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Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 9th January, 2018.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Nigeria migrants evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government on Sunday have described their experiences as “hellish.” On arrival at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday, one of the returnees shouted, “see food oh” when he sighted Federal Government officials serving plates of rice with water to the victims.

Six-month pregnant Lewisa Comfort, 23, narrated her experience to The Guardian. She said: “The Nigerians who collected money and took us to Libya usually betrayed us. They did sell Nigerian ladies to Arab men for about N200,000 and the Arab men would use the girls as sex machines and for house cleaning jobs and with all these, we would only be given one dry bread to eat per day without water.

“If you were sold to a black man, it was a continuous sale, because the black men kept selling and re-selling the individual, just to make money. Human trafficking is the only lucrative business in Libya.

“The situation there is very bad, so pathetic that it is not an experience one would wish his worst enemy. The desert experience is worse than the sea experience. In my set, 14 Hilux vans carrying 27 passengers each left Nigeria but only 10 people survived. More than 1,000 died.”

The pretty lady, who hails from Edo State, disclosed that some of them paid between N600,000 and N800,000 to cross over to Italy but regretted that their hopes were dashed when they were left stranded in Libya.Lewisa said when they arrived in Libya, some of them were arrested, while some were sold out. Others were moved from prison to prison with severe toture. “No water or food,” she said.She said the hellish experience forced most of them to fast and pray, seeking divine intervention for rescue.

According to her, “When we were going through all these experiences, we decided to turn our hunger into fasting and prayers .We fasted and prayed for three days and we saw ourselves as one; there was unity (of mind) among all of us in Libya.
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, declined to grant an order of interim injunction restraining the National Assembly from probing the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) over the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, into the Federal Civil Service.
Maina, the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, was dismissed from service in 2013 for absconding from duty after the office of the Head of Service had made some recommendations. Maina was at some point a fugitive, having been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

However, he was recalled and deployed to the Ministry of Interior under controversial circumstances late last year on the advice of the AGF.
Following public outcry that greeted his reinstatement, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Maina’s sacking again while the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, was asked to probe the embarrassing situation.

Consequently, on October 24, 2017, the Senate mandated its committees on Public Service, Internal Affairs, Anti-corruption, Establishment and Judiciary to probe the circumstances leading to Maina’s return to the country and recall into the public service.It was learnt that the decision of the Senate to conduct a forensic investigation into the issue instigated Malami to file a motion ex parte seeking a restraining order against the National Assembly.

Malami had denied any involvement in Maina’s recall when he appeared before the House of Representatives in November 2017.However, upon hearing of the exparte application brought by the AGF, the court in its ruling yesterday refused to grant the order.
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta region may continue longer than anticipated due to the failure of the Federal Government to unveil solutions it earlier promised to stop the menace.
Experts and leaders from the region have raised an alarm of looming hostility that could upset oil output, frustrate budget implementation, and international investments even as oil communities in the Niger Delta flay elusive promises by the current administration. 
The Government had said it would build modular refineries in the region in order to engage jobless youths, who resort to unruly operations and militancy activities to push out 1,000 barrels of refined petroleum products daily from each of the refineries to meet supply shortfall in Nigeria.

Modular refineries are the smallest form of refineries, although expandable.Although the move would douse tension, and create a sense of ownership, however, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources could not ascertain when the projects would become a reality, but said about three licences could be issued soon.Apart from the three, four other applicants have also been identified especially in Edo State, Spokesperson for the Ministry, Idang Alibi said.
“There are three serious requests that stand a chance of getting a licence and taking off. There are requests, particularly from Edo State. Three are close to meeting the requirements and go offshore. The project requires so much capital up to about $100million; that is a lot of money.“So individuals are required to come together and get foreign partnership. Then they apply and are shortlisted, and interviewed. The Ministry is very eager to get people on and they are working on it,” he said.
But some of the stakeholders, especially leaders from the region, including the National Leader, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark; National Coordinator, Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress (PNDPC), Mike Loyibo; and Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), led by Eric Omare, toldThe Guardian they are unaware of these moves.
President, South-South Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (FOSSCCIMA), Billy Hillary, said: “We are not seeing any discussion going forward in that direction. Illegal refineries are not beneficial to the country’s economy. These refineries are springing up daily out of the need for these young men to be engaged and economically empowered.”
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that one of its Mi-17 helicopters suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North East. 

A statement by the Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya in Abuja yesterday said the incident which occurred today (8 January 2018) resulted in significant damage to the helicopter.“There was, however, no loss of lives as a result of the incident. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident, in line with global best practices. 

“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”On July 6, 2017 one of NAF’s helicopters, Agusta 109 Light Utility, operating in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East crashed into a pool of water in Borno Sate. Also, no life was lost in the incident.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai has urged youths in the North East to shun Boko Haram terrorism that has claimed many lives and property.According to him, youths who are future leaders of the country are expected to cooperate with security agencies by reporting suspicious persons to secure the nation.

Buratai made the call at the weekend while addressing players of 16 football teams in northern Borno and spectators at the Chief of Army
Staff Football Tournament in Monguno town.The Ajari Football Club of Damasak won the tournament by defeating.Riverside Football Club of Monguno 1-0. The winner got a cash prize of N250, 000 and a trophy.
Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Association of Borno State Doctors (ABSB) has given a 21-day ultimatum to Governor Kashim Shettima to pay them their outstanding salary arrears. The ABSB Chairman, Dr. Bukar Abbagana, gave the deadline yesterday at a news conference in Maiduguri.... 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, has declared that the death of kidnap kingpin, Don Waney, would restore peace in the state. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom has declared three days of mourning for those killed in Logo and Guma local councils of Benue State.In a statement yesterday in Makurdi, the governor said the mourning period holds from today to Thursday and would be rounded off with a church service at the IBB Square.... 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that one of its Mi-17 helicopters suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North East. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
Four brothers ' Dickson Oluka, Salaya Oluka, Martins Oluka and Austin Enayi ' have allegedly killed their grandmother, Grace Ovbiedo for money ritual.The incident happened on December 12, 2017 at No. 28 Asowata Street, Ohovbe quarters in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum yesterday demanded the immediate removal of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris Kpotum over his 'unguarded comments regarding the recent killings in Benue State. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
With just over a month to go, the eagerly anticipated West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC 2018) will return to the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos February 7-8, 2018. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
In these days, when dynamic live programming, dominated by innovative phone-in pidgin language and social commentary, forms the bulk of Nigeria's popular radio broadcast fare, many listeners might not be aware that a major tradition has been largely overlooked or even been neglected. 

Tue, 09 Jan 2018
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