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Space FM News Update FRIDAY, 2nd DECEMBER, 2016 |NEWSPAPER REVIEW| BUHARI’LL PRESENT BUDGET WITHIN 10 DAYS — SARAKI President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday met behind closed doors as part of the preparations towards the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly.The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The Federal Executive Council had on Wednesday approved the document, paving the way for Buhari to present it to the lawmakers.The Minister of Budget, Udo Udoma, had told State House correspondents that it would be at the discretion of the National Assembly to decide when the budget would be presented after the President must have communicated his intention to them. r details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) 2017 BUDGET CAN’T MAKE MUCH IMPACT ON ECONOMY, SAYS OSINBAJO Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday put the figure of the 2017 Appropriation Bill yet to be presented to the National Assembly at about N7tn.However, he said the budget size was not big enough to make a huge difference in the nation’s economy.Osinbajo, who is the Chairman of the Economic Management Team, spoke during a tour of some firms in Sagamu, Ogun State, on Thursday.A transcript of his speech at one of the firms was made available to journalists by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande.The Vice-President said the private sector had a big role to play in the Nigerian economy while the Federal Government would only support. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ‘AGRICULTURE CAN TAKE NIGERIA OUT OF RECESSION’ The former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, says agricultural growth is the panacea for Nigeria economic recession. He said government investment in agriculture would not only boost food production, it would also ensure economic boom, with the sector serving as a viable alternative to oil.This was contained in a statement from Kalu’s Media Office after he delivered the 43rd convocation lecture of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, on Thursday..”The former governor said the country must stop paying lip service to the development of agriculture, lamenting that successive governments in Nigeria did not utilise the oil income to develop the country. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NIGERIAN PILGRIMS PRAY AGAINST RECESSION IN JERUSALEM Nigerians in Jerusalem observing the 2016 holy pilgrimage have asked for divine intervention in tackling the country’s economic recession.The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Jemilade Longe, who is among the 300 pilgrims from the state, said the intercession was part of the issues earmarked for the pilgrimage.Longe, in a statement on Thursday, said the prayers became necessary considering the various challenges facing the country.He said the pilgrims visited several historical sites where Jesus Christ carried out His ministry, praying for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity. for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation, & Vanguard newspapers)

NCAA SAVES N2BN ANNUALLY BY DOMESTICATING INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has devised ways of carrying out compulsory training for its technical and administrative staff in Nigeria as against the former practice, whereby the staff were sent overseas for the training. This cost cutting measure, according to the agency, will save it about N2 billion annually.Spokesman of the agency and General Manager, Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye, who made this known on Tuesday said that civil aviation authorities all over the world have outlined


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compulsory training programme for their staff endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and because of poor local capacity, most of these training programmes were done overseas, but in the reality of Nigeria’s present economic recession, the NCAA has decided to domestic many of these programmes. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) EDO POLL: TRIBUNAL FIXES DEC. 7 TO HEAR APPLICATIONS The Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin has fixed December 7 for the hearing of all relevant applications filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as well as the All Progressives Congress and Governor Godwin Obaseki.The PDP and Ize-Iyamu had in the main petition challenged the outcome of the September 28 governorship election and urged the tribunal to declare them as the rightful winner of the poll.They listed the Independent National Electoral Commission, Obaseki and the APC as first, second and third respondents, respectively.The electoral umpire had on September 29 declared Obaseki as the winner of the poll, with 319,483 votes while Ize-Iyamu came second with 253,173 votes. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) \ I WON’T DUMP PDP FOR APC, SAYS FAYOSE The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he remains a committed member of the Peoples Democratic Party and has no immediate plans to dump the party.He had on Wednesday, during a meeting with the members of the Suppliers’ Association of Nigeria, Ikere Ekiti chapter, said that he might seek another political platform to prosecute his succession battle in the 2018 governorship poll.But Fayose on Thursday clarified his declaration and vowed that he would never dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress under any guise. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FAYOSE: LOSS OF ONDO WON’T MAKE ME JOIN APC For the second time in 24 hours, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has spoken on his political future ahead of the 2018 governorship election.The governor spoke yesterday when he received the “Outstanding Achiever of Our Time” award from the Ado Progressive Union (APU).He said he won’t join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), following speculations that he was on his way out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).There are speculations that Fayose and his political family are heading to the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the platform on which he hopes to anoint a successor. for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation & Vanguard newspapers) PDP LEADERSHIP TUSSLE: SHERIFF’S FACTION SEEKS INDEFINITE ADJOURNMENT OF APPEALS The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday, asked the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal to adjourn indefinitely the various appeals relating to the leadership tussle between it and the rival faction of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi.The Sheriff faction, represented by their lawyer, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), urged the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the appeal court to put the hearing of the three appeals before it on hold, pending when the Port Harcourt Division of the court would deliver its reserved judgment on a similar case.The Port Harcourt Division has yet to fix a date for its reserved judgment. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

