Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 26 February, 2018.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Presidency and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are asking what must be done with the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.There are pointers a verdict on the Edo chief would not be easy.The crises threatening to tear the party apart look set to be the major agenda at tomorrow’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.The meeting, the third to be convened since the APC came into power, will follow today’s caucus deliberations at the Presidential Villa, to be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NEC meeting will be a decisive session, as there may be calls for the sacking of the Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC), even before the expiration of its tenure in April.The recent decision by Buhari to appoint former Lagos State governor and National Leader, Bola Tinubu, to reconcile warring members is already ruffling feathers.The move has been seen in certain quarters as the equivalent of a vote of no confidence in the NWC, and some state governors at the heart of the crises are not ready to take it lying down.

There are speculations that the Presidency would need the political clout of Tinubu for its 2019 election outing and may therefore abandon Oyegun.If this works, there are suggestions former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole may assume the vacant position.Oshiomhole, alongside his successor Godwin Obaseki, had met with Buhari behind closed doors at the Aso Rock Villa, recently.

Tinubu in a letter last week had accused Oyegun of frustrating his reconciliatory efforts in Kogi, Kaduna and Adamawa States. The governors, however, came together and passed a vote of confidence in the chairman and his team.Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the Presidential Villa, maintained that Oyegun has the wherewithal to reconcile the party’s warring groups.

Bello, who is having a running battle with the Hadi Ametou-led party executives in his state, has an axe to grind with Tinubu over his support for James Faleke. Faleke, was the running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, who died shortly before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the November 2015 election in the state. The Oyegun-led APC in controversial circumstances had chosen Bello who was runner-up in the governorship primaries as candidate, ahead of Faleke.

Bello, who is among the governors urging Buhari to seek a second term in office, said: “We the governors and the majority of APC members have confidence in our National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. We also believe in the President’s appointment of Bola Tinubu, our leader, to reconcile some aggrieved members. However, one size fits all will not work in all states where some erring members need to be disciplined.”

Bello was flanked by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who is at war with a faction of the Kaduna chapter of the party led by Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State who is equally estranged from his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and supporters.

Tinubu in the letter dated February 21 which was copied the President, Vice President, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, had accused Oyegun of taking unilateral decisions at resolving the crises in Kogi, Kaduna and Adamawa States.Oyegun, who also incurred the wrath of Tinubu over his role in the emergence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, had also received an endorsement by the Adamawa State House of Assembly and South South leaders, led by Chief John Harry.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary Timi Frank, however, insists Tinubu remains the man who can solve the party’s troubles and reiterated his call for the sacking of Oyegun.He said: “I know that it is too late. If they had listened to me much earlier when I was the only voice in the wilderness and had appointed someone like Tinubu, a year ago, maybe the likes of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wouldn’t have left the ruling party.

“There is no doubt that Tinubu is the right person to do this job of reconciliation. But unfortunately, he cannot do magic because it’s already late and nothing will come out of it. Some people might not like this truth, but I will continue to say it.“It is glaring that all what Tinubu is expected to repair now were caused by Oyegun’s indecision, which I loudly spoke about. When I demanded his resignation, some people felt I was being sponsored. But today, I have been vindicated because all eyes can see clearly what Oyegun’s style of leadership has done to the ruling party. At this level, if care is not taken, APC might soon become history.”

The party’s factional leader in Kaduna, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, meanwhile, has warned that a letter by the National Secretary requesting the El-Rufai faction to attend the NEC meeting would worsen the crisis in the state.He raised the alarm when he received some members of the NWC, led by Comrade Segun Oni, who were on a fact-finding mission to his house, which was demolished by the state government last week.

“The fact of the matter remains; where there is an arbiter between two disagreeing parties, it behoves that arbiter to be fair to all concerned,” he said.Oni replied: “We are here to also appeal to both sides or all the sides that you should sheathe your swords, give us time to put together this report. The president has set up a reconciliation committee, headed by Bola Tinubu. He will reconcile all members. When we finish with the report, we will give it to the NWC that sent us and a copy will be sent to Tinubu. That will be his own document, based on which he will do his work.”

