​News Headlines Nov 30, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

News Headlines Nov 30, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers 

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

The Punch

Finance minister suspends SEC DG, Gwarzo, over corruption allegations
N421m whistle-blower money ready for payment –Finance minister
State your role in Mainagate, ex-NBA president, CSOs tell President
Tax amnesty: FG gets N33.6bn from two firms
Gunmen kill pastor, policeman, abduct three in Ondo
Police kill robbers in Kaduna, recover 413 cows
Court remands Lagos banker for allegedly torturing wife to death
Rohr opens W’Cup door to Martins
Physically challenged woman kills own baby with hot water
Lagos youths renounce cultism, celebrate with hemp smoking
Pregnant woman, five others die in Ogun crash
CodeLagos: Govt seeks private sector’s help
‘We aim to bring positive change’
Should financial clout of states determine minimum wage?
Reps condemn sale of Africans in Libya, Senate begins probe
Register SPN now, court orders INEC
FG sets up panel to resolve migrants’ crisis
ASUP suspends 15-day-old strike
Young Nigerian striker excites Maradona – Report
Woman held in dungeon, raped, tortured for 10 years
[VIDEO] Watch war crime suspect drink poison in court
Why I delayed playing for Eagles –Idowu
 Two judicial officers, corps member nabbed for alleged corruption
Senate investigates worsening security situation in the country
Tinubu gave me ‘beautiful piece of information’ – Buhari
Reps hold public hearing on CCTV bill
Why I am with governors in Abidjan – Buhari
INEC to partner political parties for credible elections
FG, states, LGAs share N4.55tn in nine months
Negligence, human errors cause four air accidents – AIB
Tax amnesty: FG gets N33.6bn from two firms
Senate probes $60bn loss in 24-year-old oil deal
Why we are phasing $5.5bn foreign borrowing – DMO
Rohr opens W’Cup door to Martins
FIBA will resolve NBBF crisis – Kida board
Young Nigerian striker excites Maradona – Report
Powerlifters arrive in Mexico
Western Nigeria pre-season set to begin
Senator awards 20 students scholarships to study in Sudan
Frank Edoho moves to The Price Is Right
Real reason YouTube removed Wizkid’s ‘Manya’
AY, wife celebrate 9th wedding anniversary, 15 years friendship
Wizkid, Andela boss, others nominated for Young Persons of the Year Award
Gbenga Adeyinka apologises for Baba Sala’s false death claim
Ooni preaches cultural renaissance at Chatham House
World’s first smart condom detects STIs, rates men’s performance
One in five women will never have children –Study
Editorial: Implementing states’ anti-open grazing laws
Nigerian men are afraid women will kill them
NiMet: The weatherman and the bad weather
Ownership of Lagos: Between distortion and obvious facts
Corruption war: Is Buhari still in control?
I was never mentally unfaithful to you, man caught in adultery tells wife
Man assaults wife for alleged extramarital affair, bags six-week jail


Buhari Hints at Presidential Run, Says Abidjan Trip with Govs Could Bring Him Votes Maintains he belongs to everyone as reason for backing Adesina for AfDB presidency
NNPC Targets $5bn Cash-for-Crude Prepayments
President Saddened over Sale of Nigerians ‘Like Goats’ in Libya
FG Approves N1.5bn Advert Bill to Drive $1bn Tax Revenue
Adeosun: Why We Did Not Raise Entire $5.5bn Approved by N’Assembly
2018 Budget: Saraki Queries Rising Recurrent Expenditure
Scarcity Looms as IPMAN Threatens Showdown with NNPC
SEC DG, Gwarzo Suspended over Financial Impropriety, EFCC Joins Probe
Hungary Interested in Buying Nigeria’s Crude Oil, LNG, Says NNPC
FG Declares Friday Public Holiday for Maulud
House Alleges Breach of NDDC Act by FG
Ex-THISDAY Editor Launches Book on Jonathan Era
Apo Six: Senate Probes Reinstatement of Police Officer Charged with Murder
ASUP Suspends Strike
NEITI: FG, States, LGs Shared N4.55tn in Nine Months
Buhari Seeks Senate Confirmation of CCB Members
Slavery: Charly Boy Group to Occupy Libyan Embassy Thursday
Troops Capture Boko Haram Commander, Rescue 212 Hostages
Ex-minister, Adeniji is Dead
120 Youths Renounce Cultism in Ikorodu
Lasun Compels Lawmaker to Withdraw Criticism against FG
FG: Selection of Bakassi Seaport Financial Advisor Most Transparent
FG Processing Funds For Road Projects
Customs Intercepts 506 Bags of Imported Rice in Sokoto
Weak Legislature Threatens Democracy in Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Says HURIWA
EFCC Tenders Document in Ghost Workers’ Fraud Trial
Abonnema Crisis: Nobody Has Authority to Depose Monarch without Govt Approval, Says Wike
Abia Speaker Sheds Tears over Plight of Pensioners
EU Pledges to Bridge Gender Inequality Gap in Nigeria
LA’Ibom Council Polls: Police Talk Tough, Declare War against Armed Political Thugs
Court Affirms NAFDAC’s Power to Regulate Chemicals
VSF Launches Peace Building Project in Northeast
Tambuwal Hails Role of Benin Kingdom in Fostering National Unity
Adeniran: S’West May Produce Consensus Candidate for PDP National Chairmanship
Technology Experts Push for IT Development Framework Bill
Group Calls for State of Emergency over Nigeria’s Poor Ranking
‘Ghana’s Link to Nigeria’s Internet Exchange Point Will Drive Traffic, Reduce…
Low Cocoa Yields as Farmers Lament Procurement of Substandard Inputs
NAICOM, CIIN Move to Make CIIN Membership Compulsory
21st Century Technologies Receives PCIDSS 3.2 Certification
Secondus: Why S’West Isn’t Qualified to Produce PDP Chairman
Fighting Hunger
Foundation Backs Fight against Cancer
NBBF Calls for Calm as FIBA Deadline is Here
World Cup Draw: Eagles Have Nothing to Fear, Says Nwosu
Top Female Wrestlers Dominate Mats at Wike
Last-gasp Sterling Goal Restores City’s Eight-point Lead
26th Quadrangular Games: Ikoyi Club Leads Medals Table
Barca, Sevilla Cruise into Copa del Rey Last 16
One of Those Weeks…

