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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tuesday arrested a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. It was learnt that Fani-Kayode was nabbed and subsequently taken to the Lagos zonal office of the anti-graft agency for alleged manipulation and forgery of documents.

2. Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), has hinted that a litre of fuel may sell between N320 and N340 in 2022. He said this during the presentation of the World Bank Nigeria Development Update, November 2021 edition titled “Time for Business Unusual” in Abuja on Tuesday.

3. Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say Nigeria cannot survive another four years under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, said this Tuesday at the opening ceremony of a two-day PDP National Retreat 2021 themed “It’s Time to Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria”.

4. A police station was yesterday, burnt down at Arondizuogu in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State. Micheal Abattam, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed this, saying the incident led to the death of an officer.

5. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the report of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the alleged Lekki Toll Gate shooting is “a rehash of the unverified fake news that has been playing on social media since the incident of October 20, 2020.” Mohammed said this during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the inauguration of the newly constituted Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. The suspension was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

7. The Senate Committee on Air Force, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to empower the Nigerian Police to tackle insecurity in the country. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, made the call on Tuesday while presenting the budget report of his committee to the appropriation committee.

8. The Department of State Services (DSS) has told an Oyo State High Court sitting at Ibadan, that the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho is currently undergoing the process of extradition back to Nigeria.

9. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has stressed on the imperatives of joint operations among the nation’s armed forces towards achieving effectiveness in counter-insurgency, anti-banditry and other security operations across the country. Irabor stated this while delivering the graduation lecture for participants of Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) in Abuja.

10. The German government has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to release at least 30,000 Nigeria Police personnel for special training in Germany on how to manage protests among Nigerians without using weapons. This was disclosed on Tuesday by a high-level delegation from Germany, which visited the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith.

*NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES FOR TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2021*

 

*PUNCH*

Increasing rate of antibiotic resistance worries care providers

Family physicians vital in curbing vaccine hesitancy Expert

Calling for the sack or sacking of Super Eagles coach

Justice for Citizen Itunu

Dont vote for parochial leaders, Tambuwal warns Nigerians

Obiano, Soludo planned defection rumour childish propaganda APGA coordinator

Bayelsa tackles APC over Diris alleged poor performance

Uzodimma nominates ex-speaker, 16 others commissioners, seeks Assemblys confirmation

Capital inflow crashes by 80%, foreign investors shun Nigerian market

Naira loses steam, slides to 555/dollar in parallel market

FG-Rivers VAT suitll strengthen rule of law Wike

835,161 SMEs have received N56.84bn survival fund

Okowa faults rising cost of gas, FG plans 10 million cylinders purchase

Senate faults smuggled N16bn vote into environment ministrys budget

NACCIMA seeks Russias help on Ajaokuta Steel

Don’t sack Rohr now ‘Ikpeba

We won’t stop Awoniyi from AFCON ‘ Fischer

Akpeyi keeps 50th clean sheet in South Africa

Osimhen to undergo surgery today

Should NFF replace Rohr with local or foreign coach

Dennis surpasses Ighalo’s Watford record

Osimhen may miss 2021 AFCON over injury

Nigeria must tap into ex-Eagles’ experience ‘ Dare

Nigerian players eye laurels at ITTF t’tennis tourney

Awoniyi hopes to carry momentum to Conference League

I made mistakes at Watford ‘ Success

NWFL clubs get November 25 registration deadline

TotalEnergies brings 2021 AFCON trophy to Nigeria

Odey signs three-year deal with Randers

Lewandowski, Benzema nominated for FIFA’s Best award

 

