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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 31 January, 2018.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
WORRIED by excess bank charges and illegal deductions by commercial banks in the country, the Senate, yesterday, summoned the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele; his officials, forensic auditors, Managing Directors of banks and Bankers Committee to give detailed accounts of why such issues were on.
Consequently, it mandated the  Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, led by  Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (APC, Kwara South) to organise a public hearing for the purpose of harmonising and amending laws, rules and guidelines that do not adequately protect the customers and give them substantial remedy when overcharged. It also urged the government to proactively protect customer’s rights, eradicate short payments of interest and end the culture of excess and arbitrary bank charges. According to the Senate, these steps, if taken, will reposition the banks in the country to avert a recurrence. The resolutions of the Senate, co-sponsored by 22 other senators, were sequel to a motion by Senator Magnus Abe (APC, Rivers South-East), “Urgent need to investigate, regularise and amend conflicting, vague and unjust remedies which the Central Bank of Nigeria offers to victims of excess and arbitrary bank charges and illegal deductions by commercial banks.” In the presentation of the motion, Senator Abe said:  “The Senate notes that over the years, commercial banks in Nigeria have indulged in sharp practices of overcharging customers/depositors arbitrarily and excessively, contrary to tariff stipulations, credit and monetary guidelines issued from time to time by the Central Bank of Nigeria.” In his remarks, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who commended Senator Abe on the motion, stressed that every naira was important to customers, especially due to the present economic situation in the country.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen Monsur Dan Alli (retd) over what it described as his perceived insensitivity and not sanctioning killing of Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.

Afenifere said the removal of the Defence Minister would ensure that the lives of Nigerians still count It also called for the reorganization of the country’s security architecture to reflect the country’s diversity. This was contained in a communiqué issued at its expanded monthly meeting held in Akure, the country home of its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by former governors of Ondo, Ogun and Kwara, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chief Cornelius Adebayo respectively. Others in attendance were: Pa Ayo Adebanjo, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, Sen Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Dr Olu Agunloye, Mrs Modupe Adesanya, Sen Femi Okurounmu, Dr Kunle Olajide, Chief Supo Shonibare, Segun Adegoke, Dare Babarinsa, Reuben Famuyibo, Prof Banji Akintoye and Chief Sola Ebiseni. Reading the communiqué, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin said the General Assembly of the group called for the “immediate removal of the Minister of Defence Brig- Gen. Monsur Dan Alli (retd) for his insensitivity and not sanctioning killers of Nigerians. This is the only way to show that the lives of Nigerians still count.” While it called on the President to reorganise the country’s security architecture to reflect the diversity of the country, the apex Yoruba group equally demanded the “immediate disarming of all Fulani herdsmen carrying AK 47 all over Nigeria.” The group said there is need to “immediately reorganize the country’s security architecture to reflect the diversity of the country as the current situation where 16 out of 17 service chiefs in the country are from a section of the county is unhealthy and promoting clannishness in dealing with security issues in a multi-ethnic Nigeria.” It also urged the President to rise up to the challenge of his office by “addressing the nation directly on these developments that threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence and ensure the killings are stopped and the perpetrators brought to book.” He said the group was worried about the huge killing field Nigeria has “become in recent times in the hands of armed Fulani herdsmen/militias as evident in the New Year massacre in Benue, the killings in Adamawa, Taraba, Ekiti, Plateau, Ogun, Ondo and other states in Nigeria. This has been accompanied by arsonist’ attacks on the farms of Chief Olu Falae, Mr. Dele Adigun, Vice Admiral Samuel Afolayan, Chief Bisi Rodipe and several other plantations across the country.” The communiqué reads in part: “These killings and arsonist attacks now wear the garb of state-approval given the loud silence of the president over these dastardly acts and in fact asking the governor of Benue State to find accommodation with the killers. “The Inspector General of Police has also said that the killers are Nigerians while the Minister of Defence has blamed the killings on the promulgation of anti-open-grazing law and the blockage of grazing routes in an official sanctioning of the horrendous killings. “Nigeria today has become a primitive and barbaric enclave as the state is either complicit or unwilling to stop these dastardly acts.” On the proposed establishment of cattle colonies, the group rejected cattle colonies saying the concept is “offensive, repugnant and an affront on the rights of non-Fulani communities across Nigeria as their lands would now be forcefully acquired and be subjected to an alien culture and rule in the name of cattle rearing. “The Yoruba people would not allow any colony on our land as we are a free people. Anyone who wants to raise cow within our space should do ranching. We ask Yoruba entrepreneurs to venture into ranching to produce cows for domestic consumption and exportation.” 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has urged workers to get their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to vote out state governors owing salaries and allowances. 
Wabba, who made the call at the “DoroCorruption Programme” organised by Say No Campaign, a civil society organisation, yesterday, in Abuja, decried the ordeal of workers in the hands of state governments, insisting that governments treat workers like slaves. “It is time the workers used their numbers to push back. I encourage members to get their PVCs to vote out every defaulting state governor. “State governments owing salaries were given bailouts and different Federal Government interventions, including the Paris Club funds meant to offset their debts to state workers. “While some have met their responsibilities and paid off, chronic debtors like Benue and Kogi states remain adamant in fulfilling their responsibilities and clearing their debts. “The challenge is not lack of resources but sheer unwillingness and misplaced priorities.” Wabba said the reality of the matter was that the problem had never been about resources, saying: “In most of those states, their priority is not to pay salaries but white elephant projects.” He said before this current administration came in, Plateau owed seven months salaries but through ingenuity, the governor utilised all the money given to him to settle everybody. He said if as governors, they were not able to address the fundamental constitutional issue of security and welfare of the people then the people also must be able to hold them accountable. Also speaking, the co-convener, Say No Campaign, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, encouraged citizens to join unions or associations and actively participate in ensuring that their collective interests were championed. Nwagwu said where members noticed that leadership had been compromised or failed to promote their interest, there should be no hesitation in voting such leaders out.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Senate, yesterday began probe into the proliferation of digital currency, bitcoin, and ponzi schemes in Nigeria.The post Senate probes viability of bitcoin as form of investment appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE appropriateness or otherwise of the age-old 'culture' of meting out corporal punishment such as flogging of erring students in schools by teachers or senior students has been the subject of debates for ages.The post End corporal punishment in schools appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
IN what appears to be a lone voice among his counterparts from the South West, the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has condemned in strong terms the recent killings of innocent people in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen saying the only way the Federal Government can assure Nigerians of their safety is to arrest all bloodthirsty criminals and ensure they face the wrath of the law.The post Benue killings: Nigerians not till FG arrests, prosecutes perpetrators ' Aregbesola appeared 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Jose Mourinho has revealed Juan Mata's contract at Manchester United has been extended for another year.The post Man Utd extend Matas contract appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Benjamin Abah Ali , also known as, Benji bigga-figga (bigger figure), makes shoes, especially slippers and sandals. A friend of Benjamin introduced him into the business. 'A friend who was into buying and selling of shoes told me about it. I was interested in the producer and luckily, she introduced me to someone who trained []The post Meet Benjamin The Creative Shoe-maker appeared first on The Spark. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
AFTER months of preparations, everything appears set for Friday's interment of the late second republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. Ekwueme died in a London hospital last year and programmes for his burial started on January 19, 2018. The post All set for Ekwueme's final journey appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, vowed that his administration would no longer tolerate acts of killings and kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs in the country.The post No tolerance for killings, kidnappings anymore Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
NO fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead, while several others are under watch in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state, World Health Organisation, WHO, has said.The post 3 dead as Lassa Fever hits Taraba appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
IT was jubilation all the way in 12 communities in Anambra State when officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reeled out the government's programme for the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises (LIFE) targeted at rural farmers. Part of the condition to benefit from the programme is that the farmers must belong to cooperative societies.The post Jubilation as rural farmers get 'LIFE' line from FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
LAGOS'STRONG denunciations of the claim by Governor Nasir El-Rufai that Nigeria has no better option to President Muhammadu Buhari swept across the country yesterday, with leading Nigerians in civil society and opposition political parties strongly disagreeing with the Kaduna governor.Governor El-Rufai had in a Sunday television programme aired on Channels Television, affirmed that Buhari remained invincible and was best positioned to advance the interest of Nigeria.The post 2019: Weve opti 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