The Nation

Buhari to Nigerians: I’ll need your vote in future
20 Nigerian girls sold off’
Budget 2018 at risk as OPEC mulls capping Nigeria’s output at 1.8m bpd
Fed Govt to evacuate Nigerians stranded abroad
Ex-Foreign Minister Adeniji dies at 83
ASUP suspends 15-day strike
Osun, Chinese firm sign N216b MoU on industrial park
FG considering permanent solution to plight of Nigerian refugees in Libya, Europe
We will not take lightly maltreatment of our citizens, says ECOWAS
$68m Novare Mall begins operation in Abuja
‘How govt plans to get $5.2b World Bank loan’
Lagos advocates sustainable sanitation practice
2019: APC has nothing to fear over Atiku’s exit, says Faparusi
Obaseki: Tackling challenges of governance in Edo
Ogun earmarks N73.5 billion for rural infrastructural devt
Row over missing clothes turns bloody
‘Fear is reason women don’t go into politics’
Rector urges registrars to cooperate
UNN firm’s many strides
Don seeks more funding for education
Echoes of restructuring at Zik’s Lecture
Union leaders visit National Assembly
Super Eagles Player to Build Orphanage in Edo
NBBF calls for calm ahead of FIBA deadline
Adekuoroye, Oborududu, Adeniyi, book slot to African Championship
West Brom Appoints Alan Pardew as New Manager
Carzola suffers another injury setback
Gold and Silver Label runners to sign autograph at Marathon Expo
Buhari has confronted corruption headlong’
Ycee, Small Doctor, CDQ others for Eko Radio Party Season 5
Nigeria’s Afrinolly is DaVinci Resolve certified training partner
Miss Port Harcourt city holds December 2
‘Get your colour right’
Bone marrow meal life line for chemo devastation
Ways to boost your immune system naturally
‘Stop indiscriminate refuse disposal’
Police boss advises herdsmen, communities against violence
Drugs distributed to inmates
‘Immortalise Ojukwu for justice, equity’
How eating too much vegetables can turn your poop colour green
How sustainable is the reintroduction of history in secondary schools?
Trouble over earned allowances
FUTA alumnus wins mining prize
CodeLagos programme captures out-of-school youths
‘Develop rural infrastructure, arrest youth restiveness’
$68m Novare Mall begins operation in Abuja
‘How govt plans to get $5.2b World Bank loan’
Lagos advocates sustainable sanitation practice
Reasons for $600m investments in solid minerals


Eurobond: FG To Reduce Debt Servicing By N90bn In 2018 — Adeosun
Speed Limiter Has Reduced Accidents In Enugu—FRSC
Gov Bello Kicks Against Grazing Bill
Labour To African Leaders: No Industry, No Sustainable Jobs
Wike Boosts Education In Rural Communities
Enogies, Priests Protest Alleged Ijaw Annexation Of Benin Communities
Obafemi Can Play For Eagles At Russia 2018, Says Rohr
UN Lauds Ohanaeze For Fostering Peace In S’East Region
Twist In PDP Chairmanship Race As State Chairmen Allegedly Plot To Block George, Secondus, Adeniran, Others
Maina’s Request To See Buhari Ridiculous — Sagay
Gani Adams Wants Yoruba Culture Promoted, Preserved
Nigeria Remains Key Investment Destination – Oxford Group
Plateau Politics: Energising Women From The Other Room
Reps Kicks Against New Language Policy By Nigerian Army
Lagos Launches Code Lagos In Primary Schools, Targets 1m Students
EU Promises To Help Bridge Gender Gap In Nigeria
IRG Faults NJC On Appointment Of Justices
Maina’s request to see Buhari ridiculous — Sagay

