The Royal Rumble In Olubadan’s Palace Among Other Top Newspaper Headlines For Today 12/12/17

It appears the crisis with the Olubadan-In-Council is not nearing an end as the newly crowned 21 Obas are bent on removing the head of the council.

Daily Sun leads with the trending story Council of Obas threatens to depose Olubadan, gives monarch 21-day ultimatum. The story reads A fresh twist was yesterday introduced to the crisis rocking the recent review of 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration as the Ibadan Council of Obas issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The Punch has it that 21 New Ibadan Kings threaten to recommend Olubadan’s removal with the rider; give Oba Adetunji 21 days to be of good conduct. The Nigerian Tribune also writes Ibadan Obas Threaten To Remove Olubadan.

The Nation captions it as Olubadan gets 21-deadline as No-confidence vote threat. Another trending story on most dailies today is that of the #EndSARS protest held in Abuja, Awka, Port Harcourt and others across the country yesterday. As reported by The Nation, there were protests in some major cities yesterday for and against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the police anti-violent crimes fighting machine.

Vanguard and Nigerian Tribune lead with the same story written as EFCC lacks Powers to Prosecute Serving Judges – Appeal Court with the rider, Strikes out EFCC’s charge against Justice Nganjiwa; We”ll appeal EFCC. In the latter’s version, it goes this way; EFCC can’t prosecute serving judges, Appeal Court rules.

Buhari’s Strong Message For 2019 and Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

“Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office. We will wait and see, if they think Nigerians are ignorant. They have the guts to reclaim office.”

These were President Buhari’s strong words for the opposition as the race for 2019 unofficially begins. Perhaps, the Nation Newspaper captures it all with Buhari: looters won’t return to power in 2019 with the President challenging those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test.

Daily Independent also leads with the same story but with the headline; 2019: My Popularity in the North Unshaken, Buhari Boasts. As the country begins to gear up for the general elections in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the mammoth crowd that thronged the streets of Kano to welcome him on Wednesday was a clear message to the opposition that his popularity in the North remains unshaken.

The Nigerian Tribune reports the drama currently preceding the Elective National Convention of the PDP tomorrow. It leads with 24 Hours to National Convention: Petitions Against Aspirants Flood PDP Secretariat and according to the paper, most of the petitions sighted by newsmen on Thursday written to the national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the chairman, national convention committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the petitioners demanded for the outright disqualification of certain aspirants.

Daily Sun has its headline as PDP: Zero hour with the riders Support base for Secondus Widens, as South East cues in as Lobby for Adeniran intensifies, Ladoja, Dokpesi press on.

Vanguard has it boldly written on its front page; 2019 Presidency: Angry Atiku Shuns Press, Others After Talks With IBB with Journalists and supporters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were, yesterday, shocked after the politician came out from a meeting with former President Ibrahim Babangida with a long face reflective of a red card shown to his presidential ambition.

The Guardian also reports PDP saying IBB, Jonathan wade into South
West PDP discord.

Finally, the PUNCH leads with the voluntary retirement of embattled Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola. Its lead story reads NJC: We recommended Justice Ademola’s sacking to Buhari……says Judge’s resignation, an afterthought.

Persisting Fuel Scarcity, PDP National Chairmanship, Southwest Integration and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The annual ritual of persisting fuel scarcity in the year end is back again but with twists and turns from stakeholders across the country with the Federal Government giving a marching order to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu to end the rising issue by weekend. Here are how some National Dailies captioned it today;

Starting with the Nigerian Tribune with the Headline, FEC to Kachikwu: End fuel scarcity this week with council ordering both the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group
Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru to end fuel scarcity by this weekend.

The Guardian reports the story with the headline; FG blames fuel scarcity on external demand with the government blaming the situation on increased demand by nations in temperate regions.

Away from Fuel matters, The Independent has it that EFCC Plans to Pick Four Chair Aspirants at PDP Convention writing that the party is seriously worried that the planned arrest is being planned by the anti-graft agency to take place at Eagle Square on Saturday.

Daily Sun also has an headline on the PDP with the caption; PDP Chair: North dumps Southwest with the riders Uche Secondus is top runner as Ladoja looks good for deputy chairman, Makarfi, Okowa, others meet IBB in Minna.

Still on Politics, Vanguard leads with Why I’ll Win Again In 2019 – Buhari. Moved by the outpouring of affection from the people of Kano State at the beginning of a two-day official visit, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday vowed to overwhelm any opposition to his undeclared 2019 re-election prospects.

Finally from The Nation Newspaper comes a double banner headline of Southwest States United On Constitution Amendment as Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) met in Ibadan to ratify their common stance on all issues billed for amendment.

