* Presidency says Buhari poised to do more on GDP (SUN) * Hold Buratai responsible for Kanu’s unknown whereabouts, not me, Abaribe tells court (Punch)

* Presidency says Buhari poised to do more on GDP (SUN)       * Hold Buratai responsible for Kanu’s unknown whereabouts, not me, Abaribe tells court (Punch)



Presidency says Buhari poised to do more on GDP (SUN)

The presidency has said the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will work more to ensure inclusive growth, to which it has always been committed through the active pursuit of policy initiatives, past and present. The Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, in a statement after the Q3 figures were released, said such initiatives include but not limited to the Social Investment Programmes, Anchor Borrowers Scheme, longstanding Budget Support Facilities to the States, plus other bailout packages, ensuring the comprehensive payment of workers’ salary and pension backlogs among others. Read more

Hold Buratai responsible for Kanu’s unknown whereabouts, not me, Abaribe tells court (Punch)

Senator representing Abia South, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has accused the Chief of Army, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by a Federal High Court in Abuja. Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts. The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, directed during the previous proceedings of October 17, 2017, that the senator could not withdraw his surety-ship until Kanu was produced before the court. Read more

Ohanaeze mourn Ekwueme, congratulate Obiano (Punch)

The Igbo socio-political and Cultural Organisation, the Ohanaeze has described the former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, as an outstanding patriot whose contributions to the country’s socio-political evolution would be indelible. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that with the demise of the first elected Vice President of Nigeria, the country has lost one of the foremost advocates of a restructured federation. Read more

APC, Tambuwal congratulate Gov. Obiano on re-election (PremiumTimes)

The All Progressives Congress, APC, and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal have congratulated Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election. Mr. Obiano won the election held on Saturday with about 55 per cent of the votes cast, winning in all the 21 local government areas of the state against 36 other candidates. The APC, in a statement on Monday signed by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the conduct of the poll and urged other candidates to take the outcome as the people’s choice. Read more

What I will do if elected PDP chairman – Dokpesi (PremiumTimes)

The founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, says he is ready to enforce the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Constitution and implement various reports aimed at repositioning the party, if elected its national chairman. Mr. Dokpesi made the pledge during his national chairmanship campaign meeting with the PDP Nasarawa and the North-Central Executives and party leaders, on Monday in Lafia. He said that the party was still facing some of the challenges that made it to lose elections in 2015. Read more

FG demands explanation from Italy over burial of 26 girls (Punch)

The Federal Government has expressed dismay over the hasty burial of the 26 girls who were found dead on the Mediterranean Sea by Italian authorities nine days ahead of the slated date. The bodies of the girls were found on a sinking vessel in the Mediterranean about two weeks ago and there were reports that they may have been sexually abused before they were murdered. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the Italian Embassy had earlier indicated to the Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons that the burial would take place in Salerno, Italy on November 26, 2017. Read more

Police ask Burna Boy to report self over robbery of Mr. 2Kay (Punch)

The Lagos State Police Command has advised the reggae-dance-hall singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy to turn himself in. The state Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said on Monday that the artiste had a question to answer on the robbery of his colleague, Abiye Jumbo aka Mr. 2Kay. Mr. 2Kay was attacked by a gang on October 22, 2017 in his room at Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island after a show organised by Buckwyld Media Network Limited. Read more

Mourners besiege late Ekwueme’s Enugu residence (PremiumTimes)

Mourners have besieged the Independence Layout residence of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme following the news of his demise in a London hospital on Sunday. A correspondent for the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the residence of the former founding member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, reports that the atmosphere was solemn. However, a condolence register was yet to be opened in the residence. A security man who pleaded anonymity, said that he was under instruction not to allow journalists access to the compound. Read more