DEFECTION: PDP SENATORS RETURN TO SENATE, SARAKI URGES UNITY


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The caucuses of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in the Senate on Thursday said peace had returned to the chamber.The leaders of the two sides, during the plenary, said they had left their differences behind them.The session on Wednesday was marred by protests, when members of the PDP caucus stormed out of the chamber over the refusal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to declare the Ondo South Senatorial District seat vacant after the defection of the occupant, Senator Yele Omogunwa.The PDP senators had, together with the rebellious APC lawmakers, helped to elect Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on June 9, 2015, against the choices of the ruling party. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & ThisDay newspapers) YOBE GOV SENDS COMMISSIONER HOME FOR SLEEPING DURING BUDGET PRESENTATION Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Thursday directed a sleeping commissioner at the presentation of the 2017 budget to the State House of Assembly to go home for more sleep. The governor had barely commenced reading the budget speech when the cabinet member started snoring.Gaidam warned that any public officer henceforth caught sleeping stood sacked.He said, “As from today, any commissioner or special adviser caught sleeping stands sacked and will immediately be replaced.“We will borrow a leaf from the North Korea experience to make government affairs a serious business.” For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) GATES DONATES $2M TO GOVERNORS’ FORUM The Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Bill Medlinda Gates Foundation on Thursday in Abuja, announced a new partnership, which they said was aimed at strengthening cross-state policies in Nigeria.The policies, it was stated, would also strengthen financial resources that they said would benefit the poorest people in the country.Chief Strategy Officer at the Gates Foundation, Mr. Mark Suzman, made the announcement at a press briefing.He said the three-year $2m partnership will focus on domestic revenue challenge, with the aim of strengthening public financing for social programmes that Suzman said would benefit the poor. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) SECURITY AGENCIES PLAN TO ASSASSINATE ME, SAYS WIKE It was meant to be a little ceremony to mark the beginning of the rehabilitation of a hospital. But for Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, it was an opportunity to drop a bombshell.Security agencies are planning to assassinate him, he told a shocked crowd that gathered at the General Hospital , Terabor and General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area.Wike also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of publishing a list of adhoc staff filled with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). December 1o has been fixed for some election in the state.Wike said: “For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies. But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers State , no matter the threat. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BOLAJI ABDULLAHI EMERGES PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF APC The former Minister of Sports and the newly elected National Publcity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that he would approach his job differently from his predecessor, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.However, in a swift reaction, the embattled Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank, said he remains the authentic spokesman of the party despite yesterday’s election.Abdulahi who spoke on behalf of other three officers elected by the Northcentral zonal congress yesterday in Abuja, said he would be operating under a different template and terrain from his predecessor, Alhaji Mohammed. “The position of the spokesperson of the ruling party is an entirely different assignment from my former position as the Minister of Sports. They all demand


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different approaches,” he said. . for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

I REMAIN APC SPOKESMAN – TIMI FRANK The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Timi Frank, on Thursday in Abuja, says that he remains the authentic spokesman.Frank, who is presently at loggerheads with the party’s leadership, was reacting to the APC Zonal Congress meeting that nominated former Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, as the party`s spokesperson to replace its former National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammad.He said that though he was not against Abdullahi’s nomination, the process to become an authentic spokesman should be followed.He said, “I want to congratulate Bolaji Abdullahi for his nomination.“But he should know that this matter is still in court and until the court says otherwise, I am still the authentic acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) APC REJECTS BANIRE’S RESIGNATION The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the decision of the party’s National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), to resign.Banire had about three weeks ago written to step down as the APC National Legal Adviser following an investigation launched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into a gift of N500,000 given to an old friend, who sought his financial assistance to defray part of the burial expenses of his late mother about three years ago.In a letter dated December 1, 2016, and signed by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party said the NWC “resolved that your voluntary submission for investigation by the EFCC and subsequent offer to step aside from your position as National Legal Adviser to the party is an exemplary representation of the credo of our party. The NWC is proud of your conduct in this respect.” for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) 8000 SECURITY AGENTS FOR LAGOS BY-ELECTION Mr Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command on Thursday said that no fewer of 8000 security personnel would be deployed for Saturday’s Ifako/Ijaiye Federal House of Representatives bye-election.Owoseni gave assurance of adequate security for voters at a Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Ifako/Ijaiye.According to him, the personnel will include police, military personnel and officers of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.He said that three policemen would man each of the 335 Polling Units and 687 voting points.“We want to ensure we secure the process as much as possible. You may know the beginning of violence, but no one knows the end of it. Please, don’t engage in violence. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) UNREMITTED N450BN: FG TO PROSECUTE INDICTED REVENUE GENERATING AGENCIES’ OFFICIALS The Federal Government on Thursday said it would prosecute any official of revenue generating agencies indicted in the audit report, which revealed that N450bn was not remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account.The unremitted amount, which involved about 33 revenue generating agencies of government, was for the 2010 to 2015 fiscal periods.The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who gave the hint during a media briefing on Internally Generated Revenue of government agencies, said the report of the special audit conducted by the ministry revealed serious infractions in some of the agencies. She said a decision had already been taken that the reports on some of the indicted agencies would be taken to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while those of the others had been made available to their respective parent ministries. . (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)


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KADUNA ASSEMBLY OKAYS N214BN BUDGET FOR 2017 The Kaduna State’s 2017 Appropriation Bill of N214bn was on Thursday passed into law by the state House of Assembly three weeks earlier than it did last year.The lawmakers approved N214.921bn as 2017 budget for the state as against N172bn it approved for 2016.The state Governor, Mallam Nasir elRufai, presented the draft appropriation bill, which he christened, “Budget of jobs, social justice and equity” to the lawmakers on October 12, 2016 for approval.The approved budget was, however, N1bn less than the budget proposal the governor had forwarded to the Assembly.The Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, who read the content of the budget clause by clause, said N83.46bn was approved for recurrent and N131.45bn for capital expenditure.He said the budget would cover from now till December 31, 2017. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, & Punch newspapers) POWER GENERATION DROPS BY 964MW ON GAS SHORTAGE The nation’s power generation capacity has dropped from 4,285 megawatts recorded on September 16 to 3,321 megawatts on December 1 due to dearth of gas.The figure was obtained from the website of Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Thursday.The Transmission Company of Nigeria puts the total output of all the generation companies at 3,321.50 megawatts, which had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, said that electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.The official said that the country’s power generation dropped from over 4,000 megawatts recorded in September and October to 3,321.50 megawatts current recording as Dec. 1. F or details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NNPC TO INCREASE OIL, GAS RESERVES The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has pledged to improve reserves and production capacity of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.Dr. Baru made the pledge in a statement by Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group Managing Director, Group Public Affairs Division, in Abuja on Thursday.Baru described NPDC, which is the corporation’s exploration and production subsidiary, as showing a conspicuously excellent growth in its proven reserves.He told Governor Godwin Obaseki during a courtesy visit in Benin, that he would expand NPDC footprints within the nation’s upstream sub-sector of the nation’s oil and gas industry.He said, “As part of our 12 Business Focus Areas, we are dedicated to growing NPDC, thereby increasing our reserves portfolio. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) POLICE RAID OPEBI BRIDGE, FIND ILLEGAL FUEL DEPOT The police in Lagos State have found an illegal fuel depot under the Opebi Link Bridge in the Onigbongbo Local Government Area of the state.PUNCH Metro gathered that eight suspects were arrested in connection with the discovery.It was learnt that the illegal fuel depot was uncovered during a joint raid by a team made up of operatives in the state police command headquarters and the policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad.The operation was said to have been led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, and the RRS Commander, Mr. Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.Owoseni said the suspects had been engaging in adulteration of petroleum


