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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 JANUARY, 2018].


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

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Pan-Northern socio-cultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said it had constituted a committee on how best to handle the anti-open grazing law which has been a bone of contention in some parts of the North.

The implementation of the law is currently causing crises in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states, leading to the killing of hundreds of citizens and the destruction of property.
 
The Secretary-General of the ACF, Anthony Sani, told one of our correspondents in Kaduna via the telephone on Friday that the constitution of the committee became necessary because the forum believed the clashes bordered on occupation rather than on ethnicity or religion.

Sani, who did not name members of the committee, blamed governors for enacting laws that were not “implementable” just as he knocked the Fulani herdsmen for not “forgiving those who offended them.”

He said, “The ACF has actually constituted a committee on how best to go about the anti-open grazing law with a view to stopping clashes between herdsmen and farmers and improving the volume and quality of the livestock industry in the country.

“This is because the forum believes the clashes border on occupation rather than on ethnicity or religion. The committee has yet to submit its reports to the forum. It is after the submission of the report that well-informed positions on this important subject can be taken. Any law which cannot be implemented for whatever reasons in the interest of all the people should be reconsidered for performance.

“How frustrated we are with the challenges of community living should not make us believe that acts of revenge can address our concerns and bring about the peace needed for socio-economic development.

“There can be no justification for taking it out on innocent people under the pretext of revenge through reprisals. If God can forgive our transgressions, we should also forgive those who transgress against us.

“So, let the herdsmen and farmers come together and unleash their synergy against the collective challenges for a common interest. The two occupations are not mutually exclusive.”
Sat, 13 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was involved in a motorbike accident in Abuja on December 26, 2017, has been discharged from the hospital.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development on Friday via his Twitter handle and Facebook page.

“Yusuf Muhammadu Buhari has been discharged from Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja. Read full statement released today by the Hospital. Wish him a complete and speedy recovery,” Ahmad wrote.


 
The Presidency had earlier in the day issued a statement indicating that Yusuf’s health had improved remarkably and that he was ready to be discharged.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the news of Yusuf’s improved health and imminent discharge was contained in a statement dated January 12, 2018, by the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe.

Adesina also reproduced Ogedegbe’s statement which denied media reports that the President’s wife, Aisha, suffered shock and was treated at the hospital.

He also quoted the report as saying that there was no truth in the report that Yusuf was involved in the accident alongside his friend.

The doctor’s statement as released by the presidential spokesperson read, “ Mr. Yusuf Buhari, son of President Buhari, was admitted into Cedarcrest Hospitals, Abuja in the late hours of December 26, 2017, following injuries sustained as a motorcycle rider. Following initial stabilisation, he was taken into intensive care. He underwent successful emergency surgical operations the following morning carried out by our team of neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons.

“Over the following week, his condition improved remarkably and he was transferred from the intensive care to the ward. He has remained stable ever since and has continued to make remarkable progress. He is now ready to be discharged.
Sat, 13 Jan 2018
The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos, which ordered the interim forfeiture of a sum of $5.9m found in Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s Skye Bank account.

The appellate court, in a lead judgment by Justice Mojeed Owoade, threw out the ex-President’s wife’s appeal, challenging the forfeiture of the funds to the Federal Government.


 
It held that the appeal lacked merit.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos, had in April last year, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission argued that the money was reasonably suspected to be the proceeds of fraud.

Apart from Patience’s personal account with $5.9m, the judge also froze a number of accounts that were linked to her, including an Ecobank account, with a balance of N2.4bn, opened in the name of one La Wari Furniture and Bath Limited.

But efforts to secure an order for the permanent forfeiture of the money were opposed by Patience, through her lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN).

Also, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on behalf of La Wari Furniture and Bath Limited, opposed the permanent forfeiture of the funds in its client’s account.

The two lawyers subsequently made an appeal, seeking to overturn the temporary forfeiture order and recover the funds.

But the appellate court on Friday dismissed their appeals.

The EFCC,   had in an affidavit it filed before Justice Olatoregun, said its investigation revealed that Patience opened the Skye Bank account on February 7, 2013, and used it to allegedly keep proceeds of crime.
 