As part of efforts to decongest Nigeria's overcrowded prisons, the Federal Government, through the National Stakeholders on Prison Reforms has freed 951 inmates across three geo-political zones of the country, after meeting the conditions for freedom.The post Decongestion: FG frees 951 prison inmates, as 430 gain varsity admission appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Nnamdii Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi Anambra State has assured the people of the state of its readiness to confront any case of suspected, identified and confirmed Lassa Fever, as it has already constituted a committee to tackle the problem.The post NCC confronts companies accused of 'call masking' as deadline nears appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf, has commended the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, particularly Borno State correspondent's chapel, for their role in counter-insurgency war in the North-East.The post Army commmends media on war against insurgency appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government yesterday gave an insight into why it had been difficult to fully concession the Ajaokuta Steel Plant, citing legal encumbrances from the decision of the London Court of Arbitration over the ownership of Ajaokuta Steel Complex, ASC.The post Why we can't concession Ajaokuta Steel Plant ' FG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Benue State chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Abba Yaro, has debunked reports that Governor Samuel Ortom was planning to defect from the party ahead of the 2019 elections, blaming the rumours on Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.The post APC blames PDP for 'rumours' of Gov Ortoms defection appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Academic activities were on Tuesday paralysed at the Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State, following the work-to-rule action by the teachers to protest non-payment of their allowances and alleged high-handedness by the principal, Mrs. Bassey Duke.The post Parents, teachers protest ground academic activities at FGC Odogbolu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of President Muhammad Buhari to immediately commence implementing the recommendations of the party's committee on restructuring, especially the one promoting resource control in the nation's federalism.The post Implement APC's recommendation on resource control, IYC urges Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Francis Ezeonu, said it discovered an improvement in the ongoing voters registration, adding that the commission, captured between 1,700 to 7,000 per week.The post Voters registration picks up in Imo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Foreigners come in without valid papers and they come to take over your land and you surrender it to them' Minister, I will not do that in Benue State, we will not surrender our landThe post Minister, Ill not surrender Benue land to foreign invaders ' Ortom appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
It is important that we put pressure on the legislature, let them pass this bill so that Nigeria and even the environment where this oil is coming from can be cleanedThe post PIGB as solution to subsidy scam: CISLAC takes crusade to Vanguard appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has solicited support of Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State for his presidential ambition.The post Presidential bid: Lamido solicits Fayose's support appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has accused the scribe of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Musa Asake, of heating up the polity with 'venom, hatred, calumny and unimaginable malice that smacks of intolerance and political brigandage.'The post NSCIA attacks CAN, accuses it of hate speech appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
A delegation of US diplomats had to cut short an event in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, an attendee said, after protesters stormed their meeting.The post US delegation flees Bethlehem event as Palestinians protest appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Foreign and localcurry seasoning producers are locked in an intense supremacy battle for market share.The post Curry market: Foreign and local brands locked in supremacy battle appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
New technology, design and availability have been identified as responsible for the intense competition for market share in the home appliances sector of the fan market.The post Fan market: New technology, design drive competition for market share appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Guinness Nigeria Plc, makers of Malta Guinness has set aside $20,000 (N7.2million) for the winner of its pan African television show, Maltavator challenge.The post Guinness sets aside N7.2m for Maltavator challenge appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
