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


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to make available the list of accounts belonging to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan that are not under litigation.
The lawmakers made the request following allegation by the petitioner that the EFCC has repeatedly failed to obey court orders. They directed the EFCC to lift ban on bank account s belonging to the petitioner in the absence of any litigation. Counsel to EFCC, Mr. Ojogbane Johnson had in the course of the hearing maintained that reasons behind the commission’s decision to keep the accounts frozen was because they are still under investigation, a reason he said the commission appealed against court rulings directing that it de-freezes those accounts. The legislators asked if the Commission lacks the competence and capacity to handle such investigations, he said that was far from being the case, adding that it’s always very difficult to follow the money and know it’s origin and final destination. “It takes time to get to the root of where the monies came from and where they went”, he told the committee, urging that more details should be avoided so as not to run the risk of subjudice. Mrs Jonathan’s counsel told the committee that the commission’s position that some of the matters are on appeal was incorrect. He said: “The matter before Justice Olaturogun federal High Court In Lagos was challenged and when we filed our submission, they failed to respond and the matter was withdrawn by the judge. And the account was de-frozen.


Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Returning to plenary after a two-week break during which it reviewed the 2017 budget of the Federal Government against the proposals for 2018, the Senate yesterday returned a damning verdict of incompetence, inconsistency and ineptitude in the planning and execution of the 2017 budget.

Summing up the misgivings of the senators who spoke across party lines, Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed anger, saying that the executive arm must sit up and warning that disaster was lurking if the 2017 budget was not rolled over to 2018. The senate also observed that the 2018 budget is “heavily padded, inconsistent, full of errors and inacurracies.” “Truly, it is very disheartening and disappointing because we know how much we have put into the budget process,” he said. Senator Saraki noted the submissions of senators over their discoveries of poor budget implementation in 2017 and inconsistencies in the claims by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government during the budget defence sessions. “By now, 2017 budget should have been implemented by up to between 40 and 60 per cent, but this has not been the case. This makes it very difficult for us, we cannot turn into magicians. I continue to appeal that you work within what you have and let us do our best to ensure that we have a budget that is in the interest of Nigerians. “The executive on their part should sit up and not just make rhetoric, but get down to work. If 2017 budget items are not rolled over to 2018 that is a disaster. Let the executive show some seriousness towards the budget exercise.” The outflow of outrage followed a point of order raised by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, APC, Kebbi South, who queried the submissions made by the MDAs during the budget defence sessions.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
MAKURDI'A 70-year-old man, Adzua Kwagah, has been arrested by men of Benue State Police Command for being in possession of over 1,000 kilogrammes of substance suspected to be marijuana.The post 70-year-old arrested with 1,000kg of marijuana in Benue appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
By Esther Onyegbula The Nigeria Police is trying to locate the family of a commercial bus driver that was found dead in his bus after parking on the highway in Lagos. It was gathered that the incident happened close to Council Bus Stop in Idimu area of Lagos. The matter was reported to the IdimuRead MoreThe post Police search for relatives of driver who died in his Danfo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Huawei, a foremost Chinese Information Technology company, has established its training academy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, as part its efforts to hunt for innovators from the institution.The post Huawei joins hunt for Innovators from UNN appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE member representing Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives, Rep Toby Okechukwu has paid the 2017/2018 West African Examination Council, WAEC, fees for 1, 019 secondary school students in his constituency.The post Rep pays WAEC fees for 1, 019 Enugu students appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
OWERRI'PROTESTERS against the policies of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, have demanded that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, be redeployed after clashing with police.The post Protesters call for redeployment of Imo CP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
ENUGU'Enugu State High Court presided over by Justice F.I.N Ngwu has issued a last warning to a former Judge of same court, Hon. Justice K.N Udeh, retd., for contempt.The post Court issues final warning to ex-Judge over contempt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE special adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, yesterday, called for the declaration of emergency on the nation's education sector.The post We need a state of emergency on education sector ' Presidential aide appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
I'm still madly in love with my ex and it's making it impossible for me to move on. I have never known for sure if he's over me but when 1 tried to contact him, he didn't respond, so I gave up.The post Still love my ex! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has held that the earnings and assets accruing to oil magnate and Aiteo Energy boss, Benedict Peters, were acquired legally through legitimate sources. This follows a similar ruling quashing multiple money laundering charges and bribery of election officials indictment against Mr. Peters.The post Earnings, assets accruing to Aiteo Energys boss legally acquired ' Court appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The lingering herdsmen/farmers' crisis in Numan and Demsa Local Government areas of Adamawa State is taking a new dimension as the government of Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla now appears polarised by the issue.The post Adamawa govt officials fight dirty over Numan, Demsa attacks appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