Looming Fuel Scarcity and Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Away from the #EndSARS and Atiku Issues, Nigerians woke up on Wednesday with the news of the looming fuel scarcity in the country as national dailies caption it in different ways.

The PUNCH captions it; Consumers Groan In Lagos, Abuja as fuel scarcity worsens with the rider, Senators to inspect filling stations, summon NNPC boss as reports have it that many of the private depots in Apapa, Lagos, where many marketers get petroleum products from for distribution to other states, did not have PMS while those who had were doing “skeletal loading.”

It is however cast on The NIGERIAN TRIBUNE with the story reading IPMAN blames NNPC, accuses it of favouring DAPPMA- As long queues resurfaced in the country on Tuesday, marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the situation.
The GUARDIAN also reports the fuel scarcity story as Stop Panic Buying, NNPC tells Nigerians as queues persist with the NNPC urging fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying, assuring that it has enough stock to meet the needs of consumers.

 

Moving away from Fuel Issues, The NATION has it on its front page that PDP Governors Plan “Unity List” to stop IBB, Jonathan. Part of the story reads; To have a rancor free convention and install the national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors will compile a “unity list” of candidates who delegates will vote for.

#EndSARS Campaign Prompting The Reorganization Of SARS, Atiku’s 2019 Presidential Bid And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines Today

Of Course, the most trending topic on the lips of many Nigerians is #EndSARS which leads the trends on all social media platforms today. And with the campaign giving many countrymen the opportunity to share to the whole world their experience in the hands of the security unit, the police hierarchy had to take the bull by the horn.

Notably in all the Papers, The Punch, Vanguard, Daily Sun, Nigerian Tribune, New Telegraph, The Nation, The Guardian, Daily Independent among others, the story has different captions.

The Punch:

#EndSARS: IG reorganizes SARS, to probe operatives with the story:

Following calls on social media for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on account of its nefarious activities, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered immediate reorganization of the unit.

The Police boss in a statement on Monday by the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, also ordered the investigation into all allegations and complaints against the operatives of the squad by the IGP X-Squad.

He noted that SARS had been doing well by curbing violent crimes, but expressed concern over calls for its disbandment, noting that the unit would be reorganized and repositioned for efficiency and effective service delivery to all Nigerians.

Moving now to Atiku, its no longer news that the Former Vice President is back in his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP. But there seems to be a twist to his ambition in becoming the nation’s number one citizen as members of the party are not giving face to his quest to run in 2019.

The Independent has the caption, “No Special Consideration For Abubakar Atiku-PDP, with the Guardian saying “PDP Rules Out Special Concession for Atiku, Others”, it leaves to the average political watcher that only time will tell.

Still on the review today, there is this interesting and cheerful news of a six year old boy, Ali Ahmadu captured on all national dailies. His story is heartwarming. The young Ali was about four years ago in a small village at Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State affected by the murderous invasions of the dreaded Boko Haram sect damaging his still forming vertebra column in the process.

After due medical advice, he was sent to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a life changing surgery on his spinal cord which cost $63,000. His return to the country yesterday (Monday) sparked wild jubilations from everyone at the airport trying to catch a glimpse of the ever aesthetic young chap. Asked what would like to become, he said “I want to be a policeman.”

Finally, here is the news of Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha appointing his sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as the Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. The announcement has and is still generating huge reactions from the entire federation.

Fmr. Pres. Jonathan Says Pres. Buhari Is A Failure And Other Interesting Stories From The Papers This Morning

The former President of the federation Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari his administration has failed in governance.

According to this headline story by New Telegraph Newspaper, Buhari’s govt has failed – Jonathan, Mr. Jonathan who was voted out whilst seeking re-election in 2015 for a lacklustre performance claimed his party the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP which ruled for 16 years, has fared better in performance when compared to the All Progressives Congress, APC which had only used two years in power.

However, OSUN DEFENDER newspaper took another dimension on its front page with the rider; Youth plan massive protest in Osogbo. Apparently, a few communities in Osogbo the State of Osun capital has been left without power supply for a few weeks now. The paper said crisis was imminent in some communities of Olorunda Local Government as youth in the area have vowed to embark on massive protest against the perpetual blackout affecting the communities which has lasted over 48 days.

Meanwhile, if everything goes as planned, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun will soon cease to be the chairman of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. THE NATION’s headline reveals 17 governors plot APC chair Oyegun’s removal. Recall the party had remained without a board of trustees since it was inaugurated more than two years ago. The governors are angry that Mr. Oyegun runs the party like his personal estate, only engaging seven of his colleagues from the National Working Committee in running the party.

