Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Friday, 2nd March, 2017.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures has called for a revisit of the devolution power earlier rejected by the National Assembly during the voting on Constitution amendment.
Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of the Kebbi State House Assembly, Abdulmumin Kamba, said the devolution of power should form part of the next constitutional amendment process.

He spoke when state assemblies transmitted their resolutions on the Constitution amendment to the National Assembly yesterday.
 He said the National Assembly had come under heavy criticism after it voted out devolution of powers last year.
“While we believe every proposed amendment transmitted to the state houses of assembly for ratification reflects the yearnings of the people, the voting out of the bill on devolution of power by the National Assembly which was part of the original work by this assembly has been strongly condemned.
“Therefore, on behalf of our constituents, we want to plead that the bill on devolution of powers be reconsidered and form part of the next proposed amendment to the constitution,” he said.
In his remarks, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said President Muhammadu Buhari has no option than to assent to the Constitutional amendment.
He said Nigerians have spoken through their representatives at both Federal and state Assemblies.
“Although we would wait for presidential assent to the bill, It is the hope that since this thing has passed through the crucible of all the legislative processes at the national assembly and at the state level, it should not be a problem really for the chief executive to assent to this because we represent over 170 million people in Nigeria and we have spoken through this document before us.
“I don’t think it would be right at any level, having passed through all these processes for this to be returned and without being transmitted into the provisions of the constitution. The president is tied to do the wishes of the people,” he said.
Dogara said for the country’s democracy to work, the legislature must work and be independent.
“As a matter of fact, virtually all governments all over the world lay claim to being democratic. Even states that we know them to be practicing dictatorship. They call themselves democratic.
“It appears that the aspiration of any government is to be democratic but there is no government out there that can truly be described as being democratic if it doesn’t have a fiercely independent legislature. 
He said: “Democracy has always been defined by men and women of courage. They say that democracy does not work; it is the people, citizens, utilizing the tools of democracy that make democracy work.
“If our democracy works in Nigeria, it is because we are making it work. If it fails, it is because we are determined not to make it succeed,” he said.
He commended the state assemblies for backing autonomy for the state legislature.
“I want to thank you for the courage at least for acceding to the independent of legislature at the local level. This is a very remarkable departure from the position in the past,” he said.
 “Even though we legislate for the federation, the bulk of our people live and work in the state. If democracy doesn’t work at the state level, it is likely that most of our people would be short changed in terms of delivering the promise of democracy to them which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he said.
Saraki laments Lagos, Rivers boycott
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has lamented the boycott of the exercise by the Lagos and Rivers states.
Saraki said out of the 36 states, only Lagos and Rivers states did not participated in the exercise.
The Senate President, who described the non participation of the two states as disappointing, said in an exercise such as constitutional amendment, “it is not about bullying but dialogue and negotiation”.
He assured the state lawmakers that the issue of devolution of powers would soon be revisited during the next constitutional amendment exercise.
“The foundation of our Constitution rests on its ability to enable us strengthen our unity, deepen democracy, engender good governance, and enable the enforcement and protection of our people’s rights as they go about seeking a better life for themselves. 
“The process of amending the constitution is a solemn process that is not flimsily embarked upon. These current amendments which have passed through the last constitutional hurdle will help strengthen the bonds of our unity, strengthen our institutions to provide good governance.
“We remain resolved to continue to take on the hard-national issues that hold us down with a view to using all legislative and constitutional measures to resolve them for the welfare and security of our people,” he said.
He said: “with the success of the current exercise and the lessons learned, we are better equipped to take on more constitutional proposals that would give our people greater sense of belonging, safety and oneness including the issues of devolution of powers.
“It is our job as legislators to safeguard and ensure a democracy that works for everyone regardless of our individual interests. I thank you all for the patriotic and selfless service, devoid of partisanship which you all have brought to bear in this process.”.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Northern governors yesterday supported the idea of ranching of cattle as a way of checking the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Addressing newsmen at the end of a meeting of the Northern State Governors Forum in Kaduna yesterday, Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima said ranching is the surest way of enhancing the productivity of animals in the country. 

He said while cattle in other climes produce as much as 40 litres of milk per day, the breed of cattle in the country produce only as much as one litre, saying that it is not enough to sustain the bludgeoning population in the country especially the northern part.
Shettima said measures are being put in place by various state governments to improve the breed of cattle and the quality of the milk they produce.
The forum also said it is committed to rendering “full and unequivocal support to the Federal Government in its unwavering commitment and dogged determination to address the multifarious security challenges in all parts of the nation. 
“The Forum particularly extends its support to the Federal Government for the measures so far put in place to resolve the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen.” 
It also called for an “implementable and viable strategic measures should to be initiated by governments at all levels, to forestall future occurrence of any form of communal crisis.”
While calling for an articulation of comprehensive plan for intervention to states affected by the lingering crisis, the forum “strongly admonish political, religious and ethnic jingoist to avoid imputing religious, ethnic and political coloration to such conflicts.” 
The northern governors also expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari “for his timely and effective response to the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.” 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have engaged Boko Haram insurgents in the Sambisa forest, destroying their camps and killing five of them; while two military officers died a day after they sustained injuries from the battle.
Army spokesman at the Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Col. Onyema Uwachukwu, said in a statement yesterday that the troops conducting Operation Deep Punch II to clear Boko Haram insurgents from the Sambisa forest and the Lake Chad Islands dislodged the insurgents from their hideouts.

