NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 3rd February, 2018.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Presidency said on Friday that it was “grossly” disrespectful and unfair to refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as a murderer over the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that people should learn to express their grievances and criticisms without resorting to name calling.




He said the President, in accordance with the constitution, had the primary responsibility of protecting lives and property and that he had been doing that.

He said, “Those beating the gongs of war and fanning the embers of discord must remember what prevailed in Rwanda before the genocide of the early 90s, during which hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as a result of consistent hate speech spewing from that country’s media.

“We must learn to express our grievances and criticisms without resorting to gutter language or to name calling, and the press has a responsibility to maintain that, even if it means calling their columnists to order.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
No fewer than four people were killed in Ngutswen village near Wurojam in the Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State barely nine hours after Governor Darius Ishaku raised the alarm over a plot to attack the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Ishaku had on Thursday, while playing host to the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said that he had received notice of an attack on the state within 10 days through a letter from an undisclosed source.


Speaking with journalists at the site of the burial of the four victims, a community leader, Mr. Tyav Ngutswen, said that they were sleeping when the attackers struck at about 10:09 pm.

Tyav alleged that some cows belonging to one Alhaji Dapel Lolo and Alhaji Buruti had a week ago invaded their farms and caused a serious damage.

He said, “We caught 12 of their cows that ate our crops and handed them over to the owners peacefully, but we demanded a compensation of N40,000, which they reluctantly paid but threatened to attack us.

“We can no longer stay here because there is no security, that’s why we are rushing to conduct the burial and leave before it gets dark.”

Lamenting the killings, Chairman of Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Gassol Local Government Area, Mr. Zachariah Akaater, said that since 2016, over 40 Tiv farmers had been killed in the area, with 10 deaths recorded early this year at various dates and locations.

He said, “What they (Fulani herdsmen) have repeatedly told us is that Governor Darius Ishaku has enacted the anti open-grazing law because of Tiv people and as such, they will not allow us to rest.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has alleged that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, ordered his bodyguard to push him out of the way during the meeting of traditional rulers in the country held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Oba Akanbi made the allegation in a statement, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Friday.


The Oluwo claimed that the incident happened on Tuesday at the Hotel Presidential when the Ooni was called to the podium to give a vote of thanks.

The statement read, “The bodyguard of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in what seemed to be an errand message, pushed Oluwo at the public gathering of the first-class paramount rulers held at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State last Tuesday.



“Dignitaries at the event were taken aback by what they considered as a desecration of the crown as the bodyguard of the Ooni pushed a first-class paramount ruler, Oluwo.

“As shown in the pictures, the Ooni was called to make a vote of thanks as the Oluwo was engaging the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who came to represent President Muhammadu Buhari.

“While the Ooni was coming to his seat, his security guard descended on the Oluwo and asked him to give way or he would push him. Oluwo tried to plead with him to be patient, but he (bodyguard) resisted. He then pushed the Oluwo.

“The monarch excused himself in order to maintain peace. The Ooni was observing and he felt satisfied with the action of his guard. Oluwo stepped aside and thereafter revisited his conversation with the minister.”

But the Ooni, while reacting to the allegation in a statement issued by his Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Moses Olafare, described the claims of the Oluwo as untrue.

Olafare said, “There was no altercation between Oluwo and anybody at that venue at all.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
It was about 10am and the sun was already rising, making it a bright day.

For the little children at Agan Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp located at Old Toll Gate area, Makurdi, it was a normal day for football as some of the kids chased after a dusty ball.



 
Our correspondent spoke to some of the children and their parents at the camp and they lamented the difficulties they were facing at the camp, particularly lack of water, medical facilities and school to attend or teachers to teach.

Our correspondent, who visited the IDPs’ camp in Guma Local Government Area of the state observed that the camps were dominated by children of nursery, primary and/or secondary school age.

Apart from their inability to access schools, food is another major challenge being faced by the internally displaced persons at the camps.

