NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 11 February, 2018.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Elders and key actors in the politics of northern Nigeria, on Saturday, converged on Abuja to brainstorm on strategies to be adopted to pick a consensus candidate from the region for the 2019 presidential election.

The elders, under the aegis of Northern Elders and Stakeholders, said the meeting was called to seek ways of reaching an accord for an acceptable person who would fly the zone’s presidential flag.

The meeting was convened by a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Bello Mohammed; a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, and Senator Paul Zannan.

Other prominent northern leaders at the event are a former governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu; Senator Bala Mande and Senator Solomon Ewuga.

A former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi; a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; a prominent lawyer, Prof. Awwal Yadudu, and Alhaji Bala Mohammed were also in attendance.

The chairman on the occasion was elder statesman and chieftain of the Northern Elders Forum, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.


Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Christian Association of Nigeria, prominent Catholic bishops, two Catholic groups among others have berated Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for attacking Catholic leaders who visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock last week.

Prominent groups that lambasted Bello for taunting the clerics are the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership and the Progressives Peoples Alliance.


Others, who reacted to the governor’s statement, were the Archdiocese Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Alaba Job, and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

The Catholic bishops had, during a visit to the Presidential Villa on Thursday, told the President that his goodwill had depleted by his glaring failures.

The bishops, under the aegis of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, had expressed their disappointment with the state of the nation and told the President that Nigerians were angry as a result of bad governance in the country.

But Bello, in an interview with the State House correspondents on Friday, told the bishops that only those who were no more getting stolen money to pay tithes were angry with Buhari.

“And of course, those who have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithe, are no longer doing so. Of course, these are the category of people that are angry,” the governor had stated.

Bello, a character who accidently found himself in power –Kukah
But in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday, Kukah described Bello’s statement as “a tragedy of leadership in Nigeria.”

He said, “The statement of the governor is not worthy of my comment because I believe that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria stands for something higher than that. I won’t even dignify him with a response.”

When prodded to speak further on the issue, Kukah added, “This is a character (Bello) that nobody heard anything from until he suddenly accidentally found himself in power. What does he (Bello) know about what the bishops have said? So, I don’t even want to dignify him with any response. I don’t think it’s worth giving him a story.
“Frankly, people of his calibre do not deserve our response. It is also a measure of the kind of people who have strayed into power. I am not going to go into any details. It is a tragedy of what we call leadership now in Nigeria. People who have come with no antecedents; they just come out of the woodworks and occupy an office. And so, I won’t dignify him (Bello) with any response.”

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, Yusuf Ali and Ifedayo Adedipe, have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for reinstating the hitherto suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that the President recalled Yusuf, although a panel, set up by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, suspended the NHIS boss on July 6, 2017.


Yusuf, who is being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, was accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N919m.

Ali, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said Nigerians deserved an explanation from the Federal Government. According to the senior advocate, the President’s recall of the indicted NHIS official belittles the minister’s authority.

He stated, “The reason for which he was suspended is well known to everybody. It was well publicised. It was said that there was some money, almost $1bn, for which he couldn’t account for and for which the EFCC was invited. Curiously, nobody has heard anything from the EFCC and the man was recalled.

“So, I think the government owes us an explanation why the man, who was suspended by the minister, was recalled by the Presidency. Why was it not the minister that recalled him? The problem about such a matter is that it would have been better if the minister recalled him because they are demystifying the offices of the minister.”

Ali stated that the reinstatement did not portend well for the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration, adding that it had the tendency of sending a wrong signal.

“For all intents and purposes, it means that the anti-corruption body can do whatever it wants to do; the government is least concerned,” he said.

Similarly, Adedipe berated Buhari’s war against corruption and the government’s motives.

Adedipe added, “It is a total disgrace and an embarrassment. If I were the minister of health, I would resign and give them back their useless position. The President has undermined his so-called war on corruption for whatever reason, and it does him no credit that he is doing this.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
It was 2.35pm. The wet clothes on Kahome Modu, his weary face and strained feet as he dragged them out of a wooden boat stationed at the seashore exposed his fatigue.

He was on water fishing for over eight hours, but his catch for the day made him sad. They were frustratingly paltry compared to the usual whenever he went fishing.


Stretching his arms as he yawned sharply, he asked his companion, a boy, observably mature in the fishing business, to pack the fishes in the boat.