Married man abandons girlfriend in Lagos hotel room, rapes receptionist

Hoodlums brutalised me for testifying at Lagos panel #EndSARS protester

Three children, others feared dead, boats burnt in Rivers jetty fire

Ikpeazu orders probe as policeman shoots Abia graduate orphan to death

Air Force woman dies after snakebite in NAF base toilet

Three killed as speeding car plunges into Ogun river

Abuja airport manager slumps on duty, dies

Veteran comic actor Baba Suwe dies at 63 , Gbajabiamila mourns

ICTs contribution to GDP hits N8.13tn in nine months

Crypto firm pushes for global regulatory framework

Saudi Arabia set to host tech event in 2022

MTN Group exits Yemen

Fintech firm to unveil blockchain payment platform

Maina: Stench of corruption in highest places

Ex-UNILAG registrar counsels varsities on creativity

Gombe NYSC expects 1,800 corps members

Why Nigerian varsities are poorly ranked TETFund

New UNIBENs Chancellor advocates peaceful conflict resolution

Ondo varsity shut indefinitely as students protest fee payment before exams

COVID-19: Delta variant still dominant in Nigeria NCDC

APC govs clash over direct primaries, Bello, Sule exchange words

WAEC releases 2021 WASSCE results, withholds 11%

 

*VANGUARD*

Insecurity: Nigerians indebted to armed forces for sacrifices made ‘ Lawan

Gbajabiamila mourns Baba Suwe

Tor Tiv becomes 10th Chancellor of UNIBEN

APC Group calls on party members to show respect for leadership

How I endured hardship in London before getting breakthrough in business ‘ Kevin Olu

Civil flight operations to commence from Benue in December ‘ FAAN

Female actors and ‘immoral content’ banned from Afghan TV

#ENDSARS: Adamawa panel submits report to Fintiri

Delta variant still dominant COVID in Nigeria ‘ NCDC

Katsina State Assembly asks governments to declare bandits as terrorists

African Consumer Care (Dabur) Organizes Strong Foundation @ Oral Health Care Talk

Davido redeems N50m pledge to Orphanage homes

Fire razes 41 shops at Kurmi Market Kano

Dana Air appoints new Deputy CEO

Digital population census realistic by May 2022 ‘ Chairman

Railway strike: workers: FG must cooperate not to jeopardize progress made ‘ Sen Adesoji Akanbi

LCFE harps on youths financial literacy

We’re set for Dec. 4 LG poll ‘ Ekiti SIEC

Ambushing the amended Electoral Bill

APC Group calls on party members to show respect for leadership

APC National Convention: President Buhari endorses February 2022

Why I’ve not been commissioning projects ‘ Ortom

APC Crisis: Dissolution of Buni’s CECPC must follow laid down rules, say Stakeholders

APC Crisis: Govs pass Confidence Vote on Buni, to meet Buhari on Convention

Crisis: Our party ‘ll not implode ‘ APC Govs

Oando begins settlement with Mangal, tops trading on NGX

First African Company to Develop a RAD Tool Announces the Release of its Software- Radsystems Studio

Music video director, Jackie Russ grabs LEA Awards nomination

You’re next: Dabira, Lekki shooting survivor gets attack notice

2022 WASSCE to be conducted in May/June ‘ WAEC

The road to Caracas and human frailties

Nigerians starve, FG serves falsehood

300 pupils benefit from Naval War College educational outreach in calabar

Healthcare Delivery: Sen Bassey calls for establishment of Specialist hospitals in 6 Zones

Adegoke Murder: Police on the trail of hotel’s MD ‘ CP

1 killed, unspecified number kidnapped on Kaduna- Abuja road

NAF female personnel killed by snakebite in Abuja

NAF female personnel killed by snakebite inside toilet in Abuja

Abuja-Kaduna road massacre national shame ‘ ACF

Anger in Bauchi as suspected ritualists ‘harvest’ brain of 11-yr-old almajiri

Businesswoman drags ex-lover to court over assault

BREAKING: ‘They cut me like a thief’ ‘ Kamsi, attacked EndSARS protester, narrates ordeal

Man docked for reckless driving, causing death of 45-year-old

Attacked EndSARS protester, Miss Ibe in stable condition ‘ Lawyer

BREAKING: What hoodlums told EndSARS protester before matcheting her ‘ Lawyer

2 die, 8 injured in Ore-Benin Expressway crash

2 die, 8 injured in Ore-Benin Expressway crash

Our targets are only females ‘ kidnap suspects who pose as oil workers declare

 

