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


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 8th January, 2018.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
FOR dreaded Igwedibia Johnson (aka “General” Don Waney), a life of blood, blows and bullets has ended in a dramatic manner.

The 43-year-old described by the military as a notorious killer, kidnapper, militant, cultist and illegal oil bunkerer had been on the run since he allegedly masterminded the New Year’s Day killing of 17 worshippers in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He was shot dead on Saturday in Enugu, Enugu State, along with two of his lieutenants— Ikechukwu Adiele and Lucky Ode— by soldiers and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).



The bodies of Johnson, Adiele and Ode were yesterday displayed at the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, by the division’s outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC), Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, who was accompanied by Rivers State Director of DSS Mr. Tosin Ajayi and Commissioner of Police Zaki Ahmed.

Three AK-47 rifles and eight magazines were allegedly  recovered from Johnson, Adiele and Ode.

Shortly after accepting Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s amnesty offer, the ex-militant “General” was on December 20, 2016 conferred with the chieftaincy title of Oyirimba I of Ogbaland by the paramount ruler of Aligwu community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, King C. Nwokocha, in his palace, for laying down his arms.

Johnson’s camp, mansion and shrines in the local government were raided on November 20, last year by 6 Division troops, who recovered 10 human skulls and various human bones, among other items. Seven suspects, including two women, were arrested.

The GOC told reporters yesterday: “In the early hours of January 1, 2018, there was a mayhem in which 22 citizens of Omoku, Rivers State were heartlessly murdered while returning from the ‘crossover service’. After that, there was a presidential directive by Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) that the heartless killers/perpetrators of the mayhem must be hunted down and brought to book.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday warned that the killings allegedly by herdsmen should not be politicised.

He said a political interpretation could ignite unprecedented crises.

Osinbajo cautioned that under no condition should Nigerians allow anyone to create a religious crisis.

Osinbajo sounded the warning during an inter-denominational church service to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.



The vice president said due to the prevailing circumstance regarding the violence and loss of lives in parts of the country, President Buhari had ordered the police and the armed forces to deal decisively with the situation and ensure that the perpetrators were found and punished.

He recalled that it was the politicisation of Boko Haram at the early stage of the group that gave rise to its heinous activities, and enjoined Nigerians not to fall into another trap regarding the problems associated with herdsmen.

Osinbajo said:  “We must recognise that as dangerous and as deadly and heartless as these killings are, there is also the danger of our allowing politics to play a part as this could lead to what we sometimes say “pour petrol into an already burning fire.”

“We must not permit the politicisation of this tragedy. One of the reasons why for years Boko Haram thrived, was because of the politicisation of the insurgency.

