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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Senators met with the President last night on the security situation in the land.

They presented to him their resolution after a six-hour debate of the report of a committee that examined the Benue State killings and its aftermath.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who led the delegation to the Villa, said that the President received the team and its briefs very well.

Also yesterday, the Senate mandated Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to fish out perpetrators of the killings within 14 days.

Seventy-three bodies were buried last week in Makurdi – they were victims of the January 1 attacks on communities in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue State.

Taraba State also said it lost 55 people to attacks by herdsmen, who are also claiming to have lost lives and cattle.

President Muhammadu Buhari, after a meeting with Benue State leaders on Monday, directed security agents to fish out the killers.

The resolutions followed the consideration of an interim report on the Benue killings submitted by an ad hoc committee headed by Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan.

Senate President Bukola Saraki said the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, must act on the resolution. The Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice should be prepared to prosecute the masterminds of the mayhem, the Senate said.

The police said yesterday they had accepted the challenge.

On behalf of the IG, police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said: “We are very optimistic of making good progress even before 14 days.

“Before now, the President had given firm directives and our investigation processes are moving expeditiously.

“We had eight suspects and more have been brought in.”

Saraki said: “We took almost six hours to deliberate. It shows that it goes beyond religion and ethnicity. It shows that there is breakdown of law and order. If we fail to act, it will be an indictment. We want immediate action. One of the issues is justice. Without justice, there can be no peace.

“I think that we owe to the President to tell him what we have discussed. This is a wake-up call on the President and on all of us. We must be seen to be doing something.

“The President must act. Those responsible must be held accountable. Military all the time cannot be the solution. The military is being over stretched. That is not good for us. Most importantly action must begin to happen to show Nigerian that we are not just talking. We need to ensure that this never happens again. We need to restore hope.”

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu canvassed the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency to enable the government to deal decisively with what he called dangerous developments in parts of the country.

The Enugu West lawmaker said with the declaration of a state of emergency, the Federal Government will have the leeway to deploy troops to every part of the country, close borders as well as take drastic actions to tackle the degenerating situation.

Ekweremadu said: “The failure of social contracts lead to impeachment, loss of elections, coups and other things. The government should look at Section 305 of the constitution to invoke a state of emergency.”

“The spate of killings in Nigeria is alarming. What is going on are situations of killings and retaliation. As a Senate, we must get up and do something. The Senate is not the only group that is upset. Nigerians are worried. Our leaders who kept mute are now speaking up.

“It is important for us to have a rethink of creating a state police. Every state should have the kind of police that fits into their system. Nigeria is the only democracy that still has a central police. Those states who can provide for it financially should be allowed to do so.”

Former Senate President David Mark put the blame squarely on the failure of intelligence.

Mark noted that the Government failed to be proactive in responding to national crises.

The Benue South lawmaker warned that if the prevailing security challenge was not tackled, Nigerians may be pushed to resort to self-help by taking up arms to defend themselves.

Mark who also asked the government to arrest the masterminds of the attacks to deterrent others, praised the Senate President for being proactive by sending a fact finding committee to Benue State for on the spot assessment of the situation.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
On Saturday, January 13, the Yoruba race witnessed the installation of the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo 20 years after the death of the last holder of the title, the late Chief MKO Abiola. OSEHEYE OKWUOFU and YINKA ADENIRAN report that the event was a platform to demonstrate Yoruba unity and rich cultural heritage of theRead MoreThe post The thrills, frills of Aare Ona Kakanfo installation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
WHO sent some security agents to the home of the President’s Chief of Staff (COS), Mr. Abba Kyari, on January 7?

That was the poser raised in intelligence circles yesterday amid indication of a fresh plot to remove Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu by implicating him in the alleged “phantom invasion” of Kyari’s residence.

The EFCC said yesterday that it was not investigating Kyari, adding that it did not deploy its operatives in his Defence House quarters.

The alleged invasion was said to have been hatched by some forces and targeted at provoking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu.

The Nation learnt that some security agents were deployed in the highly fortified Defence House in the night to protect Kyari from being arrested.

It was learnt that soldiers at the sentry did not allow the agents in because there were no EFCC operatives in sight.

The security men merely acted on “false alert”, it was learnt.

A source, who pleaded not to be named because of the “sensitivity of the matter”, said: “In the past few weeks, the plot to remove Magu has been heightened by some forces who are still uncomfortable with his continued stay in office. Apart from the attack on his farmhouse, he has been receiving threat messages and representations by some National Assembly members to sack him. It has reached a level that Magu now keeps his itinerary to himself and aborts some official trips.

