Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 28 February, 2017.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of 110 students from a girls’ school in Yobe State. 
Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State was attacked by insurgents on Monday last week.

The committee, which will be inaugurated today, is expected to submit its report by March 15.
The committee was convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd).  Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement yesterday that the committee will be headed by a Major General.
It will be made up of  one senior Provost each from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force.
Others are representatives of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA); Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA); Nigeria Police Force; Department of State Services (DSS); Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). 
Also on the committee are two representatives of the Yobe State Government and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The terms of reference of the committee include ascertaining the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls.
It is also to confirm the presence, composition, scale and disposition of security emplaced in Dapchi as well as in the school before the incident and to suggest measures that can lead to the location and rescue of the girls.
The panel is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence.
Air Force to deploy more aircraft - NSA
Meanwhile, the National Security Adviser,  Major General Muhammad Babagana Munguno (retired) said yesterday that the Nigerian Air Force had deployed 20 aircraft in Maiduguri and 8 others were on their way in a stepped up efforts to search for the abducted girls.
The NSA spoke during a visit to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam at the Government House Damaturu.
“We have also been made aware of the fact that the Nigerian Air Force will step up its operation regardless of the very hard and severe weather condition. The Nigeria police force has also done a lot in supporting these operations as well as the civil defence corps. 
“I am directly involved with all the security agencies. From here I will be moving further up towards the Lake Chad region and we are going to visit border areas with some neighbouring countries.
“I have already been speaking with other groups also, local people who have great understanding of the terrain and the conditions among the local people,” the NSA said.
Munguno said the visit to Yobe was to show solidarity not just with the governor but with the people of Yobe State as well.
“I have a personal message of goodwill from President Muhammadu Buhari to you. Even though other members of the (federal) government have come to commiserate and identify with you, my own visit is not too different from theirs but as his principal adviser on security issues, I felt it’s necessary to come along with members of the security community, especially those currently engaged in the search for the over 100 missing girls of Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi.
“What I want to reassure you is the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari in getting all these girls back. 
“This is primary responsibility that rests not just on his shoulder but on mine as well as all my colleagues who are here and those who are operating elsewhere” he said. 
“So far, within the last few days, activities have been stepped up. I had a special meeting with the president to discuss this situation and I have activated certain machineries in my office. 
“The theatre command has already started working hard on the search 24 hours nonstop. The Nigerian Air Force has deployed 20 aircraft in Maiduguri and 8 others on their way. So far 200 hours have been utilized in flying sorties looking for these girls. 
“Back in Abuja, we have set up our own machinery in dealing with this situation. All the security agencies have been working together. The situation room has been expanded – the one in the office of the National Security Adviser that is linked directly to all other security agencies but most importantly to the theatre command over here. 
“For now, I have made efforts with my counterparts across the region to try and work and share intelligence together and see how quickly we can bring to an end this very unfortunate situation. But apart from that we are also looking at other measures in dealing with past occurrences and how to forestall any future occurrence. 
“This is a commitment that the government has made, and I am very confident that with all the efforts I have seen put together by the security agencies so far, these girls will be rescued.”
What security agents should do, by Gaidam
In his remarks Governor Gaidam said it was unfortunate that prior to the attack, the Army units stationed in Dapchi and Bayamari towns were removed. 
He said: “We are therefore of the opinion that there is no reason whatsoever to take that untimely action since Dapchi is the Headquarters of one of the front line Local Governments and Bayamari too is one of the major settlements close to the neighbouring Republic of Niger associated with porous terrain that should be protected.  More so, a girls’ boarding school with a student’s enrolment of about 1000 is also situated at Dapchi.  
“In keeping with the recent decimation of the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, early warning signals were issued for imminent attack on some soft targets and therefore that should continue to guide our security operatives in mapping out strategies of combating the marauding insurgents.  
“Compliance with that observation should continue to guide the security operatives and indeed all our citizens as a step forward in further achieving the desired objectives of eliminating and ending the activities of the insurgents.  
“We however, appreciate that immediately after our meeting with the Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of Interior on Sunday, 25th February 2018, the delegation gave orders to the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to provide security to all the schools in the State.  
‘This is a step in the right direction in order to assure parents that their children are safe to stay and study in the schools in the State.’

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the stand-off between the executive and the National Assembly is slowing down the processes of governance.
The president spoke yesterday in Abuja during the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. 

Buhari said the APC-led government was working hard to resolve the differences with the National Assembly in order to move the country forward.
He implored  party leaders and members to put their hearts together and support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed-led reconciliation committee to resolve all differences in states where there were disagreements.
While thanking the party leaders, especially the national chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for steering the APC from “success to success” since 2015 with reference to Kogi, Edo and Ondo states, he commended the feat achieved in Anambra State election.
According to him, “APC is the party of government and now the party of the Nigerian people.”
Buhari lauded the APC governors for stabilizing the country and the armed forces, police and other security agencies for stopping Boko Haram in its tracks and driving them from their bases.
According to him, no country, however well secured could prevent isolated acts of terror as was seen in United States of America, Europe,  Asia and in Africa.
He said, “We cannot afford to fail to remind Nigerians where we came from in 2015. I am happy to report that slowly and steadily we have managed to stabilize the country and re-direct the ship of the state.”
While noting that the pace of government might not have fully met the high expectations of some party members, he reminded them that it took the APC two years “to dig Nigeria out of the mess.”
Buhari therefore urged members and leaders of the ruling APC to work together to ensure victory no matter the outcomes of the party primary processes ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Soon, primaries for wards, local governments, state and centre will be due. I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. 
“Regardless of the outcomes of the primary processes, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure victory for our party,” Buhari said. 
Earlier in his opening remarks, the APC national chairman, Odigie-Oyegun, said 2018 was a challenging year for the party in view of the coming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, stressing that the party should do everything to win.
“These elections are precursors of the national elections. It is therefore necessary that we treat them with great seriousness because they are elections we should do everything to win. They are signals and signposts, indicators of what is to come in 2019. Preparations are also well underway for those elections,” he said.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The death toll in Monday’s communal clash at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State has risen to 12, while 18 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
A team from the Kaduna State Security Council, which visited Kasuwan Magani, confirmed the cessation of hostilities.

The team, led by the General Officer Commanding, I Division Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, included Commissioner of Police Austin Iwar; State Director of Department of State Services Mohammed Wakil; Commander Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, AM Bunu; Special Adviser on Internal Security, Col. Yakubu Yusuf (rtd) and Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Kaduna Governor, Samuel Aruwan,
The GOC, while speaking to leaders of the community, tasked religious and traditional leaders to deepen the message of peace and integration, and warned residents against undermining and destroying the four decades of togetherness and peaceful coexistence in the area.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Iwar, who also briefed journalists, confirmed the arrest of 18 persons, adding that they were undergoing interrogation while security presence is being strengthened in the area.
Iwar said 11 victims of the crisis were “buried around 12 midnight” while one person who sustained injuries later died at the hospital on Tuesday.
Our correspondent, who was in Kajuru, noticed that the centre of the town, which has the market and business places, has been deserted with only burnt structures littering the area.
There were also several burnt vehicles left by the road side. 
Iwar said no stone will be left unturned in unravelling the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.
The commissioner said the police were aware of “skirmishes” in the area two weeks ago and had made some arrests “but we did not know that there was a grand design to carry out massive destruction as it happened”.
The police on Monday said seven people lost their lives in the fracas while 15 others were injured.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Federal Government said, as of September 2017, it has disbursed a total of N1.91 trillion loans to states from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), the budget support facility and the Paris Club refunds.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this in Abuja yesterday at the Dialogue of Organs of Government on Reform of Justice Sector and Campaign Against Corruption, organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption and Federal Ministry of Justice.

Osinbajo put the ECA and the budget support loans to states within the period at N873.3 billion, saying no previous administration had given such support to states since 1999.
The vice president, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Ade Ipaye, said the present administration should be applauded for exercising restraint and discipline in its appointment of public servants. 
Osinbajo: Why Nigeria declined on corruption index 
He said despite the latest corruption perception index released by Transparency International, the administration was making progress in its fight against corruption, saying the perception of the TI “may indeed lag behind reality.”
He, however, said rather than see the ranking of Nigeria by the TI as a setback, the government had “to keep up the good fight until the full effect of our efforts can be clearly seen and perceived.”
He said main reason for Nigeria’s decline in the Transparency International 2017 Corruption Perception Index was that the nation recorded a major drop in score on just one out of the nine international recognized indexes used by Transparency International to ascertain perceived levels of public sector corruption from the perspective of experts and business people.
“So, the drop recorded was in just one out of the nine recognized indexes. The index in question scored Nigeria low on the economy intelligence unit country’s risk service with the decline from 37 points to 20. This is an index that analysis the risks of financial exposure in countries.
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Itse Sagay, said his committee would rather work alone rather than with corrupt people.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps.
The president said the functions of the corps as contained in the bill were duplication of existing security agencies.

Both chambers of the National Assembly had months ago passed the bill and transmitted it to the President for assent.
But in a letter read by Speaker Yakubu Dogara during plenary session yesterday, Buhari cited Section 58(4) of the Constitution as the basis for his refusal to assent the bill.
Buhari said in the letter dated January 25, 2018, that “Pursuant to section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the House of Representatives, my decision, on 25th January, 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Nigeria Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“Specifically, reasons for the decision to decline assent to this bill include among others: Security concerns regarding the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps being authorised to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies; and;
‘Financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources may pose serious challenge to the government.’

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
An aide to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Sheu Oladunjoye has threatened legal action against some members of Akinbiye, Ikalugbase and Ikereku villages over an alleged defamatory petition written to Obasanjo on a landed property at Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The petition, which was signed by a legal practitioner, Innocent Okoihue and dated December 11,2017, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent had accused Oladunjoye of fraudulent act to acquire a large expanse of land in the villages.

The petitioners whose names were not stated, further contended that all efforts to stop work at the aforementioned villages failed, as Oladunjoye drove them away, “and since then he has deprived our clients’ rights of access to their family land.”
Addressing a news conference in  Abeokuta, Oladunjoye said the petition was “malicious and defamatory” hence his decision to seek legal redress.
He however took time to explain what transpired over the land.
He said, “Firstly, the said Akinbiye village has never been part of the land I bought. For Ikalugbase village, Chief Aremu Makinde, Moruf Muritala representing Fatoki family had been paid for section of Ikalugbase, which is four acres, another, Lateef Olatunbosun from Olatunbosun family (3 acres), Razak Onifade, representing Onifade family (3 acres). I had also Olufimo Village where a total of eight acres were involved.
“The Ikereku village that was mentioned is not just called Ikereku. It is Ikereku-Onigbongbo village and this Semiu Babalola (pointing at him) was among those that came. He was joined by Ladi Akinwunmi, Isiaka Ogungbade, Semiu Gbadamosi, Tajudeen Salisu, Yakubu Alabi and Wasiu Shittu. 
“At the meeting, Babalola explained that 53 acres will be available and this was calculated to cost N10.6m. I immediately arranged cash sum of N3m for them and another N2m was transferred into Babalola’s account. 
“And, because of the relationship between us (as we are people from same area) we agreed that they should come back and issue receipt and sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Since then, I have been expecting them to come and let us sign the MOU and balance them.”
Oladunjoye said it was from the understanding that “we are all from the same place that I did not bother and I moved to site. This was about two years ago now.
“I was shocked to however get this petition from Baba Obasanjo sometimes last month asking me to explain. And just last week, these people here instituted case against me that I refused to pay them for the 53 acres.”

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Operatives of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Security Corp (LNSC) at the weekend arrested six persons suspected to be members of a secret cult gang terrorising Lagos Island. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives member for Abuja South Federal Constituency, Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, has organised a one day sensitisation campaign against domestic violence for people of his constituency. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it supports the Farmers Interactive Forum and Exhibition put together by Daily Trust and the Kebbi State Government because it will enhance socio-economic development in areas of job creation, food sufficiency and youth empowerment in Kebbi State and the country at large. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Emir Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar Iliyasu, has said agricultural activities are not new to the people of Kebbi State because agriculture is an old tradition they are used to in the state. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Kebbi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammed Dandiga, has said the Daily Trust/Kebbi State Farmers Interactive Forum and Exhibition is an extension of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudus determined effort to boost agricultural activities in the state. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said governments at all levels need to invest more in agricultural sector if the nations food sufficiency drive is to be met. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
To prevent incidents of aircraft poaching and runway incursion, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to capture the construction of perimetre fences in all airports in the 2019 budget. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the stand-off between the executive and the National Assembly is slowing down the processes of governance. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Industrialists, under the umbrella of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), want the federal government to set up Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Bank to solve funding challenges. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) was set up by the Lagos State Government to reduce accidents to the barest minimum and save lives. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kogi State Government for the establishment of a biofuel plant in the state.

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has trained 600 teachers on ICT-based Model Education systems. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Simona Halep has reclaimed the world No 1 ranking from Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, despite pulling out of last weeks Dubai Championships due to a foot injury. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Arsenals all-time top scorer Thierry Henry said it would be a dream to manage the club, whose season is threatening to unravel after their capitulation to Manchester City in the League Cup final. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Enyimba managed to score their first double numbers this season when they defeated Sunshine Stars of Akure 2-1 on Sunday and it has given Paul Aigbogun enough cause to spare a mild smile just as he expressed delight that the seeming scoring jinx had snapped. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
Captain of Yobe Desert Stars, Moses Tsehuan has said his teams 2-0 win over neighbours ElKanemi Warriors of Maiduguri on Sunday has lifted morale and confidence in the team. 

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
After their historic outing at the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Nigerias quartet of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Omeoga Akuoma and Simidele Adeagbo will return to Nigeria today. 
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