NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 16 January, 2018.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
six persons were feared killed while several others sustained injuries in two separate gas explosions in Lagos State, yesterday.

One of the explosion that occured in Magodo, which snowballed into a massive fire, took place at a facility known as Second Coming gas plant, situated in a densely populated area.

It was gathered that two people died in the Magodo inferno. Some charred bodies found by the perimeter fence of the gas station were evacuated by officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) while those that had various degrees of burns received first aid there. Another set of victims with severe burns were immediately moved to the Trauma Centre, Toll Gate for further medical attention.

According to reports, the fire was allegedly caused by gas leakage from one of the trucks inside the popular gas station, which was said to be a destination spot for cooking gas users around the area. It was further disclosed that the explosion was caused when a vehicle with faulty exhaust passed by the station.

Many people were injured following the fire, which immediately spread to other properties in the neighbourhood.

As the dark smoke and flame billowed into sky, men of the Lagos State Fire Service tried frantically to curtail it from spreading further and claiming more casualties. Motorists and pedestrians were also advised to take alternative routes to avert further disaster.

Speaking on the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, said they were alerted at about 7.26 am, and on arriving the scene, it was discovered that the gas plant was on fire.  He disclosed that preliminary investigation by the agency revealed that three reserviour tanks used for storage of gas and one 33, 000 litre gas truck in the gas station were engulfed by fire, with a secondary explosion also taking place within the gas station.


 
“Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service with four fire trucks and the LRU Fire Unit with two fire trucks were able to contain the fire from spreading to adjourning buildings. Other emergency responders on ground were RRS, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Red Cross, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Federal Fire Service,” he disclosed.

He, however, assured that the situation was completely under control, adding that the perimeter of the vicinity was secured and evacuation of people from the scene effected. He also noted that the officials of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) had also completely isolated power supply from the affected area to avoid any other incident. 

He stressed that proper investigation would be conducted to ascertain the possible cause of the fire and to also prevent future reoccurrence of “this unfortunate and avoidable incident in the state.”

The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, also explained that the concerted efforts of his team prevented the fire from causing more damages.

Also, an explosion by leaking gas cylinder at an artisan’s shop in Ajara area of Badagry, killed four persons and left several others with severe burns. According to our correspondent, who visited the scene of the incident, three persons, two men and a woman lay dead at the spot. 
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
 Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that the state has no land for the cattle colony proposed by the Federal Government to put an end to the incessant clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country. 

He told State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday: “The last time I came here, I did not understand what colonies meant.

“Today, I was privileged to meet him (Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh) and he did explain to me that a colony is many ranches in one place, restricted in one place.

“For us in Benue State there is no 10,000 hectares they are looking for. Other states have the land but we in Benue State we don’t have and that was what led to us enacting this (anti-grazing) law.

The President had earlier appealed to the delegation of political leaders, traditional rulers and elders from the state led by the governor to exercise restraint.

He told them: “I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Security and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.

“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your country men. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation.”

He promised that all those involved in the conflict that culminated in loss of lives would not escape justice.

He said his administration had already begun a process of finding lasting solution to the perennial challenge of herdsmen conflict with farmers and communities around the country.

He said relevant agencies had been directed to start catering for the humanitarian needs, disclosing that the Inspector General of Police was directed to relocate to the state to provide security for lives and properties, urging all Benue indigenes to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements.

Ortom continued: “As for the solution to the problem, we are open to suggestion from the Federal Government to find how we can find a lasting solution. The Minister of Agriculture happens to be a son of the soil. There are many options that are put on the table.”

The governor reiterated that his administration did not arm militias, describing the allegations as diversionary meant to turn facts to fiction.

He said they also appealed to Buhari to cause the arrest of Maiyetti Allah leaders who, he said, were still issuing threats of attacks:

“You are aware of the challenge we had since the 1st of January up to this moment. Several people were killed, more than 60,000 people displaced we are still counting.

“We thought it was wise as the father of the land and as the President of our country there is need to meet with him to interface with him.

“At a personal level, I spoke to the president on phone on the 1st of January when this incident occurred and he responded promptly. I followed it up with a visit and he directed the re-location of IGP to Benue State in addition to sending additional troops from the military.

