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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 March, 2018.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018
It was a tearful scene yesterday in Dapchi, the Yobe State community where Boko Haram snatched away 110 girls on February 19.
President Muhammadu Buhari visited the Government Girls Science and Technical College where the girls were abducted.
Some of the distraught parents and the girls’ school mates broke down in tears when the Chairman of the Parents, Bashir Alhaji Monzo, spoke on the incident.
The President and his entourage arrived at the school hall around 3.54 p.m
Earlier in Damaturu, the state capital, the President had told stakeholders that “there will be no rest until the last girl, whether from Chibok or Dapchi, is released.
“The girls and all our students must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations. The Dapchi and Chibok students are our girls and must enjoy our protection. They must live to achieve their individual ambition to be great women of tomorrow. It is our duty to protect them and we are determined to restore peace to all parts of the country from the west to the east, north to the south.”
The President, who described the abduction as “careless”, stressed:  ”It is my hope that any agency, person or group  found to have been negligent or culpable in the abduction of the girls will be punished according to the law”.


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The parents were weeping as reporters interviewed them, hours before the President’s arrival.
Addressing the parents in Hausa, President Buhari promised that no effort will be spared towards bringing their children back alive.
He also vowed that Boko Haram terrorists woud not be spared for their evil activities.
Said the President: “I have read the full report of what happened in Damaturu. As we received the information and what the Federal Government is doing under my leadership since beginning of the problem to date, may God console you.
“I am informing you that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that this country is living in peace.”
He recalled that during the campaigns, the government promised to achieve three objectives  – ensuring security, revamping the economy and fighting corruption.
According to him, his administration has succeeded in all.
Buhari said: “Those Boko Haram members were in control of many parts of Borno State and some local governments in Yobe State. But, at the moment, they have only resorted to bombing mosques and churches, and kidnapping young girls.
“Boko Haram has also brainwashed some of the girls and made them to kill themselves with suicide bombs. By the will of God, we have directed police, DSS, Soldiers and other security agencies to find modalities by which your children will be returned to you in peace.”


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“But this their action and the one they did in 2014 before we assumed office, we will not spare them. So, because of that, the Federal Government will use all its powers to see the end of insurgency and bring peace into the country. May God console you,” he told the disturbed parents.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
One of the students, who was in the school during the abduction, Hafsat Lawal, recounted how she narrowly escaped the abduction.
She said: “I was around when the students were kidnapped. I just came out of the bathroom when I heard gunshots. Initially, I thought it was an electricity transformer that exploded.
“Nevertheless, I started running and I saw my sister too running. When I asked her why she was running, she said I should shut up and let’s run for our lives. So, I followed her and we ran towards the main gate.
“We asked the gateman to open the gate for us. But he refused and told us that it was not safe outside. So we jumped over the fence and started running. We then saw some men in military uniform covering their heads with scarf. They asked us to come so that they would  rescue us.
“But when we came close to them, we discovered that they were not real military men. Some of them were wearing slippers. So we changed direction and one of them started following us.
“We jumped the school fence and came inside the school premises again. We then started running towards the staff quarters. The guy who was following us started shouting that we should stop or he would shoot us.
“I disobeyed him and kept running. He then started shooting sporadically in the air. I am very sad that my sisters were kidnapped. In fact, I became sick because of the trauma of the incident.”
Asked if she was ready to continue her education, she said: “I want to further my education, but not in this school.”
Another student, Talatu Abubakar, said: “I feel very bad that they kidnapped my sisters. At first, I thought they ran into the bush the way we did. But after the incident, we could not find them.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Nigeria’s total public debt stock is N21.725 trillion – as at the end of December, last year.
Debt Management Office (DMO) Director-General Patience Oniha, speaking yesterday in Abuja on the country’s Debt Management Strategy (DMS), said the Federal Government’s domestic debt at the end of 2017 was N12.589 trillion. The 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have a domestic debt overhang of N3.348 trillion.
The combined external debt of the Federal Government and the states is N5.787 trillion.
The new DMS, Oniha said, has brought about the restructuring of the debt portfolio, which “has resulted in reduction of debt servicing costs, lowering interest rates in the domestic market and an improved availability of credit facilities to the private sector.” The recent spate of borrowings the DMO boss said, is essentially “for financing capital expenditure and stimulating the economy”. “The funds injected through the borrowings strongly supported the implementation of the Federal Government’s budget, which helped the country to exit recession in 2017.”
The figures showed  that  Nigeria’s Debt Management Strategy is achieving its objective of reducing the ratio of Domestic Debt in the portfolio, with a target of 60% Domestic and 40% External, .
The composition of the Debt Stock as at the end of 2017 showed that External Debt was 26.64% of the portfolio, up from 20.04% in 2016. Domestic Debt was 73.36%, down from 79.96% in 2016.
The key benefits of the restructuring of the portfolio, Oniha explained “are the reduction of the Government’s Debt Service Costs, lowering of interest rates in the domestic market and improved availability of credit facilities to the private sector”. ”The DMO repaid N198 billion Nigerian Treasury Bills in December 2017 with the proceeds of Eurobond issuances and the DMO has continued further implementation of the strategy in 2018, with the issuance of the USD2.5 billion Eurobonds in February 2018, the proceeds of which is being used to repay maturing domestic debt, starting with N130 billion NTBs repaid on March 1, 2018.”
“The Total Public Debt as at December 31, 2017 represents 18.20% of Nigeria’s GDP for 2017. This shows that Nigeria’s debt continues to be sustainable and is well within the threshold of 56% for countries in Nigeria’s peer group,” Oniha stated.
Ms. Oniha assured Nigerians that the most important consideration for these borrowings was that the proceeds were being prudently applied to bridge infrastructure gaps occasioned by the decline in revenues.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the National Assembly and other parties to a suit challenging the legitimacy of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 taking any steps in relation to the Bill pending the next hearing in the case.
The Bill, which seeks to alter the sequence of election as earlier announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it relates to the 2019 general elections , was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari. His letter declining assent was read at the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling yesterday, ordered parties in the suit not to take steps that could affect the res (subject) of the suit.
Justice Mohammed’s ruling followed an oral application by plaintiff’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who urged the court to make a preservative order to protect the res when it became obvious that his client’s motion was not ripe for hearing and the lawyer representing the National Assembly would not give an undertaking.
Yesterday, Olanipekun informed the court about his client’s pending motion for interlocutory injunction for a restraining order against the National Assembly.
National Assembly’s lawyer Chinelo Ogbozor, objected to the hearing of the plaintiff’s motion on the grounds that it was not ripe for hearing.
Ogbozor urged the court to adjourn the case as she was only served on Monday and needed time to respond to the application.
Olanipekun then prayed the court to direct Ogbozor to give an undertaking that her client would not take any step in relation to the Bill pending the hearing of the plaintiff’s interlocutory motion for injunction.
Again, Ogbozor objected. She declined to give any undertaking and insisted that her client could not be put under any such pressure since they were still within time required by law to respond to the motion.
Olanipekun then made the oral application, urging the court to “make a preservative order to preserve the res of the matter” pending the next adjourned date.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
There is heavy security in Damaturu, the state capital awaiting the arrival of the President and Commander –in – Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to Yobe State.
A detachment of security personal including army, police , Civil Defense Corp have been  deployed to strategic locations of the city to quell any breach of law and order during the visit.
The August 27 Stadium where the president is expected to land from an Air force helicopter enroute Maiduguri International Airport has been taken over security with Armored Personal Carrier Machines mounted at the front of the stadium.
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The entrance of the Yobe State Government House where the president is expected to meet with all stakeholders in the state is also under tight security as the stern looking security operatives subject vehicles and human beings under strict checks before gaining entrance into the government house.
In another development, schools and commercial activities have been paralysed in Damaturu due to unfavourable security arrangements put in place.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Come July at the popular Eko Convention Center, Nigerian gospel artiste, Enkay Ogboruche, better known as Enkay, will be holding her first ever live concert tagged Enkay Live in Concert.Joining her on stage will be respectedAmerican multiple Grammy award winning artiste, Dr Karen Clark Sheard and Multiple Award winning and Grammy Nominated artiste Kierra Sheard. Other notable gospel artistes will also be gracing the stage.Enkay describes herself as a Nigerian born singer/song writer, music minis 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Barcelona thumped Chelsea 3-0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, to move into the quarter-finals.Bayern Munich also qualified for the quarter-finals on Wednesday, after beating Besiktas 3-1, to amass an aggregate 8-1.The Catalans who held Chelsea 1-1 in London two weeks ago, won 4-1 aggregate, with Lionel Messi scoring the first goal in the third minute.In the 20th minute he opened the defence for Ousmane Dembele to score the second goal. In the 
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Two Compact Discs (CDs) showing video recordings of suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (aka Evans)s confessions were played yesterday at an Ikeja Special Offences Court.The video recordings beamed on the wall of the court room before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo showed Evans confessing to kidnapping and armed robberies within and outside Lagos State.The clips from the video were played while the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Titi Shitta-Bey, was leading a witness, Insp 
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Treble-title chasing Bayern Munich eased past Turkeys Besiktas 3-1 on Wednesday to breeze into the Champions League quarter-finals with an 8-1 aggregate win.It was a record 11th straight victory in the competition for coach Jupp Heynckes, who had led Bayern to the title in 2013 before retiring and returning this season.The German side went ahead through Thiago Alcantara in the 18th minute to kill off any lingering hopes of a miracle recovery by the Turkish team.Bayern had crushed them 5-0 in the 
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Rico reveals why he has continued to shake off eviction in the house.His reason while consoling a rather unhappy Alex was due to positivity and abiding by the fruits of the spirit.Alex who was unable to get over Leo and the love they shared in the past, sought solace from Rico Swavey, a housemate who was keen to share his secrets of success.The reason why people vote for me is because I am always positive, Rico said.I see light in dark and see good in the bad.Positive vibes is like magnet. Do no 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday assured parents of the abducted girls that he wont rest until the last girl is freed from captivity. He also promised to punish any agency, person or group found to have been negligent or culpable in the girls abduction.The President spoke in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, at a meeting with stakeholders to commiserate with them over the abduction of the 110 girls from GGSTC, Dapchi.He reiterated his commitment to negotiations with the terrorists to release 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Debutant female boxers Yetunde Odunuga and Millicent Agbogbulem have declared their desire to make impressive impact in Australia despite hitting the big stage for the first time.Odunuga, who is an army officer specifically said she is not heading to the games to compete alone but to make her presence felt by mounting the podium at the end of the boxing event.It is a dream come true for me making the eight-man boxing team because it has always been my dream to compete at big stage like the Commo 
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The Senate may have concluded arrangements to upturn the rejection of the amendment to the Electoral Act by President Muhammadu Buhari, it was learnt yesterday.President Buharis letter declining assent was read on TuesdayThe Presidential letter sparked anxiety at the two chambers of the National Assembly leading to a series of clandestine meetings by the pro- and anti-Electoral Act amendment lawmakers.A source privy to the meeting, said pro-Buhari governors, senators, House of Representatives me 
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Pep Guardiola has met Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and the clubs chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Wednesday afternoon as the Spaniard enjoys a trip away in Dubai.The Spaniard was pictured in high spirits as he talked with the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Emirati entrepreneur in an office while his squad enjoyed some leisurely time near the beach.Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Ederson and Bernardo Silva were all having a spot of lunch during s 
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Thu, 15 Mar 2018
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the move by some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to void the partys decision to extend the tenure of members of its National Executive Council (NEC).Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in a ruling yesterday, rejected three key prayers in a motion ex-parte argued for the plaintiffs by their lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN).Those rejected include the order of interim injunction restraining the partys officials whose tenure extension is being challenge 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
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The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to to probe alleged missing 150,000 dollars paid to theAthletics Federation of Nigeria ( AFN ) by theInternational Amateur Athletics Federation ( IAAF ).The House will also look into the threat of banning the country from IAAF activities if the money was not recovered.This followed a motion under Matters of Urgent National Importance by Rep. Douye Diri (PDP-Bayelsa) during plenary.Moving the motion, Diri said that media reports had it that IAAF p 
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Popular Nigeria TV Show, Big Brother Naija has recorded a break in transmission for over ten minutes.This rare occurrence happened before the beginning of a task where parcels were handed to the housemates as an instruction was being passed by Current Head of House, Nina.The break in transmission which is happening for the first time on the show was preceded by a lot of blinks on the TV screen before the show was suspended for over ten minutes with the message:Apologies for the break in transmis 
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Uruguays football association has sanctioned first-division club Fenix after two chickens were let loose on the pitch in a game against Racing on Sunday.The incident has also made club director Gaston Alegari a target of criticism from animal rights groups and fans after he violently kicked one of the birds off the pitch.The stunt, designed as a jab at the ability and attitude of the Racing players, caused the game to be delayed for several minutes, with Alegari losing his temper and kicking out 
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The Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) has completed well drilling survey in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.Speaking after the four-week exercise, the Technical Director, Geocardinal Engineering Services Limited and consultant on the project, Titilope Adeyemo, an engineer, disclosed that over 50 questionnaires were distributed to respondents across the eight local governments in the city, including Ibadan Southwest, Akinyele and Egbeda, among others.Besides, he noted that COMEG 
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