Buhari orders release of prisoners in unnecessary detentions nationawide (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed governors and state chief judges to release prisoners who are unnecessarily detained as part of reforms in judiciary. The president said in Abuja on Monday that he gave the directive to the states last month and explained that over-crowding prisons and some other noticeable problems in judiciary have caused loss of confidence in the system. Buhari spoke at the opening of the 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ Conference of Superior Courts, in Abuja. The theme of the conference, “Strengthening Judicial Integrity and the Rule of Law”, was apt at the time of consolidating and sustaining democracy. Read more

Plateau village head shot dead by gunmen (Punch)

The Plateau State Police Command on Monday confirmed that gunmen had killed the village head of Tarangol community, Mr Amos Marit. Tarangol community is in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau. The command’s spokesperson, ASP Terna Tyopev, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that Marit, 57, was shot in the back. Tyopev said that the killing was reported by two men, Enoch Michael and Christopher Marit, both of Fokkos Village in Bokkos. Read more

Boko Haram beheads six farmers in Borno (Nation)

The Islamic Boko Haram group has beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno. The killing is the latest in a string of attacks in the violence wracked North-East, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in nine years of insurgency. The killing occurred on Nov. 19, while the farmers worked on their farms in the plantation, an eye-witness, Jiddah Ahmad, told our correspondent in Jere town, near Maiduguri on Monday. Ahmad said that the insurgents abducted seven farmers as they worked on their farms and slaughtered six of them in a nearby bush. Read more

Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio resigns (Punch)

Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned a week after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday. The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation in Rome. “He informed us of his resignation,” Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players’ Union, told journalists outside the federation headquarters. Read more

West Brom sack manager, Tony Pulis (Punch)

West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis on Monday after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table. Pulis has had just two wins in his last 21 Premier League games following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea and the club sit just one place above the relegation zone after an 11-game winless run in all competitions. “These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club,” chairman John Williams said on West Brom’s official website. Read more

FIFA: No proof of anti-doping violations in Russian football (Tass)

The world’s governing football body, FIFA, has not found yet any alleged violations of anti-doping rules by Russian footballers, but carries on with the investigation based on allegations from the so-called McLaren Report, a spokesperson for FIFA told TASS on Monday. British weekly The Mail on Sunday announced earlier that FIFA had been allegedly trying to reach Grigory Rodchenkov, a former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, on the issue of possible doping abuse among Russian football players. Read more

Former Derby County defender Cyrus Christie ‘suffered racist abuse’ (Derbytelegraph)

Former Derby County defender Cyrus Christie was subjected to racist abuse following Republic of Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, it has been alleged. Ireland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s finals in Russia were ended by defeat in their play-off tie against Denmark. Following a goalless first leg in Copenhagen, Martin O’Neill’s men were thrashed 5-1 in the second leg at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Cyrus Christie after Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualification play-off defeat to Denmark. Read more

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill favourite for Premier League job (Belfasttelegraph)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is the favourite to land the managerial job at West Bromwich Albion. That’s after Tony Pulis was sacked by the Hawthorns club, who have won only two of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures. O’Neill is the favourite to succeed the Welshman and his odds have been almost halved by Paddy Power from 7/2 to 15/8 since Monday morning, although any talks over the future of his career are expected to be delayed after his mother sadly passed away on Sunday. Read more

Bayern Munich confirm ‘Very Good’ Sandro Wagner talks amid transfer rumours (Bleacherreport)

Bayern Munich look to have taken a significant step toward completing the January signing of Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner after confirming “very good talks” have taken place ahead of the winter transfer window. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke to the media and said an agreement over the transfer fee is the main obstacle, per ESPN FC’s Stephan Uersfeld: “We held very good talks. Of course, it will also be about the transfer fee. We are relaxed, have no pressure, but have time.” Read more

Stoke striker Saido Berahino has not scored in 632 days… (Dailymail)

Stoke City striker Saido Berahino will be hoping to end a 632-day goal drought when his team visit Brighton on Monday night. The 24-year-old cost the Potters £12million when he arrived from West Brom in January but he has failed to net in his first 21 appearances for his new club. He was also scoreless in his final 14 outings for the Baggies. In total, Berahino has been on the pitch for 2,159 minutes since he last celebrated a goal — for West Brom in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in February 2016. Read more

