NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 21 March, 2018.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested most wanted armed robber, 31-year-old Fashola, aka Awolowo, who has been on the wanted list of the police for a while.

Awolowo has been wanted for offences of house-to-house robbery and road attacks in Lagos and neighbouring states. He was declared wanted after he was released from prison and formed a formidable, vicious gang. He was arrested alongside three other gang members. 

Speaking with journalists at the command headquarters, Ikeja, Awolowo said he had given up crime and was about disposing of his weapons of destruction when he was arrested.

According to him, he had met his mother and wife and confessed his criminal activities and his mother placed a curse on him that if he went for any more criminal activities, he would be arrested.

He said: “I was a notorious criminal, I won’t deny it, but I have repented. I have even robbed in front of Alakara Police Station, where my boy shot someone; I won’t deny it. I am a strongman. I have been to prison three times. I was released from prison through the help of my aunty. After my last release from prison, my wife reported me to my mother. My mother, who was furious, stripped herself naked and placed a curse on me that if I went for robbery I would be arrested, and I said ‘Amen.’ To do away with the crime, I contacted a friend, who promised to buy my gun. I was taking the gun to him when the police arrested me. I swear by with my late father that I have stopped robbery. I used to rob people but I have stopped.”

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspect and 20 others, based on credible intelligence gathered on the activities of a gang of robbers that specialised in robbing motorists and passengers of their belongings and who were also involved in house-to-house robbery, men of the IRT based in Lagos State Command rounded up three persons, Fashola, aka Awolowo, 31, Oni, 28, and 26-year-old Oyeniyi.

He said the suspects confessed that they were ex-convicts and a search conducted at their hideout at Sango, Ogun State, yielded two guns.
 
He said, in a similar development, the IRT also arrested four armed robbers at their hideout on Ayodogo Street, Ijoko Road, Sango, who confessed that they robbed the residence of Anthony Onyawune at Lekki Garden Estate while he was away in the East.

He said that a Toyota Avalon car, 2016 model, an unregistered Subaru SUV and 10 different bank ATM cards were recovered from the suspects.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State,  the Orlu Council of Elders have said they will not support any candidate from the zone, including Chief Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The elders said there must be equity and social harmony in the state.

This was even as the council pointed out that by 2019, the zone would have ruled the state for 16 years through Chief Achike Udenwa and the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha. It said the charter of equity signed by the three zones must be respected.

Secretary of the organisation, Prof. Nathan Uzoma,  who stated this during a press briefing yesterday, in Owerri, Imo State capital, disclosed that the elders council, headed by Prof. Francis Dike (SAN), had resolved, after its general meeting last month, that there must be equity and balance in the governance of the state.

He said while the council recognises that it is the constitutional right of every Imo indigene to contest the office of the governor of the state, it is morally wrong for a zone that would be concluding 16 years in governance of the state next year, to still be clamouring to occupy the same office beyond 2019.

“The Orlu Elders Council has made it abundantly clear that it will not support any governorship candidate from Orlu in 2019 because of equity and social harmony in the state. By 2019, they would have ruled the state for 16 years and it would be wrong for the zone to be talking of producing another governor in 2019.”

He pointed out that there is a charter of equity in the state on how power is shared and those who are saying zoning is dead in the state are the same people who want the office of the President zoned to the South East in 2023.

“There is a charter of equity in the state which was signed by the three zones on how political power is shared for there to be equity and social harmony in the state.

And they have been campaigning for the re-election  of President Buhari, so that South East may have the opportunity of occupying the Presidency; yet, they don’t want the same in the state.           


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Frontline socio-political groups, the Afenifere, Ohanaeze, the Conference of Ethnic Nationalities (CEN), the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) and the Middle Belt Forum, yesterday, flayed  the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the umbrella body for northern non-governmental organisations, over its claim that Nigeria cannot survive without the North.

Chairman of ACF and a former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, while addressing  the leadership of the foremost northern women socio-cultural organisation, Jam’iyya Matan Arewa (JMA) who visited the forum’s National Working Committee (NWC) to discuss how to protect children and women in the region from incessant attacks, said the North could not continue to be on the negative footage at all times as it was the case since return of democracy in 1999.

This was even as the Forum called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to end killing and kidnapping of women and children in the region.

According to Coomassie, “we all know that without the North, Nigeria can never survive. We still stand by it. But now is the time to walk the talk in the interest of our people.

“Chibok girls are still missing. Now it has gone to Dapchi in Yobe State, what happened? Are we always going to be the victims? Boko Haram, see what they did to the North-east. They have spread over to the North-central and even to the southern part of the country.

“Should we continue to be regarded in the negative side? No. We are leaders in our own right and we must exercise this responsibility for our people.”

He continued, “whenever there is crisis, women and children are always the major victims. Enough is enough. We are proud that you have come forward to meet us to discuss this issue.

But reacting to the ACF’s claim, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, the Afenifere said no section of Nigeria was more important than the other, even as the Middle Belt Forum and PANDEF said every region can survive independently just as the Ohanaeze restated its call for restructuring of the polity.

Speaking to Daily Sun, the Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin said no section of the country should assume that other sections cannot be independent of each other. He also described the ACF’s statement as reckless, insensitive and warned that such utterances were capable of pushing the country to the brink.

“Are the herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists who are killing people from the South? Why can’t they face reality? Why can’t they condemn the activities of these terrorists? It shows the insensitivity on their part. No section of the country should think that other sections cannot leave. Every section of Nigeria is important but no section is more important than the other. They should not task the patience of the rest of Nigeria and they should not push Nigeria to the extreme.

“The comment is very reckless and it is like adding insult to injury. It is a sense of entitlement of a section of the country overrating themselves that has put Nigeria where it is.”

Also reacting, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State chapter, Alex Ogbonnia said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has always emphasised the need to restructure the country so that all of us can co-exist peacefully.That is our philosophy and that has been our position. We are not talking about division for now because that does not come within the framework of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. We want a peaceful Nigeria where there is equity, fairness and justice. We want a country where the standard of education is equal and the same for all pupils in primary schools irrespective of the state the person comes from. We want a competence-based society, where justice reigns supreme and not divisions.”

For the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), the concept of one North is an illusion.

According to the forum’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, “In the first place, there is no monolithic north as it used to be; that does not exist anymore. There is no part of this country that cannot exist as a separate entity. Every part of the country can survive independently of each other. The Middle Belt can even survive better than all other. If we are made a separate country today, all other countries would look forward to coming to the Middle Belt because we have good weather, land, food, mineral and human resources. The Middle Belt is made up of over 14 states including Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Taraba, Benue, Gombe, Bauchi, the largest part of Kaduna, Adamawa and Borno are fully in the Middle Belt. There is a difference between the Middle Belt, North Central, North West or North East. The whole of North Central is Middle Belt but you also have parts of North East and North West that constitute the Middle Belt.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has  called on leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to support the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

Dickson made the call, yesterday, and  also, urged the leaders to rally round the National Working Committee (NWC).

He said solid support for the party leadership will make it stronger to effectively lead a coalition to challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election.  

Dickson, who is also chairman of the PDP standing Committee on Reconciliation, disclosed that he will intensify consultations with party leaders across board, including those who have defected from the party with the view to bringing them back.                                                 

He said now that a new leadership has been put in place, what PDP stakeholders and leaders owe the NWC is their unflinching support, for without that, the PDP cannot regain its lost glory.                    

‘’The PDP is not owned by any individual; it belongs to all Nigerians, so, all of us should remain united under the umbrella. Let me reiterate my call on those who have left the party to return to the fold, for PDP remains home to all. Now that we have a new leadership, led by Secondus, I call on all leaders/ stakeholders, youths and women of our party to rally round the NWC,  for it is by so doing that PDP will be stronger, it is by so doing that PDP can lead a broad-based coalition to regain power and salvage the country. Without the support and cooperation of party leaders/stakeholders, it will be difficult for PDP to realise its manifest destiny of salvaging Nigeria,’’ he said.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has called on political leaders of Umuahia South Local Government 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Unwana, the country home of the former Governor of the defunct Eastern Region, Dr Akanu Ibiam, was agog recently. The excitement came about following a ceremony staged in the community to flag off the reconstruction work on the 1.7km Afikpo-Unwana road. The road, according to the people of Unwana, was first constructed... 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Protests rock Agbaja over killing at PDP's rally as residents demand justice Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Tension is brewing in Agbaja community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State following the killing of a 21-year-old man, Mr Elias Nwankwegu, at a political rally held at the premises of Nwofe Primary School on Saturday being 17th... 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has again reached out to the National Chairman 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha A global Agri-business giant, Olams Company (Crown Flour Mill) has opened its distributing outlet, Oasis Farms and Agro Services Limited at Aroma junction Awka, Anambra State. Olam grows, sources, trades and processes food and industrial raw materials across 16 product platforms for over 13,000 c. The a shop located at Lamb... 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Ezenwa, Akepyi expected today '22 players in camp Monica Iheakam Super Eagles captain, John Mikel 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha Oba Uche Ikedigwe, chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has eulogized Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra for the good works he is doing in thestate. He also urged the governor to double his performance in his second term because the people have absolute confidence in his ability to lead... 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Emma Jemegah, with agency reports Ahead of the friendly with Poland on Friday, Super Eagles Manager, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Poland's national team captain, Robert Lewandowski yesterday at a press conference said they are playing 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
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Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Chinenye Anuforo chinenyeanuforo@gmail.com 08063768550 Where your data goes depends on how you use your 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
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Wed, 21 Mar 2018
A recent report on the Nigerian mobile sector by leading e-commerce company, Jumia, has disclosed that, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Seek stakeholders' collaboration Chinenye Anuforo The Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
As Onu commissions NASENI technologycentre Magnus Eze, Abuja Minister of Communication, Adebayo 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The Federal Government has so far disbursed a sum of N1.91 trillion to various 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Uche Usim;Adewale Sanyaolu (Abuja) The delay in passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is said to 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Isaac Anumihe Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has again raided a car mart and seized 16 exotic vehicles, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Shareholders of Dangote Cement Plc are surely in for a good deal as the company's directors have recommended 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Bimbola Oyesola The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has warned that the new Land Use Charge 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said the state's new security architecture will accommodate vigilance 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he lacks the powers to reverse or make 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Police Command is interrogating a 15-year-old secondary school 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
IGP deploys personnel Molly Kilete, Abuja, with agency report The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Prof, someone gave me a cola-nut during burial in my village and i ate it. The following day the 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
On a number of occasions in the last two years, southern leaders speaking collectively for the three 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has declared that 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Chiagozie Udeh and Oseloka H. Obaze National development, economic growth, infrastructure, industrialization 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital,Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti Statewill, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Katsina State APC grand deception for decampees (defectors)' 'Decampee' is a Nigerian creation! 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Few days to his death, Col. Air Raid Achuzia returned from Calabar. In my last discussions with him he 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Eric Teniola In the past, stories on National Development Plans dominated the headlines especially in 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Zika Bobby A youth advocacy group, All Campus Show (ACS), has called for re-orientation among Nigerian 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
I was taken aback a few days ago, when the Federal Executive Council meeting, chaired by Vice President 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Lindsay Barrett The relentless march towards democratic credibility for the governments of the West African 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Assembly confirms 4 commissioner-nominees, LG boss Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Edet Okpo With the deep words of commendation and strong vote of confidence on the Rector of Maritime 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Curtain call I shall conclude our discourse on this vexed, but captivating issue of the need or otherwise 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Simeon Nwakaudu Keeping Rivers State safe from criminal elements has been one of the most challenging 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Promise Adiele A first glance at the title of Alexander Pope's poem The Rape of the Lock immediately 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia Anthony Ogbizi, Commissioner of Police in Abia State, has served in several crises-prone 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
When Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu assumed office as the governor of Abia State in 2015, many Abians 
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