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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The killings in Benue State continued on Wednesday as three protesters, who were protesting about the killing of scores of people in six communities in the state by herdsmen, were feared dead in a violent demonstration by some youths in Makurdi, the state capital.

The protest followed the killing of residents of about five communities in the state between Monday and Tuesday by cattle rearers.

No fewer than 20 people were killed and 30 others injured when herdsmen attacked the communities in between the New Year’s Day and Tuesday.

The invaders attacked communities in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state.

The protesters in Makurdi on Wednesday almost attacked the state governor, Samuel Ortom, during his visit to calm the frayed nerves.

Security operatives saved the day by whisking the governor into a waiting vehicle.

To avert a breakdown of law and order, the military, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and vigilantes were drafted to beef up security during the violent protest.

The Assistant Director of Information of Nigerian Army, 707 Special Force, Major Olabisi Ayeni, however, denied knowledge of any death during the protest.

Also, the spokesman, Benue State Police Command, Moses Yamu, said, “The command is not in receipt of any such report please.”

Thousands of youths across the state had embarked on a protest in Makurdi on Wednesday, demanding an immediate stop to herdsmen attacks.

The youth, who carried placards, blocked the Lafia-Makurdi highway, the Otukpo road and the Old Bridge Road and converged on the popular Wurukum roundabout.

As early as 7am, the protesters trooped to major roads, mounting barricades in strategic areas, blocking both entry and exit routes, which also prevented vehicular movement in and out of Makurdi.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The House of Representatives is to conduct a status inquiry into the over N7.97tn  revenue generated by the Federal Government’s health institutions and allegedly spent without appropriation by the National Assembly, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday.

A motion on the matter is due to be taken as soon as lawmakers reconvene on January 16 after their Christmas and New Year break.


 
Findings indicated that the House would do a referral on the motion to an ad hoc committee after a resolution on the probe would have been passed.

The motion, which is sponsored by a member from Plateau State, Solomon Bulus-Maren, is seeking an inquiry to cover 2011 to 2017.

The PUNCH gathered that it was initially slated for debate on December 21, but later deferred to January when members would have resumed for the New Year.

The federal health institutions to be covered by the inquiry include federal medical centres, university teaching hospitals and specialist hospitals.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that the Igbo will never again go to war to resolve conflicts in the country.

It said the Igbo would rather use diplomacy as a tool for peace and conflict resolution.


 
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, stated this  at the 2018 Igbo International Leadership and Good Governance Retreat held at Abagana, Anambra State.

The retreat was organised by the World Igbo Leadership Council and the World Igbo Information and Communication Network.

 The event, which was third in the series, was attended by renowned Igbo scholars from Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers states.

The first retreat was hosted at Ibusa, Delta State by Prof. Pat Utomi in 2016, while the second was hosted by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in 2017 at Uburu in Ebonyi State.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, said on Wednesday that although President Muhammadu Buhari had not made up his mind on the 2019 presidential election, he deserved re-election.

Shittu said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


 
The minister said persons he described as the President’s ardent supporters would prevail on him to seek re-election.

He said they would help Buhari to make up his mind so that Nigeria could continue to enjoy stability and progress.

Shittu said, “It goes without saying; if you have a child who goes to a primary school and he does well; he proceeds to a secondary school and he does well, and you keep asking if he will be going to university. It goes without saying.

“By the grace of God, we, his (Buhari’s) ardent supporters who appreciate his worth on behalf of millions of Nigerians, would urge him to re-contest.

“I know he has not made up his mind but I can say some of us can assist him in making up his mind so that Nigeria can continue to enjoy stability and progress in our land.”
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta chapter, says it has suspended its over three months strike. The lecturers, however, kept mum on whether they would conduct the suspended second semester examination, which was scheduled to commence on September 18, 2017. The suspension was announced by the Chairman of [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A Diaspora Igbo group under the platform of the Igbo Ekunie Initiative has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of treating killer Fulani herdsmen with kid gloves. The groups declaration followed the killings of about 50 persons in fresh attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen on New Year Day. The Igbo group [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Godwin Isenyo and Olaide Oyelude The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, have described the former governor of the defunct Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, as a quintessential leader whose death will be a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states but to the entire country. [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Residents of Ikere Ekiti trooped out in their large numbers on Wednesday to stage a peaceful protest and demanded the unconditional release of the Olukere Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin. The residents described the murder case against the king as politically-motivated by the state government to dent his image. The Olukere, Oba [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government has told the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal that the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, acted illegally by transferring a part-heard bribery trial of a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Farouk Lawan, from one judge to another in March 2017. Lawan [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Coalition of Gombe State Indigenes has faulted Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbakas verdict that the state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has performed well. The indigenes, in a statement on Wednesday, advised the Enugu-based Catholic priest to visit Gombe first before reaching such a conclusion. According to them, rather than consolidate on the developmental strides [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Chairman of the Southern Senators Forum in the Senate, Hope Uzodinma, has urged Igbo leaders to examine the current political alignment in Nigeria to position the South-East for the nations presidency in 2023. Uzodinma, who represents Imo in the Senate, said the advice became necessary as the current political indicators in [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Supreme Court has reserved judgment till January 12, 2018 in the case of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with an alleged N338m fraud. The apex court will determine whether or not Ikuforiji should be tried afresh as ordered by the Court of [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of the paramount ruler of Ikulu in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of the state, Chief Yohanna Kukah. The Commands spokesman, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, who confirmed the incident, said the traditional ruler was kidnapped by gunmen on Tuesday night. He said efforts were [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt THE war of words between the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, continued on Wednesday when the governor accused the minister of politicising security issues in the state. Wike, who spoke at the Government House in Port Harcourt, when he hosted a group [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Wednesday sworn in 14 new commissioners. Bello, while swearing in the new commissioners at the Government House, Minna, advised them to be change agents by fighting corruption as his administration had zero tolerance for stealing. H said, You must shun divisive tendencies hinged [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday inaugurated the board of Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, with a pledge that the government would ensure that consumers in the state get value for money spent on goods and services. Ambode, at the inauguration of the board chaired by consumer rights advocate and lawyer, [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Kayode Idowu, with agency report Eleven persons were on Wednesday killed in a suicide attack on a mosque at Gamboru town in the Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State. A member of a youth vigilante group in Gamboru, Modu Ibrahim, told our correspondent on the telephone that a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Police Command has arraigned the founder of a non-governmental organisation, Girl Child Art Foundation, Mrs. Adaobi Onyejike-Ananaba, for allegedly inflicting injuries on her maid, Amaka (Ezewane) Ekpere. The 39-year-old was arraigned on one count of child abuse before an Ogba Chief Magistrates Court. The PUNCH had reported that Onyejike-Ananaba, who [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Britains construction industry is its least optimistic for five years amid fears over Brexit and an economic slowdown, according to a survey. As reported by The Guardian, despite some pockets of strength as building firms won the most work for several months in December, the balance of companies expecting a rise in output levels over [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Department of Fire Service in Zamfara State on Wednesday confirmed the death of four children in a fire outbreak that occurred at Awala Filin-Jirgi in Gusau metropolis. The Deputy Director Fire Prevention and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Abdullahi Jibo, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau. Jibo said that [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Gunmen opened fire on a family driving through the Mexican tourist paradise of Baja California Sur, killing two adults and badly wounding three children, officials said Wednesday. The attackers ambushed the familys car with high-caliber assault rifles Tuesday night in La Paz, the capital of the northwestern state, the local prosecutors office said in a [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
At least 31 loggers are believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram jihadists after they went missing in Borno, security sources said Wednesday. The alleged kidnapping took place just days after 30 troops vanished following a raid on a military base in the same region amid a surge in bloody violence. Sources told AFP [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
ONCE again, an African leader desperate to elongate his tenure in office has succeeded in tinkering with the constitution to ensure that his sit-tight ambition comes to fruition. In an obvious aberration and a negation of all acceptable democratic norms, Yoweri Museveni has used his cronies in the parliament to pass a law that would, [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, 'Femi Asu and Theophilus Onojeghen The Senate will today (Thursday) question the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, over the current crisis in the supply chain of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. Also to appear before [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim and Leke Baiyewu Oil marketers on Wednesday agreed with the Federal Government to allow the pump price of petrol to remain at N145 per litre, reversing their previous stance on the pricing of the commodity. On Tuesday, the Chairman, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, Dapo Abiodun, had stated that the marketers could [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria's Purchasing Managers' Index increased to 59.3 index points in December, the highest in 2017, PMI Survey Report released by the CBN on Wednesday showed. The latest figure was far above the PMI of 55.9 index points reported in November, and 55 index points in October as well as [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
