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


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Prominent Nigerians and groups, including the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere; and the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum, have faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s stand on restructuring.

The groups stated this in separate interviews with The PUNCH while commenting on the President’s New Year’s broadcast, where he said the problems with Nigeria were more with process than structure.

Buhari had said, “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the ongoing debate about ‘restructuring.’


 
“No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments.

“When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.”

Nigeria can’t be productive with 1999 constitution –SMBLF

But the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent stand on restructuring.

The forum stated this in a statement on Monday by Yinka Odumakin (South-West); Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South); Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East), and Mr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).

The group, which was reacting to Buhari’s statement in his New Year broadcast, said Nigeria could not be productive under the 1999 Constitution.

According to the group, the 1999 Constitution keeps 68 items on the exclusive list.

In the statement titled, Nigeria in crisis: Restructuring, not processing is the way out, the Forum, stated, “We cannot become a productive country under a 1999 constitution which keeps 68 items on the exclusive list, including mineral resources, which abound all over the country but which the states, whose governors are constitutionally vested with the authority over land, cannot touch.”
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
While 2018 was ushered in with pomp and circumstance all over the world, it was not so in Rivers, Kaduna and Kwara states as assailants attacked residents in the states, leaving behind sorrow, tears and blood.

In Rivers, no fewer than 14 persons were gunned down, while a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife were killed in Kaduna. In Kwara, worshippers were attacked by youths who wanted to organise a New Year carnival.

Some gunmen between 12.10am and 1am embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing 14 persons.

It was gathered that the victims had earlier gone to their various churches to pray into the New Year and were coming back when they were ambushed.

Other people also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospitals by other residents of the community.

Some of those killed during the mayhem were said to be four members of a family, including a man and his wife.

The incident, according to a resident of the area, who identified himself simply as Ukandu, occured at two places in the area – Omoku and Aligwu.

Ukandu said the fireworks that usually greeted the New Year made it almost impossible for residents to notice that hoodlums were shooting residents.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Some Peoples Democratic Party’s chiefs in the South-West zone have filed fresh suits seeking the orders of the Abuja Division of Federal High Court nullifying the election of Yemi Akinwonmi as the Deputy National Chairman (South) and Aribisala Adewale as the National Treasurer of the PDP.

So far, four national offices of the party filled by elections held during the December 9, 2017 national convention of the party are being challenged before the Federal High Court in Abuja.


 
The offices are the National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman (South), National Treasurer and the Deputy National Publicity Secretary.

Both Akinwonmi and Adewale, who were part of the nominees of the South-West geopolitical zone of the PDP, had emerged as national officers of the party at the party’s national convention held on December 9, 2017.

The suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1285/2017, seeking the removal of Akinwonmi as the Deputy Chairman (South) of the party, was filed by Chief Adebayo Dayo and Semiu Sodipo on behalf of the Executive Committee of the party in Ogun State.

The suit, with the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission and Akinwonmi as defendants, prayed the court to order that Akinwonmi be substituted with Segun Seriki.

