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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 5th January, 2018.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the recent massacre of defenseless Nigerians in Benue, Rivers, Kaduna and other states by marauders as extremely wicked, iniquitous and horrifying.
The party also flayed as inexcusable, the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to act upon early danger signs and threats by taking cautionary measures that could have averted the killings, particularly in Benue state.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday further lamented the insensitivity of the APC Presidency which reacted to the ugly incidents only after the PDP and well-meaning Nigerians called them to task.
The party said the height of insensitivity of the APC Presidency became glaring in its reaction, wherein a media aide issued some apathetic and indifferent lines without any precise commitment towards bringing the perpetrators to book and assurances of adequate security to forestall a reoccurrence.
The PDP also called on the Presidency to have some soul-searching with regard to its silence and loud indifference whenever citizens fall under such horrifying attacks.
“What a way to start the new year? The sheer insensitivity of the APC Government have continued to cause our nation a lot of pain and sorrow.
Is it not only a careless and inept leadership like the APC government that will ignore the danger signs in any part of the country and leave its citizens defenseless, just to be massacred by marauders?
If the APC Federal Government had effectively acted upon the danger signs and had provided adequate security in flash points across the country, particularly in Benue state, north central and Southern Kaduna area, this massacre of Nigerians, who were already impoverished by the APC’s misrule, could have been prevented.
“Is it not a tragic trajectory of governance that while the APC Presidency was busy basking on its orchestrated New Year self-praise and empty promises, bandits were having a field day mowing down citizens in cold blood? 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas has Thursday said that the military in the on going joint operations by the joint team of the Nigerian army, air force, police , SSS, civil defence, civilian JTF and the media have rescued over 2000 civilians as captives both men, women and children ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Political activities ahead of the 2019 elections in Bayelsa State was Thursday kickstarted with the trading of words between the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the defection of a local government party coordinator, Hon. Soukiri Jackson and 7, 000 others into the ruling party in Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Ezrel Tabiowo and Taiye Odewale The current N145 per litre fixed for Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS ) otherwise known as fuel, is no longer sustainable said the federal government of Nigeria. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachickwu who made the declaration to the National Assembly joint committee on Petroleum Resources ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Former Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has described lateAlhaji Lawal Kaita as a man wholived a good life in the service of God and humanity. In a statement on Thursday by his spokesman,Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo,Makarfi said Kaita was an epitome of simplicity despite a ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Bayelsa state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent Board appointments, describing it just, and fair to the real members of the party in the state. A statement signed by the Chairman Bayelsa state chapter, Chief Timipa Tiwei Orunimighe, on Thursday in Abuja, said for ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
As part of efforts to reposition the leadership of the party towards 2019 general elections, the Labour Party (LP) has concluded plans to hold a meeting next week, where six national officers will be suspended and replaced through an election. National Chairman of the party Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, revealed this on Thursday in an interview ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka today rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists earlier in 2014. A statement issued Thursday by Col Onyema NwachukwuDeputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole said so far, preliminary investigations reveal that the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu is the ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
In what appears to have become a recurring human tragedy, several villages in farming communities of Benue state were sacked by alleged herdsmen on the night of the first day of January in the New Year. The marauding herdsmen descended with fire and fury on several communities including; Gaambe-Tiev, Ayilamo and Turan in Logo Local ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Tope Sunday Abuja The Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Hon Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, has called on the people of Faskari Local Government Area of the state to remain loyal to the state's Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari. Tafoki in a New Year message he personally signed, also called on the ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin A professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers state University of Education, Olufumilayo Adesanya-Davies, has declared her intention to contest the 2019 presidential election. Adesanya- Davies, who made her intention public yesterday while addressing newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state, said she made decision after wide consultation across the ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as 'a dead party, not capable of capturing Lagos in 2019.' The party's Assistant Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Abiodun Salami, who stated this in Lagos dismissed claim made by the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Mr. Taofik Gani, ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The clock in, clock out system, introduced by Kogi state government is to check incessant truancy and absenteeism in the state civil service, Director General, Bureau of Information Services and Grassroots Sensitisation, Mallam Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, has said. Abdulmalik, who described the system as very effective in tracking civil servants, stated this ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Musa M. Buba Damaturu Motorists plying Damaturu-Buniyadi-Magza road in Yobe state have showered encomiums on Governor Ibrahim Gaidam for reconstructing the federal road constructed few years after Nigeria's independence. The road had served as the main route for the people of southern Borno and former Gongola state but due to its age it became ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Baba Yusuf Lafia A member representing Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Ja'afaru Ibrahim has bemoaned the losses incurred by the people of Toto local government council as a result of ethnic skirmishes in the late 1990s. The local government was engulfed by ethnic crisis involving Egbira and Bassa ethnic ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Hamidu Sabo Katsina The remains of former governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Lawal Kai who died Tuesday night in Abuja has been laid at old Dan Marna grave yard in the ancient city of Katsina, in accordance to Islamic injunction. The body of the late Kaita was conveyed to the Katsina Emir's palace about ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Muazu Abari Yola The Adamawa chapter of the Muslim Council has raised concern over the influx of Qu'ranic school pupils (Almaris) into major towns in the state. The council, in a communiqu issued at the end of its 29th General Assembly meeting in Yola yesterday, called on parents and governments at all levels to ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Tope Musowo Lagos Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday inaugurated the board of Lagos state Consumer Protection Agency, with a pledge to protect the rights of consumers in the state and ensure they get value for money spent on goods and services. Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja while inaugurating members of ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri No fewer than five persons were killed in early morning suicide bomb attack at Gamboru town in Gamboru-Ngala local government area of Borno state yesterday. The incident occurred about 5: 00 am when a teenage male suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body in a mosque ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Boko haram has threatened to attack some media houses in Nigeria. 'This is contained in a new video released yesterday, Wednesday by Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau on YouTube. ' The organisations include, Punch, Daily Sun, Vanguard, Guardian, Nation, Tribune, and National Accord. The reason for their planned attack according to the clip include, misinforming ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Ahead of local government council elections scheduled for this week, the outgoing Delta state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim yesterday ordered the restriction of vehicular movements on Saturday, the 6th of January. The police commissioner, who gave the order said that the restriction would begin from 6am -3pm on Election ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Our Correspondent The Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris has enjoined officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to rededicate themselves to their constitutional duty of protecting lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners resident in the country. Idris also called for diligence among the personnel even in the face of 'undue ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Taiye Odewale Abuja President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has described the death of a former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Lawal Kaita as a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states but to the entire nation. In a statement issued yesterday, Saraki described late Kaita as a courageous, experienced ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has commenced payment of the sum of N300 million scholarship grant to 23,987 students to enable them pursue various academic courses in Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions. This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary, Kano state Scholarship Board, Prof Fatima Umar, at a press conference in her ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Our Correspondent The National Association of Izalatul Bidia Waikamatul Sunna (JIBWIS) has advised the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, to liaise with religious and traditional leaders to enlist only credible people in the Nigeria Police Force. The group's National Chairman, Sheik Abdullahi Bala-Lau, gave the advice during a courtesy call on the IGP ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Chairman, Sobi FM, Ilorin, Alhaji Lukman Mustapha has debunked insinuations in some quarters that some opposition figures were behind the establishment of the radio station to pursue certain political interests ahead of 2019. He however argued that plying opposition role was good for democracy, asserting that 'in a country where ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna Kaduna state House of Assembly yesterday confirmed Dr Ibrahim Hamza as Commissioner of Water Resources. Hamza was nominated by Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai to serve as commissioner in the state. The nominee appeared before the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali and was screened and confirmed. ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Aideloje Ojo Minna Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has sworn in 14 new commissioners with an urge to avoid corrupt and other sharp practices that could dent their integrity. While swearing in the commissioners yesterday, the governor reminded them that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption and warned that anyone caught ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Former Vice President of Nigeria and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has described as unacceptable the cycle of blood-letting that has led to the loss of precious lives across the country. Atiku made the charge against the backdrop of recent killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Benue and other ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse The Jigawa state government has concluded arrangements to recruit 1, 300 teachers in the first quarter of this year. Executive chairman, state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Salisu Zakar dropped the hint yesterday while reviewing the board's achievements in their last fiscal year. Zakar said those to be recruited would ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Tuesday's attack by gunmen on Benue farmers, calling on the presidency to arrest and bring the culprits to book. The PDP Publicity Secretary in Benue, Mr Bemgba Iortyom made the call in a statement yesterday in Makurdi. 'Once again, heavily armed gunmen on January 2, unleashed violence and ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Martin Paul Abuja The federal government yesterday dispatched a special evacuation team to Tripoli, the Libyan capital on a fact finding mission on the level of the enslavement of Nigerians in that country. The delegation, which comprised Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, included the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna A non-governmental organisation, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation, has put smiles on the faces of not less than 10 convicted 1st offenders with the option of fine ranging from N10, 000 and below by facilitating their release from the Zaria prison. Speaking to newsmen in Zaria, the coordinator, Hajia Adama ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said it sealed four additional filling stations in Sokoto and Kebbi states, for various some offences, according to Sokoto Zonal Operations Controller, Alhaji Mohammed Makera. Makera told newsmen in Sokoto yesterday that their offences were selling above the pump price of N 145 ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Muhammada Aliyu Dutse Africa's richest and President, Dangote group of companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has been commended for taking the bull by its horns in the execution of critical projects in his own secondary school, the Birnin Kudu Unity College, Jigawa state. The commendation was made by the President of the college old students ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Patrick Ahanor Benin City The controversy surrounding the disputed Obu Mine site in Okpilla, Edo state yesterday deepened following the arrest of two employees of BUA International Limited. The employees were arrested by a combined security team of the Nigerian Army, the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), and Department of State ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
I knew Yusuf Buhari since he was about 3 years old. I watched him grew into a fi ne gentleman. Yusuf takes after his father's many qualities, the greatest among them are his humility and kindness towards others. Whenever we meet anywhere, he will stretch his hands with his head slightly bowing down as a ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Musa Umar Bologi Bauchi Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has expressed satisfaction over security situation in Bauchi state. He said this while on operational visit to the state, and inspection of ongoing projects at the 33 Artillery Brigade and headquarters Nigerian Army Armoured Corps. Buratai also expressed satisfaction over the projects in ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Stories by David Agba with agencies Local airlines have lost about 50 per cent of flight operations due to poor visibility occasioned by the seasonal harmattan haze. Though air travel is usually at its peak during yuletide, operators couldn't optimise most of their recent investments as a result of flight delays and cancellations. In the ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
FlightGlobal data shows that 39 new airline operations were established over the first eight months of 2017, roughly matching the 37 airlines that ceased operations or suspended flights. The 39 start-ups include some subsidiary carriers created to enter new markets ' or, in the case of EasyJet Europe, to ensure continuity of operations ahead of ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Rasak Musbau It is likely that we will never agree on exactly where, when and how HIV came into being. Though researchers now think HIV has been around since the 1940s, perhaps as far back as 1900, it came into world consciousness in 1981 through the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Oludayo Tade On December 4, 2017 the Non-Teaching Staff Unions (National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT); Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU)) in public universities resumed their suspended strike. This time, it is about the failure of the Federal Government (FG) to ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after savings' ' Warren Buffet Great minds have long debated about the importance of savings for individuals and for nation-states. Warren Buffet is one of the great minds and in the above quote, he prioritised the importance of savings over meeting daily ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The public and private sector employees were expected to receive pension claims after their exit from service, and these include voluntary contributors from their earnings, in line with the National Pension Commission policy guidelines. But, retirees from both sectors are not having a happy time in their quest for their money from the relevant agencies ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
At the beginning of every year, people make resolutions. While some follow it religiously, others renege half way and return to their old ways. It is gradually becoming a yearly ritual as some people will personally pronounce their resolutions but fail to abide by them. Some Nigerians who speak with TOPE SUNDAY, however, express divergent ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Chairman, Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF), 'Dipo Fatokun, has said the forum would be more dedicated to providing security for the nation's banking sector by giving a tough fight against e-Payment thieves. DAVID AGBA reports Electronic payment is a relatively new phenomenon in Nigeria. Most transactions in the country are done with cash. This ... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Reacting to the call made by the former Governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, Wike said Amaechi stands rejected by Rivers people because of his failure during his 8-year ill-fated administration. 'Despite the evil machinations of former Governor Amaechi Rivers people will continue to reject him. His bid to foist his boy, the defeated 2015 ... 

Fri, 05 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. PATRICK ANDREW writes Reacting to reports of the killing of 21 persons on New Year day as they were returning from church programme, Amaechi accused Wike of incompetence and not being ...