“The troops successfully cleared and dismantled insurgents’ camps at Agapulawa, Amuda, Nyawa and Attagara; all within the remaining parts of the Sambisa forest,” he said. explaining, “The clearance operations progressed further into other identified insurgents’ camps around Tchikide and Chinene, where the troops ferociously engaged and cleared pockets of resistance by the insurgents, killing five of them in the encounter. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos Zonal office yesterday, arraigned one Chimezie Chuta before Justice Mojisola Dada of the State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.
He was charged on one-count bordering on stealing to the tune of $56,000.00 (Fifty-six Thousand United States Dollars).

The offence is contrary to Section 285(7) of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.
The defendant, a former employee in the  publishing unit of Dominion Book Stores, an online book store belonging to The Living Faith Church Worldwide, allegedly hacked into the company's mail and diverted payments for some goods bought by online customers to his personal account.
The defendant, who was said to have been an active member of the Living Faith Church Worldwide for six years, sometime in 2013, proposed to the church to build an online digital media store that would showcase all of Bishop David Oyedepo’s books and audio messages online, to enable members of the church in the Diaspora to buy them and also receive digital copies.
Investigation revealed that the project was approved by the Church absolutely free of charge on contract basis.
It was further revealed that the defendant handed over all the relevant materials to the ICT department of the church.
However, the defendant was alleged to have later gone behind to hack into the computer server of the church to perpetrate the fraudulent act.
When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Gabriel Akaogu, asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
However, the defence counsel, R.E. Osige, urged the court to admit his client to bail.
Justice Dada adjourned the case to March 7, 2018 for hearing of bail application and commencement of the trial.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Nigeria is the only member country in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that imports petrol and is currently the largest importer of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the world, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, said in Abuja yesterday.
Baru, who spoke through NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Upstream, Alhaji Bello Rabiu, at the 2018 Oloibiri Lecture Series (OLEF) while responding to questions from delegates, said the country had reached such import level because the refineries had not worked to their maximum capacity.

The OLEF, organised annually by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Council, in commemoration of the first oil well drilled in Nigeria at Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1956, brings together key industry players to chart the right path for the oil sector.
“As we speak today, Nigeria is the only OPEC country that imports petrol and we are the largest importer of PMS in the world,” Baru said.
“We actually import one million tonnes of PMS every month into a country that produces oil and gas and has refinery. It is a shameful thing, it doesn’t make sense and that is what we are trying to address,” he added.
He said the refineries have not been operating at maximum capacity, but that the NNPC was working to address these challenges with the imminent announcement of investors who would bring in funding for the repair of the plants.
“Upgrades of our refineries from the current name plate capacity of 445,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd) to at least 1million bpd is the focus. Discussions with relevant investors and financiers are ongoing. The expectation is that the refineries will be fully back on stream by December 2019,” he said.
The Chairman of SPE Nigeria Council, Mr. Chikezie Nwosu said the SPE-OLEF now in its 18th year, had become a forum that brought together key industry players to discuss on topical issues in the energy industry with a view to influencing the right policy direction to enable the growth of the industry and the economy.
Earlier, in an oil industry address, the GMD announced that Nigeria had seen the most aggressive drop in gas flaring from a peak of 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day few years ago to about 700 million standard cubic feet per day.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has not cleared Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State of allegation of double registration earlier leveled against him. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
A chieftain of the APC in Osun State, Chief Jackson Lekan Ojo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet to gain the confidence of Nigerians. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has announced that it is not participating in the forthcoming local government elections slated for tomorrow. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Some members of the APC in Jos North North State Constituency have petitioned the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, over the alleged complicity of the University of Jos in shielding a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly who rode to the house using a forged certificate. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Kogi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has observed with dismay the lack of commitment by Nigerians to collect about eight million permanent voters cards (PVCs) in centres across the country. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
A governorship aspirant of the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) in Ekiti State, Senator Bode Olowoporoku, yesterday, lamented that a massive hunger is afflicting the people of the state, saying the PDP has failed to address it.

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The FCT police commissioner, Abububakar Sadiq Bello, yesterday inaugurated the commands joint taskforce for recovery of illegal firearms in the hands of unauthorized persons across the territory. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
A police patrol team from Zone 3 Division of the FCT command has arrested two members of a syndicate which specializes in vandalizing bridge protectors and stealing manholes covers along high ways in Abuja. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Butchers have constant contact with animals, as well as their products after slaughter. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has again warned Nigerians to avoid trading in bitcoins and crypto-currencies, saying that there is 100 percent risk involved, as they are neither issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nor insured by NDIC. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
PTAD, NPF caution retirees on fraudstersDelays in payment of pension have exposed some retirees to pension fraudsters who call the unsuspecting senior citizens and demand payments to facilitate payment. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cautioned Nigerians to be wary of investments in cryptocurrency, stressing that virtual currencies are not legal tender in Nigeria. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in February 2018 released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has indicated that the employment level index stands at 53. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has said there are over 500,000 people directly involved in local mining activities across the country which informed the decision to train them in conformity with international best practices. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday reversed its previous gain with a N175 billion loss to close the day at N15, 374The All Share Index (ASI) depreciated by 1. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) is set to host the Clash of Legends, a football match which will attract Nigerian football legends like Jay Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo in honour of the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Banned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Thursday that the World Cup should not be used as an occasion to experiment with video replay technology. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
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Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has called on the private sector and philanthropists to support the game of golf in order to raise the prize money and attractinternationally-acclaimed golfers to play in Nigerian tournaments. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
All eyes will be firmly set on Christian Coleman at the IAAF World Indoor Championships just seven months after the rising US star claimed world outdoor 100m silver ahead of the now-retired Usain Bolt. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Tunisian outsider Malek Jaziri continued his surprise run at the Dubai Championships by beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday to reach the semifinals. 

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka withdrew from this months ATP Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami yesterday, saying he needed more time to recuperate as he works his way back from knee surgery.
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