NEWSPAPERS REVIEW: TOP HEADLINES THAT MADE THE FRONT PAGES THIS THURSDAY MORNING


2019: Buhari will seek second term – Minister
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will run for re-election in 2019, his Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said.
The minister said this yesterday while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with the president.
Shittu said though Buhari had not yet made his mind but he had so far done well and he should re-contest.
He said: “It goes without saying, I mean if you have a child who goes to primary school and does well, proceeds to secondary school, does well, and you keep asking is he going to university? It goes without saying. 

Violent protest rocks Makurdi, Atiku, Mark, others condemn killings
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The killings in Benue State continued on Wednesday as three protesters, who were protesting about the killing of scores of people in six communities in the state by herdsmen, were feared dead in a violent demonstration by some youths in Makurdi, the state capital.
The protest followed the killing of residents of about five communities in the state between Monday and Tuesday by cattle rearers.
No fewer than 20 people were killed and 30 others injured when herdsmen attacked the communities in between the New Year’s Day and Tuesday.
The invaders attacked communities in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state.

Benue killings: Ortom escapes mob attack as residents protest
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State escaped mob attack on Wednesday as thousands of youths, in Makurdi, the state capital, protested the killings, on Monday, in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state.
The protesters also defied the tear gas thrown at them by security operatives and also nearly mobbed the governor, who had to break off from the security council meeting to calm the frayed nerves.

Fuel subsidy: Presidency peddling falsehood 'Senate
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Senate declared, yesterday, that the Presidency is deliberately peddling falsehood regarding a request to pay oil marketers.
Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, had, during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry, on Tuesday, on the perennial fuel scarcity in the  country, blamed scarcity of petrol on the failure of the Senate to approve a loan request submitted to it by the Executive, for the payment of debts owed oil marketers
Yesterday, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement, said the upper legislative chamber never received any request from the presidency.


Senate flays presidency, fuel marketers seek tax holiday
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Senate yesterday condemned reports attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, suggesting that the failure to pay subsidy debts owed oil marketers was due to the chamber’s refusal to approve a loan request.
In a statement, the spokesman Aliu Sabi Abdullahi stressed that as far as the Senate was concerned, the Buhari administration cancelled the payment of subsidy on petroleum products since 2016, therefore the talk about any loan could not be true.
“The attention of the Senate has been drawn to a claim said to have been made by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry on the perennial fuel scarcity in the country, to the effect that the payment of debt owed oil marketers was being delayed because the National Assembly has not approved request presented to the legislature for loan meant for that purpose,” the statement notes.

Way out of fuel crisis: Payment of N800b subsidy arrears on the cards
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government is considering payment of N800 billion fuel subsidy arrears to oil marketers, provision of tax holidays and other incentives as part of measures targeted at ending the lingering scarcity. These and other issues were pushed forward at the engagement of stakeholders, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR; Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN; Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN; Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA and others, hosted by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in Abuja, yesterday. 

Benue killings: Protesters lock down Makurdi, demand Buhari's resignation
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Makurdi, the Benue State capital was on lockdown, yesterday, as thousands of youths took over the strategic Wurukum roundabout and Makurdi Lafia Road in protest over Tuesday’s attack on Benue communities by suspected herdsmen, which left over 50 dead. This came as the Benue State Police Command said it had arrested eight herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in connection with the massacre.
The protesters numbering over 3,000, stormed the major roads as early as 8 a.m., in a peaceful protests that led to gridlock, as thousands of motorists were stranded. They, however, went wild when they saw a car conveying about six bodies from Guma council to the BSUTH morgue. The irate youths, who sang war songs demanded President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation, if he could not address the herdsmen menace in the state and the entire country.
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