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

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A Federal High Court has sentenced one of the abductors of Chibok school girls to 15 years in prison.
He was among 20 Boko Haram terrorists who were jailed yesterday to serve various prison terms.

Haruna Yahaya, 35, a physically challenged person, was found guilty of taking part in the abduction of over 200 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April, 2014.
The closed trial is taking place at Wawa Catonment, Kainji, Niger State.
Yahaya, a former trader from Potiskum, Yobe State had pleaded for mercy, claiming he was conscripted into the terrorist sect.
Earlier, defence counsel, Matthew Egege asked the court to discharge Yahaya, pleading that his testimony is pathetic.
He argued that as a conscript he could have been killed if he had refused the sect’s orders.
But the judge said he could not use his physical condition to win sympathy, adding that he had a choice not to participate in the Boko Haram activities even though he was forced.
He was charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011. 
The court ruled that Haruna Yahaya will serve the term in any prison facility, to be determined by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service.
The other 19 convicts were sentenced to between three and five years from date of their arrest.
The verdicts were given at the resumed fast track trial of Boko Haram suspects being detained in the location. Over 700 detainees will appear before the court during the trial.
Last year, over 50 Boko Haram members were convicted by the court, while over 400 were released for lack of evidence.
How I participated in Chibok girls’ abduction- Haruna Yahaya
Convicted member of the Boko Haram sect, Haruna Yayaya yesterday gave an account of how he participated in the abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State.
Yahaya admitted to have killed a number of citizens in Gabsuri and Chibok towns in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, after he claimed the sect members forcefully conscripted him.
He claimed that during the operation at the secondary school in Chibok in April 2014, he was forced to carry an AK47 rifle. He said he usually tied the weapon to his functional arm with index fingers at the trigger.
He said on the day of the operation, while the insurgents ransacked the school and abducted the boarding students, who were preparing for WAEC examinations, one of them, whom he later had a love affair with, pleaded with him for mercy.
“I told the girl that I am not in a position to help because I too was forcefully conscripted into the operation,” he said.
He further told the court that he sent for wrapper to be bought for the girl while in their camp, when he realised she had no wrapper. He added that he at one time contemplated escaping with the girl.
He said he was eventually arrested by members of the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF) during an operation.
Meanwhile, the court had discharged another suspect, Malam Umar, who was fingered as a Boko Haram provisions supplier by sect members arrested by the CJTF. 
The court accepted his explanation that he did not know he supplied food items to a Boko Haram middle man who paid him N300, 000 and 100 Euro for the supplies.
In a statement yesterday signed by Othman Salihu Isah, the Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN),said there are about 1, 669 suspects held at the facility, while 468 were discharged for lack of evidence. They will undergo a programme of de-radicalisation at the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA). 
The statement said 82 persons entered plea of guilty to secure lesser sentence.
In a brief ceremony, a lead judge of the Federal High Court said about 700 Boko Haram suspects have been processed for the current exercise, and solicited for the cooperation of the representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Legal Aid Council, the National Human Rights Commission, staff of the Ministry of Justice and the media, who were part of the exercise.
In his remarks, the Director, legal services at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Shafi’i said the programme is a very important process for Nigeria in its effort to tackle the challenges of insurgency. 
He stressed that the Nigerian military will continue to respect the human rights of citizens in its bid to secure the country.
“This judicial process has never been done anywhere in the world,” he said.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus, yesterday, said some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North Central will soon join them.
Secondus said they were already in talks with the affected governors who would be received by the PDP very soon.

He stated this in Umuahia, Abia State, during his one-day working visit to the State Executive Council (SEC) of the party. The six states in the North Central; Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau are all governed by the APC. 
Chief Secondus revealed that PDP governors were intact contrary to claims that some of them would defect to other parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He warned INEC against any attempt to rig next year’s general elections, saying any attempt to rig the elections would be resisted by PDP. 
Secondus also said the APC-led government should be held responsible for the alleged killings by herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country.  
He said the APC must accept blame for alleged mismanagement, misinformation and abandoning their responsibility of protecting lives and property of Nigerians. 
According to him, “No fuel, no food; the herdsmen have been empowered by APC government to kill. We are on a rescue mission.
“Currently, there are crises in their party (APC). When you see a broken party, you see a broken government; APC is playing politics with hunger, they play politics with killings of innocent people,” he said.
“This APC government can’t hear the cry of the people; this government can no longer protect the ordinary man. They want to bring down the National Assembly. There are crises in the country because APC itself is crises personified.
“We are on a mission of recovering Nigeria from the hands of APC; even the market women know that the APC government has collapsed,” he said.
Also speaking, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said the party was safe in Abia ahead of 2019, saying love and unity would take the party back to Aso Rock. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday backed the creation of state police to address security challenges facing the country.
The governors’ position came four days after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo threw his weight behind the creation of state police.