If you have incurred wrong or unfair bank charges, banking experts say you can try to reclaim them or come to an arrangement with your bank, especially if you're in financial hardship. According to www.moneyadvice.org, you can start by talking directly to your bank. If that doesn't work, you might be able to get free [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The China EXIM Bank and a Chinese firm, the China Great Walls, have agreed to pay the entire $550m to procure two new satellites for the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited. The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, disclosed this in an interview with State House Correspondents on Wednesday shortly after a meeting he [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The nation's borrowing has been increasing in recent times because of dwindling revenues as well as the recent recession that the country slumped into, the Federal Government has said. This explanation was contained in a document entitled: Nigeria's Public Debt ' Some Recurring Issues', put together by the Debt Management Office, which [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Two workers of BUA International Limited were arrested on Wednesday on the order of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for allegedly flouting a stop-work order issued by the Federal Government over the disputed Obu mine in Okpella. The suspects were arrested when the governor and some heads of security agencies visited the [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Med-View Airline has announced the resumption of normal flights on its Lagos-London and Lagos-Abuja-Dubai routes. The airline also apologised to its passengers, who were affected by operational hitches between December 22 and 27, 2017. Med-View's Chief Executive Officer, Muneer Bankole, stated on Wednesday, 'We sincerely offer our unreserved apology to all our esteemed [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Within a space of about 16 hours, the country's electricity grid collapsed twice, leaving many parts of the country in total blackout. It was learnt that the first collapse of the power transmission grid occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at about 10.20pm, while the second happened at 2.19pm on Wednesday. Senior [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority has facilitated the sum of N10bn to finance infrastructure development in the country. The N10bn was raised through a bond issuance programme by InfraCredit, which is a credit enhancement facility established by the NSIA in collaboration with GuarantCo, a private infrastructure development company. The bond issuance was [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja About 2,000 indigenes of communities in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have benefited from the ongoing medical programme provided by Green Energy International Limited, the operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in OML 11. The medical consultant for the programme, Christopher Obiorah, said the exercise, which was supported by Lekoil [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The nation's oil and gas industry could get back on its feet this year, according to industry experts, if the critical issues such as the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the concerns in the Niger Delta are properly addressed, 'FEMI Asu reports With another year gone without the passage of the Petroleum Industry [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said that the Energising Education Programme of the Federal Government is aimed at rejuvenating the nation's education system by providing uninterrupted power supply to a total of 37 federal universities and seven university teaching hospitals. It said the clarification was necessary in the light [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Oil prices will continue to hover between $40 and $60 per barrel in 2018 despite the extension of the production cuts led by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries through the end of the year, Moody's Investors Service has said in its 2018 credit trends report for the global oil and gas industry. [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The secondary market for Treasury bills was characterised by buying pressure, as the average T-bills yield declined by 0.37 per cent, to settle at 14.51 per cent. The yields on all instruments witnessed declines, save for the one-month tenor which advanced by 0.33 per cent. The average money market rate declined by 0.13 [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Inland Dry Seaports also known as Inland Container Depots cannot work if they are not connected to rail, according to stakeholders in the maritime sector. The ICDs are freight stations established by the Federal Government in areas where there is no quick access to seaports. They are like seaports located in the [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime sector have listed their expectations for the sector and what government should do to improve the industry this year. Among the expectations are the amendment of obsolete laws and quick passage of relevant bills aimed at improving efficiency and ease of doing business. They want more attention be given [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has said that it is putting measures in place to prevent future fire disasters around the nation's seaports. The agency also reiterated its commitment to ensuring that the environment was safe for users. The Managing Director of the agency, Ms. Hadiza Usman, gave this commitment while [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Femi Asu RusselSmith Nigeria has announced its technical partnership with Norwegian company, 4Subsea, to deliver subsea solutions by combining engineering competence, experience and technologies. The company said in a statement that the partnership would see RusselSmith improve its monitoring and repair services for flexible pipes, umbilical cables and ancillaries. It said 4Subsea's Portable Annulus Tester, [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Implementing new financial practices at the beginning of the year is a great idea in theory. In practice, trying to overhaul your finances all at once might be too much. You don't want to attack your finances with vigor on January 1 and then wear yourself out by January 10. Instead, you want to slowly [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara with agency report private equity-backed Viathan Group has issued Nigeria's debut 10-year corporate infrastructure bond in local currency to raise N10bn ($32m) at a yield of 16 per cent to fund power assets. Viathan, owned by Synergy Private Equity, develops and operates off-grid power solutions in Nigeria. It issued the bond backed by [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
One of the leading container terminal operators, APM Terminals Apapa Limited, has waived handling and storage charges running into several millions of naira on a container load of fish, which was donated by the Federal Government to the Internally Displaced Persons in Yobe State. The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Customs Service, had directed that [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Following the harsh weather condition being experienced in the country in the last few weeks, which is making flying difficult, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, in conjunction with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, has reviewed the aerodrome operating weather minima for 18 airports. A weather minima is the worst weather conditions under which [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The judiciary, for many reasons, will be under scrutiny in 2018. This piece captures some of the likely events that will shape the perception about the third arm of government in the New Year, ADE ADESOMOJU and OLADIMEJI RAMON write Pre-election cases: It is a pre-election year and it is expected that the courts will [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Greg Odogwu The name Idi Amin has gathered so much negative connotations over the years that it is understandable why most people in todays world may not want to know anything about the man behind the name. It is taken for granted that there is nothing good about the former Ugandan head of state, Gen. [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Niran Adedokun Next to a slithering sense of incompetence bordering on lack of preparedness, the incurable vacillating disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari would be the biggest culprit for the seeming ineffectiveness of his administration. It started right from the beginning. The President just seemed to imagine that four years was an eternity. He did not []