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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 6th January, 2018.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, has accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of being the chief financier and most influential member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, the apex body of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.

He, therefore, called on Atiku, who is a prince of the Tiv Court, to caution the herdsmen, who have been slaughtering hundreds of people in the country.
 
Unongo said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday.

The NEF Chairman said, “I am aware that the most powerful person in Miyetti Allah is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,who wants to be the next president. If they are fighting for power and Atiku wants to create problems for Buhari, I don’t know. There are so many possibilities.

“The most powerful person who finances the Miyetti Allah is Abubakar Atiku and he is a prince of the Tiv Court. The Tiv gave him a traditional title, meaning ‘the biggest shade of  the Tiv people’.

“This implies that the Tiv people should be able to run to Atiku who will protect them.

This is the man who heads Miyetti Allah and is the greatest financier of this organisation.

He has more cattle than anybody in Miyetti Allah.

“It is an establishment of the big people, a very rich group of Nigerians and they pack small boys to take their cattle all over the place and then buy all these arms to give herdsmen to go and kill people, and the government is doing  nothing!”

When asked if he was sure that Atiku was the most influential member of the Miyetti Allah, Unongo said the former Vice President told him personally that he was an influential member of the association.
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Organisations, including the Arewa Youth Forum, comprising of northern youths; the Campaign for Democracy; and the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, have kicked against President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term re-election bid.

The groups, in separate interviews with Saturday PUNCH, hinged their rejection of Buhari’s second term bid on the incessant killings in the country, particularly by Fulani herdsmen.


 
They said that the clamour for second term, amidst attacks by herdsmen and fuel scarcity in the country, was a demonstration of the insensitivity of the President and his aides.

Several chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, including Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, have expressed their support for the President’s re-election.

On Wednesday, Buhari was reported to have appointed the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of his 2019 election campaign.

Also, the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, after a meeting with the President on Wednesday said Buhari must seek re-election in 2019.

Buhari himself, twice last year, hinted that he would seek re-election in 2019. He gave the hint in Cote d’Ivoire during a summit on counter-terrorism and also during his recent visit to Kano State.

But the Arewa Youth Forum, in a statement on Friday, insisted that those clamouring for Buhari’s re-election were being hasty and insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

The AYF’s statement was signed by its National President, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, in Katsina, Katsina State.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Federal Government on Friday said it had commenced a review of the pricing template for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol. It noted, however, that the price of the product would remain unchanged.

According to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the review became necessary following the various pricing concerns surrounding the actual cost of a litre of PMS.


 
This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the Federal Executive Council, had directed the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation not to allow the price of petrol to go beyond N145/litre.

Kachikwu, who spoke to journalists during the ongoing oil sector stakeholders meeting at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, also insisted that the pump price of petrol was N145/litre and stated that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency was working on a new pricing template for PMS.

The minister, however, did not explain how the PPPRA would review the template and keep the cost of the commodity at N145/litre, considering the fact that the landing cost of PMS was currently around N171/litre.

Kachikwu, who only allowed and responded to two questions from journalists, noted that the aspects of the template that had to do with logistics, profit margins for operators, among others, were being reviewed in the pricing template by the PPPRA.

The minister said, “PPPRA obviously develops the templates and helps us to monitor importation into the country. The template has always been an issue because as prices change in the international market, some of these templates get question mark.

“There are two lines as regards this template; there is the actual cost of landing the product, on the template, and there are other ancillary charges that deal with logistics, profit margins for the operators and all of that.
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
A counsel to alleged Badoo kingpin, Abayomi Alaka, on Friday said that the wanted suspect had submitted petitions against the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr.Edgal Imohimi.

According to the lawyer, Babatunde Ojehomon, the petition was addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Assembly and others.


 
Ojehomon said at his chambers in Ibadan, Oyo State that the sealing of his client’s property by the Lagos State Government and police’s declaration of Alaka as a wanted individual were actions that trampled on his (Alaka’s) rights.

According to him, Alaka had already instituted a case against the IG and Imohimi at the Federal High Court, Lagos State Division, adding that the Lagos CP was after Alaka because he had “an axe to grind with him.”

He said, “We affirm that originating processes in the matter have been served on the respondents since August 2017 and this case had come up for hearing once before a vacation judge and twice before Justice Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.

“The respondents were not only absent on those occasions but have failed, neglected or refused to file any processes in response to our client’s case against them.

