NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 31 January, 2018.


Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Administrative Panel of Inquiry set  up in November 2017 by the Federal Government to look into allegations of gross financial impropriety leveled against the suspended Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo, has recommended his final dismissal from public service.

Gwarzo and two other SEC staff,  Naif Abdussalam, the Head of Media Division and Mrs. Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, Head of Legal Department were all suspended on November 29, 2017 to make room for the API set up to look into their case.

The Panel’s report/recommendations sighted by Daily Sun, was submitted to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday for necessary actions.

The panel, headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, recommended that the suspended Gwarzo be immediately referred to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for further investigation of the allegation of using his position to influence the award of contracts to Outbound Investments Limited.

For the other two accomplices (Braimoh and Naif), the panel recommended that their matter be referred to SEC for appropriate disciplinary action in line with the provisions of the Staff Manual of SEC.

The Panel also directed Gwarzo to refund the sum of N104,851,154.94, being the severance package he approved and received.


 
It noted that the holding of the position of the Director-General of SEC as well as a director in two private companies (Medusa Investment Limited and Outbound Investments Limited) was in breach of public service rule 030424, public service rule 030402 and Section 6 of the Investment and Securities Act, ISA 2007.

Other recommendations by the Panel as stated in the report include; that Mr. Mounir Gwarzo should be referred to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for further investigation of the allegation of using his position as Director-General to influence the award of contracts to Outbound Investments Limited in view of the provisions of Sections 57 (12) (b) and 58 (5) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007;


 
“Gwarzo should be dismissed from the Public Service of the Federal Government, in line with PSR 030402 (in relation to the allegation on Golden Handshake), having breached paragraphs 313 and 316(4) of the Financial Regulations (Government Notice No. 219 of 27th October, 2009)(engaging in extra budgetary expenditure without appropriate approval);

Earlier, Kemi Adeosun, had defended her decision to suspend Mounir Gwarzo as director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Adeosun had set up an administrative panel to look into some allegations of graft and financial impropriety levelled against Gwarzo, which recommended his suspension.


Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari has put measures in place to ensure threats to peace and security, including Boko Haram insurgency, militancy, conflicts between herdsmen and host communities, as well as kidnapping, are promptly dealt with.

The minister disclosed this at a two-day national conference on peace and national security, entitled: “Culture, peace and national security: The role of traditional rulers”, held at Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The conference was organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Speakers at the programme enjoined the National Assembly to make legislation that would give constitutional roles to monarchs, especially in alternative dispute resolution.

Mohammed said: “President Buhari has reiterated that entrenching national security is a top priority of his administration. This is because the socio-economic initiatives of his government cannot be successfully implemented without adequate security.


 
Mohammed, however, noted that the achievement of sustainable peace and security in Nigeria is the responsibility of all stakeholders, and not just that of security agencies, adding that civil society organisations, religious bodies, traditional rulers who are custodian of culture and traditions, the media and everyone else have important roles to play in the quest for peace and security of the country.

He reiterated the resolve of the administration to promote enduring peace and security in the country and solicited “the cooperation of all in the quest to make Nigeria a peaceful and secured place for Nigerians and foreigners to invest.”

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Gbade Ojo, said Nigeria, no doubt, needs national security, adding that it is time traditional rulers complemented government efforts to achieve peace and security.


 
Meanwhile, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has condemned killings by herdsmen in various parts of the country. He described the development as veritable threat to national security and called on security agencies to bring an end to the menace.

He disclosed this in his address at a conference organised to honour a professor of African History at the University of Texas, Houstin, United States of America (USA), Prof. Toyin Falola, on his 65th birthday.

Aregbesola said killings by herdsmen “is condemnable and it is, hereby, condemned very strongly.”

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Third Republic Senate President, Ameh Ebute, has said going by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and other letters he has written to former Nigerian leaders, particularly, former President GoodluckJonathan, he is now causing trouble in the country.

This was even as he said that the outburst by Obasanjo is corruption fighting back. Ebute said while the current administration is pushing corruption away, Obasanjo is pushing corruption back in the country.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, yesterday, Ebute said Nigerians should recall that he had always been the one replying Obasanjo’s letters each time he wrote.

He said: “Chief Obasanjo has written quite a number of such letters and if you keep track of the responses to such letters, I am the one that has been replying those letters and I want to give a reply this one. I wrote a reply to Chief Obasanjo’s letter because I am of the opinion that as an elder statesman, he should be more concerned in making peace rather than causing trouble in the country.