*THISDAY*

FG to Generate N12.4bn from Lagos-Ibadan e-Ticketing Solution in 4 Years

Obaseki Boosts Agric Devt with Infrastructure

Sterling Bank Partners Whitefield Foundation to Empowers 60,0000 Youths, Women

Firms $1m Investment in Salpha Energy to Boost Solar Home Systems Distribution

Fitch Upgrades Seplat Energy to B on Stable Outlook, Companys Resilience

Axxela Gets Positive Ratings with Stable Outlook

New Auto Policy Will Unleash Inflow of Investments into Nigeria

Wabote: Duports 10,000bpd Modular Refinery for Completion Next Month

LCCI, LASG Reaffirms Commitment to Agribusiness Value-Chain Devt

FGs Local Content Policy Creating Opportunities for Indigenous Firms

DataPro Assigns MyCredit BBB Rating

Energy Transition: What Impact Can PIA Make

HoS Seeks Collaboration with Finance Ministry on MDAs Capacity Building

Seplat CEO: Nigeria Rightly Signing Up to Energy Transition

Sylva: Nigerias Transition to Clean Energy Sources on Course

Resuscitation of National Food Reserve Agency will Reinvigorate Food Systems

Agric Minister Seeks AfDBs Support to Recapitalise Bank of Agriculture

Developing Countries Account for 80% of Worlds Aquaculture Production, Says FAO

Shonubi Emerges NIQS President, Vows to Ingrain Best Practice

West Africas October Crude Exports Down 10% as Nigerias Output Continues Slump

Henkels Forscherwelt Initiative Targets 62,000 Nigerian Children

LSMDA Rallies Support to Combat Drug Abuse, Trafficking in Nigeria

Why Senator Odebiyi Seeks Better Standard of Education

Ayus Emegence As Atikus Trump Card For PDPs Ticket

Niger Delta Elders Mount Pressure on Buhari to Inaugurate NDDC Board

Amnesty for Nnamdi Kanu

Heineken Lights up Champions League Nights as Teams Battle for Round…

Will Villarreal Compound Man Utds Problems Tonight

AFTERMATHS OF CHEEKBONE INJURY Osimhens AFCON Appearance for Super Eagles Doubtful

Lagos Hauls 39 Medals as 1st SWest Para-Athletics Championship Ends

Sacked Solskjaer Insists He Left Man Utd in Better State

Osimhen Injured as Inter Beat Napoli at San Siro

Conte Wins First Premier League Game In Charge of Spurs

 

*THE SUN*

APC govs meet Buhari over zoning, national convention

Why Nigeriansll vote for PDP in 2023 Ortom

APC govs meet Buhari over zoning, national convention

APC youth council appoints Adetoun Adediran as national women leader

Uzodimma submits 17 commissioner nominees to State assembly

Awardll make Emefiele work harder Obiora

Kickstart Initiative empowers young entrepreneurs with N60m grant

Dana Air appoints Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Delta: Okowa worried over rising cost of cooking gas

New domestic airline K-Impex Air to begin operations next year

NMDPRA assures of offsetting bridging claims, sustain programme

Osinbajo, govs, Ooni, Alaafin, others launch Yoruba World Centre

Ebubeagu nabs 2 women for stealing newborn babies in Ebonyi

Bandits inch closer to Katsina metropolis, kill 4

Elders storm NSCDC hqtrs, demand protection

Female judge hands off Sarakis suit

Death of OAU student: Family, journalists, lawyers monitor autopsy

Ikoyi collapsed building: Panel digs for facts, visits hospital, site

Sit-at-home: Traders, residents defy Ohanaeze, shun business

Tension as gunmen kill soldier in Imo

Electoral amendment bill: Weve done our job, we expect Buhari to sign Senate president

 

*GUARDIAN*

UNIBEN gets new chancellor

Uzodimma sends 17 commissioner nominees to state Assembly

48-year-old man gets life sentence for defiling six-year-old girl

Borno shelters 1,900 IDPs at four council headquarters

Air Force, FAAN, others move for Benue military airport to begin operation

Fire razes 41 shops in Kano market

Ondo PDP accused of conniving to undermine Amotekun

Ikoyi collapsed building tribunal calls for calm, submission of memoranda

Adegboruwa alleges threat to life as hoodlums machete EndSARS protester, who testified before Lekki panel

Driver to be charged with ‘intentional homicide’ after five killed at US Christmas parade

