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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [30 JANUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 30 January, 2017.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Management of Folio Communications Limited, owners of Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN) has written a petition to President Muhammdau Buhari in which it alleged that Police High Command and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) were colluding with a former lawmaker, Sen. Ikechukwu Obiora, to illegally change the ownership of DTN and possess its assets. In the petition titled, “Urgent Appeal to Investigate and Address Gross Injustice, Abuse of Office and Connivance by Police High Command and Corporate Affairs Commission to Destroy Daily Times of Nigeria,” Folio alleged that Obiora is using the Police to arrest both management and members staff of DTN as well as circulating fake documents in desperate attempt to annex landed properties of the company. The letter, which was dated January 24, 2018 and signed by Chairman of Folio Communications, Mr. Fidelis Anosike, narrated how DTN offices in Abuja and Lagos were raided and ransacked with the Publisher, Group Managing Director, members of staff and reporters arrested and detained for many days. Apart from the President, Anosike also petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Chairman, Police Service Commission. Anosike also wrote to the Minister Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Newspaper Proprietors of Nigeria (NPAN). In the petitions, Anosike said that Folio Communications Limited bided for and bought DTN in a widely publicised and transparent privatisation process executed by the Federal Government, saying that DTN was duly handed over to Folio Communications in September, 2014. He added that a minority shareholder in DTN later relinquished such minority shares to a company in which Ikechukwu Obiora had interest for which Obiora has done everything possible to convert DTN to himself including going to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with forged documents to change ownership of the company which the courts have severally declared illegal. The petition to the President reads in part, “Obiora has initiated several criminal cases against us and DTN, all of which have been dismissed including by a Lagos State High Court, a Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal. In dismissing the cases, the courts expressly declared that the issues in dispute are purely civil and not criminal in nature. “It is for that he cannot have DTN that Ikechukwu Obiora resorted to obtaining injustice from the back door by running to a Magistrates’ Court in Mpape, Abuja with active connivance of the Police High Command led by DIG Hyacinth Dagala to commit this high level of impunity, injustice and gross abuse of judicial process on a case that has been dismissed by superior courts, severally. “We wish to inform Mr. President that the Police High Command played active roles in the abuse and victimisation of the Publisher, management and members staff of DTN with direct supervision of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Force Investigation and Intelligence Department. “It is important to state here that DTN was completely dead before Folio Communications Limited bought it through a transparent privatisation process. All its equipment were unserviceable. We have over the years invested billions of Naira to resuscitate and reposition the DTN and make it a brand. The intention is to restore its lost glory as the face of Nigeria and viable brand. 

“The activities of Ikechukwu Obiora in connivance with the Police and Corporate Affairs Commission has had; and continued to have huge but negative impact on the progress of DTN. Such impunities meted against investors by privileged individuals and authorities like the Nigeria Police and Corporate Affairs Commission should be of grave concern to the federal government as they combine to scare away genuine investors at a time that the Federal Government is putting much efforts and resources to positively change the perception of Nigeria and Ease of Doing Business in the country.” Attaching all relevant documents related to the purchase of DTN including receipts of payment and Shares Purchase Agreement (SSA), Anosike also informed the President and others that a dispute between Folio Communications and Ikechukwu Obiora on DTN ownership was resolved in 2006 following intervention of some stakeholders in the media industry after which a consent judgement was granted by a Federal High Court in 2006. He added that Obiora has continued to act in breach of both the Statement of Agreement and the Consent Judgement. “We have gone through many legal battles over the years on this same matter both civil and criminal most of which were initiated by Ikechukwu Obiora, in spite of the Consent Judgement arising from the amicable settlement of April, 2006. “It is however of importance to state that we have won all the cases so far while others are pending at the High Courts and the Court of Appeal. In the same vein, the courts have dismissed all criminal prosecutions initiated against us by Ikechukwu Obiora while declaring that issues arising from the suits are civil and not criminal, yet he remains unabated,” Anosike added. Among his prayers to the President is a directive to the Inspector General of Police to halt the illegal arrest, detention and abuse of the Publisher, management and members staff of Daily Times of Nigeria; the Inspector General of Police to release, without further delay, all management, line staff and reporters working with Daily Times of Nigeria; and that the President directs either the Vice President, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) or anybody of his choice, to carry out a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the immediate and remote cause(s) of the attempt to destroy Daily Times of Nigeria by Sen. Ikechukwu Obiora, the Nigeria Police and the Corporate Affairs Commission. On the part of the Senate and House of Representatives, the petition is seeking for a Public Hearing where the parties can present their claims before Nigerians in order to save Daily Times of Nigeria, the heritage newspaper.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
