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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 18 January, 2017.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
This is not the best of times in the history of the country as the persistent clashes between the farmers and the herdsmen have claimed lives of innocent Nigerians in Benue and other five states with impunity. But an investigation carried out by The Daily Times in six states of Niger, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Nasarawa states, have revealed that failed intelligence, and poor community policing were responsible for the continued escalation of the farmers/herdsmen clashes experienced in different parts of the country. These developments, the newspaper gathered, has led to the loss of innocent lives including that of women and children, in the unwarranted attack, with attendant material and economic losses. The current security scenario which has often left Nigerians wondering is the level of Inter-security agency rivalry which seemingly took the centre stage in Benue and five other states, leaving behind hapless and unsecured citizenry. A major finding from the investigation is the poor handling of intelligence reports and advanced security signals that often emanates from the flashpoints and from the rural areas. 

A clear example is the much advertised blame games involving highly placed government officials, governors, and relevant key stakeholders in the feud, over lethargy in acting on reported intelligence. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, the spokesman of Niger State Police command, succinctly captured the scenario in an exclusive chat with The Daily Times when he noted the degree of loss of confidence and wanton reprisal that may result in the aftermath of poor handling or neglect of complaints and intelligence reports emanating from the flashpoints. Superintendent Abubakar further advocated such proactive measures like community sensitisation and awareness even to the rural areas, timely anticipation of early sign signals especially holding interactive meetings across the divides at the inception of the rainy season, addressing grievances on an excellent common table to pre-empt violence. 

Lack of coordinated security operations especially at the state and the rural levels which often results to half hazard attention to security challenges as noted by Mr. Jubrin Ndache, the Chief Press Secretary to Niger State Governor, demands urgent attention. When The Daily Times visited the rural areas in the identified six focal states, there was a clear absence of security infrastructure in the places, even as common as police posts were clearly absent. The challenge therefore remains on how prompt attention could be meted to emerging security challenges especially at the rural areas before the situation escalates to the reprisal level. Ndache further told The Daily Times that the state had established security coordination centres, powered by about 91 fully equipped Hilux vehicles donated by the state government and that a meeting of the spokespersons of all agencies of government is being held to encourage information flow on security matters. 

According to the spokesman, governments must be proactive and on the alert to interface with emerging security challenges, overhauling security infrastructure. He said: ’’Community policing and participation, especially in an asymmetric warfare like farmers/Herdsmen clash should be seen as collective responsibility’’. The dramatis personae involved in the clashes have also expressed divergent views, saying that there is the need for the stakeholders to come together and fashion out workable solutions to resolve the conflicts.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The management of Folio Media Group (FMG), publishers of The Daily Times, has continued to condemn the contrived arraignment and remand of the publisher of The Daily Times newspaper, Mr. Fidelis Anosike and the Group Managing Director, Mr. Noel Anosike on Tuesday through the connivance of Senator Ikechukwu Obiora and the Nigeria Police at the Magistrates’ Court, Mpape, a suburb of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Folio Media Group in a statement on Wednesday said in carrying out the strange arraignment before the court, Obiora and his cohorts, decided to engage in an unusual practice of approaching a court that lacks the jurisdiction over a matter that is currently pending before the Court of Appeal. 

“The attempt is to stop the heritage publication from further publication and kill the tabloid. The issue at stake is already being addressed by the court of competent jurisdiction and not a magistrate’ court that lacks the power to entertain such suit. “We also wish to inform the general public that no amount of connivance and court processes manipulation will deter the management from production in a desperate attempt to rubbish and discredit the owners of the newspaper. “It is clear that Senator Obiora does not want The Daily Times to survive but it is clear to him and his cohorts that the heritage newspaper is on course to redefine the newspaper industry in the country. 

“The ruling by the presiding Magistrate, Azubuike Ukagu, has clearly demonstrated lack of conscience and integrity as he decided to favour the complainant who is hell-bent in destroying the heritage newspaper instead of following the due process of the law. This action is short-lived and it will come to pass shortly. “The Daily Times is alive and it has come to stay after its reinventing, repackaging and being consistently visible on the newsstand,” the statement added.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Desperate to sustain its strength in the Senate, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus prevented one of their own, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji from Ebonyi from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as they created a melodrama in attempt to pin him down to the opposition party. The Senator had formally declared for the APC at his Ebonyi South senatorial district and was to formalize the process in the Senate before his colleagues prevailed on him to drop the idea, at least to consult with them. Ogbuoji during Wednesday Plenary was about to formally notify the Senate of his defection into the majority party from the PDP and had already started addressing his colleagues when the PDP members cut him short and asked him to have a rethink. Senator Ogbuoji had in his address, cited problems in the opposition party (PDP) both in Ebonyi, his state and at the national level as the reason for his decision to dump PDP for the APC. Read Also: Nigeria has suffered under APC – Abia PDP Ogbuoji said: “I have decided to leave my former party both in the state and national level,” the senator said before he was interrupted as PDP Senators immediately left their seats to consult with him and stop his formal defection on the floor of the Senate. “When I started, my colleagues from my party said they needed me to consult with them. Because of the love they have shown me I have decided to step down my declaration.” In his reaction to the turn of events, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, said: “I will keep a whole day if he decides to come back.” While the Senate was on recess, Ogbuoji after registering as an APC member, had attended an APC South East Caucus meeting at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu to register interest in the ruling party. He told the APC members at the meeting that the PDP was currently embroiled in crises, far beyond what could be imagined, stressing that the manner the opposition was being run has always been inimical to the interest of Ndigbo. Ogbuoji advised that Igbo should disabuse their minds from the wrong perception that the PDP is a party that caters for Igbo interest, contending that so far, the APC remains the best option for the South East, since the zone, according to him has its eyes on Presidency by 2023. The PDP has been losing its members to the APC in both the Senate and the House of Representatives over the past few months, a development that has built up the APC’s strength within the two chambers. By the last count, the PDP’s seats in the Senate have dropped to 41 while those for the APC has ballooned to 67.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The governance aspect of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that provides for transparency and international best practices was on Wednesday passed by the House of Representatives. The report was laid on Tuesday, before the House by the ad-hoc committee Chairman, Hon Ado Dogua (APC/Kano). The bill among others unbundles the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and approves the merger of all its subsidiaries. When the matter came up during the committee of the whole chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Lasun Yussuf, the lawmakers considered and approved the 134 clauses contained in the report. The report considered by the House is of the ad hoc committee on petroleum industry on a bill for an Act to provide for the governance and institutional framework for the petroleum Industry and for other matters related. Meanwhile, the House has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Abdulkadir Saidu Umar, to appear before it’s Committee on Finance and Petroleum Downstream to explain the current subsidy payment by the federal government. The House passed the resolution on Wednesday, following worries over the lingering fuel shortage across the country, as well as reports attributed to the NNPC announcing the implementation of the subsidy regime by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Also in passing the resolution, the House called on the Federal Government to make provision for subsidy payment in the 2018 Appropriation Bill, if it plans to continue with subsidy payments. The House resolution followed the adoption of the motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Hon Karimi Sunday, on the need to investigate the fuel subsidy payments by the NNPC. In his lead debate, Hon Sunday said that the current landing cost of petrol is N171 per litre despite the fact that the Federal Government has pegged the official rate at N145 per litre, adding that the NNPC is at the moment paying the N26 per litre difference despite government’s position that it has removed petroleum subsidy. According to him, the implementation of the subsidy regime has no parliamentary appropriation in the 2017 Appropriation Act. He also stated that the NNPC had in January 2017, conceded that fuel subsidy had returned, adding that the corporation between January and March of the same year recorded an under recovery of N46.86billion, while as at December over N300billion had been expended on subsidy alone in 2017.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Former Minister of state for Education and Chairman Benue State Civil Service Commission, Prof. Jerry Anthony Agada has said that the herdsmen and farmers clashThe post Why herdsmen, farmers carnage must stop Prof. Agada appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Wednesday released the sum of N5 million for the activation of the Virology centre in the state. Umahi madeThe post Lassa fever: Umahi releases N5 million for activation of Virology centre appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Absence of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuk and his lead defence counsel Joseph Daudu (SAN) at the Federal High Court inThe post Dasuki, defence lawyers absence stall trial appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A gang of suspected kidnappers have abducted two foreign nationals and killed two policemen along Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State.The post Kidnappers abduct Canadian, American in Kaduna, kill 2 policemen appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday it has concluded plans to unleash doom on Nigerias oil sector in a few days time. ThisThe post Prepare for doom, Avengers