NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD JANUARY, 2018]


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Former Governor of Old Kaduna state Alhaji Lawal Kaita is dead. Aged 86 years, Late Kaita died after a protracted illness at a private hospital in Abuja.
Confirming the death, the secretary of Katsina Emirate Council, Bello Ifo said the deceased will be buried after funeral prayers at the palace of the Emir of Katsina this morning. 


 
Late Kaita had served as a civilian governor between October and December 1983 under the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), during the second republic. 
He was born on October 4, 1932, to a Katsina royal family. He attended Barewa College, Zaria between 1946-1950; and was at the London School of Economics between 1971-72. 
Returning to Nigeria, Kaita joined the Kaduna state civil service and rose to become a permanent secretary ministry of works in 1977.
His early political career started as a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1977-78. He later became Special Assistant to President Shehu Shagari between 1980-82.
The deceased was a founding member of PDP in 1998 before he left to join others in forming the Action Congress (AC) in 2006.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around his Katsina GRA residence. Few persons mostly close relations and aides were seen discussing the death some minutes after it was announced. 
No family member was available for comment at the time of filing this report last night.
Kaita is survived by a wife, eight children, and many grandchildren.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Gunmen have killed at least 20 people in early morning attacks on two local government areas of Benue State.
Daily Trust gathered that the people died in the six villages of the affected local government areas of Logo and Guma in the wake of the invasion by the gunmen on Monday and yesterday.


 
The police spokesman, Moses Joel Yamu, confirmed the attack but could not ascertain number of the dead at the time of sending this report.
But Governor Samuel Ortom who spoke to newsmen shortly after an emergency state security meeting in Makurdi, said that over 20 people had been killed according to the reports available to him.
Ortom who proceeded to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi to see the wounded lamented that more dead bodies were being brought into the morgue from the troubled communities.
"What we have just seen today is just the tip of the iceberg. What happened in the villages was far beyond the report we earlier received that more than 20 people have been killed and amongst them nine of the livestock guards who were there to ensure that there are no clashes.
"Even innocent women and children were killed. This is not fair. This is not acceptable. We are not going to accept it. There is no going back on the implementation of the grazing law. This is our land and the law was duly passed by our people," Ortom said.
The governor said since enacting the grazing law, there had been threats from some herders’ groups which he had consistently drawn the attention of the Federal Government to but nothing seemed to have been done about it.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
In what appeared to be a clear departure from past practices, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the dates for the 2019 general elections in 2017, two years in advance. 


 
The commission scheduled the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, 16th February, while the governorship and State Assembly/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council elections have been scheduled for Saturday, 2nd March 2019. It was announced by the chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Solomon Soyebi, at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Prince Soyebi pointed out that the commission believed that there should be certainty with regards to the timetable for elections as obtained in other countries with advanced democracies. He said “in order to ensure certainty in our dates for political parties, security agencies, candidates and all stakeholders, the commission has decided to fix the date for the national elections for the third Saturday in February of the election year, followed by state elections two weeks later.”
He continued, “To that extent, the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on Saturday, 16th February 2019, while the governorship/State Assembly/Federal Capital Territory Area Council elections will hold on Saturday 2nd March 2019.”
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The newly appointed board chairman of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, has voiced his intention to contest the Bauchi State APC governorship ticket in 2019.
Lame spoke about his intention while addressing his supporters who came to felicitate with him at his residence in Bauchi over his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as the board chairman of the agency.


 
It could be recalled that Lame, a former minister of police affairs, lost to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar in the 2015 APC primaries.
He said he wanted to become governor to repair the destruction suffered by the state in the hands of the current administration.
‎Lame said they worked with other well-meaning politicians, personalities, groups and their supporters to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
“This lack of change has not changed our resolve. So, we must renew our desire for coming together in the first place to repair the destruction of our state. We know what the problem is and we know the steps we must take to address it.
“We cannot be silent without having a concrete plan for repair. Most of my supporters have gone to radio stations and you have come today calling on me to run. I want to let you know that the desire to run and fix the problem of Bauchi State is even stronger than 2015,” he said.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Alhaji Lawal Kaita, who died in Abuja last night at the age of 85, was many things in his lifetime including a prominent member of the Katsina royal family, seasoned civil servant, a commissioner in the old North Central State, a polo player and a community leader but he was best known as a politician.
The road to his life-long involvement in politics began in 1977 when he was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly that produced the 1979 Constitution. The CA, headed by the late Justice Udo Udoma, worked hard on the draft constitution earlier produced by the Constitution Drafting Committee [CDC] headed by the late Chief F.R.A. Williams in 1975-76. Underground however, CA was where the political parties and alliances of the Second Republic were formed. Lawal Kaita emerged as one of the leaders of the National Party of Nigeria [NPN] in old Kaduna State.


