Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 6th March, 2018.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The President told critics of his delayed visit to trouble spots yesterday that he has his way of monitoring developments instead of “rushing” to crises spots and “making noise”.

President Muhammadu Buhari spoke in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, during his visit to assess the situation in the state and condole with victims of violence.

No fewer than 200 people are believed to have been killed in communal disputes, herders/farmers clashes and others in the state.

Many of the dead were buried in mass graves. Many are injured and hospitalised. Others have been forced out of their homes.

The local government areas worst- hit by the herdsmen/farmers crisis are: Lau, Ibi, Gassol, Bali, Wukari, Takum and Sardauna where scores were killed in renewed violence at the weekend.

Leaders of the violence-hit communities were at the Government House yesterday to meet with the President, who urged all Nigerians to embrace peace and live together in harmony so that “there could be meaningful development and not destruction”.

“I am here (Taraba) to meet with the leadership of the state, to offer my condolences to those who lost loved ones and properties in violence.

“People, sometimes expect me to rush out to the fields, to go and make noise.

“But I have my ways of gathering intelligence. I get to know what is happening across the country without necessarily going to those areas.

“I will be going to Benue and Zamfara after I return from Ghana to also condole with the people,” Buhari said.

He urged traditional rulers in the state to step up activities in their various chiefdoms to foster peaceful coexistence among their subjects and to remain vigilant at all times.

The President was accompanied by Minister of Women Affairs Hajia Aisha Alhassan , Minister of Defence Manir Dan Ali; Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, some Service Chiefs and National Assembly members from the state.

The delegation was received by Governor Darius Ishaku and state’s lawmakers, led by the speaker.

President Buhari said he chose to visit Taraba first, before Benue and Zamfara states, adding that there were more killings in Taraba, Benue and Zamfara states.

Ishaku said the state was delighted to welcome the President in its trying time.

The governor noted that Taraba State was a “mini Nigeria”, with its over 80 ethnic groups and three religions to handle. “It is not easy to always balance things up here.”

Ishaku said the state was  contending with a different breed of herdsmen who are militias moving around with AK 47 rifles to remove anything in their way, unlike the known herdsmen who had cohabited with the people for decades without skirmishes.

“The problem is never between the locals. The local Fulani and other tribes blend without issues.

“We have a new breed and specie of herdsmen militias who move around with sophisticated weapons; they are poised to remove anything in their track.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The United States has described the abduction of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls as “horrendous, unacceptable and terrible”.

Department of State officials stated the U.S. position yesterday during a background briefing ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first trip to Africa.

Tillerson is due to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya between today and March 13.

The officials described Nigeria as critical to the stability of West Africa and the future engagement of the U.S. in the subregion.

They pledged continued U.S. commitment in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the official said “on Nigeria, this – fight against Boko Haram – is really an important issue.

“And I know that in the last administrations, even the last three, we have always said going to Nigeria is critical to stability and the future for the U.S. relationship in West Africa.

“We are following the recent kidnappings of 110 school girls, which really kind of follows up on several years ago of the Chibok girls.

“And those are horrendous, they’re unacceptable and terrible.

“But the issue that comes in, it’s not only a security issue – and it is a terrible security challenge – but it’s also political issue and really building those institutions and political dialogue between north and south, and also with the region.

“And so those are some of the things that we need to look at. It’s a comprehensive approach. The other issue, too, is on economic development and education.”

The U.S. noted recent UN reports about some of the extremist operations in the G-5 countries and the Trans-Sahel.

The department, however, regretted that the operations of some of these criminal groups were “about getting jobs” and “about looking at getting an income for families”.

“And if terrorism or trafficking of persons, if that’s going to get them the jobs, then that’s unacceptable and we really need to find alternative ways to help the economic development in these regions.

“And so those are some of the issues and challenges that we’ll be working on – political institutions, political dialogue, reconciliation, supporting community-based development, helping growth, education.”

