Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the chief of defence staff and service chiefs continues to draw diverse reactions across the country amid allegations that the move has political undertones and could undermine the career of other military officers.

While the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, maintained silence, the Yoruba Afenifere flayed the decision.

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, told The Guardian: “Silence is golden,” stressing he would “prefer to watch things unfold as the administration continues in office.”

The former President General of the body, Chief Dozie Ikedife, was also restrained in his reaction. “I don’t think personally that I should start a battle until the full implication of his action is understood. We will wait and see what he has in mind,” he said.

Buhari had promised to address imbalances in appointments as well as other issues in the country following allegations of marginalisation by Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo groups, and clamour for secession by pro-Biafra groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

But the Spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said: “Mr. President himself being a retired military officer, who rose to the post of Major General and Head of State should have better understanding of the fact that other officers’ careers would be affected negatively with the decision he took, which of course is not fair and is professionally wrong.”

He also faulted the move on the ground that it was part of the administration’s ploy ahead of the 2019 elections to suppress the opposition with military might. “I don’t see the reason for extending the tenure of the current service chiefs except and unless he would prove there are no other competent officers to continue the battle against the Boko Haram insurgents in the country.”
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The controversy on the Federal Government’s plan to spend $1 billion to combat terrorism in the country took a new twist yesterday as Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his Ekiti counterpart Ayodele Fayose demanded their states’ share of the money.

This came as 16 local government chairmen in Ekiti State sued the Attorney General of the Federation and governors of the 36 states, seeking an order restraining the aforementioned from giving effect to the appropriation of the sum.

Following a meeting of the National Executive Council last week, state governors had given the administration the nod to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to prosecute the campaign against insurgency.

Wike, however, said yesterday that more than anywhere else, the Niger Delta deserves a share of the money to tackle decades of environmental terrorism unleashed by exploitation. He stressed there would not have been excess crude funds without the contributions of oil-producing communities in the region.

“There should be balance in the way the Federal Government handles issues affecting different parts of the country. We are not saying that the Federal Government should not tackle Boko Haram. But as they tackle Boko Haram with $1 billion, they must remember that the environmental challenge facing the Niger Delta is the major security challenge. If something happens or there is a crisis in the Niger Delta, there will be no excess crude for anyone to draw from,” he said.

The governor noted that issues of development and security must be devoid of politicisation, because political parties are mere vehicles conveying people to desired destinations. “This country belongs to all of us. We must work to salvage Nigeria. We shall always talk about the interest of Nigeria,” Wike told members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Local Content when they paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt.
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first and leading digital agriculture platform, which allows Nigerians to venture in and sponsor agriculture, has announced that it had closed on seed funding of $1million from international and local investors.

These investors include Cox Enterprises, Techstars Ventures, Social Capital, Hallett Capital and Right-Side Capital as well as angel investors Tyler Scriven, Michael Cohn, Josephine Group, FC Agro Allied SPV and Dr. Christof Walter.

According to the company, the seed fund will allow it to scale its operations with plans to expand into a combined 20 states in Nigeria, work with 4,000 additional small-scale farmers. This will also enable it engage a combined 20,000 new farm followers and farm sponsors on its platform to learn about the opportunities in Agriculture and partner with farmers.

Launched just over 12 months ago, Farmcrowdy, the only African start-up from Techstars Atlanta’s 2017 cohort, connects small scale farmers with sponsors, who invest in farm cycles. A farm cycle can be anything from poultry (three-five months) to cassava (nine months).

The farmers receive on-the-ground advice from Farmcrowdy’s Technical Field Specialists, who also give them training in better agriculture practices and provide them with quality farm input.

Prior to harvest, Farmcrowdy works with pre-arranged buyers, who assist the farmers sell their yield at harvest, and earn a decent margin.

The sponsor then gets their original sponsorship +40% of the profit from the harvest, the farmer receives 40% of the profit and Farmcrowdy receives 20% of the profit. Farm sponsors can get between 6-25% returns after harvest depending on the farm type they sponsor.
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Chief Executive of Innoson Technical Manufacturing Company, Enugu, Chief Innocent Chukwuma was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged undisclosed financial crime.

Chukwuma was apprehended about 11:30a.m. at his Government Reserved Areas (GRA), Enugu residence by armed police officers.

Being aware of his impending arrest, several trucks belonging to his company had been used to block the three entrances leading into his Savage Crescent residence GRA, witness said. The development caused gridlock as road users meandered through the adjourning streets.

Those who operated businesses around the area could not access their offices. Few hours later, armed EFCC officials stormed the area, and began to fire teargas.

The situation caused passersby to scamper for safety. Confirming the incident, EFCC’s Media Officer in Enugu, Mr. Chris Oluka, said he did not know why the auto manufacturer was arrested.

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
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Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday rolled out sanctions for erring fuel operators who are engaged in hoarding and selling above pump price. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
In a bid to make the DStv installation process seamless for customers, MultiChoice Nigeria, pay TV provider, has launched an app installers. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has revealed that over 1,068 generators are being used as alternative power supply source by existing 37 federal universities... 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Following losses suffered by major blue chip stocks, equity transactions on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), sustained sliding profile... 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
An eighteen-year-old man, Saidu Abdullahi, has been dragged before a Katsina Senior Magistrate's Court for allegedly having sexual intercourse with his eight-year-old sister. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday declared that it would no longer condone what it called the arbitrary arrest and detention of its leaders in the guise of anti-corruption war. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
A group, the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, has called for proper regulation on the bill proposed by the National Assembly seeking... 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN) has enjoined its newly inducted fellows to be upright in the discharge of their duties. 

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
With a round of games still to be played, Cowrie RFC has emerged champion of the 2017 NRFF South West Rugby League, which ends today... 
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