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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 7th January, 2017.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Your recent defection from the PDP to the APC caused a stir in the House of Reps as PDP lawmakers kicked and asked you to resign from parliament. What is your take on the issue? 

Life is about impacting on the people in terms of delivering the dividends of democracy. Politics is about serving the people. My position is very clear. The name, PDP, is not the problem; the problem is the people in the party. It is like having a house full of people who do not have the interest of the people at heart. I have many friends in the PDP who mean well but, unfortunately, we have several bad ones who try to mislead the good ones. I did everything humanly possible to join hands with stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria succeeds, especially in my Ikpoba Okhai/Egor Federal Constituency. I am a progressive and only interested in how to develop our environment, empower the youths but, in PDP while some are working so hard to get it right, there are others who think permanently about their selfish interest. I don’t play politics like that. Therefore, I had no option, after working so hard, than to leave the party. Impunity still reigns in the PDP and I cannot continue to live in a house that is no longer sustainable, a house that is giving me problems, a house that is built on deceit, selfish interest, a house that is not putting Nigeria first. I left the PDP because of impunity. Senator Alli Modu Sheriff (former party Chairman) tried to revive the PDP but some persons, because he was not a rubber stamp, started fighting him. They did this because they wanted to continue to wallow in impunity. Even after the Supreme Court judgement (that ousted Sheriff), the impunity did not stop. They were busy saying they were going to grant us (Sheriff’s supporters) amnesty and I said ‘amnesty for what?’ At a point, some PDP leaders in Edo even ganged up to remove Chief Orbih as the Chairman of the party in the state and, funny enough, the same people who ganged up against him are the people parading themselves as leaders of the party today in Edo. Secondly, Edo South, which has 58 per cent of votes in any election in the state, is not recognized in Edo PDP. Whenever the party is holding its meeting, you will not find one Edo South person there; all the leaders of the party are from Edo Central. Those in the minority are the people now taking decisions on behalf of the majority; my people were relegated to the background. And rather than criticize constructively, you see some of them concentrating on the health of President Buhari, wishing the man dead. I cannot even wish my enemy dead; to me, that is rubbish; it is no longer politics. After the election of Governor Obaseki, when I was asked to react to his victory, don’t forget that I said his election was a true reflection of the wish of the majority of Edo people. They voted for the best candidate and that is why those who were shedding crocodile tears went to contest the victory in court and were disgraced. They tried to upturn the decision of God but God dismissed their case. You can see today that the governor of Edo is working just like President Muhammadu Buhari but, unfortunately we have a cabal that wants to sabotage the work of the President. It is about praying for the government of the day to succeed not to pray that the President or the governor should fail. The wish of the PDP is that the President should fail and that is bad politics. And in the case of Obaseki, how can anybody see what he is doing and say he is not working because he is in PDP? Don’t forget that I worked with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Obaseki was the Chairman of the Economic Team.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Six days after suspected herdsmen struck in six communities in Benue State, leaving about 50 persons dead, Governor Samuel Ortom, yesterday, announced that unclaimed bodies of about 49 victims of the massacre, kept in morgues across the state, would be given mass burial.
According to Ortom, the authorities was taking the step because the bodies were already decomposing. The governor, who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting, held at the Government House, Makurdi, said three days of mourning would be observed in the state ahead of the mass burial. Meanwhile, a community head and 15 others have been reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen in fresh attacks on Tse Akombo, Tse Vii and Tse Agule communities in Logo local government area of the state. Ortom told the stakeholders that the attack on communities in the state had made him to reconcile with former Governor Gabriel Suswam in his quest to  finding solution. He further stated that he has decided to withdraw from all political activities pending when the attacks on Benue by herdsmen were over and normalcy returned to every nook and cranny of the state. According to him, for the first time after his election in 2015, he had to pick his phone and put calls across to Suswam and former Senate President David Mark to seek their inputs on how to solve the problem of herdsmen invasion. ‘’I saw this problem as a problem for all Benue sons and daughters beyond party lines, which is why l decided to put sentiment aside, reconciled with relevant stakeholders and sit with them to brainstorm with a view to find lasting solution”, he said. ‘’I cannot be a leader over dead people. 2019 is in God’s hand. This time, there is need for synergy, cooperation and unity among every Benue people across party lines. Therefore, I have reconcile with them, let them join me to push this fight away from Benue’’, Ortom. He appealed to all Benue sons and daughters to team up with his administration irrespective of their tribe, religion and political affiliation to bring to an end the incessant attacks on Benue communities and gruesome killings of Benue people by herdsmen. Ortom stated that additional securitymen had been deployed to Benue even as the Deputy Inspector General of Police ((DIG) Habila Joshak had also arrived the state with a chopper for surveillance, adding that a special anti-terrorist force of the police whose operation would be beyond the shores of Benue would be arriving the state yesterday.
