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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018

A Man, his wife, five children and eight others were killed yesterday in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Over 52 persons, who were also injured in the New Year’s Day attack by some gunmen, were in critical condition in hospitals.


 
The victims had just concluded a service in an unnamed church when the gunmen opened fire on them.

The bodies of the 15 victims, as at press time, were still at the pavilion of the secretariat of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council in Omoku, their relatives and friends making efforts to identify them.

The rampaging gunmen were suspected to be militants working for a man the military described as “a notorious kidnapper, militant, cultist, ardent illegal oil bunkerer”, Mr. Igwedibia Johnson, aka Don Waney, who is on the run, following the raid of his camp and shrines on November 20, last year, as part of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt’s continued efforts to rid the Niger Delta of criminals.

In Southern Kaduna yesterday, a ruler Mallam Gambu Makama and his wife were gun down by mask-wearing gunmen in their home after midnight.

Crude oil and gas-rich Omoku hosts the Federal College of Education (FCE) Technical, many multinational oil firms, oil servicing companies and other establishments, but most of the commercial banks in the ancient town have been closed for months, in view of insecurity, without the hope of the bankers returning to the city.

An indigene of Omoku, who yesterday gave details of how the 15 worshippers were gunned down but would not want his name in print, to avoid his being trailed by the criminals, said as the Christians were leaving their various churches on January 1, the gunmen were spraying them with bullets at close range.


 
The source said: “Since 2014, when the crisis started in Omoku and its environs, over 500, mostly innocent people, have been killed.

“I am calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nyesom Wike to take immediate action to secure the lives and property of residents of Omoku and its environs, especially with the forthcoming primaries of political parties and general elections.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Second Vice President Monday Ubani yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari must have misunderstood Nigerians’ demand for restructuring.

The lawyer said an aspect of the restructuring Nigerians seek is the devolution of power from the Federal Government to the states.

According to him, the President appeared to understand restructuring to strictly mean a return to the Parliamentary system of government.

The President said: “We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.”


 
Ubani said: “Maybe he misunderstood what restructuring really means.  The restructuring we’re talking about is removing most of the things being handled by the Federal Government. Let them be decentralised.

“States should share some of these duties in order to ensure good governance, proper structure and a well-run federation.”

Ubani said the President’s New Year speech was otherwise inspiring, and urged him to match words with action.

“Every other thing he said is very inspiring and I’m very happy that the government is making some level of progress, such as in agriculture and stabilising the naira.

“A lot of things he said really inspires hope, especially in the development of basic infrastructure. He mentioned the railways, electricity, and other key infrastructure suffering some level of deficiency.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018

If there is anything one can predict unerringly in Nigeria, it is that Yuletide will bring with it crippling fuel shortages and disruption in the movement of persons, goods and services and in social intercourse on a  scale that only a civil war or major natural disaster can fully explain or justify.

Contemplating this conflation, a concerned citizen has suggested in earnest that we sus pendyuletide for a few years to begin with, and abolish it subsequently.  With Yuletide out of the way, there would be no need for marketers to “hoard” and “divert” fuel and thus create an artificial scarcity; no need for millions of Nigerians to embark on the obligatory migration to their homelands only to rush back to base scarcely a week later

With Yuletide out of the way, he said, all those horrible road accidents that proliferate during the so-called ember months and reach their climax around Yuletide, earning another discomfiting entry for Nigeria in the international misery index, would be distributed equally throughout the year. Sectarian and ethnic champions would have one less turf to ply their victimhood.

The wear and tear on the highways would be reduced drastically and the savings would be applied to other projects.
 
This is the kind of desperate solution to which the perennial fuel crisis has driven even some usually serious people.  The redeeming grace is that it has also bred a great deal of creative entertainment.  I missed out on much of the latest installment of fuel crisis art, but among the few that were brought ought to my attention, there is one that is simply unforgettable.

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Mr. Igwedibia Johnson, aka Don Waney, is a former militant General, whos is based in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is the prime suspect in yesterday's killings in Rivers State. In the days of militancy in the Niger Delta, Johnson and his boys were deeply involved in pipeline vandalism, sea piracy, kidnapping,Read MoreThe post 'Man of peace' General Don Waney appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede has said no fewer than 200 million candidates are expected to register for this years Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). Prof Oloyede declared that the examination body returned N7.8 billion to the Federal Government coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017. HeRead MoreThe post JAMB to register two million for UTME appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Fiery Catholic priest, Rev. Ejike Mbaka, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption fight, warning that the President should change 'those cabal holding him in captivity otherwise he would be changed'. Mbaka spoke in his New Year message during the cross over mass at his Emene Enugu Adoration Ground. The priest lamented that the good intentionsRead MoreThe post Mbaka faults Buhari's anti-graft battle appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has predicted a ray of hope for Nigerians. In his New Year message and predictions delivered during the Crossover Service at the RCCG camp on the Lagos 'Ibdan Expressway, Adeboye said: 'Many Nigerians will wake up in 2018 to realise that theirRead MoreThe post Our 2018 predictions, by Adeboye, Olukoya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
PDP: it fails to address security, economic issues Reactions are trailing President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year broadcast. He has been criticised for his comments on restructuring and employment. Below are the various comments from Nigerians. The President's New Year broadcast has been drawing reactions from Nigerians. To many, the address raises hope of a brighterRead MoreThe post Buhari's speech offers hope, say Nigerians appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it secured seven convictions in 2017. Its Commander, Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin yesterday that the convictions ranged from five to 14 years in prison. He also said that 75 suspected traffickers wereRead MoreThe post NAPTIP 'convicts' seven traffickers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has warned criminals to leave. He said they must leave the state this year or face his wrath. Dickson, who spoke at an interdenominational crossover church service in his hometown, Toru Orua, said he would do everything to ensure peace in the new year. The governor, in a statement byRead MoreThe post Dickson warns criminals to leave appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Action is satanic, says Ahmed 'Police: 10 persons arrested There was panic in Ibrahim Taiwo, Ilorin, Kwara State capital after some youths attacked Christian and Muslim worshippers on New Year's eve. They were said to be performing their annual carnival. Three persons were allegedly injuried; vehicles and domestic items, worth millions, were destroyed. It wasRead MoreThe post Youths attack worshippers in Kwara appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede, has said more than 2 million candidates are expected to register for this year Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). Oloyede declared that the Board returned N7.8 billion to the Federal Government coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017. HeRead MoreThe post JAMB to register 2 million candidates in 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), distributed 1.352.86 billion litres of white products across the country in October, 2017. Details of the transactions contained in the October 2017 edition of the Monthly NNPC Operations and Financial Report, also indicated that 252.83 billion cubic feet of gas was supplied in the country within the period. TheRead MoreThe post 'NNPC distributed 1.3b litres in October' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Last year was eventful for the Judiciary. Its hallmark were forfeiture orders, appointment of new Lagos and Federal High Court Chief Judges and Justice Isa Ayo Salami's rejection of his appointment. ERIC IKHILAE, ADEBISI ONANUGA, JOSEPH JIBUEZE and ROBERT EGBE review the issues and cases that shaped the year. It was a busy 2017 forRead MoreThe post Events, cases that shaped Judiciary in 2017 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) has launched the inaugural edition of its special research reports, Volatility and Uncertainty: How private equity in Africa navigates through turbulent times. The report explores how the African private equity (PE) industry remains resilient amidst currency volatility and unpredictable political environments. Investors typically cite concerns overRead MoreThe post AfricaVenture Capital Association unveils investment report appear 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The challenges facing the Judiciary are not insurmountable. Speakers at the 10th Annual Business Luncheon (ABL) of SPA Ajibade & Co. said through a committed leadership, things can get better. JOSEPH JIBUEZE reports. Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Opeyemi Oke, has blamed lawyers for encouraging corruption in the judiciary. He said lawyers close their eyesRead MoreThe post 'Judiciary needs committed leadership to thrive' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Alaw firm, Perchstone & Graeys, has won the first Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) Impact Award. The award was presented to the law firm by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara. The ceremony took place during the first anniversary of PEBEC's inauguration. It was received by the firm'sRead MoreThe post Firm gets presidential award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Tony Elumelu Foundation has started accepting applications for the fourth cycle of the $100 million entrepreneurship development programme. A statement by the TEF said the deadline for the application is March 1, 2018, while the programme is scheduled to run from May 1, 2018 to December 2018. It said applicants should focus on businessRead MoreThe post TEF opens app for $100m entrepreneurship programme appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Group Managing Director of CFL Group, Mr. Lai Omotola, took a look at the state of the country's economy at the close of 2017. In an interactive session with select journalists in his Lagos office during the yuletide, Omotola examined extensively the challenges with Nigeria's domestic economy, proposing what could be done to turnaroundRead MoreThe post 'Most of our banks are lying prostrate' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Gender rights activists have called for more severe punishment for sexual offenders to serve as a deterrent to others. According to them, there was a high prevalence of domestic and sexual offences, many of which are not reported due to socio-cultural and religious reasons. Reducing the menace, they said, would require the collective effort ofRead MoreThe post Activists advocate stiffer penalties for sexual offenders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ecobank Nigeria has unveiled Ecobank Xpress Account, a digital product that will take banking to the grassroots. The Ecobank Xpress Account is a Digital Account that is mobile based. It is simple and does not require any form of documentation for opening, making it easy and convenient for all. Italso affords customers the same servicesRead MoreThe post Ecobank Nigeria unveils Xpress Account appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Activist lawyer Mr Femi Falana (SAN) writes that the Court of Appeal judgment in the appeal filed by Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa could have 'far-reaching implications', if allowed to stand. Iam unable to persuade myself to share the views of some learned colleagues who have argued that the judgment delivered on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 byRead MoreThe post Nganjiwa: Implications of Court of Appeal judgment, by Falana appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
An address by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Villa Afew months ago, we had joined many Nigerians to pray for your recovery and good health. We are thankful to the Almighty that those prayers have been answered. I would also like to congratulateRead MoreThe post 'Insulate prosecuting agencies from political interference' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
First Royal Microfinance Bank based in Calabar, Cross River State capital, has recorded a N20miliion profit after tax for the 2016 financial year. Speaking at the 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Chairman, Olumba Olumba Obu, said with limited resources, they had within their competitive environment delivered sustainable financial performance in 2016. Obu, who wasRead MoreThe post First Royal MfB records N20m profit appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Limited knowledge about trade opportunities in African countries was among the biggest impediments to intra-African trade, Amr Kamel, the Executive Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Banking at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has said. Speaking during a panel discussion at the Africa 2017 Forum, organised in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm elRead MoreThe post Afreximbank lists hurdles for intra-African trade appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Title of book: Azinge's Journal of International and Comparative Law No of pages: 267 No of articles: 6 Author: Epiphany Azinge Foundation, 2017 Reviewer: Osatohanmwen O.A. Eruaga (Mrs) In an era where the world has be come so interlinked that states are influenced by activities of others, avenues for scholarly critique and analysis ofRead MoreThe post A platform for legal scholarship appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Head of the Ajose-Adeogun family, Justice Olatunji Ajose-Adeogun, is dead. He was a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal and the Baba Oba Agba ' Ilu of Lagos. (The Kings traditional father & distinguished Elder of Lagos) Aged 93, he died after a brief illness. The late Ajose-Adeogun attended the C.M.S Grammar School Lagos,Read MoreThe post Ex-Appeal Court Justice Ajose-Adeogun dies at 93 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
FOLLOWING improvements their optimal performances, some dairy firms will achieve 100 per cent local sourcing of milk by 2030, the Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, Mr. Ben Langat, has projected. He said he foresees the availability of various dairy products, improved yield of milk in litres per cow daily. He said daily outputRead MoreThe post Dairy firms to source 100% milk locally appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Mrs Alewo Ramatu Okutepa, mother of Mr. Jibrin Samuel Okutepa (SAN) is dead. She was 103. In a tribute, Okutepa said: 'And the matriarch has gone. She was the first daughter and first child of Uwani Atuluku of the Aju-Ocholi Dynasty of Attah Igala. 'My mother was born an advocate and had answers to everyRead MoreThe post SAN pays tribute to mum appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The global economy is set to grow by almost 4 per cent this year in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, adding an extra $5 trillion to global output at current values, according to new projections in Price water house coopers International (PwC)'s Global Economy Watch. The main engines of the global economy ' the US,Read MoreThe post Global economic growth on track appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Lead Judgment Delivered by Ayobode Olujimi Lokulo-sodipe, J. c. a. Concise facts This is an appeal against the judgment delivered on 25/4/2016 by the Federal High Court holden in the Owerri Judicial Division. The Appellant (then Plaintiff) by way of Originating Summons, commenced the case leading to this appeal against the Respondents (then defendant).Read MoreThe post Appellant can't use other court's decision as appeal ground appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The National President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Annur, says the union is planning to engage 500,000 farmers in maize cultivation in the farming season across the country. Abubakar-Annur said in Sokoto that the figure was part of the target set by the association to complement the efforts of the Buhari Administration at revivingRead MoreThe post 500,000 farmers for maize cultivation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The stock market continues to bleed; NSE must do more It is indeed not the best of times for the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The recession has continued to take its toll on quoted companies. The operating environment has been particularly tough in the last two years; what with the naira exchange rate snafu andRead MoreThe post Troubling market appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
It is a positive development that Nigeria gets more of its looted funds back Nigeria received the welcome news of a British court ruling that the U.S. $85 million seized from entities involved in the celebrated Malabu Oil case be remitted to the Federal Government. This legal outcome represents an anti-corruption triumph for the BuhariRead MoreThe post Returned to owner appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
There seems to be no end in sight to the protracted crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State. Correspondent SOJI ADENIYI writes on the implications of the division on the party as it prepares for the governorship poll. There is a hurdle for the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State to crossRead MoreThe post Osun PDP and its war of attrition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
A group, the Kwara South Unity Forum, has instituted a recall process against the senator representing Kwara South District, Rafiu Ibrahim. The group said it has dispatched letters to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Assembly on the recall. The forum said its decision was due to the under performance and poorRead MoreThe post Group demands recall of Kwara senator appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
In this pieces, ISAAC AMIURIE examines the achievements of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and contends that he is building on the legacies of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. In just over a year, Godwin Obaseki, governor, Edo State, has redefined governance in a manner never thought of before now. His ideas on public policyRead MoreThe post Obaseki: Gains of transformational leadership in Edo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Obviously, it was a blunder that shouldn't have happened. How did the dead appear on the list of appointees to the boards of Federal Government agencies' Here is a report of what happened: 'Some of the dead persons on the list released included late Senator Francis Okpozo, who died in December 2016 but was namedRead MoreThe post The dead don't need jobs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan from Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have resolved to work with Governor Seriake Dickson, in future general elections. The kinsmen, who rose from their meeting in Yenagoa, the state capital, passed a vote of confidence on the governor, saying he had done well for the Ogbia Kingdom. TheRead MoreThe post 2019: Jonathan's kinsmen to work with Dickson appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.