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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 10 January, 2018.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and his Nasarawa State counterpart, Tanko Al-Makura, have disagreed on the location of the Fulani herdsmen, who attacked several Benue State communities last week, killing no fewer than 71 residents.

While Ortom alleged that the marauding herdsmen launched their attacks from their Nasarawa base, Al-Makura faulted the Benue State governor’s assertion, asking Ortom the source of his allegation.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.


 
The Benue State governor said he would support any move, including military option that could put an end to the killings being witnessed in the state.

He however said he would not support the Federal Government’s plan to establish cattle colonies until he understood the concept.

The meeting, which was the first between the two leaders since violence broke out in the state on January 1, afforded the governor the opportunity of briefing Buhari about the security development.

He said although he had briefed the President on the telephone immediately the incident took place, he felt there was the need for him to meet Buhari personally after he had succeeded in restoring normalcy to a level.

When asked for his position on the suggestion that full blown military operation be applied in his state, the governor said, “Anything that can stop the killings of my people, I will go for it. I support it.

“Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed, I will support it because this cannot continue.”

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has released guidelines and schedule of activities for the election.

This is just as the commission stated that it would make public its budget for the 2019 election on Thursday.


 
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, announced the guidelines during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Yakubu said the notice of election would be communicated on August 17, 2018 in line with Section 30(1) of the Electoral 2010 which provides that the notice of election be made not later than 90 days before the election.

He said the conduct of party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would take place between August 18 and October 7, 2018

The INEC chairman said all political parties should collect forms for all elections latest by August 24, 2018.

Yakubu added, “The campaigns of political parties for Presidential and National Assembly elections should begin by November 18, 2018 while that of governorship and House of Assembly is December 1, 2018.”

The INEC boss said the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is December 3, 2018 while for governorship and House of Assembly is December 17.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018

The Federal Government approved N280.1m cash payments to former Presidents and Heads of State in 2017 to buy cars.

Out of the money, N40m had already been released, but final releases would tally at “100 per cent.”
 
There is an outstanding balance of N240.1m to be paid to the former leaders.

Vehicles worth N120m were also approved to be purchased for former Vice-Presidents in 2017.

The 2017 budget will still be in operation till May.

In the case of the former Presidents, the vehicles worth N280.1m, were to be purchased for them directly by the government.

But, it decided to monetise the purchases by offering cash to them to buy vehicles of their choice.

The beneficiaries include Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); and Chief Ernest Shonekan.

The former Vice-Presidents include Abubakar Atiku, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, the late Alex Ekwueme and all former chiefs of general staff.

According to a government document containing the information, the procurement of the vehicles for the former VPs is “ongoing.”

Wed, 10 Jan 2018

The Senate, on Tuesday, berated the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for his moves to stop the National Assembly’s investigation into the controversial reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly said Malami had been “running around the courts” to stop the investigation of Maina, who it said was “surreptitiously” reinstated into the Federal Government’s service after he had been dismissed.

The Senate and the House of Representatives have begun separate probes into the controversial reinstatement of Maina, who was promoted as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior.

This was contained in a statement in Abuja by the Chairman of its Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi.

