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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 17 January, 2018.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Senate yesterday issued a two-week ultimatum to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, within which to investigate the mass killings in Benue State and arrest the masterminds.

It called on the Attorney-General of Benue State, to immediately prosecute those expected to be arrested by the IGP.  In the same vein, there was anger in the House of Representatives over the killings, as majority of the lawmakers berated President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for failing in their duties to ensure security of lives and property in the country.   The Senate sternly warned Idris not to flout its decision, vowing it would ensure that the decision was carried out.

It mandated its leadership to meet with Buhari and ensure that the recommendations were fully implemented without any delay.

A Senate ad-hoc committee on Review of National Security Infrastructure, last weekend, visited affected communities in Benue. It also met with Governor Samuel Ortom, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state.

Senate President Bukola Saraki insisted: “The President must act. Those responsible must be held accountable. Military all the time cannot be the solution.

“Action must begin to happen to show to Nigerians that we are not just talking. We need to ensure that this never happens again. We need to restore hope.”

His deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, who warned of a looming war also called on Buhari to declare a nationwide state of emergency. He contended that with the declaration, the Federal Government would have the leeway to deploy troops to every part of the country, close borders and take drastic actions to tackle the menace.

He declared: “The international and the intelligence community are worried that war is coming to Nigeria. We must not allow this to happen. The constitution says that the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and properties. Everyday, we come here to condemn the killings and observe a minute silence.

“When I talk about state of emergency, it is not removing governors. It is to protect lives. I am calling that state of emergency be declared in every part of the country. Egypt has done that. We have come to that.

“It is important for us to have a rethink of creating a state police. Every state should have the kind of police that fits into their system. Nigeria is the only democracy that still has a central police. The states that can provide for it financially should be allowed to do so.”

Former Senate President, David Mark, blamed the problem on failure of intelligence. He said the Federal Government was not proactive in responding to national crises.

He warned that if this issue was not tackled, Nigerians might resort to self-help and take up arms against the state.

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, wondered why security agencies gave preferences to some parts of the country more than others.

He said as long as governors did not control security apparatuses in their various states, insecurity would persist in the country.

Committee chairman on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Samuel Anyanwu, called on the Federal Government to proscribe herdsmen and tag them as terrorists.


 
He warned that the government must not play politics with the issue. He said if the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) could be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, despite the fact that they did not carry arms, herdsmen must also be given the same treatment.


 
Former governor of Kebbi State, Adamu Aliero, called on the Senate to reconsider a bill sponsored by Rabiu Kwankawso on grazing, saying its passage would solve the frequent clashes.

And in the House of Representatives, there was anger as members had a heated debate on a consolidated motion by Gabriel Kolawole and Dickson Takighi on “need for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on security in the country over spate of deadly attacks in the country by suspected herdsmen.”

The House resolved to set up a committee to meet with heads of security agencies in the country to ascertain measures put in place to forestall future attacks.

Wale Raji said the police and other security agencies saddled with the task of providing security in the affected areas failed the people.

Afe Olowokere said Buhari did not help matters in the case of killings arising from the attacks from suspected herdsmen.

Sadiq Ibrahim said the herdsmen needed the protection of every Nigerian, noting that the herdsmen lacked the basic comfort others took for granted.

Hassan Saleh said the Federal Goverment failed the people of Benue, “what we are seeing is a big failure. We were with the President yesterday and our take home was nothing.”
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday lambasted South East governors and leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for keeping mute in the ongoing killings of innocent people in the Middle Belt and other parts of the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The group said the South East governors and leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo should have muscled the courage to compel their fellow Northern governors and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to proscribe or ban the activities of ‘Fulani terror herdsmen’ as Northern governors and elders allegedly commanded them to do in the run up to Operation Python Dance.

A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful,  wondered why governors from the South East states and leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo remained silent since the alleged onslaught by Fulani herdsmen. The group said they would have, instead, pressurised Northern governors and elders to proscribe activities of Fulani herdsmen and declare it a terrorist group as in the case of its group.

“In view of the ongoing sponsored and unwarranted killings, including the massacre of innocent citizens through out Nigeria today, by Fulani herdsmen, we, IPOB, and its leadership worldwide, wish to ask South East governors and Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo why they have maintained a cowardly silence.

“Why won’t they command their fellow Northern governors and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to proscribe or ban the activities of Fulani terror herdsmen as Northern governors and elders commanded them to do in the run up to Operation Python Dance.

“It is on record that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and other South East governors, with the support of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, openly announced, before the world in Enugu, that all IPOB peaceful activities were, henceforth proscribed. That singular pronouncement by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State gave impetus to the military to hastily label IPOB a terror group.


 
“What Fulani herdsmen have been doing is mass murder and orchestrated genocide, yet, all the anti-IPOB voices from the South East, South South and South West have fallen silent. They are scared of making the same demands Northern politicians forced them to make in the case of IPOB.

“Governor Rochas Okorocha has suddenly gone mute, the unity of his beloved Nigeria is no longer threatened, despite senseless savagery of Fulani terror herdsmen. Nobody is hearing from Tanko Yakassai and Ango Abdullahi again.


 
“This has clearly shown that South Eastern governors, Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze, South South and South West politicians, with a few notable exceptions, are opportunistic charlatans who will do anything to please the North in return for power and wealth.

“It doesn’t matter how many are killed, how many villages are sacked and pillaged, as long as Fulani power brokers in the North control all the levers of governance and military, they must be obeyed. South East governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo are the very worst culprits in this regard.

“Till date, we keep wondering why Igbo governors and Nnia Nwodo-led Ohaneze Ndigbo will openly condemn the peaceful activities of IPOB, an organisation that has no record of any violence or killing, while they remain mute in the face of murderous and barbaric Fulani terrorists disguised as cattle herders.

“We are aware that men and women of good conscience all around the world can see the blatant hypocrisy and rampant deception within all strata of the Nigerian establishment,”
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
BudgIT has decried the masking of several opaque administrative items as capital projects just to shore up the percentage of capital component in the 2018 budget.

Recent analysis by BudgIT shows that approximately N744.48 billion or 42.9 per cent of the N2.65 trillion capital allocations will go into administrative items, which include the procurement of cars, retrofitting of government offices, trainings, consultancies, purchase of furniture and computers and so on.

The report by BudgIT pointed out that “given that  the funds marked for capital expenditure would be largely borrowed (as highlighted in the proposed 2018 budget), it is disheartening to discover that most line items therein show a great disconnect from the developmental goals of government as stated in its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

“In a pre-election year, we would have expected that capital projects will be solely devoted to projects with direct developmental impact on the larger population. We have seen several items included in the capital budget that should ordinarily have been excluded given the tight fiscal condition and meagre economic growth.  Most of the administrative capital items as shown in our research analysis will benefit less than one per cent of its populace – politicians and civil servants.

“Our scope of developmental capital projects as urgently needed should include the acquisition, upgrading, construction and maintaining of physical assets such as hospitals, schools, roads, railways, power plants, street lights and boreholes, among others. In contrast, administrative capital items are projects that cannot be easily accessed by the general public and have very little or no developmental impact on the population.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
As Eze Idigo marks 188th Ovala festival From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Since the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra State, the people of Aguleri have been deliberating on how best to honour their own, Governor Willie Obiano. They have been looking for a way to ventilate their joy. Therefore, it was a day... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Wins FG pacesetter accolade From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi As Nigeria makes frantic effort to diversify its economy and shift from oil-based to agriculture and industrialization economy, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbionnaya Onu, has identified Nnewi in Anambra State as a pacesetter in industrial and technology development capable of creating jobs for... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN), Anambra State, will soon be upgraded to a university of education. The cheery news came from Governor Willie Obiano during the 18th convocation ceremony of the college recently. Represented by the Head of Service, Harry Uduh, he also assured... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Chairman and Chief Executive of Shanghai Engineering Works and Industrial Limited, Festus Mbisiogu, has disclosed that he decided to site his factory in Imo State in response to the clarion call by the Federal Government for Nigerian businessmen in theDiaspora to invest in the Nigerian economy to help create employment for... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
As Eze Idigo marks 188th Ovala festival From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Since the November 18, 2017, governorship election in Anambra State, the people of Aguleri have been deliberating on how best to honour their own, Governor Willie Obiano. They have been looking for a way to ventilate their joy. Therefore, it was a day... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Says no alternative to food security By Magnus Eze As the nation grapples with the perennial issue of herders-farmers' clashes, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said government's efforts at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security. To this end, he... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Fred Ezeh This story might sound unbelievable to many. To some, it might be the height of foolishness, while others would choose to reserve their comment on the failed relationship that led to a suicide. Love, they say, is a beautiful thing for mature people, but the reality most times is that the beauty... 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Senator-elect promises robust representation in Abuja From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Independent National 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Chidera Akalonu Despite being held to a goalless draw by less fancied Rwanda in an opening Group C 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye has called for prayers and support of Nigerians following Eagles 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Bursaspor beat Genclerbirligi 2-1 in the Turkish Cup on Tuesday afternoon, with two Nigerian internationals 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon faces four to six weeks on the sidelines after suffering an injury to 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Joe Apu Nigeria Professional Footbal League (NPFL) returnee, Heartland of Owerri has disclosed that 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ringside seats for the highly-anticipated clash between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will cost fans 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Stories by Olabisi Olaleye In a world full of kidnappers and child assasins, TrackNet Inc, at the just-concluded 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Concerns grow over addiction, distraction From Olabisi Olaleye, USA bisiolaleye@gmail.com 08094000013, 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Perpetua Egesimba The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday organised Stakeholders 'Forum 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Samuel Bello, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated that the average price of Premium 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Ben Dunno, Warri The Management of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), has commenced repair work on the gas pipeline 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Louis Ibah Nigeria is to save about $90million in capital flight lost by local airlines to the maintenance 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
In a bid to improve financial inclusion in Nigeria, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has reviewed 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Uche Usim, Abuja The Federal Government has disbursed N10,995,391,260 to the beneficiaries of the 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta Worried by the lingering fuel scarcity in Ogun, the state government has 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
About five people were feared dead and others abducted in a fresh attack by Boko Haram on Pallam community 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has commended the Nigerian Army for the establishment of 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Falana to FG: Establish cattle ranches By Chukwudi Nweje and Fred Ezeh, Abuja The Christian Association 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Not all herdsmen are criminals, says Kebbi gov From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi and Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong, has led a delegation of Plateau elders 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
From Judex Okoro, Calabar Local Government Pensioners in Cross River State have threatened to occupy 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Senate Minority Leader and former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, has denied media speculations 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Let me use this opportunity to express my thanks to God in heaven and his servant on earth for bringing 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
The telephone calls I had last week from a Nigerian male in London, a woman in Abuja and other compatriots 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
It was 15th January, 2018. The afternoon was hot and humid. Mr Adesina Ogunlana, NBA' Ikeja branch 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
OVERHEARD at the Customer Service Unit of Zenith Bank Plc, Aguda branch, Enitan Street, Surulere, Lagos: 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
GAMAL Abdul Nasser has never wavered in his belief that the true Egyptians possess all the qualities 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
A few years ago, when Boko Haram visited Abuja, unleashing mayhem at the popular Nyanya motor park, the 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Chiagozie Udeh Climate change is not ranked among the five top causes of conflict in Nigeria, namely, 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By Offor Evaristus Nigeria is burning once again. Terrorism is on the increase. It seems we have 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
By F. E. Ogbimi Nigeria of today is certainly not the Nigeria of 1960. Nigeria, in 1960, had 15,703 Primary 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Kalu Foundation promotes tourism, lures thousands to Abia community From Okey Sampson, Aba Former 

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
For some weeks now, disturbing reports on the stealing of items in some passengers' luggage as their 

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