NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 27 November, 2017.

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, in pursuit of his political ambition.

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Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, stated this on behalf of his principal during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.

Ibe explained that Atiku, a master of consensus building, would not discountenance the importance of carrying everyone along.


He spoke in reaction to the advice given by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had, in an interview, described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as “the boss of bosses.”  He had advised the former vice-president to reconcile with Obasanjo in order realize his political ambition.

Ibe said, “His Excellency, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, is a savvy politician and he will not discountenance the importance of carrying everybody along in order to build a consensus.”

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

The Federal Government has urged the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States sitting in Abuja to dismiss a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

It stated that Kanu having been granted bail and allegedly escaped from his ongoing trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the judgment of the ECOWAS Court on the suit would serve no purpose.


 
 Kanu had filed the suit on March 3, 2016 demanding $800m as compensation from the Federal Government for his alleged unlawful arrest in 2015 and continued detention.


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But the lawyer representing the Federal Government, Mrs. Maimuna Shiru, stated in an objection to the suit that Kanu having been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja where he is being tried alongside others on charges of treasonable felony, on April 25, 2017, it was unnecessary for the ECOWAS Court to adjudicate on the IPOB leader’s suit.

 She also noted that Kanu having allegedly jumped the bail granted him by the Federal High Court, Abuja, event had overtaken the suit.

  The three grounds of the application stated, “Having regards to Article 88(2) of the Rules of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, this suit has become devoid of purpose and unnecessary to adjudicate upon.

 “The result of a judicial decision in this suit will serve no purpose. There are no live issues in controversy between the parties for the court to determine.”

 Mr. Thomas Etah, who deposed to an affidavit filed in support of the Federal Government’s motion, stated that Kanu filed his notice of registration before the ECOWAS Court on March 3, 2016, while the plaintiff was granted bail by the Federal High Court on April 25.

Mon, 27 Nov 2017

The Lagos State Special Committee on the Clean Up of Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi says it has served contravention notices on owners of illegal structures, abandoned buildings and workshops along highways in the areas.

The Chairman of the committee, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, on Sunday, stated that serving the notices was preparatory to the commencement of enforcement on the affected structures from Monday (today).


 
He explained that the enforcement exercise would focus on the major roads till the end of December after which the team would move to inner streets in the areas.


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Bello said, “On Monday (today), we will operate on Babatunde Dabiri Street, Admiralty Road, Fola Osibo Street, Omorinre Johnson Street, Hakeem Dickson Street and Ogbunike Street, among others in the Lekki area.”

Also speaking on the exercise, the Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (enforcement) Unit, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, sought the cooperation of all residents of Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island.

Egbeyemi also urged residents of the areas to report any environmental nuisances that the team might have missed “for immediate action.”

He said other streets that would be reached by the committee included Ahmadu Bello, Adetokunbo Ademola, Bishop Aboyade Cole, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Ajose Adeogun, Sanusi Fafunwa, Adeyemo Alakija, Akin Adesola, Adeola Odeku, Kingsway, Norman Williams, Raymond Njoku, Bourdillon, Cameron, Lugard and Alexander.


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017

The Federal Government has met with some officials of the Italian government in its attempt to investigate the burial of 26 Nigerian women who died in the Mediterranean Sea three weeks ago.

The FG, through the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, met Italian officials including the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini; the Chief of Italian Police, Franco Gabrielli; and the General Commander of Italy’s Carabinieri, Tullio Del Sette, in Italy.
 
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was one of the Nigerian delegates at the meeting.

According to a release by NAPTIP on Sunday, the agency’s Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, condemned the “hasty burial of the 26 women,” noting that a report was being awaited from Italy on the identities of the deceased.

The forum was titled, ‘Women empowerment and the fight against trafficking in persons: the partnership between Italy and Nigeria” and organised by Boldrini, the head of the Italian lawmakers.

The remains of the women believed to be crossing the Mediterranean were recovered from a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in Salerno, a coastal area in Italy on Monday, November 6.

The ship was reportedly found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women.

Okah-Donli, asked the Italian authorities to ensure that those involved in the incident were properly prosecuted.

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Federal Government has proposed to generate additional N1tn non-oil revenue to reduce the deficit and loans in the 2018 budget. This will include an additional N60bn from duties on cigarettes and alcohol and N2.5bn from special taxes on luxury cars. The details were contained in the briefing note on the revised [] 