The Punch today headlines its paper with an economic story stating the FG has revealed Nigerians may repay $5.5bn loan for 20 years.

It was noted that the Federal Government said its external borrowing plan, for which it is seeking the approval of the National Assembly, will take Nigeria between five years and 30 years to repay. Still towing the line of economic stories, the NIGERIAN TRIBUNE reported that the Senate has resolves to probe Paris Club refunds to governors.

Tribune reports that the Senate on Thursday resolved to probe how the Paris Club Refunds and other bailout funds to state governors by President Muhammadu Buhari were approved. In fact, it was noted that Pres. Buhari may be impeached if it was found out that he disbursed several funds to the states in the name of Bailout, Paris Club loan refund etc. without the prior approval of the National Assembly.

Senator Anyawu who raised a motion on the topic on the floor of the Nigerian Senate asked precisely that he would want to know who approved the said appropriations for Mr. President. The Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Sen. Bukola Saraki however pleaded with his colleagues for an extensive debate to be carried out on the motion on the next legislative day, Tuesday 24th October, 2017. Who knows, this could be the beginning of an impeachment move on President Buhari.

In another interesting read, the INDEPENDENT reports, FG Set to Name Treasury Looters. It was noted that, Abukabar Malami (SAN), Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has directed all relevant agencies to compile documents on names of treasury looters which will soon be made public.

W’Bank Disagrees With Adeosun On Borrowing And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Independent

Disquiet In APC Over Cabinet Reshuffle, FG Appointments

http://independent.ng/disquiet-in-apc-over-cabinet-reshuffle-fg-appointments/

The Punch

W’Bank Disagrees With Adeosun On Borrowing

http://punchng.com/world-bank-disagrees-with-adeosun-on-borrowing/

Daily Sun

Camerounian Soldiers Overrun Nigeria Village

A prolonged border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroun resurfaced at the weekend when people from Bodam, a Camerounian community invaded Danre community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Vanguard

Bailout Funds To States Illegal- Tukur, ex-RMAFC Boss

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/illegality-bailout-funds-states-ngf-falana-others-tackle-tukur-ex-rmafc-boss/

The Nation

Gunmen Kill 29 Displaced Persons In Attack On Camp

http://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-kill-29-displaced-persons-attack-camp/

Nigerian Tribune

Senate Summons Baru Over Award Of Oil Licence

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/senate-summons-nnpc-gmd-spdc-award-oil-licence/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osinbajo Disowns Aide’s Statement On NNPC Crisis And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The Guardian

Osinbajo Disowns Aide’s Statement On NNPC Crisis

https://guardian.ng/news/osinbajo-disowns-aides-statement-on-nnpc-crisis/

Independent

Presidency Bickers Over Who Signed Controversial NNPC Contracts

http://independent.ng/presidency-bickers-signed-controversial-nnpc-contracts/

Nigerian Tribune

My Role In NNPC Financing Arrangements- Osinbajo

Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo has cleared the sir on his role in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), stating that he only approved financing arrangements in replacement of Joint Cash Call obligations and not contracts as being insinuated.

The Punch

N120bn Bribery Allegations: IG Asks Courts To Stop Saraki, Senate From Investigating Him

http://punchng.com/ig-asks-court-to-stop-saraki-senate-from-investigating-him/

The Nation

Southwest APC Demands More Powers For States

http://thenationonlineng.net/southwest-apc-demands-powers-states/

Vanguard

Reps To Probe Jonathan, Buhari Over N11.1bn Aso Rock Clinic Budget

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/reps-probe-jonathan-buhari-n11-1bn-aso-rock-clinic-budget/

Daily Sun

No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019-Akande

http://sunnewsonline.com/2019-presidency-no-automatic-ticket-for-buhari-akande/

New Telegram

Abdulsalami: PDP Has Failed As Opposition Party

https://newtelegraphonline.com/2017/10/pdp-failed-opposition-party-abdusalami/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PDP, NLC, SERAP, ANEEJ Call For Baru’s Probe And Other News Headlines Today

Vanguard

PDP, NLC, SERAP, ANEEJ Call For Baru’s Probe

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/25bn-nnpc-contract-award-pdp-nlc-serap-aneej-call-barus-probe/

The Nation

Buhari Under Pressure Over $25b NNPC Deals, Others

http://thenationonlineng.net/buhari-pressure-25b-nnpc-deals-others/

Daily Sun

Don’t Intimidate Us With Soldiers

The Southern, Middle-Belt Leaders Forum has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating Nigerians with the spate of military operations being undertaken across the country.