“I am very tired. The only thing I need now is to have a bath and sleep. This work is becoming stressful and I have no other job I know,” he said.

Modu is one of the fishermen at Ebute Eleja (seashore of fish) in the Ilaje area tucked in the Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the voyage of fishermen at Ebute Eleja has hit a lull since the start of the sand filling project at Oworonshoki waterfront by the state government. Oworonshoki is situated just at the mainland end of the Third Mainland Bridge.

Modu said, “The sand filling at Oworonshoki waterfront shifted clay and silt to our side of the sea. We can no longer fish nearby. It is now harder paddling our canoes because of the mud. Before now, two persons could get a canoe on the sea but now, about four people do that because the mud has replaced water and it drags back the canoe.

“We know it is the price we have to pay for being poor and living by the sea. But we have to eat since we have no other means of livelihood. I left for the sea at 5am and because the sand filling at Oworonshoki no longer allows us to fish nearby, I went as far as Agboyi Ketu. Sadly, I came back with little fishes after several hours on the sea.”

The Lagos State Government last year disclosed that the waterfront would be transformed into one of the biggest entertainment hubs in Nigeria, adding that it would improve the security of the environment and attract investments in water transport.

It added that the entertainment and mega ferry terminal site would divert some of the heavy human and vehicular traffic away from the Lagos Island.


Specifically, it stated that commuters, transiting through the terminal, would not only enjoy state-of-the-art infrastructure, but also be able to park and cruise in the modern jetty, thereby reducing the carbon emission level and travel time within the city.

The government explained that the project would be in three phases: the phase one bordered on the reclamation of the 29.5 hectares of the project site expected to be completed by November, 2017.

It further stated that the phase two would involve the provision of shoreline protection and reconstruction of 2.8 kilometre Ariyo Street as an alternative road running under the Third Mainland Bridge along with other infrastructure due for completion by June 2018.

According to the government, the third phase to be financed by public-private partnership, will involve the construction of the mega jetty and bus terminal with entertainment and tourism facilities like boutiques, hotels, as well as a 1000-capacity car park.


Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu For taking part in a N5.2bn fraud, a former Managing Director of the Rural Electricity Agency, Mr. Samuel Gakpe, has been sentenced to three years in prison with the option of paying a fine of N5m. Similarly, four other senior officials of the agency were sentenced to three years in prison with the [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju The Federal Government has dragged Senator Dino Melaye to court and charged him with giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the police in April 2017. Melaye was accused of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward David, in the said [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
John Charles The Benue State Police Command on Saturday declared four riot policemen missing after suspected Fulani herdsmen ambushed their patrol team. The command spokesman, Moses Yamu, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said the incident occurred in the troubled Logo Local Government Area of the state. He said, In furtherance of its [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said Nigeria will experience a doomed situation if President Muhammadu Buhari gets a second term in office. Fayose, who stated this when he appeared on a national television broadcast on Saturday, alleged that the President was being led by a cabal in power. The governor, according to [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he lacked the constitutional powers to establish cattle colonies. The President maintained that the Land Use Act of 1978 did not empower him to establish cattle colonies across Nigeria. Buhari, who was represented by his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, spoke at the [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Gbenga Adeniji A renowned historian, Prof Banji Akintoye; Gen. C. R. U. Ihekire (retd.); and the Director of a Nigerian-based humanitarian group, Mr. Mark Lipdo, have urged youths in the southern region of the country and the Middle Belt to defend their land from killer Fulani herdsmen. The trio spoke in Lagos on Saturday at [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Justin Tyopuusu The Commissioner of Police in Taraba State, Mr. Dave Akinremi, on Saturday, said the state police command had killed an armed robber in the Bali Local Government Area of the state during the stop-and-search operation conducted throughout the state on Saturday. According to him, the suspect, who boarded a commercial bus from Jalingo [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Taraba State Epidemiologist, Dr. Aketemo Udi, on Saturday, confirmed that one person had so far died of Lassa fever in the state, contrary to some reports that three persons died of the epidemic in the state. Udi explained that two other deaths recorded were from suspected cases of the disease and not confirmed [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu Two persons suspected to be involved in illegal immunisation of schoolchildren in Owerrinta, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State have been apprehended by officials of the state Ministry of Health. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. John Ahukanna, who disclosed this to journalists in Umuahia, the state capital, [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Gibson Achonu People of Awara Community, Ohaji in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State have declared their intention to join the Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State, saying Imo State had denied them of their political rights. The people made their intention known in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in a communiqu signed by [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed four filling stations in Anambra State for alleged diversion of fuel. The operators of two other outlets were reprimanded for selling the product above the recommended pump price of N145, while the DPR officials forced five other stations to sell at the normal price. The affected filling stations [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor The Chairman, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area chapter, the National Union of Local Government Employees, Bayelsa State, Mr. Okaye Igali, has been killed. The 53-year-old Igali was reportedly murdered on Friday by suspected assassins along the Anyama-Ijaw Road in Southern Ijaw area of the state. The reason for the killing had yet to [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo President Muhamamdu Buhari on Saturday expressed joy over the release of three University of Maiduguri lecturers abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed delight at the development while being briefed by the [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo The Presidency, on Saturday, said President Muhammadu Buharis extended family was bereaved of two members in quick succession. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement made available to journalists. President Muhammadu Buharis extended family has been struck by the loss of two [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola The Federal Government, through the Pension Funds Administrators, has invested N6.86bn from the workers monthly contributions, in bonds meant to develop the nations infrastructure, as of December last year. Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission on Friday revealed that the total assets under the management of the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Success Nwogu, John Charles and Tyopuusu Justin Farmers associations and investors in mechanised farming in the country have said that they are not aware of the Federal Governments index-based agricultural insurance scheme, and that it will not address the problems of herdsmen threatening their business. They also said they were not aware of [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie This is an interesting name for a disturbing problem. It has its origins in the initially higher proportion of the disease seen in the early policemen who developed the disability as a result of their daily beat. The walking, the foot patrols around their neighbourhoods in those days several centuries ago before [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Eighty-three-year-old Taoreed Omoniyi shares the story of his life with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I was born on February 2, 1935 at Abule Arefun village in the Ayobo-Ipaja area of Lagos State. My father was a farmer while my mother was a trader. My father married four wives. My mother was my fathers [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
former Group Managing Director of United Bank for Africa and Chairman, Nova Merchant Bank, Phillips Oduoza, speaks with Tofarati Ige about his career, family and other things Having completed your tenure as MD/CEO of UBA, why did you choose to return to banking with Nova Merchant Bank' Getting a banking licence is not something that [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Popular lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, shares his lessons of fatherhood with GBENGA ADENIJI What does fatherhood mean to you' Fatherhood means a God-given opportunity and privilege to discharge enormous responsibilities. As a father, you have to provide for your family; of course in conjunction with your wife, the mother. Shelter, food, [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Toluwani Eniola examines the views of parents and experts on the importance of leave for fathers when their wives put to bed Every mother loves her children. But when Mrs. Aina Bankole (not real name) gave birth to a baby girl a few years ago, it didnt make her happy. Reason: A few days after [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Being on the receiving end when your partner uses the silent treatment method can be painful and frustrating; especially when they ignore and treat you as if you dont exist. Here are some tips to help you deal with it Find out why your partner is using the silent treatment method Sometimes, people may feel [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Punch Editorial Board Grilling of ministers, heads of government agencies and individuals doing business with public institutions is a familiar ritual at the National Assembly. Budget defence, perceived infractions in the Ministries, Department and Agencies, or outright cases of treasury looting, could provoke it. The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, passed through [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