Okocha excited as TotalEnergies AFCON trophy tours Lagos, other cities

Omotoso hails organisers of Efunkoya National Cadet Table Tennis tourney

Lagos to host NOC’s Commonwealth quiz for secondary schools

Group urges expansion of tax net to check escalating debt service rate

AfCFTA will increase states’ export capacity by $44.4b yearly

CBN, payment system operators move to fast-track e-Naira usage

Ikeja Electric seeks sanctions against activities under power lines

Remittances to Nigeria, others rebound, surpass FDIs

NOSDRA blames communities for slow response to oil spillage clean-up

Flour Mills, Honeywell reach N80 billion shares transfer deal

Dana begins Lagos-Asaba-Abuja flight services

Firm targets sustainable food package, net zero emissions by 2050

Proliferation of accounting bodies encourages quacks, says ICAN

Chemical workers explore solutions for sectoral challenges

Insurance Brokers of Nigeria re-elects Okpue as board member UNIBA Partners

Aisha Buhari, SANs, others receive African peace awards

Industrialist seeks enabling environment for job creation

#EndSARS panel, restitution and closure in Lagos

That Black Tuesday

That conjecture on state of emergency – Part 2

X-ray

Dialogue and interfaith-belief communications in Nigeria

Omnia inter-faith solution to religious crises

A saint in hell

Reflection on the quest for industrial harmony – Part 2

APC: Buni gets three months, Buhari okays Feb convention

December 1 deadline: Get vaccinated if you love your job, FG tells workers

Something has happened to us, we need our humanity back, says Soyinka

Napoli’s Osimhen to have operation on Tuesday

Cuban woman says Maradona abused and raped her

Sports minister wants local coach for Super Eagles job

LeBron suspended one game for bloody Stewart clash

Senate alleges N16b padding of 2022 budget

 

*LEADERSHIP*

Only 6 Member-countries Obey ECOWAS Court Rulings ‘ Judge

Excessive Use Of Antibiotics Kills Vital Bacteria, NCDC Warns

NAF Officer Dies Of Snakebite In Abuja Residence

IGP, AGF Risk Contempt Charge Over Disobedience Of Court Order

North-Central Coalition Seeks Emergence Of President From Region

Activists Convene Summit On Education, Security

APC Chieftain Backs NASS On Direct Primaries

Aisha Buhari Lays Foundation Of AFLPM Secretariat

Abduction: Abuja Schools Are Safe ‘ SEB Boss

Flight Operations To Resume In Benue December

Fire Razes 41 Shops At Kano Market

#EndSARS Report: FG Will Only Act On Areas Concerning It ‘ Presidency

Digital Population Census Possible In May 2022 ‘ NPC Official

Buhari’s Investment Drive Will Turn Nigeria Into Africa’s Investor’s Hub ‘ Izunaso

EFCC Urges Nigerian Youths To Join Anti-corruption Fight

ISWAP Tax Collectors Killed In Military Airstrike

Senate Rejects Environment Ministry’s N16bn Budget To Pay Debt

USAID To Spend $787m On Nigeria To Mark 60 Years Of Assistance

We Expect Buhari To Sign Electoral Bill, Says Lawan

Austria Re-enters Lockdown As Cases Soar Again In Europe

Nigeria Meets WHO Requirement For Vaccine Production ‘ NAFDAC

WAEC Raises SSCE Registration Fee By 29%

[EDITORIAL] Task Before Soludo

16 Days Of Activism: Ending Gender Based Violence In Nigeria

Attacks On Abuja-Kaduna Road, A National Shame, Says ACF

APC To Elect Party Officers In February Convention

Don’t Release Kanu, Northern Youths Tell Buhari

Exhibitors Hail NEXIM Bank Impacts, Showing At Durban

Gbajabiamila Mourns Popular Comic Actor, Baba Suwe

Wike To Federal Govt: Consider Oil Theft As Treasonable Offence

 

