NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The Senate at an extended plenary on Tuesday debated the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and other parts of Nigeria.

The lawmakers said their resolutions, which were later  conveyed to President Muhammadu Buhari by the leadership of the National Assembly, were “wake-up call” to the President and the Federal Government who “must” take urgent action on the crisis before it escalates.


 
They also resolved that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, “must” within 14 days arrest the herdsmen suspected to have killed over 70 persons in Benue State recently.

The debate followed the consideration and adoption of the report by the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure of Nigeria, after an investigative visit to Benue last weekend.

During the debate on the matter, which lasted about six hours, members of the Senate also spoke on restructuring of the country’s governance structure, state police and the “cattle colonies” being proposed by the Federal Government.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his closing remarks after the debate, asked the Federal Government to take timely and drastic steps to end the crisis.

Saraki, while hailing the panel headed by the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, expressed condolences of the Senate to the people and government of Benue State, especially on those who lost their lives and properties to the attacks.

He said, “From the contributions by everybody today – we have taken our time, almost six hours just to deliberate on this issue – it is clear that this goes beyond religious or ethnic issues. It is a breakdown, really, of the security apparatus of the country. And it is a wake-up call that we must act now. Failure to act is an indictment on all of us.”

Saraki also made reference to the decision that the resolutions by the Senate must be conveyed to the President. He said the lawmakers appreciated Buhari’s invitation and meeting with the National Assembly’s leadership on the matter.

Several lawmakers, who spoke during the debate, identified various causes of the problem and recommended various solutions, some of which they argued over.


Wed, 17 Jan 2018

The Taraba State Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria chapter in the state on Tuesday described as outright false the claim by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II,  that over 800 Fulani people were killed in the state last year.

Sanusi had in an interview with the Sunday Punch alleged that on one weekend, 800 Fulani were killed on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State.


 
“I personally handed over to the Federal Government a dossier with the names and pictures of 800 Fulani people slaughtered in Taraba as well as names of persons known to have participated in the act of ethnic cleansing but nothing has been done,” Sanusi had alleged.

But the state government, through the Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General of the state, Yusufu Akirikwen, denied Sanusi’s claim, describing it as ill-intended.

According to him the state government was able to contain the crisis within a record time and a commission of inquiry was constituted immediately to look into the cause of the crisis.

He added that the committee had submitted its report and that government had constituted a white paper drafting committee which will soon make the findings and recommendations of the report public.

“We received memoranda from individuals and groups during the committee’s public hearing and nobody came out with that figure. How come Sanusi arrived at his figure of 800 people killed in the clash that lasted for less than three days?

“So, I challenge Sanusi to tell Nigerians where he got his figure from. Did he come down to Mambilla to conduct the headcount of  the dead people?

“Where did he get his figure of 800 from and the names and pictures of only Fulani people killed in the crisis? Has he done that before now?

“We have another crisis in Lau, let him also come down and conduct his research to prove to Nigerians that he is not being unnecessarily bias in his false accusation against the Taraba State Government,” he said.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, with the rate dropping from 15.9 per cent in November to 15.37 per cent in December 2017.

The drop of 0.53 percentage points recorded in December made it the eleventh consecutive slowdown in the inflation rate.


 
The NBS stated, “The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, ended the year 2017 with a rate of 15.37 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2017.

“This was 0.53 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in November (15.90), making it the eleventh consecutive disinflation (slowdown in the inflation rate though still positive) in headline year-on-year inflation since January 2017.”

The report stated that the urban inflation rate rose by 15.78 per cent year-on-year in December from 16.27 per cent in November, while the rural inflation rate also eased by 15.02 per cent in December from 15.59 per cent in November.

On month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.66 per cent in December, down by 0.19 from the 0.85 per cent recorded in November, while the rural index rose by 0.54 per cent in December, down by 0.18 when compared with the 0.72 per cent in November.

On the food index, the report added that high year-on-year food price pressure continued into December, though consistently at a slower pace.

