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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  11 February, 2017.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
SOME Northern political elite has started consultations preparatory for a political alliance with other geopolitical zones based on unity, equity and justice.

The elite, who converged on Abuja on Saturday, under the aegis of Northern Elders and Stakeholders Conversation, said they would work towards promoting Northern unity ahead of 2019 presidential election.

The meeting was co-convened by Dr Bello Mohammed, former Minister of Defence, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President and Sen. Paul Wampana.

In his opening remark, Mohammed said that for the North to attain the desired unity, deliberate measures should be taken towards forging a strong bond on solidarity among the political class.

He said it had become critical to establish a wide and enduring political network and channel of communication for consultations and dialogue among the apparatus and leadership of all the various Northern political elite.

“This will reduce acrimony and conflict, and conversely create trust among the Northern political elite and facilitate the attainment of the set goals—cultural and political unity of the North.

“It is our unity in the North that can facilitate and give legitimacy to our alliance with the South to provide the required leadership to move this country forward.

“From what is apparent in the political arena today, it is clear that the major political operators have agreed that in the forthcoming 2019 election, it is the turn of the North to produce the president.

“Therefore, there is a need to partner with brothers and sisters from other regions to ensure that, this time around, the leadership that shall emerge is one that can unite and develop our country with equity, justice and peace for all; this is the main objective of this meeting,’’ he said.

In his remark, elder statesman and Chairman of the meeting, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, said it had become urgent for the elite of the North to stand up in unity and save Nigeria from instability.

He said that the conversation, though political, was non-partisan and not a prelude to the formation of a political party.

According to him, the conversation represents all shades of political opinions, ethnic and religious diversities of the North.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
THREE University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) staff abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, and ten women kidnapped during separate ambushes have been freed.

The three made up of two geologists and their driver were captured by one of the factions of Boko Haram last year.

Also, the women some of whom are policewomen were going to bury some of their own a sergeant who died of natural causes in Lassa when their convoy was ambushed on Damboa road, by the insurgents last year and they were taken into captivity.

Presidency sources say their release followed series of clandestine negotiations as directed by President Mohammad Buhari which was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC.

All the thirteen rescued persons are in the custody of the members of the Directorate of state security DSS and are on their way to Abuja as at the time of filing this report.

Sources say that in anticipation of their arrival at the DSS headquarters, a team of doctors and psychologists have been placed on standby for immediate profiling and possible deradicalization since its almost a year they were abducted am taken by the outlawed insurgents.

The Department of State Services, DSS  on Saturday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release, through negotiations, of three UNIMAID lecturers abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State.

Meanwhile the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Saturday facilitated the handover from Boko Haram to the Nigerian military of ten women including female police officers and three staff of the university of Maiduguri.

A statement from the ICRC said that the transfer was made possible as a result of the normal task of ICRC acting as a neutral intermediary, and carrying out requests of parties to the ongoing armed conflict.

“We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again,” said Patrick Youssef, deputy regional director for Africa.

“The ICRC was not involved in any negotiations that led to the handover of the 13 people. The armed opposition handed the 13 people over to ICRC representatives who transported them to Nigerian authorities. This action was similar to what the ICRC did in October 2016 and May 2017, when we transported the released ‘Chibok girls’ to Nigerian officials.

“There are many people missing or being held against their will due to the conflict. This creates untold trauma and suffering, for families across the Lake Chad region who must live with the daily uncertainty and anguish of not knowing the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones. We hope that these people, too, will get to return to their families soon.”

The ICRC remains ready to provide similar humanitarian services in the future when asked by relevant parties to the conflict.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Second Republic Senator, Professor Banji Akintoye and Major-General Collins Ihekire (retd), who is a former chairman of the National Task Force to combat illegal importation and smuggling of goods, small arms, ammunition and light weapons (NATFORCE), have raised the alarm that between 175 and 250 Hausa/Fulani settlements are currently scattered in the South-West and South-East regions.

The duo, who spoke on Saturday in Lagos during a National Colloquium entitled: Herdsmen as a threat to National Security, organised by The Ife 12, said this was aside from the persistent demand by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for ‘cattle colonies’ across the country.

According to Akintoye, recent research carried out by some intellectuals in the South-West shows that not less than 175 Fulani settlements are scattered across Yoruba land, saying that each of the settlements “portends serious danger to their host communities.”

But Gen. Ihekire, in his own account, disclosed that the number was 250, saying those settlements were also capable of fomenting unprecedented trouble if the need arose.

It would be recalled that the President-General, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses, had in an earlier alarm, said there were over 300 armed Fulani herdsmen currently scattered across Urhobo land with the possibility that the number might increase soonest.

Akintoye, who is a professor of history, warned that unless something cogent and urgent was done to address the imminent danger posed to the entire South by the herdsmen, saying “each of the Fulani settlements is going to be making demands that will not augur well for their host communities.”

This was just as he disclosed that findings also revealed that some people were being paid to start insurrections against Yoruba land and the Southern region entirely.

Akintoye, while charging the leadership of the South to rise up to the challenge of the Fulani hegemony, which he said was currently and subtly being extended to the Middle Belt under the guise of Fulani herdsmen crisis, further warned that Southern people must never fold their arms now thinking that they were safe, else they would regret such action.

“If we leave the people of the Middle Belt to face the present crisis while we fold our arms thinking that we are safe, we will regret it. The plan of the political Fulani currently in power is to use the nomadic Fulani and their cows to overrun the Middle Belt and later face the South and by the time they face us, there will be little we can do,” Akintoye said.

While emphasising the need to continue and strengthen the ongoing relationship among the South-West, South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt leaders, Akintoye charged the Southern and Middle Belt youths to stand against the insurrection.

“What is happening in the Middle Belt is not an attempt to spread Islam as some people are thinking but just one of the agenda. The demand for ‘cattle colonies’ is not an attempt to create ranches for their livestock but the animals are battling instrument for penetration, the real agenda is to spread and extend the Fulani Empire across Africa and Nigeria is a major focus now,” Akintoye averred.

He also expressed concern that some peace-loving Yoruba Muslims were gradually surrendering the leadership of the mosques, even in Yorubaland to Fulani, recalling how Hausa lands, Kwara and other areas were taken over by the Fulani till today.

In his own submission, Gen. Ihekire warned that Nigeria was currently under serious siege, saying what the country was grappling with was the Fulani and not the herdsmen issue.

According to him, “both the herdsmen and their cows have become facilities for political agenda and the only way to stop the aggression is to have sta

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
A total of 95,000 slots have been approved for Nigeria to the 2018 Hajj; even as Saudi Arabia has introduced biometric data capture for all intending pilgrims. Against this background, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated [...]The post 2018 Hajj: 95,000 slots for Nigeria appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the one in charge of the running of the country and advised the electorate to vote him out in 2019. Fayose, [...]The post 2019: Nigeria doomed if Buhari is re-elected 'Fayose appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The Presidency, on Saturday, confirmed the death of two members of President MuhammaduBuhari's extended family in Daura, Katsina state. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, MalamGarbaShehu, in [...]The post Buhari loses 2 family members appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has commenced the verification of more than 900 former employees of NITEL and MTEL in Gombe, North-East of the country, to clear their pension arrears. The was contained in a [...]The post PTAD commences NITEL/MTEL pensioners' verification in N/East appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
A civil society group, the Sanctity Transparency Peace Initiative, has alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has been flouting a directive of President Muhammadu Buhari asking the police chief to relocate [...]The post Benue killings: 'IGP flouting FG's directive' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
THE Yobe State Commander National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Apeh Reuben, has frowned on the dangerous methodologies used by patents medicine stores to deliberately contribute to drug abuse in the state. Commander Reuben noted [...]The post Yobe NDLEA boss frowns on drug abuse practices by patent medicine stores appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release, through negotiations, of three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) lecturers abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State. A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on [...]The post Boko Haram: Buhari welcomes release of UNIMAID lecturers, police women appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said Nigeria would be doomed if President Mohammed Buhari is given a second term in office, alleging that Buhari himself is being governed by a cabal in power. [...]The post 2019: As long as the Lord lives, I will rule Nigeria, says Fayose; cautions against voting Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
STUDIES have shown that dietary changes can enable those who have had Type 2 diabetes for decades to get off all their insulin injections in as little as two weeks. An estimated 4.5 million people [...]The post What to eat to beat diabetes appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Most travellers passing through Niger state from the southern part of the country may not even notice Kudu, a sleepy rural community in the state in the course of their journey, but the little semblance [...]The post When 'two elephants' wreaked havoc on Niger community appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Since his retirement from the military, Colonel Tony Nyiam has been a vocal voice on the civil society platforms. An advocate of restructuring and equitable co-existence, Nyiam, in this interview with TAIWO ADISA, bares his [...]The post Buhari must reorder security structure to get results 'Nyiam appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Top gospel artistes are to lift the soul of the popular cleric, and the General Overseer Worldwide of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and his family and other well wishers, as part [...]The post Nathaniel Bassey, Bukola Bekes, 149 others for Pastor Adeboye's 76th birthday bash appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Afro pop singer, Orezi has teamed up with Tekno on his first single of the year, which he called Whine for Daddy. Having ruled the airwaves in 2017 with hit songs such as Hellelujah, Cooking [...]The post Why I featured Tekno in 'Whine for Daddy''Orezi appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
From the look of things, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage appeared to have revealed that there may be more to their closeness than meets the eye. Those, who have been observing the two music stars, are [...]The post Wizkid, Tiwa Savage spark dating rumours appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Many Nigerians and indeed residents of Ibadan woke up that morning of March 22, 2014, to discover that right in the midst of the city a dungeon existed where missing people had ended up as [...]The post The Soka metamorphosis: How kidnappers' den and community have transformed into a new haven appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Awarding-winning soul musician, Aramide Sarumoh, popularly known as Aramide, is one of the sought-after Nigerian female singers. In this interview with SEYI SOKOYA, the guitarist speaks about her new project and shares the secret of [...]The post What I think of Asa 'Aramide appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) have flayed plans by the Federal Government to create colonies for herdsmen's cattle, saying such move using 'taxpayers' money' would amount to 'grave injustice and corruption of [...]The post It is corruption to spend taxpayers' money on cattle colonies, Anglican bishops tell FG appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
AYO ADEOGE writes that in Kebbi State, rice farming is the in-thing, but the farmers face several challenges which threaten their potentials of making maximum gains for their efforts. Many people resident outside Kebbi State [...]The post Rice: Kebbi's new gold mine appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Players in the culture sector underscore why Nigeria and Africa's heritage needs to be preserved at this year's Distinguished Lecture of the Centre for Black and Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU). The Centre for Black [...]The post Stakeholders make case for preservation of heritage at CBCIU lecture appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
The National Assembly is about to wrap up legislative work on the 2010 Electoral Act, which will produce a new set of laws for electoral activities. But this is already generating arguments from stakeholders. Will [...]The post 2019: Drama and the order of elections appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Feb 2018
Mr Olufemi Aduwo is the president of Rights Monitoring Group and the Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity (CCDI). He has monitored elections in the United Kingdom, including the Brexit referendum, as well as elections [...]The post Why Buhari must sign amended Electoral Act, despite change of election order 'Aduwo appeared first on Tribune. 

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