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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 7th January, 2018.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018

A curious payment of N2, 922, 236.310 to 54 Senators during the tenure of Chief David Mark as Senate President is now engaging the attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Each of the Senators is believed to have received N45, 509, 090.

It is one of the issues Senator Mark is expected to throw light on during his ongoing interactive session with the agency, The Nation learned authoritatively yesterday.


 
Five of the 54 Senators that benefitted from the N2.9billion largesse are still members of the Green chambers of the National Assembly.

Among them is a principal officer of the Senate.

While investigators suspect that the money may have been sourced from the accounts of the National Assembly, citizen Ifeanyichukwu Obazi-Nweze, in a petition, claimed that it was trapped cash of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The discovery of the cash disbursement by EFCC is believed to have sparked the latest move by some Senators to block the re-nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as substantive Chairman of EFCC.

The lawmakers are said to have drawn the battle line with him.

Sources said yesterday that they planned to send a 15-man secret delegation to Buhari to protest against Magu and demand his removal.


 
Investigation by The Nation showed that  the ex-Senate President and some of the beneficiaries of the largesse will have to explain who authorized  UBA to  raise five manager cheques in favour of the defunct Bank PHB and GTB.

The manager cheques were listed as MC No. 03816905 (N2,275,454,500)- Bank PHB; MC 03816915 (N133,400,000)-Bank PHB; MC No. 03816909(N103, 800,000)-Bank PHB; and MC No. 03816918(N364,072.720)-GTB.

Investigation showed that each of the 50 beneficiary Senators collected N45, 509, 090 amounting to N2,275,454,500.

A document, obtained by our correspondent, reads in part: “The above manager cheque number 03816905 with a value of N2,275,454,500 was deposited into the accounts of 50 Senators as beneficiaries.



Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Taraba Police Command has confirmed the burial of four persons on Saturday in Jalingo following a dawn attack by an armed militia on three Fulani communities in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

But a resident of one of the affected communities said 15 people were buried at Jalingo cemetery.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP David Misal, said those that carried out the attacks were yet be identified, adding that no arrest has been made.

The spokesman called for calm and assured residents that security agencies were investigating the incident with a view to arresting and prosecuting the culprits.


 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the attack was launched at about 6 a.m on Jan. 6.

The villages attacked by the suspected militia were Babagasa, Donadda and Katibu, which shared common boundary with Adamawa.

A resident of Katibu, Mallam Bello Isa, who narrowly escaped the attack, told NAN that many people in his village were killed and houses set ablaze.

Isa explained that so far bodies of 15 persons killed in the attacks were recovered and buried at about 10 a.m at the Jalingo Cemetery.

He said many people including women and children were still missing, adding that security agents are yet to be ddeployed to the area.
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The police have launched 24hour crime prevention and visibility patrols nationwide to prevent a repeat of last week’s killings in Benue and Rivers States.

It is one of the several measures announced yesterday by the Police headquarters following Friday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris.

Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams were also constituted and dispatched to Benue and Rivers States to get to the roots of the killings.


 
Seventeen were shot by suspected cultists at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local government area of Rivers State on their way back home from the crossover church service last Monday, while 20 were gunned down by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo government areas of Benue State.

A Tiv socio- cultural organisation – Mzough u – Tiv – took exception to the statement made on Friday by Mr. Idris in which he described the Benue killings as a “communal crisis”.

President- General of Mzough u – Tiv, Chief Edward Ujege, said Idris’ statement was not only misleading, it was a mockery of the death of the children and women killed in cold blood by Fulani herdsmen.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue who is still grieving over the incessant attacks by herdsmen in the state said yesterday he was withdrawing from all political activities until the brains behind the bloodletting are apprehended and brought to book.

Detailing the IGP’s directives in a statement yesterday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, a chief superintendent of police (CSP) said the  Commissioners of Police in charge of Benue, Rivers and other contiguous States to the two States and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and their personnel are  on  “red-alert with immediate effect to nip in the bud and prevent further attacks on innocent Nigerians by suspected herdsmen and other criminal elements in the mentioned states.”

