NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 2nd January, 2017.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)  has expressed worry over the raging feud between Dangote Group and BUA Group over the ownership of a mining site located in Okpella area of Edo State. The conflict over the rightful ownership of Mining Lease No 2541 involving chairmen of the two leading companies, Aliko Dangote and Abdulsamad Rabiu has dominated discussions in the public space for the past few weeks, especially within the business circle. Both sides have engaged in accusations and counter accusations, including name calling in the media. There had been frantic moves by eminent persons in the country to settle the business row, the latest being the intervention by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II who  had urged the business moguls, both natives of Kano, to sheathe the sword. LEADERSHIP gathered yesterday that Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the pan Northern group  has also waded into the matter in a bid to end the dispute once and for all. A dependable source told our correspondent that in the last couple of days, the forum and the Northern elders held several meetings where the dispute between Dangote and BUA was seriously discussed. It was gathered that the forum expressed concern over the scuffle and has concluded arrangements to invite the two business giants to a meeting to be chaired by Emir Sanusi II in Kaduna. The source, a high ranking member of the ACF, who did not want his name in print said, “Obviously disturbed by the pace at which the war is taking, the ACF decided to step in and to this effect, they have resolved to invite both of them to a meeting which will be chaired by the Emir of Kano possibly this week.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
It was tragic New Year, yesterday when unknown gunmen killed no fewer than 14 persons at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State. LEADERSHIP gathered that over 26 persons were shot in the attack, 14 persons died on the spot, while 12 victims were hospitalized in the city. Although, there are conflicting reports on the number of casualties, some sources said 14 persons, another claimed 15, while other report has it that 16 persons lost their lives in the incident. It was further gathered that the unknown gunmen had operated at two different locations, Kirigani and Oboh axis of Aligwu community in Omoku, in a coordinated attack. The killers, according to the reports, opened fire on Christians that were returning from different churches around 00:20am after successfully crossing over to the New Year, 2018, and killed the victims. The Rivers State Police Command has described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the culprits must be smoked out and prosecuted. State police public relations officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said Police were aware of the incident, but could not ascertain the number of casualties to journalists at the time of filing the report. Omoni said: “I can confirm the incident; but, at the moment, we cannot confirm the conflicting number of casualties. The deputy commissioner of Police in charge of Operations and other tactical heads have been mobilised there to restore peace.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017
BY ADEBAYO WAHEED, IbadanThe World Bank has lauded the Oyo State Government on the 2016/2017 Annual School Census report.The Banks representative in Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Adekola who gave the recommendation on Thursday during a presentation of the report to the key-stakeholders in the state said, Oyo State has better educational services for all.According to him, the report will help in appropriating resources and making appropriate decisions base on available data to enhance efficiency.He said thi 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By BUKOLA IDOWU, LagosThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) has extended the closing date for the registration for the first set of private candidate examination for January/February following clamour by candidates for an extension.The deadline which was earlier fixed for today, Friday December 29, 2017 has been extended by two weeks to Friday, January 12, 2018.This according to the spokesperson of the examination body Demianus Ojieogu, is to allow more candidates complete their registrati 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado EkitiEkiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has joined other Nigerians to pray for the speedy recovery of President Muhammadu Buharis son, Yusuf who was recently involved in a power bike accident.The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Idowu Adelusi , quoted him to have prayed on his verified Twitter Handle that God will be with the Presidents family at this trying time.He said; I wish the Presidents son speedy recovery. May the healing hands of the Almighty God be upon t 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
BY BUKOLA IDOWU, LagosLagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on has approved the appointment of Dr. Nosiru Olajide Onibon as the Acting Provost of the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe.Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Thursday said the appointment takes immediate effect.Onibons appointment follows the demise of the former Provost, Professor Olurotimi Sikiru Akeusola who passed on early this year.Born on 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