In this piece, John Alechenu examines the hurdles before President Muhammadu Buhari should he decide to seek re-election in 2019 The 2019 general elections are barely one year away and permutations on their possible outcome have been the subject of discussions among Nigerians, especially politicians. For members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the election [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission's Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, in this interview with SUNDAY ABORISADE, explains what INEC expects of politicians ahead of the 2019 polls What does the INEC hope to achieve with a section of its pending bill before the National Assembly which will make it compulsory [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Faisal is the first child of a former Governor of Kaduna State and ex-Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi. He talks about his father's life and political career with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Tell us briefly about yourself. I am a civil engineer by training. I am in my late 20s. I [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Friday Olokor A former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has said Nigeria cannot be described as a federation while running a unitary system of government. Jang, who is also the senator representing Plateau North and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, stated this during an interview with journalists at his Jos residence. He [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma Leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, under the aegis of Concerned Imo APC stakeholders, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution Governor Rochas Okorocha on his proposed primary to produce the party's governorship candidate in the state. Okorocha had, last week, announced that the APC in the state would [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Saturday, sacked his executive assistants from Enugu North Senatorial District over their nonchalant attitude towards the ongoing voter registration being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The governor regretted that the former EAs did not live up to their responsibilities in the wards in terms of [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu The Coalition for Nigeria Movement will open offices across the six geo-political zones of the country this week, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The Director-General of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in 2015, Senator Ahmadu Ali, has also been named as the protem chairman of the coalition. The Director, Media and Public Communications, Mr. [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Mudiaga Affe The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State took a new twist on Friday as a factional acting Chairman, Mr. Etim John, assumed office in the party secretariat located along Barracks Road in Calabar. On January 27, 2018, the party executives led by its acting Chairman, Mr. [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Founder of My Heritage My Pride, an indigenous cultural beauty pageant, and convener of Our Lagos, Your Lagos, Idris Aregbe, speaks with KEMI LANRE-AREMU about the 11-year-old pageant and his passion for youths What prompted you to establish an indigenous pageant' The Sisi Oge pageant was borne out of my love for the African continent [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, in this interview with SUCCESS NWOGU, addresses various national issues Some people believe that President Buhari has not done enough to address the killings in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and a few other states. Do you agree' I was in Benue of recent to see things [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Majority Whip of the Senate, Sola Adeyeye, represents Osun Central Senatorial District. He tells LEKE BAIYEWU about his life as a university lecturer in the United States and as a lawmaker at the National Assembly How long have you been a member of the National Assembly' I came into the National Assembly in 2003 as [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Senator, who represented Oyo South from 2011 to 2015 in the National Assembly, Olufemi Lanlehin, tells TOBI AWORINDE that the Peoples Democractic Party has rebranded to regain power in the South-West The Oyo State governorship is one of the most keenly contested in recent political history. How is the politics shaping up for 2019' [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Chief Victor Umeh, tells Tony Okafor that President Muhammadu Buhari should restrict cattle business to the Hausa-Fulani areas in order to end killings by herdsmen There are killings in several states in the country being perpetrated by herdsmen. What is your take on this' [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The banking sector provided a total credit of N63.27tn to finance the activities of the private sector in 2017, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed. The bureau stated this in its banking sector data report obtained on Friday by our correspondent in Abuja. The amount represents an increase of N2.2tn over [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Joy Marcus Tomie Balogun is the executive lead at Tractedge. She speaks about her interest in finance What stirred your interest in the finance sector'My first job after I completed the National Youth Service Corps programme was in a management consulting company where I worked as a business analyst. I became interested in solving business [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Timilehin Bello, 25, is the Chief Executive Officer of Media Panache, a public relations and digital marketing firm. In this interview with FEYISAYO POPOOLA, he says though there may be challenges, he finds fulfilment as an entrepreneur Tell us about Media Panache. Media Panache Nigeria is a public relations and digital marketing firm founded in [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, in this interview with journalists speaks on the challenges of budget implementation and efforts by the government to get the country back to a predictable budget year as IFEANYI ONUBA reports To what extent has the expenditure of government been tied to the recently launched Economic [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA) Social media has become ubiquitous. The mind-blowing global statistics of social media users, for me, does not really matter much; instead, I am particularly concerned about the level of addiction that seems to be on the rise. In contrast, however, no digital marketer, communication executive or brand manager will vehemently [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Kolawole Adegbola is a United States-based aeronautical engineer involved in designing some of the US war planes. He shares his experience with OLUFEMI ATOYEBI Where did you spend your childhood' I was raised in the Mapo area of Ibadan, Oyo State. I spent most of my formative years in the area before I left the [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Agricultural professionals and civil society have expressed fears that Nigeria may experience an unprecedented hike in food prices soon as a result of the incessant conflicts between farmers and herders, Okechukwu Nnodim reports The clashes between farmers and herdsmen in different parts of the country will definitely lead to a hike in food prices any [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim A total of N73bn is required for investment in the power sector in order to effectively unlock and distribute the unutilised 2,000 megawatts of electricity being generated by power producers across the country. According to the latest minutes of the 23rd monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, [] 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Peter Dada The Federal College of Agriculture Akure, Ondo State in partnership with the Office of the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government has begun training for some former Niger Delta militants in various subsectors of agricultural business. The ex-militants numbering 30 were said to be among those that had surrendered their arms and embraced [] 
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