“The situation as at today is relatively calm although there are pockets of issues. For the past five days we have witnessed two killings compared to what was happening before.

“There are still security issues from one town to the other like some few days ago we had an uproar in Makurdi Local Government, where some hoodlums wanted to take advantage. That is one of the things we have discovered in trying to create confusion so that they can go in there and loot.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Chairman of Chicason Group Limited, Dr. Alexander Chika Okafor, has described The Sun Business Person of the Year 2017 award, which he won, as a pleasant surprise that has underlined his modest contributions in the socio-economic development of the country.

Okafor and 21 other outstanding Nigerians will receive various awards at the prestigious The Sun Awards on February 24 at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, while receiving a delegation from The Sun Publishing Limited, led by the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, who had come to formally notify him of his choice as winner of the award, the Chicason Group’s chairman said it was gratifying that the quiet achievements of his company were being recognised by a reputable newspaper such as The Sun.

Confessing that he was not expecting The Sun award, Okafor said:  “Let me start by thanking you for recognising my little contributions in the development of Nigeria’s economy. Let me thank God Almighty who made it possible for us at Chicason to do what we are doing. We did not set out to win awards, but to do business, help the country’s economy and create employment. However, since what we have done over the years in the business world has attracted your recognition, we found it a pleasure to thank and identify with you.

“I really appreciate this award. It came as a pleasant surprise. It is not everyday that people tell companies they have done well. Whenever such commendation comes, it gives us the impetus  to do more for the development of Nigeria.”


 
Earlier, Osagie said The Sun Business Person of the Year award, “acknowledges outstanding contributions of an entrepreneur, chief executive of a business organisation, or a top business manager, who, despite obvious challenges that confront businesses in Nigeria, has displayed unparalleled acumen at value creation and service delivery in ways that have impacted positively on the nation’s economy.”

He said Okafor emerged as The Sun Business Person of the Year 2017 because of his “sterling achievements as one of the key players in the manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, mining, real estate, travel and health sectors.”

Outlining Okafor’s feat, Osagie said:  “When, at a very youthful age, in 1980, you set out to float a private enterprise, not many gave you the chance in the business world, but you came, saw and conquered.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that most Nigerians are unhappy with the direction  the country is headed under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, especially the unending killings and shedding of innocent blood across the country.

  Wike warned that Nigerians must never forget to draw from the trials and experience of the Civil War, to avoid making mistakes that would push the country into another civil war.

  He spoke yesterday, during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Harcourt, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should take steps to give every section of the country a sense of belonging  to entrench  peace.

  The governor said: “Mr President must match his commitment not only with responsible actions, but, also stop the state sanctioned marginalization that is fueling most of the avoidable crisis in the polity, by giving  every section of the country a sense of belonging and justice.

  “For, not many Nigerians are happy with the current state of  the nation, especially, the direction it is headed and the unending killings and shedding of innocent blood across the country.”

  While paying tribute to the military personnel, who laid down their lives for the unity of the country, Governor Wike  prayed for the peaceful repose of their souls.

“Beyond prayers, we must also comfort and extend genuine love to the members of the families they left behind, who in most cases, single-handedly bear the brunt and pains of losing loved ones while  serving the country,” the governor said.


 
He  lauded the President  for efforts at tackling  internal security challenges, particularly the ongoing war to free the North-East from the scourge of Boko Haram insurgency.

  The governor assured that the  state government would continue  to support  the ex-servicemen and serving military personnel.