Save Nigerians from Libyan slave traders, Senate tells Buhari

N421m ready for Whistleblowers – FG

Why we didn’t take $5.5bn loan – Adeosun

FG suspends SEC DG, Gwarzo; two others

We over-promise in our budget and under-deliver – Reps

2019: Buhari hints on contesting again

PDP Convention: Aspirants back call for micro zoning

INEC creates additional 370 CVR centres

$2900 bn required for Nigeria’s infrastructure development – Shamsuddeen Usman

PDP chairmanship: My plans and the conspiracies against me — Secondus
Obafemi can play for Eagles at Russia 2018, says Rohr

Gov Wike Wrestling Tourney: Bayelsa, Ondo, Lagos show class

As FIBA hammer dangles: Rival NBBF boards trade blame

ESBA’s three-day boxing tournament gets new date

Suspended Bielsa ignores summons from Lille
She claims to be a friend but sleeps with my husband

Can this romance be kindled?

Is separation the answer?
EDITORIAL: Don’t starve prison inmates

LASG to create more disability schools

Monkey Pox Vaccination Rumour: UNICEF, NOA engage Abia communities on need for immunization, vaccination

The Guardian

Goverment to bring back stranded Nigerians in Libya
Government suspends SEC boss, others over alleged impropriety
Experts hopeful of waiver extension for Nigeria as OPEC decides oil outlook
Bello threatens to depose traditional rulers over herdsmen, farmers’ clash
Akintola Williams enrolls for national identity number
Senate amends NDDC Act, Reps flay violation on board appointment
Troops capture terrorists’ commander, kill four, rescue 212 hostages
Over 120 suspects renounce cultism, surrender arms
FEC approves N1.5 billion adverts to get $1 billion tax
Mikel, Oshoala, Quadri, others picked for Nigerian Awards for Sporting Excellence
Nadal, Federer perch above all others
Adekuoroye, Oborududu, Adeniyi, others win gold
‘Success at CAF’s awards good psychologically for Eagles’ campaign in Russia’
Disu pleads with councils to register for Lagos Junior League
Ikoyi Club on top as 26th Quadrangular Games gathers momentum
NCC to review consumer campaign as 10million activate DND code
Ogun government partners MTNF on Yellow Heart Initiative
FMBN disburses N7billion loans to 800 beneficiaries
APRNet charges Kogi to encourage farmers to access farm inputs 
 Editorial: Looking beyond an oil and gas policy
The fall of Mugabe
Alex Ekwueme: Philosopher and king; visionary and practician
Strategic Alliance: America or China
A lover’s blind rage
Bindow reels under weight of Atiku’s defection in Adamawa
Inspiring women to promote national values and development
Addressing GMOs’ promise, problems
Sustaining free HIV treatment in Nigeria
Novel herbal cures for HIV revalidated
‘How to reduce heart failure- related deaths in Nigeria’
Admission crisis and Nigeria’s education system
Our investments in girlchild education yielding results, says Dankwambo
Stakeholders caution parents on choice of career for their wards
Abia governor makes case for specialised universities



Ikoyigate: Only Whistle-blower Who Signed Agreement Will Be Paid – Adeosun
OPEC Decides Nigeria’s Oil Output Today
Nigerians Being Sold Like Goats In Libya – PMB
Baru Bags Forbes Oåil & Gas Man Of The Year Award
REA To Connect 1.1 Million Households By 2020
Corp Members Should Be Good Ambassadors – Osinbajo
Instability In Togo Could Have Devastating Regional Consequences – PMB, Ouattara Warn
Gov Ayade Presents N1.3trn Budget For 2018
Fraud: ICPC Arrests 4 ex-Kogi Commissioners
Economist Advises CBN On Ways To Check Mass Poverty
Report: Expect More War, Hunger, Extremism In 2018
54 Babies Born HIV Positive In Nasarawa
PDP Convention: Fresh Tension Over Contentious Micro Zoning
PDP Reconciles Factions In Lagos
As Senate Begins Debate On 2018 Budget
PDP: ’Forget 2019 If Convention Is Not Credible’
Oil Prices Rise Ahead Of OPEC Meeting
FEC Approves N1.5bn Adverts To Get $1bn Tax
FG, States, LGs Shared N4.55 trn In 9 Months – NEITI
Nigeria Raises $3b At International Capital Market – Adeosun
X-raying NDDC Under Ndoma-Egba’s Leadership
Towards Fair And Clean Sport Crusade: Nigeria Organises Anti-Doping Seminar For Sports Federations
NBBF Call For Calm Ahead Of November 30 Deadline

