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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2018.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, tendered apology over a statement credited to him on recent killings in some Benue communities.

The IGP was reported to have described the tragedy as a communal clash.

Tendering an apology at a meeting he had with stakeholders in the New Banquet Hall of the People House Makurdi, Idris told the gathering that he was misinterpreted.

Idris said what he meant was that all Nigerians were brothers and there was need for them to remain united, and that any crisis between them should be seen as a communal clash.

“Honestly, as a person, I want to apologise for that statement.  I was misinterpreted in that briefing that I had in Abuja. What I meant was that as Nigerians, we should try to live together; we should be our brothers’ keepers. Whether Tiv, Hausa, Ibo, Fulani or Idoma, we all belong to this country.

“As policemen, we should be seen as protecting lives, and as Nigerians wherever we are, we have to behave like brothers, so that by the grace of God, Nigeria will remain united and stronger than before,” he said.

While telling them he was in the state following a presidential order, the IGP said, “I have come with 10 Units of Mobile Police of about 663 persons and one unit of crack investigators.

“We will send them to the flashpoint to investigate, and to Nasarawa to also investigate the allegations that Fulani herdsmen militias were camped at Tungwa.

“By tomorrow, I will travel to Nasarawa and speak with the people, thereafter; we will come back here and have a larger meeting of the two states.

“I am sure the crisis will be put to an end by the time we resolve most of these issues.”

Also speaking, Governor Samuel Ortom told the IGP that the death toll resulting from the killings, has reached 73.

He said fifty thousand (50,000) people have been internally displaced and were currently living in camps in some designated points around the affected areas.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Between the Kaduna state government, led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai on the one hand, and the Ayuba Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress on the other, it is going to be a battle royale.

While Wabba will lead the over 30,000 sacked civil servants in the state on a protest in Kaduna today, the state capital, government has obtained an arrest warrant to pick up any individual or group that threatens the peace of the state.

Further to the above, the state police command has warned that it would not tolerate any lawlessness, saying it never granted permit for the planned protest.

Specifically, the police said giving the experience of a similar rally late last year during which public utilities were destroyed; they would not leave anything to chances.

But the organised labour is insisting that there is no going back, stressing that the warrant was only meant to intimidate its members to chicken out of the planned rally.

Today’s peaceful protest is the climax of the controversy that had greeted the sack of  of 21,780 primary school teachers who failed competence test, and other classes of workers in the state employ.

Cautioning the workers, the state government noted that there is no guarantee that the rally will be peaceful.

To avert any untoward development, government said it had obtained arrest warrants against those that perpetrated the violence at the State House of Assembly last November.

Sounding the warning through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, the governor told journalists in Kaduna that his government was encouraged by the overwhelming support of parents for its education reforms.

According to him, ordinary people clearly understood that the government was making public primary schools better for the sake of citizens and over 2 million pupils.

Aruwan said: “The last time the NLC and NUT organised what they called a peaceful rally, they attacked the Kaduna state House of Assembly and destroyed public property in addition to engaging in unlawful assembly and other violations of the Penal Code of Kaduna state. “The Attorney General of Kaduna state has filed criminal complaints and has obtained bench warrants for the arrest of those involved in fomenting the chaos of Wednesday, 8th November, 2017.

“The citizens have seen failed teachers and NUT-disrupted schools as they try to force others to join the strike, and they know that it is the government that is standing for their interests. The state government believes in the equality of opportunity, and is devoted to promoting social mobility through education and skills.  It is the children of the poor that attend public primary schools, and public schools must not offer inferior education.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Osun State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji, has assured workers of the readiness of the state government to continue paying full salary. He stated this in a new year message delivered during a meeting with staffs of the ministry at the finance building, government office, on Thursday. He hinted that the state has on ...The post We are ready to continue paying full salary, Osun govt promises appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Commander 21 Armored Brigade, Brigadier General G.B Audu has said that Bama town and its environs were largely safe for the returnee IDPs to come back and resettle but still faced with the challenges of farmlands littered with landmines by Boko Haram insurgents which has made farming difficult for the local people. He also said ...The post Military Urges UN to Provide Landmines Detectors for Clearance of 'Bama appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday fixed January 24, for ruling in an application seeking the setting aside of an interim order withholding Osun state Local Governments allocations from the Federation Account. The suit was filed by three plaintiffs/applicants, namely, Chief Kolawole Osunkemitan, Chief Douglas Adeyinka Oyinlola and ...The post Osun LGs allocations, poll: Court fixes Jan 24, for ruling appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
..Alleges rigging plans by APC The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has rejected elections schedule release by the Independent National Electoral Commissione (INEC), alleging that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had perfected a rigging plans ahead of the 2019 general elections. The opposition party specifically wanted the electoral empire to start the conduct of the ...The post 2019: ADP rejects INEC order of elections appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Musa Umar Bologi Abuja The Nigerian Army has again warned residents of the North-east to desist from habouring remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their areas. Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman gave the warning in a statement yesterday. He said: 'Credible intelligence has revealed that several of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists have ...The post Don't harbour terrorists, Borno residents warned appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Vivian Okejeme Abuja Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen has warned against unguarded comments on matters before courts with regards to issues concerning the Anambra Central senatorial district dispute. The CJN reiterated that discussing matters before the court is contempt of court which could attract punishment. In a statement released by ...The post Don't discuss matters pending in court, Onnoghen warns appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
-Receives N35bn of N65bn 2017 budget Awaal Gata Abuja Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Paul Boroh yesterday said over 4,000 had benefitted from the training and empowerment programme of the Amnesty. Boroh, also the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ...The post Amnesty empowers 4,000 ex-agitators appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Tope Sunday Abuja Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi yesterday said the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard gauge rail lines would commence commercial activities in August. Amaechi told newsmen in Abuja that the ministry was putting in place all the necessary facilities to ensure that the rail lines start operation, explaining that seven coaches were being expected to ...The post Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line begins activities in August ' Amaechi appeared first on Blueprint - For Tr 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Spine surgery is an individual thing. Operations are designed specifically for each patient and what Joe had may not be suitable for Adamu. Operations are often designed to achieve one of two results: remove pain or to free the nerve from compression. The pain may be coming because of instability of the bones or pressure ...The post Minimally invasive spine surgery in Abuja, By Dr. Biodun Ogungbo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Sleep regression. It's a phrase you probably didn't know existed before you had a baby, but now' Now that your baby is waking every 20 minutes, and you are exhausted beyond all reason' Now that your toddler is waging a fierce anti-nap campaign' Sleep regressions: what they are A sleep regression describes a period of ...The post Sleep regressions: Everything you need to know appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Mohammed Tangida Lafia Senator representing Nasarawa South at the National Assembly, Sulaiman Adokwe has donated food items worth millions of naira to victims of the recent attacks on Tiv communities in Nasarawa/Benue border by suspected herdsmen. Adokwe, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Culture made the donation on yesterday in Awe ...The post Adokwe donates materials to victims of Benue/Nasarawa killings appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Lateef Dada Osogbo Former speaker of Osun state Assembly, Adejare Bello yesterday said he had garnered the required experience and composure that will make him perform excellently as the next governor of the state. He made the disclosure to newsmen in his hometown, Ede at the 8th day Fidau prayer of his late father, ...The post I'm ready to govern Osun ' Ex-speaker appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Policeman found dead in Osun
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Lateef Dada Osogbo A policeman, which rank was not ascertained, Sunday Adejumo, was found dead beside Onibueja sawmill in Osogbo, Osun state capital yesterday. He was said to be from the provost section of Zone 11 headquarters of the Nigerian Police, Osogbo. The real circumstances surrounding the death of the late policeman could not ...The post Policeman found dead in Osun appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) has commenced general renovation and rehabilitation of Bama General Hospital, aimed at assisting Borno state government. Besides, committee purchased medical equipment, beds, mattresses, stand-by generating sets, sound scanners, operation tools and kits among others for the hospital. Vice Chairman of PCNI, Alhaji ...The post North-east c'ttee renovates Bama hospital, procures equipment appeared first 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The organised labour in Kogi state yesterday accused the state government of reneging on all the agreements entered into with the government before the suspension of the industrial action in November 2017. The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, ...The post 'You've broken our agreements, NLC tells gov appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reiterated his support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the anti-corruption exponent remained the best option for a 'stable and united Nigeria'. The governor, who disclosed this in Lokoja yesterday through his spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, said the President has 'unfinished business with ...The post Buhari best option for 2019 ' Yahaya Bello appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Ju 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Lagos Airport Police Command yesterday said 235 persons were prosecuted for committing various offences at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos between January and December 2017. Spokesman for the command, Joseph Alabi, a deputy superintendent of police, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the suspects were charged with assault, stealing, obtaining by ...The post Airport offences: 'We prosecuted 235, secured 89 convictions' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The return of queues in most of our filling stations has sent panic in the mind of Nigerians. Unlike in the last one decade where fuel scarcity became an annual ritual, the Buhari administration should be commended for stabilising the sector in recent times through the removal of subsidy. Until now, Nigerians had enjoyed un-interrupted ...The post Time for full fuel deregulation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
After the first meeting of the Journalists for Peace in Korean Peninsula (JPKP) in 2018 in Kaduna on 6 January, the group unanimously agreed that the President of North Korea Kim Jong Un must embrace the olive branch canvassed by its South Korea counterpart President Moon Jae In since the world leaders summit in Germany ...The post On return of peace to Korean Peninsula appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The post Hailers: Buhari's 2nd Term, Good product, YES! Wailers, NO!- Carton appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
IBRAHIM ALI writes on how Biu repelled the recent insurgency in the North East, as well as an historical excursion on the display of heroism by the legendary conqueror-Yamtara Wala- and the replication of his attributes by his progeny. When the North-east was plunged into a state of despondency by insurgents, and the Biu Emirate ...The post Biu Emirate: Of Buratai, heroism and insurgency appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Bitcoin's eye-watering price surge over the past year is proving too tempting to resist despite fears that cryptocurrencies are a bubble floating towards an inevitable burst. One group for whom it holds particular appeal is African millennials, writes the BBC's CATHERINE BYARUHANGA from Uganda. Thirty year-old Peace Akware in Kampala is a convert to the ...The post Why African millennials can't get enough of Bitcoin appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has commenced nationwide consultations with community, traditional, religious and opinion leaders (led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo) towards ending the incessant farmers-herdsmen conflicts in Nigeria. We note that violent conflicts between nomadic herders from northern Nigeria and sedentary farming communities in the central and southern zones have escalated in recent years and ...The post Ending farmers-herdsmen conflicts,By Ken Ukaoha appeared first on Blueprint - For 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Nigeria has exited from recession but Nigerians are yet to feel the impact. The benefits of the recovery from prolonged economic doldrums is coming in trickles but even the trickles can hardly form a drop in the surging ocean of pervasive poverty. Hardship bites harder as the year draws to a close with President ...The post Minimum wage, maximum woes, By Udekwe Idemili appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard gauge rail lines would commence commercial activities in August. Amaechi, who, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, added that the ministry was putting in place all the necessary facilities to ensure that the rail lines start operation. He said ...The post Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line begins commercial activities August ' FG appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Jelani Aliyu, is a car design veteran from General Motors (GM). He is also known as the designer of the Chevy Volt, amongst other vehicular creations in the United States of America. To him, spearheading a revolution that will change the face of auto-design and manufacturing in Nigeria and on the continent is a move ...The post NADDC set to take over Africa's auto industry 'Jelani appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), yesterday sustained growth profile, extending gain of N517 billion. Market Capitalisation of listed equities improved by 3.6 per cent to N24.880 trillion. from N14.363 trillion while the NSE All Share Index appreciated by 1453.14 basis points to 41816.11 points from 40362.97 ...The post Equity market sustains growth, gaining N517bn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Benjamin umuteme Abuja The World Bank has assured it would upscale its regional integration support commitments in the West African sub region from the current commitments of over $10 billion over the next three years. Speaking at a high level meeting between the Bank and the ECOWAS Commission, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, ...The post W/Bank to scale up commitment in W/Africa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) yesterday urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure the convergence of deposit money banks rate and that of the BDCs, for a healthy competition that would achieve a stronger naira. ABCON President, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, who said this after ...The post How naira can be stronger 'BDC operators appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in conjunction with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has reviewed directives and standing operating procedures in terms of minimum ceiling, visibility, Runway Visual Range (RVR), or specified hazards to flight for 18 airports in Nigeria. The review is in compliance with the provision of Part 8 of the ...The post Low visibility: NCAA reviews operating weather for 18 airports appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Stories by Ime Akpan Lagos The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has concluded plans to host a meeting of the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA) on a three-day Air Accident/Serious Incident Report Writing Course from January 16-19, 2018. Speaking in Lagos, the commissioner of AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru said the course was part of ...The post AIB hosts BAGAIA on incident report writing course appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Only 24 candidates of Zamfara state origin, passed the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examinations Council (NECO). The examination was reportedly taken by 186 candidates in Zamfara. NECO Registrar, Charles Uwakwe, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the council's headquarters in Minna, Niger state. 