NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 JANUARY, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 27 January, 2018.

Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, yesterday faulted Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali for attributing the invasion of the state by killer herdsmen to the enactment of anti-open grazing laws.
He said it was unfortunate that the minister prefer conferring immunity on cattle to human beings.
He said herdsmen attack on farmers is a monster that has the capacity of consuming the entire country.
He said as at Thursday, there were reports of killings in Guma part of the state.
 
Ortom, who reacted to the Minister’s claims at the Benue People’s House, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the minister.
He said: “It is unfortunate, but I want to console myself that that thing is not coming from the Honourable Minister. But if it did, I’ll say that it is very, very unfortunate. Then the solution to the security challenges we have in this country is not in sight having those kinds of people in position who are not able to give quality advice and to also proffer solution to the security problems we have here.
“For instance, if you say it is because of the law that killings by herdsmen are going on in Benue, is there any law prohibiting open grazing in Adamawa State? Is there any one in Plateau State? Is there any law in Kaduna, Ondo, Bayelsa, Imo, Ebonyi, Delta or Edo State?

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“In Edo State, cattle have taken over even schools. This is provoking. It is like dancing on the graves of those people who were murdered and slaughtered in this state on the first of January. “It’s unfortunate that you have those kinds of people who are saddled with the responsibility of providing security for our country. I do not want to join issues with him, but I will personally see him and try to find out why he had to say that.
The other day, a report came from the Department of State Services (DSS) that it was the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) terrorist organisation that is taking over, and I also heard that the minister was quoted as saying we should accommodate foreigners. Foreigners who come here illegally should be accommodated?
“So if a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is coming out to encourage our citizens to do illegal things, I now begin to see why they have given immunity that is the prerogative of the President and the Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors, to herdsmen who kill and even to cattle.
 
“So, cattle in Nigeria have more immunity than human beings. This is unfortunate, and I look forward that he will apologise to us and retract what he said, because it is an insult on our collective leadership.
“It is wrong. And let the minister know that we are more intelligent than he thinks we are. We will continue to do the right thing. We’re not asking for anything outside the laws of this land. The law prohibiting open grazing that we have enacted was legitimate as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and as law-abiding citizens, we will continue to do this.”
Ortom asked the Federal Government to address the security challenge at hand instead of diverting attention.
He said: “I want to advise the Federal Government to face this challenge squarely because it is their responsibility to provide security for lives and property, because we as a state don’t own the security apparatus of this country.
“So it is their responsibility. Instead of diverting attention, they should address the security challenges at hand.
“Today, they will say that Ortom is arming 6,000 militia and tomorrow they will go and sponsor people to write rubbish about me and all that just to try to divert attention. Why not face the real issue that is confronting us?
“This is a monster that has the capacity of consuming the entire country, and we must arise as leaders and support Mr. President to ensure that we surmount this.
Responding to a question, he asked the President to caution the Defence Minister.
He added:  “Well, I’ll see what Mr. President will do, because I’m sure that he must have also heard what the minister said and I expect that he’ll respond to that because it’s wrong.
“I want to believe that the Mr. President I know and who I supported and I’m still supporting is an upright person who is always truthful and he’ll say the right thing and caution his minister, because I can’t believe that a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at this time will come and add insult to our injury.
“We are pained by what this man came out to say yesterday.”

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On the likely backlash of his protest against the killings in the state by the powers that be, he said he would continue to stick to the truth.
“Whatever it is I say, it does not matter. As long as I’m on the side of the truth and doing the wish of my people, I’m satisfied. I don’t care about any gang-up. It doesn’t matter.
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Irked by alleged acts of indiscretion, which they fear could prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from achieving its set goals and subject it to public ridicule, the zonal chairmen of the party have moved against its leadership.
The six zonal vice chairmen of the party are accusing the party’s leadership led by its National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, which has been in office in the last three years, of lacking in transparency and accountability and generally mismanaging the affairs of the party.
In a strongly-worded memo to the party’s National Working Committee dated January 17, 2018, sent through the party’s national chairman, the zonal chairmen raised four key areas of indiscretion, which include the finances of the party, formation of ad-hoc committees, abandonment of the zones and change of party structures.
The six zonal vice chairmen who signed the memo include Chief Pius Akinyelure (Southwest), Comrade Mustapha Salihu (Northeast), Alhaji Zakari Idde (Northcentral), Inuwa Abdulkadir (Northwest), Hon. Emma Eneukwu (Southeast) and Ntufam Hilliard Eta (South-south).
 
In the memo, the chairmen said they had observed with dismay that the APC Constitution had been “disregarded since the inception of the NWC, especially in the formation of ad-hoc committees, among others.”
“This function, which constitutionally is the sole responsibility of the National Working Committee, has been reduced to the whims of the National Organising Secretary under the watch of the National Chairman,” they added.
The zonal chairmen specifically raised issues about the finances of the party, saying “Article 14b (iii) of the party’s constitution on finances has been grossly abused since the inception of this body. The state of the financial affairs of the party is shrouded in secrecy and lacking in transparency, such that it makes it virtually impossible for members of the National Working Committee to authoritatively defend the various expenditure and incomes.”
They alleged that the income and expenditure of the party has never been brought to the NWC for consideration and approval.
On abandonment of the zones, the chairmen lamented that structures of the party other than the national executive were not allowed to function as envisaged by the party’s constitution.
“Particularly, the Zonal Executive Committees have more often than not been bypassed by the National Chairman in many of the interventions at the state chapters without due regard to the grand norm of the party,” they said.

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The zonal chairmen also said “the continuous change of party structures or officers without due respect and/or recourse to the constitution of our great party is very rife,” describing such as scandalous and abnormal.
According to them, “the frequency and brazenness with which the changes take place without due authorization from relevant organs of the party is intolerable. Kano, Kaduna, Gombe and Ondo chapters are critical examples.
“Given this misnomer, the structures of the party in the affected jurisdictions have continuously been weakened.”
The chairmen then demanded that the constitution of the party be adhered to in the remaining tenure of the NWC, saying all ad-hoc committees must be constituted as envisaged by the party constitution.
They demanded that the National Financial Secretary of the party should immediately furnished the NWC with the revenue and expenditure profile of the party, adding that effort must be made to fund the zonal structures of the party.
“The NEC-approved sharing formula of 50% to the National Secretariat, 40% to the states and 10% to the zones from all revenues accruable to the party must be implemented forthwith,” they added.
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
THE operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) have arrested a staff member of a new generation bank, Christian Amechi, who allegedly helped fraudsters to steal millions of naira from customers account using a string of impersonators.
Amechi, who until his arrest, was serving at the ATM customers service unit, of the bank in  Victoria Island Lagos,  is currently being detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State Police Command.
He was arrested penultimate Wednesday along with five other members of the syndicate. Together, the gang had allegedly removed over N20 million from accounts belonging to different customers.
Those who were arrested along with Christian are Oyozoje Joseph, 30, Nelson Matthew Eugari, Henry Omogbemi, 31, and Ene Mona Gabriel.
 
Luck ran against the banker after the police team arrested the leader of a gang of pickpockets, Akeem Apejoye, in Lagos. In his confessional statement, the pickpocket told the police how Amechi and his gang encouraged him to continue to steal phones.
Akeem told the police that the gang’s  interest is mainly the SIM cards of stolen phones.
After his arrest, he led the police to the homes of those who had been collecting SIM cards from him.
Though, he denied  that he was not in the know that Amechi and his group used the SIM card to steal money from the accounts of customers, he said that the group often bought drinks for him at beer parlour joints whenever he ran into them.
He said that they all grew up in Ajegunle and that he enjoyed being in the company of the gang members, particularly at weekends.

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“I used the proceeds which I made from picking pockets to open a boutique in Ajegunle. My shop is located along Ojo Road,” Akeem told the police.
 
