NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Tuesday, 17 April, 2018.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said even with elections due in less than a year his major focus remains security and the economy.
Buhari stated this at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May at 10, Downing Street, London yesterday.

 
“We have elections next year, politicians are already pre-occupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy,” his  spokesman Mr Femi Adesina, quoted him as saying. The president announced Monday last week he would seek re-election in 2019.
“We campaigned on three major issues, to secure the country, revivea the economy and fight corruption,” the President said, adding that Nigeria and Britain had a long history of cooperation on several fronts.
He stated: “People ought to know how they arrived where they are, if they should move forward. It was a mistake for us to have stopped the teaching of history as a subject in schools, but we are returning it to the curriculum now.” 
Buhari commended British companies like Unilever, Cadbury, and many others, “who have stood with Nigeria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a Civil War, they never left.
“But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investment,” he said.
President Buhari briefed Prime Minister May on the strides in agriculture which he said had put Nigeria firmly on the road to food sufficiency. 
He said: “I am very pleased with the successes in agriculture,” he said, adding: “We have cut rice importation by about 90%, made lots of savings of foreign exchange, and generated employment. 

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“People had rushed to the cities to get oil money, at the expense of farming. But luckily, they are now going back to the farms. Even professionals are going back to the land. We are making steady progress on the road to food security.”
On education, Buhari said more investment was being made, because “people can look after themselves if well educated. In this age of technology, education is very important. We need well-staffed and well-equipped institutions to move into the next generation.” 
Climate change and environmental issues also came up for discussion, and President Buhari brought up the necessity of inter-basin water transfer from Congo Basin to Lake Chad.
 “The Lake Chad is now about 10% of its original size, and it is perhaps one of the reasons our youths dare both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean, to get to Europe. But if there is inter-basin water transfer, about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and other countries stand to benefit. 
“I made the case during the Climate Change Summit in France. If Lake Chad is recharged, it will reduce the number of youths coming to Europe to increase social problems. We brought back about 4,000 people from Libya recently. Almost all of them were below 30, and Libya was not their final destination. They were headed to Europe.”
Prime Minister May, for her part, said that Britain would continue to work with Nigeria in the areas of training and equipping the military. 
She was particular about abduction of young schoolgirls by Boko Haram, noting that Britain would continue to give Nigeria needed assistance. 
She said the Buhari administration has “been making good progress on the economy,” and urged it to maintain the focus, despite approaching elections, and increase in political activities.
On education and climate change, she said: “Good grounding in education is good. It is important to equip young people for today’s world. It is also a good bastion and defence against modern slavery. The issue of the environment and climate change is very important, because of its impact on many countries in the Commonwealth. Stability at home is important, to curb illegal migration.”
Prime Minister May, who commended Buhari for working to improve trade and business for Nigeria, noted that it was also time to boost intra-Commonwealth trade.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday killed a policeman and kidnapped a German engineer working with Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company, Mr Michael Cremza in Kano, Daily Trust has learnt.
The incident occurred around Madobi Under-Pass at 7:45am today while the abducted German engineer and policeman attached to him were on their way to a construction site where the company is executing a project.


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Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Musa Majia, said the German national was abducted by a 5-men armed gang.
Majia said “The armed men in a motor vehicle ambushed and opened fire on a motor vehicle conveying Mr. Cremza to a construction site, killing the police Sergeant attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) on escort duty and abducted Cremza.”
He added that the Police Commissioner, Rabi’u Yusuf had deployed a team of operatives and detectives to cordon the axis with a view to arresting the culprits and rescue the victim.
“Manhunt of the abductors is ongoing. So, any person with useful information should report to the nearest police station,” he said.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Ajegwu-Idah road is a ‘kind’ as well as a ‘cruel’ one, for it rewards kidnappers, and cripples the economy of the rich, villagers and travellers. Kidnappers flourish within the forests and valleys lining both sides of it. “It’s a 30 minute drive to Idah, but a whole lot can happen in a second on that route,”one contact says. 
Daily Trust is informed that a kidnapper recently boasted to his victim that he has a degree in mathematics, and that he has plans of travelling abroad when he has saved enough from the ransom payments. Today, he must live for a while as a mathematician in the  forest, an Euclid dwelling in a valley  solving equations in leafy surroundings relating to victims and ransoms.From the account given he appears to function as part of the intellectual side to the group of kidnappers along the Ajegwu-Idah road. Nigeria is the big loser when its mathematicians and thinkers are pushed to contemplate the wrong sort of calculations in a forest, and, paradoxically,the country is  badly in need of mathematicians. Nigeria at present does not have the required number of mathematics teachers it needs. A newspaper report of 2016 laments the shortage of maths teachers at every level in the country. The Director General of the National Mathematical Centre at that time is quoted as encouraging the federal government to declare a state of emergency on mathematics, as a response to the shortage of maths teachers in the country.  
But the people who live along the road are getting poorer every day, and an increasing sense of fear, a life lived in daily awe of the kidnapper, is a form of poverty too. A reluctance to display wealth is another version of the same thing, for an open show of material success, would
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attract the kidnappers. Rich sons of Idah park their fancy jeeps  in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, or at Okene and make the trip home using taxis. Gucci bags, dresses, designer perfumes and elegant shoes, are left behind by women while they journey home. Fewer weddings hold in Idah today simply because of the fear of the kidnapper, and many people prefer  Abuja or Lokoja as locations for the event. Fear rules the road, and taxi drivers progress at a fast pace while travelling, which makes it ‘impossible to stop if we run into kidnappers,’ one of them explains to me with a laugh as we hurtle towards Idah. Many families in Idah today lock their gates by 8:00pm, because nobody knows who may come knocking. But some persons have  decided never to return to Idah again. Daily Trust is told of  Ahmed Ogwuche (not real name) who after his release by the kidnappers, vowed never to return to Idah. He has made up his mind about this, and the closest he can get to Igalaland today is Gwagwalada, in the FCT. He says that it is only when he has passed on, that his remains could be taken to Idah for burial. This macabre thought is almost funny, but it is not. He reasons that it makes more sense  to visit his home town when he has departed the flesh, rather than while he is alive. Instances exist of a brother who arranges for his wealthy uncle to be kidnapped. A N5,000 debt led to one man being abducted by his relative and this was to teach the former a lesson, Daily Trust learns. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A businessman and politician from Kano State, Alhaji Abdulsalami Abdulkarim Zaura, has joined the race for the governorship election in the state. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
One of the newly registered political parties, the Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to meet and work out a middle ground on the election sequence debacle. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Dame Pauline Tallen, has described the political rivalry between the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung and Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong, as unhealthy and uncalled for. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, yesterday, said the State Executive Council (SEC) has sought the help of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the zonal leadership of the party to intervene in appealing to the 37 aspirants jostling for the partys ticket to allow civility before May 5 primary. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A chieftain of the APC in Delta State, Prince Christopher Agaga, has called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, to speak on the violations of the countrys constitution that led to the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from the Senate.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A Kuje Upper Area Court in the FCT on Monday sentenced one Dennis Samuel to three months imprisonment for theft of a phone worth N30,000. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Some residents of Abuja on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to make malaria vaccine available to arrest the scourge in the country. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
An FCT High Court, Kubwa, Abuja has dissolved a 10-year-old marriage between one Ekpolador Koinya and Onajero Gloria over the wifes aggressive nature. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A yet to be identified passenger has died while 23 others sustained injuries in a crash that occurred on Saturday night at Manderegi village, near Abaji, on Abuja-Lokoja road. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The Chairman Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has said the council has approved the sinking of boreholes in five communities. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
A renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, has stressed the need for the Federal Government and Nigerians to embrace prayers as solution to the security challenges facing the country. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Mrs Ochefije Iduh, (not real name) was pregnant for her second child when the discovery of her Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) status was uncovered. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Over 500 rice farmers in Bayelsa State have received seedlings, fertilizers, spray machines and other rice farming inputs from the ongoing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Despite the speed of the annual growth rate for renewables in recent times, oil and gas will hold more than half of the energy demand in a few more decades to come, Secretary General of OPEC, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, has said. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Nigerias chances of winning the ongoing ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A received a big boost on Sunday after the national cricket team recorded a convincing 55 runs victory over Gambia on Sunday at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Lee Engineering and Construction Company has established a $100 million fabrication plant in Warri, Delta State, to meet the fabrication needs of multinational companies in the oil and gas sector. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The founder and Chief Executive Officer of United State-based CoinMD Mr Tom McMurrain has said the $500billion blockchain technology industry is capable of removing millions of Nigerians out of poverty. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi is set to miss the rest of the season - and possibly the World Cup - after injuring his ankle during a defeat by Schalke at the weekend. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Experts in the mining sector have said that concessioning Ajaokuta Steel will lead to corruption and mortgage the security of Nigeria. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The African Development Bank (AfDB), has for the first time in 15 years released summaries of the African Economic Outlook (AEO), its flagship report in three African languages: Arabic, Hausa and Kiswahili. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Plateau United captain Elisha Golbe and attacking midfielder, Raphael Ayagwa have expressed confidence that the reigning NPFL champions will get a good result in todays return leg of the Confederation Cup play-off fixture against USM Algiers. 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The controversy over the sack of 22 out of 26 Nigerian employees of Kenya Airways deepened on Monday as the management of the airline accused the union of not doing enough to protect the interest of its members working with it. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Nigerians will begin their quest for a memorable outing at the Tombim Abuja Open Nigeria FI Futures today with the quartet of Sylvester Emmanuel, Joseph Imeh, Emmanuel Audu and Michael Michael all scheduled to face tough opponents in the first round of the $25,000 prize money championship. 

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
Residents of Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Local government areas of Borno state have condemned the alleged outrageous and crazy electricity bills sent to them by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC).

Tue, 17 Apr 2018
The gates will be thrown open for the return leg of Enyimba Football Clubs CAF Confederation Cup play-off against Bidvest Wits of South Africa. 


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