It said another issue was enhancing the security, particularly in the North, saying  “it just can’t be constantly a kinetic strike operation or bring in U.S. military”.

“That’s not the answer. The answer has to be developing institutions and also providing good police training, military training, and having governments accountable to the people and having people really have faith in their institutions, and also having opportunities for job creation. 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has extended its searchlight on tax evaders with net-worth properties in highbrow areas of major cities.

The Federal Government on July 1, 2017 granted tax payers a nine-month grace to regularise their tax status under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

Yesterday, a  source in the Presidency told reporters that the government through its data mining agency “Project Lighthouse” had received documents on property owners across the country from state governments.

The first set of property owners that will come under scrutiny for tax compliance are owners of buildings in Maitama, Asokoro, Garki ll, Wuse ll in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and those on Banana Island and its environs Magodo, Lekki, Ikoyi in Lagos state.

The source revealed that tax records and bank account details of these property owners are being reviewed by the team of “Project Lighthouse.”

The source said “the extension of the searchlight on these property owners is not unconnected with Illicit Financial Flow (IFF). Most of these people are diverting their incomes to properties and are not paying taxes.”

It was further learnt that some state governments in collaboration with the federal government have provided electronic searchable data base for individual and corporate property owners with the following key information: Name of owner, plot number, location and Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) number.

It was also leant that the federal government is extending the searchlight to other northern states, the south east and the south-south regions.

The decision to go after highbrow property owners the source said, is because “it has been observed that their life style does not reflect in their tax payment.”

Last week, the federal government played to prosecute tax evaders from April 1. Under the VAIDS programme, state governments will be major beneficiaries of the programme because after the recovery, the money will go to the states, which is why the states are cooperating with the federal government on the scheme.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the country must never return to the dark days of import dependence.

He spoke when he received members of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative at the State House, Abuja.

The President praised members for making a success of the initiative.

Buhari said: “I am extremely impressed by how the programme has evolved since my meeting with His Majesty, the King of Morocco 15 months ago.

“I have been monitoring your progress closely. But hearing it first hand and seeing your faces today is truly a wonderful experience.

“In your presentations today, we have heard stories of sacrifices, where all the stake holders agreed that collective progress superseded personal interest.”

He thanked Jigawa State governor and the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) for their efforts in the initiative’s progress.

“Firstly, let me thank the Governor of Jigawa State who virtually relocated to Abuja to oversee the successful take off of this project. I must also express my profound gratitude to the people of Jigawa State for allowing us to borrow him on this very important national assignment which indeed, has changed the lives of millions of Nigerians across the country.

“I will also congratulate the members of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) for their remarkable work to date. Under the able leadership of your President, Thomas Etuh, you were able to produce quality products and make it available and affordable across the country within three months. Although you were all competitors in the past, you all put aside your differences and came together to deliver on this important program. So thank you for putting Nigeria first. You must continue on this track.”

Buhari expressed satisfaction with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) for its contributions to the initiative.

