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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [9TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 9th January, 2018.


Tue, 09 Jan 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to address issues and stop his resort to excuses and shifting of blames over the failures and inherent confusion in the APC-led Federal Government.
The PDP slammed Oyegun for attempting to exonerate the APC of blames over the embarrassing list of board members of federal parastatatals which contained names of deceased persons, adding that his excuses has further confirmed PDP’s position that APC and its Federal government are completely disorganized and ill-equipped to govern.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Monday said Chief Oyegun’s case is that of a leader who has no answer for the incompetence and misrule of his party.

PDP noted that Oyegun’s reaction further exposed the confusion in the APC Government and the reason all sectors of the nation’s economy are in shambles under the APC government.

“Is it not ridiculous, cowardly and a clear show of disorganization in the government for the APC National Chairman to try to exonerate his party from the failures and incompetence of a government which the party formed?

“Chief Oyegun’s comments amount to a vote of no confidence on the Presidency, but there is no way he can exonerate the APC, which he leads, from the failures of its own government.

“The APC Chairman must therefore shed his penchant for excuses and address burning issues of misrule of the APC Government.

“We challenge the APC National Chairman to address the issue of collapsing economy with its attendant 8 million job losses and countless business closures which has caused hardship on families across the country, all due to bad policies and incompetence of the APC Government.