South East governors comprising Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State; Willie Obiano of Anambra State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Monday, received the body of late former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. The body of the former vice president arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu at exactly 2:08 pm in Nigeria Air Force plane marked NAF 918 from Abuja. Other dignitaries who were at the airport to receive the body of the late Vice President include President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo; Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma; and National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie among others. In a brief ceremony, the South East governors, one after the other, paid their last respects to the former vice president. Read Also: South East Govs meet as Ekwueme goes home Feb 2 But the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, faulted the Federal Government claims that it has spent N1billion for his burial. Bishop Chukwu, who prayed for the successful burial of the late Dr. Ekwueme, described the publication credited to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, that Federal Government have spent N1 billion for the burial as unacceptable. He said the Federal Government should explain what, where and how the N1 billion it claimed to have spent on the burial of late Dr. Ekwueme, stressing that late Ekwueme being an accountable man, Federal Government must give account on how the N1 billion was spent. Chukwuma described Ekwueme as a great politician in Nigeria that will never be forgotten as far as politics is concerned in this country. “We are happy that the government is giving him a befitting burial, but one thing is that people should emulate the legacies he left behind. “It is not good to say all sorts of things without emulating what he left behind,” Chukwuma added.


Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has lambasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo for exhibiting ignorance of the achievements of the federal government and “churning out falsehood” against President Muhammadu Buhari. Shittu, who spoke on Monday while briefing State House correspondents at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, insisted that only the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can stop Buhari from seeking reelection in 2019. Obasanjo had last week issued a damning statement on the Buhari administration and advised him not to seek reelection in 2019. He also accused the President of underperformance and engaging in nepotism. But Shittu has faulted the claims of Obasanjo, saying that as a minister for two years under Buhari’s administration, he considered it a patriotic duty to speak to Nigerians on a number of issues “that have been trending, particularly in the South West and generally in the country”. He added that he was speaking personally and as an APC member, because “the federal government had not been talking enough.” The minister further said, “Obasanjo as a Nigerian has the right to hold an opinion. If Obasanjo holds an opinion that Mr. President has performed less than it should be, those of us who are in the position to know better have a right to also state the other side which perhaps Obasanjo is ignorant of. “You see, there are some people who enjoy engaging in sensationalism. With due respect to General Obasanjo, if you take his history over the last 30 years, there is hardly any regime other than his own that he did not criticise, except Sani Abacha, who didn’t wait for Obasanjo to criticise him before he was sent to the gulag. “So many Nigerians know that Obasanjo enjoys this type of sensationalisation. In any case, no matter what impression you have of me, do you have a right to tell me not to contest an election? I mean we should talk like people who are educated, who know our left from the right.” Shittu also said that Obasanjo was taking advantage of the modesty of the Buhari administration, saying that there is the need to situate the issues in proper context. The minister said, “We believe in modesty, we do not believe in propaganda. Unfortunately enemies of this government, particularly people who perhaps feel they have lost out in the new dispensation have been churning out false information, blackmail and all kinds of baseless accusations, particularly of non-performance of the government. “I am talking here not as the spokesperson of the government but as an individual, a leader of APC from Oyo State, who also is a member of this government, having been minister of communications. “I believe as an active participant in political and governmental affairs, I have a duty to the government and to myself and I believe to all Nigerians that we have to correct a lot of misinformation and blackmail that is out there by people who ordinarily deserve respect but who for reason of clanishness, for reason of tribalism; for reasons of religious bigotry and intolerance have decided to see and not to ask questions about what is going on in the country.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A dreaded herbalist who specializes in selling babies has been arrested by men of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a 38 year old herbalist, Mr Chigozie Emmanuel, aka ‘Akuchi’, for selling new born babies in Abuja. NAPTIP said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, that Emmanuel is from Enugu State and the owner of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located at New Nyanya, Abuja. It said he was arrested “after weeks of diligent surveillance by officers of the Agency and those of the Department of State services’’. Emmanuel was allegedly “deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money’’. “The arrest was based on a previous arrest by the Nigerian Police, of a woman whom they saw with a baby in Abuja enroute Minna, Niger State.

