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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 15 January, 2018.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday (today) meet some leaders from Benue State over the recent killings recorded in the state.

Those expected at the meeting scheduled to hold at the Presidential Villa, Abuja include political, traditional and opinion leaders from the state.


 
A top government source told journalists on the condition of anonymity on Sunday that Governor Samuel Orton was expected to lead the state delegation that would include federal and state lawmakers as well as traditional rulers to the meeting.

Security chiefs are also expected at the meeting.

The source described the meeting as one of the ways Buhari was responding to the recent violent attacks on communities in the state by Fulani herdsmen.

The source said, “The urgent meeting is inevitable because of the frequency and scale of such violence and the reactions that have trailed the incidents.

“The Presidency has been embarrassed by the large scale loss of lives caused by such repeated violence against innocent people.”

He also gave an indication that the state governor might be asked at the meeting to explain his alleged role in arming some militias in the state.

“Discussions at the meeting will address the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, which is at issue but may go beyond their menace to include the issue of the arming, training and financing of militia groups by some state governments,” he said.

The government official recalled the recent arrest of some armed militia members by the army and their confession of being armed by the Benue State Government.

This, he explained, had added a new twist to the Benue saga.

“It should not surprise anyone if the Presidency seeks an explanation about this from the governor with a view to getting to the root of the state’s security challenges,” he added.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,  Garba Shehu, confirmed that the meeting with the Benue leaders is on the President’s schedule for Monday.

Shehu however said  he had not been briefed on the issues to be discussed at the meeting.

The presidential spokesman said, “The government welcomes any initiative by any group that would provide lasting solutions to be country’s security problems.

“Security entails collective participation of all and it is, in the President’s view better for all to come together to find solutions instead of anyone trading blames.”

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted the manner the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is handling the killings by Fulani herdsmen, saying the government is “laying a foundation for cyclonic eruption of violence” in the country.

Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate during the 2011 presidential election, on Sunday accused the President of double standard, pointing out that while the Federal Government led by Buhari was quick to deploy military might against the agitating Indigenous People of Biafra, it looked the other way as herdsmen continued to take lives.


 
He said in a sane country, such a government would have been shown the way out.

Bakare said this while addressing journalists in his church, in the Ogba area of Lagos, shortly after he spoke on the state of the nation, in a broadcast he tagged, ‘It is time to renegotiate our union.’

Asked by journalists for his reaction to how the Federal Government was handling the killings by herdsmen, the cleric said, “I felt the government maintained what I call a deliberate, sinful silence and it is unfortunate that that can happen in this country.

“Look at what happened to IPOB; they massively mobilised the military because of a man who is not killing anybody, but just saying there would be no election.

“In the present case, people, literally, were murdered and nothing was done. That is not justice and you are laying foundation for cyclonic eruption of violence because once retaliation or reprisal begins, we can’t handle it. An eye for an eye will render all of us blind. What happened to those 70 people (Benue killings) is a sad tale. In fact, in a decent society, such a government will be shown the way out.”

He also scored Buhari’s anti-corruption fight low, pointing out the dismissal of some of the corruption charges filed by the government against certain high-profile personalities.

He said, “The ineffectiveness of the anti-corruption war is seen in the loss of crucial corruption cases. For instance, in April 2017, the Federal Government lost four high-profile corruption cases in 96 hours.”

Bakare reiterated that he would run for President, declaring that God had given him the mandate to take over power and lead the country into its “prophetic destiny.”
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance the winner of the January 13 Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election.

Umeh, a former National Chairman of APGA, beat 13 other candidates, including current Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress, with a wide margin to emerge the senator representing Anambra Central.


 
Ngige had asked his supporters to boycott the election, saying he had written to INEC to inform it of his withdrawal from the race.

The minister wondered why the electoral body “mischievously included his name on the list of contestants” after he had since January 2016 written the electoral commission that he had withdrawn from the race. He threatened to sue INEC for trying to ridicule him and use his name to give credibility to the election.

The rerun was conducted in seven local government areas, which are Njikoka, Awka North, Idemili South, Dunukofia, Awka South, Anaocha and Idemili North. The APGA candidate won in all the seven areas.

