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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 14 January, 2018.
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, says he personally gave the Federal Government pictures of 800 Fulani herdsmen and their families that were killed in Taraba State last year but the government had yet to take action.

He added that the killings in the Middle Belt were being perpetrated by both the herdsmen and the locals, stressing that the murder of the herdsmen was not being accurately reported thereby presenting a false narrative of ‘one-sided killings’.
 
Sanusi said this during an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday.

The emir said, “Some months ago in Mambilla, in one weekend, over 800 Fulani were murdered by Mambilla militias. The papers did not even go there to cover the story. Most of those wiped out were women, infants and the elderly.

“In one case, a pregnant woman was killed, her stomach was ripped open and the baby was brought out and slaughtered. I personally handed over to the Federal Government a dossier with the names and pictures of the 800 or so people slaughtered as well as the names and addresses of persons known to have participated in these acts of ethnic cleansing.

“Nothing has happened. I also ensured that authorities received video and audio evidence of senior politicians in Taraba State, who were involved in this act of genocide. No one has been arrested. Fulanis were also murdered in Kajuru and Numan.

“In many of these cases it was not about conflict but militias raiding settlements to kill women and children, and then later, attacking herdsmen and slaughtering them and their cattle.”

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria condoled with the people of Benue State over the recent killing of over 70 persons but rubbished reports that the attacks were part of a ploy by the Fulani to take over parts of Nigeria.

He attributed the killings and reprisals to the failure of government and security agencies.

“The point I am making is that we are living in a country that has failed to protect the lives of people on all sides and bring culprits to book. Also in the case of the Fulani, there is a deliberate attempt to ‘ethnicise’ criminality, and politicians, who are total failures, have found the anti-Fulani rhetoric to be the way to get popularity,” he said.


 
The monarch said as far as perpetrators continued to get away with the dastardly acts, they would remain emboldened to continue to kill.

Sanusi alleged that in Taraba State for instance, one of the officials that took part in the killing of Fulani had been given an appointment by the state government.

He added, “The Sultan of Sokoto, the Lamido of Adamawa and I have been quietly speaking to top security personnel for months; telling them that the failure to provide justice and the clear involvement of political leaders in genocide, especially in Taraba, is causing anxiety.
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Chief Gani Adams, on Saturday, made history as he was inaugurated the 15th Aare Ona Akakanfo of Yorubaland, 558 years after the stool was created.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, also made history on the same day by becoming the first Alaafin to install two Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. Oba Adeyemi installed the late Chief MKO Abiola as the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo 30 years ago, a post the late businessman held for about 10 years.


 
The final installation rites which made Adams the new Generalissimo of the Yoruba race were performed by Oba Adeyemi at the Durban Stadium, Oyo. The ceremony was witnessed by the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, prominent traditional rulers from Yorubaland and outside including the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran.

Adams succeeded the late Chief MKO Abiola, who died in custody on July 7, 1998, while fighting for the restoration of June 12, 1993 presidential election mandate which was annulled by former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

The title created by King Ajagbo in the 17th century, was conferred on the 47-year-old indigene of Arigidi Akoko in the Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State at a ceremony attended by a large crowd of people from within and outside Nigeria.

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo is not expected to lead the Yoruba race to war but he was charged by various speakers at the event to fight the war of unity and bring all Yoruba sons and daughters together in order to develop the race.

The new Aare and the Alaafin were driven by a chariot to the venue of the installation. The chariot which was followed by a convoy of vehicles amidst chanting of ‘Iku Baba Yeye’ from the crowd who followed them, went round and acknowledged cheers from the people before the dignitaries were ushered to their seats.

Adams’s wife, Mojisola, and her daughter seated among prominent personalities on the front row which included the Oba Aromolaran and White Cap Chiefs from Lagos State.

The programme started around 1.55pm immediately the Oyo State Governor, Ajimobi, arrived at the venue.read more...

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria has ordered the Deposit Money Banks in the country to suspend the bank accounts and Bank Verification Numbers of their customers linked with any fraudulent activities.

The order was contained in a framework released by the CBN to guide the banks in the operations of the BVN.


 
The framework came barely one year after the CBN mandated all bank customers in the country to obtain their BVN.

As a result of the framework, a number of the DMBs have written to their customers, informing them of the development and their readiness to suspend any account linked to any fraudulent activity.

