NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 16 January, 2018.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday insisted that the state did not have land for the establishment of cattle colonies as being proposed by the Federal Government.

President Muhamamdu Buhari had on Monday at a meeting in Abuja appealed to the government and people of Benue State to “in the name of God” accommodate their countrymen.


 
But Ortom said the size of the land required for the proposed cattle colonies was not available in Benue, adding that the Federal Government should arrest and prosecute leaders of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who he accused of making inciting statements; and allegedly being the brains behind the January 1 killings in parts of the state.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents after leading some leaders of the state to a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor said, “Like I told you the last time I came here, I did not understand what colonies meant.

“Today, I was privileged to meet the Minister of Agriculture and he did explain to me that a colony is many ranches put in one place, restricted in one place.

“So, for us in Benue State, there is no 10,000 hectares; we have no 10,000 hectares for that kind of a thing to take place.

“Other states have the land, but we in Benue State; we don’t have and that was what led to us enacting this law (anti-open grazing law).”

Ortom lamented that several people were killed in the recent attacks, while more than 60,000 people were displaced.

He said leaders of the state thought it was wise for them to meet Buhari on the matter, adding that the meeting was at their instance.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
No fewer than seven people lost their lives on Monday after gas explosions rocked the Ikosi Isheri and Badagry areas of Lagos State.

While two people died after a gas leakage triggered an explosion in a gas plant on CMD Road, Ikosi Isheri, five residents were killed after a gas transload went awry in a retail shop in Ajara, Badagry.


 
PUNCH Metro gathered that Ikosi Isheri explosion occurred around 7.30am in a gas plant, Second Coming Nigeria Limited.

Aside from the two people who were burnt beyond recognition, eight others reportedly suffered varying degrees of burns.

Our correspondent gathered that there had been a gas leakage in the plant and while officials of the Lagos State Fire Service were assisting to fix the problem, the exhaust pipe of a speeding vehicle triggered an explosion.

Workers of the company, together with a firefighter, were said to have been thrown off by the impact of the explosion, as the fire consumed equipment and installations in the facility.

The inferno destroyed three gas reservoir tanks, a 33,000-litre gas truck, the administrative block of the plant, generators, gas cylinders and other equipment.

When our correspondent visited the scene, he observed various emergency management agencies on the ground, including officials of the state and federal fire services, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Neighbourhood Watch, Department of Petroleum Resources, Lagos State Ambulance Service, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, as well as policemen from the Isheri, Alausa and Mile 12 police stations, led by their Divisional Police Officers, cordoned off the area as residents watched the burning gas plant from a distance.

A security man guarding a telecommunications mast in the area said the gas leakage occurred on Sunday.


 
He said, “When I woke up around 6am today (Monday), I perceived a strong smell. When I came out, I saw some firefighters on the gas plant’s premises. They were bringing in their vehicles and equipment. My friend, who works with the plant, told me they had a gas leakage and that  they had been battling it since yesterday (Sunday) evening.

“Some policemen were also on the ground to stop vehicles from plying the route. Suddenly, I heard an explosion. Some destitute Hausa men, who had a makeshift structure outside the fence of the gas station, were burnt to death. My friend was severely injured.”
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has commenced the direct supply of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, to independent oil marketers in order to effectively clear the fuel queues still prevalent in some parts of the country.

It was gathered on Monday that members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria had started receiving products directly from the NNPC for onward distribution to motorists and other fuel users.


 
Prior to the development, IPMAN members were getting PMS from major oil marketers and depot owners, a situation the independent oil dealers kicked against, as they argued that the association had the highest number of filling stations across the country.

The National Vice President, IPMAN, Abubakar Maigandi, told our correspondent that the recent fuel queues in the country became largely pronounced because most independent marketers had no product to dispense despite having widespread outlets.

He, however, stated that fuel queues, particularly in the northern part of the country, would soon fizzle out, as the NNPC had commenced the direct supply of products to IPMAN members on Friday.