“You moved away from your comfort zone and pushed your capital into the rural economy. I always talk about the endless opportunities in the rural economy if only people would look with an open mind. I will urge you to continue on this track. Unless we create an inclusive and diversified economy, the progress of our country, and its future generations, will always be held hostage by external factors such as global oil prices.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and two others in the State High Court sitting in Ibadan over alleged N11.5 billion fraud.Other defendants are: a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Senator Hosea Agboola and an Ibadan-based businessman, Femi Babalola.The defendants are facing an 11-count charge of conspiracy, awarding contract without budgetary provision, obtaining by false pretence, a 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Nigerian National Committee of the International Press Institute (IPI) has expressed deep concerns over the detention of Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureaucracy Chief of the Independent, by the Directorate of State Service.Ezimakor has spent seven days in the DSS detention.A statement by Raheem Adedoyin, the Secretary IPI Nigerian National Committee, called for the reporters immediate release or he be charged to court if he had violated any law.The government must adhere to the due process at a 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege represents Delta Central District at the National Assembly. In this interview with Correspondent POLYCARP OROSEVWOTU, he speaks on the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for next years election and the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State.What informed Southsouth APC leaders decision to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term'We came together, deliberated and took into account promises that President Buhari made when he ran 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Ex-president marks 81st birthdayFormer President Olusegun yesterday marked a relatively low key birthday, saying his greatest source of sadness was the death of his parents.Obasanjo, who turned 81 yesterday, said it was always a thing of regret and pain for him that his mother and father did not live long enough to witness his achievements in life and profit from them.The ex-president, who spoke during the celebration at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, however, added 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The relationship between the executive and the legislature is everything but smooth. Assistant Editor ONYEDI OJIABOR writes that the cat and mouse game between the two arms has neither been beneficial to the parties nor to the electorate who voted for change.RATHER than be to its advantage, the domination of the National Assembly by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not in any way helping the ruling party.The admission of the frosty relationship between the executive and the legislature by 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Rauf Olaniyan, an engineer and governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, spoke with OSEHEYE OKWUOFU in Ibadan, the state capital, on why he wants to succeed Governor Abiola Ajimobi in next years election.You have never been in politics before now. How do you think you can administer the state'Let me tell you, what do you mean by politics, this is all about managing men and materials. And how do you administer them, what are we doing in secret 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
THE 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has stated that Governor Nyesom Wikes penchant for lies may destroy him.He reacted yesterday in Port Harcourt through his aide to remarks by Wike, who claimed that as commissioner for Works in the last administration, Peterside did not build a road to Opobo/Nkoro, his council.Peterside, who is the director-general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), however, 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
An interest group in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Ekiti Kete Good Citizens Association, has said it would support the emergence of a flag bearer through the consensus option.The body said the consensus option would mitigate the post-primary crisis in the party after the exercise.The party has 32 official aspirants vying for the governorship ticket, with others still secretly lobbying to plunge into the race.A chieftain of the party and president, Ekiti Kete Good Citizens A 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a warrant from a court to arrest the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, over alleged 20 constituency projects, which were tagged as suspiciously unexecuted.The anti-graft agency may effect the arrest of the Minority Leader any moment from now, following alleged failure to appear for interrogation.The projects, said to be worth over N500 million, were allegedly awarded to companies linked to Ogor.But the EFCC 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Dr. Bode Olowoporoku is a former Minister of Science and Technology. He represented Ekiti South District in the Senate between 2003 and 2007. The governorship aspirant on the platform of the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) in Ekiti State told ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that he is the best man for the job.Why do you want to become the governor of Ekiti State'It is for the liberation of our people; those who have been there have been misruling. They have been failing our pe 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Former Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Bode Olowoporoku has described the construction of N14.5 billion flyover by Governor Ayo Fayose as a misplacement of priority.Olowoporoku, who spoke in his Ilawe-Ekiti country home after hosting his supporters, said the multi billion naira flyover could not be justified, amidst acute and unprecedented hunger in the