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Two shot in Otu-Jeremi 'APC rejects exercise, calls for a 'real election' The 2018 Delta State local government election turned into an orgy of violence yesterday with armed thugs setting the State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) office in Ughelli on fire. At least two persons were shot, also in Ughelli, for allegedly resisting an attemptRead MoreThe post Two shot, DSIEC office razed as violence mars Delta LG polls appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Two shot in Otu-Jeremi 'APC rejects exercise, calls for a 'real election' The 2018 Delta State local government election turned into an orgy of violence yesterday with armed thugs setting the State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) office in Ughelli on fire. At least two persons were shot, also in Ughelli, for allegedly resisting an attemptRead MoreThe post Two shot, DSIEC office razed as violence mars Delta LG polls appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has advised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to consult God before running for president in 2019 The primate warned that if the Waziri of Adamawa fails to consult God, he 'may not get it right.' The warning was contained in Ayodele's 2018 prophecies, where he calledRead MoreThe post Cleric charges Atiku to consult God appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
There is palpable apprehension amongst customers of microfinance banks, especially those who are yet to enrol for the compulsory Biometric Verification Number (BVN) following the expiration of the deadline penultimate Friday. Investigation by The Nation revealed that an estimated five million accounts may be shutdown on account of non-compliance with the BVN order in lineRead MoreThe post BVN: Anxiety as over 5m microfinance banks' customers risk account forfeiture appeared first on The Nat 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Says party not involved in compilation of board members National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun last night distanced the party from the list of board appointments recently released by the government. He said the party was not involved in the final process leading to the release of the list ofRead MoreThe post Oyegun: New APC leadership to emerge before June appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The death has occurred of Evangelist Amos Anyibieu Omoru of Orogun Kingdom, Delta State, at the age of 92. Renowned for his evangelical works and services, the nonagenarian was said to have passed on peacefully in his country home, Igbuku-Orogun, on December 2, 2017. In a statement released by Chris Erhi Omoru, on behalf ofRead MoreThe post Omoru passes on appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, its pluses and minuses. So, naturally, there must be a number of solar power advantages and solar power disadvantages too. Solar power advantages There are many solar power advantages worth noting. In no particular order (well, perhaps simply the order in which they come to mind), here are someRead MoreThe post Why we should invest in solar energy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Claims 1,050 insurgents lay down arms ' Scores of insurgents killed in fresh military attack on Sambisa forest The military said yesterday that the wife of Mamman Nur, factional leader of the Boko Haram terror sect, was among the casualties of a raid on the group's location in the Lake Chad region. Nur, sonRead MoreThe post Wife of Boko Haram's factional leader, Mamman Nur, killed ' Army appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Claims 1,050 insurgents lay down arms ' Scores of insurgents killed in fresh military attack on Sambisa forest The military said yesterday that the wife of Mamman Nur, factional leader of the Boko Haram terror sect, was among the casualties of a raid on the group's location in the Lake Chad region. Nur, sonRead MoreThe post Wife of Boko Haram's factional leader, Mamman Nur, killed ' Army appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As part of efforts to raise its revenue profile the management and board of the Dangote Group Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited (DANCOOPS) has set machinery in motion to diversify into real estate, micro credit and loans, among other business ventures. Making this disclosure at the weekend was the President of the Society, Comrade AfolabiRead MoreThe post Dangote Cooperative to diversify into real estate, banking, others appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Governments at all levels have been advised to partner with the church in addressing some of the socio-economic problems facing the nation. The President, Praise Arena-Kingdom Light Christian Centre, Pastor Jummy Adetoyese Olagunju, counselled at a 21-day programme tagged becoming a better you organised by the church at Le-Real Hotel, VGC, Lagos. He said thatRead MoreThe post Developmental programme: cleric charges government to partner church appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A Houston-based couple was ordered at the weekend to pay more than $121,000 in restitution to a Nigerian nanny who worked in their home. The couple had pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing the woman to work nearly 20 hours a day, taking care of their home and five children without pay forRead MoreThe post US-based Nigerian couple to pay N44m for enslaving nanny appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
In next years election the North believes its 'right' to produce the next president of the country is sacrosanct, hence the hot contest within the opposition PDP to field a candidate against the incumbent who looks set to run. Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, in this report examines the dynamics of the race shaping up. Read MoreThe post 2019: North and the jostle for Buharis job appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
It only took a trip to Mile 12, Ketu Market in Lagos, the popular fruit and vegetable market, for us to change the focus of our writing for this week. The sight of rotten heaps of tomato and pepper clearly calls for urgent government/individual attention to factor out ways of utilising and preserving these highlyRead MoreThe post Preserving tomatoes/pepper till next season appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Shepherd in Charge of Celestial Church of Christ, Alpha and Omega Parish, Superior Evangelist Michael Adeusi, has appealed to Nigerians to continue to cooperate with and support President Buhari administration as it offers greater hope in 2018. Adeusi said this in an interview with The Nation in Lagos. He said that President Buhari's administrationRead MoreThe post There is hope in Buhari's government, says cleric appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Until most recently, the noise around town was the prompting about making the ritualistic new years resolutions, which incidentally was described as cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty, and ultimately reinforces humility by Eric Zorn, the Op-ed editor and blogger for Chicago Tribune. In that sense, Super Eagles striker, Odion JudeRead MoreThe post ODION IGHALO: MY EXPECTATIONS IN 2018 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The leadership of the Methodist Church Nigeria has commended the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for securing and safeguarding the present and future of the citizens in the state. The church also extolled Aregbesolas unprecedented leadership displayed on promoting religious harmony, peace and unity across religious divides. The Archbishop, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev.Read MoreThe post Methodist Church lauds Aregbesola appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
