NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [29 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 29 January, 2018.


Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE Federal Government last night hinted that it would opt to take decisive military force to deal with the bandits and mercenaries who were behind the killings in some parts of the country especially regarding the crisis associated with herdsmen.

According to a reliable Presidency source who spoke on condition of anonymity, “The role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/ farmer clashes and violence may have provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis, informed sources close to the Working Group formed recently by the National Economic Council have hinted. “The settled view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often well-known in the communities where their cattle normally graze.” The source further stated that the new position was one of the outcomes of the Working Group formed less than two weeks ago by the National Economic Council with nine Governors, and chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. The group was set up in a bid to end the impunity that has marked the activities of the bandits resulting in several deaths and maiming especially in Benue State. According to the Kano State Governor Dr. Ganguje who read out highlights and decisions of the NEC to reporters (alongside his Ebonyi counterpart ) after the Council meeting that Thursday the Working Group “will work in accordance with the President’s commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book.” The highlights also noted that the Working Group which consists of Governors from Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi & Oyo States actually commenced its work with a meeting presided over by the VP right immediately after NEC at the Presidential Villa. The source disclosed that at the end of the Working Group meeting last week, it was clear a major turning point had been reached in the management of the crisis and sufficient consensus recorded on the need to stop the impunity by engaging the military in a more decisive manner. Some political analyst had indicated that the crisis also required a political solution considering the religious and ethnic tones that could easily become further exacerbated and possibly worsen the situation if proper and timely care is not taken. “This is the reason analysts argue, even with some critical opinions on the composition of the Working Group, that the idea of gathering together governors across the country including the states where the crisis have been intense to collaborate actively among themselves and with the FG to address the situation is useful. “Indeed one of the firm outcomes of the Working Group’s meeting was the expressed readiness of the FG to locate and identify the bandits who perpetrate the killings and the violence, and using all necessary means including military involvement to flush them out of their hideouts in forests across the country as a definite move to secure the life and property of Nigerian citizens. “The Working Group has also resolved to work with the FG to strengthen law enforcement and all security & intelligence agencies in the country so they can coordinate better in dealing with, checkmating, and preventing the crisis from further escalation.” On how to permanently address the basis of the herdsmen and farmer clashes, the Working Group sources said that they have taken the view that every State should by a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders design its own solutions.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday said the Federal Government has spent over N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial.
This is even as all the roads leading to Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been given facelifts in readiness for the burial of the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme on Friday. The roads are Amansea-Amawbia; Nise –Agulu; Umunze-Ajali; Nnewi-Igboukwu-Ekwulobia; and Akokwa (Imo State) –Uga Ekwueme died in a London hospital last year and programmes for his burial started on January 19, 2018. The Minister of Labour and Employment and member of the national burial committee, Dr. Chris Ngige, after visiting Oko to inspect preparations for the burial, expressed satisfaction with the level of work already done. He said: “I am reasonably satisfied with the preparations. I was here last week for inspection and between then and now, work has progressed. The contractors have assured us that all the roads leading into Oko will be very motorable before the burial ceremonies start on  February 1 at Oko. “The tomb, which is being financed by the Federal Government, is okay and the contractors have assured us that it will be handed over to us  on Tuesday. The helipad, which the Vice President will use, has also been identified. “Anambra State government is also cooperating because it is constructing some internal roads in Oko and its environs to facilitate movement. The leader of the medical team, Professor Igwegbe of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi is already on ground with his men and I believe that in the next 48 hours, everything will be in place.” Ngige said apart from the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, top federal government officials were also expected to attend the burial, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to give the former vice president a befitting burial. While giving details of the efforts being made by the Federal Government to ensure a successful burial for Ekwueme, the Minister further said: “So the insinuation in some quarters that government has not done much is not true. What Buhari has committed into the burial is nothing less than N1 Billion. The family can also not say that it is not carried along because they are represented in all the burial committees. “The first son of the late Vice President, Pastor Obi Ekwueme is a member of the national burial committee and the committee permitted him to send a member in all the sub-committees we have.” Ohanaeze youths hold church service for him; urge FG to name Abuja National Stadium after him Meantime, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, weekend, held a memorial Church service in honour of Dr. Alex  Ekwueme as part of the activities lined up by the group to honour the former Vice President who will be buried this week in his home town, Oko, Aguata Council of Anambra State. According to Engr. Obinna Adibe, Publicity  Secretary of OYC, the church service was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Umuahia Township, Abia State with the group led by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, saying the event was the beginning of activities it lined up “to mourn the icon of democracy and great Igbo leader.” Ohanaeze Youths urged “Ndigbo to mourn Dr. Alex Ekwueme for six days and to wear black bangles as a way to show respect and mourn our Igbo hero”. OYC also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to name Abuja National stadium after the later Vice President as a way to appreciate his immeasurable contributions to return democracy to Nigeria in 1999 after years of military dictatorship. As part of other activities lined up to honour the political icon, OYC said that a novelty football match between Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide and Biafra agitators at Oko, the home town of Dr Alex Ekwueme on  Tuesday, 30th January 2018.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the sidelines of the ongoing African Union summit in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, with the controversy generated by last Tuesday’s statement by the former president on the incumbent not to seek re-election still gripping the polity at home. Meanwhile, the former President’s first daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, was at the weekend forced to hit back at apologists of the Buhari administration after the regime’s supporters sought to raise past but settled acrimony between the two family members. President Buhari, and Dr. Obasanjo after shaking hands, had a brief chat that lasted about two minutes, at the opening session of the 30th African Union Summit. They were subsequently joined by former military head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, for a photo opportunity. The two men did not betray the tension that has gripped the polity on account of the statement issued by Dr. Obasanjo last Tuesday in which he charged the incumbent, who he supported for his first term in 2015, not to seek re-election upon failed hopes. Listen to my dad — Iyabo tells Buhari However, yesterday one of the leading public canvassers of a second term for Buhari, the Buhari Media Support Group, BMSG, denied any involvement in the recycling of the old letter written by Iyabo to her dad. “We were not involved and are totally ignorant of any such move,” a senior BMSG official told Vanguard. Aides to the President were not available for comments on the issue last night. On issues raised and FG’s reply Senator Obasanjo, who is now a university teacher in Virginia, United States, told Vanguard that she had in the strongly worded statement issued from her Virginia, United States base, flayed the Buhari administration for dodging the fundamental issues of bad governance raised in the statement issued by her father, Dr. Obasanjo, last Tuesday.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ekiti State government has filed criminal charges of corruption against the former state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Finance Commissioner, Mr Dapo Kolawole.
The 19-count charge, HAD/05c/2018, was filed before an Ado Ekiti High Court, on  January 26, 2018. Dr Fayemi, in his reaction, described the suit as a show of desperation saying “we shall meet in court.” This was just as the former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, Mr. Kolawole dragged Governor Ayodele Fayose and two others before a Federal Ekiti High Court for alleged libel. The suit is coming less than two weeks after the government released a white paper on the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Finances of Ekiti State during the administration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Fayemi as governor. Count 12 of the criminal charge, which bordered on conspiracy to steal and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code law, Cap C. 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2010 reads; “That you Dr John Kayode Fayemi and Mr Vincent Dapo Kolawole, while holding the offices of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria and Commissioner for Finance respectively, sometime between 2011 and 2014, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to steal the sum of N2.75 billion being the sum of money earmarked in the Bond Prospectus titled; ‘Ekiti State Government of Nigeria, Offer for Subscription of N20 billion. 14.5% Fixed rate Bond Due 2018 under the Ekiti State Government of Nigeria N25billion Bond Issuance Programme ‘ and released for the construction of Ultra-Modern Market in Ekiti State, which you never built; and thereby committed an offence.” Also on the N25 billion bond, Fayemi and Kolawole were accused of stealing  N716,688,790.92 out of the N750 million earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the construction of Ekiti State School of Agriculture out of which only N33.311,209.08 was allegedly spent,  N198,860,023.00 being outstanding fund from the N500 million earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the construction of Ekiti State Liaison Office in Lagos, out of which only N301,139,977 was expended for the said construction. Furthermore, out of the N767, 970,167.47 earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the renovation of Governor’s Office, only N87, 622,912.25 was spent, leaving outstanding sum of N681, 347,255.22. For the renovation of Ado Ekiti Water Works, N335.5 million was earmarked and released while only N155, 523,558 was spent, leaving outstanding sum of N197, 979,441.77 and N468.6million earmarked for construction of Ero Water Works, which was not done. It’s a show of desperation — Fayemi Reacting, Dr Fayemi said the suit showed the state government’s level of desperation. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said: “This just goes to show their level of desperation to tarnish Dr Fayemi’s public service record. “The government, out of desperation, refused to release the Certified True Copy, CTC, of the report of the panel to Fayemi’s counsel more than a month after he has sent in a written application for the CTC of the report. “The lawyer asked for the CTC of the report as part of the documents he needed for a suit he has filed challenging the outcome of the panel. Now the same government that has refused to release the report is going to court based on the same report. Can you see mischief, double standard and deliberate which hunting? But we shall meet in court.” Ex-Commissioner sues Fayose, others for N20bn Meanwhile, a former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, has dragged Governor Fayose and two others before a Federal High Court in Abeokuta for alleged libel. The suit, which was filed on January 18 at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, was marked FHC/ABK/CS/6/2018. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary to pick its candidate for the 2019 governorship election, lawmakers in the Oyo State House of Assembly have endorsed one of the aspirants for the ticket, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN.The post Oyo 2019: Lawmakers endorse Akintola appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, has fixed February 6 for the Federal Government to re-open its case against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.The post Assets Falsification Charge: Sarakis CCT Trial Resumes Feb 6 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
House of Representatives member, representing Okpe, Sapele, Uvwie Federal Constituency, Delta State, Mrs. Evelyn Oboro, has called on Deltans to support the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP- led administration in Delta State to win the 2019 elections in the state.The post Rep rallies support for PDP in Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE Action Democratic Party, ADP and Labour Party in Edo State say they are fielding candidates for the March 3, local government elections in the state and appealed to the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, to ensure a free and fair election.The post Edo LG polls: ADP, LP move to unseat APC appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE senator representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, Chief Foster Ogola, has urged rural farmers in the state to embrace agricultural best practices to improve their yields and income, stating that agriculture was a serious business.The post Senator tasks Bayelsa farmers on agricultural best practices appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Vice President Atiku Abubkar and Namadi Sambo were among various Nigerian Leaders that bade farewell to late Vice President, Alex Ekwueme last night in Abuja.The post Osinbajo, Atiku, Sambo eulogize Ekwueme appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THOUSANDS of youths, weekend, converged on Ogbia main town, headquarters of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, for a solidarity rally in honour of Governor Seriake Dickson of the state, who turned 52.The post Ogbia youths hold mega rally for Dickson appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
THE Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, said it will do everything within its power to frustrate any attempt to establish cattle colony in any part of South East and Biafran land in general, adding it a devious way of imposing Islam and ceding Biafra land to people with sharp difference in their way of living with those of Biafrans.The post MASSOB vows to resist creation of cattle colonies in Igboland appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Mrs Judith Amaechi, the Founder of Empower Support Initiative (ESI), a non-governmental organisation, says early education is the key to eradicating militancy and the use of children in carrying arms.The post Education crucial to eradicating militancy, Amaechi says appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, weekend in Lagos issued a seven- day ultimatum to the Federal Government to remove all trucks parked or abandoned on Oshodi-Apapa dual carriageway and make all access roads to the nation's sea ports motorable.The post Maritime workers issue 7-day ultimatum to FG over failed ports access roads appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Ekwueme epitomizes impeccable integrity, courage, selflessness Osinbajo -Ekwueme rejected Senate President offer from ObasanjoNgige By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJAVICE President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the late Vice President in the Second Republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme epitomised impeccable integrity, courage and selflessness. Prof. Osinbajo state this at the Night of Song service organized by the FederalRead MoreThe post OBJ offered Ekwueme Senate Presidency Ngige appeared first on Vanguard News 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
NATIONAL President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Dr Supo Ayokunle, yesterday, said the wave of killings and bloodshed across Nigeria were unprecedented.The post These mindless killings must stop CAN appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Personal Assistance to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie has said that the ordinary Nigerians will win the 2019 Presidential election again for the All Progressive Congress (APC).The post Ordinary Nigerians will win 2019 again for Buhari Lauretta Onochie appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Political associates, friends and family members,Sunday, poured encomiums on the Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme as the federal government honoured the late elder statesman. The post Ekwueme led the G34 which confronted Late Gen. Sani Abacha Gana appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
OPERATORS in the insurance industry have appealed to the National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, to defer implementation of the reviewed rates on compulsory insurances by one year to enable the insuring public to be adequate sensitized.The post Operators advocate postponement of new rates for compulsory insurances appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
By Peter Egwuatu & Nkiru Nnnorom AS the impressive performance of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, came to a halt last week, with investors losing N463 billion, market analysts have warned that speculation in penny stocks with weak fundamentals, could lead to meltdown of the market. In a week dominated by profit taking, investors lostRead MoreThe post Scramble for cheap stocks: Analysts caution as investors lose N463bn in 5 days appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, recently commenced the first phase of verification exercise of defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary, MTEL. At the Ketu, Lagos centre, Leader of NITEL/MTEL Pensioners Union, Comrade Austin Onokpise told Vanguard that the decision by the federal government to start paying them pensions have brought relieve to them.The post Pensioners are treated with dignity during verification ' Onokpise appeared 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
