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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH JANUARY, 2018].




Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 6th January, 2018.


Sat, 06 Jan 2018
AMID subtle moves by power brokers ahead of the 2019 general elections, facts have emerged that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may have lost some of his age-long political allies in his quest to contest the next presidential election.

Prominent among them is the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who has not only been Atiku’s political ally but a long time business partner. During the 2007 general elections when Atiku was denied the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it was Tinubu who provided the former vice president the platform of the Action Congress(AC) and both of them remained together until 2014 when the Waziri Adamawa contested for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress(APC), which he lost to the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.

A very close associate of the former Lagos governor and who is also a leader of the APC told Saturday Sun on condition of anonymity that Tinubu opted to support Buhari as against Atiku because he believes strongly that Atiku would not honour a single term agreement if allowed to take a shot at the presidency.

He said Buhari would be finishing his second term in 2023, thus putting the South West and possibly Tinubu in a good stead to vie for the presidency. The source said that Tinubu believes that if he is not going to contest in 2023, rallying the South West to sup- port Buhari now would put the zone in a van- tage position to get the support of the North at the expiration of the Buhari presidency.

He observed that beyond politics, there had been a cold relationship in recent time between Tinubu and Atiku because their stakes in the oil giant, Oando have really been battered by the dwindling economic fortunes of the company.

Beside, Tinubu, it was gathered that most PDP governors are not particularly comfortable with Atiku because they believe that he belongs to Buhari’s age bracket, which they intend to make a campaign issue in 2019.

As a result, the various caucuses especially the most dominant one controlled by the South South governors led by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike have been shopping for a younger candidate.


Saturday Sun learnt that the move had led the caucus to look in the direction of the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal. Besides all these, Atiku is also having issues with his close friends in APC who are angry that he never consulted well before leaving for the PDP. Saturday Sun learnt that one of such friends is a former governor in Benue State and an influential member of the current Sen- ate who recently met Atiku and protested the former Vice President’s hasty exit from the APC. A close friend to Atiku who disclosed the protest to Saturday Sun said the aggrieved Benue lawmaker was angry that Atiku would be left stranded in the PDP because the opposition party’s governors might have made up their minds to give their presidential ticket to a younger candidate.


Sat, 06 Jan 2018

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alleged that there is an orchestrated  plot to create the impression that the state is unsafe through the promotion of  targeted cult killings.

This is as the Federal Government called for partnership with the state government to tackle security challenges in the state.  Speaking during a visit of the Minister of Interior, Lt General Abdulrahman Dambazau, to the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike  said that the security agencies in the state know the cult kingpins terrorising parts of the state.

He said: “The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins  in different parts of the state and they know their locations. There is no wisdom in the politicization  of security.  Insecurity can affect anybody. You can never know the next victim of insecurity “

He urged the security agencies and the Federal Government  to deploy personnel to flashpoints in the state to forestall repeated attacks by cultists. “In every system, the security agencies know the flashpoints . Here we requested for the strengthening of security  around these flashpoints, especially  areas with high prevalence of cultists. I expected that security  would be beefed up in these places.


“I ask this question. Is there an orchestrated  plan to tag Rivers State as unsafe? Is the situation above the security  agencies despite the information  we have made available to them?”, Governor Wike asked . He also blamed  oil multinationals for the explosion of cultism in some communities, pointing out that the multinationals award surveillance contracts to cultists.


He said equipped with funds from multinationals, cultists procure sophisticated weapons with which they terrorise communities and law-abiding persons.

The governor said that the Rivers state government has made several requests to the Inspector General of Police for the deployment of special squads to tackle cultism and kidnapping, adding that the IGP has failed  to deploy the special squads despite his requests.

He said: “the peculiar nature of Rivers state requires peculiar intervention. Before now, I have been shouting that we need support to fight crime. I have made this complaint severally”. The governor berated politicians who want to use the cult-related killings  to play politics and make false allegations  against the state.


Earlier, the Minister of Interior, General Dambazau said he was in Rivers at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to assess the security situation in the state.

On behalf of the President, he commiserated  with the government and people of Rivers State over the killings at Omoku. “Rivers state is important to the country, particularly  when it comes to the issue of the economy.  It is very important  that the Federal Government partners with the state to see how any security gap can be closed for adequate protection of lives and property,”  he said.


Sat, 06 Jan 2018

Anguish, pains, tears and frustration hallmark the current situation in Zazzaga community in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State where natives of over 20 villages have been forced to relocate from their ancestral home due to the activities of kidnappers that they have been making lives miserable for the populace in the past one month. Because of this, about 500 inhabitants of the villages have abandoned their homes and fled to neighboring communities.

Zazzaga is a peaceful farming community with over 50 villages and about 1,000 inhabitants who have settled in the area for close to 50 years. The entire villages in Zazzaga community have no history of violence and criminal activities as the people, regardless of their religious or ethnic differences, have co-existed peacefully all their lives.

A hopeless situation

Though the community is predominantly Gbagyi by tribe, other tribes like Hausa, Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba are among the inhabitants. However, the peaceful atmosphere that had hitherto been enjoyed by the people has given way to fear and anxiety as kidnappers said to have been dislodged from Kaduna State, have found their way into the community and have been making lives meaningless for the entire community.

So far, N11.5 million has been allegedly paid by relatives of those kidnapped to secure their release while five people have been killed by the kidnappers who invade the villages almost on a daily basis. Our correspondent who visited the community recently gathered that no fewer than six members of the community (four men and two women) are still in the custody of their captors who have demanded N1million each for their release.

The hopeless situation in which the community finds itself is further compounded by the near absence of security in the area. The only police out-post established in the area in 2015 before the general election, is manned by only two police personnel without a single firearm. The situation makes it easy for the kidnappers to always raid the community with impunity because, according to the District Head, Alhaji Garba Musa, and other villagers, the kidnappers sometimes demand for food from them and would even settle down to eat it before taking their victims away.



Worried by the development, the villagers constituted a local vigilante but they could not withstand the superior firepower of the kidnappers. The District Head explained that each time the kidnappers came calling, they usually leave their telephone numbers with the villagers to call for negotiations for the release of kidnapped victims. Apart from monetary demands, the kidnappers sometimes ask the people to bring items like recharge cards, liquid milk, malt drink, cigarette, bottled water and bread among other things.


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