NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH FEBRUARY , 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 8th February, 2018.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over his “lack of capacity” to address security challenges in the country, particularly the killings by herdsmen in Benue State and the insecurity in Kano State.

“We call on Mr. President to replace the IGP with a more professional officer,” the resolution of the House read.

The resolution was passed after lawmakers debated two motions: one on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, and the second on the “need to curb thuggery development in political activities in Kano and Nigeria in general.”

The motion on the killings by herdsmen was moved by a member from Benue State, Mr. Mark Terseer-Gbillah, while the second motion was moved by a Kano State lawmaker, Mr. Abubakar Danburam-Nuhu.

The two motions were later amended to a motion for the sacking of the IG.

Ruling on the motion to sack the IGP, the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said, “If we pass this amendment, it means that the entire House has passed a vote of no confidence in the IGP.

“I will go ahead and put the question since that is the decision of the House.”


 
The House also directed Idris to apologise to the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, over a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, calling the governor a “drowning man.”

Moshood had featured on a Channels Television programme, Morning Rise, on Tuesday, February 6, where the topic of discussion was the killings by herdsmen in Benue State.

The PPRO was on the programme with the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase.



Moshood had reaffirmed the stance of the IGP that the killings in Benue resulted from the enactment of the open grazing (prohibition) law by the state House of Assembly.

In the heat of the discussion, Moshood called Ortom a drowning man, who must also resign his position as a governor.

On Wednesday, the lawmakers did not only condemn Moshood for the statement, they described him as an officer who was not fit to remain in the police force.


 
Besides asking the IGP to apologise for Moshood’s statement, the House also elected to investigate the statement credited to Idris that the killings in Benue State were caused by the state’s anti-open grazing law.

“The statement alone has exposed Moshood as a man unfit to be the police spokesman.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has said the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, by President Muhammadu Buhari, is “another dent on the anti-corruption war.”

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party has described Yusuf’s reinstatement  while he was still being quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N919m fraud as shocking, and a mockery of justice.


 
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, and a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said the decision came at a time when the dust surrounding the smuggling of a former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulraheed Maina, back into the public service was just settling down.

The PDP also mocked the Federal Government for the cover up of the cabinet minister who reportedly bought a property worth N280m in Abuja from alleged corrupt enrichment.

 The ASCSN in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Secretary-General, Alade Lawal, said the action of the President was capable of being interpreted to mean that the government’s anti-graft crusade was “selective and designed to deal with specific targets.”

 He said, “This is one intervention too many and as such Mr. President should allow Yusuf to retire from service to have time to run his personal business. How can a government official being investigated for a whopping sum of N919m fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission be reinstated by the government that came to power promising to sanitise the system? This is very unfortunate. We, therefore, urge President Buhari to rescind his action and allow Prof. Yusuf to leave the system in peace.”

 According to him, the action of Buhari is capable of lending credence to Yusuf’s arrogant public statements several times that he could not report to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, since he dealt directly with the President.

The ASCSN said, “Thus, if Prof. Yusuf resumes as the Executive Secretary of NHIS, it will amount to passing a vote of no confidence on the minister.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Kassim Afegbua, the media aide to former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, on Wednesday visited the Force Headquarters, Abuja, in connection with the order to his arrest by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Afegbua, who arrived at Louis Edet House at 10.32am in company with his wife and lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, was dressed in a blue stripe suit.


 
Speaking with newsmen before entering the building, the former Edo State cabinet member, said IBB, phoned him to express surprise at the development, adding that the statement for which the police wanted to quiz him over, was written on the directives of the former military dictator.

He said, “It would even interest you that when I was declared wanted on Channels TV and NTA, he (IBB) was the one who called me and said, why are they declaring you wanted, are you a criminal?

“We laughed over it, he said ‘are you on the run, have they given you an invitation?,’ I said no. He said that was interesting. Who is complaining? He said he read in the news that I was wanted for defamation of character, he said whose character have you defamed?’

“I am very much in touch with him, I am not doing anything out of the blues, this is a man I have been with for the past 14 years. I am only here (Force Headquarters) because I was declared wanted, am not a fugitive.”

Afegba added, “As a responsible Nigerian, I feel it is unwise on the part of the police to declare me wanted when I have not been formally invited, so I am here to present myself.”

