NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 22 December, 2017.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Fourteen governors belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] are angry that they were deliberately not invited to two meetings organised by Kaduna State Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i and Transport Minister  Rotimi Amaechi all geared towards the 2019 elections, a top source in the ruling party told Daily Trust in Abuja yesterday. 
The affair has already ruffled feathers within APC and the 14 governors are demanding to know why they were left out of consultations, the source said. 
 
Daily Trust learnt that two were held in October and December, this year at the Abuja residence of Amaechi, who hosted the meeting together with Governor El-Rufa’i. Even though the meetings were initially billed as “political consultation,” they were actually meant to extract a pledge of allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as APC’s candidate 
for the 2019 presidential election. 
According to the top sources, the first meeting which took place in October was attended by Governors El-Rufa’i, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa and Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State. 
Daily Trust learnt each governor was separately invited for “political consultation.” When each governor arrived, El-Rufa’i and Amaechi prevailed on him to pledge allegiance to President Buhari in 2019. Each of the governors did so, after which El-Rufa’i led them to attend congregational Friday prayers at the Presidential Villa Mosque on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Immediately after the prayers, the president received the six governors in audience. El-Rufa’i, who spoke on their behalf, said they were at the Villa to pledge allegiance to the President and assure him of their support in the 2019 election. Daily Trust learnt that Buhari thanked them for the visit but he did not say whether or not he will seek re-election. 
Two months’ later according to our highly informed sources, Amaechi and El-Rufa’i invited another batch of APC governors to the Transport Minister’s Abuja residence. Those who attended the second meeting were Governors Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau, Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Samuel Ortom of Benue and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi. This meeting took place last Monday, December 18, 2017. Sources said the newly recruited governors were also invited for “political consultation” and they did not know the real reason for the invitation until they arrived at Amaechi’s house. 
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A court in Malaysia has sentenced two Nigerian students to death by hanging for trafficking hard drug.
A High Court Judge, Datuk Abdul Halim Aman sitting in Shah Alam ruled that Mustafa Azmir, 28, and Jude Nnamdi Achonye, 30 be hanged after convicting them.