 
“The type of letters he has been writing to heads of state, including Buhari and Jonathan, are capable of instigating members of the public against government. But, I think it is the wrong way in correcting the government of one’s country. Obasanjo has all the opportunities to meet Buhari privately in his office in Aso Rock, advise him without going to the media, to tell him what the government is not doing well and what the government has done well. I think that is the proper way to advise government in good faith.

“When you write an open letter for the generality of people to read, I agree that the intention is not in good faith.”

Ebute also said Obasanjo, who has been head of state on different occasions, is in a better position to correct the ills and odds he enumerated in his letter to Buhari.

“He spent eight years in office, unable to achieve, unable to make the corrections that he is pointing out now. For eight years, wanted a third term which he failed (to get) and now, not allowing other people to perform. I take it as not allowing other people to perform. So, I take serious objection to that.

 
“…Today, I am proved wrong as you have, again, trampled on decency and decorous behaviour by publicly attempting to ridicule, malign and assault the seat of power with a repeat letter to president Buhari,” said Ebute in his five-page letter to Obasanjo.


Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari is on course.

That was the verdict of pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday.

This was even as Ribadu said the issue of the reinstatement of former head of the Presidential Taskforce Team on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina,  should not be used as a yardstick in judging the country’s anti-corruption crusade.

Ribadu spoke with Daily Sun, at the unveiling of a novel, The Shadow List, written by former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Todd Moss, which highlighted the crusade against corruption, under the watch of Ribadu as EFCC chairman.

The former EFCC boss  said he is proud of the commission he bequeathed to the country, and added that the war against corruption should not be limited to one’s country. 

On the Maina case, Ribadu said it is not fair to reduce the anti-corruption war to a single case.

“I don’t think it is fair to reduce it to one single case, to judge the work one is doing, especially somebody who is heading an anti-corruption commission, who is heading the entire war or fight the government is doing against corruption and economic crimes. 

“There is no doubt, whether you like Magu or you hate him, you know he is a courageous person. There is no doubt that nobody can question the integrity of Magu. No!  I know him. I am very proud of him and I think he is doing a wonderful job,” Ribadu said.


 
Speaking further, Ribadu said from the number of cases being handled, coupled with recoveries being made, including money and properties globally, the EFCC is truly on course.

“Also, the number of cases in our courts today that are being prosecuted diligently, it tells you what is happening with the EFCC. Anybody can say anything, but, the responsibility of the EFCC is to investigate cases, build up cases, seize properties that are subject of investigation and then, go to court.

“We have how many cases now? Hundreds of cases or even thousands. Every single day, there is an ongoing big EFCC case taking place in our courts. It tells you the story again of what is happening with the EFCC.


 
“They are doing a very wonderful job and this is the most difficult job you can do in Nigeria. I can tell you. It is not a child’s play,” Ribadu added.

Speaking earlier, Ribadu said he was very elated that a former US envoy wrote a book on the anti-graft war he led.

The author, Moss, said he wrote the book for mainstream American audience so that they would see how the US and Nigeria cooperate in international crime prevention. 

