Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 11 January, 2018.

Thur, 11 Jan 2018

The Nigerian Army has deployed Special Forces to Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States, the Presidency revealed last night.
The Presidency, in a message posted on its Twitter handle, @NGRPresidency, explained that this was to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks in the three states.

“@HQNigerianArmy has deployed Special Forces To Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks,” the Presidency tweeted.
Earlier yesterday, Information Minister Lai Mohammed had told State House reporters that a decision on   troops deployment was yet to be made.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, also yesterday confirmed the deployment to the three states check the menace of herders and farmers clashes.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai Tuesday in Abuja hinted to deployment during the inauguration of the Nigerian Army Ranch.
IG vows to apprehend perpetrators
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has vowed that the Police Force apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of New Year killings in Benue.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered the IGP to move to Benue, to restore law and order and forestall the crisis from escalating.
Idris made the promise during stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, saying anyone involved in the killings would be brought to book.
 “I want to assure you that the police will not rest on its oars until these hoodlums are apprehended and brought to justice. “We are conducting investigation into the killings and will take appropriate action against perpetrators of the heinous crime. 

He said the police had put in place security measures to checkmate activities of  miscreants.”

Thur, 11 Jan 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). 
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement yesterday. The appointment takes immediate effect.

Abubakar replaces Ambassador Ayo Oke who was last year sacked over the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which NIA made a claim.
“The new Director Geis Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
 “Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.
“Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic,” Adesina stated.

Thur, 11 Jan 2018

With the crude oil price crossing $69 per barrel yesterday, the federal government has recorded $22 per barrel extra above its 2018 budget benchmark.
President Muhammadu Buhari presented $45/barrel as crude price benchmark in his appropriation bill but senate jerked it up to $47/barrel.

At the international market, the crude oil prices hit new multi-year highs on Wednesday as OPEC-led production cuts and healthy demand helped to balance the market.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.34 a barrel, up 38 cents, at 1440 GMT. Earlier prices rose to $63.67, the highest since Dec. 9, 2014. 
Brent crude futures were at $69.02 a barrel, 20 cents above their last close. Brent earlier hit $69.37, the highest since May 2015. 
Although the budget has not yet been approved by the national assembly, the extra amount is usually transfered to the excess crude account for the three tiers of government.
As of December 14, 2017, the Excess Crude Account had a balance of $2.317 billion. The account has always been a subject of controversy and between the tiers of government. In the past one of the major operations of the accounts was to fund the subsidies of the petrol.
Meanwhile the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has posted its biggest gain of the year yesterday. 
The market capitalisation appreciated by N517 billion or 3.06 per cent to close at N14.880 trillion as against N14.363 trillion following Dangote Cement gain.

Thur, 11 Jan 2018

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has explained why the electoral body is going ahead with the conduct of Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election coming up on Saturday.
Professor Yakubu spoke on the issues yesterday in Abuja when he fielded questions from a high level team from Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust titles, led by the Chief Executive Officer/ Editor-in-Chief, Mannir Dan-Ali, who paid him a courtesy visit at the commission’s headquarters.

The INEC chairman said the decision to conduct the rerun poll despite an opposing judgement from the Federal High court was to respect the provision of the Nigerian Constitution which states that the verdict of a superior court should be given priority over the subordinate one.
“When we were served the order of the Appeal Court to proceed with the Anambra election, the commission issued a statement to say that the election will hold in January 13, 2018. Since then, the commission hasn’t issued any statement to say that election won’t hold. So, as far as we are concerned, the election will hold. We are going by the order of the Court of Appeal which is superior to the Federal High Court.
“Section 28 (7) of the Constitution is very clear. The courts are creation of the constitution and they have hierarchy. Subsection 1 says that a judgment of the Supreme Court shall be obeyed by all authorities and persons in the federation of Nigeria and all subordinate courts. Subsection 2 says the same thing- all authorities and courts subordinate to the Court of Appeal. Then, Subsection 3 talks about High Courts, Customary Courts, Industrial Courts and all other courts.    
“So, we have hierarchy of courts. Once you have the judgement of a superior court, you are duty bound to obey that judgement over and above the judgement of a High Court. Our position hasn’t changed on that matter. We are going to proceed on the election on the basis of the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

Thur, 11 Jan 2018

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tony Momoh yesterday called for caution in treating the killings in parts of the country as being caused by Fulani herdsmen. 
Momoh, a former Minister of Information, gave the assessment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said criminal, including Boko Haram, might be hiding under Fulani herdsmen to unleash terror in some communities in the country.
“We should be careful in the way we see the killings in some parts of the country so that we can have a better understanding of dealing with the problem.
“Some criminals, such as cattle rustlers and even Boko Haram insurgents can also hide as Fulani herdsmen to unleash terror on Nigerians.
“The herdsmen we used to know were not carrying AK47, how we have come to this problem of killings calls for proper understanding.
“It is not a political matter but a matter that needs understanding and attention because it involves lives,” he said.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in the delivery of his electoral promises.
“For example, let us look at the area of security before Buhari came in, the Boko Haram insurgents were operating almost uninhibited, to the extent of seizing territories.
“But for Buhari’s intervention, Only God knows what would have happened to the country because of Boko Haram,” he said.

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