Voter turnout was poor, with only 9.1 per cent of voters accredited cast their vote. But the conduct was generally peaceful. A court earlier disqualified the Peoples Democratic Party which had won the election in March 2015 from fielding a candidate in the rerun.

The election of its candidate, Senator Uche Ekwunife, was annulled by the Court of Appeal on the grounds that she was not properly nominated by her party. Her effort to revalidate her candidacy was rebuffed by various courts, including the Supreme Court.

Declaring the  result of the rerun, the Returning Officer, Prof. Charles Esimone, said Umeh scored the highest number of votes cast with 64, 878 (95.6 per cent of the votes cast) and was therefore returned elected.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has said any blackmail and propaganda employed by cattle breeders to turn themselves into victims will fail, saying the herdsmen are the killers and not victims.

Ishaku statement is coming on the heels of the comment by his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, that the claim by the herdsmen that some state governments were arming militias to attack them was a lie.


 
The apex body of Fulani cattle herders, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, in an earlier press conference on Sunday, had said the governments of Benue, Taraba states and others were sponsoring a hate campaign against herdsmen and also arming ethnic militias to kill them.

The National Secretary of MACBAN, Usman Ngeljarma, spoke for the group in Abuja on Sunday.

The MACBAN secretary said, “It is no longer hidden that some state governments are sponsoring ethnic militias against our people, recruiting and arming locals to kill our people and rustle their livestock as seen recently in Benue and Taraba states.”

But the Taraba State governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu, said the Miyetti Allah was trying desperately to turn the truth upside down.

“The people who were given mass burial were not the Fulani. National television stations and newspapers published the story. No single Fulani man was killed; instead, they (Fulani) were the killers.

“I challenge them to come out with evidence against the governor that he is training ethnic militia against the Fulani. They should also name the location where the training is taking place so security agencies can move in to effect arrest.

