NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 9th January, 2018.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018

The umbrella body of cattle breeders in the country, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, has said the anti-open grazing law in Benue State Government, aimed at regulating cow grazing in the state, must be modified for peace to reign in the state.

The Secretary-General of the association, Usman Ngelzerma, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Monday.

Ngelzerma said, “I like the Benue State governor. He is a peace-loving person but is working on wrong advice. The approach he took is wrong. You cannot change the way of life of a people like the way you turn off a light switch.

“We don’t wish for the crisis to continue but let us give it (the law) another look. We don’t like the killings; we will never condone the killing of people. Give the farmers their rights but consider the pastoralists too.”

Ngelzerma, blamed a faction of the association for issuing threats before the latest attacks in Benue State.

He fingered the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, which endorsed the then President Goodluck Jonathan in the build-up to the 2015 election, as being at loggerheads with the Benue State Government.

The secretary-general alleged that the livestock guards, employed by the state government to enforce the anti-open grazing law, were high-handed and were extorting money from the pastoralists.

Ngelzerma claimed that the fighting between the herdsmen and the livestock guards led to the January 1 killings in five communities in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in which over 20 persons were murdered.

He said, “The livestock guards have constituted themselves to the police and the court at the same time. They impose penalties on herdsmen, fine them huge sums of money before releasing them. That was the situation before this crisis erupted.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has appealed against the December 12, 2017 judgment of the  Court of Appeal which reversed his acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he was prosecuted false assets declaration and other related charges.

Delivering a unanimous judgment in the appeal filed by the Federal Government against the Senate President’s earlier acquittal, the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, headed by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, restored three out of the 18 charges earlier dismissed by the CCT.


 
The Danladi Umar-led CCT had, in its ruling on the no-case submission filed by Saraki after the prosecution concluded its case, dismissed the 18 counts on grounds of lack of evidence.

The Federal Government had, through its lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), appealed against the CCT’s ruling, which the senior advocate described as unconstitutional in view of the weight of evidence presented.

Delivering judgment on the Federal Government’s appeal, the Court of Appeal ruled that Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State, had a case to answer with respect to three of the counts numbered 4, 5 and 6.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the court, Saraki, through his legal team, led by Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), filed a notice of appeal before the Supreme Court seeking an order setting aside the Court of Appeal’s judgment.
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday refused the request by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to stop the Senate from probing into the reinstatement of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are probing into the controversial reinstatement of Maina.


 
The AGF had filed an ex-parte motion, praying the court for an order of injunction stopping the probe embarked upon by the Senate pending the determination of his substantive suit.

But Justice Binta Nyako, who heard the AGF’s ex parte application in chambers on Monday, ordered the AGF to put the National Assembly on notice.

Justice Nyako also directed that the court processes should be served on the National Assembly to enable it to appear before the court to show cause why the orders sought by the AGF should not be granted.

The court then adjourned until January 15 for the National Assembly to show cause why the AGF’s request should not be granted.