“The phantom attempt to arrest the Chief of Staff was a script to create a wedge between the Presidency and Magu because EFCC operatives were not deployed in Defence House penultimate Sunday.

“The military sentry at the Defence House was shocked to see a deployment of some security agents coming at midnight to protect the Chief of Staff without any signal of a threat to his life or plans to arrest him.

“The armed soldiers insisted on a directive from above before the security agents could gain access to the Defence House. They turned back the operatives from the House.

“It was obvious that the security agents acted on a false alert because when calls were placed to Magu, he said he did not order any operation. This development buoyed the determination of the soldiers in Defence House to resist the security agents.”

The source added: “Some forces were just desperate to take advantage of any situation to get Magu out of EFCC.”

In a statement last night by its Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Samie Amaddin, the EFCC said it was not probing Kyari and did not make any attempt to arrest him.

“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the report and allow it to end up in the dustbin of history, for that is where it actually belongs, but for the fact that it is a follow–up to an earlier similar report also titled: EFCC’s attempt to arrest Abba Kyari sparks panic in Aso Rock, which we considered an attempt to silence the commission from carrying on with its constitutional duties of fighting corruption; we have considered it necessary to clarify issues in relation thereof.

“For the purpose of clarification, the modus operandi of the EFCC does not accommodate the alleged invasion as the modus operandi of the commission has always been to scrutinise petitions upon receipt, look at the petition on the face value, if it has merit and to carry out preliminary investigation to establish a prima facie case.

“Once all these requirements are satisfied, the suspect(s) is (are) invited for questioning and interrogation and his (their) statement(s) taken under caution.

