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


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

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Members of the House of Representatives from Benue State on Thursday raised the alarm over fresh killings by herdsmen in the state.

The lawmakers, who spoke at the National Assembly in Abuja, demanded full military presence in Benue communities constantly under attacks by herdsmen as against ad hoc operations such as the current Operation Cat Race.


 
For instance, between April 2 and 4, the lawmakers said, up to 24 persons were confirmed killed in renewed attacks in the state, while several others went missing.

The lawmakers again called on the Federal Government to declare the herdsmen as “terrorists.”

Four members, Mr. Dickson Takighir; Mr. Mark Terseer-Gbillah; Mr. Samuel Udende; and Mr. John Dyegh, who spoke for the Benue Caucus, alleged that some of the killings took place with no response from security agencies.

 The lawmakers also described as strange the sudden termination of the Operation Cat Race in the state by the military, while it was extended by more weeks in neighbouring states, including Taraba.

Giving the details of the latest killings, Takighir said, “These latest attacks have occurred in Ikyon and Agasha on April 3 and April 4; in Semaka, Asom, Babanruwa on April 3 and in Udei and Umenger on April 2.

“They (killer herdsmen) are right now stationed at Nzorov council ward, ready to attack Gbajimba in the Guma Local Government Area. There are others in Nasarawa, ready to attack Udei and Daudu with over 14 people killed in the last four days.

“Similarly, Sengev, Mbakyondo and Mbapa areas of Gwer-West Local Government Area are currently under siege by armed herdsmen.

“In Tsegaase, two people have been killed; one person is missing in Zwatema, two killed in Tse Adeke, one killed in Tse Adudu with one missing in Tsekelefu.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A Nigerian artiste, Zainab Ali-Nielsen, popularly known as Alizee, and her four-year-old daughter, Petra, have been reportedly murdered by her Italian husband, Peter Nielsen.

They were allegedly murdered in the family’s residence at Ocean Parade, Banana Island in the early hours of Thursday.


 
Although details of the circumstances surrounding the incident were still sketchy, our correspondent learnt that Peter had been picked up by the police.

The corpses were said to have been deposited in a mortuary for autopsy.

Report said the native of Kogi State had signed a two-year record deal with an Asian record label, Petra Entertainment in 2017, which reportedly earned her a brand new Ford explorer, a house on Banana Island and international distribution with affiliates of her record company in Asia.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect for murder, said a crime scene investigative team had been deployed in the house.

He said, “The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered the arrest of the suspect and he is in police custody. It is pre-emptive now to ascertain the cause of the incident. The CP has dispatched crime scene investigators to the place to pick evidences for analysis which can be used for prosecution.

“The command has also written the Embassy of the suspect that the police are investigating the case.”


Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi-Okogie, has lambasted both the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on their accusations and counter-accusations over those who looted Nigeria’s treasury.

The retired Lagos Archbishop of the Catholic Church described the back and forth accusations between the two major parties as a show of shame.


 
Okogie stated this in a press statement, titled, ‘We Are Watching and Waiting 2.’

The statement was the second in the series that the cleric sent to The PUNCH on Thursday.

 He said, “Nigerians are currently forced to watch a show of shame by the ruling party of today and the ruling party of yesterday. Such are accusations and counter-accusations of looting that Nigerians find it difficult to differentiate between the accuser and the accused.

 “Huge sums of money belonging to the people of Nigeria obviously got into wrong hands and for the wrong reasons. There are good reasons to suspect that the looting that took place cut across party lines. Nigerians deserve to know how, for example, the two leading parties financed their campaigns in 2015.

“But instead of honest answers, we are treated by the two big parties to a theatrical display of politically-motivated compilation of lists of looters.  We are forced to say what Jesus said to the accusers of the adulterous woman in the Gospel: whoever has not sinned let him cast the first stone.”

The vocal cleric pointed out that the political class and the ruling elite were a threat to the country’s security. He said whoever loved Nigeria should be concerned about the security of life and property within its borders.

He noted that insecurity affects all, irrespective of party, ethnic, religious lines, social and economic status.


Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Oba of Nri (the Igbo ancestral home), Chief Emelie Okika, has warned the  Aguleri and Igboukwu communities in the Anambra East and Aguata local government areas of Anambra State to stop laying claim to the headship of the Igbo.

Insisting that Nri is the ancestral home of the Igbo, Okika warned that such issues were spiritual matters that should not be politicised.


 
He flayed the Aguleri and Igboukwu communities for distorting history on the origin of the Igbo.

While agreeing that Nri and Aguleri shared some historical affinity, Okika said,      “Our history with Aguleri is the same; the difference is the penchant for politics. Igboukwu is not near the claim.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have contended such claim with anybody because Nri as the ancestral home of the Igbo is not in doubt.

“Our influence in Igbo land and beyond predated the colonial era. Aguleri people cannot claim the headship or origin of the Igbo because they are in power now through their son, Governor Willie Obiano.”

 He described Obiano as a good man, who had worked very hard to positively change the face of Anambra State in all ramification, saying, “But that’s not why Aguleri people should distort history. We are the ancestral home of the Igbo; different scholars including white anthropologists and archeologists have given credence to this through their painstaking researches and findings.”

He warned the two communities to stop laying such claims to avert the wrath of gods.

Aguleri had laid claim to the headship of Igbo ancestry, saying, “Eri, the father of all Igbo who hailed from Israel, was the fifth son of Gad, the seventh son of Jacob.”

It claimed that Eri migrated from Egypt with a group of companions just before the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt many centuries ago. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigerian youths deserved a stable and prosperous country they could be proud of.

He also said his government would prevent waste and the depletion of the nation’s resources by corrupt Nigerians.


 
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a letter of credence from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said his insistence on probity, transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors was to secure the future of the country for all Nigerians, especially the youth.

He said his administration would continually promote the culture of honesty and integrity in service to guarantee a better future for the youth.

“Our insistence on probity is to encourage people to be accountable and accept honesty as a lifestyle so as to secure the future of our youths,’’ he said.

Buhari told his guest that Nigeria had been reluctant to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement among ECOWAS countries because of the need to protect the economy, especially the industries and small businesses that currently provide jobs for majority Nigerians.

The President noted that the signing of the agreement would expose the industries and small businesses to external pressures and competitions, which could lead to closures and job losses.

“We are not enthusiastic about signing the EPA because of our largely youthful population. We are still struggling to provide jobs for them and we want our youths to be kept busy.

“Presently, our industries cannot compete with the more efficient and highly technologically-driven industries in Europe. We have to protect our industries and our youths,’’ he said.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total of N1.4tn is now being spent annually by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, the Federal Government has said. Although it described the amount as under-recovery, the government stated that the national oil firm had been shouldering the huge financial burden, [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total of N1.4tn is now being spent annually by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, the Federal Government has said. Although it described the amount as under-recovery, the government stated that the national oil firm had been shouldering the huge financial burden, [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu The Peoples Democratic Party alleged in Abuja on Thursday, that the All Progressives Congress and cabal in the presidency had turned the National Health Insurance Scheme into their Automated Teller Machine where funds are taken at their conveniences. The party said the nation had yet to recover from past revelations [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is aiming to create a total of 570,000 jobs through the implementation of the focussed labs under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said this in Abuja during the ERGP Mid-Lab syndication meeting. A statement from the minister's Media [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is aiming to create a total of 570,000 jobs through the implementation of the focussed labs under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said this in Abuja during the ERGP Mid-Lab syndication meeting. A statement from the ministers Media [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti Multi-System Hospital has partnered Aster DM Healthcare of Dubai to deliver quality health care to Nigerians. Aster DM Healthcare of Dubai, on Wednesday, donated multi-million naira tele-medicine equipment to the 400-bed ultra-modern hospital to support it. According to a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs, [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The African Development Bank on Thursday said it had approved a $50m Risk Participation Agreement for Commerzbank AG to address the continents trade finance market demand. The fund will enable banks operating in Nigeria and other African countries to provide credit to their customers, including Small and Medium Enterprises that are involved [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The African Development Bank on Thursday said it had approved a $50m Risk Participation Agreement for Commerzbank AG to address the continent's trade finance market demand. The fund will enable banks operating in Nigeria and other African countries to provide credit to their customers, including Small and Medium Enterprises that are involved [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Any increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirt as a result of the five per cent levy on the product as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly will not be welcomed by Nigerians, oil marketers have said. According to the Independent Petroleum [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has urged the Supreme Court to declare the petitions submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission seeking his recall as illegal. The senator in an appeal he filed against the March 16, 2018 judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, also urged the [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Any increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirt as a result of the five per cent levy on the product as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly will not be welcomed by Nigerians, oil marketers have said. According to the Independent Petroleum [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Eric Dumo A former lawmaker representing the Imo East Senatorial District, Chris Anyanwu, has stressed the role of information in the development of any society. Anyanwu, who made her mark with the Nigerian Television Authority in the early 80s before moving into politics, spoke during her visit to the PUNCH Place, the headquarters of PUNCH [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola The Lagos State Government says it has released N1.024bn for the payment of pension entitlements of 183 public service retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme for the month of March. A statement obtained on Thursday noted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, during the 49th retirement benefit bond certificate presentation ceremony in Ikeja, reiterated his [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola The Lagos State Government says it has released N1.024bn for the payment of pension entitlements of 183 public service retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme for the month of March. A statement obtained on Thursday noted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, during the 49th retirement benefit bond certificate presentation ceremony in Ikeja, reiterated his [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has been urged not to politicise economic issues so as not to jeopardise the modest growth so far recorded and further impoverish the people. A former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Ahmed Makarfi, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja. He said issues [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo Armed herdsmen in the early hours of Thursday killed five people in the Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State. The Thursdays attack came less than 12 hours after armed herdsmen attacked and wiped out a family of four in neighbouring Takum, the hometown of a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has been urged not to politicise economic issues so as not to jeopardise the modest growth so far recorded and further impoverish the people. A former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Ahmed Makarfi, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja. He said issues [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
John Ameh, Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Leke Baiyewu and Olaleye Aluko The Peoples Democratic Party has called on Nigerians to resist the attempt by the presidency to take $1bn from the national coffers under the guise of financing the military. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had told State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Despite the soaring unemployment among graduates of tertiary institutions, there are so many vacancies that exist in professional trade areas that still cannot be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills. This is the highpoint of the Skills Gap Assessment Report, which was conducted by the Industrial Training Fund, in [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture has said that maize farmers who use Aflasafe system in the production of the crop this year will benefit from an incentive package worth N500m. Aflasafe is a fungus-based biocontrol product developed by IITA and cuts aflatoxin levels in maize and groundnuts by 80 per cent [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Mudiaga Affe and Simon Utebor The race of who will become the next national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress has been intensified following the decision of its national leadership to hold fresh congresses where new officers will be elected, The PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Thursday. Among those angling to replace [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command is on the trail of some gunmen who attacked a vehicle in the Amuwo Odofin area of the state and killed a police escort, identified only as Sergeant Musa. The robbers were also said to have injured the driver of the vehicle and escaped with N3m. PUNCH Metro [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Despite the soaring unemployment among graduates of tertiary institutions, there are so many vacancies that exist in professional trade areas that still cannot be filled by Nigerians because of lack of requisite skills. This is the highpoint of the Skills Gap Assessment Report, which was conducted by the Industrial Training Fund, in [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Olaleye Aluko and Godwin Isenyo An officer of the Nigerian Army, a soldier and 21 bandits have been killed in a gun battle between bandits and troops in Tunga Daji community in the Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State. This is as bandits attacked Sarari village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Some pregnant women disrupted activities at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, on Thursday, as they protested against alleged outrageous bills charged for their antenatal care by the state government. The protesters alleged that the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration had begun to charge N25,000 for deliveries, as against the free birth policy [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Anna Okon This is not the best of times for local manufacturing sector. Just barely escaping the worst recession in decades and managing to pick up the pieces, the sector is now being faced with a market without buyers. Operators said they were confronted with warehouses stocked with unsold goods while some have gone as [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Sunday Aborisade A United States-based Nigerian transport expert, Dr. Osileke Osipitan, has said the number of accidents being recorded on rail lines in Nigeria is higher compared to the number of trains moving per day. He added that if the current rate of accidents was not checked, there would be more calamities ahead going by [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Samson Folarin A former student of the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos, Olumayowa Aje, has been absolved of rape charges by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Lagos State. Aje and two others, Babajide Bashorun and Babajide Ademuyiwa, had been accused of raping a fellow student and posting her nude pictures on the Internet sometime [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Sunday Aborisade A United States-based Nigerian transport expert, Dr. Osileke Osipitan, has said the number of accidents being recorded on rail lines in Nigeria is higher compared to the number of trains moving per day. He added that if the current rate of accidents was not checked, there would be more calamities ahead going by [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Afeez Hanafi An official of one of the centres used for the Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination in Lagos has been arrested by the police for allegedly engaging in examination malpractice in the just concluded exam. The suspect was identified as Divine Nwamueze, who worked at the UTME centre, Digital Bridge Institute in Oshodi. Our [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Ghana will not sign an agreement with Washington to set up a military base, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Thursday. The president confirmed in a television address that the two countries would ink a defence cooperation agreement, but was emphatic that Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A professor of Accounting, Sunday Owolabi, has called on the Federal Government to give more powers to the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to enable it to supervise the industry-based Code of Corporate Governance. This, according to him, will enable the council to provide wider consultation to varied stakeholders and remove all [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A professor of Accounting, Sunday Owolabi, has called on the Federal Government to give more powers to the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to enable it to supervise the industry-based Code of Corporate Governance. This, according to him, will enable the council to provide wider consultation to varied stakeholders and remove all [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday pared some of the losses it recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the market capitalisation rose by N45bn to close at N14.77tn. The NSE market capitalisation and the All-Share Index dropped to N14.72tn and 40,749.86 basis points on Wednesday from N14.99tn and 41,504.51 [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Femi Asu The equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday pared some of the losses it recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the market capitalisation rose by N45bn to close at N14.77tn. The NSE market capitalisation and the All-Share Index dropped to N14.72tn and 40,749.86 basis points on Wednesday from N14.99tn and 41,504.51 [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Board of the National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday announced the indefinite suspension of six directors of the organisation. The suspension of the affected officials by the newly inaugurated board was in connection with the ongoing probe of the finances of NEMA by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The financial [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Success Nwogu and Samson Folarin No fewer than six policemen and six others, including residents and bank customers, have been reported killed after some robbers stormed about five banks in Offa, in the Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State on Thursday. Sources said the men, who numbered close to 30, blew up entrances into [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola If you borrowed to buy a car, youre not stuck with your original loan. You might be able to save money with a better loan, and thats easy to do if you refinance your existing loan. So when can you refinance, and how does the process work' You do not need to wait [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Nike Popoola If you borrowed to buy a car, you're not stuck with your original loan. You might be able to save money with a better loan, and that's easy to do if you refinance your existing loan. So when can you refinance, and how does the process work' You do not need to wait [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday warned newly recruited 1,500 Local Government Area workers to shun corruption and be dedicated to duty. The Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye, gave the warning at the opening ceremony of three-day induction training for 1,500 newly employed workers of the state councils at the Public Service Staff [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Tunji Ajibade (tunjioa@yahoo.com; 08036683657) The military-civilian clash of December 2016 in Zaria, Kaduna State, is still fresh. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, was at the centre of that event and he returned to the same town last week in a move that should heal relations between his army and civilians. It [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Anna Okon Shongai Packaging, a subsidiary of Sona Group of Industries, has said it represented its parent company at the Nigeria PlastPrintPack 2018, along with Shongai Technologies Ltd and Techblow Nigeria Ltd. A statement from the company quoted the Group Managing Director, Sona Group of Industries, Mr. Ajai Musaddi as saying that Nigeria was gaining [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Anna Okon Shongai Packaging, a subsidiary of Sona Group of Industries, has said it represented its parent company at the Nigeria PlastPrintPack 2018, along with Shongai Technologies Ltd and Techblow Nigeria Ltd. A statement from the company quoted the Group Managing Director, Sona Group of Industries, Mr. Ajai Musaddi as saying that Nigeria was gaining [] 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Idris Adesina Five Nigeria athletes on Thursday crashed out the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Adeola Soyoye and Osita Umeh suffered defeats in boxing while Favour Agboro and Monica Uweh lost in weightligting. In men's artistic gymnasium, Tayo Fakiyesi finished 29th in the floor exercise and 12th on the vault. However, the country [] 
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