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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8TH FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 8th February, 2018.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
In a move aimed at halting further killings and wanton destruction of property of innocent Nigerians the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has ordered the deployment of soldiers to Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and Kaduna states.
The Army said the deployment is to contend with the incessant killings of innocent citizens and destruction of property by herdsmen, which has become the order of the day in these states.
Chief of Training and Operations, Major-General David Ahmadu, who made the announcement at a press conference held at the Army headquarters in Abuja, said soldiers have been instructed to carry out special operations in the affected states, in conjunction with other sister security agencies.
He, however, said the Army would not be responsible for rebuilding properties destroyed by the attackers but would offer humanitarian services to the affected communities.
According to the authorities of the Nigerian Army, the service will carry out special operations in the affected states in conjunction with other security agencies, including the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Security (DSS).
Giving details of the special operations, Ahmadu said the operation codenamed “Exercise Ayem Akpatuma,” had become more “expedient due to upsurge in cases of armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Kaduna and Niger states as well as other sundry crimes in Kogi State and herdsmen/farmers’ clashes and attacks on innocent members of our communities, particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states, by armed militias.”
He announced that the special operations would be conducted in 1 and 3 Divisions, including Headquarters Guards Brigade, and 707 Brigade’s areas of responsibility, covering Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states, from Thursday, February 15, to Saturday, March 31, 2018.
He said: “You may recall that last year, the Nigerian Army conducted several training activities for its personnel in different geopolitical zones of the country, in line with its constitutional role in aid of civil authority.
“More so, Exercise Ayem Akpatuma has become more expedient due to upsurge in cases of armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Kaduna and Niger states, as well as other sundry crimes in Kogi State and herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.
“These security challenges have continued unabatedly in these states despite the efforts by sister security agencies to curb them.
“The need for troops to be exercised, refreshed and to imbibe the requisite skills to cope with these emerging security challenges within the 1 and 3 Divisions including HQ CAR, Guards Brigade and 707 SF Brigade Areas of Responsibility in aid of civil authority calls for this exercise.
“Also, the drive towards actualising the Chief of Army Staff’s vision, which is to ‘have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles’ informs the plan for the conduct of this exercise.
“This exercise will be conducted in conjunction with other security agencies such as DSS, the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“It will also afford the troops an opportunity to effectively checkmate the dreadful activities of the marauding criminal militias perpetrating criminal acts in these states and environs.”
He further stated that Exercise Ayem Akpatuma was conceptualised to dovetail into real-time operations, thereby fulfilling both training and operations objectives of sharpening the skills of personnel as well as providing an avenue to conduct operations against violent criminals when called upon.
“Exercise Ayem Akpatuma will also be unique as the ones before it, with the establishment of Step-Up Brigade Headquarters in Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states. Emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon-and-search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, roadblocks, checkpoints and show of force, as well as humanitarian activities such as medical outreach.
“It is pertinent to note that Exercise Ayem Akpatuma is set to be another remarkable exercise that would make the nation proud of the Nigerian Army’s determination at sustaining its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation as well as its commitment to aid the civil authorities to bring about peace and security in troubled areas.
“In this regard, members of the public, especially residents of Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states, are enjoined not to panic as the security, safety and well-being of innocent and law-abiding citizens have been deliberately factored in the planning of this exercise.
“Furthermore, the troops taking part in the exercise would be guided by the Professional Code of Conduct, Rules of Engagement and the respect for human rights.
“Thus, the general public is requested to remain vigilant and be security-conscious, as suspected criminals may be fleeing from military operations in these areas and finding safe haven amid our communities.
“The public is also reminded to report any suspicious activity or movement to the nearest military formation or other security agencies for prompt action.
“In order to ensure cordial civil-military relations, we shall make contact phone numbers of all brigade commanders public, in addition to the Nigerian Army short code, Information and Call Centre 193.”

Benue crisis: Sack IGP now, Reps tell Buhari

The House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris immediately.
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the sack of the IGP, despite caution by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara that the implication is that the Green Chamber has lost confidence in the police boss.
The House, while adopting a motion by Danburamu Nuhu, on the need to curb the rising cases of political thuggery in Kano State and other parts of the country, at yesterday’s plenary, also called on Buhari to replace Idris with a more professional police officer.
This is coming as six lawmakers are planning to present a motion before the House today to seek a reversal of the decision.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The deputy governor’s supporters, in their dozens, shutdown economic and other activities in Owerri, the state capital, as they marched through major streets, calling on Governor Rochas Okorocha to support Madumere’s ambition.
The crowd, who embarked on the solidarity march, were mostly from Mbaitoli Local Government Area, from where the deputy governor hails. Others include Ohaji/Egbema, Nkwerre and Nwangele Local Government Areas of the state.
The leader of the group, Chief Chidi Nwaogu, who addressed newsmen, said  the solidarity march was to urge Madumere to join the gubernatorial race, pointing out that he is the most qualified among all the aspirants jostling for the plum job.
Nwaogu observed that Madumere fits into  the 12-point criteria released by Governor Okorocha for aspirants contesting the position and said with the deputy governor, APC is assured of victory during the 2019 general elections.
“According to the governor’s criteria, Madumere has the capacity, he is competent, an administrator per excellence; he is humble, loyal, crises resolution expert, man of the people and, most importantly, he has got the cognate experience in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. He has been tried and tested and he delivered at all times,” he said.
The supporters carried  placards with inscriptions such as:  “For Imo governorship 2019,” “Ask for Mr. Integrity,” “Mr. Incorruptible,” “Vision 2019, Madumere all the way,” “It’s Madumere or nobody,”among others.
Also speaking, a member representing Mbaitoli in the House of Assembly, Ifeanyi Nnataraonye, described the solidarity march as unique, pointing out that Madumere’s humble, peaceful and loyal dispositions with experiences in both private and public sectors are enough qualities for him to succeed Governor Okorocha.
Special Adviser to the Deputy Governor on Political Matters, Chief Chris Nwaike, who addressed the people, commended them for identifying with Madumere, whom he said was absent owing to official engagements.
Nwaike reiterated that Madumere is eminently qualified for any political position in the state, including governorship, pointing out that his contributions to the peace and development of Imo State are second to none.
He urged the people not to relent in their support for Madumere and his vision and said the state would be in safe hands with the deputy governor whom he described as incorruptible and impartial.


Thu, 08 Feb 2018
The Senate, yesterday, summoned the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, to appear before relevant committees and brief lawmakers on why Camerounian soldiers invaded some border communities in Cross River State.
The minister is expected to brief the committees on steps being taken by the Nigerian government to respond to the alleged invasion and arrest of five natives in one of the border communities.
The upper chamber called on the military authorities to increase military presence and intensify border patrol within the area to prevent further acts of trespassing by Cameroun’s soldiers.
It also called on the minister of foreign affairs to urgently liaise with his Camerounian counterpart to secure the release of the five abducted Nigerians.
The decisions of the Senate followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator John Enoh.
“On January 25, 2018, more than 80 Camerounian soldiers with various weapons crossed the international boarder of the Danare-Daddi/Danare-Bodom axis and abducted five natives.
“This is a calculated assault/offence from the Camerounian military on Nigeria and an outright defiance of Nigeria’s territorial sovereignty, not minding the consequences of crossing the international boundary to carry out intimidation and harassment on the already alarmed citizens of Danare, with warnings of further assault.
“The current situation being faced by both the refugees and host border communities, if not tackled urgently, may result in both an outbreak of epidemic and a serious humanitarian crisis and further escalate the already troubling security situation along these boarders,” Enoh said in his motion.

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