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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 18 January, 2018.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday said herdsmen attacks on farmers festered because past administrations did not deal decisively with the problem.

He said the crisis had assumed dimensions that troubled the body politic because it had not been addressed.

“Now, the current administration is moving to arrest the lethal situation,” Tinubu said.

The former Lagos State governor, who spoke at the 15th Annual Daily Trust dialogue, believes that the nomadic way of life is fast becoming obsolete.

According to him, large scale nomadic practice does not belong in this day and age.

“Thus, herders have no right to cling to this way of life by killing others. Government must stop their violence but also offer them a viable new way of life by moving them toward more modern, non-nomadic cattle rearing,” he said.

Tinubu, who spoke on the theme:  Nigeria and the Challenges of 2019: This is not a game, was represented by one-time Lagos State Commissioner for Finance Mr Wale Edun.

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha. There were key speakers, such as former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and the representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Soyebi, among other eminent Nigerians.

The APC chieftain described the crisis as “evil”, which did not suddenly appear as Nigerians have been “living and dying with this lethal situation for many years”.

“We should have been agitating in this manner five, 10, 15 years ago. Lives would have been saved. For reasons I cannot completely fathom, we have come late to the point of strong, collective outrage at this bloodletting.

“Yet, all in all, late is better than never in this regard. This spirit of compassion and care must be enshrined in our political culture because it is integral to national greatness and democratic progress.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Where is $500 million recovered from the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s family?

This is the question the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to answer.

The cash was recovered from the family of the late Head of State during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

It was repatriated from slush accounts in foreign jurisdictions.

The foreign governments,  which released the loot to the Federal Government after hard negotiations,  demanded that the cash be used for concrete developments, including infrastructure, such as roads, water, healthcare and education.

EFCC detectives tracking the $500million have discovered that it was diverted.

Of the $500million, about $250million was released to the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA)during the tenure of Col. Sambo Dasuki without appropriation. The balance of $250million cannot be traced yet.

The Nation learnt that detectives discovered that the $250million was illegally withdrawn barely two months to the end of Jonathan’s administration.

Investigators are said to be working on clues that part of the cash was spent on “extraneous matters, including media services, opinion polls and personal matters”.

According to a fact-sheet on the investigation, the $250million was withdrawn between March 2, 2015 and April 21, 2015.

About $36,155,000 (N13,015,800billion) of the $250million was also withdrawn in cash “without any purpose” on March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 18th of 2015.

Detectives have retrieved documents relating to the alleged “re-looting” of the Abacha loot.

In the fact-sheet, the ONSA in a memo of January 12, 2015, asked the former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to transfer $300million .

The memo said: “Please refer to our meeting on recovered funds.  You are pleased requested to remit the sum of $300m and £5.5m to the following account being ONSA share as agreed. Account name: CBN (NSA Foreign Operation; Account number: -100367-USD-CABANK30

Bank;  Address: 28, Finsbury Circus, London. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, in a memo to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, requested for $300m from the Abacha loot.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) challenging its proscription.

Justice Adamu Kafarati held that the proscription order made ex-parte on September 20, 2017, was validly made.

He held that IPOB’s application, seeking the vacation of the proscription order, was unmeritorious and deserved to be dismissed.

The judge resolved the three issues identified for the resolution against the applicant (IPOB).

The first issue was whether IPOB, haven not been registered in Nigeria, could be sued at a Nigerian court. The second was whether the order made ex-parte, without hearing the group, was not a violation of its right to fair hearing.

The issue related to whether the order banning IPOB was not a violation of its members’ right to freely associate.

On the first issue, Justice Kafarati opined that since the applicant agreed that it was registered outside Nigeria, it means it was a foreign artificial person.

He said as a foreign entity, IPOB was subject to Nigerian laws and could sue and be sued in Nigeria.

On the second issue, the judge held that the order ex-parte banning IPOB was validly made, the necessary conditions under Section 21 of the Terrorism Prevention Act (TPA) haven been met.

He said under the section of the TPA, what was required was for the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to cause an application to be made to a judge in chambers after obtaining the consent of the President.

