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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 28 December, 2017.
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Akwa Ibom community in Nasarawa state has expressed support for Governor Udom Emmanuel for what they described as ‘the effective piloting of the affairs of the state,” saying his stewardship in the last two and half years is commendable.
Speaking through their president, Mr. Ephraim Udofia, in a press statement made available to newsmen in Nyanya Gwandara, Karu local government area, yesterday, the community said the governor’s effort in moving the state forward deserved their support for his second term in 2019.
“We heartily congratulate the people of Akwa Ibom state and Nigerians in general for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in peace. We want to use this period to ask our people in Nigeria and in the Diaspora to lend their support to our governor for his modest contribution in the last few years,” the statement noted.
Udofia also advised Akwa Ibom parents to guide their children and against negative vices in order to forestall negative occurrences at this period of fetivities.
He specifically congratulated the new liaison officer, Akwa Ibom house in Abuja, Mr. Aniefiok Ekwere for his appointment as well as the Special Assistant on Grassroots Mobilisation, Mr. Emmanuel Inyang for his grassroots coordination of Akwa Ibom people in the 19 northern states and the Diaspora. 
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Even for the best footballers in the world, something as simple as kicking a football for a promotional video can go badly wrong. That's the rather soothing message that comes from video clips posted to Instagram by Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. PSG are in Qatar for a warm weather training camp and ...The post PSG star Neymar embarrassed after losing shoe in the Persian Gulf during clubs winter break in Qatar appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified its air operations in North eastern Nigeria and in the process, neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists during its bombardment of the locations in Tumbun Rago, a settlement at the northern fringes of Borno state bordering Lake Chad. During a routine Intelligence, Surveillance ...The post NAF jets bomb terrorists' hideouts in North-east appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Ibn Umar El Kaneni has called for continuous prayers for lasting peace in Borno, North east and Nigeria as a whole. He also acknowledged the role played by Islamic scholars in the state in the effort to restore peace in the North east region ...The post Shehu of Borno tasks clerics on peace appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Hamidu Sabo Katsina Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has signed the N213bn 2018 budget into law with an assurance to work with the legislative arm for its smooth implementation. He similarly called on the National Assembly to emulate Katsina by passing the 2018 budget without rancour for the smooth development of the ...The post Masari signs Katsina's N213bn 2018 budget into law appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A pimple A young girl developed a pimple on her face. She decided (as you do) to 'burst' the pimple and release the stuff inside. She did but with dirty hands and fingernails. A few days later, the area became red and inflamed and went on to develop into a life-threatening infection of the whole ...The post How a little infection can kill you' By Dr. Biodun Ogungbo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
As a smoker, you've probably been reminded many times that smoking is bad for you. However, the conversation has since moved away from just your own health, and how second hand smoke affects others'namely children. A child's lungs are still in development and don't have the same capacity to handle impurities in the air like ...The post 5 ways second hand smoke harms your child's health appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Dr. Mustapha Bature, the Clinical Mentor, Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, has warned that consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, pawpaw and plantain, artificially ripened by Calcium Carbide can cause cancer. Bature made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to Wikipedia, calcium carbide is ...The post Artificially ripened fruits cause cancer ' Expert appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Ajuma Edwina Ogiri Abuja Bishop of Abuja and Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to solve the issue of inadequate health facilities in the country and shortage supply of electricity. Okoh made this appeal during the Christmas Service at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life camp, ...The post Fix health sector, electricity, Okoh urges Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who died hours before he was due to testify against former president Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner, was murdered, a federal judge has found. Mr Nisman died from a gunshot wound in his Buenos Aires flat in January 2015. He had been due to testify the next day that Ms Fernndez ...The post Argentina prosecutor Alberto Nisman was killed, judge rules appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Brazil has declared Venezuela's most senior diplomat in Brazil, Gerardo Delgado, as persona non grata. The move came days after Venezuela's decision to expel Brazil's own ambassador to Caracas, Ruy Pereira. Explaining its decision, Venezuela said Brazil had acted illegally in impeaching its former left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff. On Saturday, Venezuela also expelled Canada's ...The post Brazil expels Venezuela's most senior diplomat appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People's Army leader is quoted as having said that the 'cyber-troops' had been tasked with tackling 'wrongful views' and anti-state propaganda. Vietnam has a high rate of social media use but also a reputation for restricting ...The post Vietnam army hires censors to fight 'internet chaos' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Raheem Sterlings first half strike for Manchester City ensured that the Pep Guardiola side picks all three points with a lone goal victory against Newcastle United. The win extends Citys winning streak to an unprecedented 18 straight wins and ensures that City enters the new year with a 15 point cushion against their nearest ...The post EPL: Man City opens 15 point lead appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Medical evacuations are taking place from a rebel-held area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Four critically-ill patients were taken out of the Eastern Ghouta overnight by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Another 25 should be evacuated in the coming days as part of a deal ...The post Syria war: Evacuation of sick victims begin appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Vote counting has begun in Liberia in a run-off presidential election between Vice-President Joseph Boakai and former international footballer George Weah. Mr Weah, 51, won the first round, but did not secure the required 50% of the vote