NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 26 December, 2017.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, stirred up a fresh controversy over his real age when he said he thought he was 74 but was told he was 75.

Buhari spoke when the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, led a delegation to pay him Christmas homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
 
The President, joined by some state governors and other top government officials, celebrated his 75th birthday penultimate Sunday. He was said to have been born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, in present day Katsina State.

While thanking his guests for the visit, Buhari recalled the health challenge that kept him away from the country for months earlier in the year, admitting that 2017 had been a tumultuous year for him.

The President said he had recovered well from the sickness because he obeyed his doctors who instructed him to be eating and sleeping well.

He said, “I am very grateful (to you) for taking time out on a very important day to come out and spend it with us.

“It has been a tumultuous year. I am thinking I am 75. I thought I was 74 but I was told I’m 75.

“I have never been so sick, not even during the 30-month civil war that I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava.

“But this sickness…I don’t know, but I came out better. All those who saw me before said I looked much better when I came back.

“But I have explained it to the public that as a General, I used to give orders. But now, I take orders. The doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours. That is why I am looking much better.”
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Gunmen on Christmas Eve (Sunday) raided the Kaduna home of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The gunmen were allegedly said to be in search of cash and ammunition in the house.


 
Residents of Kano Street, Kawo New Extension, Kaduna where the house is located, said some of the gunmen came in military uniform, while others were in mufti.

The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar,  who confirmed the incident, noted that the command got a report from the Divisional Police Office in Kawo regarding the raid.

“We got a report from the DPO Kawo of Police Station regarding the raid on Maina’s house. But we are yet to confirm whether they are really officials of the EFCC. Investigation is ongoing,” he told our correspondent on phone on Monday.

According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen came in a Hilux van,  armed  with guns and stationed in front of the house.

The gun-wielding men, the eyewitness said, had begun surveillance of the area between 5pm and  8pm when another car, a Peugeot 406 with plain clothes security personnel, forced the gate open and drove into the compound.

But on entering the house, the operatives  met a security guard, Imrana Ahmadu, and quickly handcuffed him, just as they forced him to take them round the four-bedroom flat.

The 22-year-old Ahmadu while speaking with journalists said the gunmen continued to ask him whether the house belong to Maina or whether he (Maina) was staying there.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017

Soldiers and policemen, on Monday, cordoned off Bwari, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, following clashes between Gwari and Hausa youths.

The security personnel prevented residents from moving around and sent back home motorists taking their families out for Christmas celebration.


 
PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hausa, Gwari clash in Abuja

It was gathered that the violence broke out after a fight between a Hausa and Gwari youth on Sunday night, which led to the death of the latter.

The death of the Gwari youth, it was learnt, angered his kinsmen who carried out a reprisal on the Hausa community during which a market was torched by a mob.

The clash, which was believed to be the  fallout of the leadership tussle between the two chiefs in the area, began at about 10am when many residents were in church for the Christmas service.

One of our correspondents, who visited the scene, observed that many of the houses were shut while majority of residents were asked to stay indoors until the security situation improved.

Three vehicles, belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Road Safety Corps, were observed patrolling the area.

Many of the recreational parks, hotels and other fun spots in the town were deserted as residents could not go out due to fear.



Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said the provision of necessary equipment for military and security services in the country should not be politicised. Dickson said it was the responsibility of government to place priority on security to be able to develop society. A statement on Monday by Dicksons [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to confer national honours on any individual since his inception of office in 2015 contrary to the usual practice of holding the investiture every year. The President, who assumed office on May 29, 2015, failed to host the investiture in 2015 and 2016. With only three working [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Gunmen on Christmas Eve attacked Utonkon community in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, killed three persons and left five others injured. Many were also declared missing as a result of the attack which happened as the local government chairman was distributing Christmas gifts to politicians and others in the area. The Benue State [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has said Christmas celebrations are not complete without involving children. The governors wife stated this on Monday at a Christmas party for children tagged, Love at Christmas, organised by her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria. Over 500 children from Massey Childrens [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called for understanding from members of the public who patronise public hospitals in the state. Ambode said his administration was working to meet the ever increasing health demands of the citizenry, adding that many of the demands would soon be met. The governor said this on [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Afeez Hanafi A non-governmental organisation, the Movement for Disabled Right Forum, has urged the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to either disband or overhaul the Lagos State Office of the Disability Affairs (LASODA). The group said there was an urgent need to restructure the agency so it could live up to the governments objectives of [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Palpable tension has heightened in Ijaw nation as two groups the Pereotubo Oweilaemi-led group and the Eric Omare group- lay claim to the Presidency of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide. While the Oweilaemi-led group claimed that its camp was recognised by Ijaw leaders and youths, the Omare camp said it was [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday ordered officers and soldiers to maintain security nationwide. Buratai, in his Christmas message, said, We must continue to appreciate our collective responsibility towards the maintenance of the security conditions that allow for the proper celebrations of Christmas in every part of [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta No fewer than 4,700 less-privileged residents of Abeokuta in Ogun State, including widows, have received gifts of rice and meat for this years Christmas celebration. As early as 7am on Monday, the beneficiaries arrived at the Treasure House of God Church, located on Quarry Road, Abeokuta, where the gifts were given to [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olufemi Atoyebiand Success Nwogu There was low attendance at most churches in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday as many Christians queued for fuel at filling stations as early as 5.30am. Instead of going to church for Christmas service, I arrived here at 5.30am with the hope that I would be among those who [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Adelani Adepegba,Abuja Many fun spots witnessed low turnout in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday. Our correspondent observed that many popular parks like Eden Garden, Nelson Garden, City Park and a few others did not record the usual large crowd of fun-seekers. A waiter at City Park, Dan, said there was low turnout because most [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon Educational materials and other properties estimated at millions of naira were destroyed on Christmas Day in Akure, the Ondo State capital, following a fire outbreak along Oba Adesida Road. The fire, which began at about 2pm, consumed some shops at Obanla Junction adjacent to the formal popular Texaco gas station in Akure, according [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said it is a shame that this Christmas celebration has been characterised by discomfort caused by the lingering fuel scarcity. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, in a statement issued on Monday morning quoted the Vice President as making the remark during his [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon An environmental sanitation firm, Visionscape Group, has advised Lagos residents on proper waste disposal as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivals. The firm, in a statement on Monday, noted that more wastes were usually generated during these festive periods. This, it said, should encourage government to promote waste recycling. It urged [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Troops on Monday foiled an attempt by Boko Haram fighters to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. If they had succeeded, the otherwise peaceful Christmas celebration in Maiduguri would have turned tragic. Since the war on the Boko Haram insurgents became full blown six years ago, residents have been locked in during [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has promised to embark on more developmental projects come 2018. He named the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road as one of the road projects that would get his attention, saying the road would be extended to Ekeremor town by December next year. He said he had awarded the contract [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Though technology is good and its contributions to the growth of Nigerias financial services sector cannot be overemphasised, it has, however, brought pains and losses to the sector, investors and the countrys economy at large, STANLEY OPARA writes Odum Uwalaka wishes the status quo has not changed from what it used to be 17 years [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Many Nigerians are nursing the fear of losing their jobs with the use of automated machines and robots in workplaces, writes OZIOMA UBABUKOH Since 2016, Adetayo Oresanya, an employee of a fast-rising manufacturing company with a corporate office located at Opebi in the Ikeja area of Lagos State and a production plant at Ijebu-Ode in [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
I will say yes because I am aware of three executive bills they have passed to enhance the fight against corruption. I believe that this is a sign that as an institution, the National Assembly is supportive of the anti-graft war. Some people may say that some of them are scuttling the anti-graft war because [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
An imprisoned scholar, Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine, has been told by the court that his execution will go ahead because no appeal was submitted within the deadline. Djalalis lawyers recently learned that Branch One of the Supreme Court had considered and upheld his death sentence in a [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
No fewer than 37 persons were killed when a fire broke out at a shopping mall in the southern Philippines city of Davao, authorities said. All the 37 victims were call center agents working for Research Now Survey Sampling International (SSI), a business processing outsourcing company based in the mall, company and city officials said. [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
At least 71 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours in air raids carried out by a Saudi-led military coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen, residents and local media say. Residents told Al Jazeera that several air strikes rained down on the capital Sanaa early on Monday, killing at least 11 people, including [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Pope Francis called for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict in his annual Christmas Day address in Rome on Monday. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Vatican to listen to the head of the Catholic Church deliver his fifth Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message in which [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Oladimeji Ramon One of the aspirants for the All Progressives Congress governorship ticket in Oyo State in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), has enjoined Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence that the Christmas season symbolises. Akintola in his Christmas goodwill message, urged Nigerians to seize the moment [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Canada on Monday ordered Venezuelas ambassador and charge daffaires to leave, escalating a row two days after its top diplomat at the Canadian embassy in Venezuela was kicked out by President Nicolas Maduros regime. In response to this move by the Maduro regime, I am announcing that the Venezuelan ambassador to Canada is no longer [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
THE African National Congress opened a new chapter in its history when it elected Cyril Ramaphosa on December 18 as its new leader for the next five years at its 54th elective conference in Johannesburg. He replaced President Jacob Zuma. The victory has placed him in good stead to succeed Zuma as the president of [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A member of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Chief Pegba Otemolu, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the elections of the party's National Treasurer and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Aribisala Adewale and Diran Odeyemi, respectively, who emerged at the December [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday assured Nigerians the Federal Government had no plan to increase fuel prices. 'We are certainly not expecting to increase oil (fuel) prices at all; the government has absolutely no intention of increasing fuel prices and that's it,' he told journalists after an on-the-stop assessment of the [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Everest Amaefule, Okechukwu Nnodim and 'Femi Asu The scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit continued in many parts of the country on Monday, putting a damper on the Christmas celebrations as many Nigerians struggled to get the product at the few stations that were selling it. In some parts of Lagos and Ogun states like Ikorodu, [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Abiodun Doherty abiodundoherty@yahoo.com Buying off the plan refers to the process of buying a property that has been offered for sale before construction begins by signing a contract or an expression of interest. The prospective buyer make a deposit to the property development company with the understanding that agreed milestone payments will be made until [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
With Christmas just around the corner, many people are feeling the financial crunch when they think about all of the gifts they need to purchase for friends and family. The current economy has left many people with less money to spend on gifts that they're used to having. The truth is that you really don't [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has warned fuel marketers in the state to desist from hoarding the commodity. He lamented the hardship, which fuel hoarding had caused the majority of the residents of the state. Aregbesola stated that the unethical practices of fuel marketers had brought untold hardship on the [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Liquidity challenges in the economy made the amount of money that commercial banks borrowed from the Central Bank of Nigeria to increase by 52 per cent in the first three weeks of December, data obtained from the CBN website showed on Monday. The CBN Standing Lending Facility window data revealed that the Deposit [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government is said to have commenced data capturing for commercial transporters across the country. It was gathered that the initiative was conceived by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation. Transporters under the aegis of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government's plan to connect all states of the federation by rail is being scuppered by money, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said. He also stated that the government was working hard to meet the completion date for the Lagos-Ibadan railway project. Amaechi stated these while responding to tweets [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh A World Bank report on Monday stated that each year, $20bn was being sent to Nigeria in form of remittances and that the final week before Christmas was one of the busiest times to send money. According to the report, the average cost of sending money is around 7.21 per cent with Sub-Saharan [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Despite the fuel crisis that is preventing a lot of people from travelling for the festive period by road, many passengers took to air travel, necessitating the increase of flight frequencies on certain routes by domestic airlines. Investigations by our correspondent on Monday revealed that Dana Air increased its Lagos-Abuja-Lagos flights from 10 [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Chief Research Analyst at FXTM, a foreign exchange brokerage and investment firm, Mr. Lukman Otunuga, speaks on how political and economic developments in Nigeria and overseas are impacting on the country's economy, in this interview with OYETUNJI ABIOYE WHAT is your assessment of the 2018 budget proposal currently before the National Assembly' Looking at [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
A 1970s United States trade deal that unilaterally grants products worth billions of dollars from India and other developing countries tariff-free access to the American market is set to expire on December 31, as pressure mounts from Donald Trump supporters to let it die. Financial Times reports that the Congress last week failed to agree [] 