For instance, Skye Bank Plc has written to its customers, informing them that the CBN framework on the operations of the BVN had given it the right to suspend all accounts linked to fraudulent activities.

The bank’s letter to its customers on the development, a copy of which was obtained by correspondent, read, “This is to inform you that the CBN recently released a framework to guide the operations of the BVN and a watch List for the Nigerian financial system.

“Banks have been mandated to place restrictions on accounts and the BVN associated with fraudulent activities and report same to appropriate agencies. In compliance with this directive, we have updated the terms and conditions of your account with us to include the following: If a fraudulent activity is associated with the operation of your account, you agree that we have the right to apply restrictions to your account and report same to appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

The emergence of the BVN appears to have given the regulator and commercial banks the authority to identify and deal with any infraction by any bank customer.

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, recently threatened to use the BVN to blacklist serial loan defaulters in the banking sector.

Specifically, Emefiele hinted that the CBN under the auspices of the Bankers’ Committee had concluded plans to use the BVN of customers to blacklist loan defaulters and prevent them from accessing further loans in the nation’s banking system.
Sun, 14 Jan 2018

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has condemned the seven governors in the North who endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term when people were being killed by herdsmen in Benue State.

The governors, who are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, are Abubakar Bello (Niger), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), and Simon Lalong (Plateau).


 
The endorsement came one day after 73 persons killed by herdsmen in Benue were buried.

Sani, via his Twitter handle on Saturday, described the endorsement as “most unfortunate” and questioned the human reasoning behind the move.

He said, “Seven governors in the (Presidential) Villa asking President Buhari to run at this material time when all hands should be on deck to advise or support him to end the mindless bloodletting and carnage in the country is most unfortunate. Human reasoning and human conscience, where art thou?”

El-Rufai had, after a private meeting with Buhari on Friday, said northern governors were committed to the President’s re-election bid and had no apologies for their stand.

