NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE BLUE PRINT NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 DECEMBER, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Blue Print Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 19 December, 2017.


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has discribed as baseless and ridiculous, the allegation by the People Democratic Party (PDP) that the ruling party was planing to use the approved $1 billion fund to prosecute its party’s presidential activities, ahead of 2019.
The APC, however, said unlike the PDP that allegedly squandered $2Bn similar approval in excess while in government, the ruling party has as fundamental “the twin principle of accountability and probity.”

In a statement signed Monday in Abuja by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, it described PDP allegations as a case of “a serial killer who sees even a table knife as a murder weapon.”

“However, we can understand why it is easy for PDP to arrive at its ludicrous allegation. A similar approval in excess of $2 Billion was granted to the PDP government when they were in power. They knew what they did with the money. It is a classic case of a serial killer who sees even a table knife as a murder weapon.

“The PDP presided over a government that made it possible for money meant for weapons to be diverted into paying marabouts and all manner of political jobbers ahead of the 2015 election. Therefore, the PDP thinks the same thing is about to happen. They have not realised that it is a new day and President Muhammadu Buhari will not play politics with money meant to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians or allow anyone to engage in such brigandage that Nigerians suffered under the PDP.

“We conclude by saying that we understand the pressure that the PDP is facing to justify its role as an opposition party, but they need to be reminded that opposition is not the same as opposing everything, including those things that are critical to national interest. We welcome PDP to play its part in ensuring that the money or any public money at all is used for the purpose for which it is intended. In this case, they can simply ensure that their eleven governors demand accountability for the money that they have joined in approving.


“The twin principle of accountability and probity are fundamental to APC. If the PDP in their latest reincarnation now consider these principles important, we are happy for them and we welcome them.

“It appears however that PDP’s interpretation of its role is to oppose everything even before they had the opportunity to understand it. They have remained embittered over what they thought APC did to them as an opposition party and are therefore seized by an obsession to revenge. In essence, they are primarily driven by vendetta rather than considered national interest.”


