Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 11 December, 2017.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition was hanging in the balance at the weekend, with the governors taking control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

New power brokers have emerged in the party — courtesy of the Saturday national convention where erstwhile leaders’ influence took a big bashing.

Some of their candidates for National Working Committee (NWC) positions were rejected by governors based on a “Unity List” produced by the new power brokers whose emergence has shattered Atiku’s  hope of securing with ease the party’s 2019 presidential ticket.

Atiku has just quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the main opposition party.

The governors are weighing  the following aspirants and likely defectors, among others:  ex-Governor  Ahmed Makarfi;  ex-Governor Sule Lamido, ex-Minister of Education Ibrahim Shekarau, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, ex-Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (still being wooed by PDP)  and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (who is a political ally of the coordinator of the power brokers, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike). Tambuwal is of the APC.

Atiku , who has the backing of ex-Presidents Babangida and Jonathan, will have to court the governors to secure the ticket.

The governors are said to have had their list of presidential aspirants before Atiku rejoined the PDP.

It was learnt that the governors had an “unwritten pact with Makarfi” who fulfilled his part of the bargain, with the election of Prince Uche Secondus as chairman.

Although Tambuwal and Kwankwaso have not shown interest in defecting to PDP,  the opposition party is believed to have been pleading with them to come back.

Some of Tambuwal’s supporters reportedly  prefer a return to PDP.  Kwankwaso’s are thinking of mounting the  Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) platform to displace APC in Kano State in 2019.

A party source said: “Atiku has many hurdles to cross before he can get the party’s presidential ticket. He has to  convince the governors to support him. He will also face tough primaries with many presidential aspirants who are not ready to step down for him,

“The emergence of Secondus has altered Atiku’s permutations of an automatic presidential ticket.

“Atiku’s case is more complicated by the fact that some of the governors are disposed to Makarfi going by the way he was resilient in tackling the PDP crisis.

“It is an open secret in PDP that there was ‘an unwritten agreement’ between the governors and Makrafi on the election of the new national chairman and 2019 presidential poll. Secondus’ victory showed  some signs of a deal by the two camps.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen about N905, 941,696.87 in an account traced to a sole proprietorship company Rivlink International.

The huge inflows into the suspected slush account allegedly came from the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority

The owner of the company, Christian Robinson, is deceased.

A man, Kenneth Koroma, made futile attempts to withdraw the cash.

A source said: “The EFCC received an intelligence report on November 2 alleging that a sole proprietorship firm, Rivlink International, had huge inflows from the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority in an account with a new generation bank. The said account had a closing balance of N905, 941,696.87.

The company was registered in 2000 using a fictitious name of one Christian Robinson. But the account was opened in 2001 as sole proprietorship with Mr. Christian Robinson as the sole proprietor.

“He, however, appointed Mr. Kenneth Koroma as the sole signatory to the account for the purpose of money laundering.

“Covert intelligence revealed that the sole proprietor, Christian Robinson, is deceased and the trustee, Kenneth Koroma, has been making frantic efforts to withdraw the funds, which had been on fixed deposit.

“Sometimes in June 2017, Koroma wrote the bank requesting it to liquidate the fixed deposit and transfer the balance to an account number 0037907856 of a company, OLF Enterprise, also operated by him.

“Unknown to Koroma, the proprietor had changed him as a signatory to Rivlink International’s account before he died.

“The bank insisted that it could not release the N905m to Koroma because he had ceased to be the sole signatory to the account of Rivlink International. Relevant documents were shown to him on how the owner of the company effected the change of signatory.”

Another source said: “Following intelligence report and an alarm by the bank, EFCC detectives decided to trace the inflows into the company’s account.

“We discovered that the inflows were coming in bits into the account of Rivlink over the years from the sanitation agency without any evidence of contracts carried out.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerians to change their perception about corruption toward developing a positive nation.

Osinbajo spoke at the launch of Corruption Busters by Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Lekki, Lagos State.

The event, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was organised by the civil society group to commemorate the 2017 International Anti-Corruption day.

The Vice President shared the same view with Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu, diplomats and civil society organisations at the event.

Osinbajo said: “We should re-examine ourselves  and move toward changing our perception and our country will one day, overcome this menace known as corruption.’’

According to him, the president has always reinstated severally that, “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will definitely kill us”, which is why he had given strict instructions on tackling corruption.

He said no nation could survive with the presence of corruption in its system, adding: “Corruption is one thing that will kill us if we don’t fight it hard indeed”.

“We need strong willed men and women who are  committed to fighting corruption, though we have had notable committed persons but we need more people who are crusaders and zealous,” he said.

Osinbajo said one of the very important resources in tackling corruption was not just arresting victims and detaining them, but having to reform them.

The Vice President lauded the CYIAC group for taking a bold step in complimenting the efforts of the government by reaching out to the youths to join in the fight against corruption.

“I have not lost my zeal in this commitment to fight corruption, especially with the involvement of the young people who are vulnerable targets in building or losing integrity,” he said.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that 89 per cent of Nigerians are unhappy “in the real sense of the word happiness”.

According to him, only 4 per cent could really be happy to some extent, while 7 per cent might claim to be happy. He added that the vital aspect of human existence, which is happiness, must be addressed.

Governor Okorocha, who recently created the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment, spoke at the weekend when Airmen, led by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, AVM Sampson Akpasa, visited him at the Government House in Owerri.

He noted that agitations, insurgence, hate-speeches and the likes, come up when people are unhappy.

His words: “I thank you for your efforts in bringing Regiment 211 to Imo State. In appreciation, we have donated a 200-bed hospital to the force. This morning I spoke to the Chief of Air Force, about our intention to also donate the school to train electricians and artisans; you are doing a wonderful job.

“But if you can observe recently, the level of crisis and agitations are on the increase. While we fight insurgence, I would want to advise that we also should go deep down to find the root cause of this agitation.