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari made the position of the forum known at the National Security Summit organized by the Senate.
Yari said “The first primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to ensure that the lives and properties of citizens is protected. And there has been so many challenges in Nigeria for the past 10 years ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustling, armed banditry, militancy in the Niger Delta dwindling the economy, threatening the unity of the nation.”
He said state police was first endorsed by the NGF during the last administration but that the crisis that enveloped the forum frustrated it.
“The take home from this summit is that the vice president raised some of the key discussions about the issue of state police. The state police is something we have agreed during the constitutional amendment but at a later time when the forum divided into two, some governors played to the gallery, which is unfortunate. 
“Today, we have reiterated the position of the vice president on the security summit we held in August that there is a need for state police. And we can say it is only the answer.
“The police of today are inadequate so if we look at the ratio, it is far below international standard. Therefore, we in the forum agreed that we can find a way of fine tuning the issue of state police,” he said.
Yari said the establishment of state police should be based on the need and financial capacity of states.
“That is why we are saying that it is not all the states that are supposed to have state police. Those that could can have it. For instance, Lagos State, as rich as they are, can have state police. The Federal police in Lagos, they can reduce the number to Osun, Ogun and other states that cannot do it.
“If Rivers State can afford it, the number of federal police can be redeployed to Cross River and other neighbouring states like Enugu that cannot do it. If Kano State can do it, they can send the federal police to my state that is not all that rich. It is something that we can’t take up at the same time and land at the same time,” he said.

Senators express reservations over move 
But in an interview, Senator Malam Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi) kicked against the creation of state police, saying it would lead the country to a collapse state.
“We are supposed to be moving forward and not backward. In this era of ICT, we need to have a police force that is modernized, that is well equipped with the required manpower.
“Coming from the background where we had native authority police that were unleashed on perceived opponent of the NPC, those in authority used it against innocent citizens. With the level of intolerance of the state governors that are fighting with elected representatives like them, what do you think will be the repercussion?” he said.
He said if established, the state police would be used to unleash terror on innocent citizens and that it would lead the country to a collapsed state.
“The symbol of a collapse state is where you have a rag tag army, everybody controlling his territory. You know we have moved away from what they called a failed state to a collapsed state,” he said.
Also speaking, Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi) said creation of state police without alternative source of funding would compound the challenges facing state governments.
“Some states are saying they are not in the position to fund it. They are currently struggling to pay teachers, health workers and other categories of state workers, it is something that we need to discuss and find a way to address the funding gap,” he said.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said the outcome of Saturday’s local government elections in the state has proven that the fortunes of the ruling APC have improved in the state.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected chairmen at the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Ganduje said a total of 2,677,469 votes were cast during the elections.

Ganduje explained that the results of the elections indicated that the ruling APC could win the state again in the 2019 general elections.
Daily Trust reports that the APC cleared the 44 chairmanship and 484 councillorship seats in the elections, even as over 20 political parties, including the PDP, participated in the exercise.
After swearing in the elected chairmen, Ganduje directed them to swear in the 484 elected councillors who also won.
“The outcome of the elections indicates that Kano can still give President Muhammadu Buhari over one million votes in the next general elections,” he assured.
The governor, however, warned the newly elected chairmen to be careful in handling public funds, saying anybody found embezzling public funds would pay the price.
“The Kano State House of Assembly has approved the state’s 2018 budget and you must be very careful in handling public funds. We will not hesitate to punish whoever is found wanting in embezzling public funds,” he warned.
He also charged them to work closely with all relevant stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders, saying working as a team would help them achieve a lot during their tenures.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Katsina Emirate Council is to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in mobilising the electorate to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Abia State Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Menelik Ukpai, has called for the removal of Governor Ikpeazu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through the ballot box in 2019 over alleged woeful performance in the last three years. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Human and Environmental Developmental Agenda (HEDA Resource Center) has asked the National Assembly to commence the confirmation process of nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari or risk legal action. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Green Party of Nigeria (GNP) has described Saturdays local government elections in Kano State as a great disappointment and disgrace to democracy. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
A group, Concerned Indigenes of Kaduna Central Senatorial District, says it has initiated moves to recall the senator representing the district, Senator Shehu Sani from the Senate.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Government recently launched a 20-year master plan of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), outlining steps to reaching a 35,000 megawatt (MW) electricity wheeling capacity in 20 years. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) raked in N191,359,078,350 revenue from Passenger Service Charge (PSC) from across all its local and international airports across the country in three years. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Analysis by the FSDH research of the yearly returns of the equity market as measured by The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index (NSE ASI) between 2008 and 07 February 2018 shows that, although the equity market depreciated in more years than it appreciated, some stocks recorded returns in excess of 1,000 per cent. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Ministry of Finance has explained the process of participation in the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to new taxpayers, as well as to existing ones not paying appropriate taxes. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Plateau United FC of Jos has kick-started the first leg of their CAF Champions League campaign with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Edin Sport of Cameroun at the Zaria Road Stadium in Jos yesterday. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Opera News has emerged the number one news app on Google Play Store in Nigeria. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has gotten a substantive managing director 18 months after the exit of expatriate management contractor, Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Limited, the Daily Trust reports. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The board and management of Communications Week Media Limited has opened its portal to the general public to vote for nominees of this years Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Federal Government says it is boosting electricity supply across 15 areas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the installation of two transformers of 200MVA transmission capacity at Katampe and Apo areas of Abuja. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung will receive tomorrow in Abuja, the first Nigerian male and female runners to reach the finish line at last Saturdays Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. 

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said its investigations revealed that over 90% of IT projects in MDAs and other government establishments failed and more than 95% of their security is compromised.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
Phase3 Telecom has announced that in addition to previous solutions; it has commenced a strategic metro network upgrade to enhance communications offering which includes high-speed broadband and turnkey telecommunications services for seamless regional and multi-location connectivity in Nigeria. 
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