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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 18 January, 2018.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan, said on Wednesday that herdsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm.
Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people reportedly died.

The former naval boss explained that the cattle rearers burnt about 20 hectares of orange farm, 20 hectares of cassava farm and five hectares of palm farm.

He lamented that he lost more than N200m.

He spoke to journalists at Ibbo-Ile, in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

He stated that his farmland had been under constant threat by the cattle rearers.

According to him, the herdsmen have been burning and destroying his farm for the past 10 years, adding that the losses were monumental.

Conducting journalists round the latest damage on the farm, he lamented that the destruction had been a setback to his quest to contribute to food security.

The ex-Naval boss said, “It (the destruction) has become an annual routine. This will be the first time of letting people know about what has been happening in the last 10 years. The cow rearers have been damaging my crops.

“We believed that it was not deliberate when it first started. When we arrested them, they went to the local chiefs and friends to beg for them.

“The people that are engaging in this act are people of low means; so when they beg I usually release them. But I discovered that these boys are being sponsored by people of means outside Kwara State.

“We recently apprehended one of them from Zamfara State. There is another one in court, who is from Niger State. So most of the damage is from the north.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Commuters and passersby were caught in a pandemonium that broke out on Wednesday at the Abule Egba area of Lagos State when operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service opened fire on suspected smugglers’ vehicles.

The shootings claimed the life of one Toyeeb Olayiwola and allegedly left three others injured.

The officials attached to the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, were said to have chased some vehicles conveying suspected smuggled rice from the Sango-Ota area of Ogun State.

On getting to the Abule Egba under bridge  area around 6am, they reportedly opened fire on one of the vehicles.

PUNCH Metro gathered that a bullet hit the head of Olayiwola, who was lying on some bags of rice in the bus. He died on the spot.

Not done, the officials were said to have moved into a commercial tricycle park in the area and continued firing at the occupants of the other vehicles, who had disembarked to protest the killing.

The suspected smugglers reportedly hurled stones at the officials, while the shootings intensified.

The chaos was said to have caused confusion as commuters and passersby scampered to safety.

A tricycle rider, who gave his name only as Samuel, said the officials, numbering about six, later fled the scene in their operational van.


 
He said, “The incident happened around 6am. I learnt the Customs men were chasing the vehicles from the Sango area. On getting to Abule Egba under bridge, they started shooting. The man that died was lying on some bags of rice.

“It was a time people were going to work. People were running helter-skelter amid gunshots. Apart from the man that was killed, about three persons were hit by stray bullets. The injured were taken away on motorcycles. During the shootings, the streetlights went off,  which heightened the confusion. After the Customs men left, the protesters created bonfires on the road, which caused traffic.”
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, the youth wing of apex Igbo socio-political body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Wednesday told all Fulani herdsmen operating in the South-East to leave the geopolitical zone.

The Ohanaeze youths, in the same vein, asked the Federal Government to proscribe the activities of the umbrella body of the herdsmen, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and declare them a terrorist group.


 
The Igbo youths asked the Federal Government to establish ‘pig colonies’ in the North for the sake of their ‘people’ in the region.

A statement jointly signed by President-General of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General, Okwu Nnabuike, and the National Publicity Secretary, Obinna Adibe, said the leaders of the pan-Igbo youth association took the decision at a meeting where they ‘discussed extensively the recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.’

The OYC warned that any Fulani herdsman who failed to vacate the South-East would have himself to blame.

“Ohanaeze Youth Council hereby issues a warning to all the Fulani herdsmen that they should vacate the South-East immediately or face the wrath of Igbo youths and any attempt to ignore this warning, they will have themselves to blame. 
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a suspended judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, for alleged corruption.

Justice Yunusa, alongside one Esther Agbo, who works in the law firm of Rickey Tarfa & Co., was arraigned on Wednesday before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.


 
In the five charges filed by the EFCC, the embattled judge was accused of collecting N1.5m from Agbo’s boss, Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), for the purpose of giving judgments favourable to the SAN’s law firm.

