NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 MARCH, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 19 March, 2017.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Nigerians who are eager to know President Muhammadu Buhari’s mind on the 2019 presidency may have to wait for another three to four months. Indications emerged yesterday that the president may eventually decide whether or not to seek reelection in the 2019 presidential poll after the Democracy Day celebration billed for May 29 this year. A reliable presidency source who disclosed this to LEADERSHIP in confidence yesterday said President Buhari is just waiting for the tensions in the country to subside before declaring his intention to run for the 2019 presidency. The source listed the growing tension in the country caused by the spate of killings as one of the reasons why the president has not made up his mind yet. The source who did not want his name in print because he is not in the position to speak on this said, “You know there is a lot of tension in the country due to killings by herdsmen and the president wants to bring insecurity and killings under control before declaring his intention. “There has been a lot of pressure on the president to seek reelection and it is likely that the president will declare his intention to contest after May 29 but not before then”. Corroborating this, the presidency yesterday explained why President Buhari is yet to declare his intention to seek reelection in next year’s presidential election despite pressure being mounted on him to do so. Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, told State House correspondents that if the president speaks too early about his ambition, it might give ammunition to unnamed opponents to throw everything at him and sabotage the country. According to him, the president cannot speak with the election still about one year away because he knows the consequences. The presidential spokesman said,  “You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. There is a lot of sabotage in the country. You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run’, because they know that if the president runs, other people should just run a way because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. “So, they want to discourage him from running. Now, if he tells you, ‘I’m going to run’, and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically. They would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running. “So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’, by which time they can do less damage.” The presidency also explained why the president is visiting Rivers State after claims by the state governor, Nyesom Wike that he is not aware that Buhari will visit his state.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
The Department of State Security Service (DSS) has arrested John Abbey, a notorious arms dealer in Wukari, Taraba State as well as kidnappers and bandits operating in different states across Nigeria during a nationwide operation. A statement signed for the Service by Tony Opuiyo, stated that the operations led to the arrest of the alleged gunrunner and other suspects, who were on the wanted list of the DSS for several years after their supplies were linked to violent activities, which included armed banditry and kidnapping lasted for 10 days. The statement noted that on March 13, at about 12:20pm, DSS operatives arrested Abbey, also known as Jonah Idi, alongside his alleged driver, Agyo Saviour, also known as Dan-Wase. Abbey who allegedly supplied arms to criminal groups in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba States worked closely with Terwase Akwaza, also known as Ghana, to terrorise residents in Benue State. Akwaza has long been identified as a major suspect in the ongoing attacks on Benue residents. The DSS said it recently linked Abbey to a movement of arms and ammunition from Konduga, Borno State, to Taraba State, adding that Mr Saviour was the driver used in the operation. Abbey’s arrest came a few days after the DSS arrested Sesugh Aondoseer, another suspected member of the ‘Ghana’ gang. Aondoser, who was arrested on March 7 around 12:23am near the International Market along George Akume Road in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, is accused of masterminding several kidnap and robbery operations in Katsina Ala-Ukum and Gboko-Makurdi axis of the state, just as he is also linked to attacks in Takum, Taraba State. The DSS further noted that its operatives recorded success in other operations conducted within the same period. In a similar operation on March 15, 2018 around 5:00pm, DSS operatives arrested a suspected kidnapper, Lawal Ibrahim, at Chiwarna Hotel, Angwan Rogo, along Bauchi Road, Jos North local government area of Plateau State. Ibrahim, also known as Alhaji Anwalu, was arrested alongside Ado Saleh and Bayero Adamu, some of the men suspected to be members of his kidnap-for-ransom syndicate. The DSS accused them of killing one of its operatives, Daanan Balgnan, on December 30, 2017, amongst other criminal offences in Plateau and neighbouring states of Nasarawa, Kaduna and Bauchi. The operatives recovered N1.5 million in cash from the suspect, which is said to be a part of a ransom the syndicate allegedly collected from Ayuba Gamale, a staff of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), whose two abducted family members were released on March 14, 2018.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Barely four days after the leadership of the National Assembly met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa to discuss some burning national issues, including the 2018 Appropriation Bill, the two chambers of the federal legislature are divided over the passage of the budget. According to a source in the Senate, there is no way the 2018 budget can be passed before June this year, contrary to the ultimatum given to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by the Red Chamber two weeks ago to submit their budget estimates latest Friday this week in order to pass the budget. The Senate had on February 28, 2018 issued a one-week ultimatum to ministers, and the heads of departments and agencies of government, to appear before its relevant committees to defend their 2018 budget estimates. The upper legislative chamber said the attitude of the heads of MDAs is responsible for the delay in the passage of the N8.612 trillion national budget bill into law. The Senate warned that the failure to adhere to its ultimatum would compel it to adopt the proposal submitted for such MDAs by the executive arm of government. The matter was again discussed at plenary when Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, sought an update on the status of the bill from the Appropriation Committee. The vice chairman of the Committee, Senator Sunny Ogbuoji (Imo APC), said most sub-committees have been complaining about the attitudes of the MDAs that have failed to properly defend their budget estimates. “Since January, the doors of the Appropriations Committee have been opened to receiving reports from the sub-committees, but most of the sub-committees have a huge challenge with the MDAs because majority of the MDAs are not coming forward to interface with them”, he said. But the source, a Senator, who spoke to LEADERSHIP said the budget process is still at the committee level and is yet to be transmitted to the Appropriation Committee to collate all the submissions of the committees. He said, “The senators will proceed on two to three weeks Easter Holiday in the next two weeks. There is no way the budget can be passed before the Senators proceed for Easter. “After the Easter holiday, the Appropriation Committee will work on the budget for three weeks and that will take the senate till end of May 2018 to early June 2018 before the budget can be passed. Besides, the mood of my colleagues is not enthusiastic or lightening enough with respect to the passage of the 2018 budget”. Recall that the senate last week said it can’t categorically tell when the 2018 budget will be passed, even when it declared that the legislative work on the budget is highly in top gear in the senate. While fielding questions from Senate correspondents, Senate spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said he couldn’t tell which day the budget will be passed. This is in response to the question on whether the budget will be passed before the Senators proceed on Easter Holiday in less than three weeks from now. ‘’The budget process is on and I can’t tell you this is the specific date it is going to end. We are working very hard on it and we want to assure Nigerians that at the end of the day, we will have a budget that will serve the purpose of Nigerians’’, Senator Abdullahi said.


Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Coalition Ambassadors of Civil Society (CSO), yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to recall former acting Director General (DG) of Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Mohammad Dauda back to service. LEADERSHIP reports that Dauda, a career Ambassador who was serving in Chad Republic, was brought back to the country and acted as the DG of the NIA when President Buhari suspended Mr Ayo Oke. After the appointment of Ahmed Rufai as the substantive DG of the NIA, it was gathered that Ambassador Dauda, a director, who was  supposed to retire from service in September 2018,  was taken back to Chad and dismissed from the service. Speaking at a world press conference on the state of the nation in Abuja, the Executive Converner, Coalition of Civil Society (CSO), comrade Danesi Momoh Prince, urged president Buhari to bring Ambassador Dauda back to the service. “We want Mr President to recall Ambassador Dauda back to the service while those involved in the quagmire ridiculing the image of Nigeria should be prosecuted immediately in order to rebuild Nigeria’s image before the international community,” Prince said. According to him, “Mr President is reminded that this matter borders on national security which must not be toyed with, as his oppositions are waiting patiently to use it as a campaign message against his re-election bid if he so seeks to, in tagging his administration as incompetent,” the CSO said. According to the group, “Mr President must be told of some current situation that is targeted at destroying the good image of our country, especially before the international community now that the entire African region has appointed our own president as the Anti-corruption Champion in Africa.” “Immediately after the removal of Mr Oke, a career Ambassador to the Republic of Chad, Mr Mohammed Dauda who was the most senior director as stipulated by the NIA rule, was recalled and appointed as the Acting Director General.” “We learnt that, some powerful Nigerians attempted to share the recovered $44m which Mr Dauda objected to,and instead he protected the funds for the government hence the gang up against him.” “Available record shows that, Mr Mohammed Dauda is due for retirement in September, 2018, having served the organization for 35 years. Within this period, he was never queried by the organization for any wrongdoing. He is a professional intelligence officer whose short acting era rejuvenated the intelligence gathering that improved our national security.”

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will today be the chief guest of honour at the 3rd annual national political summit organised by the Save Democracy Africa (SDA) slated to take place in Abuja. The chairman Board of Trustees, SDA, Dr Gregory Ibe who made this known during a press briefing in Abuja recently said Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker  House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, governors and leaders of geopolical zones are billed to grace the summit. Ibe stated that the 3-day event  themed: “Reforming the Nigerian Federation:Which Way Forward,” would address all issues affecting the country holistically regardless of political and religious affiliation. He added that the the essence of the summit was to chart a new course through dialogue with political parties and technocrats on how to move the country forward. “There is a lot of heat across the country and people are saying that a political solution is required, research will be carried out to provide solutions to what is happening in Nigeria.” Ibe, while lamenting the lack of technical education, which according to him, was responsible for the high number of unemployed graduates stressed the need for schools to take vocational training seriously as a solution to youth restiveness.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna The United Labour Congress (ULC) has taken a swipe at the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), saying the leadership has failed Nigerian workers particularly in its inability to defend their yearnings, aspirations and fight for their rights frontally. The ULC President, Comrade Joe Ajaere stated this at the weekend []The post NLC Has Failed Nigerian Workers ' ULC appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Chika Mefor, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that the second batch result of the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), will be out Tuesday. Speaking during an interview yesterday, the Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin stated that though the results were ready, the Board []The post UTME: JAMB To Release Second Batch Of Result Tomorrow appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Bernard Tolani Dada Uyo The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has distributed 11,000 litres of specialized Soil Conditioner and Agric Zyme to boost planting and enhance crop yield as part as efforts to support the diversification of the country's economy through agriculture.The Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere who was represented on the occasion by []The post NDDC Distributes 'Specialised Fertilisers' To A'Ibom Farmers appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newsp 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Bernard Tolani Dada, Uyo Food vendors providing catering services to primary schools in Akwa Ibom state under the federal government Home Grown School Feeding Programs has petitioned the federal government, over alleged diversion of funds meant to feed pupils in the state. The petitioners asked the federal government to immediately wade into the issues []The post School Feeding Programme: A/Ibom Food Vendors Petition FG appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Abu Nmodu, Minna The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rescind his decision on the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) establishment and sign the bill into law. The NYCN in collaboration with aoalition of non governmental organisations, civil society irganisations and various youths groups told journalists over []The post Peace Corps Bill: NYCN Begs PMB To Rescind Decision appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Abu Nmodu, Minna Niger state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Ketso has stated that the Senator representing Niger East, Senator David Umaru's position that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello does not merit a second term and questioning the party's endorsement for second term is self-serving and divisive. Ketso in a press briefing with some selected []The post Niger Govt Hits Back At David Umaru Over Attack On Governor appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos The management of a Lagos based hotel, Jaspand Hotel Limited located in Orile-Agege area of Lagos State has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) commence investigations into the operations of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC). The management in a copy of the petition against the electricity company made available []The post Hotelier Petitions EFCC Over IKEDC Operations appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Bukola Idowu, Lagos | With federal government's domestic debt pegged at N12.589 trillion as at December 2017, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said that a total of N1.476 trillion was spent in servicing the domestic obligations of the country between January and December last year. DMO said interest payment on federal government of []The post FG Spends N1.47trn Servicing Domestic Debt appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY MBAKAAN KWEN, Abuja The shareholders of Transcorp Hotels Plc have commended the management and staff of the company for achieving an impressive financial and operational performance in the financial year ended December 31, 2017, despite the challenging economic climate and unforeseen events which took a toll on the hospitality business in the country. The []The post Shareholders Commend Transcorp Hotels' Impressive Performance appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY YUSUF BABALOLA , Lagos The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has directed shipping lines to transmit electronic manifest of their cargoes to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) , and the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) seven days before the arrival of any vessel to the country. Speaking to journalists at the end of a []The post Shipping Firms To Submit Manifest To Customs 7 Days Before Vessel Arrival appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Kingsley Alu, Abuja The federal government has underscored the unprecedented opportunities for economic growth and development the cotton sector offers African economies but cautioned that continued export of raw cotton with little or no value addition by the continent's producers was unsustainable in view of global instability in the prices of the commodity. Government []The post Raw Cotton Export Undermines Industrialisation ' Minister appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspape 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it would not relent in its quest to get the nation's four refineries back to their optimal, nameplate capacities. Group managing director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru , disclosed this shortly after receiving this year's Man of the Year Award from Nigerian NewsDirect, []The post NNPC Vows To Bring Refineries Back On Stream Soon appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has denied allegations of environmental mismanagement in the Niger Delta levelled against it. The oil giant in a statement at the weekend said Amnesty International cannot substantiate it's allegations misleading regulatory authorities in Nigeria on oil spill management. Shell also reiterated its []The post Shell Debunks Amnesty International Allegations On Spills Management appeared first on Leadership Nig 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
As part of activities to mark this year's Global Money Week and Financial Literacy Day (FLD) based on the theme 'Money Matters Matter', Union Bank said it has tutored over 3000 students from 30 secondary schools across the Country as part of activities. The chief executive officer of the Bank, Emeka Emuwa accompanied by the []The post Union Bank Takes On 3,000 Students On Financial Literacy appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The two-week long bullish performance in the Nigerian stocks market came to a halt last week as investors lost N506 billion despite broadly positive corporate releases during the week. The All Share Index plunged 1,231 points or 2.85 per cent week-on-week to close at 41,935.90 points while year-to-date return declined to []The post Investors Lose N506bn Despite Impressive Earnings Releases appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Stories By BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos Zenith Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in 2017 jointly made N169.309 billion from trading in securities such as bonds and Treasury bills as customer deposits to both banks continue to grow. The two tier one banks last week released their full year results for 2017 posting a joint []The post Zenith, GTB Make N169bn From Securities Trading appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos Nigeria exportation of manufactured goods has grown from N182.9 billion in 2016 to N232.05 billion in 2017, LEADERSHIP can report. According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report on Foreign Trade In Good Statistics for full year 2017, exported manufactured goods grew to 26.8 percent above the value in 2016. Also, []The post Nigeria Exported N232.05bn Manufactured Goods In 2017 ' NBS appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Pedro's extra-time header saw Chelsea advance to the FA Cup semifinals at the expense of Leicester City. Alvaro Morata scored for the first time since Dec. 26 to give Chelsea a half-time lead, but Jamie Vardy equalised 14 minutes from time to force the additional periods at the King Power Stadium. Pedro headed in as []The post Pedro Helps Chelsea End Leicester's FA Cup Dream appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Salifu Usman, Abuja | The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has maintained that Super Eagles can win the summer FIFA senior World Cup in Russia. The three time African champions, who are going for their sixth World Cup appearance, are drawn in Group D alongside perennial rival Argentina, Croatia, and []The post Super Eagles Can Win 2018 World Cup, Pinnick Insists appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Salifu Usman, Abuja President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Honourable Yahaya Muhammed has that said four Nigerian weightlifting athletes to next month's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia would win at least four gold medals for the country. Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports in Abuja, he said the athletes have been well prepared and []The post Gold Coast Games: Nigerian Weightlifters Eye 4 Gold Medals appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
BY AMMAR H. ABDUSSALAM | 'Guard your light and protect it. Move it forward into the world and be fully confident that if we connect light to light, and join the lights together of the one billion young people in our world today, it will be enough to set our whole planet aglow' The case []The post Jigawa: The Case of Active Engagement And Participation Of Youths appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Mohammed Baba Busu The recent outburst and condemnation by some Nigerians over the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari, that he was unaware that the IGP did not spend many days in Benue State as he directed, have become a source of concern to many. Even though the reactions and outbursts of many Nigerians are []The post Benue crisis: Did IGP Idris Truly Disobey Presidential Order' appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
By Yakubu Musa There was a consensus among notable figures who spoke at the just concluded GSMA World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. They all wanted to see the conundrum of Right of Way permit, especially in the emerging economies tackled once and for all, to pave way for the rollout of the right infrastructure, []The post Righting The Right Of Way Conundrum appeared first on Leadership Nigeria Newspapers. 
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