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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 17 January, 2017.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara yesterday lamented the killings in various parts of the country, saying Nigeria is now being painted red with blood. He spoke on a day that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, took a swipe at the government over the precarious security situation in the country. 
According to him, the failure of government to protect the lives and property of Nigerians is a tragedy and an indictment on both the executive and the legislature. This is even as Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, disclosed, yesterday, that over 14,000 persons had been killed in Plateau and Benue states in the last few years by suspected herdsmen. Nigeria painted red with blood — Dogara Yesterday, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, lamented the fact that the country was now being painted red with blood, following the killing of scores of people, including women and children, in Benue and Taraba states in particular and other parts of the country. In his address to lawmakers who resumed from recess, yesterday, Dogara frowned on the violence in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Rivers, Zamfara, and Adamawa states. He said: “Indeed, at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged. This, however, is the real test for true leadership. “Our dear country is now being painted red with the blood of the innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by cold-hearted merchants of death. “At these moments of intense outpouring of grief across the nation, it is important that we shun buck passing and accept responsibility for these wanton killings without which we will never find a solution to this evil.” Reacting to the ongoing fuel scarcity, Dogara said the green chamber felt betrayed by the executive, stressing that it was unfortunate that even with the cooperation the lawmakers gave to the executive in a bid to resolve the fuel crisis, the situation still persisted.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A property allegedly belonging to the former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, was, yesterday, demolished by Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Development Control Department.

The building, at  A. Aruera Reachout Foundation/Women For Change and Development Initiative, was situated on Shehu Yar’Adua Way along Mabushi-Kado Life Camp Expressway, Abuja. Emmanuel Anene, a lawyer with E. A, Ezugwu and Associates, told NAN that the issue of the building was still pending before the Federal High Courts in Lagos and Abuja. “Sometime before, people from development control came to the site, alleging that there was no approval for the building,” Anene was quoted as saying. “We met them at their office and showed them the approval, which they accepted. We thought that the matter was over. “They had earlier gone to court with application for forfeiture of the property to the government which they failed to achieve at the Lagos High Court. “So we were surprised that a team came this afternoon without notifying us to remove the structure. Responding, Muktar Usman, Director of Development Control, FCTA, told NAN that the building had no approval and that notice was served for the demolition of the property.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Following reports of alleged disappearance of $44 million from the vaults of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, the House of Representatives on resumption of plenary for 2018,  yesterday,  resolved to probe the newly appointed Director-General, Mr. Rufai Abubakar.
The House also resolved to investigate Abubakar’s nationality, citizenship and competence which came to question after his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. The planned probe was sequel to the consideration and adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance titled “Need to investigate the alleged carting away of $44 million from NIA and the issues surrounding the appointment of its new DG”, sponsored by Hon. Diri Duonye (Bayelsa State). It will be recalled that reports of the alleged missing money flooded the media at the weekend even as criticisms had continued to trail Abubakar’s appointment. While moving the motion, Duonye said that the disappearance of the $44 million two days after the assumption of office of the new DG had brought to mind the Ikoyigate scandal which engulfed the sacked former DG of the agency. He also contended that the manner of the appointment of the new NIA boss has painted a poor picture of national security and diminished the reputation of the agency in the eyes of the Nigerian public and the international community. He said: “Notes that the President and Commander-in-Chief recently approved the appointment of a new Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA in the person of Rufai Abubakar. “Concerned that the identity, nationality, citizenship and even competence of the new DG has become a subject of public speculation and controversy. Disturbed that the NIA has again been visited by another scandal merely two days after assumption of office by the new DG where $44 million cash in the agency’s vaults in Abuja was allegedly carted away. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The emergence of female members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who disrupted last Thursday’s meeting of Southern and Middle Belt leaders in Enugu has brought a new dimension to the separatist agitation by thousands of Igbo youths who feel frustrated about the way their country is being run. The Director- General of South East Governors’ Forum, Professor Uchenna Ortuanya, who reacted to the emergence of the Biafran women, described the situation as a serious security issue and wondered how security agencies would deal with such a matter.