*NEW TELEGRAPH*

JUST IN: Baba Suwe is dead

JUST IN: WAEC releases results, records 81.7% passes

CPM founder, Rev Ezekiel, dies at 78

Bandits shoot, kidnap several travellers along Kaduna-Abuja highway

Food security remains one of the tripods of my administration ‘ Dikio

APC: Caretaker C’ttee meets to decide on Convention, zoning

PDP to Akeredolu: Avert lawyers’ strike

Umahi redeploys three Perm Secs

AMCON MD, Kuru wins New Telegraph ‘Public Integrity Awards 2021

FG trains, deploys over 200 special planning Officers to MDAs

Lagos increases COVID-19 public-private vaccination sites to 360

Insecurity: OPCI President knocks Buhari, says he is a complete failure

Anambra disability community lauds Anambrarians for voting Soludo

ECOWAS urges OPS to contribute to peace, security devt

JUST IN: Flour Mills, Honeywell Announce Big Bang Merger

Insurance key to sustainable devt ‘Sunu boss

NAICOM tasks underwriters on portal alignment

FMDQ registers Viathan Funding CP programme

SEC: Commodity exchanges’ll facilitate devt, enhance financial inclusion

MPC: Analysts predict rates retention amid inflation decline

NGX closes week negative with 0.12% loss

Lions’ Den: Ecobank restates support for entrepreneurs

Emefiele to unveil 2022 policy direction at CIBN dinner

International Breweries sustains loss position on cost pressure

Poster game, endorsements take centre stage ahead of 2023 presidency

Anambra guber: When the people braved the odds

Report: Zidane turns down Man United

Osimhen suffers face fractures after sickening head clash

All welcome’ as Qatar begins one-year countdown ‘ Infantino

Ligue 1: Lyon-Marseille clash interrupted as player struck by bottle

Dare applauds New Telegraph for award, organization

Ex-SWAN presidents call for coach’s sack

Zenith Bank/Delta Principals Cup Final now holds Nov. 30

Presidency orders NFF to sack Rohr immediately

 

*BLUE PRINT*

Act: All eyes now on Buhari for his assent ‘ Lawan

20 months after, Buni leads APC to Convention February

2 in police net for child trafficking

FMDQ admits Valency Agro Nigeria Ltd series 2&3 commercial papers

Heritage Bank CEO wins Banker of the year SMEs & agric 2021 award

BPW Nigeria tasks women on entrepreneurial skills

Customs make over 200 different seizures in Lagos

Otudeko reduces exposure in flour market, sells stake in Honeywell

Pochettino open to Manchester United approach

26 teams fight for honours at CNS/NOWA tourneys

Osimhen battles to be fit for AFCON after fracture

Salisu Yusuf to take temporary charge of Super Eagles

AFCON 2022: Minister confident of Super Eagles

Corps members as unsung national heroes

Traders lament low sales as food prices soar in Lagos

Nigeria spends $670m on slush funds yearly ‘ CISLAC

MPC may retain benchmark rate as GDP, inflation favours doves

Sultan commissions Hill College of Nursing Sciences

Intra-Africa trade: AfCFTA to eliminate 90% of tariff, reduce non-tariff barriers

Ado Ekiti: Zulum honoured by Afe Babalola University

Firm seeks NASS’ intervention on Atala Oil field revocation

Niger prohibits sale of motorcycles

Adefisoye empowers constituents with items worth N100m

No room for underage gaming in Oyo ‘ DG

Zamfara APC congress: Matawalle commends emergence of consensus candidates

Ministry launches policy on gender education in Delta

Ogun: Community based policing’ll end insecurity ‘ Adebutu

LAUTECH: Makinde to pay N1bn in first week of Dec ‘ Prof. Omole

E-ticketing: NRC to generate N22bn in 4 years

Zamfara, SCI to strengthen social protection policy

NAFDAC raids warehouses containing N3bn fake drugs

NAFEST 2021: Cultural diversity, key to national unity- Commissioner

Otedola bags new appointment

Gbajabiamila tasks Muslims on peace building

Group hails FCT minister, says Abuja now construction site

Ndoma-Egba to immortalise late wife with Academy

Katsina dep gov’s wife joins Tinubu support team

Gunmen raid Lagos College of Education, shot lecturer, student dead

NAWOJ tasks FG on security, inflation

 

*TRIBUNE*

Biosafety regulation to boost Nigerians green economy ‘ DG NBMA

NHIS partners Roche on cancer care reimbursement initiative

Diaspora Group Passes Vote of Confidence on Governor Makinde

How seven banks’ Q3 profit surpassed GDP growth rate

There is need fordomestication of building code to halt structural failures ‘Majekodunmi

We’re partnering govt to provide solutions to environmental problems ‘Odukoya

OAU Masters student: Pathologists from both sides witness autopsy

LPG: FG to distribute 10 million cylinders to marketers

AFCFTA implementation: Nigeria targets African market of 1.2 billion population ‘ Official

Lawmaker trains over 300 constituents in vocational skills

Kwara to tap opportunities offered by NIDCOM summit

Edo ex-NUJ Chairman buries mother in Ondo

Interswitch, ThankUCash collaborate to launch reward and loyalty platform

Capital market registrars strategise to increase investor participation

Local stock market opens week bullish as investors earn N31.8bn

Flour Mills to acquire 71.69 per cent of Honeywell Flour for N80bn

 

*SPORTS*

26 teams fight for honours at CNS/NOWA tourneys – Blueprint

Aaron Loup Agrees to 2-Year, $17M Angels Contract After 1 Season with Mets – Bleacher Report

AFCON 2022: Minister confident of Super Eagles – Blueprint

AFTERMATHS OF CHEEKBONE INJURY Osimhens AFCON Appearance for Super Eagles Doubtful – Thisday

Akpeyi keeps 50th clean sheet in South Africa – Punch

All welcome’ as Qatar begins one-year countdown ‘ Infantino – New Telegraph

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Declines Japan’s People’s Honor Award After Winning 2021 AL MVP – Bleacher Report

Anthony DeSclafani, Giants Agree to 3-Year, $36M Contract – Bleacher Report

Awoniyi hopes to carry momentum to Conference League – Punch

Bears Rumors: Matt Nagy Firing Wanted by ‘Overwhelming Number’ of Players – Bleacher Report

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau Say Hug at 2021 Ryder Cup Was ‘Forced – Bleacher Report

Buster Posey, Trey Mancini Named 2021 NL, AL Comeback Players of the Year – Bleacher Report

Carmella, Queen Zelina Defeat Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H. to Win WWE Women’s Tag Titles – Bleacher Report

Carrick relishes short-term task at United with ideas on how to turn tide – Yahoo

Cavendish ‘Overwhelmed’ By Support After Suffering Serious Injuries In Crash – Daily Independent

Colts’ Jonathan Taylor sets franchise record in five touchdown performance against Buffalo Bills – CNN

Conte Wins First Premier League Game In Charge of Spurs – Thisday

Dare applauds New Telegraph for award, organization – New Telegraph

Dennis surpasses Ighalo’s Watford record – Punch

Don’t sack Rohr now ‘Ikpeba – Punch

Eddie Jones on lookout for next ingredient to add to England’s winning formula – Yahoo

England’s set-pieces not good enough if they want to beat South Africa consistently, says Eddie Jones – Yahoo

Ex-SWAN presidents call for coach’s sack – New Telegraph

FULL LIST: Salah nominated for 2021 Best FIFA player award – The Cable

Gareth Southgate eager to prove ‘value for money’ after committing to England – Yahoo

Giants’ Kyle Rudolph Ruled out vs. Buccaneers After Suffering Ankle Injury – Bleacher Report

Golf: Ibom Icon, First Bank partner for Lagos Open – The Cable

Heineken Lights up Champions League Nights as Teams Battle for Round… – Thisday

I made mistakes at Watford ‘ Success – Punch

Iman Shumpert Becomes 1st NBA Player to Win Dancing with the Stars’ Mirrorball Trophy – Bleacher Report

Jets Rumors: Michael Carter Expected to Miss 2-3 Weeks with Ankle Injury – Bleacher Report

Jonathan Taylor Is Officially NFL’s Best RB and Entering 2021 NFL MVP Race – Bleacher Report

Just enjoy the ride’: why club football can wait for Gareth Southgate – Yahoo

Kysre Gondrezick Explains Why She Stepped Away from WNBA After 2021 Olympic Break – Bleacher Report

Lagos Hauls 39 Medals as 1st SWest Para-Athletics Championship Ends – Thisday

Lagos to host NOC’s Commonwealth quiz for secondary schools – Guardian

Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony Praises Knicks, Doesn’t Want LeBron to Miss Playing at MSG – Bleacher Report