It was alleged that Agbo, on May 14, 2015, paid N1.5m into Justice Yunusa’s UBA account, numbered 1005055617.

The judge was also accused of engaging in constant private and confidential communications with Tarfa, who was handling three lawsuits marked FHC/L/CS/714/2015, FHC/L/CS/715/2015 and FHC/L/CS/716/2015 before him.

The EFCC further alleged that the judge received financial benefits in the sum of N750,000 from another SAN, Mr. Joseph Nwobike, between March and September 2015.

The anti-graft agency claimed that the judge received the money so he could give decisions in favour of Nwobike in some lawsuits.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 64(1)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No.11, 2011.

But both Justice Yunusa and Agbo pleaded not guilty to the five charges when they were arraigned on Wednesday before Justice Sherifat Solebo.

Counsel for Justice Yunusa, I. O. Mohammed, prayed the court to grant his client bail on self-recognizance.


 
Mohammed assured Justice Solebo that his client would not jump bail but make himself available for trial, adding that he had too much to lose to contemplate jumping bail and absconding.

“My Lord, all the charges are bailable offences, and I am, therefore, asking that my client be granted bail on self-recognizance.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, over the lingering land dispute between the Nigerian Army and the natives of Effurun, in Uvwie Kingdom of Delta State. The committee, which is chaired by a lawmaker from Abia State, Mr. [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and a coalition of civil society groups on Wednesday demanded the release of the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from detention. The coalition joined the Shiite members to protest the continued incarceration of the cleric by the Department of State Services for the past two years. [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko and Kayode Idowu Four female suicide bombers were unleashed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by the terror group, Boko Haram, on Wednesday The massive attack by the four suicide bombers which claimed their lives, equally left 10 others dead and 65 persons injured, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Fire has engulfed the Yola town market, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Adamawa State Chief Fire Officer, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, who confirmed the development to NAN, said his men were battling to put out the fire. I am at the scene of the incident and can assure you that things are under control. [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
ALAT, the digital bank powered by Wema Bank has been named the Best Mobile Banking App and Best Digital Bank for 2017 at this years World Finance Digital Banking Awards. The World Finance Digital Banking Awards celebrate organisations that lead the way with digitalisation while meeting consumer demands and mitigating against accompanying risks along the [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja An official of Stanbic IBTC Plc, Mr. Adedayo Adesanmi, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday that the accounts of a businessman, Jide Omokore, with the bank and into which $1.6bn proceeds of sales of the Federal Governments crude oil were allegedly diverted, had been closed as a result of [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja State governors met on Wednesday evening under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum. The meeting, the first of its kind in 2018, was held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The forums chairman and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, presided over the meeting that started at [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari; the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the unbecoming conduct of the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi. In the petition dated December 18, 2017, [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has said that he will personally ensure that any corrupt public official in his government is jailed. He said any government appointee, including commissioners and civil servants found to be involved in any act of corruption or fraud would be made to face the full [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The crisis in the Jos University Teaching Hospital deepened on Wednesday when about 400 resident doctors took to the streets with a mock coffin to express their grievances against the management. As early as 8.30 am, the aggrieved doctors had laid siege to the complex of the hospital, protesting against the alleged [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
An Abeokuta Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Isabo on Wednesday remanded a 79-year-old man, Olatunji Komolafe, in prison custody over an alleged N9m fraud. The accused, whose address was not disclosed, is facing three counts of fraud, stealing and false pretences. The prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Eigbejiale, said the accused person committed the offences in February [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said on Wednesday that Nigerias air assets such as fighter jets and helicopters were insufficient to combat insecurity, unless the country had effectively trained air personnel. Abubakar said this at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Abuja, at the induction of 11 officers who [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday remanded Nuriani Adamu, son of a former governor of Nasarawa State, Adamu Abdullahi, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, over charges of fraud and money laundering levelled against him by the anti-graft agency. Nuriani Adamu was arraigned before Justice [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said there is no room for the killing of Fulani herders or farmers or anybody in the state. He said recent steps by his government were to prevent violence between farmers and herders and not to give anybody licence to