for an outright victory. Legal challenges delayed the vote to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected ...The post Liberia election run-off: Ex-footballer up against vice-president appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A new batch of Turkish soldiers have arrived at Turkey's military base in Qatar as part of a joint defence agreement between the two countries. Qatar's defence ministry announced on Tuesday the arrival of the fresh reinforcement at the Al Ubeid airbase in the capital, Doha. The group, including soldiers from the Turkish Joint Forced ...The post Turkey sends more troops to Qatar appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Uganda's military says its forces have killed over 100 rebels in eastern Congo accused of carrying out the attack that left 15 UN peacekeepers dead earlier this month. The military said in a statement Wednesday that several other Allied Democratic Forces rebels were wounded in air and artillery raids. The military says the operation has ...The post Ugandan forces have killed over 100 rebels in Congo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. 'All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space ...The post Obama warns against irresponsible social media use appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Following an independent assessment on the just concluded examination by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) that qualify foreign trained doctors to be licensed to practice in Nigeria, Transparency Advocacy Initiative for Development has passed a vote of confident on the council. The group maintained that section 3 of ...The post Transparency group passes vote of confidence on medical council appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Bode Olagoke Abuja A forum of Yoruba youths on the platform of Youth In Support of Atiku 2019 (YISA) has thrown it's weight behind former vice president Atiku Abubakar's presidential ambition, assuring to buy presidential form for him in any political party he deem it fit to contest. In a communiqu signed by Comrade ...The post 2019: YISA backs Atiku's presidential ambition appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja A group under the aegis of Civil Society Group for Good Governance (CSGGG) has lauded the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on the progress made in the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country. This is just as Kaduda state recently launched its Digital Switch Over to join other states on the ...The post Group hails NBC over progress on DSO appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja The Coalition of Niger Delta Intellectuals from Diaspora (CNDID), has awarded to Chief Selky Mile Torughedi, also known as Gen. Young Shall Grow in recognition of his commitment in the struggle for the development of the Niger Delta Region and the people The non-governmental organisation of Niger Students who studied in ...The post Coalition awards Selky for contribution to Niger Delta development appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Dr Priscilla Achakpa is the executive director of the Women Environmental Programme (WEP), she speaks to ADAM ALQALI about her organisation's Women2030 project aimed at gender mainstreaming in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa Your organisation is one of 6 regional organisations working around gender mainstreaming in the implementation of the SDGs ...The post 'Gender mainstreaming critical for the success of SDGs in Africa' appeared first on Bluepri 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Najib Sani Bauchi Permanent Secretary, Bauchi state Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development, Alhaji Muktar Wadaji has asserted that children are the greatest asset of every nation, saying 'any country without responsible children is dead.' The permanent secretary, who made this assertion yesterday during children party organised by the wife of the state ...The post Nurture children for leadership, parents told appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kogi has sealed five filling stations in Lokoja for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) above the government regulated price of N145 per litre. The DPR operation controller in charge of the state, Engr Amos Jokodola, who ordered the sealing while inspecting filling stations in ...The post Kogi DPR seals 5 filling stations appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Dr. Yunusa Zakari Yau has called on women to protect themselves from online violence through engagement in decent activities. Speaking at a one day sensitisation forum organised by CITAD held at Mambayya House in Kano yesterday, Yau said the attitude of using ...The post CITAD to women: Protect yourselves from pornography appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Najib Sani Bauchi A former governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in Bauchi, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Danchina, has advocated for the diversification of Nigeria's economy through mining and farming activities in order to arrest the army of the unemployed youth roaming the streets in the country. He made the call ...The post Provide jobs through mining, presidential hopeful tells FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Slavery was abolished internationally over 200 years ago so it came as a rude shock to many when a video filmed and produced by CNN reporter Nima Elbagir surfaced both on CNN and on the New Media showing Africans mostly Nigerians being auctioned off as slaves in Libya. In the video, the auctioneer is seen ...The post Return of slavery appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Sports enthusiasts, not least those in Nigeria will have their eyes literally fixed on Russia for next year's World Cup tournament dubbed, 'Russia 2018'. No doubt there is frenzy in the land ever since the Super Eagles booked their ticket for the quadrennial world football competition. This excitement will reach fever pitch as the tournament ...The post Lamentation over World Cup frenzy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja The Rivers state government and Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the distribution of gas to industries in the Greater Port Harcourt area and its environs. The signing of the MoU was announced in a statement in Port Harcourt by Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Shell Nigeria ...The post RSG, Shell Nigeria sign gas supply agreement appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Oil prices have touched two-and-a-half year highs in light volume boosted by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts. Libya has lost around 90,000 bpd of crude oil from a blast on a pipeline feeding Es Sider port, a Libyan oil source said, adding that NOC was still assessing ...The post Oil price hits $67, highest in 2 years appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja Acting Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Dr. Abdul Zubair has pledged to work with Finance Correspondents to ensure proper reporting of the capital market in order to enlighten and educate the investing public. Dr. Zubair stated this when Executive of Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) ...The