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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 7th February, 2018.


Wed, 07 Feb 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has recalled the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, who was suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on July 6, 2017,   has learnt.

In a letter with reference number, ‘SH/COS/10/6/A/29’, signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the President informed the minister of Yusuf’s recall, adding that he (Yusuf) had been “admonished to work harmoniously with the minister.”

The letter, it was learnt, was sent to the minister on Tuesday evening. When our correspondent called the minister to confirm the new development, Adewole only said, “Yes, what you have heard is true.” He refused to answer any further inquiries about the issue.

Sources at the federal Ministry of Health also confirmed Yusuf’s reinstatement. They did not, however, disclose when the NHIS boss would resume.

 The letter made no mention of the probe Yusuf was facing at the EFCC.

Incidentally, Yusuf was being grilled by the men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday when his letter of reinstatement was sent to the Federal Ministry of Health.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
There was pandemonium on Third-East Cirular Road in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State as angry youths staged a protest against the alleged killing of a commercial driver by a policeman.

It was gathered that the deceased, David Okoniba, was flagged down by some policemen at about 7am on Tuesday, at the Igun end of the road and ordered to show his vehicle documents.


 
The 28-year-old father of two from Ewu, in the Esan Central LGA reportedly told the security agents that the documents were in police custody.

It was gathered that one of the policemen allegedly demanded a bribe from him before he would be released.

This was said to have led to an argument between the policeman and the victim.

According to a witness, the policeman, who was later identified as one Inspector Adebisi, allegedly pushed the cab driver to the road where he was crushed to death by a speeding truck.

The witness, who did not want his name in print, said, “My friend (David) told me that he was held by the police. So, I parked my vehicle by the roadside so that we could talk to them.

“I begged the poliemen, but he shunned me. His wife cried and begged them to let her husband go.

“Suddenly, one of them pushed him out. He was crushed by a truck. We did not see the policeman again.”

The deceased’s widow, who was pregnant, was said to have been rushed to a hospital after experiencing shock when she saw the lifeless body of her husband.


 
It was also gathered that the couple had planned to get married next Saturday.

When our correspondent visited the scene, the protest turned violent and resulted in a clash between the restive youths and some mobile policemen deployed in the scene.

As the policemen fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters, the demonstrators surged forward with stones, which they threw at the security personnel.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the people of the state to defend themselves if attacked.

The governor, who spoke on a radio programme titled, ‘Issue of the moment’ monitored by our correspondent on Tuesday, said it was necessary for the people to defend themselves in order not to become easy preys.


 
Ortom noted that in spite of the presence of policemen in the state, killings were still going on in two local government areas.

He flayed the statement credited to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, which blamed the anti-open grazing law for the New Year attacks, saying it encouraged the herdsmen to carry out more attacks on the state.

He said, “I think the people should have the right to defend themselves and not to make themselves easy preys to be killed in their homes.

“So any lawful means you can adopt to defend yourself, just go ahead in Benue State. We are not going to wait for the Inspector-General of Police to do it.”

The governor however commiserated with the families of the policemen killed in the attacks.

“It is unfortunate, the people are dying and the Inspector-General of Police is playing politics with the issue. The man should resign because he has failed woefully. He doesn’t have the capacity.

“There are many good police officers who can take over that job and perform creditably by turning around the security architecture of this country, making things work and protecting lives and property. That man has no business being the IGP,” Ortom lamented.

Meanwhile, the governor has lifted the curfew imposed on Gboko town. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Media Adviser to a former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, has sued the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and two media houses, for alleged harassment and persecution over a statement he issued on behalf of his principal considered critical of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Afegbua, in the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/129/2018, which was filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, asked for N1bn as damages for the breach of his fundamental human rights.


 
Those joined as respondents to the suit are the Nigeria Police Force, the IGP, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Moshood Jimoh, the Nigerian Television Authority and the Channels TV.

The IG had, in a statement issued by Jimoh on Monday, ordered the arrest of Afegbua for “making false statements, defamation of character and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance throughout the country.”

