NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [23 NOVEMBER, 2017].


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


Thu, 23 Nov 2017

The Presidency is still waiting for the official reports on what transpired between the officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja on Tuesday, The PUNCH has learnt.

Officials of the sister agencies were on Tuesday involved in a showdown when  the EFCC operatives attempted to arrest a former Director General of the DSS, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong; and a former DG of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday that the issue of the face-off came up at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day.


 
A cabinet member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said council members resolved that the issue could only  be handled properly  after the submission of official reports by the affected agencies.

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The heads of the two agencies are not members of FEC.

He said, “The issue came up during the ‘Any Other Business’ segment of the council meeting today (Wednesday). The truth of the matter is that as of the time of the meeting, the only information available to the government on the issue was the media report on the matter.

“Government’s business is not operated in that manner. So, the resolution was that we will wait for official reports from the affected agencies.

“That, I am sure, will be coming in very soon.”


Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Osun State pensioners operating on the platform of 2011/2012 Forum of Retired Public Servants in Osun State on Wednesday took to the streets to protest against the non-payment of their pensions for over 13 months.

The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions as they marched from Ayetoro Junction to the popular Olaiya Junction.

Leaders of the group said the protest was fuelled by the increasing death rate among members.


 
They said they were also protesting against the suicide of a retired headmaster in the Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state,  Lukman Odewole, who hanged himself because he  was sick and could not take care of himself, his wife and a child, who were all sick at the same time.

One of the leaders of pensioner group, Mr. Yemi Lawal, told our correspondent that Odewole, who retired from Young Tajudeen Primary School in Masifa, decided to take his life because of financial hardship.

Lawal, who blamed the suicide on non-payment of pension for 13 months by the Osun State Government, added that over  2,500 pensioners had died since 2013.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene so that pensioners would be paid.

He said, “ We are appealing to President Buhari to save us from Aregbesola. Buhari is the only one who can save us from hunger and untimely death. We are being owed pension arrears of over 13 months.

“We have lost over 2,500 since 2013 and one of our members in Ejigbo last month committed suicide because of financial hardship.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has lamented the rising level of insecurity in the country and blamed it on the collapse of the countrys security structure. At the plenary session on Wednesday, the upper chamber of the National Assembly observed that many lives had been lost to clashes and crimes without a major step by [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, The PUNCH can confirm.

The EFCC had earlier said it had obtained a warrant to detain Anyim for 30 days.

It was, however,  learnt that Anyim was released on Tuesday after handing over his passport to the EFCC.


 
The former SGF was also instructed to report to the commission every two weeks and also return some of the money traced to him.

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A source at the EFCC said, “Anyim was released on administrative bail after he had surrendered his passport. He is expected to return some money to the EFCC and also report back every two weeks.”

Anyim is being investigated for allegedly collecting N520m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on the eve of the 2015 presidential election.

He also allegedly awarded contracts worth N13bn to companies he had interests in.

Anyim, who is a former Senate President, is the most senior former government official under the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime to ever be arrested by the EFCC.

Apart from allegedly receiving funds from Dasuki, the former SGF was accused of false assets declaration and using proxies and companies in which he had interest to corner contracts from the ecological funds.

The source said Anyim allegedly awarded contracts to some companies linked to him through which ecological funds were diverted.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Wednesday withdrew herself from the case of a fellow judge, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, who was charged with unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000.

Justice Akintoye said her decision to withdraw from the case was based on a petition written by the embattled Justice Nganjiwa, asking that his case be transferred to another judge, for fear of bias.

“In view of the letter written by the defendant to the administrative judge, the file of this case is no longer with me; this case has been transferred to another court,” Justice Akintoye informed the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, on Wednesday.


 
Nganjiwa’s lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), was absent from court.

Shittu thanked the judge.

Clarke had, at the last adjourned date, told Justice Akintoye that his client was afraid that he would not get justice should his trial continue before Justice Akintoye.

The reason, he said, was because Justice Akintoye was already hearing the case of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), who was accused of bribing two judges, one of which is Justice Nganjiwa.

“The charge, as filed, constitutes double jeopardy against the defendant. There is a sister case before this court containing virtually all the allegations and particulars in this new case.

“You cannot make up your mind in one particular case and change it in another case. We are not afraid that justice will be done, but justice must be seen to have been done,” Clarke had said. 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its standard bearer for the 2019 presidential election. He said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Hindi Livinus The Adamawa State Police Command said 27 persons were killed in an overnight clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Safere and Kodomti villages in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Monday. The incident, which left scores dead, mostly women and children preceded Tuesdays dawn suicide attack that [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police have filed criminal charges against Maryam Sanda who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death last Saturday. Bilyamin, a real estate developer, was the son of a former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Haliru Bello. The Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement on Wednesday in [] 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that he will not allow a non-indigene to succeed him in 2019. He said this on Wednesday while addressing elders from Ogun West Senatorial District during a meeting with him at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta. The elders said they had come to dissociate [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it does not have the power to enforce the contents of the recently signed peace accord by national chairmanship aspirants of the party. The party also frowned on the activities of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, and [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for the third time in two weeks, appeared before the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon Former President Goodluck Jonathan has taken responsibility for the Peoples Democratic Partys defeat in the 2015 presidential election. He, therefore, said his priority now is how to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party regains the Presidency in 2019. Jonathan said this when Chief Olabode George and his campaign team paid him a courtesy [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Chairman, House Committee on HIV/AIDS, David Ombugadu, has called on the Nigerian Sex Workers Association to send a proposal to the National Assembly if it is serious about getting prostitution decriminalised. The National Coordinator of the sex workers, Amaka Enemo, had a few months ago called on the Federal Government to [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for the collaboration of the European Union in the rehabilitation of victims of illegal migration and human trafficking from the state. Obaseki made the call at the International Conference on Women Empowerment and Fight Against Trafficking in Persons: Partnership Between Nigeria and Italy, [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The law firm of Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and a lawyer, Luke Aghanenu, clashed on Wednesday in a criminal case involving the sum of $15.5m being claimed by ex-First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan. Both Ozekhomes law firm and Aghanenu separately claimed to have been hired to represent four companies, which were allegedly used [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration planned to carry out massive demolition of illegal structures in Lugbe, Kuje, Kubwa, Monkey village and other satellite towns and settlements in the Federal Capital Territory. The Director, Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima, said the affected structures had been marked and their occupants notified about the impending [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday declared as hostile one of its prosecution witnesses, Abubakar Umar, lined up against a former governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, before the Federal High Court in Abuja. By declaring its witness hostile, the prosecution instead of leading the witness in evidence, will [] 


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Niyi Odebode, Abuja The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said the country would, in 2018, achieve rice production of seven million metric tonnes. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this in Abuja at a press conference on the Federal Governments achievements in rice production, said Nigeria was inching closer to self-sufficiency [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A civil society group, Centre for Democracy and Development, has said that Boko Haram uses blackmail to extort money from abducted victims families in its desperate attempt to raise funds for its activities. The group said its investigations also showed that the deadly sect had been forcing parents to give their daughters [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had started clearing Apapa and Mile 2 areas of illegal tankers and articulated vehicles parked by the roadsides. The government explained that the action was aimed at freeing Apapa-Oshodi Expressway of avoidable gridlock and making movement easy for all road users. The General Manager of [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
No fewer than one million premature babies die annually due to complications, the founder of Abiye Maternal and Child Health International Foundation (AMCH), Dr Elizabeth Disu, has said. Disu, according to a statement on Wednesday, stated this at the AMCH World Prematurity Day celebration in Ikeja, Lagos, adding that prematurity was one of the leading [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Government has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Senukon Ajose-Harrison as the substantive Director-General of the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre, Magodo. Ajose-Harrison, who joined the Lagos State Public Service in 1997, became Acting Director-General in May 2017 following the retirement of his predecessor, Mrs. Regina Fabamwo. A statement on Wednesday [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the countrys international relations after he expressed support for Catalonian independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Assange, who initially moved into Londons Ecuadorian embassy five years ago to avoid arrest over now-dropped Swedish rape charges, angered Madrid after addressing [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
OVER the past eight years, Nigerian soldiers have recorded mixed outcomes in the war against Boko Haram. In all this, the welfare of the troops has been hidden from plain sight. Now, it is hard to turn a blind eye to the stories of distress coming out from the North-East. In an anonymous letter to [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Wednesday received a certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission to affirm his victory in the November 18 poll in the state. The certificate was handed over to him at the INEC Secretariat in Awka, the state capital Obiano won the election [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Although the second quarter report of the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Nigeria had exited recession, several challenges remain at different levels of government, the World Bank has warned. In a report released in Abuja on Wednesday, the World Bank pointed out some of the challenges at the level of state [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Wednesday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the protection of telecommunications infrastructure. With the signing of the MoU, the NSCDC has designated a desk charged with the responsibility of monitoring telecommunications infrastructure across the country. The desk [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday said it had secured a total of $3.7bn in alternative financing agreements in the last three years. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said securing external funding arrangement was crucial to sustaining oil and gas production in Nigeria and ensuring the survival of the [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Global brewing company, AB InBev, has said it will continue to grow its investment in Nigeria for a very long time. The brewer said the ongoing merger of its subsidiaries in the country, International Breweries Plc, Intafact Breweries Limited and Pabod Breweries Limited, will further drive the commitment. Addressing journalists in Lagos on [] 


