NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [15 FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 February, 2018.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The adoption of the report by the Senate and the House of Representatives Conference Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act caused division in the ranks of the All Progressives Congress caucus in the upper chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

According to the report, the sequence of the elections will commence with National Assembly, to be followed by governorship and State Houses of Assembly, while presidential poll will come last

 

Trouble started when the Chairman of the Conference Committee, who is also Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif, presented the report at the plenary on Wednesday.

After the presentation, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, put the adoption of the report to voice vote, saying there was no need for debate on it as it was from a conference committee which had harmonised the versions of the two chambers.

“Let me remind us all on what the procedures are for conference reports. It is very simple. You either adopt the report or you reject the report. So, I am going to make it simple and put the question,” Saraki said.

After the vote, the Senate President ruled that “the ayes have it,” a development that generated uproar in the chamber.

Raising a point of order, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege called for a division, citing Order 73 of the Senate Standing Rules.

Responding, Saraki said, “As I keep on emphasising, institutions are what are important. As senators, we will finish our terms and go, but we must continue to strengthen institutions. We must always follow the procedures that we have all laid down.

“For conference reports, this has been the procedure and as such, with all due respect, I have to rule you out of order.”

Dissatisfied, Senator Kabiru Gaya raised another point of order, citing Order 87(C), which states that the conference committee can deliberate on issues between the Senate and House of Representatives but cannot make insertions on any matter not committed to it by either of the chambers.



He said, “This report on the sequence of elections was never discussed here in the Senate. Why are we bringing it up here?”

Also ruling Gaya out of order, Saraki said, “You are a ranking senator and I have all the utmost respect for you. I know that politics is local; and I appreciate that. But as much as it is local, we also have to maintain the integrity of this institution. I have heard you and I am sure that your constituency too have heard you; but I have to rule you out of order.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect..

The BBC reports that Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.
 
Earlier, Zuma’s governing ANC party had told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

The 75-year-old had been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, had been accused of corruption.

His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.

He said he did not fear a motion of no confidence, adding, “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”

Meanwhile, the governing African National Congress said it would elect Zuma successor’s on Thursday (today).

“We will possibly elect a new president on Thursday … if not Friday,” ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile told journalists.

“We want certainty. We would like the incoming president to hold the postponed State of the Nation address without delay.”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
State governors on Wednesday evening met under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

The meeting started at about 9pm at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


 
Our correspondent learnt that the issue of state police was top on the agenda of the meeting presided over by the chairman and the  Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

The governors, it was learnt, might constitute a team that would interface with the National Assembly on the matter.

Other issues on the agenda of the meeting included the recovery of stamp duties and improving Internally Generated Revenue through harmonised motor registry/traffic management system by Dimensions Information Technology.

State governors in attendance as of the time of filing this report were Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Ibrahim Hassan (Jigawa); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).

The deputy governors in attendance included Benson Abounu (Benue);  Kelechi Igwe (Ebonyi);  Cecelia Ezeilo (Enugu); Sonni  Tyoden (Plateau); Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun); Ipalibo Banigo (Rivers); Yetunde Onanuga (Ogun); Moses Ekpo (Akwa Ibom); Kolapo Olusola (Ekiti); Ahmed Aliyu (Sokoto); and  Oluranti Adebule (Lagos).The Chairman of the Ketu Local Council Development Area of Yewa North, Ogun State, Moses Adegbite, on Wednesday said one school was closed down in the area due to fear of herdsmen attack.

Adegbite, according to a statement, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum in the council.

There had been reports that 30 primary schools were shut in Yewa North following attack by Fulani herdsmen.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State met with the Senate in Abuja on Wednesday and blamed the Presidency for ignoring several warnings before the mass killings of his people by herdsmen in the state.

The meeting was part of the ongoing probe by the Senate into the security crisis in Benue State.


 
The governor appeared before the joint Senate Committee on Police Affairs; and National Security and Intelligence, where he denied allegations against him by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, lasted about two hours.

In Ortom’s presentation, which was sighted by our correspondent after the meeting, the governor blamed the Presidency for inaction.

He showed the lawmakers copies of his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the security chiefs before and after the crisis began.

“Over 100 people killed in Benue would not have died if security agencies were responsive. None of the letters (to the Presidency) was replied,” he stated.

He also condemned the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), for his comment on the Benue crisis.

Ortom said, “The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, attributed the Benue killings to blockade of grazing routes and implementation of ranching law. His position is misleading and dishonest. We hope that his position is not that of the Federal Government.”

The governor recalled that President Buhari directed the IG to relocate to Benue and stop the killings “instead, he spent a night in Lafia before coming to Benue.”


Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A notorious cultist and kidnap linchpin, Augustine Agulegbu, was on Wednesday shot dead by security operatives in Delta State.

Agulegbu was an integral part of Don Waney’s killer squad known as ‘The Red Squad’ and was the second-in-command to Emenike, the leader of the squad.

The security operatives, who were mainly personnel of the Department of State Services, had trailed Agulegbu, also known as Nana, to one of his hideouts located along the New Sapele Road, Obiaruko in Ukwani LGA of Delta State, before he was shot.

It was gathered that the deceased was until his death the sixth-in-command to the slain Don Waney.

A security source told The PUNCH that the main leader of the Don Waney’s killer squad (Emenike) had since been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council.

It was also gathered that Emenike was one of those granted amnesty by the Imo State Government.

The Chairman of ONELGA, Mr. Osi Olisa, confirmed the killing of Agulegbu, disclosing that the deceased’s corpse was displayed at the local government secretariat in Omoku.

Olisa expressed gratitude to Governor Nyesom Wike, the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army and the DSS for their commitment towards ensuring that peace returned to the area.

He said, “The once-bewildered people of ONELGA are beginning to lead a normal live once again. The return of peace may not have been possible without the commitment of our peace-loving Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has listed 10 alleged corruption cases that can fetch the Federal Government not less than $74.5bn and N2.5trn if prosecuted. The lawyer said without resolving these high-profile corruption cases in which the funds were trapped, it would seem that the Federal Government was chasing shadows in [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians, including civil servants, to register with the political parties of their choice to improve the quality of governance in the country. He also called for the use of electronic voting for party primaries to make them more transparent and credible. [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians, including civil servants, to register with the political parties of their choice to improve the quality of governance in the country. He also called for the use of electronic voting for party primaries to make them more transparent and credible. [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report Hopes for Nigeria's first rate cut since 2015 dimmed as higher fuel costs in January countered a drop in food prices and kept inflation well outside the Central Bank of Nigeria's target. The nation's consumer-inflation rate fell for a 12th straight month in January, reaching 15.1 per cent as food-price [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, on Wednesday described as a lie a report by Zuma Times (a publication in Hausa language), which reported that the ex-governor swore that the Hausa/Fulani 'will never rule Nigeria again.' The rebuttal by Jang, now the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Sterling Bank Plc has appointed Mr. Emmanuel Emefienim as executive director for Institutional Banking. His appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria with immediate effect. According to a statement by the lender, Emefienim has over 25 years experience in the Nigerian banking industry, having worked in various middle and senior management roles [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
By now, almost everybody in Nigeria has heard, and, maybe, laughed out loud over Philomena Chieshe and her spiritual money-eating snake. The bizarre tale is the illogical submission to an audit at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Makurdis office. Chieshes fantastical tale has seen domains that nominally ignore Nigerian news featuring the story on [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, on Wednesday described as a lie a report by Zuma Times (a publication in Hausa language), which reported that the ex-governor swore that the Hausa/Fulani will never rule Nigeria again. The rebuttal by Jang, now the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti An All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Dr Wole Oluyede, has advised former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi not to contest in the 2018 governorship primary. Oluyede, an Australian-based medical practitioner, warned that the aspiration of the two men could further polarise the party in the state. Oluyede [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development Project has partnered the World Bank Group to commit over N2bn to social developmental projects aimed at reaching 1,073,129 beneficiaries in rural communities. According to a statement, the partnership is delivering 356 inclusive, gender-sensitive and multi-sectoral micro projects, covering education, rural electrification, primary healthcare, transportation, potable [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti An All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Dr Wole Oluyede, has advised former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi not to contest in the 2018 governorship primary. Oluyede, an Australian-based medical practitioner, warned that the aspiration of the two men could further polarise the party in the state. Oluyede [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Niran Adedokun On Wednesday, Nigerians joined people from across the world to celebrate St Valentines Day. As it always is with us, the commemoration, when put on a scale, is likely to have outshone that of any space of human congregation anywhere in the world. That is the way we are, when we get introduced [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
The Lagos Internal Revenue Service will commence an automated collection of consumption tax from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and event centres in Lagos State. In a statement signed on Tuesday by the Director, New Growth Area, LIRS, Ayodele Adebayo, the agency said it introduced the Electronic Revenue Assurance System to elicit automatic compliance with the extant [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Greg Odogwu Despite the emotional outbursts, and actual blood that the topic of farmers-herders clash draws, there must be a remnant intelligentsia in Nigeria who could still consider these issues with the equanimity and creativity that they require. Of course, calmness is needed when X-raying the gangrenous decay the perennial crisis has already wrought in [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has called for the creation of a N500bn Venture Capital Fund to support entrepreneurship so as to boost the Nigerian economy. He spoke at the inaugural summit of the Kingsley Moghalu Youth Initiative Summit held at the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on March 15 arraign the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on charges of demanding and receiving favour from a defendant standing trial before the CCT in 2012. The EFCC, through a private lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, had on February 2, 2018, [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Gbenga Adeniji, Samuel Awoyinfa, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Peter Dada and Tony Okafor The Afenifere Renewal Group has called on governors in the South-West to urgently devise plans to check the killer herdsmen on the rampage across the country before their activities engulf the geopolitical zone. This is just as the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
five injured as plane made emergency landing in Lagos Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Accident Investigation Bureau, in conjunction with the United States National Transportation Safety Board and investigators from Delta Airlines, will soon commence investigations into the Tuesday night's accident involving an aircraft belonging to the carrier, which left about five people injured. Delta Airlines' flight [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, The Guardian newspaper carried a report as a rider on its front page. The title was, Zaki Biam: IGP briefs, absolves Fulani herdsmen. As of the time the story was published, I remember that I had bought the paper but didnt give the report much thought. I was mostly carried [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Yoruba lawyers, under the aegis of Egbe Amofin, have distanced themselves from the decision reached at the just-concluded meeting of the Eastern Bar Forum in Port Harcourt where a presidential candidate was adopted for the upcoming Nigerian Bar Association national election. The body, in a statement on Wednesday, said it could not have [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday announced that despite the challenges facing the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, the facility would be put to use by January 2019. The government said it had adopted carefully considered measures to holistically tackle the challenges of obstruction caused by water, gas and sewage pipes, [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Osebumere Odia It is pretty obvious now that there is a