unlawfully take a human [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a health worker, Yewande Gbadebo, who allegedly used a hot knife to inflict injuries on the body of her 17-year-old maid, identified as Janet. She had accused the maid of eating a loaf of bread without her consent. The arrest of the suspect, [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Akure, have seized 63 bags of cannabis at Owo town in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State. This was stated by the Assistant Director of the Army Public Relations in the brigade, Major Ojo Adelegan, on Wednesday. According to him, [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Chairman of the Osun State Independent National Electoral Commission, Chief Segun Oladitan, has said that 264 out of the 389 councillorship candidates for the January 27 local government election in the state do not have opponents and will be declared elected. The OSIEC chairman said this on Wednesday at a stakeholders [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Motunrayo Joel The Team Head, Membership Unit, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Bolu Oluyomi, has urged those in leadership positions in the country to remember the poor. He said showing love and kindness to them would go a long way in strengthening them emotionally and physically. Oluyomi said this at one of the churchs New Year [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja State governors met on Wednesday evening under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum. The meeting, the first of its kind in 2018, was held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The forums chairman and Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, presided over the meeting that started at [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
WITH 402 days to the kick-off of 2019 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission released its timetable. The presidential and National Assembly polls will hold on February 16, while those of governorship and state assembly will follow on March 2. The details unveiled by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, showed that political party [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Access Bank Plc has approved paternity leave for its male employees as lenders step up efforts to offer unique perks for their staff members. 'Starting January 2018, male employees of Access Bank can take advantage of an enhanced parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers,' the lender said in a [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Despite N298bn appreciation recorded in the country's equities market, Nascon Allied Industries Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc and University Press Plc closed in losses at Wednesday's trading. Nacon, Cadbury and UPL shares plummeted respectively by 4.98 per cent, 4.97 per cent and 4.94 per cent. Trailing the top three losers were Airline Services and [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Academy Press Plc has reported a group loss before tax of N387.5m for the year ended March 31, 2017. The firm had also reported a loss of N93.5m for the corresponding period of the previous year. Its group revenue for the period stood at N2.12bn compared to N2.05bn of the corresponding period of [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Crude oil prices remained under pressure on Wednesday, although they were still hovering within close distance of recent multi-year highs, as investors remained cautious ahead of the weekly United States' supply report due on Thursday. The US West Texas Intermediate crude February contract was down 15 cents or about 0.27 per cent at $63.56 a [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House Representatives on Wednesday asked the National Petroleum Investment Management Services to re-award its $260m Joint Venture contract to a Nigerian company, Tilone Subsea Limited. The House had investigated the controversial contract in 2016, following a dispute involving some bidders and NAPIMS. In adopting the report of the probe, the House [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu The Senate on Wednesday rejected the report by its Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), which probed the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in the country. Many senators, who spoke on the report, which was presented by the Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, said it was silent on [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Ministry of Budget and National Planning on Wednesday said contrary to claims that the 2018 budget was filled with suspicious items, there were no expenditure items in the fiscal document that were wasteful in nature. There have been suggestions that some line items and projects in the budget are wasteful and [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu and Olaleye Aluko After a year of ceasefire, militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers on Wednesday threatened to attack some offshore oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region in a few days' time. In 2016, the nation saw a resurgence of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities in [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Following the gas explosions in Lagos this week, the issue of safety in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas subsector is taking centre stage, with industry stakeholders expressing concerns over the existing safety gaps as the drive to boost cooking gas consumption gains momentum. On Monday, two people died after a gas leakage triggered an [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie and Okechukwu Nnodim Petrol queues became lengthier on Wednesday in Abuja and neighbouring states of Kaduna, Nasarawa and Niger, as hundreds of motorists wondered if the situation would ever improve. Many filling stations did not sell the Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in Abuja and the surrounding states on Wednesday. The [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has