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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 11 January, 2018.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Renowned playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says the Federal Government is responsible for the wanton killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the country.

Soyinka in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Holy Cow: Impunity Rides Again,’ said the government was “looking the other way” as the herdsmen went on the rampage across the country.

He said, “Yes, indeed the government is culpable, definitely guilty of “looking the other way. Indeed, it must be held complicit.”

The Nobel laureate said history was repeating itself with the herdsmen’s case, recalling that Boko Haram was still at that stage of “putative probes when cries of alarm emerged.”

Soyinka said, “Boko Haram was a product of social inequities, they preached – one even chortled: ‘We stand for justice, so we are all Boko Haram!’  We warned that – yes indeed – the inequities of society were indeed part of the story, but why do you close your eyes against other, and more critical malfunctions of the human mind, such as theocratic lunacy? Now it is happening again. The nation is being smothered in Vaseline when the diagnosis is so clearly – cancer!

“We have been here before – now, ‘before’ is back with a vengeance. President Goodluck Jonathan refused to accept that marauders had carried off the nation’s daughters; President Muhammed Buhari and his government – including his Inspector-General of Police – in near identical denial, appear to believe that killer herdsmen who strike again and again at will from one corner of the nation to the other, are merely hot-tempered citizens whose scraps occasionally degenerate into communal clashes – I believe I have summarised him accurately. The marauders are naughty children who can be admonished, paternalistically, into good neighbourly conduct.

“Sometimes of course, the killers were also said to be non-Nigerians after all. The contradictions are mind-boggling.’’

The acclaimed writer recalled that a more hideous massacre was perpetrated by the group he termed Murder Incorporated during a peace meeting in Benue in 2016, describing the development as a climax to what had been a series across a number of Middle Belt and neighbouring states, with Benue taking the brunt of the butchery.

He noted that the peace meeting attended by the state government and security agencies, including the Inspector-General of Police, also had the herdsmen in attendance.
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
No fewer than 30 officials and players of Kwara  United  on Wednesday escaped death by a whisker following an auto accident involving their coaster bus and a stationary  truck   at Moniya, Ibadan.

Our correspondents learnt that the Ilorin  team were returning home  from Lagos  where they  featured in the  Nigeria National League Super 4 when their  bus ran into the  truck on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.


 
Sources said the driver of the  bus was trying to avoid a speeding vehicle from the other end of the road when the accident occurred.

The media officer of the club, Mr. Abdulwaheed Bibire, who confirmed the accident in a statement, said  one Kwara United player and two officials sustained varying degrees of injury and  were  taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Bibire said the remaining officials and players, who did not sustain injuries, were  later conveyed by another vehicle to Ilorin.

“The driver ran the bus into a stationary truck in an attempt to avoid a speeding vehicle, which was coming from the other end of the road,” the club chief told one of our correspondents on the telephone.

He  said the  accident would  not affect the side’s opening Premier League match  against Niger Tornadoes  in Ilorin on Sunday.

“We don’t expect that the accident should affect our first league match of the season on Sunday. Since the bulk of the players needed to play the match were not injured, they should be able to play the match,” he said.

“They will be attended to by the psychologist before Sunday to ensure that the accident does  not affect any of them negatively.”
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has raised security teams to defend the people against herdsmen attacks.

The security teams, which will work in conjunction with local hunters, are to respond to attacks upon receiving distress calls.
 
The governor raised the alarm that some persons identified as Bororo herdsmen had started making surreptitious moves into Ekiti with plans to kill and maim people in order to rubbish his anti-grazing law.

He also raised the alarm that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had hatched plans to invade the state and arrest government officials in his administration.

Fayose spoke at a meeting with local hunters from the 16 local government areas of the state and the Benue indigenes residing in the state.

The governor, clad in a military uniform, called for a minute silence for those killed in Benue.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare the rampaging herdsmen as terrorists following the recent massacre in Benue and other parts of the country.

Fayose said, “I sympathise with our brothers, sisters and people from Benue State that are mourning the brutality of those who killed their kinsmen.