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
SEVEN persons were feared killed Friday night in a clash between two rival cults in Ajakaja, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers StateThe post Seven feared killed in Rivers fresh clash appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Again and again they tell the same story, of detainees horrifically abused by prison guards, starved, beaten, raped - and traded as slavesThe post 20 of us were sold for 1,000 dinars ($735) ' Uwumarogie, Libya returnee appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
An All Progressives Congress, APC, House of Representatives aspirant in Ughelli North/South/Udu constituency of Delta State, Princess Shirley Atiyota Poge Otirikpe, has promised to better the lives of the people of the constituency if she is elected in 2019.The post House of Reps aspirant laments hardship in Ughelli appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Violence and non-availability of some sensitive voting materials marred the local government elections in some parts of Delta state yesterday.The post Delta LG polls: One dead, SIEC office set ablaze appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
THE four-day international gospel crusade of the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries, which started on Thursday in Mgbidi, the headquarters of Oru West of Imo State and attracted unprecedented number of participants from several nations of the world, ends today at the Chosen International Secondary School.The post Mgbidi crusade ends today appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Since his ascension to the throne of Okori in Eleme LGA of Rivers State, the Egbere Emere Okori 1 Eleme, His Royal Highness Appolus Chu has not relented in his efforts to transform the kingdom.The post Etsu Nupe, Oluwo, Eze Dick, others storm Rivers for Eleme monarch appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The annual general meeting of the people of Koko has come and gone. Regrettably, the august meeting failed to calm frayed nerves. The annual meeting had in attendance such names as Prof. Benson Bafor, Dr. Alex Ideh, Tony Akiya Ejoh, Dr. Martins Ogharandukun, Dr. Ayu, Dr. Edema Okonedo and this writer.The post Still on the Koko AGM appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As part of efforts geared towards keeping the environment clean during the yuletide season, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), carried out a quick impact massive cleaning exercise across Delta state.The post NDDC cleans up Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Popularly referred to as Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry being the third most valuable film industry in the world, had a big cinema outing in 2017; both in Nigeria and internationally, with movies grossing millions of naira in the box office.The post Movies that ruled the cinemas in 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr believes the poor showing of the national team players at the recent CAF Awards will spur them to good performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The post CAF awards 'no show' will spur Eagles, says Rohr appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
From Kaduna to Rivers and Benue states as well as other parts of the country, the stories of woe over the senseless killing of Nigerians abound.The post Brewing tension in Okpella: Obaseki's proactive steps to prevent crisis appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Alaba Igbo Traders Association has elected new leaders to run its affairs.The post Obasi leads Alaba Igbo Traders Association appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Fast rising act and 'Office' singer, Seth (Ihenacho Chisom Seth), who is currently signed to Mikasa Entertainment has revealed that he is dying for a collabo with Starboi, Wizkid.The post I'm dying for a collabo with Wizkid ' Seth appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
If recent development is anything to go by, Fuji music star, Alhaji (Dr.) Sefiu Alao Adekunle may be taking a new wife sometime soon. The Abeokuta, Ogun State based talented artiste who lost his pretty wife, Nimotallahi, 4 years ago, has told Potpourri that he is currently under a mild pressure from his own children, family members and indeed, in-laws to remarry. And he added that he is giving the demand from his people a serious consideration.The post I'm under pressure to remarry four yea 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The trauma of the daily exposure to daily violence has deadened the soul of Nigerians. Anywhere else in the world, the killing of twenty-four innocent people, by mass shootings, would be considered a national security disasterThe post The Omoku Massacres appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
We need leaders whose background and previous experience would have prepared them to transcend their narrow ethnic, religious and class affiliationsThe post President we have versus the President we need appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Prof. Darlington Obaseki is the Chief Medical Director of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). Obaseki, who assumed office as CMD six months ago, celebrated his 50th birthday last weekend. The pathologist, in this interview, says it is no big deal having to attend to those who dead instead of patients who are alive.The post I enjoy attending to dead people more than to patients who are alive ' Prof. Obaseki appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Worried by the rising incidents of drug abuse, particularly among youths, the Senate, on October 10, 2017, adopted a motion signifying its resolve to confront the challenge head on.The post 'New cancer' threatens women, girls in the North appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
This is unfortunate, we are living in a country that is presumed to be our own. Security agencies in this country had been aware of the impending attacks and what you are seeing here is just a tip of the icebergThe post BENUE: The killings foretold and the 'above the law' herdsmen appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
We are sad that the Federal Government failed to do the needful after the entire state cried for protectionThe post Those who massacred our people are walking the streets free ' Orbunde, Chief of Staff to Gov Ortom appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Mr Israel Chibueze Ibeleme is a media aide to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi. Like any other young man in search of greener pastures, Ibeleme travelled from his Isiala-Oboro village in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State to Port Harcourt in 2003 to live with a cousin but he became homeless two years after when he was driven out of by his relation. From 2005 to 2008, he slept on the street in Rivers State capital while a transformer served as his wardrobe before a &#0 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Although the 1999 Constitution gives the President the right to seek re-election after the first four years in office, one of the northern groups, Arewa Youth Forum, headed by Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gugungu, yesterday, kicked against Buhari's second term bid, describing his declaration of interest at a time of insecurity, leading to mass murder of innocent Nigerians in Rivers, Benue, Kwara, Kaduna state, as inappropriate.The post 2019 Presidency: Northern