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Following the attack on UNWFP convoy carrying food supply to IDPs in Ngala local government area of Borno state, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon has condemned the attack describing it as a setback to the delivery of humanitarian support and assistance to the IDPs in the northeast of Nigeria. A statement issued ...The post UN condemns killing of aid workers in Borno, Army Disputes Media Reports appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, flagged off water project that would cost the state N48.73billion. Speaking at the flagging off of construction of Transmission Mains and Booster Pumping Station and construction of 3NOS. 10,000M3 Concrete Reservoirs, Aregbesola said it would be the biggest singular project since the creation of Osun state. The ...The post Aregbesola flags off N48.7billion water project appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Says no different between PDP, APC in corruption matter One of the newly registered political parties, National Rescue Movement (NRM) has expressed its support for the approval of $1Bn by the governors for the federal government to fight insurgency in the North-east of the country. The said money is to be drawn from the Excess ...The post New party backs govs, FG on $1Bn Boko Haram fund appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the unity of the Yoruba race, especially among the people of Owu kingdom. Obasanjo, who is the Balogun of Owu Kingdom, made the call at the weekend in Ibadan during the 26th national convention of Royal Union of Owu People (RUOP). The former president said the purpose of ...The post Obasanjo calls for Yoruba unity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Usman Ibn A. Lapai Kaduna The Executive Director, Women in NEED Foundation, Barr Mrs. Abiola Kamardeen, has said Kaduna state would witness more women participation in politics come 2019 as many of the grassroots women have indicated interest to seek for elective offices ahead of the general elections. mrs Kamardeen disclosed this during a ...The post 2019'll witness more Kaduna women in politics ' WINEED appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has pledged to train no fewer than 200 children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. This is coming just as Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, representing Sokoto North senatorial district, has set ...The post Sultan to train 200 Boko Haram orphans appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Baba Yusuf Abuja The recent interaction between the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) and Justices of the Court of Appeal was aimed at apprising them of the enormous powers of AMCON and expediency of its cases. Stating this at the event with the theme: 'AMCON Regime: Paradigm Shift in Debt Recovery,' the Director-General, ...The post Why we organised AMCON, A'Court justices' interaction ' Academy appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kano zone, Alhaji Bashir Ahamed Danmalam has described the assurance given to Nigerians by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu to end fuel scarcity in 48 hours as a hoax designed to shield his failure in running the ministry. ...The post Fuel scarcity: Kachikwus 48 hours a hoax ' IPMAN appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Imo state indigenes under the aegis of Imo state Indigenes Association, Kano last weekend flagged off an annual education scholarship scheme for indigent children in Kano state. The president of the association, Comrade Damian Ayanwu said the decision to commence the scholarship scheme was inspired by the strong belief in education ...The post Imo indigenes in Kano introduce scholarship scheme appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Mohammed Yangida Lafia A new Commissioner of Police, Bello Ahmed, has been posted to Nasarawa state. Before his assumption of duty to the state, Ahmed was the Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Section, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Abuja. A statement signed by the Nasarawa state Command Public Relations Officer, ...The post Nasarawa gets new CP appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna The Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Charles Uwakwe, has commissioned an 89 units office complex as part of efforts to solve the problem of office accommodation at the council headquarters. Commissioning the complex at the weekend, Prof Uwakwe said that NECO expended the sum of N120 million on ...The post NECO commissions 89 units office complex appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Stories By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said that the value of successful fraud cases in the financial system reduces by 37.8 per cent between third quarter 2015 and third quarter 2017. Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Adebayo Adekola Adelabu, who disclosed this at the Nigeria Electronic Fraud ...The post Value of successful fraud cases drops to N406m in Q3 appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Elders and Traditional chiefs from the Eight Local Government Councils of Bayelsa State have written to President Muhammadu Buhari over the noticeable delay in the signing into law of the Bill establishing the National Peace Corps, saying the signing of the bill into law will reduce rising tension and conflict around the country. The Traditional ...The post Sign Peace Corps Bill to reduce unemployment, violent crimes, Bayelsa Elders tell Buhari appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Aliyu U. Tilde Just two days before the Numan massacre, cattle rustlers attacked a village in Zamfara killing over 25 people and injuring many. I have not heard of any panel of inquiry, no condolence. It was reported for a day in the Hausa international channels and it is gone Why' Because we have ...The post Numan may be different appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Robert Okolo My zeal for being a soldier has never stopped haunting me about 25 years after. The passion for the military is innate in me; though I could not make it for reasons I cannot recount publicly. But once in a while, an occasion or event strikes me so profoundly to remember my ...The post When I missed being a Nigerian soldier appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The long reign of President Robert Mugabe finally came to an abrupt end with his resignation on November 21, 2017. The beginning of the end started on November 6, when President Mugabe fired his first Vice President, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa. This was expected to be followed by purges of senior officials of the government, especially ...The post Charting a new course for Zimbabwe appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The security situation in Lagos is becoming a source of pain to residents and the earlier the Lagos State Government addressed this 'festering wound', the better for all. Attracting investors to Lagos has been a primary desire of the Government over the years. However, with the current state of insecurity in Lagos, it may be ...The post Lagos and burden of resurgent insecurity appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has assured the Christian community in the state that he would support their pursuit of genuine causes at all times. He spoke yesterday at St Joseph's Parish, Akpehe, in Makurdi during a thanksgiving service held for him by the parishioners. The governor stated that he would ...The post We'll support genuine Christian causes ' Ortom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Ahmid Lawal Abuja A group of concerned citizens comprising of technocrats and politicians from the North have commended the Headquarters Special Assignment of the Nigeria Customs service for successes so far recorded in the zone. The groups under the aegis of Change for Development (CD) angling for second term of the APC led federal ...The post Group commends Customs boss appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), IGP Mike Okiro (retd), has charged new Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), who passed out at the Police Staff College Jos, Plateau state over the weekend to embrace diligence, hard work and commitment to duty as they prepare to face the challenges of their ...The post Okiro tasks new police cadets on dedication, service appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos The Debt Management Office, DMO, has said that the Federal Government has finalised arrangement to issue N10.75 billion sovereign green bond, the first ever in Nigeria and Africa. The bond opens to the investing public on Monday 18th December 2017, and closes on Thursday 21st December 2017. The bond ...The post FG's N10.96bn sovereign green bond opens for subscription appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged leaders in the West African sub-region on the need to urgently tackle the challenges of terrorism, human trafficking and drug trafficking in the area. He made the call in Abuja while delivering welcome address at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. Buhari ...The post FG's N10.96bn sovereign green bond opens for subscription appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The General Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state has sentenced Lance Corporal John Godwin, a soldier serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, to death for murder. It also sentenced some soldiers to jail for various offences ranging from manslaughter to illegal possession of fire arms and ammunitions. Lance Corporal Godwin, was charged with murder, ...The post Army sentences soldier to death for murdering 5 civilians appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Navy says they have recovered 1,330 jerry cans filled with petrol during a raid on oil thieves in Atlas Cove Island in Lagos. The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROCT Commander, Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, told journalists on Saturday night that the product was evacuated from a storage facility in Ilado/Idimangoro area of the ...The post Navy recovers 1,330 jerry cans of petrol from oil thieves appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have captured 167 fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in an Island around Lake Chad basin. Troops also neutralized scores of the terrorists around the area in a two-week coordinated operation, which involved both air bombardment and ground troops assaults in the terrorists enclave, according to Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesperson of Operation ...The post Troops capture 167 terrorists in Chad Island appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Nigerian Air Force says it has begun intensive bombardment of the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists Northern Borno state and Sambisa general area in the third face of 'Operation RUWAN WUTA' NAF spokesperson, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that an air interdiction mission was conducted on the terrorists hideout in Kolaram, ...The post NAF begins 'Ruwan Wuta 3', bombs terrorists' hideouts appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Visits wounded soldiers in hospital Stories by Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces to maintain high standard of professionalism and patriotism while discharging their duties. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Junior Course 84 of the Armed Forces Command and ...The post Buratai charges officers on professionalism, patriotism appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau No fewer than 12 persons have been reported killed by suspected gang of kidnappers in different communities of Maru, Kaura Namoda and Talata Mafara local government councils of Zamfara state at the weekend. An eyewitness, Malam Ibrahim Isah, told Blueprint that the suspected kidnappers besieged Kuka Mairahu village in Maru local ...The post Kidnappers kill 12, abduct others in Zamfara appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Adeola Tukuru Abuja The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has harped on need to develop an effective national road transport and transit management framework in the country. Amaechi noted that if properly handled, the Trans-border Corridor Operations and Mass Transport Delivery will ease the stress of doing business with border countries and encourage sustainable ...The post FG advocates effective road transport management appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Civil servants across the 36 states of the federation will have a bumper Christmas celebration as the Federation Accounts Allocations Committee (FAAC) on Saturday distributed the sum of N609.95 billion among the three tiers of government for November. Giving a breakdown of the distributable revenue, Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), ...The post Civil servants to smile as FAAC distributes N609.95bn to FG, states, LGs appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By David Agba Abuja Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas have been summoned by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions to appear before it on Tuesday (tomorrow) over their roles in the ...The post Amaechi, Peterside to appear before Reps over $195m maritime contract appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Bashir Mohammed Kano Arrangements have been concluded for the launch of the Second Round of the 2017 Maternal, New Born and Child Health Week (MNCH) across the 44 local government areas of the state. Speaking to news men on the one week event, state Commissioner of Health, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said services and ...The post Kano begins second round of maternal, child health week appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari would today attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. The President, alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, would participate in the historic event, held every year on December 18 to commemorate the founding of the Republic of ...The post Buhari attends Niger Republic proclamation ceremony appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
At this point, the anticipation is so taut it can be cut with a knife.Tomorrow Kaduna will host the entire country to an end of year family meeting. We take a look at what friends of Nigeria and Nigerians are saying over this event: Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable Every step toward the ...The post 24 hours away from the 2017 HoJ summit and dinner, By Ballason Gloria Mabeiam appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse The federal government has engaged about seven million people under its social investment programmes, in a renewed effort to jerk up employment generation for the mass of the people. This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment progamme, Barr Ismaila Amed while briefing newsmen ...The post 'FG empowered 7m under its social investment progammes' appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Bayo Alabira Dutse Nine persons, including a pregnant woman were at the weekend crushed to death by an over speeding dark green Honda civic, with registration number AA 160 KMC', at Jahun roundabout in Jigawa. The vehicle, which was coming from Gujungu Jahun road at high speed suddenly lost control while trying to negotiate ...The post 8 persons, pregnant woman killed in Jigawa auto-crash appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Aideloje Ojo Minna Despite over N16 billion debt owed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) by consumers in Niger state, the company has improved electricity supply in the state from 4.3 kilowatts per hour to 7.4kwh from January to November this year, company Head, Public Relations, Ahmed Shekarau, has said. Shekarau stated this at the ...The post Niger owing AEDC N16bn ' Shekarau appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a selfless leader whose commitment to the fight against corruption has restored Nigerias place as a respected nation among the comity of nations The governor also described as unprecedented the giant strides taken by the President to pull the ...The post Buhari at 75: Anti-graft war has restored respect for Nigeria ' Ortom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By NAJIB SANI, Bauchi Two former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Bauchi state, Senator Abubakar Maikafi, Ambassador Ahmed Shuaibu, Ex-Commissioner, Mohammed Jibrin Lago, and thousands of their supporters have defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The defection was announced at a grand ceremony organized by the party for the new entrants. ...The post 2 ex-governorship aspirants, others defect to NNPP in Bauchi appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justic 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Aliyu Askira Kano The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, at the weekend in Kaduna, declared that the fact that the House of Representatives Committee on External Loan has approved the state government's $350 million loan request did not amount to the government securing the money, as only the Senate Committee on ...The post Only my c'ttee can approve El-Rufai's $350m loan ' Sani appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, says the FCT administration has broken the jinx in land administration in the City as well as brought in other innovations that have made Abuja metropolis truly modern. In this interview with ABDULLAHI MUHAMMAD, he speaks on other matters as well. 'We're making FCT ...The post We have overhauled land administration in the FCT ' Bello appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Brazil legend Kaka has announced his retirement from football, ending speculation over his future following his exit from MLS side Orland City earlier in 2017. The star playmaker took to Twitter and Instagram Sunday to post his goodbye to the sport. Kaka wrote: Father, It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! ...The post Kaka announces retirement from football appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Manchester United survived a tense finale to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Sunday and close to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City. Uniteds former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford's left-wing cross. Midfielder ...The post Lukaku, Lingard sink West Brom appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 