He said they felt satisfied that whenever they met Buhari, they always noticed that he was getting better as far as his state of health was concerned.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen A popular cleric in the Isoko South Council Area of Delta State, Silas Buowe, says only idle clerics will predict President Muhammadu Buharis defeat in 2019 if he seeks re-election. Buowe, a former member of the Delta State House of Assembly between 2003 and 2007, said such prophecies cannot be from God. In [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo Ten persons were feared dead on Saturday as rampaging Fulani herdsmen attacked two villages in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State. Scores of others said to be seriously injured were rushed to the General Hospital in Birnin-Gwari. The suspected herdsmen, it was learnt, invaded Dangaji and Ungwan Gajere villages and unleashed terror [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Tofarati Ige The Lagos State Government has begun moves to tackle high-profile tax defaulters in the state and ensure high level of compliance with its tax laws. As part of this initiative, the state government has moved against some celebrities in the state, who are alleged to be tax evaders despite their earnings from their [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as the Shiite group, Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has debunked rumours of his death. El-Zakzaky spoke with a select group of journalists at the office of the Department of State Services in Abuja on Saturday. It was his first appearance after his arrest two [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
CHUKWUDI AKASIKE writes about the unfamiliar side of a notorious cult leader, Johnson Igwedibia, otherwise called Don Waney, who terrorised Rivers State before he was killed by security forces penultimate week The man, Don Waney The name Johnson Igwedibia may not be familiar to many. But the mention of Don Waney should do the magic. [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
By Our Correspondents Governors and leaders of some key socio-cultural organisations in the southern part of the country have rejected the proposed plan by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies in all the states of the federation. They described the arrangement as a ploy to forcefully snatch lands for the use of Fulani armed [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has attributed the killings in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states, to failed leadership. He said the bloodletting could have been prevented, if the political leaders and the heads of the security agencies were alive to their responsibilities. The CAN president said this at the [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim Nigerians are still expecting the desired change promised by the Federal Government in the power sector, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday. This is coming as the Nigerian Society of Engineers announced a decline in the general infrastructure in Nigeria. Obasanjo spoke at the investiture of Adekunle Mokuolu as the 31st President [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, tells TOBI AWORINDE that the party does not recognise the fractionalisation of the party despite the recent emergence of a group called the 'Fresh PDP' What led to the breakaway of the Fresh Peoples Democratic Party' There's no formation of the 'Fresh PDP' [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu and John Charles Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Saturday, blamed the Federal Government for the killing and destructions by herdsmen in the state. Ortom, at a meeting with the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Security, which is in the state on a fact-finding mission on the attacks, accused President Muhammadu [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
An aspirant who lost election to the office of the National Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party at its December 9 national convention, Franklyne Edede, tells OLUSOLA FABIYI why he and others formed the controversial 'Fresh PDP' What brought about the idea to form the Fresh PDP' It is an ideology. We have not [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Tobi Aworinde Aliu, one of the children of the late Chief Moshood Abiola, has backed his sibling, AbdulMumunis criticism of the handling of their fathers assets. AbdulMumuni, who is the youngest child of the late Kudirat Abiola, had in a statement on Friday accused Kola, Deji and Agboola of playing god with their late fathers [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
A member of the House of Representatives from Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency, Mayowa Akinfolarin, tells SUNDAY ABORISADE that he is defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party because of a division caused by the formation of 'Fresh PDP' What is the basis for your defection from the PDP to the APC I am defecting because of a [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo The Arewa Consultative Forum has criticised the Chairman of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, for alleging that President Muhammadu Buharis anti-corruption war is aimed at Islamising Nigeria. Nwabueze had reportedly said on Thursday that the appointment of northerners as heads of major security agencies and other strategic positions, including the military, police, customs, [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi The Peoples Democratic Party has said politicians who either defected to its fold recently or planning to do so, will be allowed to contest its 2019 presidential ticket. The former ruling party explained that its constitution made it possible to accommodate the defectors in its desire to wrest power from the ruling All [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has alerted the Nigerian public to the cases of listeriosis in South Africa which has infected 727 and killed at least 61 people in South Africa in the last one month. In a statement by the spokesperson for the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, the minister called [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Pension Fund Administrators have invested a total of N224.7bn of the increasing funds under the Contributory Pension Scheme in real estate. Latest figures obtained from the National Pension Commission indicate that this amount represents 3.03 per cent of the total N7.4tn assets under the management of the pension operators. The commission also [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Presidency on Saturday disowned a Twitter handle said to belong to President Muhammadu Buhari. A message posted on the handle justified the killings by the herdsmen. But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said evil doers and enemies of the country were the brains [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Power generation in Nigeria increased by 1,100 megawatts in four days despite last Thursday's fire incident that affected the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline supplying gas to some power plants. While the nation's current transmission capacity was put at 7,000MW, network operational capacity stood at 5,500MW. Total electricity generation stood at 4,327MW as of 6am last [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba Between 2015 and 2017, Nigeria earned $813.05m (N284.5bn) in foreign exchange from the exportation of cashew. The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Mr. Tola Fasheru, gave the figure in Abuja shortly after he led a delegation of the association to meet with the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Peter Dada No fewer than 25 people have been arrested by the operatives of the Ondo State Police Command in connection with the attack on the Ogeloyinbo of Ayetoro, Oba Micah Ajijo. Ajijo was allegedly attacked last week by some hoodlums at Ayetoro community in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. The hoodlums [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The total debt electricity distribution companies owe operator of the Nigerian electricity market, otherwise known as market operator, has risen to N165.21bn. Latest data obtained from the MO, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, showed that the debt or shortfall, in terms of stipulated remittances to the market, grew by N6.41bn [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Alaafin has described