NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 NOVEMBER, 2017].




Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 29 November, 2017.



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, says he helped President Muhammadu Buhari recover N1.3tn in January.

Maina, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said this in a video sent to Channels Television.
He further claimed that while he was out of the country, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), paid him a visit during which he (Maina) told Malami about the N1.3tn.

“When this government came in, the President (Buhari Muhammadu) gave the nod that ‘go and sit down with Maina, I’ve given you the approval.’

“They sat down with me after the security agencies had cleared me. Nobody has ever taken me to court in Nigeria, I want Nigerians to know; I have never been taken to any court of law. I have sued all the security agencies that they are talking about and I have won, I have four court judgments.”

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Maina said, “As soon as this current government decided to sit with me, after the meeting, I told them that I would not allow them to return to Nigeria without giving them a gift. I told them I will give them something and the Minister of Justice (Malami) laughed and he asked what the gift was.

“I gave him a document and said go here and here; that there is N1.3tn which they want to steal because they have been stealing every year. He was shocked and said it wasn’t possible but I told him that sir, with all due respect, could you try what I said?

“The minister thought it wasn’t possible but when he got back, he realised that I gave him the correct information.”

The former PRTT boss urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give him some form of immunity which would allow him to appear before the National Assembly without being arrested.


Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Both chambers of the National Assembly have berated the Federal Government’s 2018 budget proposal, saying its assumptions are unrealistic.

The Senate and the House of Representatives, which began debates on the 2018 Appropriations Bill on Tuesday, flayed the Federal Government for not implementing the 2017 budget.

For instance, the Senate said the capital component of the 2017 budget had not been implemented up to 20 per cent.

The upper chamber also urged the Federal Government to sell or scrap agencies such as the National Orientation Agency, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria and the Nigerian Television Authority.

It said the government had been spending money on the agencies, which had not been adding any value to the country.

The debate started on a dramatic note when Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe dismissed the 2018 budget proposal as being “fictitious.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, however, raised a point of order and faulted Abaribe for describing the bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari as fictitious. Lawan urged the lawmaker to withdraw the word “fictitious” and use another word that was “parliamentary and acceptable.”

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
The militants who kidnapped the six Senior Secondary School pupils of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, a few months ago, were among some youths that surrendered their arms to embrace the amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government on Tuesday.

The militants were also alleged to be responsible for various pipeline vandalism at Arepo in Ogun State and several attacks in the riverine areas of Ondo State.

The militants were led by their leader, Ogailo Young, also known as OC, to the Collection and Documentation of Arms Centre in Ajakpa community in the Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

They said they willingly dropped their arms and ammunition to embrace the amnesty programme and allow peace to reign in the state.
Young appreciated the state and the Federal Government for the fresh amnesty initiative extended to his men.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017
A former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has asked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari why life is becoming harder for Nigerians after it promised them change.

The former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos asked the question in a piece entitled, ‘The Truth and Nothing But the Truth,’ which was sent to The PUNCH on Tuesday.



Okogie said 2018 was just a few days away but in the horizon of Nigerian politicians, it seemed 2019 would come before 2018.

He said by their speeches, conduct and posture, “even the blind is able to see that preparations for the 2019 elections are already in top gear.”

The outspoken cleric, however, decried that in utter disregard to internal party democracy, candidates and sole candidates were already being endorsed, a development he pointed out did not portray politicians in good light.

“With very few exceptions, they are powermongers pretending to be leaders, parasites posturing as benefactors,” he stated.

Okogie said, “Endemic to our political class is an addiction to power, a chronic deficiency of desire to serve. It is becoming clearer that, for our politicians, being in power takes precedence over service to the people.  In another sad reminder that they care less for the people, they are not engaged in discussions on how to alleviate the suffering of the masses, suffering visited on the people by the incompetent leadership of this country.

“Nigerian politicians benefit from a system that places the citizen at a disadvantage. They treat the people with contempt.  But we the people too must be responsible for our country.  If the political class is out to deceive the people, we must put some questions to our politicians.  We must insist on credible answers to a number of pertinent questions.
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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Tuesday that a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Government House, Umuahia, Jones Udeogu, once claimed that the state engaged the company of a former governor of the state, Orji Kalu, to import Okrika (second-hand clothes) from Cotonou, Benin Republic. According [] 



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday, said all that was remaining for the war on Boko Haram to end was for the political class, intelligence community, Nigeria Police and other civil authorities to play their roles. He said the military had played its role well and won [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Tunde Ajaja A former Vice-President of the World Bank and former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has said that male political leaders are to blame for the poor state of affairs in Nigeria and Africa. She noted that women have had only a marginal role to play in the poor governance that has bedevilled [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Governments insistence that all the 21 recently-appointed permanent secretaries must get security clearance has been partly responsible for the delay in the inauguration of six of them, The PUNCH has learnt. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the then Acting President had in August approved 21 new permanent secretaries. [] 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday sacked 4,042 workers spread across the 23 local government areas of the state. The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jafaru Sani, who confirmed the development, said the exercise was part of the restructuring of the third tier of government for greater efficiency. Sani, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri There was tension and anxiety at the Imo State House complex in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Tuesday, as the 27 lawmakers shunned the presentation of the 2018 budget proposal by the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha. Apart from the members of staff of the Assembly, the lawmakers boycotted the complex throughout [] 




