NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TIMES NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 FEBRUARY, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Times Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 13 February, 2017.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari have disclosed that the state governors have agreed that the security situation in the country has made adoption of state policing expedient. He, however, said though state policing is desirous by all state governors, it is not all state governments that can afford to bankroll state police. He added that the decision of the governors is in consonance with the position of the Federal Government as declared last week by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Yari, who spoke to journalists at the end or the national security summit held in Abuja on Monday, said the issue of security is not something that the nation can play with because the primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to ensure that the life and property of citizens are protected. He listed the so many challenges of the country in the past 10 years as ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustlers, armed banditry, militancy in the Niger Delta, saying the aforementioned issues are responsible for dwindling the Nigerian economy and threatening even the unity of the nation. Governor Yari said, “Our take home is that the Vice President raised some of the key discussions on that day about the issue of state police. Yes, the state police is something we have agreed in 2011 and 2015 during the constitution amendment but at the later time when the forum divided into two, there was a game that played into the gallery which is unfortunate. “Today, we have reiterated the position of the vice president and the position of the security summit we held in August that there is a need for the state police, we can say it is only the answer. “After the session with the governors, someone asked the question that the military is operating in Zamfara and if they cannot make headway, where we are; how do I mean that the state police can make a headway. I told them the issue of military for them is to defend, it is not to come out for any kind of internal security matter, that internal security is supposed to be handled and managed by the police and the police of today are inadequate. “It is not all the states that are supposed to have the police, those that can can be able to have it. It is something we cannot take off at the same time, we were created differently”. The governor said virtually all the states in the country are under policed. He said Zamfara State with a population of about 4 million people has about 5,000 policemen. The Senate Leader, who is the chairman of the Ad- hoc Committee, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said the summit sponsored by the Senate, was a strategic collaboration amongst all arms of government. It had in attendance the Presidency, State Governors, Security Chiefs and heads of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The successful two-day event served as an opportunity to survey the nation’s current security situation and to place all issues on the table in an effort to find short and long term solutions to the nation’s security challenges. Important assessment briefings were provided by the heads of security and intelligence agencies. He said the summit presenters and attendees focused on the areas of weakness that should be strengthened and the various assets at the Federal Government’s disposal, particularly, ways to strengthen security through the deployment of assets. The primary purpose of the summit, he added, is to reassure citizens that all arms of government are serious about addressing insecurity and are working collaboratively to find solutions. Senator Lawan said, “Out of the whole-of-government effort, Nigerians can expect a higher level of security to protect lives and property. “The Summit wishes to express its appreciation to all participants for their valuable contributions to the summit’s success. Nigerians can expect more positive collaboration of this kind between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. “Further, the Senate looks to use the data and information from the proceedings to improve the security sector through legislative interventions and advocacy.” In a relagted development, President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the security chiefs of the country in what was believed to be part of efforts aimed at addressing some security challenges being witnessed across the country. The meeting, which was also attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was held on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), also attended the event. It was held amidst concerns over the spate of killings by people suspected to be herdsmen in some parts of the country, and abductions in other parts of the country. The meeting was an extended one, as the number of participants was extended to accommodate the heads of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.