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products which they sold to unsuspecting members of the public. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation, newspapers)

REPS OPEN PROBE INTO ALLEGED STOLEN $17BN CRUDE OIL, LNG Twenty international oil companies and “colluding” Federal Government agencies have been pencilled down for probe by the House of Representatives over the $17billion worth of crude oil and gas said to have been stolen from undeclared exports from Nigeria between 2011 and 2014. Investigations by The PUNCH showed that an ad hoc committee of the House began work on the issue on Thursday by collating documents on the role of oil majors and government agencies with the target of retrieving the money, an equivalent of over N5.4trillion in local currency. The ad hoc committee is chaired by an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Adamawa State, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas. “With this huge fund, why should the Federal Government be seeking loans to finance our annual budget? “We are talking of an amount that is in the range of almost N6tn, using parallel market conversion rate, (this is) same figure that is needed to finance the 2017 budget. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) SECRET ACCOUNTS: SWITZERLAND TO EXCHANGE INFO WITH 21 MORE COUNTRIES Switzerland, which has been working to end its years-long practice of banking secrecy, said Thursday it aimed to dramatically increase the number of countries it cooperates with towards international fiscal transparency.The Swiss government said in a statement that it wanted to extend the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) on bank accounts to 21 more countries, including Argentina, Brazil, India, Israel and South Africa.Such automatic information exchanges are aimed at bringing an end to Switzerland’s long-cherish banking secrecy practices and help prevent foreigners from stashing undeclared income in Swiss banks.The government said consultations on the move would be held through mid-March, and that it expected the accords to enter into force by January 1, 2018 and for information exchange to begin a year later. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BLAME CORRUPTION FOR RECESSION – EFCC BOSS The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has attributed the current economic crisis and infrastructural decay to the high level of corruption in the nation.Magu said this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the naval headquarters in Abuja.The EFCC boss said the recession prevalent in Nigeria today is as a fall out of the corrupt tendencies of our leaders.According to him, except Nigerians resolve collectively to abhor corruption in all forms, there would be no future for the youths.He also said that it is disturbing that federal, state and local government allocations were persistently being misappropriated. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers) EFCC: N2.8B CASH FOR EX-MILITANTS’ STIPENDS WITHDRAWN 35 TIMES Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have uncovered how N2.8billion meant for the training of ex-Niger Delta militants was diverted.The money was withdrawn 35 times, alleged orders of a former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku.The funds were converted to dollars by six bureau de change and disbursed through Kuku’s two aides.Some of the


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funds were wired into the accounts of the brothers and associates of a former coordinator of the scheme, Dr. Kingsley Kuku and some former militants.The EFCC has launched a manhunt for Kuku who is believed to be in the United States. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)