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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday said entrepreneurship and job creation were keys to tackling poverty in the country. Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Rotimi Ogunleye, spoke in Ikeja during the graduation of 12,935 students at the various skills acquisition centres run by the [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government on Tuesday presented N254.6m to families of 99 deceased staff members of local government areas and the State Universal Basic Education Board as insurance benefits. The payment was said to be the second phase of the payment of insurance package to families of the deceased. In the first phase [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Motunrayo Joel The President, Mens Missionary Union, New Heritage Baptist Church, Mr. Oladayo Orolu, has called religious groups to shun their differences and focus on making Nigeria a better nation. Orolu made the call at a press conference preparatory to the third edition of the Men of Power Purity and Praise Conference, a statement on [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Afeez Hanafi The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, on Tuesday described the former Dean, Faculty of Engineering of the university, late Emeritus Prof. Vincent Olunloyo, as an outstanding and forthright scholar who served the institution meritoriously in many capacities. The VC said that Olunloyo, who died on October 13, 2017 at 74, had [] 



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Society for Family Health has called on wealthy pastors who own private jets to assist in funding HIV/AIDS treatment as donations from foreign countries and organisations have dropped. The Managing Director of the SFH, Bright Ekweremadu, said this at the 2017 World AIDS Day organised by the National Agency for the [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is one of those in the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to the 5th European Union-African Union Summit holding in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire on Wednesday and Thursday. The President and members of his entourage arrived the Flix Houphout-Boigny International Airport, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The European Union on Tuesday said it would spend 23.3m (N9.9bn) on a four-year programme that would focus on tackling corruption in Nigeria. The EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, said this in Abuja during the inauguration of the four-year Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

John Alechenu, Abuja Prominent lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has said that it is now evident that the 2014 National Conference was tailored to suit the political interest of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Agbakoba spoke while responding to questions from reporters at the unveiling of a new political group, which goes by the name National Intervention Movement, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Femi Makinde, Osogbo One of the children of the veteran comedian, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala has debunked the rumour that his father is dead. The son, Emmanuel, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone at around 10:20 pm on Tuesday said his father is alive. He said, It is not [] 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent a tough message to North Korea after its latest ballistic missile test, the first since the US leader put Pyongyang back on the blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism. We will take care of it, Trump said in remarks at the White House after the test, which the Pentagon [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is one of those in the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to the 5th European Union-African Union Summit holding in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire on Wednesday and Thursday. The President and members of his entourage arrived the Houphet Airport, Abidjan at [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Punch Editorial Board A flurry of legislative activities is currently underway to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act and other related laws. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, recently went further to suggest that the diverse proposals be harmonised to produce a new, improved enabling law. The law, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said Nigerian roads were not as bad as many people were claiming; rather, he stated that the roads needed to be adequately maintained. He, however, noted that some of the roads had outlived their design life, some still within their design [] 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government has backed out of a plan to take a loan of $550m from the Chinese Export and Import Bank for the construction of two new communications satellites. The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, said this in an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the Alliance for [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The force majeure notice recently issued by power distribution companies and their disapproval of the eligible customer regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission are jeopardising power production in the country. According to the power producers, the refusal by the Discos to accept the eligible customer regulation and their subsequent force majeure [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Femi Asu Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria are seeking the Federal Government's commitment to the repair of the nation's ailing refineries. The association promised to support any sustainable model that could make the refineries effective and profitable. The President, PENGASSAN, Mr. Francis Johnson, during [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Femi Asu Amnesty International on Tuesday said Royal Dutch Shell Plc should face investigations in three countries for alleged complicity in human rights abuses, including murder and rape, committed by the Nigerian military government in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s. The London-based human-rights group said authorities in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The second day of the protest by some physically challenged persons at the Abuja headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation turned rowdy on Tuesday morning. It was gathered that as early as 5am, hundreds of protesters had stormed the NNPC office to continue with the protest but were dispersed by security [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to slash the import duty on vehicles from between 35 per cent and 70 per cent to 20 per cent. It said the current rate being charged by the Nigeria Customs Service as import duty was too high, [] 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Rasheed Bisiriyu Elizade Autoland, a subsidiary of Elizade Nigeria Limited, says it is re-writing the history of Chinese auto brands in Nigeria with the success of JAC brand being handled by the auto firm. The firm said about four years after introducing the Chinese brand into Nigeria, it had no regret doing so as more [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Rasheed Bisiriyu The contest for outstanding new vehicles of the year has commenced among dominant auto brands in Nigeria as organisers of the annual event have shortlisted a number products for honour despite biting economic crunch that has drastically reduced the purchasing power of people and companies, translating into low vehicle sales. Toyota Land Cruiser, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Evading banking cyber threats is more challenging than ever. Smishing, a variation of phishing, targets mobile banking customers. But malware, short for malicious software, can infect any computer by attacking it through email or poisoned downloads. Cyber criminals can then take control of your computer and your finances, according to Bankrate.com. 'It's always a game [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Feyisayo Popoola Entrepreneurs and small business owners have called on the Federal Government to raise its support for Small and Medium Enterprises, as this will increase employment opportunities in the country. The Managing Director, Glomajos Enterprises, Ogechi Madukoma, commended the government for the constant support to small businesses, but stated that it could do better. [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Ozioma Ubabukoh Advisory services provider, KPMG, has offered internship to the top 10 participants in the recently concluded Data Science Nigeria Bootcamp Hackathon. According to the company, some of the qualified participants will also be provided full employment opportunities, subject to other recruitment considerations. The beneficiaries are the participants adjudged to be the top 10 [] 


