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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 14 December, 2017.


Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos Jos Bureau Chief of New Nigerian newspapers, Buhari Bukar Bello, was yesterday attacked by a former speaker of Plateau state House of Assembly, Hon. Istifanus Mwansat, and his colleagues at the Jos High Court premises. The journalist was at the state high court 5, with his colleagues over a suit ...The post Ex-Plateau speaker, colleagues attack New Nigerian reporter appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi Kebbi state Police Command has smashed a kidnap syndicate and rescued two victims in the state. Parading the suspects before newsmen at the command headquarters Birnin Kebbi, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mustapha Suleiman, said the command swung into action after receiving a report from the father of ...The post Kebbi police smash kidnap syndicate, rescue 2 victims appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Godwin Tyonongu Muslim wards have been advised to take the National Qur'anic Recitation Competition seriously as it would not only impact on them morally, but also gives them an advantage on western education. Education secretary, Karu local government area of Nasarawa state, Atiku Musa, gave the advice recently at the closing ceremonies of this ...The post Tudun Wada hosts Qur'anic recitation competition appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court has sentenced two convicts to five strokes of cane for stealing 20 tubers of yam. The convicts are Habakuk Sunday and Monday Dikko. Both convicts, who reside in Ija village, Suleja, Niger state, were found guilty and were each sentenced for joint act, criminal trespass and theft. The judge, ...The post 2 men get five strokes of cane each for stealing yam appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Abdullahi Muhammad Senior pastor, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Wuse II, Rev. Dr. Barje S. Maigadi, has implored Nigerians, particularly Christians, to stop playing religion, to avoid a fatal ending in life. Instead, he advised them to allow themselves to be revitalised by the Holy Spirit for the good of mankind and advancement of ...The post Don't play religion to avoid calamity, cleric tells Nigerians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a referendum campaign to prolong his stay in power until 2034, news agency AFP reports. The push is aimed at adopting a draft constitution that would allow him to serve another two seven-year terms from 2020. He told supporters on Tuesday at the central Gitenga village that those who ...The post Nkurunzinza bid to rule until 2034 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The US is 'ready to talk any time' with North Korea without preconditions, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His statement appeared to shift the US position away from previous demands that North Korea must disarm before any talks can be held. But hours later the White House said President Donald Trump's views on North ...The post US ready for North Korea talks without pre-conditions' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Two Reuters journalists reported missing in Myanmar since Tuesday are in police custody, the government says. It has not confirmed why Wa Lone and KyawSoeOo were arrested in Yangon, the international news agency said. 'We are urgently seeking more information about the circumstances of their arrest and their current situation,' Reuters said. Myanmar has seen ...The post Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research centre in China, even though its search services remain blocked in the country. Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent. Silicon Valley is focusing heavily on the future applications for ...The post Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel military police camp in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Most of the dead were said to be detainees at a prison inside the camp. A guard said an initial attack damaged one wing of the jail, prompting some inmates ...The post Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa 'kill 30' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise 'the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital'. An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital as 'null and void'. It also says the move has signalled Washington's ...The post Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital appeared first on Blueprint - Fo 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Patrick Ahanor Benin City Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (Producers Forum) has pledged support for the federal government proposed move to grant licences to modular refineries operators in the country. The Forum said the government move would create more job opportunities for the citizens, declaring that 'we are in alliance ...The post PEGASSAN forum backs modular refineries appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Peter Moses Abeokuta Ogun state government yesterday arrested 12 residents for alleged indiscriminate dumping of refuse on median strips in Sango-Ota, Ogun state. The Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, during a monitoring exercise at Sango Ota area of the state, disclosed that the Ministry had commenced a 24 hours surveillance aimed at curbing the ...The post Ogun arrests 12 residents for indiscriminate refuse dump appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna Several states cannot meet the 2018 deadline on the implementation of the Rural Assess and Mobilisation Project (RAMP), the National Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Ubandoma Ularamu, has said. Ubandoma stated this yesterday at the flag-off of the project at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger state. ...The post RAMP: States can't meet 2018 deadline ' Coordinator appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state Police Command has dismissed three of its officers for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of 30 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp. The Command's Public Relations Officer, William Aya, who confirmed this yesterday in Lokoja, said that the officers were handed over to the National ...The post 3 cops dismissed for drug trafficking appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Ibrahim Abdul'Aziz Yola Adamawa state Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow, yesterday vowed that perpetrators the recent bloody clash between Bachama and Fulani herdsmen in Numan and Demsa areas of the state 'will soon be fished out and dealt with.' He made the vow while inaugurating a six-man administrative Commission of Inquiry on the crisis, asking ...The post Adamawa inaugurates probe panel on Bachama, Numan, Demsa clashes appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By John Oba Abuja A group, under the auspices of Fast Forward Nigeria, has commenced sensitisation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the forthcoming 2019 general election. The convener of the group, Okuma Hembe, said the 2019 is a deciding factor in the Nigerian history hence Nigerians must make the right decisions on who will ...The post Nigerians sensitised on 2019 elections appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has condemned the spate of official corruption in the country saying it is disturbing. At the 2017 Anti-corruption Day celebration in Abuja, the Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, noted that deliberate political reluctance permeating the fight against corruption in the country is lamentable. 'We ...The post CISLAC fights corruption appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Election Monitor, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct forensic audit in areas where smart card reader are said to have failed. It's National Coordinator, Abiodun Ajijola, said this in Abuja at the public presentation of the 2017 Anambra State governorship election observation ...The post Failed smart card readers: Group wants INEC to use forensic audit in elections appeared first on Bluep 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja An Abuja-based, non-governmental organization, Graduate Foundation (GRAFO), has said it would honour former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Amb. Dickson Akor, Lift Above Poverty (LAPO), for their youth empowerment efforts in 2017. Also, to be honoured are: Sen. Ahmed Ogembe, Mohammed Lado, Nigerian Peace Corps, Mr Linus ...The post Group honours Ambode, Atiku, others for youth empowerment appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and J 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Stanley Achonu, the Civil Society Adviser for the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) in Nigeria, speaks about the OGP process and ongoing efforts to implement it in Nigeria towards driving sustainable reform. ADAM ALQALI reports What is the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) all about' Open Governance Partnership (OGP) is a global coalition of reformers working in ...The post 'Open Governance Partnership will drive sustainable reform in Nigeria' appeared first on Blueprint - For Tru 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Baba Yusuf Abuja National Coordinator of the Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Garus Gololo, has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) over alleged threat to the life of the national president of the association, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodjo. Gololo, who made the call yesterday in Abuja, said their national president had ...The post Anti-grazing law: Miyetti Allah leader alleges death threats appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Director, Yieldwise Programme, Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Region, Mr. Rafael Flor, has described Yieldwise Project mission in Nigeria as 'a great success,' promising to sustain the tempo in countries where the agricultural sector was accorded top priority. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday shortly after a stakeholders' meeting with notable development partners ...The post Yieldwise project a success ' Director appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano National Chairman, Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Bello Abubakar Annur, has called on the federal government to effect measures aimed at stopping importing maize into the country for local production of the commodity to be realistic. Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, Annur said with the continuous importation of the ...The post Stop importing maize, MAN urges FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The press freedom arbiter, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has released this year's database of journalists imprisoned worldwide, showing a rise in cases of journalists jailed on account of their work. The report released yesterday said the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a 'historical high' for the second year in a row. ...The post 2 Nigerians, 260 other journalists in detention globally ' CPJ appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Peter Moses Abeokuta Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Prof. Adewale Musa, yesterday disclosed that the Centre had acquired 17 hectares of land for development into a University of Medicine and School of Preliminary Studies, as part of its upgrade to a Teaching Hospital. He disclosed that the land, including its ...The post FMC buys N2.6bn land for Ogun medicine varsity, teaching hospital appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Many motorists spent the night at filling stations in Jos queuing for petrol as the fuel scarcity bites harder in the Plateau state capital. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent monitoring the fuel supply situation in Jos yesterday reports that there are long queues at NNPC and Mobil stations selling the product at N145 ...The post Fuel scarcity: Motorists spend nights at Jos filling stations appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
A group of lawyers under the aegis of 'Otu ka Iwu' have condemned the incessant harassment, intimidation and extortion of traveller's by law enforcement agencies on the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha Expressway and roads in the South-east region. In a statement on Tuesday, the lawyers decried a situation where the stretch of road from Lagos (in the South-west) ...The post Christmas: Lawyers want South-east road blocks dismantled appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has expressed determination to ensure effective and sustainable healthcare delivery system in the state. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, while declaring open a five-day Operational Guidelines Development workshop organised by the ministry in collaboration with NGOs, ...The post 'Kano govt to ensure sustainable, effective health care' appeared first on Blueprint - Fo 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
She gave her heart to the man she loved and cherished, but in return Regina Nwaogbaga got hate and threats rather than care and protection. EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU writes The case of Regina Nwaogbaga and Bartholomew Okay can be said to be a typical example of sower love. Love turned Sour A case by human rights ...The post When love turned sour appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The vulnerability of women in the Nigerian society has often generated heated debates. However, this time, NAJIB SANI reports that both vulnerability and marginalisation of women are generating concerns in Bauchi Most vulnerable group It has been observed that the debate on restructuring of the country excludes the voice of women especially women at the ...The post Still on women empowerment, affirmative action appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of ...The post Presidency: North and Nigeria's political equation, By SKC Ogbonnia appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Let me not lie. I am reluctant to turn on the news these days. Reason is simple. Shame seems to get the better of me each time I do. Feeling safe, from thousands of