NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 28 January, 2018.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Coalition for Nigeria, a third-force political group being championed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, appears to be a major platform that has continued to attract prominent and other members of the National Assembly, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in both the Senate and House of Representatives are said to be considering Obasanjo’s platform to achieve their political goals in the 2019 general elections.


 
One of the aggrieved lawmakers, who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity for fear of persecution, said it was becoming clear that many of them would be denied electoral tickets by their parties and the option was to consider Obasanjo’s offer.

The APC members, according to the source, include serving and former governors and members of the National Assembly.

The APC senator from the North confirmed that the ex-President had reached out to some of the lawmakers, who are now lobbying their colleagues to embrace the CN.

“It is true that he has reached out to us and I can tell you that 80 per cent of National Assembly members are with him. It is very huge,” the legislator added.

When asked if the lawmakers, who are interested in the CN, would remain in their parties but shift their loyalty to the new pro-political group, or they dump their parties outright, the source said a new party was under consideration.

“Registration of a political party cannot take more than two weeks. I can tell you that out of the parties that were registered, there is one at hand – somewhere – which will likely be the focus,” the lawmaker said.

While refusing to name the party, the source confirmed that the unnamed party would the used to execute the agenda of the coalition.

The senator said mass defection from the APC and the PDP loomed, especially at the National Assembly.


 
He added, “I can confirm to you that there is most likely to be defections from the APC in the next one month.

“I can tell you that there are people in the APC who are not comfortable with the party; and there are those in the PDP who are not comfortable with the party also. So, most likely, these would be the forces that would form the third force.”

Obasanjo had, in his controversial ‘special press statement’ on Tuesday titled, ‘The Way Out: A clarion call for coalition for Nigeria Movement’, dismissed the chances of the two main political parties in the country from salvaging Nigeria.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Despite the advice by the Kano State Police Command, the former state governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has insisted that nothing can stop him from embarking on the trip.

The state police command had warned of a security threat to the government during his visit to the state on Tuesday.


 
For peace and stability to reign in the state, the police had appealed to Kwankwaso to defer the proposed visit.

The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, during a press briefing, on Friday, cautioned Kwankwaso that he could face the wrath of the law if violence erupts during his visit.

“It is the candid view of the police that such a visit should be shelved by Kwankwaso until the tension generated by the planned visit subsides and security in the state is neutralised,” Yusuf said.

However, in a response to the police, Kwankwaso said nothing would stop him from visiting Kano to meet his constituents.

Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, said his mission was to visit friends, families and other relations that, for a long time, he had not seen.

“We coordinated the visit with camera drones and other apparatus that will make the visit a hitch-free homecoming,” she said.

Also, the head of his security team, Idris Dambazau, urged supporters to continue their preparation to receive Kwankwaso on Tuesday as planned.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Outrage, on Saturday, greeted the decision of the Federal Government to monitor the social media posts of notable Nigerians.


 
Members of the National Assembly, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, labour and other notable Nigerians condemned the move of the government to monitor social media accounts of important personalities.

The government said it had come up with the controversial policy to monitor and curb hate speech among the elite.

Among those who described the move as evil and unconstitutional were the Nigeria Labour Congress; the House of Representatives; Senator Shehu Sani and five senior lawyers.

The Peoples Democratic Party also kicked against the government’s decision, saying it was aimed at muzzling the opposition.

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), while noting that hate speech needed to be curbed, however, described the government’s move as obnoxious and anti-democratic.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had, on Thursday, said he had directed security agencies to tackle those propagating hate speech especially through the social media.

He said special attention should be given to notable Nigerians while tackling the menace.

According to him,  the directive was given at a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.


 
Social media accounts monitor order, breach of constitution –Reps

But the House of Representatives condemned the directive, saying the decision infringed on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians to free speech.

It said the 1999 Constitution guaranteed the right to free speech, adding that it would be an illegality to attempt to monitor the social media contents of Nigerians.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State, led by its Chairman, Abba Yaro, on Saturday, demanded the immediate resignation of the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.), for his “ridiculous, absurd statement aimed at bringing disgrace to Nigeria democracy.”

The party said it read with utmost disgust the frivolous statement credited to the minister where he reportedly told Nigerians and other members of the public that the attacks on two communities in Benue State that led to the death of over 74 people and destruction of properties worth millions of naira were as a result of the open grazing prohibition law enacted by the state government.