There was confusion on Sunday over two statements purportedly written by the former military dictator, which bordered on the 2019 elections, herdsmen-farmers’ crisis and other issues plaguing the nation.

In an earlier statement titled, ‘Towards a National Rebirth,’ and signed by Afegbua, Babangida advised Nigerians to do away with analogue leaders and embrace those of the digital age.

However, another statement issued hours after the first distanced Babangida from the first statement.

Afegbua had stood by his statement, saying he sat with Babangida before it was issued.

But the Inspector-General of Police, in a statement by the police spokesman on Monday, declared Afegbua wanted in connection with the statement he issued.

Afegbua, in his suit filed on Tuesday by his lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, argued that he was not formally invited by the police before he was declared wanted and painted “as a fugitive and common criminal with no modicum of dignity.”

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, directed security operatives across the country to arrest and prosecute anybody found carrying illegal arms and ammunition.

He said his administration would not tolerate further attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits.

Buhari gave the directive at the inauguration of the Comprehensive Special School in Lafia, Nasarawa State, during his one-day visit to the state.


 
The President assured Nigerians that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure peace and stability across the country.

Buhari said, “I also want to assure the people of the North-Central and indeed all Nigerians that the Federal Government is working day and night to ensure that peace and stability return.

“We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order. The attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits will not be tolerated.

“I appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from attacks. The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.”

He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the success of his administration and peace.

Buhari, who said he was overwhelmed by the warm reception accorded him in the state, noted, “People of Nasarawa have always been with the change movement since the early days of the Congress for Progressive Change through the All Progressives Congress.

