Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 30 March, 2018.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday advised Nigerians not to accept the apologies tendered by the People s Democratic Party (PDP) for its mistakes while in power.

Speaking at his 66th birthday’s colloquium in Lagos, the former lagos State governor described the apology tendered last week byPDP National Chairman Uche Secondus as “deceitful”, meant to hoodwink Nigerians to get a political advantage.

He said the apology cannot change the effect of the damage already done to the economy.

”Nigerians should not accept PDP’s apologies, they are corrupt, they lied, they falsified, they changed figures.

“For 16 years, they made fake promises, gave us fake figures, and they tell us, ‘Don’t talk about it’.

“It is like, after catching a thief and he tells you, ‘Don’t look at me, go and steal your own’. We are soldering on. We have a good leader to rely on. We have hope.”

At the colloquium, which is the 10th edition, were President Miuhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, host Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and many other governors, lawmakers, ministers, past governors, past ministers, traditional rulers, top industrialists and other categories of people and associates of the celebrator.

The former governor also chided (although without making direct reference to him) former President Olusegun Obasanjo for writing a letter advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest in 2019, besides castigating his administration.

Tinubu said it was was full of bile.

He added: “My grandmother used to send me to a letter writer. Someone is writing letters these days, a letter of politics as if they have never been there before. Bad belle letters.

“The ship of state was about to wreck, but President Buhari steered the ship back. The voyage is the voyage of hope. We are reinventing and re-directing Nigeria. It is not an easy voyage to embark on.”

An excited Tinubu was full of praises for the President, the vice president, governors, legislators and other dignitaries who came to honour him. He also thanked his wife, Oluremi, “for tolerating hme”, adding that she had no choice.

He applauded Ambode for his exceptional commitment to the progress and economic development of Lagos State.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Let me first say that we started this colloquium now about 10 years ago, and I’m sure that most of us have heard the story. Many of those who started the idea of the colloquium probably are here with us today.  Most of us had worked with the then Governor of Lagos State, Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for several years, some for four years, some for eight years. And we decided that every year, on the occasion of his birthday, we would take time to discuss matters of national importance. Part of the reason why we did so was because Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was an unusual governor in Lagos State.

Let me say why it was unusual. The reason why it was unusual was because it was a government where there was a great deal of argument and he, as the leader of that government, allowed so much argument and so many different shades of ideas.

I recall a particular occasion, when we started talking about the land use charge. I know that there are issues around the land use charge today. But when the old concept developed around the land use charge, there were so many arguments. One group felt that we shouldn’t even introduce the charge, another group felt that we should do so. I remember that in Ikeja, where this argument was taking place, we were in a small room; Lai Mohammed was there, Wale Edun, Yemi Cardoso, I think Dele Alake, and a few others. We were all there arguing on both sides. At some point, when Asiwaju was losing the argument, he said, “Ah, were you the people who were voted for?” Then he stormed out of the room and left. Then, we all waited. Nobody left. He came back a few minutes later and said, “ah, are you people still here? Then he continued the argument. Now he came back with more facts and figures. So we suspected that when he stormed out of the room, he actually went to bring some more facts.

In the end, we instituted the charge and so many other different ways by which the foundation for what we see in Lagos State today were developed. And I want to just commend Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu again, for ensuring that, not only did he develop a whole generation of persons who have become, in various respects leaders, but also that he allowed that group of people to develop ideas to contradict him many times, to controvert his own ideas many times, and many times, he gave in to those ideas, and we’ve seen the results of it.

My role here is to tie the knots and link the philosophy to governance and commitment of our social investment programme.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Gunmen believed to be cattle thieves killed 15 herders in attacks on a Zanfara State village yesterday, the police said.

“Armed bandits attacked Bawon-Daji village and killed 15 people,” Zamfara State police spokesman Muhammad Shehu was quoted as saying by French News Agency, AFP.

His account was corroborated by Gado Anka, a local government official.

Anka told AFP thet motorcycle-riding gunmen stormed the remote village in Anka district around 13:00  (1200GMT), shooting dead 12 residents before fleeing to a hideout in the bush.

“They returned two hours later and attacked mourners during the funeral of the victims in the cemetery, killing three more and injuring several others,” he said.

Rural communuties in the agrarian state are under siege from gangs who kill, loot and torching

This has prompted villages to form vigilante groups – which in turn are often accused of extra-judicial killings of suspected cattle thieves, prompting deadly reprisals by the gangs.

It was not clear if the latest killings were as a result of reprisals.

In February, dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire on traders and villagers at Birane, in the Zurmi area of the state.

In Southern Kaduna state, six persons were feared killed in separate attacks in Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon chiefdom, Jama’a local government area.

The killings occurred the day after Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai had a peace meeting with Fulani leaders.

The two attacks were reported to have occurred at between 10am and 11am yesterday and carried out by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

A member of the security committee in the community, Auta Maurice, who confirmed the attacks in a telephone interview said, the gunmen, numbering about 10, were wearing military and mobile police uniforms.

Maurice said three people were killed in the bush when they went to cut wood for the roofing of their houses while three others were killed at a local mining site on the hills.

He said four people were injured and were taken to the hospital in Kafanchan.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola, has been ordered to defend himself in a fraud allegation of $40 million levelled against him and his company, One Plus Holding Ltd, by the Federal Government.

According to a Federal High Court, Abuja, Azibaola must defend himself on two out of the nine-count charge preferred against him by the government.

He was to defend himself on the two counts bordering on being in possession of and converting the sum of $40 million received from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) to personal use.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba made the order yesterday while ruling on the no-case-submission filed by Azibaola and his wife, Stella.

The court, however, discharged and acquitted Stella of all the nine-count charge levelled against her.

Dimgba, in discharging Stella, held that being wife to Azibaola was not enough to charge her with the offence since criminal liability was personal and not vicarious.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the prosecuting agency in the matter, in 2016 preferred a seven-count charge against Azibaola, his wife, Stella and their company.

EFCC said they received $40 million worth of contract from Dasuki.

They were subsequently arraigned on June 7, 2016 and were admitted to bail for N500 million each.

They were re-arraigned on April 27, 2017, this time on a nine-count amended charge.

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has warned the media to thread softlyin reporting security.

In spite of the right to freedom of expression, the Presidency urged the media to strike a balance between openness and national security.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement yesterday said:  “In the midst of the debate over the right to freedom of expression and the government’s efforts to ensure that the digital space and the mass media generally do not become a playground for terrorism and destabilization, security agencies in the country have given assurances that they would maintain a balance between openness and national security.

“They have, however, called on the nation’s media owners and practitioners to walk the fine balance between openness on one hand and national security on the other.

According to him, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at an interactive meeting with owners and decision makers in the media at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, also  gave assurances that the security situation in the country was within the control of the government.

The media, he said, can helped the government by reducing sensation from their daily coverage.

In their own assessment, “our state of national security is not as bad as it is painted by the media.”

In seeking the support from the media towards the achievement of security for everyone, the heads of the agencies emphasized that sharing and coordination among security agencies and the media is essential to counter the ever-changing threats faced by the nation.

The Security chieftains, he said, expressed the particular worry that there are groups in the country with evil designs to disrupt the processes leading to the 2019 general elections in the hope of creating a stalemate. 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
More revelations emerged yesterday on the extent Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm hired by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for two million Pounds to sway the 2015 elections in its favour, went to stop then candidate Muhammadu Buhari.Cambridge Analyticas parent company, the SCL Group, boasted that it had influenced voters across the world including organising anti-election rallies in Nigeria to discourage people from turning out at the polling unit.The SCL Group documents su 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hailed Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for developing the state within three years.He spoke while inaugurating Ikeja Bus Terminal, shortly after arriving the state for a two-day official visit.The President, in his brief remarks during the ceremony, praised Ambode for his reform in public transportation.He said the Federal Government would adhere to its plan for the ports and other transport infrastructure.Buhari reiterated his administrations commitmen 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Nigerians from all walks of Iife yesterday converged on Eko Hotel & Suites to celebrate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubus 66th birthday. A colloquium was organised to mark the occasion. RAYMOND MORDI and LEKE SALAUDEEN capture the event. The 10th edition of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium yesterday drew a galaxy of audience. At the Convention Centre venue of the intellectual discourse, organised to mark the 66th birthday of All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, were politic 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) has developed a blueprint in partnership with state to meet housing needs, the president, Adibe Njoku, has said.He said one of the solutions to the housing problem was involvement of the private sector as a leading driver.Njoku, who spoke in Abuja, on the institutes efforts to reduce the housing deficit, said the government could intervene by strengthening the capacity of the institute toward building an efficient market.He said NIA has begun a campaign 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Ibadan, Oyo State capital, will host the maiden edition of International Food and Drinks Festival this weekend, the organisers said yesterday.The event will hold at Ibadan Recreation Club, Adamasingba.The Project Coordinator, Clemence Eki, said credible and strong brands in the food and drink sectors were on board to delight everyone with their products.He said: We are excited that respected brands, such as Unilever, makers of Knoor and Royco; Grandoak, manufacturers of Lords Gin and other exoti 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
As part of the partys bid to snatch power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has flagged off a fresh membership mobilisation drive in Ekiti State. ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA, who covered the chairmans first official visit to the Land of Honour, reports.The campaign for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State is gathering momentum within the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the visit of its National 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
A Group, the Coalition of Registered Political Parties in Kwara State, has urged Senate President Bukola Saraki to ensure that the right person is picked as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.The objective, according to the group, is to ensure better development of the state.The association urged the party to pick Ambassador Abdulfatai Gambari as the governorship candidate.The group said that the alleged appalling political and economic situation of the state called for 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Mathew Kolawole, spoke with reporters in Lokoja, the state capital, on the protracted crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC), the controversial cattle colony proposed by the Federal Government, the N10 billion salary loan obtained by Governor Yahaya Bello without parliamentary approval and other partisan issues. JAMES AZANIA was there.What are the achievements of the Kogi State House of Assembly since last year'The House in 2017 dec 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Nigerian percussionist, Lekan Babalola and his Eko Brass Band, will today, March 30, be thrilling his fans on the streets of Lagos Island with music.A day designated as Good Friday, Babalola, a two-time Grammy award-winning musician, who will be teaming up with the Eko Community Band and Temple Music artistes, Bisola and Jeff Akoh for the gig, says that the intention is to make the holidays even more memorable.The open-air music jam holds at Campos Area opposite Ebony Casket on Igbosere Road, La 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of the Lagos State Government will, come Sunday, April 1 host another edition of its Boat Regatta funfair.Billed to take place at the Lagoon Waterfront, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, the ceremonial regatta is one of the major festivals listed in the 2018 Calendar of Arts and Culture Events by Lagos State earlier released in the year.Speaking on the event, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, said that Sundays boat regatta i 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
An highly emotional Anto breaks down during a diary session. The once evicted housemate who was voted in last Sunday alongside Khloe, found it hard to keep it together in the diary room while conversing with Big Brother on the issue of Lolu.Earlier on, Lolu was trying to defend himself by clearing issues with Anto, telling her he chose her over his girlfriend outside of the house.This happened after Anto found out that Lolu has been sending secret messages to a lover outside the house and confid 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Big Brother Housemate, Bamike has expressed her immense love for Teddy-A.Speaking to Biggie in the diary room, she said: I like Teddy a lot. He is very chilled and laid back and he is where he wants to be. He is very much into himself. I love attention but he is very into himself and his work.Bamike genuinely expressed her desire to date Teddy-A. She said she wanted them to be an item but was too proud to admit it. She also stated that she doesnt know where he stands, but is not ready for that c 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Award winning X3M music super star, Praiz has been busy lately. After a great performance at the Big Brother Naija show in South Africa recently, Praiz came back home and thrilled his fans at the maiden edition of his Praiz Live in UNILAG concert last week Friday.Now, the talented singer is jetting out again for an international travel tour to Dubai, to be accompanied by label mate, Simi.During the all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Geo Travel, Praiz will also have a Meet and Greet with his fan 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Ikorodu, near Lagos, will on Good Friday be locked down with a gospel music festival tagged: EMBRACE 11.It is the 11th edition of the yearly musical crusade that draws about half a million Christians and non-Christians to the city. As he has done most of the past 11 years, juju music legend and gospel music maestro, Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, leads the pack of top gospel artistes that will rock the city from dusk till dawn on Good Friday.Other topflight artistes on the bill are Tope Alabi, Chioma Jes 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Organised Private Sector (OPS) and oil marketers have faulted the provision of a single regulator, the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NPRC) in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) by the National Assembly.They spoke jointly to reporters in Lagos yesterday. While the OPS was represented by its Chairman, Economic Policy Committee, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Odiah Reginald Odiah, the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) was represented by i 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Says no agreement on Milost GlobalUnity Bank Plc yesterday clarified that it did not enter into any definitive agreement or sign any binding commitment with Milost Global Incorporation.At an interactive session at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday in Lagos, the management of the bank stated that it had with the mandate of shareholders of the bank had engaged in series of discussions and engagement with prospective value-plus investors. Milost Global was one of the prospective investors 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Vodacom Business Nigeria has stressed the need for kids to be exposed early in life to information communication technology (ICT).The firm which organised robotics training for 36 pupils of S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School, Ikate, Elegushi, Lagos, said new trends such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are fast gaining global traction.Speaking on the occasion, its Senior Manager, Product Portfolio, Abu Etu, said: As part of our commitment to empower the 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
MTN and Twinpine have launched a new product to enhance marketing of products and services through the mobile phone.The product is capable of advertising products and services of MTN subscribers that leverage the opportunity created by the platform. It can only work through MTN lines.Unveiling the solution, representative of MTN, Shorafadeen Mohammed, said the app is a self-explanatory platform on which any subscriber can register on the website and start pushing averts to other users of the mob 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has promised to ensure the payment of the N45billion entitlements of ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL).The said the delay in payment was because the Senate is yet to approve it.The minister while urging them to be patient noted that the Senate has promised to approve it after the Easter break.Sirika who spoke yesterday in Abuja at Aviation Stakeholders Forum, assured that the payment would be done within two weeks after t 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has promoted and elevated about 2000 members of its staff, representing about 17 per cent of the Groups total workforce as reward for excellence and high performance.This is in recognition of the remarkable contribution made to the banks business growth, as highlighted by the impressive performance recorded in its 2017 financial year end results.About a year ago, UBA promoted 3,000 members of staff, representing 25 per cent of i 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
President flags off Lekki Deep Sea Port constructionPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the Federal Government has approved N90 billion to develop Special Economic Zones (SPZs) across the country in line with administrations economic development plans.Speaking during the official flag-off of construction work of Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos, he said the approval was initiated to promote port facilities, export, facilitate trade and boost economic development.Represented by Vice President 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Afriland Properties Plc has posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of N1.02 billion for the year ended, December 31, 2017, representing 233 per cent increase compared to the N307 million realised in 2016.Total assets in the year under review stood at N19.8 billion, which represents 17.9 per cent increase over N16.8 billion recorded in 2016.The Board of Directors gave the report during the companys 5th Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Banquet Hall of Lagoon Restaurant on Tuesday, March 27 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
FCMB Capital Markets Limited has acted as financial adviser and Lead Issuing House on the successful fundraising and listing of Lapo Microfinance Bank Limiteds N3.15 billion bond on the FMDQ OTC platform.The bond, the first ever by a microfinance bank to raise money in Nigerias debt capital market, was priced at 17.75 per cent and has a tenor of five years. The Issue was rated A- by Agusto & Co and BBB+ by GCR, which are investment grade ratings.Lapo is a leading Microfinance Bank in Nigeria 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) National President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, has hailed the judgment given by the National Industrial Court (NIC) in favour of 28 members of the union who were sacked for belonging to the union.He said it was a great victory for the members of the union and their families who were deprived of their dignity and right by the sister companies located in Jos.Hon. Justice O. Y. Anuwe of the NIC in Suit NO: NICN/ABJ/325/2016 ruled against 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
SIR: Following the return of 104 students of Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi in Yobe State, their abductors reportedly left a caveat that their parents should never again send them to school.The group which was founded by late Mohamed Yusuf in 2002 in Borno State claims their philosophy is based on Sunni Islam. It sees western civilization as being sinful and abhors modern science and technology.Now, for a group which claims to be Sunni Muslims to openly deprecate educ 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
Hoteliers in Kano State can now heave a sigh of relief, as they finally have the nod of the court to ply their trade without fear of harassment by officials of the Hisbah board. The officials have been told in plain terms that they have no right to harass members of the Hoteliers Association or disrupt their operations on the grounds that their activities contravene the Shariah law in the state.Members of the Hoteliers Association in Kano had, four years ago, approached a Kano High Court to prot 

Fri, 30 Mar 2018
In the aftermath of the Dapchi girls return, the federal authorities have said they are exploring sundry ways to end the terrorism crisis in the North East; and return peace to that vast region. To that effect, the government declared itself not averse to a ceasefire; or even an amnesty, for repentant Islamists.On a general principle, that is not unwelcome.Even the hottest of wars often engages a final round of talks to brew and win the peace.That was true of both World War I, 1914-1918 (even af 

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