NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [31 DECEMBER, 2017]


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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 31 December, 2017.

News that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed 209 chairmen of boards and parastatal of some federal agencies has shocked Nigerians when it was discovered that no less than five persons on the list have since died.

At least seven appointees announced Friday by the presidency on a list that has over a thousand board members have been confirmed to have died long before their appointments.
Some of the dead appointees on the list include Senator Francis Okpozo (died December 26, 2016), appointed chair of the board of the Nigeria Press Council and late Deputy Inspector General of Police Donald Ugbaja (rtd) (died November, 2017) was appointed member of Consumer Protection Council while Rev Fr. Christopher Utov, founder of the Fidei Polytechnic (died March, 2017) was appointed a member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Others are Garba Attahiru, a former chairman of Kaduna South Local Government who passed on last year but was appointed on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenegoa, and Umar Dange, a former secretary of APC elders committee in Sokoto, who was appointed to the board of FMC Ibute Meta. 

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Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.

Reports say another appointee to the board of the National Film and Video Censors Board had passed on as well but Daily Trust on Sunday could not confirm this as at the time of going to press.
The Presidency Saturday defended the controversial list of board appointments released Friday by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The list had attracted criticisms for including names of dead persons as chairmen and members of some boards of federal agencies and parastatals.
But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, told journalists in Abuja on Saturday that there was nothing scandalous or extraordinary about the list.

He described the list as "historical", explaining that it was compiled in 2015 and that nobody can stop people from dying between then and now.

Shehu also clarified that when the panel constituted to compile the list submitted its report early this year, President Muhammadu Buhari had health challenges.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
Scores of civilians and Boko Haram insurgents were reportedly killed yesterday during different attacks in Borno and Yobe states.

Witnesses said the first attack was an ambush on firewood mongers in villages around Mafa, the first local government area outskirts of Maiduguri along Dikwa- Gamboru-Ngala-Cameroon Republic road.

The second attack was reportedly launched at villages around Kanamma in northern fringes of Yobe State, the first place where Boko Haram, then known as Nigerian Taliban, settled around 2002.

The third siege was along Maiduguri- Damboa road in southern part of Borno.


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Different sources said dozens of people were allegedly killed but this could not be independently verified.

In the attack in Mafa, sources said no fewer than 50 people were killed.

A vigilante Umara Modu said many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Muna camp in the outskirts of Maiduguri, as well as others from the surrounding villages, including Maiwa near Mafa LGA, were killed around 2.30 pm Saturday.

“Different Boko Haram gangs ambushed different locations. More than 50 people, mostly those chopping firewood which they normally sell to support their families, were killed,” he said.

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