Also, the National Vice Chairman, South South, Hilliard Eta, declared as null and void the just-concluded Cross River State congress.National Officers, led by Mohammed Idebawa, on Saturday, had ignored a court process and conducted the election. Eta added that the acting chairman, Sir John Ochala, remains in charge of the state chapter of the party and “since a court order has been served, the parties must resort to the status quo until the exhaustion of the litigation process regarding the issue in contention.”

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, remain unaccounted for, after a suspected Boko Haram faction invaded their school last week.The disclosure came as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced it had deployed additional air assets, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, to the North East amid ongoing efforts to locate the girls.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the figure yesterday in Damaturu after a meeting between a Federal Government delegation and representatives of key stakeholders, including the state government, the college, parents, security agencies and Bursari Local Government, where Dapchi is located.He said based on briefings from the Principal of the college, Hajia Adama Abdulkarim, and the state Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, 906 students were in the school on the day of the attack.

Mohammed announced that the Federal Government has directed the police and civil defence authorities in Yobe State to immediately deploy their personnel to all the schools in the state.He said the Federal Government had stepped up efforts to rescue the girls and that security agencies were working on several leads regarding their whereabouts.

On his part, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), noted that the delegation embarked on the trip to get the facts right. “According to a statement by NAF spokesman Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya in Abuja, yesterday: “The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, directed the immediate deployment of additional air assets and NAF personnel to the North East, with the sole mission of conducting day and night searches for the missing girls.

“It is noteworthy that the renewed efforts are being conducted in close liaison with other surface security forces. While the NAF will spare no efforts at possibly locating the girls via its air operations, it also seizes this opportunity to call on anyone, especially the locals, who might have any information that could lead to the location of the girls to bring such forward to NAF authorities or other relevant security agencies.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, insisted the All Progressives Congress (APC) has questions to answer over alleged security lapses in the area and misleading reports that hampered the immediate rescue of the girls.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Nigerians have been in shock over revelations by the Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, that the abduction was preceded by a withdrawal of troops around Dapchi, thereby rendering the area defenceless and paving the way for the insurgents to attack and abduct our girls.”He asked: “What alternative security measures were put in place to protect the people after the troops were withdrawn? Who controls security intelligence gathering and consequential protection action and what action was taken to guarantee adequate security in the area?”
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
In just two years of implementation of the Anchor Borrowers Programme by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the initiative has contributed to the creation of about 890,000 direct jobs and 2.6 million indirect ones, with the disbursement of N55.53 billion.
Besides, the orogramme, which is in partnership with state governments and several private sector groups, aided the disbursements to over 250,000 farmers, who cultivated almost 300,000 hectares of farmland for rice, wheat, maize, cotton, soybeans, cassava, among others.
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who made the disclosure when he performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of  Greenfield  Integrated Poultry Facility, alongside Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in Emure-Ile, said the current attention to agriculture is by no means a bad strategy.

Meanwhile, Emefiele was at the weekend, honoured twice as the Silverbird Man of The Year and The Sun Publishing Limited’s Public Service Award for 2017.The award came on the heels of several international recognitions and awards for reforms and policies that helped the country navigate through economic challenges.

The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Publishing Limited, Eric Osagie, said the recognition was well deserved, lauded Emefiele’s policies, including various interventionist programmes geared towards poverty eradication and which have continued to engender sustainability and restoration in the Nigerian economy.

He particularly noted that under Mr. Emefiele’s watch, the country had witnessed a massive drop in the volume of rice importation and an upscale in rice self-sufficiency, leading to relaxed pressure on foreign exchange.
Emefiele thanked the Sun for finding the CBN worthy of the award and dedicated the award to all staff of the bank, stressing that CBN had the best crop of personnel capable of competing with those at other central banks from any part of the world.
“Agriculture can still be used as a key catalyst for creating jobs, reducing unemployment and driving growth in Nigeria”‘ adding that in 2003, when importation of chickens was banned, with the exception of day old chickens, the policy served as a major fillip for the poultry industry.He said that ABP is designed to support smallholder farmers by providing them with the requisite training, tools and funds at single digit interest rates, to improve cultivation of key agricultural items such as maize, soybeans, rice, cotton and wheat.
The programme also provides a ready market for farmers by linking them with credible off takers and processors of their produce.  “With the commencement of the Greenfield Integrated Poultry Facility, we expect that the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in the State will be tremendously expanded. This will surely go a long way in providing needed inputs for the facility.
“Today, some analysts have put the Nigerian poultry industry to be worth about N1.2 trillion, comprising about 165 million birds, which produces over 650,000Metric Tonnes of eggs… making Nigeria the largest producer of eggs in Africa.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
One person was killed and over 20 were injured Sunday as police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse banned protests calling on DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to stand down.
The church-backed protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo come after months of tension sparked by Kabila’s prolonged rule and a long-delayed election in the vast and chronically unstable country.In the capital Kinshasa, one man was killed as police opened fire on demonstrators, according to a senior doctor at the city’s St Joseph de Limete hospital.

“Since 7:00 am we have received three injured people from the Catholic march. Two were seriously injured and one died from a bullet wound in the chest,” Francois Kajingulu said.

The brother of the man, who did not give his name, sobbed as he identified the deceased as political activist Rossy Mukendi Tshimanga.

He said a police officer had “shot my brother at close range”.

AFP journalists at the scene saw an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team take the protester’s body to a nearby morgue.

‘Zero casualties’ 
The Catholic church confirmed the death, with spokesman Donatien Nshole saying: “We have registered a death in Kinshasa … as well as several injured.”

Police however denied anyone had been killed at all on protest day, claiming that there had been “zero casualties”.

There were fears the victim’s body could be “disappeared” by the security forces, as has been the case in similar instances in DR Congo, with the authorities eager to contain the anger on the streets.

According to a preliminary toll compiled by state television, 22 protesters across the country were injured, including 13 police officers.

Another eight were arrested, it added.

An AFP journalist in the northeastern city of Kisangani said at least two people suffered bullet injuries as police fired on marchers.

Hundreds began marching after mass at Kisangani cathedral but were dispersed by security forces who fired bullets and tear gas.

The demonstrators fled back into the cathedral singing the national anthem, “Debout Congolais” (Rise Up Congolese).

Three priests were arrested as they led a march in the Saint Pierre de Wagenia district in the east of the city. Officers took them away in a police vehicle, the journalist said.

Police used tear gas to crush protests elsewhere in the sprawling nation, including in Kikwit in the southwest, and Goma and Bukavu in the east.

In DR Congo’s second city Lubumbashi, youths set vehicle tyres on fire and were then dispersed by riot police.

The nationwide protests were called by the Lay Coordination Committee (CLC), an organisation close to the church and an influential social and spiritual movement. But authorities banned the demonstrations.

Kabila was due to stand down from office in December 2016, ending his second elected term, but he has controversially stayed on under laws enabling him to retain power until his successor is elected.

In January he accused the church of interfering in Congolese politics.

Previous protests on New Year’s Eve and January 21 saw a total of 15 people killed by security forces, according to tolls given by organisers and the United Nations. The government said just two people died.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice has been accused of professional misconduct in a case of N2 billion libel suit filed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai against Senator Shehu Sani over an alleged defamation.

Counsel to Sani, Ajulyo & Co. Castle of Law at the weekend, lamented that it was uncharitable to resort to the media to broadcast the notice of the pending suit against their client when records have shown that there was no court order for substituted service against him.

