NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 FEBRUARY , 2018].



Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 12 February, 2018.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Southern groups, including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and the Ijaw Youth Council, on Sunday said restrucuring must be central to the plan by the North to form an alliance with zones in the South for presidency in 2019.

The Afenifere and the IYC said they had interest in any group that truly believed in restructuring, but the Ohanaeze Ndigbo also said the proposal by the northern leaders was because of 2019 elections only.


On its part, the Middle Belt Youth Council said the main agenda of the North was to dominate the South and the North-Central (Middle Belt).

Northern elders and stakeholders had, at a meeting in Abuja on Saturday, said they were exploring ways to form an alliance with the South.

According to the communiqué of the meeting, the objectives of “the conversation” included reviewing general security situation in the North and proffering solution to it.

The meeting was also convened to  “appraise the current state of politics in the North in relation to the unfolding national political dynamics with a view to creating a common northern position for an alliance with our fellow citizens in the southern zone.”

Afenifere insists on restructuring

Afenifere stated that it was willing to work with any association that was focused on moving Nigeria forward through the restructuring of the polity.

Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, welcomed the decision of the Northern elders to work with other compatriots from other sections of the country, noting that the apex Yoruba group was not opposed to forming a coalition with them.

He said, “We want any alliance that is for progress; that would move the country forward; that would put Nigeria on a productive path to build an inclusive country where all sections of the country would have a sense of belonging, and where they would realise their happiness and ambitions without hindrance.



“We are ready to work with all our compatriots across Nigeria who are ready for a new deal for Nigeria.”

Odumakin insisted that Nigeria must move forward, noting that the only condition for working with other groups was for them to be committed to the restructuring of the country, including resource control.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed near Moscow shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all on board.

Flight 703, operated by the Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members, The New York Times reports.

The plane went down near the village of Stepanovskoe, about 50 miles south-east of Moscow in the Ramenskoye District, according to a  statement from the  Russian Emergency Situations Ministry .


 
There were no survivors, Moscow’s regional transportation prosecutor-general confirmed. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

The Russian aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, said the flight departed at 2:21 p.m. from Domodedovo Airport. The Antonov AN-148, a small regional jet, was headed to the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 1,000 miles south-east of Moscow, near the border with Kazakhstan.

“Several minutes after takeoff, radio connection with the crew disappeared, the plane’s mark disappeared from radars,” the  Emergency Situations Ministry  said.

FlightRadar24, an online site that tracks real-time flight information, shows the plane losing altitude just six minutes after takeoff. It reached 6,400 feet before dropping to 5,800 feet, rising again briefly and falling sharply – all within one minute.


Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said the Federal Government’s 2018 capital budget of N2.4tn will be strictly used for infrastructural projects across the country, particularly the completion of ongoing projects.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by her Media Adviser, Mr. Yinka Akintunde, the minister gave the indication while responding to an enquiry by a member of the National Defence College Course 26 on the use of the capital budget.


 
Adeosun, who represented Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at a lecture delivered to the NDC Course 26 participants, maintained that the present administration would not engage in the diversion of the capital project funds for the elections.

“The administration remains committed to infrastructure spending at the high level and the completion of major ongoing projects,” she said.

She also reiterated the commitment of government to its programme of transformation, and jobs and wealth creation across the country.

Delivering the speech of the Vice President titled “Economic Dimensions of National Security: The Nigerian Experience,” Adeosun said improvement in security was vital to Nigeria’s economic growth.

She said that the Federal Government would continue to play a key role in ensuring national cohesion by promoting social inclusion as a key state objective.

The minister disclosed that the government had adopted the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan as a response to the recession in order to restore growth and reduce Nigeria’s vulnerability to external shocks.

Adeosun explained that the ERGP was initiated to address macroeconomic imbalance, increase contribution of agriculture, manufacturing, mining and high value services to the economy.

On the Social Investment Programme, she said that about 200,000 N-Power jobs had been created under the programme while 250 million meals had been served under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have invaded Bakin Kogi village in the Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing four persons and injuring a woman.


 
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the incident occurred at about 10am on Sunday when worshippers were returning from church.

He said, “We heard gunshots at about 10am when we were coming back from the church. The victims, four in number, went to tap palm wine. It was on their way back that they were ambushed and killed.

 “They died instantly while a woman was severely injured. She was rushed to a hospital in Kafanchan, where she is receiving treatment at the moment.”

 A resident, James Aboki, gave another version of the story, saying that the gunmen invaded the village, shot sporadically at anyone in sight, killed four persons on the spot and injured one while others fled into safety.

Though the police in Kaduna confirmed the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, said he had yet to get full details.

He said, “I am yet to get the report from the DPO. I am waiting for him. I also heard of the incident. So many reporters called me but I have to get the full details before I can release it to you.”

But as of the time of filing this report, he had yet to send the reaction.

