NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 18 January, 2017.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The leadership of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Middle Belt and South South Forum, yesterday, stormed Makurdi, Benue State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to embrace the call for the restructuring of the country to save it from imminent collapse.

The leaders, who were in the state to commiserate with Governor Samuel Ortom and the people over the killing of 73 indigenes by herdsmen on new year day, also declared their support for the open grazing prohibition law enacted by the state government. They also urged other state governments to adopt the law in their various states to check the menace of herdsmen in the country, noting that it was the way to go. This came on a day Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, also called for restructuring of the country, declaring anybody opposed to it, including the Federal Government, as an enemy. Southern, Middle Belt leaders in Benue Ohanaeze: Speaking on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, the President-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, noted that since military intervention in Nigerian politics, the Nigerian Constitution has become a huge fraud. He said:  “I have never seen a country practice democracy and does not respect the voice of the people.  We need to restructure Nigeria now or in the next seven years, Nigeria will be extinct. 

“Restructuring is a national imperative. How can we have a security council consisting of a people from a particular section of the country?  It is not fair.  Are we a conquered people? “I recall that the global terrorist index rated herdsmen as the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world but the federal government has continued to look the other way as they continue to wreak havoc in the country. Nigerians must rise and fight against tyranny in our land. “If politicians fail to address these issues and fail to restructure the country, a time will come when Nigerians will dance on their graves.  

The truth is that the people of Nigeria are tired of this country. “We must commend Governor Samuel Ortom for his uncommon courage in the face of adversity, he has shown that he is a civilian general.’’ Afenifere: On his part, the leader of Afenifere delegation, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, urged all Nigerians to support the restructuring of the country to save it from collapse. 

He said:  “The problem we are facing in Nigeria today was created by the Constitution the military imposed on us. “Anything it will take to get us out of this bondage, we will stand firmly with it because the matter is beyond politics. “If we go ahead to conduct any election in Nigeria without changing the Constitution that makes your president the most powerful man in the world, even more powerful than the president of America, we are finished. 

“We all want to be in Nigeria on terms imposed on us by every section of the country because it will be the people’s Constitution.” While lamenting the leadership style of President Buhari, Chief Adebanjo said: “l had warned Nigerians about President Buhari because he is not a democrat.’’ The elder statesman, who condemned the killings in Benue State, stated that herdsmen never believed that any other tribe existed in the country, describing the impression as regrettable. South South Forum: On his part, the leader of the South South Forum, Air Commodore Idongesit Ikanga, retd, warned that all was not well with the country, especially where the innocent were being killed. 

“We are totally behind Governor Ortom because the greater number of the soldiers that fought the civil war that kept this country united were from Benue. “What happened in the state has further strengthened the call for the restructuring of the country. “We are saying that there must be Nigeria but it must be a country where justice must prevail.”   Middle Belt Forum: Also speaking, the leader of the Middle Belt Forum, Bala Takaya, said the bloodshed in Nigeria was getting too much. “We pray that the blood of those killed will not go in vain, it will cry for justice before the throne of grace and justice, the author of life. 

“What happened in Benue is nothing but an ethnic cleansing. How then can we describe a situation where evil forces will besiege the homes of innocent people and murder them in cold blood? “The events in the country at the moment have again brought to the fore, the need for the restructuring of the country in order to save Nigerians more pains and anguish.” 

More people still being killed by herdsmen —Ortom 

Welcoming the delegation, Governor Samuel Ortom promised that Benue will work with the group to foster greater unity among the people of the zones. He lamented that despite the deployment of more security personnel to the state to check the killings, more persons were still being killed by herdsmen.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ten people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday in a double suicide-bomb attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader and a resident told AFP. The blasts happened in the Muna Garage area of the Borno state capital, in a market used mainly by internally displaced people (IDPs) from a nearby camp. “I can confirm that 10 people have died in the attack,” said Ibrahim Liman, of the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF), which assists the military with security against Boko Haram. Liman initially gave the death toll as three but he added: “Seven more bodies were brought in from the UMTH (University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital). “Now the number of injured is 52,” he said. “Two under-aged girls, aged about 13, struck at the market at about 4:10 pm (1510 GMT) — a peak hour. The first bomber set off her explosives in a sparsely populated part of the market. “Moments later, the second bomber set off her explosives in the crowded part of the market. That was where most of the casualties were recorded.” Liman’s account was supported by local resident Dahiru Bulama, who said soldiers had cordoned off the area as the injured were evacuated to hospital for treatment. “The attack was really bad. The casualty toll could be high. We were not allowed to go near,” he added. “But I saw one car parked across the road that was splattered with blood and flesh.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Boko Haram has repeatedly used young girls and women as suicide bombers to attack civilian “soft targets”. IDP camps, including the one at Muna Garage, markets and mosques have been hit. Army and CJTF security posts have also been targeted. Twelve people were killed on November 15 when four suicide bombers — two men and two women — blew themselves up in the Muna area of Maiduguri. Wednesday’s attacks comes after Boko Haram jihadists killed nine people on Monday in two separate attacks — one in the Ngala area of Borno and the second in neighbouring Adamawa. The attack in Ngala saw six people shot dead as they collected firewood to sell to IDPs.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Federal government says it is desirous to wind down  its Presidential Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region. The Special Adviser to the president on Niger Delta and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) revealed this in  Abuja  Wednesday, after  a meeting with stakeholders to analyse the success of the programme. It will be recalled that the programme was established in 2009 by the late President Umaru Musa Yara’ dua and was meant to last for only three years. Gen. Boroh said the Presidential Amnesty Programme has met its mandate of providing peace and stabilizing the Niger Delta security environment through its training and empowerment of ex-militants and is  now due for termination. He explained that the 92 percent (21,805) of those schooling abroad and those undergoing various skill training out of the 30,000 estimated beneficiaries had  graduated leaving only 8 percent (8,195) to be engaged in agricultural programmes. “We have successfully trained a total of 21,805 amnesty beneficiaries in both our local and overseas universities and in vocational training institutions within and outside Nigeria as pilots, marine engineers, oil and gas engineers, medical doctors, lawyers etc, they have become valuable generation of skilled youths that are contributing positively to national development. ‘‘Also, in line with government economic diversification policy, large numbers of our trained delegates are now empowered and deployed into various fields of agriculture and its value chain in order to revamp Nigeria economy.’’ ‘‘ The services of 131 offshore  universities/institutions to train 1,723 and from these foreign institutions, 1,523 have graduated with a balance of 200 that will graduate in 2018.  1054 ex-militants have graduated from Nigerian universities and there is a balance case load of 2843 that are at various stages of their scholarship programme and most will graduate in 2018. ‘‘Also, the services of 200 local and foreign Skills Acquisition Centres was utilised to train 15,140 beneficiaries. Under its post training empowerment, 4,203 have been empowered and delegates have established their businesses, they are now entrepreneurs and are helping to provide gainful employments to other youths.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018

THE leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State has barred former chairmen, former councillors and other former officials in the administration of local government councils from contesting the March 3, 2018 council elections. INEC The decision of the party was made known to the leaders of the party in the 18 local government areas of the state, at a meeting presided over by the state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua. Former House of Representatives member, Patrick Obahiagbon, represented Governor Godwin Obaseki’s council, Oredo, at the meeting. Ojezua, who addressed the party leaders, said the decision was reached after consultations with the state leader of the party and immediate past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Obaseki. According to him, “The leadership of the party took the decision in the best interest of the administration of local government councils in the state, sa we intend to ensure that the ongoing reforms at the council level, as regards revenue collection which the governor introduced to ensure that councils are self reliant and are able to pay their salaries, are not disrupted.”