Late goal hands Hellas Verona victory over Empoli – Yahoo

LeBron James suspended for one game after Isaiah Stewart clash – Yahoo

LeBron James, Isaiah Stewart Suspended for Roles in Lakers-Pistons Altercation – Bleacher Report

Lewandowski, Benzema nominated for FIFA’s Best award – Punch

Ligue 1: Lyon-Marseille clash interrupted as player struck by bottle – New Telegraph

Manchester United alerted to Mauricio Pochettino friction at PSG – Yahoo

Mason Crosby Will ‘Absolutely Not’ Be Replaced amid Recent Struggles, Packers HC Says – Bleacher Report

Mets Rumors: NYM ‘Actively’ Seeking 2-3 Starting Pitchers in 2021 MLB Free Agency – Bleacher Report

MLB Rumors: Giants ‘Have Been Incredibly Aggressive’ in Search for Starting Pitching – Bleacher Report

MLB Rumors: Steven Matz Drawing Interest from Cubs, Giants, More in Free Agency – Bleacher Report

Napoli’s Osimhen To Undergo Facial Surgery Tuesday – Daily Independent

Nigeria must tap into ex-Eagles’ experience ‘ Dare – Punch

Nigerian players eye laurels at ITTF t’tennis tourney – Punch

NWFL clubs get November 25 registration deadline – Punch

Odey signs three-year deal with Randers – Punch

Okocha excited as TotalEnergies AFCON trophy tours Lagos, other cities – Guardian

Omotoso hails organisers of Efunkoya National Cadet Table Tennis tourney – Guardian

Osimhen battles to be fit for AFCON after fracture – Blueprint

Osimhen Injured as Inter Beat Napoli at San Siro – Thisday

Osimhen may miss 2021 AFCON over injury – Punch

Osimhen suffers face fractures after sickening head clash – New Telegraph

Osimhen to undergo surgery today – Punch


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I’ll release Bayelsa commissioner when police free my father, says kidnapper

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The abductors of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, have contacted the paramount ruler of his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Otokito’s assailants, believed to be operators of illegal crude oil refinery, also known as ‘kpofire’, had stormed his residence in the community on Thursday night and grabbed him from his bedroom at gunpoint into a waiting speedboat at the waterside and sped away.

They were said to have kidnapped Otokito for opposing their plan to set up an illegal crude oil refinery in the community’s forest.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that the kidnappers’ leader called the community chief on the phone and informed him that the commissioner was in their custody.
But they were yet to contact the victim’s family more than 48 hours after they took him away to an unknown place.

A family source, who spoke in confidence on Saturday, said the kidnappers’ leader called the traditional ruler at about 5:30am on Saturday.
According to the source, the camp leader did not demand any ransom but stated that they would release Otokito only on the condition that his detained father was released by the police.

The source said, “They’ve not contacted the family but the actor (leader) called the paramount ruler that he actually did the kidnapping and the commissioner is with him.
“He called the paramount ruler at about 5:30am but did not demand ransom. The only seeming demand he placed is that his father held by the police should be freed. He threatened to come back to the community if his demand was not met.”

Before the incident, the gang leader had reportedly approached Otuokpoti community and held a meeting with some elders and youths, where he sought to set up an illegal bunkering camp around the community’s bush.
He and his men allegedly sealed the understanding reached at the meeting by providing bags of rice, lives goats and cash gifts, among other items.
However, Otokito got wind of the meeting and headed to the village and vowed that as a serving commissioner, he would not allow any illegitimate oil refinery to operate in the area.
He was said to have also confronted the leader of the gang and warned them to stay away from the forest, threatening to expose them if they attempted to carry out their nefarious business.
Apparently angered by the commissioner’s decision to abort their illicit plan, the armed oil thieves were said to have stormed Otokito’s house at about 11pm on Thursday and gained entrance through the kitchen.

