NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [11 MARCH, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 11 March, 2018.
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the United Kingdom has paid Nigeria the sum of $70m recovered from the Malabu oil controversial deal.
The $70m leaves an outstanding of $15m of the $85m which the AGF announced in October last year as the amount being expected to be recovered from the UK in respect of the deal.

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Regarded as one of the most complicated and controversial oil deals in the world, the Malabu oil scandal surrounds the sale of Nigeria’s highly-lucrative Oil Processing Licence 245.
But Malami, who, last week, responded to various questions asked him by SUNDAY PUNCH, said Nigeria was “making issues” out the $15m shortfall.
Specifically, our correspondent asked the minister if it was true that President Muhammadu Buhari had overruled his reported advice that the trial of the immediate past AGF, Mr. Adoke Malami (SAN); a former Petroleum Resources Minister, Dan Etete; and other suspects be stopped due to lack of evidence.
His letter to the President last September reportedly requested that the trial of Adoke and other suspects be stopped and that instead of the trial, the Federal Government should enter into negotiations with various parties in the OPL 245, so that the exploration of the oil field could commence.
Malami said he had not asked the EFCC to stop the trial of the suspects but to carry out further investigations, describing the report that he advised that the President should order a stop of the trial as mischievous.
The AGF, whose response dwelt on another letter by him to the EFCC, said, “It was never about not prosecuting but enhancing investigation.”
He said his letter to the EFCC was a directive to the acting Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, requesting that further investigations be conducted into the scam and ensuring that legal action was instituted in the UK to freeze the $1.1bn proceeds of the scandal.

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He said, The narrative was mischievous and not borne out of conclusions derivable from the two letters of the Attorney General and Acting Chairman EFCC.
 
“The position conveyed to the EFCC was a directive to enhance the quality of investigation and file mareva injunction to freeze the $1.1bn in convention while the case was being prosecuted.”
According to Malami, his office took up the option of pursuing a freezing order, which had so far yielded the recovery of over $70m, because the EFCC allegedly refused to take the step.
“The freezing option not utilised by the EFCC had already yielded fruit with the Office of the Attorney General recovering part of it in the UK where over $70,000,000 was already recovered,” Malami said.
A statement by the AGF’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, had quoted parts of the minister’s speech at the Pre-Global Forum on Asset Recovery consultative meeting held in October last year in Abuja that the sum of $85m had been recovered from the UK in respect of the Malabu deal.
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Saturday, said it would stage fresh protests in 88 countries to compel the Federal Government to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, noted that the group would mobilise forces in the countries for the protests.

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He said the absence of its leader in the country did not mean that the struggle for Biafra was over.
The statement read in part, “It is a known fact that IPOB is rooted in every community and town in the South-South and South-East. Our presence is felt even in remote villages where IPOB family members are preaching the gospel of restoration of Biafra.
“So, rather than diminish, our influence is growing on a daily basis. Our positive impact resonates with the people. Our presence in over 88 countries of the world is a testament to our global influence.
“Everybody has come to the realisation that our leader is the only person that can make a difference that is capable of shaking the foundations of Nigeria. The marginalised and the oppressed all miss him.   We are still conducting our meetings across the world and pursuing vigorously the liberation of the Biafran people.”
He added, “We will continue our protests until the Nigerian Army releases our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, whom they kidnapped or presumably killed during the Operation Python Dance II in his hometown on September 14, 2017.”
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
First of all, you know there is a leadership vacuum created by the two bigger parties – the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress – as a result of bad governance. That led to a situation where Nigerians were disillusioned and the search for an alternative platform commenced. So, likeminded Nigerians from the political class and the civil society organisations came together and began the search for a new political platform that is credible and capable of ushering in a credible government that will implement the people’s programme. It is a fact that five governors and 35 senators have been meeting and they have endorsed this coming together. They are strongly behind it and it does not end there; others will also begin to join as soon as the time permits. It has to do with strategy. So, it is a fact that we have those numbers that we have been meeting with for some time, and for strategic reasons, their names will not be mentioned now.

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You may recall that during the 2015 elections, a similar coalition was what led to the enthronement of the (now ruling) APC government. So, a precedent was set during that election. It is now clear that the easiest way to replace a non-performing government in Nigeria is for the opposition to come together. It is therefore a replay of what happened in the 2015 election that is about to take place. So, it is obvious that Nigerians are disillusioned and the government has not actually performed. It has not fulfilled its promises of better electricity supply, employment creation and security. All these have become worse under this government, and because of that, stakeholders decided to come together and perform a similar feat that was performed in 2015. So, right now, the vehicle has started.
So, there is that consensus of opinion by a majority of those who want to aspire to political offices in 2019 that they are at home with the Chief Olu Falae’s leadership.

How can the SDP survive in a political climate dominated by the APC and the PDP?
The party (SDP), as you know, has a long history. It has won elections in the past at governorship level and even at presidential level. This long history has also contributed to the factors that have led to the adoption of the SDP. The party, as it is now, despite the fact that it is an opposition party, has a broad base. As I speak, if you go to Delta State, the SDP has members in the state assembly. If you go to the North-Central states of Adamawa and Taraba, we have members in the state assemblies. Even nearby here in the Suleja Local Government Area (Niger State), out of the 10 councillors, the SDP has three. So, you can see that it is not a regional party. So, all these factors contribute in large portion to earning the SDP the endorsement of Nigerians. I say the endorsement of Nigerians because those who sat in Ladi Kwali hall and endorsed the SDP last week (penultimate) Thursday as the third platform to be used to usher in a credible and people-oriented government in 2019.
Do you enjoy the backing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, being the most prominent advocate of a third force?
As far as the SDP is concerned, we have been using the words ‘third force’ all along. Even now, in some of our write-ups, our national chairman has continued to use ‘third force’, saying we are the third force. So, it is not because (former) General Obasanjo mentioned in the past few weeks that the words ‘third force’ are coming to the vocabulary of Nigerians. It has always been our watchword since the appearance of the SDP. But all the same, I would not say we don’t enjoy the backing of (former) President Obasanjo, though he has not come out openly (to express support for SDP). But I can confirm to you that at all the meetings that led to the emergence of the SDP as the adopted third force; some of the members of Obasanjo’s coalition were there. The National Intervention Movement — Dr. Jahlil Tafawa-Balewa; the South-West Coordinator of the NIM, Dr. Olu Agunloye, and so on — were there. Then, you have Sani Garba, who is a staunch member of the coalition; he was there. In fact, he gave the closing remarks.
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The House of Representatives has again queried the N24bn which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation claim it incurs monthly on payment of subsidy on imported Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol.
The lower chamber described the expenditure as “an act of illegality” as the funds are allegedly paid without appropriation by the National Assembly.

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The landing cost of a litre of PMS is said to be N171, leaving a difference of N26, but the government-approved pump price is N145.
The price differential and other challenges, including allegations of smuggling by syndicates, leave a monthly subsidy bill of N24bn.
The Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Mr. Joseph Akinlaja, told SUNDAY PUNCH that a full-scale investigation into the “back-door return” of subsidy payment would start this week.
Akinlaja also confirmed names of officials that had been summoned to appear before the House probe panel.
He said the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru; and the heads of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company and the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency had been summoned to appear at the session.
Akinlaja reiterated the National Assembly’s stance that subsidy was neither captured in the 2017 budget nor in the 2018 budget still awaiting passage by the legislature.
He said, “What they (NNPC) is doing is illegal. We don’t know where the management got the approval to make the payments.
“They did not approach the National Assembly for any approval. That is why we say they have questions to answer. They need to tell Nigerians whether subsidy is back?
 
“We have an investigation to conduct and it will start next week (this week) for stakeholders to come and talk about this subsidy and other renewed challenges in our oil industry, particularly the supply chain in the downstream sector.”
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Gloria Ogunbadejo We marked International Womens Day last week and as I thought long and hard about what to write about to commemorate this day, I found myself torn between celebrating the many accomplishments of so many women across the world and highlighting the stark reality of the lives of many women. As I looked [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Popular actor, Saidi Balogun, speaks with TOFARATI IGE, about his career, turning 50, politics, Nollywood and other pertinent issues You recently won the award for Best Actor at Independent Newspapers Awards. How did that make you feel’ Wining that award is the best thing that has happened to me in this decade. I almost shed [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion in number. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The telenovela, Jemeji, which aired on DSTV-Africa Magic, has ended. I have had cause to rave on several occasions about Jemeji on this column. It also helped that my husband, Paul, is likely Jemejis number one fan. In recent times, I have followed the show directed by Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, from a distance. Theres so [] 

