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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
No fewer than 50 persons have been killed in fresh attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen after they invaded parts of the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state on New Year’s Day.

The attacks, which spilled over to Tuesday, came on the heels of the implementation of the anti-open grazing law, which the Fulani herdsmen considered detrimental to their means of livelihood.
Our correspondent gathered that in the Monday’s attacks, the herders invaded two communities in Guma and three communities in the Logo LGAs.

The affected communities are Gaambe-Tiev, Ayilamo and Turan all in Logo LGA as well as Umenger, Tse-Akor and Tomatar near Tse-Abi in Nongov District of Guma LGA.

The invading herdsmen were said to have attacked Gaambe-Tiev, Ayilamo and Turan villages in Logo LGA on New Year’s Day at the time the people were returning from the New Year’s service.

The assailants were said to have descended on the communities around 9pm on Monday and continued the attack till around 4am on Tuesday, shooting indiscriminately and burning down houses and huts.

A source, who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said, “There were coordinated attacks on five communities by the well-armed herdsmen who stormed our villages in large number, around 10pm to 4am.

They would enter any particular compound, and knock at the door. Once you open your door, they will capture you and slaughter you.

“As I speak with you, the affected villages have been deserted and the invaders have taken over and are razing the ancestral homes of the people who have fled from the areas to other towns in their thousands, for fear of being killed.
 
“It’s a pathetic situation. The development has inflicted untold hardship on women, children and the elderly, who are trekking long distances in search of a safe haven and awaiting the intervention of security operatives.”
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that there is no evidence that marketers are hoarding petroleum products and as such, there is no reason to punish them.

He stated this after a meeting between a Federal Government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and fuel marketers as well the heads of the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Immigration Service, and representatives of other paramilitary services.


 
The meeting was held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to Kachikwu, the meeting was not a fault-finding one but meant to find a lasting solution to the problem of fuel scarcity and ensure that it does not recur as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister told journalists at the end of the meeting, “This is a major concern that Nigerians should not be made to suffer, that Nigerians do not get through the kind of thing they went through this December.

“We want to find a lasting solution and that is what the committee will come out with in the resolutions tomorrow (Wednesday).”