The Sun

BREAKING: Slave auction: Charley Boy group occupies Libyan Embassy Thursday
2019:I may run –Buhari
•Reveals how Tinubu gave him ‘beautiful piece of information’
Kalu was neither director nor signatory to Slok’s account, witness admits 
Teachers endorse Wike for second term
Truck crushes pregnant woman, 6 others in Ogun
Nigeria set to evacuate migrants in Libya
ASUP suspends 15-day old strike
Don’t expect any vote in 2019, workers tell debtor governors
FG suspends SEC DG,  2 others
…Stakeholders express divergent views
Russia 2018 : Draws’ll decide Eagles’ fate –Eguavoen
NNPC warns filling stations
4 killed in Delta community
FRSC solicits support for safety on roads
Pomp as Ayetoro-Yewa celebrates festival of tradition, culture
Group condemns slave auction of Nigerians in Libya
Convicted Balkan war commander dies after taking poison in court
Vatican defends Pope’s silence on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority
APGA victory: Anambra people voted for Ojukwu not Obiano –Anumaka
I’m under pressure to replace Rochas in 2019 –Okorie
Why I’m vying for Esan West chairmanship -Ogbebor
FG’s revenue projection dips 49% to N2.712trn –NEITI
…FG, States, LG’s share N4.55trn in 9 months
Stakeholders seek special intervention fund for housing
AIB blames pilots’ error for $500m loss to air crashes  
Nigeria, Ghana battle in Afri-Global unity skate soccer
Bonfrere: Eagles’re Africa’s best
Environment minister wants market for ‘made-in-Nigeria’ stoves
EDITORIAL: Slave Trade: Never again
Again, restructuring takes centre stage
•At Zik’s annual lecture, Wike, Nwodo, Ezeife, others say Nigeria must “restructure or disintegrate”
In the Civil Defenders’ enclave (1)
Healing botanicals for inflammation
Determine to age gracefully with pain-free back
…Still on ectopic pregnancy: Where to be
Phenomenon of father of the Igbo race
Game of opponents
Pension scam: EFCC, Maina, Malami at the crossroads
The Atiku conundrum
For democracy to thrive in Nigeria

New Telegraph

Human trafficking: Edo records 3,000 deaths
Maina: We are not paying him salary – Kemi Adeosun
JUST IN: Appeal Court dismisses suit seeking Tambuwal’s removal
JUST IN: Fuel scarcity may hit Lagos, Ogun
Senate seeks quick end to slave trade in Libya
Google introduces Datally, a mobile data-saving app
EU, UN, AU draw up emergency plan for evacuation of migrants in Libya
Kano present N233.828 Billion for 2018 budget
JUST IN: Yenagoa residents shut down  Shell’s oil wells
Ikoyi N13bn: Union bank asks court to vacate forfeiture order on Ikoyi property
Thugs, policemen demolished my property –Octogenarian
120 youths renounce cultism, surrender arms
Police kill two robbers, recover 413 cows
Man, teenage lover kill eight-month-old son
CGE Africa, group move against rape in Lagos
Boy, 18, two others rescued from kidnappers
Oluwayemi: Nigeria won’t break-up
A’Ibom is thriving on prudency –Nkan
Mainagate’ll prove sincerity of anti-graft war –Ezugwu
 Ojukwu jnr. is a political liability – Obiano’s Aide
Mobile money operators hit N555bn deals in 6 months
‘Only two ISPs control 90% Nigeria’s Internet market’
87% businesses prioritise IT skills when hiring staff, says Facebook
World Cup matches will be tougher –Temile
…says Eagles must forget Argentina win …commends NFF…
Desailly tips Eagles for World Cup semifinal
Rohr to Martins: Score more goals, go to World Cup
Jonathan, Bruce react to Wizkid’s win at MOBO Awards
Mobo awards: Wizkid crowned best international act as Davido emerges best African
Echoes of FESTAC ’77, 40 years after
How Street Carnival will promote Lagos tourism, by commissioner

Atiku’s pathological defections and the party system

Atiku’s pathological defections and the party system

Abubakar Atiku

By Anthony Akinola

One major difference in the politics of the advanced democratic nations and that of contemporary Nigeria is that one is highly “individualistic” while the other is still largely “communal”. By this I mean there is a greater degree of independence in one than exists in the other. Whereas the divorce lawyer may not be summoned because a wife has chosen to hold a political view that is different from that of her husband, this may not be the case in a communal society where the choice made by one person could be taken, invariably, as the choice made by others. It is precisely because of this communal culture that the phenomenon of defections, i.e. crossing over from one political party to another, attracts the attention it hardly deserves.

