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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 8th January, 2018.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently carrying background checks on Federal High Court and Court of Appeal judges nominated and forwarded to him by the National Judicial Council last year, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was further learnt that the President might have approved the compulsory retirement of Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Segun Tokode, both of the Federal High Court as recommended by the council.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke to our correspondent on Sunday on condition of anonymity, said the two steps were in line with the present administration’s anti-corruption stance.

He said although the President believed that the NJC would have done due diligence before putting forward the judges for approval, there was the need for him to do some checks to ensure that no mistake was made in their nomination.

It was further learnt that the nation’s security agencies such as the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were involved in the checks.

The source added that the development did not, in any way, mean that the President had refused to approve the judges’ appointments.

He stated, “On the appointment of judges into the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, the President is looking at that as recommended by the NJC.

“The NJC obviously has done due diligence on the appointed judges. There is no question about that. It is expected that they would have done their duty. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A set of 481 Nigerians evacuated from Libya arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State on Sunday with sad stories.

While some of the returnees (females) were pregnant and looked tired, a large number of them, especially the young men, appeared emaciated ostensibly due to the lack of adequate food inside their detention camp in the North African country.


 
This is just as the Federal Government promised to rehabilitate the returnees, who flew in with a chartered Max Airline at exactly 4.55pm.

One of the returnees, who spoke with newsmen, 42-year-old Lucky Iyanusa from Edo State, said he went through hell after he was arrested by the Libyan police.

Iyanusa explained that many Nigerians were killed by Libyan security agents for no reason, adding that the entire N850,000 he spent in order to get to Europe through the North African country had gone down the drain.

The returnee, who was an artisan before he left Nigeria, recalled that he had to sell all his tools before he could embark on the journey to Libya from Kano State through the desert.

“I travelled to Libya on June 9, 2017. My aim was to travel to Europe and the only way I could achieve that was to get to Libya first. The financial condition with me and my family in Nigeria was bad and I had to sell all my work tools to travel to Libya by road.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Over six months after he was invited to testify in the investigations into the controversial sale of Oil Prospecting Licence 245, former President Goodluck Jonathan has yet to reply the House of Representatives, findings by The PUNCH indicated on Sunday.

Otherwise known as $1.1bn Malabu Oil deal, an ad hoc committee of the House has been investigating the alleged “diversion” of the money, which was the Federal Government’s share of the deal.


 
The committee is chaired by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Kwara State, Mr. Razak Atunwa.

The panel had invited the former President on July 5, 2017, after it said evidence in the line of the investigations showed that Jonathan had issues to clarify.

On August 23, 2017, about 48 days after the invitation, The PUNCH had made its first inquiries at the secretariat of the committee, but found out that Jonathan had yet to reply the panel.

Investigations revealed that he neither indicated that he would appear in person nor wrote to the committee that he would send someone to represent him or forward documents to the panel.

On Sunday, (yesterday), The PUNCH contacted the committee again and learnt that the former President had not responded to inquiries by the panel.

When asked to speak on the issue, Atunwa, a lawyer, told The PUNCH that Jonathan had yet to communicate with the committee.

