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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RDFEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 3rd February, 2017.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Friday ordered the withdrawal of all cases against the Chairman of Folio Media Group (FMG), publisher of The Daily Times, Mr Fidelis Anosike, the Group Managing Director, Bar Noel Anosike and five members of staff of the newspaper. The IGP also ordered a full scale investigation into the incident and illegal conduct of Senator Ikechukwu Obiora in connivance with DIG Hycent Dagala alongside ACP Njoku and SP Elizabeth Eze. Obiora had in an attempt to illegally acquire properties belonging to the DTN through fraudulent means, engaged the police to arrest Mr Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike. After invading the Abuja office, some police officers at the instance of Obiora also invaded the Lagos complex of the DTN in Agidingbi where they ransacked, carted away documents including computers, laptops, generator and other valuable equipment. The police also arrested five members of staff of DTN: Tinuola Ashiru, (Assistant Manager, Human Resources) Ayodele Ibitoye, (Accountant) Afolabi Adeboye, ( Graphics Designer) Marvelous Eyoh Effiong (Graphics Designer) and James Akingbade Olagoke (Advert Officer). They were later detained at the SARS office in Ikeja where they spent the night. The DTN workers were thereafter driven from Lagos to Abuja by road and were later locked up with criminals at Area 10 Police Station for seven days without been charged to court. Meanwhile, following directives from the IGP for the immediate withdrawal of the cases, the police in a notice of discontinuance dated February 2, 2018, urged the Registrar of the Magistrates’ Court to take judicial notice of the withdrawal of case no. CR,10/2018: Between the IGP vs Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike. The letter of discontinuance addressed to the Registrar, Chief Magistrates’ Court, Mpape, Abuja also sought the withdrawal of case no. CR,10/2018: Between the IGP vs Ayodele Olaleke and 4 ors as well as the withdrawal of motion No: MN/11/2018:between the IGP vs Fidelis Anosike and Another. The IGP, who was very displeased with the conduct of the police in the whole saga expressed shock that the DIG Dagala could arrest, detain and arraign the Daily Times publisher and five DTN workers without briefing him. The police boss, who could not hide his anger, also ordered full investigation of the roles played by the police officers and men involved in the matter. In the meantime, Senator Obiora has abandoned his residence following an order by the Inspector-General of Police to arrest him after his illegal actions against the publisher, group managing director and 5 DTN workers. Incidentally, the whereabouts of Sen Obiora has remained unknown since his fraudulent activities have been exposed.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Presidency has faulted media report on the killings arising from the farmers and herdsmen clashes in Benue State, saying that it is unprofessional for certain section of the media to engage in the promotion of hate speech over the farmers/herders crisis The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, stated this on Friday while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa. Shehu said the “growing lack of respect for journalism ethics and press laws in the Nigerian media, especially regarding the clashes in Benue State is very unfortunate”. According to him, the frequent expressions of hate speech published by newspapers, in news stories and especially in columns have become a source of concern to all Nigerians. He said, “We want to state emphatically that a segment of the Nigerian media is sinking deeper and deeper into the mesh of hate speech in spite of repeated appeals by recognised and reputable media bodies, the Government and concerned Nigerians. “Unfortunately, self-regulation which is the norm in civilised societies has taken flight from many of our newsrooms. “For instance, a recent column published in a national newspaper (not The Daily Times), said ‘‘President Muhammadu Buhari was the first to endorse the Benue massacre’’ on New Year Day. The same columnist described the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali as ‘‘a dyed-in-the-wool Fulani irredentist who places trade over and above human life’’. “The diatribe went further to invite citizens of the country to arm themselves and fight each other. In addition, one of the newspaper’s Saturday headlines proclaimed: ‘Expect More Blood in Benue…”. Shehu also said apart from the basic tone of respect expected from an individual who is “supposedly intelligent and educated enough” to know better since they have been granted space to write in a national newspaper, there is the risk of inciting the public to actions that will have gory consequences for the entire nation for generations to come.” The presidential spokesman also reminded those “beating the gongs of war and fanning the embers of discord” to remember what happened in Rwanda before the genocide of the early 90s, during which hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as a result of consistent hate speech spewing from that country’s media. “We must learn to express our grievances and criticisms without resorting to gutter language or to name calling, and the press has a responsibility to maintain that even if it means calling their columnists to order,” he added. Shehu also stated that in line with the 1999 Constitution (as amended), President Muhammadu Buhari has the primary duty of protecting lives and properties of all Nigerians. He said, “That is what he has been doing in Benue and across the country. “Calling him a murderer is not only grossly disrespectful but unfair, especially when the President has written a letter to the Senate detailing his efforts to quell the crisis in Benue State, including dispatching the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations for an on the spot assessment of the situation in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident; and receiving a direct briefing from the IG the following day”. Shehu also appealed to the media to show more decorum and professionalism in the reportage of security and humanitarian situation in the country.