 
A statement by the Director of Publicity, Apeh Peterhot, on behalf of the state party chairman, said the leadership considered the statement by Ali as “a ridiculous absurdity,” and the highest level of public disgrace to democracy and the Nigerian populace.

The statement read, “We have therefore been constrained to believe that Mr. Mansur is a component unit of the perceived conspiracy against the good and hospitably peace loving people of Benue State.

“As an integral part of the country, Nigeria, and as a state that gave President Muhammadu Buhari an edge in the 2015 general elections, we demand that Mansur Dan Ali (retd.) resigns his position as Nigeria’s Defence Minister immediately and tender an unreserved apology to the good people of Benue State and the country at large.

“As a founding member and major stakeholder in our ruling party, the APC, we are forced to question Mansur’s real motive and demand that he publicly explains to the party leadership why we should not conside his reckless utterances as a deliberate ploy to truncate the party’s victory in the 2019 general elections. 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Three persons between 70 and 100 years old have been confirmed dead and over 12 houses burnt during an attack by Fulani herdsmen in Huke village, Miango District in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The victims are Ahmadu Hwie (male, 100), Odoh Hwie (male, 90), and Gado Kondo (male, 70).


 
SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the attack, which caught the villagers off guard, was carried out at about 8pm on Friday, following the peace brokered by the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adie Undie.

But the police said the suspected herdsmen “have adopted guerrilla tactics of hit and run,” for which it had deployed operatives of the state Investigation and Intelligence Bureau “to intelligently sniff for information to end the attacks and bring perpetrators to book.”

The Chairman, Committee on Health in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Simon Ahile, representing Rukuba/Irigwe constituency, told our correspondent that as representatives of their constituencies, there was nothing the legislators could do because the responsibility of protecting lives and property was that of Governor Simon Lalong.

He said, “Even when we talk, we are not the people to implement policies or laws made by parliament. The governor is the chief security officer, and therefore, for anything concerning security, he is supposed to come out and address the people of the state.

“As a legislator, I can only talk, but I don’t have the security apparatus. We are only calling on government to take action because it is the responsibility of government to protect lives and property.”

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, confirmed the killing of the three elderly men.

He said, “On January 26 at about 18:30hrs, while our men were sustaining patrols around Rafi-Bauna and Jebu-Miango areas, they received information that at about 18:15hrs of the same date, a gang of armed men, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, were seen killing people and burning down houses at Huke village in Miango Chiefdom, Bassa LGA of Plateau State.

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Bayelsa State Government has assured residents of 24-hour uninterrupted power supply as from September, 2018. The government, which blamed recent power outage on cable theft and vandalism, also said that all the local government areas in the state had been connected to the national grid. The Managing Director, Bayelsa Electricity Company, Mr. Olice Kemenanabo, [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has said that the proposed cattle ranches in military barracks for herdsmen is a ploy by the Federal Government to create havens for herdsman. It said the initiative would make it easy for the herdsmen to attack innocent people in the South-East [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Simon Utebor The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has said that the power outage in Bayelsa and parts of Rivers State was caused by youths who shut down a transmission station at Ahoada in Rivers. The Manager, Corporate Communications, PHEDC, Mr. John Onyi, who stated this, said that the distribution firm was incapacitated by the [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged not to see former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an enemy based on the formers recent letter to him but to take the issues he raised as a challenge to prove political pundits wrong in 2019. The National Coordinator for Buhari Solidarity Movement, Ovo Ofigo, who stated this [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike Stakeholders at a South-South summit in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday, have said that the change Nigerians were expecting from government must begin with restructuring to allow federating units to control their resources. Participants at the event like a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, and representatives of states [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, on Saturday, conducted local government election in the state 10 years after a similar exercise was held. The main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, boycotted the poll but the Labour Party, the Accord Party and three other parties contested against the candidates of [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI A former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Dr Ayobami Lam-Adesina, said the Federal Government had yet to take pro-active steps to address the frequent killings by herdsmen in some parts of Nigeria. Lam-Adesina, in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, also warned that the FG proposal to [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi The Senior Special Assistant to the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Public Affairs, Deji Aboderin, says the governor has been able to prove that he did not seek a second term in government for selfish reasons. Aboderin said this on Saturday in Ibadan while addressing the media on the achievement of the [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Peter Dada The Mega Progressives Peoples Party in Ondo State has alleged that the administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has not recorded any tangible achievement since he took over power 11 months ago. The party, which inaugurated its new state executive officers on Wednesday, however, vowed to mount a formidable opposition against the ruling party [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
ADELANI ADEPEGBA, OLALEYE ALUKO andTHEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN Two civil society organisations and the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, have said it is difficult to believe that the ruling All Progressives Congress is genuinely pursuing restructuring of the country. The groups stated this in separate interviews with SUNDAY PUNCH while commenting on the report of the APCs panel on [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Peter Dada Oil palm farmers under the auspices of the National Oil Palm Produce Association of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the importation of illegal palm oil to in the country. The farmers said there were many varieties of foreign palm oil in the Nigerian markets illegally [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
NIKE POPOOLA Despite the huge losses suffered by the Nigerian farmers as a result of attacks on them by herdsmen, the Federal Government has excluded insurance compensation for them under the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, investigation has revealed. NAIC is a wholly-owned Federal Governments insurance company set up specifically to provide agricultural risks insurance cover [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Peter Dada Oil palm farmers under the auspices of the National Oil Palm Produce Association of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the importation of illegal palm oil to in the country. The farmers said there were many varieties of foreign palm oil in the Nigerian markets illegally [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The financial services sector is blazing the trail in digital transformation as perennial challenges draw other sectors back. IFE OGUNFUWA examines these challenges Digital transformation is a global trend that many countries have adopted to drive their economies. The benefits of embracing digital transformation by private organisations and government institutions are numerous. There have been [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
FEMI MAKINDE, SUCCESS NWOGU, SIMON UTEBOR, JOHN CHARLES andTHEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN Alarmed by the rising cases of Lassa fever across the country, state governments have employed strategic measures to curb its further spread as well as offer necessary treatment to victims. In Osun State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamot, said the state government had [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The financial services sector is blazing the trail in digital transformation as perennial challenges draw other sectors back. IFE OGUNFUWA examines these challenges Digital transformation is a global trend that many countries have adopted to drive their economies. The benefits of embracing digital transformation by private organisations and government institutions are numerous. There have been [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Meter asset providers, which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is planning to introduce into the power sector, will be expected to supply and install meters within 21 working days of payment at the premises of electricity customers who choose the option of paying for the meters. The distribution licensee (the electricity distribution company) [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Alexander Okere Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that the Lassa fever treatment facility at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Edo State, the pivotal centre for the treatment of the disease in Nigeria, had been overwhelmed with patients since the outbreak of the epidemic. The hospital was said to have begun plans to expand the [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Femi Asu Meter asset providers, which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is planning to introduce into the power sector, will be expected to supply and install meters within 21 working days of payment at the premises of electricity customers who choose the option of paying for the meters. The distribution licensee (the electricity distribution company) [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress, South-East Zone says the report of the partys Committee on True Federalism reflects the yearnings of most Nigerians. The APC South-East Zonal Publicity Secretary, Chief Hycienth Ngwu, said this in a statement in Enugu on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ngwu also lauded the committee chairman, Governor Nasir [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government spent a total of N1.54tn to service the countrys debt obligations to local and foreign debtors between January and September last year, a report obtained from the Budget Office has indicated. The amount is contained in the third quarter 2017 budget implementation report prepared by the Budget Office of the [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government spent a total of N1.54tn to service the country's debt obligations to local and foreign debtors between January and September last year, a report obtained from the Budget Office has indicated. The amount is contained in the third quarter 2017 budget implementation report prepared by the Budget Office of the [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