Narrating how his gang removed several millions of naira from victims account, Amechi said that all that was needed for the illegal transfer to succeed was the customer’s SIM card, stressing that any account holder who does online transaction has his or her  BVN number stored on his or her phone.
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The South African business leader who called for a boycott of Donald Trump’s closing World Economic Forum speech on Friday afternoon has explained why Africans were angry with the U.S. president and why some of them did not attend his Davos speech. Bonang Mohale, CEO of the lobby group Business Leadership South Africa, wrote anRead MoreThe post South African business leader snubs Trump in Davos appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The South African business leader who called for a boycott of Donald Trump’s closing World Economic Forum speech on Friday afternoon has explained why Africans were angry with the U.S. president and why some of them did not attend his Davos speech. Bonang Mohale, CEO of the lobby group Business Leadership South Africa, wrote anRead MoreThe post South African business leader snubs Trump in Davos appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
THE operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) have arrested a staff member of a new generation bank, Christian Amechi, who allegedly helped fraudsters to steal millions of naira from customers account using a string of impersonators. Amechi, who until his arrest, was serving at the ATM customers service unit, of the bankRead MoreThe post How bank’s ATM analyst connived with fraudsters to steal over N20m from customers accounts appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Despite securing bail reprieve last night, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal is facing fresh hurdles over all contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE). He is expected to account for contracts worth over N5billion which were awarded by PINE under his control as theRead MoreThe post N5bn PINE contracts: Ex-SGF Lawal faces more hurdles as EFCC grants him bail appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Despite securing bail reprieve last night, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal is facing fresh hurdles over all contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE). He is expected to account for contracts worth over N5billion which were awarded by PINE under his control as theRead MoreThe post N5bn PINE contracts: Ex-SGF Lawal faces more hurdles as EFCC grants him bail appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
AFederal High Court in Abuja said yesterday that there were no evidence supporting the claim by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that its fleeing leader, Nnamdi Kanu was being held the Nigerian Army. Justice Binta Nyako, in a ruling yesterday, rejected an application by IPOB, seeking to compel the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)Read MoreThe post IPOB: No evidence Kanu is in Army’s custody ‘ Court appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
AFederal High Court in Abuja said yesterday that there were no evidence supporting the claim by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that its fleeing leader, Nnamdi Kanu was being held the Nigerian Army. Justice Binta Nyako, in a ruling yesterday, rejected an application by IPOB, seeking to compel the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)Read MoreThe post IPOB: No evidence Kanu is in Army’s custody ‘ Court appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The chairman of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun Prince Gboyega Famodun has urged the people of the state to fast and pray tomorrow, so that God will prevent any incident to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the state as people proceed to vote to elect their councillors into local governments (LGs)Read MoreThe post Pray for peace, APC urges Osun citizens appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The chairman of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun Prince Gboyega Famodun has urged the people of the state to fast and pray tomorrow, so that God will prevent any incident to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the state as people proceed to vote to elect their councillors into local governments (LGs)Read MoreThe post Pray for peace, APC urges Osun citizens appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
A girl is not an earthen pot which is tapped at the bottom to confirm its strength. But Amina Musas parents did not know that. Hence they pawned her off to Aliyu, a fish merchant and benefactor, who paid her bride price soon after she clocked 10. Like earthen pot, Amina cracked at the bottom.Read MoreThe post ‘This broken womb will bear NO CHILD appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
From stylish handbag to improved crossbody and fringe in large numbers, women who are fashionable know that handbags of different sizes and colours are a must-have. You cant just afford not to have more than one in your wardrobe. They have great versatility and they are fashion items that have remained constant. And they areRead MoreThe post Bag and purse trend appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
A 16-year-old girl, (name withheld) who allegedly poured hot water on her friend over N200 gift yesterday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court. The accused, a student, who resides at 42, Arefun St., Ayobo, Lagos, with her brother is being tried for assault and causing grievous harm. The Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told theRead MoreThe post Teenager bathes friend with hot water over N200 gift appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
For billionaire owner of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, there is no place like home. And home, to him, is not any of his multi-billion naira mansions scattered around the world or any of his businesses that are raking in millions on a daily basis. Home is the feeble but welcoming arms of his mother withinRead MoreThe post Femi Otedola demonstrates love for mum appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Government has confirmed the death of Mr. Deji Tinubu, the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives. The Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan expressed ‘shock and disbelief’ over the sudden death of Mr. Tinubu and has reached out to his immediate familyRead MoreThe post Lagos mourns Deji Tinubu, Ambode cancels retreat appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
A girl is not an earthen pot which is tapped at the bottom to confirm its strength. But Amina Musas parents did not know that. Hence they pawned her off to Aliyu, a fish merchant and benefactor, who paid her bride price soon after she clocked 10.Like earthen pot, Amina cracked at the bottom. Four years after she married and divorced 47-year-old Aliyu, she has been unable to conceive of another child. Although the 10-year-old had a child by her husband in the first year of her marriage, the baby 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) will mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the creation of the association by the Federal Government. As part of the activities to mark the anniversary, the FTAN will be honouring some individuals that have contributed to the development of the federation.Tourism was under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the then Minister of Commerce and Industry, Rear Admiral Sunday Areola, decided to set up a committee to look into the f 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Organising Committee of the Nigeria Travel Awards by Jumia Travel has announced the appointment of Folorunsho Coker, the Director General (DG), Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), as a jury member for the 2nd edition of the Awards.Others include Michael Balogun, CEO Tour2Nigeria; Babatunde Onibudo, MD Pearlwort Hotel; and Omolara Adagunodo, MD, Jumia Travel.The jurys decision will contribute 5 per cent of the outcome, while the other 50 per cent will be from the public through a 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Nigerian hospitality industry is set to welcome a new and unique entrant into the burgeoning Abuja hotel market as The Envoy Hotel By Mantis Abuja opens its door to the discerning guests on March 5.The new hotel, which is developed by Hometel Developers Limited and managed by Mantis Collection, a South African-based hotel group, is well-situated on the exclusive Diplomatic Drive that hosts many embassies and international agencies in Abuja including the United States of America. It offers 59 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Rinkerindo Rinmade was literary a messiah in our vicinity. Though not an activist, but he handled the issues concerning social menaces based on voluntary service.On many occasions, it was an open phenomenon to see different types of people, ranging from the commoners to the mightiest in our area coming to him for one solution or another. He feared no person and he treasured bad people. He hated injustice to the fullest!This was the man the Ode family wanted to handle my case. I had nobody to tur 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Popular gospel singer, Dr. Uduak Daniel, who is also an Assistant Director at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), is reputed for her work in prevention programming, gender and organisational development and research. But her popularity stems more from her exploits as a gospel artiste who speaks Ibibio, English, French and Chinese. Daniel, whose past concerts in Abuja and outside the shores of Nigeria remain etched in the memories of her fans, speaks with PAUL UKPABIO about her Pa 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday said he would start the enforcement of the Federal Government’s directive on drug control centres from January, 2019. Adewole said that this step would end the sales of drugs through the operations of drug marts in Nigeria. The minister spoke in Aba at the ground breakingRead MoreThe post Ill enforce January, 2019 deadline for drug control centres ‘ Prof. Adewole appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA ) said it has not yet recorded any case of Lassa fever in the territory. The FCT’s Director of Public Health, Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu made this known in an interview with reporters in Abuja on Friday. He dismissed the speculation on the reported case of Lassa fever inRead MoreThe post No confirmed case of Lassa fever in Abuja Director appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, is to deliver the University of Lagos ( UNILAG )convocation lecture for the 2016/2017 academic session. Dr Taiwo Ipaye , the Registrar, University of Lagos, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the lecture, slated for February 19, has the theme `Inclusion: The Path to aRead MoreThe post Ambode to deliver UNILAG convocation lecture appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, also serves as a Director of Nigerian-German Chemicals PLC including boards such as the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Nigeria Labour Advisory Council, National Pension Commission (PenCom), National Orientation Agency, and the National Health Insurance Scheme. In additional he is a member ofRead MoreThe post Our position on planned National Minimum Wage review NECA boss Olusegun Oshinowo app 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
A Lagos based couple has a won an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The couple, Mr and Mrs Daniel Ude won the first prize at the Coolworld raffle draw event held on Tuesday, at the Victoria Island, Lagos branch of the company. Coolworld Electrical Retails Stores, a subsidiary of PZRead MoreThe post Couple wins holiday trip at PZ-Coolworld promo draw appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Seyi Agboola, a graduate of geology, is currently into the business of management consulting, marketing and mentoring. He shares his passion with GBENGA ADERANTI, and talks about his switch from pure science to management and consulting even without formal education in management. He also reveals how he is being rewarded for solving problems. Excerpts: YouthRead MoreThe post I abandoned Geology because consultancy is in my nature’Management consultant Seyi Agboola appeared first on The Nati 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) of the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to the tune of 304.4million dollars. The Bank’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in a statement in Abuja on Friday reiterated that the objective of the CBN remained to boostRead MoreThe post CBN again injects $304.4m into forex market appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Logistics State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kehinde Oloruntobahas described the state as the highest producer of cashew nuts worldwide, producing over 100,000 metric tonnes out of the about 200,000 metric tonnes exported last year. Hedisclosed thison Fridayduring an agriculture exhibition organised to mark the second year anniversary of governor Yahaya Bello. HeRead MoreThe post Revenue from cashew nuts will surpass crude oil Kogi appeared first on The Nation Nigeria 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
A Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering Company (Nig.) Ltd, has indicated its readiness to go into partnership with Atlantique Marine Engineering Services, Edo Inland Container Depot, known as AMES-Edo ICD on export. Mr Jason Wang, who led a seven-man delegation of the firm to the state on the invitation of Edo Government, dropped the hintRead MoreThe post Chinese firm set to develop Inland Container Depot in Edo appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Nigerian businessmen have indicated interest in collaborating with Pakistani industrialists in surgical equipment manufacturing, according to Pakistan Head of Chancery, Asim Khan. Khan told the newsmen in a meeting held on Friday in Abuja that other areas of partnership being explored by the businessmen included textile, shoe making and agricultural equipment and facilities. ‘The increasingRead MoreThe post Nigerian businessmen intrested in Pakistan surgical equipment industry appeared firs 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Adamawa Command of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced sensitisation of foreign nationals in the state against participating in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration ( CVR ). The Deputy Controller of Immigration in charge of Border Management, Mr Bappa Idris, disclosed this on Friday at a stakeholder meeting organised by the Independent National ElectoralRead MoreThe post NIS sensitises foreigners on need to steer clear voter registration appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Sat, 27 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will partner stakeholders, including media, civil society groups and the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) for transparent and credible elections in 2019. Prof. Francis Ezeonu, the INEC Resident Commissioner ( REC ) in Imo, made the promise at his maiden meeting with State Inter-Agency Committee and VoterRead MoreThe post INEC partners stakeholders for transparent, credible elections in 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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