miles away in Hanoi Vietnam, barely four days from the pain of watching Ethiopian simultaneously board three flight to three Nigeria ...The post Convening the shame club, By Pat Utomi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Says party Is repositioned for 2019 Former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh on Wednesday declared that the outcome of the partys recent national convention has repositioned it to take over power in 2019. Metuh in a statement, however urged aggrieved aspirants to join hands with the new party leadership ...The post PDP: Metuh moves to placate aggrieved candidates appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Over 20 Nigerian gospel artists are expected to be in Brass Island, Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, for brass ultimate praise night. Speaking to journalists during pre-event press briefing in yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital, Hon. Isreal Sunny-Goli, a member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, denied the claims by some politicians ...The post Brass Gospel carnival non-political, APC legislator says appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The post convention crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is assuming a new dimensions as a Forum of aggrieved candidates and other stakeholders in the party said they have rejected in totality the results of the Saturdays national convention. In a statement Wednesday signed by the candidates and stakeholders namely; Prince Obi-Nwosu Emmanuel, Hassan ...The post PDP Convention: Crisis brews as group rejects election results appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),Prof. YakubuMahmood, has attributed the successes achieved by the commission in the conduct of elections inrecent times to its dedication and openness to constructive criticism from stakeholders and transparency in its processes. He said:'There is nothing that the Commission is hiding and the more open and transparent our ...The post Openness vital in electoral process, INEC chair insists appeared first on Blueprint - For Trut 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Borno state government has been accused as being behind a video gone viral online of a mammoth crowd chanting songs and attempting to physically assault the former governor of the State, Ali-ModuSheriff. The video which has generated reactions from different quaters has been described as false. In a statement signed in Abuja on Wednesday, Special ...The post Borno govt behind anti-Modu Sheriff video appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
IS stands for Islamic State. Other names associated with this vicious group are; ISIL, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or more befittingly Daesh, Arabic word meaning 'one who crushes something underfoot'. It aimed at forcefully creating an Islamic caliphate. At the peak of its murderous campaign it seized large expanse of land in ...The post The day after IS, By M. B. Sabo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Now that the Not Too Young to Run Bill has been passed by the National Assembly, and is now awaiting approval of two-thirds majority of the 36 Houses of Assembly of the federation for inclusion in the Nigerian constitution, we the youth are hopeful that a new dawn is about to break over our country's ...The post #NotTooYoungToRun: Surviving the final lap, By HAMZAT LAWAL appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Throughout history men and women of true grit, integrity, courage, vision and compassion have variously held sway in their nations, states or communities transforming, shaping and empowering millions of lives in the noble quest for a just, decent, equitable and egalitarian society not caring whose ox is gored or how tenuous or foreboding the obstacles ...The post Atiku and 2019 presidential election, By SANI AUWAL K. appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The much anticipated National Elective Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come and gone. In this report PATRICK ANDREW and TOPE SUNDAY examine likely implications of the fallout of the convention. After ruling for 16 years both at the federal and in most states of the federation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) eventually ...The post Convention: Is PDP on the threshold to El dorado' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
EMEKA NZE in this article juxtaposes the opposing views of northern groups which favour or disfavour micro-zoning of the PDP national chairmanship to the South-west. Three days to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP's) national convention, the irritating din of micro zoning is yet to abate, rather, like a Sword of Damocles, it continues to hang ...The post PDP chair: North and micro-zoning to South-west appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Dahiru Hassan Kera With the world now almost reduced to a mere street in the face of trending information and communication technology, the wider corners of African nations, specifically Nigeria, are still profuse struggling to have a placement on this 'street'. For Nigeria, it has been one frustrating effort or the other to develop ...The post Pantami: Changing the face of NITDA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Baba Yusuf Abuja Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria (COCMEGG), an umbrella body of several civil society groups, NGOs, activists, and media executives in Nigeria will bestow a prestigious honour on the CBN governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, as the 'Most Distinguished CBN Governor of the Decade,' at the ...The post Emefiele bags distinguishing CBN gov award appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Baba Yusuf Abuja A multi-national group, Youth for Better Nigeria (YBN), clamouring for the actualisation of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Dr. Ngozi Okonji-Iweala presidential ticket in 2019, has emerged. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the Dean of the group, Ikemba Oscar Ugo, said 'presidency being the most important office in the land should be ...The post 2019: YBN clamours for Atiku-Okonji-Iweala ticket appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
At least four persons were killed in a suicide attack in Pulka, Gwoza local government area of Borno state on Monday. Two soldiers were also killed when their vehicle stepped on a roadside bomb in a separate incident. The first attack was carried out by two teenage girls wearing suicide vests. The spokesperson of the ...The post 2 soldiers, 4 civilians killed in Borno explosions appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 14 Dec 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Oshita O. Oshita, has appealed to corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to co-host the 5th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference scheduled for next month. Oshita made the appeal yesterday at a meeting of the central planning committee for ...The post IPCR seeks partners for peace, conflict resolution confab appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and