The other suit, marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/1288/2017, seeking the removal of Adewale as the National Treasurer, was filed by Alhaji Adewale Adeyanju, who was an aspirant for the position at the December 9, 2017 convention.
Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The General Overseer Worldwide, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday night predicted the fall of certain significant goliaths in 2018. This was just as the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, predicted that 2018 would be a year of political confusion in Nigeria. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministries, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians will change him in 2019 if he does not change his style of leadership. The priest advised Buhari against seeking a second term, and warned that the President risks being blown [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has berated those criticising President Muhammadu Buhari for including the names of eight deceased persons on his new list of appointees into the board of Federal Government agencies. The Arewa Consultative Forum, a former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, and [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has dismissed claims that President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected restructuring. Abdullahi, who was reacting to the Presidents January 1st nationwide address on Monday, said there was nothing in the Presidents speech to suggest that he had foreclosed a debate on [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Justice Aromeh Benson Akogu, the Kabba Resident High Court Judge in Kogi handling the case of attempted assassination of Senator Dino Melaye, is dead. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the judge died in Anyigba on December 31, 2017 at about 11:40pm during a watch night service to 2018. According to a reliable source [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it will partially restrict vehicular movement in the Agege area from January 4, 2018. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Olujimi Hotonu, in a statement on Monday said the move was to accelerate the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover. Hotonu added that there would [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, has told residents of the state that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration will continue to develop infrastructure to thank Lagosians for their votes. Adebule spoke on Monday in Badagry as the One Lagos Fiesta put in place by the government to celebrate the end of [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Three families on Monday were joined by the wife of the state governor, Bolanle Ambode, and other officials of the state to celebrate their babies, who were named as first babies born in 2018. The first two babies at Ikorodu General Hospital, a set of twins (boy and girl), were born to the family of [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The President, Gbenga Akinwande Foundation, Mr. Gbenga Akinwande, says Ogun West must negotiate with the two other senatorial districts in the state, Ogun East and Ogun Central, in order to realise its ambition of producing the state governor in 2019. The Europe-based indigene of Aiyetoro in the Yewa North Local Government Area [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Three persons were feared dead in a bomb attack on the Magadali Local Governmet Area of Adamawa State on Monday. A source told the News Agency of Nigeria that the bomb was planted on a roadside in the town. It added that about three persons lost their lives in the attack. The Adamawa State Police [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Scores of patients who thronged the General Hospital, Katsina during the Christmas and New Year break for medical attention went home disappointed as medical doctors who were supposed to attend to them stayed off duty. They left their jobs for other health workers including nurses and corps members to handle. Mostly hit [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Troops of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force in a joint operation around the Lake Chad area of Borno State have rescued 700 farmers, fishermen and their families held by the Boko Haram terrorists. Among the abductees were two pregnant women who gave birth in the military facility in the [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said that JAMB generated N12bn as income in 2017. He added that after deducting its expenses, it remitted N7.8bn to the Federal Government. Oloyede spoke during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Monday. According to him, [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, on Monday said that in spite of challenges facing Nigeria, things would change positively. Speaking to journalists in Obanikoro, Lagos after the churchs New Year Eves service, the bishop urged political leaders to focus on their constitutional roles and work for [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has called on politicians to avoid hate and inciting speeches as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections. The call is contained in his 2018 New Years message, obtained by The PUNCH in Jos, Plateau State on Monday. He said, I [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Friday Amobi Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, on Monday visited some New Years babies in Port Harcourt. Speaking after her visit to the babies at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and Police Medical Clinic in Port Harcourt, Nyesom-Wike said she led top government officials and wives of commissioners [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor and Peter Dada The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has granted pardon to no fewer than 71 prison inmates in the state He said the pardon was granted in commemoration of the New Year. Fifty eight of the freed inmates served various jail terms for criminal offences that included stealing, assault, arson, [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday urged government at all levels and Nigerians to always assist the less-privileged, especially people with disabilities. Gbajabiamila made the call in Lagos during a visit to the Hearts of Gold Children Hospice, where he spent time with abandoned children and children with disabilities. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Scores of fun seekers in Lagos on Monday thronged the National Theatre in Iganmu, to celebrate the New Year. Many of the fun seekers, who came with family members, engaged in recreational activities like horse riding, while others opted for the movies. In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria, they expressed hope for a [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Punch Editorial Board Accustomed to joining the fray in anti-graft matters, the Senate, on December 21, took on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over its arrest of the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma, an industrialist from Anambra State. From his residence in Enugu, he was flown to Lagos for questioning, a sequel to [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ademola Oni The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said God has told him not to end his political career as he had earlier contemplated. Specifically, Bakare, who contested as the vice-presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, said God [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Sometimes life brings surprises. If you are finding out that you cannot make payments on one or more of your loans, it is best to take action sooner rather than later. Moving quickly helps you minimise the damage to your finances and the stress of cleaning up something that could continue to get worse, according [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Monday accused the Federal Government of illegally reintroducing subsidy on the Premium Motor Spirit. It said Nigerians deserved an explanation on the development, which had seen the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation offsetting N26 on every litre of the PMS, better known as petrol, sold to the public [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Ibadan The House of Representatives has passed a new Stamp Duty Bill, which seeks