Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 11 January, 2018.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018
Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday held an emergency security summit with hunters from the 16 local government areas of the state.

Clad in military fatigue, the governor ordered the huntsmen to set up a 24-hour surveillance of the state to prevent attacks by herdsmen.

The governor’s rather unconventional approach follows the recent massacre by herdsmen of over 70 people in Benue State amid widespread condemnation of Federal Government’s poor handling of the incident.

“The Federal Government should have sent the army to Benue, not the police,” Fayose said. And to his Benue State counterpart, he declared: “Governor Ortom should fasten his belt and protect his people. Those seeking help in Abuja would not find it because Abuja also needs help.”

He told the hunter-delegates: “Tell them Ekiti is a no-go area. My state is a no-go area. Those who want to make Ekiti ungovernable are wasting their time. Don’t kill anybody but defend your towns. Keep vigil on Ekiti. Don’t sleep again. Arise and fight for our people. How can the life of a cow be worth more than the life of men? My hunters! Go and represent me well. If you have juju, use it. Make them (herdsmen) sleep off. Anything you have, use it. Make sure your people are not killed.”

Fayose described his battle uniform as “a mark of leadership and solidarity with our hunters and vigilantes.” He noted: “I am a man that believes that his people must be protected. I therefore want you all to protect our people. Go and protect your domain. Make sure everybody entering our state on a daily basis is screened.”

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to brand the “mindless and devilish” cattlemen as terrorists and observed a moment’s silence for the victims of the Benue tragedy.

Also, in a statement yesterday, Nobel Prize winner, Wole Soyinka, described the activities of the herdsmen as a declaration of war on the country, stressing: “The solution to the development is not to be found in pietistic appeals to victims to avoid hate language and divisive attributions but that the sustained, killing monologue of the herdsmen must be curbed, decisively and without further evasiveness.”

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

The Leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has suffered a ‘stroke’ amid concern his health is taking a turn for the worse.
The 68-year-old reportedly speaks with a slur and can no longer stand for prayers, and is on the verge of losing his eyesight.

El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, following a violent clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, between members of his group and the Nigerian military.

The movement, however, says his incarceration is illegal, criticising the Buhari administration for denying the leader access to medical treatment.

“The health situation of the Sheikh has nosedived. He has suffered what turned out to be a stroke. But the authorities illegally detaining him have kept a blind eye to his dire situation,” the IMN disclosed at a press conference yesterday.

The Spokesman for the group, Professor Abdullahi Danladi, said: “It emerged that his health condition suffered severe knocks in the past week, such that he was critically ill and in urgent need of the best medical attention possible. But the Buhari administration is negligent about it. He suffered slurred speech, weakness of the right side of the upper limb and general weakness of both lower limbs. Consequently, he has been unable to walk or even stand for the past week. The Sheikh is also known to have been hypertensive for more than 10 years.” 

The police in Abuja yesterday arrested 52 members of the group who were protesting against the leader’s detention. They began the demonstration from Garki Area 10 and headed towards Area 1. They were, however, stopped by armed security operatives at Moshood Abiola Road.

Policemen fired tear gas canisters, while some youths responded with stones.

The incident caused panic in the area, as traders hurriedly closed their shops while motorists sought alternative routes.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

AS a key element of modern trade policy, the Federal Government, Tuesday, entered into agreement with leading trade law firm, King and Spalding, LLP, of Geneva, Switzerland, to provide legal services for Nigeria’s trade remedy legislation.
The Chief Negotiator, and Director General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, signed for the Nigerian Government, Daniel Crosby, did for King and Spalding.

Under the terms, King and Spalding is expected to support the drafting of Nigeria’s trade remedy law as well as prepare a legal brief on the rationale and requirements for the legislation, which will effectively stop dumping on the Nigerian market.

A statement signed in Abuja, from the Ministry of industry, Trade and Investment, said the company’s services are on a pro bono basis, which is supposed to be for public good and non-profit.

Chisakwe noted that Nigeria has been grappling unsuccessfully with increased cases of dumping and other injurious imports into the economy. This, in his view, is undermining serious efforts by the Federal Government to support local manufacturers and service providers to competitively grow the economy through integration to global value chains, in a rule-based global economy.

He was quoted as saying: “Dumping in the Nigerian market is illegal and anti-development. The legal services and technical support to be provided by King and Spalding, is a major step forward to definitively stop this illegal practice and alarming increase of dumping in the Nigerian economy.”

He further stated: “Nigeria commends King and Spalding for its pro bono support and very much looks forward to a technically solid partnership to establish a rules-based trade remedy infrastructure for Nigeria in 2018.”

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

It is happening all over again. History is repeating itself and, alas, within such an agonizingly short span of time. How often must we warn against the enervating lure of appeasement in face of aggression and will to dominate! I do not hesitate to draw attention to Volume III of my Intervention Series, and to [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

Interval Training has been around for many years now. No matter what your goals are; whether to lose fat, improve your heart and lung capacity, complete a marathon, increase your lean tissue or improve your insulin sensitivity, interval training is far superior to long steady cardio training. In fact this type of 'short burst' training [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez is hoping to be named in Argentina's roster for the 2018 World Cup following his return to Boca Juniors. The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that a prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and England's Three Lions will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

Sometimes circa 1985, before he was killed on October 19, 1986 via a parcel bomb, inimitable journalist, prose stylist and glamorous founding editor-in-chief of the Newswatch magazine, the late Dele Giwa, wrote that one life taken in cold blood is as gruesome as millions lost in a pogrom. Indeed, Giwa was only being his own [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

Managing Director of Poise Graduate Finishing Academy (PGFA), Mr. Asher Adeniyi, has urged Nigerian graduates to key into 'Career KickStart Programme,' as it has the capacity to equip them with skills needed in the cotemporary work environment. Adeniyi in a chat with journalists assured that the innovative solutions embedded in the programme will help empower [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

A hole in the ozone layer that appeared above Antarctica in the 1980s has shrunk thanks to a worldwide ban on damaging chemicals, the United States Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA) has confirmed. Research found that levels of ozone-damaging chlorine are rapidly declining in the planet's atmosphere, a direct indicator that Earth's protective layer is on [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

All is now set for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mind Builders School, Lagos. According to a programme of activities released by the Chairman, Anniversary Committee, Mr. Olatunde Opeyemi, the anniversary will commence with a Founder's Day thanksgiving service at the school's Central Business District (CBD), Ikeja branch tomorrow. Themed 'Celebrating 20 years [] 

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo,has received the donation of an e-library server worthUS$240,000 from the Southern University, International Centre for Information Technology and Development (ICITD), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States (US). Provost of the college, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, said the e-library was presented to the institution by the Executive Director of ICTID and the [] 

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