NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 4th February, 2018.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party is wooing members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the National Assembly with automatic tickets, it was reliably learnt on Saturday.

Many members of the APC caucus at the National Assembly were said to be currently afraid that governors of their respective states were after their seats, making their chances of getting their return tickets slimmer.


The lawmakers, it was gathered, believed President Muhammadu Buhari would intervene in the intra-party crises across the states as the national leadership of the APC was alleged to be favourably disposed to the governors.

One of the aggrieved APC senators told SUNDAY PUNCH on condition of anonymity that the governors used their influence in the party against the political interests of National Assembly members from their states.

The source said, “The only person who can avert defections (from the APC to other parties) in the National Assembly is the President. All the crises that will lead to the defections are happening in the states. The President will not be safe when the defectors move to the opposition and form a camp, even if it is for just one week.

“The issue is that many governors have problems with their senators and the other party is wooing senators with tickets. Going by the fact that many of the APC senators came from the PDP, they are most likely to go back. In the worst case, APC might turn out to become the minority party in the National Assembly soon.”

When asked if the tickets being offered by the PDP would be automatic for APC defectors, the senator said, “It is.”

Another APC senator, who also spoke to one of our correspondents in confidence, explained that first-term governors were planning to replace the current National Assembly members with their loyalists and political allies, while the second-term and outgoing governors would hijack senatorial seats from the current occupants.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The deadly Lassa fever has reportedly killed no fewer than nine people in Ondo State, while 102 cases have been recorded in the state.

It was also gathered that the cases of the deadly disease were recorded in eight local government areas of the state.


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu made the assertion on Saturday in a state media broadcast on the Lassa fever incident in the state, which was monitored by our correspondent.

According to the governor, there are 127 hospital contacts and 308 community contacts lines listed in all the affected local government areas.

He revealed that infected patients were being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests were done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

The governor noted that the state government was not relenting in its efforts to contain the spread of the disease, adding that the Emergency Preparedness and Response Team had been reactivated at the state and local government levels in addition to active surveillance and contact tracing in the affected local government areas.

Meanwhile, as part of the effort to curtail the spread of the deadly disease in the state, the Ondo State Government ordered health officials in the state to monitor the burial of casualties.

The government also ordered that any occurrence of sudden death should be reported to the health officials in the local government for supervision of the burial.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
A cross-section of Nigerians have criticised the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo panel for its decision to raise a committee to hold talks with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in its probe of the herdsmen killings.



The committee, which was set up by the National Economic Council to “find lasting solutions to the increasing cases of killings by herdsmen across the country,” is headed by the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi.

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

The Federal Government’s plan to meet with Miyetti Allah, however, has drawn the ire of different socio-political groups in the country.

Among those who faulted the move by the Federal Government are the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere; the umbrella body for the Igbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and Middle Belt groups.

Others are a chieftain of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Mohammed Abdulrahman, and a Niger Delta activist, Annkio Briggs.

The ACF does not, however, see anything wrong with the talks the Umahi committee is to hold with the cattle breeders.

Afenifere told SUNDAY PUNCH that though the government’s plan to meet the cattle breeders association in order to end their killings was good, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari could not be trusted.

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, warned that the Federal Government was leading the nation down the path of anarchy and lawlessness by planning to negotiate with the herdsmen, who it said had stained the nation with the blood of innocent citizens.
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Secretary of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr. Emeka Ezinteje, has said two of his members were killed by a fellow Nigerian early on Saturday.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa, that the incident was due to a business dispute.

Ezinteje said, “We have received a report that at 3am on Saturday, Mr. Ekweghiariri Chidi Isacc, 34, a native of Ehime in the Isiala Mbano Local Government of Imo State and Mr. Nzechukwu Alabuche, 35, from Azia in Anambra State were stabbed to death by one Sunday from Awgbu in Anambra State.



“The incident occurred at Rossetinville, South of Johannesburg. We understand that there was a business dispute between them that made the assailant to stab the victims to death.”

He said the union had reported the incident to the Nigerian mission and the South African police.

“The assailant is on the run while the police have commenced investigation into the incident,” he stated.

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday held a closed door meeting with the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II for about one hour, inside the monarch’s palace.

Sources said Osinbajo met with the duo after attending the wedding of his Personal Assistant, Alhaji Hafiz Kawu,  in the ancient city.

The vice-president was accompanied to the venue of the wedding by Ganduje, and other top politicians.



Osinbajo later paid a courtesy visit on the Emir and held the closed door meeting with him in company with the governor.

Details of their discussions were not known but sources told our correspondent that the meeting might not be unconnected with the cold war between Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The police in Kano last week prevailed on Kwankwaso to cancel a rally he scheduled for the same day with the governor’s rally to avert a bloody clash.
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
State ministries of agriculture officials have expressed fears that the constant attacks on farmers by herdsmen will affect food security in the country this year.

The officials, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH correspondents in the North-East, Middle Belt, and the southern part of the country, specifically warned that the development could lead to malnutrition and poor health.



The Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. James Ambua, said food production in the state would likely drop by 40 per cent this year as a result of constant herdsmen attacks on farmers.

The commissioner lamented that the recent attacks came at a time when farmers in the state were supposed to harvest their crops, stressing that the bulk of the farmers who survived the attacks had been displaced and are taking refuge outside their communities.

He explained that the state had comparative advantage in rice, yam, corn, sesame seed, and beniseed (sesame), adding that some of the farms were also burnt by the attackers.

He said, “Following the New Year attacks, the production of farm crops has dropped by 40 per cent and this will surely have effect on the nation’s food production.

“The dry season farming has been scuttled by herdsmen attacks because Guma and Logo local government areas were attacked. The country will definitely have food crisis this year and in 2019.”

The Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. David Kassa, also said the herdsmen killings was threatening national food security.
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018
SUNDAY ABORISADE, FEMI MAKINDE,KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE, TOBI AWORINDE and PETER DADA The Oodua Peoples Congress and the Agbekoya Farmers Association have agreed to provide adequate security in Yorubaland by protecting farmers and their farms from herdsmen attacks. This comes after an attack on the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
tells IG to resign if overwhelmed JOHN CHARLES and John Charles The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has faulted the claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration had taken positive actions to halt herdsmen killings in the state. Buhari had, in a letter to the Senate last week, highlighted steps that his administration had [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Hundreds of people have continued to flee Taraba villages, following attacks on some communities in the Gassol, Ibi and Wukari local government areas by suspected Fulani herdsmen. This is coming on the heels of a reported planned attack on the state by Fulani herdsmen as alleged by Governor Darius Ishaku on Wednesday. Our [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The President, Afonja Descendants Union, Alhaji Olola Kasum, in this interview with SUCCESS NWOGU discusses the relationship between the Yoruba in Ilorin and the ruling Fulani Kindly recount the encounter between Afonja and Alimi' It was quite a long time ago. In the course of history, Afonja, the Aare Ona Kakanfo in the then old [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Goodheart is a son of the late Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. He talks about his fathers life and ideals with IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE Tell us about yourself. I am the first son of the late Dr. Alex Ekwueme. I am a pastor. I am in charge of a church in Abuja, Revival House of [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
SUCCESS NWOGU A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on Saturday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to ignore the advice of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as contained in his recent special statement. Baraje, who spoke with journalists who attended his 67th birthday celebration in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, urged Buhari to [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
JOHN ALECHENU The All Progressives Congress has said President Muhammadu Buhari will receive the final report of its panel on true federalism, after inputs from relevant organs of the party. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, in Abuja, on Friday. He explained that the [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
CHUKWUDI AKASIKE, FRIDAY OLOKOR, IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE, JESUSEGUN ALAGBE, TUNDE AJAJA and TED ODOGWU Some socio-cultural groups across the country have reacted to comments by a Fulani professor at the Yusuf Maitama Sule University (formerly Northwest University), Kano, Umar Labdo, for disparaging other ethnic groups in Nigeria. Labdo had in an interview published by Saturday PUNCH, [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
FRIDAY OLOKOR, SUCCESS NWOGU, OLAIDE OYELUDE, TED ODOGWU,HINDI LIVINUS, ENYIOHA OPARAand GBENGA ODOGUN None of the 16 northern states, which allegedly volunteered to provide at least 50,000 hectares of land each for the establishment of cattle colonies, has begun legal process to seal the deal. The affected states include Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
A 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by eight men, including an Imam, is said to be five months pregnant with twins, in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Head of Arridah Foundation, Hajiya Rabi Salisu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that the case was brought to the organisation to get justice for [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The National Emergency Management Agency has attributed the delay in evacuating the fourth batch of stranded Nigerians in Libya to the activities of militant groups in the North African country. NEMA explained that though three batches had been evacuated from Libya since the exercise began, the evacuation of the fourth batch was delayed [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
PETER DADA The Senator representing Ondo North, Ajayi Boroffice, says he has nothing against the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu. Boroffice, who is one of the aggrieved members of the party that are loyal to the purportedly suspended state chairman of the party, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, was said to have supported Akeredolu during the last [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Osun State Government has said it holds no grudge against a former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for joining the Coalition for Nigeria Movement advocated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his special statement on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The Commissioner for Information in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that it had met with other security agencies in Borno State to seek measures to combat the rising Boko Haram suicide bombings, particularly in the Muna Garage and Molai areas. Our correspondent learnt that the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, presided over the [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
IFE OGUNFUWA An integrated ICT solutions and equipment manufacturer, The Zinox Group, has acquired Konga after several months of negotiations with major investors Naspers and AB Kinnevik. As part of the acquisition, Zinox Group will assume ownership of the e-commerce group which includes Konga.com, Nigerias largest online mall; KongaPay, a CBN-licensed mobile money platform [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Tony Okafor The Indigenous People of Biafra has alleged that its members in Aba and Port Harcourt are being persecuted and arrested by security agencies since President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a statement by IPOBs Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group complained about the open persecution of [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu The Deputy Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe, has said the House will not rescind its decision on the suspension of states Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe. He insisted that the Assembly suspended Uzokwe in the interest of peace and justice in the state. Ndukwe, who is also the Chairman of [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor Clansmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have denied their opposition to Governor Seriake Dickson and his administration. The King of Ogbia Kingdom, His Majesty Charles Owaba, the Obanobhan 111 of Ogbia, along with some leaders from the kingdom where Jonathan hails from, on Saturday, [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Police, Enugu State Command, has arrested three suspects for allegedly stealing a vehicle after being trailed for three months to Abia State. The commands spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said this in a statement on Saturday in Enugu. Amaraizu said the feat was achieved by police operatives of the New Haven Division in Enugu. He [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
GIBSON ACHONU The Imo State Police Command has resolved that the existing structure at the local government level, made up of traditional rulers, the divisional police officers, Department of State Services, community farmers and herdsmen, should be strengthened to address complaints emanating from the destruction of crops and cattle rustling. It also resolved that efforts [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to lawyers and media professionals to work towards stopping the downward slide of the country by enthroning a pro-people leadership in 2019. Wike, who made this appeal during the Eastern Bar Forum Quarterly Meeting in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said the bar and the media [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Lagos State Government has perfected plans to bring about a quantum leap to the economy of the state in 2018 through the Embedded Power Supply Project and the review of the Land Use Charge Law. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, in a statement, said the power project, aimed at delivering an [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday joined members of the All Progressives Congress and professional colleagues of a former Governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, in congratulating him on his 60th birthday holding on Sunday (today). In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President felicitated with the family [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim President Mohammadu Buhari has approved a policy that will limit the amount of load that is carried and conveyed by certain heavy duty vehicles on Nigerian roads. According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the initiative will stop overloaded vehicles from plying selected roads, a development that is expected [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Managing Partner of CSI Events Media, Toyosi Oyeleso, 26, tells ANNA OKON about his business How did your entrepreneurial journey begin' My journey to being an entrepreneur is a remarkable story. It is similar to that of Mark Zuckerberg's story as written by Ben Mezrich in Accidental Billionaires. For me and my partners, Tomiwa [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Kunle Shonaike Many motorists are daily inflicted with the psychological pain of seeing the ABS warning light perpetually lit on their vehicles' dashboards. Albeit, many of them don't know the meaning of the signage. A friend told me, 'Kunle, I don't know the meaning but I know any permanent amber or red-coloured light on my [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Joy Marcus Segun Dada, 30, is the Commercial Excellence Leader at Baker Hughes, a General Electric Company. He speaks about his job and other interests What stirred your interest in business planning and strategy' I like to say I'm a natural person. I started working in my mum's business from a very tender age. The [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor The Department of Petroleum Resources, Bayelsa State Office, has warned that it will continue to sanction any petroleum marketer in the state found to be ripping customers off by selling petrol above the approved pump price or under-dispense the product. The department reiterated that the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) remained [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Acting Director, Product Certification, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Tersoo Orngudwen, has said that the agency destroyed two billion Euro (N896bn) worth of substandard products in two years. He said despite this, the products were still finding their way into the Nigerian market. Porous borders, weak regulation and corruption have been cited [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola The National Pension Commission has recovered N13.58bn from employers that deducted pension contributions from their employees' salaries but failed to remit the amount to the workers' respective Retirement Savings Accounts, investigation has revealed. A report obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH from PenCom on Friday quoted the commission as saying its efforts in ensuring compliance [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
What shaped the past week' Global Markets: After a largely positive start to the year, global markets traded mostly negative this past week, as profit taking and weak corporate earnings took center stage. Having traded higher for most January, U.S. market began to feel a pull back at the start of the week as investors [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Mr. Emezino Afiegbe is the Country Manager, Visa Nigeria. In this interview with STANLEY OPARA, he speaks on Nigeria's high cash culture and the need to embrace digital payment platforms. Given that the infiltration of digital payment platforms by fraudsters has made them unattractive to some people, what is Visa doing to change the trend' [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Femi Asu As part of efforts to reduce its dependence on crude oil imports, India, Nigeria's biggest oil buyer, has revived its search for oil and gas at home by offering 55 blocks in its first major licensing auction in eight years. India, which in 2013 replaced the United States as Nigeria's biggest market, saw [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria has said that only five per cent of the 13.7 million housing units in Nigeria are currently financed by mortgage firms. The association also noted that the mortgage industry was merely contributing about one per cent to the country's Gross Domestic Product. The MBAN President, Mr. Niyi [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Africa's richest man and Chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the immediate past President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, who is also the Chairman of Coronation Capital and co-chair of Global Business Coalition on Health (GBCHealth), Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, have said public-private sector collaboration is required to improve the economic and health [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government is planning to spend a total of N46.39bn this year on the construction of special economic zones for the manufacturing sector in all the six geo-political zones in the country. The amount is part of the 2018 proposed budget sent to a joint session of the National Assembly by President [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has been urged to pay more attention to the tourism and aviation sectors of the country as both have the capacity to transform the national economy. Making the call in Lagos during a stakeholders' meeting to announce measures adopted to grow the industry, the President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, Mr. [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI and TOBI AWORINDE examine the implications of new political realignment as the tussle for elective offices in 2019 draws nearer Gauging the mood of the nation and those of his political sojourners, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his 'special statement' some days ago, called for the establishment of a third force, which he [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, Mr. Eze Nwachukwu, on Saturday, cautioned voters against selling their Permanent Voter Card or exchanging them for employment. Speaking in Isiaka town while inaugurating an eight-man Continuous Voter Registration mobilisation committee for the Ivo Local Government Area of the state, the APC boss said he [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
THE Federal Government finally roused itself from its tepid, partisan response to the orgy of killings and arson by Fulani militia late in January by empanelling a committee of 10, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. With nine state governors on board, it is expected to address the lingering problem of frequent attacks by Fulani herdsmen [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Minabere Ibelema When on Tuesday a French journalist asked Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whether Nigeria has bookstores, the journalist learned quickly enough that the outspoken Nigerian novelist doesnt brook cultural chauvinism or chauvinism of any kind. The journalist probably would have gotten away with the slight had the question been directed at a Nigerian diplomat [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Gloria Ogunbadejo What exactly does that expression mean' In its more simplistic definition, its about not creating road blocks or problems to undo or that interferes with positive or long standing goals you set for yourself. In my profession, this type of behaviour is described as self sabotage. The most common forms of self-sabotaging behaviours [] 

Sun, 04 Feb 2018
Seni Adetu There is a sense of helplessness and concern of a bleak future in some of the comments I pick from our youths. They are seemingly at a loss as to employment possibilities post-NYSC. This explains why following last weeks focus on the young entrepreneur and SME owner, I am obliged to dedicate this [] 
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