 The judge held that under Section 45 of the Constitution, a court was empowered to make such a prescription order, where the activities of a group of people threaten national security and the liberty of other members of the society.

Justice Kafarati dismissed the application and awarded N500,000 cost against IPOB. 
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Nigeria has filed a claim against JP Morgan Chase for more than $875 million, accusing it of negligence in transferring funds from a disputed 2011 oilfield deal to a company controlled by a former oil minister.

A spokeswoman for JP Morgan dismissed the accusation yesterday, saying the firm “considers the allegations made in the claim to be unsubstantiated and without merit”.

The suit filed in British courts relates to a purchase of the offshore OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria by oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in 2011.

At the core of the case is a $1.3 billion payment from Shell and Eni to secure the block that the lawsuit says was deposited into a Nigerian government escrow account managed by JP Morgan.

The lawsuit said JP Morgan then received a request from finance ministry workers to transfer more than $800 million of the funds to accounts controlled by the previous operator of the block, Malabu Oil and Gas, itself controlled by former oil minister Dan Etete.

The lawsuit said that JP Morgan then transferred the funds to two accounts controlled by Etete, without sufficient due diligence to make sure the money did not leave accounts controlled by the Nigerian government.

Reuters was unable to reach either Etete or Malabu for comment.

The filing seen by Reuters was made in London in November on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and says that JP Morgan acted with gross negligence by allowing the transfer of the money without further checks.

It said JP Morgan should have known that, under Nigerian law, the money should never have been transferred to an outside company.

