NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 NOVEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 23 November, 2017.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Two former bosses of Nigeria’s intelligence agencies who resisted their arrest lately will be picked up in the coming days, the head of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu vowed yesterday.
Former Director-General of the Department of State Services, Ita Ekpeyong and a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke had refused to report for questioning over corruption allegations, the anti-graft agency said.

Ekpeyong who headed the DSS from 2010 to 2015, was alleged by  the EFCC to be involved in the billions of naira arms scam in the office of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The EFCC said other service chiefs from that period had since been charged to court for the same offence but that Mr. Ekpeyong has refused to turn himself in for questioning.
Similarly, Mr. Oke who was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly stashing away N13bn in a house in Ikoyi, had for over three weeks failed to respond to EFCC summons, the anti-graft agency said.

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Efforts to arrest them at their highbrow residences in Asokoro by EFCC agents were blocked by DSS guards. After a standoff that lasted for over ten hours yesterday the EFCC agents withdrew from Mr. Ekpeyong’s house. 
However, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, told reporters yesterday that the former top intelligence officers will be arrested as planned.
He spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday after attending the inauguration of the audit committee on the recovery and management of stolen assets by President Buhari.
Magu said the anti-corruption agency had concrete evidence against Ekpeyong and Oke, and that there is no going back on the plan to apprehend them.
“There must be reasons, strong reasons before we go for an arrest.” 
Asked if he was discouraged by the failure to arrest them, he said “Never, Never; I am not discouraged at all; rather, it energises me to do more and I am telling you, nobody is above the law.  
“We are not discouraged at all. The law must take its course, nobody is above the law.
Senate orders investigation  
The Senate yesterday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to probe the incidents. 
This was sequel to a point of order raised by Senator Dino Melaye (APC,Kogi). 
Melaye described the clash as a national embarrassment and a recipe for disaster and called on the President to intervene.
“We have been embarrassed before the international community. That two sister agencies will engage in a fisticuff; arrest and stoppage of arrests. Mr. President, this is a recipe for national disaster,” he said.
 Contributing, the Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi(Ekiti PDP) called on President Buhari to be up and doing. 
“Right now, we have a situation whereby nobody is in charge of anything and we cannot honestly blame anyone for what is happening. The truth is that you cannot go to the house of a security agent, a man who had kept the secrets of Nigeria for so long and just try to arrest him like chicken.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated the Audit Committee on Recovery and Management of Stolen Assets within and outside the country. 
Members of the committee are, Olufemi Jinadu, Chinyere Bibiogha and Mohammad Nami.


 
Buhari said his administration embarked on tracing and recovery of all stolen assets within and outside Nigeria using legal and diplomatic resources at its disposal. 
He said the gains of his administration’s initiatives over the past two and a half years had been obvious as evident in the level of investigation, prosecution and forfeitures involving both public and private sector officials in the country. 
Buhari said the message had therefore been passed loud and clear that “Never again as a nation are we going to allow the wanton diversion and embezzlement of public funds to private pockets.”
He said Nigerians would further recall that pursuant to requisite directives, recovered assets were progressively being returned to designated accounts by the anti-graft agencies and other agencies of government involved with the process.
“In the course of implementing this exercise and given the number of agencies who are concurrently pursuing specialized initiatives and making recoveries for government, it has become obvious that fundamental gaps still exist in ensuring that the recovered assets are accounted for, and managed in an accurate, transparent and logical manner,” he said
The President explained that it was in realization of this that he directed, earlier in the year, that all agencies should send in detailed reports of all their recovered assets as at March 2017.
He said the decision to inaugurate the audit committee was therefore the next step in ensuring that all returns filed by the various agencies were accurate and consistent with actual recoveries made. He said the committee was therefore expected to judiciously undertake an audit of all recovery accounts established by government agencies from the date of opening such accounts up to 10th April, 2017. 
The president said he looked forward to receiving the committee’s report and recommendations in due course, wishing them the best of luck in their assignment. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
A retired Commissioner of Police, Ibezimako Aghanya, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of integrity with high degree of prudence and judicious management of resources. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Cases of snakebites have been on the increase in this country in recent weeks, especially in some Northern states. 


Thu, 23 Nov 2017
A former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prof. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
A former Minister of Women Affairs and contender for the office of Deputy National Chairman (North) of the PDP, Hajiya Inna Maryam Ciroma, yesterday, said the outcome of the December convention will determine the partys chances in the 2019 general elections. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The race for Ogun governorship race in 2019 continues to generate ripples as stakeholders in Ogun West Senatorial District have cautioned against endorsement of any aspirant. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
National chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji Mohammed Nalado has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not desperate for a second term. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has call for immediate actions against the rising wave of vote buying and other perennial irregularities witnessed in the just concluded Anambra State governorship election. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
An elder statesman and ex-presidential candidate, Chekwas Okorie, has said the 2019 general elections would be a charade if buying of votes by political parties and their candidates is not checked.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Ms Elizabeth Amina Jibrin, a retired deputy director at the National Universities Commission set up Taeg Farms with specific interest in growing new crops, vegetables and spices that have comparative advantages. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The first Digital Agriculture Platform in Nigeria, Farmcrowdy, has explained how it used its platform to attract funds from sponsors who cannot do farming by themselves in order to empower farmers, boost food production in the country. 


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Eti-Oni Development Group has said necessary arrangements are in place for the 2017 Cocoa Festival to celebrate the 121 years of continued production of cocoa in Eti-Oni. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has projected a 10 per cent increase in cashew nut production for 2018. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
It came after one of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, called the law a time bomb. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Director General National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Mr Philip O. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The paramount ruler of Tiv nation, Tor Tiv, Prof.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
What is the importance of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum'It is a good development at a very good time. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The retention of existing monetary policies in Nigeria for the next two months at the recent meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is in line with the recommendations of Abuja-based industrialists. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Federal Government yesterday said in 2014 and 15, Nigeria lost about $9bn to illegal mining. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has ordered the closure of any microfinance bank shortchanging their customers in the disbursement of the second tranche of Central Bank of Nigeria's soft loans to small and medium scale enterprises (SMES). 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday night commissioned, a $15 million syringe and needle production plant, HMA Medical Limited in Ilorin with an installed capacity to produce 200 million syringes and 350 needles annually. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has expressed shock over the failure of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria to comply with Federal Governments Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Stakeholders in the education sector have called for the adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in the functioning of registries of polytechnics and colleges of technology. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
He raves and rants and reacts, but you will never know that Chris Shaiyen, a 13-Handicapper has so much golf going for him. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Former MFM FC of Lagos goal machine, Stephen Odey has expressed disappointment that his debut with his new club, FC Zurich in the Swiss Super League ended in defeat. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Nigerias Olajide Omotayo yesterday defeated Turkeys Ibrahim Gunduz in the first Group 4 match of the preliminary round of the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Spanish Open to make good his intension of advancing to the main draw of the mens singles of the annual tennis event. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Match Hospitality yesterday confirmed that Nigerias leading sports events and hospitality company, Integral, has been appointed as the exclusive sales agent in Nigeria for the sale of the official hospitality programme of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The only African and Nigerian featuring in the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Champions League, Nigerias Aruna Quadri will today lead Sporting against Portugals Marcos Freitas team and Frances Pontoise Cergy in the third round of the lucrative league in Lisbon. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has returned to training after 11 months out with a knee injury. 

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