NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [4TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Senate declared, yesterday, that the Presidency is deliberately peddling falsehood regarding a request to pay oil marketers.
Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, had, during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry, on Tuesday, on the perennial fuel scarcity in the  country, blamed scarcity of petrol on the failure of the Senate to approve a loan request submitted to it by the Executive, for the payment of debts owed oil marketers
Yesterday, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement, said the upper legislative chamber never received any request from the presidency.
“Senate will want the public to know that no such request has been made to it; specifically requesting for loan meant for payment to oil marketers. Senate is aware that subsidy on petroleum had been cancelled by this administration; so we wonder which payment we are talking about now.
“Senators have been inundated with calls from oil marketers who were present at the meeting with the chief of staff to the president on the issue and, thus, we call on Mallam Kyari to either prove his claim or retract it.
“It should be noted that a similar claim was made by the Minister of Finance on the foreign loan, at a time the Presidency had not forwarded the request. The letter requesting the foreign loan was submitted long after she was confronted with the fact. It is the opinion of the Senate that, instead of resorting to false claims and shifting blames in the mould of ‘Blame Someone Else,’ the Executive and Legislature should work together to solve this unecessary fuel crisis which is making life more difficult for our people.”
He added that members of the Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) were mandated to suspend their recess and embark on oversight visits to key areas in the sector. The committee will, today, conduct a public hearing with all stakeholders, aimed at finding solution to the problem of fuel scarcity in the country.
Three days ago, the committee blamed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and marketers over short supply of petrol. Committee Chairman, Kabiru Marafa, in company with a member of the committee, stated this on Monday, in Gusau, during an oversight assignment in Zamfara, on the fuel situation.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
No fewer than 11 people were feared killed in an early morning suicide bomb attack at Gamboru, in Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
The incident occurred at about 5am, when a teenage male suicide bomber reportedly detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body in a mosque at Gamboru.
Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Rogers Nicholas, who confirmed the attack in Maiduguri, however, said five persons were killed.
He added that troops had also neutralised a suicide bomber at Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area.
But, Umar Kachalla, a civilian militiaman, insisted that “14 bodies have been pulled out of the rubble. The mosque had been completely destroyed. Only the muezzin survived and we believe more bodies are buried under the debris. The death toll may likely rise.”
However, a resident of Gamboru, Lawan Abba, insisted that 10 persons were killed while six others sustained injuries.
Abba disclosed that the suicide bomber sneaked into a crowded mosque while people gathered to observe morning prayer and detonated the explosive. He revealed that the teenage suicide bomber hailed from Gamboru town, and that the assailant’s father was among the 10 persons killed.
He added that the wounded persons were referred to the clinic in the Internally Displaced Persons camp.
An hour earlier, a patrol of vigilantes spotted four suspected suicide bombers on the outskirts of the town and arrested one of them after a chase, said, Shehu Mada.
“Two of them turned back and fled while the fourth disappeared into the darkness and we believe it was he who attacked the mosque,” Mada said
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Government has sealed a petrol station, hotel and event centre allegedly belonging to a suspected Badoo cult kingpin, Alhaji Alaka. Alaka is believed to be the ringleader of the Badoo cult, which has been terrorizing different parts of the state.
The structures, situated along Ijebu-Ode-Itoikin road in Sabo area of Ikorodu were sealed for violating the state’s Urban and Regional Planning Law of 2010.
Alaka was declared wanted by the police on December 22, 2017 in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings and nefarious activities of the Badoo cult group in Ikorodu and Epe areas of the state.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the order sealing off the structures was in pursuant to section 60 of the said Law.
According to Ayorinde, “the Lagos State Government is joining the Nigerian Police in asking the said Alaka to come out of hiding and submit himself to the law in his own interest.
“The state government has also enjoined the police to offer the public a reward for any useful information on the owner of the Alaka filling station, hotel and event centre in Ikorodu. The government is once again asking its citizens to go about their businesses without fear. We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the state safe in 2018.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday, paraded a suspected Badoo kingpin who was arrested in Ikorodu axis of the state.
The suspect allegedly confessed to the killings and took police to their shrine in Imosan, a suburb of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State where the group’s chief herbalist, Adebayo, was also arrested.
Adebayo, who is popularly known as Alese, was said to specialize in administering oath on Badoo members before they go for any operation.
Alaka was arrested last year by the then Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of operation for alleged series of killings in the Ikorodu axis of the state, but he was granted bail by the then commissioner of police Mr. Fatai Owoseni.
Alaka jumped bail as he left Lagos and has remained elusive.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, gave the marching order to security agencies to arrest the masterminds of the killings, maiming and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue State.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president also ordered the security agencies to avert further attacks.
The president commiserated with the state governor, Samuel Ortom, over what he described as “wicked and callous” attacks on even innocent children.
“The president assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks,” the statement read.
The governor said on Tuesday that 20 people were killed in the attacks. Among the dead were a father and his two-year-old son and a young man said to have returned three days ago after completing his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The communities attacked included Gaambe-Tiev, Ayilamo and Turan in Logo Local Government Area and Umenger, Tse-Akor and Tomatar near Tse-Abi in Nongov District in Guma Local Government Area.
Buhari said the attack was one too many and promised that everything would be done to provide security for the people in the rural communities.
Meanwhile, the Police said they have arrested eight herdsmen over the attack. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Moses Yamu, said in a statement that the command has made additional deployments to the troubled area to forestall further occurrence and restore confidence of the people.
He said the situation in the two local government areas had been brought under control while investigation was ongoing.
“They attacked Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA.Among those killed were seven members of Benue State Livestock Guards, their vehicle burnt and an uncertain number of persons injured in separate attacks between 31/12/2017 and 02/01/2018.
“Again, Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA experienced the same fate, where one person was killed, one motorcycle burnt and four persons injured.
“All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State,” the police spokesman said.
According to him, five combined teams of mobile and conventional policemen led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Emmanuel Adesina, have engaged the armed herdsmen in a gun duel in Guma.
Following the invasion of the six communities in two council areas and the bloodbath, the first by suspected herdsmen since the law came into effect, a violent protest erupted in Maude, the Benue State capital yesterday.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
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Thu, 04 Jan 2018
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