Titled: Memo On The N2 Billion Suit Against Senator Shehu Sani, and signed by Mrs. Damilola Kolade Kayode for law firm, explained that “We were briefed today by Senator Shehu Sani on a media report of a N2 billion libel suit allegedly filed at the Kaduna State High Court with Governor Nasir El-Rufai as the plaintiff and our client as the defendant.”

The statement further stated: “Having not been properly served and fully abreast of the rules & ethics of our profession, we will not at this moment join issues with the governor through the media.

“Away from the suit, we however take exception to the patently adopted unethical practice of the state Attorney General, being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who should know better the implication of taking recourse to the media to broadcast the notice of the pending suit to our client.

“As ministers in the temple of justice committed to fast-tracking justice in society, we heartily commend the plaintiff in the suit for his belief in our judicial system and for not taking the laws into his hands.”

“In the same vein, we pray that as a further assurance of the governor’s premium on our court, he should immediately obey and comply with all other judgments and rulings of our court against him.“We express total commitment to the rule of law, as we will continue to render our moral and prescribed duties to our clients, the society and the court for the common good,” the statement reads.

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives has disclosed plans to open a debate on the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State.The debate, which would hold on Thursday, is part of the efforts to revive the moribund firm. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Nigeria's energy problem will receive a much-needed boost early 2019 when the 16-megawatts power station being constructed by AshakaCem is completed. AshakaCem is a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa and a member of the LafargeHolcin Group. The 11-billion naira project began in 2017 and is expected to be completed in January 2019, the managing director of [] 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has expressed optimism that newly launched Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS) would tackle herdsmen/farmers clashes and other criminal activities nationwide. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The House of Representatives has made significant inroads toward restricting the issuance of work permit to foreign expatriates in fields where Nigerian citizens have requisite knowledge and skills. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The incredible survival abilities of the naked mole rat have reached near-legendary status. hairless creatures have long lifespans, are resistant to cancer, and can even survive extended periods of time deprived of oxygen, making them a key target in the ongoing search for the 'fountain of youth. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to conduct free and fair council poll in the state.He gave the promise at Iguobazuwa, in Ovia South West Local Government Area, at the kick-off of campaigns for the March 3, 2018 election. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
For residents of Abule-Iroko, Itoki and its neighbouring border communities sharing borders with Lagos in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Council, Ogun State, the only dividends of democracy currently enjoyed in the area is neglect and total abandonment. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Worldwide, Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, has asserted that Nigerian youths do not need to go outside the church to find musical and entertainment excitement. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Kasali said if the youths are not mobilized to farm with adequate training and modern equipment, commercial farming may soonest go into an extinction in Nigeria.He spoke at the weekend in Ilorin during the closing ceremony of the training of youths and women on Integrated Agricultural Entrepreneurship. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in response to a concerned citizen's question in Kaduna the other day, assured that money allocated for capital projects in the federal budget will not be diverted to funding political campaign for the next election. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Ondo State has commissioned a dimension stones and marbles' factory in the state.The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, commissioned the factory at Afo community, in Ose Local Council Area. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari was demonstrably unfair to have saddled Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with the responsibility of reconciling aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre (Grooming Centre) has dismissed as false and defamatory, statements published on February 22, 2018, under the headline 'EFCC arrests 27 'wonder bank' operators in Oyo' regarding its business practices. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
In a noble and patriotic gesture, members of the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) came out to mark the International Day for Women and Girl-Child in Science. The Foundation, with the Motto: 'Living life to the fullest' has the cardinal objectives to improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries.... 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
A top official of Campaign for Democracy (CD), Comrade Bako Abdul Usman, has chided the Kaduna State government for not holding local council election till this year. It is belated and a rape on democracy, he said. 

Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Bayelsa State governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson on Tuesday, urged the private sector, particularly corporate organizations and individuals to make contributions to the State Education Development Trust Fund, to enable indigent children acquire free and qualitative education. 
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