 
The contest for NPN’s governorship ticket for Kaduna State in late 1978 was keen with many strong contenders and also the underlying tug-of-war between the two old provinces, Katsina and Zaria, that made up the state. Kaita defeated many rivals to emerge as NPN’s governorship candidate. Kaduna State was quite fractured politically. While NPN seemed to be the leading party, its strongest rival in the state was the radical Peoples Redemption Party, PRP. Other parties such as the Great Nigeria Peoples Party, GNPP and the Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP also had significant support in the state. NPP’s support base was mostly in southern Kaduna State. UPN too had a very colourful governorship candidate in the state, the late Malam Mamman Nasir.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Members of South Africas governing African National Congress [ANC] party recently elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as their partys president after a fierce election battle that saw him defeating Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, ex-wife of incumbent president Jacob Zuma. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
A civil society organisation has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a view to recalling the Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Yusuf Abdullahi Ata. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
INEC releases timetable for 2019 general electionsIn what appeared to be a clear departure from past practices, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the dates for the 2019 general elections in 2017, two years in advance. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The newly appointed board chairman of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, has voiced his intention to contest the Bauchi State APC governorship ticket in 2019. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
There is tension in Takum, the home town of Governor Darius Ishaku, over the abduction of a lawmaker by gunmen on Saturday night. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration for alleged several financial misdeeds and lack of accountability in the handling of state finances. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and outrage at reports of killings of innocent persons in Omoku, Rivers and the traditional ruler of Numana, Kaduna State, the Etum Numana, Dr Gambo Makama, and his wife. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the banner of Fresh PDP have said they would inaugurate what they termed the authentic National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP on January 22, 2018.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Despite repeated number of deaths associated with mudslides in some Lagos communities in the past few years, thousands of residents continue to dwell in danger-prone areas. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The federal government is sourcing between $400 million to $500 million to fix the design anomalies in the on-going new international airport terminal buildings at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
For the first time in 100 years of aviation in Nigeria, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) were certified by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Three of the new coaches acquired for the Kaduna-Abuja standard gauge rail services have left Lagos for Abuja ahead of their commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
MOU with May & Baker on commercialisation N50bn food supplementsThe Federal Government and May & Baker Nigeria PLC signed a Memorandum of Understanding which would see them sharing N50 billion revenue every year through the commercialisation of two therapeutic and nutriceutical food products developed by the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO). 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The news was all over the papers, Internet, and airways last week asking that we celebrate the historic flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Lagos, Nigeria, because the entire crew: pilots, cabin crew, in-flight ramp agents, and on-ground flight dispatchers were all females. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
By Chris AgabiThe free e-dividend registration window by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ended 31st December 2017 with 2. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Top management staff of INTELS Nigeria Limited threw a lavish Christmas and New Year party for some less privileged members of the society in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
A mutual fund managed by First City Asset Management Limited (FCAM), Legacy Short Maturity (NGN) Fund, has received a risk rating upgrade.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Britains Kyle Edmund came from a set down to beat teenager Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the first round of the Brisbane International. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Charles Kie has pledged his companys continued support for the Okpekpe international 10km road race. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Premier Leagues congested schedule is a disaster for players, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) on Monday said it had invited 32 wrestlers for the first phase of camping ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hinted that several players loaned out by the club will not be recalled in the January transfer window. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Head Coach Salisu Yusuf yesterday released his final squad of the Super Eagles B for the 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) starting in Morocco next week, with goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, midfield Trojan Rabiu Ali and marksman Anthony Okpotu listed. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Nigerian female team has been ruled out of 2018 World Team Championships by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) as a result of missing the 2016 ITTF Africa Championships held in Morocco.
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