Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 24 March, 2018.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has warned that the humiliation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,  the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, by the federal government, will make the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari a tough bid.

Sani who spoke with Saturday Sun in an exclusive interview in Lagos declared that the ruling APC failed to accord Saraki and TInubu the respect they deserve for their contributions to the 2015 victory of the present governmen      

His words: “I must be frank with you, Tinubu has endured a lot of humiliation under the present administration. He was never much consulted, never much recognised as somebody who sacrificed his energy, time and resources to bring the party to where it is.

“It is rather unfortunate that after the party won and the government established, some people started calling some people criminals, thieves and people of questionable character.

“The South-West political leaders who contributed to the victory of the party have been treated with disdain and contempt.  That is in inimical to the interest of the South-West.”

Continuing, the federal lawmaker stated that other party leaders including the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, suffered a similar fate from name-callers, even as he claimed that the five former Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) governors who dumped their party to work for APC in 2015 have since been abandoned

“The five PDP governors who abandoned Jonathan and joined the APC have been despised and treated with contempt.”

This, he added, also affects other leaders and parts of the country whom he said also feel abandoned.

Going down memory lane, the rights activist blamed the development on lack of ideology on the part of the APC and the lackadaisical attitude of President Buhari. “The APC was not formed on ideology. It is only a convergence for people from different political backgrounds.

“The issue was how to seize the vehicle from PDP and after seizing the vehicle, the problem now became, the direction the vehicle will go. You can see the contradiction in the party which has cracked into a cold war, and sometimes, hot war” he stressed.

Sani who further blamed President Buhari said: “The president has allowed the crisis to move from infancy to where it is now. Nobody could solve the crisis except the president because every body is a party to the crisis.”

According to him, Buhari preferred aligning with APC governors who he described as part of the crisis. He however expressed happiness that the Tinubu reconciliation committee  was already looking into the crisis with the aim of resolving it.

The lawmaker however warned that it will be a great disaster for Buhari to jettison the recommendations of the committee as the party needs healing ahead of the 2019 polls.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
 President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that henceforth, security agencies have his mandate to deal decisively with anyone trivialising terrorist abductions and military operations aimed at securing Nigerians. He also threatened to sack any security chief who fails in his duty henceforth.

He declared that security agents have been directed to deal decisively with “unscrupulous elements” found to engage in such trivialities.

He gave the warning at the Aso Rock Villa where he hosted 107 out of the 111 Dapchi students freed by Boko Haram insurgents who abducted them on February 19 and released them last Wednesday after a month in captivity.

There was one boy and two primary six pupils among the freed captives while the rest were students of the Government Science and Technology Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State in Northeast Nigeria. 

Buhari has also warned security chiefs to sit up because any lapse henceforth will have severe consequences on their jobs.

The President affirmed that Boko Haram insurgents released the Dapchi school girls last Wednesday unconditionally after painstaking back channel negotiations. 

He said government opted for negotiations because it did not want any of the captives to be hurt. While warning that his administration is determined to stamp out terrorism, Buhari offered amnesty and reintegration into the society for repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

The President who thanked all security agencies, friendly countries and institutions for their role in freeing the girls, enthused that his strategy to ensure none of the abductees was hurt during the efforts to free them, eventually paid off following the safe return  of most of them. 

He pledged that efforts would be intensified to secure the release of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014, and appealed to Chibok parents and community not to lose hope or despair as their children shall soon return home.

The President assured Nigerians that his administration was working to ensure that abductions like these never recur and that security agencies have been warned that a repeat will be viewed against them more seriously. 

Buhari said, “We entered into negotiations solely to make sure that no single girl was hurt. This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incident.

“The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers.

“I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. Security Chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously.

“To the rescued students, we want to reassure you as our daughters, that you will freely live and pursue your dreams in Nigeria of peace and order, without fear of violence or molestation.

“While parents of the Dapchi girls rejoice because of the reunion with their children, I want to appeal to the Chibok Community never to lose hope or to despair. We are determined as never before, to bring back our remaining Chibok daughters. And this, we must accomplish. And that will be soon by God’s grace.

“While further efforts are being made to secure the release of every abducted citizen in Nigeria, Government is ever ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by any member of the Boko Haram group, who show strong commitment in that regard. We are ready to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed for lack of merit, an appeal by the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu challenging a July 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, over his election at the primaries of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ondo State.

The judgment came even as the governor and his party, the APC sued for calm and assured the people that there was no cause for alarm.

On Friday in a unanimous judgment on the appeal marked: SC/698?2017, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court held that Akeredolu’s appeal was without merit.

Justice John Okoro, in the lead judgment, but read by Justice Paul Galinje, upheld the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal and awarded N500,000 cost against Akeredolu, in favour of Abraham.

Justice Galinje said: “the appellant went to the Federal High Court to challenge serve of originating summons and other process on him. His challenge was dismissed. At the appeal to the Court of Appeal, his appeal was also dismissed.

“He further appealed to this place and filed six grounds of appeal and formulated four issues for determination of the appeal. My learned brother considered all the issues submitted for the determination of this appeal and came to the conclusion that the appeal lacks merit and ought to be dismissed.”

Justices Ibrahim Tanko, Olukayode Ariwoola, Kumai Akaahs and and Galinje, who were also members of the panel, agreed with the lead judgment.

Akeredolu had challenged the July 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld an order by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Federal High Court in Abuja, granting permission to Olusegun Abraham to serve Akeredolu through substituted means, court documents in relation to the suit he (Abraham) filed.

Abraham’s suit is challenging the outcome of the primary of the APC), which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the last governorship election in Ondo State.

In reaction to the Supreme Court judgment, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Segun Ajiboye assured people of the state that there is no cause for alarm.

He explained that the ruling only addressed the mode of service of the Originating Processes which the Appeal Court earlier held was proper. 

 Ajiboye clarified that what the Supreme court ruled on was whether the service of the Originating Process on the APC secretariat in Abuja, instead of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, was right or not.

He enjoined the peace-loving people to see the ruling as a confirmation of the mode of service of the Originating Processes as proper and advised them to continue to support his administration in its determination to develop the state. 

In the same vein, the Ondo State chapter of the APC declared that Akeredolu remains the governor of the state despite the apex  court’s ruling.

The party, in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and

Strategy, Mr. Steve Otaloro, said the ruling was to allow the commencement of the hearing of a case filed by one of the aspirants, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, who participated in the 2016 APC governorship primaries in the state.

He said Akeredolu’s character, popularity and conviction on the fair conduct of the primary election prompted other contestants in the exercise to congratulate him when he was declared winner.

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Gabriel Dike Five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife were arrested by Osun StateThe post 5 OAU students arrested, remanded in prison appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
Gabriel Dike Five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife were arrested by Osun StateThe post 5 OAU students arrested, remanded at in prison appeared first on The Sun News. 

Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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Sat, 24 Mar 2018
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