Maigandi said, “The NNPC has imported products and our marketers have started loading. In the past, they (NNPC) gave only major marketers and the NNPC retail outlets. But now, they have started giving independent petroleum marketers our share.

“So, definitely, I know there will be improvement by next week because our trucks have started loading since Friday. And between Friday and today (Monday), when the products they load get to the northern part of the country, there will be noticeable improvement.”
Tue, 16 Jan 2018

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has started a fresh move to seize funds in 15 bank accounts linked with the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

The funds, which the EFCC is seeking to seize, include a total of $8,435,788.84 and over N7.35bn.


 
The EFCC had on Monday morning appeared before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos with an ex parte application, seeking the temporary forfeiture of the funds.

The move was, however, interrupted by a train of Senior Advocates of Nigeria led by Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who challenged the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the ex parte application.

The SANs told the judge that the funds, which the EFCC seeks to seize, were already subject of litigation.

But counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, maintained that the SANs had no right of hearing in the court, since his application was ex parte, wondering how they got wind of the move by the anti-graft agency in the first place.

He urged the judge to disregard their appearance.

The judge upheld Oyedepo’s submission, following which the SANs left the courtroom.

But in view of the development, the judge adjourned the case till January 23, 2018 and directed the EFCC to file an affidavit to convince her that there were no pending lawsuits relating to the funds sought to be forfeited.