When a key political actor has defected from one political party to another, there is a “bandwagon” effect helped by a very low level of political education as well as economic poverty on the part of others. I remember when my father, the late Chief Josiah Akinola Oisa was “coerced” into transferring his loyalty from the National Council of Nigeria and the Camerouns (NCNC) in the late 1950s, quite a number of erstwhile supporters of the party followed him to the ruling Action Group (AG) in the then Western Region. He was quite an influential chief, very intelligent as he was equally principled and bold. However, the “regional government” threatened him with deposition if he did not switch loyalty. Deposition was, and still is, some kind of disgrace no one would wish for. My father reluctantly abandoned the political party he so much cherished, thanks to the intolerance of those in positions of power and authority. He was not given the option of being paid “a penny a year salary.”

Armed with what I observed as a very young child, I took exceptional interest in the phenomenon of defections during the Second Republic (1979-83). I was about arguing a thesis that the presidency would bring about a two-party system in Nigeria, hence the excitement in an observation that members of minor political parties were defecting in large numbers to the then two relatively successful parties, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). I saw the development as a process of “party cross-breeding.” The termination of the then democratic experiment, not least because of the culture of election rigging, frustrated whatever outcome or conclusion one was anticipating.

There have been quite a few noticeable defections since political party activity resumed in 1999; however, no individual has been identified with this phenomenon more than Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, erstwhile Vice President between 1999 and 2007. He has moved from one party to the other on several occasions and any prostitute could easily have become jealous of his shifting loyalties. Even when his most recent defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress “APC” back to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party “PDP”, could be justified by his avowed supporters, there are not a few who would be incensed by what has become his pathological obsession with the presidency. Many had predicted he would quit the APC for another political party if he was not going to grab the presidential candidacy of that party for the putative 2019 election. Whatever might be his strength and good qualities, critics would nevertheless say that Atiku is a politician with unstable character- someone who has never been a good team player.

The ease with which our politicians change political party support clearly suggests that ideology is of little relevance in our politics. Our politicians are divided by their greed and selfish interests than by anything else. Where there is commitment to ideology, a politician will not transfer his or her loyalty for the fear of competition by potential rivals. They will not be running from the political party they believed in for the fear that its structure could be hijacked by another. On the contrary, an ideologically-informed politician will remain in his or her party and sort out whatever problems might have arisen therein. In the well-established political parties with broad-based support, politicians belong in varied wings of the ideological divide-left, right, centre or moderate, etc. Their views may diverge in specifics, but what they share is unanimity of purpose.

It will take quite a while for the Nigerian party system to stabilise. The party system is evolving, still some kind of work in progress. The one good thing to take from current observations is the potential for integration being exhibited by the presidency as a political institution. There will be those arguing for Nigeria to return to the parliamentary system of government which was practised in the First Republic, not least because it is believed to be less expensive than the presidential alternative. However, when it comes to the issue of political integration, I shall be one of those arguing that the presidential system should be accepted as having come to stay. A return to the parliamentary system will be a return to another era of ethnic political parties and the erstwhile culture of conspiratorial ethnic alliances.
There is nothing to be nostalgic about in the practice of the parliamentary system as witnessed at the federal level of political governance until its deserved death on 15 January 1966. The emergence of the PDP and the APC, as broad-based political parties, has revealed the centralising influence of the presidency and proved beyond reasonable doubt that there is no place for ethnic political parties in the current dispensation. The future of the party system depends on how disciplined the politicians can be, as well as the sophistication of the electorate.
In this article:

How I helped FG to recover stolen N1tr – Maina 

Buhari okayed Malami’s meeting with me –Maina


Eniola Akinkuotu and Oladimeji Ramon

The embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, says he helped President Muhammadu Buhari recover N1.3tn in January.

Maina, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said this in a video sent to Channels Television.

He further claimed that while he was out of the country, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), paid him a visit during which he (Maina) told Malami about the N1.3tn.

“When this government came in, the President (Buhari Muhammadu) gave the nod that ‘go and sit down with Maina, I’ve given you the approval.’

“They sat down with me after the security agencies had cleared me. Nobody has ever taken me to court in Nigeria, I want Nigerians to know; I have never been taken to any court of law. I have sued all the security agencies that they are talking about and I have won, I have four court judgments.”

Maina said, “As soon as this current government decided to sit with me, after the meeting, I told them that I would not allow them to return to Nigeria without giving them a gift. I told them I will give them something and the Minister of Justice (Malami) laughed and he asked what the gift was.

“I gave him a document and said go here and here; that there is N1.3tn which they want to steal because they have been stealing every year. He was shocked and said it wasn’t possible but I told him that sir, with all due respect, could you try what I said?

“The minister thought it wasn’t possible but when he got back, he realised that I gave him the correct information.”

The former PRTT boss urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give him some form of immunity which would allow him to appear before the National Assembly without being arrested.

He said if he testified in public, many secrets would be revealed.

Maina said some of the people working for the President were insincere and not telling the truth.

The former PRTT boss said, “People around the President portray themselves as saints but it is a lie. My team recovered N282bn in cash; aside that, we were able to bring information that led to the arrest of 43 pension suspects. N1.6tn cash investment and properties were recovered.

“They have threatened my brothers, sisters and even my lawyer. They said I would be killed. They said my family would be annihilated if I testify. I have asked the President specifically that if he wants to know the truth and wants to be fair to the nation, he should give me the opportunity to present (evidence).

“I am appealing to Mr. President. There are so many things that people are not telling you. If I get to that hearing, I will tell you some things that no one has ever told you because I have not had the opportunity to sit down with you and I am telling Mr. President that I will give you information and documents that will help you recover over N3tn now in Nigeria.”

 Source: The Punch  

Buhari not thinking of 2019 elections yet

PMB Not Thinking Of 2019 At The Moment – Lai Moh’d

By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah and Tunde Oguntola, Abuja –

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari is ardently concerned about delivering on his key campaign promises than re-contesting the presidency in 2019.

The issue of whether Buhari will run for the 2019 presidency had been a subject of debate in the public, with political analysts insisting that his body language is in the affirmative, especially now that the president’s support groups are drumming support for him.

But speaking during a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of LEADERSHIP Group Ltd in Abuja yesterday, the minister dispelled insinuations about the president warming up for 2019.

He maintained that Buhari is more focused on fulfilling his campaign promises of fighting corruption, dealing with insecurity as well as boosting the nation’s economy and would not want to be distracted with politics.

“Mr President is much more concerned about delivering the campaign promises of the current administration, and don’t want to be distracted. As government, our major concern is delivering the promises of the current administration. At the end of the day what we will campaign with is our achievements’’, Mohammed said.

He also reiterated that recovering looted funds from looters and cleansing the country from corruption, among others remains one of the cardinal points of the current administration.

The minister noted that unlike in previous administrations when recovered loot were being diverted, all recovered stolen funds in the current administration will be accounted for.

He recalled that President Buhari had on Wednesday inaugurated a three -member committee to audit all assets recovered by relevant government agencies.

The committee, he noted, is mandated to audit all remittances into the accounts in which the recovered assets were lodged up till April 2017 to ensure that reports submitted to him were accurate.

The minister said cash recovered in the current administration to date include N78, 325,354,631.82 (seventy eight billion, three hundred and twenty-five million, three hundred and fifty-four thousand, six hundred and thirty one Naira and eighty two kobo).

He also listed varying sums in other currencies to include $185,119,584.61 (One hundred and eight five million, one hundred and nineteen thousand, five hundred and eighty four US dollars, sixty one cents); 3,508,355.46 Pounds Sterling (Three million, five hundred and eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-five Pounds and 46 Pence) and 11, 250 Euros (Eleven thousand, two hundred and fifty Euros), all totaling about N144.9 billion.

He added that apart from this, recoveries under interim forfeiture (cash and assets) during the period include N126,563,481,095.43 (One hundred and twenty six billion, five hundred and sixty three million, four hundred and eighty one thousand, and ninety five Naira, forty three Kobo).

Other amounts in other currencies are $9,090,243,920.15 (Nine billion, ninety million, two hundred and forty three thousand, nine hundred and twenty Dollars, fifteen cents); 2,484,447.55 Pounds Sterling (Two million, four hundred and eighty four thousand, four hundred and forty seven Pounds, fifty five Pence) and 303,399.17 Euros (Three hundred and three thousand, three hundred and ninety-nine Euros, 17 cents), summing up to about N3.3 trillion.

On the whistleblower who went to court over his unpaid commission for the funds recovered from a mansion in Ikoyi, the minister recalled that when he made the announcement of the compensation for whistleblowers, he made it clear that whistle blowers will get between 5 to 2.5 per cent of the recovered funds.

He said the higher the quantum of money recovered, the lower the percentage, just as he explained that anything below a billion naira will get five per cent, while recovered loot above one billion will get less than five per cent.

Besides, he noted that fears of revealing the identity of whistleblowers have now being allayed, as the original whistleblower of the Ikoyigate has headed to court to seek redress.

On the recent alleged feud between operational staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Directorate of State Security (DSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over the abrupt halting of EFCC’s attempt to arrest former directors-general of DSS, Ita Ekpeyong and NIA, Ayodele Oke, the minister said it is not unusual for government agencies to clash over operational issues.

“When the chips are down the president will surely ensure that things are done right. It is not abnormal to have issues or conflict among government agencies’’, he said.

On the president’s directive that state governors should pay all staff salaries before Christmas, the minister stressed the need for state governors to heed to the president’s call.