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A former Deputy National Chairman and a leading aspirant for the PDP National Chairmanship, Chief Bode George, has challenged other aspirants for the position to come out for an open debate. The debate, he said, would afford the aspirants the opportunity to highlight their vision, agenda and motive in contesting for the PDP [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Judicial Council says the NJCs Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trials Monitoring Committee has received a total of 2,306 ongoing alleged corruption cases. NJC Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said in a statement on Sunday that the Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd)-led committee would soon discuss with prosecutorial bodies like the [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There was apprehension among national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Sunday as the party refused to release the list of those that would conduct the December 9 national convention. It was gathered that the aspirants have been mounting pressure on the leadership of the party led by [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The Managing Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Mrs. Oluyemi Ogun, has raised concern about the state of equipment at the institution, saying it could affect the treatment of mentally-ill patients. A statement on Sunday quoted Ogun as saying during the inauguration of a renovated unit that the hospitals facilities required urgent revamp, seeking the assistance [] 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said the visit of the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, to the leadership of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere last week will further solidify Yoruba unity. Tinubu on Wednesday visited the leadership of the Afenifere at the residence of [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti At least 10,000 indigent children in Ekiti State will be provided Christmas dress during the Yuletide. The state Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, disclosed this during a meeting with tailors in Ado-Ekiti. According to a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Sunday, the sewing and distribution of [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of N164.8m for the second semester school fees of the freed 106 Chibok girls at the American University of Nigeria, Yola. He also restated his commitment to the safe return of the remaining girls in Boko Harams captivity. The Senior Special Assistant to the President [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko andKayode Idowu Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked an army Forward Operating Base in Magumeri town, Borno State, killing three soldiers and injuring six others in an attempt to capture the army location. One of our correspondents learnt that the insurgents, who also damaged some army platforms at the base, had attempted to [] 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo An Osun based human rights lawyer, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola, has said that Governor Rauf Aregbesolas insistence on conducting the local government election in the state despite the ongoing suit against it may trigger constitutional crisis in the country. Ajibola said this in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has described the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, as broad-minded and fair to adherents of different religions. Kaigama, who led Catholic bishops across the nation on a visit to Borno to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Maiduguri Catholic Diocese (1966 to [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor and Success Nwogu The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba-land designate, Gani Adams, has said he will ensure that the entire Yoruba nation is united after his installation. He also said he would work for the Yoruba nation to be more prosperous and stronger. He spoke in an interview with journalists on Sunday on [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The Borno State Government has said it will convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum. The state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, disclosed this during the 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa. The News [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt Some unknown hoodlums on Saturday attacked the convoy of the Regent of Abonnema, High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs, during a meeting in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Southern City News gathered that though no live was lost during the incident, the unidentified rampaging youths, who perpetrated the act, damaged [] 


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ERA trains 50 youths to monitor Ogoni clean up
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt The Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria has trained over 50 youths of Ogoni land in the skill to monitor the clean up of the area by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project. The youths, drawn from the four local government areas of Ogoni, Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme, [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Ahead of the Yuletide celebration, the National Orientation Agency in Imo State has entered into partnership with the state command of the Nigeria Police Force to curb kidnapping and other crimes in communities. To achieve the task, the NOA said it would take government policies, programmes and activities to the grassroots and [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Vice-Chancellor of the Cross River University of Technology, Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh, has raised the alarm over alleged encroachment of the institutions land by the host community, Efut in the Calabar South Local Government Area. Owan-Enoh raised this concern on Saturday during the institutions convocation. The vice-chancellor said the encroachment of the [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Commercial motorcycle operators (okada riders) in Lagos State have been given till Tuesday to begin to wear approved reflective jackets while on the road or risk arrest. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, stated this while addressing the riders on Friday, warning that the police could not guarantee the safety of [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
A five-year-old boy was on Saturday killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Magumeri town,the headquarters of the Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State. The Secretary to the LGA, Alhaji Wakil Malam-Tawu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the boy was killed by a stray bullet. Malam-Tawu said that [] 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Police Command has arrested eight youths in Katcha and Kpata communities of the Katcha Local Government Area of the state for alleged breach of public peace. Those in police custody include Usman Dauda, 25, Adamu Alfa, 20, Mohammed Ndagi, 22 and Abdullahi Mohammed, 28 from Katcha community. Others are [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia No fewer than 40 substations of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company have been allegedly destroyed by suspected hoodlums in Nasarawa State. The AEDC Regional Manager, Keffi, Mr. Aminu Shakur, who expressed worry over the persistent attacks on transformers in the state, accused security personnel of vandalising electrical installations. The manager lamented the [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A 20-year-old-man, Danladi Auwalu and Yusuf Auwalu, 18, have been remanded in Katsina Prison for alleged robbery. Northern City News learnt that the suspects were arrested for allegedly attempting to rob one Mati Shehu and his friend, Ibrahim Isah, at Babban Rafi Village, Danja Local Government Area of Katsina State. The suspects [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The Butchers Association, Mararaba chapter, Nasarawa State has called for support from relevant authorities to connect the abattoir in the area to electricity to reduce operational cost. The Financial Secretary of the association, Alhaji Umar Bayawa, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Mararaba, said it was expensive running the abattoir [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Liquor Licensing Board has warned its workers to desist from shady deals, stressing that anyone caught conniving with illegal liquor sellers in the state will be dismissed and charged to court. The Executive Chairman of the board, Yahaya Halidu, gave the warning in an interview with Northern City News [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
The young Egyptian imam who survived the Sinai mosque massacre that killed 305 people vowed Sunday from his hospital bed to go back and resume the sermon he never finished. Mohammed Abdel Fattah, 26, was delivering the Friday sermon at the North Sinai Rawda mosque when blasts erupted. I was only two minutes into my [] 