In the circumstances, he disclosed that the lawmakers would write a report on their findings and lay it before the House.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has called on the Federal Government to immediately release the seven Cameroonian separatists that were arrested by the Department of State Services in Abuja on Saturday. Falana said in a statement that the arrested freedom fighters Mr. Sikiku Tabe, Prof. Che Awasum, Mr. Nalowa [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi A trader, Miss Chinwe Gbajie of Akpo Street, Achara Layout, Enugu State, has run into trouble after her neighbour, Mrs. Ujunwa Agwu, accused her of interfering in her marital affairs. Chinwe was reportedly arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Enugu, on the orders of Ujunwa, an official of [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is desirous to give Nigerian workers an enhanced pay package this year. He said the thinking of the Federal Government was to approve a minimum wage that would be acceptable to all stakeholders. Ngige stated this in a [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Kogi State Government on Sunday confirmed the retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and the dismissal of 1,774 employees from the state civil service. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered in Lokoja that the affected members of staff were served their letters last December. The letters were signed by the states Head of [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Olaleye Aluko and John Charles The Benue State Government has concluded arrangement to give a mass burial to the 59 victims of the New Year and Saturdays attack on some communities by Fulani herdsmen on Thursday. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase, disclosed this on Sunday during a telephone [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said it will begin the process of recalling the state's federal lawmaker, Mr. Mayowa Akinfolarin, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress. Akinfolarin, who represents Odigbo/Ile Oluji /Okeigbo Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, defected to the APC from [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye A number of Deposit Money Banks in the country have barred their customers from using debit and credit cards to withdraw dollars, euros, pounds and other foreign currencies whenever they travel abroad, investigation by our correspondent has revealed. The development may put business and leisure travellers, who may need hard currencies to meet [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure An Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has sacked the traditional ruler of Igbindo community in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, Oba John Ogundoju, for ineligibility to contest the stool. The court in a judgment delivered in December 2017, ordered Ogundoju to vacate the stool and [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The ruling All Progressives Congress in Osun State and a former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have disagreed over the management of the state's resources. The APC, in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had been vindicated by the [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigeria is set to lose a huge amount of money to other countries this year unless the government and business organisations stop hosting websites outside the country, IFE OGUNFUWA writes With about 99,469 Nigerian country code top-level domain names hosted in other countries, Nigeria is at risk of losing about $59.8m (N21.8bn) to capital flight [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The ruling All Progressives Congress in Osun State and a former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have disagreed over the management of the states resources. The APC, in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had been vindicated by the [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has extended its investigation into the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (also known as petrol) to more Federal Government agencies and parastatals. Specifically, the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) has invited the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and the Petroleum Products [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Two members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites were reportedly killed during a protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in Kaduna on Sunday. Also, three persons were said to have been wounded and said to be receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Electricity generation from the nation's hydropower plants has recorded significant improvement, offsetting the losses caused by last week's pipeline fire that left six gas-fired power plants, including Egbin in Lagos, shut down. The number of power plants idle on Friday was 14 out of 28, according to the latest data obtained by our [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A former Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Sheu-Shema, on Sunday, led some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman. Sources said the former governor and his entourage were on a condolence visit to the emir over the death of the [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission is working on how to open a transfer window that will enable workers with Retirement Savings Accounts under the Contributory Pension Scheme to change their Pension Fund Administrators. When the window is opened, a contributor will be allowed to transfer his savings in his RSA to another PFA of [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The All Progressives Congress-led Lagos State Government has said it is committed to promises made to Lagosians, adding that it will shun distraction from any quarter. The government added that the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would not join issues with the Peoples Democratic Party on who would win the 2019 governorship election. The Commissioner [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria has said it expects the Apapa gridlock to reduce before the end of this month as a result of the decline in importation activities. According to the STOAN Chairman, Princess Vicky Haastrup, the reduction of the gridlock is not because any significant measure has been taken [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday expressed optimism that the state would continue to do better in 2018. Ambode, who spoke during the 2018 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, with the theme, Ceaseless Praise, noted that despite the economic and security challenges in the country, Lagos had continued [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A late evening fire on Saturday razed the secretariat of the Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State. The fire affected many offices in the secretariat, where several sensitive documents were burnt. The Executive Secretary of the Katsina State Emergency Management Authority, Dr. Aminu Waziri, confirmed the incident in a telephone chat. [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The Retirement Savings Accounts maintained by millions of workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme can generate massive long-term funds for investment in the country. The Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Oke, said this during a seminar by the Peninscope Professional Warranty Limited in Lagos. He spoke on the [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority says it has created a Special Intervention and Rapid Response Unit for 24-hour mitigation of the impact of the partial closure of adjoining roads in the Agege area owing to the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover. The LASTMAs General Manager, Mr. Olawale Musa, who spoke [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Companies of all sizes will demand more loans during the first quarter of 2018 and commercial banks have indicated plans to demand more collateral, the Central Bank of Nigeria Credit Conditions Survey Report has revealed. The report also disclosed that the Deposit Money Banks in the country recorded higher default rates on credit [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A property development firm, Echostone Development Nigeria Limited, has signed an agreement with the Lagos State Government to build housing units