In his substantive suit, the AGF had determined whether the National Assembly had the right to probe issues relating to the “employment, attendance at work, disengagement, reinstatement and or promotion of a civil servant.”
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army has said a new trick used by the Boko Haram insurgents to evade air detection and bombardments by troops was to roof their buildings with mud and coated sugar. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said this on Monday, noting that the military had uncovered the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
John Alechenu and Kamarudeen Ogundele A former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, said on Monday that Governor Ayodele Fayose became governor by accident. Adebayo said this while fielding questions from reporters at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja. He was responding to questions about the level of the APCs [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf. Aregbesola, has accused a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, of defaulting in tax payment from 2014 till date. According to a statement in Osogbo on Monday by Aregbesolas media aide, Mr. Sola Fasure, the governor said this at a dinner. Aregbesola, the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday secured the conviction of a former Chairman, Orolu Local Government Area of Osun State, Chief Rufus Ojo, for a N22m fraud. Justice David Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in the Ede Division found the former chairman [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, threatened to sue a leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, for accusing him of being a financier of Miyetti Allah, an association of cattle breeders. Atiku said this in a letter by his lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), demanding that Unongo retract the blatant and [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The All Progressives Congress said it would not participate in Tuesday (todays)) by-election for the Ughelli North and Ethiope East council areas of the state. The Chairman, Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, Mike Ogbodu, had on Sunday ordered a re-run election in the two councils following widespread violence including the burning of [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Following incessant clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers in the state, the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared that the government will regulate the activities of the herdsmen to avert clashes with farmers. The governor said when the government came out with the regulation, there would definitely be [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja A Mi-17 attack helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force has crashed in the North-East during a counter-Boko Haram insurgency operation. The aircraft crashed on Monday, with the air force saying the helicopter suffered significant damage. Our correspondent learnt that no life was lost during the incident, but the number of the injured [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Friday Olokor,Adelani Adepegba and Ade Adesomoju The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, his agriculture counterpart, Audu Ogbeh, on Monday in Abuja, held a security meeting with the governors of Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa states over the violent attacks and herdsmen killings in their states. The meeting, which was at the instance of [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Teachers in public primary schools in Kaduna State on Monday shunned classrooms following the directives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers that they should embark on an indefinite strike. The order to embark on strike was to force the el-Rufais administration to reverse the sacking of over 20,000 teachers the government claimed [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
John Charles and Peter Dada A total of 71 people have been killed in a week of violence in Benue State, a government spokesman said on Monday, much of it involving clashes between Fulani cattle herders and farmers. The killings endanger efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to bring security and stability to Nigeria a [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The police in Taraba State on Monday confirmed the death of three persons while no fewer than six others sustained injuries in another night attack on Maisamari town in the Sardauna Local Government Area of the state by a suspected militia group. The police spokesman in the state, ASP David Misal, who confirmed the incident [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Cross River State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency has received a new drilling rig that will facilitate the provision of boreholes in rural communities in the state. The Director General of RUWATSSA, Mr. Ita Ikpeme, who disclosed this in Calabar on Monday, said Governor Ben Ayade had redeemed his promise [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The arraignment of the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, before a Magistrates Court for alleged murder was stalled on Monday due to the absence of the monarch on account of ill health. The monarch and five others were remanded in prison custody on December 27 by the court. The other [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said he was able to fight against cultists, kidnappers and others masquerading as militants as the Rivers State governor because he never hobnobbed with criminals. Amaechi also recalled that he did not appoint any of the criminals into political office or crown them king, [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Godwin Isenyo The police on Monday in Abuja dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria with tear gas canisters as they attempted to force their way into the National Assembly complex. The Shiite members were demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, detained since 2015. The protesters were chased [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday said it would pay compensations to owners of property removed for the construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, said the fear of the owners that the government was unnecessarily delaying compensation was unfounded, adding that the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A hotel manager, identified only as Hadock, who was abducted by some gunmen in Supare-Akoko in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, has been released. However, a yet-to-be-identified lodger, who was a guest at a funeral in the town and was abducted along with Hadock, was still being held [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Samson Folarin A security expert, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has advised the Federal Government to conduct checks on Nigerians returning from Libya, saying ISIS fighters may use the avenue to enter the country. Ekhomu, who is the President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, in a statement on Monday, said proper [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Top officials from North and South Korea will hold their first official dialogue in more than two years on Tuesday after months of high tensions over Pyongyangs weapons ambitions. The long-stalled talks come after the Norths leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Years speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Britains education minister, Justine Greening, resigned from the government on Monday after refusing another Cabinet position in a reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May, a Downing Street source said. Greening was offered the welfare and pensions brief but declined to take it, the source added. The prime minister is disappointed but respects her decision to [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
