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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2018.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Many residents of Makurdi in mourning gathered on Thursday at the IBB Square as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2, 2018, in parts of Benue State  were given a mass burial.

Offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed in the state capital as the government had, a day earlier, declared Thursday, a work-free day in honour of the 73 victims.


 
Many of those who attended the requiem shed tears as they lamented incessant attacks on residents of the state by herdsmen.

A leader of the Tiv nation and the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Wantaregh Unongo, said if President Muhammadu Buhari failed in his responsibility of protecting lives and property of Benue citizens, the people would train their own army in the state to defend them.

Unongo recalled that a large number of Benue sons and daughters were among the contingents that fought the Nigerian civil war.

“Benue people sacrificed blood for the unity of this country and will not allow a section of Fulani herdsmen to kill our people in cold blood.

He said, “I am telling Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be cannon fodder for this country. If the government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us. We are 100 per cent in support of what Governor Samuel Ortom has done. I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough.”

Unongo stressed that the entire people of the state were watching President Buhari  and had  joined in the persistence calls by Ortom that the Federal Government should take drastic steps to urgently address the killings and also arrest the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Leaders of the South-East and South-West, on Thursday in Enugu, asked the Federal Government to declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists.

The Southern leaders, at an event tagged, ‘Handshake Across the Niger: A Celebration of Igbo/Yoruba Friendship Beyond Brotherhood,’ and organised by a pan-Igbo group, Nzuko Umunna, also insisted on the restructuring of the country.


 
The event, hosted by the leaders of Afenifere and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, was also attended by the representatives of the South-South and the Middle Belt.

A minute silence was observed in honour of the victims of herdsmen attacks in Benue State and other parts of the country.

Speaking at the event, the leader of the South-West delegation and representative of the chairman of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for the Federal Government’s refusal to declare the herdsmen as terrorists, as was done to the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra.

Adebanjo also expressed anger at Buhari’s opposition to restructuring, which he insisted was the only solution to the country’s problems.

He described Buhari as the “problem” of Nigeria due to his (Buhari’s) refusal to heed the calls for restructuring.

Adebanjo said, “It is only restructuring that can guarantee your rights in Nigeria. Cheating, injustice and even corruption can only be wiped out through restructuring.

“President Buhari will not do that; instead he has ensured that all military and para-military institutions are under his control, and he has refused to name herdsmen as terrorists yet he pounced on IPOB that seeks for justice.

“Buhari is the problem of Nigeria by opposing restructuring. We will achieve it if we are united. Igbo, Yoruba mutual suspicion is a thing of the past. We are not looking at the past. We are looking at the future.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Power generation in the country may have hit a fresh snag following the explosion that ruptured the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline on Thursday, even as generation from hydropower plants dropped by 494 megawatts in six days.

There was pandemonium as a heavy explosion rocked the pipeline criss-crossing the Ugbokodo community near the Warri refinery in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.


 
The incident, which sources said occurred around 4am, forced residents of the community to scamper for safety in the bushes when they discovered that the inferno that resulted from the explosion was advancing towards their homes.

It was gathered that some residents, including children, who fled into the bushes, were still missing as of 4:30pm when one of our correspondents left the community.

The PUNCH learnt that the explosion was as a result of leaks from a gas pipeline in the community, which had earlier been reported to the management of the NGC.

According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, repair work commenced immediately on the facility in order to address the fresh incident.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Thursday said he warned his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, against implementing the state anti-grazing law recently passed into law.

 Lalong said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


 
 He said his position was that it was wrong to start implementing the law without proper alternatives.

 He said, “To be honest with you, I advised him. I told the governor of Benue State when he was initiating the law, I said ‘look, why don’t you tread softly, just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation.’

 “But you see, states are different; his own concepts are different and for us on the Plateau, it is different.

 “I said I would not do the law before implementation. I have not developed the ranching areas so I cannot go and say I put a law, to stop who? If I stop the people, what is the alternative?

“So, I said ‘do consultations, allow the people to understand and buy into the concepts.’”

Lalong insisted that his administration would not implement the anti-grazing law.

