Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Thursday, 22 March, 2017.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The rescued Dapchi school girls arrived in Abuja last night and would be meeting President Muhammadu Buhari today, Daily Trust learnt.

Sources said the girls, heavily guarded by security forces, were taken to Maiduguri by road to the warm embrace of a Federal Government delegation.
“They left Dapchi after they met with their parents and acquaintances; many parents trooped to Dapchi from surrounding villages to catch a glimpse of their daughters.
“They arrived at the Air Force base in Maiduguri around 5pm where they had their lunch before they were airlifted by a military aircraft to Abuja. 
“They would most probably meet with President Buhari today because they don’t have much complications; only fatigue because of stress and anxiety,” he said.
Daily Trust reports that President Buhari is also expected to visit Zamfara State today, so it is not certain whether the president will meet them before or after the trip.
“The presidency is also planning to subject them to counselling, the essence is to disabuse their minds because the Boko Haram told them never to go back to school, they were told to go and marry,” another source said.
The girls arrived Maiduguri at about 4:45pm along with some of their parents after a brief medical check-up at Dapchi General Hospital . 
Theatre Commander, Operations Lafiya Dole, Maj.Gen. Rogers Nicholas handed over the schoolgirls to the Federal Government delegation yesterday. 
Leader of the delegation Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau(rtd) led the Federal Government delegation to receive the girls at  6:30pm at NAF Base in Maiduguri yesterday.
Other ministers in the delegation include Minister of Information Lai Mohammed and his  Women Affairs counterpart Jummai Alhassan
The Inspector General of Police and top military officers were also there. 
Dapchi parents, residents jubilate
Earlier in the day in Dapchi, parents and residents jubilated at news of the return of the girls after a month in captivity.  
Parents and residents in the town told Daily Trust that the girls were released to them voluntarily by the insurgents, around 8:18am.
They drove in a fleet of eight vehicles, and drove out of the town after half an hour of preaching to the residents that came out to receive the children.  
Abba Musa, alias Shago, a resident, said: “They asked if people in the town were not happy that they have returned the school children and we said “We are all happy.”  They pleaded with us to help them replace their punctured tyre and we gladly changed the tyre before they zoomed off.
“They looked at me and said “Your hair cut is haram. As a Muslim you are supposed to grow beard like ours not Balotelli haircut.” 
They made an offer that anyone willing to join the service to Allah should follow them, but no one did”, he said.
One of the freed schoolgirls, Khadija Grema, said they were about to break their Monday fasting on the fateful day that the insurgents struck. “We were cramped in a TATA truck under the pretence that they were rescuing us and drove into the bush. We were shouting for help but nobody came to our rescue as we continued the journey into the bush, they asked for those among us that were fasting, they served us food and drinks after which we observed our prayers.” 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Scores of armed men Tuesday evening attacked a village, Kampanin Doka, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing 12 soldiers and injuring four others.
The soldiers were among a special detachment of troops sent to the village to ensure security for expatriates and others working on a new road linking Zamfara State with Kaduna through Dansadau-Dangulbi and Birnin Gwari.

One of the foreign engineers working at the site was last year kidnapped but was later released. After that incident, all the workers fled the site but were mobilized back with a pledge that they would be provided security.  
 A source said the bandits attacked the soldiers’ camp between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday, killing three soldiers in a hole and nine others in the camp.
The source said, “We gathered that the soldiers had caught a thief in a village called Maganda in the area and were taking him back to their camp when some police personnel asked them to hand over the thief to them which the soldiers refused. The same police followed the soldiers to their camp in Kampanin Doka and again asked them to hand over the thief to them, but the soldiers still refused. Around 8pm on Tuesday, bandits attacked the soldiers’ camp and killed three soldiers in a hole and nine others in a tent in the camp.”
The source added that the bandits had the previous day attacked Maganda village and shot nine people.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters Kaduna, Colonel Muhammad Dole, did not confirm the killing of the soldiers. He merely said, “We are preparing a press release. Please, give me some time.”
A social media message by the Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance said, “Once more, we the people of Birnin-Gwari are under siege and in need of protection... We will remain vigilant and await the response of the government.”
The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, said in a statement that he received with sadness reports of bandit attacks in Doka and Maganda villages and the loss of lives. He offered his condolence to the communities and the military over the incident. He said the government was monitoring developments in the Birnin Gwari LGA and reiterated the resolve of the government to overcome rural banditry.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie- Oyegun, yesterday, met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and all APC senators over alleged plot to override President Muhammadu Buhari on amendment to the Electoral Act.
Buhari had in a letter read on March 13, this year at both chambers rejected the amendment made to the 2010 ElectoralAct by the National Assembly, citing three constitutional matters. 

The rejection polarised the APC caucus at the Senate into two. While a camp led by a former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu was mobilising for the president, the second camp purportedly being supported by the leadership of the Senate was said to be plotting the override. 
It was gathered that Oyegun convened the meeting to halt the planned move.  The meeting which had key members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC in attendance was held at the Senate wing of the National Assembly.
Our correspondent reports that the meeting which started by 3.02pm lasted till 5.30pm. Newsmen were excused after the opening ceremony of the meeting.
Earlier during the opening ceremony, Oyegun said the meeting was convened to discuss issues affecting the party and its members.
“I’m glad to be here again. I don’t think I’m here often enough. It’s a good opportunity to discuss general issues. Issues that have arisen from the polity, the reality of an election in less than a year, 11 months, 10 months if you want to be economical. 
“And some interests that bind us together. We are here to talk, we are here to listen, we are here to strategize on best way as we are approaching the critical months ahead. That is the 2019 election,” he said.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan said the party would soon constitute a team comprising the executive, legislators, governors and members of the party to broker peace in the party.
Lawan who described the meeting as frank and worthwhile, said the issue of election sequence and others would be addressed by the committee when constituted.
He said on election sequence, “That is only a symptom, the discussion centred on so many things including that.”

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Over a hundred thousand people in Adamawa state have dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Congress (APC) for Social Democratic Party (SDP).
National Chairman of SDP, Chief Olu Falae stated this Wednesday during the official decamping rally of Chief Emmanuel Bello to SDP at the Lamido Cinema of Adamawa State.

“I have come to receive Chief Emmanuel Bello and a hundred thousand others who have dumped APC and PDP to join SDP from today they have become a bonafide member in the state”. He stated.
He said SDP has been in existence since the year 1982 during Abiola and Kingibe’s regime adding that Bello is a man who believes in Changing the Change.
Speaking at the rally, John Nuhu said the 100,000 that dumped APC and PDP to join SDP are from the local government areas of Yola-North has 2500,Gombi 10,000, Song 10,000, Hong 5,000. Fofure 3,000, Demsa 10,000. Numan 10,000, Lamurde 10,000, Guyuk 10,000, Shelleng 5,000, Jada 10,000, Ganye 10,000, Mayo 20,000, Mubi-North 10,000, Mubi-South 10,000, Michika 10,000, Madagali 10,000, Maiha 5,000, Gerei 5,000 and so on.
National Leader of the SDP, Professor Jerry Gana said this is the first outing they have made in the year 2018 year, adding that the SDP train in moving to make Nigeria forward as he welcomes Chief Emmanuel to the party.
 Another National Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Professor Tunde Adeniran said SDP is going to label the country and move the people forward adding that Chief Emmanuel is a man of integrity, peace and tolerance.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Igala Vanguard, a socio-cultural group has urged the Kogi State government to stop meddling in the affairs of the family of the late governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Sani, who chairs the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, revealed the jumbo pay of the federal lawmakers regarded as hallowed secret. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The traditional ruler of Rubochi community in Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Pada, has said the peaceful coexistence between farmers and herdmens in his chiefdom is because of the monthly security meeting in his palace. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Members of Soroptimist International, Asokoro, have donated instructional materials, food and other items to the FCT School for the Blind, Jabi. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A house wife is seeking the dissolution of her eight-year marriage at a Grade One Area Court, Gwagwa in the FCT. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has concluded plans to offer free quality eye treatment to 40,000 children nationwide as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the association. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has urged youth corps members in the area to be innovative and creative so as not wait for hard to get white collar jobs at the end of their service.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Director-General, Katsina Media and Publicity, Malam Ibrahim Muazzam says Katsina State government remains committed to agricultural mechanization to ease farming activities in the state. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
In January this year, Dutsen Wai, a town in Kubo Local Government Area, Kaduna State, located along the Zaria-Jos Road, was in the news for witnessing the first shipment of refrigerated tomatoes to Lagos State. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A recently released quarterly report on crop prospects and food situation by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reveal that Nigeria and 36 other countries were in need of external food assistance due to one reason or the other. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Country Director, SAA/SG 2000, Professor Sani Miko, has identified Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria as the secret behind the success being recorded in the agricultural sector through the development of technologies. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told the Federal Executive Council why he cancelled his trip to Kigali, Rwanda, for the signing of the agreement framework for the African Union Continental Free Trade Area. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and senior management of online marketing companies have agreed to develop guiding principles for e-commerce in Nigeria. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (AFIA) has said it has the capability and competence to reduce financial frauds in Nigeria to the barest minimum through forensic auditing. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Lions Clubs International, Multiple District 404, Nigeria is set to participate in the 2018 National Measles Immunisation programme in Nigeria through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in the Southern part of Nigeria. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Cosmetologists, makeup artistes, beauticians, beauty bloggers and buyers were recently hosted in Lagos to the biggest beauty products and services fair. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said the agency has put in place arrangements for the installation of Category 3A Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at the Lagos and Abuja airports. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Although rice production in Nigeria has gained a noticeable momentum in recent times, the high cost of local rice compared to imported brands from Thailand, India and China still poses a patronage challenge for rice farmers.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Antoine Griezmann wants his future resolved before he travels with France to this summers World Cup in Russia. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The National Council for Arts and Culture yesterday in Abuja announced plans to raise three million culture-friendly football lovers to support the Super Eagles during the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has agreed with a Labour MPs comparison that Vladimir Putin will use Russias World Cup like Hitler used the Olympics in 1936. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Total prize money for the French Open will go up by around 8 percent this year, with the mens and womens champions winning $2. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Heartland FC of Owerri remain at the bottom of the Nigeria Professional Football League table following the 2-1 defeat to Akwa United yesterday evening at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The National Council for Arts and Culture on Wednesday in Abuja begin the drive to raise three million, culture friendly football lovers to passionately support the Super Eagles during the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia this summer. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The President General of Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo has said members of the club, apart from singing, also fast and pray for national teams, especially Super Eagles to win matches.
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