He said there was no evidence to punish any marketer for hoarding Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, assuring all stakeholders that part of the demands of the meeting was to name marketers who erred.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi Operatives of the police units from the Lagos Police Command stormed Ayegbami Quarters, Imosan-Ijebu, Ogun State, on Tuesday, and arrested a herbalist allegedly behind Badoo attacks, Fatai Adebayo. The team, which included men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rapid Response Squad and Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, [] 
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The National Vice-Chairman (South-South) of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has urged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to learn the art of constructive criticism to remain relevant. He said this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, on Tuesday. The party chieftain was reacting to the PDPs criticism of President [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Anna Okon Scores of clearing agents operating at the Tin-Can Island and Port and Terminal Multipurpose Limited escaped death as their office complex was razed by fire on Tuesday. The office complex, which was densely populated, was rented out by Seaview Properties Limited to the clearing agents. It was gathered that the fire, which broke [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Police Command has arrested one Clement Ekuase for the alleged murder of an 87-year-old man in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, who confirmed the arrest on Tuesday, added that the suspect dumped the remains of his victim [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A Peoples Democratic Party faction, under the aegis of Concerned Candidates and Stakeholders of the PDP, said in Abuja on Tuesday it would inaugurate members of its National Working Committee on January 22. The faction also claimed it had proscribed the PDP Governors Forum, which it described as oppressive and retrogressive. Emmanuel [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has warned his subjects to be wary of some politicians pretending to be promoting the interest of Ijebu land ahead of the 2019 governorship race in Ogun State. He gave the warning on Tuesday during the annual prayer organised by the Christian [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
John Charles, Makurdi A former Minister of State for Education, Prof. Jerry Agada, on Tuesday frowned on the manner the Catholic diocese in Gboko allegedly disrespected the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, during the recent birthday celebration of Senator George Akume. Agada, who expressed his dismay at a press conference in Makurdi, said the refusal [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday lambasted religious fundamentalists killing human beings in order to please God, saying that they were ignorant as they could not please Him by murdering people. He said his administration would investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country. The President said that no [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Tragedy struck in Ijegun suburb of Lagos on New Year Day as a father of five, Mr. Olayiwola Stephen, 39, was allegedly stabbed to death by his friend and co-tenant, Mr. Ibrahim Adetunji, during a quarrel. An eyewitness, Mr. Ademola Adegbola, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that a quarrel started between the [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Two soldiers were involved in the September 2016 kidnapping of Mrs. Margaret Emeiele, wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, a police report accompanying the amended charges filed against the suspects have shown. The report sighted by our correspondent on Tuesday indicated that the two soldiers, Musa [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Omeluenyi I of Agunnese, Ezeani III of Nmaku Kingdom in Enugu, Igwe Cyprain Nevobasi, on Tuesday honoured the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, with the traditional title of Nwanne Di Na Mba (A brother in another land) Mmaku Kingdom, Enugu State. Nevobasi conferred the [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Police Command in Benue on Tuesday said it had killed three armed robbers and recovered one AK47 rifle with breech no. M35085 and four AK47 magazines with 127 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition. The commands spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi. [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market appreciated marginally by N8bn on the first day of trading this year as 27 stocks advanced against 12 decliners. Equities began the year on a positive note as the All-Share Index rose six basis points to settle at 38,264.79 points. The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation rose to N13.617tn [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Bearish sentiments prevailed in the secondary market for Treasury bills on Tuesday, as yields on all tenors advanced, bringing the average T-bills yield to 14.88 per cent. We attribute the weak demand in the secondary market for T-bills to investors preparation ahead of tomorrows Primary Market Auction, analysts at Meristem Securities said in [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday inspected the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover, assuring Lagosians that the project would be delivered in 10 months. Ambode, accompanied by key members of his cabinet, said the 1.4-kilometre bridge, which will run from Agege to the Old Abeokuta Road, will be a [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has announced the appointment of Ngozi Ola-Israel as the companys chief financial officer. The elevation of Rashidat Adebisi, erstwhile chief financial officer to the position of divisional head, retail business, informed the new appointment. AXA Mansard, in 2017 third quarter, maintained an efficient underwriting capacity as the Nigerian insurers [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has announced the late filling of its audited financial statements for the financial year ended September 30, 2017. The delay, the firm said, was necessitated by the need to conclude resolution of audit-related issues. It expects the issues to be fully resolved and accounts submitted on or before January 30, [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Lai Olurode, has advised Nigerians leaders to place governance above politics in order to positively impact the lives of the majority of the people. Olurode, who is a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, blamed placing [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
European stocks faltered at the start of the trading year on Tuesday as autos stocks fell and strength in the euro weighed, while trading was cautious ahead of the launch of a major reform of European Union financial markets. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dipped 0.2 per cent, as did euro zone stocks, according to [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye, has said mandatory periodic medical examination for civil servants will be strictly monitored in 2018. Adesoye urged the public servants to pay more attention to their personal health, stressing that they had a responsibility to ensure that they remained in an excellent state of physical [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Godwin Isenyo and Olaide Oyelude A former governor of old Kaduna State, Lawal Kaita, is dead. He died on Tuesday at 86 at a Turkish hospital in Abuja at about 5pm. A security aide at his Katsina GRA residence said family members were still being expected by 8p.m on Tuesday for burial arrangements. [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Federal Road Safety Corps has asked motorists to pay attention to their mental health in order to reduce road crashes in the country. The Ogun State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Clement Oladele, said the mental condition of motorists determined safety on roads. Oladele spoke at the 12th Annual Road Safety/Walk/Road Show [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
An Egypt court has sentenced to jail 28 football fans for paying tribute to dozens killed in stadium riots five years ago, accusing them of incitement, official sources said Tuesday. Judicial and security sources said the 28 Al Ahly club fans wore T-shirts bearing messages offending the state and inciting rioting during a match in [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
