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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 7th January, 2018.


Sun, 07 Jan 2018
At ease, composed and confident, Governor Samuel Ortom was relaxed at the Abuja Benue State House, located at Asokoro district, when he fielded questions from select journalists on December 11, 2017. Largely, the interview dwelt on the Anti Open Grazing Law, what led to its enactment and the furor it sparked off as well as how the state has been fairing under the law.

In summary, Ortom said there is no alternative to ranching as the law, according to him, has stopped the meaningless killings and destructions of lives and property in Benue state. In retrospect, Ortom celebrated too soon as three weeks later, the temporary peace was shattered by unknown gunmen on New Year in two local government areas.

Harvest of deaths
Significantly, the gunmen struck around 10 am, when the people of Logo local government were preparing to go to church, killing people indiscriminately at Ayilamo, Turan and Gambe-tiev villages. The gunmen, according to reports, killed, maimed and burnt houses without let till 3am on Tuesday.

Thereafter, they moved to Guma local government areas, Governor Ortom’s council of origin, and unleashed death on Tomatar, Ako and Umenger residents on Tuesday. The gunmen, within 24 hours, had left more than 50 people dead, several burnt houses and many injured victims in the two local governments. Narrating the incident, Mr Terver Verlumun who survived the attack at Ako, has described the gunmen as beasts.

According to him, ‘’they came and attacked our village, they would enter a particular compound, kick the door open, capture the people inside and slaughter them, they spared nobody, they kill even children and the elderly.’’ In addition, he told Blueprint Weekend that he escaped with his family ‘’because I was awake and when I started hearing screams, I quickly packed them on my motorcycle and took them to a safe place. ‘’ As at last Thursday, Ako has been deserted as the people have either been killed or they had fled to safety, Verlumun told our correspondent.
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Professor John Okpoko is a Mass Communication scholar, who has taught book publishing in many Nigerian universities for years. In his book titled 'Understanding Book Publishing, he reveals different genres of book publishing and their peculiarities. Excepts below Generally, there are three kinds of publishing arrangements commonly in the practice today. They are: Corporate publishing, ...The post Vanity publishing is to authors as a prostitute is to love ' Prof. Okpoko appeared first o 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Actress, Liz Anjorin has called out people who are stingy and can't spend money on quality things for themselves. In a post she shared on Instagram, she wrote 'Facts about life'Devil is MANIPULATING your DESTINY if you have the money and can't have real attires for yourself 'Don't kill yourself with depression, dress well and ...The post Dress well to end depression 'Anjorin appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Media personality, Toke Makinwa alleged that she was assaulted at a restaurant, Crossroads, in Lagos by the bodyguard of John Boyega. The beautiful media personality who is angry over the incident, share her side of the story on her Instagram page on Thursday, January 4, 2017, where she wrote a really detailed account of ...The post Body guard assultsToke Makinwa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A passenger train has caught fire in South Africa after colliding with a truck, killing at least 18 people and injuring 268, rescue workers say. 'I was so traumatised. I didn't know what to do. I was looking for a door just to jump out. Every door was locked All of a sudden, we just ...The post South Africa train crash: 'Bodies burnt beyond recognition' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off 'security assistance' to Pakistan, congressional aides said on Wednesday, a day after the White House warned Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Aides in two congressional offices ...The post White House to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Antonio Conte is reportedly targeting the signing of Leicester ace Riyad Mahrez as Chelsea look to strengthen in January. The Blues have succeeded in getting Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge from Everton having agreed a 15million switch.with the midfielder . But in a blow for the Premier League champions, Foxes boss Claude Puel has claimed ...The post After capturing Barkley, Chelsea set eyes on Mahrez appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Arsene Wenger has revealed he has been invited to George Weahs inauguration as president of Liberia at the end of January as he described his former players life as worthy of a film script. Weah, who played under Wenger at Monaco between 1988 and 1992, was announced his countrys next president after winning 61.5 per ...The post Presidential takeover: Weah drags Wenger to Liberia appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and seven others have been nominated for Premier League player of the month for December. Kane had a phenomenal month after he scored two successive hattricks against Burnley and Southampton to break the Premier League record for number of goals scored in a calendar year (39 goals). Newly crowned African ...The post Latest African King, Kane in EPL Player of the month contest appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja with agency report The Kano State Chapter of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has called on the state government to place road signs few meters before the two old tollgates along Zaria Road. The chairman, Alhaji Rabi'u Haruna made the call after he visited the abandoned tollgate where 11 women ...The post NSE calls for placement of road signs to check accident appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
U.S. tech giant Apple warned that all Mac and iOS devices have been affected by security vulnerabilities in Central Processing Units. In recent days, cybersecurity experts have released information about design flaws in microchips produced or designed by such companies as Intel, AMD and Arm Holdings, which control almost all the chip market. According to ...The post All Macs, iOS devices affected by chip security flaws, Apple warns appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Ikenna Okonkwo Nigerias Super Eagles B squad are heading to Morocco, venue of this year's African Nations Championship taking place between January 13 and February 4, 2018. The team has been involved in different phases of preparation for the 5th edition of CHAN. Part of the teams preparation included participation in the WAFU Cup ...The post CHAN 2018: We 're good to go 'Eagles captain appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
It took Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah just three years to transform from a Chelsea reject to being crowned African Player of the Year in Ghana few hours ago. Salah failed to blossom after moving from Swiss outfit Basel to Stamford Bridge, leading to him being loaned to Serie A sides Fiorentina and AS ...The post Salah: From zero to hero appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Ikenna Okonkwo One bizarre stroke Nigerians got less than 48 hours to the end of 2017 was the shocking announcement of many Professionals, politicians and loyalists meant to either head or occupy board positions in various government agencies and parastatal under one ministry or the other. At first, many saw it as a welcomed ...The post Presidential gaffe, 2018 soccer strokes appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Nigerian wrestler, Mercy Genesis (48kg) is ranked number one in Africa in the January 2018 ranking released by the United World Wrestling (UWW). The African Champion who had been unranked, gained a step to start 2018 at number 20 ' the only African in the ranking. Genesis, 20, broke into limelight after beating Rosemary Nweke ...The post 20 year-old Nigerian-born Wrestler begins 2018 as Africa's number one appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Football legend John Barnes has been revealed as the first confirmed male housemate on the female-led Celebrity Big Brother. Rylan Clark-Neal made the announcement on spin-off show Big Brothers Bit on the Side, while this series stars settled in for their first night in the house. The 54-year-old former Liverpool player joined the house on ...The post Liverpool Legend joins Big Brother appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Emmanuel Adebayor is still oozing out torrent of regrets which culminated his playing career after he failed to win Ballon d'Or which was his major aim. Adebayor has played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham, though his sole major trophy came at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a six-month loan took in a Copa ...The post Ballon d'Or: Lamentations of Emmanuel Adebayor appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Ikenna Okonkwo The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has released its inaugural National Ranking for Nigeria taekwondo practitioners who compete in the Olympic event of Kyeorugi [fight], with many young talents who have never represented the country topping the various weight categories. According to NTF Technical department; 'the ranking is based on points attached to ...The post AbdulMujeeb, Esuku, Anyanacho, others rise in latest NTF ranking appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth an 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Ikenna Okonkwo The President of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has beckoned on the federal government to revive National Sports Festival after years of abandonment. Also, Alhaji Gawuna has called for adequate preparation of Athletes ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games slated for Gold coast. 'The revival of the National ...The post YSFON to FG: Bring back NSF, focus on C/wealth Games appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Suwaiba Abubakar alias, Makauniya joined Kannywood in 2008 with a very strong desire to be a successful actress but unfortunately it was the year that the Maryam Hiyana sex scandal hit the industry and this discaouraged her as she quietly went back to her Katsina state of origin.The 34 year old actress who is a ...The post A producer asked me to sleep with him for a role'Suwaiba Makauniya appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