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Twenty-nine-year-old Adekemi Adewoyin is the founder of KOB.07, a retail business specialising in body products. In this interview with FEYISAYO POPOOLA, she says her passion to grow her business pushed her to quit her job. Tell us more about your business. What products and services do you offer’ At KOB.07, we deal with retail sales [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
In business, as in many aspects of life, you must never put the cart before the horse. The logic of sequencing events and actions to drive desired outcomes is not rocket science. I am concerned that many organisations are failing today because key stakeholders dont even understand that certain basics must be put in place, [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Roland Iloh, 29, is a senior audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria. He speaks about his career What stirred your interest in finance and accounting’ When I was an undergraduate, I realised I was analytical, coupled with the fact that I was fascinated about finance and analytics. After school, I decided to develop myself in the [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Chinas rubber-stamp parliament is set Sunday to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. The National Peoples Congress is all but certain to approve a constitutional amendment that has stunned many in China, sparking an unusual bout of [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Although Bolatito Sowunmi no longer plays the role of Miss Pepeye in the popular television series, Papa Ajasco, people are yet to get used to the reality. Speaking with Sunday Scoop, Sowunmi lamented that most men feel that she is promiscuous because of her role as Miss Pepeye in the TV series. She said, While [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
When actor Ernest Asuzu suffered a stroke in 2015, things became terrible for him as he could neither walk nor talk. It was later reported that Asuzu was healed after he was prayed for by Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin of the Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Warri, Delta State. It was also stated that the pastor gave [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Eucharia Anunobi appears to have moved on from the death of her 15-year-old son, Raymond. Speaking on her sojourn in Nollywood, the actress told Sunday Scoop that it was a tug of war to convince her father that she was made for the movie industry. Anunobi, who is now a pastor, said, The first time [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Popular Nigerian musician, Azeezat Allen, shares fond memories of her trip to Ghana with JOY MARCUS What country did you have your most memorable travel experience’ I had a wonderful time in Ghana during the Easter holiday last year. I lodged at a hotel and I had an extremely great time. Do you recall some [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
For some time, little has been heard of Nosa Omoregie and people wonder if he is still signed to Chocolate City. In an encounter with Sunday Scoop, he admitted that he hadnt released songs in a long time. He said, There are a lot of things one needs to sort out on a personal level [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Actress and former Big Brother contestant, Lilian Afegbai, has been able to fulfill her goal of producing a movie before she turned 26. Bound, a film produced by Afegbai, was screened to a private audience last weekend and those who have seen the film said not only did Lilian achieve her goal, she produced a [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Mrs. Olubisi Osinbajo, the 85-year-old mother of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, shares pleasant memories of raising her children with KEMI LANRE-AREMU and TOFARATI IGE Can you share with us some of your fond childhood memories’ Firstly, the abduction of those schoolchildren in Dapchi, Yobe State, gives me a lot of concern. I want them to be [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI, ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, and IFEANYI ONUBA The Nigeria Customs Service said it had given the importer of the military wares which allegedly belong to the government of Kogi State, a 30-day ultimatum, to produce the End-User Certificate from the Office of the National Security Adviser. The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr. Joseph [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The General Counsel and Human Resource Director at AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, Omowunmi Adewusi, tells KEMI LANRE-AREMU about her job and women empowerment What do you love most about your job’ I have over 16 years work experience out of which seven years have been with AXA Mansard Insurance Plc. As the general counsel, I [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI and OLALEKAN ADETAYO The Federal Government on Saturday said its new vision for the Niger Delta was on course with two modular refineries to be installed in Delta and Rivers states almost ready. It also said the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, would commence academic activities for the 2017/2018 academic year with 196 [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The Nigerian Prisons Service has listed conditions that the United Kingdom must meet before it would be allowed to build structures at the Kirikiri Prison in Lagos State. The NPS Spokesman, Francis Enobore, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the UK must first discuss the specific terms and conditions of the project with [] 

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018
OLALEKAN ADETAYO and OLALEYE ALUKO No fewer than 53 policemen, serving in the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, say they have yet to be paid their Risk Caution Allowances since 2015, when they were posted to the Presidency. This was disclosed in an anonymous petition that the policemen filed to President Muhammadu Buhari and which [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
FEMI ASU The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said crude oil and petroleum products worth N19,063,113,867 and N5,940,321,219, respectively, were lost last year. The NNPC said in its newly released monthly report for December that products theft and vandalism had continued to destroy value and put the corporation at a disadvantaged competitive position. It said [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
LEKE BAIYEWU The annual general meeting by member nations of the Egmont Group begins on Sunday (today) but the bill giving autonomy to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit is still hanging at the National Assembly, SUNDAY PUNCH reliably learnt on Saturday. A threat of permanent expulsion from the Egmont Group is hanging over Nigeria if, [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
GIBSON ACHONU Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff and son-in-law to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Saturday, opened up on his governorship ambition, saying his father-in-law would not dictate his actions if he becomes governor. Okorochas endorsement of Nwosu had sparked a row in the state. Nwosu, who spoke in an interview with [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Nigerian community leaders have demanded that the air force be prosecuted for alleged attacks on their villages in Adamawa State, which they alleged led to the killing of 78 people. The human rights campaign group, Amnesty International, said at least 35 people were killed in air raids in the region on December 4. The Nigerian [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Four persons have been killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Plateau State. The victims, who were reportedly killed on Friday night in Laake village of Kwall district, were said to be children below the age of 10. This attack came barely 24 hours after five persons were killed, including a set of twins in [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Gibson Achonu A Kwara State indigene, Mrs. Abiola Afolabi, was on Saturday delivered of triplets in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The triplets are two boys and a girl. Afolabi already has two children. Relishing the joy of the birth, her husband, Mr. Sunday Afolabi, told our correspondent that his wife did not conceive five [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
TOLUWANI ENIOLA A lawyer and community relations practitioner, Mrs. Oladunni Afolabi, has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Canadian embassy to immortalise victims of the 2012 Dana crash by building monuments and rehabilitating primary schools in the Iju area of Lagos. Afolabi, who is the coordinator of the [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
John Charles with agency report As Benue State plays host to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, the state governor has revealed the itinerary of the President. According to Governor Samuel Ortom, during the visit, the President will make a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Benue State Council of Chiefs, Tor Tiv V, Prof. [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The first special woman in almost everyones life is the mother. So, this Mothers Day, show how much you appreciate all she has done for you over the years. Here are a few tips to make this special day memorable for your mom Write her a letter According to www.wikihow.com, the letter should be a [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
SUNDAY ABORISADE, OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, FEMI MAKINDE, PETER DADA and THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN Nigerians who patronise some private hospitals in the country are at the mercy of auxiliary nurses, who now form the bulk of the personnel attending to patients at the medical facilities, SUNDAY PUNCH investigations have revealed. Checks by our correspondents in some private hospitals [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Simon Utebor The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have said Africa is not getting a fair deal from the Commonwealth of Nations. They spoke in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Saturday, during the 74th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Executive Committee meeting. Present at [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Last Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to Kano for the wedding of Fatima, daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Idris, the son of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. This is very ridiculous. Our president, who had, as of Saturday, last week, yet to visit Benue, Taraba, Borno and other states, where [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Eighty-year-old former Coach of the Super Eagles, Adegboye Onigbinde, shares the story of his life with TOLUWANI ENIOLA Where were you born’ I was born in Modakeke town, Osun State, to the Jagun Omode dynasty on March 5, 1938. It is a prominent family in the town. One remarkable thing about my birth was that [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Background I was born and raised in Lagos; and I had a lot of fun while growing up. My parents were very good at keeping us aware of the realities of life. We were never overindulged. We have always been encouraged to pursue our dreams and to seek our own lives as we grow older. [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
John Charles Less than 48 hours to the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari in Benue State, former President Olusegun Obasanjo made a surprise visit to condole with the government and people of the state over the New Year massacre by herdsmen. The former president also visited the gravesite of the 73 victims of herdsmen who [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance has faulted the process for the May 26 local government election announced by the State Independent Electoral Commission. The apga Chairman in the state, Alhaji Musa Saidu, told journalists on Saturday in Lafia that the State Working Committee had observed that the process for the [] 

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has declared the Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State as dead and buried. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that hundreds people, on Saturday, defected from the PDP to the ruling APC in the state during a reception organised by the state APC. The [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Kelvin is one of the children of popular Nigerian singer, Bright Chimezie. He talks about the kind of life his father leads off the stage with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I am also known as Da Mic Oracle. I am a native of Umuogba Ekeoba in Umuahia, Abia State. I am one of [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has stated that no governor can hijack the structures of the Peoples Democratic Party, saying those making insinuations to that effect are mischievous. Speaking during a programme on Channels Television at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Friday, Wike said all governors were equal and worked in [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Alexander Okere The management of the University of Benin, Edo State, has confirmed the death of one of its students who allegedly committed suicide. The deceased, identified only as Adams, was said to have been found dead in his room at Ekosodin community, in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state. He was [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
DOLAPO AKITOYE writes about the psychological effects of studying for long hours on pupils A former South African President, Nelson Mandela, once said, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. This statement clearly underscores the value of quality education. Many parents understand the importance of education and it [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
SUNDAY PUNCH examines some gangs used by state governors for political purposes Cross River’s ‘Team Ayade’ In Cross River State, at least, two groups have been linked to be working for Governor Ben Ayade. The obvious support groups are ‘Team Ayade’ and ‘I am safe with Ayade.’ While it is said that the groups’ major [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
FACED with the cold-blooded murderous consequences of illegal arms circulating in the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed police commands in the states and Abuja to start mopping up arms. This is to give effect to the Firearms Act 2004, which prohibits certain categories of arms and ammunition in the hands of [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
JOHN ALECHENU Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, who are sympathetic to the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party, have begun a lobby aimed at garnering support for sweeping amendments to the party’s 2014 constitution. A source in the party, privy to the move, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the lobby was intended [] 
Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Kunle Shonaike Many of you may find it funny, indeed bordering on the ridiculous, if I state as todays headline suggests that your vehicle (especially if its audible interface, thats what my illustrative-minded business partner, Gbola Oba, calls the electronic cluster or whats commonly called dashboard in Nigeria) talks. Modern vehicles, in the [] 

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