NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [2ND FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 2nd February, 2018.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, has said there is a plan to attack the state in the next 10 days.

The governor also said the information had been passed to security agencies, adding that he was not aware that any action had been taken.

Ishaku spoke in Jalingo on Thursday when he received members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi.


 
The governor told the PDP delegation, which was led by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, that peace had become a scarce commodity in the state.

He said, “When I assumed office, I asked my people to give me peace and that I would give development in return. Peace is elusive in Taraba, but we have development. Here I am as a governor with a crown, but without a sword.

“You call police and security agencies for help, they will tell you they need to clear from Abuja before acting. Before you know it, you have lost 100 people.

“When you call for help, the help takes ages to come. We need to restructure the security architecture of this country. You take one step forward as the governor, the almighty Federal Government takes you back 10 miles.

“The police we have can’t help themselves. In 10 days’ time, we will be attacked. Helicopters dropped arms here at night for hoodlums.

“We will talk because if the Federal Government cannot help us, let those who can help us come to our aid.

“Our farmers cannot travel at night with their goods to neighbouring states to sell again. God gave us good land, but we lack common sense.

“I’m talking now since writing has not produced the desired results. Some of these things are not meant to be said, but we will henceforth be talking.”


 
The governor said, “We buried 63 people at Lau, the same day that Benue State buried 73 of its people. We are in trouble in this country.

“If our voices are not heard in Abuja, they can be heard in Kano, Niger Republic, United States of America and other places.”

Earlier, Secondus said that he and members of his team were in the state to condole with the people on the death of the lawmaker.

He blamed the Federal Government for the insecurity in the country, saying “the first duty of any government is to provide security for its citizens.”

Secondus appealed to members of the National Assembly to investigate those behind the alleged dropping of arms and expose the perpetrators.

He called on the Federal Government to review the country’s security architecture to curb the senseless killings in the country.

The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, which did not say if it received any information  from the governor, said the step by Ishaku would cause proactive measures to be put in place.

The Director, Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim, said, “Informing the defence and the security agencies would enable proactive measures to be put in place.

“The military, being the last line of defence, would require the Commander-in-Chief’s directives to act. For the records, the procedure is for His Excellency to bring such information to the immediate attention of Mr. President and the military would move in if the crisis overwhelms the police.”

But a top source at the Ministry of Defence said he was not aware of such information from the governor.

“There is no such information in the ministry. The governor should help with when such letter was written and to who.”

The Taraba State Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, denied receiving any information from the governor.

He said, “As far as I am concerned, I have not received any letter from the governor. I am not aware that the governor informed us about any impending attack.”

Osinbajo panel forms committee to meet Miyetti Allah

The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo  committee has set up a sub-committee to interface with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and other groups with a view to ending killings by herdsmen.

The committee was set up by the National Economic Council to find lasting solutions to increasing cases of killings by herdsmen across the country.

The sub-committee is headed by the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, said this to State House correspondents on Thursday at the end of a meeting of the Osinbajo committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Yari, who is the governor of Zamfara State, said the governors of Plateau and Adamawa states were members of the dialogue committee headed by Umahi.

He said some technocrats would be invited to join the sub-committee in visiting states affected by the attacks.

He said, “In our discussion today (Thursday), we set up a committee headed by the governor of Ebonyi State, while Plateau and Adamawa governors are members.

“We are bringing some technocrats that will visit hot spots’ states like Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara where there is crisis so that they can interface with the Miyetti Allah and other groups to see how we can reduce this to the barest minimum.

Yari explained why attacks by herdsmen could not end, saying criminals had turned them to money-making ventures.

“Why we cannot say we will put this matter to rest is because some people have taken it as a money-making venture.

“As a government, we have to take all the measures despite the fact that the army, police and other security agents are on the field at the affected places. But we still have to form this committee to interface with the actors so that this matter can be reduced to the barest minimum and possibly be wiped off,” he said.

Apart from Yari and Umahi, others who attended the meeting were Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa); Deputy Governor of Benue State, Benson Abonu; that of Oyo State, Chief Moses Adeyemo, as well as the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; and his Interior counterpart, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

Seven killed, others injured in Kaduna attack

Some suspected Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday invaded Kaguru village in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing seven persons, while many people sustained injuries.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the gunmen invaded the village at about 7pm, shot indiscriminately and set houses ablaze.