Tue, 13 Feb 2018
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Tensions has risen further at the headquarters of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Abuja as two rival group of workers clashed on Monday over the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman. The protesters under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), led by its Branch Chairman, Mr. Razak Omomeji, while condemning the development vowed not to resume in their offices until President Muhammadu Buhari revisits the allegations preferred against Yusuf and reverse his reinstatement. The workers while venting their anger collaborated the fact that Yusuf has a case to answer before Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The protesters also called on the Head of Service of the Federation to apply the civil service rules, which stipulates that a civil servant cannot remain in the office when he/she has a case to answer before any anti-graft agency. Omomeji, who vowed that the members staff would continue the protest until Usman was removed, said: “Yusuf has bastardised the scheme and his return would only worsen affairs at the agency”. He also alleged that most members of the pro-Yusuf group were NHIS workers employed and given undue promotion under the watch of the reinstated Executive Secretary. According to him, Yusuf had penciled down, for victimisation, the names of members of staff who testified against him at the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). He said: “Prof. Yusuf has concluded arrangements to transfer some of our colleagues who testified against him at the EFCC and ICPC to enable him reign freely as well as distort facts and cover-up his mess. “A few of our members who are staging a counter-protest to rally support for him are mainly those he employed and gave undue promotion in the NHIS. How can a lady born in 1984 be promoted to grade level 15 while some members of staff who graduated in 1984 are still in grade level 16? This is the kind of impunity, ethnocentricism and nepotism as supervised by Yusuf, we are kicking against as public servants”. Meanwhile, as the workers were chanting anti-government songs, the rival group of workers under the aegis of Unity Group and Concerned NHIS Staff arrived the premises of the building wielding placards with various inscriptions in support of the embattled Executive Secretary. Addressing journalists, the leader of the group, Dr. Uchenna Ewelike, said that Yusuf’s appointment was to sanitise the decayed and inefficient system in the organisation. He noted that the protesting members of the union are beneficiaries of the rot in the system and resistant to change. Ewelike said, “We all know that Prof. Yusuf has already brought to bear his expertise and wealth of experience acquired over the years, home and abroad to address the lingering problems of the scheme. We must all, therefore, give him all necessary support he may require to achieve this mandate for the benefit of all.” In the meantime, about 50 armed policemen were on Monday deployed to the NHIS office in Abuja to avert a possible clash by the two group of protesting workers. Men of the Nigeria Police Force and Civil Defence Corps officers were stationed at strategic locations in the building while members of staff were subjected to security checks. The Daily Times recalls that Yusuf was last week reinstated by President Buhari, a development which was widely criticised. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, in June 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct and about N919million fraud. Yusuf was found culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds by a panel put in place by the minister. Also, no ewer than three Senior Advocates of Nigeria have criticised President Buhari for reinstating Yusuf.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Following the discovery that about 90 per cent of the Federal Government’s Information Technology (IT) projects fail, while 95 per cent of security requirements are compromised, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced new registration and licensing of I T contractors and service providers. According to a statement signed on Monday in Abuja by NITDAS’s Director General, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, all IT contractors, doing businesses with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, the Organised Private Sector(OPS) and the general public are expected to come for new licenses for the purposes of procurements, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of engagement with Government establishments and Private Sector. Expressing the level of incompetence witnessed among some service Providers, Pantami said, “The Agency is dismayed at the raising number of failing IT projects within Federal MDAs and other government establishments. “NITDA’s investigations revealed that over 90% of IT projects in MDAs and other government establishments failed and more than 95% of their security is compromised. “In order to curtail this and in line with the Agency’s mandate and the recent Presidential Executive Order 005 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology, as mandated by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the registration and licensing of IT contractors and Service providers has become expedient,” he informed. The NITDA boss explained that the process “aims at ensuring the emergence of robust indigenous IT Service Providers and Contractors, guaranteeing the delivery of sustainable IT projects, as well as engendering professionalism in the IT service industry. “The process will also ensure that IT projects in MDAs will only be executed by indigenous companies where in-country capacity exists,” he stressed. He stated that NITDA would take further steps to monitor and ensure the capacity development of Nigerians employed by IT Contractors and other Service providers. He added that the Agency will, in conjunction with relevant agencies, investigate any project that has failed to determine the root cause of the failure and apply sanctions where necessary or to refer such cases to other relevant authorities. “All firms desirous of providing IT services and contracts to Federal MDAs and other government establishments are advised to initiate the registration process with immediate effect” he maintained. According to Pantami, guidelines on the registration process can be accessed by visiting NITDA’s website.