“Based on their suspicion, they detained and questioned the woman on the identity of the baby she carried. She admitted to being a patient of Emmanuel, whom she said administered some herbs to her after years of infertility. “She thereafter appeared pregnant and was cautioned against going to the hospital for any medical treatment or ante-natal care. “When it was time for her ‘delivery’, Mr. Emmanuel directed her to Port-Harcourt where a baby was handed over to her. She confessed to paying Mr. Emmanuel the sum of six hundred and fifty thousand naira (N650,000) for his services’’. The statement added that Emmanuel, who was arrested at the weekend, “is helping in further investigations on sale of human beings and child trafficking’’. Reacting to the arrest, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli commended the Officers for their painstaking surveillance which culminated in the arrest. She further warned the public, especially women, to stop patronizing such ‘herbalists’, as the sale of babies is a crime punishable by law. The NAPTIP boss advised couples who wish to adopt a child to go through the legal means of adoption. According to her, some of the babies sold to these women were abducted from their biological parents. She called for more information from the public about any such act or ‘maternity homes’ being run in their neighbourhood.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A Pentecostal Pastor, Bernard Towoju has urged an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage to his wife, Abosede, for allegedly using her privateThe post My wife curses me with her private part, Pastor tells court appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Nigeria and 22 other African countries have begun an open air policy that will relax aviation rules and regulations to create a free market environmentThe post Nigeria, 22 African countries sign AU treaty to reduce rules for African airlines appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Nigerian government has said it would seek additional equity funding for the construction of the Lekki Port project in Lagos. Speaking during a mediaThe post Nigerian govt seeks funding for Lekki Port project appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
* Well continue to expose corruption Saraki Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the National Assembly will continue to expose corruption in theThe post FG owes us N170.6bn outstanding subsidy payments appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has canceled his visit to Kano. Speaking through a former Secretary to Kano State Government, DrThe post Kwankwaso cancels Kano visit appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as unrepentant liars on the restructuring position recently made public by theThe post Restructuring: APC, an unrepentant Liar ADP appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Honourable Jude Emeka Idimogu, the lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 02 at the Lagos House of Assembly has made public his interest to run for secondThe post Idimogu declares interest for 2nd term, unveils campaign slogan appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) has appeal to the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the recurring security challenge across the country, especiallyThe post Yoruba group urges FG to urgently tackle Fulani herdsmen challenge appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A governorship aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi, has said that judging from hisThe post My plan is to give Ekiti people quality life, says guber aspirant appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Former Minister of State (Works), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has said that he was prepared to lead a political movement in the Ekiti chapter of theThe post Adeyeye vows to frustrate Fayoses imposition agenda appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A South Sudanese rebel group said on Monday it had released 15 soldiers it had been holding to The International Committee of the Red CrossThe post South Sudan rebels release 15 prisoners to Red Cross appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Every two minutes around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer. In 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the number of NigerianThe post Cervical Cancer: The cancer killing Nigerian women appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal Government through its various Health Agencies responded promptly to the outbreak of LassaThe post Ebonyi Lassa fever: We responded promptly Adewole appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
*Lectures Them On Work Etiquette The stand-off between the Senate and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col Hammed Ali (rtd), tookThe post Customs boss humiliates Sen Dino Melaye, other visiting senators appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
About seventy-three cows were killed while 18 other cows were injured in an early morning attack on Yamadaga village, Kadarko community in Keana Local GovernmentThe post Cattle rustling: 2 abducted, 73 cows killed In Nasarawa appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has projected a rise in the global unemployment rate and decent work in many parts of the world in 2018.The post ILO projects rise in unemployment, decent work in 2018 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
As CBN lifts forex market with fresh liquidity The Naira, on Monday settled low against the Pound sterling and Euro at N510 and 446, respectivelyThe post Naira drops against Pound, Euro unofficial FX market appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Prominent African business and healthcare sector leader Dr Awele Elumelu welcomed her appointment as a Gavi Champion for Immunisation in Africa. Childhood immunisation is aThe post Dr Awele Elumelu appointed Gavi Champion for Immunisation in Africa appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara Best Pop Solo Performance: Shape of You Ed Sheeran Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Feel It Still Portugal. TheThe post #Grammys 60th Edition: See FULL list of winners appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
By Joseph Atainyang Monday, January 15, 2018 spluttered the air waves with the breaking news of the appointment of Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem as the newThe post Ekuwems appointment as SSG, how united are we (Oro)' appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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