It noted that the food index increased by 19.42 per cent year-on-year in December, down from the 20.3 per cent rate recorded a month earlier.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, says the Presidential System of Government can no longer sustain Nigeria’s growth and success.

Akande made the remark while addressing a news conference in his country home, Ila, Osun state as part of activities to mark his 79th birthday.

He said that multi-party parliamentary democracy was the best form of government for Nigeria if it wanted to catch up with the rest of the civilised world.


 
Akande, a former governor, said that the American democratic system was too complicated and costly for a country of poor people with large illiteracy rate like Nigeria.

According to him, the Nigerian nation is currently running a difficult government under an unworkable setup.

“President Buhari is my friend and I want him to succeed but he is running a difficult system of government.

“Nigeria’s democracy is a military democracy of sharing and if we continue like this, there is no way we can succeed.

“Up to this present age, evidence-based analysis has proven parliamentary democracy to be the most accountable transparent form of government in the whole world,’’ he said.

He said that parliamentary democracy had helped countries like the United Kingdom become rich, stable and respectable globally and also made the very young Israel very strong economically and militarily.

“It is also transforming India from acute poverty and hunger into self-sufficiency and reliability virtually in all fields.

“Apart from being transparent and accountable, parliamentary democracy is absolutely inclusive.
 
“It appears to be the best form of governmental structure for Nigeria now,”  he said.