“In 2011, the people of Nasarawa decided to vote for change, voted for the CPC in order to have a government for the people and in 2015, they voted for continuity.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Chief Rafiu Balogun (National Legal Adviser, Nigerian Bar Association) My personal opinion is that Mr. President should with dispatch and alacrity do a holistic review of the report and implement the recommendations in line with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians on the vexed issues. The President is part and parcel of the All Progressives [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are the Police Procurement Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2017; Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria Bill, 2017; and Nigerian Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill, 2017. He conveyed his decision in a letter read [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives on Tuesday intervened in the ongoing trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, over money laundering allegations, begging for some delay to allow him undergo medical care overseas. In its resolution in Abuja, the House urged the Attorney General of the Federation and [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Amendment to the Electoral Act 2010, have agreed on the reshuffle of the order of polls during general elections in Nigeria. The implication is that the Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives on the proposal that the presidential poll be held [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Queen of England, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has honoured the founder of The Mirabel Centre, a non-governmental organisation, which takes care of rape victims, with the Commonwealth Point of Light Award. This was according to a statement on Tuesday by the Media Officer of the British High Commission to Nigeria, Mr. [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A former member of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Dr. Ademola Adebo, on Tuesday appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja confirming the discrepancies in the assets declaration forms submitted to the bureau by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Shortly after the witness gave his evidence-in-chief and was cross-examined [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has written off the chances that the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will get near the Presidency in 2019. Fayose had sometime ago declared his intention to contest the office of the President in 2019. But he was recently visited by a former Vice-President, Atiku [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria says former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, lacks the moral right to advise President Muhammadu Buhari. The group therefore called on Babangida to keep quiet and stay away from politics. The National Coordinator of FONGON, Mr. Wole Badmus, said this during an interview with our correspondent [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing the Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has lamented the spate of killings by herdsmen and gunmen in Kaduna State. Sani, who raised a point of order at the plenary session on Tuesday on the attacks on communities in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state, [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, said on Tuesday that the commission would not spare any vice-chancellor found culpable in the alleged N5.77m furniture allowance scam. Magu said this while speaking with newsmen during a visit to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board headquarters in Abuja. [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said plans had been perfected to eradicate bureaucracy in governments service delivery in order to achieve sustainable growth. The government also inaugurated a special advocacy campaign to engender the right attitude in civil servants and boost development in public service. The state Commissioner for Establishments, Training and [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja French President, Emmanuel Macron, has a scheduled visit to Nigeria in July, the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, confirmed in Abuja on Tuesday. Gauer, who met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, at the National Assembly, said Macron would seek to address senators and [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has saddled a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved party members across the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a two-paragraph statement made available to journalists [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Elders Council, led by a former Secretary of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has asked the Federal Government to refund to the state about N43bn expended on the rehabilitation of federal roads and bridges in the state. The council made the demand in a nine-point communiqu it issued at [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Armed robbers numbering about 10 on Tuesday reportedly attacked travellers on the Sagamu/Benin Expressway at the Omotoso Area of the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. According to an eyewitness, the bandits blocked one side of the expressway with a vehicle which made it easy for them to rob the travellers [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has assured residents whose property encroaches on the land of the Lagos State University, Ojo, that such buildings will not be demolished. Ambode gave the assurance on Tuesday during a stakeholders meeting between LASU management team and the affected communities. The governor, who was represented at the [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi Security agencies have assured business organisations in Lagos and Nigeria of secure and safe environment. The agencies gave the assurance on Tuesday at the Security Meets Business Dialogue organised by the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Eko Hotels and Suites. Security chiefs at the event resolved to fight crimes that [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the comment made on a private television station on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, describing the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, as a drowning man. This, he said, was an insult on all the governors in Nigeria. The [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
TheJoint Admissions and Matriculation Board hasextended theregistration for 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The board said registration for the examination will now end onFebruary 11, 2018. JAMBs spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin announced this in a statementon Tuesday evening. JAMB as a responsiveorganisationhas taken the decision albeit with great hesitation to accommodate candidates who failed to [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A dangerous trend is fast emerging in Benue State which, if not checked, could, like a smouldering fire, explode in an unprecedented conflagration. In what is obviously a reprisal for the killings that have been going on in that part of the country, the police confirmed last week that seven people of Fulani extraction were [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja All contractors involved in the construction of federal road projects across the country have been paid, the Federal Government has said. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, no contractor is being owed by the government and as a result none of them should delay construction and rehabilitation [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority on Tuesday declared a total revenue of N299.56bn for the 2017 fiscal year. The 2017 revenue exceeded the previous year's N162.20bn by 84.65 per cent and was the highest generated by the agency in the past five years, according to a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Members of the Bankers' Committee have agreed that banks in the country should stop charging commission on the sale of foreign exchange to customers, particularly those meant for Personal Travel Allowance, Business Travel Allowance, tuition and medical bills payment. The Bankers' Committee comprises the CBN governor, the chief executive officers of all commercial [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Oando Plc has stated that its legal tussle with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the planned forensic audit of the oil firm is still on. The spokesperson for Oando, Alero Balogun, told our correspondent in a telephone interview on Tuesday that following SEC's resolve to go ahead with the planned [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The naira may depreciate against the United States dollar at the Investors and Exporters Window to 386 from the current average of 360, PricewaterhouseCoopers has said. In its economic outlook for 2018, which was released on Tuesday, the professional services firm said increased foreign exchange demand ahead of the 2019 general election might [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
First City Monument Bank on Monday began its annual Employee Health Week with an assurance that it would continue to sustain a culture of wellness among its workforce. According to a statement, the bank's Employee Health Week, which will run till February 9, is one of the priorities of the financial institution aimed at encouraging [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the Federal Government would accommodate the views of private investors as part of efforts to achieve the objectives of its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. Osinbajo spoke at the inauguration of the Core Working Teams for the ERGP Focus Labs at the old Banquet Hall [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The United States Consul-General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray, has said that the private investments of US companies in Nigeria are more than $8.1bn. He stated this in Lagos on Tuesday during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Security Meets Business Dialogue. According to him, in spite of the security challenges in [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Niger Delta Power Holding Company, a firm owned by the three tiers of government, commenced the construction of a N5.53bn power transmission and transformation substation on Tuesday. The NDPHC said the station, which is being constructed in Lafia, Nasarawa State, would be completed, tested and inaugurated before the end of this [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Export-Import Bank on Tuesday called on export-oriented Small and Medium Entrepreneurs in the South-East and Niger Delta region to access the N500bn Export Stimulation Facility and the N50bn Export Development Fund being managed by the lender. The funds are expected to boost the SMEs, create more jobs, and contribute to [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja As parents guide their children on how to cross the road and stay safe when they are away from home, they also need to guide their children on how to stay safe in the online environment, stakeholders in the Internet industry have said. The stakeholders, who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
If you write bad cheques, you are setting yourself up for trouble. You will end up paying a lot in fees, you will lose the ability to write cheques in the future, you risk legal troubles, and your credit rating can suffer. If you have already written a cheque (or are thinking about it), find [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu In order to avoid expensive bills from the mechanic, you need to keep your ride in a top shape. Some useful tips to achieve this including handling of different driving scenarios are offered by men'shealth.com below. Rainproof your windshield Manufacturers recommend replacing your blades every three months. Keep a spare set in your [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
In May 2015, the then Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, shocked many when she revealed that she was a cancer survivor. She made this revelation at the night of tributes in honour of the late Oronto Douglas who fell to cancer on April 9, 2015. In her words: I underwent treatment for three years. [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Uche Uwaleke In relation to Nigeria, the outcome of the 2017 Open Budget Survey conducted by the International Budget Partnership is nothing to cheer about. According to the survey in which participating countries were assessed based on three pillars of transparency, participation and oversight, Nigeria ranked behind many African countries including Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Liberia! [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Jide Ojo Corruption and its effects have many sides. It poses real threat to national security, unity and survival of the African State and people. The African Union Agenda 2063, under Aspiration 3 recognises that corruption erodes the development of a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, respect for human rights, justice [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Lekan Sote Those who know the aphorism, A people get the government they deserve, wont take the ballyhoo that former President Olusegun Obasanjo made Presidents Umaru YarAdua, Goodluck Jonathan, and Muhammadu Buhari. They, including former President Obasanjo himself, were thrown up by the flawed Nigerian system. The flawed Nigerian system allows opinion leaders, with flawed [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa and Samson Folarin No fewer than eight people lost their lives on Tuesday when an articulated truck hit a loaded petrol tanker. The impact was said to have ignited a fire. PUNCH Metro gathered that the accident occurred at Onigari village, close to the Foursquare Gospel Church Camp at Ajebo, on the Lagos-Ibadan [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin A worker with a Chinese firm, Hongxing Steel Company Limited, Chris Abiodun, will never be the same again after he was scalded by molten metal while working in the company in the Amuwo Odofin area. Abiodun sustained burns on his face, hands, legs, body, among other parts, when the liquified steel flowed down [] 


Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi Justice has eluded a 50-year-old father of five, David Ehiosun, three years after a Lagos State High Court awarded N6.1m damages against the Nigeria Police and one Inspector Sunday Omoseigho. While the Force had yet to obey the court ruling, Omoseighos whereabouts remained unknown as Ehiosun battled with a crippled leg. The Edo [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
A female tenant has reportedly kidnapped the two children of her landlady, seven days after she packed into the house in Okedogbon, in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State. The two victims were identified as Ayomide Olamilekan (six months old) and Blessing Olamilekan (two years old). A source said the female tenant and [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Tana Aiyejina African champions DTigress have been drawn alongside Argentina, Turkey and 2006 champions Australia in Group B of the 2018 FIBA Womens World Cup scheduled for Tenerife, Spain, from September 22 to 30. At a ceremony on Tuesday at the Teatro Leal, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Korea, Greece, Canada and France were drawn [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Tana Aiyejina The three-man FIBA delegation on a fact-finding mission to the country on Tuesday held meetings with the two Nigeria Basketball Federation factions, as the world body tries to resolve the lingering leadership tussle in the countrys basketball. FIBA Executive Director, Africa, Alphonse Bile; Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary-General, Mr. Lubomir Kotleba; and FIBA [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Sport Utility Vehicle lovers in Nigeria have expressed excitement at the unveiling in Lagos, Nigerias commercial capital, of a Peugeot 3008, a new addition to the SUV segment. Featuring a sleek design, the new SUV is said to combine robustness with elegance. Its assembler and promoted, PAN Nigeria Limited, is optimistic that the [] 

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