Apart from causing confusion at the Thursday meeting tagged Handshake Across The Niger: A celebration of Igbo/Yoruba Friendship Beyond Brotherhood, the women who invaded the Base Events Centre, venue of the meeting at Independence Layout under the guise of Umuada Ndigbo (daughters of Igbo) also stripped naked outside the hall as they protested their inability to re-enter the center after leading the representative of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode out to ease himself. As Fani- Kayode moved out, the IPOB women sang solidarity songs like:  Fayose nidi anyi mma, ngbongbo; onye Chukwu nyere eze, na madu apughi ina ya, ngbongbo…  (Fayose, we like you, the one who God has crowned, no human can take away his crown) as they moved en-masse behind him. However, their moving out created an opportunity for security operatives as they were not allowed to re-enter the hall. As they protested and cursed the plain-clothes operatives who locked them out of the Base Center, some of the women stripped themselves stark naked, inviting the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo to come and see their nakedness so that he would “die.” One of them who identified herself as Madam Chichi said, “I am 47 years old. How will soldiers kill our unarmed children who were merely agitating for a referendum while those who carry AK-47 rifles, kill and maim Nigerians across the country are hailed by the Federal Government? “We are tired of being in this country. They should allow us to go to Biafra. Nigeria’s unity is negotiable. We do not want the injustices and oppression going on in Nigeria….,” she said, lamenting that Nwodo and other Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders had sold out by supporting the agitation for restructuring of the country.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Spokesman for former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, has dissociated his boss from a comment circulating online to the effect that the ex-President spoke about his relationship with Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, including how he purportedly made contributions to the governor's campaign fund.The post Ex-President Jonathan denies comment on Gov el-Rufai's campaign funds appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Stakeholders Committee on Prison Reforms and Prison Decongestion has facilitated the release of 458 inmates in Kaduna State.The post Prison decongestion panel frees 458 inmates appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Many were feared dead and others abducted, yesterday, in a fresh attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Pallam community in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, local officials and residents have said.The post Boko Haram terrorists raid Adamawa community appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, has said that immediate disarming of the herdsmen by the federal government is the first step to ending the incessant clashes between farmers and the herdsmen across the country.The post How to end incessant farmers, herdsmen's clashes ' FALANA appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
NO fewer than two million high-quality pencils have been sold by the Akwa Ibom State Government, since the commencement of pencils' production in the state a year ago, Special Adviser to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Mr. Ufot Ebong, has said.The post Weve sold 2m pencils, says A-Ibom Govt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till January 31, either to order final forfeiture to the Federal Government of the sum of N28.5 million and some houses owned by a director of Finance in the Department of Works or to the Lagos State Government or to return them back to the Director of Finance.The post Court adjourns FG Vs Lagos Finance Directors suit appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Residents and motorists, yesterday, raised alarm over increasing heaps of refuse in Lagos ,especially along major roads and streets, lamenting that besides the health risk, it is compounding the gridlock in the state.The post Residents, motorists lament as refuse take over Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, lamented the rising number of Libyan returnees who are Edo State indigenes and called on the Federal Government and international organisations to assist the state government in fighting human trafficking.The post Assist Edo govt in fighting human trafficking, Obasanjo tells FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, has called on the people of Ogoni to reciprocate the good gesture of Governor Nyesom Wike in the appointment of their sons and daughters into key positions and the execution of several development projects in the area with their unalloyed support.The post Rivers PDP Chairman rallies Ogoni for Wike appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
IT is about time the government and people of Nigeria began to value more positively the men and women who wear the uniforms of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Police, standing ever ready to serve the nation unto death, if necessary.The post Let's treasure our military personnel appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected the proposal by the Federal Government to establish grazing colonies for Fulani herdsmen across the country, saying that the recent killings of people by the herdsmen in various parts of Benue and the Middle Belt has exposed the dangerous part which Nigeria would be walking through such gamble. The post Ohanaeze Ndigbo rejects grazing colonies appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