LAGOS'The Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has expressed felicitation ent with the president of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki on the occasion of his 55th birthday, marked yesterday, 19th December, 2017The post Ashafa hails Saraki at 55 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
MINISTER of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu has called on Nigerians to imbibe the habit of recognising those who distinguished themselves in their chosen careers to encourage the spirit of hard work and excellence.The post Shittu tasks Nigerians on recognition of nation-builders appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday staged a walkout from plenary to protest the ruling of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, which endorsed the defection of Nnanna Igbokwe from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.The post PDP Reps protest Dogara's ruling on Igbokwe's defection to APC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
IMMEDIATE past president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of chasing shadows in its contention against his purchase of the official residence of Office of Senate President at Apo Legislative Quarters.The post Apo mansion: You are chasing shadows, Mark tells EFCC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Ashaka youths under the aegis of Ashaka National Youth Forum, ANYF, have called on the people of Ndokwa East Local Government Area to give total support to the chairmanship candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Juan Governor.The post APC banking on propaganda ' Ashaka youths appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
AWKA'GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State has dismissed speculations that his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, might field him for the 2019 presidential election, describing the speculation as a joke carried too far.The post I have no presidential ambition'Obiano appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Ibadan Dr (Mrs) Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Co-Chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc (ANN), on Tuesday restated calls for the restructuring of Nigeria, saying every part of the country would benefit from it. Awolowo-Dosunmu made the call while speaking to newsmen on the sideline of a Town Hall Meeting organised by the Yoruba Youth Council (YYC)Read MoreThe post On behalf of our generation, I am apologising to young Nigerians Awolowo-Dosunmu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE product segmentation and revolution taking place in the shaving stick and the shaving powder market has taken a toll on major manufacturers, forcing them to play to the mass market, particularly in the shaving stick segment.The post Shaving stick producers intensify battle for consumers' patronage appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Senate President Bukola Saraki on his 55th birthday.The post President Buhari felicitates with Senate President at 55 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
ADE Digital Media says it has reached a significant milestone in its corporate existence, as it celebrates its third year of delivering digital marketing solutions to clients.The post ADE Digital marks anniversary, introduces 'Free Digital' initiative appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
NATIONAL Pension Commission, PenCom, has faulted ongoing moves to amend the Pension Reform Act, PRA 2014, to provide for definite percentage a retiree can withdraw from his Retired Saving Account, RSA among others.The post PenCom rubbishes NASS plan to alter pensioners RSA withdrawal pattern appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Tuesday in Abuja stated that the Nigeria's Governors' Forum's NGF, decision to grant federal government permission to utilize $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for security was taken in good faith.GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Tuesday in Abuja stated that the Nigeria's Governors' Forum's NGF, decision to grant federal government permission to utilize $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for security 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Managing Director of CHINI Africa and Cannes Lions Advertising Representative in Nigeria, Nnamdi Ndu has said that all is set for the Creativity Week 2018 competition and submission of entries with call for talented young men and women in West and Central Africa to come together to lend their creativity towards solving some of the region numerous challenges.The post CHINIunveil plans for Creativity Week 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A TOTAL of 142 medals were won by 19 agencies at the just concluded 2017 Lagos Advertising Ideas and festival, LAIF awards organised by Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, in Lagos tagged 'Fresh thinking.'The post 142 medals won at LAIF by 19 agencies appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has said it is sad that about 1,000 former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN disengaged four years ago are yet to receive their severance benefits.The post Labour decries FGs failure to pay electricity workers disengaged 4 years ago appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
NEW Chivita 100% from the stable of Chi Limited has unveiled new Limited edition pack featuring football stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial as part of its 'Breakfast with the Stars' campaign to provide football lovers an opportunity to enjoy and share healthy and complete breakfast moments with the stars.The post New Chivita 100% unveils Limited Edition pack appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has suffered another setback after Prince Odianosen Okojie, husband of popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state at Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Council of Edo state with hundreds of his supporters.The post Mercy Johnsons hubby, others dump PDP for APC in Edo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Chief Executive and the founder of Whatsup Deals Blog, Mr. Samuel Cousin has restated the need for Small and Medium scale business owners to synergize with his centric online platform, noting that his blog has undoubtedly increased sales of various Small and Medium scale business owners in the country.The post WDB: Small, Medium scale business sales booster CEO appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Organised Private Sector (OPS) Nigeria OPS, yesterday warned the federal government against granting of ECOWAS membership to Morocco, saying this will worsen the unemployment and poverty levels in Nigeria.The post Morocco's membership of ECOWAS injurious to Nigeria's economy ' OPS warns appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
