Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 12 March, 2018.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Plateau State Police Command has arrested a herdsman, Muhammadu Musa Bimini, in connection with a bloody attack that claimed 16 persons in Daffo district of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. He was caught in possession of a military AK-47 rifle.

The Plateau State Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Marthias Terna, who confirmed the arrest yesterday, said 16 persons were killed and several persons displaced last Thursday at Daffo villages.

“There are incidents of attacks on villages in Daffo district of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State and 16 people lost their lives and many have been displaced. One Muhammadu Musa Bimini, a Fulani herdsman, was arrested by mobile policemen at Daffo with military AK-47 rifle (with) number HC2614.

“He has since been transferred from Bokkos to the State CIID and he is assisting police with investigation to unravel those who carried out the attack.

Meanwhile, Concerned People of Ronkulere, in Bokkos Local Government Area, said 25 persons were killed during the attack last Thursday, while several corpses were decomposing in the bush because of fear of another attack if they go to retrieve them.

Representatives of the group, Rev. Adams Mamot and Arch. Macham Makut, said yesterday that over eight villages were destroyed and 7,000 persons displaced.

“The attacks became more vicious throughout Thursday,  March 8, 2018, and, this time, it extended to Hottom, Dai, Mayi, Mandung, Kungul, Faram, Hurum, Dahua and Malul clans of Daffo district, leaving each village with many deaths. Over 25 corpses have been recovered while we believe many more are rotting in the bush, as no one is courageous enough to enter the bush on search mission.

“The number of displaced persons from the destroyed settlements is estimated to be above 2,000 while those that have run away from the district are more than 5,000. Even as of yesterday night, there were still gunshots and possible killings in some villages. This, to us is one blow too many.

“We wish to state categorically that we have had enough of these acts of senselessness and sheer disregard for our kindness and hospitality, as well as our respect for the laws of the land. Therefore, we wish to make an urgent call on government at all levels and relevant security agencies to intervene immediately to halt further destruction and carnage.

“The attacks are widening to other districts in Bokkos LGA. Everything should be done to ensure that the people are not forced to resort to acts that could jeopardize the fabric of society itself,” they said.

Mamot explained that this is not the first time that villages in Bokkos Local Government Area have been attacked, saying the local government area has lost dozens of lives and property worth millions of naira.


“We need not remind ourselves that this is not the first time that we have been undermined and humiliated on our own soil by people we selflessly and without conditions extended a hand of love to.

“You would recall that at about this time in 2013, over 20 people were massacred in Mile 7 of Mangor village of Bokkos District in Bokkos LGA. Between that time and 2015, many places like Manguna, Mbar, Kunet, Mai Hakorin Gold, Kwatas, Tarangol, Bot and many others have been attacked by these same people pretending to be thieves or armed robbers. What can we say again on the killing of our paramount chief, Da Saf Lazarus Agai and the district head of Monguna, Saf Monday Adake, and several other village heads?

“We will not allow it and certainly we will not fold our arms and watch others uproot us from our rightful lands of heritage hence the reason for this outburst. We, therefore, call on the international community and bodies like the United Nations, ECOWAS, African Union, Human Rights Watch and others to demonstrate their might and passion for humanity by coming to the defense of the helpless and endangered people of Daffo and other Plateau State communities undergoing similar torments.” 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has drawn the battle line with Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna.

The state government has vowed not to succumb to blackmail, ahead of the 2019 governorship election in the state.

The state government’s position was in response to a recent allegation that some supporters of Okorocha physically attacked Obinna during a funeral mass in Owerri. 

Liaison officer in Imo State liaison office, Abuja, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, and the governor’s aide on Electoral Matters, Steve Asimobi, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, at the weekend, accused archbishop Obinna of blackmail and intimidation, with intention to play a prominent role in the choice of Okorocha’s successor. 

They told newsmen that the state government had already known the position of the archbishop on issues that concern the governance of Imo state, even as he re-affirmed it at the funeral mass. 

Asimobi said: “The Catholic archbishop had always wanted someone from his area to be the governor of Imo state and he had tried to use all available antics, including blackmail and intimidation to realise that.  

“It was this same archbishop Obinna who lied to Nigerians that a Catholic priest, Eurestus Okorie, was physically attacked by government supporters, a day after local government election was conducted in Imo state, during former governor, Ikedi Ohakim’s tenure. 

“I was Ohakim’s aide on Electoral Matters then and local council election was within my mandate.

“We cried and tried to make the world understand what truly happened, but, they failed to listen to us. Four years after, apology was tendered after the damage was done.

“Archbishop Obinna succeeded in his blackmail then because Ohakim’s government handled the issue with kid gloves.

“But, that would not be the case this time. We will not tolerate any intimidation or blackmail coming from anybody or anywhere even from the spiritual realm.

“Archbishop Obinna had finished his sermon at the funeral service and was making closing remarks.

“Instead of focusing on the issue of the day, he began to call names. He described Okorocha’ s administration as dictatorial, and threatened to work against the success of the governor’s choice candidate, Uche Nwosu. 

“He made all the verbal attacks to the face of Nwosu and the governor’s wife, and non of them responded to him. He gave (the) microphone to a parishioner after his remarks, who, surprisingly countered him. After that, someone else wanted to make contributions, but the bishop previewed him before permission was granted.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Consumers of alcoholic beverages and tobacco are soon to pay more as President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend approved an amendment to the excise duty rates with effect from Monday, June 4, 2018.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who made this known yesterday in Abuja, stated that the new excise duty rates were spread over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020 in order to moderate the impact on prices of the products.

She disclosed that the new excise duty regimes followed all-inclusive engagements by the Tariff Technical Committee of the Federal Ministry of Finance with key industry stakeholders.

According to her, the upward review of the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco was to achieve a dual benefit of raising the government’s fiscal revenues and reducing the health hazards associated with tobacco-related diseases and alcohol abuse.

“The Tariff Technical Committee (TCC) recommended the slight adjustment in the excise duty charges after cautious considerations of the government’s Fiscal Policy Measures for 2018 and the reports of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Technical Assistance Mission on Nigeria’s Fiscal Policy.

“The effect of the excise duty rates adjustment on trade and investment was also assessed by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and it adopted the recommendations of the TTC.

“Furthermore, peer country comparisons were also carried out showing Nigeria as being behind the curve in the review of excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco,” she said.

Following the president’s approval, Adeosun disclosed that the new excise duty rate on tobacco was now a combination of the existing ad-valorem base rate and specific rate while the ad-valorem rate was replaced with a specific rate for alcoholic beverages.

“For alcoholic beverages, the current ad-valorem rate will be replaced with specific rates and spread over three years to moderate the impact on prices. This will curb the discretion in the unit cost analysis (UCA) for determining the ad-valorem rate and prevent revenue leakages.

“For tobacco, the government will maintain the current ad-valorem rate of 20 per cent and introduce additional specific rates with the implementation to be spread over a three-year period to also reasonably reduce the impact on prices,” she explained.

Under the newly approved excise duty rates for tobacco in addition to the 20 per cent ad-valorem rate, each stick of cigarette will attract a N1 specific rate per stick (N20 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2018, N2 specific rate per stick (N40 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2019 and N2.90k specific rate per stick (N58 per pack of 20 sticks) in 2020.

The minister explained that Nigeria’s cumulative specific excise duty rate for tobacco was 23.2 per cent of the price of the most sold brand, as against 38.14 per cent in Algeria, 36.52 per cent in South Africa and 30 per cent in Gambia.

The new specific excise duty rate for alcoholic beverages cuts across beer and stout, wines and spirits for the three years (2018-2020).

Under the new regime, beer & stout would attract N0.30k per centilitre (Cl) in 2018 and N0.35k per Cl each in 2019 and 2020.

Wines would attract N1.25k per Cl in 2018 and N1.50k per Cl each in 2019 and 2020, while N1.50k per Cl was approved for spirits in 2018, N1.75k per Cl in 2019 and N2.00k per Cl in 2020.

The president has also granted a grace period of 90 days (three months) to all manufacturers before the commencement of the new excise duty regime to enable them adjust accordingly.

There is, however, no increase in excise duty of other locally excisable products at the moment.

The minister added that the new excise duty regimes are in line with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) directive on the harmonisation of member-states’ legislations on excise duties.

The ECOWAS Council of Ministers had at its 62nd and 79th Ordinary Sessions in Abuja in May 2009 and December 2017, respectively, issued directives on the harmonisation of the ECOWAS Member States’ Legislations on Excise Duties.

The directives seek to harmonise member-states’ legislations on excise duties of non-oil products and also stipulate the scope of application, rate of taxation, taxable event and amount.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers, has said Governor Nyesom Wike is divinely sent for Rivers people, judging by the transformation the state has witnessed since 2015.

PDP Publicity Secretary, Samuel Nwanosike, stated this yesterday, at the official reception of  members of All Progressives Congress (APC), who decamped to the party through the Grassroots Development Initiatives (GDI) in Mogbo, Gokana Local Government Area of the state.

He said, Wike had proved his new vision for Rivers through quality projects spread across the state, soliciting the support of Ogoni people for the governor’s re-election in 2019.

“The APC members’ defection witnessed across the state, showed that Rivers people are appreciative of Wike’s achievements in the last three years.

“His achievements since 2015 have shown that the governor was send by God to transform the state and to give Rivers people hope. What we witnessed today, is a confirmation that he (Wike) was God-sent,” the PDP spokesman said.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Kobani, who is from Ogoni Ethnic Nationality, commended the governor for making Ogoni people stakeholders in his administration.

“You must be committed to ensure the return of Governor Wike for second time. Wike has done much for Ogoni people; and what we need to do for him is to ensure his successful re-election in 2019.

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters and Strategy, Emeh Glory Emeh, acknowledged the roles played by a chieftain of the APC in Ogoni Ethnic Nationality and member of the House of Representatives, Barry Mpigi, for the success of the rally.

Emeh also lauded the defectors for taking bold decision to abandon the APC, like himself, for the interest and progress of the state.

He said: “What the governor needs is your votes in 2019, and he would not fail in his campaign promises.”

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has urged the international community to beam its searchlight on Nigeria as it prepares for the 2019 elections.

Dickson, who made the call in Yenagoa while receiving members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) who were in the state to hold their 74th executive committee meeting, said his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), conducted an election in 2015 and handed over when it lost the election.

He urged the international community to monitor electoral activities in Nigeria in 2019 to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does nothing untoward that will endanger democracy in Nigeria.

Dickson said members of parliament owe it a duty to defend democracy and ensure its sustenance in Africa and Nigeria.

“In 2015, our party conducted election and handed over to the opposition. The international community must monitor events closely in Nigeria in 2019 to ensure the ruling party provide a level playing field and not use state resources and instruments of state authority for personal or political advantage.

“We are hoping and praying that all others from Nigeria particularly parliamentary leaders and other leaders should work to hold, not just government but all other bodies, accountable for basic standard of democratic conduct in Nigeria. Because they said democracy comes to nothing if the parliament does not owe it; parliament don’t stand up for it, defend, parliament don’t take responsibilities for the sustenance of democracy.”

Dickson commended the parliamentarians for accepting to hold their executive meeting in Bayelsa and also applauded them for the role they have been playing to stabilise and strengthen democratic institutions in their various countries.

He said the parliament is a very critical institution of government because of its role of law making and oversight, charging them to always stand up against anti-democratic forces so that the African continent will continue to enjoy the new dawn of democracy. 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Dickson Okafor Chief Johny Ucheaga is a lawyer and he is the Secretary, Nigerian Police Equipment Foundation. 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) first Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi said 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Nigerian international, Vincent Enyeama and his Lille teammates on Saturday scampered for safety, following 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho has reacted to scoring his first Premier League goal for Leicester 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Louis Ibah On Monday, March 5, 2018, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced the country 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Ethiopian Airlines General Manager in Nigeria, Mrs Firihewot Mekonnen, has disclosed that the airline 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
The Comptroller General Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Mohammed Babandede, has posted Mr. Dikko 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Isaac Anumihe Terminal operators and shipping companies are now capitalising on the rowdy situation 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
A frontline Licensed Customs Agent, Nwokolobia Ifeanyi, has joined other stakeholders in the maritime 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu A major crisis seems to be brewing between indigenous oil and gas companies and labour, 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
For its contribution to the development of Nigeria's economy, the Group has been rewarded by the Kaduna 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Charles Nwaoguji The Federal Government policy on how to boost local production of steel has been inconsistent 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
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Mon, 12 Mar 2018
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its recent report says Nigeria and 28 other African countries 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has congratulated Mo Abudu, Chimamanda Adichie and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, on 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Moshood Adebayo The Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) has thrown its weight behind the Lagos State 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has hailed mothers for their sacrifices to society in the face of 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
James Ojo, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday charged Christians to continue using the weapons 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi; Felix Ikem, Nsukka The Benue State Government has made adequate preparation to 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Judex Okoro, Calabar Eleven persons have been reportedly killed in a communal clash between Okwabang 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
No cause for alarm'Senator Utazi From Fred Itua, Abuja Anxiety has gripped many Nigerian ATM card 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
From Owelle Rochas Okorocha to exuberant Frank Nneji, a leading business mogul who has, from a humble 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Where the pendulum swings for the Igbo nation has been a burning issue of discourse across the land, 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
With general elections looming, there's so much to thank our president for. One of such appreciation 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
There is this story about a Maths teacher and her six-year-old pupil. It is entitled 'The 4th Apple. 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Recently, Governor Rochas Okorocha announced to Imolites that he would like his Chief of Staff, Ugwumba 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Tayo Ogunbiyi In a bid to actually put the Organized Private Sector, OPS, abreast of his administration's 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Maduako By the extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Victor C. Ariole There is but one contract in the state that of association; and this of itself 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Emma After the end of the Cold War, there was an in increase in the 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has given tax defaulters up to March 31 to regularise their tax status under the 
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