He said those that sustained injuries were receiving medical treatment in the General Hospital, Birnin Gwari.

It was learnt that the armed gunmen had left before the arrival of policemen.

The eyewitness said, “Fulani herdsmen attacked Kaguru village and killed seven people. They burnt down many houses in the village. The residents ran away to nearby places.

“Many people, including children were injured and taken to a hospital. Before the police came, the herdsmen had left and nobody could find them again.”

Calls put across to the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, rang out. Also, a text message sent to his mobile had yet to be replied to.

However, a police source told our correspondent that contrary to claim of the villagers, four persons were killed while six people got injured.

Five missing in Nasarawa village

No fewer than five persons from Agbara village in Nasarawa State have been reported missing.

Agbara village is close to Kadarko town, where seven persons were killed on Tuesday.

The PUNCH on Thursday reported the Kadarko town attack, which led to the death of seven persons.

Our correspondent also reported that some other communities were razed by the gunmen.

A relative of one of the missing persons, Mr. Justine Wombu, on Thursday told one of our correspondents his elder brother, Felix Wombu, had not returned home since the day of the Kadarko attack.

He said, “My brother and some persons went to Agbara. We learnt that they were attacked on the way by the gunmen that attacked Kadarko.”

He said five out of the 10 men that went to Agbara escaped, leaving other five who had yet to be found.

“Security agents deployed in Kadarko had combed everywhere to no avail,” he added.

The relatives of other missing villagers said they feared for the safety of the missing men.

But, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kennedy John, said that the command had yet to receive the report of any missing person, adding that investigation into the attack on Kadarko was ongoing.

The names of the missing villagers were given as  William Tija, Peter Oryem, Felix Wombu, Zaber Targule, Gboho Uhugwa.

S’West group warns of famine

A socio-political organisation of professionals in the six South-West states, under the aegis of South-West Think Tank, on Thursday said there was a famine looming in Nigeria.

The group said the destruction of farmlands and the fear of farmers to plant due to activities of Fulani herdsmen could cause the famine.


Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday led a high-powered delegation of Ijaw leaders to former President Goodluck Jonathan to deliberate on the All Progressives Congress’ Committee on Restructuring.

Jonathan, Dickson and top Ijaw leaders called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC to be sincere with the implementation of the recommendations of the party’s committee led by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.


 
Jonathan and the group said a holistic and sincere implementation of the recommendations of the report on restructuring would encourage inter-ethnic harmony and development in the country.

This was contained in statement by the Special Adviser to Dickson on Media Relations Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, on Thursday.

The statement quoted Jonathan as saying that the issues which fell under the purview of the committee were exhaustively treated during the 2014 National Conference whose sincere implementation would definitely move the nation forward.

Jonathan said it was a good idea that the APC was able to set up a committee to look into the same grey areas which featured prominently in the deliberations of the 2014 conference.

The former President commended Dickson for playing the leadership role of coordinating the thoughts of the Ijaw people on the sensitive issue of restructuring.

He said Dickson must be appreciated for ensuring that the Ijaw nation did not sing discordant tunes on the issue of restructuring.

He stressed that he was pleased that Dickson was performing the leadership role in accordance with the expectations by coordinating the Ijaw ethnic nationality on the topical issue.

Jonathan said, “I am pleased with the calibre of people who came with the governor to brief me on the issue of the recommendations of the APC’s committee on restructuring.


 
“I am also pleased that the APC set up a committee to look into the grey areas to come up with these recommendations. When we were in government, we came up with a conference and several issues were addressed which if sincerely implemented would encourage relationship in the country. A sincere implementation of the recommendations on these grey areas will make the country to move forward.”

Also speaking, Dickson said he led the delegation of the Ijaw leaders to the former President on a consultative meeting and to brief him on the steps the Ijaw had taken to build bridges of understanding in the pursuit of what was right in the country.

The governor explained that the meeting focused on the issue of restructuring and the moves being made to bring about a just, fair and egalitarian Nigerian society.

Dickson noted that the recommendations contained in the report of the APC committee were the same as those contained in the 2014 national conference.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has berated the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission for failing to check the excesses of President Muhammadu Buhari in the uneven distribution of public offices.

Obasanjo also said his recent open letter to President Buhari was not borne out malice or ‘bad belle’ but out of his deep concern for the situation in the country.