Using bank statement to manage your savings
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Nike Popoola Personalbanking@punchng.com A bank statement is a document showing details about account activity and account balances over the last month or quarter. With that information, you can balance your account, review spending, and spot errors and fraud before they become serious problems, according to www.thebalance.com. While bank statements may seem boring, they're essential tools [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Stanley Opara The Central Securities Clearing System has stressed the need for a strong financial market infrastructure, saying it will contribute to the stability and growth of the financial system as a whole. It likened a well functioning financial market infrastructure to the human backbone, explaining that it would ensure fast and smooth movements, channel [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Azuka Onwuka azonwuka@yahoo.com 0809-8727-263 (sms only) Last week, the biggest news story in Nigeria was the arrest of Innocent Chukwuma, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerias premier indigenous auto-making company, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited, Nnewi, Anambra State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Reports have it that the EFCC came to his [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Thinking with YouNiyi Akinnaso niyi.tlc@gmail.com Restructuring, my foot When people are talking of artificial intelligence, when others are talking of robotics engineering, of nanotechnology, we are talking of restructuring the federation; our problem is not an issue of devolution of powers. Kashim Shettima, Governor of Borno State, in a chat with Channels Television [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com Most people reading this column will either have flown or had cause to visit an international airport in the past. The most striking emblem adorning the departure lounge is obviously the giant electronic billboard with its flickering lights on the various departure/arrival times. The planes are expected to run on schedule; no [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Ayo Oyoze Baje As millions of Nigerian Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the globally acclaimed spiritual saviour of mankind, there are many more who do not have the economic resources to dine and wine, with members of their families and friends. While this sad situation is understandable in some other countries ravaged by [] 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Christians all over the world are again celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. As a seasonal celebration, it is no novelty seeing people wish themselves well even when all is not necessarily well. Saying Merry Christmas at a time like this is the popular greeting by all and sundry. The poser raised by [] 


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