FOLLOWING profit taking in the stock marketlast week that resulted in loss of N463 billion in the market capitalisation, investment bankers have advised investors to build their portfolio on pro-cyclical sectors and stocks.The post Stock market: Bulls to return this week appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
GROUP Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI), Mr.Ade Ayeyemi,has said that Nigeria can create more jobs for its population by utilising available opportunities to increase its export revenue.The post Increasing export business critical to job creation in Nigeria 'Ecobank Group CEO appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
IN order to ensure that more Nigerians enjoy the benefits of a digital eco-system that is mobile centric, Sterling Bank has partnered with telecommunications giants 9Mobile and Solo Phones to introduce a contract smartphone pre-bundled with mobile plans to new and existing customers of the Bank.The post Sterling Bank partners 9mobile, Solo Phone appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
As a strategic move to boost our working capital and sustain competitive edge we secured a four-year N2 billion soft loan from the Bank of Industry (BOI) at concessionary interest rate. We could not go to the capital market because the market lacked liquidity due to the economic recession in the country then. Mind you, the market does not work in isolation. The economic situation affects the market. The option we had was to approach BOI as we could no longer cope with banks' loansThe post I 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
AFTER so much ballyhoo about President Muhammadu Buhari's proclivity at pampering his ethnic stock over and above the other ethnic nationalities, he finally attempted to defend himself against the charge of ethnic bias. His defence was contained in a homily at a dinner he hosted in honour of leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, January 18.The post Of nepotism, impunity, mediocrity and 2019 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
NIGERIAN Maritime Sector accounts for over 80 per cent of our international trade through transportation, fishing, oil and gas. But the irony is that 80 per cent of most criminal activities emanate from the maritime sector. It further means the drop in the crime rating of our country and the attendant improvement of our economy is dependant on the security of the maritime corridors and territorial waters.The post Ensuring Maritime security appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
First, it is essential to state that Akwa Ibom was the first State in Nigeria to establish and enthrone a State Information (IT) Policy and created a Science and Technology Office at the Cabinet level ' represented by a Commissioner. True to type, the State has also become the first to appoint a full-fledged ICT professional as SSG. The post Akwa-Ibom: From smart city to smart-state appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Few can dispute the fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ebora Owu, was one of those that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015.The post President Olusegun Obasanjo and his love letter to Buhari by Fani-Kayode appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, recently hit the nail on the head when he said about 70percent of the earth resources are underneath the sea and that in most cases left untapped.The post Blue economy: The wealth Nigeria must tap appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Mr. Segun Adebutu, the multi-talented Nigerian business magnate, does not need to be a friend of the president or promoter of any party in power for his multi-million dollars investment in the energy landscape to flourish. That is how a nation should work.The post Petrolex: Adebutu's audacity in Nigeria's troubled streams appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Kelechi Iheanacho helped himself to a double in Leicester City's 5-1 rout of Peterborough in the FA Cup on Saturday.The post FA Cup: Iheanacho breaks Aiyegbeni's FA goals record appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Media Officer of MFM FC, Olawale Quadri said on Sunday that the team was safe and sound after they were involved in an accident at Akungba, Ondo State.The post MFM FC Bus accident: We are safe and sound'Media Officer appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Sunday night congratulated the Super Eagles on the spectacular 2-1 win against Angola in the CHAN quarter-final match today in Morocco.The post Buhari congratulates Super Eagles for victory over Angola appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Photo shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday 28th January, 2018, watching the football match between the Super Eagles and Angola in the quarter-final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).The post Photo: Buhari watches Nigeria beat Angola 2-1 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Following the decision of the Supreme Court that he has a case to answer, former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, yesterday, expressed his readiness to defend corruption charges the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.The post Alleged N11bn fraud: I'm ready to defend myself 'Ex-gov Shema appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A bird in hand is worth millions in the bush; so, if the old chicken farmer decides to drop the bird in his hand in preference for the one in the bush (with all the possible risks to his interests), there must be something more than stark selfish interest involvedThe post Between Obasanjo and his friends appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
I was shocked when Governor Masari fired with immediate effect, the Education Commissioner, Professor Halimatu Sa'adiya Idris; how does a coach fire his deadliest striker and most prolific goal scorer' The post The difficulty and burden of governance appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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