In the said ex parte application, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and five firms and one Esther Oba as respondents.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that Nigerians are inadvertently pushing the nation towards another civil war through hate speeches, wickedness and massive killings going on in the country. The governor said the nation was lucky to come out of the first civil war but stressed that Nigeria might [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, has said that unless the endemic problem of corruption, lopsided appointments (nepotism), lack of jobs for the army of unemployed youths are addressed, Nigeria may be on the path to anarchy and disintegration. Though Coomassie, a former Inspector-General of Police, did not [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A white paper released by the Ekiti State Government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, from holding public office for 10 years. The state also barred his former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, for the same number of years. The two were barred based on the report of [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, over the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump on immigrants. Trump was quoted in media reports as referring to African countries as shithole countries in a fit of anger, a comment that annoyed many concerned nations and generated [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has arrested 30 cart pushers for alleged indiscriminate dumping of refuse on road medians in some parts of the state. The suspects, who reportedly disposed of the rubbish at night, were apprehended during raids by the task force operatives The agencys [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Insufficient supply of electricity is the major constraint to business activities across the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said. According to the CBN, the latest survey conducted by it on businesses in the fourth quarter of 2017 showed that 62.6 per cent of the surveyed firms identified inadequate supply of [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Femi Asu with agency report A Nigerian billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze, has been ordered to pay 1m in damages to a couple for pulling out of a 5m deal to buy their seven-bed London mansion after paying a 10 per cent deposit. Eze is the Chairman of Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum, a Nigerian [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Pope Francis said on Monday that he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at the very limit. His comment, made as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, came after Hawaii issued a false missile alert that provoked panic in the United State [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Femi Asu International oil benchmark, Brent crude, hovered near a three-year high of over $70 per barrel on Monday on signs that production cuts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia were tightening supplies. Brent, against which Nigeria's crude oil is priced, rose to a high of $70.23 as of 7:45pm Nigerian time, [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Mr. Taiwo Otitolaye (Ex-National Vice President, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights) The Federal Government has not even shown that it is sensitive and responsive to its responsibility of maintaining peace and protecting the lives and property of Nigerians with respect to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers. The havoc being wreaked by the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon There was drama at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday as some youths booed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who was one of the discussants. The youths blocked the path of Ozekhome, who arrived the venue of the lecture at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja at about 1.10pm, insisting [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Abiodun Doherty Every season comes with its own opportunities and challenges. Real estate investment has proved to be one of those vehicles that reflect this dynamic mix of opportunities, risks and returns. It is an investment vehicle of choice to the discerning mind that understands and can navigate the risk. To maximise your opportunities in [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A recently sacked judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Olusegun Tokode, has sued the National Judicial Council before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Tokode, through his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1240/2017, asked the court, to among other things, set aside the NJCs purported recommendation of his removal from office to President Muhammadu [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Nike Popoola The National Insurance Commission has reduced the minimum capital base for microinsurance companies from N150m to N40m. This was contained in the new microinsurance guideline that was released by the commission and obtained by our correspondent on Monday. 'As part of the commission's determination to improve financial inclusion in Nigeria, particularly to the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police in Abuja have arrested a woman, Aisha Bello, 37, for allegedly impersonating the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari. Parading the suspect on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said that the mother of four used Buharis name to solicit for contracts and [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Akinpelu Dada The Federal Government expects to net considerable tax revenue this year through the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme. The scheme is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Finance that provides a time-limited window for taxpayers with undisclosed incomes and assets to regularise their tax status. According to the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Ijaw youths, under the auspices of Ijaw Youth Council, Central Zone, have asked gunmen who abducted a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, to immediately release her unconditionally. The IYC vowed that Ijaw youths in the zone would assist security agencies to arrest and prosecute the hoodlums. Speaking on behalf of [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Meristem Securities Limited was responsible for 13.3 per cent of the value of stocks traded on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017 by top 10 firms, making it the second leading stockbroking house for the year. The company handled N338,611,814,121.10 worth of shares for the period under review. A couple [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Samuel Awoyinfa, Tony Okafor and Peter Dada The grand finale of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony was held in Abuja on Monday amidst tight security. President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
You have to gather cheque details and quickly notify your bank to cancel a cheque. When you lose a personal cheque or it's stolen, you're not out of luck. You can ask your bank to cancel the cheque ' also known as a stop payment order ' but you'll want to act quickly, before the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Oludayo Tade The catastrophic opening of the year, 2018, with wanton killings of over 70 persons in well-coordinated attacks in Benue State by the perennial Fulani herdsmen killer squad has called to question the sloppiness of Nigerias security architecture and the look-away attitude of the executive. It shows on the one hand, the powerlessness of [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Yusuf Garba, said in Niger State on Monday that seven persons died in an accident on the Bida-Minna Road. Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that four persons were also injured in the incident which occurred on Monday morning. He said careless [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