Independent

‘Buhari Not Surprised By Kachikwu’s Allegations Against Baru’

http://independent.ng/buhari-not-surprised-kachikwus-allegations-baru/

Nigerian Tribune

FG Releases N100bn Sukuk Proceeds For 25 Road Projects

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/adeosun-hands-n100bn-sukuk-proceeds-fasola-25-road-projects/

The Guardian

$25 Billion NNPC Fraud Is For Buhari’s Re-Election, PDP Alleges

https://guardian.ng/news/25-billion-nnpc-fraud-is-for-buharis-re-election-pdp-alleges/

The Punch

Kachikwu/ Baru Feud: PDP, SERAP Call For Suspension Of Baru, Buhari Meets Minister Today

http://punchng.com/kachikwubaru-feud-pdp-serap-call-for-suspension-of-baru-buhari-meets-minister-today/

 

 

 

 

How Political Patronage Triggered Thuggery, Cult Clashes And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

Osun Defender

How Political Patronage Triggered Thuggery, Cult Clashes

The recent cult clash in Osogbo and its environs have generated a lot of dusts over the safety of lives and properties in the capital as clashes between rival gangs in the last 24 months had claimed the lives of about four young men.

Independent

We Can’t Be Stampeded, Northern Elders Tell South

http://independent.ng/we-cant-be-stampeded-northern-elders-tell-south/

Daily Sun

Killer Herdsmen Not Terrorist- Presidency

http://sunnewsonline.com/killer-herdsmen-not-terrorists-says-garba-shehu/

Vanguard

Restructuring:

We’re Not Afraid, But Won’t Be Stampeded- Northern Elders

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/restructuring-not-afraid-wont-stampeded-northern-elders/

The Punch

Profs, SANs, Others Disagree On Court Order Banning IPOB

http://punchng.com/profs-sans-others-disagree-on-court-order-banning-ipob/

The Nation

UK, France: No Protest On IPOB, Radio Biafra

http://thenationonlineng.net/uk-france-no-protests-ipob-radio-biafra/

The Guardian

Long Contract Cycles Threaten N18tr Investment In Oil Sector

https://guardian.ng/business-services/long-contract-cycles-threaten-n18tr-investment-in-oil-sector/

Nigerian Tribune

Arms Shipment From Turkey

Nigeria Under Threat, Customs CG Says

http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/arms-shipment-nigeria-threat-turkey-%E2%80%95customs/

 

Presidency Hits Saraki Over IPOB Proscription And Newspaper Headline

Newspaper Headline

THE NATIONS

Consultant admits $3m governors’ contract fake

  • EFCC in court to seek forfeiture of N1,823b Paris Club refund

Armed with evidence of alleged diversion of the London-Paris Club refund, the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has applied for the forfeiture of over N1.83cillion by some consultants hired by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

 

NEW TELEGRAPH

Presidency slams saraki over IPOB’s prescription

  • Minister: We’re uncovered agitators; foreign sponsors
  • Northern govs lament infrastructural decay in South-East

The presidency yesterday faulted the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki, over his statement that the Nigerian Military lacked the power to declare the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organization.

 

THE GUARDIAN

Buhari asks UN to dialogue with N’Korea over Nuclear weapons

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the United Nations delegation to urgently negotiate with North Korea over the development of accelerated nuclear weapons by the country.

 

DAILY SUN

FG under fire over IPOB

  • Fayose, Jonathan’s aide take swipe at Lai Mohammed over allegation on Pro-Biafra sponsors

The Federal Government yesterday came under acerbic attack from the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and the aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, over its claim that disgruntled politicians and treasury looters were behind the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), the separate group led by Nnamdi Kanu.

 

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Buhari wants UN cooperation on the assets recovery, war on B/Haram

  • Says N/Korea greatest threat to mankind
  • Accuses Myanmar of ethnic cleansing
  • As Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea

President Donald Trump of the United States on Tuesday, began his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, with the a vow to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea’s Kim Jong-un if his administration threatens the United States, as he talked up the ‘Vast Military Power’ of the United States, Daily Mail of the UK reported.

 

VANGUARD

Nigeria’s foreign debts hit $15.05bn in June – NBS

  • Up $3.64 bn, N0.04trn in 6 months
  • As domestic debts stand at N14.06trn
  • Private sector operators warns on debts profile

Abuja- The nation Bureau of statistics NBS yesterday, said Nigeria foreign debt stood at $15.05 billion, while the domestic debt portfolio was put at N14.06 trillion in June this year.

 

THE PUNCH

FG, Jonathan disagree on proposed S’West, S’South military operations

  • Airforce troop deployment sends fighter to jet S’East
  • We’ve identified countries supporting IPOB, says FG

The Federal Government and former President Goodluck Jonathan have disagreed on the South-South and the South-West codenamed Operation Crocodile Smile.