Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 9th February, 2017.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission Catholic Bishops have told President Muhammadu Buhari his goodwill is fast depleting, citing his administration’s “glaring failures,” charges the president denied.
Archbishop of Jos, Dr. Ignatius Kaigama, stated this when he led a team of Catholic Bishops on a visit to Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday.

Kaigama, who is the President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in an address distributed to reporters later, said they would be failing in their duty as spiritual fathers if they failed to tell the president the truth.
“There is no doubt that when you came into office, you had an enormous amount of the goodwill of Nigerians, since many saw you as a person of integrity who would be able to bring sanity into a system that was nearly crippled by endemic corruption. 
“Nearly three years later, however one has the feeling that this goodwill is being fast depleted by some glaring failures of government which we have the moral responsibility to bring to your notice, else we would be failing in our duty as spiritual fathers and leaders,” he said.
The cleric said there was too much suffering and violence in the country.
“There is a feeling of hopelessness across the country. Our youths are restive and many of them have taken to hard drugs, cultism and other forms of violent crime, while many have become victims of human trafficking. The nation is nervous,” he said.
He expressed concern over attacks by suspected herdsmen in various parts of the country.
He said violent attacks by unscrupulous persons, among whom are “terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, have led to a near civil war situation in many parts of the country.” 
He said they were saddened that lives were being wasted and property, worth billions of Naira, including places of worship, schools, hospitals and business enterprises are torched and turned to ashes.
He said they were more saddened by the recent massacre of unarmed citizens by these terrorists in some communities in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba States which, he noted, had caused national shock, grief and outcry. 
He said the silence of the federal government in the wake of these horrifying attacks was, to say the least, shocking.
Kaigama urged the government to take very seriously its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens and ensure that such mindless killings do reoccur. 
“Herdsmen may be under pressure to save their livestock and economy but this is never to be done at the expense of other people’s lives and means of livelihood.”
He said they were in support of the view by other well-meaning Nigerians that a better alternative to open grazing should be sought rather than introduce cattle colonies. 
He also stated that “daredevil kidnappers, who at present are having a field day, with a feeling of invincibility, must be made to understand that there is a government in this country.
The bishops also faulted the federal government’s appointments and distribution of amenities as imbalanced and urged the president to ensure there are no predominance of persons from a few states or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in government agencies 
I’m not folding my arms – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the impression that he was folding his arms over the recent violence in some states was dishonest.
In a statement issued after the meeting presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari condemned the killings, adding security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas. 
‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.
‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.
‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert,’’ the president said.  
He explained that the policy proposed by Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country was not meant to colonize any part of the country.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Members of the House of Representatives yesterday expressed anger over alleged “Manipulation of Nigeria’s legal system” in the retrial of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The lawmakers alleged that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were the architects of the manipulation.

Adopting a motion by Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde (PDP, Kaduna) the House noted with concern the recent charge by the EFCC against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, after clearing him of same.
The lawmakers said the same Umar is prosecuting a retrial case against Saraki, who is the Chairman of the National Assembly.
They said any convictions or findings by Umar may be rendered null and void by the court of appeal and thereby frustrating the course of justice.
Barde in his motion said the retrial by Umar has the tendency to give an impression that a game was being arranged to meet certain predetermined result portraying Nigeria’s legal system as capable of manipulation.
While condemning the action, the House mandated its committee on judiciary to interact with the AGF to ensure that sanity was brought back to the case at hand.
Contributing to the debate, Aliyu Hamman-Pategi (APC, Kwara) said the retrial is a case of political manipulation and that the current administration was using the EFCC and CCT as tools of political witch-hunt.
But Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno) argued that a judge being accused of an offence could still preside over such matter because of the presumption of innocence as enshrined in the constitution.
Other members who spoke supported the motion. It was unanimously passed when put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, Suleiman Uthman Hunkuyi, has said he will not campaign for Governor Nasir el-Rufai in the next elections.
The senator, who is in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as El-Rufai, said as far as he was concerned, the battle line had been drawn between them.

Hunkuyi spoke to his supporters at his residence in Kaduna where he unfolded what he called the ‘APC Aspirants Forum’ which he said he would float as a platform to unite all aspirants who were not among those being sponsored by the governor in the next elections.
Sen. Hunkuyi said he was offering to lead the forum as he was not with El-Rufai and called on all those he said were not among those being sponsored by the government to come together and unite so as to challenge those that controlled the government.
He said the people should not be afraid as it was only God that gave power, adding that those hated by the Kaduna State Government should cross over to his forum.
A different group, APC Akida, led by the likes of Senator Shehu Sani, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and Mr. Tom Maiyashi, had been at daggers drawn with El-Rufai for long.
Hunkuyi said APC was formed because people wanted to move away from impunity, injustice and stealing of government funds, but alleged that what was happening now was worse as people were being denied their rights to participate in the electoral process through imposition of candidates.
Hunkuyi said he would ask all his supporters not to vote for the governor, alleging that El-Rufai had turned his back on those of them that worked for his victory in 2019.
“Whoever steals your right to vote has not only stolen something from you but has stolen you as well,” he said.
The senator said from the look of things, history was about to repeat itself as it was in his house that the first meeting which led to the formation of a committee that later dissolved into the APC and worked for the victory of the party in the 2015 elections all started.
He said this time around the focus and the time had changed as they could not continue to tolerate a government that had turned its back on elders.
Sen. Hunkuyi further said members of the forum should cooperate and unite to save Kaduna from the problems it found itself in.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday advised wealthy Nigerians to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to regularise their tax status and escape unsavoury consequences. 
 A statement from the VAIDS office quoted Mrs Adeosun as saying in her speech in Enugu during the hosting of VAIDS by the Enugu State governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, that the federal government had compiled data on property, bank accounts, shareholdings and other income sources of individuals and corporate entities.