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
BANKS operating in Lagos, but found liable in the non-remittance of withholding taxes and other statutory charges to the state government, are being threatened with a shutdown of their headquarters. The state government claimed that the WHTs collected by the banks spanned a 10-year period. It is incredible that such illegality was allowed to endure, [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
IFRS 9 commences January 1 Oyetunji Abioye A number of bank directors have been fired by the Central Bank of Nigeria following cases of insider abuse relating to non-performing loans, it has been learnt. Specifically, the banking sector regulators, the CBN and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, have in their books records of bank directors [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
deploys 1,710 tax officers in 33 states Ifeanyi Onuba and 'Femi Asu The Federal Government has said it is reviewing the tax profiles of companies that received major payments from it in the last five years. The review is part of measures aimed at identifying those that have yet to take advantage of the tax [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday denied claims in some quarters that she had refused to grant import duty waivers on drugs, health commodities and related equipment donated by the Global Fund. In a statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Salisu Dambatta, the minister [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Sunday that it would soon name a core investor for the proposed biofuel plant in the Agasha Guma area of Benue State. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said arrangements had been finalised to unveil the prospective investor after due diligence. Baru spoke in [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com If there is an error on your bank account, the sooner you report it to the bank, the more likely you will get your money back. Here we explain what to do if you make a mistake transferring money from your bank account or if you are worried someone else is using [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, says the country's low infrastructure development should be blamed on lack of continuity in governance. Duke stated that over the years, each government in power had failed to build on what was started by their predecessors but would rather begin new projects. 'Each government wants to [] 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
In this report, captures the nation's current dilemma of dwindling revenues and increasing debt burden, which has inspired debate on the country's debt sustainability The Federal Government spent a total of N3.49tn on domestic debt servicing and payment between January 2015 and September 2017, investigation has shown. In the same period, the country paid a [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Building Collapse Prevention Guild has said that poor plumbing work can endanger the foundation of a building and lead to its collapse. The Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Lagos State Chapter, Mr. Segun Fadeyi, said the rate at which buildings were collapsing in recent times in the country was alarming and [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola New guidelines to regulate Additional Voluntary Contributions' withdrawals by workers have been released by the National Pension Commission. One of the Pensions Fund Administrators, Leadway Pensure, said participating customers would only be able to make withdrawals from an AVC account once in two years from the last approved withdrawal date. The new guidelines [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission is developing a legal framework that will enable banks and telecommunications companies to ban owners of any bank account or the Global System for Mobile Communications line traced to fraud. The development followed the spate of electronic fraud involving (USSD banking) [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has charged estate surveyors and valuers to always comply with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards while discharging their duties. In his keynote address at the 40th induction for newly registered estate surveyors and valuers by the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board [] 


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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Energy firm, Global Spectrum Energy Services Plc, is set to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The integrated marine and oil and gas services firm, which had concluded all arrangements in that respect, said in a statement that the event scheduled for November 27, 2017, followed the approval granted it by [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Equity market 'Listed securities on NSE Price gains by some market heavyweights like Dangote Cement Plc ensured that the Nigerian stock market closed the past week on a promising note. Consequently, the NSE All-Share Index and market capitalisation appreciated by 1.80 per cent and 1.84 per cent to close the week at 37,365.91 and N13.009tn, [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara FCMB Group Plc has recorded a 64 per cent rise in its profit before tax for the third quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. This was contained in a statement released by the institution on Sunday. It recorded a PBT of N6.8bn for the nine-month ended September [] 



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Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has called on banks to collaborate with financial technology companies to improve the level of financial inclusion in the country. The Deputy Governor, Operations, CBN, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu made this call in a keynote address delivered in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at the 2017 annual retreat of [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Stakeholders at Standford Seed Transformation Network Nigeria have urged upcoming business outfits to embrace integrity and excellence to achieve profitability and sustainability. They spoke in Lagos on Saturday during the first anniversary and end of year dinner of the group held under the theme, 'Refresh'. The guest speaker at the event and Chairman, [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola Africa's leading private reinsurer, Continental Reinsurance Plc, said its gross premium income rose by 25 per cent to N21.86bn in the nine month financial period of 2017, from N17.51bn in the corresponding period of 2016. The firm also said its underwriting profit grew by 178 per cent to N2.08bn from N746.72m in the [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Stakeholders in real estate development and the arts are set to transform the industry with the fusion of real estate, interior design and art under the FREIA umbrella. According to the Chief Executive Officer, Luxury Villa Group, the organiser of FREIA, Mr. Tommy Odama, the event is specially tailored to bring together some [] 

Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola As part of efforts to meet the needs of the insuring public, Saham Trust Insurance Nigeria Limited is making its services more accessible to the insuring public. A statement obtained from the underwriting firm said Saham Trusts innovative products were tailor-made to meet diverse needs, and could be bought electronically through the companys [] 



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