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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The bloodletting which started in Rivers State on New Year’s Day has spread to Benue State.

No fewer than 20 people were killed and 30 others, including children, injured, by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

They attacked villagers in the Middle Belt state.

Governor Samuel Ortom wept when he saw the magnitude of the attack during his visit yesterday to the Benue State University, Makurdi where the bodies were kept in a morgue.


 
The governor confirmed the casualty figure. The attack occurred between Monday and Tuesday in Guma and Logo local government areas.

Ortom spoke to reporters after a security meeting.

According to him, nine of the dead were livestock guards – the enforcers of the anti-open grazing law. Their patrol van was set ablaze.

The law is to check the herdsmen, who have been killing people. Its implementation has started despite protests by Miyetti Allah, an organisation of Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom said the law was not targetted at any ethnic group and wondered why the herdsmen had taken it so personal to the point of unleashing terror on the people.

It was also learnt that more people were killed in Tomatar, Saghev districts in Guma Local Government Area. But the number could not be ascertained.


 
A tearful 30-year old woman Miss Dooshima Anande, said her brother who had just completed his National Youth Service  was killed.

Villagers were leaving in droves with their property.

The governor lamented the unwarranted wanton destruction of lives and property.

He said no matter the intimidation and killings by the herdsmen, the law would not be reversed or repealed.

He said anybody or group that flouted the law would be punished.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, the government and people of Katsina state on the  demise of Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a former governor of the old Kaduna state.

President Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Shehu stated that the president, who was briefed this evening on the death of the former Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the deceased as a complete gentleman.

President Buhari noted that late Kaita had served his people and the nation with total commitment and devotion.


 
“”Nigeria has lost a distinguished leader. We are all saddened by his demise.

“”May his soul rest In Peace,’’ he said.

Lawal Kaita, who was born on Oct. 4, 1932, in Katsina, passed away at the age of 85, at about 5.00p.m. in Abuja after a protracted illness.

He was elected governor of the defunct Kaduna State under platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) from October to December, 1983.

The son of the deceased, Alhaji Abubakar Lawal Kaita, had announced the funeral rites of their father would be performed in Katsina on Wednesday morning.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
A woman, Prophetess Comfort Ordu, recounted how her husband and three children were shot to death. She said the gunmen invited them out of their home and shot them.

Governor Nyesom Wike, during a visit to the community, was told that 17 people were killed by the gunmen.

Caretaker Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, where Omoku is located,  Mr. Osi Olisa, received the governor and his delegation. He confirmed the number of the dead as 17.


 
The names of some of those murdered were given as: Favour Odili, Saviour Amirinze, Augustine Ordu, Precious Ordu, Wisdom Ordu, Jennifer Ohia, Innocent Ohia, Reuben Idogu, Baby Idogu, Ngozi Ogbuanukwu, Oyi Ogadinma, Nwagaego Ogadinma and Uche Onige.

With the governor were Brig.-Gen. A.A Bande; Col. M.N Madi; Deputy Police Commissioner Ahmed Magaji, and Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Mr. Tosin Ajayi.

Wike said anybody connected to the killings would have his property forfeited to the government.

Wike announced N200 million reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.