 
He said this on Thursday at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta, shortly after the Coalition for Nigeria Movement was inaugurated in Ogun State, and he was registered as a member of the movement.

The former President, who was flanked by a former Military Administrator of old Ondo State, Gen. Ekundayo Opaleye and a former Minister of State for Defence, Mrs. Dupe Adelaja,  said the ethos of nation building through even distribution of public offices had been abused.

He said, “Let me emphasise important areas, programmes, priorities or processes for improved attention. To start with, we seem to have taken nation building for granted. Nation building must be given continued attention to give every citizen a feeling of belonging and a stake in his or her country.

“For instance, the Federal Character principle, as espoused in our constitution, was to guide the leadership to search for competent holders of major offices to be distributed within the entire nation, and avoid concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places, as we currently have in the leadership of our security apparatus.

“To avoid such non-integrative situation, we have the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission, both institutions which must raise the alarm or call for correction of actions by the executive that violates the spirit of our constitution.”

Obasanjo’s registration came almost 24 hours after the CNM was inaugurated in Abuja.

Obasanjo arrived the venue at exactly 12.44pm in company with dignitaries including former governors of Cross River and Osun states, Donald Duke and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The former President, while addressing scores of potential members who had gathered at the venue, said he was surprised that many Nigerians were worried that he exchanged pleasantries with President Buhari at the African Unity summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, few days after he wrote the open letter to the President.


 
He noted that he never condemned Buhari in totality but commended him in areas where he had performed well.

Obasanjo said, “Last week, I issued a statement which I did not do lightly or frivolously but out of deep concern for the situation of our country.

“I wonder why some Nigerians were worried why I had to pay respect to the Nigerian President at Addis Ababa. That’s my own upbringing as a well born and bred Yoruba boy.

“That doesn’t mean that what I have said about the President, was said out of bitterness and hatred. It is evident that the President has performed,  in some areas, good enough.

“In other areas not good and a proper advice was given which he may take and he may not take.

“I didn’t do that out of malice or out of ‘bad belle.’ I did it out of my respect for that office and my interest, and I hope, in your interest and the interest of Buhari in Nigeria.

“I went to him just before the beginning of the opening of the AU summit. I had gone round to greet some few other Presidents, should I ignore him? So, I went to my President, greeted him and we joked before General Abdulsalami (Abubakar) said we should have a group photograph.

“I had wanted him (Buhari) to stand in the middle before he said I am the most senior and the photograph went viral on the social media.”

Obasanjo, while justifying the need for the CNM, argued that if all the instruments the country had used in the quest for nation building and governance since independence had failed, it was imperative to try new ways.

He said, “If what we have tried in the past has not taken us to the Promised Land, we have to try something else and something else is this grassroots popular movement built from the bottom-up to lead us, I hope and pray, to the Promised Land.”

He, however, warned that if the movement “decides to transform itself and go into partisan politics, I will cease to be a member.”

Obasanjo further said the spate of violence, and other forms of criminality had not received sufficient proactive ameliorative responses through transformational leadership.

He said the youth and women would be carried along, as “they must be part and parcel of governance in this country.”

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The Senate has said it has been vindicated on the rejection of the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Thursday, announced that a Federal High Court had ruled that the upper chamber of the National Assembly had the powers to confirm or reject Magu’s appointment.


 
Sabi-Abdullahi made a copy of the ruling available to journalists on Thursday.

The suit, with number FHC/ABJ/CS/59/2017, was filed by a lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Justice John Tsoho of the FHC sitting in Abuja on January 15, 2018 ruled on the issues raised by the plaintiff before striking out the suit.

Delivering the ruling, Tsoho said, “The plaintiff raised two issues in the written address for determination, to wit: Whether or not the 1st defendant (Saraki) can reject a valid statutory appointment made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Office (of the Chairman) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in accordance with the provisions of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004 and whether or not the 1st defendant is bound by the provisions of the EFCC Act, 2004, with respect to the confirmation of any appointment made by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the office of the Chairman of the EFCC.”

Tsoho, who expressed his doubts about the locus standi of the plaintiff, said, “Nevertheless, the court will consider the merits of the issues raised for determination by the plaintiff.”

The judge added, “Issue one borders on the power of the Senate in respect of statutory appointment under the EFCC Act referred to it by the President. The relevant provision relating to appointment of the Chairman of the EFCC is Section 2 (1) and (3) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.

“Section 2 (3) provides as follows: The chairman and members of the commission other than ex-officio members shall be appointed by the President and the appointment shall be subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

“Firstly, the use of the word ‘shall’ in legislation usually denotes mandatoriness. Therefore, while the plaintiff recognises the use of the word ‘shall’ as conferring mandatory and unqualified powers on the President to appoint the Chairman of the EFCC, sight must not be lost that the same word is used in respect of confirmation by the Senate of such appointment. Therefore interpretation of the word ‘shall’ should logically have the same effect regarding both situations.
 
“More importantly, the expression ‘subject to’ used in Section 2 (3) of the EFCC Act is very instructive. The expression ‘subject to’ has been interpreted to mean liable, subordinate, subservient, or inferior to; governed or affected by; provide that or provided; answerable for. It has been categorically stated that the phrase ‘subject to’ introduces a condition, a restriction, a limitation, a proviso.”

On the second issue, Tsoho stated that there was no doubt that the 1st defendant was bound by the provisions of the EFCC Act with respect to appointment of the Chairman of the EFCC by the President.

Tsoho added, “The point must be made that it is trite law generally, that where a plaintiff’s claim is unchallenged and uncontroverted, the court will accept the available evidence and act on it.”


Fri, 02 Feb 2018
The decision of the National Economic Council to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East caused disagreement among members of  the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.

The atmosphere at the session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, became tensed after some members from the South-South geopolitical zone demanded the deduction of 13 per cent derivation from the $1bn before its release.


 
A member from Rivers State, Mr. Ken Chikere, who moved the motion, called for the deduction of 13 per cent derivation from the $1bn to be paid to oil-producing states.

Chikere argued that it was necessary to comply with the provision of Section 162(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The motion reads, “The House notes that at the 83rd meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on  December 14, 2017, the thirty-six governors of the states of Nigeria approved the deduction of the sum of $1bn by the Federal Government from the Excess Crude Account to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The House is aware that the proviso to Section 162(2) of the 1999 Constitution states 13 per cent of the proceeds of the oil-producing states in Nigeria as derivation fund payable to the benefiting states of Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Abia, Imo, Ondo, Anambra and Lagos.

“Also aware that the 13 per cent derivation fund payable to oil-producing states had not been deducted and paid to them from the $1bn before or after the approval of the said sum to fight Boko Haram insurgency.

Chikere got the backing of members from the zone, including Mr. Henry Achibong and Mr. Kingsley Chinda.

However, some members questioned the powers of the National Assembly to hear a motion on the $1bn since the states volunteered to offer their share of the ECA and not that of the Federal Government.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has said a change of leadership is required in Nigeria if the country is to work again. Nwabueze said this in a statement titled, Nigeria under President Buhari is categorised as a failed state by an internationally recognised agency, a copy of which was made available to [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A new faction of the defunct Fresh Peoples Democratic Party has set up a National Working Committee to manage its affairs. Fresh Peoples Democratic Party was formed by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party during the partys crisis under the leadership of Ali Modu Sheriff. But the faction reportedly returned to [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, has said the PDP in the state does not need the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. In a statement on Thursday, he said Sarakis membership would adversely affect the fortunes of the party. Abdulrazaq, who contested under [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lamented poor funding of the Nigerian Army despite the military operations being carried out in all the states of the federation. Buratai, while appearing before the Senate Committee on Army in Abuja on Thursday to defend the 2018 budget proposed by the [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Peter Dada, Akure No fewer than four Fulani herdsmen were arrested by the vigilante group in Agadagba Obon town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, carrying dangerous weapons. The four herdsmen, whose identities were unknown as of the time of filing this report, were allegedly carrying guns about the town before they [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anglican Bishop of Awka diocese, Anambra State, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim, on Thursday asked the Igbo to look for somebody who would take up the father figure role of the late former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, in Igbo land. He said no amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth by the [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The inadequate supply of electricity is not the reason why the country's economy is not growing, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. According to Fashola, experts who attribute the slow growth of Nigeria's economy to power supply challenges make such arguments without facts and are not correct. [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said that relatives of police officers who died and those who sustained injuries while on duty since 2016 have not been able to get any form of insurance compensation. Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration, Lagos, Ayuba Elkanah, said this [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A prosecution witness, Mr. Abubakar Umar, in the ongoing trial of a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, explained to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, how he was made to give contradictory evidence on May 5, 2016 due to pressure from the ex-governor, his associates and his lawyer, [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers on Thursday asked the Federal Government to reintroduce tolls on Nigerian roads. According to them, many of the highways are not properly maintained due to paucity of funds, but the reintroduction of tolls will mean that there will [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said only the adoption of true federalism can liberate Nigeria from its current challenges. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Ajimobi said this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of traditional rulers led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, at the Government House, Ibadan. He [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Facts have emerged on how the suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mounir Gwarzo, paid N1.7bn as severance package to 44 members of staff of the commission without approval from the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. The payment of the amount is one of the contraventions of financial regulations [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Justice Olajumoke Aiki of an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Thursday sent back the file of the suit filed by the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, against Governor Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others over the installation of 21 kings by the governor on August 27, 2017. The [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
If you own a small business, you should open a business bank account to organise your finances. While this may seem like a simple task, it requires good decision-making and careful thought. According to www.businessnewsdaily.com, small business experts share some of the common mistakes startups make with their commercial accounts, and how you can avoid [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has asked firms in the manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, chemical and allied industries to ensure proper handling and storage of chemicals capable of causing health and environmental hazards to members of the public. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations, Dr. Jemilade Longe, said [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria and the Niger Republic have agreed to construct a refinery in a border town located between both countries and close to Katsina State. According to the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, an agreement was reached between both nations to build the facility and for the construction of a crude oil pipeline [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday lamented the sorry state of the nations prisons, stating that the facilities have turned inmates to animals. He explained that the rot in the Nigerian prisons was so terrible that anyone who spent time there would come out as an animal. Osinbajo stated this in Abuja [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Oluwafemi Oyefeso We are in the information age and information is almost readily available everywhere. There is in fact to some extent information overload. A google search can turn up a vast number of resources. Customers can bypass a company and get information about its products and services and even its competitors without having to [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has ordered the immediate release of N100m for the management of Lassa fever at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. Obaseki explained that the amount would serve as the first tranche of payment for the procurement of medical items, including four dialysis machines, ventilators, personal protective equipment [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Health The general appearance of the grasscutter will offer some insight into its present health. Condition (or fatness) will be affected by nutritional status, reproductive stage, level of production, and age. Extremely thin or extremely fat animals should be avoided. Regardless of body condition, animals should appear alert, thrifty, exhibit a relatively smooth hair coat [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Femi Asu Global oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell, has said the security situation in Nigeria, where it is the largest oil producer, remains sensitive. The oil major, which announced its fourth quarter 2017 results on its website on Thursday, stated this while giving its outlook for the first quarter of this year. It [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Tunji Ajibade History is ever conveniently trampled here and no one cares. An example is how 40 years has become identified with television broadcasting in Nigeria. Evidence of this miscarriage of history is everywhere, especially online among younger generation of Nigerians. They say theyre unaware of any TV station thats older than the Nigerian Television [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Some