ALLEGED CORRUPTION: EFCC TO PROBE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, OTHERS The Federal Government is set to ask the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate allegations of corruption levelled against the management of the National Insurance Commission.A top government official, who confided in The PUNCH on Thursday, said the government would next week forward a petition written by the NAICOM workers against the Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, and other management staff to the EFCC.The source said already, the Ministry of Finance had summoned top officials of the commission to a meeting, adding that all the allegations levelled by the workers against Kari and the management would be independently investigated.The source said, “The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Isa Dutse, has summoned a meeting with the management of NAICOM. The meeting is going on now at the ministry, but what I can tell you now is that we have made it clear that all the allegations will be fully and independently investigated.“This is a government that is determined to fight corruption and nobody is above the law.” for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, & Punch newspapers) KANU: JUDGE TO RULE ON WITNESSES’ SECRECY DEC. 13 Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday fixed December 13 to rule on whether to allow secrecy of witnesses in the state’s case against Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu and others.She also refused to grant him and his associates bail.This is the third time a court has refused Kanu and others bail since they were arrested last year.Justice John Tsoho (also of the Federal High Court, Abuja) refused a similar application for bail earlier this year. The Court of Appeal, Abuja later upheld Justice Tsoho’s decision. It ordered the accused to submit themselves for trial.Rather than agree to trial before Justice Tsoho, Kanu and others accused the judge of bias and asked him to withdraw from the case. Justice Tsoho did. The case was re-assigned to Justice Nyako, before who they were arraigned on an 11-count charge and their bail applications heard. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) NLC TACKLES PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGAINST CORRUPTION The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday took a swipe at the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACC) over the disparaging comments by the committee against the inclusion of NLC as members of the think-tank.NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said such comments were unwarranted and uncharitable given the strategic role played by organised labour in the fight against corruption.He said: “Our attention is drawn to the unwarranted attack launched against organised labour by some members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) to a harmless observation by the Acting General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) that it would have been good if NLC and TUC were made members of the committee. Leading the assault, Professor Femi Odekunle, said: “the labour leaders are corrupt”compromised, no longer trustworthy and cannot


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protest against acts of corruption. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) FG SACKS 12 AUCHI POLY RANDY LECTURERS AFTER PUNCH REPORT Five senior lecturers and seven other workers at the Auchi Polytechnic have been sacked for offences bordering on sexual harassment and extortion of female students in the school.Fifteen other lecturers and one instructor were also demoted in relation to the same offences.The disciplinary actions were announced on Thursday by the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu-Kazaure, in Kaduna.Adamu-Kazaure said the decision was endorsed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & ThisDaynewspapers)

EX-YABATECH BURSAR REMANDED FOR LEAKING COLLEGE’S SECRET The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions has arraigned a former Bursar of the Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Olugbenga Ibirogba, for allegedly leaking classified information on the college to media houses including Sahara News, Osun Defender, Premium Times and Global News Magazine in 2013.Ibirogba was arraigned on eight counts alongside Charles Akharayi for allegedly disclosing YABATECH’s classified information on February 6, 2013 as part of several threat letters, which they allegedly circulated against the person of the rector of the college, Dr. Margaret Ladipo.A report by YABATECH, dated November 29, 2016, indicated that the defendants were arraigned before Justice A.A. Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, after their preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction was dismissed. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers SACKED MTN WORKERS WIN TRADE RESTRICTION SUIT The Lagos Division of the National Industrial Court has ordered MTN Nigeria Communications to pay full four years post-disengagement salaries to 63 workers, who were laid off by the company in 2009.The court presided over by Justice P.O. Lifu also awarded additional N10,000 against MTN in favour of each of the 63 workers to cover the cost of filing the suit numbered NICN/LA/596/2013.Justice Lifu said MTN must pay the judgment credit sum within 30 days from October 26, 2016 when the judgment was delivered, failing which the judgment credit would attract an annual interest of 10 per cent.The claimants in the suit are Harrison Ossai, Gabriel Ameh and Stephen Mahaja, who sued on behalf of themselves and 60 other workers laid off by MTN with the condition that they must never work with any other telecommunication company for four years after their disengagement. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers) BURY THOUGHT OF NIGERIA’S BREAK-UP, BUHARI TELLS BIAFRA AGITATORS President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged those contemplating Nigeria’s break-up to have a rethink, saying the country’s unity is not negotiable.He said the question of having another country out of Nigeria was misplaced.According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a meeting he had with the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.“The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult. From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people. We should