As part of its drive on retail banking, particularly targeting the youth market, Unity Bank Plc is poised to launch a product specifically designed for the younger generation in the 18-35 years age bracket. As a result, the bank said it was collaborating with Adekunle Gold, a multiple award-winning singer, song writer, and creative designer [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Azuka Onwuka azonwuka@yahoo.com The Igbo and the Yoruba occupy front-row seats in individual achievements in Nigeria, but politically it seems a curse, or a spell, had been cast on them long before 1960 when Nigeria got her Independence. In spite of the achievements of these two ethnic groups, they have always played second fiddle in [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo The member representing Takum I constituency in the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, who was abducted by unknown gunmen two weeks ago was on Tuesday afternoon found dead. The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. David Misal, who confirmed the death of the lawmaker, said his body was found at Kwari [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index closed positive by 0.51 per cent at the close of trading on Monday, driving the year-to-date return up to 12.75 per cent. The market volume and value declined by 47.62 per cent and 55.74 per cent, accordingly, with 26 price advancers and losers. A total of 730.618 [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Two Presidents we have come to know quite well are as different from each other on the surface as they can be. One, President Donald Trump of the United States, is White, Christian, and talks too much. The other, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, is Black, Muslim, and hardly talks at all. There is more. [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki No fewer than two doctors and a nursing officer working at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State on Sunday reportedly died of Lassa fever infection. Confirming the incident at a media conference on Monday, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, said the index patient who was afflicted with [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Standard Chartered Bank's Wealth Management Advisory has predicted strong economic growth with rising inflation for this year in its Outlook 2018 report. As the global economy gradually heats up and the pivot towards reflation continues, investors are advised to manage downside risks, with a preference for equities In a statement on Monday, Standard Chartered Bank's [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Pat Utomi Happy New Year. When I said that to a friend of mine, his response was: What is happy about this New Year' I reminded him the greeting was aspirational. People of faith have to be people of hope, I told him. But he got me thinking. Between Christmas and New Year, I was [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has restated his determination to name and shame politicians who are arming and supporting criminal elements in the state. The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, quoted Dickson as making the comment during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Yenagoa on Monday. [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu Hundreds of Nigerian youths are expected to benefit from a $700m empowerment initiative being put together by local vehicle assembler, PAN Nigeria Limited, with the support of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. The scheme, Shade Tree Youth Empowerment Initiative, is designed to provide entrepreneurial skills to interested young people within the value chain [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has carpeted Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, over allegations of involvement in cases of sponsored killings and unholy romance with militants. Lokpobiri, in a statement via electronic mail on Monday, described the governors allegations as cheap blackmail and character assassination [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Tayo Oke drtayooke@gmail.com The name is Abdulrasheed Maina, the ebullient former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, accused of defrauding the same establishment he was appointed to protect to the tune of billions of naira; fled the jurisdiction before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had the opportunity to arrest him, subsequently declared wanted; had a [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank has appointed Mr. Jibril Aku its board chairman, succeeding Charles Ugboko, who retired from the board upon attaining the retirement age in compliance with the bank's Articles of Association. In a statement on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer, SunTrust Bank, Muhammad Jibrin, was quoted as saying, 'The board [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The industrial crisis at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, has taken a worse dimension with its Chief Medical Director, Prof. Edmund Banwat, allegedly refusing to show up at the reconciliatory meeting convened by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Chinaka Ugochukwu. Ugochukwu regretted that despite being informed on time that the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Dear Mr Chairman, In less than five months from now, it will be exactly four years since you were elected Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, the ruling party in Nigeria today. I must congratulate you not just because you became the first elected chairman of your party but above all because with your election, [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi An auto parts dealer in the Owode Onirin area of Lagos State, Lukman Ogundele, has died in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command. Although the police formation had been reportedly evasive on the whereabouts of the father of two children, a police charge sheet sighted by our correspondent [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The first British-born black man to serve as a director of a FTSE-100 business, Sir. Kenneth Olisa, has been officially honoured with a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth (II) for services to business and philanthropy in the United Kingdom. This followed the announcement in November 2017 of the appointment of Olisa as Interswitch's new chairman. The [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The #AsharamiSpeaks series, a platform dedicated to stimulating, articulating and galvanising collaborative action towards global sustainable development will make its debut on Wednesday in Lagos. Promoted by African energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, #AsharamiSpeaks will deploy digital media and a series of panel discussions to bring together key influencers, thought leaders, civil societies and [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo A combined team of the police, the Department of State Services and the Army, has reportedly killed a suspected kidnapper, Iso Akpafit. Akpafit was said to have terrorised communities in the Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State for over a year. He was also alleged to be responsible for some [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Experts in the financial technology and payment system segments of the economy are set to converge to discuss the future of financial technology. The second edition of National FinTech Conference will hold in Lagos on January 25 and 26, according to a statement by the organisers. The statement noted that the FinTech conference followed the [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday approved the appointment of Idowu Ajanaku as the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy. The approval was contained in a letter signed by the Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye, who said the appointment was in line with Ambodes vision to strengthen the information machinery [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to always give peace a chance and embrace dialogue in conflict resolution. Ambode noted that one of the best ways to appreciate members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the defence of the sovereignty of the country was to [] 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi Huge losses befell traders at Better Life Market in Makoko, Yaba, and Mammy Market, on the premises of Armed Forces Resettlement Barracks, Oshodi, Lagos, as fire gutted the facilities on Monday. PUNCH Metro learnt that no fewer than 34 shops were ravaged by fire in the two markets. Our correspondent gathered that fire [] 
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