Akande, a former governor of Osun State maintained that anything less accountable and transparent would not help the development of the country.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission says a poorly conducted poll can cause a civil war. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this when members of the Red Card Movement visited the headquarters of the commission in Abuja on Tuesday. Yakubu said, We are fully [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Friday Olokor, Justin Tyopuusu, John Charles, Chidiebube Okeoma, Tony Okafor and Segun Olanrewaju Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the escalating killings by herdsmen in the country and demanded decisive actions to halt the ugly development. They said the Presidents silence showed that he lacked the [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Tuesday continued the trial of two suspects earlier arraigned for allegedly attempting to defraud the state government of N50m by cloning the official line of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The PUNCH had reported on April 21, 2016, that two artisans Rilwanu Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole were nabbed [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday, threatened to dissolve ad hoc committees in the Senate who fail to conclude their assignments by the end of January. Saraki, while decrying the delay in carrying out their assignments, most of which were investigative in nature, said they were almost becoming [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aster Group of Hospitals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates The partnership, according to ABUADs founder, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), would make the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital and the Dubai based medical institution to sign [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government has appealed to the Supreme Court to restore all the 18 false assets declaration and other related charges instituted against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, but which were dismissed by the Code of Conduct Tribunal in June 2017. In its December 12, 2017 judgment, the Abuja Division of [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday interrogated former governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State for alleged fraud of over N10bn. Jang, who is the senator representing Plateau-North Senatorial District, arrived at the Abuja office of the EFCC around 10am and was grilled for several hours after which he was released [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon An independent fibre optic infrastructure and telecommunications services provider, Phase3 Telecom, has denied being indebted to the Federal Government in the sum of N27.2bn. The firms Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, Adebayo Azeez, in a statement on Tuesday, described as misleading media reports that the company and one Alheri Engineering Ltd. were jointly [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko with agency report The Boko Haram insurgents have struck the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing three persons and injuring two others in a village identified as Pallam. Our correspondent learnt that the Boko Haram fighters, said to be in large numbers, came on motorcycles and attacked the village, during which [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Tuesday charged security agencies to arrest the kidnappers of the murdered Taraba lawmaker, Hosea Ibi, who was found dead on Monday. This is even as he warned residents of Takum against bringing ethnic sentiment into the issue, by blaming any ethnic group for the abduction [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Government has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the final forfeiture of a sum of N28.5m and houses recovered from the Director of Accounts, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Anifowoshe Alade, to the state rather than to the Federal Government. The Director of Civil Litigation in the [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja An officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ahmed Yahaya, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday how the N3bn equivalent of the sums of foreign currencies recovered from a Kaduna house of a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, was moved [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Internal Revenue Service has closed down the Benin station of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Daar Communications Plc, over alleged indebtedness. It was gathered that the stations, also known as Bronze FM and RayPower FM, respectively, were sealed on Tuesday morning by officials of the EIRS. It [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Ebonyi State chapter, Dr. Austin Ikwudinma, has declared that no fewer than 40 health workers in various medical institutions in the state have died of Lassa fever infection in the last 13 years. Ikwudinma made the declaration in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Tuesday, while [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, for allegedly laundering a sum of N650m. Akinjide was arraigned alongside Senator Ayo Adeseun and Chief Olanrewaju Otiti before the Federal High Court in Lagos. The EFCC, in the 24 charges filed against the [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba The Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Tuesday demolished a property allegedly belonging to the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. The FCT stated that the building, which was located along the Mabushi-Life Camp Expressway, was pulled down because it had no official approval. The Chief [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, on Tuesday, visited President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to thank him for the role he played in resolving the political impasse in The Gambia. My visit is very important to us. We have always wanted to say thank you when Nigeria gave us all [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Afeez Hanafi The 57 chairmen of the local government and local council development areas in Lagos State on Tuesday expressed support for the Cleaner Lagos Initiative the new waste management policy of the state government. The chairmen expressed optimism that the initiative would make Lagos to live up to the world-class waste management standard [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on Wednesday (today) arraign Mohammed Adamu, the son of the ex-Nasarawa State governor and current lawmaker representing Nasarawa-West senatorial district, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, with alleged fraud to the tune of N92m. The EFCC said in a statement by its acting spokesman, Mr. Samin Amaddin, that [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In my opinion, it is not appropriate at this point in time. The reason is very simple; in as much as our Value Added Tax rate appears to be among the lowest even in the West African sub region, the five per cent being collected right now, and the coverage by the Federal Inland Revenue [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives said on Monday it was unimpressed by the slow response by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government to the defence of the 2018 budget before its committees. It called for improved cooperation by the MDAs to speed up the defence and the early passage of the [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Donald Trump is expected to remain physically fit for the duration of his presidency and has no cognitive issues whatsoever, according to full results from his first medical examination released Tuesday. All data indicates the president is healthy and will remain so for the duration of his presidency, doctor Ronny Jackson told a White House [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Nestle said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its US candy business to Italys Ferrero for CHF 2.8 billion ($2.9 billion, 2.4 billion euros) in cash as the Swiss food giant shakes up its