NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [25 JANUARY, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 25 January, 2017.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018
The Management of The Daily Times Nigeria (DTN) has instituted a fundamental human rights enforcement suit against Senator Ikechukwu Obiora, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim and Deputy Inspector General of Police, H. M Dagala, over the unlawful detention of five members of staff of DTN. In a suit marked No.FHC/ABJ/CS/70/18 filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja and assigned to Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, the detained DTN workers: Tinuola Ashiru, (Assistant Manager, Human Resources); Ayodele Ibitoye (Accountant); Afolabi Adeboye (Graphics Designer); Marvelous Eyoh Effiong (Graphics Designer) and James Akingbade Olagoke (Advert Officer), are demanding for N200 million as general damages for their unlawful incarceration. 
The detained DTN workers are also seeking for the said N200 million damages as compensation for their illegal detention and incarceration in violation of their rights as enshrined by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The five DTN workers were arrested on Friday, January 15, 2018 by six riot policemen and detained at the SARS office in Ikeja, Lagos without any court order. The DTN workers spent the night at the SARS office in Ikeja and were later brought to Abuja in a rickety vehicle on Saturday, January 16, 2018. 
They have since been detained at Area 10 Police Division in Abuja. The fundamental enforcement suit which was filed on their behalf by their lawyers, Rosemary Onu and Uche Amulu and was brought pursuant to Order 11, Rule 1, 2 and 3 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rule, 2009. The DTN workers are asking the court to take a judicial notice of the fact that their fundamental rights to freedom, liberty and dignity to life have been grossly violated by the Police, acting at the prompting of Senator Obiora, to detain them for seven days without any court order. 

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The DTN workers (the plaintiffs ) are therefore seeking for an order of the court to declare that the invasion of DTN in Agidingbi, Lagos, man-handling, arrest, bungling and their detention by officers of the IGP upon the overt procurement and sponsorship of Senator Obiora without any warrant or order of court constitutes a reckless infringement of their fundamental rights as guaranteed and protected by sections 35(1), (4) and (5), 34(1)(a) and 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Besides, the DTN workers are asking the court to hold that they are entitled to their rights to dignity and human person, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement, private and family life.
The plaintiffs also want the court to declare as wanton, illegal and unknown to law the actions of the IGP’s officers upon the overt sponsorship and procurement of Senator Obiora on Friday, January 19, 2018 when riot police policemen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Scorpion Division, Ikeja, Lagos State, without a warrant or an order of court, raided the office of the DTN at Agidingbi, Ikeja, beat them up, arrested them and bundled them into their Hillux van and took them away to unknown destination. In a 28-paragraph affidavit in support of the application, the plaintiffs, who are gainfully employed with the DTN with no criminal records, averred that six riot policemen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Scorpion Division, Ikeja, Lagos, armed to the teeth and without warrant or court order on January 19, 2018 invaded DTN’s office, shut down operations, arrested them and carted away computers and vital documents at the prompting, sponsorship of Senator Obiora. 
In the affidavit deposed to by Ms. Blessing Obi, the deponent claimed that the DTN workers are currently being held in chronic detention by police officers of the IGP upon the procurement and instigation of Senator Obiora. Ms. Obi, a front desk officer of the DTN, said she verified from the operational office that, “The six riot policemen wore bulletproof vests and stormed the newspaper premises in a Hillux van and shut the entrance gate of the DTN Complex, thereby preventing any movement in and/or out of the premises and thereafter demanded that the people in the premises identified themselves. ‘’That the riot policemen shoved those carrying DTN identity cards to one side whereas those that came to transact businesses were harassed and turned away. 

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‘’That the riot policemen ordered the said Front Desk Officer, Adamma Ikeme, to lead them to the office of the chairman but she politely asked them for warrant of arrest or search but the officers declined, informing her that the operation was an order from the Police Headquarters, Abuja. ‘’That the said Adamma Ikeme also politely told the police officers that her scope of duties did not extend beyond the front desk, which answer apparently infuriated the police officers who then seized her phones and those of other staff of the company, singled out the five workers, manhandled and ruffled them and bundled them into the white Hillux van which they came with. ‘’That the police officers also ransacked the whole premises and took some vital documents and computers away. 

‘’That the officers were fully armed with AK-47 rifles. That the incident lasted for about two hours and when the five workers offered to know the reason for their arrest, the police officers loudly said that they would “know when they meet Senator Ikechukwu Obiora at the station”, adding that it was a ‘Big man fight’. The DTN workers are therefore asking court to declare that their arrest, detention and humiliation, harassment and manhandling by Obiora, IGP and Dagala over issues on company ownership without an order of court or belief that they committed any offence and without any order of court or warrant constitutes infringement of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution.
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Activities at Nigeria’s 26 research institutes have remained grounded following an industrial action by workers under the aegis of Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Union (JORAISU) for 73 days. JORAISU, the umbrella body for the three trade unions in Nigeria’s research institutes namely: National Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institution (SSAUTHRIAI) and Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes, embarked on an indefinite strike on November 14, 2017. The strike, according to a statement by JORAISU, was provoked by the failure of Federal Government to keep its part of an agreement reached with the body over unpaid 12 months arrears and other issues since 2011. The unresolvedssues include payment of 53.7% salary increase, withdrawal of circular on non-skipping of salary grade level 10 retirement of 65 years for non-research staff as obtainable in the universities, peculiar allowances, and adequate funding of research institutes, among others. Before now, 23 meetings with the Federal Government had been held from April 29, 2010 to November 14, 2016 and a total of 140 days ultimatum had been issued by JORAISU, the letter further revealed. Meanwhile, a visit to the Ibadan office of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) revealed that there was total compliance among the senior staff. But junior staff were seen carrying out essential services like wetting cocoa plants. The situation was totally different at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos. Offices were locked and the silence was similar to that of a graveyard.

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The situation was not different at the Centre For Management and Development at Magodo, Meanwhile, researchers in Nigeria’s research institutes have expressed readiness to give everything to the battle to make research institutes in Nigeria come alive. For them, the time is ripe for Nigeria to take its pride of place among comity of nations. Commenting on the matters that have kept researchers away from work for more than two months, the branch Chairman of ASURI at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Lagos, Dr. Amoo Olufemi, said: “There is no strong agreement with government yet. We are a very responsible union. What we are looking for is how to make research better because for Nigeria’s economy to grow, research is key. Research and development have been neglected, and that is why we are still in the dark. Check the budgetary allocation, how much was devoted to research and development? Nothing. “ He continued: “We keep importing everything. We just want Nigeria to move from this spot to the next level, and the only way we can do that is through research. It’s not about arrears alone. It’s about giving research priority so that Nigeria can be economically buoyant.’’ For Dr. Aroyeun Oluwasegun, a deputy director at CRIN, there is no end in sight to the industrial action as it may last longer than four months. He said the payment was not captured in 2018 budget. Oluwasegun added that other issues can be resolved when arrears owed are paid as researchers fund research by themselves for now. According to Theophilus Ndubuaku, ASURI National Secretary, most researchers in Nigeria are poor because they spend a fortune on research. He added that getting promotion is tied to research. He said, “Researchers use half of their salaries to do research so that they can get results which they can present to get promotion. You must use your money to fund your training, else you will stagnate for 15 to 20 years on one salary. To publish a paper alone, you must have N100,000. And now to conduct research to produce the paper, you must spend hundreds of thousands of naira”. The ASURI National Secretary warned that due to the current industrial action by researchers in Nigeria’s 26 research institutions, another food crisis looms next year.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Barely 24 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration advising him not to seek reelection in 2019, the Federal Government on Wednesday, downplayed his accusation of poor performance, saying that he is too busy to notice the achievements of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government. The development came just as the APC admitted that Obasanjo’s letter was a personal “clarion call to a brother.” The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this while replying to Obasanjo’s letter in a statement made available on Wednesday in Abuja. He said, “We have read the press statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the State of the Nation. For the records, Chief Obasanjo is a patriot, and he has proven this, time and time again. We appreciate what he said concerning the Administration’s performance in two out of the three key issues that formed the plank of its campaign: Fighting corruption and tackling insurgency. Specifically, the former President said President Buhari must be given credit for his achievement so far in these two areas. We thank him for this. “Apparently, the former President believes that the Administration does not deserve a pass mark in the area of the economy, which is the third of our three-pronged campaign promises. We have no doubt that in the face of massive challenges in this area, this administration has availed itself creditably. We believe that Chief Obasanjo, because of his very busy schedule, may not have been fully availed of developments in the government’s efforts to revamp the economy, which was battered by the consequences of over-dependence on a commodity as well as unprecedented pillaging of the treasury”. According to Mohammed, the federal government is making steady progress to revamp the economy despite the challenges it met on ground at inception. He further maintained

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that most of the indices by which an economy is measured are locked and that Nigeria would not have exited recession through a mere order or if the administration had not made use of ”good Nigerians” who could help. The minister also cited another achievement regarding the foreign reserves, saying that the foreign reserves have peaked at $40billion, the highest level in about four years, and up from $24billion just a year ago, even though the price of oil had crashed woefully. He said: “According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), headline inflation has fallen for 11 consecutive months, standing at 15.37% as at December 2017. This is the lowest inflation rate since Jan 2017, and it has met and surpassed the target set for inflation in the Administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP)”. Mohammed also informed Obasanjo about the achievement of the federal government over the implementation of the Single Treasury Account (TSA), saying that the measure has redefined accountability and good governance. He added that the stoppage of further depletion of the treasury through fraudulent accounting means and the saving of N108billion from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks are some of the inherent benefits realized from the introduction of TSA. According to him, there is also another N24 .7 billion saved monthly in the TSA. Mohammed also identified the elimination of ghost workers which has saved the nation about N120 billion, saying that the capital inflows in the second quarter of 2017 at $1.8 billion were almost double to the $908 million in the first quarter. The Daily Times recalls that Obasanjo had on Tuesday advised Buhari not to re-contest the 2019 presidential election on the grounds of poor performance and advised him to proceed on retirement after expiration of his first term in office. Meanwhile, the APC has stated that the former president made his observations in good faith, saying , however, that as a father, Obasanjo would have obliged to intervene if things were going wrong. The party stated this while reacting to Obasanjo’s statement against Buhari and the APC-led federal government.

Thu, 25 Jan 2018
The sensitive nature of work at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been having its toll on the lives of its members of staff, as the Commission lost about 85 out of the 16,000 workforce only in 2017. The officials of INEC who dies had high blood pressure and the attendant heart attacks to blame. The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu,disclosed the development in Abuja on Wednesday while the defending the 2018 budget estimates of the electoral body before the Senate Committee on INEC. He was responding to a question from members of the committee led by Senator Suleiman Nazif on why budgetary provisions were made for sick bay at the headquarters of the electoral body in Abuja. The INEC Chairman lamented that some of the deaths were recorded within the premises of the commission as a result of heart attack triggered by high blood pressure. He said, ” Due to the nature of our work, our staff work under intense pressure to the point that many of them have no time for routine medical check ups which often lead to high blood pressure and heart attack on some of them while on duty either here in

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Abuja or at our state offices . “In fact, last year alone , preponderance of the 85 members of staff that we lost died through such circumstances hours or few days after being rushed to hospitals . The reason why we decided to have sick bays in our offices now is for preventive measures “. According to him, aside budgetary provisions being made for establishment of sick bays in INEC offices, a total of N9billion has also been set aside in the 2018 budget estimates of the commission for hazard and other allowances for staffers on the field . He explained that the total budgetary figure of the commission for the 2019 general election was still being complied. According to him, the exact figure of amount of money the 2019 general elections will cost the commission across the 119,999 polling units in the country can only be arrived at, after the passage of electoral act by the National Assembly. He said, “It is provisions of the amendment to 2010 electoral act after passage by the National Assembly that will show the commission how elections at primary level by the political parties would be conducted and monetary cost that would entail on the part of INEC , let alone the general elections”. Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on INEC has screened additional 8 nominees as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Oyo State Government has declared as illegal the three-day warning strike embarked upon by its workers and urged them to resume work immediately. A statementThe post Oyo declares workers strike illegal appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
A socio-political group, the Southern Nigeria Forum and the Middle Belt on Tuesday called on the people of the areas to boycott eating of beefThe post Southern, middle belt forum calls for 21-day beef boycott over Herdsmen killings appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Air Force has appointed three (3) new Air Officers Commanding some of its Commands while redeploying 14 other senior officers in a shake-up.The post Nigerian Air Force appoints New AOCs, redeploys other senior officers appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Godwin Emefiele, Nigerias central bank governor indicated Wednesday, January 24, 2018 that there could be an interest rate cut before July this year as inflationThe post Central bank of Nigeria hints of possible rate cut in H2 2018 on easing inflation appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwes new president said on Wednesday the country would go to elections by July and that he would respect the result if theThe post Zimbabwe president promises elections by July, says Mugabe not immune from prosecution appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
A tanker, carrying 33,000 litres of diesel, is reported to have exploded after it fell in Ojo, Lagos, causing residents of Ijegun in Navy TownThe post Breaking: Tanker explosion causes panic in Lagos appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Nigerias President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Equatorial Guinea counterpart, Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At the end of theThe post Nigerias Buhari, Equatorial Guinea President meet in Aso Rock appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Former Vice President and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar visited Ekiti State on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018. The former Vice President inspected someThe post Atiku visits Ekiti (PHOTOS) appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
The bilateral trade between China and Nigeria in 2017 stood at 12.3 billion dollars. This was said by Lin Jing, the Deputy Chinese Ambassador toThe post China -Nigeria bilateral trade stood at $12.3bn in 2017 appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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Thu, 25 Jan 2018
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