NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 6th February, 2018.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has declared Kazeem Afegbua wanted over the statement he issued on behalf of former dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, on Sunday.

Afegbua is the Media Adviser to Babangida.


The IG ordered the arrest of Afegbua in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, on Monday.

The statement reads, “The IGP has ordered the arrest of Kashim Afegbua for making false statements, defamation of character and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance throughout the country.

 

“He is therefore declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force and should report at the nearest police station anywhere he is in the country.”

There had been confusion on Sunday over two statements purportedly written by the former military dictator, which bordered on the 2019 elections, herdsmen/farmers’ crisis and other issues plaguing the nation.

In an earlier statement titled, ‘Towards a National Rebirth,’ and signed by Afegbua, Babangida advised Nigerians to do away with analogue leaders and embrace those of the digital age.

In the statement, Babangida was quoted as saying that while Buhari reserved the right to seek re-election in 2019, the time had come for Nigerians to unite behind a younger candidate.

The statement read in part, “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29, 2019, and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Monday, appeared on a stretcher before the Federal High Court in Abuja for his ongoing trial in respect of the N400m which he allegedly received fraudulently from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.

He wore a neck brace as he lay on a wheeled stretcher.

 His body, from his legs to his chest, was covered with a white cloth with some unclear imprints.

 He was motionless but occasionally moved his hands during the proceedings which lasted for about one hour and 25 minutes.

 After the matter was adjourned on Monday, Metuh was taken from the courtroom located on the first floor of the five-storey building to an ambulance of the National Hospital, Abuja, waiting outside the courtroom.

 He was driven away from the court premises in the ambulance in which he was earlier brought to court.

The ambulance, with number plate, 44Q 20FG, and with Metuh on board, departed the court premises at about 10.27am on Monday.

 The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, had on January 25, 2016, rejected a letter from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, indicating that Metuh was on admission at the health facility.

 The judge had noted in his ruling that the letter from the hospital, not being filed before the court through the established procedure and without any indication on it linking it to the trial, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, was right to describe it as “a trash meant for the dustbin.”


 
Noting that the letter was smuggled into the court’s file, the judge had ordered that Metuh should either be in court on Monday or risk the revocation of his bail and be sent back to prison.

Following the threat by the court, Metuh was produced in court on a stretcher on Monday.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and governors elected on the party’s platform have called on senators and House of Representatives members elected on the platform of the PDP to initiate a bill on restructuring.

The party also opposed the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.


 
Rising from an over eight-hour meeting, which had the 11 PDP governors in attendance, the party said while the All Progressives Congress was not sincere in its new bid to restructure the country, the PDP through the 2014 National Conference  had displayed enough commitment to restructuring the nation.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, and the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose.

The communiqué stated partly, “The Peoples Democratic Party has been the author of restructuring and this was further expressed in the report of the 2014 National Conference. The All Progressives Congress, as a later day convert of restructuring, is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance.

“However, we have mandated our members in the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of initiating a bill to address issues bordering on restructuring.”

The party also stressed that the power to approve withdrawals from the Federation Account lies with the National Assembly and the state Houses of Assembly, arguing that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Federal Executive Council, which approved the release of the funds, lacked such a power.

The National Economic Council headed by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and governors of the 36 states had in December last year gave the Federal Government the nod to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account and use it to fight insurgency in the North-East.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
 About 152 million Nigerians live on less than $2 a day, representing about 80 per cent of the country’s estimated 190 million population, the African Development Bank has said.

According to the AfDB, which stated this in its 2018 Nigeria Economic Outlook, the level of poverty in the country is unacceptably high.


 
The Nigeria Economic Outlook is part of larger report, the African Economic Outlook, published by the bank on an annual basis.

The report stated, “Nigeria still faces significant challenges, including foreign exchange shortages, disruptions in fuel supply, power shortages and insecurity in some parts of the country.

“Revenue mobilisation efforts are insufficient; at five per cent, Value Added Tax rates are among the lowest in the world, and revenue administration is inefficient.

“Poverty is unacceptably high; nearly 80 per cent of Nigeria’s 190 million people live on less than $2 a day.”

The report noted that recovery in oil prices and production would help drive growth and provide fiscal space as the government pursued important structural reforms to diversify the economy.