 He said there were levels of implementation which would require government intervention, provision of ranches as well as subsidy from the federal and state governments.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka There is palpable fear in the Ozubulu community as a South African-based business man, Aloysius Ikegwuonu, a.k.a. Bishop, buries his father, Cyprian Ikegwuonu, today (Friday). The 75-year old Cyprian was among the 13 persons killed on August 6, last year when gunmen attacked the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu. Twenty-nine other persons [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the suit challenging the charges relating to the Malabu oil $1.1bn scam instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against his predecessor, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN). Malami, [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has chided President Muhammadu Buhari for replacing the sacked National Intelligence Agencys Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke, with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a northerner. Fayose in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said, seeing what President Buhari had [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Ade Adesomoju The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arraigned a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Maimuna Aliyu, for an alleged N57m fraud. Incidentally, Aliyu was one of the persons appointed into the board of the ICPC by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives are alarmed over what they call the worrisome spending plans of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, which had a budget of N45bn in 2017. Between December 2016 and May 2017 alone, the committee spent a whopping N6.1bn on foodstuffs and catering materials, drugs and medical [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said it will use the social media to expose the corruption and the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The Deputy National Chairman of the party (South), Mr. Yemisi Akinwumi, said this in Abuja on Wednesday at an interactive session of the PDP youth groups, under [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has given the Department of State Services 48 hours to either release the 10 Cameroonian separatists in custody or take them to court. The senior advocate said this in a letter addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Falana added that if [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says there is the need for public servants to embrace effective communication in order to prevent crisis in the public service. Ambode said this on Thursday in his opening remarks at a two-day training programme for public servants in Ikeja, Lagos. The governor, who was represented by [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Akinpelu Dada For the seventh year in a row, the President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has been adjudged as the richest man in Africa with a net worth that Forbes pegged at $12.2bn for 2017. That was an increase of $100m from a year earlier. Bill Gates maintained his position [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday dropped three commissioners from his cabinet and appointed five new ones. A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, identified the three affected cabinet members as Adebimpe Akinsola, Femi Odubiyi and Anifowoshe Abiola. The SSG gave the names of the five new [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Evading banking cyberthreats is more challenging than ever. This is simply because in Nigeria, like in overseas too, customers are increasingly embracing electronic banking. Data from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System Plc (the country's electronic banking clearing house) constantly show rising rate of adoption of e-payment platforms. Smishing, a variation of phishing, targets [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Union in South Africa says six guest houses owned by their members were burnt during attacks against Nigerians in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa. The Chairman of the union in the province, Mr. Paul Nwanedo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Rustenburg, on Thursday that the attackers [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government said it had extended the sale of LAKE Rice to supermarkets and shopping malls in the state to ensure the product reached every nook and cranny of the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, during a meeting with representatives of shopping malls and supermarkets, said the [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim and Leke Baiyewu Queues for Premium Motor Spirit resurfaced in many parts of Abuja and neighbouring states on Thursday despite repeated assurances by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that the scarcity of the product had been brought under control. Motorists started queuing up on Wednesday evening in [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Commandant/Provost in charge of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps College of Security Management in Ogun State, Rachael Awosusi, has warned members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria to shun bribery and sharp practices. She gave the warning on Wednesday when the state Commandant of the VGN, Adedoyin Nureni, led [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Thursday, clashed with former governor Timipre Sylva and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, over the activities of the arrested militant leader, Oyaweikumor Peregbabofa. The 28-year-old militant, known in the creeks as General Karaowei, reportedly led militant gangs that allegedly killed [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The total pension assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to N7.4tn as of the end of November 2017. Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission on Thursday revealed that N5.22tn or 82.5 per cent of the fund was invested in Federal Government's bonds and treasury bills. According to the data, the Pension [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, has condemned President Muhammadu Buharis tepid handling of killings by herdsmen, saying the President may end up destabilising his own government. The association said Buhari deserved to be impeached for failing in his constitutional responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property of the citizens that [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The Nigerian Communications Commission has denied reports that a new owner of 9mobile will emerge on January 16, 2018. The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said in a statement on Thursday that January 16 was only scheduled as the deadline for the receipt and review of bidding offers from prospective buyers. [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Some years ago, the Minister of Environment, Hajiya Mailafia, shook the countrys business landscape when she announced governments preparedness to ban the use of plastic bags, a commodity used in high volumes across the country. The pronouncement by the minister sent a shock wave across the country as people of various shields started reacting to [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday issued a new target for Deposit Money Banks and all microfinance banks in the Federal Capital Territory towards achieving the 80 per cent financial inclusion target for the adult population in the country by 2020. The apex bank also inaugurated a financial inclusion state steering [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons on Thursday said the victims rescued from Libyan detention camps were from 27 states of the federation. The NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abuja, said 972 Nigerians had been rescued in the New [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Gross inflows into the Federation Account have amounted to N6.14tn in 12 months, data obtained by FBNQuest Research have shown. In the 12 months through to September 2017, the gross flows into the Federation