state.He said the money spent on the construction of the bridge should have been ploughed into agriculture, tourism and investment in hum 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Organisers of the annual Gidi Fest concert, Eclipse Live have announced the line-up of its 2018 edition.Scheduled for Hard Rock Caf Beach Front on Good Friday, March 30, the show is headlined by none other than legendary hip hop artiste, Innocent Idibia, aka 2Baba who will be backed by the rave-making Wizkid.The duo will be supported by an array of some of the most sought after Nigerian acts making waves across the globe. Among them are Maleek Berry, Ycee, Adekunle Gold, Brymo, Show Dem Camp and 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Over 70 state-sponsored and endorsed arts and culture programmes have been announced by the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.The calendar, consisting an all-year-round events is expected to garner visibility for tourism-oriented art programmes in the state.According to a statement signed by the states commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, kick-started the year with his attendance at Ali BabasJanuary 1stCom 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Nigerian business mogul, Ifeanyi Odii, has just launched Ultimus Entertainment, a firm to provides and produces high-demand entertainment solutions.The new outfit has interests and business dealings as a record label, movie production as well as theme parks.Ultimus Entertainment will disrupt the global entertainment industry to be Africas leading entertainment provider, said Odii who is the CEO.It wont be business as usual as we have engaged the best minds in the industry coupled with our years 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), organisers of the Zuma Film Festival 2018 (ZUFF), has announced the dates for its 2018 edition themed Archiving for Creativity.According to the organisers, the film festival will take place from December 1 to 7 in Abuja, the nations capital.Speaking at a Press Conference in Abuja last Wednesday, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFCs Managing Director and Chairman, Organising Committee of ZUFF said, all that needs to be emplaced to ensure a successful film festival have b 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Ahead of Nigerias 2019 general elections, Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo, has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Enugu State governor.The Living In Bondage star declared his ambition over the weekend under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Enugu with the immediate past governor of the state, Sullivan Chime, in attendance.I just declared my intention to contest for the Governorship candidate of APC in Enugu State, Okonkwo who is also a lawyer, announced on his 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Beauty of Africa International Pageant (BAIP) has flagged off its campaign for 2018 with the theme, Ambassador for tourism, peace and friendship at a recent press conference at their office on Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.In his speech, Kenneth Ighodalo, PR/Marketing Consultant to BAIP, said stakeholders should take advantage of the pageant to promote their goods and services.BAIPs 12th edition promises to be explosive as it is in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Information and Cultur 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Nigerian Arsenal fans returned with excitement from the tour of Emirate Stadium, facilitated by MTN a telecommunication operator in Nigeria.Emirates Stadium is a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal Football Club. With a capacity of 59,867, it is the third-largest football stadium in England after Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford.Two female Arsenal fans and five male made up the seven Nigerian Gunners for life fans on the tour of the Emirates which lasted four 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
EVERTON are set to offer Arsene Wenger an immediate return to Premier League management if he is sacked by Arsenal.Wengers Arsenal reign hit its lowest point as his side crashed to defeat at Brighton, the first time they have lost four games on the trot in 16 years.The Wenger Out banners were out in force at the Amex Stadium while sections of Arsenals travelling fans chanted for the axe to fall.But the under-fire boss is wanted by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, who feels Wenger is the ideal candi 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Promoter Lou DiBella has confirmed that Las Vegas would be the most likely location for a potential lucrative heavyweight unification showdown between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, while former champion Evander Holyfield has encouraged the duo to fight while the moneys there.Undefeated WBC title-holder Wilder came through comfortably the toughest test of his 40-fight professional career to date on Saturday night [3 March], when he survived a real scare before stopping Cuban Luis King Kong O 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has revealed he was sent razor blades in the post during his time living in Glasgow.The Dutchman also claimed someone spat in his face when he opened a door and that he felt unsafe living in the city.Van Hooijdonk spent two-and-a-half seasons with Celtic between 1995 and 1997, and was involved in some intense Old Firm derbies with Rangers during that time.He was speaking as the two bitter rivals prepare to meet at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership this 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has deployed 10 Hilux patrol vehicles to tighten security at the airside of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.The airside is the area of an airport with direct access to the aircraft. Entry to the place is controlled.In an interview in Lagos, FAANs General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said the deployment was part of measures to enhance