Meanwhile, the Dr Fredrick Faseun faction of the Oodua People’s Congress in Ondo State has directed its members to form themselves into vigilante groups in their respective zones to prevent attacks by herdsmen.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has charged herdsmen, under the aegis of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, to fish out criminal elements among them. The monarch expressed regrets that Fulani herdsmen were being generally painted as criminals, which he maintained they were not. He urged Nigerians to avoid [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government will on March 1 arraign the Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on two counts of giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the police in April 2017. Melaye was accused of falsely incriminating the [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotuand Olaleye Aluko The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, on account of N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake in the boards office in Makurdi, Benue State. The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, told our correspondent on Sunday [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The immediate-past President, International Inner Wheel Club, Mrs. Oluyemisi Alatise, has expressed regret that despite its many benefits, the club has no presence in the northern part of the country because of cultural and religious beliefs. She blamed what she termed women subjugation in the North on poor education, nothing that the Inner [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Building Control Agency has sealed a zonal headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God under construction in Ajegunle, a hotel in Ikeja and six other buildings for illegal development and breaking government seal. The RCCG parish, located on Old Ojo Road in Ajegunle, was accused of breaking governments seal [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has apologised to the Catholic bishops and Christians over his alleged comment that those who opposed President Muhammadu Buhari were corrupt Christian leaders who were unhappy because looters were no longer able to pay tithes to them. Bello said he could never insult men of God [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The International Committee of the Red Cross, the agency that received the three freed University of Maiduguri lecturers and the 10 women from the Boko Haram terrorists, says there are many people being held against their will. The ICRC stated this in a release by its Communications Coordinator, Aleksandra Matijevic, obtained by [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye NEXIM Bank is expected to revive Multi-Trex Integrated Foods Plc with the sum of N5bn to get the company up and running, and contribute significantly to economic growth. This was made known on Friday during a facility tour to the firm by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency. [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye NEXIM Bank is expected to revive Multi-Trex Integrated Foods Plc with the sum of N5bn to get the company up and running, and contribute significantly to economic growth. This was made known on Friday during a facility tour to the firm by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency. [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said the lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah, has been ignoring invitations to her over an alleged diversion of N3.6bn meant for the installation of security devices at the airports when she was the Minister of Aviation. The commission alleged that the lawmaker failed [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
when it comes to personal finance, one area that many struggle to fully understand is secured loans. Despite thousands of secured loans being taken out in the country every year, many people are not totally aware of the risks they are taking on, according to www.streetdirectory.com. Many guides throughout the Internet scan over the main [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
when it comes to personal finance, one area that many struggle to fully understand is secured loans. Despite thousands of secured loans being taken out in the country every year, many people are not totally aware of the risks they are taking on, according to www.streetdirectory.com. Many guides throughout the Internet scan over the main [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Society of Engineers has partnered the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom to train and provide capacity building for 500 mechanical engineering students through the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers' Innovation Challenge 2.0. According to the Project Manager, Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Mrs. Osazoduwa Agboneni, the NiMechE Innovation Challenge is [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Friday Olokor and Godwin Isenyo A former Minister of Internal Affairs during the administration of ex-military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. John Shagaya, is dead. Although details of the incident were still sketchy, The PUNCH learnt that he died on Sunday in an auto crash while travelling from Lantang to Jos. It was gathered [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Society of Engineers has partnered the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom to train and provide capacity building for 500 mechanical engineering students through the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Challenge 2.0. According to the Project Manager, Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Mrs. Osazoduwa Agboneni, the NiMechE Innovation Challenge is [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola The National Insurance Commission has commenced the pilot implementation of Index-based Agricultural Insurance products in 10 northern states that will give farmers access to the Federal Government loans. The Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, stated this during a workshop in Abuja. He said that in partnership with the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola The National Insurance Commission has commenced the pilot implementation of Index-based Agricultural Insurance products in 10 northern states that will give farmers access to the Federal Government loans. The Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, stated this during a workshop in Abuja. He said that in partnership with the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Goverment, through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) will on Monday (today) resume the trial of suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country. A press statement by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Ogun State Government has announced the completion of the rehabilitation of some bad portions on the Abeokuta-Lagos and old Ilaro roads. This, the government said would help ease the sufferings of motorists and other road users plying the roads. The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, in a statement signed [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Some elders of the Badagry division of the All Progressives Congress on Sunday backed the re-election of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The Badagry division is made up of four local government areas Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin, Ojo, Badagry and six local council development areas: Iba, Oriade, Ifelodun, Oto-Awori, Badagry West, and Olorunda. The Chairman [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Exporters to get paid before shipment The Federal Government has rolled out a new set of incentives that will guarantee payment for exporters before shipment and stakeholders are confident it will boost non-oil exports by 150 to 300 per cent, ANNA OKON writes The government has gone beyond the revival of the Export Expansion Grant [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on April 10, 2018 re-arraign a former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, for an alleged fraud of N5bn. Goje is to be re-arraigned alongside a former Executive Chairman, State University Basic Education Board, Gombe State, Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty, S.M. Dokoro, and the ex-governors cousin, Alhaji [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has proposed punishment for discrimination against persons with disability, particularly in job recruitment by the federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies. A bill before the House has sought to reserve 20 per cent of jobs for the physically-challenged in all MDAs, while defaulters risk a prison term of one [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Debt Management Office said the National Assembly approved the Diaspora Bond, which was used to borrow $300m from Nigerians in the diaspora. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, the DMO said the $300m Diaspora Bond was approved by the National Assembly via its resolution dated [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt AHEAD of the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State, the Minister of Transportation and the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has insisted that he will not support the governorship ambition of the lawmaker representing Rivers South-East, Senator Magnus Abe. The minister spoke on Saturday [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration has warned Abuja residents against buying land from the area councils until the ongoing title regularisation process is concluded. It bemoaned the illegal activities of touts and advised the public to desist from transacting on plots of land allocated by Abaji, Bwari, Kwali, Abuja Municipal, Kuje, and [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola AXA Mansard, a member of the AXA Group, has expressed its commitment towards empowering Nigerian youths. This was demonstrated through an awareness campaign to youths at the National Youth Service Corps' camps on different solutions available for their financial security, health and general well-being, a statement from the company read. It stated that [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin A total of 302 Libyan returnees have graduated under the second batch of the capacity and skills development programme organised by the Edo State Government. The Chairperson of the state task force against human trafficking, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, explained that the two-week vocational and technical training was part of efforts to ease [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company has said that to address the housing deficit in the country, the problem of affordability must be tackled. The Managing Director, NMRC, Prof. Charles Inyangete, stated that one of the most difficult things for an average Nigerian to achieve was building a house. He said, 'It is difficult [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna OVER 13 filling stations have been sealed off by the Department of Petroleum Resources, Niger State, for selling petroleum products above the official pump price. Northern City News gathered that the facilities were shut down for alleged hoarding, diversion of petroleum products and selling above the regulated price. The state controller of [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Airline accuses agency of conducting lazy investigation Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has declared the report of an alleged burglary attempt on the cargo hold of Air Peace on the Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos as untrue. But the airline said that the NCAA's report was a lazy and shoddy [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday said monarchs were role models and custodians of cultural heritage. The governor, who stated this during the installation of three traditional rulers who were elevated from baales to kings in the Badagry Local Government Area, added that because of their status, monarchs should attract beneficial [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Global real estate consultant JLL, has said that property investors worldwide continued to demonstrate their confidence in global real estate markets throughout 2017, with investment in the final quarter hitting its highest level in three years. According to the firm, despite continued political concerns, real estate markets mirrored the global economic recovery with Q4 2017 [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative and Presidential Committee for Victims Support Fund has donated building materials to the Borno State Government to support the reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents. The presentation was made to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, by the PICNI vice chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Tunde Odesola Back at Chelsea FC, eccentric football coach and loudmouth, Jose Mourhino, was a reputable advocate of Park the bus football philosophy. But advocates of the free-flowing, tiki-taka brand of football flaunted by Barcelona FC are wont to describe Mourhinos defence-minded philosophy as ugly football. Call the two styles a duel between opposites; positive [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Feyisayo Popoola A lawyer and blogger, Prince Williams-Joel, has launched a book on real estate investment entitled, 'Compilation of Articles on Law & Property in Nigeria: Simplified. According to Williams-Joel, the thriving real estate sector in the country is not without its peculiarities and emerging trends, and this has thrown up the necessity for an [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate will continue on Monday (today) and chiefs of military and paramilitary agencies in Nigeria are expected to make submissions on the insecurity in the country, a statement by the Office of the President of the Senate has said. The summit, which began [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Economic Renaissance byHenry Boyo,lesleba@lesleba.com 08052201997 The evident danger to public health from handling dirty, grimy and bacteria-laden naira notes in millions of transactions every day should spur government to reconsider revamping the present repulsive profile of the naira. The above title, which was first published in August 2013 in The PUNCH and Vanguard newspapers, examines [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Retailer, Hubmart, has said that as part of its expansion plans, it has opened a new outlet in Lekki, Lagos. The Managing Director, Hubmart, Mr. Murat Bekhtaslar, said the development was a testament to the firm's resolve to remain a key player in the retail space for years to come. He added that [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A 20-year-old crisis in Isuofia community, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State has been resolved. The community is the hometown of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo. The feud was resolved following the reconciliation of two warring factions after an election that produced a new [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Kogi State Government will on Tuesday sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the production of ethanol, an organic biofuel that can be used to power automobiles. According to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, the MoU will see to the development of cassava and [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Eze Onyekpere The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides for three arms of government at the federal and state levels, namely, the legislature, executive and judiciary. The need to separate the various functions and duties of state arises from the idea that concentration of powers in one individual or body [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nigerians who own properties in the United Kingdom have inundated the Federal Ministry of Finances Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme hotlines with calls, causing the lines to crash on Friday. A source at the VAIDs office told the News Agency of Nigeriathat the unprecedented level of calls was not unconnected with the new UK [] 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Following the new United Kingdom's regulation on 'Unexplained Wealth Orders,' Nigerians, who own property in the country have approached the Federal Ministry of Finance's Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme for help. Sources said the property owners on Friday crashed VAIDS' hotlines with calls. The Federal Inland Revenue Service and Ministry of Finance's sources said [] 
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