According to the AfDB, faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017–20) holds the promise of weaning the nation off its dependence on oil.

The plan focuses on six priority sectors: agriculture; manufacturing; solid minerals, including iron, gold, and coal; services, including Information and Communications Technology, financial services, tourism, and creative industries; construction and real estate; and oil and gas.

The government had produced specific programmes for each sector and defined broader growth policy enablers to drive the plan, the report stated.


 
On the nation’s economic performance in 2017 and prospects for the future, the AfDB said, “The economy continued to show signs of recovery from the 2016 recession. The Gross Domestic Product growth was estimated at 0.8 per cent in 2017, up from -1.5 per cent in 2016.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Tiv Cultural and Social Association in Taraba State on Monday said no fewer than 32 Tiv people had been killed in separate attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen this year.

In a statement issued in Jalingo and signed by the association’s President, Chief Goodman Dahida, the group said five people were killed in Ijandekyula and two in Gidin Doruwa, all in the Wukari Local Government Area.


 
“In the Ibi Local Government Area, eight people were killed in Gishiri and Dooshima; one in Ibua and a village head was killed in Kaamen village.

“Between 1st and 2nd February alone, five people were slaughtered in Amande Jembe in the Wukari Local Government Area; four were killed in Ngutswen village near Wurojam in Gassol Local Government Area and six killed in Dan-Anacha and its environs, bringing the total to 32 from January to date,” he said.

 Dahida noted that the killing of the 32 people and the Lau deadly attacks, where over 70 people were killed, and the genocide going on in Benue and parts of Nasarawa State called for a prompt action by the Federal Government to forestall a total breakdown of law and order in the country.

Dahida lamented that despite the efforts by Governor Darius Ishaku to restore peace and promote peaceful coexistence, unprovoked attacks and killings still went on in the state with the possibility of escalation if not quickly checked.

He condemned the comments on the killings in the country, especially on the social media, that suggested that the Tiv and the Fulani were at war.

