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

Thu, 18 Jan 2018

Governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday did not turn up for a meeting called by the National Working Committee (NWC) to discuss important national issues.
The meeting was planned to discuss the rancorous relationship between some APC governors over security issues which was said to have caused serious embarrassment to the party and the Federal Government.

Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State were recently locked in media war over the anti-grazing law in Benue.
The law had reportedly sparked crisis between herders and farmers occasioned by loss of lives and property.
The Benue governor had also engaged his Nasarawa counterpart, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
“The Benue governor is in serious disagreement with many governors, most of whom have refused to key into the media war in order to save the face of the party but the situation is going out of hand,” the source said.
Another source said that was the primary reason for calling the meeting “so that all the contentious issues could be resolved.”
He said party chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, wanted to bring all the governors together to fashion out ways of resolving their differences. 
“Tension is really, really high because many of the APC governors believe that some of their colleagues are simply whipping up ethnic and religious sentiments ahead of 2019,” he said.
The meeting was expected to involve the NWC members, the 24 governors and party caucus in the National Assembly.
Most of the governors had arrived in Abuja for the meeting but it was abruptly called off over fears that the outcome would likely leave the party more divided.   
“When it became evident that the APC leadership would not be able to make concrete decision to resolve the problem, some governors backed out of the meeting,” a source close to one of the governors said.
“Some of the governors  instead suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari should be more assertive as leader of the party and the Commander-in- Chief; he should have been the one to call all the APC governors and have a discussion as a family,” he said.
The deputy governor of Osun State, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, who arrived at the APC secretariat at 4: 25pm, yesterday, expressed surprise that the meeting was postponed without proper communication to them.
“We came all the way from Osun and we were not told that the meeting has been postponed,” Titi Laoye-Tomori told the party staff who also seemed to be confused about the development.
But when contacted last night on the issue, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said that it was “unfortunate” that the “routine meeting” could not hold.
Abdullahi, who hinted that there was no reason to worry about the postponement, promised to provide information on the new date, if necessary, after the NWC meeting next Monday.
He said, “It’s a routine meeting now. It’s unfortunate the meeting did not hold. There is no serious issue.”      
Asked to give information on the likely new date, he said, “We have NWC meeting on Monday. So, if we come out of that meeting, if we have anything, I will let you know.”
Other sources said the governors shunned the meeting when they realized that besides security issues, there were moves by the current leadership to ensure that the tenure of the NWC is extended beyond June, this year when their four-year term expires.
Daily Trust learnt that the meeting was expected to discuss the possible dates for the various congresses and national convention.
But the latest lobbying for the elongation of the tenure of the NWC was said to have made the majority of the governors stay away from the meeting.
The governors, it was gathered, did not want to entertain any tenure elongation for NWC members.
Over the weekend, there was a report which suggested Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC elected for four-year tenure on June 13, 2014 should be allowed to stay in office and organise the presidential primaries that would endorse President Muhammadu Buhari later in the year as the APC candidate in presidential election next year.
The statement of the APC National Chairman Odigie-Oyegun On January 6, 2018 on the convention was said to have further buttressed the notion in some quarters that he might be willing to continue in the leadership position beyond June 13 this year when his tenure ends.
Odigie-Oyegun had said during an interactive session with journalists that “we are going to have our convention. This month, we are going to kick-start with the caucus and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings. And the NEC is the body authorized to approve the programmes leading up to the convention. That will be done at the end of this month.
“Thereafter, we will go through the process of congresses from the bottom of the ladder, the ward to the local government onto the state and finally a national convention.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A 34-year-old Ghanian, Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, received his award yesterday as Daily Trust African of the Year for 2017.
He also received a cash prize of $25 000 bankrolled by United Bank of Africa (UBA).

Muqthar, who was presented the prize at an award dinner yesterday in Abuja, was selected for his exemplary works on counter-terrorism which led to de-radicalization of would-be extremists in Africa.
He is the youngest African to have ever won the coveted award.
Egypt’s Professor Magdi Habib Yacoub was also presented a Life-Time Achievement Award to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of African of the Year project.
The 82-year old doctor was honoured for his indelible global accomplishments as well as his humanitarian and exemplary offer of heart surgeries to children across Africa.
Professor Yacoub was absent and his award was received by the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Assem Mohammed Hanafi.
Nigeria’s Barrister Zannah Mustapha who is actively involved in the rehabilitation of children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency was also among the contenders.
The chair of the award jury and former president of Botswana, Mr. Festus Mogae, said Muqthar was named African of the Year for 2017 after a thorough screening exercise.
“We must appreciate the fact that there are many ordinary Africans who are making endless sacrifices for the sake of humanities in different part of Africa.
“This award will continue to help identify people who are doing exemplary works and who can become the source of inspiration to others,” he said.
Africa, he said, needs role model and therefore African of the year award is there to identify and recognize ordinary people doing exemplary things.
While commending the UBA Bank for bankrolling the award prize, he appealed to other corporate organisations to support the project.
“African of the year award is a high desirable project that seeks to change the narrative about African continent.
“The project itself requires the support of corporate organisations especially those that believe in Africa and promote the continent.
“In this regard, UBA Plc deserves commendation for associating with this award and provides money for the award in the last ten years. I wish other companies will take a clue from this humanitarian and social commitment exemplified by the bank,” he added.
Also speaking, the Director, MacArthur Foundation and Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Kole Shettima, said the world has not heard the opportunity to hear what Africans are doing to improve the quality of life of Africans.
“In Africa, we always talk about problems such as hunger, famine, civil war. And that is very repressive and also goes to the psyche of our children.
He commended the management of Media Trust Limited, the promoter of the award, for the initiative of bringing out the best in the continent who are committing their time and energy to improve the lives of people.
“Recognising a 34-year-old gives hope that there are other younger generation of Africans who are willing to solve the problem of the continent by themselves,” he said.
Prominent personalities at the event included Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, former Governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, Director Generals of FRCN, VON, NTA, members of the diplomatic communities.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018

The annual Daily Trust dialogue will hold on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the NAF Conference Centre in Kado, Abuja.
The 15th edition of the dialogue with the theme; “Nigeria and the challenges of 2019,” would be chaired by former Judge, International Court of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN.

President Muhammadu Buhari is the special guest of honour. Speakers at the event
Include; former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Nollywood star, Kate Henshaw.
 The event would be streamed live on the Daily Trust.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Four expatriates were on Tuesday evening abducted along Jere-kagarko road in Kagarko local government  area of Kaduna State.
A source near where the incident happened said those abducted were three Germans and a Canadian (three males and one female). The two police escorts attached to the expatriates who had gone on an inspection tour of some project sites around the area were shot and killed in an exchange with the kidnappers.

Police authorities confirmed that the policemen, a sergeant and a corporal died on the spot.
The incident happened around 7: 00 pm on Tuesday.
A source in Kafanchan said the team of six had gone to Kafanchan and Kaura for inspection of a project and were waylaid by a group of bandits who stopped their vehicles, captured the four and drove into the bushes.
“The two policemen were killed while exchanging fire with the bandits in the bid to stop them from approaching their vehicles,” the source said.
Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna State, ASP Mukhtar Hussain Aliyu, said the police would do everything possible to rescue the abducted men.
He said relevant units of the force had been deployed to the place to work on the matter.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Two persons have burnt to death when a Sienna Space bus rammed into a trailer near Nestle water company at Abaji, on Abuja-Lokoja road yesterday. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A former chairman of Bwari Area Council, Peter Yohana Ushafa, has said the recent crisis which led to loss of lives and destruction of property in the area was uncalled for. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
A 59-year-old man, Kenneth Okafor, who is alleged to have defrauded one Mrs Josephine Membi of N3 million has been arraigned at a Wuse Chief Magistrates Court, Abuja. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
An Upper Area Court sitting in Masaka, Nasarawa State, yesterday revoked the bail granted to a 26- year-old driver, Friday Okwori, for failure to appear in court after several adjournments. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
No fewer than eight were believed to have died and 10 others seriously injured yesterday in two separate gas explosions that occurred in the Magodo and Badagry areas of Lagos State. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon, Dalung yesterday inaugurated the Electoral and Appeals Committees for the Para Sports Federations in Abuja ahead of proposed elections on February 15, 2018. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup campaign, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday signed contract extension for the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr to be in charge of the national team for another two years. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
The reigning NPFL champions, Plateau United and Niger Tornadoes maintained their winning streak as they recorded victories against opponents in yesterdays midweek matches of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League season. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Kyle Edmund reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time with a comprehensive win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has said he is very happy to continue to work with the Nigerian team following the extension of his contract by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Manchester Uniteds breathtaking deal to sign Alexis Sanchez is worth around 180 million after the forward agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract. 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Third seed Grigor Dimitrov was pushed to the limit before scraping past American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald in the Australian Open second round.
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