“The federal government has intervened four times and I hope they (governors) will heed to the president’s request this time to pay up all workers owed their remunerations’’, he said.

On efforts by the federal government to ensure that the nation is free from all forms of insecurity and activities of the Boko Haram insurgents, he said the current administration is proud to say peace and security are steadily restoring in the Northeast, which was in the grip of the terrorists when Buhari assumed office on May 29, 2015.

‘’We have put Boko Haram on the run. Occasionally, they attack soft targets, but even that is being tackled with intelligence-driven measures. We are tackling insecurity comprehensively, whether it is Farmers/Herders clash, cattle rustling or kidnapping. Only this morning, the federal government launched the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’’, he noted.

Mohammed said the current administration is also revamping the nation’s economy as can be seen in the various economic indices.

He continued: “The Naira is largely stable; we have raised foreign reserves from N23 billion to N35 billion within a year and we have pulled the nation out of recession. Our economy is on a growth trajectory once again, after contracting for five consecutive quarters. We have been named among the top 10 reforming economies in the world.

“We have leapfrogged 24 places in the ease of doing business rankings. We are taming inflation, which has fallen for eight consecutive months. We are building infrastructure and we are creating jobs. Also, I am glad to inform you that capital importation into Nigeria in Q3 2017 recorded a substantial increase, compared to the past few quarters, as the economy continued to recover from recession.

“The total capital imported in the third quarter was recorded at $4,145.1 million, more than double the inflow in the second quarter of this year, representing an increased value of 147.5% on a year-on-year basis’’.

On his part, the Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, described Lai Mohammed as an astute politician and one of the most serious ministers in the current administration.

The media mogul however assured the minister of adequate support and coverage by the organization.

We Must Address Root Causes Of Violent Extremism- FG

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed yesterday that his administration will address the root causes of violent extremism and hate in the country.

He spoke yesterday at the launch of Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Expressing the determination and commitment of his government to tackle violent extremism, Buhari recalled that Nigeria was before now, a free, peaceful and enterprising nation.

He called on state and local governments to develop action plans for preventing and countering violent extremism at the grassroots.

The president said he had directed all ministries, departments and agencies to institutionalise mainstream measures to address the root causes of violent extremism, while implementing programmes that would build the resilience of Nigerians to recover from the consequences of violence.

His words: “We must now, while working together, focus on rooting out hate, misrepresentation of religion and violence in our society.

“I also call on states and local governments to develop action plans for preventing and countering violent extremism sat the grassroots”.

In his remarks, the National Security Adviser, Maj Gen Babagana Mongonu (rtd), said Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world that has developed the policy framework, which the country showcased on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He recalled that in 2015, President Buhari directed the review of Nigeria’s countering violent extremism programme.

According to The NSA, the review showed the need for a complementary soft approach to the kinetic effort in dealing with terrorism based on principles of whole-of-government and whole-of-the society approach.

He said, “We also recognised that in line with our focus on transparency, accountability and the rule of law, we needed to build a policy framework that ensures the institutionalisation and mainstreaming on countering violent extremism across ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.

“While we were taking this step, the then United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Banki Moon in December of 2015, issued a call to member states to develop national plans to prevent violent extremism.

“It is in this context that l wish to thank His Excellency, Mr. President for endorsing the presidential directive on implementing Nigeria’s framework and national action plan for preventing and countering violent terrorism on the 24th or August, 2017.

“I wish also to inform Mr. President that Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world that have developed the policy framework which we showcased on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly held in September 2017 in New York”.

Breaking: FG declares Friday public holiday 

Breaking: FG declares Friday public holiday 

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA –

 THE Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st December, 2017 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El-Maulud Celebration. A statement by Engr Abubakar Magaji, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, in Abuja on Wednesday, stated that the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, announced the public holiday on behalf of the Federal Government. The Minister enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the Eid-El-Maulud Celebration to pray for peace, progress and unity of the nation. He further urged all Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration towards building the nation.

Source: Vanguard 

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting 

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The FEC meeting which commenced at exactly 10:55 a.m. had in attendance Ministers of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Science and Technology, Mr Ogonnaya Onu.

Others were Ministers of Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Inelema; Agriculture, Audu Ogbe; Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba-Ibrahim;

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, among other ministers were also in attendance.

Also in attendance were other cabinet members, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President Mallam Abba Kyari, among others.

How my father cut mummy with machete and forced her to drink ‘Otapiapia’, five-year-old tells horror story 

Lagos banker allegedly tortures wife to death

Samson Folarin

A bank worker, Olaoluwa Adejo, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for the death of his 28-year-old wife, Maureen, at their home on Peluola Street, Oworonshoki, in the Bariga  area of the state.

The 32-year-old Lagos indigene was alleged to have tortured his wife of five years with a belt, as well as cutting her with a machete.