In the area where U.S. soldiers died in Niger, Islamist extremists have deep roots (Washingtonpost)

By the time a U.S. Army Special Forces team arrived in Tongo Tongo last month — its last stop in an ill-fated mission — Islamist militants already wielded power and influence in the remote border village. In a poor, barren region neglected by the state, the jihadists were at once the villagers’ benefactors, employers, customers and unofficial police force, according to residents. Read more

Who are Robert Mugabe’s ‘spoilt’ children? (Telegragh)

The ousting of Robert Mugabe as leader of Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF party – and his now likely impeachment, after refusing to resign as president – has been as much a family drama as it has a national coup.  One of the driving forces behind last week’s military intervention, was the prevention of Mugabe’s unpopular second wife, Grace, from replacing him as leader. Zimbabweans hold a special contempt for so-called “Gucci Grace”, who is known for her lavish spending, and has been accused of looting the country’s lucrative natural resources. Read more

Theorists doubt ESA’s account of mysterious object entering earth’s atmosphere (Ladbible)

Another day, another space conspiracy theory. Yawn. This time, the tin-foil hatters believe that scientists are hiding something from us after a “meteorite” entered Earth’s atmosphere. Footage, taken by the International Space Station by the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and released by the European Space Agency, shows the flaming object falling to Earth at impressive speed. Experts have said that it’s simply a meteor, burning up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere at around 85,000mph. Not according to the Secureteam, a ‘research outlet’ which claims to expose UFO sightings and government cover-ups. Read more

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds (Reuters)

U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group’s economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. U.S. Army General John Nicholson showed videos at a press conference of targeted aerial strikes against what he described as Taliban drug factories. “Last night we conducted strikes in northern Helmand to hit the Taliban where it hurts, in their narcotics financing,” said Nicholson, flanked by Afghan Army Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali. Read more

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response (BBC)

Iran’s supreme leader has criticised the government’s response to last week’s earthquake during a visit to the scene of the disaster. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said many people involved in the rescue and relief operations had performed well, but that he was “not satisfied”. He said “officials from some sectors” needed to “double their efforts”. The 7.3-magnitude quake near the north-western border with Iraq killed at least 437 people and injured 10,000. Another nine people were killed and 550 injured on the Iraqi side of the border. Read more

#Zimbabweans pray for Mugabe to step down (Thezimbabwean)

Zimbabweans gathered in Africa Unity Square opposite the Parliament to call for President Robert Mugabe to step down. Follow the live updates. Zimbabweans gathered in Africa Unity Square opposite the Parliament on Monday to call for President Robert Mugabe to step down. The gathering was a prayer meeting that’s planned for every day this week until Mugabe steps down, with calls for churches, civil society and ordinary people to be included in the talks for an inclusive government. Read more

Mugabe outsmarted his generals – why he would not resign (Thezimbabwean)

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is teaching his comrades in the military a hard lesson that a half-coup will not achieve full results, or the intended results for that matter. Since the dramatic takeover by the military in Zimbabwe, it has become clear that a bloodless coup d’état will not remove him from power. Led by the chief of the military and former Mugabe ally, General Constantino Chiwenga, the coup was clearly intended to place Mugabe under siege and then persuade him to resign in a comradely way. It has thus far only proved that the word ‘persuasion’ does not work well with the word ‘coup’. Read more

France warned of Christmas foie gras shortage (Guardian)

Stocks of controversial and seasonal goose and duck liver delicacy seriously hit for second year in a row by avian flu Christmas would not be Noël in France without a fat goose liver on the festive table. But farmers say stocks of foie gras – enjoyed over the festive period by an estimated 80% of France’s population – have been seriously hit by avian flu for the second year in a row. Outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus forced many farmers to destroy entire flocks of geese and ducks earlier this year. Read more



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