Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 12 February, 2018.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Police Service Commission (PSC), has said more than 150,000 policemen are attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs) and unauthourised persons in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015, directed police personnel attached to unauthorised persons and VIPs in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges in the country.

Chairman of the commission, Mike Okiro, disclosed this in an interview with NAN, in Abuja, yesterday.

“We cannot afford to have more than half of the population of the police in private hands,” he said.

He added that the commission, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force, has commenced  implementation of the withdrawal of policemen but the exercise was stalled due to lack of funds.

“We could not sustain enforcement of the order on the withdrawal of policemen attached to unqualified persons in the country because of lack of funds,” he reiterated.

The former inspector general of police between 2007-2009 expressed disappointment at the practise where persons who served as ministers for over 10 to 15 years still go about with police security.

Okiro said the country cannot be battling with shortage of manpower in the Force while majority of these officers would be in the service of few privileged Nigerians.

The PSC chairman also said the number of policemen in the country are inadequate for the population, hence, the request for recruitment of more policemen and that paucity of funds is one of the problems hindering recruitment of more policemen for enhanced service delivery.

“The Nigeria police force is underfunded and not only in the area of manpower. The issue of funding is very strategic to the Nigeria police force.

“If you want to police Nigeria as it should be, the entire budget of Nigeria cannot be enough for that,” he said.

He said the Police Trust Fund Bill before the National Assembly, if passed into law, would go a long way to address the issue of funding for the police.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, has described The Sun Awards as highly recognised,  prestigious and outstanding, saying his choice, as winner of the Public Service Award 2017, was a priceless honour.

Speaking in Abuja, while receiving a delegation from The Sun, led by the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Eric Osagie, which visited to notifying him of his emergence, Ekere said his award was a valuable recognition, which will ginger him to work seriously with other stakeholders in the Niger Delta for the good and upliftment of the region, Nigeria and humanity.

He recalled that he had, on some occasions, accompanied top Nigerians to receive The Sun awards, expressing delight at the opportunity to be bestowed the prestigious award in recognition of his modest service to the country.

Ekere said: “I thank The Sun for finding me worthy of this award and recognition. The Sun Awards in Nigeria today have become one of the most sought after and the most highly recognised in different categories.

“I remember personally being there a couple of time, especially when some prominent Nigerians received the awards. That I am being singled out for the award is something I cherish and accept with joy.”

The elated NDDC chief executive said one thing a recognition like The Sun Awards does is that it makes you to work harder.

“I am humbled that you noted some of the things we have been involved in to lift Nigeria and the people of Niger Delta.

“For me, the award is a challenge to do more. If this small one that we have done could be so recognised, I am sure that doing more will make a lot of difference.

“My challenge to public servant has always been that if you have an opportunity, use it. If you don’t take advantage of an opportunity on your hand It haunts you, at the end of the day you would be called to account for whatever it is you used the opportunity to do.

“I would like to be remembered as one man who used the opportunity that he was given to render service to the people of Niger Delta, this nation and humanity.

“I encourage The Sun to sustain the standard and reputation you have created for yourself. Don’t do anything that would tarnish this image and reputation of professionalism that you are known for since establishment.”

Earlier, The Sun MD said Ekere won the award because of his exceptional public service for the Niger Delta people, as NDDC MD and Nigeria, as a nation, as a public servant.

He explained that Public Service category of The Sun Awards goes to a top public servant who, “in the spirit of national transformation, has demonstrated uncommon character, passion, innovation and unalloyed commitment in service delivery, and thereby rendering maximum benefit to the country.”

Osagie disclosed that The Sun Board of Editors chose Ekere, in recognition of his remarkable achievements in Nigeria’s public sector, describing him as a “quintessential public servant.”

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The deceased were travelling from Kaduna to Kano State, for verification of their pension when the unfortunate incident happened.

The driver of the bus they rented reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a bush along the Kaduna–Zaria Expressway, less than 30 minutes after the journey reportedly commenced.

A witness said the driver attempted to avoid a pothole but swerved off the road, due to over-spending.

The pensioners were said to have died on the spot while the driver survived the incident “without a scratch.”

one of the deceased, Peter Duchi, was a pastor at the Philadelphia Baptist Church Sabon Tasha GRA, Kaduna.

The verification is being conducted by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for former NITEL and Mobile Telecommunications (Mtel) employees,  for clearance, ahead of payment of their arrears.