There is indeed widespread speculation across the state that commissioners from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district who are loyalist to Akpabio have also been penciled down for sack soonThe post AkWA IBOM: Emmanuel takes on Godswill appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Following the recent introduction of Stellar boosts beer market, the Marketing Director of Nigeria Breweries, NB Plc, Franco Maria Maggi, has said that the company will continue to be consistent in its marketing of high quality brands.The post We shall be consistent in marketing quality brands,NB,Marketing Director appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank has taken its 'Farming is Cool' initiative to school children in Nigeria.The post AfDB debuts with 'Farming is cool'competition appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
For the first time since the onset of the Boko Haram crisis, hunger has considerably declined in northeastern Nigeria. In the three states ravaged by the violence, the number of people facing acute hunger has halved since June-August - from 5.2 million to 2.6 million people - according to the latest Cadre Harmonis food security analysis.The post Sustained support brings relief to farmers in N/East appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
ON Monday, the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, began the first phase of the verification exercise of NITEL/MTEL Pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme, DBS, nationwide at eight centres between January 15 and 27, 2018. The second phase is scheduled to hold between February 5 and 13, 2018.The post NITEL/MTel pensioners narrate tale of woes as PTAD begins verification appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018
CHINI Productions, organizers of the Pitcher Awards and Cannes Lions Official Festival representative in Nigeria, has announced Lanre Adisa, Managing Director, Noah's Ark as the Jury President for the Heritage category of the Pitcher Awards.The post Lanre Adisa announced Jury President for Pitcher Awards appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Alcoholic drinks(spirits)producers are locked in a fierce battle of supremacy, amidst rising sales which have defied the general decline in consumer spending occasioned byeconomic recession.The post Alcoholic drinks producers intensify supremacy battle amidst soaring demand appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The battle for market share in the home appliances sector of the Nigerian market has reduced contenders for number position to three in the refrigerator sub-sector to Life is Good, LG, makers of LG refrigerators, Peterson Zachonis, PZ, manufacturers of Hair Thermocool refrigerators, Samsung, producers of Samsung refrigerator among the over 17 refrigerator brands in the market.The post Technology heightens competition for market share in refrigerator industry appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Nigeria's active voice and internet subscriptions took a downward trend in Q3 of 2017, as revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, in its quarterly report, Telecoms Data: Active Voice and Internet per State, Porting and Tariff Information for the Third Quarter of 2017.The post Nigeria's active voice, internet subscriptions decline in Q3 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
To arm about one million Nigerian youths with software development skills for global competitiveness and wealth creation, the Nigerian Computer Society, NCS, has called on Nigerian GSM operators, international technology giants and philanthropic foundations to invest handsomely in software developmentThe post NCS tasks GSM operators, tech giants on software devt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
LG Electronics has risen stoutly to claim that it disrupted the business as usual mindset that prevails in several key markets when it showcases an array of new products at the 2018, Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vagas.The post LG showcases new products at CES 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Adapting to local conditions, transport apps are enabling Nigerian users to cut through gridlocks while creating massive jobs on a driver-partner scheme.The post How ride-hailing technology can tackle unemployment appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Nigerians deserve better and in spite of the effusions of those calling for a second term for Buhari, one term is more than enough The post Buhari's government of the deaf appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Desertification in the North has pushed herdsmen further south where they are in direct competition with farmers for landThe post The politics of the poor man's pain: Herdsmen, farmers and elite manipulation appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
There is no reason, the Nigerian government should not properly classify the armed and militant Fulani herdsmen a terrorist organization The post Routing the Fulani herdsmen militants calls for external help appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
David Asanga is involved in Public Speaking/inspirational speaking, mentoring and entrepreneurship. David ventured into his current career path as a result of dissatisfaction with the level he was. 'I had to learn and grow capacity which led me to discover more of myself thereby leading to a development of my talents and skills, converting them []The post Meet David Asanga The Public Speaker appeared first on The Spark. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
THE Ebonyi State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday lamented the growing wave of Lassa Fever epidemic, which has between 2005 and 2018, claimed over 40 health workers and caused uncountable number of deaths in the state.The post Ebonyi loses 40 health workers to Lassa Fever in 13 years appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Acleric, popularly called Alfa Kayode Abdulfatai, was, yesterday, arrested with a vagina, a heart, laps and kidney in Moshood Gbadabiu area of Alakuko, Lagos.The post Private parts, heart, kidney found with Lagos alfa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, yesterday, revealed that they paid ransom twice for the murdered member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi, representing Takum I.The post We paid ransom twice for Hosea Ibi, not knowing they were murderers'Gov Ishaku appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
