Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 5th January, 2018.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has described the recent killings in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State as a communal crisis in an interview with State House correspondents on Friday, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to accusations that the Police Force was being reactionary instead of being proactive in stopping the killings, Idris said: “You know most of these states where you have several languages, you know it is an issue of communal misunderstanding. I think what we should be praying for is for Nigerians to learn to live in peace with each other, I think it is very important. Obviously, it is communal crisis, herdsmen are part of the community. They are Nigerians and are part of the community. Are they not?”

Idris assured that such carnage will not repeat itself. “I deployed my DIG there yesterday and you know we have different stages of police, you have the AIG in Benue, Commissioner of Police in Benue and all of them are putting their heads together to see how we address this issue in Benue,” he said.

Asked why there are escalating killings by herdsmen in parts of Nigeria if the country is secure as he claimed,  he responded: “We are doing all we can to maintain law and order in all parts of the country.”
The IGP said President Buhari gave him a charge to “go and take care and ensure that we tighten our security”.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is getting close to three years in office. His achievements in office are already being examined by admirers and supporters, as well as critics and political adversaries. Although the Daura-born politician intends to be measured by his performance in three key areas (the war against corruption, the fight against insecurity, and the drive to revive the economy), we present to you twelve things he must achieve this year. 

Finish the Boko Haram war
Though President Buhari has received accolades in the war against the insurgents in the north-east geo-political zone, he must strive to end the Boko Haram war this year. It’s great news to hear that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole rescued over 2,000 civilians and neutralised Boko Haram insurgents in droves during its operation at Lake Chad Island this week, according to the Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas. But ending the war would make Nigerians fully appreciate the government, as pockets of suicide bombings being recorded recently are a blight on the anti-insurgency operation.
Retired Col. Aminu Isah Kontagora, in an interview with Daily Trust, said: “There is a lot of work to be done; be it political, economic and social, to get to the ultimate destination of peace.” He said the current situation required not only the military role, but also the support of the general public. 

Resettle IDPS 

Though Mr. President has established the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), under the chairmanship of retired General T.Y. Danjuma, a lot still needs to be done to address the challenges being faced by the internally displaced persons (IDPs). Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, Vice Chairman of the PCNI, said recently in Abuja during the monthly Coordination meeting of members of the PCNI and development partners that the needs of displaced persons in camps and host communities, especially in the areas of health and food security, were being tackled.
Tumsah, represented by Brig.-Gen. Habila Vintenaba, Chairman, PCNI’s subcommittee on Peace Building, Security and Stabilization, said that in the areas of shelter and protection, there was an intervention to ensure that the tripartite agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria for the protection, voluntary and safe return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon was upheld. He said that a lot of interventions were on-going in the health, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, economic recovery, housing and transportation sectors.
He said that the Committee would also receive updates on the development and funding plans for the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). Though it is good that there is an on-going effort to address the plight of the IDPs, the lasting solution is for Buhari to resettle the IDPs, and give them at least a semblance of home. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a contractor to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Professor Adesanya Adelekan, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.
Top EFCC sources disclosed that he was taken into custody on Thursday January 4 in furtherance of investigation into alleged N20billion fraud in UBEC involving the supply of science/technical equipment and textbooks to 104 unity colleges.

Professor Adelekan, who is the Managing Director of Macmillan Nigeria Publishers was said to be in the custody of the anti-graft agency as of press time.
EFCC sources disclosed that Adelekan had earlier made statements to its operatives during which he promised to supply evidence of the execution of the contracts against claims by principals of the schools that they only received between 20-30 percent of the equipment/textbooks purported supplied to them and for which the contractor collected full payment.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Future Assured, a pet project of wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has donated baby items to nursing mothers at Bwari General Hospital. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Roger Federers early season confidence is soaring after he led Switzerland into the Hopman Cup final with another masterclass against top-10 rival Jack Sock at the mixed teams tournament in Perth yesterday. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The governing board of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has challenged players and officials of the team to go for glory in the Nigeria Professional Football League and other competitions this season in order to justify the huge investment in the club. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Technical Adviser of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, Gbenga Ogunbote, has said that the club is almost ready for the forthcoming 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nikolay Udovichenko has said that the development of nuclear technologies is capable of bridging the deficit in Nigerias infrastructure. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Samuel Ikpea, National Chairman, Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), yesterday said the club would take 1,000 of its members to cheer the Super Eagles at Russia 2018 World Cup.

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