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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 14 February, 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is in a trance.

This is just as herdsmen struck again in Osun and Ondo states, sacking a council secretariat and burning a farm settlement.

Soyinka said he came to his conclusion based on “unforced errors,” adding that the President’s body language had aggravated killings by herdsmen in the country.

The playwright spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at a press conference titled, ‘Nomads and nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.’

Soyinka, while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he met him, said, “I will say Mr. President you are in a trance.”

He noted that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.

Asked the form of trance the President was in, the respected playwright said, “I don’t know. So many unforced errors; take for instance, the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, that was reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on?”

Recalling that the menace of the killer herdsmen started about eight years ago, he said the current administration’s body language aggravated the situation.

He called on hunters, vigilance and voluntary groups to disarm the killer herdsmen if police refused to check their activities.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday said as a leader, he could not be ruling a state and allow himself to be controlled from outside.

The governor was explaining the sour relationship between him and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso,  while answering questions from State House correspondents after attending a programme at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


 
He said the same way his political history could not be complete without mentioning Kwankwaso, the former governor’s history too would not add up without his own name being mentioned.

He said, “As you know, we were very good friends. In fact, my politics cannot be complete without Kwankwaso and the history of Kwankwaso’s politics cannot be complete without me. But somewhere somehow, things went wrong.

“We believe in politics that you will get to a point that you cannot rule and manage a state and then you are being controlled from outside. You know that one is very very difficult to happen if you look at the psychology of leaders.”

Ganduje also denied media reports of underage voting during the last local government election in his state.

He said the pictures being circulated to depict underage voters were taken during a school assembly.

“That was propaganda. You can ask the national observers who went there. They held a press conference. All those pictures were children during a school assembly. It is not true, it is part of the propaganda.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Coalition of Northern Groups has asked the Federal Government, to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states until normalcy returns.

 The coalition also urged the Federal Government to suspend all existing political structures in the affected states and replace them with sole administrators.


 
The spokesman for the coalition, Abdulazeez Suleiman, made this call at a media briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday.

 Suleiman said while the coalition condemned the actions of all criminal gangs under any guise, it emphatically repudiated the vilification of one ethnic and religious group or the other for whatever reason.

 He said, “In this light, we deem the targeting of the entire Fulani and by extension, Muslims, for vilification, systematic dehumanisation, profiling, alienation or any action that will render them object of attack and persecution, not only immoral and illegal, but also abhorrent to our sensibilities and ordinary decency and therefore unacceptable.”

 On the call for the declaration of a state of emergency, the spokesman said, “We call on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in the frontline states of Taraba, Kaduna, Benue and Zamfara and suspend the current political structures in those states and replace them with sole administrators until conditions improve.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested the policemen who allegedly beat up a former headmistress of Top-Teez Nursery and Primary School, Ifo, Mrs. Ayodeji Orojo.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Iliyasu, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the cops had been arrested and detained.


 
He noted that the policemen would be sanctioned at the end of police investigation.

PUNCH Metro had reported that a stabiliser belonging to the Ojodu Abiodun Divisional Police Officer had been stolen by some hoodlums and the police found the electrical appliance in the compound of a 10-year-old pupil, identified as David.

Six policemen were reported to have stormed the boy’s school where Orojo served as a head teacher, disrupting academic activities in the process.

Orojo, who queried their action, was allegedly beaten up, as her phone was seized after she allegedly attempted to record the attack.

It was reported that the police later released David after his widowed mother, Elizabeth Emeka, paid N19,000 for bail.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had said the police did not know the suspect was a 10-year-old pupil, adding that the DPO had apologised to the school’s proprietress and the matter had been resolved.

Orojo, in a follow-up report, however, demanded that the the cops be punished.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the Senate, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday stormed the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory, with snake charmers.

The senator also seized the opportunity to present JAMB with snake repellant chemicals.


 
Sani said the visit was to enable stakeholders to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding the reported case of missing N36m from the JAMB office in Makurdi, Benue State.

One Philomena Chieshe, a sales clerk in the JAMB office, Makurdi, told  the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, and his team that she could not account for the N36m she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.

“In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money, but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB worker to spiritually (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office,” the report said.

Sani said his visit to JAMB was in response to the story that a snake swallowed N36m.