The displaced persons therefore appealed to both the state and federal governments to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen/farmers crisis in the state to enable them to return to their homes and live a normal life.

For Tyohemba Joy, a primary four pupil at St. Alfred Nursery and Primary School, Torkula in Guma LGA, life has been hell without her school and the opportunity to study.

“Our village was attacked by some people, who were killing us and we had to abandon the place. Since then, we have been living in this camp.

”We had just resumed school in our area when the herdsmen came to attack our village. My parents’ property was all destroyed by the herdsmen. We were able to escape with the help of security agents.

“It is a shame that I cannot go to school now. Every morning when I wake up, I think about my friends who must be heading to school while I waste my time here,” she said.


Another victim, Vivian Shor, who is a junior secondary school one student of RCM-UBE, Kadarko, said that she had just got admitted to the school but had to abandon her studies and run with her parent to the IDPs’ camp in Daudu in order to secure her life.

Shor described her experience as terrible as she said a word of prayer for the souls of those who lost their lives to the attacks and those who were yet to experience such in life.

“Nobody would pray to have that experience or see their fellow human beings being killed or denied of what is legitimately their right; it was a sad experience,” she said.


Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has rejected an application by a suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, to be granted leave to visit a psychiatric hospital for examination and probable treatment.

Dike, who was rearrested in Jos, the Plateau State capital, after escaping from police custody, is currently standing trial for the murder of an eight-year-old girl, Chikamso Nmezuwuba.


The suspect had allegedly removed some vital organs of the girl after she was killed, ostensibly for ritual purpose.

Earlier, the suspect’s counsel, Lezina Amegua, had filed an application, praying the court to grant his client time to visit a psychiatric hospital for examination and treatment.


Amegua said the application was based on the suspicion that his client might have a mental problem because he had been irrational in his statements.

Responding to the application, the trial judge, Justice Adolphos Enebeli, maintained that he would not be swayed by the reason given by Amegua to grant the suspect access to psychiatric examination.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt Tragedy struck in Mile One area of Port Harcourt on Tuesday when a train hit a middle-aged woman selling roast plantain and fish beside a rail line. The incident, which occurred under the popular Mile One Bridge, caused panic among traders who witnessed it. Governor Nyesom Wikes administration had demolished structures [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government says it has concluded arrangement to launch a crime control drone system to assist in the prevention of crime. The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Blessing Ipigansi-Igbagara, said on Thursday that the mechanism was developed by an indigenous manpower and technology system in line with the present [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Friday ordered the arrest of child hawkers in the state during school hours. To this end, no fewer than 25 of such children were arrested across the state, while most of them were apprehended at the Eke Awka and Oye-Agu Abagana markets. Obiano had [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A security outfit established by the Bayelsa State Government, Operation Doo Akpo, says its operatives have arrested at least 8,500 suspects in the last six years. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Chief Boma Spero-Jack, said the suspects were arrested for various criminal offences. Spero-Jack, who spoke at the [] 



Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko and Justin Tyopuusu Civil society organisations; a Tiv group; Jukun youths, and the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, have condemned security agencies and the Federal Government over their seeming inaction on the impending attack by herdsmen in Taraba State. The state governor, Darius Ishaku, had told a Peoples Democratic Party delegation on Thursday [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Eric Dumo A group, Kwankwasiyya Movement, has said that a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, does not need a permit or clearance from the police to enter the city. Making the statement during a briefing with journalists, the coordinator of the group in Lagos, Ladipo Johnson, said that as a free citizen [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday charged the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, with demanding and receiving favour from a defendant standing trial before the tribunal in 2012. This came as the CCT last week fixed Tuesday for the continuation of the trial of the Senate [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Alexander Okere and Gibson Achonu The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, have chided former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent statement where he advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency may not be entertaining any fear over former President Olusegun Obasanjos recent statement in which he kicked against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. A Presidency source told our correspondent on the condition of anonymity on Friday that Obasanjos position was not giving anybody [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Kunle Falayi Over the last few weeks, the audacity of any woman proposing to a man, has become a debate among many Nigerians. Despite the excitement that is often said to come with allowing men to pop the question, some feel a woman should be able to turn the table around and do the proposing. [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Funmi Akingbade Sixteen: When couples deliberately know, admit, and value the various sexual peaks and work with them, frustration becomes alien on the bed. Couples must understand the fact that most men reach their sexual peak in their late teens or early twenties. Most women reach theirs a decade or more later. Often when a [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Adebukola Adebayo is a member of the Governing Board, Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, and also a senior executive of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities. Adebayo, who is a trained political scientist, reveals some of the biggest challenges he has had to overcome in life in this interview with ERIC DUMO [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Friday, appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers to reconsider the 15-day ultimatum it issued to the Federal Government over what the union described as lingering labour-related issues in the country. Baru, [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe A Christian group, Koinonia Ministerial Network, has called on Christians across the country to stop eating beef. In a statement signed by its International President, Apostle Tony Olukoyede, and its National Secretary, Pastor Simon Okpanachi, the group said the call was to protest against the New Year killings of 73 people in Benue [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said Nigeria had no regret fighting apartheid in South Africa until a fully democratic system was established in the country. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying this while receiving the outgoing South African High Commissioner [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu and Okechukwu Nnodim The seven-day ultimatum issued by the Senate to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to end the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) expired on Wednesday but Nigerians still spent hours on queues to buy the product as of Friday. The Senate had on January 25, 2018, issued the ultimatum to [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has said that the Nigerian Army will conduct more exercises in 2018 to partner the civil authorities in dealing with the insecurity challenges in parts of the country. When asked if an exercise was being considered for the crises in Benue State, [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday met behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, over some of the problems facing the state. In an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Obaseki said he discussed the problem of human trafficking facing the [] 


Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ojoi Igajah Akwa Ibom State Government has concluded arrangements for the establishment of a new electricity generating company. The Qua Iboe Power Plant, which will be sited at Qua Iboe Onshore Terminal in Ibeno Local Government Area of the state, will be operated under a Public Private Partnership arrangement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Nigerian students have been advised to take advantage of the International Student Identity Card. A group, which championed its introduction in Nigeria, said the ID Card, which was created in the early 1950s by the Norwegian and Dutch Union of Students, entitles the holder to enjoy discounts on goods and services in around 130 countries. [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Nwamaka Okoye is the President, Stanford Seed Transformation Network, Nigeria, and also Managing Director of Housessories. An architect and interior designer, she tells ERIC DUMO in this interview how she combines life as a family woman and professional You grew up in different parts of Lagos, how did that experience shape you as a woman' [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday renamed the Federal University, Ndufu-Ikwo, Ebonyi State the Alex Ekwueme Federal University. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced this during the burial of the late former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, at St John, The Divine Church, Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. He said [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court on Friday said that it would phase out manual means of filing and serving court papers by July 2018. It also said communication between judges, court staff and lawyers, as well as between lawyers, would only be through electronic means. The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ojoi Igajah Courtship plays a very significant role in the lives of adults hoping to settle down in marriage. With the advent of technology, there have been cases of lovers who only discover that theyve been jilted by their partners via the social media. Today, Saturday PUNCH went round to ask some Nigerians how they [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Jesusegun Alagbe Dufil Prima Foods Plc says in its bid to strengthen the countrys manpower, particularly in the food industry, it has granted 12 postgraduates drawn from various institutions across the country a sum of N4.5m. The firm said the gesture stemmed from its desire to contribute its quota to the development of the education [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Temilolu Okeowo Why are you just misleading these girls' Teach them safe sex and how to identify predators instead of deceiving them that sex is evil. Its even the pastors of these youth fellowships that end up having sex with these vulnerable girls all in the name of fellowship. Having sex will not make you [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The US Congress released a Republican memo Friday alleging abuse of power in investigations of Donald Trumps election campaign, after the president accused his own Justice Department and FBI of bias against him. In authorizing the explosive move denounced by his opponents as a bid to undermine special counsel Robert Muellers probe of his [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has said it will rely on the support of all Nigerians, including that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in order to retain power in 2019. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, and the party's National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hillard Eta, said this in separate [] 



Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Commissioner for Information, Imo State, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri, in this interview with CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, talks about the establishment of the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment, the erection of statues of some African presidents by Governor Rochas Okorocha and some other controversies in the state Recently, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, appointed his [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Federal Government again stirred up a hornets' nest last week when it said it would start monitoring the social media accounts of prominent Nigerians. This is a move that lawyers and Information Technology experts have described as anti-democratic and anti-social, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE Last Thursday, the Federal Government came up with a directive, asking [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A former vice-chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State, Prof. Razaq Abubakre, shares stories of his childhood and career with SUCCESS NWOGU How will you describe your childhood' In the primary school, learning gave me an edge. I was not the biggest boy. I was small or average in size when compared with my mates [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
John Charles, Makurdi. A former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, on Friday said that there would be no elections in Nigeria in 2019 if the Federal Government failed to restore peace to Benue State. Bafarawa made the statement during a condolence visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State at the Government House [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Katsina State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said that the re-run for Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives would hold on February 10, 2018. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, made the disclosure at a briefing with journalists in Katsina, the [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission on Friday said an election would hold in the 33 council areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas of the state on May 12, 2018. This followed the ruling of a Federal High Court which lifted the injunction against the conduct of the poll. The commission [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Friday said it had commenced the Automatic Exchange of Tax Information, particularly on overseas assets held by Nigerians, adding that with the development, there was no more hiding place for tax defaulters. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said this in Abuja during the presentation of the [] 



Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The Federal Government could invite as much as $5bn of annual investment to improve the country's creaking transportation and power networks once regulatory restrictions are removed, an adviser to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chidi Onyia, has said. According to him, the government lacks the means to fix gaps in the [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Petroleum Tanker Drivers, a branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, has denied reports in the media that its members will embark on a strike action from Monday. The National Chairman, PTD, Akanni Oladiti, said the union did not issue any three-day strike notice to the Federal Government, [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The Nigerian Communications Commission has licensed two new infrastructure companies to fill critical infrastructure gaps and enable broadband services in two geopolitical zones in the country. The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare, said that Zinox Technologies was licensed in December last year to deploy metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure in the south [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Chukwuneta Oby (tingles@punchng.com) In her words: Everywhere I go, people see something good in me. But my husbands meanness makes me feel bad for myself. Sometimes, I second-guess myself because of his attitude towards me. Honestly, his attitude makes me feel bad for myself. What I fear most about separation/divorce are my children. He will [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Wednesday acknowledged that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities made progress during theirs talks. He gave the assurance while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the state House. Ngige [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Microsoft is declaring war against the iMac. Following quite a while of rumors, holes, and hypothesis, Microsoft uncovered the Surface Studio, its first-historically speaking desktop PC, at an occasion in New York today. Like the iMac, it's an all-in-one (AIO) PC, with every one of its segments held in a solitary base and screen unit. [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Tayo Elegbede For many, the Internet is becoming an embedded part of everyday life. Seen as an indispensable commodity for socialisation, communication and business transaction, it is sharpening several aspects of human existence, not leaving out fast developing regions like Africa. With the ubiquity of digital technologies on the continent, it is common to find [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Michael Omisore As the first set of assignments come in from a holiday writing challenge, I am currently conducting for secondary school students, I begin to see the not-so-obvious reasons behind the further decline in education and the poor reading culture in our society ' something that should be a serious concern to all of [] 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Geoff Iyatse The ongoing annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, on Tuesday, received enormous publicity. The publicity, however, came in a controversial manner. The General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in a message on marriage, stirred a widespread debate on social media, with thousands taking to the Internet to protest [] 

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