Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 29 October, 2017.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The national security architecture is dysfunctional and needs urgent review, a presidential panel recommended in a report submitted to President Buhari on December 19.
The panel, led by former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, was set up in the aftermath of the Osborne Towers debacle. 

Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission   (EFCC) discovered $43 million stashed in an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. 
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) claimed the money saying it was approved for covert operations by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The scandal led to the sack of then Director General of the agency Mr. Oke on the recommendation of an investigative panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. 
President Buhari on November 8, 2017 constituted the Kingibe panel to review the operational, technical and administrative structure of NIA.
 It was made up of retired intelligence officers, to review the entire intelligence cycle and make recommendation to the president.
The Kingibe panel report seen by Daily Trust recommended the review of not only the NIA, but the entire security architecture saying it is long overdue after 31 years in operation.
The report said: “Indeed, it is observed that the present security architecture has now become almost dysfunctional. 
“The principal pillars which support it seem to operate in parallel lines and without the synergy or guidance, to be normally provided by the ONSA (Office of the National Security Adviser). The consequence is an Inter-Agency rivalry playing out in full public glare.”
The term of reference of the panel, was how to align the work and operations of the Agency to Nigeria’s national interest and the challenges of the 21st century; Financial viability of the Agency and measures to improve accountability, probity as well as control and checks including constant vetting and re-vetting of staff at every stage of their career among others. 
“There are other obvious areas of improvement that could  have been explored, but this cannot be done in isolation as the general legal framework and the NIA specific  instruments and mandates are interconnected with those of the Agencies and of the NSA.
“In view of the foregoing observations, the panel is of the view that a holistic review of the entire Nigerian Security Architecture, which is long overdue, should now be undertaken. 
“Therefore, we recommend that government set up a High-Level Panel composed of eminent, knowledgeable and experienced persons of high integrity and objectivity to undertake an in-depth holistic review of the Nigerian Security and Intelligence Architecture.”
On the financial sustainability of the NIA, the panel said the agency needs to develop alternative funding sources, including through ‘illegal operations.’
“Unlike other public sector expenditure models and control mechanisms, managing the funds of intelligence/security require some flexibility. 
“The Panel has found that the accounting template and procedure used by the NIA in managing its regular budgets do indeed broadly conform to regulatory requirements although a couple of observed unorthodox procedures do open the agency to fraudulent practices by unscrupulous officers.”
The report added: “The NIA is normally funded through the annual budgetary allocation and, exceptionally, through special presidential interventions funds to further strengthen the integrity of the financial management of the agency, the panel recommends as follows:
“The present practice which requires the Agencies to respond to budget call orders or for the leadership of the NIA, DSS and the National Security Adviser to appear before the officials of the ministry of budget and national planning or before the National Assembly Committees on security and intelligence to defend their budgets is not in line with international best practice. 
“The Panel recommends that the responsibility for the defence of the Agencies budget should lie with the permanent secretary, Special Services Office in the Office of the SGF in consultation with the National Security Advisor.” 
It also recommended the establishment of a single intelligence account for the entire intelligence and security services as well as Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), on the delegated authority of Mr President; the permanent Secretary should disburse the approved funds to the agencies, as well as to the ONSA.
It advised that accounting procedure such as auditing, procurement of consumables and approval threshold have been recommended for review as contained in the body of the report 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Hundreds of gunmen alleged to be Tiv militia yesterday attacked Kadarko community in Keana local government area of Nasarawa, leading to the missing of two Fulani people and the killing of 73 cows.
The Nasarawa State Chairman of Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Muhammed Hussaini, told Daily Trust that the gunmen stormed Kadarko, a border village between Benue and Nasarawa states in the early hours of yesterday armed to the teeth and shooting sporadically, killing the 73 cows, injuring many other cows and rustling over 200 others and returning to Benue State.

Hussaini said that MACBAN had called on all the affected herders to remain calm as government and security operatives were working to ensure that the perpetrators faced the full wrath of the law.
In a response, the Nasarawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Idrisu Kennedy, said some gunmen had attacked Kadarko and opened fire on Fulani herders and killed 73 cows. 
He said there was no loss of live in the attack, and that of  six people who got missing, four were seen but two other Fulani herders were still missing.
Kennedy said that the state commissioner of police CP Bello Ahmed personally visited the area. “As I am talking to you we are still on our way from the place where the incident happened,” he said.
Some aggrieved Fulani youths evacuated scores of the dead cows and broght  them to the Emir of Lafia palace for the monarch to see the handiwork of the militia.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A High Court presided over by the Acting Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nura Sagir, is to deliver judgement tomorrow in a case between  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) over the conduct of local government elections in the state slated for next month.
The major opposition political party, PDP, rushed to the court asking it to stop KANSIEC from conducting local government elections in the state on February 10, and as well compel it to reduce charges for forms and other stringent measures on tax clearance.

KANSIEC had earlier said each candidate contesting for chairmanship would pay N250, 000 and N150 as charges for forms and tax clearance, while councillorship candidates would pay N150, 000 and N110 for similar charges.
PDP Chairman in the state, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, said the party challenged the electoral body in court because the charges were high and that many candidates could not afford to pay.
He said, “By our calculations, if we are to go by this arrangement, PDP is expected to spend at least N450, 000 on each chairmanship candidate and his vice and N300, 000 on each councillor. We have 44 local government areas in the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay KANSIEC N39.6m for our 88 members vying for chairmanship.
“Again, the party will spend not less than N300, 000 on each councillor; and we have 484 wards across the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay the electoral body the sum of N145.2m for our councillorship candidates. In total, PDP is to pay KANSIEC N184.8m to allow its candidates contest in the forthcoming polls,” he concluded.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have called on the Nigeria Army to support the campaign against polio in the Northeast to ensure total eradication of the disease.
Lt. Yemi Sokoya, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 22 Brigade, said this in a statement issued yesterday in Maiduguri by Mr Michael Galway, the Foundation’s Country Coordinator.

Galway made the call when he visited the 22 Armoured Brigade, Dikwa, Borno.
Galway said that such collaboration with the military was necessary to facilitate conduct of immunisation in areas ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents in Lake Chad region.
He lamented that the disease manifested itself in 2016, after previous successes recorded in the campaign against it.
The coordinator said the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram insurgents made it difficult to immunise children in the affected communities. 
“Polio virus is harboring in areas where the insurgents’ operates; it is really difficult for immunisation workers to reach. 
“I believe that it is only the Nigerian Army who can take the vaccine to those areas, most especially the liberated communities; with the use of mobile devices for effective coordination,” Galway said.
He added that polio campaign was at its final stage and expressed optimism that such cooperation would assist to achieve the set goal.
Responding, Brig.-Gen. John Ochai, the Brigade Commander, pledged support to ensure the success of the exercise in the region.
Ochai lauded the foundation over its health interventions despite the security challenges in the Northeast region.
“The Foundation is pursuing a worthy cause and we are ready to collaborate with you to achieve the goal. 
“I can assure you that within the limit of our logistics, we would cover all the villages to achieve the desired result,” said the brigade commander. (NAN)

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The fresh restructuringpostulation by the APC is a total deceit going by the track record of the party, the National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP),Engr. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it used the Christmas celebration period to enlighten residents of Enugu State in rural communities on the need to participate actively in governance. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC), South East Zone has said that the report of the partys Committee on True Federalism reflected the yearnings of most Nigerians. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The first semester examinations for the pioneer students of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) College of Security Management has been held at the College school premises, Okemosan Abeokuta, City News learnt yesterday. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A 33-year-old woman, Yomi Kazeem, yesterday gave reasons why she put her 12-year-old son in chains for two months. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has allayed the fears in some quarters that the electioneering activities in 2018 might slow down the tempo of infrastructural development being witnessed across the state, assuring that his administration would complete all ongoing projects and implement new ones. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Ekiti States Serikin Fulani, Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud, has said that he is ready to support any move or effort by the state government to end crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the state. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
A prominent traditional ruler and scrap dealer in Lagos, Sarkin Yan Gwanjon- Jahar Yamma, Alhaji Ibrahm Abdullahi Soja, has appealed to the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to rescind his administrations decision to ban cart pushers in the state. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Board of Directors of the John D. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria Ltd. has appealed to the Federal Government to include fishermen in its policies and programmes to boost the productivity of the countrys river basins. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
World number 60 Li Haotong held off four-time major winner Rory McIlroy to win the Dubai Desert Classic. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
CSKA Moscow have reached an agreement with Leicester City over the signing of Ahmed Musa, according to the players intermediary Tony Harris. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Rampant Katsina United yesterday thrashed visiting Go Round FC of Port Harcourt 3-0 at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium to improve their standing on the log of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Nigeria secured a place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after dispatching a brave challenge from Palancas Negras of Angola, who got the curtain raiser in the 56th minute. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
The Season 2 of the Delta State Principals Cup sponsored by Zenith Bank has entered the home stretch this term as eight schools have qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Two major landmark events toward a successful hosting of Asaba 2018 African Championships will take place today as the host city, Asaba signs the broadcast agreement with the television company that will produce and broadcast the Championships. 

Mon, 29 Jan 2018
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