“Nigerians are still waiting for the APC National Chairman to address the issue of the biting fuel crisis also caused by the inept APC government.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the first meeting of the Economic Management Team for the year 2018. The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Osinbajo is the chairman of the team which has relevant ministers and other top government officials as members. The meeting's agenda included oil and gas sector ...The post Osinbajo chairs first economic management meeting of 2018 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The federal government has said that the inability of government to pay attention to herdsmen and cow farming in the country, unlike others, has largely contributed and resulted to a threat against the farmers. The government however, expressed concerns that the current trend of clashes between the herdsmen and famers was dangerous for the country. ...The post Killings: FG absolves herdsmen, says govt hasnt protected them enough appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Manufacturing and non manufacturing businesses sustained expansion at the end of December last year. The Central Bank of Nigeria Purchase Manager Index showed that 30 out of the 34 subsectors surveyed during the month recorded expansion, up from 27 subsectors that reported in November 2017 while one sector remained unchanged. The CBN PMI report ...The post Manufacturing composite index rises to 59.3 per cent appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos The nations total foreign and domestic debt stocks as at September 2017 stood at $66.63 billion or N20.373 trillion. The countrys debt profile for the federal and 36 states showed a continuous rise in the last two years, growing from $10.718 billion in 2015 to $11.406 billion in 2016, hitting ...The post Nigerias debt profile stands at $66.63bn appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Yola Assistant Superintendent of Police, Usman Hassan, arrested for allegedly killing six farmers during an operation in Gombi local Government area of Adamawa state has insisted that those killed were Boko Haram members and that he has evidence to prove his claim. Hassan in a petition to the Inspector General of ...The post Arrested policeman to IG: I killed B/Haram in shootout, not farmers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Sidi A.Umar Sokoto Sokoto state government has awarded contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes to be sited in rural areas across the 23 local government areas of the state. This was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Sokoto by Senior Special Adviser to the governor ...The post Sokoto okays solar-powered boreholes for 250 communities appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Police in Delta said they have begun investigation into circumstances that led to burning of Delta Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) in Ughelli North local government area on Saturday. The command's spokesperson, Andrew Aniamaka, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday night in Warri. He also assured that perpetrators would be apprehended ...The post Police investigate burning of DSIEC office appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Iyala Adaye P/Harcourt The Nigerian Army has said the mastermind of the New Year day tragedy in Rivers was Prince Igwedibia, popularly known as Don Wani or Don Waney, was shot dead on Saturday evening. He was killed in a joint operation by the State Security Service and the Army. In a statement yesterday, ...The post How we killed 'mastermind' of Rivers New Year tragedy ' Army appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau The Coalition of Civil Society Network (CCSN), a Zamfara state-based none governmental organisation, has petitioned the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara state command over what it described as the 'molestation and intimidation' of one Bello Aliyu Shatan Zamfara, allegedly beaten by officers and men of the command on ...The post Molestation: Group petitions Zamfara NSCDC appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Auwal Ahmad Gombe The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Gombe state chapter has lambasted Mohammed Jibrin Barde for denouncing Rev Father Ejike Mbaka's 2018 prediction on Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo which foretold that the state governor would be President in 2019. Represented by the state chairman of the association, Reverend Ibrahim Jodi, made the ...The post CAN backs Dankwambo on Mbaka's prediction appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Jigawa state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), in collaboration with development partners; Department for International Development (DFID), European Union, and UNICEF drilled about 780 hand pumps across the state last year. Managing Director of the agency, Engr. Labaran Adamu stated this while interacting with newsmen in his office over ...The post Jigawa RUWASA, DFID drilled 780 hand pumps in 2017 ' MD appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Jus 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
People Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman, Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of inflicting hardship unnecessarily on the common people in the country. Gamawa, who made the allegation yesterday in a chat with journalists in Gombe, blamed the failure ...The post Blame Buhari for Nigeria's hardship ' PDP chair appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Temitope Adedeji Akure A mild drama ensued at the office complex of Ondo state Local Government Pensions Board, Akure over the weekend as one of the newly sworn in Permanent Secretaries, Mr Olipede Ezekiel Dare and operatives of the Special Frauds Unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) engaged in serious scuffles when ...The post N60m SURE-P fund: Ondo PS, EFCC in mild drama appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Patrick Ahanor Benin City A Benin City-based cleric, Pastor Israel Obaseki, has urged support in the federal government efforts towards securing the release and repatriation of Nigerians in Libya prisons. This was just as the cleric recalled how traffickers lured him to the North African country. He stated this amidst growing concerns over reported ...The post I was once trafficked to Libya, says Obaseki appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has publicly disowned its chairman, Chief Paul Unongos 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 ...The post Killings: NEF disowns Unongos claims over Buhari, Atiku appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse Four hundred and forty (440) vesico virginal fistula (VVF) patients were treated in Jigawa