Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 27 February, 2018.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
A coalition of 50 civil society groups , comprising NGOs, FBOs and  CSOs have accused Amnesty International and others  of re-enacting an old script targeted at destabilising Nigeria.

The Coalition while reacting to the timing of the recent reports released by Amnesty International said the international organisation often attempts to embolden the terrorists, with its deliberate report targeted at weakening the Nigerian military.

It would be recalled that the amnesty international in a familiar faction recently accused the Nigerian military of abuse of human rights in its anti terror war.

But the Coalition expressed worry over what it said is the sudden resurgence of the report at a time the Nigerian military was winning the war against the Boko Haram terrorists.

Addressing journalists on behalf of the coalition, Mrs Jaiyeola Mohammed

National Co-ordinator, said the groups will resist every attempt to undermine the country and will take every legally acceptable process to defend the integrity of the country

She said the threat by AI, Transparency and agents of Boko Haram will not deter the Nigerian military from uniting and protecting the sovereignty of the country.

“Anyone that dares the will of Nigeria to remain a successful country should be decisively dealt with,” she said.

According to her, the objective of AI is to make Nigerians to forget the labour and efforts that have been put in to extinguish terrorism from the country.

She said those behind the nefarious activities of these groups are bent on destroying the country and have refused to give  up.

She said further, “How does Amnesty International want terrorism to be fought? Why should the mode of fighting terror be different for Nigeria while other countries “western coalition” get carte blanch to annihilate sociopaths and keep their own countries?

“We are not ignorant of countries that cross oceans, beyond many international boundaries to extrajudicially execute suspected terrorists while killing school children, hospital patients, wedding parties and other innocent civilians that are accepted as “unavoidable casualties”.

The racist position of Amnesty International is that countries have more rights than each other when it comes to protecting their nationals.”

The attempt by some dark agents hiding under the umbrella of Boko Haram to enact an old script will be decisively rejected through the will of the citizens of this great country”. She added.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
The attention of Headquarters Theatre Command Operations  LAFIYA DOLE,  has been drawn to a  statement credited to His Excellency Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Gaidam, Executive Governor of Yobe State, currently circulating in the media, in which he reportedly alleged that the withdrawal of the  military was responsible for the recent suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ attack and abduction of female students  from Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi . This allegation is not only unfortunate, but also very far from the truth
Col Onyema Nwachukwu
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement Monday  said although this Headquarters will not attempt to join in any blame game, it is very expedient to set the record straight for the benefit of posterity.
I”n carrying out its mandate to counter terrorism and insurgency in north eastern Nigeria, Operation Lafiya Dole  has been alive to its responsibilities vis a vis the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. Several communities and Local Governments that were hitherto under siege of the insurgents have been liberated and the insurgents pushed out .

“While troops continue to trail and decimate the remnants of the insurgents in the hinterlands, the security of the liberated communities and towns fall in the hands of the sister security agencies.

“The recent dislodgement and further decimation of the insurgents from their enclaves in the Sambisa and the Lake Chad Islands are testimonials to the effective operations of troops against the insurgents.

” Additionally, troops are regularly conducting long range patrols, raids and ambushes to canalise and take out fleeing insurgents”, the statement added.

“Given all these efforts, it is very astonishing and shocking that such unfortunate comment and allegation is been touted against the loyal and dedicated troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

“Contrary to the comments being circulated, troops earlier deployed in Dapchi were redeployed to reinforce  troops at Kanama following attacks on troops’ location at the Nigerian – Nigerien border.

“This was on the premise that Dapchi has been relatively calm and peaceful and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the Nigeria Police Division located in the town.

” Troops’ redeployment was therefore done in tandem with the exigencies of operation and not as misconstrued.

“It is thus obligatory, to state that the allegation reportedly attributed to the Governor of Yobe state is misleading and misinforming.  We reiterate our commitment and determination to carrying out our mandate to fight Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.

“We also implore members of the public to continue to support us with credible information on the whereabouts of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“We would also like to assure the parents, government and the good people of Yobe State and indeed members of the public that we will not rest on our oars in the search and rescue of the abducted school girls and any other persons held captive by the terrorists. “

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that every life in the country is precious and sacred, and assured that the federal government would carefully explore means that would guarantee the safe return of all those abducted by insurgents.
Receiving three lecturers and nine women that were released by ISIS and Boko Haram at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President said the ongoing negotiations for the release of more abducted Nigerians would be given utmost attention and care, with priority on safety.

“Let me say that this Government treasures all human lives, particularly that of its citizens, and following your abduction, the security agencies were directed by me to do everything possible to ensure the safe release of every one of you and other persons,’’ he said.

He told the rescued lecturers and women that the negotiation for their release was “painstaking and protracted’’ because their abductors were in groups, staying in different locations, which necessitated more diligence and care in ensuring the safety of their lives.

The President directed all the security agencies to take more measures in protecting schools and students, expressing sadness that some students were abducted from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state.

“While thanking the security agencies and all those who facilitated this, let me clearly reiterate the resolve of this Administration to ensure all persons abducted by the insurgents, are rescued or released safely.

“This is especially against the backdrop of the recent sad incident where another group of girls were abducted on 19th February, from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

“I have since directed all security agencies to immediately ensureThe President that every effort is directed to ensure the safety of our schools and students, as well as bringing back the abducted girls to their families,’’ he said.

The President commended all the various security agencies, government agencies and international organisations for their professionalism throughout the rescue process, promising that the government would work closely with them for rehabilitation and resettlement of all displaced persons.

In his remarks, the Director General of the of State Security Service, Mr Lawal Musa Daura, said negotiations for the release of more abducted Nigerians were already on, with considerations for the cessation of all hostilities and amnesty for the insurgents who choose to embrace it.

One of those released, Dr Solomon Yusuf, a lecturer, said they were impressed with the government’s intervention.

“While we were in captivity, there were lots of analyses if we will ever make it out; with 180 million Nigerians, we were thinking who will remember us. We are happy you came for us. It shows that the life of every Nigerian is important,’’ he said.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
There was confusion in Twon-Brass, the headquarters of Brass Local Government Council area of Bayelsa State following the abduction of Comrade Robert Desmond, the Chief Executive Officer of a pro-All Progressive Congress (APC) campaign group known as the New Face. Comrade Robert Desmond, who is a quiet chieftain of the APC and known as one []The post Gunmen abduct Bayelsa APC chieftain appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Buharis name wont save him Melaye Some serving Senators, Federal House of Representatives members, political leaders and activists from Kogi state led by Senator Dino Melaye, have formed a coalition known as Save Kogi Project (SKP) to ensure the removal of the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello. The group, which its membership cut across all []The post Plot to remove Yahaya Bello thickens as Kogi Senators, others form Save Kogi Project appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
The Chief Magistrate, Osogbo, Osun State capital,on Monday, remanded seven people who were suspected to be armed robbers in prison custody. The accused persons are: Olorunnisomo Gbenga (21), Dada Ayomide (20), Yisa Mufutau (23), Adeoti Saheed (22), Rasheed Suleman (20), Kehinde Olanrewaju (27), and Badmus Kayode (21). The Prosecutor, Mr. Mustapha Tajudeen, told the court []The post Osun court remands seven robbery suspects in prison appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Osun State Police Command has announced the recovery of 39 stolen vehicles between January and February this year. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, disclosed this to news men in Osogbo, the state capital,on Monday. He noted that the command had announced recovery of 19 vehicle on January 30 while parading the suspects. []The post Osun police recover 39 stolen vehiclesin two months appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Lokoja Three suspected herdsmen on Saturday, ambushed and killed a 15 year old boy, Mahmudu Audu, in Guchidan village of Kupa district of Lokoja local government area of kogi state. Blueprint reliably gathered from Hon. Abubakar Mahmud an indigene of the area that the herdsmen, numbering three, reportedly butchered and mutilated the young boy to []The post Suspected herdsmen kill 15-year-old boy in Kogi appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Abuja The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has urged federal government to declare emergency in the power sector to address power challenges in the country. The congress in a communiqu issued at the end of its national executive council (NEC) meeting at the weekend, said no nation could develop without power. According to []The post Declare emergency in power sector, TUC tells FG appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Abuja The Supreme Court has reinstated former Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Bode Thomas, nine years after he was compulsorily retired in 2009. The apex court re-absorbed Thomas to his former position on the grounds that he was denied fair hearing in the circumstances that led to his being pushed out []The post Nine years after, S/Court reinstates C'Appeal CR Thomas appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
A family in Nigeria was puzzled when the coffin of their dead mother arrived from U.S.A sent by their sister. The tiny corpse was so tightly squeezed inside the coffin that their mothers face was practically touching the glass cover. When they opened the coffin, they found a letter from their sister pinned to their []The post Nigeria's politicians and their monkey business, by PRINCE CHARLES DICKSON appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
When 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped on the night of April 14, 2014, from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, the nation was outraged, not only because it happened but that it took the federal government, which had the control of the security agencies, 18 days to wake up to the reality and come off []The post The CHI in CHIbok and DapCHI and the ills of NGOs, by Hassan Gimba appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, big cracks emerged in the Senate last week over the adoption of a new sequence of elections which places that of the National Assembly first and the Presidential election last. TAIYE ODEWALE examines what led to the cracks and possible scenarios that may play out in the weeks or []The post Cracks in Senate over elections sequence appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Chief Willy Ezugwu is the Secretary General of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP). In this interview with EMEKA NZE, Ezugwu, who is also the life Patron of the Coalition of Civil Society and Human Rights Activists, the Convener of Save Enugu Group (SEG), speaks on restructuring, presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar, preparations ahead []The post Our presidential system creating disunity ' CNPP scribe appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Abakaliki The rate at which members of All Progressive Congress (APC) party defects to Peoples Democratic party (PDP) may cripple the APC in Ebonyi state . In what may be described as home coming by some PDP members who in 2015 dumped the party for another for reasons beast known to them. A onetime chairman []The post Ebonyi APC in trouble as members defect massively to PDP appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Special Assistant to the Senate President on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Bamidele Omishore, says the Presidency and National Assembly are partnering to review treaties and conventions entered into by Nigeria. He said Nigeria entered into several conventions decades ago and that it had become necessary to review some of the treaties to ensure that []The post Presidency, NASS set to review trade treaties appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Abuja The People's Democratic Party (PDP) said it's set to launch its electronic online membership registration to enable Nigerians that are willing to be members the party register at ease. The party national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who disclosed this explained that the electronic membership will help enlarge the membership base of the party. 'We []The post PDP to begin electronic membership registration soon 'Secondus appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Several members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State. The members who celebrated their defections on Saturday in Otukpa, headquarters of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, said they were exiting the APC because of the 'federal government's poor handling of the incessant []The post Several Benue APC members defect to PDP appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called on the federal government to immediate imposition of state of emergency on Zamfara State because of the insecurity situation in the state. The group said the situation has gone out of control alleging that the government of Governor Yari is overwhelmed and unable to arrest the spates []The post CNG urges state of emergency in Zamfara appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 

Tue, 27 Feb 2018
Abuja The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) is collaborating with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the University of Benin to start a Masters and Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) programmes in Election Management and Party Politics. Disclosure on the collaborative plan was made by the chairman of the Steering Committee, Hon. Aminu []The post NILDS begins Masters, PGD in election management, party politics appeared first on Blueprint Newspapers. 
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