NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 16 January, 2018.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari met Benue State leaders at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday over the recent attacks on some communities in the state, asking them to accommodate their countrymen.


 
The president, according to a statement later by his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, called on the state’s leaders to restrain their people following the incident.
President Buhari assured them that all the perpetrators of violence in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
 
“Your Excellency, the governor, and all the leaders  here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Security and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.
“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your countrymen. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation,’’ the president said.
He said all those involved in the conflict that culminated in loss of lives would not escape justice, including any illegally armed militia in the state.
He commiserated with all the victims of the attacks, and the families who lost loved ones and properties, noting that the government would make efforts to ameliorate the situation of all the victims.
President Buhari said relevant agencies had been directed to start catering for the humanitarian needs.
He told the delegation that his administration had already begun a process of finding lasting solution to the perennial challenge of herdsmen conflict with farmers and communities around the country.
He said the Inspector-General of Police had been directed to relocate to the state to provide security for lives and properties, urging all Benue indigenes to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements in the state.
The statement quoted Governor Sam Ortom, who led the delegation, as saying the tension would be reduced with the Federal Government’s intervention to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen attacks.
“We will leave here to rebuild confidence in our people,’’ he said.
The Tor-Tiv, Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, was quoted as saying his entire domain had been thrown into mourning due to the incessant attacks.
“We want you to put an end to the gruesome situation,’’ he added.
Benue elders: No land for cattle colonies
Benue State leaders have said their state has no land for cattle colonies which the Federal Government is planning to establish as a solution to the perennial clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
They said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday after a one-hour close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killings by herdsmen in communities in the state.
The delegation, led by Governor Sam Ortom, comprised Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu, former Senate President David Mark, former Governor George Akume, Senator Barnabas Gemade, Senator JK Waku, General Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Brigadier-General John Atom Kpera (rtd), former Attorney General of the Federation Michael Aondoakaa, Benue State House of Assembly Speaker Terkimbir Kyambe and other members of the National and State Assembly from the state.
 
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday summoned the Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy in Abuja, David Young, over the alleged racist remarks by President Donald Trump, describing African nations as ‘shithole countries.’
Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.


 
Trump however denied that he was racist, during an interview with White House reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida, United States on Sunday night.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, summoned the US envoy to his office to seek clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks. 
Onyeama, according to a statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, stressed that if the remarks were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable given the friendly ties between both countries. 
The statement further said, “Ambassador Young pointed out that there were contradicting accounts by those present as to the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks. 
“He stressed that his government continued to hold the people of Nigeria in very high regard and valued the warm relations and excellent cooperation between the two countries and looked forward to building on this relationship for the mutual benefit of the two countries,” the statement said.
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington was out of the country. 
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Kaduna State Government has given the 21,000 teachers who did not pass the recent competence test another opportunity for consideration.
They have been told they can reapply for job in the course of ongoing recruitment exercise. 


 
About 12,000 of the sacked teachers were said to have reapplied while the remaining are yet to do so.
While answering questions during a meeting with the chairmen of the 23 local government councils and their education secretaries in Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai explained that SUBEB had a programme of continuous recruitment and as such would give every willing teacher a chance to apply and be considered for recruitment.  
The meeting was informed that many teachers who did not apply anew or were dissuaded by their union from taking the recruitment test, were requesting a second chance. 
“We are not interested in pushing anyone away,” the governor said. “We are pushing bad people away so that good ones can come in. That is why we are recruiting 25,000 to take the place of 21,780.”  
The meeting received reports from all the 23 councils on the conditions in the schools in their areas.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Senator-elect for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, has pledged to bring ingenuity and wealth of experience to bear during his expected 18 months stay in the senate. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the amended document filed by a governorship candidate in Kebbi State, Bello Sarki-Yarki challenging the election of Governor Atiku Bagudu. 

Ekiti govship: My fate in the electorate
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A gubernatorial aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A renowned actor and media practitioner, Alhaji Sani Muazu, yesterday, described Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, as the most successful governor in the area of peace building and conflict management in the entire Middle Belt. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Prince Chamberlain Adiaso, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will run and win the 2019 presidential election. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in 2011 and 2015 in Kano State, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, has inaugurated a 15-member coordinating committee for his governorship campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Urhobo ethnic nationality are demanding their return to the old Midwest under their proposal for the restructuring of the country that would put resource control at the basis of relationship between the entities and the federation.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
An automobile mechanic, Tajudeen Afolarin, yesterday asked a customary court in Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State, to end his marriage with his wife, saying that he regretted snatching her from another man because she turned out to be a bundle of regrets. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Oil production by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the flagship upstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has grown following the successful drilling and completion of wells in Oil Mining Lease (OML) assets operated by the company. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
A House of Representatives panel yesterday summoned members of the board of the defunct Etisalat Nigeria over the mismanagement of about N500 billion obtained from commercial banks. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Federal Government has released the sum of N35 billion to settle the backlog of promotion arrears owed to Federal Civil Servants across the federation covering years 2011 -2016. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Following the nullification of an interim board of directors for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service, (EMTS), operators of 9Mobile by the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos last Friday, counsels to one of the investors, Spectrum Wireless Communication Ltd, John Achimugu and Reuben Atabo Esq have called on would be investors to hands off billion dollar investment. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Holders Manchester City Women will meet Arsenal in the Continental Tyres Cup final after winning semi-finals against Chelsea and Reading respectively. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will stay at RB Leipzig until the summer, the German club have said in a bid to put speculation to bed. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The latest data on electricity generation obtained on Thursday from the NSO shows that the national grid bounced back to 4,623MW peak electricity generation on Wednesday. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Europe won eight of yesterdays 12 singles matches to beat Asia 14-10 and retain the EurAsia trophy in Malaysia. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Customs Service has set a revenue target of N1. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected another sum of $210million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market, to meet customers requests in various segments of the market.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Nigeria House Project Committee has entered into deliberation with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in order to put up a befitting Nigeria House during the World Cup in Russia in June. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Last seasons Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title winners Plateau United Football Club and Niger Tornadoes, yesterday opened their 2017/2018 league season account with victories away from home.
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