NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 28 November, 2017.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Three decades after alleged atrocities by Shell in Ogoniland, fresh evidence indicates the Anglo-Dutch oil giant may still have questions to answer.

Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands to investigate the company over a series of alleged crimes committed by the Nigerian military government in Ogoniland in the 1990s.

The organisation has released a review of thousands of pages of internal company documents and witness statements as well as Amnesty International’s own archive from the period.


“The evidence we have reviewed shows that Shell repeatedly encouraged the Nigerian military to deal with community protests, even when it knew the horrors this would lead to, such as unlawful killings, rape, torture and the burning of villages,” said Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International.

“In the midst of this brutal crackdown, Shell even provided the military with material support, including transport. And in at least one instance, paid a military commander notorious for human rights violations. That it has never answered for this is an outrage.

“It is indisputable that Shell played a key role in the devastating events in Ogoniland in the 1990s, but we now believe that there are grounds for a criminal investigation. Bringing the massive cache of evidence together was the first step in bringing Shell to justice. We will now be preparing a criminal file to submit to the relevant authorities, with a view to prosecution.”

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But responding to the allegations, a spokesperson for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said: “We have always denied, in the strongest possible terms, the allegations made in this tragic case. The executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his fellow Ogoni in 1995 were tragic events that were carried out by the military government in power at the time.

“We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of the executions. Shell appealed to the Nigerian government to grant clemency. To our deep regret, that appeal, and the appeals made by many others within and outside Nigeria, went unheard.

“Support for human rights in line with the legitimate role of business is fundamental to Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Amnesty International’s allegations concerning SPDC are false and without merit. SPDC did not collude with the authorities to suppress community unrest, and in no way encouraged or advocated any act of violence in Nigeria. We believe that the evidence will show clearly that Shell was not responsible for these tragic events.”
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to facilitate release of 50 per cent from the balance of the first tranche of Paris Club refund to the 36 state governors.
The President said the governors must use the amount, which has not been disclosed, to clear all outstanding workers’ salaries before Christmas.

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, who gave the indication, said the directive followed resolution reached between Buhari and the governors on the Paris Club refund during a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Okorocha told State House correspondents that ‎the President had already instructed the Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Minister of Economic Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, to liaise with Adeosun and negotiate with the governors on the figure from the refund.

Buhari, meanwhile, has inaugurated a 30-member committee to discuss a new national minimum wage.

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A former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Ama Pepple, will lead the team. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, is deputy chairman. The chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule, will serve as secretary.

Other members are: the governors of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola (South West); Imo State, Okorocha (South East); Gombe State, Hassan Dankwambo (North East); Rivers State, Nyesom Wike (South South); Plateau State, Simon Lalong (North Central); and Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (North West). The Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, A. B. Okauru, will be an observer.

Inaugurating the committee at the Council Chambers of the Villa, yesterday, Buhari urged the members to be thorough.

He said the government’s decision, after considering the committee’s final recommendation, would be sent as an executive bill to the National Assembly for scrutiny before passage into law.
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick yesterday in Lagos raised the stakes a notch higher when he said that the Super Eagles will win the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Many pundits had picked the Super Eagles as one of the teams to watch in Russia following the manner they qualified for the World Cup, as well as the recent 4-2 defeat of one of the favourites, Argentina in an international friendly in the host country. But saying emphatically that Nigeria will win the competition raised some eyebrows with some people at the Sheba Event Centre, Maryland, asking if there were things the NFF president knew that other Nigerians are not aware of.

The event was the unveiling of the short code *1945#, which will be used for all campaigns geared towards Nigeria’s preparation and participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. The event was organized in conjunction with Secure and Trusted Alliance Services Limited – STA Mobile.



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Tagged, Naija 4 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 sponsorship programme, the NFF said it would give 100 Nigerians football fans from across the country sponsorship opportunity to the World Cup.

Pinnick said the NFF had completed the legal framework to ensure the sponsorship programme to Russia succeeds, adding that it would help the Super Eagles to win the World Cup.

 
He said the same determination that propelled the Eagles to success during the qualifiers despite being grouped with Cameroun, Algeria, and Zambia would also come to play in Russia.

“The #1945 would be officially lunched after the World Cup draw. The NFF seeks to carry out this project to ensure we have a large number of Nigerians to cheer the Eagles to victory.

“Our target is to be the first African nation to win the World Cup. We have young players that can do it. Rohr is not only building a team of today, he is building a future team,” he said.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State has urgedlawyers to rise and defend the rule of law in the country. 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
The 2017/2018 Cricket Season was flagged off at the weekend with Ibadan Metro Cricket Club taking on Pioneers Cricket Club in a Division Two game held at the Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo pitch. 


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Tue, 28 Nov 2017
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has concluded plans to increase lending to stakeholders in the food industry, as part of measures to boost food production in the country... 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Another ghastly motor accident has claimed lives of three persons in Ochadamu, Ofu Local Council of Kogi State. Six persons also sustained various degrees of injury. 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Despite the continent's transport infrastructure lagging behind global standards for decades, Africa is bracing itself for a transport revolution as more countries embrace the onset of new technology. 


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Tue, 28 Nov 2017
A team of military researchers from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, has arrived in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital... 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola yesterday said his administration had laid a solid foundation that would stand the test of time in the development of the state for the next 50 years. 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Hope Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation (HBF), has organized skills-acquisition programme for over 2,000 youths across different parts of Nigeria. 


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Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki yesterday condemned the on going slavery, particularly on black African immigrants in Libya where humans were being sold for $400. 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Access to Justice (A2J) has charged the National Judicial Institute (NJI), and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to review the timing of the bi-annual judges... 

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