“We are aware of their plot to stop the implementation of the Taraba State Open Grazing Prohibition Law which is due to commence soon, but the governor won’t be deterred in his quest to bring peace to the state,” he said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, in an email to The PUNCH, also said the government had not established any militia camp anywhere, as the governor believed in peace.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Amid the condemnations that have followed the United States President Donald Trumps description of African nations as shithole countries, an Enugu cleric, Pastor Polycarp Ugwu, on Sunday said there was nothing wrong with the remark. Trump reportedly used the words shithole countries to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
No fewer than six members of the Kwankwasiyya and Gandujiyya groups of the All Progressives Congress were on Sunday injured in Kano following a clash between the two groups. An eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Sunday that the incident occurred around 11am at Chiranchi quarters in the Gwale Local Government [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has assured the people of the state that those involved in the killing of Rivers people on New Year Day will face the wrath of the law. Amaechi gave the hint in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has urged Nigerians to support the current administration in the fight against corruption and engage in the fight like a jihad in order to free Nigeria from the grip of the corrupt persons. Magu said this on Sunday in [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has filed additional grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal which overturned the Code of Conduct Tribunals ruling acquitting him of false assets declaration and other related charges. The PUNCH had reported on January [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Attorney General of the Federation may soon file criminal charges against members of the National Assembly fingered in the alleged padding of the 2016 Federal Governments budget. The budget was allegedly padded to the tune of N481bn by some principal officers of the National Assembly, who fraudulently introduced some projects into the [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday in Kano called for the removal of the indigeneship clause from the constitution and suggested that one should be an indigene of wherever one lives and pays taxes. He also expressed his opposition to extremism in religious practice, stressing that it had no [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiites, said on Sunday that they were never placated with the less than 10 minutes video clip of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from his detention facility at the Department of State Services headquarters in Abuja. They group said all they needed [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Government has explained that it is not collecting voter cards from workers in order to clone them. It said the voter cards were collected from beneficiaries of loan as a means of identification. The Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi, stated this in response [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Spiritual Father/Chairman, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Worldwide, Dr. Samuel Abidoye, has urged politicians to avoid spilling the blood of fellow human beings in their quest to occupy public offices ahead of the 2019 general elections. Abidoye said Nigerian politicians and the electorate should display political and spiritual maturity by conducting their campaigns [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday in Kaduna took delivery of five new Super Mushshak aircraft purchased by the Federal Government from Pakistan to fight the Boko Haram insurgency. With the new five aircraft, which were delivered to the NAF Base inaKaduna, 10 trainer aircraft have now been supplied by Pakistan to [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba Nigeria has expressed the need to pursue national development by reviving family values. It called on Nigerians to live virtuous lives that would elicit love and enhance enviable family values. The KSMs call is contained in a communiqu it issued at the end of its 38th annual [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi A security guard in the Kantagua area of Lagos State, Segun, is on the run after allegedly masterminding the vandalism of some telecommunications installations in the community. The PUNCH learnt that Segun and a toll collector, Olasunkanmi Ewenje, had led a seven-man gang to the site of the installations around 12pm on Thursday. [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi Residents of Abule-Ijesha in the Yaba Local Council Development Area say they are in support of the establishment of an arts theatre in their neighbourhood. The representatives of the community condemned the statement going the rounds that residents were against the project, a statement said on Sunday. A youth leader in the community, [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buharion Sundayevening met behind close doors with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. The meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja was called to discuss the recent killings recorded in Benue State and other parts of the [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
John Charles, Makurdi A state of unease pervades Benue State capital, Makurdi, as youths engage security operatives at Wadatta area, a suburb of the capital city. Source told our correspondent that some youths had gathered in a particular place, with policemen and soldiers suspecting they could cause havoc, hence the decision to engage the youths. [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trumps Middle East peace efforts as the slap of the century on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Abbas also said Israel had ended the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The National Youth Service Corps says the 2017 Batch B Stream II orientation camp scheduled to hold in Benue from January 16 to February 5 has been suspended till further notice. The scheme made the announcement on its official Facebook page in Abuja on Sunday. It said that a new date would be communicated in [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission has backed the reintroduction of subsidy on petroleum products by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The Acting Chairman, RMAFC, Mr. Umar Gana, said given that the nation was just recovering from recession, the best option was to pay subsidy on petroleum [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon and Ife Ogunfuwa Spectrum Wireless Communication has issued a buyers beware notice on the sale of 9mobile. The solicitors to the firm, J. A. Achimugu and Co. and Dr. Reuben Atabo and Co., said by virtue of the judgement it received on Friday, the transition board appointed to oversee the sale of the [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been appointed into the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. A statement from the ministry on Sunday said the Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Beagle, confirmed Adeosun's appointment. Beagle, the statement noted, said Adeosun would serve a one-year term from [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party had challenged the governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress to immediately test their party's popularity among Nigerians by conducting free, fair and credible local council elections in states under their control. The PDP said this was the only way the APC could test its [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director for Africa, Eaton, Seydou Kane, has said the government and private sector need to work together to create a safe built environment and for the country to develop. Kane said the regulation of building safety in most countries was widely perceived by the public as the primary responsibility of the [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Saturday's by-election to fill the seat of Ardo Kola State Constituency, Hon. Dominic