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2023: INEC To Monitor Politician’s Bank Accounts Transactions

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As Nigerians await the release of the 2023 general election timetable, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has vowed to beam its searchlight on politicians and political parties in a bid to track the sources of funds for their campaigns.
To this end, the commission has said it will set up teams to monitor election spending ahead of the elections.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this  at a policy round-table conference on political campaign finance organised by The Electoral Forum in Abuja yesterday, also said the electoral umpire would also monitor the movement of money on election days to help tackle vote-buying at polling units.
Represented by Prof. Ajayi Kunle, who is INEC’s National Commissioner in-charge of party monitoring committee, Mahmood said through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, commercial banks would be mandated to report all suspicious transactions ahead of the election while threatening to prosecute any bank that failed to cooperate.

He said, “As long as we have not notified anybody that the race to the 2023 general election has started, we are not unaware of what anybody is doing. We follow the law strictly.
“We have not officially declared notice for the 2023 general elections, but when we so declare, we will put our monitoring committees to motion like the central banks,  DSS,EFCC, ICPC, the (commercial) banks and other law enforcement agencies. We have that plan already.

“Every candidate must be made to declare his bank asset. That is where they draw out their money so we will make them to present their statement of account right from the onset. We will make it mandatory for them to turn in their bank statement so that if they say they are doing billboard and the account remains the same, then there is a problem.”
On the issue of vote buying, the INEC Chairman said, “We are going to establish finance monitoring teams and they will be among the electorate but they (politicians and political parties) won’t know. We are going to do it in a way that the influence of money will be reduced, because we want to make the electoral field a level playing ground for both rich and poor candidates and electorates. Everybody will be on  equal  level so that you won’t influence the voting pattern.”

 

According to him, besides the Electoral Act, the constitution empowers INEC to also make any other regulations that will assist its efficiency. The law, the Electoral Act empowers INEC to make other regulations.
Earlier, the National Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Engr. Yabagi Sani, called for a strict enforcement of the regulations on election funding so as to prevent the monetisation of the electoral process and improve the level of trust between electorates and political party candidates.
This is even as the immediate past Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, identified the lack of accountability and transparency in political campaign financing as key factors responsible for some challenges facing Nigeria’s electoral system.

 

According to Jega, “If we insist on accountability, then you can begin to somehow sanitise the way political parties raise funds. I think what has happened is that we paid too much attention on the issue of electronic transmission of results, and somehow they quickly passed the sections about raising the threshold. The civil societies did not pay much attention in their advocacy against this particular issue.
“Nevertheless, I wouldn’t advise or recommend that we delay the passage of the bill on account of this particular issue. What we should be exploring are ways and means of ensuring that there is accountability about how these funds are raised and the spending ceiling is met as well as how the expenditure is done.”
On his part, the IPAC Chairman said the need to step up enforcement of the regulation on election funding was born out of the imperatives of sanity and integrity in elections, saying that a failure to do so could debase the voting process to the level of what he described as “a commodity for the highest bidder.”
Sani, who was represented by IPAC’s National Treasurer, Barrister Obidike Okolo, noted that the triple menace of trans-national drug trafficking, money-laundering and terrorism, had led to issues of corruption as well as the destabilisation of democratic philosophy.
He said while the controversial Electoral Amendment Bill (2020), if eventually assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, will usher in the upgrading of what a presidential candidate can spend at elections from N1 Billion to N5 Billion, representing a 400% increment amongst others, there was a need for its enforcement to ensure compliance with the provisions of the law on political campaign finance.

This, he noted, would enable the country to avoid a situation where the country’s democracy is undermined in the long-term.
Sani said, “After the restoration of democracy, the Nigerian parliament enacted the first statute regulating election funding in 2005 and followed with an amendment to the Act in 2018.
“Yet, another amendment with more comprehensive prohibitions came about in the 2020 Electoral Amendment Bill, still in the works as a result of disputes between the Legislative and Executive Arms over certain clauses and provisions.

 

SOURCE: VANGUARD NEWS NIGERIA

 


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The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in the country, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval.

The decision was revealed by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE.
In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Kashifu noted the approval was given following a memo written to Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

Nigerian Government lifts ban on Twitter After 222days Suspension.

The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.
“In the Memo, the Minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

Twitter operations in Nigeria were suspended in June 2021, days after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.
In November last year, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said correspondence between us and Twitter had reached an advanced stage.
Mohammed noted: “We have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10.
“Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that will be good for both our country and Twitter.”


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