“If the defendant acted with reasonable care and skill and/or conducted reasonable due diligence it would or should have known or at least suspected … that it was being asked to transfer funds to third parties who were seeking to misappropriate the funds from the claimant and/or that there was a significant risk that this was the case,” the filing said.
Late last year, a Milan judge ruled that Shell and Eni must stand trial in Italy, where Eni is headquartered, for a separate legal case in which Milan prosecutors allege bribes were paid to Etete and others as part of the same oilfield deal, including sums that went to Etete’s Malabu. [nL8N1OK25L]
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari met some leaders of the All Progressives Congress at a dinner on Thursday night. The APC chieftains were led by national chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and in the photographs shared by Presidential Assistant, Sunday Aghaeze and Femi Adesina, Buhari shook hands with all the guests, before they settled down for the dinner.Read MoreThe post Photos: Buhari hosts APC Party Chieftains appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has alerted to plans to take over his Hardley Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. He said although the matter is in court, an agency is about to 'forcibly seize' the property. A statement yesterday by Kanu, the initiator of the Kanu Heart Foundation, lamented that the property, which isRead MoreThe post Kanu raises the alarm over bid to seize hotel appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The death toll in the Lassa Fever outbreak in Ebonyi State has risen to four, Commissioner for Health Daniel Umezuruike has said. One hundred and thirty-nine persons are under surveillance. Schools have also been shut as the government scrambles to curtail the disease. Umezurike, who addressed reporters yesterday, said nine cases have been confirmed whileRead MoreThe post Lassa fever: Death toll rises to four appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Government and waste carriers have agreed to resolve amicably their dispute over the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), Justice Oyekan Abdullahi was told yesterday. Justice Abdullahi, who sits at the Lagos High Court in Igbosere, praised the opposing lawyers for embracing peaceful resolution of the case, and adjourned till January 29 for reportRead MoreThe post Govt, PSP operators to settle CLI dispute out of court appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Southwest campaign office to actualise the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be inaugurated tomorrow in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The campaign office will be managed by the Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group, an initiative of the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu. The venue is Oritsejolomi ThomasRead MoreThe post Buhari, Osinbajo to open Southwest campaign office Saturday appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has said he lost six of his siblings to poor maternal care. The eminent lawyer promised that the university's teaching hospital, ABUADTH, will give priority to maternal and child care to prevent neonatal maternity. Babalola spoke yesterday at a workshop on HelpingRead MoreThe post Afe Babalola: I lost six siblings to poor maternal care appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
It was all excitement, high hopes and pomp when on towards the end of 2015 President Muhamadu Buhari visited Cross River State, the first state he visited after been sworn in as president, to flag off the construction of the 274km Superhighway, the flagship of Governor Ben Ayade's signature projects. President Muhammadu Buhari, at aRead MoreThe post Concerns as weeds overtake Cross River Superhighway appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Chairmen of the 10 local governments and Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs) in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, have accused the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, of causing tension and disaffection in the state All Progressives Congress (APC). They said the minister's actions 'are injurious to the success of the party'. Shittu hails from Saki in Oke-Ogun.Read MoreThe post Oke-Ogun council chiefs tackle Shittu over claims on Oyo APC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
SOME traders in Amukoko, Lagos, are counting their losses after fire destroyed their wares at the sawmill market on Wednesday. Goods worth millions of naira were lost to the inferno. Destroyed were over 100 shops, plywood, building and tailoring materials, foods and drinks. Traders blamed the incident on electric explosion. According to them, the fireRead MoreThe post Amukoko traders count losses in sawmill fire appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Women with fibroids need not worry any more. They can be assisted through laparoscopic surgery, Nordica Fertility Centre Medical Director, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, has said. He added that fibroid tumors in the uterus are common. According to him, fibroids have no effect on reproductive ability, but sometimes can cause infertility or miscarriage, adding that ifRead MoreThe post Surgery panacea for fibroids, says expert appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
THE Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, (AMLSN) has blamed the government for the high rate of misdiagnosis in public and private hospitals. The body said the government's refusal to recognisethe practice and accord it its rightful place in policy and planning attests to the failure in the medical sector. Addressing reporters at theRead MoreThe post Medical Lab scientists blame govt for high rate of misdiagnosis appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is peculiar to the female gender because of the way the female body had been constructed. PID is common and can be disabling as well as damaging to the reproduction of the female and the spouse. PID reduces the chance of conception of the woman and if in relationship, PID diminishRead MoreThe post Common gynaecological emergencies (PID) appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
NEW Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors (MDs)have been urged to create a harmonious relationship between the management and workers of their various institutions. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who gave the advice in Abuja, while presenting appointment letters to the CMDs and MDs said the appointees to seek support and informationRead MoreThe post Adewole advises new CMDs, MDs on industrial harmony appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has appealed to Nigerians to look out for suspected cases of meningitis, saying the country is already approaching its season. Adewole made the appeal in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a forum by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria. The Minister said theRead MoreThe post Minister alerts on meningitis appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Lack of funds has stalled the Federal Government's policy of testing every newborn against sickle cell, it was learnt. This is as 150,000 newborns in Nigeria are diagnosed of sickle cell, with 50 per cent of them dying before they are five. The World Health Organisation (WHO) also said sickle celldiseaseis one of the mainRead MoreThe post Lack of funds hinders govt's policy on SCD appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Lagos State University (LASU) Vice Chancellor Prof Lanre Adigun Fagbohun is celebrating his second year in office. Many of the workers are praising him for turning things around since he assumed office on January 11, 2016. But the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says nothing has changed under him. When Prof Lanre Adigun FagbohunRead MoreThe post Two years on, LASU VC takes stock appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The 2017/2018 academic session started on a shaky note for universities, with a strike by three unions paralysing administrative and non-academic activities, report Abdulsalam Mahmud, Uwoghiren Eddy (400 Level Medicine and Surgery, UNIBEN), Miftaudeen Raji (300-Level Mass Communication, UNILAG), and Temitope Yakubu (Akure). In pursuit of their demands, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities,Read MoreThe post Strike disrupts varsities' activities appeared first on The Nation N 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
About N19.5 trillion has been spent by manufacturers to import input in 16 years, says the Raw Material Research and Development Council. This huge capital flight may have prompted manufacturers and the government to look inwards for alternatives, reports Assistant Editor OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE. For long, manufacturers have relied heavily on raw materials importation for production.Read MoreThe post Push to cut N19.5tr raw materials import bill appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie Instant Noodles, donated several cartons of its products to several less priviledge. The gesture is a way of showing love and care in the society particularly the orphans and the physically challenged. Making the donation on behalf of the company,Read MoreThe post INDOMIE lifts the less privileged appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The tragic case of Hosea Ibi should spur the state to devise measures to prevent kidnapping, instead of reacting to it How did the kidnapped Taraba State lawmaker, Mr Hosea Ibi, die' Was he killed by his captors' Ibi, who represented Takum I in the Taraba House of Assembly, was abducted on December 30,Read MoreThe post Killer kidnappers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The new Chivita 100 percent Limited Edition packs featuring leading football stars, is generating buzz and a lot of excitement in the market. Playing on the pictures of football icons like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial, on its pack, soccer fans are making it a point to get a tasteRead MoreThe post Chivita's 'Breakfast with the stars' excites consumers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
SIR: We have, rather tragically, grown so accustomed to the incessant attacks by Boko Haram in the northeast as to express a grievous indifference to it. But the trail of unbelieving carnage left by the death merchants in their recent 'maybe not exactly recent 'invasion of the Middle Belt region of the country apparently provesRead MoreThe post How not to mourn our dead appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Members of the Turkish Electro-Technology Exporters' Association (TET)), a professional body representing over 7,500 companies, have expressed readiness to increase their electrical products in the market. TET Vice Chairman, Mr Mehmet Kavaklioglu, said Nigeria is an expanding business destination. Kavaklioglu, who led a trade mission of 23 Turkish electrical manufacturing companies to Nigeria, said theRead MoreThe post Turkish association moves to increase electrical products in Nigeria app 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
This is the only way to stop Nigerians from incessant embarrassments in S/A, other countries NIGERIANS in South Africa suffered another round of attacks on January 14. The bile this time was the allegation by some taxi drivers in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-oldRead MoreThe post Fix Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The increasing use of automated machines and robots in workplaces presents the latest threat to employment opportunities in the country. This evolving trend has created fears among Nigerians that their sources of income could be taken over by the machines, Ajose Sehindemi reports. A factory worker, Mr Adebogun Olawale, has been an underpaid machine operatorRead MoreThe post Workers battle robots for limited jobs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The House of Representative Committee on Industry has scored the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) high on effective implementation of budgetary provisions for its laboratory complex at Ogba, Ikeja. The Committee Chairman, Abubakar Moriki, who led an eight-man delegate of Patrick Aisowieren; Micky Kazzim; Sam Onuigbo; Ahmad Kalambaina; Mohammed Ibrahim; Baderinwa Bamidele and Yusuf BubaRead MoreThe post Reps score SON 95% on laboratory center appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
SPAR Nigeria has taken its service delivery a notch higher with the introduction of Free Internet services in its stores nationwide. The project, which kicked off yesterday, began at the Ilupeju branch of the Hypermarket and will be implemented across stores nationwide in the coming weeks. The free Wifi serviceis being rolledout using KonneXion WifiRead MoreThe post Shoppers to enjoy free Wifi service at SPAR appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has threatened to stop the salaries of some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) or individual employees if they fail to comply with the Human Resource Module of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita issued a circular condemningRead MoreThe post Fed Govt may stop MDAs salaries over payroll system default appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Manufacturers under the auspices of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) have taken their destinies in their hands by providing electricity for their operations. Electricity supply dearth is a common knowledge as the national supply has being adjudged the second poorest in the world second only to Yemen, a war torn country, by Spectatorindex twitterRead MoreThe post Electricity: Manufacturers adopt survival means appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
BUYERS of Mitros rice have commended the state government for making the product available at reasonable prices. An opinion poll indicated that residents who besieged the various sales points in the state expressed satisfaction with the availability of the rice and the courteous way they were attended to. Mr Taiwo Saula, who resides in Abeokuta,Read MoreThe post Mitros rice gets more praises appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018
There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) in Edo State might boycott the local elections in the state scheduled to hold onMarch 3rd. This is because the party is yet to begin sale of nomination forms to aspirants or fix a date for its party primaries. The PDP has also expressedRead MoreThe post Edo LG polls: PDP may boycott polls appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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