He lamented that such a huge sum of money was reported to have been swallowed by a snake.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The police in Kaduna on Tuesday confirmed the abduction of a former Treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Musa Danbaba, by unknown gunmen. It was gathered that the armed abductors forced their way into the residence of the politician and abducted him with two vehicles. The state Police Public [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that no section of the country will impose its 2019 presidential candidate on it. Rather, it said the task of picking who would fly the partys flag would be the joint efforts of all delegates to the partys convention where the candidate would be elected. The [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Chux Ohai The University of Lagos has postponed its 50th Convocation previously scheduled to commence on February 19. The university authorities, in a statement released on Tuesday by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Information Unit, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, said the postponement was due to challenges posed by the ongoing strike by the non-teaching staff of the [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The National President of All Christian Leaders/Ministers Forum, Rev. Sam Ogedengbe, has said the appointment of Bola Tinubu by President Muhammadu Buhari as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress Consultation and Reconciliatory Panel is a welcome development, but belated. Ogedengbe, in a statement on Tuesday said Buhari should have acted earlier and [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Tuesday denied the alleged diversion of $350m belonging to the Nigerian Electricity Bulk Trading Company domiciled in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. The NSIA also said the $350m it was managing for the NBET [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja A rowdy session began at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, forcing the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to step down a controversial motion temporary, pending further advice by three key committees. The motion had polarised the House along political party lines and pitting members from Rivers State and their colleagues from Imo [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos Government on Tuesday said it was reviewing the state emergency response plan to improve collaboration and synergy among emergency agencies. The state Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Seye Oladejo, noted that the review would lead to the creation of additional response units which would bring government closer to Lagosians. [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
South African President, Jacob Zuma, has defied an ultimatum from South Africas ruling party to resign within 48 hours, pitching the Rainbow Nation into an unprecedented political crisis. Theguardian.com reports that the decision to tell Zuma to stand down or face being stripped of his office was taken at a specially convened emergency session of [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Lagos and Kano state governments on Tuesday said the two states had concluded plans to partner for sustainable economic development. The Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, at a joint press conference organised by the two states in Ikeja, Lagos, said the first step towards cementing the partnership was the organisation [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele and John Charles The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised the people of the state against reprisals. Fayose gave the warning during a visit to Ipao Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area, on Tuesday following the killing of a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, 32, on Sunday by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Olayemi was returning from [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that any move by Governor Rochas Okorocha to install his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor in 2019 will be rejected by the people of the state. Okorocha had declared on Monday that he would support Nwosu, who [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged students in tertiary institutions of learning in the state that are 18 years and above to ensure that they have permanent voter cards by making themselves available for voter registration at the Independent National Electoral Commissions office nearest to them. Okowa gave the advice on Monday [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Punch Editorial Board Nearly three years after winning elections, the All Progressives Congress seems to have capitulated to the agitation for restructuring the country. Already, a high-powered committee led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has submitted its report to the party on the need to dispense with the current pseudo-federal structure, which many [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday called on former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), to join what he called the retirees' club and be collecting pensions. Tinubu spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he and a [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola Online business banking is a kind of banking service that caters for business owners with online or Internet enterprises. Usually, people with online stores have this type of banking preference, according to www.thebalance.com. There are many benefits a small business owner can get from having an Internet business banking account. Even if you're [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja A total of 122 agencies are now required to pay operating surpluses annually into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government. The Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Chief Victor Muruako, disclosed this during the appearance of the management of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria before the FRC in Abuja on Tuesday. [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Femi Asu The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday said the country had lost a lot of money to Production Sharing Contracts entered into with oil companies in the past. Kachikwu said the terms of the contracts would change to enable the Federal Government to get more from oil production [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja An ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, over the N17bn non-performing loans recorded by the National Economic Reconstruction Fund. Also to appear before the committee, which is chaired by a member from Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate is investigating the scarcity of lower naira denominations, which the lawmakers consider as a threat to the country's economy. The scarce denominations are N5, N10, N20, N50, N100 and N200. Following the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi entitled: 'Scarcity of Lower Denomination Currency Notes', the Senate [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria on Tuesday declared that the daily demand for electricity by its members had increased to 14,882 megawatts and called on the Federal Government to sell the stranded 2,000MW of power produced by the generation companies to its members. According to the association, the eligible customers' policy of [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Properties Limited, the real estate management company of the NNPC, has commenced the recovery of the corporation's landed property worth N100bn. The Chief Operating Officer, Ventures, NNPC, Mr. Babatunde Adeniran, stated this at the maiden edition of the NPL Property Festival in Abuja. He said the focus [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways, who worked in the United Kingdom and Ghana, got their full entitlements when the airline was liquidated but their Nigerian counterparts were not paid, the Federal Government announced on Tuesday. According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the lack of a strong [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Chief Operations Officer, VerifyMe Nigeria, Mr. Esigie Aguele, speaks to OZIOMA UBABUKOH on the need for domestic employers and companies to verify the identities of prospective workers before recruiting them, among other issues In verifying the identities of prospective employees, do emerging recruiting firms like yours look at their behavioural disposition' We don't provide [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Lanre Shittu Motors Limited has expressed confidence that the JAC trucks will do well in Nigeria's trucking business even as it says it is ready to replicate the track record it achieved with Mark in the JAC heavy duty vehicles. This came with the auto company training about 100 truck drivers of a [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market declined by N370bn in one session on Tuesday, continuing on a free fall for seven straight sessions. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index slid by 2.4 per cent to settle at 41,708.15 from 42,737.89 basis points, while the year-to-date return contracted to 9.1 per cent. Thus, the NSE market [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Ford Motor Company recently excited automobile enthusiasts globally as it showcased in grand style the 2019 edition of its Mustang Bullitt, which turned out as one of the biggest revelations of this year's North American International Auto Show, also referred to as Detroit auto show in the United States. The first-built model of [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Federal Government has rehabilitated over 70 kilometres of collapsed sections of the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja highway in Cross River State ahead of the rainy season. The Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing had contracted the complete rehabilitation of the road to Sermatech Nigeria Limited, while intervention work was also carried out by [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says it has concluded plans to begin the evacuation of abandoned aircraft at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. The development is coming on the heels of the removal of disused aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, with the agency saying it would be replicated [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Some airlines, both domestic and foreign, have unveiled programmes to celebrate the Valentine period with their passengers. In separate statements, the airlines said the season offered an opportunity to reward their loyal clients. Emirate Airlines said Nigerian travellers amongst other passengers on board its flight would be hosted to a treat on the [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Uche Uwaleke The Federal Governments strategy of resorting to external borrowing to fund budget deficit finds explanation in the increasing cost of servicing domestic debt. This disposition accounts for the growing quantum of foreign debts contracted on commercial terms in recent times with much emphasis placed on tapping the Eurobond market. According to data obtained [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Akin Osewa A lot has been said on the need for cattle colonies in Nigeria or not by public commentators but most of these contributions tend to be against the idea. This prompted me to take a unique intense interest in the controversy surrounding the idea. I was pleasantly surprised that the global concept of [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Lekan Sote Ken Chikere, representing Rivers State in the House of Representatives, has thrown a curve into the kerfuffle over the $1bn that the National Economic Council (may have grudgingly donated) to addressing the ravages that the Boko Haram insurgency inflicted on Northeastern Nigeria. Chikere cited Sections 162(1) of Nigerias 1999 Constitution and Section 1 [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi The police in Ogun State are awaiting an autopsy report to unravel the cause of death of a policewoman, identified as Sergeant Remi. Meanwhile, the command has taken the policewomans husband, Afolabi Farayola, into custody for investigations. PUNCH Metro learnt that Remi was attached to the Area G Command, Ogba, Lagos State, but [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin A tenant, Oladimeji Michael, has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by a Lagos High Court for sexually assaulting his landladys son. The Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya-led court said the prosecution proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt and sentenced the convict accordingly. The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, in a [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Armstrong Bakam, and Ted Odogwu No fewer than 22 pupils, two teachers and a driver of the Government Day Secondary School, Misau, Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State, have been killed in a fatal motor accident on Bauchi-Kano Road. The incident occurred around 11am on Tuesday after a bus conveying the pupils [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Kainji The Federal High Court in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, on Tuesday sentenced a commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abba Umar, to 60 years imprisonment for various acts of terrorism. The court also sentenced 32-year-old Mohammed Hussaini, a Chadian brought up in Talwari Village, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Two suspected cult members have been killed in a bloody clash between two rival groups in some parts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The clash, which occurred on Monday on Samphino Road, in Kpansia and Biogbolo, Yenizue-Gene, all in the Yenagoa Local Government Area, led to pandemonium in the communities. Although the reason [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have busted a robbery gang allegedly led by a medical doctor and the proprietor of Vital Care Hospital, Kubwa, Abuja, Dr. Ola Jimade. Northern City News learnt that while five members of the gang were arrested, Jimade is still on the run. Those arrested [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Policemen attached to the Federal Housing Unit, Cross River State have apprehended two youths, who broke into the home of a medical doctor to avenge several instances of sexual harassment. The youths, Sam Williams, 26, and Archibong Ita, 25, hail from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states respectively, according to the police. [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Department of Petroleum Resources, Eket Field Office, has shut down 15 petrol stations for selling fuel above the government approved pump price of N145 per litre. The Operations Controllers of the agency in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, said this during its surveillance operations in the state on Tuesday. He explained [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The administrative panel of inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to unravel the circumstances surrounding last Tuesday clash between some youths and policemen in the Oredo Local Government Area of the state has begun sitting. The panel, on Monday, called on members of the public to come forward [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The relative peace in Plateau State was disrupted on Saturday when suspected Fulani herdsmen laid ambush for commuters in Jebu Miango Village in the Bassa Local Government Area. Although the hoodlums fled on sighting the police, three corpses, a motorcycle and 24 expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from the scene. [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A group of Libyan returnees on Monday protested their continued stay at the reception camp located inside the Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa, Rivers State. The returnees, who were said to be among the fourth batch evacuated from Libya on February 2, 2018, became agitated when their state governments failed [] 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The police in Katsina State have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the wife of a member of the state House of Assembly, Binta Safiyanu, who died after allegedly drinking a herbal concoction to boost the flow of her breast milk. The deceased, a mother of six, was [] 

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