“It is shocking how the respondents have again come to the public declaring our client, who is an applicant before a superior court of record, wanted over the allegation of Badoo cult killings.
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo Unknown gunmen on Thursday in separate attacks reportedly killed at least seven people in some communities in Wukari and Gassol local government areas of Taraba State. Saturday PUNCH gathered that a family of five was killed on their farm in Jandeikyula village and a man was shot and killed in his house [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Regional Head, Abuja and North, First City Monument Bank, Mr. Lukman Mustapha, has said that the anchor borrowers scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria has revolutionised agriculture in the country. He stated that it had increased food production and reduced importation, adding that many Nigerians were now more comfortable eating [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna There was pandemonium in Jermiya village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday evening as gunmen invaded the village and kidnapped a Sharia court judge, Abubakar Jibrin. It was learnt on Friday that the judge was returning from work when he was accosted by the kidnappers at around 6:05 [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday announced the reshuffling of the states executive council. He said that the changes became necessary following the death of the states education commissioner, Prof. Jonathan Nok. A professor of Biochemistry, Nok, died on November 21, 2017, after a brief illness at the age of [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has raised the alarm over an alleged plot to create the impression that the state was unsafe, through the promotion of targeted cult killings. This is as the Federal Government called for partnership between it and the Rivers State Government to tackle security challenges in the [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Road Safety Corps has redeployed 109 personnel as part of the efforts to enhance its operational efficiency, the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, has said. Kazeem in a statement in Abuja on Friday quoted the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, as saying the shakeup was aimed at actualising the 2018 [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Niger Delta Peoples Forum and the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, have congratulated the national coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, on his appointment as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. Leaders and representatives of all the prominent groups in the Niger Delta comprising the [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Eight persons have been arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, for their alleged involvement in the abduction and sale of a three-month-old baby boy for the sum of N910.000. This is just as the National Agency for the Prohibition against Trafficking in Persons in collaboration with the [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Theophilus Onojeghen The Convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, has faulted the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the ongoing agitations for restructuring of the country. Clark described the Presidents position, which he expressed during his New Years Days message as not only wrong, but very disappointing. The [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association has threatened an indefinite withdrawal of services to members of the public starting from Monday, January 8, 2018. This was sequel to the kidnap of one its members, Dr. Usang Ekanem, on December 26, 2017 by gunmen and have yet to release [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The naira is expected to firm slightly to 360 per dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria's Investors and Exporters Foreign Exchange window next week as trading picks up after the Christmas and New Year holidays. The local currency had traded weaker at 362/dollar at the I & E FX [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has sent a memo to the National Assembly, advising it to change the name of the host community for the Nigerian Maritime University in Delta State from Okerenkoko to Okereghigho. The Ijaw inhabitants of the location, where the school is [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Scores of residents of Iso-Bendege community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State have fled the area over a cult war. The residents were said to have sought refuge in nearby forests. Iso-Bendege was thrown in crisis on New Year Day after rival cult groups declared war on the community. [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa About 70 per cent of government websites designated as either gov.ng or mil.ng are hosted in other countries, according to data from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association. The data showed that majority of the sites were hosted in the United States, about 59 per cent; 3.4 per cent in Great Britain; 3.3 per [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the Managing Director, Macmillan Nigeria, Prof. Adesanya Adelekan, over an alleged N20bn fraud. It was learnt that Adelekan, who is a contractor for the Universal basic Education Commission, was arrested on Thursday as part of the investigation of the alleged N20bn fraud in UBEC, [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes on Friday said the crisis that erupted after the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, installed new 21 kings in Ibadan would soon be settled out of court. The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Osi Olubadan, Rashidi Ladoja and authentic Mogajis of Ibadanland had instituted [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Kunle Falayi The image of an 11-year-old housemaid, Precious Nwafor, locked up in the house by her boss who travelled to her village for the Yuletide, reignited the discourse on the increasing abuse of children in the state. But on Friday, the police broke the news that the boss, a banker, Nkechinyere Nwajagu, has now [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas has sought the development of infrastructure to support the efficient distribution and usage of domestic LPG, known as cooking gas, in the country. This is just as the company said it was committed to supporting the growth of the industry by dedicating 350,000 metric tonnes per annum of [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri Ahead of the local government election in Delta State on Saturday (today), the state police command said over 9,000 mobile and regular policemen had been deployed to ensure security across the state. Our correspondent observed on Friday that security around flashpoints, such as Uvwie, Sapele, Ughelli, Udu, Warri, Isoko and Asaba environs [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Kunle Falayi with agency report Residents of Ndoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are fleeing the community, following the beheading of a security operative by militants, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. A resident of the community, Mr. Henshaw Ebi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the security official was negotiating with [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The International Air Transport Association says airlines should expect a rise in passenger numbers to 4.3 billion this year. The association noted that this would be a six per cent rise from the 4.1 billion passengers recorded in 2017. 