Tue, 19 Dec 2017
Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo will join Portuguese giants FC Porto when the January transfer window opens, according to reports in Portugal. Portuguese daily A Bola claimed on Sunday that the 22-year-old has already agreed in principle a four-year deal with the former Portuguese champions. 'Etebo will move to the Dragao Stadium in January after ...The post Etebo to Join FC Porto in January appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The Federal government is committed to hosting and providing a safe environment for the African Senior Athletics Championship billed for Asaba, Delta state in August next year. Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports made the remark when the Local Organising Committee paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. He said that other ...The post FG backs African Athletics Championship holding in Asaba appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
The King Power Outfit were stunned 3-0 by visiting Crystal Palace in Saturdays English Premier League encounter. Just after the Foxes conceded a second, Ndidi on his 21st birthday was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson for a second bookable offence diving. And any chance of a comeback by the former league ...The post Leicester City manager, Claude Puel claimed sending Wilfred Ndidi off was a harsh decision. appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


Tue, 19 Dec 2017
By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja The home- based Super Eagles yesterday showed the stuff they are made by beating MFM FC 3-2 to emerge winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament at the Sani Abacha Stadium here in Kano. Anthony Okpotu scored a brace for the Home Eagles with substitute Kingsley Eduwo scoring the ...The post Home Eagles win NPFL Invitational tourney appeared first on Blueprint - For Truth and Justice. 


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