Newspapers Review




Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 7th January, 2018.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As a result of continued military onslaught in the Lake Chad region, in which factional Boko Haram Leader Mamman Nur has been reported injured and one of his wives killed, about 950 fighters from two faction of the Boko Haram sect have surrendered.

Army Spokesman at the Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Col. Oyenma Uwachukwu, said in a statement he issued yesterday, that about 250 foot soldiers from the Albarnawy camp have  crossed the border to Niger Republic and surrendered to that country’s authorities.
This, he said, was an outcome of “devastating artillery and aerial bombardments by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.” 
“Many of the insurgents who fled the onslaught are now taking advantage of the ‘amnesty’ offered by the Nigerien government by surrendering to Nigerien Forces,” he said. 
“Additionally, about 700 insurgents have also surrendered to troops in the general area of Monguno following troops’ clearance operations,” he said.
The statement was however silent on the whereabouts or status of the injured Mamman Nur, who has a N25 million bounty on his head since September 2011 following his involvement in the UN building bombing in Abuja.
Nur has been prominent in the sect’s hierarchy and, aside from planning the UN bombings, is also believed to have masterminded the breakaway of the Khalid Albarnawi faction of the sect from that led by Abubakar Shekau in 2014. 
At the beginning of the week, 700 men, women and children escaped Boko Haram’s captivity in some Lake Chad Island’s where they have been held as farm labourers.
The army claimed that the civilians regained their freedom as a result of the success of its Operation Deep Punch II, which it said decimated Boko Haram’s positions in the area.
On Thursday, the military announced that it had rescued over 2,000 persons from the group’s captivity in operations in the Lake Chad region.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this during his press briefing at Military and Command Centre, Maiduguri on Thursday, saying that many Boko Haram fighters were killed in the operations. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018

Again, they have fled their homes in droves. Mothers with children strapped to their backs and loads hurriedly packed on their heads or tugged into wheelbarrows as they dragged infants alongside to escape the carnage unleashed upon them. 

Sadly, some of them like Mary Kume, still got caught up in the attackers’ hell of bullets, as they pounced on her Tom-atar village of Sanghev ward in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was yet another attack by gunmen, now confirmed by the police to be herders, on six villages straddling two local government areas of Logo and Guma in Benue State. The invasion was carried out between Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, respectively.
Kume, who is now receiving treatment at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi for the severe injuries she sustained on her right eye and other parts of the body, could only mutter few words as she explained that the gunmen invaded her community at 5am on Tuesday.
“They shot sporadically, killing anyone in sight while a number of them broke into people’s homes and hacked them down with cutlasses. I tried to escape but was hit by a bullet on one of my eyes,” she narrated amidst sobs, as she tried to reconstruct the picture of the gory events that happened to them that fateful day.
Beside her bed was a male victim, Akaater Azera, who was also injured in the morning attack at Toma-atar village.
Another victim, Saslamemga Bua, a member of the Livestock Guard recently established by the state government to implement the state’s recently enacted anti-grazing law, was also lucky to survive the attack but with a bullet wound to his back.
Bua explained that the incident occurred on Tuesday around 5:00am while he was at his duty post at a primary school in Tomatar village of Guma alongside his 24 other colleagues posted to the area.
He said: “We suddenly heard gunshots from every direction. We immediately knew that the village was under siege by the gunmen who we suspected to be herders. They shot sporadically and in every direction, killing four of my colleagues on the spot.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said yesterday that the party was not involved in the final compilation of the controversial list of board appointments that contained the names of dead Nigerians.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun, who was reacting to the uproar that was generated by the list, said if the party had been carried along, the embarrassment would have been averted.
The party chairman spoke in Abuja while hosting the APC correspondents in his house.
“We have followed the issue of board appointments and I think that issue has raised a lot controversy already. The only thing I want to add is that it is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list.
“Yes, we sent at the initial stage and I am talking of a period of two years ago. We demanded for every state to make 50 nominations which were sent to the committee in charge of the list for the purpose. They completed the initial exercise at the time but since then a lot has happened.
“People have changed parties, people have died, we have three new governors that were not there when the list was compiled. Therefore, it was clear that there was obvious need for us to look at the final outcome of the exercise.
“But we are not fortunate to participate on that final stage otherwise, it is quite clear such would not have occurred. It is my sincere hope that we will be fully involved in the review that has to now take place and any other exercise moving forward from this date,” he noted.
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Economic and social activities have been grounded in Asaba and its environs following the ongoing local government polls in the 25 councils Edo. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Today, January 1st is the beginning of the New Year 2018. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
From Hassan Ibrahim LafiaThe Special Adviser to Governor Tanko Al-Makura on Project Development, Stanley Buba, has said the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) has concluded plans to clampdown on indiscriminate placement of political campaign billboards in the state. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Abubakar Auwal, SokotoThe defection of a former Governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Dakingari, his deputy and a former secretary to the state government (SSG) and other top members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last week is perceived to be a major setback for the PDP in its quest to reclaim the state come 2019. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Since he completed his jail term of six months at Kuje Prison, Abuja on February 9, 2006, Mustafa Adebayo Balogun, the former Inspector General of Police has been an elusive man. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said it is not a possibility that Arsenal will sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this window. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
For how long have you been into breeding'I have been into this farming for three years now; this is my field because I studied horticulture from school. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Stories By Ernest EkpenyongZaria West Streams, Bauchi MA win top laurelsWhen polo historians reflect on the story of the 2017 polo season, one team, Malcomines and one name, Murtala Laushi, stand out. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has mapped out strategies for effective monitoring of development/ donor partners funded projects. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Abubakar Auwal, SokotoWanzam is the local name for a traditional barber in Hausa communities. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Barcelona are reportedly just one step away from completing the January signing of Colombian center back Yerry Mina. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN) says 49 agricultural groups in Sokoto State have been trained in modern production and marketing strategies. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Chelsea starlet Ike Ugbo has joined MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
The Niger Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) realised N2. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Australias Marc Leishman was joined in the lead by Americas Brian Harman after the second round of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
As petrol scarcity bites harder in Dutse, residents have urged the Federal Government to take decisive measures to restore normalcy in the supply of the product to the Jigawa State capital. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. 

Sun, 07 Jan 2018
It was a big win for Manchester City as they put four past visiting Burnley while Millwall also flogged Barnsley 4-1 in their FA Cup third round encounters on Saturday.