Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Thursday, 8th March, 2017.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Curfew has been declared in parts of Taraba State where fresh violence broke out between Mambilla militia and Fulani youth.
The situation deteriorated barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the state.

The president had met political and traditional leaders on the need to end the circle of violence and maintain the peace in the state. 
The state government declared the curfew in Mayo Ndaga in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state. 
A security meeting was also held in Gembu chaired by commandant 20 Battalion Serti with police zonal commander, Chief of Mambilla and Fulani leaders in attendance. 
It was gathered that during the meeting riot act was read with a warning that security personnel sent to all parts of Mambilla were combat ready and would restore peace and order and troublemakers would be dealt with.
In Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, Governor Darius Ishaku also chaired a security meeting with police commissioner, Mr. David Akinremi, Director of state security service and the heads of all security agencies in the state.
The senior special Assistant on media affairs to Governor Darius, Mr Bala Dan Abu, confirmed the meeting held but there was no  statement issued on the meeting.
The Police Public Relation Officer Taraba State command, ASP David MiSal, did not answer calls made to his phone by our reporter but replied a text message saying “there is calm in the area now”
Crisis erupted in the area last Wednesday following attacks on Fulani communities in Yarimaru area by suspected militia which later spread to other parts of the Mambilla plateau. 
The curfew was slammed on the area as more towns and villages came under attacks in the troubled Sardauna Local Government Area.
Daily Trust gathered that Mambilla militia and Fulani youths engaged themselves in bloody fight leading to more killings and burning of houses.
The attacks are said to have spread to parts of    Mayo Ndaga, Yarimaru,Kakara and Sherif up to towns on the Nigeria Cameroun border.
‘29 corpses recovered’
 The chairman of the local government, Mr. Godwin Sol, told our reporter in a Telephone interview that as at Yesterday 29 corpses were recovered while search for many missing persons continued.
He said many people were wounded and  several houses  burnt at Yelwa, Tunga,Maisamari and other places. 
Holiday seekers avoid Mambilla
Meanwhile, tourists and holiday seekers from within and outside the country no stayed away from the Mambilla plateau because of insecurity, sources in the area told Daily Trust.
Findings revealed that the number of tourists and holiday makers visiting the area once regarded as tourists haven has dropped drastically.
Most hotels in Gembu, the headquarters of Sardauna, local government which used to received hundreds of guests on weekends, are now facing low patronage. 
The manager of Daula Hotel, a popular lodge in Gembu,  Malam  Haruna, said since the crisis began in June last year hospitality business in the area started experiencing low patronage.
He said previously most hotels in the town were always booked especially during weekends and public holidays but now the story was different. Similarly business activities have also slowed down as people avoid coming to the area.
Our findings also revealed that a number of business men and wealthy individuals have relocated to Serti in Gashaka local government area as well as Jalingo, the state capital. Some even crossed the border into Cameroun Republic.
A resident of Gembu, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, told Daily Trust that Mambilla Plateau was a dream destination for most Nigerians but because of crisis nobody wants to visit the area again.
He challenged stake holders to encourage their people to live in peace with one another otherwise people would avoid the area completely. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, sentenced Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze to life imprisonment for masterminding the Oct. 1, 2010 Independence Day bombing near Eagle Square, Abuja.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole handed down the sentence, while delivering judgment in the five counts of terrorism charge preferred against the duo by the Federal Government.

The Judge held that the prosecution, through the plethora of exhibits tendered and witnesses called, was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubts.
“I find the defendants guilty as charged and they are accordingly convicted,” Kolawole said. 
The judge said having handed down a life sentence earlier in 2013 to Edmund Ebiware, who had initially stood trial with the convicts; he could not give a lighter sentence to Okah and Nwabueze.
He said that it was necessary for the maximum sentence to be given in order to ensure that justice was served in the eyes of families of those who died or sustained injuries. 
Counsel to Okah and Nwabueze, Emeka Okoroafor and Oghenovo Otemu had prayed the court to show the convicts mercy, owing to the fact that they were first time offenders. 
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Alex Iziyon, (SAN), however, asked the court to give the convicts the maximum sentence prescribed by Section 15 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act on which they were tried.
Okah, Nwabueze, Ebiware and Tiemkemfa Francis-Osvwo (aka General Gbokos) were initially arraigned before the court on Dec. 7, 2010. 
They were arraigned for their alleged involvement in the bomb blast which left about 12 people dead and several others injured. 
Francis-Osvwo later died in prison custody, while Ebiware, who had his trial conducted separately, is serving life sentence upon his conviction in 2013. 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the judgment which lasted about six hours has finally brought to an end litigation which started about eight years ago. 
NAN also recalls that in the course of the trial, the prosecution called 17 witnesses to prove that the defendants actually committed the crime. 
Okah called two witnesses including himself, Nwabueze called four witnesses. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
A former Governor of Jigawa State and PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday in Calabar, alleged that Nigeria has been hijacked and is being ruled by men who lack ideas.
Lamido said the ruling APC was only implementing what the former ruling party, the PDP, drew.

He stated this when he paid a consultative visit to Governor Ben Ayade on his presidential aspiration.
Lamido alleged that whereas PDP was accused of spending about N6tn on some national projects in 16 years, the APC had wasted more than N20tn in three years and had nothing to show for it.
He, therefore, wondered why only people in the opposition were being vilified and labelled as corrupt.
On security, Lamido said killing and destruction were no longer strange, but that the question now was, “How many have been killed today?”
Ayade on his part, described Lamido as “humane, people-friendly and man of depth and concern who turned Jigawa State into an Eldorado.”

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the FCT, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), yesterday, told the senate that the APC administration borrowed N11 trillion against N 6trillion borrowed during the 16 years reign of the PDP.
Melaye, who spoke when he raised a point of order to protest the rejection of the Peace Corps bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the present administration had  no specific programme to empower the youths.

He said the complaint by the president that there was no fund to cater for the Peace Corps was not tenable.
“The same thing happened when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was to be established; there was also the same complain that there was no money and all of that.
“But today, we can see the advantages of the civil defence and how they have helped in safeguarding government’s infrastructure,” he said.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, yesterday, dissolved his cabinet. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The South South Legacy Forum (SSLF) has said the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, remains the vocal person in the South South in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The senate, yesterday, said the conduct of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is a threat to democracy in Nigeria. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The Senate on Wednesday said it would be forced to withhold budgetary approvals for any government agency and parastatalwhich failed to submit at least two previous years audited reports to the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF).

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Former Head of Civil Service of Kebbi State, Buhari Jega said he made a fortune from rice farming under the Federal Government Anchor Borrowing Programme. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State has said that the clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country are not tribal but consequences of climate change. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Against the backof the low water levels in the dams, 1000 wells are to be constructed in Sokoto to provide adequate water for the 2018 irrigation season in the state. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Since setting her foot in Nigeria at 5am, 22 July 2008, to work for an NGO that was doing healthcare-related work in the North, Mira Mehta has seen agro-opportunities that will shape her entrepreneurial skills forever. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange has not recorded any Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) for private companies to generate capital in the last two years, a report from PwC has said. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
You have been around for about two and a half years, what were the major successes in dealing with the bad debts recovery and the cases you have in court'We are just finalising our account so it will not be fair for me to publicise those figures but after the approval of the account, we should have engagement with the press so that we can discuss the figures specifically. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The Federal Government is set to commission a section of the 10 megawatts (mw) Katsina Wind Power Plant by the end of March, Daily Trust reports. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The African Development Bank (ADB) and its East and North African Governors have stressed the need for urgent measures to match the continents growing population and youth unemployment, which they likened to a ticking time bomb. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Alhaji Rashid Bawa, has said the African region has not experienced desired growth because of its heavy reliance on foreign aid as the only way to development. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
The annual ritual of smartphone launching by Apple and Samsung, the arch rivals in this kind of products, seems to be as predictable as day and night. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has invited the teams captain, Mikel John Obi; midfielders, Ogenyi Onazi and Victor Moses as part of his 28-man squad to battle Poland and Serbia in international friendly matches this month. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
An International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) certified coach, Tony Asuquo, on Wednesday in Abuja said he joined an Ethiopian club because he was sure his country Nigeria does not respect him. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Bayern Munich star David Alaba has admitted he can imagine himself "taking a different path" away from the Bundesliga giants amid recent reports in Spain linking him with Barcelona. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Paulo Dybala will sign a new five-year contract worth 120,000-a-week with Juventus, putting an end to reports suggesting his future lies elsewhere. 

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Liverpool are on the cusp of a deal for Monaco star Thomas Lemar, according to reports in France. 
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