He directed the immediate release of N100 million to the  state Legion to support widows of deceased ex-servicemen to set up businesses.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin PROF. IS-HAQOloyede, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, in this piece gave hints on how far JAMB has gone on knotty issues of admission into Nigerian higher institutions, the challenges and the way forward. He also explained the new 2018 registration system, why JAMB introduced that innovation as a... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Bianca Iboma The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahamon Bello, has identified poor funding of the education sector as a major hindrance to the nation's economic development. Prof. Bello made the observation while delivering a lecture on 'Private Education in Nigeria, sustainability in the next 50 years'. He gave... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has approved the appointment of Mr. Idowu Ajanaku as his special 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Sola Ojo, Kaduna Following the lingering face-off between the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) over sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who failed the competency test conducted by the state government in 2017, over two million poor children have been forced out of school. Before now, in... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Omodele Adigun Nigeria may soon be on its way to rival global tourist destinations as Heritage Bank, 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Stop carnage before it's too late ' Taraba CAN warns FG From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja and Sylvanus 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Taiwo Oluwadare Alhaji Abdulrahman Idris is Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Atiba University Oyo, Oyo State. In this interview, he traced the origin of the university and the challenges envisaged. What do you think can stand Atiba University out among the private universities in Nigeria, in view of the competitive nature of these... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Having grossed N23 billion from the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) in 2017, the 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Okwe Obi, Abuja Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has given reasons why he may 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Vera Wisdom Bassey Female students in secondary schools have been urged not to allow gender and male dominance to dissuade them from studying some courses or making their career decisions. This was disclosed at the Girls Empowered Conference, a two-day event hosted recently by the Pastor Bimbo Odukoya Foundation (PBOF) and held at the... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Sunday Ani My people perish for the lack of knowledge, says The Holy Bible. The same could also be 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja TheNational Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Abducted Taraba lawmaker, Mr Hosea Ibi, has been found dead. Ibi, representing 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Monica Iheakam German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz has condemned in strong terms the alleged racial abuse on two Super Eagles players, Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah. The Nigerian internationals suffered racial abuse during Saturday's away fixture against Hannover 96 at HDI arena. Their ordeal is coming, barely just hours after Russian champions Spartak Moscow's... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Omodele Adigun Getting credit is one of the major challenges facing micro enterprises in Nigeria and 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Chukwudi Nweje Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Centre Against Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Bassey thumbs up new recruits By George Aluo Akwa United manager, Abdul Maikaba is confident his 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has described as shocking and misleading 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team will make history in Pyeongchang as the first African sled to compete at the Winter Olympics. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga hit the qualifying standard in November but needed to maintain their world ranking until 14 January. Nigeria will be represented for the first time at the Winter Olympics.... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Sunday Ani The Akwa-Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini was the Director, Centre 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Omodele Adigun In a bid to boost savings culture and promote the financial inclusion agenda of the 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Ten time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams has been bundled out of Australian Open after losin straitght 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Samuel Bello, Abuja Chairman All Atiku Support Group, Oladimeji Fabiyi in this interview said 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Adewale Sanyaolu Funding the 2018 budget through domestic and external borrowings may be jettisoned 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has been cleared by the management of the 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Joe Apu, Owerri Captain of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Julius Ubido has declared that despite the team opening their campaign in the Nigeria Professional Football League season with a draw in their encounter with Sunshine Stars of Akure on Sunday, he is sure the team will do a good job of remaining in... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
More than three million tickets have been requested in the second phase of applications for this year's 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
South Africa queries US ambassador ' Africans, others rally against Trump in US cities African Union Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has formally protested to the United States about Trump's alleged use of the word 'shithole' to describe African nations. The US president reportedlymade the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Imo'll recruit Legionnaires as volunteer workers 'Okorocha From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka and George 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Following regulatory approval, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the promotion of Ms Tinuade 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Monica Iheakam German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz has condemned in strong terms the alleged racial abuse 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja Nigeria yesterday summoned the United States ambassador to explain reported remarks by President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from 'shithole' countries, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said. Symington, who is out of Nigeria, was represented by the Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young. A four paragraph statement... 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Stories by Chinwendu Obienyi Equities trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), yesterday, 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The news headlines greeting the result of the Saturday, January 13, Anambra Central senatorial election 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team will make history in Pyeongchang as the first African sled to compete 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected another sum of $210 million into the inter-bank foreign 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Insists onN133.28ex-depot price From Uche Usim, Abuja As the petrol scarcity gradually abates 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
2 doctors, 1 nurse feared dead From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki There was panic in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta, Agaju Madugba, Katsina, Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan and Paul Osuyi, Asaba Senate 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By TayoOgunbiyi These, indeed, are strange times for our beloved nation. Harsh economic realities coupled 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Emmanuel Onwubiko By So, why and how come the current administration seems to be handling the ongoing 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Christine Onwuachumba Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi is theco-coordinator, LagosDomestic and Sexual 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year address afforded him the opportunity to reflect on the challenges 
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