“All these are prelude to arraignment in a competent court of jurisdiction and a suspect who is being invited for interrogation is formally sent an invitation letter to that effect.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In Orile Ogunmakin Village in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, the blasting of rock by Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) allegedly leaves trails of sorrow, tears and blood as residents are forced to leave their ancestral homes for safety. As a result of the agony which the community has been subjected to inRead MoreThe post Ogun community cries out over rock blasting appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The 2 Brigade Nigeria Army says it troops raided cultists hideout, killing its leader, Akaninyene Jumbo, on Jan. 15, after trailing him to the border between Akwa Ibom and Abia. The army said this in a statement issued to newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday by the Brigade Assistant Director of Information, Maj. Umar Shuaib. 'TheRead MoreThe post Army raids cultists' hideout, kills ring leader appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Nigerian equities scored a double yesterday as sustained scramble for quoted shares ballooned the aggregate market value of all quoted equities to N15.783 trillion, the highest in the 57 years of trading at the stock market. The All Share Index (ASI)-the benchmark index that tracks share prices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), also ralliedRead MoreThe post Nigerian equities hit all-time N15.78tr high appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
DESPITE the time-table announced by the National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the general elections next year, politicians have been urged against jetissoning good governance for politicking. 'It is too early for 2019 politicking to override the legislative agenda and the larger work of governance. We have begun a good thing with the recovery of theRead MoreThe post National Assembly seeks peace, good governance appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
After an emotional debate, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee over the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen. The committee is to, among others, interface with the Minister of Interior,the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS). TheRead MoreThe post House in emotional debate over killings appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
PLATEAU State is gripped by the fear of attack by Fulani herdsmen following a threat issued over alleged cattle rustling. Neigbouring Benue State is reeling from the New Year Day's attacks in Logo and Guma local government areas in which 73 people died. President Muhammadu Buhari, after a meeting with Benue State leaderson Monday,ordered securityRead MoreThe post Tension as Fulani raise another alarm over stolen cows appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that its star witness in the trial of former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu is evading appearance. Kalu, Udeh Jones Udeogu and Slok Nigeria Limited were arraigned October 31, 2016 by the EFCC before Justice Mohammed Idris on aRead MoreThe post Kalu: Star witness on the run, says EFCC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today arraign Mohammed Nuraini Adamu for trial for alleged money laundering. The suspect is a son of a former Governor of Nasarawa State and a serving senator, Abdullahi Adamu. According to a statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Samin Amaddin, theRead MoreThe post Alleged N92m contract: Ex-Nasarawa governors son for trial appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) are set to allow indigenous ship owners to lift crude oil. This will lead to a change in trade terms from Free On Board (FOB) to Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF). The deal was sealed yesterday at the NNPC Towers inRead MoreThe post Indigenous ship owners to get NNPC, NIMASA nod to lift crude oil appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Wife of the Niger state Governor, Dr. Amina Sani Bello has expressed dismay over poor state of cancer care and the lack of treatment centers in the nation. She lamented that of the six government treatment centers across the nation, only one is functional. Bello stated this after the signing of a N400 billionRead MoreThe post Niger govs wife express dismay over poor cancer care appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Lecturers at the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Kogi State, on Tuesday, staged a one-day sit-in strike, to protest alleged non-promotion of staff, among other grievances. The placard-carrying lecturers massed in front of the Vice Chancellors office chanting slogans. Some of the placards read, Our Mumu Don Do, Lead or leave, Sunset in Tetfund, Bad RegimeRead MoreThe post Lecturers stage one-day sit-in protest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The authority of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), has charged the institution's pioneer Students Union Government (SUG) to exhibit good leadership style and support the university management to enhance development. The vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, gave this charge on Monday at the inauguration of the SUG executives at the university's auditorium, Oye-Ekiti,Read MoreThe post FUOYE tasks SUG on good leadership appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti ( ABUAD ), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aster Group of Hospitals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to halt medical tourism abroad by Nigerians. ABUAD Founder, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), said the partnership will make the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital ( ABUADTH ) and Asterto signRead MoreThe post ABUAD signs MoU with Dubai hospital to end overseas medical tourism appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Oyo state Governor Abiola Ajimobi has charged members of the newly inaugurated governing council for the six state ownedtertiary institutions to come up with creative ideas that would add value and turn around the fortune of the institutions. The governor gave the charge at the Executive Chamber of his office while inaugurating the councils, followingRead MoreThe post Ajimobi charges governing council of state varsities on value addition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Division of Student Affairs ( DSA ), Obafemi Awolowo University ( OAU ) released a new procedure for accommodation processes recently, stating how bed spaces will be allocated to students in the forthcoming 2017/2018 session. Prior to this, the issue of accommodation has always been a major issue for many students of the UniversityRead MoreThe post OAU releases new procedure for accommodation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFund ) on Monday inaugurated 14 projects worth over N1.4 billion at the Federal University Dutse ( FUD ), Jigawa. The projects inaugurated are: Faculty of Agriculture phase I, II and III, Faculty of General Studies, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Centre for E-Learning, Academic Staff Office Block for Faculty ofRead MoreThe post TETFund boss inaugurates 14 projects worth N1.4bn at Dutse varsity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Country Director, African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Ebrima Faal, said the bank would focus mostly on power sector in 2018. Faal said this during an interaction with newsmen at the newly-built Nigeria Country Department Office on Tuesday in Abuja. He said the new office to be commissioned on January 18, was the first structureRead MoreThe post AfDB to focus more on power sector in 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The boards of directors of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Continental Reinsurance and many other quoted companies have scheduled meetings later this month to approve the audited financial statement and accounts for the year ended December 31, 2017. The meetings will, among others, consider dividend recommendationRead MoreThe post UBA, GTBank, others meet over dividend payment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
