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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [1st FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 1st February, 2017.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Management of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have separately raised the alarm over the nefarious activities of employment racketeers and blamed cases of reported employment racketeering on scammers and fraudulent individuals who usually cash in on the desperation of Nigerians to secure quick employment opportunities. The Deputy National Public Relations Officer and Asstistant Commandant of NSCDC, Sola Odumosu, told The Daily Times in an exclusive interview that the Corps had put up several warning adverts and awareness workshops on the nefarious activities of these scammers. He ,however, said that it is regrettable that some members of the public still go ahead to patronise the racketeers. Odumosu also cited the flooding of the internet, social media and the opening of websites containing employment advertisements, giving directions to applicants on how to pay and obtain application forms as some of the ingenious methods devised by the scammers. He said: “Scammers can go to any length including fronting the name of senior officers, or pretending to be employers of the Corps with the intention of misleading gullible applicants. They only come to report only when matters got out of hand or late. We have apprehended about 30 of such criminals and sent them for prosecution’’. On how the agency usually embarks on employment, the NSCDC spokesman further disclosed that only when they obtained approval from the federal government and after having advertised such openings will they interview and employ new staff. Also speaking to The Daily Times in an exclusive chat, the Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Mr. James Sunday, urged members of the public who had been lured into paying money for recruitment by any of NIS staff to come forward with clear evidence to enable the service apprehend such staff. Sunday, who spoke through his deputy, Mr. A.O. Okpua, also disclosed that the agency has established anti-fraud unit to promote transparency even in the employment process. The Daily Times recalls that the NIS had late last year dissociated itself from websites and social media accounts that promise to employ persons into the service upon payment of certain sums of money. The NIS, at the period, also urged Nigerians seeking employment into the service to disregard money-for-job offers by individuals, saying they are scams. The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. David Parradang, had reiterated through a statement that many criminal elements were currently using fake websites and social media accounts to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, seeking enlistment into the NIS. The statement added that the criminal elements used the fake sites to pose as the Comptroller-General and the PRO of the service to offer job placements to unsuspecting members of the public. The Daily Times investigations reveal that the due to the increasing rate of unemployment, many Nigerians and phantom organisations have devised several ways of giving or gaining employments such as through bribery and corrupt practices among others. For instance, some people pay their ways (bribes) into the organisation which could be traced to some officers who are bent on finding means of survival or as a way of earning extra income to complement the little salary they earn which is always not enough. It is instructive to note that some scrupulous officers collect certain amounts of money ranging from N200, 000 to N300,000 from civilians, promising them jobs while most of the promises are empty and fake. Again, some of the officers involved in these acts are usually low ranked officers who have no job to offer to the unsuspecting applicants.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Following fears and uncertainty that the alleged return of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will change the party structure in the state, the Kwara State chapter of the party has pleaded with the National Working Committee (NWC) to allow it maintain subsisting structure despite Saraki’s arrival. The State Executives led by its Chairman, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, made the plea on Wednesday in Abuja when they visited the party’s NWC. The Board of Trustee (BoT) Chairman of PDP, Senator Walid Jubrin, had earlier said that some members of the party including Saraki, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and some governors will soon return to the party, following its reorganisation and resolve to stamp out impunity. But being threatened that Saraki’s re-entry into Kwara PDP may change the existing structure, the State Chairman of the party has appealed to the NWC to restrain Saraki from allegedly changing the structure. Oyedepo expressed his disposition to welcome Saraki and any other persons interested in joining the PDP, saying that the PDP needs every member that will add value but not those that will distort the present leadership structure. He told journalists that after his meeting with the NWC, the state chapter was reassured that the era of imposition was over, saying that Kwara PDP is ready to make concessions to Saraki on matters that are yet to be settled including elective offices for next year’s general election. He said: “Our party is not all that apprehensive. We are apprehensive of what the national leadership can do to welcome somebody who had gone away from the party and later given a royal welcome. “It is not Sarak’s coming that creates any fear. It is what the national executive can do to encourage him to seize the party structure from established people in Kwara State. “But we have been assured that the era of impunity is gone. That’s the much our national chairman told us. “So, we are so glad that even if anybody comes into our party, we are really not against anybody coming into our party, but whoever comes, must respect the structure on the ground and cooperate with us appropriately. “We will welcome Saraki with open hands if he comes to be part of the party and we don’t have any issue on the executive. We can’t say somebody should not join our party. “In plain language, the executive that is on ground constitutionally was elected for four years and parties are always in anticipation for new people to join. “You cannot because some people have joined; you now dismantle the structure of the party. “So, if they come and want to be part of the process, they are welcomed, and the only people that can open the gate for them sometimes illegally, might be people that are high up. “But we have been assured by those people that there will be nothing like that. So, anybody that will add value to