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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 12 January, 2018.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018
People from all walks of life and across political and age divide were, yesterday, united in their grief as remains of the 73 persons killed by herdsmen on January 1 were given mass burial in, Makurdi, Benue State.

Majority of the thousands of mourners who trooped into the IBB Square, Makurdi to attend the memorial service and the subsequent burial at the Mobile Barracks, Adeke area in black attires, cursed and wept uncontrollably. All social and commercial activities across the state were paralysed as markets and shops were shut.

As the bodies conveyed in five pailloaders and six ambulances approached the IBB Square for the memorial service, tears flowed freely.

The first and second Bible readings were taken by Governor Samuel Ortom and his deputy, Benson Abounu, from Psalms 55: 1-23 and Revelation 3:4-11 respectively. In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Bishop William Avenya described as barbaric, the murder of the Benue people by the herdsmen and insisted that no one had any justification to take lives.

Governor Ortom described the victims as fallen heroes.

“We had looked forward to start a new year with renewed hopes and aspirations when our land was invaded by merciless and mindless herdsmen.  Their targets for annihilation include pregnant women, children of all ages, youths and the elderly be they men or women,’’ he said.


 
Ortom said if the herdsmen thought the killings would make him stop the enforcement of the anti-open grazing law, they had failed.

“We will not be deterred by their thinking because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing. I will continue and insist on the calls for the arrest of the factional leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.”

He revealed that the state have lost 73 people to the attacks since the beginning of the new year.

“This figure does not include our security operatives who have also fallen at the hands of these enemies of peace. It does not even include those already buried in their communities. Some of these gallant patriots who survived gun and machete attacks are receiving medical attention,’’ he added.

Ortom who quoted a survey conducted by the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, said in 2014 alone, 10 of the 23 local government areas lost hundreds of lives and incurred loses of over N95 billion.

“For several years, these attackers have turned our beautiful and endowed land into their killing fields. The main reason has been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.  So far, 13 of the 23 council areas of the state have been affected in these well planned and executed attacks on churches, schools, hospitals, markets, as well as private houses in addition to farms, foodstuff and all signs of progress in affected communities.’’

The governor sympathised with all families who lost loved ones, orphans who lost parents and breadwinners, parents who lost children, as well as wives and husbands who lost their spouses.

“We pray for God’s comfort at this difficult time of grief and pray that his judgment will be swift in response to the spilled blood which cries to Him day and night,’’ he said.

This is even as grief-stricken ancestral leader of the Tiv Nation, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, warned that if President Muhammadu Buhari refused to fulfill his mandate of protecting lives and properties of Benue people, they would be left with no option than to defend themselves.

“If the Federal Government cannot stop or arrest those behind the killings in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own because we cannot allow people to colonise us again. We have all it takes to do that. Benue people have sacrificed enough blood for the unity of this country and would not allow a section of Fulani terrorists to come and kill our people in cold blood. I am begging Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be canon foder of this country. If government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into army to defend us.”

Unongo who is the convener and chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) also called for the arrest of the leader of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

While supporting Unongo’s call, Gen. Lawrence Onoja, described the killing in the state as genocidal conspiracy against Benue people, stressing that, “this killings must not continue.”
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
southern leaders have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country now, if he still desires Nigeria to be one.

The leaders, who made this demand at the Handshake Across the Niger Summit organised by Nzuko Umunna, at Base Event Centre, Enugu State, cut across the South West, South East, South South and the Middle Belt.

The leaders, in unison, bemoaned how the demand for restructuring has been rejected by the Buhari administration while Fulani herdsmen have continued to unleash mayhem and terror on southern Nigeria.

The leaders agreed that Yoruba and Igbo should bury all acrimonies and come together, again, to fight their relegation as ‘second class’ citizens in the country.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who led Ndigbo to the summit said: “The Igbo/Yoruba alliance, which has catalysed the Southern Leadership Forum and the Middle Belt Union, is a bold statement that unity is possible in Nigeria.”

Nwodo disclosed that their irrevocable stand that Nigeria must be restructured is non-negotiable.

“To abandon restructuring is to self-destruct Nigeria. Every credible analysis shows that unless we devolve powers to the states and allow them control of their natural resources and basic utilities of powers, environment, education and infrastructural development, Nigeria will collapse. Anyone opposed to restructuring is a proponent of the liquidation of Nigeria,” he said.

Similarly, Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, who was represented by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said those opposed to restructuring are just deceiving themselves, and stressed that president Buhari is the problem of the country, by opposing restructuring.

He told the large gathering that the president will not agree to restructure the country in peace as his people are direct beneficiaries of lopsidedness in Nigeria.

“Buhari will not do it (restructuring) in peace because all the military and para-military are in his hands. He refused to declare Fulani herdsmen terrorists but did that to IPOB, who are just shouting for self-determination,” he said, and added that Fulani herdsmen kidnapped former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, in his farm and the president did nothing about it.

Adebanjo declared that the antagonism between Igbo and Yoruba has come to an end with the handshake across the Niger, even as he explained that the coming together of the two enthnic nationalities is not a gang-up in any way.

Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark, who was represented by Ndosit Ikanga, agreed with leaders from the other zones and insisted that Nigeria needs restructured fiscal federalism; as envisaged by the country’s founding fathers.

He told southern leaders that if the North has created a political North, through which they dominate others, the South should equally create a political South, to strike a balance.

Also former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, who led the Middle Belt to the summit, said restructuring is not debatable, and added that it must be supported by all.

Jang noted that it is the antic of those who do not want the country to remain as one that caused disaffection between Igbo and Yoruba. He advised the two ethnic groups to shelve their differences and begin to trust themselves again.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
The Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, paraded one of the masterminds and a senior member of the deadly cult group that massacred some innocent worshippers in Omoku village, Rivers State on New Year day.

The suspect, 32-year old Desmond Okotubo, who is a father of three, hails from Egbenma in Onelga Local Government Area of Rivers State. He said the group embarked on the deadly attack to avenge the arrest and humiliation of the mother of their leader, late Don Waney, the deceased leader of the group, the destruction of his property in the state, and to teach the vigilante group in the town a lesson for daring their leader.

Okotubo, who is now in custody of the police, however, revealed that their plan to attack the town was hatched at Owerri, Imo State and that their real target was the members of the vigilante group.

He said they never planned to attack worshippers who had just closed from the cross over service, but somehow the operation just went wrong.

The suspect, who was paraded before newsmen, promised to help government fish out the rest of the members of the gang. He explained that he did not know if their late leader was being used by some politicians to cause trouble in the state.

He told journalists in an interview: “It was Don Waney that did it. We followed Don Wanny and he has a group that he gave gun to shoot called Red Squad. I did not hold any gun and I don’t know about it but he has a group called Red Squad.

“The Red Squad members are from Imo and Rivers states and they are the ones that shoot and kill. I know those that shot and killed those people. I know many people that belong to the party.

“I followed them during the killing. When Don Wanny got back, he stopped at Awara village, Imo State and it was there everybody assembled before going to Omoku. I followed them to Omoku but they did not give me gun. Don Wanny had problem with the vigilante group because they arrested his mother and also destroyed his house. That was why he came back to take revenge and kill those people at Omoku. I did not feel fine as they did not give me gun”

“I was at Mpape in Abuja before I was arrested. I travelled to Owerri on December 28 and came back January 3. We were not given money after the attack and nobody promised to give me money. We have over 15 to 20 members in the gang. I don’t have a position in the group; I am just a member and all I do is to follow the executives of the gang.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018
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