NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 JANUARY, 2018]

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Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 21 January, 2017.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Killer herdsmen have finally grabbed the entire nation by the scrotum. Suddenly, everybody who was deaf, indifferent and callous about the rape of Agatu in 2016 is now talking. Virtually all are hypocrites – from Aso Rock to Government House Makurdi to the traditional rulers who have now been unmasked as the patrons of the murderous herdsmen. Forget the Inspector General of Police, IGP, who recently apologised for regarding the atrocities of the herdsmen as “communal clashes”. It has taken the death of over 150 people in Benue and Taraba states for the nation’s front line security officer to acknowledge that there are bands of killers around called herdsmen. Elsewhere in the world, he would have done the needful for his gross incompetence and negligence which in some ways contributed to the deaths.
It was particularly amusing in a tragic way when President Buhari ordered the IGP to relocate to Makurdi two weeks ago. When did Mr Idris transform into a battalion all by himself. If the police force in Benue could not help the situation, how would adding one person, even if he’s the IGP, help the situation. Obviously, Nigeria’s Commander-In-Chief, C-I-C, of the armed forces was not fully versed of the situation in Bunue, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and elsewhere. Permit us to help out by reminding Nigerians and the global community of how the rape of Agatu in 2016, was the rehearsal to what is happening now and what will happen in the future. In May 2016,   a report was published on these pages titled STANDING ON THE GRAVES OF AGATU – together with some of the pictures from our visit to Agatu after the siege of 2016. In 2016, despite the avalanche of reports, comments, announcements from leaders and some of the led, we arrived in Agatu three weeks after the carnage to discover that no reporter from any of the newspapers with a correspondent in Makurdi had visited Agatu personally. All the reports on which the public was commenting were sourced from the wire services and based on hearsay from those streaming out of Agatu. After four days of going round Agatu communities, interviewing the people as well as traditional rulers, we made an observation which was ignored by everybody including the President, governor and all the security agencies which are now running around trying to find a lasting solution to the problem. From all that has happened so far, we are still missing the point. First, permit us to present the Agatu 33, representing the unknown number of over three hundred people murdered in cold blood during the siege of Agatu.

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In some instances, entire families were wiped out. “ Late, Joseph Enenche,    Joseph Yakubu, Joseph Alabali, Eluma    Godday, Ojo Godday, Abia Michael, BlessingMichael, Ngbede Anjonu, Ayo Joseph, Ikwuunife Anjonu,  Sunday  Edo, Isah Edo, Ibrahim Otache, Abu    Alhassan, Andrew Samson, Onyachei John, Eluma Ochechie, Ibrahim Jumoh, Ochewuikuru Pius, Musa Ikpa, Musa Ibrahim, Anjela Ogoto, Ekoja Ochiba, Jenebu Ocheinu, Oyigowo Yakubu, Yakubu Ishu, Saduan Itologwu, Allihasan Isa, Yakubu Ali, Onune Sule Daddy Isaac, Ochokpefu Alabali, Momoh Kasimu”—33 out of several unknown victims of the siege of Agatu. Source: EDOR OBIABO, The ADA-GALE of Aila, Agatu, Benue State, at Egba Agatu, May 4, 2016. Like most tragedies occurring in Nigeria, the siege of Agatu by armed men, had been badly reported and mostly misinterpreted in a manner that is now drawing us towards uncontrollable violent conflict. The “Agatu 33”, for lack of a better name to describe them, would either become known in the history as the strongest wake up call for national action regarding the incessant fatal clashes between the herdsmen and farmers/host communities, or they will constitute the first installment in a series of deaths resulting from other clashes in the future. 

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THE M5 OF MASS KILLINGS 

Our  return to Agatu, last    year May, offered fresh insights which most people – including government officials – are not aware of in the discussions about herdsmen. Even the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, might be speaking on behalf of bands of murderous marauders, outside their control, who might have a still, unknown, agenda. Two days in a hotel, talking to two survivors of the attack the year before, revealed that the large scale murders were never spontaneous. Instead, they followed the same pattern as the Agatu massacre. For lack of another name let me call them M5 —    mobilization, methodical, merciless, mass murder. One of our informants had grown up in a Fulani household, although a Basa-Nge indigene, who also speaks Hausa fluently. His ability to speak the language of the invaders saved his life and also allowed him to observe some of the operations at Agatu live on the first night. A band of four men would approach a cluster of houses and buildings. One would fire shots to wake up the people; the second carried petrol which would be sprayed on the buildings and retreat. Several shots will ring out from the two with weapons. They will then set the buildings on fire – giving those inside one of two choices – stay inside and roast or come out and get cut down with bullets. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the herdsmen were avenging loss of cattle or the death of some of their members during conflict with farmers, it became clear that they had other objectives in mind. Their goals were more long term. As the massacre continued in Agatu, the survivor heard some of their assailants talking. The thrust of the conversation is what should send shivers down our spines.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike, yesterday said the government of Rivers State funded the recent military and DSS joint operation which led to the elimination of notorious killer, Johnson Igwedibia, a.k.a. Don Waney, whose reign of terror left several persons killed in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area. Wike, in a media programme in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was reacting to the widespread notion that the security offensive which killed Don Waney was ordered by President Mohammadu Buhari, without knowledge of the Rivers governor.
“The State Government funded the operation that led to the death of Don Waney. The President may have encouraged it, but the operation was funded by the Rivers State Government. “Don Waney accepted Amnesty, but refused to abide by the tenets of the amnesty. It was at this point that the Security Council resolved to track him down. “If we do not work in synch with security agencies, how would we have gotten Don Wanny.   Whether we like it or not, it is incumbent on us to play our own part on security”, Wike stated. In self appraisal on his stewardship, the governor noted that electoral   prospects of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers have been enhanced by his outstanding performance. He said: “If elections are held 100 times in Rivers State, the PDP will win. The chances of the PDP   are even brighter in Rivers State as a result of my performance.

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“I have projects located in all local government areas of the state. I have reasons in each local government area why the people should vote for me.” He also assured that council polls would hold this year as the State Electoral Commission has proposed budget for same, adding that PDP will hold transparent primaries   that will lead   to the emergence   of popular candidates which will form premise for victory in 2019.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018
AS in previous situations, Nigerian immigrants, currently being evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government, have been narrating the harrowing ordeals they suffered during the sojourn in the North African country.
Some of the estimated 5,027 migrants from states across the country have been trickling in through the Port Harcourt International Airport in an exercise coordinated by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA. The first batch of the victims, numbering over 483 persons, had, on Sunday, January 7, arrived the airport at about 4:55 pm on board Max Air. Less than 24 hours after, 446 returnees, comprising of over 314 males, 117 females and 15 children, arrived the airport at about 11:45 pm. On Saturday, January 13, 560 persons arrived in yet another batch. In essence, almost 1,500 of the 5,027 immigrants are back in the country. Post-traumatic stress disorder Programme Officer on Health Interventions for the returnees, who is of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Doubra Emuren, expressed concern about the post-traumatic stress disorder that they might have. He stated, “We have already identified some of these cases from Libya and we brought them down, so we are taking them to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for immediate attention. “Moving forward, I think government is going to take care of the rehabilitation for all the persons before they are reintegrated into the society. “We are going to carry out the clinical assessment, identification and categorization of everybody as directed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the coordinator of this exercise, Dr. Ngozi Azuru.” Gory experiences A lady, who came back home with the third batch of the returnees told Sunday Vanguard that she was sold to Libya by a Libyan – based Nigerian woman, One Mrs. Stella, who forced her into prostitution. She narrated; “One Mrs. Stella, from Umuahia, was the person who took me to Libya. She told me she would take me to Europe, but what she told me while in Nigeria was totally different from what she did in the end. “When we got to Libya she told me that I should start prostitution before my papers are ready. She said I should be doing prostitution in Libya to pay the money she invested in moving me from Nigeria. She claimed she had spent over N5 million.

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“I told her that I had not done prostitution before and that I will not do it. She called some boys; they came, beat me and shaved my hair. They locked me and many others in a room. We were dehumanized. “Anybody that needs a slave worker comes and they sell you to the person. They forced me to serve in an hospital as a cleaner. The moment I finish cleaning and sweeping the hospital, the owner of the place comes and locks me up again in a room. I spent over three years moving from one forced labour to another. I am happy the Nigerian government has brought me back safely.” Christopher Oliha, from Edo State, who returned with the second batch, said he and fellow Nigerian migrants were kidnapped when they journeyed to work in Libya and were asked to call their relatives back home in Nigeria to transfer money to pay their ransom. Oliha said several Nigerians, hoping to make huge money when they succeed in their desperate relocation to Europe, now had to borrow money from friends and family to pay for their freedom in Libyan prisons. He thanked the Federal Government and individuals who contributed to get them get back home.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Despite crashing out of the African Nations Championships, CHAN, Equatorial Guinea Head Coach, Rodolfo Bodipo has ruled out doing Nigeria any favors when the sides clash in the final group C clash on Tuesday at the Le Grand Stade in Agadir.
 Equatorial Guinea were eliminated on Friday following the 1-0 defeat to Rwanda at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier. Speaking after the match, Rodolfo said, “We tried to create some problems for the opponent. We have a young team and we are doing well. The players played without pressure. “It was really cruel for us today because we played well, but we did not win. We made mistakes that we paid cash. We have gained a lot of experience. “Our goal was to have experience. Even as if we are eliminated, we will play hard against Nigeria.” Early on Friday, Nigeria defeated Libya 1-0 courtesy a Sunday Faleye goal, and have now secured four points. A win against  Roldolfo’s men at the Stade Adrar in   Agadir  on Tuesday will guarantee a quarter final spot for Salisu Yusuf’s Eagles.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has flagged off sales of organic fertilizer produced by a local firm, Sokoto-IML Company Ltd.The post Tambuwal flags off sale of locally produced organic fertilizer appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for bagging a doctorate degree at the National Open University (NOUN).The post Obasanjo is ‘Father of Open, Distance Education in Nigeria’ ‘Buhari appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018
A former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Mr. Elvis Donkemezuo, has described the statement credited to the Presidency accusing former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, of controlling the Niger Delta Avengers as careless, adding that the statement was an excuse to provoke the militant group to invade the Niger Delta..The post DEMOLITION: Former Ijaw leader tackles Presidency over remarks on Patience Jonathan appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
NATIONAL Directorate for Employment, NDE, has kicked off verification of participants of its skill acquisition programme in Delta State as part of effort towards ensuring compliance with the rules of engagement.The post Skill acquisition programme: NDE embarks on verification exercise in Delta appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
The popular assumption that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will continue to be looking over George Weah’s shoulder emanates from the fact that she had been a constant and active critic of the official policies of various governments long before she became PresidentThe post History comes full cycle in Liberia appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for US President Donald Trump to be welcomed to the UK, warning Sunday that resisting a visit risked damaging his country’s national interest.The post Donald Trump is elected president of the worlds greatest, most powerful Johnson appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
The environment where children grow is probably the single most important determinant of their futureThe post Children, The Ultimate 100&Change Winners appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, yesterday said that one of the reasons Nigeria is a troubled nation is because its reward system had collapsed.The post Why Nigeria is a troubled nation ‘ Dalung appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency, Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and former gubernatorial aspirant, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who at the weekend decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, have said that they took the decision because of the exceptional brilliance and finesse the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration is bringing to governance in the state. The post Why we decided to join Obaseki&# 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
In a committed effort to appreciate its customers during the Christmas season, Tecno Mobile rewarded many of its customers with Phanttom 8 and other amazing gifts just by sharing a hug with their loved ones in the TECNOXmasHugs activity. Fans were instructed to simply take a picture as they hug their family and friends andRead MoreThe post Tecno Mobile rewards fans with Phantom 8, other gift items at Christmas appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
THE 21 new kings in Ibadanland have said they are not bothered by the judgment delivered on Friday by an Oyo State High Court nullifying their enthronement, noting that it hasn’t changed the fact that they have an axe to grind with the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.The post Fallout of court verdict: We still have axe to grind with Olubadan ‘ 21 new kings appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Sunday Vanguard gathered that Obaseki is opposed to the former Local Government administrators coming back to head the Councils due to what he described as the debt crisis they plunged the Councils in the pastThe post Council polls: Obaseki leads war against PDP appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018
In March 2014 the Commission issued guidelines for the registration of political parties to assist and guide political associations on the processes and documentations required towards the registration of a political party, such as Article 8(vi) and 8(vii) of the Guidelines that provides 30 days period for associations to rectify and ‘defect or non-conformity’ established by the Commission in the documents supporting an application for registration as a political party.The post Guideli 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
A group of prominent Benue indigenes, Benue Advancement Forum, BAF, has described the visit by members of the Northern Governors Forum to the State three weeks after the killing of 73 innocent people by suspected herdsmen in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of the state, as belated, face-saving and mockery on the State.The post Benue massacre: Benue elders condemn visit by northern govs, demand apology appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
The responses have been very fantastic across the country. In fact, people now realize that it is only Atiku who has the will to deliver Nigerians from the APC led government. This indeed is a positive hope for the Atiku Abubakar presidential project. People are getting Atikulated on daily basis.The post How Atiku will handle restructuring ‘ Muhammed appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
On Wednesday the 17th of January, 2018, an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at theNorthwest University, Kano, Umar Labdo Muhammad, claimed that Benue state belongs to the Fulani ethnic nationality by right of conquest.The post 19th century philosophy that drives President Buhari’s cattle colony policy Reno appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
These are very difficult times in our country. Sad, mournful and dolorous times, as the New Year opened with killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Taraba, and Benue states, among others. Of course, there had been gruesome carnage on the Mambilla plateau mid last year, and bloodletting in Numan, Adamawa State, as well as in other places. Hell suddenly seemed to have enlarged itself against Nigeria. Sincere condolences to those who are grieving and mourning the loss of loved ones.The post Why I stand with B 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Katsina United manager, Abdul Usman Biffo has said his wards are out to deny Enyimba of Aba their first win of the season, when both sides clash at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina today.The post NPFL: Katsina will prolong Enyimba’s misery, says Biffo appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Enugu Rangers are still searching for their first win of the season and as they face Heartland in Owerri today, technical director, Christian Chukwu is hoping for a reversal of fortunes for the 2016 champions.The post Chukwu prays for Rangers revival appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Athletics coach, Johnny Igboka has been tasked to double his efforts in producing more sports talents in Anambra State, and Nigeria in general.The post Nimo community tasks coach Igboka on youth sports development appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Super Eagles team B defender, Stephen Eze said the team is determined not to concede goals as they chase CAF Africa Nations Championship honours in Morocco.The post Eze expects more clean-sheets appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
After putting his name on the score-sheet in Arsenal’s dismantling of Crystal Palace yesterday in their English Premier League match, Alex Iwobi has called for more consistency from the Gunners.The post Iwobi wants more consistency from Gunners appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane stated his admiration for Paris St Germain forward Neymar amid continuing reports in the Spanish media over a future bid to take the Brazilian to the Bernabeu.The post Zidane: I’ll love to have Neymar appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Manchester United could unveil Alexis Sanchez on Tuesday after a dramatic late-night breakthrough in his transfer saga on Friday according to Spanish Guillem Balague.The post Man. United to unveil Sanchez Tuesday appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Arsenal have bid 50m for Borussia Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports in Germany.The post Arsenal table 50m for Aubameyang appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Barcelona have issued a statement in response to reports linking them to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.The post Barcelona deny Griezmann deal appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Kalahari Desert girl from Botswana, Lorraine Lionheart, who released a song in Nigeria titled ‘Keke Napep’, saying the commercial tricycle will make a good romantic gateway has explained why she flaunts her sexy hips and bum.The post I show off my bum to thank God appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
With the troll of sex dolls which has become the order of the day in the country and on social media, many are quizzed as to whether or not the sex robots can deliver as they have been hyped. One person who has lent her voice on this is Nollywood actress, producer and self acclaimed sex goddess, Seyi Hunter.The post Sexual satisfaction not possible with sex dolls ‘ Seyi Hunter appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
King of world sound and Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade hardly steps out with any of his wives and he has never owned up as to how many wives he has but on Wednesday something pushed him to flaunt them all on Instagram.The post KSA flaunts his seven wives appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Buhari suffers from four forms of bigotry which old age and his elevation to the highest office in the land have not erased. They are ethnic, regional, religious and genderThe post Buhari: When bigotry and incompetence threaten Nigerian unity appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
The question now is: how many of those that have emerged at the forefront of political leadership in Nigeria actually possess those intellectual, moral and spiritual characteristics Plato recommended as essential for good leadership’The post Nigeria and the curse of Sisyphus (1) appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Nothing is working. The security situation is appalling and has slidded to the lowest level. People openly boast of the evil they can do. Strangers from hell are pushing to colonize us and our leaders are giving them leeway, accommodating them and making patronizing political statementsThe post Dancing in the wind appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Trump is renowned as a president who has no restraints on the use of words in publicThe post Trump shutdown defines one year of administration appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Common sense is needed here and the Nigerian authorities have got to improve the integrity of our borders, protect people and propertyThe post Good people do not let bad things happen(2) appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Fasting has spiritual and physical benefits. In many cases, fasting is a quick way to a miracle. It teaches us the willingness to make sacrifice and present our burden unto God and God aloneThe post Lay a foundation for your miracle appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Nelson Eze Darlington, also known as NED, customises hoods, Polo shirts, caps, mugs etc by printing names and pictures on them depending on the design the client wants. He started during his NYSC service year 2017 under a platform caved out by the scheme called SAED (Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneur Development). []The post Meet Nelson Darligton The Graphic Artist appeared first on The Spark. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
So far, we have prosecuted 365 and we hope to get many more because there are still a lot of cases in court and, almost every month, we get a convictionThe post LIBYA: Guards tried to hide more than 300 Nigerian immigrants kept in ‘slave camp’ from us ‘ Geoffrey Onyeama, Foreign Affairs Minister appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
That event came from the fact that a lot of things are going wrong in our polity. We are losing a beautiful country and people are concernedThe post 2019: Aftermath of Yoruba, Igbo ‘Handshake’- ‘Time up for the Buharis, the Obasanjos, others appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
Mercy Obi, the immediate younger sister of Hon. Hosea Ibi, the member representing Takum 1Constituency in Taraba State House of Assembly, who died in the hands of his abductors, said the kidnappers dragged him away in the presence of their aged mother and other family members on the day the kidnapping took place.The post Slain Taraba lawmaker: Our aged mother is still weeping ‘ Sister appeared first on Vanguard News. 
Sun, 21 Jan 2018
My husband is a driver. I have not seen him with bombs; he has a private room which I don’t enter. I have my own roomThe post My husband has a secret room where he keeps bombs ‘ Wife of suspected Boko Haram IEDs manufacturer appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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