in three locations within the state. The areas are Idale in Badagry Local Government Area, Ayobo in Alimosho Local Government Area, and Imota in Ikorodu Local Government Area. The project is expected [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor and Afeez Hanafi The final rites for the installation of Chief Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland will begin on Wednesday. Since he was announced as the Aare Ona Kakanfo in 2017 by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi II, Adams had been engaged in several processes that [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan A socio-cultural group in Ibadan, the Ibadan Kings Men, has commended the effort of the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Dr. Lekan Are, and the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes to resolve the crisis that followed the instalment of 21 kings in Ibadan by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi. [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Mobil Oil Plc (11 Plc) has emerged as the worst-performing stock for the first week of 2018. The share price of the oil major declined by 12.64 per cent to settle its closing price at N170. NEM Insurance Nigeria Plc, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc, Trans-nationwide Express Plc and Nestle Nigeria Plc also appeared [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Conservation Foundation says it will raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade in the nation and other West African countries at this year's S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture. The NCF said this would serve as a way of educating the populace on the need to embrace nature conservation and sustainable livelihood. According to [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Donald Trump will attempt to end speculation about his mental and physical suitability for the presidency later in the week by undergoing a formal health check. The US president is to be examined by the same doctor as his predecessor Barack Obama and a summary of the results will be made public. The physical test [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The waste crisis in Lagos State has become unprecedented with increased volume of garbage on the streets, roads, highways and median, almost taking the state back to 1999 when waste was competing with vehicles and pedestrians, the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria has said. The association, an umbrella body of Private Sector [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission is canvassing that employers should increase the pension package of their employees as against the payment of 75 per cent of the lump sum in workers' Retirement Savings Account at retirement. The commission stated that this would enhance the amount that employees would receive as lump sum upon retirement. [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Punch Editorial Board The Nigeria Customs Service generated a record N1.37 trillion in 2017. The feat was achieved against the background of the recession that ravaged the economy from mid-2014 until the third quarter of last year, and the foreign exchange policy that barred 41 import items from benefiting from the official window in 2016. [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
President Donald Trump recently denigrated Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora with his snide remarks on the proclivity of Nigerians to overstay in the US beyond the period prescribed in their visa. The US and a number of European countries have become the destination choice of millions of Nigerians who usually migrate through [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Nigerian Army on Sunday gave an insight into how a suspected cult member, kidnapper and militant, Prince Johnson Igwedibia, aka Don Waney, was killed in his hideout in a community in Enugu State. The outgoing General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj. Gen. Enobong Udoh, [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin Tragedy struck on Rasak Okunola Avenue, Ijagemo, in the Ijegun area of Lagos State, after a police sergeant, Oludele Olosunde, allegedly beat his son, Ibukun, to death. The suspect was said to have immediately buried the 17-year-old at the Apapa Cemetery. Our correspondent learnt that Ibukun had just secured admission into a university [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin An army sergeant, Fidelis Nnachetam, and a motorcycle rider, Bolaji Afolabi, met cruel fate on Sunday after a fatal crash on Igbosere Road, Lagos Island, Lagos State. PUNCH Metro learnt that Nnachetam was riding a Manhindra motorcycle on the road when he collided with Afolabis Bajaj motorcycle around 1.30am. The men were said [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command said it shot dead a suspected highway robber in the early hours of Sunday. It added that other members of his gang escaped with bullet injuries. It was gathered that the suspect was shot dead at Ososa junction, along the Shagamu-Ore Expressway, while his gang was robbing [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Four girls have drowned after they attempted to swim across a pond in Sakwaya village, in the Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The spokesman for the state police command, DSP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Dutse. Jinjiri said the deceased were residents of Sakwaya [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A Pennsylvania man Christopher I. Hauptmann has been sentenced to prison after he was found guilty of marrying a 43-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter at the same time. The 44-year-old Hauptmann was convicted of bigamy, forgery and unsworn falsification to authorities as he married the young lady without first divorcing her mother. The presiding [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Spain deployed 250 soldiers on Sunday to help rescue thousands of people trapped in their vehicles by heavy snow overnight on a highway near Madrid, officials said. The armys emergency unit UME said it sent two companies of specialist soldiers and 95 vehicles to free over 3,000 vehicles that became stranded on the AP6 highway [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Its the International Silly Walk Day, and Monty Python fans mark the day with, er, well, silly walks, in the streets of Brno, Czech Republic. The Sixth International Silly Walk Day, an annual event that takes place on 7 January, set a new record this year, Monty Python reports. Over 250 people joined the march [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhamamdu Buhari has asked sports minister Solomon Dalung to ensure that the Super Eagles do not participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia as spectators. He also urged him to ensure that the country sustains the tempo of successes recorded in the sports sector in 2017. Dalung disclosed the presidential [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Three-time African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala has called for more fixtures for the Super Falcons after a friendly against France was confirmed for the coach-less side in April. The match, scheduled for April 4 in Paris, will be the Super Falcons first since winning the Womens Africa Cup of Nations in December 2016. [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Sports minister Solomon Dalung has advised Nigerian youths to emulate the 2017 AITEO CAF Woman Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshola. While congratulating the China-based striker, Dalung said Oshoala deserves the award. In a country dominated by a young population between the ages of 19 and 30, there is a need to channel our energies [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Claude Puel wants to keep Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani at Leicester City but has admitted Ahmed Musa could leave in January, according to Skysports. Leicesters record signing Slimani, who cost 29.7m when he arrived from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016, has made just two Premier League starts this season. With Jamie Vardy [] 

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Lionel Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga with the opening goal as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday, AFP reports. Messis 365th goal in Spains top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory []