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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 14 February, 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
No fewer than 28 people including 25 students, three teachers of Government Comprehensive Day Secondary School (GCDSS), Misau, Bauchi State, and a driver, were crushed to death by a trailer yesterday.

Daily Sun gathered that the students and their teachers were travelling to Gidan Dan Hausa, Kano, Kano State, for an excursion inside a commercial Hummer Toyoto bus, when they had a collision with the trailer at about 10am.

The accident occurred at Gaya village in Kano State, and the victims were Junior Secondary School (JSS) 1 and 2 students of GCDSS, Misau,  with three of their teachers.

The bus was coming from Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

An eyewitness, Ibrahim Adamu, said the bus had a head-on collision with an articulated vehicle carrying tomatoes while they were both trying to avoid a pothole at Samia Uku village.

A teacher from the school, Ya’u Mohammed, who teaches Biology, said  22 of the students and three teachers died on the spot while three of the students died on their way to the hospital in Darazo.

When contacted, Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi State Command, Mr. Paul Guar, confirmed the accident, saying that it occurred at Gaya, which is under the jurisdiction of Jigawa State Command.

Ya’u said the victims were evacuated from the accident scene and their corpses on their way to Misau where they would be handed over to their families for burial.

The school principal could not be reached at the time of this report, but another teacher, Mohammed Kaka, said it was a sad period for the school management.

“We lost three of our dedicated and intelligent teachers and the students who died were quite promising, it is a sad one,” he said.

Commissioner for Education, Nuhu Gidadi, who is also the Deputy Govrnor, could not equally be reached.

But the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Sabo Mohammed, described the development as heart breaking: “On behalf of the state government, and education stakeholders, I wish to express my sincere condolence to the Emir of Misau, Ahaji Ahmad Suliman, as well as parents and families of the deceased.

“As I am speaking to you, the governor is deeply sad by the development and he has detailed the Commissioner for Education and myself to pay a condolence visit to the emir and families of the deceased.

“May their gentle souls rest in peace and may God forgive them their sins and give them eternal rest.”

Details of the cause of the accidents were sketchy at the time of filing this report but our correspondent learnt that a mass burial was about taking place in Misau for the victims.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
He told journalists in Lagos, yesterday: “Mr. President, I think you are under a trance,” adding, “the sooner he gets out of it the better.” 

He claimed that the phenomenon of herdsmen and farmers clashes was not new but an issue that graduated to an alarming state in the last eight years.

He described the armed herdsmen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists.

“The important thing is the consciousness of a need for organised resistance against the incursion of cows.

“In Ogun State, we have formed a sort of informal organisation called OSHA, Ogun State Hunters Association, and we intend to collaborate with similar movements, the police and the military,” he said.

With the theme; “Herdsmen and Nation: Valentine Card or Valedictory Rites?”, he gave an analogical tale of a state whose master’s insensitivity allowed for the overbearing actions of his subjects.

He lamented that mass destruction of farmlands in the most horrifying manner had become a norm festering with the encouragement of the government’s body language.

The Nobel Laureate said he was not happy with “the body language” of the government in handling the matter.

He described as appalling the position of the Inspector General of Police that the continuing loss of lives in Benue State, and consequent increase of internal refugees was simply a communal clash, stressing that little would be achieved in security without the adoption of state policing.

“If the IG can sit in Abuja and say of an event that is happening under the jurisdiction of a governor in another state is a just a communal clash when people are being slaughtered and their villages are being occupied, it shows of complete alienation.

“We have been saying it for a long time. We are now getting back to the commonsensical issue that the nation cannot function under a single police command,” he said.

Soyinka said the Nigerian Army “must now turn around to face another phenomenon which is considered in some international circles more deadlier than the Boko Haram.”

According to him, the containing efforts happening now should have begun six months as he expected the force to have immediately transferred its concentration from operations such as Python Dance and Crocodile Smile to where the heat was.

He said: “Why colonies were brought in to complicate things, I do not know. Ranching that is the word used everywhere. There is no organised illegal force that does not sooner or later spin up. Are these internally generated, or are they being launched by individuals who in their interest the nation must be in a state of anarchy?

“We sometimes talk about corruption but we don’t understand how far corruption goes. When you think of the amount being stolen in this country, enough funds, illegal funds flocking to destabilise the country. We might end up discovering that some of these people profit from ensuring there is chaos from Maiduguri to Lagos.”

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Music icon and “African Queen” crooner, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, will thrill guests and awardees at the prestigious The Sun Awards holding on Saturday, February 24, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

  Following the conclusion of the performance deal, Tuface has promised to make it a  fun and exciting outing, at this landmark 15th edition.