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Three people have been reported killed in Zangwra community of Miango district, in what residents say is yet another attack by herdsmen. The three were said to have met their death while returning home on a motorcycle while two others escaped with injuries. Those killed include one Mr. John Esije 32 years, Mr. Monday Nzwe 38 years and Mr. Saku Giyeri, 41yrars. The survivors identified as Mr. Sunday Bala, 33 and Mr. Gudu Gara, 25 years were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital. Speaking to newsmen, the District head of Miango, Daniel Chega regretted that the attack comes after series of security meetings and agreements with security agencies and the Fulani leaders aimed at ending the killings. Residents of the area had trooped out en masse, to protest against the killings but were calmed by the village chief. As at time of this report, the STF Spokesperson, Major Umar Adams, when contacted said he was yet to be briefed but requested to confirm and call back.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Apapa Area command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted four 40-foot containers carrying 2250 cartons of prohibited milligrams of Tramadol tablets and other regulated pharmaceutical products. According to the Area Controller, Comptroller Jibrin Musa, the drugs which were from India were imported by one Villa Gold Pharmacy. Musa who briefed journalists on the seizures on Monday stated that the prohibited cum regulated drugs had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N110 million. Speaking on the seizures, the Comptroller disclosed that the seizures were made based on credible intelligence from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Apapa Command. He also revealed that one suspect had been arrested. Giving a comprehensive breakdown of the seizures, Comptroller Musa said, “I am glad to inform you that we have started the year 2018 on a very positive and optimistic note especially in our anti-smuggling drive and revenue collection efforts. “On Tuesday, February 6th 2018 based on credible Inteligence from Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) Apapa Command , three 40 foot containers with Nos MRSU 3637149, MRKU 6196764 and MRSU 3516384 imported by one Villa Gold Pharmacy from India were suspected to contain different pharmaceutical products /drugs which are controlled and regulated from importation into Nigeria. “The drugs include: 936 cartons of Tramodol Hydrochloride tablet(225mg), 56 cartons of Collstop Chlorpheniramine Maleate Capsule (4mg), 368 cartons of Tramadol capsules BP (120mg), 192 cartons of Tramadol capsules (250mg), 160 cartons of Dobumol Anagestic, 554 cartons of Tramadol capsules BP(120mg) and 176 cartons of Col-cap. “Similarly on February 7th 2018 another one 40foot container MRKU 6058282 suspected to be laden with prohibited drugs was arrested and found to contain: 200 cartons of Tramadol (225mg), 330 cartons of Ibramol, Chest and Lungs tablets(15mg), 198 cartons of Col -caps capsules (4mg) and 453 cartons of Rally Extra (50mg).” He also said “The duty paid value of the four 40foot containers stood at . N110,016,524.00” Read Also: Stop using Tramadol for sex, ‘highness – Expert warns Lamenting the influx of the regulated drugs as well as the after usage effect, the Comptroller said. ” Consequent upon this, and worried by the Present level of insecurity in the country, one wonders what negative impact would have resulted in the aftermath of these drugs finding their way into the larger society. “These could have further aggravated the already tensed situation in the country.” He further disclosed that the arrested suspect had been granted administrative bail while investigation is ongoing.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the resumption of prosecution of suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the AGF, Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, who disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, said the second phase of the trial would commence at Kainji detention facility in Niger State today. According to him, the resumption of trial arose from the conclusion of investigation of over 1000 suspects as ordered by the court during its proceedings of October 2017 by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. He explained that it was expected that suspects with prima facie cases would be prosecuted, while others without it would have applications made for their discharge. He said those discharged would undergo a process of deradicalization from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, before their final release to their families. This exercise, which is a concerted effort of Federal Ministry of Justice and Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA. kicked off in Kainji, Niger State on Monday, October 9, 2017. Four judges were allocated to four dedicated courts to handle the trials located in a military facility in Kainji, while defence counsel were provided for those suspects without capacity to hire private legal practitioners to defend them. Unlike the first phase, which was restricted, Isah said this phase was opened with some civil society groups, including human rights organisation and journalists, invited to witness the proceedings. He said already, about 82 Boko Haram detainees have so far benefited from the Federal Government’s window to plead guilty to secure low jail terms or unconditional release, which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s concerted effort to boost its human right records and decongest the nation’s prisons. Isah said About 45 convictions have also been pronounced by the trial judges in the four syndicated courts established by then acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Abdu Kafarati. According to him, the various Boko Haram suspects were sentenced to jail terms ranging from two to fifteen years, with most of them backdated to the date of their detention. He said the second category was the set of suspects the Attorney-General found prima facie cases against and charges already filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has decried the destruction of the Universitys multi-million naira research and training farms by herdsmen,The post Herdsmen destroy UNILORIN