalated following the Assemblys endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorochas son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as a governorship aspirant in 2019. Nwosu is currently the Chief of Staff in the Government House. The House Committee Chairman on Petroleum, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission [] 


Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked and shot at a reporter with the Africa Independent Television, Miss Onisofie Owei, in Bayelsa State. The bandits who attacked the broadcast journalist on Friday night in Edepie area of Yenagoa, the state capital, also took away her mobiles and other valuables. Owei, who is [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Tony Okafor The Indigenous People of Biafra has commended President Donald Trump of the United States for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. In a statement on Saturday, IPOBs Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, described Trumps decision as courageous and visionary. It said, Many may be upset that he did what he did, [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
GIBSON ACHONU The National Coordinator, Comptroller-General of Customs, (Compliance Team), Mr. Ahmed Azarema, has said that the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C Owerri, Imo State, seized 1,258 bags of 50kg rice, 1,028 bags of 20kg rice and 111 bales of second-hand clothing. He added that the goods were with duty value of [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
UMAR MUHAMMED and Gbenga Odogun Ten people were reportedly killed on Friday when herdsmen invaded Omala in Kigi East and Omi in Yagba West local council, Kogi State. The state police command, however, claimed that only two persons were killed by unknown gunmen. According to an eyewitness, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, some [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu A former Deputy Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Ayodele Shittu, has said full-time legislature at the national and state assemblies is crippling Nigeria. Shittu, on Saturday, told our correspondent that the alleged scramble for national resources by members of the National Assembly and state lawmakers would continue with full-time legislature. [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
OYETUNJI ABIOYE Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, his counterparts from Kebbi and Jigawa states, Badaru Abubakar and Atiku Bagudu, as well as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, on Saturday, asked the Central Bank of Nigeria to introduce a lower interest rate in order to create jobs for economic growth. They [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
The Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Gani Adams, has appealed to the Yoruba to embrace and seek the understanding of Yoruba culture. According to him, the quest to imbibe the culture will result in true liberation of the Yoruba race. He urged the Yoruba not to be weary in promoting their culture. Adams, while playing host to [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
OLUSOLA FABIYI The senator representing Ogun-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has rejected his suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party. He said his suspension in the early hours of Saturday by members of the National Caretaker Committee of the party was illegal. Buruji said he was neither accused of committing any crime [] 




