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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [27 DECEMBER, 2017]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 27 December, 2017.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Thousands of policemen are attached to politicians, public office holders, and other dignitaries despite cries of shortage of personnel deployed for regular police duty by the authorities, Daily Trust investigations have shown. 
The Nigeria Police Force recently said an average of 221 policemen is attached to a Nigerian governor. 
 
There are about 300,000 policemen in Nigeria with a population of 182 million people, according to the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris.
The Nigerian situation is far below the United Nations’ 1:400 police-population ratio. The Nigerian cops are overwhelmed by security internal security challenges that include robbery, kidnapping, ritual killings, herders-farmers clashes, ethno-religious and political violence.
Analysis by Daily Trust revealed that about 7,956 policemen are attached to the 36 state governors in the country. This number is more than two-third of the number of cops recruited last year.    
221 cops per governor
In April, the spokesperson of the Nigeria police force, Jimoh Moshood said 221 police personnel were attached to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for personal protection.
Moshood was reacting to Governor Wike’s claim that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris had ordered that he should be killed.   
The police spokesperson said the 221 personnel are more than the number of cops in some state police area commands in the country.
Moshood, an assistant commissioner of police, said: “It is incumbent on the Nigeria Police Force to educate the general public and draw the attention of the Governor of Rivers State to the facts and figures available for press and members of the public to verify, that there are 221 police personnel attached currently to His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for his Personal and office protection.
“The breakdown is as follows: one ADC (SPO), one CSO (SPO), one Unit Commander (Special Protection Unit) SPO, one Unit Commander (Counter Terrorism Unit) SPO, one Escort Commander (SPO), one Camp Commander (SPO), one Admin officer (SPO) to administer the Police Personnel, 54 Inspectors of Police, 136 Police Sergeants and 24 Police Corporals.”
Daily Trust investigations revealed that the 36 ministers in the country have an average of five policemen each, totalling 180, attached to them for protection. A minister has an average security convoy of two vehicles consisting of anti-riot cops and operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS). 
Special Advisers (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) to the president are currently having at least one police detail attached to them for personal security. Some of them have more than one.  
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The criticisms trailing the approval of $1billion for Boko Haram war and violent crimes across the country is unnecessary and unhelpful, the Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism Lai Muhammed said yesterday.  
The minister said the $1bn was meant to fight security challenges including Boko Haram, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and cattle rustling, as well as the acquisition of military ammunition and hardware.


 
Speaking at a news conference in Lagos, the minister expressed dismay that an action intended to make the country safer had been subjected to attacks by people with ulterior motives.
The minister said that it was wrong to sacrifice the issue of security on the altar of politics, saying opponents of the fund were taking politics too far.
The National Economic Council (NEC), comprising the 36 state governors, approved the fund from the Excess Crude Account, a move that generated controversy.
“I said unnecessary and uninformed because everyone knows the role the military is playing in helping to tackle the numerous security crisis facing the states, much less the war against Boko Haram.
“The fact that Boko Haram has been largely degraded does not mean the war is over. As we have said times without number, asymmetric wars like the one against Boko Haram do not end with an armistice.
Further justifying the approval, the minister said military operations in the northeast cost the country a lot of money. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied any frosty relationship with PDP governors and the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. 
In a statement Tuesday by his Media Office, ‎Atiku said he had a good relationship with PDP governors, Secondus, members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and other organs of the party.


 
"We wish to state for the records that the purported statement aimed at pitching the Waziri Adamawa against the national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, PDP NEC, PDP governors and stakeholders of the PDP is contrived and baseless.
"For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar enjoys excellent relationship with Prince Uche Secondus, the party's NEC and all serving PDP governors and stakeholders of the party," the statement said.
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Two weeks ago mass protests erupted across the country calling for the scrapping of Nigeria Police Forces Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recent Anambra State governorship election, Tony Nwoye, has said that he has put his defeat at the poll behind him. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State says it is not aware of the defection of a former speaker of the House of Assembly, Umar Yau Gwajo-Gwajo, since it has not officially received a notification letter. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has told the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that despite their lies against President Muhammadu Buhari, many Nigerians still prefer his style of governance. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
One of the national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the last convention of the party, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, yesterday described the rumour that he was behind the newly formed splinter group under the banner of Fresh PDP as false and unreasonable. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The recent call on the electorate to re-elect all politicians occupying various positions in Adamawa State and give them a second chance has received commendation. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied any frosty relationship with PDP governors and the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recent Anambra governorship election, Hon Tony Nwoye said he has put his defeat at the poll behind him.

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
It was not a carnival, but the procession at the Murtala Square in Kaduna on Saturday was no less resplendent in the different arrays of costumes and other colourful appurtenances that give zest to a music festival. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
A leading satellite TV, PLAYTV has officially unveiled two of its brand ambassadors. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Bitcoin held its overnight gains in early U. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Major oil marketers and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Tuesday confirmed receiving fuel from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Group Managing Director of First Bank Plc, Dr. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) said on Tuesday that its members are yet to get fuel supply from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
As year 2018 closes in, small business owners should have done a review of their operations in 2017 and are devising a list of things they can improve on in the new year. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
If the implementation of the Saudi Royal decree awarding lion share of pilgrims airlift to Saudi Arabian airlines goes ahead, the Saudi carrier would airlift 50 per cent of Nigerian pilgrims for the 2018 Hajj, our reporter looks at the implication of such policy to the local carriers.
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
A former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Robert Prosinecki has written off the chances of the Super Eagles and Iceland beating Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Super Eagles striker, Anthony Nwakaeme was on song for Hapoel Beer Sheva in their 2-0 win over Maccabi Haifa in an Israeli Premier League encounter at the Yaakov Turner Toto stadium on Monday evening. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Celtic moved 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with victory over Dundee at Dens Park. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
AC Milans sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has called on the clubs fans to get behind the team as they prepare to face city rivals Inter in the Coppa Italia today. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 left, Kevin Durant defended LeBron James and delivered on both ends against Cleveland, just as he did six months ago to earn Finals MVP, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers 99-92 in a Christmas Day rematch of opponents from the past three NBA Finals. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Chelsea recorded a sixth straight home win as an improved second-half display proved too much for Brighton at Stamford Bridge. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Callum Wilsons late equaliser salvaged a point for Bournemouth after an astonishing climax denied West Ham a rare win. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Former Speaker of the Katina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yau GojoGojo, yesterday formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Members of the Federal House of Representatives have begun working with stakeholders in the power, construction and information communication technology sectors towards extending the Nigerian Content Act to the three sectors of the economy. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
A House of Representatives panel has directed telecommunications companies to continue their Value Added Service (VAS) business with the operators of the service. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has set his sights on winning titles with the Anfield club after taking the Premier League by storm. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Microsoft Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen ICT innovation and adoption in Nigeria. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
A former Rwanda U-20 manager Tomislav Obradovic has explained why he is confident that Croatia will beat Nigeria in next summers football festival in Russia. 
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to stay motivated in their bid to secure Champions League qualification for next season.