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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1ST JANUARY, 2018].


Mon, 01 Jan 2018

It may have missed out on good looks, but the naked mole rat is once again amazing scientists with its fascinating super-powers.
Although it was known that the little subterranean creatures never develop cancer, and live far longer than similar-sized mammals, researchers have now discovered they can also survive for 18 minutes without oxygen.
What is even more astonishing is how they manage it. The mole rats effectively become plants, altering their metabolism so that cells are powered by fructose rather than glucose, a process which requires no oxygen.
The unique back-up system completely protects sensitive organs such as the heart and brain.
Scientists believe that it may be possible to trigger the same metabolism shift in humans who have suffered heart attacks or strokes, where most of the damage occurs because cells are starved of oxygen, and then die.
“Our work is the first evidence that a mammal switches to fructose as a fuel,” said Prof Gary Lewin, of the Max DelbrückCenter of Molecular Medicine in Berlin.
“Patients who suffer an infarction or stroke experience irreparable damage after just a few minutes of oxygen deprivation. Theoretically, very few changes might be needed to adopt this unusual metabolism.”
Researchers found that the bodies of naked mole rats are flooded with molecules and enzymes which allows fructose to be metabolised.

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
A group of nuns who denounced Christ and sell cannabis to help the needy say they are defying President Trump to sell even more. The Sisters of the Valley are California's self-ordained feminist 'weed nuns', are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products. Based near the town of Merced in ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Georgia officials have granted a couples request to issue a birth certificate giving their toddler daughter the surname Allah after earlier refusing to do so because neither parent has that name, civil liberties advocates said The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a lawsuit, called the decision a victory for free expression, but a top ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
An Australian family said a 16-year-old horse who never raised a foal of her own took it upon herself to adopt a calf orphaned at less than a week old. Anthony and Gerda Glasson of Piccarilli Station, near Thargomindah in Queensland, said they were checking horses in their paddock Tuesday when they discovered their childrens ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The World Bank says about 100 million people have been pushed into poverty due to high cost of obtaining health services. The findings, released Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report, by the World Bank and the World Health Organization, these expenses are enough to push them into extreme poverty, forcing them to survive ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja with agencies The President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe fears the stability of the naira is under threat as 2019 general elections draws closer. Gwadabe, noted that the propensity of politicians to hoard dollars and spend during political campaigns, was not new to the ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to promoting the establishment of privately financed modular refineries in the country. This, he said, will increase local refining capacity, create jobs, ensure peace and stability in the Niger delta region. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By David Agba Abuja The Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Emmanuel Jime, has congratulated the former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr. Olusegun Adebayo Oni, on his well-deserved appointment as the Chairman of the NEPZA Board. Engr. Oni, who is the Deputy National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), was ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Nigeria's oil and gas industry audit for 2015 has shown that Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC), reduced its legacy liabilities from $1.45 billion and N80 billion in 2014 to $757 million and N68 billion in 2015. Despite clearing its legacy debts, the NPDC incurred liabilities of $822 million and N9.6 billion ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Stories by John Oba Abuja Investigation by the Agronature Nigeria, an online medium on World Bank financing of Nigeria's Agriculture sector has revealed that over $2 billion ($2,065,300,000) worth of agricultural projects financed by the global bank in the country between 2008 and 2017. The projects were approved for execution intermittently within a 9 year ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The agriculture sector in 2017 witnessed a lot of strides and investment, thus contributing considerably to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this is not without its shortcoming, especially as the Ministry couldn't accomplish some of it's goals, JOHN OBA, reports. For many in Nigeria, 2017 was the year of Agriculture revolution, especially for ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Over 4, 000 All Progressives Congress (APC) members from Ika North East local government area of Delta state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's domain, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defected, led by APC chieftain, Comrade Ebenezer Obiazorkwo and seven APC ward chairmen in the council, were received by governor ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Mohammed Yangida Lafia Speaker Nasarawa state Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has distributed items, including scholarship, sewing machines and wrappers worth N15 million to his Umaisha / Ugya constituents. While distributing the items at the weekend in Umaisha development area of the state, the speaker assured the people of his readiness to continue to ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim has called on well meaning Ebira people and corporate organisations in Kogi to invest in sports in order to discover new talents and reduce youth restiveness in the state. The royal father, who made the call at the weekend during the grand finale of ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Mallam Muritala Abdul-Qadir Katibi, from Kwara Central has emerged the best overall winner of inter-local government Quranic competition in the state. Katibi emerged overall best in the recitation of 60 hizb, complete Quran with tafsir, while Muhammad Salisu Jibril from Kwara North emerged 2nd. Speaker of the state Assembly, Dr ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged all Sokoto indigenes and Nigerians at large to have positive attitude going into the New Year, saying every available indices indicate that the country is on the brink of greatness. In a message issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, to commemorate ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Iyalla Adaye, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders seek relevance and recognition from the federal government by raining insults on him and generating cheap lies against his government. Speaking on Saturday when he received hundreds of APC decampees ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Sam Obinna Ibe Umuahia A socio-,cultural group, Divine Mandate Organization, has endorsed Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, the Senator representing Abia Central, Theodore A Orji and Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chikwendu Kanu, for second term in 2019. The group made this endorsement at Ikem Nvosi Primary School field, Isiala Ngwa ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has banned political campaigns by political appointees and civil servants alike noting that ' it is not yet time for political campaign whatsoever'. The Governor also threatened to sanction any civil servant found wanting in this regard noting that indulging in campaigns now would distract ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
From Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he was still conscious of the remaining 113 abducted Chibok schoolgirls and assured that he would leave no stone unturned to secure their release from Boko Haram enclave. President Buhari, who made the declaration Saturday while addressing Chibok communities in Chibok town, regretted the manner ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Patrick Andrew, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will offer to the ruling a robust and vibrant opposition that will re-engineer political activities and set in motion credible democracy in Nigeria. The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, declared in a New Year message to Nigerians and assured the Nigerian populace that ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
What many may not know is that an article I wrote on this column on Monday 28th,November 2016 has become part of the subject of litigation before a High court. I will not comment on the facts of the case because it is a matter for the court now. However, It was very moving to ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party's candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District of Anambra state, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, is to commence contempt proceedings against Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over alleged disobedience of the order of the Federal High Court directing him to issue Certificate of Return to him as winner of ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Stories by Vivian Okejeme Citizens Initiative for Security Awareness has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of former National Security Adviser NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) from unlawful detention by the federal government. The group pleaded with the government not to be deaf and dumb to the rule of law in the matter, and allow ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
VIVIAN OKEJEME looks at some of the high and low points of the judiciary in 2017, even as she sets agenda for 2018 In 2017, the nation's judiciary witnessed a lot of ups and downs with so many events that shaped the year. While some are very good, others are not too good, or out ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Baba Yusuf Abuja Residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been assured of their safety, even as they go about celebrating the successful crossover into the New Year, 2018. They are implored to fully participate in the celebrations, having nothing to worry about as measures have been taken to safeguard lives and ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Moses John Abuja Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has assured Nigerians of a brighter 2018 as efforts are on top gear by the federal government to stem job losses and further create new ones. The minister in a New Year message, urged Nigerians not to tremble over the recent statistics on ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
Agboola Bayo Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to forget about blame game politics of 2017 and give Nigerians good governance in 2018. Speaking through the chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole, the union maintained that henceforth, 'Nigerians are expecting good governance and not another year ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Moses John Abuja The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has threatened to mobilise its members across the country and abandon their cars on major roads, should the perennial fuel crisis persist. This was contained in a New Year massage, jointly signed by the President Bobboi Kaigama and Secretary General, Musa Lawal. They said Nigerians could ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Bode Olagoke Abuja Commandant General of the National Unity and Peace Corps, Dr. Chinedu Nneji, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and local government chairmen that the organisation under his leadership will work with all other sister agencies to bring about peace in the country. Nneji, however, urged the president to sign into ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Mohammed Aliyu Dutse At least 15 people were on Saturday evening killed when a truck loaded with sand collided with a car at Garin Ciroma, a village in Gagarawa local government area of Jigawa state. The Volkswagen Gulf 3 vehicle with a passenger capacity of seven and registration number AA 664 DRA was overloaded ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Senior Programme Officer, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Malam Isiyaku Garba Yakasai, has described consistent budget tracking by citizens as a veritable key to ensuring transparency and accountability in ideal democratic setting. Speaking at a one day stakeholders' forum on budget tracking, organised by CITAD in Kano yesterday, Yakasai ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Ibrahim AbdulAziz Yola Adamawa state chapter of Muslim Council has said no fewer than 5,247 Muslims lost their lives in the Boko Haram crisis that affected seven local government areas of the state. A report on the crisis signed by the branch chairman of the council, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabo Magaji and Secretary General, Alhaji ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Alhassan A. Bala The trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service (House help), and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria. Children and many girl child are recruited with promises of well-paid jobs in urban centres, more especially the houses of well to do families within the country. ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Matt Mossman The 'biggest real-estate foreclosure in Manhattans history began with a Nigerian jet-fuel binge. Kola Aluko, now in hiding from the authorities of multiple countries, allegedly spent so much money on jet fuel that he could no longer pay the mortgage on his Midtown penthouse, which was consequently auctioned for $36 million in ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The reported killing, on October 5, 2017, of the two most wanted cult leaders and kidnappers in Imo State, Tochukwu Egbelu, aka black face, and Enyia Iwu, aka Sparrow, by the operatives deployed by the state police command to the Assa, Obile and Awarra communities of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area brought unspeakable joy and much ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Television Authority has played and replayed the video of the late Biafran leader Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, countless times in a bid to preach the benefits of unity. While this is not wrong, one wonders if they actually understood what Ojukwu was pointing at or maybe they did but felt at the same time ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
The recent revelation by wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on the deplorable condition of the Aso Rock Clinic, Abuja, was quite disturbing. Making the disclosure at the opening of a stakeholders' meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mrs Buhari, who couldn't hide her umbrage, reprimanded the Chief Medical Director of the State House ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano command of the Nigeria Police Force recorded 601 major crimes in 2017, with 52 victims of abduction rescued and reunited with their families. Besides, the command recovered 35 stolen vehicles, 75 different types of arms and 273 live ammunitions during the period under review. Speaking to newsmen on their scorecard ... 

Mon, 01 Jan 2018
By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Minister of state for Power, Housing and Transport, Suleiman Hassan Zarma has secured the release of 36 inmates from Gombe main prison. Zarma disclosed this to journalists in Gombe, Saturday shortly after the release of 24 inmates, where he paid various sums of money as fines for them. The remaining 12 ...