I feel sad and ashamed when I consider the appalling attitude and disdain of most people in privileged positions for physically challenged children in our society. They are the major victims of harsh climate and weather. Some are victims of armed conflicts; others are as a result of parental laxities and circumstances of birth, as ...The post Who cares for physically challenged children' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As a party that is known for its ideological purity, the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP) stands out of the motley crowd of the over 50 odd political parties in Nigeria, for its history and consistency. However, the party is now trying to open up and accommodate what may seem like strange bedfellows into its fold. In ...The post Nothing wrong with PRP alliance with PDP ' Batagarawa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Every year, people make vows to stop or do certain things but in most cases, they end up breaking them within a week after making New Year resolutions as SAMSON BENJAMIN observes in this report How realistic are new year resolutions ' Precisely, no one can trace its origins but the concept of new year ...The post New Year resolutions and broken promises appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Although 2017 has rolled away, the events of that shaped the year will certainly have impact in 2018, especially in political circles and even beyond as ELEOJO IDACHABA highlights in this report. Last year came with lots of promises, hopes and greater expectations for Nigerians, especially under the All Progressives Congress(APC)- led government of President ...The post The good, bad and ugly events of 2017 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
When Prince Uche Secondus was announced as the PDP National Chairman after the Convention held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, hope returned to the erstwhile ruling party. He was consequently sworn-in in the early hours of December 10, and for the first time since relinquishing power to the APC in 2015, the party seems ...The post 2019: Can Secondus deliver' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Mokola bridge was constructed during Governor Abiola Ajimobi's first term in office in Oyo State. The bridge was meant to save lives and ensure the free flow of traffic. If the bridge were to be in the United Kingdom, it would be one of the many tourist attractions where the old and young ...The post Keeping Ibadan tourist sites in good shape appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The unwholesome practice of open defecation has unleashed a near health emergency in the country as diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea are on the rise. In spite of efforts of some local and international Non Governmental Organisations to curb the practice by providing mobile toilets, government agencies have been paying lip service to it. ...The post Open defecation: A gateway to diseases appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari had signed six bills into law, three days to the New year, leaving quite a number on his table. All the pending bills have waited for more than the constitutionally accepted 30 days without presidential assent but the National Assembly has refused to exercise its powers by passing them into law ...The post When will National Assembly dare Buhari on pending bills' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Every day, we hear something new about nutrition. With information coming at us from every direction, it often seems like something is good for you one day but reported as unhealthy the next! It's easy to get confused about what is nutritious and what is not. One thing that's important to keep straight is that ...The post Things you should know about nutrition appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, has disclosed that up to 4,500 trucks of petrol were diverted last month during the fuel scarcity. Baru made this disclosure while speaking before a meeting of the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives. The meeting was organised to ...The post 4,500 trucks of petrol diverted during scarcity ' Baru appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Last year was not really a good one for the health sector in Nigeria, as the country suffered a lot of setbacks. In this piece, AJUMA EDWINA OGIRI recaps major events of 2017. Epidemic outbreaks The first epidemic outbreak was meningitis. It killed over 1,166 people between December 2016 and June 23, 2017. Children between ...The post The health sector in 2017 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Falila Mohammed Facebook Have you ever thought of doing something radical and drastic' If you have, did you do it' Maybe we've all thought of doing something extreme, like swimming with great white sharks or climbing Mt. Everest. We wondered if we could do it, but we never really gathered enough guts (and maybe ...The post SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ: The Guy Who Walked From China to Germany and Took Selfies Everyday For a Year! appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Eric Amazu Beyond the lessons which the religious leaders draw for the rest of us as the essence of Christmas, the Christmas has lots and lots of personal meanings for individual Nigerians. It could be time to take a deep rest after a long year characterised by work or studies. It could also be ...The post Surviving the Fuel Scarcity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Musa Aliyu Benue is burning. There is fire in Taraba. The Plateau is on fire. The blaze in kaduna still rages. And the inferno the mindlessly murderous Boko Haram insurgents kindled many years ago, which has razed nearly the entire north-east to the ground, still endures, despite the significant downgrading of the terror group. ...The post Looking beyond violent clashes in the New Year appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Rasak Musbau, In spite of the huge amount that government, both at the federal and state levels, spends on the provision of curative drugs with the support from the Global Fund, malaria has remained endemic in Nigeria. Indeed, it is impossible to calculate the actual harm malaria has done to us. The malaria parasite has ...The post Breaking the malaria cycle appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Nwobodo Chidiebere In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari rode to power on populist appeal, using 'change'' as his slogan. For almost three years that it has been in power, the current administration has foot-dragged and reneged on its campaign promises at the detriment of the impoverished masses, whose hope of getting responsible and responsive governance ...The post How 'Atiku effect' awakened Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Dr. Mrs. Safiya Yahaya Daniyan, who was born in 1968, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology of Federal University of Technology, Minna. She is married to Prof. Yahaya Daniyan, a former Vice-Chancellor of the same university and she has four kids. In this interview, she spoke to ENE OSANG on the challenges ...The post I'm educated because my father believed in gender equality 'Dr Safiya Daniyan appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As many pastors revealeved the 2018 prophecy, the convener of OurMumuDonDo in a video shared on his Instagram page said Boko Haram will surrender in 2018. Charlyboy said 'My people 2018 don land. I would be a hypocrite to wish you all a happy new year but let me wish you less suffering, less stress, ...The post 2018: Charlyboy shares prophecy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Author: Richard Bourne Reviewer: Olutayo C. Adesina Publisher: Zed Books Pages: 353 Year: 2015 Since its founding in 1914, Nigeria has not ceased to confound a plethora of observers, commentators, political pundits and students of history and politics. Nigeria became 'One' country in 1914. But what did this mean for the disparate ethnic groups populating ...The post Nigeria: A new history of a turbulent century appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Alison Feeney-Hart 1. Let your subject find you My parents were not writers and they didnt really read very much either. My Dad once told me he had only read half a book in his life. I had a wonderful English teacher called Peter Way. He walked straight into my head, turned all the ...The post How to become a successful poet appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Clement Oduwole I was born into the Baptist system. My grandpa must have been a dyed-in-the-wool Baptist as to name my dad after the founder of the Baptist Movement John (the Baptist). My old man, now late, was an elder at the Baptist Church, Kumasi, my birthplace. He was so proud of being ...The post Remembering my denominational apostasy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
By Tope Sunday The fires have died down and victims are still counting their losses, but there is still disquiet, anguish and wailing in Bwari, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja last Tuesday, a day after the killing and burning took place between Gbagyi and Hausa residents. Although armed-to-the-teeth soldiers were still ...The post Bwari Christmas Bloodbath:Why Hausa/Gbagyi turned against each other appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Nigerians were still in mourning mood over the death of Alhaji Gidado Idris when the political space was on Tuesday thrown into another shock by the exit of one of its leading lights, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawal Kaita. He passed on after a brief illness at the Turkish Hospital, Abuja. He was aged 85. His death ...The post Lawal Kaita: Passage of a patriot appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Gunmen who kidnapped a Sharia Court Judge, Abubakar Jibrin in Jermiya village in Rafi local government of Niger state, are demanding N50m ransom. The kidnappers, according to report, seized the judge while returning from his court in Allawa at about 6pm on Thursday. Blueprint learnt that the kidnappers, comprised of 14 men and four ...The post Kidnappers place N50m ransom on Niger Sharia judge appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
A factional leader of the militant Boko Haram group, Mamman Nur, has been fatally injured, the Nigerian military said yesterday. A military statement said Nur, who broke away from the faction led by the known Abubakar Shekau, was injured during an operation in the northeast. According to the spokesman of the Operation Dole counter-insurgency force ...The post Boko Haram factional leader 'fatally injured' 'Military appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Indications emerged yesterday that all is not well within the top management team of the Ministry of Petroleum and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the recent fuel scarcity in the country. Blueprint Weekend can reliably report that the Minster of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of NNPC Dr. Maikanti ...The post Kachikwu makes U-turn over fuel price hike appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has sacked the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Udo Ekpenyong. The Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, confirmed to Premium Times that Ekpenyong was sacked yesterday. The government did not give reasons for Ekpenyong's removal, but sources close to the Government House, Uyo, said that government's action ...The post Emmanuel sacks commissioner over rift with Akpabio appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and J 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG), has cautioned religious leaders in Kwara state against making inciting comments over the New Year eve attacks on some Christian and Muslim worshippers at Taiwo- Isale area of Ilorin. The group noted that the evil was perpetrated by some miscreants whose leaders of Taiwo Isale community ...The post Group cautions religious leaders over inciting comments appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.