Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 15 January, 2018.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Pentecostal giants David Oyedepo and Tunde Bakare yesterday called on the Federal Government to stem the killings in the country.

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida also demanded an end to the bloodshed.

President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with leaders of thought in Benue State, who will be led by Governor Samuel Ortom, at the Aso Villa.

Benue has been grieving since January 1 when people were killed in an invasion by herdsmen.

Seventy-three bodies were given a mass burial last Thursday in Makurdi, the state capital.

The meeting is expected to tackle the menace and expected to also bring up the issue of states arming militia.

President Buhari met last night with Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara over security.

The presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, otherwise known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has warned the Federal Government to halt the killing spree by herdsmen or risk the country’s disintegration.

He likened the attacks to a time bomb and warned politicians not to “sell off the destinies of men for your ambitions”.

Dr. Oyedepo said God revealed to him 26 years ago that this crisis would put the country “on a keg of gunpowder” if the government failed to act.

He gave the warning yesterday  in a message titled “A wakeup call to a nation in a state of slumber”.

He said: “Prophets have a duty to warn people, nations against impending danger.

“I have this wake-up call for a nation in a state of slumber. Insurgency is spreading across the country under the guise of Fulani herdsmen. Danger is looming.

“How many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began?”

Oyedepo warned that a nationwide crisis, “worse than anyone around knows”, might be imminent.

He said: “Where are the leaders of thought in Nigeria? Where is the government and this is continuing unabated? We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. There is a volatile reaction coming and God revealed this to me as far back as 1992, clearly written in my diary.”

But, prophesying that “Nigeria shall not be destroyed,” Oyedepo called on God to “trouble all that trouble the peace and progress of this nation”.

According to him, Nigeria’s destiny has never been under a worse threat of survival.

He said: “People may soon be forced to take the law into their hands. The security apparatus of the country has obviously failed to defend the property and lives of these poor farmers.

“While we are claiming to be curtailing Boko Haram, we are on the other hand aiding and abetting herdsmen and their murderous acts.

“Nigeria is a nation at war with ourselves.  No external aggression from aggressors, no ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass burial. What a nation in a state of slumber.

“Hear the voice of God through this prophet, the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death.”

Oyedepo warned that the attacks might push every community to set up its own security system to defend itself against “the insurgency”.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Cattle breeders are proposing measures  to tackle the herdsmen-farmers clashes in which many have died.

Their umbrella organisation,  the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN),  is demanding:

compensation for its members;
immediate disarmament of militants; and
justice for those who died in clashes.
Benue and Taraba states accused Fulani herdsmen of being behind the killings in their states.

Seventy-three people were killed in the New Year’s Day attacks in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue State. They were given mass burial last Thursday.

In neighbouring Taraba State, 55 people were killed in Lau Local Government. About 233 bodies were buried last week.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has accused the Miyetti Allah leadership of masterminding the killings. He called for their arrest and prosecution.

But, at a news conference in Abuja yesterday, MACBAN National Secretary Baba Usman told reporters that the pastoralists had been neglected and suffered various attacks, including the one in which he claimed 732 died in Mambilla Jos.

In Numan, he said,  82 women and children were killed.

He said the anti-open grazing law was not initiated to provide a lasting solution to the herdsmen/farmers conflict and blamed the crisis on “draconian laws” put in place by some state governments to deliberately chase away herdsmen.

He said the Ekiti State anti-grazing-law had human face and represented interest of the pastoralists, adding that members of the association were well represented while setting up the state anti-open grazing law.

He said the herdsmen had always been at the receiving end of condemnations while engaging in their legal occupation of pastoralism.

Usman, who noted that the association battled with “misguided and criminally motivated elements”, said:

“The current situation in our opinion is fuelled by the draconian laws put in place by some state governments with singular aim of chasing our people out of the states simply for ethnic hatred.

“The anti-open grazing law which started in Ekiti State before it was replicated in Benue, Taraba and other states, is nothing more than  a symbol of intolerance and do not in any way intend to solve the farmers/herders conflict as the livestock breeders interest is neither captured in the law nor in its implementation mechanism.

“While, as a body, we are not against any law that can engender peace, create societal harmony and stability, we cannot oblige any self-centered regulation with primordial sentiments based on injustice, intolerance and infringement of people’s rights.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

The Federal High Court in Lagos has nullified the appointment of an interim board for telephone firm 9Mobile.

