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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [10 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 10 January, 2018.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Nasarawa counterpart, Tanko Al-makura, yesterday, traded words over recent killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom fired the first salvo when he  accused Nasarawa State of providing a launchpad for the January 1 attack that sent no fewer than 70 people to their untimely grave. He claimed that the Fulani herdsmen that carried out the massacre stormed the six communities of Guma and Logo local government areas from a camp in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area in the neighbouring Nasarawa State.

Ortom who made the disclosure at the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after he met behind closed doors for two hours with President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently accused members of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who have have opposed the anti-open grazing law recently signed into law in Benue of masterminding the massacre.

While responding to a question on how many ranches his administration has created, Ortom said: “It’s not for me to create ranches, I know that as a farmer I have one in my farm and there are several other people who are free to use it. The permits are available for people who want to ranch their cattle to access land and begin to ranch. So, it is free for everybody and that is the right way to go. And since we started the implementation, there has been relative peace amongst farmers and herdsmen. They were doing well until this militia coming from this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore came and attacked us. And they are known. We know where they are. As I talk to you, they are in Tunga in Awe Local Government. That is where these people are camped and coming to attack people.”

But in a swift reaction,  Al-makura described Ortom’s allegation as unfortunate and inflammatory. He said the attack was instigated by Ortom’s anti-grazing law.

He said contrary to the claim, the Tungua place was not a militia camp, but a shelter for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Benue extraction.

Al-makura who spoke to newsmen at the Nasarawa State Governor’s lodge in Abuja said: “I’m really taken back; this statement is most unfortunate. I will like to use this opportunity to say that there is nothing like that whatsoever. If anything, the Tungua that the governor (Ortom) is talking about in Awe Local Government  is now the safe haven for displaced persons. As I  speak with you today, there are more than three IDP camps in Awe Local Government that quarters and caters for the number of people that have migrated from Benue to Nasarawa.

“To be specific, they are more than 7,000 people that are camped in Tungua. So, it’s very ironical that a place that is supposed to be an area that has become a safe haven for IDPs can now be called militias camp.

“In that case, the militia don’t need to go as far as Benue; they have the prey within the vicinity of Tungua to attack. I think this is most unfortunate.

“Yesterday (Monday) we held over seven hours of rigorous interfacing with seven governors, service chiefs and some ministers and all our security operatives within the states and around Benue, and my colleague (Ortom) could not tell me this, he could not approach me and give me an idea if there is anything that he saw or was worried about.

“Besides, from all the discussions we have had yesterday, there was no concrete security report stigmatising any part of Nasarawa State as habouring people that are coming to attack Benue. I feel what should be of concern to us as leaders is the plight of the people and any of such statement that is inflammatory is likely going to cause more confusion to what is already there.”

Al-makura said notwithstanding the “unfortunate remarks” by Ortom, his state will continue to render help to the internally displaced persons.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), literally shut Abia State yesterday with a mega rally, which was one of its kind in recent times.

At the grand rally, which took place at the Umuahia Township Stadium, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, said he saw Abia ready to join APC and support President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve his second term aspiration in 2019.

Oyegun said he was satisfied that Abia has repented to become an APC state, in order to run away from the bondage holding the people.

“I want to say we are satisfied with what we have seen here today.  These people here, who cast the votes, are the greatest dignitaries  and they have asked me to tell Buhari that he must run and win in 2019. I will pass that message to him. You have also told me that Abia is in bondage and that APC  should take over, we shall do that,” Oyegun assured.

The party chairman told Abians that the president is always working to rebuild Nigeria, and that very soon, the  rail system will start  working. “I can assure you that the president is doing that now because any nation that does not operate a rail system cannot go far. Until we have a workable rail system, this nation cannot have a good development,” he said.

He said Buhari is doing well in electricity supply and  agriculture, to the extent that the rice which “we ate this year was produced in Nigeria.  Bad days are coming to an end, good days are beginning,” Oyegun said.

Speaking on the occasion, leader of the party in the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, said Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is in bondage of Theodore Orji, the former governor  and pleaded with him to release Ikpeazu from bondage to enable him work for the people of Abia State.

He said when he was  governor, Abia State University was getting subvention as well as  Abia State Polytechnic, College of Education, Arochukwu and College of Health Technology, Aba.

“All those things have ceased because Governor Ikpeazu is in bondage of Theodore Orji.”

Kalu promised that when APC takes over the state, “we shall bring back free education which this government has scrapped.”

The former governor said democracy is about the people and not about an individual.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), under the leadership of Mr. Uchenna Madu, has called on southern states and the Middle Belt, to be vigilant over alleged herdsmen plans to attack major cities and communities in their areas.

The group condemned the killing of Benue people by herdsmen and added that the Federal Government should take charge by arresting and prosecuting the herdsmen.

Madu, who spoke through MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Mr. Edeson Samuel, commiserated with the people of Benue

“The Idoma, Tiv, Igala and all ethnic nationalities in Benue must understand that their destiny is in their hands.


 
“MASSOB is also calling on other states in the Middle Belt and the southern states to be vigilant because this group has perfected plans to attack major cities in these areas.

“Until the Middle Belt understands and solidly stand for their inalienable rights of political, cultural, religious and economicalcemancipation from Hausa/Fulani domination, their future generation will experience more devastation than this present onslaught,” Madu alleged. 
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Indications emerged, yesterday, that former Heads of State and former presidents got N40 million from the Federal Government last year.

The money was for them to purchase vechicles, paid in line with government’s monetisation policy.

The beneficiaries  were: President Goodluck Jonathan; General Yakubu Gowon;  President Olusegun Obasanjo; Alhaji Shehu Shagari; General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalami Abubakar. 

These details were contained in a financial report submitted by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to the House of Representatives Committee on Inter-governmental Affairs, yesterday.

The N40 million was monetised, out of N210 million proposed for procurement of vehicles for seven former president and Heads of State in the  2017 budget.

Mustapha appeared before the committee as part of the 2017/2018 budget defence for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF). 

Aside from the N170 million yet to be disbursed to the beneficiaries, an additional N96 million was proposed for procurement of vehicles in the 2018 budget, for the select group.

In the case of former Vice Presidents and Chief of General Staff, such as former Vice-President Namadi Sambo,  Waziri Atiku Abubakar, N210 million was proposed for procurement of vehicles for them, with N120.090 million released in 2017.

This was just as a balance of N90 million was proposed under the same sub-head  in estimates of the 2018 budget submitted to the National Assembly for consideration.
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Magnus Eze Hajia Zainab Haruna from Nasarawa State is an expectant mother living with HIV. Her worry grew by the day as her expected date of delivery (EDD) approached last December, because she did not know the fate of her unborn child since the prevention, treatment and care for people living with the disease... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Fred Ezeh Security is critical to the survival and development of any nation and its citizens. As much as it is the responsibility of the government, as enshrined in the constitution, to protect its citizens, the citizens and other are expected to play their part to complement the efforts of the government. Government controls... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Cultists clash with town union executives From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki About three years ago, peace and unity literally fled Amoso Edda community in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. This, according to the residents, was as a result of the endless power tussle emanating from their local politics. 'There was a time the... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Okwe Obi The business of scavengers is primarily the collection of wastes from trash bins. It is not a rocket science identifying them as they are shabbily dressed. They clutch bags and sticks with which they collect items they deem useful. Some of them make use of trucks that ferry items from dump sites.... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja There comes a period in the life of an association when it sits back and ruminate over its affairs so as to chart a new course for itself. This is exactly what the Ugwu Mbaise Youth Forum organized by the Ugwu Mbaise Abuja set out to do. Last week, Mbaise indigenes... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Magnus Eze Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, wife of the Mines and Steel Development Minister, Kayode Fayemi, is a clear voice for African women. Her feminist struggle got another notch recently when she gathered the high and mighty in Abuja in furtherance of women's cause. The occasion was an evening of reading, from her book, 'Loud Whispers'... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Awards scholarship to 30 students The Company Secretary, NIPCO Plc, Paul Obi, has inaugurated a foundation aimed at supporting the educational pursuit of indigent students. Sir Paul Obi Foundation which was inaugurated at the famous town of Ogberuru in the Orlu Zone of Imo State recently, has awarded scholarship to about 30 indigent students in... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Presidential spokesman takes 'Nwanne di na mba' title From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu january 2 was a day of glory for President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, as he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of 'Nwanne di na mba' by the traditional ruler of Agunese Afam Mmaku Autonomous Community... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Aloy Madu, Enugu It was joy and jubilation as the Old Boys Association of Boys High School, Ozalla in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State donated a new school gate and security house to the school as a way of ensuring the security of students and teachers in the school. The gates... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, others laud occasion From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha The people of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State recently rolled out drums to celebrate the first Ofala festivalN of their new traditional ruler, Igwe Alex Uzo Onyido (Ezechaumagha of Ogidi Kingdom) after 18 years without a... 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Last year was very eventful for the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP). It was 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti Ambassador Dare Bejide was Nigerian envoy to Canada and ex- Secretary to 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Insists Anambra Central senatorial poll must hold 'Promises to register more parties From Romanus 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the mega rally held by the 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) second vice president, Shehu Dikko, has 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Joe Apu With six months to the elective congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, former chairman 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Nigeria U-20 women team will leave for South Africa today ahead of Saturday's U20 Women's World Cup 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha Ou Ali Tagma has rated the Super 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
World number one Rafael Nadal lost his first match of the year 6-4, 7-5 to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Arsene Wenger will fine Alex Iwobi if claims the forward was partying less than 48 hours before Arsenal's 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) second vice president, Shehu Dikko, has 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Most of the conflicts and violence that erupt in most football match venues across the world have been 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From: Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja The Federal Government has entered into an agreement with a leading trade 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Olabisi Olaleye, USA bisiolaleye@gmail.com 08094000013, 08111813040 Every year, Nigeria attends 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Stories by Olabisi Olaleye with Agency reports Ever imagine that the phone in your hand would suddenly 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The Acting Managing Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The number of internet users increased marginally to 94 .8 million in November, the Nigerian Communications 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
FG targets 50m daily egg production From Magnus Eze, Abuja The National Egg Production Scheme 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Production hits 2.1mpd From Uche Usim, Abuja and Adewale Sanyaolu Two hundred and fifty four firms 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Moves to block revenue leakages The Federal Government has ordered vendors of Ministries, Departments 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
From Molly Kilete, Abuja The Nigerian Army jas said it killed more than 50 members of the Boko Haram 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Hails Judiciary for rejecting injunction From Fred Itua, Abuja Twenty four hours after a Federal High 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Saro-Wiwa group lauds security agencies on professionalism From Tony John, Port Harcourt, with agency 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
The Presidency, yesterday, said it was unfair and unkind for anybody or group to keep insinuating that 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that he remains focused on projects and service delivery 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
By Moshood Adebayo Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday admitted that, like most mega city-states 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Declare state of emergency on kidnapping, security, NMA urges gov From: Judex Okoro, Calabar Cross 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined illegal migrants to stay back home and find ways to improve their 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
THE regime of crime with many youths taking to kidnapping and all manners of vices.' (DAILY CHAMPION 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
It trickles from Adamawa, flows down to Taraba, and from there down to Benue, where it forms into a big 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
INTRODUCTION 'Run, Run' are separate lyrics by Tamar Braxton, Leanne & Naara, Freddy's 3 songs. 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Dear Professor Uzorma, I must bear witness to the truth of what your oil did for me. The problem started 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Solomon Asemota 'on the end of the Nigerian Federalism Last week as we joined fellow Nigerians 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Incredible! In spite of the official recognition shown in last week's column, that the Federal Government