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


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

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
AKURE  South Local Government Secretariat in Akure, the Ondo State capital, was yesterday sacked by over 30 rampaging herdsmen. This came on a day Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said the attitude shown by President Muhammadu Buhari so far on the issue indicated someone who was under trance. This  is even as a Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, yesterday accused political leaders and elders in Benue, Kaduna, Taraba and Zamfara states of sponsoring the wave of killings and violent altercations between herders and farmers, asking President Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency in those areas. On the invasion of the local government council, the workers fled as the rampaging herdsmen inflicted matchet cuts on the shoulder of the council’s agriculture officer, Simon Johnson. Three couples about to wed at the council’s registry at the time of the invasion also fled the scene as the herdsmen disrupted the ceremony. Many of the workers and guests at the wedding ceremony returned later in search of their handbags and shoes after normalcy returned to the council. The daring herdsmen, brandishing dangerous weapons, pursued the workers until the entire secretariat was empty, thus paralysing activities for hours. Both senior and junior workers scaled the fence of the secretariat to save themselves from the invading herdsmen. Vanguard gathered that the council chairman, Margaret Atere, was ferried out of the secretariat by some of her aides. How it started It was learned that the herdsmen had early yesterday invaded a farm belonging to the council which is located behind the council secretariat and destroyed it. The farm, in which vegetables and other crops were planted, was reportedly devastated by the cattle brought by the herdsmen. Vanguard learned that the agriculture officer, who met the cattle destroying the farm, challenged the herdsmen who in turn beckoned on others who dealt some matchet cuts on his shoulder. One of the council workers, Ojomu Olaiye, who witnessed the incident from afar and tried to record it on his mobile telephone, was accosted and wounded. Top security chiefs in the state rushed to the scene following a distress call by the council chairman. Detectives, it was learned, were hurriedly deployed to the area by the state Police Commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju, who visited the scene in company of Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo. The herdsmen, sensing that they may be arrested, fled the scene before the arrival of security operatives. The Police Commissioner and the council chairman later rushed to inform the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, of the security situation in the state capital. Speaking with newsmen, the council boss, Mrs Atere, who confirmed the incident, pleaded with the state government to provide adequate security in the council for fear of another attack by the herdsmen. Atere, who expressed worries over the effrontery of the herdsmen to sack the entire council, said the council cannot remain closed. “We have started making peace with the herdsmen around the council. It is not possible for us to close down the entire council because of what happened. “Work will continue and we will be here everyday till 4pm. It is not possible for us to close down the council,” she said. State chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Bosede Daramola, accompanied by the Joint Negotiating Council chairman, Opeyemi Oloniyo, and president of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, in the state, Bunmi Eniayewu, rushed to the council to witness the incident. Workers safety first  — NLC Speaking with newsmen, NLC state chairman, Daramola, said workers would return to the council, only if their lives were guaranteed. Daramola expressed fears that the herdsmen might return because the farm that was devastated was on a swampy terrain. She said: “Workers will not leave their work place and since that place is at the bank of a river, the herdsmen will always come back with their cattle. “The workers are working, discharging their duties, and we don’t want to lose any of our workers. The herdsmen need to be cautioned and checkmated to avoid a reoccurrence.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Libyan returnees stranded at the reception centre of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omuagwa, Rivers State, staged a peaceful protest over the delay by their various state governments to evacuate them.
This came as the fifth batch of the returnees, 136 in number, arrived the airport yesterday at 1:10a.m. It was learned that poor welfare at the camp had sparked the protest that almost caused panic, but for the swift intervention of security personnel deployed in the evacuation operation. However, the Federal Government says its team sent to Libya to retrieve Nigerians in different parts of the North African country, are working tirelessly to free all victims. Earlier in the week, some of the returnees, who are yet to be picked by their states’ officials, staged a protest. Vanguard gathered that the fourth batch of the returnees, mainly from the South-West states, that are yet to be received by their state governments, allegedly staged the protest. Meanwhile, National Emergency management Agency, NEMA, said the maximum time given to states to evacuate their returnees was 48 hours, but regretted some states had flouted the order. Speaking while receiving the fifth batch of returnees, the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South-South region, Mr. Martins Ejike, confirmed that there was a demonstration in the camp, noting that it was related to welfare. He disclosed that the protesters were not happy that they are still in camp while their co-returnees had been picked by their state governments.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
WORRIED by the terror being unleashed on innocent Nigerians,  Southern women have vowed to boycott the 2019 presidential election should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to take a decisive step to tackle the rampaging herdsmen. The women, under the aegis of Concerned Southern Women for Good Governance, accused President Buhari of handling the security challenges posed by the herdsmen with kid gloves. Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, leader of the group, Patience Igho, said, “Women are a great economic force that a nation cannot ignore. They are at the bottom of the domestic economic growth pyramid. “Our women in the South are the strength of our agricultural boost because they do the farming and also take the produce for processing and then for sale. “The issue of herdsmen attacking and raping our women in the farms will lead to serious food crises in the South. So we women in the South will boycott the presidential election if this menace of herdsmen is not stopped because as it is, no one is talking.” Similarly, Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas, Chief Daniel Yingi, has said that the proponents of cattle colonies are enemies of the country, insisting that land will not be ceded for cattle colony in the state. Yingi, who represents Burutu 1 constituency in the House, said thoughts and actions of proponents of cattle colony were capable of promoting crisis and disharmony among Nigerians. He said: “The condemnation that greeted the proposed cattle colony since it was announced by the Federal Government was a clear signal of the doom that goes with it. Cattle business is a private business, it is not a project of the Federal Government. “You can’t come through the back doors to start colonizing the people. Such a policy is capable of causing disintegration. I pray that those behind it will halt their moves and seek ways of promoting peace, love, unity and progress in Nigeria.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A teacher and 22 students from Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State on an excursion died, yesterday, in an auto crash at Gaya, 65 kilometres south of Kano. Remains of the school bus. An eyewitness disclosed that the 18-seater bus conveying the students and some staff on excursion to a radio station in Kano at about 11a.m., had a head-on collision with an articulated vehicle carrying tomatoes. The witness explained that both vehicles were trying to avoid a pothole at Samia Uku village, by Dudduru Forest, near Maitama Sule College. He said both vehicles were on top speed, adding “we counted 23 dead bodies and several others that escaped with injury were taken to Gaya Hospital.” Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kano Police Command, Deputy Superintendent Musa Majia said “22 people died in the accident.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
By Dapo Akinrefon Lagos'Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Dr. Gani Adams has described Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as a foremost patriot 'who will continue to receive the blessings of Yoruba leaders for his promotion of our language and culture.' Adams, who was referring to last Thursday's signing by Ambode of the Yoruba PromotionRead MoreThe post Yoruba language: Gani Adams commends Ambode, urges S'West govs to emulate him appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
IN line with his administration to further set the pace among the comity of states, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said that his administration was committed to repositioning the state in the modern highway to ensure it becomes the technological hub of Nigeria.The post Oyo to become technology hub of Nigeria ' Ajimobi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Oyo House of Assembly has called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to equip and empower vigilante groups across the state, especially in rural areas, as a way of tackling threats posed by herdsmen to farmers.The post Empower vigilante groups to tackle herdsmen attacks, Oyo Assembly tells Ajimobi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart W. Symington yesterday warned ahead of 2019 general election that without Nigerians there would be no Nigeria, advising that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness.The post Nigeria must fight terrorism, promote economic integration ' US envoy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday persuaded the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to strike out its name from a suit the eldest son of late military head of state, Mohammed Abacha, filed to reclaim ownership of disputed Oil Prospecting License, OPL, 245.The post OPL 245 ownership dispute: Abacha has no case with us, EFCC tells court appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has called for the abolition of shell banks in the country, saying they serve as institutions for money laundering.The post CBN wants shell banks abolished in Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Five heavily-armed gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Musa Saya-Saya in Kaduna State, yesterday.The post Gunmen kidnap PDP chieftain in Kaduna appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Agroup, Itsekiri National Development Initiative, has passed a vote of confidence on the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh (retd), over the prudent management of the amnesty funds and his resolve in ensuring that the programme benefits all those concerned, irrespective of ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta region.The post Itsekiri group passes confidence vote on Boroh appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The recent release of hostages held by dreaded insurgency group, Boko Haram has rekindled hope of an eventual release of more hostages by the terrorist group and an imminent end to the war against the insurgents.The post BMSG hails Buhari over freed Boko Haram hostages appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
LIGHT of the World Bible College and Theological Seminary, LOT-WBC, recently, held its 9th matriculation and graduation ceremony.The post EXECUTIVE ORDER: Labour seeks audit of workplaces over arbitrary influx of expatriates appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
ENUGU State House of Assembly has raised the state 2018 appropriation from initial N98 billion proposed by the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to N103.56 billion.The post Enugu assembly raises 2018 budget by N5bn appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
I think it is most unfortunate that in a country where the percentage of illiteracy is very high that is where people like Obasanjo thrive. To me, it is very depressing, irritating and annoying.The post RECONCILIATION: All is not well in APC ' Idahosa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
NATIONAL leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Tuesday boasted that the party will still win the 2019 presidential election.The post 2019: APC ll remain ruling party Tinubu appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Customs officials in Nigeria on Tuesday said they had seized banned drugs, including the powerful pain killer tramadol popular with jihadists such as Boko Haram.The post S.Africas ANC orders Zuma to resign as president appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr W Stuart Symington has warned that Nigerians should be constantly reminded before, 2019 general election that without Nigerians there is no Nigeria. The post 2019: Without Nigerians, there is no Nig-US Envoy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, has listed three of the mutual funds under its management on the FMDQ Securities Exchange Plc.The post Stanbic IBTC lists three funds on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Wunderman Nigeria Limited, a wholly-owned indigenous customer-focused marketing communications company, has realigned its relationship with the global Wunderman Group and rebranded as Javelin-Wunderman Communications.The post Wunderman changes name to Javelin Communications appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Contrary to belief by some stakeholders that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, prefers its vessels registered abroad, facts have emerged that the company which has a large fleet of ocean going