“We are not at war with the Fulani and we are not contemplating war with any group. We are a peace-loving people who are predominantly farmers and our determination for peaceful coexistence is unwavering.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar An unidentified pregnant woman is suspected to have died of Lassa fever at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in Cross River State. The woman, who was transferred from the Navy Hospital in Calabar to UCTH, was said to have come into the state from Taraba State. [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Maryam Sanda, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19, 2017, says she is three months pregnant. She spoke at the resumed hearing of the case against her at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi, Abuja, through her counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN). Daudu informed [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered a firm, ZAL Marine Limited, to forfeit the sum of 578,080 found in its Diamond Bank account to the Federal Government. The order was made by Justice Saliu Saidu at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which told the court that [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Several ad hoc committees of the Senate with mandates to carry out investigations have failed to present reports of their probes despite the fact that their ultimatums expired in January. Some of the panels had been assigned to conduct probes into issues bordering on corruption and misconduct involving Federal Government ministries, departments [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recovered stolen funds totalling N473.065bn in 2017, the Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, told the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja. Magu said this when he appeared before the House Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the agencys 2018 budget proposals and [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
It will be a very good development because the whole world is embracing the use of technology. The use of technology in elections has helped reduce the manipulation of results to the barest minimum in parts of the world where it has been put to use. But I dont think Nigeria is ready because of [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army has inducted some Cameroonian troops to complement the ongoing efforts by the Operation Lafiya Dole to contain the Boko Haram insurgency. The army said the troops, numbering more than 200 soldiers, who were handed over by the Cameroonian Defence Forces, were received on Sunday by the Theatre Command in [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control says it has seized two trucks laden with tramadol. Tramadol is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. However, its ability to produce euphoria has made it subject to abuse and addiction. The Director General of NAFDAC, [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the current outbreak of Lassa fever has affected 15 states with 105 laboratory confirmed cases, three probable cases and 31 deaths. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Adewole said this at the emergency National Council of Health meeting in Abuja on Monday. He said that [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday swore in five new members of the State Executive Council, urging them to offer the best services to the people. During the swearing-in at the Lagos State Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode explained that the new cabinet members were appointed based on their [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Kayode Oguntuase, has disclosed that there are 42 illegal checkpoints between Mile 2 and Seme border where security personnel extort money from travellers. He stated that reported cases of extortion at the borders were alarming, adding that primary school pupils from Nigeria going on an excursion [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi The police in Lagos have apprehended four suspects in connection with the murder of one Ganiyu Ayinla aka Pinero, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers on Lagos Island. The suspects Bashiru Bashorun aka Abija; Sunday Balogun aka Falori, John Oladokun aka John Ibafo and Gbolahan Olomokere aka Motherless [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Samson Folarin A medical doctor, Peju Okeshola, has said only good education can guarantee a great future for children, urging both state and federal governments to pay more attention to improving the standard of education in the country. Okeshola spoke during a visit to St. Cecilia Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos State on Sunday. [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who sexually abused girls and young women for decades under the guise of medical treatment, was sentenced Monday to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison. Nassar already faced a lifetime behind bars for two prior sentences after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting women and girls in [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Mark Zuckerberg offered fresh self-criticism Monday, acknowledging making numerous mistakes in building the worlds biggest social network as Facebook marked its 14th birthday. Over the years, Ive made almost every mistake you can imagine, the Facebook co-founder said on his personal page. Ive made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. Ive trusted the wrong [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has declared Kazeem Afegbua wanted over the statement he issued on behalf of former military president, Ibrahim Babangidaon Sunday. He ordered the arrest of Afegbua for making false statements, defamation of character, and for an act capable of instigating public disturbance, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood said [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Punch Editorial Board It is a season of contentious open letters in Nigeria. In a space of two weeks, two former heads of state Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida have made major interventions on the state of the nation. As expected, their stinging assessments of President Muhammadu Buharis administration have generated tension and [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the ongoing amendments to the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution will be concluded 'in a matter of weeks.' Ekweremadu said this on Monday when he received a delegation of the British High Commission in Nigeria led by the High Commissioner, Mr. [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said there was no truth in media reports that his trip to Kano, Kano State on Saturday was political. He also denied meeting with some political groups during the visit which he explained was solely to attend the wedding of his Personal Assistant, Hafiz Kawu. The clarification [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Oyetunji Abioye The naira recorded a marginal gain at the parallel market on Monday, closing at 363 per United States dollar, up from 364/dollar on Friday. The local currency has been trading between 362/dollar and 365/dollar in recent weeks. Analysts have said that the naira is likely to remain stable against the greenback this week [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is planning to increase insurance coverage for the agricultural sector from the current 500,000 farmers to 3.8 million farmers. The Managing Director, Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, said at a forum in Abuja on Monday that the move would help increase the level [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists. According to Shehu, the Executive Order [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has concluded plans to inaugurate the Joint Working Group for the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan's Focus Labs. According