It stated that it was surprised that the AGF, who had utilised the ample opportunity given to him by both chambers of the National Assembly to state his case on the Maina issue, was now the one going to court to stop the legislature’s probe.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday said that about N100bn had been discovered as tax revenue shortfalls by contractors between 2012 and 2017. The figure was given by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in a statement issued by her Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde. The minister, said [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Four soldiers and some militants have been reportedly killed in the ongoing military operation to dislodge the militants in Toru-Ndoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The military authorities reportedly deployed their men on Saturday in Toru-Ndoro in search of suspected militants, who decapitated a soldier and displayed his [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Donald Trumps former White House strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News, the conservative news outlet announced Tuesday, still roiled in controversy over incendiary remarks about the president quoted in a new book. The announcement comes just days after the 64-year-old news executive at the provocative right-wing site publicly split with Trump over [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Clement Onubuogo, to forfeit to the Federal Government the sums of N664,475,246.6 and $137,680.11 found in his bank accounts. Justice Saliu Saidu gave the forfeiture order in response to an application by [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Between 90 and 100 migrants were missing after their makeshift boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the countrys navy said late Tuesday. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down, according to navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem, who said rescuers had saved just 17 people, including some [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has urgedthe newly-elected 23 chairmen of local government councils not to betray the trust reposed in them by the electorate by fulfilling the campaign promises they made before the election. The council chairmen were sworn in by the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, at the Government [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE National Examinations Council has released the results of the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination. The analysis shows that out of the 42,429 candidates that sat for the examination, 32,917 candidates, representing 77.58 per cent, have five credits and above in various subjects. While briefing newsmen on Tuesday at the councils [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his being declared a wanted person for corruption allegations. He argued in the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1174/2017, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions publication of his [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia No fewer than 25 persons have reportedly been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in some villages in the Awe, Keana and Doma Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State. It was learnt that the suspected Fulani herdsmen had continued killing persons sighted on roads or on their farms. Investigation revealed that the Keana [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says the choice of Chief Gani Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo is divine, pledging to give him all the needed support. Ambode made the remark on Tuesday while receiving Adams at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adams, who is also [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele and Ihuoma Chiedozie The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has called on the Federal Government to put a permanent stop to the killings in Benue State by herdsmen. According to him, what is happening in Benue and other middle-belt states is more than a clash between herdsmen and local farmers, as it has [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin A 42-year-old man, Lucky Iyamu, on Tuesday explained how he narrowly escaped death when he was shot at by armed militia in Libya. Iyamu spoke to our correspondent shortly after he and 333 other returnees were received by the Edo State Government in Benin. He said he made up his mind to [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party said in Abuja on Tuesday it had commenced the search for who would fly the partys presidential flag in 2019. The BoT Chairman, Walid Jibrin, said this while receiving members of a PDP group, Ward-2-Ward, at the partys Presidential Campaign Office, which is [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna As the indefinite strike embarked upon by primary schoolteachers in Kaduna State enters day three today, the state government said on Tuesday that it would invoke the no-work, no-pay policy against the striking teachers in the state. It also directed the Local Government Education Administrators across the 23 LGAs in the state, [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a student to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad. Ajimobi said this at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo. The governor, while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work, said he [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said his administration would transform the Onikan-Marina area to a world-class tourism hub. The governor, who spoke at the foundation laying ceremony of the J.K. Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History in Onikan, Lagos, said the centre was part of a plan to turn [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Governor Akinwuni Ambode of Lagos State has inaugurated blocks of 20 classrooms at the Anglican Primary School, Isawo, in the Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area. He also opened the Girls Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Igbogbo LCDA, Ikorodu. Ambode, who was represented at the two events on Tuesday by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Government says the vision to reposition the state into a smart city will be implemented by civil servants. The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, stated this at a two-day training programme tagged, Fundamental Leadership Principles for Senior Civil Servants in Lagos State, in Ikeja. The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A socio-political group, Ife 12, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to do more to address the myriad of problems confronting the country. Ife 12, which comprises of some 1989/1990 graduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, expressed the fear that the problems might destabilise the country if the [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
An Israeli civilian died of wounds suffered Tuesday night in a gun attack on his car near a settlement in the north of the occupied West Bank, the army said. Themandied in hospital following the shooting near Havat Gilad, east of the Palestiniancityof Nablus, the army said, without specifying if he was a settler. Before [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday released the timetable and schedules of activities for the 2019 general elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said in Abuja that the dates for National Assembly and Presidential elections remain Feb. 16, 2019; while governorship and State House of Assembly elections, will hold on March 2, 2019. READ [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
FOR the umpteenth time, Benue State has become a scene of mindless and horrific killings of innocent Nigerians. In a disturbing round of violence that started on New Years Day, and is still raging, no fewer than 80 people have been killed in terror attacks by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, according to figures [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt THE lawmaker representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe, has declared that he will not leave the All Progressives Congress for any other political party. Abe, who said he believed in the ideology of the APC, explained that he was in the party to make things right as one of the [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, extended its gains on Tuesday, trading near $69 per barrel on the back of production cuts led by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and expectations that the United States' crude inventories had dropped for an eight-week low. Brent, against which Nigeria's crude oil is priced, rose by [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Deposit Money Banks in the country borrowed the sum of N404bn from the Central Bank of Nigeria during the first six trading days of this year to cover their financial shortfalls, data on the CBN website have shown. Between January 2 and January 5 as well as from January 8 to January [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday disowned fake Twitter handles linked to the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. The central bank pointed out that the Twitter handles bearing the name and photograph of Emefiele were fake and targeted at misleading unsuspecting members of the public. The Acting Head, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Sterling Bank Plc says it is hosting a lecture on non-interest banking as part of its continuous bid to sensitise the public about opportunities in various financing options. Themed 'Reducing poverty and unemployment through non-interest banking', the event will take place in Kano on January 15, according to a statement by the lender. 'This is [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Bearish sentiments characterised the secondary market for Treasury bills on Tuesday, as the yield on all tenors advanced. The yields on the one-month, six-month, nine-month and 12-month instruments advanced by 0.13 per cent, 0.96 per cent, 0.07 per cent, 0.06 per cent and 0.0 per cent,% respectively. Consequently, the average T-bills yield advanced [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The African Export-Import Bank has raised around $260m via three sharia-compliant facilities to support the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in the region, as African markets gradually open to Islamic finance. The Cairo-based Afreximbank, which was founded by African governments and other investors in 1993 and focuses on trade finance, obtained a $100m financing from the [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria spends 34 per cent of its revenues on debt servicing, the Debt Management Office has said. In a clarification on the country's debt status entitled: 'Nigeria's Public Debt ' Some Recurring Issues', the DMO contradicted reports that the country was spending as much as 60 to 70 per cent of its [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria's crude and condensate production stood at 2.25 million barrels per day on Tuesday, while 254 companies submitted bids for the sale and purchase of the country's crude oil grades for the 2018/2019 Crude Term Contract. According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, about 40 cargoes of crude volumes will be offered [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it had entered into an agreement with a law firm, King and Spalding LLP Geneva of Switzerland, to provide legal services for Nigeria's trade remedy legislation. The agreement, which is a key element of a modern trade policy, will help to check the issue of [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Liabilities on Federal Government's road projects have hit N2.792tn, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, told the House of Representatives Committee on Works on Tuesday. He spoke in Abuja during a meeting with members of the committee on the performance assessment of the 2017 budget. The committee is [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
In fulfilment of its promise to deliver quality entertainment at affordable rates to every Nigerian home, StarTimes has upgraded its classic bouquet with the addition of five new channels at no extra cost to subscribers. The new channels now available on the classic bouquet are Fox, ST Movie Plus, ST Kung Fu, ST Novella Plus [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market recorded 47 gains on Tuesday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange sustained its positive drive to extend gains to the fourth consecutive session. A total of 770.886 million shares valued at N7.893bn exchanged hands in 7,395 deals. The NSE All-Share Index rose by 1.3 per cent to close at 40,362.97 [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Diamond Bank Plc has been appointed as a Forum Member Adviser to the World Economic Forum. The forum aims to shape global, regional and industry agendas to deliver the WEF's mission of improving the state of the world, a statement by the lender indicated. According to the statement, Diamond Bank is the first Nigerian company [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Every year, many cheques go uncashed, according to www.bankrate.com. 'People put a cheque in a drawer or a stack somewhere. Then, the next day, the mail comes and it gets put on top, and it just gets lost,' says Walter Graham, chief of unclaimed property at the Florida Department of Financial Services. A consumer who [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The management of Access Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Adeolu Bajomo as the executive director in charge of information technology and operations. According to a statement by the bank on Tuesday, Bajomo's appointment, which has received regulatory approval, followed the resignation of Mrs. Ojinika Olaghere. The firm stated that Bajomo was a [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Lekan Sote Segun Oyegbamis personality, and the profound effect of his message came strong in the phone call he made after reading this columns call to the Federal Government, and its relevant personnel and agencies, to Please end this fuel crisis about two weeks ago. If you read Oyegbamis book, Reversing The Rot in Nigeria, [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Uche Uwaleke uchejoe1@yahoo.com The acute fuel shortage experienced during the last festive season may have abated but the major issue remains: How best to address the challenge of appropriate fuel price that guarantees adequate supply without much damage to the economy. With the international crude oil price likely to stay above US$50 per barrel in [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Jide Ojo As progressives, we believe that Nigeria is greater than any individual or the sum of her federating units, therefore the country can only succeed when all of us have equal rights, where no one is above the law, where the culture of impunity is abolished and where there is (a) level playing field [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Rasak Musbau The vacations are over and children are back in school for the commencement of second term academic session. As usual, this development, especially considering the closeness of the resumption date with the just concluded Yuletide season, is eliciting challenges and excitement among parents, guardians, teachers and of course, pupils. For parents whose wards [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a teenage wife, Sadiya Umar, who allegedly poisoned her husband, Sani Umar, killing him two weeks after their wedding. Our correspondent learnt that the incident occurred at Yakasai quarters in the Kano metropolis. According to a source, the late Sani, who [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi There was anxiety at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja as a burglar ransacked the Male Surgical Ward B of the facility, stealing two phones and N7,000. The items reportedly belonged to a 75-year-old patient. The patient was identified simply as Kolawole. PUNCH Metro learnt that the assailant on Friday, around [] 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A Fulani herder, Muhammed Haruna, has allegedly died from injuries he sustained after being stoned by a female farmer in Delta State. It was gathered that the herder and his colleague drove their cattle into the yet-to-be indentified womans farm in the Upper Agbarho area of Ughelli. The incident, Southern City News []