NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 27 November, 2017.

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Shehu Abubakar Malami (SAN), has revealed the existence of over 66 accounts allegedly operated by an unnamed pensions’ fraud syndicate.
This comes amid growing criticism that has rocked the Buhari-led administration following the reinstatement of an embattled former chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension’s Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
Many have said the controversy surrounding Maina’s return and promotion to the position of director of the Federal Civil Service has put a question mark on the Federal Government’s commitment in the fight against corruption.

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Malami disclosed this on a Lagos-based television programme last Thursday.
“Over 66 accounts were used in pension fraud-associated transactions.There exists 12 pending court cases that are related to the pension fund fraud. Investigations have been ongoing overtime and serious recoveries, involving about 270 or more assets, involving house and automobiles were recovered.
“There is a very strong allegation that about 217,000 ghost pensioners exist within the system. And, you are equally aware that high profile individuals, inclusive of political office holders, senior civil servants, the military, the police are equally alleged to be part of the syndicate relating to pension.”
The Justice Minister also explained that the reinstatement of the embattled former pensions’ boss was an idea conceived by his (Maina’s) lawyers and brought to his office.
“As at October 5, 2017, an issue relating to the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina was an issue that was in the process in the Office of the Attorney-General relating to a request that was made by his lawyers sometime back in April.
“Arriving at a decision like this, some legal processes come into play. The first process was a judgment presented by his lawyer on account of which he had sought the intervention of the Attorney General for his reinstatement.
“And, in the first process, thereafter, was a request from the office of the public service of the Federation, seeking information to certain enquiries that were met and, thereafter, there was equally a factor relating to a pending court case in the National Industrial Court in respect of which you equally have to factor in mind before arriving at a decision.”
Malami further said the process was yet to be concluded in his office.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Maina wanted for alleged N2 billion pensions biometric scam in November 2015, in a 24-count bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.
Maina subsequently disappeared until October 2017, to take charge as acting director in the Ministry of Interior. His return sparked outrage nationwide.
Consequently, Buhari sacked Maina on October 23 and ordered the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita to investigate his reinstatement.
She has since submitted a report to the president, wherein she distanced herself from his reinstatement.


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida made frantic efforts to convince the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dump Muhammadu Buhari in support of Goodluck Jonathan, weeks before the 2015 general elections, a new book has revealed.
The book, ‘On a platter of gold: How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria,” written by former minister of sports and current National Publicity Secretary of APC claimed that Babangida tried to get Tinubu to back Jonathan ahead of the last presidential contest. The book is yet to be released to the public.
In the book described by Jonathan as “a tissue of lies” Abdullahi claimed that a meeting was held in the Abuja residence of Babangida, at the instance of Jonathan, where the former military leader tried to convince Tinubu to jump ship.
Though the author did not give the date of the said meeting, he, however, explained how Tinubu pointedly refused to bulge, despite pleas from Babangida.
Abdullahi wrote that Tinubu turned down any form of partnership with Jonathan over claims that the former president did not keep previous agreements they had in the run up to the 2011 presidential election.
Again, the author did not list the four agreements.
“Yet again, he approached Babangida and asked him to help broker a meeting, which was held in Babangida’s house in Abuja. But Tinubu was not as accommodating as he had been four years earlier.
“He (Tinubu) reminded Jonathan of the small print of their agreement in 2011, when the president had promised to do four things for Tinubu in return for his support.
“Now, he (Tinubu) asked Babangida to ask Jonathan which of the four promises he had kept. Then a clincher: the APC leader asked Jonathan what made him think that he, Bola Tinubu, did not also want to be president of Nigeria?” he wrote in the book. In the 397-page book, the former minister detailed how the wrong handling of the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the Federal Government played a role in the electoral defeat of Jonathan.
On page 204 of the book, he wrote, “the slow pace at which the government responded to the incident had damaged his (Jonathan’s) credibility irreparably. Many believe he (Jonathan) became interested only because of the global attention the incident received and the protests it sparked in Nigeria and around the world.”
Abdullahi made other claims of what played out before, during and after the 2015 presidential elections.
Reacting to the claim, spokesman to the former military head of state, Prince Kassim Afegbua faulted Abdullahi’s assertion.
“I am aware that General Ibrahim Babangida tried to reconcile former president Goodluck Jonathan and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but the reconciliation didn’t work out as a result of what they called irreconcilable differences. He was doing that for the sake of political stability at that level of leadership.
“IBB’s position was that whatever be their differences, they needed to reconcile and move on but both of them knew what their issues were and didn’t want to shift ground,” he stated.

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has begun the process of rejoining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a meeting with key leaders of the party in Adamawa and the North East zone.
Last weekend, he  kick-started the process, which is expected to ensure mass defection, with series of meetings in his Adamawa home, after he formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he helped to form in 2014.
A source close to Abubakar told Daily Sun that he first held a consultative meeting with the PDP executive in Adamawa led by the chairman, Mr. Tahir Shehu.
The source said the former vice president also had a session with the National Vice Chairman of PDP in the North East, Mr. Emmanuel Njuwa as well as six chairmen of the party in the zone.
When contacted, media aide to Abubakar, Paul Ibe declined comment.
Meanwhile, a letter to the chairman, Jada 1 Ward of APC showed that Abubakar actually resigned from the APC on October 18 and not last Friday.

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The five-paragraph letter titled: “Resignation” he personally signed was received by one Usman Mugr on the said date, contrary to the statement by the APC leadership that the former vice president is yet to inform it of his resignation.
Abubakar had in a statement announcing his resignation accused the APC of derailing from its vision. He lamented what he described as the unbearable hardship the people were undergoing under the APC.
He equally expressed his fears that there may not even be a country for the politicians to lead again should the APC government continue with the level of impunity it had shown since taking over power.
“I am resigning from a party we formed and worked so hard with fellow compatriots across the country to place in government. I had hope that the APC government will make improvements to the lives of our people and the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. This hope has now been dashed.
“I am unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in government, especially in relation to the continued polarisation of our people along ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our unity more than any other time in the recent past and the unbearable hardship that our people are currently undergoing.
“As I said in 2006, it is the struggle for democracy, constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice. Let me emphasise again that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it,” he said.
Chief Olubode George lauded Abubakar on his return after his romance with the APC.
“Atiku was a tenant in the APC and it is nice that he has come back to his house,” George told reporters in Katsina yesterday where he met with members of the PDP over his aspiration for the party’s national chairmanship position.
George said he was optimistic of emerging victorious at the December 9 convention, arguing that, “the PDP is like a ship in distress and you need a tested hand to rescue it. Nigerians are waiting and watching the PDP. We must get it right this time because if we fail on December 9, then only God knows what will happen to the party. God has given us a second chance and we must not blow it up.
“It is nice for Atiku to have come back home even though he has not told us anything yet. When you have a leaking roof, you stay and repair the house because you are the landlord. But if you are a tenant anywhere, the landlord can kick you out any time. Atiku is one of the founding fathers of the PDP and there are many more like him who should return to the party.
“The APC is a contraption. It is a congregation of strange bedfellows unlike the PDP, which is a solid party with a very big taproot in the heart of this country. The people of this country own the party and that is why it should not be entrusted in a few hands and that is why this convention is very important because we must get it right,” George said.
In the heels of the resignation of the former vice president, a PDP chieftain, Mohammed Kabir Usman said with the impeding political alignment, the PDP will regain control of the National Assembly before the 2019 general election.
Usman, an aspirant for the position of National Publicity Secretary told journalists in Abuja at the weekend that the PDP leadership, apart from reaching out to former members of the party in the National Assembly and former and serving governors, who left in 2013 it was also taking steps to address the issues that led to their exit.
He said the country is set to “witness an unprecedented political realignments that will return certain states as well as control of the National Assembly to the PDP.”
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Ismail Omipidan Former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and chairmanship 

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja The buzz in the country at the moment is about last Friday's resignation 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
As Agu undergoes successful surgery By Monica Iheakam Super Eagles of Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Pep Guardiola admitted the narrow win over Huddersfield Town Sunday evening was his team's sternest 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Both Rivers and Lagos states have expressed readiness to win the maiden edition of the Governor Wike 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Joe Apu Alex Orji with a 66 net score on Sunday emerged the best overall golfer for men at the one-day 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships, 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri has emerged winners of this year's edition of PUMA 7-Aside 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
BPE dares investors By Adewale Sanyaolu When the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Says SEC is afraid of itself By Chinwendu Obienyi Alhaji Mukhtar is the National Chairman 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Stories by Steve Agbota styvenchy@yahoo.com 0803 Commercial goat farming involves raising goats for various 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Stories by Bimbola Oyesola Perfume is one of those products that people find important to own, especially 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Inadequate storage, processing facilities and wastages in tomatoes value chain, cost Nigeria about $15 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Commodity index for the week of November 15 ' 22 as released by Novus Agro Nigeria indicates that Dawanau 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
As a result of high malnutrition rate, infant and maternal mortality, and stunting among children in 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Charles Nwaoguji The Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Osita Anthony 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Always appreciate God, gov charges Rivers people From Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Says it strangulates business Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has expressed 

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Stories by Louis Ibah Stakeholders in the aviation industry have expressed serious concern over the unfriendly 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Condolences to the Ekwueme clan, Oko kingdom, Anambra State, the Igbo race, Nigeria and indeed Africa. 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia. The World Igbo Youth Congress (WIYC) has said it would do everything within 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The man died. The old soldier died. But the great man, the man of ideas and intellect, the man of conviction 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
State govt to turn founder's house to museum From Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri Three soldiers were 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
To many political observers, the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the All Progressives 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said restructuring is a call for constitutional reforms, 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Promise Adiele Recently, the World International Security and Police Index (WISPI) through the International 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Chukwudi Nweje Former Abia state governor and chieftain of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC), 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Magnus Onyibe Tony Nwoye, the governorship candidate of the APC in the November 18 election, 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Ochapa Ogenyi I grew up in Otukpo, Benue State, during the independence era to regard Sokoto as a 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Defectors part of PDP rot From Joe Effiong, Uyo Former minister of state of the Federal Capital Territory, 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Charge FG to immortalise Ekwueme The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
By Emma Emeozor emma_globecomm@yahoo.com Don't be carried away by the euphoria that trailed the ignoble 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
NIGERIA has once again maintained its record of poor performance on the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance 

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