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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 6th February, 2017.


Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Chairman of Folio Media Group (FMG), publisher of The Daily Times, Mr. Fidelis Anosike, has said that he is ready to use everything at his disposal to defend The Daily Times and ensure that the heritage newspaper is on the newsstand everyday. Anosike said that despite the charade and attempts by some individuals to truncate the publishing of the newspaper and run it out of business for the sole purpose of stripping its assets, he is ready to put his life on the line to not only to ensure that they fail, but to ensure that the DTN remains a success story. Speaking to journalists at the premises of the newspaper house in Ikeja-Lagos on Monday when he briefed the media on the recent invasion of the DTN premises and large scale vandalisation and destruction of the company properties by agents of former lawmaker, Senator Ikechukwu Obiora and Chairman of DSTV, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, among others, Anosike insisted that no amount of intimidation will make him relinquish the ownership of the company which his company rightly acquired from the Federal Government to anyone. He said: “Nobody is above the law. If I can go to prison, anybody can go to prison. I am ready to die for The Daily Times to be alive, it doesn’t matter, so nobody is going to scare me, The Daily Times will continue publishing.” This is even as veteran journalist and broadcaster, Mr. Patrick Oke, who is the company’s tenant at its 13 Cooper Road, Ikoyi, that was completely destroyed by Obiora and his hoodlums, said he has lost everything that he ever worked for all his life. According to Anosike, “Daily Times was sold wholly to Folio Communications Ltd. It was not a consortium sale, but somewhere along the line, some of these people came and they wanted to buy some of the properties that Daily Times had and we agreed to sell one or two of the properties to them and they gave us cheques and some of the cheques bounced and we are currently in court with them over dud cheques. “But, the current issues we are facing now is that Daily Times had an invasion with a purported Magistrates’ Court order. That also tells us how Nigeria is and how dangerous doing business in Nigeria is. Imagine a situation where a publisher like me is taken to a police station and the next day he is bundled to a magistrates’ court in Mpape, an outskirt of Abuja and the next day, I found myself in prison, what will you do? But, I had to follow the due process to come out. “More importantly is that a certain DIG (Deputy Inspector General of Police), Hyacinth Dagala obviously colluded with these people and did what they did. It was a well orchestrated subterfuge well funded by the DSTV chairman, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya. He was the one that funded it.” Showing the team of journalist round the premises, Anosike showed them a heap of disconnected air conditioners that the invaders attempted to cart away before they were stopped. He also showed them the several television stands from where televisions sets were removed including computers, and a 100 KVA generating set. He alleged that the DSTV boss was “a property magnate and this is what he does. He sees where there is conflict, he moves in there, provides the weaker party or so to speak money and in this case he gave them N700million to prosecute this because he targeted Daily Times properties. But, what I am trying to do here now is to do my best to let Nigerians understand what happened. We have it under control, so to speak. We hope to show you the people who call themselves Senior Advocates and lawyers of standing, what they can do in the name of the law, so that everybody understands and the young people understand how difficult it is to do business in Nigeria. “We have been trying to turn around this company. I think we have been doing a good job of it, the paper is on the street every single day in the last five years, but all they are targeting is the assets. The Daily Times have had many people who have died working there, so many journalists have not been paid over time, so what if the assets go, what happens to them? “In a company you have assets and liabilities, that is what makes up the enterprise value of a company, but you see people sitting down waiting using the magistrates’ courts. This is a case where the Court of Appeal has said they have no locus in the matter, because there is a final out of court settlement in all issues regarding Daily Times in 2006 and entered as a court judgement. So this is really very scary, but it is our country, that is the situation we found ourselves. But we are not going to rest as there are people that call themselves money bags and politicians in disguise, they sit down and do all sorts of things”. He however expressed joy that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has taken serious action on the matter. He said: “I am very happy to report that the IGP rose to the occasion and has handed the case over to his monitoring team. This same mastermind of all, this Senator Ikechwuku Obiorah has eight riot policemen in his house, and when we went to arrest him, he ran away and all his policemen were taken back to the station. They are on his trail and I am sure by now they would have formaly invited him. The same thing with the DSTV boss Ogunsanya. Nobody is above the law, you can’t take the laws into your hands. If you have a court order, you enter a premises, you take inventory of what is there, but I will take you around so that you will see what these guys did here. “It is amazing. For me, I believe it is something that should make all Nigerians rise up to the occasion to say enough is enough, because that is why we are in a country where with so much resources, so much good people, we are still not moving forward, because this kind of thing is allowed to happen. With 300,000 policemen policing 180 million people, but one person has eight policemen to himself in one house. So you can imagine that, why won’t he take the laws into his hands?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, confirmed the recovery of over N473 billion, $98.258 million and £294,851.82 corruption proceeds in 2017. Magu, who disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, declared that other funds recovered by the commission include €7, 247, 363, Dirham 443, 400 and 70,500 South African Rand within the period under review. The EFCC boss made the disclosure during the 2017/2018 budget defence of his agency, held at the instance of the House committee. He further expressed delight over the financial and operations autonomy granted the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) since January this year, with the approval of the Budget Office of the Federation and Accountant-General of the Federation. The anti-corruption czar added that the agency also achieved the final forfeiture of N32billion and $5 million recovered from the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke and final forfeiture of N449 million at Legico Plaza in Victoria Island, Lagos and final forfeiture of over $43 million discovered in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. Others major achievements, Magu stated, include the recovery of N329 billion from petroleum marketers by the Commission’s Kano office; withholding tax recovery of over N27.7 billion from banks; €6.6 million recovered by the Nigerian Ports Authority; recoveries of about N1.1 billion on behalf of AMCON and the recovery of subsidy fraud funds of over N4 billion. While speaking on the ongoing plans to ensure the independence of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Magu said that “in the course of the outgoing financial year, the NFIU was granted self accounting status by both the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Budget Office. Effective date of implementation is January 1, 2018.” Expressing concern over the delay in the release of funds for the discharge of the commission’s activities, Magu lamented that the “delayed and irregular release of the overhead component of the commission’s recurrent vote in 2017, affected the commission’s investigation and prosecution activities especially in the zones.” According to him, out of N17,202,253,360 appropriated in 2017, only N11,737,492,342.07 (68 per cent) has so far been released out of which N9,759,277,008.53 has been utilised while from the sum of N7,127,316,354 appropriated for personnel cost, N6,533,373,324 was released; out of the N3,000,713,298 appropriated for overhead only N1,667,007,163.70 has been released while out of the N7,074,223,708 appropriated for capital expenditure, only N3,537,111,853.87 had been released to the commission so far. Responding to questions on the whistle blowing policy, Magu disclosed that the incentives promised by Federal Government is being paid timely, including the Ikoyigate whistle blower; while more Nigerians are being encouraged to join in the campaign across the country. He noted that the commissioning of the newly constructed headquarters of EFCC will take place in April, 2018.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components. The Executive Order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy. The President, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), ordered that all ‘‘procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.’’ The Executive Order also prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria. It, however, notes that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous development, prior to the award of such contracts. In the proclamation entitled ‘‘Presidential Executive Order 5 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology,” Buhari also directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) mn to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects. It adds that ‘‘consideration shall only be given to a foreign professional, where it is certified by the appropriate authority that such expertise is not available in Nigeria.’’ Meanwhile, following the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja, signed the Instruments of Ratification of the Bilateral Air Services Agreements between the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Governments of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria; the Republic of Congo; the People’s Republic of China; the State of Qatar and the Republic of Singapore. With the execution of these Instruments, it is expected that Nigeria’s aviation link with the respective countries will improve significantly.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
A new report by the Economic Confidential has shown that the federal government, 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N5.9 trillion from the Federation Account in 2017 in spite of the economic recession witnessed during the period. While the federal government and its agencies received a total sum of NN2.5 trillion, the other tiers of government shared N3.3 trillion. The total allocation of N3.3 trillion to states and their local government councils is N700 billion above the N2.6 trillion they received in the previous year of 2016. In its annual detailed investigative report with a table of figures, the Economic Confidential disclosed that among the state recipients, Lagos was ranked first as the highest recipient of gross allocation with a total sum of N201bn in the twelve months of 2017. It is followed by Akwa Ibom State N197billion, Rivers N178 billion, Delta State N175 billion and Kano State N143 billion. The five states cornered over a quarter of the total allocation to the states and local government councils in Nigeria.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss President Jacob Zuma’s future as head of state. The meeting was called after overnight talks with the scandal-plagued 75-year-old failed to secure his departure. Zuma, in power since 2009, has faced growing pressure to resign since he was replaced as leader of the ANC in December by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president. The ANC has summoned its National Working Committee (NWC) to meet at 1200 GMT at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters in downtown Johannesburg. In order for the party to force Zuma to resign as state president, the NWC would have to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee, its top decision-making body, to vote on Zuma’s exit. The ANC’s top six most powerful officials met Zuma late on Sunday at his official residence in Pretoria but there was no announcement of the outcome. In a sign of Zuma digging in, a group of supporters called Black First Land First said they would march to Luthuli House on Monday. In response, a pro-Ramaphosa faction of the ANC said it would “defend” the building, raising the prospect of clashes between different camps of the ANC. Zuma has been deserted by prominent allies since Ramaphosa became leader of the only party to govern South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994. Ramaphosa, 65, is in a strong position to become the next president and has been lobbying for Zuma’s removal. Zuma has not said whether he will step down voluntarily before his second term as president ends next year. Opposition parties and some in the ANC want him to go before his State of the Nation address to parliament, scheduled for Thursday.


Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, has reportedly ordered the arrest of Prince Kassim Afegbuathe, the media aide to former President, Ibrahim Babangida, for a statement he issued on behalf of his boss. There was confusion Sunday night over the authenticity of a letter allegedly written by former President, Ibrahim Babangida to President Muhammadu Buhari where he asked the President not to recontest the 2019 presidential election. The letter signed on behalf of Babangida by his Consultant on media, Prince Kassim Afegbua but few hours later, Babangida denied writing any open letter to the president, insisting he had unfettered access to the President as a statesman and former President of the country. Babangida said, “Let me categorically state that as former President and statesman, I have unfettered channel of communication with the highest authorities without sensational public correspondence, therefore those views expressed over there are personal views of the writer” This issuance of the warrant of arrest was disclosed by a Presidency source on Sunday, according to nigeriannewsdirect. Afegbua in a statement purportedly issued on Sunday on behalf of Babangida had quoted the former President as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek reelection in 2019. But the former President, in a swift reaction, denied issuing such a statement. He called on Nigerians to disregard the earlier statement by Afegbua. The Presidency source, who does not want his name in print, said that the IGP has ordered the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for allegedly issuing a fake statement. Afegbua was advised to submit himself to the Force Headquarters within 24 hours or face arrest. The media aide has however insisted that he had the permission of the former president to issue the statement credited to him.

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Chief Olisa Metuh on Monday arrived at the Federal High Court, Abuja, inThe post Drama as Olisa Metuh arrives court in ambulance appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Aminu Tambuwal, the governor or Sokoto state has announced a major reshuffle of his cabinet, assigning portfolios to four recently-appointed commissioners while nine others wereThe post Sokoto state reshuffles cabinet (FULL LIST) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed claims that, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation was attempting to bribe some APC membersThe post APC dismisses claims on alleged Amaechis offer of bribe to APC decampee appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The senator representing Kaduna central, Sen. Shehu Sani has claimed that former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, indeed issued a statement telling PresidentThe post Sen. Shehu Sani says IBBs first statement was the real one appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dame Julie Okah- Donli said on Monday that the agency hasThe post NAPTIP engages witchdoctors in fight against human trafficking appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Confident that Nigerians yearn for the return of pro-people leadership, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State on Monday declared that the Peoples Democratic Party,The post 2019: PDP will oust APC in presidential election, Wike says appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Russian media have lauded a pilot killed in Syria as a hero, saying he detonated his grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists who hadThe post Russian jet pilot pulled grenade pin to avoid capture in Syria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
We take seriously our obligation to create opportunity for a better health care for all to live healthy and productive, therefore we urge you toThe post Excel in health care delivery, community devt. Gov Lalong task corps members appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Nigerias Grandmasters of Data, Globacom, has announced a new bundle offer of the networks mini router, Glo MiFi, with 16 gigabytes of free data forThe post Globacom releases 4G MiFi with over 1GB free monthly data appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Fitch Ratings, has upgraded Access Banks National Long-Term Rating to A+ from A. At the same time, Fitch affirmed the Banks Long-Term Issuer Default RatingThe post Fitch upgrades Access Banks national rating to A+Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The long arms of the law have caught up with one Olusegun Adefemi a father of three daughters, for allegedly defiling them and inflicting bodyThe post Father arrested for defiling three daughters in Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
A group of Nigerian professionals in the U.S. have expressed their eagerness to come home and invest in the Nigerian economy to fast-track the developmentThe post Were eager to come home and invest Nigerians in diaspora appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Lagos State Police Command have uncovered a baby factory and an illegal orphanage home at No. 1 Treasure Palace Close off Hand of FairThe post Police uncover baby factory in Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Nollywood actress and businesswoman Chika Ike enrolled in Harvard business schools Program for Leadership Development for 8 months and now she has officially graduated. ChikaThe post Photos: Chika Ike graduates from Harvard Business School after 8 months appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 06 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Federal Government of massive corruption amid the controversy over the alleged payment of fuel subsidy. The partyThe post PDP Accuses FG Of Massive Corruption In Fuel Subsidy Regime appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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