Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 26 March, 2017.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has described as an invitation to anarchy remarks by former Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma that people should rise and protect themselves.
Danjuma, a former Chief of Army Staff, had said at a convocation ceremony of Taraba State University Saturday that the Nigerian Army had taken sides in farmers/herders conflicts. 
However, in a statement yesterday, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, said “the Nigerian Armed Forces is well organised and highly professional in discharging its constitutional mandate.” 
The minister’s statement issued by his spokesman, Colonel Tukur Gusau, called on anyone with evidence of wrongdoings or dereliction of duty against any member of the armed forces to come forward with such evidence through the appropriate channels for necessary action. 
The statement reads: “The attention of the Ministry of Defence was drawn to a recent comment by one of the elder statesmen alleging that the military colludes with bandits to kill people and therefore, called on them to rise and defend themselves outside constitutional provisions. 
“This is highly uncalled for and is invitation to anarchy and should be disregarded by well meaning Nigerians.
“The efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces towards restoration of peace, security and order in Nigeria are evidently clear and Nigerians continue to show appreciation for changing the security environment from what it was before.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces is well organised and highly professional in discharging its constitutional mandate. Therefore, if anyone has evidence of wrongdoings or dereliction of duty against our troops should please bring forward such evidence through the appropriate channels for necessary action.
“For the avoidance of doubt the Military will not be distracted from performing its statutory duties in accordance with the rules of engagement. Nigerians should please continue to support the military so that all security challenges will be overcome within the shortest possible time.”
We are neutral – Army
In a separate statement yesterday, the Nigerian Army denied the accusation and said it is neutral in its operations
The Army described as unfortunate Danjuma’s remarks which came at a time the demilitarisation of the north-central had just commenced.
The statement issued by Army spokesman, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu  reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to the unfortunate statement made by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, during the convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University on Saturday 24 March 2018 in which he categorically asserted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria was colluding with militias and other criminal elements and was unable to provide security for the citizens of Taraba State. 
“He further called the people of Taraba State to take up arms and defend themselves. The Nigerian Army views this statement made by the former Chief of Army Staff as most unfortunate at this critical time that the military has embarked upon demilitarisation of the North Central Region of the Country.
“While Nigerian Army would not want to join issues with the Elder Statesman, however, certain facts need to be clearly stated in the interest of the Taraba People and the Nigerian public:
“The Nigerian Army is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria and to aid the civil authority whenever called upon to do so. In this light, the authorisation for the conduct of Ex AYEM AKPATUMA was authorised and troops deployed to curb menace of the herdsmen-farmers conflict and other criminal activities in the North Central Region amongst others.
“It is on record that the successes so far achieved in Ex AYEM AKPATUMA have been recognised and accepted by Nigerians.
“The public is notified that Nigerian Army personnel have had to pay the supreme price for ensuring the sustenance of security in Taraba State. For instance, a gallant non-commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army was beheaded on 16 March 2018 in Takum Taraba State by criminal elements.
“It is noteworthy to state that at the inception of Ex AYEM AKPATUMA, the Taraba State Government, did not cooperate with the Nigerian Army due to the Army’s stance to remain absolutely neutral in the herdsmen-farmers crisis. The Nigerian Army will continue to remain as such.
“For avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Army advises the people of Taraba State and indeed all other Nigerians to continue in their day-to-day activities and be law abiding as anyone caught with arms and ammunition will be dealt with accordance with the laws of the land. “Every law-abiding citizen is assured of equal protection and security of their lives and property irrespective of his/her person. 
Meanwhile, Chukwu said that the army arrested three suspected criminals in Taraba on Saturday.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The company that became Cambridge Analytica boasted about interfering in elections in foreign countries including Nigeria, the BBC reported yesterday.
Cambridge Analytica is embroiled in a storm over claims it exploited the data of millions of Facebook users.

The BBC said has seen a brochure published by parent company SCL Elections, it is believed prior to 2014.
In the brochure, the firm claimed that it had organised rallies in Nigeria to weaken support for the opposition in 2007.
The “anti-election rallies” was also meant to dissuade opposition supporters from voting in the Nigerian presidential election in 2007. The election, won by late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, was described by EU monitors as one of the least credible they had observed.
The Guardian, a British newspaper had reported that in the run up to the 2015 election, SCL was hired by a rich Nigerian who supported then incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, to sway the polls.
It said Cambridge Analytica worked with people they believed were Israeli computer hackers, who offered it access to private information about Muhammadu Buhari, of the then opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The UK Foreign Office says it was unaware of this alleged activity before SCL was awarded British government contracts in 2008.
Cambridge Analytica says it is looking into the allegations about SCL.
Speaking on the Sunday Politics show, Conservative former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the claims about SCL were “absolutely appalling” and “run totally counter to the policy of the British government in promoting free and fair elections in the developing world”.
He added that it is “perfectly clear that the British government should have nothing to do with it”.
In the document, SCL Elections claimed potential clients could contact the company through “any British High Commission or Embassy”.
It also claims SCL received “List X” accreditation from the UK’s Ministry of Defence which provided “Government endorsed clearance to handle information protectively marked as ‘confidential’ and above”.
The document claims SCL Elections deliberately exploited ethnic tensions in Latvia in the 2006 national elections in order to help their client.
SCL also claims that ahead of the elections in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, it orchestrated an “ambitious campaign of political graffiti” that “ostensibly came from the youth” so the client party could “claim credit for listening to a ‘united youth’”.
Most of the examples detailed in the brochure took place before the British government entered into at least six contracts with SCL.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Shareholders of  the 22 companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange have so far received a  total of N231 billion as dividend payout for  the full year result ended 2017, Daily Trust learnt.
So far, the biggest beneficiaries are Dangote cement shareholders who received N10.50 kobo for each of its 17 billion shares which rounded up to N179 billion in total dividend payment for the period under review. These account for 68 per cent of the total amount of dividend on offer.

 Nestle, from the fast moving consumer goods, is offering N42.50 kobo on each share to its 792 million shareholders amounting to N33.6 billion, representing 12.8 percent.
 Total Nigeria also made a strong showing with an offering of N14 for each of its 339 million shares amounting to N4.7  billion.  Pharmaceuticals giant, GSK, followed closely with a N7.50 kobo for each of its 1.1 billion shares, amounting to N8.9 billion. This amounts to about 3.7 percent of the total dividend.
 Nigerian Brewery is offering N3.13 for its 7.9 billion shares amounting to N2.5 billion.
 The few tier one banks that have released their result also feature prominently with both Zenith and GTB offering N2.40 and N2.45,amounting to N7.6 billion and N7.00 billion respectively. Construction giant, Julius Berger, is also offering N1.00 each for its 1.3 billion shares amount to N1.3 billion.
The remaining 12 companies comprising of Vitafoam, African Prudentials, United Capitals, Medview Air, Stanbic IBTC, Custodian and Allied Insurance, Access Bank, UBA, are however offering less than N1.00 per share.
The 12 companies are offering a total of N19.4 billion representing 7.3 percent of the total dividend amount.
 There are indications that financial results will start pouring in from different corners into the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as listed companies have 90 days after the end of their calendar year to declare results. Dividend paying stocks are attractive to investors.
Mr Boniface Okezie, National Coordinator, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria,  said shareholders  are impressed with what they have seen given the kind of challenges that these companies operate under in the year under review.
He said their 2016 result was badly hit by recession and that effect also spilled into 2017, as the cost of operation remained high not to talk of multiple taxation, cost of generating power etc.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Members of the APC Integrity Group in Cross River State have called for the cancellation of the election of Mr. John Etim as the state party chairman. 
The leader of the group, Mr. Maxwell Etta, in a release issued in Abuja, said the February 24, 2018, state congress held in Calabar that produced Etim as party chairman did not abide by the provisions of the APC Constitution and the Electoral Act. 

The group, therefore, implored the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) not to recognise him as the state party chairman ahead of tomorrow’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
The integrity group mentioned the non-issuance of notice of congress as stipulated in Article 25 (A) (i) of the APC Constitution, absence of statutory notice to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in line with Section 85, Sub-section (1) (3) and (4) of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, which provides for 21 days’ notice to be issued before congress is held as infractions committed in the congress. 
It also cited the breach of provisions of Article 13.10 (ii) and Article 13.13 (iii) of the APC Constitution of October, 2014, as amended, which prescribes the number of delegates that should take part in the congress from ward level to the state congress. 
The group, which restated its call for the annulment of the outcome of the state congress in the interest of the party in Cross River State, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to intervene to ensure the emergence of the state chairman in line with laid down rules.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
A gubernatorial aspirant under the APC in Abia State, Prince Okey Chemberline Adiaso, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term does not depend on the wishes of northern leaders.
In his reference to the declaration of some groups in the North, including the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) that they were shopping for a consensus candidate because Buhari had failed the nation, Adiaso said for now, there was no alternative to Buhari.

Adiaso who spoke to newsmen in his Obichukwu village in Isiala Ngwa South Local  Government Area of Abia State after declaring intention to contest the 2019 governorship, said what the northern leaders were saying was their own opinion which did not represent the opinion of the whole North.
He described their opinion as coming from members of the opposition parties who knew that the president had done a lot.
Adiaso, who claimed he shared in the vision and aspiration of the president, said it was the same vision that would drive him in his quest to govern Abia State, stressing that his quest was to make Abia great again.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday that democracy would be better off without the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) because its leaders have failed to know when to set politics aside and stand for Nigeria. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Candidates of the APC for the proposed May 12, elections into the 33 local government councils and the 35 local council development areas of Oyo State were elected through indirect primaries on Friday. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Islamic and Christian religious leaders in Lagos State under the aegis of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) have endorsed the candidacy of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for second term in office. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Workers Solidarity Front (WSF), a pressure group of some civil servants in Cross River State, has announced that it will mobilise workers against voting Governor Ben Ayade for a second term. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
A group, Concerned Nigerian Youths (CNY), at the weekend, endorsed Senator Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed as a credible presidential candidate come 2019.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The General Manager of the Federal Capital Territory Water Board, Engr. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The social media did not take the world by storm. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
We helped Boko Haram militants change tyre while returning the girls, and escorted them out of town as they left. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Renaissance Capital (RenCap) Limited, a global investment banking and research firm has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for giving reasons why the ECOWAS common currency is unwise for West Africa at the moment. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The 3rd edition of the Africa Islamic Finance Forum (AIFF), which is jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, will be hosted by Nigeria, a statement from the Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Why are Nigerian indigenous upstream exploration and production companies looking for prominence'When we say we are looking for prominence, I think for too long, the Nigerian indigenous upstream exploration and production companies have been given a tag. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Medview airline has recorded 42% increase in its revenue at the end of December 2017 as it declares a dividend of 3k per share. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The President, Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors in Nigeria (CIFIA), Dr Victoria Enape, has said the CIFIA Bill does not pose a threat to other professional bodies. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Kaduna Electric has said its internal Joint Task Force (JTF) constituted to fight the energy theft menace in its franchise area has recovered 339 meters that were bypassed in Kaduna Metropolis.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Hackers now have a new way to easily access your Mac. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Ensuring trouble-free election in democratic nations where everyone is entitled to a single vote in the selection of a countrys leader, represents a major challenge, even as dire as the consequences of election fraud can be. 

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
Basic space science research has been described as very strategic in the quest for the application of space science and technology for the development of Nigeria. 
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