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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 15 January, 2018.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, yesterday took the Federal Government to the cleaners over the recent killings of Benue State citizens by Fulani herdsmen.

He accused government of being complicit by refusing to vigorously execute policies aimed at preventing the killings even with sufficient warnings.

This is coming at a time former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, demanded a stop to killings across the country.

In his blistering State of the Nation address titled, “It is Time to Renegotiate Our Union,” aired on live television, the cleric, who was running mate to Buhari in the 2011 presidential election, said nothing indicted the Federal Government greater than its failure in one key performance area that ought to be its strength, which is security.

He said the recent killings in Benue, Adamawa and Taraba states by Fulani herdsmen were indications that not only “has the government failed to stop the killings across the country, it has done so against the backdrop of conspiratorial silence, choosing rather to label such attacks an issue of communal misunderstanding.”

“The recent killings in Benue State are akin to the last straw that is set to break the camel’s back. Not only has the government failed to stop these killings across the country, it has done so against the backdrop of conspiratorial silence, choosing rather to label such attacks ‘an issue of communal misunderstanding’. Worse still, some of these killings have reportedly been carried out in collusion with the military.

“Recently, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Umar Bindir, justified the bearing of arms by the herdsmen but failed to tell where the herdsmen get their guns from and with which government agency these guns are registered.

“Who authorised them to bear arms? Who gave them immunity against Section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act 1990, which prescribes punishment for illegal possession of arms? Who monitors the use of these guns?

“Why have the relevant government agencies failed to act? In particular, why has the name Department of State Services (DSS) become synonymous with the phrase ‘Deliberate Sinful Silence’ (DSS)? Or is it now the ‘Department of Sinful Silence’?

“The Federal Government has become complicit for the following reasons: By not advancing and vigorously executing policies aimed at pre-empting or preventing these killings even with sufficient warnings.

“Despite the antecedents of the marauders, including the recent Adamawa incidents, Mr. President, in his New Year address to the nation, did not consider the menace or the pain of victims of previous attacks worth a mention in his address.

“The stones are crying out from Benue State and every part of the country where herdsmen have slaughtered the innocent in unspeakably barbaric attacks while the government failed to act until there were yet more bodies in morgues.

“By failing to give victims a path to reconciliation and the hope of a united Nigeria. It has been reported, for instance, that as a result of the failure of government to act, there have been reprisal attacks on herdsmen, resulting in a vicious cycle of death and destruction,” Bakare said.

He also gave his verdict on the anti-corruption war: “The ineffectiveness of the anti-corruption war is seen in the loss of crucial corruption cases.

“For instance, in April 2017, the Federal Government lost four high profile corruption cases in 96 hours. These losses are in addition to bizarre developments such as the failure of government to confirm a substantive chairman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

Bakare equally hit the President for rejecting the calls for restructuring, which he said was the only solution for the nation’s discontent.

He said “by rejecting the call to restructure our nation in order to bring lasting solutions to these and other signs of sectional discontent, in his address, Mr. President further alienated his government from the voice of reason in relation to the call to restructure Nigeria.

“I totally agree with Mr. President that we need process reforms; otherwise, we would not be appointing dead men to head parastatals, but can process reforms replace foundational structural reforms? Never.

“Let no one confuse the genuine call to restructure the nation with the gimmicks of political opportunists who ride on the restructuring wave for their perceived advantage. Many of them talked the talk but neither walked the talk in the past nor will do so in the future.

“I say to those who have the power to take the decisions and actions necessary to end these atrocities, especially by restructuring the nation, but have failed to do so for political gains, that they are attempting to establish a city by iniquity and there are dire consequences.

“It is time for a democratic revolution. The season for complaints and complacency is over. We must seize this opportune moment to translate our collective national disappointment into a uniquely Nigerian rebirth. To avoid engagement with the powers that have hijacked our collective patrimony is to surrender our national destiny without a fight.

“Our fight to reclaim and renew Nigeria begins now. Registering and obtaining a valid voter’s card must now be a national priority.

“If the 2015 elections were critical to our national survival, the 2019 polls are pivotal to our country’s future development. If power truly belongs to the people, it is time for the silent majority to instigate real and genuine change.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Suspected kidnappers have abducted Mrs Marie Ebikake, a former commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State.

Ebikake, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, was kidnapped yesterday at her residence in Igbogene area of Yenagoa Local Government Council Area of the state. 