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has said Nigerians should not blame the National Assembly if it is unable to meet the December target for the passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill. The upper chamber of the National Assembly specifically blamed the imminent delay in the passage of the 2018 budget on the Group Managing Director, [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Femi Asu The number of active oil rigs in Nigeria rose in October by one to 28, compared to 38 in January 2015, data from Baker Hughes Incorporated and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries showed. It rose to 26 in February this year from a record low of 23 in December last year. The [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Bearish sentiments were witnessed in the secondary market for Treasury bonds on Wednesday as the yields on eight instruments trended upwards while only one instrument was bullish. The remaining seven Federal Government bonds traded sideways. Consequently, the average bond yield advanced to 14.95 per cent. At the close of trades, the open buy-back [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Chief Executive Officer, Skye Bank Plc, Tokunbo Abiru, has renewed the bank's commitment to personalised customer service as the new focus of the bank's retail banking strategy. He disclosed this during the unveiling of a television commercial on its digital banking solution; SkyeXperience, a statement on Wednesday indicated. The television commercial which is titled, [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Society of Engineers has called on the Federal Government to work towards diversifying the country's economy by engaging and encouraging private investors to embark on large-scale mining activities. According to the NSE, Nigeria is endowed with solid minerals, which can be found in the 36 states and the Federal Capital [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Chairman and Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jeffrey Ewing, has urged the Federal Government to address the security challenges in the Niger Delta for oil and gas activities to thrive. A statement on Wednesday from the company quoted Ewing as giving the advice during the 2017 conference and exhibition of [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The directive by the Nigerian Ports Authority that owners of shipping companies must house their trucks in holding bays outside the port has put many of the firms in a dilemma. Our correspondent gathered that many of the shippers had no holding bays outside the seaport and they might have to make use [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria, commercial banks and other stakeholders in the payment system will focus on how the country can enhance financial inclusion during the upcoming the Committee of e-Business Industry Heads retreat. Scheduled to hold in Abeokuta, Ogun State from Thursday to Friday, the retreat is focusing on financial inclusion against the backdrop [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Ikeja Electric Plc, one of the power distribution companies in Lagos, said it had been conferred with the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 international certification as a mark of its commitment to safety, quality management of materials and resources. The Chief Executive Officer, Ikeja Electric, Anthony Youdeowei, described the company as the first [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the Value Added Tax sectoral distribution report for the third quarter of this year with the country recording a total VAT revenue of N250.56bn. When compared with the N246.3bn VAT revenue that was generated in the second quarter of this year, the N250.56bn represents [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Facebook will open a 'community hub space' in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs, and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training programme in fast-growing Africa. The United States-based social media company said the centre would host an 'incubator programme' to help develop technology start-ups, while it would also [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Anna Okon Total Upstream Nigeria says it is committed to the enlightenment of boat operators on safety, as part of its corporate social responsibility. The Deputy Director, Deep Water, Total Upstream Companies, Mr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa, stated this at a marine awareness campaign organised in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. He was represented by [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Niran Adedokun Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State was on Sunday declared winner of the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state. It was a landslide victory that should not surprise any keen watcher of the electoral process in Nigeria. In this country, incumbents, especially in states, do not lose elections unless one of [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Greg Odogwu The world gathered again this year in Bonn, Germany, to discuss climate change. The venue was supposed to be the small island country, Fiji, the official host; but the small state first of its kind to play host for the annual climate negotiations could not handle the logistics of hosting thousands of [] 


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
In the past few weeks, a chain of events, seemingly disparate, took place both in Nigeria and/or about Nigerians. One was the news that the Nigerian military was going to end the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy. The previous administration launched the initiative, but the present one [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Zimbabwes President, Robert Mugabe finally resigned a week after his former political allies and the army took steps to get him out of office. The resignation signifies an expected end to the dictatorial and undemocratic rule in Zimbabwe as Mugabe had ruled for about four decades. To point thoroughly to the level of highhandedness and [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Command, have apprehended a professed pastor, Abraham Roland, for allegedly running a human trafficking camp in the Mowe area of Ogun State. The NSCDC said the pastor allegedly hypnotised his victims, who were mostly admission seekers and students at higher institutions in [] 


Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure A middle-aged man, identified simply as Taiwo, who was a security man at an electronic appliance retail shop, was found dead on Wednesday in front of the shop. It was gathered that he slumped in front of the shop located on Oyemekun Road, Akure, the Ondo State capital. Witnesses said the cause [] 

Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri A midnight fire has destroyed goods and over 500 shops worth several millions of naira at the popular Ogbe-Ijoh Market in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The fire, which sources claimed began at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, lasted till about 1.30am on Wednesday, leaving some shops destroyed, while [] 


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Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday arrested a 50-year-old woman for allegedly attempting to traffic 40 kilogrammes of cannabis hidden in vegetables. The suspect, Grace Menewe, who resides in Ibadan, Oyo State, was said to have been arrested along Uzebba-Ifon Road in the Owan West [] 



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