Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 6th March, 2017.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the perpetrators of the killings and destruction on the Mambilla Plateau and other places would be arrested and prosecuted.
Justice will be done, the president said in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital at the commencement of his visit to troubled spots in five states.

The visit will take the president to Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States where scores of people were killed in communal violence in recent times.
The president stated this during a stakeholders meeting between the Fulani and Mambilla ethnic groups at the Government House Jalingo.
Buhari said the number of people killed on the Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba was more than those killed in Zamfara and Benue states combined.
He said he was in the state to condole with the government and those who lost their loved ones. He described the attacks leading to wanton destruction of lives and property as unfortunate.He explained that relationship between members of a community should not be left to government alone but should also be the duty of the traditional institutions to ensure peaceful coexistence among their people.
In his speech, Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku said the administration would do everything possible to ensure that peace was maintained in the state.
He also assured the president that the traditional institutions and leaders of Sardauna Local Government would be mobilized to work together to speed up the take-off of the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project in the area.
President Buhari was accompanied by Service Chiefs, Ministers of Information, Defence and Women Affairs as well as some members of the National Assembly from the state. 
More towns in Mambilla under attack
Meanwhile, reports from Taraba said more towns on Mambilla were attacked by suspected Mambilla militia.
Daily Trust gathered that Maisamari, Yelwa, Tunga and Kassa Sa villages were attacked on Sunday and several persons killed.
Our reporter who was in the area saw several houses and vehicles burning.
The injured were taken to General Hospital Gembu while police and relatives of those killed are searching for dead bodies.
The road leading to Jalingo from the area was also blocked for several hours by the attackers until around 3pm when a team of soldiers and police cleared the roads.
At Kassa Sa village located few kilometres from Kakara Tea company which was attacked by Suspected Mambilla militia, four people were killed and about 20 others still missing.
A leader of the village, Mallam Aliyu Mohammed, told our reporter that the attacks was unprovoked as there was no dispute with those that attacked  their community.
He said one vehicle, two motorcycles and other properties worth millions of naira were burnt by the attackers.
Our reporter also saw additional police and soldiers arriving the area at about 5pm while the atmosphere was tense in the entire Mambilla plateau even as hundreds of people have fled the area.
The Fulani community in the area alleged that  attacks being launched by Mambilla militia against them was supported by some key politicians and elite.
‘No one prosecuted yet’
A prominent member of Fulani community in Mambilla plateau, Ardo Yakubu, alleged that the militia were supported and protected because up till now no single person was arrested and prosecuted for the atrocities they committed. 
They appealed to the federal and Taraba state governments  to urgently deploy more security to protect lives and property in the area.
One of the Fulani leaders, Alhaji Bello Shadari, made the appeal during an interview with Daily Trust in Gembu adding that there were many Fulani communities being attacked across the area on daily basis.
He said most areas were inaccessible by security due to difficult terrain and the attackers were taking this advantage.
Shadari said within the last five days about 30 Fulani communities around Kakara, Leme and  Yarimaru were attacked.
He said in one community about 20 persons were missing following  Mambilla militia attack,  adding that the missing persons were still being searched for.
The community leader blamed the continued attacks on the community on the failure of relevant authorities to arrest perpetrators and prosecute them.
He said the crisis in Yelwa and Maisamari on Sunday was as a result of killing of three elderly Fulani by Mambilla.
The community leader commended the effort of both army and the police and other security agents for working toward restoring peace and called for posting of security agents into the hinterland to prevent attacks on innocent persons.
The police spokesperson, ASP David Misal, when contacted on telephone said he will not say anything on the issue, adding that “we are in the field waiting for the arrival of Mr President. I can’t comment on this issue now.” 
Refugees commission donates 406 cows, other items to victims 
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has distributed 406 cows and assorted relief materials  worth millions of Naira  to victims of  June 2017 Mambilla attacks.
Presenting the relief materials to the victims in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna Local Government Area yesterday, the Refugees Commissioner, Hajiya Sadiya Umar, said the commission was worried over  the plight of the displaced persons  and  the items provided was intended to reduce their sufferings.
Represented by director of procurement in the commission, Alhaji Jibril Wada, the commissioner said before coming to Taraba, the commission, in continuation of its 2017 intervention flagged off the 2018 exercise in Kebbi, FCT, Nassarawa, Edo, Benue and Bauchi State.
She observed that the commission took cognizance of the disturbing humanitarian crisis that erupted on the Mambilla plateau with available statistics indicating that about 351 persons were killed, 381 people went missing, and over 20,000 cows killed or stolen.
Hajiya Sadiya stated further that it was also disturbing to note that about 483 houses or settlements were razed down during the attacks. 
The  commissioner also  disclosed that  the cows donated was  aimed at restocking the herds of the victims, adding that the commission also  donated 308 sprayer kits, 308 cartons of pesticides, 308 cartons of Herbicides and 400 units of Grinding Machines mainly for widows.
She stated that the commission had also donated hygiene and care material for women and children as well as assorted drugs for maternity and dispensaries in the affected areas.  
She appealed for peace and assured that the commission would continue to support the vulnerable people and ensure they return to their homes to continue with their normal lives.  

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has said that the corporation has as at today brought down the cost of production of oil in the neighborhood of $20 per barrel.
Baru said this at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Technology Innovation Expo organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja yesterday. The week-long expo aims to highlight the capabilities of Nigerian scientists, engineers, and inventors in contributing to economic diversification.

“The more we bring down the cost, the more the money that comes to the federal government and into the pockets of state and local governments.”
 “Our target is to make sure it clocks $15 and we will continue to work towards that,” he said.
 According to him,  lot of Nigerians will be involved in all aspects of engineering, procurement and construction of key projects including the impending revamp of the country’s refineries.
The GMD who was represented by NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed added that every form of service before and after the repair of the four refineries was going to be provided by Nigerians.
The federal government plans to announce later this month private companies it has chosen to repair, revamp and maintain the country’s ailing refineries.
Baru noted that the corporation was extending its local content presence to the 614 kilometer 40-inch Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas pipeline project recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) estimated to cost about 2.8 billion dollars.
“Those who are coming in to build this pipeline have it in mind that they may have to come with their mills to manufacture the line pipes right here,” he said about how the project would benefit Nigerian contractors.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Kano State Commissioner for Community and Rural Development, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, yesterday, alleged that Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso shunned an invitation sent to him by the Senator Bola Tinubu-led reconciliation committee for possible reconciliation with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
He stated this in Kano while speaking to newsmen even as Kwankwaso’s aides said the claim was false.

Iliyasu Kwankwaso alleged that, “The reconciliation committee had invited Senator Kwankwaso to come to Kano last Saturday for a meeting slated to hold shortly after the wedding Fatiha of Ganduje’s daughter, but he refused to come.
“It appears Senator Kwankwaso has already made up his mind to leave APC; that was why he rejected the invitation. What he is looking for is a platform to contest for presidency in 2019, but because he knows we have no vacancy for him in the APC, he decided to leave the party. He is planning for PDP or SDP,” he said.
However, Kwankwaso’s political associate, Dr. Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, disputed the allegation, saying there was no iota of truth in the claim.
Dangwani said Iliyasu Kwankwaso had said so many things about Senator Kwankwaso which turned to be false.
“Kwankwaso was never invited by the Tinubu-led committee for reconciliation meeting in Kano. After all, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso is not in the position to disclose this information because he is not a member of the committee and he is not also Tinubu’s spokesperson,” he said.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Mohammadu Buhari’s   plan to visit Benue, Taraba and other states where marauders killed scores of Nigerians as ‎campaign strategy ahead of the 2019 general elections. 
The PDP in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said it was "alarming" that Buhari would consider visiting some of these states months after marauders, insurgents and bandits committed their havocs.

"Mr. President has been in the country and never thought it necessary to pay a condolence visit to any of these states until Nigerians raised the alarm alleging a manifest indifference on his part.
"It is even more pathetic that in Benue state, President Buhari summoned the leaders of the bereaved people to the Presidential villa, Abuja,  rather than complying with the age-long tradition of Africans by visiting the bereaved
"No wonder many Nigerians have dismissed the planned visits of President Buhari to these states as cosmetic afterthought. Nigerians have already formed their opinion of him, and rightly so, as a President that has never shown them concern in their time of need," the opposition party said.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
As the 2019 general elections approach, the wife of the president, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari,  Monday met with  the All Progressives Congress women leaders from the 36 states of the federation. 

The meeting was attended by the wife of the vice president,  Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo;  the APC deputy national women leader,  Chief Tina Adike; the wife of the governor of Sokoto State, Mrs. Maryam Mairo Tambuwal,  among others. 

Mrs Buhari called on the APC women leaders to rally members to encourage candidates with capacity for leadership and integrity to contest for elective positions.

A statement by the director of information in the office of the wife of the president, Sulaiman Haruna, said the party's women leaders were on a courtesy visit to Mrs Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. 

Mrs. Buhari, according to the statement, lamented low participation of women in decision making  in the country and urged them to participate in politics to make it easy to actualize the 35 percent affirmative action. 

She described women's role as an important determinant of development in any administration. 

She said the unity exhibited by the women leaders over  the years had encouraged her.

“It is this unity that has led you to come up with a forum to speak with one voice” she stated. 

She expressed optimism that such unity would endure "at the state level and at the grassroots." 

Mrs Buhari also urged  the women leaders to continue to support the activities of the party, saying all the empowerment and medical outreach programmes she undertook through her Future Assured programme were aimed at complementing party's manifesto and ensuring more inclusion and economic empowerment of women.

On her part,  Mrs. Osinbajo commended the unity among the women leaders,  urging them to continue to show good examples by managing the affairs of women in their states well.

The APC Women leader in the FCT, Mrs. Hailmary Airport,  said they were proud to have Mrs Buhari  as mother of the nation. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
A former Governor of Kano state, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has allegedly rejected an invitation sent to him by Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu-led reconciliation committee in its move to reconcile him with Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning the 2019 general elections are getting slimmer by the dayfollowing lingering cases in court barely a year to the polls. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
A former Minister of Information and Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in view of the persistent terrorists' attacks and insecurity in the states.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The National Population Commission (NPC) has flagged off the Enumeration of Area Demarcation (EAD) in Kuje, Abuja. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, has said that a substantial amount of money has already been set aside by the council for procurement of farming inputs in the area. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The chairman of Secondary Education Board (SEB), Alhaji Musa Yahaya Muhammad, has warned principals of secondary schools against examination malpractice. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged members of the newly inaugurated Board of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to ensure strict adherence to law in the discharge of their assignment. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The wife, Aisha Muhammad, had dragged Audu to the court accusing him of keeping her in hunger for close to a year, a situation which forced her to move to her parent house. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Alhaji Abdulrazak Isa Koto is the Ohimegye-Igu, Koton-Karfe in Kogi State. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
History was made in Ota area of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State over the weekend, as four quarters chiefs were upgraded to coronet monarchs and presented with staff of office by the State government. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
A customary court sitting in Oja-Oba Mapo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital has dissolved a two-year old marriage between Isiaka Lawal and Ganiyat Lawal over new religious belief.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has completed the installation of six transformers and one transmission line across five states. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Farmers in Kebbi State have began massive planting of sugarcane at Tungan Amadu and Tungan Mai Ramu areas of Shanga and Koko Besse areas for the production of ethanol. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has insisted that the revenue allocation formula currently in operation is legal. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Nigerian airlines will enjoy the benefit of operating direct flights to the United State as the country has retained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) category one status. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Federal Government yesterday in Abuja presented to the public the agricultural performance assessment and statistics on the countrys rain-fed food production for the first time in 29 years. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
In line with the Presidential directive for making fertiliser available and affordable for the average Nigerian farmer, Indorama Eleme Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, a major producer of urea fertilisers in the country have confirmed their plan of increasing urea fertiliser production to 750, 000MT this coming farming season. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Prosecutors have opened a routine investigation into the death of Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has began projects to provide off-grid power systems to four markets across the East, North and Western parts of Nigeria with 50 per cent of these projects concentrated in Lagos State. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on Monday, said about 40 erring filing stations were sanctioned in February for various offenses ranging from under dispensing, hoarding and selling above pump price of N145 per litre in Lagos and Abeokuta in Ogun State . 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Host Nigeria won bronze to claim its second medal at the 2018 Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship which ended yesterday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) resumed on Monday with a growth of 1. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Ex-international Mutiu Adepoju, says Nigerias friendly matches against Poland and Serbia are strategic steps toward having a successful outing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The federal government has inspected over 200 solar-powered homes across two communities in Kaduna state, and the 1. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
NBA legend Kobe Bryant won the Oscar for best short animated film in Sundays award ceremony in Los Angeles. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Botswanas Isaac Makwala, who won the 400m at the inaugural Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix series meeting in Roodepoort last week, has his sights set on breaking the 31 second barrier in the rare 300m this Thursday. 
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