'For candidates' general performance by states, Ogun ...The post Only 24 candidates pass NECO appeared first on Blueprint - For Tr 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Abubakar, a retired career foreign service officer, has been a Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations. Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support ...The post Breaking: Buhari appoints Ahmed Rufai DG NIA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved contract for the provision of independent power supply to the Abuja Airport following structural challenges encountered in the construction of a new terminal at the airport being handled by a Chinese firm. This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, at the end of ...The post FEC okays Abujaairportindependent power project,N5.4bn Oturkpo-Enugu road appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
A policeman, which rank was not ascertained, Sunday Adejumo, wasfound dead beside Onibueja sawmill in Osogbo, Osun state capital, on Wednesday. He was said to be from the provost section of Zone 11 Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force in Osogbo. The real circumstances surrounding the death of the late policeman could not be ascertained ...The post Policeman found dead in Osun appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
As the most awaited 2019 general election draws nearer, political permutations, alignments, and realignments are taking the center stages of political spheres of the country. In all the zones, states and local government areas, the stories fuming out are unvarying and corresponding with diff erent political chemistries and magnitudes depending on the political plays adopted. ...The post 2019: Bagudu debasing PDP in Kebbi, By MUSA K. BALA appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
In 2017, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was two years plus on the saddle, but it continues to be enmeshed in controversies which some say could adversely affect its fortune in future elections. BODE OLAGOKE writes. For the governing APC, the year 2017 has gone down in the annals of history as one characterized by ...The post 2017: The good, the bad in APC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Team Nigeria made a flying start in their quest or the defense of the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championship qualifiers in Lome, Togo with no fewer than eight of its 12 players advancing to the next stage of the event. While Oyinlomo Quadri, who is Nigeria's highest ranked junior ...The post 2018 AJC Qualifiers: Marylove, Abamu lead Nigeria to flying start in Lome appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Coach Gernot Rohr has said he expects Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama to move during the January transfer window so as to enhance their chances of featuring at the World Cup in Russia. 'Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Enyeama should move in this (transfer) window so that they can play regularly ahead of the ...The post Russia 2018: Get a club now, Rohr tells Iheanacho, Musa, others appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Rasheed Balogun , General Manager, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, yesterday assured the club's fans that it would regain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football Leagues (NPFL) next season. The darling team of Ibadan was relegated to play in the 2017/2018 Bet9ja/Nigeria National League (NNL). The Ibadan based club was 16th on the ...The post 3SCll be back in NPFL next season ' GM appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Recently, the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development organized a class 'A' conference of stakeholders in the Mine and Minerals sector in Abuja. It was a very well attended conference during which period the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources (NCMMRD) was established. There is already in existence the Council of Mining Engineers and ...The post Nigeria Metallurgical sub sector and matters arising, By SANUSI ALHAJI MOHAMMED appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justi 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
As 2018 rolled in ' and the Gaidam administration positions itself to turbo-charge Yobe's economy for even more service delivery ' the people of the state can look back on the preceding year as one in which the prospects for a brighter future have been firmed. With a record 82 percent budget implementation rate by ...The post How Gaidam finished strong in 2017, By ABDULLAHI BEGO appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Baba Yusuf Abuja Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. A. B. Ahmed has placed the delay in the administration of criminal justice in the country on the door steps of inadequate judges and general poor infrastructure. Ahmed stated this yesterday in Abuja during the last phase of capacity building training the ...The post 'Inadequate judges, infrastructure hinder justice' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Aideloje Ojo Minna The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the release of the 2017 November/ December Senior School Certificate Examination results. Registrar of the Council, Prof Charles Uwakwe, announced the results yesterday at its headquarters in Minna. Uwakwe said that a total of 42, 985 candidates registered for the examination and 42, 429 ...The post NECO releases Nov/Dec SSCE results appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
By Agi Onda Abuja Human rights lawyer and activist, Mr Femi Falana, has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to proceed with its fixed January 13 rerun Senate election for Anambra Central. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said two separate judgements of the Appeal Court which ordered ...The post Falana backs INEC on Anambra Central Senate re-run appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
Taiye Odewale Abuja The Senate yesterday descended heavily on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami for litigating against it and the House of Representatives on investigative hearing being conducted by both chambers on botched reinstatement and promotion saga of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pensions reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. Maina, who ...The post Mainagate: Senate slams AGF over litigation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.