threaten fresh oil attacks appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Niger Delta Avengers, Nigerian militant group said on Wednesday it planned to launch attacks on the countrys oil sector in the next few days. TheThe post Niger Delta Avengers threaten to attack Nigerias oil sector again appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A top official of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Wednesday revealed how Don Waney, kidnap kingpin was tracked to his hideout in Enugu.The post How DSS tracked Don Waney appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Senate, on Wednesday was thrown into a rowdy session as it was about recording the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018. Senator SonniThe post Rowdy session as PDP senators prevent colleague from decamping to APC appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The House of Representatives on Tuesday received the report of its ad hoc committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The bill seeks to addressThe post Reps receives report on PIB appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Calls on FG to bring killings to an end The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has expressed reservation over the proposal to establish cattle coloniesThe post Cattle colony, alien to the country APDA appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Catalan MPs in Barcelona have elected a pro-independence speaker at their first meeting since Madrid dissolved the regions parliament. The choice of Roger Torrent isThe post Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Britain appointed a Minister for Loneliness on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as the sad reality of modern life affecting millionsThe post UK appoints Minister For Loneliness appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare. More than 12The post Frances baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that the U.S.will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year. The prime ministersThe post U.S. to relocate embassy to Jerusalem within a year appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
In ancient Yoruba history the title of Aare Ona Kakanfo was originally a title given to the generalissimo, a war general in the days ofThe post At installation as Aare Ona kakanfo, Gani Adams harps on unity of Yoruba appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Barely 48 hours after two doctors and a nurse reportedly died of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State, medical doctors under the auspices of the NigerianThe post Lassa fever outbreak: Poor state of National Virology Centre worries doctors appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
As part of effort to provide access to financial services to a minimum of 30,000 people from low income communities within 11 states across NorthernThe post Union Bank boosts access to finance with BCtA appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned Justice Mohammed Yunusa, a suspended Federal High Court judge, before a Lagos State High CourtThe post EFCC arraigns judge over unlawful gratification from SAN appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
By Mohammed Adamu Short speech, long speech As the speech defines the occasion, and as the occasion defines the speech, great moments of decision makingThe post 2017: Diary of a columnist (III) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri- Erewa, has hailed a Nigerian, Michael Jonathan Asemota (a.k.a Teddy)The post Abike Dabiri lauds Nigerian for returning N150m wrongly posted into his account appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Nigerias World Cup training camp will open on May 22 in Abuja and the countrys special kits for the Mundial in Russia will be presentedThe post Nigeria World Cup camp opens May 22 in Abuja, kits to be unveiled Feb 7 in London appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
For three consecutive days now, the Nigerian currency, Naira has been trading flat at N364 to the US Dollar at the unofficial foreign exchange market,The post Naira trades flat at N364/$1 for 3 days at unofficial FX market appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Following the latest report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the Nigerias annual inflation has slowed for the 11th consecutive period in December,The post 2018 outlook: Experts project 12.9% inflation rate in 2018 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
*Says subsidy payments illegal, unconstitutional The House of Representatives on Wednesday, summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing DirectorThe post Reps summon Kachikwu, Baru, PPPRA boss over fuel subsidy payments appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE) branch of the Investment and Security Tribunal(IST) has suspended its one-day warning strike. AThe post Public corporation union suspends one-day warning strike appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Brittania-U Nigeria Limited (BUNL), an indigenous oil and gas company, and Lilyford Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), have provided sucour for widows and other less-privilegedThe post Foundation, oil firm move to enhance welfare of less-privileged people of Anambra, others appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
*Pledge support for NSDP cadets The capacity building initiative of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) through the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP)The post Stakeholders hail NIMASAs capacity building initiative appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has paid compensations to all residents affected by the on-going new Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge lines. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,The post Railway: FG says displaced persons compensated appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Nigerias Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has called for a strong and well capitalized African Development Bank (AfDB) that is capable of fulfilling itsThe post Adeosun seeks AfDBs cooperation for African resources mobilisation appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has commenced the implementation of its Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises (LIFE) to about 1,200 farmers in Enugu State. An Assistant Director inThe post 1, 200 Enugu residents benefit from FGs LIFE programme appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
becomes first Nigerian bank to introduce policy Starting January 2018, male employees of Access Bank Plc can take advantage of an enhanced parental leave policyThe post Access Bank: Male employees now to go on paternity leave appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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