To confirm his readiness for the event, Tuface, otherwise known as Tubaba, paid a visit to the corporate office of The Sun Publishing Limited, Lagos yesterday, where he was received by the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie.

The sensational music star, who felt highly honoured and privileged for being invited to be part of The Sun Awards, described The Sun Publishing Limited as one of the most prestigious media organisations in Nigeria and Africa, and pledged to have a happy and interesting outing at the award ceremony.

“I am happy to be part of The Sun Awards, particularly this 15th anniversary show. We are going to ensure that guests have fun. They will experience high-class entertainment as never before,” Tubaba said.

Speaking earlier, Osagie said The Sun wants to make the 15th anniversary of the awards ceremony one to be remembered, with the increase in the entertainment content.

“We are happy that you are the one who is going to perform in this Africa’s biggest media event, which is The Sun Awards. You are one artiste that is respected globally, not just in Nigeria or Africa. We believe that you are going to add value to our event. And it is one event we will treasure because of its significance as our 15th anniversary,” Osagie said.

Tubaba came into the limelight as a member of now defunct R&B group, Plantashun Boiz. He later went on a solo career and his debut album spawned the global hit, ‘African Queen.’ Since the past 19 years, the multiple-award winning musician has been a constant fixture on Nigerian music scene as one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artistes in Africa, churning out hit after hit, including True Love. 4 Instance, Implication, Raindrops, Only Me and the wave-making Gaga Shuffle.

More than 20 dignitaries will receive various awards at the event for their outstanding performances in their various fields of endeavour.
Others with Osagie when Tuface visited are the Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Steve Nwosu; Editor, Daily Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh; Chairman, Editorial Board, Mrs. Wale Sokunbi and Entertainment Editor, Mr. Tosin Ajirire.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
After several attacks in which many lives and property were lost in Benue, Fulani herdsmen have finally agreed to obey the Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law but with conditions.

Leader of the NEC Subcommittee on farmers and herdsmen skirmishes and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi who disclosed this in Makurdi  yesterday after an exhaustive meeting with all parties in Benue and Nasarawa states saidthat the herdsmen had asked for more time to enable them key into the implementation of the law and that the Federal Government should see animal husbandry as part of its agricultural programme.

Umahi who read the position of the committee to newsmen, disclosed that all parties to the crises are committed to ceasefire even as he noted that the problem of invasion by undocumented herdsmen from other parts of West Africa was extensively discussed.

He said the committe has also restated its commitment to pursue peace, ensure disarmament of any militia groups as well as the arrest of any group harbouring militia and support security agencies to ensure the arrest of anyone in possession of arms.

Umahi who noted that there are about two million hectares of land in 13 states of the northern region for grazing reserve out of which one million hectares have been gazetted and developed, urged the herdsmen to make use of the already gazetted and developed grazing reserves while states that have anti open-grazing law in place are also free to operate their laws.  

The team also visited both Benue and Nasarawa states on a fact finding mission where they found 117,000 people in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Benue and 25,000 IDPs in Nasarawa out of which 20,000 are Tiv people who are indigene of Nasarawa State.

He requested the Federal Government to immediately send the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to Benue and Nasarawa to evaluate the problems in the camps to see how the IDPs can be assisted. 

Umahi who described the condition of the IDP camps as very pathetic observed that in all the camps across the two states, children between ages four and eight years constitute over 80percent of the IDPs. 

Umahi who said the claims that Benue belonged to Fulani by conquest was never made but was carried by social media, posited that, “In our own conviction, we believe that Benue has the right to make laws and whoever stays in Benue has the duty to obey the law and the responsibility to dialogue with the state if they feel the law will not favour them.”

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has disclosed that his administration will not enact anti-open grazing law in the state, adding that Nigeria belongs to everybody. 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Governors Willie Obiano and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Anambra and Enugu states respectively have vowed that there would be no more strife between the two states.

Their  stand followed previous clashes recorded between the two border communities of Awba-Ofemmili in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State and Ibite-Olo in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State and the present signs of imminent clash.

Consequently, the two chief executives charged the natives of the two communities to give peace a chance and await the final establishment of a common boundary by the National Boundary Commission.

They had through their deputies, Dr. Nkem Okeke (Anambra) and Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo (Enugu) who are chairmen of the states’ boundary committees set up a security and peace committee that supervised the planting and harvesting of crops within the disputed area last farming season.

At a recent joint meeting with stakeholders in the matter at the Enugu State Government House, Enugu, the two deputy governors urged the people to give peace a chance and allow the Federal Government whose responsibility it is to demarcate the boundaries do its work.

Addressing the stakeholders, Dr. Okeke expressed the need for both communities to live in peace, stressing that they could if they so desired.