“There were those who are planning to benefit politically from the tragedy and they painted the opposition then as the perpetrator.”
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Stakeholders in the power sector believe that only steady electricity can guarantee economic growth and stimulate industrialisation. In this analysis, Kingsley Okoye of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) writes on the efforts being made by the government and key sector players to boost distribution. WITHOUT steady power supply through effective electricity generation, transmission andRead MoreThe post Power supply: Challenges and remedy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee chair Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson will take his peace overture to aggrieved national chairmanship aspirant Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, next week. It will be the beginning of the second round of reconciliation talks to stabilise the opposition party after its convention. His visit to Adedoja, a former Special DutiesRead MoreThe post Dickson to visit Adedoja next week appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation Committee chair Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson will take his peace overture to aggrieved national chairmanship aspirant Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, next week. It will be the beginning of the second round of reconciliation talks to stabilise the opposition party after its convention. His visit to Adedoja, a former Special DutiesRead MoreThe post Dickson to visit Adedoja next week appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The law of retribution caught up with the notorious militant, 'General' Don Waney' Igwedibia Johnson yesterday. The curtain was drawn on his life of militancy, crime, kidnapping and illegal bunkering by patriotic security agents. His co-labourers in the vineyard of terror-Ikechukwu Adiele and Lucky Ode-also met their waterloo. Three AK-47 rifles and eight magazines wereRead MoreThe post Time to fish out other killers appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday called on Nigerians to pray for the military and the security forces to enforce the law dispassionately. Dickson said that security forces did not have to be politically correct to carry out their sensitive responsibility of law enforcement in the society. A statement by the Governor's Special Adviser onRead MoreThe post Military deserves our prayers, support, says Dickson appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigeria at the weekend protested the harassment of her citizens by Libyans in illegal migrants' camps. Minister of Foreign Affairs Geofrey Onyeama expressed the Federal Government's displeasure when he met with his Libyan counterpart in Tripoli at the weekend. The minister led a government delegation to the country to facilitate the release and evacuation ofRead MoreThe post Govt protests harassment of Nigerians in Libya appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday called on Nigerians to pray for the military and the security forces to enforce the law dispassionately. Dickson said that security forces did not have to be politically correct to carry out their sensitive responsibility of law enforcement in the society. A statement by the Governor's Special Adviser onRead MoreThe post Military deserves our prayers, support, says Dickson appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters. He also cautioned the Federal Government against releasing the freedom fighters to Cameroonian President, Paul Biya. In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Falana said those arrested must be released because Nigeria has no extraditionRead MoreThe post Why Buhari must release detained Cameroonian freedom fighters, by Falana appeared first on The Nation Niger 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters. He also cautioned the Federal Government against releasing the freedom fighters to Cameroonian President, Paul Biya. In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Falana said those arrested must be released because Nigeria has no extraditionRead MoreThe post Why Buhari must release detained Cameroonian freedom fighters, by Falana appeared first on The Nation Niger 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Customs will implement the presidential policy to end rice importation, Customs said yesterday. President Muhamamdu Buhari, in his New Year broadcast, dropped the hint of a total stoppage of rice import this year. Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Public Relations Officer Joseph Attah told The Nation that the fight against rice smuggling would be easier. HeRead MoreThe post No hiding place for rice smugglers, says Customs appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
After a holistic examination of the power sector problems, the Federal Government is taking gradual but aggressive measures in short and long-terms. The incremental power policy initiated by the Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Fashola is the short-term solution. The mega projects, such as the Mambilla project expected to generate over 3000 megawattsRead MoreThe post How Fed Govt is resolving power supply problem appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, on Sunday directed students involved in cultism and secret society groups to relinquish their membership. The authorities also threatened to expose members of such groups while skills acquisition courses had been designed to train the students for self employment after graduation. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof.Read MoreThe post Varsity directs cultists to quit institution appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ha launched the auto-flow mechanism in its trading engine. This allows companies to send their corporate earnings' reports and other information directly to the trading engine on a real time basis. The auto-flow function, an existing function of the issuers' portal had been partially disabled in order to allow aRead MoreThe post NSE begins direct flow of information to stock market appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Mass Telecom Innovation (MTI) Plc has listed its shares on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange, opening up a new opportunity for secondary trading on the shares of the telecommunication company after it was delisted by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). A regulatory document at the weekend indicated that MTI's shares have been admitted to tradeRead MoreThe post MTI lists shares on NASD OTC Securities Exchange appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Kia Motors Corporation has announced its December 2017 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 226,842 units sold. Last December, sales in Korea slid by 6.2 per cent compared with the same month last year, totalling 46,502 units on weakening sales of Picanto (known as MorningRead MoreThe post Kia global sales hit 226,842 units appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Binatone Nigeria Managing Director Mr. Prasun Banerjee, in this interview with TOBA AGBOOLA, speaks on how the company is surviving despite the tough economy. He talks about his brand and the innovations targeted at winning consumers. As a brand, what has your experience been like in Nigeria' It has been a wonderful thing. Although, lastRead MoreThe post 'Nigeria's economy growing bigger, stronger' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
FG must move fast to disentangle it from the present legal maze A few weeks back ' a group the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) reportedly called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently approve the $13.5bn Zabazaba Deepwater Project. The group urged the president to 'give the nod for the take-offRead MoreThe post OPL 245: Echoes of Malabu appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
