NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 26 November, 2017.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, may return to the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday (today), according to one of his associates, Mr. Ahmed Lawan.

Lawan, who is the Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State, told one of our correspondents on Saturday that Atiku would formally register as a member of the PDP at his Jada ward 11, in Yola, the state capital.


 
He said Atiku’s return to his former party was based on the motivation he received from the PDP leadership towards the realisation of his ambition to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Lawan, however, warned, Atiku to have a rethink of his action because his resignation might mark the end of his political career.

He said, “He (Atiku) told the whole world that he was in the APC to stay, and that even if anything would make him to leave the APC, he would retire from politics.

He noted that Atiku did not see the possibility of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari in the primary of the APC.

He said, “He is making a grave mistake because Buhari has yet to make any statement as to whether he will contest the 2019 presidential election or not. So, why is he in a haste?”


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Also, another associate of the former vice-president, Mr. Umar Ardo, who is a member of the PDP in the state, also confirmed to one of our correspondents that Atiku had made up his mind to join the PDP.

He accused Atiku of allegedly conniving with the national leadership of the PDP to hijack the party in the state.

He said, “Atiku knows that the real Adamawa PDP is not with him; that is why he connived with Ahmed Markafi (the PDP National Caretaker Committee chairman) to dissolve the exco and set up a new caretaker committee.”


 
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Media Office, Mr. Paul Ibe, dismissed the report, that Atiku will return to the PDP on Sunday.

He, however, said the former vice-president was currently engaged in “a high level discussion that would enable him to return to the PDP.”

He said, “What I know is that there are ongoing discussions for him (Atiku) to return to the PDP. It is something that a timeline cannot be attached to. But I know that there are engagements in that direction.”

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Yakubu Galadima, the lawyer for the whistle-blower, who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) recovered from an Ikoyi apartment, says his client will not accept anything below five per cent commission.

Galadima said this during a chat with one of our correspondents on Saturday.


 
The Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, at an event on Thursday titled, ‘Tracking Noxious Funds’, which was organised by Kent University Law School and Human and Environmental Development Agency, had explained that any whistle-blower, who helped the government to recover anything above N1bn would receive less than five per cent commission.

Owasanoye, who was part of the team that drafted the whistle-blower policy had said, “If you blow the whistle and the government recovers cash, you are entitled to between 2.5 per cent and five per cent. The maximum limit is five per cent.

“According to the policy, if you blow the whistle and it is below N500m, you get four to five per cent because the higher the amount that is recovered, the lower the percentage that is given. This is the global best practice.

“If the recovery is between N500m and N1bn, you get three to four per cent (commission). If it is N1bn and above, it is 2.5 per cent. Indeed, there is a clause that we included in the policy to say that the government may determine the amount to be awarded based on other criteria provided that the amount to be awarded doesn’t exceed five per cent. In other words, the government may actually pay less than 2.5 per cent but nobody can be paid more than five per cent.”

However, the Ikoyi whistle-blower’s lawyer told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that his client would not accept anything less than five per cent.

When asked if his client would accept anything less than five per cent, he said, “Not at all.”

Galadima had stated last week that the commission his client was expecting from the Federal Government was N860m and not N325m.

He had also stated that the commission should be paid based on the exchange rate at the time the money was recovered and not the current one.
Sun, 26 Nov 2017

Thirty women trafficked for sex — most from Colombia and Venezuela — were rescued in two raids in Mexico, police said Saturday.

The biggest operation took place in Toluca, capital of Mexico state, the most populous and one of the most dangerous states in the nation.

In that raid, authorities freed 24 women between 21 and 39 years old. Federal police said 14 of the women said they were originally from Colombia and 10 from Venezuela.


 
The victims were detained and the man and woman in charge of their activities were arrested.

After being promised jobs, in Mexico they were stripped of their documents and forced to prostitute themselves, under the threat that their families would be harmed.

In another operation carried out in several homes in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos — a popular holiday destination in the center of the country — authorities freed another six trafficking victims, five Venezuelans and a Mexican.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has offered club captain Michael Carrick a coaching role with Manchester United after the ex-England international announced he had received treatment for an irregular heart rhythm. Carrick, 36, issued a statement on the eve of Uniteds 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday that revealed he had undergone a procedure [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham Hotspurs chances of making a realistic challenge for the Premier League title are fading as once again they struggled to break down a defence-minded team at Wembley. Prior to Saturdays 1-1 draw with managerless West Bromwich Albion, Pochettinos men had just one Premier League goal in three matches and have drawn [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
A major explosion hit Chinas megaport city of Ningbo on Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens and destroying buildings and cars, state media and local authorities said. The Ningbo government said on a social media account that the blast occurred in a vacant lot but it did not provide details about what may [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
A major explosion hit Chinas eastern port city of Ningbo on Sunday, sending dozens to hospitals, destroying vehicles, and triggering the collapse of nearby buildings, state media said, citing local authorities. The morning blast occured in a factory, according to the official Xinhua news agency, but state television said it took place at a demolition [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Following the expiration of a notice to quit served on an errant tenant. If the tenant still does not give up possession of the property, the tenant can be served with a written notice of the landlords intention to apply to recover possession of his property on a date that is not less than seven [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has an important lesson to learn from the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. Last week in Abuja, the nations lead judge affirmed his desire to prosecute and convict corrupt judges. He stated that the only way to deal with the bad eggs in the justice sector is to ensure that [] 