He explained that he sued the police, Channels TV and NTA for N1bn for infringing on his rights and defaming him.

Afegbua, however, added that he had directed his lawyer to withdraw the claims against Channels TV and NTA.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, says he has no candidate for any political office in 2019.

He said this on Wednesday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential library, Abeokuta, during a courtesy visit by a youth group from Delta State led a governorship aspirant, Frank Esanubi.


 
Obasanjo, who said he had taken a decision in 2015 not to participate any longer in partisan politics, added that he would rather remain an elder statesman having a passion for a greater Nigeria.

He further explained that his recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari was not in any way to disrespect him or his office.

Obasanjo said in the letter he was only articulating his views about the situation in the country and offering his candid advice.

He explained that his statement was thoroughly thought out, adding that as a former President, he could not hold the office of the President in contempt.

Obasanjo, however, reiterated that the Coalition for Nigeria Movement would remain a socio-political movement, insisting that he would cease to be a member of the coalition the moment it transformed into a political party or became partisan.

He said, “In the year 2015, I said I would no longer participate in partisan politics. And I still stand by my decision.

“Everybody, irrespective of his or her political affiliation is free to come here for advice, I will gladly do that. I have no candidate, whatsoever, for any political office. I just believe that things must be done differently in Nigeria to get different result.

“If you study our transitions since the colonial era, they have all taken place without taking the people at the grassroots into consideration.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Government to set aside the amnesty granted by his counterpart from Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, to a group of cultists suspected to be members of Don Waney’s gang.

Wike had maintained that some of those granted amnesty were involved in the killing of 23 persons on New Year Day in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA


 
A group of repentant cultists, allegedly loyal to slain Don Waney, were on Tuesday granted amnesty in Owerri after they surrendered their arms.

But Wike cautioned that such amnesty would not cover Rivers State because some of those granted amnesty by Okorocha had already been declared wanted by the Rivers State Government.

Speaking on Wednesday through the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Emma Okah, the governor said it was embarrassing for criminals declared wanted for crimes committed in Rivers State to be granted amnesty in Imo State.

Maintaining that the action of the Imo State Government had political colouration, Wike said it was worrisome to note that criminals in Rivers were now seen as saints in Imo State.

The governor said, “You know we said earlier that the Federal Government was planning to grant amnesty to some persons that had been declared wanted in the state. But the Federal Government had washed its hands of the issue.

“However, the Imo State Government decided to grant them amnesty. Some of those granted amnesty were involved in the New Year Day killings in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. The security agency had earlier warned the Imo State Government not to do it (grant amnesty).

“That action has deep political colouration and what this means is that criminals in Rivers are now saints in Imo State. The Police should not allow this to happen because it is embarrassing.

“Therefore, we call on the Federal Government to set aside the amnesty the Imo State Government granted some cult members, who killed 23 persons in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.”

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has summoned the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, to explain the alleged invasion of communities in Cross River State by Cameroonian military forces. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also resolved to call on the Nigerias military authorities to increase military presence and intensify border patrol within the area [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi, Abuja on Wednesday struck out a fresh bail application filed by Maryam Sanda, who is being prosecuted for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19, 2017. Justice Yusuf Halilu had earlier in a ruling delivered on December 14, 2017, [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja After months of the herdsmen crisis in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced a plan to commence Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in the Middle Belt and the North Central states to tackle the crisis. The army said the exercise tagged, Ayem Akpatuma, a Tiv expression that means cat [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
I think that since he was suspended last year for a probe to take place, sufficient investigations must have been carried out to get to the root of that issue. His reinstatement is probably pointing to the fact that he is not guilty of any act of corruption. That may be the reason for the [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes on Wednesday told the Senate that it had the powers to wade into the dispute between Innoson Group of Companies and the Guaranty Trust Bank. The Director (Legal), EFCC, Mr. Chile Okoroma, while appearing on behalf of the commission before the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial [] 

NAFDAC destroys N80m fake drugs
Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Abuja on Wednesday destroyed counterfeit and expired drugs as well as other unwholesome items worth over N80m. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said during the destruction of the items that the seizures were made within Abuja and neighbouring states [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has called on the Federal Government to end killings by suspected herdsmen and bandits in parts of the country. Okoh made the call on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while addressing the Church of Nigerias Standing Committee. [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has said abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state are clean, safe and secure. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, stated this on Wednesday in Alausa, Ikeja, while reviewing the report of the state Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Unit on abattoirs, which oversees meat transport and regulation [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said his administration would continue to support operations of the Nigerian Army against kidnapping, armed robbery, illegal oil bunkering and other security challenges. Speaking at Lagos House, Ikeja, during the visit of the new General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has described the conduct of local government traffic officials in the state as uncivil. LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Olawale Musa, stated that the officials were notorious for harassing motorists, noting that their activities remained banned on roads. Musa spoke on Wednesday during a meeting with motorists and [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele,Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Landlords Electricity Consumers Association has declared a war on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company over outrageous and killing tariffs being imposed on its members. The landlords accused the BEDC of deliberately hoarding prepaid meters in order to cheat the consumers so that they can keep bringing concocted and outrageous [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday swore in 20 new commissioners into the State Executive Council and charged them to be judicious in the handling of government resources. He also charged them to demonstrate exemplary leadership, steadfastness and diligence in their duties. The appointment of the commissioners is coming about [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Kashim Afegbua, the spokesman for the former military dictator, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), has been invited for questioning by the Department of State Services. Afegbua will appear before the operatives of the service at their headquarters locates at Asokoro District of Abujaon Thursday. He was said to have received the invitation very [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Six men, including a herbalist, who were alleged to be Badoo cult members, were on Wednesday charged with murder for smashing the heads of a pastor and other family members with a grinding stone at an Ebute Meta Magistrates Court. The accused are Chibuzor Igwe, 19; Omotayo Onamoyegun, 25; Samuel Ameze, 38; Gift Ameze, 35; [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
IN a baffling move, President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated clannishness and lack of respect for procedure once more by reinstating the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. Yusuf was suspended in July 2017 following serious allegations of corruption reported to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, and is being investigated by both [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The feud between the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, deepened on Wednesday as Ganduje ruled out the possibility of reconciling with the ex-governor. Ganduje said at a function in Kano that he was completely disillusioned by the attacks against his leadership at the inception of [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday picked up two ex-officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission who are being tried for alleged bribery. The officials, Nwosu Christian, and Tijani Bashiru, were picked up on the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos where they are being prosecuted before [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, says that Nigeria is going through what it never bargained for in All Progressives Congress administration with its 'nuclear nepotism form of government.' The PDP boss told the party's caucus at the National Assembly on Tuesday night , that all hands [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN), a former Lagos State Solicitor General, speaks to OLADIMEJI RAMON on how the judiciary can gain public confidence Court decisions are now generally received with cynicism by the public; how can the judiciary regain public confidence' There are some court judgments that should command voluntary compliance; those judgments are referred to [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A lawyer, Mr. Francis Moneke, has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly ignoring the principle of federal character in the appointment of security chiefs. The lawyer, in his suit, accused the President of being nepotistic in his key appointments by allegedly favouring northerners. Moneke claimed that 'the pattern of appointments [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara with agency report Telecoms operator, MTN Group Limited, is planning to raise about N153bn ($500m) from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of this year, fulfilling the terms of a deal struck with the country to settle a record fine, Bloomberg has reported, quoting people familiar with [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There seemed to be no end in sight with respect to the queues for petrol in Abuja and neighbouring states of Kaduna, Niger and Nasarawa, as the situation persisted on Wednesday. Queues by thousands of motorists and other users of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, have been a regular sight [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government borrowed $300m from Nigerians in the Diaspora before it secured the approval of the National Assembly, the Debt Management Office indicated on Wednesday. The DMO gave this indication in a response to an enquiry by a non-governmental organisation, Social Action Nigeria. Social Action Nigeria had in a letter written [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it has set up a four-man team to investigate the alleged incident involving Dana Air's flight on Wednesday. A passenger had taken to Twitter to complain that the door of an aircraft belonging to the airline fell off upon landing in Abuja. The passenger, Ola Brown, with [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday said the huge amount that the Federal Government was spending on infrastructure projects across the country was attracting fresh investments into the country. The minister stated this when a delegation of about 20 investors visited her at the headquarters of the finance ministry [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi An unlicensed ground handling company, identified by eyewitnesses as Menzies Aviation, on Wednesday operated at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Sources with knowledge of the development hinted that the firm handled an Air Cote d'Ivoire flight to Abidjan, adding that the firm was based in Dublin, Scotland, with an office in Accra, [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
approves equipment to block illegal radio signals Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday reappointed a consortium of banks to handle the nation's $2.5bn Eurobond issuance. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Akinpelu Dada The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to establish the Nigerian Mining Commission to take charge of the regulatory role of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. This is to ensure predictability in the mining sector and boost local and international investments. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The BUA Group has announced plans to construct a N7.5bn ultra-modern specialist hospital in Kano State through the BUA Foundation. This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, BUA, Abdulsamad Rabiu, during a courtesy visit by the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, to the group's corporate headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday. Rabiu thanked [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Unity Bank has rolled out its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data short code: *7799# in order to enhance customer access to quality banking services. The lender said the development was part of effort to strengthen retail banking offering and expand channels for financial inclusion penetration. In a statement, the lender said, 'Unity Bank's USSD(*7799#) code is [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Bureau De Change operators under the aegis of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria say the body is worried over the continued delay in granting operational autonomy to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit. The ABCON President, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the association, which comprises over 3500 Central Bank of Nigeria-licensed BDC operators, [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Oil prices would likely be below $70 per barrel this year, as the growing United States onshore production as well as rising production from conventional fields would keep a lid on prices, Statoil's Chief Executive Eldar Stre told Reuters on Wednesday. 'I think we will most likely be below $70 a barrel,' Stre told Reuters, [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
THe United States solar industry lost nearly 10,000 jobs last year, led by steep losses in mature markets like California and Massachusetts where installation growth has slowed, according to a new report published on Wednesday. According to Reuters, it is the first time employment has contracted in the fast-growing industry since the non-profit research firm [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Do you know that every time you use your debit or credit card in a foreign country, your bank is charging you some exorbitant fees and giving you a terrible exchange rate' Yet, you can save thousands of naira every year by opening an international bank account for this purpose. If you travel abroad for [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The total shortfall in the amount of electricity tariff payable by consumers to the power sector between January 2015 and December 2016 is N420bn, the Federal Government has declared. According to the government, the huge tariff shortfall has been a major constraint to the power sector due to insufficient end user tariffs [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Improvement in Nigeria's macroeconomic environment will reduce the Non-Performing Loans of deposit money banks this year, FSDH Research has said. The company said owing to the improved state of the economy compared to last year, more companies would generate better returns and declare more dividends. These views were contained in the firm's Economic [] 

