NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [20 March, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Barely five days after the killings in Dekina and Omala Local Government Areas, a traditional ruler and 11 other persons have again been reportedly killed and several houses razed in separate attacks by suspected herders of cattle on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Those killed included a traditional ruler, the Onu Okenwu Agbenema of Ife, Chief Musa Edigbo, his wife and 10 others by the assailants.

THISDAY reliably gathered that the attacks started on Sunday night and lasted till Monday morning.
During the attacks, the residence of the former vice-chairman of Omala LGA and that of his father were also razed.
It was gathered that the attackers, who were allegedly armed with sophisticated weapons, hid in the bushes around the villages from where they launched the deadly ambush on their targets.

According to the residents, who managed to escape the assault on their communities, the herdsmen set houses ablaze and opened fire on the fleeing inhabitants, slit their throats with machetes, and dismembered their bodies.

The eyewitnesses, who would not want their names in print, told newsmen that the administrator of Omala, Hon. Ibrahim Aboh, escaped the gruesome onslaught by a whisker.
They also alleged that the soldiers who were drafted to curtail the suspected herdsmen’s killings refused to assist the locals repel the assailants.

“We were surprised when we approached the soldiers who were stationed at a guest house at Abejukolo for assistance. They refused to act and used their vehicle to block us from advancing to the troubled spots to help our people.
“It is clear that the aim of the Fulani herdsmen is to kill us and take over our ancestral homes. They have razed Ojuwo Ajomayeigbi, Iyade, Agbenema and Opada villages so that they can use our land for their cattle colonies.

“We want the world to come to our assistance before these Fulani exterminate and inherit our land. We have lost confidence in the security agencies posted to us because from their actions, we believe they have been instructed to adopt a sit and look approach while we are being massacred.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all policemen attached to very important persons (VIPs), political and public office holders in the country.

He has also deployed no fewer than 2,000 armed policemen in schools in North-eastern Nigeria as part of the measures to enhance protection in public schools in the region where Boko Haram terrorists regularly abduct men, women and children for ransom or indoctrination into the Islamist sect.

Idris gave the order on the withdrawal of police personnel from VIPs and politicians, among others, at the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above, held Monday in Abuja.
“A directive for the withdrawal of all police officers deployed to VIPs, political and public office holders, with immediate effect, is hereby given,” he said.

He said the order became expedient in view of the current security challenges in the country, adding that it was aimed at enhancing effective and efficient policing in the country.
Idris added that the directive included business entrepreneurs, multinational companies as well as corporate individuals.

In this regard, the police boss said a memo would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He added that the approval would also serve as a guideline or template for the deployment of officers to VIPs, political and public office holders.
Idris said a task force had been constituted at the Force Headquarters to ensure compliance with the directive while command commissioners would replicate same at their various commands.

He pointed out that organisations and individuals that require the services of the police and are found worthy would be considered by the Special Protection Unit (SPU) of the police force.
Idris explained that this would be based on an application for re-validation through the state Commissioners of Police where they are resident.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
In a departure from the mantra of the administration, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Monday in Abuja admitted that the federal government is yet to deal effectively with the menace of corruption in the country.

Speaking at the 7th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for private sector stakeholders at the State House conference centre, he said the administration has been unable to deal decisively with corruption because it is endemic and has fought back on all fronts.

He also criticised the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, alleging that while it spent a paltry N14 billion on agriculture in 2014, N15 billion on transportation, and only N153 billion on infrastructure in three years, it shared N150 billion two weeks to the 2015 elections.

Osinbajo faulted the perceived taciturn nature of Nigerians on the adverse effects of corruption on the nation’s economy, saying the absence of unanimity on the impact of corruption was dragging the country backwards and advocated a change of mindset.

He said: “I must ask again what was wrong with the Nigerian economy and what do we need to do to correct the flaws. There are several issues which many of you have already articulated, but I want to talk about what I think is the biggest problem which, for some reason, we hardly talk about when discussing our national economy.

“That is grand corruption in the public finance space. Sometimes the way we talk about the Nigerian economy it does appear as if it is the economy of say, Norway or somewhere, where all things are equal.

“Even when we refer to what has taken place in our economy, we almost sound as if this is in every sense a very normal business environment, a very normal public finance environment. But that is not the case.

“I do not think that any consideration about our economic development can be properly and honestly done without fully analysing corruption, especially grand corruption in the public finance space.

“You see that despite the record high levels of oil prices, very little was invested in infrastructure and a record level of leakages were recorded in the past few years.
“That is the fundamental issue in our economy. Corruption affects everything. It affects even judgment as to what sort of infrastructure to put in place or whether infrastructure will ever be completed.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed support for the auditing and restructuring of the existing federal system to give a sense of belonging to all Nigerians.

Dogara spoke yesterday in Abuja at the third annual political summit on, ‘Reforming the Nigerian Federation: Which Way Forward,’ organised by the Save Democracy Africa.

He said for true federalism to be achieved in Nigeria, a unique system of federalism that best suited Nigerian people and the local circumstances in the country should be created.

He added that this would be, in addition to having leaders who were visionary, selfless, prudent, intelligent and indefatigable and having integrity and honour.

According to him, the talk of Nigeria’s success or genuine federalism can no longer hold waters, given the state of internal insurgencies, divisiveness, ethnic and religious schism witnessed in several parts of Nigeria.

“Efforts at wishing away the problem associated with the Nigerian federation have only resulted into several tribal, ethnic and religious movements that have even metamorphosed into terrorist syndicates.

“One can, therefore, no longer fold his arms but engage some of the issues that have confronted us as a country and threatened the federation.

“This forum provides one of the opportunities for such interrogation. Accordingly, I commend the organisers for bringing this issue to the front burner once again.

“That Nigeria could survive despite predictions to the contrary by the world powers not only portrays a ray of hope, but also demonstrate that Nigerian federation has come to stay.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The presidency said on Monday in Abuja that the private sector would be accorded an advisory role in National Food Security Council to be inaugurated and chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari next week. The council will among others, evolve sustainable solutions to protracted crisis between farmers and herders. According to an [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has denied any link with a newly registered political party, Action Peoples Party (APP). Saraki in statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he also has nothing to do with party's Chairman, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere. He said when Ugochinyere resigned as his Special Assistant on Youth [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Likely to be confirmed on Wednesday Damilola Oyedele in Abuja The Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions, on Monday screened President Muhammadu Buhari's nominees for Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Aisha Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu. The committee also screened the nominees for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a new political party, Action Peoples Party (APP), on Monday advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to perish any thought of staying in power beyond May 29, 2019. PDP alleged that the APC and presidency are desperately resorting [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Ex-governors' Pension Law Following the precedent set by the Kwara State Government, the Kano State House of Assembly yesterday commenced the process of amending the state law that provides pensions and gratuities for former governors and deputy governors of the state. The decision to commence the amendment of the law followed a motion of urgent [] 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
No casualty recorded John Shiklam in Kaduna A trainer aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Mondaycrashed in Kaduna. The incident occurredat Kauran Dawa village in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State. No casualty was recorded in the incident as the pilot who was said to have force landed the plane, came [] 
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