to amend and repeal the 2004 Stamp Duty Act. With the passage of the bill, the lawmakers have endorsed the controversial deduction of N50 from deposits into accounts with Deposit Money Banks across the country using electronic platforms. The [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Telecommunications companies in the country may have lost over N10bn in revenue in the last two weeks due to fuel shortage and this may affect planned recruitment of casual and permanent workers by some of them this year, it has been learnt. Following Nigeria's exit from recession, the major telecoms companies are planning [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday inaugurate Nigeria's first inland dry port in Kaduna State. A dry port is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road, rail and air to a seaport and operates as a centre for trans-shipment of sea cargoes to inland destinations. According to the Nigerian Shippers Council, [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Using cardlesss technology to reach remote communities in Nigeria should be a key priority for Nigeria's banks owing to the vast business opportunities in the country, the Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank Plc, Uzoma Dozie, says in this interview with STANLEY OPARA In 2017, banking services were hugely disrupted by technology. What is Diamond Bank's [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission says it is intensifying efforts to introduce the informal sector to the Contributory Pension Scheme in 2018. PenCom also said its special department saddled with the responsibility was planning to drive the initiative with technology using mobile phone applications. 'Special mobile phone applications had been successfully implemented in some [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The amount of natural gas flared by oil and gas companies operating in the country increased by 23 per cent in the third quarter of last year compared to what was recorded in the previous quarter. The latest data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday showed that 76.42 billion standard [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Managing Director, Lacasera Company, Mr. Roland Ebelt, said that at the deepest point of the naira depreciation when the currency traded at 500 to a dollar, local beverage firms were very concerned about losing the market. At that point, he acknowledged that the purchasing power of the average Nigerian had been eroded, [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors has called on the Federal Government to intensify the fight against corrupt practices, particularly in the public sector, as huge revenue is still being lost to the menace. The President, AFIA, Mrs. Victoria Enape, stated this in a presentation made at the training and induction [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Nimi Akinkugbe A new year brings with it a sense of renewal and the age-old tradition of new-year resolutions helps you to focus on making positive changes in various aspects of your life. Many people make new-year resolutions to exercise regularly and maintain a healthier lifestyle, to be more prayerful, to be a better mother, [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc outperformed the market, with a year-on-year return of 227.33 per cent, to close at N20.. The stock was followed by International Breweries Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Fidson Healthcare Plc and Dangote Flour Plc, which appreciated respectively by 194.59 per cent, 192.86 per cent, 189.06 per cent and 185.88 per [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye A financial expert and former Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Finance Committee, Abayomi Ogunnusi, has advised the Federal Government to ensure that it implements the capital expenditure component of the 2018 budget. He said the huge shortfalls in the 2017 budget revenue projections were responsible for the setback being experienced in [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Successful entrepreneurs certainly attribute high credit to online presence. In fact, online presence stands today as an integral component of leading businesses across political boundaries. The same may not hold true when it comes to a mobile optimised website. Surprisingly, many intelligent entrepreneurs are still not convinced about the virtues of mobile presence. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Ikeogu Oke Among the living the dead are welcome To serve our nation, and drive her genius home. Rhyme of Our Working Dead, by the Author Many Nigerians have reacted with criticism or ridicule to the recent inclusion of the names of seven dead people out of the over 1,000 appointed into various [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Niyi Akinnaso We can at least breathe a sigh of relief that 2017 is finally over. 2017 will go down as one of the darkest years in our national history since the civil war ended in 1970. Not even the Abacha years, following the annulment of MKO Abiolas victory in the 1993 presidential election came [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
The immediate past president of the United States, President Barack Obama, may not have much going for him but he was thoroughly prudent in terms of personal expenditures regarding items of luxury involving matters of wardrobe especially. President Obama was once reported as saying he had only a couple of blue and grey suits to [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Azuka Onwuka The image of Africa has been that of backwardness, poverty and disease. And the reason it has remained so even many decades after the independence of different African states is because of a leadership that is bereft of soul and humanity, a leadership that has been concerned about itself rather than the people. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Jerome-Mario Utomi There was a veiled agreement among stakeholders at a recent gathering in Lagos that the government at all levels in Nigeria is shirking the traditional but universal responsibility of provision of economic and infrastructural succour to the citizenry which the instrumentality of participatory democracy and election of leaders confers on them. The passionate [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Tayo Oke This year, another tumultuous period in the electoral cycle begins in earnest. Ambition, bravery, ego, wisdom and foolishness all locked in a battle for supremacy and attention. The cacophony of noise renting the putrid air, the foot soldiers pounding the streets, knocking on doors and twisting arms at the behest of the master. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Nigerians in the last few weeks have continued to witness another round of scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit otherwise called petrol. The timing is not strange. The country has in the last one decade often experienced fuel scarcity between November and January yearly. The heavy demand of the product in December as a result of [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday foiled an attempt by some robbers to snatch a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla from some motorists on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. PUNCH Metro learnt that the gang, while posing as cops, flagged down the motorists on the expressway. [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos State, has arrested a 31-year-old man, Agbata Ebuka, for allegedly selling the house of his late elder brother to two persons. The property, a bungalow, is located in the Ishasi area of the state and was reportedly sold by the suspect to one Ifeanyi Okeke and [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Some traders on Monday counted their losses as fire gutted the popular Marian Market along Marian Road in Calabar, Cross River State. The fire, which was said to have started at about 4am on New Year Day, destroyed several shops stocked with goods. Some traders attributed the cause of the inferno to [] 

Tue, 02 Jan 2018
Several thousand people in The Netherlands welcomed 2018 with a plunge in the North Sea in a decades-old icy tradition at the Scheveningen seaside resort. See the video, courtesy, AFP: Several thousand people in the Netherlands welcomed 2018 with a plunge in the North Sea in a decades-old icy tradition at the Scheveningen seaside resort []