to a statement on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the inauguration of the first set of the policy [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The proposed rail line from Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic is going to cover a track length of 248 kilometres and will pass through seven senatorial districts in the North. According to information gathered from the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja on Monday, the rail line, which is [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government will soon introduce new products into the Nigeria Commodity Exchange market as part of efforts to boost non-oil exports. The Managing Director, Nigeria Commodity Exchange, Mrs. Zaheera Baba-Ari, who said this on Monday, noted that the new products would comprise of various contracts in the solid minerals sector. She [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Osun State Government says it has set a target of N5bn monthly Internally Generated Revenue in its quest to provide sustainable development for the citizens of the state. The Chairman, Osun State Internal Revenue Service, Bicci Alli, said the agency had increased the state's IGR from a N300m monthly average in 2010 to N1bn [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Adetokunbo Kayode, on Monday put the value of merchandise trade between Nigeria and China in the 2017 fiscal period at $2.7bn. He said this at a forum organised by the Chinese Economic and Commercial CounseLlor, Zhao Linxiang, at the Embassy of the [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Nike Popoola All major credit cards have an expiration date (some private label retail credit cards do not), a month and year by which your credit card will no longer be valid. If you try to use a credit card after the expiration date has passed, your card will likely be declined and you'll have [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Production of Nigeria's Bonga crude oil is 'being ramped up gradually' after a brief shutdown, a spokesman for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company said on Monday The company performed a 'brief shutdown' from January 16 to 28 for repairs on a piping system. It added that 'further checks and ancillary repairs' mean that oil [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nine Chinese firms are seeking collaboration with Nigerian firms, including telecommunications companies and Internet operators, for the production and distribution of animation films. The nine firms expressed the interest in working with Nigerian collaborators at an event in Abuja on Saturday to mark the beginning of the Chinese Spring Animation Festival. Speaking [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Nigeria and other African countries are expected to do more in terms of currency reforms they have carried out so far since in a bid to sustain economic growth. Angola and Morocco last month became the latest African nations to loosen long-held currency pegs, following the lead of Nigeria and Egypt as they sought to [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri There was a mild drama in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday when a man reportedly sighted his wife coming out of a brothel with an alleged boyfriend, identified simply as Okey. A witness told our correspondent that a fight broke out between the couple when the man alighted from the car and [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A bloody clash on Sunday between two factions of youths of Okpoama community, in the Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has left one person dead and many others injured. The deceased, identified as Iruo Ayebatonyo (Jnr.), was reported to be the Public Relations Officer of Okpoama Kingdom Youths Movement. Ayebatonyo [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a couple on Treasure Palace Close, in the Igando area of the state, for allegedly harbouring pregnant women and selling newborn babies. The couple Adeola Adebayo, 50; and 40-year-old Binta Adebayo were arrested on Sunday by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi A seven-year-old boy has testified against his father, Olusegun Adefemi, who was arrested for allegedly defiling his own three-year-old daughter. While the suspect, a bricklayer, denied the allegation, his son gave a graphic illustration of how the father slept with his sister five times. PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect and his wife [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri A female student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, identified simply as Happiness, has been found dead with her private parts and other organs removed by men suspected to be Yahoo boys (Internet fraudsters). The student, who was said to be a new student, had been declared missing on January 25, 2017, [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ogun hospital demands police report to treat headmistress Samson Folarin The head teacher of Top-Teez Nursery and Primary School, Ojodu, Ifo, Mrs. Ayodeji Orojo, has yet to recover from the injuries she sustained after she was allegedly beaten up by some policemen attached to the Ojodu Abiodun Police Division, Ogun State. Orojo, who is in [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Sports minister Solomon Dalung has told the International Basketball Federation officials on a fact-finding visit to the country that there is no crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation. The countrys basketball has plunged into crisis, with Musa Ahmadu-Kida and Tijjani Umar laying claim to the leadership of the NBBF. While Ahmadu-Kida won the sports ministry [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Tana Aiyejina Super Eagles stars Anthony Okpotu and Osas Okoro have lamented their 4-0 defeat to Morocco in the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Sunday. Goals from Walid El Karti, Ayoub El Kaabi and a double from Zakaria Hadraf ended 10-man Nigerias hopes of a maiden [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Out-of-favour Nigeria forward Obinna Nsofor has been released from his contract at Cape Town City after just five months in the Absa Premiership, supersport.com reports. Nsofor had failed to impress in his time with the team, making nine starts and four substitute appearances, but scoring just a single goal in the derby against Ajax Cape [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has praised the Super Eagles performance despite a 4-0 defeat by hosts Morocco in the 2018 African Nations Championship final on Sunday. Rohrs assistant Salisu Yusuf led the country to their best-ever finish at the tournament for locally-based players. Personally, I think there were lots of positives out there, far more [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Tana Aiyejina Sunshine Stars are unhappy with the decision of the League Management Company to bar them from using their new players in their league game against Plateau United in Jos on Sunday. The hosts hammered Sunshine 5-0 in the game. The Akure side were made to play with only 10 men with no bench [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Idris Adesina Dorcas Adesokan and Clement Krobapor have moved up in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation on Sunday. Adesokan retained her first spot on the continent after moving up two places from the 108th position to the 106th position with 13,904 points. Hadia Hosny of Egypt is second in Africa and [] 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Adamawa United chairman Emmanuel Zira on Monday said Moroccos success at the just-ended African Nations Championship was an indication of their domestic leagues superiority in Africa. Zira told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the North African country exhibited beautiful football, great mobility and tactics to pound Nigeria 4-0 in the final of [] 
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