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concentrate on these and be very productive,” the President said. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PIRATES HOLD THREE RUSSIAN SAILORS HOSTAGE IN BENIN Russia said Thursday that three of its nationals were taken hostage by “bandits” after an attack on a commercial ship off the coast of Benin at the weekend.“As a result of an attack by bandits on November 27, three sailors, Russian nationals, were abducted and taken away to an unknown location,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.“There has been no communication with them for the moment,” it said.The refrigerated cargo ship Saronic Breeze was hijacked but attackers later released the vessel with most of the crew, which had a total of 18 Russians and Ukrainians.]\ for details on the story, pick up copies of Nation & Vanguard newspapers) EXXONMOBIL ENGINEER DIES IN BLAST A Senior ExxonMobil staff in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, has been killed by a blast in the early hours of Tuesday this week.The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the deceased was identified as one Mr. G. Okorocha, the Chief Engineer (Aviation Department), who was in charge of servicing airplanes and helicopters in the company. An official of the company, Okorocha, was killed by a blast from a burst tyre in the aviation wing of the company along Eket Oron road, in Eket Local Government Area of the state.The official said the deceased was inflating a spare tyre of his car with an apparatus meant for the inflation of helicopter tyres, which is against ExxonMobil safety rules and regulation.The official said the late Okorocha had just finished servicing a helicopter of the company at about 4:15 a.m. before the tragic incident. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) I’VE DESTROYED MY US GREEN CARD, SAYS SOYINKA Nobel prize-winning author, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said on Thursday he had fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.Shortly before the vote, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.AFP reported that Soyinka said this on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg.“I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” the 82-year-old said.He added, “I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been” – meaning his homeland Nigeria.The prolific playwright, novelist and poet won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and has been a regular teacher at US universities including Harvard, Cornell and Yale. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) BUHARI’S DWINDLING POPULARITY NOT SURPRISING – SOYINKA Literary icon Wole Soyinka on Thursday said he was not surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari has lost popularity just 18 months into office, given the high expectations that weighed on his government.The former military ruler won the 2015 election on an agenda of “change”, vowing to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, fight graft, fix broken infrastructure and heal the economy.But since his election, the economy has officially gone into recession and global energy prices have plummeted.A relentless rebel campaign to sabotage the production of oil, the country’s main export, has added to the woes. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PROTESTING SHIITES STORM N’ASSEMBLY, DEMAND RELEASE OF LEADER Dozens of protesting members of the Islamic Movement commonly referred to as Shiites on Thursday stormed the National Assembly in Abuja demanding the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim ElZakzaky.In a related development, a group of protesters, under the aegis of Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre, also besieged the Lagos State Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday to complain


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about the continued detention of El-Zakzaky; the ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; Mohammed Umar and the alleged killing of pro-Biafran protesters in the South-East geopolitical zone.The peaceful protesters in Abuja, who carried placards and several portraits of El-Zakzaky, converged at the main entrance on the National Assembly from different locations at about 12pm. For details on the story, pick up copies of the ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) OSUN RANKS HIGHEST IN FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION – UNFPA The United Nations Population Fund on Thursday said that Osun State still recorded highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent.Mrs Damilola Obinna, a Gender Analyst with UNFPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that FGM was high in the SouthWest in spite of the geo-political zone’s high literacy and awareness rate.Obinna said that the statistics was arrived at after a survey was carried out by UNFPA in collaboration with UNICEF in 2015.“After data collation and analysis, we discovered that Osun had 76.3 per cent prevalence rate, Ekiti had 71.2, Oyo, 69.7; Ebonyi, 55.6; Imo, 48.8; and Lagos, 44.8.“There is no single benefit in the practice of female genital mutilation; yet, the practice is high even among the educated.“Aside from the immediate risks of FGM which includes haemorrhage, infections, and death, survivors of FGM are liable to present later in their lives recurring urinary tract infections, menstrual problems, reproductive tract infections, depression, sexual dysfunction and pain, and chronic genital pain.“They are also at risk for several adverse complications for both mother and newborn during childbirth,’’ she said. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers)

S’AFRICAN SECURITY AGENCIES TO MEET WITH NIGERIAN South Africa aviation security authority has said it would contact its Nigerian counterpart in furtherance of the investigation into the body of the stowaway discovered in the wheel-well of Arik Air flight, A330-200 at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.The body was discovered when the aircraft arrived at the maintenance facility of South Africa Airways Technical at the Airport where the aircraft was due for checks. THISDAY learnt that the Coroner that investigated the body in South Africa confirmed the stowaway was already dead days before the flight to South Africa.The aircraft is expected back in Lagos today after the checks in a scheduled flight service. Aviation experts attributed the many incidents of stowaway in Nigeria to laxity of security at the airports. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Punch, Tribune & Vanguard newspapers YULETIDE: FRSC WARNS AGAINST SPEEDING The Federal Road Safety Corps has urged motorists to drive safely in order to forestall accidents during Yuletide.The corps gave the advice on Thursday at the inauguration of 2016 Ember Months Campaign in Ota, Ogun State.The FRSC Sector Commander, Ogun State, Corps Commander Clement Oladele, said speed limiting devices, would check speeding and accident. Oladele added that FRSC would begin full enforcement of the speed limiters by February 1, 2017.He said “The law says no person shall drive a motor vehicle in Nigeria, if such is not fitted with a speed limit. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) 13 DIE IN KWARA AUTO CRASH No fewer than 13 passengers died at Otte, near Eyenkorin, on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho Expressway following an accident involving a trailer and a Hummer bus. on Thursday the bus, which was coming from Kaduna State ran into the trailer which was parked in the middle of the road.It was further


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gathered that all the occupants of the bus died following the accident which occurred on Wednesday. aggrieved members of Otte community went on the rampage later on Wednesday to protest against the victims’ death.It was gathered that the protesters had wanted to set the truck ablaze, but were prevented by the police.The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Amore, confirmed the accident and the death of the passengers. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) 35-YEAR-OLD ARTISAN TO DIE BY HANGING IN OSUN An Osun State High Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Kayode Idowu, a 35-year-old artisan, to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.The police had arraigned Idowu and his accomplice, Femi Adebowale, before the court on three counts of conspiracy, murder and armed robbery.Idowu, who was found guilty by Justice Kudirat Akano, was said to have broken into the apartments of Rachel Ogbomoniyi and Florence Ajayi at about 1am on August 3, 2009, and found N200 from Aina’s room.The duo of Idowu and Adebowale were said to have stolen the N200 and headed to Ajayi’s apartment and eventually killed her.The Principal State Counsel, Mr. Moses Faremi, told the court that the convict and the second accused, who died in the course of trial, forcefully entered the apartments of the victims in the night and they asked for the money.He stated that the deceased told them she did not have money, adding that after they left the deceased, she was later found in a pool of blood. ( for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) YOUNG PEOPLE MUST REMAIN VIRGINS UNTIL MARRIAGE – AYADE Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River says the only way to end the HIV scourge in Nigeria is for married couples to remain faithful to their partners while young people abstain from sex.Ayade said this on Thursday in Calabar at the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day celebration.He said, “The absolute factor that can put an end to HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.“Married couples must be faithful to their partners. Young people must remain virgins until they get married and never allow any barber to use unsterilised clipper to cut your hair.“Whatever the story, AIDS is real, it is a scourge, you must avoid it.’’ for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Vanguard newspapers) 5,000 IDPS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN BORNO No fewer than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons in 27 camps in Borno State are currently living with HIV/AIDS.The Borno State Coordinator, Committee on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Hassan Mustapha, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Thursday.He said most of the patients were women who were rescued from captivity in Boko Haram camps.The coordinator, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing anti-retroviral therapy because of stigmatisation.He lamented that many of them had died of the scourge because they were not properly counselled and sensitised on the need to enrol under the HIV/AIDS control programme. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) ARTISAN STEALS N200, KILLS VICTIM, TO DIE BY HANGING An Osun State High Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Kayode Idowu, a 35-year-old artisan, to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.Idowu and his partner allegedly robbed one of their victims of N200, before they killed her.The Police had arraigned Idowu and his partner, Femi Adebowale, before the court on three counts of conspiracy, murder and armed robbery.Idowu, who was found guilty by Justice Kudrat Akano, was said to have broken into the apartments of one Mrs. Rachel Aina Ogbomoniyi and Florence Ajayi at about 1:am on August 3, 2009 and stole N200 from Aina’s room.The duo of Idowu and Adebowale were said to have stolen the N200 and headed to another room where they found Ajayi and eventually killed her. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay & Vanguard newspapers) OUR EMPLOYER WAS GOOD TO US – KILLER