GIBSON ACHONU The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, has ured residents of the state not to panic over the outbreak of Lassa fever, as proper measures have been put in place by the tertiary health institution to diagnose and treat patients. Achigbu, speaking to our correspondent in his office [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange has said the amendments to pricing methodology and par value rules, as contained in Rules 15.29 and 15.30 of its rulebook, shall become effective on Monday, January 29. The rules, the NSE said on Friday, had been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission. They specify the revised price [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange has said the amendments to pricing methodology and par value rules, as contained in Rules 15.29 and 15.30 of its rulebook, shall become effective on Monday, January 29. The rules, the NSE said on Friday, had been approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission. They specify the revised price [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Tony Okafor The speakers of the Houses of Assembly in the South-East geopolitical zone have rounded off their meeting in Awka, Anambra State. According to an insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the speakers avoided any discussion about the proposed Federal Government plan to establish cattle colonies in parts of the country as a [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
as NSEBNK10 Sheds 6.40% The Nigerian equities market was bearish this week, overshadowing the bullish trendwitnessed since the start of the year. The NSEASI shed 2.93% this week, to close at 43,773.76pts. Consequently, the year-to-date return settledlower at 14.46%. Similarly, the volume of traded stocks and the value of transactions dropped by 45.72% and 41.90% [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
as NSEBNK10 Sheds 6.40% The Nigerian equities market was bearish this week, overshadowing the bullish trendwitnessed since the start of the year. The NSEASI shed 2.93% this week, to close at 43,773.76pts. Consequently, the year-to-date return settledlower at 14.46%. Similarly, the volume of traded stocks and the value of transactions dropped by 45.72% and 41.90% [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the North-East, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, tells JUSTIN TYOPUUSU that cattle breeders deserve incentives from government to make ranching work The Taraba State Government said the implementation of its anti-grazing law, which started on Wednesday, will be a gradual process. What do you make of [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Clement Nnachi Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has expressed displeasure with the Federal Government for delaying equipping and operating the multimillion naira virology centre built by the state and handed over to the Federal Government in 2016. In the same vein, the state government appealed to the Federal Government to urgently come to its aid [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the North-East, Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, tells JUSTIN TYOPUUSU that cattle breeders deserve incentives from government to make ranching work The Taraba State Government said the implementation of its anti-grazing law, which started on Wednesday, will be a gradual process. What do you make of [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
TANA AIYEJINA takes a look at the movements and activities of Nigerian stars in the January transfer window in this report They may not make big money or high-profile moves akin to the likes of Alexis Sanchez's celebrated switch from Arsenal to Manchester United; Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona), and Virgil van Dijk, who joined [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Chidi Izuwah, has said the commission will mobilise to source additional counterpart funding for the proposed Lekki Deep Seaport project. He said this during an assessment tour of the seaport on Friday. While evaluating the work done so far on the project and commending the equity contributors [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
TANA AIYEJINA takes a look at the movements and activities of Nigerian stars in the January transfer window in this report They may not make big money or high-profile moves akin to the likes of Alexis Sanchezs celebrated switch from Arsenal to Manchester United; Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona), and Virgil van Dijk, who joined [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Anna Okon The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Chidi Izuwah, has said the commission will mobilise to source additional counterpart funding for the proposed Lekki Deep Seaport project. He said this during an assessment tour of the seaport on Friday. While evaluating the work done so far on the project and commending the equity contributors [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
In this piece, John Alechenu examines the implication of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjos special statement on the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is no stranger to controversies. Love or hate him, he simply dislikes the idea of being kept on the sidelines on national issues. His recent [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO A large gathering of the Boko Haram terrorists have been sighted in the Sambisa Forest, Borno State, with troops of the Nigerian Army killing seven of them in their latest encounter, while scores escaped with gunshot injuries. The troops also recovered 11 gun trucks, 12 Hilux vehicles, two double-barrelled rifles and 30 bicycles [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
In this piece, John Alechenu examines the implication of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's special statement on the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is no stranger to controversies. Love or hate him, he simply dislikes the idea of being kept on the sidelines on national issues. His recent [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. The rising insecurity in Nigeria gives one concern. Every other day, we hear or read about one form of killing or the other occurring in various parts of the country. Heres what bothers me the most: we seem not to be doing enough in terms of using technology to improve national [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
TANA AIYEJINA The Super Eagles B will clash with Angola for a place in the 2018 African Nations Championship semi-finals in a potentially explosive tie at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier on Sunday. Hosts Morocco defeated Namibia 2-0 on Saturday to emerge as the first qualifiers for the last four stage. The Eagles advanced [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
TANA AIYEJINA The Super Eagles B will clash with Angola for a place in the 2018 African Nations Championship semi-finals in a potentially explosive tie at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier on Sunday. Hosts Morocco defeated Namibia 2-0 on Saturday to emerge as the first qualifiers for the last four stage. The Eagles advanced [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Sonala Olumhense Somewhere, Goodluck, son of Jonathan, is laughing his head off, remembering a completely different kind of day when he was the president of Nigeria. That was the day that one Olusegun, the son of Obasanjo, penned an open letter to him, Before It Is Too Late, assaulting his presidency. But today is funny, [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. The rising insecurity in Nigeria gives one concern. Every other day, we hear or read about one form of killing or the other occurring in various parts of the country. Here's what bothers me the most: we seem not to be doing enough in terms of using technology to improve national [] 

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Samuel Afolayan (retd.), in this interview with SUCCESS NWOGU, laments his frustration in getting justice following constant destruction of his farmland by herdsmen Tell us your experience with herdsmen since you started your farm about 10 years ago' My experience has been extremely bad. I have suffered [] 
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