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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 29 January, 2018.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee set up by the National Economic Council to find lasting solutions to killings by herdsmen across the country has recommended increased military presence in Benue and other states affected by the attacks.

The committee, which has nine state governors as members, was formed at the council’s meeting of January 18, 2018.


 
The governors on the committee are those of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Ebonyi states.

A top government official who is conversant with the work of the committee told journalists on condition of anonymity on Sunday that decisive military force would be deployed to end the attacks.

The source also said the government believed that bandits and mercenaries, and not herdsmen, were responsible for the killings.

He said, “Decisive military force will now be fully engaged to deal with the bandits believed to be behind the killings in parts of the country, especially regarding the crisis often associated with herdsmen.

“The settled view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often well-known in the communities where their cattle normally graze.”

The source disclosed that the committee started its work with a meeting presided over by Osinbajo immediately after the last meeting of the council held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“At the end of the meeting last week, it was clear that a decision had been taken in the management of the crisis by engaging the military in a more decisive manner,” he added.

The government official added that another major outcome of the committee’s meeting was the need to locate and identify the bandits who perpetrated the killings and violence.


 
He said the committee had also resolved to urge the Federal Government to strengthen law enforcement and security and intelligence agencies in the country so they could coordinate better in dealing with and preventing the crisis from escalating.

The source said the committee also took a position that every state should design its own solutions on how to permanently address herdsmen and farmers’ clashes.

“The Federal Government will not impose any solution on any state. The fears being expressed on cattle colonies are misplaced,” he said.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari says he is expecting millions of Nigerians to join the ruling All Progressives Congress in the next few months.

He said the defectors would join the party from all parts of the country.


 
Buhari said this in a letter he sent to Senator Basheer Mohammed, who recently defected to the party in Kano.

Mohammed’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, posted a copy of the letter dated January 25, 2018, and titled, ‘Re: Declaration for APC,’ on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.

Buhari’s letter was a response to an earlier one by the senator informing him of his decision to join the ruling party.

The President said he would have loved to attend a welcome reception organised for the federal lawmaker in Kano but for the 30th African Union Summit he was attending in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Buhari’s letter to the senator read, “I was most delighted to receive your letter informing me of your impending decision to formally declare for our great party, the APC.

“Furthermore, I am very encouraged to learn that you are bringing thousands of new supporters into the fold.

“We are expecting millions to join us in the next few months from all parts of the country.

“I would have very much welcomed another opportunity to be in Kano but due to a conflict of engagements; I am due on that day in Addis Ababa for an important African Union meeting which was scheduled months ago.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Ekiti State Government has filed a criminal charge against a former governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his former Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Kolawole.

The 19 counts filed before the state High Court, Ado Ekiti on Friday, border on allegation of corruption, abuse of office and criminal contempt, among others.


 
The state government filed the charges barely two weeks after releasing a white paper, which barred Fayemi and Kolawole from holding a public office for 10 years.

The two were barred based on the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which indicted them over alleged mismanagement of the state’s finances between October 2010 and 2014.

Fayemi, now a Minister of Mines and Steel Development, was the governor within the period. Fayemi and Kolawole did not appear before the commission.

The state government had directed the state’s Ministry of Justice to institute appropriate legal action(s) against Fayemi and others indicted by the commission.

According to the charge sheet No HAD/05c/2018, Fayemi and Kolawole, among other allegations, misappropriated N4.9bn, being the proceeds of the Ekiti State Bond for the sum of N20bn earmarked in the bond prospectus for various projects in the state that were either not done or partly done.

Count 12, which borders on conspiracy to steal, is punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code law, Cap C. 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2010. It reads in part, “That you Dr John Kayode Fayemi and Mr. Vincent Dapo Kolawole, while holding the offices of the executive governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria and commissioner for finance, respectively, sometime between 2011 and 2014, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired to steal the sum of N2.75bn being the sum of money earmarked in the bond prospectus titled, ‘Ekiti State Government of Nigeria, offer for subscription of N20bn.”

