NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 26 March, 2018.


Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The contentious election sequence has taken a dramatic turn, with allegations of plots to bribe the National Assembly members taking centre stage.

Sources revealed that pro-Executive Senators and members of the House of Representatives have been lined up for $50,000 and $30,000, respectively, while the anti-executive lawmakers, who have cases with anti-corruption agencies, will be threatened with prosecution, in days to come.

In articulating urgent steps to be taken, some high profile meetings were held in the Abuja homes of prominent pro-executive senators last week.

In attendance were a vocal pro-President Muhammadu Buhari governor from the North West, another two from the same North West, an embattled governor from the Middle Belt and a governor from the North East, including a powerful minister from the South South.

A source at the meeting, who disclosed this to our reporter, said some key members of the executive, who have been spearheading strategies for Buhari’s re-election in 2019, were unequivocal that the National Assembly must be stopped from going ahead with plans to veto the president on the election re-ordering captured in the new the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill.

President Buhari, a fortnight ago, rejected the amendment, when he argued that the move would infringe on the constitutional powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

His letter to the leadership of both chambers reads in part: “Pursuant to section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I, hereby, convey to the Senate, my decision, on March 3, 2018, to decline presidential assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2018, recently passed by the National Assembly.

“Some of my reasons include the following: The amendment to the sequence of elections in section 25 of the principal act may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15 (A) of the third statue to the constitution; the amendment to section 138 of the principal act, to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process.”

However, most members of the two chambers reportedly disagreed with the president and mulled the idea of overriding his veto on the amendment.

A senator who declined to be named  said but for the death of Senator Ali Wakili (who represented Bauchi South), Senate would have quashed Buhari’s veto last Thursday.

As a desperate measure to stop the planned override of Buhari’s veto holding this week, Daily Sun gathered that pro-executive lawmakers held series of meetings and agreed that every step be taken to checkmate their colleagues.

Among other things, the meetings resolved that ‘vulnerable’ senators and Representatives, who have corruption cases with anti-graft agencies, must be whipped into line by threatening them with prosecution.

The source added: “It was agreed that lawmakers with corruption cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other crimes Commission will be bullied and threatened with prosecution, unless they oppose the amendment.”

The second step, he narrated, is that senators and members of the House of Representatives would be handed a mouth-watering financial inducement to drop their support for the amendment.

To this end, he disclosed that “$50,000 and $30,000 have been earmarked for each lawmaker, in exchange for their support.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
federal Government has said 113 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe State, contrary to earlier reports that 110 were taken.

     It also declared that six of the abducted students remained unaccounted for.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure when he spoke with journalists in Lagos, yesterday.

“A total of 111 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi on 19 February, 2018. That means one student was not captured on the list of 110 abducted students that was compiled by the school, on the basis of which the Federal Government gave the number of abducted schoolgirls as 110.

“Also kidnapped were two other persons, who are not students of the college. They include a primary school boy who came to the school to sell pure water and another primary school girl. That brings the total number of abducted persons on that day to 113,” he noted.

He said that 107 persons, comprising 105 Dapchi schoolgirls and the two non-students have been released by the insurgents.     

“Six Dapchi schoolgirls are yet unaccounted for. All efforts will be made to secure their release,” he said.

Sources said five of the girls died in the custody of the insurgents as a result of stampede, exhaustion and trauma while Leah Sharibu was being held by the abductors over . Her freed colleagues said her refusal to change faith made the insurgents to deny her freedom.

Mohammed reiterated that the Federal Government neither paid ransom nor swapped the girls for any Boko Haram member.

“Unknown to many, we have been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now. The talks helped to secure the release of the police officers’ wives and the University of Maiduguri lecturers recently. And the talks did not stop thereafter.

“Therefore, we were able to leverage on the wider talks when the Dapchi girls were abducted. As I said earlier, the insurgents decided to return the girls to where they picked them from, as a goodwill gesture. All they demanded was a ceasefire that will grant them a safe corridor to drop the girls. This is not new. Even in larger war situations, safe corridors are usually created for humanitarian and other purposes. Consequently, a weeklong ceasefire was declared, starting from Monday, 19 March. That is why the insurgents were able to drop the girls. This counters the conspiracy theories being propounded in some quarters concerning why it was so easy for the insurgents to drop off the girls without being attacked by the military,” he stated.

He said the Dapchi girls were freed because the approach of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is a marked departure from that of the former president Goodluck Jonathan-led government after the Chibok girls were abducted in April 2014.

“Whereas it took that administration 18 days to even acknowledge the kidnap of the girls, the current administration was responsive and was not in denial. No stone was left unturned to secure the release of the girls.”

The minister also cautioned the public to be cautious of “fake news” making the rounds, especially that of a supposed Sergeant David Bako of the Nigerian Army, who said he was part of a conspiracy by the government to abduct the Dapchi girls.

He described ‘Sergeant’ Bako’s story as “a classic example of disinformation and fake news.”

“I can tell you categorically that this David Bako is fake. There is no such soldier in the Nigerian Army. There was no conspiracy anywhere. The intention of those behind the disinformation and fake news is to cause disaffection between Christians and Muslims and between southerners and northerners.

“This administration’s success in seeking an early release of the Dapchi girls has ruffled many feathers. It has upturned a lot of plans by naysayers. They have not been able to sleep since the girls came back. Their campaign to unseat President Buhari is fuelling their desperation. Nigerians should prepare to see more avalanche of disinformation and fake news,” he declared.

Meanwhile, the Police has said it has no information yet on the release of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu.

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NiM) has endorsed a steering team co-chaired by legal luminary and rights advocate, Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and a medical expert and son of former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa,  Abduljalil, to agree on a strategy plan and presidential candidate for the coalition, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

NiM, a coalition of 35 registered political parties, labour and civil society leaders, women groups, youth movements, coalition of persons with special needs, professional icons, eminent national leaders and other prominent stakeholders in Nigeria, believes it can offer a credible alternative in the 2019 general elections.

The movement believes “Nigeria is tilting rapidly towards social, political disharmony, anarchy and requires urgent political actions to stem the drift.”

It called on every Nigerian adult to participate in the recruitment process of public office holders who seek elective offices. In a communique issued by NiM Deputy Director General, Mallam Naseer Kura, yesterday, the group said they will work together towards what they call “overthrowing the current decadent pauperising political order in Nigeria and, to replace it with a prospering democratic and inclusive political system and culture.

“The present governance structure of Nigeria must be constitutionally redefined and structured to be more democratic and citizen inclusive. There must be a concerted drive to bring about a new Nigeria that works for all and such new Nigeria, in our view, must guarantee the safety and freedom of each citizen of Nigeria. 

“That wanton killings in whatever guise of Nigerians is unacceptable and viewed in serious terms as pure failure of governance and political system at both the national and sub–national strata. Every Nigerian adult must, as a matter of social responsibility, obtain a voter’s card and participate in the recruitment process of public office holders, who seek elective offices, and that the grand coalition, as an interventionist force, should interface with all willing political forces who share the above stand towards developing standards for all aspirants or candidates aspiring for elective office in the 2019 elections.”

 NiM promised to engage in “grassroots and mass media mobilisation, at all levels, with special focus on local communities and the youths, ahead of the 2019 electoral revolution initiated by the movement, organise rallies and meetings with socio-cultural groups across the country with a view to pursuing our agenda for inclusiveness and collective ownership of the grand coalition of NIM. Hold zonal, state and local government summits, simultaneously, for the sole purpose of ensuring that all adult Nigerians, not only obtain their voter’s cards but vote for the candidates who meet the agreed standards set by the grand coalition as the Summit Commission researches, production of documentaries, information leaflets, jingles and also, production and distribution of the NiM newsletters in English and all the major Nigerian languages towards the mobilisation of all Nigerians for the 2019 ideological paradigm shift in power configuration of Nigeria.”

Mon, 26 Mar 2018
The parent body of Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that is embroiled in Facebook data privacy scandal, organised rallies in Nigeria to weaken support for the opposition in 2007.

The revelation was contained in a brochure published by parent company, SCL Elections, the BBC said, adding that the document was published prior to 2014.

In the documents, the company that became Cambridge Analytica boasted about interfering in foreign elections, BBC said.

The brochure outlines how SCL Elections had apparently organised “anti-election rallies” to dissuade opposition supporters from voting in the Nigerian presidential election in 2007. The election was described by European Union monitors as one of the least credible they had observed.

Cambridge Analytica is facing scandal over claims it exploited the data of millions of Facebook users. 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 also 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. The former Labour Foreign Office Minister and Cabinet minister Lord Hain has tabled a written question in the House of Lords on Monday for urgent clarification on the matter of Embassy endorsement.

He said the SCL case was “lifting the lid on a potential horror story” of other companies using data to manipulate voters. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed SLC were given a provisional List X accreditation but had not had it since 2013.

The UK Foreign Office said it was unaware of this alleged activity before SCL was awarded British government contracts in 2008.

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018
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