efficiency and security at the airport.She said: The authority will like to assure 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Nigerias balance of trade stood at N4.03 trillion ($13.2 billion) in 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said.In a report released yesterday, the NBS said Nigerias trade account turned positive as a rise in oil exports outweighed imports. The net trade balance stood at minus N290 billion for 2016.The rise boosts Nigerias ambition to promote exports to support fragile economy and earn foreign exchange while reducing imports.Nigerias 2017 gross domestic product rose 0.8 percent to em 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Govt promises N650b paymentDepot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), and Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) yesterday suspended their 14-days strike notice to the Federal Government owing to the governments assurance to pay the outstanding N650billion debts to the marketers.DAPPMAN Chairman, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole respectively made this disclosure in a statement.It said DAPPMAN/MOMAN have suspended the issued 1 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
fish giants have begged the Federal Government to save their investments of over $5 billion from imminent collapse.They said from 40 fishing companies operating almost 250 industrial vessels 15 years ago, the industry is nothing to write home about today.Speaking under the aegis of the Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), they said their operations were being affected by what they called the economic harsh environment.NITOA National Vice President, Gen Morounfolu Aromire (rtd), said: Despite the 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has credited the Federal Governments Anchor Borrowers Programme with the current revolution in rice production across the country.The Minister stated this in Jega, Kebbi State, while leading a delegation of over 30 journalists on an inspection of rice farms across the state.He said the benefits that have accrued to rice farmers in the provision of improved seedling, farm input and extension services, have led to the increase in yield 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Transport apps are enabling Nigerians to cut through traffic gridlocks, reduce insecurity and create jobs, writes LUCAS AJANAKUWith over 20 million people, Lagos is a thriving, bustling metropolis, similar to other vibrant cities in the world, such as Tokyo, Japan or New York. Theres a pulsating energy about the city that is hard to miss.I love the hustle and bustle of Lagos. The nature of my job as a fashion designer means that I have to move around quite frequently at night. I need a safe, rel 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
RwandAirhas concluded plans to launch flights from its hub in Kigali into Abuja, Bamako in Mali, Conakry in Guinea and Cape Town in South Africa.These routes, according to the airline, are part of its route expansion and growth drive for the 2017/2018 financial year.Apart from the expansion plan for its operations in Africa, RwandAiris also determined to expand its flights into New York, in the United States and into Guangzhou in China, Asia.In an interview, RwandAirCountry Manager in Nigeria, M 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR) Lagos Zone, has redoubled its surveillance at the depots and retail outlets to further boost the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to ensure constant supply of petroleum products across the nation.We have been monitoring activities at the depots to gauge availability and ensure timely truck-out of available products. We have also intensified surveillance to ensure that available premium motor spirit (PMS) is not sold above the N145 cap price a 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
SIR: The creativity and the technological know-how deployed in the last UTME are noteworthy and highly commendable. This no doubt has drastically reduced the examination malpractice to the barest minimum and has raised the status of UTME among the examination bodies.However, the overzealousness of some CBT centre and ambiguous posture of the examination body may mar the performance of the candidates in this forthcoming examination. The examination should not be a-war-like-situation.What else can 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
A good development for the telecommunications giantThe local bourse has been abuzz over reports that the telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria Limited, is finally set to offload some 30 per cent of its shares valued at about $500 million to Nigerian investors during the first half of the year. For a market that has, in recent times, been upbeat, it is welcome news.Apart from helping to deepen the market, it promises a significant boost to its Nigerian operations through injection of additional c 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
This incident should move Nigerias military authorities to review the disciplinary regimen in their secondary schoolsThere is no doubt that this is an-egg-in-the-face situation for the army establishment in Nigeria and the military hierarchy in general. It is an avoidable embarrassment and needless public opprobrium the army does not want, especially now.But it is expected that it will lead to a move to seek a comprehensive review of the obtuse disciplinary methods in military secondary schools 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Several reactions have continued to trail the attack on the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram insurgents where no fewer than 110 girls were abducted from their dormitories.This was after a shooting occurred in the school premises as the girls were observing Maghrib (sunset) prayers, breaking their voluntary fast and getting set for supper.Robert Ogbogu, Team Lead, at Locate Initiative for Missing and Exploited Persons (Locate NG) believes that sad o 
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