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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 18 December, 2017.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Nigeria plans to lend its neighbours a hand in the anti-Boko Haram war, it was learnt at the weekednd.

The Federal Government requested for $1billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to  bolster the military’s capacity to assist neighbouring countries, Defence Minister Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali said.

The conference of Ministers of Defence and Chiefs of Defence Staff of member-states of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) held in Chad recommended an inclusive plan to  clear out Boko Haram insurgents from the region.

The Federal Government has got the approval of the National Economic Council (NEC) to spend $1billion from the ECA.

Gen. Dan-Ali said  in Lagos that the approval of the money “is in order” because it was needed to “finish off the degraded Boko Haram”.

Gen. Dan-Ali was in Lagos for the retirement/graduation of 403 soldiers who underwent skills acquisition training at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Lagos.



The retired soldiers are 281 from the Army, 17 from the Navy and 105 from the Air Force.

The Minister said: “Boko Haram has been really degraded. I just returned from Chad from the Conference of Ministers of Defence of the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“These are (the $1b) some of the initiatives we are looking forward to from the Federal Government so that this Boko Haram is finally degraded and finished off.”

It was gathered that a greater chunk of the money would be spent on the acquisition of military equipment and capacity building for the Nigerian troops and militaries of neighbouring countries.

The government was worried that Boko Haram had more firing power and expertise than the armed forces of some of our neighbouring countries.




Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former Senate President David Mark is to account for over N5.4billion slush cash and campaign funds traced to him, The Nation learnt yesterday.

Part of the money is N550 million, which is part of the $2.1billion controversial arms procurement cash, according to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sources.

Mark is also expected to respond to issues raised in the Panama Papers bordering on his relationship with some shell firms.



But Mark insisted yesterday that no 2015 presidential election campaign fund for Benue State was given to him.

Detectives will today grill Mark on four issues.

Mark it was learnt, requested to be allowed to travel home to Otukpo, Benue State, after his preliminary grilling at the EFCC on Thursday, to fetch documents to exonerate himself from the allegations.

He is to answer questions on the following issues:

N550m arms procurement cash;
N2.9billion curious payment into National Assembly’s account, which was shared to Senators during his  tenure; and
his role in the N2billion campaign funds meant for Benue State.
“There is also Mark’s alleged links with eight offshore shell companies by #Panama Papers in flagrant violation of the code of conduct for public officers,” an EFCC source said, adding:

“The firms were allegedly used to launder money, evade tax and dodge sanctions.”



Mark, in a statement by his Media Assistant Paul Mumeh, yesterday faulted the EFCC and insisted that he kept a clean record as a public officer.

The statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to media reports wherein it was reported that former President of the Senate David Mark was quizzed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over some alleged financial transactions.


