NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines 10 March, 2018.

Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 10 March, 2018.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress did not do enough to protect the schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their hostel in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, describing the failure as carelessness.

While Nigerians were still clamouring for the rescue of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram, a rival terrorist group, ISIS West Africa, stormed the Dapchi school and abducted 110 girls.

Atiku, who responded to questions from THISDAY via email, expressed disappointment that the government failed to use the 150,000 policemen attached to VIPs to protect vulnerable schoolchildren in the North-East. 

“Let me paraphrase Oscar Wilde and say that to lose one set of girls to Boko Haram may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose another set, looks like carelessness. As an opposition party, the APC was vocal to the point of exploiting the issue of the Chibok girls’ kidnapping. They did not cut the Jonathan administration any slack. 

 “They criticised that government every step of the way and some may even claim that they undermined the then government’s efforts at resolving that unfortunate incident. So, it is rather surprising that a set of people who were so unsparing in their critique of the previous government would be in a situation whereby they have allowed these same terrorists to kidnap 110 girls,” Atiku said.

When the former APC chieftain, who resigned from the ruling party last November,  said he  would have acted differently, if he was in charge; “What would I have done differently? Recently, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro, revealed that 150,000 policemen were guarding various elites and those we know as ‘big men’. 

“If I had my way, I would have recalled all of those 150,000 policemen who are not performing core police duties and send them to provide security for every school in the North-East region. That to me would be a better use of their time and services. 

 “We already know that Boko Haram has an agenda to cripple Western education in Nigeria. So, how could we have left those schools unguarded? Why should the police be guarding VIPs who can afford personal guards and leave vulnerable girls unguarded? 

“We are spending billions trying to encourage girls to go to school only to allow them be abducted by terrorists. I condemn these abductions and I urge the federal government to take firm action to ensure that it would never reoccur in Nigeria.”

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
China yesterday described as ridiculous the United States advice to African governments to be wary of Chinese loans, saying that such loans are already visible and speaking for itself.

It also emerged yesterday that due to the unorganised nature of gemstone business in Nigeria, the country contributes about 10 per cent of about $12 billion revenue generated annually by Thailand from gemstone.

The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on his first diplomatic trip to the continent, said on Thursday that African countries should be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China.

Tillerson also said that Chinese investments “do not bring significant job locally” and criticised how Beijing structured loans to African government.

But the Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, Zhao Linxiang, bitterly criticised the United States at a news briefing in Abuja, citing the Lagos – Ibadan rail line and the Mambila Dam projects among the visible projects engaged with Chinese loan facility.

Linxiang said Chinese loans to Africa were aimed at implementing major China-Africa cooperation projects and promoting sustainable development in the continent.

“African people should know the role the Chinese loans play in your economy; that is the most important thing.

“Except the Chinese Government, which other government provides loans to African countries without critical conditions. No Western country.

“How can they say they suspect Chinese loans; it is ridiculous. Without funds how can you develop a country?”

He disclosed that China was able to turn around her economy when she opened her doors to the world and accepted loans from other countries.

The envoy who noted that the China-Africa relations allowed for win-win benefits for both parties, added that as part of deepening relationship with Africa, it has planned an international expo for November, aimed at addressing balance in trade between China and her major partners.

China’s bilateral trade with Nigeria, from Jan. to Nov. 2017, stood at $12.3bn with more Chinese exports to Nigeria.

He said the “Expo Nigeria” would be an opportunity for the country to expand her exports to and share business opportunities with China and other participating countries.

“It is believed that this upcoming China International Import Expo will breathe new life into the bilateral trade cooperation and create the biggest opportunity to enhance the bilateral trade position to a new level.

“It is believed that this expo will give the Nigerian people and businessmen a great platform to show what Nigeria looks like to China and the rest of the world.”

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
After President Mohammadu Buhari launched Plateau State Peace-Building Agency in Jos at about 6:30 PM on Thursday, at least 11 persons were again murdered by suspected herdsmen in two separate attacks in the early hours of yesterday. 