According to an operative of the EFCC, Musbahu Abubakar, the former first lady made several cash deposits in US dollars into the account, through a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and a State House steward, Festus Iyoha.
Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo There was confusion at the Osun State University, Osogbo campus, on Thursday when the Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Moses Ogunbiyi, slumped on the campus and eventually died. Ogunbiyi was said to have collapsed at around 11 am on Thursday during an election to appoint new executives of the Academic Staff [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
One of the children of the Late Moshood Abiola, otherwise known as MKO, AbdulMumuni Abiola, has accused his brothers, Kola, Deji and Agboola of playing god with their late fathers properties. In a statement on Friday, AbdulMumuni, who is the youngest child of the late Kudirat Abiola, said he was representing 40 other siblings. He [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Seven state governors from the northern part of the country on Friday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. All the governors were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The governors are Abubakar Bello (Niger); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nasir el-Rufai [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he is still in the race for the 2019 presidential election despite the Peoples Democratic Party zoning the ticket to the North. Fayose said he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship poll. He a to repeat a resounding victory [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal bordering on the validity of two of the money laundering charges instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, and his company, Destra Investments Limited. In a unanimous judgment of [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the retrial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with money laundering offences involving N338m before the Federal High Court in Lagos. A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, unanimously ordered a [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri A former Delta State Attorney General, Charles Ajuyah (SAN), has defended the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), over his memo on the Nigerian Maritime University to the National Assembly. Ajuwah told journalists in Warri on Friday that the correct location of the proposed university is Okerenghigho, and not [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that his administration will carry out full implementation of the ongoing public sector reforms in the state in 2018. He said the development was part of the administrations wind-down of its second term and its determination and focus to finish well and strong. The governor, who presided [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara South Senatorial zone, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, on Friday said the party was against a process initiated by the Kwara South Unity Forum to recall the senator representing the area in the upper legislative arm of the National Assembly, Dr. Rafiu Ibrahim. According to him, the chairmen of [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee says it has stripped a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Kunle Ogunba, of the SAN rank. The committee, in a statement by its Secretary and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, dated January 11, 2018, said it found merit in a petition alleging professional misconduct against the [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate ad hoc committee on security is currently in Benue State on a fact-finding mission over the killings and destruction by herdsmen in the state. A member of the committee, Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South), told our correspondent on the telephone on Friday that she was already in Benue State together with [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday reversed its judgment declaring Dr. Obiora Okonkwo of the Peoples Democratic Party as the elected Senator for the Anambra Central Senatorial District. Justice John Tsoho ruled that he was misled by Okonkwo to give the judgment. Fridays ruling cleared the coast for the Independent National Electoral Commission [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated a renowned chartered accountant, John K. Randle, as he turns 74 on Saturday (today). In a statement by Buharis Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined Randles professional colleagues, family and friends in celebrating him. He noted that the septuagenarians pacesetting achievements [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Governors of the South-Eastern states, on Friday, met in Enugu to deliberate on arrangements for the burial of the Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. The elder statesman is to be buried on February 2, 2018. Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Governor of [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
There was a mild drama at the Rivers State High Court on Thursday as the suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, who was arraigned for the alleged murder of an eight-year-old girl, Chikamso Favour, slumped inside the courtroom. Dike, who allegedly severed the vital organs of the girl after raping and killing her, was said to [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
TThe Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, has reaffirmed the commitment of the agency towards the actualisation of the Nigeria Space Agenda. He said all hands must be on deck to promote the Nigeria space programme, noting that space programmes are today the most sought-after activities by both developed and developing [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
OkeChukwu Nnodim The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said that his ministry budgets about N1bn annually for the supply of water and sanitation facilities to internally displaced persons ravaged by the activities of insurgents in the North-East. Adamu also stated that the Federal Government was working out measures that would enable it to [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday swore two Permanent Secretaries in, urging the appointees to add value and inject fresh ideas into the state civil service. According to a statement signed by the governors Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, the appointees are Mr. Abdul Omotayo and Mrs. Adebimpe Dada. Ambode stated that the position [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan About 250 shops were razed at the Sango plank market on Friday by an inferno that left traders at the market devastated because of their losses. Our correspondent, who visited the market, observed that apart from tons of planks that were razed to ashes, several machines were also destroyed. Some of the [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have shot dead a 35-year-old internally displaced person, Modu Malari, while picking firewood on a farm near the Dalori IDPs camp in Borno State. Our correspondent learnt that Malari, an indigene of the Bama Local Government Area and father of six, was killed by the insurgents less than [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission to speedily end endemic poverty, unemployment and youth restiveness in the nine states that make up the Niger Delta region. Speaking in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during the inauguration of the 6th edition of the Empowerment Support Initiative, [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu The Kano State Government on Friday confirmed that it had deployed a nomadic team to track down and check the influx of Fulani herdsmen into the state. Briefing journalists on the states preparedness for the January 2018 Immunisation Polio Days, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Getso, said that the administration had completed arrangement [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo The North-West zonal office of the Department of Petroleum Resources has sanctioned three petrol stations for hoarding and selling fuel above the official pump price. The Surveillance Team, led by the Zonal Operational Controller, also dispensed 23, 800 litres of hoarded petrol to the public from the sanctioned filling stations. The affected petrol [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