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A teenage girl, identified as Onyeka John, has regained freedom after she was allegedly chained by her mother to the burglar-proof bars for about one month.The girl lived with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.The parents reportedly tied up John by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness. the parents had gone out on Wednesday and locked up the girl as usual.On that day, the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl.The landlord was said to have alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) MAN JAILED FOUR MONTHS FOR STEALING CATFISH An Evbouriaria Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State, onThursday sentenced one Sylvester Livinus, 22, to four months’ imprisonment for stealing 10 catfish.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. C.E. Oghuma, however, gave the convict N5,000 option of fine.Earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Olatoye Oluwaseun, told the court that the accused committed the offence on September, 18, at about 2.45pm on Toronto Street, Benin.Oluwaseun said the catfish, which belonged to one Noma Okunbor, was valued at N10, 000. For details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers) PARENTS CHAIN 14-YEAR-OLD RUNAWAY DAUGHTER A teenage girl, identified as Onyeka John, has regained freedom after she was allegedly chained by her mother to the burglar-proof bars for about one month.The girl lived with her parents in a rented apartment on Serebe Street, Abaranje, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.The parents reportedly tied up John by the neck and legs for habitually running away from home, which they ascribed to mental illness. the parents had gone out on Wednesday and locked up the girl as usual.On that day, the landlord, Mr. Oladapo Olubajo, was said to have gone to the backyard, where the family’s apartment is located, to check a pumping machine when he saw the girl.The landlord was said to have alerted a resident, who reported the case to the police at the Ikotun division. (for details on the story, pick up copies of the Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

POLICE PARADE SIX SUSPECTS FOR HACKING RICE MERCHANT TO DEATH IN KWARA No fewer than six persons that were allegedly involved in the hacking to death of a rice merchant in Yashikira town in Baruten local government council of Kwara state have been paraded by the state police command.Mrs. Florence Ede, a widow, was hacked to death last week Thursday on her rice farm in Yashikra town.She was also known as Madam Do Good.Men of the state police command had since commenced investigations into the dastardly act and later had a breakthrough.Parading the suspects before journalists in Ilorin on Thursday, the state police commissioner, Mr. Olusola Amore, said that the affected suspects would be charged with culpable homicide at the court of law. For details on the story, pick up copies of this day, Nation, & Vanguard newspapers) COPS ARRESTED FOR MURDER Four policemen suspected of causing the death of a villager in Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa, have been arrested.The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Kimo, said in Yola on Thursday that the suspects, who were operatives of the state Anti Robbery Squad, were currently under investigation.Kimo said during the launch of the Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, that the four policemen were arrested following a report by the community.He said that the suspects were accused of harassing the villager to death for riding a


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motorcycle, which was banned in the state. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, & Nation, newspapers) MAN LOSES HANDS AFTER TORTURE BY HERBALIST A 26-year-old man, Oluwasegun Ayoola, has lost the use of his two hands after he was allegedly tortured by a herbalist in the Oke-Aro area of Lagos State. the unidentified herbalist, who is still at large, tied the victim’s hands and feet and dumped him in a clay pot for three days without food.The victim was said to have been released after some family members intervened. He was subsequently taken to a hospital for treatment. Oluwasegun was cleaning up his apartment on Idimu Road, Ejigbo, when he collapsed and was taken to the herbalist’s shrine by a half-brother, Afolabi.His mother, Mrs. Kudirat Ayoola, said she never knew they were being taken to a shrine on the day of the incident. for details on the story, pick up copies of ThisDay, Nation, Vanguard & Punch newspapers)

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