product portfolio. Ferrero, known for its Tic Tac,Nutella and Ferrero Rocher brands but which has traditionally preferred organic growth to acquisitions, [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty. Our forefathers, seeking refuge from [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The United States sent $60 million to keep the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees operating Tuesday but withheld a further $65 million, urging others to pay more. A State Department official said the US had held back more than half of the voluntary payment Washington had been due to make to the UN Relief [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has urged members of the National Assembly, the executive and politicians to focus on governance in 2018 and not on campaigns towards the 2019 general elections. The Senate President said this in his opening speech as the National Assembly resumed plenary on Tuesday. He [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed worry about a number of unforeseen challenges affecting the construction of a standard gauge railway line between Lagos and Ibadan. The $1.5bn project, whose groundbreaking ceremony was performed last year by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, then as acting president, is meant to be fully [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had disbursed a total of N10.99bn to beneficiaries of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria programme from 2015 till date. The YouWiN programme is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youths in the country to [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Centre for Social Justice on Tuesday picked holes in the 2018 budget proposals presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly, stating that the fiscal document contained over N460bn 'frivolous, inappropriate, unclear and wasteful' expenditure. The group stated this in a report made available to our correspondent by its Lead [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, says the agency is building on the current safety profile of the nation's airspace. Akinkuotu, who made the remarks in a statement to mark his first anniversary as the MD/CEO of NAMA, said the focus of his administration going forward would be to [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu The eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was one of the iconic vehicles that attracted a huge crowd on the first day of the ongoing Detroit auto show in the United States. About 33 high-end luxury sedans, coupes, sport utility vehicles were on display on the gallery floor, which auto analysts who attended the show described [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Punch Editorial Board As 2018 gets under way, strikes and sit-ins by public sector workers demanding their pay should jolt our 36 state governors to undertake a radical overhaul of their fiscal practices. Governor Rauf Aregbesola exposed the precariousness of the current template by his admission that personnel costs alone amounted to over 85 per [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chairman, Heir Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, on Tuesday said the Federal Government must work with the private sector to develop indigenous technologies, noting that such innovations were also significant to the advancement of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency in the North-East. Elumelu stated this in a lecture he [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Anna Okon Two Federal Government agencies, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, have agreed to collaborate in their fight against substandard products. The agencies, according to a statement on Tuesday, expressed their commitment to intensifying intra-agency collaboration towards ridding the country of fake and substandard products. [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A meeting of stakeholders in the maritime industry has been convened to generate ideas on how best to export Nigeria's crude oil in order to attract maximum benefits for the country. The meeting, which had the theme, 'Free On-Board and Cost, Insurance and Freight Incoterms Framework for Export of Nigerian Crude Oil [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Happenings in the Nigerian political space and possible foreign exchange fluctuations are expected to impact the stance of the country's capital market in 2018, albeit for a short period, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, has said. Onyema, however, described the overall outlook of the market for the year [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Author of 'Practical Steps to Financial Independence' and personal finance coach, Mr. Usiere Uko, writes on learning lessons from past mistakes I first wrote this article in February 2017 at the peak of the last recession. Now that we all agree the nation is out of recession (though that may not be said of everyone's [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In a business, there comes a point in time wherein you turn to fundraising. This can be by using your personal savings, raising funds through investors, or the more common option, taking out a loan. A loan is a borrowed sum of money, the principal, to be paid back at a pre-determined maturity date, plus [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Andreas Voss as the Head of Trade Finance for Financial Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa in addition to his current role as Head of Global Transaction Banking West Africa and Chief Representative of Deutsche Bank AG's Lagos Representative Office. Based in Lagos, Voss will be responsible for driving the [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Federal Road Maintenance Agency in Imo State says it has commenced the repair of failed sections of federal roads in the state. It said on Tuesday that the exercise, which commenced along Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru federal highway, would be extended to all Trunk A roads in the state. According to the FERMA engineer [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Dana Air has unveiled a multi-million naira sponsorship deal with Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Imo State. The airline said the season-long sponsorship deal, which is part of its support to the newly-promoted Imo State-based team's 2018 league campaign, would see it get shirt sleeve branding and lots of other branding opportunities with [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye Financial and economic experts have advised the Federal Government to focus more on key economic growth drivers in the current fiscal year in order to fast track economic recovery. They spoke on Tuesday in Lagos at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Centre for Financial Studies' annual programme tagged, ''Economic Outlook: Implications [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Court of Appeal, Lagos on Tuesday dismissed the case brought against the Nigerian Shippers Council by the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria concerning shipping charges. In the case, which came up at the Court of Appeal 1, Lagos, presided over by Justice C. N. Uwa, the appeal of the terminal operators [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Feyisayo Popoola An online transportation network company, Taxify, has employed 2,000 graduates as drivers. Findings from a three-month research conducted by indigenous communications and public relations company, Plexus Media Interlinks Limited, showed that about 2,000 people who were out of school and seeking employment had taken to Taxify as a viable platform of self-employment. According [] 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The equities market, on Tuesday, appreciated by N335bn thus sustaining its positive trajectory for the week. FBN Holdings Plc, Sterling Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc emerged as the top three gainers at the close of trading, appreciating respectively by 10.2 per cent, 10 per cent and 10 per cent. The All-Share Index [] 


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