Account amounted to N3.51tn from oil revenue and N2.63tn from non-oil revenue, a report by the research firm stated. [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Chairman of the Central Planning Committee of Aare Ona Kakanfo Installation, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, has said that the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is right to name the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo. He said the choice was made after [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Anna Okon Against the backdrop of the latest report by the National Bureau that bank credit to the agricultural sector dropped by N35bn, stakeholders and experts have said that the development will greatly affect the growth of the sector in the current year. The NBS in its analysis of the banking sector credit had stated [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has carried out a sensitisation programme in Anambra communities as part of its efforts at creating awareness programme about the dangers of substandard products throughout the federation. According to the Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, substandard products pose a lot of dangers to individuals and the society, [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Turkish coast guard on Thursday rescued 41 illegal migrants after their inflatable boat sank off Turkeys Aegean coast, a local media reported. The accident happened near Foca district in the western province of Izmir. The coast guard said all the migrants aboard were rescued. The migrants include 13 Afghans, eight Syrians, six Angolans, six [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market rose to a nine-year high on Thursday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation hit a record high of N15.317tn from N14.880tn reported on Wednesday. The NSE All-Share Index rose to above 43,041.54 basis points, a level last seen in October 2008, after local and foreign investors bought shares [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Emirates says it is extending its popular My Emirates Pass programme to Nigerian customers visiting Dubai this winter season. The airline said Nigerians travelling to Dubai between January and March would get exclusive offers and discounts across the city simply by turning the Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card. 'Those flying [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara State Government has approved the establishment of the Farm Produce Commodity Board that will be private sector-driven. The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe, said on Wednesday that the approval came from the State Executive Council. Ahmed said the commodity [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Board of UAC of Nigeria Plc has appointed Mrs. Omolara Elemide as Executive Director, Corporate Services with effect from January 1, 2018. According to a statement from the firm, Elemide succeeds Mr. Joe Dada, who retired from the UACN Board on December 31, 2017, after 34 years. The new executive director was [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi South African Airways has said that it will continue to give back to Nigeria where it has successfully done business for about two decades. The management of the airline stated this at the grand finale of its maiden edition of essay completion for Nigerians youths in Lagos. The National Sales manager, SAA, Mrs. [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Nigeria Internet Group has elected the Chief Executive Officer, IceCool Contracts Limited, Mr. Destiny Amana, as its president for the next two years. A statement by the group on Wednesday said Dr. Bayero Agabi was also elected as the new vice president; Mrs. Nkem Uwaje-Begho, treasurer; and Hilary Damissah as the publicity [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Bullish sentiments prevailed in the secondary market for Treasury bills on Thursday as the average T-bills yield declined by 0.13 per cent to close at 14.51 per cent. All the tenors witnessed yield declines, save for the one-month instrument which advanced by 0.07 per cent to close at 12.97 per cent.. The average [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja In the bid to curtail the use of firewood and deforestation in Nigeria, Eta Zuma West Africa Group on Thursday inaugurated the production and sale of coal briquettes as alternative fuel for home use. The Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Innocent Ezuma, said at the inauguration of the plant in [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Dana Air, a subsidiary of the Dana Group of companies, has been named as one of Nigeria's top 50 brands. The airline said this was the 3rd time consecutive time it would be named as a top brand at the Brands Nigeria Leadership Forum, for its innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, popularity, national spread [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Yemi Kale; a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr. 'Laoye Jaiyeola, are to join economic analysts to discuss the nation's economic outlook for 2018. The fourth economic [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Shareholders of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc have approved the scheme of arrangement by which the majority shareholder, Affelka S.A. will acquire the outstanding 26.8 per cent shares of the company. The shareholders gave their approval at the Court-Ordered Meeting that was convened at the instance of the Federal High Court. The meeting was [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Stanley Opaar Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc plans to start marketing a share sale to existing investors aimed at raising N39.86bn ($130m) on January 15, 2018, the Nigerian Stock Exchnage said on Thursday, after granting approval. The flour and pasta maker will offer 1.47 billion shares at N27 apiece, an 18.2 per cent discount to [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Yemi Adeola, is to retire from the bank with effect from April 1, 2018. As a result, the bank's Executive Director, Finance & Strategy, Abubakar Suleiman, will assume the CEO role effective April 1, 2018, according to a statement by the mid-size lender. Suleiman [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has delivered a public lecture titled 'Leadership in the African Context ' How to Drive Transformational Change in African Countries at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He urged leaders not to be complacent but think out of the box. A statement from the organisers said on Wednesday that [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The age of technology and creative talents is going to pose a serious challenge to firms in the creative industry unless they are adequately prepared and equipped for it. The Chairman, Casers Group, Enyi Odigbo, stated this during the firm's 30th anniversary held in Lagos. He said, 'We are set to witness significant [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Tunji Ajibade Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo often talks about the need to reorganise Nigerias public sector. Hes obviously aware of the multiplier effects of institutions that effectively carry out their statutory functions. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Osinbajo spoke at an event where he once again emphasised the need for government officials to improve on service [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Ayo Olukotun (ayo_olukotun@yahoo.com) President Goodluck Jonathan refused to accept that marauders had carried off the nations daughters; President Muhammadu Buhari and his government including the 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 another, are merely [] 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Eric Teniola As of 1979, when the then Gen Olusegun Obasanjo handed over power to President Shehu Shagari, there were 40 companies operating in the country. These companies with their locations and the percentage of Federal Government shareholding are as follows: Anambra Motor MFG. Co. Ltd.-Anambra-35 per cent; Nkalagu Cement Co. Ltd. (Expansion)-Anambra-10 per cent; []