as untrue, an age-long myth that the occupant of the Aare Ona Kakanfo stool is destined to die a tragic death after his installation. He said, A lot has been said about the Aare Ona Kakanfo that they die tragic death. This is not true. We have prayed that the time [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Experts have stressed the role of nuclear energy in the quest to feed the world. In this report, they examine how Nigeria can leverage this option to drive its food security and safety agenda, writes STANLEY OPARA Junaid Amodu is a water melon farmer resident in the Jukwoyi suburban district of Abuja, Nigeria's capital. After [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it expects work on the minimum wage to be concluded by August 1, 2018. It noted that the tripartite committee was working to meet up with the deadline. The NLC Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Esan, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the committee members had unanimously agreed that the new [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Mohammed, tells OKECHUKWU NNODIM how unqualified contractors abandoned several projects across the country What is the status of the $1.5bn loan being expected by the TCN from foreign donors' When we came in, we had to assess the TCN in order to [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor The Peoples Democratic Party has criticised Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State for his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and comments on herdsmen attacks. The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Plateau State, John Akans, in a statement on Friday, faulted the governors claim that Plateau had started a ranching policy [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor Low turnout marred the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun held on Saturday. The exercise took place in seven local government areas in the state such as Awka South, Anaocha, Awka North, Idemili South, Njikoka, and Idemili North. The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 election, Dr. Chris Ngige, withdrew from the [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Samuel Ekpemede, 29, is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Farmoly, a mobile-based food supply platform for farmers and retailers. He spoke with MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI on how inadequate funding hinders youths from investing in agribusiness. What inspired you to go into agribusiness' I had always wanted to be a great farmer. I hold a [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe Doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association in Cross River State on Saturday refused to return to work after their colleague, Dr. Emem Udoh, was released by kidnappers. Udoh, a Senior Registrar in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, was kidnapped in her house in Calabar on Monday [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. Smartphones have arguably replaced dogs as man's best friend and what makes us particularly glued to our devices is the type of mobile apps we have installed. Many of us have a number of apps on our phones but we probably use between five and ten apps at the most per [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Peter Dada The Ondo State Government and the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure have formed a partnership in the training of youths with the government sending 18,000 youths to the institution to learn poultry farming. The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, said the training programme was part of the efforts of his administration to [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa with Agency Report The Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun State on Saturday said 210 persons lost their lives while several others were injured in various auto crashes across the state in 2017. The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr. Clement Oladele, said this in an interview with the News Agency of [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara In a bid to boost its working capital, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has secured a four-year N2bn soft loan from the Bank of Industry at a concessionary interest rate. The firm posted N190m net profit for the financial year ended September 30, 2017. The BoI's 12 per cent annual interest capital support facility, compared [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Toluwani Eniola The Lagos State Government on Saturday banned cart pushers and wheelbarrow operators in the state, saying their activities were inimical to the environmental. In a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the activities of cart pushers posed a threat to the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. Bello said investigations had [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has approved the sacking of the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre Local Government Areas. The governor sacked the three caretaker committee chairmen for collecting illegal revenues from some companies in the state. A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Saturday disowned a Twitter handle said to belong to President Muhammadu Buhari. A message posted on the handle justifying killings by herdsmen has been trending online. But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement made available to journalists said those [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Thousands of people took to the streets in Togo on Saturday in the first anti-government protests of the year, as supporters of President Faure Gnassingbe staged counter-demonstrations. A coalition of 14 political parties has staged almost weekly demonstrations since August last year, calling for Gnassingbe to step down and the introduction of a two-term limit [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
More than 300 persons on Saturday were rendered homeless in Yenagoa, after fire gutted a neighbourhood in Ekeki suburb of the Bayelsa capital. The News Agency of Nigeria learns that the inferno, which occurred at about 2am, also destroyed valuables worth millions of naira.The cause of the fire has not been ascertained. Residents of the [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Punch Editorial Board Without food and medical aid, while forced to flee war at home, life is becoming ever more hopeless for children. A new report The State of the Worlds Children 2017 by the United Nations Childrens Fund paints a disturbing trend of attacks on children in armed conflicts around the world. [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Sonala Olumhense Days after General Muhammadu Buhari won Nigerias presidential election in 2015, I participated in a meeting in a United Nations office. Everyone was on time, but the meeting began late. Nigeria was in the air. The two Nigerians, one of whom was to chair the meeting, were treated rather like rock stars. Nigeria [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Minabere Ibelema As an academic, I have fielded thousands of questions from students over the years. But as any parent would corroborate, none has been as tough as the questions posed by my four children during their infancy. And so it was recently with my soon-to-be seven-year-old. Daddy, will we still be together when we [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Onoshe Nwabuikwu Forgive the generalisation because not all Nigerian musicians lip-sync at their shows. However, a significant number of them choose to lip-sync all the way to the banks with millions. Im probably undervaluing the money our musicians are making. After all, Davido did sing about N30bn (tati billion) in his account. He also claimed [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Seni Adetu So the New Year is in full swing already. Within two weeks, theres already the good, the bad and the ugly. The killings in certain parts of the country are terrible to say the least, but the continued upsurge in oil pricing portends good economic omen for the country. On the political scene, [] 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Kaine Agary Almost every day, I receive unsolicited emails with offers of property for sale. Great investment opportunity, they announce. Get rid of your landlord, or be your own landlord, they advise. And who would not like to have an asset that generates income periodically (if a rental property) with little or no effort' Or []