“I’m not going to Abuja to start crying like a woman. I will take steps to protect my people. There is nobody that is greater than the laws of the land. We must stop the killers; they must not enter our land. My people arise and defend our land. It is those who want to take our land that will die for us.”
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the substantive Director-General for the National Intelligence Agency.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the new DG is a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.


 
Adesina said Abubakar’s appointment took immediate effect.

The statement read in part, “Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
“He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.

“Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.

“The appointment takes immediate effect.”

Buhari had on October 30, 2017 sacked the former DG, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The President had on April 19 suspended him and constituted a three-man committee led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to investigate him.

The panel probed Oke on the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, for which NIA is laying claim.

The committee had the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, as members
Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday accused the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cable Network News, Al Jazeera and other foreign media of conspiracy of silence in the reportage of killings by herdsmen in most Nigerian communities. In a statement in Awka, Anambra State by IPOBs Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu and John Charles The President General of the Yoruba Community in Benue State and Chairman, Rantito Group of Companies, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi, on Wednesday led over 20 others to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi to donate blood to victims of the herdsmen attacks in the state. The Chief Medical Director, Benue [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Godwin Isenyo The police have warned the organised labour against holding any solidarity rally in Kaduna in support of the 20,000 primary schoolteachers that the state government plans to sack. The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, had said the Nigerian workers would observe Thursday (today) as a day of solidarity [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market appreciated by N517bn on Wednesday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All- Share Index gained 3.6 per cent to settle at 41.816.11 basis points. A total of 60 stocks appreciated as the year-to-date return expanded to 9.3 per cent. The NSE market capitalisation rose to N14.88tn from N14.363tn. Similar to [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon An immigration lawyer, Mr. Dayo Adu, says Nigeria is likely to witness more influx of expatriates as the country moves up on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business index. He noted that as a result of recent deliberate efforts by the Federal Government, Nigeria had moved from 179 spot to 145 on [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, the umbrella body of over 3,500 BDC operators licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the country, has called on the regulator to extend the January 31 deadline set for the renewal of operating licence of its members to March 31, 2018. This was part [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed January 19, 2018 to rule on an application by Union Bank Plc opposing the move to have Flat 7B, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The flat attracted public attention in April last year when large sums of money $43,449,947; [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the Nigerian Bar Association for its members' roles in what the President described as the success of his administration, including recovery of looted funds. He also thanked the association for its peace and reconciliatory efforts in the insurgency-troubled North-East as well as its intervention in the South-South for [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Government on Wednesday said it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese consortium for the construction of a modular refinery in the state. It said that the refinery, with capacity for processing 5,000 barrels of crude oil daily, would be handled by Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company of [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Illegal migrants recently repatriated from Libya protested on Wednesday against the N1,000 transport fare allegedly given to them by the Edo State Government. Over 900 returnees have been received by the state government at a temporary shelter in Benin, since January 8, 2018. Some of the returnees, who were moved to Benin [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Kolawole Olaniyan The National Assembly has turned its sights on the non-governmental organisations, which are bracing for a crackdown in 2018. The Yakubu Dogara-led House of Representatives is desperately pushing to pass the 'NGO Regulatory Bill' that many analysts have warned would stigmatise NGOs, and set Nigeria on course toward authoritarianism and oppression. The NGO [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has been told to adopt a smart card initiative that will enable interested owners of commercial vehicles, including official vehicles owned by educational institutions, hospitals, religious bodies and government agencies to register and obtain smart cards for purchasing fuel at regulated prices from petrol stations owned by the Nigerian [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
An Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, has fixed February 12 for hearing on a suit filed by Chief Adebayo Oyediji, challenging the installation of Oba Saliu Adetunji, as the Olubadan of Ibadan land. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oyediji of the Seriki chieftaincy line and three others, were challenging the installation [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Sunday Aborisade President Muhammadu Buhari's former Campaign Coordinator for Lagos State, Abiodun Faleke, has advised the All Progressives Congress leadership to ignore the pledge by the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, that he will deliver the state for the party in the 2019 presidential election. Bello had during his recent visit to the Presidential Villa, [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria has predicted that the country may record another low production of cocoa this year if the government fails to address the issue of substandard and fake inputs procured and supplied to its members last year. The association lamented that the fake inputs allegedly procured and supplied [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A Lagos State Magistrates Court at Tinubu, Lagos Island, on Wednesday ordered Fatima Bolori to take full custody of the two children she had with Aminu Atiku, a son of a former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku. Bolori and Aminu have become estranged. The courts order followed arguments by Boloris lawyer, Mrs. Gloria Albert-Ekpe from [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Government says it will begin the evacuation of wastes dumped on streets this week under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, starting from the Agege area. The Chief Operations Officer, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Thomas Forgacs, who stated this during a media tour of the Tapa Transfer Loading Station being refurbished in Lagos [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says some fraudsters have been impersonating its officials and executing search warrants on properties belonging to prominent Nigerians. The EFCC said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that some of the impersonators had used fake search warrants to search the homes of top lawmakers in the [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The Chief Executive Officer, RusselSmith Group, Mr. Kayode Adeleke, in this interview with 'FEMI ASU, says the recent rally in global crude oil prices will boost activities in the Nigerian oil and gas industry We have seen oil price increase to over $60 per barrel in recent time; do you think this will cause a [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Godwin Isenyo The police in Abuja on Wednesday dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites with tear gas and arrested 52 of them at Area 3, Garki. The force explained that the Shiite members attacked citizens including police operatives, adding that some improvised petrol bombs, stones [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Femi Asu As Nigerians are heaving a sigh of relief from the latest scarcity of petrol that lasted for over a month, the need for the Federal Government to address the challenges of inadequate local refining and distribution capacity that has continued to plague the country for many years has resurfaced. Following the failure of [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Justin Tyopuusu, with agency report No fewer than 4,300 policemen have been deployed for the Anambra Central Senatorial district election rerun holding on Saturday. The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference in Amawbia. He said three policemen would man each of the 1,448 [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the contract for the provision of independent power supply (at N61 per kilowatt/hour) to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council's first meeting of the year [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, has called on proprietors and school administrators to ensure compliance with academic and safety standards. According to Adebule, this is to improve the standard of education in the private and public schools in the state. The deputy governor, according to a statement on Wednesday, [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Owing to buying pressure, the average bond yield declined by 0.12 per cent, to settle at 13.48 per cent at the close of trading on Wednesday. Due to the buying pressures prevalent in the Treasury bond space, all instruments recorded yield declines, save for the February-2020 and January-2022 bonds which traded flat. Riding [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Wednesday warned lawyers and other members of the public against making unguarded comments on live cases before various courts. Justice Onnoghen, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mr. Awassam Bassey, specifically expressed concern about comments in the media concerning the [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Vice Chancelor of Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Lagos, Prof. Muheez Durosinmi, has lamented the inadequacy of medical doctors in the country. He said Nigeria had yet to attain the recommendation of the World Health Organisation of one doctor per 600 hundred patients. He said it would take the country [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Femi Asu with agency reports In a sign that the scarcity of petrol in Nigeria could be more widespread than first expected, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has issued a spot tender seeking 1,480,000 metric tonnes of petrol from January to April, on top of the existing term volumes it imports. Nigeria imports around one [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Teachers in the Zaria Education zone of Kaduna State are divided over the Nigeria Union of Teachers recent directive to them to proceed on an indefinite strike. The NUT in the state had directed them go on strike to press home their demand for the reversal of the sacking of 22,000 teachers by the state [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Jennifer Abraham Nigeria is naturally endowed with fruit trees that will feed a vibrant beverage industry be they wines, juices or other drinks. As good consumers of nectar, Nigerians are among the highest importers of wine in the world. Interestingly, the country has a variety of nectar plants that can make its drinks industry very [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Court of Appeal in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday ordered the retrial of a suit filed by the Incorporated Trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti against the education tax imposed on pupils by the Ekiti State Government. The court ordered parties to go back to the lower court to argue their [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
If your monthly account statements include more charges including overdraft fees or more ATM charges, explore mobile and online banking for cost-saving solutions that will put you on track for responsible money management. According to www.bankrate.com, millions of consumers have begun using digital tools to stay updated on their account balances, pay their bills and [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could conceivably return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signalling any move in that direction. Frankly, its an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Power operators in the country have expressed their commitment to reduce estimated billing as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission concludes work on new metering regulations to ensure consumers are metered. Following the privatisation of the power sector in November 2013, the demand for prepaid meters has continued to grow with many consumers groaning [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes on pros and cons of cryptocurrency Cryptocurrency seems to be the rave of the moment. With the collapse of the MMM, many are looking for an alternative route to quick returns. I have received many questions about cryptocurrency (such as bitcoin [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Shipments of West African oil to China are set to surge to a record in January, boosting overall fixtures heading east to their highest in at least 14 years, a Reuters survey of shipping fixtures and traders showed on Wednesday. China's loadings are expected to jump by more than 20 per cent from December to [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The procurement process for the Ibom Deep Seaport project is scheduled to commence this month, a statement from the promoters has indicated. The procurement process, according to the statement, is starting with the advertisement of the Request for Qualification from reputable private sector port developers/operators in partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Government [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
President DonaldTrumpon Tuesday vowed to rewrite US libel law, after an explosive book portrayed him as out of his depth in the White House. We are going to take a strong look at our countrys libel laws,Trumpsaid after a meeting of his cabinet on his first year in office and plans for the year ahead. [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan An Assistant Director at the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Kola Akintola, has said that the council will ensure a level playing ground for all those involved in shipping business in all the ports across Nigeria. He said this in an address read on his behalf by the Director, Inland Transport Service Department, NSC, [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority has announced the establishment of a committee to investigate the recent fire incidents at the Tin Can Island port. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Usman, also expressed sympathy with the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents over the incidents, a statement from the agency indicated on Tuesday. According to [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
The Federal Road Safety Corps has debunked a number of websites currently advertising application forms for vacant positions at the commission. In a statement made available to our correspondent, the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, said the websites do not belong to the FRSC and that they (websites) have not been authorised by [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The Co-founder of African Environmental Action Network, Dr. Victor Fodeke, has highlighted the need to promote the use of biogas technology in Nigeria as part of efforts to curb climate change. Fodeke noted that the Karu Abattoir in Abuja had been fitted with a net-zero/low carbon biogas digester to enable the generation of [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Affelka S.A., the majority shareholder of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, who is proposing to acquire all the outstanding and issued shares of SBC that are not currently owned by Affelka, has advised the company that the scheme consideration has been revised upwards to N125 per share. 7-UP disclosed this on Wednesday in a [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of French oil major, Total, has denied allegations of bribery and corruption regarding the provision of vessels by indigenous contractors, reaffirming its commitment to due process and zero tolerance for corruption. A statement on Wednesday said the oil firm and the National Petroleum Investment Management Services attended [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Afromedia Plc has notified its shareholders and the investing public of its inability to file its audited financial statement for the financial year ended September 30, 2017 with the Nigerian Stock Exchange as at the due date of December 30, 2017. The late filing of the statement, it explained, was occasioned by some [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
South Africa's rand weakened as much as 1.7 per cent on Wednesday to its worst performance in nearly three weeks after the ruling African National Congress said an early exit for President Jacob Zuma had not been discussed at a party meeting. It later recouped some losses. Initially hit by softening demand for emerging market [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
MOST of Nigerias economic woes are self-inflicted. Rather than adopt the rational option of a private capital-led business model that is proving successful around the world, the government is entrenched in different economic sectors, most of which are poorly managed. The stunted operations of the Nigerian Ports Authority epitomise this abnormality. This operating template has []