Thu, 08 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 logistical and [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Dangote Oil Refinery Company has concluded a training programme for 150 young Nigerian engineers in refinery operations in preparation for the take-off of its Lagos refinery and petrochemical plant. The company's Director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, Mohan Kumar, said this at a news conference in Lagos while presenting 22 engineers [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja International oil companies operating in Nigeria are also involved in the stealing of Nigeria's crude oil, Publish What You Pay, a network of civil society in the country's extractive industry, has alleged. According to the PWYP, oil theft in Nigeria is not limited to illegal refining, noting that it has been difficult [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Anna Okon The Federal Government has announced that it is set to empower a special task force that will remove trucks/trailers from the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to make access into the Apapa ports easy. It said the committee on road decongestion would ensure that trucks/trailers were not allowed to block the port access roads. This was [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
A cargo of crude oil has sailed from Nigeria's Bonga terminal for the first time since mid-January as operator, Shell, ramps up production, according to oil analytics firm, Vortexa. The Suezmax Narmada Spirit left the terminal with a one million barrel cargo and is expected to sail to the Mediterranean, Reuters quoted Vortexa to have [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Stanley Opara Borderless, a non-governmental organisation, has commended the Federal Government's commitment to the Nigerian content development drive, particularly its recent signing of the Executive Order 5 by President Muhammadu Buhari, which is aimed at improving local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components. The order is also aimed at promoting the [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has inspected the 450MW Azura Independent Power Plant in Benin, Edo State. He said during the facility tour that the Federal Government would continue to strive towards increasing the country's power generation. Fashola also described the Azura power project as a proof of [] 

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Chairman, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Oladipupo Jadesimi, spoke about the ongoing first integration of a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel in Nigeria, in an interview with some journalists. 'FEMI ASU was there What is the current level of the integration of the Egina FPSO, which arrived in Nigeria two weeks ago' In [] 
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