post SEC, journalists collaborate on investor education appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The combined team of officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), led by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has heightened the tempo of unscheduled visits to fuel stations across the Federal Capital Territory suspected to be involved in underhand dealings. The raid ...The post NNPC, DPR intensify raid on errant fuel stations appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja Industry stakeholders, mainly Customs brokers and freight forwarders have attributed the high revenue generation of N1.1 trillion collected by the Nigeria Customs Service to the high exchange rate and imposition of high tariffs by government on importers. The NCS said it recorded its highest revenue collection of N1.1 trillion as against ...The post Why Customs revenue hit N1tr in 2017 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A Colorado man landed in jail after offering to trade illegal homegrown marijuana for an SUV listed on Craigslist ' a vehicle that happened to be owned by a sheriff. The Gazette reports that Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell recently received a text from a 39-year-old Vail man offering to buy his SUV. The man ...The post Colorado man arrested after offering weed for sheriffs SUV appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks at a news briefing at the Hilton Midtown hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. Authorities said a gift-wrapped box of horse manure addressed to Mnuchin was found near his home in Los Angeles. The package was found Saturday night, Dec. 23, in the tony Bel Air ...The post Box of horse manure addressed to US treasury secretary appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
This lawsuit may never be forgotten. In the first case of its kind in the United States, an animal rights group has filed suit seeking legal personhood for elephants who are being kept at a Connecticut zoo. The Nonhuman Rights Projects lawsuit on behalf of the elephants ' Minnie, Beulah, and Karen ' marks the ...The post Elephants deserve legal 'personhood,' new lawsuit argues appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
In a scene straight out of 'The Fast and The Furious,' a gang of crooks in Sweden were caught on camera breaking into tractor trailers as they were driving down the highway at 50 mph. Four Romanian men were arrested for the crimes, which occurred in September. The trucks belonged to PostNord, the Swedish-Danish postal ...The post Daring gang caught stealing from mail trucks traveling at 50 mph appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Each December, Shirley Squires transforms her modest Vermont home into a veritable creche museum, with more than 1,400 miniature nativity scenes of Jesus, Mary and Joseph covering every surface, taking over two bedrooms and overflowing into a specially built room in her garage. During the holiday season and through January, the 87-year-old welcomes school and ...The post Vermont woman displays more than 1,400 nativity scenes appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
A Pennsylvania utility customer got the shock of her life after checking on her monthly electric bill and seeing that she owed $284 billion. 'My eyes just about popped out of my head,' Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, told the Erie Times-News. 'We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put ...The post Pennsylvania woman gets $284 billion electric bill appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Ahead of the year 2018, some Nigerians are determined to seek changes in all the economic sectors. Some of them who speak with TOPE SUNDAY set agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governors on key areas they should focus on in the new year. New minimum wage should be prioritised The Nigerian industrial ...The post 2018: Nigerians set agenda for President Buhari -VoxPop appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Francisca Oluyole and Agency Report The Steel Industry is said to be the backbone of any nation. The industry serves as stimulus to national development and economic boost to industrial growth of a country. The Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State of Nigeria was envisaged to serve as the bedrock of Nigeria's industrialisation. The ...The post Ajaokuta: How Nigeria's largest industrial project failed appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Charles Brumskine We invite all Liberians, our ECOWAS brothers and sisters, and our friends in the international community to join us in marking Liberia's transition from negative peace to positive peace. We thank member states of the international community for the billions of dollars that have been contributed to Liberia over the years; and ...The post Liberia marks transition from negative peace to positive peace appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
By Babangida Kakaki If honesty is an attribute upon which millions of people in this country irrespective of faith, sex, ethnicity or geographical location trust President Muhammadu Buhari, then such applause ought to be accorded to an unsung hero of the Nigerian Customs Service who served for over 3o years, retired as Comptroller of Customs ...The post An unknown national hero appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
The managing director of Ethiopian Airlines International Operations, Esayas Wolde Mariam Hailu has said that having a maintenance repair organisation (MRO) facility is important for the survival of any airline, especially if it wants to survive the grueling cost of high maintenance charges. Speaking in Addis Ababa, Esayas said aviation is incomplete because of the ...The post Ethiopian Airlines underscores importance of MRO facility appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Stories by Ime Akpan Lagos The managing director of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (nahco aviance), Mr. Idris Yakubu has pledged to work with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Servicom for the development of the aviation industry. Speaking during visits the federal agencies ...The post NAHCO collaborates with govt agencies to grow aviation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Dana Air has launched the Dana Air SmartSale to encourage its clients book early, plan their trips and get smart fares on their round trip booking on all its existing routes from December 26th to February 28th 2018. Speaking at the launch in Lagos, Dana's spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa said the SmartSale is part of ...The post Dana Air unveils smart sale, rewards travel agents appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Thu, 28 Dec 2017
Air Peace has taken delivery of one of its recently acquired B737-300 aircraft series to boost its services as it expands its operations to the West Coast and inter-continental routes. Spokesman for the airline, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the aircraft which arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos will increase the airline's fleet size to ...The post Air Peace acquires B737-300 aircraft appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.