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has commended a non-governmental organisation, Ochendo Foundation, for awarding scholarship to 60 indigent but brilliant undergraduates in various Nigerian tertiary institutions and urged the students use the opportunity to change the history of their lives by being shining examples.The post Ikpeazu commends foundation for scholarship to 60 indigent students appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
THE umbrella body of all Muslim organisations in Kwara State, the Council of Muslim Organisations, CMO, has demanded that Firdaus Amasa, who was denied induction by the Nigerian Law School, be called to bar immediately.The post Hijab controversy: Kwara Muslims ask Law School to induct Firdaus appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Kogi State government has been slated as one of the beneficiaries of $500 million World Bank facility meant for rural development in parts of the country.The post Kogi benefits from $500m World Bank facility appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS generated N19.94 billion for the state in 2017, executive chairman of the agency, Dr. Muritala Awodun, said yesterday.The post KWIRS rakes in N19.94bn in 2017 appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
COALITION of civil society groups in Rivers State, yesterday, condemned the barbaric killings in the state, particularly in the Orashi area, flaying leaders in the state's ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as sponsors of the criminals.The post Rivers govt, PDP, kick as rights groups blame Orashi killings on leaders appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
PESIONERS who retired from Delta State Civil Service will soon smile, following the release of N2.8 billion to settle outstanding contributions of workers under the Retirement Savings Accounts, RSAs and payment of pension entitlements to retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme.The post Delta pensioners to smile with N2.8bn appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Association of Small and Medium Scale Industries, Anambra State, ASAMSIAS, operating along Ezeiweka Road, Awada Obosi near Onitsha, popularly known as Osakwe Industrial Cluster, has raised the alarm over poor and epileptic power supply, which has accelerated the speed with which their members are folding up their industries.The post Epileptic power supply threatens small scale industry operators appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
TEN hectares of oil palm plantation as well as other economic trees worth millions of Naira in Sabongida village, Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State, have been lost to fire set by rats hunters.The post Millions lost as rat hunters set fire to palm plantation in Plateau appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
MEMBERS of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, yesterday, ordered military authorities and other stakeholders to stay away from the disputed land belonging to natives of Effurun in Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State.The post Stay away from Uvwie land dispute, Reps caution Army, others appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
HUNDREDS of women and youths of Olomoro, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, besieged the flow station of Heritage Services, the oil company operating in the area, protesting the alleged neglect and arrest of four of their indigenes by the company.The post Delta community protests neglect, arrest of indigenes by oil coy appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Abus conductor, identified as Toheeb Olayiwola, was shot dead in Abule-Egba area of Lagos yesterday, by Customs men chasing a bus loaded with smuggled bags of rice.The post Bus conductor shot dead by customs men in Lagos appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Four expatriates, two Americans and two Canadians were, Tuesday evening, kidnapped on Kwoi-Jere Road in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State by gunmen.The post Kidnappers kill 2 policemen, abduct 4 expatriates in Kaduna appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
THE recent spate of violence across the country calls for serious concern from all genuine stakeholders in the Nigerian project.The post We need violence-free campaigns and elections appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Mr Yusufu Akirikwen, the Taraba Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, says that the state has no land for Cattle Colonies as proposed by the Federal Government.The post Taraba rejects FG's cattle colony proposal appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The naira Wednesday depreciated to N360.56 per dollar in the Investor and Exporter window, in spite of 98 per cent increase the volume of dollars traded.The post Naira depreciates to 360.56/$ in I&E appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Microfinance banks operators have called for less stringent regulation of the subsector, stressing their operation is presently over regulateThe post MfB operators clamour less stringent regulation of subsector appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Operator in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector has faulted claims by some local banks to have hugely financed many businesses in the sector.The post SMEs fault banks' claims on financing appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Canon showcased its latest industry-leading innovations at CABSAT 2018, the leading broadcast, satellite and creative media event in the Middle East and Africa region. The post CABSAT 2018: Canon showcases cutting edge technology for the broadcast and cinema industry appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Nigeria's Super Eagles team B's performance against Rwanda in their opening game of the CAF African Championship in Morocco, has attracted comments from the Argentine media.The post Argentina media mocks CHAN Eagles appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy. This, perhaps has influenced the decision by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr to allow his players welcome their wives and girlfriends to visit them in camp on some designated days during the World Cup in Russia.The post Eagles WAGs welcome at Russia World Cup appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