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Governors are mounting pressure on House speakers over the planned review of the constitution, The Nation has learnt. Some of the speakers have been threatened with removal, should they remain adamant. The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has invited speakers to an emergency meeting tomorrowin Abuja. The session, according to sources, is designed to abort theRead MoreThe post Constitution review: Governors mount pressure on Assemblies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked state governors to prioritise their activities and ensure that they use Paris Club refund to pay workers' salaries and pension. President of Congress, Comrade Abubakar Wabba told The Nation that governors, who have refused to pay salaries and pension were not doing so because of the lack ofRead MoreThe post NLC to governors: use Paris Club refund to pay salaries appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Minister urges dismissal of suit challenging bench warrant Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) has asked a Federal High Court in Kaduna to declined jurisdiction over a suit by embattled former chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, challenging the arrest warrant issued against him byRead MoreThe post Pension fraud: AGF seeks Maina's arrest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Oil firm welcomes new SEC DG ''Gwarzo was compromised' Oando PLC has challenged at the Appeal Court the findings and sanctions on it by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), following an alleged investigation, which began in May 2017. SECs had placed technical suspension on Oando PLC shares and ordered a forensic audit into theRead MoreThe post SEC sanctions: Oando goes to Appeal Court appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
There's agreement, says minister Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige has appealed to members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to shelve their planned strike scheduled to begin today, in the spirit of the conciliation brokered between it and Neconde Energy Services Ltd. The union is askingRead MoreThe post Ngige to PENGASSAN: shelve your planned strike appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Yoruba Youth Council will hold a town hall meeting on restructuring tomorrow at the House of Chiefs in the Parliament Building, Ibadan, Oyo State. According to a statement by the youth group, the meeting will make the position of Yoruba youths known on the restructuring of the country. According to the National President ofRead MoreThe post Yoruba youths to hold town hall meeting on restructuring appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has assured the Christian community that he will always support their pursuit of genuine causes. Ortom, who spoke yesterday at St Joseph's Parish, Akpehe, Makrudi, at a thanksgiving service for him, promised to include the Akpehe-Iorhom road in the contract for the construction of township roads in Makurdi and provideRead MoreThe post Ortom: we'll continue to support genuine Christian causes appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Owners of Christian theology universities have alleged harassment by government agents on accreditation of courses by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC). The owners, under the aegis of Association of Christian Theologians (ACTS), have sued the NUC, asking the Federal High Court to determine if the commission had the power to regulate faith-based theology universities inRead MoreThe post Theology varsities sue NUC over accreditation of courses appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to reverse the increasing level of brain drain affecting the medical profession. Prof. Mike Ogirima, President NMA, who made the call at a news conference on Sunday in Lagos. He said there should be more vacancies in health institutions forRead MoreThe post NMA urges FG to take urgent steps to reverse brain drain appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Technology drives new triggers, warns Allianz Defective products recall is causing insurers billions of dollars in claims, says a report by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). The report titled: 'Product recall: Managing the impact of the new risk landscape' was the outcome of a survey covering 367 insurance product recall claims from 28 countriesRead MoreThe post Products recall affecting insurers, says report appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
As the saying goes, families that save together stay together. It was the need to build financially-secured and savings-driven families that prompted Access Bank Plc to initiate the ongoing Family Fortune promo, which has empowered over 3,000 families and created wealth for the people. The scheme gives savers the opportunity to earn higher interest onRead MoreThe post Taking family banking to new heights appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Accenture Nigeria said its investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), robotics and blockchain technology capabilities will help businesses across various sectors and boost their productivity and efficiency through innovations. The management consulting and professional services giant said technology will continue to evolve. Speaking with reporters after a demo at its Lagos office atRead MoreThe post Accenture: Artificial Intelligence, others to boost productivity appeared 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc at the weekend listed 49.466 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each. The supplementary shares were due to the scrip dividend scheme offered by the holding company to eligible shareholders who elected to receive new ordinary shares in lieu of cash dividends. Under a resolution passed at its extraordinary general meetingRead MoreThe post Stanbic IBTC Holdings distributes 49.5m scrip shares to shareholders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Lafarge Africa Plc at the weekend closed application list for its N131.65 billion rights issue, rounding off the subscription to its major capital raising aimed at deleveraging its balance sheet and rebuilding a more supportive capital base. Lafarge Africa had on November 24, 2017 launched an offer to raise N131.65 billion through a rights issueRead MoreThe post Lafarge Africa closes application for N132b rights issue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Capt Emmanuel Iheanacho, has advised the Federal Government to allow more modular refineries to operate, alongside the existing ones to finally end real and imaginary fuel scarcity. Speaking against the backdrop of fuel scarcity in some parts of the country, Iheanacho said hitches over fuel supply between IndependentRead MoreThe post Govt advised on how to end fuel scarcity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The insurance industry is highly in need of more professionals, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) President, Mrs Funmi Babington-Ashaye, has said. She made this known at the third graduation of the College of Insurance and Financial Management (CIFM) at Asese Village in Ogun State. The theme of the graduation lecture was: The 21st centuryRead MoreThe post Insurance needs more experts, says CIIN chief appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Guinea Insurance Plc has grown its Gross Written Premium by 4.18 per cent from N870 million in 2015 to N907 million in 2016. The company's shareholders fund last year was N2.897 billion and N2.899 billion in 2015, representing a marginal drop of 0.08 per cent. But its profit before tax grew by 194.64 per centRead MoreThe post Guinea Insurance makes N907m in premiums appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
King Line Development (KLD) Nigeria, which signeda $550million Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 550megawatts (Mw) with the Federal Government last week, has set the fourth quarter of next year for the project's financial close. Its Managing Director, Akinnola Fola, who spoke with reporters Abuja at the weekend, said the cost of developing the deal isRead MoreThe post Financial closure for $550m power project coming appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
CIIN organises contest SECONDARY school pupilshave been advised to choose insurance as it has been approved by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Director-General, Richard Borokini, gave the advice during the Miss Insurance Inter-school debate competition on insurance for secondary schools held in Lagos. Borokini, who saidRead MoreThe post 'Offer insurance as subject' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
SIR: I feel sad and ashamed when I consider the appalling attitude and disdain of most people in privileged positions for physically challenged children in our society. They are the major victims of harsh climate and weather. Some are victims of armed conflicts; others are as a result of parental laxities and circumstances of birth,Read MoreThe post Who cares for physically challenged children' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Stakeholders must meet to review the law which seemingly gifts immunity to judges Against the interest of Nigerians, the war against corruption has become jaded, partly as a result of institutional hiccups. Last week, to the utter conster nation of citizens distressed by ravages of corruption, the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, upturned the judgmentRead MoreThe post The way forward appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Nigeria now has 67 political parties,' it was reported on December 15. This new figure is a result of the registration of 21 new parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It is expected that INEC followed the proper registration process and that the new parties satisfied the registration conditions. Now, let's check outRead MoreThe post Beyond fanciful names appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Music of yesteryear took the attendees on a musical voyage. It was an electrifying evening. City People Entertainment, Evergreen Musical Company and Members of Music Icons celebrated '10 Music Legends of Lagos Evolution' at City People Event Centre, Gbagada, Lagos, on December 10. It was a celebration of Apala, Sakara, Juju, Highlife, Fuji, Waka, Folk,Read MoreThe post Evergreen evening appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
A battle is looming between two former close allies and friends, the Minister of Transport and the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senator Magnus Abe, who represents Rivers Southeast District at the National Assembly. They are set to clash over the 2019 governorship race. Port Harcourt Bureau Chief BISI OLANIYI examines theRead MoreThe post Amaechi, Abe battle over Rivers 2019 governorship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Dr. Adebayo Orire is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State. The medical doctor-turned politician believes he has the best credentials to be the party flag's bearer in next year's election and that the APC is likely to win the election. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA reports. How do youRead MoreThe post Orire: I'm not intimidated by other contestants appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will bounce back to power. He scored the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration low on the economy, job creation, and national unity. In a statement in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ekweremadu described the 16 years that the PDPRead MoreThe post Ekweremadu: PDP 'll bounce back appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 


Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) has again challenged the Federal Government to address issues being raised on its decision to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account, instead of attempting to divert attention of Nigerians. Accusing the government of attempts to pilfer the money to finance partisan activities in 2019, the oppositionRead MoreThe post Dont divert attention on $1bn ECA withdrawal, PDP tells FG appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.