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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2017.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Tears followed freely on Thursday as thousands of people in Benue State trooped to the IBB square, Makurdi, the state capital, to bid the 73 victims of the New Year attacks who were given a mass burial farewell. But the development was not without knocks on the Federal Government who all speakers at the requiem service blamed for the massacre of the departed souls. Among dignitaries in attendance were Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, his wife, Mrs. Eunice, deputy governor, Engineer Benson Abounu and wife, Justice Mary. Also in attendance were the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Paul Unongo, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Senator George Akume, religious and traditional leaders. In an emotion laden voice, Governor Ortom described the New Year killings as the most heartless in Benue, saying the herdsmen came, destroyed their homes and properties. Ortom insisted that the killings would not stop the implementation of the anti-open grazing which came into being in November 2017. He said: “If the herdsmen think that the killing of our people would make us stop the enforcement of the law, they have failed. We will not be deterred by their thinking because “I am ready to pay the supreme price” for the implementation of the anti-open grazing. I will continue and insist on the calls for the arrest of the factional leader of Miyetti Allah, Kautal Houre”. Also speaking, chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Wantaregh Paul Unongo, noted that the state would not hesitate to raise its own army if the herdsmen attacks on Benue persist. He added that a large number of Benue sons and daughters had contributed to the greatest contingents that fought the civil war. He said, “Benue people sacrificed enough blood for the unity of this country and would not allow a section of Fulani terrorists to come, kill our people in cold blood. “I am begging Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be cannon fodder of this country. If the government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into the army to defend us. We are 100% in support of what Governor Ortom has done. I am the spiritual leader and ancestral of Tiv nation, enough, is enough.” Unongo stressed that the entire people of the state were watching President Muhammadu Buhari and had joined in the persistence calls by Governor Ortom that Federal Government should take drastic steps to urgently address the killings and also arrest the leader of MAKH. “If the Federal Government cannot stop or arrest those behind the killings, in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own. We cannot allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that,” Unongo added. Also speaking, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), who described the killings in the state as a genocide conspiracy against Benue people, said the killings must not continue.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The ongoing economic diversification policy of President Muhammadu Buhari may have paid off as there has been significant increase in cash export across the country, going by the figures reeled out by cashew farmers. Consequently, the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has disclosed that its members earned a total of $402.50million (about N123billion) from cashew export in 2017. The group, comprising cashew farmers, processors and exporters nationwide, also called on the Federal Government to protect the industry from collapse, as foreigners now encroach on cashew farms and avail them with incentives to expand the trade. The farmers disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when they visited the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ms Aisha Abubakar. The group, led by its President, Mr. Tola Fasheru, while presenting their scorecard to the minister as well as some of the challenges confronting the association including a loan of N20billion for boosting their capital base and other issues confronting cashew production and export, sought the minister’s help to overcome their challenges. In a statement by the Deputy Director, Media of the Ministry, Jimi Oyetomi, the farmers requested the Federal Government “to immediately stop foreign nationals encroachment onto farm gates of Nigerian Cashew farmers, find solution to Apapa gridlock in Lagos, which they said is negatively impacting on export as well as provision of 2,600, 000 Jute bags to pack cashew nut harvest for 2108. The statement reads in part, “Other requests of the NCAN include provision of N20billion towards 2018 cashew export, which the association already has a contract value of N122billion for more active involvement of FPIS in the less than 10% Cashew Moisture Protocol in the farm gates across the country. “The group highlighted their achievements which includes being the 4th largest producer of Cashew in the World’s production of 2, 100, 000 tons by producing 220, 000 mts in 2017 and exporting 120, 000mts cashew nuts in 2017.” The NCAN disclosed further that their contribution to national export earnings from cashew has been on the steady rise since 2015 when their export earnings rose from $152,000,000 (2015) to $259,000,000 in 2016 and $402,050,000 in 2017. The group disclosed that their major trading partner are the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas) with business alliances with African Cashew Alliance (ACA), USAID/NEXTT and a collaboration with Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI). The NCAN President commended the commitment of the Federal Government to re-position the economy through Cashew; and also disclosed preference of international marketers for the Nigeria brand of Cashew nuts. Responding, Aisha Abubakar reiterated the commitment of the government to support the association.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday declined to hear an application seeking to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting the rerun election for Anambra Central Senatorial District . The appellate court further held that its earlier order of November 20, 2017 directing INEC to conduct rerun election for the senatorial seat within 90 days is still subsisting. Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA), Justice Abubakar Yahaya, stated this while ruling on an application brought by the senatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Senator Ani Clement Okonkwo. The appellate court further declined the request for the postponement of the election scheduled for tomorrow . Okonkwo, had through his lawyer, Chief Solomon Umoh (SAN), approached the appellate court for leave to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal which had on November 20 last year ordered INEC to conduct fresh election into the vacant Anambra Central Senatorial District within 90 days. In the application filed by Umoh, Okonkwo claimed that he as an senatorial aspirant is appealing against the judgment delivered on November 20, last year. But the application could not be entertained because most parties joined in the application were not served with the court processes by Okonkwo. Apparently cut in the web, Okonkwo then applied for an adjournment to enable him serve court processes on the respondents. But mindful of the fact that the senatorial election had been fixed by INEC for tomorrow, Okonkwo applied to the three-man panel of the Appeal Court for an order compelling the electoral body not to conduct the election until his application has been dully determined. He urged the court to compel INEC’s lawyer, Tanimu Inuwa, to make an undertaken in the open court that INEC will not go ahead with the election having become aware of his pending application, so as not to render the application useless.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Police has arrested one of the principal suspects of the notorious kidnap for ransom gang that killed over 20 people in Omoku communitiesThe post Rivers killings: Police arrest principal suspect of Omoku killings Okotubo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Adjourns case to Feb. 22 Justice Valentine Ashi of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Apo, Abuja, has described as illegal,The post Kashamus Suspension: Maintain status quo, Court tells PDP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday heard how the masterminds of the alleged trafficking of a 27-year-old, Udeogu Ann Ugochi, to Dubai forThe post How we arrested masterminds of human trafficking for prostitution- NAPTIP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states thatThe post Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Amnesty International has warned the leadership of the country to be more proactive in addressing the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, saying that theThe post Killings: Nigeria getting close to anarchy Amnesty Intl appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones. In a statementThe post Ambode sacks 3 commissioners, reshuffles cabinet appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State on Thursday said a total of 657, 267 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to beThe post INEC: 657,000 PVCs abandoned in Oyo State appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Azu Ishiekwene The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, otherwise called Fulani herdsmen, could be the undoing of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President appears surprisedThe post What is happening to Buhari' appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
One of the objectives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Act was to open the Nigerian economy to local and foreign investments and thereby accelerate theThe post Asians takeover of Nigerias retail market appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
A group identified as concern citizen has cried out urging the Inspector General of Police to release Ibrahim garba Wala from detention or charge himThe post Detention of Wala: Group cries, release or charge him to court appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, said that the state generated a total of N503.7 billion revenue in 2017, despite the harsh economic climateThe post Lagos revenue hits N504b, says Ambode appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Sterling Bank Plc. (Sterling Bank) today announces that its founding Director and long-serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yemi Adeola has notified the Board of DirectorsThe post Yemi Adeola retires from Sterling Bank as Suleiman takes over appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Mr. Azeez Adeleke is a finance analyst. An MBA, MSC holder in international finance; and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers(FCIB), in this interview with GANIYUThe post Petroleum subsidy can be effective when government involves private sector operators- Adeleke appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Massilia Motors, a joint venture between CFAO and Kewalram Chanrai group), distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Nigeria has been with an award by the NigeriaThe post Massilia Motors, Pajero Sport win NAJA awards appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Jerome-Mario Utomi From observations, there is no doubt that our leaders are experts in listening without being attentive to the masses; an attribute that has,The post PMBs remark on Restructuring and matters arising appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Professor Ben Nwabueze Continued from Wednesday, January 11, 2018 (v) Daura, Director-General, Department of State Security (DSS) replacing Ita Ekpenyong; apart from the DG,The post Is eradication of corruption the motivating object of the on-going war ' (2) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
BY AUDU ENTONU Certainly, these are not the best of times for Benue people. There is pain, sorrow and lamentations on the land. A landThe post Benue: A Satanic Affliction Upon A Race appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
It is happening all over again. History is repeating itself and, alas, within such an agonizingly short span of time. How often must we warnThe post Impunity Rides Again Wole Soyinka appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers