Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 26 February, 2017.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Nearly half the girls abducted from their school in Yobe State are said to have been ferried across the border into Niger Republic.
The girls were seized from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday.

Credible sources told the Daily Trust yesterday the girls were split into two groups; one was left in an enclave in northern Borno State and the other taken to a village in Niger Republic.
It was gathered that the girls were abducted by the Musab Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram which is loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa.
The group had lost grounds along the shores of the Lake Chad, the same way Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of the group suffered was sacked from the Sambisa Forest base following onslaught by the Nigerian military.
“The girls ferried across a shallow river and are held in the border town of Duro in Niger Republic,” the source, who does not want to be named, said.
“The second batch has been moved to  Tumbun Gini area of Abadam LGA  of Borno,” he added.
Abadam, with headquarters at Malam Fatori is three kilometres from Bosso Niger Republic. 
The military was not available for comments last night.
FG says 110 Dapchi Girls unaccounted for
Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday confirmed that 110 students of the school, are so far unaccounted for.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed the figures after a meeting between a Federal Government delegation and representatives of key stakeholders in Damaturu, the Yobe State capita.
Present at the meeting were senior officials of the state government, the college principal, parents of the missing girls and representatives of security agencies 
The minister said, based on briefings from the Principal of the College, Hajia Adama Abdulkarim, and the state Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lami, 110 have not been accounted for. He said 906 students were in the school on the day of the attack. 
The minister also said the Federal Government has directed the police and civil defence authorities in Yobe State to immediately deploy their personnel to all the schools in the state in order to ensure the security and safety of the students and staff.
He said the Federal Government has stepped up efforts to rescue the girls and return them safely to their parents, saying the security agencies are working on many leads regarding the whereabouts of the girls.
A statement from the minister’s office said: ‘’This is the second time in four days that a Federal Government delegation would visit Yobe State since the unfortunate incident.
This is a measure of the seriousness with which we are addressing the issue. The security forces are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the girls.
‘‘We are back here in Yobe as part of efforts to provide some succour to the parents of the girls, to let them know that they are not alone and also to reassure them that we will not rest until we have found the girls. We will carry the parents along on the efforts we are making,’’ he said.
For his part, the Minister of Interior said the delegation embarked on the trip in order to get the facts right ‘’so that the approach to the solution can be correct’’.
‘‘We must get back the girls and also ensure that this does not happen again,’’ he said.
The Federal Government delegation, which comprised the Ministers of Information and Culture as well as that of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retired), held an enlarged meeting that was attended by Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State; members of the state cabinet, the Principal and Vice Principal of the school, representatives of the parents of the missing girls and security agencies, among others.
Military withdrawal aided  school attack, Gaidam insists
Yobe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam re-emphasized yesterday that the Boko Haram attack in Dapchi and Buni-Yadi years back were aided by Military withdrawals from those locations.
The governor, who spoke during a sympathy visit paid to him by Borno State governor and chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said the military did not notify them when troops were withdrawn.
“I want to put the record straight, there was no military presence at the time of Dapchi attack because we don’t even know that the Military have been withdrawn.
“The Dapchi and Buni-Yadi attacks are similar because both attacks came weeks after the military withdrawal. I want the press to quote me on this” he said.
Governor Gaidam said it was not an accuse for the theatre commander to attribute the military withdrawal to shortage of personnel.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
As a result of the enforcement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Federal Government deposits overtook that of banks for the third consecutive year at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Records from the CBN obtained by Daily Trust indicate that the total deposits with the CBN in 2017 amounted to N13.17 trillion. Of the total deposits, the shares of the Federal Government, banks and others were N6.01tn (45.7 per cent), N4.32tn (32.8 per cent) and N2.83tn (21.5 per cent), respectively.

Before the implementation of the TSA, banks’ deposits with the CBN mostly outgrew that of the Federal Government and other depositors.
In 2013, of the total deposits of N7.02tn at the CBN, the Federal Government deposit was N2.84tn (40.5 per cent); that of banks was N3.78tn (53.8 per cent) and other deposits of N396.7bn (5.7 per cent).
Also, in 2014, with the total deposits at the CBN N7.82tn, the shares of the Federal Government was N3.42tn (43.8 per cent), while that of banks was N4.17tn (53.2 per cent) and others  were N231.8 billion (3.0 per cent).
In 2015, when the implementation of the TSA commenced, the trend changed with the Federal Government deposit at the CBN overshooting that of the banks. Out of the total deposits amounted to N9.35tn, the shares of the Federal Government deposit was N4.17tn or (44.6 per cent) the deposits by the banks shrank to N3.95tn (42.3 per cent) and other deposits also grew to N1.23tn (13.2 per cent).
In 2016, the total deposit with CBN grew to N12.37tn. Of the total deposits, the shares of the Federal Government continues to grow above that of banks with N5.21tn (42.1 per cent), the banks’ deposits was N3.65tn and  other deposits were N3.50tn (28.3 per cent).
In 2017, the total deposits at the CBN amounted to N13.12tn. Of the total deposits, the shares of the Federal Government rose to N6.02tn (45.7 per cent), the banks deposited N4.32tn (32.8 per cent) and other deposits of N2.83tn (21.5 per cent).
Although the CBN report didn’t attribute the growth in the Federal Government deposit over that of the banks in recent years to the implementation of the TSA, an insider at the apex bank said it was obvious that the increase in the deposit of the Federal Government was due to the compliance by many banks  to transfer most of the Federal Government revenues to  the TSA.
The report says the development reflects an increase in the private sector and Federal Government deposits.
The non-compliance with the TSA policy by banks attracted several sanctions from the CBN worth billions of naira in the last two years.  
As of third quarter of 2017, reports said the TSA account attracted over N7tn of government revenue. Before the policy commenced in September, 2015, there were more than 20,000 different accounts operated by various government agencies.
The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, said recently that the Federal Government, on a monthly basis, saves about N4.7bn that would have been spent on bank charges following its introduction of the TSA.
Mr. Idris also said the TSA as of third quarter of 2017 saved the government N108.1bn in account maintenance fees and other charges that would have been paid to banks for managing the accounts of MDAs.
He said the TSA had also eliminated the bad practice of operating several accounts by MDAs, thereby making it difficult for MDAs to divert public funds.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo care less about re-election.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment Programmes (SIP), Ismaeel Ahmed, said this at the weekend while briefing State House correspondents on the progress of the SIP.

Ahmed; who addressed the press conference alongside the Special Adviser to the President on SIP, Mrs Maryam Uwais; emphasised that Buhari and Osinbajo were rather concerned about Nigerians, whom they were more committed to serving.
The presidential aide, however, stated that if the president and the vice president had to campaign for a re-election, they had a lot of success stories to tell.
This was even as Mrs Uwais disclosed that 80 million Nigerians were poor based on the estimate from the World Poverty Clock.
Uwais stated that the National Social Investment Programmes had achieved profound successes, noting that the poorest of the estimated 80 million poor Nigerians were considered for the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme.
She said under the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme,  297,973 poor households in 20 states were currently being paid stipends. She listed the states as Ekiti, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kogi, Osun, Cross Rivers, Kano, Anambra, Katsina, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa, Niger, Nasarawa, Oyo, Benue, Kwara, Borno (IDP), Kaduna and Plateau. 
She said the national social register was being developed in 23 states that had met the requirements, explaining that her office was trying to target and pay only those who are ‘really’ poor.
She said 7,054,687 primary 1-3 pupils were currently being fed daily in 20 states of Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Imo, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Jigawa, Niger and Kano; adding 72,510 cooks were hired and empowered.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Senator Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi (APC Katsina Central), at the  weekend said  President Muhammadu Buhari is consulting widely at the moment before he would take a stand on whether to go for a second term or not.
Kurfi, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance,  also said that majority of the senators were fully behind Buhari to actualise his second term bid. 

He stated this  at the closing ceremony of a one-week leadership training programme organised by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG) for its coordinators nationwide which was held in Abuja.
Senator Kurfi, who made reference to  Buhari’s response to the APC governors, said the president was right to have said he was making consultations, describing it as the right step at the moment.
“All senators are with Buhari. I do not know of anyone who is on the other side. In the senate, we are the majority. They are all helping Buhari to come back in 2019. If Buhari does not come back or gets re-elected, then we are going to lose.
“Those who are saying that he (Buhari) should not contest in 2019 are envious of him. They are not happy because he is performing. 
As far as I am concerned President Buhari has performed excellently and there is no past president that has performed like him,” Senator Kurfi added.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The committee set up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to look into the crisis in the Kaduna State chapter of the party was in Kaduna yesterday to hold talks with the feuding parties.
Addressing newsmen after meeting with the factional leaders, the chairman of the committee, Engr. Segun Oni said from the look of things, the crisis in the state could be redeemed.

He appealed to the aggrieved party leaders to sheathe their sword to allow peace to reign.
The former governor of Ekiti State said the committee was only on facts-finding mission, adding that the report would be submitted to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led presidential committee.
Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi told members of the committee how other leaders of the faction had waited for six hours before leaving the venue of the interface.
Hunkuyi also informed the committee that while the chairman of the other faction was invited by the National Working Committee for the next National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, their own chairman was not invited.
“If there will be reconciliation, there should fairness and justice shown to all, “he said.
Earlier, the senator representing Kaduna Central at the senate, Senator Shehu Sani, who spoke on behalf of the group, insisted that the factional APC chairman, Alhaji Danladi Wada, remained the authentic party chairman.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, should not resort to washing the partys dirty linen in public, a leading member of the ruling APC, Chief Sam Nkire, has advised. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The national caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) meets today at the presidential villa, Abuja ahead of tomorrows National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A former Special Adviser on Youth and Students Affairs, to a former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Comrade Jude Imagwe, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not be deceived by the pressure put on him by governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Abaji, on Saturday held its 26th annual inter- house sport competition, in which the Green House emerged winners with 421 points. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has said the extension of electricity project to Abattoir phase II community in the area would soon commence. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A police corporal posted to Jiwa junction, Gwagwa, Abuja, has been arrested by the Kubwa Area Command for allegedly shooting to death a passenger in the area. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has called on the various political parties and politicians in Nigeria not to deface the city with their campaign posters ahead of 2019 general elections. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Osun State command, has sensitised youths in Osun State on the danger of drug abuse, cultism and hooliganism, and charged them to strive to be responsible citizens. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The fleet of rescue and emergency equipment of the Lagos StateEmergency Management Agency (LASEMA) yesterday received a boost with the procurement of additional power bikes, rescue ram, cutters, combi tools and concrete cutters, among others provided to aid emergency interventions. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Ogun State chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) yesterday visited the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Baby Home, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, to donate to and identify with the children at the Home as part of activities to mark its 2018 Week.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A time will never come when we will wake up in Nigeria and find that there are no problems to tackle. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16 percent at the end of 2017 to 23 million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said weekend. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun titles, on Saturday, February 24, conferred the Public Service Award for 2017 on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Federal Government is set to automate all shipping related administrative processes to reduce subjectivity and corruption in the maritime sector. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Diamond Bank, Mr. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The telecom operators in the country may lose at least N40 billion cumulative revenue for voice and data segments of their services this year as the ban on open SIM registration, 9mobile debt crisis and other factors continue to reduce their customer base.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A study, Africa Beyond 2030: Leveraging Science and Innovation to Secure Sustainable Development Goals, published by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), is advocating for the reform of African national science, technology and innovation policies to augment development that drives progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has approved an ICT academy in schools within the six geo-political zones of the country to fast track the innovations of students. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Lagos is a thriving, bustling metropolis with over 20 million people. Similar to other vibrant cities in the world like Tokyo, Japan or New York in the United States, theres a pulsating energy about the city that is hard to miss. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said 9Mobile sale isnt concluded yet, and Teleology Holding hasnt been confirmed as the new owner of 9Mobile. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is yet to confirm Teleology as the new owner of 9Mobile even as the telecom operator''s chief executive officer, Mr Boye Onasanya, said Teleology Holding is the preferred buyer of the telco. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Manchester City won the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era yesterday, brushing Arsenal aside 3-0 in the League Cup final with the help of an old-fashioned route-one goal from Sergio Aguero. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Kano Pillars honoured their fallen hero Chinedu Udoji yesterday in Enugu where they forced Rangers to a 1-1 draw in their NPFL week 10 match to move to the top of the top. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The 5,000 capacity Kasarani Gymnasium at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi, Kenya will on Thursday, March 1 host this years International table tennis federation (ITTF) Africa Top 16 Cup tournament. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Harry Kane struck late to secure Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday that moved Mauricio Pochettinos side into the top four. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Schalke climbed from sixth to third in the Bundesliga yesterday as Nabil Bentaleb scored on his comeback to seal their 2-0 victory at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who rides for Movistar, won the Tour of Abu Dhabi yesterday, edging Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana on the climb that ended the five-day race. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Kenyas Dickson Chumba cruised to victory at the Tokyo Marathon, beating Japans Yuta Shitara who set a national record yesterday.
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