THE House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, yesterday, gave the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika a marching order to complete the Port Harcourt Airport within the next three months.The post Complete Port-Harcourt airport in 3 months, Reps tell Sirika appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured the people of the state of his administration's commitment to initiate and sustain laudable programmes and policies that would impact positively on the lives of the masses, especially those residing in the rural and satellite areas.The post Ugwuanyi reiterates commitment to rural development appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), on Tuesday hailed the landslide victory of Chief Victor Umeh in the Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election.The post Group hails Umeh's victory in Anambra re-run appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Port Terminal Multi-service Limited, PTML, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Command, in Apapa, Lagos, has posted a revenue of N98.825 billion for 2017, an increase of 57.4 percent over N62.803 billion generated in 2016.The post PTML records N99bn revenue in 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
CROSS River State local government pensioners have told Governor Ben Ayade, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly and relatives to prepare for them (pensioners), as they will be occupying Calabar, the state capital, over N9 billion owed them.The post N9bn arrears: Prepare for Occupy Calabar, pensioners tell Ayade, Speaker, relatives appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
AGAIN the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside and the contractor, HLSI Firm Security and Technology are to appear before the committee on Public Petitions, today over alleged $195 million security contract scam.The post Alleged $195m contract scam: Amaechi, Naval chief, NIMASA boss to appear before Reps c'ttee today appeared first on 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A delegation of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by its Deputy National Chairman (South), Yemi Akinwunmi, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the government and people of Benue State over the recent killings by herdsmen, which left hundreds of households in mourning.The post Killings: PDP visits Benue, donates relief materials appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Nigerian Police Force, NPF, has explained that leaders of Cameroon's Separatist Movement who were arrested within Nigeria's territory flouted the nation's laws by operating training camps in Nigeria.The post Why Police arrested leaders of Cameroon separatist movement in Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
FEDERAL Government has been told to productively engage communities in securing oil facilities in the Niger Delta region against oil theft and vandalism.The post Oil theft: HOSTCOM urges FG to partner oil communities appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Youths have been enjoined to promote peace this year in Niger Delta for investors to come to the region.The post Youths advocate peace for investments in Niger Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government yesterday in Abuja reiterated its determination to continue to champion the renewed fight against child labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour in line with emerging global trends in labour administration.The post FG steps up fight against child labour, human trafficking appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
THE management of Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, has kick-started the process to restore the ruptured gas pipeline that exploded recently at Ugbokodo community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.The post Pipeline explosion: NGC begins repair of ruptured pipeline in Ugbokodo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
CONCERNED Patriots for Isoko Nation, CPIN, yesterday, kicked against agitations by Isoko clusters in the Oil Mining Lease, OML 30, for the split of the board of the oil block they share with the Urhobo oil bearing communities, describing it as negative and capable of breeding disagreements and hatred among the ethnic nationalities.The post CPIN flays agitations for split of OML 30 board appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
FACTS have emerged that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, ad-hoc staff, who was reportedly killed during last Saturday local government election in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state may have died as a result of ill-health.The post Delta LG polls: DSIEC ad-hoc staff was not killed 'Family appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Ochendo Foundation, has awarded scholarships to 60 indigent undergraduates from various Nigerian universities in the country.The post 60 varsity students get scholarships in Abia appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A Warri-based lawyer, Kelly Buluku, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, alleging that he was manhandled, beaten to a pulp and handcuffed by a policeman at the Warri 'B' Division, Delta State, during a visit to the station to facilitate the release of a client allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering.The post Lawyer alleges battering by policeman, petitions IG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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