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
One of the daughters of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, has backed her father on his recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari wherein the ex-President advised the incumbent leader against seeking re-election in 2019.

This was contained in a four-paragraph letter she personally signed and released in Abeokuta on Saturday night through the media aide of his father.


 
In his open letter released last Tuesday,  Obasanjo had listed the areas where the Buhari administration had failed. These, he stated, included poor management of the economy, lopsidedness in appointments, nepotism, inability to tackle corruption in his cabinet and killings by rampaging herdsmen, especially in Benue and other states.

The ex-President’s daughter advised the Bahari administration to address the issues raised by her father and stop using her past relationship with her father, which had been overtaken by events, to score cheap political point.

Obasanjo-Bello expressed surprise over the letter she wrote to her father in 2013, currently trending on the social media.

She said, “I agree with the contents of the open letter and like all people that wish Africa well, hope that Nigeria someday comes out of its death spiral to become a leading nation in the world.

“I am surprised that the agents of the current administration who should benefit from the advice and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa have resorted to a cheap tactic that further reiterates the message that they found abhorrent enough to start looking for unconnected issues to put together to make their point.

“To say that Nigeria has problems is to make an understatement. The wise should listen, wherever help and advice come from.

“Those who republished the old letter should have spent time to respond to the content of the said letter, which among other things, called on President Buhari to join the rank of retired elder statesmen in 2019.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Osun Independent Electoral Commission has announced that all the 389 candidates of the All Progressives Congress won in Saturdays councillorship election in Osun. Releasing the official results to newsmen in Osogbo on Sunday, the Chairman of OSIEC, Mr. Segun Oladitan, said 318 out of the candidates were returned unopposed. Oladitan said 128 of the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Benue State Universal Education Board has said that at least 10, 000 pupils have been forced out of schools in two local government areas of the state which came under attack by gunmen on New Years Day. The chairman of the board, Rev. Philip Tachin, on Sunday in Makurdi said many schools were affected [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju and Oladimeji Ramon Judiciary workers, under the aegis of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, on Sunday condemned the suspension of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, by the Abia State House of Assembly. Justice Uzokwe was reportedly removed on Friday as the Abia State chief judge by the lawmakers, [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja No fewer than 13 operational vehicles of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have been grounded and abandoned by the authorities at various spots in the Abuja metropolis after they had broken down. Investigations by Northern City News revealed that some of the vehicles had been left to the mercy of the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The President of the Yewa Think Thank, Prof. Ayo Alabi, says the group has unveiled a two-floor building in Ilaro, Ogun State. Alabi said in a statement on Sunday that the building, known as the 'Yewa Unity House', would serve as a convergence point and secretariat for the TYY at home and in [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The President of the Yewa Think Thank, Prof. Ayo Alabi, says the group has unveiled a two-floor building in Ilaro, Ogun State. Alabi said in a statement on Sunday that the building, known as the Yewa Unity House, would serve as a convergence point and secretariat for the TYY at home and in [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, on Sunday called on the Institute of Directors, Nigeria to address the poor corporate governance practices posing a significant risk to the safety and stability of the country's banking sector. Ibrahim made the remarks during a meeting with members of [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A multi-million naira medical laboratory centre, located in the sleepy community of Goron-Gida in the Katsina metropolis, has been opened to provide services to the people of the area. The proprietor of the lab, Mallam Nasir Abdulbakir, stated that its purpose was to provide a comprehensive health care system in the state. [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, on Sunday called on the Institute of Directors, Nigeria to address the poor corporate governance practices posing a significant risk to the safety and stability of the countrys banking sector. Ibrahim made the remarks during a meeting with members of [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Che Consumer Protection Council has said it will work with the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency to ensure speedy redress of consumer complaints in the country. The Director-General, CPC, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, said this when the Board of the LASCOPA visited him in Abuja. He commended Lagos State for establishing the agency, [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Che Consumer Protection Council has said it will work with the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency to ensure speedy redress of consumer complaints in the country. The Director-General, CPC, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, said this when the Board of the LASCOPA visited him in Abuja. He commended Lagos State for establishing the agency, [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