She resigned as transport commissioner in 2015, but returned recently to the fold of Governor Seriake Dickson’s political group known as Restoration Team, and was named a key member of the state PDP contact and reconciliation committee set up by Dickson. 

Before her abduction, investigations revealed that on January 10, some armed men had invaded her country home in Twon-brass in Brass Local Government Area and vandalised her residence. 

Caretaker Chairman of the Brass council, Victor Isiah,  and a House of Assembly member representing Brass constituency 2, Alfred Belemote Watson, while confirming the development, in a statement issued online, described the abduction as shocking and condemnable.

Isiah said: “I am shocked at the condemnable act of wickedness by evil and cold-hearted elements on a peaceful and harmless woman. I am saddened that our mother and leader will be subjected to harmful experience in the hands of those uncultured criminals.

“I call on the kidnappers to release her unconditionally, unhurt and in sound health. I also urge security agents to be alert and intensify efforts at rescuing her.”

Spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command, AsImin Butswat, who confirmed the development, said: “She was abducted at her residence by gunmen.

Ebibake was abducted in the early hours yesterday at her residence in Igbogene area of the oil-rich south South South state.

Her kidnap came just days after a kidnap kingpin was killed in the state by joint forces of the Nigerian Army and police.

Militant leader, Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, also known as Karowei, was killed in a gun battle while trying to escape after he was initially arrested by security agents.

The military Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (ODS), said Karowei, after his arrest, confessed to several crimes in Ekeremor and Burutu local government areas in Bayelsa and Delta states, respectively.

Karowei had volunteered to lead the military troops to his camp to give up his arms and ammunition and urged other gang members to surrender.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said recent victories in local government council elections in Delta and Ekiti states is indication that Nigerians are tired of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP challenged the APC to conduct free and fair council polls, in states it controls,  in order to test its popularity.

The opposition party said the APC should stop deluding itself that it can still win elections in the country, as it did in 2015, and noted that Nigerians have seen through their deceit.

The PDP added that the ruling party knows it cannot face the electorate after it has failed to fulfil its 2015 electoral promises.

“We all know that the APC is mortally afraid of going into any election, particularly at the grassroots, as Nigerians across board are bitter with them for their deceit and the wrecking of our once robust economy.

“Nigerians are also at pains over the poor welfare direction of the ruling party, which has resulted in the penetrating hardship now being suffered under the APC-controlled Federal Government.

“The APC is petrified because Nigerians have renewed their interest in the PDP as the only genuine people-oriented party. 

“Today, the APC knows it cannot go back to the same electorate as it did in 2015, with promises of bogus jobs, monthly stipends, free meals, free houses, reduction of fuel price, bringing the dollar to the same value with the naira and other promises.

“The APC knows it cannot face the more than 8 million Nigerians it has rendered jobless with its policies. They know that judgment awaits them from thousands of workers who were sacked in states where APC governors rule, particularly Kogi and Kaduna.

“The party also knows it cannot return to the families of those slaughtered in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Borno and other parts of the country by marauders encouraged and emboldened by the indifference of the federal government and the unguarded comments from unpatriotic presidential aides.”

Ologbondiyan added that “the fact is that Nigerians now know the difference between APC and the democratic, development-driven PDP which, in its 16 years in power, led the nation to economic boom, cleared huge foreign debts, repositioned the banking sector, championed the telecommunications revolution we all now enjoy, revamped the railways, built new universities, reformed the ports, facilitated unprecedented growth in small and medium enterprises and placed the nation as major global investment destination.”

It noted that as a result of the failure of the ruling party, governors elected on its platform, are now running to Abuja for help because of the disgrace that awaits them in the next general election.

However, the opposition party stated that the APC governors forgot that President Muhammadu Buhari can not help them, as he would also “face an inevitable crushing defeat in 2019.”
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
As Akwa beats Rangers in Uyo By Joe apu Heartland of Owerri fans who had looked forward to a glorious 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
By Moses Akaigwe The controversy trailing the September, 2017 clampdown on inter-state transport terminals 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
By Isaac Anumihe Captain Temilola Okesanjo is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN) has said thatlack of improved seeds forced farmers in Gombe 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has raised the alarm that the frequent serial killings in some states 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
By Charles Nwaoguji Organised Private Sector (OPS) has urged the Federal Government to urgently address 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) has said that it has strict conflict of interest and compliance 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has revealed how leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
The Federal Government says it is working assiduously to develop a national action plan to reduce the 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
There is a groundswell of political maneuvering in Okigwe South Federal Constituency, Imo State, ahead 

Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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