What do you see when you fix your gaze upon the indigents and less-privileged' Some would see a people requiring your pity while others would see the fierce urgency to grow, perhaps financially, materially and otherwise, in order to be the change they want to see in the world. You might think that all theyRead MoreThe post A season of love and charitable causes in Ikole-Ekiti appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The earth quaked in political circles in Nigeria this past week as President Mohammadu Buhari in his New Year broadcast struck at the restructuring train virtually crippling and derailing the forward coaches. Yet as if in cruel mockery of General Buhari's bravest efforts, some of the old demons which warranted the undying clamour for restructuringRead MoreThe post Our Father in Abuja Civilian Prefecture in Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The South West Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has called on the federal government to take decisive actions against the nefarious activities of armed herdsmen across the country. Atilade said this in his New Year message to Nigerians, and claimed that churches in Nigeria are praying and working toward ensuring peace andRead MoreThe post Deal decisively with herdsmen attacks, counsels Atilade appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
President Donald Trump has dismissed all allegations stating he is unfit to be president and proclaiming himself to be a very stable genius. The US president hit back after an explosive account of life at the White House claimed he never intended to enter the Oval Office and his staff believed he was not fitRead MoreThe post Im a very stable genius, declares Trump appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Indications that the immediate past Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, may have been endorsed by a clique within the party to fly its banner as presidential candidate in the 2019 general election are already generating anxiety across political camps within the party, writes DareRead MoreThe post Unease in PDP over Makarfi's ambition appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The annual leadership conference which held in Durban, South Africa, recently saw the TBWA AfricaMiddle East Network comprising creative, PR and digital agencies from 26 countries across Africa and the Middle East, proving its worth and mettle by winning the star prize of the night. The agency was recognised for its 'Africannes' as well asRead MoreThe post TBWA, Ford Foundation win grand prix award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
MANY across the world still feel shocked about the needless deaths ensconced in the very risky trans-Sahara and deathly trans-Mediterranean migration from several sub-Saharan countries, including Nigeria. Traversing the complicated vastness of anomie, especially along the routes from Niger to Libya alone often results in precarious unintended consequences. Daily, there are reports of harrowing experiencesRead MoreThe post 'Nigerians have no reason risking death going to Europe' appeare 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The ancient City of Ile Ife, Osun, is set to host its first international marathon race. Tagged: 'Ile Ife Heritage Marathon,'it holds on February 4th 2018. Speaking on the proposed international destination marathon race on behalf of the Ile Ife Heritage Marathon Organisation (IHMO), the Race Director, Adedayo Akinbode said: 'We are excited to announceRead MoreThe post Ile Ife to grow brand equity through Heritage Marathon appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
YINKA Mafe is the Majority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly and a two-term legislator representing Sagamu state constituency 1. In this interview, the House of Representatives aspirant spoke on his desire to move up to the national assembly as the representative of the people of Remo federal constituency in the lower chamberRead MoreThe post Mafe: My people want me in House of Reps appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Thirty shoe makers from Abia State will be undergoing further training in China in order to enhance their skills and set up Abia State Automated Shoe factory in Aba. The Governor of the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, stated that the 30 persons, with majority drawn from Ariaria International Aba, were the first batch of 100Read MoreThe post Abia shoe makers go for training in China appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
On December 5, 2017, three wise men came from the East. They had come to see me at the State House, Abuja. Who were they, and what message did they bear' Surely, not gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those are gifts for Divinity. The three men were Igwe Cyprian Madu Nevobasi, Igwe Omeluenyi of Aguneese, EzeaniRead MoreThe post A handshake across the Niger appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Kehinde Bamigbetan spoke about the impact of community newspapers to the growth of the state and why the government will continue to partner with them in selling its programmes and policies. He also spoke about government's strides in the promotion of community governance through theRead MoreThe post 'Local government administration still relevant in Lagos' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Ambassador Umar Salisu has been Nigeria's ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for almost two years. In this Interview with Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf he speaks on the existing bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and concerted efforts being made to further foster the socioeconomic relationship in both countries. Excerpts: WhatRead MoreThe post 'Nigeria's bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia of economic importance' appeared first on The Nation 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. The word Nigerian is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria from those who not.'Obafemi Awolowo in Path to Nigeria Freedom, 1947 The task now at hand was to devise new modes of human co-existence ' arrangementsRead MoreThe post Lessons from Spain: coping with the multinational State appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Mr. President, Sir, permit me to begin this letter without the requisite official protocol due to the urgency of its thrust. I write you today with a bleeding heart knowing full well that last year and indeed the Yuletide period was a total waste for the people of Benue State as regards the relationship betweenRead MoreThe post Save us from herdsmen appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
From all indications, it does appear that the newly constituted Council of Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria APCON, is causing a lot of ripples within the advertising circles as practitioners are battle ready to rough shod with the government over what they described as undue interference from that quarters. Thus all industry stakeholders are unanimouslyRead MoreThe post Furore over policy inconsistencies at APCON appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.