hospital in 2016, with 95 per cent of the patients successfully undergoing operations. Eleven (11) of the women were admitted between September and November last year at the Jahun VVF Centre, its medical director, Dr. Suleiman Ado ...The post Jigawa VVF Centre treated 440 patients in 2016 ' CMD appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Governor Yahaya Bello to watch it on his handling of state finances or be ready to go to jail after his tenure. The opposition party was reacting to the governor's loan of N10 billion borrowed to upset outstanding workers' salaries. PDP ...The post Kogi PDP, Bello bicker over N10bn loan appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Bayo Alabira Dutse Four underaged girls who attempted swimming across a pond in Sakwaya village in Dutse local government area of Jigawa state have drowned. Spokesman of the state police command, Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Dutse, explaining that the deceased were residents of Sakwaya village. He ...The post 4 underage girls drown in Jigawa pond appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Temitope Adedeji Akure An appeal court sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital has asked Oba John Olaniji Ogundoju, the Akinnuwa of Igbindo community in Ondo West local government to vacate his seat and stop parading himself as the traditional ruler of the ancient community. It will be recalled that a high court sitting in ...The post Court sacks Ondo monarch over eligibility appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Habib M. Bello Kaduna Kaduna state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed its members to commence indefinite strike today to press home their disagreement with the planned sack of 21,780 public primary school teachers in the state. This was contained in a notice of strike dated January 4 and signed ...The post Mass sack: Kaduna teachers begin strike today appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Former Germany, Arsenal and Bayern Munich star Lukas Podolski has unveiled a new project: a kebab restaurant in his longtime home city of Cologne. Around 1,000 fans turned up on Saturday to the opening of Mangal Doener, some arriving more than five hours early to catch a glimpse of their local hero, according to the ...The post Podolski opens kebab shop in Cologne appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Leicester City boss Claude Puel has admitted that Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa may be on his way out of the club. Musa who was The Foxes' 16million signing in the summer of 2016 from CSKA Moscow, has fallen on the coach's pecking order. He has not played a single minute of Premier League football ...The post Leicester Boss Puel hints at Musa exit appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Ekaterina Makarova kept cool in the fierce Australian heat to upset the French Open champion and world number seven Jelena Ostapenko 7-6(3) 6-1 in the opening round of the Sydney International on Sunday. Makarova, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals after stunning Serena Williams three years ago, rode an early break for a 5-3 lead ...The post Makarova stuns Ostapenko in sweltering heat appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Former Heartland and ABS FC coach Erasmus Onuh is set to be named new coach of NPFL side Niger Tornadoes after Abubakar Bala was sacked amid bribery allegations. Onuh, who played for Niger Tornadoes in 1986, arrived Minna Friday and he is expected to be introduced to the team later today. 'I have no comments ...The post Onuh to be named Tornadoes new gaffer appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Officials of the League Management Company (LMC) are due in Minna this week to inspect the Bako Kantogora Stadium for approval to host home games of Niger Tornadoes in the NPFL. Tornadoes have played at the Lokoja Stadium for the past two seasons because their home ground has been undergoing a major renovation. A club ...The post LMC officials inspect Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stories By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Oyinlomo Quadri and Marylove Edwards headline Team Nigeria's title defense as the 2018 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championship Qualifiers serves off in Lome, Togo later today. The team left Lagos yesterday morning and are scheduled to arrive the venue same day. Nigeria is aiming for a record-extending seventh ...The post Marylove lead Team Nigeria title defense in Togo appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna The Nigerian handball national team will tomorrow, Tuesday depart Lagos for the 2018 African Nations Cup scheduled for Libreville, Gabon enroute Cotonou and Lome. Secretary of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, Alhaji Haruna Maigidasanma, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday at the end of the federations board meeting, said the ...The post Handball African C'ship: National team departs for Gabon tomorrow appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with Nigerian football star, Asisat Lamina Oshoala, for winning the CAF-Aiteo Women's African Football Player of the Year. President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, the President congratulated the Falcon's team member and all football lovers for the most ...The post CAF Award: Buhari congratulates Oshoala appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The home-based Super Eagles will finally depart Abuja for Morocco today via Turkish Airlines, ahead of their participation at the 2018 African Nations Championsip(CHAN). 'We are now scheduled to depart for the tournament in Morocco tomorrow night (Monday),' coach Salisu Yusuf said yesterday in Abuja 'We plan to train for some days in Rabat before ...The post CHAN: Eagles jet to Morocco today via Turkey appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture (NIRSAL) has inaugurated the Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Office (PMRO) to support farmers registered under the CBN's Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed in a statement recently added that the PMRO office will be set up in 36 states of the ...The post NIRSAL sets up PMRO to monitor farmers under ABP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) says cassava farmers in the country have concluded plans to produce an additional two million tonnes of cassava to meet industrial demands in this year's farming season. The National President, NCGA, Mr. Segun Adewumi, according to AgroNigeria, an online magazine, stated this in Abuja, saying the move would require the ...The post Cassava farmers assure of increased production appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Boko Haram terrorists tricks of evading air raids have been