CHAN Eagles have been training on their shooting as well as movement inside the opposing box ahead of Friday's crucial Group C match against Libya, just as ex-Eagles skipper Mutiu Adepoju has insisted the strikers were not to blame for a barren draw with Rwanda.The post CHAN Eagles train on finishing appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Most often, our imaginary passenger cannot even afford a regular seat ' he opts to be an 'attachee.' Attachment is a technical term used to describe the situation whereby a passenger who cannot afford the prescribed fare for the entire journey is offered an uncomfortable low stool for his journey at a very low fare. The post The Thrills and Frills of Christmas II appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Overeating is something many of us have battled with at one point or the other. However, there are some important ways to effectively deal with it and stop yourself from eating too much. Jumia Food, Nigeria's No. 1 online food ordering platform, shares 4 ways to stop yourself from eating too much.The post 4 ways to stop yourself from eating too much appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The people of the 'Jordan river' (or the Canaanites who would be Arabized as the future Palestinians), and the cities and towns of that community of the 'Jordan river' had all existed long before the birth of Israel, Israelites, Jews, Judaism, or JudeaThe post 2017: Diary of a columnist (3) appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
When people no longer know what to do, they begin to try everything. At that point, the loss of one genuine purpose invariably leads to the pursuit of a dozen pseudo purposes The post Grazing Reserves, doomsday foretold appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Professor Wole Soyinka is right: they have declared war on us. Yesterday, it was Plateau. Today it is Benue and Taraba. Tomorrow, it will be you!The post Nigeria's unfolding 'Janjawid' war appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
AQUARIUS; Both your personal career/business lines and partnership related issues are what can bring you under pressure. Be diplomatic between 6.43&9.04pm.The post Astrological Counselling appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Oluwaseyi Funso David Akinwotu, also known as Sheyak, is a photographer and he does both the capturing and the training. Photography has always been Oluwaseyi's passion, so he simply added vigour to his passion. 'I started with capturing friends for fun and for free with my then analogue camera while in junior secondary school. Talking []The post Meet Oluwaseyi Akinwotu The Photographer appeared first on The Spark. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The rate at which certain foodstuff are adulterated is alarming. You go to the market to buy foodstuff and you are not sure of the quality of what you are buying. In the case of the palm oil, one may make mistakes by simply depending on the physical appearance of the oil. So some sellers add colourants, liquids and other chemicals to increase the volume and make it more attractive and appealing to buyers.The post Kit for detection of palm oil adulteration appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
SPEAKER, Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole has doled out N3.5 million to pay school fees for students in his constituency.The post Lawmaker doles out N3.5m for students fees appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
THE inability of parents and guardians to buy books for their wards and encourage the reading culture, have been identified as part of reasons that more 30 million Nigerian school leavers have poor reading culture. Mrs. Ibitola Adebayo, disclosed this at the opening of The Insight of an Author office in Ikeja on Monday.The post Why 30% Nigerians have poor reading culture ' Ibitola Adebayo appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
PRINCIPAL of Federal Government Girls College, Shagamu, Ogun State, Mrs. Agnes Owolabi, has posited that her introduction of a compulsory breakfast Mathematics lesson for all students in the school informed their excellent performance in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.The post Compulsory breakfast Mathematics lesson, key to FGGC performance appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
ABUJA: AN indigenous software company, CypherCrescent Nigeria Limited based in Port-Harcourt, has donated licences worth $2.1 million to the Petroleum and Gas Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Nile University Abuja.The post Group donates $2.1m licences to Nile varsity for petroleum studies appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
PRESIDENT of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke has warned vice chancellors, Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and the DSS to desist from harassing their members, adding that no amount of intimidation would take them back to their duty posts unless their earned allowances are paid.The post SSANU cautions VCs over members intimidation, petitions DSS, Police appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
By Yemisi Sulaiman Chioma Echedom is in dilemma. Her 8-week-old son, Chukwuemeka, has been diagnosed with a hole in his heart even as his lungs are not connected to his heart. Chukwuemeka urgently requires a corrective surgery in India at an estimated cost of N7 million. A medical report signed by Dr O.J. Sokunbi,Read MoreThe post Help save my son: Mother of hole-in-heart baby seeks N7m for surgery appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A Masaka Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State, on Wednesday remanded a 32- year- old housewife, Blessing John, in prison for pouring hot water on her neighbours.The post Housewife in court for pouring hot water on neighbours, remanded in prison appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
An Investigative Police Officer, Insp. Joseph Addo, on Wednesday told an Igbosere High Court in Lagos how a man, Williams Kenechi, strangled his girlfriend, Lizzy Nzewi and ran to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, with her car.The post Man kills girlfriend, relocates to Abidjan with her car appeared first on Vanguard News. 
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