* Benue killings: ACF sets up committee on anti-grazing law (Punch) * Kidnappers release abducted Calabar doctor (Punch)

* Benue killings: ACF sets up committee on anti-grazing law (Punch)                  * Kidnappers release abducted Calabar doctor (Punch)



Benue killings: ACF sets up committee on anti-grazing law (Punch)

Pan-Northern socio-cultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, said it had constituted a committee on how best to handle the anti-open grazing law which has been a bone of contention in some parts of the North.The implementation of the law is currently causing crises in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states, leading to the killing of hundreds of citizens and the destruction of property. The Secretary-General of the ACF, Anthony Sani, told one of our correspondents in Kaduna via the telephone on Friday that the constitution of the committee became necessary because the forum believed the clashes bordered on occupation rather than on ethnicity or religion. Read more

Kidnappers release abducted Calabar doctor (Punch)

Kidnappers on Friday released a Senior Registrar in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emem Udoh, who was abducted on Monday. Udoh, a nursing mother, was abducted in her home in Calabar shortly after she returned from duty. Her abduction brought to six the number of medical doctors that had been kidnapped by gunmen in Calabar and environ in the last few months. On Wednesday, doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association in Cross River State embarked on a sit-at-home strike to protest the incessant kidnap of their colleagues in the state. Read more

Only Buhari ‘ll stop Fulani herdsmen attack —S-East town unions (Vanguard)

The Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, has said only President Muhammadu Buhari can stop the rampaging Fulani herdsmen from inflicting more pain on Nigerians and urged him to act without further delay. Chairman of the Association, Chief Emeka Diwe, who stated this in an interview with Saturday Vanguard in Aba, accused President Buhari’s of maintaining silence over the invasion of communities and killing of innocent Nigerians by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen, stressing that as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, he must ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens. Read more

Coast clears for today’s Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun (ThisDay)

The coast was Friday cleared for the conduct of the Anambra Central Senatorial election following, the setting aside of a Federal High Court judgment that directed the inauguration of Dr. Obiora Okonkwo as the lawful candidate for the vacant Anambra Central Senatorial seat at the National Assembly. Justice John Tsoho yesterday vacated his earlier judgment in a ruling he delivered on an application seeking the setting aside of his December 13, 2017 consent judgment on the grounds that the court was misled by the plaintiff in securing the consent judgment. Read more

2019: We’ve no Apology endorsing PMB – APC Govs (Leadership)

Some governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have said they have no apology for endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office. Seven APC governors yesterday met with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja. The governors include Abubakar Bello (Niger), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), Yahaya Bello( Kogi), Abdullahi Ganduje( Kano), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna),  Mohammed Jibrilla (Adamawa) and  Simon Lalong (Plateau). Read more

First family thanks Nigerians on Yusuf Buhari’s discharge (Leadership)

President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife Aisha and the entire family have thanked all men and women of goodwill, both within and outside the country, for their prayers and best wishes, which have now seen their son, Yusuf, discharged from hospital. A statement by the special adviser, media, Femi Adesina, said the family appreciated the overwhelming show of love and solidarity which Nigerians showered on the family since Yusuf was involved in a motorcycle crash on December 26, 2017. Read more

Yoruba Youth Group rises for Akande as NITDA Chairman (ThisDay)

The Yoruba Council of Youth Worldwide (YCYW) Friday evening rose in defense of newly appointed Chairman of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Adeolu Akande as a thoroughbred professional, tested administrator, academic icon and trail blazer in the field of journalism. The group in a press statement made available to THISDAY described Akande’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to head the board of NITDA as a good omen for the Yoruba race and information technological advancement of Nigeria. Read more

I protested when my husband was named Kakanfo of Yorubaland –Erelu Mojisola Adams (Punch)

You met your husband few weeks before graduating from the Kwara State Polytechnic, what attracted him to you at the time?

When I first met him, I had no idea that he was the same Gani Adams that everyone was always talking about. This is due to the fact that I was always shuttling between Ilorin and Osogbo, I did not know anything about him.He had a friend beside the place I was living in Ilorin then and would come around from time to time to see him. He is a natural storyteller, an orator in fact. That was the first attraction for me because I like to listen a lot. Read more

Again, Borno extends curfew for another 1 week (Leadership)

The Borno State government has again for the third time in one month extended the curfew imposed on the state for another one week on strong advise of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole. The State government in a statement issued by the commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr Mohammed Bulama, yesterday in Maiduguri, said the prevailing curfew regime is to now last until Friday, 20th of January, 2018. Read more

Chief Emami, Itsekiri prime minister explodes (Vanguard)

The  Ologbotsere (Prime Minister) of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has lamented that the current Delta State Government, led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has allegedly neglected the Itsekiri ethnic nationality in terms of development in the last two years. Chief Emami, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard at his Warri residence, said: “For instance, all the schools in our areas are being abandoned by the current government of Delta state. Like I told you, Itsekiri people will continue to support the government that has their interest in their agenda. Read more

Industrialists, Others, Laud Dangote’s Contribution to Nigeria’s Economy (Leadership)

Notable industrialists in the country have commended Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, for his contributions to the development of Nigeria’s economy. Dangote, president and chief executive of Dangote Industries Limited, was on Thursday named the richest man in Africa by Forbes for the seventh year running. He is Africa’s richest with a networth that Forbes pegged at $12.2 billion having recorded an increase of about $100 million from last year. Read more

Edo tops on Libyan Returnees with 533 Victims (ThisDay)

A breakdown of Nigerians so far evacuated by the Federal government in the wake of alleged trading of African descent in Libya, on Thursday revealed that Edo State has the largest figure of 533, followed by Delta State with 128. Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli, who gave a breakdown of the figures yesterday during a media parley in Abuja, also revealed that another batch of over 400 were billed to return to the country yesterday. Read more

Pythons, tigers displace dogs, cats as demand for exotic pets rises (Punch)

Sandra Onuekwusi almost flew out of her skin when she felt a cold mass of flesh slide on her feet while sitting in a friend’s living room during a recent visit. Mark, her 45-year-old friend based in Canada, had arrived in town a week before the last Christmas holiday and invited her over to his lavishly furnished five-bedroomed duplex in the Ikoyi area of Lagos – a posh neighbourhood where wealth is splattered almost on every wall. Read more

Killer of Kachikwu’s uncle sentenced to death by hanging (Vanguard)

Delta State High Court sitting in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, has sentenced killers of Pa Felix Boise, 75 years old uncle of Dr. Ibe Kachukukwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to death by hanging. Three defendants, Sunday Luka, a 32 year old driver, Danjuma Kaika, 37 and Luka Agu, 33, who all claimed to be from Nassarawa State were brought before the court for the brutal murder of the deceased in his farm on 9 June, 2014 at Onicha-Ugbo. The three defendants who also made away with the deceased’s Kia Rio car used to be labourers in his farm. Read more

Dike, suspected ritual killer of niece, slumps in court (Vanguard)

Under trial Ifeanyi Dike, 23, suspected for killing of his eight years old niece, Victory Chikamso, yesterday slumped in a Port Harcourt High Court, Rivers state. Dike slumped while taking plea for murder charges before Justice Adolphus Enebeli who consequently adjourned the matter till January 16, 26 and 29, 2018. Emma Aguma (SAN), Rivers state Attorney and Commissioner for Justice, said on the development that, “Because it is a capital offense, the court had to enter a plea of ‘not guilty’ for the 1st Accused as a result of what transpired. Read more

Runtown’s ‘Mad over you’ is most downloaded song of 2017 —Mynotjustok (Tribune)

Hip-hop singer, Runtown, got the highest downloads on account of his club banger, ‘Mad Over You’. According to online music download platform, Mynotjustok, the singer, whose real name is Douglas Jack Agu, took the lead with  two million downloads, Nathaniel Bassey‘s Olowogboboro closed out the year with 764,000 downloads while Triple MG, emerging star, Tekno had several high download counts on the list as well. Read more

Audience thrilled at Fela & Kalakuta Queens musical (Tribune)

The musical, Fela & Kalakuta Queens continues to get commendations and rave reviews as the five-week old live stage play scheduled to end last Sunday January 7, 2018 was extended to Sunday 14. The musical, which showcased twenty-one lady choreographers and dancers lighted the stage with deft moves and passionate rendition of Abami Eda’s songs. Read more

Joshua, Parker close to confirming fight (Punch)

Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification fight against Joseph Parker of New Zealand is poised to be confirmed, BBC Sport reports.The Briton, 28, holds the IBF and WBA belts, while Parker, who is due in London this weekend, is the WBO champion. Reports suggest the fight will take place on March 31, at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Joshua then hopes to fight WBC holder Deontay Wilder -no boxer has held all four heavyweight belts simultaneously. Read more

Man City reject Arsenal’s £35m Sanchez tag (Punch)

Manchester City are not prepared to pay Arsenal’s transfer fee demand for Alexis Sanchez, Sky Sports News understands. It is understood Arsenal are demanding £35m for the Chile international, while agents are likely to receive another £5m on top, totalling a £40m deal before the player’s potential wages are taken into account. The Premier League leaders are understood to be unwilling to go beyond a £20m fee for Sanchez, given there is a chance they could get him for nothing when his Gunners contract expires at the end of the season. Read more

Chinese official linked to cyanide death of UK businessman is in jail, reports say (Guardian)

The Communist party official who allegedly supplied the cyanide that killed British businessman Neil Heywood and helped unleash an epochal political earthquake in China is serving a 15-year sentence for corruption, a leading magazine has revealed.  According to Caixin, Xia Zeliang, once a mid-ranking official in the south-western city of Chongqing, was tried and convicted on unrelated bribery charges in 2014 although his fate was not made public at the time. Xia, 56, is reportedly being held at a prison in the north-eastern province of Jilin and is due for release in 2027. Read more

Philip Hammond brands EU fears of other countries following UK out of Europe as ‘paranoia’ (Telegraph)

Philip Hammond has described EU fears that a soft Brexit could encourage other countries to leave the trading bloc as “paranoia”, saying Brussels should be doing more to keep existing members rather than “punish” Britain. The Chancellor made the comments in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag in which he branded the EU’s approach to trade talks as “backward-looking”.  Mr Hammond visited Berlin this week to call for clarity on what the EU wants from future relations and to make the case for a wide-ranging Brexit deal. Read more

Celebrity getaway San Ysidro Ranch hit by California mudslides (Reuters)

The San Ysidro Ranch, a five-star resort near Santa Barbara where President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline honeymooned, has been severely damaged by the deadly mudslides in Southern California this week. Officials have yet to fully assess the damage at the ranch, which sits on 500 acres in the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest. Triggered by heavy rains, the massive mudslides in southern California struck before dawn on Tuesday this week, killing at least 18 people. Read more

New Trump policy could strengthen role of nuclear weapons (Reuters)

President Donald Trump’s administration could pursue development of new nuclear weaponry and explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, if a leaked draft policy document becomes reality. The Pentagon did not comment on the document, which was published by the Huffington Post website and prompted sharp criticism from arms control experts, who voiced concerns it could raise the risks of nuclear Read more

Donald Trump is in ‘excellent health’, White House physician says (Guardian)

The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in “excellent health” after Trump had his first medical exam as US president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny. Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, an exam which White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went “exceptionally well”. “The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday,” Jackson said. Read more


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