The verification exercise is being conducted in Enugu, Rivers, Kano, Gombe, Abuja and Lagos.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
On February 6, the president appointed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building committee, as a measure towards improving cohesion within the APC, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Tinubu’s assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.

Okechukwu, who is also a chieftain of the APC said Tinubu’s appointment is the right step in the right direction, as well as a milestone for the ruling party in the country.

“It is a milestone. I salute Mr. President for appointing our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to head such a crucial committee. It is timely and a welcome development. 

“He was one of the core architects of the merger which gave birth to the APC and has the Midas touch to stitch the torn parts. Let’s be honest; there are intra-disputes which need a man of Asiwaju’s calibre to fix.”

The VON DG also explained further: “It is not crisis per se but intra-feuds which normally occur in every human association. Some of them are ego-based, some are ancient grudges and some are frictions which could be traced to the fact that APC is a polygamous household, with many mothers and one father.”

Okechukwu also expressed optimism that Tinubu would mend fences with the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

“Oyegun belongs to his motherhood of APC and did his utmost best in the circumstance he found himself.

 “My happiness is that Asiwaju, as a veteran, stands in good stead to reconcile the feuding parties and different tendencies, more so, when Mr. President has mandated him to select his team.”

On whether Tinubu would be able to reconcile the friction between the executive and members of the National Assembly, he replied: “Asiwaju, more than any other leader of our great party, knows the imperative of mending all fences, on the eve of an election. 

“He knows the faux pas. I remember vividly how Asiwaju, with General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, of blessed memory, and host of others, reconciled similar impasse in the 1990’s, with Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola at Alhaji Kwande’s residence in Jos, Plateau State, during the Social Democracy Party (SDP) primaries.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Daily Sun gathered that some APC governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives, dissatisfied with events in the ruling political party, have cut a deal with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with a view to joining the opposition political party.

This is coming at a time the PDP  has declared that its platform was open to all Nigerians to actualise their dreams of contesting elections.

But reacting, National Publicity of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, told Daily Sun that the party won’t want to react to such information when no name of any governor or chieftain was mentioned.

“I cannot react based on speculations,” the APC spokesman said.

However, competent sources among those who attended the PDP’s recent National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Asaba, Delta State capital, revealed that top APC members, who will defect may join the PDP latest by May.

Eleven PDP governors and other executives of the party were at the Asaba meeting. The governors were Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Henry Dickson (Bayelsa), Benedict Ayade (Cross River), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).

Others were PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and other party executives.

One of the sources, who said part of the PDP NWC meeting centred on how the defecting APC members would be received,  said some of the elected APC governors and senator were among those that left the party in 2014 before the 2015 general elections.

He said Nigerians would be shocked by the calibre of APC members that would dump the party for the PDP.

Although he refused to mention names of those involved, he hinted that they were from the North West and North Central geopolitical zones.

“By the time the governors move, Nigerians will be surprised. Some APC governors are already disenchanted with the party and its leadership. Before the Asaba meeting, PDP leadership had opened talks with them and the talks have been fruitful, we were told.

“The crux of the NWC meeting was how to fine-tune modalities on how to receive those joining PDP and how they will be integrated.”

The source said the defection that would happen in the National Assembly would be so huge that the configuration would change.

According to him, what happened in the National Assembly when Sokoto State governor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, spearheaded the defection of PDP lawmakers to APC may repeat itself.

“By the time federal lawmakers move to the PDP, I can tell you that the PDP will constitute the majority. They are joining us in preparation for the 2019 general elections,” he said.

Part of the reason some of the federal lawmakers were angry with the APC and the Federal Government, it was gathered, is the Presidency’s handling of the nomination of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Daily Sun gathered that some of the senators said the Presidency has shown disdain for the Senate in the Magu issue and, therefore, senators feel insulted.

However, there are strong indications that presidential aspirants defecting from the APC to the PDP may not find it easy displacing other PDP presidential aspirants. Already, the list of those aspiring to run on the platform of the party has increased.

Apart from former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, former Kano State governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, all of whom have formally declared their intention, there are four others who are making consultations, but are yet to make their intention public.

They are former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, former Senate president, David Mark, Gombe State governor, Ibrahim DanKwambo and immediate past National Caretaker Committee chairman and former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi.   

For now, apart from Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso is another APC chieftain that is also eying the PDP’s ticket.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nadezhda Krasova, five, the youngest victim in the crash, died along with her mother Oksana Krasova, 32, after the Antonov An-148 airliner broke up in mid-air, according to eyewitness reports. 

The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from the capital’s Domodedovo Airport, according to the Mail newspaper. The plane crashed, with 65 passengers and six crew aboard, just a few minutes after setting off Orsk, a city in the Urals, around 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow.

Like many of the victims, Nadezhda and her mother were from Orsk, in Orenburg region, which will mark a day of mourning today. The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that “more than 60 people” on board the plane were from the region.

However, Russian sources said foreigners from Switzerland, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were also on the doomed flight. Aviation website FlightRadar reported the aircraft was last measured falling at a rate of 22,000ft per minute.  Fragments from the Antonov An-148 airliner were found in the Ramenskoye area, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the airport. Footage on state television showed them strewn across a snowy field with no buildings nearby.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said yesterday afternoon that “judging by everything, no one has survived this crash.” Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible causes were being explored.    

The crew did not report any problems prior to the plane falling out of the sky, Russian sources said. “No reports about technical malfunctions were received from the plane’s crew,” said Svetlana Petrenko of the Russian Investigative Committee which has launched a criminal investigation into the crash.

Airport staff in Moscow were tonight being quizzed over the way the plane was prepared for its flight, she said. “Investigators are questioning employees of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport who were engaged to prepare the plane for the flight.

“A similar inspection is conducted at the airport’s air traffic control service.” State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow. The plane crash left a crater more than 8ft deep and 60ft in diameter, but debris was said to be scattered over more than a half-mile radius.

“I heard a noise… like a roar. It was quite unusual,’ an eyewitness called Alexey said. You know, it sounds very strange when no one is around, when you hear such an unusual roar… I put on my shoes and rushed outside.

“And I saw…an explosion. So big, there was such a cloud. Mushroom-shaped, like a nuclear explosion in miniature. The fragments were flying, burning. One of them was flew right onto me.’

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Egypt yesterday at the start of a five-nation tour that coincides with heightened regional tension as well as unease over the Trump administration's Mideast policies. From Egypt, he visit Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and concludes the trip in Ankara with talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan... 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Sets out agenda for 2018 South Africa's deputy president consolidated his control of the government yesterday, promising to conclude a power transition in which he would succeed President Jacob Zuma, who faces widespread calls to resign because of corruption allegations. Standing on the balcony of Cape Town's pillared City Hall, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered... 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Judex Okoro, Calabar In modern day politicking, political parties are essential institutions of democracy. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have ended, but same cannot 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
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Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Akwa United suffers defeat Joe Apu Plateau United made a winning debut in the CAF Champions League 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian Breweries Plc at the weekend exchanged an agreement that 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Joe Apu Captain of Nigeria's D' Tigers, Ike Diogu has been named in the 18-man Nigeria provisional 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Struggling Nigeria's national currency may soon rebound against other world currencies as the UK Export 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Says 200,000 N-Power jobs created Uche Usim, Abuja Amid fears of possible disruption in government's 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
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Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Beseige VAIDS hotlines, beg FG for extension Uche Usim, Abuja Nigerians who own undisclosed 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja House of Representatives has resolved to summon the Minister of Industry, Trade 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
By Omodele Adigun The N1 billion credit facility from the Nigeria Export Import (NEXIM) Bank and others 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Zika Bobby The National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) has reiterated its support to the Federal 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Airline accuses agency of cover-up By Louis Ibah The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Isaac Anumihe Acting Director General of the Infrastructure Concession regulatory Commission (I RC) 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Louis Ibah A fortnight ago, Med-View Airlines announced the suspension of its Lagos-Abuja-Dubai operations 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Adewale Sanyaolu Unless concrete steps are taken by the Federal Government to address the galloping rate 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Laide Raheem, Abeokuta European Union Leader of Delegation, Kurt Cornellus, disclosed at the weeken 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Ben Dunno,Warri Indications that President Muhammadu Buhari would contest the 2019 presidential election 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has declared that his administration 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Nigeria has lost one of her best fertile minds 'David Mark General John Nanzip Shagaya, a former 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Moshood Adebayo The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has sealed the zonal headquarters of 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
NEXT Sunday, February 18, 2018, marks the 53rd birthday of the next governor of Abia State, by God's 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union ended 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Do you see the things I see and hear the things I hear' Gory images, frightful tales, mostly made-up 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
By the time the Buhari presidency fumbles and wobbles to the end, hopefully next year, it shall be missed 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Being conclusion of last Friday's article Kenneth Okonkwo If this incident had happened in Tivland, 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
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