The management of Nosak Group rewarded 180 members of staff of the company who had served the firm meritoriously for over five years. According to the company, the event took place in Lagos recently. The Chairman, Nosak Group, Dr. Toni Ogunbor, while speaking at the Long Service Awards, eulogised the awardees whom he said had [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ojoi Igajah Nigerian artiste, Ogunmefun Olanrewaju, popularly known as Vector, is among four entertainers that will feature in this weeks CNN African Voices, sponsored by telecoms company, Globacom. A statement by the company on Friday said the artiste would among other things, give up-and-coming artistes tips on how to break into the music industry. It [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday suspended the shares of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc following a takeover bid from majority shareholder, Affelka S.A., to the minority holders. In a public notice, the Exchange confirmed that 7-UP shareholders had passed a resolution to back the takeover bid by Affelka S.A. which would see the [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Friday said routine gas supply for power generation was not affected by the fresh fire incident that engulfed a segment of the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System. Thursday's incident came four days after the resumption of gas supply to six power plants ' Egbin (Lagos), Omotosho I and II [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Major base transceiver station sites of Global System for Mobile communication operators in Taraba State have been shut over fresh demands for the payment of environmental protection levy of N285m by each telecom operators. It was gathered that the clampdown on telecom infrastructure by the state Ministry of Justice commenced on Tuesday when [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Stakeholders in the aviation industry have said that Nigerian and West African airlines could save billions of dollars annually on aircraft maintenance with the establishment of Aero Contractors' Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The stakeholders made this known at the roll-out of the first successfully conducted Boeing [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A group of Chinese investors on Friday expressed their desire to invest billions of dollars in the Nigerian economy. The group led by Shaui Jiang and a Nigerian artist based in China, Emmanuel Uwechue, said it was interested in the energy, agriculture and infrastructural sectors. Jiang, who stated this during a visit [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
A young man called off his wedding to his fiance when he learned that the little girl that she always referred to as our last born is actually her daughter. She couldnt bring herself to tell her would-be husband that she was a single mother despite being his lover for YEARS. Now, he didnt call [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A suspected thief, Yunus Suleiman, was knocked down by a motorist as he fled on the Murtala Mohammed Road, Ilorin, Kwara State on Tuesday. He shocked eyewitnesses when he was apprehended and confessed to have stolen the motorcycle at Challenge area of Ilorin. He added that he wanted to sell it off [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Kunle Falayi When the police division in Elemoro, Ajah, Lagos received a distress call about a suspected kidnap in the area, the divisional officer reportedly instructed his men to immediately create an artificial gridlock Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondent was told that an alert had reached the officer, Mohammed Limawa, a superintendent of police, [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
A victim of police brutality in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ogbonna Issofia, has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, against a policeman, identified as Shedrack, who shot him in the stomach. Southern City News learnt that Shedrack who was in a vehicle inscribed with Tower of Ivory conveying Mrs. [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Kidnappers on Friday released a Senior Registrar in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emem Udoh, who was abducted on Monday. Udoh, a nursing mother, was abducted in her home in Calabar shortly after she returned from duty. Her abduction brought to six the number of medical doctors [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Two suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters in Benin for alleged armed robbery in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State. The suspects were said to have been arrested in the Ute area of Benin while on a robbery operation. The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Troops of the Joint Military Task Force, code-named Operation Delta Safe, have killed a notorious militant leader, Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, also known as Karowei, along with some of his gang members in a gun battle. Karowei was said to have been the mastermind of the decapitation of an operative of the Department of State Services and [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A team of policemen and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, have discovered a hideout suspected to be a den of ritual killers at Bolurunduro area of Ilesa in Osun State. Our correspondent learnt that heavily armed security agents, acting on a tip off, stormed the den just before [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin Three men Alhaji Alabi, Saliman Iyanda and 60-year-old Suleiman Alao, who threatened to kill a 91-year-old woman, Mrs. Sadatu Bello, have been convicted. Each of the men was sentenced by an Ilorin Magistrates Court, Kwara State, to two years imprisonment with an option of fine, for threatening to murder the nonagenarian [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Gunmen on Friday killed a man simply identified as Baba Jide in his car in front of the main gate of The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Eyewitnesses said that the victims head was blasted into pieces by his assailant, making it difficult to recognise him. His body was found behind the wheels of his [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
We were armed with over 20 AK47 rifles for Omoku massacre Kunle Falayi One of the deputies of a militant and kidnap victim, Don Waney, who was killed alongside five others by security agencies on January 7, has been captured by the police in Abuja. Desmond Okotubo, described by the police as a senior member [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Uber is hiring its first female drivers in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the lifting of a driving ban on women in June, the company said on Thursday. As well as the car-hailing service, its Dubai-based counterpart, Careem, is also recruiting women as drivers in the Gulf Kingdom, the company has said. The Saudi ban [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Towards the end of 2017, a woman identified as Eniola Omoshalewa Eunice, accused filmmaker and actor, Yomi Fabiyi, of demanding sex in exchange for a movie role about nine years ago. According to the woman, who is now a realtor, Fabiyi demanded for sex in exchange for a role in a movie. She wrote via [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
While most gospel artistes frown on featuring secular artistes in their songs; for popular gospel artiste, Tomi Favour, it is not a problem. However, she attached a condition to that possibility. She told Saturday Beats, I can feature a secular artiste only if their message is proclaiming the word of God; if they are saved [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
For years, Seyi Ariyo, an actress popularly known as Shebaby, has been away from the entertainment scene and in an attempt to bounce back and get her groove on, the actress decided to take some of her recent projects to London for publicity and promotion. Since she announced to her fans that she was in [] 

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
For a while now, speculation has been rife that popular Fuji musician, Remi Aluko, had lost his sight and keeping it a secret. Some people have said that whenever he is performing, his boys stylishly guide his movements on stage to prevent the public from knowing about his visual impairment. Also, a young man who []