NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 18 January, 2018.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Again, Fulani herdsmen reportedly hit Benue State yesterday, killing at least five persons. The affected three local government areas are Logo, Guma and Okpokwu.
This came against the background of a two-week ultimatum given to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by the Senate on Tuesday, to fish out the masterminds of the previous attacks that claimed over 70 lives.
In the fresh attack, two women were found dead in Guma and two other persons killed in Logo, while another was killed in Okpokwu.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this when he received leaders of South and Middle Belt Forum, led by a former military administrator of the state, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (retd), on a condolence visit, at the Government House, Makurdi.
He insisted that pockets of killings were still ongoing, saying two women were killed in Guma while another two persons were killed in Logo on Tuesday.
The governor confirmed that another set of killings by suspected herdsmen took place in Odidi and Ojokpailo in Okpokwu LG yesterday.
He reiterated his call on security agents to arrest the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he said were still issuing threats of resisting implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state.
He thanked Oneya for identifying with people in their trying moment, stressing that it was a demonstration of a true friend.
He noted that the crises between herdsmen and farmers had lingered for some years because nobody was brave enough to come up with steps on how to address the issues.
He said the open grazing law was targeted at finding a permanent solution to the problem.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Yamu, confirmed that bodies of two women were recovered by the road side in Guma while one person was killed in Okpokwu and another person missing. He, however, said he was yet to be briefed about any killing in Logo.
Meanwhile, 24 hours after the leadership of the Senate, led by its President, Bukola Saraki, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, to submit its resolutions, lawmakers, said foreign militias were now in charge of many states in the country.
They also claimed that armed Fulani herdsmen are members of Boko Haram terrorist group, fleeing the North Eastern part of the country.
They alleged that while the National Assembly was on Christmas break, some unnamed individuals in the Presidency were working to remove Saraki as Senate President.
They expressed the views when Senator Shuiabu Lau representing Taraba North, raised a motion drawing the attention of the Federal Government to activities of militia groups in his area.
Senator Ben Bruce called on the Executive to perform its functions by protecting the life of every Nigerian.
He said: “It seems to me that Nigeria is becoming a lawless country. A country with no rules and regulation, a country where laws are not adhered to. A country where there is no consequence for bad behavior. It is either we have a government, security agents, or we do not.
“These are the fundamental issues at stake, because everyday since we got here, someone has gotten killed, raped, throat slit, killed at gun point and everyday we have resolutions and nothing is being done.
“The Minister of Defence should tell us what he is doing. If the cabinet is incompetent, then he should fire them. You do not understand this. Maybe cameras should go and see these dead bodies. Maybe NBC should change its laws and go and see these bodies as if we are in Liberia or Cameroun.
“We are becoming a barbaric nation with no respect for life. The executive should speak today and explain to Nigerians what is happening in this country.”
Senator Kabiru Marafa from Zamfara State said the state “is now under the control of foreign militias. They move around freely with their arms. I said it on Tuesday. I was home during the fuel crisis.
“In my own town, they (militia groups) are the ones that judge between people. The people no longer go to the local authorities. They do not go to police. If there is a problem, they go to the bush and tell these people that I have a problem with somebody. This is a national emergency. In all the local governments, this is the truth of the matter.”
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba State and Deputy Minority Leader, called on the Federal Government to checkmate activities of armed Fulani herdsmen, who he claimed are members of Boko Haram.
Senator Isah Misau alleged that some unnamed persons in the Presidency were working hard to remove the Senate President.
“When we were on holiday, so many people were going behind that they should remove the Senate President. It was a minister that was spearheading that thing. What is the reason? They said that the Senate President would leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that they should create problems for him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion and tribe.
“It is high time for us to do something. If it is about talking here or holding conference, it would not solve this problem. We should look at the security. Who and who are holding offices? Are they appointed based on merit?
“So many appointments in this government are not on merit. Some people have taken over the government as if they are even above the President. We say we are fighting corruption. Babachir Lawal was indicted by the Vice President’s committee.
“Meanwhile, they are pursuing other people. Why can’t they take Lawal to court? And all of us are here keeping quiet. People who have not done anything are always in court.”
At the end of the deliberations, the Senate resolved to hold a security summit next Wednesday and Thursday. It said the summit would look at the country’s security architecture and come up with recommendations.
In another development, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, described the repeated attacks on some Nigerian communities by Fulani herdsmen as tragic and unfortunate, saying the President was not happy about the loss of hundreds of human lives associated with the attacks.
He told Aviation Correspondents yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, “it is very tragic and nobody including the President can be happy about what is happening. The President is troubled that all these crises are happening in a country that he so much loves.
“The way out cannot be a short term thing. Nigeria does not have a third of the cattle South Africa have, neither do we have a third of the cattle Brazil have. I think we need to sit down and plan on how we can adopt modern and sophisticated way of rearing cattle in Nigeria.”
Ojodu said he travelled to intimate indigenes of Ekiti State resident in the United States of his intention to contest in the next governorship election after the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Ayodele Fayose.


10 killed, 48 injured in Maiduguri bombings

The Nigeria Police Force have confirmed 10 people were killed and 48 others injured in twin suicide bombings in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, yesterday.
Commissioner of Police, Borno Command, Damian Chukwu, said two male bombers intermingled with traders at Alai Fadau Market, a local market near Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp at the outskirts of the city at about 4:15pm on Wednesday.
“Two male bombers entered the market and detonated explosives. Ten people lost their lives. The two bombers also died. About 48 persons were injured and have been to two hospitals,” Chukwu told newsmen at the scene.
The police boss said Boko Haram has not given up and urged residents to be vigilant.
Recue workers, mostly from the Nigeria Red Cross, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were seen evacuating those injured. Also, families and relations of the dead were picking their corpses, after clearance from the police, at the scene.
Yesterday’s suicide bombing was the first this year, in a city that has experienced nearly 30 suicide attacks in two years.
Boko Haram has claiimed responsibility of most of the bombings and attacks, including the Christmas Day offensive on the city when four people were killed.
Meanwhile a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Remotely-Piloted Aircraft (RPA), on January 15 successfully destroyed an emerging Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicle workshop in Sambisa.
In a statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal, Olatokunbo Adesanya, a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform had previously discovered that BHT vehicles were parked in the location. Consequently, a NAF RPA was detailed to conduct armed reconnaissance in search of BHT vehicles and terrorists around the location, which was apparently being used as a vehicle workshop.
“The RPA discovered that BHT motorcycles and vehicles, including a BHT Commander’s vehicle were parked in the targeted area. Additionally, several terrorists were seen moving intermittently within the targeted area.
The subsequent air strike by the NAF RPA resulted in the immediate destruction of the vehicles in the targeted location, killing all the BHTs inside it, as no survivors were seen scampering from the location after impact.”
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick and Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, have described The Sun Sports Personality of the Year 2017 Award, which they jointly won, as a great honour, saying it would spur them to do more for the country’s football.
Pinnick and Rohr will, on February 24, receive the award along 20 other outstanding Nigerians at the prestigious The Sun Awards holding at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria island, Lagos.
Speaking in Lagos, when a management team of The Sun Publishing Limited, led by the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, formally notified them of the award, the duo said their recognition came at a time Nigerian national team is featuring in a major football event, the 2018 World Cup, in Russia.
According to Pinnick, “I’m honoured and happy to be one of the beneficiaries of this credible award from a platform noted forexcellence. I’m excited and proud of it. This award was made possible because of what we were able to achieve with  the support of the government, Nigerians and The Sun. This would encourage me to do more.”
While dedicating the award to the “Nigerian football family,” the NFF president said: “This award is a great motivation for us to achieve our dream at the World Cup. We have a disciplined and dedicated team that can make Nigeria proud. I’m most grateful for this award.”
On his part, Rohr said The Sun award would propel the Super Eagles, which he oversees, to excel at the World Cup in Russia.
Said he: “I feel very honoured with this award and say a big thank you to The Sun. The award was made possibly by all those working with me, from all parts of Nigeria. I say thank you to my players and the staff that made this possible. The solidarity we have in our team is very good. We have a good team.
“The award has made me and my team proud and has given me an obligation to do well at the World Cup. I have a young team and our dream is to do well at the World Cup.”
The Super Eagles manager said with the unity, dedication and cooperation of all members,  the  Eagles could create an upset at the World Cup.
Earlier in his remarks,  The Sun Managing Director told Pinnick and Rohr they were chosen for the award to celebrate their  winning spirit.
He said the Sports Personality of the Year category of  The Sun Awards is conferred on a “sports man or woman, official or administrator whose achievements, during,the period under review, brought the best to our sports and elevated our game to heights hitherto unknown.”
For Pinnick, who is winning the award for the second time, he said: “We say thunder  does not strike at the same spot twice, but this is the first time an individual would be winning the award twice.
“Under your leadership, the Eagles became the first African team to land in the Russia 2018 World Cup in a grand style. In three years, your  Board has won six major trophies, including the FIFA U17 World Cup, two Women AFCON titles, the Africa U23, Africa U20 men titles and Olympic men’s football bronze.”
Osagie said football lovers identify with Pinnick and Rohr’s commitment and celebrate them, adding: “Nigerians love to win and everyone is celebrating you because you have made Nigerians proud. You are as good as your last match. Everybody loves winner, but failure is an orphan. If you had not won, you would have seen the other side of Nigerians.”
On the entourage of Osagie are Executive Director, Special Duties, Mr. Bolaji Tunji; Editor, Sunday Sun, Alhaji Abdulfatah Oladeinde; Editor, Saturday Sun, Mr. Femi Babafemi and Editor, Sporting Sun, Mr. John Joshua Akanji.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
There was uproar on the floor of the Senate, yesterday, when Sunday Ogbuoji rescinded an earlier decision to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogbuoji had, at commencement of the day’s legislative business, announced he was ditching the PDP, to join APC.
His announcement caused an uproar in the chamber.
“From my state, Ebonyi, to the national level, there is crisis in the PDP. I can no longer continue to be a member of that party. I am, therefore, announcing my defection to the APC, “ he said.
As he spoke, Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, pulled at the letter he read and urged him to sit down, although jocularly.
Other PDP senators rushed to Ogbuoji’s side, to persuade him to rescind his decision.
For over 10 minutes, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided at plenary, could not call lawmakers to order.
While APC members made attempts to usher Ogbuoji to their side of the chamber, PDP senators protested vehemently.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce eventually intervened and convinced Ogbuoji to jettison his defection and allow the PDP caucus intervene on the crisis in the state.
After the mild drama, Ogbuoji, recanted.
“After a brief talk with my colleagues, I have decided to put my defection on hold. I will make more consultations with my people and the leadership of the party. For now, I withdraw my plans to defect to the APC,” Ogbuoji said.
Ogbuoji who represents Ebonyi South, had earlier announced his defection to the APC in December 2017.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
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