NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 MARCH, 2018].


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

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Middle Belt and civil rights groups have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over the unabated killings by herdsmen, particularly in the North-Central part of the country.

The groups, in separate interviews on Friday with Saturday PUNCH, said that the IGP was due for removal after disobeying a directive of Buhari that he should relocate to Benue State.

The Campaign for Democracy and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights said besides the police boss, the heads of the military should also be removed.

The CD President, Usman Abdul, said, “To put it emphatically and going by the past and present realities, the service chiefs had their tenure extended twice by the President, which to me, did not show seriousness on the part of the Federal Government. The service chiefs have young, vibrant and efficient junior officers who should step into their shoes.

“The President has failed to declare the herdsmen as terrorists. He claimed to have defeated the Boko Haram but we have a more vicious enemy in the herdsmen. The IG is long overdue to be removed looking at the myriad of allegations around him on the dereliction of duty. It may only mean that President Buhari is no longer in charge. The service chiefs and the IG must go and we must bring in fresh blood.”

The call for the sacking of the IG and service chiefs came amidst reports of the beheading of a man in Plateau State and the killing of at least seven people in Taraba State by suspected herdsmen.

Also, the CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, said apart from the sack of the IG and the service chiefs, those found culpable among them must be tried.

He said, “I am adding that apart from the clamour and agitations for the removal of these heads of security agencies, there must be some punishments for those who allowed these criminal inefficiencies.

“When we ought to have pressure and innovations from the police and military, we are recording more deaths. Under Section 33 of our constitution, the right to life is the most precious. Under Section 218 of the constitution, the President has the powers to determine the operational use of the police and armed forces, and the powers to appoint and remove all of them.”
On his part,  President, National Council of Tiv Youths, Chief John Akperashi, said Nigerians were getting agitated.

He stated,  “Considering the great lapses and obvious dark spots in the security establishments across the country, especially within the police and the military, one is tempted to say there is a grand plot for the relaxation of the commensurate security exercise in confounding the rascality and senseless brutality of the Fulani herdsmen.”

Akperashi wondered why the security agencies failed to tame killer herdsmen, when they swiftly moved to arrest Biafran agitators last year.


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an appeal by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, challenging the validity of the process of his recall embarked upon by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The unanimous judgment of a three-man panel of the Appeal Court also dismissed the suit which Melaye had filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the validity of the recall process.


 
With the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of the suit, the preconditions earlier given by the Federal High Court in Abuja for INEC to fulfil before continuing the recall had been set aside.

The appeal court’s judgment has therefore paved the way for INEC to continue the recall process which had been stalled since June 23, 2017, when Melaye commenced the suit.

The court ruled that contrary to Melaye’s contention, the 90 days provided by the 1999 Constitution for the recall process to be concluded had not run out but had been paused since July 6, 2017, when Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court made an order halting the process.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja, to whom the case was later reassigned, had in his judgment delivered on September 11, 2017, dismissed Melaye’s suit but gave a pre-condition for INEC to continue with the recall exercise.

As the pre-condition for the process to continue, he ordered the electoral body to serve the senator with the recall petition and the accompanying documents, including the signatures of the about one-half of the constituents calling for his (Melaye’s) recall.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
South Africa’s Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Shaun Abrahams, on Friday ruled that former South African President, Jacob Zuma, would face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption.

Abrahams said he believed there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution” against the former president, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported.


 
The charges, which Zuma denied, included counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president on February 14, 2018, by his party, the ruling African National Congress, and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, was sworn in the following day.

The charges were related to a 30bn rand ($2.5bn) government arms deal executed by Zuma in the late 1990s before he became president.

The former president was alleged to have sought bribes from a French arms company to support his extravagant lifestyle, with his then-financial adviser found guilty of soliciting the bribes in 2005.

Zuma now faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 charges of fraud.

Abrahams, who is the Head of the country’s National Prosecuting Authority, said a trial court was the appropriate place for the matter to be decided.

He dismissed representations made by Zuma asking that the charges be dropped.

The former president and ANC chief had argued that the charges against him were characterised by misconduct, “irrational behaviour” and media leaks on the part of prosecutors.


Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Nigeria Intervention Movement has called for the complete cancellation of the new Land Use Charge by the Lagos State Government, describing it as insensitive to the sufferings of the masses.

Making the remarks at a briefing in Lagos on Friday, the group said that the announcement of a reduction days after the property tax was increased by the government, was a ploy to deceive residents as the original aim had been achieved.


 
The group said, “While NIM acknowledges the fact that the state government has undertaken this review in response to the vigorous civic denunciation and pushback against the reckless LUC and its enabling law, we wish to state that this reluctant gesture has not gone far enough to adequately remediate the various areas and issues of concern about the land charges.

“In fact, there is currently some expression of doubt regarding government’s real intentions behind the introduction of the land charge and its subsequent review.

“It has been argued that the downward review recently announced represents the real level of charge originally decided by the state government. It was deliberately announced, leaving government the latitude to now undertake this downward review, with the aim of scoring a political point.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Pelumi Adewumi graduated with first class in Law in the 2015/2016 academic session with 4.50 CGPA. In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA, he talks about what he has been up to since graduation and his experience as an undergraduate What have you been doing since you graduated' I went to the law school for the [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday attended the wedding Fatiha of Alhaji Aliko Dangotes daughter, Hajiya Fatima, and her groom, Jamilu Abubakar, in Kano State. The wedding Fatiha between Fatima and Jamilu, son of a former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, took place at 12 noon at the Emir of Kanos palace. According to a [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser has issued a communiqu where it was stated that operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control be deployed in land borders, seaports and airports. The communiqu, which was issued on [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Leke Baiyewu President Muhammadu Buhari has threatened to sack chief executives of federal parastatals and agencies that fail to appear before the National Assembly to defend their budgets, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. It was learnt that Buhari made his position known during a meeting he had with the leadership of the National [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde in this piece examines the efforts of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Lions Club and international agencies at stopping measles in Osun State Measles which is an infectious disease caused by the rubeola virus can be fatal but the good news is that it can be prevented by vaccine. The deaths [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Following the introduction of a new Land Use Charge Law by the Lagos State Government and its subsequent review by the governor following the severe criticism that it generated, TUNDE AJAJA writes about the fresh round of concerns that seem to be trailing the reduction Out of the torrent of issues that have generated so [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that he will sign the death warrant of any person found guilty of kidnapping by the court. Wike made this declaration at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday while giving his assent to the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency has been rewarded with N2.5bn for improving its health care system and reducing maternal and infant mortality rates under the Federal Ministry of Healths Saving One Million Lives initiative. Saving One Million Lives initiative, which was launched by the Federal Ministry of Health in October [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt A group known as Mediators for Growth Foundation has warned youths of Niger Delta against resumption of attacks on pipelines conveying crude and other petroleum products. The foundation also cautioned youths of the region to shun stealing petroleum products, adding that oil theft affects the nations economy and immediate environment of [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
John Ameh and Everest Amaefule The House of Representatives again replied the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, faulting his denial that he had engaged a transaction adviser on the planned concession of the Ajaokuta Steel Company. The House is against the concession and has asked Feyemi to stop any [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arraigned Bellview and First Nation airlines for an alleged fraud of N1.7bn. Joined as the first defendant in the charge was the Managing Director of First Nation Airlines, Mr. Kayode Odukoya. The airlines and Odukoya were arraigned on four counts before Justice Mojisola Dada of [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Senate on Thursday said it would make adequate funding for the take-off of the Naval War College in Cross River State in the 2019 national budget. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Misau, disclosed this in Calabar when he led his colleagues on an over-sight function to navy [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Controller of Nigeria Immigration Service, Imo State Command, Andrew Manga, has called on the police to help his command in ending the fraud being perpetrated in the issuance of passports to Nigerians. The controller equally appealed to the police to inform its personnel attached to foreigners not to obstruct the duties [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said the number of deaths recorded from the deadly Lassa fever stood at 78 as of Friday. It added that the number of cases stood at 365. The centre, however, said the number of cases had been reducing on a weekly basis due to the proactiveness [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved members for the National Food Security Council which he will inaugurate on Monday. The council, which he will personally chair, has the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ebonyi and Delta states as members. According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Gbenro Adeoye Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the ongoing reform in the education sector is aimed at enhancing the schools infrastructure, as well as producing students that will excel in learning and character. The governor said this during an inspection tour of Oba Akinbiyi High School, Mokola, and Islamic High School, Basorun, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, speaks on the controversial amendment to the Electoral Act and his 'Hate Speech Bill' as well as jumbo salaries of National Assembly members, in this interview with Leke Baiyewu Did you expect the kind of reactions that have followed your 'Hate Speech Bill' since [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
*President chairs council, seven governors, ministers are members Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has approved members for the National Food Security Council which he will inaugurate on Monday. The council which he will personally chair has the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ebonyi and Delta States as members. According to a statement by [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu The Imo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Eze Madumere, has dared Governor Rochas Okorocha, saying that nobody can stop him from becoming the next governor of the state in 2019. Okorocha, who is seriously backing his son-in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, had told his deputy to forget about his [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The National Judicial Councilon Fridayreleased the names of 60 judicial officers recommended for appointment by governors of 24 states. Two of the successful judges were recommended as the Chief Judges of Ondo and Plateau States, Justices O.O Akeredolu and Yakubu Dakwak, respectively. A statement by the NJCs Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Success Nwogu The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), and human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Friday, said the National Assembly was wrong to question the authority of the judiciary to halt the plan by the lawmakers to proceed with the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill 2018. [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Success Nwogu and Umar Muhammed The Kwara State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Iyiola Oyedepo, has said that no fewer than 800 members of the All Progressives Congress in the state have defected to the PDP. In an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Friday, he stated that [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has cautioned political leaders not to use state resources and authority to the detriment of any group or section of the country. The Governor also emphasized the need for those occupying positions of public trust not to [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Eric Dumo A member of the House of Representatives representing Ijebu Central Federal Constituency, Mr. Kehinde Odeneye, has said that for Nigeria's democracy to function effectively, it needs a solid legislature. Speaking at an interactive session on how to develop key sectors of the economy through a thriving and inclusive democratic system, the Ogun lawmaker, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A comment made by a member of the House of Representatives, Gudaji Kazaure, that women shouldn't be given many opportunities so that they don't dominate the men, has sparked a barrage of criticisms from women's rights campaigners. GBENRO ADEOYE writes As the world celebrated International Women's Day last Thursday, March 8, 2018, it was clear [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Nigeria's economy attracted a total foreign exchange inflow of $30.45bn between October and December 2017, figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria have revealed. The amount is contained in the CBN economic report for the fourth quarter of 2017, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent on Friday in [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Friday said that contrary to some reports in a section of the media, the Power Purchase Agreements signed by the Federal Government with project developers in the power sector had not been cancelled. Adeosun said this in a statement issued by her Media Adviser, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Aleading producer of industrial and domestic salt, Royal Salt Limited, has named a popular actress, Mercy Johnson, as the brand ambassador for Mr. Chef Iodised Salt. Royal Salt in a statement said Johnson was appointed to help drive the importance of iodine in diet and position the brand as a strong supporter of [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc has concluded arrangements to install statistical meters on all distribution transformers, according to the managing director/chief executive officer, Alhaji Mohammad Modibbo. According to him, if put in place, the meters will end suspicious electricity billing on customers. He also called on electricity consumers to guard and protect [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Zonal Director, National Housing Programme, North-Central Zone, Mr. Valentine Nwaimo, has said that the Federal Government has embarked on the construction of no fewer than 532 housing units in six states in the zone and the Federal Capital Territory. He explained that the housing units under the National Housing Project were [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
JESUSEGUN ALAGBE reports about Ife-Odan, a community in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, where a number of pregnant women have lost their lives while travelling several kilometres on motorcycles to access medical care and give birth to their babies Around 11am on one windy day in February in Ife-Odan, Osun State, Olusola Adeniran [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikoku, Umuahia Police detectives attached to the Aba Area Command in Abia State have arrested three women in connection with the trafficking of a set of twin baby boys in Aba, the commercial hub of the state. It was gathered that the detectives, who were on a stop-and-search duty on Aba-Port Harcourt expressway first [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Tunde Ajaja From where he sat on the floor, rolling his eyes from one side to the other, no one could easily guess how many lives 39-year-old Adeola Williams, popularly known as Ade Lawyer, could have taken in the past 10 to 20 years until he opened his mouth to confess. Many of those present [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A Lagos-based businessman, Donatus Dunu, who was kidnapped sometime in February 2017, appeared before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Friday to narrate his ordeal in the kidnappers den where he spent 88 days. He also explained how he managed to escape before his captors could make good their threat to [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Samson Folarin and Afeez Hanafi Two persons were feared killed after Yoruba and Hausa youths clashed at Gida Panli, Kotomola, in the New Garage area of Ojota, Lagos State. It was learnt that the clash broke out on Thursday after a Hausa youth reportedly beat up his Yoruba counterpart over a misunderstanding. Some hoodlums in [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin Three students of the Department of Mass Communication, Kwara State Polytechnic, and a driver have died following a car accident. Our correspondent gathered on Friday that the students had boarded a taxi from the schools gate to their residence at Oke Osi near Ilorin, the capital when the incident happened. The driver [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Eric Dumo Three pupils of Ikosi High School, Ketu, Lagos, have reportedly collapsed after heavy smoke from the nearby Olusosun dump in Ojota covered the area. The pollution, which began on Wednesday after a fire outbreak at the site, has since forced many residents and business owners to abandon the area for fear of being [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt An artisan, Lucky Joseph, who was tortured by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rivers State Police Command, says he could no longer stand. As of the time our correspondent spoke with him on Friday, the 38-year-old said he had taken ill and had been unable to stand since morning, [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Tragedy struck at the Barnawa High Cost in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State when a security guard, in an attempt to steal a transformer, was electrocuted. The man, who was simply identified as Henry and said to be in his 30s, had reportedly attempted to vandalise the transformer belonging to [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Eleposo of Eposo in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Mukaila Olabinjo, in this interview with Samuel Awoyinfa, talks about his road to the throne and how he hopes to cope in his new position How would you describe your childhood' I was born in Oderemo to Eposo family in 1952. [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Trade Union Congress has advised Enugu State government to enforce the payment of taxes by businessmen and politicians in the state. The labour group said wealthy businessmen and politicians in the state are not paying taxes. TUC chairman in Enugu State, Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, who spoke to journalists after inaugurating the [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A police sergeant, Mr. Oluwole Oke, has been accused of physically assaulting the Osun State Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Paul Ayinde, after confiscating the uniform of the corps member. The commandant told our correspondent on the telephone on Friday that one of his men was driving along the Ede-Ife Road [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A mother who married her long lost daughter has been jailed for incest 10 years after marrying her son. Patricia Spann, 45, lost custody of her daughter and two sons, but reunited with Misty, 26, in 2014. The pair were wed two years later, soon after same-sex marriages were legalised in the state of [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The police in Lagos State have arrested no fewer than 100 persons allegedly involved in a violent clash between two unknown groups at the Scavengers Land near New Garage, Ojota. The state Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Mr Mohammed Ali, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday. He said that the [] 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
A power supply company executive accidentally broadcast himself having sex with a junior employee when he forgot to hang up on a video conference call he had made earlier. In the heat of the moment, the manager at China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou forgot to end the call and was seen having sex on [] 
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