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Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 8th January, 2018.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018
One person was allegedly killed and many others wounded, when police dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday to stop their street protest against the continued incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem elZakzaky.

IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa alleged that one of their members was killed by the police and several others injured during the altercation with police, with the injured persons believed to be receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.

Spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu , however, said nobody was killed, adding that only the injured people, including the police sustained minor injuries. The “Free Zakzaky” protests broke out in Kaduna along popular Ahmadu Bello Way/Kano road about 5pm yesterday, even as the state government had outlawed street protest by any group or individual in the state.

Ibrahim Musa had earlier issued a statement saying, “free Zakzaky processions were carried out in major towns of Northern Nigeria to press for the freedom of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky because of the news of his deteriorating state of health. Protests had taken place in Kaduna, Kano and Bauchi among several other places yesterday night.

“In Kaduna, hundreds of members of the movement and sympathisers came out on at least three occasions to demonstrate in demand for immediate freedom for the Sheikh to enable him go to seek urgent treatment.”
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has publicly disowned its chairman, Chief Paul Unongo’s reported claim against the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari, regarding the recent massive killings in some states. Unongo had accused Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of sponsoring Fulani herdsmen to carry out the killings in some states.

But reacting to the said controversial claims in a statement signed by the deputy chairman, Northern Elders Forum, Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura, yesterday in Abuja, the forum said Chief Unongo “does not have the right to drag the entire Forum into unnecessary controversies at will.”

The statement, however, called on government to urgently act against such killing by identifying the perpetrators and dealing with them in the same way other disturbances in the NorTheast and other parts of the country are being dealt with.

The statement read in part: “The attention of the Northern Elders Forum has been drawn to yet another report of partisan statement in the Punch Newspaper of January 6, 2018 made by its leader, Chief Paul Unongo against the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and another claim against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
Miyetti Allah alleges conspiracy Benue to conduct mass burial for fresh victims By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia, Ibrahim AbdulAziz, Yola; Daniel Agbo, Makurdi, and Patrick Ahanor, Benin City In what appears a spillover of the Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash in Benue at the weekend, another three persons were reportedly killed in Abagu village of Baure ...The post Famine looms as killings spread to Taraba, Nasarawa appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
permanent secretaries said they would seek legal action on their sack. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, defended the action, saying it was part of ongoing reforms in the civil service, saying only permanent secretaries that had served for four years and above were retired. 'The retired permanent secretaries have been paid ...The post Kogi retires 8 perm secs, dismisses 1,774 workers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The bar was full, and let me quickly say it was not your conventional bar, it had something Nigerian about it, trust me we might be everything not exactly nice, but we are creative especially when it comes to the good life. The place was called IkpuIt is a Rukuba name for food generally; the ...The post My Nigerian catfish pepper soup, social media, music, and religion, By Prince Charles Dickson appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The passage, Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11, 18: said, 'What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the world. Look, they say, here is something new! But no, it has all happened before, long before we were born. No one remembers what has happened ...The post Africa needs industrialisation, not entrepreneurs, By F. E. OGBIMI appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna As teachers in the employ of the Kaduna state government commence an indefinite strike today, the state government has threatened to sack any teacher deliberately absents him/herself from duty. The state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers is calling its members on the strike to protest the recent sack of ...The post Kaduna teachers begin strike, El-Rufai threatens sack appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 
Mon, 08 Jan 2018
The presidential fact-finding team on Libya, yesterday facilitated the return of 481 stranded Nigerians in the country, with some 4, 511 others waiting to be evacuated. Their return followed the delegation's intervention after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoff rey Onyeama, negotiated their exit with the Libyan government. President Muhammadu Buhari, had in the ...The post Libya: FG team returns 481 stranded Nigerians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.