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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
President Robert Mugabe has been ousted from power in Zimbabwe after 37 years in power. But please, please, dont call it a coup. Coups are bad things in any democracy. They go against international law. Thats why when the Zimbabwean Defence Forces stripped Mugabe of power, they were careful to say that it was not [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
PLANS for a new national carrier have gone far, but the authorities should see it as a hot soup, which the wise begins to lick from the periphery. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had in a Twitter message recently rhapsodised about the opportunity the Third World Aviation Forum hosted by Nigeria would [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
I had an interesting email from a reader recently describing his fate at his workplace. He is currently on his third job in five years and yet asking if he should resign and seek employment with another company, given his challenges with his boss. I tend to respond to readers questions one-on-one but this is [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Last month, the global entertainment industry was shaken by allegations of sexual harassment that were levelled against top shot Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, by several women. The women claimed that Weinstein had, on different occasions over the years, forced them to have sex with him in exchange for movie roles and other favours. The allegations [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Popular artiste, Chinagorom Onuoha, aka African China, speaks with JOY MARCUS about his experience in Switzerland Where is the most interesting place youve travelled to' That would be Switzerland. What was the purpose of your trip and where did you stay while there' I went for two things to shoot a musical video and [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Background I am from Benin City in Edo State. I am my parents first daughter, but I have an elder brother and a younger sister. I had a good childhood experience spiced with lots of fun. However, I moved to Canada when I was still very young. Growing up outside Nigeria was cool, but I [] 


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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Under-fire Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz admitted Saturdays 4-4 draw at home to Schalke hurt, after his side surrendered a four-goal lead to their derby rivals in the Bundesliga. Dortmund were on course for a thumping win after racing into a 4-0 lead with only 25 minutes gone, but the hosts collapsed in the second [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Australias Cameron Davis shot a brilliant final round of seven-under-par 64 to win the 102nd Australian Open after a wild finish to the tournament Sunday. The 22-year-old Davis captured his first professional title when he finished the event at 11-under-par to win by one stroke from Swedens Jonas Blixt and fellow countryman Matt Jones. Cameron [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Dr. Lekan Are, has described the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme as a true Nigerian who should be immortalised in a way that will mirror national outlook. Reflecting on his time as a pupil of Government College, Ibadan, Are said Ekwueme, who was at the time [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
FRIDAY OLOKOR President Muhammdu Buhari assured Nigerians on Saturday that the nations economy was doing well. The President said apart from saving $500m in the Sovereign Wealth Fund and investing another $500m in the SWF, the countrys external reserve presently stands at $35bn, the highest in the past four years. According to him, the Federal [] 


Sun, 26 Nov 2017
ENIOLA AKINKUOTU Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has lambasted the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for linking him to a N1bn property located at 43 Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja. The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, had accused Falana of buying the building which [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
JOHN ALECHENU The All Progressives Congress has once again, maintained that there will be no automatic ticket for anyone contesting the 2019 presidential election on the partys platform. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, who is also a member of the partys National Working Committee, Bolaji Abdullahi, stated this on Friday while responding to [] 


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EFCC yet to apply to INTERPOL for Mainas arrest

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has not applied to the International Police for the arrest of fleeing former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina. It was gathered on Saturday in Abuja that the anti-graft commission had not made a formal request to the Nigerian bureau of the [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
GIBSON ACHONU The staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, on Saturday, protested against the illegal deduction of their salaries, delay in payment of salaries and poor management of the hospital. The workers staged the peaceful protest on the premises of the health institution. The workers brandished placards with inscriptions such as: Pay [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not interested in an automatic ticket to contest in the 2019 presidential election. Kalu, who spoke with journalists at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Saturday, said the President wanted the APC to explore necessary democratic process [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma The five branches that make up the Nigerian Bar Association in Imo State have urged the Federal Government to urgently initiate reforms that would decongest the Owerri Federal Prisons. The Chairman of NBA, Owerri branch, Lawrence Nwakaeti, said the prison facilities were in a deplorable state. Nwakaeti said it was unfortunate that the [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma THE United Nations International Childrens Fund has started an intense campaign to end infant mortality, cholera, diarrhoea and other forms of diseases in 12 communities in the Onuimo Imo Local Government Area of Imo State. To ensure that the campaign yields a positive result, UNICEF will partner with the state chapter of the [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The Southern Senators Forum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of the leadership of the National Assembly, state houses of assembly and governors. The forum, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, said the proposed meeting should be given the mandate to brainstorm and start the process of implementing the 2014 National [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Etim Ekpimah The Akwa Ibom State Government has accused opposition in the state of planning to disrupt the December 2 local government elections through non-indigenes. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary/Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Ekerette Udoh, in Uyo on Saturday, noted that the government would deal with anybody trying to cause [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke a meeting of stakeholders to discuss issues bordering on restructuring and true federalism. He said such a meeting should involve the National Assembly, the governors, the Speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly, leaders of ethnic nationalities, faith-based [] 