ships, abandoned registration in Nigeria because of substandard registry.The post Why NLNG abandoned Nigeria's ship registry appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As Britain is set to add the Naira as one of its pre-approved currencies, which will allow the UK Export Finance to provide financing for transactions with Nigerian businesses denominated in the local currency, the move may transfer payment liabilities for individual transactions to the government.The post Economist raises concern over Britain's endorsement of Naira as trade currency appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THE Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, said it intercepted four containers laden with banned and controlled drugs while a suspect was arrested in connection with the import.The post Customs intercepts banned drugs at Lagos ports, rakes in N35bn in January appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Nigeria's oil output increased by 167,000 barrels per day (b/d) or 10.6 percent to 1.736 million barrel per day (mb/d ) in the month of January 2018. The output was 1.569mb/d in December 2017, according to data from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Monthly Oil Market Reports, MOMR.The post Nigeria's oil output rises to 1.736 mb/d in January appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The naira Tuesday depreciated for the first time this week to N360.22 per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the foreign exchange market.The post Naira depreciates to N360.22/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
With Obasanjo as the leader or pivot of the Third Force movement, what type of people should we find there' Retired, disgruntled, and recycled PDP and APC membersThe post My fear for the Third Force appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The National Association of Nigerian Footballers, NANF, has raised alarm over the negative effect of the 'invasion ' of Nigeria by promoters of foreign football leagues and their merchandise, while relegating the local game to the background.The post NANF demands $10b royalty for broadcast of EPL matches in Nigeria appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Alex Iwobi has said he hopes the Super Eagles repeat a stunning friendly win over Argentina at the World Cup in Russia. In November, the Eagles stunned two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar and both teams will meet again for the fifth time at the World Cup in Russia. 'Argentina were missing their starRead MoreThe post Eagles can beat Argentina ageain appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Former youth football coach Barry Bennell was found guilty of multiple counts of child sexual abuse on Tuesday, triggering tears from those who accused him of assaulting them as youngsters.The post UK ex-football coach Bennell convicted of child sex abuse appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Zinedine Zidane is hoping the Champions League will again bring out the best in Real Madrid as the title-holders prepare to face the formidable Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar in Wednesday's last 16, first leg.The post Real Madrid vs PSG: I am not thinking about my future but thinking about the match Zidane appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho backs the controversial video assistant referee system because it helps officials make "fair decisions", but says it needs adjustments to preserve the flow of the game.The post Mourinho backs video officiating, says yes, lets go for VAR appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Christopher Danjuma, coach of Nasarawa Amazons FC of Lafia, has decried the exploitation of Nigerian female football players by foreign clubs due to poor foreign transfer policy.The post Coach decries poor foreign transfer of female players appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Claudio Tapia , Argentina's national football association (AFA) president, says he has spoken to national captain Lionel Messi about playing fewer games for La Liga side FC Barcelona before June.The post Play less football before World Cup in June, Argentina warns Messi appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A man involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been jailed for 15 years, the government confirmed on Tuesday.The post Chibok girls kidnapper, Haruna Yahayas defence lawyer pleaded for leniency appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Not a week goes by in Nigeria without allegations and counter- allegations of fraud and duplicityThe post When will we do the right thing in Nigeria' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Can something be going on in Aso Villa that is beyond the power of the president to resolve' Is it the case that Buhari cannot help himself in his present circumstance in which case he would need Nigerians to come to his rescue' The post What should the contradictions of the Buhari presidency tell us' appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Nigerian third force which I believe is a most welcome development has many challenges and contradictions which may make its mission very difficult, if not impossibleThe post Coalition for Nigeria Movement: Long and tough road to travel appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
In response to my examination of the issue of poverty and begging in the country, I received numerous comments and contributions from readers. One of such was received from a young Nigerian named Okoli O.G. I found his view very enlightening and for this reason I have decided to publish some portions of it. He wrote as follows:The post Poverty and begging: The oil doom (7) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Nigerians with diabetes have been urged to frequently check their blood glucose level to enable them make informed choice as regard the management of their health.The post Diabetes: Constant blood glucose check can be a game changer ISN appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The saying that money does not grow on tree is an age-old saying, however, it turns out you can actually grow your money tree if you pay attention to some key things. by Eby Akhigbe You may have heard it a thousand times, that money doesn't grow on trees. But I am glad to []The post How to Grow Your Money Tree appeared first on The Spark. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THERE was excitement in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State following the return to site of the contractor handling the Otuocha-Anam-Kogi federal road abandoned several years ago.The post Excitement in Anambra as work begins on abandoned Otuocha- Anam ' Kogi federal road appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
THREE men, who allegedly assaulted the executives of Aso Rock Community Development Association, CDA, and their security guard by stabbing them with broken bottles and inflicting injuries on their bodies, have been arraigned before an Ejigbo Chief Magistrate's Court in Lagos.The post 3 men stab CDA executives, security guard appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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