youths clash over Buhari's re-el 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Gombe State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria under the chairmanship of Rev. Isa Uba has added its voice to that of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka to endorse Alhaji Ibrahim Dakwambo as president in 2019.The post 2019: CAN endorses Dakwambo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says the new minimum wage, in the works would be binding on all the states of the federation and the federal capital territory when it is approved.The post New Minimum Wage'll be binding on states 'Ngige appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Plans by the Super Eagles team B to have at least a week's acclimatisation training in Morocco before their CAF African Nations Championship opener against Rwanda on January 15 appears to have hit the rocks.The post CHAN: Eagles flight to Morocco suffers delay appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Brethren, it is in your own interest to repent and change. Envy, backbiting, mud slinging can never promote youThe post Your seed determines your harvest appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected arrangements to organize its annual seminar for match commissioners of the various Leagues, January 9-11, 2018.The post NFF holds seminar for match commissioners appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
That is the modelnow, you cannot complain that thelocal government is controlling or overbearing if you yourself don't look inwards and try and do something for yourselfThe post How Ambode's model is dismantling obstacles to development 'Kehinde Bamigbetan appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected arrangements to organize its annual seminar for match commissioners of the various Leagues, January 9-11, 2018.The post NFF holds seminar for match commissioners appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
On assumption office of the current President, the price of fuel was increased to bring an end to the subsidy racket. But whether the racket will ever end is an issue that no one can answer because the ghosts seem to be at work againThe post Locating ghosts within Nigeria's oil cartel appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
South Africa Football Association, SAFA has confirmed January 13 for the first leg qualifier of the U-20 Women's World Cup qualifier against the Falconets.The post FIFA U20 WWC: S/Africa confirms date for clash against Falconets appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Something is fundamentally wrong here, it does not make economic sense and its downright wasteful that this is being allowed to continue for so long and yet, again, Nigerians are suffering as a resultThe post Oil everywhere but not enough to fill the tank appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Northern elders, Sunday, disowned their chairman, Chief Paul Unongo, on his position that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is the chief financier of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, which is frontally opposed to anti-open Grazing legislation in Benue State and reportedly behind the killings in the state.The post Benue killings: Northern Elders Forum disowns Unongo on Atiku appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
South Africa Football Association, SAFA has confirmed January 13 for the first leg qualifier of the U-20 Women's World Cup qualifier against the Falconets.The post FIFA U20 WWC: S/Africa confirms date for clash against Falconets appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) has commended the people in the Niger Delta for the maintenance of peace which he said had yielded dividends for both the region and the country.The post Peace in Niger Delta now fetching Nigeria $122.4m daily Gen. Boroh appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
No one who reads the gospels dispassionately would fail to notice that they were intended to be understood as trustworthy factual accounts of actual eventsThe post The question concerning the historicity of Jesus Christ (3) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and his wife, Precious Chikwendu a.k.a Snow White having fun after reports that his marrige had crashed.The post Video: Fani-Kayode, wife having fun appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Guinness world record breaker for long individual dance, Odumewu Deborah Sunmisola a.k.a Pinki Debbie has said that her mum happened to be her 'ginger', her hype person'.The post I inherited gene of dancing from my mum ' Pinki Debbie appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with Nigerian football star, Asisat Lamina Oshoala, for winning the CAF-Aiteo Women's African Football Player of the Year.The post Buhari congratulates Asisat Oshoala for winning CAF Women's Player of the yea appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
I sat in the High Court in Port Harcourt and watched the proceedings with amusement. A middle-aged man, very simply dressed, had taken the stand.The post Taking Jesus Christ to Court appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Placing ultimate value on money, riches and wealth as criteria for marriage is no longer frowned at the world over. No wonder young ladies of marriageable age now look out for rich suitors, either young or old to settle now down with in marriage, irrespective of how he must have come about his wealth.The post Good sex more valuable than money ' Afro-pop singer, Soti appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa is not interested in a move to Turkey. His agent Tony Harris said the player will remain in England and take his chances with the Foxes.The post Musa not going to Turkey, says agent appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
DESPITE the apprehension by many state governments over the new minimum wage, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has said that the new minimum wage, which is already in the works, would be binding on all the states of the federation and the federal capital territory when it is eventually approved.The post New Minimum Wage'll be binding on states ' Ngige appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The NHS is also under fire for keeping patients waiting for hours on trolleys in hospital corridorsThe post Brewing A Storm in UK's NHS cup appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has reportedly been shortlisted as a replacement for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho amid the Brazilian's possible transfer to Barcelona.The post Liverpool targets Mahrez to replace Countinho appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Thousands of young and talented players will be screened by Dino Sporting Club in its search for football talents in the mould of Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.The post Dino Sporting Club searches for young Okochas, Kanus appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Not everyone is easily inspired by what goes on around them, even when they learn something newThe post Watch Your Behaviour ' It's a New Year appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Barcelona on Saturday announced that they had reached an agreement to sign Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in a deal reported to be worth up to 160 million euros ($192 million).The post Breaking: Barcelona agree to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool appeared first on Vanguard News.