New research carried out among more than 2,000 adults by Market Financial Solutions has revealed how UK investors are approaching their financial strategies in 2018. According to Propertywire.com, asked about their investment plans over the coming 12 months, over half of respondents (53 per cent) said they would rather invest in traditional assets such as [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A pro-democracy group, Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria has blamed the imbalance in the composition of the National Defence Council for the pro-killer herdsmen comments made by the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Munir Dan-Ali (retd.). The National Coordinator of the group, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this in Abuja, on Sunday. He [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria says the Federal Government's plan to open talks with JPMorgan Chase & Co for their reinstatement in the local currency emerging market bond index will bring great benefits to the economy. Naira securities were removed from the JP Morgan Index in 2015 because of foreign currency [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria says the Federal Governments plan to open talks with JPMorgan Chase & Co for their reinstatement in the local currency emerging market bond index will bring great benefits to the economy. Naira securities were removed from the JP Morgan Index in 2015 because of foreign currency [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Tony Okafor Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has lauded the courage of the late statesman, former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, in confronting the military junta in 1999 and for what he described as his fidelity and loyalty to the nation. Speaking during the service of songs and night of tributes held in honour of Ekwueme [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Resort Savings & Loans Plc says its new management has been able to source for credible investors and is hopeful of returning to full operations within the next few weeks. This, the firm said, followed the unification of its board and management leading to the appointment of Mr. Olayemi Rabiu as the managing director and [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Resort Savings & Loans Plc says its new management has been able to source for credible investors and is hopeful of returning to full operations within the next few weeks. This, the firm said, followed the unification of its board and management leading to the appointment of Mr. Olayemi Rabiu as the managing director and [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has interrogated an assistant controller of Prisons and others over an alleged N300m contract given to some companies owned by Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to an EFCC detective, Mrs. Jonathan allegedly got some contracts to supply beddings and also fence [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
An Access Bank Plc's customer has emerged one of the winners in the Western Union year-end promotional campaign. As a result, the customer was presented with a brand new car at an event in Lagos. The Head, Remittances, Access Bank, Funmilayo Afolabi, who witnessed the gift presentation, said the gesture would go a long way [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
An Access Bank Plcs customer has emerged one of the winners in the Western Union year-end promotional campaign. As a result, the customer was presented with a brand new car at an event in Lagos. The Head, Remittances, Access Bank, Funmilayo Afolabi, who witnessed the gift presentation, said the gesture would go a long way [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Surveyors in the country have been urged to improve on their various institutional roles in order to help fight the effects of climate change in the country. Experts noted that as the country continued to grapple with environmental problems emanating from global warming as witnessed in perennial floods, desertification and drought in the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Surveyors in the country have been urged to improve on their various institutional roles in order to help fight the effects of climate change in the country. Experts noted that as the country continued to grapple with environmental problems emanating from global warming as witnessed in perennial floods, desertification and drought in the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, has filed a N20bn suit against Governor Ayodele Fayose and two of his aides for alleged libel. Joined in the suit are the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance; the Attorney General of the Federation, the Accountant General of the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Real estate and Infrastructure firm, Brains and Hammers Limited, says it has started a strategic expansion of its operations by making an entry into the real estate market in Lagos. The company said it commenced business 10 years ago in Abuja and had built a reputation of excellence, adding that in response to [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Real estate and Infrastructure firm, Brains and Hammers Limited, says it has started a strategic expansion of its operations by making an entry into the real estate market in Lagos. The company said it commenced business 10 years ago in Abuja and had built a reputation of excellence, adding that in response to [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A consultant on the economy and former Adviser on Budget Matters to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Bode Agusto, has said the Federal Government can improve on infrastructural development by creating an infrastructure fund. Agusto said rapid population growth required huge investment in infrastructure but the country was underinvesting, adding that in the past [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A consultant on the economy and former Adviser on Budget Matters to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Bode Agusto, has said the Federal Government can improve on infrastructural development by creating an infrastructure fund. Agusto said rapid population growth required huge investment in infrastructure but the country was underinvesting, adding that in the past [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Sunday said it had begun investigation into over 200 whistle-blowing tips on tax officials and taxpayers for under-declaration of taxes as well as demand and receipt of gratification by tax officials. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja while presiding over the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Following Fridays judgment of the Supreme Court validating the charges involving alleged N11bn fraud against him and three others, a former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, said on Sunday that he was ready for a fair trial. The ex-governor said he welcomed the decision of the apex court directing the Economic [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Sunday said it had begun investigation into over 200 whistle-blowing tips on tax officials and taxpayers for under-declaration of taxes as well as demand and receipt of gratification by tax officials. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja while presiding over the [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Musiliu Smith; the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Prof. Taofeek Ibrahim; and the Vice-Chancellor of Summit University, Prof. Hussein Oloyede, have said that the graduation of a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, from the National Open University of Nigeria with a doctorate is a challenge to youths. [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Lekki Concession Company has released details of the new tolls to be paid by motorists using the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos. It said in a statement obtained on Sunday that drivers/owners of cars and tricycles driving on the Lekki-Epe Expressway would pay N200, a 66.6-per cent increase over [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Lekki Concession Company has released details of the new tolls to be paid by motorists using the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos. It said in a statement obtained on Sunday that drivers/owners of cars and tricycles driving on the Lekki-Epe Expressway would pay N200, a 66.6-per cent increase over [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday dispelled what it called half-truths, misinformation, and outright falsehood that had been trailing the recent appointment of Mr. Ahmed Abubakar as the new Director General of the National Intelligence Agency. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the Presidents position known [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to remove all trucks abandoned on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and make access roads to the countrys seaports motorable. It said on Sunday that if the government failed to get rid of the trucks after seven days, its members [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to remove all trucks abandoned on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and make access roads to the country's seaports motorable. It said on Sunday that if the government failed to get rid of the trucks after seven days, its members [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Managing Director, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Mr. Olusegun Omosehin, has said blockchain in combination with big data and Internet of Things will change the insurance world. He said this while speaking on the topic, The Internet revolution and the insurance profession. Omosehin said, As professional insurers, we must be prepared to reinvent ourselves before [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Managing Director, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Mr. Olusegun Omosehin, has said blockchain in combination with big data and Internet of Things will change the insurance world. He said this while speaking on the topic, 'The Internet revolution and the insurance profession.' Omosehin said, 'As professional insurers, we must be prepared to reinvent ourselves before [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo met on Sunday, a few days after Obasanjo asked the President not to re-contest in 2019. The two leaders met at the opening session of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On sighting Buhari at the venue, Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Linkage Assurance Plc in collaboration with the Niger Delta University has commenced moves to exceptional talents for the nations insurance industry. A statement obtained from Linkage on Sunday said the effort was targeted at giving opportunities to students of insurance, actuarial and financial management as well as those in mathematics and engineering sciences to make [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Linkage Assurance Plc in collaboration with the Niger Delta University has commenced moves to exceptional talents for the nation's insurance industry. A statement obtained from Linkage on Sunday said the effort was targeted at giving opportunities to students of insurance, actuarial and financial management as well as those in mathematics and engineering sciences to make [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A political group, the National Intervention Movement, has denied any link with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), one of the arrowheads of the NIM, said the group was different from the Coalition for Nigeria, another group being spearheaded by Obasanjo. The NIM [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Nigerian Insurance sector recorded N235bn gross written premium from January to September of the 2017 financial year, according to the National Insurance Commission. In 2016, the sector recorded a gross written premium of N325bn. According to figures from the commission, the contribution of insurance to gross domestic product in terms of penetration [] 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Nigerian Insurance sector recorded N235bn gross written premium from January to September of the 2017 financial year, according to the National Insurance Commission. In 2016, the sector recorded a gross written premium of N325bn. According to figures from the commission, the contribution of insurance to gross domestic product in terms of penetration [] 

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