called on the African Development Bank to assist countries on the continent to mobilise resources for the development of their economies. She also advocated a well-capitalised AfDB that would be capable of fulfilling its commitments to member-countries. The minister made the call at the [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has said it will reposition Arik Air to become a trailblazer in the country's aviation industry. The Managing Director, AMCON, Ahmed Kuru, stated this while reacting to Aero Contractors' recent completion of a C-check on a Boeing 737-500 aircraft. The corporation took over the management of Aero [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said it had engaged the original builders of the refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, in a bid to return them to at least 90 per cent capacity utilisation before the end of 2019. Nigeria has four refineries with an installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day, [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja There are strong indications that the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission may have abandoned the downward review of salaries and remuneration of political office holders, which it recommended more than two years ago. The downward review of remuneration of political office holders by the commission followed an outcry by members of [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The start of the year is one of the busiest times for refunds. You may be looking to get refund because you cancelled a hotel reservation. It could be that you got debited twice at the merchant shop due to network problems. Whatever the reason is, it is important to have an idea of how [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Tax experts have warned against non-compliance with the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, a tax amnesty programme of the Federal Ministry of Finance. Speaking at a one-day VAIDS workshop for professionals in tax advisory services in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, the experts warned that those who failed to fully declare their assets and incomes [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority on Wednesday said it would this year accelerate its ongoing reforms in the Free Trade Zones across the country. The Managing Director, NEPZA, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, said this during his first interactive meeting with members of staff of the agency. He stated that the reforms would [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu As residents of several communities in Isolo and Ejigbo areas of Lagos continue to complain of acute shortage of power supply for the past three months, the interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Mr. Usman Muhammed, has said the work on Ejigbo transformer and others will be completed before the [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Anna Okon Amidst complaints by local shipowners that they are being sidelined in the coastal distribution of wet cargo, including petroleum products, investigation by our correspondent has revealed that the reason foreign ships are preferred above local ones is that the local ships lack good maintenance and efficient management. Reports had cited some indigenous shipowners [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo Government on Wednesday said it had reached a deal with Sahara Energy to power public utilities in the state with flared gas. Governor Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this after the state executive council meeting, explained that the innovative energy solution included the conversion of flared gas into electricity. The governor [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Port Terminal Multiservice Limited command, Nigeria Customs Service, said that it made N98.825bn as revenue in 2017. This, it said, represented an increase of 57.4 per cent over the amount (N62.803bn), which it generated in 2016. The Customs Area Comptroller, Mrs. Adeyanju Aremu, in a statement, attributed the performance to the ban on the [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Following the gas explosions in Lagos this week, the issue of safety in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas subsector is taking centre stage, with industry stakeholders expressing concerns over the existing safety gaps as the drive to boost cooking gas consumption gains momentum. On Monday, two people died after a gas leakage triggered an [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Following the gas explosions in Lagos this week, the issue of safety in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas subsector is taking centre stage, with industry stakeholders expressing concerns over the existing safety gaps as the drive to boost cooking gas consumption gains momentum. On Monday, two people died after a gas leakage triggered an [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Radisson Blu, a part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has opened its third hotel in Nigeria, with six others currently under development. The new hotel, which is its second in Lagos and located in Ikeja GRA, was unveiled on Wednesday. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a global hospitality company, said it now [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A debit card looks like a credit card but works like an electronic cheque. The payment is deducted directly from a current or savings account if you buy anything with your debit card. If you use a debit card at a retail store, you or the cashier can run your card through a scanner that [] 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners has blamed the persistent gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos on lack of truck loading/parking bays for the 60 tank farms in the area. The Executive Secretary of the association, Mr. Aloga Ogbogbo, was quoted in a report by Shipping Position as saying that each of the [] 

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