“Agitation comes up when people are not happy, and the whole essence of life is to be happy. For this reason, I will advice that the Air Force too, just like I did recently, which most people didn’t understand, should create a department for Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment. This will help to address the need of even junior officers, who may have some forms of dissatisfaction in the discharge of their duties. Sometimes, you may think they are happy when they are not, and this sabotages the efforts of the Federal Government.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The war against Boko Haram is far from won. Not with their renewed escapades in the north-east that leave in their trail, sorrow and awe. Not with the frequency of such attacks and their high success ratio. That these serial killings no longer attract the umbrage associated with them in the early days of theRead MoreThe post Festering terror attacks appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Uchechukwu Val Obi, has faulted the seven-day ultimatum given by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to the Federal Government to direct Neconde Energy Limited to recall its sacked employees or risk an industrial action. Obi, who is the counsel to Neconde Energy Limited, arguedRead MoreThe post Neconde: SAN faults seven-day ultimatum appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Nation's rich tradition of investigative journalism got at the weekend a big recognition at the yearly Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) Award in Lagos. Multiple award-winning Associate Editor and Head of Investigations Desk Adekunle Yusuf won the grand prize. Yusuf's entry:How corruption, favouritism thrive in UNILORIN,published fromMarch 14 to 16, won theRead MoreThe post The Nation's Yusuf is Reporter of the Year appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Fed Govt urged to accept African Court's jurisdiction Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday explained why it will be impossible for aggrieved Nigerians, who are victims of slavery to sue the Libyan government. He explained that the Federal Government is yet to deposit its declaration accepting the jurisdiction of African Court on Human and PeoplesRead MoreThe post Why Nigerian victims of slavery cannot sue Libya, by Falana appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Oyo State government has said arrangements are in place to generate electricity through the Independent Power Project (IPP). The government said it had sought approval of the National Energy Regulation Commission (NERC) to generate 2,000 megawatts (MW). Commissioner for Works and Transport Mr. Wasiu Dauda spoke at the weekend at a meeting with theRead MoreThe post Oyo to generate 2,000MW through IPP appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Edo State government has partnered Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to set up a N500 million Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS), to provide guarantee for agribusiness investments, Governor Godwin Obaseki has said. He spoke at the Government House, Benin City, at the inauguration of a committee to oversee the scheme. It is intended to de-riskRead MoreThe post Edo farmers, investors to get N500m credit appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Lagos State government has reiterated its commitment to support investments by creating an environment that will always be conducive for businesses to strive. The Special Adviser in the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof Ademola Abass, said the state the government was poised to take business support to the doorsteps of investments acrossRead MoreThe post Lagos govt restates support for investors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
How feasible' BUDGET watchers would have to keep an especial tab on Cross River State in the 2018 fiscal year. The reason is that the south-south Nigerian state famous for its Obudu Cattle Ranch reserve and Christmas Carnivals may be on the verge of performing a fiscal wonder. The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, hadRead MoreThe post Ayade's N1.3trn budget appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc at the weekend submitted formal application to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), seeking to raise N39.9 billion in new equity funds from existing shareholders. A regulatory filing at the NSE at the weekend indicated that Flour Mills of Nigeria plans to raise N39.85 billion through a rights issue of 1.476Read MoreThe post Flour Mills to raise N39.9b new capital from shareholders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
This is a national embarrassment that must never recur IF Nigerian motorists had thought that they were done with the perennial cycle of dry pumps and associated fuel queues after the removal of subsidy on petrol on May 11, 2016, the dramatic resurgence of fuel queues across most states of the federation last week hasRead MoreThe post Return of fuel queues appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Fed Govt pensioners threaten to quit NUP Pensioners from Federal Government parastatals are planning to break away from the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) over alleged connivance by some of its national leaders with the syndicate of former Pension Task Force Chairman, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, to steal pension funds. The NUP All Sectoral Units (ASU)Read MoreThe post Corruption allegation rocks pension union appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Sterling Bank Plc has celebrated its former Executive Director, Corporate and Institutional Banking, Lanre Adesanya, who recently retired from the bank after a 30 years meritorious service. The retirement dinner was graced by directors, senior executives, shareholders, business associates and the retiring executive director's family members. The celebratory dinner tagged: Let's Celebrate our Legend heldRead MoreThe post Sterling Bank honours Adesanya for meritorious service appeared fi 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has set 1.58metric tonnes (Mt) production target for next year. This is less than the 1.6metric tonnes target for this year. Its Executive Secretary, Latif Busari said the 1.58mt would be shared among operators based on performance. In Abuja, he said: 'This year, the projection was 1.6million metric tonnesRead MoreThe post Sugar Council eyes 1.58mt appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Authorities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has revoked the operating licence and expelled Midland Capital Markets Limited from the capital market, bringing to 90 the number of stockbrokers so far expelled from the market this year. A regulatory document obtained by The Nation indicated that the decision to revoke the operating licence and expelRead MoreThe post Stock Exchange expels 90 stockbrokers from capital market appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Zoto, a mobile payment app used by over one million Nigerians, has announced a new app design. According to the signed to make Zoto the fastest and most reliable payment app in Nigeria. An introductory sales offer is also announced on this occasion, and this will enable users to enjoy services at just N1 onlyRead MoreThe post Zoto announces N1 sale on new app appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Paxful Chief Technology Officer, Artur Schaback has listed the gains of digital curency to the economy. Speaking at the Lagos Blocknight 2017 edition of the Nigerian Blockchain Alliance Conference , he explained how the coming of the company has helped to ensure that bitcoin technology is used to help people that cannot carry out onlineRead MoreThe post Operator lists gains of digital currency appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Project Director Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II), Prof. Kolawole Adebayo has warned against the misuse of antibiotics in livestock, saying it can also make humans resistant to drugs. The food and agriculture industry is relying on antibiotics to secure the supply of food and income to farmers. However, the use ofRead MoreThe post Don cautions against antibiotics misuse in animals appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that restriction of access to foreign exchange (forex) on the 41 items has had a positive impact on the economy. CBN Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor stated this on at the CBN Fair, a sensitisation programme, held at the Cultural Centre in Calabar, Cross-River StateRead MoreThe post Forex restriction on 41 items good for economy, says CBN appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
The second international trade fair for construction machinery ConMin West Africa will take place in Abuja mid-next year. This is coming on the heels of the success of ConMin West Africa 2017, The German service provider for international exhibitions IMAG, with its Nigerian partner Afrocet Montgomery, is offering companies the opportunity to showcase their productsRead MoreThe post Group plans ConMin West Africa appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Words land with a thud in the innards of the elder. Perish the thought; this is not a Hardball original, it is ancient wisdom of the Yoruba. Oro de inu agba se gbi is how it is rendered. Hardball is particularly enamoured of this saying not just for its onomatopoeic cadences but for its laconicRead MoreThe post Of Maina, mess and mesmerism appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Buhari's prison experience
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
It is unclear why President Muhammadu Buhari went to Kurmawa Prison on December 6 during his two-day visit to Kano State, but his stop at the prison clearly highlighted Nigeria's awful prison conditions. Buhari pardoned 500 prisoners and empowered them with some cash. A report said: 'At the Prison, he said: 'I am pleased withRead MoreThe post Buhari's prison experience appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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