Noting that the meeting was one of the measures by the two governments to prevent clashes and chaos in the communities, Okeke emphasised the cordiality of his working relationship with Mrs. Ezeilo, adding that the meeting was convened because of a recent report of clash between

the two communities, with a view to preventing escalation.

In her introductory remark, Mrs Ezeilo stated that Anambra and Enugu states were sisters and could co-exist in line with the peace posture of the two governments, saying that creation of states was done for administrative convenience and should be seen as such if peace must continue to reign.

At the meeting which was attended by the traditional rulers of both communities, their presidents-general, chairmen of Awka North and Ezeagu local governments, the executive secretaries of both boundary committees, among others, Ezeilo asked the communities to stand on the truth at all times to enable the establishment of facts of the case, stressing that governments at all levels were making frantic efforts towards peaceful coexistence in the communities, which she said had been in place prior to state creation.

Meanwhile, the boundary committees of the two states have initiated moves to forestall imminent clashes and had at the end of a three-hour bilateral meeting between the officials of the boundary committees of both states resolved that the life of the Security and Peace Committee earlier constituted to supervise the planting and harvesting of crops within the disputed area be extended for another farming season beginning from February 2018.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Says neglect part of reasons Igbo youths restive Aloysius Attah, Onitsha He limped into the Onitsha office of The Sun on that hot afternoon looking dejected and forlon. The 75-year -old, Lt. Lawrence Ebeigwe (retd) from Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State is a war veteran. He joined the army in 1967... 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
eorge Onyejiuwa; Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The endorsement of Chief Uche Nwosu, Chief of Staff to the Imo 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
John Adams, Minna As the build up to 2019 general elections gather momentum, with various political parties 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Lagos establishes 4 emergency response units, fire station Chukwudi Nweje President Muhammadu Buhari 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Emma Okah The people or communities closest to a governor or president in any Africa country usually 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Zika Bobby The perceived marginalisation of the south-east region by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus,has said commended Abia 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Why I support him 'Gov George Onyejiuwa; Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The endorsement of Chief Uche Nwosu, 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino,12 Presidents are expected Lagos for the FIFA Executive Football 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Real Madrid continue their quest for three Champions League titles in succession when they host Paris 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As FG shops for N130m to re-grass Abuja Stadium Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The planned farewell game for 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ighodalo Isiramen Former Super Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa has challenged Gernot Rohr's World 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As Zinox, others get licences Olabisi Olaleye, US 08094000013, 08111813040 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Facebook has announced the launch of the Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Olabisi Olaleye Chairman of the board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Senator Olabiyi 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Chinenye Anuforo FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has disclosed that its 894 banking scheme recorded over 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Louis Ibah Air Peace Limited has commenced direct flight operations into the Mallam Aminu International 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Uche Usim, Abuja The NNPC Properties Limited (NPL), the real estate management company of the NNPC, 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
As Reps propose stiffer penalties for banks Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Oluseye Ojo; Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan Ahead of the local government election slated for May 12, Oyo State 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Loius Amoke, Enugu Thousands of Enugu farmers, under the auspices of Amalgamated Enugu State Farmers 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
APC crisis: NASS members boycott unity rally John Adams, Minna Niger State House of Assembly has 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Fayose visits Ipao Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Chafe, has 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja Former Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassodor Babagana 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Boko Haram membership thinning out ' President Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja, with agency report 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja There was a rowdy session at the House of Representatives, yesterday, when lawmakers 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Members battle heatwave in chamber Fred Itua, Abuja Senate has mandated its committees on Banking, 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
A suspected herdsman has been killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers of the Benue State Command 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
I'll continue to criticise Buhari, says Melaye Fred Itua, Abuja One week after Senate President 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The first political party in Nigeria was formed by Herbert Macaulay in 1922. In 1936, Dr. James Churchill 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
To convince the doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and Christ the 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
WELCOME to this edition: 'Akwa Ibom State people oriented (people-oriented in proper context, by the 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
My dear Prof. Uzorma, I came in contact with you and administered your oil over so many issues that 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
I had so far x-rayed how Gani had led me to defend people who were accused of corruption and not corruption 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
The Saturday Sun literally set the Internet on fire last weekend with its story on the mysterious snake 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Offor Evaristus Every year, the whole world stands still to hail the virtuous and heroic martyrdom of 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Ayo Akinola The above question arose in my mind and got me thinking a long time ago when my State, Osun, 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
Sufuyan Ojeifo THE Igala of Kogi State in North central Nigeria have a proverb that succinctly explicates 

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari's recent order to the security agencies to arrest and prosecute suspected 

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