The novel reviewer and Executive Editor, The News/PM News, Mr Kunle  Ajibade, said the book is very much an offering of praise for the intrepid and genuine fighters against corruption all over the world.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
How fire razed shops, blew away hopes in Mararaba By Okwe Obi Tears flowed freely on the cheeks of traders of the popular Mararaba Market, Abuja, as they watched fire raze their wares last week. Some of the traders were inconsolable and even threatened to jump into the rampaging flames. 'I am finished. Where do... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye It was an evening ofaccolades, advice and emotion as colleagues and staff in the Office of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari bade farewell to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Relations, in the office of the Chief of Staff, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, who was recently appointed... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
How hoteliers, sex workers smiled to bank Fred Ezeh Last week Saturday, January 20, was an unforgettable day for the staff and management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), as well as residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Though it was supposed to be the seventh convocation of NOUN, the event turned... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri The decision of the Caretaker Committee of Avu Town Union in Owerri-West Local Government of Imo State for all taxable adults in the community to pay a levy of N500 to enable them qualify to vote in the coming election of the town union executive isnow threatening the peace of the... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Fred Itua On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, ordered the demolition of a property belonging to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, located in Mabushi District of Abuja metropolis. Acting through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), the FCT minister explained that FCT demolished the... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Reception at Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu' residence in honour of new Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ehuria 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
As inmates lament of abandonment Magnus Eze Belarusniki, the alumni association of Belarussian institutions, has become the first group to donate relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Durumi Camp, Area 1, Abuja, this year. Understanding the plight of the IDPs, the association, led by its president, Muktar Usman, last week showered the... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Honours 59 illustrious sons, daughters Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha Recently, the people of Uke Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State gathered again to celebrate the second annual Uke Day festival. The people used the occasion to celebrate the unity, peace and progress of the community, as well as confer various... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Words might not be enough to express the quantum of joy and happiness that filled the hearts of the people of Isu Achara community in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State recently. A philanthropist, Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, had showered the people with gifts through his foundation, Ebele and Anyi Chuks... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
George Onyejiuwa, Owerri On January 15 every year, Nigerians mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in commemoration of the fallen heroes who fought the country's various wars. However, this annual ritual is meant for only Nigerian militarywithout the Biafra war veterans. Probably, this was what Mr. BonifaceAlanwoke, a journalist and the publisher of Igbozuruoke Forum... 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Effort yielding results 'Gov Tony Osauzo, Benin The war of words between the Edo State chapter 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Ijaw leaders on Tuesday after a meeting at Kiagbodo, country home of its leader, 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
By Chukwudi Nweje He will be 90-years-old in April, but Elder statesman, Ayo Adebanjo SAN still exudes 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Says Obasanjo responsible for 50% of Nigeria's problems Job Osazuwa and Fred Ezeh, Abuja Forum of 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said the ruling All Progressives 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
John Joshua-Akanji Super Eagles andCD Feirense of Portugal striker, Ogenecarol Etebo has rejected an 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Eagles must take their chances, Lawal warns Joe Apu;Ighodalo Isiramen Nigeria will be hoping to 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Amir Khan threw water over opponent Phil Lo Greco on Tuesday reacting to talk about his personal 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Plans have been concluded to sign off Dana Airlines as the Airline of foremost Nigeria Professional league 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Olabisi Olaleye bisiolaleye@gmail.com 08094000013, 08111813040 These days, people password their phones 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Olabisi Olaleye Gainde 2000, in conjunction with the Senegalese delegation, introduced its research project, 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Martins Nwanne Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recently seized 17,625 litres 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Zika Bobby Digital pay television service provider, GOtv, has said it will offer new GOtv customers free 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Says $1.2bn needed to turn around plant Fred Itua, Abuja The Federal Government, yesterday, said 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja House of Representatives, yesterday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Say it'll erode investors' confidence Uche Usim, Abuja More shareholders in the Nigerian capital 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Despite claims of being owed N170.6 billion in outstanding subsidy arrears by the Federal Government, 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ngige clears air on N1bn burial expenses Aloysius Attah, Onitsha; Magnus Eze, Abuja;Raphael Ede, 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Linus Oota, Lafia Blood flowed yesterday in Kadarko, a major town in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
NCDC confirms 77 cases, 21 deaths Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo, with agency report An outbreak of Lassa 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Nigeria, after attending the 30th session of the Africa Union Summit 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
To commence investigation Fred Itua, Abuja The Senate, yesterday, mandated its committee on Banking 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Moshood Adebayo Remains of Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ozhekome tasks FG, anti-graft agency on rule of law Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti A Federal High Court, 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
I read your article, Buhari and Obasanjo's red card. I can deduce that you are soliciting for Nigerians 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Welcome to this edition: 'Return back' and 'reverse back' are wrong expressions! Yank off 'back 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Encore Last week, we started beaming our searchlight on the above vexed issue. Today, we will continue 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Whereas the government of Northern Region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has lost the confidence 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
I just want to use the opportunity to thank the almighty God and Prof.Uzorma for what he has done 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Some readers want me to write about the clamour for restructuring the country or the letter of former 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
And I'm not talking of incredulous campaign promises. By now, we all should know that neither APC nor 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Rowland Odegboh Thereis seldom anybody who will claim that mass death still evokes shudder in Nigerians. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Nats Onoja Agbo Those born with the zodiac sign of Aquarius are often described by astrologists as 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Evidence of the easy accessibility and pervasiveness of illegal firearms abounds everywhere in Nigeria. 
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