suspected assassins on Wednesday clubbed to death a 62-year-old Igbo businessman, Mr. Vitalis Okoro, in Calabar, Cross River State, after chasing away his son. PUNCH Metro learnt that the assailants, after killing Vitalis in the bedroom, dragged the corpse into his Toyota Sequoia and drove some distance away from the house [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The naira is likely to remain stable against the United States dollar next week as demand for the greenback weakens whenever the unit trades below 360 per dollar. Foreign exchange traders said most forex users were not willing to source dollars weaker than N360 at the Investors & Exporters FX [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Gbemiga Olakunle Jonathan should resign if he has no solution to the violence being unleashed on some parts of the country Nasir el-Rufai The above quotation was allegedly credited to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, (now the Governor of Kaduna State). This salvo was reportedly fired at the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan when the administration [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a 25-year-old man, Babalola Alex, in the Asese area of the state with a human skull. A police report indicated that the suspect was arrested in the early hours of Thursday by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad who were on a [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi and Ozioma Ubabukoh Members of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers of the Bristow Group on Thursday commenced an indefinite strike over labour issues with the company's management. As a consequence, members of the association withdrew their services, while all affiliates of the Labour Centre, United Labour Congress of Nigeria, agreed [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated four special courts solely for the prosecution of sexual offences and corruption cases. The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who inaugurated the courts, lauded the Chief Justice of Nigeria for the initiative, noting that the establishment of the courts would expedite trials of sexual and financial related [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Akinpelu Dada The Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme office in the Federal Ministry of Finance has identified thousands of tax defaulters across the country and written to them requesting compliance before the expiration of the amnesty period on March 31. According to the VAIDS office, the defaulters, mostly high net-worth individuals, were identified through [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin The Samuel Ilorin Magistrates Court, Ogba, has sentenced no fewer than 33 Lagos residents to different terms of imprisonment and community service for violating the state Environmental Sanitation Laws 2017. The offenders were said to have been apprehended by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Ayo Olukotun One of the noticeable things about the 27th Convocation of the Ogun State-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, held on Wednesday, January 31, is that it took place at all. For, as the Convocation Lecturer, Prof. Michael Faborode, noted, several years went by without graduating classes, as a result of paralysing internal crises, which twisted [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has said that it has concluded plans to destroy over N8bn substandard cables. The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, stated this on Wednesday when he took members of the Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to two residential buildings in Ajangbadi, Lagos where it uncovered the cables. He said, [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi A chemist in Otuocha, Anambra State, identified as Onwuegbuka, has allegedly attempted to wriggle out of prosecution for alleged sexual harassment of an eight-year-old girl. Onwuegbuka was arrested by the police from the Otuocha division for the offence, but was allegedly released after spending two days in detention and paying N150,000 to the [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has asked traditional rulers to ensure peace in their domain. The governor stated this during the installation and presentation of staff of office to the monarch of Ipakodo, Oba Basiru Sotonwa, at Ebute-Ipakodo in the Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area. Ambode, who was represented by the [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Osita Azubuike Once every month, women from all walks of life gather somewhere in Ojodu, a suburb of Lagos, to share experiences and tips on how best to deal with one of the worlds most devastating health conditions. On this particular occasion, when I ran into one of their sessions, a young woman was standing, [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Contrary to the belief that MTN Nigeria's discussion with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the telco's planned listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange has reached advanced stage, investigation by our correspondent shows that SEC has yet to receive any document from MTN indicating an interest. When The PUNCH reached SEC [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Local government workers in Osun State have been thrown into mourning following the death of the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees in the Ayedaade Local Government Area, Mr. Tajudeen Alabi, in a fire that ravaged his home around 1am on Thursday. It was gathered that the NULGE chairman [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunnmi Ambode, on Thursday urged public servants in the state to explore technology in order to meet citizens expectations. He advised the workers to learn from the private sector in the use of technology to boost the services they rendered to the public. The governor spoke at a two-day [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Festus Abu Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf believes the Super Eagles can overcome 2018 CHAN hosts Morocco in Sundays final to win the tournament exclusively for African players plying their trade in their countries for the first time. The Eagles have not won the tournament since its inception in Ivory Coast in 2009, and their [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhamamdu Buhari has nominated Mr. Edward Adamu, for appointment as the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Adamu from Gombe State, replaces Mr. Sulaiman Barau, from Zaria, Kaduna State, who retired in December, 2017. A statement on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Peter Dada, Akure A Chief Magistrates court sitting in Owo, Ondo State, on Thursday remanded in prison a truck driver, Olajuwon Ariyibi, who allegedly killed two pastors at Ipele, in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State. The 42-year-old driver allegedly killed the two pastors, Adebayo Oluwasina and Ajenifuja Sunday, who were primary school [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
President Donald Trump is set to approve the release of an explosive memo alleging abuse of power in the FBIs probe of his election campaign, a White House official said Thursday. The president is OK with the memos publication, the official said, adding that Trump would probably give Congress a green light on Friday to [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Anthony Joshua is undergoing rigorous anti-doping testing to KO Joseph Parkers baseless king of steroids slur, according to The Sun. The Kiwi WBO champion casually threw out the controversial jab in a bid to speed up the big-fight negotiations and he retracted it and apologised swiftly after. AJ revealed at the first press conference that [] 

Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna A man, Aliyu Mohammed, has cut off the manhood of his 12-year-old cousin, Farouk Ibrahim, for unknown reasons. The incident happened in the Babana area of the Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State. It was learnt that Ibrahim was on his way to the farm to deliver food to his siblings, [] 
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