Sun, 10 Dec 2017
One of the aspirants who contested the position of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Raymond Dokpesi, has faulted the national leadership of the party over the distribution of Unity List among the delegates at the convention venue. He was one of those who rejected the list. The delegates were expected to use [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
builds N10bn business school in ABU OYETUNJI ABIOYE and GODWIN ISENYO The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said the CBN will probe all undocumented export transactions in order to recover any export revenue the government may have lost as a result of such illegal activities. Emefiele stated this in Lagos at [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
OLUSOLA FABIYI The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has scored the All Progressives Congress-led administration low on security, economy, job creation, and national unity. He described the 16 years that the Peoples Democratic Party was in power as glorious years for the country, noting that good men and women who left PDP for [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
JOHN AMEHand LEKE BAIYEWU Peoples Democratic Party members at the National Assembly have hit back at President Muhammadu Buhari over his comment that looters would not return to power in 2019. The President, in a veiled reference to the PDP, was quoted to have made the statement on Thursday, at an interactive session with community [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
OLALEYE ALUKO The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that its troops had captured no fewer than 60 Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East geopolitical zone, in the last three days. The army said some of the captured terrorists were killed during an exchange of gunfire but said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers said he had the right to support any aspirant of his choice among those who contested the PDP national chairmanship position. Wike was reacting to an allegation that he imposed a particular aspirant on party members. He said, In politics, you hear a lot of stories. I have a right [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
SAMUEL AWOYINFAand TOBI AWORINDE The Federal Road Safety Corps on Saturday said multiple crashes along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Road by Olorunpodo J3, involving three vehicles, resulted in the death of seven people. The collision also left eight persons injured. The Public Education Officer, Ogun State Sector Command, FRSC, Florence Okpe, in a statement, said the crash [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress in Osun State has congratulated Olatunbosun Oyintiloye on being the recipient of the Most Outstanding State House of Assembly Member in Nigeria Award. The award ceremony was held at the Shehu Musa YarAdua Centre in Abuja, penultimate Saturday. The award acknowledged Oyintiloyes contributions to lawmaking, good governance and community development. The [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
ENIOLA AKINKUOTU At least 20 miscreants have been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing phones and other valuables at Eagle Square, the venue of the PDP convention. Our correspondent was informed by policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps that almost 50 phones suspected to have been stolen were recovered [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Chukwudi Akasike The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas Ibok-Ette, said that the Nigerian Navy had engaged new strategies, including kinetic (movement) and non-kinetic, to stop the activities of criminals in the countrys maritime domain. Ibok-Ette expressed worry over the increasing level of insecurity within and around the nations maritime space. He explained that [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Success Nwogu At least 200 persons living with disabilities in Kwara State have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a minister for people with disabilities. The President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Kwara State Women chapter, Mrs. Joy Bolarin, who spoke on behalf of the group, said this on Saturday. Bolarin told SUNDAY [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
OLALEKAN ADETAYO President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated a Professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode, as he clocks 70 years. The President through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, commended Oyebodes diligence and exceptional brilliance in bringing fresh perspectives to international law. Also, Buhari on Saturday congratulated a [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
PETER DADA No fewer than 50 students at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, graduated with first class honours. This was stated by the universitys Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, at the 7th convocation of the institution held on Saturday. Ajibefun said the school presented two sets of graduating students this year, 2014/2015 [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Motunrayo Joel The Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris, has called on the private sector to strive to change things in the health sector. He made this known at the end of year party of the Guild of Medical Directors, on Saturday. Idris, who was the chairman of the ceremony, said the future [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
TOBI AWORINDE A doctoral student at the University of Benin, Abidemi Adegboye, has emerged the winner of the top prize for research papers at the 12th African Economic Conference, which held at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was jointly organised by the African Development [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
ADELANI ADEPEGBA The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the scarcity of petroleum products across the country, describing it as an act of cruelty and sabotage from which a privileged few are benefiting. It said the nation had no business importing petroleum products after 60 years of discovering crude oil in commercial quantity. The NLC President, [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
PETER DADA The Ondo State Government has said arrangements have been concluded to begin exploitation of bitumen deposits at Agbabu town in the Irele Local Government Area of the state in 2018. The Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Development, Prof. Bayo Ademodi, who said this at an interactive session with investors in Akure, said [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A former Minister of Education who was also a contestant for the office of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has called on the national leadership of the party to handover the affairs of the party to its Board of Trustees. Adeniran stated this while [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju , said on Saturday that he was disqualified from running for the office of the national treasurer of the party. Adeyanju was also prevented from accessing the Eagle Square, which was the venue of the partys national convention. Adeyanju was [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja One of the aspirants to the office of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has faulted the national leadership of the party over the distribution of what is called Unity List among the delegates at the convention venue. The delegates were expected to use [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
The Zamfara State Deputy Gov. Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, says he will sponsor the mass wedding of 100 prospective couples in the state. Wakkala made the announcement on Saturday in Gusau at the graduation ceremony of 200 women trained in various empowerment skills under his youths empowerment initiatives. News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
THE Federal Governments decision to reintroduce tolls on federal highways to raise funds for road maintenance is a wrong approach to solving a multifaceted problem. Restoring toll plazas to 38 points across the country as enunciated by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, may sound alluring, but only confirms the Nigerian governments [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba Following the persistent decline in revenue to the federation account which has impacted negatively on statutory allocation, state governments have resolved to begin an aggressive drive to shore up their Internally Generated Revenue from next year. The move is part of measures aimed at reducing the over-dependence of state governments on revenue from [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The Federal Government, through the Debt Management Office, is scheduled to hold the last bond auction for the year on December 13, 2017. The amount on offer is expected to be within the range of N90bn and N110bn. Two instruments which are both re-opening, the FGN July-2021 (five-year) and the FGN March- 2027 [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa Active mobile voice subscriptions on the MTN, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom networks crashed from 154.7 million in January to 140.4 million in October, 2017. This shows that 14.3 million active network users have been lost within 10 months, according to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission on the subscribers under the GSM category. [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Femi Asu For the first time in more than four years, the United States' monthly import of Nigerian crude oil rose to 12.29 million barrels in August, the latest report from the US Energy Information Administration has revealed. The US imported a total of 28.53 million barrels of crude oil from Nigeria in the third [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. December is an interesting month for many people because it is mostly tied to one form of celebration or the other. I am particularly excited about this year's December and the simple reason is that a major technology event, GenesysIgnite, is billed to hold later this week in the beautiful city [] 

Sun, 10 Dec 2017
The Chief Executive Officer, Internet Solutions Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olusola Teniola, who is also the President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, speaks on the dangers in delaying the implementation of the National Broadband Plan in this interview with IFE OGUNFUWA What is the progress so far with the National broadband Plan considering that we [] 

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