ARLA Dano, manufacturers of Dano full cream milk, has set new footprint in the dairy industry with the launch of two powdered milk variants; Strawberry and Chocolate flavours into the market. Speaking, the Managing Director, TG Arla Nigeria, Mr. Mads Burmester, at the launch in Lagos, said the variants are an extension ofDano full cream specially developed to meet the needs of discerning consumers who seek to enjoy the goodness of milk in more exciting ways, especially for kids.The post Dano unv 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
PAY TV Company, StarTimes Nigeria, said it is extending its operations to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with discounted decoders and antenna.The post StarTimes broadcast in Maiduguri, offers discounted decoder, antenna appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Tuesday, said it increased its daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, to Lagos and Abuja to 470 truckloads of the commodity address ongoing scarcity.The post NNPC boosts fuel supply in Lagos, Abuja with 470 trucks appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A strategic hub for facilitating the distribution of petroleum products within Tanzania and other East African nations has emerged with the commissioning of a Terminal that has a 36 million litre storage facility by Sahara Group in Tanzania.The post Sahara Group commissions 36m litre petroleum storage facility in Tanzania appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Some hairstylists in Lagos have increased the cost of hairdos due to the prevailing fuel scarcity being experienced in the metropolis.The post Fuel scarcity: Lagos hairstylists increase charges appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The failure of Galaxy Note 7 last year may have come with a huge loss to the mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung Electronics. Perhaps, in that disappointment, the device maker has found the opportunity to do bigger things.The post Why we made Note 8 bigger, bolder Samsung appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
When Mr. Abubakar Danburam-Nuhu, Chairman of the House of Representatives' ad-hoc committee on Treasury Single Account (TSA) met with stakeholders last Wednesday, he made some strong observations and remarks.The post Is TSA gradually becoming an orphan' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
ABUJA'The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on how to curb mobile banking fraud in both banking and telecom sectors.The post NCC, CBN move to curb mobile banking fraud appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
To enhance financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has granted an approval-in-principle, AIP, to INLAKS to operate as a super-agent in the nation's financial services system.The post Financial inclusion: CBN grants Inlaks super agent license appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A dug up article on interrogations and encounters that might throw some light on the flip-side of the Zimbabwean struggle now buried underneath the dominant news of the fall of an African sit-tight ruler The post Mugabe: What the world must never forget about Zimbabwe! appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
In bid to ensure that consumers get value for their money by producing life changing innovative technologies that will help consumers live a better life, LG Electronics has stated that adaptive technology drives its innovations.The post Adaptive technology drives our innovation LG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Following the repeated flouting of the local content policy introduced by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ministry of Communications says it is pushing for the passing into law of the Local Content Act.The post Local content: National Assembly should enact a holistic law ' Minister appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has advised motorists in Nigeria to stay alive by not driving after drinking.The post Henry cautions Nigerians against drunk driving appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
England have lined up a Wembley friendly against Nigeria as part of their World Cup preparations.The post 2018 World Cup:England to play Eagles in Wembley appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique has played down reports the club will move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.The post PSG rule out Oblak move appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Air Peace has attributed the delay and cancellation of some its flights on Monday and Tuesday to a power surge at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, which cut electricity supply to its offices at the facility.The post Air Peace blames power failure for flight delays appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
American tennis star Serena Williams, who became a mother in September, has said that watching her three-month-old baby going through the painful process of teething is quite heart breaking for her.The post Serena 'so stressed' as daughter suffers during teething appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The firstElClasicoof the 2017/18 LaLiga Santander season between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is set to take place on Saturday the 23rdof December at 13:00 CET, providing for great family viewing for Spanish fans and also allows fans all across the world to experience theElClasicoin prime time.The post Real Madrid, FC Barcelona prepare for El Clasico appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has filed an application to South Africa's Constitutional Court appealing his 13-year murder sentence, local media reported on Tuesday.The post Oscar Pistorius to appeal 13-year murder sentence appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Multiple award-winning pop star, Wizkid, ' African Queen' crooner, 2face and Mavin Records first lady, Tiwa Savage are billed to headline the maiden edition of the Akwa Ibom Christmas groove tagged, 'Ukap'isua,' scheduled to hold on December 26 and 27 in Uyo, the state capital.The post Wizkid, Tuface, Tiwa Savage, others to perform at Christmas Groove appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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