* Benue killings: Govs, Ogbeh, Danbazzau meet, propose cattle colonies (Punch) * Air Force Helicopter crashes (Nation)

*  Benue killings: Govs, Ogbeh, Danbazzau meet, propose cattle colonies (Punch)    *    Air Force Helicopter crashes (Nation)


Benue killings: Govs, Ogbeh, Danbazzau meet, propose cattle colonies (Punch)

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, his agriculture counterpart, Audu Ogbeh, on Monday in Abuja, held a security meeting with the governors of Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa states over the violent attacks and herdsmen killings in their states. The meeting, which was at the instance of the interior minister, discussed strategies and measures to end the crisis rocking the states in which Read more

Air Force Helicopter crashes (Nation)

The Nigerian Air Force has announced the crash of one of its helicopters while on a mission in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the Northeast. The Director of Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya however said no live was lost in the mishap. AVM Adesanya said in a statement: “​A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-17 Helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North East. Read more

Why AGF want court to stop Senate probe of Maina’s reinstatement (DailyTrust)

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) seeking to stop the senate probe into the reinstatement of former chairman of the pension taskforce, Abdulrasheed Maina into the civil service. Read more

PDP advises APC leadership to address national issues (Nation)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to as a matter of urgency address the incessant killings, unemployment and other national issues affecting the country. PDP gave the advice in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday in Abuja. Read more

Saraki appeals against CCT trial at Supreme Court (Punch)

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has appealed against the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal which reversed his acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he was prosecuted false assets declaration and other related charges. Delivering a unanimous judgment in the appeal filed by the Federal Government against the Senate President’s earlier acquittal, the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, headed by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, restored three out of the 18 charges earlier dismissed by the CCT. Read more

APC to capture S’East, S’South in 2019 (DailyTrust)

he National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has voiced the willingness of the party to take over the control of power in the south-east and south-south geo-political zones in 2019. Chief Odigie-Oyegun spoke yesterday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja while inaugurating a four-member strategic committee led by Otunba Niyi Adebayo to do a forensic analysis of the reasons why the APC lost the just concluded Anambra State governorship election. Read more

Fuel scarcity: Fix refineries now, NUPENG urges NNPC (Nation)

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday called for the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries to end the recurring fuel scarcity across the country. The South-West Chairman of the union, Tayo Aboyeji, who made the call in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria, said it is disheartening to know that despite the fact that the nation is a major producer of crude oil, it cannot refine the product for its local consumption. Read more

Osinbajo chairs first economic management meeting of 2018 (Punch)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the first meeting of the Economic Management Team for the year. Osinbajo is the chairman of the team, which has relevant ministers and other top government officials as members.The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

FG assures speedy completion of Baro River Port (DailyTrust)

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has assured the Niger State Government that the Baro River Port is receiving a speedy attention by the Federal Government towards ensuring that it is commissioned this year. The SGF stated this when he received Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in his office. Read more

High hope as Federal Govt is set to kick-start Ibom Port (Nation)

The Federal and the Akwa Ibom State governments are set to execute the Ibom Deep Seaport (IDSP) project, an official has said. The project, it was gathered, is one of the most promising Public- Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure initiatives in the country because of the unique investment opportunities it will offer international seaport developers and operators. Read more

‘Solid minerals contributed N3.5bn to Federation Account in 2017’ (Punch)

The solid minerals sector contributed N3.5bn to the Federation Account between January and November 2017, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said. Fayemi said this while giving an account of the sector in the past year, according to an online publication of the ministry, MMSD Weekly. Read more

Kukah Centre begins leadership training for graduates (DailyTrust)

Ten young graduates selected across the country who on Monday became the pioneer graduates of a three months intensive Young Leaders Internship Programme have promised to make massive impacts on the nation’s socio-economic sphere. They made the promise Monday in Abuja at the maiden graduation and award of certificate ceremony of the Kukah Centre Leadership Interns course organised by The Kukah Centre and the Ford Foundation. Read more

Equities hit N14tr amid widespread rally (Nation)

Investors in Nigerian equities pocketed N330 billion in net capital gains yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as increased scramble for quoted shares pushed the total market value of quoted equities to N14.18 trillion. With more than four gainers for every loser, the stock market reopened yesterday with a strong market-wide rally, which nudged equities to their highest performance so far this year. Read more

APC, Omisore disagree over Osun financial management (Punch)

The ruling All Progressives Congress in Osun State and a former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have disagreed over the management of the state’s resources. The APC, in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had been vindicated by the report of a financial expert which ranked Osun State as the second wealthiest state in the country despite the economic recession. Read more

