NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2018.


Fri, 12 Jan 2018

CROWDS of people in black dresses, weeping women, frightful kids and 73 polished mahogany caskets. Benue State was in pains yesterday.

It was all at the funeral of the victims of the herdsmen killings that have sparked a big outrage.

The sober ceremony, to many, marked the 41-year-old state’s most tragic moment.

The herdsmen invaded villages in Guma and Logo local government areas at night and dawn on January 1, killing people on farms and in their homes.

Thousands of people, including prominent citizens of the state, led by the paramount ruler, the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty Prof James Ayatse, were at the IBB Square, venue of the mass burial.

The burial was preceded by an interdenominational service.

Manny shed tears, women rolled on the ground as trucks bearing the caskets snaked into the arena. Vigilante members in black tee-shirts and black trousers accompanied the vehicles.
Governor Samuel Ortom had declared yesterday a public holiday after the two previous days were observed as mourning period.


The Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Most Rev. Williams Avenya, prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead and called for prayers for the survivors of the attacks.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Benue State Chairman Rev Akper Leva praised Ortom for his charisma and love for Benue, having passed  the Anti-Open Grazing Law, adding that the spirit of the departed ones and the God of Benue would  rise up to torment the terrorists who brought tears and sorrow to the state and the people.

After the admonition came the grim task of laying to rest the dead in a row of graves dug and paved with blocks. One by one the 73 caskets were lowered. Before then, the atmosphere had been charged with relatives of the dead wailing as they crowded around the row of caskets.



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

President of Dangote Industries Alhaji Aliko Dangote remains Africa’s richest with a net worth of $12.2billion, according to Forbes.

This is an increase of $100 million from his worth when the assessment was done by the influential magazine last year.

Dangote is the continental richest for the seventh year in a row.

Bill Gates is the richest in the world with a net worth of $86 billion followed by Warren Buffet ($75.6b) and Jeff Bezos ($72.8 billion).



Other Nigerians on the African list are Globacom Chairman Mike Adenuga ($5.3 billion) adjudged the fifth richest in Africa and Mrs Folorunsho Alakija ($1.6 billion) rated the 15th richest in Africa.

Following after Dangote in the African rich list is diamond mining heir Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa ($7.7 billion) up $700 million last year.

Boosting the South African ranks this year are newcomer Michiel Le Roux,($1.2 billion) South African mining tycoon Desmond Sacco, chairman of listed Assore Group (1.4 billion)

Forbes said: “Dangote is looking beyond cement –his most valuable asset – and has been investing in a fertiliser production company and a large oil refinery. Dangote Fertiliser is expected to start operations in the second quarter this year.”

Dangote is also the only African selected among Bloomberg’s world 50 best persons in 2017.




Fri, 12 Jan 2018

A Fulani socio-cultural organisation, the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has said that the conflicts between farmers and herders in Benue State and other states is the Fulani way of fighting back over prolonged neglect and injustice.

It said the country had relegated the Fulani herdsmen to the background and were never allowed to exercise any right in the country like other citizens.

He called for the abrogation of the Anti-Open grazing Bill.

National Secretary General of GAFDAN Alhaji Saleh Bayeri told our reporter in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday: “There has been so much hatred against the Fulani by other Nigerians over the years and successive governments never cared to see to the challenges facing the Fulanis in this country, we have been pushed to the wall and the only option we have is to fight back, especially as states are beginning to enact laws to further strangulate the only means of livelihood of the Fulani herdsmen in the country”



Bayeri added: “The reason for the problem is obvious. The Fulani in this country are facing the toughest challenge of their lives, a kind of challenge that makes you to choose between life and death; they are facing serious economic depression.

“Historically, the herdsmen and their business have been neglected o by the people and government of Nigeria. It is therefore natural that for people that feel oppressed to want to fight back or resist oppression. As far back as I can remember, from 1970 till date, there has been no single government policy geared towards assisting herdsmen in any way.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, yesterday urged the Federal Government to investigate if fleeing remnants of Boko Haram insurgents and displaced soldiers from Libya were involved in the Benue State killings. Ibrahim who represents Katsina South Senatorial District told reporters in Abuja that probing the possibility of Boko Haram and LibyanRead MoreThe post Senator links killings to Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss a suit challenging the competence of the charges filed against ex-AGF, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) and others over their alleged involvement in the $1.1bn Malabu Oil scam. Malami also insisted that Adoke and othersRead MoreThe post Malabu: Malami insists Adoke must be prosecuted appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss a suit challenging the competence of the charges filed against ex-AGF, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) and others over their alleged involvement in the $1.1bn Malabu Oil scam. Malami also insisted that Adoke and othersRead MoreThe post Malabu: Malami insists Adoke must be prosecuted appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh explained yesterday why the Federal Government substituted the plan to create ranches with that of cattle colonies. He said: 'Ranching is more of an individual venture for those who want to invest, but cattle colony is bigger in scope and size. It is going to be doneRead MoreThe post Why Fed Govt is promoting cattle colonies, by Ogbeh appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said yesterday that he warned his Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom when he was planning the anti-Open Grazing law. He felt Ortom should have exploited other ways to deal with the herders situation before enforcing the law. Lalong, who spoke with reporters at the Villa yesterday said:'I told the governorRead MoreThe post I warned Ortom on anti-open grazing law, says Lalong appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, has called on Nigerians to eschew acrimony, embrace tolerance and peace to foster unity and development. Idris spoke at a meeting with stakeholders in Nasarawa State in view of the killings in Benue and Nasarawa states. 'The president has delegated me to be here to reconcile the various interest groupsRead MoreThe post I-G preaches tolerance, peace, harmony appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said yesterday that he warned his Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom when he was planning the anti-Open Grazing law. He felt Ortom should have exploited other ways to deal with the herders situation before enforcing the law. Lalong, who spoke with reporters at the Villa yesterday said:'I told the governorRead MoreThe post I warned Ortom on anti-open grazing law, says Lalong appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu yesterday commiserated with the government and people of Benue State following the mass burial of the victims of herdsmen attacks. Ekweremadu expressed sadness over the incident and reiterated his call for decetralised policing. This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Deputy Senate President,Read MoreThe post Ekweremadu mourns with Benue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Leaders of Ohanaeze and some Yoruba elders and politicians agreed yesterday to pursue a peaceful means to restructure the country. They held a meeting in Enugu tagged: 'A Celebration of Igbo/Yoruba Friendship Beyond Brotherhood.' Also in attendance were delegations from the Middle Belt and the Niger Delta. The meeting was dedicated to a former HeadRead MoreThe post Ohanaeze, Yoruba chiefs to pursue true federalism appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu yesterday commiserated with the government and people of Benue State following the mass burial of the victims of herdsmen attacks. Ekweremadu expressed sadness over the incident and reiterated his call for decetralised policing. This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Deputy Senate President,Read MoreThe post Ekweremadu mourns with Benue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

To prevent the rejection of Nigeria's agricultural and processed food exports, the government should up an inspectorate unit in key markets. This is the advice of Federation of Agricultural Commodities Association Nigeria (FACAN) President, Dr. Victor Iyama. The European Union (EU) ban on agric exports, such as beans, continues, even as it is mandatory forRead MoreThe post FACAN seeks task force on export products appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Nigeria is set for a bunper yam harvest, farmers have said.The Yam Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria is promising increased yam production to support the Federal Government's yam export initiative. Its Acting President, Prof Simon Irtwange, in an interview in Abuja, said farmers had been mobilised to increase their production to provide forRead MoreThe post Yam farmers assure of increased production appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The Federal Government in partnership with Switzerland's King and Spalding, a leading Law firm in Geneva, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to stop using the Nigerian market as a dumping ground. The agreement was signed in Geneva by Chief Negotiator and Director-General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe for NigeriaRead MoreThe post Fed Govt, Switzerland sign MOU stopping illegal dumping appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Shareholders of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc yesterday approved a plan by the majority shareholder, Affelka SA to acquire the outstanding 26.8 per cent shares held by the minority shareholders. At a court-ordered meeting in Lagos, shareholders approved the scheme of arrangement for the acquisition. With the ongoing acquisition process, Affelka SA will increase its ownershipRead MoreThe post 7-Up's core investor to buy out Nigerian shareholders appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

An ecologist, Mr. Richard Inyamkume, says those burning bushes are retarding agricultural production. Inyamkume, the Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said this in an interview in Abuja. 'Those who set bushes on fire should know that they are deeply causing serious harm to agriculture and byRead MoreThe post 'Bush burning hurts agric production' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

A study has warned that the dry-season irrigated rice in West Africa's Sahel region has reached the critical threshold of 37 degrees Celcius ' the tipping point. It added that further temperature rise could devastate rice yields in the region due to decreasing photosynthesis at high temperatures. According to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate ChangeRead MoreThe post West Africa's rice production at risk, says study appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Over four million Nigerians lost their jobs last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Unemployment rate rose at an all-time high of 18.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, with NBS projecting that the figure might get worse. The grim statistics, which underscored the economy's vulnerability despite exiting the recession,Read MoreThe post Job losses force focus on entrepreneurship, industrialisation appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Regulator of the telecoms sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said no winner has emerged in ongoing efforts to sell Nigeria's fourth largest carrier, 9mobile. Its Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo,in a statement said the process to sell the carrier was ongoing, stressing that Barclays Africa, advisor to the Interim Management of the telco,Read MoreThe post NCC: no winner yet in 9mobile acquisition bid appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The FADAMA Coordinator in Anambra State, Mr Chukwuka Egbueh, has called on the youth to engage in farming to support the government's efforts to develop the agricultural sector. Egbueh made the call in an interview in Awka, the Anambra State capital. He stressed that the government had made a lot of investments to overhaul andRead MoreThe post Engage in agric, FADAMA coordinator urges youths appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Lagos State government generated N503.7 billion revenue in 2017, the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said. Ambode, who spoke at the first quarter Town Hall Meeting yesterday, at De Blue Roof, LTV Complex in Agidingbi, Ikeja, said the achievement came despite the tough prevailing economic environment. He said the state was entering the new year withRead MoreThe post Lagos rakes in N503.7b IGR, appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

BY Audu Entonu Certainly, these are not the best of times for Benue people. There is pain, sorrow and lamentations on the land. A land once purified by the blessings and peace of our ancestors has become a killing field. The bloodbath is abhorring and the cries so loud and trenchant. Everybody is feeling theRead MoreThe post Benue: A Satanic Affliction Upon A Race appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

A new chapter will open in the history of the Yoruba tomorrow as the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, confers the title of Aare Ona Kankanfo on the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, in Oyo, the capital of the old Oyo Empire. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writesRead MoreThe post Kankanfos: Their battles, exploits and tragedies appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 



Fri, 12 Jan 2018

An Ekiti State Gubernatorial Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Kayode Ojo, has observed that the statehas the potentials of creating its wealth and reduce total dependence on the allocations from the Federal Government before being able to grow its infrastructure. The Oil and Gas mogul made this known inRead MoreThe post 2018 Poll: Ekiti people need someone with compassion appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

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