 “From our records, there seems to be a few big men and big women from this part of the country who may need to think very carefully about making a VAIDS declaration. We have been compiling data on property, bank accounts, share holdings and other sources that suggest that many people have not been paying the right taxes. VAIDS is an opportunity to regularize,” she stated.
 The minister alleged that some wealthy Nigerians had moved huge sums of monies out of Nigeria without paying any tax on them, warning that such people would soon be exposed.
 “The good news for government, which is bad news for the tax evaders, is that globally, nations have agreed to share data under the Automatic Exchange of Information. This means that while sitting at our desks in Abuja, we are getting information about assets that the owners thought were well hidden from the tax authorities.
 “As you know, Nigerians are entitled to keep their wealth anywhere in the world, including under their mattress, but what the law requires is that they pay tax on their income as they earn it,” stated the minister.
  She lamented that Nigeria had a poor scorecard in tax payment. “When oil came, we abandoned the old systems of tax collection that had provided most of our infrastructure since colonial days. Currently, we have just 14 million taxpayers out of 70m who are economically active.
Actually, we have 74m registered voters. So many who should be paying are not paying anything.
 “Also, some who are paying something are not paying the correct amount. It may seem smart for a businessman to get a tax clearance certificate for N200,00 when he earns millions, but I can tell you without fear of contradiction that not only is this illegal, such people are cheating themselves and future generations,” she said. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said the electoral body will no longer tolerate vote buying on election days.
Professor Yakubu said this yesterday in Abuja when he received the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, at the commission’s headquarters.

“I want to assure Nigerians that INEC shall remain an unbiased umpire. We are here to work for Nigerian people and on election date, the votes they cast will determine who wins.
“INEC is worried that politicians go to polling booths to induce voters. Our democracy shouldn’t be for sale in the open market. Open vote buying will not be tolerated on election days. Votes aren’t for sale. It is the right of Nigerians to vote for whoever and that will be upheld by INEC,” he said.
Magu, in his remarks, said the anti-graft agency would collaborate with INEC.
“I am prepared to collaborate and support whenever our services are needed. We are ready to support INEC. We are all Nigerians and all of us need to collaborate to fight corruption. It is affecting all of us. People have to run out of this country to escape the evil of corruption,” he said. 
“Corruption is a disaster. It has done too much damage to this country. INEC is also fighting corruption, maybe not in the way I am doing it.
“When you tell Nigerians to register and vote, it is a way of fighting corruption,” Magu said. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lamented that dissents within the party are undermining reconciliation moves despite recent efforts by the national headquarters of the party and President Buhari to bring everyone on board. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, electoral officers have been advised to listen to all grievances by stakeholders. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The former Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Masari and hundreds of his supporters have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said that Nigerians who engaged in double voters registration will be liable to one year imprisonment.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Lagos State mobile court, sitting at Oshodi, Lagos, yesterday ordered that 25 vehicles operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce impounded for allegedly violating the state traffic laws should be forfeited to the Lagos State government. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
An Abuja Grade 1 Area Court in Karmo has ordered that two truck assistants be given six strokes of the cane for stealing 189 cans of beverage drinks valued at N13, 600. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Three persons have lost their lives in separate accidents that occurred in Abaji, on the Abuja-Lokoja road. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
A total of 3,998 settlements have been earmarked for the measles vaccination campaign scheduled to hold from February 10 to February 22, the FCT Administration has said. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Businessmen operating in Bwari Area Council have accused the authorities of trying to tax them twice in respect of tenement rate. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Mass Medical Mission, a non-profit organisation under its National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP), has launched a free family health outreach programme for cancer screening and treatment in the 20 local governments and 36 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs). 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Nemesis has caught up with a 58-year-old man, Austine Adeusi, who allegedly forged a school certificate. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Question: I got enrolled to the contributory pension scheme since 2010 and deductions are being made on my monthly salary. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
A House of Representatives panel has asked the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to ensure that it quickly and promptly settles all outstanding debts it owes petroleum transporters in the country. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
An aviation handling company, Menzies, yesterday carried out ground handling services at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos without authorization, it was learnt. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
After months of strategic negotiations with foreign investors, Naspars and AB Kinnevik, the Nigerias ICT solutions conglomerate and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Zinox group is now the majority shareholder in e-commerce giant, Konga. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The confusion over the N45bn pension and severance package approved for retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways still lingers amidst rising expectations by the pensioners. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Federal Government of Nigeria is to give massive support to Nigerian Scientist to convert research and innovation findings into products and services so as to enhance economic development of the nation. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The StarTimes a Chinese firm which offers a direct-to-home pay-TV service said it has invested over $220 million in Nigeria in the last nine years to boost entertainment and enrich the countrys television viewers experiences. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has introduced another measure called Product Authentication Mark (PAM) to help bring to the barest minimum the influx and production of substandard goods into the Nigerian market. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, yesterday advised wealthy Nigerians to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to regularise their tax status and escape unsavoury consequences.
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