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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH JANUARY, 2018].




Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 4th January, 2018.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herders, on New Year day and in the early hours of yesterday, invaded five communities in Logo and Guma local government areas, killing 30 persons and injuring several others.

The farmers/herders’ clash got to head in the state, with the state government promulgating an anti-grazing law,  believed  not to have gone down well with the Fulani cattle breeders.

Like the previous ones, the New Year tragedy claimed a lot of casualties, a development that forced Governor Samuel Ortom to fight back tears while briefing journalists on the development.

Blueprint gathered that the attackers, who wielded dangerous weapons on the New Year day around 10 am, attacked Ayilamo, Turan and Gambe-Tiev, all in Logo local government area, and opened fire on many of the locals in church for the New Year services.

It was further gathered that the gunmen later, around 3am, proceeded to Tamatar, and Umenger in Guma, where they burnt a patrol vehicle, killed livestock guards and started shooting and killing the villagers.

Confirming the incident, Governor Ortom described the development as unfortunate.

The governor, who spoke to newsmen after visiting victims of the attack at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), however, said more than 30 persons were killed, including 9 members of his Livestock Special Guard.

“This is unfortunate, we are living in a country we call our own and this is happening. It is not that these warnings were not given out, the security agencies in this country are aware of what you are seeing today, and this is just a tip of the iceberg.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018

One and half years after they were dismissed under controversial circumstances, 38 top officers of the Nigerian Army have headed to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The officers accused the federal government of violating their fundamental rights to fair hearing.

Officers in the suit, said their dismissal was perpetrated by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, all acting as agents of the federal government.


The Nigerian Army had, in June 2016, terminated the careers of 38 officers by compulsory retirement over allegations of professional misconduct during the 2015 general election and involvement in arms procurement fraud.

Investigations revealed that most of the affected officers were neither queried nor indicted by any panel, but dismissed for reasons that smacked of high-level arbitrariness by the Army authorities.

The officers had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, but nothing was done one and half years after their summary dismissals.

One of the affected officers, Ojebo Baba-Ochankpa, died while waiting for justice in January 2017.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By hamid Sabo Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has expressed sadness over the death of former Governor if the defunct Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita. He said Nigeria has lost a patriotic son who contributed immensely to the development of its contemporary politics. Governor Masari, in a statement signed by his ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Tope Musowo Lagos Leading Christian cleric and the running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential elections, Pastor Tunde Bakare, may slug it out with incumbent President Buhari and others in the 2019 contest. Bakare, who heads the Latter Rain Assembly, was on a joint ticket with Buhari on the platform of ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state over the reported killings, injury of several persons and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo local governments of the state in the New Year. While expressing immense sadness at the 'wicked and callous' attacks on even innocent children, the President assured ... 





Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The social Democratic Party (SDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must have misinterpreted the call for restructuring to mean a call for return to parliamentary system of government, insisting that the country must be restructured. In a statement the SDP National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammad signed Wednesday in Abuja, the party expressed disappointment over ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Max Air limited has signed a contract agreement with the federal government to evacuate 3,184 out of the 5,037 Nigerians expected to return home from Libya in the next few days. This was contained in a statement signed by the airline's Public Relations Manager, Alhaji Ibrahim Dahiru and made available to ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Ibrahim AbdulAziz Yola A Fulani group, Mobgal Kautal Hore Fulbe, has cried out over alleged silent killings of nomads in Numan, Demsa and Lamurde local government areas of Adamawa state. The group which called for urgent action by government to check the development said it would be forced to resort to self help to ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the late Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, as a fearless democrat whose immense contribution to Nigeria's democratic struggles would be etched in brass. Reacting to the demise of Kaita at 85, the former VicePresident, on Wednesday said Kaita, who was his political associate, was a ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Martin Paul Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it generated N12 billion as income in 2017. The Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, made the disclosure at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday. The registrar said the board remitted N7.8 billion to the federal government after deducting its expenses, ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Contrary to widely circulated rumour that the Kano state government under the leadership of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had concluded plan to prevent the immediate past governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso from coming to the state, Commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, has described the rumour as baseless and totally unfounded. ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The Benue state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed dissatisfaction over the killing of over 20 people in the state, allegedly papeltrated by the Fulani herdsmen as an invitation of civil War. In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, state chairman of the party Comrade Abba Yaro, described the killing ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has expressed its determination to complete the ongoing projects it had embarked upon since the assumption of office of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration. Speaking to newsmen on the preparations on ground for the continuation of projects in the pipeline for the year 2018, the State Commissioner for ... 




Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration would investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country, saying no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially the taking of another life. Speaking at separate meetings with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid'a-Wa-Iqamatus-Sunnah at the ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Taiye Odewale Abuja As a way of making life better for Nigerians in the new year, the Muslim Media Watch Group (MMWG) yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure good governance in the land across the various sectors and the three arms of government. This was as it expressed its reservations on a recent ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja The Presidency, yesterday in Abuja, summoned critical stakeholders in the nation's oil sector and the leadership of security agencies to end the scarcity of petrol in the country. The meeting, presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was attended by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Emeka Nze Abuja Concerned Candidates and Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) otherwise known as Fresh PDP have proscribed the PDP Governors Forum, which they declared is oppressive and retrogressive in handling the affairs of the party. The Fresh PDP also stated that they would inaugurate the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ... 




Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the High Court of Enugu over what he described as 'malicious falsehood, defamation and unlawful imprisonment.' The lawsuit which was filed by counsel to Innocent Chukwuma, Prof ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Habib M. Bello Zaria A former governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, has passed on after protracted illness. He was aged 85. Family sources said Kaita died at Nizamieye Turkish Hospital in Abuja after spending a couple of weeks on life support in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Born in 1932 ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

NCC and NSCDC Sign MOU on Critical Telecommunication Infrastructure ProtectionAlso in the year, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Security and Civil The signing of the MoU between NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Danbatta AND THE NSCDC boss, Abdullahi Muhammadu, was the climax of sequence of meetings, visitations and ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) sold and distributed 1.352.86 billion litres of white products across the country in October, 2017. This was done through its downstream subsidiary, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC). In its October 2017 edition of the Monthly NNPC Operations and Financial Report also indicated that 252.83 billion cubic feet of ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Stories by Benjamin Umuteme with Agencies The National Bureau Statistics (NBS) in its third quarter 2017 Foreign Trade Statistics revealed that the country earned N397 billion from the export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). In the report, NBS stated that the value of exported LNG and cooking gas stood at ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Stories by Benjamin Umuteme Abuja A new report from the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) has revealed that the country's electricity sector lost N1.5 billion daily to gas, water, and transmission lines. NESI in the report also disclosed that the sector generated 99,000 mega watt/hour (MWh/day) a day on the same day, but lost about ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

An increasing number of countries are employing direct current lines to move energy across continents. This could deliver clean energy where it's most needed at any time, helping solve the problem of intermittent supply. Micro grids are the future While micro grids are in the public eye as a solution to power remote communities with ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Britains Andy Murray says he may have to consider surgery after withdrawing from the Brisbane International because of his long-term hip injury. The 30-year-old is down to 16th in the world, having not played since July. Murray said on Instagram surgery was a secondary option, something I may have to consider but lets hope not. ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Kevin de Bruyne, who has the most assists in the league this season, was carried off at Crystal Palace The Premier Leagues congested schedule is a disaster for players, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. City, who have a 12-point lead in the table with a game in hand, face Watford on Tuesday, their fourth ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Super Eagles goalkeepers, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, have paid tributes to the late former international goalkeeper, Raymond King, following his death in Lagos on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. King, aged 52 died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness. The former flamboyant goalkeeper was a member of the Flying Eagles squad ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Libya coach Omar Al-Marimi has named a strong 23-man squad for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. The Mediterranean Knights are in Group C along with Nigeria, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea. Top on the list is highly rated goalkeeper Mohammad Nashnoush who was in goal when the Mediterranean Knights won the competition in 2014. ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Stories By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Head Coach Salisu Yusuf yesterday released his final squad of the Super Eagles B for the 5th African Nations Championship starting in Morocco next week, with goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, midfield Trojan Rabiu Ali and marksman Anthony Okpotu listed. Ezenwa is joined for the goalkeeping duties by Oladele Ajiboye ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

For the second time running, Nigerian and Chelsea star Victor Moses has been voted out in the ongoing 2017 CAF Team of the Year selection for the best winger in Africa. According to a poll published on CAF's verified Twitter handle, Moses narrowly lost out to Morocco and Wydad Casablanca player Mohamed Ounnajem for the ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The recent arrest of Mr. Innocent Chukwuma by the EFCC last week, sparked intense debate on the floor of the Senate and was out rightly condemned by Senators alike. EZREL TABIOWO reports. Arrest of Innoson Managing Director Following the unexplained arrest of the Managing Director of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, by the Economic and ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Barnabas Gemade, said the arrest of Chukwuma is an abuse and misuse of power. He said it is wrong for the EFCC to arrest a reputable entrepreneur and warned that it could send wrong signals to his foreign partners. 'I want to speak from the angle of misuse of ... 




Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The South East Governors' Forum has condemned the New Year killings in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State. Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi, who described the incident as height of insanity and barbarism, said the mindless killings of innocent citizens was a national ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Former Governor Of Rivers State And Minister Of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Has Accused Governor, Nyesom Wike, Of Aiding And Abetting Insecurity In The State. Amaechi, who was reacting to reports of the killing of 21 persons on New Year day as they were returning from church programme, said had Wike been serious about governance and ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bode Olagoke Abuja A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has decried criticism that have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year broadcast, saying it was not diversionary. Okechukwu, who expressed shock over the harsh criticisms of the New Year speech by ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Emeka Nze Abuja Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has expressed the hope that this year will bring out the empowerment of Nigerians and that through increased job opportunities Nigeria will be working again. Atkiku, who stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians, also hoped that in this year all Nigerians would ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The traditional ruler of Umuoha Obuoffia community in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State, Igwe Obiora Igwesi, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to alter his poor of impression of Easterners noting that South East region will endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second tenure. The Monarch, who urged Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday dared the All Progressives Congress (APC) boasting it would capture Lagos in the 2019 governorship elections. The PDP State Publicity Secretary, Taofeek Gani, made the claim in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noting Lagosians have had enough of lack of vision from ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Emeka Nze Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thumbed down for President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year address describing it as a failed attempt to claim credit for the projects initiated and executed by the PDP-led federal government. The former ruling party condemned the President's New Year speech noting that it was not only ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

Residents of Ondewari, a coastal settlement in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa, have fled the area following clashes between rival gangs in which two persons were reported dead. NAN learnt that most of the residents observed the New Year in the bushes where they hid. A resident and an environmentalist, Alagoa Morris, told ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By EgwuAgha Amarachukwu Abakaliki Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi has condemned the New Year killings in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers state, describing it as height of insanity and babarism. Umahi, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor described the killing of innocent worshippers ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Ene Osang Abuja The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has assured of brighter future for Nigerian women this year. Its president, Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda, in a New Year message said the council would consolidate on her identified programmes, to ensure better life for every Nigerian women and child. According to her, since ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Agi Onda Abuja The much-anticipated Nigeria Peace Corps Bill has arrived the Presidency for onward assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, the President's Special Adviser (Senate), Ita Enang, has confirmed. 'The Peace Corp bill has just been forwarded to the President and it is undergoing the standard procedure,' Enang told an online publication yesterday. He ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Coalition of Civil Societies Forum (CSF), has said the lingering fuel scarcity in the country has drawn the patience of Nigerians to the last limit. Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, spokesman of the coalition, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Yahaya, said it was high time for the President Muhammadu Buhari to relinquish ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the gruesome attacks on worshipers ushering in the New Year in Taiwo Isale area of Ilorin, Kwara state and Omoku community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers state, which led to several deaths and maiming. The party also condemned the killing of the ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Mohammed Yangida Lafia Former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku has challenged Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state to ensure proper utilisation of the N200 million monthly security vote being released in the state. He made the challenged yesterday while speaking to newsmen in his residence at Akwanga in Akwanga local government area of ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Bode Olagoke Abuja A social activist, Jaye Gaskia, has declared his intention to run for the office of the president in 2019 general elections, saying the nation has been brought to its knees by 'decades of incompetent, selfish, greedy and light-fingered leadership.' Gaskia, who is a development sector professional with over two and a ... 



Thu, 04 Jan 2018

By Chidiebere Iwuoha Owerri Two commercial sex workers who came to Owerri from Port-Harcourt to explore the potentials of the city, eventually sorted themselves out through a big fight watched by not less than 20 people who were returning from end of year night virgil. The scene of the fight was the Dreamland Hotel/ Las ...