farm, poison dam appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned until Feb. 14 hearing of a motion seeking the forfeiture of funds linked to wife of formerThe post Absence of Judge stalls Patience Jonathans funds forfeiture suit appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a meeting with the nations Service Chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja. The meeting is also being attendedThe post Just In: Buhari in closed door meeting with Service Chiefs, others appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A group under the auspices of Harmony Progressive Forum (HPF) and the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu have hailed the establishmentThe post Group, VON boss hail Tinubus reconciliation committee appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The immediate past Minister of Interior, Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, has said it is regrettable that the Benue State government is in total paralysis andThe post Ex-Minister says Benue facing state of paralysis appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates in Saturdays local government elections in Kano State have cleared the 44 councils seats of the state in theThe post APC wins all seats in Kano council polls appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
If you want to change Nigeria, change yourselves The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Most Revd Paulinus Ezeokafor, has asked Nigerians not toThe post Clerics to Nigerians: Dont vote politicians above 60 years appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Full scale investigation will now begin after emergency workers found both flight data recorders from a crashed Russian plane as they searched on Monday forThe post Crashed Russian plane data recorders found appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Zambian government has threatened to clamp down on individuals and businesses selling sex toys. There has been a surge in adverts promoting sex toysThe post Zambia blows hot, threatens clampdown on sex toys merchants appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A Consultant Pharmacist, Dr Clever Okeke, has warned that the use of Tramadol for highness or delayed ejaculation during sex could lead to depression andThe post Stop using Tramadol for sex, highness Expert warns appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
* Says will be prosecuted Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have sealed up a controversial illegal maternityThe post NAPTIP seals up baby factory in Abuja appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The 2019 presidential race may be more interesting than many anticipate, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu,The post Moghalu, ex-CBN chief joins 2019 presidential race appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
To ensure optimal growth, development and health of every child in the country, healthcare professionals have recommended ways Nigeria could effectively tackle the menace ofThe post Experts, UNICEF proffer solution to worsening child malnutrition in Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The people of Ugborodo Community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State have once again reiterated that they have never been underThe post When Ugborodo community rose against lordship of Olu of Warri appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Hon.Mathew Kolawole is the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly. At an interactive session recently with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria UnionThe post Those opposed to cattle colonies are only playing politics -Kolawole appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Chief Executive of Ghana Free Trade Zone, Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi has called on their Nigerian counterpart to provide leadership for the region inThe post CEO, Ghana Free Trade,seeks partnership with Nigeria appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Halitosis affects how you feel about yourself, not to mention how others perceive you. Bad breath is mostly caused by bacteria that breed inside yourThe post maintaining that good breath appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been invited by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to speak at the Platform forThe post Adeosun to address UN, OECDs conference on yax, revenue leakages appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has recorded giant strides in its Financial Inclusion services delivery, via its 894 quick banking, a USSD -&based channel thatThe post FirstBank processes over N1trn on 894 Quick Banking channel appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has listed on the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange three of the mutual fundsThe post Stanbic IBTC lists three funds on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Container terminal operators in Nigeria waived a princely sum of N1.5 billion on 500 containers carrying power equipment belonging to the Transmission Company of NigeriaThe post Nigerias terminal operators waive N1.5bn charges on TCN containers appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Employment Council to look into the situation of unemployment in the country. Speaking on the new development, theThe post FG has inaugurated National Employment Council to create jobs for NigeriansNgige appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari has urged stakeholders, especially governors and members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS), that, toThe post Training without support leads to training-amiss, says ITF appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Retail fashion is a challenge in Nigeria-Fela Yomi-Layinka The year 2017 was an economic roller coaster for Nigeria, most especially for SMEs and Start UpThe post Social media market; a must for todays entrepreneurs-Fela Yomi-Layinka appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
In recent times, people all over the world, including Nigerians, have become more cautious with regard to the food they consume. Gone are the daysThe post Food safety in Nigeria: The law and preventing the next Fanta/Sprite food scandal appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers 
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