deliberate drive aimed at infrastructure renewal across Lagos. What may not be so obvious are the deeper implications of this drive, which we will try to highlight with a few examples. But more importantly, we will shed some light on the imperatives of the [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, has said the assignment given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari is to restore peace within the All Progressives Congress. Tinubu said this after a closed door meeting with the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the APC at the partys National Secretariat [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market, on Wednesday, halted a seven-day bearish trend after the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation (equities) appreciated by N166bn. The equities capitalisation rose to N15.133tn from N14.967bn recorded on Tuesday. At the close of trading, the NSE All-Share Index rose by 1.1 per cent to close at 42,171.80 from 41,708.15 [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Transmission Company of Nigeria says it has increased its power evacuation capacity through the installation of two 100 Mega Volt Amps transformers in different transmission substations. According to the TCN, the transformers, which were installed by MBH Power Limited at the Katampe and Apo transmission substations in the Federal Capital Territory, [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, said on Wednesday that the party would resist rigging in the 2019 general elections. Secondus led other members of the National Working Committee and stakeholders of the party to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, for the grand rally of the sixth-year [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Femi Asu Eko Electricity Distribution Company said it had received some technical equipment from Power Africa, a United States government-led initiative coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa. The company said in a statement that the supply of the equipment, aimed at boosting the logistic and [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Two students at the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, have been reported dead in an auto crash in the Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State. It was learnt that the incident occurred on the main campus of the institution on Wednesday. One of the deceased was identified simply as [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, with the rate dropping year-on-year by 0.24 basis points from 15.37 per cent in December to 15.13 per cent in January. The bureau, in a report made available to our correspondent, said this was the 12th consecutive [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Tragedy struck in Obadolovbiyeyi community in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State when a vigilante, Efe Igbnovia, was shot dead by some soldiers. It was gathered that a local vigilance group had in the early hours of Wednesday arrested some suspected herdsmen for alleged armed robbery on the Benin-Abraka Expressway. [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime and real sector have faulted the valuation method adopted by the Nigeria Customs Service for imports. According to some of them who spoke with our correspondent, the system is haphazard and a deviation from what is being practised globally. The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a communiqu [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party says the counsel by the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), should quit politics and join the retirees club, best suits President Muhammadu Buhari. The party said Tinubus stance completely vindicated the positions [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi A 10-year-old girl, Vera, and her younger sister, Favour, five, are grappling with injuries inflicted on them by their stepmother. The woman, Chidima Nnachi, reportedly beat up Vera, rubbed pepper on her eyes and burned her back with a hot knife. She also reportedly injured Favour on the forehead and inserted pepper in [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin A retired Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Samuel Ilori, will deliver a lecture on Sunday at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State. The first quarterly lecture in the God in my life series is organised by the Torchbearers Society of the cathedral. According to a statement on Wednesday, 84-year-old Ilori [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has made a case for the encouragement and greater involvement of Nigerian content in the country's oil and gas sector. The minister called for greater participation of local players in Nigeria's oil sector during his visit to the Egina Floating Production, Storage [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Some gunmen believed to be armed robbers killed a first class graduate of Economics and a 400-level student of English Department of the Federal University, Lafia. PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers invaded Mararaba-Akunza village in the Lafia Local Government Area of the state around 10pm on Tuesday. The men shot continuously, killing the two [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja No fewer than 20 oil marketers have been declared guilty for diverting 162 trucks of Premium Motor Spirit or petrol, causing severe scarcity of the product in parts of the country, particularly in the northern states. According to the Department of Petroleum Resources, about nine million litres of PMS were diverted by [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Mr. John Baiyeshea (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) That call was made out of frustration because the people seem to have lost confidence in the collective security apparatus that we have in Nigeria. You have seen the number of people that have died in Benue State. Where it becomes clear that the legitimate security agents that [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo A journalist with the Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation attached to the State House of assembly, Mr. Samuel Ayara, was on Wednesday allegedly assaulted by policemen in the complex. The policeman who allegedly initiated the assault, Sunday Agada, is attached to a lawmaker representing Ikot Abasi State Constituency, Mr. Uduak Udoudo. While [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has warned the over 5,600 beneficiaries of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme in Kogi State against defaulting in the repayment of the loans given to them by the Bank of Industry. He said this during the launch of GEEP in Kogi State where over N295m was disbursed to [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin A suspected burglar has brought a start-up in the Ikeja area of Lagos State to its knees after breaking into the software development company, stealing all its laptops. PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect broke into NexTekk Technology System around 6pm on Friday, January 26, 2018, shortly after the companys manager locked the [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Cyril Ramaphosas long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire and is now likely to become president of South Africa. After South Africa dismantled apartheid, Ramaphosa saw his hopes for the countrys top job apparently dashed. True to his pragmatic character, he opted instead for life in business [] 

Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Peterside, has identified lack of investment, policy framework and knowledge as factors responsible for Nigeria's inability to maximise the benefits of the maritime sector. He stated this at a one-day seminar for maritime media stakeholders in Lagos on Tuesday. At the seminar with the [] 
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