THE decision to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fund the perennial war against insurgency raises some fundamental questions about the state of the war and the seemingly arbitrary nature of the management of the account over the years. At the end of a recent meeting of the National Economic Council, the [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday said it was disappointed by the delay in the completion of the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, due to the absence of electricity and other challenges. The government stated that the airport was meant to be completed before the end of last year, [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Manufacturers and other forex users in the country now have reliable access to dollars, a report put together by analysts at FBNQuest Capital Limited has revealed. According the report, which was released on Tuesday, the country's Purchasing Managers' Index for the manufacturing sector also rose strongly in December to 68.7 from 60.1. [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Femi Asu The export of Nigerian crude oil to the United States rose by 56 per cent to 13.67 million barrels in October last year, the highest level since February 2013. The latest data obtained from the statistics arm of the US Energy Department, Energy Information Administration, showed that the country imported 8.76 million barrels [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Anna Okon A total of 161,285.72 metric tonnes of agricultural products were exported through Tin Can Island Port in 2017, representing over 150 per cent increase from the 55,000 metric tonnes processed through the port in 2016. The Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Port Command, Yusuf Bashar, who disclosed this, said that [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday directed all registrars to stop the issuance of dividend paper warrants. A dividend paper warrant is a financial instrument in form of a cheque issued by a quoted company to its shareholders through which dividend is paid to them. The Acting Director-General, SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair, said this [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
AXA Mansard has restated its commitment to promoting healthy living among Nigerians. According to a statement by the firm on Tuesday, the commitment was restated during a recent programme tagged: 'AXA Mansard FitFam Festwhere', where it provided an avenue for stakeholders to have access to healthy choices of food, fun and exercises. The firm said [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The naira closed at 363 per United States dollar at the parallel market on Tuesday, the same rate it closed before the New Year break on Friday. The local currency, which has been hovering around 365/dollar for some months, rose to 364/dollar as the Christmas holiday approached. The naira later rose to 364/dollar [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Experts in the aviation industry posit that 2018 offers stakeholders an opportunity to improve on certain areas that have challenged the industry in the past few years, MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI writes For aviation analysts and other stakeholders, the new year comes with another opportunity to make amends and help the industry grow. The past year, 2017, [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The nation may soon witness a drastic transformation of some federal roads that are currently in a terrible state going by the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. The President, who said in a new year nationwide broadcast that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency had been restructured for improved performance, declared [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Dana Air says it has launched the Dana Air Smart Sale to encourage its guests to book early, plan their trips and get smart fares on their round trip booking on all its existing routes from December 26, 2017 to February 28, 2018. The Communications Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Acting General Manager, Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency, Alhaji Yahaya Ahmed, says the agency has accessed over N600m from the World Bank for community and social development projects. He added that the grant was facilitated through the mandatory payment of N50m by the state government in 2015. Ahmed said [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Debit cards are useful financial tools as they offer the convenience of plastic ' without the risk of racking up debt. Just like credit cards, though, debit cards can lead to trouble if not used wisely. Here are experts' nine best tips for managing your debit card, according to CreditCards.com. Know yourself: Do you have [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua Maduenyi Air Peace has pledged to end the air travel woes of most underserved destinations in Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa by offering the flying public an alternative on some key international routes this year. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema, was quoted to [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Federal Government raised a total of N7.3bn from the FGN Savings Bond in 2017, the Debt Management Office data showed on Tuesday. The savings bond programme , which was introduced in March 2017 to boost domestic investors' participation in the bond market, has been for 10 months now. The Federal Government was [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The airlines of Lufthansa Group are changing how award miles are credited to participants in the frequent flyer and reward programme, Miles and More. According to the group, beginning from March 2018, the number of award miles that are credited will be based on the price of the flight, for instance, the price [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
First Bank of Nigeria Limited's fraud desk has emerged the 'Best Fraud Desk' and the 'Most Cooperative Fraud Desk' in the industry at the Nigerian Electronic Fraud Forum 201`7 Annual Awards. The winner of the respective categories was generated through an industry-wide online survey carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria in partnership with [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Usiere Uko, writes on to achieve financial turnaround in 2018 Each new year comes with its promises and challenges. The year 2018 is no different. The fact that something is available does not mean it will come to you. The fact that I give [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Influencer marketing has expanded exponentially over the past several years it's now four times its size just two years ago. As such, the industry has evolved from a promising marketing tactic to an essential part of many marketing budgets; today, it's a leading priority for huge conglomerates and start-ups and small businesses alike. Significantly, [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, has warned the antagonists of the continuity agenda of her husband's administration in the state not to obstruct the work of God as consequences of that would be too much for them to bear. Mrs. Fayose said God had revealed to her [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Jide Ojo Persons looking to cheat the Liberian people through the menace of corruption will have no place in my administration. We will build on the institutional gains under Madam Sirleaf to improve the lives of our people. We will build a new institution where necessary to protect rights and engender inclusion among all our [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education, Prof. Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, on Tuesday declared her intention to contest Nigeria's presidential seat during the 2019 general elections. Adesanya-Davies, who is from Ira, Kwara State, said the sale of nomination forms free for women aspirants boosted her interest [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
With a positive return of over 40 per cent, Nigerias stock market stood out amongst the top five global performers in 2017. According to a CNN report, Nigeria was in the same league with Argentina, Turkey, Hong Kong and the United States. The performance of the Nigerian stock market in 2017 correlates with relative improvements [] 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State, on Tuesday, challenged Governor Aminu Masari to a public debate on the achievements of the All Progressives Congress-led administration in the state since May 2015 when he was sworn in as the state chief executive. The PDP, through its state Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Majigiri, told []