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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) has elected new principal officers to run its affairs for the next two years, with Olukunle Iyanda, a professor of international business management and marketing, emerging the 21st President and Chairman of Council. Iyanda, a former Director-General of the institute and ex-Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, was the deputy [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Ozioma Ubabukoh Five Nigerians are among the 12 entrepreneurs shortlisted for a chance to win $100,000 and a two-week mentorship programme with Strive Masiyiwa in the Kwes International competition #GoGettaz. Kwes is a channel on Kwes TV with informative content that equips young entrepreneurs with skills to secure business funding. Masiyiwa, a renowned businessman, entrepreneur, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Nike Popoola LASACO Assurance Plc has denied owing the Federal Inland Revenue Service outstanding tax liabilities. The FIRS had on Monday shut the headquarters of the insurance firm on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos. The company said the FIRS officials reopened its office on Monday evening, after it had presented necessary documents showing it had no [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Sesan Olufowobi In its bid to keep up with global best practices, the Lagos State Government, through the office of the Special Adviser on Central Business Districts, on Monday inaugurated the Lagos CBD e-Business Guide for ease of shopping experience. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, at the [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Lekan Sote Many years after the cancellation of tollgates by the pretend populist government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Minister for Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, just threw a tax curve at hapless Nigerians through a policy to reinstate tolls on Nigerias highways. If you remember that Fashola is a lawyer, you will [] 



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Uchenna Uwaleke The key parameters and assumptions adopted for the 2018 Budget of Consolidation as set out in the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper include crude oil price benchmark of $45 per barrel; oil production estimate of 2.3 million barrels per day; exchange rate of N305/$; inflation rate of 12.4 per [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

How to promote economic growth and improve the lives of the citizenry have been topics for economic development discourse and research for a long time. The role of state governments in formulating policies to establish conducive environment for economic development should be a matter of real concern for political leaders. It is also essential that [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Two friends, Hassan Ibrahim, 50 and Adamu Idris, 60, who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl, were on Tuesday remanded in Katsina Prison on the orders of a senior magistrate, Falila Dikko. Ibrahim and Idris, both residents of Unguwar kasha Village in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State, were accused of [] 



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Afeez Hanafi Two cousins, Olugbade Ibikunle and Rafiu Isiaka, who spent 10 days in kidnappers den in Akure, Ondo State, have said their relatives paid N10m before their release. Isiaka, who narrated their ordeals to PUNCH Metro, said the abductors boasted that they were working with the police. He explained that the kidnappers were nine [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Samson Folarin A Lagos-based pastor and leader of Kingdom Fire Ministry International, Chukwudi Okoh, has called on the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Police Force to investigate a threat letter purportedly written to him by some people who claimed to be members of the Ogboni Fraternity. Okoh, who spoke [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other releated offences have launched a manhunt for a 33-year-old woman, Perebi Otubo, who was jailed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for trafficking Nigerian girls. Otubo, who is reportedly hiding in an unidentified location in Nigeria, allegedly belonged to [] 



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Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Chidiebube Okeoma,Owerri There was panic in the Okigwe area of Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday, after fire wreaked havoc on a popular hotel in the area, Stone Castle. When our correspondent arrived at the scene of the incident, police officers from the Orji Police Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ude Umanta, [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger, Kwara and Kogi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs said it seized foodstuffs valued at over N42m between the September and November, 2017. The items included 14,500 bags of rice worth N26m; and 1,500 gallons of groundnut oil estimated at over N16m. Others items were 16 vehicles, 50 tyres, second-hand [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Umar Muhammed, Lafia One Makailu Ibrahim and six others have been arrested by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for alleged theft. Northern City News gathered that Ibrahim was one of the inmates whose release was facilitated in September by the wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Mrs. Mairo [] 



Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Policemen attached to the Eziama Police Station in Aba, Abia State on Tuesday arrested two vehicle licensing officials, Innocent Ogboonna and Ikechukwu Goodness, while allegedly attempting to register a stolen vehicle. A statement by the state Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, which was made available to Southern City News, [] 


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