NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS THURSDAY MORNING


Civil servant to forfeit 86 vehicles, four houses to FG
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, has ordered that 86 luxury vehicles, together with four houses and a quarry plant in Abuja, belonging to a civil servant, Mr. Ibrahim Tumsah, be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

The luxury  vehicles were allegedly seized from Tumsah, a director in the federal Civil Service.
Tumsah is said to be the Director of Finance and Account in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
All the 86 vehicles, 23 of which were said to be armoured, linked to him, were described by detectives as brand new.

Gunmen attack Magu's farmhouse, kill police sergeant
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
BARELY four months after an office belonging to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, was attacked by some persons, a house belonging to the commission’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was, on Tuesday night, attacked by gunmen. 
The men were said to have attacked the house located on a farm belonging to Magu at Karshi, Abuja, at about 10.00 p.m. and rustled some cattle and sheep in the farm.
A source in the anti-corruption commission informed the Nigerian Tribune that when the attackers arrived the farm, they opened fire on the policemen guarding the place.
The source added that Tuesday’s attack on the farm was the second in recent months.

Fresh Crisis Rocks PDP 5 Days After Convention
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Barely one week after its national elective convention, fresh crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the outcome of last Saturday’s election.

Not satisfied with the election of the party’s national executive, some aggrieved candidates and stakeholders have threatened to form a parallel National Working Committee (NWC).

Despite ongoing post conventions reconciliation process, the aggrieved candidates, who rejected the results arising from the election at the national convention, are demanding the immediate release of what they called the authentic results of the actual votes cast by delegates at the convention.

They called on the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) to ensure the immediate execution of the demands by convening an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting within seven days from December 12, 2019.

Northern leaders list terms for restructuring, want Marshall Plan
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The North is not intimidated by calls for restructuring of the nation and is ready to discuss the issue if the right cards are put on the table.

This was part of submissions following a two-day retreat by the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) in Katsina State yesterday.
According to the Forum, the region was not afraid of any “sensible and meaningful arrangement, provided it guarantees justice, equity, fairness and the unity of all Nigerians”.

It described the matter as ambiguous, even to “proponents, without clear terms and directions on how to go about it”, adding, the North would, at a later date, take a “well articulated, firm and common position” on restructuring, in collaboration with other northern members of the National Assembly.


Herdsmen strike in Ogun, police arrest three with arms
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Ogun State yesterday became the latest in the country to record another attack by herdsmen.
Three herders, who attempted to graze their cattle on a farm in Oke Odo, Ketu Local Council Development Area, were confronted by the owner, Ige Orisade. Infuriated by the challenge, the herdsmen allegedly assaulted the victim, who sustained serious injuries.
Following a tip-off, the trio of Mohammed Bello, 40; Mohammed Momoh, 30; and Yisau Umoru, 18, were later arrested by men of the state police command.

The media recently reported the killing by herdsmen of 10 persons in Kogi State. The governor’s security adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, however, disputed the figure, saying only one person died.

Tanker fire razes vehicles, spreads agony in Lagos
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A tanker laden with 33,000 litres of diesel yesterday unleashed huge losses on some residents of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The accident, which occurred around noon, did not claim any life. But one man was injured while 21 vehicles and five motorcycles were razed.
An eyewitness, Mr. Chukwudi Ibe, said the fuel tanker was trying to cross the Festac Link Bridge when the truck rolled back. An explosion subsequently occurred, causing panic in the area as people scampered in different directions.
He said youths in the area mobilised to prevent the fire from causing more damage, as they pushed many parked vehicles away from the scene of the incident; they also used buckets of water in their bid to put out the raging fire.

East-West Road designed to fail 'Minister
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Usani, yesterday, flayed previous governments over the strategic East-West Road, which he said was designed to fail.
According to him, “the East West road is a project that has been messed up from inception, naturally designed to fail by all the agreements and designed concepts that we have seen.”
Usani who made the claim at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said names of between 30 and 40 contractors would be sent to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for prosecution for their roles in the East West Road as well as other projects awarded in the Niger Delta ministry by previous administrations.
“… I have got a minimum of 30 to 40 contractors that I am sending to EFCC. On the East West road, I have taken a private consultant to review the whole cost. So, some contractors will obviously refund money for which the present cost will be discounted. So, when you see contractors ganging up and publishing things against me, you should know the foundation. But as far as I am here, I will do something that I feel is right.”

NDA cadets drop uniforms with Fulanimen, disappear Residents
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Army has said it will investigate an allegation that some cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State, sneak out of the camp and drop their uniforms with Fulani residents.

The army announced this on its Twitter handle on Wednesday while reacting to some aggrieved Nigerians who said such practice by the cadets had allegedly become common in the NDA.
One of the commentators, who gave her name only as Raliyah, said the danger of cadets dropping their uniforms with Fulani gatemen before sneaking out of the camp, could lead to hoodlums using the camouflage to perpetrate crimes.

Raliyah, who claimed to have seen the cadets on several occasions, said, “I noticed the happenings in the NDA which could be a big threat in the nearest future if something is not done about it. Cadets, who are meant to go out only when it is official, tend to sneak out of the premises. But this is not a problem.
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