It has existed for four decades as a trade union and an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). But, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), a body overseeing the welfare of retirees, is threatened. Its leadership is rocked with allegations that some of its members belong to the pension fraud syndicate, reports OMOBOLA TOLU-KUSIMO.Read MoreThe post NUP crisis deepens appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Can forensic auditing bridle Nigeria's galloping corruption' IT must seem like a hopeless situation now; a lost cause even. We speak about the current administration's spirited attempt at combating graft. As one of the cardinal programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration, so much efforts and resources have been deployed to stem the canker ofRead MoreThe post Let's get forensic appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has rounded off pre-offer processes and signed off documentation for its N39.9 billion rights issue, setting the stage for the opening of the application list for the new capital raising. At the signing ceremony, which rounded off the pre-offer processes and documentations at the weekend, Flour Mills of Nigeria PlcRead MoreThe post Flour Mills to open application for N39.9b rights issue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Academic Staffs Union of Universities ( ASUU ) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release its findings on the alleged N2billion fraud petition on the University of Ilorin, submitted to it over a year ago.The Union also called for the recall of all sacked and victimised members at theRead MoreThe post ASUU to EFCC: Release report of fraud finding on UniIlorin appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
SIR: Following the victories of Emmanuel Macron in the French election and Sebastian Kurz in Austria, youths around the world ' especially in Africa ' have suddenly realized that it is possible for young people to lead nations. With electioneering set to begin soon and the recent realization by many youths that they need toRead MoreThe post Nigerian youths and politics appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The high rate of road traffic crashes and fatalities in Nigeria is becoming more worrisome, calling for more proactive measures. The number of accidents and deaths recorded within last December is more disheartening. The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), state government agencies and the Association of Driving Instructors of Nigeria (a coalition of driving schools)Read MoreThe post Four dos for road safety appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Volkswagen is offering drivers new engine options for its Golf range, along with new standard equipment for all five trim levels of its larger Passat. The manufacturer said a 128hp Bluemotion version of its 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine is now available to order on the Golf GT hatch and Golf Estate GT. The engine,Read MoreThe post VW announces new engine, kit for Golf, Passat appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Nigerians, effectively without buffer, were steamrollered in an acute pang of fuel drought nationwide that spanned the recent Yuletide and New Year crossover seasons. And it was all down to idle shenanigans of invidious blackmailers. What cheek! Meek shoals paddling in shark-infested waters couldn't have fared much worse. Most citizens spent much of what shouldRead MoreThe post Blackmailers at work' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The two chambers of the National Assembly have played their part in the ongoing attempt to amend some aspects of the 1999 Constitution, including clauses that grant autonomy to local governments, by ratifying the proposals. But the approval of, at least, 24 Houses of Assembly is required before the proposals can become law. Deputy PoliticalRead MoreThe post Controversy over local government autonomy appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Morison Industries Plc at the weekend closed the application list for its rights issue. The company had launched a new capital raising for about N502.2 million in new equity funds through new share sale to existing shareholders. Morison Industries offered a rights issue of 836.98 million ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at 60 KoboRead MoreThe post Morison Industries closes application for N502.2m rights issue appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
It would have given me utmost pleasure to begin this letter with the pleasantries requisite of a letter to such an authority as you, but I'm afraid this is coming from quarters of turmoil ' from a place where there has been so much disregard. I cannot but exude the disregard currently going on inRead MoreThe post Open letter to President Buhari appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South west geo-political zone have urged politicians to consolidate on the gains of democracy rather than engaging in acts inimical to its sustainability. In a statement in Akure, the leaders condemned some chieftains careless utterances, warning them to be mindful of their actions. They described theRead MoreThe post 'No crisis in Ondo APC' appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Expectations for a vibrant insurance sector are high this year. Omobola Tolu-Kusimo examines issues that may shape the industry and set the tone for a bountiful year. The insurance sector has been growing at a snail pace. Between 2012 and 2016, its Gross Premium Income (GPI) result has hovered around N300 billion; about 0.2 perRead MoreThe post Towards a virile insurance sector appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Some residents of Ekiti State had cause to smile when an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant and former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Olufemi Bamisile, organised a Yuletide empowerment programme for them. The beneficiaries received gifts, including a car, after participating in 'ayo olopon' competition organised by Bamisile's campaign organisation as 'TeamRead MoreThe post Ekiti residents get car, cash gifts from APC aspirant appeared first on The Na 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The rift between Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, blew last month during a political programme aired in some of the local radio stations in the state. Abubakar said that he was not prepared to be Ganduje's running-mate in next year's governorship elections. To many, Prof. Hafiz outburst was aRead MoreThe post Ganduje, deputy: Crack on the wall appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
As the New Year begins, many Nigerians are wondering whether the Herdsmen Question will be resolved or further complicated. Here, a picture of a development that soured celebrations: 'At least, 20 persons were killed in attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen after they invaded some parts of the Guma and Logo local governmentRead MoreThe post Punch and counterpunch appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Eleven years before his departure, Abraham Adesanya survived a gun attack that defined his importance as a progressive combatant. He was nearly 75 at the time. Here, a picture of what happened: 'On 14 January 1997, his uncompromising stance to the military misrule led to an attempt on his life at the behest of theRead MoreThe post Adesanya: Celebrating a giant appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
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