NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 20 December, 2017.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said those found guilty in the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ikoyi cash scandal will be prosecuted secretly, even as his administration plans to overhaul the national security architecture.
In April, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had uncovered $43 million, £27, 800 and N23 million at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Buhari spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving a report of the panel established to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of the NIA.
Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying that the Osborne Tower incident and its aftermath had brought to the fore, the need to review the entire national security architecture.
President Buhari said the present national security architecture has been in operation as established 31 years ago. 
He said the discovery of monies in the flat at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, was an “unfortunate incident which rightly aroused public interest and outcry.”
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
“All the circumstances surrounding the obtaining, keeping custody and disbursement of the funds have been examined by the Vice President’s Committee and all those found to be culpable will be made to account and appropriately sanctioned.
“However, it must be understood that this cannot be done in a manner that jeopardises national security or exposes the operations of any intelligence agency, which must, by nature be conducted in secrecy.
“Suffice it for me to assure all that justice will be done consistent with our anti-corruption policies,” the president said. 
Buhari commended the Presidential Review Panel on NIA led by former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, for completing their assignment expeditiously.
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Wed, 20 Dec 2017
There is crack in the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following an alleged leaked audio in which Deputy Governor Prof. Hafiz Abubakar alluded that he would dump his principal, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and return to the university.
 Abubakar, a Professor at the Bayero University, Kano reportedly vented his anger over developments in the Kano chapter of the APC where he was reportedly sidelined in the scheme of things.
He was said to have been “railroaded” by ex- Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as Ganduje’s deputy ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election and the “marriage of convenience” had since deteriorated.
Ganduje had since parted ways with Kwankwaso even as there were suggestions that the former Kano governor was realigning with his political allies and even some foes to dislodge Ganduje by 2019.
In the leaked audio which had already gone viral today, Prof. Abubakar said he was yearning to “return to Bayero University, Kano at the end of their tenure in 2019.”
 He was reportedly axed out of prominence as far as the ruling APC was concerned, including at his ward and local government levels; hence his resolve to dump the plum political job for the academia  at the end of their first tenure with Ganduje.
 “When they were campaigning for election, my picture was juxtaposed with the governor (Ganduje), president (Muhammadu Buhari) and our leader Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso,” the prof. said.
 “But today at my birthplace, my picture was replaced with somebody else’s picture. What have I done to my birthplace? I do not deserve this even as a university lecturer at Bayero University, where I hope to return in 2019 at the expiration of my tenure.
“Pray for me to return to the university by May 2019, and this is what I’m fervently asking from Allah. Those who want to continue should go on, but my prayer is to go back to Bayero University.
“I will not be part of a system whereby the leadership of my party, APC, would be formed at my Mandawari ward, my birthplace, and my blood brother was removed without anyone consulting with me.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has refuted the report alleging that he may run for the presidency during the 2019 general elections.
Obiano, in a statement issued yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, James Eze, said the report was a manifestation of speculations carried too far and had no shred of truth.



National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Victor Oye, had after the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja, said the party would field a presidential candidate in 2019.
Corroborating the party’s helmsman, the National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, disclosed that Gov. Willie Obiano was top in the party’s consideration for the presidential ticket.
However, the governor, through his media aide, described the report as totally untrue, false and misleading, insisting that he had no intention of running for the presidency.
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Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Governors Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti clashed while addressing journalists after the Nigerian governors forum held an emergency meeting on Tuesday with speakers of state assemblies.
It comes after the forum approved $1 billion from the excess crude account for the administration to fight Boko Haram.



Before Yari briefed journalists on the outcome of the meeting, some governors, including Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, were seen calming Fayose.
Fayose, while addressing journalists outside the venue of the meeting, said he had gone to court to challenge the approval of the fund, vowing that he would never support it.
"I’m not in support of $1 billion and will never be in support. In my state we have agreed to go to court to contest this. It is our legitimate right, all accruals to the federation must be shared by the three tiers of government and for me to get justice I have to go to court," he said.
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has charged the National Working Committee (NWC) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure transparent and credible primaries ahead of 2019 elections.
Ekweremadu gave the advice while delivering a keynote address at the opening of a two-day retreat for members of the NWC and chairmen of the party in the states in Abuja on Tuesday.



He blamed the party’s defeat at the 2015 elections “on lack of internal democracy that manifested in the form of imposition of candidates and disregard for the party’s constitution’’.
“Another election year is by the corner. The new NWC must ensure that the party did not repeat past mistakes.
“We must return power to the people, as our name and slogan rightly demand of us.
“This will not only reassure Nigerians that we are indeed an improved and re-branded PDP, but will also encourage the massive return of former party faithful,” he said.
Ekweremadu said that the public would evaluate PDP commitment to end corruption, promote accountability and transparency by the way it handled its internal affairs.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education has stopped just short of describing the Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa State as a ghost institution and has threatened to delete it from the 2018 federal budget. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has refuted the report alleging that he may run for the presidency during the 2019 general elections. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Zamfara state governor Abdulaziz Yari says the governors forum approved $2 billion from the excess crude account during the Jonathan administration. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Governors Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti clashed while addressing journalists after the Nigerian governors forum held an emergency meeting on Tuesday with speakers of state assemblies. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has charged the National Working Committee (NWC) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure transparent and credible primaries ahead of 2019 elections. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday staged a walkout from the floor of the House over the defection of one of their members to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Sallar Gani is an age old festival observed in Daura emirate. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

FBN Holdings Plc has announced the renaming of all entities under its Merchant Banking and Asset Management group. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has said all the countrys navigational facilities are working at optimal levels. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The Federal Ministry of Finance has commenced the disbursement of N750 billion capital expenditure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), few days before the end of the year. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

An ex-staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Bello Sarafa, has emerged a new millionaire in the on-going Skye Bank Reach for the Skye Millionaire Reward draw which took place at the popular Iyana Ipaja bus stop over the weekend. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has commissioned power testing equipment worth N35 million at its headquarters in Abuja. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Following the commencement of repair work on the damaged runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, airlines operating to the state have adjusted their flights in line with the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued on the development at the airport. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and security agencies have begun investigation into the alleged burglary of an aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos last week.



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Hackers will be able to seize control of six top-selling Christmas toys - tapping into video streams, microphones and even collecting phone numbers and personal details. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

A former Croatia and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that the fixtures in the group stage of the World Cup have not been kind to Croatia after they were drawn to face Nigeria in their opener. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The curtain was drawn on the Nigeria Football Federation and Zenith Bank sponsored Future Eagles yesterday as the South West team defeated North West in the final of the U-15 to emerge champion. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Tennis champion Serena Williams may be facing her biggest challenge yet, as she has turned to social media to ask followers for advice on how to soothe her teething baby. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said the Asaba township stadium contract, which was started over twelve years ago under Chief Ibori administration will be completed in March 2018 in readiness for the hosting of the edition of African Senior Athletic Championship. 



Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Yusuf Mohammed, a Deputy Director in the Borno Sports Council, says El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri are sure to win the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title. 


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