unraveled by the Theatre Command of Operation LAFIYA DOLE combating insurgency in the North East of Nigeria. The Boko Haram terrorists group have always perfected survival tricks to continue their nefarious activities through enticement, deceit, concealment and outright propaganda. A statement issued in MaiduguriMondayby ...The post Troops unravel Boko Haram tricks of evading air raids appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Jus 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stories by John Oba Abuja The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has condemned the recently killings across the country saying clashes between herdsmen and farmers must be tamed. This is even as he called for prayers for God's intervention. A statement signed by a senior officer, in the information department of ...The post Ogbeh condemns farmers, herdsmen clash, calls for prayers appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Managing Director, G&G Organic Products and Investment Ltd., Mrs. Suzan Omobude, in this interview with JOHN OBA, says her products are meant to bridge the gap between chemically formulated products and purely natural products. She also raises concerns over the challenge NAFDAC registration procedures poses, saying it is de-motivating for entrepreneurs. What motivated you ...The post Our organic products aimed at bridging gaps ' Omobude appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Ju 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Mauritius's SBM Holdings had made a binding offer for some of the assets and liabilities of Kenya's Chase Bank, the Kenyan central bank said on Friday. The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has been seeking a strategic investor for Chase, which has been under receivership since April 2016 after failing to meet its financial obligations. ...The post Mauritius's SBM makes offer for some assets of Kenya's Chase Bank appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that slowing global growth over the last 18 months have impacted negatively on low-income developing countries. IMF in a new study noted that the global slowdown was due to the dramatic drop in the prices of commodity even as it added that worst hit are commodity-dependent exporting countries ...The post Slow global growth affecting low-income countries, IMF says appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja with agencies The Sokoto state government has awarded contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water scheme in the 23 local government areas. The spokesman to the state governor, Imam Imam, in a statement on Sunday in Sokoto, said the project which would be completed in three months included solar ...The post Sokoto govt awards contract for 250 solar-powered water Scheme appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Nigerian equity market which witnessed low performance at the beginning of 2017, closed at the end of the year in an upward trend. In this report, AMAKA IFEAKANDU looks at the key factors that contributed to the growth of the market The nations equity market which witnessed low performance in the first quarter of ...The post Equity market records growth profile appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
A woman in Sacramento, California who this week carried a human skull on a stick through the streets has prompted an investigation into the identity of the deceased and the cause of death, police said on Friday. Sacramento Police Department officers on Wednesday responded to the 2900 block of Connie Drive after receiving reports of ...The post California woman carrying human skull on stick prompts investigation appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Four men have been arrested in the theft of $1 million worth of tankless water heaters from a western Michigan warehouse. The Kent County sheriffs office says Thursday that the thefts started several months ago in Cascade Township, near Grand Rapids. On Saturday, deputies stopped two vehicles leaving the warehouse with Bradford White water heaters ...The post 4 men arrested in theft of $1 million worth of water heaters appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Nobody is fighting for the common good of the masses, instead the politicians and elite are only working for their pockets. Therefore the youths should be wise and not allow themselves to be used by these selfish agitators. The difficulties that corrupt leaders have entrenched in this country do not know Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba or ...The post Corruption may trigger the deprived to dissent appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
I was forced to go and check all the meanings of this word again. Of course, you know the trigger. A woman supposedly killed her husband in cold blood, whom she suspected of having an affair with another woman. In our own environment, there exists a distorted definition of every concept and principle, largely because ...The post Cheating as a misnomer in marriage appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The post IGP meets Buhari. Says Benue killings communal; that must be a slip of tongue- Cartoon appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Army have inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists in their combined clearance operations of discovered terrorists locations in the sambisa general area. On the first day of the combinedclearance operations, which began on January 3, 2018, the Air Task Force conducted intensive bombardments on ...The post NAF, Army inflict 'heavy casualty' on terrorists appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Stories by Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists by the military is not just a claim, but a reality which can be seen from the peace that is returning to the North east. Buratai said this in Monguno, Borno state, ...The post Boko Haram defeat not just a claim, but reality ' Buratai appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
In this report,Defence Correspondent MUSA UMAR BOLOGI writes on efforts of the military in bringing and sustaining peace in Gwoza community, former headquarters of Boko Haram terrorists, which aided a hitch-free Christmas celebration Welcome to Christmas The thunderous sound from the military rocket shock our building down its base. I woke up from my deep ...The post A Christmas in Gwoza appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
By Adewale Ajadi It is one of those mornings when being awake is a reflection of God's love. I watch the simmering light on the Lagoon on one side. It is great to see how much the Lagos Lagoon has become clearer and cleaner in the past two decades, with all the flow of fish ...The post 2062: Nigeria and the Age of Jatropha appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice.