Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 6th April, 2017.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Army yesterday said it killed 21 bandits in a gun duel in Zamfara State, just as 24 people were feared killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Benue and Kaduna states. 
A statement by the director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said the Nigerian Army troops of 232 Battalion Zuru while on clearance patrol encountered armed bandits, killing 21 of them, though it lost two soldiers at Tungan Daji in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

A week earlier, bandits killed more than 30 people in Bawan Daji village, in the same Anka local government.
The Bawan Daji killings came days after the death of   a bandits’ kingpin, Buharin Daji, by a rival gang in the state. 
Chukwu said dozens of other bandits escaped with gunshot wounds. The troops also recovered from the bandits five AK 47 assault rifles, one light machine gun, five magazines of AK 47 rifle and 35 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. 
Speaking on the death of their personnel, the army spokesperson said, “unfortunately we lost an officer and a soldier during the encounter. The remains of the officer and the soldier have been evacuated to Federal Medical Center, Gusau.” 
The Benue attacks were carried out in four communities of Gwer West Local Government Area of the state. 
Daily Trust gathered that the four communities of Mbapupuu, Mbapa, Mbachhphon, and Enger all in Agagbe district of Gwer West LGA were attacked in the early hours of yesterday.
 Locals said that they were asleep about 1:30 am when the gunmen invaded their locality, shooting sporadically and killing people in the process. 
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, however, confirmed that only two persons were killed by the bandits. 
The police chief said, “The issue has gone beyond herdsmen and farmers from what we have seen. Our men have encountered them too, they are dressed in black and black. It is an infiltration from either Zamfara State or neighbouring countries where they are being chased away from.” 
The police commissioner had earlier raised concerns at a press briefing on Tuesday that people of the Gwer area were fleeing their communities to Naka town, the headquarters of the local government following a dispute between some youths and herders in the area. 
Mr Owoseni had said some youths from Mbapa community and herders clashed early this week during which one herder got missing. He, however, said the police command was already in talks with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to resolve the matter.
In Kaduna State, the bandits attacked Sarari village, near Kuriga town, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.
The bandits arrived the community around 2 pm on motorcycles in large number, where they went from house to house shooting people.
Eyewitnesses said the community’s village head and five other people were killed during the attacks, while about 10 others were injured.
A day earlier, Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar ordered the deployment of special forces of the Nigerian air force (NAF) to Gusau, Zamfara state capital, as part of efforts to stop the killings in the state.
A statement by NAF spokesperson Olatokunbo Adesanya said the troops are to complement the efforts of other security forces on the ground to prevent further attacks.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be moved forward to comply with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
On Wednesday, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the party’s emergency NEC meeting would hold on Monday, April 9 to take final position on the controversial tenure elongation saga.

But Monday’s meeting will contravene the provisions of the APC constitution that states that at least seven days’ notice should be given to members to attend such meeting.
Article 25 (B) (i) states that the National Executive Committee NEC shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the National Chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.
However,  Article 25 B (ii) states that “Without prejudice to Article 25 (B) (i) of this Constitution, the National Working Committee may summon an emergency National Executive Committee meeting at any time, provided that at least seven (7) days notice of the meeting shall be given to all those entitled to attend. 
Daily Trust made efforts to confirm from Oyegun whether the NEC meeting would go ahead as scheduled in view of the potential constitutional breach. He did not pick the calls. 
The phone line of the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, was busy when our correspondents put calls to him last night.
Monday’s NEC meeting is expected to be used to endorse the demand for congresses and convention and announce dates for the exercise.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria has been reluctant to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) among ECOWAS countries to protect her economy, especially the industries and small businesses currently providing jobs for majority Nigerians.
He said signing the agreement would expose industries and small businesses to external pressures and competitions, which could lead to closures and job losses.

The president said this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa yesterday, while receiving a letter of credence from the head of delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, Ketil Iversen Karlsen. 
He said, “We are not enthusiastic about signing the EPA because of our largely youthful population. We are still struggling to provide jobs for them, and we want our youths to be kept busy.
“Presently, our industries cannot compete with the more efficient and highly technologically driven industries in Europe. We have to protect our industries and our youths.”
Commending the EU for its support for the rehabilitation of the northeast, Buhari said Nigerian economy was being repositioned to attract more investments that would create jobs.
Karlsen said the EU would continue to support Buhari’s administration in the key priorities it listed; security, economy and the fight against corruption.
He said the EPA was designed to accommodate and protect some economies that would find it difficult to compete.
“We are hopeful that there will be a signature on the agreement,’’ he stated.
Buhari also received letters of credence from the Ambassador of Italy, Dr. Stefano Pontesilli and the Ambassador of Spain, Mr Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration is true and faithful to the electoral promises made to Nigerians.
The minister said this when the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita led a team of Permanent Secretaries on a courtesy visit to him.

Mohammed said the administration had delivered on its three planks electoral promises of reviving the economy, fighting corruption and tackling insurgency.
He said it was unfortunate that those championing criticism of the government were the elite whose sources to easy money had been blocked by the anti- corruption policies and programmes of the government.
The minister noted that the beneficiaries of the various social investment programmes of the government were conscious of and attesting to how the administration was touching lives.
“In less than three years, we are proud of our records, it does not matter what the naysayers are saying.
“One thing they have not been able to do is to challenge the figures that we put forward on the successes we have recorded,’’ he said.
The minister noted that Buhari’s administration was “God sent’’ because of the level the previous administration mismanaged the economy.
He said there would not have been a better time for the administration to take power considering the security situation, decay in infrastructure and level of unemployment.
The minister said that the government had been working to pull back the country from the brink.
The minister said that despite the occasional cowardly suicide attacks by the Boko Haram, the government had done a lot to reverse the trend as it met it.
Specifically, he said unlike before, no part of the country was under the occupation of the insurgents and there were no attacks in major cities like Abuja.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The PDP has claimed that the $1 billion approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the procurement of arms to fight insecurity is meant to finance the forthcoming APC convention and the 2019 campaigns. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
If ever there was a recent case of unguarded utterance by an elder statesman in Nigeria, it was the one made by Lt General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma at the maiden convocation of Taraba State University in Wukari eight days ago. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and his supporters angrily burned the flags of the party. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says President Muhammadu Buharis led administration is true and faithful to the electoral promises made to Nigerians. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Bauchi State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured that it will be fair to all its governorship aspirant 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health, has declared his readiness to succeed his boss, Gov. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Food Bank Initiative (FBI), has donated foodstuff to some indigent students of the University of Abuja. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
An Abuja Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Gwagwa, Abuja, has summoned one Yahaya Abdullahi before it after his wife approached the court seeking to know about their marriage status. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has sentenced two motorcycle operators to four months imprisonment each for causing obstruction on a highway. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Director, FCT Department of Outdoor Advertising and Signage (DOAS), Alhaji Ibrahim (Yakasai) Yusuf, has warned the general public against the placement of billboards, posters or any signage items in Abuja. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has confirmed three persons dead while seven others were injured in an auto accident that occurred on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday morning. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
An Ibadan magistrate court yesterday sentenced a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Segun Moses, to five and a half months imprisonment for stealing 30 litres of diesel, fowls and other items valued at N14,350. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The frosty relationship between a landlord, Alhaji Rasheed Soaga, and his tenant, Alhaji Mutiu Ogunmefun, played out before the Abeokuta Customary Grade II Court, Ake, yesterday, as the two men refused to greet each other but rather engaged in a shouting match in court.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Federal Government will establish science centres in the six geo political zones of the country so as to stimulate the interest of young people in science related disciplines. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Federal Government has expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan focus labs and the commitment of its participants towards achieving the overall goal of the exercise. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The Kwara State House of Assembly has authorised the state government to access a N4 billion loan facility to settle the outstanding salaries and pension of staff of the 16 local government councils in the state. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Despite high unemployment in Nigeria, the Federal Government has uncovered 925 difficult and very difficult-to-fill vacancies in the countrys labour market. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
The recent pension enhancement authorised by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) was as a result of growth in retirees funds and not as a result of funds released by the Federal Government. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) shall continue paying pensions to retirees that have fully exhausted their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) balance from their statutory reserve. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Lets examine a few implications of the recent scandal by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, with a focus on the lessons that should have been learned, especially for the targeted country Nigeria. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
As cybercrimes become more rampant and sophisticated, Cisco, the global leader in IT and networking, has called on businesses to adopt security measures and to take a comprehensive approach across people, process, technology and policy to protect their businesses from hackers and cyber criminals. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Leicester City midfielder Matty James has had surgery on his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, manager Claude Puel said yesterday. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Tiger Woods received a rousing ovation that was three years in the making yesterday as the smiling former world No 1 made his much-anticipated return to the US Masters. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote is happy to see his side recapture their scoring form in Wednesdays victory over Yobe Desert Stars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke faces a late fitness test to be ready for Saturdays Premier League clash against Bournemouth after injuring his groin in training on Thursday, manager Roy Hodgson said. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
A former Arsenal star, Kanu Nwankwo is stunned at how the Nigerian media reacted to a hoax that claimed he was planning on running for Nigeria''s presidency in 2019. 

Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Mohamed Salah has been shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Month award for March. 

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