A number of Nigerian banks have been nominated for honours at the banks of Africa Advertising Awards billed for South Africa, by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, JSE.The post Nigerian banks nominated for Africa advertising awards appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Novelpotta Y&R, an integrated marketing communications, IMC firm in West and Central (CEMA) Africa regions has announced Y&R LAG as its new identity. The post Novelpotta takes new identity, Y&R LAG appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Pay television service provider, GOtv, has said it will offer all new GOtv customers one free month on its latest family entertainment package, GOtv MAX.The post GOtv offers free subscription on Gotv MAX appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Olco Multibusiness Limited, a company focused on crowd funding initiative, job search and educational consultancy, has officially opened its office to the Nigerian market.The post Olco opens shop in Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ide, you were a legend among men, the reason I once likened you to Heracles, Nestor, and Odysseus in one being, given your bravery, wits, intellect, and strength. Although innately gentle, you never hesitated to adorn the toga of a hot-headed 'rebel' in pursuit of common good. No wonder the Ikoro (giant wooden gong) has been sounding in a frenzy of unending and unbridled adulations since you passed on, for the Ikoro hails a man in proportion to his heroics.The post Eulogy to Chief Alex 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
StarTimes, have rewarded 20 subscribers with the sum N360,000 in the January 2018 edition of its monthly ST Yoruba 'Watch 'n' Win' promotion.The post StarTimes rewards subscribers in promo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
More than a week after President Olusegun Obasanjo released his state of the nation commentary and devastating assessment of the Buhari administration, it has remained the main subject in the public arena in Nigeria.The post Obasanjo and the extent of presidential powers appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The naira yesterday depreciated to N360.39 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates to N360.39/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) said that Nigeria achieved about 40 percent local content with the Total's $3.3 billion Egina Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO).The post Nigeria records 40% local content with $3.3bn Egina FPSO ' NAPIMS appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Says he was director in private companies 'Asked to refund N104.9m severance pay 'How Oandos Wale Tinubu, Mangal resolved dispute By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief, Peter Egwuatu & Emman Ovuakporie The Administrative Panel of Inquiry into allegations of violation of Public Service Rules by suspended Director-General (D-G) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)Read MoreThe post SEC probe: Panel recommends Gwarzos dismissal appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government has accused oil companies of not paying stipulated gas flaring penalties, amounting to loss of revenue in billions of dollars into government coffers.The post Oil companies not paying gas flaring penalties ' Adeosun appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has ordered Intels Nigeria Limited (Intels) to pay an outstanding $48 million debt into the maritime agency's Treasury Single Account (TSA) within two weeks. The post TSA: NPA gives Intels 2 weeks ultimatum on $48m debt appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
VerifyMe Nigeria, an employment history reporting and worker verification firm, has reiterated its commitment to redefining the workforce in Nigeria through identity verification and work history reporting solutions.The post VerifyMe Nigeria reiterates commitment to work place history appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has raised alarm over impending cyber attacks in 2018 that many Nigerian companies are at risk unless they begin to put proper protection measures in place.The post Cyber attacks: Banks, health sector, MDAs major target in 2018 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Today, we will quickly be looking at digital marketing in the area of politics, and how it can enhance a politician's image, we will also show how a politician can take advantage of this for election victory.The post Digital marketing tips for politicians appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it will present the findings on the cost based study for the determination of Mobile Voice Termination rates in Nigeria.The post NCC presents Mobile Voice Termination rates report tomorrow appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, recently issued an order to security agencies asking them to 'tackle the propagation of hate speech through the social media, particularly by some notable Nigerians.'The post Hate speech: Nigerian ICT practitioners berate govt's new wiretap measures appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
No fewer than six internet exchange operators in the country are likely to lose their operating licenses over call masking.The post Six internet exchange operators to lose licenses over call masking appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Ahead of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming up in May 2018, popular free social networking website, Facebook has announced plans to make provision for protection of the privacy of its users.The post Facebook to give users tips on protection of privacy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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