NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 14 January, 2018.

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Remawa retired as the accountant-general of Kaduna State in 1983. Born in April 1, 1933, Remawa joined the Native Authority as a clerk in 1955, but moved to Kaduna civil service in 1963. He later joined Bank of the North, where he rose to become an assistant general manager. Not satisfied with the way things were done in the bank, he resigned and took to private life. He was also a chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Rimi Local Government Area (1994-1996). In this interview, the 85-year-old Remawa spoke on his experiences as a civil servant and banker, as well as other interesting issues. 
 
You come from a family of soldiers and accountants; did that influence your choice of career?
The soldiers were forced into the profession. We have two Generals in our family - General Rimi and General Remawa. The Emir of Katsina asked General Remawa to join the army. General Rimi was a medical doctor, but the late premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello, found out that there were no northern doctors in the army, so he asked them to join. That’s how they started. He rose to become the head of the medical corps. General Remawa was a combatant soldier who fought in the Nigeria-Biafra war. 

Did you try to join the army?
Not at all; I never thought of that.
You studied Agricultural Science, but ended up taking your first job in the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS); what happened?
I went to the School of Agriculture, Samaru, with the intention of becoming an agric assistant and later, a proper personnel. But while I was there, I discovered that it wasn’t my line, so I left. I became interested in what my friend, Abba Zoro, was doing. He started his career in the broadcasting service and later became an ambassador. He was my friend in Kano. I became interested in what he was doing, so I went and joined the NBS,

What were your duties and challenges in the job?
There were not many challenges because I was just an announcer. I would come in the morning, start the radio and commence whatever programme we had on the roaster. That was my job for about four years. I later left and joined the Native Authority. In those days, things were so easy that if I left a job today, I would get another one tomorrow without any difficulty. Things were so easy that even before you left school, many organisations would come looking for you. Those interested would just apply and go. There was no challenge. 

Why did you leave broadcasting for the Native Authority in 1955?
Honestly, as I told you, if I lost interest in something I would just leave it. I was attracted by members of staff of the Native Authority who lived here in Katsina, so I joined as a clerk.
Between then and now, what would you say has changed in broadcasting? 
So many things, such as modern techniques. During our time, everything was manual, unlike now when computers have taken over everything.

What was the mood in the civil service when the late premier was killed in 1966?
It was terrible. Everybody was confused. We didn’t know what to do because we woke up in the morning to see Sardauna’s body in front of his house, covered by mat. Everybody was afraid to see his corpse. Nobody knew what exactly happened. There was no premonition that something was going to happen. The premier of Western Region and some army officers were also killed. People later found out that it was a one-sided coup by one section of the country. We didn’t know what to do because Sardauna was everything.
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, told journalists in Abuja yesterday that he is fine.
El-Zakzaky was recently rumoured to have died in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where he has been detained for about two years.


 
Text messages and WhatsApp messages were circulated alleging that El-Zakzaky died in custody caused by wounds suffered from gunshots during his arrest.
 El-Zakzaky spoke to journalists’ yesterday afternoon at a safe facility in Abuja.
He reportedly walked towards the journalists in a white flowing gown with a turban.
The short conversation with the journalists was reported thus: 
Journalist: Good afternoon, sir?
Sheikh Zakzaky: How are you?  Journalist: Can we have a word with you? Sheikh El-Zakzaky: If they agree and allow me (He says so jokingly) 
Journalist: How are you feeling now? 
Sheik El-Zakzaky: I am feeling better. The security officers have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor. I thank God, I am improving.  
Journalist: Do you have anything to add. 
Sheikh El-Zakzaky: I thank you for all your prayers
Journalist: Thank you sir 
Sheikh ElZakzaky: Thanks (As he walks away)
Also speaking to journalists, a DSS official, Nnenna Nnochiri said: “In the last few days, two days to be particular, yesterday importantly, there was unfounded rumour which was spread across Nigeria that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Shiek El-Zakzaky, passed on in the custody of the Service. 
“As you can see in the last few minutes and you also interviewed him and he by himself pointedly told you that he is okay.”
He added that, “every doubting Thomas across Nigeria and those who wanted to capitalise on the said rumour to cause trouble in Nigeria have seen that the man is alive. He’s on his feet, he is hale and hearty. He is up and doing, and you saw him with his wife.
“The fact is that some people wanted to take advantage of some developments in some parts of the country to further make trouble and mobilise the people to engage in untoward activities, which can impact negatively on the security, stability and order of the nation. 
“The fact is that now that they have seen that the man is alive, now that they have seen that nothing happened to the man, it is our believe that such persons who ab ignitio, had planned to take advantage of such situations and who have seen that the rumour is unfounded should desist from any plan they must have put in place. 
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
They sat on the dirty floor, three each in a row, casting their gazes wildly around as journalists scrambled to take their shots. The nine men had been arrested some days earlier in Taraba State with five AK-47 rifles, said military officials who were parading them before the media. They claimed to be employed and armed by the Benue State Government. 