Bukuni, has been declared the winner of the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission announced the result in the early hours of Sunday. The INEC returning officer, Dr. Manu Donga, [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Akinpelu Dada The Nigerian economy will be significantly better this year going by the consistent positive trend of key indicators since the country emerged from recession in the second quarter of last year, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has said. Udoma, who spoke at the 2018 Economic Outlook Forum of [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Everyone occasionally makes a mistake when it comes to a chequing account. If you find yourself overdrawn, you need to quickly rectify the situation. If you do not, you may find yourself in a spiral of fees and bounced items that is hard to recover from. Most banks charge some amounts for an item they [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers has commenced discussions with the leadership of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Nigerian-German Business Association on the possibility of leveraging the membership of both institutions to deepen insurance penetration in Nigeria. According to a statement obtained from the council, the proposed partnership will encourage members [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development, Osun State, will today (Monday) commence a five-day retreat/capacity building workshop to craft a new 10-year State Development Plan (2018-2028). According to the ministry, the plan is aimed at creating a focus on how to achieve the development objectives and goals of the state with a view [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The nation attracted $6.85bn worth of investments in the first nine months of 2017; while some state governments took advantage of portfolio investors' appetite for the Nigerian market, others allowed the opportunity to slip, IFEANYI ONUBA writes Between January and September last year, about 28 state governors could not attract any form of investments to [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Akinpelu Dada President, Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate the new office complex of the African Development Bank in Abuja on Thursday, consolidating the country's position as the bank's largest shareholder. The state-of-the-art Nigeria Country Department (RDNG) office complex, situated in the Central Business District of Abuja, the first permanent structure to be designed and constructed in [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A non-governmental organisation, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development Nigeria, says it has become worrisome that the country has failed to ratify the Bamako Convention, 20 years after it came into force. The Bamako Convention on the ban on the import into Africa and the control of transboundary movement and management of [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Chairman, Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, has assured subscribers to the Mowe land/estate of his administration's determination to find a lasting solution to the controversy surrounding the scheme. Akinreti was quoted to have made the pledge when he led a delegation of the state executive [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has said it will commence the first and second phases of verification for pensioners of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and its mobile subsidiary, MTEL today (Monday). According to PTAD, the two weeks exercise will take place in centres across Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gombe and Abuja. The [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
FBNInsurance has again won the World Finance Global Insurance Award as the Best Life Insurance Company in Nigeria, 2017. According to a statement from the firm, while acknowledging the massive influence of new technology and changing global economic outlook on the insurance industry in 2017, the organisers gave kudos to the winners for their resilience [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
EVERY New Year offers the government a window of opportunity to reset the economy on the path of growth. For the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which is in its last full year before the next elections, 2018 will not be an exception. Its resolve to jump-start the economy after a period of stagflation has been buoyed [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The fundamental duty of the state and any responsible government is the protection of lives and properties. It is about maintaining basic law and order as the foundation for citizens to go about their daily activities to facilitate economic growth and development. This informs the existence of the apparatus for the maintenance of law and [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Henry Boyo Thankfully, more fuel stations are gradually reopening for normal business, while the severe social agony and angst instigated by the recent acute scarcity, has significantly eased, with the reported improvement in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations fuel stock. Nevertheless, Nigerians may not sleep with both eyes closed yet, as another scarcity with its [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Following the outcry against the ancient and unproductive nomadic style of cow rearing coupled with the incessant clashes with and sometimes outright killings of farmers by herdsmen, it is imperative that ranching be enshrined in Nigerias law. First, we must remember that cattle rearing is a personal and non-state business. Just as every business in [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin A suspect, Ridwan Omole, has denied allegations of robbery against him by the police, saying he is only a cult member. The suspect, however, said he always shared loot with a robbery gang each time they had a successful operation. The 21-year-old spoke in a statement he made to operatives of the Rapid [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the Ojodu Abiodun Police Station in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State were stunned on Sunday as some youths invaded the division and vandalised property. The assailants reportedly broke into the cell of the station, freed detained suspects and carted away some valuables, including television sets and seized motorcycles. [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna A 20-year-old man, Abdullateef Ibrahim, who was arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl, has pleaded for forgiveness, saying he started raping children after his girlfriend left him. The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said on Sunday that the suspect was apprehended by [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, and a military official in the state. The abductions took place in two separate incidents. While Ebikake, the first female Chairman of the Brass Local Government Area, was abducted on Sunday at her residence [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano Cemetery attendants in Kano have issued an ultimatum to the state government to settle their 28 months arrears of salaries, threatening to commercialise their services in the state. The workers, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Saturday in Kano, complained that their salaries had not been paid for [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A corps member serving in Cross River State was on Saturday shot dead by gunmen suspected to be campus cultists in Imo State. The deceased, simply identified as Justice, was said to be an indigene of Abia State and a 2016 graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State. A source, who [] 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin NO fewer than 62 persons, including a Libyan deportee, Destiny Kelly, have been arrested by the Edo State Police Command for various criminal offences in the state. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, who disclosed this to journalists, explained that the suspects were arrested between December, 2017 and January, 2018. Kokumo []