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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 16 January, 2017.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Invoking the Freedom of Information of Act (FOI), 2011, The Daily Times, as part of its responsibility to enhance good governance and accountability, has written to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), seeking detailed information on the failed concession agreements between the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and two firms, Phase 3 Telecom Limited and Alheri Engineering Company Limited over the use of TCN’s Fibre Optic Network. In the FOI letters dated, Monday, January 15, 2018, The Daily Times is asking the NCC and the ICRC to furnish it about what transpired during and after the concession of the TCN’s fibre optic network to Phase 3 and Alheri Engineering. It is also seeking information from the NCC over the outstanding debt from Phase 3 and Alheri Engineering arising from connectivity over the concession agreement. The Daily Times is further asking the ICRC to furnish it with the details of its mediation report, following the dispute that led to the termination of the concession agreements The newspaper also wrote to the telecoms firms – MTN, Glo , Airtel, Mtel and 9mobile, asking them to give details of the actual amount paid to Phase 3 and Alheri Engineering during the pendency of the concession agreements. The Daily Times had reported on Monday that the two firms are owing the Federal Government concession fees of $75.5 million (about N27 billion at N360 to $1) for 11 years. The newspaper further reported that Alheri (a subsidiary of Dangote Group) and Phase 3 (a firm belonging to Stanley Jegede, the son-in- law of former Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelious Adebayo) used the TCN’s optic fibre network during the pendency of the concession to service their customers and violated the terms of the agreements. The deal, which probably must have given the government some hard nuts to crack, has however caught the attention of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), who has sought the personal intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari to recover the funds and take possession of the critical infrastructure. Fashola, armed with overwhelming evidence and the huge rip-off involved, has written a letter to Buhari for his information and intervention. He is first seeking the intervention of the President to unravel the circumstances of the failed contracts and to unmask the faces of firms/ individuals involved, one of which is allegedly linked to a Nigerian business mogul. Fashola, in his letter with Ref No FMP/OPS/ 06/1 and dated November 31, 2017 to President Buhari, entitled, Re: Concessioning of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wrote: “I write to respectfully draw your Excellency’s attention to ongoing efforts by the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to enforce its termination of two failed Fibre Network concession Agreements, recover its outstanding concession fees in the sum of USD 75,500,000.00million from the two concessionaires, and take position of and commercialize its critical fibre optic infrastructure, which are essential for the stability and optimization of the national grid.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that all those responsible for the violence that led to the killings of over 70 people and destruction of properties in Benue State would be made to face the wrath of the law. Buhari also called on the government and people of Benue State to exercise restraint following the recent attacks on some communities in the state. Receiving a delegation of political leaders, traditional rulers and elders of the state on Monday, led by Governor Samuel Ortom at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari said that all those involved in the conflict that culminated in loss of lives would not escape justice, including any illegally armed militia in the state. The President commiserated with all the victims of the attacks, and the families who lost loved ones and properties, noting that the government would make efforts to ameliorate the situation of all the victims. President Buhari said relevant agencies had been directed to start catering for the humanitarian needs. He said, “Your Excellency, the governor, and all the leaders here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Service and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished. “I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your country men. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation.” The President told the delegation that his administration had already begun a process of finding lasting solution to the perennial challenge of herdsmen conflict with farmers and communities around the country. Buhari said the Inspector General of Police had been directed to relocate to the state to provide security for lives and properties, urging all Benue indigenes to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements in the state. In his remarks, Benue State Governor said the tension would be reduced with the Federal Government’s intervention to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen attacks. “We will leave here to rebuild confidence in our people,’’ he said. The Tor-Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, said his entire domain had been thrown into mourning due to the incessant attacks. “We want you to put an end to the gruesome situation,’’ he added. Present at the meeting were Benue State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, former Senate President, David Mark, former Benue State Governor, Sen. George Akume and Sen. Barnabas Gemade. Others include Sen. Joseph Waku, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Brig. Gen. John Atom Kpera (rtd), former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbir Kyambe, and other members of the National and State Assemblies from the state.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Armed Forces on Monday held a colourful joint parade at the National Arcade, opposite the Eagle Square, Three Arms Zone, Abuja amidst unusual tight security to mark the grand finale of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day . The ceremony is held every January 15 in honour of fallen military heroes and as significant memorial for the Nigerian civil war that ended on January 15, 1970. This year ceremony witnessed unusually tight security and closure of all roads leading to the Federal Secretariat and the resultant traffic logjam in and round the Central district of Abuja for hours. President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; and the nation’s service chiefs were among dignitaries that attended the military ceremony. Though the event lasted about an hour, the roads remained closed from 7am till about 12noon as all roads leading to the Federal Secretariat was shut to traffic throughout the duration of the programme. The peak of the ceremony was the parade inspection, laying of wreaths by Buhari and other top government officials including Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Onnoghen, the minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, and his Federal Capital Territory counterpart Muhammed Bello. Read more at: Perpetrators of Benue Killings will be prosecuted, Buhari vows The Chief of Defence Staff , the Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police also took their turns in the wreaths laying. Other dignitaries such the doyen of Diplomatic Corp and a representative of the Nigerian Legion, the association of ex servicemen and women,and a representative of the fallen soldiers’ widows also laid wreaths. The event also witnessed a minute silence for the fallen heroes, a 21-gun salute, the release of pigeons to signify peace and the signing of the anniversary register by Buhari. The Daily Times recalls that Buhari had on November 1, 2017 inaugurated the anniversary emblem and appeal fund with a call on Nigerians not to allow the country to witness another civil war by their actions and inactions. He said caution was necessary considering the immense human capital loss of past civil war.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018

As reactions continue to trail the recent attack on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen were over 80 people were killed, a civil society group has slammed the state governor, Samuel Ortom for allegedly setting out to wipe out some ethnic group from the state. The group, under he auspices of Good Governance and Transparency Initiative (GGTI), alleged that Ortom has been been arming militants, whom he instructed to cleanse out specific ethnic groups from the state based on the anti-grazing law that has remained a subject of contention. GGTI, while deescribibg the ugly development in Benue state as sickening, noted that nothing in the recent history of Nigeria has exhibited such callous disregard for human lives, not even Boko Haram. The group said it was laughable that Ortom is crying like a child deprived of breast milk by accusing others for the war he started. Mrs Jaiyeola Mohammed, Executive Director of the group in a statement said Ortom clawed at shadows at every opportunity even when he has done nothing to retrieve the weapons he gave to members of the Livestock Guards and Civilian JTF. He noted that all the highly condemnable things Governor Ortom has done in the past have now paled into insignificance considering their discovery that he planed to spend over 1 billion Naira to blackmail Hausa/Fulani ethnic group in several major cities of the world. His words, “We have evidence that his contractors, mobilized with the 1 billion Naira Benue state money, have concluded logistics for Ortom’s protests in the United States, Canada and UK respectively. The money is going into providing transportation and allowances to protesters in these countries and also procure favourable media. The protesters would be coached to present themselves as angling for the interest of Nigeria. “The money is being routed through a former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, who is to lead the protest in Washington DC. He has identified conduits for distributing the money to protesters in the UK, US and Canada for the purpose of inciting Nigerians, blackmailing and tarnishing the image of the Nigerian State and if possible destroy the reputation of another particular ethnic stock outside the shores of Nigeria.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
An explosion by leaking gas cylinder at artisans shop in Ajara area of Badagry, Lagos, on Monday, killed four persons and left several others withThe post Four die in Badagry gas explosion appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has withdrawn the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from Mr. Kunle Ogunba over allegation of professional misconduct.The post Ogunba loses SANship title over alleged professional misconduct appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon Hosea Ibi, who was earlier kidnapped by unknown gunmen, has been found dead. The lifelessThe post Kidnapped Taraba lawmaker found dead appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has withdrawn the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) from Mr. Kunle Ogunba over allegation of professional misconduct.The post Ogunba loses SANship title over alleged professional misconduct appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon Hosea Ibi, who was earlier kidnapped by unknown gunmen, has been found dead. The lifelessThe post Kidnapped Taraba lawmaker found dead appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Donald Trump, United States President, has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word shithole toThe post I am not a racist Trump appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Its a joke taken too far- Ex gov A White Paper released by Ekiti State Government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, fromThe post Ekiti bars Fayemi, other from holding public offices in state appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Its a joke taken too far- Ex gov A White Paper released by Ekiti State Government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, fromThe post Ekiti bars Fayemi, other from holding public offices in state appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
