NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 8th January, 2018.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The move has, however, come under criticism, with some players in the aviation industry questioning the rationale for tipping such Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) in favour of a foreign airline, while depriving indigenous ones the opportunity to grow.

Described as “the leading low-cost carrier of Saudi Arabia”, Flynas, according to its website, “was established as part of NAS (National Air Services) Holding in 2007” and “has a fleet of 28 aircraft, operating over 1000 scheduled flights every week to 17 destinations within Saudi Arabia and 17 international destinations.”

Saudi authorities allot a 95,000-pilgrim slot to Nigeria yearly. The implication is that of this number, Flynas alone will airlift 47,500, while Med-View Airlines Plc, Max Air, Azman Air and four others share 47,500.
 
NAHCON statistics show that no fewer than 81,000 Nigerians participated in Hajj last year. This figure was 10,000 passengers more than in 2016. The body is therefore optimistic that Nigeria would use up its entire 95,000-man slot in 2018, being the fifth country in the world with the highest number of visitors to Mecca.
 
The Guardian learnt that the official baseline rate for Hajj remains the same as last year’s $4,805, which is about N1.5 million per head at an official exchange rate of N306 to $1. Of the sum, between N518,000 and N600,000 goes for air travel return ticket, depending on whether the pilgrim is in the north or south of the country. Northern pilgrims with an estimated travel time of about four and a half hours pay lesser, compared to those from southern states who travel over five hours.
 
Averagely, each pilgrim pays a N518,000 fare. Multiplied by 47,500 passengers, Flynas in 2018 will rake in N24.6 billion in ticket sales.
 
Sources at NAHCON agreed that the financial implication of the 50 per cent quota is huge but noted: “We have no fault in this matter.” They argued that NAHCON simply complied with royal decrees by the Saudi government on airlifting of pilgrims.
 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
While historians have disputed the account that Rome’s emperor, Nero, played away on a fiddle as the city burned, the phrase nevertheless has become synonymous with doing too little or nothing in a time of great crisis.
Nigerians had repeatedly accused the Buhari government of poor handling of attacks by herdsmen across the country. But with the recent Benue State massacre, it appears the criticisms are rising to a disturbing climax.

Last week, herdsmen in Benue staged coordinated attacks in three local government areas, killing about 50 persons and wounding hundreds. The incident followed an orgy of killings in Rivers and Kaduna states where dozens lost their lives.


Chief Edward Ujege, president of Tiv socio-cultural organisation, Mzough-u-Tiv, dismissed a statement credited to Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris suggesting the Benue tragedy was a result of communal clashes.

The IGP mocked the souls of children, pregnant women, old men and youths murdered in cold blood by armed Fulani herdsmen, Ujege said.

He insisted that facts on the ground did not indicate clashes between groups but rather a well-planned, foretold and unprovoked invasion by cattlemen who had vowed to resist the state’s anti-open grazing law.  

“When the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, signed the law on May 22, 2017, officials of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore came out publicly to state that they would mobilise and invade the state, to resist the law,” Ujege said in a statement.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Ministry of Petroleum Resources to find solution to the biting fuel crisis in the country has wrecked the nation's economy. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Ogun State Police Command yesterday gunned down an armed robbery suspect, at Ososa junction, along the Sagamu-Ore expressway. According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the effort followed a distress call received by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) that robbers had blocked [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Four persons were confirmed dead while 13 others were injured in a road crash that occurred opposite Christopher University, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway involving a white Innosson bus and a Toyota Sienna. The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Clement Oladele, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Abeokuta, [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
An Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has affirmed the sacking of the traditional ruler of Igbindo community in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, Oba John Olaniji Ogundoju, saying he was not eligible to contest the stool. The court asked Ogundoju to vacate the stool and stop parading himself [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigeria has been grouped alongside Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the basketball event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
In the year 2017, like never before, Nigeria was faced with several outbreaks - Cerebrospinal Meningitis, Lassa fever, Yellow fever, Cholera and most recently Monkeypox. There was definitely no quiet period for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) - the national public health agency with the responsibility of preventing, detecting and responding to disease [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release its findings on the alleged N2billion naira fraud at the University of Ilorin. The University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU made the appeal in a statement by its Coordinator, Dr. Ade Adejumo. The statement was titled: 'Impunity [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The police in Edo State have confirmed the arrest of a suspected murderer whose motive behind the crime is yet to be ascertained. But commercial motorcyclists known as Okada riders operating in Egor local government and youths of the community had protested against the presence of a suspected den for rituals at a forest located [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
A 47-year-old man, Philips Emekudu, resident of Okpanam community near Asaba in Delta State, on Thursday evening escaped from his abductors after two weeks in his kidnappers' den. It was gathered that the victim was on his way to his house on the day he was kidnapped in his Lexus 350 SUV along Okpanam road, [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised judicious implementation of the N1.046 trillion 2018 budget for Lagos State. During the yearly conference of the state chapter of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), he solicited the support of the media in realising the mega city project, pledging that ongoing infrastructural projects would be completed on schedule. [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho was in Barcelona yesterday to tie up a 160-million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool, the third-richest deal of all time. 'Bem-vindo! Welcome! Benvingut! Bienvenido!' Barca tweeted to Coutinho along with a waving hand sign and a video showing a shirt bearing his name in a locker. Spanish league leaders Barca host [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Ousmane Dembele made his first start since September after being named in the Barcelona team to face Levante in LaLiga yesterday. Head coach Ernesto Valverde indicated after Dembele made a 20-minute cameo in the Copa del Rey against Celta Vigo on Thursday that the club-record signing was not ready to start. But having recovered from [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Massive underground maneuvers by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and top presidential aides to galvanise support for a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari have provided a headstart for the ruling party. While other political parties, particularly the main opposition platform, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are still trying to get their [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Malaysia's opposition coalition on Sunday named 92-year old former premier Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election that must be called by August. With the country's most popular opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in jail, Mahathir is seen as the biggest threat for 64 year-old Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is engulfed [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Sir: On the 18th of December 2017, the world celebrated the International Migrants Day. To mark the day, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, organised an interactive, multi stakeholders hearing on the issue of migration across the globe. The venue was the Trusteeship Chamber at the UN Headquarters, New York. [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
It is January, first month of the New Year. It is the month that closely follows the end of year celebrations, when families meet, people travel, when people get too much to eat, too much to drink, when people sit back a bit and enjoy the throes of dying year, the joy of being counted [] 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Arsene Wenger was condemned to his first FA Cup third-round exit as managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest stunned holders Arsenal at the City Ground. The hosts took the lead when Eric Lichaj headed in from close range, although the advantage lasted just three minutes as Per Mertesacker followed up after Rob Holding's header had struck [] 
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