The dastardly attacks took place even as the president expressed the commitment of the federal government to support and assist the Peace-Building Agency to end the vicious cycle of violence in the state. 

The two-night attacks on Ganda village of Daffo district of Bokkos Local Government Area and on Miango village of Bassa Local Government Area happened in the early hours of yesterday.

The National President of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Hon. Sunday Abdu,claimed that the casualty figure of the Bassa attack was five, while Evangelist Jerry Datim alleged that six people were killed in Ganda.

The names of those killed in Miango are; Emmanuel Joseph, Christopher Joseph, Peace Joseph, Henry Audu and Illa Isa Peter.

Abdu said, “Yes, it is true that five people were killed in Miango by Fulani herdsmen in an attack which took place yesterday night and lasted till the early part of this morning. Others were wounded in the unprovoked attack. The bodies of the five slaughtered people have been deposited at the hospital morgue. We are no longer in a hurry to bury our dead. Whenever we are going to bury them, we will let you people know.

“The Fulani herdsmen are killing us but they are the ones crying. What kind of pretext is that? I still appeal to the security personnel not to relent, but to step up vigilance and surveillance to stop this pogrom and unwarranted carnage.”

Datim said that over 50 houses were burnt at Ganda where several persons were also injured and rushed to the hospital.

Mr. Matawal Mangut, who though narrowly escaped, lost five brothers to the attackers in Ganda, lamented that their house was burnt completely, destroying everything they ever worked for.

He called for assistance from the Federal and State governments to help protect them from persistent attacks by Fulani herders in the area.   

Also confirming the attacks and the killings, the spokesman of the Special Task Force (STF) on Plateau crisis, Major Adam Umar said that when the unfortunate incident happened, the people alerted the STF and that their personnel hastily mobilised to the scene. But that before their men could get there, the attackers had fled. He added that the soldiers of the Command are now fully in charge of the areas, as patrols have been intensified with a view to getting the perpetrators.

Umar also appealed to the people to always be vigilant and security conscious by reporting any strange object or movement to the nearest security agency for prompt attention.

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Despite the big fall of 9mobile from being the best data and voice telecoms company in Nigeria from 2013 to 2017, occasioned by the $1.2billion debt it incurred through loan financing from 13 local banks in 2013, coupled with its indebtedness to vendors and other telecoms operators, Smile Telecoms Holdings has said it would reposition the company and make it attractive again within a space of 90 days, if given the opportunity to acquire it.

Smile Telecoms Holdings who emerged as the reserve bidder in the sale of 9mobile, had expressed its dissatisfaction over the manner in which the sale of 9mobile was handled, through a protest letter it wrote to Barclays Africa, the financial adviser that handled the sale of 9mobile.

While calling for the review of the entire sales process that produced Teleology as the preferred bidder, Smile Telecoms Holdings said 9mobile deserves the best and should be sold to an existing telecoms company with the right technical expertise and financial strength to manage it and turn it around for the highly competitive market within few months.

The Executive Director, Operations, Smile Communications, a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holdings, Mr. Ahmad Farroukh, who spoke to THISDAY in an exclusive interview in Lagos, said Smile has all it takes to reposition 9mobile and make it attractive and competitive again, within a space of 90 days.

According to Farroukh, “We will bring three dimensional values to 9mobile if given the opportunity to acquire it. The first value is that we are Nigerian company already existing in the Nigerian telecoms space. So we will come up with our existing assets to boost the 9mobile operations. We will seek the permission of NCC to flip our existing 800MHz frequency to 9mobile to enhance its operations. What we are bringing to 9mobile is huge.

“The 800MHz frequency, which Smile Communications currently operates on, will be added to that of 9mobile to achieve the best frequency ever that will serve the customers better and help 9mobile to come out of its current challenges. Without exaggerating, we are sure to add additional 600 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, into the operations of 9mobile within a space of 90 days, if given the opportunity to acquire it.

“We will from day one, integrate our existing facilities with that of 9mobile to get the company back to its old good days, when it was the best voice and data telecoms company in Nigeria. 9mobile currently has 500 BTS across the country, and by the time we add our 400 existing BTS and combine it with the 600 BTS that we can provide within 90 days, 9mobile will be having approximately 1,500 BTS, which will match the number of BTS that the largest telecoms operator in the country currently has. So should we acquire 9mobile, we will make it competitive from day one with unprecedented speed of service delivery.”

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Obinna Chima The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in its resolve to guarantee liquidity in the market yesterday injected the sum of $355.43 millioninto the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS). Figures obtained from the CBN revealed that the intervention was to meet requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Emmanuel Ugwuin Umuahia As the bill proposing death penalty for hate speech continues to rake up controversy, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the National Assembly to throw away the offensive bill if its sponsor refuses to withdraw it. The call was contained in a nine-point communiqu issued by the [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Olawale Ajimotokan An accident involving a trailer belonging to Zeberced Limited along the Abuja Keffi Road yesterday, claimed scores of lives. The early morning mishap by Kugbo Hill was caused by brake failure of the articulated vehicle. A soldier was among the victims. According to eyewitnesses, the driver was descending the Kugbo [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Davidson Iriekpen A Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday told how former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide, and two others collected N650 million each from the slush funds warehoused at the Ibadan, Oyo State branch of a new generation bank by former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Senator Iroegbuin Abuja The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has underscored the need for additional scrutiny and precaution in the aviation sector to ensure safe operations and passenger satisfaction. The Director General of CPC, Babatunde Irukera made the assertion in a statement yesterday following an emergency landing of Arik Air Flight W3304 at Kotoka [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The federal government has inaugurated Chairmen and over 200 board members of the 17 agencies under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, while inaugurating the members yesterday in Abuja, implored them not to let down President Muhammadu Buhari, especially considering the [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
By Bennett Oghifo The Jaguar E-PACE has been introduced into the market in sub-Sahara Africa with its launch by the media in the region, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week. The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Infinity Tyres Limited, one of the foremost and distinctly the industry leader by far in the automotive aftermarket sales and services in Nigeria, proudly inaugurated its retail facility in Kaduna in the august presence of Ms. S.M. Ambisa, Route commander, FRSC, Mr. Dauda Yakubu, fsi, Regional Coordinator, North West, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Cyril [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Lexus has revealed the next stage of its development as a luxury lifestyle brand with the world premiere of its first compact urban crossover, the UX. Unveiled at the Geneva international motor show, the Lexus UX features a bold and stylish design, new platform, two new powertrains and an array of imaginative technologies. The new [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
ROAD SAFETY ARTICLE Iadmire Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo for several reasons. First, he is the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Secondly, he is a Pastor and also a lawyer. Although I have never met him in person, I believe that he is not just God fearing but he is also a simple [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
She is a distinguished legal practitioner. Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State, and currently a co-partner at Banwo & Ighodalo Associates, speaks with Femi Ogbonnikan, about love, marriage, law and how she made a success of her legal career Tell us about [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
PENDULUM BY DELE MOMODU Fellow Nigerians, how are you today and how is our dear beloved country' I've spent most of this week in Accra, Ghana. Many Nigerian leaders have also passed through the Republic of Ghana this week. The reason is not far-fetched. Ghana celebrated her 61stIndependence anniversary on March 6, 2018, and the [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
It's easy to imagine the abstemious politician taking a cursory look at some documents on the shiny, transparent coffee table as he steadied the glasses on the ridge of his nose. A sombre smile on his lips lingers fleetingly as he reminisces about his past, present and future political battles. Atiku Abubakar has walked a [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Executive Director, Operations, Smile Communications, Mr. Ahmad Farroukh, spoke with Emma Okonji about the sale of 9mobile, expressing doubt whether the preferred bidder actually met all conditions for the sale of the telecoms company. Excerpts: Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited seems to have strong passion for 9mobile. What is your vision and interest to bid for [] 

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Ayodele Hamzat Subair believes that the only way Lagos can bridge its huge infrastructure gap, in view of the drop in revenue from the Federation Account, is to raise its internally generated revenue. In this interview with Obinna Chima, he defended recent efforts by [] 
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