BY JOSHUA DADA, OsogboGovernor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State haa presented 2018 budget proposal of N173,980,083,007 to the Osun State House of Assembly for approval.The budget, Christened Budget of Enduring legacy is N27,347,336,027 higher than that of 2017 that was N146,632,746,980.00.Aregbesola, while presenting the draft Budget said it is anchored on the avowed commitment of his administration to provide a conducive living environment for the people of Osun State.Summarising the draft 2018 re 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By BAYO AMODU, AbujaCapital Market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has pledged to work with Finance Correspondents to ensure proper reporting of the capital market to enlighten and educate the investing public.Acting Director General of SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair stated this when Executive of Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Abuja Chapter visited him recently.Zubair commended the journalists for their assistance so far in propagating the initiatives of the Com 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
Sen Robert Borofice represents Ondo North in the Nigerian Senate. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, stated that restructuring might not solve Nigerias problems but devolution of power will definitely change things. He also spoke on some other issues.The world seems to have left Nigeria behind in terms of science and technology, what is happening'I have been in science sector for a long time from the university level to government an 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
In this report, AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH takes a look at major developments in the senate in 2017 and writes that the mutual mistrust, suspicion and lack of confidence between Presidency and the Senate leadership, laid by events of June 9, 2015, continue to take their toll on governance in the country. While reacting to the situation reminiscent of todays Nigeria in US, when there was so much corruption being unearthed in all realms of life, when there was a crying need for institutions which put char 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI examines the Revised Import & Export Guidelines recently announced by the Ministry of Finance requiring all imports and exports to be palletised, effective January 2018; and highlights stakeholders anxieties over the negative effects the policy might have on the Ease of Doing Business initiative launched by the federal government last June.In its effort to ensure seamless business transactions and eliminate obstacles creating hiccups to ease of doing business in the co 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, AbujaA team of officials from Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and security agencies on Thursday dispensed 57,000 litres of petrol free to motorists in Abuja.Mr Umar Ajiya, the managing director, Nigerian Product Marketing Company, NPMC, also known as PPMC, had on Dec. 13, warned petrol profiteers to desist or face losing their products.The team, which was on its fifth day of monitoring, got more information from anonymou 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By NANNo fewer than four persons were killed in a suicide bomb attack yesterday at Amarwa community of Konduga local government area of Borno State.The incident occurred at about 2 pm when a male suicide bomber infiltrated the village and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body.An eyewitness, Bukar Fantai, told NAN that the bomber managed to sneak into the village disguising as a grain merchant.Fantai said that the insurgent first approached a shop keeper and offered 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja and Alo Abiola, Ado EkitiFormer President, Goodluck Jonathan has joined in praying for the quick recovery of President Buharis son, Yusuf.Jonathan, in a message on his Facebook page, said I have been in Liberia monitoring elections and only just heard the sad news. My family and I are in prayers for the quick recovery of Yusuf Buhari.It is my deep desire that a young man so full of promise should live and thrive to fulfill the promises God has domiciled in him. I also ca 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By Ruth Tene Natsa, AbujaThe Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) has opposed the removal of mining from the exclusive lists of the federal government to allow more states participation.MANs president, Alhaji Sani Shehu stated the position of the association while briefing newsmen on the state of mining in Nigeria at the Associations End of Year 2017 Press Conference in Abuja yesterday.The recent suggestion from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on the removal of mining from the exclusi 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
BY AHURAKA ISAH AND SOLOMON AYADO, FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja, NAN, CHIKA IZUORA, LagosThe Senate yesterday cut short its three-week recess to convene a meeting with stakeholders in the oil sector, with a view to addressing the fuel scarcity which appears to have defied solutions.This is as the Senate has vowed to unveil forces or factors behind the fuel scarcity which has caused Nigerians untold hardship in lasted last three weeks.Consequently, its committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), ha 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By OLUSHOLA BELLO And KAYODE TOKEDE, LagosNigerias stock market has been named to be amongst the five top performers in 2017, topping equities markets of most major European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries, a CNN report has revealed.The report which examined the performances of global equities markets, listed the United States stock market to have average 25 per cent, Nigeria 43 per cent, Turkey 43 per cent, Argentina 73 per cent and Hong Kong 35 per cent as the major outperformers.Analysts 

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
By Bernard Tolani Dada, UyoNo fewer than 14 fleeing inmates of Ikot Ekpene prisons in Akwa Ibom State have been rearrested following intense manhunt for them by the guards.It was gathered that the 14, who are serving various terms of imprisonments, were recaptured within Ikot Ekpene environs.The Controller of Prisons (CP), Mr Alex Oditah, who gave update of the incident yesterday, said the recaptured prisoners were among the 47 that forcefully escaped from the facility, yesterday.According to hi 
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