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Chukwudi Akasike Ogoni youths, under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Ogoni People, have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to mobilise workers to site and commence the clean-up of their polluted land. President of NYCOP, Dr. Young Npkah, warned that the Federal Government should be ready to engage the people in [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI The Oyo State Government has commended the former Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola; former Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma; Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Sir Kessington Adebutu and others for supporting the N50bn Education Trust Fund, inaugurated in Ibadan during the week. At the ceremony, attended by the [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen Prominent Deltans, including Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, have paid tributes to the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Olorogun OTega Emerhor, who turned 60 on Saturday. The governor, in a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, said the state was proud of Emerhors feats in [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has appealed to the Federal Government to increase its allocation to federal universities of agriculture in the country. Ikpeazu made the call on Saturday at the eighth convocation of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), near Umuahia. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for refocusing on agriculture as [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
JOHN CHARLES The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress in Benue State, Ordue Tartenger, has said workers in the state will resist any attempt to sack bona fide workers in the state. Tartenger said this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday while reacting to the position of the state government during the stakeholders [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
SUCCESS NWOGU The Kwara State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, and the youth wing of the party have demanded that a former Governor of Kwara State and the incumbent Senator, representing Kwara North, Shaaba Lafiagi, be recalled from the Senate. According to them, the killing of three persons and injuries sustained by [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, has ordered reinforcement in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, where clashes between the farmers and herders in Shaforon, Kikon and Kodomti resulted in the death of 51 persons, mostly women and children. Idris spoke during a condolence visit to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla over the Numan killings [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
BAYO AKINLOYE A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as Nigeria's greatest politicians alive. Obanikoro said this on Saturday in Lagos while formally announcing his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC. In his speech, 'The Exigency [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude A 50-year-old man, Hassan Ibrahim, of Unguwar Tasha village in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State has been arrested by the state police command for allegedly raping and impregnating his 17-year-old stepdaughter. Also arrested along with Ibrahim for the same offence was his friend, 60-year-old Adamu Idris. The duo were alleged [] 


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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Anifowoshe, in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE says the state government did not do anything illegal by issuing a notice of contravention on a property owned by the mother of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN) Is it true [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
PETER DADA The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has explained that the visit of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to the leadership of the group last week was a private one which had nothing to do with politics. The group also said it was not aware of any plan by [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
SAMUEL AWOYINFA The senator representing Lagos West in the National Assembly and a governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Solomon Adeola, has challenged other governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress to a public debate. He stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Abeokuta on Friday. Adeola was reacting to an allegation that he [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
A former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and former Chairman of the Island Club, Lagos, Chief Musiliu Anibaba, tells TOBI AWORINDE and JOY MARCUS the history of Lagos and the reason for the controversy over who owns Lagos How do you feel about the commonly held belief that Lagos is no-man's [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, speaks with TOLUWANI ENIOLA on his plans for the party's convention, allegations against his committee and other related issues What is your assessment of the preparations towards the December 9 Peoples Democratic Party convention' We are definitely on track. On [] 


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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
To the list of items you should no longer expect to see in a new car ' those once-common features like a metal ignition key, an ashtray or a vent window that swings open ' you may soon be adding the spare tyre. Already, nearly a third of the 2017 models offered in the United [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Now that Nigeria is moving to diversify its mono-product economy from oil to other sectors such as agriculture and industrial exports, it must move fast to overhaul the entirety of its agricultural ecosystem by deploying technology.. If this is not done, the amount of food wastage and importation will continue to increase year in, year [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Electricity consumers are calling on the Federal Government to declare a national emergency in the power sector as a result of the unpleasant developments that have characterised the industry, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports The epileptic supply of electricity, unavailability of meters, exploitative estimated bills by power distribution companies and the recent notice of force majeure by [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Nigerian Communications Commission has directed all network operators to create a database for phone numbers of subscribers on the Do-Not-Disturb list. The regulator said operators and aggregators should ensure that no adverts were sent to the telephone numbers on the database. This directive was contained in the newly released 'Value Added Services [] 

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Indigenous oil companies have recorded significant increases in their crude oil production, with their total output rising by 214 per cent in one month, the latest report from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has indicated. The data obtained by our correspondent on Friday showed that the total oil production from the indigenous independent [] 

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has raised the standard of coating materials for steel roofing sheets from just zinc to zinc, magnesium and aluminium. The agency said the standard was the latest in steel roofing sheet technology and in line with global standards. SON said this during a stakeholders' meeting in Lagos on [] 

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