DIOKA: Dear Omobola, my old mother, Elizabeth, who retired as a primary school teacher in 1984 (Imo State), is paid a monthly pension of less than N3000. Can you believe it' What can N3000 purchase in today Nigeria' The pension is not even regular. It sometimes comes only when the Paris Club Fund is paidRead MoreThe post Pension complaints and solutions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ecobank Nigeria premier customers with platinum credit cards can spend up to $15,000.00 daily when abroad, the bank has said. The lender said it has also increased the maximum daily limit of its naira debit cards abroad, depending on the type of card held by the customer. Customers with naira debit cards, can now payRead MoreThe post Ecobank raises platinum card holders' daily spend to $15,000 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has promoted Ms Tinuade Awe to the newly created office of Executive Director, Regulation as part of efforts to strengthen regulatory framework and surveillance at the stock market. Awe was, prior to her new appointment, the General Manager, Legal and Regulation Division of the Exchange, in which role she hadRead MoreThe post Stock Exchange tightens regulation with new structure appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In Cross River State, an innovator Emmanuel Ntiti has fabricated machines that convert cassava to ethanol, writes Daniel Essiet. The machines for processingcassava into ethanolare scarce and expensive. But there is good news for farmers and producers. A Cross River State-based innovator and fabricator, Emmanuel Ntiti, has developed machines for processing cassava into ethanol. ARead MoreThe post Converting cassava to ethanol appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
For years, Uduak Obong-Mensah dreamt of establishing his own business. She has achieved this through, Menudys Concept, a firm which trains youths in cake making, writes DANIEL ESSIET. Uduak Obong-Mensah is the founder of Menudys Concept. She started as an interior decorator 12 years ago,with N100,000 when the area was little known. Later she foundRead MoreThe post From accounting to cake baking appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Alheri Engineering Company Limited, has denied owing the Federal Government $75.5million (about N27.18billion over fibre optic agreement. The company, in a statement by its Director, Legal and Regulatory Services Azeez Adebayo. described the accusation levied against it by the government, as wrong, saying the story is ' not only untrue, but a distortion of factsRead MoreThe post Alheri denies owing N27.2b on fibre optic agreement appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Computer And Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) has called on the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, to facilitate the training of technicians abroad. CAPDAN's President, Mr Ojikutu Adeniyi made the call during the working and courtesy visit of the Minister to CAPDAN's office and the Computer Village business community. Adeniyi saidRead MoreThe post CAPDAN seeks collaboration on technicians appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has disbursed N10, 995, 391, 260 to the beneficiaries of the third edition of the YouWiN! programme from 2015 to date. Of this amount, N8, 396, 905,038 was disbursed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun disclosed this while releasing the last payment of N125, 640,Read MoreThe post Fed Govt pays YouWiN! Awardees N11b appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
UI alumnis assistance is exemplary and should be emulated It is positive news that alumni of the University of Ibadan (UI) are set to practicalise the idea of giving back with the launch of the UI Alumni Association Trust Fund to raise N100m to assist the institution in research and training, among other things.Read MoreThe post Alumni intervention appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Governments slowing down growth opportunities Among the criticisms against the current administration has been its inability to cash in on advantages and get some no-costs-no-fuss, albeit crucial things done. We speak about such things that are commonly described as low-hanging ripe fruits which are literally begging to be plucked. One of such strategic sectorsRead MoreThe post Missing the telecoms advantage appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
SIR: I listened to you on Tuesday January 16 when you were interviewed on AIT's Kakaaki programme over the recent Benue killings by suspected hoodlums that many say are Fulani herdsmen and I must say that that interview came so short of my expectation especially since you occupy a very important position as spokesperson forRead MoreThe post Open letter to Garba Shehu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The catastrophic opening of the year 2018 with wanton killings of about 80 persons in well coordinated attacks in Benue State by the perennial killer squad (Fulani herdsmen) has called to question the sloppiness of Nigeria's security architecture and the look-away attitude of the executive. It shows on the one hand, the powerlessness of farmingRead MoreThe post Buhari's republic of impatient people appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Too little reasoning, wisdom, knowledge and understanding guide African development activities. This is the bane of African development. Nigeria for example, in view of the many studies which show that mere capital investments do not promote sustainable economic growth and industrialization (SEGI), insists on planning with the premise that capital investment promotes promote SEGI. Consequently,Read MoreThe post High interest rates caused by low productivity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Pele, the incomparable and inimitable, calls it the beautiful game. Football or what the Americans call soccer is not the globes most popular sport for nothing. But the ugly patch may well be the refereeing aspect. That isnt good enough and FIFA had better address the looming plague before it turns the gameRead MoreThe post Refereeing the referee appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom spoke with Assistant Editor JIDE BABALOLA in Makurdi, the state capital, on the menace of herdsmen, the controversial anti-open grazing law, the problems of refugees, persistent threat to security in the Northcentral state and way out of the crisis. Benue State has been having an influx of Cameroonian refugees andRead MoreThe post Ortom: Federal agencies have failed Benue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State over the weekend have defected to the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Former Governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has the readiness of the PDP in tackling APC for the 2019 general elections. Speaking during a Zonal Unity Rally at Agaie/Lapai federal constituency heldRead MoreThe post APC members defect to PDP in Niger appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Urhobo have called for the restructuring of the polity, saying that regionalism and resource control will prevent disharmony. They also demanded a return to the old Midwest, recalling that the old zoning arrangement was better. A communiqu by the Urhobo Renaissance Movement, (URM), a body comprising of Urhobo professionals at home and in theRead MoreThe post Urhobo seek return to Midwest region appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In this piece, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah examines the defection of Senator Basheer Garba Lado from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State and its implications for the realignment of forces, ahead of next year's general elections. When Peoples Democratic Party's Senator Basheer Garba Lado in the Seventh SenateRead MoreThe post Poltics of defection and realignment in Kano appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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