A group of active and retired US troops gathered in freezing temperatures outside the Pentagon on Monday to bring attention to sexual assault and harassment in the military. The protest of about 30 people, most of them women and none in uniform, comes amid an ongoing wave of revelations about sexual misconduct in the workplace [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Federal Government on Monday said it evacuated 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya between January 7 and 8, 2018. Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency, disclosed this at a joint news conference by the Federal Government delegation to Libya. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had on January 5 led a [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Punch Editorial Board Rivers State residents woke up on New Years Day with trepidation following the killing of about 22 people by gun-wielding bandits in the Omoku area. About 52 others were reportedly injured. Most of the victims were returning from a church service that usually marks the new dawn. This is one heinous crime [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the South-East and the South-South geopolitical zones as crucial to the APC's planned victory in 2019. This, he said, was the reason the party was interested in finding out what the party did wrong during the Anambra State governorship [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Security has been beefed up in Umuahia the Abia State capital, in preparation for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo to the state today (Tuesday). They will be in the state to attend a mega rally of the All Progressives Congress. The rally will take place at the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Femi Asu With a pump price of N145 ($0.40) per litre, Nigeria has been ranked as the eighth cheapest place in the world to buy petrol. Other countries among the cheapest places to buy petrol are Venezuela ($0.01), Turkmenistan ($0.29), Kuwait ($0.35), Iran ($0.36), Egypt ($0.37), Algeria ($0.37), Ecuador ($0.39), Bahrain ($0.42) and Syria ($0.44). [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The nation's external reserves have hit a new level of $40.4bn, the Central Bank of Nigeria has stated. The last time the foreign reserves hit the $40bn mark was January 2014, about five months before the crash in global oil prices. The foreign exchange reserves had reached a low of $23.6bn in October [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have said repair work on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, which was razed by fire on January 2, 2018, has been completed with the resumption of gas supply to customers. Fashola noted that in the first few days [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the first meeting of the Economic Management Team for the year. Osinbajo is the chairman of the team, which has relevant ministers and other top government officials as members. The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. In a message posted on his [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba and Anna Okon The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday expressed confidence that it would this year surpass the over N1tn revenue performance, which it achieved in the 2017 fiscal year. The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, who said this in Abuja, called for support from all stakeholders towards achieving the target. [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The solid minerals sector contributed N3.5bn to the Federation Account between January and November 2017, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said. Fayemi said this while giving an account of the sector in the past year, according to an online publication of the ministry, MMSD Weekly. The [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending on Monday said it was deploying an innovative nationwide field structure to support 225,000 farmers under the Central Bank of Nigeria's Anchor Borrowers' Programme. The structure, known as the Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Office, has units located in each state of the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated a plan to sanction any banks that violate the country's payment system's rules and regulations. The Deposit Money Banks in the country and other operators in the National Payments System would be slammed with a penalty of N10,000 per day as long as the infractions subsisted, [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, the umbrella body of over 3,500 BDC operators licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the country, has called for an emergency meeting of its members to discuss critical issues facing them. Among other issues to be discussed, a statement on Monday by the association [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria's Investors and Exporters foreign exchange window recorded approximately $26bn transactions in 2017, the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange data revealed on Monday. The FX window was established by the CBN in April 2017 on the aftermath of the foreign exchange crisis that hit the country following the 2014 global crash in [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau is hosting the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency as a way of building the capacity of accident and incident investigators. The bureau stated that the four-day aircraft accident/incident report writing course, slated for January 16 to 19, 2018, was an offshoot of the second meeting of the BAGAIA, [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara The stock market opened the week on a positive trajectory as the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation appreciated by N330bn at the close of trading on Monday. Equities extended gains from the previous week into the third consecutive trading session as the All-Share Index rose by 2.4 per cent to settle at 38,849.65 [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Credit and debit cards are handy tools for payment. They can be used online or in person, and it's easy to use somebody else's card. In fact, cards often get passed around, stolen, or otherwise used in ways that weren't intended, according to www.thebalance.com. But credit cards are printed with an authorised cardholder's name. If [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stanley Opara Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc says its N39.9bn planned rights issue is part of its growth strategy targeted at building long-term value for all stakeholders. The group is looking at strengthening its capital base, supporting its working capital and driving financial flexibility that will guaranty business growth. The Group Managing Director, Flour Mills [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) said it did not issue a press statement in reaction to the New Year's speech by President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that a political group, the National Intervention Movement, issued the statement. According to the Registrar/Chief Executive of the institute, Tony Fadaka, the clarification has become necessary because of the [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Azuka Onwuka On January 1, it was reported that about 20 people were killed in Rivers State. On January 7, it was reported that a combined team of military and intelligence operatives had tracked the leader of the gang, Don Waney, and some of his men to their Enugu hideout and killed them. The pictures [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Niyi Akinnaso Just a few days into President Donald Trumps tenure as the 45th President of the United States, not a few observers began to express doubt about his ability to stay on the job till the end of his tenure in 2020. He had made many false starts, said and did the wrong things, [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Abdulsalam Ajetunmobi When Nigeria gained independent from Britain in October 1960, the country inherited the common law of England and the doctrines of equity, together with statutes of general application which were in force in England by January 1900. Apart from the subsequent statutory enactments and subsidiary legislation which include laws passed by the National [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Sufuyan Ojeifo I read one of President Muhammadu Buharis ministers, Adebayo Shittu, say that his boss is poised to seek re-election in 2019. Before his poorly-packaged, unsolicited public service announcement, there were media reports that former Rivers State governor and current Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, had been quietly reappointed as the Director-General of [] 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Tayo Oke The clarion call for President Muhammadu Buhari to put himself forward for re-election for another term in office in 2019 appears to be gathering pace, even as the sound of it is becoming sonorous if not deafening already. The man, himself, seems to have won a reprieve from his undisclosed ailment, and is [] 
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