 
The arrest, coming at a time parts of the two neighbouring states were swept by multiple outbreaks of violence, especially between herders and farmers that have claimed almost 100 lives in the first seven days of this year alone, created a tension of its own and further stoked the raging fire of suspicion and insecurity.

 
Just days earlier, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had sacked some villages in Benue State, shooting and stabbing children, women and the old, in an early morning raid. Coincidentally, as the military held a press conference to show the armed men to the public, the government of the neighbouring state was finalising arrangements for the mass burial of the victims of the New Year attack. But the gunmen they have arrested are not herders.  
All of the men wore dark T-shirts with badges identifying them as agents of Benue State and they all wore jeans trousers.   
The army said the men were apprehended by troops from 93 Battalion, Takum last Sunday at a border village called Arufu in Wukari Local Government of Taraba State after they had crossed from Benue. 
The suspects initially told the authorities that they were 60 in number in their own camp, located across the boundary at Gbeyi, Benue State, “However, further investigation revealed that they were more than 1,000 at the camp, while over 700 of them bear arms,” a military source told journalists after the arrest.
A claim by the suspects that they were on the payroll of the Benue State Government added a new twist to a spiraling situation. The state government was paying them “a monthly stipend of N15,000,” they told their interrogators, adding that they were being owed close to five months of salaries at the time of their arrest. 
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The signing of the bill into law on gunshot wound victims to be treated without police report by President Muhammadu Buhari is a welcome development to an issue that has been intractable for decades leading to unnecessary loss of lives and bitterness among the innocent victims relatives. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
To welcome the New Year, President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a live nation-wide radio and television broadcast at 7am on Monday January 1, 2018. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Voting ended with collation in progress in Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election on Saturday in areas where voting and accreditation commenced at 8a. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Central Senatorial District rerun election in Anambra state, Victor Umeh has expressed optimism over his landslide victory at the end of the election. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Low voter turnout characterised early voting in the Anambra Central Senatorial District re-run election organised by the INEC. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Every year, the Mexicana-Nigeria Christmas party holds in Akure, Ondo State. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Obalende pulsates with life. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
By Abubakar Sadiq IsahThe youth of the community came out under various age grades, adorned in their hunting garbs with locally fabricated guns slung over their shoulders. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Fresh from the Christmas and New Year festivities, the glamorous Nigerian new polo season is set to gallop off with fanfare on January 21, 2018 with the Port Harcourt International Polo Tournament as the opening event on the crowded calendar. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The quantum of cassava production in Kila, Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State will surprise any first time visitor - it is cassava everywhere. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic will head into next weeks Australian Open uncertain of how his elbow will react to competition after a six-month break. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
StarTimes has upgraded its classic bouquet with the addition of 5 new and exciting channels at no extra cost for subscribers. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against Luis Ortiz on Saturday, 3 March at the Barclays Center in New York. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Arsenal want Anthony Martial included in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star . 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) yesterday revealed that the quantity of sub-standard in Nigerian market has reached an alarming level. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Nigerias under-20 women football team Falconets are one foot away from the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Womens World Cup in France, after whipping hosts Basetsana of South Africa 2-0 on Saturday. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Manchester City have launched a 45million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, according to reports. 

Sun, 14 Jan 2018
Paris Saint-Germain have made Chelsea midfielder N''Golo Kante their top target for the summer transfer window, reports Le 10 Sport .
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