The governor led the State Security Council on a fact-finding/sympathy visit to the families of the victims of the Omoku massacre.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
What is the worth of human life in Nigeria' Rivers and Benue states got a curious New Year gift-bloodshed. Hopes were dashed. Dreams were truncated. Families were plunged into sorrow and confusion. The news of the disaster reverberated across the country. Security agencies were taken aback. In Rivers, 17 were shot dead in an attackRead MoreThe post Bloody new year gift for Rivers, Benue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
IPMAN: modular refinery is solution Many reasons have been adduced for the lingering fuel crisis. There have been blames and counter-blames between the Federal Government and marketers. But the parties are resuming their talks today to resolve the problem, AUGUSTINE EHIKIOYA reports Marketers yesterday gave reasons for the petrol crisis that marred the Chrismas celebrationsRead MoreThe post Cause of petrol crisis, by marketers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
THE suspected high priest of the deadly ritualists' sect, Badoo, has been arrested. Fatai Adebayo, the 34-year-old suspect, believed to have protected members of the gang, was arrested in his shrine on 38, Ayegbami Quarters in Imosan, Odogbolu Local Government Area, Ogun State. His arrest was sequel to the confession of some arrested gang members,Read MoreThe post Police arrest Badoos priest appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The year 2017 brought out the good, the bad, and the ugly side of politics in Nigeria. One loquacious governor particularly stood out in the vista. That fellow is Rochas Okorocha; Either for good or bad, Okorocha has consistently diverted attention to the south-eastern state of Imo. Through his over-the-top antics and convoluted style ofRead MoreThe post Imo's comic emperor appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday urged the Federal Government to invest more in modular refineries as a way to end fuel scarcity. Its Chairman, South-west zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo only two daysRead MoreThe post IPMAN urges Fed Govt to invest more in modular refineries to end fuel scarcity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Our girls are still missing since April 15, 2014. Pray. Happy New Year 2018 but their parents and families are still in turmoil from the absence of their children. Nigeria faces four serious wars: Corruption fighting back; Boko Haram, herdsmen and the looming election war. The election war will be with two consequences: (1) TraditionallyRead MoreThe post Our Girls; Your 'Selfie' SDGs 2018 Plan ' ABC' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Detectives have uncovered the alleged award of N279,675,796 phony contracts at a Federal Government agency. Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) Director-General Moses Oluwatoyin Beckley and seven others have been interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The others are the Deputy Director (Account), Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim; Mary Abioye (Central Processing Officer); Ajayi F.Read MoreThe post N279m scam: EFCC grills agency's chief, others appeared first on The Na 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and outrage at reports of killings of innocent persons in Omoku, Rivers State and the traditional ruler, theEtum Numana, Dr Gambo Makama, and his wife in Sango Local Government Area of Kaduna State on the New Year's Day. The President, who described the incidents as 'reprehensible and unacceptable', directedRead MoreThe post New Year killings reprehensible, says President appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said his administration would investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country. He said no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially taking another man's life. Speaking at separate meetings with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid'a-Wa-Iqamatus-Sunnah at the State House inRead MoreThe post Killing in the name of religion can never be justified, says Buhari appeared first 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi yesterday urged Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, to take up his responsibilities seriously in order to secure the state. Speaking on the killings in Rivers state, Amaechi pushed for more criteria other than age for as condition for seeking the governor's office. He said: I think the governor needsRead MoreThe post Amaechi to Wike: stop breeding militants appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG),Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, plans to reposition and rebrand the university. Ogundipe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos that the move would improve on the institution's mandate of teaching, learning, research, and community development. 'We intend to make the university to continuously live upRead MoreThe post UNILAG to re-brand, says VC appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
FMDQ OTC Securities Ex change recorded a turnover of N130.17 trillion in the first 11 months of 2017, according to provisional data provided by the over-the-counter platform for debt securities. The turnover included all products traded on the FMDQ secondary market including foreign exchange, treasury bills, sovereign bonds, other bonds issued by agency, sub-national, corporateRead MoreThe post FMDQ records N130.17t turnover in 11 months appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Afinancial expert, Prof. Sheiffdeen Tella, on Monday called on the Federal Government to work closely with the National Assembly to ensure speedy passage of 2018 budget. Tella, a Professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun, said in Lagos that this was to avoid returning the country to recession. President Muhammadu BuhariRead MoreThe post 2018 budget: Expert advises Govt, NASS on early passage appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Sahara Group has reinforced commitment to sustaining its growth and expansion across global markets through diversification, collaboration and innovation. The Nigerian energy conglomerate, which currently has operations in over 13 countries across four continents, stated this in its second Sustainability Report tagged: 'Sustainability through Synergy. The Report which highlighted activities in 2016 within Sahara Group'sRead MoreThe post Sahara Group hinges growth on synergy, diversific 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has praised the state worforce for a peaceful work environment leading to sustainable productivity for the Public Service, Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry Of Establishments, Training, And Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson spoke at the just concluded Retreat for Trade Union Leaders on the topic, ''IndustrialRead MoreThe post Ambode praises Lagos workers on productivity appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The 0.25 per cent premium collected from insurance companies to aid the enforcement of compulsory insurance for public buildings by the Federal Fire Service (FFS) has accumulated to about N100 million. Insurance Commissioner, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mohammed Kari revealed this ater the inauguration of a Technical Committee to drive the enforcement of public buildingRead MoreThe post NAICOM inaugurates committee on public building insurance enforcement appeared first on The Nation 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has continued to demonstrate its commitment to providing the best financial solutions to its customers and driving financial inclusion among the under-banked and unbanked populace. The bank launched agent banking services, on the refreshed Firstmonie brand, to provide customers access to banking services in areas where they live and work.Read MoreThe post FirstBank drives financial inclusion with Firstmonie appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
EMEKA: I retired in 1994 on grade level 12 step 6. My federal pension as at October 2010 was N13, 866. It was cut down to N4,164.00 after a lump sum payment of N309, 000 in December 2012. Please look into my case. PTAD OKONDO: Please contact PTAD directly and send your UBA Bank statementRead MoreThe post Pension complaints and solutions appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) has reiterated its commitment to fighting money laundering and terrorist financing across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). About $30.4 billion is being illegally transferred out of Africa yearly. The GIABA is, therefore, empowering key institutions, governments and the media to tackleRead MoreThe post Tackling illegal financial flows in ECOWAS appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State All Progressives Party (APC), Joe Igbokwe, in this interview with Musa Odoshimokhe, sheds light the recent Anambra election, the Southeast's quest for Presidency and other issues. What lesson has the APC learnt from the Anambra election' You must understand that Anambra plays very important role in the entireRead MoreThe post 'Igbo president feasible in APC' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Following the increasing rejection of agro exports, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held a train-the-trainer workshop to improve packaging capacity of enterprises accessing the global market. Nigeria was represented. Capacity building for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access the export market has increased in recent times. ThisRead MoreThe post Building SMEs' capacity for exports appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Bankers' Committee's step to make debtors pay is good, but it must be enforced With the three licensed Credit Bureaux currently in operation, it remains anomalous that the issue of delinquent borrowers continues to plague the financial services industry. At least, that was the picture that emerged at the end of a two-day annual retreatRead MoreThe post Bad debtors' question appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Portuguese player is a gem of this generation Every generation throws up its own sports heroes. We have had Tiger Woods, Pele, Maradona, Michael Jordan. This era has enjoyed the athletic brio of a Portuguese young man who seemed to have sneaked into our graces and then mastered the scene as though his own.Read MoreThe post Ronaldo phenomenon appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Prince Tonye Princewill is a River State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with reporters in Lagos, the politician spoke on partisan issues. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI was there. Does President Muhammadu Buhari deserve a second term' The short answer is 'yes'. He means well. HeRead MoreThe post Princewill: APC 'll defeat Wike in 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
In 2017, it was a harvest of international funds for Nigerian start-ups from donors, business angels and venture capitalists, DANIEL ESSIET reports. The year 2017 was eventful for the Nigerian small business sector. The sector emerged as one of the hottest for investors. Leading venture capital firms evaluated several start-ups. Many secured seed funding inRead MoreThe post Nigeria start-ups hot for investors appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose to probe the management of finances during the administration of his predecessor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has submitted its report. The report is already causing ripples among political gladiators in the All Progressives Congress (APC) andRead MoreThe post Ekiti panel report causes ripples appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
We almost labeled this piece 'Paper money' but that would connote one of several other things and ideas. For instance, paper money would easily stand for one of those capital or money market near-monies like treasury bills, scrips or certified bank cheques. Of course, it also simply means currency notes as opposed to coins. MagicalRead MoreThe post Magical money appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
At the last count, no fewer than four national dailies have named them Governor of the Year for both 2016 and 2017, either jointly or individually. The casual observer will likely put this down to the infrastructural spectacle they evoked in their respective states at a time the rest of the nation stewed in theRead MoreThe post 2019: Governors of consequence appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.