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed two-count criminal charge against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Yakubu Umar before an Abuja High Court over his alleged involvement in N10million bribery. The EFCC had filed the charge through a private lawyer and a human rights activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN) on Friday in Abuja. In the court processes made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, Umar was said to have demanded N10million bribe from an accused, Richard Owolabi Taiwo, a Customs officer who was being tried for misconduct. But Taiwo was said to have offered Umar N1.8million through his personal Assistant, Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi . Danladi Yakubu Umar being the Chairman of the CCT and presiding over a case with charge No CCT/ABJ/03/ 12 involving Richard Owolabi Taiwo sometimes in 2012 at Abuja, asked for N10million from Mr. Richard Owolabi Taiwo for a favour to be afterward shown to him in relation to the pending charge No CCT/ ABJ/ C3/ 12 in discharge of your official duties and hereby committed an offence contrary to section 12(a)&(b) of the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003. Count 2: That you Danladi Yakubu Umar being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with charge No CCT/ABJ/03/ 12 involving one Richard Owolabi Taiwo sometimes in 2012 at Abuja, received N1.8million from Mr.Richard Owolabi Taiwo through your personal Assistant by name Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending charge No CCT/ ABJ/ C3/ 12 in discharge of your official duties and hereby committed an offence contrary to section 12(a)&(b) of the corruption practices and other related offences Act 2003. The Daily Times recalls that the allegation against Umar which formed the charge came into limelight when the defence lawyers of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is currently on trial at the tribunal, accused Umar of corruption.


Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The European Union (EU) has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting Nigerias electoral process with a 26.5m Euros grant.The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, MrThe post EU to commit E26.5m grant for 2019 elections appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The UN refugee agency has criticised Nigeria for breaching international agreements after the leader of a Cameroonian anglophone separatist movement and his supporters were extraditedThe post UN lambasts Nigeria over extradition of Southern Cameroonians appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Says poor funding slowing down progress on terror war The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Yusuf Buratai has revealed the inability of the Nigerian MilitaryThe post Buratai Begs Senate to intervene on more funding for Nigerian Army appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Nigeria violated international law by forcing 47 people to return to neighboring Cameroon, which has deployed the army to quell a secessionist movement in itsThe post UN condemns forced return of Cameroonians from Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Federal Government drive to improve the ease for doing business has received a boost as investors and would-be-business owners now have a handbook onThe post FG launches guide to ease of doing business in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The National President of Oodua Peoples Congress, New Era (OPC), Comrade Razak Arogundade has lamented over issues bothering the country, resolving that, the only wayThe post OPC kicks, passes vote of no confidence on Buhari-led govt appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon Organization [IHMO], Organizers of the maiden edition of Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon have confirmed participation of some world notable Marathoners ahead of theThe post Klaus Westphal, other professionals storm Nigeria for Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos has struck out a preliminary objection filed by the Nigerian arm of the China National Offshore OilThe post Court tells CNOOC it has case to answer over missing Nigerian crude revenue appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Vaccination to begin in three States In its bid to eradicate the dreaded yellow fever disease in the country, the World Health Organisation, WHO hasThe post FG/WHO to Donate 20 million doses of vaccines annually appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
An unnamed woman who just put to bed as seen giving top priority to her looks probably in preparation to receive visitors. A new mumThe post Photos: Shortly after giving birth, Woman applies Make-up on her hospital bed appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A third force group floated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo under the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) held its inaugural meeting Friday in Akure, theThe post PDP, APC members join Obasanjos third force movement in Ondo appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Sequel to alleged power consumption debt of about N4.16million, the people of Ugbolu in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State and within theThe post Electricity: BEDC cuts off Delta community over N4.16m debt appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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