Justice Ibrahim Buba made the order based on an application by Spectrum Wireless Communication Ltd, which invested $35million in 2009 in Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS)/Etisalat, the fourth largest telecommunications service operator in Nigeria.

The judge ruled: “An order is hereby granted discharging the ex-parte order made by this court in this suit in favour of the respondent on the 3rd day of July 2017.

“The order made pursuant to motion ex-parte dated 3rd day of July 2017 was a nullity, made without jurisdiction and obtained by misrepresentation of facts. Same be and is hereby discharged and vacated as prayed.

“The motion for stay is struck out, having set aside the order. The respondent shall reverse all steps taken by it since the order was a nullity.”

The order nullifies the appointment of Dr Joseph Nnana of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as chairman, Mr Boye Olusanya as Managing Director, Mrs Funke Ighodaro as Chief Financial Officer, Mr Seyi Bickersthet and Mr Ken Igbokwe on the EMTS board.

The nullification follows Justice Buba’s dismissal of a preliminary objection filed by United Capital Trustees Ltd in response to the application by Spectrum Wireless, a shareholder of EMTS.

United Capital comprises a consortium of local banks that provided funding for Etisalat.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and other stakeholders from the state – in a bid to resolve the crisis sparked by the herdsmen killings.

No fewer than 73 victims of the herdsmen’s actions were buried at the weekend. Over 60,000 displaced persons are in five camps.

About 60 injured people were on admission at the Benue State Teaching Hospital in Makurdi. Some of them have been discharged.

A victim with a broken skull has been taken to Primus Hospital in Abuja for referral service.

The state government has released more than N100million to take care of the victims and the  displaced.

Ortom, in a chat with The Nation in Makurdi, said he had ordered the arrest of those instigating the Tiv-Hausa clash or any form of ethnic crisis.

He also insisted that those who attacked innocent farmers in the state are known. Besides, the governor stressed that the state will reject the creation of cattle colonies as a solution to attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom demanded the arrest of the leaders of Miyyeti Allah Kautal Hore, especially its President Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, and National Secretary Saleh Alhassan.

He said he raised the alarm of impending attack in a memo  to the then Acting President, the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Inspector-General of Police, and the Directorate of State Security Service(DSS).

The governor added that when President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his medical leave, he sent to him another memo in October 2017.

Ortom said: “We are meeting on Monday. The stakeholders are going to meet with the President. The stakeholders will see whatever the Federal Government  is able to put on the table and if the stakeholders accept, I will abide by it.

“It is Benue stakeholders. It is at our own instance; we requested that we are going to meet with him.

“So far, we have over 60,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), but we are still counting. We look forward to these people going back home very soon. Some had to run away out of fear because of the way these people came to attack. They came around 2am, 3am, 5am in the dead of the night.

“It was more of a guerrilla war against the people. In some cases, they did not even shoot guns so that the next person would not hear. They come to your house, wake you up and slash your throat.

“We are doing our best but the situation is under control. For the past four days, we had no news of any killings. It was only on Saturday that I heard that one person was killed. I am yet to get full briefing on that.”

Asked of what will be his response to offers by the Presidency, Ortom replied: “I am very open, I am a democratically elected  governor; it is what the people want that I go with.

“So, if you are able to convince my people that we can tinker with the law or do whatever, I am ready to go. I  have no hard feelings about it .

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Following an understanding with Federal Government delegation, the Libyan government has detained a top Nigerian female human trafficker Maria Oda. Oda, known in Tripoli as Hajiya Aisha, is believed to have trafficked more than 80 ladies and girls to the North African country. Yesterday a returnee said many Nigerians remain are imprisoned at a LibyanRead MoreThe post Nigerian 'human trafficker' held in Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Federal Government is undertaking road projects worth N2.8 trillion across the country, Mr Chukwunwike Uzo, the Director of Highways, Planning and Development, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, has said. Uzo made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday. He said the projects are beingRead MoreThe post N2.8 tr federal road projects going on, says Fed Govt appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Lagos lawyer Femi Falana has urged the Federal Government to release detained cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Falana, in a statement yesterday, said it was wrong to continue to detain the cleric. His statement reads: Last week, it was widely rumoured in the social media that Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky had died in the illegal custody ofRead MoreThe post Falana to Fed Govt: release El-Zakzaky now appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The last one week has been overwhelming for the people and government of Benue State, following the killing of 73 people by suspected herdsmen. Ahead of today's meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari by Benue stakeholders, Governor Samuel Ortom speaks with MANAGING EDITOR (NORTHERN OPERATION) YUSUF ALLI in Makurdi. Excerpts: Did you see the herdsmen attackRead MoreThe post Herdsmen after our land, says Ortom appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
An Ekiti State High Court has reserved judgment in the suit filed by the state government against seven persons for alleged complicity in the murder of a former National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chairman, Omolafe Aderiye. Aderiye was killed on September 25, 2014, at private motor park, Lafe Ade Transport Services, in IjigboRead MoreThe post Court reserves verdict in ex-Ekiti NURTW's chair's murder appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has tendered his unreserved apologies to the people of Benue State and Nigerians over the comments he made following the murder of 73 people by herdsmen in Benue State. Lalong had told newsmen that he warned Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom against passing the anti-grazing law which was believed toRead MoreThe post Lalong 'sorry' for Benue comment appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
More than two-thirds of quoted companies will come under the pricing band of one kobo. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is set for the implementation of new pricing rules that will remove the current stop-gap that has supported stocks at their nominal value and allow shares of quoted companies to trade for as low asRead MoreThe post 116 quoted companies to fall under one-kobo pricing rules appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Weststar Nigeria last Friday announced the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz Citan Tourer and Panel Van, the first addition to its Mercedes-Benz vans products for the local market. The Citan is an absolute all-rounder, powerful, with compact dimensions, making it suitable for city use. With its impressive quality and driving dynamics, exemplary safety and economy, andRead MoreThe post Mercedes-Benz Citan makes its debut appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Andreas Voss as Head of Trade Finance for Financial Institutions (TFFI) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Voss will combine his new role with his portfolio as Head of Global Transaction Banking West Africa and Chief Representative of Deutsche Bank AGs Lagos Representative Office. Based in Lagos, Voss will beRead MoreThe post Deutsche Bank appoints new trade finance head for SSA appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Akey player in the processing and packaging industry and Spectra Industries Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Duro Kuteyi, has urged the Federal Government to establish a special interest rate for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He recommended the pegging of interest rate at about five per cent for the small businesses. Kuteyi lamented aRead MoreThe post 'Why we are asking for 5% SMEs interest rate' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Although we've made some progress, there is still a lot to be done MORE than half a century of oil exploration in the country, the scale of the annual pillage brought on by the systematic underdevelopment of indigenous capacity by international oil companies (IOCs) continues to be mind-boggling. According to the executive secretary of theRead MoreThe post Boosting local content appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Hyundai redesigned its industry-leading midsize sedan Sonata for the 2018 model year with a more assertive profile and clean and handsome approach. That new design was honoured with a 2017 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, a significantRead MoreThe post Hyundai Sonata wins Good Design Award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Universities must stop fleecing candidates A FEDERAL Government query issued to 42 universities has once again demonstrated the brazen manner in which tertiary institutions exploit admission-seekers under the guise of conducting the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). According to the Executive Secretary of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the universitiesRead MoreThe post Merit vs money appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has advised the Federal Government to fulfill its Memoranda of Understanding on the Niger Delta to stem the insecurity in the region. PETAN Chairman, Bank Anthony Okoroafor, told The Nation that implementing such agreements would help ensure peace in the region. It would help to guarantee stable operationsRead MoreThe post Fed Govt needs to execute MoU signed with Niger Delta, says PETAN appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
SIR: Last year ended on a sad note for civil servants in Kogi State when 1,774 workers, eight permanent secretaries and some directors were relieved of their duties by the state government on December 29, 2017. The reason for their dismissal according to the state government is that many of them joined the civil serviceRead MoreThe post Sacking spree in Kogi appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Many unsuspecting job seekers have fallen victims of fraudsters. The perpetrators, who trawl various online platforms and offices disguised as employers or recruitment agents, ply their trade by cashing in on Nigeria's rising unemployment rate. TOBA AGBOOLA reports on the growing menace of job recruitment scam. Joseph Imodu, a job seeker, is angry and frustrated.Read MoreThe post Job scammers on the prowl appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Qatar Reinsurance Company, the reinsurance arm of Qatar Insurance, has won the Bond/Sukuk Deal of the Year by a Debut Issuer award at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards. In a statement made available to reporters in Lagos, QIC Group President, Mr. Khalifa Abdulla Turki Al-Subaey, stated that Qatar Re was also conferredRead MoreThe post Qatar Re wins Bond Deal of the Year award appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