Their five-year-old son, Richard, in whose presence the incident reportedly happened, told PUNCH Metro that his father also forced a local insecticide, otapiapia, down the throat of his mother.

“I am Richard Adejo. I am five years old. My daddy beat my mummy with a belt; machete her here (shows arms), machete her here (shows legs). He used the belt on her here (points at face); forced my mummy to drink otapiapia (insecticide). My daddy took my mummy away.

“My daddy said my mummy should get out of the house. My mummy said no. In the night, my daddy woke my mummy up and said, ‘Mosquito is too much, let me go and buy otapiapia’. My daddy forced my mummy to drink it. She shook her head. She vomited.

“My daddy slapped my mummy. My mummy did not do anything to him. My daddy gave her one blow. My daddy kicked her. My daddy told her to get out of the house and carry her load. Small blood came out. My daddy slapped her, kicked her, machete her, blow her, and put otapiapia in her mouth and in the food,” Richard told our correspondent during an interview on Monday.

The victim’s mother, Mrs. Kate Jonathan, told PUNCH Metro that Richard had given more graphic details of the incident to family members, police authorities and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

She explained that her daughter had packed out of her matrimonial house five days to the incident and was living with her when she decided to return for a party at the children’s school. She said she never returned alive.

She said, “I was called on the telephone by an unknown number around 4pm on Sunday, November 12. The caller said, ‘Your daughter’s husband has killed her at Oworo’. He dropped the call.

“Around 5pm when I got to their house, I discovered that the house was locked up. There were two boys guarding the house and they refused to open the door to me, saying the owner of the house instructed them not to open the door.

“I didn’t see my daughter or her husband. I was begging them to open the door when I saw Richard jumping up through the window. He saw me and asked the boys to open the door, but they refused.

“I broke the louvers of the window. The boy climbed a stool and said from inside, ‘my father has killed my mother and taken her away.’”

She said she reported the case at the Oworonshoki Police Station, where she was told that the suspect had already reported that his wife committed suicide by taking local insecticide, Sniper.

Jonathan said after making her statement, she left the station.

PUNCH Metro was told that Olaoluwa had already deposited the body of his wife in the Gbagada General Hospital mortuary and had allegedly gone to obtain court documents to enable him to bury her.

Our correspondent learnt that he was asked to return to the police station for a certain document, which led to his arrest based on his mother-in-law’s complaint.

The suspect was said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

However, the couple’s three children were said to have been taken to a family friend, a policeman, who lived in Agric, in the Ikorodu area.

Due to the insistence of the mother-in-law, the police were said to have demanded the release of the couple’s first child, Richard, for interrogation.

In a meeting at the SCIID, Yaba, Richard was alleged to have given an account of how his mother was allegedly murdered by his father.

The police reportedly ordered the removal of the corpse from the Gbagada General Hospital mortuary to the morgue of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The victim’s mother, Jonathan, who claimed to have visited the mortuary, said Maureen’s body had machete cuts and other torture marks.

She said, “My daughter, who worked as the manager of my chemical company had, about a week to the incident, complained that her husband said we would soon see her obituary.

“I sent my eldest daughter to accompany her to the house to know what happened. The man  begged and said he was only joking. He said he really loved his wife. I insisted that she pack out of the house.

“She was in my house for three days before she said she wanted to return home because her children’s school would be having a cultural party. She left and went to the party with her husband on Saturday. It was that night that she was brutalised and killed by the husband. From what we saw in the mortuary, she had blood in her nostrils and deep cuts in her hands and legs.”

The victim’s mother asked that Maureen’s three children, namely, Richard, five; Henry, three; and Omowunmi, six months, be released to her.

The policeman with the couple’s two children, Ajisafe, said he believed Olaoluwa did not kill his wife.

He explained that the suspect’s aged mother handed over the children to him for safekeeping.

The 83-year-old mother of the suspect, Florence Adejo, also denied that her son murdered Maureen.

She said, “He came to knock on the door of my house late that night. He fell on the ground and started weeping and lamenting that his wife had destroyed him. A crowd gathered in front of the house where I am the landlady. They tried to console him. He said his wife took Sniper. He said he thought it was a joke until their son, Richard, went to bring the container of the insecticide.

“She was taken to a private hospital where she was initially rejected before she was taken to the general hospital where she died. I was told her mother sells the insecticide and she brought it home for mosquitoes. Why she decided to drink it is what is beyond my understanding. My son said they didn’t have any disagreement between them and she was not mentally ill.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said investigations were ongoing into the incident.

He said, “The man came to report that his wife committed suicide. The DPO put some questions to him. We thought we should investigate further to know what really happened because there are some doubts we need to clear in the matter. The police are not accepting the claim of suicide hook, line, and sinker. The matter is at the SCIID and investigations are ongoing.”

Source : The Punch