our party is welcome.” On whether the state leadership would be prepared to make some concessions should Saraki rejoin the PDP with his people, Oyedepo said, “We are ready to make concession on what we have not decided on? “Now they met the executive on ground, and we cannot remove the chairman for them or the treasurer. “If we have not done the primary for Governorship, House of Assembly, Senate, Presidential, for example, if Saraki says he wants to contest for the president, we cannot deny him (nomination) form. “And if he wants to return to the Senate, we will give him form and other people too. “So, we are ready to allow them on issues that have not been settled. But issues that are settled are for four years,” Oyedepo assured. In a related development, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has debunked claims that he is planning to return to the PDP which he left with some other chieftains of the party prior the 2015 general election. In a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, the governor said he, Saraki and other political leaders in Kwara State have no reason to return to the PDP. Governor Ahmed clarified that the insinuations, which emerged from his recent interview with a newspaper, did not suggest that he was planning to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC). Rather, he was stating the conditions under which he and other political stakeholders in the state left the PDP. Read Also: 2019: PDP set to woo Obasanjo, Atiku, Saraki, others back to party Governor Ahmed emphasised that he, Saraki and other governors left the PDP due to impunity, disregard for the rule of law and lack of inclusiveness in the party at the time, following extensive consultations with stakeholders and supporters. He, therefore, declared that he, Saraki , other stakeholders and supporters are committed to the APC and currently have no intention to defect to the opposition PDP. The governor also urged those commenting on the matter to read the said interview properly, rather than relying on social media headlines and insinuations to draw uninformed conclusions. Ahmed also advised disgruntled elements within the legacy parties of the APC that are urging him and Saraki to hasten their exit from the party to educate themselves with that interview and be appropriately informed instead of making misguided comments on issues they have no knowledge of. He affirmed his full support for the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari and commended him for his strides in governing the country and for the unprecedented federal projects in Kwara State, which he added, was aided by the intervention of Saraki. The governor also restated that his administration is fully committed to sustaining its ongoing fulfilment of its electoral promises to Kwarans across all sectors, and refuses to be distracted by uninformed commentaries and political mischief from any quarters.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday dismissed insinuation that his government was ambivalent about killings in Benue State and other parts of Nigeria as he listed efforts made to stem the tide. Buhari said it was not fair and incorrect for anyone to infer that he had not taken any concrete action on the killings in Benue, recalling how he mobilised the Police authorities to take charge of security situations in the state while putting a stop to killings allegedly by armed Fulani herdsmen. The President made this known in a letter he sent to the Senate intimating the leadership of the efforts he had made to address the problem of mindless killings in Benue State by herdsmen. The Senate had earlier sent a Report of its findings on Benue Killings tagged “Report on The Review of Security Infrastructure on Nigeria on The Emergency Visit to Benue state, to President Buhari on January 18. While intervening on the situation in Benue State, the Senate had held a special sitting during which members condemned the government of President Buhari, accusing him of failure and inability to protect lives and properties across the federation. But the President letter addressed to the Senate and dated January 30, 2018 read thus: “I thank you for your letter referenced NASS/8S/R/01/33 dated 18th January 2018 and carefully studied the resolutions and comments there in. “As I briefed you and the Rt Hon speaker when we met, several courses of action have been taken prior to the Senate resolution. “You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came in to me about the Benue killings. Read Also: Perpetrators of Benue Killings will be prosecuted, Buhari vows “One, on Thursday 4th January, I sent the minister of interior and the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. Two, on Friday 5th January, the inspector-general of police briefed me verbally on the latest situation, calm had then been restored. “Three, on Monday 8th, the minister of interior met with the following, governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the State Security Services, inspector-general of police, CG Civil Defence, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and police commissioner of the six aforementioned states. “After the meeting, I instructed the Minister of Interior to brief you on the information gathered so far and steps taken. “On Tuesday, 9th of January, at a session with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State during which informed of police arrests of some suspects. In addition, I told him that I have instructed to speed up trial of the suspects and give wide publicity of the police efforts. “At the instance of the governor, a meeting was held in the presidential villa on 15th with a wide cross-section of Benue personalities and frank and open discussions were held. Everybody appreciated the difficulties of this farmers-herders strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured justice would be done. “To infer therefore that nothing has been done, is incorrect. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings. “Furthermore, I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue State and redeploy forces to the most sensitive towns. The federal government is initiating measures to address these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequence of these attacks and forestall reoccurrence. The Senate resolution itemised in your letter would be taken into consideration and I’m instructing all relevant MDAs to factor them in their work. “On December 19 to be precise, while receiving the report of the committee that was set up to review the technical and administrative structure of the NIA, I underscored the need to review the entire national security architecture as I promised in my inaugural address on the 29th May 2015. Action is being initiated to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with paragraph three of the Senate resolutions.”


Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has nullified the removal of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, by the State House of Assembly, saying that the action of the lawmakers is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void. The NJC, presided over by its Chairman, who is also the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, had during an emergency meeting on Wednesday considered and agreed that the recent suspension of Justice Uzokwe and the swearing-in of Justice Obisike Orji as the Acting CJ of the state by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as Illegal. According to the NJC, the decision to suspend the CJ and the swearing-in of an Acting CJ without the input of the NJC was unconstitutional. The NJC’ s decision was stated in a statement by its Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye and made available to journalists on Wednesday. The Daily Times recalls that the Abia State House of Assembly had on Friday suspended the CJ Uzokwe, over alleged acts of tyranny and gross misconduct. The suspension followed a petition presented on the floor of the Assembly on matter of urgent public importance by the member representing Ukwa West Constituency, Hon Mezie Nwubani. The petition was dated January 22 and captioned “Justice Theresa Uzokwe’s unending acts of tyranny, infamy, gross misconduct and incompetence: Urgent need to save the administration of justice in Abia”. The petition was jointly signed by Dr Anthony Agbazuere and Mr Obinna Nkume, the Executive Director and Director, Legal Services of the Global Centre for Peace and Justice, an Umuahia-based non-governmental organisation. But the NJC while frowning at the development said its attention had been drawn to the crisis in Abia State Judiciary by petitions written against Justice T.U. Uzokwe and the one written by the Chief Judge against Justice C. U. Okoroafor, but in the course of the investigation by the Committees set up by Council, some elderly Judicial Officers of Abia State Judiciary waded in and pleaded with the Committees to allow the matter to be resolved amicably by them, which was granted by Council at its plenary. The statement by the NJC reads in part “At the last Meeting of Council which was held on December 6, 2017, Council directed the Committees to continue and conclude with the petitions before them if there were no reports of the settlement by the peace makers. While this was going on, the problem escalated and Council was informed of the suspension of Justice Uzokwe and the swearing-in of Justice Obisike Orji as the Acting CJ. “In view of the foregoing, NJC resolved as follows: The suspension of the CJ of Abia State by the State House of Assembly without a prior recommendation by the NJC violates the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). “Consequently, the subsequent act of appointing and swearing-in of Justice Obisike Orji as the Acting CJ is invalid for being unconstitutional. “Furthermore, the conduct of Justice Obisike Orji in presenting himself to be sworn-in raises potential questions of misconduct that NJC is now looking into. “Council therefore resolved to query and suspend Justice Obisike Orji pending the outcome of its investigation. ” In view of the recent escalation, the NJC, in the interest of the smooth administration of justice in Abia State, resolved to direct the CJ, Justice T. U. Uzokwe, to stay away from duties pending Council’s final decision after consideration of the report of its panels” . Meanwhile, a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Dame Carol Ajie, has commended the NJC for upholding the rule of law. Ajie, who was reacting to the development last night, said that the executive and legislative arms of government have no power to suspend, sack or remove judges She reiterated the verdict of the Supreme Court in Chief Judge Raliat Elelu—Habeeb vs- Attorney General of Kwara State (2012) 13 NWLR part 1318, page 423, which declared that NJC is the only institution thus far, recognized by law with the exclusive authority to exercise disciplinary control over Chief Judges and other judicial officers and not the Governor or state House of Assembly She cited the combined reading of sections 6(2), 292(1a) and paragraph 21(c ) (d) (f) Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to buttress her submissions.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Department of States Service, (DSS) has arraigned two suspected herdsmen, Namajo Mohammadu, 32 and Abubakar Abase, 18 before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged murder and armed robbery. The Prosecution from the DSS, Mr Olaoluwa Olatunbosun told the court on Wednesday that the defendants committed the offense on Jan.18 in Ido-Ekiti. He alleged that the defendants on the said date, while armed with guns and other offensive weapons, unlawfully murdered one pregnant Tiv woman, Mrs Muwaga Felix in her farm. Olatunbosun also said the duo committed the offense of armed robbery of the people of the community. According to him, the offense is punishable under Section 516, 402 and 319 of the Criminal Code. 

The defendants were not represented by any counsel and their plea was not taken as well. The prosecution urged the court to remand the defendants in DSS custody pending the conclusion of the investigations on them. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Ropo Adegboye ordered that the defendants be kept in custody of the DSS till the end of the investigation. He adjourned the case till Feb. 28 for mention.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Former Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and Donald Duke of Cross-River State were among many notable politicians and youth leaders nationwide who came togetherThe post Oyinlola, Donald Duke, others launch Coalition For Nigeria Movement in Abuja appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 


Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Director General of Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, has said that the 2018 Budget cannot accommodate the minimum wage as proposedThe post Proposed minimum wage not captured in 2018 budget -Akabueze appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has approved N1.128billion for the purchase of 50 operational vehicles to be deployed towards the purchase of anti-rice smuggling task force forThe post FG approves N1.1bn for anti-rice smuggling task force appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Lagos State House of Assembly has waded into the raging storm in Isheri-Oke Church town in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of LagosThe post Lagos Assembly set to decide age long kingship tussle soon appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 01 Feb 2018
A political group, the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Lagos State chapter has denounced the decision of the Kano State Police Commissioner, Mr Rabiu Yusuf for restricting andThe post Group berates Kano Police Command for stopping Kwankwasos visit to state appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The battle for replacement of Senator Sonni Ugborji has taken a deeper twist as Dr Uchenna Okoro, the MD Ebenezer Hospital Abakaliki has declared hisThe post 2019: Battles for replacement of senator Ogbuorji intensifies appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), South -East Zone says that the report of the partys Committee on True Federalism reflects the yearnings of most Nigerians.The post Report of APC Committee on True Federalism reflects yearnings of most Nigerians APC South-East appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has barred its personnel from the use of social media, especially to discredit the activities of theThe post Civil defence bans personnel on use of social media appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
For allegedly masterminded the detention of their seven members for three and half years over complicity in the murder of the ex-Chairman of the NationalThe post APC to sue Fayose over illegal detention of OPC chief, others appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
It appears anti-Buharis are redefining the concept of realpolitik. Beyond its text book meaning as practical realism or its street-wise interpretation as end justifying theThe post The politics of realpolitik appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
An online publication of a National Daily Newspaper had Wednesday reported that the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was absent in court onThe post Fani-Kayode refute newspaper report alleging he has heart disease appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Following the treatise from Obasanjo on the need for a Coalition to wrestle power from the hands of the ruling party, the Nigeria Intervention MovementThe post 2019: NIM to launch Third Force in February appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Following his recent statement to Buhari and the recommendation for the formation of Coalition for Nigeria Movement, Obasanjo will today launch the Ogun State chapterThe post Obasanjos Coalition: Registration begin today appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Fitch, one of the foremost global credit rating agencies, has affirmed the Long Term Issuer Default rating of the UBA Plc at B, with aThe post Fitch affirms UBAs B rating with stable outlook, credit worthiness appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Sudan in the semi-final of the 2018 Championship of AfricanThe post Buhari hails Super Eagles reaching CHAN final appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Zimbabwe, Benin Republic, 20 other African countries rank higher Nigerias current position on fiscal transparency and public participation in the budget process as AfricasThe post Nigeria ranks poorly on global Budget Transparency Index appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Nigerian Four Mills has demonstrated commitment to reward shareholders through positive performance as its key performance indices for the third quarter ended 31 December 2017The post Nigerian Flour Mills posts 134.85% rise in PAT appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
A Nigerian womans wedding photos has caused a stir on social media, after it was observed that she looked unhappy at the occasion. These areThe post Photos: Nigerian woman frowning during her own traditional wedding appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
By Gbemiga Olakunle Jonathan should resign if he has no solution to the violence being unleashed on some parts of the country Nasir ElRufai.The post How Osinbajo s committee on Fulani herdsmen menace can succeed appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
By Sam Ohuabunwa Like him or hate him, Olusegun Obasanjo is an enigma. I am convinced that God has granted him a special grace toThe post Obasanjo: The man that troubles Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
The Business Schools being undertaken by the Aliko Dangote Foundation, according to the President of Dangote Group is part of the efforts to build entrepreneurshipThe post Dangote funds Bayero Business School with Extra N1.2bn appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
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