Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 17 March, 2018.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
There were indications last night that the order of the 2019 general election was not one of the issues President Muhammadu Buhari discussed with the Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other leaders of the National Assembly at a meeting they held on Thursday night.

A principal officer of the National Assembly at the meeting told our correspondent yesterday that “the matter was never discussed.”

Rather, the source said, the Presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly are engaged in behind-the-scene talks on the row over the order of the elections.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that efforts were on to resolve the crisis concerning the alterations amicably.

Out of three issues raised by the President, the contentious one is the new Section 25(1) which says that the elections shall be held in the following order: (a) National Assembly elections; (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections and (c) Presidential election.

President Muhammadu Buhari was also said to have bowed to National Assembly’s demand by directing all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit budget details to the lawmakers.

It was learnt that based on the presidential directive, the National Assembly has promised Buhari “expeditious passage” of the 2018 Budget into law.

The President was said to have briefed the leadership of the National Assembly on all the steps he has taken to address the security challenges facing the nation.

The principal officer of the National Assembly, who spoke in confidence, said: “We did not discuss the amendment to the Electoral Act, especially the order of elections, with the President.

“But I can tell you that there are behind-the-scene talks between the Presidency and the National Assembly on how to resolve our differences on the alterations amicably.

“Lobbying, exchanging ideas on motions, bills and amendments to any Act are parts of democracy.

“Some of our colleagues believe the National Assembly can expunge two out of the three alterations objected to by the President.

“But a few others had been asking the National Assembly to override the President’s veto on the bill.

“We are engaging in behind-the-scene talks to compare notes. If these attempts fail, the two parties will allow the law to take its course.”

The National Assembly Conference Committee on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill on February 6 adopted the reordering of the sequence  of elections approved by the House of Representatives.

Both chambers of the National Assembly subsequently adopted the decision which was then forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

The President, however, declined assent, explaining in  a letter to the  National Assembly that his action was motivated in part by the threat posed to the independence of the commission to  “organise, undertake and supervise elections.”

On the more than 50 outstanding nominations yet to be considered by the National Assembly, the source added: “The Senate gave exemption to those nominated to the board of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), but the National Assembly members believe we need to deal with this matter once and for all.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
INEC Administrative Secretary Secretary in Kwara, Mr Paul Atser, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Friday.

“It has come to the notice of Independent National Electoral Commission, Kwara State that some unscrupulous persons are carrying out illegal registration of voters in Offa Local Government area,” Atser said.

According to him, the perpetrators of the illegal registration were using Corel Draw application to change the particulars in a scanned INEC PVC.

The INEC official said one suspect was arrested and undergoing interrogation by the police.
“The general public is advised to be watchful and ensure that they go to only INEC designated registration centers to be captured for the PVC,” Atser added.

He said a list of all designated centers were available at the INEC State office as well as INEC offices in the 16 local government councils in Kwara.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chief Donatus Dunu, one of the victims of alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans, yesterday narrated to an Ikeja Special Offences Court how he was kidnapped and how he escaped from his abductors.

He made the disclosure while he was being led in evidence before Justice Hakeem Oshodi by the Director Public Prosecution (DPP), Ms Titi Shitta-Bey.

Dunu told the court that he spent 88 days in the kidnappers’ den situated in Igando part of Lagos before he escaped.

He said: “I closed from work around 7.30 pm when an SUV double-crossed me in Ilupeju and a man came down from the car and pointed a long gun at me.

“He dragged me down, pushed me into the booth of their car and covered it.

“I found myself in their den, and during an interaction with their chairman, Evans, on the phone, he threatened that it was only God that could save me from their hands, and that no man would ever find me even if they killed me.”

He said one day, after spending 88 days with the kidnappers, he overheard them discussing what should be done to him.

“I overheard one of the kidnappers tell others that the best option was to kill me since my brothers were not acting fast in paying the one million Euro ransom they had demanded.

“But after I prayed in the midnight of the Thursday before the Friday they scheduled to kill me, I wrapped the bedspread in the room where they kept me round the shackles on my legs like the one used to chain mad people, and the padlocks opened up.

“I quietly went out of the room where they kept me. I found the kidnapper guarding me in deep  sleep on a three-seater in the parlour.

“I walked to the kitchen and found the door and the protector open. I eased my way through loose locks and surprisingly found a ladder in the compound that aided my escape into the next compound.

“On the day I jumped into the next compound, which was also a bungalow like the one I was kept in, I sustained injuries.

“In addition, I was looking very unkempt and haggard.”

He said when the couple who lived inside the compound into which he  jumped saw him, they were scared.

He said: “They threatened to call security in the street or the police. I told them to call the police. But just when they were about to do that, electricity went off and they abandoned me and went back to sleep.

“At that time, I realised that the kidnappers had started looking for me, so I hid somewhere in the compound till morning.

“The couple woke up to see me and decided to call the street chairman. But before they could do that, a young man of about 24 years old flogged and chased me out of the compound.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday named 60 new judicial officers, including two state Chief Judges, for 25 states of the federation.

The two chief judges are Justice O.O.Akeredolu (Ondo State) and Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak (Plateau).

Other appointees approved at the council’s just concluded 85th meeting in Abuja are:

Justices Danladi Muhammed, Fatima Ahmed Tafida and  Bulila Ladukiya Ikharo,all of the Adamawa State High Court; Bassey Bassey Nkanang and  Uwem Freedom Ibritam, both of the Akwa Ibom High Court;Josephine Mbayan Ayua (Benue High Court); Imelda Etope Bassey, Obo Awusa Obo and  Emmanuel Ubua Agianpuye, all of the Cross River State High Court; Dafe Celestina Idise , Egwu Joe, Okorodas Anthony Ezonfade, Ideh Blessing Adaoleh and Edun Ajueyitsi Joshua, all of the Delta State High Court.

Other new judges are:Justices Irobosa O. A. Omotosho and Aigbona T. Momodu, both of the  Edo State High Court; Kabiru Ibrahim Ahmed and Isah Muhammed Bargaja (Sokoto State Highj Court); Adamu Muhammed Kafin-Madaki (Bauchi State High Court); Joy Lynda Chiama Okibe, Veronica Chinyere Ajogwu and Esther Nnenna Nkechi Alukwu (Enugu State High Court); Musa Kyari Kachalla and  Karima Bulama Yusuf (Yobe High Court); Emeka Samuel Nri-Ezedi and  Obiora Azuka Nwabunike (Anambra High Court); Onwosi Uwabunkeonye (Ebonyi High Court); Pinheiro Yetunde Rukayat, Ogunjobi Olukayode Ola and  Soladoye Abiola Oladunni (Lagos High Court); Augusta Uche K. Chuku and  Ollor Godwin Osaronu (Rivers High Court); and

Kabiru Umaru and  Habibu Mikalilu (Zamfara High Court).

Eleven Kadis were appointed for State  Sharia Courts of Appeal as follows:Dr. Bala Musa (Jigawa); Sa’idu Usman Muhammad, Mohammed Lawal Omar and  Mustapha Sani Saulawa (Katsina); Oniye Adebayo Mas’ud (Kwara); Kasimu Yusuf and  Umar Liman Abdullahi Sifawa (Sokoto); Muhammad Shehu Turawa Shinkafi and  Kabir Muhammad Hafiz (Zamfara); Muhammad Sani Randale and  Usman Abdullahi S. Kudu (Kebbi).

Also appointed are  Customary Court of Appeal judges as follows:Abimbola Ayodeji Olatunji-Daniel, Abdul Ganiyu Tajudeen Muhammad and  Oyafajo Mikail Afolabi (Oyo State); Legor Torbira Senewo, and  Onyiri Frank (Rivers State).

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A secondary school principal, Ojodale Philip, has recalled some of the sad events of last week’s attack in parts of Kogi East, by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Philip, the Principal of Community Secondary School, Oganenigwu, said that the school came under herdsmen’s attack around 8.30 am and many people were killed.

He said: “I personally was shot at several times but nothing happened to me. In my hands are some of the bullets that were meant to kill me,” he said.

This is coming as fears continue to mount in parts of Kogi East over what appears an undeclared war by suspected Fulani herdsmen, following attacks that left scores dead.

While the number of those that died from the carnage remains uncertain, some of the residents of the affected areas said that no fewer than 30 people lost their lives while several others were yet unaccounted for during the latest attack on Oganenigwu in Dekina Local Government Area by suspected herdsmen.

Reports yesterday claimed that people from some of the affected places, including Abejukolo and Agbenema communities, were relocating to neighbouring Anyigba, Egume and other areas for safety.

According to the Oganenigwu Community Development Association, over 200 people had been displaced.

They added that over 50 houses were razed by the suspected Fulani herdsmen while residents of the villages around Oganenigwu continue to move away in droves to places like Ologba, Etulutekpe and Iyale.

“At present, nobody can say the exact number of casualties on both sides, because many families are yet to locate their relatives,” said a source.

The source added that the presence of security agents drafted to the troubled areas was yet to contain the situation.

Philip, the Principal of Community Secondary School, Oganenigwu, said, “My school was under attack by Fulani terrorists at about 8.30am, but to God be the glory, no life was lost in my school, but many people were massacred in the village.

“I personally was shot at several times but nothing happened to me. In my hands are some of the bullets that were meant to kill me.”

Meanwhile, the spot assessment of Governor Yahaya Bello to the troubled communities on Friday did not hold.

The governor has however expressed shock over the attack carried out on the people of Oganenigwu and other communities in the Kogi East Senatorial district by bandits suspected to be herdsmen.

This was contained in a press statement issued on Friday by the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor,  Mr. Kingsley Fanwo.

The statement reads: “The Kogi State Government ensured that the military, the police and other relevant security agencies, including members of the Kogi State Vigilante Services were immediately mobilised to the affected areas following the initial reports.

“The violence has since been contained and brought under control. The incident however remains under investigation while efforts are ongoing to apprehend the attackers and bring them to justice.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Call her desperado, Ijeoma Grace Agu, is one woman who is set to achieve her heart desire if it means going the extra mile. Married to a filmmaker, the beautiful mother of one, who is currently working on a new epic movie, in this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, speaks on her passion for acting and other issues related to being a professional actor. ExcerptsTell us about your upcoming project'It is a new film coming out; an epic titled Zrna. This is actually House5s first epic. The 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has charged the sports federations in the country to make the best use of the lessons learnt in the two day the International Olympic Committee/NOC seminar on good governance in sports to move sport to the next level.The Minister who was represented by the Director of Research and Statistics in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Hawa Kulu Akinyemi, said this while declaring open the IOC seminar yesterday and will end today in Abuja.Dalung disclosed, I commend the 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
This week, on the Big Brother Naija show, eight housemates, including Miracle, Tobi, Teddy A, Lolu, Cee-C, BamBam, Anto and Alex are up for possible eviction.For the first time since the show started, the housemates are competing as individuals, and only Nina, as lucky Head of House and Rico, who had the least nomination by fellow housemates are free from eviction fever this weekend.As the Head of House, Nina was asked to pick one out of four cards, which will determine if shes immune from possi 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
THE presidency is unlikely to offer any explanation as to why President Muhammadu Buhari yielded to the temptation to compare his governments response to the February 19 Dapchi abductions with ex-president Goodluck Jonathans hesitant approach to the 2014 Chibok abductions. He did it anyway, and spoke glowingly of the steps he took to address the disaster immediately it occurred. Both abductions had schoolgirls as victims, and the attackers were factions of the Boko Haram sect. However, that the 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
DO Den Haag defender Tyronne Ebuehi is back in training with his Dutch side few days after it was feared that he will miss Nigerias friendly games against Poland and Serbia.In a video posted by the club, which was monitored by, Ebuehi who made his international bow for Nigeria against Argentina in a pre-World Cup friendly which the Eagles won 4-2, was sighted among the players in training.His return to training will no doubt delight Coach Gernot Rohr after he (Ebuehi) limped o 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Nollywood actress and producer Shan George, has said her mothers illness inspired her latest movie, Grey Shadows.According to Shan, the movie which was recently premiered focused on how sick people are treated in the country.Actually, to put it in a very simple sense, its about the negligence of medical practitioners towards sick people generally, said Shan in an interview with The Nation.People that are working now in the medical sector really dont seem to bother much about sick people because 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Battleground producer, Mayowa Oluyeba has described Africa as the dream of every filmmaker, saying the continent is filled with compelling stories and great storytellers.Every filmmaker is directly responsible for creating the viewers experience, and to achieve that, you need to be a great storyteller. We are a people with so much that can be explored; history, diversity, interesting cultures, and great talents. That is a Film Makers dream, he said.Looking back, the filmmaker recalls how he was 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Las Palmas star Oghenekaro Etebo underwent a fitness test yesterday morning ahead of todays La Liga match at Deportivo de La Corua.The Nigerian international was surprisingly named in Las Palmas 25-man provisional squad, along with Imoh Ezekiel, and was pictured entering the chartered plane that took the squad to Galicia on Thursday understands that Etebo has not trained with the squad since last weekends home loss to Villarreal in which he was substituted at half- 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Rave singer, Olamide Adedeji, aka Baddo, announced the launch of his Television Channel, `Voice Of The Streets (VOTS) last Thursday.It was the singers 29th birthday, thus, he described the station as a birthday gift to myself.He said on Instagram: I dedicate this television station to my late mum and dad. Thanks for letting me chase my dream.Also to my son Batifori Maximiliano Adedeji when I look up in the sky I ask myself why am I trying to live, if Im just living to die, but when I look down I 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Emmanuel Amuneke has said he hopes his Sudanese club Khartoum Al Watani will qualify for the championship playoffs on Monday.The former FC Barcelona winger said he is worried about his teams poor show on home ground.We have not been getting the kind of result we want at home. If not, by now we should have been top of the Sudanese League. But we must have to keep fighting. Our objective is to finish among the top bracket going into the playoffs, he told SCORENigeria.The Sudanese Premier League wi 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Nollywood actress Mary Uranta has lost her father, Albert Magnus Uranta who died at age 76.The Husband Shopping actress disclosed this via her Facebook page last weekend.God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be, she wrote.So he put his arms around him and whispered Come To Me with tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him slowly fade away. Although we loved him dearly, we couldnt make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, a warrior put to rest. God broke our hearts just to pr 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said that Nigerias Kelechi Iheanacho will be dangerous when his team takes on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.It is expected that most of the attention will be focused on the Foxes number nine Jamie Vardy, but Conte thinks Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki are also dangerous and warned his players not to let their guards down against the duo.Nigerians back home will be curious to see how Iheanacho fares against his ex-teammate at Manchester City, Willy 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
One of the myths of the Big Brother show is the voice of the chief voyeur and instructor called Biggie. He is to be heard, imagined, but not seen; neither by the housemates nor the fans of the show.The curious case of this stern and sometimes genial personality, one could say, is similar to that of Nigerias mask styled Afrocentric singer, Bisade Ologunde, aka Lagbaja, who separates his career personality from his person.But just as some people have bumped into the singer without his mask, many w 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that it was not in its place to take sides in the current face-off between the executive and the National Assembly on the sequence of the 2019 general elections.The Senate and the House of Representatives, in their amendment to the order of elections, want the National Assembly election to precede others, especially the presidential poll.Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari interprete the move as a strategy to stop him from 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Reality star, Khloe Kardashian made a bold step when she posed topless for her new maternity line.Showing her sexiness in the photoshoot, the star who looks forward to her first child with NBA star, Tristan Thompson is all out to promote the maternity jeans line called Good Mama.She said to People Magazine: Shooting the Good Mama campaign while expecting a child of my own was an amazing experience.Khloe speaks about how she wants to add some fun in the clothes pregnant women wear.She said: Until 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Angel di Maria is clearly proud of his roots and he paid homage to them permanently on Thursday.The Argentina flyer has had a leg tattoo depicting his childhood.The artwork which is situated on his right calf features his childhood home in Rosarios district of Perdriel, a football and the Argentina flag.Di Maria was clearly delighted with his new ink by accompanying his Instagram story with the caption: My history on my skin!!! once it was completed.The 30-year-old incorporated the smiley face e 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has found the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, guilty of human rights violation against an actress and movie producer, Ebere Ohakwe, popularly known as Jewel Infinity.The court awarded N1 million in favour of the applicant against defendants and ordered the Division to tender an unreserved apology to the applicant.The trial Judge, Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed, of High Court 5, made the order in his judgement, after examining 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Benue State Government has confirmed the deployment of a new payroll system into the state Civil service in the bid to check fraudulence practices on its payroll.State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Mr David Olofu confirmed this, revealed that the state has engage SystemSpecs Remita in managing the states salary payment amd that this has really helped to get rid of fraud on the payroll.It was gathered that the sum of N3.5billion salary fraud has recently been uncovered on the Be 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Oil prices jumped on Friday, with Brent crude futures hitting their highest in more than two weeks as U.S. stock prices rose.Investors covered short bets ahead of a weekend in which the U.S. news programme 60 Minutes will air an interview with Saudi Arabias crown prince.Brent futures rose to more than 66.42 dollars , its highest since Feb. 28.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for April, which will expire on Tuesday, rose to 62.54 dollars on Friday, its highest since March 7.Gains 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
One of Nigerias most reliable financial institutions, Keystone Bank Limited has launched KeyServ (An Agency Banking Proposition) to serve customers outside its conventional brick & Mortar mode of banking.The initiative in partnership with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and i-OneC (A FinTech Firm) is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Financial System Strategy (FSS2020) goals to increase Financial Inclusion uptake in Nigeria.According to the Group Managing Director/ Chief Ex 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Cynthia Nwadiora, also known as Cee-C in the Nigeria TV Reality Show, Big Brother Naija, has recalled her foremost days in pursing her acting career.While in a discussion with fellow Housemate, Rico Swavey, Cee-C admitted to being beaten up severally by her parents whenever she acted any playlet or drama scene in her childhood.I have always been like this; I have always been dramatic, She stated.Cee-C told Rico that her best moment was quitting her job at the law firm and settling for acting. Ac 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Few days after the sack of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by President Donald Trump, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been suspended for lying to investigators reviewing the bureaus probe of Hillary Clintons email server.The sack made possible by the Justice Department, dealt a big blow to McCabe, as his firing came just days before his retirement and a guarantee of lifetime pension.Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of t 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday attended the grand wedding of Fatiha, daughter of business tycoon, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and her groom, Jamilu Abubakar, in KanoThe groom is a son of former Police Inspector-General, Muhammad Abubakar.The wedding took place at 12 noon at the Emir of Kanos palace.It was conducted by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and supported by the Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen.Buhari, in his capacity as the brides father, received the N500,000 dow 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
AFTER some respite from years of bloody communal and sectarian clashes, the dark days of bloodshed returned to Plateau State during the week with attacks launched by killer herdsmen on hapless residents of Bokkos and Bassa local government areas of the state.At the last count, no fewer than 23 villages had been attacked in Bassa and five others in Bokkos, leaving no fewer than 35 people dead and rendering thousands of others homeless.The tragic incidents, whose one of the highpoints was a pregna 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Reckoning day beckons for alleged notorious assassin, Adeola Williams a.k.a. Ade Lawyer. Arrested by the police after weeks of manhunt over the assassination of one Ganiyu Ayinla, he decided to lay bare his activities as a hired killer, admitting responsibility not just for Ayinlas death but also for others in Lagos and other parts of the Southwest.In this, he said, he had the backing of a former chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Mr. Rafiu Olohunwa, 

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