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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 7th February, 2018.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered security operatives to arrest and prosecute anyone found with illegal arms in the country.

Buhari, who lamented the spate of reckless killings of innocent citizens across the nation, said “all attacks by suspected herdsmen will no longer be tolerated in north central and elsewhere in Nigeria.”

He gave the order in Lafia, Nasarawa State yesterday during his one-day working visit to commission projects executed by Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura.

Buhari stated that his administration was doing everything possible within its capacity to ensure the security of lives and property in the north central and the country at large. “We have deployed special resources to all affected areas to ensure peace and safety of lives. I therefore appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attack as the government is on top of the situation.”

He said his administration would stop at nothing to deliver its change mandate to the electorate in the fight against corruption, insecurity and employment generation for the teaming youths.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has appointed The Guardian reporter, Abba Anwar as the new Chief Press Secretary.
This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Youths and Culture, Mohammad Garba.

The statement also announced the appointment of Aminu Kabir Yassar as the Director General, Media and Communications.

Before his new appointment, Anwar was a reporter of The Guardian in Kano.

Also, Yassar, until his new appointment, was the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

He is taking over from Salihu Tanko Yakasai, who has been appointed as the governor’s new Special Adviser on Social Media. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to lead reconciliation efforts within the party.
The development is part of ongoing moves to improve cohesion within the APC, said a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday.

The task will involve resolving disagreements among the party’s members, leadership and political office holders in some states of the federation.

This came as the spokesman for the party in Niger State, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, warned that Nigerians would not take Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign seriously until the cabal in the presidency is expunged.

Barely a week ago, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, made a similar call to the president.

“The cabal in his government has no business being in the presidency. As such, it should be fished out and flushed out,” Sagay stated, after delivering the convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Vatsa said: “President Buhari must have the political will to eject his kinsmen and the cabal that have hijacked the government and inject new people, especially technocrats with new ideas who are ready to reshape this country.

“His silence has kept many Nigerians in doubt whether he meant all the promises made during campaigns and after his assumption of office.”

Vatsa, also the Niger State Commissioner for Information, noted: “We worked for the APC but what we envisaged is not what we are witnessing. President Buhari should keep to his words, especially his inaugural speech when he said, ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.’

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has declares the sum of N299.56billion as generated revenue for 2017 fiscal year.
The General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, who confirmed this in a statement, said the revenues exceeded the 2016 figure of N162.20billion by 84.65 per cent, and are the highest generated by the Authority in the past five years.

According to him, the Authority in 2013 generated the sum of N154.50billion, which increased to N159.30billion and N180.50billion in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The Authority’s revenue however dropped to N162.20billion in 2016, and shot up to N299.56billion last year.

The 2017 figure declared by the Authority is made up of revenues from traffic (N66.80billion); harbours (N136.04billion); administrative (N86.06billion) and others (N10.75billion).

Meanwhile, the Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, had earlier assured of the Authority’s determination to provide an enabling environment for investors to do business within the ports across the nation.

She said this would enable them to tap the huge economic potential available in the sector for the growth of Nigeria’s economy.

According to her, renewed efforts are being encouraged by way of partnership, collaboration and improved synergy amongst key players in the industry towards ensuring that the management thrusts are realised within the nearest possible time.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The spokesman for former military President Ibrahim Babangida, Kassim Afegbua, yesterday filed N1 billion fundamental right enforcement actions against the Nigeria police force and four others for violating his rights at the Federal high court, Abuja.
Joined as respondents in the suit marked FHC /ABJ/ CS/129/ 2018, are the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, Moshood Jimoh, the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Channels Television Limited.

Afegbua, in his originating motion, is asking the court, among others, to declare that the continued witch-hunting, harassment, intimidation and persecution of the applicant or threats thereof by the respondents ostensibly on the basis of a letter he wrote on behalf of his principal, and when his principal has not lodged any formal complaint to the police or any other security agency, was a violation of his right.

Meanwhile, a Lagos-based rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has condemned the alleged intimidation and harassment by the police of Afegbua, over a statement he issued on behalf of the former military president

The group in a statement issued by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, said, “everyone has the right to speak out about political or other public interest issues. To do so cannot qualify as ‘making false statements’ 

“And it’s certainly not ‘defamation of character’ let alone rising to ‘an act capable of instigating public disturbance.’ It is the essence of democracy and human rights. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that strong institutions alone will not save Africa from bad leadership. He stated this to counter what the former President of the United States (U.S.), Barrack Obama, said that Africa needs strong institutions and not strong leaders. 'I disagree with him. We need both strong institutions and strong leaders. [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
No fewer than 1200 youths would be trained on data science at the newly established Coven Labs of the Curator University of Data Science in 2018. The first batch of training over the week in Akure, Ondo State, saw more than 40 youths become data scientists after graduating from the Coven Labs, Curators University of [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered security operatives to arrest and prosecute anyone found with illegal arms in the country. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to lead reconciliation efforts within the party. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Intensifying regulatory pressures are top of mind for business leaders, with 78 per cent of respondents expressing increasing concern about data protection and data privacy compliance. This is according to the third biennial Ernst & Young (EY) Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey, which examined the responses of 745 executives from 19 countries and analyzed [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu says no member of the home-based Eagles has any chance of grabbing a shirt in Nigeria's Russia 2018 World Cup team. 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Some stakeholders in the South east region, under the aegis of Igbo Patriots, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to de-escalate the tension in the polity by being more sensitive, just, considerate, humane and patriarchal in dealing with the affairs of the nation taking into cognisance the ethnic, cultural and religious diversities of the country. At [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Against the backdrop of rising political threats in the polity, Nigeria may be in for yet another rough, vexatious and grueling prelude to another ritual of elections in 2019. The signs are no less ominous: from the destruction of the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) secretariat in Borno State to the shamefully organised threats that forced [] 

Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Investors in the crypto currencies may be going through difficult times, as over $60billion is being wiped off the value of crypto currencies, while bitcoin fell below $8,000 again for the third time in four days. Reports gathered from, Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), showed that the fall is amid a broader sell-off in [] 

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