'Passenger numbers are expected to increase to 4.3 billion in 2018. Passenger traffic is [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Idris Adesina Stakeholders in the sports sector have reacted to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung's recent scorecard of the sector in 2017. Dalung on Wednesday in Lagos reeled out the successes recorded by the various sporting federations, describing them as 'milestones in the sports and youth sector.' Some of the country's major [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report Business activity in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan Africa's biggest economies is expanding due to increased demand and the return of political stability. Purchasing Managers Indexes published on Thursday showed expansion in companies in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia in December, Bloomberg reported. 'The PMIs indicate that sub-Saharan African economies [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Clement Nnachi with agency report Tragedy struck in Ikwo community of Ebonyi State on Thursday when a 30-year-old resident, Obinna Igwe, was shot dead while two others sustained gunshot injuries when a fracas broke out during a football match. The violence was said to have broken out between football fans and some policemen. Two police [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Idris Adesina Stakeholders in the sports sector have reacted to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalungs recent scorecard of the sector in 2017. Dalung on Wednesday in Lagos reeled out the successes recorded by the various sporting federations, describing them as milestones in the sports and youth sector. Some of the countrys major [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Two Republican senators urged US justice officials Friday to open a criminal investigation into the author of the research dossier on President Donald Trump that allegedly detailed links between his campaign and Moscow. The request against former British spy Christopher Steele is believed to be the first known criminal referral by lawmakers in the investigation [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he has been invited by the new Liberia president George Weah to his inauguration later this month, BBC Sport reports. Wenger was Weahs manager at French side Monaco between 1988 and 1992 but he is not sure he will able to attend. I have been invited by George [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
As the leadership crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress worsens, PETER DADA examines the crisis and the likely political implications With the current happenings at the leadership level of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, it will not be an understatement to describe the party has being [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Dozens have died after torrential rain and mudslides swept though shanty homes in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo See the video, courtesy AFP: Dozens have died after torrential rain and mudslides swept though shanty homes in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo pic.twitter.com/xaVxqvQCJo AFP news agency (@AFP) January 5, [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Chukwuneta Oby Frankly, he was a major pain in a particular body part! I love reading him quite alrighthis views are very enlightening. But, there is this attackish side of him that scatters ones dada (dreadlocks). Especially when he goes after the views of others. So, I found myself constantly going inbox on his matter. [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Eleven people were injured Friday when a barrier collapsed at the Gulf Cup final in Kuwait, shortly after Oman beat the United Arab Emirates on penalties to claim the title. Sattam al-Sahli, head of communications for the 23rd Gulf Cup, told AFP they had been hospitalised for minor injuries after falling from an elevated platform [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ademola Olonilua At a point when singer, Eedris Abdulkareem, thought nothing of sowing his wild oats, he got some wise words from none other than his one-time label boss, Kenny Ogungbe. Although a lot has been heard about the controversial singer, not much is known about his family life. In a chat with Saturday Beats, [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ademola Olonilua During the last election, Nigerians were surprised at the number of entertainers who ventured into politics. Among them was popular Nigerian singer, Tony Tetuila. While a few got the offices they contested for, most lost the elections. In a chat with Saturday Beats, Tetuila fondly referred to as the Golden Boy of Africa, [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ademola Olonilua Although star actress, Mercy Aigbe, is going through a rough patch in her marriage, it did not stop her estranged husband, Lanre Gentry, from wishing her a happy birthday via his Instagram handle. He said in the post, Today, you are @40. Even though we are fighting I still say happy birthday to [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ademola Olonilua Although this young humour merchant, Kenny Blaq, (real name: Otolorin Kehinde) shot into limelight barely three years ago via Ali Babas January 1st concert, people are already dubbing him the prince of Nigerian comedy. The reason is not far-fetched. The young man is about the most sought-after comedian in the country at the [] 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Ademola Olonilua It is the season of love and which better way to spread love than burying old hatchets. This was the path Wizkid and Davido toed this festive season during their shows. It was speculated that both artistes had a long time rivalry, resulting from a supremacy battle and claims to who is the []