 
Their ordeal started three years ago when the two students of a private university in Kuala Lumpur were arrested for being in possession of several boxes that contained 3.5kg of methamphetamine.
They were accused of trafficking the drugs at an apartment in Petaling Jaya at 3.30pm on September 2, 2014 which is an offense under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 of Malaysia.
In his ruling, the judge said the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against the convicts and the court had studied testimonies from 13 prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, alongside 73 exhibits tendered during the trial.
“The defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt at the end of this case and presented no testimony that thoroughly refutes the prosecution. Besides that, there were also discrepancies in testimonies of the accused and their defence only amounted to denial without concrete evidence,” he said.
Mustafa and Achonye were represented by lawyer Leonard Anselm Gomes while Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohammed Rehan Mohammed Aris represented the prosecution. 
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A 2011 Bauchi State governorship aspirant under the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressives' Change (CPC, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Danchina has declared ambition to contest for president under KOWA party in 2019. 
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The ruling of the Court of Appeal in Lagos on Tuesday last week, to the effect that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] cannot prosecute a serving judge until he is dismissed from the bench by the National Judicial Council and recommended to it for prosecution has generated widespread public interest in this country because of its many implications. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan has called on State Houses of Assembly to urgently pass the Not too Young to run Bill to involve more youth in governance. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A 2011 Bauchi State governorship aspirant under the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressives' Change (CPC, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Danchina has declared ambition to contest for president under KOWA party in 2019. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, says Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is lying by saying that former vice president Atiku Abubakar did not make tangible contribution to the 2015 presidential campaign of the ruling party. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that only 3 percent of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), have been collected from the total number ready in various INEC offices across the 17 local government areas of Yobe State. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The House of Representatives adhoc panel probing the status of Treasury Single Account (TSA) on Thursday resolved to issue an arrest warrant against the Managing Director of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, for consistently failing to appear before it. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Anambra State has disassociated itself from the purported communiqu accepting the December 13 Federal High Court judgement on the disputed Anambra Central Senatorial district election. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A court in Lagos has been told how a Lagos-based businessman, Mr Rotimi Olubeko, acquired a landed property belonging to a dead woman, Mrs Francisca Awolaja, without the consent of the deceaseds family. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
An Ebute Meta, Lagos, chief magistrates court yesterday sentenced a 32-year-old man to 30 months imprisonment for defrauding his victims of N1. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
An 18-year-old man, Abdullah Ashiru, was yesterday arraigned before the Ebute-Meta magistrates court reckless riding of his commercial motorcycle and non-possession of a riders licence. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A 47-year-old man, Sunday Ajisafe, has told a Lagos chief magistrates court, sitting at Igbosere, that he did not steal 33,000 litres of automated gasoline oil, popularly called diesel. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Lagos police command yesterday arraigned a 37-year-old man, Nicholas Osifo, before an Ikeja magistrates court for allegedly stealing the sum of N10 million, property of one Raphael Ekeanyanwu. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
A 40-year-old man, Femi Adewale, was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate B. B. Adebowale of an Ota Magistrates Court in Ogun for allegedly collecting N1.1 million under false pretences from a worshipper. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Gwagwalada is deploying 50 special marshals from today on Abuja-Lokoja road to ease traffic congestion on the road as Christmas approaches.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});12345 News by states Click on a state to view related news var $m=jQuery.noConflict(); $m(document).ready(function() { $m('#myimage').mapster({ showToolTip: true, singleSelect : true, clickNavigate : true, scaleMap: true, fillOpacity: 0.3, fillColor: 'd40e01 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has canvased for a better pension system to enable retirees to live comfortably after exiting civil service. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
For the umpteenth time, an Air Peace aircraft was damaged yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport domestic terminal when it was hit by a ground handling truck while passengers luggage was being loaded into the cargo hold. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Henry Echefu, the Media Officer of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, yesterday said the team was hopeful the Imo State Government would release funds for their camping programme before Christmas. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Globacom-sponsored CNN African Voices, will this weekend celebrate Asnath Mahapa, the first female pilot in South Africa. 


Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Super Eagles defender Tyronne Ebuehi has been ranked among the top five right-backs plying their trade in the Dutch Eredivisie by Voetbal Primeur. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Besides Bitcoin hitting almost $20,000 apiece, plus the blockchain tech behind it; honestly, I cant remember any high tech disruption in 2017. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has concluded the last phase of pensioners verification in the North Central, which is the last geo-political zone of the exercise with Nasarawa, Niger and FCT civil service pensioners being verified. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated Nigerias Mitchell Obi, who was re-elected unopposed as the International Sports Press Associations (AIPS) Africa President. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said all the companies given approval to lift 2017/2018 crude oil term contracts are duly registered and not ghost companies. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Super Eagles can excel at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the quality of players Nigeria has all over the world, a sports enthusiast, Stanley Osagie, has said. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Nigeria will compete in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup holding in Manila, Philippines from June 8-12, 2018 after being awarded a wild card by the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA). 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it has achieved 98 per cent automation of all transactions involving the supply, marketing and sale of the various grades and blends of Nigerias crude oil across the world.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
The Super Eagles of Nigeria again dropped in the latest FIFA ranking released yesterday as they now occupy the 51st position in the world and 9th in Africa. 

Fri, 22 Dec 2017
Remo Stars FC forward, Umar Martaba told Trust Sport that he dreams of playing professional football in Europe in the nearest future.
Naija Newspapers
Naija Newspapers

Naija Newspaper is a digital media distribution and review company focused on delivering Nigerian news across Nigerian audience. We are the biggest newspaper review company online; our value proposition is to be the all-in-one station for daily newspapers distributed in the country to various online audience. Our partnership includes and is not limited by the following Punch newspaper, Thisday online, Daily Sun Newspaper, Nigeria Tribune, BusinessDay, Leadershjip, Blue Print, Nigeria Guardian and Vanguard newspapers.