FG: 16,387 Nigerians deported in 2017 (DailyTrust)

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service Muhammadu Babandede has disclosed that a total of 16,387 Nigerians were deported from different countries in 2017. Of this figure, Babandede said 5,980 Nigerians were evacuated from Libya, 3,836 from Saudi Arabia while South Africa and other European countries deported 6,643 Nigerians in 2017. Read more

Schoolteacher rapes 16-year-old daughter for four years (Punch)

A teacher at the Ijagba Community High School, Sotubo, Sagamu, Segun Durojaiye, has been apprehended for alleged serial rape of his daughter. The 52-year-old father was held along with his brother, Emmanuel Durojaiye, for the offence. The victim lived with her father on Baba-Benja Street, Oreyo, Igbogbo Ikorodu. Read more

Rice importation exit: No hiding for smugglers – Customs (Nation)

When President Muhammadu Buhari gives the go-ahead for the implementation of total stoppage of rice importation this year, the smugglers will no longer have any hiding or guise for trading on the prohibited item. His administration had last year stopped the importation of rice through land borders. Besides, in his 2018 New Year broadcast, he dropped the hint that there will be the total stoppage of rice import this year. Read more

Fayose became governor by accident — Niyi Adebayo (DailyTrust)

A former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, says Ayodele Fayose became governor again by accident. Otunba Adebayo said this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists after the inauguration of a four-member strategic committee which he led to do a forensic analysis of the reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost the just concluded Anambra State governorship election. Read more

Edo police arrest brothers for murder of grandmother (Punch)

wo brothers have been arrested for the alleged murder of their 67-year-old grandmother in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State. The brothers were alleged to have killed the 67-year-old woman, one Grace Ovbiebo, for money ritual in connivance with two other relatives. The incident was said to have occurred on Asowota Street, Ohovbe quarters, in Benin, the state capital. Read more

Minimum wage: Labour expects delivery before third quarter (Nation)

A new national minimum wage will be announced before the end of the year, if the word of the Minister Labour & Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, is anything to go by. The 30-member tripartite committee chaired by former Head of Service of the Federation Ms. Amal Pepple is billed to conclude its assignment by the third quarter and submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Lagos Assembly to pass 2018 budget by January 31 (Punch)

The Lagos State House of Assembly is to pass the state’s 2018 Budget Bill before the end of January. The Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Publicity, Mr Tunde Braimoh, gave the assurance in Lagos on Monday. He said, “We are working round the clock; we have denied ourselves holidays, even weekends, to see that we bring to bear our impact on the budget for quick passage. Read more

Gunmen demand N30m for NCDMB worker (Nation)

Ijaw youths, yesterday, decried the abduction of a senior worker of the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Chief Numudogio Micah, by gunmen. Micah was reportedly kidnapped Friday from the Brass-Nembe waterways. The hoodlums were said to have contacted his family and demanded N30 million ransom. Read more

Akeredolu kick-starts community water project (Nation)

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) yesterday kick-started the state’s community water revolution through its Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA). Akeredolu, whose five cardinal programmes are focused on improving the standard of living of the people, was represented at the occasion by his Special Adviser on Public Utilities, Tunji Ariyomo, who was accompanied by the General Manager of the agency, Moses Omodemi. Read more

Oyo targets N112b IGR to fund 2018 budget (Nation)

The Oyo State government yesterday said it would generate N112 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) this year. The money, it said would finance 41.91 per cent of the N267 billion budget estimate. Revenue from other sources are unspent income, statutory allocation from the Federation Account, capital receipts and transfer from Local Government Joint Allocation and Appropriation Committee (JAAC). Read more

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria to face Australia, New Zealand, Canada (DailyTrust)

Nigeria has been grouped alongside Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the basketball event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018. Despite being ranked number 1 in Africa and 32nd in the world, Nigeria is still the lowest ranking team in their group. Host Australia who finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is ranked 10th in the world. Read more

U.S. moves toward expelling 200,000 Salvadorans (Reuters)

Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration’s latest move to tighten immigration enforcement. The United States will end the Salvadorans’ temporary protected status (TPS) on Sept. 9, 2019, giving them 18 months to leave or seek lawful residency Read more

Trump could be interviewed within weeks in Russia probe: Washington Post (Reuters)

President Donald Trump could be interviewed within weeks as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Mueller raised the issue of interviewing Trump during a meeting in late December with the president’s lawyers Read more

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