ASOYA bean seed shortage is looming, an expert has said. The Project Director, Cas-sava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II) Project, Prof. Kolawole Adebayo, issued the warning, saying that the country may experience a critical shortage, if there is not enough production to meet national requirements for the coming season. Soya bean shortagesRead MoreThe post Soya bean shortage looms appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Experts have sought a review of the 2018 budget benchmark, following the rise in crude oil price in the international market. Last week, the product hit $69 per barrel. The Federal Government's $22 benchmark has been increased to $47 per barrel by the Senate. An economist, Mr. Yinka Ogunjimi, argued that the going rate ofRead MoreThe post Govt urged to review budget benchmark appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
If you cared to visit the official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), you would find conspicuously displayed a timer counting down by the seconds to the opening of polling units nationwide for the 2019 general election. That timer is, perhaps, meant by the election management body to help with its own readinessRead MoreThe post Getting into election mode appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Universally, public service is the institution that drives activities of government. It operates with professionals and non- professionals from whom it demands a special aptitude, training, language, discipline and culture. It is the major instrument used by government to implement its policies, programmes and plans. No wonder many refer to it as the engine roomRead MoreThe post Public service and inspirational leadership appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
When does the past end' When does the present begin' These posers are pertinent as the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, on January 13, stepped into a new role as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. The new generalissimo of the Yoruba people was installed by the Alaafin of Oyo,Read MoreThe post Adams: Yesterday and today appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
For the country as a whole, it was unmitigated tragedy, given the uproar against the new year killings, by a segment of Fulani helmsmen, in Benue. That is one blood-spilling everyone should condemn and say never again. But to a troubled segment of the extant political class, it may well be bathetic drama, which comingRead MoreThe post The tragic and the bizarre appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
As Ekiti State prepares for the governorship poll, a group, the Ekiti West Youth Movement (EWYM), has advised the youths to elect a selfless governor. The group said the next governor should be able to foster development and guarantee prosperity for the people. According to the group, the greatest impediment to the development and progressRead MoreThe post 'Ekiti needs a selfless governor' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The next general election will hold next year. However, in politics, there is a saying that two years is like two months. Against this backdrop, many politicians usually start strategising in advance for election when it is as far as two or three years away. This was exactly what played out when some notable politicalRead MoreThe post APC Unity Forum mobilises for 2019 appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
A GOVERNORSHIP aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State, Alhaji Habu Muazu, has urged Nigerians to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in next year's poll. He donated N11m and campaign materials to 114 wards and 11 local governmens in the state to boost the re-election bid. The money was presentedRead MoreThe post Gombe APC aspirant urges support for Buhari's re-election appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Hon Femi Kehinde is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun State. He represented Ayedire Iwo/Ola-Oluwa Constituency in the Second Republic. He spoke with Sunday Omoniyi on his vision for the state. Who are your role models in politics' First and foremost, my role model is the lateRead MoreThe post 'We 'll re-enact Awo's legacies in Osun' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
On January 15, 1966, the first military coup, led by Major Chukwuemeka Nzeogwu changed the course of Nigerian history. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU revisits the aborted journey to democratic stability, barely six years after independence, which set the stage for the enthronement of unitary system by 'sit-tight,' adventurous military rulers. The joy of independenceRead MoreThe post A coup that changed the course of history appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Aspiring female presidential candidate, Professor Olufunmilayo Adesanya-Davis has said that she want her ambition to be realised under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019. The professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education, Port Harcourt, declared her presidential ambition at the dawn of this year inRead MoreThe post Female presidential aspirant to contest under PDP appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Presidency on Sunday said that the outcome of the INEC-organized elections at the weekend, in which three different political parties won, is a manifestation of President Muhammadu Buhari's deep commitment to free and fair elections. A Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, who was commenting on the outcome of the polls said: ''the President isinherentlycommitted toRead MoreThe post Buhari welcomes Anambra, Taraba, FCT polls results appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has said the seven governors who visited President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to seek reelection for a second term at a time when the nation was supposed to be mourning the mass killing of Nigerians across the country were insensitive to the plightRead MoreThe post Governors asking Buhari to re-contest are insensitive appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Mr. Dominic Bakuni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) has narrowly won the State House of Assembly bye-election in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State, conducted in Taraba State on Saturday. He polled 8,848 votes, out of the total valid votes cast of 17,484, to defeat his closest opponent and the All ProgressivesRead MoreThe post PDPs Bakuni wins Taraba assembly bye-election appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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