NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [22 MARCH, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 22 March, 2018.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Arewa THE All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have hailed the safe return of girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State.

APC said it was a demonstration of the political will by the Buhari administration to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

It assured the citizens that the APC-led Buhari administration was doing everything humanly possible to ensure the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls.

A statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja said if the last administration had demonstrated the same commitment when the Chibok school girls were adopted, they would have been rescued on time rather than allow them pass through several months of torture.


 
The statement said the party was confident that reforms embarked upon by the present government would improve the capacity and efficiency of the nation’s security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists and diminish their ability to carry out attacks on soft targets.

The statement reads: “The APC is extremely delighted with the news of the return of the school girls abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram.

“The prompt release of the Dapchi school girls is another solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians.

“With this prompt release of the Dapchi girls, the APC government has demonstrated how government should respond to such situations. If the immediate-past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration had responded with the similar alacrity, the Chibok school girls would have been released or rescued. Instead, the PDP wasted several weeks wallowing in denial and conspiracy theories such that it was now left for the APC government to rescue many of the girls and rehabilitate them.

“We assure Nigerians that the current administration remains committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirl still held in captivity by Boko Haram and ultimately rehabilitate and reunite them with their families and loved ones.

“The party is confident that reforms that the government has embarked on would improve the capacity and efficiency of our security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists and diminish their ability to carry out attacks on soft targets.”


 
The ACF equally called on the military and other security agencies to sustain the synergy and fast-track the search and rescue of the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped four years ago that are still in captivity.

A statement issued yesterday and signed by the forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said: “The good news from the Federal Government that the kidnapped female students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State that were abducted early this year by some Boko Haram terrorists have been released by their abductors is a welcome and reassuring development.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Eleven soldiers serving with ‘Operation Cat Race’ in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State were killed by bandits on Tuesday, it was learnt.

They were attacked by bandits who were on a revenge mission following the killing of their leader Buhari Tsoho, popularly called Buharin Daji.

Daji was killed in a shoot-out with security men in Zamfara state two weeks ago, sources said.

Although the army did n ot react yesterday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai condoled with families of the dead security men.


 
The bloody attack occurred at Kampanin when the bandits attacked the soldiers’ camp between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday.

Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said he was working on the Army’s press statement on the incident.

However, a social message by a community based organisation known as Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance partly corroborated the earlier sources.

“A military detachment and members of the vigilante in Doka village have successfully repelled an attack by armed bandits numbering about 120 on a motorcycles around 10.05pm on Tuesday night.

“They attacked  Maganda District on Monday on a revenge mission over the killing of Buhari Tsoho a. K. a Buharin Daji. Nine people were critically injured at Maganda, mostly Vigilante group. “

El-Rufai said in a statement that he received with sadness reports of bandit attacks in Doka and Magandavillages. He praised the communities for their vigilance and their collaboration with the military to thwart the attacks. The governor said the state regrets the loss of lives and offered his condolence to the communities and the military over the incident.

The governor also condoled families of security personnel that lost their lives in the course of repelling the bandits, he also wished civilians that sustained injuries speedy recovery.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

The Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, said following the Appeal Court’s ruling that the recall can start, INEC fixed April 28 for the verification and  May 5 for the referendum.

Apam, who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum in Lokoja, said the process will begin with an invite to electorate, who signed the recall register, to identify their signatures.

According to him, if the process is successful, the commission will proceed to the next stage where a referendum of all registered voters will be conducted.


 
He continued: “Here, voters will be asked to vote either Yes or No to the question of whether they want Senator Dino Melaye recalled.

“If the answer is able to meet the constitutional requirements of 51 per cent ‘Yes’, the process moves to the next stage, but if it fails, the process stops.”

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, last week, ruled against Melaye’s suit challenging the move to recall him.

“As a law abiding people, INEC will not do anything outside the dictate of the law. That is why we have to wait till after the judgment before going ahead with the process”, Apam added.

On the continuous voters’ registration, Apam said 210,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection, and so urged owners to come for them.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of temporary forfeiture of about 22 properties allegedly owned by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja, London, the United States and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.In the ex-parte application filed on yesterday by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP), Ekweremadu is accused of breaching the Code of Conduct for public officers by allegedly failing to dec 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has urged well-meaning Nigerians to join him in promoting quality and functional education, industry, service and character as well as discipline in humanity.He said this would leave the society better than they met it.Babalola spoke yesterday at the brief ceremony that heralded the beginning of operation at the 400-bed ABUAD Multi-System Hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.The eminent 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
After days in Boko Haram custody, 104 pupils of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe state were yesterday released.A boy and another girls were also freed.The government put the figure of the girls abducted in the night of February 19 at 110The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the girls as saying that five of their school mates died on the day they were abducted.The girls were taken to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, from where they were flown to Abuj 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
It was a dramatic and unexpected return. The Dapchi girls, who were kidnapped about a month ago, were dropped off in the heart of the town.Some of the girls relived their ordeal in the Boko Haram custody.Security sources told The Nation that troops were asked to withdraw from their camp shortly before the insurgents arrived with the girls in over 11 trucks and went into the town to drop off the girls.Boko Haram drove into Dapchi and dropped off the girls and went back without us firing a shot. W 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Former Education Minister #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) advocacy leader Dr. Oby Ezekwesili yesterday said that the Presidency has a lot to tell Nigerians about the release of the Dapchi girls.Dr. Ezekwesili expressed her joy at the release of the girls by Boko Haram in a number of tweets.She insisted that the 14 questions demanded by the group remained more relevant now, adding that it was saddening that five of the girls had to die due to a preventable tragedy.She said: 76 out of 110' And wha 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) and the partys Senate Caucus ended a three-hour meeting yesterday saying they were close to a truce on the controversial election sequence crisis.Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan told reporters after the meeting that many issues tearing the party apart including the controversy over election sequence, were discussed.He said the party would soon constitute a caucus, comprising members of the executive, the legislature, governors and the 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Postal Service has launched its Electronic online Money Order Service at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.NAN reports that the NIPOST Post-cash is the only medium through which participants at the fair send and receive money as there are no other banking services in the complex.NIPOST General Manager (Marketing Department) Irmiya Kylawe, said the service had been making brisk businesses sending and paying their customers at th 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Mr. Ishola Fapounda is a governorship aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE, he speaks on a wide range of issues, including the unity of the party and his preparedness to make Ekiti better than what it is today.What is the level of your consultation with stakeholders on your governorship ambition'We have actually gone beyond that now. We have been consulting for over two years. We will commence our local gover 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Senators are under attack following the revelation by Senator Shehu Sani that a senator collects a monthly allowance of N13.5 million apart from a salary of N750, 000 per month. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the implication of the jumbo pay on the nations economy and the integrity of the National Assembly.NIGERIANS were outraged by the revelation that each senator takes home the sum of N13.5 million per month as running cost, in addition to the consolidated monthly salary of N750,000. 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Godiya Akwashiki, has declared his interest to contest for the governor in next years election.He made his declaration in Lafia, the state capital, during his visit to at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat.Akwashiki said he joined the race to consolidate on the gains of democracy achieved by Governor Tanko Al-Makura.He said: We all know there must be a transfer of power by 2019 because our Constitution does not support a th 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
A Former Commissioner for Special Duties in Delta State, Dr. Tony Nwaka, has lauded the efforts of the Buhari administration in its fight against corruption, saying it should be supported by all persons who mean well for the country.In a statement made available to The Nation, he also urged the Federal Government to deal decisively with the herdsmen/farmers issue, to silence the criticisms trailing the handling of the clashes.Nwaka, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) t 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said that the commission was targeting registration of 80 million Nigerians in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the 2019 .The Chairman of the INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a dialogue with a coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Abuja .Yakubu, who was represented by Prof Okey Ibeanu, an INEC National Commissioner, said that so far, the commission had added other four million registrants to the voters 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
.El-Rufai condoles military.as Army keeps mumNo fewer than 11 soldiers who have been on special operation tagged Operation Cat Race in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State were reported to have lost their livesTuesdaynight when scores of bandits attacked them to avenge the killing of their leader, Buhari Tsoho, popularly called Buharin Daji who was killed in shoot out with security men in Zamfara state two weeks ago, source said.Though, the army was yet to comment on the incident a 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Juju legend, Sir Shina Peters and his Fuji counterpart, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, better known as K1 De Ultimate, have disagreed over the feasibility of modern pop musicians running a band as part of their work.The music titans were part of the Ariya Repete Roundtable Discourse that included two-time Grammy Award Winner Lekan Babalola, Jaywon, King Sunny Ades manager, Clement Ige, Wole Sorunke and Hakeem Adenekan.Jide Taiwo, Executive Editor of TheNETng, who moderated the discussion wanted to k 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Veteran actor Richard Mofe Damijo, known as RMD has advised young people to be intentional in any chosen career.Posting on his Instagram page, RMD wrote.Many times Ive been asked what advice I have for young actors and lately I have come to realise that the best advice for anyone, irrespective of career path is to be intentional.You do not wake up in the morning, have a bath, dress up nice and leave your house without an intention. You leave to either go to work, school, church, market, just tak 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Some Nigerian artistes have joined the Walk for Kids campaign a fundraiser for the School Safe Project (SSP) designed to promote child safety.An Eye Masters Eye Center concept, the Walk for Kids, the annual health campaign targeted at children is an initiative meant to educate the public on the importance of child safety.Speaking on the programme, Dr. Obinna Awiaka, Managing Director of Eye Masters Eye Center and convener, explains that the World Health Organisation has reported that every five 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
King Sunny Ades manager, Clement Ige has encouraged new generation pop stars to always seek permission before sampling works older artistes. Ige made the submission at Goldbergs Ariya Repete roundtable discourse in Abeokuta.Ige, who has worked with KSA for nearly forty years andis also an Executive Director at Culture FM, Ondo identified a number of issueswiththe new generation artistes that have become a menace threatening the growth of traditional Yoruba music.They use English language to spea 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Yoruba actress Kemi Afolabi is set to premiere her new epic workModorisaon April 29, 2018.The movie which paraded an all cast female according to the producer will be a thriller for her fans.Modorisatells the story ofDayesevillage which never remained the same after a whirlwind swept away all male residents (both young and old) leaving the women with no choice but to take the bull by the horn.The Epic movie showcases the impact, strength, importance and problem solving skills of women without th 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Following the hype behind one of the greatest movies of all times, Black Panther, West Africas leading movie distribution company, Blue Pictures, have broken box office records days after its release in Nigeria.Black Panther recorded N135.4 million in its opening weekend, beating the Avengers AOU by 175%. Within the opening days, Black Panther went on to become the number 1 all-time weekend opener, best of 2018 so far, Best of February releases, Best Marvel and Disney movie, Best superhero movie 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Revolutionary director, Cheta Chuwku, is set to drive high number of footfalls to cinemas as he premieres his new movie PayDay nationwide.PayDay follows the story of two best friends and flat mates, Paul (Baaj Adebule) and Ortega (Ebiye Victor) who, just before they are about to renew their yearly rent, their Landlord dies very suddenly, and seemingly without any heir apparent. The young men seize upon the unfortunate but good opportunity to enjoy a little.They go on an expensive night out. The 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Fifteen countries have already sent in their provisional list of athletes and officials for the 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championships to be hosted in Asaba, Delta State from August 1 to 5.After scoring a big point with the hosting of the inaugural edition of the Africa Junior Athletics Championship in Warri, Delta State is set for another big mark this time with the leading Africa Senior Athletics Championships.According to the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of Asaba 2018 Africa 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Nigerias Waidi Skoro Usman, who is billed to make a second bid for the African Boxing Union featherweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 14, holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium on 14 April, has vowed to win the title. Skoro is billed to fight Kenyas Michael Shaka Nyawade in the headline fight at the event.Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Skoro, who lost a bid for the title to Ugandas Edward Kakembo in 2015, said he is happy to have the opportunity again and he is certain of victory 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Grand patron of squash in Nigeria and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo will be the special guest at the grand finale of the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics on Saturday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Obasanjo who has been an ardent supporter of squash in Nigeria and a player himself has confirmed that he would grace the final to lend support to the organisers of the championship.This was confirmed by the President, Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), Boye Oyeri 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Wales star Gareth Bale has finally finished transforming his back garden into homage to some of the most iconic holes in golf.In 2015 the Real Madrid ace, an avid golf fan, revealed he was embarking on a project that would see the 17th hole at Sawgrass, the postage stamp 8th at Royal Troon and the fabled 12th at Augusta National recreated at his 4million home in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales.He enlisted the help of Southwest Greens, a company that specialise in the design and installation o 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun yesterday said N1.248 trillion had been released for capital projects under the 2017 Budget.She spoke with State House reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.She was with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.She said 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has set aside $20 million to develop three healthcare facilities in three states.The NSIA Healthcare Development and Investment Company (NHDIC), an NSIA company,in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health yesterday announced theexecution ofjoint ventureandotherproject agreementsforinvestmentsin three federal healthcare institutionsinNigeria.The benefiting healthcare institutions are, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH, Lagos), the 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Ecological Fund Office (EFO) at the Presidency has complained of paucity of funds to address environmental challenges confronting the country.It said the Office received about 1.1 trillion requests from states, specifically for soil erosion and flood control, which did not include drought, desertification and coastal zone management, nor does it include pollution control.EFO Permanent Secretary, Dr. Habiba Lawal disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session with reporters.Lawal, who 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMA) Executive Secretary, Mr. Femi Adewole, has said the Federal Government is yet to pay members over N650 billion subsidy arrears.He said the failure of the government to pay the money was having negative effects on their operations.He told The Nation on phone that the issue had forced many marketers out of business, while others were struggling to survive.Adewole said there was no truth in the statement that the government had earmar 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The President of Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Ranjit Baxi, has said the benefits of recycling are immense.Baxi, who spoke last Sunday, in London, the United Kingdom, during the first-ever Global Recycling Day, noted that the recycling industry provides two million jobs; saves 70 million tons of carbon emissions annually; reduces waste; promotes health and hygiene, and is projected to add $400 billion to the global gross domestic product by 2025.According to the BIR President, because 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Executive Producer and Main Anchor of Property Square, a radio programme on real estate, Mr. Ambrose Igboke, has said the programme, which began transmission in February, has transformed real estate, redefining its concept in the process.Igboke said the show was not confined to construction but covered the entire value chain of professionals that constitute the real estate sector.He explained that Property Square is an engaging and lively radio programme with the main objective to address th 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is to reduce its daily loss from N774 million to N516 million, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, has said.He said the corporation would achieve this by cutting the level of fuel consumed from 60 million to 40 million litres.He noted that product diversion and activities of some unscrupulous marketers contributed to the high consumption and once the corporation plugged the holes, consumption level would drop.In a telep 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has backed the systems, facilities and technological skill sets used at the fabrication yard of Kaztec Engineering Company Limited, an arm of Chrome Oil Services Limited, located on Snake Island in Lagos.Minister of State, Petroleum Resources Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, who led top government officials and international oil companies to the yard, described the billion dollar investment plan by Kaztec as a demonstration of faith in the Nigerian Content development policy.Kac 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), yesterday said the government should be cautious in making binding commitments on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).MANs President, Dr. Frank Jacobs, who stated this in a media parley, said MAN is mindful of the benefits inherent in installing a continental trade agreement like AfCFTA; as such a trade area could improve intra-African trade and enhance economic growth and sustainable development.However, we hasten to add that Nigerias 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) must be super-effective in every responsibility bestowed on them for the power sector to thrive, a renewable energy expert has said.The Chief Executive Officer, SolarCentric Technologies Limited, Adetunji Iromini, stated this, noting that the power sector value chain is financed by bill settlement from consumers and it is DisCos that interfaces with the consumers.For efficiency in the sector, he listed metering, tariff and decayed infrastructure as thr 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
The arrests of journalists call for vigilance The freedom of the mass media to uphold at all times the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people as guaranteed by Section 22 of the Constitution has not yet come under sustained assault, but some recent actions by state security officials and the Federal Government give cause for concern that it is being slowly attenuated.About two weeks ago, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) detained a reporter, Tony Ezim 

Thu, 22 Mar 2018
Nigerian elected president of international courtThe election of a Nigerian, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, as President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gives cause to cheer, more so after the stinging report of Transparency International (TI) which showed that perception of corruption was worsening in Nigeria. It also came when our countrys human rights reputation continues to sag with the Federal Governments ineffective handling of the herdsmen/farmers crisis, the continued detention of acc 
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