.FGs intervention will reduce tension Gov. Ortom .Osinbajo faults Ortoms claim on Benue killings President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that all those responsible forThe post Buharis meets Benue leaders, says perpetrators of killings wont escape justice appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Prince Uche Secondus has said that the nations armed forces have succeeded in keeping the countryThe post Nigerian Army Has Succeeded In Keeping The Country United PDP Chairman, Secondus appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
enhances customer service upgrades Consistent with its reputation for adopting best practices in all facets of its operations, Access Bank Plc has upgraded its customerThe post Access Bank deepens depositors dispute resolution appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Armed Forces on Monday held a colourful joint parade at the National Arcade, opposite the Eagle Square, Three Arms Zone, Abuja amidst unusualThe post President, Osinbajo, others honour fallen heroes amidst tight security appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Sterling Bank has rewarded 128 customers with N100,000 each in its ongoing promo tagged: 1dament at the first general draws held in Lagos. The draws,The post Sterling Bank: 128 customers get N12.8m in ongoing promo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday approached a Federal High Court in Lagos in a bid to seize funds in 15 bankThe post Court adjourns verdict on forfeiture of $8.44m, N7.35bn linked to Patience Jonathans account appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE0 has given explanation on the full suspension status placed on trading on the shares of 7Up Bottling Company (SBC) PlcThe post Exchange explains full suspension on in 7UP shares appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Federal Government was not aware of the imminence of the cowardly attack on Logo and Guma,The post Osinbajo faults Ortoms claim on Benue killings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki needs the far-reaching support of the Federal Government and well-meaning international organisations toThe post Obasanjo: Edo needs FG, Intl agencies support to tackle human trafficking appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
.Steadies at official FX market .As CBN injects fresh $210m into FX market Amidst sustained intervention in the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market by the CentralThe post Naira drops at I&E FX window, closes at 364/$ at parallel market appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has warned that the world is on the brink of nuclear war. Pope Francis gave the warning on Monday, atThe post The World, one step away from nuclear war, Pope Francis warns appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The presidency has reacted to complaints on why President Buhari has not gone to Benue state to commiserate with the government and people of theThe post Nigerias presidency reacts to Buharis absence in Benue over herdsmen killings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today, to empower 200 entrepreneursThe post Red Cross, Tony Elumelu Foundation partner to empower 200 Nigerian entrepreneurs appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
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Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Militant Islamist group Boko Haram released a video on Monday purportedly showing some of the remaining girls who were kidnapped from the northeast Nigerian townThe post We wont return, says one of Chibok girls in Boko Haram new video reportedly released appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
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Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will on Wednesday, 17th January, 2018, auction Treasury bills with total value of N229 billion. A breakdown of theThe post FGN to auction N229bn T-Bills Wednesday appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange has announced the promotion of Ms Tinuade Awe to Executive Director, Regulation with effect from 1 January, 2018. Ms Awes appointmentThe post Awe becomes NSE Executive Director, vows to improve compliance structure appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
By Bishop David Oyedepo Prophets have a duty to warn people, nation against impending danger. I am sent as a prophet to the nation andThe post Wake up call for a nation in state of slumber appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
*FCMB 9.84% merged highest gainer, Eterna worst loser with 6.82% The Nigerian equities market opened the new week yesterday on sustained growth trajectory as theThe post NSE ASI opens week on 0.51% gain as positive sentiment prevails appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, has announced the suspension of trading in shares of 7-Up Bottling Company Plc. According to a suspension notice dated JanuaryThe post NSE suspends trading in 7-Up shares appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
ByComr. Okhifo Oscar The 15th day in the month of January every year is unique for Nigeria as it has been set aside to rememberThe post Armed forces remembrance day of hypocritical Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
.as Unity Kapital appoints new ED c has announced the resignation of its director, Mr. Mr. George Papachristou as a director of the company withThe post Beta Glass announces resignation of director appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Transaction turnover in the FMDQ OTC market in the month of December 2017, recorded in the Fixed Income and Currency (FIC) markets for the monthThe post FMDQ December fixed income/currency transactions dip to N11.86trn appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS) board has announced that new set of company directors that passed the latest CGRS certification examination would be approvedThe post CGRS board to announce newly certified directors on 19th January appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
* Outstanding shares now 29.12bn With the overwhelming performance recorded by Union Bank Plc in its just concluded rights issue, the deposit money bank hasThe post Union Bank lists additional shares following successful Rights issue appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers