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

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

Mon, 18 Dec 2017
There was shoot-out between Naval personnel and vandals at Ilado-Odo/Inagbe beach in Idi-Mangoro area of Lagos, weekend. It lasted for over an hour.
The Naval personnel had stormed the island, based on intelligence that vandals were  operating an illegal fuel depot in the area to siphon petroleum products from Atlas Cove in Lagos, which supplies products to Mosimi in Ogun State and Ejigbo depot in Lagos. Vanguard gathered that as soon as the vandals sighted the Naval personnel drawn from NNS Beecroft, Apapa, they opened fire on them. The Naval personnel responded, leading to fire fight for over an hour. The superior fire power of the Navy, it was learned, caused the vandals to flee, leaving behind over 1,350 jerry cans filled with petrol, charms and other materials used for the illegal activities. When journalists visited the island weekend, a hole dug along the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipeline passage was seen at Phase 2 of the Island. Inside the hole was a valve where a hose was affixed, ostensibly to divert petroleum products from Atlas Cove. There were also over 30,000 empty jerry cans with different inscriptions, such as ANA, ABA, MNA, LR, UPV, BH, OBO, etc to indicate their respective owners. There were traces of vehicle tyres in the sand, which indicated movement to Badagry and Lagos Anchorage ends of the Island. Oil spillage was also discovered on the backward water. Villagers in the community were seen peeping from their huts when they sighted naval personnel and journalists.
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the Federal Government must, as a matter of urgency, release funds for tackling of issues of environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta.
Governor Wike said that while he will not condemn the release of a whopping $1 billion to tackle Boko Haram, the environmental and security challenges in the Niger Delta far outweigh the Boko Haram conflict. The governor spoke during the Annual General Meeting of Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers), weekend, in Port Harcourt. He requested the Federal Government to release the derivation component of the Excess Crude to the oil producing states of the Niger Delta. He said: “Niger Delta environmental problems are as serious as the Boko Haram insurgency.” I am not saying that you should not fight Boko Haram. “If you can get funds from the National Pool to tackle  Boko Haram, then you should go to the pool to get funds to fight environmental problems in Ogoni and other Niger Delta communities “. On politics in Rivers State, Governor Wike urged all ethnic nationalities to work together to fast track development in the state. He said no ethnic nationality in the state can succeed without others, hence the need for greater cooperation at all levels.

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Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The present administration has tried to tackle the problem of unemployment and also promote made in Nigeria products while also encouraging indigenous goods and services, but the question is what happens to the oil and gas industry' Is it meant to be handled by expatriates only'The post Negligence of duty by oil companies, regulatory bodies in host communities appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
FOLLOWING the defection of former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala and Senator Teslim Folarin and others to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, told the defectors to expect the worst from the APC saying the party has used and later damaged many bigwigs that helped them in the past.The post DEFECTION: Expect the worst from APC, PDP tells Akala, Folarin appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South West was, yesterday, divided over the mode of the efforts of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led reconciliation committee in the zone.The post South West PDP divided over mode of reconciliation appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, in Delta State, yesterday, dismissed the dependence by the Bini on a Supreme Court judgment that merely mentioned 'Gelegele land' to lay claim to Gelegelegbene community and other Ijaw lands in the state.The post IPDI faults Bini reliance on Supreme Court judgment to claim Gelegele appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
IN line with the requirements of the ongoing constitution amendment by the nation's upper legislative arm, the Delta State House of Assembly, has adopted 12 of the 15 alterations transmitted to it by the National Assembly.The post Constitutional Amendment: DTHA votes autonomy for Houses of Assembly appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The FEDERAL Government has been urged to commence work on the Ogidigben Gas Revolution industrial park flagged off almost three years ago by former President Goodluck Jonathan.The post FG urged to commence work on Ogidigben industrial park appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
IMO State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, described President Mohammadu Buhari as a man, whom God sent to prevent Nigeria from collapsing, boasting that Buhari will win again in the South-East geopolitical zone in 2019 presidential election, as major and smaller political parties will adopt him as their Presidential candidateThe post Buhari 'll record landslide in South-East in 2019 ' Okorocha appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE late Wilson Ozongwu family of Okwojo-Ngwo community in Enugu State has cried out to President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene in an alleged harassment and intimidation of family members by the police force headquarters, Abuja.The post Enugu family seeks Buhari's intervention on alleged police intimidation appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
DEPUTY Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday.The post Ekweremadu salutes President Buhari at 75 appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
GROUP Managing Director of Arco Group Plc, Alfred Okoigun, has said that Nigeria will have a healthy society, if mothers maintain a healthy relationship with their children.The post Okoigun urges close mother, child relationship to boost societal living appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
WORRIED by the incessant clashes between Edo State indigenes and their Kogi State neighbours over border crisis along the Okene/Okpilla/Ogori axis in the past 20 years, the governments of the two states met, weekend, to find lasting solution to the problem.The post Edo, Kogi state govts move to check boundary clashes appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
A group of youths and agitators in the Niger Delta region, yesterday, entreated the Federal Government to urgently implement the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF's 16-point demand and the 25-point palliatives proposed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to preserve the current three-month ceasefire by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA and other militants in the region.The post N-Delta youths to FG: Execute PANDEF's 16-point demand, or appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Oando Plc has petitioned the Presidency and National Assembly over the technical suspension of its shares and a forensic audit into its affairs by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), insisting the commission is biased and has not follow due process.The post Oando heads to Appeal Court, petitions Presidency, NASS over suspension of shares, forensic audit appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress APC, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday.The post Buhari @ 75: APC, govs, Ooni, others eulogize President appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
NINTH President General of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, 65, a lawyer, economist, and former minister, was in Lagos, last Thursday, to address Ndigbo in the state on restructuring and why they must unite, end their differences and hold credible Ohanaeze election in the state.The post BIAFRA: Igbo youths right on agitation, wrong on strategy ' Nwodo appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has congratulated President Mohammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday anniversary, describing him as an incorruptible leader driven by uncommon discipline.The post Buhari a living extraordinary Nigerian leader Ooni appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday, describing President Buhari's leadership style as exemplary.The post We are inspired by your exemplary leadership, Obaseki tells Buhari at 75 appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE amount of idle cash (excess liquidity) in the interbank money market may cross the N1 trillion mark this week following the upsurge in market liquidity last week, which caused cost of funds to fall to the lowest level this year.The post Excess liquidity to hit N1tr as TB repayment deflates cost of funds appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
INVESTORS appetite for the newly introduced Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, Savings Bond (FGN-SB or Savings Bond) has eroded by 88 percent as at November, 2017. But theDebt Management Office (DMO), the issuers of the bond, and market analysts are divided over the performance.The post Wary investors steer clear of FGN Savings Bond appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Since the All Progressives Congress, APC, controls both the Executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government, we want to align ourselves with the advice given recently by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki when he asked the Buhari administration to 'stop the blame game'. It serves no purpose; neither is it honest.The post Is this any way to execute a budget' appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, Mr. Shola Tinubu in this interview discusses efforts of the Council to build capacity for members.The post We'll ensure members comply with regulations ' Tinubu appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Currently Nigeria's out of school population is projected at 10 million while that of India is projected at 1.8 million, though they have eight times our population. Why is it so''The post Commercialization of education and the storm ahead appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
There are over 3,000 bureaux de change (BDCs) in the country, licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to conduct retail, across the counter foreign exchange services. In this interview, Aminu Gwadabe, President of Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the umbrella body of all BDCs in Nigeria, highlights the roles played by its members in the achievement of the relative stability in the foreign exchange market, as well as the challenges it posed to their operations. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc, NPF MfB, Mr. Akin Lawal, in this interview, highlights some of the short-comings of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, MSMED, Fund of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and SME funding from the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN). He also provided insight to lending activities of the NPF MfB. Excerpt.The post Tenure of CBN's MSMED fund not development-friendly ' MD, NPF MfB appeared first on Vangua 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In this interview, Executive Director, General Business, Leadway Assurance, Ms. Adetola Adegbayi spoke on why importers should have insurance for their cargoes.The post It's cheaper to have marine insurance than get fined for defaulting ' Leadway boss appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, has threatened to sanction insurance companies and brokers engaged in insurance businesses without sufficient information on the business insured.The post NAICOM to sanction insurers engaged in data deficient businesses appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Renewed bull-run on the stock of Dangote Refinery Plc, appeared to have placed it on a comfortable lead ahead of analysts' projections despite the 1.14 percent decline it recorded towards end of last week. The two-day loss last week was signalling a profit taking amidst fears of year-end stock price re-balancing.The post Dangote Sugar: Investors soft-pedalling, but still beat analysts' target price appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THERE are lots of sharp practices in the Nigerian capital market and it is time for regulators, especially the apex regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC to hold the bull by the horns by scrutinising annul reports of public companies and other activities of operators.The post Shareholders task SEC on proper monitoring of operators appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Alhaji, Gbadebo Olatokunbo, former National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Shareholders Solidarity Association of Nigeria, NSSA, in this interview with Financial Vanguard, spoke on issues affecting the capital market as well as his expectations on quoted companies' performance in the third quarter. Excerpt:The post Retail investors are backbone of our market ' Olatokunbo appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has denied allegations of fraud and inefficiency levelled against its executive members by some of its members.The post Pensioners' union clears air over involvement in Mainagate appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, has awarded the Institute's Fellowship to six members while inducting 175 members as Associates of the Institute.The post 175 get CIIN Associateship appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that losses to electronic fraud dropped by 38 percent to N406 million in two years.The post Losses to e-fraud declines by 38% appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
ABUJA'AFTER many years of legal fireworks, the United Kingdom has given the final clearance for Nigeria to draw down a whopping $85 million seized from entities embroiled in the controversial Malabu Oil scam.The post UK agrees to return Nigerias $85m Malabu oil loot appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Since the capital market meltdown of 2008, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, has come up with various initiatives in terms of technological development to advance the market in keeping with international best standard. In this interview,Mr. Charles Fakrogha, Stockbroker/Chief Relationship Officer with Foresight Securities & Investment Limited, highlighted some of such initiatives and how they have helped in advancing the market.ExcerptsThe post Technology has helped in checking unauthorised 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
AS part of the final preparation for the commencement of operation of the Lagos Commodity and Futures Exchange, LCFE, the Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON) has completed strategic arrangement with Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc on clearing and settlement services.The post Commodity Exchange: ASHON, CSCS finalises arrangement for depository services appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
FIDELITY Bank has empowered 26 customers with N34 million including 33 consolation prizes through its 'Get Alert in Millions Reloaded' promo.The post Fidelity Bank empowers 26 Nigerians with N34m appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
FINANCIAL analysts have expressed divergent positions in their forecasts on equities market performance this week on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE.The post Yuletide season: Analysts differ on equities performance forecast appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
THERE are different types of funds transfer services and it is important for bank customers to understand the differences and implications.The post Fund transfer: Between NIP and NEFT appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
SKYE Bank Plc, one of Nigeria's leading retail commercial banks and six other companies have been commended and awarded platinum prize for committing huge resources in support of securing lives and property in Lagos State.The post Skye Bank, Zenith, others lead Lagos security trust fund appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
BASED on my lifelong advocacy for labour rights, peoples' power and the legitimacy of the media as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, I am historically obliged to be cautious of the hypnotic mantra of intemperate market-oriented economies. From my experienced co- facilitating role in peoples' conventions for economic justice and independent media forums in Nigeria, Europe and America, I have come to the irrevocable conclusion on the genuine definition of development: that sustainable and 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In 2012, allegations were made by opposition elements and their fifth columnists in the Jonathan administration against that government's running of the oil sector. The government was accused of not running a transparent oil industry and it was alleged that monies were mismanaged.The post Questions that expose the hypocrisy of President Buhari's so called anti-corruption war Reno appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) holds tomorrow In Lagos.The post NOC AGM holds tomorrow appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In an exclusive chat with Sunday Scoop, Kamal insisted that he wasn't fired via social media.The post Davido didn't sack me via social media- Kamal appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Martin Odo of Minna Cantonment Golf Club has emerged winner of Plateau Governor's Cup 2017 Golf Tournament in the professional category.The post Odoh wins Plateau Governor's cup, gets N1.864m appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Former Arsenal and France international striker Thierry Henry who is in Lagos for theGuinness Made of Black programme has been crowned the, Igwe of football' in Nigeria.The post Thierry Henry crowned igwe of football in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Antonio Conte is in contention to succeed Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid head coach, according to The Sun of London.The post Conte to replace Zidane appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
Manchester United kept their faint Premier League titles hopes alive with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool moved back into the top four with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Sunday.The post United down Albion, Reds rock Bournemouth appeared first on Vanguard News.